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U R Bhat

U-R-Bhat

Mr. U.R.Bhat , is one of India’s well-known investment advisors and has been managing institutional money for more than two decades. He is presently Director of Dalton Capital Advisors (India) Pvt. Ltd., an investment advisory company of the Dalton group, London. Prior to this, he was Chief Investment Officer of Jardine Fleming in India–that subsequently became a part of JP Morgan-advising the India dedicated funds of the Flemings group. In the early nineties, he established a successful start-up asset management business for a leading public sector Bank in India.

Mr. U.R. Bhat holds an M.Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has attended advanced courses on Finance at the Harvard Business School, Boston and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London. He is a respected commentator in the electronic and print media and has been writing well- regarded columns in the financial press for the last more than two decades. He has been closely involved in formulating policies for benchmark indices for the Stock Exchange, Mumbai as a long standing member of its Index Committee. He has also been a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber. He is frequently invited to speak at seminars and workshops conducted by the apex Industry Chambers and Management Institutes.

Presently he is also serving on the Boards of Repro India Ltd., Edelweiss Asset Management Ltd., Subhkam Capital Ventures Pvt. Ltd., Axis Asset Management Company Ltd., BlueStreet Capital Management Pvt Ltd., Orbis Financial Corporation Ltd., Finaureus Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Speciality Restaurants Ltd.

Adesh K Gupta

Adesh K Gupta

Having worked with Aditya Birla Group for 36 as CFO with years in Senior Management Position in variety of Diversified business in both Manufacturing and services industry, now offers Services for Business units, ARCs, Private Equity and other investors in improving the business performance and funds raising.

Specialties: All Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisitions, Business Planning and Review. Independent Director in reputed companies.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Aditya Birla Insulators Limited, Samruddhi Cement Limited, Grasim Industries Ltd, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Probizadvisor & Insolvency Professionals LLP, Care Ratings Limited, Vinati Organics Limited, Krazybee Services Private Limited, India Pesticides Limited.

His diversified experience has had him on the boards of the following companies Abnl Investment Limited, Aditya Birla Minacs It Services Limited, Aditya Birla Minacs Technologies Limited, Concentrix Services India Private Limited, Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Aditya Birla Telecom Limited, Madura Garments Exports Limited, Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers Limited Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Limited, Indigold Trade and Services Limited, Aditya Birla Trustee Company Private Limited, Sun God Trading and Investment Limited, Samruddhi Swastik Trading and Investments Limited, Gbtl Limited, Birla Consultants Limited, Birla Industrial Investments (India) Ltd, Birla Industrial Finance (India) LimitedJ Ultratech Cement Limited, , Anand Rathi Global Finance Limited.

Prakash Ahuja

prakash

Innovative and competent professional manager with 40+years of experience in marketing and business development globally in across a wide range of industries in USA and India covering areas in IT Outsourcing, Call centres, Back office transaction, Gaming and Education. Conceptualize and build a business plan for a company right from inception to IPO. Established successful organizations in Gaming, IT, Retail and Education. Focus areas covered building the business plan, recruiting the team, organize initial startup funding from angels, banks and VC firms, and marketing the services through strategic alliances with distributions partners and key customers.

Exceptional managerial skills in recruitment, team building and conceptual sales at top management levels. Team player who develops customer-driven teams providing strong closing skills and quality response and follow-up through the complete customer satisfaction cycle. Strategic planning and execution with a key focus on long term goals. Build a leader in Gaming in India leading to an exit with a sale of the studio to Disney.

Turned around a losing software services firm ( Sales $ 2 million / Loss of over $1.8 million )which was a part of a leading Indian conglomerate into a profitable operation with strong alliances and a current revenue in excess of $250 million Structured a dominant JV in the call centre space with an industry leader and set up an operation with 1500 seats within 9 months. Won the largest IT outsourcing deal in the US in 2003 for $54+ million against stiff competition from all the IT majors.

Structured the creation of new Software Services Company to exploit the skill sets developed in Singapore through strategic tie-ups with Verifone and Intershop for the Indian market. The company launched a venture to market Set-Top Boxes for the Indian market. Created the marketing plan, Recruited the initial team, identified the technology partners and negotiated the licensing agreements, structured marketing and manufacturing alliances with Samsung and assisted in closing two rounds of funding on a company valuation of over $ 25 million.

Set up a not for profit Software engineering academy in association with HarvardUniversity and the Indian IT industry in 1992.

