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Amit Agrawal

Amit Agrawal is an entrepreneur with a mission to bring a sea change in children’s learning with his Ocky Pocky – India’s first personalized learning app for pre-school kids. Previously, he had built YouTube’s India content network from launch to USD 100 million p.a. Amit is an alumni from IIM Bangalore and a Math graduate from St. Stephens College, Delhi University.

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Ankur Kulshrestha

With 15 years of combined experience in business consulting (EY), strategy (Maruti Suzuki) and more recently into academia, he represents finance in the incubation chamber. A fellow chartered accountant and certified FRM®, he is a CFA® charterholder. Corporate restructuring as an expertise, he has spent considerable time in the start-up space, on the buy-side assisting investors for seed/angel funding and on the sell-side as an advisor to incubatees for fund raising, preparation of business accounts, due diligence and other related activities. He co-founded FINSTUDYCLUB, a start-up into ed-tech in 2014, still surviving! He is an empaneled trainer with the RBI’s training institute for the Indian Banks.

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Shekhar Agrawal

Leader with 25+ years of experience in managing large businesses for multinationals such as Cisco Systems, Lucent-Alcatel and HP; at India and Asia Pacific level. Started new initiatives, and transformed business for these organizations. Passionate about the potential of startups and millennials, with a belief that startups and millennials will steer the direction of world economy!

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V. K. Arora

Dr. V.K. Arora is a renowned entrepreneurship and business development trainer and consultant. He has conducted more than five hundred workshops and published more than twenty papers Pan India. His core strength is business environment scanning and strategy formulation/ implementation.

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Prarthana Borah

An Environment and Sustainability thought leader, Prarthana Borah has over two decades of experience in strategy planning, management and implementation of large budget projects on diverse environmental issues including Air Pollution, Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation and Urban Sustainability. She has extensive experience of working with various Ministries of Government of India, United Nations Agencies, international donors and private sector to influence policy and action. A strategic environment policy planning expert with experience in analysing political situations and global scenarios she was involved in preparation of Government of India policy documents for international negotiations like COP 21 in Paris and SDGs at UN. She specialises in creating institutional responses and programs for leveraging growth and advocates both technology and behavioural solutions for conservation of the planet. Her present position as Country Director of Clean Air Asia, an international not for profit set up by the ADB, involves leading the India strategy, working towards advancing better air quality in Indian cities. Earlier she has worked with major institutes like the Centre for Environment Education nd the National Institute of Design

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Vijay K. Chaudhary

He is a Professor of Biochemistry and currently the Director, Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease Research, Education and Training (CIIDRET) at the University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi. His experience involves developing recombinant antigens and recombinant antibodies for novel diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. He has experience in phage display technology and human antibody libraries for developing therapeutic antibodies. He has a large number of US and Indian patents to his credit. He has received royalties for licensing technologies to industry while working in USA and India.

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Damodar Dani

He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of M/s Dunlop India Limited and Modi Rubber Limited (Modi-Continental) – leading automotive tyre manufacturers of the country. He has also headed various functional areas like marketing, after-sales service, commercial, manufacturing, HR and general management at different times, besides heading two startup companies in his career of 38 years. He is a director of Skills Gap Solutions Pvt Limited and an advisor to EON Reality, Inc., a US-based company and a world leader in using augmented and virtual reality for skills development and knowledge transfer.

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Ruben Edwards

He has 12 years of experience working in project management in the biotechnology manufacturing industry and in international technical sales and marketing of power instruments in the electronics manufacturing industry and the utility sectors in more than 20 countries in North and Latin America. He is passionate about engineering management, international business development and entrepreneurship. He has expertise in technical marketing, market research, competitive analysis, complex sales processes in North and Latin American, identification of barriers and formulation of strategies to overcome them.

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Gopi Ghosh

A known mentor and passionate thinker in agriculture, policy and development, Dr. Gopi Ghosh has over 38 years of extensive experience of managing several sustainable agri-business programs in India and abroad.

