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Mr. Manohar Hotchandani Director - Business Development, Microsoft

Manohar Hotchandani is the Director - Business Development of Microsoft. He has a 20-year long working experience in software, networking, start-up distribution and channels. For the past 13 years, he has been associated with Microsoft performing various roles like managing teams and P/L for specific businesses. Qualified computer engineer by profession, he has extensive experience of managing complex businesses, forming and running teams and developing and managing relationship with customers and partner.

He believes that if India has to succeed, then SMBs will play the biggest role in that success. He is also interested in mentoring companies in the SMB space specifically those which from environment and healthcare sectors.



Mr. Nirmesh Prakash, Co-Founder, Ambit Pragma Advisors LLP

Nirmesh has 16 years of experience in finance and marketing, having spent the last seven years focused on the private equity industry as a partner with Ambit Pragma Advisors. He was also a key member of the Times Private Treaties team. Prior to working in the private equity industry in India, Nirmesh spent nine years in operating roles in sales and marketing, with the last five years spent with Asian Paints in their International markets. His prior work with Philips gave him hands-on sales and distribution experience in rural and urban markets in India. Nirmesh is a Production Engineer from University of Mumbai and a management post-graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj, majoring in marketing.



Mr. Dushyant Singh Rathore, Partner Channel Lead, Microsoft India

Dushyant is a Post Graduate in Business Administration in Sales & Marketing. A 7 plus year veteran at Microsoft India he has handled multiple roles and managed multiple regions in the past. He believes that if India has to succeed, then SMBs will play the biggest role in that success. He is also interested in mentoring companies in the SMB space specifically those which from environment and healthcare sectors.



Mr. Vijay Sharma, Co-Founder, Exotel Techcom Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay is an alumnus of BITS Pilani. After he passed out of BITS, he worked for the National Entrepreneurship Network and then for Practo Technologies. The itch to build his own Company then led to Exotel.


Mr. Laxman Gugulothu

Mr. Lakshman Gugulothu, Ex-CEO of BSE SME Exchange at BSE

Mr. LakshmanGugulothu had done B.Tech (Computer Science & Engineering) from IIT Kanpur. He is an IPS Officer from Kerala cadre. Later, he did MBA from IIM Bangalore. He has specialized in Capital Markets and done researchdissertation on Capital Market regulation and Regulatory bodies.
He had previously worked as Managing Director, MATSYAFED in Kerala, before joining the BSE. At present, he is the CEO of BSE SME Exchange at BSE.

Mr. Nikhil Nehru

Mr. Nikhil Nehru, Advertising and Communications Stalwart

Ad veteran, Nikhi Nehru has been in the  communications industry for over 40 years . He began his career in 1968 in account management with McCann (then Clarion McCann).

Mr Nikhil Nehru is an Ad Vetran who has been in the communication industry for 40 years and starting his career in 1968 with McCann (then Clarion McCann) as Acount Manager and worked for several Ad and Media companies in India & Abroad ,the prominent and leading names include the then British ad agency, Masius Wynne Williams, which is now TAPE (Television Audience Programme Evaluation), an independently owned consultancy company that has been providing specialist services for media professionals in the television and film industries since 1976.He has been instrumental in building brands like WelcomGroup Hotels, Pepsi, Hero Group, Bacardi, General Motors, Microsoft, SmithKline Beecham, ITC Foods, Unilever India, TTK, Perfetti, Nestlé, Virgin Atlantic, Maruti Suzuki, L'Oreal and Coca-Cola for whom he has has handled launches, product diversification, corporate brand building and marketing and communication programmes.
After spending decades in the Media Industry he set up a consultancy firm Ontrack Corporate Services, He currently is serving on the Governing Board of Plan India (an NGO which deals with children in difficult circumstances) and is an Associate of LeaderShape (U.K.) in India . LeaderShape conducts leadership programmes which focus on emotional intelligence and behaviour change. Nikhil also coaches and mentors individuals and groups and advises start up organisations in the communications industry.


