About Rishi Piparaiya

about rishi piparaiya


Rishi Piparaiya is a best-selling author and former banker and marketing head with multinational organizations such as Citi, Aviva, and Santander. He left his corporate job at the helm of his career to spend his time doing what he loves—travelling, writing, and mentoring start-ups.

Rishi loves to experiment with different writing genres. His debut work, Aisle Be Damned, a humour book on air travel, was a national bestseller in India. His second book, Job Be Damned, published by HarperCollins and described as “PG Wodehouse meets Dilbert”, was an acclaimed satire on corporate life. He has taken his passion for writing in a different direction with the launch of his fascinating new children’s series, Cities of Adventures. Young readers can experience the world in a whole new way with each book bringing a different global city to life.


At the time of changing career tracks, Rishi was the Marketing Director at Aviva, where he was responsible for driving brand strategy, online and direct sales, product development, and digital initiatives.

A creative marketer, he has won industry awards for innovative campaigns across traditional and digital channels. His earlier stints included serving as Director, Bancassurance at Aviva and Senior Vice President, Insurance, Liabilities and Customer Franchise at Citi India. Under his aegis, Citi India was recognized as the best performing and most innovative Insurance franchise across Citi Asia-Pacific.

As a corporate strategy executive, Rishi led various international expansion projects for Citigroup and Banco Santander based out of New York and Madrid respectively.


Rishi is an angel investor in several start-ups and on the board of mentors at the Atal Incubation Center, set up by NITI Aayog, at NMIMS, Mumbai. He is a frequent speaker at forums and business schools and regularly featured in media on topics around careers, entrepreneurship, financial independence and early retirement. Rishi pursues these activities through his Mumbai-based organization, Imaginara Legacies Private Limited, that aims to create and support initiatives that will make a difference to the world around us.

Rishi has an MBA from Cornell University where he was also awarded the Entrepreneurship Award. He completed his undergraduate education from the University of Rochester, a program in creative writing from the University of Cambridge and schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai.

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