Rajesh Kakkar

Rajesh Kakkar

Strategic Advisor

Sagar Makhija

Vice President |

Sujit Nene

Vice President |
Abhishek Shah

Abhishek Shah

Asst. Vice President |

Rajesh Kakkar Strategic Advisor

Rajesh Kakkar has over 35 years of experience in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Planning, Business Development and as Chief Executive. He is a Management Graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is a B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

He was the Chief Executive – Global Strategic Technologies Ltd. where he handled JK Group’s initiative in the Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security space. He created several new business areas like UAV and security laminates and strategic alliances with several global companies. He also executed the acquisition and integration of Delopt a high-tech aerospace and defence electronics company.

He started his career in sales and marketing with Grindwell Norton Ltd. in diverse industrial products like abrasives, refractories and performance materials. His years with ICI India Ltd. included Explosives where he created and fructified a new business opportunity in a ‘commodity’ market.

As Vice President – Strategic Planning & Business Development with the Samtel group, his role included strategic planning, environment scanning and implementation. He drove Samtel’s acquisition of Thales’ CRT unit in Germany, a relatively rare example of an Indian company taking over a high tech company in a developed country and becoming an Indian MNC. He was responsible for the group’s foray into avionics and defense displays. Samtel’s joint venture with the India’s major aircraft maker, HAL marked a new landmark in this business. He formed a joint venture with Thales to expand Samtel’s defense business to the global market.

Sagar Makhija Vice President

Sagar advises clients on activities including Merger & Acquisitions and fund raising by means of Private Equity and Structured Debt, particularly in industries such as Paper Packaging, Wires & Cables and many others.

Earlier in his career, Sagar has worked with boutique investments banks and has advised clients for M&A, Fund raising, and debt Restructuring transactions across sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Paper & packaging, auto components and real estate.

Sagar completed his MBA in Finance from N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and research after graduating in Commerce from H. R. College of Commerce & Economics.

Sujit Nene Vice President

Sujit’s experience includes both Investment Banking and Private Equity / Venture Capital investments.

Over the past 15 years, he has worked in the areas of investment analysis, investment terms, business development in Bonanza Corporate Solutions Pvt Ltd and Sidbi Venture Capital Ltd. He has dealt with many corporate(s) in various sectors such as I.T. Real Estate, Auto ancillary, Retail and Logistics.

Sujit has accomplished his MMS (Finance) from LalaLajpat Rai Institute of Management, Mumbai University after graduating in BE (Instrumentation) from Vidyavardhini’s College of Engineering & Technology, Mumbai University, Mumbai.

Abhishek Shah Asst. Vice President

Abhishek’s responsibilities include advising clients on fund raising and M&A activities by means of private equity, strategic Investments and structured debt.

Prior to joining STEER, Abhishek worked at Tresvista as a part of the KKR captive team. His role involved working with KKR professionals on private equity and capital markets deals with focus on US, Europe and India geographies.

Abhishek completed his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of management studies, Mumbai with major in finance. He has done is graduation in computer science engineering and has worked as software developer with TCS before pursuing his MBA.

Bakan Shah

Bakan Shah


Shashank Dholakia


Prashanti Shivalenka


Bakan Shah Associate

Bakan’s responsibility includes assisting corporate on Fund Raising through Private Equity, Venture Capital, Structure Debt & M&A.

Bakan holds 9 years of experience of Business Development.

Prior to Joining Steer, Bakan was working as a Gujarat Head in Ajmera Associates Ltd – (A Equity Broking firm) doing business development in Retail & corporate segment. He has also worked with Crisil Limited as a Business development Officer for Rating Product.

Bakan holds a CFA degree from ICFAI University (2005-2008). He is bachelor of commerce from Gujarat University (2002-2005)

Shashank Dholakia Analyst

Shashank’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining steer, Shashank has 2 years of experience in the insurance broking industry, handled multiple projects of INR 30 million and an internship with sell-side institutional equity research firm to cover Media & Entertainment, Hotels, and AlcoBev sector.

Shashank has completed MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management (Dubai, Syndey, Singapore), specializing in finance and graduation in commerce from K.J Somaiya

Prashanti Shivalenka Analyst

Prashanti’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fund raising through Private Equity, M&A and Structured Debt.

Prashanti has worked with international teams in diverse organisations, including internships concentrating in fields such as Research, Software Development, and Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining Steer, Prashanti was interning at a boutique M&A firm called Argyll Partners in London and have completed a year-long research internship at ICRISAT (a UN-funded international agriculture research centre) and Queensland University of Technology.

Prashanti has a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of London – Birkbeck College and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad.