Board of Directors

Amit Bhatia,
Founder and Chairman of Aspire

has over 20 years of management experience. Till recently, Amit served as CEO of WNS Knowledge Services. Prior to WNS, Amit was Country Manager, for Free Markets Inc; Founder and Leader of McKinsey Knowledge Center; and, Financial Analyst at American Express.
Karandeep Singh,
Co-Founder of Aspire

has more than 17 years of financial planning and control experience across India, the Middle East; and Asia Pacific.Karandeep has worked with Flipkart, Sapient, Dell, Moser Baer, Ariba and Yum Restaurants.

Our Advisors & Angel Investors

Gregg Cooper
Bank Of America, Pittsbrgh

Gregg Cooper, SVP, Global Delivery Executive, Bank of America, and Director, Global Automotive at Ariba, leads business process offshoring/outsourcing activities for his present company. Mr. Cooper is an ex-Director of FreeMarkets and he also worked at PNC Bank. He has an MBA, Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA, Political Science and Justice from American University.
Sumer Datta,
Founder Aamoksh Leisure Living

Sumer Datta, Co-Founder of Aspire and Founder Aamoksh Leisure Living, is an ex-HR Outsourcing Leader for Asia-Pacific at Hewitt. With more than 20 years experience in consulting and business management, he is on the Boards of American Chamber of Commerce and VLCC Health Care Limited.
Rajeev Grover,
Head, Global Operations, Mercer, Gurgaon

Rajeev Grover is head, Global Operations, Mercer. He was the Asia-Pacific Leader for Hewitt Associates HR - Outsourcing Business and is responsible for strengthening and growing the business in the region. Before joining Hewitt, Mr. Grover worked with American Express, GE, and eFunds. He set up, among other Greenfield projects, GE’s Finance and Accounting BPO practice and India’s first international call center. Mr. Grover is a Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Sonny Iqbal
Partner, Egon Zehnder, Gurgaon

Sonny Iqbal, a Partner at Egon Zehnder in Delhi, was formerly Director - Marketing Europe & UK, for the Oberoi Group of Hotels, London. He was also Head of Northern Region, Travel and Financial Services for American Express, New Delhi. Mr. Iqbal has an MBA from the University of Surrey, a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from the Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development, and a BA Honours from St Stephens College, Delhi University.
Prashant Khemka
MD, Goldman Sachs, Mumbai

Prashant Khemka, the head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) research in Mumbai, was a senior portfolio manager and co-chair of the investment committee for the Growth Equity team of GSAM in the US before moving to Mumbai in September 2006. Since joining Goldman Sachs in 2000, his roles have included investment research associate, portfolio manager, senior portfolio manager and co-chair of the investment committee, and vice president. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Khemka worked as an assistant portfolio manager in the fundamental strategies group at State Street Global Advisors. He has a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Bombay University, and an MBA in finance from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University where he received the Matt Wigginton Leadership Award for outstanding performance in finance.
Bollywood Playback Singer, Mumbai

Bollywood singer, Krishan Kumar Kunnath, who is known as KK by his fans, enjoys both singing and composing. He released his first album in 1999 and his second in 2008. KK graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.
Sandeep Kohli,
Ex-CEO, Yum, Delhi

Sandeep Kohli is the former Managing Director of Yum Restaurants International. His career spans over 25 years in the services and restaurant industry during which he has held various leadership roles in India and parts of Asia. While at Yum Restaurants International, he led the entry of KFC and Pizza Hut to the subcontinent. Mr. Kohli also spent 10 years with American Express, where he grew the American Express card member and travellers cheque base in emerging markets such as Taiwan and India. He is currently involved in various projects in the real estate, hospitality and services sector in an entrepreneurial capacity. A graduate in Economics, Mr. Kohli holds an MBA in Marketing from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Raj Lakhanpal,
MD, Princeton Partners, New Jersey

Dr. Lakhanpal is Managing Director, Princeton Partners, New Jersey. He is Founder of Health A to Z and its President and CEO, formerly worked with Team Health, an emergency physician practice management company. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians in the United States. He is the Founding President of TiE NJ - Philadelphia and a Lifetime Member of AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin). He is a philanthropist to various educational institutions in India.
Jesse Lentchner,
CEO Asia Pacific, BTIG, Hong Kong Limited,

Jesse Lentchner is the CEO, Asia pacific, BTIG, Hong Kong Limited. Prior to BTIG, he was Managing Director, Head of Equities at Goldman Sachs, India, formerly co-headed the equities sales trading desk in Tokyo. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as a Vice President and became a managing director in 2005. Before joining the firm, Mr. Lentchner worked as an equity sales trader in Tokyo for two years at Nomura, in Hong Kong for two years and in New York for three years for W.I. Carr. Before that, he worked for five years in NY for a Japanese bank trading fixed income. He graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988, after spending his senior year studying in Japan.
CEO, DKM Online, Delhi

D.K. Malik is the founder of the Chartered Accounting firm, DK Malik & Co., a tax consultancy specializing in tax and retiral benefits management. He is also the founder and Chairman of DKM Online, a software and web based payroll and HR support services firm.
Vinay Mittal,
EXL, Noida

Vinay Mittal, Vice President at EXL, has more than 16 years experience in the banking and financial services sector. Before EXL, he worked at Max IT, Max India Ltd., and ANZ Grindlays Bank, and he also served as a Director on the Board of the Bank of Rajasthan for three years. Mr Mittal has a Commerce degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Arpito Mukerji
Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

