Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Blackstone India
Amit Dixit is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity in India, based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Dixit has been involved with various investments and investment opportunities in India and South Asia. Previously, Dixit was a Principal at Warburg Pincus. Dixit received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai where he was awarded the Director’s Silver Medal for graduating at the top of his program. He currently serves as a Director of Mphasis, Intelenet Global Services, IBS Software Pte Ltd, S.H. Kelkar, Jagran Prakashan, Mid-Day Infomedia and HPPPL. Dixit was previously a Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Igarashi Motors India and Trans Maldivian Airways.
Hemant G. Contractor
Chairman Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)
Hemant G. Contractor is the first Chairman to head the statutory Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) after notification of PFRDA Act in 2014. He joined PFRDA on 7th October 2014. Prior to joining PFRDA he was a career banker, joining State Bank of India (SBI) as Probationary Officer in 1974. During his illustrious career spanning 40 years in SBI, he served in several important positions including Group Executive of International Banking, Group Executive of Corporate Banking, and Chief Financial Officer and rising to be the Managing Director of State Bank of India. He has also served on the Board of several organisations such as State Bank of India, National Security Depository Limited (NSDL), Nuclear Power Corporation of India. He is a qualified Chartered Banker (ACIB) from Chartered Institute of Bankers, London.
Chairman & Managing Director TVS Capital Funds
Gopal is the Chairman and Founder of TVS Capital Funds Limited, Managing 2 mid-Market Growth Oriented Private Equity Funds, with total AUM of ₹1,100 Crores with 100%-rupee capital. Srinivasan Led investments in 22 companies in the Food & Agri, Financial Services, Fintech, Lifestyle and Healthcare Services sectors. He also invested and provided mentorship to over 25 early stage start-ups across various sectors. A 3rd generation TVS Group Family Member with over a 30-year entrepreneurial career, founded companies operating in a wide spectrum of sectors viz. IT, Private Equity, Consumer Finance & Durables. Board member of several TVS group companies, start-ups, and portfolio companies of TVS capital.
Managing Director, Co-Head of India Warburg Pincus India
Vishal Mahadevia joined Warburg Pincus in 2006 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group. He supports firm’s fund raising initiatives out of New York and also oversees firm’s activities in India. Previously, he was a Principal at Greenbriar Equity Group, a fund focused on private equity investments in the transportation sector. Prior to that, Mr. Mahadevia worked at Three Cities Research, a New York-based private equity fund, and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a Director of Biba Apparels, Capital First, Ecom Express, Gangavaram Port, IMC Limited ,Kaylan Jewellers , Stellar Value Chain and PVR Limited. Mr. Mahadevia received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in finance and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Group Executive Director Tata Steel
Chatterjee was appointed Group Executive Director (Finance & Corporate) in September 2013 and had an overall responsibility for Group Finance and Corporate Function which amongst others included, Financial Performance & Reporting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Legal & Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Strategic Procurement, Financial Planning, Information Technology, Group Investment & Portfolio Management, Insurance & Board Governance. In February 2016, Chatterjee was appointed as Tata Steel’s Executive Director for Europe in addition to his current responsibilities and was re-designated as Group Executive Director (Finance, Corporate & Europe). Chatterjee has been re-appointed as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer with effect from November 9, 2017.
In the last 14 years, he has enabled Tata Steel to ride out of unprecedented challenges following the global financial crisis and led the Company to raise over US$60 billion of gross capital funding. He provided leadership and hands on experience in developing M&A strategy, transaction planning, structuring and execution planning for acquisitions with transactions value aggregating to more than US $15 billion in India, Europe, Canada, Africa, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. He also steered the Company in developing a structured divestment strategy with multiple portfolio exits aggregating to over US $3 billion.
Koushik Chatterjee is an Honours Graduate in Commerce from Calcutta University and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Chatterjee joined Tata Steel in 1995 and was appointed Vice President (Finance) in 2004. During his tenure, Chatterjee led the first overseas acquisition of a steel manufacturer by the Company – NatSteel Asia and subsequently led the acquisition of 1.7 MnTPA Millennium Steel (now Tata Steel Thailand) in Thailand. In 2006-07, he played a critical role in the acquisition of Corus Group Plc.
Founder, CEO and Managing Director Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Renuka has spent over two and half decades in the Indian financial sector across private equity, investment banking and structured finance. As one of the early private equity investors in India, she played a pivotal role in shaping the market both in terms of leading pioneering investments such as buy-outs as well as opening new pockets of capital for investment in Indian private equity. In her last role as the MD & CEO of ICICI Venture for close to a decade, she has contributed in many ways to the evolution of that firm to one of the largest private equity funds in India.
Renuka brings on board her deep experience of raising, investing and returning third party capital across several economic cycles. She looks to build Multiples as a platform to channelise long-term capital to create valuable enterprises and successful entrepreneurs. She draws motivation from the fact that supporting entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses has the potential to generate employment, to create ripple effects in the Indian economy and to facilitate the greater process of nation building.
Renuka, a mother of two, enjoys singing Indian classical music. She is a connoisseur of paintings and likes to spend time at her farm watching a fresh harvest. Renuka holds a Bachelor of Engineering from VJTI, University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Mumbai. She has also completed the AMP from the Harvard Business School.
Managing Partner Tata Capital Growth Fund
Akhil is a consummate private equity professional having raised/managed US$1 Billion across 4 private equity funds, invested in 24 transactions with 8 exits across a span of 2 decades. He joined Tata Capital in 2009 after working with
Baring Private Equity and Kothari Pioneer’s Mutual Fund business.
Akhil is the Founding Managing Partner of Tata Capital Growth Fund (TCGF),(an India focused private equity fund providing growth capital),he conceptualized TCGF’s Investment Strategy and raised US$ 240 million from International as well as Indian LPs under adverse market conditions in 2011. Under Akhil’s leadership, TCGF embarked on a disciplined execution of its Investment Strategy which emphasizes macro, team and measured risk taking and invested in 9 businesses across inancial services, technology, consumer,pharma and manufacturing sectors.
He also provides guidance on execution of growth strategy and disciplined risk management through his position on the Board and Committees of some of the leading businesses in India viz. Star Health & Allied Insurance and Sal Life Sciences.
Akhil is a member of Senior Leadership Group of Tata Capital Limited. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences in India and abroad. He is member of the Asia Council, EMPEA , an emerging market focused association.
