BSE chief Ashish Chauhan to lead Allahabad University as chancellor

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Ashish Chauhan, chief executive officer of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), has been appointed as the new Chancellor of Allahabad University. President and Visitor of Allahabad University Ramnath Kovind appointed him the Chancellor for a five-year term last week.

Chauhan has thanked the President, Prime Minister and minister for education for appointing him as the Chancellor of the Allahabad University, which is one of the most important and the oldest Universities in Asia set up in 1887. He is a distinguished visiting faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto and Honorary Professor at Nottingham University Business School.

Chauhan, a technocrat from IIT and IIM, currently works as the MD and CEO of BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange), with market capitalization of listed companies close to USD 3 trillion. At BSE since 2009, Ashish helped BSE become the fastest exchange in the world with 6 microseconds response time, completed its IPO, revived its revenues, introduced mobile stock trading to India, diversified in areas such as currency, commodities and equity derivatives, SME, start-ups, Mutual fund distribution, IPO/bond distribution, insurance distribution, power trading, and international exchange at Gift city, etc.

Chauhan acted as the CEO of IPL cricket team Mumbai Indians in its formative years and worked as the President and CIO of Reliance group from years 2000 to 2009 in the field of IT, e-commerce, public relations, media, telecom, sports, organized retail, IPO, petrochemicals, refining, oil and gas etc.

Chauhan is one of the founders of at NSE (National stock exchange) and is considered the father of modern financial derivatives in India due to his work there from 1993-2000. He is also the creator of Nifty index and was in charge of creating the first screen-based trading. He started his career as a banker with IDBI.

A serial entrepreneur, Chauhan is considered amongst the foremost experts in the fields of fintech, market microstructure, transaction processing, corporate governance, finance, regulatory policies, business, technology, cricket, and Indian social issues. He has spoken at conferences organized by UN, WEF, WFE, UNCTAD, OECD, Commonwealth etc. He has been a part of the policy committees of Ministry of finance, Ministry of MSME, CBDT, RBI, SEBI etc. He also headed the South Asia Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), consisting of 20 plus exchanges.

Chauhan has won several prestigious Indian and international awards over last 3 decades including Digital Icon of the Year, Asian Banker, Top 50 CIOs in the world, etc. He has co-authored a book titled on BSE ‘A temple of wealth creation’. A book titled ‘Sthithpragya — the process of maintaining equilibrium’ has been written on his life journey.

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