Chairman GP Group
Mr. Kirit Shah is the Chairman of GP Group. The GP Group is a conglomerate with diverse business interests spanning several geographies. The Group is over 150 years old and has been headquartered in Thailand since 1918.
Mr. Shah, a serial entrepreneur, has seeded close to 300 companies across various sectors in a career spanning more than 30 years. His leadership and vision has turned the group into a multi billion dollar entity. The Group’s business ventures span diverse sectors including manufacturing, infrastructure, shipping, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and software. Precious Shipping Public Company Limited is the flagship company of the Group and is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. All other companies in the Group till date have remained private, though over the last few years, a few of the Group companies have seen sizeable private equity investments, to supplement expansions.
Mr. Shah’s family has been listed as the 19th richest in Thailand by Forbes.
Managing Director Nexus Capital
Prior to Nexus, Mr. Sandeep Singhal was Co-Founder and CEO of Medusind Solutions, one of the leading healthcare outsourcing companies in India. Sandeep is also the co-founder and Managing Director of eVentures, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on early stage investments in India since 1999. At eVentures, Sandeep has invested in CustomerAsset (acquired by ICICI Onesource), Mentorix Solutions (acquired by Lionbridge), Intigma (acquired by Emptoris), and MakeMyTrip (sold to SAIF Partners). Sandeep has held senior roles at McKinsey & Company, Digital Equipment and EDA Systems.
Mr. Singhal has an MBA (with Distinction) from The Wharton School with a dual Major in Finance and Marketing, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is actively involved with TiE, Young Entrepreneurs Organization, and the Wharton and Stanford India Alumni Associations. He is also a member of the steering committee for New Ventures India.
Shiraz Erach Poonevala
Director Investment GP Group
Mr Shiraz Erach Poonevala is Director of Investments at GP Group. Prior to GP Group, Mr. Poonevala was Senior Vice President at Seamico Securities Plc. He comes with a total of 19 years investment and corporate banking experience in leading financial service organizations. He started his stint in Bangkok with HSBC where he looked after their corporate and investment banking business. He also served as Director of Paragon Partners Co. Ltd., a boutique investment bank.
Mr. Shiraz Erach Poonevala is serving as Director & Audit Committee member of Polyplex (Thailand) Plc since 2004. Mr. Poonevala is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Masters Degree in Finance and Accounting.
Mr. Ashok Mukherjee is an independent Director on the Board of Eka. He brings an immense wealth of international experience to the Eka Board. He has been the Managing Director of Rubber Manufacturing Industries in Bangkok and has been instrumental in setting up Latex Industries from scratch.
Mr. Mukherjee moved to India in 1995 as Managing Director of M/s Security Cards India Pvt. Ltd, & M/s First Pacific Management Consulting Pvt. Ltd Bangalore. He also helped found Select Technologies Pvt Ltd, which was sold to Wipro e peripheral in 2002.
Mr. Mukherjee has actively participated in several Royal Thai Government sponsored civic and health initiatives, noteworthy of these being active involvement with Magsaysay Award winner Dr. Vichai Veeravaidya’s projects on AIDS awareness & control programmes. He had received a special award from HRH Princess of Thailand for work done in the areas of rural health and community development in South Thailand. He is currently involved with various socio-cultural and charitable organizations in Bangalore, and was awarded the Outstanding International Director for Rotary Bangalore South West.
With a Bachelors degree in Science & Post Graduation Diploma in Business Management Mr. Mukherjee has also served as a guest faculty with IIM, Ahmedabad and B.K.School of Business Management Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
CEO & Founder
Mr. Manav Garg is the CEO and Founder of Eka Software Solutions. Besides the overall responsibility of managing Eka, Manav oversees the areas of business strategy and corporate finance.
Mr. Garg founded Eka after a brief stint as a trader with a large global commodity trading house. It was during his trading days that he saw the deficiencies in traditional trading and risk management software. Realizing the market opportunity, and combining this with his passion for technology, Manav setup Eka with venture capital funding.
Born in 1974, Mr. Garg graduated as an engineer from REC (Regional Engineering College) Jalandhar, and followed this by an MBA from IIFT (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), Delhi. He was recently awarded the Star Entrepreneur Award for 2008-09 at the 2nd Indira International India Innovation Summit.