Harshavardhan Neotia

Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group

Mr Neotia did his schooling in La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and obtained B.Com (Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Subsequently he completed the Owner President Management Program (OPM) from the Harvard Business School, USA.

Mr Neotia is the Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group. Operating through several companies the Ambuja Neotia Group covers the entire spectrum of the Real Estate industry including Housing, Hospitality, Health Care and Education.

Mr Neotia was conferred with ‘Padma Shri’ by the Hon’ble President of India in 1999 for his outstanding initiative in social housing. He was also honoured with YPO Legacy of Honour Award in 2005.

Mr Neotia is the Immediate Past President of FICCI. He is a Member on the Society of Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. Mr. Neotia is a Member on the First Court of Tripura University. He is also a Member of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan. Mr Neotia is a Member of the Chief Minister’s Core Committee on Industry, Government of West Bengal. He is on the Board of Shree Somnath Trust, Gujarat; as also Trustee, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

Mr Neotia is the Honorary Consul of Israel in West Bengal.

Sanjay Sarda

President, Corporate Strategy (Ambuja Neotia)

MBA from IIM Calcutta of 1990 batch and B.Tech. from Birla Inst. of Technology, Ranchi in 1982

A resourceful administrator & strategic planner with over 32 years of extensive and rich experience in managing the entire gamut of activities entailing Business Development, Corporate Strategy, Supply Chain, Cost Reduction, Spend Management, Strategic Sourcing, Commercial Functions, Project Procurement, Inventory Control, Vendor Development, Logistics, Materials Management etc.

Proficient in creating Teams for developing & streamlining systems with proven skills to enhance operational / administrative effectiveness and meet operational goals within cost, timelines & quality parameters

Has worked with major corporates entailing: Dalmia Cement, Jindal Stainless Ltd., Subros Limited, Ambuja Cement, Incab Industries Ltd., Hindalco Industries Ltd., Ispat Alloys Ltd., and so on

As a Hobby - created a Music academy -Svar Vandana to promote traditional Indian Music & Dance forms. It now has 6 Centers all over India with over a thousand students of all ages. Self learning Santoor in the Sufi Gharana for last 7 years.

Proactive and team oriented with proven acumen to lead & manage diverse and large teams using strong organisational skills, out-of-the-box thinking, and innovative problem solving skills

Sudish Kumar

An Alumnus of IIM Calcutta - Post Graduation in Global Business Management Program and Post Graduation Certification in Management from IIT Bombay with an Engineering background

Sudish has 18+ years of experience in Sales, Business Development, P&L Management, Datacenters, Cloud Service Providers, Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, and Disaster Recovery etc.

Sudish has vast experience in managing large teams of Sales, Marketing, Pre-Sales, and Operations in India, AsiaPacific, Middle East and USA.

Prior to joining AmbujaNeotia, Sudish was the Vice President - Asia Pacific for Perpetuuiti Technosoft Pte Ltd( An Intel Capital portfolio Company). He also was a part of organisations like Commvault Systems Inc., Mphasis Ltd (an HP company), Trimax etc.

Sudish has been a core team member of various startups in Technology, Fintech, Education et out of which 2 startups were acquired by Billion Dollar Software giants.

Sudish is married to Vibha who is an MBA and an homemaker and is blessed with a son (Satvik-10 yrs) and a daughter (Lasya-3 yrs). Sudish is an avid cricketer and still plays at various levels. He is also fond of travelling, reading and watching movies.

Pramod Dwivedi

Head Marketing (Ambuja Neotia , Real Estate Division)

Real estate Professional engaged in strategizing, Selling/Leasing and Marketing Real Estate Projects (Residential, Retail and Commercial).

Formulated and Executed Business Strategies to Turnaround the Real Estate Projects

Over 20 years of experience in Real Estate and Cement industry.

