Through a unusual act of collective public philanthropy in India, Ashoka University has been founded by some of the most diverse entrepreneurs and professionals of our time. Having been educated in premier educational institutions in India and abroad themselves, the founders have sound understanding of challenges and needs of the higher education sector in India.
They believe that innovative models of higher education can play a significant role in the development of thinkers, leaders, entrepreneurs and institution builders across different fields - something that India urgently needs. Ashoka borrows its name from Ashoka the Great, an emperor who believed in the need for changes. Our founders wholly believe in the transformative power of a liberal education.
Founders and Trustees
Founder, The Skills Academy; Founder, Genpact
B.Com., Shri Ram College of Commerce;
Pramod Bhasin founded Genpact in 1997 and served as the President and CEO until 2011. Pramod previously headed up GE Capital in India and Asia. He is currently building The Skills Academy, a pioneering institute to enhance employability, especially in the unorganized sector.
Pramod serves on several boards including NDTV and Bank of India as well as the governing boards of educational institutions such as IIM Lucknow, Lady Shri Ram College, and Shri Ram School. Pramod holds a Bachelors degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Founder & Vice-Chairman, InfoEdge (naukri.com)
B.A. (Economics), St. Stephen’s College; MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of Info Edge, the company that runs Naukri.com. He founded Info Edge in 1990 and Naukri.com in 1997 and grew Info Edge to a market cap of Rs. 3800 crores. Sanjeev, along with his partner, Hitesh Oberoi, won the “Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2008 for Business Transformation. He also won the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award & the Teacher’s Achievement Award for Business in 2008.
Apart from speaking frequently at conferences and business schools, Sanjeev has co-authored two books on job search and careers. He is also a visiting faculty member and guest lecturer at IIM Ahmedabad. He holds degrees from St.Stephen’s College and IIM Ahmedabad.
Madhu represents the interests of Radhakishan Damani on the Board of Trustees. Madhu Chandak is a Director at Bombay Swadeshi Stores. Daughter of Radhakishan Damani, owner of the D-Mart chain of hypermarkets and supermarkets, Madhu manages D-Mart’s CSR activities.
Madhu holds a Masters Degree in Finance from Cardiff University.
Amit Chandra is the Managing Director of Bain Capital Private Equity and also serves as its Head of Indian Operations. Amit joined Bain Capital Private Equity in 2008 to found the Mumbai office and focuses on investments in India. He has 20 years of investment management experience including 13 years at DSP Merrill Lynch, from where he retired in 2007 as Board Member and Managing Director. Amit was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.
Amit is among India’s most prolific philanthropists; he gives away more than 75 percent of his annual earnings to causes of his choice. He serves as a Trustee/Board Member of The Akanksha Foundation and GiveIndia, India’s leading philanthropic exchange and is also a Board Member of L&T Finance Holdings Limited, JamshetJi Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust. He was named the Next Generation Philanthropic Leader of the Year by Forbes in 2013. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees from VJTI, Bombay University and Boston College.
Puneet Dalmia is the Managing Director and Vice-President of Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries Limited. He started his career as the Co-founder and Chairman of JobsAhead.com, one of India’s most profitable e-recruitment sites which was later acquired by Monster.com.
Currently, Puneet is Chairman of ASSOCHAM’s National Council on Manufacturing and a board member of Central Square Foundation. He has been a member of FICCI’s Executive Committee and the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Delhi Chapter. In 2010 he served as the Co-Chairman of the manufacturing committee of FICCI. He was also an Advisory Board Member of NSRCEL (NS Raghvan Center for Entrepreneurship) IIM Bangalore. Puneet has a Bachelors degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA (gold medal) from IIM Bangalore
Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ashoka University;
CEO, Central Square Foundation
B.S., Yale University; MBA, Harvard University
Ashish Dhawan co-founded ChrysCapital, one of India’s leading private equity firms, in 1999. He has served on the company’s board since its founding. He left his full-time position at ChrysCapital in 2012 after twenty years in the investment management business to found Central Square Foundation (CSF), a grant-making organization and policy think-tank focused on transforming the quality of school education in India.
Ashish’s passion for education has led him to spearhead the founding of Ashoka University. Ashish also serves on the board of several education non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Yale and Harvard.
Bajaj Group is one of India’s oldest business conglomerates, spanning automobiles, home appliances, lighting, iron and steel, insurance, travel and finance. Founded in 1926, at the height of India’s freedom struggle, the group is well recognised for its role in philanthropy and institution building.
The Bajaj Group’s contribution is represented by Manish Kejriwal on Ashoka’s Board of Trustees. He is the Managing Partner of Kedaara Capital Advisors LLP, a private equity investment fund focused on India. He brings over 10 years of experience in private equity and founded the India office of Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd. in 2004.
