Finance Professor, Harvard University
I have a Masters of Science degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and have authored a thesis on the “Privatization of Energy Sector in India” under the supervision of the MIT”s Center of Energy. In addition, I have an (i) MBA, (ii) Bachelor of Laws, and (iii) Bachelor of
Accounting & Commerce from University of Delhi, India. I am a frequent speaker at Harvard Business School and MIT’s energy forum and other “ Finance” related events at the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I have 25 years of executive experience at Citicorp, National Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait Asia bank (1967- 1993) where I held senior level positions (Senior/Executive Vice President) managing a group of over a 100 employees and responsible for meeting profit center earnings targets. Prerequisites to the job included strong product knowledge, work ethic and interpersonal skills, exceptional man-management, superb communications and continually managing the divisional bottom line on an annualized basis.
Strong Entrepreneurial Skills: As Chairman and CEO, I launched my first independent venture involving floatation of a publicly quoted financial services company made up of 10,000 shareholders at Mumbai (India) stock exchange in the year 1986. I successfully exited from the firm in 1989 making significant capital gains at an early stage of my career. The second venture entailed articulation, design and launch of a “Development Bank” under the supervision of Bahrain’s Ministry of Finance and National Economy dedicated to serving the underserved community of the Island state. The project was completed in record 9 months and continues to flourish as a viable financial institution. The third start up included setting up a venture funded finance boutique dedicated to promoting energy related infrastructure projects in emerging market countries. The firm assembled a work load of $2.2 Billion over a 7 year period but had to be wound up after the “Enron fiasco in 2002” leading to cancellation of previously approved bank lines and commitments.
Academic Experience: I joined Harvard University in the Spring of 2009 and continue to serve in the faculty of Arts and Sciences as a key member of the Finance team. I currently teach four finance courses namely “Project Finance”, “Investment Banking”, “Private Equity” and “Venture Capital”. I have earned top honors by appearing on the Dean’s List at Harvard several times and have received “excellent” student reviews for the past 7 years. I have delivered high level “Project Finance” related seminars at Pratt and Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies, Mann of Germany & Exim Bank of France, Paris and several other leading corporates around the world.
Networking: I presently run a boutique investment banking firm and have strong networking amongst investors, lenders and leading corporates within and outside the country. I specialize in the funding of large energy projects and have deep relationships with leading energy firms around the world. I frequently invite senior level executives from the Investment banks and financial institutions, private equity and venture capital firms to speak to my class at Harvard on a regular basis. I have also been instrumental in placing select students from my Harvard class at leading corporates, private equity and VC firms.
Personal Attributes: A strong work ethic, superb time manager, excellent written and oral communication, a strong teamwork and a “keen desire to get things done” are my essential strengths and personality traits. I am creative, imaginative and resourceful in accomplishing targets assigned to me in a timely fashion. It is evidenced by my record of achievements thus far in this country and abroad. Based on my experience and understanding of the task of hand, outlined below is a suggested work plan to accomplish the goals set out in the position description.