Mohandas Pai

Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Aarin Capital and Manipal Global Education is a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys. He is the co-founder of Akshaya Patra, the world's largest midday meal program. He works actively with the government and regulators on policy recommendations and guidelines. Mohan has served as the Chairman of the Board of SEBI, and is now a Board Member of the National Stock Exchange in India. He has emerged as one of India's most prolific angel investors. He also leads a private equity fund - Aarin Capital - along with Manipal Group Chairman Ranjan Pai.

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Senapathy Kris Gopalkrishnan was one of the 7 engineers who co-founded Infosys. He is now the Chairman of Axilor Ventures, which is an accelerator that aids early-age start-ups to succeed. Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. He was elected president of India's apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry for 2013-14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014. In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Mr. Gopalakrishnan the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honor.

Melissa Frakman

Melissa Frankman is an investor in Leapfrog Fintech in India. She has been on the ground for more than fifteen years and has worked in building products and partnerships for unicorns and Fortune 500 companies. She is named on the "Global Fintech Power List" and India Fintech Awards. Her current role is Founder & Managing Partner at the venture capital fund EMVC. EMVC invests in breakthrough fintech and insurtech in India, supporting local entrepreneurs with global connectivity, capital, and industry expertise.

Aman Gupta

Aman Gupta is the Co-Founder and CMO at boAt Lifestyle. He has been working in the Digital Media and commerce sector for almost 15 years now and has been chosen as the winner of the ‘BW Businessworld Young Entrepreneur Award 2019’. He has also successfully launched many global Lifestyle brands in India including Beats Audio, Sennheiser and Telex.His brand has an exemplary growth model with a community of over 800,000 ‘boAtheads’.He is currently ‘steering’ the boAt and expanding the brand’s reach while innovating its products with new technologies so that it can benefit maximum customers.

Ram Gopal

Ram Gopal, the Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Bank India, since Oct 2017, is responsible for the performance, growth, regulatory relationships and future strategy of all the businesses conducted in the banking entity in India. Formerly being Chief Operating Officer, Ram contributed to the in-country leadership of India, with focus on strategy and execution. Being a member of the Country Executive Committee and Chair of the Operating Committee, he was responsible for the design and execution of a country strategy that supports the financial performance and market position of Barclays Bank in India. Also being a member on the Board of Barclays Technology Centre and Barclays Shared Services, he had provided effective support to the Country Manager in the discharge of governance responsibilities of the shared service companies. Prior to joining Barclays, Ram spent 11 years at Standard Chartered UAE and three years at Citibank, India prior to that. He is a member of the European Business Group Banking and Finance committee where he represents the firm’s interests. Ram holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a CFA charter holder.

Manu Kumar Jain

Manu Kumar Jain (born: 25 January 1981) is a leading Indian entrepreneur and the Global Vice President of Xiaomi. He is also the Managing Director of Xiaomi India. Jain co-founded, a fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal in India and served as its Managing Director from February 2012 to January 2014. After his B.Tech from IIT Delhi, Jain joined Headstrong (later acquired by Genpact) as a Software Engineer.He subsequently secured an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 2007. Post his MBA, Jain joined McKinsey & Company in 2007.

Jatin Rajput

Jatin Rajput, Founder, Ad-In Ventures brings over 20 years of experience growing financial services and technology businesses across both developed and emerging markets. Prior to setting up Ad-In, Jatin served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank AG and held senior roles in strategy, M&A and investments in London, New York and Singapore. He has also worked as a management consultant with Marakon Associates and started his career at Arthur Andersen. Jatin is also the Co-chair of the New York chapter of WGI (, a global organization focused on increasing literacy in underserved communities. He mentors at several accelerator programs, is an active speaker and writer and a competitive tennis player. Jatin has an MBA from Insead (France/Singapore), is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) with a graduate degree in Physics from St Stephen's College, Delhi.

