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Prof.John Hoffmire

Prof.John Hoffmire

Prof.John Hoffmire, is a faculty member of the Said Business School and the Director of Programs at Oxford University and the University of Wisconsin.He is also the Chairman of Progress Through Business. Prof.Hoffmire had a twenty-year career in equity investing, venture capital, consulting and investment banking.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and is helping to build a network of people, companies and other institutions interested in entrepreneurship. In 2012 Prof.Hoffmire was awarded the Darwin Nelson Community Impact Award by Wisconsin Business Development for his ‘tireless efforts to expand the financial literacy and tax form preparation programmes that have benefited so many’. Throughout his for-profit and non-profit career Prof.Hoffmire has helped to start and grow 35 companies, in addition to the hundreds of firms he has either financed or advised. He is also running the Impact Bond Fund for the University of Oxford. Prof. Hoffmire is also the Director of UW-Madison Center on Business and Poverty.

Mr.Bharat Banka

Mr.Bharat Banka

Mr.Bharat Banka is Founder & Ex-CEO of Aditya Birla Private Equity (ABPE). Bharat had set up ABPE in 2009 by building team from scratch and raising ~$200m in domestic funds. During 20 years he was with the Aditya Birla Group, he had various stints as Head – Group Finance, EA to the Group Chairman and Head – Corporate Finance at Aditya Birla Finance. Before joining Aditya Birla Group, he was with the Indian joint venture of J.P.Morgan with ICICI. Bharat has diverse experience in business, strategy, principal investing, M&A, post-merger integration, capital markets & CXO-level roles brings unique value-creation abilities, commercial acumen for portfolio companies and strong team management skills.

Bharat invests in early-stage startups and mentors entrepreneurs through Indian Angel Network (IAN) and CIO Angel Network (CAN) and as Charter Member at Venture Nursery (VN) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). His select mentee/ investee start-ups : IHO (acquired by Aetna, US), OYO Rooms, Perpetuiiti Tech, Invenzone, TalView, HotelsAroundYou, etc. Most of them have raised next series of funding. He is a member of Advisory Board at RiiDL, incubator at Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai. He is Senior Advisor to TVS Capital Funds and Advisor to Sterlite Technologies. He authored the column ‘Bankanomics’ for “The Entrepreneur”, a Network 18 magazine for start-ups and is recipient of “Professional Achiever – Finance Sector” Award from the ICAI.

Mr. Ajay Goel

Mr.Ajay Goel

Mr.Ajay Goel facilitates in connecting and nurturing the Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and PwD initiatives of the Foundation with the larger eco-system of Governments, Industries and Academics for ensuring scale and speed. Prior to this, Ajay led the Foundation’s implementation of skills development in schools in partnership with State governments and design of community college, and other skill development schemes for higher education with Ministry of Human Resource Development and UGC.

Mr.Ajay Goel has worked for 24 years at NIIT Ltd in diverse areas of education & training, franchise management, corporate planning and international operations. Ajay is passionate about Integration of skill development and employability skills in formal education structures.

Tim Mathews

Mr.Tim Mathews

Mr.Tim Mathews is a Director with Flaircap, an investment firm. He has been responsible for equity financing of many startups. He is an IIT, Madras and Washington University alumnus.

Mr.Sanket Sinha

Mr.Sanket Sinha

Mr.Sanket Sinha has a very diverse experience in financial markets, varying from derivatives trading to setting up a financial technology startup.Mr.Sanket started his career with Edelweiss Capital as a derivatives trader and was also a founding member of the Structured Products group at Edelweiss. He later worked for Deutsche Bank as part of the South East Asia capital markets team focusing on structured finance transactions.

Sanket later joined Inflexionpoint Group and managed the finance and fund raising activities for its Indian subsidiary called Iris Computers. Later, he started from scratch an SME financing focused NBFC called X10 Financial Services Ltd which is a subsidiary of Inflexionpoint Singapore. Sanket headed the Credit and Operations function at X10 Finance. He is currently a co founder of WealthPack, a personal finance focused financial technology (Fintech) startup. Sanket aspires to build financial technology products which would alter the lives of millions of Indian households who do not have access to quality financial services.

Mr.Hemendra Mathur

Mr.Hemendra Mathur

Mr.Hemendra Mathur has over 19 years of experience in private equity, management consulting and banking industry in India,South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and USA. Investing experience in early stage and mid-sized enterprises in agribusiness, food supply chain & retail.

Previously consultant to the leading International / Indian corporates and the Government of India as well as state governments. Also, he is mentoring many start-ups and working closely with angel networks and incubators.Mr. Mathur is the Managing Director of Seaf India Investment Advisors, New Delhi.