A Senior Professional with with17 year’s international experience in executive roles in banking, corporate finance and operations. Arpito has had an entrepreneurial career path with a track record of delivering results in diverse businesses, roles and geographies. He brings with him an extensive Client, Investor & Professional network. Currently, he is the Executive Director, for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Wealth Management business based in Delhi. His previous assignments have been with UBS in London, Dell in Austin, Texas and GE Capital India
Sandeep H. Patel,
MD, Barclays Capital, New York

Sandeep Patel is the Managing Director, Barclays Capital New York. Prior to this he was Director of Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Private Limited and Head of Corporate Finance for the Investment Banking Division in India, joined the firm as summer associate in 1998 and as a full-time associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department in 1999. In 2002, Mr. Patel became a vice president and joined the Consumer Retail Group, and he was named Managing Director in 2007. Before Goldman Sachs, he worked at the Department of Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Patel, who has a BA in Economics and Biology from Williams College, an MS in Economics from M.I.T. and a JD from Yale Law School, was a Fulbright Scholar to India during 1993-94.
R.K. Rangan,
President & CEO, Nomura Services, Mumbai

R.K. Rangan is the President & CEO of Nomura Services. Prior to this he was Managing Director and CEO of Lehman Brothers Services, India, has more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry. In his current role, he heads the firm’s Mumbai-based captive BPO unit. Before joining Lehman Brothers in 2005, he was the Managing Director for Prudential Process Management Services in India and Managing Director for AXA, India. Before this, Mr. Rangan was with American Express for more than 12 years in various leadership roles including one where he was a key member of the team that lead the initiative to globalize financial operations.
Sanjeev Sardana,
CEO, BluePointe Capital Management, LLC, San Francisco

Sanjeev Sardana, who founded BluePointe Capital Management in 2006 and is President and Chief Investment Officer, was formerly a Director in the Private Banking Division of Credit Suisse in their San Francisco office. While there, he was handpicked by the senior management to serve on the Advisory Council of Excellence, the ACE Committee. Mr. Sardana joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ) as an Associate in 1998 and after its merger with Credit Suisse in 2001, he became senior partner of a highly successful private client services team where he was instrumental in building a high net worth business with more than $1 billion in assets. Mr. Sardana also worked at Solomon Brothers Inc. He has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Rutgers University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
Amarjeet Singh,
Partner, KPMG, London

Amarjeet has been part of the Big 4 consulting environment for last 18 years and has been assisting various corporations in relation to their investment plans in India and overseas. He has extensive experience in cross border investment regulations and structuring aspects. He has been advising his clients on acquisitions/ divestures, transfer pricing, corporate law and exchange control issues. He has worked extensively with the regulators (RBI, FIPB etc) in India and has assisted various multinational corporations in processing approvals for investments into India. Since August 2008, he has been part of KPMG London, and has been advising many large Corporations in relation to their acquisitions/ Greenfield investments in India & Europe. Amarjeet is a Bachelor of Honors Degree in Commerce from Delhi University and an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with over 19 years experience in domestic tax regulations of India.
Avinash Singh,
Former COO, Birlasoft, New Jersey

Mr. Singh, ex-COO of Birlasoft, BSL and Birlasoft India, has close to two decades of rich experience in the areas of Global Cross Border Collaboration, Software Consulting, Offshore Outsourcing and Professional Services. As a founding member of Birlasoft, he was responsible for the initial setup of the company, which included establishing the infrastructure, building the team and setting up the required systems and processes for global operations. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Singh was responsible for global operations across the USA, Europe, APAC, Japan and Middle East markets. He has experience dealing with C Level and Board Executives of Fortune 500 type companies globally. Mr. Singh has worked and travelled extensively in various parts of the world including the US, Europe, the Far East, India and Australia.
Harmit Singh,
CFO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago

Harmit Singh has over 26 years of financial experience in the travel, financial services, restaurant and hospitality industries. He joined Hyatt after spending 14 years at Yum! Brands, Inc., a restaurant company. Mr. Singh most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Yum! International from December 2005 to July 2008. Prior to this position, Mr. Singh served in several senior financial roles, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Pizza Hut—United States, Vice President Finance—Yum!, International, Chief Financial Officer—India and Chief Financial Officer—Asia. Prior to joining Yum! in 1994, Mr. Singh worked in various financial capacities for American Express India, a worldwide travel, financial and network services company. Mr. Singh serves on the board of directors and is also the Audit Committee Chair of Avendra, LLC.
Samit Sinha,
Managing Partner, Alchemist Brand Consulting, N. Delhi

Samit has over 20 years of advertising industry experience. Prior to building Alchemist; he was Chief Operating Officer, Mudra, after long tenures at Lintas and Clarion/Bates. Has worked closely on accounts such as Avaya Global Connect, Benckiser, Carrier, Castrol, Dabur, Frito-Lay, Gillette, Godfrey-Phillips, Hindustan Lever (Unilever), Hewlett-Packard, Hindustan Motors, LML, MasterCard, McDowell, Ministry of Tourism (Government of India), Modi Enterprises, National Geographic, Nestle, Nokia, Oracle, Samsung, Siemens and many more. Has also conducted brand training and management development programs for Avaya, Bates, BILT, CRY, Escorts, Frito-Lay, Hewlett-Packard, Godfrey-Phillips, Indian Oil, IIM-L, IIM-K, MICA, Mudra, National Geographic, NTPC, Samsung.
Neeraj Bhargava,
Founder of Steer Capital

brings 20 years of management experience as Former Co-Founder & Group CEO WNS; Founder and CEO-eVentures; and Partner; McKinsey & Co where he worked in the New York, London and Mumbai offices. He received a Master of Business Administration from Stern School of Business, New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University