Kundan Shekhawat is Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ascent & has extensive experience in financial services with hands-on expertise in Product Development Engineering, Strategy and P&L management. A career spanning over 17+ years in a blend of Technology & Business Solutions, Kundan has spearheaded the companyʻs growth since its inception and carries a strong vision to take Ascent to next stage of growth.
Kundan is a Passionate Entrepreneur who is determined to build organizations with focus on constantly enhancing competitiveness, profitability, customer focus, people partnership, branding, corporate values and governance.
Dr. Binduu Raathore is Co-Founder and Executive Director at Ascent and is responsible for Global Sales, Marketing and Strategic Alliances. She has Master’s in Business Administration and is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
She is also a certified Directive Communication Psychology trainer and has her accreditations from American Institute of Business Psychology. Dr Binduu holds doctorate degree in Leadership Management and is recognized in top leadership and motivational trainers in Middle East and India. Dr Binduu has been instrumental in growth strategy for start-up companies in her earlier assignments. She has been a key member in Ascent growth and manages effective marketing strategies for emerging markets.
Viney started his banking career at Citibank, N.A. in 1967 where he managed the retail and commercial lending portfolio for eleven years with a regional focus and delivered customized solutions that fostered trusting relationships with clients. In 1994, Viney founded the Boston-based Transcontinental Energy Company, Inc. (TEC), a project financing boutique specializing in the energy sector providing financial engineering solutions in emerging market countries.
Viney holds a Master of Science in Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Sloan School of Management. He is also associate with Harvard University and currently teaches Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Banking and appeared several times in the Dean’s list as Distinguished Professor.
A finance professional with diverse work experience across Financial Services, Hospitality & Travel, IT / ITES verticals. He has extensive experience in growing & transforming early-stage companies into global organizations. His expertise across business & finance strategy including fund raising, M&A & strong leadership have helped organizations in their value creation.
T Suresh is CFO at Ascent and also continues to lead a financial & strategic advisory firm, Tathva Capital, supporting medium sized organizations achieve higher levels of growth. Prior to this, he was the CFO & Management Team member at Wipro Spectramind and the Quatrro Group. Earlier to that, he was responsible for treasury management and was a key member of the strategic & financial planning group at ITC Ltd.’s Financial Services Division.
A dynamic, versatile individual with several years of experience in Project Management, Finance & Banking , Business Analysis, Process Management, CRM and Key Client Management. A project planner with expertise in planning, executing and spearheading various projects and ensuring the execution to be in compliance to quality standards. An effective leader with distinguished abilities in end-to-end process management, motivating team members to maintain deliverables as per SLA; resolved escalated issues communicated status & resolution options to the management.
Skilled in conceptualizing and effecting process initiatives to enhancing process efficiency; introduced various ideas for the growth of the process and the team. Influencing across the organization, identifying change opportunities that will improve productivity; able to drive significant change and transformation at the leadership-level and workforce-level; performed root cause analysis of the various complaints and suggested improvements. Proven skills in managing teams to work in sync with the corporate set parameters & motivating them for achieving business and individual goals.
Feroz has over 20 years experience in private equity, venture capital, M&A Integration, and consulting. As the founder of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa office of Intel Capital,.
In the course of his career Feroz has advised on or lead multiple transactions, including disposals, M&A integration, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments and financing with a combined value in excess of US$ 3 billion. After leading the investment arm of the Intel Corporation, Feroz has contributed as an investor in several successful US based innovative technology startups.
Feroz has consulted with various international companies on strategic growth into the Middle East and is a council member on the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) platform. Regionally, Feroz has served as an independent investment committee member at the Etqaan Sharia Fund (TNI/KAMCO). He holds a MBA Finance and Strategy from University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross school of Business and BS Electrical Engineering (Hons) University of Maryland.
Venkat has over 20 years of diverse experience in the BFSI space. An astute relationship banker with finance, process reengineering, coaching and company law background, he has managed teams in various corporates and banks; ICFAI, Tata Coffee, GECIS, Karvy, SCOPE (SCB) and Mashreq.
Venkat was the third in GCC to become a certified PgMP after completing his PMP. He is a certified Six Sigma professional from GE and Indian Statistical Institute and has mentored 40+ batches of aspiring project management professionals. He also holds his professional qualifications in Cost Accounting (CWA) and Company Law (CS) other than a Masters in Commerce. He is a creative thinker and agile banking professional with proven ability to rapidly grasp any challenge or opportunity and develop actions to drive business performance with excellent understanding on how and where to apply technology to business problems, both tactically and strategically.
IT business executive and an entrepreneur with extensive expertise in data management and business intelligence solutions. He collaborates with sales, marketing, finance and IT executives to envision solutions that increase sales revenue, decrease operational cost, and comply with regulations.
Prior to joining Ascent, Hemant was a founder/CEO of an MDM, BI consulting firm, and worked with Oracle Corporation as a Senior Product Manager with OLAP group. He was a keynote speaker at Oracle Open World. During his consulting engagements, Hemant had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most innovative companies such as GE Power, GE Capital, Ford Motors, Tyco/Kendall, TJX, Deloitte, E&Y, PWC, and AT&T. He also led the data management implementation for HealthSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, WellPoint, Saving Bank Life Insurance, Iron Mountain, UMass, and MassHealth. Hemant holds a Master’s in Computer Science (MS) and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degrees from ITM Mumbai in articulation agreement with Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. He is passionate about investment banking, financing, and equity analysis.
Yogendra has more than two decades of experience in Technological Product Development and R&D. He is a Professionally matured result oriented technical enthusiast with progressive experience in designing and delivering highly reliable and valuable products and solutions across technologies, frameworks and platforms.
His entrepreneurial instinct coupled with his in-depth technical knowledge, out of the box thinking and outstanding leadership abilities can enable him to take on challenging opportunities, convert them into sustainable business ventures and hand over for scale up. Distinction of driving growth by establishing product / R&D verticals, product development, product transformation / enhancement and market expansion while leading teams spread across globe.