The SIMS Alumni Cell endeavours to create a closed-knit network that allows its students to create a lifelong bond with their alma mater. With an overall mission to connect, inform and engage the alumni, students and the institute, the cell strives to generate a multi-faceted support for SIMS. The cell conducts meets in a number of cities such as Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune so as to make the alumni feel connected with the institute by assisting the current batches via guest lectures, placement procedures, workshops and industrial visits.
Mohit Pande | Co-Founder and Senior Vice President at Linear Squared (PVT) Ltd | Batch of 1996-98
Having worked with dynamic companies like Microsoft and Google in diverse capacities, Mohit Pande has over 2 decades of experience in digital growth and consumer technologies. Owing to Mohit’s entrepreneurial vision Mohit started his own information technology company called Linear Squared based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mohit possesses a plethora of industry expertise in the fields of business development, cloud, business planning and intelligence, marketing and sales, emerging markets and information technology.
Sujit Jain | Founder and Managing Director at Netsurf | Batch of 1996-98
Sujit Jain is a serial entrepreneur with several successful ventures in the category of Nutraceuticals, FMCG and Technology. Along with this he is also the Corporate Strategy Advisor and Director at MyLab Discovery Solutions. His company NetSurf includes Netsurf Communications Pvt Ltd., Ajay Bio-tech (India) Ltd., Netsurf Research Labs Pvt Ltd., and Netsurf Entertainment LLP under its banner.
The company also registered a turnover of Rs. 100 crores in 100 days starting 10th April 2020 and a large number of direct sellers registered and started their business with the Netsurf Network.
Harsh Gahlaut | Founder and CEO at FinEdge | Batch of 1997-99
Having extensive work experience of over 22 years, Harsh Gahlaut is currently working as the Founder and CEO at FinEdge, a leading online financial planning company. He has previously worked with banking and financial organizations such as Xerox, Standard Chartered Bank, Dawnay Day AV and Religare Macquarie with an MBA in Marketing and International Business. He has in-depth knowledge in financial markets and instruments, has an eye for investment concepts and opportunities and is a constant learner with a strong work ethic, conviction and passion for what he does.
Pooja Gulati | Executive Vice President and Sr. Director Impact Business at Radio Mirchi | Batch of 1997-99
With over 2 decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry at present Pooja is the Senior Vice President at Radio Mirchi. With a specialization in Marketing and International Business from her Alma Mater, SIMS Pune, Pooja has been endorsed for her public speaking and storytelling skills by leading industry experts. Pooja has also worked with American Express and Media Turf and has multiple certifications to her credit ranging from the fields of executive leadership to marketing analytics. She specialises in people management, sales management, sales training, market and competition analysis, sponsorships, communication planning and relationship management.
Mohit Bedi | Senior Vice President and Head of Merchant Acquiring and Commercial Cards at Axis Bank | Batch of 1998-00
An esteemed alumnus with 20+ years of experience in payment operations, commercial cards business and merchant acquiring. He is currently the Senior Vice President at Axis Bank. Specialised in MBA Marketing, he is associated with merchant acquiring, with a major chunk of his career contributing towards the issuing side of the business. His approach has been developing and executing strategies to increase payments volume and secure long-term revenue with key partnerships. Mohit has also worked with Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays, Citibank and SBI.
Shaun Nanjappa Chendira | Senior Director at Discovery Communications | Batch Of 2000-02
A maven in the television broadcast and digital media fraternity is a proud Simsite, he currently holds the post of Senior Director in Discovery Communications. His innate ability to understand and judge the intricacies of the business world with precision, has led him to hold key positions in various recognized television channels like (Cartoon Network, HBO Warner Bros). He was previously associated with Da Vinci Media India Pvt Ltd.
Prabhvir Sahmey | Senior Director India and South East Asia at Samsung Ads | Batch of 2003-05With an MBA in Marketing and Systems, Prabhvir Sahmey a.k.a “The Digital Guy” a marketing aficionado, showed early signs of talent during his college days at SIMS, where he was awarded with the prestigious “Dr. Majumdar Award” for his dedication and commitment. He currently holds the coveted post of Senior Director India and South East Asia in Samsung Ads. His most distinguished quality has been deriving ideas, style and taste from a broad and diverse range of sources and applying it in day to day life. His journey from a Product Manager to Senior Director is a clear example for the same.
Smita Rajgopal Poliak | Creative Director and Founder at Smitten | Batch of 2005-07
An eminent personality with over 17 years of experience in the field of print and web media Smita has always been a creative genius and having associations with various brands and companies like The International Olympic Committee, United Nations, Unilever, Absolut, Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Guinness), Hilton etc. She is currently the Founder and Creative Director of an international branding and design communication firm, SMITTEN, for over 13 years with offices across the globe. She is also a notable guest lecturer and speaker, conducting workshops on creative thinking, branding and entrepreneurship.
Arya Mukherjee | HR Manager at Amazon | Batch Of 2006-08
With over 13 years of experience, Arya Mukherjee is currently a Senior HR Manager at Amazon.com leading a team of HR business partners and supporting multiple technology and operations teams based out of Bangalore and Chennai. Known to be a polite yet knowledgeable person who brings a lot to the table, Arya Mukherjee is a great team player with an ability to always have an effective view of the larger picture. He has the knack of coming up with some amazing solutions when it comes to retaining a talent benefitting both organization & the employee.
Shweta Chauhan | CEO at kBlock and Co-Founder at Lovelace Academy | Batch of 2014-16
An extremely inspirational alumnus, Ms. Shweta Chauhan has been leading by example and has been a part of the Forbes 30 inspirational women. She is also the first female Stake Pool Operator on Cardano and is currently working as a Scrum Master at Tryg. Shweta has always been a quick learner and a go-getter by nature. She has also worked as the CEO at kBlocks; is the co-founder of Lovelace Academy and holds work experience with Accenture as well.