Mentors- School of Entrepreneurship

INDUSTRY MENTORS

Mr Anshul Jain

Mr Anshul Jain, President – International Business with Stonex India is initiating, shaping and creating a futuristic international business vertical for the organisation.

Building new businesses and crafting a space for his ideas resonates his belief that “change is the new constant”.

Mr Jain has held coveted positions as the Country Head for Michael Aram Inc. and Head of Home at Li & Fung (India) while carving a niche for himself as a seasoned professional dealing with global retailers & brands for their sourcing needs from India in the fashion, lifestyle, Indian handicrafts and textiles domain. He is a solution focussed, seasoned and multi-faceted, entrepreneurial supply chain strategist with over 2-decades of progressive management expertise in business development, merchandising operations, buying & sourcing, product development, quality assurance and marketing arenas with demonstrated initiatives.

Experienced in diversified and global business environments, Mentor Anshul is always evolving and mentor new ways of doing businesses and planning ahead of the curve. AI and use of technology to scale businesses is his keen area of interest. His progressive vision is well concluded in lines of – J. P. Morgan “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

Dr Srinivas Chunduru

Dr Srinivas is one of Ola’s key advisors and is on the board of Ola group companies. Srini’s areas of focus at Ola includes transformational projects and strategic initiatives in the areas of OD, HR, skilling and new business initiatives. He is also on the board of AF Capital (Avail), an innovative digital financial services company.

Dr Srinivas is the Founder & Member of the board at the Vans Group. Vans Investments focuses on investments in new-age internet consumer and fintech companies. VANS Skilling & Advisory is a boutique firm that focuses on helping companies scale. VANS partners with organizations in its journey through its unique “Interim model” and co-owns the outcome through rigor in execution. It has served clients in FMCG, housing finance, chemicals, consumer electrical, manufacturing and new-age internet companies over the last few years. VANS also helps companies, especially the new-age companies through a unique “Academy” offering of helping the companies scale through its signature certified program on “Recruit, Train and Deliver”. 

Dr Srinivas, an executive entrepreneur is a business leader with over two decades of experience across diverse functions such as P&L Management, Business Development, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Investor Relations and Strategic HR. Srini brings in extensive experience in managing large teams and partnering closely with founders/ promoters/ family managed businesses.

Srini has been the Executive Director at Piramal Housing Finance. Srini has experience in diverse industries such as Housing finance, real estate, Glass packaging, Mobility, EV, food, Pharma and Engineering.

Mentor Srini is a recipient of several awards. To name a few CLO of the year (TISS, Leap Vault), Gold award for Best Simulation for finance ( CLO conference) and CHRO of the year (Times Ascent). 

Mr Hetang Shah

Mr Hetang Shah brings with him a sound knowledge of finance and management with a deep understanding of the business process, capital structuring, business planning and implementation, merger & acquisitions, business valuation and extensive use of technology. 

He has worked with banking, pharma and healthcare, information and technology, legal and compliance matter, virtual CFO and CXO support. He has been an integral part of the journey of  preparing and mentor the companies for the next orbit of sustainable growth and drive the change with teamwork. He has now been in the education industry since 1994. 

Mr Himanshu Manglik

Mr Himanshu Manglik is the Founder & President of WALNUTCAP Consulting. He is a management consultant with extensive cross-functional experience in working with multinational companies as well as Indian businesses in ‘Sales and Marketing’, ‘ Brand management and Communications’, ‘Strategy and Planning’ and in ‘Turnaround situations’. Mr Himanshu has 40 years of experience across industry and academics and has been involved with handling many successful projects as well as resolving extraordinary crisis situations. An MBA from IIM Bangalore and a Postgraduate in Economics from Delhi University he is currently also a Visiting Faculty and Academic Advisor at Management Schools including IIM Shillong and others in Lucknow, Indore and Delhi. He has been on the Board of ‘Business and Community Foundation’ , writes extensively on issues relating to marketing, economy and the society and is invited as  jury and panelist on public forums. He is of the firm belief that good leaders do not compromise on professional integrity and sustainable brands are anchored in ethical marketing. 

