Board of Advisors

Dr. Allyala K. Nandakumar

Dr. Nandakumar is the Director of the PhD Program at the Heller School and Directs the Institute for Global Health and Development. He served as the first Chief Economist for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development. An internationally recognized expert in health care financing, he has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in health care financing in the US and other developing countries. Dr. Nandakumar has been a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Nandakumar started his career in the Indian Administrative Service, worked as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, a Principal Associate with Abt Associates, a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a Director at Deloitte Consulting.

Arjun Malhotra

A pioneer of the Indian IT industry, Mr. Malhotra served as Chairman of Headstrong's Board of Directors before its acquisition by Genpact in May 2011. Prior to Headstrong, he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003.

Mr. Malhotra co-founded the HCL group in 1975, taking it from a six-person operation to one of India's largest Information Technology corporations. The first leading Indian entrepreneur to relocate to USA, Mr. Malhotra took over HCL's US operation in 1989 and grew it to nearly $100 million annual revenues. In 1992 he ran the HCL-HP joint venture in India, and in 1996 he set up and ran the joint venture with Deluxe Corporation.

Mr. Malhotra is on the Board of Governors of ISB, Hyderabad, RGIIM Shillong and IIT (Kharagpur) Foundation. He is a past Co-Chair of the Global Pan-IIT Alumni Association. He is also a Member of IPSS and was on the Board of Governors of The Doon School. A Life Fellow of IIT Kharagpur, he has been awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in September 2012. Punjab Technical University conferred an Honorary PhD on him in 2013.

He is a Charter Member of TiE, having previously served as the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Malhotra studied at The Doon School, Dehradun, graduated from IIT Kharagpur with B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering and received the Dr. B.C. Roy Gold Medal. In 1985, he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was awarded the Albert Einstein Technology Medal for 2001. The Institution of Engineers (India) has named Mr. Malhotra an Eminent Engineering Personality. For his contributions to the Indian IT Industry, he got the DQ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Award. He is presently an Advisor in a number of start-ups in Education and healthcare space.

Vishal Marwaha

Vishal serves as a Senior Partner and Investment Committee Advisor of Henderson Equity Partners, India. He has over 26 years of experience as an investment banker and a private equity investor and was responsible for sourcing and executing private equity deals primarily in the Indian market. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate from the University of Delhi.

Paula Mariwala

Paula Mariwala is Managing Director of Seedfund Advisors, Co-Founder & President of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India and Promoter Director of Hinditron Group of Companies. She is an active impact investor from her family office and also runs Hinditron Foundation which supports tech enabled innovations to promote “Better Life through Technology”.

Paula brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and operational experience with technology companies in the USA and India and 12 years of investing experience in early stage companies. Deeply engaged with philanthropy, she supports several foundations working in environment conservation, sustainability, education and women empowerment.

Paula holds an MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University, USA and BSc (Hons) in Physics from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai.

Ashwajit Singh

Ashwajit is the founder of IPE Global. He has over 25 years extensive experience of corporate and financial advisory, specializing in the core areas of Investment Banking, Corporate and Business Strategy, Efficiency Enhancement, Municipal Finance and Management, Policy Framework and Institutional Strengthening.

Ashwajit is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary (Gold Medalist) and an alumnus of the London School of Economics.