Our Leadership Team

Mr. Rajesh Bansal

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A highly regarded thought leader in the areas of digital financial services and digital infrastructure, Mr. Bansal has nearly three decades of global experience in designing digital IDs, electronic payment products, and cash transfers, to enable inclusive development in multiple Asian and African markets. Prior to joining RBIH, he was a senior adviser at Carnegie India, where he led the center’s Technology and Society program.

Mr Bansal has previously served at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in various capacities, including in areas of technology, payment systems, and financial inclusion. He is one of the key architects of India’s journey from cash to cash-lite by actively promoting policies, strengthening institutions, governance frameworks, and designing new products and solutions for scale and adoption. Mr Bansal was a member of the founding team of Aadhaar and specifically led the design of India’s Direct Benefits Transfer system which is benefiting hundreds of millions of low-income clients. He also played a key role in creating India Stack, digital ID-based infrastructure for a presence less and cashless service delivery platform in India. He has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and the RBI.

Mr Bansal is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panellist on financial innovation and inclusion in academic circles, conferences and fintech festivals nationally and internationally. He has authored a number of articles and opinion pieces in leading publications ranging from The Economic Times to The Print. A recipient of the prestigious Golden Jubilee scholarship scheme of the RBI, Mr Bansal holds a Master’s degree from Duke University in International Development Policy, USA.

Mr. Rajesh Bansal

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

A highly regarded thought leader in the areas of digital financial services and digital infrastructure, Mr. Bansal has nearly three decades of global experience in designing digital IDs, electronic payment products, and cash transfers, to enable inclusive development in multiple Asian and African markets. Prior to joining RBIH, he was a senior adviser at Carnegie India, where he led the center’s Technology and Society program.

Mr Bansal has previously served at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in various capacities, including in areas of technology, payment systems, and financial inclusion. He is one of the key architects of India’s journey from cash to cash-lite by actively promoting policies, strengthening institutions, governance frameworks, and designing new products and solutions for scale and adoption. Mr Bansal was a member of the founding team of Aadhaar and specifically led the design of India’s Direct Benefits Transfer system which is benefiting hundreds of millions of low-income clients. He also played a key role in creating India Stack, digital ID-based infrastructure for a presence less and cashless service delivery platform in India. He has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and the RBI.

Mr Bansal is a frequent speaker, moderator and panellist on financial innovation and inclusion in academic circles, conferences and fintech festivals nationally and internationally. He has authored a number of articles and opinion pieces in leading publications ranging from The Economic Times to The Print. A recipient of the prestigious Golden Jubilee scholarship scheme of the RBI, Mr Bansal holds a Master’s degree from Duke University in International Development Policy, USA.

Mr. Gopal Natarajan

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Mr. Gopal Natarajan is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub. He brings with him over 35 years of experience in Reserve Bank of India, covering areas such as Regulation and Supervision of Commercial Banks, Co-Operative Banks, Non-Banking Finance Companies, Currency Management, Financial Inclusion and Development, and General Banking.

Mr. Natarajan is a Member of Faculty of Reserve Bank of India, CAB, Pune and Reserve Bank former nominee Director on the Board of Tamilnad Mercantile bank.He has been a guest speaker at NIBM; SIBTC Bangalore; Jain Institute of Management; NM Institute of Management; Police Crime Research Institute, Pune; Cyber crime Division of Pune in addition to the ICAI Bangalore Chapter and ICMA Bangalore Chapter

Currently, as CAO of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub, he is managing finance, administration, operations, and human resources.

Mr. Gopal Natarajan

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Mr. Gopal Natarajan is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub. He brings with him over 35 years of experience in Reserve Bank of India, covering areas such as Regulation and Supervision of Commercial Banks, Co-Operative Banks, Non-Banking Finance Companies, Currency Management, Financial Inclusion and Development, and General Banking.

Mr. Natarajan is a Member of Faculty of Reserve Bank of India, CAB, Pune and Reserve Bank former nominee Director on the Board of Tamilnad Mercantile bank.He has been a guest speaker at NIBM; SIBTC Bangalore; Jain Institute of Management; NM Institute of Management; Police Crime Research Institute, Pune; Cyber crime Division of Pune in addition to the ICAI Bangalore Chapter and ICMA Bangalore Chapter

Currently, as CAO of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub, he is managing finance, administration, operations, and human resources.

Ms. Aditi Namdeo

Chief Partnership Officer (CPO)

Ms. Aditi Namdeo is the Chief Partnerships Officer (CPO) of Reserve Bank of India’s Innovation Hub. As the CPO of RBIH, Aditi is responsible for curating programs and building partnership ecosystems & alliances promulgating RBIH’s initiatives nationally and internationally with academia, businesses, start-ups, civil society and policy & regulatory bodies.

Aditi comes with extensive public-private partnerships, technology policy, and consulting experience of around two decades spread across the globe notably in Europe, the US, and Australia working at leaderships positions with organizations such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) and PwC.

During her stint at WEF, Aditi played several leadership roles such as Head of Strategic Partnerships (GI) in Geneva and then as Head of Operations and Business Engagement in C4IR India, helping set up the Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution India office. 

She was also instrumental in expanding Forum’s Global Innovator program in India with the start-up ecosystem. At PwC, Aditi led large business transformation programs in India and Denmark and was one of the founding members of PwC Denmark’s finance effectiveness practice. She was a global trainer on consulting courses with the PwC Advisory University. Previously, Aditi has served with marquee tech organizations such as Tech Mahindra (as Global Leadership Cadre) and Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Aditi is an ambassador for women-led tech NGOs and communities championing the innovation agenda for women. She has authored papers and been on panels on Innovation and tech agenda through her corporate and academic pursuits. Aditi holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, MBA from IIT Kharagpur, and a master’s in Public Policy from LSE. She is also pursuing studies in Artificial Intelligence at Oxford University, Saïd Business School.

Ms. Aditi Namdeo

Chief Partnership Officer (CPO)

Ms. Aditi Namdeo is the Chief Partnerships Officer (CPO) of Reserve Bank of India’s Innovation Hub. As the CPO of RBIH, Aditi is responsible for curating programs and building partnership ecosystems & alliances promulgating RBIH’s initiatives nationally and internationally with academia, businesses, start-ups, civil society and policy & regulatory bodies.

Aditi comes with extensive public-private partnerships, technology policy, and consulting experience of around two decades spread across the globe notably in Europe, the US, and Australia working at leaderships positions with organizations such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) and PwC.

During her stint at WEF, Aditi played several leadership roles such as Head of Strategic Partnerships (GI) in Geneva and then as Head of Operations and Business Engagement in C4IR India, helping set up the Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution India office. She was also instrumental in expanding Forum’s Global Innovator program in India with the start-up ecosystem. At PwC, Aditi led large business transformation programs in India and Denmark and was one of the founding members of PwC Denmark’s finance effectiveness practice. She was a global trainer on consulting courses with the PwC Advisory University. Previously, Aditi has served with marquee tech organizations such as Tech Mahindra (as Global Leadership Cadre) and Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Aditi is an ambassador for women-led tech NGOs and communities championing the innovation agenda for women. She has authored papers and been on panels on Innovation and tech agenda through her corporate and academic pursuits. Aditi holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, MBA from IIT Kharagpur, and a master’s in Public Policy from LSE. She is also pursuing studies in Artificial Intelligence at Oxford University, Saïd Business School.