Panel of Mentors
Amrita is a well known and highly regarded name in the Indian IT landscape. She is currently heading Enterprise Technology at Vodafone UK and was the Director for Information Technology at Bharti Airtel Ltd. and a member of the Airtel management board till Nov 2012.
Prior assignments include, CIO mobile services, the largest business unit of Airtel, head of Airtel’s IT operations, governance across all lines of businesses (i.e. Mobile, Telemedia and Enterprise Business) and B2C application innovation groups. She was part of the core team that developed the strategic IT outsourcing deals with IBM, Nortel etc.
Global Telecommunications Executive, Green Technology Entrepreneur & Space Exploration Enthusiast, A.S. Oberoi is a serial entrepreneur, global business builder and executive leader who has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in market capitalization over his 16-year career. A thoughtful, pioneering leader able to assess complex technologies, partnerships and emerging market opportunities, and turn them into explosive business growth as a relentless dealmaker.
As an experienced entrepreneur and business leader, Anubhav has played diverse roles at BLADE Network Technologies (an IBM Company), Qwest Communications International, Practical Technologies & HotelSupplies.Com, among others.
Anubhav holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Andhra University and received intensive Management and Leadership Training at Harvard Business School.
An inventor, designer and manager, Mr. Ashutosh Pande has over 25 year of experience in the wireless communication and electronics industry. He is currently Founder and Director Arogyamhealth Pvt. Ltd., a company in the preventive healthcare space.
In his last assignment, Ashutosh had dual responsibilities as Global Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Services and Business Unit as well as Managing Director for Indian operation of CSR.
Ashutosh is recognized in the industry as a strategic thinker and is active with various government and industry bodies. He is Secretary, Association of the Geospatial Industry, India; Member, FICCI Task Force on Geospatial Technologies and Member, Empowered Committee for Smartphones and Tablets, Core Advisory Group for Research and Development (R&D) in the Electronics Hardware (CAREL).
Ashutosh holds 59 International and 4 Indian Patents. He is an alumnus of BITS Mesra and an MS from University of Alberta.
With a career spanning over 22 years, Atul has provided P&L and operating leadership for multi-industry, multi-brand and multi-channel operations in India and Africa. As CEO/COO, he has built new Businesses (AIWA, West Bengal and NESA Circles of Airtel, Essar Telecom Kenya) and managed large operation – from start-up to over $425+ million.
In his current assignment, he is the Chief Commercial Officer Altech KDN, Nairobi, Kenya since June 2011.
He is a B.Tech and an MBA.
Dinesh is a second generation hands on entrepreneur with investments in textiles, crowd sourcing, new media & technology, online education and real estate. In the past Dinesh has successfully exited ventures in food & beverage management and software technology.
An MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Thunderbird – The School of International Management, USA, Dinesh hopes to build a portfolio of self sustaining businesses with a global outreach and footprint that create value in the lives of our customers, partners, vendors and society at large.
He has been featured in Businessweek Asia as one of the 20 Upcoming Young Entrepreneurs of Asia under the age of 25 in 2006. Some of his thoughts have been shared in Economic Times, DARE and MBA Alumni Magazine, US.
Dinesh is an avid reader, a passionate cook, a certified scuba diver and enjoys traveling and exploring the world.
Swami is Partner at RS Capfin Investment & Finance, and Co-founder and Director in Matrix Business Services. Matrix is India’s largest integrated verification company. Matrix offers outsourced Verification Services at 100+ locations all over India with over 1000 employees. Matrix was listed by Nasscom as one of India’s 50 “emerging companies” in 2009.
Prior to setting up Matrix, Swami worked with large corporates like Citibank, American Express and GE with exposure to key verticals like marketing, credit risk management, product management and service delivery.
Swami is a Chartered Accountant and a management graduate from IIM, Ahmadabad.
Dr. Rajesh Sanghi
Dr. Sanghi has over 35 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunication sector. He has worked in several segments such as defence, ISV’s, MNC’s, systems integrators and telecom solutions provider industry. After dedicating 20 years in service to the country as part of the Indian Air Force, he worked with some of the leading telecom and IT companies including the likes of IBM, Usha Com in a variety of leadership roles.
