Anirudh Suri, Founding Partner & Managing Director

Anirudh Suri is Founding Partner of the India Internet Fund, and heads the Delhi and Mumbai offices for IIF Advisors. Anirudh previously served as a policy advisor to the Minister of State for Communications and Technology in the Government of India. Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs, serving clients in the consumer, retail, healthcare, energy and the public sectors. Named the Most Promising Young Indian Professional by India Empire and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Anirudh has also been the recipient of the Carnegie Endowment Fellowship, the C.V. Starr Fellowship and the Singapore Airlines Scholarship.Anirudh pursued a joint MBA-MPA degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College with a BA in Economics and Political Science.

 

Nihal Mehta, Founding Partner

Nihal Mehta is an entrepreneur, investor, professor and philanthropist. He was lucky to discover his passion over fifteen years ago in mobile technology, which drove him to co-found five startups (philly2nite, urbangroove, ipsh!, buzzd, localresponse/qualia) and two investment funds (Eniac Ventures, India Internet Fund) with over 100 mobile investments including Admob (acquired by Google), AirBnB, HotelTonight, SwiftKey, Tapad, and Uber. Nihal co-founded the charity “Project Ahimsa” to provide music education to disadvantaged youth, and often lectures on mobile & entrepreneurship across the globe.Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.

 

James Pallotta, Founding Partner

Mr. Pallotta began his professional career at Essex Investment Management Company, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts in 1983 as a Vice President. In 1989, Mr. Pallotta became a senior Vice President and Director of Research and was appointed to the board of directors of Essex in 1990.Mr. Pallotta joined Tudor Investment Corporation as the Managing Director of the U.S. Equity Securities Group in 1993. He became a member of the Management Committee in 1996 and was named Vice-Chairman in 2005. He also served as a Director, Executive Manager and member of the Capital Allocation Committee of Tudor Group Holdings. In 2009, Mr. Pallotta spun out from Tudor and founded Raptor Group, a Boston-based investment management firm. In his portfolio management role at Raptor Capital Management LP, he manages individual, institutional and his own personal capital. Mr. Pallotta is President and Chairman of AS Roma as well as an executive board member of the Boston Celtics. He is also a board member of certain charitable organizations including Berklee College of Music and The Children’s Hospital Trust.

Mr. Pallotta received a BBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA with concentration in accounting from Northeastern University.

 

Dhruv Ranjan, Associate

Dhruv is an associate at the India Internet Fund and is based at the IIF Delhi office. He previously served as the territory sales manager at Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting. He was heading the north Rajasthan division in trade lighting vertical of WCCLG, prior to that he qualified through AIEEE and did his engineering in Industrial Biotechnology.Dhruv pursued his MBA from Infinity Business School, Gurgaon. During his MBA he did his internship with DTZ. He is also the recipient of the award for academic excellence from Infinity Business School for standing first in his batch.

 

Rajan Anandan, Advisor

Rajan Anandan is a V.P and Managing Director at Google, responsible for all of Google’s Sales and Operations in India. Before joining Google, Rajan was the Managing Director of Microsoft India. At Microsoft, he led the Sales Marketing and Services Group (SMSG) in India and was responsible for building Microsoft into the largest software business in India.Before joining Microsoft, Rajan was V.P at Dell; He held various global leadership roles at Dell over five years. Rajan moved to India in 2006 as the VP of Dell India and was responsible for Dell’s business in India. Under his leadership, Dell grew revenues from $250 million to $800 million in three years. Rajan began his career at McKinsey & Company and was a Partner with McKinsey’s Chicago office from 1992 to 2003.

Rajan is an active angel investor in India and focuses on investing in internet, mobile and saas companies.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

Gautam Gandhi, Advisor

Gautam Gandhi currently manages new business development efforts for Google. This includes managing early-stage partnerships, explorations and technology licensing. Prior to Google, Gandhi co-founded ClearCount Medical Solutions. ClearCount uses patented RFID technology to track surgical sponges and instruments during surgery to prevent retained foreign bodies. Gandhi led the company from the initial business plan through FDA approval and is named on the patents.Prior, he was part of the founding team at BlueMountain Arts, the largest e-greeting website where he helped launch Dan’s Chocolates. BlueMountain was acquired by Excite@Home in 2001. Gandhi completed his M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University where he was also named the Roseman – Canfield Entrepreneur of the Year. Gandhi holds a B.S. in Information Decision Systems and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Gandhi is also a recipient of the 2008 Fulbright Award for India.

