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Board of Directors

IGS Board of Directors

Ms. Swati Bhargava Desai

Chairperson

She holds degrees in M.A. (Economics) University of Bombay and LLB from the University of Delhi. She has had an illustrious career of 35 years with the State Bank Group with wide experience of serving the Bank in various verticals including credit, retail banking and international finance. During her long career in the Bank, she has held many challenging assignments. She has had long experience in SBI's treasury and hence financial markets. She was Managing Director of the broking arm of SBI for four years. She oversaw reorganisation of the Company and revamped processes and policies to set the stage for growth. State of the art technology was developed and introduced to make the Company's online presence the finest in the industry.

Dr. Sudha Nair

Director

She is a microbiologist and obtained her doctorate from the University of Madras in the year 1991. She has 25 years of experience in taking the benefits of Science & Technology for sustainable rural development and livelihoods and has played a significant role in policy formulations for women in Science, Engineering and Technology. She currently works as an independent advisor and evaluator for various programmes supported by Government Departments especially by the Ministry of Science and Technology and other agencies.

Mr. Hersh Haladker

Director

He holds masters in Innovation Design from the Royal College of Art, London and a masters in innovation engineering from the Imperial College, London. He was also awarded the design London fellowship for a joint MBA in innovation entrepreneurship in Imperial College, Business school. Through his education, Hersh has looked at innovation from three different aspects -design, engineering, and business. His work has involved innovations in products, services, processes and business models. He has partnered with companies such as Swarovski, Sharp, mc laren, Britannia, GMR group, Pepsi Cp., Marico etc., in the past. He is the Founder and Managing Director - Instillmotion Consulting Pvt. Ltd. - www.instillmotion.net.

Mr. Sattaiah Devarakonda

Director

He is a post-graduate in Management with a bachelor's degree in Math, Physics and Chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Mr.Sattaiah has a stint of Entrepreneur for over four years. He started his career as a Technical Assistant in AP Productivity Council before joining BASIX Social Enterprise Group. He joined BASIX as a Field Executive and rose to the position COO and Director Strategic Products in Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited. He served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sub-K Impact Solutions Limited (formerly BASIX Sub-K iTransactions Limited) (Sub-K) during September 2012 to June 2016. He was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for BASIX Academy for Building Life-long Employability Limited from September 2015 to June 25, 2020.

His contributions to BASIX Social Enterprise Group include initiating micro-credit operations, micro-insurance operations, setting up Corporate Human Resource Department and develop policy manuals on Operations and Human Resource Management. He was instrumental in developing successful and long-standing collaborations with insurance companies which lead to contributions in micro insurance products, processes and policy guidelines for the micro insurance sector. He has been instrumental in shaping revenue models for Sub-K and B-ABLE successfully and make them profitable.

He took role of the Managing Director of Bhartiya Samruddhi Investments and Consulting Services Limited (BASICS Ltd.,) from Mr. Vijay Mahajan, the promoter and has been leading BASIX Group since then. He represents on each BASIX Group Company Board. By 2020, Mr. Sattaiah has put over 30 years of experience including tenure of 24 years with BASIX Group. He had undergone Executive Management Programmes at IIM-A (year 2000 & 2003) and INSEAD, Fontainebleau (2016) apart being part of numerous Institutional Development Exercises took place in BASIX Group.

Ms. Bharati Joshi

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

She is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Grameen Services (IGS), based in Kolkata. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector. Her core competencies are in the areas of livelihoods sector strategizing and program development. She has been a development researcher, trainer, implementer and mentor, in diverse livelihood-focused initiatives. She has worked with community institutions and grassroot civil society organisations, facilitating their human and institutional capacity enhancement and governance improvement efforts. She has coordinated professional support to small NGOs through young development professionals. She has conceptualized and rolled out action research initiatives in the space of community-based natural resource management, livelihood portfolio diversification of the poor and migrant support. She has led and developed teams of livelihood professionals, set up and implemented systems to improve the quality of implementation of community-centered programs, and fortified the livelihood sector portfolios of the organizations she has worked with. Before joining IGS, she was leading the Economic Development Unit at CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development.

She holds a Masters in Extension for Natural Resource Based Livelihoods (as Commonwealth Scholar, from the University of Reading, UK) as well as an M.Sc. in Plant Molecular Biology (Delhi University), and Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal).