LENDINGKART Group has put together an all-star team with each one bringing excellent, complementary knowledge and experiences and coming together as one team to fulfil the mission of the company.
Co-Founder and CEO
“I create, I learn, I grow, I am an entrepreneur”
Harshvardhan drives the primary aspect of business – designing innovative credit solutions and delivering them in the most simple and efficient manner to SMB’s. He started his career with large private sector and multinational banks in their small loan divisions. Early in his career he was intrigued by passion of small business owners who inspite of being credit worthy were not served by existing lenders. Credit decisions in banks take months. His vision is to implement Big data credit scoring with analytics and artificial intelligence. He is a Chartered Accountant and pursued his Post Graduation from ISB (Indian School of Business, Hyderabad). In his free time, he loves walking and exploring the world with his wife.
Mr. Giridhar Yasa
Chief Technology Officer
An alumni of IIT Guwahati, Giridhar has 20 years of experience and over the years, he has built systems for solving problems spread across hybrid cloud, e-commerce & consumer Internet, enterprise storage & networking, and mobile communications.
He was leading key cloud infrastructure and organization wide technology-driven initiatives at Flipkart since 2015. He has worked with various companies like Hughes Software, Ubinetics India and NetApp India before joining Flipkart. He has a keen interest in free & open source software, and was a member of the Debian project for a few years. Giridhar has 10 patents to his credit – a finesse which shows his in-depth knowledge about the subject matter and his ability to apply theory into practical scenario. He has several publications to his name and has represented the industry in different forums and enlightened the audience through his powerful talks.
Chief Collections Officer
Mahesh Prashar is an alumni of Maharishi Dayanand University and comes with 18 years of experience.
Prior to joining Lendingkart, he was leading Collection, Recoveries and FCU at Aditya Birla Finance Ltd since 2013. He has worked with various companies like ABFL, CitiFinancial Consumer Finance India Ltd, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank and ICICI Bank Ltd. before joining LendingKart Finance. He has a keen interest in adding new locations and verticals in different businesses.
Raju P ISA qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with 18+ years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.
He has worked with ‘Anand Rathi Global Finance’ as Vice President- Finance and Strategy and various institutions like Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Centurion Bank and BNP Paribas.
He is specialized into Financial Control/Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Strategy & Planning, Budgeting/Forecasting and Business Management.
Head-Account Operations & Admin
Vikram Gandhi brings over 37 years of experience and expertise in Finance & Accounts, Taxation, Costing, MIS and Auditing. He manages and oversees various aspects of Finance & Accounts at LendingKart including fund flow, banking operations, tax assessments, audits, MIS and much more to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the business. Prior to joining LendingKart, Vikram worked in the Silicon Valley in U.S. at ASA Computers in Mountain View, California, where he oversaw inventory management and credit analysis for the company. Prior to that, Vikram served as a Senior Executive of Finance & Commercial for thirteen years at Voltas Limited in Ahmedabad and Chennai, where he led several finance and commercial functions involving budget preparation, audit, taxation, accounting, closing of books and MIS. Prior to that, he also worked in Managerial Cadre for 3 years in Pure Beverages Ltd , Pepsico Plant at Naroda, Ahmedabad observing Accounts and commercial functions.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Ms. Kumudini Aggarwal has been the General Counsel & Company Secretary of Lendingkart since November, 2015. She has over a decade’s experience in corporate commercial legal, governance, risk management, compliance and corporate secretarial matters. Prior to joining Lendingkart, she was associated with PDS Legal, where she worked as Corporate Counsel. She has also been a part of various corporate legal and secretarial departments of large corporate houses, some of whom were publicly traded. She is a qualified Company Secretary and a graduate in law from the University of Delhi.
Uday looks after revenue from large strategic partners as well as part of the retail channel. Uday has a rich experience across industries, having worked at Deloitte, Titan and Headstrong Consulting, having led large sales teams and closed multi-year deals. Prior to Lendingkart, he led the entire sales and business development globally for Tracxn, a 450-people SaaS company based in Bangalore. Uday studied Mathematics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and obtained a PGDM from IIM Lucknow.
VP - Sales
Gaurav comes with rich experience of over 14 years across functions and geographies in Retail financial services industry. After successfully managing assignments in secured and unsecured lending product sales, resource optimization, credit appraisal and change management with HDFC and Citibank, Gaurav went for a mid-career Global MBA program in Strategy and Finance from AGSM – Sydney and NUS, Singapore. During his APAC journey, he exposed himself to strategy and management consulting projects in the field of education with a New South Wales government, Clinical research organisation – Novotech and Leading digital manufacturing platform – Carbon.
As a Vice President, Head – Sales & Strategy, Gaurav has meticulously worked towards introducing and profitably scaling up new business partnerships and products across the country.
VP - Strategy & New Initiatives
Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr Sameer Nagpal
Chief of Revenue Operations and Disbursements
An “ Insead “Alum, With 20 years of experience in FMCG, Telecom Banking and Fin-tech Prior to joining Lendingkart, he was working with Airtel Payments Bank as the Chief Sales Officer since 2017. He has worked with various companies like ,Bharti Airtel ,Idea Cellular,Coca-Cola and ITC- Agro techh before joining LK, Sameer has successfully established and scaled up operations in his last stint with Airtel Payments Bank and Bharti Airtel by embracing technology and using automation to drive efficiency and scale.