Created India’s first packaged software company Sonata in 1988 Today the company is a blue-chip software stock on the Indian stock markets and does the revenue of over $ 200 million.

Pioneered Specialty retail in India in Computer Retailing and Apparel through strategic partnerships with Fortune 100 companies like VF Inc (owners of Lee and Wrangler brands) and Mother care (from the UK). Entered into strategic partnerships for software and hardware with Apple. Lotus, Microsoft, Sinclair (the world’s first home computer), Atari and many other industry leaders. At its peak, the companies had over 40 stores in Computer Retailing and 18 stores in Apparel doing an annual business of over $ 20 million in 1990.

The press in India and Asia has tracked achievements and he has been on the cover of Dataquest (India ‘s largest selling IT magazine) and Business World (India’s equivalent of Business Week).

One of the founding members of Nasscom the Industry association for software services.

M Jayaram

Jayaram
Extensive experience of over 40 years, starting as a Senior Management Trainee, in a leading engineering firm to being a Managing Director of an associated Financial Services Company to a Practicing Corporate Counselor focusing on SME sector Currently a mentor to three corporate companies at Bengaluru. Inter – disciplinary perspective, encompassing Engineering, Industrial Costing, Marketing and Financial Services Graduate in Electrical Engineering and a Cost Accountant with Post Graduate qualification in Management, from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Accomplishments in the field of Strategic Planning, Merchant Banking, International Finance, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, Industrial Finance and Reconstruction, including Loan Syndication, Mergers and Acquisitions, Leasing and Hire Purchase Schemes, Project Identification and Implementation, Project Evaluation and Sick Unit Revival and Personnel Relations. Well versed in Analytical and Communication techniques. Visiting Faculty in FINANCE and CORPORATE PLANNING. Has addressed Seminars and Conferences on Financial Services and conducted in-house training programs.

Dimcy Chopra

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Born and bought up in Delhi. Dimcy pursued Geography (Hons.) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University as her first degree. She received scholarship from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she pursued her Law and Post Graduate certificate in Human Relations and International Human Rights.

With a varied background and experience, she was the first woman from India to be the Production and Marketing Manager for Asanska Jewellery Ltd, in Ghana, Africa and expanded their sales in Middle East and India. Upon completion of her degree in Law, she worked on Alternative Investment Market division of London Stock Exchange. With her keen Interest in Investment Banking, she joined Deutsche Bank and worked as an Investment Banking Lawyer, handling International Derivative relationships in 2011. She headed the team till 2017 when she was invited to join as an acting AVP with the Regulatory and Change Management team in the CIB division of the Bank. She has been invited to be an Associate Professor by Arya Institute of Management, Jaipur, a Guest Speaker by Kirori Mal College and has received a scroll of honor as a Guest Speaker in the International Conference of Jurist, in 2010.

With over 10 years of experience in Investment Banking and Consulting, Dimcy has a strong domain expertise in deal negotiations and her legal background along with her business acumen adds value in expediting negotiations. She has extensive skills in building relationships and manages tie ups with various National and International Funds. She has experience in handling mandates of over $50 million of HNI portfolio’s in India and continues to grow her partnerships globally.

Uthsav Ahuja

Uthsav

Digital Executive with experiences in building and growing digital companies.

Graduate in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University with a MBA from IIM Calcutta

Past projects include

Building and growing India’s largest charitable giving platform – GiveIndia (Gofundme for India),

Marketing strategy for a European messaging provider (Palringo) – helping the firm grow to $15 mln in revenue while cutting acquisition costs by 40%

Building India’s largest homegrown game publisher with 30 million downloads, 2 million MAU and 350 DAU- with 8 titles charting in the top Free Category

Currently working help sell India’s first homegrown DRP solution spanning all digital elements starting with Social, Online Media all the way to the Dark Web

Sumeet Singh

sumeet-Singh

A seasoned business strategist, Sumeet brings a wealth of experience from the realms of consulting, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, he has seamlessly blended technical acumen with strategic prowess.

Beginning as a software developer at Infosys, Sumeet honed his technical skills before transitioning to Bain & Company, where he specialized in optimizing operational efficiency through strategic initiatives.

Later embarked on an entrepreneurial venture, he joined Rocket Internet, founding and helming Daraz Bangladesh as its founder & CEO. Under his guidance, Daraz flourished into a significant player in the e-commerce landscape and was eventually acquired by the industry giant Alibaba.

Subsequently, Sumeet assumed the role of CEO at NDTV Food, leading the charge in the development of a Content + Curated marketplace platform.

