Kumaran Padayachee has been funding SMEs for the past 22 years and has intimate understanding & expertise in SME financing. He is CEO of Spartan, a Non-Bank Finance Institution [NBFI] that only finances SMEs and does so with innovative financing like 100% Software Finance, Technology Leasing, 3-Month Bridging Finance and 100% Commercial Property Finance. Kumaran is a co-panellist on both the popular Big Small Business Show and co-hosting a new show, SME Funding, on Business Day TV. He has a B.Comm [Accounting] from Rhodes University and did a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.