Chairman of the Board
Saurav Adhikari, Chairman of our Board, is a senior global business leader with ~4 decades of deep domain expertise in global businesses, across technology, FMCG, and consumer durables sectors in global markets.
During the last two decades in the technology sector with HCL, he was the founding President of HCL’s startup corporate networking firm, led a team that established what has now become a multi-hundred million dollar IT enabled services (“ITES”) business as President of HCL’s BPO North American business, and worked on several multi-hundred million dollar inorganic investments in technology and software, including the acquisition of Actian (transaction value $330 million), carve-outs of multiple IBM product suites, joint venture of HCL – CSC and acquisition of 51% ownership in BPO and Software joint venture DSL Software in India. This helped HCL to pivot to a leading intellectual property (“IP”) - led solutions company.
Mr. Adhikari has built deep access in global private equity and VC firms, while creating large, successful, value-based partnerships between HCL and private equity owned technology and technology enabled businesses, which are considered groundbreaking in the industry. At HCL, he held various executive positions, the last being President, Corporate Strategy, working directly with the Founder & Chairman with oversight across the group’s business, as well as the not-for-profit Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Mr. Adhikari is a board member of Goodricke Group Ltd (publicly listed in India) and Bridgeweave Ltd, UK, an AI based Fintech. He works as a technology advisor and investor with interests across AI based fintech and healthcare firms, as well as analytics, IoT and logistics firms. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Shiv Nadar Foundation’s not for profit institutions and is an Executive Council member of the Shiv Nadar University. His prior experience also includes several global senior leadership and executive roles across Unilever, PepsiCo and Groupe SEB.
Mr. Adhikari received his MBA from Bombay University, and a Bachelor’s in Arts (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University, India.