Ajay Chaturvedi – Founder
Honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Ajay truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world, especially in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the drivers of inclusive growth. He also thinks that the real growth in rural areas across the world and in India is yet to come and is possible only when we get into the real fabric of the country and not just overlay thoughts and patterns from the developed nations. A voracious reader, an avid golfer and an ardent traveller, Ajay spent almost a decade living in the US and across the world and now lives in Gurgaon. Ajay was awarded CNN IBN Youth Icon / Young Indian Leader of the year 2011.
HarVa XPO entered the Limca Book of Records for being the first all women rural BPO in the world in 2011. HarVa has won numerous awards and accolades including the Manthan Chairman Excellence Award 2011, SKOCH Financial Inclusion 2011 and TiE Entrepreneurial Excellence 2011 among the latest recognitions. Earlier in 2011, HarVa was also identified as the 3rd most innovative company in India (next only to Tata Motors) by the Fast Company magazine of New York, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability & Empowered Woman Award by the Rockefeller Foundation / United Nations 2012.
Ajay was nominated as one of the Amazing Global Indian by Times Now News 2012-13 and Yahoo unsung Heroes 2012-13.
He has also been honoured as an Iconic Youth 2014 by Rotary International, picked as 50 most creative leaders across the world to attend THNK, The Creative School of Amsterdam’s Accelerator program for Creative Leaders, and felicitated by the BITS Pilani in the golden jubilee celebrations as 50 most inspiring alumni in 50 years. Ajay is also an ambassador of the Power of Youth initiative of Scotland. He also holds a unique distinction of being identified as one of the four most innovative game changers by the Office of Advisor to the Prime Minister on Skill Development and Employability.
Ajay has also authored the bestselling book, ‘Lost Wisdom of The Swastika’ published by Times Group Books of Bennett Coleman & Co. Owing to his work, Ajay was bestowed with ‘Making the World Happening Award 2017’ by Allevents. The book has been adopted and adapted by several premiere B-Schools as a reference book for business strategy & philosophy. Subsequently, a course titled ‘Kullhad Economy’ has been formulated and approved under business strategy, based on ‘Lost Wisdom of The Swastika’and running across several professional universities. Ajay has also founded the Kautilya Fellowship Program, a one year fellowship that help the youth understand the philosophical underpinnings of the societies, such that they can navigate and innovate better and cater to the local and global economies.
A former banker, Ajay is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Diploma in Global Leadership & Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Vipur Kumar – Founding Team, Technology Evangelist
A designer by nature and innovator by mind, Vipur look after the technology front of the company and is the junior most member of the organization. His love towards technology has made him a successful freelancer while in college and brings technologically unique and advanced ideas onboard. He is die-hard fan of late Mr. Steve Jobs also strongly believes in “think differently” and “non-conventionally”. Vipur is a BITS Pilani Engineer of 2007 batch.
Famously known as psudeo-perfectionist among his friends, Vipur is an avid listener of Joe Satriani and FM Radio. He has recently taken up cooking and plans to gain perfection in it.
Swagat Yadav – Founding Team, Managing Consultant
Passionate about innovation and hybrid business models at Base of Pyramid (BoP), Swagat is a strong believer in inclusive growth and innovation. In his role as a visiting researcher at HEC Montreal, he designed pedagogical case study and notes for new generation business models at BoP. He also co-authored a research paper at National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) on innovation models.
The out-of-the-box thinker in Swagat begets him novelty roles and experiences. He has a penchant for detail and his passion for photography & filmmaking keeps creativity at trigger. He loves to work in a dynamic and responsible environment to unleash the creativity in him and those around him. He has a penchant for detail and uses his creativity at the center of his practices. He is an avid reader and loves to tell stories via visual communication. Previously, he has worked with Network 18 and Disney UTV as a distribution manager, where he extensively studied the models for media inclusion and distribution. He has over 4 years of professional experiencing in the media industry.
He is a One Young World Ambassador Leader and Young Challenger at Global Social Business Summit. He is also the founder and former president of an internationally recognized youth run and led organization, YUVA. Swagat is also an engineer and science graduate from BITS Pilani.
Eskandh Sharma – Founding Team
Passionate about value-driven entrepreneurship and grass-root level change, Eskandh is a strong believer in bridging the gap between innovation and execution to make a positive difference. He is also the founder of HelpMyPrep, an education management start-up, which recently got acquired by Harva in September 2016.
He has also been awarded as the most youngest entrepreneur for presenting a successful education model for Nairobi(Kenya) from South-Asia region by the Global Entrepreneurship Network at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, hosted by Barrack Obama.
Former KPMG Six Sigma Ambassador, Eskandh has worked with KPMG to help analyze and audit specific departments of multiple consulting firms and help them to increase their efficiency & output. He also has the experience of working at Suzuki under their supply-chain management division and CR team to build effective customer relationship.
He is an avid singer and a dancer and has immense love for traveling new places and exploring the beauty behind every culture and tradition.
He recently won a case-study competition at Harvard University under Harvard Project for Asian and International relations and was acknowledged by 500 start-ups for creating a very effective model for a food delivery start-up. He is also final year student at VIT University, pursuing a degree in Electronics and Communication with a minor in Economics.”
Shailendra Hazari – Vice President, Operations
Shailendra Hazari is a visionary change leader and firm believer of empowerment with accountability. He trusts in using combination of PPP (Push+ Pull+ Permissive) leadership to inspire and drive his team to achieve highest levels of professional and personal success.
Shailendra is a P&L leader with multiple industry expertise. He did his Masters in Business Administration from Maharashtra University, Mumbai. He has 16 years of experience with proven success in Strategy, Sales, Revenue, Marketing, Operations, Customer Service and Financial Planning for organisational turnaround and profitable growth. He is recognised for his strategic thrust, change management prowess, focused approach and operational efficiency / speed.
In his previous avatar he has worked with Pepsi Co. India, Coca-Cola, Reliance, Merino Industries Ltd. . He has to his credits successful execution multi-million dollar milestone projects including IGI Airport Terminal, CSI Airport Mumbai, Commonwealth Games Stadiums – New Delhi , Buddha International F1 Circuit , Prestige Shantiniketan Bangalore and others.
Poshak Agrawal– Finance & Strategy
Poshak Agrawal graduated from Princeton University where he studied Economics and History. He co-founded Athena Education, a pioneer in holistic education in India. Athena is dedicated to providing broad-based education to students and optimally preparing them to enter renowned global universities. Poshak previously worked at Fortress Investment Group – New York and TRW Automotive Systems – Germany. He started an investment management business with an emphasis on Indian equities with a global macro overlay. Poshak advises HarVa on company strategy and finance.