Seasoned Executives & Leaders

Partners in your progress, presenting Team Virtus

The company is owned and led by senior Business Leaders across various industries specifically in Gulf, African and Asian markets. The company's leadership is also mandated by some of the biggest public and privately owned business houses that are world renown specifically in the Middle East and Indian Sub Continent. Virtus Consulting, Outsourcing & Holding deliver services across Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, BPO, HR, Contract Staffing and various outsourced professional services through this team across UAE, UK and India. Get in touch with Virtus to speak with one of our leaders today!

    Farid Ahmed

    Managing Partner

    Farid Ahmed is the Managing Partner of the Virtus Group of Companies in UAE, UK and India. His key role is to lead the Virtus Group Partners, Associates and Employees to work in alliance with the group clientele and work towards the collective growth of both clients and the Virtus Group vertical businesses.


    He is an executive strategy leader and true management consultant, with stretching years of achievements in Organization Development, Strategic Finance and HR Management. Has won several Global Awards for his contribution and passion in Organisation/Business Strategy & HR and a noted speaker and panelist on Business Strategy and various HR vertical subjects in many EMEA & APAC conferences, forums and magazines.


    Has a rich career history which spans across several industries including semi-government & the big 4 consulting and fortune companies worldwide including: PwC, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Emaar Properties, Xpert Learning, IBFI, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and Compaq.


    His indirect work experience during his consulting includes clients such as: Manazel Real Estate, Saudi Investment Company (Banaja), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abn-Amro, National Bank of Dubai, Siemens, Ducab, Zadco, Visa, Nestle, Alstom, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Petroleum, NPCC, Adco, Gargash Insurance, MMI, UPS, Nissan, KNPC, Boursa Kuwait (Nasdaq), Caltex, EFS, DEWA, Palmon Group, Motorola and Dubai Duty Free.


    He is experienced in several “Start-up” companies in the last 18 years in the US, UK, Middle East and Asia. Has raised Angel/Seed Capital Investments and other working capital of over US$: 220Million for private and public entities. Has managed budgets of over US$: 700 Million in corporate performance and spends in the EMEA region. Has experienced several life cycles of implementing and operating corporate-wide Change Management strategies and initiatives for fortune 500 companies across the globe, alongside implementing performance management systems based on competency frameworks, and mapping/executing talent management solutions across the board and linking it to total rewards. He has also executed 6 major mergers & acquisitions of companies in the EMEA region, with complete transformation experience.


    Farid has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Oklahoma State University and Regis University, USA and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from India. He has also completed his executive management studies in HR Strategy from the ILR School in Cornell University and is a Certified Psychometric Assessor (CPA) Level 1 & 2 Trainer.

    Dr. Ramesh Subramaniam

    Senior Partner

    Dr. Ramesh Subramaniam is a Senior Partner in Virtus and brings in a wealth of experience in Information & Technology Industry for more than 28 years. Over the years he has core experience in: Operations of Mainframe Systems, Software development, Business Development,  Process  Consulting,  Product  development,  Project  Management,  Organization quality,  Process  Implementation,  SBU Management, Organization Management, M&A, Legal Compliance, Cross Border Taxation Management etc.


    He has worked in India, US, UK and the EMEA region with organisations like: Amalgamated, CMS Computers, Citibank, IBM. Set up the First Banking solution  offerings to India , was responsible for bringing first ATM’s to India . Was involved in Switch Development, brought Plastic card Implementation of Debit and Credit Card , brought in specialized equipment which could do card issuance, Card Personalization,  Security,  Was  involved  Branch  and  Head  office  Technology  Setups  for  large  Banking  and  Financial  and  Industrial, Institution in India , Middle East, Europe, USA and Asia Pacific countries. Was guest lecturers Globally on various Management and business forums. Has BOT projects in Middle Eastern countries, Africa, USA and Europe, brought a number Technology Tie ups to India, was involved in setting up a number of JV with large Multi nationals. A true cross-industry vertical expert in multiple functions.


