Our People
IE was born out of a passion to create an institution that was built on excellence derived from its people and knowledge. IE was founded in 2006 by alumni of IIM Lucknow.

The team at IE is refreshingly different and is very young, agile and intelligent backed by the wisdom of a very strong advisory team
Founding Team
  Zerin Rahiman, Co Founder & Director

Zerin advises Indian companies on charting their growth story and working out exit strategies. Having handled multiple cross border M&A transactions, he understands the finer nuances and challenges of working across borders and cultures. Dealing with entrepreneurs from their early days, to their successful exits and their next ventures, he is a trusted sounding board to many entrepreneurs. He works closely with the National Entrepreneurship Network, which is engaged in mentoring new Indian entrepreneurs.

Zerin is a Computer Science engineer from NIT, Calicut and majored in Strategy and Finance from Indian Institute of Management. He began his career at Mindtree Consulting and SBI Capital Markets. He is passionate about football and still finds the time to put on his boots for an occasional kick about.
  Shivakumar R, Co Founder & Director

Shiv advises Private Equity funds in formulating and executing their investment strategy in India. Because of his experience in advising Indian entrepreneurs and business families, he has a deep understanding of what makes a deal work.

Shiv’s primary criteria for a business are the quality of the team and its ability to scale up a business. He is a firm believer in the India consumption story and is often invited as a speaker at events targeted at the SME sector.

Shiv started his career at Deloitte and GE Commercial Finance. He completed his PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and holds a Commerce degree from Narsee Moonjee in Mumbai. He also holds a qualified Chartered Accountant. Passionate about fitness, he loves hitting the gym and manages to squeeze in a session even on travel.
  Sandeep Ramesh, Co Founder & Director

Sandeep leads the IndigoEdge Insights team. He likes digging into data, analyzing business models, meeting entrepreneurs and identifying industry trends. His team supports the deals teams through analysis, insight and execution. The team also works with select clients in mapping out growth plans and validating hypotheses.

Sandeep is an Electronics engineer from BMSCE, Bangalore and a management graduate from IIM, Lucknow. He spent a few months at CDOT (telecom R&D) and ICICI Bank before IndigoEdge.

He is passionate about cricket and cooking and spends his free time shuttling between the TV and the kitchen!
  Francois Montrelay, Senior Partner

Francois founded P2P Consultants in 2003, advising Western and Indian companies on cross-border strategic initiatives, including Strategy, Financial Strategy, and Corporate Finance (M&A, fund raising, resructuring, turnaround)

He is a strategic dealmaker with in-depth cross-cultural experience gained in critical and complex transactions in several countries.

Francois has been and is currently involved in cross-border and domestic operations in India, France, Germany, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and the USA. He works in sectors such as Banking Systems, Technology, Automotive, Publishing, Luxury Goods, Telecom, B2B Services, Textile, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Micro-electronics, etc.

Francois’ career began in India, working in the villages of Andhra Pradesh. He then joined US-based global engineering firm Louis Berger Inc. where he successively developed the African and Eastern European businesses. He then spent four years in Strategic Marketing at French Hospitality giant Accor and six years as Senior VP at ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam.

In addition to his work with P2P Consultants Francois teaches Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Finance at ESTP Paris and holds an MsC Ag. Engineering (Agro), 1978 and a Finance degree from HEC, 1985.
  Shekar Nair

Shekar is partnered with IE for working on early-stage transactions. He has been with startups and large companies in the USA and India through the complete cycle of capital raise, IPO " strategic acquisition in the USA.

He has 25+ yrs of experience mainly in Enterprise space and has done business development in USA, APAC and India. He has MS in Computer Science from CSUN USA, BE Computer Engineering from NIT Trichy and an executive management program from IIM Bangalore.

Shekar held senior positions in marquee Silicon Valley technology companies before moving back to India to head the India operations of Netapp. He then worked in entrepreneurial roles in exciting Indian technology companies before finding his calling with IndigoEdge!
Investment Banking Team
  Rakesh Pai

Rakesh joined IndigoEdge after working extensively in the IT sector. He worked with TCS and Infineon after his BE from NIT, Calicut. He completed his post graduation in Management from IIM, Calcutta and joined Virtusa Corporation as a consultant.

Rakesh joined IE in 2010 to give wings to his investment banking aspirations. Since then Rakesh has made a significant contribution to technology and consumer mandates. He has also become the in-house expert on QSR, having worked extensively on the sector.

Rakesh shares Zerin’s passion for football and has been travelling around the world for the last few football world cups!
  Faheem Pallath

Faheem joined Indigo Edge in early 2014, after having worked more than a decade in a variety of sectors like EPC, Automotive & Local Governance in India, UK and the Middle East.

Just prior to joining Indigo Edge he was COO of Agnice Fire Protection, the number one fire engineering company in India. He played a pivotal role in the sale of Agnice to United Technologies in 2011. He was involved deeply in the subsequent integration activities as well. While in Agnice he oversaw a team of 300 people having been in charge of Sales, Estimation, Engineering, Project Management and Corporate Planning.

Faheem did his Automobile Engineering from Mysore University and his MBA from the University of Birmingham,UK. Like many other Fellows, he is an avid follower of football. He is also deeply passionate about science and philosophy.
  Prithvi Ramadhyani

Prithvi joined IE in January 2014 after having previously worked in the Private wealth industry. He brings a strong background in finance and the ability to form strong client relationships.

He is a mechanical engineer from PESIT, Bangalore & has completed all three levels of the CFA program from the CFA institute USA. Prithvi has a passion for business and enjoys researching & evaluating new business ideas. He also follows football leagues across the world and enjoys discussing league tables!
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