Himanshu Manglik has worked closely with CEOs and Senior Management across diverse industries and companies and with some of the toughest brands including Nestle, JWT, India Today, Times of India, Shalimar Paints, Sankey Wheels, GOLDCAFE and Godrej. Some of the projects that he has worked on are virtual case studies in management and amongst others include the launch of ‘GOLDCAFE 100% Pure Instant Coffee’, the “PUF advertising campaign’ for Godrej refrigerators and the “MAGGI Crisis’.  He believes that business succeeds when professional managers act as if they own the business, understand the importance of systems and processes, but have an entrepreneurial mindset and constantly search for innovative solutions. It was his commitment to these fundamentals that enabled him to successfully launch FMCG brands nationally, helped create path-breaking advertising campaigns,  manage factory operations impacted by prolonged labour strife, and stand solidly at the forefront of the MAGGI crisis at Nestle in what was undoubtedly the biggest crisis faced by the food industry in India. Himanshu has always been passionate and committed to creating long term value. His expertise in marketing, brand building, communication and understanding of general management and human relations makes his experiences a unique competitive advantage.  

Himanshu Manglik is a firm believer in the values of integrity, honesty and transparency and has always taken up challenges head-on, both in professional as well as personal life. His personal philosophy is to continue recalibrating and reinventing to protect, mentor, nurture and grow.

Mr Parmeet Singh Sood

Mr Parmeet Singh Sood is a serial entrepreneur and runs successful companies in the domain of Components manufacturing, Consulting & International Trading with 2 Joint Ventures, 3 Global Warehouses, 4 Manufacturing Plants, 7 International Offices and exports to over 51 countries employing over 500 people globally.

After joining the small family business in 1999, he worked to make his company the First Rubber Components manufacturer in India to be certified to the stringent ISO/TS 16949 std. Currently working on attaining the IATF 16949 standard and is also India’s first GOLD Rated ZED Certified Company in their field. Climax Overseas today is the fastest-growing company in their domain deploying world-class manufacturing technologies as well as quality systems and they serve renowned names in the Automobile, Defence, Railways, Food Processing and other Industries with a major focus on the Commercial Vehicle components. The company has grown a 100 times in the last 15 years and have laid down a Target of making CMX a US$ 100 million group by 2023 from what was an under US$ 200,000 company when he joined in 1999.

Mr Sood is a Trainer and Public Speaker having shared the same platform as Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Brian Tracy to name a few as a speaker at the National Achievers Conference 2017/2018/2019. Mr Sood is also the best-selling author of books like Blood, Heart & Soul, Struggles to Success and The Art & Science of Negotiation and has written over 100 Articles on various topics so far. Mr Parmeet Singh Sood is now on a mission to help other Small & Medium Businesses to scale up and with this vision, he has brought together domain experts under CMX Consulting to handhold Entrepreneurs and put them on a growth path.

Mr Sood was recently awarded the “Udyog Rattan” award by IES and has also been covered widely by International Tv, Print & News Media. Mr Sood was featured on Zee Business’s No. 1 business talk show, “SELF MADE,” has been the Cover Story on ‘Silicon India’ Magazine and recently covered by ‘Forbes India’ in their March 2019 edition on, “Globally Recognised Indian Business Leaders.”

Apart from his business, he mentor and gives his time to social causes and is actively associated with YBLF, TSCC & MIWA among other social organisations.

Shilpa Ajwani

Ms Shilpa Ajwani

Shilpa Ajwani is the Founder & CEO of unomantra, a Business Strategy Consulting & Leadership Coaching Firm. She is a seasoned professional with 25 years of rich Corporate Leadership experience with renowned MNCs such as Tupperware and Oriflame and Vorwerk of Germany.

She is a mentor and “big picture” professional who has led Organisations with vision, passion and inspiration and was also found “in the trenches” with the troops when the going got tough. She has strategically built businesses from start up to scale and led complex business transformations as well. Her experience has been enriched with deep consumer and business insights collected first hand through her assignments across diverse geographies. These gave her exposure to several business models, leadership styles, cultural nuances and path-breaking innovation required to deliver results in the VUCA world.