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Sowmya Iyer

Sowmya is the founder & CEO of Clarity Communication having more than 20 years of experience in the Public Relations domain managing diverse clients across industries such as Real estate, Lifestyle, Finance, HR & Education, Agrochemicals & others. She decided to set up her own PR firm after a successful and rather long stint with medium to large size agencies, namely, Lexicon PR, Concept PR, Sahara Corporate Communication, Lin Opinion. Clarity PR was established in 2016 with vision to provide impeccable quality PR service to all our clients. She has had a successful run with the company's business growing incrementally every passing year strictly by word of mouth. Clarity Communication thrives on repeat business and clients are the best advertisement. Clarity PR has been able to make a positive mark amongst the clients due to professional, ready-to-go & commitment to time approach. Clarity good old business model has been successfully ran on cheaper, faster and better algorithm and it has worked thus far.

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Amit Jain

Co-founder and CEO - Ashika Wealth Advisors, Ex-Country Head - Reliance Capital Group Company

His organisation advises Private Family Offices above 100 crore for Wealth Management, Equity Advisory, Equity Advisory, Merchant Banking, Merger & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Debt Syndication and related activities. He has a keen interest in mentoring new start-ups to scale their businesses. He has mentored start-ups from IIT, IIM, DTU, DU and other premium institutions in India.

Prior to his entrepreneurship stint, Amit served the Indian banking & financial services industry for eighteen years. In his last he Reliance Capital Group Company as Business Head for India region. He had been part of Reliance Group's leadership team for almost a decade. He streamlined all business process and created new growth benchmarks blending top-line and pro-stability for this vertical.

Amit Jain is PGDM, Certified Financial Planner from Financial Planning Standards Board of India (FPSB) and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Advisory from Indian Institute of Banking & Finance (IIBF). He has done B.Com(Hons) from Delhi University. He has qualified for all certifications of National Stock Exchange (NSE) pertaining to financial markets - such as AMFI, NSDL, Debt, Derivatives etc.

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Ashish Jain

Ashish is currently head of innovation at a 38000-person French MNC in India. He is a business development professional in IT services and has vast connects with the corporates in India, US and Europe. His earlier role of managing India business included working on solutions using technology for police modernization and smart cities. As chief evangelist at Startup Board, he also mentors start-ups on business strategy. Earlier, Ashish founded a start-up with niche products in travel and media and successfully established leadership position in each product segment. He is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta.

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Sandeep Jain

Sandeep is a finance professional with diverse experience in finance and business leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region in FMCG, media, pharmaceuticals and lifestyle products. Sandeep has worked with Perfetti Van Melle, HT Media (Hindustan Times), Gillette and Ranbaxy. He spent 10 years with a European FMCG company – 6 years as CEO (Sri Lanka and Indonesia) and 4 years as Regional Finance Director. Now he runs his consultancy, Value-Unlocked, which operates in the strategy consulting and leadership coaching space. Sandeep is a chartered accountant and a certified internal auditor.

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Ajay Muttreja

He has 35 years of management experience in India-entry strategy consulting, cross-border public and private sector partnership development, business transformation and complex technology transfers. He has vast experience in every major sector and functional area, with a specialization in technology, healthcare, consumer goods, energy and. manufacturing. In 29 years at Tecnova India, he managed relationships with over 1,000 global companies and 2,000+ CXOs from US, Europe and Japan.

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Siddharth Pandey

Siddharth is a Concept Sales specialist with over 12 years’ experience in selling everything from SIM cards to airports to digital payments. He started Paathshala.com and later worked with startups like Voicetap & Exotel along with helping others with their go-to-market strategy. He is currently a General Manager setting up healthcare category, along with building B2B payment products for SMEs at Paytm.

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Jaspreet Singh

Expertise in the areas of international and national level project management, key account management, team management and business development working closely with consultants, contractors and end users in the process industry – mainly oil & gas, power generation and OEMs (turbine, boiler, compressor manufacturers) with over 20 years of experience in process & field instrumentation, sales and marketing.

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Rohit Singh

Rohit is a tech entrepreneur, passionate leader, startup mentor and angel investor with a successful track record of more than one & a half decade.

His last company - "360logica" a software services company got successfully acquired by a listed MNC - SakSoft. Under his inspiring leadership 360logica was listed twice in Deloitte Fastest 50 technology companies of India and was included in Top 100 Asia by Red Herring. He has also received “Entrepreneur of the Year 2015” award from Silicon India.

Rohit is now on his new Healthtech initiative - "GoMedii" which focuses patient fulfillment in Indian market as well as international and becoming a bridge between international patients and Indian doctors.

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Sudhakar Bangera

Dr. Sudhakar Bangera is a MBBS, MD (Pharmacology) and MMedSc (Clinical Trials Methodology) graduate with extensive work experience of 28 years. A multifaceted dynamic healthcare and clinical research professional having coordinated several hundred complex global programs (clinical studies) in various capacities as COO, Country Manager, Vice-President, Director, Project Manager and Professor in national and international organisations and institutions. Expert in delivering full scope BA-BE, Phase 1 to 4 clinical trials for pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical devices, biologicals and cosmetics. Growth-oriented individual with an analytical bent of mind who likes to take up new challenges and believes in thinking out-of-the-box.

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Rakesh Kadian

Having worked for some of the most reputed MNCs as well as Indian companies, in the agribusiness sector for over three decades, Rakesh is a hands-on professional. He is well versed in the various agricultural practices throughout India and other neighboring countries of South Asia.

He has experience of marketing various farm inputs, leading extension activities among farmers, as well as developing business for precision farming technologies; while working for companies such as DCM Shriram, Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd., the Indian arms of Dow AgroSciences & Aventis, and Trimble, Inc. In addition, he has business experience of his own growing high-value vegetables in Central India.

He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from CCS HAU Hisar, an MBA from MDU Rohtak, and is currently pursuing a PhD from Punjab Technical University.

He has been associated with two immensely popular incubation programs in the food and agri-tech sectors in India as a judge and mentor. During 2015-2017 with IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE), and during 2016-18 for a-IDEA, a tech business incubator of NAARM (National Academy of Agricultural Research Management) Hyderabad, he guided young entrepreneurs in preparing their business plans.

His other interests are sports, yoga, Hindi literature, and meditation. He swims and plays basketball regularly. He was a national level swimmer during university days and in 2018, won 4 gold medals in the Delhi State masters swimming competition.

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Shashank Kotwal

Shashank Kotwal is an independent consultant with offerings in the areas of Strategy Formulation, Business Excellence and Operations Analytics. With over 23 years of experience in various functions in Automotive (Mahindra & Mahindra), Engineering (Crompton Greaves) and Steel (Mukand) industry, he has facilitated both – SMEs and start-ups. He is also an adjunct faculty for Operations Analytics at Mumbai’s Chetanas institute. Shashank is an alumnus of the SPJIMR Mumbai and Production Engineering graduate from Somaiya College, Mumbai University.

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Vinish Kathuria

Vinish is Managing Partner at SenseAI, The Artificial Intelligence Fund. He has been involved with the Tech ecosystem as a Business Leader, an Entrepreneur, Investor and an Advisor. A startup person at heart, he leverages his own startup experiences and learnings from corporate world (Microsoft, Ericsson) to guide & nurture startups. He is an Angel Investor in multiple global ventures and is also an Independent Director on board of Varroc Engineering.

Vinish is Co-Founder of RANK Software, a Canadian venture in CyberSecurity Analytics that leverages Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Having spent 15 years in USA and last 12 in India, he has a strong understanding of the nuances across different business environments. An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vinish received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, USA and MS from Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is a sports enthusiast with a passion for running, cycling and hiking.