Mr. Manish Chokhani, Chartered Accountant and MBA from London Business School, is one of India’s most respected investors and financial experts. He was the MD & CEO of Enam Securities and led Enam’s $400 million merger with Axis Bank to create Axis Capital Limited (ACL) wherein he held the position of MD & CEO until November 2013.
Mr. Chokhani is a member of SEBI’s Alternative Investment Policy Advisory Committee (AIPAC) and has served as the Chairman of TPG Growth India. He has been a visiting faculty member at IIM Kozhikode and has also served on the International Alumni Board and scholarship panels of London Business School. Currently, he is a Senior Advisor to the TPG Group.
Mr. Ashok Kurien, is one of the founders of ZEEL. He has been in the business of building brands for over 35 years, particularly in the fields of media and communications and now menstrual hygiene and water filters (without electricity) for the poor and marginalized. He has a keen eye for driving start-ups in emerging businesses and guiding them to size and scale.
He is the founder and promoter of various business ventures including Ambience Advertising (sold to Publicis Groupe); Hanmer & Partners, one of India’s top-3 PR agencies; Livinguard Technologies, the world’s 1st self-disinfecting textiles, and a few other internet ventures.
Mr. Punit Goenka as the MD & CEO, has been successful in transforming the Company into a media & entertainment powerhouse. Under his able leadership, the Company has enhanced its performance by many folds, paving way for scores of milestones and prestigious awards. Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award, Businessworld Infocom ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such prestigious awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s tenure.
Mr. Goenka is also the only Indian Corporate Leader to receive the prestigious Médaille d’Honneur at MIPTV. He was also listed amongst the top 100 CEOs of India in a study published by Business Today and recognised as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards.
Prof. Neharika Vohra, Professor of Oganisational Behaviour at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, holds two post-graduate degrees. A first ranker in graduation and a post-graduate in psychology, she also holds a Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Manitoba, Canada.
She has been the recipient of various awards and recognition in her professional field including the ‘Best Teacher Award’ by the University of Manitoba, the ‘Young Psychologist Award’ by the International Union of Psychologists, the ‘Learning Luminary Award’ by OD Roundtable and the ‘Woman Achievers Award’ by FICCI Ladies Organisation.
Dr. Subhash Chandra, the promoter of Essel Group of Companies is an entrepreneur and a Parliamentarian (Member of Rajya Sabha). His diverse businesses are spread across industries such as theme parks, flexible packaging, entertainment, cable networks, and infrastructure. For his contributions to the industry, Dr. Chandra was awarded the 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award at the 39th International Emmy Awards in New York.
Apart from business and politics, Dr. Chandra is an influential philanthropist and has been contributing towards society in association with various NGOs including TALEEM Foundation, Ekal Vidyalaya, Global Vipassana Foundation, Global Foundation for Civilisation Harmony and Subhash Chandra Foundation.
Mr. Subodh Kumar (IAS-Retd) holds an M.Sc in Physics and several diplomas and management certificates from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, Harvard Business School, IDS Sussex, IMF amongst other Ivy League institutions.
Mr. Kumar had one of the most illustrious careers in the Indian Administrative Service, spanning 35 years, heading various key government agencies with stellar integrity and transparency. He also served as Municipal Commissioner of Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
Prof. Sunil Sharma has earned a fellowship (Ph.D) in Business Policy from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Prof. Sharma’s specialization lies in strategic thinking under uncertainty, innovation management, and organisational capabilities. He teaches courses on strategic planning, implementation, consulting and professional service firms, and innovation in IIM-A. He was Chairperson of IIM-A oneyear program in Management from 2016-18. His most recent consulting assignments were with Competition Commission of India, BBNL, and a leading professional service firm on vision setting, organization structure, strategy implementation, business model, and partner governance.
Mr. Adesh Kumar Gupta, is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and AMP from Harvard. He has a rich experience of almost 4 decades in corporate strategy, M&A, business restructuring, fund raising, taxation etc. During his 35 years in Aditya Birla Group, he held various senior positions in companies with varied businesses (including the position of whole-time Director & CFO). He was awarded the ‘Best CFO’ award by ICAI, IMA and Business Today.
Post voluntary retirement from Grasim, Mr. Gupta ventured into business finance & corporate service space as the Designated Partner of Probizadvizor & Business Excellence LLP and is also an insolvency professional.