- Nikhil Vora
Founder & CEOLinkedin Account detail
Who he is
Nikhil Vora is the Founder and CEO of Sixth Sense Ventures; India’s first domestic consumer centric venture fund. Nikhil was earlier the Managing Director and Head of Research at IDFC Securities, and has been regarded as one of the strongest analytical minds in the country.
Nikhil has been invited by the “Nestle Global Consumer Board” and the “Regional CFO forum” to give a presentation on the potential roadmap for Nestle India. He has also evolved a strategic road-map for Hindustan Unilever, Aditya Birla Group, Marico, Godrej etc. His research has been accredited by some of the largest global funds like Capital, Fidelity, Alliance Bernstein, Putnam, Schroder’s etc. Nikhil has been rated by Asia Money / Institutional Investors consistently for being amongst the best analytical minds in the country. In the Asia Money polls 2012, Nikhil was voted as India’s No.1 analyst. He also has the rare distinction of being voted Asia’s Best Analyst by the Wall Street Journal in the same year. Along with advising clients, he also has been a venture capital investor and on the board of a few of his investee companies. Some of the earlier Venture Investments made by Nikhil Vora in his personal capacity includes – Bewakoof India, BVG India, Cloudseed Legal (www.Rainmaker.co.in), Gowardhan Diary (Go Cheese), Infinite Analytics, Intellisys Technologies, Kangaroo Kids, One97 (PayTm), Mannash Lifestyle (www.purplle.com), Reznext Solutions, Rooms Tonight, Technology Frontiers, Tarnea Technologies and Vini Cosmetics (Fogg Deo). A post-graduate in Management, Mr. Vora was a member participant at the Future Leaders Program at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, London. He was also bestowed with the ‘Thought Leadership’ award by IDFC Ltd.
Other than enjoying the meetings with dynamic, young entrepreneurs with kick ass ideas, Nikhil loves conversations with his 9 year old. These to him bring true perspective. His love for risks made him quit a very successful, 20-year professional career for a stint with Entrepreneurship. If the thrill of that isn’t enough, Nikhil chooses to sky dive or bungee-jump at exotic locations around the world.
Founder & CEO
- S Raghunandan
Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceLinkedin Account detail
Who he is
S Raghunandan is currently the Chief Executive Officer & Whole time Director at Jyothy Laboratories Limited which he joined in May 2012.
He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and has also specialised in marketing with a post graduate management degree from IIM-Kolkata.
In his career spanning 22 years, Raghunandan has worked with leading companies in the FMCG sector. He started his career with Asian paints and later joined Unilever where he worked for 10 years. Post that he moved to Dabur, a home grown FMCG player in the naturals space. Raghunandan went on to become the CEO of Dabur International. From here his journey took him to Paras Pharmaceuticals Ltd, an Indian OTC and Personal Care player, where he was the CEO and MD. Prior to joining Jyothy Labs he was the MD of Reckitt Benckiser India.
Raghunandan’s presence brings to the table more than 22 years in FMCG sector with extensive experience in areas of sales, marketing, strategic & tactical planning. He has been in leadership roles for the last 8 years of his career.
Entrepreneur – in – Residence
- Japan Vyas
Managing PartnerLinkedin Account detail
Who he is
Japan Vyas is an MBA in Finance and a graduate in Commerce and Accountancy by qualification. He brings a holistic and measured approach having worked with promoters and businesses since the past 15 years, across the financial services spectrum in private equity, project and structured finance, corporate banking and credit risk and control. He is amongst the very few private equity professionals in the country who has experienced the entire fund life cycle – from fund raising to creating liquidity events and following it up with a second fund raise. Besides investments, he has an in depth understanding of funds structuring, rupee fund raising, deal structuring and portfolio monitoring.
In his last stint as Director - Investments at IDFC Investment Advisors, he was instrumental in setting up their alternative investment practice and scaling it up to an AUM of Rs. 850 crore over a period of 4 years. He successfully raised and managed two funds investing in private and public equity - Hybrid Infrastructure Portfolio (HIP) in 2009 of Rs. 450 crore focusing on infrastructure opportunities and SPICE fund in 2012 of Rs. 400 crore focusing on consumption and infrastructure opportunities.Japan has been serving as a Board member / Observer with investee companies, helping with interventions in business development, capital structuring, fund raising and investor relationships. Some of his key investments include One97 Communications, V A Tech Wabag, Ratnakar Bank, NSE, Trent, Indusind Bank among others.
When Japan is not involved with Sixth Sense’s investee companies, he looks for other avenues where he can take risks. Like river rafting in the Ganges and the Zanskar at an altitude of 10,000 feet – without knowing how to swim! Or staying in self pitched tents in sub-zero temperatures on the banks of Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Pangong. And if that were still not enough, he also admits to being an ardent Manchester United supporter!
- Swati Nangalia Mehra
Swati Nangalia Mehra, CFA
Partner, InvestmentsLinkedin Account detail
Who she is
Swati has an experience of 9 years in the field of investment analysis and research. She excels in consumer centric businesses with her expertise spanning across a diverse range of sectors including FMCG, Education, Media, Agri, Exchanges, Liquor and Midcaps. Having worked closely with corporates in the consumer space, Swati has built strong relationships as well as an in-depth understanding of consumer businesses and its challenges.
Swati has earlier worked with IDFC Securities (2007-2013), where she was involved in investment analysis of consumer centric companies both in the listed and private domain. In 2014, she was awarded Thomson Reuters, StarMine Award for the No.1 Stock Picker in Media.
She excels in identifying new trends and themes. Some of her work includes differentiated presentations on Food Security, Changing DNA (of organizations) and If I Were (based on strategies consumer companies should adopt). She was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation at IDFC for differentiated and path breaking research work.
A Gold Medalist from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC), Swati completed her degree in Computer Engineering in 2007. She has done an MDA program from XLRI, Jamshedpur and is CFA, USA Charterholder. A rank-holder throughout her academic career, Swati has won many accolades along the way including being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 at TSEC and being awarded the Adcock Memorial Trophy
Working at Sixth Sense requires the team to have an appetite for risks and Swati is no different. An avid traveller, she also gets a high from paragliding or scuba diving in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. During her travels her search for the next BIG idea continues.