IFA Board

The Governing Body (IFA Board) comprise of the following office bearers elected by the General Body for managing and implementing the activities of the association. The names and designation of the present members of the governing body are as follows:.

Prof. Siddhartha Pratim Chakrabarty – IIT Guwahati Assistant Treasurer

Siddhartha Pratim Chakrabarty is a Professor in the area of finance. His research interest and expertise includes portfolio theory, financial risk management, sustainable finance and computational finance. His research focus is on quantitative methods like statistics, mathematics and computing, to address questions arising at the interface of portfolio theory, risk management and sustainable finance. His recent papers include topics on commodity prices, pricing of financial derivatives, robust portfolio optimization, financial risk management and carbon transition risk. He has nearly fifteen years of experience in the teaching of courses in finance to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at IIT Guwahati and he has offered two MOOC courses in the areas of mathematical finance and mathematical portfolio theory. His B.Tech. Project advisees have gone on to secure prestigious positions in the finance sector, both in India and overseas, including Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland, Morgan Stanley, Citadel, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo and American Express. He is also a recipient of the Scholarship Scheme for Faculty Members from Academic Institutions-2020 by the Reserve Bank of India, 2020.

Prof. Prabir Kumar Das – IIFT Kolkata Member

Prabir Kumar Das is a Professor of Statistics/Analytics at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Kolkata. Having more than 25 years of experience in Research, Training, and Teaching, he has published more than 30 research papers. He conducts Management Development Program (Open and Customised Executive Training) on Business Analytics in a Big Data World. He is a Consultant in the domain of Analytics for Indian Oil Corporation Limited & Government e-Marketplace, and a Mentor (Analytics), at The Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Prof. Ajay Pandey – IIM Ahmedabad President

Prof. Ajay Pandey is a Professor in the Finance and Accounting area at IIM Ahmedabad. His professional interests related to research, training, and teaching are mainly in corporate finance and capital markets such as corporate governance, risk management, project finance, volatility, and asset price dynamics etc. His other professional interests, particularly for consulting, the electricity sector, public procurement, and regulations. Prof. Pandey received a Doctorate at IIM Ahmedabad by specializing in Finance and is a graduate from IIT Roorkee.

Prof. Sankarshan Basu – IIM Bangalore Vice President

Sankarshan Basu is a Professor in the Finance and Accounting area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), since 2002. Professor Basu has completed his Honours (Statistics) from Presidency College, Calcutta, his MSc (Statistics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his PhD (Statistics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. In terms of research, his areas of interest are Financial Calculus, Option Pricing, Bond and Portfolio Valuation, Applications of Quantitative Techniques to Finance, Insurance, Reinsurance, Risk Management, and Financial Markets. He has presented his work at international conferences in Thailand, the US, the UK, France, Spain, Norway, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco, the Netherlands, and India. He has, to his credit, several papers in international journals of repute like European Financial Management, International Review of Financial Analysis, Finance Research Letters, International Review of Economics and Finance, Economic Letters, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, and the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. Professor Basu has vast experience in the finance and treasury domains. He was briefly in the finance industry, working in the Treasury Operations of ICICI Ltd. (now ICICI Bank Ltd.) in Mumbai. He has been actively involved in various consulting and training projects across multiple domains like banks (e.g., State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Vijaya Bank, and Federal Bank), insurance companies (e.g., ING Vysya Life Insurance), stock exchanges (Bombay Stock Exchange), and various governmental agencies (e.g., Indian Revenue Service and the Indian Foreign Service) as well as other corporate entities. He currently serves on the board of The Federal Bank Ltd., as Director, PRMIA, since 2020, and a Founder Member and Secretary of the Indian Finance Association (IFA) since 2015. He has also served on the boards of companies like The Clearing Corporation of India Limited, The Bangalore Stock Exchange Limited, and Bilcare India. Between 2014 and 2015, he was the President of the Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and served on the international selection panel of Fellows for the German Chancellor Fellow, a fellowship run and administered by the Office of the German Chancellor between 2014 to 2022.

Prof. M Kannadhasan – IIM Raipur Treasurer

M Kannadhasan is a professor of finance at the Indian Institute of Management Raipur. He holds a Ph.D in finance from Anna University. He has received his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Madras University, a Master’s in business administration from Bharathiar University, and a Master’s in foreign trade from Pondicherry University. Before joining IIM Raipur, he has worked with Bharathidhasan Institute of Management, Trichy. He teaches courses, namely, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Corporate Finance, Security analysis and portfolio management, Financial derivatives, and Fixed Income securities.


Prof. Kaveri Krishnan – IIM Visakhapatnam Assistant Secretary

Kaveri Krishnan is an Assistant Professor in the Finance and Accounting Area at the Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam (IIMV). She completed her PhD from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, specializing in the Finance & Accounting Area. Her work largely focuses in the area of credit rating. Her dissertation explores the efficacy of the credit rating process in India. The thesis also analyses the determinants of credit rating and the impact of the regulatory disclosure requirements on the credit rating process. Her broad research interests lie in the area of Credit Rating, Corporate Finance, and Investments. Prior to her doctoral degree, she completed her MBA and Engineering degree. After her Master’s degree, she worked in the industry for about three years.

Prof. Sharad Nath Bhattacharya – IIM Shillong Secretary

Sharad Nath Bhattacharya is a post-graduate in finance and holds a Ph.D.  from the University of Calcutta. An order of merit winner at the University of Calcutta for his rank at post-graduation level, he offers courses on Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, International Finance and Cost Management. Prof Bhattacharya’s research interests are in Empirical Finance, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance and Liquidity in Financial Markets. Active in serving the professional community, he has been visiting faculty at IIM Indore, IIM Raipur, IMT Ghaziabad and University of Calcutta. He is a life member of the Indian Finance Association. He has been a creative researcher, has published a large number of research papers in several reputed international and national journals including ABDC ranked journals. His papers are well received at national and international conferences. He is a sought after trainer in the Executive Development space spanned across the public sector units, defense entities as well as corporate entities.