Rajesh Kakkar

Rajesh Kakkar

Strategic Advisor
Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar

Sr. Vice President

Sagar Makhija

Vice President |

Sujit Nene

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.

Arvind Kumar Sr. Vice President

Arvind has 12 years of work experience in Investment Banking, Private Equity, and Equity research.

Prior to joining Steer, he worked with a Healthcare Fund – Fulcrum PE where he was involved in portfolio management of two domestic formulation companies, one diagnostic company, one Consumer healthcare, and two consumer companies across two funds. He worked closely with the senior management in the fundraising activities of portfolio companies. He was instrumental in a fundraiser for a domestic formulation investee company has worked closely with the company on operational turnaround over a period of 1.5 years.

In his Investment banking career spanning 8 years, he has worked on many Healthcare, Consumer & Industrial transactions and has a good understanding of the healthcare delivery space and domestic formulations.

Arvind holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Indore and is an electrical and electronics engineer from the University of Madras.

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.

Bakan Shah

Bakan Shah

Sr. Associate

Prashanti Shivalenka

Sr. Associate

Harshit Mody

Rachit Kothari

Rachit Kothari


Bakan Shah Sr. 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)

Prashanti Shivalenka Sr. Associate

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.

Harshit Mody Associate

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

Harshit holds 7 years of experience in Equity Research, Financial modelling, Strategy building and providing consultancy services to startups.

Prior to joining Steer, Harshit was working with Venture Catalysts-India’s largest Incubator for startups. He has also worked with JPMorgan into Corporate Investment Banking and Veer Capital Management- a Portfolio Management firm actively investing in Indian Equities.

Harshit has completed MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management (Dubai, Sydney, Singapore), specializing in Finance, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Mumbai University, Bachelors in Management Studies from S.I.E.S College and cleared CFA (USA) level1.

Rachit Kothari Associate

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

Prior to joining steer, Rachit has around 2 years of experience in the Corporate Finance and Private Equity industry and an internship with a sell-side institutional equity research firm to cover the Sugar sector
He has completed a PGDM from N L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research specializing in finance and graduated with Bachelors’s in Financial markets from K. C College

Preetish Mohan - Associate

Preetish Mohan

Sonal Jain - Analyst

Sonal Jain

Kajal Parmar

Kajal Parmar


Preetish Mohan Associate

Preetish’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fundraising through Private Equity, M&A, and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer, he had interned with Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. in the Accounts and Finance department. Apart from this, he has also interned in the green energy space with KNP Arises where my responsibilities included gathering clients and setting up and facilitating remote operations. He has done his Bachelor’s from Lucknow University, Lucknow, and an

Preetish Mohan - Associate

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

MBA in Finance from SP Jain Global.

Sonal Jain Analyst

Sonal’s responsibility includes assisting clients on fundraising through Private Equity, M&A, and Structured Debt.

Prior to joining Steer Advisors, she assisted in the operations of my Family Business for a year.

Previously she held a position at Dhruva Advisors as a Research Analyst for 7 months in the Transfer Pricing division. She has also worked at an accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in their Tax and regulatory Services Business Unit. During her tenure at PwC, she dealt with several Indian-Listed logistics companies.

Sonal graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Management Studies from Mumbai University specializing in Finance.

Kajal Parmar Analyst

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

Prior to joining Steer, I did my internship in the Private Equity department of an Investment Banker based in Mumbai. My role involved assisting in preparation of Information Memorandum, research notes and collaborating with incubators.
I completed my MBA in Finance from IES Management College, Mumbai and graduation in commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics.