Meet the Minds

Meet the energetic team behind AND guided by industry veterans on the advisory board.

Sowjanya Bonda, Partner

Sowjanya is AND’s go to person for process improvement, transaction advisory and strategic initiatives. With over 11 years of experience in financial consulting and fundraising, Sowjanya has been a part of 2 startups, and worked with over 30 clients in various capacities.

With her experience in raising equity and debt, she thoroughly understands 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. (Computer Science) from OU College of Engineering.

Dhruv Tandan, Partner

Dhruv oversees execution at AND, with over 10 years of experience in consulting, fundraising and process improvement. He has worked on successful M&A and fundraising transactions worth $1 Billion, with a focus on energy, infra and food projects across India & the MENA region.

Dhruv is also an empanelled Finance Expert on the “Top 3%” Toptal platform. He holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and B.E. (Electrical & Electronics) from CBIT Hyderabad.

Kirti Poddatoori, Partner

Kirti believes that building relationships based on trust is key to a successful business. She oversees BD & marketing at AND as well as being involved with execution.

A business analyst with over 11 years of experience, notably in 2 global consulting firms, EY and Frost & Sullivan, Kirti comes with rich experience in financial, commercial and strategy consulting across life sciences, infrastructure and agriculture. She holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing from Bangalore University.

Shadaab Ahmed, Associate Vice President

Shadaab has more than 9+ years experience in the Risk & Consulting industry and specializes in process improvements, growth strategies and design thinking.

He has worked with Deloitte India and as an Independent strategy consultant. He holds an MBA from Asian Institute of Management and an M.S from SUNY Buffalo.

Shreya Shah, Associate

Shreya has worked as a Consultant with Deloitte with hands-on experience in research and data analysis.

She holds an MBA in Finance with expertise in business solutions, market analysis, business reports and with a keen interest in financial forecasting, market research and business feasibility.

Sai Vatsalya, Senior Associate

Sai is a management consultant with more than 5 years of experience. His expertise lies in building financial models, preparing investor presentations, data analytics and software development.

He holds an MBA degree from IIM-A.

Our Advisors

Mr. Sambamurthy, CA

Mr. Sambamurthy, CA, has over 30 years of experience in treasury & international banking, and has served with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and as Chairman of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

He has served as Director and CEO of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad. Earlier, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, Executive Director of Indian Bank and as Non-Executive Chairman of Indian Bank Housing, Indian Bank Capital Market and Corporation Bank Securities Ltd.

Along with his team, he has innovated a first of its kind low-cost ICT enabled branchless banking model in Corporation Bank as a part of its Financial Inclusion programme. He is an ardent practitioner of the 3Ps (People, Product and Process) driven operating model.

Mr. Ram Kaundinya

Mr. V Ram Kaundinya is an industry veteran who is Independent Director on the Board of Axis Bank Ltd since 2009 and Advanta India Ltd since 2014. He has served as the CEO & Managing Director of Advanta India for 7 years and is also the Director General of the Association of the Biotech Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE-AG).

He has led the global seed business of Advanta India, a Dutch company acquired by United Phosphorus in 2006. He started with an $85M business and grew it to more than $200M in 7 years, leading a global team conducting operations in Australia, Indonesia, France, USA, and Brazil among others.

His experience in the seed & agriculture industry ranges over 26 years, including agrochemicals manufacturing and marketing, operations management, strategic planning and business development throughout India. He has served as Director of the Association of Seed Industry, Mumbai from 2002 to 2006 and as the Chairman of CropLife India from 1998 to 2002. Ram is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad (specialisation in Agriculture).

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