Akhil is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from the University of Delhi. He has completed his AMP from Harvard Business School.
Akhil lives and works out of Mumbai, India and is married to Anupama who is a practising Chartered Accountant.
Managing Partner Kedaara Capital
Prior to co-founding Kedaara Capital Advisors, Manish served as a Senior Managing Director of Temasek Holdings, where he founded their India office in early 2004 and headed all of their investments and other activities in India. He also held multiple responsibilities in Temasek Singapore. He was a core member of its senior leadership team and a key member of Temasek Holding’s Senior Management Committee (SMC), and it’s Senior Investment & Divestment Committee (SIDC). Prior to joining Temasek, he was a Partner at McKinsey and Company. He had been a part of their New York, Cleveland and Mumbai offices. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs and at the World Bank.
Partner Bain & Company
Arpan Sheth is a partner in Bain & Company. He leads Bain’s Asia Pacific Information Technology and Digital practice as well as Bain India’s Private Equity practice. Arpan has been a part of the leadership team in Bain’s New York, Sydney and India offices over his career at Bain. He serves as office head for the firm’s Bengaluru office.
Arpan has nearly 25 years of consulting experience in the IT industry working with both CIOs and providers of enterprise technology products and services. Arpan has led large-scale transformation efforts in the IT organizations of leading companies across financial services, technology and telecommunications. He has also led strategy and customer-focused engagements with leading tech and IT enterprises across the US and India as well as focused-growth efforts with providers of enterprise software and hardware.
Prior to joining Bain in 2003, Arpan was a vice president of a systems integrator where he led large-scale SI programs. He was also a manager in the Strategic Information Technology practice of A.T. Kearney, where he focused on IT strategy and business technology issues in financial services.
Arpan received an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
Managing Partner Argus Partners
Krishnava Dutt’s experience encompasses the entire repertoire of corporate commercial practice including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance and commercial disputes.
Krishnava has closely worked with several large corporate groups, investors, private equity funds and renowned banks and financial institutions. He has also worked closely with both the government at the centre and state governments in India while advising on several transactions including disinvestments of public sector undertakings and framing of policies. Clients have deeply appreciated his strong financial, accounting and business acumen, which helps in providing a well-rounded commercially prudent legal advice to clients.
Krishnava has been identified by India Business Law Journal as one of India’s top 100 lawyers and is mentioned amongst the India A-List lawyers of 2017. Describing him as “a sharp, distinctive individual who has made the most of the booming Indian infrastructure market” RSG Consulting (London) has identified Krishnava as being amongst the leading second generation of Indian corporate lawyers. Chambers and Partners has identified Krishnava as a leading lawyer in India.
Krishnava serves as an independent director on the board of directors and committees (including as Audit Committee Chairman) of several internationally reputed listed companies.
Krishnava started his legal career at Calcutta High Court. After a short stint at the high court, he joined ICICI Bank in Mumbai where he gained several years of experience in handling transactions involving stressed assets and the international banking sector. He joined Amarchand Mangaldas in 2005 and was made partner in 2007. He retired from Amarchand Mangaldas in June 2009.
Managing Director Temasek Holdings
Promeet Ghosh joined Temasek in 2012 and is currently Managing Director, India, at Temasek Holdings Advisors India Pvt. Ltd.
Prior to Temasek, Promeet spent 20 years as an investment banker. He was involved as a
partner in setting up an entrepreneurial venture to provide M&A and advisory services to midsized corporates in India. Promeet was also a Managing Director at DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, the Investment Banking arm of Bank of America in India. During his 18-year stint with DSP Merrill Lynch, he held several senior positions including Head, General Industries Group and Head, Corporate Finance Group. Since 2008, he has also been responsible for senior relationships with large conglomerates.
Promeet holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a Bachelor of
Engineering from Regional Engineering College Trichy, India.
CEO and Managing Director ASK Property Investment Advisors
Amit co-founded Real Estate practice of ASK Group in 2008. At ASK, he manages INR 5,000 cr ($750 mn) of Real Estate Investments. He has an experience of managing / advising investments of $1.25 bn in his current and previous assignments as Head of ICICI Property Services. He has over two decades of experience in financial services mainly in the mortgage and real estate business. Previously, he was also the National Credit Head for the mortgage division of ICICI Bank.
Head, Strategic Investments & Policy Advisory Group National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)
Prasad Gadkari heads the Strategic Investments and Policy Advisory Group at National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). He has about 20 years’ infrastructure investing experience across private equity, principal investments, joint ventures, project finance, corporate & policy advisory. His most recent assignment before NIIF was as Managing Director at TVS Capital.
Earlier, Prasad used to be a Partner with IDFC Private Equity with a focus on core infrastructure (roads, airports, water, power transmission, ports & railways) and social sectors (education & healthcare). At IDFC PE, he handled the entire life cycle of the infrastructure private equity business ranging from fund raise to investing, portfolio management, Board directorships and profitable exits. Some of his notable deals were India’s first infrastructure asset holdco, first corporatized student housing business, largest private airport in the country, a water solutions company and South Asia’s largest chain of oncology hospitals.
In a previous role, Prasad was with General Electric (GE), where he handled the company’s infrastructure investing activities in South Asia, Middle East & N. Africa. Key assignments handled by him at GE were creation of joint ventures for metro railway projects, airports and a domestic infrastructure fund.
Prior to GE, Prasad was with IDFC Ltd where he led project financing deals such as Hyderabad Airport, Vizag Container Port, Annuity & Toll Roads and handled advisory assignments for Government entities such as NHAI, JNPT and Railways.
Prasad received an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai and is a CFA Charter holder.
Chief Executive Officer Ambit Capital
Prior to joining Ambit, Saurabh co-founded an equity research firm, Clear Capital, and also successfully built the Equities business for Execution Noble in India, right from its inception. Voted as the ‘No.1 Strategist in India’ in 2014, 2015 and in 2016 by Asiamoney, Saurabh has played a crucial role in transforming Ambit into one of the most successful brokers in the country. It is under his stewardship that Ambit has been ranked by Asiamoney as the ‘Most Improved Brokerage House in India’ for 6 consecutive years. In 2017, Ambit was also rated as the ‘Most Independent Brokerage’ for the 3rd year running.
Saurabh, author of bestsellers – Gurus of Chaos and Unusual Billionaires, also contributes monthly columns for Outlook Business, Wealth Insight and VC Circle, and has also had his articles published in Forbes India and Value Research besides writing several pieces for newspaper editorials. Saurabh is also a member of SEBI’s Advisory Committee on Mutual Funds. Saurabh has a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, London, UK and is a CFA charter holder.
