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India’s partner for growth

IvyCap Ventures was founded in 2011 by Vikram Gupta with a vision to leverage Global Alumni Ecosystems to foster Entrepreneurship in India and maximize returns for its Investors.

IvyCap is guided by an entrepreneur-centric investment approach with a focus on high-quality professional entrepreneurs from premier educational institutions of the country.

IvyCap believes that, in the case of early/growth stage companies, a strong collaborative approach is critical for success. In this context, we have organized a unique, structured Mentor Model that brings the requisite skills, industry experience and passion to support the creation of distinct value in our portfolio companies.

In 2015, we launched IvyCamp, India’s first Unified Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform, that acts as a Super Incubator, to create value for early stage entrepreneurs and innovators.

In addition, IvyCap is also working towards building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem across educational institutions of the country. Towards this goal, IvyCap has created a unique “Give Back” program to share part of its own profits with the educational system of the country, primarily to encourage further entrepreneurship.

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Initiatives

120

$ MN AUM

20

Marquee Institutional Investors

5000

IIT/ IIM Alumni Network

55

Highly Credible Mentors

Our History
Key Milestones

What we like ?
Our Investing Philosophy

The Fund is guided by an entrepreneur-centric investment approach. We aim to invest capital in ventures founded or managed by professional entrepreneurs from premier institutions.

We like Early to Growth Stage companies, with highly scalable and innovative business models and demonstrated sales.

SECTORS OF INTEREST

Consumer

Healthcare

Enterprise Tech

FinTech

Emerging Tech

AgriTech

Why Us ?
Our Differentiation is derived
from our Ecosystem

Team
Meet the Team

Core Team

Vikram Gupta
Vikram Gupta
Founder & Managing Partner

Vikram Gupta is the Founder, Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member at IvyCap Ventures Advisors Private Limited. He has about 22 years of experience in Private Equity, Business Consulting, M&A, Strategy and Operations in Healthcare and Life Sciences, Education, Consumer Goods and other industries. He has held leadership positions across various well-known companies in India and Abroad.

Prior to founding IvyCap, Mr. Gupta was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with IndiaVenture Advisors Private Limited, a Private Equity Fund Management company sponsored by the Ajay Piramal Group. Mr. Gupta conceptualized, raised and deployed the first PE fund from the group, a Healthcare and Life Sciences Focused PE fund. He raised the entire fund from a large base of institutional and HNI (High Networth Individual) investors in India. He managed all the aspects of the Private Equity business including Fund Raising, Investors Relationship Management, Deal Sourcing, Deal Evaluation, Deal Closure, Fund Portfolio Management, Value Creation, Risk Management and Exits.

In an earlier stint, Mr. Gupta worked in the US with IBM Business Consulting Services for about four years in strategy and planning, business development and project management across various assignments. He conceptualized and led IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice for Clinical Genomics. He has also held senior positions with Indian companies including A F Ferguson & Co., Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Lupin Laboratories and Piramal Healthcare across different areas including, Business Consulting, Strategy and Planning, M&A, Business Development and Manufacturing. Mr. Gupta has experience with starting-up companies in the areas of Medical Tourism, Outsourcing Strategy Consulting, and a Commercial Laundry.

Mr. Gupta has published many reusable and licensed assets including Patents, White Papers and Technical Documents. He has various awards and recognitions to his credit. He has completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and has dual MBA degrees in Strategy and Finance from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.

Ashish Wadhwani
Ashish Wadhwani
Managing Partner

Ashish Wadhwani is the Managing Partner at IvyCap Ventures. He has over 25 years of experience in Venture Capital, M&A, and Strategy Consulting.

During his career, Ashish has worked with companies across the investment lifecycle, from incubation to exit. Ashish has led and managed investments across technology, consumer and traditional industries. He has also led a NASDAQ listing. In addition, he has also worked on several M&A transactions.

Ashish has also found and run his own ventures and has been a member of the board in several companies across the APAC region. Ashish is also currently serving as a board member of The Indus Entreprenuers (TiE) Singapore.

He has advised over 40 companies on business strategy, growth, implementing new business models, value creation and monetisation,mergers and acquisitions and new investmentsacross Asia, India and Europe. Ashish was a strategy consultant with Roland Berger, Monitor Group and Deloitte. Ashish was also part of Tata Industries, the holding company of the Tata group where he built strategy for group companies and was  involved in several investment and divestment deals.

Ashish is a regular speaker and author on thought leadership topics. He holds a post-graduate diploma in management from the IIM Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. degree from the IIT Delhi. Ashish was born in Jamshedpur, India in 1968 and has been living out of Singapore and working across Asia since 2000.

Vishal Gauri
Vishal Gauri
Co-Founder & Mentor
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Sonia Sharma Gupta
Sonia Sharma Gupta
Vice President

Sonia has 15 years of experience in Banking, Strategy & Operations and Entrepreneurship. She has held leadership positions across various well-known companies in India and Abroad. She founded four companies and has an excellent track record of building businesses from scratch. Sonia has incubated companies in Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO), Hospitality and Healthcare industries. She has been involved in various Mergers and Acquisitions activities of her companies and has dealt with Private Equity and Venture Capital funds as an entrepreneur.

She holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University and dual MBA degrees in Marketing and Finance from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio and IMT, Ghaziabad.

Nishtha Soli
Nishtha Soli
Partner, Credit Opportunities Fund

Nishtha is a Partner at IvyCap Ventures and leads the Credit Opportunity Fund. She is an experienced banking and investment professional with over 15 years of experience, having worked in debt capital markets across India, UK and the US in top-tier global organisations. She has worked with UBS in Mumbai, setting up their structured credit desk offering financing solutions to large and mid cap multi-nationals, Indian corporates and PE funds. Prior to that she worked with Dresdner Kleinwort/Allianz, London in their Debt Principal Finance group, where she completed over 25 venture, structured, mezzanine and high yield financing transactions, across multiple sectors like healthcare, retail, financial Services and infrastructure and managed a principal portfolio of over $1.0bn. Nishtha has held various leadership roles in M&A and Corporate Finance across GE businesses in India, London and US.

She held a senior role in the acquisition integration of the £850m First National Bank (acquired by GE from Abbey National) into the GE Consumer Finance UK franchise (in London). She was part of GE’s renowned leadership program – Financial Managment Program (FMP). Nishtha is extremely passionate about women empowerment and has been part of various diversity initiatives throughout her career. She is the founder of Cirkle, a platform that advances women entrepreneurs in India by providing them access to capital and mentors. Nishtha is a Graduate in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens College Delhi, and an MBA (Finance) from NMIMS, Mumbai

Prayag Mohanty
Prayag Mohanty
Principal, Investments

Prayag has worked at SBI Capital Markets, the Investment Banking subsidiary of SBI for three years as part of the Equity Capital Markets group which dealt with all forms of equity fundraising for the corporates. He was involved in the closure of 5 transactions including the marquee follow on public offering of $700 million by Tata Steel. He has worked closely with the Department of Disinvestment for managing the sale of shares by the Government of India including the $200 million stake sale in Engineers India through a follow on public offering and the $110 million stake sale in National Aluminium Company via an offer for sale auction. He was also involved in the initial public offerings of two midsized private companies in the power financing and ancillary sector.

Prayag has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with Finance specialisation from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Pune University.

Anshuman Khanna
Anshuman Khanna
Principal, Investments

Anshuman brings with him a rich work experience of more than 13 years in venture capital investments, fundraising and investment research.

Anshuman joins us from RVCF, a domestic VC fund, where he was accredited with a number of successful investments and exits. He also played an active role in setting up of the fund for RVCF and successfully raising institutional capital for the fund. Prior to RVCF, he was a part of Brand Capital, a Times of India group initiative and Moody’s Analytics, Gurgaon.

Anshuman is a Chartered Accountant, a commerce graduate from Delhi University and an alumnus of CEE, Indian School of Business (Hyderabad).

Aakanksha Sharma
Aakanksha Sharma
VP, Investments

Prior to joining IvyCap Ventures, Aakanksha worked at Verity Knowledge Solutions (UBS Subsidiary)as an Investment Banking Analyst for two years. She was a part of the Financial Institutions Group, focused on banking and insurance sectors, and provided sell-side M&A advisory and investment/securities valuation services to UBS clients worldwide. She designed a capital model & pitch book to meet the €2.3bn Basel III shortfall for a €6bn Austrian Bank. She also assisted in the merger model & shareholder restructuring for a Portuguese Bank in a €1.5bn deal.

She interned at Samara Capital, a $350 mn PE Fund, and was part of three live deals in technology, e-waste and food sector. She received the highest ever performance based bonus given by the firm to any summer intern, across all years.

Aakanksha holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. She is a graduate of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University and completed her CFA Level 2 in June 2012.

Priyanka Mishra
Priyanka Mishra
VP, New Business Initiatives

Priyanka has a total of nine years of work experience in banking, investing, strategy, start-ups and sales. She started her career with Central Bank of India as part of the priority lending team and reported to the GM, Priority Sector (SME Credit). Thereafter she started her own manufacturing company for customising tableware and tiles (third-firing of ceramic). She ran this business for four years and also raised capital from institutional investors. During this experience she managed all aspects of the business from operations, sales, marketing, finance, HR and government interactions. She grew the product portfolio substantially and at the same time learned many lessons of managing a start-up of her own.

She worked with another start-up, Docplexus, as their Sales Director, wherein she handled Pharma interactions for pitching content marketing solutions delivered on the Docplexus platform.

She completed her Under Graduation in BBA from Symbiosis, Pune in 2007 and did her MBA from NMIMS  Mumbai, in 2009 specialising in Finance.

Board of Advisors

G.K. Pillai
G.K. Pillai
IAS (Retd.), Former Union Home & Commerce Secretary of India

Mr. G.K. Pillai, IAS, is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Madras and belongs to the Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (1972 batch). He is the former (recently retired) Union Home Secretary, Commerce Secretary and Secretary of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice.

Mr. Pillai has a distinguished service record. Among his many appointments at both state and national level, he was Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala before becoming Special Secretary in the Commerce Ministry, India’s chief negotiator at WTO, and Chairman, Board of Approvals for Special Economic Zones. During the tenure of this last role, over 500 Special Economic Zones, as tax-exempt export enclave zones, were approved, and are expected to employ around one million people.

