Abhijit Pawar


Abhijit Pawar is the Chairman of AP Globale (APG) and Managing Director of Sakal Media Group as well as the Founder and Chairman of the Delivering Change Foundation (DCF).
He shares the belief that companies should be driven with the purpose to make a difference for the larger good.
Therefore Abhijit created SIMACES.
SIMACES stands for Skilling & Education, Impact Funding, Media, Advisory & Consulting, Community Transformation, Events and Special Projects/ SPVs. 
Abhijit Pawar launched Agrowon, the first ever daily devoted to Agriculture on 19 April 2005. Agrowon is a 16-page tabloid published in Marathi. 
He has been an Executive Committee Member of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
Abhijit is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), an international peer network of chief executives and business leaders. He has also been bestowed by Young Presidents Organisation - World Presidents Organisations (YPO-WPO), with the first Global Impact Legacy Honour in 2016 for his transformational efforts in the field of women empowerment.

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Pradeep Dwivedi

CEO, Sakal Media Group

Pradeep Dwivedi is an accomplished industry leader with an experience of over 23 years of B2B as well as B2C management- cutting across functions and industries. He has wide-based expertise in Sales & marketing, service delivery, risk operations and business management, across Media, Telecommunications, Banking and Financial Services and Automotive industry domains. 
In his most recent role, Pradeep was the Chief Corporate Sales and marketing officer at Dainik Bhaskar Group; one of India’s Largest newspaper group . He commenced his career with managing sales, distribution and marketing with Eicher Motors Limited in the automotive industry. This was followed by Consumer Banking and Financial Services Industry assignments in prestigious multinational firms like GE Capital Commercial Finance, Standard Chartered Bank and American Express Bank and commercial, unsecured and secured products. Subsequently as Regional COO of Tata Teleservices Ltd. 
Pradeep is an MBA from Panjab University with specialisation in Marketing and Finance. He has also done an Executive Program from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at Tata Management Training Centre.

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Bobby Nimbalkar

Executive Vice President - Emerging Businesses

Bobby has been leading multi-cultural teams across Asia Pacific for the last 24 years. He lived and worked in Australia, Singapore & India with major corporations such as Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Tata Technologies. 
Bobby was Head & Director of Oracle Consulting Services - Technology Practice with Oracle India, Head & Director of Sun Professional Services with Sun Microsystems India before joining the Group in 2013. 
Prior to leading the Groups Emerging Businesses vertical he was responsible for the Strategic Leadership Council working closely with the Chairman of APG.
Bobbys key areas are strategy consulting, business development, global sales management, global delivery and operations management, global alliance management and partner leveraged sales.
Bobby holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Pune University and an Executive MBA from SIM

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Ashish Pinto

Group - Chief Human Resource Officer

Ashish, is an accomplished industry leader with an experience of over 22 years of Human Resources management across multiple industries. He has vas expertise in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Development and business management, across Media, IT, Oil & Gas & Consulting industry domains.

In his most recent role, Ashish was HR Head at Network 18 Media & Investments Ltd., based at Mumbai. Previous to this, He has worked with Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd., Capgemini India, Hewitt Associates (Aon Hewitt), AG Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Ashish is pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Resource from Symbiosis – Pune and holds an MBA in Human Resources from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies - Mumbai additionally several International Certifications in several aspects of HR.

