Money-Wizards is the brainchild of two IIM, Bangalore alumni and the venture is an attempt to bring world class money/finance education to people, regardless of their age and education level.

Management Team

Venkatesh Varadachari : Co-founder and Director

Venky has over 14 years of portfolio management experience in the Asia Pacific region with some of the largest and most successful global trading companies and hedge funds like Cargill, Black River Asset Management, Indea Capital and Millennium Partners. He has successfully managed over $75MM of capital, as a portfolio manager/proprietary trader, across a spectrum of asset classes like equities, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities. He has a passion for demystifying and simplifying complex finance and investment concepts . He is a management graduate from IIM, Bangalore and an Electrical Engineer from Madras University. Venky also has a Masters in Financial Engineering from NUS, Singapore.

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Thillai Rajan A. : Co-founder and Director

Thillai Rajan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras. In his academic and industry career he has obtained several fellowships and awards such as the Fulbright Nehru Fellowship, Endeavour Executive Fellowship, and the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship. He teaches the Financial Management course for the first year MBA students and elective courses in Infrastructure Finance and Venture Capital in the second year of the MBA program. His research areas include Corporate Finance, Project and Infrastructure Finance, Public Private Partnerships and Venture Capital. Prior to joining academia, Thillai has over 8 years of experience in leading corporations such as IL&FS Investment Managers and Infosys Technologies. At IL&FS he independently managed the operations of a Rs. 350 million venture fund. At Infosys Technologies, he was part of the initial founding team to start the Life Sciences Practice. He later became the Unit Operations Manager of a $200 million business unit at Infosys. Thillai did his graduation in engineering from BITS Pilani, and later completed his doctoral program in management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

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Our Advisors

Rupinder Jindal : Advisor

Rupinder Jindal is an Assistant professor of Marketing at the University of Houston in Texas. He received his PhD from INSEAD, France in 2006 and MBA from IIM Bangalore in 1997. He also holds a bachelor's and master's degree in pharmaceutical sciences from Panjab university, Chandigarh. Before receiving his PhD, Rupinder worked at India's pioneer online b-to-b portal where he was the head of healthcare and information technology industries; and at India's largest pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. where he was an executive in the global marketing division.

Ramesh V. Raghavan : Advisor

Ramesh has nearly 15 years experience in the investment banking and securities business in Asia Pacific advising institutions on various equity and equity linked investment strategies. Ramesh has held senior leadership roles with Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and Singapore looking after the hedge funds Sales and flow derivatives business for nearly 12 years and subsequently for nearly two and half years was the Co-head of Hedge Funds and Flow Derivatives Sales (Asia Pacific) for Royal Bank of Scotland. Ramesh prior to his entry to financial services has worked with Pepsico International and Britannia Industries in India in the FMCG sector handling branded export marketing and commodity exports. Ramesh holds an MBA from London Business School, a Masters in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy (Chennai).

Our Vision

Be the global leader in world class financial literacy and money education.

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