Board Members

Satya Narayan

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Satya Narayanan R. is an Indian entrepreneur, teacher, and founder of CL Educate, formerly Career Launcher. He is an investor in Threesixtyone Degree Minds Consulting Private Ltd (361dm) and Notesgen. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at YourNest Angel Fund and NuVeda Learning Pvt. Ltd. In 2009, Satya received the Karmaveer Puraskaar from iCONGO and the most promising entrepreneur award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards.

Satya graduated from St. Stephen’s College, with a B. Sc. in Computer Science. He then joined the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, completing his MBA 1993. After graduating from IIM Bangalore, Satya joined Ranbaxy as a marketing executive. In 1996, Satya left Ranbaxy to start Career Launcher, now CL Educate. Started with a program to train IIM aspirants’ for group discussion and personal interview training, Satya has built a publicly listed company with products for test prep, vocational training, content development, as well as K-12 schools. CL Educate made its initial public offering on the Bombay Stock Exchange in March 2017. A first generation entrepreneur, Satya is also a teacher at CL Educate. In 2005, Satya was involved in establishing and starting the Indus World School in Hyderabad.

Zach George

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Zachariah (Zach) George, who was born in India but grew up in the Middle East, spent seven years as an investment banker on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.

Zach is the founder & MD of Cactus Advisors - a specialist venture capital and business advisory firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015, Cactus Advisors created and managed the first ever corporate tech accelerator program in Africa – the Barclays Tech Lab Africa program designed to discover, nurture and empower the next generation of technology innovators in Africa, and subsequently managed the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s incubator and accelerator program.

Zach is an Angel Investor and advisor to numerous African start-ups and SMEs and is a co-Managing Director for Startupbootcamp Africa – one of the world’s leading accelerator programs.

From 2011 to 2014, Zach led the Africa operations of U-Start - a Swiss-based global investment advisory firm specializing in direct and indirect investments in the tech and digital sector for family offices, high net-worth Individuals, VC funds, corporate ventures, and wealth management institutions.

Zach was formerly an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital New York where he covered Mergers & Acquisitions, IPOs, Risk Management, and Strategic Corporate Finance. In 2014, Zach was recognized as a Certified Business Adviser at the Institute of Business Advisers and is a member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). He is a mentor for High Impact Endeavor entrepreneurs and has been featured on CNBC Africa, Cliff Central and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Prior to his Wall St career, at the age of 22, Zach got his M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University specializing in Corporate Finance. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology and a member of MENSA - the Global High IQ society. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, California, New York, India, South Africa, and Kenya. He is a long-time singer and acoustic guitarist with an iTunes album, loves the outdoors, and is passionate about art, theater, and volunteering.

Baljinder Sharma

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Baljinder Sharma graduated in 1989 with a degree in electrical, electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India and worked for HCL Ltd, a leading information technology services group. After a short but fruitful career in the IT services industry, he has since been involved in building entrepreneurial ventures in the education, technology, investment banking and telecommunication industry for the last 25 years.

He is presently an investor in four companies and Board Member of two global private equity funds. He is based in Mauritius and has extensively worked in the India-Africa corridor over the last twenty years.

Samir Khatri

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Samir Khatri is the Founder & Director of Trinity Business & Financial Services - a boutique consulting firm based in Mauritius. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in India and worked with a large conglomerate as their COO and also as CFO for a leading newspaper group prior to establishing his own business. He is a Rotarian and involved in active social service other than teaching Accounting and Finance on a part-time basis.

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