Raakhe K Tandon
Founder and Director
Raakhe K Tandon is the Founder and Director of Rural Agri Ventures India. Raakhe is also the CEO and Managing Director of RAAS Capital (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Raakhe has completed an MBA with a major in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2007-2009), in Philadelphia, USA. Raakhe was one of three undergraduate students who were selected to matriculate into the MBA program directly from Undergrad. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Economics diploma with concentrations in Finance and Management from The Wharton School (2004-2008).
Raakhe has been involved in several summer internships in Investment Banking including one at Goldman Sachs (Summer 2008) in Mumbai, India. Prior to that, Raakhe spent the previous two summers with JP Morgan in New York (Summer 2007), and Mumbai (Summer 2006). She also worked with Merrill Lynch and YES BANK in the summer of 2005.
Through her five years at The Wharton School, Raakhe was extremely active in the Wharton community. She was nominated Investment Banking industry captain for the Global Wharton India Mentoring Network. Moreover, she was a founding member of the YPO-WPO Legacy Network Chapter at Penn where she organized professional and social events for students. Raakhe was also designated as the Chief Networking Chair for the Wharton India Economic Forum to lead efforts in contacting prospective speakers for two consecutive years.
Currently, Raakhe is the Co-Education Chair on the board of YPO Next Generation (YNG), Delhi Chapter. She is also on the Executive Board of the Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO). Addtionally, Raakhe is very active in her alma mater alumni organization and has co-founded the Penn Club of Delhi.
Dr. Manoj Vaish
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
“Dr. Manoj is MD & CEO of Rural Agri Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.
He brings a wealth of experience of more than 30 years in Financial & Capital Markets. After graduating from prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, he completed his M.B.A. (Gold Medalist) and Ph.D. from FMS, Delhi University.
He has held several prominent positions including Executive Director & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange, President & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet India, Managing Director & CEO of NSDL Database Management Ltd. and Managing Director & CEO of MCX. He has been with leading MNC Banks, Deutsche & ANZ Grindlays, in Treasury & Investment Banking previously.
He has served on several committees and boards including SEBI’s Committee on Corporate Governance, Primary & Secondary Market Advisory Committees of SEBI, Working Committee of World Federation of Exchanges & South Asian Federation of Exchanges and Boards of CDSL, SBI Securities, Mirae AMC and BOI Shareholding.”
Non Executive Director
“Bharat is on board of Rural Agri Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.
He has over 9 years of experience across the financial services space including Investment Banking, Private Equity and Investment Management. He started his career at Allianz Private Equity Partners in New York where he was responsible for evaluating investment opportunities in private equity, venture capital and mezzanine level debt funds. Until most recently, Bharat was part of the investment banking practice at YES Bank where he provided acquisition and fundraising advisory to leading Indian companies across Infrastructure, Industrials and Retail sectors.
He completed his Masters from Columbia University and is currently engaged in evaluating investment opportunities in early stage creative and urban ventures.”
SVP – Finance and Control
Ashwarya Gupta, Senior Vice President – Strategic Financial Analyst , heads all our financial & investment related work. Ashwarya has over 8 years of experience in Investment Banking and Corporate Finance.
Ashwarya, in his last role, was a Vice President with Maple Capital, a boutique Investment Bank based in Delhi where he was leading the M&A and PE transaction space in multiple sectors across industries and products.
Prior to that he spent couple of years with ICICI Securities as a Senior Associate leading originations in a host of sectors including Consumer products, Retail, Logistics, QSR, Power, Renewable Energy, Water and Waste management, Engineering and Construction, and Urban Infrastructure.
Ashwarya started his career as an Analyst with Lehman Brothers/Nomura and spent more than 3 years as part of their Investment Banking team in Mumbai where he gained extensive experience in financial modeling including building of merger models with different transaction scenarios and valuation using numerous techniques. Ashwarya is an MBA with specialization in finance from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Ashwarya has also done B.Tech (Computer Science) from BIT, Jhansi.
Anurup Arora, VP-Business Development, is responsible for new business initiatives. Anurup has around 8 years of project management experience in agri and allied sectors.
Anurup, in his last role, was Assistant General Manager with Origo Commodities, one of the largest warehousing service providers in the country.
Prior to that he spent couple of years with Sahara Pure Eatables managing one of India’s largest integrated dairy farm projects.
Anurup started his career with Soma Group (An infrastructure major) and spent around 5 years working on rural townships and agri warehousing projects at leadership positions.
Anurup is an MBA from ICFAI-Hyderabad.
