Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta


ICICI Venture

Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta is a Senior Board Member & Business Executive with proven regulatory engagement, strategic business development, business transformation experience deploying advanced analytical and pragmatic delivery skills in various regulated and unregulated sectors - banking, markets, crypto, asset management, technology. He is currently serving on the board or advising several financially regulated firms in UAE, UK and Europe (Apex Group, Peregrine, AusGulf, Aarna Capital, Bunat Ventures, Masary Capital, ICICI Ventures) as well as currently undergoing regulatory approvals to join very large funds and regulated firms. He advises UAE/India and UK based families/Family Office Advisory firms (DR Partners) and is an angel investor / advisor to HealthTech/Biotech, EdTech, AgTech and FinTech startups. He is a visiting faculty and member of advisory boards at several universities in UK, UAE and India. 

Dr. Dasgupta’s previous full-time role was leading the market development of Abu Dhabi’s Financial Centre (Abu Dhabi Global Market) and Financial Regulator (Financial Service Regulatory Authority) for sectors including Exchanges, Crypto, Digital Banking, Broker / Dealers, Venture Capital, FinTech, Sustainable Finance & Commodities. He was also responsible for Emerging Markets and Europe as a region. He helped triple AUM, making ADGM the largest regulated crypto jurisdiction in the world, quadrupled the number of broker dealers, helped launch ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (trading a million contracts within 6 months), making ADGM the biggest hub for venture capital in the region, etc.  

Prior to joining ADGM in 2019, Dr. Dasgupta was the Chief Operating Officer of UK Export Finance (GBP 90B Capital) at the Department of International Trade, UK Government.  The 25-year career included senior level leadership, business development and transformation roles in investment banking, transaction banking, technology, and consulting in firms such as HSBC, ABN AMRO, Citigroup, and PwC.  
Dr. Dasgupta holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bhopal, an MBA in Finance from Indore University, a PhD in Financial Modelling & AI from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Politics from Kings College London.  He is currently completing his third PhD in Food History from Brunel University, UK.  

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