Mr.Alok Gupta

Mr.Alok Gupta

With over 26 years of rich and varied experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry Mr.Alok as a parallel entrepreneur co-founded several ICT companies such as Samtech, airJaldi, and Pyramid. As a past member of the National Committee on Information Technology for Confederation of Indian HYPERLINK “”Industries(CII), Alok advised and provided deep insights into how can Indian Enterprises and Government leverage use of ICT and Information Security to compete and grow in the global economy.

As a member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Alok mentors young entrepreneurs.Mr.Alok is also the President of the Alumni Association of Birla Institute of Management Technology and a founding member of Birla Alumni Association Network. Alok is a member of the IMS Law advisory committee . Mr.Alok is also the founding member of the Nasscom-DSCI Cyber Forensic Forum (DCFF) representing the Digital Forensic industry. Alok has been a frequent speaker at various events, workshops and forums in India and Internationally and has been writing articles and columns for leading newspapers, magazines and has been covered on national newspapers, television and radio.

Mr.Gopal Mondal

Mr.Gopal Mondal

Mr. Gopal Chandra Mondal did graduation and post –graduation in Commerce & M. Phil from Calcutta University & LLB from CCS University, Meerut. In last 14 years, he had worked in different Industries in different position. Presently, Mr.Mondal is working as Director – Finance and Company Secretary in IDFC Foundation, a wholly –owned subsidiary of IDFC Ltd. He is also an Associate member of ICSI,ICAI,ICSA (UK ).

Mr.Mondal’s various articles have been published in the professional Chartered Secretary & Management Accountant Journal. He is also a visiting faculty member of various Educational Institutions.


Mr.Binu Chandran

Mr.Binu Chandran had an illustrious service in the Armed Forces. He is an MBA from IIFT New Delhi. After his career with CPOs &IB (Intelligence Bureau) he had joined in corporate sector .

He has over 19 yrs of experience in Govt /Corporate in LOgistics,Transportation,Risk Handling,Operations,Security ,Inventory management,HR,recruitment ,training ,Administration ,communication ,Liaison with various Departments. President Police Medal For Gallantry(PPMG) was awarded to him by then President, Dr.Abdul Kalam, for eliminating Gazi Baba,Chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad responsible for the Indian Parliament attack.

Mr.Vikram Uphadhyay

Mr.Vikram Upadhyaya

Mr.Vikram Upadhyaya has diversified experience in Japanese Projects Off shoring to Global Corporate Strategy and New Ventures Turnaround, he is also specialized in Japan-India Cross Border Business execution. His professional associations are as Chief Mentor & Accelerator Evangelist at GHV Accelerator, Advisor to Telecom Center of Excellence (TCoE), Board Member of the Indian Angel Network Incubator, and an Active member of the Indian Angel Network since September 2007.

Specialties: Day job: Go-to-market Strategist, expert in building a “winning team”, successful executive for “new market entry “.Visionary & a change leader, New Venture Turnaround, Venture Catalyst, Start-up Mentor. Indo-Japanese Business Operations and Building best ROI by leveraging on growing Indian Economy.Internet Business Modelling, Japanese Project Offshoring , Brandbuilding and client capital building for Indian/Japanese Market.

Ms.Prity Khastgir

Ms.Prity Khastgir

Ms.Prity is a Patent attorney with expertise in IP portfolio management in ASEAN countries, cross-border technology transactions, licensing agreements, due diligence analyses, product clearance, freedom-to-operate, patent infringement, & validity (Patent Invalidation) analysis, research & opinions. Core practice includes patent drafting, patent searches (patent analytics) & patent prosecution (drafting office action responses for USPTO, EPO, UKIPO etc.)

Her special technical expertise is in the fields of agricultural biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, food tech, biosimilars, medical devices, immunology & healthcare. Go-to patent consultant for all time zones, be it new product launch in Asia, IP landscape across EU, freedom-to-operate analysis in Japan or patent invalidation for litigation in US.

venugopal gupta

Mr.Venugopal Gupta

Mr.Venugopal Gupta is a start-up specialist and runs a venture acceleration program that helps early-stage startups build their ideas into sustainable businesses. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of “ The Business Parables”.

He has more than eighteen years of startup experience as an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur across logistics, private equity and venture incubation. As the CEO for a Venture Incubation initiative, he helped develop a pan-India incubation strategy and establish two incubation centers. Prior to this, he was Country Manager for an emerging market real estate private equity firm and Head of India Corporate Development for a global industrial real estate investment firm. His roles have spanned corporate development, joint ventures and building execution teams.

Mr.Venu holds an MBA from INSEAD and his story-based articles on business strategy have been featured by Forbes, INSEAD Knowledge, The Business Times (Singapore), The National (UAE) and other global business publications. He is also the author of the book “The Business Parables” and curates a large collection of stories from mythology, history and folklore that bear critical business lessons.