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The Indian Gold Jewellery Market - Shekhar Bhandari, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In this candid interview, Shekhar Bhandari, Head of Business for Forex, Derivatives and Precious Metals, Kotak Mahindra Bank, talks about the significance of gold jewellery to Indian culture. He even finds time to look into his crystal ball to see what the future holds for demand for gold in India.

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Shekhar Bhandari, Business Head for Forex, Derivatives and Precious Metals, Treasury, Kotak Mahindra Bank 
Shekhar has been instrumental in increasing market share of Precious metals business by 3.5 times within 24 months.
He joined Kotak Mahindra group in 1996 after completing his Chartered Accountancy where he was ranked 25th in India.  Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility across various group companies – Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company and Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance. Amongst several achievements, He has led the entire formulation and turnaround project - “Turning Point” with McKinsey, and rolled out Change Management Process at branch, regional and national level in turn making Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance among the top 3 in Agent Productivity in the Industry.  He also set up the entire Compliance and Secretarial function at Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance.
His areas of interests are Derivatives, Structuring, Precious Metals, Treasury, Economy, Risk Management, Distribution and Marketing of Financial Products and covers these subjects as a regular speaker at various forums.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a further qualification of Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Graduate member of the institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.