Manish is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He also serves as a member of the Alternative Investments Policy Advisory Committee, constituted by the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Manish received an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Ashish Gupta is Evalueserve’s COO and Global Business Unit Head, Financial Services. He has been a part of the organisation since its inception in 2000. Prior to joining Evalueserve, Ashish was the founder and CEO of Ties2Family, a community building portal that provided various services to Indians in India and overseas, growing the company to 25 employees and 100,000 customers. Ashish has also worked at McKinsey & Co. as a core member of the firm’s Delhi e-commerce practice.
He was awarded the Best Young Entrepreneur award by Planman Media in 2009. Ashish holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from IIT Delhi and Carnegie Mellon University.
Pranav Gupta, a first generation entrepreneur, founded Parabolic Drugs in 1996. He grew the company from a small contract manufacturer in 1998 to a global Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient manufacturer and research partner in 12 years. Before moving to India, Pranav worked with the Ford Motor Company in USA.
Pranav serves as an Executive member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Chapter, Chandigarh. He holds a Bachelors degree from Thapar University and an MBA from the University of Kansas.
Vineet Gupta is the Managing Director of Jamboree Education, a leading education services provider with operations across 14 cities and 3 countries. Jamboree is the largest company of its kind in India. He started his entrepreneurial career in 1992 by setting up a successful packaging company. Subsequently, he co-founded Parabolic Drugs Limited, an API manufacturing company. He continues to serve on its Board.
Vineet is a Charter Member of TiE and serves as the Education Co-Chair for PHD Chamber of Commerce. Vineet holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Rakesh Jaggi is the Vice President of Sustaining at Schlumberger. Rakesh joined the organisation in 1992 in its wireline division. Over the course of his career he has worked on a number of challenging projects in greatly diverse geographical areas ranging from Bombay to Galeota in Trinidad.
Rakesh has headed different departments of the company in various capacities. He has been the general manager of Schlumberger, India from 2003-2007, and the President of the well intervention services. Rakesh holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is a self-made, self-taught value investor. The Economic Times describes him as “the Pied Piper of Indian bourses”. He is the chairman of Aptech Limited and Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, founder of Alchemy Capital Management and member of the board of a number of companies including IKS Health and Geojit BNP Paribas.
He is also known for his philanthropy initiatives and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Chairman, Info Edge (naukri.com); Managing Partner, Caledra Pacific Capital Partners
B.A. (Economics), University of Delhi; MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
Kapil Kapoor is the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Info Edge. He is also a co-founder and Managing Partner at Caledra Pacific Capital partners, an investment firm based in Hong Kong. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Timex Group, USA. In the past, Kapil has worked with Nestle India and Bausch & Lomb in multiple geographies.
Kapil holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from IIM Ahmedabad.
Jaideep Khanna is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Artha Capital Management. Prior to starting Artha, he was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Asset Management in New York and London.
Jaideep serves on the National Board of Directors for Pratham USA. He serves on the International Advisory Board, Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI), at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a degree in Accounting and Economics from Muskingum University and a MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Founder, Takshila Educational Society Pro Vice-Chairman, Delhi Public Schools
B.Com. Patna University
Sanjiv Kumar is a passionate educator and Founder of the Takshila Education Society (TES). After a brief stint in the banking sector, he founded TES and established four successful franchises of Delhi Public School in Patna, Pune, Ludhiana and Coimbatore in alliance with the Delhi Public School Society.
In 2010, Sanjiv setup Parivartan – an Integrated Rural Community Development Initiative in the Siwan district of Bihar. As a social re-engineering initiative, Parivartan aims to empower the rural youth with employable skills and the farming community with modern farming techniques and knowledge. He is an active supporter of activities that are focused on preserving Indian music, culture, and the arts and building a culture of environmental preservation in younger generations. Sanjiv holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Patna University.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. is a pioneering global pharmaceutical company founded by Dr. Anji Reddy in 1984. Dr. Reddy’s manufactures and markets a wide range of pharmaceuticals in India and overseas. As a part of its social commitment, the company runs a number of empowering initiatives in the areas of education, livelihoods, healthcare and sustainability.
Dr. Reddy’s contribution is represented by G.V. Prasad on Ashoka’s Board of Trustees. As Co-Chairman & CEO, he has contributed to the company’s transformation from a mid-sized domestic operation to a worldwide pharmaceutical conglomerate.
Prasad is actively involved with the Andhra Pradesh chapter of the Worldwide Fund for nature and the Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture that uses entrepreneurial approaches to eliminate global poverty. He is a chemical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University.
Havells India Ltd is a $1.4 billion Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) Company with a strong global footprint. Its 2007 acquisition of lighting company Sylvania established Havells in the top four lighting companies in the world. Havells owns some of the most prestigious global brands such as Crabtree, Sylvania, Concord, Luminance and Standard. Its global network includes 6,500 professionals across 91 locations in over 50 countries. Social and environmental responsibility is central to Havells operating philosophy. The company runs a mid-day meal scheme across 666 government schools in Rajasthan feeding 50,000 students per day and a 140-bed hospital in Faridabad.