Vishesh Rajaram

Vishesh is the Managing Partner at Speciale Invest – a technology focused venture capital fund. Vishesh has over 10 years of investing experience across enterprise technologies and consumer services. He has been actively involved across the life-cycle of venture capital investing from deal sourcing, building networks, investing, monitoring and creating value and exit engineering. Prior to setting up Speciale Invest, Vishesh was Principal at VenturEast an early stage venture capital fund where he invested in technology companies such as Loylty Rewardz, Richcore, Goli Vada Pav, Vysr amongst various others. His past work experience includes corporate banking with ICICI Bank, Assurance and Business Advisory practice of PWC. Vishesh is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Vikram Gupta

Founder and Managing Partner of IvyCap Ventures, Vikram has 16 years of experience in Private Equity, Business Consulting, M&A, Strategy and Operations in Healthcare and Life Sciences, Education and Consumer Goods. Previously, Vikram was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with India Venture Advisors Pvt. Ltd. Vikram has also held senior positions with Indian companies including A F Ferguson & Co. (now Deloitte Consulting), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Lupin Laboratories and Piramal Healthcare across different areas including Business Consulting, Strategy & Planning, M&A, Business Development and Manufacturing

Abhishek Agarwal

Mr. Abhishek Agarwal is a Managing Partner at Rockstud Capital LLP and has 10+ years of experience in Indian financial markets and key expertise lies in equity research. He has done his graduation from HR College in 2006 & has done his MSc Finance in year 2006-07 from Lancaster University Management School from United Kingdom. Once he returned he joined PINC as a Research Analyst in the Institutional Desk. After completing 2 years in the said organization, he joined his family run stock broking firm, Fortune Interfinance Ltd. He was in pivotal position to set up entire Mumbai office operations, institution desk & research in equities. He later decided to focus on early stage startups and joined various angel networks like Indian Angel Network, Lets Venture, Venture Catalysts. He has been investing as an Angel Investor for the last 5 years and invested over 24 Start-ups across all sectors.

Shalini Prakash

Shalini is the co-founder of Epic, India’s first Rewards based SuperApp. Epic is built to help enterprises optimize rewards based programs for their customers. Prior to this, Shalini was a Venture Partner at 500Startups, a global venture capital firm and accelerator based in Silicon Valley. She led 500’s investments across India and invested in the region’s most talented founders. As an active member of the startup ecosystem, Shalini is also an Advisor to AngelList India and WeWork (startup labs). She has been involved with several initiatives including serving as a panel member Judge for the Xprize Safety Prize, mentoring at Facebook’s SheLeadsTech and in 2016, Shalini also served as the the Global Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (UN supported initiative). Additionally, Shalini was also included in the “40 Under 40” India Alternate Investment Professionals list in 2018 and in 2017 was recognized as the Linkedin TopVoice 2017 for thought leadership for venture capital and startups.

Advait Thakur

17 year old Indian entrepreneur, building brands and voice with Apex Infosys India. Ranked 4th in Young Entrepreneurs Under 20 of 2017! Featured in The Startup India’s ‘Top 10 Young Entrepreneurs In India 2018’, India Today’s 'Hottest Young Entrepreneurs Of 2018'. Titled ‘Most Influential Youth Marketing Professional Of 2019’ by Global Youth Marketing Forum presented by Zoom(The Times Group). He is the youngest Google, HubSpot & Microsoft certified Professional. It is our moral obligation to create an impact that is directly proportional to our potential.

Priyadeep Sinha

Priyadeep Sinha is currently a global panel member in MIT Technology Review and Advisory Council Member in Harvard Business Review. He is the Vice President at Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) where he works on creating and providing the right ecosystem where millions of youth (potentially) are able to convert from being job-seekers to job-creators (entrepreneurs) across India. Prior to this, he has been an entrepreneur for over 8 years having founded GyanLab & Kidovators in his final year engineering from Manipal University which enabled over 140,000 school-going children to experience the joy of learning 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving.

