Meet Us

Our team of functional and sectoral experts is well supported by our diverse mentor network!


Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship
New Campus, IIM Ahmedabad
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad – 380015
Startup Oasis
EPIP Software Park, RIICO Industrial Area
Sitapura, Jaipur
  • Kunal-Upadhyay

    Kunal Upadhyay

    Chief Executive
    Specialization : Investments – Cleantech
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Kunal has been leading CIIE since 2007 – creating new partnerships and initiatives to bridge the gaps in Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem including the iAccelerator, The Power of Ideas, MentorEdge, Renewable Energy Search and Stay Hungry Stay Foolish. Under his leadership, CIIE has seeded over 100 ventures – many of which he directly led and continues to guide on various aspects like hiring, fund-raising and strategy.Kunal conceptualized and leads Infuse Ventures, a fund and ecosystem to build entrepreneurial solutions for India’s energy and sustainability needs. Infuse brings together the Government, corporates like BP and Godrej, financing institutes like SIDBI and ICICI Bank and multilaterals like IFC and ADB together to support aspiring energy and environment entrepreneurs.Kunal also co-founded a cleantech venture focused on the drinking water market and also bootstrapped a campus-placement venture. Prior to joining CIIE, Kunal worked across continents as an internal strategy and operation consultant with Citigroup and American Express. He is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad and London School of Economics.

  • Maneesh-Bhandari

    Maneesh Bhandari

    Director – Pune Operations
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    Maneesh is an Entrepreneur turned active Angel Investor. Started with Citigroup as a technology Intrapreneur. Founded SENA Systems in 1998 in New Jersey – USA specializing in Identity Management. Got acquired by a publicly listed firm in 2009 and moved to Pune. Maneesh spent last 5 years actively investing, passionately mentoring startups, and volunteering time with institutes, venture funds & government organizations in Technology & Social entrepreneurship. Maneesh is an active member of Indian Angel Network and TiE Pune charter member and has invested in over 15 startups. He also setup a RuralBPO center in Jobner (Rajasthan). Maneesh is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Stern School of Business, New York University.

    Maneesh’s association with CIIE started in 2010 with MentorEdge and as POI jury member, and grew lot more over time as active angel partner with iAccelerator, mentor to several startups, Power of Ideas Investment Committee member, etc. Maneesh recently joined CIIE to start the Pune center.Maneesh is an Entrepreneur turned active Angel Investor. Started with Citigroup as a technology Intrapreneur. Founded SENA Systems in 1998 in New Jersey – USA specializing in Identity Management. Got acquired by a publicly listed firm in 2009 and moved to Pune. Maneesh spent last 5 years actively investing, passionately mentoring startups, and volunteering time with institutes, venture funds & government organizations in Technology & Social entrepreneurship. Maneesh is an active member of Indian Angel Network and TiE Pune charter member and has invested in over 15 startups. He also setup a RuralBPO center in Jobner (Rajasthan). Maneesh is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Stern School of Business, New York University.
  • Shyam-Menon

    Shyam Menon

    Investment Director, Infuse Ventures
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    Shyam Menon is the Investment Director of Infuse Ventures since 2013. Infuse invests in technology enabled scalable businesses in renewable energy, water and waste management, sustainable agriculture and transportation sectors. Shyam has been involved in the cleantech sector as an entrepreneur, climate policy analyst and a venture capitalist since 2001. His prior roles included investment management at Conduit Ventures, an early stage cleantech venture capital fund based in London investing in businesses focused on energy efficiency, energy storage and emissions control across Europe, at Nadathur Holdings, a family investment office based in Singapore, World Bank as part of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a member of the China Energy Group. His entrepreneurial experience included roles at Acumentrics Corporation and Fuel Cell Energy, two fuel cell technology based clean energy businesses based in Boston, Massachusetts and Danbury, Connecticut from 2001-2004.Shyam holds a Masters in Materials Engineering from the University of Missouri, Bachelors in Metallurgical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Nagpur, India, advanced degrees in energy policy studies from the University Of California and management studies from the University of Oxford.

