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.


Vishwesh Telang (Director)

Vishwesh has over eighteen years of experience in providing wide range of M&A related advisory services to a broad range of businesses in the GCC, Singapore and India. Prior to joining ARDENT, Vishwesh worked with KPMG in Bahrain and Qatar where he worked on buy- and sell-side advisory engagements for numerous strategic and financial buyers in public and private deals.

He has significant experience on transactions across the real estate and construction sector having led several assignments including for valuation, financial-, commercial-, and vendor- due diligence, and equity raising activities. He has also led engagements providing restructuring advice, including developing the workout plan, to clients in the real estate and constructing sector and their consortium banks.

Vishwesh has a Masters in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management, Makati, and Bachelors in Engineering (Electronics) from India.


Vineesh Bhatia (Associate Director)

Vineesh has over 17 years of experience specializing in ERM, Corporate Governance, Internal Controls, Internal Audit, Operational Risk Management, Process Risk and Compliance Risk Management Services.

Vineesh has led multiple projects on Governance Risk and compliance while working with Global consulting firms in GCC and India. He has assisted clients in setting up Risk management, Internal Audit and compliance functions in Banking & Financial Services, Investments, Real Estate, Construction, Education and Health Care.

Vineesh specializes in leading outsourced / co-sourced internal engagements. In his earlier engagements, he has successfully managed internal audit function for more than 25 clients. While appointed as the Internal Auditor Vineesh has advised Board Audit committee on enhancing internal controls, plugging revenue leakages, optimizing cost and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Vineesh has a Masters’ in Business Administration from Jaipuria Institute of Management, 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.


Chetan Soni (Manager, Risk Advisory)

Chetan is a Manager with ARDENT’s Risk Advisory Practice. He has over 12 years of experience and specializes in providing Enterprise Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Policies & Procedures, Forensic Audit and Risk Based Internal Audit services for large and medium sized multinational companies both in India and GCC.

Chetan was previously associated with one of the Big 4 firms in India being a part of their Assurance and Risk Advisory function. He has diversified experience of providing consultancy services in various sectors ranging from Manufacturing, Construction, Real Estate, Telecom, IT/ITES, Food & Beverages, Healthcare, Travel and Tourism, Automotive, FMCG and others.

Chetan is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Ravee Valia (Manager, Risk Advisory)

Ravee has more than 18 years of experience -10 years in the oil and gas sector and 8 years in Big 4 advisory firms. He leads team for management accounting and auditing function and has extensive contacts in the accounting and finance segment, both within and outside the GCC region. Ravee has led operational, financial internal audits and conducted investigations/forensic reviews. He has worked in various functions within hospitality, finance, oil and gas sectors. Ravee has led the budgeting processes and is well-versed with International Financial Reporting Standards.

Ravee has worked with 3 of the Big 4 firms in India, Kuwait and UAE. He is also a team leader for Professional development – The Institute of Chartered Accountants -Abu Dhabi Chapter.

Ravee completed his Bachelors in Commerce from the Bombay University, India and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India.

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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