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Mentors

Divyaroop Bhatnagar

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Divyaroop (Debu) Bhatnagar has over 30 years' experience in General Management, Marketing and Sales. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. Debu spent 14 years with Hindustan Unilever in increasing positions of responsibility in Sales and Marketing at the start of his career. As a Brand Manager he has handled HUL's range of Toilet Soaps and as a Marketing Manager he was responsible for the Personal Care Business. In Sales he has handled both North and South India. Subsequent to Unilever, Debu joined Benckiser as CEO and brought in Coty, Jovan Musk, Finish and several other brands to India. He later spent 3 years with the RPG Group, first as CEO for their Telecom business in Madhya Pradesh and later as the CEO for the music business (Saregama) for overseas markets. Debu then spent 7 years with Hemas, Sri Lanka, where he was a main Board Director and Sector Head for the FMCG Business. Hemas is the second largest non-food player in Sri Lanka. Debu remained on the Board of Hemas as a non-executive Director till 2012. After returning to India Debu worked with the Shishir Bajaj Group as Managing Director for their FMCG Business. He then founded YFactor, a Management Advisory company, in 2009. YFactor provides Management Advisory Services focused on Business Strategy, Supply Chain, HR, Systems and Processes, Branding and Distribution. Debu also served as Chairman of the Board of United Villages, a company aimed at providing direct distribution reach into rural India. Debu enjoys golf, reading and writing. His first book, "Journey to the Hills and other Stories" was published in 2012. He mentors Carmel Organics at Startup Oasis : http://www.carmelorganics.in/

Sarika Narayan

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Sarika Narayan is a management graduate with more than 20 years of experience in retail and the craft sector. She has worked with craft organizations and brands like Dastkar, Taj Khazana, Kilol, Cotton Curio and also with large format retail like Lifestyle. She currently consults craft brands / artisan groups in the areas of business strategy and planning, product development, range planning, merchandising and marketing. Current consulting projects include those with Aavaran, an indigo print organization based out of Udaipur, and also with Karomi, a Kolkata based enterprise innovating and promoting traditional jamdani weaves. Her sectorial expertise is in income generation via the craft sector while the business process expertise is in business planning and strategy, product development, merchandising, season wise range planning, marketing linkages, net margin realization, and retail. Her areas of interest are lifestyle, fashion, hand crafted product and the like, all in the organic space. Also large format retail (outside the organic area) for fashion and lifestyle. She mentors Khadigi at Startup Oasis - http://khadigi.co.in/

Rajiv Nehru

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Rajiv Nehru heads the Training and Product Development division at RICS South Asia. He is a civil engineer with a Master’s in Construction Management from the University of Pune. He also holds a Diploma in Materials Management. Rajiv has more than 20 year's experience as a construction management professional and has honed his skills in construction, contract management, business strategy, strategic planning, cost management and program management. In his career, he has worked with reputed companies like Hindustan Construction Co (HCC) Ltd as Assistant Vice President – Project Management and was the Founder and Principal Consultant at Nehru Institute of Construction & Enterprise (NICE). As the Director General of the Real Estate Academy for Developers (READ), he single handedly developed the institute for training real estate professionals. He has also worked as Director of National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune, and was responsible for setting up their Bangalore, Bahrain and Hyderabad campuses. He has worked as a project management trainer and consultant in India, the Middle East and Africa and has trained more than 15,000 people in construction project management. He shares his vast experience with upcoming professionals as Guest Faculty in Construction Project Management in prestigious institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIM Lucknow, Power Management Institute NOIDA and more. Prior to joining RICS India, Rajiv was General Manager at Rohan Builders India Pvt Ltd, leading their real estate team of more than 250 engineers and technical staff with over 10 sites in Pune and Bangalore. He has been awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship in 2006-07 for Environment Management and Sustainable Development. He has professional memberships of the International Development Network of RTPI UK, Member of Cynall Cyumri Wales UK, Associate Member of Institution of Engineers India, Indian Plumbing Association and more. With his many years of experience, Rajiv is enriching training and development in the realm of project management and controls, business process reengineering, safety management, quality management, strategy and urbanism. Rajiv mentors Kaushal Bhaav Skill Solutions at Startup Oasis- www.kaushalbhaav.com

