BondEvalue is a leading fixed income-focused fintech that has launched the world's first fractional bond exchange – BondbloX Bond Exchange (“BBX”). Regulated by Monetary Authority of Singapore, BBX transforms the bond market globally by enabling investors to trade fractional bonds (“BondbloX”) digitally via partner banks and brokers. BondbloX provides investors instant access to bond markets and diversification opportunities for their investment portfolio. BBX has integrated with global custodians Northern Trust and Citibank, and has one of Asia’s largest brokerages, UOB Kay Hian as its initial launch partner. BondEvalue also has a joint venture partner in Mexico to capture its local currency bond market. In addition, BondEvalue has global information services business that provides bond market data and news to investors via mobile, web and API.
Our Founding Team
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Founder & CEO, Fixed Income Banker
Rahul is a fixed income banker with deep expertise in Asian debt markets. He is passionate about equal access and transparency in bonds. Prior to starting BondEvalue in 2016, Rahul was the global head for International Corporates, Financial Market Sales at Standard Chartered Bank. His team was based across all the major SCB dealing rooms and provided Fixed Income solutions to their clients. He was also a member of the bank’s Capital Markets, global management team. During the early part of his career, he worked in the financial markets teams at Nomura (Singapore), Credit Suisse (India) and Citibank (HK & India). He graduated from Delhi College of Engineering and did his MBA from the Indian School of Business (Deans List), where he also received the HSBC scholarship for leadership. He did his Doctorate from the Singapore Management University (SMU), with a thesis on trust in non-human actors. He received a merit award for academic performance at SMU. He regularly teaches and speaks on bond markets and fintech. He also holds two engineering patents in his name. Rahul lives in Singapore with his wife and two daughters.
Co-founder & CTO, Financial Technologist
Rajaram is a financial technologist, with a passion for building products that are ahead of their times. Over the past two decades he has been at the forefront of several waves of technology paradigm shifts, from monoliths to microservices, on-premise to public cloud and large servers to micro-containers. He is now leading the effort to build the world’s first regulated blockchain based bond exchange. Prior to joining BondEvalue, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Treasury and Markets technology at DBS Asia Hub 2. In that role he led a team of 175 technologists His focus was on growing the team, building agility, developing technical leadership and creating innovation. In his career, he has worn many hats from Software Development, Architecture, Product Management and Marketing to Senior Leadership. He has worked with companies such as Verifone, Hewlett Packard, Support.com and ADP across multiple enterprise and consumer software products. BondEvalue is his second entrepreneurial venture, previously, he was a partner in Levitum Software Labs building mobile and digital applications at scale. He is a computer science engineer from RV College of Engineering and a business graduate from the founding batch at the Indian School of Business. In his spare time he is either trying to reduce his golfing handicap or diving exotic underwater locations.
Non-exec. Director, Board Member & Valued Advisor
Rajesh Johar is the Managing Director of Avani Resources Pte. Ltd., a trading firm with expertise in commodity-trading specifically for uses in Energy and Infrastructure Industries. Prior to his journey in Avani, he has gathered years of experiences in prestigious institutions such as SCB and Credit Suisse, where he was a Director in transaction banking and VP in fixed income. He is an alumni of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Bangalore, India. Rajesh is a citizen and resident of Singapore.
Our Advisory Board Members
Advisory Board Member
Andrew has been covering the corporate sector for the past 24 years. He started his career with Keppel Bank (since subsumed into OCBC) where he cut his teeth in banking. After 4 years there, he moved over to Citi where he spent the next 14 years, in 2 different roles. The first as a senior banker covering Singapore’s top-tier corporates. Subsequently, he moved up to HK to take on the role of Regional Head of Shipping, Offshore and Logistics covering the Asia Pacific region. He was based in HK for 10 years and was active in China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea & Japan. During the financial crisis in 2008, Andrew was head-hunted to spearhead DNB’s regional hub in Singapore where he ran the Asian office of the world’s largest shipping finance house. He spent 6 years there as Regional Head and managed a team of 18 bankers during one of the most turbulent times in living memory. At its peak, the portfolio was in excess of US$7 billion. Today he heads the large corporates desk in Singapore covering a diverse range of industries, from agri-commodities, airports, telecoms to power plants. He continues to have regional responsibility for shipping at a large multi-national bank. He is based in Singapore. Andrew spent a good part of his childhood being schooled in the UK and Europe. He lived and studied in Europe over a period of 12 year and graduated from the University of Warwick, England. He is an Economics Major.
Alok Kochhar has over three decades of banking and management experience working in various businesses/geographies across Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia-Pacific franchise. He joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in May 1982 and left them in December 2014 as Vice Chairman, Asia, Corporate Banking.
Over his long career in BAML, he has managed FIG, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Credit Products, Structured Finance, Leveraged Finance and Risk Management functions for the Bank and as a result has developed a deep holistic knowledge of financial environments, regulatory frameworks and market challenges across the region. He has worked in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Singapore and has played an integral role in the establishment of several new businesses for the Bank.
Alok, based in Singapore, is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group Financial Services practice. He is on the board of Catholic Syrian Bank and founder of Capitaloptima Advisory Private Limited and Inaltare Consulting Private Limited, boutique restructuring, resolution and capital raising advisory firms.
Alok is the President of Beyond Social Services an VWO focused on at risk children from challenged neighborhoods in Singapore.
Alok is a Chemical Engineer from IIT Delhi and received his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Advisory Board Member
Pramod has extensive experience in debt markets. As the regional head of financial institutions for Mizuho Securities’ Debt Capital Markets team, he covered most financial issuers across South East Asia, India and Hong Kong. Prior to that Pramod was the Head of Capital Solutions at Standard Chartered, advising financial institutions on capital structure and capital instruments, before which he was with Lehman Brothers and Nomura in London, covering UK and Irish financial institutions. Pramod has a deep interest in the area of eldercare. He is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Chia Hock Lai
Advisory Board Member
Chia Hock Lai is passionate about how technology is disrupting the way financial services are being delivered to consumers and businesses, and in the process making the financial system more efficient and inclusive. Hock Lai has 18 years of experience in the financial industry, having performed roles in both business and technology. He graduated from the National University of Singapore (Real Estate), Nanyang Technological University (Infocomm Technology) and Nanyang Polytechnic (Fund Management & Administration). Besides being the president of the Singapore FinTech Association, Hock Lai is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, advisor to FinTech Startups and mentor to student FinTech projects.