Venkat brings with a very rich and global experience of more than 25 years, successfully leading organizations in the biotech and cosmeceutics businesses. He held top management roles in biotech and pharmaceutical companies like Shantha Biotechnics (A Sanofi Company) and Aurobindo Pharma, roles in which he immensely contributed to the companies' all-round growth. He was instrumental in creating market focus and orchestrating vaccine portfolio strategy in Shantha Biotech, a biosimilar and vaccine company, which was eventually acquired by Sanofi for $800 million. He has been a part of significant revenue growth and value creation in Aurobindo Pharma in the global business segment of APIs and finished dosage form products in multiple therapy areas.
He has held CEO and President roles in Emami and Cavinkare, cosmeceutical and consumer product companies in India with global operations, creating value and growing them significantly with an all rounded approach. During his time at Emami (a publicly listed company) as CEO, the company's market cap increased from $ 300 million to $ 1.2 billion. During the early part of his career, he created some very successful cosmeceutical brands in Cavinkare, and built the organization with a 10x revenue increase in 6 years’ time.
He comes with core strengths in Strategy, Innovation, Technology, Commercialization, Organization building, Finance, M&A. Venkat has received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India.
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Kumar Shiralagi has a 10-plus year track record of managing high-performing investments and exits. He is a managing director at Kalaari Capital, where he serves on ten company boards and has been involved with more than 25 companies - advising investments, serving on boards, and managing exits. From 2003 to 2007, he was Country Director of Intel Capital India. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Charter Member of TiE. He has published more than 60 technical papers, holds 23 U.S. patents, and co-founded Lytek Corporation, a semiconductor laser manufacturer.
Kumar graduated with an engineering degree from NIT Karnataka and a PhD in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. He also holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Krishna K. Gupta is the founder and managing partner of Romulus Capital, which he founded more than a decade ago while at MIT. He focuses on "building rather than betting on" technology and science-based companies. He particularly enjoys partnering with companies (mostly B2B) that have innovative technology or science at the core of their value propositions; as such, he sits on the boards of companies that have spun out of MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and Cambridge. Prior to Romulus, Krishna spent time at McKinsey & Company and JPMorgan.
Krishna received SB degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover. To learn more about Krishna, visit his profile here
Alan Rosling founded Griffin Growth Partners, a consulting business focused on assisting international companies with Asian strategy. He has advised a large number of international clients on growth strategies for the region as well as Indian companies on internationalization. Alan also is co-founder and a Director of Kiran Energy, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Coats Plc and LNGaz, a Canadian small-scale LNG company which he co-founded. LNGaz has entered a Joint Venture with Stolt-Nielsen to develop an LNG facility in Quebec. He is also Senior Advisor to Navam Capital, an early stage technology venture fund.
Alan was an Executive Director of Tata Sons Limited for five years from 2004 and was the Director responsible for internationalising the Tata Group. From 1998 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Jardine Matheson Group in India. His earlier career included the Policy Unit at No.10 Downing Street; Strategy Director at United Distillers, CEO of a division of Courtaulds Textiles and S.G. Warburg.
Alan was educated at Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.
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