Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) has appointed Harsh Shrivastava as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). MFIN is a self-regulatory body and an industry association for the Micro Finance Institutions (MFINs) in India.
Shrivastava will be assuming his new responsibilities from April 25, 2018.
Before joining MFIN, Shrivastava was associated with Feedback Infra as Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications.
He holds more than 20 years of professional experience and has served the Prime Minister’s Office with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the capacity of Deputy Speechwriter.
He was also involved in the making of India’s 12th plan during his tenure with Planning Commission as a consultant. Speaking on the appointment, Rakesh Dubey, President, MFIN, said, “We welcome Mr. Harsh Shrivastava as the new CEO of MFIN. We are confident that with his rich experience and leadership quality, he will be able to steer the microfinance industry in the progressive direction and contribute significantly in building a strong and positive perception of the industry. We wish him all the best for his new responsibilities.”
On accepting the new role Harsh Shrivastava said, “I feel humbled and privileged to be given this opportunity. Microfinance as an industry holds a great importance when we talk about financial inclusion. It represents empowerment of economically weaker sections which makes it a key pillar in the government’s framework of inclusive development. I look forward to be a part of this fraternity which is working at the grassroots level to transform today’s India into a better one.”
In his previous assignments, Harsh Shrivastava has held senior posts in Reliance Capital, Confederation of Indian Industry and Srei Infrastructure and Finance. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and has written India’s first book on Corporate Social Responsibility. Shrivastava succeeds Ms. Ratna Vishwanathan who stepped down as the CEO of MFIN earlier this year.