Dr. Sanghi was the Chief Architect and Lead for IBM in Airtel’s transformation of major IT systems. He was the first IBM India employee to win IBM’s Gerstner Award & Corporate award in the 100 year of history of the company. It is the highest team award of IBM worldwide. Since leaving IBM, Dr. Sanghi has invested in and is a mentor to a number of start-ups. He has received his Ph.D. and M.Tech from IIT, Madras.
Ranjeet Shetye has more than 18 years of experience in technology leadership roles at companies such as Airespace, PicoMobile, and Internet Devices. Currently serving as the Managing Director for Resilinc’s India office, he is also an investor in Resilinc US – a Bay-area startup that provides the leading cloud-based Supply Chain analytics and resiliency solution.
In addition to his strong cross-disciplinary experiences and global business exposure, Ranjeet holds patents in the field of secure and efficient mobile computing. After Airespace was acquired by Cisco, Ranjeet designed and supervised the integration of Airespace’s wireless IEEE architecture with Cisco’s wireline AVVID architecture – thereby enabling enterprise triple-play with assured end-to-end Quality of Service.
Ranjeet holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Bombay University.
He has a proven success record across diverse consumer industries – FMCG, Media, Retail Finance, Investments, Insurance, Home & Commercial Lending and has successfully challenged leadership brands and created new paths to market leadership.
In his current assignment as President & CMO Reliance Capital, he is responsible for building long-term customer value and trust, across 5 different mass retail financial institutions, reaching 1000 towns. These include Reliance Mutual Fund, Reliance Life Insurance, Reliance General Insurance, Reliance Money, Reliance Consumer Finance – leading cos. in their sector.
He is an economics graduate and has a PGDMM in marketing.
With over 25 years of work experience handling Marketing, Sales, General Management, P&L and Board Responsibilities, Sanjay is currently the CEO of Educomp Supplemental Business.
Over the last two decades, he has led start-ups in Healthcare, Micro Banking and Education, as well as held senior positions in Bharti Airtel; Bharti Televentures; Caltex (Chevron Texaco) and Shell. He started his career with Asian Paints in 1987.
Subhrangshu has 2 decades of experience in integrated marketing, sales and business development roles spanning categories such as FMCG, Retail, Telecom, Media and now Financial Services, he loves to take on new challenges.
Prior to his current role with Religare for 9 years he has served across India and key markets in Asia associated with leading brands such as Dabur, Reebok, Times of India etc. At Religare he oversees marketing programs across all group businesses and is also the chief custodian for the Religare Brand having navigated it since inception. Additionally he is also a key enabler for strategic alliances and drives various programs in the realm of corporate citizenship, investor education and has consistently evangelized a “digital first” culture within the group.
Vijay has over 17 years of experience in the Internet, Analytics, Retail and eCommerce domains. He is currently the Co-founder & Director of Inventis Retail, a multi-channel specialty Retail Company that operates in the Baby & Kids space under the brand ‘appleofmyi’.
Prior to this, Vijay was the Co-founder & CEO of hoopos.com, a Helion Ventures backed ecommerce Company that merged with babyoye.com (now a part of the Mahindra Group). He spent eight years before hoopos.com in the Internet Media (Intercept Technologies) and Analytics (Marketics Technologies, now part of WNS Global) industries, where he led Business Development. As part of these assignments, Vijay had the opportunity to work closely with a reputed Clientele, including a number of Fortune 50 Companies across the India, North America, Europe and SE Asia markets.
Vijay is passionate about working with early stage start ups to build scalable and profitable businesses. His areas of expertise include Retail & eCommerce, Analytics, Business Strategy, and Sales & Marketing.
Vijay holds a Masters in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Madras.
Vikas Gattani is a seasoned financial industry veteran with over twenty-two years of experience in trading and investment management in Asia Pacific financial markets. He was the CIO of the internal hedge fund group of JP Morgan Asia and has also run Asian Investments group at Merrill Lynch, HongKong. He is the founder and CEO of Progress Capital, a multi-family office run out of Singapore.
Vikas has wealth of investment experience across range of asset classes spanning equities, fixed income, currency, commodity markets and real estate sector in global markets.
With extensive industry wide contacts at international level he brings a sharp business acumen and global macro-economic understanding to the table. He is a regular speaker at various investment forums on Asia Pacific markets.
Vikas is also the co-founder of a leading education company in India involved in managing international schools and teacher training.
He is a Mechanical Engineer and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has spent last 18 years between Singapore and Hong Kong.