Royston joined Grameen Capital in 2007 as CEO, to launch the organization, providing Microfinance Institutions and Social Enterprises wider access to the capital markets. Grameen Capital is part of the global Grameen family of companies, the flagship of which is the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.
He recently launched Grameen Impact India a unique social debt vehicle to realise the dream of a “Capital-with-a-Conscience” ecosystem which over time hopes to include a Social Venture Fund and a Social Stock Exchange.
A career banker, Royston spent over a decade in Citibank in various assignments across Consumer and Corporate Bank and also set up HSBC’s SME Finance Business and their global Microfinance Business.
In addition to being the former Chair of Sa-Dhan, whose members have over 30 million women micro-entrepreneurs, he serves on many boards and advisory bodies, including Grameen Foundation India, FICCI, CII, Impact Investors Council, etc. He has been invited to address various programs in India and globally, to promote impact investment and blended finance as a sustainable tool to eradicate poverty, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Royston has also been invited to write the introductory chapter for the OECD report on Financing for Development to be released at the UN General Assembly in September 2018.
The London-based Finance Monthly publication named Royston in their 2013 Global CEO Award Winners list as among the Top 4 CEOs in Asia, and Top 2 in India.