THE TEAM

The Dugout - The Team

Ajit Ravindran


Co-Founder & Managing Director


A sport marketing practitioner with over 16 years of experience, Ajit ventured into the business of sport with ESPN STAR in 2003.

Part of the core team that created India’s first ever sports league – Premier Hockey League (2004-05), Ajit has also contributed significantly to the development of sports at the grassroots, through brand supported initiatives viz. Mahindra Youth Football Challenge in association with Celtic FC (2009), Coca-Cola Cricket Cup (2010) & Airtel Rising Stars with Manchester United (2012).


He has been a catalyst in enhancing the mass participative sports sponsorship ecosystem and has worked closely with organizations like Tata Consultancy Services, Standard Chartered, Airtel, Volini, Nike, BMW etc., enhancing both, brand & consumer experience.

Ajit co-founded Meraki Sport & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. with an objective to build brands through Sport. He believes that sport in India, beyond cricket, is sponsorship driven & has generated over INR 200 cr. in sponsorships for non-cricket sport in the country.

Past experience: ESPN Star Sports (2004-2007)
Co-founded Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. in 2008.
Sr. Vice President - Procam International (2009-2015)

Namrata Parekh


Co-founder & Director


An MBA in Advertising and Communication, from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Namrata is responsible for the overall business and management of operations.


Started her career as an RJ with Red FM in 200, Namrata brings with her, a diverse work experience, essaying roles across organizations like JWT, Bloomberg UTV, Jagran Solutions and Procam International.


When not at work, Namrata can be found reading or binging on Netflix. She holds the world record for having completed all seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in record time.


Toshan Patil


Co-founder & Director


Toshan graduated in Business and Management from the University of Exeter.


His focus areas at Meraki include brand strategy, solutions and insights and is also responsible for the collective knowledge growth of the ogranisation.


Toshan is perennially seeking a good debate, the perfect cheese cake an an informative documentary.


Ramesh Thakur


Director


A veteran in the industry of sport, RPT has 25+ years of experience of creating sport properties from scratch.


Over the course of his career, RPT has established himself on the board of directors at India’s largest timing solutions company- Timing Technologies India Ltd. He also is a director of finance at the Marcus group of hotels in Goa.


He is responsible for putting on ground –operationally and financially, some of India’s largest distance running properties, namely- SCMM (now Tata Mumbai Marathon), ADHM, TCSW10K and Tata Steel Kolkata 25k .


At Meraki, in his role as Commercial Director, Ramesh is key in government relations, liaising, project planning and overall company / project financial health management.


Harshal Shah


Director


Harshal is the Chief Financial Officer for Meraki. His areas of responsibility include corporate finance, business finance, operations planning & assurance, investor relations and taxation for the group.


A finance professional with over a decade’s experience, Harshal’s expertise lies in Fund Management, Capital Markets & Investment Banking. During his career he has managed INR 300 Crores of Assets (USD $50 million) and raised capital to the tune of INR 130 Crores (USD $22 million).


Giselle Mendes


Business Head – LIVE Experiences & Key Accounts


Prior to joining Meraki, Giselle, a graduate in Mass Communication from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, dabbled in the media industry and the fast-paced avenues of venture capital.

At Meraki, Giselle leads all projects and LIVE Events. Our master delegator enjoys a crisis, and lists putting out fires as her primary skill.


When not delegating, Giselle enjoys binge watching chick flicks over a glass of wine

Sharba Tasneem


Business Head – Talent, Content & Key Accounts


A sports management graduate, Sharba started her professional career at Meraki in 2016.


Having started as an Operations Executive working on Meraki’s LIVE events, today Sharba heads our Talent Management and Content Vertical. Her drive and sense of ownership embody what we stand for at Meraki.


When not at work, Sharba's world revolves around food and Formula 1.


Sunil Khapre


Head – Finance & Accounts


Sunil holds a BCom from the University of Mumbai and head's Meraki's Finance and Accounts Department.


He oversees all financial matters related to the company. If you have engaged with Meraki, you’ve probably at some point interacted or heard of ‘Sunil Sir’, as he is fondly called. He is known to hoard snacks in his secret cabinet and shares them only if he truly believes you deserve a bite. Beyond the balance sheet, Sunil is a cricket fan and regularly follows the sport.


Advay Parasnis


Sr. Manager – Digital & Social Media


A computer engineer by education, Advay graduated from NIIT University with a BTech in Computer Science.


Advay’s role at Meraki involves overseeing all of Meraki’s digital & new media assignments. His passion for sport and natural knack for all things digital ensures that we are ahead of the curve.


His love for Manchester United can only be rivalled by his love for food.


Shantanu Ugrankar


Sr. Manager – Product, Revenue & Strategy


Shantanu is a part of Meraki's brand solutions team. He holds a BA in Economics & Political Science and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Sydney.


His primary responsibility at Meraki includes working on innovative and disruptive brand solutions as well as research and insights.


Prior to joining Meraki, Shantanu worked at JLL India.

Ankita Chavan


Manager – Accounts & Admin


Ankita handles accounts and admin for Meraki.


Her unofficial role is also to ensure that office debauchery is kept to a minimum by using stern words and threats of leave day reductions – a tactic that works all the time. She also ensures we maintain decorum at all times!


When she is not setting a process for reimbursement or managing attendance, Ankita is probably plotting how to terminate an inefficient service provider and looking for another one.


