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Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan

– Chairman-InnoServ Group of Companies Director at Keiretsu Forum – Mumbai Chapter

Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan is Director at Keiretsu Forum, a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having 20 years of investment banking experience and 19 years of being a mentor capitalist. Ramachandran Gopalakrishnan possesses diverse knowledge of Strategy, Finance, and Operations.

He is also a serial entrepreneur with a total of 39 years of varied experience in diverse fields including Fitness, Wellness, Retail, Finance, Sports Tech and Digital.

Gopalakrishnan also serves as Chairman of the Board of Innoserv Group, where he constantly shares his deep insight into the industries they serve.

Giri Balasubramaniam

– Quizmaster & CEO – Greycaps

Giri Balasubramaniam, better known by his pseudonym Pickbrain, is a noted quizmaster and co-founder of Greycaps, Asia’s largest onstage quizzing and knowledge services company. Seen every weekend hosting quiz shows on national television channels in India, he is also the mind behind the Global Awareness Program (GAP), one of India’s first focussed and structured knowledge enhancement programs for school children. He and his team have presented over 2000 shows across 94 destinations of India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, UK and USA to emerge as one of the fastest growing quiz hosts from the region.

Giri has previously worked with The Economic Times, The Walt Disney Company and Indiainfo.com for over a decade before launching Greycaps. He is a regular speaker at conferences and educational institutions. He is a Postgraduate in Media Management, a Masters in Gandhian Philosophy and Thought and is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School.

Apurva Chamaria

– Senior VP & Chief of Staff – Tech Mahindra

Alumni at Harvard Business School with close to 20 years of experience across various sectors. He was previously the Chief Revenue Officer at RateGain, the world’s leading SaaS provider to travel and hospitality sectors. This includes a stint at HCL, heading corporate marketing and was responsible for brand marketing, employer brand, employee marketing, thought-leadership, digital marketing, analytics, finance and marcom. Other roles @ HCL include being a part of the CEO’s Vineet Nayar’s office and being a Sales Director at HCL America. Prior to moving into sales, he was the Global Head of Marketing and Strategy for Enterprise Applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, ECMP, IV & VS, Mainframe and Mid-range, Business Intelligence, IT Consulting). He has worked in various sales and marketing positions at Ranbaxy Laboratories (now Sun Pharma).

Dr. Sandeep Pachpande

– Chairman- ASM Group of Institutes

An academician, entrepreneur, real estate developer, technopreneur, mentor, author, keynote speaker, agriculturist, and visionary Dr. Sandeep Pachpande brings a multi-faceted business sense to the table every day. With a vision to provide global standards of education combined with the strength of industry exposure, binds his avid leadership that has guided and mentored careers of thousands of students.

Dr. Sandeep Pachpande has done his Senior Executive Leadership Program from the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA and is a Harvard Business School Alumni. He is currently pursuing the Kellogg Executive Scholars Program at Kellogg School of Management. A Ph.D. from one of the top 10 universities of India, University of Pune, MBA topper from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and B. E. Computers

He is currently the Chairman Audyogik Shikshan Mandal (ASM), a premier education trust providing quality education right from KG to Ph.D. level. ASM group of institutes under the able leadership of Dr. Sandeep has grown to 15 institutions in 6 campuses at Pune & Mumbai and has over 5000 students studying every year at ASM. He is a Ph.D. research guide and is frequently invited by universities, industry, and associations from around the world to deliver keynote address, chair sessions and to share his vision on education. He has traveled to 36 countries on various assignments, study tours, and delegations and is truly global in his thought, words & deeds.

Apart from education and he also invests in startups he has business in software, horticulture, and real estate development.

He has authored many books on a wide range of subjects, “Case Studies in Management”, “Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)”, “Data Mining and Data Warehousing”, “Human Resource Development” & “Marketing Management” to name a few.

Dr. Pachpande associates himself with many charitable foundations, NGO’s and CSR organizations.