Hakimuddin S. Habibulla (Hakim) - Director, Olympian, Founder and Principal Consultant (Sports Performance)

Hakim has had an illustrious sporting career, spread over 12 years as an elite athlete, which culminated at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. After a brief stint in the IT world, Hakim got back into the Indian sports domain in 2006 to explore ways in which he could contribute back to improving the sporting system.

The journey so far has seen him create GoSports (India) Pvt. Ltd. (2006-2010) and GoSports Foundation (2008-2011). GoSports (India) Pvt. Ltd. was a finalist at the 2008 TATA NEN Hottest Startups contest. Hakim and his partner at GoSports have also been featured on CNBC Young Turks

Over the years he has built experience in Athlete Management, PR and Communications, Branding, Sponsorship and Marketing, Business Development, Event Conceptualization and Execution and Advisory Services. 

Hakim is currently a member of FICCI's Sports Committee.

He has been invited to speak, on the topic of Sports Management, at premier institutes including the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He has both chaired and been a panelist at various Sports Conferences including FICCI's Global Sports Summit "TURF" and Delhi 2010: The Games and the Commonwealth (An initiative of The Times of India and South Asia Research Foundation). He has also been quoted by reputed international news agencies - Washington PostNew York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. 

Hakim was part of the Times Now elite panel of experts - that included amongst others Prakash Padukone, Ashwini Nachappa and Viren Rasquinha -  who provided their day-to-day analysis of the performances at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

You can learn more about Hakim here.

Varun Paliwal - Director

Varun brings with him a strong management background with over 5 years of experience at Microsoft in the areas of Sales and Marketing with a specific focus on Licensing & Pricing, Deal Structuring, Contract Negotiations and Sales Strategy. Varun is a product of India's premier institutes having obtained an MBA (Finance) from IIM Bangalore and a B. Tech from IIT Delhi.

In recognition of his outstanding services at Microsoft, he has been conferred with various individual and team awards including “Microsoft Circle of Excellence – Gold Club”, “Gold Star”, “MGX Award for Licensing and Pricing”, “Performance Excellence Award”, “Best Account Team” and “Execution Excellence Team”.

His forte is in Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Consulting and People Mentoring.

He is an avid sports lover and has played sports such as Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton at the inter-collegiate level.

Beginning in early 2010, he has worked with Hakim at GoSports (India) Pvt. Ltd. and helped conceptualize and market some of their sporting assets.