Partner & India Head Apax Partners
Shashank Singh is a Partner and Head of the India office of Apax Partners, the global Private Equity fund. He joined Apax in London in 2004, before moving to India in 2007 to start Apax’s office there. His deals at Apax include Cholamandalam Investment and Finance, GlobalLogic, IGATE Corp, Apollo Hospitals, TDC, Bezeq and Synetrix. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Shashank spent four years as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company in their London office, leading client engagements in the telecommunications and high technology sectors. Shashank serves on the boards of iGATE Corporation Inc. (Nasdaq: IGTE) and GlobalLogic.
Managing Director & CEO and Co-head, Private Equity ICICI Venture Funds Management
Purker is the Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited (ICICI Venture) which is one of India’s oldest, largest and most diversified alternative asset managers with a historical AUM since 2002 of over USD 4.25 billion across four verticals: Private Equity, Real Estate, Special Situations (in a strategic alliance with Apollo Global Management, US) and Infrastructure. ICICI Venture is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICICI Bank Limited which is the largest non-government bank in India with total assets of USD 157 billion as at March 31, 2017 on a standalone basis and which is also the parent company of the largest financial conglomerate in the Indian private sector with a market leading presence in life insurance, general insurance, mutual fund asset management, capital markets, investment banking, etc. ICICI Bank is listed on the NYSE and major Indian stock exchanges.
Purker has over 29 years of experience in financial markets. He has a deep and varied experience in Indian capital markets, across both equity (including listed as well as unlisted equities) and debt capital products. Purker chairs the Investment Committees of the funds managed/advised by the Company. He also co-heads the Private Equity vertical of ICICI Venture and has played a key role in the creation of ICICI Venture’s high quality portfolio of PE investments over the past 9 years and the strong exits performance of ICICI Venture’s PE funds during this period.
Prior to joining ICICI Venture in 2009, he worked at Nomura India and Lehman Brothers India as the Managing Director & Head – Global Finance for India in the Investment Banking Division. Prior to that he spent over 5 years with ICICI Bank, where his last role was Senior General Manager and Head – Global Principal Investment & Trading Group. He has previously also worked with institutions such as Citibank, Peregrine and BNP. Purker has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he was also a rank holder.
Executive Director ICICI Venture Funds Management
Mohit Batra is the Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Venture, which is ICICI group’s alternative assets company, where he leads the Infrastructure practice. He joined ICICI Bank in 1992 and worked in the areas of corporate and project finance across a range of manufacturing sectors. He then moved to Mumbai as a part of ICICI Bank’s newly set up Infrastructure SBU and in 20004 was given the responsibility to Head the Project Finance Group which worked across the entire spectrum of Telecom, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Oil & Gas industries. In addition to project finance, Mohit was also involved in the strategic finance and advisory services offered by ICICI Bank including M&A, transaction structuring, acquisition financing etc. for the period 2006-07. Mohit has experience of around 150 deals including Public Private Partnerships aggregating to a project cost of over USD 77 billion. He has worked across the entire Capital structure including equity, subordinated /mezzanine debt and senior debt with total financing committed of around USD 36 billion.
Mohit has operated at the board level of companies and has had hands on experience in project finance, corporate banking, equity investing, strategic finance and resolution of stressed assets. He has in the past worked on several infrastructure policy initiatives undertaken by the Government in the areas of power, airports, telecom and roads.
At ICICI Venture, Mohit set up Resurgent Power, a USD 850 million Power Platform for buy-out of Indian power assets. Resurgent Power is co-sponsored by Tata Power and has Capital from a small group of large sophisticated global investors.
He has an MS in Management from Purdue University, USA.
Founder & Managing Partner Matrix Partners
Avnish Bajaj is the Founder and Managing Partner of Matrix Partners India which is an investment firm with close to USD 1 billion under management. Matrix India invests across early and early growth stages of businesses in Technology–related sectors.
Avnish’s select current investments for Matrix India include Limeroad (mobile social marketplace), Ola (mobility business),
Practo (healthcare app), Quikr (online local classifieds), Cloudnine (maternity hospitals) and Meditrina (cardiac care hospitals). His select past investments with exits include Ace2three (online rummy), Centre for Sight (eye care hospitals) and ItzCash (acquired by NASDAQ: EBIX). He is also a founder investor in Cleartrip (online travel aggregator) amongst other investments as an angel investor.
Previously Avnish was the co–founder, Chairman and CEO of India’s Largest Online Marketplace at the time – Baazee.com – which was acquired by eBay and he ran eBay India thereafter. Prior to Baazee, he was an Investment Banker in the Technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and started his career with Apple Computer in the Bay Area.
He is a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, WARF Fellow from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Computer Science graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur.
He has received a number of awards and citations including the ‘Midas Touch’ best investor award by The Economic Times and a repeat presence on the ’40 who matter’ list.
Managing Director & Senior Partner AION Capital
Kalpesh has been investing in India for over 20 years. Previously, he was a part of ICICI Bank’s senior management team, as the Global Head of Special Situations & Structured Finance, where he was responsible for running India-focused investment teams based in Mumbai, Singapore and London. Prior to this, Kalpesh established and headed the corporate and investment banking business for ICICI Bank UK PLC focusing on leveraged and structured finance transactions with teams based in the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium. Over the course of his career, Kalpesh has deep experience in investing in Indian enterprises in the area of distress, structured equity and credit investments.
Partner – Infrastructure IDFC Alternatives
Milind Joshi is currently Partner at IDFC Alternatives in the Infrastructure asset class which manages over US$ 1.8 billion across two Infrastructure Funds. He is currently responsible for origination and execution of transactions. He has over twenty two years of experience across operations and investments, principally in the transportation and energy sector and is on the Board of several Infrastructure companies.
Prior to joining IDFC Alternatives, Milind headed the Contracts & Commercial division at GMR Delhi International Airport Limited in India where he spent two years. At GMR Group, he worked with the transport group across different functions including project finance, commercial and contracts. Prior to GMR, Milind worked at Tata Power and Powergen India, where he was involved in several acquisitions and financing initiatives. Milind started his professional career at ICICI Limited in 1994 where he was a core member of the infrastructure business and managed a portfolio of over fifteen companies in the infrastructure space.
