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Brand & Communications
Anand is a part of the Brand and Communication team at GradRight. His primary
objective is to establish a strong brand presence for GradRight among all of the
Anand is a former engineer turned creative professional who focuses on
problem-solving and creative thinking in a world full of marketing jargon.
Previously, Anand oversaw branding initiatives for udChalo, a consumer brand
catering to Indian Soldiers. He previously worked on a number of brands in the
research, education, and travel sector. Additionally, he has a couple of
entrepreneurial endeavours up his sleeve.
Vivek Srivastava leads Domestic Partnerships at GradRight. In this role his
primary focus is to establish long-term institutional partnerships with reputed
educational organizations and businesses across the country.
Prior to joining GradRight, Vivek was heading the Marketing & Outreach Department
at OP Jindal University where he was also a part of the core University
Leadership Team. At OPJU, he was responsible for planning and executing student
recruitment activities, branding and media campaigns and domestic and
international outreach programs. He started his professional journey with Jindal
Steel and Power Limited, and has since worked with several leading organizations
in both educational and non-educational sectors.
Vivek holds an MBA in Marketing from OP Jindal Global University (JGU) and is a
recipient of the meritorious OPJEMS scholarship in 2013.
Lovish is a founding member of GradRight. In his role, his primary focus is on
Digital Marketing, Brand Development and Technology Operations.
Lovish has significant experience in Marketing and Operations and has assisted in
the setup of several new higher-ed institutions in India - Atria University,
Krea University, SOIL and Graduate Insolvency Program, to
name a few. During his university days, Lovish co-founded an event management
startup and was instrumental in setting up the Marketing Club.
Lovish holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from BML Munjal University.
Deepali drives International Brand Development and Partnerships for growth to
position GradRight as an innovative platform in the higher education sector in
She brings a unique blend of deep technical expertise, business acumen, and the
ability to connect with customers and to lead and motivate teams. She has over
two decades of experience working in the US with technology start-ups, leading
academic institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
Fortune 500 organizations like ADP and Ernst & Young. Her expertise spans the
higher education and HCM domains.
Deepali holds a BS in Computer Science from Nagpur University and a professional
diploma in Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is
currently pursuing her MBA from the University of California, Davis, with a
concentration in entrepreneurship, business analytics, and technology
Aayush is a founding member of GradRight. In his role, his primary focus is on
Financial Partnerships, Research, and Business Operations.
In the last few years, with a focus on Financial Planning and Operations, Aayush
has assisted in the setup of higher-ed institutions in India such as Krea
University, Atria University and SOIL. During his university
days, Aayush acted as the Founding Chair of the Student Council and the
University Fest. He has been intrinsically involved in social service and acted
as the District Director for Rotaract District (Rotary International
Aayush holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from BML Munjal University.
Mahesh Kumar J
Data, Product & Technology
Mahesh leads technology and product efforts at GradRight. In this role, his focus
is to build the most student centric, technology driven platform that realizes
the company’s vision of making higher education accessible
Previously, Mahesh was a founding member at Captain Fresh, where he served as
their CTO and built technology that supported the company’s steep growth. Prior
to Captain Fresh, Mahesh worked as an Engineering Manager
at a HR tech startup MyAlly, where he played a crucial role in growing their
team, redesigning their product and driving its implementation for fortune 100
After graduating with a dual degree from BITS-Pilani, he co-founded 2 startups
and brings a diverse, decade long experience of building products for B2B and
Parth Kaura anchors the launch of new products and the design of business models
Parth has 12+ years of entrepreneurial experience and possesses cross-functional
expertise having led Operations, Financial Modeling & Valuation, Analytics and
Planning at his previous organizations. He is passionate
about problem-solving, building high-performance teams, and business model
transformations through innovation.
Parth holds a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from Amity University and
Executive Education in Applied Business Analytics from the Indian School of
Hasil leads the onboarding of students on the GradRight platform.
Hasil has 8 years of work experience spread across Higher Education, BFSI and
Food Processing Industry. He was the DGM - Liaison and Coordination at Dakshhin
Agopolis Pvt Ltd where he managed partnerships with government
and private stakeholders on a Food Processing project. Prior to that, Hasil
worked at Genpact in Learning and Development and has a strong foothold for
Hasil holds an MBA from JNTUK with a specialization in Human Resources and
Marketing; a PG Diploma in Leadership and Liberal Arts from the Young India
Fellowship, Ashoka University; and a BBA (Tourism & Hospitality
Management) from Osmania University.
Shivani anchors Students Success at GradRight. She and her team focusses on
ensuring timely loan closures and resolving complicated loan requests. She also
hosts roundtables, events and conversations with financial
partners and academic institutions.
Prior to founding GradRight, Shivani has a decade of experience with one of
India's leading NBFCs in credit-underwriting. Her forte and passion, both align
with ensuring every credit-worthy customer is able to access
the funds they deserve, whether it calls for policy changes or riding on the
pulse of the market.
Shivani is an Economics Honors graduate from the University of Delhi, a Ratan
Tata Scholar for her Masters in Management from Army Institute of Management,
Kolkata and a Murugappa Group under 35 Young Leader from Indian
Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Manonita is responsible for Talent Management at GradRight.
She anchors talent acquisition, performance management and retention and
development of team members in the company. She has over 10 years of experience
in managing diverse HR functions spanning manpower planning, employee
life cycle, HRMS, appraisal management and organizational design.
Prior to GradRight, she was a part of the initial team that set-up and managed
the Young India Fellowship Program at Ashoka University. She holds a Master's in
Management from Army Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Sasidhar is the co-founder of GradRight where he contributes to the overall
growth of the company with a special focus on Student Success and the Product.
He has over ten years of experience in the global higher education sector. As the
Founding Director of Outreach and Admissions at Ashoka University, he played a
decisive role in setting-up and building the brand as
India’s foremost private liberal-arts institution. He has also worked with the
research department of INSEAD Business School at Singapore and helped develop a
brand-analytics product that was acquired by Kantar/WPP.
He graduated from BITS Pilani and was in the Founding Class of the Young India
Fellowship Program at Ashoka University. He has an M.Ed. from University of
Pennsylvania as India's first Fulbright Scholar in the Higher
Aman is the Co-founder of GradRight and contributes to the overall growth of the
Aman carries over two decades of experience in the higher education sector. Prior
to co-founding GradRight, he was the Founding Project Director of Ashoka
University, where he anchored the set-up and launch of the university
from 2008-2015. Over the last five years he was instrumental in the setting up
of several new universities in India. He started his professional journey as a
Field Engineer with Schlumberger Oilfield Services and
worked in Indonesia, Japan, the Middle East, and USA.
Aman holds a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from the Indian School of Business,