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Vinayak Hajare

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Vinayak Hajare has many years experience of international trade and investment and has been involved in many mergers and acquisitions across borders. In 2004, he set up an investment banking consultancy and in 2007 partnered with InterGest to set up InterGest South Asia.

InterGest South Asia has supported many European countries to set up subsidiaries in India and handles all their administration. It also supports Indian companies wishing to set up businesses in other countries, drawing on the InterGest partner network in over 50 countries. Vinayak sits on the boards of several companies and is a member of the management committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. he has a degree in physics and a Master's in Financial Management.
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Keith Meadowcroft

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Keith Meadowcoft is a seasoned marketing and sales professional, with over 22 years of US domestic and global experience in both the food and beverage sector and in other sectors including hi-tech displays, industrial equipment, and construction materials.

Keith is Certified International Trade Specialist, previously working as Trade Advisor for SMEs, and was employed by Washington State University and the US Small Business Administration. In 2015, he founded a boutique sales-consulting agency to facilitate export sales of north and south American goods, primarily SME food and beverage brands, to global markets. He specialises in Asia. Keith is currently working on sourcing and foreign direct investment projects in Vietnam. Keith has an MBA. He currently resides in Ho Chi Minh City though also has a home in Spokane, Washington USA.
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Mihir Shah

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Mihir Ajit Shah is a consultant and trainer specialising in foreign trade. He has degrees in commerce and law as well as an MBA. He is qualified to train Incoterms ® 2020.

His experience includes all aspects of tax and foreign exchange controls. His sectoral experience covers chemicals, cosmetics, engineering products, footwear, food products, jewellery, plastics, pharmaceutical vessels, printing, textiles and software. He also stars as the key presenter in some of our training webinars.
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Amit Sarda

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Amit Sarda is the Managing Director of Soulflower, India’s first preservative-free brand offering cruelty-free skin and hair care solutions. He is credited with pioneering the concept of natural skin and hair care in India and making it accessible to a growing section of society conscious about wellness and personal care.

He enjoys the unique distinction of being one of the youngest CEOs listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange having founded the apparel brand Ruf & Tuf at the age of 16. His experience spans a wide spectrum of industries including apparel, automotive, textiles, handicrafts and personal care in leadership positions. His focus on lesser explored concepts of sustainability, inclusivity and curating an enjoyable customer experience at every touchpoint has ensured a devoted customer base. Under his leadership Soulflower has been awarded three prestigious Abby Awards; the brand has also been recognized as India’s most promising brand by the Economic Times.
A proponent of enterprise, Amit is the President of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Society, a role that sees him lend his valuable insights to young entrepreneurs. He is also the Board member of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Co-Chair Young Bombay Forum and Board member of the Governing Council of World Trade Centre.
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Minh Khoi Nguyen

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Minh Khoi Nguyen is an international trade expert with over 15 years experience in providing consultancy services on international trade issues to businesses in Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region. He started his career as a business strategy development consultant and then worked as an international trade negotiator at the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam, involved in the negotiation and implementation of Free Trade Agreements.

In 2018, he became an independent consultant on trade and green finance. He has in-depth knowledge and experience on all aspects of preferential trade, including trade in goods and services, national treatment and market access for goods, customs and trade facilitation, domestic regulation and transparency and non-tariff barriers.
Mr Khoi currently works as a Senior Expert on International Trade for the EU’s ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU. Khoi has a master’s degree in Public Economics and is pursuing his PhD in streamlining trade and investment barriers to facilitate intellectual property right transfers in green technology at the University of Strasbourg in France.
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Sudeep Mehrotra

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Sudeep Mehrotra is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Mumbai. He specialises in revenue enhancement and transaction advice in the infrastructure, logistics and education industries. His primary areas of focus are commercial diligence, growth strategy and implementation of growth projects.

With more than 12 years experience, notable assignments include supply chain design for complex manufacturing companies; logistics cost optimisation for retail and manufacturing companies; growth strategy and implementation for logistics companies; and growth strategy implementation for companies in the stationery and publications sector.

Mr. Mehrotra earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow.

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Pilaivarong Phaiboonsawat

PROFIT Accelerator Mentor

Pilaivarong Phaiboonsawat (also known as Ms Om) is a marketing consultant with over 20 years experience, in both the private and public sectors, supporting small and growing businesses in Thailand. She has a particular interest in sales and marketing via special channels including campaigns, events and digital marketing.