Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma

Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma


Co-founder & MD

Executive Director & COO

Head of Corporate Affairs

Director - Strategic Initiatives

Regional Director

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Associate Director - datasurfr

Digital Transformation Leader

Business Head – datasurfr

Product Manager

Creative Head

Marketing Manager

Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma


“Culture is the habitat in which strategy thrives or withers. While culture defines engagement, passion and execution, it also includes the core values of the company and its employees. MitKat gives primacy to culture as the bedrock and inherent founding pillar of the company

about lt gen sudhir sharma

Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma has handled distinguished leadership, staff, instructional and diplomatic assignments, including command of the largest operational force in the world. He has lead and modernized the logistics of the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army, and was India’s Defence Attaché in London. He has been on the Board/Panel of Advisors/Governors of large Indian/global corporations.
Lt Gen Sharma is an acknowledged thought leader and expert on defence, homeland and corporate security. He advises corporations, defence, diplomatic and homeland security (HLS) think-tanks, and is a speaker and author of repute. He has been providing his valuable insights on the most salient economic and political risk factors hovering over the globe, in major international forums like The Horasis Annual Meeting, Switzerland & Ireland, Global Arab Summit, Secure Tech etc.

Lt Gen Sharma has been decorated for gallantry as well as distinguished service. He has been felicitated on two occasions by the President of India for leadership and devotion to duty and country.

A strong votary of safe, secure, responsible and sustainable development, General Sharma is passionate about ecology, environment and entrepreneurship. He is a well-recognized leadership coach and has mentored startups, and helped them realize their potential.

S M Kumar (Sam)

Co-founder & MD

“Mitigating Knowledge Age Risks merits a business-focused, tech-enabled, predictive, intelligence-led, standards & process-based, and cost-conscious approach, with military precision in planning and execution

about s m kumar (sam)

Alumnus of IIM Calcutta, King’s College, London and Joint Services Command & Staff College, UK, Sam is an experienced Security and Risk professional, with a demonstrated history of building and driving business to profitability & sustained growth.

Founder CEO of MitKat Advisory, a leading Asian risk consultancy, and currently its Managing Director, Samrendra leads the development of products to achieve its mission – ‘de-risk client business and protect vital assets’. Sam has been pivotal to MitKat’s regional and global ambitions – the company counts over 50 of the top 100 global corporations as its customers, and has executed projects successfully in 25 countries across 5 continents.

A distinguished Veteran (winner of Sword of Honour & President’s Gold Medal at Indian Military Academy), Col S M Kumar has held distinguished leadership, staff, instructional, technical and multi-national assignments, commanded a combat unit, and was decorated for distinguished service. Sam raised a Consulting sub-unit for a leading Conglomerate, and oversaw its rapid growth.

Sam is an acknowledged thought leader, speaker and author. He appears on primetime TV, Radio, security and leadership conclaves, and supports veterans and entrepreneurs.

Pawan Desai

Co-founder & CEO

“Creating brand is a long journey. It needs passionate leaders, colleagues and supportive clients. Magic happens when this is achieved – and we are here to create this Magic

about pawan desai

An alumnus of Stanford GBS, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and IVLP Fellow (US State Department). Pawan has 25+ years of experience in the security risk management domain. He has been involved with initial set up and growth of a Mahindra Group consulting company in the domain of Cyber Security before co-founding MitKat Advisory Services.

Currently he is the CEO and responsible for the MitKat’s P&L and future global aspirations. He has led several high profile complex and multidimensional risk consultancy assignments with industry leaders across verticals for more than 100+ blue chip companies.

A distinguished Ex-Indian Navy officer with specialization in submarine operations.He is an acknowledged thought leader in security risk management and a staunch supporter of convergency of Cyber and Physical security domains in future.

He speaks regularly at prestigious forums like GSX, OSPAs, OSAC, ACSG, ASIS, BCI, Duty of Care, etc. He has authored several articles in professional journals and has been selected as one of the few security professionals in the country to be part of delegation representing India in the India-US security professionals meet in US in 2014. He has contributed to security fraternity by holding a post of Secretary of Mumbai chapter of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).

