Jury
Harsh Mariwala

Marico (Jury Chair)

Ashu Suyash

CRISIL

Saurabh Mukherjea

Marcellus Investment Managers

Gautam Kumra

McKinsey India

Sandeep Naik

General Atlantic

Puneet Bhatia

TPG Capital Asia

Harsh Mariwala

Founder and chairman, Marico

Harsh Mariwala, who has built a ₹7,300 crore FMCG giant Marico—led by flagship brands Saffola and Parachute—after starting out with commoditised products such as edible and coconuts oils, now scouts for young Indian entrepreneurs and facilitates the startup ecosystem through the not-for-profit Ascent Foundation. Mariwala’s experience of building large businesses while maintaining strong corporate governance standards and identifying talent, which can do the same in a challenging corporate environment, was invaluable to our exercise.

Ashu Suyash

Managing director and CEO, CRISIL

A financial services veteran, Ashu Suyash has been instrumental in transforming Crisil into a global analytics and data powerhouse from a single-revenue channel business. In a tumultuous year, Crisil's businesses were resilient, serving all its clientele.

Last year, Crisil acquired Greenwich Associates, a Connecticut-based provider of benchmarking data, analytics, and qualitative insights to financial services firms worldwide. A former banker, Suyash brought with her the knowledge of turning around corporations, their need for accountability towards stakeholders and an understanding of India's deepest social concerns.

Saurabh Mukherjea

Founder, Marcellus Investment Managers

An investment and wealth management expert, Saurabh Mukherjea's Marcellus Investment Managers is one of the fastest-growing portfolio management services in the country with assets under management (AUM) in excess of ₹4,100 crore.

Its investment philosophy revolves around companies with clean accounting practices, superior capital allocation and strong sustainable competitive advantages built around brands, business processes and strategic assets. Mukherjea is the author of four bestselling books. He brought with him his expertise of interpreting financial data and new-age business vision.

Gautam Kumra

Senior partner and managing director, McKinsey India

Heading McKinsey's India operations, Gautam Kumra is a McKinsey veteran of over 27 years and has founded the McKinsey Leadership Institute in India, which focuses on developing leaders who can deliver transformational change.

Kumra has also served on McKinsey's Shareholder's Council, its highest decision-making body, which sets strategic direction and policies. Kumra has expressed confidence in India's digital growth and health care space. His vital knowledge of global corporate practices and leadership developments in institutes made him a vital part of the jury.

Sandeep Naik

Managing director and head of India & Southeast Asia, General Atlantic

Naik is the new entrant to the FILA jury and brings with him the expertise of private equity investments in the areas of financial and business services, health care, technology, retail and consumer sector.

Naik was previously a director of Apollo Hospitals, which was the first health care services firm to see ₹725 crore-plus investment from private equity players into its holding firm. Last year, Naik led General Atlantic's ₹6,307 crore investment in Reliance Jio, the firm's largest investment in India to date, as well as a ₹3,625 crore investment in Reliance Retail.

Puneet Bhatia

Co-managing partner and country head, India, TPG Capital Asia

Puneet Bhatia brings with him the expertise of understanding the private equity investor's role, turning around debt-ridden businesses and strategic restructuring of businesses.

Over 18 years, Bhatia and his team have built TPG into a robust operation, with a focus on health care, consumer, financial services and technology for investments. Prior to this, Bhatia was CEO (private equity group), GE India. During the pandemic, the parent TPG invested over ₹4,500 crore in Reliance's Jio Platform and an additional ₹1,837 crore into Reliance Retail.