40 Under 40 - 2021



Equalifi’s “40 Under 40” campaign now in its fourth year, will be called the “Top Under 40” campaign from 2021.

Since inception the 40 under 40 campaign has been synonymous with merit and excellence in the field of alternative investments. With our decision on not repeating any winners from the previous years in our 2021 list, we have decided to pivot this prestigious campaign format to ensure this campaign identifies only the best alternative investment professionals under the age of 40 without any compulsion to choose any particular number of winners.

In the 2021 campaign, the Jury will be shortlisting between 1 to to 40 winners under the age of 40 from the Indian alternative investments industry across different verticals like fund management, advisory, operations, compliance, consulting, technology, marketing, product design and fund raising.

This campaign is being presented by Edelweiss Asset Services

The first 3 editions of the “40 under 40” campaign were a huge success and with 120 Achievers from the first 3 years, Equalifi’s 40 under 40 community is clearly the most unique and eclectic community of alternative investment leaders across the world.

About the Campaign:

The nominees should exhibit identifiable accomplishment at a young age as well as promising future prospects. He / she should also be under the age of 40 as on May 1, 2021.

We are looking for the best and brightest of the Indian Alternative Investments community under the age of 40. If you know someone who is well-rounded and contributes to their industry and community, we would like you to introduce us.

The nominees will be considered by jury based on the following criteria:

  • Accomplishment (Success in profession)
  • Contribution (Promotion of the profession, financial literacy, pro-bono work, etc.)
  • Leadership (Within a company, The industry, etc.)
  • Promise (Passion, Enthusiasm, Ideas, etc.)

Please nominate your pick of the most promising professional / influencer in the alternative investments industry by January 10, 2021 after which the nomination process will end and no further submissions will be considered. The nominees will be vetted by the IAAIF team and final selection will be made by the distinguished Jury for inclusion in a special report which will be released on February 11 during the 8th Indian Alternative Investments Summit (Virtual).

Qualifications: The only requirement when nominating someone is that they must be under 40 years of age as of May 1, 2021, and must reside in India.

A person can also nominate himself/herself. The nominee will receive a questionnaire once the nomination period closes. Additionally, though not required, nominees will be encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation and a resume showing why they are deserving of this honor at the time the questionnaire is due.

Selection method: Winners will be chosen by an illustrious Jury. Candidates will be evaluated based on professional accomplishments, contribution, leadership, qualification and other exemplary qualities.

All 40 honorees will be recognized during the 8th Indian Alternative Investments Summit on February 11.

Contact: If you have any questions, email Ms. Natasha Sejpal on events@equalifi.org

Nominations Deadline: January 30, 2021

Nominees will then receive an application, which would be due to Ms.Natasha Sejpal via email by January 30th, 2021.

Our Jury

Aditya Gadge

Founder & CEO, Equalifi

  • Founder & CEO- Association of International Wealth Management of India (Equalifi)
  • Founder & Principal Advisor- Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF)
  • Member- Board of Directors at Equalifi, Switzerland
  • Member- Advisory Board at Family Office Group, USA.

Aditya has done his Masters in Human Resources, Masters in Economics and is a Certified Financial Planner. A prolific writer, Aditya has been regularly contributing to various business, financial and education publications. Aditya is also a Member- Editorial Board of International Family Offices Journal (Global Law & Business). Aditya has recently co-authored 2 books on Credit Research and 1 book on Global Family Offices.

Annurag Batra

Chairman & Editor in Chief - BW Businessworld

Dr Annurag Batra is among leading influencers in India, who is continually contributing to the Indian media and business landscape. Simply put, he is a serial entrepreneur, a media mogul, a journalist, an angel investor, an author, a TV show host and an eternal optimist rolled into one.

The first-generation entrepreneur’s acquisition of the iconic, four-decade old business media brand, BW Businessworld, has seen him convert BW’s legacy from a single-focused magazine to a multi-play media platform, making it the most respected business publication with presence across several sectors that are defining and impacting the Indian business and economy.

With credible, relevant and timely content as its core competency, BW Businessworld has transformed to a media house that is addressing the needs of a new generation of Indian businessmen and industry captains. It achieves this through a host of interfaces from its digital presence, community building across sectors and on-ground initiatives.

Dr Batra is also credited with founding the trendsetting exchange4media group, which through its multimedia presence is peerless in its domain. As the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group, he continues to take this business to newer heights.

An active industry member, Dr Batra’s was appointed by the Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee. He is also the only alumnus of the prestigious Management Development Institute to be appointed by GOI and AICTE on the MDI board and also the chairman of MDI alumni.

As a mentor to many successful entrepreneurs, an author and a TV show host, Dr Batra is persistently doing more to give back to the industry.

Punita Kumar Sinha

CFA Board of Governors and Chairperson, InCred AMC

Punita Kumar-Sinha, PhD, CFA, has focused on investment management and financial markets during her 30-year career. She also has significant governance and Board experience across India and North America. Ms. Kumar-Sinha has been investing in emerging markets since the late 1980s and pioneered some of the first foreign investments in the Indian subcontinent in the early 1990s.