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Debasish Biswas

Chief Executive Officer – Education & Skills

Debasish Biswas is acknowledged as an accomplished professional, transformational leader and deft strategist with knowledge, competency and skills transcending multiple sectors - banking, telecom, insurance, multi-level marketing, media and skills n education. Equipped with overall professional work experience of two & half decades, his expertise spans profit centre management, general management & leadership roles in large scale organisations at national and international level. Over the last one decade, he has established himself as a distinguished thought-leader and sector specialist in the domain of education management, L&D, training, coaching & skills development.
He holds proficiency in spearheading diverse genre of organisations, and is adept in conceptualising, strategising, executing & leading organisations towards quantum long term scalable growth and sustainability - with tactical focus on improving organisational productivity, enhancing consumer focus & engagement, addressing stakeholder needs, realigning human resources and organisation structure, establishing service excellence benchmarks, driving market expansion - leading to growth in revenue and profitability.
Debasish has been part of the pre-launch leadership team for five reputed multinational & Indian organisations, namely - HDFC Bank, Amway India, Max New York Life Insurance, Tata Teleservices & Star TV (education & skills vertical). He has also managed quantum scale-up & expansion of business operations for ING Life Insurance, Macmillan Education & Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
On an honorary basis, Debasish is involved as Board Member, Mentor, Coach, Advisor & Strategist with reputed corporate entities, academic conglomerates, healthcare groups, industry bodies & non-profit organisations - where he periodically contributes strategic and operational inputs for furthering the cause of education, learning, training, healthcare, commerce & entrepreneurial initiatives.

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Sanjay Gupta

Group - Chief Financial Officer

Sanjay Gupta is an accomplished Business Leader with an experience of over 24 years spanning Finance, Regulatory, Legal, Compliance & Business roles.

In his most recent role, Sanjay was the Chief Financial Officer at Trent Hypermarket Ltd – A TATA & TESCO Enterprise (STAR BAZAR), based at Mumbai. He started his career with Bata India and has worked with MNCs and Indian Business Houses in a variety of roles including start-ups such as Roche Diagnostics, and in a global role with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Sanjay is a CA & CS as well as an MBA from INSEAD with specialisation in Finance & General management.

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Saumil Shah


Prior to joining AP Globale, Saumil was Partner & Head - Private Equity & Tax at KPMG India.
Saumil has over 18 years of professional consulting experience, with over 10 years of specialisation in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) tax. With a vast experience in M&A, Private Equity (PE), joint ventures and corporate restructuring, he has advised and executed assignments on corporate mergers/demergers, internal capital re-organisations, balance sheet rightsizing, family arrangements, buy-back of securities, and transactions such as acquisition structuring, due diligence reviews, investments/divestments routes, minority buy-outs, etc.
Saumil works with clients from a cross-section of industry segments; however, in the recent past, he has done a significant amount of work for large private equity funds and corporates in the financial services, consumer markets and the pharmaceuticals sectors. He also speaks regularly at various seminars and workshops at national and international levels.

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Vikas Singh

Chief of Staff – AP Globale

Vikash is an accomplished industry leader with an experience of over 13 years in the areas of Business Operations, Strategy, Planning and Process Transformation in the Investment Banking industry.
Vikash holds an MBA degree from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree from University of Allahabad. Prior to joining APG, Vikash headed Operations Planning of the Asia Pacific region at Goldman Sachs in real estate division. He has also worked with Morgan Stanley and Reliance Industries prior to his last stint with Goldman Sachs.
An avid outdoor sports enthusiast, Vikash is a Sailor, Marathoner and has been an endurance runner and a winner of the Oxfam 100KMS race in 2013.

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Dr. Apoorva Palkar

Advisor - Skilling & Education

Dr. Apoorva Palkar has about twenty years of work experience and has spent 18 years in higher education. Currently an advisor to SIMACES International Learning Centre that is working on creating skilled Human Capital in various developmental sectors. She is also a Promoter Trustee of MERC Institute of Management. She holds a Bachelors in Mathematics, is an Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and Ph.D.(Business Management). She was the Director of Sinhgad Institute of Management and Computer Applications for about 9 years. She is former President – AIMS, Chairperson of a National level test ‘ATMA’, President, Consortium of Management Education (COME), served as Member Senate-University of Pune. She has worked on Board of Studies, Pune University for three consecutive terms.
She has served as executive member to international accreditation body ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools Programs) and AACSB (which has 716 Bschools in 48 countries), AMDISA (Association of BSchools from SAARC Countries), AICTE and AIMA.
Dr. Palkar has more than 25 research publications to her credit and served as the editor of “Samudanta-Journal for Managers”, International Journal for Business.
She has spearheaded work with UN Ecosoc Council that led to the first Procurement Workshop being conducted in India. She was a part of the International Federation of Agriculture Development (IFAD), Rome for economic development of the state of Meghalaya.
She has worked on policy matters on education and has led the movement at state level on autonomy for higher education. She has also worked as Competent Authority for state level and national level tests.

