Sushant Gupta - Founder & CEO
B Tech from IIT Delhi, MBA from INSEAD
Sushant has worked with big-ticket companies like Siemens, Schlumberger and Monitor across countries such as India, UK, Norway and the Middle East. He possesses a keen entrepreneurial spirit and has carved out a proven track record as an entrepreneur in the UK and India since 1999 in the Information Technology sector. His diverse industry know-how and market-savvy attitude have helped propel the growth journey of SG Analytics. Sushant’s rich domain experience has stood the company in good stead in a space, where the grasp of different markets and sectors is imperative in understanding the client requirements and conceptualizing solutions. He is also an investor in Aavishkaar (www.aavishkaar.in), a pioneering rural venture capital group. Sushant is also a board member of Sampark (www.sampark.org), an NGO which is focused on extending its helping hand to poor or economically disadvantaged women through its promotion of self-help groups. He has an active interest in reading, philosophy, yoga, horse riding and squash.
Ahmed Hakki - Senior Partner and VP, Business Development
Masters from University of Zürich, MBA from INSEAD
Ahmed is a veteran of the financial services industry possessing more than 22 years of experience in global investment banks like Nomura Securities, Societe Generale and UBS covering Equity Sales, Asset Management and Private Banking. Ahmed’s robust domain knowledge and exemplary relationship management skills have helped to forge new client relationships as well as provide existing clients an empathetic interface. When he finds spare time, Ahmed likes to play tennis or go trekking.
Susshruth Apshankar - Chief Operating Officer
MS from New York State University, MDBA from Symbiosis International University and BE from Pune University
Susshruth has a professional experience of approximately 20 years in India and the US working for leading multinationals like Starbucks, Gap, UPS and Aditya Birla Group and driving the three business pillars of ‘people, processes and profits'. He possesses extensive experience across the globe in developing in-house Centers of Excellence, handling senior decision-making positions and driving high performance teams. Susshruth is the winner of the prestigious Maha-Intrapreneur Award in 2013. He is a Coffee Master and is also a certified Operations Efficiency Expert.
Vineet Agarwal - SVP, Head of Investment Research
Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelors' degree in commerce from Utkal University
Vineet has 15 years’ experience in setting up and managing offshore teams for capital market clients globally. He has worked closely with bulge bracket and mid-market IBs, institutional asset managers, hedge funds, financial information providers, and other financial services companies in setting up their investment research, investment banking, commercial lending, compliance and fund marketing support teams. Prior to joining SGA, Vineet worked as a Director at Copal Amba (a Moody’s Analytics company), where he set up their Compliance and Commercial Lending practice and led some of the firm’s largest offshore engagements.
Manish Jalan - VP, Quantitative Research
B.Tech and M.Tech from IIT Bombay
Prior to associating with SQS, Manish was the CEO of Samssara Capital, a quant strategies development and analytics service providing firm engaged in the areas of quantitative trading and investment optimization. Manish had worked abroad as a quantitative equity trader for Merrill Lynch Prop Desk in Tokyo, Japan for over four years. At Merrill Lynch Prop Desk, he played a key role in development and implementation of various profitable factor models and trading models. Manish has worked closely with more than five Indian broker shops and numerous international banks in algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, statistical arbitrage, quantitative modeling, back-testing, programming, statistical analysis and risk handling.
Shrikant Lanke - VP, Finance
Dip (IFRS) from ACCA UK, DISA (ICA), Chartered Accountant from ICAI and MCom from North Maharashtra University
Shrikant has over 20 years of professional experience in Finance, Corporate Laws, Audit, and international Taxation. He has worked for leading multinational companies like Bosch Chassis and Dana India. Shrikant has extensive experience in handling profit center operations, business modeling, project & financial planning, fund management, budgeting and costing as well as SOX Audit and its compliances. He had also served as chairman of Chartered Accountants’ Jalgaon branch in 2007-08, when the branch received the Highly Commendable Performance Award. He likes playing cricket, table tennis, listening & singing songs, spending time with family and friends.
Sandeep Datta – Head of HR & Administration
BBA from Bangalore University and PGDHRM from IMT Ghaziabad
Sandeep is a dynamic, creative, hands-on human resources professional with more than a decade of work experience across various sectors. He is a motivational leader, who is focused on building a success-oriented corporate culture. Sandeep has a strong background in HR business partnering, talent management, employee life cycle management, performance management and grievance handling. Prior to joining SG Analytics in 2016, he worked with several multinationals such as WNS Global, Accenture and ING Life. In all his roles he has consistently demonstrated the ability to combine employee-centered philosophy with business acumen. As the Head of HR and Admin, Sandeep is committed to employee engagement and process excellence and has managed to drive HR innovation to new heights, earning SG Analytics its first HR award as Best Regional Employer 2016-17.
Simran Wadhwa - AVP, Business Development
Bachelors from University of Delhi and MBA from Amity Business School
Simran has over 9 years of experience in business development space and is responsible for business acquisitions in the areas of investment and business research services for sell and buy-side groups, consulting and marketing firms. She has a proven track record in account management, farming existing clients, new client acquisitions and pipeline management. Simran also has experience in prospecting and end-to-end sales in Europe & America and has a strong inclination to learn and understand different business cultures across regions.
Rahul Sowani – VP, Research
BE and MBA from Pune University
Rahul spearheads a team of 180 analysts with multiple project managers. He has worked on multiple assignments in areas of business consulting, strategy building, transaction support and business insights along with ESG research. Rahul quickly understands client requirements and end-objectives owing to his diverse experience of leading projects across sectors and geographies as well as working with multicultural teams. His hobbies include reading, going on long bike rides and solving Sudoku puzzles.
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