Akhil Shahani

Akhil Shahani


Hi, I'm a serial entrepreneur & would like to welcome you to my page I am currently the Director of Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt. Ltd - A Private Equity Fund investing in India's $50 Billion education sector. In the past I have been involved in various organizations with interests in education, new media, commodities & non-profits. These include: 1) Smart Institute - A global business school that creates Smart People for Smart Companies. 2) Smart Entrepreneur Network - Web portal that helps entrepreneurs succeed. 3) East India Paper Company - One of India's oldest & largest paper & paperboard merchants. In the Non-profit space we have: 1) The Shahani Trust - More than 60 years of charitable work in education, healthcare & low cost housing 2) SAGE Foundation - Provides education and skills training for India's needy. 3) Smart University - International foundation promoting educational reform 4) Unltd India - Supporting start up social entrepreneurs in India When I Was A Child I Was Greatly Influenced By This Old Parable: There was a Saint who had a vision about what it was like in Hell & Heaven. In Hell he saw a huge table laden with food in the centre. Surrounding the table were starving people who all had very long forks attached to the ends of their arms. They could stab the food, but the forks were too long for them to put the food in their mouths. They were all screaming in frustration as they tried to eat the food that they longed for. In Heaven, the saint saw the exact same table laden with food & people with the long forks at the ends of their arms. However, here the people were all smiling & enjoying the food. What they were doing was stabbing the food & putting it in EACH OTHER's mouths! The moral of the story is that our heaven & hell is right here on earth, how much we want to help others & be helped in return is what makes the difference :-) What Am I Like?: Dr. Peter Senge (author of 'The Fifth Discipline') once called me a Pragmatic Idealist. I am a serial entrepreneur & love to get involved in enterprises that truly add value to society. According to my Temperament Profile, I am a Rational-Inventor (ENTP). Supposedly we are quite scarce (less than 2% of the general population). Here's an intro quote from Advisor Team's Site about our type: "There aren't many Inventors, but your type has a great impact on people's everyday lives. This is true because of your innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. These traits make certain that you're always eyeing new projects, enterprises, and processes, and looking for better ways to do things." Don't know about the impact I make :-)......but I AM always looking for new people & projects to get involved with. Thomas Power was kind enough to give me this testimonial: "Bold, direct, charming and straight to the point Akhil has an open mind to new ideas and new approaches. He absorbs information very quickly and can see into the future with reliable insight. Very few people truly believe in global networking and having a global business network to support your personal and professional endeavours, Akhil is one of these few, and for that I reason I naturally feel comfortable recommending a very smart gentleman indeed. A larger future is coming in Akhil's direction." Who Can I Connect You With?: I have a huge offline network (both in India & around the world). I would be happy to connect you with anyone I know from: 1) Alumni of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. I was in the class of 1994. 2) The American Alumni Association. I am the Past President 3) The Rotary Club. I am Past President of The Rotary Club of Bombay Midtown. One of India's oldest & largest Rotary Clubs 4) Confederation of Indian Industry. This is India's premier industry association. I am on the Higher Education Taskforce. 5) Mumbai Angels. India's premier association of angel investors who look for early stage investment opportunities. 6) BNI. I was part of the leadership team of India's first BNI chapter. Am also a member of the Young Entrepreneur's Organization, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Indian Merchant's Chamber & Indian Institute of Management Consultants. Other Stuff About Me:

  • I am listed in "Asia's Whos Who - Men & Women of Achievement"
  • was awarded the "Bharat Shiromani Award" in 2006 for excellence & contribution to society. This award has also been given to Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama & Sachin Tendulkar among others.
  • Received the 'Bharat Gaurav Award" in 2007 for contribution to Indian Business
  • Received the "Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award' in 2009 for my work in education
  • I was also selected as 'India's Man of The Year' By The American Biographical Institute
  • I've mentored many young entrepreneurs
  • I have been profiled in various newspapers & magazines in India including 'Business India' , 'The Times of India', 'The Economic Times' & 'Express Computers'.
I make time to hang around with my wife (Nisha) two lovely daughters (Simran & Shagun) & incontinent Cocker Spaniel (Brandy) Would just like to leave you with a thought: Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates & Richard Branson had exactly the same 24 hours every day as you do!



