Venkatraman Balakrishnan, also known as “Bala”, is the Founder & Chairman of Exfinity Venture Partners, a Venture Capital Fund focused on investing in the Technology start-up space. Bala is an active investor in the technology startup space and is a key player in the startup ecosystem in India.
Bala has more than 30 years of experience in the Strategy, Finance, Business and related areas. Bala served as Head of BPO, Finacle & India Business Unit at Infosys Ltd. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Infosys Ltd., from May 1, 2006 to October 31, 2012. Bala has significant experience in leadership positions in the finance domain, with expertise in Corporate Finance, International Taxation, Risk Management and Mergers & Acquisitions. He served as Secretary and Senior Vice President – Finance of Infosys Ltd., from 2001 to 2006. He served as Vice President – Finance of Infosys Ltd and also served in various capacities in Finance department.
He served as Chairman of the Board at Infosys BPO Limited and Chairman of Infosys Lodestone. He served as a Whole-Time Director of Infosys Ltd. from June 11, 2011 to December 31, 2013. He served as Director at Infosys Technologies Australia Pty Limited and Infosys Consulting, Inc. He has been a recipient of the “Best CFO” award from CNBC and Finance Asia.
Bala was instrumental in the Indian listing of Infosys Limited in 1993 and the first international listing in NASDAQ in 1999. He was also instrumental in the three follow on ADR offering of Infosys. When Bala joined Infosys Limited in 1991 the company had roughly 250 employees with a revenue of US$ 2 million. When Bala left Infosys Limited in 2013 the company had more than 300,000 employees with revenues of US$ 8 Bn+ with a market capitalization of more than US$ 40 Bn+.
Bala received a B.Sc. from the University of Madras and is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and Institute ofCompany Secretaries of India.
Prior to that, he served as Senior Accounts Executive of Amco Batteries Limited and Senior Accounts Officer at Lipton India Limited
Bala serves as an Independent Director and Mentor for many start-up companies. He is also the Chairman of MicroGraam which is a peer-to-peer lending platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs. He is also the chairman of Billion Loans which is digital fintech platform based out of Bangalore, India.