Mr. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India and Chairman of Poonawalla Finance Private Limited. An innovator at his core, Mr. Adar Poonawalla has been dedicated to developing affordable children’s vaccines and providing the same across the globe.
He spearheaded the Clean City initiative (APCC) in Pune, and since, has been actively involved in bringing dignity to the task of waste collection. In 2013, Forbes India included Mr. Adar Poonawalla in the list of ‘Four Scions to Watch Out For’. Three years later, in 2016, he hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Serum Institute of India, demonstrating the company’s efforts and achievements in the field of children’s vaccines.
In 2018, he was recognized for his relentless and passionate efforts at making our society a better (and cleaner) place, having been accorded the Corporate Social Responsibility award by CNBC Asia.
Further, the award-winning GQ magazine included Mr. Poonawalla in its elite list of 50 most influential young Indians; another feather on the cap for the young innovator and promoter.
CA Abhay Bhutada is a seasoned finance professional with over 12 years of diversified experience in the domain of commercial and retail lending. He pioneered the concept of flexible lending platform at Poonawalla Finance and has successfully scaled it up. He is managing the overall performance and growth of the company and is instrumental in making strategic decisions.
He was awarded as the Young Entrepreneur of India for the year 2017 by the Chairman of State Bank of India and Promising Entrepreneur of India for the year 2019 by The Economic Times.
Abhay is a qualified Chartered Accountant and he believes "Every day is a new opportunity, every failure is a stepping-stone, every milestone is a chance to introspect and improve."
Mr. Makarand Karkare is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and has over two and a half decade of expertise in Corporate Laws, with marked attention to domains, including mergers and acquisition (M&A), technology licensing and trademark.
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Saurabh Prabhudesai has almost two decades of expertise in accounting and auditing. He is a master at IT (Application), particularly for European companies’ financials and consolidation of the same for Indian holding companies in case of an acquisition.
Mr. Prabhakar Dalal is an Independent Director of the Company and is a highly experienced banker in commercial and development banking, with thirty seven years of experience and extensive international exposure across the globe. Mr. Dalal has worked with Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) for 31 years, including as the Executive Director for over 3 years. Mr. Dalal has served/been serving as Independent or Nominee Director on the Boards of several companies/organizations in various sectors, including on the Board of West African Development Bank. Mr. Dalal has served as a Member of Jury for Business Excellence Awards. Mr. Dalal has appeared as an expert on top-rated business news TV channel in their several call-in shows. Mr. Dalal holds M. Com., LL.B., CAIIB, FIIBF, PGDFERM and PGDSL qualifications, and certificates in French and German languages. Mr. Dalal’s expertise is in retail and wholesale banking, international trade and project financing, institutional and international relations, stress assets management, resource management, corporate and securities law and corporate governance.
Mr. Parag Behede has over decade of expertise in auditing and project financing field. He is well versed in the field of Auditing, Internal auditing, Special assignments of Banks.
He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having a special flair for company to achieve the desired results through customized and innovative solutions. His experience in Financial and Corporate Advisory Services, helps providing valuable insights into how company can grow, diversify, and prosper to maximize their shareholder's wealth. He brings along with him dynamism and fresh ideas to the company.
His strengths are in arranging funds from Banks, Financial Institutions, etc. He also looks after business growth, quality control and staff training related issues. He renders invaluable advice to company to adhere to the corporate laws of governance under SEBI, Companies Act etc.