    Understands complex Financial Planning. Budgeting Consolidation, Dash board reporting, Data Warehousing and Data Massaging, and Extract, Transform and Load Scenarios (ETL Tools). Understands thoroughly USA Tax and India Tax Compliance management, fairly well conversant with legal systems in India, USA, Germany and Middle East.


    Dr. Ramesh is also advisor to several investment committees and venture capital funds in India, Hongkong and Singapore. He has successfully  raised  funds  via  Private  Equity,  Various   forms   of  Debts,  Working   Capital,  term   loan/Mezzanine/CCD/Preferential Shares/NCD and beyond.


    A socialite committed to Social Cause and Society development especially in the areas of Terminally Ill Patient Management, Child Cancer Management, Neo Natal management, Food Donation management, Disaster Management. Dr. Ramesh is quiet the scholar with numerous qualifications and trainings under his cap. He holds a Phd. In Nuclear Physics from the US, MBA from UK and is also a CA from renown Universities and institutions.

    Anand Kumar Shanmugham

    Director - Consulting, QMS & Transactional Services

    Anand Kumar is Director – Consulting, QMS & Transactional Services in the Virtus Group of Companies. He is also the General Manager of the Virtus Facilities Management Services.


    Anand has over 17 years of Experience in the field of Organizational Excellence & Strategy development, he has developed strategies that are sustainable for long term using internationally proven Business Excellence Models & Integrated Management Systems. He has worked with large  public  &  private  sector  organizations  in  both  manufacturing  &  service  industry,  and  has  trained  over  4000  personnel  in  various management system concepts. Even though Anand comes from a technical background, he possess strong management capabilities and leadership competence to manage complex projects and enable growth and project execution success.


    He has implemented management systems such as Quality / Environment directly in Billion Dollar groups like TVS Group & Murugappa Group in Southern India, Al Rostamani Group and Al Fahim Group in the Middle East and indirectly through consulting in large companies like Nicholas Piramal Pharmaceutical Ltd. (Pharamceutical), Vizag Seaport Ltd. ( Seaport), Murugappa Morgan Ceramics Ltd. (Ceramics), Essar Hy-grade Pellets Ltd. (Iron ore pellet manufacturing), Hindustan Zinc Ltd (Zinc), Ennore Thermal Power Plant (Electricity), Carborundum Universal Ltd. (Abrasives & Ceramics), Bank of India (Bank), Tata Honeywell (Software development), Prolease India Pvt Ltd (BPO).


    His  experience  in  management  systems  implementation  cuts  across  different  industry  sectors  such  as  Commercial  Banks,  Financial Institutions, Educational Institutions, IT & IT Enabled services, Logistics & Shipping, Sea Ports, Automotive Sales & Services, Auto Components, Steel,  Textile,  Thermal    Power  Plants,  Sugar  Mills,  Chemical  &  Distilleries,  Polymers,  Waste  Management,  Pharma,  Testing  Laboratories, Abrasives, Ceramics & Engineering, Real Estate development, Commercial Catering, .


    He has spearheaded the development of the 5-year Corporate strategy of a   large family-owned business conglomerate in the UAE. He has helped organizations to adopt principles of excellence (EFQM framework) to reduce costs & improve profitability, improve processes, save time, save resources, enhance stakeholder satisfaction levels, win recognitions and awards.


    He is a Team leader / Senior Assessor for Dubai Quality Award / Dubai Human Development Award, very prestigious award programs of the Government of Dubai developed to enable sustainable growth among the business community of the Middle East.


    Anand holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Madras, India. He is also a Certified Assessor for DQA (Based on EFQM), Govt. of Dubai, UAE and a Certified Lead Assessor/Auditor for Quality Management Systems, IIC, Korea.

    Sanjiv Khanduja

    Partner - Audit & Finance Advisory / Virtus Group CFO

    Sanjiv Khanduja is Partner – Audit & Financial Advisory at Virtus Consulting. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Virtus Group of Companies in UAE, UK and India.


