Our Team

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Nirupa Shankar

Director

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John Kuruvilla

Chief Mentor

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Apul Nahata

Mentor In-Residence

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Rajeev Nair

Head of Operations

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Gautam Khot

CTO In-Residence

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Ankur Nandi

Senior Analyst

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Sanjana Uthappa

Program Coordinator

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Mohan Parvatikar

Director

Nirupa Shankar John Kuruvilla Apul Nahata Rajeev Nair Gautam Khot Ankur Nandi Sanjana Uthappa Mohan Parvatikar

Nirupa is a Director of Brigade Group’s Hospitality division and also a Director at Brigade REAP. She oversees the operations and strategy for the company’s self-managed assets. She is the brain-child behind Brigade REAP - the first of its kind accelerator in Asia. She has conceptualised some of Brigade Group’s projects and businesses, and has been identified as one of CNBC’s 'Young Turks' and was listed in Hotelier India’s Top 50 Power List 2014. She is the only woman advisory board member for the 'Hotelier India's' publication.

Nirupa has been an achiever from her school days, and has a number of awards and achievements her bag. This includes Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 at the Infra & Realty Sutra Awards, Rising Star Award 2015 - South Asia, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, Restaurant Owner of the Year - India 2016 at the Hospitality Leaders’ Industry Choice Awards.

An avid tennis fan, Nirupa enjoys running, reading, travelling and is also a budding writer. Her articles have been published in a number of magazines and newspapers.

Don’t let his smile fool you! John’s diverse experience will come into play when he has to get the best out of you. Having worked in Marketing, Sales, Brand building, Customer Relations, Revenue Management, Pricing, General Management, P&L responsibility and entrepreneurship, he has made more than just significant contributions to every brand he has been associated with. He has also been awarded a Cannes in 2000 for Advertising. John has led investments in several disruptive companies from India and abroad, and also set up an accelerator program at Reliance Industries. After 30+ years, John has finally gotten off the corporate treadmill and is now following his passion by working with start-ups through Brigade REAP. He will be lethal, but you can be sure that John will get the best out of you!

John loves playing chess, is an avid reader and is pursuing his new found love for biking.

You probably know him as being the spokesperson for REAP, having led the show at Demo Day or any other public showcase. Apul Nahata has over 20 years of experience as a technologist and entrepreneur that spans consumer Internet, mobile & telephony, PropTech, VR among other domains, both in the US & India. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups, giving him an exposure to the whole spectrum of large budget driven technology R&D and product roll outs on one hand, to delivering disruptive and innovative solutions to bootstrapped companies on the other. He is adept at harmonizing technology streams and finding the right product fitment to derive the maximum value. Apul has mentored over 30+ start-ups, some of which have raised millions of dollars in funding. He also holds a few patents in wireless communications and areas of computing.

When not working on tech, Apul works on tech! He is notorious for stripping down gadgets and reassembling them. He is passionate about model trains and AR/ VR. He also supports his wife who runs an International preschool in his spare time.

Rajeev is the Head of Operations at Brigade REAP. He comes from an Advertising and Marketing background, and worked with McCann Erickson as a Senior Account Executive, moving on to become an Account Director at Enterprise Nexus. He spent a large portion of his career at [24]7.ai, working with Branding and Marketing.

Rajeev is an exponent of the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu. Among his diverse achievements, he successfully negotiated his way out of a tricky hostage situation in Guatemala rescuing both himself and his Guatemalan colleagues!

Gautam has over 20 years of experience in technology leadership and looks after the tech and product mentorship at REAP. Over his long career, he has worked extensively in start-ups in the diverse domains of Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Document Management, RFID for the Manufacturing industry and Online Learning. Gautam holds multiple patents in the field of video conferencing and video infrastructure management.

When away from the office, Gautam will most likely be found in a remote jungle somewhere, photographing big cats and exotic birds. He is also a professionally trained craft brewer. The next pint’s on him.

A alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Ankur started his career in tech, in IBM and implemented an Operational Risk Management solution for a large public sector bank. Ankur also helped set up a reporting and analytics infrastructure for entire spectrum of Banking products. He also helps out early stage start-ups with his background and skills at business plan design.

Ankur heads all efforts on our start-ups’ financial projections, pricing models, analyst notes, valuation at the time of fund raising and case studies. That makes him the number one, numbers guy at Brigade REAP!

Ankur is an avid traveller and a passionate stock market buff.

Sanjana is the Program Coordinator at Brigade REAP. She is the youngest member of the team but keeps all REAP start-ups on a tight leash! A graduate from Christ University, Sanjana started her career as a Tax analyst at Ernst and Young. She is also an avid pursuer of poetry and writing.

Sanjana has turned her favourite hobby of crafting a line of scented candles into a small business.

Mohan has extensive experience in the finance sector, having worked for India's largest banks – State Bank of India and one of its largest finance corporations – ICICI. He started his own brokerage firm in 1987 and became a member of Bangalore Stock Exchange.

In 2000, Mohan joined the board of Thinksoftglobal Services Limited and served as a full-time Director till 2013. Since then he has been associating with diverse startups as a mentor.

Our Mentors

At Brigade REAP, we leave no stone unturned. Our mentors come with experience and specialisation in multiple sectors of the Real Estate and Technology industries. As part of our commitment towards getting the best out of our start-ups, we ensure that we also give them only the best.

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ajay sharma

Director

Program Delivery, Intel India

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Amit S Phadnis

SVP Engineering And India

Site Leader, Cisco Systems

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avinash gautam

CEO

Silvan Innovation Labs Pvt Ltd

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Dhruvil Sanghvi

CEO and Co-Founder

Loginext

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Ganapathy Subramaniam

Venture Partner

Walden International

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Gaurav Arora

Head of Start-up and VC Ecosystem

APAC Amazon Internet Services

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Jayaram Beladakere

Director, Business Development

Cisco India

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Dr. Madhusudhan V. Atre

CEO and Founder

Vegashakti Consultants

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Natarajan S

Sr. Program Manager

India Strategy & Planning, Intel Corporation

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Naveen Asrani

Director

Startups, Microsoft India

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Rajnish Kattayil

Founder, CEO

Sukino Healthcare Solutions Pvt. Ltd

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Ravi Koulagi

Director

IoT & Smart City Solutions

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Ravi Narayan

Global Director

Microsoft

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Samir Kumar

Managing Director

Inventus (India)

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Dr. Sunit Tyagi

Technology Architect and CXO

IgrenEnergi.Inc

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Dr. Tinku Acharya

Founder and Managing Director

Videonetics Technology Pvt. Ltd