Pavan Bakeri
Mr. Pavan Bakeri

Mr. Pavan Bakeri after completing his Bachelor of Engineering did his Masters in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. He belongs to the Bakeri group, one of the oldest and most trusted real estate groups in India. He presently looks after various projects of the group and overall growth and serves as the Managing Director (M.D) of the group. He is an active investor and philanthropist. He was one of the Founders of the Ahmedabad Angel Network (AAN). He is also one of the founder members of the Indo-American Education Society in Gujarat.

He is the President of The Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad and has been nominated by the Govt of France for The Ordre Nationale du Mérite, one of France’s highest civilian honours.

Munir Thakor
Mr. Munir Thakor

Munir is founder and director of Silicon Computech P. Ltd., company founded in 1993. Silicon is focusing on niche as well as cutting-edge technology based solutions in the field of data storage, data back-up, cloud storage, disaster recovery and input data capture and data digitization. Munir is also partner at Muso Hightech Systems, a company focusing on manufacturing of technologically advance printing heads for (Textile) Rotary Printing Machines with worldwide market acceptance.
Munir is avid investor for more than 25 years having direct/indirect investment experience in Private Equity, Venture funds and he has started investing as an Angel investor since last 2 years. Munir is charter member at TiE Ahmedabad. Munir is one of the founder members at AAN (Ahmedabad Angel Network). Munir has been actively involved as an external jury (for judging/shortlisting of start-ups) in most of the start-up related workshops or programmes arranged by Incubators/Accelerators across Gujarat Rajasthan and Bangalore. Munir has specific interest in Tech-enabled start-ups as well as emerging technologies like IOT, 3D printing, wearable technology, AI, Machine learning as well as clean energy.

Munir has done his BE from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad and pursued masters in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta (USA).

Praful Anubhai
Mr. Prafull Anubhai

Mr. Prafull Anubhai is an educationist and a Corporate Advisor. He is associated with educational and research institutions like Indian Institute of Management (IIMA), Ahmedabad Education Society (AES), Ahmedabad University, CSTEP (Centre for Science Technology and Policy), ATIRA etc. He is the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Ahmedabad University. He is the member of the Governing Board of IIMA, CSTEP and Ahmedabad Education Society. He is also the Hon. Director of Saptak Archives, an institution dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical Music. He has done his B.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics and attended PMD at Harvard Business School. He has 30 years of experience as a Chief Executive of Textile Manufacturing Operations and presently he is a Director in companies like Unichem Laboratories Ltd., Vardhman Textiles Ltd., Birla Sun Life Trustee Co.Pvt.Ltd, GRUH Finance Ltd. (a subsidiary of HDFC Ltd), EMSAF (Emerging Markets South Asia Fund), Torrent Cables Ltd etc.

Malhar Mehta
Mr. Malhar Mehta

Malhar Mehta is Managing partner in an advisory firm floated by him in the name of M M Advisory LLP wherein they advise their client based on complete understanding of issues and challenges that they face and the business environment they operate in. The services rendered by them include:

  • Project Appraisal
  • Debt/Equity Syndication
  • Corporate / Financial Advisory Services
  • Business/Financial restructuring
  • Management advisory
  • Securitization and structured products
  • Private equity mentoring

Malhar has worked in the banking industry for more than a decade in various organizations and has donned various hats which include that of a relationship manager, location head and regional head across various verticals like Small and Medium Enterprise, Corporate Banking and Corporate Real Estate. As part of his role he has had exposure to various industries like Infrastructure, real estate, textile, oil and gas, Engineering, Jewelry, Chemicals, etc. He has worked with various promoters and industries across the country and has helped them in syndication/monitoring of their project loans and financial modeling/structuring of their projects. In his stint as a banker he has dealt with recovery of stressed assets, participated in Joint Lenders Forum (JLFs), attended Joint Lenders Meetings (JLMs), prepared Information Memorandum for Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR) and has also entered into One time settlement (OTS) with borrowers.

He is a chartered accountant, CPA (Certified Public Accountant, USA), a registered Insolvency Professional and has done his PGP from Indian School of Business (Hyderabad). He is one of the lead investors in Ahmedabad Angel Network (AAN).

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Mr. Punit Lalbhai

Mr. Punit Lalbhai is the Executive Director of Arvind Limited. He is currently working on building new businesses for the company such as Advanced Materials, Engineering & Agribusiness.
Punit has an MBA from INSEAD, France. He is also deeply involved in sustainability conservation. He has done his Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University, USA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from University of California.

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Mr. Savan Godiawala

Mr. Savan Godiawala is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds bachelor’s degrees in Law & Commerce. He has over 22 years of post-qualification experience. Mr. Savan is Senior Director of Deloitte, India, providing service in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Debt Syndication, Business Valuation and Financial Due Diligence. He has extensive experience in serving large national and multi-national clients in process industries, pharmaceuticals, engineering, financial services and other industry sectors. He also leads the Process Industries team within Corporate Finance in Deloitte India. He is a visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad since 2008. He is regularly invited as speaker for various public conferences and regularly contributes an article on FEMA in professional and industry journals. Savan has also co-authored a book on ‘Business Taxation’ published by McGraw Hill. Savan has been on committees of many professional, industries and social associations like Ahmedabad Management Association; Ahmedabad branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India; Gujarat Finance Companies Association; Chartered Accountants Association, Ahmedabad; HL College Alumni Association; CII – Young Indians; Youth Wing – Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industries; Centre for Incubation Innovation & Entrepreneurship at IIMA, Aiesec Ahmedabad; Association of British Scholars; Sports Club of Gujarat Ltd; Rajpath Club Limited and Karnavati Club Limited.

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Mr. Samir shah

Mr. Samir Shah is a finance professional with 26 years of global experience. He currently advises on the investments of the Sattva Funds and is an active investor in Indian companies.

He is a founder Director and was the Chief Investment Officer of the Sattva Asia Opportunities Fund, which invests in listed assets and unlisted assets in Asia across asset classes, with a primary focus on India. During his career in the financial markets, Mr. Shah has been involved in multiple aspects of the securities business.

Prior to forming Sattva in 2004, Mr. Shah worked as Executive Director in the Fixed Income Currency and Commodities Division at Goldman Sachs Asia.

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Mr. Jikin shah

Jikin Shah is a Senior Vice President at SunTrust bank in Atlanta, GA. As a Consumer Technology Executive, he is accountable for enabling Retail Bank (approx. 1500 retail branches and 2,243 ATMs) and Global Contact Centers with innovative technology solutions. He is leading multi-million dollars OMNI channel initiative to allow clients seamlessly bank with SunTrust across various channels (Branch, ATM, IVR, Online, Mobile, Tablet etc). He has successful track record leading IT transformation and establish alignment across strategy, people, process and technology that fuels Innovation from grass root perspective.

Prior to his current role, he established Enterprise Shared Service capabilities (reusable business components similar to LEGOs) and operationalize global IT team for BPM (Business Process Management, SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) and at SunTrust.

Prior to SunTrust, he worked at MetLife for eight years and managed business portals and led Small Market enrolment transformation initiative.

He has MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, MS Computer Science from Marist College and BE in Instrumentation Control from LDCE, India.