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Mr. Pankaj Jain

Pankaj Jain Founder of CFO4SME is seasoned CMA with vibrant spirit of entrepreneurship, having over 27 years of diversified experience across wide spectrum of industries while working at India and overseas with proven track record of aligning strategies with business and building trust based relationships globally. While working at top corporate level positions like VP, CFO, CEO, Director, he has successfully manged the reputed business houses such as Super Seals, IAP, ERA Infra, Logix and has been instrumental in raising funds for projects (including megha infrastructure projects under Public Private Partnership) having cost of over Rs. 15000 crores.

He has managed numerous strategic business initiatives involving Venture Formation, Business Modelling, Strategic Financial Planning, Corporate Alliances, Demergers, Divestments, Cost Optimization, Business Restructuring, Capital Structuring, Corporate Governance and Corporate Financing for successful businesses with global foot prints and hold distinction of turning around the financial position of c ompany through dynamic initiatives.

He is associated with many socio-economic initiatives in various capacities and is mentor to many startups with the objective of helping them to achieve sustainability and scalability of their businesses. He is post graduate in commerce from CCS University with affiliations of leading professional bodies such as ICAI-CMA, ICSI, IOD, IIM Calcutta, AIMA, IIA, CSI and is faculty to leading business schools, professional bodies, industry associations.

Mr. Amit Sinha

Mr. Amit Sinha, managing partner and founder at Panamax Indigram Advisors, is Management Consultant with diverse experience of over two and a half decades in various sectors. He is BE- Mechanical Engg from REC Nagpur, M.Tech-Aeronautical Engg from IIT Chennai, PGDM-IIM Ahmedabad and is currently focused on Financial Advisory for M&A deals and Private Funds raising

He has all-round experience to run and co-owned companies by looking after all aspects of the business like business development, assignment execution, out sourcing, online marketing and human resources management. He has been engaged with several large corporations at CXO level across diverse functions and industries for consulting work.

Amit has co-founded Agriwatch, a commodity research and consulting service provider and Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals which works in the social impact sector. He was also a key member of Indicus Analytics (which was subsequently acquired by Nielsen), driving its Product development program. He has served on the board of Indian Agribusiness Systems Pvt Ltd, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals, Mission Biofuels, and Secure Now Insurance Broker.

Mr. Salil Agrawal

Mr. Salil Agrawal is a Gold Medallist in Engineering, and completed his Post Graduation in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has experience of over 31 years which includes working with leading organizations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, GE, Perot Systems and Raychem Corporation and also ran his own management consulting firm

He has over 31 years of diverse experience spanning both industry and consulting in leadership roles with P&L responsibility. He brings with him an effective blend of technical and management knowledge acquired during his career in India and overseas. He has worked with the C-suite across businesses and industry verticals and developed a holistic perspective and the width and the depth to help unlock value in businesses. He is excited about creating new businesses and driving growth through appropriate strategy.

Salil has 17 years of consulting experience in business strategy, post-merger integration and process reengineering. He has helped clients in deriving sustainable value through acquisitions and in enhancing performance by integrating people, process and technology and adopting quality tools like Six Sigma, LEAN and Business Process Management. He has managed large programs and has helped organizations create value through higher productivity, faster service and lower costs.

He has led and driven new initiatives and successfully been involved in creating new businesses. In these roles he provided the leadership for institution building and leveraged his techno-commercial capabilities. He has wide domain knowledge across operations, human resources, information technology, finance & accounts and marketing. He has taught at various academic institutions including the prestigious Indian Institute of Management and has been a thought leader to speak at various industry forums.

Mr. Manoj Tandon

Manoj holds a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He has over 31 years of experience in the IT industry. A large part of his professional experience, close to 12 years, has been in leadership positions, rendering Technical and Strategic Leadership to medium sized software organizations as well as managing the day to day operations.

During his career he has lived and worked in UK, Europe, US and India. He is an avid writer having written for newspapers and publications like Economic Times, Business Standard etc. Manoj also has been involved in Academics for quite some time. As a guest faculty he has taught in IIM, IIT, IMT Ghaziabad, Amity and many other institutes. He also has been a member of the Academic Advisory Board of many institutes like LBSIM, ITS, IMT etc.

Manoj, in an advisory capacity, has been also associated with the PM’s Digital India initiative. My Gov application (an application which uses the power of Digital Technology for enabling better Govt Citizen Interface) has been developed under Manoj’s advisory. At present he is the Managing Partner and CEO of TMTC, a leading IT consulting company based out of Noida with associate offices in the US and UK.

Mr. Ajay Wahi

Ajay Wahi began his career with a bluechip software corporate in 1985. He started his career in Sales and Product Management, selling both products and services to companies. He moved on to International Marketing across the USA and Asia. Subsequently, he gained considerable technical experience in the Systems Integration division, where his mandate was to build high value, long term business relationships with top Indian corporates.

With an intensive 360° exposure to the IT business, Ajay was ready to don the mantle of a CEO. He was hired to turn around a low-performing SME (subsidiary of a US company). His efforts were successful, and also won him recognition, resulting in his being requested by the management of a UK company to repeat his success story by turning around their SME in India.

