Senior Vice President Family Office, Bennet Coleman.
Ashvini Chopra is Senior Vice President Family Office at Bennet Coleman.
Prior to joining Times Group he was the founder Managing Director and CEO of Universal Trustees Private Limited (UTPL), a company co-promoted by DileepChoksi, Pradip Shah and ICICI Group.He is a Diploma Holder in Trust & Estate Practice from STEP UK, an MBA in marketing and a commerce graduate. At UTPL he was responsible for completely setting up the company from scratch and advised over 100 families with their estate planning requirements.
Ashvini has over 22 years of experience of which 5 years have been as an Estate Planning Professional and over 7 years as a Private Banker. Prior to joining private Banking he has been part of capital markets. He has a keen interest in economic history of the world.
Ashvini is also a member of Family Firms Institute, Inc. USA and Family office Exchange. He regularly contributes articles to the STEP Journal.
Having been a part of the financial services industry in times of fundamental change, he has amassed an experience across the industry. Right from his first job, when NBFC sector was new to India to the current one at Universal Trustees, he has always tried to be in nascent industries. He joined a Mutual fund in 1997 when the mutual fund industry was going through its tumultuous phase. In 2004 he joined the start-up team of another Mutual Fund which was India’s first focussed debt fund house. Having been a part of the mutual fund for four year since its start up and helping the fund to grow to INR 10,000 crores, he moved to ICICI Bank in its International Private Banking Unit.
In ICICI Bank Ashvini was identified with the business growth the bank witnessed in International Private Banking in East Africa and Philippines. He moved as Head of Sales for Private Banking of ICICI Group in the US & later he was put in charge of rejuvenating the private banking team in the UK as Head of Private Clients in UK.
He plays an active role in setting up the procedures and systems that in turn help the organisation to hold steady initially and reaps the dividends later on reaching new heights. At Universal Trustees, he made it his mission to make it the first system basedtrustee company in India and to that end contracted with a global software company to Indianise their existing software for use by UTPL.
Ashvini loves meeting people and visiting new cities. A keen reader, he loves reading various genres of books with his favourite authors being Ayn Rand and IssacAssimov. Among his other interests are gymming, listening to ghazals and going cross country on his bicycle.