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Arun Padmanabhan is co-founder and CEO of Svasti Microfinance Pvt. Ltd., a startup microfinance institution based in Mumbai. Svasti is a non banking finance company that is working to provide people in low income communities access to loans and other financial services. Arun is a lawyer by profession and was an assistant general manager with ICICI Bank until June 2007, when he left to start Svasti. Over a period of six years at ICICI Bank, he acted as the legal advisor to the corporate banking, project finance, structured finance, private banking and treasury operations of the bank. He was part of the core strategic team that planned and executed the bank's foray into international markets and has extensive experience in successfully launching new businesses and new products in various geographies. Arun resides in Mumbai with his wife. He is a chemistry graduate from Vivekananda College, Chennai and graduated in law from Pune University in 2001. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.