“My philosophy is always to look at the long-term opportunity. Take a business with potential, put in a management team you trust and give them a stake in its future.”

Bhanu Choudhrie

BIOGRAPHY

Bhanu Choudhrie founded C&C Alpha Group in 2002, amalgamating two businesses, C&C Sons and Alpha Group, to create a holding company for a group of private investors with more than three decades of venture capital funding experience.

Bhanu graduated from Boston University with a degree in international marketing and business and focused initially on healthcare and real estate, but C&C Alpha Group now operates in six distinct business sectors: Aviation; Healthcare; Hospitality; Real Estate; Utilities; Banking and Technology. Bhanu is a Director of Customers Bancorp, a former director of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation in the United States and a Co-Founder of Megalith Capital Management in the United States.

He provides investment strategies for young businesses, incubating them, mapping their growth trajectories and helping them to maximise their potential. In 2008, Bhanu was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the ‘Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards’ in the UK.

Bhanu has also completed Harvard Business School's prestigious Owners President Management Program and works extensively in emerging markets, sourcing and advising on deals.

Bhanu shares his family's passion for philanthropy and is a director of the charity, Path to Success, and the Choudhrie Family Foundation. Away from business, he is an accomplished rider and once represented India, the country of his birth, at polo.

“EVERY ENTREPRENEUR IS A HERO TO ME”

“EVERY ENTREPRENEUR IS A HERO TO ME”

Experience

Bhanu has been immersed in business ever since the age of 12 when his father, who has an extensive vintage car collection, asked him to work in his garage for a month every summer. During the school holidays he would go to his father's offices to learn all about the world of work.

After graduating from Boston University, he interned at JP Morgan but soon moved to London and has always operated globally. One of his earliest investments was in Air Deccan, a low-cost airline in India and grew to be the country’s second biggest airline within four years. Another early investment, when Bhanu was fresh out of college was in the website ebookers.com, which floated on the stock exchange in both London and New York and was subsequently sold to the Cedant Corporation.

Bhanu moved into the US banking sector in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, joining the failing New Century Bank, (now called Customers Bancorp NYSE:CUBI), a small regional outfit in the US, focused on community banking. He has always been an innovator in financial services; Customers Bank (a subsidiary of Customers Bancorp), where he is a director, has grown BankMobile, into an industry success story, capturing more than 25% of the student market within 18 months by dispensing with fees and branches. He is also a former director of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ACFC).

Achievements

Alpha Hospitals

Bhanu helped set up Alpha Hospitals, a specialist provider of psychiatric care, and was a board member from its inception. The business enjoyed strong growth, employing more than 1000 staff across three sites. It was incubated successfully by C & C Alpha Group for 13 years before its sale to an American firm, Cygnet Healthcare in 2015.

Alpha Aviation

Bhanu provides strategic direction to Alpha Aviation, which he founded in 2011. It has since become one of the leading pilot training facilities both in south east Asia and the Middle East. It was hailed by the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to the Philippines Richard Graham MP for its role in training female cadets. The Academy in the UAE was recently awarded "Training Provider of the Year 2018" at the Aviation Business Awards.

Alpha Utilities

Bhanu is involved in the UAE-based Alpha Utilities, a leading water technology firm, which in 2017 won a major contract from Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority to build a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the emirate, with a capacity of 2.2 million imperial gallons per day giving Alpha Utilities in combination with its initial plant an output of 3.7 million gallons per day.

Customers Bancorp

Bhanu is a director and sits on its Executive and Risk Committees of Customers Bank in Philadelphia, which has won widespread acclaim for its BankMobile division, America's largest and fastest-growing mobile-first bank, whose chairman and CEO Jay Sidhu has been honoured as a 2018 Change Agent.

Commonwealth Games

Bhanu was appointed chairman of the Business Advisory Board for Commonwealth Games England in 2010 to raise money for a team of more than 500 athletes who represented the country at the Delhi Games that year. In 2012, he joined the board as a non-executive director of Commonwealth Games England.

Awards

Bhanu was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2008 Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards. The award was made in recognition of his wide-ranging business successes and for his philanthropic work with charities and other enterprises.

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