The Leadership Conversations on “Leadership in Disruptive Times”


The Leadership Conversations on “Leadership in Disruptive Times”

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Join the esteemed Managing Director, State Bank of India, Ashwini Kumar Tewari as he talks about the need of social expectations in the current era. Also, he discusses the leadership challenge in managing the extremely diverse customer base!

As part of the Leadership Conversations, the Ashank Desai Centre for Leadership and Organisational Development (ADCLOD) announces a guest lecture titled ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times’. Join Professor Ranjan Kumar Ghosh & Professor Biju Varkkey of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as they speak with Ashwini Kumar Tewari about the need of social expectations in the current era. Additionally, they discuss the leadership challenge in managing the extremely diverse customer base. Attend this captivating talk to find out more.


ImageAshwini Kumar Tewari is a career banker and started his career in SBI in the year 1991 as a Probationary Officer. Presently, he is the Managing Director of State Bank of India and a Whole Time Director handling the portfolio of International Banking, Information Technology and Associates & Subsidiaries of the Bank including major non-bank business like credit cards, Asset Management, Life & General Insurance, Capital Markets, Custodial Services etc. He serves on the boards of all these companies and is currently involved in a big refresh in the technology space in SBI. Prior to becoming Managing Director at SBI, he served as Managing Director and CEO of SBI Cards and Payment Services Ltd. He has been a part of State Bank of India, India’s oldest and largest banking group, for almost three decades now and has handled several assignments for the bank, across various locations in India and abroad. As MD & CEO of SBI Cards, he oversaw key partnerships inked with GPay, PayTM, BPCL etc and steered the company through the immediate aftermath of the Covid period. Earlier, he was the Country Head of the US Operations of State Bank of India from April 2017 to July 2020. This included its offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sao Paulo (Brazil). Prior to that he was the Regional Head and General Manager, East Asia, for SBI. Based in Hong Kong, he oversaw the business development and control of State Bank of India offices in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and the neighbouring region. Over the years, he held other leadership positions at State Bank of India, including, the Deputy General Manager (Operations & Information Systems) International Banking, Head of SBI’s Cash Management, Regional Manager, Branch Head, among others. An Electrical Engineer by degree, he is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and has done a Certificate Course in Management from XLRI. He also served on the Board of International Institute of Bankers, New York, and the Board of University of Washington Global Bankers Program. Philosophy based on the principles of authenticity and bringing about meaningful change keeps him motivated in life. Mr. Tewari is a keen reader, with special interest in Indian history, science fiction and literature. An avid walker and cricket enthusiast, when free, Mr. Tewari loves listening to old Bollywood melodies.

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