  • Priyanka-Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra

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    Priyanka has spent over 3 years at Sarvajal, a social enterprise focused on increasing access to pure drinking water through entrepreneurship – where she oversaw Finance, Technology and Operations. Prior to joining Sarvajal in 2010, Priyanka was a senior consultant with IBM’s Internal Strategy Group (New York) working with senior IBM executives on operational and growth challenges confronting the firm. Priyanka has also worked in a variety of design, engineering and business development roles with Sun Microsystems (California) from 2000-06. Priyanka has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering (Gujarat University, India), an MS (summa cum laude) in Computer Engineering (Georgia Tech) and an MBA in Finance & Strategy from The Wharton School (Univ of Pennsylvania).

  • Neeraj-Jain

    Neeraj Jain

    Manager, CIIE
    Specialization : Incubation, Portfolio Advisory/Support, Research, Fundraising, General Management
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Neeraj is a Mechanical Engineer and alumnus of University of Roorkee, Roorkee (now IIT, Roorkee). He has vast experience of working in different industries (e.g. refrigeration and air conditioning, general engineering, auto components and color picture tubes etc). He worked closely with Toshiba Corporation, Japan for technology transfer of color picture tubes. He has worked on several research projects and studies at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.Neeraj has been associated with CIIE for more than 10 years. Currently, he is working as ‘Manager’ and looking after general management including administrative functions of CIIE, project management and due-diligence of start-ups, managing seed funds, liasioning with ministries/seed fund agency and coordinating IP related activities. He also helps CIIE in developing case study on start-ups.

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    Ashwin Joshi

    VP Ecosystem Development
    Email : ashwinj(at)

    Ashwin has over 8 years of entrepreneurial experience in design and marketing, ITES and infrastructure development domains through his ventures in the Indian and US markets. He has been a founding member of a US-based media company that created platforms to increase the job pipeline to under served segments. Prior to this, he co-founded a design & marketing firm in Mumbai offering creative services to clients from India, US and China. He has also provided turnkey construction services for low-cost housing developers in Navi Mumbai.

    Since 2013, he leads ecosystem development activities and programs at CIIE. Ashwin is strengthening the value offering of the centre by creating partnerships, helping raise funds and managing large-scale intervention programs like the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) to scout and support early-stage entrepreneurs. Over the last year, Ashwin helped set up an Incubator at Jaipur, a co-working space at CIIE and supported the execution of GEW. In his personal capacity, Ashwin mentors startups in user experience, usability design and business modeling.Ashwin has a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Mumbai University.
  • Amber-Maheshwari

    Amber Maheshwari

    Vice President
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    Amber has over 6 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, financial services and investments. Prior to joining Infuse Ventures, he was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group for 2 years, where he worked for companies across sectors (Industrial Goods, Financial Services, Information Technology) on strategy as well as implementation projects. He has also spent 2 years with Deutsche Bank where he worked on equity sales and portfolio transitions for institutional investors across Asia. Amber is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a Mechnical Engineer from IIT Kanpur.

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    Chintan Bakshi

    Chief Operating Officer – Startup Oasis
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    Chintan Bakshi is Chief Operating Officer at Startup Oasis, an Incubation Centre set-up to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Rajasthan at the joint initiative of RIICO ( and CIIE Initiatives ( Chintan brings a unique experience of managing new ventures and tech start-up companies primarily in the rural and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) space, specializing in rural distribution and technology commercialization. Chintan had over 6 years of new project management and implementation experience with reputed companies like Feedback Ventures and the Indian Hotels Company Limited (Taj Group), prior to starting his first venture in the year 2000, a web enabled eprocurement platform, In 2004, Chintan joined the Gujarat Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN), a grassroots technology incubator, as the Chief Innovation Manager. Chintan co-founded United Villages Networks (P) Ltd, a mobile-enabled rural distribution startup, in 2006 and was CEO of the company before the company was acquired by Oxigen Services India (P) Ltd, India’s largest private sector payment solutions provider, in 2013. Chintan is an Engineering graduate from the IIT.