Skype: akhilshahani
Website URL: http://www.kaizenpe.com
Blog URL: http://www.smartentrepreneur.net

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Mark McCulloch Success Coach

"Hi I was just surfing around Ecademy and I remembered it had been a while since I checked out the profile of the people on my contact list so I had decided to take a look and when I see your profile I just felt compelled to leave this comment / testimonial. It is and always has been a pleasure to have you in my contact network here on ecademy and just to let you know I am almost 10 years now full time working from home on the internet so if there is ever any advice or anything that you need just let me know. Mark McCulloch Enlightened Entrepreneur, Internet Marketer and Success Coach http://www.CoachOfSuccess.com"

Yogesh Huja Entrepreneur

"Hi Akhil This morning we shared lots of mails... It has been long we have been virtually connected ....i look forward to meet you & establish a strong bond. You are a great person ....& value to ecademy Rgds Yogesh Huja"

Chinnagouder Thiruvenkatam

"I am very happy to connected with this person. It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another. C Thiruvenkatam http://www.phonedetective.in/ "


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Mark McCulloch Success Coach

"Hiya Akhil I was just browsing around Ecademy and decided to look at my contacts where I noticed yourself once again and I thought I would come over and check out your profile. Great profile you have here and a pleasure to be connected with you. Regards Mark McCulloch http://www.MarkMcCulloch.com"

Seema Sharma

"Hi Akhil, Thanks for the request, glad to connect with you.... Seema"

robert anfang

"Hello Akhil Thanks for the invitation your website is very nice. I am happy to be in your network Greetings from Austria R;-)bert"

Dominic Verbruggen

"Akhil, I sincerely think you are a valuable asset to any network! That's why I would like to invite you to join me on my website http://theopennetworkersforum.ning.com/ . That is, if you haven't already of course ;-). "

Jessil John

"Hi Akhil, Hope you are doing well.. And thanks for connecting with me.. It will be pleasure networking and doing networking business together.. Thanks & Regards, Jessil John CAT Technologies Ltd. "Committed To Human Excellence Thru IT" Skype: jessil.john MSN: jessil.john@live.in Phone: 201-298-1712 #221 Visit us at--- www.cattechnologies.com - Software Development Services. www.catamerica.com - Onsite Staffing Solutions. www.catbpo.com - BPO & LPO Offerings."

Rosemary Levesque

"Akhil, I love the parable you have on your profile. Living your life helping others is what it's all about. Congratulations! Rosemary Levesque Reiki Master Portland, OR www.RosemarysSolutions.com"

Henry Christensen

" Hello Akhil Shahani Thanks for joining my network here at ecademy! Hope to exchange some good business information with you. Kindest Regards, Henry Denmark/Philippines F5M-Millionaires Club "

Ayaz Ahmed Shaikh

"Hi Thank you for Adding Me You Really Rocks Regards Ayaz Shaikh "


"Hello Akhil, Millions of thanks for your kind invitation and I am honoured and happy to be in your network and I find your profile very impressive especially the story of Hell & Heaven. Plz take out some time to read my story and may I inform you that I am eagerly looking for a sponsorer to propagate my discovery all over the world, which I believe would greatly benefit the mankind in present times. Regards, Sumit "

Liza Morado

"I loved your story about heaven and hell...!!!! With that said, here is my fork full of food for you! Best wishes always to someone who's got it right!!! Liza Morado"

Lee Parent

"Hi, Akhil It is an honor and a pleasure to be connected with you here on Ecademy. You are truly a remarkable person whose mission is to enable others to grow and change in a positive manner through your ability to relate to a wide variety of personalities and foster the development of meaningful relationships among them. A true and able networker, you not only give unconditionally to others, particularly to those who can benefit the most, but also are a mentor and role model through which they learn to share your gift with others in their turn. Is that not what we are all here for? I look forward to getting to know you well and perhaps work with you in some manner to bring about positive change in people's lives and in our troubled world. Warm regards, Lee"

Rabin Ghosh

"Hi Akhil, Your profile has delighted my soul. Rabin Ghosh"

mritunjay singh

"Hi Akhil, Welcome to my network and thanks for the contact! We all need friends during our lives, its not all about commercialism, networking is a wonderful way of finding out about other peoples lives and lifestyles. If we can help others on our journey through life then this is the first step to fulfilling the prophecy of 'What goes around comes around'. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you feel that I can help you in any way. May I take this opportunity to wish you all you would wish yourself and that you shall prosper and grow in knowledge and wealth. Honored to be a part of your network! Mritunjay Singh Advocate"

