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 panoramic 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 Pooraa.com, a simple & easy-to-use system that helps you manage your business better while offering a world-class ordering experience to your customers.
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 Prakash is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach. He possesses over 45 years of experience in a variety of industries and roles of which about 25 years have been in very senior positions.
He has an extensive background in consulting. Having worked with several of India’s leading businesses to manage change, coach senior management, build high performance cultures, align executive compensation, restructure organizations and conduct post-merger integration.
Currently, he serves as an advisor to Jungle Ventures, a Singapore based venture fund and Space Matrix Design Consultants where he also chairs the Executive Board. He is also on the board of directors of IndiaMART InterMESH Limited, SBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company Private Limited and Bharat Hotels Limited where he has played a pivotal role in building high performance teams and defining organisation structures while maintaining and developing their culture. Dhruv is known for his knack of polarising teams and mentoring senior management towards organisational goals. In his current capacity as an advisor to multiple companies, Dhruv has led many such initiatives.
Dhruv has an wide experience across industries like Financial Services, Corporate Finance, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, International Trade and Marketing. He was the Managing Director at Korn/Ferry International, where he led talent and leadership consulting. Before that, he held key positions at Helion Advisors, a VC Fund. He was a senior consultant at Hewitt Associates where he was instrumental in the growth of the firm from a fledgling consulting firm to one of the largest firms in India. Earlier, he has also served as the chief executive officer and member of the board of DCM Financial Services, and the chief financial officer of DCM Toyota. He has also held senior positions in finance at Escorts, HCL and Amar Dye Chem. Dhruv has also served on the Boards of Intec Capital Ltd., TCNS Clothings Ltd. and Alliance Francaise de Delhi.
Dhruv holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Masters in Chemistry from Meerut University.
Co-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.