Mahesh Punia

Mahesh Punia

Well established global strategist, entrepreneur and business transformation specialist with over 20 years of diverse, cross-cultural, multi-industry experience across India, Europe, Africa, South Asia, China, Asia Pacific and Middle-East. Strong track record of transforming some of the best known local, regional and global brands, as well as working with diverse governments in Asia and Africa towards building smarter nations and cities. Strong track record of building and establishing new businesses, new markets, new products, and turning around non-performing units. Has led start-ups and also managed large global P&Ls. Recognized as one of the most promising under 40 business leaders in India by a leading business magazine for the year 2007.

Mahesh, established the LiveBean brand beginning with India in 2007 and has seen it grown across continents with presence in Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific and South Asia. He has been engaged with multiple projects of holistically enhancing the investment attractiveness of nations across various industry sectors attracting foreign direct investments. He has been a trusted advisor and a member of think-tanks for nations in Asia and Africa.

Apart from LiveBean, he has held leadership positions with two of the largest and best known global consulting firms – KPMG and PwC. Most recently as the Managing Partner for Management Consulting at KMG Eastern Africa, where he was heading overall Management Consulting business, leading 9 independent Practices – Strategy, Operations, Financial Management Solution, IT Advisory, HR Consulting, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Post Merger Integration, Mega Projects and Shared Services; whereas at PwC was the heading the Strategy and Operations practices for Central, Eastern and Western Africa. He has held multiple executive and industry vertical leadership positions, like: Eastern Africa vertical leader for Government, Healthcare, Telecom-Media-Technology and Manufacturing sectors, besides representing Eastern Africa in the Global Financial Services group.

Currently, with strong understanding of Eastern Africa, especially so Kenya, LiveBean is focused on strategic advisory services in the field of deals and investments with a focus on inbound investments into the region, wherein not only helping businesses in getting the right investors and JV partners, but most importantly also helping the investors to get maximum RoI in the shortest time from the investee companies. With strong alliances with global PE houses and large global banks we target projects varying between USD 50 million and USD 400 million. Currently engaged in large scale projects in multiple sectors – power, mining, Agri & food, cement, Sugar, milling and infrastructure.

In his latest venture he has invested in and established Fortune Gaming Limited a company focused on development and operations of online games in African and Asian markets.

Mahesh is a resident of Kenya and is very passionate about establishing bilateral ties amongst the developing nations to foster ties which will enhance the social and economic fabric of the participating nations.

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Founder Director – LiveBean Consulting – East Africa, Dubai and India
  • Director LiveBean Hospitality, Indonesia
  • Founder Director – Fortune Gaming

Professional Experience

  • Managing Partner & Head of Management Consulting KPMG, Eastern Africa
  • Director Strategy & Operations PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Global CEO – QAI Global
  • Director South Asia OmniTouch International PTE
  • Country Industry Development Leader Deutsche Post World Net, Asia Pacific
  • Route Dev Manager Europe Expeditors International