Team

Anil Kumar SG
Promoter and CEO

Anil is a banker with over 27 years of experience. He has worked in entities like Canara Bank and ICICI Bank. He embarked on a journey in Rural & Agri finance from 2007 onwards as Founder Trustee of IFMR Trust, wherein he was involved in designing and deploying a local financial institution model called “KGFS- Khetriya Gramin Financial Services”

Having built a successful model with over 220 branches and 500 K customer / 1200 people organisation, Anil ventured into an entrepreneurial venture by starting SAMUNNATI – a non-bank finance company focussed exclusively on Agriculture with focus on Small Holder Farmers. In it’s journey of little over three years, Samunnati is already in 12 states with a cumulative disbursement of over Rs. 800 crores touching about 1 million farmers.

Anil has been awarded as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 by TiE Chennai and also the Best Social Entrepreneur Award by Hand in Hand at the Global Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2018.

Anil has done Masters in Management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He has Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune and Graduation in Humanities from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Gurunath N
Head – Business & Operations

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
Head – Investor Relations,Strategy and Innovations

Nitin has over a decade of experience in designing and distributing financial services to low income households. Before Samunnati, Nitin was Executive Director of Micro Pension Foundation and was head of VISA’s Payments and Financial Inclusion Lab in India. Prior to joining the Micro Pension Foundation, he worked at Invest India Micro Pensions, as their Head of Operations.He has earlier worked with IFMR Rural Channels and Center for Microfinance

Sridhar Easwaran
Internal Audit and Control

Sridhar 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.

Narayan Iyer
Sr. Vice President – Corporate Business

Narayan Iyer is a PGDM from IIM Calcutta. Prior to joining Samunnati, Narayan was with Rabobank International heading Client Coverage and Loan products. He comes with overall 24 years of experience. During his stint with Rabobank, Narayan was responsible for

  • Client coverage across Western, Southern and Eastern India
  • Origination for the entire suite of the bank’s products – including credit exposures, M&A advisory, private equity, debt capital markets
  • Structuring and end-to-end delivery of loan products

He has also served as member of Credit Committees (Asia & India), ALCO, Risk Management Committee and various other groups engaged in managing the bank’s business in India. Narayan has managed client relationships in Food and Agribusiness with companies like Tata Global Beverages Group, Adventz Group, B.C. Jindal Group, Jain Irrigation, K.K. Modi Group, M&M, Tata Chemicals, B.K. Birla Group, Venkateshwara Group among several others.

Prior to Rabobank, Narayan was with Hindustan Unilever and ICRA covering companies from several industries

Ritesh Nair
Legal Compliance

Ritesh has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services & banking in areas of Retail Assets Underwriting, Internal Control, Anti Money Laundering Operations. Prior to joining Samuunati, Ritesh was associated with IFMR Rural Channels as Head – Internal Control. He has previously worked with Citibank, Citifinancial, IndusInd Bank,Repco Bank, and Thomas Cook.

Ravi Aparanji
Vice President – Credit

Ravi Aparanji has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Banking with extensive experience in Credit Risk and Relationship Management. Prior to joining Samunnati, Ravi was associated with The Bank of Nova Scotia, Kuala Lumpur in their Credit function. He is a masters in enginering (Production Engineering) and has completed certifications in Corporate Finance, Accounting & Business Laws, and Corporate Valuations.