A pioneer in the field of infrastructure, Hemant Kanoria has reshaped India's infrastructure landscape with innovative ideas and a strong passion for excellence.
Hemant's contribution towards inclusive infrastructure development in India has been nonpareil. He is a visionary who always believes in offering simple solutions to complex problems. Many of his ideas were first of its kind and created new business sectors.
Hemant is a Trustee of Kanoria Foundation, which under its umbrella has entities with a total asset base of USD 12 billion (around Rs 84,000 crore). The group is at the vanguard of thought leadership in the country, especially in the area of infrastructure development and financing. Kanoria Foundation has been investing in business enterprises and with its harvest, has been engaging in many social impact initiatives.
Hemant is the Chairman of Srei, which started its operations in 1989. The initiative marked the entry of private sector in the field of infrastructure, a domain hitherto restricted to public sector. Over the last three decades, Srei has developed into one of India's largest holistic infrastructure institutions with USD 7 billion (around Rs 50,000 crore) of consolidated assets under management.
In 1992, Srei launched its initial public offering (IPO) and was listed on all major stock exchanges. Five years later, foreign development finance institutions such as IFC, FMO and DEG came on board as strategic equity partners. In 2005, Srei became one of the first Indian non-banking finance institutions (NBFIs) to get listed on the London Stock Exchange. Today, Srei is one of India's leading Public Finance Institutions.
Hemant is known for unleashing a new wave of rural entrepreneurship in India. A unique business model was created to bridge the urban-rural digital divide and make services like e-governance, e-commerce and e-learning accessible to millions in remote geographies.
The initiative has opened up revenue opportunities for thousands of village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) who are providing these services through IT-enabled common service centres across India.
Hemant is also the Chairman of India Power Corporation Limited, previously known as DPSC Limited. Under his guidance and leadership India Power has become one of the leading integrated power utilities in the country. The company has a diversified portfolio, with renewable and conventional modes of power generation, distribution and power trading.
Hemant has over three decades of experience. He is currently serving as Board Member in the Indian Institute of Information Technology (Guwahati), Neotia University and New Delhi Institute of Management. He is a Member of the India-Russia CEOs Council and India-Singapore CEOs Forum. He is also a member of the ICC G20 Advisory Council. Hemant is a Member of the Advisory Committee of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and also a Member of Council of Advisors of Friends of Kolkata.
He has held several prestigious positions like President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the FICCI National Committee on Infrastructure and also served on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C). He has also been a Member of Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Government of India and a Member of ICC Executive Committee.
The teachings of Swami Vivekananda have had a profound impact on him from a very early age and have been instrumental in shaping his values and principles. His personal and work lives reflect a unique blend of humility, honesty, patience, discipline and innovative thinking.
Mr. Rakesh Kumar Bhutoria, Chief Executive Officer
Rakesh Kumar Bhutoria comes with more than 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. He is a chemical engineer from Jadavpur University and holds a Master's degree in Management Studies from S P Jain Institute of Management & Research. Mr Bhutoria is a Chevening Scholar and also studied at The London School of Economics & Political Science and University of Oxford – SAID Business School.
Prior to joining Srei, Mr. Bhutoria was the Group EVP & Head – Commercial Banking & Strategic Initiatives at IDFC Bank, where he was instrumental in building a profitable commercial banking franchise with an all India presence. He has led large corporates, mid-caps, MNCs, SMEs, CVs & ECM businesses. He has actively led bank-wide initiatives as a Steering Committee Member.
Earlier, he spent 14 years as Managing Director with Standard Chartered Bank in senior Coverage and Corporate Finance roles across India and the Middle East.
He has served as an Independent Director on the Board of a Mauritius Bank and chaired key board committees over a three year tenure.
Mr. Bhutoria is a sought after speaker in industry forums given his broad based interests in Policy matters, Governance and Meta Leadership.
Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Chief Financial Officer
Sandeep Kumar Sultania is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Cost & Management Accountant and Master in Business Finance (MBF) by qualification. Apart from holding a Master’s degree in commerce, he also holds a Diploma in Information and System Audit (DISA). Mr. Sultania started his career with Ideal Financing Corporation Ltd. and prior to joining the Company, he was the Chief Financial Officer of BKM Industries Limited (formerly Manaksia Industries Limited) where he headed the profit centre operations and was responsible for designing effective plans & strategies to achieve business objectives and ensure growth in top line and bottom line profitability.