Mr.Rajive Chawla, Chairman, JaiRaj Group and Unique Mouldings, President FASIA

Mr. Chawla has served as Director on the Board of The National Small Industries Corporation Ltd.(NSIC), a Govt. of India Undertaking under the Union Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, 2010-13. He is Chairman of Integrated Association of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of India (I am SME of India), an Institution dedicated to the growth and development of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Businesses through Credit Facilitation, Cluster Development, Networking, Training, Vocational & Skill development etc. He is the President of Faridabad Small Industries Association, one of the largest representative bodies of Small and Medium Enterprises in India. He is the Chief Patron of Haryana State Productivity Council. Govt. of Haryana has nominated Mr. Rajiv Chawla as Member of the Haryana Micro & Small Enterprises Facilitation Council to resolve the issues of delayed payments to Micro & Small enterprises located in the State of Haryana.Hon’ble Vice- President of India presented the prestigious BYST-JRD Tata Award to Mr. Rajiv Chawla in the year 2009. Mr. Chawla has served as Advisor/ Director on the Board of various Banks and Subsidiary Companies. He is on the Governing Councils of various Educational Institutions and visiting faculty to many Universities & Institutions. Mr. Rajiv Chawla has completed many Cluster Development Projects for MSMEs and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for start-ups.

Mr. Parag Patki

Mr. Parag Patki, CEO, SMERA Ratings Limited

Mr. Parag Patki – Chief Executive Officer has been involved with SMERA in the current position for over 4 years. Mr. Patki is a commerce graduate and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with over 25 years of experience, out of which 17 years of total work experience is in Credit Information/Credit Rating/Risk Management arenas in India and Middle East/North Africa.
Mr. Patki was involved in setting up offices in Middle East and North Africa while he was working with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) – the USA based MNC. While in India he was also a part of a core group in D&B where he was instrumental in setting up offices in India.

Mr. Nitin Bhandari Mr. Jagannadham Thunuguntla, CA. ICWA, Chief Strategist and Head of Research, SMC Global Securities Ltd.

Currently, Chief Strategist and Head of Research at SMC Global Securities Ltd, he used to work as a research associate at the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley. An all India rank holder in both his CA and ICWA, JT's  views on various markets developments, IPOs, M&As, Open Offers, Delistings, Private Equity are highly respected in the International and national print and TV media. 

He serves as Co-Chairman, Assocham National Committee on M&A and a Member, Advisory Board on the Indian Law Journal (HK). He was also awarded "India's Best Analyst" by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at the "India's Best Equity Analyst Awards" organized by Zee Business in 2007.

Mr. Ajay Thakur, Head -BSE SME

 A professional with more than 18 years of experience in Capital Market spanning India’s biggest Custodian to India’s biggest and largest Stock Exchange. Ajay has been instrumental in setting up the depository by the regional stock exchange, developing derivatives market and setting up the SME Platform.

Ajay started the career way back in 1994 with Stock Holding Corporation Ltd as Senior Executive - Market operation. After working for one year joined Vadodara Stock Exchange in 1995 as Senior Management Executive looking after various departments viz Market Operations, Bad Delivery Cell and Auction. He was also assigned with the role to set up depository by VSE Ltd.He joined BSE Ltd in December, 1996 as Head – Arbitration and Business Development. He has developed the derivatives segment of BSE Ltd and also actively involved in opening of regional centers across the country. Presently as Head - BSE SME, responsible for the development of this segment of BSE Ltd. He very successfully launched the SME Platform on 13th March, 2012 and thus become the first Exchange to launch the Platform. Today BSE Ltd is the market leader in this segment with ninety percent market share. Within six months this platform has 13 companies listed and axnother 7 companies are to get listed. The success of this platform has brought a lot of enthusiasm in the market and more and more companies and market intermediaries are coming forward to get the companies listed on this platform.

