UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain
Manu started and heads Middle East Region for OYO Hotels and setup OYO business in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain, with more than 200 hotels under franchise and operations.
Manu is credited with two successful exits in e-commerce, Infibeam through IPO and Souq through acquisition by Amazon.
Before OYO, Manu headed Electronics business for Souq.com, an Amazon.com company in UAE. He was responsible for growing the Electronics business including Mobile phones, Laptops, Tablets, Televisions, Large and small appliances and photography categories from 150mm USD to 1bn USD in revenue in 2 years.
Prior to Souq, Manu was Vice President, Planning and Strategy at Infibeam. He was responsible for launching and growing BuildaBazaar as the platform of choice for SME and Enterprise merchants in India and Middle East.
Manu was responsible for setting the India SME business for BuildaBazaar and growing it to > 20,000 merchants in 2 years. He setup global Enterprise partner network for BuildaBazaar in Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Pakistan.
Manu started his professional career at JPMorgan Investment Banking as a Senior Analyst, where he was involved in 2 M&A transactions and 1 IPO (PGCIL – US$1.8bn raise).
Manu graduated from IIM Ahmedabad where he ranked in the top ten per cent of his batch. Earlier Manu Co-founded VidyaCenter,a marketplace for educational services with tools for
remote learning and teaching (Global Alexa < 5,000; with >10,000 registered students).
Manu is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kharagpur. Manu teaches e-commerce and Digital
Marketing at IIM Ahmedabad and invests in technology start-ups.