He has represented the State and Central Government on delegations to USA, EU, Argentina, Brazil, DRC, Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Canada, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, U.K., Thailand and Slovenia. He is renowned as a tough negotiator on behalf of national interests with a reputation as a thorough gentleman and a stickler for playing by the rule book.

He sits on the board of various companies and out of such companies the names of thecompanies are:

  • – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited as Director
  • – Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited as Director
  • – Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited as Director
  • – Data Security Council of India as Director
Nishith Desai
Nishith Desai
Founder, Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith Desai is the founder of the multi-skilled, research-based law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (“NDA”), which has offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore and Singapore.

Nishith Desai is an international tax and corporate lawyer, researcher, author and lecturer. In November 2004, Nishith Desai was ranked as No. 28 in a global Top 50 “Gold List” by Tax Business, a UK-based journal for the international tax community, after a worldwide survey of tax professionals who had influenced tax policies. Nishith Desai also holds a special license from the State Bar of California to practice Indian law.

Nishith Desai has substantial experience in the Fund sector, advising perhaps the largest number of offshore investment funds. He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. He has advised the Small Industries Development Board of India and the Department of Electronics, Government of India, on their domestic venture capital fund.

N.K. Maini
N.K. Maini
Former DMD & ED, SIDBI

Former DMD & ED, Small Industries Development Bank of India

Sridhar Kolli
Sridhar Kolli
General Manager, SBI

General Manager, State Bank of India

Ashank Desai
Ashank Desai
Co-Founder & Advisor, Mastek Ltd.

Mr. Ashank Desai is the founder and former Chairman of Mastek Limited, a publicly-held IT solutions player with global operations. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable ‘Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving’. He is widely recognized as an industry veteran, and is one of the founder members & past Chairman of NASSCOM. He is also a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO). It is an organization founded for the development of IT in the Asia Pacific region, which comprises of 20 IT Countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India etc.

In the last few year, he is actively involved in the field of education, and has been a member of the Governing Boards of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Jodhpur, and the Goa Institute of Management. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay & IIT Hyderabad.

He is involved in Entrepreneurship Management in the country. He is the Vice-Chairman of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay and ‘Fellow of the Society’ honour by the Computer Society of India (CSI) in recognition of his services to the Indian IT Industry as an entrepreneur and for his contribution to the growth of education. He has also been presented with the Honourable Contributors Award by ASOCIO, the only Indian to receive this recognition twice. He was conferred with the much coveted Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010 India. Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 India is organized by Enterprise Asia – a non-governmental organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region. Mr. Desai studied at IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad.

Ravi Dhariwal
Ravi Dhariwal
Former CEO, Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited
Pradeep Gupta
Pradeep Gupta
Chairman & MD, Cyber Media

Pradeep Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, South Asia’s first and largest specialty media house, with 15 publications, 12 websites, over 150 events and weekly TV programs in the infotech, telecom, consumer electronics & biotech areas. CyberMedia’s brands include Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, BioSpectrum, DARE, MIT’s Technology Review, CIOL.com and Global Services. The group’s media services include market research (CMR India) and content outsourcing (Content Matrix Inc). CyberMedia is a public company.

Pradeep is also an Angel investor and a mentor to a number of entrepreneurs. He is on the TiE Board of Trustees and co-founder, Indian Angel Network. He is also on the Board of UTI Asset Management Company. Pradeep is on the Governing Board of IIT Mandi, on Global Board of PanIIT Alumni Global, President Association of Indian Magazines, Member Executive Committee of Indian Newspaper Society (INS), and Director Kaleidoscope Entertainment.

He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award of IIT Delhi and the Helen Keller award for working in the disability sector. Pradeep is an Engineer from IIT Delhi (1975) and an MBA from IIM Calcutta (1977).

Satish Kini
Satish Kini
Former COO, PANIIT Alumni

Satish Kini, a visionary management coach and social entrepreneur, is the former Chief Operating Officer in the PANIIT Alumni movement’s Nation Building Projects. He spent his early professional career with IDM Ltd providing IT Consulting & Solutions to Indian corporates. His first entrepreneurial venture was Trust-House that provided Management & IT Consulting to Corporates and SME sector in areas such as Business Transformation, BPR, Application of ICT and people empowerment.

In early 2000, Kini became a pioneer in the Indian healthcare industry by identifying key issues in the sector such as failure and apathy of the state to provide basic & affordable healthcare leading to rampant malpractices and exploitation of poor by the unregulated medical practioners. Addressing this problem, he took up the challenge to to transform Healthcare to be People sensitive, Accessible & Affordable. He founded “21st Century Health” that has benefited 30 million patients in 400+ Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics in India, Middle East & Africa. In 2010, he received Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.

Kini earned his Bachelor or Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a PGDMM at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management and Sciences.

Milind Atrey
Milind Atrey
Professor, IIT Bombay
  • Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay
  • Head of SINE

Board of Mentors

Achal Agarwal
Achal Agarwal
Founder & CEO, Make 'n' Live

Founder CEO – Make ‘n’ Live (www.makenlive.com)

Ajay Phatak
Ajay Phatak
VP & Pune Center Head, Symphony Teleca Corporation

Ajay Phatak is the Vice President & Pune Centre Head at Harman International. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Jopasana group of companies, a software products development group located in Pune. Jopasana was acquired by CoreObjects, which was subsequently bought out by Symphony Services.

