Diwakar Pingle has over 20 years of experience in project finance, investment banking, corporate advisory, investor relations, capital raising and financial marketing. Together with his current role in Finnacle as the Head of Corporate Research, he also leads Christensen IR in India, a multinational company advising listed corporates and pre-IPO companies in financial reporting, governance disclosures and investor relations, thus enabling them to achieve fair valuation, an endeavour which has exposed him to a vast pool of global, private and public capital invested through FIIs and private equity funds. Preceding that, he has spent a decade working in various functions in the infrastructure and consumer goods businesses, having played roles of a developer, financial advisor and financier in several of these projects. He gained substantial experience working in South East Asia in the capacity of an investment advisor and was responsible for conceptualizing and developing a palm oil filling and packaging plant in Malaysia. Earlier, Diwakar was part of the start-up team at N M Rothschild in India, where he advised corporates on their bidding strategy for projects in the road and the airport sectors and worked on raising financing for a number of road and power projects. Prior to that, he worked for 4 years with ABB Energy Ventures, where he had the distinction of advising the equity consortium on financial closure of the first coal fired IPP in India, the 250 MW ST-CMS thermal power project in Neyvelli, Tamil Nadu. Diwakar has an MS (engineering) degree from BITS, Pilani and a PGDM in finance from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD, Pune.