Our speakers

Yateesh Wahaal, Director, Nayati Healthcare & Research Pvt. Ltd.

34 year old Yateesh Wahaal, is a B.Tech in Electronics & Communications and Business Administration (Finance & Marketing). He has also done advance management programme from the NUS, Singapore & ISB Hyderabad and specialized course in Private Equity from ISB Hyderabad.

Yateesh began his professional career more than a decade ago as a Banker with the then Centurion Bank. Defying conventional thinking, Yateesh joined start-up consultancy Noesis, helping clients with important acquisitions and development in New York, India, Oman, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Russia, and Indonesia across industries like telecom, real estate, iron ore, oil & gas and automobiles, amongst others. Yateesh set-out to establish and head Pegasus, another consulting firm out of Africa, India and South East Asia, incubating companies and guiding them for eventual listing at the bourses.

Currently, Yateesh is the Executive Director of Nayati Healthcare, pursuing its vision of offering quality healthcare to people living in tier II & III cities of India.

Yeshwanth M Kini, CEO - India, KAUP Capital

Yeshwanth M Kini has over 27 years of experience in the Indian markets. He has co-founded and led KAUP Capital, an Infrastructure Private Equity player from 2008 to date. KAUP is the exclusive advisor to the Mauritius based Manager of the Infrastructure India Holdings Fund LLC (IIHF). IIHF manages international pension and superannuation money and invests in India. The focus has been on providing growth capital to small and medium sized companies. Despite a smaller size, KAUP stands apart with the performance of its portfolio – with significantly positive returns on all of its investments, in a period when the Infra sector in India has faced tremendous headwinds. Some of the investments include Aegis Logistics, Ocean Sparkle and Gujarat Pipavav Port. Prior to this, Yeshwanth has held senior management positions in UTI Mutual Fund, SG Securities (a part of SocGen group), NatWest Markets and Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and a B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU).

Yogendra Singh, Head of Data Science & Analytics, TransUnion CIBIL

Mr. Singh heads the Data Science and Analytics team at TransUnion CIBIL – India’s pioneer and leading credit information company and a trusted partner in credit risk management to the financial services sector.

Mr. Singh brings over a decade and a half of rich experience in machine learning, econometric and statistical modelling and analytical skills. He has a diverse experience of working for diverse businesses like consumer lending, commercial lending, fund management and investment banking.

Mr. Singh holds a MBA in Finance from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research and a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Instrumentation & Control from Bhavnagar University. He has a proven experience of more than a decade of initiating new products, business lines with specialist expertise in generating insights into customer behavior and business processes using statistical inference models.

He is well versed with predictive analytics, modelling techniques like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning; Linear, Logistic & Panel Regressions; Time Series Analysis; Derivatives Valuation and Consumer Wallet Analysis.

Yogendra Vasupal, Co-founder & CEO, Stayzilla

Stayzilla is the brainchild of Mr.Yogendra Vasupal and was started in 2005 as Inasra Technologies and rebranded in 2010 as Stayzilla. Yogi, as he is referred to, dropped out of engineering to start a career at the age of 19 by undertaking freelancing projects to develop web-based applications and ecommerce portals. As his tryst with e-commerce grew deeper, he developed a vision to launch an ecommerce portal of his own. That vision grew into the inception of an online portal for hotel accommodations anywhere in India known as Stayzilla.


Stayzilla focuses on tier II towns and ensures that travellers can easily search and locate thousands of budget hotels across India, many of whom are not online. It has 3,800 hotels, lodges and even boathouses in its network. It raised its first institutional round of equity funding from Matrix Partners India.


Yogesh Mahansaria, Serial Entrepreneur (Co-founder Alliance Tire Group, Mahansaria Tyres; former co-promoter Balkrishna Inds),

Yogesh Mahansaria started his career in 1993 as an industrial trainee at Balkrishna Industries Ltd. Thereafter, he was given responsibility for business development at the tire business, wherein he identified the opportunity to enter the global market for Off-Highway Tires and was then tasked with implementing this strategy.

In 2000, he was appointed CEO of the tire business, a position he held till 2006; during this time, he drove the increase in revenues for the tire business from $20 million to $125 million, and increased profitability significantly. In 2006, Yogesh and his father got together with Warburg Pincus LLC to establish Alliance Tire Group, with the acquisition of Alliance Tire Company, in Israel. This was followed by the establishment of ATC Tires Pvt. Ltd, to set up a greenfield Off Highway
tire manufacturing plant in South India, and subsequently, the Group acquired the Off-Highway Tire distribution assets and brands of GPX International Tire Co of the USA in 2009.

