Mentors

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Selected startups will gain exclusive access to a global network of top notch mentors with decades of experience who have spent thousands of hours mastering their craft. Most are at the top of their game in their respective fields with elite educational backgrounds holding high positions of responsibility at marquee multinational companies and a few have even run their own successful ventures.

Startups will be advised in overall business strategy, go to market strategy, fund raising including refining their pitch decks, business plans, financial models, etc as well as in extremely niche areas of expertise like patent strategy, operational excellence, online and digital marketing, marketing and brand positioning, business development, international taxation and expansion, tax restructuring, finance, engineering consulting in electrical and electronics engineering, computer science including IOT, AI, deep learning, NLP, mechanical engineering, construction, healthcare, ecommerce, etc just to name a few.

Anil Valluri
President, NetApp, India and SAARC
Ex-MD, Sun Microsystems India

Anil Valluri has three decades of work experience with prime IT vendors in different roles spanning Country CEO, Services Business Head, Technology Management, Product Business Management, & Sales Management.

He was Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Artiman Ventures, and specialized in white-space tech start-ups. He previously ran a large business of multinational IT vendor - Sun Microsystem's India entity as it's GEM VP and Managing Director. He was responsible for P&L, growth, customer, partner & employee satisfaction. He has a deep understanding of the Indian IT market place with strong CXO level relationships with diverse customers across Financial Services, Government, Retail, Telecom and other industry segments.

Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Go to Market Strategy

Megha Chawla
Partner, Bain Consulting
IIMB

Megha Chawla has over a decade of consulting experience and has led key client engagements and teams globally across Southeast Asia, Boston and Silicon Valley. She is currently a partner in the Bain & Company's New Delhi office.

Megha is a member of Bain's Technology, Media and Telecom practices in India. She has extensive experience leading projects focused on capability sourcing, performance improvement, growth strategy, new product launch, revenue acceleration and cost and revenue transformation programs across technology, ITeS and healthcare companies. Megha has earned an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and holds a graduate degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), University of Delhi.

Strategy

Johnson Varghese
COO, Kshema Power
Ex-MD, SunEdison, Asia-Pac, Africa

Johnson Varghese has nearly 30 years of work experience in Renewable Energy and EPC Projects. Executed over 1000MW of Wind and 350MW of Utility Scale Solar Projects across Asia and Africa.

He was instrumental in setting up the Wind business for SunEdison. Previously as Director of Construction in Vestas, the world’s largest player in Wind Energy, he also set up a Service Delivery base in South Korea. During his initial work career days, he effectively managed various EPC projects across India and Malaysia.

Project Management – Concept to Commissioning, Construction Management, Project Development, Contracts & Procurement Management, Technical Support, Performance Management, and Operations & After-Sales Support

Charles Diab
Director, Abu Dhabi University, UAE
ex-MD, BURRDA Sport, Qatar/Switzerland

Charles Diab has over 20 years of senior leadership and Board-level experience in various industries like Education, Sports, Finance & Taxation, Manufacturing, etc..

Was Group CEO & Member, Board Of Directors of U Turn Tax Refund – a leading Tax Refund and Consulting business. As Managing Director of BURRDA Sport and Marketing Director of Qatar Sports Investments (QSi), he set up sales and distribution networks across the globe for the clothing line and also developed the strategy for roll-out of QSi’s various brands. He successfully ran his own startup in Canada and successfully exited the business after 7 years while developing 30 sales offices across USA & Canada and increasing and delivering a 1500% growth in sales revenue.

Business Development, Sales Strategy, Marketing & Communications, Branding, Public Relations, and Government Liaison

Parikshit Datta
Partner, EY
Ex-Partner, Deloitte

Parikshit Datta has over 15 years of experience in tax and transfer pricing and is currently a partner at Ernst and Young (EY), one of the world’s largest accounting and auditing firms (one of the “Big Four” accounting firms).

Prior to this he was partner at Deloitte for almost a decade where he was heading the Global Transfer Pricing Centre and outbound Transfer Pricing for Deloitte. He has successfully managed a number of global documentation projects for some of the world's largest companies. He specialises in advising Indian multinationals in developing and implementing transfer pricing strategies. He is a regular presenter at taxation and industry-focused forums on transfer pricing, and is a frequent contributor to international publications such as BNA. He had been recognized by Euromoney as being among the world’s leading Transfer Pricing Advisers. Parikshit has a Bachelor of Science in economics, and is also a Cost Accountant.

Accounting, Finance, Transfer Pricing, Operations, Startups

Ashok Reddy
Founder & President, Landmark IT Solutions
ISB

A seasoned, performance oriented information technology executive with over twelve years of experience in information technology management at division / corporate level within Fortune 500 and management consulting companies.

Innovative leader and expert liaison between business management and technology groups, providing interim CIO / CTO support for business units, deploying cost effective business solutions. Active member of many startup groups fostering startup ecosystem

Strategy, Startup Evangelist, Technocrat.

Arvind Ravishunkar
Director, Strategy, Radius, Fairchild
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Arvind Ravishunkar has over 15 years of work experience in the Semiconductor industry working in key positions with reputed multi national firms like Fairchild Semiconductors and Schneider Electric.

He was the director of corporate strategy for Fairchild Semiconductors before he ventured out on his own. He is now responsible for building strategy function including corporate roadmaps, client strategy and client business research. He had helped build the corporate strategy function at Fairchild - discovered 5 new markets - worth $5B SAM, and reorganized business units to align with the strategy. He has also turned around a business from loss to profit by reestablishing product-market fit and executing to it. 

Strategy, Business and Go to Market Strategy, Business Development, Product Marketing and Product Development and Management, Product-Market Fit, Cloud, IOT, Wearables, Consumer, Mobile, EV