Our People

Axiom’s Directors lead a wide network of experienced and committed professionals across several geographies to work with clients and colleagues. A strong network helps us provide our clients with the right people for the right job, at the right price.


Our small management team, led by Rajiv Sondhi, Principal Consultant, draws upon the best people, best practices and experiences, and integrates these into our assignments to deliver consistently high quality results.

Rajiv Sondhi

Chartered Accountant (India)

BA Economics (St. Stephens College, Delhi)


Managing Director & Principal Consultant

Auckland, New Zealand

Summary of experience

  • > 35 years of senior management experience in leading international development institutions and multinational corporations
  • Direct financial and fiduciary management experience across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and US
  • Former Head of Loans and Grants at United Nations IFAD in Rome, leading financial management and assurance for the loan / grant portfolio in >100 sovereign countries and a range of NGOs
  • 10 years at the World Bank in Washington DC and Jakarta, leading public financial management reform assessments, fiduciary and portfolio financial management
  • 15 years of senior management experience in India and Indonesia including as Finance Director at Lippo Group and Chief Internal Auditor at Unilever Indonesia

Areas of expertise and interest
  • Governance and fiduciary assurance in non-profit organisations
  • Public financial management reforms
  • International accounting and auditing standards
  • Financial management in businesses: linking strategies and operations


Sahil Sondhi

Qualified Lawyer (Australia)

Juris Doctor (Melb.), BA Economics & Political Science (McGill)


Director & Consultant - Emerging Businesses

Jakarta, Indonesia

Summary of experience

  • Former lawyer and management consultant, with business leadership experience across multiple industries
  • Regulatory and policy advisor at Asian Development Bank
  • Management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Jakarta, focusing on strategy, operational improvement and organisational development work for listed companies
  • Country Head (Indonesia) at RightCloud, a technology startup providing cloud computing enablement and optimisation services
  • Principal at Aquamondo, a boutique firm advising theme park operators and developers on commercial strategy, operating model and core operations
  • Currently Director of Strategy, Growth and Corporate Affairs at Waterbom Bali, a sustainable tourism company


Areas of expertise and interest

  • Business strategy development and operationalisation
  • Growth strategy and market entry
  • Corporate Development
  • Organisational transformation
  • Mediation and advocacy




Ashok Barat

Chartered Accountant (India, England & Wales)

CPA (Australia)

B.Com (U. Allahabad)


Senior Associate

Mumbai, India

Summary of experience

  • >40 years of management experience in India with large corporates across several sectors, including consumer goods, manufacturing engineering products, technology and financial services
  • Former President, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • >30 years in CFO, CEO and Managing Director roles (PepsiCo, Telstra, Electrolux, Kraft Heinz, Forbes & Company)
  • Currently serving as Independent Director on the Boards of several large, public listed companies in India


Areas of expertise and interest

  • Governance and strategic management
  • Development of commercialisation strategies for emerging growth businesses
  • Expertise in guiding foreign investors seeking entry into the Indian market



Alice Diepenbrock

MBA (U. Cincinnati)


Senior Associate

Rome, Italy

Summary of experience

  • > 15 years experience in strategic market research and business analysis across multiple industries and geographies
  • Extensive financial and data analysis experience
  • Head of Country Research at Euromonitor in London, covering research, analysis and project establishment
  • Supply chain analyst at Amazon in the UK
  • Financial analyst at Capital One in the US
  • Currently Data and Quality Lead at IFCN


Areas of expertise and interest

  • Strategic market research and analysis for public and private sector
  • Data analysis, modelling and forecasting
  • Socio-economic research
  • Strategic market research and analysis for public and private sector
  • Data analysis, modelling and forecasting
  • Socio-economic research


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