At present, Ajay heads yet another SME which is an Indian subsidiary of a renowned French IT company. Unlike at the earlier SMEs, where he had legacies to counter, here he had the wonderful opportunity to build a SME from scratch. He was responsible for everything: Setting up infrastructure and interiors; Recruiting his leadership team and other employees; Visioning and Strategizing for the future; Finalizing roles and goals at all levels; Evolving policies to create a motivated staff and a vibrant company; Putting in place internationally acclaimed processes; Analyzing and brainstorming to increase employee productivity through a mix of automation, training etc. At each company where he has worked as CEO, Ajay has brilliantly demonstrated his ability to create success with fewer people than he actually required. He has developed and retained a productive, proactive and energized team, enabling large benefits to be shared amongst relatively few people. A Win-Win situation for both the SME and its employees!

Dr. Amita Srivastava

Dr. Amita Srivastava is presently holding position of the Director at Brencis Centre for Research Training and Consultancy (BCRTC.) Ghaziabad, India. She is throughout gold medalist and is a well-known expert in Management Philosophy, Strategic Management, Human Resource Development, Quality Systems and Human Values. She has worked for 24+years in areas of Research, Training, Consultancy, Teaching and Administration in Management.

She had conducted many FDPs and MDPs. She had done assignments for some leading Institutions of National and International repute like, IIM-(Lko), Nuvia (U.K), UNIDO, Central Defense Academy, Syndicate Bank, IBA, Semi-Conductor Complex Ltd, ABCL, Kirloskar Brothers, WPIL Ltd, Jaipur Stock Exchange etc. She was chief editor for Management journal- Attitude. . She has organized many National and international conferences, Seminars, Conclaves and workshops.

She has widely experimented with new approaches to learning and creativity. She helped many SMEs to organize the structure and processes of the organization, institutionalize innovative methods of work and inculcate healthy organizational Culture. She was instrumental in turnaround of many SMEs. She had successfully experimented in using Indian thoughts in management policies. She has held many responsible positions in leading Management Institutions. She is also holding honorary position as Prime Facilitator at Spandan- Foundation for Human Values in Management and Society. She has received many awards and accolades for her work in management Science. She had been jury member of various academic competitions conducted by management Schools. She is involved in board of studies of leading management Institutions and Universities.

Dr. Amita is in advisory panel of prestigious The Center for Applied Social Sciences Research (CASSR). She is an active member and office bearer of various professional groups like Ghaziabad Management Association, Higher Education Management Forum, Management Teachers Consortium, Punjab Management and Commerce Education, World Wide Management Consultants, Professors in Management Studies, H.R and Talent Management Executives and Harvard Business Review. .

Mr. Sandeep Jain

Mr Sandeep Jain is a graduate in science as University topper and has done dual Management degrees as Masters in Tourism Administration – 1st batch in India and also Masters in International Trade from the premier - Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Delhi. After having worked in Travel & Hospitality Industry for almost 7years, in the year 2000 ventured out as an entrepreneur in Hospitality Industry with its Travel domain as Special Holidays Travel Pvt Ltd and more recently into Resorts as Navaha Group. Recipient of the National Tourism Award presented by H.E. the President of India and also “Pride of NOIDA” award.

To expand its reach and move for consolidation, Mr Jain became the founder of TAG (Tour Asia Group) which is a consortium of Asian Operators. Globally well-travelled and has participated in various international travel exhibitions and conferences. An avid Golfer and active member with various Trade associations and a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary have been active in Tourism & Hospitality Industry.

Mr. Hitesh Chandel

Mr. Hitesh Chandel is the Managing Director and Chief Mentor of Defined Values Consultants Pvt Ltd. Before entering into his entrepreneurial journey, he worked with leading organizations like Prime Group, Maharishi Group, Perot Systems, MindTree Consulting, GlobalLogic and AON Hewitt on various technical and managerial roles for 14 years. He is also the Founder and Managing Editor of Defined Values Publishers Pvt. Ltd and Advisor – Human Resources of Etre Luxe India Pvt. Ltd

There was something buried deep in his heart to channelize his energies towards organizing his country and re-establish its status as Sone Ki Chidiya (Golden Bird) and Vishwaguru (mentor of the world). This inspired him to do a deep research on the ancient Vedic philosophy and contemporary western organizational development philosophies to create a blended human and organizational development framework, Self-Actualized Leadership Development Program (SALDP), which has best of both worlds integrated into the same. He published his extensive research outcome in the form of a book titled, “Code of Citizen’s Conduct (Rashtradharma)” for which he was conferred with Pride of India Award by Pratima Raksha Samman Samiti (a National NGO working for the cause of Martyrs). He has codenamed the scope of work of his mission as Project YugParivartan.

He has organized and spoken in more than 25 public events and is also the Founder and Moderator of Self-Actualized Leadership Network, Founder and Moderator of Self-Realized Mentorship Network and Founder and Moderator of DVC-Trainers-Network. His company, Defined Values Consultants Pvt Ltd, achieved the 2015 Leaders Award by 24MRC Network under the category “Fastest Growing Consultancy Brand in Human Resources in Delhi/NCR”, under his leadership