Piyush Jain Co-Founder and CEO
Piyush, a Starting Bloc Fellow, has over 7 years of M&A, investment banking, management consulting, Silicon Valley, nonprofit, and public sector experience working with J.P.Morgan, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, SoFi.com, Instiglio, and Govt. of India-Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, while based in New York, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
Piyush has an undergraduate degree from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a graduate degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. At Harvard, he assisted Professor Thornburg in teaching a class on Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations. He has co-authored a paper at Harvard Business School on innovative ways to finance entrepreneurial and social ventures and did his graduate capstone exercise at Harvard on crowdfunding and CSR. A sports buff, he is a fan of Michael Schumacher, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Real Madrid. When not at work, you can find Piyush indulging in electronic music, travel and photography.
Khushboo Jain Co-Founder and COO
Khushboo has worked at various startups and multinational firms in different roles such as The Valiram Group (managing international luxury brands like Hackett and La Martina), a stint with Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra, TheClosetLabel.com and Kansai Nerolac Paints. She is our go-to person for all things operations.
She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Sydenham College, Mumbai and a MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai. She also has advance degrees in Marketing from Parsons The New School for Design, New York and London College of Fashion, UK. Someday Khushboo wants to participate in a triathlon, but currently she is trying to find a middle ground between her sweet tooth cravings and becoming a raw vegan.
Dhiraj Nauhbar Chief Marketing Officer
Dhiraj brings with him over 13+ years of experience in handling Sales & Marketing across various conglomerates such as Tata and Maruti Suzuki & startups, where he co-founded a CRM solution. His expertise entails digital marketing, setting up & growing e-commerce platforms, hacking growth and accurate implementation. He is known for his contagious enthusiasm & energy.
He graduated from NIT Calicut(Mechanical Engineering) and later pursued management courses of Data Science from XLRI, Jamshedpur & Product Management from IE Global, Spain
When Dhiraj is not working, he is wandering into the realm of spirituality & philosophy.
Surendranadh Adireddi Vice President - Product Management
Surendra who graduated from IIT madras in 2010 has worked in Product and Analytics roles for more than 7 years in Retail and E-commerce Domains.
He is passionate about using data in various fields and his current love is using data for Product.
Kingshuk Mitra Vice President, Growth
Kingshuk has worked in the field of Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Advertising and Information Technology with firms like Capital One, Barclays Capital, embibe.com and InMobi. He is passionate about Growth, Digital Marketing and Product.
He completed his Bachelor's in Technology from IIT Kharagpur in Industrial Engineering & Management. When not working, he is engaged in playing soccer, traveling, reading and writing. In college, his involvement in soccer, cricket, debating, elocution and dramatics has nurtured his artistic bent of mind.
Jessica Hawkes Manager, Content, Communications & PR
Jessica has moved to Mumbai from London, where she had worked as an experienced writer in PR and communications roles within creative agencies for a number of years in industries including broadcast, film, IT and technology.
A keen explorer of the world and ideas and never without a pen and paper, it's obvious that language and communication is in the soul of everything that she does. This is reflected through her education; BA in Linguistics with Communication from British university Nottingham Trent, and through her hobbies which include upkeeping a blog and articulating her passions through the creation and performance of spoken word poetry.
Rohit Banthia Manager, Accounts and Compliance
Rohit is our go to person for accounts, finance, and compliance. Rohit has extensive experience handling compliance and accounts of companies and nonprofits. He has worked with various private and publicly listed companies as a Compliance officer previously.
He has completed a CS from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi. In his free time, Rohit like watching cricket.
Archana More Assistant Manager, Human Resources
Archana has extensive experience handling recruitment at NGOs and fundraising organizations. She has worked with Greenpeace India, Synthesis and Jaslok Hospital. She is passionate to work for a cause where she can serve for the society.
She has completed her MBA in HR from Jankidevi Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. In her free time, Archana like listening to music and exploring new places.
Avais Momin Assistant Manager - HR
Once a state level cricketer & team captain, Avais picked up nuances of people management from the gentleman’s game. He brings the same passion to the table as an HR professional and was previously part of a Human Resources function for Asian Paints Limited, Osource India and Localbanya.com. A business management graduate from Mumbai university, his experience into varied environments ranging from a 40 year old manufacturing behemoth to an e-retailer startup has given him an holistic approach to his role.
