Leadership

Sau. Usha R Dahapute
Sau Usha Dahapute is the Chairperson of the group and source of motivation. She has been an educationist thoughout her life. She was instrumental in setting up 13 schools in the state of Maharashtra. She is also associated with Balbharti Mandal for designing the syllabus for the secondary education. Prior to setting up Varhad, she was heading a rural college as its principal.

Mr. Prasad Dahapute
Prasad Dahapute is the founder of the Varhad Group and Managing Director of Varhad Capital. Prior to setting up of Varhad, he was Head of Research at PUG Securities and Co-head of Equity Research at Standard Chartered, heading India equity research team independently. He was instrumental in getting mandates in private equity and joint ventures. He has worked with HSBC as utility analyst for India, China and Korea and Antique stock broking as Senior Vice President Research. He started his career at Power Finance Corporation, New Delhi in treasury as well as credit assessment where he was part of the team that raised INR90bn in domestic debt and USD500mn in Asia. He had vetted project finance of INR164bn. He was rated among top 30 equity analysts in India by Asiamoney for 3 years in a row for 2007-09, he is an MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune and a Bachelor of Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Jalgaon.

Mr. Sachin Gupta
Sachin Gupta is the co-founder of the Varhad Group and Director of Varhad Capital with ten years of experience in Treasury and Equity Capital Markets. Prior to setting up of Varhad, he worked as Vice President – Research at Edelweiss Capital and was instrumental in improving the coverage for auto sector. He has worked with HSBC as Associate Director covering the transportation sector including the automotive sector where he developed fantastic relationship with auto majors in India. He has been involved for valuation and marketing of IPO of a leading hospitality company and a port company at HSBC India. He was rated as the best auto analyst by Starmine (Reuters) for the year 2009 and 2010 in India. He was also rated by the prestigious Institutional Investor in 2010 and 2012. He is an MBA from Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad and has a background in Chartered Accountancy.

Padamashri Milind Kamble
Milind Kamble is our mentor in our social endeavour. He is instrumental in conceptualization and formation of our Impact investment vehicle, DICCI SME Fund. He is the founder and Chairman of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a 1250 members body for trade and commerce promotion for SC/ST entrepreneurs. Alongwith heading DICCI, he also runs his own company and has 2 decades of experience in civil construction in infrastructure as well as residential buildings. He is also a member of social justice committee at Planning Commission of India and invitee member of National Advisory Committee of India. Recently, Government of India conferred on him the coveted PadmaShri award.

Mr. Ravi Johar
Ravi Johar is our mentor and advisor on financial and strategic matters. He is an MBA from GSB, Sydney, Australia with 3 decades of experience in investment banking, treasury (buying and selling fixed income derivatives), project finance and risk management in Australia, India and Hong Kong. He has worked as risk management consultant at various renowned banks in Saudi Arabia, UK and USA.

Mr. Robert Webster
Robert Webster is a member of Board of Advisors of The Varhad Group. He is currently with the Grassroots Business Fund where he has served as Chief Operating Officer and Investment Advisor. Prior to Joining GBF, Robert was Executive Vice President at CDC Development Solutions (CDS), a non-profit organization that supports small business growth for economic opportunity in developing markets. In addition to being on its executive team, he was the manager of CDS’ Access to Finance (A2F) practice, for which he conceived and developed an innovative SME risk capital fund management capacity building initiative for Africa. Further, he revised and is delivering the investment manager training course for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). He began and managed one of SEAF’s more successful funds, SEAF/Macedonia, and later served in an executive capacity at SEAF headquarters. He has technical expertise in SME debt and equity financing, value chain development and competitiveness. He has an MBA (finance) and BA in mathematics from Indiana University.

Mr. Pradeep Tagare
He is a Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital area and MS Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA with a decade of experience in technology products and more than 10 years of experience in Venture capital investments.
Currently, working as Director, Intel Capital India for the past seven years. In this role, he takes care of Venture Capital investments in Indian Companies and is also involved in marketing and brand promotion. He joined Intel Capital as Senior Investment Manager and he has been with Intel Capital for more than a decade.
Prior to joining Intel Capital, he worked in senior management role in various technology product companies such as Xdrive Technologies, Yopa, and Broadvision.