Subhrangshu Kumar Neogi
Founder Partner, Business Strategy, Sales & Marketing
Subhrangshu Neogi (Ex CMO Religare Group; Ex COO Laureate Education) is a business leader with a proven track record of over 2 decades of driving scale and growth across diverse and challenging categories such as FMCG, Retail, Financial Services, Media, Telecom, Education both from a B2C as well as B2B context. He has been instrumental in passionately building exciting challenger brands. His core areas of expertise are integrated marketing, business development, digital and cultural transformation. He has consistently delivered business impact leveraging his hands on approach, sharp on ground insights, story telling finesse and an ability to effectively drive ecosystem synergies. He is an acknowledged digital evangelist and award-winning industry thought leader. Though a digital enthusiast he is a strong advocate of "Phygital" for businesses to be efficient and effective.
Founder Partner, Brand Strategy & Communication
Gireesh Gupta (Ex EVP BBDO India; Ex Country Manager, Uganda + Rwanda, WPP Scangroup) is a result and growth oriented professional with a career spanning over 24 years in brand marketing and advertising in India, Middle East & East Africa.
He has held leadership roles for the last 13 years at WPP Scangroup (Uganda + Rwanda), BBDO India and Suhail Bahwan Automobiles (Oman). He has a proven track record of business growth in challenging times and has been most successful in working in multi-cultural environments. His core strength lies in the area of strategic thinking, communications planning and digital marketing all with a keen eye on business metrics.
Operating Partner, Strategic Initiatives
More than two decades of experience in media, Tarun’s unique capability is to offer 360 degree offering for an agency to the client which stitches all facets of consumer connection points coupled with path breaking communication strategy.
Started his career with UTV house where he headed sales for all the content of UTV ( for Doordarshan). There is was also a part of the core team which sold one of the first privately marketed cricket – Pepsi independence Cup.
He’s also worked with big agencies like WPP Group, Vivaki Partnership, a Public Group Company (as COO) and DDB Mudra. Across mainline media, brand solutions and digital assignments.
His portfolio includes some of the big & prominent brands like Gillette, Hero Honda, Hero Cycles, Ranbaxy, Reebok, Monte Carlo, LG Electronics, Samsung, Make My Trip, Oracle, Cotton County, Dalmia, Techno, itel mobile phone, intex, V-Mart, india1 family mart, Willliam Grants to name a few.
Operating Partner, Digital and Technology Solutions
An alumnus of IISW&BM Batch of 98, a Singapore citizen, he brings over 20 years of professional management experience having run businesses in the IT Enterprise Software Industry in South East Asia, India & the Middle East. Completely ROI oriented with a keen focus on customers, product delivery and people, he has an eye for change in trends. He came back to India to join ibs as the CEO Special Projects in 2013 to grow its footprint across geographies through innovative IP led product solutions encompassing social, mobile and digital platforms. From 2016 he branched out to develop own IP based innovative Omni-Channel solutions & bespoke Digital Interventions, which enable Enterprises to connect with their customers. He is an MBA, LL.B and B.Com (Hons) and has several citations to his name.
Operating Partner, Business Development
Ashu Is an accomplished professional with over 14 Years of experiencing of working across industries. A young achiever with a diverse career path, his cross functional expertise ranges from Legal & Business Consulting, Banking, Credit, Venture capital, across companies like WHUB, Founders Institute, BW Businessworld, Indian Angel Network, Deutsche Bank and Standard Charted bank.
He has mentored over 1000+ companies and has invested in over 15 of them. An MS Finance and a qualified lawyer, he works closely with various Govt initiative and serves on many boards. He works very closely with many corporate innovation initiatives and startups, and has been able to single handedly turned them around into profitable businesses.
He is deeply passionate about social causes and championed food requirement for migrants during Covid times by arranging 4+ M meals across the country.
Operating Partner, Business & Financial Planning
Litesh Gada is extremely passionate about equity investments and has over 12 years of professional experience in Private equity, investment management, direct tax (advisory), mergers & acquisitions (tax & regulatory) and corporate finance. He has a rich and in-depth knowledge in valuation, investment structuring, mergers & acquisitions and transfer pricing.
In the past Litesh has worked with organisations like PwC, SEAF and SREI Alternatives. Litesh was Fund Manager at SREI Alternatives for their Rural Innovation Fund.