 

Vijay Chattha, Advisor

As founder and Chief Talker of VSC, Vijay has led strategy and public relations efforts for over thirty-five mobile and gaming companies resulting in over $1B in exits and transactions. VSC has earned forty PR awards for its creative and results-driven publicity campaigns.Vijay is also chairman of Project Ahimsa, a global effort to empower youth through music. The organization has funded 80 micro-grants for children in 14 countries. In 2009, Vijay served as executive producer to the Project Ahimsa Global Lingo album in 2009, which went to #4 on iTunes world music charts without a record label, solely via social media and PR.

Vijay is also founder of BlackMahal, a punjabi hip-hop group based in San Francisco which has appeared in Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1 and the San Francisco Chronicle. The band has performed across North America including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

 

Anuradha Duggal, Advisor

A serial entrepreneur, Anu Duggal is the founder of Female Founders Fund. Earlier, she co-founded Exclusively.in, a private sale e-commerce site focused on bringing the best of South Asian fashion, jewelry, and home decor to the global audience in July 2010.After moving back to New York city in March 2011, Anu became involved in the Obama re-election campaign, focused on raising $2M through a ‘National South Asians for Obama’ event for March 2012. In addition, she has recently ventured into the space of angel investing to support women entrepreneurs, both in the U.S. and India. She is an advisor to the India Classtivity.com, LittleBorrowedDress and Lover.ly. Prior to Exclusively.in, Anu co-founded the Tasting Room, India’s first luxury wine bar in 2005 with Rajeev Samant, CEO of Sula Wines. While completing an MBA at the London Business School, Anu co-chaired the India Business Forum.

Anu graduated from Vassar College, speaks fluent French, and also has a passion for the restaurant world, especially after working for Chef Floyd Cardoz at NYC’s highly acclaimed Tabla restaurant.

 

Anjula Acharia Bath, Advisor

DesiHits! CEO Anjula Acharia-Bath built her career on bridging the pop culture gap between Bollywood and Hollywood. The U.K. – raised entrepreneur moved to the United States to launch the site DesiHits.com with her husband, Ranj Bath.The online destination has since grown into a multimedia platform and Acharia-Bath has raised capital from investors, including Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine. She helped introduce Lady Gaga to Indian audiences by placing her on TV shows with 40 million viewers and helped guide Enrique Iglesias’ tour of India. Using her contacts, she plans on flipping the cultural switch to bring Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra to U.S. audiences and other international markets.

Anjula partnered with Universal Music Group to create the first music label to nurture and develop global pop icons from South Asia and the large Diaspora, this made news headlines from New York to Mumbai. Anjula has received global press, radio and television recognition for her achievements.

Prior to Desi Hits! Anjula was leading strategy and delivery for emerging technologies practice at the Forsyth.

 

Sunjay Guleria, Advisor

Sunjay is a serial entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Exclusively.in. His last venture Sher Singh is an online retail brand and a global category-leading company.Sher Singh is an online brand created for the stylish, global citizen that seeks inspiration from the world around them. More than a fashion brand, Sher Singh represents a global lifestyle that’s a new mix of shared cultures, trends and traditions. The company has offices in New Delhi and New York City, and the brand embodies a style sensibility that is always inspired, and in some way, unexpected.

Sunjay currently runs Exclusively.In. The site offers a wide variety of products from the top Indian vendors, from fashion and accessories to home décor and travel experiences, and was named one of the top fashion websites in the world by the Financial Times. Exclusively.In provides both established and emerging Indian brands the opportunity to expand their reach into new global markets. The company is based in New Delhi and New York City.

 

IIF Campus Ambassadors 2015 / 2016

 

Abhishek Vaid

Abhishek Vaid

IIM Bangalore

rajesh

Rajesh Jangam

IIM Raipur

manikant

Manikant Reddy

IIT Chennai

Aditya Pangtey

Aditya Pangtey

IIM Calcutta

tushar bhargava

Tushar Bhargava

IMT Ghaziabad

ayush

Ayush Singhal

IIT Kharagpur

Aishvarya

Aishvarya Agarwal

IIM Lucknow

manubhav

Manubhav Goel

IMT Ghaziabad

 

Nikhil DTU

Nikhil Saxena

DTU Delhi

 

kanishk

Kanishk Mehta

IIM Ahmedabad

jagdeesh

Jagdeesh Dondeti

IIT Guwahati

 

 

 

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