Mark McCulloch Success Coach

"Absolutely amazing to have connected with you here on ecademy. Your profile really does look very good and you seem to be very professional, please keep the hard work going always. Mark McCulloch http://www.CoachOfSuccess.com"

Abdul Gaffar Shahnawaz

"I am glad to get connected with Akhil Shahani. I wish Akhil to always be successful in everything he does! Abdul "

Suresh Nair

"Thank you for taking time to go through my profile and adding me on to your network. Appreciate you being generous. Would like to know more about you. Do write back. With warm regards, Suresh Nair Director, ABC Paradigms "

Dr. James Le Blanchard

"It is always great to associate with other professionals. Thanks for adding me to your contacts. I am delighted to be connected. We all work better as a team. If I or my associates can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. Le Blanchard"

Julian Stanley

"Thank you for connecting with me here in "Thailand the Land of Smiles" on the Ecademy network. Know the power of networking. Concentrate on recommendations; they are the best form of advertising. I tell my staff nearly every day that if every person you know has 10 friends that they recommend you to, those 10 friends then recommend you to their 10 friends. That would mean that for every friend that trusts your recommendations, 1,000 people would know about you. Think of the possibilities I hope that we can be of mutual benefit to each other in the future. I look forward to networking with you in the future. Best wishes Julian Stanley MD Uni-Serv Marketing Office@uni-servthailand.com "

George Joseph

"Dear Akhil, Today is a remarkable day, made possible by ecademy and YOU. YOU have helped me achieve the dream of networking with a thousand ecademicians from all over the world! Thank you for helping me along the way... While thanking you for your help, I invite you to visit our project in Palamaner. Or if you wish to know more about our work, please visit: http://www.csatrust.com. Wishing you a meaningful lenten season and with Gods abundant blessings. George "

Vipul Tank

"Hi, Thanks for your interest. Glad to connect to fine people like you seem to be ! Great net worker, trustfully, friendly & wonderful person. It's a pleasure to stay in touch and to be friend. Have a great day and thanks again ! Keep in touch... Take Care.......... Thanks…!!! Have a Good Day…..!!! With Best Regards, VIPUL K. TANK Document Controller "

Petry Jean-Pierre

"Thank you to add me on your friends list Very happy to meet you on this Network Hope we can share some idea. Friendly Jean-Pierre www.agence-libre.ch "

George Joseph

"I am very happy to renew my contact with you.Our website is recently updated. Please visit: http://www.csatrust.com for a better understanding of my life and work. Have a wonderful Valentines Day. George"

Muhammad Siddique

"Glad to be connected and that you are part of my circle of friends. You are a valuable part of my network, and thank you for being part of ecademy. Sincerely, Siddique Writer at TRCB.com http://www.trcb.com/author/siddique.htm"

Penny Power

"A very special man, whom Thomas and I hold very close to our hearts. An unconditional giver who looks for every and any opportunity to help his fellow man. You have helped yet another person today Akhil, thank you."

Arup Bhanja

"Hi Akhil, Thanks for supporting me in your network and I am delighted to be on your network. Feel free to ask for any technical issues related to websites and web based programming. Regards, Arup Bhanja Bangalore, INDIA."

Barbara Adams

"I have contacted Akhil on several occasions for assistance and he has always responded positively. I am proud to be in his network and really appreciate the help and support I have received. Thank you Akhil you are truly a star. Barbara "

Parag Shah

"akhil is an excellent networker"

Rob Abdul

"I rarely say this to anyone: Akhil, oozes with sophistication and class. He is in a league of his own, a real asset to India's advancement. "

Rafeeq Manzil

"Hi It's been quite interesting to go through your profile. A lot of insight. I feel I am fortunate to be connected with you. Great! Keep it up! Rafeeq"

Nilesh Karkhanis

"Hi! Thanks for connecting. Warm Regards Nilesh Karkhanis"

Rama Sethu Ranga Nathan

"Dear Friend, Greetings From India. It is an honour and pleasure to be connected with you on Ecademy. I am Benefited and it is an Honor. You are appreciative, optimistic, cheerful,kind,professional,friendly and a charming ecademist. You have Great Profile with Lot of Information.Best wishes once again. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another. Looking forward to hearing from you. God Bless. Regards. R.Rama Sethu "

Bux "Opening Doors" Shayeb

"Hi Akhil, Thank you for connecting! Remember, 'if you are going to think, you might aswell thing BIG!' Bux Shayeb www.itrade-uk.com Head Trader "

Bharat R A

"A wonderful person and an energetic networker. Bharat"

Boris Martin Arnez Fernandez

"My pleasure.. its an honour. Blesses Boris."

