Mission And Vision

Samaaru’s Mission and Vision is to make farming a desirable occupation, and doing this by empowering farmers. The vision may seem audacious, but we strongly believe that we can achieve this ambition. And we will achieve this through a combination of the Samaaru team and teams from our partners.

Meet The Team

Samaaru has an eclectic mix of professionals who bring a mix of skills including business building, selling, credit assessment, risk management, farm management, book building, back-office operations, technology and data science. If you think that you have a passion for the agricultural sector and want to contribute, please contact us. so that we can initiate a discussion with you.

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MICHAEL ANDRADE

MD and CEO, Samaaru

Leads the Samaaru group of companies. 20 year career with HDFC Bank, including 15 years as head of Agri and Rural Banking. Built a book of ~$5 bn, incl. ~$350 mn in unsecured value chain finance to ~300 k farmers with < 1% default rates. 10 years with Barclays and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. Advisor to AgriFin, World Bank.

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Deepak Goswami

CFO, Samaaru

Leads finance, treasury, legal, governance and compliance. 20 years diversified experience across NBFCs, Fintech, IT & ITES and other industries. Led IPO preparation, finance and business transformation, large treasury ops, strategic initiatives, building best-in-class processes & teams. Ex CFO at Spandana, a microfinance leader in India ($0.6 bn+ assets). Prior stints with GE Capital-SBI Card (SVP Finance, $2 bn+ assets), Mahindra Comviva and Tata Power.

 

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Dinesh Poduval

COO, Samaaru

Leads rural networks, payments, lending operations, quality, HR and supplier partnerships. Former President at Centillion, a tech-enabled service provider for financial services. Managed $5 bn in annual payments & settlement volume across 100+ branches, 25 mn electronic transactions at TechProcess, 100 mn documents digitized and processed. Stints with Indecomm (Digital business head at Centillion parent), Intelenet Global, HSBC and Deloitte.

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CTO, Samaaru

Leads technology, data and insights, and credit risk management. Founder at MoneySmart, a personal finance mgmt venture (acquired). Founder at Zloka, a bidding fee auction e-commerce website. 8 years at Infosys in consulting, tech and biz dev roles. Delivered complex systems at scale for global leaders in agribusiness, financial services and life sciences. APAC Head for IT Strategy and Information Mgmt Practice. Stints at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Centre.

 

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Sandeep Raju

Incubation Lead and Board Member, Samaaru

Leads business case development, carve-outs, investments, M&amp;A, funding, shareholder relations, impact, marketing, and PR. Private investor and venture development specialist. Former CIO at Pioneering Ventures. P&L leadership, M&A, investments and new business incubation over 15 years at Infosys. Created ~900 jobs, nurtured ~60 operating leaders, led teams of ~1500 people, worked on acquisition and investment transactions aggregating ~$0.5 bn.

Board members of Samaaru companies

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FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ

Founder and Chairman, Avaloq

Avaloq is a global leader in core banking software, digital banking and wealth management, SaaS and BPaaS, for ~150 banks with ~$4 trillion in assets.

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RON PAL

Founder and Chairman, Pioneering Ventures

Pioneering Ventures is the incubation partner for Samaaru and one of India’s leading agri-food and technology platforms.

RON PAL

Founder and Chairman, Pioneering Ventures

Pioneering Ventures is the incubation partner for Samaaru and one of India’s leading agri-food and technology platforms.

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DIDIER SANGIORGIO

Co-owner and former CEO, Walder Wyss AG

Walder Wyss AG is one of Switzerland’s leading law firms. Board member and investor with a diverse venture portfolio.

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PABLO ERAT

Co-founder, Pioneering Ventures

Strategy consultant, marketing specialist, and start-up entrepreneur. Former partner and co-founder at Executive Insight AG.

PABLO ERAT

Co-founder, Pioneering Ventures

Strategy consultant, marketing specialist, and start-up entrepreneur. Former partner and co-founder at Executive Insight AG.

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ANIL NATH

Compliance advisor, HSBC

~15 years leadership roles at HDFC Bank (SME, Agribusiness, Branchm Corporate). Stints at Times Bank, Centurion Bank, SBI.

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RAMAN AHUJA

Advisor, World Bank

Market Insights Advisor to the World Bank since 2013. Former India Head for Flavours at Firmenich. Leadership roles at Bharti Del Monte FieldFresh and Unilever.

RAMAN AHUJA

Advisor, World Bank

Market Insights Advisor to the World Bank since 2013. Former India Head for Flavours at Firmenich. Leadership roles at Bharti Del Monte FieldFresh and Unilever.

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