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Chetan Shah

Independent Director

Chetan Shah

Chetan is the co-founder and CEO of Effectus Partners LLC, US. He has a strong passion for coaching and is an investor, mentor, and board member of several start-up companies in US and India across various industries including internet, mobile, e-commerce, gaming, retail, enterprise software, and consulting.

Chetan is the founding member of the Pune Chapter of the Indian Angel Network (IAN) and is actively involved in many other industry associations in various capacities – Charter Member, TiE Pune, Past President, Software Exporters Association of Pune (SEAP), Past Chapter Chair, Young President’s Organisation (YPO) Pune and member, Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group. Chetan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, US, an MBA in Finance from the University of Scranton, US and Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai University, India.


 Padmaja Ruparel

Padmaja is the Co-Founder & President of IAN, India's first & one of the world’s largest group of business angels, comprising the who's who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs from India and overseas. She is the Founding Partner of the IAN Fund, a uniquely differentiated Rs. 450 crores (~$70mn) Fund which along with IAN, is set to create the largest horizontal platform in India for investing in seed and early stage ventures.

Padmaja is a Co-Chair of Global Business Angel Network. She also operationalised TiE Delhi, which has been ranked as the number one chapter globally for the last 4 consecutive years. She played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, India's oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms. In addition, she helped the creation of Lankan Angel Network in Sri Lanka. She is actively engaged with the Indian Govt.

Padmaja is nationally recognised as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped co-found many of the relevant institutions, besides being an active Angel investor herself. Her operating experience spans large corporates, M&A, and start-ups/early stage companies. She has been awarded as one of the 'Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business' by Fortune India and has been listed in Forbes India’s W-Power Trailblazers and ‘30 Most Powerful Women in India’ by Business Today.

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Padmaja Ruparel

Independent Director


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Sudhir Mehta

Independent Director

 SUDHIR MEHTA

Sudhir is the Chairman & Managing Director of Pinnacle Industries Ltd, India’s largest commercial vehicle seating and interiors Company. He was the Chairman of the CII Western Region for the year 2016-17 and is the Co-Chair CII National Startup Council.

Sudhir is a serial entrepreneur who has started and successfully led several manufacturing ventures. He holds various positions including Director, Force Motors Ltd, Director, Rivulis Irrigation Ltd, Chairman, Kider India Pvt. Ltd, Director, Arcatron Mobility Pvt Ltd, Director, VDL Pinnacle Engineering, Director, Indaux India, and Chairman, Cash Back India. He has also held various positions in the past, such as Managing Director, Man Force Trucks and Advisor, Urdaneta Capital LLP.

Sudhir is on the Board of Management of Ajeenkya D Y Patil University and is a Member of IAN. He is also on the South Asia Board of the YPO, Advisory Council of IIT Gandhinagar Research Park & Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and a Secretary of BMVSS Indore, Largest Artificial Limbs NGO in the world.

Sudhir holds an MBA in Finance & International Business from University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, US and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Economics from Depauw University, US.


Pratik Shah

Pratik has over a decade of professional work experience in valuation and transaction advisory services, with expertise in valuing technology companies. In 2012, Pratik co-founded Knowcraft Analytics. Under his leadership, Knowcraft has grown to a team of 60+ valuation professionals. At Knowcraft, Pratik leads sales execution and business development efforts. He also plays a key role in mentoring teams on project execution, as well as managing portfolio valuations.

Prior to co-founding Knowcraft, Pratik had stints at reputed companies, such as EXL, IQR Consulting and MindTree. Pratik is a MS (Finance) and CFA from the ICFAI University, India. Pratik holds a Master of Commerce from Gujarat University. Currently, he is pursuing CVA accreditation from NACVA.

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Pratik Shah

Executive Director


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Upasak Shah

Executive Director

Upasak Shah

Upasak has over a decade of professional work experience, with expertise in valuing life science and healthcare IT companies. In 2012, Upasak co-founded Knowcraft Analytics. Under his leadership, Knowcraft has successfully executed 3,000+ varied and complex valuation engagements acting as an extended arm of leading US based valuation firms. At Knowcraft, he leads complex valuation and consulting engagements. Besides business development and project execution, he is actively involved in training and nurturing talent.

Prior to co-founding Knowcraft, he worked at EXL, where he pioneered transaction advisory and complex security valuation services. Upasak is a MS (Finance) and CFA from the ICFAI University, India. He holds a Master of Commerce from Gujarat University. Currently, he is pursuing ASA accreditation from American Society of Appraisers and CVA accreditation from NACVA.