Mr. Udwadia, Esq., MA, LLB is the Founder Partner of Udwadia & Co, Solicitors & Advocates, Mumbai. Mr. Udwadia served as a Partner of M/s. Crawford Bayley & Co., Solicitors and Advocates, for over 22 years. His firm and he are Legal Advisors to many Indian companies; multinational corporations and foreign banks having a presence in India. He is a Solicitor & Advocate of the Bombay High Court and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of India. He is presently on the board of many private and public limited companies in India.
Mr. Udwadia is Non-Executive Chairman of Quantum Advisors Private Limited
Ms. Vande Berg has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. In January 2014, she completed a 9-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of a membership organization in the USA that delivers creative content via programming for public fiduciaries. During her tenure, she grew the organization into an influential and powerful thought leader in three of the most defining themes of the 21st century: the impact of investments in emerging markets, the role of financial institutions in the development of an economy, and the increased role of the Asia Pacific region in the global economy. Ms. Vande Berg holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Arts degree from Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
In addition to venture investing, Mr. Stein has extensive transactional and operational experience, having co-founded THINQ Learning Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of learning management systems. Mr. Stein served at various times as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Corporate Development and Secretary of THINQ, with responsibilities for finance, administration, operations, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to THINQ, Mr. Stein served as Vice President and General Counsel of Pure Atria Corporation as Director of Business Development and Counsel for the New Ventures group at Polaroid Corporation, and as Corporate Counsel for Lotus Development Corporation. In these positions, he was responsible for corporate venturing activities, as well as structuring, negotiating and closing a wide range of strategic alliances, partnering relationships and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Stein began his career as an associate at the law firms of Palmer & Dodge and Hutchins, Wheeler & Ditmar. While in private practice, Mr. Stein specialized in venture capital investments and management-led buy-outs and spin-offs and provided a full range of legal services to high technology companies. Mr. Stein received a B.A. degree from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Managing Director, CEO and CIO of Quantum Advisors Pvt. Ltd. I.V. Subramaniam “Subbu” has over 25 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industry. Since June 2000, Subbu has managed India-dedicated portfolios for Indian clients and since 2005, he has managed India-dedicated portfolios for international clients. Subbu received his Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Osmania University in 1983 and his Law degree from Osmania University in 1986. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Ajay Nanavati is a seasoned global executive with 35+ years of multi-country, cross-functional experience. He started his career with the Tata Group and joined 3M in India in 1988 as its first employee. He was responsible for forming the JV & building the organization from scratch. In the subsequent 28 years with 3M he held positions of increasing responsibility in different parts of the world. In 1993, he relocated to Singapore to manage the APAC region for the telecom business. He moved to divisional Headquarter in Austin, Texas in 1998 where he led the launch of a major new services diversification initiative for the corporation as well as integration of a large French/German acquisition. He spent the subsequent 4 years at corporate HQ in St. Paul, MN in senior strategy & new business development roles including identifying & leading the acquisition & integration of a new-to-the-company technology venture. In 2005, he moved to Israel as Managing Director of 3M Israel. He returned to India in 2008 as the first Indian MD of 3M’s only public company outside the US. During this 5 year stint the company’s revenues doubled, market cap quadrupled, a major R&D center was set up and local manufacturing ramped up. He is currently chairman of Syndicate Bank & on the board of Alicon Ltd. Additionally, he is an active innovation evangelist on various forums, mentors start-ups/SME’s and is an angel investor. He is the co-chair of the CII Directors Guild on corporate governance, a member of the CII Start-up council, Advisory Board of International Institute of Information Technology (IIITB) & Advisory Board of Israel Center, IIMB. Mr. Nanavati holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech., USA.
Mr. Hormazdiyaar Vakil is a Partner in Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, Advocates, Solicitors & Notaries. He enrolled on the roll of solicitors of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society in 1976, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England in 1985. He was one of the specialist editors of the 11th Edition (1988) of Ramaiya’s Guide to the Companies Act and has also contributed to the first and second editions of the India Investment Manual published by Asia Law and Practice, Hong Kong.