If not at work, you will find him behind the wheels, exploring towns and villages across India, which he finds therapeutic.
Shreya Kumar Manager, Content & Communications
Poetess, Author, a nature enthusiast and an intellectual adventurer, Shreya breathes all words. Her Instagram account is filled with poetry and she has vowed to keep writing for the world to stay socially mindful.
Krishna Rohila Business Development Analyst
Krishna Rohila has completed his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University. He has been part of various extra-curricular activities such as handling and managing fests and events. He was also the Chairperson of CSI-XIE committee of the college. He is a wanderer and traveler and has been to many places in India on his backpacking trips.
Rohit Gupta Business Development Analyst
Rohit has joined Impact Guru as an MBA fresher from Narsee Monjee Institue of Management Studies. During his college years, he worked for AIESEC in Mumbai and Project Management committees, acquiring experience in marketing and business development. He's a problem solver with past experience in the field of crowdfunding with aspirations to have his own startup in the future. When he gets the time he likes to travel and binge watch TV shows.
Prashant Pandey Business Development Analyst
He has been actively involved in various extra curricular activity and He was also President of UDAAN which is a Youth social service committee and VMEA a student chapter of College. He also have good leadership skill as he was General Secretary Of his Diploma College. He loves hanging out with Friends and a Big Homesick.
Lavinesh Dayalani Business Development Analyst
A Bachelors of Commerce from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune, Lavinesh is an entrepreneur at heart. He loves to keep himself updated on the latest happenings in the startup sector. As soon as work gets over, he likes to pack his bags and head out for treks and various outdoor activities. Reading is one of his hobbies and one day, he aspires to launch an enterprise with an idea to make a difference in the lives of others.
Pravin Shukla Business Development Analyst
Pravin has a vast experience in sales and client management from hospitality and automobile sectors, having associated with the giant corporates like Seven Hills Hospital, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai to name a few.
He brings with him a vast experience of over 5 years and is a very passionate in exploring opportunities with a social importance.
Alexander Thomas Quality Analyst
Alex, our Quality Analyst, has completed his MCA from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research. He has worked as a Front End Developer in his previous experience.
Gulshan Deepchandani Digital Marketing Analyst
An entrepreneur in-the-making and a tech enthusiast, he uses his marketing, analytical and technical skills for Growth Hacking. He has completed his Masters in Computers from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai.
Usually when the weekend arrives, one can find him leading a bunch of young and enthusiastic trekkers, guiding them and helping them discover new places. Being an avid traveler himself, Gulshan loves long drives and keenly explores new places.
Raeesa Mohiuddin Graphic Designer and Animator
Not a true Bengali at heart, Raeesa has mostly spent her childhood years traveling across India studying in various schools. She enjoys living alone and spending her free time participating in various sporting activities. An enthusiastic basketball fan, she has also spent a lot of time traveling the world, learning about different cultures. She has been in the designing industry for the past 2 years and cannot do without her Apple mouse!
Hussain Poonawala Graphic Designer
Born and bought up in Mumbai and done my Graduation in Commerce from Thakur College of Science and Commerce. Having more than 10 years of experience, worked with top advertising agencies in mumbai and worked with brands like HDFC Realty, NBA, NHL, NFL.
I am very passionate about new ideas and designs.
In my leisure time being die hard fan of AR Rehman like to listen music and play cricket.
My Stress buster is to have outing with my family and playing with my over enthusiastic 4 year old son.
Anshuman Mitra Content Writer
Anshuman graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information Technology from Pune University. Having realized his calling midway through engineering he decided to pursue a screenwriting course at UCLA, during placement season in his final year.
He returned a doubter turned believer and with renewed faith in human beings. In his current role he aims to be a giving member of Impact Guru to assist those in need while growing as a result of these collaborations.
Prabhakar Deshpande Content Writer
Prabhakar is an IIT Engineer with 25 years experience covering software development, project management, sales, marketing, journalism and corporate communication. He has also dabbled in social work, having advocated on issues such as female foeticide, sanitation and ultra high networth charity. He has written a paper proposing formation of Organisation of Petroleum Importing Countries to control crude oil prices.