  • Vibhor

    Vibhor Dhanuka

    VP – Investments, Infuse Ventures

    Vibhor is responsible for investment evaluation and portfolio management for the Cleantech vertical. His focus areas are renewable energy, energy efficiency, water & waste, recycling and sustainable agriculture.Prior to joining Infuse, Vibhor was with Ernst & Young’s business advisory practice for 5 years, focusing on energy and cleantech sectors. He was also a key member of the team that set-up the cleantech practice at E&Y. Vibhor has also done a volunteer stint with Teach India. He also has 2 years of industry experience at Bharat Petroleum.Vibhor has done his MBA from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech. (Chemical) from IIT Delhi. Additionally, he has also completed a programme on Renewable Energy from TERI University.

  • Jyotsna-Rathore

    Jyotsna Rathore

    Sr. Executive – HR
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    Jyotsna holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and has more than 3 years of functional experience in Human Resources. She joined the organization in 2014 and since then has been involved in setting up HR policies and processes, framing HR manual, recruitment, onboarding and induction, learning and development, performance management and exit formalities. Apart from this she also supports the incubatee companies with their HR needs.

  • Shantanu Thanvi

    IT Operations
    Specialization : IT
    City : Ahmedabad
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    As part of CIIE, Shantanu handles the day-to-day IT Operations. Having joined in July 2014, his primary focus lies with the management, development and designing technology strategy related to Information Technology platforms or products within CIIE. Shantanu is a graduate in Computer Applications from IG University, Jaipur. Prior to joining CIIE, he has worked as a Software Engineer in Bodacious IT Hub Ltd, Jaipur. He is a certified technology and programming professional from Google, Oracle and Microsoft.

  • Anshul-Modi

    Anshul Modi

    Specialization : Business Analysis, Financial Modelling, Project Management, Due Diligence, Investment, Business Development.City : Ahmedabad    |   Email :

    Anshul works with the Catalytic Capital team and is majorly involved in the areas of business development, due-diligence and investments. She is an Economics graduate from Symbiosis International University, Pune and has previously been involved with organizations like Centre for Public Policy Research, Parisar and Gujarat NRE Coke Limited.

  • Hina-Nainani

    Hina Nainani

    Senior Project Specialist
    Specialization : General Management, Communication.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Hina Nainani leads the media relations for CIIE and also leads the ‘Young IIMAvericks Program’, a fellowship program for graduating students of IIM Ahmedabad. She works with the editorial team to create original content for the blog and is actively involved in managing the social media activity of CIIE. Along with that, she is responsible for organizing and managing various programs and events at CIIE across all verticals to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem.Prior to joining CIIE, Hina worked with Daily News and Analysis, a local daily, as a news correspondent. At the newspaper, she was responsible for a four page supplement, ‘dna After Hrs’. Hina holds Bachelor’s in Statistics from St Xavier’s College and two Masters Degrees from Gujarat University – one in Communication and Journalism and other in Statistics. While doing her masters, she was extensively involved in researching on consumer behaviour trends.

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    Ghazal Goyal

    Program Associate
    Specialization : General Management, Event Management
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Ghazal joined CIIE in mid of 2014 as Program Associate.She is part of Power Of ideas [India's largest start-up search programme, run in partnership with the Economic Times, Reliance Jio and Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India] & Gujarat Accelerator currently. Also, managing Capacity Building Workshops for Social Enterprises and TBIs partnered with GIZ.Prior to CIIE, Ghazal was working with ICICI Bank in Mumbai as Assistant Manager in Credit Admin Department. The major responsibility was to prepare an Insight report for Home Loan Department on monthly basis and to analysis the data. Along with this co-ordinating with Credit Managers and preparing the Balance Score Card.Ghazal has done MBA in finance from Institute of Management Nirma University and holds Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from HL BBA [Gujarat University]. While doing her bachelor's & masters, she was extensively involved in conducting and managing events.

  • Vipul-Patel

    Vipul Patel

    AVP-Agri Investments
    Specialization : Investments – Impact, Incubation, Portfolio Advisory/Support, General Management.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Vipul holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nirma University. As part of CIIE, he has managed large scale ecosystem development initiatives like The Power of Ideas (India’s largest start-up search programme, run in partnership with the Economic Times and Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India). He is also involved in business analysis, due diligence and portfolio management for CIIE’s incubatee start-ups, both present and prospective.He has prior experience of leading teams in both large corporates and start-ups, and has a strong understanding of the rural consumer behavior. Currently he is managing agri and healthcare incubation and investments at CIIE.

