Meet the Team

Echios is a world-leading training company which offers coaching to business executives, corporations, universities, and individuals. Echios training reflects the company’s vision: To offer substantial transformation to an organization by offering effective tools which focus on behavioral change and can be measured objectively.

We are one of the leading providers of Investment Banking and Finance training. Echios also offers coaching on imperative soft skills such as leadership, decision making, goal-setting and influence.

Echios is able to offer modified and bespoke training courses based on the requirements of the client. By developing flexible courses Echios can successfully implement real change and ROI on learning and development sessions, which participants highly value and attain desired results.

Echios is in the beta stage in developing technology that uses Artificial Intelligence to quantify communications and influence. This technology will allow L&D professionals to track the improvement of individuals over time as a result of our initiatives.

Neel Bhandari

CEO of Americas

Neel is an international Professional Development Trainer/Consultant to Fortune 500 businesses and individuals. He has been specializing his consulting with financial organizations for the past 15 years. Neel is an enthusiastic and engaging learning and development designer/trainer. He focuses on consistently enhancing performance in the corporate world by training graduates to top executives. As a certified trainer with a business background, Neel can tailor training sessions for small to large organizations.

Gilad Christie

Chairman

Gil was the co-founder and former CEO of the 7city Learning Group, one of the largest and most successful privately held EdTech companies in the world. Over the last 20 years, Gil has designed and delivered training programs for many of the world’s largest financial institutions and asset managers. He teaches a wide range of topics with a focus on capital and derivative markets, asset management, valuation and accounting. Gil also has a keen interest in helping people develop their professional skills.

Sanjay Bhandari

CEO of EMEA

Sanjay Bhandari started his career building algorithms on the trading floor at Merrill Lynch. He is a regular speaker at firms such as JP Morgan, EY, Nomura, Fidelity, Citi and other financial institutions, helping their management teams understand the impact of technology and how they can utilize it effectively. He is an expert in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and is able to make these subjects real and practical for all participants.

Kay Fournier

Head of Client Services

With her Human Resources background within the education industry, Kay is passionate about finding the perfect combination of services that enrich the lives of her clients. In her role as Head of Client Services, she pairs her creative inclinations with her love for communication to build online community and further broaden the message of Echios.

Rupa Patel

COO

As Echios‘ Operations Officer, Rupa does more than make sure the company’s ducks are in a row. With over 6 years of financial and strategic management experience, he is constantly developing innovative ways of streamlining processes to make the management of business functions effective and efficient. He also works with external professionals to ensure that the value they bring is injected directly into the business core functions

Vishaka Serres

VP of Strategy - Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)

Vishaka is a driven individual that has worked with a diverse population in different languages to improve their communication skills. She completed her master’s degree at Columbia University. With her knowledge and degree in Speech language Pathology she facilitates the trainers in the Echios team on essential information and terminology in the field of SLP. She supports clients on the processes involved in Speech and language to enhance effective communication. She manages the organization and planning of Echios’ growth strategies to successfully meet client’s needs.

CK Bhaumik

CTO

CK has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and business analysis. He has delivered multiple cloud based Management Information Systems to businesses in various countries including the US, Canada and India. He has several years of experience training corporate employees in the field of Technology and Information security. He has a keen interest in new and effective coding methodologies and security.

Kavi Sivyer

Head of Development

Kavi is head of simulation design and development. He has a wealth of experience in delivering UX and technology based solutions for clients. He has experience of working in New York, London and Asia for world leading investment organisations.

Chris Stafford

Content Editor

As a graduate from Becker College with a BA in Interactive Media Design Chris has a healthy level of experience with Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator along with 3D modeling programs such as Autodesk Maya and zBrush. These skills tied with his understanding of today’s market allow for a unique presentation of the training material.

Jennifer Shtainer

Lead Trainer and Coach

Jennifer Shtainer has nearly 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience spanning the finance and healthcare industries. Most recently she was the HR Director at Northwell Health responsible for approximately 5,000 administrative staff and physicians. While there she structured and provided the full spectrum of HR solutions in the areas of employee engagement, talent management, rewards, performance management, employee relations, learning and development, organizational change management, coaching and organization design.

Neel Shah

Head of Financial Training

Neel Shah has been a financial trainer for over 10 years and has a clear passion for teaching financial concepts to others. He thrives in delivering technical areas but in ways that becomes easy for others to understand so they can progress and develop more easily. He has been involved in many graduate programmes for leading investment banks, and also delivered many exam related courses such as CISI Private Client Investment Advice and Management. He has experience of working with professional at all levels from graduates to management.

Jason Marcotte

Lead Trainer/Coach

With 13 years of teaching and coaching experience around the world, Jason is an expert in presentation skills and transformational change. Jason is passionate about working with professionals to live their lives purposefully and mindfully. In addition to coaching, Jason serves as the head of development and as a senior advisor for community based projects within NYC. Jason works with audiences of all levels from Graduates to Senior Leadership.

Mark Anderson

Lead Trainer and Coach

Mark is a professional Trainer with over 4 years of experience working with corporate leaders within the UK Aviation Industry. He helped to create transformational change in Leadership, Customer Service, Efficiency, and Communication. Mark has been a personal coach for over 6 years focusing on Personal Wellbeing for Professional Growth. He has hosted a number of successful wellbeing retreats in the south of Spain, creating life changing experiences for a wide demographic of people ranging from millennials and corporate leaders, to retired professionals and more.

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