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 Kashyap, MD & CEO, RapiPay
A technocrat with around 30+ years of experience in technology and in nurturing new businesses. Yogendra Kashyap has brought BFSI (Banking Financial Services in India) services to over 1 million touch points throughout India. He pioneered a number of Govt. of India’s technology enabled initiatives before venturing into the Digital Wallet and Money Remittance businesses.
A crusader for bringing about e-governance in government organizations, he has worked relentlessly towards devising new solutions and technologies in the ITES sector across the length and breadth of the country, thus impacting the last mile. He has vast experience in VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuits designing and implementation thereof and has identified the product hardware for RapiPay. He has been involved in implementation and deployment of various power supplies and circuits projects, which are primarily effective to decide upon devices used for mATM and mPOS.
Mr. Kashyap possesses great understanding of India’s demographics and distribution systems. As part of designing, collection and issuance of electoral roll and electoral identity cards, he could reach out to 80 million people of the country across various districts primarily in North and West regions. He has spearheaded many successful projects like usage of smart cards in Govt. transport impacting people in 70 Districts, managing and improving the public distribution system in 5 States, implementation of Coastal ID cards in 13 states from West Bengal to Gujarat for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. With such projects, he honed his skills and gained deeper understanding of Indian demographics and issues pertaining to the lowest strata of society. His experience has been the bedrock to make RapiPay a success and innovate new products to reach out to the last mile through RapiPay. He has been able to redefine the payment systems in India through “RapiPay Saathis”, a B2B assisted model to provide basic Banking services.
In addition, Mr. Kashyap has many feathers in his cap including the use of Artificial Intelligence in KYC based processes. In 1998 he established biometric authentication for the identity business in India under the UIDAI project. In 2003, he issued the first SCOSTA (Smart Card Operating System for Transport Application) based interoperable vehicle registration cards. In 2010, issued the first Aadhar authenticated Ration card and in 2006, introduced Mobile data terminals into transport buses. Also, he has designed the system integration of MDTs (mobile data terminals) for state transport, buses including web-based bus terminal and in-bus ticketing system for various state transports including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
Mr. Kashyap has grown RapiPay from 500 agents to a 50,000+ agents’ network with transaction volumes which began from Rs 20 crores per month to Rs 1300 crores per month within a year’s time. Under his leadership and technical knowhow, RapiPay is set to build the best in class B2B payment services model and the largest network of “RapiPay Saathis”
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 Kaushik, Co-Founder, CTO, Learn India Learn (Secure Learning Pvt Ltd)
Yogesh Kumar, Head of IT - Business Application & CISO, TATA Advanced Systems Ltd
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)
Yogi Sadana, CEO, CASHe
Yogi Sadana is the Chief Executive Officer at CASHe, one of India’s leading FinTech enabled app-only lending platform to salaried millennials. As the company’s CEO, Yogi spearheads CASHe’s ambitious growth plans to become a market leader in digital lending business using transformative technologies in AI/ML to build its financial product offerings. Appointed as CEO in July 2020, he is responsible for leading a talented team of professionals to achieve the company’s vision to broad base credit to millions of young salaried professionals who are otherwise kept out of the credit system based on archaic credit scoring systems and traditional financial institutions.
Yogi is a CA and CPA with over 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, strategy and business. He has worked in leadership positions in large multinational organizations prior to joining CASHe.
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.