Milind holds a Masters in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and a Degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Managing Director Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Sharad has over 39 years of experience in the financial services industry, including the last 18 years in the area of distressed debt. He worked in various capacities with ICICI group, Kotak Mahindra group and Axis Bank and is presently Managing Director at Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Ltd, where he leads the Stressed Assets team. Before joining Multiples, he served as President-Stressed Assets at Axis Bank and as CEO at Phoenix ARC Private Limited.
He has served on the Boards of several leading corporates and is a regular speaker on issues relating to distressed debt and asset reconstruction.
Sharad is a chemical engineer with a postgraduate degree in business management. He also attended the AMP at Insead, France.
Sanjay Kukreja is Managing Partner with ChrysCapital and is part of the core team that helped the firm scale from a startup to India’s leading private equity firm with over $3 billion under management in eighteen years. Mr. Kukreja joined ChrysCapital in April 2000 and currently leads the Business Services, Financial Services and Manufacturing verticals for the firm. Kukreja has been on the board of several companies such as Infogain, KPIT Technologies, Liquid Hub, Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Limited, etc. He has led several high profile investments of the firm such as HCL, Infosys and Cyient and has also worked extensively on managing exits for ChrysCapital, where ChrysCapital has been an industry leader. He holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University and has also attended Executive Leadership Course for top management from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
CEO and Managing Director Motilal Oswal Private Equity
Vishal founded MOPE in 2006 with MOFSL being the sponsor. At MOPE, Vishal looks to build a platform to channelize long-term capital to create valuable enterprises and successful entrepreneurs. He plays a crucial role in building the Team and defining the strategies that have taken MOPE to its present levels and has been directly involved both in identifying businesses, as well as in supporting portfolio companies.
Vishal has spent two decades in the Indian financial sector across private equity, investment banking and structured finance. He brings on board his deep experience of raising, investing and returning third party capital across several economic cycles. Prior to founding MOPE, Vishal was with Rabobank during its formative years in India, helping build its corporate finance and investment banking franchise. He was responsible for the origination and execution of structured finance, project finance, acquisition finance, private equity and M&A transactions. During his Rabobank tenure, he executed ~50 transactions aggregating more than INR 900 bn and helped build the life sciences practice in India into a key business driver.
Vishal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the prestigious St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (all-India # 21 rank).
Padmanabh (Paddy) Sinha
Managing Partner Private Equity, Tata Capital
Padmanabh (Paddy) Sinha is the Managing Partner of the advisory team for the flagship private equity fund of the Tata group – Tata Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining Tata Capital as a founding partner of the Tata Opportunities Fund, Sinha was the Managing Director for India at Temasek Holdings. Sinha was part of Temasek’s founding India team in 2004 and during his tenure at Temasek also led global special projects for Temasek. He has worked with ICICI Venture previously as well as an entrepreneur where he was the President of an e-learning company funded by ChrysCapital, Star TV and International Finance Corporation, which he eventually sold to a listed Indian corporation. Sinha has served on several corporate boards, including select Tata companies. He is the current Vice Chairman of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA)
The Tata Opportunities Fund is a USD 600 million third party private equity fund which invests in select Tata group entities as well as other independent Indian businesses. The Fund’s investees benefit both from its capital as well as from access to the Tata group’s global reach and wide ranging long established industry presence. The fund is sector and stage agnostic and invests in both minority and control deals.
Managing Director & India Head Standard Chartered Private Equity
Managing Director Multiples Alternate Asset Management
Sudhir is a founding partner with Multiples Alternate Asset Management Private Limited, a leading Indian mid-market private equity fund. He has over two decades of experience in financial services of which the last ten years has been in private equity. He has a strong investment track record and has lead investments across a wide range of sectors including financial services, health care and infrastructure services. Prior to private equity he has experience across investment banking, lending and structured finance.
Managing Director Kalaari Capital
Rajesh is a pioneer in investing in direct-to-consumer companies in India. His investment interests span consumer categories in retail, education and mobile. Rajesh returned from the US in 2006, drawn by the immense potential that India presents for entrepreneurs in reshaping the country. He has been a part of the startup ecosystem ever since.
In a career spanning over 20 years, Rajesh has had a broad set of experiences in the technology industry across product development, sales, M&A, equity research and private equity. He currently serves on the boards of several companies. Rajesh has an MBA (Hons) from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, a Master’s in engineering from Marquette University and Bachelor’s in Engineering from BITS, Pilani.
Managing Partner Baring Private Equity Partners India
Rahul Bhasin is the Managing Partner of Baring Private Equity Partners India and a Senior Partner and Global Board Member of Baring Private Equity Partners (BPEP) International. Rahul is also a member of the Investment Committee at Baring Vostok Capital Partners and has been an advisory board member of the ING group in India. He has served on the boards of various companies funded by Barings in India partnering with the entrepreneurs and senior management for building and growing their businesses. Previously, as Chairman of MphasiS BFL, he oversaw its transformation from loss making company with US$ 6 million revenue to profit making company with ~US$ 1 billion in revenues. Prior to Baring, Rahul was part of the global asset allocation committee at Citibank in London. He has actively invested in and managed funds across various asset classes including equity, currency, and derivatives in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, and India. Prior to moving to London, Rahul was then the youngest “Independent Treasurer” at Citibank, managing the treasury business for Northern India. Rahul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with Honors from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Managing Director Bessemer Venture Partners
Vishal joined BVP India in 2006 and focuses on investments in consumer internet, market places and enterprise SaaS. Vishal is currently on the board of SnapDeal.com, Hungama.com, Bharat Matrimony.com, Taxi For Sure, Indian Energy Exchange Ltd., Medi Assist, Anunta Technology Management Services, NephroPlus/Nephrocare Health Services and Applied Solar Technologies. Vishal is also involved in the investments of Shriram City Union Finance, Orient Green Power, Kiran Energy Solar Power, Ind-Barath Power Infrastructure, and Motilal Oswal. Prior to joining BVP India, Vishal was a senior manager in the treasurer’s office at Reliance Group.
Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets Everstone Capital
Bhavna Thakur joined Everstone as the Head of Capital Markets in 2015. Bhavna has over 18 years of corporate finance, investment banking, M&A and capital markets experience and has worked with banks, financial services providers and legal firms worldwide. These include investment banking at Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley in Mumbai and Hong Kong respectively and capital markets and M&A law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London and Paul Weiss in New York. Bhavna holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York.
