Our Jury Panel
The 2nd FinTech India Awards – jury panel
The Fintech India Awards jury consists of a diverse group of experts from the financial sector, with experience in the area of financial services, fintech and other allied backgrounds. The Jury panel is selected on the basis of your influence and experience within the financial industry in India. The decision of the jury members will have a lasting impact on the future of the nominees and having you involved in the process guarantees that we choose only the best amongst the applicants.
Our jury panel are selected on the basis of their hunger to seek out real impact the submissions actually bring to the finance industry and how they are focused on going beyond just the marketing hype.
Our team will receive your application and will evaluate it and undertake the selection process with inputs from the awards committee. Our awards and nominations committee will be at your full disposal and will ensure that all the data, materials and systems necessary for you to fulfil your duties are provided.
Participation as a jury provides a very rare opportunity to build lasting network within the FinTech Industry and FinTech India awards ecosystem. You will be contributing to a unique effort to unite the financial technology ecosystems. Furthermore, as a jury member, you will get an insight into the leading financial sector companies who are driving change in the categories you will judge. As a jury, you will be promoted within FinTech India Awards global network, and will be given exclusive access to our events and network.
Shri K Srinivasa Rao
Senior Advisor (Payment Systems and Banking Technology),Indian Banks Association
Business Correspondents Federation of India (BCFI)
Sunil is the CEO of Business Correspondents Federation of India (BCFI), a member institution with over 60 Corporate BCs servicing 20 Lakh BC Agents pan India. He is also Strategic Advisor – Payments & Digital Banking to select banks. As a Fintech Professional, he provides strategic advisory services in Fintech & Payments space to select initial & growth stage start-ups, Sunil has over 35 years of cross-industry experience in technology-led businesses. In his last assignment (Dec 2019), he was the Joint Managing Director for Oxigen Services, a company he helped build over 15 years.
Sunil is referred to as the techno-savvy brain behind developing a successful business model, using technology, for varied services & products, including the Oxigen Mobile Wallet, an innovative payment mechanism and prepaid wallet, accessible online/on-mobile. He successfully led the company’s Business Development and was also the architect for the technology solutions in the initial phase. He, alongside the Oxigen core team, converted Oxigen from a Recharges/BillPay company, to an integrated Branchless Banking & Payment Solutions company with state of art Oxigen SuperPoS MicroATM. He was responsible for taking the company in 2010-15 period to its next greenfield opportunity in Domestic & International Remittances, Merchant Payments, Aadhaar enabled payments, Loyalty & Corporate Expense Management Solution using Mobile Wallets/cards.
Before taking the role of CEO-BCFI, he was the founding member & Director on board of the BCFI and also co-chaired Prepaid Payments Instruments (PPI) committee in Payments Council of India (PCI). He has contributed through PCI, enabling environment for PPI industry with his interactions with government (Ministry of Finance) and regulator (Reserve Bank of India). He actively participated in Mobile Payments Forum of India (MPFI) in 2007-10 for facilitating RBI’s first prepaid payments instruments (PPI) guidelines in 2009. He also co-chaired the Prepaid Payments Instruments (Mobile Wallets) Committee in the Payments Council of India (PCI) and through his interactions with government and regulator during and post demonetisation, made an immense contribution to creating an enabling environment for the Digital Payments/Wallet industry.
Prior to joining Oxigen, Sunil served as General Manager – Marketing & Business Development in Motorola India Wireless Infrastructure business. He started his professional journey with Siemens Ltd., where he last served as the Head of Semi-Conductor Division. Sunil is an Engineering Graduate in Electronics & Communication with Gold medal in 1986 from Jodhpur and completed his Management Education from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1992-93.
Chief Executive Officer
Prasanna Lohar : I have Over 22+ Years of Industry Experience in Engineering and Development, Product Development, Organization Strategy & Governance, Risk Audit Compliance Management, Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Mobile Apps, Digital Transformation, Fintech, E-Commerce, Payments, Platform & Product Innovation, Data Science, Automation, AR & VR , Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Open Stack, Cloud Computing, Analytics, Big Data, IOT, Blockchain, UI-UX & Business Development.
As part of Professional career into worked Globally for Bank, Fintech, Micro-Finance, Engineering, Multi-National companies for Digital & Architecture Transformation, I am closely associated with New & latest technology Strategy, Assimilation, Experimentation, Innovative Customer Servicing & Engagement, Robust Architecture Implementation, Fintech & Startup Alignment, Open Innovation practices, Collaboration with other Banks on various initiatives.
I have done 100+ Digital Deliveries on Digital Front for My DCB bank into Innovation, Digital Channels e.g. ATM, Internet banking, Mobile banking, SMS Banking, Social Command Center, Enterprise Innovation for Operational excellence, ATMChain, Smartstart an Blockchain Initiatives, Zippi – Straight thru A/c Open with API Banking, DCB Remit, Video KYC.
I am Part of various deliveries like India’s first Aadhaar & Biometric enabled ATM, Paperless A/c Opening India’s first Omni-Channel Framework for Bank, KYC, Blockchain, Mobile banking & Mobile Apps, Virtual Reality based App, Open Banking & Internet Banking Initiative, Unified Payment Interface (UPI), Bharat Bill Payment, API Management, Blockchain, Switch & Cards relevant initiatives
Pepper Money India
Abhishek is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and ISB Hyderabad. He is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and most notably the founder of one of the largest SME lending Fintechs in India – FlexiLoans. After he exited his last venture, he is now ambitiously building Pepper Money – one of India’s most loved financial services brands.
