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Flamboyant and Suave
Rohit Manchanda

THE CAREER JOURNEY SO FAR:
My journey includes 15 years of work. In this decade and a half long journey, I have got the chance to wear the hat of a marcom professional, an ad film maker, a teacher, a trainer, a host & an ‘expert’ on television, a magazine editor and finally an entrepreneur. I started my own firm Mandate Consulting and it caters to different business domains like strategy consulting, marketing and communications, and films and television. Overall, I must admit that the journey has been very satisfying and I am not done yet. I look forward to keep going and continue my trails on the paths of life consistently and persistently.

LIFE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER IIPM:
Rarely before IIPM did I experience classes so riveting and teachers so admirable. IIPM was a wholesome education experience. It inspired me to an extent that I started teaching myself and I’m yet to find a better way of touching so many lives so meaningfully. In essence IIPM paved the way for me going forward and whatever I have achieved in life till date, IIPM has played a big role in it and will continue to do so in future. In literally taught me to dare to think beyond and accomplish the impossible.

YOUR TRANSFORMATION AT IIPM:
Although I loved my school, yet right till my class 12th I did not have the courage to read out the “thought for the day” in front of the school assembly. But when I joined IIPM, It all transformed after the compulsory Excom debate in the very first semester. It provided me with the confidence that I was lacking previously and shaped my personality in the most appropriate manner. And ever since then there was no looking back. I have just gone on from strength to strength.

SUBJECTS THAT CHALLENGED YOU THE MOST:
Coming from a non-science background I must admit that if this means the most tedious one- Quantitative Techniques. But in real sense of word it was only and only ExComm. ExComm is a way of life, a complete course in itself. I went on to take Excomm classes as well. The course structure in IIPM is such that almost all the subjects are important and relevant, and if you get a firm grip on most of them, there is no stopping you from getting what you want out of life. At the same time, having a solid practical knowledge goes a long way as in the real life corporate world, merely being adept with theoretical knowledge is not enough.

YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH THE IIPM FACULTY AS A MEMBER:
No modesty required here, IIPM has always had the best faculty line-up. Most of them have been not just teachers but working professionals in their own fields. The experience has been very stimulating. They have created champions out of average students and that is the essence of formidable teaching. It is about inspiring and influencing lives and changing them for good.

RELATION WITH ARINDAM SIR & RAJITA MA’AM:
When I began my studies at IIPM, during that time, Arindam Sir took classes on a weekly basis. I instantly got hooked on to his absorbing oratory. ‘Beyond Principals of Management & Economics’ a subject he innovated and taught us was a never before experience. He even made accountancy look interesting. It is something only exceptional individuals can do. He made a dry and sometimes boring subject so engrossing and riveting that I hardly know of anybody from my batch who even wildly thought of bunking or missing Arindam Sir’s lectures. I missed Rajita mam’s first class (Business Statistics) as I had joined a day late. My classmates told me I had missed something nice. I eagerly awaited her next class and realized she wasn’t just the prettiest teacher (emoticon with eye on hand) but extremely well spoken with contemporary knowledge of her subjects. She till date I am sure is the favourite among students and will always be because just like Arindam Sir, she created interest and developed passion among students to perform and excel. I’m also grateful to my favorite Prof. Naveen Chamoli (ExComm), Prof. Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharya (Group Dynamics) and Prof. A Sandeep (Business Strategy)

RELATION WITH DIRECTOR SIR & DIRECTOR MA’AM:
My entrance interview was taken by Director Sir himself. I had no idea how it would mark a new beginning in my life. I’m very proud of being part of a great legacy that Director Ma’am and Director Sir built. They are both extremely profound individu- Rohit Manchanda about India speaks about that too. That vision of Director Sir in a way is my mantra.

YOUR TAKE ON LEADERSHIP:
Leadership (in my view) is when we can give growth, welfare & happiness to our colleagues, friends and family. It is not about creating followers but it is all about creating more leaders. Integrity, courage, and honesty are also an essential part of a leader without which you will always find a leader incomplete.

YOUR WORD OF ADVICE TO THE YOUNG BRIGADE:
I will be short simple and crisp with this one. So my advice for the young guns of today is - Create Wealth. Don’t Fake. Love. Stay Fit.

A BRIEF ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND OTHER PASSIONS IN LIFE:
I live with my first love- my mom, my lovely wife Ms. Neelima who still dotes on me even after 19 years and my two darling daughters. I feel blessed to have got such a loving and compassionate family and I love every moment that I spend with them. They are my strength and I am theirs. I am a big lover of photography and capturing emotions on camera is my passion. Also, I play the Alto Sax to replenish my mind, body, and soul. I feel that music is something that heals you and helps you unwind in a perfect way. In today’s day and age, that is something imperative so that work and pressure related to work do not take a toll on your life. Cheers!!! Leadership (in my view) is when we can give growth, welfare & happiness to our colleagues, friends and family als and their simplicity is a benchmark for generations to come.

YOUR SUCCESS MANTRA:
There’s nothing more enterprising than starting your own enterprise. If you’re a management graduate (that too from IIPM), your education is not complete till the day you start your own and as taught by Director Sir, create more jobs. That ways you are actually contributing to the growth of the Indian economy and Director Sir’s vision about India speaks about that too. That vision of Director Sir in a way is my mantra.

YOUR TAKE ON LEADERSHIP:
Leadership (in my view) is when we can give growth, welfare & happiness to our colleagues, friends and family. It is not about creating followers but it is all about creating more leaders. Integrity, courage, and honesty are also an essential part of a leader without which you will always find a leader incomplete.