Director and Head of Real estate fund practice Motilal Oswal Real Estate Investment Advisors II
Sharad joined MORE in 2013, spearheading the firm’s real estate fund practice and has been instrumental in rebuilding and scaling up the MORE business from an AUM of Rs. 200 Cr to more than Rs. 2,000 Cr over this period. Under his leadership, MORE has successfully raised two funds – IREF II (Rs. 500 Cr) and IREF III (Rs. 1031 Cr) and has a Prop Book/PMS of more than Rs. 300 Cr. During this period, the Funds have established a strong track record of profitable exits from investments and have received awards and accolades at the CNBC Awaaz Real Estate Awards. (“Real Estate Fund of the Year” for 2016-17). Sharad has over 16 years of experience in Real Estate investing, lending and fund raising.
Managing Partner ASK Pravi Capital Advisors
Jayanta has over 25 years of industry experience with the last 15 years in the private equity business in India. He has in-depth experience of full cycle investing and fund raising in private equity. Prior to joining the private equity industry Jayanta was an entrepreneur. He has also been an investment banker and has worked in the industrial sector. Previously, Jayanta was President – Private Equity at ICICI Venture. Prior to that, he was the India head of private equity at Lehman Brothers. Jayanta has led investments across sectors and is on the boards of multiple portfolio companies.
Senior Partner and Managing Director AION Capital
Parth Gandhi is Senior Partner and Managing Director at AION India Investment Advisors Private Limited. Prior to that he was President of Private Equity at ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited. At ICICI Venture he was responsible for establishing the strategic partnership with Apollo and in developing AION Investment strategy. He brings nearly two decades of investing experience in India. Over the course of his career, he has invested in multiple Indian as well as international companies. His investments have been in listed and unlisted companies in the form of equity, mezzanine and senior debt. He currently serves on the board of Aion Capital Partners, Aion Capital Management, Clix Capital and Clix Finance.
Chief Executive – Wholesale Finance & Group Head – Sell Down L&T Financial Services
Virender Pankaj manages an asset book of more than Rs 42,000 crores in areas of Infrastructure Finance, Structured Finance and Supply Chain Finance. He has been instrumental in building and growing the wholesale business significantly over the last decade. Under his leadership, the debt capital market business has grown multifold. LTFS is the market leader in its focussed areas of infrastructure finance; Renewables, Operating roads and Transmission.
Pankaj has over 26 years of experience in project finance, project appraisal, working capital, corporate finance. He has extensive experience in lending to sectors such as power (thermal, wind, hydro and solar), roads, social infrastructure (healthcare, education and hospitality), and industrial finance. Previously, Pankaj was with State Bank of India and over the span of his tenure had exposure to various aspects of project, corporate finance and development banking.
Pankaj holds a degree in textile technology, MBA (Finance) and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He has conceptualised and co-founded a grass root NGO, ‘Niramaya’, for blindness prevention and vision restoration in rural areas. He has also launched ‘Netra Daan Chetna Abhiyan’ in 2005 which has resulted in about 1000 eye donations and more than 350 free corneal transplants restoring vision for corneal blind.
Head of India Investments CapitalG
Kaushik Anand heads India for CapitalG. Prior to CapitalG, Kaushik worked at Sequoia Capital and McKinsey & Company. He has also started four companies in US and India in energy and internet including the travel search site, Cleverlayover. Kaushik graduated with an engineering degree from IIT Madras where he won the CA Sastry Endowment Award and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Deputy Chief Financial Officer ReNew Power Ventures
Kailash is the Dy. Chief Financial Officer at ReNew Power. He has more than 17 years of hands-on experience in corporate finance and investing. He spearheaded a team that resulted in US$200M fund raise from Goldman Sachs for ReNew Power as a startup in 2011 and has since then been responsible for all fund raised at ReNew. As part of ReNew, he has lead the cumulative debt raise in excess of US$3 bn. for the various projects of the Group and cumulative equity raise of US$ 1.1 billion from marquee global investors such as Goldman Sachs, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Asian Development Bank, JERA, CPPIB and Global Environment Fund. He has also led large scale acquisitions for ReNew. Prior to ReNew Power, he worked in Corporate Finance and Investments division at Saffron Asset Advisors and Aditya Birla Group. His key strengths include fund raising, transaction structuring, negotiations and corporate finance.
Rehan Yar Khan
General Partner & Founder Orios Venture Partners
Rehan Yar Khan is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Orios Venture Partners, a seed stage venture fund. Currently investing from its Fund II predominantly in consumer focused startups, tech and non tech. Orios’ portfolio includes Prettysecrets, Country Delight, GoMechanic, PharmEasy, ZipGo and others. Rehan previously led investments in OlaCabs and Druva.
Rehan has been an entrepreneur since 1992 building 3 companies; was also closely involved in the establishment of Indian Angel Network Mumbai Chapter and Harvard Angels. He is an active supporter of entrepreneurship development in India as a TiE Charter and IVCA Executive Committee member.
Managing Partner Gaja Capital
Gopal co-founded Gaja Capital in 2004 and is a managing partner at the Firm. He has led several of the Firm’s investments in sectors including consumer, education and financial services. Gopal has been investing in Indian equities since the age of thirteen and has been a professional investor in the Indian capital markets for 26 years. He is one of the most experienced private equity investors in India having led or co-led over 30 private equity investments since 1995. He is a graduate in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi.
Director Kotak Reality Fund
Vikas Chimakurthy is a part of the leadership team at Kotak Realty Fund that manages over US$ 1 billion of funds under management. He joined the Kotak Mahindra group in 1999 and has approximately 17 years of work experience.
Prior to joining the Fund in 2007, Vikas worked with Kotak Investment Banking where he headed the real estate and energy sectors. Vikas set up real estate coverage for Kotak Investment Banking. Vikas successfully led M&A transactions across sectors such as energy, telecom, technology, media and chemicals.
Vikas received an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.-Delhi) and completed his MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (Delhi University).
Managing Director Norwest Venture Partners
Niren is a Managing Director at Norwest (NVP) India and has been leading NVP India for over 10 years. Niren brings more than 20 years of Investing, entrepreneurial, financial and operating experience from leading global financial institutions to consumer and technology companies.
