Aparna brings to Upaya rich finance related experience across a variety of industries. Her core expertise lies in a unique mix of corporate finance and strategy domains. She most recently completed a project with Drishtee, a social enterprise focused on rural India and catering to the critical needs of base of the pyramid. She also played a key role in devising the financial plan for the company's micro-enterprise lending arm and worked closely on financial projections and valuation for the fund, creating the business plan as well as strategies for entrepreneur assessment.
Prior to her time at Drishtee Aparna was with Masan Group, Vietnam's largest private sector company with large scale operating platforms in the consumer products, financial services and resources sectors. At Masan, Aparna worked as part of the Business Intelligence Unit, reporting directly to the group CEO office, and was responsible for analyzing M&A opportunities for the group in the South-east Asia market. Before joining Masan Aparna was a core team member of an early stage internet start-up, trefis.com where she authored several research reports on the aviation sector and regularly blogged on major online finance news forums such as the Forbes ‘Great Speculations’ column, The Street and Seeking Alpha. Aparna started out at McKinsey as an Analyst with the Corporate Finance practice. Here, she worked extensively with McKinsey Partners and consultants on corporate finance related client projects, such as diagnosing the capital market performance of the client and creating strategic recommendations.
Aparna holds a Bachelor's in Business from College of Business Studies, Delhi University. She has completed two levels of international CFA program. She has also completed many papers in Actuarial Sciences and certification programmes from National Stock Exchange of India.