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  • 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.

  • Tarun Saxena Director, PR and Communication

    Tarun is a public relations and communication professional, having over 11 years of work experience across various sectors like media, entertainment, travel, movies, lifestyle, sports, automobile, real estate, retail, nonprofit, etc. He has an extensive and diverse experience in communication activities, including public relations, media relations, media management, media intelligence service, crisis PR, celeb management, media planning, marketing campaign, brand associations, film marketing activities, retail management and strategic planning.

    He has completed his Bachelor's in Science (Physics & Chemistry), Masters in Sociology, PG diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism, Diploma in Food Science & preservation, and Certificate in Industrial Chemical Analysis.

    He is a professional dubbing and voice over artist, and has dubbed for radio ads, DisneyXD and other animation shows. Tarun is passionate about film making, acting, mimicry, singing, playing cricket, world science and is a keen observer of music & cinema.

  • Sachin Singh Vice President, Business Development

    Sachin brings in 5+ years of diverse experience in fields such as Sales, Strategy , Finance and Consulting. He has worked in various roles in MNCs as well as startups such as CBRE, Godrej, Housing.com and FT Cash.

    Sachin has an undergraduate degree (BE) from Pune University, and has pursued MBA from Symbiosis International University. When not working, he engages himself by playing tennis, squash and badminton.

  • Murtaza Ali
    Murtaza Ali Business Strategy Consultant

    Murtaza Ali joins us with more than 8 years of experience in business process and management.

    Having had international exposure, he brings with him an expertise of working with different cultures. He completed his MBA and MSc. in Finance and has dabbled in the Hospitality, Finance, and Information Technology industry during his time in London, United Kingdom.

    Murtaza believes the best stress buster is an hour of exercise or activities that revive the child in ourselves. He is an avid Manchester United fan and likes to spend his time playing football or cricket.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meet Furia Business Development Executive

    Meet has completed his bachelor's of engineering from Mumbai University, while his engineering he took charge of multiple events to grow himself in Event Management and also was an active member of CSI-SAKEC.

    When away from his work, he is either engrossed in Football or he is ready for some bagpacking trips and an ardent lover of night trekks.

  • Hardik Shah Business Development Executive

    An Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer from Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Hardik has worked as a SAP Basis Consultant at Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd. for a year. He is actively involved in sports, gaming, and social activities, while often being on an exploration spree for things that would interest him.

  • Ruchi Choudhary Business Development Executive

    A graduate in management studies from Mumbai University, Ruchi is also a district level chess player. She has also modelled for brands like pro Kabadi and Volkswagen. Enthusiastic in serving the society, she has joined Impact Guru to put her business knowledge into use for social good.

  • 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.

  • Fatema Diwan Content Writer

    Fatema has a graduate degree in Journalism and a Masters degree in Literature. Her love for words is only beaten by her love for all things ancient. She mostly spends her weekends worrying about the pile of novels she has to finish reading, while watching a re-run of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Advisory Board

  • Anthony Oundjian
    Anthony Oundjian

    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 Zhang
    Calvin Zhang

    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
    David Back

    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
    Gaurav Gupta

    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

    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
    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
    Sam Raymond

    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.