Our people

At Avalon Global Research we understand that we are as good as the people we work with and employ. Our team consists of Industry and domain experts, experienced project managers and highly trained analysts. We also have a quality team that ensures effectiveness of the delivery as per our client requirements. In order to fulfill our multi-lingual research requirements we also engage a pool of interpreters

Our team consists of professionals from different industry backgrounds as well as educational specializations helping us to tailor make the composition of our team to suit different client requirement


Management Team
K A Ramakrishnan
Director
Rishikesh Deshpande
Chief Executive Officer
Radhakrishnan R
Executive Vice President
R Subramaniam
Executive Vice President
K A Ramakrishnan
Director

With a career spanning over 30 years, RK has been involved with clients in a number of sectors including chemicals, oil and gas, maritime, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agribusiness.

He has worked closely with leading corporates in developing and implementing strategy, evaluating diversification opportunities and identifying prospective partners in India and the Middle East.

RK is one of the founding Partners of Avalon Consulting and also currently serves as a Director for Ugam Solutions Pvt Ltd. and Avalon Global Research. Prior to Avalon Consulting, RK has worked with Excel Industries, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and with Government of India’s Planning Commission. In addition to his corporate roles, RK is a member of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

RK holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Rishikesh Deshpande
Chief Executive Officer

Rishikesh has multi-industry experience in Sales and Distribution, Outsourcing and General Management in a span ranging over two decades. Rishi has supported over 300 companies on entry strategy, cross border marketing services, global partnerships, and new business set-up.

As a founding member of AGR, his key responsibility is to manage large customer accounts to facilitate their revenue growth in new markets especially in Asia and Africa. Prior to Avalon Global Research, Rishikesh held the position of Director - Business Development & Transition at Nirvana, a BPO offering voice and back office services to leading companies in the airline, telecom, BFSI, utility, market research and technology sector. In addition to Nirvana, Rishi also worked in Avalon Consulting, Times of India and Torrent Pharmaceuticals.

Rishikesh is an instrumentation engineer and also holds a MBA from University of Mumbai.

Radhakrishnan R
Executive Vice President

Radha, a member of the start up team at AGR, is responsible for overall service delivery as well as design and management of quality systems. He also oversees business support functions. He has also led various research assignments.

Prior to joining AGR, Radha co-founded Netscribes, a knowledge process outsourcing firm and was instrumental in scaling up the research business. Prior to that he was a member of the start up team at The Economic Times Investment Bureau, India’s largest financial daily. He has a good experience of both business as well as investment research.

Having spent over 22 years in various start up environments, Radha has a good experience of converting business plans into scalable businesses and designing processes for effective management. During his various stints, he has managed various functions ranging from business planning to project management in the research outsourcing sector.

Radha holds a post graduate management degree in finance.

R Subramaniam
Executive Vice President

R. Subramaniam (Subra) is the Executive Vice President at AGR.

Subra has been in the research and consulting domain since 1988 and with AGR since inception. He has conducted a variety of market research, partner identification, traffic and tariff studies and strategy consulting assignments. Over the last 25 years, Subra has advised a variety of clients across industries and visited over a dozen countries. Many of his client relationships are long standing and are in their second decade running.

Subra is passionate about his work in the chemicals & allied sectors, ports and logistics and assisting businesses in Africa and the Middle East. He likes to work with entrepreneurs and companies seeking out of the box ideas.

A Chemical Engineer with a Diploma in basic finance from ICFAI, Hyderabad, Subra also holds a Masters degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.


Board Of Directors
Raj Nair
Chairman
K A Ramakrishnan
Director
Naimish Dave
Executive Director
Sridhar Venkiteswaran
Executive Director
K A Ramakrishnan
Director

With a career spanning over 30 years, RK has been involved with clients in a number of sectors including chemicals, oil and gas, maritime, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and agribusiness.

He has worked closely with leading corporates in developing and implementing strategy, evaluating diversification opportunities and identifying prospective partners in India and the Middle East.

RK is one of the founding Partners of Avalon Consulting and also currently serves as a Director for Ugam Solutions Pvt Ltd. and Avalon Global Research. Prior to Avalon Consulting, RK has worked with Excel Industries, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and with Government of India’s Planning Commission. In addition to his corporate roles, RK is a member of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

RK holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Naimish Dave
Executive Director

Naimish has over two decades of extensive consulting experience, advising clients in a wide spectrum of industries including agri-business, retail, consumer goods and engineering.

He has provided and helped implement solutions on the aspects of growth strategy, supply chain management and customer relationships. He has been instrumental in helping global companies enter India by helping them establish operations and forge alliances with Indian partners where necessary. Naimish’s particular areas of interest include performance improvement and strategy formulation in the agribusiness, retail and consumer goods industries.

Naimish is a TiE Charter Member and offers mentoring to young TiE entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Avalon Consulting, Naimish worked at Tata Motors, a leading Indian automotive company.

He has completed his bachelors in mechanical engineering from Mumbai University, and has an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.

Raj Nair
Chairman

Raj has over 40 years of experience as a doer-manager, entrepreneur, advisor and mentor. This has given him exposure across functional areas, across industries and across countries.

In his current role, Raj serves as – Chairman: Avalon Consulting, Avalon Global Research, Ugam Solutions and Germinait Solutions Pvt Ltd.

As a strategy consultant, Raj has helped companies across diverse industries in India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East to develop strategies, align strategy to vision, grow in competitive markets, restructure to make companies more customer focused etc.

After working in consumer durables marketing at Murphy and later as a Merchant Banker with Grindlays Bank for 6 years, he set up a Marketing Research and Advisory firm and followed that up with a Management Consulting company. He thereafter, co-founded a very successful Analytics company in 2000. In 2008, seeing the opportunity in text analytics with the advent of Social Media, he founded a technology company that would create IT products that help analyse what people are saying in the digital world.

Raj is an Engineering graduate from IIT, Bombay and a Post-Graduate in Business Management, from IIM, Ahmedabad. He also holds a degree in General Law from the University of Mumbai.

Sridhar Venkiteswaran
Executive Director

Sridhar has over twenty years of experience as a management consultant, working with clients in India and the Middle East on strategy and performance related engagements across businesses in the manufacturing and services sectors, with particular focus on automotive and automotive components, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, chemicals and business to business services.

He has built lasting relationships with clients through successful engagements that have delivered substantial value. He has provided and helped implement solutions in areas of business strategy, performance improvement, supply chain optimisation, partner identification and sales & marketing. Sridhar also has significant experience in franchising model development and management, having developed and implemented growth strategies through franchising across a range of industries. Sridhar has also done extensive work evaluating the relative economics of businesses across the two hottest emerging markets – India and China – for a number of Indian and International entities. He was part of the CII Task Force on China, constituted to develop the China engagement strategy and lead the development of a report which was the basis of a number of actions at a policy level from India. He is a regular speaker at various conferences organised by CII, ACMA and other National and Industry Level Associations and serves on the Board of listed and unlisted companies as an Independent Director.

Sridhar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the Mumbai University and an MBA from one of India’s leading business schools, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.