More than 150 leading and emerging CEOs from banks, NBFCs, stock broking, insurances, advisories, wealth managements, private equity investors, M&A experts, bankers, legal experts and other new-age disruptors from the digital & mobile finance space will be attending the marquee VCCircle Financial Services Investment Summit 2015 on August 26 at Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai.
With the changing dynamics and opportunities fostering the Indian financial services space, the summit provides a vibrant platform for experts and stakeholders in this sector to come together and deliberate on persisting issues and emerging trends. Given the change which the sector is witnessing, courtesy the change in policy postures, the summit provides a conducive setting to consider and debate the future of financial services in India.
Here is the complete agenda and the list of speakers who will attend the event:
8:30am – 9:30am
Tea, Networking & Registration
9:30am – 9:45am
9:45am – 10:30am
Panel I: The road ahead for Indian financial services industry
Indian financial services sector is undergoing rapid expansion and is poised to grow exponentially against the background of demand from growing individual incomes, adoption of technology to achieve greater financial inclusion & government’s aggressive plans to reach the unbanked population through several initiatives it has announced recently. On the other hand, regulators and watch-dogs of the Indian financial sector have been complementing the moves by supporting the market through subsequent rate cuts, opening up the sector to attract more foreign investments besides adopting simpler processes for IPOs, etc. amongst others. Meanwhile, technology adoption across the sub segments has been one of the demand drivers, enabling financial services to reach the underserved population in the far areas of the country. While all seems to be positive, challenges exist. What’s the road ahead for the financial services industry in India? What is the outlook for the next three-five years?
Ashish Kumar Chauhan – CEO & MD, BSE
Prashant Purker – ED, ICICI Venture Funds
G.S Sundararajan – Whole Time Director, Shriram Capital Ltd
Bala Deshpande – Senior MD, NEA
Sanjay Kukreja – MD, Chrys Capital Advisors
Tamal Bandyopadhyay – Advisor, Bandhan Bank, and Consulting Editor, Mint (Moderator)
10:30am – 10:50am
Keynote Address: Non bank financial companies – a regulator’s perspective
By Dr Sathyan David – Chief General Manager, RBI, DNBS
10:50am – 11:10am
Keynote Address: Growing importance of digital channels
By Rajiv Sabharwal – Executive Director, ICICI Bank
11:10am – 11:35am
Tea & Networking
11:35pm – 11:55am
Special Address by MK Sinha – Managing Partner & CEO, IDFC Alternatives Ltd
11:55am – 12:40pm
Panel II: Which segment of banking—digital or traditional—would lead the show?
Opening up of a bank account is typically said to be the first stage of entering the formal financial space. Most of the Indians still prefer cost-heavy traditional banking method that includes visiting a branch to accessing ATMs and so on. In the move to create awareness among people to adopt branchless banking and other cost effective alternative channels, banks have been pushing hard to make use of technology to make banking products simpler.
What will lead the show in medium to long term? Can we expect digital banking to outcast traditional banking systems? What are the innovative products launched by marquee banks to address the evolving needs of digital-savvy customers? Is digital banking gaining acceptance in rural geographies? With initiatives such as Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Small & Payments banks aiming to bring the underserved under the ambit of formal financial, how will this change the face of banking services in the country?
Rajeev Ahuja – Head – Strategy, Retail, Financial Inclusion, RBL Bank
Deepak Sharma – EVP & Head – Digital Initiatives, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd
Rishi Gupta – MD & CEO, Fino Paytech
Promeet Ghosh – MD, Temasek Holdings Advisors
Nagaraj V Mylandla – Founder & Managing Director, Financial Software & Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Anand Narayan – Senior MD, Creador (Moderator)
12:40pm – 1:40pm
Lunch & Networking
1:40pm – 2:20pm
VCCircle Insights I: How to integrate digital modules to reach out to over a billion people?
What primary service providers should learn from nimble, non-conventional financial service players to attract new customers and build lean, asset light, cost effective business models? Do digital financial services have the potential to drive the massive financial inclusion agenda? With more than 50 per cent of Indian population failing to have access to formal financial services, what are the challenges & opportunities in empowering these underserved consumer base by adopting newer technologies? Be it digital payments, internet banking or online remittance services, are digital methods helping strengthen the reach of financial services? Which are the segments attracting investors attention?