Chief Analytics Officer
Abhishek has over 19 years of experience in consulting and retail financial services. He has worked across multiple geographies including South East Asia, India, Australia, Africa and Middle East
Prior to joining Lendingkart, Abhishek was co-founder of Infinit, a Decision Sciences firm focused on providing Decision Management Solutions for Banks and Financial Services.
Abhishek has previously worked with McKinsey and Co. as Analytics Leader in the South East Asia region. He was also part of the startup journey of NettPositive (now Equifax Analytics India) and has also worked with Standard Chartered, Bharti AXA, HDFC Ltd. and Citigroup.
Abhishek is an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai) and Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) from NIT Surathkal
With extensive experience across the Data to Decision journey, Abhishek aims to integrate data and analytics into the decision making DNA of Lendingkart.
Vice President Product
An ISB, Hyderabad alumnus and Computer Science & Engineering graduate, Anmol began his career at IBM and spent six years in software design & development roles in India and Australia. He spent another year in Australia and Hong Kong as an Australian employee of CA Technologies in a Specialist role. Post completing his management education from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, he worked with Housing.com as a Product Manager, before joining Paytm. He transformed Logistics Product suite and post Paytm Mall creation lead O2O product launch as Catalogue product head. After Paytm, Anmol lead India Product for Tala and established Bangalore as product, tech and design office, proved India as a viable business and successfully shipped consumer product.
Arjun heads Co-lending business for Lendingkart, and is responsible for forging long term alliances and setting up and scaling business operations with lending partners in order to fuel the next phase of growth for Lendingkart.
With over 13 years of work experience in the finance industry, Arjun is a seasoned professional with diverse experience in setting up and heading Fintech lending start-up, enterprise business development, Credit and Risk functions.
Before joining Lendingkart, Arjun was heading the Fintech arm of Droom Technologies, where he set up and successfully scaled the auto-lending business. Prior to that, Arjun has had extensive experience working with large financial institutions, including Citibank, Yes Bank, and GE Capital across retail, SME and structured finance units successfully managing multi-million dollar Credit portfolios. He holds an MBA from IIM Kozhikode and B Tech in Computer Engineering.
“Tarun is a seasoned GRC practitioner with 23+ years in managing diverse portfolios in Banking, NBFC, Insurance, Education and Telecom sectors. Having travelled extensively and worked with Senior management, he has developed expertise in operating with the three lines of defence. Before joining Lendingkart, Tarun was Head of Operational Risk Assurance – South Asia with Standard Chartered Bank.
With his global outlook, Tarun has demonstrated strong risk management capabilities in Governance, Assurance, Compliance, Fraud prevention, Product & Project Management, process optimization & reengineering, Credit & Collections. Winner of different organisational and global awards, Tarun has been instrumental in driving exemplary initiatives and innovations in the BFSI space, resulting in 500% growth in threat identification and successful conclusion of imminent Risk & regulatory projects in SCB.
Tarun has worked with ING, Kotak Bank, Max New York life, Rediffusion DY&R, Telia, ICICI Bank, Kenwood, Ashok Leyland Finance and Bajaj.
In his new role as Head of Operational Risk in Lendingkart, he will be steering the Risk and Control management strategy, providing thought leadership and partnering with business to achieve their goal by advancing business opportunities in a compliant and risk conducive environment.”
Dr. Rahul Shukla holds Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) in Computer Science from Premier Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and Bachelor of Technology Degree from reputed Indian institute IIT Kanpur.
During PhD, he has published numerous research papers in the reputed IEEE journals in the field of Digital Image Coding and Stereo Image Compression.
Post Doctorate, he has worked in premier HP Labs Bangalore in the area of Digital Video Broadcasting and built innovative algorithms and softwares.
He holds US Patents for his inventions at HP Labs.
He is passionate to solve real world problems using Web & Mobile Technologies by building intelligent workflow automation software.
As a Co-Founder & CTO of his first StartUp venture HealthSprint Networks (now Remedinet), he built Health Insurance Data Exchange Platform to connect Indian Health Care Providers and Payer in real-time so that Patient care becomes Cashless. This Platform has grown to become India’s Largest Health Insurance Claims Platform serving more than 110 Million Patients and 2000+ Large Hospitals.
For this platform, he received numerous Technology Innovation and Leadership awards.
As a CTO of startup named Scaleneworks, he built Hiring Automation Platform to create software and algorithms to match best jobs and candidates automatically for best hiring outcome.
As a Co-Founder & CTO of next startup named Elementora Digital, He built Self Learning Mobile App cum Platform “Ele”, which is Mobile data driven AI Money Saving Assistant to discover user’s money persona to make contextual recommendations to save money in day-to-day expenses such as travel, food order, movies and shopping.
Rahul is an Engineer by Education but Entrepreneur at Heart and always looking for high impact user problems which can be solved with mobile technology with 10x positive impact in user’s life.
President - Technology, Analytics & New Capabilities
Manish Bhatia – President of Technology, Analytics and Capabilities is a seasoned technologist with 20+ years of expertise in software development, incubating new businesses and developing business critical products. Manish Bhatia joined Lendingkart from Amazon where he was the Chief Technology Officer of AmazonPay. He also headed the World-Wide eCommerce Platform group in India in his previous assignment at Amazon, bringing multiple innovations to the fore. Before joining Amazon, Manish has also worked with two startups and for FedEx and JP Morgan Chase. Manish will be responsible for building a scalable technology stack for the company which supports operational agility, risk management, data and analytics, while driving strategic efficiency and improving overall customer acquisition and experience as well as business growth.