Our Team

Abhijit Pawar

Abhijit Pawar

Chairman APGlobale

ABHIJIT PAWAR

CHAIRMAN, APGLOBALE

  • Abhijit Pawar is the Chairman of the parent group APGlobale (APG) and Founder of DCF Ventures.
  • Abhijit is also the Managing Director of Sakal Media Group, India’s leading Marathi daily. Abhijit was the brainchild behind Agrowon, the first ever daily devoted to Agriculture on 19 April 2005. Agrowon is a 16-page tabloid published in Marathi.
  • Abhijit believes that companies should be driven with the purpose to make a difference for the larger good. Therefore Abhijit created SIMACES. SIMACES stands for Skilling & Education, Impact Funding, Media, Advisory & Consulting, Community Transformation, Events and Special Projects/ SPVs.
  • He has been an Executive Committee Member of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
  • Abhijit is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), an international peer network of chief executives and business leaders. He has also been bestowed by Young Presidents Organisation – World Presidents Organisations (YPO-WPO), with the first Global Impact Legacy Honour in 2016 for his transformational efforts in the field of women empowerment

 

LAKSHMI POTLURI

CEO, DCF VENTURES

  • Lakshmi has 14 years of global experience in several leadership roles in technology, finance, e-commerce and digital media at IBM (North America/Europe), Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong), jabong.com(India), Singtel-Shopify(India) and Network18(India).
  • Through her expertise in the digital commerce work having built and scaled businesses, Lakshmi has been an evangelist in the entrepreneurial eco system in India. She has been an angel investor and an advisor/mentor to many startups herself with investments in India and the valley.
  • Lakshmi is originally from Chennai, India. She has a MBA from Columbia Business School New York, has been a recipient of many awards (Women Entrepreneur of the year – Rotary) and a panellist/speaker at many prestigious events such as NASSCOMM, FICCI, CII, Indo-China FICCI conference, UK-IBC Conference, Techsparks, IIMs and has been recognized for innovation at IBM for filing about 22 patents.

 

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SRINIVAS NIKHIL CHANDRASEKHAR

CORPORATE INNOVATION LEAD

  • Advised Andhra Pradesh Government – Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society & Fintech Valley Vizag –in developing the entrepreneurial & innovation ecosystem of the state.
  • Managed the ‘Million Dollar Challenge’ – a series of roadshows across Tel Aviv, London, Paris & HongKong – to identify, and select leading startups from the Fintech & Emerging technologies space
  • Evaluated & curated start-ups to represent India at SLUSH 2018, in Finland in partnership with The Indian Embassy in Finland and InvestIndia
  • Engaged with FinTech start-ups to explore collaboration opportunities with the Bank
  • Built relationships and closed partnerships with accelerators, government machinery, angel investor networks, and incubators.
  • Worked with startups across sectors preparing for a fund-raise, and developing their GTM strategy
  • Part of the 5 member core founding team of uFaber, an ed-tech venture based in Mumbai