Company Secretary and Legal Counsel
Jyoti Aggarwal is our Company Secretary & Legal Counsel with over six years of experience in corporate law and company secretarial functions. Jyoti has worked with leading organizations including Cremica, SEL Textiles and Stelco Strips. Jyoti was previously with Cremica Food Industries Ltd, formerly known as Mrs. Bector Foods Specialties Ltd, where she served as Company Secretary & Legal Officer. Her role involved all laws and compliances applicable to the company in India. She has handled several mergers, demergers, GDR issuance and QIPs apart from statutory compliances and filings. Jyoti has dual degrees in Business Administration and Law from Panjab University , and received an LLM from Kurukshetra University in 2010. She is also a Fellow Member of Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.
Roopa Mehra, Head HR, is responsible for Human Resources across the group. She brings 10 years of extensive experience in Human Resources planning including recruitment , benefits, compensation, on-boarding, payroll, performance management, policy & procedures, safety, supervision & training. Additionally, Roopa possesses excellent knowledge of employment & labour laws and regulations.
Prior to Rural Agri Ventures, she worked with TAI INFOTECH as a Manager-HR & Project Head, where she was heading the HR Department for the Group Companies as well as heading various “Skill Development Projects” across the country & overseas. Roopa has a proven track record of setting up HR Departments from scratch in start-ups. She was previously associated with companies like Alpine Minmetal, Intertek Testing Laboratory and Vibrant India.
Roopa is a Science graduate from Kumaon University & holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from ICFAI University.
Chief Business Officer, Solar
Saikat Roy is our MD & CEO for RAVI Renewable Energy & Lighting, having more than 16 years of techno commercial experience across domains in various top management positions.
Prior to joining Rural Agri Ventures, Saikat was instrumental in setting up Minda NexGenTech Ltd, the only non automotive division of the Minda group. As the Divisional Head for Energy Efficiency, he was instrumental in forming the company and taking it to the Top 3 position in India for Solar LED lighting products. He travelled extensively across India in setting up the marketing and manufacturing base for the company. Under his guidance the company undertook some of the biggest projects in India for Solar LED products. He worked extensively with decision makers in the Government both at the central and state levels to promote the use of LED products in Solar lighting solutions.
Prior to MNGTL, Saikat was the General Manager at Sona e-Design and Technologies Ltd where he worked on important client acquisitions in India and Europe. He headed the mechanical and embedded electronics team and helped the company expand its footprints across various domains and clients. He was also part of the diversification team set up by the Sona management.
During his earlier stint with Minda Industries Ltd., his mandate was to set up the Minda Design Studio where his job was – to innovate. Here he worked on two path breaking projects – The Self Cancellation Blinker and Illuminated switches for two wheelers, products which were patented and are presently being used by one of the most popular two wheeler brands in India.
In his early career he worked as a Research and Development engineer with Calcom Ltd and was part of the team that initiated the process of the white goods industry embracing the use of 3D design software, I-DEAS.
Saikat’s passion is to create value for companies that he works in and to create successful companies from start ups. He is a recognised thought leader in the off grid renewable business with experience across operations, marketing and management roles.
Saikat completed his engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and did his PGDBA from Symbiosis Institute, Pune.
Head & GM- Solar Projects
Omkar has more than 17 Years Experience in Finance( Behavioral Finance & Technical Analysis ), Strategic Management & Analysis, Inventory Analysis & Management, Quality, Business and Software development with Companies like Entegra Limited (S Kumar’s Ltd), NEPC India Limited, Credit Suisse Plc(UK), LGT Finance(UK), WSI International (US), PSA Peugeot Citroen(France),Etain ImMODO Renewables Limited- a Spanish JV (Electrotherm India Limited & ImMODO Solar Spain) and Gamesa Renewables (Gamesa Corps, Spain).
He works on the edges between technology, Sustainability, Strategy, Management/Business and Climate & Energy Finance. In his current role he is accountable for the performance and growth of company’s solar business vertical.
Omkar earned MBA in Finance from Coventry University UK, US GARP Energy Risk Professional (ERP) and Certified Expert in Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance from Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre.
VP – Solar Projects
Suvendu Dutta is the Vice President for Solar Projects and brings with him 25 years of experience in the Solar Energy Industry. He is responsible for Pan-India Sales and Business Development for Solar Energy.
He was previously with Unitech Machine Group as a Deputy General Manager for Business Development where he was responsible for setting up their solar business, UM Green Lighting. Suvendu has seen the unstoppable rise of the Indian solar industry and has rich experience of setting up businesses from scratch – having also set up Minda Nexgentech Ltd in his role as the Head of Business development.
He also worked with California-based Solar Semi Conductors Ltd where he was instrumental in setting up a 5 MW Solar Power Plant in Rajasthan with a Power Purchase Agreement with the state government. He also counts acquiring CREDA’s solar electrification project of the headquarters of the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission in Raipur with a knotty technical design amongst his professional achievements.
He has completed his Bachelors from Burdwan University, Calcutta.
