Serial investor and successful entrepreneur, Prashanth has his finger on the pulse of the Indian technology scenario. With his keen ability to spot emerging opportunities, he began investing in Indian technology start-ups (as early as in 2004) much before they acquired global attention.
Prashanth started his investing career as co-founder of Erasmic, one of India’s first early stage funds. Prior to that, he founded two enterprises in the Internet and Multimedia Publishing domains.
Today, as a key member of Accel’s India team, he focuses on consumer Internet services, online marketplaces and SaaS. He has led investments in BookMyShow, HolidayIQ, PropTiger, BlueStone, QwikCilver/GiftBig, WizRocket, Healthcare Magic, Deeksha, and other early stage companies.
Prashanth holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware, and an Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science from the Bangalore Institute of Technology, India.
Muralidharan Kesavan is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Madras. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was serving at Bosch. As a key member at Deloitte, he inspires and mobilizes employees to actively take part in community initiatives and advance the common good.
Swamy, as he is popularly known, has over 33 years of experience in diverse industries, in India and abroad. In addition to being the Co-Founder of CaptiveAide, which assists multinational organizations to set up/ build/ manage their entities in India, Swamy is also a strategic corporate advisor and an independent consultant to SMEs. During his career, Swamy has donned leadership roles of VP Finance, Senior VP Finance, CFO and COO, in mid and large sized organizations like Collabera Inc., Adea International, ICICI OneSource (now FirstSource) and Planetasia. He has also worked overseas at global companies such as Xerox Corporation and KPMG.
Swamy's achievements in the recent past include raising several rounds of equity, capital restructuring, M&A deals and integrating acquired entities. He is well networked with investment bankers and funds – both Private Equity and Venture Capital. Swamy has been a featured speaker/ panelist in professional forums, and is widely respected in the financial industry for his views.
The Chief Thinker at Rezonant, a design and advertising firm, Hari leads strategy and design for the company’s clients across domains and helps organizations build better brands. He trained as an architect at IIT Roorkee but migrated to design and advertising when he set up the firm in 2000.
Hari is passionate about entrepreneurship and keen to help build the entrepreneurial eco-system in India. A believer in philanthropy, he has nurtured the concept of design-volunteerism in his organization, where each person has to devote some time to charity-related activities. He also set up Gween, a toy company that started out as a philanthropic venture to generate more business for artisans from Channapatna, a town in Karnataka famous for its wooden toys. Gween’s toys are retailing in the US and have generated great interest among customers and reviewers.
When not working, Hari spends time composing music and playing the guitar.
Sabu Thomas is the Chief People Officer at Allstate India Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this he was Director – Human Resources at Qwest. An award winning and seasoned HR professional, he is known for his leadership, creativity and passion for change.
Sabu’s experience of over two decades spans human resource management, organizational development and strategic management at several global organizations. His forte lies in conceptualising and building the HR function from scratch, scaling it, and setting up systems and measurement structures. A trained facilitator, he has conducted several workshops on strategic leadership and organization development. Thought leader, keynote speaker at conferences, and contributor to journals and newspapers, Sabu enjoys gardening, reading and mentoring budding professionals.
Suzanne Singh is a Trustee of the Akshara Foundation and the Chairperson of Pratham Books. Akshara Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on achieving universal quality elementary education. Pratham Books, a not-for-profit children’s book publisher, brings out high quality, low cost books for children in 10 Indian languages. Suzanne is actively involved in the strategic planning and communication management at both foundations.
Prior to working in the development sector, Suzanne spent 12 years with leading communication agencies in India. She spent over a decade at Ogilvy Advertising, where she managed a portfolio of businesses, including leading apparel and foods brands. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA.
B. G. Mahesh is an Information Technology entrepreneur and a pioneer in the Indian Internet space. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. – an Internet applications development services company, which also owns Oneindia.in and Click.in.
Mahesh was ranked 75th in the list of top 100 powerful digital mavens of India by Impact magazine in 2012. He was appointed by Narendra Modi to drive his social media campaign for the 2014 elections. Mahesh also co-founded Indiainfo.com. Under his leadership, the enterprise survived the dot-com bust and saw multifold growth over the years, to gain a preeminent position.
Mahesh received his graduate degree in computer science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his undergraduate degree from the SJCE, University of Mysore.
Suneeth Katarki graduated from National Law School of India University in 1996 and enrolled as an advocate in the same year. He is a Partner at IndusLaw, a national multi-disciplinary law firm.
Suneeth practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment. He also advises on various aspects of Intellectual Property including trademark protection and software licensing agreements.
Suneeth is involved with organizations concerning mental health. His other interests include nature conservation and travel.
Mervyn Raphael is the Managing Director and co-founder of People Business (PB) in India. His over 25 years of corporate experience includes successful tenures at Unilever, AT&T and Mercer Consulting.
At Mercer, he established the Leadership & Talent Management practice and led key assignments in this area as the ‘Practice Leader’. He was also the founder and ex-Managing Director of Mercer HR Consulting for its Indian/ Gulf operations, and thereafter, the Business Head for the Gulf region and other parts of Asia. At People Business, he has led several consulting assignments in the areas of competency frameworks and leadership development for companies from different business domains and conducted coaching workshops for employees.
Mervyn received his postgraduate degree from XLRI, and an under-graduate degree in Statistics from the Loyola College, Madras. He is certified by the training center of AT&T in Dublin, Ohio, and has been a speaker at several forums across Asia, Europe and the United States of America.
Sujit Sircar is an Executive Vice-President and the CFO of iGATE Patni, responsible for Finance, Administration, Legal, Investor Relations and M&A functions. He has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance with core competence in strategic business planning, forex, treasury and fund management.
Sujit’s long tenure at iGATE has seen him lead several mergers and acquisitions, spin-off and sale of non-core assets, as well as the listing (and subsequent) delisting of the company on the Indian stock exchanges. In early 2010, he spearheaded the Indian IT industry’s largest leveraged buyout – that of Patni Computers by iGATE. He led the financial and legal aspects of this complex cross-border transaction, with both companies listed differently, to complete the acquisition.
As a partner with Ernst & Young’s tax and regulatory practice, KT Chandy is associated with the Technology, Communications and Entertainment Business Unit in India. A commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, he has been with Ernst & Young since 2002 and is currently based out of the Bangalore office.
At Ernst & Young, Chandy has advised a vast clientele of MNCs and Indian corporates operating in sectors such as technology, hospitality, defense, retail, education, financial services, real estate, etc, on Indian tax and regulatory issues. His key areas of expertise include merger and acquisition tax; inbound/ outbound investment structuring; international tax and tax litigation. His clients include Wipro Technologies, Flipkart, IBM, Manipal Group, TNT Corporation and also private equity fund players like Blackstone and Accel Partners.
Prior to this, he worked with the Arthur Andersen Practice that merged with Ernst & Young in 2002. He has addressed several forums in India such as ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM, ICAI, and Chamber of Commerce, and also spoken at business schools on various tax and regulatory issues