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.
 
Advisory Team
 
 
  Rajat Bomb

Rajat joined IndigoEdge as one of its first employees and is a quasi-founder. After completing his Engineering in Udaipur, he was experimenting with an ERP implementation business. He ran into one of the IE fellows at this time and came to Bangalore the next week.

A rapid learner and a straight talker with a good financial brain, Rajat is now leading investment mandates. He has worked extensively on deals in the logistics, IT and education space.
     
  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!
     
  Vasudha Madhavan

Vasudha joined IndigoEdge in 2013 and focuses mainly on origination and execution of private equity and M&A mandates in key focus sectors for the firm. She has a keen eye for critical success factors in a business and is passionate about partnering with promoters of mid-size companies in their growth strategy. She has 10 years of experience across Structure Finance & Fixed Income in ICICI Bank, Corporate & Investment Banking as well as Risk Management at Citibank, where she played a key role in building and stabilising the Private Equity banking vertical during her 5-year stint there. Her last role was as Vice President of Investment Banking at Allegro Capital – a mid-sized investment bank. She is a commerce graduate from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore and holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Vasudha is an avid traveller and an Advanced SCUBA diver by certification. She enjoys photography, having made her commercial debut as an exhibited photographer in 2011 and also takes on photography assignments from time to time.
     
  Praveen Kaarthic

Praveen joined IndigoEdge in 2011 and provides valuable research support on investment banking mandates. Praveen loves analyzing financial statements and business models of companies to develop insights about performance, industry and the medium term prospects. He works closely with the deals teams and the Insights team. He has always had a keen interest in finance and has been an active stock market investor and trader for over 7 years. He has also been an entrepreneur, running his own brokerage firm.

Praveen is passionate about automobiles and his latest acquisition is a Royal Enfield Bullet. He is also active in philanthropy and runs his own charitable trust working in the areas of healthcare & education in Tamil Nadu.
     
  Aditi Banka

Aditi joined IndigoEdge as its first campus recruit. She is an Economics graduate from St. Xaviers, Calcutta and completed her MBA from Narsee Monjee, Mumbai. Her quiet nature belies a competitive streak, exemplified by an excellent academic record.

A trained Salsa dancer, she has participated in and won several dance events.
     
    Shail Dhairya

Shail joined IE straight after completing his MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad. A Pharma graduate, he had a passion for finance from an early age. His academics have given him an exposure to multiple facets of finance including debt, transfer pricing and forex.

Shail is a trained Yoga practitioner and loves playing volleyball and chess.