Currently, she is the Founder and Managing Partner, Pacific Paradigm Advisors, an independent investment advisory and management firm focused on Asia. She serves as an Independent Director for several companies in India including Infosys, JSW Steel, Blackstone Embassy REIT, Rallis and Lupin Limited. Ms. Kumar-Sinha is also a Governor on the board of the CFA Institute, which is the premier association for investment professional globally. Additionally, she joined the CFA Institute Research Foundation Board of Trustees. Ms. is also the chairperson of Incred AmC.

Prior to this, Ms. Kumar-Sinha was a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone and the Head & Chief Investment Officer of Blackstone Asia Advisors. Ms. Kumar-Sinha was also the Senior Portfolio Manager and CIO for The India Fund (NYSE: IFN), one of the largest India funds in the US, for almost 15 years; during this time, she managed several Asia funds as well. Prior to joining Blackstone, Ms. Kumar-Sinha was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. and CIBC World Markets, where she also managed India and Asia funds. She has also worked at Batterymarch (a Legg Mason company), Standish Ayer & Wood (a BNY Mellon company), JP Morgan, and IFC/World Bank.

Ms. Kumar-Sinha is frequently featured in the media and at global conferences as an expert commentator on Asian capital markets and women’s issues. She has also anchored many TV shows on major economic trends, key policy issues for India, and global capital markets. Ms. Kumar-Sinha has a PhD and a master’s in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with Distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. She has an MBA and is a CFA charterholder. Ms. Kumar-Sinha is a member of CFA Institute, a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, a TiE Charter Member, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Kumar-Sinha has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Delhi. In addition she was awarded the Best Woman Director 2016 by Asian Centre For Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Ms. Kumar-Sinha was featured as one of the top 2019 Directors to Watch: Racial and Ethnic Diversity by Directors and Boards publication.

Sanjay Mehta

Founder & Partner, 100X VC

Sanjay Mehta is a 49-year-old technology evangelist and an entrepreneur turned VC. He is known as the 100X investor with the Midas touch. Sanjay achieved notoriety in the media for his first cheque investments in Oyo Rooms & Block.One – 2 Unicorns in his portfolio. He has been a TiE Board Member for over three years before founding 100X.VC, a 2019 SEBI registered fund sponsored by Mehta Ventures Family Office. 100X’s goal is to invest first cheques in 100 seed stage India domiciled startups every year. Through 100X.VC He is bringing the revolutionary iSAFE note (India Simple Agreement for Future Equity) to India which simplifies seed stage fundraising.

In the past, as a private investor, he had invested in over 130+ global startups. He has an outstanding portfolio performance with 103% IRR on all funded startups to date vs the industry average of 30%. His most recent exit was LogiNext, where Sanjay created a deal syndicate which generated multiples of 16X returns for all the angel investors included in his deal. Besides investing, Sanjay is also a partner at CORE Media which is India’s largest IT-Media company. Sanjay was also a part of the reality show PitchRight Season 1 and Season 2 in which founders pitched him their ideas for 45 seconds in the Bombay Stock Exchange elevator. These 26 episodes got over a million views. Currently, he is part of the first 20 episodes of the Winning Pitch Series on Leaders of Tomorrow by ET Now TV Channel.

For any founder, Sanjay is first a friend, second an advisor, and finally an investor. Sanjay is now looking to make the startup world 100x better, bigger and brighter. Sanjay is an engineer and has studied International Business from ISB and Venture Capital from Wharton. He was honoured with TiE Hall of Fame in Jan 2020 for his outstanding contribution in angel investing. He has been honoured by being awarded Angel Investor of the year by LetsVenture, has made the Forbes List of Investors, and named as a Super Angel and one of the Top Twitter Voices by Entrepreneur magazine.

Shiv Gupta

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Shiv Gupta is the Founder and CEO of Sanctum Wealth Management which was created through the acquisition of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Private Banking business in 2016.

Over a 23-year career, Shiv has held several leadership positions in wealth management across Asia and the Middle East. His most recent position was as Head of India and Co-Head of the Middle East for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Private Banking Business.

Shiv holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Hons) from Hindu College, Delhi University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Management Program (GMP).

Shiv Sehgal

President and Co-Head- Institutional Clients Group, Edelweiss Global Investment Advisors

Shiv Sehgal is President and Co-Head of the Institutional Clients Group, Edelweiss Global Investment
Advisors. In this role, Shiv provides leadership to one of India’s largest equity franchises and is
responsible for the Capital Market businesses which includes Institutional Equities (covering sales,
research and trading) and Asset Services.

Shiv has worked in the investment management and financial services industry for close to two decades,
the majority of which has been in emerging market funds in the pan-Asia markets. Prior to his current
role, Shiv led the Goldman Sachs Institutional Sales Trading, Equity Capital Markets business in India,
responsible for the firm's franchise relationships. Shiv was also appointed to the Goldman Sachs India
board to oversee day to day operations and provide executive leadership on various firm committees.
Before joining Goldman Sachs, India, & NBS; Shiv was CEO of Artha Capital, Singapore.

Shiv has extensive experience of working in long-short emerging market hedge funds in Sydney and
Singapore. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute, USA and holds a Masters in
Banking and Finance from Griffith University, Brisbane.

Contact: If you have any questions, email Ms. Natasha Sejpal on events@equalifi.org

Nominations Deadline: January 30, 2021

Nominees will then receive an application, which would be due to Ms.Natasha Sejpal via email by January 30th, 2021.


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