Our People


Directors and Managers

The Partners, Directors and Managers are adequately supported by skilled and experienced team of professionals who have qualifications including CA, MBA, CPA or CFA.


Sharad Bhandari (Managing Partner)

Sharad is the Managing Partner and founder of ARDENT. Formerly, Sharad was a partner and the Head of Transactions and Restructuring practice at a Big 4 firm in the Lower Gulf.

He has over three decades of Audit and Advisory experience in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Restructuring, Forensic and Internal Audit. He has led several landmark Corporate Finance and Restructuring transactions in the UAE in the recent past. He is also an active member of the Trade Committee of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.

Sharad is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Sashikanth Ramakrishnan (Partner, Head of Advisory)

Sashikanth is a founding partner and the Head of Advisory at ARDENT with over 24 years professional experience in providing a range of advisory services to a broad range of GCC businesses. Prior to ARDENT, he was the Head of Transactions & Restructuring for a Big 4 firm in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East and South Asia region.

Sashi has significant experience of advising corporates as well as government institutions. He has led advisory services in relation to business transformation projects, M&A mandates and governance projects.

Sashi is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Nirbhay Vaidya (Partner, Head of Risk Advisory)

Nirbhay is a founding partner with ARDENT and the Head of Risk Advisory. Prior to joining ARDENT he was part of the executive leadership team at one of the largest real estate private developers in the world, headquartered in Houston. Based in Abu Dhabi, he headed their finance function for the MENA region and was involved in strategic planning and development, client negotiations and fund raising.

Prior to this, Nirbhay gained over 10 years of experience with two Big 4 firms in the UAE and UK, advising a broad client base spanning from large national and multinational clients to clients listed on the DFM, FTSE and NYSE. His sector specific expertise ranges from FMCG, real estate and construction to broad exposure in healthcare, automotive and media industries.

Nirbhay is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Nikhil Sancheti (Director)

Nikhil was formerly a Senior Director with a regional private equity firm and an Associate Director with a Big Four accounting firm in the UAE. He has over twelve years of experience in equity fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, debt advisory, restructuring and business valuations.

He has advised family offices, private equity firms and corporates across diverse sectors such as Food and Beverage, Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Real Estate/ Building Materials.

Nikhil is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA and CCFA from ICFAI, India.


Charu Khurana (Associate Director, Risk Advisory)

Charu is an Associate Director at ARDENT focused on Internal Audit, Risk and Management Consulting. Charu brings with her over a decade of experience in Internal Audit of international and GCC based banks and other financial services businesses. During her career, Charu has led audits of various functions of financial services businesses including Credit, Operations, Compliance and Central functions.

Charu has worked in India and the UAE with leading international and regional banks. She has extensive experience of monitoring and analyzing critical business control procedures, optimizing risk management procedures and providing independent audit reports.

Charu is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Shinto Johny (Associate Director, Management Consulting)

Shinto is an Associate Director with the Management Consulting practice of ARDENT. He has over 13 years of consulting and telecommunications experience in India, the UK and the UAE. Prior to ARDENT, Shinto worked with the UAE offices of a Big 4 professional firm for 6 years.

His sector experience includes financial services, energy, manufacturing, media and IT.

Shinto is an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Pont et Chausees, Paris.


Karthik Subramanyan (Associate Director, Transaction Advisory)

Karthik is an Associate Director in the Transaction Advisory business of ARDENT and has over 10 years of experience in M&A, valuations, business plan reviews, distressed asset reviews, Private Equity fund raising and debt syndication.

Karthik has in the past worked with an international investment bank and a Big 4 firm. His experience includes assignments with large PE houses, family houses and conglomerates across sectors such as food & agriculture, retail & consumer, healthcare, construction, real estate and IT/ITeS.

Karthik has completed all 3 levels of the CFA and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.


Amit Lodha (Risk Advisory and Management Consulting)

Amit is a Manager with ARDENT and focuses on Risk Advisory and Management Consulting. He is an Information Technology & Finance professional with over 13 years of experience in ERP implementations, risk assessment, internal controls reviews and internal audits. Prior to ARDENT, Amit was a Senior Consultant at one of the Big 4 firms in the UAE.

Amit specializes in project management and controls review and has supported various system and vendor selections. He has led teams to 8 successful ERP implementations focusing on implementing internal controls and MIS reports. Amit has also led internal audit engagements on outsourced and co-sourced basis and delivered engagements on IT controls testing and applications testing including change management controls.

Amit is an MBA and a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA.


Ritesh Mehta (Manager, Transaction Advisory)

Ritesh is a Manager in the Transaction Advisory practice of ARDENT. He has more than 9 years of professional experience in the field of corporate finance, M&A and transaction due diligences. Prior to joining ARDENT, he has worked for one of the Big 4 firms and another global advisory firm.

He has been involved in engagements related to transaction advisory, valuations, due diligences and feasibility studies.

Ritesh has a Masters in Financial Management and is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary from India.


Satyaki Sarkar (Manager, IT Advisory)

Satyaki is a Manager in ARDENT’s IT Advisory Practice. He has more than 17 years of extensive experience in Information Technology with 12 years in service delivery and ERP Project Management.

Previously, Satyaki was a part of the leadership team credited for leading the Program Management (Implementation & Support) & Delivery Management. He has successfully managed and delivered 15+ projects ERP and other Projects

Certified Six Sigma, ITIL V3 and completed Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta.