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Iconic Founders And CEO's To Watch in 2023

The simplest way to find an inspiration is to take a look at someone’s journey and learn from their failures and success. Here we have ten leaders, who are among those who not only inspired but also earned a reputation for themselves by their dedication and knowledge

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1. Nasir Shaikh, Group CEO of The Lexicon Group of Institutes, MultiFit, EduCrack, and EasyRecruit+ 
Nasir Shaikh is a dynamic leader in the fields of education, fitness, and hospitality with over 20 years of experience. Among other skills, Mr. Shaikh is a Leadership Life Coach with a PCC accreditation certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a TEDx Speaker, a Passion Catalyst, and a Trainer at heart. For his versatile career in the hospitality industry, he has been awarded the Best Business Council of the World by Marriott International Business Council Awards. Mr Nasir has been received many such awards in his field of work and dedication.

Under his leadership at The Lexicon Group of Institutes, he ensures all students seek interactive knowledge through varied programs including Conclaves, Entrepreneurial Summits, TEDx Talks, and much more. Mr. Shaikh leads with an operational style that emphasizes honesty, timeliness, and transparency, empowering his team and turning over fulfillment in his company. This approach adheres to his ideology of "Putting People First”.

2. Chirag Patel, Co-Founder at Stratefix Consulting
Chirag Patel, comes with over 11+ years of experience in designing business strategies, delivering solutions for complex problems, nurturing innovation, as well as achieving operational excellence. During his career, he has conducted over 100+ Business Transformation consulting engagements for clients and helped them achieve "Exponential Business Growth" by converting millions of dollars in turnover into billions. Business growth strategy is his core area of expertise where he has worked on projects in the fields of corporate sales, channel sales, franchise sales, as well as Branding and Marketing Strategies. 

He has helped a multitude of companies in FMCG, jewelry, manufacturing, service-based businesses, chemicals, etc. transform their operations with Stratefix Consulting. His core belief is to make sure that strategies designed in the Boardroom are executed across all levels of the organization.

3. Shivam Singla, Founder, Leegality
Shivam Singla is a lawyer who never made it to enrollment due to the paperwork involved. Shivam decided to start Leegality with the stated goal of transforming the way businesses conduct paperwork with their customers, business partners, employees, and investors. A graduate of the National Law School of India University Batch of 2016 - Shivam is passionate about the ways in which technology can be used to solve basic everyday pain points in legal processes faced by businesses around the country. 

Under Shivam’s leadership as CEO and Founder, Leegality has rapidly grown its revenues by 20x since FY 2019. It has maintained a cash flow positive balance sheet for the last 4 quarters - and has a rapidly growing team of more than 150 people. Leegality has been rated as the best high-growth startup to work at for three quarters in a row in xto10x’s eNPS Survey. Leegality currently serves 2000+ Indian companies - from large banks to fast-growing tech startups.

4. Swetha Kochar, Partner at PKC Management Consultancy
A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Swetha began her career at KPMG as a Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence advisor.  Her next role was with McKinsey & Company, where she advised CEOs of conglomerates such as Mahindra Finance, SBI, Ashok Leyland on their growth strategies and productivity enhancement projects. 

With a vision to bring cutting-edge consulting expertise to mid-sized companies and family-managed businesses in India, she quit her job and joined her father's firm.  PKC provides process consulting, software implementation and digital transformation services to help companies expand, scale, and become more efficient. 

Swetha has been recognised at many platforms for her successful journey.   She was awarded Woman Achiever by FICCI FLO in the entrepreneur category,  Entrepreneur of the Year by several national bodies, and the National Fund Raising Award from HDFC Bank. She was recognized by the Governor of Tamil Nadu as the Inspiring Business Woman of the Year. 

Swetha is not only a partner of PKC, but also an investor and member of the Chennai Angels, an angel investment group in India.

5. Basan Patil and Rithwik Ramesh,  Co-founders of Alt Co.
Basan Patil, a zealous professional and a strategic leader, is the Co-founder of Alt Co who is a serial entrepreneur passionate about plant-based products launched this company with his other three partners in 2021. Rithwik Ramesh, the Co-founder of Alt Co., is known to handle the managerial and financial operations of the brand. He also serves as the Head of Strategy and Planning at Rithwik Projects Pvt.Ltd, one of India's leading infrastructure development and Management Company. Alt Co., 

India's first most unique plant based derivative food brand that believes in settling for no compromise when it comes to quality.  Alt Co. helps us make easy, affordable, and healthy choices by producing high-quality, plant-based dairy. With a world that’s constantly evolving, Alt Co.  tend to switch to alternatives – ones that are healthier and sustainable. Be it procuring first-rate oat grain, or packaging in a way that it reaches us, and then back to the earth.

