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.
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 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 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.