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.
Sagar Hawaldar, Chief Executive Officer

Sagar is responsible for growth and market leadership of India's largest Ivy league education firm. He has 14 years of management experience & has been part of senior management at Aspire since 2011. Prior to joining Aspire, Sagar was CEO of Exxon Holding Group heading the solutions & services business. Before that, he spent 5 years at Dimensions Corporation, a diversified business group with 300 employees as Group vice president where he managed the group’s solutions business in India and Middle East. Sagar came to India from Europe 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 (a SoftBank funded company).from California headquarters Sagar holds MBA from University College Dublin, Ireland and B.E from University of Mumbai. He is passionate about yachting, astronomy and kick boxing & is Hon. President of Bay Island Yacht Club based out of Mumbai.
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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