Senior Vice President & Head - Fund Raising & Investor Relations, IvyCap VenturesKnow More
Dr. Mahesh V. Panchagnula
Dean, International and Alumni Relations - Indian Institute of Technology MadrasKnow More
Prof Sanjeev Sanghi
Dean, Alumni Affairs and International Programmes, Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiKnow More
Chairman of Intellectual Ventures India, Bangalore and Former Director of Indian Institute of Technology BombayKnow More
Madhuri comes with 6+ years of experience on matters ranging from company formation to closure, including the investment term sheets, business contracts, employment terms, stock options, corporate compliances, trademark, FDI, GDPR, business transfer, joint venture, etc.
Prior to IvyCap Ventures Madhuri was a Senior Associate at Burgeon Law Firm and worked at GREX as well. She is a Lawyer from ILS Law College and a Company Secretary by profession with a master in Business Laws from NLS Bangalore.
Sonia has over 15 years of experience in banking, strategy & operations, and entrepreneurship. She has held leadership positions across various well-known companies in India and abroad.
Sonia is a seasoned entrepreneur having founded and exited four companies while having an excellent track record of building businesses from scratch. Sonia has incubated companies in Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO), hospitality, and healthcare industries. She has been involved in various mergers and acquisitions activities of her companies and has dealt with private equity and venture capital funds as an entrepreneur.
She holds a B.A. in Economics from Delhi University and dual MBA degrees in Marketing and Finance from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, and IMT, Ghaziabad.
Nilay comes with over 6 years of experience in venture capital and finance industry. He has worked earlier with Swan Finance and CIIE Initiatives.
In the last 6 years, Nilay has worked with early-stage startups and established SMEs. He has worked with startups across different sectors including agriculture, healthcare, fintech, IoT, space, robotics, etc, and analyzed them for angel and seed investment. He has worked with SMEs for project financing and provided advisory around financial strategies.
He has also worked with more than 100+ startups over a time span of 6 years and provided advisory in terms of financial and business models, GTM strategy, product-market fit, scaling-up etc. He has helped the startups with fundraising from other investors too.
Nilay is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA Charterholder.
Mansi has over 18 years of experience in Corporate and Investment Banking spanning across Equity and Debt Capital Markets. Key Experience includes Project Finance / Debt Syndication / Structured Financing (both Rupee and Foreign Currency) with investor relations across India, SEA and Middle East.
Prior to joining IvyCap Ventures, Mansi was a part of Corporate Banking team at AXIS bank for 5 years and with SBI Capital Markets for 7 years where she was responsible for Business development in entire North India Market for all Merchant Banking products. She was also part of the Debt Capital Markets Team at Kotak Mahindra Bank and was responsible for Underwriting & Distribution of Loan transactions (both Rupee and Fireign Currency) in India/ SEA and ME.
She was also a part of Edelweiss Group where her key responsibilities included fund raising (both Loans and Bonds) in Rupee / Foreign currency for the NBFC vertical.
Mansi has completed Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and Masters in Business Administration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.
Smita is the founder of Fandoro Technologies, a SaaS startup & consulting firm that helps businesses become planet-positive through the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework. They help enterprises build purpose-led businesses by identifying and managing their sustainability-related risks and opportunities. Smita is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services, retail, banking, and utility industries. As a computer science engineer, Smita is skilled in data analytics and user experience. She’s also adept in the areas of business risk mitigation for tech products as well as project/product/test management. Aside from also being an international speaker on technology and diversity in tech, Smita also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field.
Over six years of experience across venture capital investments and investment banking, working with startups across sectors and geographies. Experience across the deal cycle - deal origination, execution, portfolio management and exit transaction.
Prior to IvyCap Ventures, was working with the venture investing team of o3 Capital, and was part of 7 investment transactions across sectors including retail, fashion, ecommerce, payments, healthtech and foodtech.
She is a CFA charterholder, with a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of International Business, and Bachelors in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata.
Mandar comes with over 12 years of experience in startups, finance and strategy domain. He has worked earlier with Reliance Industries, Jio, Tata Group, DP World and Infra.Market.
Mandar has worked with startups across different sectors including healthcare, fintech, e-commerce, D2C, logistics, electric mobility and alternative energy. He has analyzed them for potential investment, partnerships and collaboration in his professional as well as personal capacity. He has a unique blend of experience of working across startups ecosystem - Unicorn Startup, Startup Accelerator, Corporate VC, VC Firm as well as an Angel Investor and Advisor. He has been working with many startups over a time and has advised them on Finance, GTM, Strategy and fundraising.
Apart from engagement with Startup Ecosystem, he has managed multiple corporate functions in his previous roles such as Corporate Treasury, Taxation, Investor Relations and Audit in large conglomerates.
