Our speakers

Weibo Xiong, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Advisors

Weibo Xiong is a Senior Vice President of Portfolio Advisors. Weibo joined Portfolio Advisors in 2013 and primarily supports Portfolio Advisors’ primary and secondary investment activities in Asia. Previously, he was a Manager in the UOB Investment Management Division’s alternative investment fund-of-funds advisory business where he had worked with Portfolio Advisors since 2010 through a joint-venture, Asia Select Management, Ltd. He graduated from Singapore Management University with a double degree in Economics and Business Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Will Poole, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor, focused on improving ecosystems that bring social and economic opportunity to low-income populations. In 2012, he co-founded Unitus Seed Fund, now the leading venture seed fund supporting startups innovating for the masses in India. In 2015, Will co-founded Capria Accelerator, the first global accelerator for impact VCs. Unitus Seed Fund is an affiliate of Unitus Group, a premier financial services group operating in India and other emerging markets since 2000.

Will co-founded Bangalore-based Vidyanext, whose mission is to change the way India learns. He is active in Social Venture Partners Seattle’s initiatives around social entrepreneurship including founding SVP Fast Pitch, and he co-founded SVP Bangalore. He serves on the investment committee of the W-Fund and on the board of Village Reach. Will was previously Chairman of NComputing, a leader in low-cost, low-energy computing, and a corporate vice president at Microsoft where he led several global businesses, including Windows. His career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Will is passionate about education from early learning to higher ed, where he advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a Trustee of Pinchot (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute). Will received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University.


Xavier Kurian, Director Solutions and Alliances, India, Dell Technologies

Xavier is the owner for key growth verticals including Bid-Data, Cloud, HPC and VDI among others. He is also responsible for ISV & Strategic Alliances and evangelizing the broad Dell EMC Portfolio of products and solutions

”Xavier has over 16 years of experience in the IT industry, with skills spanning across enterprise architecture, data center design and optimization, consulting, and building Technologist teams, he also has in-depth knowledge with respect to the Indian enterprise Market and trends across the Industry.

His experience spans working with customers in multiple regions and in various market segments including RISC Platforms and Security. He carries multiple industry certifications with regard to administration, process, and design of enterprise infrastructure.

Currently as Director of Enterprise Solution and Alliances he is the owner for key growth verticals including Bid-Data, Cloud, HPC and VDI among others. He is also responsible for Strategic Alliances and evangelizing Dell’s solutions and portfolio across the broad Dell EMC Portfolio of products and solutions.

Xavier is also an avid Scuba diver exploring sunken wrecks and underwater cave systems.


Y V Rajasekhar, Co-Founder & MD, People Combine Education Initiatives Ltd

“Nothing is more creative... or destructive... than a brilliant mind with a purpose”.  Mr. Rajasekhar Babu Yarlagadda is that brilliant visionary, whose path of progress is self-architected.

Mr. Rajasekar Babu is a true business personality with dynamism. He is one of the key visionaries behind various successful educational ventures like Oakridge, Vikas and Oi Play Schools and the key inceptor of People Combine Group.

Being the Managing Director of the company, Mr Babu has worked hard to provide the People Combine Group altogether a new identity in the business world. He has an insatiable desire to strive for excellence with a steadfastness to achieve.  

Holding a graduate degree in civil engineering and a Post Graduate in management from ISB ( Indian School of Business, Hyderabad ) , Mr. Babu manages the Business Expansion, Fund Raising, Finance and Budgeting, Brand Management, Mergers and Acquisitions of the company.

He is highly creative, design focused and an excellent organiser.

Relation building is his forte and he is an opt solution finder. He has raised the turnover of the company manifold with a relentless quest for accomplishment.

Mr. Rajasekhar has also been recognised for his exemplary contribution towards the organisation. Not only that, he has also been awarded with Business Wizard of Andhra Pradesh by a leading News magazine- India Today Group.

On the life front, Mr. Rajasekhar is considered the most amiable and energetic soul to be with by his family and friends. He is also an avid book lover and loves to explore new places of the world.


