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Imran Panju is based in Mumbai. Over the past twenty five years he has been closely involved in both, the areas of manufacturing & industry, as well as financial services & consulting and brings a rich and varied experience to the practice.
He started his career as an Industrial Marketing consultant in the U.S., and then held progressively senior roles in investment banking when he moved back to India. Early in his career he set up a boutique financial Advisory firm which became part of a large financial group, where he served on the Board of Directors for several years.
Quest was co-founded by Imran in the year 2000, as an Executive Search service provider to International and Private Banks. The Strategy and Business consulting practice was added in 2004.
He also managed and grew the business of an automobile ancillary manufacturing company (OEM supplier), which is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, where he is now a member of the Board of Directors.
Imran has been ‘India Country Advisor’ to the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada since 2005 and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Indo - Canadian Business Chamber - Mumbai Regional Chapter.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Simmonds Marshall Ltd, Harlequin India Ltd, J.N. Marshall Ltd and other privately held companies.
Imran has a Masters degree in Business Administration with majors in Finance and MIS
Subhabrata (Rontu) Basu
Subhabrata (Rontu) Basu, is based in Mumbai.
Rontu is a banking professional with over 25 years experience in the financial sector and has worked in senior positions with DSP Merrill Lynch, ANZ Grindlays, Jardine Fleming, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank. His experience in investment banking covered industry and company analysis, business and equity valuation, financial structuring, primary capital market transactions and Mergers & Acquisition Advisory, across diverse industry sectors, including, FMCG, Technology, Clean Tech, Industrial & Media. He was part of the core team which set up Commerzbank’s branch in India and established its corporate banking operations. In his stint with Deutsche Bank Private Banking he was responsible for conceptualising and executing the bank’s wealth management strategies targeted towards entrepreneurs and professionals in the Technology and Media sectors.
Rontu has a broad range of experience in conducting senior level searches, with an emphasis on building team platforms in financial services in India, across Investment Banking, Private Banking & Private Equity. He has also been associated with some successful searches executed in the Middle East, in the Wholesale Banking & Treasury area and has had a long stint, in the ME region, in the financial consulting area, with an international accounting and consulting group. Rontu has an extensive network of financial market professionals across Asia and the Middle East, arising from his past career in banking.
Subhabrata (Rontu) Basu
His past investment banking experience and senior level connections, in driving deals across diverse industry sectors, has enabled him to effectively leverage this experience, to access talent across the Technology, Media & Entertainment and Clean Tech sectors.
He played a key role, in the launch of the Strategy and Business Consulting practice of Quest, in 2004, and has led several India entry strategy assignments across, education, media and publishing. He has also been the “India Country Advisor” to the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, since 2005 and has helped them formulate and execute their India strategy and presence.
He is the current Chairperson of the Mumbai Regional Council of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber (ICBC) and Vice-President of the National Board and through this association, is active in the India-Canada corridor, covering trade, investment & institutional linkages.
Rontu has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay and a Diploma in Accounting Studies from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He also holds an Accounting Technician Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Rontu is a keen badminton player, having represented his club in tournaments on several occasions and enjoys trekking and the outdoors
Bahram N. Vakil – FOUNDER AND SENIOR PARTNER of AZB & Partners
One of the founding partners of AZB & Partners, Bahram N. Vakil is amongst India’s foremost infrastructure and project finance attorneys. Bahram is one of the few infrastructure lawyers in the country who has been involved in five of the eight fast track power projects and has been acknowledged as a leading project finance lawyer by most international publications for over a decade. The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business mentions that Bahram Vakil is a gregarious and hard headed lawyer according to clients who value his “smart, reliable and practical advice”. His finesse in negotiations is especially singled out. “He adds value in negotiations, ensuring both parties see the other’s point of view” states Chambers Global. He has a LLM from the Columbia University, and is a member of the New York State Bar.
Banesh Prabhu – Chairman & Global CEO of aurionPro Solutions
Banesh joined aurionPro Solutions in January 2011, as its Chairman and Global CEO. He has been an investor since the company was created. Prior to this he was with Citigroup for over 22 years invarious senior roles, last of which was the Global Operations and Technology head for the International Consumer Business. During his years with Citi he has managed Operations & Technology globally across various functional areas, pioneering and driving productivity and efficiency efforts in offshoring & outsourcing migrations, product & business acquisition & integration, technology strategy and global implementations, automation, process simplifications & standardisations across various customer channels, services and products. He has been instrumental in creating several operations and technology centres of excellence across the world and in starting up several companies for Technology, Business operations and Shared services. He has been responsible in his last role for servicing over 80m customers across 55 countries for the Retail, Cards and Lending businesses that involved managing annually over US $ 3B in expenses. Banesh has lived and worked in several locations internationally and is Qualified Chartered Accountant and has a double Bachelors degree in General Law and Commerce. Prior to Citibank he has worked for several years with American Express and a leading international audit and consulting company.
Quest Partners management consulting business leverages our deep industry expertise, robust database, research capabilities and portfolio of corporate and government relationships. The firm has an unique focus on trade, investment & institutional linkages in the Indo-Canada corridor. Quest offers strategic consulting services to Canadian companies for India business development and to Indian companies for Canadian market presence
Quest Partners have been appointed as Country Advisors - India for the Schulich School of Business, York University.
The Schulich School is Canada's No 1 business school and has been ranked amongst the top 30 in the world by both the Financial Times, London and the Economist Intelligence unit in their annual rankings of the world's top 100 MBA programs. Quest Partners is the Satellite office for the Schulich School in India and the scope of its services are:
Closing the Chasm Between Strategy and Implementation
Here’s what others are saying:
- Haroon Siddiqui,Editorial Page Editor Emeritus and Columnist,The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper.
Rontu Basu and Imran Panju are an integral part of our team in India and one of the keys to our success in that dynamic and rapidly growing part of the world. They helped us establish a foothold in India through the opening of our Satellite Centre in Mumbai in 2005, and were instrumental in helping us develop and execute our strategy for becoming one of the first leading schools from outside India to deliver an MBA within that country.
We value the rich market knowledge and strategic thinking they bring, as well as the access they provide to their extensive professional network in India. They have a demonstrated track record of successfully working with various levels of government, and they can always be counted on provide a high level of professional service and integrity in all of the work they do.
- Dezsö J. Horváth, PhD, CM,Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management,Schulich School of Business,York University (Toronto, Canada)
- Stephen Miles,Executive Vice President Overseas,Harlequin, Toronto, Canada
- Hazel Wheldon, M.A.Publisher, COOMulti-Health Systems (MHS), Canada.
- Andrew Go,Former Country Head – India,Harlequin.
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