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Agnel Pereira
Agnel Pereira

Agnel Pereira

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Growth Strategy:
I believe in running my own enterprises with several ideas. Working for a career of 20 years, have risen to senior management positions in 2 previous employments, but I have quit full time employment and have already set up a couple of businesses, and will be setting up few more in the near future.
Other Thoughts:
I am passionate to see a strong India with full freedom for every individual to pursue any business or profession, using all his/her skill-sets; an united India with teamwork with everyone helping each other to bring out the best in everyone, completely ETHICALLY, with zero tolerance to corruption.
Job Profile:
Currently I have my own startup advisory/consulting entity outside India and a couple of trading firms in India. I am heading to set up 2-3 different types of startups in India in areas of my core competencies. With suitable partners and strong investors, my ideas will be commercially viable.
Degrees That Matter:
I did not understand this question - though I can state that to be specifically competent in any function, one needs to be adequately trained.
Role Model:
The whole gang of Infosys - more specifically Mr Narayana Murthy and Nandan Nilekani. They built an empire strongly on ethical values and more humble means. Others include the Pai family of Manipal who set up enterprises in education, healthcare, media, technology and banking.
Changes In The Professional Environment:
When I started my career, India was under controls, but broke the shackles soon thereafter thru liberalisation in 1991. For about 5 years after, things didnt change much and I had to go abroad. Today's scenario is different, inviting professionals back to India to build it for the Vision 2020.
The Decisions That Matter
Good question. When I passed my CA, I joined a MC firm. In 1993, I joined FS industry and after 4+ years, I left the country to work for big-4 firm KPMG in the Middle East. When I was about to be the director there, I left it and joined a bank as a director! I have kept my career dynamic always.
Done Differently:
I dont think there is much I would do, though, in a way, I should have stayed on at KPMG and become a partner, when I see many of my juniors occupying that position right now. Yet, I have no regrets, I feel very blessed with what I have done, and there is a bit left to do in the rest of my career.
The Journey So Far:
I have lived abroad for most years (15 out of 22 years) since I qualified as a CA; which may appear to be out-of-sorts w.r.t.India. But thats not true. Since 1992, I have kept in close touch with the country through my regular investments and research of all developments, including laws & policy.
Working Life Management:
Very well. Family stays close for me, and then I am able to devote time for my passion, Cricket (playing and administering at weekends). I dont like to overdo either of these two key elements in life. And I guide others in this aspect - at times, helping co-workers to understand importance of life.
Prized Accomplishment(s):
Sending two kids to college & university education in the UK and at the same time, quitting a highly paying senior management job in a bank (to start up on my own!). People suspected my move, but I have no regrets despite losing 2 years of steady income and not much success in my own enterprise!
Required Reading:
I was introduced to Dr Robert Schuller's "Tough Times Never Last, Tough People Do" by a wonderful CEO of Mangalam Cements, Mr DP Maloo in 1994 when I went on a plant visit in Morak, Kota. Later on there were other life lessons from other books from Deepak Chopra etc. that I have read and benefited.
Advice For New Professionals:
To be happy and content in life, give more importance to ethics, moral and goodwill for others. Everything else will follow. Capitalism is good, but not without a well-ingrained Socialism. Unless we do good to others, there is no value for what we achieve, even if we are billionaires. Help others.
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