Advisory Council


Our Advisors


Senior Managing Director FTI Strategic Communications

Neil Doyle is a Senior Managing Director in the FTI Strategic Communications practice and is based in London. Neil has extensive global corporate, financial PR and investor relations experience gained on some of the world's largest and most complex client engagements gained throughout a 20-year career that has spanned Hong Kong, London and Dubai.


Founder - Impact Business Leaders

In 2013 David founded Impact Business Leaders, a Washington, DC-based company which is focused on matching experienced business professionals looking for career change in to full time roles with social enterprises around the world. IBL has training centers at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School; the Said Business School at Oxford University, and new centers in Nairobi and Hyderabad, India. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO since 2011.


Founder and Managing Partner of Easton Capital

John H. Friedman is the Founding and Managing Partner of Easton Capital Investment Group. Prior to founding Easton Capital, John was the founder and Managing General Partner of Security Pacific Capital Investors.


Director - PB&OS Investments, Global Banking & Credit Solutions, and BI Themes - Barclays

Saurav joined Barclays in 2014 and has over 20 years experience in finance and forensic audit. He started his career at Ernst&Young where he advised Capital Markets divisions at Banks, and Trading departments at Energy and Mining Companies and subsequently held senior finance and audit positions at Deloitte, BP, BG and Barclays.


Citibank MD & Head Asia O & T

Vikram started his career with Citigroup in 1991 in Credit Card Operations. Over the past 26 years, Vikram has held a number of roles in sales, customer service, and product management, as well as operations and technology.


Astia Angels

Mr. Rigby works with Astia Angels, an international angel investing organization whose mission is to fund exceptional, women-led, high-growth ventures. Most recently Mr. Rigby was Global Head of Risk Analytics and Research at Standard & Poor’s. He led initiatives to develop quantitative models to analyze financial and market securities data, including the use of machine learning, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis of unstructured data to support credit analysis. He helped launch S&P’s project finance ratings practice and worked on over $200 billion of power, energy and infrastructure projects. He was the principal author of Standard & Poor's project finance criteria.


Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute

Nick is a Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. Prior to this, Nick led the UNEP Inquiry into the design of a sustainable finance system.


Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure and Development, J.P. Morgan

Clarine ioined JPM in 2013 and heads J.P. Morgan's Export Finance team globally for the Infrastructure sector. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate and investment banking of which 15 years has been in Emerging Markets.


COO (B2C),

Sharat’s career spans over 20 years in the Internet and FMCG Sectors with his most recent role as COO for Yatra’s B2C business. He has in the past worked as the Managing Director for TripAdvisor and Expedia in India. He also set up the globally acclaimed rural initiative, Project Shakti, while working for Hindustan Unilever in their sales and marketing team, before making a foray into the internet space to head the eCommerce business at Indiatimes. With a passion for marketing strategy and data analytics, he continues to drive day to day business operations, marketing initiatives, alliances and advertising sales for improved overall business metrics.

Andy Honess

Jump XL, Founder & Owner

Andy is a seed investor and advisor to the software industry In his 30 year career, he has held UK and international senior sales & MD positions in the enterprise software space, including IBM and Siebel Systems and helped take QLIK from start-up to a NASDAQ IPO for $749m in 2010. Specialises in guiding tech start-ups to high-speed growth and is a mentor and entrepreneur in residence for over ten incubation & accelerator programs across the UK. He reviews and mentors over 200 companies a year. He holds an honours degree in Business Information Systems.

Cris Conde

Advisor Accel Partners & Nyca Partners

Cris is an active investor in early-stage companies, mentoring management teams to help them scale. Named by Institutional Investor as one of the top 40 Fintech investors globally, he currently serves as senior advisor to Accel Partners and Nyca Partners. Cris is a senior member of the Partnership for NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab and an Executive in Residence with Accenture at the London FinTech Innovation Lab and has an investment portfolio of 30 companies. Previously Cris spent 24 years at SunGard, over ten years as President and CEO and is a recognised leader in the field of risk management.

Aditya Ghosh


Aditya, a lawyer, worked at InterGlobe as general counsel before becoming the President & Member of the Board of IndiGo. Aditya then joined the board of directors at the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre, and became a senior adviser to the Tata Trusts, helping lead its cancer care initiative. Aditya was CEO of OYO Hotels and now sits on OYOs board. Aditya is also a Member of the Advisory Board and Investor at the VC firm, Fireside Ventures.

Shailendra Patel


Shailendra is Founder and Chairperson (Trustee) of the Sophia Akash Foundation (SAF). A global leader in online investment banking and trading, Shailendra’s 30-year professional career in technology development, treasury risk management, financial services and investment banking includes the co-founding and international rollout of Saxo Bank. Shailendra also participates on a number of Advisory Boards and provides coaching and mentoring to a growing number of bright Social Entrepreneurs.