EXPERTISE

Business Strategy
Market Research
Merger & Acquisition
Marketing
Facility Management
Channel Management
Leasing / Sales
Networking
Managing Alliance

Senior Executive MBA fromIndian School of Business, Hyderabad. (OneTerm each in Kellogg School (Chicago, US), Wharton School (Philadelphia, US) and FDC (Brazil) in 2014.

Executive MBA from IIM, Kolkata in 2003.

Gold Medalist from Patna University, B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics.

Vijay Shankar Dwivedi

A graduate of St. Xavier’s College Kolkata and an alumni of IIM, Kolkata he has an experience of more than 20 years with the Ambuja group and has served in various capacities in the different verticals including the cement division.

He started his career as a management trainee and rose to handle several portfolios including Project Management, Property Management, etc. He is now in charge of Brand & Corporate Communications for the group reporting to the Chairman.

Pankaj Thakar

Serial Entrepreneur. Coach. Mentor. Angel Investor and Advisor to Start-ups & Digital Media Evangelist

Pankaj Thakar is a Serial Entrepreneur with 30+ years of Corporate and Start-up Experience. In his Various C-level role and founder of multiple start-ups globally, he has built, advised and transformed, both corporate and start-up companies to become highly successful. He started his career with HCL Ltd and subsequently worked with India Telecom Ltd., before moving to USA with Consilnet Inc, a Global Start-up, based out of Silicon Valley, USA pioneering in Wifi industry with its Technology &Infrastructure solution with business in USA, Europe, Middle East & Asia. Post that he worked with Atlas Telecom in Franceand One World Interactive, UK and returned to India to startup Cellcast Interactive, a subsidiary of Cellcast Holdings Asia based out of Cayman Islands. All these companies have been in Technology and Consumer space.

Over the last decade Pankaj has specialized in Digital Media Strategies, Digital Marketing, Online Consumer Behavior and Big Data Applications & Analytics. He has built platforms, products & services that have been disruptive in their domain resulting in exponential growth for various companies. His understanding of the DigitalSpace & his eagerness to learn has made him best in understanding the consumer in Digital World. He has attended Harvard Business School Executive Education programs in Digital Media, Digital Marketing, Big Data Analysis & Applications, to validate his understanding & fine-tune his skills.

Pankaj enjoys mentoring, coaching and advising Start-ups at various stages from idea to growth & currently is engaged with many of them. He has helped many of his colleagues become entrepreneurs by advising & mentoring. He believes in distributing knowledge by coaching/training people at all levels, especially senior level executives, who struggle to stay relevant in this Digital Era.

Pankaj is an MBA(marketing) from Devi AhilyaBai University Indore, along with BSc. in Maths with Honours. He is married with two sons age 29 & 22 and lives in Gurgaon.

Finally he believes that his best is yet to come! Hence his next Move – PadUp Ventures, along with two Founding Partners, is a Mentor Driven Incubation Program. “Padup Ventures” is an incubator that helps an individual or individuals or a company to Start a Technology enabled Venture. The incubator programs provide critical interventions that significantly help these individuals with mentorship that includes validating ideas and converting them into businesses by providing management coaching, building POC, MVP & business plans, extending helping hand through business networking & opening doors, business development, advising on technology stack & application, providing access to support services like accounts, HR & legal and ultimately hand holding to build sustainable business that can attract investors. All in all, we help these technology startups, who walk in with not more than a idea and a laptop, start, survive, sustain and scale their business.

Deepak Sogani

Deepak Sogani has rich Investment Banking and corporate experience primarily in the areas of finance and strategy in the Investment Banking, IT and ITES, Media and Manufacturing sectors Having worked as CFO for large global organizations, he is well experienced in all areas of financial and business management with special focus on Strategy, M&A, Business Development, Business Incubation, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Operations, Commercial negotiations and enjoys supporting growth and scaling of businesses . He has significant experience of raising capital and taking companies to public both in India and US.

An Alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, he brings to the Company strong financial domain knowledge, experience of working with family owned businesses and related network. He is a highly entrepreneurial and loves to work with young companies