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Artha: ISB’s Annual Capital Markets Conference

Artha 2015, ISB’s annual capital markets conclave, was held on 17th October, 2015 in Mumbai.  The event drew insights from some of the most eminent businessmen and policymakers in the field of Finance. The theme was: India in a Sweet Spot?  Initiatives required to emerge as a “Break Out Nation.”

Organized by the Finance Club at ISB in association with ISB’s alumni association, the event saw a great line-up of speakers. Dr. PJ Nayak started the conference with an excellent speech covering key banking policies and financial inclusion. Mr. Sanjay Nayar, CEO, KKR India, followed with the keynote address, setting the stage for all panels to come.

The panels had an exceptional mix of topics. The first panel discussion on “Role of Banks and FIIs in Financing Long-Term Growth” saw participation of eminent personalities from the field of finance namely Vikram Limaye (MD & CEO, IDFC), Harsh Vardhan (Global Partner & Head of Financial Services, Bain & Co.) and Giri Jadeja (Head, Asia Financial Institutions Group, IFC).  

This was followed by expert views on “Attracting Private and Public Capital Flows vis-a-vis other Emerging Markets” from PE investors including Gaurav Ahuja (Director, Chrys Capital) and Vish Narain (Partner, TPG Growth). Viraj Mahadevia, Director, Actis and an ISB alumnus, moderated the discussion.

Next, the panel on “Capital Markets: Engines of Economic Growth” saw different perspectives from Nilesh Shah (MD & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund), Atul Joshi (MD &CEO, Fitch India Ratings) and Amay Hattangadi (ED, Morgan Stanley Investment).

Finally, the panel discussion on “India Way Forward – Sunrise Sectors, Investment and Beyond” garnered a lot of interest. The panel, moderated by Ashish Bhinde (ED, Avendus Capital) saw some of the biggest names of the Indian start-up and VC space incuding Rahul Anand (Co-founder, Hopscotch), Sandeep Murthy (Partner, Lightbox Ventures), Prashanth Prakash (Partner, Accel Partners) and Nitin Nayar (MD, Warburg Pincus).

The sponsors, IDFC and Furlenco, and media partners, ET Now, who played it live and followed up with excellent post-event press coverage, ensured that the event was a success.

The conference, attended by over 300 people including over 150 ISB students and over 100 ISB alumni, proved to be an excellent networking platform with the who’s who of the financial world. The event was also an outstanding example of ISB’s “one school two campus” philosophy with the Finance club councils from both Mohali and Hyderabad (along with other volunteers) collaborating to organize an event of such scale in a third location.


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