Leadership

IBS Intelligence is renowned for its independence and industry knowledge. This expertise is enhanced by Cedar’s global leadership team of seasoned management consultants, each with over 15 years of consulting experience.

Many have worked across banking technology sectors, in multiple global markets. Successfully project managing over 25 core banking projects for banks is one such example.

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Sanjiv Anand, Chairman, Cedar Management Consulting International

Sanjiv has over 30 years of management consulting experience across the globe. He started his career in the US, where for over 7 years he developed strategy for various US markets. Subsequently he set up operations in Asia, and the Middle East.

Sanjiv has assisted the boards and CEOs of leading banks develop and execute business strategy including complete transformations and mergers of multiple banks. Clients include American Express, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, ENBD, NBAD to name a few.

Sanjiv has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and an AMP from Harvard Business School.

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Amit Jain, Partner

Amit has over 15 years of management consulting experience in the areas of market / opportunity assessment, strategy formulation and implementation, Balanced Scorecard, due diligence across industries & geographies.

Amit has been working closely with leading global technology suppliers, FinTech’s, banks and consulting in addressing their global fintech research needs. He plays an active role in IBSI’s global growth & expansion. He also leads and manages a team of Business Development executives across the globe

He has a strong understanding of the financial services & fintech sector having worked closely with leading technology suppliers in assessing opportunity and formulating their growth strategy.

Some of his clients include; Temenos, Oracle, Finastra, Infosys, TCS, Sopra, ERI, Avaloq, ezbob, i-exceed, Fidor, Jack Henry, Fiserv among several others.

Amit holds an MBA from S.P. Jain. He has recently completed executive education programs at London Business School & Harvard Business School. He is also a Six Sigma certified Green Belt.

Email: amitj@ibsintelligence.com

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Steve Rasin, Senior Director

Steve has worked as a consultant since 1988 from bases in Hong Kong, Washington DC, Singapore and now London as a strategy and global market entry expert.

He is also a China specialist having assisted major US and international corporations enter the Chinese market. Steve is fluent in Mandarin. His global clients include Caterpillar, Bristol Myers Squibb, Sara Lee, DuPont, Emerson Electric and Whirlpool.

He has worked across a range of industries including consumer goods, electronics, chemicals, textiles, automotive, telecommunications, real estate and new media. In addition, he has worked closely with regional companies, particularly in the Middle East, with expansion into new regional and global markets.


Sahil  Anand, Director

Sahil plays a key business development role in UK and EU markets, and also leads IBSI’s US market initiative for the full range of IBSI products, with a focus on Consulting and knowledge-tool offerings. He writes regularly for the iconic IBS Journal and website on FinTech market trends and investments.

His past assignments include investment experience with Everstone Capital, a $3 Bn Asia-focused Private Equity fund, DSG Consumer Partners in the Venture Capital space, and with BNP Paribas Merchant Banking in New York City. Sahil is considered to be an expert on investing in the Consumer Food & Beverage (F&B), Multiplex entertainment, and Retail industry.

Sahil has an MBA from London Business School, and a BS in Finance from NYU Stern. He is the Chapter Chair for YNG (Young Presidents Organization) and also serves actively as a NYU Stern Alumni Association Committee Member.

Email: SahilA@ibsintelligence.com

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James Hanbury, Senior Advisor, ex-co-Founder of Incisive Media

James is an entrepreneur and energetic business leader who co-founded Incisive Media in 1995 with 13 people and £275k of capital and built a business that had revenues of over £250 million and 2500 staff in under 13 years. Floated Incisive Media on the main market of the LSE in December 2000 and then completed a £275 million MBO backed by Apax in 2006.

With a hands-on leadership style, experienced Board Director of both public and private companies and a proactive private investor. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of Future PLC, having sold Imagine Publishing to Future in October 2016. Previously Non Executive Chairman of Imagine Publishing, sits on the Advisory Board to FIG Ltd, a former NED with Cavendish Group and Angel Investor in FIG, Stylemania, Red Savannah, Mujo, The Tab, Resource Guru and Cicero Consulting. Also, Chairman of WARpaint Exhibition Limited, raising money for Armed Forces charities.

James specialises in strategic direction of management teams in London, North America and Asia, improving efficiency and change management experience in digital media. Track record of creating exits for businesses, integrating acquired businesses, driving revenue growth and margin improvement, innovation and new product development.


Heather McKenzie, Interim Editor

Heather is an experienced editor and journalist with over 34 years of experience in the financial services industry covering banking technology and fintech. She has reported on a broad range of topics, including wealth management, asset management, investment banking, clearing and settlement through to payments, cash management, commercial banking and trade finance. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including national newspapers, trade magazines, client publications, newsletters and show dailies. She has also edited Daily News at Sibos, for more than 20 years. She has written thought leadership articles and reports for global banks and technology vendors.


Priyanka Pani, Senior Regional Correspondent, Middle East & Asia

Priyanka has over 14 years of experience as a financial journalist covering sectors such as Fintech, Banking Technology, Start-ups, e-Commerce and FMCG among others. For the past five years she has been actively tracking the Fintech ecosystem in India and has written many insightful stories and trends on the evolution of Fintech in India. She has closely tracked the developments at companies such as Paytm, BankBazaar, PolicyBazaar, PhonePe, and CapitalFloat right from their inception to them becoming unicorns. She has significant experience in News Writing, Headline Writing, Breaking News, Business Journalism, and Editing having worked with The Hindu Business Line, Businessworld, The Press Trust of India and United News of India.


V Ramkumar, Senior Partner, Cedar Management Consulting International

Ram has over 20 years of experience in assisting global financial services clients with business strategy formulation and transformation engagements including organisational, process and technology transformation.

He has helped several clients in formulating their business aligned IT strategy, and also with their application selection and implementation. Specifically, he has helped leading banks in selection and implementation of their core banking and other critical solutions, and overseen implementations by most leading vendors. He has also been principally responsible for over 5 large banking integration exercises and also directed multi-country roll-outs of large technology applications, coordinating across business, technical and organisational factors. Ram has executed over 20 large core banking transformations overall.

Ram is a regular speaker at industry events and his articles are periodically published. He completed his Masters at Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India, and executive education at INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

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