  • Supriya-Nair

    Supriya Nair

    Executive Assistant
    Specialization : General Management, Communication.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Supriya is associated with CIIE since Jan 2010. Currently she is a part of the cleantech team in CIIE. She works in close liaison with the Investors and portfolio companies of INFUSE Program. She also manages the subsidy projects for CIIE under the JNNSM program of MNRE. Since her joining, she has been actively involved in organizing events and managing the back office operations for many programs at CIIE. She has helped with the promotional activities of many initiatives of CIIE including The Power of Ideas, Piramal Healthcare, iAccelerator, Mentoredge, IIMaverick’s and the Powerstart Bootcamps.Before joining the centre she was working with Tesla, an engineering firm that provides architectural and structural services. She was handling the HR and admin panel in the company. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Strategic HR & Operations from symbiosis, Pune. She also brings an experience of working with Reliance Infocomm and Vodafone (Hutch) as team leader in outbound process for 3 years.

  • Rohan-Choukkar

    Rohan Choukkar

    Sr Manager – ICT
    Specialization : Investments – ICT
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Rohan is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, with a background covering renewable energy technology, advanced manufacturing, optimization methods and supply chain management. He is driven by the challenges of scaling up emerging business and market models.

  • Susmita-Ghose

    Susmita Ghosh

    Senior Content Developer
    Specialization : Incubation, Research, Content Development
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Susmita joined CIIE in 2014 and is involved in structuring and developing curriculum for workshops (to foster networks and build capacity of other incubators). Her work also includes research, content development and supporting the ecosystem team in different activities.She holds PGDM degree from All India Management Association along with a Master’s degree in Commerce and has qualified UGC NET in ‘Commerce’. Currently, she is also pursuing the professional level of ‘Company Secretaryship’ course. Prior to joining CIIE, she has taught different courses in management institutions for 4 year and worked in corporate environment for 2.5 years.Susmita joined CIIE in 2014 and is involved in structuring and developing curriculum for workshops (to foster networks and build capacity of other incubators). Her work also includes research, content development and supporting the ecosystem team in different activities.

  • Rushabh-Shah

    CA Rushabh Shah

    Manager Finance
    Specialization : Finance & Accounting, Compliance, Investment Deals.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Rushabh is Chartered Accountant. He joined the company in Dec, 2013. He works with the Finance Team. His area of work comprises of budgeting and financial planning for various funds, cash flow management, helping in the investment deals for finalisation of Cap table, SHA/SSA, MIS Reporting, monitoring day to day transactions, payroll management, help in resolve taxation related queries, manage foreign party transactions, co-ordination with auditors, banks etc. Prior to this, he was working with one of the largest IT Company based in Gujarat, having employee strength of 2000+, as Senior Executive in finance department. He has done his article ship with Chartered Accountants firm based in Ahmedabad for 4 years and had worked in various areas viz. Audit, Taxation, Compliances and Project Financing etc.

  • Narendiran-Sundararajan

    Narendiran Sundararajan

    Manager – Research (ICT)
    Specialization : Research
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Narendiran leads the research and publication front for CIIE’s ICT sectors: Internet of Things, FinTech, Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, and e-Governance. Working from Pune, he conducts primary and secondary research to develop a good understanding of emerging startups, products, technologies, and their impact.Narendiran is involved in developing research reports, analysis, and other ad hoc content for specific sectors within the ICT verticals, and in continuing research and publication work for the Think Pune report. He develops and manages the research calendar and content themes for the ICT team, and engages with industry experts, clients, stakeholders, corporates, global research agencies and media contacts across CIIE’s various channels. Through his work, he assists in the team’s business development, marketing, and investment efforts.Hailing from Bangalore with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Narendiran previously worked as a Search-Creative Analyst at Yahoo, before pursuing a Masters in Communications at Nanyang Technological University where he developed his interest in ICT(4D) research, which he now pursues with CIIE.

