Siddharth has over 12 years of work experience across the US, UK and India, a majority of which involved investing in emerging markets. Prior to founding Paragon Partners in 2015, Siddharth served as a Principal in the Mumbai office of Actis, a leading emerging markets private equity fund with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America and US$6 billion of funds under management.
Siddharth joined Actis’ London office in 2008 and focused primarily on investing in the Financial Services industry. He completed 6 investments across a number of sectors and geographies, managed 8 companies in Actis' Indian portfolio and executed 6 exits. Siddharth has also been an active participant on the angel network in India, having invested in a number of start-ups engaged in the financial technology and health & fitness sectors.
Prior to joining Actis, Siddharth was an Investment Analyst at the International Finance Corporation based in Washington D.C. focusing on investing in the Global Manufacturing & Services sectors and also spent 2 years as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in New York. He has an MBA and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sumeet has over 14 years of experience in advising, investing and operating in companies in North America and India. He was most recently a Co-Founder and an Executive Director at Hover Automotive India – HAI (Leading Global Automobile Manufacturer’s exclusive Distributor in India) based out of Mumbai growing the Company from a start-up to annual sales of approximately 40,000 units whilst expanding the distribution network from 1 dealer to approximately 130 outlets nationwide.
Prior to joining HAI’s operations, Sumeet successfully managed automobile retail outlets which were part of his family business. He has also successfully started and sold two independent ventures in India (Real Estate and Power sectors).
Sumeet previously worked at Ares Management in their Private Equity Group in Los Angeles and with UBS in the Investment Banking Group. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tariq will join Paragon Partners on June 01,2016. Tariq has 15 years of experience spanning investment banking, private equity investing and corporate M&A.
Before moving to Paragon Partners, Tariq was the Global Head of M&A at Cipla Limited, an Indian generic pharma company with a market cap of US$6 billion. At Cipla he completed nine acquisitions in India and various international markets of Asia, North Africa and the Middle East as well as established Cipla’s entry into the US through a US$550 million acquisition.
Prior to Cipla, Tariq was a Vice President at General Atlantic, a global private equity firm with US$17 billion under management. Tariq joined General Atlantic in 2008 and worked at its Mumbai office for 6 years focusing on investment opportunities in telecom, media, technology, business services, healthcare, energy and logistics. For about a year in 2007 after moving from the US to Mumbai, Tariq was a Vice President with Blue River Capital, a US$140 million fund focused on growth equity investments in mid-cap companies in India.
From 2001 to 2006 Tariq was in the US working in advisory and investing roles. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in 2001 as an investment banking analyst and in 2003, joined AEA Investors, a US$1.2 billion fund focused on buy-outs of mid-cap companies located in the U.S. and Europe. Tariq has a BBA in Finance/Accounting from the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.
Niten has over 12 years of experience in building businesses across various enterprises including large corporates, top-tier management consulting, and hi-tech start-up.
Prior to joining Paragon Partners, Niten held various leadership positions at Cipla, a $6 billion global generic pharma company. In his last position as the Global Head of Animal Health business and the Head of Strategy for Global API business, he managed a $130 million business across 40+ countries. In his previous position at Cipla as the Head of Strategy for the US business, he helped grow the business organically, through launch of the first Cipla labelled drugs in the US markets, and inorganically, through a $550 million acquisition.
Prior to Cipla, Niten was with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) India. At BCG, he worked with several top Indian companies in developing growth strategy and building business across various industries including healthcare, industrials, financial services and IT services.
Prior to BCG, in 2004, Niten was a founding member of QDx Inc., a US based start-up that developed a first generation imaging based medical diagnostic device platform. He led R&D and product engineering to invent several key pieces of the technology. He subsequently joined Abbott Diagnostics (as it acquired the QDx technology in 2008) and was an integral part of the team that over the years scaled up a lab-scale system to a fully-functional prototype. Niten has over 12 granted US patents.
Niten has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, a Masters degree in Chemistry from Ohio University (US) and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University.
Somi has over 9 nine years of experience across private equity, corporate strategy and planning, principally in the infrastructure, telecommunications and technology sectors.
