On The Digital Highway

From derivatives to driving businesses, Rupa Ganatra believes that technology is the game-changer

10/10/2016 4:49:22 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Businesses need to evolve to cater to the ever-evolving digitally savvy customers. Sensing an opportunity in this environment, Rupa Ganatra along with her business partner, Simon Berger, launched Millennial 20/20, an event series focused on this aspect of business. After holding the first series in London in April this year, she brought it to Singapore this September. She will be taking it to New York early next year and then again to London.

Ganatra is no newcomer to business, having graduated in economics from the University of Manchester and then worked at RBC Capital Markets. By 29, she was the Head of Middle East for Derivatives. After that, the entrepreneurial bug bit her and she launched and invested in several businesses. She was named one of Management Today and The Sunday Times 35 under 35 Women in the UK in 2014.

India Se caught up with the 34-year-old British Indian during her visit to Singapore. Here are excerpts from the interview:

India Se: Tell us a little about your formative years.

Rupa Ganatra: I had a wonderful childhood and upbringing. My parents have always been very encouraging. My father always said that “you only learn to do things better from making mistakes”. 

India Se: What prompted you to get into business, considering that you were a banker for many years? 

Rupa Ganatra: I come from a family of entrepreneurs and grew up with business all around me. I was always interested in setting up my own businesses and knew it was only a matter of time before I ‘bit the bullet’ and branched out on my own. 

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