Advisory Board

Jim Bodenstedt

James Jim Bodenstedt is the quintessential entrepreneur – with an uncommon clarity of purpose. At age 16 and still in school he invested USD 2000 that he inherited form his great grandparents into stocks. Even then he knew he wanted to own restaurants and got a job at McDonalds. By the age of 18, he was managing a store in Houston.

Today, his firm MuyCompanies with 750 stores and 25,000 employees has revenues approaching USD 1 billion. It is one of the largest privately-owned franchise restaurant companies in the U.S. With his keen business sense and experience he advises and mentors scalable global business opportunities.

At heart James is a philanthropist. He and his wife DeAnna have donated millions of dollars towards numerous education and community programs. He lives between the US & Europe.

Nikunj Jhaveri

Nikunj Jhaveri founded the Systems Plus group in 1987. The group specializes in IT services such as Strategic IT Consulting, Business Process Re-engineering, Custom Software Development and ERP Implementation. For over 20 years Nikunj has guided the company through its growth and is currently responsible for formulating business strategy and building/ acquiring new business for the group. The group has clients in 20+ countries serviced by offices in India (Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad), US and UK.

He also spends his time assisting firms from US/ Europe in formulating and executing their IT outsourcing strategy, leveraging the knowledge he gained while he was CIO for PepsiCo Asia Pacific (in an outsourced capacity). His current clients include PepsiCo International, Schneider Electric, Payless Shoes, Belk Stores and Optimal Investment Services (part of the Santander Group).

His corporate responsibilities aside he is actively involved in various charitable organizations such as VOICE, an NGO for the street children of Bombay, where he serves on the board of trustees. Nikunj holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.

Sanjeev Malhotra

Sanjeev is a visionary entrepreneur who combines a keen understanding of consumer markets and global consumer culture with an instinct for business opportunity. He moves fluidly across global boundaries and rapidly evolving international economies and is able to discern the cultural synergies that energize global commerce.

He has been privileged to partner with the CEOs of more than 400 brands across segments and enjoys deep professional relationships with business and industry leaders. His interests and connections led him to found Aliagroup in 1995 and built it into a marketing services group that has nurtured strong concepts into operating businesses. Many of these firm’s emerged to be leaders in their verticals to partner marquis brandowners globally.

Sanjeev has realized value in Aliagroup by divesting four of its units, each a pioneer and leader in their respective verticals. He is a an HBS Alumnus, and has served as the Vice Chairman of Point of Purchase International Washington D.C. He was the only Asian on the GAC of the The Design Management Institute (DMI) Boston, and a visiting faculty at NID, & MICA in Ahmedabad and at Emory University, Atlanta, He is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Neeraj Bhargava

Neeraj is the Founder and MD of Zodius Capital Advisors, a highly respected investment and VC firm He is an investor-operator who is builds market-defining companies. He has an astute sense of targeting the rapidly developing digital economy not only in India but globally and the next-generation business services that target global markets.

Prior to forming Zodius, Neeraj has had a successful career as an entrepreneur, investor and consultant as part of many companies including WNS Global Services, which he co-founded, eVentures India and McKinsey. He has led investments in marquee firms that include Big Basket, Antuit, Pepperfry, BORN Group, Zyfin, Make My Trip amongst many successful exits.

Outside of Zodius, he invests and mentors companies independently. Neeraj is a graduate of Stern School of Business of the New York University. He is a keen follower of soccer and spends his time between Mumbai and New York.

David Kemp

David Kemp is an authority on brands and markets in the US , and a specialist in youth brands. His four-decade experience primarily spawns emerging sensibilities of the new generation. He has partnered marquee youth brand owners in charting the future of their products and services, and in providing strategic thinking and direction.

These include brands like Burton Snowboards, Nike, Virgin, Microsoft's XBox, Converse, Merrell footwear, and Lululemon amongst numerous others. He was a founder of the much-respected Brand Strategy firm JDK (Jager Di Paola Kemp) which had over a 100 employees and offices across the US. He exited from JDK after 25 years.

He is New York based and current with contemporary marketing practices and trends. David now serves as President of CurePSP, a non profit foundation. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and is a fitness enthusiast and a serious club-level tennis player and skier.