Sutapa Banerjee has over 30 years of professional experience. She spent 24 years in the financial services industry across 2 large multinational banks (ANZ Grindlays and ABN AMRO), and a boutique Indian Investment bank (Ambit) where she built and headed several businesses. A well-recognized thought leader in the Wealth Management space having headed and successfully built from scratch the Private Wealth businesses in both ABN AMRO Bank and Ambit Capital, Sutapa was voted one of the ‘Top 20 Global Rising Stars of Wealth Management’ by the Institutional Investor Group in 2007 – the only Indian and one of only two winners from Asia. As CEO she led Ambit Private Wealth to ‘Best Private Bank in India in the 2013 AsiaMoney polls. In 2012 she was shortlisted in the ’50 most Powerful Women’ by Fortune India.
Currently she is on the Boards of several companies – Zomato Limited, Godrej Properties, JSW Cement, Axis Capital, Polycab Industries, Camlin Fine Sciences, Satsure Analytics and ideaForge Technologies. She served on the Board of Oxfam India and was a Nominee director for Women’s World Banking for several years. As a Visiting Faculty with IIM Ahmedabad, she created and taught an elective on Behavioural biases in decision making and its impact on corporate practices with a focus on gender – a first for any business school anywhere. Sutapa is also an adjunct faculty with IICA – the Government think tank under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. In addition, she works as a Decision Coach for senior leaders.
Sutapa is an Advanced Leadership Fellow (2015) at Harvard University. Her area of work in which she teaches, consults, trains, writes, and speaks both internationally and in India is on Cognitive Noise and Biases in Decision-making and the use of Behavioural Insights. Sutapa is a gold medalist in Economics from the XLRI School of Management in India, and an Economics honours graduate from Presidency College Kolkata. She has served on the CII National Committee on Women’s Empowerment and the Indian Women Network, the CII National Committee on Integrity and Transparency in Governance and on the Advisory Panel of the ‘India Responsible Business Forum.