About the team

 

leadership team
Bikram Singh Thakral
Chief Executive Officer

Bikram is a member of the Thakral family, and heads the group’s forays into Enterprise IT and Business Services across emerging Asia.  As the CEO of Thakral One, he has been tasked to develop and add high-value business lines to the group’s current portfolio, and to synergize and integrate these new developments with Thakral’s existing strengths and footprint. Bikram takes regular guidance and strategic advice from his father (Managing Director, Thakral Brothers) and Grandfather (Chairman, Thakral Group).

Prior to joining the Thakral Group, Bikram was a Strategy Consultant with the Boston-based Monitor Group, where he managed numerous projects for the pharmaceutical, retail and services industries. He was also involved in numerous public sector industry growth projects in Singapore and worked closely with selected Government Ministries. Bikram is currently based in Singapore and spends most of his personal time with his wife and three daughters.

Satbir Katyal
Chief Operating Officer

Satbir is a part of the Thakral Group since 1998 and is presently working as the Chief Operating Officer of Thakral One. He brings to the table over 30 years of experience in merchant banking, corporate secretarial, finance and banking, geo-expansion and commercial negotiations. As part of the Thakral Group Satbir successfully oversees the operations of some of the country offices, as well as manages relationships with various IT OEM vendors of international repute.

Before joining the Thakral Group, Satbir worked for over 9 years in an Indian nationalised bank and has also successfully handled various IPOs in India. Satbir has Masters degree in Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Certified Association of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

 

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Business Unit Heads

Santie Heydenrych
Banking Solutions

Santie is an experienced Program Director and Account Manager with 15 years implementation experience. At Thakral One Santie is responsible for identifying and growing business from the value chain solutions, delivery process and methodologies that Thakral One offers to financial institutions.

Santie has worked specifically on the implementation of Temenos T24, a core banking solution, for 11 years and has delivered end-to-end core banking solutions to Tier One clients across Asia Pacific.

 


Jean Chung

Management Consulting

 

  • Jean leads and is responsible for Thakral One’s Consulting practice focusing on Technology Business and Risk Management.

Key strategic drivers include empowering CIO/COO/CTOs to manage IT like a business while managing risk as an enabler.

 

  • Jean has over 12 year’s experience in Management and Risk Consulting.
  • She has worked for KPMG in Korea, Japan and Singapore looking after MNC’s across Asia, leading teams and engagements and being a trusted advisor to C-level stakeholders.  Her main clientele was top tier global banks and insurance companies.
  • Her expertise is in the Risk and Compliance Consulting, based on her year of experience in IT and Operational Auditing, together with a strong track record in Business Process Re-engineering.
  • Holds a Master Degree in Political Science, and a certifies USCPA (united Stated Certified Public Accountant) and CISA (Certified Information System Auditor).

 


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Country Managers

 

 

Kanwal Jeet Singh Bawa 
India

Kanwal Jeet joined the Thakral Group in 1998 and is an integral part of the Group’s strategic planning team. Director at Thakral One, Kanwal Jeet is also the Chief Financial Officer at Thakral Services (India) Ltd., the Electronic Security Solutions (ESS) arm of the Thakral Group.

Kanwal Jeet held managerial posts in the Corporate Financial Divisions of his previous organizations. Qualified as a Company Secretary and Chartered Secretary (UK), he also holds degrees in chartered accountancy and cost accountancy.

Ashish Fitkariwala
Cambodia

Ashish is responsible for growing business by nurturing relationships with customers as well as building profitable partnerships with global principals in Cambodia. He is also responsible for Thakral Cambodia Industries Limited., the IT distribution arm for Thakral Group in Cambodia.

 

 

Ashish has over 9 years of experience in sales, account management and partner management working with organizations like Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Accenture services.  He has managed revenue and margin generation for large and mid-market segments in his previous roles. Ashish has completed his Masters in Biochemistry from Bangalore University.


Siew Foong Wong 
Malaysia/ Brunei

Siew Foong heads Thakral One Malaysia and Brunei. She is responsible for establishing  the company's offerings for both markets.

 

Siew Foong has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing Management and has held positions in leading MNCs like Microsoft and Dell. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Computer Science and Statistics from La Trobe University in Melbourne.

 

She had previously worked in Microsoft Malaysia for more than 12 years, overseeing the company's Sales and Marketing in the FSI industry for Malaysia and South East Asia.


Krishna Giri 
Nepal 

Giri took over the country operations of Thakral One, Nepal in 2003. He holds a degree in Master of Business Administration and has over 20 years experience of working with IT service and solution providers.

In the past Giri has been responsible for overall management of support divisions; networking, banking software and IT infrastructure projects; and SLA management for key enterprise customers. He has also undertaken consultancy for IT infrastructure design and deployment for various projects and, business planning and resource management for service divisions.

Sawfin Saw
Philippines

Sawfin comes to Thakral One with over 20 years of experience in business and IT consulting in the Banking and Financial Services, Insurance and Public Sector domains. She heads Thakral One Philippines operations and is responsible for further strengthening the company’s offerings for the market. 


Sawfin has worked with leading MNCs like Accenture, SAS Institute Philippines, Inc. and Development Bank of the Philippines, among others, and has extensive understanding of solutions like business analytics, risk management and customer process improvement.


   

 

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