With 17 years as a CEO and 3 years as the Business Unit Head, his experience lies in developing and executing business for product companies as well as product development services companies dealing with high technology and Industry OEM customers. Some of the focus industries include – Process & Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, Automotive. Ajay has worked with customers ranging from high tech start ups to multi billion $ global corporations. His strengths lie in product management and business development. Substantial work in the area of architecting real time software products and solutions. Excellent cross disciplinary background in both engineering and computer science.

He is involved in two not-for-profit organizations working in the area of ecology and environment as a Trustee. He is a trustee & faculty at the ecological society and teaches ecological economics, Business in society and sustainability.

He is an invited speaker at several events on topics ranging from Technology, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Ecological Economics. In December 2009, he was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award by Indian Institute of technology, Bombay. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in Computer Sciences and Masters in Computer Sciences from University of Pune.

Ambarish Raghuvanshi
Ambarish Raghuvanshi
CFO, Info Edge (India) Pvt Ltd
Ananda Sen Gupta
Ananda Sen Gupta
Founder, Trackmybeat Healthcare

Ananda is an Independent Consultant, who provides consulting services in Business Strategy, Marketing and Telecommunications Software & Technology space. Ananda comes with fifteen years of hands-on experience, most of it with Agilent Technologies in the US and Asia, covering product management, marketing, business development, sales and delivery of a range of Telecommunications related software and hardware products. Ananda has also held leadership roles in an international Telecommunications industry forum – MPLS Forum – and has delivered papers and chaired sessions at several international conferences. Ananda has experience of managing Indian operations of a U.S. company, Objective Systems Integrators, including running Asia sales and business development, technology direction setting and running day to day operations, as well as overseeing running customer projects. Ananda is also founder of Shruti Healthcare, a provider of IT consulting services in the Healthcare sector.

Ananda holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Ajay Muttreja
Ajay Muttreja
Member of Board and Advisor to Chairman, Technova India (P) Ltd.

Ajay has 30 years of management experience in India-entry strategy consulting, cross-border public and private sector partnership development, business transformation and complex technology transfers. His strong understanding of global business practices combined with deep knowledge of the Indian regulatory landscape has enabled him to help more than 1,000 multi-national companies achieve transformational growth and long-term success in India. He has vast experience in every major sector and functional area, with a specialization in technology, healthcare, consumer goods, energy and. manufacturing.

In 29 years at Tecnova India, Ajay transformed the company from one that sold French technologies in India to one of the leading India-entry strategy consulting companies. He was part of 2,500+ global client engagements, providing end-to-end solutions, spanning consulting, advisory, incubation, partnership and implementation. He managed relationships with over 1,000 global companies and 2,000+ CXOs from US, Europe and Japan. Ajay also established and led the executive search firm Boyden’s franchise operations in Delhi, launched a startup incubator in association with Wharton Business School and State of Pennsylvania, and pioneered Tecnova’s expansion into the North America and Europe. In the span of one year as CEO, Ajay turned the company around, brought it back to profitability and established a culture of talent excellence and leadership development.

Ajay currently sits on the advisory and board of Indian operations of several global companies, including American companies like Pfingsten Partners and Somero Enterprises and the Swiss company, Biodenta.

Prior to Tecnova, Ajay was the Industrial Advisor to the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan for over 2 years. During that time, he worked closely with the Minster of Trade, Industry and Mines to draft Bhutan’s first Industrial Policy. He also led negotiations to secure more than US$ 250 Million funds from UNIDO, World Bank and CDC for new Industrial & Mining projects in addition to serving as the Alternate Director to the Chairman on 17 joint-sector projects. Ajay also spent over 4 years as the Executive of Packaging Machinery at Metal Box, where he was responsible for launching high-value global turnkey contracts in India and USSR.

Ajay holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Amit Banka
Amit Banka
Founder & CEO, BeeGram Business Doctors LLP
Arun Anant
Arun Anant
Director, Revenue & Strategy, Hindustan Times
Anil Apte
Anil Apte
Sr. VP, Extentia Information Technology

Anil Apte is a seasoned IT professional with 28 years of hands-on experience in Software Product Development, Project/Program management and Architecture Management. He is currently the Senior Vice President at Extentia Information Technology in Pune, where he is responsible for Engineering, Delivery, Innovation & Relationship Management in IT projects and providing Project/Program/Portfolio governance in a Lean/Agile environment.

Anil is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1980) and is based in Pune, India.

Anu Acharya
Anu Acharya
CEO, mapmygenome.in

Anu Acharya is currently the CEO at Mapmygenome, a molecular diagnostics company to make people proactive about their health. She is also the Founder & Former CEO of OcimumBiosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics. Since founding the company in 2000, she has led the company through three strategic international acquisitions, two capital raises for equity investments and launch of several innovative products, solutions and services through its proprietary platform called RaaS (Research as a Service). She was recently named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum for its class of 2011. She was selected by Red Herring Magazine to the list of “25 Tech Titans under 35” in 2006, has been named Biospectrum “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2008 and has been awarded the Astia Life Science Innovators Award in the same year. She currently serves as a governing board member at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), the premier R&D Organization in India and also a governing board member at the NIBMG (National Institute for Biomedical Genomics).