  • Supriya-Chaubal

    Supriya Chaubal

    Program Executive
    Specialization : General Management
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Supriya (alias Priya) is associated with CIIE since 2012 and handling the Administrative activities at the centre. Apart from regular administrative task she is mainly involved with the team for organizing events and many initiatives of CIIE including The Power of Ideas, iAccelerator, IIMAvericks, GIZ, Aarohan Ventures, etc.Before joining the centre she was working as a Quality Analyst (Voice) with Hitachi Air Conditioning. She also has worked as group head for UK based company, Colorama Pharmaceuticals for 3 years. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Symbiosis, Pune, Bachelor’s degree in Arts and a Diploma in Foreign Trade Management.

  • Shailee-Dholakia

    Shailee Dholakia CA

    Executive Finance
    Specialization : Finance & Accounting, Compliance,Investment Deals.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Shailee Dholakia is a Chartered Accountant. She has started her career by joining CIIE in May 2015.She is a member of Finance team. Apart from day to day accounting matters, she is also managing fund flow related to ICT, Social, Startup Oasis Initiatives; helping the startups in their quires related to taxation and statutory compliances. She has done her article ship with an Ahmedabad based Chartered Accountant partnership firm for 3 years working in the areas of taxation, audit, FEMA compliances, Company law matters, project financing.

  • Khushalee-Vakil

    Khushalee Vakil

    Senior Manager-Angel Affiliations
    Specialization : Investments – ICT, Investments – Impact, Incubation, Portfolio Advisory/Support
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Khushalee leads the investor relationships at CIIE, where in her 5 year tenure,she has created strong relationships with individual and institutional investors across the country through networking and running initiatives around imparting angel investing education. She has been instrumental in facilitating introductions and leading fund raising for incubatee companies across the core focus areas of CIIE. She has also been involved in startup scouting, business analysis, due diligence and portfolio management.Khushalee is a qualified CFA and holds MBA in Finance from Gujarat University.Khushalee leads the investor relationships at CIIE, where in her 5 year tenure,she has created strong relationships with individual and institutional investors across the country through networking and running initiatives around imparting angel investing education. She has been instrumental in facilitating introductions and leading fund raising for incubatee companies across the core focus areas of CIIE. She has also been involved in startup scouting, business analysis, due diligence and portfolio management.

  • Hema-Mehta

    Hema Mehta

    Executiv Accounts
    Specialization : Finance & Accounting.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Hema is commerce graduate. She has been working with the centre since April, 2013. Her area of work comprises of maintaining day to day transaction in accounts, vendor payments, salary processing, resolve queries of vendors etc. Prior to this, she was working with a chemical company for 2 years and was maintaining accounts. She has also worked with motor manufacturer dealer for 2 year and was handling accounts.

  • Nitasha Jhala

    Nitasha Jhala

    Project Associate
    Specialization : Portfolio Advisory/Support
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Nitasha works for the Portfolio Operations team at CIIE headquarters and is a post-graduate from King’s College London.

  • Rishabh Narang (2)

    Rishabh Narang

    Manager – ICT
    Specialization : Incubation, General Management, Communication
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Rishabh is part of the ICT vertical at CIIE Pune. He is responsible for general management, communication and incubation in the ICT vertical. In the past, he has worked with leading social sciences publisher, SAGE Publications as public relations officer and was responsible for managing events and various aspects of marketing books and journals. He graduated in Business Administration from University of Mysore and hold a PGD in Publishing from Ambedkar University, Delhi.

  • Dilnawaz Khan (2)

    Dilnawaz Khan

    Manager – Business Development
    Specialization : General Management, Communication, Design, Startup Scouting.
    City : Jaipur
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    I have over 7 years of professional experience and I have been an entrepreneur myself. Prior joining Startup Oasis, I had 2 startups in web technology and education space and right now I mentors and consults startups on the subjects like branding, marketing, technology and design.I am currently working as Manager Business Development and Program Coordinator at Startup Oasis, a Jaipur based technology business incubator which is a joint initiative between RIICO & CIIE – IIM A. I am also also a part of scouting team for Unitus Seed Fund and a core team member of Google Business Group, Jaipur.

