Advisory Team



Name title Region Location
Stanley Shen Special Advisor China Beijing
Neeraj Kumar Singhal Special Advisor India Mumbai
Joao Paulo Araujo Special Advisor Latin America Brazil
Jegannathan Venkatarajan (JAY) Special Advisor Middle East Dubai, UAE

Stanley Shen

Stanley Shen is the Managing Partner of Leadway, one of the premier financial advisory firms with an impeccable track record and reputation in the chemical industry space in China.

Mr. Shen began his investment-banking career at Merrill Lynch London in its technology M&A team, before setting up Leadway in 2008. Leadway focuses on advising private equity investments or M&A transactions with investment deal size between USD50 M to USD 500M for PE investments, and USD 200M to USD 2B for M&A deals.

Mr. Shen has successfully concluded mandates with some of the most reputed business houses including Zhongwang Holdings, Wanhua Chemical and Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia.

Neeraj Kumar Singhal

Neeraj has been an entrepreneur for the past two and a half decades, serving the Rail, Defense and Automotive sectors with his pioneering spirit. He is globally networked, widely traveled, and an expert at government Liasoning & contracting.

His major achievements include entering into a JV with Chinese Ministry of Railways for manufacturing which he has been successfully running for the last 10 years. He has helped various overseas companies establish foot in Indian Defense & Law Enforcement market. He is also an advisor/consultant to various foreign companies on Indian Market Strategy.

Neeraj is commerce graduate & Harvard Business School (HBS) Alum and a member of organizations like YPO, HBS Club of India (Harvard Business School Alumni), Indian Angel Network and TIE. Neeraj is well connected globally, meeting new global leaders as he keeps attending platforms like WEF (World Economic Forum), Leadership Summits and may more.

He is also incubating & mentoring various startups besides investing.

João Paulo Araujo

João Paulo Araujo is currently the Founder & CEO of OHF Engenharia, a construction and real estate company. He is also the Chief Engineer and Family Board Member of Ecia – Irmãos Araujo.

Joao is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and IBMEC. He graduated with civil engineering from PUC-Rio.

He is active member of various forums like EO Rio Chapter and HBS Alumni Angels Association Brazil.

Jegannathan Venkatarajan (JAY)

Jegannathan Venkatarajan (“Jay”), is the Founder and Managing Director of ABNER CAPITAL SERVICES.(ABNER). ABNER owns and runs an India focused public market fund viz ABNER INDIA DIVERSIFIED GROWTH FUND domiciled in Mauritius. The Fund collaborates with Sundaram Finance Group (TVS family), one of the leading conservative fund management houses based in Chennai, India. Jay is also founder and CEO of Abner Capital Consultancy Services based in Dubai.

A Chartered Accountant, Jay is actively involved in advising and helping many entrepreneurs in growing their businesses and is a significant stake holder in a variety of projects through his prop book investments.

Prior to founding ABNER, Jay was the Managing Director of the US$250 Million, Evolvence India Fund. Jay spearheaded the global capital raise and also oversaw the investments. Evolvence India Fund was the first Private Equity Fund of Funds for India.

Jay was also actively involved in the formation, capital raise and listing of Evolvence India Holdings PLC which was capitalized at USD 65 million and was listed in the AIM, London Stock Exchange. Jay acted as the Chief Executive Officer of the company from inception till Jan 2008.

In his tenure with Evolvence India, he has worked extensively with regulators in different geographies to put together the fund structure and investment vehicles.

Prior to joining Evolvence, Jay worked with Bolero MENA, (an initiative of SWIFT) and DAMAC Group in Dubai.(was part of DAMAC’s US team managing their PE investments in the USA).