Mandar is a Chartered Accountant and a CPA Charterholder.
Kashyap holds over 21 years of experience in Business Consulting, Business Development, Software Development and Program & Portfolio Management in the US, Canada and India.
Kashyap holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park (US) and a BE (Chemical Engineering) from Gujarat University. He started his post-MBA career in the US in 2000 as a consultant with a start-up IT/management consulting firm and then moved on to join IBM’s business consulting organization.
He relocated to India in 2009 and played leadership roles in large life-sciences organizations prior to joining IvyCap in May 2021.
Sukesh is a finance professional with over 23 years of work experience, primarily in the broader Asset Management Industry with more than a decade in the Mutual Fund space and sightly over a decade in the VC / AIF space.
His last employment was with Sabre Partners, a Private Equity firm based out of Mumbai where he worked as CFO for over ten years.
He has experience in Finance, Accounting, Investor Reporting, Drawdowns and Distributions, MIS, Systems & Processes, Controls, Valuations, Treasury, Tax, Secretarial and Fund Compliances across two jurisdictions, India and Mauritius, in the private equity space. Additionally, he was responsible for managing key relationships with various stakeholders, including Investor and Corporate Trustee.
Before joining Sabre, he headed the finance function of Kotak MF, Lotus MF (and now known as Invesco MF) and Axis MF.
As regards his qualifications, he is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, Cost Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University.
Harshit has over 6 years of experience across investment banking, venture capital, and private equity.
Prior to joining IvyCap, Harshit was a part of the investment team at Kingfish Group, a North America focused middle-market private equity firm. At Kingfish, Harshit was responsible for leading due diligence on new investments, developing and managing the firm's executive relationships, and growing the investment team in India. Prior to Kingfish, Harshit was a part of Scaale Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on cross-border transactions for early stage ventures. At Scaale, Harshit also contributed towards building Cross Border Angels, the firm's angel investment platform, and organized various startup pitching events such as Startup India Rocks! 2016.
Harshit has a B.Com from Savitribai Phule Pune University and is a CFA Charterholder.
The Indian Administrative Service (1972 batch). He is the former (recently retired) Union Home Secretary, Commerce Secretary and Secretary of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice.
Mr. Pillai has a distinguished service record. Among his many appointments at both state and national level, he was Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala before becoming Special Secretary in the Commerce Ministry, India's chief negotiator at WTO, and Chairman, Board of Approvals for Special Economic Zones. During the tenure of this last role, over 500 Special Economic Zones, as tax-exempt export enclave zones, were approved, and are expected to employ around one million people.
He has represented the State and Central Government on delegations to USA, EU, Argentina, Brazil, DRC, Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Canada, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, U.K., Thailand and Slovenia. He is renowned as a tough negotiator on behalf of national interests with a reputation as a thorough gentleman and a stickler for playing by the rule book.
He sits on the board of various companies and out of such companies the names of thecompanies are:
- Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited as Director
- ZuariAgro Chemicals Limited as Director
- Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited as Director
- Data Security Council of India as Director
Nishith Desai is the founder of the research & strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com) ranked amongst the Asia-Pacific's Most Innovative Law Firms by Financial Times.
Nishith's interest span a wide spectrum of law, society and ethics. He is a renowned International lawyer, author, lecturer, researcher and a thought leader. Nishith himself is regarded as the 'Father of International Tax' in India and is a 'true pioneer' in the field of International Tax Law. He was also a director on the board of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2011-2019).
Soon after India opened its economy to the outside world in 1991, Nishith pioneered the roots of asset management industry in India. He has assisted the Governments of Mauritius and India in launching their offshore financial centers.
He established the first five India Focused Funds He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. The firm has now worked for over 1400 funds across all asset classes.
With a keen interest in technology, Nishith ensured that NDA remains ahead of the curve by actively driving legal and ethical research into emerging areas such as blockchain, autonomous vehicles, flying cars, IoT, AI & Robotics, medical devices, genetic engineering amongst others.
Combining his love for research with his inherent trait of innovative thinking, Nishith has driven the conceptualization and creation of Imaginarium AliGunjan a state-of-the-art research facility that stands as an ode to 'Blue Sky Thinking,' near Mumbai.
Nishith is also passionate about supporting social good, and under his guidance NDA has remained at the forefront of social sector in India. NDA has won ASIAN Law firm of the year (Pro-bono) from IFLR in 2001. NDA is one of the founding members of Impact Investment Council in India.
He has worked closely with Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus on social issues and personally received the Prof. Mohd. Yunus 'Social Business Pioneer of India' in 2010.
