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Leadership
Backed by the wisdom of a global advisory board, the leadership team at Nihilent has rich experience in international consulting, IT outsourcing and IT services. Individually, the members of this team have covered almost the entire globe and made a difference to corporations that are Fortune rated or its aspirants. The one burning aspiration that binds this team together is to create and lead a Knowledge Services Organization that will touch the mind and souls of the people and organizations that they work with, creating unparalleled value.

Key Management Personnel

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LC Singh
Vice Chairman & CEO

(How Nihilent rises up to the challenge of delivering value to the end consumer)
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Minoo D Dastur
President & COO
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Shubhabrata Banerjee
Chief Financial Officer
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Venkat Kavasseri
CEO at Nihilent.Inc

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N. Sundaresan
Vice President - Internal Systems & Strategic Initiatives, and Regional Head (UK)
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Gyan Daultani
Vice President (HR & RMG)
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Rahul S. Bhandari
Company Secretary
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Abhay Ghate
Vice President - Center of Excellence for Technology, and CTO
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B. Ravi Teja
Vice President - Global Consulting Businesses
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Vineet Bahal
Head - Techno Commercial Services
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Robin Rastogi
Vice President and Regional Head- Australia
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Sabahat Kazi
Co-founder and Mentor, Intellect Bizware
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LC Singh
Vice Chairman & CEO

(How Nihilent rises up to the challenge of delivering value to the end consumer)
LC Singh is a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. A pioneer in the field of information technology, he performed key roles at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). At the time of leaving the company, he was the Senior Vice President, in charge of operations for UK, South Africa and Middle East. In addition, he also looked after marketing, public relations and brand building.

He briefly worked with Zensar Technologies as President and CEO. He founded Nihilent in 2000. In a short span of few years, Nihilent has emerged as one of the most creative consulting and IT companies in India. LC is the author of Nihilent’s patented change management framework MC³.

LC is a Fellow of The Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) and Computer Society of India (CSI), and a certified Due Diligence Professional (CDDP). He scripted and produced the movie ‘Banaras, A mystic love story. He continues to be a student of ontology and epistemology.
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Minoo D Dastur
President & COO
Minoo D Dastur, a Chartered Management Consultant with post-graduation in Business Management, is a Co-founder of Nihilent. He is President and COO and serves as an Executive Director on Nihilent’s global board.

As with most senior executives in the Nihilent management team, he also consults at a strategic level on issues such as strategy implementation, balanced scorecards, metrics and measurement, organizational alignment, performance management, apart from being actively involved in reviewing and managing the large software delivery projects. He divides his time between general management functions and direct involvement in specific projects. He has a keen interest in continually re-evaluating software and services delivery as an engineering science and has been deeply involved in evolving a flexible delivery model which adapts best practice in each discipline to unique user requirements while adhering to the strictest principles of quality management. His driving passion is the thirst for excellence and innovation that is the common thread amongst all Nihilentians and powers Nihilent’ s ability to produce a delivery model that evolves, over time, for each client and provides the client with a uniquely tailored fit.
 
Beginning his career in the Information Systems industry in 1983, he has worked in most aspects of the systems development and consulting businesses and was intimately involved in the management and execution of several mega-projects. Between 1986 and 2000, Minoo had an extremely successful stint with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He headed the company’s Corporate Banking Group and was a key player in the evolution of the banking and financial services business. In the mid-nineties he established TCS’s operations in South Africa and negotiated a joint venture with South Africa’s most active IT business group - DIDATA, which has a global footprint. He was also responsible for establishing the Corporate Marketing group for TCS. 

Minoo has served as the National General Secretary of the Institute of Management Consultants India and has also been an international referee. He is an active member of the IEEE, the ACM, the BMA, the CSI, and similar associations and is closely involved in steering the prestigious Indian e-Governance awards jointly with the CSI. He is also the Chairman of the Indo-South African Chamber in India.
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Shubhabrata Banerjee
Chief Financial Officer
A Chartered and Cost Accountant with a Masters in International Business from IIFT Delhi, India, Shubho has over 25 years of experience in international business, finance and allied activities in the telecom, IT and ITES sectors. Before joining Nihilent, Shubho was associated with NIIT Technologies Limited as Controller - International Accounts. He has headed various successful assignments, both in India and overseas during stints at NIIT Technologies, Samsung, Usha Martin, Modi-Telstra and Haldia Petrochemicals.
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Venkat Kavasseri
CEO at Nihilent.Inc

Venkat Kavasseri is the Chief Executive Officer of GNet Group in St Paul, MN. He brings over 28 years of senior management experience spanning software development, marketing, business development and product management to GNet Group. Venkat has held senior management positions in companies like Datapro, Focus Software and Netpro Technologies leading high performance consulting teams in multiple geographies including India, Europe and the United States.

