Advisory Board

Sonu Bhasin

Sonu is one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry. In her career of over 30 years she set up and managed large businesses, and diverse teams, across financial and non-financial sectors in India and overseas.

Sonu led various businesses in senior leadership positions during her corporate career. She began as a TAS Officer with the Tata Group and spent 13 years with the Group before becoming a Banker. As a Banker, she was a Director at ING Barings, President Axis Bank, Group President Yes Bank before going back to the Tatas as COO Tata Capital Limited.

Sonu is an Independent Director on Boards of companies including Whirlpool, Mahindra First Choice Services, Sutlej Textiles, Max Speciality Films, PNB MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd, Karvy Fintech and Berger Paints.

She now focuses on family businesses and is the Founder of FAB – Families And Business. She is a family business historian and is the Editor-in-Chief of Families & Business magazine – India’s only stand – alone magazine that addresses the concerns of family business owners/promoters/entrepreneurs.

Her first book The Inheritors – Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success, published by Penguin Random House, is a bestseller in the business books category.

Ronesh Puri

Ronesh joined Executive Access in the year 1995 as a Senior Consultant and took over as the Managing Director in November 1997. Prior to this, he has been an advocate and a banker. Ronesh has worked on more than 350 searches across sectors, including over 80 Chief Executive and Board level searches. He has led some marquee searches across all industries at various levels with the leading corporates, educational institutes and business houses.

He has successfully facilitated numerous leadership transitions in sectors like Financial Services, Real Estate, Consumer, Education and Industrial. Ronesh has served on the FICCI HR committee. He is also a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Delhi HRD Network and TiE. He was recently awarded the prestigious “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award” for being one of the most promising entrepreneurs in Asia. The Award was presented by Asia Enterprise Forum and included two ex Chief Justice`s of Asian countries as members of the jury. Ronesh graduated in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune and subsequently completed his LLB and Diploma in Management. He writes extensively and coaches and mentors a number of Chief Executives. He is quoted prominently on Management and industry trends in various national and international magazines and newspapers.

Arvind Kumar

Having worked for over 30 years in senior leadership positions in high performing family owned businesses and multinational corporations, in the Durables and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors; Arvind Kumar brings unique insight in business going well outside the realm of textbooks.

In his corporate career- as part of firms like Asian Paints, Marico, Dabur, Britannia, International Food Company and PepsiCo-he has worked in various business functions like sales, marketing, factory management, supply chain, corporate affairs, commodities purchases and international business.

His exposure has been to markets across the globe, including the Middle East where he held CEO positions in International Food Co, Dabur International and Strategic Food International Company (a Britannia subsidiary). His core belief is that power of people is the quintessential factor for success of any institution. He is passionate about gold standards achievements, value extraction and achieving results with ethics. He is able to visualize the global benchmark standards and methodologies to reach them

Arvind is now engaged in the area of Public Policy and Public Affairs with Messrs Perfect Relations and attempts to bring a science and value based interface between industry and the External Environment.

Arvind has graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, with BA (Hons) in Economics and completed management studies from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Ulhas Vairagkar

Ulhas did his PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1980 and subsequently worked for 20+ years with Hindustan Lever, ICI and Berger Paints. His last corporate assignment was with ICI where he was Business Head – Paints. His interest in education took him to MDI, Gurgaon where he was a visiting faculty. He left his corporate job to start T.I.M.E. – a coaching institute at Delhi in 2001. T.I.M.E. Delhi has trained more than 15,000 students and has helped 300+ of its students to get admits into IIMs in the year 2013 when he retired. He is the founder-mentor of Vanguard B-school, Bangalore and teaches there regularly. He also teaches at few NGOs and helps in capability building.

Suresh Satyamurthy

Suresh has held leadership positions in large companies (in CPG, Pharma and Technology sector) across India, Europe, US, APAC & Africa over a career span of over 26 years.

His last corporate stint, before plunging into entrepreneurship, was with Siemens as the Head of the Telecom, Media & Technology business.He has handled business facing roles with responsibility for both revenues and P&L. He is familiar in setting up new businesses and lived through two major M&As in his career.

He is passionate about technology and has created and managed several complex, innovative and award winning technology solutions. He has been a speaker at various national and international forums, on technology and its applications to innovation and supply chains.

Dr Rajiv Kumar

Dr Rajiv Kumar is the current Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. He is a leading Indian economist and author of several books like Modi & His Challenges (2016), Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities (2015), and Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India’s Future (2014).

He has been the Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune and is also the Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi, a non-profit think tank, which focuses on facilitating economic policy change based on objective and rigorous research.

He concurrently served as: (i) Government of India nominated Independent Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (ii) Member of the International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (iii) Director, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL; and (vi) Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India.

In the past, he served as the Government of India nominee on the Boards of: (i) Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta; (ii) Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai; (iii) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi; (iv) Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008); (v) Part Time Member Economics, TRAI, New Delhi (2007-2010)

His earlier positions have been: Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research; Secretary General, FICCI; Director & Chief Executive, ICRIER; Chief Economist, CII; Principal Economist, ADB, Manila; Economic Advisor, Government of India; Senior Consultant, Ministry of Industry, Government of India; Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; Senior Research Program Officer, ICRIER.

He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a PhD from Lucknow University.

Rajat Jain

Rajat Jain, currently on the Board of Xerox India, two Bennet Group Companies, and Neva Garments, has rich corporate experience in the consumer, media, entertainment, and telecom spaces in India, both at young stage companies and Multi-National Corporations.

Start-ups and business transformations are his passion and his key areas of expertise are understanding consumers across various spaces, building and working with teams, and growing businesses that revolve around brands.

An Alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, he brings to the Foundation a wealth of over two decades of multi sector experience and strong industry knowledge and network. He also ventured on his own with a group of VCs and partnered with them to build and exit and create value in a mobile VAS company in 2010. He has a very rich corporate background with leadership positions at Hindustan Lever, Benckiser, Sony Entertainment, Walt Disney, and Xerox.

He has also been actively engaged in the development and restoration of the Braj Region, the Land of Lord Krishna, and has been a long-time Trustee of The Braj Foundation, an NGO, founded in 2005.