Onkar Sawant


Manager – Design & Creative


Onkar is part of Meraki's design and creative team. Having graduated in animation, his proclivity towards social media content has provided Meraki with some of our finest creative work.


Beyond Meraki, Onkar is a Marathi poet and a purveyor of Indian history.

Anurag Saikia


Manager – Key Accounts


Anurag holds a Masters in Marketing from the Delhi School of Communication.

A part of the Digital & New Media team, Anurag works on Meraki's spectator sport assignments ensuring that fans are always engaged.

Over his career, Anurag has worked with companies in the marcomm industry working on a host of national brands such as Tupperware and Indiamart.

Name a movie, and Anurag has probably watched it.

Rushab Shah


Manager – Sports Operations


Rushab is a national level motorcycle racer and the only active athlete in the Dugout.


He is based out of our Bangalore office and hs role at Meraki largely involves handling event operations for all projects and LIVE events that the company is involved in.


Off work, Rushab is your go-to guy for everything ‘chill’ – from playlist recommendations to suggestions on where you’d get the best pizza in Bengaluru.

Nishtha Bonnerjee


Assistant Manager – LIVE Experiences & Key Accounts


Masters in Sports Management and a BA in Sociology, Nishtha’s role at Meraki involves backend and Key Account handling in the Project Management vertical


Her knowledge and practical experience of handling on-ground sporting events was honed throughout her career. In her previous roles she has worked with Tamil Thalaivas, Sportz Consult and Star Sports.


A one-woman army, she does not let her tiny frame deter her from handling an assignment (no matter how difficult) end-to-end

She loves a good book and a games night with her family and friends.

Tanvi Raut


Assistant Manager – Talent & Key Accounts


A Sports Management & Mass Media Graduate, Tanvi’s responsibilities at Meraki largely involves working with talent and talent solutions.

Prior to Meraki, Tanvi worked in the television and advertising industry as an assistant producer on non fictional shows and ads.

She claims that the only reason she is at Meraki is because she is still waiting for her letter of acceptance to Hogwarts. According to her; the Owl has gotten lost.

Arindam Sarmah


Assistant Manager – Talent, Content & Key Accounts


Arindam's educational background could not be any more different than his role at Meraki. A BSc in Maths, he is working in the talent and content vertical.


A former journalist and media manager, Arindam has worked with the likes of KhelNow.com, GoalBold.com, Fox Sports Asia and Shillong Lajong.


Arindam is passionate follower of all things Indian football.

Rani Jain


Executive – LIVE Experiences


Don’t let Rani’s bubbly nature fool you. When she’s on ground, her mere presence tends to get the job done. She handles Client Servicing for Meraki’s Project Management vertical


Rani is an avid Bollywood fan and her claim to fame is watching Kuch Kuch Hota Hai over 500 times. She’s also a big supporter of Indian cricket and ensures she wraps up work to get home in time to watch India play.

Niket Gadoya


Executive – Digital & Social Media


Niket holds a BMS and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management.


At Meraki, he is part of the Digital & Social Media team and is responsible of the execution of Meraki’s digital assignments.


He is always ready to play a game of FIFA, takes on the responsibility of organizing cricket/football matches for the team and regularly lobbies with the Meraki Admin team to purchase a PlayStation.

Baibhav Chatterjee


Executive – Digital & Social Media


Baibhav is an Economics graduate with a post graduate diploma in Sports Management.


At Meraki, he is part of the Digital & Social Media team and largely oversees the execution of the digital requirements on Meraki's projects.


He has a hard time picking a favourite between Arsenal, MMA and Waffles. He prefers his music heavy and his movies horror.

Suvankar Samanta


Executive – Content


Suvankar plays a dual role at Meraki which not only includes the execution of design and creatives but also constructing content strategies for Meraki’s assignments.


He is a 4th generation Mohun Bagan fan and an amateur chef.

Niveda Vigraham


Executive – Product, Revenue & Strategy


A BMM graduate from Xavier's College Mumbai, Niveda is part of Meraki’s Product, Revenue & Strategy team. Her role largely revolves around research and brand insights.


When not compiling research reports, Niveda can be found listening to Linkin Park and Pink Floyd.

Sandeep Kanojiya


Sr. Video Editor


If those videos on some of our team handles and after movies of the projects, we’ve worked on have wowed you, Sandeep is the man we credit. As our resident video editor Sandeep ensures Meraki’s video content output is flawless and class apart.


Interestingly, for a large part of his career, he has contributed edits to Bollywood movies and trailers, which explains the buildup and storytelling innovation that he surprises us with every single time


When he’s not editing, Sandeep enjoys catching up on some Bollywood flicks, playing cricket and listening to music.

Tejasvi Patil


Assistant Manager: Accounts & Admin


Tejasvi handles accounts and admin in the Finance and Admin team. Her ability to multitask and get the job done before deadline is what sets her apart, as does her ability to remember which file is stored where.


Ketan Raykar


Office Administration & Upkeep


Ketan performs the daunting task of maintaining a habitable standard of working at the office every day. An exceptionally talented manager, he displays a fierce work ethic suitable for managing any kind of crisis; and is extremely popular amongst the employees.


A valued member of our staff, he transforms the workplace into a second home for all, keeping morale high all day with his ‘Never say NO’ attitude.