He likes to give back to next generation by being a regular visiting faculty at Symbiosis International University, NMIMS and many other premium management institutes. As a part of Digital India initiative he has been deeply involved with Industry body in training of more than 1000+ people on Cyber safety awareness and certification.

His professional qualifications includes CISA, CISSP, CBCP, among others.

Sushil Pradhan

Executive Director & COO

“Find good people, give them a great atmosphere to work in, and they’ll do a great job – that’s what we in MitKat believe in

about sushil pradhan

Sushil is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in leadership and management roles within complex operations, supervising diverse teams and managing challenging programs/assignments within India and abroad.

Sushil has provided customised Risk Management solutions to a variety of MNCs and Indian companies; in Myanmar, Iraq, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and difficult geographies of India.

Sushil is a prolific speaker in several influential and high profile industry forums not only in India but also at London, Dubai, New York, Singapore, Beijing, Colombo and Dhaka; and is a sought after keynote speaker and moderator in industry panel discussions. To his credit various articles published in industry and strategic journals; and has also made several appearances as a security/defence expert on national television.

Sushil has been conducting security audits and assessments across the world for data centres, IT parks, schools, manufacturing plants, offices and banks. He is also much in demand for conducting crisis simulation exercises for corporate management teams, and other forms of risk/security/safety training. In addition to an MBA from Pune University, he has an MSc (in Defence and Strategic Studies) and MPhil (in National Security Studies).

During his 22 years in the military (he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Indian Army), Sushil handled combat, instructional, staff and multi-national assignments. He was decorated for gallantry in Counter-Terrorist operations; trained in commando operations, counter-insurgency and jungle warfare; and has served extensively in the Himalayan high-altitudes. He was also responsible for preparation of policy documents, doctrines, geo-political assessments and geo-strategic approach papers.

He has been a combat trainer in tactics, anti-tank missiles and fighting vehicles; having trained officers and soldiers of several countries. He was a UN Peacekeeper in Sierra Leone in West Africa; and has been awarded the UN Medal.

He trained International UN peacekeepers in the United Nations Training Centre of the Bundeswehr (Germany) on hostage negotiation, mine awareness, cultural sensitisation, and protection of civilians in war zones.

Anand Sankhe

Head of Corporate Affairs

“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve. Charlie Munger

About Anand Sankhe

An alumnus of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies , Anand has 25+ years of experience in Strategy, Finance and M&A. He has worked with some of the best companies in the world. He is the Head of Corporate Affairs at MitKat.

He possesses a broad range of skills in courtesy his deep experience in the corporate world, particularly in consulting and M&A.

He is an avid reader, a fitness freak and a complete family man.

Ranjeet Sinha

Director - Strategic Initiatives

“No rewards without risk

About Ranjeet Sinha

Ranjeet is a military veteran with more than 22 years of experience in the uniform and corporate world. He specialises in Physical security strategy development, creation of mitigation framework and policies, integrated security project management, crisis management, counter-terrorism strategy, and training. He has executed projects across industries including critical infrastructure, oil & gas, transport, energy, SEZ, port operations, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, real estate, and others both in India and globally.

He has been a speaker at various forums on the effective use of new-age technologies for the benefits of security and crisis management operations. His certifications include ISO 27001 LA and CASM (Aviation).

Mitesh Shah

Regional Director

“Stay hungry and stay humble

about mitesh shah

Mitesh is a ‘’Subject Matter Expert’’ in the field of Organizational Resilience, Business Continuity Management and Enterprise Risk Management. He has over 12 years of experience in consulting organizations on how they can de-risk their business and improve their resiliency posture through risk assessments and creation of frameworks in physical security, business continuity and information security. He has worked extensively in the APAC region and assisted clients across sectors of BFSI, Retail, Telecom and global conglomerates.

In terms of certifications, Mitesh is CBCI Certified. He is also a CISA & CISA from ISACA and a certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor.

On a personal note, Mitesh has been staying in Singapore since 2011 and is blessed with two lovely daughters.

Farah London DStG

Regional Director

“Empowering global connections for sustainable growth and prosperity.

