Kalpana Desai is a corporate director and advisor. She has over 25 years of international investment banking and advisory experience. She was Head of Macquarie Capital Asia, the investment banking division of Macquarie Group and a member of the Global Macquarie Capital Operations Committee from 2010 to 2013. Before joining Macquarie Group in 2009, Ms. Desai was Head of the Asia-Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions Group and a Managing Director in the investment banking division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch based in Hong Kong, having joined Merrill Lynch in 1998. Earlier, Ms. Desai worked in the investment banking divisions of Barclays de Zoete Wedd (now part of Credit Suisse) and J. Henry Schroder Wagg (now part of Citibank) in London, having started her career in the financial services consulting division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Ms. Desai was a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2014.
Born in Kenya and educated in the United Kingdom, Ms. Desai has lived in Hong Kong since 1997. Ms. Desai holds a B.Sc. (honours) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
In addition to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., Ms. Desai is a non-executive director of Henderson Group plc which is listed in London and Sydney.