  • Shivam-Choubey

    Shivam Choubey

    Manager -  Agri & Healthcare
    Specialization : Investments – Impact, Incubation, Portfolio Advisory/Support, Fundraising, General Management, Communication, Design, Food & Agri-Business, Healthcare.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Shivam Choubey is involved in designing & implementing accelerator programs. He also assists on investment and fund raising processes. He is an ICICI Fellow and had gained valuable experience on community interactions and auditing during his fellowship with ICICI Foundation. During fellowship, he had spent 15 months working on grass-root development projects with Watershed Organization Trust and Development Alternatives. Prior to joining fellowship, Shivam worked in IT industry for a period of three years. Shivam did his Electrical Engineering from University of Rajasthan.

  • Chintan Antani

    Chintan Antani

    Specialization : Finance with assignment in Investment Banking.
    City : Ahmedabad
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    Chintan has over 6 years of work experience in Finance with assignment in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Equity Research and Strategy Consulting. He is an MBA from University of Bath, UK, a certified FRM (GARP, US) and a Master's in Finance & Investment Analysis from ICFAI, India. At CIIE, he is responsible for managing the Healthcare and Agri business portfolio.

  • Mudit Narain

    Mudit Narain

    Innovation Evangelist
    Specialization : VP - New Initiatives
    City : Ahmedabad
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    In his current role, Mudit focuses on encouraging and enabling technology-enabled entrepreneurship in the infrastructure sectors of clean energy, water and wastewater, agriculture, and smart transport.Prior to joining CIIE, Mudit served for 7 years in the World Bank’s Energy Practice, working on, and later managing, several investment projects in clean energy generation, transmission, distribution, and energy efficiency. He has worked on or led investment projects in Nepal, India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Botswana, and South Africa. Between 2012 and 2014, he managed two clean technology-adoption projects in energy efficiency in India, financed by international climate mitigation funds, working with a broad variety of stakeholders including two Central ministries, civil society organizations in India and US, climate advocacy groups, and technology innovators.Mudit earned two masters’ degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), concentrating on the technologies for, and policies of, climate change mitigation in emerging economies.Apart from research papers in climate change mitigation and energy policy, Mudit has contributed to several landmark reports like the MIT Future of Coal study, the World Bank’s 2010 World Development Report on Development and Climate Change, and an upcoming book on public participation in electricity regulation in India.Apart from his professional responsibilities, Mudit is a keen supporter of publicly-accessible Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), for broadening access to top-notch education for students of all means and origins globally. A keen quizzer and a voracious reader, he takes pride in having been in the group of editors for the Sherlock Holmes pages on Wikipedia, from 2007 to 2010!

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    J Salim Vali

    Vice President - Investments
    Specialization : Investments, Finance & Accounting, Fundraising. City : Secunderabad Email :

    Salim joined CIIE in May 2014, with over ten years experience in financial control, strategic and financial planning, budgeting, and investment analysis and reporting. He leads the investments at CIIE and is responsible for a range of investment activities including CSR engagements with corporates. Previously, Salim was Financial Controller with HIVOS Netherlands India Office.

    Salim has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and has a Bachelors degree from Bangalore University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (USA).

  • Sanea Vakaliya

    Sanea Vakaliya

    Specialization : AVP - Finance & Compliance.
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    Sanea heads the Finance and Compliance function of the Centre. Her area of work includes budgeting and financial planning for various funds, managing finance operations, solving transaction issues, monitoring the entire fund flow, reviewing and finalizing financial statements, solving tax queries, MIS reporting, preparing & filing regulatory documents, recruiting as well as managing the team. Since her joining from March 2008, she has advised many enterprises and students across areas setting up financial control and legal compliances processes. She has been actively involved in guiding incubatee companies in the area of legal compliances, costing, accounting & financial control. She has also structured several investments for CIIE, and has experience across the full deal cycle. Sanea holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and Bachelor degree in Education and is currently pursuing CS professional level. In the past, she has been a co-founding member for an Event Management Company, which she had exited. Before joining the Centre she worked with an audit firm as a senior auditor for a period of 2 years - audited different manufacturing units, hospitals, banks, insurance companies and schools. She has also worked with a primary school-a start-up based in village as a head of academics for 2 years; setting up the school, processes, administrative framework, and its syllabus.

