Advisory Board


Vijay Pawar

Chairman, Advisory Board

Shri Vijay Pawar is a law graduate of 1969. He is a stalwart and a titan of the general insurance industry having experience of over 4 decades. Well regarded and respected by the industry, he has unparalleled and deep insights on the working of the insurance industry. In his capacity as a top management at United India Insurance in Mumbai region, he managed majority of the largest and the most complex risks like ONGC, Reliance Industries, Indian Oil, HPCL, BPCL, M&M, Tata Group Companies and Godrej to name a few. These risks span across industry sectors such as energy, oil exploration, steel, power projects both operational and under construction, infrastructure, metro, telecom, auto, financial services, information technology and aviation.

He was the founding CEO and MD of the Reliance General Insurance in 2001. As a CEO and MD of the startup venture, he nurtured and grew Reliance General to a formidable brand in a span of 5 years. Thereafter he joined as Group Advisor (Insurance) to Reliance ADAG Group between 2005-2010 advising Reliance group companies on risk management. As ED and CEO, he was again entrusted with the task of turning around Reliance General Insurance between 2010-2011.He was Advisor to Reliance Capital from 2011-12. He joined as Advisor and Director on the board of Aon Global Insurance Brokers Pvt Ltd till 2016 and guided Aon Global towards an accelerated growth path.

At present he is Managing Partner at Future Force Training Academy LLP. The academy is training young graduates towards making them employable by developing their skill sets. The academy is developing content for training for general Insurance industry. He is the Founder MD, Nivisha Consultancy Services.

His advice is sought by a number of large clients on their insurance programs and critical claim areas. He is an advisor to a number of Central Cooperative Banks in Maharashtra on their Insurance programs, claims settlements and setting up banc-assurance tie ups and creating distribution network in rural sector.

Shri Pawar is actively engaged in different social activities helping communities and groups towards developing skills, enhancing individual and collective abilities for their well-being. He is the Chairman of Shriram Shikshan Sanstha, which runs a school named R.G.Pawar High School in a rural area at Matwan near Dapoli ( Dist: Ratnagiri) with 400 students. He is also a Director and Advisor on the Board of an education institute "Gnyandeep Education Trust" at Dapoli Dist: Ratnagiri, which runs a High school and Junior College with 2000 students..

Mr Pawar is well respected as a great leader in the industry and a motivator with a tremendous track record.

 

Education

  • B.Sc., MA (Economics), LL.B

 

Membership

  • Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture. (MCCIA)


Anand
Chandra Swain

Director, Advisory Board

Anand Chandra Swain is an Advocate in Supreme Court of India with over 23 years of wide ranging experience in corporate and commercial law. He has extensive experience in corporate law, constitutional law, banking, real estate, mining, consumer, labour & industrial Laws, arbitration, environmental, criminal law and service matters. His work experience ranges across various industry sectors including financial institutions, manufacturing, real estate and infrastructure, mining, public sector companies and private sector entities.

He has been engaged by leading Indian banks such as SBI, PNB, UCO, Magma Fin Corp and other reputed corporate entities on various contentious and complex matters relating to mergers, acquisitions, restructuring, amalgamation, liquidation and taxation.

Licensed to act as Insolvency Professional under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in the year 2017 by Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), he has considerable experience in resolution and adjudication in banking corporate debt, corporate insolvency and restructuring and securitization.

He has been actively appearing before Supreme Court, High Courts, CLB (now NCLT,NCLAT) BIFR,AAIFR,DRT and DRAT.

 

Education

  • B.Sc., LL.B, Diploma in International Law and Diplomacy, Diploma in Human Behavioral Science

 

Membership

  • Life Member Bar Association of India
  • Member Supreme Court Bar Association
  • LIFE Member Orissa High Court Bar Association
  • Member Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • LIFE Member Cuttack Bar Association


Ramkumar Krishnamachari

Director, Advisory Board

Ram has over 27 year of experience in finance of which past 14 years has been in the role of a CFO. He was amongst the Top 20 rank holders at AICWA & ACA (1987-89).

Ram has deep domain experience across the entire gamut of Finance, including Business Finance, Financial reporting, ERP, Investments, Compliance, Taxation, Cash Management, Risk Management, Working Capital, Project Finance, Strategic Initiatives, M&As and Divestures, Internal controls, Corporate governance, Secretarial function etc.

