The EV Revolution in Motorcycles

In the dynamic landscape of India’s two-wheeler market, where the electric scooter revolution has been stealing the spotlight, the presence of motorcycles, which constitute over 65% of the annual two-wheeler market in India, has been overlooked. We are at the cusp of an exciting era of electrification in the #motorcycle segment that presents breakout investment […]

Powering Urban Transit with Electric Buses!

Imagine hopping on a bus that doesn’t rumble with a noisy engine, doesn’t emit clouds of exhaust, and doesn’t rely on fossil fuels. Instead, it glides through the streets silently, powered by clean and sustainable electricity. Yes, we’re diving headfirst into the remarkable realm of electric buses – the next big revolution in urban transportation! […]

EV Battery Recycling II

Hey Everyone!! We are back with our monthly edition to dive into India’s recent Battery Waste Management Rules as well as feature select global actors in this space & their recycling technologies. The potential value creation for EV battery recycling, estimated at $95 billion per year by 2040, is massive and is attracting attention from […]

EV Battery Recycling I – 2nd Anniversary Edition

The Ostara Newsletter turns 2! Yes, this month marks the 25th monthly edition of “All about EVs”, a newsletter we launched in May 2021 to foster a conversation among investors about the Clean Mobility ecosystem in India. Little did we foresee the impact it would have and the number of people it would reach. It’s remarkable to note […]

The Digital Identity of EVs

We’ve all come across IoT (Internet of Things) in some form or the other in our daily lives like wearables that track our activity and fitness, navigating using GPS-tracking on our phone, smart toll-collection and many more… The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) defines IoT as a system of self-adaptive and complex networks […]

EV Retrofitting

Hello there! We’re back with another juicy edition of the Ostara newsletter! First up, a couple of quick Ostara updates… Ostara Updates! Now, for our topic for this month… India’s first large-scale CNG programme kickstarted in 1998, in Delhi, after the Supreme Court of India then issued several directives centred around the clean fuel. Since then, almost […]

The Internal Network of the EV

From the Founder’s Desk: We have had an exciting start to the year! Lots of new launches in the Indian Electric Mobility landscape and a growing focus on clean mobility across stakeholders including in policy-making at the Central Government level. As deal activity increases in Mobility and Sustainability, we are looking to partner at mid-to-senior levels. If […]

The Indian EV ecosystem in 2022: The Ostara Review

As we launch full steam ahead into the new year, we look back at the year that was. 2022 bore witness to many milestones for Ostara Advisors, which we wrote about last month in the Ostara Rewind. This month, we look at the transformational trends for the Electric Mobility space in India during 2022, in the Ostara […]

2022: The Ostara Rewind

2022 has been an exciting year for Ostara Advisors. The mission that we started out with in 2018 – to create India’s first specialised investment bank focused on Mobility and Sustainability – has led us to pole position in our chosen sectors in 2022. As we bid farewell to this exciting year, let’s recap what we’ve been […]

Financing India's EVs – II

Last month, we discussed some key terms in EV financing, along with different frameworks and policies of the same. Continuing in the same vein, we will once again be delving into the world of financing, albeit from a different perspective. In Part 1, the frameworks and business models were from the perspective of NBFCs and […]

Mukund Ranganathan


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Mukund Ranganathan


Mukund is a seasoned investment banker with 27 years of experience in advising companies on M&A and capital raising transactions. He has served most recently as Joint Managing Director at Motilal Oswal Investment Banking, where he worked from June 2014 to January 2021. During his career, he has facilitated over 70 strategic financial transactions including Motherson Sumi’s acquisition of PKC Group (Finland), sale of Aurangabad Electricals to Mahindra CIE, Siemens’ sale of Bangalore Airport, sale of Spicejet, Aegis’ acquisition of PeopleSupport (USA), sale of Air Deccan among others. Mukund has extensive experience in raising private equity funding as well as in the capital markets including IPOs, follow-on offerings, GDRs and ADRs for L&T Finance, Indostar, Dixon Technologies, Bharat Financial Inclusion, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, GAIL, etc.

Mukund has earlier worked for 9 years at Edelweiss Financial Services and started his career in 1996 with a 9-year stint at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Ranganathan holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (1994) and a PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1996).

Vasudha Madhavan

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Vasudha Madhavan

Founder & CEO

Vasudha is the founder of Ostara Advisors (formerly Dhruva Advisors) and is one of the first investment bankers in India to specialise in Electric Mobility, having advised clients in this space since 2017. She made her all-India M&A League Table debut in the top 20 in October 2018.

Vasudha has over 20 years of experience in Corporate & Investment Banking; with leading organizations like Citibank and ICICI Bank, as well as in boutique investment banking, based in Mumbai and Bangalore. Vasudha is responsible for having set up and expanded the ‘Private Equity & Hedge Fund’ coverage vertical for Citibank, India. She has also been part of Citibank’s Risk Management team for mid-size corporates, managing the bank’s lending decisions to a portfolio of companies in ITES, auto components, facilities management services, logistics, diversified manufacturing etc.

Vasudha is also a mentor at Aspire for Her, a unique organisation that enables women to join and stay in the workforce, through campus engagement, mentorships and skilling workshops. Their vision is to impact 1 million+ women and add $5B to India’s GDP through increased participation of women in the workforce by 2025.

Vasudha earned her MBA in Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur, India and her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, India. She is also a certified Advanced Scuba Diver and enjoys photography, having held several solo and group exhibitions of her work.

R. 'Shanx' Ravisankar

Industry Expert – Financial Technology and Cloud Solutions

Shanx is a founding member and former CEO of Oracle Financial Services Software, (formerly known as i-flex Solutions, the company was acquired by Oracle in 2006). Shanx retired in 2011 as the Chief Operating Officer, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU). As a technology leader, he has also been profiled in leading trade and industry publications. In 2008, Shanx was selected as one of the 50 Outstanding Asian American business leaders. This accolade celebrates Asian business leaders and recognizes their pivotal roles in Corporate America. Shanx is an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and has an MBA in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
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