Advisory Board Members



Phistream Consulting’s Advisory Board provides high level intellectual and strategic guidance to the team. Its members are reowned leaders in their own niche. All members of the Advisory Board participate in their personal capacity.


Mr. Prashasta Seth

Principal Advisor - Investment Advisory Services

Prashasta is the Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer at Prudent Investment Managers, a company co-founded by him. At Prudent Investment Managers, he leads investing across asset classes and across life cycle of companies. Prashasta is a PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad and a B-Tech from IIT Kanpur. Prior to founding Prudent , he was the Chief Executive Officer of IIFL Asset Management. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and during these years he has been involved in the fields of investment management, equity research and general management

Before joining IIFL Group, he was Chief Investment Officer at Ajour Investment Advisors where he was helping high net worth investors manage their equity portfolios

He started his career as a Senior Analyst with JP Morgan Securities, London where he was responsible for modeling and structuring CDOs. Post that he lead the India operations of Irevna Research (Standard & Poor group company).


Mr. D. K. Sharma

Principal Advisor - Fuel Retail

Mr. D. K. Sharma (Former Executive Director, Fortune 500 - Oil & Gas Company) is a Petroleum Marketing veteran with more than 36 years’ experience has joined Phistream Consulting as Principal Advisor. Mr. Sharma had worked as Retail Country Head of a Fortune 500 Oil Major in India. Besides, he was its Corporate Management Committee member for more than 5 years and a member of the Marketing Division Core Group for 3 years. He was on the Board of foreign Subsidiary of Oil Major for a period of 3 years. Mr. Sharma is awarded the “Retail Leadership Award” for 2018 by the “Rural Marketing Association of India”.

During his service, he has had varied experience in diverse Leadership positions including as a State Head of Gujarat, one of the large states in the country, Retail and Institutional Head of different state offices. Mr. Sharma worked as Executive Assistant to Director Marketing of Oil Major for 8 years, where was closely involved in Evolving and Executing its Marketing Plans. He also worked in Field for a large number of years and developed a good understanding of Sales Management and Team games at the grass-root level.
He worked closely with International Consultants in Marketing Transformation programs in general and Retail Transformation in particular at various times including his tenure as Retail Country Head. His areas of interest also included Brand Positioning and evolution of Retail Brands.
Mr. D. K. Sharma has a deep understanding of Marketing Management including insights on Market Segmentation, Product differentiation, Communication, and Brand Management. He also has expertise on SOPs on Petroleum Retailing.


Mr. Balendra Kumar Nath

Principal Advisor - City Gas Distribution Projects

Mr. Balendra Kumar Nath has joined Phistream Consulting as Principal Consultant - City Gas Development Project. He carries an extensive hands-on national and international experience of over 34 years in Oil and Gas Sectors specializing in City Gas Development Projects. He has worked as part of senior management with organizations like Indraprastha Gas Limited, GSPC Gas Limited, JSW Ispat Steel Limited, Jubilant Oil & Gas Pvt Ltd & Oil India Limited. Mr. Balendra Kumar Nath has handled various international projects which includes City Gas Distribution Project across Nigeria and Solar Power Projects in Dominican Republic.

Mr. Nath has extensive experience with Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Operation and Maintenance of Gas Distribution Systems, Group Gathering Stations, Gas Processing Plants, Gas Compressor Stations, Gas Dehydration Plants, City Gas Development Projects (CNG and PNG).

Apart from his technical know-how, he has been helping organization with functions like market research & demand assessment, feasibility study, planning, budgeting, execution, operation and maintenance of projects including JV Company formation, MoUs/Shareholder, agreements and related regulatory issues, sourcing of gas and Gas Sales & Purchase Agreements, Gas Transportation Agreements and related regulatory issues. Mr. Nath has also been extensively involved in coordination with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Power, GAIL, GSPC and other oil and gas companies for natural gas-related, regulatory and administrative matters.

Mr. Arun Kumar Srivastava

Mr. Arun Kumar Srivastava

Principal Advisor - Projects

Mr. Arun Kumar Srivastava has joined Phistream Consulting as Principal Advisor - Projects. Mr. Arun KumarSrivastava is a mechanical engineer and had held the position of a ChiefGeneral Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Limited before superannuation. He is an accomplished professional with over 37 years of experience in the field of Operations, Maintenance, Project Execution, including LPG Plant Safety, handling of Supply and Distribution, POL Terminal Operation and Lube Plant handling. He has rich experience in Retail and Institutional Sales, commissioning of new Retail Outlets, Consumer pumps and allied activities, its maintenance and liaisoning with PESO.


Mr. Rakesh Narula

Principal Advisor - Cross Country Pipeline Projects

Mr. Rakesh Narula has joined Phistream Consulting as Principal Consultant - Cross Country Pipeline Projects. Mr. Rakesh Narula is an Electrical engineer and had held the position of a General Manager (Pipelines Division) of Indian Oil Corporation Limited before superannuation. He is an accomplished professional with over 35 years of experience in the field of Operations, Maintenance, Project Execution, including integrity management of Cross-country Oil/Gas Pipelines and CNG/RLNG distribution networks. He has rich experience in spearheading several External Safety Audits of Cross country Oil and Gas pipelines including GAIL India's Gas Distribution Networks, in
association with OISD.

He had successfully formulated the implementation of the ERDMP of the Dadri-Panipat RLNG pipeline of IOCL and has been a domain expert in field of installation and maintenance of Cathodic protection system of Cross -Country Oil and Gas pipelines, pumping /delivery oil installations, CNG receiving and distribution networks, construction supervision and management of Cross-Country Oil and gas Pipelines, CNG networks and installation, maintenance of HT/LT Motors, Compressors, switchgear, transformers, and Variable Speed Drives.


Dr. Pradeep Jain

Advisor - Environmental Engineering

Dr. Pradeep Jain carries more than two decades of consulting experience in the field of solid waste management. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur he served as a planning engineer in Engineers India Limited for 3 years before moving to Florida for his masters in Environmental Engineering Sciences. He completed his post-doctorate from the University of Florida in 2005 and started his consulting career with Innovative Waste Consulting Services LLC of which he is the president now.

Dr. Pradeep Jain has published more than 25 research papers and a reference book on landfill design and operation. He has been associated as a Technical expert with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Office of Research & Development (ORD) for the last 10 years. He has been awarded by International Centre, University of Florida and Air & Waste Water Association for his outstanding academic contributions.


Dr. Timothy G Townsend

Advisor - Environmental Engineering

Dr. Timothy Townsend is a professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Florida. His area of expertise is solid and hazardous waste management. Research interests include landfill design, construction and operation; managing construction and demolition debris; beneficial use and recycling of wastes; and handling of special wastes such as electronic scrap. Dr. Townsend teaches courses on waste management fundamentals, landfill design, and waste management in developing countries.


Mr. Sumit Agarwal


Mr. Sumit Agarwal brings over two decades of experience in the field of chemical engineering and manufacturing. After completing his five-year integrated course in chemistry and a minor in management from IIT Kanpur, he has been managing a group of chemical manufacturing industries with their products being exported to over 45 countries.

He has been a philanthropist with a strong commitment to giving back to society He is running an NGO, PRERNA, which is dedicated to the development of a stronger India. PRERNA is currently partnering the management of 16 adopted government primary schools with an objective to facilitate the best quality education in Government schools. He is also the founder of Kasauti, a consortium of NGOs formed to aid clean and answerable politics. He is also a writer, music composer, lyricist, singer, actor and motivational speaker.