Mr. Deepak Pande

Mr. Deepak Pande, C.O.O. Enterprise Business at Vodafone Essar Ltd.

Mr. Deepak Pande has been engaged full time since Jan 2012 in building the SME vertical for Vodafone India as the Executive Vice President & Head for this new vertical. Prior to this, he was responsible for starting up the Enterprise business for Vodafone in India and has over a decade of experience in the Indian telecom industry. Deepak has also spent the earlier part of his career in the FMCG industry working across various product categories such as watches, soft drinks , personal grooming among others.
During his career, Deepak has been involved in various startup situations, as well as, managing large business environments. He enjoys working with large teams and turnaround situations.



Mr. Amar Mani Tripathi, Sr. Cluster Development Manager, SMERA Ratings Limited

Amar Mani Tripathi Is associated with SMERA RATINGS LIMITED since last 1.6 years as Sr. Cluster Development manager for the south Gujarat region. And before that I was with I enjoyed my tenure for more than four years of my career in that company. I have a total experience of more than Six years and exposure in SME segment. I am Post Graduate in Management and completed MBA from Allahabad University.


Mrs. Anju Bajaj, Model Woman Entrepreneur & Technocrat

born and brought up in New Delhi, in a business family, Commerce and an MBA Degree holder has also undergone various other prestigious training courses. After working with various Import/ Export houses as a Production Manager set up her own industry . PnA Industries was the 1st of its kind in the state of Haryana and she enjoys the privilege of being the 1st women entrepreneur of the state to avail these achievements. Mrs. Bajaj is associated with various plastic manufacturing associations, chambers of commerce, industrial associations and also has the privilege to be at the helm. She is active and dynamic.


Mr. Anoop Singhal, Managing Director, Agrawal Papad Pvt. Ltd.

He is widely recognized for his role in making the company leader of the market by his innovative ideas of marketing and Research of the innovative products. Mr. Anoop Singhal began his career with Agrawal Papad Pvt. Ltd. in 1988 and was elevated to the board of directors in 1997. He took on the challenge of changing the brand image of ‘420’ from negative to positive. With strong focus on technology, innovation, process and expansion of distribution and scale, the company achieved a leadership position in this business .since the start of the business company had focused only upon giving the quality product to its consumers and it has never broke the trust of its consumers yet, Mr. Anoop singhal has maintained the same . Since starting his career with the company he is consistently doing efforts for getting groing level of the company the progress.


Mr. Ankit Patidar Director, Shakti Pumps (I) LTD.

A management graduate from Dally College, Indore. With so much potential and business acumen he is known for his innovative ways and possess all ability of a successful entrepreneur. Roping Mr. Amitabh Bachchan as a new brand ambassador has also been a remarkable big leap under his guidance.


Mr. Ravindra Mohan Singh, Deputy General Manager,The New India Assurance Co. Ltd.

He joined the New India Assurance Co. Ltd. In 1983 as Direct Recruit Officer and had wide exposure in all areas of general Insurance Industry. During his tenure of 3 decades in New India Assurance, he has held Incharge position as Branch Manager, Divisional Manager, Chief Regional Manager and Deputy General Manager at various places with a small stint of heading the Audit Department at Corporate level. He has also worked on foreign assignment of the Company at Thailand and headed the Insurance operations of New India assurance Co. For a period of 5 years.


Mr. Raja Debnath, SME Banking Consultant for International Finance Corporation

He is a part of the World Bank group. He assists financial institutions across the world build SME banking programs to improve financial inclusion of the SMEs in those respective countries. He has spent 15 years in the consulting and banking industry and has been a part of the senior management at Ernst and Young, Kotak Mahindra Bank and GE Money. He has completed his first MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj and his second MBA from the Oxford University.


Mr. Sreenivasulu (Srini) Vudayagiri, Director, Peepul Capital Advisors

Srini Vudayagiri is currently director at Peepul Capital which is a private equity platform with aboutUS$700 million under management. Peepul Capital is a growth-focusedprivate equity fund with investments across consumer services, consumer products, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment and technology.
Being among the early entrants into Indian private equity industry, Srini started his private equity career as part of founding team of ACTIS India (then known as Commonwealth Development Corporation). Over the last 16 years in the industry, Srini played a key role at Intel Capital (as partner of South Asian operations), Thomas Weisel International (as founding head of Indian operations) and Light speed Ventures (as founding Managing Director of Indian operations).
As an active investor, Srini has been involved in investing more than $200 million across 15 companies. He was instrumental in identifying, making and managing some of the early PE investments in sectors like education, power and financial services. Srini invested and worked with managements / boards of First Leasing, Subex, Career Launcher, Nipuna Services, BPL Cellular, Accel Frontline, Lanco Power, Pramati Technologies, Netkraft among others. He played a key role in value creation in his investments by his contributions in areas of global expansion, mergers & acquisitions, senior talent recruitmentand public market listings.
Srini has been actively involved in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India as TiE Charter Member, IIMA CIIE advisor and CII-NVI steering committee member. Srini is an active mentor and angel investor in select companies across e-commerce, healthcare, education and cleantech.
Srini earned MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, BS (engineering) from NIT Surathkal and is a CFA.

Mr. G.B.Kakade , GM - SME , Bank of India

A Commerce Graduate having professional qualification of CAIIB as well ACIB (London), is presently heading SME Department of Bank of India as General Manager. Shri Kakade has vast exposure of working in credit and forex in various capacities in India as well as overseas centres(Japan and U.K.). Shri Kakade worked as Zonal Manager, Hyderabad zone. He also headed Divisional Manager's office Mid Corporate(South). He has been he.ading SME Department Head Office since June 2012.


Mr.Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman, India Center Foundation

A post-graduate in Computer Sciences from the University of Allahabad, India and the University of Tokyo, Japan, he aspires to work as a CATALYST in Global partnership between India and Japan from the perspective of socio-economic development.
His unique initiatives are supported and encouraged by top policy makers, business and opinion leaders from India, Japan and many countries around the world.
Vibhav has envisaged a new framework where India and Japan along with their Global  partners, could pool their respective strengths and contribute to progress, stability and economic vitality in a rapidly changing world.The visual manifestation of Vibhav’s thought process and leadership can be seen in the macro initiative, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC.)
Vibhav is actively involved in conceptualizing, designing, evangelizing, incubating and incorporating solutions for socio-economic challenges that will help the nations be Energy efficient, Environmentally responsible and Sustainable (EES).
His visionary leadership towards the Smart Knowledge and Agriculture Corridor, Trans-Asian Buddhist Circuit, Healthcare, Energy Security and empowerment of States in India are already being hailed as probable panacea for many development challenges of the region.
He is the Chairman of India Center Foundation and Founder of India Japan Global Partnership Summit.

Ms. Hema Jain

Ms. Hema Jain, CEO, Crux Management Services Pvt. Ltd.

Hema has over the last 10 years founded and grown Crux Management Services, to one of the largest integrated Human Resources and BPO organizations nation wide with over 10000 employees and growing. She is currently the President of the Hyderabad Management Association. She has been associated with several initiatives including a member of the United Nations task force for entrepreneurship development and is a member of several Government thin tanks. She also serves other professional and social bodies like the HMA, ISTD, Rotary, OOC etc.