Anil Rai Gupta
Havells’ contribution is represented by Anil Rai Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director on Ashoka’s Board of Trustees. Anil designed, articulated and implemented the company’s marketing strategy that transformed a family brand into a global brand renowned for its technology, innovation, customer friendliness and product range.
Anil is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce and an MBA from Wake Forest University, North Carolina.
Genpact is a multinational business process outsourcing and information technology services company. Genpact designs, transforms, and runs intelligent business operations across a range of functions such as finance and procurement, financial services account servicing, claims management, regulatory affairs, and industrial asset optimization. Their long-term clients include more than one-fourth of the Fortune Global 500 – and of those, over 10 are in the top 25. Genpact began in 1997 as a business unit within General Electric and became an independent company in 2005. The company has grown exponentially since then with annual revenues of $ 2.28 billion and over 70,000 employees globally in 2014. Genpact has a strong culture of giving through a number of global platforms, programs and social initiatives. Its main focus areas are education and employability, environment and sustainability, and community outreach. Sasha Sanyal, Senior Vice President and Global Strategy and Transformation Leader, represents Genpact on Ashoka’s Board of Trustees.
Anita Manwani Bhagat is the founder and CEO of Carobar Business Solutions, a data and knowledge process management company based in California. She has over 20 years experience in the software industry and has worked at startups and established organizations such as NASA Ames Research Center, Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.
In 2011, Anita was recognized as one of the top 100 Women of Influence in the Silicon Valley and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow. She is deeply committed to education, job creation, and empowering women and has served on the board of Girls for a Change, Foothill and DeAnza Colleges, Los Altos Education, Bullis Charter School Foundations and Ashoka University. Anita has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemistry, History and Marketing Management from University of Bombay and University of Cincinnati.
Samir Mehta is the Chairman of Torrent Pharma, a leading pharmaceuticals business based in Gujarat. He has been associated with the company since 1986 as a Director and since 1989 as Managing Director. His rich experience spans all areas of operations such as finance, human resources, manufacturing and marketing. Under his stewardship, Torrent ventured into the high technology field of Medical Electronics. With an emphasis on therapeutic products, Samir setup Torrent Novo, a division that deals with diabetes care products.
Samir has a Bachelors degree from the HL College of Commerce and an MBA from B.K. School of Business Management.
Managing Director, YoNao Capital
B.A. (Hons.) (Economics), St. Stephen’s College; MBA, Cornell University
Rahul Mookerjee is Managing Director of YoNao Capital. He has previously worked with Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust Company. Rahul has Bachelors and Masters degrees from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and Cornell University.
Non-Executive Chairman, Hexaware; Founder, Aptech
B.Com. & L.L.B., University of Bombay; FCA
Atul Nishar is the Founder of Hexaware Technologies and Aptech Limited. Atul served as the Chairman of NASSCOM in 2000 and continues to be on the NASSCOM Executive Council. He is Member of the Managing Committee of Indian Merchants’ Chamber, Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and has served as the Regional President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in the past.
Apart from active philanthropy in education and healthcare, Atul is the President of Namaste America, an Indo-American Association for Art & Culture that he set up in 2010. Atul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with Bachelors degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Bombay.
Hitesh is Co-Promoter, MD and CEO of Info Edge India Limited. Hitesh has been instrumental in the setup of Naukri.com, 99acres.com, Jeevansathi.com and Shiksha.com. Prior to Info Edge, Hitesh spent nearly four years at Unilever.
With almost 16 years of experience in the internet industry, he is part of various industry forums. He is a charter member of TiE, New Delhi and the past Chairman of The Internet and Mobile Association of India. Hitesh won the Prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award along with his partner Sanjeev Bikhchandani for Business Transformation in 2008. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from IIT Delhi and IIM Bangalore.
Founder, NV Consultancy and Research Services; Chairman, Medusind Solutions India
B.Sc., California Institute of Technology; MBA, IMEDE, Switzerland
Rajiv Sahney is Founder Manager of NV Consultancy and Research Services, a financial advisory firm. He is also Founder and Chairman of Medusind Solutions India, a BPO firm servicing the American healthcare sector. Rajiv has previously helped build Antfactory India, a venture capital firm.
Rajiv is an angel investor and board member of a number of companies including AllCargo Global Logistics and Varroc Engineering. He is an active member of the Mumbai chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organisation. Rajiv holds degrees from California Institute of Technology and IMEDE in Switzerland.
Chairman, Cleantech Energy Corporation; Ocean Dial Asset Management Group
MBA, IIM Ahmedabad
Raju is Founder & Chairman of Cleantech Energy Corporation. He is also Chairman & MD of Ocean Dial Asset Management Group. Previously he served as Managing Director and Country Head of Barclays Capital India from 2007-2012 and thereafter as Non-Executive Chairman. Prior to Barclays, he worked at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, SBC Warburg and DSP Merrill Lynch.
