Alumni Speak

Mr. Amit Jatia, has been the Managing Director of Hardcastle Restaurants Private Limited since 1995. Mr. Jatia is responsible for all aspects of the establishment of McDonald's in west and southern India. He has been with McDonalds since 1995. From 1987 to 1995, he was involved with Houghton Hardcastle (India) Limited and served as its Managing Director since 1993. He serves as the Chairman of West Pioneer Properties Ltd. Mr. Jatia has been a Vice Chairman of Westlife Development Limited since November 21, 2012 and has been its Executive Director since December 22, 2010. He has been a Non-Executive Independent Director of Inox Leisure Limited since May 26, 2011. He serves as a Non Executive Independent Director of Shringar Cinemas Ltd. He serves as Non Executive Independent Director of Fame India Ltd. Mr. Jatia has been a Director of Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited since 2011. He serves as a Board Member of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization and serves as a Member of the Young President's Organization, Mumbai. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Limited since 2011.

He served as a Member of the Managing Committee of the Indian Merchant's Chamber. He has been recognized for his achievements with the awarding of the "Young Achievers Award" by the Indo-American Society in 2003, Business world's "Most Respected Company" award for the Food Sector in 2005, for the third consecutive year, as well as Images "Retailer of the Year" award in 2004 and 2005.

Uday Kotak is the Vice Chairman and the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. He is a self made Indian Business man with a net worth of 3 billion dollars. In less than two decades he has not only made a prodigious fortune but has also created a brand name in the banking and investment industry. Presently, Kotak Mahindra Bank is the 3rd largest private sector bank in India.

  • Uday was awarded with "Most Valuable CEO" overall, 2010 by Business World.
  • He has been awarded as "Asian Asset Manager of the year" in 2009.
  • GIREM presented Kotak Realty Funds Group with "The Investor of the Year Award" for the year 2009
  • He was bestowed with "Innovator of the Year Award" by CNBC TV18 in 2006.
  • He was awarded the Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" in 2003
  • Uday was featured as one of the "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" at the world Economic Forum's annual meet at Davos.
  • He was also earmarked amongst the top financial leaders for the 21st century by Euromoney Magazine.
  • He is a member of the Board of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Affairs, Mahindra United World College of India and the Indian School of Business.

"A dramatic change has taken place in India. This nation of savers has turned into a nation of investors and spenders. That's an exploding opportunity for a banker".

Awards and Accolades

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala also know as bhaiya ji,great bull,RJ,Indian warrenn buffett among his followers.If Indian stock market is a religion he is God of the Indian stock market.His predictions and picks are followed by his thousand's of followers.Lets throw some light on how he started .He was son of an Indian Tax officer.

He currently owns RARE Enterprises. He is currently buying Delta Corp and owns 3.6% of the company.

Mr. Rocky S is a fashion designer who has carved a niche in the Indian fashion industry. After making a niche in the industry as well as a successful venture into the retailing forum, with the launch of his brand 'Rocky S', he has moved further, being the first Indian designer to launch a fragrance. Rocky S Noir Femme and Rocky s Noir Pour Hommes was unveiled by Arjun Rampal at Aurus Lounge.

Being overloaded with designing offers from Bollywood, Rocky S left Roopam for a full fledged career in designing the outfits of stars, for their films as well as privately. After getting a hold in Bollywood, he launched his own boutique 'Rocky S' in Juhu, to give a vent to his creativity. The boutique has both men and women designer collections. The drive to gain international fame and success took him to Dusseldorf-Germany, where he participated in IGEDO fair, in September 1996.

Brand and Clientele

Rocky S makes clothes under his label 'Rocky S' only. His client list includes stars likes John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and even Beyonce Knowles.

He currently owns RARE Enterprises. He is currently buying Delta Corp and owns 3.6% of the company.

