Background

Founded in 2012, Knowcraft is engaged in providing valuation and advisory services. Within a very short span of time, we have become a partner of choice for leading financial services and advisory firms in the US, assisting them in executing varied and complex valuation engagements, M&A advisory and research and consulting projects. Our service delivery combines innovation, collaboration and excellence to empower our clients to have competitive edge in the market by building a scalable and sustainable business model.

Valuation and advisory services is a highly specialized offering that requires very niche skill set with consulting flair. We at Knowcraft are blessed with some of the finest talents with very rich industry experience. We leverage our talent pool’s expertise combined with the industry best practices to deliver superior results to our clients.

We are passionate about the work we do and operate as an extended team of our client. Our standard operating procedures, proven track record and demonstrated scalability features with measurable outcomes validate a logical extension of our offshore partners.

Knowcraft's Pillars

Pratik Shah

Director

Pratik has over a decade of professional work experience in valuation and transaction advisory services, with expertise in valuing technology companies. Having worked with 1000+ companies primarily in technology space, his unique skills in re-engineering and transforming client businesses and processes have helped many companies improve ROI over time. At Knowcraft, Pratik leads sales execution and business development efforts. He also plays a key role in mentoring teams on project execution, as well as managing portfolio valuations. Prior to co-founding Knowcraft, he has had stints at reputed companies, such as EXL, IQR Consulting and MindTree. Pratik holds a Master of Commerce degree from Gujarat University, India and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the ICFAI University, India. He loves to catch up on his favorite sport, Cricket, over the weekends.

Upasak Shah

Director

Upasak has over a decade of professional work experience, with expertise in valuing life science and healthcare IT companies. At Knowcraft, he leads complex valuation and consulting engagements. Besides being an integral part of business development team, he is actively involved in recruiting and nurturing talent, which forms the backbone of Knowcraft. Prior to co-founding Knowcraft, he worked at EXL, where he pioneered transaction advisory and complex security valuation services. He has proven expertise in valuing derivatives and embedded securities using complex models, such as Lattice or Monte Carlo simulations. Upasak holds a Master of Commerce degree from Gujarat University, India and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the ICFAI University, India. Currently, he is pursuing ASA accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers. He is an avid adventure traveler.

Anshuman Thakur

Associate Vice President

Anshuman has more than 12 years of professional work experience over the entire gamut of valuation and transaction advisory services, with major emphasis in valuing technology and healthcare companies. His responsibilities include valuation and transaction advisory service experience on projects related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax planning, estate and gift tax, financial reporting, portfolio valuation, employee stock ownership plans and litigation. Having worked with 1000+ companies across different industries, his unique skills in business process re-engineering and transforming client businesses have assisted many companies improve ROI over time. At Knowcraft, Anshuman is responsible for the Company’s strategy planning, new initiatives, financial planning, policy formulation, CRM, operational strategies, change management, and HR / Competency development. Prior to joining Knowcraft, Anshuman served EXL where he was responsible for managing client businesses and building client relationship.

Anshuman holds CFA from the ICFAI University, India and Bachelor of Engineering from RGPV University. He has done specialization in Operations Management from Nirma University. He loves to catch up with his family, his favorite sport and books over the weekends.

Dhara Shah

Senior Manager

Dhara has more than 11 years of experience, with close to 8 years of experience in business valuation and investment banking roles, primarily in the life sciences and the health care sector. At Knowcraft Analytics, she works on engagements related to M&A advisory, financial and strategic advisory, financial modeling, financial reporting, tax planning, and management planning purposes.

Before Knowcraft, Dhara was a part of the Business Valuation team at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. for close to 4.5 years, where she worked on business valuation for M&A targeting, financial reporting, tax planning, and management planning purposes. She has also worked at Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., an Indian pharma company as part of its Investment Banking team; where she worked on financial due diligence and valuation analysis for its M&A targets, as well as its greenfield and brownfield expansion.

Dhara has completed all 3 levels of the CFA exam, conducted by the CFA Institute. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Indore, India and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from Saurashtra University, India.

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Chetan Shah

Advisor

As a mentor and advisor, Chetan has been involved with Knowcraft since its inception. He has a strong passion for coaching and mentoring and serves on the boards of several start-up companies worldwide. He is the founding member of the Pune Chapter of the Indian Angel Network and is actively involved in many other industry associations – TiE Pune (Charter Member), Software Exporters Association of Pune, Young President’s Organization (Pune Chapter). Chetan holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Scranton, USA and a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai University, India.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

Guided by persistent focus on our core values, our mission is to become a leading service provider that valuation firms prefer, the clients endorse, employees feel affiliated to and the society respects.

Vision

To become a globally recognized service provider and elite choice of all stakeholders – clients, employees, shareholders and society.

Values

At Knowcraft, we believe in the art of being innovative and transparent. We thrive on excellence and make diligent efforts to add value to our clients’ businesses.