With over two decades of rich experience in the field of Financial Management, Auditing, Taxation, Budgeting and MIS, he was also responsible for liaising and negotiating with Banks & Financial Institutions for raising fund and non-fund based facilities for meeting working capital and project requirements. Mr. Sultania was also the team leader for the SAP implementation Project.
Mr. Sandeep Lakhotia, Company Secretary & Group Head
Sandeep is presently leading the Corporate Secretarial Team at Srei, in charge of the corporate compliance and governance function, with over 20 years of experience. He is a Xaverian alumnus and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Mr. Souren Mukhopadhyay has acquired over 35 years of experience. His expertise lies in Project /Corporate Finance, Credit Risk Management, Credit Monitoring & Recovery, Project Planning & Implementation, Project Advisory, etc. He holds a Bachelor's of Engineering (B.E.) from National Institute of Technology and PG Diploma in Financial Advising (PGDFA). He is also a Certified Associate from the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (CAIIB).
Mr. Mukhopadhyay is associated with Srei for a decade and part of various roles in the infrastructure sector financing and advisory services.
Prior to which he was associated with IDBI Bank for over 17 years and was the member secretary of Regional Credit Committee for sanctioning various proposals in the Eastern & North-Eastern Region.
He is an illustrious speaker and has been a panelist for sessions at ASSOCHAM, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Indian Industry, Bengal Chambers of Commerce, etc.
From humble beginnings to being at the helm of one of India's largest holistic infrastructure institutions, Sunil Kanoria has traversed this journey with integrity and determination as his core values. A follower of the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and the Vedanta philosophy, spirituality has defined Sunil's personal and work life from the very onset.
Sunil is a visionary who correctly assessed the Indian economy's infrastructure needs at the beginning of his career and anticipated the imminent role of private sector in infrastructure creation. With foresight and a knack for taking calculated risks, Sunil converted several pioneering ideas into business reality within the infrastructure domain, several of which were first-of-its kind in India. Quippo, the country's largest infrastructure equipment rental company, was Sunil's brainchild.
As the Vice Chairman, Sunil has been instrumental in building the brand Srei. With consolidated assets of around USD 6 billion under the company's management, Srei is today a name synonymous with infrastructure in India, especially in the area of infrastructure development and financing. Under Sunil's guidance, Srei Equipment Finance Limited has emerged as one of India's leading infrastructure equipment financier.
Today Sunil is one of India's most respected thought leaders within the domains of infrastructure and finance. He has had the distinction of serving ASSOCHAM, India's oldest and leading chamber of commerce, as President.
Sunil is currently the Honorary Consul of Spain in Kolkata. He is the former President of The Agri-Horticultural Society of India and has served as Member of the Construction Sector in the 10th Five Year Plan of the Planning Commission of the Government of India. He is a Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, nominated by the Government of India.
Sunil, along with his wife, has been actively engaged in various philanthropic activities in the areas of development of the mind, body and soul. Together they have championed the cause of child education and women empowerment under the brand Suryodaya; transformed several lives of acid attack victims through Srei Foundation initiatives and encouraged spirituality both in life and at workplace.
To unleash the power of rural entrepreneurship, Sunil, along with his brother, has created a strong rural infrastructure network providing revenue opportunities to thousands of rural entrepreneurs, impacting millions of lives in rural India.
Devendra Kumar Vyas, has been associated with Srei since 1997. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (“ICAI”). He has over two decades of experience in the financial services sector. He is the Chairman of the ASSOCHAM National Council on Construction Equipment & Tunnelling. Further, he is also a member of the Governing Council of Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association, a life member of the Association of Corporate Advisors and Executives, Kolkata, and also a member of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Pavan Trivedi, has been associated with our Company since 2016. He is a member of ICAI and an associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He has over 20 years of experience in finance functions across organisations such as Usha Martin Limited, Tata Motors Finance Limited and Reliance Communications Limited.
Mr. Manoj Kumar Beriwala began his career with the Group in 1996 and has over two decades of experience in the finance sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calcutta and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He began his career with the Group and has over two decades of experience in the finance sector.
Amit Dang has Corporate experience of more than 25 years. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (FCMA) and has worked in leadership roles with HSBC Banking Group, GE Capital, IDBI Bank, Edelweiss Financial Services Group and Aditya Birla Group.