Amit Bhatia ( www.amitb.in ), an award-winning social entrepreneur, is The Founder of Aspire Impact since 2007, a social enterprise in impact leadership and ecosystem development and Founder of Aspire Circle since 2013, India’s pre-eminent fellowship for social leadership. Formerly, as inaugural CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment or GSG from 2017-2020, Amit built the 32-country multilateral, catalysing impact investment and entrepreneurship, for social, climate and economic justice. Prior to GSG, Amit was Founding CEO of India’s Impact Investors Council (2014-2017) where he built “Brand India” and grew inbound annual impact investments from USD400mn to USD1.1bn.
Amit was also Founding CEO of WNS Knowledge Services (2003-2007) and Country Manager of FreeMarkets (1999-2003). Most prominently, he was Founder of McKinsey Knowledge Centre (1996-1999). An alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce (1989) and Delhi School of Economics (1991), Amit quit a successful corporate career in 2007 to serve the social sector.
Aspire Human Capital Management
Rohit Bhatia is a Chartered Accountant with 14 years in consumer industries & 10 years in social and education companies working at Yum! Brands–PepsiCo, Audits with SBB-E&Y; at Macmillan Education to restructure and deliver on profitability. Rohit spent 6 years with 2 start-ups- GIRC and Aspire.
Ashu Gulati, CFO
Ashu Gulati has an experience of over 30 years in the field of Accounts, Finance, Legal, Funding, Budgeting & Planning, Admin and HR. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Aspire. Earlier, he has worked in sectors like Manufacturing, IT, Education, Import/Export & FMCG. His diverse portfolios have included designing processes and policies, systems development, MIS Reports, Statutory; Internal Audits and Payroll; liaison with Banks and Statutory Departments like Income Tax, Company Law, NCLT, RBI & GST. Ashu completed his B.Com. (Hons.) from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, CA (Inter) from ICAI and is an MBA in finance.
Corporate Impact Assessments & Impact Startup Support
Arvind Sridharan is the Director of Impact Assessments & Startup Support. He is a certified Malcolm Baldrige assessor and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society of Quality. Arvind’s career spans across Banking, Telecom, ITES and Retail industries.
Arvind brings in substantial experience and success in leading large programmes & projects, including leading one of the largest ERP implementations in the retail industry. Prior to joining Aspire, Arvind led the design & implementation of a Service Delivery Framework, that enabled delivery of consistent customer experience, improved decision-making and a business that is ready for the future.
Rohitt brings with him around 25 years of experience in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. Rohitt started his corporate career journey with Reliance Industries in B2B Sales and then worked across various industries in research and knowledge services domain with Kantar and WNS for more than 12 years. His diverse entrepreneurial journey includes ventures in the domains of Kids entertainment, QSR and Restaurants and providing Interim Leadership Services for the last 12+ years.
Rohitt is an avid environmentalist, social worker and animal activist. He founded Mangrove Marshalls in 2018 which is a group of more than 250 volunteers who work for the cause of cleaning up Mangroves in Navi Mumbai. In 2020, the group was recognized by UNEP for their efforts.
Bandana is a Finance professional and project specialist with extensive experience in business planning and analysis, business forecast and budgets, and project management in start-up and mid-size organizations across industries. Over 25 years of experience across diverse functions – restaurant operations, publishing and investor relation. Core competence includes analytics, development of financial/business enabling tools, financial modelling, startups, project planning, feasibility exercise and implementation, and capital/resource management.
Ajay Jethi is an accomplished brand builder & performance marketer. In a distinguished +25 years career, he has been privileged to work across diverse geographies (India, Middle East, Turkey, Iran & Africa) & industries (Consumer Goods, Retail, Financial Services).
A lifelong Consumer Marketer – Ajay has solid expertise & capabilities in General Management and Marketing (Brand Management and Digital). He has led teams composed of various nationalities & capabilities and managed businesses with diverse size/complexities – including iconic global brands within the Unilever and Kraft Foods brand portfolio. In the last decade, Ajay has also excelled as a performance marketer and delivered business results by building analytics, data & digital capabilities in the marketing teams that he has led at Reliance Capital, Landmark & Savola.
He has strong credentials in nurturing & scaling businesses, by leveraging his core strengths – deep understanding of consumer behavior across cultures, expertise in driving innovation & the ability to collaborate and build partnerships with stakeholders, across the value chain. He is analytical, an attentive listener, a consensus builder and strongly believes in nurturing talent. Ajay is a voracious reader and a lifelong learner. In his spare time, he loves to read and to listen to music.
Suchitra Marwah is Director – Aspire Education, with the mission to provide value -based leadership training to middle & senior school students. After a decade in the corporate sector, she started her Impact journey with London-headquartered GSG through 2019. In July 2020, Suchitra became a Trustee of Aspire Circle.