Sunil Gulati is the Chairman of Merisis Advisors, a boutique investment bank and is an Independent Director on the Boards of Varthana Finance, a NBFC focused on financing affordable private schools; CoinTribe Technologies, a leading FinTech company providing financing solutions for SMEs; and Empays Payment Services, a RBI licensed player providing domestic and cross-border payment services. He is a Strategic Advisor to Suryoday Microfinance in their journey to become a Small Finance Bank and to Insense, a company that allows merchants to provide targeted offers to bank and credit card customers. Sunil is a member of the Investment Committee of Infinity Alternative Advisors, a Charter Member of TiE, Mumbai and a founder member of their Fintech Special Interest Group.
Sunil Gulati has three decades of global experience in the banking industry across investment banking, corporate finance, relationship management, risk management and corporate strategy. In the last 15 years, Sunil was a key member of the management teams at RBL Bank, Yes Bank and ING Group at the stage of their rapid growth and transformation and establishment as mainstream players in the Indian Banking industry.
Sunil was the Chief Risk Officer for almost 6 years at RBL Bank during its transformation from a small regional bank to a national player. During this period the bank grew more than 15x across corporate, retail, capital markets and agricultural/financial inclusion sectors. Previously, he spent 5 years at Yes Bank, where he had a short stint as Chief Risk Officer followed by the role of Group President responsible for Wholesale Banking including Corporate & Institutional Banking, Emerging Corporate Banking, Transaction Banking, International Banking and Business Advisory.
Sunil headed the GE Commercial Finance business for a short period from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that he headed the ING Barings business in India and was part of the core team that helped ING acquire a controlling stake in Vysya Bank. After the acquisition, Sunil took on the entrepreneurial task of setting up the Wholesale Banking business within ING Vysya Bank. He was also designated as Regional CEO for all their businesses in West India.
Sunil’s formative years in banking (1989-2001) were spent with Bank of America in India and Hong Kong across relationship management, corporate development and investment banking. This role included corporate restructuring and divestiture transactions for Bank of America across several countries in Asia. During the period that Sunil headed the investment banking practice in India, Bank of America was consistently rated as among the best corporate finance banks and M&A advisors in the country. Sunil holds a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1982) in Electrical Engg/Computer Science and is a Gold Medalist from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1984).