Suju Mahendrappa, CEO –Mr. Mahendrappa, who was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick has more 20 years of experience in commercial lending, private equity investment, investment banking and strategy consulting, and considerable international business experience in both developed and developing world markets. Mr. Mahendrappa also had the privilege of guidance from numerous mentoring bosses with exceptional success in business and investment.
In 1995, Mr. Mahendrappa’s began his career in a commercial lending role with the Business Development Bank of Canada, where he oversaw commercial credit portfolios and led senior and subordinate lending transactions that included the seafood processing sector, other food and beverage producers and a number of advanced technology companies.
In 1998, Mahendrappa began working for Tioga Capital Corporation, Inc. (“Tioga”), (later renamed Mohegan Partners, LP), a Stamford, CT based private equity firm and worked directly with senior investment bankers between 1998 and 2000, assuming progressive levels of responsibility in numerous private equity transactions including investments, acquisitions and divestitures in the U.S. and Canada. Following his time with Tioga, he spent three years acting as an independent consultant in Toronto, providing services to a number of private investor groups, boutique investment banks, and private companies.
In 2004, Mr. Mahendrappa co-founded what is now Zveta Global Advisors, Inc. (“Zveta”). Between then and 2011, Mahendrappa spent more than half of his time in India, with a focus on agriculture, food and beverage, life sciences and the security and defence industries. Through Zveta, Mahendrappa assisted several North American companies to evaluate business and investment opportunities in India, develop and implement strategies for India and its surrounding markets, and monitor business partnerships on the ground in India.
Since his time in India, Mr. Mahendrappa was primarily been active as a consultant in the fisheries sector, including in commercial fisheries and fish processing, fisheries conservation and marine ecosystems management. His clients have included commercial, not-for-profit advocacy groups as well as commercial-communal Aboriginal fisheries groups. Mr. Mahendrappa also co-founded Maritime Seal Management, Inc. in 2014, a Canadian federal not-for-profit entity advocating for the interests of Maritimes stakeholders with respect to ecosystem based and conservation driven management of the Maritimes’ grey seal population.
His decades of experience helped Mr. Mahendrappa to hone the skills and build the capacity to comprehensively understand the interrelated dynamics of businesses, industries and financing mechanisms and enabled him to develop his local, as well as global ties to both the business and fisheries industries.
Mr. Mahendrappa received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Accounting, from Mount Alison University in 1995, and subsequently completed in depth studies in mathematics and economics.
Additional Management Team Members
SIFF’s other management team members would include an individual with more than 15 years of consumer and wholesale food products marketing and distribution with family roots in the Maritimes. SIFF also would employ two additional full time management team members, to handle sourcing logistics relating to fish sourcing, transportation, storage and related regulatory compliance, and to coordinate Aboriginal relations.
Other expertise required for SIFF operations, particularly marine science, fisheries resource management, fish sourcing and processing, government and Aboriginal relations would be obtained from Experts retained by SIFF on an hourly fee or part time basis.