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Mr. Samit S Shetty - Managing Director
Mr. Samit Shankar Shetty is an entrepreneur first and a manager next. He is a co-founder and Managing Director of Chaitanya India Fin Credit Pvt Ltd, a Karnataka based rural micro finance NBFC. He is an entrepreneur with the skillset of managerial personnel and his area of interest is in developing products and providing services that impact the lower income population. He holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UVCE in Bangalore and further pursued MBA from Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. Post Qualification, he served for nine years in Olam International Limited a Singapore Based Commodity Trading House. He headed OLAM Brazilian Subsidiary, Outspan for a period of four years. He has also worked in coffee and cocoa procurement, trading these commodities in Cote'd'Ivoire and Tanzania in various business roles.

He is a Non-Executive director with Indus Momentus Business Solutions and Plan Visage Private Limited, firms which are IT- solution providers and consultants in the supply chain area of business management. He is a Trustee with Nivasa Trust a Not for Profit which provides culturally sensitive, site driven DESIGN INTERVENTIONS in the housing for the low income.

Samit area of interest is in Finance, Risk management, Supply chain and rural businesses. His key skill sets are in laying down operational, management and business control processes and structures. He is a voracious reader and his interest include politics, economics, psychology, and philosophy.
Mr Anand Rao - Joint Managing Director
Mr. Anand Rao is a Co-founder and the Joint Managing Director of Chaitanya India Fin Credit Pvt Ltd, a Karnataka based rural micro finance NBFC. He heads the operations of the company. He holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UVCE in Bangalore, a Management Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and further pursued MA in International Relations from Syracuse University, USA. His prior work experience has been in International Development at World Resources Institute, Washington DC and has played varied roles in different capacities in the Indian Corporate Sector at PepsiCo India and Bosch India. He comes to Chaitanya from Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF), an international nonprofit organization working in supporting enterprises in the small-scale infrastructure space, where he had worked for five years.
Mr. K S Ravi - Independent Director
Mr. K. S. Ravi is the founder and senior partner of Ravi &Shrihari Chartered Accountants. He became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1990 and attained Fellowship in 1995. He has been instrumental in establishing the firm with a strong team and delivering professional services in all fields, including areas like Accountancy, Audit, Taxation (Direct and Indirect), Costing, Corporate Law Matters, International Taxation and Business Consultancy. His strengths include excellent drafting, communication and management skills. He is also an eminent speaker who regularly delivers lectures in various Institutions, both Private and Government. Besides this, he periodically contributes articles to various professional journals.He has been instrumental in advising and nurturing producer companies with the object of supporting farmers at the gross root level. In addition to his professional life he travels into deep and remote villages to understand the social dynamics of rural life.
Mr. Nanda Kumar R - Independent Director
Mr. Nanda Kumar is a Science Graduate and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He is a Banker by profession with 38 years of unstinted and unblemished banking experience having worked in ING Vysya Bank Ltd in different capacities like Branch Head, Regional Head, Zonal Head, Assistant General Manager, Senior Assistant General Manager, Vice President in different areas of operation and in different locations. Though a banking generalist, he had specialistic stints in Advances, Credit Risk, Administration, General Banking, Marketing, Audit, Finance, Foreign Exchange and in Human Resource. He has built an excellent qualitative credit portfolio and made extensive financing to Rural Financing, Agriculture, Retail, Trading, Mid Corporate Financing. He is recipient of various awards/rewards and also Chairman's Club member for several years and recipient of VYC Award under Banking Category.

Mr. Nanda Kumar over his long professional career has excelled in highly competitive environments. He is a critical thinker and an adept negotiator who can apply expert knowledge of the industry for rapid business revenue growth opportunities. Team leader with good communication skills & interpersonal relations.
Mr. Ramesh Sundaresan - Nominee Director
Mr. Ramesh Sundaresanis a Investor's nominee Director at Chaitanya. He is a BE graduate from REC Trichy, and further he pursued MBA from IIM Lucknow in 1993. He joined Olam in 1995, headed Coffee division for a period of 08 years (1995-2003). In 2003, He set up the Commodity Financial Services arm under the Olam group (later named Invenio). The business focused on derivatives trading and risk solutions further it rapidly expanded and had operations in Singapore, Bangalore, Dubai, Brazil and Geneva.Post retirement from the executive roles, he has been involved himself as Investor / Advisor / Board member inrelevant companies.
Ms. Lisa G Thomas - Nominee Director
Ms. Lisa Gayle Thomas is the Nominee Director (nominated by Shorecap II Limited) at Chaitanya. She has completed her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA and Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon, USA. She is a highly skilled professional with over 10 years of work experience in venture capital and private equity investing, financial analysis, microfinance, strategic planning, project management, governance and operations. She has a robust emerging market experience having worked with companies in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caucuses. She is very passionate about impact investing with significant expertise in the financial inclusion space including microfinance, small and medium enterprise (SME) lending, deposit mobilization and alternative delivery channels. Earlier, she has worked in Companies like Equator Capital Partners, Capital Plus Exchange, The Clement Group, CRT Capital Group LLC, Merrill Lynch & Co. and she was also a Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of VestedWorld, Inc, Chicago, USA. She is a recognized leader in the social impact space through lecturing and scholarship.