Top Wonder Women Leading India’s FinTech Industry

Upasana Taku, co-founder, Mobikwik

Upasana co-founded MobiKwik in 2009 with the aim of facilitating payments in India. Upasana has extensive payments experience, having previously served as a Senior Product Manager for PayPal in Silicon Valley and HSBC in San Diego, California. MobiKwik co-founder Upasana Taku founded the company from scratch, and it now has 32 million users and 100,000 vendors, completing between 500,000 and 1,000,000 transactions every day.

Taku is of Kashmiri origin, but his teacher’s parents worked in Gujarat, in western India. She was born in Gandhinagar, went to school in Surat and obtained an engineering degree from NIT Jalandhar.

Hansi Mehrotra - Founder of The Money Hans

Hansi Mehrotra – Founder of The Money Hans

Hansi is the author of ‘The Money Hans’ blog which focuses on financial literacy and investor education. She started posting her blog on LinkedIn and was named to the top 10 best voices for money and finance list after just a few entries. Hansi was head of wealth management for the Asia-Pacific region of Australia and Singapore-based investment advisory firm Mercer before becoming an entrepreneur. In India, she was in charge of a series of initiatives, including the creation of investment options for the new pension system.

His qualifications include a Diploma in Private Wealth Management from Wharton / Institute for Private Investors (IPI), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter from the CFA Institute and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

Named on LinkedIn as TopVoices for Finance in 2015, PowerProfiles 2017 and 2018 for India, TopVoices for India 2018 and now TopVoices for India 2020. In India, she was one of the first #CFAwomen.

Smriti Tomar - Founder of InvestoAsia

Smriti Tomar – Founder of InvestoAsia

Smriti, Founder and CEO of Stack Finance, aims to make financial planning open and affordable for India’s 440 million millennials (who make up 70% of household income) so they can achieve financial stability and independence.

Stack Finance is India’s premier personal finance platform for millennials, with the goal of helping them lead a more financially responsible lifestyle. Stack helps millennials avoid wasting money and start making smart financial choices by automating their savings, finances, and financial planning.

Prior to this company, she worked as a data analyst at EXL Services, focusing on the financial and banking industry overseas, specifically Citibank in Latin America.

She is passionate and excels in three complementary areas: marketing and product management; develop a business that promotes the literacy, accessibility and personalization of financial services; and the commercial success of women.

Sucharita Mukherjee, co-founder and CEO, Kaleidofin

Sucharita Mukherjee, co-founder and CEO, Kaleidofin

Sucharita is enthusiastic about making sure everyone has access to financial services. She firmly believes in “finance for freedom”. Kaleidofin, a fintech platform that personalizes financial solutions for underserved consumers, is its co-founder and CEO. Mukherjee co-founded IFMR Group and most recently served as Group Managing Director of the Company.

She previously worked in credit derivatives and structured finance at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in London.

In 2016, the Economic Times named it one of the “40 Best Companies Under Forty” in India. In 2017, it was named one of India’s Top 20 High Tech Companies and received the IIM Ahmedabad Young Alumni Achievers Award.

Meghna Suryakumar, Founder and CEO, Crediwatch

Meghna Suryakumar, Founder and CEO, Crediwatch

Meghna was a lawyer who ran her multinational law firm with offices in New York and India. She graduated from Columbia Law School and holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Stanford Business School. Crediwatch was formed as a result of its previous experience in researching alternative sources of data to find information on the risks associated with M&A objectives.

She hopes to realize her passion for solving big, complex problems at Crediwatch by using AI, machine learning and natural language processing to deliver a dynamic ‘trust score’ to the unbanked SME, an untapped potential of worth several billion dollars.

Crediwatch is an information intelligence platform that provides businesses with big data risk analysis, helping them deploy insights while making credit decisions.

Sayali Karanjkar, co-founder, PaySense

Sayali Karanjkar, co-founder, PaySense

Sayali Karanjkar, co-founder of PaySense, a Mumbai-based financial technology company, works to make credit more accessible and affordable for everyone. Sayali Karanjkar has held organizational and strategic consulting positions at large corporations (AT&T and ATKearney) in the United States for over 14 years. Sayali holds a Kellogg MBA, a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University and a BS in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore. Prashanth Ranganathan, co-founder of Sayali, was setting the stage for his fintech company in early 2015. PaySense began operations and loans in May 2016 after the two joined forces.

PaySense EMI, the company’s personalized line of credit, works similarly to a personal loan in that it can be used to make rapid transactions, both online and offline, through EMI plans at low interest rate. The maximum amount of credit that can be disbursed is Rs 5 lakh.

Simmi Sareen, Founder and CEO, Loans4ME

Simmi Sareen, Founder and CEO, Loans4ME

With over 22 years of financial services experience and an MBA from London Business School, Simmi Sareen is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from London Business School. At GreenFunder (formerly Loans4SME), Simmi helps climate-friendly startups, social enterprises and businesses secure timely and relevant funding.

GreenFunder provides high growth companies with cash flow financing for asset acquisitions and working capital. They help sustainable startups grow with a network of over 50 lenders and a portfolio of advisory services geared towards young, creative businesses.

Hardika Shah - Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital

Hardika Shah – Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital

Hardika Shah is the founder and CEO of Kinara Capital, an Indian fintech that helps small business owners access capital. Hardika spent over 20 years at Accenture as a strategic consultant, leading large teams and executing ambitious projects for multinational companies in the US, EU and Asia Pacific.

Hardika is a member of Ashoka, received the Sankalp Forum Financial Inclusion Award, and won the Live Audience Award at the Wall Street Journal Financial Inclusion Event. She is also a member of Ashoka.

Hardika Shah received her MBA from a joint Columbia Business School and Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley program. She holds a BA in Computer Science from Knox College in Illinois, USA.

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