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Core Team

Uday Phadke

Photo Uday is co-founder and Executive Chairman of AcceleratorIndia, where he leads on cross-border technology and business acceleration projects for major clients. Uday's core expertise is focused on the creation and development of innovative technology-enabled businesses. Over the past 30 years, he has worked across a wide range of industries and market sectors in Europe, North America and Asia. He has deep hands-on experience of all the key functional areas of business, ranging from research & development to sales & fulfilment. His key strengths include: the ability to synthesize novel, innovative solutions which meet emerging or difficult market needs; and building linkages between small businesses and large corporates to accelerate market entry.

His primary role is the development of relationships with key customers and partners, in both Europe and India. His experience spans all four markets where A_I operates: engineering, cleantech, bio-pharma and media & telecoms. Over the past five years, Uday has been actively engaged in taking UK technology companies into the Indian market. He has developed a wide network of contacts at senior level in India to complement his extensive European network, and now divides his time between India and the UK.

Uday is also Chief Executive of Cartezia, a business he founded in 1997, which builds IP-enabled technology businesses in the UK. He is very active in the UK high-tech eco-system: he is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, Investment Champion for the Creative Industries Network at the Technology Strategy Board in the UK, and a Charter Member of TIE, the Global Entrepreneurship and Mentoring organisation.

Uday also teaches from time to time at the Universities of Cambridge, Southampton and York. He read engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge followed by a PhD in aerothermodynamics as a Rolls Royce-sponsored Research Fellow at Sussex.

Uday blogs on www.acceleratorindia.com; www.catalyzt.com; https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/creativektn and indiaincorporated.com.

Richard Cawdell

Photo Richard is Managing Director of AcceleratorIndia. He has broad international business background in consultancy, telecommunications, and information systems, and has experience of technology enabled innovation in sectors ranging from healthcare, through media, retail, financial services, manufacturing and culture.

Richard has an extensive background in implementation and execution, including addressing systems, infrastructure, technology, security and IS governance issues in financial services in the City of London, firstly as Group I.T. Director of Exco (now Intercapital), and latterly responsible for technology within the Rothschild merchant bank.

His early career included market and product focused roles in high growth technology companies as well as consideration of the long term potential of communications technologies for BT. He was exposed to the brand led cultures of Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo) and Allied Signal, and the early development of technology R&D policy for broadband communications technologies and applications the European Commission.

Richard has maintained focus throughout his career on innovation and the stimulation and management of change. He graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Physics and Mathematics.

Arun Muthirulan

PhotoArun is a co-founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia, where he is responsible for operations and project execution. His core expertise includes the ability to understand and build complex industry ecosystems and value chains, evaluate new business models and refine and adapt them to new contexts and package and create new business ventures, including the building of detailed commercial and operational models.

Arun’s primary role in AcceleratorIndia is the execution and delivery of customer projects and management of the operational aspects of the business in both Europe and India. His experience spans across the cleantech and media, computing & telecoms sectors where AcceleratorIndia operates. His current focus is on the Smart Grids and Renewables sectors.

Arun’s early career was in the IT services industry with Cognizant Technology Solutions managing complex, business critical, IT development and implementation projects across Europe, North America and India, working with blue chip clients such as Ford Motor Co, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Aetna Life Insurance Company.

Arun is active in the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem where he regularly mentors and advises students and aspiring entrepreneurs from the Judge Business School and the University of Cambridge. Arun read Computer Science and Engineering at Madurai Kamaraj University in India and has an MBA from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, specialising in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

David Pollock

Photo David is a Director and a co-founder of AcceleratorIndia.

David has over 30 years’ experience advising international companies on executing strategic cross-border growth and financing transactions.

He has expertise in assessing and executing value creation in a range of sectors through cross-border growth and investment strategies. He has experience of advising blue-chip Indian companies on international financings from 1992 and knowledge of the Indian financial markets. He brings relationships and access at senior level to major Indian companies, private equity funds and banks.

He is also founder and a Director of Consilium Capital, a corporate finance advisory firm which advises quoted and unquoted companies on cross-border M&A and capital-raising involving India, MENA and other developing markets. Previously as a Director of Equinox Securities he advised unquoted technology companies on raising venture capital and M&A.