Saloni Malhotra

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Saloni is currently working on Reboot, an ecosystem and integrated facility for de-addiction. As the Vice President at Paytm, she helped build the eco-system for Paytm in educational institutions. Prior to that, she founded DesiCrew Solutions, a BPO company in the South of India. DesiCrew is a socially motivated business process outsourcing company with a double bottom line (financial and social development), DesiCrew connects global clients with low cost back office centres in rural India. She stepped down as the CEO in March 2012 but continues to participate on the Board. In 2012, she also co-founded Safecity, a citizen’s initiative platform to share information on sexual abuse in India. She is an engineer from Pune University by training and to understand better about management and entrepreneurship has done a short program from Judge School of Business, Cambridge University. She has also completed a one year academic scholarship program on Social Innovation in a Digital Context from Lund University, Sweden. She is also part of a few vibrant communities globally as a Fellow of the Ananta Aspen Centre’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship, the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Aspire Circle Fellow and the Swedish Institute Management Program. Her other engagements includes: Board Member Goonj, a not for profit that converts waste to useful resource. Mentor Traveller Kids, a young start-up that creates edu-taiment toys for 7-12 years olds. Advisor to Start Up!, a social business incubator in Delhi. She mentors Merapaper at Startup Oasis - http://www.merapaper.com/

Aparna Bhatnagar

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Aparna Bhatnagar is a management graduate from IIMA. She started her career with CITI Bank as Manager Decision Management and Business Planning and Financial Management. She then joined D&B Predictive Sciences and Analytics Pvt Ltd as Senior Manager. Thereafter she founded two companies namely Future Eyez and Green and Good Eco Solutions. As founder of Green and Good, she has conceptualized and launched India’s first environmentally certified e-commerce store for Organic, Natural and Eco-friendly products in 2009. Set up entire e-commerce business from scratch. Established technology, logistics, operations, marketing and finance. Her interest areas are- Ecommerce, Social entrepreneurship, sustainable livelihoods, Organic and Natural products, Responsible consumption and production, Corporate Social Responsibility, Micro Finance, Data Analytics, Waste Management, Solar and Green business/Initiatives. Her expertise is in Product Development, Operations Management, User Experience, Data Analytics, in sectors agriculture, health, education and energy sectors. She mentors Multibhashi at Startup Oasis - https://www.multibhashi.com/

Mukesh Gupta

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Mukesh Gupta, a bachelor of Engineering in Agriculture & Management Post Graduate is heading Morarka Foundation as Executive Director since 1993-94, which is a CSR initiative by Gannon Dunkerley & Company Ltd. Pioneered Organic Farming in India since 1995 with the present outreach of over 250,000 small farmers & 200 Entrepreneurial Food Processing Units in India and Internationally. Has developed complete value chain management for over 120-food and non-food crops to produce over 700-high value processed food items. The Flagship brand - Down To Earth by Morarka besides selling in India from over 1000 outlets is also sold in Canada, US, Australia, Singapore, Hongkong, Newzealand, Middle East etc. Has also been Advisor-Consultant to Ministry of Agriculture, GOI in 2001, "Member of Groups/Sub Groups" for 9th to 12th Five Year Plan for Planning Commission & Rajasthan Government. Member on "Expert Committee on organic agriculture", Member since 2011for "National Steering Committee for Organic Agriculture", Co-Opted Member in 2008, for "Technical advisory Committee on Secondary Agriculture" Expert- Member on "BIS panel for drafting Organic Standards in India". Has been mentoring entrepreneurs in Agriculture, Food, Environment, Waste Management, ICT & IOT, Social Services Delivery Platforms etc since last over 20 years. Over 10,000 successful entrepreneurs all over India and out side India are in operations. He mentors Krimanshi Technologies at Startup Oasis - http://www.cattlemettle.com/

Anurag Kanti

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A Marine Engineer by training, an Entrepreneur by nature and a Social Thinker, Anurag, rising to the position Chief Engineer, left his sailing career after 15 years in 1995. He then building. An Out-of-the-box thinker and change-agent having innate entrepreneurial leadership qualities within start-up or enterprise environments and a demonstrated high degree of adaptability in multiple sectors, Anurag mentors and advises a variety of start-ups & social enterprises as an idea synthesizer and innovation conductor leading to strategic & tactical planning and investment & funding options, drawing upon his sector-agnostic outlook. He is also the visionary and founder of INDIA Redefined which has evolved into a PLATFORM, functioning like a System moved ashore working at senior corporate positions in manufacturing, power and IT sectors, and eventually running his own companies in Animation, eLearning, Software and Media Production. With an experience of four (4) start-ups, Anurag is now facilitating entrepreneurs and social enterprises in identifying and implementing scalable, sustainable, high impact interventions in solving pressing challenges and helping create the ecosystem for the institution Integrator helping grassroots NGOs and volunteers. Anurag has been a speaker on various public forums and seminars on topics ranging from Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship to CSR. He mentors Contree at Startup Oasis - http://www.contree.in/

  Sandeep Jain

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Sandeep Jain is a finance professional by qualification with diverse experience in finance and business leadership roles in multiple geographies across Asia Pacific, in industry segments such as FMCG, Media, Pharmaceuticals and Lifestyle products. He spent almost 10 years outside the country with an European FMCG company - 2 CEO stints over 6 years (Sri Lanka and Indonesia) and 4 years as Regional Finance Director (Asia Pacific) based in Singapore and on his return to India, set up his own consultancy outfit Value-Unlocked), which operates in Strategy Consulting and Leadership Coaching space. Besides, Sandeep also works extensively in the scale-up/start-up ecosystem, as a mentor, investor and a panel member with some incubation setups. During his corporate career, Sandeep has worked with Perfetti Van Melle, HT Media (Hindustan Times), Gillette and Ranbaxy. In terms of professional qualifications, Sandeep is a chartered accountant and a certified internal auditor, which has been supplemented with various executive education management programs. On the coaching side, Sandeep is a Marshall Goldsmith certified coach, ICF member and a qualified NLP practioner. 

 Vinish Kathuria

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Vinish Kathuria is an experienced and agile leader who has been involved with the Tech ecosystem from multiple perspectives - as a Business Leader, an Entrepreneur, an Investor and an Advisor. His entrepreneurial venture, RANK Software, leverages Big Data, Machine Learning and Behavioral Analysis in Cybersecurity. He is an Angel Investor in 12 global ventures and is on the board of two. Vinish has around 25 years of professional experience split with roughly equal stints in the US and India. The stint that shaped him the most was at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA where he conceived strategies to manage a global Incubation business. Prior to RANK, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Quotient, a Digital Marketing venture and subsidiary of the HT Media Group. Through an aggressive focused execution, he grew it to 3X revenue in 3 years while fostering a startup-like culture in the unit. Vinish has a B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He enjoys teaching (and learning from students) and is a guest lecturer at ISB Hyderabad and IIT Delhi. He is also a passionate sports enthusiast with passion for running and cycling.

Raman Ahuja

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Raman Ahuja, (Independent Advisor and Entrepreneur, Consultant INSEAD) enjoys challenges (both at start up level and business turnaround) – especially operating in an entrepreneurial framework in the context of a growing organization. Extensive experience of working both with large multinational company (Unilever) and privately managed companies. Firmenich and Bharti Enterprises. Has successfully managed resources in a multicultural & multi-product environment. Keen interest and experience in sustainable solutions for business growth. Specialties: Business leadership, business strategy & operations turnaround, people management, business development are the areas of specialisations.

Gayathri Kalia

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Gayathri B Kalia is the Chief Operating Officer of Aajeevika Skills Program in Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). She comes with 25 years of richly diverse experience that spans the Indian civil services, an entrepreneurial career, multilateral donor agencies and the private sector. During her career, Gayathri has seen many firsts – she piloted the first revenue accounting and e-challan system in CBDT Mumbai, contributed to the foundational structures of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and designed the initial blueprint for a focused Government practice in Ernst & Young India. Leadership in connecting people, private, government and technology for public service delivery. Architect of the first financial inclusion cum Electronics benefits delivery program in government, first digital census for SECC and just -in - time financial architecture for MGNREGS in Andhra Pradesh.

Rahul Nainwal

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An alumnus of NIT, IRMA and THNK, Rahul after having worked with Mukand Ltd and VSO, co-founded MITRA iVolunteer, India Fellow Social Leadership Programme and Cash Relief. MITRA works to bring skills and expertise to the Development sector in India through its volunteering ( iVolunteer) and recruitment programs. India Fellow helps young professionals take a pause, explore the social sector and discover their journey over a 13 month period that they spend with the organisation. Cashrelief.org gives money directly to very poor people and families with no strings attached to help them come out of poverty. People are unique and so are their needs. Cash allows poor to use it in ways they think is best. Some will invest in health and education. Others will take risks and start small businesses. Making unconditional cash transfers to ultra-poor will help them come out of poverty. Recently Rahul brought SEA to India to help social incubators of the country.

Sheenu Jhawar

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Ms. Sheenu Jhawar is the Director of Apex Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. and consultant for ACE Vision Health Consultants Pvt. Ltd. She has over 20+ years of experience of working in the field of healthcare management field. She is a P.hd scholar from IIHMR (Indian Institute of Health Management Research) and has achieved exemplary accreditations from University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Edinburgh and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Jawahar Surisetti

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Mr. Jawahar Surisetti has done his P.hd in psychology from the University of Washington. He is currently working as an educational advisor for the central government and 3 other states as well. A CSR expert, SmartCity, and Startup mentor, who has spoken over 1422 seminars across the globe on various education and corporate issues with leading media houses and the UNO. He is the author of Bestselling International Parenting Guide Mama and Me which has sold more than 1.6 million copies in the US and Europe. Teen parenting bestsellers Go to hell or come to me has been authored by Dr. Jawahar. For his extraordinary work in the field of education, Mr. Jawahar has also been awarded the Bharat Shiksha Ratna Samman & was Awarded Man of the Year-India by the US State for exemplary service in social education.

Hari Natarajan

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Hari Natarajan has around 18 years of experience in the energy sector, especially the clean energy and energy access space in India. During this period, he has been involved in a wide range of activities spanning grass-root level interventions, incubation, business development support, enterprise & end-user financing, regulatory & policy-level engagement and networking, including the establishment and management of an industry association for decentralized renewable energy enterprises. Technology solutions that he has worked with include solar home systems, mini-grids, solar pumping, pico & micro hydro systems, biogas and biomass systems, improved cookstoves, etc. He has also been involved in utility-scale policy and regulatory interventions post the Electricity Act 2003. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from College of Engineering Pune, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida, Tampa, and is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Girish Gupta

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Mr. Girish Gupta is the founder, director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund (RVCF) since 2002. He has an extensive working experience of over 35 years including 19 years in development finance and last 14 years in venture capital finance, especially in SME sector. Under his leadership, Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund has grown many fold in a short span - raised three Funds. He was conferred on State Merit Award by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan on 15th August, 2002 for his contribution to Electronics and IT industry in the Region. An Electrical Engineer from Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Formerly MREC), Jaipur - also did M.Tech (Computer science)from BIT and MBA (Finance) from Poddar Institute of Management.