Mr. Vallabh Bhansali is the co-founder and Chairman of Enam Financial Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Bhansali is a leading investment banker, investor, venture capitalist and Capital Markets expert of the country. He has a deep interest and understanding in many fields, besides the field of finance, such as, religion, behavioral sciences and economic development. He serves as Director of Maya Entertainment Ltd. He served as Director of AXIS Bank Limited since November 19, 2010. Mr. Bhansali received many awards and honours including the citation of Veteran Economist of the Capital Markets from the Indian Council of Business.

Mr. Vijay C. Kalantri, GCD Textile Diploma, serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Dighi Project Development Co., Ltd., Dighi Rails Infrastructure Ltd., Dighi Port Ltd. and Balaji Infra Porjects Ltd. Mr. Kalantri serves as a Vice President of MVIRDC World Trade Centre and Bowling Alley Association. He is an industrialist and has over 40 years of experience in textiles, leasing finance and infrastructure development. He is actively involved with various Industries and Government Bodies. He is Vice Chairman of World Trade Centre. Mr. Kalantri serves as Vice Chairman and Director of M. Visvesvaraya Industrial Research & Development Centre. Mr. Kalantri has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at Goenka Diamond and Jewels Limited since July 31, 2009.

He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of SAB Industries Ltd. since December 30, 2005. He has been Non Executive Independent Director of VIP Industries Limited since May 22, 2000. Mr. Kalantri is National Advisory Board Member of Small Industries Development Bank of India and Employees State Insurance Corporation. He serves as Director of Indian Acrylics and Gannon Dunkerley & Company Limited. He serves as a Director of Balaji Shipping & Logistics Ltd., Metropolitan Traders Pvt. Ltd., Hindustan Housing Finance & Dev. Corp. Ltd., Vindhyachal Hydro Power Ltd. and Courier Publications Pvt. Ltd. He serves as an Independent & Non Executive Director of Zicom Electronic Security Systems Ltd. He served as a Director of many institutions such as the Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporations Limited, Dena Bank and Canara Bank.

Mr. Kalantri served as a Director of Sovereign Diamonds Ltd. until August 13, 2011. He served as a Director of S. Kumars Nationwide Ltd. from February 3, 2007 to August 2014. He served as a Director at S. Kumars Online Ltd. until May 19, 2007. He served as Director of MAN Industries India Ltd. from February 15, 2001 to March 25, 2011. He served as a Director of Reid & Taylor (India), Ltd., since February 3, 2007. He served as an Independent & Non Executive Director of Zicom Electronic Security Systems Limited since December 1, 2003. He served as a Non-Executive Independent Director at Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure, Ltd. from June 30, 2006 to May 2014. Mr. Kalantri serves as Chairman of India-Unido Industries Council and Standing Committee on Power; Advisory Board Member of Primary Market of SEBI, Advisory Board of Corporate Governance Committee of SIDBI and Member of Reserve Bank Committees on: Standing Committee on Small Scale Industry, on Exchange Control, on All India Export Advisory Committee, Member of Steel Consumer Council, M/s. BSE Derivatives Segment Council Board and Member of Central Council of Customs & Excise. Mr. Kalantri serves as the President of All India Association of Industries, Indian Council of Foreign Trade, Indo Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry and served as President of Indo-Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves as the president of All India Manufacturer's Organisation (AIMO) & Association of Machinery Merchants Textile Stores of India (AMMTSM). He is Managing Committee Member of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

Mr. Kalantri was associated with various leading organizations, banks and other Bodies Corporate. He successfully organized/ attended National and International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. Mr. Kalantri is honoured with various prestigious awards by Institutions and Organizations representing Industry, Government Bodies and Socio-Economic Institutions. He also won Commander Cross of the Order Of Merit the highest civilian award by the government of Poland. Mr. Kalantri holds Government Commercial Diploma and textile diploma from Synthetic and Art Silk Mills Research Association, Mumbai.