About Farah London DStG

Farah London DStG, is a Dame to the International Knightly Order Valiant of St George (“the Order of St. George”), Deputy Commander of the Order St George London Branch, G20 Brazil 2024, Business 30 Trade & Investment Task Force member, a Freeman of the City of London and mayoral candidate for the Mayor of London Elections 2021, as an independent candidate.

She is a visionary entrepreneur, with over 24 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, she continues to drive successful initiatives across six continents in global trade and investment. Founder of an award-winning global government business forum, BACK 2 BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL. The platform has successfully facilitated hundreds of millions of trade and investment around the world. She previously held a successful career in reinsurance, as an underwriter for one of the largest international reinsurance companies, writing multi-billion-pound policies all over the world, in terrorism, political violence, political risk, kidnap & ransom including piracy and liability.

Aparna Guddad

Associate Director - Predictive Risk Intelligence

“Identify opportunity, provide innovative solutions, build a great team and surge ahead!


Aparna Guddad has carved a niche for herself in the field of corporate risk intelligence by keeping a keen eye on the geo-political developments across Asia Pacific with specific focus on South Asia.
An integral part of MitKat’s leadership, she along with her team of intelligence analysts, have been instrumental in making the Predictive Risk Intel (PRI) vertical a brand to reckon with. As an individual who believes in leading by example, Aparna invests in building a strong and able team by mentoring, motivating, and training young individuals to derive the best out of a geographically dispersed team.

Aparna has previously worked with Organisations such as ISS Security Services, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) and the Citigroup. Her rich and diverse experience aids in providing comprehensive assessment of the security scenario and tactful recommendations for continued corporate business operations.

At MitKat, she heads the flagship Predictive Threat Intel service line. Under her leadership, the vertical has grown by leaps and bounds within a short span of time and is on the right trajectory to scale new heights.

Ameya Patkar

Digital Transformation Leader

“For any organisation to sustain and thrive in this fast-paced world, it is essential to make technology adoption a part of their business ethos!

about ameya patkar

Alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-Roorkee) and a qualified finance graduate, Ameya excels in conceptualising and creating scalable solutions that increase productivity and improve user experience.

Ameya’s love for problem solving and technology help him create state of the art software for hitherto unexplored industries. His rich and diverse experience, having worked with the financial, manufacturing, eCommerce and Information Technology sectors previously, aids in creating solutions that are practical while addressing all problem areas.

At MitKat Advisory Services, Ameya heads the technology vertical and has been pivotal in launching several technology based solutions such as Risk Tracker Portal and the Mobile App, Safety Audit platforms, COVID-19 Dashboard and Containment Zone map and Risk and Intelligence Monitoring Engine (RIME).

A Software Engineer by profession, Ameya is an adventurer at heart. A trait that allows him to take risks while making a statement along the way.

Sagar Bhanushali

Business Head – Predictive Risk Intelligence Platform

“Life is a Journey – Think Big. Start Small. Grow Consistently

about sagar bhanushali

Sagar Bhanushali is a seasoned professional with 14 years of business acumen across the fields like e-security, home automation, frontier technologies like AR/VR and education. At work, he enjoys networking and interested in promoting businesses that solve real world problems using Data analytics and Technology. He values people, processes, and systems to ensure long term connections & associations. He is a founder of 2 start-up companies in the past at early age and learned from hands-on entrepreneurial and OJT experiences. Sagar has also been instrumental in setting up strategic initiatives, digital transformation besides generating revenue while working with Reliance Jio Tesseract Imaging Ltd, CP Goenka international Schools group and Technocrat Security Systems in multi-functional roles.

At MitKat Advisory services Pvt Ltd, he oversees new business development for the PRI platform services globally. His focus is to help the business continuity managers, corporate security leaders, risk management & resiliency professionals, facility heads to de-risk their assets with real time actionable intelligence. Our team of risk analyst & AI-assisted portal services will compliment these functional heads to focus on their core business operations, while we do the heavy weightlifting of corroborating relevant information and recommending remedies to mitigate risks. As a co-chair for global organization VRAR Association in India and certified Microsoft Educator, Sagar is passionate towards teaching STEM concepts to the Gen Z and helping them shape up their future careers.
He is proud alumnus of NMIMS University and KJ Somaiya College of Engineering at Mumbai. In personal life, he is passionate about singing, biking, traveling, investing, mentoring start-ups and teaching.

