Ms. Veena Mankar
Ms. Veena Mankar is a Banking and Financial Services professional with expertise in trade and structured finance, financing for MSMEs and microfinance.
She has over 35 years of experience in financial services with banks and financial institutions and as a strategic consultant.
She is the Founder of three entities under the Swadhaar brand, set up with the objective of promoting financial inclusion, including a non-profit that provides financial literacy training. She is the Chairperson of two of the entities, Swadhaar FinServe Pvt. Ltd, an NBFC-MFI and Swadhaar Information & Management Services Pvt. Ltd., a Business Correspondent.
She is also a Director on the Board of Liberty Videocon General Insurance Co. Ltd.
She started her career in 1975 with ICICI, the development finance institution in India, and precursor of the present day ICICI Bank, which was followed by commercial banking experience in Dubai. She set up and headed the Indian Representative Office of West LB, a German state-owned bank and thereafter was the founding MD of a Factoring Non-Banking Financial Company, a joint venture of the same Bank with two other financial institutions (including IFC, Washington). She later advised FIM Bank, Malta on their global factoring strategy and assisted in setting up specialised joint ventures in Dubai and Egypt, where she also served as FIM Bank’s Nominee Director on the Boards of these joint ventures companies.
In the past, she has been on the Governing Board of Sa-Dhan, the Association of Microfinance & Community Development Institutions in India.
She has a BA in Economics from Lady Shree Ram College, Delhi and a post-graduation in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
She is widely travelled, including to study factoring / financial inclusion initiatives in other countries, and as a guest speaker at national and international conferences and seminars on the subjects of trade finance, factoring, forfaiting and microfinance.