  • Shivani Amin

    Shivani Amin

    Research Analyst
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    Shivani is a Research Analyst at CIIE, where her primary responsibilities include tracking and analyzing the trends in entrepreneurship in India and working with the IT team to create an online tool to summarize and analyze industry trends. She follows the entrepreneurship activities in the country closely, paying attention to the different sectoral trends. She is also involved in various ecosystem development activities like different accelerator programs where she helps in content development and provides support to entrepreneurs.Shivani did her Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, after which she worked as an engineering analyst in Houston prior to joining CIIE.

  • Nitin Lahoti

    Nitin Lahoti

    Manager - Impact Incubation
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    Nitin is responsible for building social enterprise ecosystem in Rajasthan and he is developing social business vertical for Startup Oasis as Impact Incubation Manager. His expertise lies in consulting social enterprise and developing a sustainable and scalable business model. He has executed many grassroot projects and worked in 7 states of IndiaPrior to joining CIIE Initiatives Nitin has worked with Development Alternatives Group where he was involved with Renewable energy and enterprise development program. Nitin was also part of Villgro Fellowship program for 1 year. He comes from family business background and holds a MBA degree from Edith Cowan University.

  • Arshi Misarwala

    Arshi Misarwala

    Program Executive
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    Administrative activities at the Centre. She is managing the CIIE support and helps the team infor organizing events in logistics amenities. Before joining CIIE She was working in Lotus Supermarket in Auckland as a Check out Supervisor. She also worked as a visacounselor with Global Career Makers in Ahmedabad. She holds a Diploma in Business level 5 , Tasman International Institute, Auckland, New Zealand. Bachelor of Commerce from Gujarat University.

  • Arjit Johri

    Arjit Johri

    Manager - Angel Affiliations
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    Arjit manages investor relations at CIIE, where he focuses on creating strong relationships with individual and institutional investors across the country. He is responsible for driving initiatives for Angel Investor Education and Angel ecosystem development. Besides helping incubatee companies with fundraising, he also looks into startup scouting, due diligence, business analysis and portfolio management.Prior to joining CIIE, Arjit was with Ernst & Young’s Valuation and Business Modelling team for 2 years. He is also a Resolution Fellow and a Co-Founder at Project Reach Foundation.With a background in Telecom Engineering, Arjit holds a MBA in Finance from NMIMS University, Mumbai. Arjit is also a Certified Associate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute.

  • Apoorv Sharma

    Apoorv Sharma

    Specialization : Manager – Startup Support (Startup Oasis)
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    Manager - Startup Support from July 2015 – Present (4 months) Co Founder-Locus Transit Private Limited ""ChalogeKya"" from May 2014 – Present (1 year 6 months) from September 2013 – April 2014 (8 months) Assistant General Manager -Excel Auto Tubes Pvt. Ltd. from August 2011 – June 2013 (1 year 11 months)

  • Abhimanyu Saxena

    Abhimanyu Saxena

    Executive – Operation And Administration (Startup Oasis)
    Specialization : Research
    City : Ahmedabad
    Email :

    I have over 7 years of professional experience most of which I have dedicated to hospitality and tourism industry . In past 3 years I have worked as Office administrator in telecoms and educational institutes .My expertise lie in Event management and Office Administration.I am currently working as Office Administrator at Startup Oasis, a Jaipur based technology business incubator which is a joint initiative between RIICO & CIIE – IIM A.

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    Sahil Jain

    Manager - Agri & Healthcare
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    Sahil joined us at CIIE in May 2016. Enterprising as a Manager for the Agri & Healthcare vertical in the organization, he is responsible for a range of activities including Eco-system Development, Sourcing and due Diligence. He earned an MBA (PGDRM) from IRMA, Anand and has gained first-hand learning experience working with grass-root level organizations. A Teach India fellow, Sahil was also earlier involved with startups before joining for his graduation.

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