India is Asia's largest integrated franchise solution company since 1999, is the
absolute authority on Franchising, Licensing, Retailing and Real Estate. Franchise India was
also the first company to introduce and develop the franchise market consulting in India and
has been completely focused on Franchise Ecosystem for the past 16 years and will continue
to do so. The company has serviced over 1100 brands across 5 continents covering various
We at Franchise India offer Business Advisory, Property Advisory as well as Financial
Advisory to an investor base of 300,000 across more than 231 cities in India alone. In
the last 15 years, FIBL has helped thousands of investors in selecting the right
Franchise and, in turn, assisted more than 500+ International and National Brands for
franchise expansions. Knowledge, Opportunity, Network and Success are the hallmark of
We have consulted several major brands over these years like HCL, MGF, Quality Walls,
Tata, Gitanjali, HSBC, Levis, JK Tyres, Lakme, D'damas, Adidas, Euro Kidz, The Apollo
Clinic, Chhabra 555, Kidzee, Motilal Oswal, Rosebys, Next, Welhome and more, through
media, advisory and exhibitions.
Franchise India has six broad divisions- Franchise India Holdings Limited (FIHL),
Franchise India Brands Limited (FIBL), Francorp, Bradford License India, India Franchise
Association (IFA) and Entrepreneur India.
Mr Santosh Kumar is having more than 17 years of experience in Industry and has made significant contributions in the area of Business Development, Product Designing, Business Planning & Portfolio Management. He has worked in senior positions in companies which are market leaders in the industry and comes with a rich experience of Client Servicing with Customised Solutions, in widely varying domains.
Sonia Panwar Chakraborty
Associate Vice President - M&A, Valuations & Advisory
Ms. Sonia Panwar has nearly 15 years of experience in Financial Research, Business Modeling, Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions and building Strategic Partnerships. At Franchise & Equity India, she handles a portfolio of 40 brands incl. Start-up ventures and SME businesses. She has worked at strategic position with the leading Malaysian Conglomerate Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd. and assisted in multi-million M&A deals including JVs in Media, Real Estate and Consumer Segments. She has been managing the operations and involved in business turnarounds, re-vamp and re-launch of brands besides being responsible for risk management. In her stint with British Telecom and First Rain Financial, she has worked on Financial Analytics & Intelligence platforms.
She graduated in Economics (Hons.) from The Shri Ram College, Delhi University with a Sanwa Bank of Japan Scholarship and is a Gold Medalist in MBA Finance & IT from FMSIT, Hamdard University. She loves to paint and is a professional artist and also a freelance blog writer.
Mr. Pawan Lohea is a Chartered accountant having more than 15 years of experience in Accounting, Finance, Costing & Budgeting, Business Planning, MIS, Taxation, Secretarial and legal. He has worked in leadership positions in companies like YMS Mobitech , AskmeFin, AskmeBazaar, Continental Carriers, Indiabulls and 99labels. In his previous roles, he has led finance, accounts and commercial and has introduced several initiatives in helping businesses in the decision making process. Pawan exhibits a keen understanding of business priorities and has managed highly effective teams throughout his career. Through various strategic initiatives, he has contributed to business generation and revenue generation.
Pawan Lohea is a qualified Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), which he did in 2001, and Master in Business Finance in 2013 and having thorough knowledge of GST . He is a result-driven finance executive with rich exposure in the field of Finance, Accounts and Taxation. Throughout his career, Pawan has worked across challenging environments and emerging markets. His hobbies are playing Badminton and Cricket and exploring new places.
Head - Business Development & Distribution
Mr Reetesh Shrivastava is having more than 15 years of experience in Financial Services Industry and has made significant contributions in the area of Business Development, Product designing, Business Planning & Portfolio Management. He has worked in senior positions in companies which are market leaders in the industry and comes with a rich experience of client servicing with customised solutions, in widely varying domains.
Reetesh holds a Master’s degree in Business Management
Partner - Equity India
Mr. Nikesh has worked in financial service industry for more than 10 years catering needs of clients from different sectors in terms of fund arrangement and business consulting. His passion for helping the business to grow by providing requisite knowledge transfer led him to earn a good name in corporate world. His specialty includes nurturing start-ups, business structuring and making business scalable and saleable.