Anu holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from IIT Kharagpur and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

Anwer Khan
Anwer Khan
Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

A Healthcare Strategy and Technology Executive with extensive experience in designing and implementing IT strategies and IT architectures, as well as comprehensive Project Management Offices and Change Management programs for numerous Healthcare and Life Science organizations. Anwer has led and performed on teams that have developed and deployed solutions that were integral for process re-engineering, infrastructure assessment, work flow redesign, supply chain management, metadata management, knowledge management, e-business and e-commerce, standards alignment, and clinical software development. Furthermore, he has published and presented papers regarding utilization management and metadata management within the healthcare industry. He also holds several patents relevant to healthcare data management and is often interviewed by leading industry analysts on healthcare informatics topics.

He is currently a Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Prior to that, he was a Partner and Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice Director at West Monroe Partners. He has held various management roles at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, IBM Global Business Services, and Synergy Healthcare etc.

Babu Sivadasan
Babu Sivadasan
Group President, Envestnet Retirement Solutions

Mr. Sivadasan is currently the Group President of Envestnet Retirement Solutions (NYSE:ENV) and has been with Envestnet since its inception.Mr. Sivadasan is a serial entrepreneur and has a distinguished record working with other entrepreneurs, turning ideas intoinnovative companies, and delivering solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience in global software and service delivery models and co-ordination of engineering andoperational activities across geographically distributed groups. He also is experienced in leading architecture, design, anddevelopment for large projects. For the past fifteen years, his focushas been on cloud, e-commerce and mobile applications. He has acted as a lead architect and programmer for Hewlett-Packard, where he worked on building a Java Virtual machine and anembedded application delivery platform. He was also the founding Chief Technology Officer for few start-up companies, includingStamps.com (STMP). Sivadasan has also worked as a technologyconsultant for application infrastructure companies like Quest Software and financial services companies like Discover.

Mr.Sivadasan is an active angel investor and enjoys guiding andmentoring entrepreneurs. In addition, Mr. Sivadasan serves as a venture advisor to few Venture Capital firms.Sivadasan holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Kerala University, India.

Deep Kalra
Deep Kalra
Group Chairman, Group CEO & Founder, MakeMyTrip Limited

Mr. Kalra is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Makemytrip.com Inc. He founded MakeMyTrip Limited in April 2000 and serves as its Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kalra has over 18 years of experience in e-commerce, sales, corporate finance and financial analysis. He has established and built up India’s most successful online travel company. He has been associated with One97 Communications Limited since January 2010. Prior to MakeMyTrip, he worked with leading multinational companies in India in senior capacities. He served with General Electric Company’s subsidiary, GE Capital as Vice President, Business Development. After starting his career with ABN AMRO Bank in the corporate banking division, he established and managed AMF Bowling Inc.’s South Asian operations. He serves as a Director of Travogue Electronic Travel Private Limited, International Web Travel Private Limited and MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt.Ltd. He has been an Independent Director at One97 Communications Limited since January 15, 2010. He serves as a Director of IndiaMARTInterMESH Limited. He serves as Chairman of Internet working group of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India. He serves on the Board of TiE, Delhi. He is a Member of the executive council of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Mr. Kalra has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Deepak Birewar
Deepak Birewar
Owner, Inventys Research Company
Dr. B.V. Phani
Dr. B.V. Phani
Dean, Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur

Associate Dean, Innovation and Incubation at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Dr. B.V. Phani is currently the Dean Of Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur. He is also the visiting faculty at the National Entrepreneurship Network and is a recipient of the London Business School A.V. Birla award for doctoral research and the National Stock Exchange Research Initiative award for Research. Dr. Phani is also involved in intellectual property management and spearheads the patenting and technology transfer activity at IIT Kanpur.

Key assignments handled by Dr. Phani are:
1. Professor, Finance and Entrepreneurship:Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME)
2. Associate Dean Innovation & Incubation (ADII): Office of Research and Development (R&D)
3. Coordinator: SIDBI Innovation Incubation Center (SIIC)
4. Coordinator: Syndicate Bank Entrepreneurship Research and Training Center (SBERTC)
5. Chairman: Investment Committee

Prof. Phani holds a PhD from IIM Calcutta in Finance and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Harsh Chitale
Harsh Chitale
CEO, Philips Lighting Solutions - South Asia

Mr. Harshavardhan M. Chitale is currently the CEO of Philips Lighting Solutions – South Asia and the Member of the Board of Directors at HCL Healthcare Ltd. Previously, he was MD and CEO of HCL Infosystems Limited. He moved to HCL after a successful stint at Honeywell Process Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. where he led the business for the North and South America region. Prior to that, he was responsible for Strategy and Global Marketing for Honeywell Process Solutions. Harsh has a wealth of experience as a senior business leader with rich business management experience in both Indian and global companies. He has handled various large System Integration and Lifecycle services businesses. Passionate about technology solutions, Harsh believes that people are the most important part of the transformation process and key to growth and success of any company.

