Ms. Radhika Rajan
Ingeniously combining zeal with relentless efforts, it is very aptly said that women are the pride and the real architects of the world at large, leaving no stone unturned to augment and excel. With the changing times, there has been an evolution and burgeon of career women and rightly so. Fabricating her career to the pinnacle it stands now at, and always been recognized for excelling at multitasking with history being a witness for the same, Ms. Radhika Rajan is a nonpareil paradigm for the same.
A National Science Talent scholar through her undergraduate and graduate years, Radhika holds an MSc. in Physics from IIT Bombay (1977) and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. At present, she has been installed as the Executive Vice President at DSP Investments, the umbrella company of the Kothari Family Office, in Mumbai, in addition to serving as the Non-Executive Independent Director of Sonata Software. Brimming with technical prowess and agility, Ms. Rajan is a results-focused financial-market professional with over 25 years of profit-responsible experience, primarily in New York. A US citizen relocated to India, Radhika has zeroed in on India as an investment destination since 1999, when she became the Executive Vice-President of Mphasis, an Indo-US IT services company.
Prior to joining the Fund, she advised TCG and several other private equity groups on various companies and proposed investments in the US-India corridor. In the 90s, she also functioned as a global-macro proprietary trader at JP Morgan, Itochu, UBS, Bank of America and Bank of Montreal where she created and managed several profitable trading structures. As a global macro trader, she traded and took proprietary positions in a range of currencies, cash, and options, in interest rate and commodity futures and in derivatives, with a focus on emerging markets, thus eradicating a lot of inefficiencies the business bred and providing a great scope for improvement.
A name tantamount to profound intellect and empowering leadership, she serves on the Boards of a number of subsidiaries of TATA, such as Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), Tata Sikorsky Aerospace, Tata Lockheed, and Sonata Software. Invited in 2003 to pen down the highly acclaimed “The Global Internet Economy,” a book published by MIT Press in 2003, she acted as the Executive Board Member of TIE Tristate, the New-York based chapter of TIE, The Indus Entrepreneurs, a global association of entrepreneurs active in accelerating the globalization of Indian business.
From subsisting as a treasurer at the mammoth Bank of America in her initial years to being the current Executive VP at DSP Investments, Radhika has funneled her virtuosity and ardor adeptly to match her dazzling growth. With hurdles failing to unnerve her and sap out her enthusiasm, Radhika has rightfully transcended the conceptual boundaries women are thought to satisfy with and has paid back to her ala mater in multiple ways. She organized a distinguished lecture series as an annual feature at IIT Bombay, to provide a platform for women achievers to be identified and brought to the limelight, and has set a peremptory example for the women to come.