Ms. Roshika Singh, Finance Advisory Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

She focuses on financial inclusion projects and collaborates with a host of financial institutions to deepen the reach of SME finance in India.  Ms. Singh started her career employing information communication technology (ICT) as a tool to increase access to information, transparency and accountability across a host of ministries and central banking systems in Georgia, Armenia, Croatia, Ukraine, Moldova and Eritrea and so forth.  She led a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) effort for a freight rail management system in the SADC region and spent time in Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.  Ms. Singh has a commitment towards engendering the projects that she manages and has been credited with spearheading the effort at USAID to mainstream gender into the ICT project portfolio.  While at Deloitte, Ms. Singh was a co-Fund Manager for the Business Linkages Challenge Fund (BLCF), a cost sharing competitive grant scheme aimed towards improving the ability to access markets, enabling benefits of globalization to be secured for and by the poor.  Ms. Singh was the Activity Manager for the Kosovo Business Finance Fund (KBFF) that established a full-service bank, to mobilize deposits and provide other financial services to SMEs in Kosovo, with the intent to create jobs and contribute towards recovery of the economy.  The bank was sold to Raiffeisen Bank of Austria as an exit strategy.  Ms. Singh authored a chapter in a DFID-sponsored book “Small Customers, Big Market”, a book that examines case studies on commercial banks that lend to underserved communities.  She holds a BA from the American University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. 

Mr. David

Mr. David Wittenberg, CEO -The Innovation Workgroup

An exceptionally versatile business leader with over 30 years of consulting, training, management and entrepreneurial experience, David brings world-class innovation to leading Indian and multi-national corporations including Reliance Industries, Tata and Aditya Birla. He is currently writing his sixth book, a guide to strategic planning entitled Innovating for the Future: Doing Strategy Right.

Prior to establishing The Innovation Workgroup, David worked as a strategy consultant for such firms as American Express, AT&T, Kelly Services, Philip Morris, Standard& Poor’s and UPS. He also served as manager of technology planning, working in the Advanced Concepts & Technology innovation laboratory of Pitney Bowes, a Fortune 500 office technology company.

David’s successes include formulating an innovative distribution and marketing strategy that achieved record sales for an entertainment product, turning around a consumer services company from the brink of bankruptcy, developing the most successful continuity marketing program in the history of a collectibles firm, researching and writing a best-selling guide to electronic invoicing, and increasing the client base of a business services firm by 50% in two years. In his early career, he served as marketing director of an industrial equipment company and a software firm, as a product manager at two direct-response marketing companies, and as an international trader.

David earned his MBA in international management with honours from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he served as a research assistant and co-wrote three business cases. A highly-rated speaker, he was chosen to deliver a TED talk at the first ever TEDx Jaipur. He has lectured on strategy, innovation, marketing, entrepreneurship and salesmanship, and has taught business at Stratford University. In addition to his consulting work, David is a published songwriter and an inventor with two patents to his credit. He is fluent in French, can conduct business in Spanish and Portuguese and has studied four other foreign languages. David’s volunteer activities include teaching and singing at his church, serving one term as president of his state’s chapter of Mensa, and ongoing service as an alumni ambassador for Thunderbird. He resides in New Delhi.

Mr. Mukesh Bhargava, MD, Saam Textiles Pvt. Ltd.

First generation entrepreneur, Mr. Mukesh Bhargava is a Management Post-graduate and has worked previously with India's largest textile organizations. During his various assignments he has been posted globally in textile centre's like Prato (Italy) & Manchester (U.K). While he was associated with the Indian Textile Corporates he travelled abroad extensively and studied the International Textile Market very deeply and also understood the work-culture and business environment prevalent in various parts of the world. With his vast experience of the International Textile Trade and taking this forward into his functioning as the Managing Director of SAAM Textiles has stimulated the growth of the organization and this has reflected in the paced & continuous growth of SAAM Textiles. He has been honored as one of India's Top 100 promising SME business leaders by the India SME forum.

Mr. Shrenik Khasgiwala, Director West, Brand Capital

Shrenik completed his post-graduation in business management from IIM Bangalore. He is also a Certified Investment Manager from the Securities and Investment Institute, UK. He joined Brand Capital from Enam Securities where he was Executive Director – Investment Banking. He also set up the first international office for Enam in the UK. Shrenik has over 16 years of experience in the areas of financial audit, management consulting, as well as Investment banking and has worked for companies like Lodha & Co., Accenture and A.T. Kearney prior to joining Enam. He has worked on several advisory mandates and has advised several clients (including the Tata Group) in Investment Banking.