Raju holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Pramath Raj Sinha
Founder & MD, 9.9 Media; Founding Dean, ISB
B.Tech., IIT Kanpur; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Pramath Raj Sinha is a Senior Advisor of the Albright Stonebridge Group, India and the Founder and Managing Director of 9.9 Mediaworx Private Limited. Prior to founding 9.9 Media, he was a Partner at Mckinsey and led the ABP Group, one of India’s leading and most diversified media conglomerates. Pramath helped set up and served as the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB). He continues to be a member of its Board of Governors.
Pramath is a Director on the Boards of PRADAN, India’s leading development institution focused on improving livelihoods in the country’s poorest district and of the Central Square Foundation, a philanthropic fund focused on improving the educational outcomes for low-income children in India. He holds a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur and an MSE and PhD from University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Partner, SWAT Capital; Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, IGATE Corporation
B.A., M.A. (Physics), Delhi University; MBA, Ohio University
Ashok Trivedi is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of IGATE Corporation, a consulting, IT and business process outsourcing company. He is also a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Mastech Corporation, a provider of information technology services and solutions. Under his leadership, Mastech began its operations in 1988 and grew to over $500 million in revenues by 1999.
Ashok is an angel investor and advisor to over 20 startups in technology and financial services. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurship by various organizations including Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Delhi University and Ohio University.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Xander Group
B.A. (Economics), University of Delhi; MBA, Harvard University
Siddharth Yog is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Xander Group, a realty investment fund founded in 2005. He has 19 years of experience in real estate and has previously worked with Bain & Company in New York, Deutsche Bank Real Estate Investment Management in Frankfurt, and Feedback Ventures in New Delhi. In 2006 he was voted by Private Equity Real Estate magazine as one of 20 global stars of the future. In August 2014 he was appointed to the Harvard Business School faculty, where as Senior Lecturer in the finance unit, he teaches courses on Real Property Asset Management and Investing in Emerging Markets.
Siddharth is a member of the President’s Global Advisory Council, a member of the Committee on University Resources, and a founding member of the International Advisory Board of the Real Estate Academic Initiative, all at Harvard University; and Chair of Yuj Kutumba, the Yog Family Foundation. Siddharth holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was elected a Baker Scholar. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Founders and Advisors
Abhishek Dalmia holds Chairman positions at Revathi Equipment and Semac Consultants, manufacturing and design businesses. He also provides strategic direction and guidance to several other companies in his portfolio. Abhishek is actively involved in the Young Presidents Organisation as well as Literacy India. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Chaitanya Dalmia started his career in 1998 with OCL India Limited. He now manages his family’s office. He was a critical member of the team involved in the takeover bid of GESCO Corporation. Chaitanya writes for Outlook Business and was featured on Forbes India’s list of top 20 investors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and an MBA from an affiliate institution of IMD, Lausanne.
Girish Bhakoo is a Partner of the Acacia Partner funds. He has previously worked at Equinox Partners. Girish is interested in and serves as an advisor to various education related non-profits. He graduated from Williams College with highest honors in Economics.
Greg Alexander is Managing Partner of the Acacia Partners funds, a part of Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb (RCG). Greg graduated cum laude from Yale University.
Uma Shankar Bhartia
Chairman, Managing Director, India Glycols Ltd.
B.Com. (Hons), Kolkata University
Uma Shankar Bhartia is the Chairman & Managing Director of India Glycols Limited, the flagship
Company of the Bhartia Group. Under his stewardship, the company grew from a $150 million to a $550 million business. Uma received the ‘Business Leader of the Year – Innovation’ award in 2013 at Chemtech Foundation’s CEW Leadership and Excellence Awards, as well as the Udyog Ratna award in 2005.
Under his leadership the Bhartia Group runs a number of philanthropic initiatives, providing financial and logistical support to various human causes. Uma has a graduate degree in commerce, with honors, from Kolkata University.
The HT Parekh Foundation was established in 2012 with the aim to undertake, pursue and be concerned with the welfare, betterment and advancement of society. HDFC is India’s leading housing finance provider. Over the years, the HDFC Group has emerged as a strong financial conglomerate in the Indian capital markets.
JM Financial is an integrated financial services group, offering a wide range of services to a significant clientele that includes corporations, financial institutions, high net-worth individuals and retail investors. The Group has interests in investment banking, institutional equity sales, trading, research and broking, private and corporate wealth management, equity broking, portfolio management, asset management, commodity broking, NBFC activities, private equity and asset reconstruction. The Company embraces responsibility for impact of its operations and actions on all stakeholders including society and community at large. JM Financial actively gives back through NGO partnerships, entrepreneur development programs and their own philanthropic initiatives.
Motilal Oswal Group, founded in 1987, is a well-diversified financial services firm offering a range of financial products and services such as private wealth management, retail broking and distribution, institutional broking, asset management, investment banking, private equity, commodity broking, currency broking and home finance. Their customers include High Net worth Individuals, mutual funds, foreign institutional investors, financial institutions and corporate clients. Through the Motilal Oswal Foundation and partnerships with other institutions, the Motilal Oswal Group, with a specific focus on healthcare and education, provides opportunities for children and their families to move from poverty and dependence to self-reliance.
