Ms. Padmaja Ruparel is nationally recognized as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ms. Ruparel built IAN from inception, making it within 10 years a unique institution globally, with over 425 investors across 10 countries and a portfolio of 100+ companies in 7 countries, spanning 17 sectors. She has operationalized IAN’s international operations in London – making it the only angel group in the world to set up operations outside of its home country. Ms. Ruparel has also established a unique model of an incubator, in partnership with the Indian Government. She is a member of the Governing Council of EM3 Services, a nation building venture seeking to create a paradigm shift in the Indian agricultural sector. Ms. Ruparel is also a Non-Executive Director on the board of Omaxe Ltd, India’s leading real estate development company with a footprint across 9 states & 30 cities in India. Apart from cofounding IAN, Ms. Ruparel also set up and operationalized the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) the world’s largest organization focused on entrepreneurship with 15,000 members in 60 chapters across 14 countries. It has been ranked as the Number One chapter globally for the last 4 consecutive years. She played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, India's oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms. In addition Ms. Ruparel also helped create the Lankan Angel Network in Sri Lanka. She contributed actively in the Planning Commission’s Committee on ‘Angel & Early Stage Investing in India’. She is on the Committee of Telecom Centre of Excellence, Selection Committee of MSME and is actively engaged with the various committees of Ministry of Finance, SEBI, etc. In her corporate avatar at Xansa India, she led several functions over a 16 year period.