V G Ramakrishnan

Founding Partner and Managing Director, Avanteum Advisors LLP

 

His primary role within Avanteum is in the management of Client Relationships; addressing and finding solutions to complex business issues – critical areas that are his forte. Additionally, Ramakrishnan will focus on extending Avanteum's business across service lines, domains and geographies. He encourages collaborative working practices and fosters an absolute determination to put client interests first.

 

Recognised as a leader of change throughout his 20 years' of experience in Management Consulting, Industry and Consumer research, he has had exhaustive exposure to the Automotive, Engineering, Transportation and Logistics and ICT sectors, gaining invaluable insights and in-depth experience into their functioning and operations.

 

Prior to founding Avanteum, Ramakrishnan was the Managing Director – South Asia, at Frost & Sullivan and served as global Co-Leader for its Automotive and Transportation practice.

 

As an acknowledged thought-leader and pathbreaker, his contributions to the advancement of industry are much sought after. He is a highly respected speaker at conferences and seminars where discussion points revolve around the automotive and transportation and logistics fields, megatrends and their impact on the economy. Ramakrishnan has actively shared his views on various related subjects through the print and electronic media. He has been extensively quoted on these, in India and the Middle East.

 

Ramakrishnan has also served as a member on jury panels at several Industry and Media Awards shows and events.

Vijay Kakade

Executive Director, Avanteum Advisors LLP

 

Vijay's role is in the management of Client relationships, primarily addressing and finding out solutions to complex business issues. He will also focus on extending Avanteum’s business  across service lines and domains.

 

Over the course of his career of over 27 years, he has worked in several industries and markets with his forte being in Automotive & Transportation with particular expertise in:

Value Creation Strategy : Market Entry & Geographical Expansion, New Business Models, Strategic Planning, Customer Retention Strategy, Pricing Strategy, Partner  Identification

 

Operational Strategy : New Product Launch, Business Modelling & Planning, After-Market & OE Strategies

 

Vijay, prior to being the Executive Director at  Avanteum, was Vice President leading the Automotive & Transportation vertical at Frost & Sullivan India Pvt. Ltd. He has also worked in B2B and Consumer Research space with other market research organizations, namely, Nielsen India, Mott MacDonald India, Business Development Bureau and Wadia Technical Services.

 

Vijay has participated in several conferences as a keynote speaker and also contributed as a thought leader providing opinion on the automotive industry in leading newspapers and magazines.

 

After graduating Masters of Electronic Science from the University of Pune, Vijay secured a Masters in Management Science, also from the University of Pune.

J C Sekar

Advisor, Avanteum Advisors LLP

 

J C Sekar is a Singapore-based, seasoned techno-commercial professional with around three decades of international experience in working with and leading teams to deliver a range of services.

 

JC, an alumnus of National University of Singapore, IIT Madras and PSG College of Technology, has experience working in Design, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, Business Development and Operations. His most recent corporate experience was as Managing Director (Asia Pacific and Middle East) for the Health & Safety practice of the 120+ year-old U.S. based Safety Science Organization: Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

 

JC has advised several stakeholders on their Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental risk mitigation strategies and practices, competency development and improvement initiatives. He is a sought after speaker and moderator in international conferences on several topics in his areas of expertise. He was instrumental in UL's geographic expansion to markets in South-east Asia and the Middle East. JC has travelled widely across continents and is a qualified lead assessor for multiple standards and business excellence frameworks.

 

As CEO and Co-founder of tech start-up AcuiZen Technologies Singapore Pte Ltd., he is building a team to develop a product that could transform Learning and Development and Quality and Conformity practices across organizations.

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