Managing Director, Broad Peak Capital Advisors LLP
Dinesh is a private equity professional with over 25 years of experience in investing in Emerging markets, predominantly India-related businesses with significant years of Partner/leadership roles. He has been a part of 3 early-stage private equity franchises Ð India business of Standard Chartered Private Equity, Alcazar Capital and Multiples and worked with established funds like Actis and ICICI Venture. He has a strong understanding of Indian corporate/taxation regulations in the context of equity transactions.
Prior to founding Broad Peak Capital Advisors LLP, he was a Partner at Multiples Alternate Asset Management, an India focused private equity platform with US$ 1 billion under management. At JP Morgan, he led the India business for the US$750M Private Capital Asia group where he sourced several equity and equity related investment opportunities in India, and supported many transactions in SE Asia. He also managed the existing investment portfolio of US$ 450M and developed exit opportunities. Prior to JP Morgan, he was a founding Partner at Alcazar, an emerging markets private equity business in Dubai, where he conceptualized and launched a US$ 200M India focused fund on infrastructure services and logistics. Before Alcazar, Dinesh was with Standard Chartered Private Equity where he was an early member of the India office and helped establish the private equity franchise in India.
Dinesh has led transactions through the entire life cycle, including origination, strategic analysis, financial valuation, negotiation, documentation structuring, portfolio management and exit. His past roles have also involved managing investment and operations teams, supporting legal/ Compliance and LP reporting. He has been an early stage investor in businesses that have gone on to become established names in their domains.
He has made investments across sectors (ranging from US$ 10 Ð 50 mn) including technology, telecommunication, agriculture, consumer and infrastructure services and sourced/evaluated over a thousand investment proposals across sectors and brings a strong network of relationships in the Indian private equity ecosystem, across investment funds, promoters, consultants and investment bankers. He has successfully exited investments through IPOs and strategic sales, especially in the technology sector. As an investor and board member, he has advised companies on organizational building, financing options, M&A, restructuring and IPOs.
In his spare time, he teaches courses on private equity and entrepreneurship as a guest faculty at various management institutes. Dinesh has a Bachelors degree in Physics and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
Founding Partner & CEO, ah! Ventures
Currently at the helm of four companies in the Financial Services & Consultancy space, creating and growing businesses is not new for Harshad. He made his beginnings as a Management Executive with Larsen & Toubro, where he was assessed to be a high level performer and selected for their esteemed Management Leadership Program. His passion for finance, however, called him to move on to creating his own investment advisory and wealth management company Intercontinental Investments (2005), followed by Excelman India (2006). Further, with his interest in investment banking and desire to help early-stage ventures, Harshad founded ah! Ventures (2009) and CLUB ah! network (2012). In the past 10 years, Harshad has grown his ventures into reputed, self-sufficient businesses that fuel their own growth.
While his investment banking knowledge gives him an edge in evaluating businesses and investment opportunities, it is his extensive experience in creating super specialised, highly motivated teams and lean, optimised workflows and processes that Harshad is known best for. Harshad is known to be an astute problem solver and brilliant negotiator with the ability to think on his feet, while being meticulous and detailed in everything he undertakes. Among other things, he brings to the table the ability to create and build brands and bring about winning partnerships capable of handling whatever curveball the market throws at them.
Besides his interest in finance & investments, Harshad is also deeply involved as a director with the Ajit Lahoti Charitable Foundation, one of Pune's leading charitable institutions helping Chronic Renal Failure patients minimize their hardships by better kidney disease management. He is a Fellow Member of Aspen's India Leadership Initiative, a unique values-based leadership program designed to help leaders move from success to significance'. He has invested in over 40+ startups till date and is a regular speaker at many startup events in India & abroad.
Harshad travels extensively, loves yoga & salsa dancing and lives in Mumbai & Pune.
Executive Director, Universal CLC
Prashant is the Executive Director and founder of Universal CLC, a Mumbai based group of professionals with expertise in Project finance, Real Estate investment, Oil, Gold and Diamonds trading, Launching luxury brands in India and Social Media marketing agency.
Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments - Early Stage Fund
Rajesh is the Managing Partner of Equanimity Investments, an Early Stage Fund. He is a long term investor with experience of over 20 years managing early stage investments, private equity and public equity.
Managing Director, Perfect Octave Media Projects Limited
Ratish is the Founder & Executive Chairman of Insync, the first ever Indian Non Film Based Music TV Channel. He possesses 25 plus years of experience in different fields. He is also a qualified Law Graduate, a Company Secretary and an accomplished violinist travelled world over for concerts.
MD, Avant Group
An entrepreneur and ex-investment professional with over 14 years of experience across Real Estate, Private Equity, Banking, Agri-commodity, Mining and Shipping. Founded Avant Group in 2010. Avant Group is dedicated to making luxurious homes for the middle class keeping in mind their aspirations and needs. All our residential projects are carefully handpicked, designed and executed under the keen guidance of Managing Director Mr. Sudeep Saha.