Ashish is the MD & CEO of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), the first stock exchange of Asia. He is one of the founders of India's National Stock Exchange (“NSE”) where he worked from 1992 to 2000. He is best known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India due to his work at NSE. He was instrumental in setting up India’s first fully automated screen based trading system and first commercial satellite communications network. He also created several path breaking frameworks including Nifty index, NSE certifications in financial markets etc.
From 2000 to 2009, he worked as the President and Chief Information Officer of Reliance group and was also the CEO of the cricket team Mumbai Indians in its formative years. He also handled additional responsibilities as the Head, Corporate Communications for Reliance Group from 2005 – 2006. Ashish has won several International and Indian awards.
He holds a B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay and a PGDM from IIM Kolkata. He is a Distinguished Visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Due to his work in various fields spanning a quarter of a century, he is considered one of the foremost experts in the fields of Information Technology, Finance, Markets, Micro structure of markets, cricket, telecommunications, organized retail, oil and gas refining and Indian social issues.
He is the Chairperson on the Board of Governors (BoGs) of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Manipur. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). He is an Advisor to the Technical Evaluation Committee set up by the Department of Posts for Postal Bank and also a part of several other committees of World Federation of Exchanges (“WFE”), Government of India (“GOI”), Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Confederation of Indian Industry (“CII”), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (“FICCI”), Indian Merchants Chamber (“IMC”), India UK council (“UKIBC”) etc. He is also associated with several NGOs and education institutions. His quotes and writings have been published in various newspapers, magazines and journals in India and abroad.