Niren focuses on both Private equity and late stage Venture investments with special interest in sectors such as Financial Services, Internet, Consumer and Technology. Niren has overseen more than 30 investments at NVP India and has directly facilitated 14 such investments. Investments include Cholamandalam Finance, Pepperfry, IndusInd Bank, ING Vysya, Jain Irrigation, RBL Bank, Quikr.com, Swiggy.com, RevX Technologies, Shriram City Union, Yes Bank, Five Star Finace, Esskay Fincorp and Kotak Bank. Niren also has a strong exit record having overseen more than 15 exits, of which he has directly facilitated significant exits for 9 of his companies
Prior to joining NVP India, Niren was the Senior Director of Strategy and Ventures at eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) in California, where he helped drive the worldwide strategy across eBay’s Global Marketplaces. Prior to eBay, Niren was part of the original team at Baazee.com, Inc., the leading Indian eCommerce player in the mid-2000s (which was eventually acquired by eBay). Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Niren was an investment banker with KPMG focusing on the Financial
Services and Technology spaces and before that, a Registered Equity Dealer on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Niren is a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a Gold medallist Masters in Commerce from University of Mumbai.
Managing Partner CX Partners
Prior to co-founding CX Advisors LLP, Jayanta was a Director with CVCI, where he had over eight years of investing experience. During his tenure with CVCI, he worked to identify and invest, manage and exit a large number of companies across a wide spectrum of industries including, among others, IT enabled services, financial services, auto, metals and mining, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and specialty chemicals, oil and gas services, media and textiles. He serves on the boards of the following CX Fund 1 portfolio companies: Matrix, Sutures, SIS, TSI, Minacs and Ujjivan.
Yeshwanth M Kini
CEO – India KAUP Capital
Yeshwanth M Kini has over 27 years of experience in the Indian markets. He has co-founded and led KAUP Capital, an Infrastructure Private Equity player from 2008 to date. KAUP is the exclusive advisor to the Mauritius based Manager of the Infrastructure India Holdings Fund LLC (IIHF). IIHF manages international pension and superannuation money and invests in India. The focus has been on providing growth capital to small and medium sized companies. Despite a smaller size, KAUP stands apart with the performance of its portfolio – with significantly positive returns on all of its investments, in a period when the Infra sector in India has faced tremendous headwinds. Some of the investments include Aegis Logistics, Ocean Sparkle and Gujarat Pipavav Port. Prior to this, Yeshwanth has held senior management positions in UTI Mutual Fund, SG Securities (a part of SocGen group), NatWest Markets and Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU).
Managing Director Insitel/Sistema Asia Fund Advisory
Kirill is a Managing Director and Partner at Sistema Asia Fund (SAF) Advisory and is based out of New Delhi. He joined SAF from Sistema Headquarters in 2015 and supervised and executed the launch of Sistema Asia Fund.
Kirill leads SAF investments in the space of enterprise software, healthcare, education, artificial intelligence/data analytics, virtual/augmented reality, and internet of things (IoT). He led 3 deals of the fund in 2016-2017 – Seclore, Qwikcilver, Netmeds where he now serves as a Board member.
Kirill brings almost two decades of operational and investment experience to his role, having worked on projects in Russia/CIS countries, Europe, USA, South Africa and India. Prior to Sistema and Sistema Asia Fund Kirill was a Venture Partner in an early stage VC fund, a Chief Investment Officer in Russian sovereign nanotechnology fund, and a VC advisor to multiple Russian startups. Before VC community fascinated him, Kirill spent 7 years in investment banking and 2 years in management and financial consulting. Kirill holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has also done his Masters in Engineering and Economics from Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University).
Managing Partner Iron Pillar
Inderbir Singh Dhingra
Principal IFC Asset Management
Inderbir is part of the leadership team of the IFC AMC Emerging Asia Fund, a sector agnostic fund investing alongside IFC in Emerging Markets in Asia. He has more than 19 years of experience in private equity and debt investments, equity research, and public policy. Prior to joining the IFC AMC, he held various positions in the Financial Institutions Group at IFC, including managing the South Asia portfolio and subsequently leading the direct equity investments across Asia Pacific. He has also worked at the World Bank in providing financial and advisory assistance to national and provincial governments in India and East Africa in the areas of SME financing, Infrastructure PPPs, Innovation Policy and Investment Climate. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Inderbir served as a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and Deutsche Bank, leading their Equities Research for the Pharmaceuticals, Telecom Services & Equipment, and Media sectors based in Mumbai.
Inderbir holds an MBA equivalent from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a Bachelors in Commerce (Honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and a Diploma in Business Finance from the Indian Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He has published papers on Investment Climate in India, Infrastructure Finance, Public Private Partnership units, and Enhancing Innovation Finance through seed and early stage venture capital funding
Partner Samvad Partners
Vineetha has extensive experience in advising clients on private equity investments, cross-border and domestic M&A, and banking and financing transactions.
Vineetha is widely experienced in advising onshore and offshore funds which invest in several sectors. She represents and advises, various private equity investors including Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, New Silk Route, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Fund, Cerestra Advisors, Sequoia Capital, and IDFC Investments in relation to investments in India, in both listed and unlisted companies, as well as on exits from such investments. Vineetha has also represented and advised Warburg Pincus, IDFC Private Equity, ICICI Ventures and SBI Macquarie in relation to their investments and exits in India. She also represents corporate houses such as the Times Group, CMS Computers, Sintex Industries, Parksons Packaging, UTICO and L&T IDPL in their M&A transactions in India.
On the investment funds side some of the funds Vineetha has assisted in setting up include Cerestra Edu-Infra Fund, IDFC Private Equity Fund II and IDFC Private Equity Fund III, Nalanda Capital Fund I, Nalanda Capital Fund II and Kae Capital.
Vineetha has also assisted clients on a broad range of financing matters including project finance, corporate finance, microfinance, securitization, structured products and pre-litigation strategies. Some of the clients advised by her include ICICI Bank Limited, YES Bank, IDFC, L&T Finance, Indostar, J.P. Morgan, Grameen Foundation, Swadhaar, Samunnati, Cashpor, Blue Orchard and DWM.
Vineetha regularly advises clients on issues arising out of corporate governance, domestic anti-corruption laws as well as foreign anti-corruption laws such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 1977 and the UK Bribery Act, 2010 in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity and financing transactions.
Prior to the formation of the Firm, Vineetha had founded V Chambers of Law which then merged with NDR, to form the Firm. Before that Vineetha was a Partner for over a decade at AZB & Partners, where she handled their private equity, infrastructure, banking & finance and funds’ practice. Vineetha began her career at ICICI Bank Limited, Mumbai, in 1998 before joining AZB & Partners in 2001.
