Management Team



    Sanmit Ahuja

    Vice Chairman and Interim CEO

    Sanmit is one of the founding members of the Foundation. He specialises in Development finance, impact investing, developing innovation clusters and PPP framework development. He has nearly 20 years experience working across the world in various sectors particularly in Trade Finance, Infrastructure Finance, Technology and Media sectors. He has an Engineering Degree in Electronics from University of Pune, India and an MBA from London Business School.

        Peter Longworth

        Policy & Government Advisor

        Peter Longworth’s career spans Diplomacy, Corporate & Government Affairs, Investment Promotion & Media. He was British High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Zimbabwe (1998 – 2001), and Consul-General, Johannesburg, Director UK Trade & Investment, South Africa (1994 – 98). A former political, diplomatic and industrial journalist, he served in the British Diplomatic Service for 27 years, working in Europe (Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark), the Republic of Korea and Southern Africa in senior political and commercial roles with duties including political and economic negotiation, public diplomacy, media relations, analysis and advice to ministers. Since then he has worked with the Commonwealth Business Council as Director for Government and Public Affairs, Acting Director-General and Senior Advisor.

            Neeraj Bharadwaj

            Executive Director

            Neeraj is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in financial services, outsourcing, consulting and emerging markets. Neeraj was a co-founder at one of the first BPO companies and later an outsourcing advisory firm. Currently, he is part of the management team at research and analytics firm, Aranca. Neeraj is also an advisor and investor in a number of ventures and start-ups. He holds a Bachelors in Finance from the London School of Economics and an MBA from London Business School.

              Projects

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              Look West: India’s Leadership Role in West Asia

              The project intends to throw light on India’s current foreign policy stance with respect to West Asia and engage the strategic and diplomatic community as well as the general public to build support for a more proactive stance by India in the region.

              North East India Economic Forum

              Act East Initiative: North East India Economic Forum

              The North East India Economic Forum is being launched with the objective of creating a sustainable economic corridor for encouraging investments in the North East Region. The Forum will provide the much-needed platform for business leaders, industry and government to engage in deliberations focused on the socio-economic growth of the region as India’s growth story will remain incomplete without including this region, which is endowed with rich natural resources and a strategic geographical landscape.

              Innovative Financial Instruments for Emerging Markets

              Innovative Financial Instruments for Emerging Markets

              The emerging economies have a huge potential for capital formation in infrastructure sectors, expansion of trade, growth of services and agrarian economy. However, a significant lack of financial innovation in these markets has hampered growth and investment in these economies. Traditional structures continue to thrive in these markets as they rely much on arbitrage. As a result, many new ventures are stifled at a very nascent stage given the dire need for well-established financial instruments as the necessary fuel.

               

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