Viswanathan Shankar is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in the dynamic growth markets of Africa, Middle East and Asia. He previously served as CEO – Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, and member of the global board of Standard Chartered Plc and prior to that, he served as Head of Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at Bank of America. His past appointments in non-executive roles include the boards of the Inland Revenue Authority Singapore; Enterprise Singapore; Majid Al Futtaim Holdings and Vice Chair of the Future of Banking Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
Shankar is also currently a non-executive director of Gateway Real Estate Africa, Mauritius and Fund for Export Development in Africa, Egypt. He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the government of Singapore in 2014. Mr. Shankar obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics from Loyola College, Madras in 1977 and a Masters’ degree in Business Administration in 1979 from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.