He has wide exposure and experience which is well grounded in ensuring key business objectives of value maximization for shareholders, providing great service to user and customer community, adhering to high corporate governance standards, creating and fostering a great environment for the employees and being a responsible corporate citizen.

He was till most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Just Dial Limited and was instrumental in laying the groundwork and led the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the Company which turned out to be a resounding success despite a sluggish market. Since 2010, he worked very closely with Just Dial’s senior leadership & Board in scaling up the business and incubating various growth strategies. In his role as the CFO, whilst providing leadership to the entire Finance, Legal, Taxation & Secretarial function, he was also responsible for Investor Relations & Stakeholder Management. One of his proud moment during his tenure with Just Dial was when Just Dial’s team has won the ‘Plaque’ at ICAI Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting’ (2013-14).

Ram was the CFO of Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance from 2008-2010. Prior to joining RSA he was the CFO of Reliance Capital.

At present, Ram is an Angel Investor, Independent Director and Mentor to a number of Startup Companies.

 

Education

  • B.Com (Hons), ACA, AICWA, CPA, CFA

 

Membership

  • ICAI, AICWA, AICPA, CFA

 

Awards & recognition

  • ICAI Award for excellence in Financial reporting (2013-14)
  • 100 most influential CFOs in India 2015 awarded by CIMA
  • CFO of the year in Cost management 2014 by 9by9 media


Mamta Mayer

Director, Advisory Board

Mamta Mayer is an advocate in Delhi High Court. She has over 23 years of extensive experience in dispute resolution, criminal and civil matters, defending white collar crime cases, labour and industrial relations, arbitration, insurance and MACT. She specializes in dispute resolution pertaining to commercial matters such as contracts and is a distinguished mediator empaneled by district court. She has wide experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating vital legal documentation.

She has been engaged by leading insurers and banks like New India, National Insurance, Oriental Insurance and PNB on complex and contentious matters.

She has been advising clients on various contentious and complex matters. She has been regularly representing clients in different legal forums such as High Court and District Courts.

 

Education

  • B.Com, LL.B.

 

Membership

  • Supreme Court Bar Association.
  • High Court Bar Association.
  • District Court Bar Association.


Lakshmi
Mahadevan

Director, Advisory Board

Lakshmi Mahadevan has a wide exposure and experience in a range of corporate & commercial matters as corporate legal counsel and company secretary to a number of reputed companies during her professional career of more than 20 years.

She has advised reputed overseas corporate entities (Europe/Japan/China) for setting up their Indian operations, on matters relating to foreign investment (FDI), RBI regulations, FEMA, establishment of appropriate legal entity structure based on Indian Laws like subsidiary companies / joint venture companies for multinational clients as per their requirements and also on issues relating to legal, statutory, regulatory compliance under applicable corporate laws.

Her expertise includes drafting, reviewing and negotiating vital legal documentation. She has in-depth exposure in M&A, Joint Venture issues and structuring of deals. Her expertise in commercial contracts such as mergers and acquisition related, joint venture agreements, vendor & customer contracts, franchise & distributor agreements, licensor and licensee, employer and employee contracts is well regarded in the industry.

Lakshmi has successfully navigated, negotiated and signed up distribution agreements with International Luxury Brands, such as Paul Smith, CANALI, KENZO, JUST CAVALLI Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta, AIGNER, PAUL SMITH while working with a leading fashion and lifestyle brand.

As an in-house counsel she advised the group companies on core legal matters. She has wide exposure in investigation of frauds as well as handling matters relating to sexual harassment of women at work place. She has also worked very closely with a number of leading senior lawyers.

She has been associated and worked very closely with Mohinder Puri & Co, a leading Consulting Firm. During her career spanning over two decades she has worked with Genesis Colors Pvt Ltd, (owner of premium fashion and lifestyle brand “Satya Paul” and “SAMSAARA”), Genesis Luxury Fashion, Essar Telecom, Usha India and Caparo Group in different capacities.

 

Education

  • B.Com (Hons), LL.B, ACS.

 

Membership

  • ICSI.