The National Centre for Financial Inclusion and Planning (Natfin) is a philanthropic Trust set up by a group of professionals with experience in such fields as finance, policy making, bureaucracy, social work, and media. They have joined hands to (i) make financial services available, feasible, and affordable to the sections of society which are still out of reach of formal financing, and (ii) promote financial literacy and financial planning. They want these goals to be achieved in a manner that is beneficial for both the beneficiaries and the financial sector.
The details of governing council members are as follows:
Awanish K. Mishra straddles the domains of media, finance, academics, and policy making. A public intellectual of repute, he has appeared as an expert on prominent news channels, including official broadcasters and BBC, as well as All India Radio to discuss the issues related to financial inclusion, financial planning, capital markets, and economic policy.
After quitting UTI Mutual Fund in 2003, Mishra worked with several major media houses including Dainik Bhaskar and Amar Ujala in senior positions. Later, he founded a personal finance magazine, Money Mantra, which he edited till July 2013.
Currently, Mishra is working on a project, ‘Stock Market Surveillance and Monitoring Mechanism,’ commissioned by the Union Government. The project strives to protect small investors from scams and promote fair play. He is also on board of several government bodies.
For Mishra, subjects like financial inclusion and financial planning are not just academic matters. He is passionate about them. He wants to enliven Natfin with his passion and knowledge.
B.S. Chauhan has a multifaceted personality. He has made meaningful contributions to policy making, government decisions at the highest levels, media management, academics, and literature. Currently, he is Media Adviser to and Spokesperson of the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) and the Indian Audit & Accounts Department (IA & AD). As the interface between the CAG and the media, he regularly interacts with journalists, and organizes awareness and education campaigns.
An officer of the Indian Economic Service, he was deputed in the Planning Commission for two years in the early 1980s. He was engaged in the finalization and review of State Plans. Earlier, at the Department of Personnel & Training and the Institute of Economic Growth, he was involved in economic analysis, planning and evaluation, project formulation and appraisal, monetary and fiscal policies, economic sociology, etc. Later, he held high offices in various government departments, including the Prime Minister’s Office and the Press Information Bureau. He also led many government delegations at international meetings.
Chauhan also has two books, one a collection of short stories in Hindi, to his credit.
Ravi Shanker Kapoor is a journalist and author. In a career spanning about a quarter of a century in the media, he has worked with a number of major dailies—The Financial Express, The Asian Age, and The Political & Business Daily. He has also worked with various magazines in senior positions, his last assignment being Money Mantra, a leading personal finance magazine.
Known for his ability to present complex topics in simple terms, he has written on almost everything under the sun—from economic growth, national politics, and Indo-US relations to the freedom of expression and Dev Anand. An ardent votary of economic freedom, Kapoor has passionately championed the cause of financial inclusion in his journalistic writings and books.
His literary works have been brought out by Vision Books, a reputed publishing house, and the Liberty Institute, a New Delhi-based think-tank.
Subroto Das is Chief General Manager and Head of Department, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority. Currently, he is working on the development and administration of the National Pension System (NPS).
A science graduate from the University of Calcutta and an MBA from Delhi University, Das has 20 years of experience in the finance sector. He has worked with Axis Bank (2003-10, Assistant Vice President), ING Vysya Bank, HSBC, and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.
Das has overseen accounting principles, audits, fees, and charges regarding central recordkeeping of the NPS; drafted regulations for selection, supervision, licensing, and exit policy pertaining to central recordkeeping agencies (CRA) and trustee banks; modeled the CRA system availability and integration with other financial operation systems within the NPS; revamped the existing system of synchronization of fund and information flow to eliminate mismatches; and implemented the accepted recommendation of Committee to Review Implementation of Informal Sector Pension.
An avid reader of Bengali and English literature, Das also enjoys philately, music, and travel.