Nikhil is very passionate about sports, and the business of sports, especially Football. His focus in on the sustainability & development of sports and its participants in an Indian context with a global approach. Sports, Business & Branding are 3 words that excite Nikhil the most. He is a keen follower of ‘Brands in Sports’ and always aiming to understand more about Professional Athletes and their ecology. Nikhil has played competitive Football & Table Tennis amongst a host of other sports through his school, college & working career. He is a strong believer in data and sports statistics. He has managed Football operations from I-League and ISL clubs all the way to grass-roots clubs across India, with special emphasis on creating a sustainable business model for all of them. Nikhil has over 9 years of management and work experience across industry verticals like Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Consulting, Media & Retail as well as Sports. He is also a qualified Football Coach having successfully completed his AFC C License and AIFF D License courses.
Nikhil has completed his masters in Marketing & Brand Management from MICA, Ahmadabad and is a graduate in Production Engineering from Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune.
Prasad is a senior management professional with a double MBA and over 13 years of experience across sales, business development, operations and marketing in the field of IT and Sports. Prasad started his career in IT sales and business development post his MBA working with a software product company. He continued working with various software product companies looking after domestic as well as international markets till May 2009. In May 2009 he decided to follow his passion of sports and particularly football by joining a football training academy. To pursue the sports management education Prasad went to University of Liverpool, UK to their coveted Football Industries MBA course in 2010. Upon his return to India he worked for a motor sports company, a health and wellness start-up and finally becoming a COO of Kalyani Bharat Football Club, Pune in 2014. Prasad is a fitness enthusiast and keeps himself in shape by playing football over the weekends and few gym sessions during the week.
Gibran has played football from a very young age and achieved success at multiple levels all the way from captaining his junior team through representing his university at the national level. In addition to playing, he is an avid reader and follower of all things football. In his spare time he reads football books, magazines, blogs, and websites, and watches all types of football videos and movies.
Gibran graduated with a bachelor's degree in history with honours from Delhi University, and plans to pursue his dream of working in and disrupting the sports management industry.
Sourabh is a former engineer by profession now working in sports marketing and management. He decided to switch industries to convert his passion into his livelihood. His interests span multiple verticals in the sports industry including marketing (offline, online and embedded), operations, sponsorship sales & business development. He has participated in cricket, football, and athletics at the school & college level and has recently started playing golf. Sourabh likes to study the business of sports on & off the field and is very passionate about contributing to the ever-growing sports industry in India.
Sourabh is a post-graduate in sports management from the International Institute of Sports Management and has a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from Y.M.C.A Institute of Science & Technology.