    His role is to lead the Virtus Group Partners, Associates and Employees to work in alliance with the group clientele and work towards the financial growth of the business, develop both clients and the Virtus Group vertical businesses. He is an executive strategy leader and true financial consultant, with stretching years of achievements in Financial Restructuring, Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Project Management SOX Implementation & Finance Controllership.


    Has actively seeded, groomed and activated several “Start-up” companies in the last 15 years in the US, UK, Middle East and USA. Has raised Angel/Seed Capital Investments and other working capital of over US$: 50Million for private entities. Has managed budgets of over US$: 200 Million in corporate performance and spends in the EMEA & India region.


    Sanjiv has a rich career history which spans across several industries including the big 4 consulting and fortune companies worldwide including: Ernst & Young (EY), Richemont, Cartier, IWC, Mont Blanc, Reed Exhibitions Group (UK) & Wipro, Turner Group, Priya Village Roadshow (PVR), Bombardier, Engineers India, Whistling Duck.


    His geographic experience spans across 3 regions >> Middle East, India/APAC & United States of America (USA). Sanjiv has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University, India and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

    Ravish C.K

    Director - People Advisory & Outsourced Services

    Ravish C K is the Director - HR Services with Virtus. He brings in 27 plus years of varied experience in managing Human Resources in MNCs, family owned businesses in India and the middle east. He held the position of Chief Human Capital Officer with a MNC and was incharge of the business performance and strategic HCM activities for the global offices of the company. In his illustrious career he has had start up experiences, talent sourcing and deployment of senior positions, organization development and behavior modification assignments.


    He has done the “Go to Market” strategy and executed the business setup, development and commercial stabilization in markets such as Vietnam, Pakistan, Qatar, Philippines, CIS Countries, Bangladesh and more over the last decade.


    Ravish is a trained job analyst, a senior quality assessor (EFQM model) and a trainer. Prior to joining Virtus, Ravish led the HR team of a $12 Bn Indian multi-national at their middle east operations. Ravish had been the international adviser or the World HRD Congress in 2009 and also held membership of couple of HR associations in Dubai.


    Ravish has completed his MA in HR with a distinction from the University of Madras and also management development programs with Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. Ravish speaks English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and understands German and Arabic.

    Uma Perumal

    Director - Structured Finance & Investment Banking

    Uma Perumal is a Director-Structured Finance & Investment Banking and brings in a lot of expertise in Banking and financial services. She has an overall experience of 18 years with 14 years only in the domain of financial advisory services and has an experience of working with leading Banks like Barclays, Bank of Singapore and ICICI Bank in UAE.


    She started her career as a management trainee in Sun Pharmaceuticals-Mumbai, in their Strategic Business Research unit focusing on market research and support to the marketing team. She also has experience in the dealing with real estate in India, UK and US.


    She has got Masters of Business administration and Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Madras. She is keen on Data Science and AI and is pursuing a post graduate certificate course from University of Chicago. She is an avid learner and participates in marathon events in UAE and India.

    Lubna Shaikh

    Manager - Structured Finance & Loan Syndications

    Lubna is a diligent Banker with over 17 years experience in core banking & financial industry, handled units like operations, sales, customer service, compliance & collections. Her rich experience is from branded and reputed organizations like Toyota Motors, Citibank & Suzuki Motors.


    She is very focused on meeting customer needs by drawing on sound knowledge of private and commercial loan management. Driven organizational initiatives and lead a team towards digitalization of banking processes and procedures through technology platform. She has always achieved special recognition awards for Customer Service Excellence in all her past organizations. Her influence and reach stands strong amidst the local Banks in UAE, Etihad Bureau and she is well trained in credit unit pre-requisites and stages. Developed and implemented a system to maintain and monitor the approval rates , disbursement and application turn around.


    Lubna is a graduate in Accounts and Finance from Bombay University in India and has done several certification courses in Finance and Banking over the last 20 years. She is also a linguist with the ability to speak multiple Indian languages.