Ananth Prasad

Ananth is a Partner of the Audit and Assurance team and heads the statutory assurances function in risk practice

With experience gained from working in Grant Thronton, Ananth is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

The firm practices silent prayer everyday at 11:11am, which helps each member of the firm experience silence amidst dynamism. Ananth Prasad is involved in encouraging this practice among the entire team as well as being part of the workflow process which aims to achieve a systematic audit documentation.

Ananth believes in: “Keep Your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadow.”


Chinmaya is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with commerce graduation and was associated with PwC where he started his professional career.
Chinmaya takes active part in handling the Consulting Assignments including M&A, Structuring Advisory, Due Diligence Reviews, Valuations, etc. Chinmaya also often addresses professionals and professional students in various forums on the core areas of his practice – Speaking to people is his passion.

Chinmaya believes in – ‘Having higher and better thoughts and acting and conducting in simpler ways’”

Guru Prasad

Guru is the Founding Partner and heads the Consulting Team and Indirect Tax Team at Guru and Jana.

The firm has a unique way of life and character, which, led by Guru, leads to thought leadership, empowerment and action.

A Chartered Accountant with a degree in law and commerce, Guru brings over 20 years of experience to the firm. With a calm business head, he specialises in business advisory services and heads the strategy and business development front of the firm. An alumni of the Indian Institute of Management, he also holds a diploma in counseling.

Guru has been a member of the Auditing Standards Board of ICAI and has authored seven technical guides on internal audit. He has published a book ‘Banter Beyond The Buck’ and is an avid global traveler and Tabala player.

He represents India subcontinent in the HLBI Global Tech Group.

He is also a Board Adviser to Vishwakarma University Pune [Autonomous]

Guru believes in: “The Shortest distance between two points is a straight line.”

Heena Kauser

Heena is a part of the Audit & Assurances Team.

Heena specializes in audit of the retail sector and was deeply involved in drafting the technical guide on Internal audit requested by the Institute of chartered Accountants of India. She is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce.

Heena drives a buddy system in the office whereby a member of the senior management team takes on the role of mentorship. This creates a deep sense of togetherness in the firm and helps with career clarity.

Heena believes in: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jana Ardhana

Jana is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner of the firm. Heading the regulatory services team, he brings his experience of twenty years and a well-earned reputation in statutory representation with regulatory and government departments.

A Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Jana is also the driving force behind the environmentally friendly nature of the office premises. Everything has been created with eco-friendliness in mind, from the architecture to the furniture, and the fresh look and feel which brings to the office an lively feel.

Jana’s passion for this initiative has led to an ambitious but achievable goal for the office to be totally paperless within the next year.

Jana believes in: “Elements of love, impermance, consciousness and happiness is the source of accomplishment.”

MS Reddy

Reddy heads our audit and assurances team. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a certification in IFRS specialization and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

He has presented papers in audit standards and IFRS at professional seminars.

Guru and Jana makes a point of filing the “first” tax returns in a country of one billion people – ensuring that a message is driven home that delayed tax filing is a big no-no! Reddy is the spearhead and driver behind this challenging initiative.

Reddy believes in: “Our work is God’s work”


Neelima is a part of the Audit & Assurance team.

From an Audit manager in 2009, she became a partner in 2011 and is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Neelima has played a vital role in drafting a technical guide on construction companies that has been requested by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is also vital to rouse the spirit of the firm every morning, as we start the day with the anthem of the office – an initiative started by Neelima.

Neelima believes in: “There is no good life or bad life. Whether we make it good or bad depends on each of us.”

Pankaj Mandhane

He has experience of 18 years in taxation, consultancy and business structuring. He regularly writes in newspaper in direct & indirect tax. He has delivered lectures in many forums about impact on business of accounts, finance & taxation. He has give live TV interviews on many news channels about taxation and increase in job opportunities due to GST.

Pankaj believes in: “Keeping things simple, which is most difficult part of life.”


Prashanth heads the taxation team of the firm.

His in-depth knowledge of tax laws and international taxation has led to him presenting several papers on transfer pricing, and he has also published articles in professional magazines. He is a Chartered Accountant, DISA member and holds a Certificate on International Taxation conducted by ICAI.

A self-confessed avid lover of tax laws, Prashanth has written a daily research update for the last five years (without a break!) that has benefitted not only those within Guru and Jana, but national and international firms across India.

Prashanth believes in: “Success is just around the corner. Can you lift yourself and run there?”

Punit Baheti

He has unique academic background with being in merit in his 12th. He was topper in Maharashtra in subject of Accounts. He is having experience of more than a decade in audit and taxation. He is having rich experience of audit of SME sector. He was co ordinator of ICAI exams for CPT, IPCC & Final students.

Punit believes in: “Keeping simple things simple.”


Sri heads the corporate governance team of the firm.

A Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary, Srilakshmi holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology too. She has received the Gold Medal from Azim Premji in her bachelor of commerce and brings to the table experience from her brief stint with BMR Associates.

Sri is key to Guru and Jana’s core belief that happy organisation gives greater satisfaction to its clients. Sri leads this process through the recruitment and reward culture. Sri also spearheads the core belief of the firm that delivering to the client in a professional manner is vital. Based on this philosophy, Sri drives a unique product called VIVID, the IP of which belongs to Guru & Jana. This product engages with the user to roll out high quality presentation of documentation in a few minutes.

Sri believes in: “Only when we have a vision for tomorrow, we will find power and purpose in our today’s work.”

Venkatesh Babu

Babu heads the corporate outsourcing team. He joined the firm as a partner ten years ago after a stint in finance department with the Birla Group. He is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce.

Babu spearheads the technology initiatives of the firm. The firm has a ‘paper less’ policy and as the technology team head, he has introduced a digital method of ensuring all documents are easy to get hold of, not only helping the firm’s paperless policy, but saving time too.

Babu believes in: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

Vijay Raja

Raja heads training and knowledge enhancement in the firm and is a creative, passionate advocate of ethical living.

His unique and inspiring ‘Extra Gyan’ sessions have motivated many, and he has extended his knowledge to over 35,000 students who have given him great pride in their exceptional achievements. Professionally he is qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant, Company Secretary and holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Psychology, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

Raja is also an author, and has written books on corporate law, ethics and business communication and as a philanthropist, he is the creator of the Mahatria Guru Jana Foundation. Training and teaching is his passion.

Raja believes in: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

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