M. P. Sharma, IIMA ’1970 – Techmart
M.P. Sharma is the Founder President of Techmart – Nokia’s Original Mobile Enhancements Partner for Middle Eastern countries. The company was awarded “World’s Best Distributor” by Nokia in 2006. In 2010 he founded Techmart Telecom, a new venture to act as Value Replenishment Partner for Nokia Smartphone category, covering Middle East and Africa, supplying phones to over 50 countries.
Mr. Sharma began his career at Warner India in marketing. He then worked at Cadbury’s and Golden Tobacco Company before moving to the UAE to join Gallaher UK. He soon left for Jumbo Electronics where he worked for over 20 years, starting as General Manager Marketing for Sony Products.
He was twice awarded “Marketing Man of the Year” by Sony. In 1986, he was promoted to Director and in 1993, he took over as President of Jumbo Electronics.
Mr. Sharma graduated from BITS Pilani in 1962 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed his Postgraduate degree in management from IIM Ahmedabad in 1970.
Hari Padmanabhan, IIMC ’1977 – DDB FZ LLC
Hari is currently Executive Chairman of the Encore Group, an ecosystem for entrepreneurial early growth companies he set up early last year, which provides a complete range of services to investees. Before setting up Encore, he was the Chief Strategic Advisor for 3i infotech Ltd. and formerly Deputy Managing Director of the company’s worldwide operations. His professional experience includes over 24 years of varied experience in India and the Middle East. He set up Insyst Technologies in 1986, a MENA region leader in ERP and Insurance segments. An engineer from IIT Kanpur, he set up Reach 4 India in 2008, a Pan IIT alumni-supported organization focused on social entrepreneurship that has set up a number of vocational training Gurukuls for the underprivileged in India. He is currently Chairman of Pan IIT Alumni India, the apex body for alumni of all IITs.
Avi Bhojani, IIMB ’1980 – BPG Group
Avi has been running the BPG network since 1991 and consolidates the Group’s interests across all the specialist business units, and geographies. He has successfully assisted in the conceptualization and implementation of a number of key Dubai initiatives – the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises and Dubai Internet City to name a few.
Avi’s 30 year career has spanned multiple industries like advertising, investments, publishing, private equity and Government, all of them characterised by exponential value creation through innovation. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Avi is also the Managing Director of Innoventures Education, the investment company that manages Dubai International Academy and Raffles International Schools/ Nurseries in Dubai, and a Board member of Dubai Private Schools Group, as well as PanIIM Alumni Network Ltd.
T.N. Pratap, IIMC ’1978 – Crescent Global Consultants
T. N. Pratap is the Managing Director of Crescent Global Consultants since 2009, a boutique Consulting business in Dubai, focusing on Retail management and development in GCC and India. He moved to Dubai in 1992 to continue a career in managing and growing businesses in different sectors, and built a reputation as a leader in the field of premium/ luxury retail in the UAE. Between 1982 and 1992, he was in Muscat in an “entrepreneurial” role building a business in healthcare, consumer goods, perfumes and cosmetics for one of the largest business groups in Oman. Prior to that, he spent 4 years in India in leading FMCG and Pharma companies. Pratap is married to an IIM alumnus, has two children and one grandchild. He enjoys sport, crosswords, Sudoku, and interior design.
Rajeev Kakar, IIMA ’1987 – Fullerton Financial Holdings
Mr. Rajeev Kakar is the EVP & Regional CEO, for the Central Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEEMEA) region for Fullerton Financial Holdings (FFH), a 100% owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. Rajeev also heads Consumer Banking globally for Fullerton Financial’s Bank & Financial Services Investments and Holdings. Rajeev is concurrently also the Executive Director & Founder CEO of Dunia, a UAE JV finance company between Fullerton Financial, Mubadala & Waha Capital.
Previously, Rajeev worked with Citibank N.A. for two decades in various geographies between 1987- 2006, and in his last role was the Regional Head & CEO for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank, managing the Turkey, Middle East & Africa region.
