Rakesh Gupta

Managing Partner

Rakesh is seasoned education sector specialist with over 8+ Years of experience in education sector and has extensively advised clients across the education spectrum on market entry and expansion strategy, business planning, fund raise and M&A. Rakesh has advised more than 25+ clients and has raised more than USD 500 Mn of funds for various businesses. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology, consulting, fundraise and M&A and has earlier worked with McKinsey and Company, Microsoft and People Combine. Rakesh has an MBA in finance from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Praveen Kumar Jallan


Praveen is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) with experience of over 16 years in the areas of advisory, auditing and accounting. Praveen has worked for more than 10 years in large accounting firms S.R. Batliboi & Co. (member firm of Ernst & Young) and Walker Chandiok & Co LLP (member firm of Grant Thornton). Praveen has earlier worked as Equity Analyst with Motilal Oswal Securities Limited, Mumbai. Praveen is also a designated IFRS faculty for the diploma courses conducted by the ICAI.

Sumit Handa


Sumit has more than 18 years of robust leadership experience in domains of Marketing, Sales, Ops & New Business development in Education and FMCG Space. During his long stint of working with reputed FMCG companies Sumit has build core competencies in a number of areas including- New Product Launch, Sales and Marketing, Brand Management & Operations Management. Sumit holds a MBA from Symbiosis and a BTech (Mech) from NIT Kurukshetra.

Payal Jain


Payal holds a Bachelors in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and has an MBA from IIM Indore. She has in the past worked with Goldman Sachs where she managed the firm’s liquidity, funding & capital requirements according to firm’s strategy & risk appetite. She also has experience investing in startups with a venture capital fund, Elevar Equity, with a specific focus on ed-tech and financial services. She feels passionately about gender equality and facilitated global diversity initiatives with the Women’s India Network during her time at Goldman Sachs. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family during her time away from work.

Neha Agarwal


Neha is a rank holder Chartered Accountant with 8+ years of experience across Investment Banking, Financial Modelling, Business Finance, Corporate Finance and Financial Planning & Analysis. Previously, she has worked with Infosys where she looked after Finance function for 10 countries in Europe. In her capacity as a business finance lead for Oyo business India, she spearheaded the cost optimisation initiatives. Some of her key projects include sell side advisory to fashion start-up and strategic advisory to reputed national brand school. She has worked with Asha for education foundation to help them raise funds by participating in Frankfurt Marathon. She enjoys running, sketching and reading in her free time

Kiran Surana


Kiran is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Batchelor’s degree in Commerce from Osmania University. She has worked in the past with Franklin Templeton (India) and Invesco (India) primarily into Financial Reporting of US, Indian Mutual Funds and EMEA Fund Managers in accordance with the applicable Reporting Standards. She mostly enjoys spending leisure time with her family and plays Badminton.