The Advisory Council of Avendus Capital brings together people who are global thought leaders in the field of international business, economics and public policy. The council provides relevant advice to Avendus and its clients on international trends and developments, and helps the firm in strengthening its global footprint.

  • List of the Advisory Council

Prof. Eisuke Sakakibara

Prof. Sakakibara served as Japan's Vice Minister of Finance and International Affairs, has held many positions with the government of Japan and is renowned as a key advisor to the Democratic Party of Japan.

He joined Japan's Ministry of Finance in 1965 and has served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Director of the First Insurance Division, Director of Planning and Research at the International Finance Bureau. He also serves as President of Institute for Indian Economic Studies (IIES), a foundation which focuses on promoting India Japan collaboration. IIES counts among its advisory board the President and CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation, President and CEO of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Chairman of The Sumitomo Trust and Banking among other well established Japanese and Indian corporate leaders.

Prof. Sakakibara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Arun Seth

Arun is the non-Executive Chairman of India Operations at Alcatel-Lucent, since May 2011.

He worked for BT Group in India in a variety of positions over 17 years, retiring July 2012 as non-Executive Chairman. Starting as the MD in 1995 and built it to its current leadership position in managed telecom services. He drove the IT/BPO programs for BT for the last 8 years helping bring it to its current spend of $ 1 Bn working with multiple partners and own captive centres. He also worked in senior commercial positions in the UB Group, HCL etc.

Arun has been on the Executive Committee for Nasscom for the last 8 years, driving a number of programs like the BPO and Green.

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta – he has worked in senior commercial positions in the UB Group, HCL etc.