Mukesh Jain


Over his 25 years of work life, Mukesh has worked in senior roles in Investment Banking, Private Equity and General Management. These exposures have given him a well-rounded view of businesses and their drivers. He has served in early stage Indian firms as well as global MNCs giving him a very diverse and rich work experience.

Mukesh’s transactions experience spans Venture Capital / Private Equity syndication and Mergers & Acquisitions advisory, across sectors. He has successfully closed transactions in IT Services, Media & Entertainment, Digital Media, Telecom Infrastructure Software, Healthcare and Manufacturing amongst others. He enjoys senior level access in most Private Equity / Venture Capital funds having interacted with them over the years and closing transactions with many.

He was one of the founding team members of IDFC Capital (erstwhile SSKI Corporate Finance) and the key driver for the Private Equity syndication practice when Private Equity industry was in its infancy in India. Subsequently, he spent 3 years at GE Capital as part of the small GE Equity India team investing in Indian companies. He then did a stint as COO of Miditech, one of the leading independent Television content production companies leading every function in the company other than Creative. Mukesh then moved to Ernst & Young as a senior member of the transactions team focusing on Technology & Entertainment industry. Given his past experience and expertise, he was assigned the role of the national transactions leader for the Media & Entertainment industry at E&Y.

Mukesh has also done very brief stints in Investment Banking in SBI Capital Markets, Kotak Mahindra and Equirus Capital.

Mukesh holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata and a B.Tech. (Mech. Engg.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Mukesh loves trekking and has been to places like Roopkund, Doditaal and Ladakh. He aspires to climb Mount Everest someday.

Robinder S Sodhi


A seasoned banking professional with 25 years’ experience spanning Wholesale/Corporate Banking, Banking Operations and Consumer Bank with HSBC and ABN AMRO/RBS.The experience of working in each of the 5 major banking markets in India has given him unique exposure to dynamics of different markets and industry segments.Over the years, he has originated mandates totalling ~ $10 Bn across Equity, Debt and M&A from a wide cross section of clients in various sectors including IT Services, Infrastructure, Aviation, Construction, Consumer and Mining.

In his last role, Robinder was heading RBS’ Corporate & Institutional Bank for South India and was part of RBS India’s ExCo/Board. In other experience, Robinder ran a sole roadshow in Geneva and Zurich for ABN AMRO Switzerland’s corporate clients showcasing India as an investment destination and the Bank as a trusted partner.

He has participated in and benefitted from numerous training programs including on Leadership conducted by London Business School. In more recent years he has been active in the start-up ecosystem in Bangalore, advising and mentoring young companies and helping them raise capital. He has studied Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and did his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Venkatesh Parthasarathy


An experienced Business Leader with a strong bottom line orientation and a focus on execution and people. He has deep domain expertise in consumer products, retail and medical services. In a career span of close to three decades, he has launched two start-ups and has successfully hand-held shareholder transitions across various assignments. He has led and turned around two terminally sick businesses into sustainability

In his last corporate role, he was CEO and MD of Health & Glow and Foodworld for close to a decade. His previous stints include setting up Kaya Skin Clinic and working for Titan, Timex, Frito Lay among others. Apart from his business capabilities, Venkatesh is on familiar ground with governance as he has held board positions and is an expert in enterprise risk management. Currently, he helps and mentors organizations in various stages of their life-cycles and for their various strategic needs. He has studied Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and did his MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.

Mandar Kulkarni

Vice President

Mandar has close to ten years of experience that includes a mix of operating as well as corporate finance advisory roles. Prior to joining Zanskar Advisors, Mandar was at SBI Capital Markets, where he helped SMEs across sectors raise private equity funding. Before completing his MBA, Mandar worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Webaroo (GupShup) – a startup incubated at the IIT Bombay business incubator.

Mandar holds a BE (Computer Science) from VJTI (Mumbai University) and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from XLRI Jamshedpur. He loves to read, write and watch humor; and is also actively involved with couple of NGOs.

Nidhi Singh


A recent graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune with experience of 15 months in a leading EU research firm, StartUs, Insights and new-age EdTech startup, Unschool.

A Finance enthusiast, her expertise lies in financial modelling, equity research and industry research.

Nidhi has a keen interest in sports including basketball & swimming and is fond of reading and trekking as well. She has worked with numerous NGOs in the past like Teach for India, Poornam Eco-Vision and India School of Leadership Institute.

Yash Kakani

Senior Associate

With close to 4 years of experience in consulting at Grant Thornton, Yash in his last role led execution of front-end business consulting assignments across multiple sectors such as FMCG, Retail, Technology, Chemical, Pharmaceutical etc.

Prior to Grant Thornton, Yash worked at a boutique Indirect Taxes firm when businesses were implementing GST and experiencing the compliances for the first time. He also volunteered with Make A Difference (MAD) where he was responsible for raising funds for the children at shelter homes.

Yash is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA Level 2 candidate and a commerce graduate from Calcutta University. He enjoys badminton, swimming, chess, table tennis and experiencing live events.