Hemendra Kothari has over 40 years of experience working in the financial services industry and is currently the chairman of DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Private Limited, a joint-venture between the DSP Group and BlackRock. He previously was the president of the Bombay Stock Exchange
He is the founder, chairman, and managing trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), a non-profit trust that strengthens the protection of forest ecosystems and mitigates climate change. WCT currently works in 120 national parks and reserves across India and at the heart of its work is the development of communities who live in and around India’s protected areas. WCT is a partner in Panthera’s global alliance for the conservation of wild cats and their habitat. Kothari is also a member of the State Board for Wildlife of Rajasthan under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister and was a member of the State Board of Maharashtra. He is also a member of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Advisory Council of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF).
Kothari is a member of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) governing council, and is the proposed India Chairman of The Nature Conservancy, the formation of which is currently underway. He also founded the Hemendra Kothari Foundation (HKF), a philanthropic organization which assists other NGOs, particularly in the areas of education, healthcare, art, culture, heritage, and sports.
Kothari has also served as a Member on various boards and committees such as India’s National Institute of Securities Market (NISM), the Corporatisation and Demutalisation of Stock Exchanges Committee, Department of Economic Affairs (Infrastructure), Ministry of Finance, the Standing Committee on Money Markets, Reserve Bank of India, and the India Hydrocarbon Vision-2025 committee. He is also a member of the Indo-UK Roundtable, which was established by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and India’s Ministry of External Affairs.