Head, Sales and Marketing, DSP BlackRock Investment Managers
Aditi Kothari Desai is an Additional Executive Director & Head of Sales and Marketing at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt Ltd. She is also the Executive Vice President, member of its Executive Committee and CSR committee. She joined Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group in New York in 1998, primarily working on M&A activities in the Financial Institutions Group. Subsequently Aditi worked in DSP Merrill Lynch as part of the fixed income sales team and later joined DSP BlackRock in 2002 (then DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers), working on various initiatives, including establishing an offshore fund for foreign investors.
Aditi is actively involved in social initiatives. She is the driving force behind DSP BlackRock’s WINVESTOR, an education initiative empowering women with financial knowledge. She is a member on the Advisory Board of Dasra India and also a trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Trust, actively involved with their educational initiatives in both urban and rural areas, as well as initiatives on saving India’s forests and wildlife.
Aditi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Former MD, Lazards
Amit has over 33 years of rich and varied experience in the corporate sector. Amit spent a large part of his investment banking career at Lazards, a global Wall Street Firm, where he was a managing director and member of the executive management board. He subsequently was with Ambit Corporate Finance, as a shareholder, managing director and a board member.
During his investment banking days, Amit has advised several MNCs and large Indian Houses in marquee M&A transactions, both domestic and cross border. Amit is widely traveled, both on work and leisure, and has participated in several global conferences including the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Currently, he spends his time with NGOs in the social space and mentors youngsters as they chart their working life.
Since co-founding Dasra in 1999, Deval has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies resulting in over USD 58 million of capital being directed into the social sector in India. He incubated the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and the Dasra Philanthropy Week and has engaged over 3,000 philanthropists, multi-lateral agencies and corporate foundations that collectively drive the philanthropy agenda in India and internationally. He also initiated the Dasra Giving Circle – India’s largest collaborative giving platform, which combines in-depth research, funding and managerial support to non-profits to enable scale of 15-30x.
He has written articles for media publications such as Mint, Business India and Alliance Magazine and has been quoted in NDTV, Times of India, Economic Times, Hindustan Times and Mint. He has spoken at platforms such as the Global Philanthropy Forum, We the People-NDTV, The Outsider-Bloomberg TV, Unconvention-Forum, SOCAP. He was awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders‘ category for 2014 for successfully transitioning from a thriving career in investment banking to work for the nonprofit sector.
Deval holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro.
Neera plays a leading role in bringing managerial skills, knowledge and critical analysis to Dasra. She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India; and has supported the analysis of over 30 Dasra sector reports on education, health and livelihoods, enabling over USD 44 million in funding for hundreds of social enterprises. Neera is also the member of the Board of Dasra India.
She has closely worked with Dasra's portfolio organizations such as Educate Girls, SNEHA, Sarathi and Aangan to refine their strategies and accelerate their growth by 20-30x. In addition, she has played a pivotal role in engaging with USAID, Piramal Foundation and Kiawah Trust to form the Dasra Girl Alliance, a collaborative partnership that focuses on reproductive- maternal- new-born child healthcare and adolescents girls’ empowerment in India.
She holds a masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, is an Indian Leadership Initiative Fellow with Aspen Institute, and is an elected executive committee member of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Medallion for her dedication to addressing the persistent challenges of poverty in India, and has also been awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders category for 2014.
Vice President, Human Capital, Omidyar Network
As a member of the Human Capital team, Saurabh provides direct support to Omidyar Network's portfolio of entrepreneurs in India, with a focus on organization design and change management, talent management, and executive coaching. He also supports the firm with internal culture development and employee engagement initiatives.
Saurabh has over 15 years of experience working in early to mid-stage organizations across retail, financial services, IT, ITES, and e-commerce industries. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Saurabh worked at Snapdeal as the senior vice president of human resources, where he was responsible for setting up HR practices and formulating and executing the HR strategy in alignment with the organization’s vision and goals. He previously worked as vice president at Beroe, where he led strategic HR practices and built a responsive team of HR professionals.
Saurabh graduated from Pune University with a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and telecommunications engineering, and he received a Post Graduate Diploma in personnel management and IR from XLRI.
Partner and Head, Apax Partners India
Shashank Singh is a Partner and Head of the India office of Apax Partners, the global Private Equity fund. He moved from Apax London to Mumbai in 2007 to start Apax’s office in India. Shashank has led or participated in a number of key deals at Apax including Healthium Medtech, Mannapuram Finance, Zensar Technologies, Shriram City Union Finance, Cholamandalam Investment & Finance, GlobalLogic, IGATE, Apollo Hospitals, TIM Hellas, Weather Investments, TDC, Bezeq and Synetrix. Prior to joining Apax, Shashank was a strategy consultant in London.
Shashank is a Trustee of the Apax Foundation, a Founder of Ashoka University, a member of the South Asia Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s India Circle of Advisors for Cambridge University.
Shashank has an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.