Piyush Khaitan – Co-founder & MD, NeoGrowth Credit
Gaurav Chopra – Co-founder, Indialends.com
Harshvardhan Lunia – Co-Founder & CEO, Lendingkart.com
Anup Kumar Agarwal – Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Samir Shah – MD & CEO, NCDEX
Gaurav Hinduja – Co-founder, Capital Float
Niren Shah – MD, Norwest Venture Partners (Moderator)
2:20pm – 2:40pm
Entrepreneur Talk: Entrepreneurship in financial services: opportunities and challenges
By V Vaidyanathan – Executive Chairman, Capital First Group
2:40pm – 3:20pm
VCCircle Insights II: Overview of consumer lending focused financial services businesses: mortgage companies, housing finance, personal loans, gold loans and vehicle financing.
While bad loans are rising in the commercial lending business, they are falling within consumer lending focused businesses. With an aim to cater to primary borrowing needs of millions of consumers, how efficient are the companies under this category in managing their lending operations? Buoyed by the recent success in retail financing business, which are the segments eliciting investors’ attention? What are the emerging opportunities in the affordable housing space? How are financial loan providers expanding their capabilities? What are the technology interventions being pursued by consumer lending businesses? What are the emerging entrepreneurial opportunities and investment trends?
Madhusudan Menon – Executive Chairman & Co-founder, MHFC
Ranjit Punja – CEO & Co-founder, Creditmantri.com
Sunish Sharma – Managing Partner, Kedaara Capital
Nitin Jain – CEO, Global Asset & Wealth Management , Edelweiss Financial Services
Asanka Rodrigo – Partner, Industrials and Financial Services, Actis (Moderator)
3:20pm – 3:40pm
Tea & Networking
3:40pm – 4:00pm
Presentation: ‘SME lending – ring-fencing the lender’s interest’ by
Anuj Bugga – MD, FTI Consulting India Pvt Ltd
4:00pm – 4:40pm
VCCircle Insights III: Mapping commercial lending focused financial services opportunities: SMEs, Infrastructure financing, Food & Agri lending & more
Despite the lack of confidence with an increase in NPAs, what is driving firms to scale up their SME loan portfolio? In the wake of improved economy, are infrastructure financing service providers revising the roadmap for infra investments? Are the stalled infra projects taking off? What is the impact of pending policies such as land acquisition & environmental clearances on cash crunched infra and infra finance companies? What are the key initiatives pursed to serve agri credit needs? Will promises of recently introduced norms around PSL certificates improve funding for agri, agri allied services and the infra sector? What emerging opportunities are available for entrepreneurs to serve the unmet needs?
Vimal Bhandari – MD & CEO, Indostar Capital Finance
Ramesh Iyer – MD, Mahindra Finance
Dr. Kshama Fernandes – MD & CEO, IFMR Capital
Saurabh Bhat – CEO, Venus Capital
Srikrishna Dwaram – Partner, India Value Fund
Bharat Bakhshi – Partner, Jacob Ballas Capital India Private Limited (Moderator)
4:40pm – 5:20pm
VCCircle Insights IV: Measuring impact of microfinance in benefiting the ‘unbanked’.
With a huge impetus from the government and ambitious plans of making India financially inclusive, microfinance sector has been heating up drastically owing to the large unmet demand of more than a billion people. Several businesses serving the bottom of the pyramid have emerged and have been doing great which in turn has caught investors’ attention. After a not so good sectoral experience in 2010, what is helping entrepreneurs & investors re-gain trust and momentum in this sector? What is the reason behind investors’ keenness in making huge exposure to small -ticket lending businesses? What effects would the business correspondent model and small finance and payments bank licence have on the MFI sector? With these newer models, can we expect the composition of microfinance industry to change drastically in the coming years? Will the sector be more open to embrace innovations and technology?
Gautam Bhardwaj – Co-founder & MD, Invest India Micro Pension
Mukesh Gandhi – Co-founder & Director finance, Mas Financial Services
Ratna Vishwanathan – CEO, MFIN
Madhusudan Rajagopalan – Sector Head Financial Services, Tata Capital Growth Fund
Ritesh Chandra – Executive Director and Head – Consumer Group, Avendus Capital (Moderator)
This session will provide more networking time to entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.
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