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Board of Directors

Hemant Jain - Founder and CEO

The firm has been founded by Hemant Jain, who most recently set up and managed India offices of a business intelligence firm where he hired, trained and led a staff of 90 people. The India centre was responsible of managing proprietary business intelligence databases of top global investment banks and delivered several business intelligence reports to clients who include COOs, Business Managers and Head of Strategy at these banks. Prior to that, Hemant worked at Morgan Stanley’s securitization division in London as Associate. Hemant holds an MBA from the HEC School of Management, Paris and an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has also worked with Schlumberger Industries at their Paris office before his MBA and speaks French.

Tarek Walid Tawfik - Investor and Non-Executive Director

Tarek is an Investor and a Non-Executive Director at Axience. He has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry with expertise in wealth management, investment management and treasury. He currently heads the Private Banking division for Barclays in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was the Head of Private Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and managed a portfolio of ultra high net worth clients. Earlier, he worked as the Family Investment Manager for the Abdul Rahman Saad Al-Rashid (ARTAR) Group from 2000 to 2007, prior to which he worked in the brokerage division of the Banque Saudi Fransi.

Tarek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Management, from the King Saudi University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is fluent in Arabic, English and German.

Ajay Pahwa - Non-Executive Director

Ajay is a Non-Executive Director at Axience and CEO of Kaya Limited, the beauty and wellness arm of Marico group of India.

Ajay's experience over the past 22 years has been in hospitality and retail businesses. Prior to Kaya, he worked with Yum Restaurants International for several years in senior level operating roles globally. He has had several years of progressive professional experience in hospitality industry globally.Ajay holds an MBA from IMD Lausanne (Switzerland) and a Bachelors degree in commerce from Delhi University, in addition to various reputable retail and hospitality industry certifications. Ajay won the CMO Asia Awards for Brand Excellence in the Beauty, Wellness & Fitness category in 2010.

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