Having a broad range of hands-on experience founding, funding and supporting early-stage technology companies, Alok Mittal joined Canaan India in March 2006, leading the company’s investments in India.
Alok focuses on investments in digital media and mobile companies, as well as innovators in managed software services and other IT enabled businesses. He regularly speaks at prominent industry events such as TiE, NASSCOM, SiliconIndia, VC Circle, Microsoft BizSpark and Adtech.
Prior to joining the venture industry, Alok co-founded JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment. He also brings strong Telecom experience to Canaan having worked for Hughes Software Systems prior to that.
Alok is a co-founder of Indian Angel Network, on the board of TiE in Delhi and an advisor to Adtech India. During the course of his association with Canaan India, he has advised Canaan Partners in their investment in Bharat Matrimony, Equitas, iYogi, Cellcast, UnitedLex and MotorExchange.
Badri is a senior corporate and management resource who wishes to expand his pro-bono charitable work after a successful and satisfying career as a board level business leader.
Badri has been with leading Indian and global corporates for more than 30 years, playing strategic roles. He began his career at Union Carbide, India and advanced via the finance and commercial functions into senior leadership roles at Eicher Group and Bharti Enterprises, where he also occupied executive Board positions for a number of years.
Badri’s track record is balanced mix of business acumen, strategic perspectives and business transformations, setting up and developing start-ups to maturity as well as the ability to effectively lead several thousands of people. He has a thorough understanding of business, strategy, financial markets, commercial issues, government and regulatory interactions and legal, tax matters.
Badri has been involved in setting up partnerships and collaborations with diverse global brands like Mitsubishi (Japan), Axa (France), Siemens (Germany), IBM (USA), Volvo (Sweden) etc. where he was the lead director of the Indian partner.
Badri is Certified Chartered Accountant, 1970 and a Bachelor of Commerce, 1966. He enjoys golf and travelling
Purvi is the Fund Manager for IIFL Seed Ventures Fund I, a sector agnostic, multi-stage fund with over USD 100 Mn in assets. She has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, across research, insurance, banking and investments. She started her career in research with McKinsey and then spent over 6 years with the Kotak Group and five plus years with Morgan Stanley.
Ramesh G. Dharmaji (SIDBI nominee)
Ramesh G. Dharmaji, aged 57 years, has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Bombay University and M.Com in Banking from Mysore University. He has 33 years of experience in Development Banking, Credit, evolving of structural products for new generation enterprises, profit centre operations, networking with government, multilateral agencies.
He has vast domain knowledge of MSME sector and has been Director of SIDBI MSME International Training Institute. He is currently working with Small Industries Development Bank of India as Chief General Manager, New Delhi office and is also CEO of India SME Technology Services Ltd., an associate of SIDBI.
Prof. M.M. Pant
A Ph.D. in Computational Physics along with a Professional Law Degree, Prof. Pant has been a practitioner in the field of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation.
Drawing upon his experience in world-class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training. Professor believes in the maxim that convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed towards actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives.
Prof. Pant, has been the Pro-Vice Chancellor at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and on the faculty at IIT–Kanpur, MLNR Engineering College and on the Faculty & Visiting Professor at University of Western Ontario-Canada.
He has been a Visiting Scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 published papers to his credit.
With his interest in Law, backed with practicing of Law in a High Court and his basic training in Science and IT. Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & Trade Mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT”.
With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman.
R. Satya Narayanan
Satya, like the millions, is a man with a dream. What sets him apart from the millions is the passion and determination to follow his dream. A cricket aficionado to the core, he dropped his Class XII Board exams to get that one extra year of playing for his under-17 cricket team!
A brief stint at Ranbaxy was enough for him to realize that it was time to follow his passion – education and entrepreneurship. In 1995, with help from his friends, he started Career Launcher, with one goal in mind – to enable individuals realize their potential and make their career dreams come true.
What began as a hugely successful Personality Development Program (PDP) has now become one of Asia’s largest education service providers. Years of experience in mentoring and interacting with bright young minds from all over the country lent him a keen insight into nuances of education & training. After taking over the test prep market, Satya found that CL’s philosophies of education and learning required a more holistic and structured platform that could best be achieved through mainstream education. CL Educate’s foray into mainstream education came with its chain of K-12 schools, the Indus World Schools. Its philosophies such as ‘child centric learning’ and ‘multiple intelligence’ are implemented in its curriculum and day-to-day activities. CL Educate also started its B-School, the Indus World School of Business, and Vocational Training initiative recently.
Satya is also a certified Crestcom and NTL trainer who has trained corporate bigwigs in leadership and management skills; besides thousands of students, teachers and corporate executives. Occasionally, he also trains the Delhi state cricket team in the area of “mental preparation”. Dell recently acknowledged Satya’s entrepreneurial zeal and conviction in his dreams when he was featured in their ‘Take Your Own Path’ Campaign.
Recognition and accolades have constantly poured in, in the form Karmaveer Puraskaar’09 presented by iCONGO and the Most Promising Entrepreneur Award presented by Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards’09.
Satya is deeply passionate about physical fitness and when he is not working, he can’t stay away from the tennis court and yoga. His other passions include music and poetry.