Mr. Sanjay Sachdev served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Tata Asset Management Limited. Prior to joining Tata Asset Management on December 16, 2010, Mr. Sachdev served as the Chief Executive Officer at Principal PNB Asset Management Company Private Limited. He has spent 25+ years building game-changing asset management businesses in a number of emerging markets. He served as a Managing Director and Country Manager for India at Principal International Inc. He served at The Principal International for 12 years, nine of them in India. Mr. Sachdev has spent the last nine years with the pension and mutual fund operations at Principal Financial Group. He worked with the Shinsei Bank of Japan and the Tata Group in the US, India. S.E. Asia and Japan. He serves as Chairman of ZyFin Research Private Limited. He serves as the Founding Chairman of United Way of Mumbai (part of United Way International). He has been a Director of Association of Mutual Funds in India since January 13, 2012.

He also serves as a Director of Freedom Financial Services (Singapore) Pte. Limited, Freedom Financial Services Private Limited, Shinsei Corporate Advisory Services Private Limited, Shinsei Investment I Limited, Mauritius Shinsei Investment II Limited, Mauritius, Shinsei UTI India Fund (Mauritius) Limited and UTI International (Singapore) Private Limited. Mr. Sachdev served as a Director of Association of Mutual Funds in India until June 16, 2006. He is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute and LIMRA Leadership Institute (LLIF), USA. Mr. Sachdev served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited from March 25, 2006 to September 30, 2012. Mr. Sachdev is a Certified Financial Planner and is credited for co-founding the CFP Program in India. He is also an Associate member of the American Bar Association.

Ambassador of India

Began cartooning while doing a residency in the KEM hospital- so have been cartooning for more years than have been practicing radiology. Cartooning for more than 25 years for many, many indian publication as well as foreign ones (including the New York times , Al-jazeera, Sud Ouest , Toronto Star etc). Over the years he has published more than 15,000 cartoons. He draws from a range of topic- politics, urban issues, science, medicine, sports, even spiritual cartoons.

Daily cartoonist for Mumbai Mirror- from 2012 - also published in Pune Mirror, Bangalore Mirror and Ahmedabad mirror, Mid-day ( mumbai, delhi, bangalore, pune) - 6 years , former daily front page cartoonist for Bombay Times (The Times of India) for 9 years.

Former regular cartoonist for Time Out (mumbai,delhi, bangalore), Money Life. syndicated by Artizans in north america. He was honoured to be a Judge at the World Press Cartoon contest-2008- Lisbon- the first and only time an Indian has been made one.He did a cartoon residency in La Rochelle, on an invitation from the city in France, drawing daily cartoons for a french newspaper, Sud Ouest -in Jan Feb 2010 exhibition . The cartoons and some sculptures were later exhibited for three months.The exhibition was with noted french cartoonist and legion d'honneur awardee, the late Georges Wolinski , with his cartoons done on india, while on a visit to india.

Feb 2013, was invited again to France, by the city of Carquefou, for a cartoon exhibition and conference for a week. He was included in the Hello! magazine list of 10 most powerful people in the Indian media- listed at No.9. for the year 2011.He has published a few books of cartoons- 'Fanatics and their antics', 'Say Hah!' (medical cartoons) , 'Never again', 'Pyar ke side-effects' (cartoons on love,sex and dating) He has had four cartoons exhibitions till date in mumbai . at the National gallery of modern art 2002, mumbai, sakshi gallery,2004 and the alliance francaise 2009 and 2010. professional qualification: Graduated from Seth GS Medical college and KEM hospital, mumbai with a post-graduation in Radio-diagnosis MD in 1988 . was a lecturer at the mumbai university for 3 years. i have published 12 scientific papers in indexed medical journals. these include some innovations in the field of radiodiagnosis.

He works at Breach candy hospital, NM medical and ST. Elizabeth hospital as a radiologist. His big lesson from this is that important issues as well as tissues, are nearly always in shades of grey. sculpting carticatures is recent activity and have made several sculptures. He has also held exhibition of his photographs- abstractions in nature in 2014.