Rajeev is an EVP and member of the Global Management Board of Fullerton Financial Holdings, at Singapore. He is also a member of the Global Advisory Board for the “University of Chicago Booth School of Business”, the Executive Director on the Board of “Dunia Finance LLC”, the Chairman on the Board of “Fullerton Securities & Wealth Advisors Ltd”, a Director on the board of “Fullerton India Credit Corporation” in India, and a Commissioner on the Board for “Adira Dinamika Multi Finance Tbk”, Indonesia.
He is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Rasleen Kaur Sahni, IIMC ’2002 – Dunia Finance LLC
Rasleen is Head of Talent Development in Dunia Finance. Prior to this, she was heading Customer Value Management in Dunia. She has previously worked in First Gulf Bank as a Corporate Credit Analyst; in Centre for Environment Education, India, as a Programme Coordinator for Climate Change Education; and in IBM India as a Product Manager in Personal Computing Division. In Dubai for over 7 years, she was instrumental in setting up the Pan IIM Alumni Network in UAE, and is also currently involved in the Network’s activities as a Director.
She is an Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Mr. Anurag Bhushan– (The Consul General of India)
Anurag Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. As a career diplomat, his overseas assignments have included Political, Information and Cultural work in Tokyo; Economic, Commercial, Visa and Administration responsibilities in Dhaka and as Head of the Political and Administration wings in the Indian Embassy in Berlin. He was also responsible for training of foreign diplomats as well as Indian Foreign service officers during his assignment at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi.
Most recently, he was Head of the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi.
Anurag Bhushan has grown up largely in Uttar Pradesh. He is an alumnus of IIT, Kanpur and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
His hobbies include playing tennis, golf and swimming.
He is married and has a son and a daughter. His wife, Mrs. Neeta Bhushan, is also in the Indian Foreign Service and is presently Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Gautam Vir – President
Gautam Vir, is a highly respected professional in the Banking and Financial sector, with several years of Global and Middle Eastern experience. He has successfully streamlined organisations through effective reengineering, MIS and cultural transformation. Seasoned in strategy, start up, mergers, international expansion, e-commerce, retail and SME banking, corporate finance and due diligence. He is currently an Advisor/Director for UHY -Financial Services Advisory and Consulting with focus on Middle East, Africa and India.
In the past he has held several leadership roles in State Bank of Mauritius, Development Credit Bank Limited, HEBROS BANK (Now UNICREDITBULBANK) as a Chief Executive. Prior to that he held leadership positions in CONSUMER Banking Commercial Bank of Oman- (Now Bank Muscat), Standard Chartered Bank, CITIBANK NA and Bank of America. He has worked in India, Philippines, Singapore, Middle East, East Europe, India, Africa, South Asia, East Europe and North America. He has a track record of improving and transforming performance in these organisations. He was also involved in advising India’s first hedge fund-FOREFRONT.
The President of Madagascar has knighted Gautam as a Chevalier. He is involved in various CSR activities in India, UAE and Mauritius with focus on education, vocational skills and women empowerment.
Cherian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, seasoned himself as a Finance and Corporate Strategy professional before starting out as an entrepreneur in Dubai. Today, he runs medium to large sized businesses, varying from manufacturing and trading to professional services, headquartered in Dubai with operations in several other countries. His ability to focus on the big picture and his strikingly practical nature underlines his drive to grow such diverse businesses, each day. Outside of work, his interests include current affairs, pro bono consulting and Horse Riding. Cherian supervises Finances and Administration at the Pan IIM Alumni Association.
Swapna Abraham – VP
Singer/ Songwriter/ Owner – Admiral Musics
Alok lal – VP
Alok Lal, an IIM(A) 1988 alumnus, is a seasoned Business Systems professional. He has wide ranging experience of driving the IT agenda of well known companies in Manufacturing, FMCG, EPC, Hospitality, Retail, Travel, Mail Order and Vehicle Rental domains around the Middle East.
He is extremely passionate about Indian Classical Music, is an accomplished Dholak player and has been a nationally acclaimed Table-Tennis player as a junior in India.