Leadership Team

Samir Bhatia

Founder & CEO

Samir is a serial entrepreneur who brings a strong mix of entrepreneurial passion and deep knowledge of the SME lending space. He started SMEcorner, a new age Fintech lender, that helps SMEs in India meet their working capital needs. Samir brings 33 years of experience from leading companies such as Citibank, HDFC Bank, Barclays Bank, and Equifax. Samir is an avid runner (he has completed 50+ marathons and half marathons to date) and an animal lover.

Samir is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and a Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India

Tushar Drolia

Chief Business Officer

Tushar Drolia is Chief Business Officer at SMEcorner. Tushar brings in close to 17+ years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services sector.

Prior to joining SMECorner, he has worked with Barclays Bank where he managed the entire strategy for the Branch Banking channel. Tushar is also an entrepreneur who managed his own venture with a successful exit.

In his current role, he is instrumental in growing the business & infrastructure at SMEcorner. He is entrusted with driving all businesses and acquisition channels in the organization.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Delhi University and is a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from MDI, Gurgaon.

Vinit Barve

Chief of Strategy and Investor Relations

Vinit Barve is the Chief of Strategy and Investor Relations at SMEcorner. He has 14+ years of experience. Prior to joining SMECorner, Vinit was an investment banker with Investec India where he used to head the Fintech vertical. He spent about 7 years advising various clients in lending, insurance, insurance broking, and payments. Prior to Investec, Vinit was part of the BSFI investment banking team at EY.

In his current role, he is responsible for the growth strategy and fundraising initiatives.

He holds an Engineering degree from Mumbai University and is a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from IIM Ahmedabad.

Sonal Patni

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Sonal is responsible for establishing the technical vision and driving all aspects of SMEcorner's technology platform.

He is an experienced technology professional with 17 years of experience working with global technology companies like Avaya Inc, Cognizant, and Tech Mahindra where he was responsible for setting up and leading high performing engineering teams and executing product and platform strategies.

He is a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and holds an engineering degree from Mumbai University.

Aseem Gautam

Chief Risk Officer

Aseem is a risk professional with a total experience of over 23 years.

Worked with Centurion Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Development Credit Bank, Tata Capital, and United Petro Finance(Kapital Tech).

As Chief Risk Officer, he will be primarily responsible for managing the entire risk and underwriting function along with setting up the credit policies & process.

Aseem is an MBA Finance from the University of Lucknow.

Ashish Ranka

Chief Financial Officer

Ashish is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and seasoned finance professional. He has over 6 years of experience in Financial Services. He brings with him an expertise of Finance & Accounts, Taxation, Compliance, Treasury Management, Fund Raising, Investor Relations, Financial Planning & Analysis and Business Strategy.

Muthoot Homefin (India) Ltd, Chief Financial Officer: He has played a pivotal role in setting up the finance and treasury function. He has built up relationship with Banks, Mutual Funds, Institutional investors for fund raising and was involved in business strategy and financial planning.

Prior to Muthoot Homefin (India) Ltd, he was with L&T Finance Holdings Ltd and India Infoline Ltd in various capacities within Finance and Treasury function.

Sriradha Banerjee

Head - Operation & Customer Service

Sriradha Banerjee has over 20 years’ experience in Operational Excellence with her expertise in the BFSI sector.

She has worked across various organisations from Multinational office automation companies like CANON & RICOH to Insurance and Lending segments like ICICI LOMBARD & RELIGARE. In her last role, she was leading the Operation in IIFL. Her core expertise lies in running large Operation Shops optimising processes and driving end to end digitalisation.

In her current role as Head of Operation & Customer Service, she would be supporting the Organization in driving the organisation strategic goal and enabling to lay a strong process and quality-oriented growth of Business. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Calcutta University. Sriradha is an avid reader and photographer and a sports person.

Pratik Soyantar

Head - Human Resources

Pratik comes with a total experience of 16 years in both individual and team handling roles with end-to-end HR exposure in Talent Acquisition (Leadership Hiring, Digital & Diversity hiring), Employee Engagement, Business Partnering, PMS, Planning & communication, and HR policy & structure design and implementation! He has worked with organizations like Kotak Mahindra, YES Bank, and HDFC Bank wherein he had managed Retail and SME portfolios across geographies PAN India. Pratik is an MBA in HR and Marketing.