Ronnie Screwvala is a first generation entrepreneur who started his journey by introducing India to multi-channel TV viewing, by launching the first cable TV network in the country. From there, he went on to build a Media and Entertainment conglomerate - UTV - spanning Television, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Games and Digital. In 2012 Disney acquired UTV.
The next leg of the journey is what Ronnie is most excited about – SPORT, where he would be the inspirer, entrepreneur and mobilizer. He believes that sport empowers and inspires the youth like nothing else ever does.
Onto his second Innings Ronnie is focused, through Unilazer Ventures to work with first gen entrepreneurs by investing into their companies in high growth and Impact sectors. Ronnie is also focused on Social Welfare and is the Founder trustee of The Swades Foundation. The Swades Foundation operates with the single-minded focus of empowering Rural India. Swades’s goal is to empower One Million lives every 5-6 years and lift them out of Poverty permanently, creating rural communities that are a strong asset to 21st Century India. They hope to create a model that others can follow, in India and the World. After Ronnie divested his stake in UTV to the Walt Disney Company, he decided to commit substantial of his resources to make this dream a reality. Ronnie and Zarina both devote tremendous time and energy on Swades and Zarina has chosen to work on it full time.
Supratik SenCo - Founder & CEO
The past 20 years working in Sports Business - he has led many leading marquee projects with athletes, sports initiatives and events in the country. His vast experience and expertise in the field of sports mainly comes from his past association with several sports, event marketing and media management companies like FMMI, Repucom, Percept D’Mark, Procam International and E-Sense Entertainment. With an overall experience of 20 years in sports business and talent management, he plays an instrumental role at U Sports in business direction, building and choosing mandates, creating IPs and franchises in select but expanding sports disciplines and categories. He largely focuses on building teams, leagues, academies that empower young athletes and work towards the overall ecosystem. The aim being positive transformation of the sports scenario in the country. He is an experienced hand in the sports industry, Supratik Sen was previously the National Head, Sports and Events Marketing at Redbull India. As a professionally trained athlete, he has also been a member of the Indian national rugby team. His strong interest in sport resulted in him being a part of the Sports Marketing movement, sweeping India at the current time with more sporting disciplines coming into prominence. He has been a faculty programme planner for some of the leading management institutions in India, where he advises on sports marketing and tourism development through sport.
Chetan Juthani in his current capacity at Unilazer Ventures provides financial direction, oversight and control for Unilazer and Group companies and strategic leadership for the finance function. He has over fifteen years of experience in several line and corporate roles in varied business environments - manufacturing, service and media industry
He earlier worked in the capacity of VP Finance of UTV Group and as Head Treasury of Walt Disney India where he played a key role and had been a significant contributor to the Finance and Treasury function for multiple corporate functions including Controller, Debt / Treasury, Planning and Accounts.
Chetan is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary by qualification.
Paras JhaveriFinance Controller
Paras Jhaveri is the Financial Controller of Unilazer Ventures and U Sports. He controls and manages the financial, taxation and compliance aspects of Unilazer Group including U Sports. Paras has over 12 years of finance experience in fields of Media & other service industries. He earlier worked as AVP Finance with Broadcasting vertical of Walt Disney Company and has also worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Paras is a Chartered Accountant by qualification.
Paras loves to watch movies, music, go trekking and is a foodie.
Kanchan BhatiaSr. Manager – Legal & Secretarial
Kanchan is a part of legal team at U Sports. Kanchan has previously worked with legal firms like Mehta and Padamsey and Mulla and Mulla and Craigie Blunt and Caroe. Kanchan has over 7 years of work experience across various sectors including media, sports, manufacturing and more. While handling corporate law, she’s also done litigation in the High court. In her early years, Kanchan has also dabbled in advertising and research.
When she’s not handling legal matters, Kanchan likes to catch up on movies, sailing, reading and travelling.
Jason NathVP - Marketing
An accomplished senior media professional with broad media marketing experience. He’s handled specific profiles across TV, radio, print, digital and mobile media marketing. Start-up and new business initiatives specialist. Past experience includes Mid-Day, E&Y, Vh1, Big Broadcasting, Big FM, Red Bull and more.
He was last with EPIC Television Networks as Head Marketing and In-House Production. Has handled profiles across marketing, sales, content, production, syndication and brand solutions. Started his career as an entrepreneur in logistics.
His interests include gaming, sports, traveling classic movies and rock & retro music.
Gurbaksh VirdiAVP – Sports & Sport Operations
With more than 6 years of experience across sports and event management, Gurbaksh Singh Virdi has been a part of many cutting edge projects like Red Bull Campus Cricket which is currently present in 8 countries and has introduced players like K L Rahul and Karun Nair into the Indian National Cricket Team. Gurbaksh holds a Bachelors degree in Arts and Diploma in Event Management and has worked with renowned athletes like Varun Aaron, Gautam Gambhir, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Manan Vohra – Cricket, Subroto Paul – Football, Tuhin Satarkar - Rock Climbing and several other cricketers in Australia, Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Some of the marquee projects he has worked on include Formula 1 -- Tack opener, Show car project in Delhi followed by Khardungla project where the Formula 1 vehicle was taken to the highest motorable road in India and Moto Cross -- X - Fighters project. He has also worked on grass-root level programs focused on the development of the sport (cricket). In his role as Manager – Sports Projects at U Sports, Gurbaksh is responsible for driving all functions related to project management and event administration.
Minhaz BagasrawalaAVP - Sales & Partnerships
Minhaz is a media professional with over 16 years of Media sales experience which includes his journey across Print, Radio and Television mediums. He started his career with Mid-Day Multimedia Ltd. and has worked at DNA, Radio City, Aaj Tak, TV Today group and Indigo FM. His major role has been that of selling and brand integration within content, primarily creating opportunities for brands to engage consumers. Minhaz’s last position was with Radio Indigo, heading sales for the western India market where he was instrumental in building new clients. His role at Aaj Tak was also widening the client base by creating segments / Ideas for non-TV advertisers.
Minhaz is an avid traveller and has a passion experience new places and food. He loves cricket and also played for the Radio City corporate team.
Nimisha PaulSr. Manager - Corporate
Nimisha started her career at Red Bull in 2008. Her role as a Field Marketing Specialist was to manage the Wings Teams and Student Brand Managers (SBM) for Mumbai. Additionally, it was also to support the Field Marketing Manager and ensure seamless implementation of defined Sports, Culture and Communication projects. During her tenure at Red Bull, she was credited with running one of the best SBM teams in the country. Her first major event was the Red Bull Speed Link, where the Red Bull F1 Car was driven on the then newly opened Bandra- Worli Sea Link. The experience of working with this international company gave her a very strong understanding of sports events and marketing. Nimisha also holds a Masters degree in Event Management from Griffith University, Australia.
A complete people’s person, her strength lies in knowing how to get things done. An avid dancer and sports enthusiast herself, she continues to play throwball tournaments to this day.
Nimisha has joined U Sports to lead Communications and handle Operations for all their properties.
Tarannum Ebrahim ShaikhManager - Sales & Partnerships
Tarannum is a media professional with over 9 years in Media sales across Newspaper, Magazine and Television mediums. She has varied experience in media sales spectrum - from heading a sales division to handling a new channel. She has also been involved in garnering sponsorships for public media events. Her primary focus has been sales and brand promotion with an onus on integrating brand within the content and creating opportunities to engage more consumers. While working with Worldwide Media she was responsible for sales and event sponsorships for popular brands like Femina, Filmfare, Lonely Planet and BBC Knowledge magazines.
She used to lead the sales division for western India market while working with Gujarat News Broadcasters Pvt Ltd. At Network 18, she handled a new channel -News18 Gujarati- from its initiation to establishment which included making channel’s presence known in the market, building client database and revenue generation within the channel content. She has previously worked with Jagran Prakashan Ltd. and D B Corp Ltd. as well. Off work, she is passionate about travelling, reads a lot and loves Karate. Enjoys binging on select television series in her free time. Besides, she serves society too by teaching maths to MBA aspirants whenever she isn’t doing anything else.
Souptikk DaasSr. Manager - Marketing
Souptikk, enjoy 8 years of solid experience in the field of sports management including experience in digital marketing, sports marketing, team operations, logistics, syndication and distribution of content and celebrity social management.
He has worked for some of the top franchises across various leagues in the country such as Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Jamshedpur FC (ISL), Mumbai FC (I-League). He has also worked for renowned international sports content and digital agency, Engage Digital Partners (UK). Worked on offbeat sports with Sportz Interactive as the content management lead for P1 Powerboat Race in Mumbai, Gujarat Polo cup and Baadshah Fantasy Gaming and Poker.
During his work tenure with KKR as a team they won the best digital team of the year by Mobbys 2014 - world brand congress and also the best fan engagement program in digital marketing by Unmetric in 2014. Also, as the head of the media team in Jamshedpur FC, the team became with the best engaged content across all other ISL team and was always a trendsetter in the Indian football space.
An avid Chelsea fan, playing football and cricket during weekends keeps his work life balance in check. A trained hindustani classical singer by passion, he enjoys acting in professional theatre groups during his off time. A team player, an optimist and a seeker of knowledge best describes him.
