Honorary Advisor


Prithvi Haldea

Prithvi Haldea, an M.B.A. (1971) from BITS, Pilani, is the Founder-Chairman of PRIME Database Group.
Between 1971 and 1988, he worked at senior positions in the corporate sector in the areas of exports, software, consulting, publishing, and advertising. He was also associated with the information industry and worked as a Consultant with The World Bank and with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Since 1989, when he created PRIME Database, he has innovated several databases on one hand and worked on investor education/protection on the other.
He is presently a member, among others, of the following: 

  • Standing Council of Experts on the Financial Sector, Government of India 
  • Primary Market Advisory Committee, Securities and Exchange Board of India 
  • SEBI Committee on Disclosures in Offer Documents
  • Association of Investment Bankers of India (Hony. Advisor)
  • Advisory Committee on Individual Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India
  • Association of Independent Directors of India
  • Jury for ASSOCHAM’s awards for Corporate Governance 
  • Jury for ASSOCHAM’s awards for Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Member of the ICSI High-Level Expert Committee on Corporate Governance
  • Editorial Board of ICSI 
  • Financial Services Committee of ICSI
  • Nucleus Software Exports Limited (Independent Director)
  • Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (Public Interest Director)
  • Advisor, Gaja Capital
  • Chairman, Ibaadat Foundation
  • Founding-Advisor, manupatra.com 
  • Founding-Advisor, Rekhta Foundation

Haldea's past memberships include:

  • First Trustee, New Pension System Trust, Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority
  • High Level Committee on Corporate Bonds and Securitisation appointed by the Union Finance Minister (Patil Committee)
  • Central Listing Authority (Board)
  • Ministry of Finance Task Force on Financial Redress Agency
  • FSDC Committee on Commission/Incentive Structure of the Distributors of Financial Products
  • Governing Council, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (Central Government Nominee) 
  • Governing Council, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (Central Government Nominee) 
  • Governing Board, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs 
  • Investment Board, Postal Life Insurance, Government of India 
  • Quality Review Board (Chartered Accountants) 
  • PFRDA Expert Group for Recommending Investment Norms for New Pension System 
  • Secondary Market Advisory Committee, Securities and Exchange Board of India 
  • SEBI Committee on Disclosures and Accounting Standards, Securities and Exchange Board of India 
  • Committee on Review of MAPIN, Securities and Exchange Board of India 
  • Committee for Revival of OTC Stock Exchange of India
  • MCA Rules Committee for the Companies Act
  • MCA Committee on Review of Corporate Governance Norms
  • MCA Committee for Review of the Chartered Accountants Act
  • Committee of Experts on Corporate Governance, National Stock Exchange of India Limited
  • Listing Advisory Committee, National Stock Exchange of India 
  • Listing Committee, BSE Limited
  • Delisting Committee, BSE Limited 
  • Index Committee, BSE Limited
  • Delisting Committee, Delhi Stock Exchange 
  • Union Finance Minister’s Pre-Budget Consultation Committee of Financial Experts (comprising Chairmen of Financial Institutions, Banks, Insurance Companies and Investment Bankers)
  • Standing Committee for Development of Model for Assessing Corporate Governance, Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • ASSOCHAM National Council for Capital Markets (Chairman) 
  • PHD Capital Markets Committee (Chairman) 
  • CII Taskforce on Indian Financial Markets 
  • CII National Committee on Capital Markets 
  • Task Force on Capital Markets, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Industry 
  • Capital Markets Committee, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry 
  • Expert Group for ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance 
  • Advisory Council of Finance Area, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon 
  • Expert Committee on Marketing of Financial Services for MBA Programme, Indira Gandhi National Open University 
  • Old Age Social Income Security (OASIS) Project, Union Ministry of Social Welfare (Invitee)
  • Expert Steering Committee on Education and Training of the Post Office Savings Bank, Union Ministry of Communications 
  • Workgroup of IT Task Force, Govt. of India on Content Creation and Content Industry 
  • Advisory Board, Invest India Economic Foundation Private Limited 
  • Council, Business Superbrands 
  • Board of Directors, UTI Asset Management Co. Limited
  • Board of Directors, OTC Exchange of India
  • Board of Directors, Central Depository Services India Limited

Haldea is a Guest Faculty at various academic institutes. He has also addressed hundreds of conferences.

As an investor protection activist and proponent of corporate governance, Haldea regularly raises issues with regulators and in the media. In the pursuit of this objective, he has also launched several unique websites which include www.watchoutinvestors.com, aggregating information on economic defaulters which now lists over 2,50,000 cases, www.primedirectors.com: a databank of professionals for listed companies to select independent directors, now hosting profiles of over 20,000 professionals, www.indianboards.com profiling directors of listed companies and www.msmementor.in, a national skills registry of professionals for the benefit of MSMEs. He had earlier designed and maintained www.directorsdatabase.com, covering detailed profiles of directors of Indian listed companies and www.iepf.gov.in, an investor education initiative in 11 languages. 

Haldea has also extended his skills of information management to other organizations, by creating www.bsepsu.com, a website dedicated to disinvestments, a new website www.divest.nic.in for the Department of Disinvestment, and the PE/VC Directory for the Indian Venture Capital Association. 

A lover of Urdu poetry, he is presently devoting a lot of his time to Ibaadat Foundation, which he founded for bringing poets and poetry back to life, through musical dramas. He is also the Founder-Advisor to Rekhta Foundation which has created the world’s largest website on Urdu poetry.