Venkat is a hand’s on leader overseeing day to day operations as well as focusing on strategic planning and growth. He is responsible for building and establishing GNet Group as one of the leading provider of Business Intelligence solutions and an award winning Microsoft partner in the US Central region. Prior to this leadership position in GNet Group, Venkat was the Director and CEO of Netpro Technologies Pvt Ltd

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N. Sundaresan
Vice President - Internal Systems & Strategic Initiatives, and Regional Head (UK)
Sundaresan holds a Masters degree in Electronics Engineering and has nearly 35 years of IT industry experience. He is Senior Vice President - Strategic Initiatives at Nihilent, responsible for exploring and setting up business operations in new geographies worldwide.

He specializes in consulting assignments for the financial sector and has an in-depth knowledge of various forms of Clearing Systems, National Securities Settlement and Depository operations including Risk Management, Custodial Operations, and Real Time Gross Settlement Systems (RTGS). He was involved in various engagements with SIS - Switzerland, SWIFT- Belgium, STRATE - South Africa, CDS - Canada, etc.

He has extensive knowledge of the Software Development Life Cycle processes, CMM processes, Quality standards, and state-of-the-art solutions and technologies. He has rich experience in setting up Data center operations, and Information Strategy and Technology planning. Earlier he was heading Nihilent’s Testing practice and was instrumental in implementing testing operations for clients such as Absa (Barclays Group), Standard Bank, among others.
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Gyan Daultani
Vice President (HR & RMG)
Lt. Col. (Retd.) Gyan Daultani is a Telecom Engineer with a Masters in Management Science from Symbiosis Institute of Management, Pune. Besides his 21 years Army experience in the Corps of Signals, he has 15 years of IT industry experience. Before joining Nihilent, he was with Tech Mahindra Ltd as a Group Manager, RMG. He was the Resident Director of IMC India (a fully owned subsidiary of IMC Inc. USA) a software consultancy, design and development company. He has worked for reputed European companies such as DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, Germany and Multitone PLC, UK. Gyan heads the Human Resource and Resource Management Group functions at Nihilent.
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Rahul S. Bhandari
Company Secretary
Rahul is Company Secretary at Nihilent and is responsible for secretarial compliances at our Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and a bachelor’s degree as well as a post graduate degree in commerce from Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce, Pune. He is a qualified company secretary and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has around 15 years of experience in secretarial field. Prior to joining Nihilent, he has worked with Hitech Plast Limited, Pune, a listed company, as an Assistant Company Secretary and Compliance Officer. He joined our Company on April 2, 2007.

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Abhay Ghate
Vice President - Center of Excellence for Technology, and CTO
Abhay holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune and a Master’s degree in Technology specializing in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry covering complete spectrum of activities in Software Development. Besides, he has special skills in Project Management, Requirement Engineering and Software Development Methodologies.

Abhay is Vice President - Center of Excellence (COE) for Technology at Nihilent. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for ensuring continuous enhancement in the technical competence of Nihilent and the alignment to market needs in addition to assuring deployment of a technical infrastructure in delivery management.

Abhay has executed technology intensive projects for clients like Dimension Data, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft Corporation, Delphi, Information Business Solution, Scottish Life Assurance Company, Nedbank, Capital Bank, Tandem Computers, Cyanides and Chemicals in various countries including USA, UK, Germany, Australia and South Africa.
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B. Ravi Teja
Vice President - Global Consulting Businesses
Ravi is an Electronics Engineer from National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and an MBA from School of Management, IIT Bombay with specialization in Manufacturing and Technology Management.

He is Vice President of Nihilent’s global consulting businesses and country head for the company’s India operations. He has over 20 years of consulting experience and heads the company’s Enterprise Transformation Group. His team provides consulting services to global organizations in the areas of Strategy Execution, eGovernance, Learning, Innovation, Knowledge and Performance Management.

Ravi has led a number of projects worldwide at State Bank of India, Sasol, Tata Teleservices, GE, Kellogg, Nedbank, Barclays Bank, South African Revenue Services among others in the USA, UK, Japan, South Africa and India. Ravi has helped organizations to execute their strategy using tools such as Balanced Scorecard, Process Redesign, ERP, CRM, CAD/CAM and GIS using IT products such as Siebel, SAP, Microsoft and Intergraph.

