Meet the Team


Siddharth Sthalekar
Founder & CEO

Jonas Hunter
Head | Technology

Puja Roongta
Head | The Catalyst
Program

Sima Sanghvi
Head | Branding & Communications

Deepika Asthana
Head | The Local Chapter

Rohinee Sharma
Head | Fundraising and Engagement with Shareholders

Siddharth Sthalekar A graduate of IIM Ahmedabad, Siddharth was the head of one of India’s largest derivatives and algorithmic trading platforms for institutions. The 2008 financial crisis led him to question the mainstream approach towards advisory and fund management. In 2011 he moved to the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad where he worked and explored radically different economic paradigms and models for 4 years.

2015 saw the birth of Sacred Capital, an eco-system of users and analysts that drive the philosophy of ‘Asset Curation’. Over the past 8 years, Siddharth has spoken at hundreds of public forums - from weekly features on television channels, to academic institutions like MIT, platforms for ideas like TEDx and more. He believes we are poised to make a cultural shift from an ‘asset based approach to a currency based paradigm’ - a philosophy that drives the culture at Sacred Capital

Sima Sanghvi Based out of San Francisco, Sima has more than a decade of experience in marketing and communication strategies for some of the largest healthcare organisation in the world. Her journey with Sacred Capital began in the early stages of the organisation, and today she’s anchoring the organisation’s communication strategy with it’s eco-system at large - users, analysts and shareholders.

Deepika Asthana has over 10 years’ experience working in the Indian stock broking industry. She has gleaned knowledge and expertise on the many aspects of sell side broking and has worked across various roles which included equity sales, derivatives sales, derivatives research and macro research with organisations like D.E. Shaw. Since 2015, she has focused on her gifts as a writer with publications in leading publications in the country as well as a book published by Harper Collins. Her quest for more progressive models for research brought her to Sacred Capital where she has been giving shape to radical new models for analysis

Puja Roongta A masters in economics and an MBA led her to work for 8 years with some of the leading brokerage desks in India. Like Siddharth. the 2008 crisis led her to question mainstream models for finance and she spent 4 years with Akanksha Foundation, one of the leading nonprofits in the country. She has now returned to the world of finance with a renewed mission - to change the way individuals across the world engage with wealth.

Jonas Hunter built his first company, InnovaWorks, with locations in Irvine and Macedonia, developing enterprise solutions in the telecommunications and education space. Since selling his company in 2010 he has explored the intersection of business and value. His search has led him to working with various non-profits and social businesses. More recently he grew the organisation ‘Kiss The Ground’ from conception to strong operations. His search for a business model that is more reflective of the 21st century context led him to Sacred Capital in late 2016.

Rohinee Sharma has 15 years of Institutional Equities experience advising institutions across Asia and looking to invest in India. Having worked with some of India and South East Asia’s leading investment banks like - JP Morgan and JM Financial, she has had the opportunity to work with sophisticated institutions that rely on fundamental analysis of listed stocks and those that scoured for opportunities in IPO candidates and secondary offerings. Over the years, she has also been an avid explorer of the arts, with training in method acting - Lee Strasberg style, comedic improv and bringing out the ‘authentic voice’. Her creative bent has been critical in helping Sacred Capital explore new financial structures and means for raising capital. She anchors fundraising out of Singapore.


Aakash Kawale
Research

Mansi Dhawan
Client Engagement & Operations

Pravesh Chopra
Research

Masrud Ansari
Research

Meghna Banker
Design

Rina Patel
Communications

Aakash Kawale is our in-house analyst and anchors the network of analysts that work with Sacred Capital. Since the age of 18 he has been tracking financial markets on an independent basis. He represents a growing crop of thinkers rooted in a modern-day approach. Instead of delivering ideas for funds, Aakash’s expertise lies in providing an independent opinion on companies across sizes and regions. He also keeps an eye on macro trends.

Mansi Dhawan Armed with a ton of positive energy, Mansi is the Junior Advisor at Sacred Capital for the Catalyst Program. What drives her on a daily basis is the desire to breathe more authenticity and integrity into the world of finance. She is a firm believer in the Sacred Capital approach. She brings with her varied work experience. She has worked with various Multinational Corporations and social enterprises both local and international.

Pravesh Chopra A CFA Level 3 pass-out, Pravesh anchors our coverage of listed stocks in India and Real estate investment trusts (REITs). With a strong grip on analytics and numbers, Pravesh is one of the pillars for our coverage universe, tracking companies in the large and mid cap space.

Masrud Ansari has completed MBA in Information Technology from Jamla Bajaj Institute Management Studies. He started his career with The Akanksha Foundation where he was working in the impact team. Data and statistics can be tricky, but Masrud made this daunting subject seem insightful and interesting at The Akanksha Foundation. Masrud was at the heart of Akanksha's impact team that efficiently studies numbers and patterns across Akanksha schools thus throwing light on how each school’s individual growth potential can be tracked and thereby implemented. At Sacred Capital, he is working with the research team as an analyst.

Meghna Banker As a graphic designer based out of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Meghna has given visual shape to our platform by designing our user interfaces and platforms. Over the years she's worked with various organisations in developing a visual language that is truly representative of their values.

Rina believes in a more beautiful, compassionate world where money systems and structures align with our values as human beings. She is graduate in business administration with experience working in corporates and starts ups as well as a social entrepreneur with a background working with non-profits and social issues both in the US and India. Rina brings her creativity to Sacred Capital as a writer as well as her background in business development, marketing, and communications.


Akshay Patwardhan
Technology

Jugen Dharia
Technology

Super Being Labs, London
Design Partners

Saara LLC, LA
Tech Implementers

Akshay Patwardhan A maverick of sorts, Akshay has never really conformed to the beaten path. Although an engineer by training, his passion for learning and understanding new languages allows him to strategically guide all tech integration at Sacred Capital. From overseeing code in Django for our back-end to dabbling with the latest chat-bots for our platform, Akshay lives, breathes and dreams technology.

Jugen Dharia is the part of tech team at Sacred Capital  working as a front end developer. He has obtained  Bachelors degree in Computer Science. Prior to joining Sacred Capital he has worked in companies like YouTellMe price comparision portal as data & content executive and JSquareBiz Solutions as mobile and front end developer. Jugen is passionate about technology and is always updated about the upcoming trends in tech.