Saurav Adhikari

Chairman of the Board

Saurav is a senior global business leader with ~ 3½ decades of deep domain expertise in global businesses/markets, across technology, FMCG, and consumer durables sectors. During the last two decades in the technology sector with HCL, he has held multiple leadership roles as the Founding President of HCL’s startup enterprise networking firm, led a team that established what has now become a multi-hundred million dollar IT enabled services (“ITES”) business, served as President of HCL’s ITES North American business, and as President of Corporate Strategy. He has worked on several multi-billon dollar inorganic investments in technology and software, carve-outs of multiple enterprise software product suites, joint ventures with global majors, all to transform and reinvent HCL’s business along with the leadership team. He was instrumental in strategizing HCL’s pivoting of its business model to a leading intellectual property led solutions company.

In his technology role, he has built deep access into global private equity and VC firms, while creating large, successful, value-based partnerships between HCL and private equity owned technology 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. During this time, he contributed to HCL's immense growth from a ~$200mn revenue company in 2000 to a ~$11bn revenue and $45bn market cap today, transforming it into one of the world’s leading, and India’s 3rd largest IT / Technology / Software Product companies.

His prior experience also includes several senior global leadership and executive roles across Unilever, as Vice President at PepsiCo and Groupe SEB as CEO of Tefal India.

Saurav is currently the chairman of Vahanna Tech Edge Acquisition I Corp (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) which will be listed on NASDAQ, 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. Saurav schooled at Mayo College, Ajmer, earned his MBA from Bombay University, B.A. (Honors) Economics from Delhi University, and an AMP from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Saurav is deeply passionate about education as a transformational socio-economic force, is an avid traveler, leadership coach, and a fitness buff. He lives between the beaches of Goa and the bustling National Capital Region of Delhi, thankful that travel restrictions make him live less on a plane.

Saurav Adhikari