Harshal BhaleraoCo-Founder & President
Harshal's passion has always been to bring about a difference in people’s lives and in things around. To move things and bring about a change, to help people and businesses realize their purpose, value and true potential. He imagines, creates, builds and brings together like minded thought leaders, influencers and organizations to explore, strategize, share, collaborate and contribute to make this world a better place. Harshal's biggest investment has always been in people which till date keeps delivering the best returns.
Having said that, his work involves building Learning Programs and International Networking Platforms on topics like Well-being, Personal Excellence, Technology and Communications, Public Private Partnerships, Cyber Security, Wealth Creation and Digital Empowerment.
Harshal has worked with Governments, Authorities, Ministries, Trade Bodies, Industry Associations and the Academia to create investment, learning and networking platforms on topics like the Smart Cities, Geo-Spatial Technologies, Digital Grid Systems, Public Private Partnerships for Energy and Utilities, Sustainable Buildings, Trigeneration, Co-generation & Renewables to name a few.
Harshal has completed his BA in International Hospitality Management from Napier University, Edinburgh, UK as a Gold Medalist and has a Post-Graduation in Business Management from a University of Wales accredited Institute. Prior to co-founding Asterizk, Harshal worked as a Senior Conference Producer with Fleming Group for 4 Years designing and executing International B2B Conferences & Brands across the Utilities industry. He also Co-Founded ‘CareFiles’ a brand which was the first of its kind in the country to deal with Web based Electronic Health Record Management system bringing together Doctors, Patients and Third-party service providers on one platform launching CareFiles, Harshal was instrumental in facilitating customized learning programs for School Teachers and Career Guidance cum Motivational Sessions for School & College Students.
Jason MendoncaCo-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ardent Project Management & Execution specialist with excellent Client Servicing skills. With more than 13 years of professional experience across handling diverse complex projects and processes, Jason is a seasoned professional when it comes to Market Research, Analytics, Project Management and Client Servicing. He has worked across multiple sectors & geographies and has serviced some of the leading Fortune 500 companies during his stint with WNS Global Services & Verve.
Jason was also instrumental in successfully building and steering the Utilities Division with the Fleming Group there by leveraging scalable revenue opportunities. He has actively & extensively worked across the Middle East Market on all major Utility Projects like Power, Water, District Cooling, Desalination, Renewable Energy and Sustainability to name a few. He has also highly contributed to leveraging the signature “Middle East District Cooling Brand” in Doha, Qatar &further launching successful road shows in the GCC. He has actively worked and serviced all the prime Ministries, Authorities, Municipalities, Trade Bodies and Associations from the Middle East region.
Sanket Gaikwad (Ricky)Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer
Sanket is a strategy practitioner who has leveraged his skills in People management, Sales & Business Development, Marketing, Business Analytics and Technology to consistently deliver top line value to the Fortune 500 companies, high-growth startups and proprietor-owned business associations. The US is his preferred hunting ground and thereby has cemented his place as a specialist in go-to-market strategy and execution. A highly motivated and energetic professional with a true passion and understanding of the ITES industry.
He is a Specialist in identifying niche markets, innovative prospecting strategies and solicitation techniques. Strong record of delivering fast and quality results. Very focused on finding the best solution for his clients and eager to make new business connections each day. Sanket is an avowed lifelong learner, with proven learning ability. He is a business leader, who has delivered results in uncertain and often ambiguous business environments. Extensive coursework and People management, Business development strategies and Customer services expert in the domain bringing a decade of practical management experience at Mattermend.