Manoj Agarwal joins IL&FS Global Financial Services Pte Ltd as CEO, with 22 years of extensive experience in investment banking, corporate banking and treasury. Team Panorama spoke to him to understand his leadership style and his vision for the Company

  •  How would you describe your leadership style
  • I believe that every person in the team brings different and valuable perspectives to the table. Therefore, I try and inculcate a participative approach to discussions within my team.

  • How is IFIN creating its own identity amid cut throat competition in the global financial hub  
  • It is indeed a fact that IFIN has already created a niche for itself in the Indian and global financial world. Our clients seek our expertise in structuring innovative financial solutions. Our domain knowledge in sectors such as infrastructure is unparalleled and is widely respected in both the corporate and financial community. Transactions such as the local currency financing of LARES in Philippines is an excellent example of our capabilities.

  • How big is the business opportunity in Singapore, and what’s your future plan for leveraging it
  • Singapore has always been the financial hub for ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and now is a strong competitor to Hong Kong for the position of Asia's financial capital. Last year, Singapore was the biggest source of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into India. I expect Singapore to consolidate its leadership position in the coming years, thereby increasing the business potential for not only IFIN, but IL&FS Group. We have increased our efforts to build relationships with regional & local banks, corporates, and private equity & sovereign wealth funds.

  • What are the key learnings from your professional journey so far
  • Our world is dynamic and has been rapidly changing, especially in the last few years. The pace of change will only accelerate in the future. Past experiences and learnings need to be augmented with new knowledge and skills. We should be open to new ideas and concepts and have the ability to reinvent ourselves.

  • What keeps you motivated
  • Our business gives us the opportunity to interact with a number of business leaders and gain insights into several sectors. Each transaction is different and comes with its unique set of challenges. We are fortunate to work with smart, talented and hard-working colleagues. What motivates me the most are the intellectually stimulating interactions with both clients and colleagues, and the opportunity to lead these transactions to completion.

  • How has been your journey with IFIN so far
  • Over the last three months, I have met many of our colleagues and am learning a lot about our businesses. I am impressed with the deep sense of loyalty, commitment and sense of belonging that everyone has for the organisation.

    As shared with IFIN Panorama Editorial Team

Manoj Agarwal
CEO, IL&FS Global Financial Services Pte Ltd (Singapore)


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