Syed Babar Ali, AMP ’73 (Lahore)
is a Pakistani entrepreneur and industrialist who has envisioned and directed enterprises and joint ventures with multinational corporations for more than half a century. From 1955 to 1973, he served as the managing director of Packages Limited, a Pakistani firm that engages in the manufacture and sale of paper, paperboard, packaging materials, and tissue products. He has also been involved in the development of several other Pakistani companies, and has held several government positions. In 1993, he served as the Pakistani Minster of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Planning for the interim government. From 1976 to 1981 he served as the expert adviser to the UN Commission for the Code of Conduct for Transnationals. He established and is the first Pro-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s premier management education institution, in 1985, and founded Ali Institute of Education for training of primary and secondary school teachers. Mr. Babar Ali has served as the President of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) International, and is a member of the board of Aitchison College, F.C. College, Kinnaird College, and Lahore School of Economics. A member of the Regional Advisory Board of London Business School, he is also a founding member of the Initiative on Social Enterprise of Harvard University.
KP Balaraj, HBS MBA ’97 (Bangalore)
KP received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He grew up in Chennai, and attended Don Bosco and MCC schools. KP is a former top ranked national tennis player, having represented India at the international level. He is based in Bangalore, India. KP Balaraj is a co-founder and Managing Director of WestBridge Capital, and has over 15 years of venture capital and private equity investing experience in India and Asia. WestBridge is a leading investor in high growth Indian companies across sectors including Financial Services, IT, Consumer Services and Healthcare. KP was also a co-founder and Managing Director of Sequoia Capital India, where he helped lead and build one of the most successful venture capital franchises in India with a primary focus on early stage technology and consumer investments. Earlier, KP was part of Goldman Sachs where he served as a member of Goldman-backed funds and operating companies that focused on private equity in Asia.
Sumir Chadha, HBS MBA ’97, (Palo Alto)
Sumir Chadha is the Co-founder and Managing Director WestBridge Delaware Advisors LLC. Sumir has over 15 years of investing experience in India spanning public companies, private equity and venture capital. Prior to that, Sumir was part of the Principal Investment Area at Goldman Sachs & Co, based in New York and Singapore, where he focused on venture capital investments in services and software companies in both the United States and India. He began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., based in New York and New Delhi. Sumir currently serves or has served on the board of many successful investments that he has been instrumental in making including Applabs, GlobalLogic, MarketRx, Pangea3, QuickHeal, Scioinspire, Shaadi, Star Health Insurance and SKS Microfinance.
Purandar and Kuntala Das, PA (New York)
Purandar is founder and managing partner at Landmark Banyan, a private equity Fund based in New York, and former vice chairman of investment banking at Merrill Lynch, where he focused on corporate finance and investment banking for 20 years. Since 2000, he has invested in or financed numerous Indian and U.S.-based companies. Mr. Das is president of the E.S.P. Das Educational Foundation and a former trustee at Brown University.
Mark Fuller, AB ’75, MBA ’78, JD ’79 and Jo Froman (Cambridge, MA)
Mark is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Monitor Group, a firm he co-founded in 1983. The Group currently competes in three different businesses: general management consulting, principal investing, and information services, including research and software solutions. He formerly served as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he taught courses in strategy formulation and implementation, as well as industry and competitive analysis. Mr. Fuller graduated from Harvard College where he received a BA degree in history with High Honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He later received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School with Honors.
Meera Gandhi (New York)
Meera is a humanitarian, mother and businesswoman who was born in Mumbai, India on January 28th. Meera is CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation, which she created in 2010 as a catalyst to aid women and children – to create a new generation of leaders and thinkers. She released her book “Giving Back” in 2012. Meera Gandhi completed the Executive Education Program from the Harvard Business School in December of 2007. She has an MBA from Boston University (1987-89), where she graduated in the top 5% of her MBA class with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi (1982-85) where Meera was Student Body President in her final year 1984-85, and Vice President the previous year at the Jesus and Mary College. She is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson, United World College (1982), Canada. There she obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma with honors.
Vikram Gandhi, MBA ’89, ExEd ’00 (New York)
Vikram Gandhi is Founder of Asha Impact, an Impact Investing and Advocacy Platform. He is also the Founder of VSG Capital Advisors which is a Senior Advisor to The Canadian Pension Plan and Greenhill and Company. Prior to this Vikram spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse in various senior roles in New York, Hong Kong, and Mumbai. Vikram has also been involved with various developmental activities in India and globally. He is a Board Member and Chairman of the Asian Regional Committee of Grameen Foundation, a Board Member of Janalakshmi Financial Services, and a member of the Investment Committee at Gawa Capital. Vikram is a Founding Member of Harvard University’s South Asia Institute. He received an MBA in 1989 from the Harvard Business School where he was designated a Baker Scholar, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Com with high distinction from the University of Mumbai.
Mala Gaonkar Haarmann, AB’91, MBA ’96 (London)
Mala is a partner and managing director at $6 billion private investment partnership fund that consists of three equity hedge funds. She oversees the fund’s media, technology, and telecommunications investment portfolio. Ms. Gaonkar Haarmann is also a Kauffman Fellow through the Center for Venture Education. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, she and her husband, Oliver Haarmann, have been longtime supporters of the University, where they have established the Global Health Effectiveness Research Fund, researching best practices in the delivery of high quality yet cost-effective medical care in areas where there are few options today. They also support a variety of public health initiatives in India and Africa.