Vikram Vuppala, Founder & CEO

Vikram is a seasoned healthcare strategy consultant with over 12 years of global healthcare industry experience. His passion to redefine healthcare delivery in India prompted him to found NephroPlus, a chain of premium dialysis centers.

He has helped hospitals, dialysis centers, pharmacy benefit managers, healthcare distributors, consumer health, and pharmaceutical clients on various strategic issues such as business development, growth strategy, operational improvement, portfolio rationalization, redefining customer strategies, clinical trial strategy and M&A.

Prior to founding NephroPlus, Vikram was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company in their New Jersey office. He also founded an internal management consulting group at Abbott Laboratories helping key management on various strategic and sales force management issues. Prior to that Vikram worked for two years as a business analyst at ZS Associates, a worldwide leader in sales force management consulting.

Vikram did his Bachelors in Chemical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, Masters in Computer Science from University of Illinois, and a full time MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth school of business. He is based out of Hyderabad, India and enjoys international travel, bollywood movies, roller blading, and sky diving.

Email: vikram@nephroplus.com

Vishal Gupta

Vishal is the Managing Director at Bessemer Venture Partners in India, Bangalore. Vishal joined BVP India in 2006 and focuses on investments in consumer internet, market places and enterprise SaaS.

Vishal is currently on the board of Hungama.com, Matrimony.com, Indian Energy Exchange Ltd., Medi Assist, Anunta Technology Management Services, Applied Solar Technologies, BigBasket and a Board Observer on SnapDeal.

Vishal is also involved in the investments of Shriram City Union Finance, Orient Green Power, Shriram EPC, Kiran Energy Solar Power, Ind-Barath Power Infrastructure and Motilal Oswal.

Prior to joining BVP India, Vishal was a senior manager in the treasurer’s office at Reliance Group. Vishal helped the firm establish a private-equity fund that invested in such companies as Celebrity Fashions, Adlabs and other firms in the healthcare and financial-services sectors. Previously, he served as an executive assistant to the CEO for a joint venture of HCL Tech and Deutsche Bank in India.

Vishal holds an M.B.A from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, is a chartered accountant and has a B.A. in commerce from GS College, where he was ranked one of the top 750 students in the country. He is also a member of Mensa and has been a nationally-ranked table tennis player.

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav Sharma is Co-Head of Private Equity – India at Investcorp. He has over nineteen years of experience both in the US and India across entrepreneurship, private equity, M&A, corporate finance and investment banking. Gaurav was also the co-founder of Prime Gourmet Private Limited. Prior to that, he held the role of Director and the founding team of Providence Equity Partners’ India office and the role Prior to that, he was part of the Investment banking team in New York office of Deutsche Bank (2004-07) and Charlotte office of Wachovia Capital (2003-04) where he covered Telecom and Media sector. Earlier, he was part of the Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking team of Deutsche Bank, New York (2001-03). Gaurav started his career as a Founder and CEO of Trinayana Auto (1994-99) which is a manufacturer of auto components and a vendor for large automobile OEMs in India.

He holds a Master in Business Administration degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.