Harsh is a recipient of the Director’s Gold Medal at IIT Delhi, from where he completed his Electrical Engineering and thereafter started his career with TATAs in TATA Administration services (TAS).

Harsh Kaul
Harsh Kaul
GM - SIDBI
Kapil Raizada
Kapil Raizada
Co-founder at Railyatri
Krishnan Neelakantan
Krishnan Neelakantan
MD, Samhita Social Ventures

Krishnan Neelakantan has been the Senior Director at Ankur Capital Fund since joining them in August, 2015. He was previously the Managing Director at Samhita Social Ventures, having made the move to the social development sector after 17 years in the financial markets. His career in equity markets started at ICICI Securities in 1995, but the bulk of his experience was with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, the top-rated house for foreign institutional investors (FIIs) investing in India. During this period, he built up extensive expertise on all key sectors as he evolved from being an investment analyst for the metals, engineering and power sectors to becoming equity market strategist and then Head of India Research for almost five years from 2007. His team was rated #1 in both the Asiamoney and Institutional Investor polls in 2009 and 2011 and he too was regularly ranked in the top two positions for Equity Strategy, including being voted #2 analyst in India in the 2010 AsiaMoney Poll. His started his working life as a shop floor engineer at Indian Aluminium, Calcutta.

Krishnan has a B.Tech degree from IIT, Bombay and did his Post-graduation in Business Management from the XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur.

Lalit Yagnik
Lalit Yagnik
IT Veteran

Lalit Yagnik is an ICT expert with over 25+ years experience working globally. In various roles as a technologist, technology & solutions evangelist, architect, incubator, entrepreneur and mentor, Lalit has managed to generate acceptance of newer solutions in the market and create skills and technical leadership required to successfully assimilate and execute these technologies for the customers.

Lalit joined IBM in Australia. He was posted as the Technology Director at SingaLab (an IBM Joint Venture with Singapore government) to transform an R&D company incubated in National University of Singapore to a leading-edge client solutions company. He was also tasked to create an innovation center for e-business solutions for India and global market. In both these roles, he developed first-of-a-kind solutions while creating and leading a team of young technologists. More recently, Lalit worked on Big Data and IBM’s Smarter Planet Solutions that included CAMS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social). He was part of the ninety people global leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology.

After leaving IBM in early 2014, Lalit has been mentoring technology growth companies in their entrepreneal drive with innovative solutions.

Lalit holds a Computer Science degree from BITS Pilani, Master of Business from RMIT Australia and Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Makarand Phadke
Makarand Phadke
Sr. Vice President, Innovations, Reliance Industries Limited

Makarand Phadke started his industrial career with Rohm & Haas Company in Philadelphia in their Research Department (1984-1994). He is the author two US Patents and several publications. He worked with Thermax Ltd. in Pune, India from 1994 through 2003. Starting as Manager Marketing, he was involved a variety of roles eventually heading the Chemical business. He was also a member of the Executive council of Thermax Ltd. He was with Aquapharm Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Pune as CEO (2003-2005). Currently, Makarand is with Reliance Industries, Ltd., where he leads the Innovation Leadership Centre (RIL-C) in Pune, India. Dr.Phadke industrial experience has covered research and development, marketing, sales, and business leadership.

MakarandPhadke received a Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 1980 and MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.

MG Vasan
MG Vasan
Businessman, Philanthropist
Norman Weinstock
Norman Weinstock
Chairman, Zahn Dental Laboratory Division

Chairman of the Zahn Dental Laboratory Division and a Vice-President of Henry Schein, Inc. (a Fortune 500 Company)

Pankaj Agarwal
Pankaj Agarwal
Director, Apextend Advisors Pvt Ltd

Pankaj Agrawal is the founder of Apextend Advisors Pvt. Ltd, which provides niche advisory services in the areas of Strategy and Optimization of Enterprise IT, Information Security, Risk Management, Enterprise Mobility and e-Governance. Clients include top global MNCs, large Indian business conglomerates and CEOs of mid-size Indian companies.

Pankaj also advises the Technology and Security Advisory practice of Grant Thornton India LLP, a leading global consulting firm.

Pankaj has 27 years of industry experience as CIO, CISO and ICT Business Head in global organizations in India, UK, USA and Middle East. He last served at Aircel Ltd (2008-2013) as CISO and National Head of IT Governance. He was responsible for governance of Strategic IT outsourcing partner of INR 400 Cr. Annual budget, Aircel IT strategy, setting up an Industry-first Balanced Scorecard of complete IT and revitalizing the IT effectiveness across Aircel. As CISO, in the highly regulated Indian Telecom Industry he was responsible for Aircel-wide Information Security, Privacy, Risk Management and was the Single Point of Contact for Govt, Regulatory Authorities (TRAI) and Industry Body COAI for all Security matters. Pankaj led Aircel to win the prestigious Nasscom-DSCI Excellence Award for security-2012.

Pankaj has earlier served at Ernst & Young (2004-2008) for IT Advisory, and was the ‘outsourced’ CIO of India’s largest e-Governance Program – Income Tax transformation, Ministry of Finance, monitored by the Prime Minister’s office. He also designed the IT outsourcing strategy and processes for a top global oil company in ME, and e-Governance roadmaps for the Chief Ministers of Delhi, MP and Maharashtra.