Founded in 1987 Balkrishna Industries Limited is a leading manufacturer in the off-Highway tire market. BKT focuses on specialist segments such as agricultural, construction and industrial vehicles. BKT runs a socially responsible business and supports healthcare and educational initiatives across several Indian towns and big cities.
Citi in India, established in 1902, is a private sector bank and subsidiary of Citigroup, a multinational financial services company. Citi offers a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Citi Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of Citigroup, began its grant giving in India in 1999 to support economically disadvantaged families by way of enterprise development, youth education and livelihoods, financial capability and asset building, and microfinance.
Nirmal Jain is the Founder and Chairman of IIFL Holdings Limited. He founded the company in 1995 and took it public in 2005. He started his career in 1989 with Hindustan Lever Limited. During his stint with HUL, he contributed immensely towards the rapid and profitable growth of HUL’s agro commodity export business.
IIFL, previously known as Probity Research and Services, is India’s first independent equity research company. Nirmal holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Mumbai and IIM Ahmedabad. He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Chairman and MD, HEG Ltd
B.Com., Delhi University; MBA, Centre D'etudes Industrielles
Ravi Jhunjhunwala is the Chairman and Managing Director of HEG Ltd, a subsidiary of the LNJ Bhilwara Group. HEG is the leading manufacturer and exporter of graphite electrodes in India. Ravi serves as Independent Director on the boards of a number of organisations including JK Lakshmi Cement and India Glycols.
He is an active member of the World Presidents Organization. He promotes corporate social responsibility through many of the companies under the LNJ Bhilwara Group. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Delhi University and the Centre D’etudes Industrielles (CEI) in Geneva.
Deep Kalra is the founder of online travel company, MakeMyTrip.com. In 2010, he took the company public on NASDAQ, making MakeMyTrip the first Indian travel company to list overseas. Deep has been recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Transformation in 2011. He was identified as the most powerful digital influencer in India in a 2012 survey conducted by Impact magazine and KPMG India.
He is an active angel investor in the Internet space. He is also passionate about giving back and is a founding member of “I am Gurgaon”, an NGO focused on improving the quality of life in Gurgaon. He is also closely involved with Udayan Care and GiveIndia. Deep holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from St. Stephen’s College and IIM Ahmedabad.
Sat Pal Khattar
Founder, Khattar Wong LLP; Chairman, Khattar Holdings
L.L.B. (Hon),L.L.M., University of Singapore
Sat Pal Khattar is an Indian-born Singapore-based lawyer and business man. He is the founder of Khattar Wong LLP, one of the largest law firms in Singapore. He is also the chairman of Khattar Holdings, a private investment firm. Sat Pal has been the Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and co-chairman of the Singapore-India Partnership Foundation.
Sat Pal is a life trustee of the Singapore India Development Association, an NGO working for the development of the financially poor members of the Indian community. He is also the Vice President of the Singaporean Indian Education Trust. He was the first Singaporean to be awarded the Padma Shri in 2011. Sat Pal has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Singapore.
Info Edge is one of India’s leading pure play internet companies. Starting with a classified recruitment online business, naukri.com, Info Edge has grown and diversified rapidly, setting benchmarks as a pioneer for others to follow. The company’s spirit of entrepreneurship has also been evident in the investments it has made in early stage companies/start-up ventures to tap into the growing and vibrant Indian internet market. Currently, the company has investments in Zomato, Policybazaar, Happily Unmarried, 99acres.com and shiksha.com, among others.
Founder, Indea Capital
B.A. (Eco), Ravenshaw University; MBA, Xavier Institute of Management
Raj Mishra is the founder of Indea Capital, a private investment firm based in Singapore. Prior to founding Indea, he served as MD and CEO of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in India and held senior equities positions with Peregrine and Smith New Court in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Raj graduated from Ravenshaw University with a degree in Economics and completed an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management.
Star Network has defined India’s broadcast media for over two decades and is today one of the country’s leading media and entertainment companies. It broadcasts more than 40 channels in 7 languages, reaching more than 720 million viewers every week across India and 100 countries. Star Network is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group’s strengths in superior content and audience engagement. Star is also set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country with hotstar.com, bringing TV shows, movies and sports to one online destination.
Amal Parikh is the promoter and director of Ohm Stock Broker Pvt. Ltd, among India’s most successful portfolio management & advisory services companies. Outside of capital markets, Amal’s active interests are philanthropy & education. He is working on a greenfield IB school project and actively invests in social enterprises in India.
Amal is on the advisory board of Avanti Fellows, a revolutionary NGO in the education space.
Jerry Rao is the Chairman of Value and Budget Housing Corporation. Prior to VBHC, Jerry founded and operated Mphasis Corporation, a software company based in California. Prior to setting up Mphasis, Jerry was with Citibank where he spent twenty years.
