Mr Keyur Patel is one of the most dynamic socio-spiritual visionaries in the digital realm. Over the past 15 years he has developed the strategy for and founded half a dozen media companies. He led the turnarounds for such brands as Inktomi and Maxtor, and incubated, hatched and ran a number of successful companies including Brience, Metrius, Webvibe, Fuse+Media, PSI and Fabrik.
He is a Chairman and founder of Fuse Global one of Asia’s leading multi-billion media and entertainment funds focussed on developing organizations that are focussed on innovation, technology, media and social change holistically. He is regarded as one of the foremost digital media innovators, and one of the pioneers in investing in media in emerging markets. He is also long time TV and Film investor in media industry and is investor of some of the largest tv companies such as NDTV Networks and IndiaTV.
Among his successes as a serial entrepreneur, at Maxtor, he led the creation of the company’s “OneTouch” product that has become a major staple in storage appliances for the consumer market and created a multi-billion consumer storage segment. Keyur has been an angel investor in several film and media projects and has executive produced Hollywood and Bollywood films over the past several years. Keyur is also author of the one of the best-selling book, “Digital Transformation”.
Mr Bhaskar Pramanik is an accomplished management leader and professional from the Technology Industry. He has held National and Global Leadership positions in leading Multinational Technology Companies. He has worked in India, Singapore and US.
He retired as Chairman of Microsoft India in September 2017 after a successful 45 years career in the technology industry. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems in India. He was also the Global VP for Commercial Systems at Sun Microsystems Inc based out of Menlo Park, CA.
He is currently an Independent Board member of the State Bank of India, Sankhya Infotech Ltd, and TCNS clothing Co Ltd. He is also on the advisory board of a number of other companies and organizations.
His major interests are in areas of Culture and Strategy; Leadership and Organization Excellence; Corporate Governance, Diversity and Inclusion; Innovation and Transformation, Performing and Transforming; Social Inclusion and Advanced Technologies and their future social and economic impact.
Mr Mukesh Butani is Founder & Managing Partner of BMR Legal setup in 2010. With specialization in domestic corporate international tax and transfer pricing, he has over three decades of experience in advising multinationals and Indian conglomerates on a wide range of matters relating to FDI policy, business re-organizations, cross-border tax structuring, tax controversy and regulatory policy across a range of sectors. He has led International Tax & Transfer Pricing practice for 2 of the Big 4 firms and was Co-founder & Tax Practice Leader of BMR Advisors leading transaction advisory a firm that transitioned into big 4 firms in 2017. He is an acknowledged expert in the area of International tax policy, controversy & Advocacy. He has to his credit several judicial pronouncements, laying down landmark principles of law, bilateral APAs & MAPs with various jurisdictions. He has deposed as an Expert Witness on contentious cross-border tax treaty & TP matters in foreign jurisdictions.
Mukesh has participated in many committees of the Indian Government & deposed before them on host of tax issues pertaining to e-commerce, APA, safe harbor, GAAR, Indirect transfers tax and in particular, the Kelkar Task Force Tax Reforms (2002) & Tax Administrative Reforms Commission (2013). He is often called upon by Indian Policy makers including especially by NITI Aayog and Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council on Income-Tax and GST Policy matters.
Founder and Managing Director of the PINC Group of companies, Mr Gaurang Gandhi has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector. His experience ranges over a wide variety of industries.
He founded Pioneer Investcorp Ltd. (PINC) in 1985. Over the last three decades, PINC has evolved into an integrated mid-market focused financial services company offering a wide range of customised services, including investment banking, private equity advisory, debt syndication, M&A advisory and institutional securities trading. PINC has been serving the needs of corporates, institutional & government clients and family offices with professional advice, integrity and speed.
Gaurang is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He also holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics.
Founder and Managing Director
Saurav has been a Venture Partner with Kalaari Capital and has over 20 years of experience in Media and Entertainment Industry. He is the former Co-CEO and Director Finance & Group CFO of NDTV Group. He has been in the leadership team of NDTV since 2006 first as CFO and later as Co-CEO of the NDTV Group. He has been a part of the core team that spearheaded NDTV’s growth as an industry leader and as the most respected media company in the country. He worked on launching the first-ever Initial Public Offering (IPO) of NDTV in 2004.
At NDTV, he was a part of the initial team that worked on NDTV’s diversification of business into entertainment, digital and e-commerce ventures, which involved raising funds and working closely with all stakeholders including the promoters, shareholders, and investors. Saurav also served as a board member in these ventures.
Saurav is adept at providing leadership in matters pertaining to mergers & acquisitions, managing distressed assets, change management, stakeholder engagement and business strategy. He has vast experience in setting up new ventures, realigning operations, raising seed funding, equity and debt financing, financial restructuring, financial analysis and mitigating risks.
Saurav is a Chartered Accountant with training from PwC in their Global Capital Market Group. He did the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Saurav is an avid reader and loves to travel. He likes to write in publications, speak at seminars and has been a jury member for various business leadership awards. He is also on the board of Welham Boys School in Dehradun.