Anthony Oundjian is Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group. He is a core member of the BCG Global TMT practice, with specifically deep experience in Mobile, having worked for a variety of clients across Europe, Middle East and South Asia. Anthony started his career with Electricte de France, managing a joint project with HydroQuebec. He started his consulting career in 1999, at the Paris office of The Mitchell-Madison Group.
Anthony holds an Engineer degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.
Calvin is Managing Director in J.P. Morgan's Hong Kong Investment Banking division, and is the head of J.P. Morgan's telecommunications and media franchise in Asia Pacific with over 16 years experience.
Calvin joined J.P. Morgan's investment bank in 2006 from UBS Investment Bank in HK where he was leading UBS' TMT efforts in Greater China. Prior to this, Calvin was with McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs where he was a leader for McKinsey's TMT Corporate Finance Advisory business for Asia Pacific .
Calvin is a graduate of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where he was a Glaxo Wellcome scholar.
David Back is the co-founder of Zoomcar, India's first car rental company focusing exclusively on self-drive (instead of the traditional chauffeur-drive model). Launched in Feb 2013, Zoomcar grew to over 500 cars across Bangalore, Delhi, and Pune in under 2 years. The company has received money from Sequoia, Larry Summers, and others.
Prior to Zoomcar, David worked as a consultant at McKinsey and as an investment manager at Goldman Sachs. He served as the Director of Government Relations for The Hydrogen Expedition - an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a hydrogen fuel cell powered boat to raise awareness about alternative fuels.
David received a full scholarship to attend Cambridge University's Judge School of Business. Previously, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from Harvard Law School where he had teaching fellowships on Globalization under Nial Ferguson and under Larry Summers.
Gaurav Gupta is Dalberg’s Regional Director for Asia and leads the firms energy access practice. His works includes developing social impact strategies for multinational corporations, developing integrated disease solutions for pharma companies, expanding energy access and helping formulate strategies to fight human trafficking. Gaurav has been the founding partner for a number of social ventures including two eco-resorts, an organic tea plantation and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. He has also founded a leading Indian environmental NGO with AlGore and JSW group and has helped establish a public policy think-tank on Australian indigenious issues. He is a part of the advisory board at Travacco/Namastay and for the curriculum advisory board for the Economics department at St. Xavier’s College. Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav has also worked at Boston Consulting Group for six years at their Sydney and London Offices.
He has a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford and an MA in Development Economics from Yale University.
Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala
Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala heads the non-profit organization, Wockhardt Foundation which runs several programmes in health, education, water and sanitation across the breadth of the country. He is also Executive Director of Wockhardt Limited and is also part of the promoter family of Wockhardt Group – a leading pharmaceutical and healthcare group.
Dr. Huz is an MBA from the prestigious Yale University in USA. He has won numerous Awards and is associated with many social causes. He has handled many important positions with Wockhardt, India Center Foundation, Grameen Creative Lab. He is also the Founder of “The World Peacekeepers Movement”, an online movement comprising of more than a million peacekeepers, forming the world’s 3rd largest army. He is Chairman and Founder of “CSR Advisors”, a consultancy service for CSR.
Dr. Ramana Nanda
Ramana Nanda is Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, with expertise in Entrepreneurial Finance. He received his Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has a BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. He is a recipient of the 2010 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research and the 2015 Kauffman Prize Medal, that is awarded annually to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship.
Prior to his Ph.D., Ramana was based in the London and New York Offices of Oliver, Wyman and Company, where he worked primarily with clients in global capital markets as well as in small-business banking. He continues to advise startup ventures on their financing strategies, with a focus on Fintech, Biotech and clean energy sectors. He also works with philanthropic investors who use market-based solutions to address poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries.
Sam Raymond is the lead crowdfunding strategist at the World Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit. He pioneered the Bank’s crowdfunding data collection and analytical framework, designed and managed crowdfunding support projects in Africa, Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean, and has authored and spoken extensively on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and technology enabled angel investing in emerging markets.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Sam worked as Research and Staff Assistant to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, and is an avid drummer, runner and cyclist.