Vineet Aggarwal started Cerule Consulting in 2009 in Australia and successfully expanded operations beyond local boundaries of Australia by setting up a very strong team in India specialising on different services. The same experience and strategic thinking is now being applied to his various clients to help them enter India, supplementing it with the cultural education to his clients.
Vineet prides himself and Cerule team to be a rare SME consultant in India entry services that provide in-house capability on business facilitation and expansion as well as regulatory structuring and legal advise.
Whether it has to do with finding time in a bureaucrat’s calendar or arranging for a last minute airport pick up – he has surprised himself by finding his networks in almost every single area of client assistance. Vineet’s strength is in identifying opportunities and bringing together the right people.
A rank-holder Chartered Accountant from India and an MBA from Melbourne University and New York University, Vineet has spent a number of years in corporate sector working with the likes of PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Accenture and McKinsey. He is also a CPA from Australia and certified Lean Six Sigma Champion.
Vineet has also contributed a lot to the community – earlier by serving in Federation of Indian Communities in Queensland and in his role of President of Association of Indian Chartered Accountants in Australia. Currently, he is Queensland President for one of the largest Indian chamber of commerce, Assocham. In addition, his passion for travel and going out with his wife, often makes him play Tetris with his calendar.
Devesh Jain is based in New Delhi and is the visionary behind setting up the bookkeeping outsourcing team from small and medium enterprises. Besides ensuring the team is certified as XERO Silver Advisor and NBA Bookkeeper, he is actively involved in team training and providing efficient client delivery system.
He also provides complex financial modelling and analysis and business valuation support to Indian and international clients. His experience includes managing valuation of businesses operating in Auto Components, Chemicals, Engineering, Publishing and IT & ITeS industry.
Devesh comes up with experience of working for more than 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers where his key responsibilities included managing business valuations and business plan reviews to support business funding needs, internal restructuring and other regulatory approvals.
Devesh qualified Chartered Accountancy in May 2005 and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Shraddha Sabharwal is based in New Delhi and her core areas of expertise are managing operations, resolving process issues and managing partner relations. Shraddha plays a key role in developing Cerule's network on the ground in India by attending various business networking events and maintaining active engagement with senior business leaders to create potentoial opportunities for cross-border collaboration. She also leads Cerule's study abroad activities and coordinates between India and Australia.
Prior to Cerule, She has worked with various NGOs assisting them in disaster management and helping people with disabilities. She has also worked in private set up and has experience of working with American Express India office in the operations department. She has more than 8 years of experience as a management professional across various responsibilities in corporate sector.
Shraddha is a family person and loves to spend time with her son at any given opportunity.
Pankaj Rangra is based in New Delhi and plays a vital role in building business networks and relations. Pankaj plays an important role in developing Cerule's network by attending various business networking events almost on a daily basis and maintaining active engagement with senior business leaders to create potential opportunities for cross-border collaboration for Cerule's clients. Pankaj also does primary and secondary research for the international companies to enable assesment of the Indian market.
Prior to Cerule, Pankaj has worked with a number of different companies in different roles that provides him with the breadth of experience. This enables Pankaj a good grasp of business fundamentals and allows him to talk to businesses in their language.
Pankaj has graduated in engineering discipline. He may not call himself a nerd but has been seen handling computer related problems with much more ease than rest of his peers.
Rajan Venkatesan is Cerule’s representative in Chennai, India and drives the due diligence support services team. His expertise is in financial due diligence for Indian and international clients and has provided services to a variety of clients in technology, life sciences, power, manufacturing sectors, etc. Clients served include multi-nationals and private equity houses.
Rajan has previously worked with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 10 years. He has also worked in the M&A transaction services group of Deloitte in New York for 2 years.
Rajan is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also a faculty member at Edu Pristine teaching financial modelling and valuation to CFA students.
Lawrence Christoffelsz is Cerule Consulting’s representative in Melbourne market. He specialises in all aspects of international business and logistics, including international freight, logistics, documentation, trade finance and supply chain innovations.
Throughout his career, he has worked for some of Australia’s and the world’s most reputable organisations as well establishing his own international freight forwarding company and then founding Export Results in 2004, where he assisted Australian small and medium enterprises developing global markets for their products and services. He has an outstanding record of achievement in account and contract negotiations, is an excellent communicator coupled with an ability to actively manage people and change.
Lawrence is a board member of ACIT (Australian Chamber of International Trade) and other private organisations.
Paresh is Cerule's representative in Mumbai, India. Paresh brings hands-on ground level knowledge to operate businesses in India and expertise to address the real challenges in dealing with unorganised Indian market. He specialises in electronics component industry and other manufacturing-based set ups. He also leads Cerule's China transactions for sourcing products or doing business with China, as he is multi-lingual and has strong hold over Mandarin (Chinese language).
Paresh has previously worked in China (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong) and Dubai in electronics, lighting and watch industry for a number of years and has lived in US for some time, providing him a holistic multi-cultural exposure.
Paresh graduated from Mumbai and then did his MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and International Management Program from New York University. He did his 2 years of Mandarin learning from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.
Despite his busy entrepreneur and consultancy regime, Paresh is always conscious of being physically active. He has been consecutively running half marathons in Mumbai since 2010.
Dr Vivek Aggarwal is the first and only qualified super-specialist endocrine surgeon practicing in New Delhi and a consultant to various hospitals like BL Kapur, Sir Ganga Ram, Fortis, Max, Maharaja Agrasen etc. He provides expertise in the Indian healthcare sector and vast network in healthcare industry to Cerule’s team.
Ajay Gupta is a practising chartered accountant with an experience of more than 20 years. He specialises in Indian regulatory and compliance matters, including Indian direct and indirect taxation, Companies act, Indian accounting principles and internal and external auditing. He provides Cerule’s team a second opinion on various client advisory matters.