Regional Managing Director L Catterton Asia
Managing Partner Blume Ventures
Sanjay is a Co-founder & Managing Partner at Blume Ventures (www.blumeventures.com), which he and Karthik Reddy co-founded in 2010. Blume has emerged as one of India’s leading early-stage funds, having invested in over 50 startups since its inception.
Blume’s portfolio includes Taxiforsure (acquired by Olacabs), Zipdial (acquired by Twitter), Qubecell (acquired by Boku), Grey Orange Pte Lte, Zopper, Servify, Locus, Belong, Mettl, Webengage, Hotelogix, Exotel, and Carbon Clean Solutions amongst others. Many of Blume’s portfolio companies have secured follow-on financing from top tier global VCs including Tiger Global, Accel, Matrix, Bessemer, Cisco Ventures, to name a few.
Prior to Blume, Sanjay was also an active angel investor through Mumbai Angels. His angel investments include Inmobi, Appsdaily (formerly Onward Mobility), LittleEye Labs (acquired by Facebook), Tonbo Imaging and Svasti amongst others.
Sanjay’s experience spans the US and India, and ranges from management consulting (PwC and IBM Global Services), product marketing and operations (Sun Microsystems) and angel investing (thru Mumbai Angels). Most recently, prior to founding Blume, he co-founded Loxodrome, a legal outsourcing company with dual-shore operations in San Francisco and Pune, India. Early in his career, Sanjay supported the growth of Kanbay (Nasdaq IPO in ’04), then acquired by Cap Gemini for $1.25BL in ‘06.
Sanjay has earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and also holds an undergraduate major in Information Systems from BITS, Pilani.
Managing Partner, EAM Business Spark Capital
Parameswara Krishnan has about 28 years of experience in financial markets, much of it on the Buy side in public markets, in India and Asian regional markets. Krishnan was the portfolio manager for the first bank sponsored mutual fund scheme in India from SBIMF in 1990-92. He was also the fund manager of the first private sector MF in India – Kothari Pioneer MF. He managed the Kothari Pioneer Bluechip Fund in 1993-94.
Krishnan had a long career with DNB Asset Management group, one of the top five asset managers in the Nordic region. During the 19 year stint with DNB, he managed Carlson Asian Small Cap Fund and the India fund from the DNB range. The Asian Small Cap fund, with a concentrated focus on China and India, was the most successful public market fund from DNB with peak AUM of USD 1.3 billion. Krishnan helped establish DNB as the most credible India investment expert in Sweden and Norway between 1998 and 2017. He has extensive experience in Taiwan and ASEAN markets and as an asset allocator for small caps in Asian markets.
He holds a B.E in Computer Science and a PGDM from IIM, Bangalore. Krishnan has recently joined Spark Capital, one of India’s leading mid-market focussed Investment Banking firm to roll out their Equity Asset Management business
Sujan Hajra joined the Anand Rathi Group in 2006 and is currently the Executive Director, Chief Economist of the Group. He also heads the research team of Institutional Equity. He previously worked with the Reserve Bank of India for 16 years. The last post he held at the Reserve Bank was Director, Department of Economic Analysis & Policy.
The Institutional Investor poll rates Sujan as one of the top economists in India and within the top 20 in Asia (excluding Japan). Before joining the Reserve Bank of India, Sujan was a Research Fellow of the University Grant Commission (UGC) and was declared National Scholar twice.
Sujan has been a part of various official Committees and Groups and represented India and the Reserve Bank of India at various national and international forums including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations Commission on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He led the Indian delegates at the inaugural conference of Young Economists with the Nobel Prize Winners in Economics.
Sujan is the author of a book (Re-emerging India: A Global Perspective) and over 20 technical articles on economics and finance in referred national and international journals. He is an M. Phil in International Trade & Development and M.A. in Economics, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Managing Director & CEO HDFC Standard Life Insurance
Amitabh Chaudhry has been associated with HDFC Life since January 2010. Prior to joining HDFC Life, he was associated with Infosys BPO Ltd (since 2003). He was the MD & CEO of Infosys BPO Ltd and was also heading the testing unit of Infosys Technologies Ltd. Prior to Infosys BPO Ltd, he was associated with CALYON Bank (Formerly Credit Lyonnais Securities). He started his career in 1987 with Bank of America, where he worked in diverse roles ranging from Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets and Chief Finance Officer (Bank of America, India). Mr. Chaudhry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Head Strategic Investments and Policy Advisory Group Duff & Phelps
Rishi is a director in the Valuation Advisory Services group and is based in Mumbai. He is responsible for overseeing Portfolio Valuations and Secondary Market Advisory in India.
Rishi has over 14 years of financial advisory experience, both on the consulting and client side. His clients primarily include alternative asset managers, including private equity funds, hedge funds and credit funds both in India and in the U.S and U.K. Rishi specializes in mark-to-market valuations across diverse portfolios of illiquid and privately-held securities including loans, bonds, convertibles, preferred equity, equity, and derivatives under the guidelines of IFRS 13, ASC§820 or the equivalent local GAAP standard.
Rishi returned to Duff & Phelps in 2015 through the firm’s acquisition of American Appraisal. Prior to joining American Appraisal, Rishi provided Apollo Global Management, then a $160bn investment firm, a range of internal advisory services for its Credit funds domiciled in the United States, India and Singapore.
Prior to this stint, Rishi worked with the Avista Houlihan Lokey partnership in India, and Duff & Phelps in the New York office where he advised Board of Directors, CFOs and Controllers on a variety of valuations of businesses and assets for transaction, financial reporting and tax purposes across a broad spectrum of industries.
Rishi has been a speaker on valuation-related topics at forums organized by the Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (IVCA), VCCircle, the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) and ASSOCHAM. He is also a contributing author to journals such as the IVCA semi-annual publication.
Rishi received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. Rishi has passed the FINRA Series 7 exam, and is RICS member and CFA charter holder.
Senior Private Sector Development Adviser UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Gaurav is the Senior Private Sector Development Adviser with DFID, India. A seasoned adviser, Gaurav has about 20 years of experience across responsible PE/VC investments, investment funds, corporate development and policy reform having worked in domestic and international markets.Gaurav brings substantial policy advocacy experience on economic development interventions such as business climate reform, making markets work in the low income states and ensuring value for money, in partnership with the Indian Government and apex institutions on India’s progressive reform agenda.Gaurav holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France and Wharton, USA and a B.Eng (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
CIO Neev Fund (SBICaps)
Founder, Chairman IDG Ventures India Advisors
Sudhir is Founder & Chairman of IDG Ventures India Advisors. He specializes in identifying disruptive high growth technology firms with a strong leadership team, and helps them grow rapidly with an eye for outsized financial returns.
