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Judging panel

  • Kiran Mazumdar
    Jules Chappell

    Managing Director of Business, London & Partners

    Jules is Managing Director of Business and member of the Executive Board at London & Partners, the official promotional agency for London. Jules is responsible for the teams that attract and retain foreign direct investment; that bring major business events to London and capital into regeneration projects; and that support London’s scaling business to expand internationally.

  • David Slater
    Hemin Bharucha

    Chief Representative – India, London & Partners

    Hemin Bharucha is the Chief Representative – India, London & Partners since 2017. London & Partners is the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency helping overseas businesses set up and grow in London.

    Hemin has over two decades of international trade and investment experience and has been advising companies across a broad spectrum of industries. He has been providing strategic direction for investment projects and continues to ensure his business clients are advantage by his vast experience, knowledge and networking skills.

  • Shinjini -Kumar
    Arbinder Chatwal

    Head, India Advisory Services, BDO LLP

    Arbinder heads up the India Advisory Services Group for BDO LLP. He specializes in advising companies on all aspects of doing business in India and has helped in designing their India entry and growth strategy. His cultural awareness and knowledge of the regulatory and accounting regime has been beneficial in advising multinationals on cross border transactions with India. He works closely with leading trade & investment organizations, contributing to strengthening bilateral business exchange between India and the UK.

  • Karan Gupta
    Karan Gupta

    Leader, Corporate FinanceBDO

    Karan is an advisory partner at BDO India and leads the corporate finance practice. He has over 15 years of multi-sector experience focused specifically towards Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, India Entry Strategy, Business Strategy Consulting.

    With a sector agnostic approach, he has sourced and advised on both domestic & cross border (international) projects in M&A (both buy & sell side), Fund Raising (Debt/Equity) and strategy consulting assignments.

  • Arun Jethmalani
    Arun Jethmalani

    Managing Director,ValueNotes Strategic Intelligence

    Arun Jethmalani is the Managing Director of ValueNotes Strategic Intelligence, which specializes in the management of competitive and market intelligence, information and research. The firm works with customers across the globe, including leading global corporations, management consulting firms, research publishers, PE/VC firms, and money managers.

  • Kanika Gupta
    Kanika Gupta Shori

    Co-founder & COO,Square Yards

    Kanika Gupta Shori is the co-founder & COO of Square Yards, a global real estate advisory consultancy. One of the brains behind the creation of the company, she has garnered significant media attention and has won several accolades including “Young Achiever,” “Woman Icon” to name a few. Square Yards is a technology-enabled O2O transaction and aggregator platform for the Global real estate. In less than four years since inception and under Kanika’s astute leadership, Square Yards has already become India’s largest real estate and fintech aggregator, with 1700 employees and presence across 10 countries and 40 cities.

  • Syna Dehnugara
    Syna Dehnugara

    Features Editor,CNBC

    Syna is a business journalist, television producer & writer based in Delhi. Associated with India's leading business news channels for over a decade now, one of her areas of work has been interpreting the impact of economic and social policies on business & in turn the impact on livelihood, education, healthcare and ‘social progress’. The other big focus has been producing India’s longest running show on entrepreneurship – CNBC-TV18’s Young Turks. The show keeps her optimistic and inspired!

  • Lakshmi Potluri
    Lakshmi Potluri

    Chief Executive Officer,DCF Ventures

    Lakshmi Potluri is the Chief Executive Officer – DCF Ventures. DCF Ventures is the destination for responsible entrepreneurs, connecting entrepreneurs with corporates, investors and subject matter experts. DCF Ventures also is a gateway for Corporates to access the Israeli innovation ecosystem through their partnership with SOSA, an Israeli startup enablement platform.

  • Kashmira Mewawala
    Kashmira Mewawala

    Chairperson,CII Indian Women Network (IWN)

    Mrs. Kashmira Mewawala has a rich experience of 30 years in the financial services industry as a part of the TATA Group. She is currently the head - business development & chief ethics counsellor with TATA Capital Financial Services. In February 2015, Mrs. Mewawala received the Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress & Awards (India).

  • Bala Deshpande
    Bala Deshpande

    Senior Managing Director,New Enterprise Associates (India)

    Bala Deshpande is the Senior Managing Director of New Enterprise Associates (India) Pvt. Ltd (NEA India) based in Mumbai and responsible for creating and building the NEA India platform. She serves on the board of several NEA portfolio companies such as FSS, GOQii Inc, Nova Medical, Panacea Medical, etc.

  • Bharati Jacob
    Bharati Jacob

    Founder – Partner, Seedfund

    Bharati Jacob is a Founder-Partner of Seedfund, an early stage fund that invests in innovative Indian start-ups. She has extensive experience in venture investing, marketing and financial services at Infinity Ventures, Lazard India and Northwest Airlines.

    Seedfund's exit from Redbus – a company which she identified as an early investment and served on the board -was among the top three venture capital deals of the last decade for return on capital invested.

  • Arjun Pratap
    Arjun Pratap

    Founder and CEO, EdGE Networks Pvt. Ltd.

    Arjun Pratap is founder and chief executive officer at EdGE Networks. Fuelled by the vision to build future-focused HR technology solutions. Arjun leads EdGE to be an innovative Artificial Intelligence driven HR technology solutions providers focused on helping organizations solve their toughest talent acquisition and workforce optimization challenges.

    Recently, EdGE Networks raised $4.5 million in Series A from Kalaari Capital and Ventureast. This will accelerate the company’s go-to-market strategy, product innovation and global expansion plans.

  • Aabha Bakaya
    Aabha Bakaya

    Broadcast Journalist, Producer & Anchor, AB Network

    Aabha Bakaya is a senior broadcast journalism with decades of experience in financial news with major networks like NDTV Profit, ET Now & Bloomberg TV India. She has interviewed corporate honchos, achievers & personalities from different industries and her shows E-Inc and Rising Stars on Bloomberg featured some of the most successful entrepreneurs as well as spotted the most up and coming startup stars. She has now turned entrepreneur herself with her new content platform AB Network.