Our Story

As a graduate from Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, driving technology programs for large banks and consulting firms, our founder, Rohit noticed the changing business needs in the fintech and financial services marketplace. Quickly exposed to the rapidly evolving technology landscape, AI driven solutions, advanced data science and analytics, he learned how converting ideas and innovations into something real and measurable was easier said than done. Clients were getting more vocal about hurdles faced due to lack of management support, competing funding needs, architecture and security issues and project delivery methodologies that were simply not robust.

From this learning a company was born in 2020 - The Honest Consultants. It was founded on the central idea of helping clients connect the dots from innovation to operation. Today, The Honest Consultants continues to empower clients to navigate business and technology complexities through implementation-based consulting, keeping them honest, competitive, and efficient.

Mission Statement

Enable our clients to easily navigate business and technology complexities, connect the dots from innovation to operation and reduce execution risk.

Meet Our Team

Rohit Kumar

Founder and CEO

With over two decades of experience providing technology and business consulting services to Financial Institutions worldwide, Rohit has led large enterprise-wide initiatives, and managed budgets ranging between $5M-$100M. He has also provided consulting services to small to midsize businesses and has a deep understanding of small organizations' technology and business nuances. Rohit has a Computer Engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Fun Fact: Rohit is big into meditative Yoga and has been practicing it for more than 20 years.

Rishika Gardner

Chief Marketing Officer

Rishika has over 15 years of experience in creating brand strategies from the ground up for large technology companies, financial services companies and stock exchanges. She has worked with sales, technology, and analyst teams to provide corporate communications, media relations, events, and social media strategy and tactics. Rishika has a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from Rai University, India.

Fun Fact: Rishika won a dragon boat race in 2010 with zero prior experience and is also an expert parallel parker!

Loni Murphy

Principal Consultant

Loni is a senior project & program management consultant with over a decade of experience in program/project management and leadership roles in the Financial Services industry, with a strong focus on leading strategic Business and IT Transformation initiatives. Loni has extensively led enterprise-wide initiatives and launched new services for business growth. She is a certified Scrum Master and has a business management certificate from Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada.

Fun Fact: Loni's superpower is communication and relationship building. Family and community is very important to her. She enjoys cooking and baking, along with the outdoors and camping in the summer months.

Amit Gupta

Principal Consultant

Amit has 18+ years of business and technology consulting experience delivering complex programs in Capital Markets, Personal & Commercial Banking, and financial services with the ability to harmonize business and technology. Amit has an Engineering degree from the University of Madras, India, as well as an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, India.

Fun Fact: Amit has travelled extensively around the world in Asia, Europe and North America

Wil Klement

Principal Consultant

Wil has 20+ years of experience in the Financial Technology industry, with a track record of building high-performing delivery teams. He has demonstrated leadership in planning and implementation, SDLC, maintenance, relationship and stakeholder management, communication, and team dynamics. Wil has a bachelor's degree in cognitive science from the University of Toronto

Fun Fact: Wil has a deep connection to music and attends concerts by his favourite performers at least once a month.

Priyanka Jain

Principal Consultant

Priyanka is a seasoned project & program management professional with over 18 years of experience delivering highly complex cross-functional programs, including large regulatory and business transformation journeys in a fast-paced and dynamic environment at large banks. Priyanka is PMP certified and has a bachelor in computer science degree from Punjab Engineering College, India.

Fun Fact: A keen mindfulness practitioner and Vipassana meditator, having attended multiple 10 days of silent meditation camps, away from the urban hustle and bustle.

Saurabh Pathak

Managing Principal

Saurabh is an accomplished Project/Program Manager with 15+ years of experience in developing strategy, implementing large-scale strategic initiatives, and program and portfolio management. He has deep expertise in setting up delivery teams, PMO, Centre of Excellence (CoE), and operating model that includes governance, policies, framework, and procedures. He has also led cross-functional and globally dispersed teams of 50+ staff affecting Business/ Change Management and has the expert ability to bridge the gap between Business & Technology goals. Saurabh has a Bachelor of Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, India, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto.

Fun Fact: Saurabh is an avid traveler and loves to play Tennis.

Meno Hellis

Managing Prinicpal

Meno is an accomplished strategically-minded leader with over 20 years of experience in business transformation, data strategy, process/continuous improvement, agile leadership, governance, and delivery. Championed transformation and digitization programs and delivered well over $6 MM in recurring savings. He has successfully built and coached several high-performing teams in a cross-functional and geographically dispersed environment with multiple stakeholders. Consistently recognized as a high performer who is dedicated to building alignment and commitment that lead to superior results. Meno has a Software Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Fun Fact: Meno grew up in Australia and moved to Canada. He has families in both countries and takes the longest flight on the planet to stay connected to his family.

Shailja Jha

Director, Sales

Shailja has 15+ years of experience in building B2B sales funnel, and relationship management. She has expertise in setting up performance management KPIs, high performing sales teams with an immense focus on clients’ unique needs. Shailja has a certificate in Integrated digital marketing, analytics, and strategy from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Textile design and management from Pearl Academy of Fashion, India.

Fun Fact: Shailja owns a Yoga apparel business and sells Canadian made eco-friendly products.

Mudassar Shaikh

Principal Consultant

Mudassar is a technology consulting leader with 10+ years of experience in managing complex multifaceted process optimization and automation and data projects. He has a broad set of business skills in Business Analysis, Process Optimization, Project Management, and Strategic planning. Mudassar has an Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada.

Fun Fact: Mudassar is a big-time gamer and won championships in NFS & Stronghold Crusader. He has a dedicated high-performance workstation dedicated to gaming.

Puneet Mehta

Principal Consultant

Puneet is an experienced product delivery, project management, business analysis expert in capital markets and risk management. He has a successful track record of delivering large enterprise-wide strategic initiatives as well as small to mid-size data and technology driven engagements. Puneet has an Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, India and an MBA from McGill University.

Fun Fact: Puneet has travelled to 12+ countries, likes to play table tennis and is learning investment strategies and blockchain technology.

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