BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Raj Nair - Chairman at Avalon Global Research

Chairman

Sridhar Venkiteswaran-Director at Avalon Global Research

Sridhar Venkiteswaran

Director

Rishikesh Deshpande-Chairman and Executive Vice President at Avalon Global Research

Rishikesh Deshpande

Whole Time Director & CEO

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Rishikesh Deshpande-Chairman and Executive Vice President at Avalon Global Research

Rishikesh Deshpande

Whole Time Director & CEO

Radhakrishnan R.- Executive Vice President At Avalon Global Research

Radhakrishnan R.

Executive Vice President

R. Subramaniam-Executive Vice President At Avalon Global Research

R. Subramaniam

Executive Vice President

Shubham Chatterjee-vice President At Avalon Global Research

Shubham Chatterjee

Vice President

Ankur Rastogi-vice President At Avalon Global Research

Ankur Rastogi

Vice President

Raj has over 40 years of experience as a doer-manager, entrepreneur, advisor and mentor. This has given him exposure across functional areas, across industries and across countries.

In his current role, Raj serves as – Chairman: Avalon Consulting, Avalon Global Research and Germinait Solutions Pvt Ltd.

As a strategy consultant, Raj has helped companies across diverse industries in India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East to develop strategies, align strategy to vision, grow in competitive markets, restructure to make companies more customer focused etc.

After working in consumer durables marketing at Murphy and later as a Merchant Banker with Grindlays Bank for 6 years, he set up a Marketing Research and Advisory firm and followed that up with a Management Consulting company. He, thereafter, co-founded a very successful Analytics company in 2000. In 2008, seeing the opportunity in text analytics with the advent of Social Media, he founded a technology company that would create IT products that help analyse what people are saying in the digital world.

Raj is an Engineering graduate from IIT, Bombay and a Post-Graduate in Business Management, from IIM, Ahmedabad. He also holds a degree in General Law from the University of Mumbai.

Sridhar has over twenty years of experience as a management consultant, working with clients in India and the Middle East on strategy and performance related engagements across businesses in the manufacturing and services sectors, with particular focus on automotive and automotive components, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, chemicals and business to business services.

 

He has built lasting relationships with clients through successful engagements that have delivered substantial value. He has provided and helped implement solutions in areas of business strategy, performance improvement, supply chain optimisation, partner identification and sales & marketing. Sridhar also has significant experience in franchising model development and management, having developed and implemented growth strategies through franchising across a range of industries. Sridhar has also done extensive work evaluating the relative economics of businesses across the two hottest emerging markets – India and China – for a number of Indian and International entities. He was part of the CII Task Force on China, constituted to develop the China engagement strategy and lead the development of a report which was the basis of a number of actions at a policy level from India. He is a regular speaker at various conferences organised by CII, ACMA and other National and Industry Level Associations and serves on the Board of listed and unlisted companies as an Independent Director

 

Sridhar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Mumbai University and an MBA from one of India’s leading business schools, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

Rishikesh has multi-industry experience in Research & Analytics, Global distribution, Outsourcing and General Management in a span ranging over two decades. Rishikesh in his career has advised over a 1000 companies on entry strategy, cross border marketing services, global partnerships, and new business set-up.

 

As a founding member and CEO of AGR, his key role is to evolve the company to make it the finest partner for its global clients. He also engages with large customer accounts to facilitate their revenue growth especially in new markets. Rishikesh, along with his leadership team, is also responsible for continuously developing new solutions for our clients that will keep them ahead of the competition.

 

Prior to Avalon Global Research, Rishikesh held the position of Director - Business Development & Transition at Nirvana, a BPO offering voice and back office services to leading companies in the airline, telecom, BFSI, utility, market research and technology sector. In addition to Nirvana, Rishi also worked in Avalon Consulting (part of Cordence Worldwide) and Times of India.

 

Rishikesh is an instrumentation engineer and also holds a MBA in marketing.

Rishikesh has multi-industry experience in Research & Analytics, Global distribution, Outsourcing and General Management in a span ranging over two decades. Rishikesh in his career has advised over a 1000 companies on entry strategy, cross border marketing services, global partnerships, and new business set-up.

 

As a founding member and CEO of AGR, his key role is to evolve the company to make it the finest partner for its global clients. He also engages with large customer accounts to facilitate their revenue growth especially in new markets. Rishikesh, along with his leadership team, is also responsible for continuously developing new solutions for our clients that will keep them ahead of the competition.

 

Prior to Avalon Global Research, Rishikesh held the position of Director - Business Development & Transition at Nirvana, a BPO offering voice and back office services to leading companies in the airline, telecom, BFSI, utility, market research and technology sector. In addition to Nirvana, Rishi also worked in Avalon Consulting (part of Cordence Worldwide) and Times of India.

 

Rishikesh is an instrumentation engineer and also holds a MBA in marketing.

Radha, a member of the start up team at AGR, is responsible for overall service delivery as well as design and management of quality systems. He also oversees business support functions. He has also led various research assignments.

 

Prior to joining AGR, Radha co-founded Netscribes, a knowledge process outsourcing firm and was instrumental in scaling up the research business. Prior to that he was a member of the start up team at The Economic Times Investment Bureau, India’s largest financial daily. He has a good experience of both business as well as investment research.

 

Having spent his entire career in start-up environment, Radha has a good experience of converting business plans into scalable businesses and designing processes for effective management. During his various stints, he has managed various functions ranging from business planning to project management in the research outsourcing sector.

 

Radha holds a post graduate management degree in finance

  1. Subramaniam (Subra) is the Executive Vice President at AGR.

 

Subra has been in the research and consulting domain since 1988 and with AGR since inception. He has conducted a variety of market research, partner identification, traffic and tariff studies and strategy consulting assignments. He has advised a variety of clients across industries and visited over a dozen countries. Many of his client relationships are long standing and are in their second decade running.

 

Subra is passionate about his work in the chemicals & allied sectors, ports and logistics and assisting businesses in Africa and the Middle East. He likes to work with entrepreneurs and companies seeking out of the box ideas.

 

A Chemical Engineer with a Diploma in basic finance from ICFAI, Hyderabad, Subra also holds a Masters degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

Shubham leads the business research practice and is responsible for Project management, Quality improvement of deliveries, Client relations, Account management, and Business development.

 

Prior to joining AGR, he served as the Head - Research & Analytics with Netscribes and as a Management Consultant with Avalon Consulting & Valcon. With over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience, he has advised both international and domestic clients from various sectors like Automotive, Industrial products, Transport & Logistics, Agrochemicals, and Real Estate on Strategic issues. Shubham started his career in manufacturing and has worked with reputed organizations like Bharat Forge Ltd, Whirlpool, and Force Motors.

 

Shubham has an MBA from IIT, Madras and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Bangalore University.

Ankur is an MBA (Finance) from a reputed B-School in India and brings to table ~14 years of work experience in the field of Management Consulting and Business Research.

 

He is responsible for developing new business relations, nourishing existing clients and ensuring successful project execution & supervision.

 

He works on multiple projects and manages a team of 10 – 15 analysts. He is the subject matter resource for metals & mining verticals. Ankur has also executed various business research assignments in oil and gas, engineering, ports and advanced material across multiple geographies. Prior to joining Avalon group, he was working with a Mumbai based boutique management consulting firm, as Senior Consultant.

 

He has executed projects in various horizontal namely, policy advisory, entry & growth strategy, sales & marketing strategy, supply chain strategy, business research and trade support.