The Astrum assurance is to put in place best-in-class governance to ensure Quality, Capability & Continuity

Advisory Board

Our advisory board members are our guiding lights.

They show us the path to progress and help us make discerning choices. Their wealth of knowledge and experience are our greatest capital.

Sandip Das

Chairman and Senior Partner, Maitreyi Capital Advisor

Sandip, one of India’s most respected telecom professionals; he is currently on the Advisory board of Sterlite Technologies. He is also a Senior Advisor and Mentor to Analysys Mason. He began his career with the DCM Shriram group as a Management Trainee and thereafter after spending a decade with the Group in Usha International, worked with Toyota Motor Corporation in Dubai for 6 years. He was one of the founding members of mobile telephony in India that started with Hutchison Max Telecom (now called Vodafone) in 1994. After having spent over a decade with the company, he remitted his charge in 2006 as CEO and Director on the board of Vodafone India having successfully launched the Orange and Hutch brands.

He subsequently led Maxis Group of companies in Malaysia as Group CEO overseeing Maxis Malaysia, Aircel, India, Axis Indonesia and Sri Lanka Telecom as a Director on all the boards. He was voted best CEO in Malaysia in 2012. Early in 2013 he was appointed as Member of the Board of Directors, Managing Director and CEO of Reliance Jio to oversee India’s largest and most of the most complex 4G rollout. He left Jio in early 2015.During his career he has appeared for four consecutive years on the global list of The 100 Most Powerful people in World Telecom.Sandip Das is a Mechanical Engineer with a Master in Business Administration FMS, Delhi and an alum of the AMP, Harvard Business School.

Nitin Gupta

Founder - Argus Partners

Nitin has held a number of prestigious positions including his current role as the Founder of Argus Partners which is India’s only professional firm that focuses exclusively on helping companies find great Independent Non-Executive Board Directors. Nitin is also Co-Founder of Faircent, India’s first and best known P2P lending company; Board Director at Loylty Rewardz, India’s #1 loyalty management company and an Independent Board Director at Fusion Microfinance. Nitin was also a non-executive Co-Founder of Lets Buy, one of India’s most successful e-commerce start-ups, which was sold to FlipKart, India’s #1 e-commerce company.

Between the years 2003 and 2008, Nitin was with MasterCard Worldwide as their CEO and Country Manager for South Asia. Prior to that, he has been President of Rediff.com, and President of GE Capital India’s retail financing business. Nitin received an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, a law degree from Bombay University, and an Economics Honours degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Lalit Aluwalia

Financial and Business

Lalit, is a respected professional and well recognised for his financial and business acumen in the business community, having served innumerable Indian corporations and MNCs from entry strategy to business reviews and exit strategies. He is known for his integrity, professionalism & leadership. His expertise in risk management, governance and building long term business relationships are well acknowledged.

He current is an independent director on the board of Bharti AXA, a leading insurance company and represent CRA (formerly Charles River Associates) in an non-executive capacity and was also formerly Chairman and Board member of American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and a member Board of Advisors of AISEC (Delhi University Chapter).

He has authored several articles on matters relating to business and risk management issues and privatisation for publications including Business Development India 1995, Guide To World Energy Privatisation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance and Economic Times of India and speaks regularly at leading industry fora. Lalit is Fellow member of The Institute Of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and of The Institute Of Chartered Accountants in India.

Rajan Kalia

Co-founder-Salto Dee Fe Consulting

Rajan works in the area of Business Enablement and Leapfrogging organizations’ to the next orbit of growth. His work contributes to enable strategy, people and execution. He is a co-founder for Salto Dee Fe Consulting and focuses on 5 practice areas – Organization Transformation, Talent Management, Talent Retention, People Decisions and Leadership Skilling. Rajan brings in a rich experience of 23 years in Human Resources field. He closely works with Marc Effron in cutting edge Talent Management work for the Fortune 500 companies, closer home he is involved with Harvard Business Press and DDI advising, teaching and coaching some of their clients.

Rajan has been trained by Harvard Business Publishing in Case study methodology, DDI in Performance Management, by SHL in OPQ Assessments and Right Management in Leadership programs for Insurance. Over the years, Rajan has been instrumental in setting up HR functions, formulating the philosophy, strategy and policies of the HR function. He has specific expertise in the areas of Performance Management, Compensation, Training and Management Development, with in-depth knowledge of building Business Partnerships and Organisation Transformation. Rajan is Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Public Administration from Punjab University, Chandigarh.