Sudarshan Chari

Director and Head, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Business, Avendus Finance

Sudarshan Chari is part of the Credit Solutions team at Avendus and is based in Mumbai. He has over 15 years of experience across commercial banking, corporate lending, (small and medium-sized enterprises) SME financing, trade and forex services within the financial services industry.

At Avendus, he is responsible for setting up the SME business to finance micro and small enterprises in the country, enabled by technology. He will establish the domestic trade finance business which is anchored on mid-tier companies to finance their supply chain i.e. vendor financing and channel financing.

Prior to joining Avendus, he worked with Ratnakar Bank Limited (RBL) for three years where he headed the SME business for the firm. At RBL, he played an instrumental role in setting and scaling up the SME business and making it profitable to the organization. Before RBL, he worked with Citigroup for a period of 12 years across its various businesses. His last position at Citi was country head – mid-market and client acquisitions. One of the many accolades he won at CITI was winning the chairman’s council award in 2005.

Sudarshan has done his Bachelors in Commerce and Masters of Management Studies from Mumbai University and speaks at various industry association events on MSME financing.


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