Board of Directors

Mr. Gobinda Chandra Pattanaik Managing Director

Mr. Pattanaik is a pioneer in the field of microfinance with over two decades of experience; he has always been in the forefront of implementing...

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Mr. Gobinda Chandra Pattanaik Managing Director

Mr. Pattanaik is a pioneer in the field of microfinance with over two decades of experience; he has always been in the forefront of implementing developmental activities and building microenterprises. He is well known in the development sector for his thoughtful and innovative approach. He has been entitled with being the initiator of several shelter homes and rehabilitation centres for women and children in Odisha. His strong urge and will power towards creating means to sustainable livelihood for women has led him to establish Annapurna Finance Pvt. Ltd.  He is an advisor to many District Administrations and has played a key role in setting up various community based institutions.

Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik Director

Mr. Pattanaik has over 15 years of experience in microfinance, micro-enterprise development and development sector consulting. He has worked with Public and Development Sector institutions...

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Mr. Dibyajyoti Pattanaik Director

Mr. Pattanaik has over 15 years of experience in microfinance, micro-enterprise development and development sector consulting. He has worked with Public and Development Sector institutions in various roles before joining Peoples’ Forum as Program Head & CFO in 2007. His experience and expertise played a crucial role in the transformation of mission Annapurna to Annapurna Finance Private Limited, which under his guidance and leadership is now one of the top MFIs in India. He currently is the Vice President of MFIN (Microfinance Institutions Network), where he contributes to the overall issues pertaining to the financial inclusion sector. He also serves as the President of OSAFII (Orissa Association of Financial Inclusion), and is actively involved in the financial inclusion forum of the state. He holds a post-graduate degree in management from EDII, Ahmedabad, and a management certificate in finance from Boulder Institute of Management, USA.

Mr. K. K. Tiwary Independent Director

Mr. Tiwary is a Senior Chartered Accountant and has the expertise in various fields of audit, taxation, project consultancy, micro finance, NBFC takeovers and financing...

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Mr. K. K. Tiwary Independent Director

Mr. Tiwary is a Senior Chartered Accountant and has the expertise in various fields of audit, taxation, project consultancy, micro finance, NBFC takeovers and financing activities. He has years of experience in development, control, audit and monitoring on microfinance activities. He has been associated with Annapurna for several years now.

Mr. Sean Leslie Nossel Independent Director

Sean Nossel has been an Independent Director of Annapurna Finance since 2012. Mr Nossel has over 25 years of experience in insurance, investment banking, structure...

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Mr. Sean Leslie Nossel Independent Director

Sean Nossel has been an Independent Director of Annapurna Finance since 2012. Mr Nossel has over 25 years of experience in insurance, investment banking, structure finance, financial markets and private equity in the USA and emerging markets. He currently leads pricing, risk analysis and structuring of mergers and acquisitions at Resolution Group, one of the leaders in consolidation of the insurance sector. Prior to this he was an Executive Director at JPMorgan and worked in investment banking, structured finance and equity research. Sean is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a CFA Charter holder, an MBA, and a Bachelor of Economic Science.

Mr. Ashok Ranjan Samal Independent Director

Mr. Samal has rich experience of more than 31 years in development banking with diverse and long association with Microfinance sector. He was serving as...

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Mr. Ashok Ranjan Samal Independent Director

Mr. Samal has rich experience of more than 31 years in development banking with diverse and long association with Microfinance sector. He was serving as General Manager at SIDBI’s Head Office Lucknow looking after SIDBI Foundation for Microcredit (SFMC). He has extensive experience of dealing with NBFC-MFI by virtue of his long association with SFMC for more than 12 years as Deputy General Manager and General Manager. Mr. Samal is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and Post Graduate in English from Utkal University.

Mr. Sarath Naru Alternate Director,BIO

Mr. Naru holds a Bachelors of Technology from the prestigious IIT Madras and an MBA from University of Chicago. He has been the Managing Director...

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Mr. Sarath Naru Alternate Director,BIO

Mr. Naru holds a Bachelors of Technology from the prestigious IIT Madras and an MBA from University of Chicago. He has been the Managing Director of APIDC Venture Capital Ltd. since 1995. Mr. Naru is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ventureast Fund Advisors India Limited, which has a global presence. At VenturEast he has helped create one of the few realized track records in India, and has successfully pioneered investments in new sectors and investing approaches that other fund managers have found difficult. He has directly invested, or has overseen investments in more than 60 early-to-growth stage companies across technology, life-sciences, health care etc.

Mr. Satya Prakash Singh Nominee Director, SIDBI

Shri S.P. Singh is the General Manager of SIDBI currently looking after the micro finance operations. He has been instrumental in forging partnership with various...

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Mr. Satya Prakash Singh Nominee Director, SIDBI

Shri S.P. Singh is the General Manager of SIDBI currently looking after the micro finance operations. He has been instrumental in forging partnership with various leading MFIs./SHPIs to reach out to the grassroot micro finance borrowers to help them moving up the ladder from livelihood to enterprise. He is closely working with multilateral and bilateral agencies for mobilising cost effective resources and technical assistance for the larger benefits of the micro finance sector.  Prior to his current assignment he was heading New Delhi Region of SIDBI. A Post Graduate in Economics and MBA Finance, Shri Singh  has experience of more than 25 years in Banking and Academics. He is a certified associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He has handled variety of development banking assignments in different parts of the country during last over 20 years in SIDBI besides handling the direct credit and treasury operations.

Mr. Florian Grohs Nominee Director, Oikocredit

Mr. Grohs has more than 20 years of experience, in the development sector.  His prime focus areas for the last 15 years have been on...

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Mr. Florian Grohs Nominee Director, Oikocredit

Mr. Grohs has more than 20 years of experience, in the development sector.  His prime focus areas for the last 15 years have been on rural finance and financial inclusion. Most of that time, he worked for Oikocredit where he has held different positions. He was the Director of Credit at Oikocredit where he was responsible for the institution’s portfolio of approximately ₤900 Mn and managing 33 offices worldwide. He has also held several board positions in investee companies in Eastern Europe, as well as in Maanaveeya, Indian subsidiary of Oikocredit.

Ms. Christina Stefanie Juhasz Nominee Director, WWB

Ms. Christina Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management. She has been associated with this organization since 2007, where she...

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Ms. Christina Stefanie Juhasz Nominee Director, WWB

Ms. Christina Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of Women’s World Banking Asset Management. She has been associated with this organization since 2007, where she has extensively worked by managing the Capital Partners Fund, directing equity investment into Women’s World Banking network members and other women-centric microfinance institutions; in order to provide responsible growth capital and demonstrate the business case for investing in women. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for the Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, and the U.S. Army.

Mr. Satish Chavva Nominee Director, Oman India Joint Investment Fund

Mr. Chavva has over 18 years of experience including 12 years in Private Equity. Prior to joining Oman India Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), he was...

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Mr. Satish Chavva Nominee Director, Oman India Joint Investment Fund

Mr. Chavva has over 18 years of experience including 12 years in Private Equity. Prior to joining Oman India Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), he was an Investment Director at TRG (The Rohatyn Group) and earlier with CVCI (Citi Venture Capital International) working at their London and Mumbai offices. In that role, Mr. Chavva has been actively involved through the various stages of investment cycle – originating and evaluating opportunities, monitoring and exiting the investment. He served on the boards of YOU Broadband, Sansera Engineering and SkyVision. Prior to working in private equity, he worked as an Investment Banker with Citigroup in London. He has also worked with IBM in London and Trilogy in Austin(Texas).

Mr Chavva has an MBA from INSEAD, MS from University of Texas at Austin and B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai.

Mr. Apurva Kumar Nominee Director, Asian Development Bank

Mr. Apurva Kumar is a Senior Investment Officer in the Private Sector Financial Institutions Department of the Asian Development Bank. He has been with ADB...

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Mr. Apurva Kumar Nominee Director, Asian Development Bank

Mr. Apurva Kumar is a Senior Investment Officer in the Private Sector Financial Institutions Department of the Asian Development Bank. He has been with ADB since January 2015 and is responsible for covering direct equity and debt investments for the South Asia region. At ADB, he has closed a number of equity and debt transactions in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with MFIs, Banks, HFCs and NBFCs. Prior to ADB, he was with SBI Capital Markets for 7-years in the equity capital markets team working primarily with BFSI and Energy clients. He also spent 3-years with McKinsey & Co. as part of their research team. Apurva is a MBA from MDI, Gurgaon; a Bachelors in Finance from College of Business Studies (Delhi University) and is a CFA.

Ms. Laetitia Counye Nominee Director, BIO

Ms.Laetitia Counye presently works with BIO as a Senior Investment Officer and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of investment banking,...

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Ms. Laetitia Counye Nominee Director, BIO

Ms.Laetitia Counye presently works with BIO as a Senior Investment Officer and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of investment banking, private equity and financial markets. Previously, she had worked with Incofin Investment Management, Partners @ ventures and ING etc. Ms. Counye also has previous experience in managing operations of micro-finance business. She had held the office of nominee director of Annapurna Finance Private Limited between October, 2014 & September, 2017. Ms.Laetitia Counye is a Master of Science in Business Economics.