Brickwork Finance Academy


Brickwork has a pool of well-experienced and talented faculty members from the financial sector to mentor the best minds. These faculty members come with an excellent record of academia and industry experience to impart knowledge and hone the skills of the candidates for their professional development.

Prof. M S R Manjunatha

Prof. M S R ManjunathaProf. M S R Manjunatha is a professional banker with 40 years of experience in India and abroad. He started his career with Canara Bank, where he specialised in industrial credit and rehabilitation of sick units. He was instrumental in starting Canbank Factors Ltd, a Factoring Services company and also held the position of Executive Vice President. He later worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, in Factoring and domestic banking business.

In his 13 years of service at ING Vysya Bank Ltd, he was involved in all aspects of credit risk management function for 10 years. The last position held by him was as Chief Audit Executive, responsible for the Internal Audit function of the Bank. He was the ex-CRO of Brickwork Ratings.

Prof. Sethu Gururajan

Prof. Sethu GururajanProf. Sethu Gururajan has served in the IAAS & IAS and has been a faculty member at XLRI Jamshedpur, UTI Institute of Capital Markets and IIM Trichy. He has taught finance and capital markets as a visiting professor at IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Indore.

He was officer on special duty at the National Institute of Securities Markets, Mumbai. He has served on many committees in the Indian capital markets. Additionally, he has been a distinguished member of the Boards of Directors of many reputed companies in India with an overall professional experience of about 45 years.

Prof. K.S. Gopal

Prof. K.S. GopalProf. K. S. Gopal has been a faculty at the Dayananda Sagar College of Arts, Science & Commerce – MBA Department since the last 7 years after his retirement as Head of Regulatory Compliance and Advisory from ING Vysya Bank Ltd, Bangalore. He was a visiting faculty at ICFAI Bengaluru, Symbiosis Bengaluru Campus, Christ College Institute of Management, RV Institute of Management and a Guest lecturer on inputs based on Industry practice at IMT Nagpur and Institute of Company Secretaries of India Bangalore Chapter.

He has an overall industry experience of 38 years in different organizations in various capacities extensively in field of banking and financial Markets with hands-on exposure in commercial banking operations, mutual funds and portfolio management, risk management and compliance.

The subjects handled by Prof. Gopal are International Finance, Risk Management & Derivatives, Corporate Valuation, Strategic Financial Management, Investment Analysis and Management, Banking and Insurance, Managerial Economics, Strategic Management, International Business, Business Ethics,and Corporate Governance.

Prof. Kshitija Joshi
Kshitija Joshi

Kshitija Joshi is currently the Analytics Practice Lead (responsible for the Financial Services and Commodities Trading businesses) at the Corporate Analytics cell at the Aditya Birla Group. She has about 21 years of work experience across government, industry and Indian academia. Prior to the current role, she was a faculty of Economics at the National Institute of Advanced Studies located within the Indian Institute of Science campus.

She is also an author of the book on Indian Venture Capital Industry published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. Her domain expertise spans across a wide range of areas viz. Customer Acquisition and CRM (Digital and offline), Pricing, Credit and Fraud Risk management, Collections and Commodity Forecasting. She has taught courses related to Applied Statistics, Econometrics and Economics at Masters’ and Ph.D. levels with excellent course ratings.

Prof. Vipula Sharma

Prof. Vipula SharmaProf. Vipula Sharma is currently working as a Senior Director - Ratings and Head - Infrastructure group at Brickwork Ratings. She is with BWR for the last 10 years and has been managing the Public finance and Infrastructure Group for the last 4 years. She has 25 years of experience in the financial sector in financial institutions including IFCI Ltd and SBI Capital Markets Ltd. She has extensive experience in financial analysis, corporate credit, risk assessment, public finance, and credit resolution in the power, telecom and road sectors.

Prof. Nagaraj K S

Prof. Nagaraj K SProf. Nagaraj KS is currently the Associate Director - Ratings at Brickwork Ratings for 5.5 years.

He has an experience of 40+ years in the banking domain. His expertise forrays into the areas of General Banking and Business Banking (SME). He has been critical in bringing prominent changes that optimized banking operations while working with the Business Process & Re-Engineering Department.

Prof. Ritaban Basu

Prof. Ritaban BasuRitaban Basu is a seasoned Risk Management professional heading the Policy, Criteria and Research team of Brickwork Ratings. He has almost 20 years of experience across the credit risk management value chain namely, credit analysis, credit ratings, basel compliance, policy formulation, risk-based capital computation, model development and credit risk solutions.