Founder & CEO, IndiaMART
Dinesh Agarwal is the founder and CEO of IndiaMART.com, India’s largest online marketplace connecting Indian suppliers with domestic and international buyers.
Founded in 1996, Dinesh is credited with leading IndiaMART.com through two decades with an unblemished record of being profitable from day one – a feat no other online company in India has been able to emulate. IndiaMART is among the world’s top ten marketplaces, and has been corroborated by a host of credible market surveys and awards.
Started with a 4 member team, under Dinesh’s dynamic and visionary leadership, IndiaMART has grown to become a strong team of 3600 talented professionals with branch offices in 65+ Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across the country. Its stellar credentials, robust business model and Dinesh’s commitment towards the MSME sector has invited prestigious investors like BBCL, Amaedus Capital, Intel Capital, West Bridge and Quona Capital into its fold for further expansion plans. A vigorous advocate of Indian SMEs, he has spearheaded several path breaking ideas to promote Indian SMEs globally like the Emerging Business Forum. His contribution to Indian businesses is widely acknowledged by the industry and the media.
Prior to pursuing his entrepreneurial instincts, this Computer Engineer from HBTI, Kanpur has honed his technical skills working for industry leaders such as HCL Technologies (America), Center for Development of Telematics (C-Dot) and CMC Limited before returning to India. He has an extensive experience spanning over 20 years in the field of Internet, Networking & Systems Development and Consulting.
Co-Founder & Director, IndiaMART
Brijesh Agrawal is the Co-Founder & Director, IndiaMART.com. Being a part of the core management team, Brijesh has been the brain behind the creation of a plethora of innovative products of IndiaMART. Since inception, Brijesh has been providing eclectic strategies appertaining to Sales, Marketing, Operations and Human Resources. With a paranomic nine years of experience in the B2B world, he has provided the brainwave to many professionals who are now playing the leadership roles in their respective fields.
Currently, Brijesh is spearheading Tolexo.com, a 100% subsidiary of IndiaMART, providing consumer shopping experience for the largest collection of products needed by businesses, factories, offices and laboratories.
A management graduate from the University of Lucknow and an MBA from National Institute of Integrated Learning and Management (NIILM), Brijesh started his career as a Supply Chain Consultant at Miebach Logistics GmbH, Bangalore.
An astute businessman, Brijesh’s biggest strength is his entrepreneurial style of functioning and the ability to forge strong relationships with people. Mingling easily across levels and industries, he is acknowledged as a complete people’s person, who likes to lead from the front.
M. K. CHOUHAN
Managing Director, Mahendra & Ardneham Consulting (P) Ltd.
He is the Managing Director of a successful Board Advisory Consulting company – Mahendra & Ardneham Consulting (P) Ltd. He advises companies on building cohesive & high performing boards and aligning corporate strategy with sustainable business.
He has 34 years of valuable experience in large Indian and multinational companies and in management consulting.
Mahendra has an experience of sitting on the Boards of companies as Independent Director, from a variety of sectors like Financial Services, Information Technology, Capital Goods, Exposition, Telecommunications & Pharmaceutical companies. He has been member of advisory board for Asia, for Stern Stewart & Company (The EVA Company of USA).
Mahendra is an MBA with specialisation in Finance and holds a bachelors degree in science (B.Sc.) with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. He has done a course from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA,. for board of Directors on ‘Governing the Corporation: Global Perspectives in the Indian Context’. Mahendra is consultant to World Bank – IFC, and also holds a certificate by World Bank, IFC, Global Corporate Governance Forum USA, as Trainer for Board of Directors.
Founder, Super Angels of India
Rajesh is the Founder of Super Angels of India. He has a vast experience in entertainment, media and communication sector which also includes his last association with Reliance Entertainment Private Limited as president for seven years.
Before Reliance Entertainment, he was associated with BCCL for 14 years in different leadership roles. He had built Indiatimes.com from a start-up venture. During his 14 years stint with BCCL, he created successful businesses across several new areas, including publishing, Radio, TV, retailing, internet, e-commerce, travel and mobile VAS. He is based in Mumbai.
He holds Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Delhi University, and Master’s degree in Management from Mumbai University. He has also done a fellowship in ‘Globalisation and Leadership’ from the London School of Economics and Social Sciences.
Former Managing Director (India) – Leadership and Talent Consulting, Korn/Ferry International
Dhruv is a former Managing Director, Leadership, Talent Consulting, at Korn/Ferry International (India). He has been helping the organizations manage change, coach senior management, build high performance cultures, restructure and conduct post-merger integration.
Dhruv has an extensive and versatile industry experience of over 36 years in Management Consulting, Financial Services, Corporate Finance, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, International Trade and Marketing. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Dhruv served as a Director with Helion Ventures guiding investment teams to evaluate potential investee companies from a people perspective and working with the portfolio companies on their leadership and talent management strategies and systems. During his expansive career, Dhruv has worked with several esteemed organizations.
He was the CEO and full-time director on the Board of DCM Financial Services, CFO of DCM Toyota and held several senior positions at Escorts, HCL and Amar Dye Chem. Dhruv is an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Founder & CEO, Zest Money
Lizzie is the Co-Founder & CEO of Zest Money, a platform that provides easy financial services to make online shopping easier. Her passion to use technology to disrupt traditional financial services made her move to Mumbai in 2011 to start the India operations of Wonga.com – one of the world’s most innovative financial services companies.
She also served as the Executive Director at DBS previously. Lizzie started her career with Goldman Sachs in equity research and asset management. She then became an investor for The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s largest endowments, as a founding member of the direct private investment team, where she focused on India and financial services. Lizzie loves design and travel, and combined these passions in 2013 to launch Abode Bombay, the city’s first luxury boutique hotel.
She is actively involved in the early stage startup scene, and serves as an advisor to a number of companies including the digital SME finance provider, Capital Float. Lizzie is an Investment Committee member of the early stage fund – India Quotient, a Mentor with Global Super Angels, and also a TiE Charter holder. Lizzie is an avid runner and has competed marathons around the world. She is also a podium finisher and pacer in the Mumbai marathon.