She works with leaders, teams and businesses in the consumer and lifestyle domain as their Business Consultant and Leadership Coach. Her clients include start-ups, family-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations in the business of Beauty, Personal Care, Wellness, Healthcare, Food & Beverages, Fashion and Urban Living. She also volunteers her time with institutions and communities that use innovative models to solve the biggest issues confronting the world today- hunger, health, skill and values based education, gender equity, inclusion, sustainability and safety for children & adults alike.

Shilpa is passionate about enabling Leaders, Teams and Businesses to become their best version by connecting with their core purpose, and is a sought after keynote speaker, panelist, guest faculty at educational institutions and industry advisory board member.

Ms Aditi Olemann

Aditi Olemann is one of the co-founders and heads Marketing for Myelin Foundry, a deep tech edge AI company in the space of Media and Entertainment. Prior to starting Myelin, Aditi was part of the technology and innovation team in Tata Sons – the holding company of the Tata group. She has been responsible for setting up and managing the Tata Group University Collaborations Program – a unique multi million dollar innovation initiative for early stage research partnerships with global universities with the participation of 6 companies. She was active in setting up the initiative, on-boarding multiple companies, managing, and expanding the program.

She was also part of the Corporate Strategy and Innovation team at Roche and has worked towards implementing new strategies across the organisation, creating required frameworks and tools to managing the strategy process.

Mentor Aditi completed her undergrad in Electronics Engineering from IIT Guwahati where she was particularly interested in signal processing. Her bachelor thesis project revolved around EEG monitoring. She published an IEEE paper in 2012 and also won the 2012 GE Edison Challenge for her commendable work on the thesis. She did her masters degree in management with a rigorous and analytical understanding of general management frameworks from London Business School.

Mr Mainak Maheshwari

Mainak has over 24 years of experience spanning business and HR roles. He also holds a patent for HR capability development.  He is a certified coach (ACC, ICF) and Hogan assessor. Mainak has successfully implemented projects and programs across the globe and is adept at leading cross location teams. His experience includes human capital strategy, culture, talent development (performance, leadership development, succession planning, competency development, learning, engagement, diversity) and talent acquisition (including on-boarding and background check). He has also led HRIS implementation and introducing HR metrics to improve performance.

Mentor Mainak has a profound experience of working with giants like Accenture, Absoludata Analytics, Heidrick and Struggles, Hewitt Associates, and is currently the Director at PeopleAsset. Mainak is an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Mr AjayKumar Surana

Ajay has 20 years of experience in various disciplines of financial risk & performance management, including asset liability management, fund transfer pricing, profitability, liquidity Risk, Basel compliance, credit risk modeling, commercial credit, IFRS 9 and stress testing. He was instrumental in penetration of Focus ALM in 9 new countries in the region. His responsibilities included sales in North Asia and Go-to-market strategy for launching of new risk analytics solutions and Commercial Lending suite. Ajay also lead various risk advisory & consulting engagements in areas of balance sheet management. He conducted various in-house workshops for clients (Risk Managers, HOD’s and Board Level) and was a regular speaker in risk management events and forums.

Mentor Ajay is the Managing Director at Acies Consulting, Mumbai and also co-founded Singapore-based management consultancy firm iXcelrate.

Amit Mishra

Mr Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra is the founder of ID8 Ventures, a strategic consulting firm helping foreign companies and funds to invest in India. He has also co-founded a private accelerator supported by the Uttar Pradesh government and run an entrepreneurship mindset development program for school kids called Kidzpreneur for building the next generation of thought leaders.

In his previous stints as a country manager with international players like F6S UK and SanSan Japan, Amit has been instrumental in successful India market entry and engaging relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem. He also works closely with relevant government and private agencies working to support their startup and innovation-related initiatives.

Through these roles and experiences, Mentor Amit helps entrepreneurs in building sustainable, creative and impactful businesses. He is also a TEDx Speaker and was also strategically involved with some renowned Startup reality TV shows in India.

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