Three Headed Lion (THL) is India’s leading distributed market intelligence, research & risk management company.
Our unrivaled last mile intelligence connectivity in India means we provide macro and ground-level insights and expertise through our operational network of 1000+ market intelligence and information (MIIPs) providers located in 640+ districts across the subcontinent.
We strive to:
Javed Matin, President & CEO and Co-Founder
Javed Matin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Three Headed Lion, a leading distributed market intelligence, research & risk management company focused on India.
Matin has over 20 years of senior management experience working with Fortune companies in Hi-Tech and Oil & Gas sectors in the US and India. He is a versatile, “hands-on” leader who consistently creates and executes high results-based strategic and tactical plans for market and product development. Matin has comprehensive knowledge of technological and business strategies to compete and prosper in dynamic markets.
Matin earned his MBA from the Warwick Business School, UK and BE in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, India.
S.K. Velath, Co-Founder
With 16 years of an expansive career in Media, Risk Analysis & Business Intelligence, Strategic Communications including Campaign Designing & Implementation, Defense-Security-Strategic Affairs Reportage & Analysis and Government Affairs consultancy, Velath has a wide network of contacts in government, civil society and media across India, South & South East Asia, Central and West Asia.
An inveterate multi-tasker, he is also a strategic communications consultant on renewable energy sector for Green Purchasing Asia. His research-based writings, reports and investigations regularly appears in magazines, newspapers and TV.
Velath is a Chevening Wolfson Press Fellow from Cambridge University, UK and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations & Strategic Studies from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.
Jace Heuring, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist
Dr. Heuring is an expert in applied estimation with significant experience in the oil and gas industry. Most recently, he has worked as a consultant focused on quantitative data interpretation for drillers and upstream service providers. From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Heuring worked for Lazarus Energy Holdings to restart a small refinery located near the Eagle Ford formation. This included all activities from driving initial analysis and strategy through project planning and execution. Prior to joining Lazarus, Dr. Heuring was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Austin Ventures, one of the premier venture capital firms in the nation. At Austin Ventures, he founded, staffed, and successfully raised seed funding for a start-up company developing hardware and software components for sensor fusion, interpretation, and control.
Before working with Austin Ventures, Dr. Heuring was an Associate Principal in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company, where he focused on various issues (including transfer pricing and industry structure and conduct) in the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Heuring was the co-founder of IP-Mill, Inc., a technology start-up company which was acquired in 2000. While an undergrad, he was a research assistant at the Microelectronic Research Laboratory and the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Heuring received his Ph.D. in Robotics, Computer Vision, and Applied Estimation from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.S. in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
Priyanca Mathur, Ph.D., Vice President, Market Research
Mathur has an M.Phil and Ph.D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and also an M.Sc from the University of Oxford, U.K. She graduated from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India where she was awarded the University gold medal in Political Science.
THL Strategic Advisory Board
Vijay (V.G.) Govindarajan
Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School at Dartmouth. VG is an expert on strategy and innovation. He was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. In the latest global ranking of management thinkers, Govindarajan came in third place, ahead of Jim Collins and Michael Porter.
VG writes about innovation and execution on his blog, Harvard Business Review, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He is a co-leader (with Christian Sarkar) of a global initiative to design a $300 House.
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Stuart L. Hart
Stuart L. Hart is the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and professor of management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Before joining Cornell in 2003, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and professor of strategic management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. Previously, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan Business School and was the founding director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program.
Hart has published more than 50 papers, including “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World,” which won the McKinsey Award as the best article in Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. He also co-wrote The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (with C.K. Prahalad in 2002), which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the developing world. He has also authored or edited five books including his new book Capitalism at the Crossroads, which was published in 2005.
In 1999, Hart was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the World Resources Institute for work in integrating environmental and social issues into the management education curriculum. In 2002, he received the Gerald Barrett Faculty Award by the Kenan-Flagler Business School as the faculty member who made the greatest contribution to the MBA program through teaching and service.
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Richard Saettone has almost 30 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, business development and corporate restructuring. During his career he has helped capitalize, grow and improve the performance of private and public sector companies in the United States and Latin America and has held CEO and other senior management positions in a broad range of industries.
Saettone is currently Managing Partner at Access SEAF, a mid-market Peruvian private equity fund, where annual returns to date under his supervision have averaged nearly 30%. He is co-founder of Cascade Hydro, a hydroelectric power company with operations in Peru and of Andean Mining Corporation, an exploration company with over a dozen copper, gold and silver mining projects under management throughout Peru. In addition to Three Headed Lion, he serves on the board of directors of Cascade Hydro, Andean Mining Corporation (UK), Bosques Amazonicos and Financiera TFC.
Prior to his current endeavors, Saettone spent over a decade building and turning around companies in the US and South America. He led the turnaround of a $400 million US-based furniture manufacturer and as CEO restructured American Glass Products, a leading Latin American windshield manufacturer. In the 1990s, he was Vice President of Operations and Business Development and had P&L responsibility for a $500 million Latin American consumer durables company and led the leveraged buyout, turnaround and merger of two underperforming financial services firms.
Early in his career, Saettone worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Houston and Mexico, where he provided strategic and operational advice to major companies in the natural resources and chemicals sectors. He was also an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where he executed approximately $1 billion in equity and debt capital transactions for a number of energy companies in the United States and Latin America.
He has been a guest speaker and business school lecturer, and has led numerous seminars and workshops for executives in the United States and Latin America on topics ranging from Value-Based Management to Applied Corporate Finance. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an MBA with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin where he was a Sord Scholar and was awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Christian Sarkar is the founder of several entrepreneurial ventures, a marketing consultant, and the co-founder of the $300 House Project. Christian works with businesses, non-profits, and leading thinkers to challenge assumptions, grow good ideas, and develop ecosystematic business models.
Christian is an expert at leading co-creation/collaboration projects across multiple businesses, organizations, and institutions. He is the co-author of Inclusivity: Will America Find its Soul Again? with Michael Gordon. He has worked in a variety of industries, from Engineering and Construction to software and digital services. He has founded and advised several start-ups and non-profits.
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Raj Srivastava is the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University and the Goizueta Chair in Marketing and e-Commerce at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Raj Srivastava earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the Goizueta faculty in 1999. Raj is a Distinguished Research Fellow at ISBM (Penn State) and is a Senior Research Fellow at IC-Sq. Institute (UT-Austin).
Raj's research, spanning marketing and finance, has been published in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Journal of Banking and Finance. His current research focuses on the impact of marketing processes and market-based assets on corporate financial performance and shareholder value. His 1998 paper titled "Driving Shareholder Value Via Market-Based Assets" received both Maynard and Marketing Science Institute/Paul Root Awards for the Journal of Marketing article judged to contribute most to the development of theory and practice of marketing, respectively. More recently, he received the Mahajan Award for Career Contributions to Marketing Strategy from the American Marketing Association (2004).
Raj has served on editorial boards of Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and High Technology Marketing Review. He was co-editor of a special issue on brand management (Journal of Marketing Research) as well as on the impact of marketing on financial performance (Journal of Marketing).
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