Meet The Minds

“Great things in business are never done by one person. It’s done by a team of people.”

~ Steve Jobs

Meet The Partners

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Sowjanya Bonda

Sowjanya is AND’s go to person for all transaction advisory, fundraising mandates and strategic initiatives.

With over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and fundraising, Sowjanya has been a part of 2 startups, and worked with over 30 startups in various capacities.

With her experience in raising equity and debt she thoroughly understands the Investor / Lender requirements. Her consulting experience spans across IT/ITES, Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Infrastructure Domains.

She holds an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad and B.E. (CSE) from OU College of Engineering.

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Dhruv Tandan

Dhruv oversees business advisory services at AND, with 8+ years of experience in consulting, M&A, project development, project finance & corporate finance.

He has worked on successful M&A and fundraising transactions worth $200 million , with a focus on clean energy, infra, food and agri projects across India & the MENA region. Dhruv is also an empanelled Finance Expert on the “Top 3%” Toptal platform.

Dhruv holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and B.E. (EEE) from CBIT Hyderabad.

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Kirti Poddatoori

Kirti believes that building relationships based on trust is key to running a successful business. She is involved in marketing, BD and advisory.

A business analyst with 10+ years of experience, notably in 2 global consulting firms, EY & Frost and Sullivan, Kirti comes with rich experience in Financial, Commercial and Strategy Consulting experience across infrastructure, IT and agriculture.

She holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing from Bangalore University.

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MEET THE ADVISORS

Meet The Advisors

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Mr. Sambamurthy

Mr. Sambamurthy, CA, has over three decades of experience in Banking, during which he was responsible for Treasury, International Banking, Human Resources, Risk Management, Information Technology and Bancassurance.

He has served as the Nominee Director from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for National Payment Corporation of India. He has also served as Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank and as Chief Manager of the Bank’s London Operations. He was the former Director and CEO of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad.

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Mr. Ram Kaundinya

Mr. V Ram Kaundinya is the Director General of the Association of the Biotech Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AG). He has been on the board of Advanta Limited as a non-executive director since 2014, and also served as the CEO & Managing Director of Advanta India Ltd since 2006. He has led a global team conducting operations in Australia, Indonesia, France, USA, and Brazil among others.

His experience in the seed and agriculture industry ranges over 26 years, including agrochemicals manufacturing and marketing, operations management, strategic planning and business development throughout India. He has served as the Chairman of CropLife India from 1998 to 2002, while being the Chief Executive Officer of Advanta US, Inc., and CEO of Emergent Genetics India.

In addition, he has been an Independent Director of AXIS Bank Limited since October 12, 2009. He served as a Director of the Association of Seed Industry, Mumbai from 2002 to 2006. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (specialization in Agriculture).

Mr. Sambamurthy

Mr. Sambamurthy, CA, has over three decades of experience in Banking, during which he was responsible for Treasury, International Banking, Human Resources, Risk Management, Information Technology and Bancassurance.

He has served as the Nominee Director from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for National Payment Corporation of India. He has also served as Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank and as Chief Manager of the Bank’s London Operations. He was the former Director and CEO of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad.

Mr. Ram Kaundinya

Mr. V Ram Kaundinya is the Director General of the Association of the Biotech Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AG). He has been on the board of Advanta Limited as a non-executive director since 2014, and also served as the CEO & Managing Director of Advanta India Ltd since 2006. He has led a global team conducting operations in Australia, Indonesia, France, USA, and Brazil among others.

His experience in the seed and agriculture industry ranges over 26 years, including agrochemicals manufacturing and marketing, operations management, strategic planning and business development throughout India. He has served as the Chairman of CropLife India from 1998 to 2002, while being the Chief Executive Officer of Advanta US, Inc., and CEO of Emergent Genetics India.

In addition, he has been an Independent Director of AXIS Bank Limited since October 12, 2009. He served as a Director of the Association of Seed Industry, Mumbai from 2002 to 2006. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (specialization in Agriculture).