In a short span of time, Yogesh has been able to build the Group from an idea into one of the world leaders in Off-Highway tires, with revenues approaching $600Mn, a team of 5000 employees and network of over 2200 customer across 120 countries. On 1st July 2016, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd, Japan, one of the world’s leading tire & rubber group acquired 100% equity of ATG from KKR, the Mahansaria Family & other shareholders.

Presently, in addition to managing his Family Office, he has also incubated a new venture – Mahansaria Tyres Private Limited (MTPL), to focus on manufacturing opportunities in tire and rubber space. He also serves as a Director on the Boards of – Avendus Capital Pvt Ltd (Leading financial services provider, focussing in areas of financial advisory, capital markets, wealth management and alternative asset management) FSN E-Commerce Ventures Pvt Ltd (Operator of online beauty & wellness store, nykaa.com) 321 Education Foundation (Philanthropic organization, focused on improving the quality of education for children of low-income communities)

YS Prabhakar, CEO, Sutures India

YS Prabhakar is the CEO of Sutures India group since April 2014.  He began his career with ICI India in 1988 by getting  involved in multiple businesses of ICI across India. He also worked with  Allergan Inc. for ten years besides serving seven and a half years at Danaher as Director for International Business. Prio to joining Sutures India, he was a director of Bioscience’s at Becton Dickinson India

Yudhishter Gopalkrishna, Entrepreneur and founder, Ethniceye Ventures

Yudhishter is an entrepreneur and founder of Ethniceye Ventures, currently working on a d2c sports-play product. He has 15 years of leadership and management experience and has been working for fortune 100 companies and small enterprises - driving revenue through building and managing strategic relationships worldwide. 

He until mid 2014, headed international business development for July Systems - a cloud based mobile internet platform company powering consumer facing mobile services of some of the largest brands in the world.

He served on the Advisory Board of a few start-ups and was a part of the Management team at July Systems Inc., the pioneers and leaders in Mobile technology and services, until very recently. 

He is a post graduate from the Madras Christian College, India with an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. He also has an advanced diploma from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Paris.

Yusuf Motiwala, Founder, TringMe

Yusuf Motiwala is the founder and CEO. He brings 14 years of data & telecom design experience to TringMe. Prior to founding TringMe in 2007, he held key architecture and management position at Aricent (then HSS), Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments etc. He received various awards for recognition of his technical contribution at Lucent & Texas Instrument including prestigious MGTS by TI president & Best-in-class award at TI.

Yusuf has filed multiple patents in the area of IPTV and telecommunication. He is also an author of few IEEE/ACM papers and got special mention in RFC 4067 for his contribution to wireless context transfer.

He holds Masters Degree in EE from IIT, Bombay. He was also served as research engineer at Stanford University, Palo Alto for a Bell labs research project.

Zia Mody, Founder and Managing Partner, ZB & Partners

Ms. Zia Mody is the Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners and one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She passed her law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978 and was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1978. She did her LLM from Harvard Law School and was then admitted as a member of the New York State Bar by examination in 1980. Ms. Mody worked as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York, for five years before moving to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody in 1984, which then became AZB & Partners in 2004. Ms. Mody’s abilities are recognized globally, as is reflected in her appointment as the Deputy Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of the HSBC Asia Pacific Board, a member of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Washington D.C. (2008-2013), and a Vice President and Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (2010-2013). She serves on various advisory committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry including its National Council and its committees on Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Capital Markets and Legal Services. She was nominated to be part of the “Committee on Rationalisation of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments” formed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India under the chairmanship of Shri K.M. Chandrashekar. Ms. Mody was also appointed by the Reserve Bank of India in 2014 as a member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households which was chaired by Dr. Nachiket Mor. Ms. Zia Mody has been the recipient of several awards and accolades.

Zishaan Hayath, Founder, Toppr

Zishaan graduated from IIT Bombay in 2005 with a masters degree in Civil Engineering. His career started with Indian FMCG giant ITC Limited. He later worked with consulting firm Opera Solutions to advise Fortune 100 clients across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Zishaan co-founded Chaupati.com, an e-commerce marketplace, which was acquired by Future Group. He co-founded Toppr in 2013. Today, Toppr is India’s leading online learning app with over 5MM students.