Sam Circle Partners has more than 150 man years of experience in Strategic Consulting, Project Management, Investment Banking, Venture Capital and Private Equity

Dr Robert D Hisrich


Dr. Robert D. Hisrich is a partner of Sam Circle and is the Bridgestone Char of International Marketing & Associate dean of graduate & International Programs at College of Business Administration, Kent State University. He was earlier Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also president of H&B Associates, a marketing and management-consulting firm he founded and has been involved in the startup of numerous global companies.

Professor Hisrich received his BA from DePauw University, his MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and honorary doctorate degrees from Chuvash State University (Russia) and the University of Miskolc (Hungary). Dr. Hisrich has held visiting professorships at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia); the Technical University of Vienna (Austria); the University of Limerick (Ireland); Donau University (Austria); Queensland University of Technology (Australia); the University of Puerto Rico; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored or co-authored 267 books

Dean Benjamin


Dean Benjamin is a partner of Sam Circle and also founder of Riverbank Partners and a partner in Ascent Real Estate Advisors, LLC. Earlier in His career Mr. Benjamin was a Director in the Principal Transactions and Realty Investment Groups at Credit Suisse. Mr. Benjamin’s expertise includes structured finance as well as equity capital markets. Mr. Benjamin commenced his professional career as an attorney working on a variety of finance, structured finance, private equity and real estate transactions at a major firm in New York City.

Mr. Benjamin earned an AB degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a JD degree from the Fordham University School of Law. He is married with two children and resides in Connecticut.

Amber Malhotra

CEO & Managing Partner

Amber Malhotra is the Managing Partner and CEO of Sam Circle. He is an experienced investment and asset management professional, working with leading universities and healthcare systems of the world to co-develop and commercialize solutions for mass scale social, economic and environmental impact. The genesis of it can be traced to His graduation thesis of “Harmony between Environment and Technology” for which Nobel Laureate HH Dalai Lama wrote the foreword. Later in life, He was personally trained by another Noble Laureate Mr. Al Gore, reinforcing His belief in profit, people and planet as the basis of sustainable business models.

Amber has background in strategic consulting, investment banking & private equity. He was earlier Executive Director for Walton Street Real Estate Advisors and advised Walton Street Capital “Funds” for their investment & asset management in India. He & His team under wrote equity investments of around US$ 150 millions in India and provided asset management for portfolio of US$ 1 billion.

In 2003, He started the real estate advisory business for ICICI Bank, the largest privately held bank in India. He along with His team handled a portfolio of US$ 1 billion in various sectors for private, public & government Investments.

Amber is a qualified architect with masters in international business. He also has an Innovation Fellowship from Royal Academy of Engineering & University of Cambridge. He is well traveled and has been a regular speaker at various national and international events. He was featured in CNBC Young Turks for innovation in offsite solutions for affordable housing. He is married to Suchitra, a practicing medical doctor and they have a 14-year-old son.

Naresh Kapoor

Venture Partner

Mr.Kapoor has almost 3 decades of experience in the healthcare and other industries. Mr Kapoor has been closely associated with the healthcare industry since 2001 and has held senior management positions at some of the most reputed hospitals across India. He has been involved with the management and successful turnaround of various hospitals in north India and is one of the most reputed management personnel in the healthcare industry across India.

Prior to setting-up PKHPL, Mr Kapoor was Executive Director at Radiant Life Care Private Limited (“Radiant”), a company jointly owned by Private Equity Investors, KKR. Radiant has management and operating rights of two large hospitals in India, BLK Super Speciality Hospital at New Delhi having 650 beds and Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital at Mumbai having 350 beds.Prior to joining Radiant Life Care Private Limited, Mr Kapoor was with the Escorts group, working as Finance Head of Escorts Heart & Super Specialty Institute Ltd. In his previous roles, he has also been associated with the DLF Group for 3 years.

Dr Dev Taneja

Venture Partner

Dr Dev Taneja is a Senior Executive Physician & an accomplished Healthcare Industry Leader with 33 years of rich experience as a General Surgeon & as a Senior Healthcare Executive at leading Healthcare establishments in India & abroad.

He is especially interested in Healthcare Business Planning, Project Implementation, Hospital Performance Improvement, Clinical Quality, Service Excellence & Hospital IT System development.

He is passionate about developing a Capital light multi-specialty secondary care &professionally managed hospital model for the tier 1 & tier 2 towns.

He is also Founder & Director of CarePoint Hospital, Navi Mumbai, India

Mr. Ajay Jugran

General Counsel

Mr. Jugran graduated in law in 1988 and began his career in the same year as Corporate Counsel. Thereafter, from 1990 to 1993, he worked extensively in litigation and arbitration, while being associated with one of the top Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court of India and later with a leading law firm of New Delhi. In September 1993, he was retained by Arthur Andersen & Co., the then largest of the Big-6 global accounting firms, to work for them and their Oil & Gas, Mining, and infrastructure clients on an exclusive basis. In June 1998, he launched Lawcombine, Advocates (previously known as A. Jugran& Co.). He leads the firm to realise its vision, undertake business development, review staff work to maintain & upgrade standards & ethics, assist clients in business negotiations, explore & develop new areas of practice, hire & train resources. Mr. Jugran is also the President of Him Jagriti, a Non-Governmental Organisation focusing on various social issues i.e. Women Empowerment etc. 

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