Prior to E&Y, Pankaj served Siemens Information Systems Ltd, now ATOS (1999-2004), where he Program Managed Europe’s largest technology transformation program in the Financial Services domain in UK, with global teams. He led the award-winning workflow and imaging project of HDFC Standard Life and also led the UP Forestry World Bank project with consortium partner UN-FAO. Pankaj has led several e-Gov programs at CMC Ltd, now TCS (1987-99), including the Urban Land Development Authorities, which was later show-cased as ‘e-Governance whitepaper’ by TCS.

Pankaj has been honoured with several national and international awards. He is frequently invited as speaker by CIO, CISO, ISACA and HR forums.

Pankaj Bhatia
Pankaj Bhatia
Managing Partner, Aumentis Consulting
Pankaj Varma
Pankaj Varma
Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Pramod Maheshwari
Pramod Maheshwari
Founder Director & CEO, Career Point Ltd

Mr. Pramod Maheshwari founded Career Point Limited in 1993 and serves as its Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Career Point to impart quality education for engineering & medical aspirants. He served as a Director of Academic at Career Point Infosystems Ltd. For 15 years. His passion & excellence for guiding students to achieve the epitome of success in various competitive examinations has given coaching a new dimension in India. He has been a Director of Career Point Limited since March 2000. He pioneered the Kota Coaching System and introduced the concept of group coaching in India. He is the mentor of thousands of IITians, IITians, Doctors and Scholars. He is nationally renowned for developing and implementing the effective teaching and learning methodologies to get the maximum output in competitive examinations. As a career author and counsellor, he writes for various publications, leading news dailies and conducts seminars & workshops.

He received his B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi in 1993.

Pramod Saxena
Pramod Saxena
Founder & chairman, Oxigen Services(I) P ltd.

Pramod Saxena is the Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Oxigen Services (India) Pvt. Limited. Oxigen – A company that has fast grown into India’s First and Largest single point Payment Solution provider for a large bouquet of services. Using an IT enabled platform, Oxigen connects to over 100,000 customer touch points(retail outlets and chains), aggregating services from 40+ brands, Oxigen has 30 million + transactions per month. This is apart from its strong online & on mobile prescence in the merchant payments space.

A Chemical Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Pramod worked in various capacities spanning over 33 years and largely associated with DCM Group, Essar Group and Motorola. His rich and varied experience spans Telecom, BPO, Steel, Petro Chemicals & Fertilizer industries where he had held responsibilities for acquisitions and mergers, setting up green field projects, joint ventures and managing business operations.As part of Senior Management team of Essar group for over 10 years, Pramod has been responsible for many business ventures viz.,

  • Setting- up of a 4.0 Mil Ton Iron Ore Pelletization project at Vizag;

 

  • M & A for a textile mill in Mauritius and 33% equity stake in Italian Steel Major ILVA;
    Setting-up of the Cellular Mobile business;

 

  • Acquisition and management of BPL cellular business and its transition to Hutch Essar JV;

 

  • Management of Aegis BPO business in USA/India during its initial years of operation. Pramod was President (Continental India) for Motorola Inc. from 1998 – 2004 and as the Executive Director, Asia Pacific Global Telecom Solutions Sector, Motorola India, he led Motorola to be the leading cellular (GSM & CDMA) infrastructure provider in the region with 40% share of the market and many fold growth in the revenues. Having been associated with the Indian Telecom for nearly 18 years, Pramod has also played a key role in the industry having co-chaired FICCI’s Telecom Committee for many years.
Prakash Sundaresan
Prakash Sundaresan
Various startups in US and Asia
Prashant Nedungadi
Prashant Nedungadi
Founder & CEO, NimbleCommerce

Prashant is NimbleCommerce’s founding CEO and has been instrumental in guiding the direction of the company’s e-commerce platform and network strategy. He brings more than 18 years of industry experience to the table; 12 years of that in the e-commerce and online shopping sector. Prior to founding NimbleCommerce, he founded IMShopping and was co-founder and CTO of Andale, the largest 3rd party e-commerce service provider for small businesses. Under Prashant’s leadership, Andale grew to have more than 1.5 million online sellers and generated millions of dollars in annual revenues. Prashant’s background uniquely qualifies him to understand both market demands and the customer perspective.

Prashant holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University. When not leading a rowdy bunch of Nimblers, Prashant can be found golfing.

Rama Vaidyanathan
Rama Vaidyanathan
Modeling & Optimization Engineer, Shell Global Solutions

Professional Summary:

6+ years of oil and gas industry experience providing model-based solutions to improve operation, reliability, safety, and performance of downstream and upstream assets.

Expertise in process control, optimization and reliability

Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of refining, chemicals and gas processing technology and business drivers

Previously, President of Anand Charity, a non-profit organisation based in the USA and raising funds locally to execute education and healthcare related projects in India

Education:

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2007
Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, India, 2003

Raman Bindlish
Raman Bindlish
Director, Samsung Semiconductor

Raman Bindlish is currently working with Broadcom Limited, where is responsible for the connectivity combo product (WLAN / BT) product management and marketing for key OEMs including Apple and Samsung. Previously, he was working in semiconductor industry for more than 11 years specializing in mobile devices design and software solutions. He has been instrumental in bringing more than a dozen smartphones, tablets and consumer devices to the market. For past few years he has been involved in working with top tier OEMs and various mobile ecosystem and software partners in designing next generation mobile solutions including platforms, apps and services.

