Kotak Asset Management
Lakshmi Iyer is Chief Investment Officer (Debt) & Head of Products at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management, the manager of the Rs1.3trn (US$18bn) Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund. She joined Kotak in 1999 as a fund manager responsible for credit research as well as deal execution, and has also been a portfolio specialist, managing product-related initiatives and product pricing and with the funds management and sales team. Before joining Kotak, Lakshmi was a research analyst tracking corporate bond at Credence Analytics.
Rashmi Mohanty is head of group treasury at Vedanta, the Indian mining and resources group, based in Mumbai. She is responsible for all aspects of financing and balance sheet management, including the group’s onshore and offshore bond issuance.
Mohanty joined Vedanta in 2015 after holding senior treasury posts at Religare Enterprises and GE Capital Services, and has earlier worked at Deutsche Bank. She holds a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and an Engineering Degree from Delhi University.
Nipa Sheth is the founding director of Trust Group, a financial advisory firm with a focus on fixed income. She established Trust in 2001 and developed the firm into a leading distribution house for debt products. More recently she has added investment banking services across origination, intermediation, advisory and fund management. She is based in Mumbai.
Karthik Srinivasan is Senior vice president of ICRA, the Indian credit rating agency, and a member of the company’s rating committee. He joined ICRA more than 17 years ago and is responsible for financial sector ratings. Srinivasan is a CFA charter holder with a degree in electronics engineering and a Masters in Management Studies (Finance) from Mumbai University.
Srinvasulu Yanamandra is director, debt capital markets, at Barclays India. He runs the leveraged finance and high-yield debt capital markets business for the UK bank in India. Yanamandra has been with Barclays for 12 years, having started out in the FX and rates business, and has been part of the financing business for the last seven years.
Climate Bonds Initiative
Sandeep Bhattacharya is India project manager at the Climate Bonds Initiative, a non-governmental organisation devoted to promoting and standardising climate-aligned bond issuance. He is responsible for the CBI’s activities in India, including stakeholder engagement and communications.
Bhattacharya joined CBI in 2017 and has previously worked in fixed income, securitisation and credit ratings at Deutsche Bank, Cagamas and Malaysian Rating Corp.
Ashok Emani is head of ESG at IDFC Alternatives, a multi-asset class investment manager with over US$3.4bn under management and the first Indian investment manager to sign up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
Emani is a Chevening scholar and an IRCA approved Environment Management Systems lead auditor with over 21 years of consulting, research and assessment experience. He joined IDFC in 2002 and is responsible for assessing environment and social risks of the firm’s infrastructure investments in India.
Export-Import Bank of India
David Rasquinha is managing director and chief executive officer of the Export-Import Bank of India, the government’s official export credit agency. He joined India Exim in 1985 and was appointed to the board in 2014 as deputy managing director, before moving up in 2017.
Rasquinha has extensive experience in the international capital markets, having earlier been responsible for India Exim’s treasury and risk management, among other positions. He was the bank’s resident representative in Washington, DC from 1999 to 2004 and has served on several working groups set up by the Reserve Bank of India.
Avinash Thakur is head of debt origination for Asia Pacific, covering bonds, loans, high grade, high yield and leveraged finance. He joined Barclays in 2012 and was promoted to head of origination in 2014. Before joining Barclays, he worked with Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch and has spent a total of 20 years in the Asian debt market.
Editor, IFR Asia (Moderator)