6. Dr Renita Rajan, Medical Director, RENDER Skin and Hair
Dr Renita Rajan was the first dermatologist to introduce the cutting edge Picosecond laser technology in India at RENDER Clinic. She is the Key Opinion Leader for India for the Picoway technology and sits on the panel of doctors that develop the treatment guidelines for skin of colour. Her contributions to the skin of colour guidelines for this technology, remain in current global use. She has been invited to speak, share and lecture on this technology in many national and international forums. She is the India KOL for Alma Accent Prime, an advanced hybrid skin tightening device, that has been customized to deliver response for Indian body types.

Further, Dr Renita Rajan is the India KOL for the jet volumetric remodeling device, Enerjet that works for scar treatments and stretch marks. Also she is India KOL for the advanced MRF device, Morpheus and Fotona Starwalker Max Q system, a revolutionary pigment laser with specific applications tailored to work for Indian skin types.

7. Prasham Gosalia, CEO, Appcare Solutions
Prasham Gosalia is the CEO of Appcare Solutions which is located in the financial hub of the country, Mumbai, which is a leading Digital Marketing and ASO Agency offering research, planning, campaigning, and growth strategy services for the brand’s online and offline presence. The other founders of the company are Jigar Nathwani, Mr. Miller Khandhar and seed funding by Ankur Sanghvi. The world of the web is Prasham Gosalia's passion and he loves to fuel the business of his clients so that they can serve their customers better and see amazing results. Starting from ASO, SMM, SEO, to SEM and MAM and PERFORMANCE MARKETING; they do it all in the Digital Space! Appcare Solutions has a hands-on squad of passionate thinkers and executers continuously evolving and developing. 

They are a bunch of digital marketers, SEO specialists, graphic designers, Researchers, and content writers, backed up by PPC, performance marketers and Social Media Managers. Understanding that every business has a different set of challenges and unique requirements, Appcare Solutions deliver custom Digital Marketing Solutions.

8. Vivek Surve and Prashant Jadhav, Oreo One Digital Agency
Co-founders Vivek Surve and Prashant Jadhav left their long careers as journalists at reputable dailies to work for some of the greatest public relations firms in India as well as global in search of better opportunities. They shortly understood that having seen both sides of the coin gave them a major advantage over other agencies. 

After jointly mapping out a future strategy and comprehending the complete PR business process, they broke out to launch their own agency. To ensure that the firm maintains its main USP that its founders carry, they employed young ex-journalists who had previously dabbled in journalism. With the necessary skill set for media and public relations, Oreo One Digital was established in 2017. They have dealt with both local and international clients over the past six years, and they aspire to join the top agencies operating in the nation. They have established their business in Germany and Canada as well.

9. Himmath Jain, Co-Founder and Director, AS-IT-IS Nutrition
Himmath is a Co-Founder and Director of AS-IT-IS Nutrition, a manufacturer of pure dietary supplements. His family business had nutrition supplement manufacturing capacity and did contract manufacturing for pharmaceutical companies before Himmath joined in 2007. After conducting market research into the availability of branded supplements, Himmath discovered that there was paucity of nutraceutical brands in India. 

To fill the existing gap in the supplement market he launched his own nutrition site and launched Zenith Nutrition brand along with his brother Arvind Jain in 2009. In March 2018 his interest in nutrition and supplements led him to introduce AS-IT-IS Nutrition. Today, AS-IT-IS Nutrition is India's most trusted Health & Sports Supplements brand offering Whey Protein, Amino Acids, Gainers, Health Herbs & Superfoods. Finding an element in its purest, most natural form is akin to finding the most expensive element on earth. At  AS-IT-IS Nutrition, they make this discovery possible.

10. Rajiv Talreja, Founder of Quantum Leap Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd
Rajiv Talreja is the founder of Asia’s Largest MSME Business Coaching Company - Quantum Leap Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, author of the Bestseller book - Lead or Bleed, Investor, TedX Speaker and Founder of DreamCraft Events and Entertainment Pvt Ltd, and DreamCatcher Investments Pvt Ltd. Rajiv’s 1st venture Quantum Leap which started as a Corporate Training Company in 2006 today has grown to become Asia’s Largest MSME Business Coaching Company. 

Seeing an opportunity that came along with the book launch, Rajiv decided to optimize it by creating and holding his first Business Breakthrough Seminar and offering it for free to each book owner. Little did he know that this seminar would become the most sought-after seminar in India by entrepreneurs in the upcoming years. 

This eventful journey inspired Rajiv to form a carefully curated training program, The Business P.A.C.E. Program, where one can learn the applied tools, strategies, and systems that have already given tangible results to over 20,000+ entrepreneurs.

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