He has been Chairman of NASSCOM and the NASSCOM Foundation. He is a Trustee of Sujaya Foundation and the Chairman of the Indian Foundation for Arts. Jerry is also a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Bombay. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Loyola College, IIM Ahmedabad and University of Chicago. Jerry has a great interest in the preservation and promotion of history and the arts.
Credit Suisse is one of the world’s leading financial services providers. Their India practice provides a number of services including wealth management, investment banking, asset management and lending. The Credit Suisse Foundation allocates funds to their Global Education Initiative and Microfinance Capacity Building along with managing their Disaster Relief Fund. For over thirty years the concept of philanthropy and sponsorship had had a prominent place in Credit Suisse’s corporate and communication strategies
Founders and Sponsors
B.Sc., Northwestern University;
M.Sc., Stanford University;
MBA, Harvard University
Dhruv Agarwal is co-founder of Proptiger. Prior to this, Dhruv was the CEO of GE’s infrastructure business in India, and also led institutional Sales for GE in the country. He has previously held various senior roles with GE in the US.
Dhruv holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Northwestern University, Stanford University and Harvard University.
Managing Director, Helion Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
B. Tech.; MBA, Punjab Engineering College
Sanjeev Aggarwal is co-founder of Helion Ventures. He is currently on the boards of India Homes, Azure Power, EyeQ, ShopClues and BigBasket. Prior to Helion, Sanjeev was the Founder and CEO of Daksh, having been with the company from its inception in 2000 to its acquisition by IBM in 2004.
Sanjeev was chosen “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2002. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Punjab Engineering College.
Managing Director and CEO, RBL Bank
B.Com., Shri Ram College of Commerce; MBA, IIM Ahmedabad; M.Sc., University of Michigan
Vishwavir Ahuja is Managing Director and CEO at RBL Bank where he is responsible for building an institution of banking excellence. Prior to joining RBL Bank, Vishwavir was the Managing Director & CEO of Bank of America.
Vishwavir has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Shri Ram College of Commerce, IIM Ahmedabad and the University of Michigan.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, AZB & Partners
LLB, University of Delhi; Chartered Accountant
Ajay Bahl is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at the law firm AZB & Partners and he has served as an independent expert on behalf of the government on matters of accounting and tax issues before the ICJ at The Hague. Ajay serves on a committee to simplify the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, constituted by the Ministry of Finance in October 2015.
Ajay holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Delhi and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
IndusInd Bank commenced its operations in 1994, providing services to personal, corporate and government customers. IndusInd was ranked 19th amongst the top 50 most valuable Indian Brands in 2014, as per WPP and Milward Brown rankings. The Bank holds the 39th rank in The Economic Times and Interbrand Best Indian Brands Study in 2014.
RBL Bank is one of India’s fastest growing commercial banks. Established in 1943, RBL Bank has since embarked on an aggressive growth plan. The Bank was recognised as a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and India’s Best Bank in the mid-sized bank segment by Business Today and KPMG in 2012, 2013 and 2014. As a corporate citizen, RBL Bank’s philosophy is to undertake programmes for welfare and sustainable development of the community at large.
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, New Horizon Wealth Management
M.Com., Sydenham College; M.Sc., London School of Economics
Madhav Bhatkuly is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at New Horizon Wealth Management. Prior to founding the firm, Madhav served as a Country Partner at Arisaig Partners. He has been an Independent Director at United Breweries and Motilal Oswal Financial Services, among others.
Madhav has been a recipient of the Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship from the British Government and is a Trustee of the London School of Economics Scholarship Fund. He holds Masters degrees from Sydenham College and the London School of Economics.
Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited is India’s largest private sector shipping company. The company has two main businesses: shipping and offshore. The shipping business is engaged in transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, gas and dry bulk commodities. The offshore business services oil companies in carrying out offshore exploration and production activities, through its subsidiary Greatship (India) Limited.
Deutsche Bank established its first branch in India in 1980. It is one of India’s most respected financial services providers, widely regarded for its deep commitment to the Indian market, strong client relationships, sophisticated product technology and global connectivity, all built around strong corporate governance standards. With more than 11,000 employees across 17 cities, the India operations of Deutsche Bank are among the largest of the 17 markets that the bank operates in the Asia-Pacific region.
Senior partner, McKinsey
MBA IIM Lucknow and B.tech in Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur
Rajat Dhawan is a senior partner at McKinsey, leading its Operations Practice across the Asia-Pacific region, and mentor to its Automotive Practice in India. He has helped catalyse the growth of India’s automotive industry in partnership with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. He helps companies transform their operational capabilities—across product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and supply chains—and in the process achieve major improvements in performance.
Rajat has an MBA from IIM Lucknow and a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.
Sean Fieler is President of Equinox Partners, L.P. and the Kuroto Fund, L.P. Sean serves as Chairman of the American Principles Project and the Chiaroscuro Foundation. He serves as a board member of the Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Dominican Foundation, the Committee for Monetary and Research & Education, the Acton Institute and the Susan B. Anthony List.
Sean has spoken on monetary policy at the annual Grant’s Conference, the Atlas Liberty Forum and has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Williams College.
