Our Leaders

Jay P Desai
Founder & Managing Director

Jay P Desai is the Founder & Managing Director of EvolvAlytics Consulting Pvt Ltd and Universal Consulting India Pvt Ltd. Jay has more than 25 years of management consulting experience and since 1994, has built Universal Consulting into one of India's well known management consulting firms.

Prior to founding Universal Consulting with capital of just Rs 50,000 (US$ 1000), Jay worked with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in Mumbai, from 1989 to 1994. He holds the AMP degree from the Harvard Business School, an MBA from Willamette University, an MS in Biology from Purdue University and a BSc in Life Sciences from the University of Mumbai.
Jay is the author of a book titled "Accountability: Angst Awareness Action", on India's public administration and governance systems, published by Pearson in 2011. Jay's research interests are in the application of lessons from evolutionary biology and complexity science, to developing business strategies in the rapidly evolving Indian market. Jay has also lectured at The Wharton School and at the University of Cambridge. He is an active student of Indian Classical Music and plays a string instrument, the Sarod, for more than 20 years now.
Shankar Rajesh
Senior Director


Shankar Rajesh is a Senior Director of EvolvAlytics Consulting Pvt Ltd and Universal Consulting India Pvt Ltd and heads the Mumbai Office. He has been with the firm for 20 years and has significant experience in the manufacturing and service sector. He has executed cases in the areas of strategy and operations and has advised clients in BioPharma & Life Sciences, Healthcare Services and Agribusiness. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai, he secured a Diploma in Computer Science. He also attended the "Leading Professional Service Firms" program at the Harvard Business School in Boston.
Shankar is an avid student of History and is keenly interested in developing business insights from world history, including the conquests of Alexander and the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire. A passionate Kanga League cricketer, Shankar often turns out on weekends to represent his club in local tournaments.

Samir Sathe
Senior Director


Samir Sathe is a Senior Director of EvolvAlytics Consulting Pvt Ltd and Universal Consulting India Pvt Ltd and heads the New Delhi office. He has been with the firm for 18 years and has significant experience in the manufacturing and service sector. He has led and successfully concluded cases in the areas of strategy and operations. He has advised clients in Financial Services, Private Equity, Automotive, Retail & Consumer Products and Agribusiness.

Samir graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce from University of Mumbai. He has also attended the "Leading Professional Service Firms" program at the Harvard Business School in Boston. Samir is an active student of Indian Classical Music and has several vocal performances to his credit. Besides, Samir is also an active student of art. Samir represented the Mumbai Under-15 Cricket team and opened the innings with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar at the interstate level.