Before that, David was a board director of HSBC James Capel (now HSBC Investment Bank). As co-founder and then Head of International Equity Capital Markets, he led a team executing international share (GDR) and convertible eurobond issues for major European and Indian companies.

He was educated at Oxford University. He is a member of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs).

Shailendra Vyakarnam

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Shai is a Director and a co-founder of AcceleratorIndia. His experience and expertise in early stage company development, along with research and publications on entrepreneurship, books, public speaking and track record in education have provided a strong platform for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on which AcceleratorIndia is able to build and through which its clients can benefit. His particular focus is on technology and biotechnology entrepreneurship, especially in building management capability.

Shai's role within AcceleratorIndia is two-fold. In Europe he champions the Indian innovation agenda highlighting opportunities. In India, he advises and actively engages in the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems and provides vital links to entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators and technology clusters. Due to his research and policy advice activities with Universities and research institutions, Shai also helps encourage and train future generations of smart business builders in the technology sectors, a key element of long term ecosystem development across UK and India.

Shai is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He also currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and is on the Advisory Board of the Venture Center, Pune. He blogs on www.acceleratorindia.com; indiaincorporated.com; www.shaivyakarnam.blogspot.com and www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk.

Tony Hart

Photo Tony has more than 30 years of deep experience mainly in the IT, telecoms and media industry, in business development, marketing and sales roles for major US corporates such as DEC, Intel and Cisco, medium-sized UK companies such as RM PLC and Amino Communications, UK-based media technology start-ups such as Packet Vision, Culloma Technologies and Handheld Learning and consultancies such as Channel Dynamics and the Bathwick Group. He has a strong understanding of how companies, large and small, work and interact with each other, and has a well-developed network of industry contacts and relationships, especially in the technology sector.

Tony’s key skills are in developing and taking to market "whole" products and services, complete solutions to meet the needs of the customer, initiating and developing alliances and partnerships with complementary product and service vendors, and developing innovative sales and marketing programmes.

Tony is passionate about connecting ideas, people and companies to build business opportunities that are both commercially viable and beneficial to society. He is also an active supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support, having completed a number of treks and cycle rides.

Tony has an MA from Oxford and MBA from Henley Management College.

Kim Collaco

PhotoKim is Vice President, Business Development and supports AcceleratorIndia's strategic business development for its clients in India. Her sectors of expertise include energy and power utilities, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, capital goods, mining and metals and automobiles and auto ancillaries. 

She has undertaken a number of advisory projects in strategy including market entry for two of the largest players in the global FMCG space, marketing for a start-up computer company, business expansion of a low cost European airline and created go-to-market approaches and identified target clients for several nascent technologies from IBM Research Labs in India.

Kim's core areas of expertise are B2B marketing, client acquisition, data mining, strategy development and market analysis. She spent over six years in institutional equity sales advising long term leading institutional investment funds across India and Europe on investing in India. During her career she organised investment conferences and international road shows for a number of corporate management teams as well as for the divestment program and a global series of conferences for the Union Minister of Roads and Highways, Shri Kamal Nath.

An MBA from the Cambridge Judge Business School, Kim also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, in Finance & Operations from Goa Institute of Management and a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Mumbai University, specialising in Accounts and Taxation.

Suvradeep Bhattacharjee

PhotoSuvradeep is Vice President, Research and Market Intelligence at AcceleratorIndia. His core expertise includes the ability to assess market opportunities and develop product/service offerings.

Suvradeep has a wide range of consulting skills and project management experience. Previous assignments include leading industry research, advising senior executives and developing service offerings. Suvradeep’s global business experience includes working in U.S., Brazil, U.K., Germany, Sweden, Cyprus and India. Suvradeep has deep expertise in merger and acquisitions, market opportunity assessment, telecom operator strategies and outsourcing vendor landscape.

Prior to AcceleratorIndia, Suvradeep worked for Frost & Sullivan, Ovum, NelsonHall, BT, Amdocs and Cognizant. Suvradeep worked as a Senior Analyst in Ovum, as a Principal Analyst in NelsonHall leading the Customer Management Services research & advisory program and played a key role in developing Amdocs’ business with Vodafone.

Suvradeep read Production Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has an MBA from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, specialising in Strategy and Marketing.

Last updated: 28 Nov 2014