Scient Capital is fully capitalized and backed by marquee individuals with stellar academic and professional track records. The Board of Directors includes 2 individuals from IIT Bombay, 3 from IIM Ahmedabad, 1 from IIM Calcutta and 2 from MIT, Boston.

Rajagopal A

Rajagopal A [Raj] is Managing Director of Scient. He was formerly the Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and Regional Head of Capital Markets for South Asia for Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Raj worked at UBS and Kotak Mahindra, in multiple leadership roles.

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Raj maintains strong relationships with Corporates, Banks, Institutional Investors and Regulators. He has significant experience in fund raising and credit evaluation, and has worked on an array of Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets and Financing transactions, including Leveraged Finance. Raj was formerly on the National Advisory Council of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment [CISI].

Raj has 26 years of Banking experience in India and Asia, and has worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong. He holds PGDM from IIM, Calcutta, and is a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Kerala.


Hrishikesh Parandekar has joined as a Non-Executive Director on our Board. PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad and is a graduate from Podar College in Mumbai. He has over 23 years of experience working in financial services and consulting.

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Hrishi was previously CEO of Ambit’s Wealth and credit/NBFC Business. Prior to that, Hrishi was Group Head for Karvy Group’s Wealth and Asset Management Businesses.

Hrishi has also worked in senior positions in Morgan Stanley as well as McKinsey.

Swapnil Pawar

Swapnil Pawar has a diverse experience of over 12 years across Strategy Consulting, Investment Advisory and Asset Management. He has completed his graduation from IIT Bombay in Aerospace Engineering and his Masters in Business Administration from IIM Ahmedabad.

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He started his career with The Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai in 2004. Here, he worked with clients across various industries including BFSI, engineering and technology.

His interests include Macroeconomics, Quantitative Strategies and Corporate Finance. He has also authored a book titled ‘Anatomy of Froth – Demystifying the Global Financial Crisis and Lessons to Learn’.

Chhavi Moodgal

Chhavi Moodgal has 13 years of experience in the Indian financial services industry advising corporates on capital structuring, fund raising, financial advisory as well as mergers and acquisitions. She has helped market fund raising transactions to institutional as well as HNI investors.

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She has worked with global investment banks such as UBS and Kotak Investment Banking. Prior to Scient Capital, Chhavi was Director, Equity Capital Markets at Standard Chartered Bank.

She has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Shashi Borade

Shashi Borade, PhD is a Portfolio Manager at Engineers Gate. He joined the company in June 2015. Prior to joining Engineers Gate, He was a Vice President in the Quantitative Equities Group at D. E. Shaw (2008-2015), one of the industry’s most successful investment firms over the last 30 years with more than USD 36 billion under management.

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 He has direct experience in predictive forecasts, transactions cost modelling, and risk management.

Dr. Borade earned both his PhD (2008) and Masters (2004) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology while receiving a Presidential Fellowship. He also holds a BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay (2002) and earned a Silver Medal for the best overall performance in his graduating class.

Vijay Divi

Vijay Divi, PhD is an active trader and wealth manager at his firm VD3 Analytics. He received his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the areas of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.

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After academics, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a global-macro hedge fund managing over $100B in assets, where he worked on investment models for commercial real estate and optimization methods for portfolio construction.

He left the fund to start VD3 Analytics, specializing on quantitative momentum-based investments strategies.  Dr. Divi is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and always open for exploring interesting opportunities around the globe.

Kanika Khorana

Kanika Khorana has worked at the Wealth and Asset management arms of an Indian diversified financial services conglomerate for nearly seven years. Her work experience includes setting up and managing various investment products including Alternate Investment Fund (AIF), Portfolio Management Services (PMS), Foreign Institutional Investment (FII) and High yield debt products.

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She has worked across the structuring and regulatory aspects of all of these investment vehicles and has deep knowledge of investment product management in Indian context. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from IBS,

Hyderabad and a Bachelors in Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune.