Samasta Micro Finance
Management Team

Managing Director
Venkatesh is the founder and MD of Samasta Microfinance Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry as an entrepreneur. Venkatesh was also the founder of the erstwhile PNV Techno Acquisitions Private Ltd. that marketed financial products, and Affluence Edifice, that provided wealth management services for individuals. Venkatesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed the Harvard Business School-ACCION Program on Strategic Leadership in Microfinance.
Director & Chief Information Officer
Shivaprakash co-founded Samasta in 2008. He leads Samasta’s technology-led initiatives which includes the setting of comprehensive IT infrastructure to facilitate smooth operations. He also oversees Operations to ensure seamless execution of business strategies. Shivaprakash has over two decades of experience spanning the software and financial services industries. Before co-founding Samasta, he managed global technology projects for Wipro. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from PSG College of Technology and a Diploma in Microfinance from the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance.
Anantha Kumar T
General Manager – Finance & Accounts
Anantha Kumar is the General Manager – Finance & Accounts at Samasta. In this role, he is responsible for overall budgeting, reviewing and managing operational expenses, and monitoring payroll. Anantha joined Samasta in May 2016 and has over 11 years of experience across industries such as financial services, steel, garments and IT. His expertise lies in audit, strategy, accounts & finance, treasury, and tax. Before joining Samasta, Anantha was a Senior Consultant at GBA Consulting Services, where he managed assignments in India as well as globally.Anantha is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary.
Naveen Mallik
Chief Operating Officer
Naveen Kumar Mallik is Samasta’s Chief Operating Officer. He heads the business team and oversees new business initiatives, expansion, product financing and procedural and structural developments in the company. Naveen joined Samasta in December 2017. He brings in 13 years of diverse experience in microfinance and banking. His expertise is in setting up operations, scaling up business, formulating and executing strategy, product and process development, people management and data interpretation and analysis. After completing Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA, Naveen started his career with Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd. (formerly known as SKS). Prior to joining Samasta, he was with YES Bank in its Inclusive and Social Banking (ISB) function in a senior leadership role.
Ashwini Kumar
Chief People Officer
Ashwini Kumar is Samasta’s Chief People Officer. In this role, he is responsible for building a progressive and engaging work culture in Samasta and for driving all key aspects of Samasta’s human capital including employee experience, learning and development, talent management, performance management & rewards, HR process automation and organisation development.  Ashwini joined Samasta in July 2018 and has over 12 years’ experience across industries in India and globally. Prior to joining Samasta, Ashwini served as Process Head at Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services, where he managed HR Strategy and Risk Management, People CMM Model, Organisation Development and Talent Management. Ashwini has a MBA in HR from National Institute of Construction Management & Research and is a Certified Assessor by Capability Maturity Model Institute, USA, for People Capability Maturity Model Assessment. He is an empanelled assessor with the Confederation of Indian Industries.
Prakash R.
Internal Audit- Head
Prakash R is the Head of Internal Audit at Samasta. He is responsible for helping the organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management, and control (GRC) processes. Prakash joined Samasta in June 2018. He has over 22 years of experience in banking and NBFC - MFI industries. Prakash’s expertise lies in formulating and executing internal audit strategy that evaluates the effectiveness of internal controls and automation of internal audit activities. Previously, Prakash was associated with Equitas Small Finance Bank as Assistant Vice President -Internal Audit. He has also held senior positions at Credit Access Grameen Koota, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, and Canara Bank. Prakash has completed his MBA from Sikkim Manipal University and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.
Chief Risk Officer (CRO)
Sabari Krishna is Samasta’s Chief Risk Officer and spearheads risk management initiatives, such as building of risk assessment processes, risk culture, credit underwriting, process realignment and fraud prevention. Sabari joined Samasta in May 2018 and has over 12 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. He has a strong implementation background in operational risk management, Basel II, asset liability management, ISMS, risk based internal audit and has executed capital raising plans as per Basel III requirements. Prior to joining Samasta, Sabari was with Vijaya Bank, where he led operational risk management, asset liability management, capital assessment and policy formulation activities. Sabari is an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and Indian Institute for Banking and Finance (IIBF). He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from ICFAI University, Hyderabad.
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