Landscape of Financial Services and possible opportunities
Speaker : Sounak Chakrabarti, AVP, DBS Bank
Date : 27th August 2019
Time : 5:30 pm
Mr. Chakrabarti spoke to the students at MDAE on the 27 th of August 2019. With over 10 years of
experience in the BFS sector and 6+ years in coverage banking, Mr Chakrabarti has worked with
large corporates such as Aditya Birla and Vedanta to name a few. The talk was deeply insightful,
giving the students a clear understanding of the opportunities the finance and banking sector has to
offer, as well as changing trends and the future of the sector.
Mr. Chakrabarti explained the role bankers play in the financial system, while elaborating on
the different types of bankers in the industry. He used granular examples, to which the
students could easily relate, e.g the role consumer bankers play in accepting fixed deposits
and giving loans.
Building on these examples the speaker went on to explain the functions of the treasury and
markets department in liquidity management, investment, capital management and risk
management amongst others.
Mr. Chakrabarti then went on to explain the importance of corporate banking, particularly
for the raising of funds for companies, while elaborating on the various ways this debt may
be raised i.e through debentures, company papers, ECBs and working capital loans to name
Mr. Chakrabarti also talked about the skill set the BFS sector demands at various stages of the
corporate ladder. He provided the students with much more than just “a day in the life of a banker”,
taking them through each role they will play in the years to come, from that of an analyst, an
associate, a senior associate to ultimately an assistant vice president and vice president. Touching
upon the role played by supporting divisions such as risk analysis; giving the students a truly
Lastly Mr. Chakrabarti spoke about the future of the banking industry, a crucial point for young
aspirants. He talked about the current condition of the industry while elaborating on the importance
of data and the role disruptors such as Google and Amazon are playing through their payment apps,
providing the students an insight of what to expect in the years to come.
The session concluded with Mr. Chakrabarti and the students discussing the recent NBFC crises in
India, as well as the 2008 financial crises. It involved a sharing of opinions and ideas and provided
the class with a chance to have a candid conversation with the speaker.