ADVISORY BOARD

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JOHN C. CUSHMAN

Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield

John is the current chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s largest private commercial real estate firm with 256 offices in 60 countries on 6 continents. Over the years he has also served on the Board of Directors of 14+ large public corporations including Callaway Golf, Burlington Northern and BSA. John is also the chairman of the advisory board of Cerracap Ventures

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SUZANNE PAPAIAN

Investment Advisor and owner Commerce Casinos

After a 20 yr career in the Consumer & Fashion Industry, with the likes of Prada and Armani, she entered the family business, Commerce Hotel and Casino, the largest poker casino in the world where she also sat on the Board of Directors. She is extensively traveled and devotes most of her time to global charities. Suzanne also manages her foundation and has served as an investment advisor to numerous groups.

VICENTE FOX

Former President of Mexico

President Fox is the former president of Mexico (2000-2006). He was the first President to be elected from the opposition party in Mexico since 1910! Since leaving the presidency he has been involved in initiatives on global innovation, technology and his presidential library in Leon. Prior to becoming president he was the head of Coca Cola Latin America and was instrumental in increasing sales by over 50%.

Richard P Crane Jr.

Lawyer and Member of U.S. Department of Justice

Richard Crane worked for the United States Government for 15 years. He was the Attorney in charge of the Justice Department Organized Crime and Racketeering Division charged with investigating and prosecuting the Mafia. In 1975 Mr Crane was the Justice Department nominee as the outstanding Federal Attorney in the nation. After leaving the Government Mr Crane practiced law with several large firms. Mr Crane was the lead management trustee and Chairman of the Nevada Culinary and Bartenders Pension Trust. When Mr Crane retired as Chairman after thirty two years the pension fund had over a Billion dollars and was named by the Department of Labor as the best managed Taft Hartley Pension Trust in the country. Mr Crane serves on numerous corporate Boards today.

YUVAL WOLLMAN

Ex-Director General, Israeli Intelligence, Govt. of Israel

Yuval Wollman was until recently the Director General of the Israeli Intelligence Affairs Ministry. In his capacity he oversaw strategic planning of leading intelligence agencies, focused on technology and cyber security space. Yuval also co-led the Israeli economic team to the Israeli- Palestinian peace negotiations. A Major in the IDF, Yuval had served for 5 years as an officer in the prestigious intelligence-technology unit (8200), as Commanding Officer of a large elite unit.

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Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Matthew Bullock has had a long and successful career in the financial sector, joining Barclays Bank in 1974, where he rose to become Regional Director in Leeds and Director of Risk Management and Group Senior Executive. He also held a senior position at BZW/Barclays Capital. Mid 1980’s Mr Bullock was a member of the UK Cabinet Advisory Committee on Applied Research and Development. He was appointment as Chairman of TAP Biosystems plc. Mr Bullock is a 1596 Foundation Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and also a Trustee of Cambridge Past Present and Future.

Mr Bullock was a founding member of the Judge Business School Advisory Board and its longest serving member and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the ESRC Centre for Business Research. He has recently served as a Director and Chairman of the Audit and Business Development Committees of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s). He is a Chairman of Transforming Pathology Partnership, a joint venture between six NHS trusts in East Anglia to combine their pathology services into a single organization.


THE TEAM

SAURABH RANJAN

Chief Executive Officer

In the past Saurabh served as the Chief Operating Officer at UST Global, a 15,000 employee systems integrator based in Aliso Viejo, California. He is responsible for Operations, Marketing and Strategic M&A and also leads UST's geographic expansion as part of its sovereign strategy.

In addition to expanding UST's business in the US, Saurabh has been instrumental in establishing a large Global footprint in LATAM and EMEA markets and has fostered strong relationships with Global 1000 CEOs and CIOs. Earlier, Saurabh spent more than 12 years working for large IT product and service organizations like Cadence, Keane, and Covansys, heading teams in training, resources and expansion.

SAURABH SURI

Chief Investment Officer

Saurabh has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently he serves as Vice President for Emerging Solutions, Innovation and Investment at UST Global where he also conceived & led UST's global tech investments fund and helped monetize the portfolio through UST’s large client base. Saurabh has significant experience in creating, growing and sustaining technology products and solutions in a global operations environments; having lived and worked in 4 continents. Prior to joining UST, he worked in the UK with various IT and Financial institutions and also ran a consultancy start up.

Saurabh has a degree in Neuro-computation and a research background in High Performance Computing from the UK. Saurabh has help mentor & grow several successful tech startups & currently serves as an advisor, observer or board member of several high growth technology companies such as Abzooba, Third Eye, 1-Page etc. He is also on the advisory board of a few early stage VCs.

VIKAS DATT

Managing Director

Vikas has over 15 years of cross functional experience in leading Digital Strategy, Business Transformation, Business Planning, Analytics and IT projects. In his last role, as Sr Director and Head Asia Pacific for a leading IT services company, Vikas was working with clients across industries on Digital Strategy and its implementation across the value chain. He successfully built the services business in APAC from scratch and was recognized for his contributions to create the fastest growing region across the world, for the company.

Vikas spent a decade with one of the largest private life insurance company. As Head of Distribution Operations he led complete responsibility for Sales Strategy, Planning, Compensation, Sales Promotions, Technology and Compliance for all distribution channels. Other remarkable achievements for Vikas include, setting up the Middle Office for Investments function, setting up Market Intelligence and supporting transformation of the Training function.

 

JEFF BROWN

Head of Advisory

Jeff leads the CerraCap Advisory. With over 28 years of experience in the investment and venture capital industry, he is also the founding member of Brown Equity Partners and has served on the Board of Directors of over 40 companies.

Jeff has been Chairman of the Board of 10 companies in both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience in chairing Audit, Compensation, Finance, and the special committees of these organizations. Prior to that he was a founding partner of Forrest Binkley & Brown Founding as a primary deal originator and capital gains producer for 14 years in this Private Equity/Venture Capital firm.

Jeff graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a Mathematics major from Willamette University in 1983. Jeff also graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA in 1987.

NIKKI ARORA

Chief Marketing Officer

Nikki heads marketing & communication and is an advisor to portfolio companies; offering proactive brand strategies for PR/communications. For more than 19 years she has been instrumental in offering expertise in operational management, business development, sales enablement, customer relations and strategic marketing in the technology industry.

Previously as the CMO of a global tech firm she was driving global partnership and alliances and orchestrated entry into new geographies and markets.

Nikki was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women; she was honored as a 2014 Rising Woman in Technology by Advancing Women in Technology; and she earned Global’s Leadership Spotlight Award for her exceptional leadership skills.

 

FLORIAN URMETZER

Tech Evangelist & Head of Incubation

As a Senior Research Associate with the Cambridge University, Florian is interested in the development of tools for service design. His research focuses on creation and capture of value within complex business ecosystems. Florian’s second research interest is customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Cambridge, Florian was employed at Accenture in Zürich, Switzerland.

He holds a distinction MSc (Network Centered Computing) and a PhD in Systems Engineering. Academically he was a visitor to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre extreme computing group and the Politecnico di Milano.

In industry he has worked for SAP Research as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager. Florian has also previously worked for Volkswagen, IBM and Gartner Inc.

RITESH AGRAWAL

Managing Director

Ritesh is an accomplished and diligent professional with expertise in business operations and P&L accountability for over 20 years in delivering optimal results in business and high-growth environment. In my current role, I am responsible for developing business in new/ emerging geo’s, EBITDA management, change management, team building & motivation. An inspirational leader and team builder, potentially strong in assimilating new ideas and concepts using innovative means to overcome obstacles.