Raman is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Raman Venkatesh
Raman Venkatesh
CEO & Board Member, Eureka Forbes

Dr. Raman Venkatesh serves as the SBU CEO and the Senior Vice President of Technology & Corporate Development, and is a member of the Core Leadership Team of Eureka Forbes Limited. He has been serving in this role since December 2008 and comes from a distinguished background in global water treatment industry, spanning both large and small companies in U.S., Europe and India. In 2010, he was given additional charge as CEO of a strategic business unit that now generates $100 million/year in revenues. He is on the Board of Directors of three companies in India. Dr.Venkatesh is the recipient of the prestigious American Hero of Chemistry award for an innovative drinking water treatment technology implemented across the USA.

He earned a B.E. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani (India) followed by M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh (USA), where he won the Outstanding Graduate Student award. He also earned an Executive MBA degree from the Katz School of Business at University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Dean special recognition for his achievements. He has attended advanced management programs on M&A and Strategic Alliances in Harvard Business School and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He has authored 10 international and Indian patents and has more than 30 citations in peer reviewed journals, international conferences and reputed magazines. He has given several invited lectures at leading universities and organizations in U.S. and India.

Ravi Dhariwal
Ravi Dhariwal
Ex-CEO & ED, Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited
Rishi Srivastava
Rishi Srivastava
Director, Technical Services, Shelf Drilling
Rohit Toshniwal
Rohit Toshniwal
Co-founder, Startup

Co-founder at Startup, building products for datacenter problems

Sandeep Singh
Sandeep Singh
Managing Director, HSBC, Inv. Banking
Sanjeev Shriya
Sanjeev Shriya
Founder Owner, Smart Chip Limited

Founder Owner – Smart Chip Limited, a biometrics, smart card and digital securities company

Sushil Dharmarha
Sushil Dharmarha
Director, Polarities Co. Ltd.
Uday Bhaskarwar
Uday Bhaskarwar
CEO, Thinking Hut IT Solutions

Uday Bhaskarwar is a seasoned IT professional with over 21 years of global experience. He has a deep understanding of the ever changing Business and IT landscape. Uday is the founder and CEO of Thinking Hut, a consulting, product and services company with focus on healthcare and logistics sectors. He is on the board of OCHFL(http://www.ochfl.com), a housing finance company under license from NHB. His responsibilities include business planning, strategy, processes and IT. Earlier, he was Vice President and Head of Sales with India Business of Infosys. Before that, he led the DHL & Deutsche Post relationship for Infosys for close to 10 years. He built DP/DHL as one of the largest clients of Infosys and was a significant contributor to Infosys’s growth in 2000s. During his tenure at Infosys, Uday worked across the continents, led very large accounts, built large teams and helped penetrate new geographies.

He is a B. Tech. in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering from IIT-BHU. His strengths lie in strategy development, business planning, building teams and setting up operations.

Ujjwal Sinha
Ujjwal Sinha
Founder & CEO, Management Foresight

Ujjwal Sinha is the Vice President of Enterprise Business Intelligence for Target India. In his current role, he is responsible for all analytical functions, predictive analytics, optimization, big data, data quality, business intelligence and reporting across all business functions. Ujjwal is a strategist, marketer and technologist with 20 years of experience in the software industry. His expertise spans consumer, enterprise, analytics, cloud-based applications and business intelligence. His experience in the software industry spans product development, product management, product marketing, sales, business strategy, P&L management, and metrics based operational excellence. He has also advised several corporations and venture capitalist firms on various deals and investment decisions. Prior to joining Target, he held various leadership roles in global organizations like Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Digitas, McKinsey & Company to name a few.

Ujjwal holds a PhD and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Vivek Gaur
Vivek Gaur
CEO, YEPME
Vipul Sardana
Vipul Sardana
Senior Director, Maersk Group

Senior Director – Strategy and Transformation at Maersk Group

Yogesh Andlay
Yogesh Andlay
Founder, Nucleus Software

Yogesh Andlay is a serial entrepreneur and is the Founder, MD of Nucleus Software. He is also on the Board of the School for Inspired Leadership. He holds a B Tech from IIT Delhi.

Mamta Gautam
Mamta Gautam
CMC Lead & Senior Policy Advisor, FDA

CMC Lead & Senior Policy Advisor, FDA, CDER Office of Policy, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality

Ranu Vohra
Ranu Vohra
Co-founder, MD & CEO, Avendus
Ganesh Mani
Ganesh Mani
President, Global Innovation Center Inc.

Ganesh Mani is President of the Global Innovation Center Inc. and is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ankush Nijhawan
Ankush Nijhawan
Owner - ‎Nijhawan Group
Rohit Chanana
Rohit Chanana
President Strategy & Finance, Heo Corporate Service (P) Ltd.

President Strategy & Finance, Heo Corporate Service (P) Ltd.

Sudhanshu Vats
Sudhanshu Vats
Group CEO - Viacom18 Media Private Limited

Group CEO – Viacom18 Media Private Limited

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