MN Rao

Chairman/CEO,  MediSys Edu Tech Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Rao previously worked with Siemens, Tatas and others in top management/CEO positions, and has a very successful track record in managing turnarounds as also start-ups.
Mr. Rao has an abiding interest in sustainability and in design issues; in what it takes to craft new operating models and build enterprises that achieve apparent odds. Amongst others, he is an advisor to NGOs in the health sector, impact investors and academic institutions. He is an independent director on a few boards, and closely oversees a chain of cancer hospitals in India.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and a Masters in Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

P. Narendra

Managing Director, Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd.

He was Graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1975. Worked in a Metal Finishing company in Bangalore for 2.5 years. He then joined Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd., a commercial printing press started by his father Sri Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao in 1962.
He is ably supported by his brother Mahendra, and sons Harsha and Hemanth. Their hard work and keenness to excel has placed Pragati where it is today – among the best printers of the world. It is the most awarded print company in India.

Bala C Deshpande

Senior Managing Partner at MegaDelta Capital Advisors. 

Bala has nearly two decades of experience in investment advisory, having started her investing career with ICICI Venture in 2001. In 2008 she joined NEA to set up their India platform where she headed the practice for 10 years and helped NEA US in investing and backing disruptive companies in the mid-market space. Prior to her investing experience, Bala had deep operational experience having worked for about 10 years with well-regarded multi-national corporations in India such as ICI, Cadbury’s and Best Foods.

Her investment advisory career spans both early stage and growth investing experience across multiple sectors. She has played an instrumental role in many innovative plays and entrepreneurial journeys including the first Internet IPO, first 24-hour news channel, first Payments Tech Company, several consumer companies that redefined the sector etc. She is an Independent Board member of two deeply disruptive companies viz. Info Edge Ltd and Future Enterprise Limited. During her Board Tenure these companies have grown exponentially, emerged as category leaders and created immense shareholder value with multi-billion-dollar market caps.

She is passionate about Technology and its far-reaching implications on markets, businesses and consumers. She seeks to back and help build disruptive businesses and entrepreneurs who redefine markets and create lasting economic value.

Ruchir Lahoty

Ruchir is a Managing Partner at MegaDelta Capital, a sub-advisor to Millenna Capital, a Mauritius based investment fund as well as investment manager of MegaDelta Capital Fund I, a SEBI registered Category II Alternative Investment Fund.  He has ~18 years of experience of which ~13 years are in investment/ investment advisory. Ruchir’s sectors of focus at the firm are Technology, Media, Telecom (TMT), BFSI, Education, Fintech, Business Services and Consumer.  He currently serves as a Director on the boards of IDfy, MoneyTap, MediSys, Naaptol, ValueFirst and is an observer on the boards of Financial Software and Systems and GOQii.

Ruchir started his career with Tata Consultancy Services (India’s leading information technology services company) across various positions including corporate M&A where he led TCS’ acquisition of a company in Latin America.  He then joined Thomas Weisel International, a technology focussed Investment Banking firm, in their equity research arm covering small and mid-cap technology product companies as a lead analyst in the areas of enterprise security, digital media technologies and telecom software products. He began his investment career with ICICI Venture where he joined as an AVP (Associate). At ICICI Venture, he worked with Bala, covering technology, media and telecom as well as emerging sectors like education and fin-tech.  Post ICICI Venture, Ruchir moved to NEA India to help set-up the India advisory practice and assume a much larger and wider responsibility. Ruchir joined NEA India as a Vice President (Senior Associate). His stellar performance led him to be promoted twice to the role of Managing Director at NEA India.

Ruchir graduated from Delhi University (Bachelors in Commerce with Honours) in 2000 and IIM-Ahmedabad (Post Graduate Diploma in Management equivalent to an MBA) in 2002.

Dr Neeraj Raj

Founder and Managing Director, Immertive Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Neeraj Raj is synonymous with Multimedia and Animation in Hyderabad. As a creative Gold-medalist doctor, he is into various fields – medicine, painting, photography, cartooning, multimedia, animation – and he pursues each with unbound passion. He has converged all these with a vision to make them all components to provide knowledge – through a process that we all know as e-Learning.
Dr. Neeraj graduated from Osmania Medical College as the Best All-Round Out-going Student of 1987 with University Gold Medals in Anatomy and Pathology and distinctions in Pathology and Preventive Medicine. He topped in General Medicine.
As a Fine Artist, he has exhibited his paintings both in oil and watercolors at solo and group exhibitions; As a social and political cartoonist, his cartoons have been published in The Illustrated Weekly of India, Indian Express and Sunday Chronicle and were accepted for exhibit at the World Humor Conference.
Combining Medicine & Art, started ‘Medicoms’ in 1989 and established MEdRC (Medical Education Research Centre) in 1993 to make medical teaching and learning material and catered to the teaching needs of over 2500 doctors and others in the healthcare sector.
Dr. Neeraj has contributed significantly in the area of multimedia user interfaces by visualizing and developing products that could let common people use computers. His previous company Dr. Neeraj’s Multimedia Studios had installed Touch-Screen InfoKiosks all over Hyderabad city way back in 1994 and later with Sriven Multi-Tech Ltd, Internet based WebKiosks in 1999.
Combining his multi-disciplinary knowledge, and realizing that e-Learning is as multi-disciplinary in requirements, Dr. Neeraj started using tools like animation, video and graphics in very different ways – combining them with knowledge from people like educationists and software experts to develop e-Learning platforms and knowledge products that seek to revolutionize the way we learn.
Dr. Neeraj has combined his medical knowledge and artistic skills and creatively blended them with converging technologies laying the foundation for a Virtual Medical University – facilitating knowledge from master teachers to reach every doctor allowing him to treat us better!

Aluri Srinivasa Rao

Former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Rao joined MSPE Asia in 2008 and focuses on the group’s private equity transactions in India. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rao was Director of Private Equity at ICICI Venture. At ICICI Venture, he led numerous landmark private equity investments particularly in the healthcare sector, including the buyout of allied businesses of Ranbaxy Laboratories, the tie-up with Dr Reddy’s, roll ups such as Iven Medicare and Swiss Biosciences as
well as growth investments in Avesthagen, Arch Pharma, Malladi, Bharat Biotech, & Metropolis amongst others. He served as a member of the board on several of these portfolio companies, and brings with him over 20 years of organizational building and corporate experience in India, UK & USA. He is a graduate of BITS, Pilani, and a Sloan Fellow from the London Business School.