Ronald L. Taylor

"It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another."

Andrew G. Allen

"Glad to be connected!"

Navaz Malikakkkal

"Great Profile and testimonials. Very impressed seeing with his achievements too. Look forward to meeting Akhil soon."

Danish Thanvi

"I'm very happy to be connected with Akhil on Ecademy and look forward to being of mutual benefit to one another."

Barbara Adams

"Thank you Akhil for helping me with such a speedy response to my request. Barbara"

Christina Mai Hansen

"Akhil, you are truly an amazing friend and networker. May all good things flow to you in the future."

Alison Bourne

"Akhil is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He also has an extremely sharp business brain which I greatly admire. I hope we shall work together in the future for the benefit of many. Warmest regards Alison "

Nigel Watson

"Hi Akhil A genuine pleasure to meet you over lunch. I love the energy and generousity in which you share your thinking and ideas. In particular, I am grateful for the great insights that you gave me into the specific USP's of our businesss based upon the specific Leaderhip Development work conducted to-date. Thank you! Have a super trip, and I look forward to our paths crossing again within the near future. Very best wishes Nigel "

Eric "Business Scene" Hearn

"Akhil is a great connection and a great connector. He is open and willing to help, coupled with a great sense of humour. I really look forward to meeting you. "

Nikhil Wad

"I was in touch with Akhil since many days on Ecademy but I got an opportunity to meet him personally face to face on the very first Ecademy India Mixer event organised on 19th October and was a pleasure meeting him. I must say that he is a great person as a human being at heart. Such a helpful guy. I admire and respect him. Wam Regards, Nikhil Wad"

Ashok Rajani

"Heres wishing you success in every bend of your life on your birthday today 8th of October 2007....you are one of the best connectors of people and and hope you have great success in all you do!! I had to write this second testimonial to Akhil since he has been nothing but a great asset to know and his warm and friendly attitude will go a long way with people who connect with him or are connected and dont know the difference. Keep up the good work and attitude. Warm Regards Ashok Rajani"

Glen Carlson

"I arrived in India for the first time about 3 months ago and Akhil gave me the warmest welcome and immediately made me feel at home among friends. It was not his business acumen that impressed me the most, rather his humble nature and genuine interest in how to cross boarders to find a common ground on which to collaborate. A true entrepreneur and business mastermind in every sense of the word."

Milton Rodrigues

"I've got to know Akhil over the past year, since I joined Ecademy. He is a highly-connected Global Networker with much "nous", very quick to lend his thoughts & help where possible & a great choice for Club Leader of Ecademy India. Constructive, Articulate, Knowledgeable & very experienced in the hub of modern INDIA. - the emerging SuperPower. In my opinion, he will take it to the next level !"

Malay Shah

"Akhil is a man to connect with from any part of the world ! Graceful, cheering and always live when it comes to networking ! A right pick from Ecademy Chairman Mr. Thomas Power for his Indian counterpart. Best wishes and Cheers, Malay Shah. "

Andrew Widgery

"Ecademy India is blessed to have you lead your great nation. A nation that is full of the most outstanding initiatives, commercial enterprise and rich culture and wish you and Ecademy India the success it deserves. However, with such promise in making Ecademy India reflective of India's heritage and potential comes with it great responsibility and many challenges but with someone of your integrity, charisma and business acumen there can be little doubt that it won't be a huge success."

