Head – Consumer lending Business at Flipkart. An ISB graduate who has been with Flipkart for last 4 years, leading the fintech innovations of Flipkart aiming to make shopping experience more seamless and affordable.
Alternate Data based underwriting for loans
Alternative data has come into the spotlight in financial services, and it presages a significant shift in credit availability for unbanked and underbanked consumers. There are about 70 million credit-invisible consumers in India who lack sufficient traditional credit data. Alternative data is the future of financial inclusion, enabling lenders to extend credit to consumers who have been credit-invisible using next-generation data sources to power both traditional and alternative credit models.
What is alternative data? It includes payment history for electricity, gas and telecom bills, rent payments, repayments to payday lenders, and information such as employment history and educational background. Although alternative data has proved to be valuable and insightful for making lending decisions, until recently, it has not been possible for it to play a meaningful role in credit scoring.