|The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BA||2001|
Ritesh Tilani is senior management professional and serial entrepreneur with extensive global experience. In his current role as Head of UAE at iMENA Holdings, Ritesh manages all of iMENA’s local activities, and leads the company’s telecom-related initiatives.
Prior to joining iMENA, Ritesh was founder of Innoventa, a firm that delivers high-impact consulting services and interim management solutions in the areas of strategy and operations, focused mainly on the technology and telecom sectors. At the same time, Innoventa identifies attractive market opportunities and works with partners to build its own in-house ventures.
While managing Innoventa, Ritesh also conceived and launched CareZone, the region’s first cause-oriented digital mobile loyalty platform, which helped socially-conscious smartphone users shop smarter and earn rewards, while also making a difference by directly benefiting their favorite causes. CareZone won a number of awards, and was judged the ‘Best New Business’ in the Middle East at the SME Stars of Business 2011.
Prior to founding CareZone, Ritesh was a Co-Founder and Partner at EXA Partners, a group of cross-border business development experts, which focused on incubation of in-house ventures in the areas of TMT (technology, media and telecommunications). Prior to co-founding EXA Partners, Ritesh was with Nokia Corporation, where he served most recently as Head of Strategy for the MENA region. Ritesh was involved in growing the business, mainly through regional strategy development for global business units, and managing the roll-out of new products and services in MENA.
Before Nokia, Ritesh spent 5 years with Deloitte Consulting in New York and Bain & Company in Singapore, focusing mainly on market entry strategy, new business development and due diligence cases for various industries, including leisure, hospitality, logistics and TMT.
Ritesh has spent more than 20 years in the Middle East. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.