People at PFBI

Peter Leach is regarded as one of the founding fathers on family business thinking, Peter has been a leader in his field for over 30 years.

Having been a partner in BDO for 25 years, he established a specialist family business consultancy in 2008. Following its successful sale to Deloitte LLP in 2015, he led the firm's global Family Enterprise Consulting practice, leaving in July 2019 returning to private practice. He serves as Special Advisor to BDT International LLP

Peter is a trustee of numerous family foundations and he also served as a non-executive director on the board of Pentland Group plc, one of the UK's most successful family businesses.

He has written numerous books the latest being Family Business; The Essentials published by Profile Books.

He is an Adjunct Professor of family business at Imperial College Business School, and teaches the family business elective for the MBA and MSc. Peter is also a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute of the USA - and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He received the Richard Beckhard Award from the Family Firm Institute in 2011; and the Family Business Adviser of the Year at the 2013 STEP Private Client Awards.

Professor Ramachandran (Ram) is the Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. He has specialized in family business, entrepreneurship and strategy and has 36 years of combined experience as an academic at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business.

He did his Ph.D. from the Cranfield University, UK and has authored/edited seven books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals. He has prepared several case studies and has consulted many medium and large companies. He is a frequent speaker to communities of family businesses in India and abroad, and writes for popular media regularly. He has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank and Securities and Exchange Board of India, besides serving on the boards of various companies.

Prasad Kumar is a leading Family Business Advisor. He also specializes in Strategic Facilitation and Organisation Development.

Over four and a half decades, he has worked in senior roles in corporates and with many leading companies, in their growth and transformation.

Most of his engagements have been long term partnerships.

His last positions were Business Chairman and member of the GMR Group Holding Board, Chairman of RAXA (Home Land Security) and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Parampara Family Business Institute.

He is member of:

  • The Economic Times Advisory Panel on Family Business
  • The Economic Times Advisory Panel on Corporate Board Governance
  • Governing Council of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Advisory Board Member of Sieflex Robot i-City Project
  • Advisory Board Amicorp Trustees (India) Private Limited

A post graduate in Management and accredited in Applied Behavioural Sciences, Prasad has been a Certified Professional of the International Association of Facilitators and a Life Member of the Association.

PM teaches specialized modules in Organisation Development, Leadership and Family Business at IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and SP Jain Institute, Mumbai to name a few.

He has also been Executive-in-Residence at the Kellogg School of Management, NW University, Chicago, USA and worked closely with Ram Charan, Marshall Goldsmith, John Ward all global experts in Management and Business.

Sri Tatwamasi Dixit is a successful consultant and coach specializing in family businesses. He founded FABRIC (Family Business Research International Centre), offering family business advisory services and coaching to family business entrepreneurs and next generation leaders.

He is internationally recognized for his knowledge and application of the wisdom of the Vedas. He has uniquely mastered the integration of Vedic principles with contemporary psychology and business management.

Sri Dixit draws on his extensive experience in commercial and management practices to help family businesses work on balancing and blending family and business priorities. This unusual combination of his experiences, exceptional insight and intuition has helped him become a successful family business advisor helping families and businesses to manage growth, change and transitions. Depending on the underlying complexity of the relationships and the various family business challenges, he crafts an appropriately unique solution for transformation and harmony.

He has successfully worked with Indian, Arab, and English families across the globe for more than a decade in multi-cultural environments. He has worked in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman, South Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, and the United Kingdom. He has worked with family businesses in a wide spectrum of industries including: infrastructure, real estate, pharmaceutical, chemical, shipping, mining, trading, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, hospitality, and FMCG. Sri Dixit is a talented natural mediator and facilitator. His intensive studies and training have enabled him to develop deep understanding of people, relationships and structure. He uses this to help individuals explore their identity. He weaves a fabric of togetherness between family members and business professionals allowing renewal and regeneration of emotional bonds.

He acts as an Independent Director on various Family Business Boards and Corporate Boards. He firmly believes that 'The foundation of any successful family business is a successful family'. He also coaches founders and entrepreneurs, working with them in what can often be a lonely space to overcome obstacles and work more effectively with their business and their family.

In particular, his outstanding talent and contribution was recognized when he was awarded the "Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman", the highest civilian award in 2007, by the President of India for his work on the 'synergy between modernity and tradition'. He is often invited to speak at conferences and institutions around the world on Vedas and Family Business Management.

He is co-authoring a book on Indian family business with Peter Leach, a leading family business advisor in the UK. Tatwamasi, currently serves as one of the Directors of Parampara Family Business Institute.

Chief Mentor, PFBI

Dr. Kavitha Gudapati

Dr. Kavitha Gudapati is a Family Business advisor who is an Organizational Psychologist and an Associate Certified Coach. She has a Doctorate in Management, specializing in Organizational Behavior, and has an MA in Psychology along with a Post Graduate diploma in counseling skills. She is an Associate Certified Coach recognized by the ICF (International Coach Federation). She has undergone executive education Programs offered by ISB - Indian School of Business and has been certified by the institute on a family business training lead by John Ward.

While working with small groups and families she uses the fundamentals of the process work and has herself undergone Basic Human processes lab and Advanced Human processes lab under ISABS. She believes in looking at individuals and groups as a system and diagnosing 'what is working' rather than 'what is not working'. She is trained and certified in this method of "Appreciative Coaching" by Fielding Graduate University.

This academic background and the international training exposure give her the backdrop to work with the complex and challenging demands of family business advising. Dr. Kavitha has worked with Indian families and has been able to facilitate the building of the family governance structures. She is an empaneled facilitator who is advising and helping operationalize the family constitution. She has a decade's experience in family business advising working with different family businesses. Having in-depth exposure in the business arena gives her an added advantage while she is advising and facilitation in the family business. She has over seventeen years of work experience in the business world covering a wide range of industries and projects.

Management Team

Dr. Manesa K Kakulavarapu

Head & Associate Director, Education Programs and Alliances
Parampara Family Business Institute

Bhuvana Chakravarthy

Associate Director, Marketing and Communication
Parampara Family Business Institute

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