Since 1998, Sudhir and his team have advised on investments into 60 firms across Digital Consumer, Enterprise Software and Healthcare Sectors. Key investments include FlipKart (India’s leading e-Commerce player), Myntra (Fashion & Sports e-Commerce), Manthan (a global Analytics product play), Perfint (a global leader in image guided oncology), Aujas (a global security firm), Newgen (a global software product leader that had a successful IPO in India in Jan.2018), Yatra (a leading Online Travel Company that listed in NASDAQ in Jan.2017) and Mindtree Consulting. Other Portfolio includes Lenskart, Zivame, amongst others.
In 2001, Sudhir was recognized by Red Herring as one of the leading venture capitalists in the country. He has been named among the Top Ten IT Professionals by Dataquest and by Bloomberg UTV as ‘’Visionary Venture Capitalist” in 2011. Sudhir has been featured in Subroto Bagchi’s book ‘’Zen Garden – Conversations with Pathmakers’’, in 2014.
In addition to leading IDG Ventures India Advisors, Sudhir serves on the Asia Advisory Board of EMPEA (Emerging Markets Private Equity Association) and as Advisor on the Technology Innovation and Productivity Council of the GMR Group. He also served on the Executive Committee of Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Investment Committee of UTI Ventures, on the Board of Ascent Capital, Advisory Board of Westbridge Capital and on the Board of Advisors at N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurship, IIM Bangalore. With over 30 years of experience Sudhir has served at various leadership positions at HCL, Wipro and Cyient, as well as Country Head of Walden International India.
Sudhir holds a B.Tech in Engineering and an MBA Degree from FMS, Delhi. His interests include wild life photography.
Director and Head Real Estate Mirae Asset Global Investments
Puneet Bhatia is Director and Head – Real Estate at Mirae Asset Global Investments leading team for strategy, investments, and asset management regarding all real estate ventures for the Group in India.
He has over 23 years of experience spread across investment banking, private equity, lending and structured finance in Indian real estate. He has played pivotal role in shaping markets, pioneering investments in structured and Mezzanine finance on allowance of FDI through Automatic route in Indian real estate. He has worked with International Property Consulting firm’s right from their inception in India and was part of core team setting up of property services group at Bank.
Puneet has been associated with Edelweiss, Wells Fargo Bank, Shapoorji Pallonji, ICICI Bank, Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle in the past.
Puneet is Eminent Member of RICS and and is a member of its trained list of global Assessors for South Asia.
Managing Director East India Capital Management
Akshay joined the Milltrust family in 2016 as director of the Singapore based multifamily office EICM and runs the fund selection, investment structuring and syndications mandate focusing primarily on private equity, real assets and venture capital.
He has about 15 years of experience across a diverse range of sectors and has spent significant time in mid-market investment banking and structuring financial solutions in Asia-Pacific. Prior to Milltrust, he ran a boutique project finance and advisory in Singapore advising on over one billion USD of transactions focusing mainly on South East Asian energy, resources and infrastructure. He spent his early banking years at Barclays Capital and Nomura in fixed income/risk and prime brokerage respectively.
Executive Vice President Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd
Harish has over three decades of experience in working with SBI, IDBI & Edelweiss (the largest players in the respective fields in India) in project & infra financing documentation, distress asset investing, asset resolution and recovery. Harish was Head of Project & Infrastructure Financing (Loan & Security) Group at IDBI. He was also the legal and resolution head of the Stressed Assets Stabilisation Fund where he handled revival, restructuring and resolution of Assets aggregating more than USD 2 billion. He has vast experience across various legal resolution mechanisms and has a deep understanding of structuring and documentation related to the resolution of troubled assets. Additionally, he has five years of experience as a lawyer in the courts from the district level to the Supreme Court of India. He holds a degree in Law with distinction from Punjabi University in India.
Srikrishna has been with TrueNorth since 2006. He is based in Mumbai and is involved with investments in Consumer, Agriculture and Financial Services. Sri is also involved in formulating the overall portfolio strategy. A gold medal winning Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, Srikrishna also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad. He was earlier part of the core team at Yes Bank, helping set up operations and the Bank’s IPO; in the planning & strategy team at ICICI Bank, where he completed the ICICI-ICICI Bank merger; and at Maruti Udyog and Kirloskar Oil Engines.
Managing Director Xander
Vishal is Managing Director at Xander and serves on the investment committee of the firm. Xander is one of India’s largest real estate private equity firms with over $2bn under management.
Vishal has spent over a decade investing in Indian real estate and thus knows all the markets, players, issues and opportunities well. He has invested across asset classes in equity and debt deals and has a deep understanding of the real estate business in India. He is also a member of the FICCI committee for real estate.
Anuj is an acknowledged expert on Indian real estate both in India and internationally. He enjoys strong relationships with private investors as well as local & global corporates.
Until Feb 2017, Anuj was responsible for overall direction, strategy and growth of Jones Lang LaSalle India (JLL) overseeing a team of over 9000 employees in 11 cities. He was a key member of Asia Pac Leadership Group and Head of Global Retail Leasing Board of JLL.
Soon thereafter, Anuj acquired the Residential brokerage business and Fund Management vertical of JLL in India and runs them independently under his latest venture – ANAROCK Property Consultants Pvt. Ltd. As Chairman of ANAROCK, he currently oversees a team of over 1000 across 8 offices in India & one in Dubai.
With over 27 years of experience in multi-disciplinary advisory and transactions in real estate, he has expertise in planning, undertaking demand assessment studies and transactional services including marketing strategies based on technical real estate market analysis. Anuj has successfully handled marketing of projects within Office, Retail, Hospitality and Residential domains. His vast expertise also encompasses feasibility studies, program requirement derivation as well as fund and investor sourcing.
• Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK (FRICS)
• Member – FICCI Task Force on Smart Cities
• Member of Advisory Committee of MCHI–CREDAI (Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry & Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India)
• Director on Board of Jagran Prakashan Limited
• Director on Board of Music Broadcast Limited (Radio City)
• Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
• Member of Construction Week India National Advisory Board