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Institute Of International Finance Announces Its Future Leaders Of 2016

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Three Indian Americans, as well as a manager in India, were among the dozens honored by the Institute of International Finance as its Future Leaders of 2016.

IIF announced the Future Leaders class Jan. 27.

"With our Future Leaders program, we are bringing together some of the brightest emerging talent and current leaders in the industry to address pressing issues and to learn from one another," said IIF president and chief executive Tim Adams.

Among the Future Leaders named were Divya Mankikar, Arpitha Bykere, Rhoda Dhar, and Ashish Kumar.

Mankikar is an investment officer III of global governance at CalPERS in northern California. There, she is head of ESG integration. She is also on the board of advisers at Patagonia Sur. Mankikar was previously with Trucost as the vice president of business development. The Indian American woman earned degrees at Boston University, Tufts University and the Instituto de Empresa.

Bykere is an associate economist in the global macroeconomic analysis department at IIF. She joined IIF in 2013 as a research assistant in the GMA department. She focuses on the Japanese economy and IIF's emerging market lending survey. Bykere, a graduate of Syracuse and Delhi universities, previously worked as a senior research analyst at Roubini Global Economics where she focused on the U.S. economy and later on emerging Asia. She has also interned in the international economics division in the Government of India’s Planning Commission.

Dhar is a managing director of accounting policy and assurance group at Credit Suisse Securities LLC in New York. She has overall oversight for the Americas function, new policy implementation and regulatory assurance functions. Dhar is responsible for delivering on monitoring standard setting, implementing new standards and providing transaction advisory support. She joined Credit Suisse in London in 2004 from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dhar holds a bachelor's in accounting from Villanova University.

Kumar is the assistant general manager at Export-Import Bank of India in Mumbai. He's been with the company since 2004, also serving as executive assistant to the chairman and managing director and chief manager. Previously, he was a manager of a planning and research group. The Jawaharlal Nehru Vishvavidyalaya graduate also was an executive at the Confederation of Indian Industry.

The Future Leaders program was formed in 2014 by IIF's board of directors to recognize young leaders, younger than 40, within the financial industry, and to foster ties between rising stars from different regions and backgrounds.

In total, IIF's 2016 class comprises 45 men and women from 41 institutions spanning 22 countries. Among the industries represented are retail banking, asset management, credit management, group risk, corporate strategy and technology.

All the Future Leaders are scheduled to meet in Madrid, Spain, in May for IIF's spring membership meeting, and again in October for the institute's annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.

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