A foray into venture capital marked the next phase of Sumeet’s career, where he contributed as Vice President at Guild Capital. Here, he played a pivotal role in the development of a data analytics platform, a testament to his adaptability and multifaceted skill set.

Currently, Sumeet stands at the helm of OutNorm, his brainchild, and a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit. Pioneering the innovative Revenue-Based Equity model, he endeavors to revolutionize the growth trajectory of Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) brands not only in India but on a global scale.

Arijit Bhaduri

Arijit
Arijit brings to First Meridian a rich diverse experience of 25 years in businesses as varied as Consumer Durables, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals. Arijit started his career in Philips within the Consumer Durable Division (Televisions & Audio) initially in the field as a Sales and Service Engineer before moving to the factory looking at Procurement and Planning. In Philips, Arijit was involved in the implementation of the JD Edwards ERP Solution which got rolled out before Y2K. He then shifted to Johnson & Johnson where he was in the core team of centralising Distribution Requirement Planning for the entire Asia Pacific Region. Arijit’s next assignment was in DSM, a Dutch Specialty Chemicals Company where Arijit was heading it’s Internal Audit and Control Division. Arijit has extensive experience of 19 years in Operations within Multinational Firms and in functions from Material Requirement Planning to Distribution Planning and Warehousing. He is also Green Belt Certified and his Green Belt Project was implemented for J&J, Australia. Stints in Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals and functions like Internal Control has exposed him to a whole round appreciation of functions like Safety and traceability. Arijit’s last experience was in Artha Energy Resources a boutique Investment Bank primarily focused in the Energy Sector. Sectoral Experience within Energy has enabled in building relations particularly with Indian Business Houses and HNIs. Arijit has handled transactions right from deal origination to completion of $40 Million in his stint in Investment Banking. Arijit is an Engineer by training having completed his graduation in Electronic Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.

Rukmani K Narayan

Rukmani-K-Narayan

A seasoned banking professional with 35 years of diverse experience in Private banks, Public sector bank, Multinational Bank and a Small Finance Bank.

Have worked across domains in the banking sector and grew to head the Credit Audit vertical.

Over the last 5 years, specialised in the Risk / Compliance and Audit space in the BFS industry.

U R Bhat

U R Bhat

Mr. U.R.Bhat , is one of India’s well-known investment advisors and has been managing institutional money for more than two decades. He is presently Director of Dalton Capital Advisors (India) Pvt. Ltd., an investment advisory company of the Dalton group, London. Prior to this, he was Chief Investment Officer of Jardine Fleming in India–that subsequently became a part of JP Morgan-advising the India dedicated funds of the Flemings group. In the early nineties, he established a successful start-up asset management business for a leading public sector Bank in India.

Mr. U.R. Bhat holds an M.Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and has attended advanced courses on Finance at the Harvard Business School, Boston and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London. He is a respected commentator in the electronic and print media and has been writing well- regarded columns in the financial press for the last more than two decades. He has been closely involved in formulating policies for benchmark indices for the Stock Exchange, Mumbai as a long standing member of its Index Committee. He has also been a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber. He is frequently invited to speak at seminars and workshops conducted by the apex Industry Chambers and Management Institutes.

Presently he is also serving on the Boards of Repro India Ltd., Edelweiss Asset Management Ltd., Subhkam Capital Ventures Pvt. Ltd., Axis Asset Management Company Ltd., BlueStreet Capital Management Pvt Ltd., Orbis Financial Corporation Ltd., Finaureus Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Speciality Restaurants Ltd.

Adesh K Gupta

Adesh K Gupta

Having worked with Aditya Birla Group for 36 as CFO with years in Senior Management Position in variety of Diversified business in both Manufacturing and services industry, now offers Services for Business units, ARCs, Private Equity and other investors in improving the business performance and funds raising.

Specialties: All Corporate Finance, Merger and Acquisitions, Business Planning and Review. Independent Director in reputed companies.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Aditya Birla Insulators Limited, Samruddhi Cement Limited, Grasim Industries Ltd, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Probizadvisor & Insolvency Professionals LLP, Care Ratings Limited, Vinati Organics Limited, Krazybee Services Private Limited, India Pesticides Limited.