Established in 2008, DMI Finance is a financial services provider and a leader in the Indian credit
Founder and CEO, VSG Capital Advisors; Founder, Asha Impact
B.Com. Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics; MBA, Harvard Business School
Vikram Gandhi is Founder and CEO of VSG Capital Advisors. VSG Capital provides strategic, financial, and investment advisory services to the private and social sectors. Vikram is senior advisor to The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and provides strategic advice to develop investment opportunities in the Indian sub-continent. Vikram is also Senior Advisor to Greenhill & Co., Inc., a leading independent investment bank.
Vikram runs Asha Impact, an impact investing organization. Asha Impact provides expertise to address the critical development challenges of India and other emerging economies through impact investing, venture philanthropy and policy advocacy. Vikram has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and Harvard Business School.
Established in 2006, SARE Group is a real estate developer, managing 7 projects in 6 major cities in India. SARE is in a high-growth mode and aims to double its area under development in the next few years. SARE contributes actively to the community through the following initiatives – Habitat for Humanity, amfAR and the SMILE Foundation.
Chief Investment Officer, HDFC Mutual Fund
B.Tech., IIT Kanpur; MBA, IIM Bangalore; CFA
Prashant Jain is the Chief Investment Officer of HDFC Mutual Fund. He has been with the fund since 2003, and has also been Head of Equities. Prior to HDFC, Prashant was the CIO of Zurich Asset Management Company (India).
Prashant is a CFA and holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees from IIT Kanpur and IIM Bangalore.
The late Mike Khanna was the former head of J. Walter Thomson (formerly known as Hindustan Thomson Associates or HTA) for 20 years. He was one of the most prominent figures in the advertising world. Mike oversaw the integration of HTA with its parent, paving the way for the internationalisation of the advertising business in India. He played an active role in industry affairs, such as the Advertising Agencies Association of India and the Advertising Standards Council of India.
Gulpreet Kohli is the Chief Executive Officer of Mylen Investment. Gulpreet previously served as the Managing Director of ChrysCapital. Prior to ChrysCapital, Gulpreet worked at GE Capital in India. Gulpreet is a Director at CavinKare, an FMCG business conglomerate.
He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation. Gulpreet holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Delhi University and Clark University.
Hemendra Kothari is the Non-Executive Chairman of DSP BlackRock. He has previously been the Vice President and President of the Stock Exchange. Mr. Kothari is also a member of several leading representative trade forums including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Managing Director, ChrysCapital
B.A. (Econ), Shriram College of Commerce; MBA, IIM Bangalore
Sanjay Kukreja is a Managing Director at ChrysCapital. He oversees the business services, financial services and the manufacturing sectors. Sanjay is an independent director of KPIT Technologies Limited and has held board positions at Shriram Transport Finance Co. Ltd. and JMT Auto Limited, among others.
He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Delhi University and IIM Bangalore.
Arun Kumar is Founder, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Strides Arcolab Ltd. Arun was earlier General Manager of British Pharmaceuticals Limited. Arun holds board positions at Ascent Pharmahealth, Strides Research & Specialty Chemicals, Quantum Life Sciences, Net Equity Ventures, Vedic Elements and Arcolab (India).
Founded in 1965, NRB Bearings Ltd was the first company to manufacture needle roller bearings in India. Today over 90% of vehicles on Indian roads run with NRB solutions. NRB is a recipient of the Forbes – Asia’s Best 200 companies under a Billion USD in 2007. Some of their clients worldwide include Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, Honda, John Deere, Bosch, ZF and Getrag.
Established in 1976, Mumbai-based J.B.Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (JBCPL) is one of India’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies. J.B. is an integrated, research-oriented company with a focus on supplying affordable quality products both in India and International markets. Today, JBCPL exports to over 30 countries across the world with over half of its corporate revenues coming from overseas.
Managing Director, Rosy Blue (India) Pvt. Ltd.
B.Com, University of Mumbai;
Diploma (Diamonds), Gemological Institute of America
Russell Mehta is the Managing Director of Rosy Blue (India) Pvt. Ltd. and has more than 30 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is responsible for leading all the Rosy Blue group companies in India. Russell takes an active interest in philanthropy, serving as a Board Member for Rosy Blue Foundation, and a Trustee for the Vidyamandir Trust as well as Banaskantha District Kelavani Mandal.
Russell is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, member of the Bharat Diamond Bourse Management Committee and Vice Chairman of The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council. Russell has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and a Diploma in Diamonds from the Gemological Institute of America.
Saurabh Mittal is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Greenlam Industries. Prior to this, Saurabh was the Chief Executive Officer and Joint Managing Director of Greenply Industries Limited. Saurabh has previously worked at Himalaya Granites Ltd., Prime Holdings Pt. Ltd., Prime Properties Pvt. Ltd. and GIL Intercontinental Pte. Ltd.
He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce from Madras University.
