Board of Directors
Vijay Angadi: is Managing Director of Novastar Funds. He has over
twenty years of experience in investing in India. He has led the highly
successful small cap public company investment activity for Novastar Funds
since late 2001. The Novastar Funds invest in profitable publicly listed small
cap companies that have the potential to emerge as leaders.
Vijay is a pioneer of the venture capital industry in India and was part of the founding team of the
first venture fund in India,
ICICI Ventures. ICICI Ventures was sponsored by ICICI Bank, one of the largest
banks in India.
He worked for 8 years with ICICI Ventures and served as the Group Head of
investments and member of the Investment Committee and oversaw the investment
and substantial divestment of the first two funds. He served on the Boards of a
numerous private and public companies.
Vijay later served as Director of venture firm, ICF
Ventures which invested in seed stage companies.
Vijay lectures widely on small cap investment, leadership,
company building and ethics in business. He serves on the Governing Board of
Strategic Management Forum of India. He is also involved in numerous community
projects including providing scholarships to underprivileged meritorious
Vijay is an engineer from National Institute of
Technology (Surathkal, India) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of
Robin Farkas: Robin is a prominent private investor. He is an MBA from Harvard Business
School and has been investing in India for nearly
twenty years. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of Alexanders Inc. a
NYSE listed company.He has served on the Boards of a number of private and
public companies and private charities and has served as chairman of the
multibillion-dollar New York State Dormitory Authority.
Charu Sarathy: Charu holds a postgraduate degree in engineering and is
Director of Street Edge Investments, US. The StreetEdge funds manage a wide
range of asset classes including emerging market and private equity investments.
Prior to StreetEdge, Charu cofounded Mecon Inc, which was subsequently acquired
by General Electric.
Board of Advisors
Vasu Devan: is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
and has a post-graduate degree from Wayne
Vasu founded Mecon Inc., a US
based health care information systems company in 1985. He subsequently took the
company public, ran it as a NASDAQ listed company until 2000 when General
Electric acquired it. Vasu co-founded StreetEdge Investments, a diversified and
closely held investment management firm with a portfolio of investments
including private and public company investments and real estate. Vasu serves
on the Board of several late-stage private companies. Prior to founding Mecon,
Vasu was a consultant with Booz Allen, an internationally known
George A. Kellner: George Kellner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer
of Kellner DiLeo & Co., LLC. Mr. Kellner
has been in the arbitrage business for 25 years and founded KDC Merger
Arbitrage Fund, LP in 1981. Prior to Kellner, DiLeo & Co., Mr. Kellner was
a Senior Vice President and founded the arbitrage department of Donaldson,
Lufkin & Jenrette. Before commencing his arbitrage career, Mr. Kellner was
a Vice President and House Counsel of the Madison Fund where he had broad
responsibilities as a financial analyst and portfolio manager. Mr. Kellner
began his professional career as a securities lawyer at the Wall Street law
firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn and holds a B.A. (Trinity College), a J.D.
(Columbia Law School) and an M.B.A. (New York University's Leonard Stern
Graduate School of Business). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a former
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance at the New York University.