Apart from being an active angel investor, he is one of the top speakers and content contributors in Indian Fintech ecosystems and has spoken at events like TiE Mumbai, IAMAI, Digital Money 2017, DLAI (Digital Lenders Association of India), Payments Summit by Economic Times, India Fintech Awards and many more.
Prior to FlexiLoans.com, Abhishek was the Europe head of financial services for one of the recent unicorns – Fractal Analytics. In 2016, he permanently moved back to India to be a part of the emerging FinTech landscape and founded FlexiLoans.com.
Co-founder, CBO & Global Head BFSI
A proven strategist, planner & able business leader with strong experience in creating and implementing predictable revenue & sustainable business models. Proficient in Business & Product functions with key domain expertise across Digital Banking. Has recognised proficiency in spearheading a product or business with an aim to accomplish corporate goals successfully, having successfully led small to mid-size teams from diverse backgrounds across different geographies.
An enthusiast for Innovations with a result oriented approach, achieving product innovations within regulatory compliances. A result oriented leader with a strong focus on new technology innovations and changing market realities.
An avid learner/ student of life with a flare for all things digital. A BFSI Industry expert who participates across various industry forums as a panelist/ speaker for sharing his knowledge.
Senior Advisor (Payment Systems and Banking Technology),
Indian Banks Association
Shri K Srinivasa Rao
Founder The Fintech Meetup
Abhishant is founder of “The Fintech Meetup” India’s largest Fintech ecosystem. TFM works closely with 50+ large Financial institutions, 1500+ Fintech startups and 500+ Venture Investors. Key focus are acting as Innovation bridge between large FI and Fintech startups, Financial Inclusion : Focussing on Digital txn literacy. Before starting TFM Abhishant was heading new banks, financial Inclusion and Fintech for Visa India and SA. You can connect with Abhishant at Abhishant Pant | LinkedIn
Director – Fintech S P Jain School of Global
Vikram is Director FinTech at SP Jain School of Global Management and also heads research at Fintech focused VC fund Varanium NexGen. He has authored several white papers, research report and articles on FinTech domain. He has an extensive experience in banking, financial services, Fintech, consultancy and training domain. He is founder and Director of Association for Emerging Technologies which is a not for profit ecosystem initiative. He is associated as a mentor with various FinTech startups across the globe. He is Fintech ambassador for Maharashtra Govt.’s Uday Fintech platform and part of advisory Committee for Rajasthan & Karnataka Government. He is one of the founding members of Startup Committee at ICAI.
He has been a successful banker for more than a decade where he has made key contributions in Financial & Investor Strategy, Business Intelligence, Balance-sheet Management and Business Development & Technology Solutions. He has been a visiting faculty at various prestigious global institutes.
CEO of Fintech Association for Consumer Empowerment (FACE)
a not-for-profit industry association, is committed to build a robust FinTech ecosystem in India and aims to drive ethical lending practices among the Indian FinTech sector. Sugandh comes with over two decades of experience across sectors like microfinance, social-economic development, technology and non-profit.Sugandh has diverse, well-rounded and hands-on experience in leading sector-building works through the industry body and the SRO. As the Head of Self-Regulation and Compliance at MFIN, an SRO for the microfinance sector, she played a pivotal role in shaping the microfinance industry by leading conversations with the regulators and industry players to formulate and enforce ethical guidelines for the
industry. She has also held roles at ACTED, ITC, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) Bharat, and Bharat Electronics.Sugandh is an electronics engineering graduate from MNNIT, Allahabad and a postgraduate in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a recipient of the UK Government Commonwealth Scholarship and a recent fellow at the Fletcher School Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion at Tufts University. She has extensively educated herself in financial inclusion issues like policy, regulation, compliance, risk management, customer protection and financial education, including 'Strategic Leadership for Microfinance' at Harvard Business School. At FACE, Sugandh aims to drive the Association's efforts to engage in an active dialogue with the policymakers, regulators, digital lenders and other market participants to build an ethical, safe lending ecosystem for consumers
Partner & Co-Head
Amit is a Partner in IBSi’s Mumbai and London offices. He spends his time with clients in UK/Europe and globally to see how IBSi’s knowledge portfolio in different forms can add value to their growth story. He also leads various strategic initiatives at IBSi globally, including the CedarIBSi FinTech lab proposition.
Amit has a strong understanding of the financial services & FinTech sector, having worked closely with leading technology suppliers in assessing opportunities and formulating their growth strategy. Some of the clients he works with regularly include Temenos, Oracle, Finastra, Infosys Finacle, TCS, Sopra, ERI, Avaloq, ezbob, i-exceed, Fidor, Jack Henry, and Fiserv, among several others. Amit holds an MBA from S.P. Jain. He also has completed
executive education programs at London Business School & Harvard Business School and a Six Sigma-certified Green Belt. Amit also has over 17 years of management consulting experience in the areas of Market/Opportunity Assessment, Strategy formulation, Partner Search, Due Diligence, and Balanced Scorecards across geographies. He works closely with leading global technology suppliers, FinTechs, banks, and consulting firms in addressing their global fintech research needs. He plays an active role in IBSi’s global growth & expansion and also leads and manages a team of specialists globally.