YOUR WORD OF ADVICE TO THE YOUNG BRIGADE:
I will be short simple and crisp with this one. So my advice for the young guns of today is - Create Wealth. Don’t Fake. Love. Stay Fit.

A BRIEF ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND OTHER PASSIONS IN LIFE:
I live with my first love- my mom, my lovely wife Ms. Neelima who still dotes on me even after 19 years and my two darling daughters. I feel blessed to have got such a loving and compassionate family and I love every moment that I spend with them. They are my strength and I am theirs. I am a big lover of photography and capturing emotions on camera is my passion. Also, I play the Alto Sax to replenish my mind, body, and soul. I feel that music is something that heals you and helps you unwind in a perfect way. In today’s day and age, that is something imperative so that work and pressure related to work do not take a toll on your life. Cheers!!!


Focused & Composed
Anita Yadav

Anita Yadav is a connoisseur in realms of Finance with a sound base of theoretical knowledge and practical experience which strengthens her to provide successful solutions to finance and capital market related industry. Anita Yadav is a partner and Managing Director of SJS Capital Management and has been instrumental in setting up business in Southeast Asia. Her understanding of the finance is immaculate and therefore pivotal in designing appropriate strategies for various corporates.

As a multi talented woman, she has been critically contributing not just to the knowledge base of the corporate world but also has been providing consulting in the area of Venture capital, credit trading and credit research. Her creative bent and experience in the field of finance is impeccable.

Ms Anita shares her journey and secrets of success with Team DTTB

Q. Please take us through your younger year and early education?
A. My father worked for India Navy and therefore I spent most of my younger years in Indian Coastal cities, mostly Mumbai. I studied in Central Schools - A school for children of central government employees. I, then went on to Geology Hons from Delhi University. If I recollect my younger years, I was never committed get into stereotype career, although my parents wanted me to study science as I was reasonably good at studies. During the final year of graduation, I came across the venture capital industry. I remember reading about World Bank aid to India and prompt inclination towards the institution of finance. Even though, I was from science background, I realized that finance is where my interest lied. Thus I made a conscious and informed decision of steering myself towards finance. Then on I had a clear goal as to what I was going to do in my life. I wanted to study finance; however, being a science graduate, I couldn’t opt for Masters Degree in finance. Therefore I decided to do MBA. I did not know where to go for an MBA degree as most of the business schools had stopped intake for new students. Somehow, I came to know about IIPM and I joined the institute – only to change my life and its outlook for good.

Q. How did IIPM influence your live?
A. IIPM has served a purpose in my life. It has steered me from science to finance. Time spent at IIPM was fun filled. At IIPM I realized that work life can be radically different from school life, especially in the field of business and finance. A career in science would require more of academic knowledge to excel but a career in this industry has a bit of human and behavioural inclination. As a student at IIPM, I was never inclined towards getting 100 out of 100. It was more about exploring the real life business opportunities. During my times, IIPM didn’t have a huge campus as it has today and we used to go to Green Park for our computer classes. Those classes were fun and I really enjoyed every bit of it. Amongst the faculty at IIPM, I would really like to mention, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri and Rajita Chaudhuri who were young, dynamic and inspiring for the students at IIPM.

Q. Can you please take us through your career journey?
A. Even before finishing MBA from IIPM, I knew where I had to go. I applied in venture capital companies and got through one of the venture capital companies. During that time, I met my husband and got married. In 1996, I migrated to Australia. In Australia, I went on to do one more master’s degree in international finance and in the year 2000; I joined a company called Moody’s investors services as an analyst. Effectively, it was my first fulltime job and it was kind of a challenge. I had to shift my focus back from family matter to work. I was there till 2003. In 2005, I was named as the best trade analyst in Australia and that is when I was offered to set up credit research division for UBS – an Investment bank. I headed credit research and hybrid securities for 3 years at UBS until 2009. Then I joined Nomura, a Japanese investment bank as a Managing Director and head of global markets and therefore had to migrate to Mumbai. In 2010, I was approached by SJS Capital Management to set up their unit for operations in South-east Asia. I joined the company and currently am a partner and managing director at SJS capital management services in Singapore.

Q. What is your advice to the students currently studying at IIPM?
A. My advice to the students would be to have a clear vision of what they want to be. I think, most of the people who under achieve is that we really do not know what we want to do. You should have focus and clarity of goal and everything else follows the road. I think the biggest cause of failure in life is confusion and not knowing what you want to do. I am a strong believer of the saying “A man can achieve anything he wants”. It is completely true and all a man needs is a clear focus. I think school should have a designated class where in students are counseled about their strengths and kind of facilitated in discovering their interests.

Q. Can you please share a little bit about Anita Yadav, off work?
A. The hardest situation that I have faced in life has been off work. When I migrated to Australia, I had six months old child and in Australia we don’t have the privileges of being at home. However, that turned out to be productive. I would make sure that I leave work at 6 and had all my focus on work when I was at work. So, I think that has been imbibed in me. Till 6 it is all about work and 6 till 9 is the time dedicated to my kids Jahnavi and Jai and of course my husband, Surinder – an architect. I spend time in feeding them checking their home work so on and so forth. There are two strong forces in me – a mother and a CEO. However, again it is the clarity of goals that helps to manage the both. I believe it is the firm discipline and clarity of what and how you want to do it.

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