Mr. Arun Sharma is the current president of Grovepike Associates. He acts an advisor to senior leadership of global corporations, international agencies, and non-profits focused on development and execution of innovative business models, forging viable partnerships with strategically important institutions, deepening existing relationships. The current role also consists of support to CEOs in refining and articulating corporate messages in addressing regulators and official agencies, and other constituencies. Clients served include Zurich Insurance, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, Rabobank, AXA XL, International Finance Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Tata Group.
The principal content of my current work comprises adding to management bandwidth for support to mission critical projects that need ongoing attention and oversight to succeed in a reasonable time frame. This is achieved by my support being delivered as a member of internal teams tasked with specific objectives with clear goals and timelines rather than an external consultant. This work also involves mentoring of senior leadership teams at the portfolio company levels or supporting them with the achievement of specific business objectives.
Between 2007-2019, He acted as the chief investment officer of the International Finance Corporation where his key roles included building and deepening relationships with global and regional clients with a view to generating new and repeat business and helping clients in their sustainability journey in line with IFC performance standards and broader sustainability initiatives.
Managed relationships with key clients like Fairfax group, Rabobank, Standard Chartered, Euler Hermes, Bank of America, Société Generale, Saudi British Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Tata Capital, Bangkok Bank, Orix Corporation, Standard Bank of South Africa and many others. Also develop excellent advisory relationships with government agencies in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Palestine, Maldives, South Africa, United States, Germany, Denmark, UK, and several others.
Developed a deep understanding of positioning private sector initiatives and activities in the priorities of government, regulatory and other official authorities in order to achieve rapid and sustained buy in that survived transition of individual officials across administration changes.
1991-2007: Various roles in IFC focused on building and scaling new businesses across the world in a constantly changing global economic environment.
The key areas of focus in this regard were:
- Development of IFC’s privatization business
- Development of IFC’s financial institution equity and debt business
- Development of IFC’s distressed assets business
- Development of IFC’s securitization and structured finance business
- Development of IFC’s climate finance business
- Development of IFC’s blended finance business