Our People

Leadership Team
Directors and Managers

The Partners, Directors and Managers are adequately supported by skilled and experienced team of professionals who have qualifications including CA, MBA, CPA or CFA.

Team Profiles


Sharad Bhandari (Managing Partner)

Sharad Bhandari is the Managing Partner and founder of ARDENT. Formerly, Sharad was a partner and the Head of Transactions and Restructuring practice at a Big 4 firm in the Lower Gulf.

He has over three decades of Audit and Advisory experience in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Restructuring, Forensic and Internal Audit. He has led several landmark Corporate Finance and Restructuring transactions in the UAE in the recent past. He is also an active member of the Trade Committee of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.

Sharad is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Sashikanth Ramakrishnan (Partner, Head of Advisory)

Sashikanth Ramakrishnan is a founding partner and the Head of Advisory with over 25 years professional experience in providing a range of advisory services to a broad range of GCC businesses. Prior to ARDENT, he was the Head of Transactions & Restructuring for a Big 4 firm in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East and South Asia region.

Sashi has significant experience of advising corporates as well as government institutions. He has led advisory services in relation to business transformation projects, M&A mandates and governance projects.

Sashi is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Nirbhay Vaidya (Partner, Head of Risk Advisory)

Nirbhay Vaidya is a founding partner and the Head of Risk Advisory with over two decades of professional experience. Prior to joining ARDENT he was part of the executive leadership team at one of the largest real estate private developers in the world, headquartered in Houston. Based in Abu Dhabi, he headed their finance function for the MENA region and was involved in strategic planning and development, client negotiations and fund raising.

Prior to that, Nirbhay gained over 10 years of experience with two Big 4 firms in the UAE and UK, advising a broad client base spanning from large national and multinational clients to clients listed on the DFM, FTSE and NYSE. He has led advisory services in relation to internal audits, financial diligences, IFRS advisory and Project Management Office (PMO).

Nirbhay is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Nikhil Sancheti (Director)

Nikhil Sancheti was formerly a Senior Director with a regional private equity firm and an Associate Director with a Big 4 accounting firm in the UAE. He has over twelve years of experience in equity fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, debt advisory, restructuring and business valuations.

He has advised family offices, private equity firms and corporates across diverse sectors such as Food and Beverage, Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Real Estate/ Building Materials.

Nikhil is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA and CCFA from ICFAI, India.


Charu Khurana (Associate Director, Risk Advisory)

Charu Khurana is an Associate Director at ARDENT focused on Internal Audit, Risk and Management Consulting. Charu brings with her over 15 years of experience in Internal Audit of international and GCC based banks and other financial services businesses. During her career, Charu has led audits of various functions of financial services businesses including Credit, Operations, Compliance and Central functions.

Charu has worked in India and the UAE with leading international and regional banks. She has extensive experience of monitoring and analyzing critical business control procedures, optimizing risk management procedures and providing independent audit reports.

Charu is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Shinto Johny (Associate Director, Management Consulting)

Shinto Johny is an Associate Director with the Management Consulting practice of ARDENT. He has over 15 years of consulting and telecommunications experience in India, the UK and the UAE. Prior to ARDENT, Shinto worked with the UAE offices of a Big 4 professional firm for 6 years.

His sector experience includes financial services, energy, manufacturing, media and IT.

Shinto is an MBA from Ecole Nationale des Pont et Chausees, Paris.


Ritesh Mehta (Manager, Transaction Advisory)

Ritesh Mehta is a Manager in the Transaction Advisory practice of ARDENT. He has more than 9 years of professional experience in the field of corporate finance, M&A and transaction due diligences. Prior to joining ARDENT, he has worked for one of the Big 4 firms and another global advisory firm.

He has led and participated in several engagements related to transaction advisory, valuations, due diligences, Purchase Price Allocation (PPA) and feasibility studies.

Ritesh has a Masters in Financial Management and is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary from India.


Satyaki Sarkar (Manager, IT Advisory)

Satyaki Sarkar is a Manager in ARDENT’s IT Advisory Practice. He has more than 17 years of extensive experience in IT Services with 12 years in service delivery and ERP Project Management.

Previously, Satyaki was part of the leadership team credited for leading the Program Management (Implementation & Support) & Delivery Management. He has successfully managed and delivered 15+ ERP and other Projects.

Satyaki is a Certified Six Sigma and ITIL V3 professional and is a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta.

Corporate Overview

ARDENT is a UAE headquartered advisory firm, with a targeted focus on the GCC region. The firm’s partners and directors bring over 100 years of cumulative advisory and investment experience in the region. Our client centric business model, local expertise and extensive industry knowledge consistently creates and adds value to our clients.


The ARDENT senior management has built its strong skills and expertise from serving the Big 4 professional service firms in diverse industries across GCC.

Our Services
Industry Expertise
  • Governments
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Retail & Consumer
  • Oil & Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Government Entities
  • Private Family Offices
  • Institutional Investors
  • Corporates/SME’s
  • Private Equity
Geographic reach
  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • India
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