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Digital, analytics, AI & Machine learning are taking over industries in a big way. The key for organizations to succeed is either upgrade or perish. The fin-tech products in the Ascent ecosystem have revolutionized the operations and quality standards of many leaders in the banking, finance & allied industries.

With a deep understanding of the global economy and markets, Ascent ensures that our clients stay ahead of the seismic changes brought by the rapid development of cutting-edge fintech. We enable this through a host of different innovations, leveraging our considerable expertise in the worlds of machine-learning and AI.

We also strive to stay invested in our clients’ requirements by not only providing digitally disruptive products to suit their myriad needs, but also through diligent diagnosis and analysis of pain points on a client-by-client basis. This achieves both operational excellence and assures them a remarkable degree of savings.

Our products are built on proprietary software designed & developed by experts with over 200 years of cumulative experience & expertise.

VISION

Technologically revolutionizing the fintech industry through digitization, automation & optimized business operations making organizations cost efficient & process oriented.

MISSION

Developing & deploying world-class innovations dynamically aimed at resolving multiple challenges that organizations face today.

Board Members

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Prof. Viney Sawhney
Chairman

An ex-Citi banker, Viney possesses a large amount of experience in retail & commercial lending. With past entrepreneurial experience, he drives Ascent in terms of strategies & scale-up challenges.

With a Master of Science in Management degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he is currently a finance professor at Harvard University where he has appeared several times in the Dean’s list as a Distinguished Professor.

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Prof. Viney Sawhney, Chairman
Kundan Shekhawat - President and CEO

Kundan Shekhawat
Founder and President

Best known for his dynamic leadership, Kundan Shekhawat, CEO of Ascent Technology Consulting, is responsible for steering the company to where it is today.

Raised in a humble family and disciplined military background, he is a down to earth visionary with deep-rooted values.

He has comprehensive experience in financial services & extensive expertise in Product Development Engineering, strategy & P&L management. With a career spanning 18+ years, his vision was the one that carried Ascent through its successive stages of growth.

A passionate entrepreneur, Kundan’s determination built the organization to constantly enhance competitiveness, profitability, customer focus, partnership, branding, corporate values & governance.

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Kundan Shekhawat, Founder and President
Reza Asgari - CEO, USA

Reza Asgari
CEO, USA

Reza has an extensive background in Finance and Technology in the Financial Services industry. Reza will lead to grow our US business and presence and work closely with everyone involved in US business expansion. He will also be involved with Ascent’s various business aspects globally with all key Management & Strategic Advisory members.

Reza has spent the first half of his career in CIO positions managing technology for various banks and brokerage firms, building trading floors and complex trading applications.

In the second half of his career, Reza has held Partner positions in Unisys and various Big Four firms, such as Coopers & Lybrand, PwC, and most recently as a Partner at IBM with practices in Financial Risk Management and Payment Cyber Security.

Reza holds a BS in Accounting, MBA in Corporate Finance, and his Ph.D. course work is in Information Technology and minor in Finance.

Reza and his wife live in New Jersey, and he enjoys his spare time skiing, horseback riding, and developing ADX and Stochastic trading models for Russell 2000.

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Reza Asgari, CEO, USA
Siddharth Kohli - Member of the Board

Siddharth Kohli
Member of the Board

Siddharth Kohli is a Chartered Accountant, a Company Secretary and a Corporate Lawyer by profession. He has in the past worked with organisations like EY, IFCI and RBI. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and has worked extensively on development projects across the South Asia region. He has led financial and strategic transformations in early to mid stage companies by bringing together corporate best practices and strong governance models. He is an expert when it comes to investor relations and related transaction advisory.

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Siddharth Kohli, Member of the Board
Nandini Shekhawat - Director & Member of the Board

Nandini Shekhawat
Director & Member of the Board

A dynamic & versatile individual with several years of experience in a variety of fields, Nandini is an effective leader with distinguished abilities in end-to-end process management, motivating team members, & resolving a variety of different escalated issues.

Skilled in conceptualizing initiatives that enhance process efficiency, her proven skills in team management & a variety of other fields set new parameters of achieving both business & individual goals.

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Nandini Shekhawat, Director & Member of the Board
Dr. Jai Menon

Dr. Jai Menon
Mentor

Dr. Menon (www.menonjai.com) is a global technology leader with over three decades of experience spanning the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia across IT, telecom, and media industries.

Having traversed two phases – a researcher inventing deep-tech and corporate leadership – he has entered a third phase of mentoring and entrepreneurship across a broad range of industries.

