Chief Patron CFO CHOICE
Mr. Bharat Banka, after a successful career of over two decades, recently in 2015 turned an Advisor to multiple companies on M&A, Business & Strategy, Finance, Asset Management and Startup/ Incubation; like TVS Capital Funds, Sterlite Technologies and Matix Group.
He is on Advisory Boards of academic institution incubators like RiiDL, Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai and CIED, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida.
He is an investor in early-stage startups and mentors entrepreneurs through Indian Angel Network (IAN) and CIO Angel Network (CAN) and as Charter Member at Venture Nursery (VN) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). His select mentee/ investee start-ups : IHO (acquired by Aetna, US), OYO Rooms, Perpetuiiti Tech, Adstringo, Invenzone, TalView, Vegayan Systems, Infinity Assurance, etc. Most of them have raised next series of funding.
As Founder & Ex-CEO of Aditya Birla Private Equity (ABPE), Bharat had set up ABPE in 2009 by building team from scratch, raising ~$200m in domestic funds and leading the practice till late-2014. During 20 years he was with the Aditya Birla Group, he had various stints as Head – Group Finance, EA to the Group Chairman and Head – Corporate Finance at Aditya Birla Finance. Earlier, he was with the Indian joint venture of J.P.Morgan with ICICI.
Bharat has diverse experience in business, strategy, principal investing, M&A, post-merger integration, capital markets & CXO-level roles brings unique value-creation abilities, commercial acumen for portfolio companies and strong team management skills.
He authored the column ‘Bankanomics’ for “The Entrepreneur”, a Network 18 magazine for start-ups and is recipient of “Professional Achiever – Finance Sector” Award from the ICAI.