General Manager – LED Lighting
Vivek Sharma heads the LED Lighting division and is responsible for Pan India Sales & Business Development. With over twelve years of experience in the lighting industry, Vivek has previously worked with national & international lighting companies including a host of startups such as Ligman , Plaza Cables , EON Electric & LEGERO where he gained exposure to all major domains of the lighting business – Design , Sales ,Marketing, Purchase & Logistics . In his prior assignments, Vivek was responsible for Government Sales , Infrastructure projects and IT & ITeS accounts handled through Architects & Consultants . At myWay LED, he is responsible for both government and private projects whilst creating a strong footprint for myWay LED across India.
Vivek is an Electrical & Electronics engineering graduate with an MBA in Sales Marketing from MIT University & Advance PGDBA in Marketing from Downtown University .”
Amrendra Kumar, our technical lead for Renewable Energy, has over thirteen years of experience in the electronics industry. He has widespread experience in MW capacity Solar plants, LED lighting sector, Biomedical equipment, Telecommunications, Power Transmission, MF Relay, MW capacity Solar plant, LED lighting sector. He has previously worked with Minda NextGen Tech ltd, C&S Electric Ltd,and York Scientific Industries Pvt Ltd.
Amrendra is a postgraduate in electronics from A N College, Patna. He also has a diploma in Hardware electronics and system design in CEDTI, Mohali and is National Instrument (NI) certified for LabView.
Dinesh is our resident Manager, Projects for Solar Energy. He has a decade’s experience in project execution with renewable energy and civil engineering sector.
He has previously worked with prestigious organizations including Minda NexGentech, Nangia Constructions, Delhi Engineering Construction Company (DECC). In his role as Assistant Manager with Minda, Dinesh executed government projects across India, including several in Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. He gained tremendous experience across the board from tender bids to project management to payment collection and project closure. Dinesh was recognized by Minda as an “Outstanding Employee” for his dedication and continuous project accomplishments.
Dinesh has a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Government Polytechnic Nilokheri in Karnal, Haryana.
MD & CEO
Bhupender Singh is MD & CEO of RAVI Agro Logistics which is the 100% subsidiary of Rural Agri Ventures, with a total professional work experience of 15 years, with leading organizations in multiple roles.
Bhupender was the Divisional Manager with Protrans Supply Chain Management P Ltd, where he was responsible for development of company footprint in North and East India for the Protans’ business.
Prior to Protrans, Bhupender was the Assistant General Manager at Snowman Logistics Ltd. where he led the Cold Chain Division of the company on Pan India basis with an independent P & L responsibility. He pioneered the model for part load with express and committed delivery schedule in cold chain for metro cities.
In his previous role at Future Supply Chain, V- Trans India Pvt. Ltd., Relogistics India Pvt. Ltd.(100% Subsidiary of Reliance Logistics), Gati Ltd. Bhupender handled various roles in Sales, Credit Control and Operations as well as hard core FTL / LTL movements. He also set up operations from scratch for Relogisitcs in North India as a Network Operation head besides developing routes, vendors, channel partners, associates, route analysis & profitability etc. Bhupender also worked with Action Construction Equipments (“ACE”) Ltd. as a Logistics Head and did tremendous work in the field of cost control and improvement in delivery schedule of finished products.
Bhupender is well recognized in the Logistics industry (Cold & Dry) with an excellent mix of operational & sales experience, understanding of challenges and development of low cost operational modules. Bhupender is an M.Sc in Mathematics, PGDCA from Kurukshetra University and PGDBM with specialization in marketing from Punjab Technical University.
Anil Sharma is General Manager at Ravi Agro Logistics which is 100% Subsidiary of Rural Agriventures with extensive experience of over 27 years in business development , logistics , client servicing , channel management and team management. He is a keen planner and implementer with demonstrated abilities in devising service operations activities. He possesses exceptional negotiation and relationship management skills with ability to relate to people at any level of business. He is an effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and has hands on experience in mentoring and development of teams .
Prior to Ravi Agrologistics, he has worked with V Trans India, Jindal Fine Industries, Poddar Tyres, Atlas Cycle and Phoenix Industries. Anil is a commerce graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
Sanjeet Kumar with 23 Year of rich experience in Temperature Control Supply Chain is working as National Head-Operations at RAVI Agro Logistics which is 100% subsidiary of Rural agriventures. He has worked with leading Cold Chain Company as business development, Fleet Management, Operations Management etc. Prior to Ravi Agro Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd. He also worked with Gati Kausar India Ltd: – As a FTL Head-Cold Chain, Where he was responsible for Profit and Loss of the Full Truck Load for refrigerated vehicle. Prior to Gati Kausar , He was with Snowman Frozen Foods Ltd as Assistant manager (RTD), where he handled the Primary and Secondary vehicle of the company and that time Snowman’s RTD making it profitable for the first time since inception. He has done B.Sc. in Physics from Shobhit Institute of Engineering & Technology.