He was awarded with 40 Under 40 Alternative Investment Professionals in India award by IAAIF in January 2018. He is a CFA, CA, CS and did Bachelors and Masters in Commerce, Mumbai University. He is a long distance runner since 2009, he has participated and successfully completed 8 full marathons and 4 half marathons.
Our Advisory Board
Mr. Sudhir Mishra is a leading and an eminent environmental lawyer of the Supreme Court of India. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Trust Legal Advocates & Consultants, a pioneering law firm in the field of Environment, Healthcare and Broadcasting laws which has been Ranked 37th in the RSG Top 50 India Law Firms, 2019 and has also been awarded in the category of Environment, India Business Law Journal 2021 and 2020. India Business Law Journal Hong Kong regularly ranks Trust Legal in top 50 commercial law firms in India.
Mr. Mishra has been adjudged as the Best Environmental Lawyer of the Year, 2013 by Legal Era Magazine in collaboration with CNBC TV 18 and Business Standard newspaper. He had also been selected for the most prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) sponsored by the United States of America (May 2005) for his contribution to the field of Environment, Forest and Wildlife.
Mr. Mishra was the India Chair of New York State Bar Association and runs India’s finest media broadcasting, healthcare, infrastructure and environmental law successfully, for the last 18 years. Mr. Mishra sits on the advisory boards of leading media companies including Business World and has worked for Amazon, TCS, Zee, ABP network, Hyundai, POSCO, Cadbury, Coke, Max Healthcare, Meditronics and Hines.
Mr. Anil Aggarwal is the founder of Vriksh Advisors. Earlier, he pursued a career in finance function for over 30 years with various large corporates. His last job was as Director Corporate Planning and CFO with Ireo (Real Estate PE and Developer). Prior to that, he worked as CFO - Punj Lloyd, CFO - Bunge Agribusiness India, Vice President Group Finance - RPG Group and Head Financial Markets Group - Cargill India. Anil is a Science Graduate, Chartered Accountant and MBA.
He also serves as Non-Executive Independent Director on the Boards of MB Power (Madhya Pradesh) Ltd., and Hindustan Clean Energy Limited.
Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor & Dean, School of Media, Communication & Fashion, Adamas University, Kolkata.
He is a leading media and communication academic of India, having been earlier the Dean of Media of Symbiosis (Pune) and Amity (Mumbai) Universities, Whistling Woods International (Mumbai), and Pearl Academy of Delhi and Mumbai. He is known for his convergent approach to media education starting from an integrated broad base leading to focused specialization at the top. He is a known face on TV studio debates and a regular writer in Indian media. He had earlier been employed with Business India TV, Zee News, Times of India Group, WHO Media, et al.
Rajiv Bali is a Fellow Chartered Accountant from India and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. He also holds an MBA degree with dual specialisations in Human Resources & Marketing from the Institute of Management Studies, affiliated to Los Angeles City University, USA.
He started off initially in the engineering profession (BITS, Pilani – 1st year) but changed over to commerce and management. He honed his skills at Price Waterhouse and in a career spanning over 40 years, he has held various senior positions, including CEO/MD/Country Head/VP/ED in numerous assignments, in a wide spectrum of industries (consultancy, audit, banking, advertising, hospitality, travel & tourism, footwear manufacturing & accessories, dental healthcare, education, FMCG, large diversified businesses, iron & steel manufacturing, kraft paper manufacturing, agriculture/ethanol/bio-energy), in different Business houses/Diversified Conglomerates/MNCs/Crown Entity/Parastatals, straddling a wide global canvas -- from India, to Africa (southern, eastern and western), to New Zealand, Russia, UAE, Japan, and the USA. Recently, he was instrumental in steering and turning around, one of the world’s largest (USD 550m) biomass to power project, in Sierra Leone!
Besides being a de facto member of various Company Boards, where he worked; he has been on the Management Boards of two International Schools as well – International School of Lusaka, and British School-New Delhi, during their crucial transitioning stage to IB.
After hanging up his employment boots in 2019, he has focussed on his niche i.e. Turnaround Consultancy, as ‘The Solutionist’; deep-diving and advising businesses, primarily on operations management, cost savings, corporate leadership and human resources.
He is an avid traveller and has a creative streak too – in poetry/music, as well as calling himself a maverick experimental cook! He has written, composed, recorded and published two poetry books under the pen name, Rabbali ‘Ihaka’.