Jessica is an Economics Graduate from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College,
Mumbai. Post her graduation; she pursued her passion for music at SAE
Chennai in audio engineering. On returning to Mumbai she began her
professional career in the ‘nine-to-five’ universe, but soon after decided to
start her own venture in the arena of product development.
Her cumulative experiences and education led her to becoming a serial
entrepreneur by both passion & profession – launching innovative
and creative businesses along the way.
Over the past few years she had the opportunity to live in the northern hill
station of Shimla. Hidden away from the regular commercial products for
beauty and wellness, she took immense interest in local recipes, remedies
and more. Her first tryst with ‘Gutti Ka Tel’ (Apricot Kernel Oil) was a
massive success, with friends and family fast spreading its #goodness.
Thus was born Pahadi Local; a brand based on the philosophy to bring
everything Pure from the magnificent hills into our everyday live, to benefit
us and yet have a minimal impact on the environment. With her passion
deeply entrenched in finding more #goodness for all, she is dedicated to her
pursuit of taking Pahadi Local to greater heights.
Udit is a Science Graduate from Purdue University, Indiana, USA with specialization in Operations, Finance & M.I.S. & an additional specialization
in Product Development & Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Boston, USA. He has over 18 years of work experience handling various
facets of business. A true entrepreneur at heart, he has not only played a role
in the growth of the family business, but has also founded one of India’s leading sports business. Currently he is the Vice Chairman of Setco Automotive & Founder Managing Director at TransStadia
A graduate in Business Management from Bombay University and having
further undergone Advanced Management Program at IIM – Ahmedabad, Mr.
Vakil carries with him a rich experience of 43 years. Having been associated
with Forbes Campbell & Co. Ltd., Hindustan Unilever Ltd. And Bunge
Agribusiness Pvt. Ltd (prior to his association with Setco and TransStadia),
he has extensive knowledge and insight in the categories of automotive
components, beverages & foods, commodities export, mergers & acquisitions
and turnaround strategies. In his current capacities as Executive Director of
Setco and President of TransStadia, he is responsible for Marketing, Strategic
Sourcing and overseeing pioneering PPP projects.
Mr. Vakil is an avid photographer, a keen wine brewer, a travel buff, a watch
collector and a connoisseur of global vegetarian cuisine.
Swathi Reddy Gunupati
Swathi Reddy Gunupati is an alumni of UWC Singapore. Post her graduation in Business Management she started her career at Sony Entertainment Television, Singapore. She then joined her family investment firm, played an integral role in the sale of Maa Networks Ltd. to Star India.
Swathi now has an extensive portfolio of investments in the field of Semi-Conductor Technology, Media & Entertainment, Aerospace & Defence and Wellness & Hospitality. She actively chooses companies and brands that align with her passion and vision.
She is a doting mother of two, is into fitness, has a keen interest in fashion and loves to explore different cultures and cuisines through her travels.
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