He is a regular speaker at various national forum for business and professionals. He is qualified Chartered Accountant, Masters in Commerce, Masters in Finance from NL Dalmia Institute and Certified Digital Marketer by MSME(GoI).
Chairman, Franchise India
Gaurav Marya (40) is India's Leading Franchise and Business Growth Expert and a highly successful
serial entrepreneur. Today he is widely known for causing the franchise & Small Business revolution
in India. Gaurav embarked on his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 23 after completing
his B.E. and gained Business experience in diverse sectors where he created and sold successful
commercial enterprises in sectors of mobile phones, career advisory, restaurants to entertainment
Business etc. Recognizing his ability to be able to take business to the next level and making it
scalable and process driven in a short time, He found "Franchise India" in 1999, which is today
regarded as India's largest integrated Small Business, franchise ,Licensing, retail & real estate
solution company. Under Gaurav's Leadership, Franchise India has grown exponentially. With a
team of 700, 40 offices and outreach in 300 towns and cities, the Group touches more than five
million individual entrepreneurs, impacting more than 2,50,000 businesses. The media division
organizes 300 conferences and expositions across 100 cities in India, and in the Middle East and Sri
Lanka. It publishes 4 magazines, reports and books that have both wide circulation and critical
appreciation. It's franchise business website attracts 264,000 unique hits every month. The
consulting, business brokerage and investment support division serves 2,500 brands and over a
million investors. Valuable collaborations include a tie-up with Francorp, a leading global franchise
consulting companies based in the US and Bradford Licensing LLC, one of the top 20 brand licensing
Gaurav is regarded as India's foremost Business specialist and has consulted over 2000 Large and
small corporations in India and international markets in making informed decisions about their
Business Growth. He has consulted leading corporates like Reliance, Essar Group, Videocon,
Landmark Group, Tata Steel, Unilever India, Levis, 3M, HP, ITC, TVS and Mahindra Retail where he
works with CEO’s and Senior Leadership teams to align and chart out growth blueprints. He has also
consulted many local and regional businesses all over India, which are today India's retail and
consumer brands .Gaurav is also regularly called upon to advise International Businesses in countries
like London, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Thailand, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Bahrain in carving their growth plans.
He is highly admired for his non-conformist operating style, confrontational style of management and aggressive marketing business tactics, which also comes forth in the books he has authored
including the Bestseller book in franchising "The Science of Reproducing Success", in which he has
culled his years of experience in franchising and has sold over 20,000 copies. He has also penned
"Take Charge", a Book on Building entrepreneurial and change mindset for achieving Business
Growth and is the highest selling business book on Indian stands today. His third book "It Takes
Two to Tango" gives insights into making a customer connect in Changing India.
He sits on the Boards of several organizations as an Adviser and Director and also been retained by
several Private equity funds with an interest to invest in Business Projects. He has chaired several
Global Business Forums on Franchising and Retail in India,USA, Australia, Russia, Paris and London.
He is regularly quoted by the press in Leading Dailies and Business Journals both in India and
overseas. He has guest starred on several television shows on entrepreneurship and franchising .
Shiv Khera, Global motivational Leader and speaker, once dubbed him as "Father of Indian
franchising" in 2004 at one of India's biggest franchise forum and it is the title which has remained
with him ever since. Recognizing that more and more people in India are investing into active
businesses and taking on the entrepreneurial path, Gaurav wants to serve this community better. He
wants to build Franchise India as a growth specialist helping entrepreneurs, through knowledge and
service, on all aspects of buying, setting up and growing a business.
Sonya Chowdhry Grover
Managing Director – Franchise India
Ms. Sonya Chowdhry Grover started her career in Franchise India Brands Ltd. in 2004 as an Manager Franchise Support and rose to the level of Director-Planning and Strategy. Sonya's portfolio includes the development and consolidation of investment based Franchise Model for the clients' appointment of franchisee and spearheads the team that is dedicated for the overall success of the franchise program. She is instrumental for the launching of "Club City" that started with a single brand and proliferated to 14 brands in a period of 3 years. She is responsible for the business strategy, entry and expansion of the international brands in the Indian market. Sonya holds a MBA degree in Marketing from Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad.