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Vijay Chandru, Ph.D.
Dr. Vijay Chandru (PhD, MIT 1982) is an academic entrepreneur named as a "Technology Pioneer" by World Economic Forum in 2006. Chandru is founder of Strand Life Sciences (www.strandls.com) and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Chandru's academic career has spanned over two decades at Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Science.
Chandru is the recipient of several awards and honors: Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (1996), MCIT Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in IT (2001), UGC Hari Om Trust award for "Science and Society" (2003), the President's Medal of INFORMS in 2006, distinguished Alumni award by the MIT India Program in 2007, and was recognized as the Biospectrum Biotech Entrepreneur of 2007.
Chandru is the elected President (2009-2012) of Association of Biotech led Enterprises (ABLE), the apex trade body representing the Indian Biotech industry.
Dr. V. Anantha-Nageswaran
Dr. V. Anantha-Nageswaran graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the internationally reputed Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1985. He obtained a doctoral degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates.
Between 1994 and 2004, he worked for Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS) and Credit Suisse in Switzerland and in Singapore.In July 2006, he joined Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. in Singapore as the Head of Research for Asia. In March 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer for the bank. He was one of the founders of Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund.He is one of the Directors of the NPS Indian International School in Singapore and Aparajitha Corporate Services (end-to-end HR solutions).He teaches International Finance to MBA students in Singapore and in India. He is member of the advisory board of the Centre for Emerging Market Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. He is one of the founders and Trustees of the Takshashila Institution (a networked virtual non-partisan think-tank contributing to India’s public policy discourse). Recently, he was appointed the Executive Director of the India Business Leaders’ Round-Table, an initiative of the Singapore India Development Association (SINDA), to integrate new expatriate Indians with other Indians settled in Singapore. He writes a weekly column for MINT, an Indian financial daily on Tuesdays (www.livemint.com). MINT is published in collaboration with Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent guest at all the major international television networks.
Karuna joined Acumen in July 2012 to grow & manage the healthcare portfolio and also to develop the affordable housing portfolio in India. Prior to this, Karuna has 2 years of investing experience with the $175mn Aditya Birla private equity fund and $600mn Milestone Capital real estate fund. She has also spent 4 years with the Aditya Birla Group and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories in textiles, cement and pharmaceuticals businesses across finance and M&A roles. Karuna earned her post graduation in management from the India School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Rajiv Vasudevan, Founder & Managing Director of AyurVAID, is responsible for providing leadership and operational excellence to all aspects of the business.
He has worked in a diverse set of leadership roles in the private and government sectors including operations as well as profit center management roles at Godrej and Motorola (Country Head, PSG, India & SAARC). He also served the Government of Kerala as CEO-Technopark, Director-Kerala State IT Mission, and later as Special Officer – Biotechnology.
Rajiv holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (1984) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1987). He qualified as an ‘assessor’ of the National Board for Accreditation for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), Quality Council of India in 2007, making him the first person from the Ayurveda sector to receive this accreditation. Further, Rajiv is a member of the technical committee constituted by the Government of India for formulation of NABH accreditation standards for Ayurveda hospitals.
He has served on the Board of Directors of State Bank of India, Kerala LHO, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of his alma mater, NIT-Calicut.
Ammini Vasudevan is a founding director of AyurVAID. A graduate in botany and a talented vocal and instrumental artist in Indian classical music, Ammini Vasudevan has contributed to the company in imbuing patient-centric core values that has shaped AyurVAID's organisational culture to be relentlessly focused on serving our patients better.