Abhijit Korde

Product Manager

About Abhijit Korde

Abhijit Korde is Product Manager at MitKat Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. He is B.E. Mechanical from University of Pune and has done a Master’s degree in international relations from London School of Economics.   ​

As a Product Manager at MitKat Advisory, Abhijit looks after creating different information services products both technological and non-technological to suit the clients need of getting the intel required to run smooth business operations.

Purvi Poojari

HR Head

“Success is not just about climbing the corporate ladder, but also about empowering and rewarding those who help you climb.

About Purvi Poojari

Purvi Poojari is a highly skilled professional with a robust background in human resources, operations, and corporate services. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounts and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Welingkars Institute, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role.

In her position as Head of Human Resources and corporate services at MitKat Advisory Services Pvt Ltd, Purvi has dedicated nearly a decade to fostering a conducive environment for talent development. She oversees various aspects of employee management, from crafting job descriptions to facilitating professional growth. Purvi is a staunch advocate for initiatives promoting employee well-being, safety, and continuous development, striving to ensure that every member of the workforce feels empowered and valued.

With a strong emphasis on talent retention and a commitment to addressing concerns with empathy and resolution, Purvi works tirelessly to cultivate a culture of mutual respect and excellence. Her extensive experience spans diverse industries, including spearheading recruitment efforts at esteemed organizations like Gactel Turnkey Projects Limited and Wipro Infotech Ltd, as well as overseeing HR operations at Tops Security.

Purvi is renowned for her exceptional skills in team management, client interaction, negotiations and vendor management. She boasts a proven track record of enhancing operational systems and processes to align with organizational missions and goals, driven by her deep-seated passion for nurturing individuals and contributing to organizational effectiveness.

Soheb Khan

Creative Head

“The idea is to grow together, capitalise on each-other’s strengths, enjoy the journey and have remarkable achievements along the way!

about soheb khan

Soheb Khan is an exceptionally talented creative designer who is independent, self-motivated and comes with a strong background in both print and digital media. One of the first few employees, Soheb has played a pivotal part in MitKat’s journey from a start-up to being industry leaders in Safety and Security consultancy for the South Asian market.

A qualified graphic and web designed from Arena Animation, Soheb has an impeccable understanding of Photoshop, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and other latest web-based technologies. Soheb’s quest for perfection and innovative conceptualisation help create high impact material that communicate the message in the most appropriate manner.
At MitKat, Soheb ably heads the Design vertical. Over the years, his understanding of pulse of the market have ensured that MitKat’s products and designs have evolved in keeping up with the latest industry requirements as well as market trends.

Kunal Solanki

Marketing Manager

“Success is about perseverance and persistence. Overcome obstacles by pushing forward, turning every challenge into a stepping stone.

About Kunal Solanki

Kunal Solanki is an experienced marketing professional with over 5 years of experience in the field. As the Marketing Manager at MitKat Advisory, Kunal has a proven track record in managing various aspects of marketing. His responsibilities include social media, event management, CRM, website management, lead management, creating marketing collaterals, digital marketing, and stakeholder management. Kunal enjoys working with cross-functional teams to achieve business objectives and help drive growth for the organization.

Before joining MitKat Advisory, Kunal worked as a Presentation Specialist at J.P. Morgan, supporting bankers with MS Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. He was responsible for adhering to deadlines and ensuring all work was completed accurately and as instructed.

Prior to that, Kunal served as an Associate at Integreon, where he created visually appealing presentations and operated according to defined workflow processes and standard operating procedures. He delivered projects end-to-end and maintained a self-quality control checklist to ensure error-free output.

Kunal began his career as a Telemarketing Executive at Anand India, where he handled client relationships, and was involved in cross-selling and upselling various products.

Kunal holds an MBA from India Education Society’s Management College & Research Centre. His diverse experience across industries and roles has equipped him with valuable skills and knowledge in marketing. He is passionate about leveraging his experience to drive growth for organizations and is always eager to learn and take on new challenges.

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