His diversified experience has had him on the boards of the following companies Abnl Investment Limited, Aditya Birla Minacs It Services Limited, Aditya Birla Minacs Technologies Limited, Concentrix Services India Private Limited, Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Aditya Birla Telecom Limited, Madura Garments Exports Limited, Aditya Birla Insurance Brokers Limited Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited, Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Limited, Indigold Trade and Services Limited, Aditya Birla Trustee Company Private Limited, Sun God Trading and Investment Limited, Samruddhi Swastik Trading and Investments Limited, Gbtl Limited, Birla Consultants Limited, Birla Industrial Investments (India) Ltd, Birla Industrial Finance (India) LimitedJ Ultratech Cement Limited, , Anand Rathi Global Finance Limited.

Prakash Ahuja

Innovative and competent professional manager with 40+years of experience in marketing and business development globally in across a wide range of industries in USA and India covering areas in IT Outsourcing, Call centres, Back office transaction, Gaming and Education. Conceptualize and build a business plan for a company right from inception to IPO. Established successful organizations in Gaming, IT, Retail and Education. Focus areas covered building the business plan, recruiting the team, organize initial startup funding from angels, banks and VC firms, and marketing the services through strategic alliances with distributions partners and key customers.

Exceptional managerial skills in recruitment, team building and conceptual sales at top management levels. Team player who develops customer-driven teams providing strong closing skills and quality response and follow-up through the complete customer satisfaction cycle. Strategic planning and execution with a key focus on long term goals. Build a leader in Gaming in India leading to an exit with a sale of the studio to Disney.

Turned around a losing software services firm ( Sales $ 2 million / Loss of over $1.8 million )which was a part of a leading Indian conglomerate into a profitable operation with strong alliances and a current revenue in excess of $250 million Structured a dominant JV in the call centre space with an industry leader and set up an operation with 1500 seats within 9 months. Won the largest IT outsourcing deal in the US in 2003 for $54+ million against stiff competition from all the IT majors.

Structured the creation of new Software Services Company to exploit the skill sets developed in Singapore through strategic tie-ups with Verifone and Intershop for the Indian market. The company launched a venture to market Set-Top Boxes for the Indian market. Created the marketing plan, Recruited the initial team, identified the technology partners and negotiated the licensing agreements, structured marketing and manufacturing alliances with Samsung and assisted in closing two rounds of funding on a company valuation of over $ 25 million.

Set up a not for profit Software engineering academy in association with HarvardUniversity and the Indian IT industry in 1992.

Created India’s first packaged software company Sonata in 1988 Today the company is a blue-chip software stock on the Indian stock markets and does the revenue of over $ 200 million.

Pioneered Specialty retail in India in Computer Retailing and Apparel through strategic partnerships with Fortune 100 companies like VF Inc (owners of Lee and Wrangler brands) and Mother care (from the UK). Entered into strategic partnerships for software and hardware with Apple. Lotus, Microsoft, Sinclair (the world’s first home computer), Atari and many other industry leaders. At its peak, the companies had over 40 stores in Computer Retailing and 18 stores in Apparel doing an annual business of over $ 20 million in 1990.

The press in India and Asia has tracked achievements and he has been on the cover of Dataquest (India ‘s largest selling IT magazine) and Business World (India’s equivalent of Business Week).

One of the founding members of Nasscom the Industry association for software services.

Prakash Ahuja

M Jayaram

M Jayaram

Extensive experience of over 40 years, starting as a Senior Management Trainee, in a leading engineering firm to being a Managing Director of an associated Financial Services Company to a Practicing Corporate Counselor focusing on SME sector Currently a mentor to three corporate companies at Bengaluru. Inter – disciplinary perspective, encompassing Engineering, Industrial Costing, Marketing and Financial Services Graduate in Electrical Engineering and a Cost Accountant with Post Graduate qualification in Management, from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Accomplishments in the field of Strategic Planning, Merchant Banking, International Finance, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, Industrial Finance and Reconstruction, including Loan Syndication, Mergers and Acquisitions, Leasing and Hire Purchase Schemes, Project Identification and Implementation, Project Evaluation and Sick Unit Revival and Personnel Relations. Well versed in Analytical and Communication techniques. Visiting Faculty in FINANCE and CORPORATE PLANNING. Has addressed Seminars and Conferences on Financial Services and conducted in-house training programs.

Dimcy Chopra

Born and bought up in Delhi. Dimcy pursued Geography (Hons.) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University as her first degree. She received scholarship from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she pursued her Law and Post Graduate certificate in Human Relations and International Human Rights.

