Principal Investment & Strategic Advisory Council

Ours is a team of specialists. People who have acquired deep domain knowledge over the years and helped transform the businesses of several companies. Having held senior positions in various companies, our consultants have faced the toughest of business situations and taken several strategic growth-related decisions. All this has helped us hone our expertise. We are now keen to put our knowledge and skills to use to help your business.

INVESTOR COMMITTEE

BIJOU KURIEN

 

Bijou is an independent consultant and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of L Capital, Asia (a part of the LVMH Group), an independent director on several listed and unlisted companies, an advisor to select consumer product companies and a mentor to a few start-ups.

 

He has worked for several marquee brands in FMCG (Hindustan Lever), Consumer Durables (Titan Industries) and Retail (Reliance) and contributed immensely in their growth and expansion for over 32 years. A member of the World Retail Congress Advisory board, he is also part of the Grand Jury for selection of the World Retail award winners. He mentors FICCI National Retail Committee and is on the Governing boards of various academic institutions. He has been awarded Retail CEO of the Year 2013 by ET Now and Asia Pacific Retail Leader of the Year 2012 by the World Retail Congress.

 

Bijou has a PG Diploma in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

NARAYAN RAMACHANDRAN

 

Narayan is a writer, social entrepreneur, columnist and an emerging market investor with over two decades’ experience of working in Wall Street. As the former Country Head of Morgan Stanley in India, he led all the Group’s businesses. Prior to this, Narayan was lead portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley’s Global Emerging Markets and Global Asset Allocation teams, managing over $25 billion in assets from New York and Singapore.

 

Currently, Narayan is the Chairman of the initiative to deworm millions of school kids in India, and serves on the Board of the largest Water Foundation in India. He is also the Chairman of India’s fastest growing bank, RBL Bank. He writes a bi-weekly column called ‘A Visible Hand’ for the Mint newspaper.

 

Narayan has a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He currently holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

RAM YELESWARAPU

 

Ram is the President and CEO of TAKE Solutions and a co-founder of the Life Sciences business of TAKE which is listed on the Indian Stock Exchanges. Ram has been working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for over 20 years of which he has been an integral part. He has also led large teams deliver successful outcomes. He is a successful and passionate entrepreneur, a business leader, investor and adviser to several early stage and growth stage companies. In his spare time, he pursues his passion for voluntary service in the community and furthers his quest to understand millennials and their preparedness for the demands of the 21st century.

 

Ram has an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

SATISH JAMDAR

Director, V-Nova

 

Satish Jamdar, with a vast experience of 43 years, has held leadership positions in several organisations. He was an Executive Director on the Board of Blue Star for 13 years and retired from the company as Managing Director in March and as Special Advisor in May 2016. Currently, he is on the Board of Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd as an Independent Director.

 

During his overall 20 years with Blue Star, Satish was instrumental in setting up an enhanced Product Development, AC&R Technology and Manufacturing footprint for the company. This also included design, manufacture and servicing of products for OEM Customers for the Middle East and European markets. He helped grow the Customer Service business with a host of new offerings. He also helped set up a strong global supply chain, including procurement from China and strategic technology partnerships with global suppliers.

 

Prior to this, he was with Siemens, Voltas, GEC Alstom, and BPL Sanyo. During his long corporate career, he oversaw a wide range of activities related to Manufacturing, Product Development, Supply Chain, Product Service, EPC contracts, International Business operations, HR, Finance, Corporate Governance and General Management.

 

Satish Jamdar had been actively involved with CII (India’s largest corporate body) as Chairman of CII Maharashtra State Council and Western Region Sub-Committees for Inclusive Of Growth and Ease Of Doing Business. He was a member of the CII National Manufacturing Council, as well. He is currently associated with a few start-ups as an investor, chief mentor and business advisor.

 

He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Mumbai and Management Studies from USA & UK. He also studied Systems Management from NIIT Kolkata.

SANJAY THAPAR

Director, V-Encompass

 

Sanjay possesses over 30 years of experience as a client, running a start-up, engineering turnarounds, leading agencies and media publishing businesses. Currently working with HT Media, Sanjay spent his rich professional life at Bata, Ramms, Mudra, WPP (Ogilvy & Bates) and India Today (CEO LMI – HEARST, Joint Venture).

 

In his professional tenure, Sanjay has handled multiple clients and industries, led new business pitches and built strategic priorities for clients like Incredible India, Sprite, KFC, Maruti, Honda, Hindustan Times, Mint, Vodafone, Dabur, Pernod-Ricard, Mondelez etc. He can be found featured in Campaign Media’s “A” List of media professionals. One of Sanjay’s key milestones was driving the creative agenda for Ogilvy Delhi, taking the office to great heights and being recognized as one of the leading creative offices in Ogilvy Worldwide.

 

He did an MBA in Marketing and Finance from IIM Lucknow.