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Judging panel

  • Kiran Mazumdar
    Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

    Chairperson & Managing Director, Biocon Limited

    Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India and the founder of the country’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon.

    Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is recognised as a thought leader who has made her country proud by building a globally recognised biopharmaceutical enterprise that is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering best-in-class therapeutics to patients across the globe.

  • David Slater
    David Slater

    Director of International Trade & Investment, London & Partners

    David is Director of International Trade & Investment at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency for London. They attract overseas businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the city and help London businesses go global.

    Their aims are to build London’s international reputation and create additional jobs and growth for the London economy. They advise and guide overseas companies through every aspect of internationalising from a London base.

  • Shinjini -Kumar
    Shinjini Kumar

    CEO, Payments Bank, Paytm

    Shinjini Kumar is leading Paytm’s payments bank initiative and has over 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector. She has held senior positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Bank of America-Merill Lynch.

    At PwC, Shinjini worked with multinational banks and financial institutions, including capital markets entities to establish and expand their presence in India. Shinjini holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from University of Texas at Austin and M.A. (English Literature) from Delhi University.

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    Rahul Gupta

    Joint Group Chief Executive OfficerAmbit Group

    Rahul Gupta is the Joint Group Chief Executive Officer of Ambit Group and has been with Ambit since 2011. Rahul’s career in financial services spans over 30 years, across all of the major Asian economies, and has a formidable reputation as an Asian financial services expert.

    Prior to returning to India, Rahul was Senior Managing Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Shinsei Bank, Japan. He was the first Indian ever to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a Japanese financial institution.

  • Bala Deshpande
    Bala Deshpande

    Senior Managing Director,New Enterprise Associates (India) Pvt. Ltd (NEA 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 and Panacea Medical.

    Prior to this, she was Senior Director of Investments at ICICI Venture where she used her operational experience to identify opportunities for investment and to play a key role in shaping the future of investee companies.

  • Munish Dayal
    Munish Dayal

    Senior Partner,Barings Private Equity Partners India

    Munish is a Senior Partner with Barings Private Equity Partners India. He has over 26 years of global experience in establishing and building businesses in the BFSI industry, having worked with Citigroup for 16 years as Managing Director across major markets (London, Europe, Singapore, Middle East, Africa and India.)

    At present he serves as the Chairman of Infrasoft Tech Limited, as a director on the board of RMZ Corp and Proactive Data Systems.

  • Neetu Bhatia
    Neetu Bhatia

    Co-founder, Chairman and CEO,Kyazoonga

    Neetu Bhatia is Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Kyazoonga. An investment banker turned entrepreneur, Neetu is credited with creating the professional entertainment and sports ticketing market in India. Prior to co-founding Kyazoonga, she was a senior media & telecom investment banker on Wall Street.

    She has over nine years of experience originating and executing several strategic advisory and financing transactions in these sectors. Neetu’s transactions include over $40 billion of executed deals for Time Warner, Google, Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Cingular, AT&T and others.

  • Natrajan Nats
    Natarajan (Nats)

    Chief Operating Officer and CFO,RNT Capital Advisers, part of Ratan Tata group

    Fondly familiar to most as Nats, Mr. Natarajan is COO and CFO at RNT Capital Advisers, part of Ratan Tata group.

    He is the Managing Director and CFO since inception at 2006 of one of India’s oldest and home grown venture firms, Helion that has raised 3 funds aggregating over US $600 million and made 73 investments across various sectors and stages in India and the US.

  • Bharti Jacob
    Bharati Jacob

    Managing 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.

  • Rutvik Doshi
    Rutvik Doshi

    Director,Inventus (India) Advisors

    Rutvik joined Inventus after 12 years of successful technology industry operating roles in India & the U.S.

    Rutvik has participated in India’s fast emerging internet ecosystem since 2007, first at Google where he launched several products included Voice Search, Google Mobile App, SMS Channels and managed Google News globally, and most recently as the CEO of e-commerce startup Taggle in Bangalore. Before Google, he spent 6 years in the U.S building internet management software for CA Technologies and a startup.

  • Ed Dixon
    Ed Dixon

    India Desk Director International, Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking

    Ed first worked in India almost 20 years ago, establishing a 300+ person operation in Bangalore for a UK based insurance organisation. Ed has consulted for leading multinationals, SMEs, not-for-profits, membership bodies and highly respected Education institutions, where he has passionately supported numerous organisations enter new markets.

    In 2016, Ed joined Santander’s Trade and Working Capital Team to build a support infrastructure for Santander’s clients to work with India and identify trade opportunities (both from India to the UK and the UK to India).

  • Mark Ling
    Mark Ling

    Head of International Large Corporate, Santander UK Corporate & Commercial

    Mark is responsible for International Origination across Santander UK’s large corporate business (£50+ turnover) and for Trade Finance, Supplier Finance and Invoice Finance Products and solutions across SCCB.

    Prior to joining Santander, Mark spent 12 years at RBS leading various businesses and teams throughout its Large Corporate, Institutional, Corporate and SME business. Mark is passionate about developing international business across the corporate and commercial segments and creating the next generation of exporters and skilled international bankers.

  • Asma Bashir
    Asma Bashir

    Global Managing Director, Newland Chase

    Asma leads the Newland Chase immigration business which specialises in strategic advice and tailored solutions for clients. The rapidly expanding practice caters to companies across a range of industries including private clients such as investors, sole representatives and those establishing a new subsidiary.

    During the course of her career, she has developed strong relationships with governments and immigration departments around the world, regularly meeting with policy teams to represent the interests of clients.

  • Antonio Lam
    Antonio Lam

    UK Managing Director, Newland Chase

    Based in London, Antonio is the UK Managing Director. He provides bespoke immigration solutions for individual and corporate clients and is a specialist in complex investment, family and employment immigration under UK immigration rules and under European Union Law.

    In the past years, he has also played an integral part in assisting corporates and SMEs from India and wider Asia in setting up and mobilising their key personnel and workforce to the UK.

  • Arbinder Chatwal
    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 & growth strategy.

    His cultural awareness and knowledge of the regulatory and accounting regime has been beneficial in advising multinationals on cross border transactions. His experience of working across a range of sectors, through a wide network of relationships, helps companies identify their key business drivers for operating in the Indian market.

  • Samir Sheth
    Samir Sheth

    Partner, Transaction Advisory Services,
    BDO India

    Samir is a Transaction Advisory Partner at BDO India. He has provided services across the deal continuum focusing on due diligence reviews. He has diverse experience in cross border deals having advised both financial and strategic buyers for the past 16 years.

    Having worked across a range of sectors and transactions with values ranging from $2 million to $2 billion, he brings significant expertise in terms of nature and complexity of transaction & diligences. Samir has carried out more than 450+ due diligences to date.

  • K M Prabhu
    K M Prabhu

    Partner, Transaction Advisory Services,
    BDO India

    Mr K M Prabhu is a Transaction Advisory Partner at BDO India. He has conducted due diligence reviews covering buy-side and vendor initiated engagements and SPA advisory.

    His forte is advisory around valuations, due diligence and business plan reviews. He has worked on transactions ranging from $1 million to $3 billion and led engagements for strategic as well as PE/VC investors and has carried out projects in US, UK, Middle East and South East Asia.