Yadavendra Tyagi, Director - Business Development, Citrus Pay | @CitrusPay

Yadvendra Tyagi captains the business development department at Citrus Payments Solutions. Presently, Director Business Development Yadvendra has over 15 glorious years of experience in the hospitality and sales sectors. He is the jack of all trades and the king, when it comes to exploring new market segments, standardizing sales operations and initiating network expansions. He has held office at various esteemed organisations including the National Payments Corporation of India, Global Blue and HDFC.

At NCPI, Yadvendra was an integral cog in the machinery that ensured the successful launch of RuPay cards on PoS machines. His leadership qualities helped him pilot development activities for Global Blue in both India and the Middle East. Yadvendra took on several roles in his time at HDFC Bank as well; from managing teams at the regional level to management of pivotal National Accounts, he has been involved in a plethora of key processes. At Citrus and has been instrumental in roping in and managing category leading clients such as Jet Airways, Go Air and GoIbibo, etc. Right from merchant acquisition to corporate accounts and now business development Yadvendra is a seasoned veteran in the banking and payments sphere.


Yash Ashar, Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas

Yash J. Ashar is a partner in Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai office. He focuses largely on capital markets work.

An experienced practitioner in Indian securities law, Yash has been associated with a number of capital markets transactions including initial public offerings, follow on offerings, QIPs, rights offerings, ADRs, GDRs and FCCBs. He has advised on several pioneering capital markets transactions involving India’s leading corporate. He also has experience in privatisation, joint ventures, private equity investments and general corporate law.

Yash is part of the faculty of the Securities Law Course at the Government Law College, University of Mumbai on topics relating to Indian securities markets and also conducts the securities law related modules related to the IPOs and continuous listing obligations at the Bombay Stock Exchange Training Institute. He was also nominated by the firm on the GRIP Committee established by SEBI for review of IPO processes.

Yash is ranked as a leading individual in Capital Markets by Chambers Asia and by Asia Pacific Legal 500. He is “commended by numerous sources, and is frequently called upon to advise on the most innovative and cutting - edge transactions” (Chamber Asia 2010).

Yash joined the firm in 2001. He became Partner in April, 2008.


Yash Bansal, Partner, Trilegal


Yash Dayal, CTO, Wakefit


Yashasvi Sharma, Associate Director, Financial Advisory Services, PwC India

Yashasvi is an Associate Director in Financial Advisory Services of PwC and is based in Bangalore. Of the 15 years of his professional experience, Yashasvi has spent ten years consulting large business conglomerates on deals. He has also advised both financial and strategic buyers on several public and private transactions.

Yashasvi is actively engaged in consulting clients on Mergers and Acquisitions including due diligence reviews, sell side assistance, review of business plans, purchase agreement reviews, negotiations strategy to name a few.

Prior to this he was with one of the Big Four firms in the UK where he worked on crucial telecom and technology deals. He has also worked with the Management Consultancy practice of A F Ferguson and Co. where he was involved in providing corporate advisory services.

Yashasvi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Yashasvi has completed his B.Sc (Electronics) from the Hindu College, University of Delhi and has also pursued part-time MBA from the FMS, University of Delhi.


Yashish Dahiya, CEO, PolicyBazaar.com

Yashish Dahiya is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co - Founder at PolicyBazaar.com - the largest online insurance aggregator in the country. His long-term vision and leadership skills have turned this financial start-up into a thriving successful brand in the short span of 6 years. An expert in the field of insurance, He holds extensive knowledge on the consumer financial space in India.

Before starting his entrepreneurial journey with PolicyBazaar.com, he worked with First Europa (a Global Online Insurance Broker) as their CEO. At First Europa, he was responsible for leading its global expansion and managing the business of the company across nine geographical locations. Prior to this, Yashish has been associated with an online travel aggregator, ebookers.com, a leading pan-European online travel agency and led their business as the Managing Director.

Yashish holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Ahmedabad, and an MBA from INSEAD. He likes to spend his spare time outdoors with his family and is an enthusiastic swimmer.