Narayanan Ayipuzha (Mentor and Partner)

Narayanan comes with an experience of more than 35 years in a wide variety of assignments in corporate and academic worlds, as management consultant and educator. More recently, he was Global Head of Business Excellence at TCS. He is currently a visiting faculty at SPM, PDPU.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He was also a certified external assessor for the Tata Group using the Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM) based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria (MBNQA). Narayanan has an excellent track record of consulting interventions, training excellence, and organisational excellence assessment.

After a 10 year stint with Voltas Limited, where he managed the regional commercial operations of the Air conditioning business, he taught and consulted on Growth Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises and Family Business at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad, for 3 years. From 1998 to 2016, he was with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global player in the IT enabled Services industry. At TCS, he has played roles of management consultant, business analyst, and program manager for domestic and international engagements.

He has been involved in the Business Excellence movement in the Tata Group since 2006, as assessor, team leader and group evangelist. As a certified TBEM Assessor, he has participated in 10 External Assessments, the last 5 as Team Leader. The team led by him was awarded the Best Assessment Team Prize 2011. During 2012 and 2013, he was recognized as one of the top 10 “Star Assessors” within the Tata Group. The group recognised him for his long standing contributions to its Business Excellence journey in 2015.

During his association with TCS, Narayanan conducted a number of internal training programmes focusing on Business Excellence, Performance Management, Leadership, Cross Cultural Management, Workplace Communication and Project Management. He was part of the internal trainer’s team to prepare associates of TCS to appear for the PMI examinations. He has also served as faculty for Nirma Insttitute of Management, Ahmedabad, taking courses on Management Consulting, and has served on the jury for thesis evaluation. He has also offered a course in EDII on Small Business Consulting.

Currently, he is Mentor at Synconic, a start up with a core team of professionals engaged in Business Consulting, IT enabled services, Wealth Management Advisory and Organic Farming Advisory Services. At SSIAS, he plays an advisory role, guiding the young professionals on strategic directions and growth.

He is a guest faculty at the School of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar, where he takes courses in Business Communications and Business Consulting.

Ankit Kanodia (Investment Adviser, Partner)

Ankit is an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) with 8 years experience of researching and investing in the stock market of India. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is a partner, investment advisor, and co-founder of Smart Sync Services.

He is also a visiting faculty of finance in Tolani Institute of Management Studies in Kutch. In the past, he has worked as an equity research analyst for Eureka Stock & Share Broking Services Ltd, a leading stock broking house based out of Kolkata. His research in Indian stock market has earned him several accolades, the most notable one is being the winner for two consecutive years in an online completion (organized by www.safalniveshak.com) of writing an equity research report on an Indian company, listed on the stock exchanges.

He believes and follows in his life what is said in this famous quote of Warren Buffett, “I am a better investor because I am a businessman, and I am a better businessman because I am an investor.” He has been successfully owning a timber business in Gandhidham, Kutch district of Gujarat, for more than eight years now. His experience in his timber business complements him in his investment decisions and vice versa.

Karan Patel (Research Analyst)

Karan Patel is a Master of Finance graduate from Cambridge University. He also holds a BE in Information Technology from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He is currently working as a Research Analyst for the Investment Research division of Smart Sync Services.

Karan has worked as a Sovereign Bond Futures Trader for more than 2 years where he learned and employed all the nuances and techniques of fundamental and technical research used in the field. In addition to this, he has studied various topics like Derivatives, Asian Capital Markets, Equity Research, Private Equity, Investment Management, etc as part of his coursework which has helped solidify his investment knowledge base and use it effectively in our investment research efforts. He has also been an active follower of international stock markets including US, UK, German and Indian markets since his trading days.

Karan is also a CFA candidate who has cleared Level 1 in Dec 2018.