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Madhabi Puri Buch – A Pioneer in India’s Financial Landscape

Madhabi Puri Buch is a name that resonates with the Indian financial industry. An accomplished woman with an experience of over 25 years in the field, Buch has made remarkable contributions to the Indian financial landscape and broken several glass ceilings. Today, we’ll look at the journey of Madhabi Puri Buch and her accomplishments that have made her a role model for many aspiring women leaders in the financial industry.


Madhabi Puri Buch’s first stint in the finance industry started with her position as Economic Advisor to SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India). She played a crucial role in implementing the SEBI Act and helped establish a strong regulatory framework for the Indian financial market. She later went on to hold various positions in the government-owned financial institutions, such as the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). Her tireless work helped these institutions transform into one of the most trusted marketplaces for investors.


Buch further went on to establish herself as a key player in the retail investment space by introducing India’s first-ever index fund and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) index. Her constant efforts to educate the masses on the importance of smart investing has helped in India’s financial literacy drive. After a successful tenure of 5 years as the director of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), she went on to create an impact in the private sector by becoming the CEO of ICICI Securities. Under her leadership, the company witnessed massive growth and was rated as India’s top investment bank by Euromoney.

Buch’s achievements go beyond the Indian financial industry. In 2020, she was appointed as a board member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), a position that has been held only by one Indian before her. She also became the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the Development of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), a planned business district in the state of Gujarat, which aims to become India’s financial hub.


Buch has also been an advocate for gender diversity in the financial industry. She is a mentor to young women professionals across sectors, including, banking, finance, and entrepreneurship. She is also a member of SHEROES (an online networking platform for women) and serves as their mentor.

Madhabi Puri Buch’s Legacy

Madhabi Puri Buch’s journey is an inspiration to every woman aspiring to make it big in the financial industry. Her determination and constant efforts have helped shape India’s financial landscape, and she continues to play a significant role in shaping the future. From breaking gender stereotypes to paving the way for ethical investing, Buch has achieved a lot, and her story deserves to be celebrated. Her achievements truly make her a role model for young women looking to make their mark in the world of finance.

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