Binal Gandhi, Founder

binal-gandhiPrior to starting The Learning Curve Academy, Binal Gandhi worked for close to 20 years in the areas of Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Strategy in senior roles at companies like GE Capital and Wells Fargo, both in the USA and India. As Senior Vice President, she led the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Wells Fargo, USA. After moving back to India, Binal was an Executive Director at MAPE Advisory Group, a leading boutique financial services advisory firm in India.

Binal is a visiting faculty at SP Jain and NMIMS, teaching courses in Corporate Finance, Valuation, and Strategic Financial Management. She has mentored many students as they prepare for their future careers. Binal has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA and an MBA from Purdue University, USA.

Over time Binal’s desire to be an educator has evolved and was the spark that led to the foundation of the The Learning Curve Academy. She brings her industry experience and her strong educational background to counsel parents and students. She is a mother of two girls and loves to play the piano, read, and travel.

Niyati Patel, Faculty Head

niyati-patelNiyati Patel has over 9 years of experience in the banking and financial sector. She was a Vice President at Bank of America, where she handled treasury services for both multinational and large Indian corporates. She is the Head of Faculty at The Learning Curve Academy and has taught over 1000 students across a variety of colleges as part of the Finance GYM program. She brings her experience in banking and finance, as well as her passion for imparting students with life lessons when teaching.

Rajesh Minocha, Faculty

Rajesh Minocha has over 21 years’ experience in diverse areas in Finance and Technology. He has worked in multinational companies such as ICICI, HCL Technologies, Wipro, and Franklin Templeton. He quit corporate life in Dec 2016 to start his personal finance consulting practice- Financial Radiance. Rajesh has an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and is a CFP.


Killol Karia, Faculty

Killol Karia has over 12 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has worked with HDFC Asset Management Company for 10 years at various levels. Prior to that, he worked with Indiabulls Securities in Mumbai for two years. He currently runs his own financial planning firm. He has an MBA from K J Somaiya Institute of Management & Research Studies, Mumbai. He studied Chemical Engineering from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, where he stood 2nd in the university.

Bhanu Pratap Singh, Faculty

Bhanu Pratap Singh, CFPCM, MBA, is a corporate trainer and a business consultant with rich industry experience. He is also an independent consultant for various BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) and Soft Skills training firms. He is author of a book on financial planning, ‘Time Value of Money,’ and is guest faculty at various colleges and institutes. Equipped with more than half a decade of financial & training industry experience, he has specialised in the areas of operation, training, and personal finance.

Tanay Kurode, Faculty

Tanay Kurode has completed his Certified Financial Planning – CFP Certification from FPSB India. He has worked at various roles like that of financial planner, financial planning practice manager, area manager etc. in various reputed companies in India. He is currently serving as a faculty member at Indira School of Business Studies – ISBS, Pune. Tanay has an MBA from Pune University.

Rachana Patel, Faculty

Rachana has more than 8 years experience in the banking and financial services industry. She worked as an Assistant Manager with Nomura Investment bank handling Competitor Analysis and Capital Markets MIS. She has also worked with Anagram Stockbroking in Sales of Financial Services products.

She has completed her MBA from Chetana’s Institute of Management and Research. 

Nidhi Mathuria, Faculty

Nidhi Mathuria has over 7 years of experience in the banking and financial sector. She was a Vice President at the State Bank of India, where she was a part of the core team that was given responsibility to set up the Financial Planning department within the bank.

Nidhi has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Mumbai’s K.J. Somaiya Institute of Research and Management.

Swati Maheshwari, Faculty

Swati Maheshwari has more than 8 years experience in the banking and financial services industry. Before joining The Learning Curve Academy, she was a part of ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank, where she was the operations head at one of their Mumbai branches. She is also an independent director at Precision Wires India Limited.

Swati has completed her MBA from the Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya in Indore. Her passions include storytelling, and she is a certified storyteller from the Kathalaya in Bangalore. She strongly believes that we are all made up of stories.

Reshmi Pereira, Office Manager

Reshmi has over 7 years experience in a variety of companies, including Speedex Logistics, Blow Cool Air Conditioners and Refrigerators, and Urai Impex. She has a Bachelor of Communications degree from Mumbai University.

Dwiti Thakkar, Analyst

Dwiti has completed her bachelor’s degree in Banking and Insurance from Mithibai College, She has also completed certification in Financial Markets from NCFM.

She has interned with various associations including, Hiranandani & Associates, Stole and Yarn Incorporation, The Saviours and EduFun Life School.