Harshal Shah has been with Reliance Group since June 2005, where he joined as a member of its Leadership Team, and founded the Group's corporate venture capital arm and is currently, President, Reliance Capital Ltd. He was also keenly involved in strategy and implementation for Reliance Capital Ltd since 2005. Since 2010, he was elected for three terms as the President of American Alumni Association of India.

With over 15 years of experience across finance, technology, strategy and marketing, Mr. Shah has been responsible for building the corporate VC firm into one of the top venture capital firms in India. The prestigious Red Herring magazine ranked it as #30 out of 1800 venture capital firms worldwide, and it was the only corporate venture capital firm from India in that list. Mr. Shah has seed funded and built household names such as Yatra.com (he is Founder Director), India's largest online travel services company (today, a $750 million company), has seed funded Reverse Logistics, a Kleiner Perkins-funded startup, Suvidhaa, in partnership with IFC, Mitsui and Norwest Venture Partners, Wellspring Healthcare, All Green Energy, and has also had pre-IPO shares of Silicon Valley and French companies that listed on NYSE/NASDAQ. He also advised the Reliance Group on its $300 million all-cash acquisition of a San Francisco-based company and $82 million acquisition of a VPN provider based out of the UK.

Prior to joining Reliance, Mr. Shah has been an entrepreneur and has also held various positions at IBM Global Strategy (USA), Northstar Global Partners (USA), Infostakes, Inc. (USA and India), and Accenture (USA, Singapore, Hong Kong).

Mr. Shah was a Truman Gray Scholar at MIT and MIT Sloan School of Management from which he has two Bachelors' degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Management. He has an MBA in from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and he got his high school diploma from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, USA. He was also ranked first among all English-medium schools, and fifteenth on the merit list out of 179,000 students in the state-wide Secondary School Certificate Examinations and was a National Merit Scholar, a Srinivas Ramanujan Math Scholar and an Andover Math Scholar.

Mrs. Shah is President of Setco Foundation, and she obtained her Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, and Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mr. Vikram Nankani is a Partner and head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice at Economics Law Practices.Mr. Vikram is an India-qualified lawyer, at the Bar since 1986. He completed his LL.M from Government Law College, Mumbai in 1988. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London and a Director of its India branch. He is also a co-convenor of IPBA Dispute Resolution Committee. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA). He is the Chairman of the Indirect Tax Committee of the Indian Merchants' Chamber for the last 2 years. Mr. Vikram is also the Secretary of the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Bar Association, West Zone for the last 6 years. Mr. Vikram was on the government tax panel for the State of Maharashtra. He is a Committee Member of All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (AIFTP).

Mr. Vikram has appeared as a Counsel in LCIA, ICC, LMAA and KCIAB International Commercial Arbitrations and has also successfully represented the interest of several Indian and foreign clients in arbitrations under ICC, UNCTRAL, LCIA, LMAA GAFTA, SIAC, KCIAB, ICA and Ad-hoc arbitrations including India's first and largest business interruption insurance claim, sub-charterers liability in contracts frustrated by Governmental action, contract involving take-or-pay obligations and other contractual disputes.

Mr. Vikram has overall expertise on litigation in India and in International Commercial Arbitration. He has conducted more than 50 reported cases in India and over 50 international and domestic arbitration.

Mr. Vikram has been recommended in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013 & 2014 for his expertise in Dispute Resolution. He is also a Highly Recommended Individual in India by Asialaw Profiles 2014. The Asia-Pacific Legal500 2014 has mentioned him for his expertise in Dispute Resolution and he has also been identified in Who's Who Legal 2013 as a leading practitioner in India for Commercial Litigation. He also regularly represents clients before the various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India and has, to his credit, several landmark judgments rendered by the Courts that have been reported by various authoritative journals and reporters. He is often invited to speak at various seminars on arbitration by CIArb, LCIA, IBA, SIAC etc.

MR. Vikram is also well known for his expertise in Tax, particularly Tax Litigation matters. He has been recommended in the Tax Director's Handbook 2013 and also been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific for his expertise in Tax consistently since 2011 to 2014.

Alumni Achievement