Malay Shah

"One of the most connected guy in India. Organizer of Mr. Thomas Power's India Visit. Great person to connect with. "

Malay Shah

"One of the most connected guy in India. Organizer of Mr. Thomas Power's India Visit. Great person to connect with. "

Malay Shah

"One of the most connected guy in India. Organizer of Mr. Thomas Power's India Visit. Great person to connect with. "

Malay Shah

"One of the most connected guy in India. Organizer of Mr. Thomas Power's India Visit. Great person to connect with. "


"Akhil is one of the most powerful networkers I have met, he is sharp, fast and full of ideas!! It is a must to be connected with him and be in his network.What you get as a bonus is lots of fun and humor :-) Best Abha"

Mike "Freddie" Gordon

"One of the great features of this place .. is the facility to make totally random .. yet productive and energising relationships .. Therefore I invite you to randomly select .. Akhil .. my Friend in Mumbai. So far .. yet so close .. and hopefully some UK connections will convey my hugs to you in November 2007 Keep me smilin' :):):) XXXX"

Robert WoW De Souza

"I am glad I am part of Akhil's network as he has a great talent and passion to make a difference to humanity. I also believe that he works from the heart rather than the pocket as he is a Giver. I look forward to meeting him in person and wish him every success as he walks his talk."

Eric Edmeades

"Akhil is an excellent speaker and what he doen't know about the speaking and consulting market in India would fit in a very small thimble. - Eric Edmeades "

Daniel Priestley

"Akhil Shahani is one of the most well conected guys in India (if not the world!). He is reliable, fun, energetic and inspiring. Akhil is involved in several humanitarian progects as well as running several succesful businesses. I am proud to say that Akhil is a friend. "

Sharon Iezzi

"You'll definitely be my first choice when I need a solid contact in India. Best Regards, Sharon (Fearless Reader) Iezzi"

David Walters

"Akhil provided me with sound advice and his enthusiasm for Ecademy was evident in his words. He really helped me get my ideas in order. Thank you."

Ashok Rajani

"Awesome young gentleman always out to help out whichever way he can. Known Akhil from a long time now and he certainly would be an awesome contact for you to have in India !! Coming from me anyone can take this as a HUGE testimonial !! :)"

Mehul Patel

"Akhil is extremly in tune with teh world, his new project http://www.AYKYA.com is the best virtual playground for any Entreprenuer in the world, Akhil is amongst the top Bombay circle and practically knows all those who matter!"


"Akhil is a great guy! No, actually an OUTSTANDING guy! He is friendly, helpful, open and he has a great sense of humor. A true entrepreneur with a global vision. So, if you are visiting Mumbai or in need of any kind of paper, you definitely should talk to Akhil! apna khayal rakhiyega, Bert N E E E D S So, what are your neeeds? www.neeeds.com bioptimo best in biometrics www.bioptimo.com"

Olavur Ellefsen

"Met Akhil in Mumbai March 2006. He comes across as open minded, straight talking, creative, and intelligent - and is able to see the world through your eyes and come up with useful advice in no time. Highly recommendable!"

Ashok Rajani

"Most Enterprising and down to earth mortal known him for a long time but now know him a lil better to appreciate his talents !!"

Niiraj R. Shah

"A Networker par execellence with one of the most agile minds I have come across. He seems to have read every book worth reading and has a network that can make things happen. All you need to do is connect with him. I believe everyone who comes in contact with him will benefit!"

John Cave

"I rate Akhil as one of the 'top people' in my network already..... He is friendly, very humorous, open and very willing to help. His assistance has been first class, and I hope to come and meet him face to face before too long.... "Well tally ho! With a bing and a bong and a buzz buzz buzz!""

Debasish Sen

"Akhil thanks for such a prompt response. Will let you know how i get on. Hope to reciprocate the intro one day. Regards. Debasish"

Hélder Falcão

"Great networker, lots of things in common! Looking forward to doing business with! Regards, Helder"

Rory ROR Murray

"I have exchanged a number of emails with Akhil and always found him to be open, honest and humorous. I recently sent an email asking for people to help a friend of mine, who is visiting India with his photographic exhibition and Akhil responded promptly with an offer of help that demonstrates his "connectedness" and his willingness to help. I sense that this is how Akhil usually operates and I recommend him highly as someone you should connect with as a priority. Regards Rory"

Manoj Patel

"Good Attitude. Thats fantastic mind. "

Sadiq Baig

"A promising business star in the eastern horizon!"

Thomas Power

"Bold, direct, charming and straight to the point Akhil has an open mind to new ideas and new approaches. He absorbs information very quickly and can see into the future with reliable insight. Very few people truly believe in global networking and having a global business network to support your personal and professional endeavours, Akhil is one of these few, and for that I reason I naturally feel comfortable recommending a very smart gentleman indeed. A larger future is coming in Akhil's direction."


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