Before moving to Paragon Partners, Somi was associated with IDFC Alternatives' Infrastructure Fund, a private equity fund (AUM of US$ 2 billion) with a focus of investing in infrastructure assets, for more than 4 years. As an Associate in the investment team, Somi was actively involved in investments in Healthcare, Roads and Solar sectors.
Prior to joining IDFC Alternatives, Somi was a Customer Manager with Ericsson India where he spent one and half years. At Ericsson India, he was responsible for implementing and expanding Ericsson India’s portfolio of test networks, strategic and financial planning, and managing customer relationships. Prior to joining Ericsson India, Somi was a Systems Engineer with Ericsson UK where he spent 3 years.
Somi holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK).
Apurva has over 2 years of experience across investment and corporate banking, principally in the consumer discretionary space.
Prior to joining Paragon Partners, Apurva was associated with Jefferies Investment Bank in India, with a focus on equities across automotive, consumer and macro-strategy. As an Associate in the research team, he has covered all the major listed companies in these sectors.
Prior to joining Jefferies, Apurva was a Management Associate with Citibank India in their Corporate and Investment Banking team. As a part of the relationship team for local corporates, he covered the leading companies in healthcare sector.
Apurva holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Calcutta, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic and Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kharagpur.
Chief Financial Officer
Shweta has over 15 years of experience in several functions relating to Finance such as Planning and Budgeting, Accounting and Audit, Regulatory Compliance and Reporting, Fund Raising and Investor Relations.
Before moving to Paragon Partners, Shweta was associated with IDFC Alternatives for a period of 7 years as Senior Vice President - Finance. At IDFC Alternatives, she was responsible for a number of functions including Operations, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance and Fund Administration.
Prior to joining IDFC Alternatives, Shweta has had stints with Edelweiss Capital and First Voyage where she handled the Corporate Finance function. She started her career as a practicing Chartered Accountant, before joining Aneja Associates in their Internal Audit team.
Shweta is a ranker and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), she holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.
Shweta is a Certified Public Accountant from the American Institute of CPAs, she is a ranker and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), she holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai.
Cyril leads the Investor Relations function at Paragon Partners. He has over 12 years of experience in the fields of corporate strategy, capital markets and investor relations.
Before moving to Paragon Partners, Cyril was associated with IDFC Alternatives, where he focused on fund raising and investor relations activities across IDFC's funds in private equity, infrastructure and real estate. Prior to that, Cyril was part of the investment banking division at IDFC Capital, where his responsibilities included overseeing the execution of strategic capital market transactions for corporates, such as public offerings, institutional placements, share buybacks, takeovers and reverse listings.
Prior to joining IDFC, Cyril has had stints with the investment banking divisions at Kotak Mahindra and HDFC Bank.
Cyril holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and is a Chartered Accountant.
Saloni has an experience of about 5 years in the banking and financial services sector relating to Accounting, Audit, Regulatory Compliances and Reporting.
Prior to joining Paragon Partners, Saloni was associated with one of the leading global big4 professional services firm Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP as a Deputy Manager. She completed her 3 years articleship with the firm and continued working with them for about 2 years post qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She was a part of the team which managed reputed clients like IDFC Ltd, HDFC Ltd, BNP Paribas Bank, Deutsche Bank amongst others. She was majorly responsible for statutory audits, tax audits, limited reviews, compliance certificates and control testing which helped her gain knowledge of IGAAP, Reporting requirements, Regulatory compliances to statutes inter alia RBI, SEBI, Income tax; and better understanding of the industry practices.
Saloni is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and Mithibai College alumni where she pursued her Bachelor's in Commerce.
Rajani has over 14 years of experience as an executive assistant working with senior management teams at IDFC and CRISIL. At Paragon Partners, she oversees the overall office administration function and support for the entire team.
Prior to joining Paragon Partners, Rajani was associated with IDFC Limited for over 6 years working in the Private Equity and Legal & Compliance divisions assisting senior management in a variety of areas including travel, calendar support and office administration. She also supported the legal, compliance and audit teams during the formative days of IDFC Bank.
Prior to her role at IDFC, Rajani was associated with CRISIL Limited, a leading credit rating agency in India, for 9 years as an Executive Assistant to the CEO.
Rajani holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and Diploma in Secretarial Practice from Burnley’s. In her spare time, Rajani enjoys music, yoga and meditation.