Mr. Sanjay Agarwal

Mr. Sanjay Agrawal, Sr. President & Head – Business Banking, Yes Bank

Prior to joining Yes Bank, Sanjay was Head of Risk of the SME Vertical at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). During Jan 2011, Sanjay was conferred with “Professional Achievers Award” by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for financial service sector.


Mr. C. Narambunathan,Deputy General Manager, The New India Assurance Company Ltd.

He joined the Insurance Industry in 1980 as Class 1 Officer in United India Insurance Company Limited and worked in various positions. His latest stint before coming to New India Assurance Company Limited was Chief Regional Manager, Hubli looking after the entire North Karnataka Region. Now he is posted as Deputy General Manager of New India Assurance Company Limited ,Bangalore since August 2010.The growth of Bangalore Region was not upto the mark till 2010 and the region had not shown profit for a few years. But he has shown his leadership skills resulting in a substantial growth in premium and posting of a huge profit of over Rs.97 crores in this Region during the previous year. He has the unique experience of having worked in the Insurance Industry in different parts of the country and different fields like Finance, Administration, Technical, Marketing and Reinsurance.


Mr. Jitendra Singh Yadav, Sr. Cluster Development Manager, SMERA Ratings Limited

A skilled professional with 10 years of expertise in Sales, Marketing, Business development & Customer Servicing. Been associated with leading brands of Industry like ICICI Bank, Just Dial & Indiamart.Com for more than 10 years. Currently Associated with SMERA RATINGS LTD. Jaipur & looking after entire Rajasthan, Proficient in leading a dedicated teams for running successful business operations and business excellence. Having effective communication with excellent relationship building & interpersonal skills with Strong analytical, problem solving & organizational abilities.


Mr. R. A. Shroff, Managing Director, Om Chemicals Industries

Mr.Shroff started the first unit for manufacturing zinc sulphate in 1966 at Kolkata in name of M/s Deluxe Chemical Industries. His second unit was established in Raipur ,Chattisgarh in 1991 i. e. M/s Om Chemical Industries. His 45 years of wide experience in manufacturing zinc sulphate agriculture grade for use in crops.A Member associated with Fertlizer association of India for 30 years & member of Chemical Export Promotion Council, ISI, National Productivity Council Member of Indian lead zinc development Association New Delhi. He was given an award /honour distinguished services award during the Ilzda “seminar on zinc in health & Agriculture– issues & concerns” held on 8th 2011 at New Delhi, Mr. R. A. Shroff, Managing Director, Om Chemicals Industries, Raipur was conferred with a ‘distinguished services award’ in view of his outstanding contributions during the last 40 years in creating a greater awareness on the applications of zinc sulphate as a micronutrient to overcome the zinc deficiency in Indian agriculture. Way back in 1966 Mr.Shroff appreciated the harmful effects due to zinc deficiency in the Indian agricultural soils and he began as a bare foot messenger, spreading the positive messages on zinc sulphate among the various stake holders.


Mr. P. Anbazhagan, President of COSIEMA ,CODISSIA, TANSTIA & MD , MAS Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. P. Anbazhagan graduated in his Engineering in Mechanical from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore & Master’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Human Resource from Anna University. He has industrial experience of 22 years in the field of textile & renewable energy especially solar. Mr. P. Anbazhagan is the Managing Director of MAS Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore and the work force is around 75 members. He is the president of COSIEMA (Coimbatore Sidco Industrial Estate Manufacturer’s Association). He is the member of Executive Committee in CODISSIA & TANSTIA (Tamil Nadu State Small & Tiny Industries Association) and active member in Tamilnadu Solar Manufacturers association. President of COSIEMA ,CODISSIA & TANSTIA & Managing Director , MAS Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd.

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