The Founders of Aspire are veterans of the Education, Training, IT&ITES industry, and have been associated with knowledge services, information technology and procurement off shoring since 1995. They have held senior leadership positions at leading management consultancies and retail chains across the world, and one has had a successful academic career. By virtue of their previous experience, they have been exposed to the talent crunch. Keeping this in mind, the Founders have put together an outstanding management team of industry specialists.
Amit Bhatia, Founder & Chairman

Amit Bhatia, an award-winning social entrepreneur, is Founder & Chairman of Aspire. Since 2007, Aspire has trained over 57,000 students across 100 institutions in 16 states. Amit has been recognized as “Education Czar” in 2008 by MINT (a Wall Street Journal publication); Finalist of John P. McNulty Award in 2010 and Winner in 2012 (The Aspen Institute); featured as “NEXT” in 2011“Fast Company” magazine, USA; recognized as “Young Turk” by CNBC-TV18 series; and, featured by Business Today amongst “66 Reasons to Keep Your Faith in India” in their 21st Anniversary Issue in January 2013. Amit has 21 years of management experience and till 2007 served as CEO of WNS Knowledge Services, successfully listing WNS on NYSE with a $1 billion IPO. Prior to WNS, Amit was the Founding Country Manager for FreeMarkets, Inc. Most notably, Amit conceived, founded and led the McKinsey Knowledge Center in Delhi NCR, the consulting firm’s global research centre (over 500 professionals). He has also held analytic and research positions at American Express and a domestic brokerage firm. Amit has a Bachelor’s degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce; Master’s Degree from Delhi School of Economics with a University Gold Medal; is a qualified Cost & Works Accountant; and is both Fellow and Trustee of The Aspen Institute.
Pavan Mahajan, Chief Executive Officer

Pavan joined Aspire Management Team in year 2011 as an EVP & CRO. In 2013, Pavan was appointed the CEO for his sales and people leadership at Aspire. As an avowed believer in Embedded Employability Education, Pavan is now Aspire’s interface between the Board & the company. His key areas of focus include strategy formulation and overall day-to-day business leadership. Pavan has over 16 years of experience. His most recent assignment was with Belden Inc., where he headed their Enterprise business in India & SAARC. Prior to this, Pavan was the Director Sales & Marketing at ATM Fibrecom, an IT Infrastructure company founded by him, which became a part of ABS India (Formerly known as Alcatel Business Systems, France). A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Pavan has worked with HB Asset Management Company, post completing his training from Price Waterhouse. Pavan has been a visiting faculty in Business Schools, apart from being the patron of education himself.
Sagar Hawaldar, Chief Revenue Officer

Sagar is Aspire’s Chief Revenue Officer responsible for customer acquisition and market leadership. Sagar joined Aspire in 2011 as Vice President and was elevated to CRO in 2013. He has 14 years of management experience. Prior to joining Aspire, Sagar was Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Holding Group heading the solutions & services business. Before that, he spent 5 years at Dimensions Corporation, a diversified business group with 400 employees as Group Vice President where he managed the group’s solutions business in India and Middle East. Sagar came to India from USA as Country Manager of Airtricity Holdings, Europe’s leading wind energy firm (acquired by Scottish & Southern Energy for $1.8 billion) where he headed the firm’s India strategy. Early years of his career were spent in the US when he managed international operations in 40 countries of HotVoice Communications. Sagar holds MBA from University College Dublin, Ireland and B.E from University of Mumbai. He is passionate about Astronomy, speed boating and kick boxing.
Amit Chhabra, Chief Operating Officer

Amit has been with Aspire since 2010 although he has been associated with Aspire since 2007. He started as Deputy General Manager, Technology and gradually rose to Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Amit has 12 years of work experience spanning IT Application Development, Requirement Analysis, BPO Training Operations and HR Administration in organizations like Hughes Software Systems and IBM Daksh. Prior to joining Aspire, he was working with Humanitics Dimensions, a HR-centric software development organization in Delhi, where he was responsible for requirement modeling, executing enterprise HRIS implementations & new product development. Apart from numerous IT application projects & corporate HRIS implementations, Amit has been instrumental in the roll-out of industry’s first video interview platform for asynchronous interview transactions for recruiters. Amit holds a bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and a PGD in HR from NMIMS, Mumbai University. He also holds PMP certification from PMI. He is into amateur photography and loves long drives.
Ashu Gulati, Chief Finance Officer

Ashu Gulati, Chief Finance Officer Ashu has been with Aspire since 2007. During his career at Aspire, Ashu has been instrumental in implementation of processes and systems in Finance, Legal and Administration. Ashu started as a General Manager and was appointed as the CFO in 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of Finance, Accounts, Budgeting & Planning in sectors like Manufacturing, Software Development, Educational & Hospitality. His diverse portfolios have included designing processes and policies, systems development, MIS Reports, Statutory & Internal Audits and Payroll; liaison with Indian and Multinational Banks and Government Departments like Income Tax, Company Law & Service Tax. He has functional experience on ERP in Finance & Accounts Modules. He was also awarded Best Employee for 2 years in his earlier assignments. Ashu completed his B.Com. (Hons.) from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, CA (Inter) from ICAI and is an MBA in finance. He is passionate about music and loves to play guitar.
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