Sudhir Mittal is an entrepreneur in the information technology, education and aviation sectors. He has over 14 years of experience in the project finance space. Sudhir has previously worked for The International Finance Corporation where he was responsible for managing IFC’s portfolio of close to USD 1 billion investments in South Asia.
Sudhir has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Tribhuvan University and INSEAD.
Principal, Route One of Management Company
B.A., University of Delhi; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Harvard Business School
Ashish Pant is a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Route One Investment Company. Previously, Ashish has worked at Farallon Capital Management, Altgate Capital, Oaktree Capital Management and Morgan Stanley.
Ashish holds degrees from University of Delhi, Indian Institute of Management and Harvard Business School.
Mankind Pharma, one of the top 5 leading pharmaceutical companies in India, started its journey in 1995. Since its inception Mankind aspires to be customer-centric and a leader in the Indian markets. Committed towards a healthier and happier world, Mankind strives to provide accessible and affordable healthcare.
Shiv Puri is the Founder and MD of TVF Capital Advisors. He has previously worked at Morgan Stanley and Bain Capital. Puri is a lifetime benefactor of the Singapore India Education Trust and member of the management council of the India-Singapore Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation in Mumbai.
Puri holds degrees from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. Shiv is active in philanthropy relating to education.
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Kedaara Capital Advisors LLP
Bachelor’s, Delhi University; MBA, IIM Calcutta
Sunish Sharma is Managing Partner and co-Founder, Kedaara Capital Advisors LLP,. Before starting Kedaara, he was MD at General Atlantic, a global private equity firm. Prior to that, Sunish worked at McKinsey & Company Inc.
Sunish has been featured in Business Today’s “25 hottest young executives below 40 in India” (2011) and “The Next Big Guns” (Dec 2011-Jan 2012). In 2013, he was profiled as “Asia’s 25 most influential people in private equity” by the Asian Investor magazine. Sunish holds a Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Kunal Shroff is the Managing Director and Lead Partner at ChrysCapital. He was previously at Chilton Investment Company. Prior to that he worked at Goldman Sachs, pursuing private equity and mezzanine investment opportunities.
Kunal received a Bachelors degree with magna cum laude honours from Cornell University.
Devinjit Singh is Managing Director of Carlyle Group, India. Prior to joining Carlyle, Devinjit was the Managing Director and Head of Citigroup’s Merger and Acquisitions business in India. In previous assignments over 20 years at Citigroup, Devinjit advised and led several capital raisings for India’s leading corporates.
Devinjit is a member of the India Advisory Board of The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Delhi and The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
Pradeep Singh serves as the Chairman and CEO of Vidyanext, an education technology company. He is also the Chairman of Aditi Staffing and Colligent Inc. and a Board Member of Grameen Foundation. Pradeep has previously founded Aditi Technologies and Talisma. He has also worked at Microsoft, Texas Instruments and McKinsey & Company.
Pradeep received IIT Delhi’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2006) and has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (Davos). He holds degrees from IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School.
Saurabh Srivastava is the Chairman of CA Technologies. He sits on the board of several companies including Xansa and a number of Indian National and State venture capital funds. Saurabh is co-founder and past Chairman of NASSCOM, President of TiE Delhi, and is a member of TiE’s global board.
He is a trustee of the America India Foundation and a founding trustee of India Sponsor Foundation. Saurabh is on the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Business School in London and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at IIT Mumbai. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from IIT Kanpur and Harvard University.
Deputy Managing Director, HDFC Bank Ltd.
B.Com. & MMS, Bombay University; AMP, Harvard Business School
Paresh Sukthankar is the Deputy Managing Director at HDFC Bank Ltd. He joined HDFC Bank at its inception in 1994 and served as the Head of Credit, Market Risk & Human Resources. He has over 30 years of experience in the Indian banking sector.
Paresh has been a member of various Committees formed by the Reserve Bank of India and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Bombay University. He also holds an Advanced Management Program (AMP) degree from Harvard Business School.
Mohit Thukral is responsible for leading Genpact‘s Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) businesses globally along with overseeing operations in Genpact’s Philippines region. He has previously worked at GE Capital and Xerox.
Mohit holds degrees from Punjab University and Harvard Business School.
UBS is a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate and institutional clients. They are present in all major financial centers and have offices in over 50 countries including India. UBS has a long-standing, vigorous community affairs program that makes a sustained and measurable impact. UBS aims to overcome disadvantage by supporting education and entrepreneurship in our local communities, through a strategic combination of funding and the commitment and skills of our people.
Harshbeena Sahney Zaveri is the Managing Director & President of NRB Bearings Limited. She is Chairperson of the Board of SNL Bearings Limited and is currently an independent director of Karamchand Thapar (Coal Sales). She graduated with Freshman distinction and as a Wellesley Scholar with Honors from Wellesley College, USA.
Fortune Magazine ranked Harshbeena amongst the 15 most powerful Indian businesswomen from 2011-2014. In 2012, she was awarded The Innovator of the Year (Manufacturing) by the International Women’s Leadership Forum.
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