ASCENT Foundation, a not-for-profit, peer-to-peer learning platform founded by Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd, has announced the formation of a strategic Advisory Board to help chart the Foundation’s growth path for the next decade. The Advisory Board made up of accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders will offer overall direction and guidance towards aggressive growth and Pan-India impact for ASCENT Foundation.
The Members of the Advisory Board Include:
- Harsh Mariwala – Founder, ASCENT Foundation & Chairman, Marico Limited
- Priyanjali Mariwala – Director, Aquacentric
- Nadia Chauhan – Joint MD and CMO, Parle Agro
- Namita Thapar – Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals
- Rohan Mirchandani – Co-Founder & CEO, Epigamia
- Kunal Shroff – Managing Partner, ChrysCapital Advisors
- Ram Shroff – Owner, Charak Pharma
Speaking on the constitution of the Advisory Board, Archanna Das, Head, ASCENT Foundation, said, “This is a momentous occasion for ASCENT as we not only complete 10 years of providing unmatched support to entrepreneurs, SME business owners but also secure the coming decade through this Advisory Board. We have big aspirations to enable entrepreneurs from every corner of the country and beyond in the decade to come. The experience of this Advisory Board will be invaluable as we navigate through singularly unique times for businesses. We are truly excited to receive this group’s strategic guidance and add value to our operations nationally.”
Harsh Mariwala, Founder, ASCENT Foundation, said, “Ten years ago, we started ASCENT with an intention to offer peer-to-peer support to entrepreneurs at a time when entrepreneurship wasn’t the buzz word it is today. ASCENT has grown from a single city operation to a pan-India presence, helping hundreds of entrepreneurs and founders navigate through the challenges of running businesses in this tough macro environment. In that sense, this is more than just my philanthropic expression. This is building a support network that will sustain India’s SME/MSME march forward. Hence, forming this Advisory Board is a logical next thing to do for us as ASCENT finds greater relevance in a post-pandemic world.”
Namita Thapar, Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals: “Today, the entrepreneur ecosystem is being rightfully seen as a key pillar of the economy. More encouragingly, women are taking up leadership roles and emerging as able leaders of businesses. Networks such as ASCENT providing peer-to-peer support to a greater number of founders and leaders, with a strong focus on women founders will have a big role to play in cultivating a generation of successful entrepreneurs. I am excited to shape and guide some of the focus areas going forward.”
ASCENT has about 850 members from around the country grouped into over 69 operational Trust Groups that act as a peer-to-peer support network for the members. The Trust Groups leverage the power of the collective and enable entrepreneurs to share and exchange experiences, ideas, insights and learn from each other in a healthy and non-competing ecosystem.