He has spoken at various management conferences around the world such as Knowledge Management Africa, Institute of Management Consultants of India, Bombay Chambers, Computer Society of India, etc. He has taught Knowledge Management at the WITS Business School in South Africa.

He is a student of ontology and has completed his curriculum for living from Landmark Education.
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Vineet Bahal
Head - Techno Commercial Services
Vineet Bahal holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications and a Bachelor’s degree in Science. He has nearly 25 years of experience in IT consulting and delivery management. He has extensive experience in program and project Management, leading complex multi-vendor, multi-location and multi-technology projects and initiatives across a number of business domains. He specializes in integrated frameworks for technology, process and people solutions, targeted at business process and technology improvements and optimization. 

At Nihilent, Vineet has essayed various roles ranging from Practice Head and Group Leader to Project Manager/Leader to Solution Architect and Technology Consultant. He has headed a number of consulting assignments for large customers such as South African Revenue Services, MNet, SASOL, South African Breweries and P&O Nedllyod amongst others. He has been instrumental in setting up a new practice in converged communications and digital media. In his present role, Vineet is a Vice President and heads Nihilent’s South African operations. 

Prior to Nihilent, he was associated with organizations such as Zensar Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and A F Fergussons in different roles, ranging from Practice Head and Group Leader to Project Manager/Leader in multiple business domains.
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Robin Rastogi
Vice President and Regional Head- Australia
Robin Rastogi is a graduate in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, India. He has been with Nihilent since its inception and played a crucial role in shaping the company during its formative years.

In a career spanning over 22 years, Robin has performed various roles ranging from Programme Management, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Delivery Management, Project Management, Competency Building and Software Development. Over the last 14 years, his experience has been in scaling up operations and building businesses from start. He has created local market strategies and led the execution process.


Currently, he is the Vice President & Country Head for Nihilent Australia. He is responsible for the overall operations of the company in the Asia Pacific region and manages key client and partner relationships.

After his stint in South Africa, Robin set up Nihilent's UK/Europe operations in 2004. Over the next eight years, Robin successfully grew the UK business into a diverse and mature set up.

Before joining Nihilent, Robin worked with Zensar Technologies. He performed multiple roles that included software project delivery, business development and support to the Corporate Management Group.

Robin has lived and worked in several different parts of the globe and cherishes his learning and relationships.
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Sabahat Kazi
Co-founder and Mentor, Intellect Bizware
Sabahat has 20 years of experience, with more than 17 years in the SAP ecosystem. At Intellect, he is responsible for general management including Strategy, HR, Product Development and Business Development. Additionally he mentors young SAP consultants, architects solutions and manages key accounts. During his career Sabhahat has been involved in more than 50 SAP implementations in different capacities. He has worked on the customer side as well as the implementation side, which gives him a unique perspective on IT projects. Prior to setting up Intellect, Sabahat was part of the management team at a mid-sized SAP Partner, where he conceptualized and qualified SAP A1 Solutions for the chemicals, textiles and pharmaceuticals industries. He also headed the product development function for non-SAP applications, interfaces and web & mobile applications. Sabahat has presented SAP Solutions at SAP Summits in India and abroad. He was also involved in Best Practices solution development on SAP ERP for India at SAP Labs, Shanghai. An engineering graduate with a Masters in Business Administration, he is very passionate about technology and loves reading. He counts visiting new places, astronomy and numismatics as hobbies. He lives in Navi Mumbai, India with his wife, mother and two children.

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Ashok Sontakke
Vice President - Quality & Processes
Ashok has a B.Tech (Hons.) degree and M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has over 40 years of experience in Quality Control and Quality Assurance functions and has extensive consulting experience in Process Improvement, Software Measurement Program, Internal Process Audits and External Audits/Assessments.

Ashok is a SEI (CMMI® Institute) authorized instructor for CMMI Development and Services Models training and a Certified High Maturity Lead Appraiser for CMMI based appraisals. He is also a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001, Tick IT, SPICE and a Senior Assessor for EQA (European Quality Award). Ashok is Vice President and heads the Software Process and CMMI consulting practice at Nihilent and has led a number of CMM and CMMI® Appraisals in India and abroad including Level 5 organizations.

Prior to Nihilent, Ashok worked with Zensar Technologies. He has presented papers at a number of national and international seminars.
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