Rajeev Kannan

Executive Officer,
Head of Investment Banking Dept., Asia
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

IBF Distinguished Fellow (2019)

Corporate Banking

"Building Singapore into an infrastructure development and financing hub requires a combination of long-term vision, a robust and reliable eco-system and human capital upskilling, and I am glad to play a role in supporting Singapore in this journey."


Rajeev Kannan is the Executive Officer and Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). In his role, he is responsible for various wholesale and investment banking products including Infrastructure & Project Finance, Principal Investments, FX/Rates, Derivatives, Loan and Debt capital markets, ECA & Export Finance, Asset Finance, Securitisation and M&A & Sponsor Finance. Rajeev also sits on the Asia Pacific ALM committee as well as Risk committee.

Rajeev has over 25 years of investment banking, emerging market investing and Energy & Infrastructure sector experience globally. Rajeev also has built strong relationships with government agencies and corporates in various countries in Asia Pacific and Middle East.

​Rajeev was instrumental in successfully establishing and growing SMBC's project and export finance and investment banking franchise in Asia Pacific. In particular, Rajeev has helped establish Singapore as a leading hub for PF activities in SMBC as well as by leading several successful landmark industry initiatives such as establishment of Clifford Capital, Pierfront Capital, PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance, India Infrastructure Fund.

​Rajeev started his career at ICICI Bank in Mumbai in 1994 after graduating from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani in India with a master's degree in management and engineering.