Nilkhil KumarManager - Sports & Sport Operations
Nikhil is a qualified Civil engineer and an MBA in Operations and International Business. He has previously worked in multiple domains, first as a Subject matter Expert with Pearson India Education Services and most recently as a Product Analyst at E Bee Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. where his work involved Product Demos, taking Business Requirements from the client, creating Agile user stories for the software and constructing the Feature Backlog for the software.
His other interests include a deep love for the Indian armed forces and automobiles alike while Fictional works of literature provide another avenue of stress busting.
Amar RatnamManager - Marketing
Amar Ratnam aka “rey” is an avid gamer from childhood and has spent endless hours in front of the screen playing variety of videogames on different platforms. Eventfully time came when he turned his hobby of gaming into a profession and became one of the first paid to play gamer & gaming clan in India. He is also the founding member for the first professional E-sports team in India (Ate.gaming) and has played Counter Striker professionally for over a decade and has represented India in Counter Striker 1.6 at several major global tournaments like ESWC (Electronic Sports World cup), WCG (World Cyber Games), KODE 5 etc. In addition he has also worked with the leading videogame distributors and retailers in India. In his free time, you will find him watching Superhero TV shows or other popular series and simply trying out new games on the PC or Console.
Sandeep SinghManager - Sports & Sport Operations
Sandeep is a veteran pro Rugby player by first profession. He started his career at the Indian Armored Corps, where he spent 9 years and played professional Rugby. Post that, he was a Rugby coach for the RFS and then a football coach and player for the EFLI before joining U Sports. Sandeep has over 15 years invested in sports and sports management. He’s even represented India in Rugby for over 8 years. Sandeep’s hobbies primarily lie in sports ; Football, Rugby and Kabaddi.
Rehan MistryAssociate - Sports & Sport Operations
Rehan Mistry is an events specialist who has worked on many brands and events including PKL. Sunburn, Ultimate Table Tennis and many more. With over 4 years of work experience, Rehan has previously worked as a freelancer in various events as a co-ordinator, operation and production executive with organizations like ICE India event management, event companies etc. He has also worked with USports for Pro Kabaddi League season 5 & 6 (Mumbai leg) and U Mumba Future star as a freelancer. Rehan has played football professionally at the MDFA A&B division with Becons FC and HTFC clubs. He has completed his education Masters in Commerce from Mumbai university. While Rehan is not busy at sports events, he likes to watch movies also is a professional break dancer, loves playing football, music editing and more.
Vibhav Pratap RaoAsst. Manager - Marketing
Driven by his extreme enthusiasm for motorsports, Vibhav made the switch in his career from a production engineer to a sports associate. He owes this change to the experience he had in SIC Malaysia of the MotoGP round which changed his life. His big dream is to watch every race in the MotoGP Calender someday! His other hobbies include motorcycle riding and watching movies. Vibhav joins U Sports as Sports Associate and is eagerly looking forward to be a part of U Moto.
Harsh JoshiAsst. Manager - Marketing
A marketer who’s a gamer on the weekend and up on a mountain on a longer one. He has done his graduation in Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) and has been in the digital industry for over 6 years now. Previously, he has worked with organizations such as Yahoo! Cricket, Wizspk, TopperLearning and more… He even had the opportunity to work on monumental projects such as the IIFA 2016 and the Global Citizen Festival. When he is not working, Harsh likes to watch football matches, binge watch TV series, go hiking or play games on the PlayStation.
Sanjeev JhaSr. Manager – Human Resources
Sanjeev comes in with a rich experience of 10 years of experience various industry which includes Retail, Manufacturing, BPO & ITES.
He has a proven track record as HR Generalist profile from onboarding till separation of an employee which includes People Management, Performance Appraisal, Manpower Planning, Recruitment, Payroll, MIS, Training and Development, etc. among other things. His expertise lies in partnering with Business units to develop overall business strategy and objectives and translating them into goals, plans and tactics.
He has completed his B.Com and MBA in Human Resources from Mumbai University. Before joining Usports, Sanjeev was associated with MNCs like Pepe Jeans, Tata Communication. In his last assignment he was associated with Convergys India Pvt. Ltd. where he was responsible for the HR Generalist profile, managing around 600 employees based out of Mumbai location.
Toheed KhanFootball Expert
The youngest coach of the Tata Trusts – U Dream Football Programme, Toheed played both football and hockey as a youngster. Along with representing Mumbai at the State Level in Hockey, Toheed also played football at the District Level. He started off his career as a coach at Bandra Football Club, going on to also coach South United FC in Mumbai. With a keen interest in analytics, Toheed will be focusing on performance and video analysis.