He has held global CIO/CTO and other leadership positions in IBM, AT&T, Airtel, Bharti Enterprises, and HT Media. A Distinguished Alumnus of IIT-Delhi, he has received several global recognitions such as Global CIO 50 (US), Forbes (US), GSMA (Spain), Telecom Asia (Hong Kong), IDC (Singapore), and NASSCOM (India). He has authored over 35 US patents, 3 European patents, and nearly 100 international research publications. He has also served on several global boards and advisories, including the TM Forum, GSMA, NASSCOM, CII, IBM, Oracle, Teradata, Aricent, Zinnov, and Firstwave Cloud Technology.

He has been a member of IEEE, ASME, ACM, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Menon received his MS/Ph.D. from Cornell and BTech (first rank) from IIT-Delhi. He has completed executive management programs from Harvard, Wharton, and Sloan (MIT) business schools.

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Dr. Jai Menon, Mentor
Atul Kulshreshtha - Strategic Advisor

Atul Kulshreshtha
Strategic Advisor

Atul started his entrepreneurship journey in late 2020 and established GroByz Partners to help businesses transform and get ready for the future, primarily focusing on Digital Enablement & Adoption.

Over the last 3 decades, Atul worked with some of the best global organizations like – Capgemini, Colt Technologies, GE, FIS, American Express, etc., with outstanding leadership and best talent, helping clients on business transformation, growth, and optimization.

Till recently, Atul was Global Account Executive for a portfolio of large strategic Technology accounts, responsible for driving account growth and enhancing client relationships. Before that, Atul was heading the Business Services for India region and leading Capgemini’s Global Shared Services.

Atul joined Capgemini following the acquisition of IGATE and initially led the service line integration, transformation, and managed delivery for the global Financial Services portfolio. At IGATE, Atul was the Global BPO Head responsible for driving growth and strategy for their BPO business unit.

Atul is a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. His interests include behavioral sciences, disruptive technologies, and talent development. He believes that the key to success is getting the right team and flawless execution.

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Atul Kulshreshtha, Strategic Advisor
John Denham

John Denham
Strategic Advisor Canada

John has been involved in the management of numerous technology companies over many years.

He is Managing Director for Trakcom Wireless Inc, a leading manufacturer of communications products and solutions for railroads and rapid transit systems.

He is also Chief Operating Officer at Eomax Corp., a manufacturer of tactical surveillance and reconnaissance systems used by defence and homeland security organizations around the world.

John is also Chief Financial Officer of Opterus Inc., a provider of SAAS-based store management software to major retail chains and President of Occulus Inc. a start-up sales management software company.

John was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Route1 Inc. (TSX: ROI) a provider of secure remote network connection solutions, and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets.

John is a professional Engineer and Chartered Financial Analyst.

John Denham, Strategic Advisor Canada

Management Team

Kundan Shekhawat - President and CEO

Kundan Shekhawat
Founder and President

Best known for his dynamic leadership, Kundan Shekhawat, CEO of Ascent Technology Consulting, is responsible for steering the company to where it is today.

Raised in a humble family and disciplined military background, he is a down to earth visionary with deeply rooted values.

He has vast experience in financial services & extensive expertise in Product Development Engineering, strategy & P&L management. With a career spanning 18+ years, his vision was the one that carried Ascent through its successive stages of growth.

A passionate entrepreneur, Kundan’s determination built the organization to constantly enhance competitiveness, profitability, customer focus, partnership, branding, corporate values & governance.

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Kundan Shekhawat, Founder and President
Reza Asgari - CEO, USA

Reza Asgari
CEO, USA

Reza has an extensive background in Finance and Technology in the Financial Services industry. Reza will lead to grow our US business and presence and work closely with everyone involved in US business expansion. He will also be involved with Ascent’s various business aspects globally with all key Management & Strategic Advisory members.

Reza has spent the first half of his career in CIO positions managing technology for various banks and brokerage firms, building trading floors and complex trading applications.

In the second half of his career, Reza has held Partner positions in Unisys and various Big Four firms, such as Coopers & Lybrand, PwC, and most recently as a Partner at IBM with practices in Financial Risk Management and Payment Cyber Security.

Reza holds a BS in Accounting, MBA in Corporate Finance, and his Ph.D. course work is in Information Technology and minor in Finance.

Reza and his wife live in New Jersey, and he enjoys his spare time skiing, horseback riding, and developing ADX and Stochastic trading models for Russell 2000.

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Reza Asgari, CEO

Shashi Vanapalli - Regional Sales Head Middle East and Africa

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Regional Sales Head Middle East and Africa

An ex-Microsoft Program manager, Shashidhar has led strategic product development efforts with products like Microsoft Excel mobile, Microsoft Word mobile, Mobile Media App, Promart Escrow and AutoBCM.

