Senior Team

Anil Kumar SG (Director & CEO)

anil Anil is founder and CEO of Samunnati, an enterprise focused exclusively on value chain finance primarily in the Agriculture & Allied activities, for Inclusive Growth.
He is a career banker with over 23 years of experience in the areas of Rural, Retail and Agri Banking. For the last 8 years, he has been instrumental in the setup of a new model of rural financial services delivery channel named KGFS in remote rural geographies. Under this model over 500,000 customers are being served in around 6000 remote rural villages of India.

He is Co-Founder & Trustee of IFMR Trust in addition to being a Trustee of Access-Assist, Director in IFMR Finance Foundation. Anil has a Master’s degree from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.

Gurunath N (COO)
IMG_20170508_091207_01Gurunath N is the COO of Samunnati and heads the Business, HR & Training and Accounts function. Guru has over 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services space and started his career with TMB and moved to ICICI where he served in various roles for 15 years. Guru has also played key roles across Business and Operations in IFMR group of companies where has also served as CEO of a NBFC (Pudhuaaru Financial Services Private Limited) while at IFMR.
Nitin Chaudhary (Products And Innovation)

Nitin Chaudhary Nitin Chaudhary heads Products and Innovation at Samunnati. Before Samunnati, Nitin was Executive Director of Micro Pension Foundation and was head of VISA’s Payments and Financial Inclusion Lab in India. He was responsible for projects and research initiatives in the areas of micro-payments, consumer financial services and financial inclusion. He specifically focused on the adjacencies between payment and efforts to provide affordable financial services to unorganized sector workers. Prior to joining the Micro Pension Foundation, he worked at Invest India Micro Pensions, leading operations and strategic initiatives.

He has earlier headed the Product design and management functions at IFMR Rural Finance and was part of the core team that set up Kshetriya Gramin Financial Services Companies (shadow banking companies serving remote rural population in India). He brings an uncommon perspective to effectively distributing financial services products to low income households.

Ritesh Nair (Compliance And Internal Control)

Ritesh NairRitesh Nair heads Compliance & Internal Control function at Samunnati. He has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services & banking arena in areas of Retail Assets Underwriting, Internal Control, Anti Money Laundering Operations, Branch Operations, Retail & Corporate Liabilities Operations. Prior to joining Samuunati, Ritesh was associated with IFMR Rural Channels & Services Pvt Ltd as Head – Internal Control. He has previously worked with reputed organizations like Citibank, Citifinancial, IndusInd Bank, Repco Bank, and Thomas Cook.

Sridhar Easwaran (Credit & Risk Management)

Sridhar E PhotoSridhar Easwaran heads Operations, Credit & Technology functions at Samunnati. He has 30 years of experience in Banking Operations, Project Management, System implementation & Risk Management. He started his career with PriceWaterhouse Coopers & later moved to HDFC Bank.
Prior to joining Samunnati, Sridhar played a key role in setting up Retail Banking Operations for global MNC‟s & was COO for a leading NBFC.