Rushikesh Chaudhari

Rushikesh Chaudhari, an Aerospace Engineer, a dual degree graduate from IIT Kanpur is the Founder & CEO of Pi Drones, Founded by IIT Kanpur Alumni in January 2018, Pi Drones (Tecrient Space Pvt. Ltd.) is a start-Up incubated at SIIC, IIT Kanpur. Using expertise in hybrid VTOL drones, they are currently developing professional imaging drones for large area mapping and inspection. He was also the Co-founder of TechEagle Innovations, a startup engaged in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, with a prime focus on custom-made drones featuring a payload capacity ranging between one to ten kilograms and autonomy ranging between one to five hours. It had also worked on drones for delivering readymade tea, for which it took orders via a companion mobile application. It could carry a load of up to 2 kgs and travel for up to 10 km. The company was acquired by Zomato in 2018 for developing multi-rotor drones for the latter that can pick up a payload under 5 kg and set up and set up delivery circuits for reducing the last mile delivery leg.

Vatsal Kanakiya

Vatsal Kanakiya is the CTO of 100X.VC and part of the venture investment team of his family office Mehta Ventures. He is the youngest team member as CTO at 100X.VC, the first VC to invest in early stage startups using India SAFE Notes. Vatsal works with startup founders closely on their technical requirements and getting various credits from, be it Amazon, Google, or Microsoft. He helps you with coding, SEO, and growth. Vatsal is the person to go to for any possible technical stuff.

Hussein Kanji

Hussein is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of Behavox, Biotx, Darktrace, Fy!, Giraffe360, Karakuri, Kbox Global, Loveshark, Panakeia, TourRadar, XYZ Reality, and Yieldify. He previously served on the boards of Babylon Health, bd4travel (acquired by Dnata), Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media), and Deliveroo. Prior to forming Hoxton, Hussein was an associate with Accel Partners in London. He joined Accel from Microsoft Corporation where he was a platform planner, product manager and senior manager in Redmond, WA. Earlier in his career, Hussein helped form Safe-View (acquired by L-3), Radiance Technologies (acquired by Comcast), and Studio Verso (acquired by KPMG), all in the Bay Area. While forming Hoxton, Hussein helped Eros STX Global develop and launch ErosNow, an online streaming video platform for Bollywood. He also helped the UK government with policy initiatives to develop the local tech industry. He continues to appear occasionally on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News. Hussein holds an MBA from London Business School, and did his undergraduate studies in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. He stubbornly refuses to swear allegiance to a monarch, and remains a proud American.

Piyush Gupta

Piyush Gupta, Managong Director at Sequoia's Strategic Development team, works with founders to identify and create strategic engagement with global corporates and investors. Prior to joining Sequoia, he spent 17 years in investment banking in India, Hong Kong and Singapore, focused on the TMT sectors. His experience spans the entire capital structure, including public and private equity, converts, bonds, loans and M&A. He was heading the TMT (technology, media and telecom) vertical in India and Southeast Asia for Deutsche Bank.

Jayesh Parekh

Jayesh is a Co-Founder of Sony Entertainment Television, a major television network of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which he successfully exited in 2013. Jayesh Parekh is a Managing Partner & Senior Advisor at Jungle Ventures Fund, a Pan-Asian Venture Capital cross-border technology fund based in Singapore. Jayesh is on the Advisory Board of Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital in India. He is on the Board and the Investment Committee of Aavishkaar India II Fund and Aavishkaar Frontier Fund, which are social impact funds. He is also on the Board of Sanctum Wealth Management, One Animation, Milaap and Infinite Esports & Entertainment. He spent over 12 years at IBM in Houston and Singapore, and part of the team that brought IBM back to India. Jayesh holds a Bachelors degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shuvi Shrivastava

Shuvi joined Lightspeed India Partners Advisors LLP (LSIP) in 2015. Prior to Lightspeed, Shuvi was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Mumbai. While at Bain, she worked with leading Indian corporates on growth strategy, go-to-market and customer loyalty with a focus on technology and healthcare. She also conducted business diligences of targets in a variety of sectors including financial services, consumer goods and healthcare for private equity clients. Shuvi holds a B.Tech in Production & Industrial engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Tanya Kathpal

Tanya Kathpal transformed her passion for news reading to find a community-driven platform called Eat My News with more than 3000 members across the world. She has completed her education from prime schools & colleges in India, namely, DPS RK Puram, Sri Venkateswara College, and Xavier Institute of Communications.