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Stefanie Feicht

MD – SIMACES Europe GmbH (APG European Office)

Stefanie has been appointed by AP Globale (APG) to establish their first European office in Berlin in 2017. Prior to moving to Berlin, she spent four years with the group in India, heading their PR & Communications, Int. Relations and Brand Activities. Stefanie graduated with distinction in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law from Friedrich-List Schule in 2012. Stefanie started her career as a Management Assistant in Product Development for the Finance & Insurance Portfolio of Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to joining APG in 2014, she was leading the Indian Operations of Karma Konsum- a Frankfurt based consultancy in the field of Sustainability and CSR.

Stefanie is a member of the Federal Association of German Press Spokespersons (Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher (BdP).

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Vaibhav Saraf

Chief Manager, Government - Advisory

Vaibhav has 10 years of exemplary experience in Management Consulting, Strategy and Investment Advisory across Corporate and Government domains. He has helped leading MNCs in Technology sector with business planning, marketing strategies, competitive strategies, and business transformation. A thought leader, Vaibhav has authored publications for advocating policy decisions especially in the telecom sector.
Over the last 3.5 years with the Group, Vaibhav has been working closely with the State Government of Maharashtra as well as leading cities on multiple development projects, setting up Transformation Offices and supporting Smart City Initiatives. He currently leads the Government Advisory practice, focusing on business development, alliances as well as project management.
Vaibhav holds a Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and a Management Degree in Finance from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

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Lakshmi Potluri

Chief Executive Officer - DCF Ventures

Lakshmi has 14 years of global experience in several leadership roles in technology, finance, e-commerce and digital media at IBM (North America/Europe), Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong), jabong.com(India), Shopify(India) and Network18(India).  In her most recent role at Network 18, Lakshmi was front ending News18.com, Pradesh18.com (digital destination of ETV channel) and new revenue initiatives amongst other things. In the last five years, she has been an active evangelist in the entrepreneurial eco system in India as an angel investor and an advisor/mentor to many startups. 
Lakshmi is a MBA from Columbia Business School New York. She has been a recipient of many awards (Women Entrepreneur of the year - Rotary) and a panellist at many prestigious events such as NASSCOMM, FICCI, CII, Indo-China FICCI conference, UK-IBC Conference, Techsparks, IIMs and has been recognized for innovation at IBM almost five times. Apart from this in her free time, she enjoys travelling, staying fit and has a special interest in assisting victims of acid attacks.

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Ankit Bhargava

Head - Foxberry Technologies

Ankit, a Computer Engineer from Manipal and MBA from IIM Shillong, has a decade of experience working over various industries and roles. Always impact focused, he has worked with groups like Essel group and Sakal Media Group to facilitate their diversification in Education sector by setting up several businesses like Pan India School chains and Youth Skill Development institutes. He has also consulted Maharashtra State Government in the Water Sector to facilitate the creation of “Water for All” plan to make Maharashtra drought free. In the Smart City Mission of India, he has consulted various cities like Pune and Nashik to setup and manage their Citizen Engagement and War Rooms. His experience in IT sector with Infosys Technologies coupled with his Smart City consulting experience has helped him to deliver various Smart City Solutions in his current role as the Head of Foxberry Technologies.

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Director - Impact Fund

Sumiran Mehta joined the Group in January 2010 and presently acts as the Executive Vice President for the Impact Fund Business. 
For the past several years, he has been instrumental in 'Management Teams and Task Force' at Sakal Media Group, in the areas of strategy formulation and execution, new business startups and turnarounds, business support and heading the entire group finance.
Under his leadership as the CFO, Sakal Media Group has achieved its best financial performances. He has played a pivotal role in transforming it into a debt-free business at the group level. 
Sumiran brings in four years of experience with Goldman Sachs and Edelweiss Capital in the equity and derivative trading with a very strong equity research background. A graduate of Harvard Business School 'Program of Leadership development', he has spent his learning years building a strong foundation. He has also completed his MBA (Finance) from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics Mumbai. 

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