Speakers

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Simon Hopkins

CEO, Milltrust International Group
Chairman, Milltrust Agricultural Investments
Chairman, East India Capital Management
A successful entrepreneur and a senior figure in the international investment management industry for more than two decades. He was an early advocate of hedge fund investing for institutional investors, and has been a prolific capital raiser for single manager funds, funds of funds and listed closed-end funds. He is passionate about emerging markets arena, having launched numerous closed end fund structures, and more recently a number of UCITS funds. Hopkins also played a pioneering role in seeding many of the incipient European hedge funds through the Fortune Group, an award-winning alternatives investment advisory, and fund of hedge funds business.
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Promeet Ghosh

Managing Director
Temasek Holdings Advisors
Promeet Ghosh joined Temasek in 2012 and is currently Managing Director, India, at Temasek Holdings Advisors. 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 mid-sized 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.
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Manish Kejriwal

Managing Partner & Co-founder, Kedaara Capital Investment Managers Limited
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.
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Amit Bhagat

CEO & MD, ASK PIA
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.
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Avnish Bajaj

Partner & Managing Director, Matrix Partners
He is the Partner and Managing Director of Matrix Partners, India which is an investment firm with INR 3000 cr under management. Matrix India invests across early and growth stages of businesses in select sectors – Mobile Internet, Healthcare and Consumer. Previously Avnish was the co–founder, Chairman and CEO of India’s Largest Online Marketplace – Baazee.com – which was acquired by eBay. Prior to Baazee, he was an Investment Banker with the Hi–Tech 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.
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S. Sriniwasan (Srini)

Managing Partner
Kotak Reality Fund
Srini has played a crucial role in setting up and building the Alternate Assets business at Kotak Investment Advisors Limited (KIAL). He established one of India’s first real estate funds in 2005 and steered the growth of the business since its launch. Srini also oversees Kotak Private Equity, Kotak Infrastructure Funds, Kotak Special Opportunities Fund and Kotak Listed Equities. Overall, Srini manages about US$ 2.8 billion in AUM across asset classes. As one of the earliest fund managers to raise and invest capital in India, Srini has introduced significant financing, financial structuring and negotiating skills in the alternate assets industry.
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Jayanta Banerjee

Managing Partner, ASK Pravi Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd
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.
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Shashank Singh

Partner & India Head
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.
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Sharad Mittal

Director and Head of Real estate fund practice at Motilal Oswal Real Estate (MORE)
He 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.
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Vishal Gupta

Managing Director at Bessemer Venture Partners, Bangalore
He 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.
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Kaushik Anand

Head of the 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.
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Hemant G. Contractor

Chairman
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)
He 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.
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Parth Gandhi

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 Mr. Gandhi was President of Private Equity at ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited. Mr. Gandhi was a key member of the team at ICICI Venture
responsible for establishing the strategic partnership with Apollo and in developing AION’s strategy. Mr. Gandhi brings over a decade of investing experience in India. Over the course of his career, Mr. Gandhi has invested in multiple Indian companies and has served on the board of directors of an array of listed and unlisted companies based in India, USA and Europe.
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Jayanta Basu

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.
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Gopal Srinivasan

Chairman & Managing Director
TVS Capital Funds Ltd.
He 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.