With a varied background and experience, she was the first woman from India to be the Production and Marketing Manager for Asanska Jewellery Ltd, in Ghana, Africa and expanded their sales in Middle East and India. Upon completion of her degree in Law, she worked on Alternative Investment Market division of London Stock Exchange. With her keen Interest in Investment Banking, she joined Deutsche Bank and worked as an Investment Banking Lawyer, handling International Derivative relationships in 2011. She headed the team till 2017 when she was invited to join as an acting AVP with the Regulatory and Change Management team in the CIB division of the Bank. She has been invited to be an Associate Professor by Arya Institute of Management, Jaipur, a Guest Speaker by Kirori Mal College and has received a scroll of honor as a Guest Speaker in the International Conference of Jurist, in 2010.

With over 10 years of experience in Investment Banking and Consulting, Dimcy has a strong domain expertise in deal negotiations and her legal background along with her business acumen adds value in expediting negotiations. She has extensive skills in building relationships and manages tie ups with various National and International Funds. She has experience in handling mandates of over $50 million of HNI portfolio’s in India and continues to grow her partnerships globally.

Dimcy Chopra

Sumeet Singh

Sumeet Singh

A seasoned business strategist, Sumeet brings a wealth of experience from the realms of consulting, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, he has seamlessly blended technical acumen with strategic prowess.

Beginning as a software developer at Infosys, Sumeet honed his technical skills before transitioning to Bain & Company, where he specialized in optimizing operational efficiency through strategic initiatives.

Later embarked on an entrepreneurial venture, he joined Rocket Internet, founding and helming Daraz Bangladesh as its founder & CEO. Under his guidance, Daraz flourished into a significant player in the e-commerce landscape and was eventually acquired by the industry giant Alibaba.

Subsequently, Sumeet assumed the role of CEO at NDTV Food, leading the charge in the development of a Content + Curated marketplace platform.

A foray into venture capital marked the next phase of Sumeet’s career, where he contributed as Vice President at Guild Capital. Here, he played a pivotal role in the development of a data analytics platform, a testament to his adaptability and multifaceted skill set.

Currently, Sumeet stands at the helm of OutNorm, his brainchild, and a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit. Pioneering the innovative Revenue-Based Equity model, he endeavors to revolutionize the growth trajectory of Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) brands not only in India but on a global scale.

Uthsav Ahuja

Digital Executive with experiences in building and growing digital companies.

Graduate in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University with a MBA from IIM Calcutta

Past projects include

Building and growing India’s largest charitable giving platform – GiveIndia (Gofundme for India),

Marketing strategy for a European messaging provider (Palringo) – helping the firm grow to $15 mln in revenue while cutting acquisition costs by 40%

Building India’s largest homegrown game publisher with 30 million downloads, 2 million MAU and 350 DAU- with 8 titles charting in the top Free Category

Currently working help sell India’s first homegrown DRP solution spanning all digital elements starting with Social, Online Media all the way to the Dark Web

Uthsav Ahuja

Arijit Bhaduri

Arijit Bhaduri

Arijit brings to First Meridian a rich diverse experience of 25 years in businesses as varied as Consumer Durables, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals. Arijit started his career in Philips within the Consumer Durable Division (Televisions & Audio) initially in the field as a Sales and Service Engineer before moving to the factory looking at Procurement and Planning. In Philips, Arijit was involved in the implementation of the JD Edwards ERP Solution which got rolled out before Y2K. He then shifted to Johnson & Johnson where he was in the core team of centralising Distribution Requirement Planning for the entire Asia Pacific Region. Arijit’s next assignment was in DSM, a Dutch Specialty Chemicals Company where Arijit was heading it’s Internal Audit and Control Division. Arijit has extensive experience of 19 years in Operations within Multinational Firms and in functions from Material Requirement Planning to Distribution Planning and Warehousing. He is also Green Belt Certified and his Green Belt Project was implemented for J&J, Australia. Stints in Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals and functions like Internal Control has exposed him to a whole round appreciation of functions like Safety and traceability. Arijit’s last experience was in Artha Energy Resources a boutique Investment Bank primarily focused in the Energy Sector. Sectoral Experience within Energy has enabled in building relations particularly with Indian Business Houses and HNIs. Arijit has handled transactions right from deal origination to completion of $40 Million in his stint in Investment Banking. Arijit is an Engineer by training having completed his graduation in Electronic Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.

Rukmani K Narayan

A seasoned banking professional with 35 years of diverse experience in Private banks, Public sector bank, Multinational Bank and a Small Finance Bank.

Have worked across domains in the banking sector and grew to head the Credit Audit vertical.

Over the last 5 years, specialised in the Risk / Compliance and Audit space in the BFS industry.

Rukmani K Narayan

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