With a Computer Science graduate degree from GMR IT, he dropped out of BITS, Pilani Masters degree to pursue his passion of product development. He possesses a large amount of experience in core software product development.

He drives Ascent in terms of business development, sales, strategies, delivery and support for Middle Eastern and North African region.

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Shashi V, Regional Sales Head Middle East and Africa

Shilpa Pradhan - Head of Marketing North America

Shilpa Pradhan
Head of Marketing

Shilpa Pradhan is an experienced marketing strategist with over 17 years of digital marketing and project management experience. She has worked with a range of Businesses on formulating a content strategy that aligns with their business goals, helping them increase their market presence and making the most out of their digital marketing. She has a passion for connecting with current and future customers by engaging them regularly, building genuine relationships, and ultimately turning a follower into a client. Before working as a Marketing professional, Shilpa has a decade of successful experience as a Project Manager with India’s foremost technology services company on their high-value projects across various technology domains. She has extensive experience in working with clients across Asia, Europe & North America.

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Shilpa Pradhan, Head of Marketing

Neeti Shekhawat - Head of HR

Neeti Shekhawat
Head of HR

Neeti is an experienced Human Resources Professional and having contributed to Multinational organizations & exposure to working in a Start Up, she has been a Strategic Partner to Business and hones a breadth of knowledge and experience in developing and managing a sound, humane and value based HR organization. She originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented; high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, and standards; goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.

Diversity has been the theme for Neeti’s journey and with a keen understanding of business she enjoy ‘s roles that impact organizations as a whole. She is a strategic thinker who understands that great companies require the intersection of great ideas, talented people and a unifying culture. As Head of HR for Ascent, she collaborates with businesses in understanding the people imperatives critical for business success and delivering the same through a wide spectrum of HR interventions.

Specialties: Talent Acquisition | Leadership Hiring | Strategy & Planning | Stakeholder & Team Management | Strategic Sourcing |Performance Management |HR Business Partnering |Talent Management

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Neeti Shekhawat , Head of HR

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Sajid Shaikh
Product Head – BCM

Over 14 years of experience in the business continuity management, customer service, team management & finance division of multinational banks. Diploma in system analysis & designing. Qualified Business Continuity professional practitioners from DRI International and Lead Auditor ISO 22301:2012 & ISO 9001:2015 from BSI Training Institute.

Implemented BCM in one of the largest international financial institution with 57 country membership and the biggest Islamic bank in Abu Dhabi.

Proven expertise in Business Impact Analysis, BC Risk Assessment, BC Planning & Strategy, Business Continuity Policies & Procedures, Disaster Recovery, Project Management, Team Management, Contingency Planning, Vendor Management, Stakeholder Relationship, Workflow Automation, Internal/ External BCMS Audit & Certification.

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Sajid Shaikh , Product Head - BCM

Satish Amuluru Product Head – Financial Control

Satish Amuluru
Product Head – Financial Control

Satish Amuluru has 14 years of experience in design, development and implementing the banking products across the globe and has vast knowledge in Fintech Products ,cardnetworks, Clearing and settlements. he is a techno-functional expert in understanding the functional and technical aspects of products and projects. Satish Amuluru has successfully implemented large banking projects in India and middle east, he is a specialist in designing Banking Reconciliation products. his hobbies are cricket and listening to music.

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Satish Amuluru, Product Head – Financial Control

LEADERS IN FINTECH

  • Best Financial
    Innovative Reconciliation
    Software Specialists

    Technoviti
    Awards 2017
  • Mr. Kundan Shekhawat
    Best Entreprenuer –
    Financial Services

    Asia Pacific
    Entrepreneurship
    Awards 2017
  • IT Innovation Of
    The Year (msme)

    Express It
    Awards 2016
  • Worlds Best Brand –
    Software Technology

    World’s Greatest
    Brands & Leaders
    2018-2019
  • Most Innovative
    Solution Of The Year

    Indian isv
    Awards 2016

TRUSTED BY THE BEST

  • Bank Dhofar
  • Doha Bank
  • Tamkeen
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Central Bank Of The UAE
  • Bank Nizwa
  • HCL
  • Masan
  • AL Rajhi Bank
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Union Bank Of India
  • ICICI Bank
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Islamic Development Bank
  • Banque Saudi Fransi
  • ADIB
  • Yes Bank
  • ABU DHABI INVESTMENT COUNCIL
  • Islamic Development Bank