Mr. Ashank Desai is the founder and former Chairman of Mastek Limited, a publicly-held IT solutions player with global operations. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable 'Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving'. He is widely recognized as an industry veteran, and is one of the founder members & past Chairman of NASSCOM. He is also a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO). It is an organization founded for the development of IT in the Asia Pacific region, which comprises of 20 IT Countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India etc.
In the last few year, he is actively involved in the field of education, and has been a member of the Governing Boards of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Jodhpur, and the Goa Institute of Management. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay & IIT Hyderabad.
He is involved in Entrepreneurship Management in the country. He is the Vice-Chairman of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay and 'Fellow of the Society' honour by the Computer Society of India (CSI) in recognition of his services to the Indian IT Industry as an entrepreneur and for his contribution to the growth of education. He has also been presented with the Honourable Contributors Award by ASOCIO, the only Indian to receive this recognition twice. He was conferred with the much coveted Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010 India. Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 India is organized by Enterprise Asia - a non-governmental organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region. Mr. Desai studied at IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad.
Ravi Dhariwal is the co-founder and Chairman of Sagacito Technologies, a data analytics firm specialising in helping enterprises maximise their revenues. He is also Senior Advisor, Mentor and Board Member of several leading listed and private firms.
Just prior to co- founding Sagacito, Ravi was the Group CEO of Bennett & Coleman, India's largest media company, with diversified media platforms including Radio Mirchi, Times Television Network, Times Internet, Times OOH and the world's largest selling English newspaper The Times of India.
Ravi was also the World-Wide President of International News Media Association from 2011-2013. He was honoured for his voluntary contribution to World News Media in 2014.
Prior to joining Bennett & Coleman, Ravi worked with PepsiCo for 12 years. He was Pepsi's first employee in India, launched Pepsi brands in India helping build a successful business. He also led the Beverage Business in India, Africa and South East Asia for PepsiCo.
Ravi started his career with Unilever in India in 1977, and worked for them in India and Australia for over 12 years mostly in Sales and Marketing management.
In his career now spanning over 42 years he has built consumer businesses all over the world. He has worked in diverse and varied cultures, and, helped companies win customer loyalty and consumer regard.
Ravi is an Engineer from IIT/Kanpur, and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. He was bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award by IIM Calcutta in 2013 and also from IIT Kanpur in 2019.
Pradeep Gupta is the Chairman of the CyberMedia Group, South Asia's first and largest specialty media house, with 15 publications, 12 websites, over 150 events and weekly TV programs in the infotech, telecom, consumer electronics & biotech areas. CyberMedia's brands include Dataquest, PCQuest, Voice&Data, BioSpectrum, DARE, MIT's Technology Review, CIOL.com and Global Services. The group's media services include market research (CMR India) and content outsourcing (Content Matrix Inc). CyberMedia is a public company.
Pradeep is also an Angel investor and a mentor to a number of entrepreneurs. He is on the TiE Board of Trustees and co-founder, Indian Angel Network. He is also on the Board of UTI Asset Management Company. Pradeep is on the Governing Board of IIT Mandi, on Global Board of PanIIT Alumni Global, President Association of Indian Magazines, Member Executive Committee of Indian Newspaper Society (INS), and Director Kaleidoscope Entertainment.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award of IIT Delhi and the Helen Keller award for working in the disability sector. Pradeep is an Engineer from IIT Delhi (1975) and an MBA from IIM Calcutta (1977).
Satish Kini, a visionary management coach and social entrepreneur, is the former Chief Operating Officer in the PANIIT Alumni movement's Nation Building Projects. He spent his early professional career with IDM Ltd providing IT Consulting & Solutions to Indian corporates. His first entrepreneurial venture was Trust-House that provided Management & IT Consulting to Corporates and SME sector in areas such as Business Transformation, BPR, Application of ICT and people empowerment.
In early 2000, Kini became a pioneer in the Indian healthcare industry by identifying key issues in the sector such as failure and apathy of the state to provide basic & affordable healthcare leading to rampant malpractices and exploitation of poor by the unregulated medical practioners. Addressing this problem, he took up the challenge to to transform Healthcare to be People sensitive, Accessible & Affordable. He founded "21st Century Health" that has benefited 30 million patients in 400+ Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Clinics in India, Middle East & Africa. In 2010, he received Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award.
Kini earned his Bachelor or Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a PGDMM at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management and Sciences.
Aliasgar Qutub Contractor obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Bombay. After carrying out post-doctoral research at Carleton University, Canada and Texas A&M University, U.S.A., he returned to join the faculty at IIT Bombay in 1984 and retired as Institute Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry in 2015. He has been actively involved in studying the electrochemistry of conducting polymers for more than thirty years. A start-up based on this research for commercializing products in drinking water & soil testing, was one of the early companies to be incubated at SINE, IIT Bombay. He was actively involved in setting up the Desai-Sethi Centre for Entrepreneurship, IIT Bombay. He is also part of the Global Business Forum, an IITBAA initiative to bring technology experts, entrepreneurs, investors and government leaders on a common platform to promote technology-driven business opportunities that can make a difference.
