With over 17 years of experience in managing complex strategic initiatives and high-performing teams, Ashiq’s passion lies in driving business growth through technology. As a strategic, delivery-focused leader, he works with organizations to change the way they think about technology, implementing solutions to achieve organizational efficiencies, enable growth, and improve the end-user experience.
Known for his ability to see the big picture, Ashiq draws on his expertise to help organizations align their technology with their business goals. Ashiq was recently recognized as a Top Forty under 40 by Business in Vancouver, A Canadian Emerging Leader by The Peak and a finalist for CIO of the Year by CIOCAN.
Ashiq holds an Honours Bachelors of Accounting degree, and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations.
Growth & Risk Management
With over 17 years of professional services and industry experience, Ritesh brings deep expertise in governance, strategy and risk management. He developed a solid technical foundation in mature environments like Deloitte and CBS (NYSE) in New York before moving on to work on digital transformations that powered high-paced growth at retailers such as lululemon, GLENTEL, and Selfridges Group.
As a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Ritesh has led optimized GRC functions of publicly listed and privately-owned corporations in roles encompassing responsibility over ERM; internal controls (including IT); system implementation assurance; cybersecurity, data privacy and PCI reviews; and operational audits.
Leading the entrepreneurial Growth Advisory service line at SolvedAF, Ritesh has evolved as a strategic advisor to Board of Directors and Executive Management. In addition to acting as a Board of Director of a health and wellness focused eco-friendly hospitality startup, he currently acts as a trusted advisor to organizations in the biotech (medical diagnostics), retail, e-commerce and technology space.
Growth & Risk Management
Rustom brings over 35 years of global experience in the technology and financial services industry working in foreign markets. He is currently a Senior Advisor to AWR Lloyd and WRG2030 at the World Bank in India, and, until recently, was an advisor to the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL). Rustom has co-founded two fintech start-ups, and advised several technology start-ups, mid-market firms, and venture capitalists in India, SE Asia, and North America on strategy and operational excellence.
Rustom previously led JP Morgan’s implementation of global IT sourcing, the creation of JP Morgan Services India, and was the CIO at ICICI Securities, a joint venture with JP Morgan. Rustom also sat on the Board of Directors at JP Morgan Securities India Ltd’s, and JP Morgan Services. Prior to JP Morgan, Rustom spent ten years with the Tata Group, holding various technology roles at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata Oil, including being appointed the CIO for Tata Oil, and being involved in Cybernetics and CLIOS (Complex Large Scale Integrated Open Systems).
Rustom’s interests span global economics, geopolitics, the impact of technology on society, and sustainability. Current technology interests include digital commerce, AI, and innovation in outsourcing. Rustom has an MBA and read Finance at the London School of Economics.
People and Culture
Niloofer (Niloo) Balsara is a senior Human Resources Professional with experience across human capital roles in Canada, Asia-Pacific, and London, UK. She excels at designing and deploying progressive and innovative people strategies that optimize talent and strengthen organizational culture. As a talent architect and a change agent, she is passionate about leading and modernizing human capital through a data-driven approach.
Niloofer has held various HR roles in the healthcare, finance and insurance industries across multiple countries. She has gained global expertise in various human capital pillars, including talent management, succession planning, performance management, learning and development, recruitment, HR systems, and Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). She is a Certified Executive Coach (PCC), an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and has achieved her CHRP designation. Niloofer has also been a keen participant and contributor to the wider HR community with her involvement in Canada’s Global Pluralism Project and as a visiting speaker in Royal Roads and York University’s Schulich School of Business Master’s programs.
As a long-standing member of the Immigration Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC), Niloofer partners with provincial and federal colleagues to provide thought leadership and support the integration of skilled immigrants into Canada. She is passionate about Corporate and Environmental Sustainability, and has volunteered for environmental projects around the world, including Amazon, Oxford, UK and at the Smithsonian in Maryland, US.
People and Culture