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NIREN SHAH: Managing Director – Norwest Venture Partners India

Mr. Niren Shah from NVP India has more than 16 years of operational, finance, investment banking and entrepreneurial experience from leading consumer-oriented companies and global financial institutions. Niren Shah serves as an advisor on India-based investments across a wide range of sectors and across various stages.

DHYANESH SHAH: Principal – Eight Roads Ventures India

Dhyanesh is a Principal at Eight Roads Ventures, where he leads investments in financial services and fintech.
He brings in experience across private equity, management consulting and fintech, with most of his career focused on financial services. Prior to Eight Roads, he was with McKinsey & Company, where he advised large conglomerates in India and South East Asia across multiple sectors.
Dhyanesh holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

PRATIK PODDAR: Investor – Nexus Venture Partners

As an entrepreneur turned VC, Pratik is excited about working alongside technology entrepreneurs to create impact in the lives of millions of people. He is most passionate about healthcare, financial services, content platforms, travel, and e-commerce enabled supply chain innovations.
Pratik graduated from IIT Bombay with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering. After graduation, he started his career with Morgan Stanley as a quant analyst/algorithmic trader working on building mathematical models to hedge risks in Japanese Mortgages and trading US Equity ETFs. Post Morgan Stanley, Pratik worked at Blackstone Private equity where he evaluated deals in restaurant, financial technologies, education and consumer electronics products in India. Prior to joining Nexus, Pratik spent three years working on his startups in social e-commerce and content platforms where he experienced firsthand the challenges of building a company.

DEEPENDRA SINGH: Investor – JSW Ventures

Deependra Singh is a startup enthusiast and an investor with experience in both listed and private investments. At JSW Ventures, he is investing in disruptive products & solutions enabled by technology. Previously, he has worked with the investments arm of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., focusing on early stage investments in consumption centric themes across sectors. He has also advised large corporations on cross-border M&A and private equity fund raise while working with o3 Capital. He is inspired by Benjamin Graham’s investment philosophy which he honed while investing in listed securities at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Deependra has an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon.

DR. APOORV RANJAN SHARMA – Co-founder and President, Venture Catalysts

Dr Apoorv Ranjan is one of the top 10 angel investors in India and is known as ‘The Fund Manager with Highest Returns to Investors’. He built India’s first incubator – JSS TBI, for which he received President of India Award. He is involved in early stage investments since 2002 and has established almost dozens of incubators & accelerators. He was also actively associated in establishing Angel Networks – IAN and Venture Nursery. In his role, he is responsible for driving the strategic planning and overseeing the overall functioning of Venture Catalysts. In last 12 months, he has managed to grow the organization across 6 cities India and GCC globally, with 1800 angel investors on board. Dr. Sharma holds a PhD in Incubation with an MBA, B. Tech. from reputed institutions. He also holds credit of a Diploma in Mentoring Studies from UC Berkeley offered by Intel-DST Scholarship.

RAMIT ARORA – Vice President at Nirvana Venture Advisors

Ramit is a Vice President at Nirvana Venture Advisors. Prior to Nirvana, he was a part of the venture investment team at Mitsui Global Investments and the technology investment banking team at Avendus Capital. He is an MBA from IIM, Bangalore, and he did an exchange term at the Booth School of Business, Chicago. Prior to his MBA, Ramit was involved in hedge fund technology development at D.E. Shaw & Co.

MANASI KIRLOSKAR – Executive Director, Kirloskar Systems Ltd

Manasi Kirloskar is the sole heir scion of industrialist Vikram Kirloskar’s business empire (Toyota Kirloskar Motor and others) who’s been taking forward the 150 year Kirloskar Legacy forward. Trained at Toyota Kirloskar Motor and working there, she also has her own Real Estate projects as an entrepreneur. Including an innovation for rural healthcare, Manasi is also a social entrepreneur having set up her non-profit trust ‘Caring with Colours’ for Education through Art to lesser privileged children. Manasi is an exceptional painter and a graduate of the world reputed Rhode Island School of Design USA. She loves deep sea diving, mountaineering, food, travel and music.

G V KESHAV REDDY – Co-Founder, Reddy Futures Fund

Keshav is a third generation family member of the infrastructure major, GVK. Keshav works in the corporate finance division of GVK Airports. He started an early stage family office fund called Reddy Futures Fund in 2015 and has invested successfully in over 10 companies through various group companies. He has led investments into companies such as RKSV, Algorial, Deal on Trip, DocPlexus, The Indian Brand, and InvestRealty.

RAMESH SOMANI – Founder and CEO – Exhibit Group

Counted among the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in the country, Ramesh Somani is the founder of Exhibit Group. He is also the man behind the concept and foundation of associated names like thetechy.com, thewheelz.com, thestartupz.com, along with various IPs like Exhibit Tech Awards, Tech fashion Tour, Hottest 100 Tech Startups and Leader in Tech Dinner which he has initiated and grown over the years. With a keen interest in everything about technology and a sharp eye on marketing strategies, he has gained 13 years of experience with cars, technology and watches to name a few.

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