He served as Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations), IIT Bombay from 2009-2012 and as Dean, College of Engineering, Dhofar University, Oman from 2015-2017. He is a member of the Board of Advisors, IIT Alumni Trust, IvyCap Ventures.
Dr. Panchagnula is also a Professor of Applied Mechanics at the IIT Madras and an Associate Faculty In-charge, IIT Madras Incubation Cell. In addition he is also the Faculty Associate at National Centre for Combustion R & D
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula is B. Tech. (IIT Madras), M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engg. (Purdue University). He has expertise in spray nozzle design, drying, atomization, combustion and experimental fluid dynamics. He has worked with students from different geographical regions and premier organizations to build next-generation solutions in the area of Fluid Dynamics.
Prof. Ashok Gupta is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. He obtained his B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1979 and Ph. D. from IIT Delhi in 1984. He has about thirty years of research and teaching experience in India and abroad. He has supervised five Ph. D thesis, several M. Tech. and B. Tech projects. He has published a number of books and more than eighty papers in leading journals and peer reviewed conferences. His areas of specialization include earthquake engineering, health monitoring of structures and e-learning. He has held visiting research and teaching appointments at MIT (USA), EPFL (Switzerland) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He has been Professor-in-charge Planning from 2004 to 2007, Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Programmes from 2007 to 2011, Dean, Infrastructure from 2012 to 2014 in IIT, Delhi and Member, Board of Governors of IIT Delhi from 2014 to 2015.
Prof. Sanghi obtained his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985. His M.S. degree was from Cornell University and Ph.D. from the Levich Institute of the City University of New York. Immediately after his Ph.D. he returned to India and joined IIT Delhi as a faculty member in the Applied Mechanics Department where he is Professor since 2006. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of IIT Delhi and Head of the Educational Technology Service Centre at IIT Delhi. He has also been affiliated with the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at IITD. He was also a visiting Professor at University of Sussex in 2007-08.
Prof Sanghi has won many awards for teaching excellence, including the distinguished TA award at Cornell University and the Distinguished Teaching award at IIT Delhi. His primary area of research is Fluid Mechanics and he has published a number of articles in several reputed journals.
Prof. Ashok Misra is currently NASI (National Academy of Sciences, India) Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Earlier he was Director IIT Bombay (2000-08); Chairman-India Intellectual Ventures (2008-16); at IIT Delhi (1977-2000) and at Monsanto Chemical Co. (1974-77). He obtained his B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur (1968) M.S. from Tufts University (1969) and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (1974).
Prof. Misra is a Director on the Boards of Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd., Jubilant Pharma Ltd., Kirloskar Electric Company Ltd. and Higher Education Financing Agency. Earlier he has been on the Boards of Reliance Industries Ltd., National Thermal Power Corporation and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd. He has held several responsibilities with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, including Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council and Chairman Board of Governors of IIT Roorkee.
He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences India and was its President from 2006-08; a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering; Founder President of the Polymer Processing Academy; former President of the Society of Polymer Science, India; Founder President of IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru and member of a number of professional societies.
He has received several awards including: Distinguished Service Award, Polymer Processing Societyss (USA); Distinguished Service Award, IIT Delhi; Distinguished Alumnus Awards from all his Alma Maters; Indian Chemical Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Education & Research; National Systems Gold Medal; Qimpro Platinum Standard Award (Education); Chemtech CEW Awards (Education) and Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Memorial Award of Indian Chemical Soc. He has guided 22 doctoral students, co-authored a book, has 8 patents plus 7 in the process and over 182 international publications.
Hari is an active angel investor focussed on innovative startup teams. He practices lean startup principles and encourages founders to think global , act local and build a organisation culture suitable for innovation in startups. He has led several deals in Indian Angel Network , led exits for IAN investors other than providing fund raising support for portfolio companies .Hari started the Early Adopters Syndicate in Letsventure , where innovative startups can raise funds and get support from investors who also act as early adopters .The thesis of EaSyndicate is to identify innovative and disruptive startups by making smaller bets and allowing the best ideas and entrepreneurs with traction to emerge. Startups without traction will likely reinvent themselves or perish. It is a high performance high risk strategy that is being pursued .EaSyndicate now has two startups in the portfolio and several are in the pipeline.In Feb 2020 joined as a member of the the Investment Committee at IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP).
He is a member of the advisory Board of Ivy Cap ventures , a Rs. 500 crore PE fund.