Shrey Goyal

Shrey Goyal is the Director, Strategic Development at Films4SustainableWorld. Films for Sustainable World uses the transformative power of films and quality video content to highlight local solutions with positive social and environmental impacts. He is also the co-founder of the Sustainable Growth Initiative( SGI) works towards creating a sustainable and equitable future through providing advisory services to confront the most complex sustainability challenges, with a focus on climate change action, energy security, and social equity. He was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Moreover, he is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. He has a couple of renowned publications on social security for the informal sector, corporate sustainability and development.

Deepak Pareek

Deepak is a commerce graduate from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. While he was in his second year of graduation, he co-founded Career Keeda, a youth-oriented organisation based on skill development and practical training. He spotted the gap in the education system and believes that having certain skill sets and practical experience mixed with theoretical knowledge can do wonders for an individual.

Shuchin Bajaj

Dr. Shuchin Bajaj is a Co-Founder and serves as Director, Business Development and Board Member at Cygnus Medicare. Dr. Shuchin Bajaj is the Promoter and Founder Director of Cygnus Hospitals, and is currently heading the Business Development, Branding, Marketing, Fund Raising & overall management responsibilities within the organization. He serves as a Board Member at Gramin Health Care. Dr. Bajaj is a highly qualified medical scholar. After completing his MBBS from PGIMS, Rohtak, Dr. Bajaj did his Doctorate in Internal Medicine (M.D.) from Dr. S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur in 2004. He has also completed the certified professional course on Diabetes Management and Total Control from American Academy of Continuing Medical Education, USA, in 2008 and Advanced Program in Cardiac Emergencies from Boston University in 2014. Dr. Bajaj is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and King's College London. Dr. Bajaj was also the founder & CEO of Altius Healthcare from 2008 to 2012, and in many ways, this was the start of his dream to provide world class healthcare to the underprivileged and underserved communities.

Ritesh Mallik

Dr. Ritesh Malik, a medical doctor, who sold his startup Alive App to The Bennett and Coleman Group (Times of India) in 2013, has been instrumental in building of the Make in India thought process. He is the Founder & CEO at Innov8 Coworking, a Y- Combinator backed workspaces and community startup based in India.. Ritesh Malik holds 3 board and advisor roles including Mentor at Hostmud, Mentor at Expibotz Technologies, and Advisor at AddoDoc.

Saurabh Tiwari

Saurabh Tiwari is currently the founder of ZPhin,which is a parent company to Policybazaar & Paisabazaar.ZPhin offers digital products and solutions across various channels of distribution like point of sale, bankled distribution model and tele-calling. He was the CTO at Policybazaar and has alot of experience in the area of software pre-sales, product management and development. He is the alumnus of three prestigious universities, namely IIT Kanpur, IIM Calcutta and NUS.

Rajinder Balaraman

Rajinder Balaraman, who was awarded as " The best outgoing student" while graduating now serves as Director at Matrix Partners. He strongly believes that the Indian digital opportunity has just begun, and that the next few years will see multiple billion dollar companies being created. He has earned a Masters in business administration from Harvard Business School and worked with some fantastic entrepreneurs and business leaders over the last decade at Matrix, Unilever and Booz. Initially, at Hindustani Unilever, Rajinder worked across business functions including sales and marketing, finance and corporate planning. Currently at Matrix, Rajinder aspires to enable entrepreneurs to create valuable companies. He is focused on partnering with early growth founders in tech, financial services and consumer startups. Some of his current investments include Ola, OfBusiness, LoadShare, Zoomtail and Limeroad.

Farid Ahsan

Farid Ahsan is the co-founder of ShareChat. ShareChat is an Indian social media platform developed by Mohalla Tech Pvt Ltd. and founded by 3 IIT Kanpur graduates. Sharechat has over 100 million monthly active users, a feat they have managed to achieve in less than four years. He seeks to rebuild the vernacular internet for the next billion users of internet in India and across emerging markets. Farid did an internship at Deutsche Bank, which helped him understand the foundations that made a company successful. He also made it to the Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia list.






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