People – Achievers



Founder and Managing Director
WYSE Biometrics systems Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Y. D. Wadaskar is an electronics engineer, has over 25 years of experience in design and development of embedded systems, cryptography and system software of various products. He founded WYSE Biometrics systems Pvt. Ltd, Pune, in 1993, which is in the business of design and manufacturing of electronic authentication products such as piracy prevention, web security and recently forayed into the field of fingerprint based Biometrics. He has successfully brought the first Indian designed and manufactured Biometric device in the year 2002. He has been awarded the Indian patent on network based biometrics device, while another patent on biometric payment application is pending.

Mr. Wadaskar is actively promoting and working on Biometrics in India and is currently working as the Convener of Biometric Working Group in Bureau of Indian Standards.

Vikrant Vartak

Vikrant is the Managing Director of The Senate Business Center. He is also the founder of Mavens and a partner in Gifts Galore.

Endowed as one of Pune’s most prominent workplace solution providers with 45 plush plug-n-play office suites spread across 21,000 sft across two locations (Erandwane & Wakad), The Senate offers its clients a complete ecosystem for growth through its unique platforms: Business Centre, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development & Fun & Fitness. The Senate offers initiatives like Talk Shows, ClubSenate, Reading Lounge, Recreation Centre & Sports Week. The Senate offers 250 seats across two locations, 6 meeting & conference venues and a banquet hall. The Senate has recently been ranked amongst top 10 startup coworking spaces in India by a Bangalore based magazine called SiliconIndia StartupCity.

Vikrant’s brainchild Mavens is a pioneer CEO Peer group. Mavens is engaged in fostering entrepreneurship through various initiatives like Mavens Huddle, Mavens Deep Dive, Mavens Good Read, Mavens Pathshala, Mavens Bioscope, Study Tours etc.

Vikrant, an evangelist in entrepreneurship, devotes his substantial time & effort towards entrepreneurship development. He has been arranging a highly popular event called The Senate Talk Show for the last 3 years in which successful entrepreneurs from Pune get interviewed. So far 17 Talk Shows have been conducted out of which 11 have been hosted by Vikrant as an interviewer. These Talk Shows get covered by The Economic Times and have marquee sponsors like Citibank, Deustche Bank, Bajaj Alllianz etc.

Prior to making his entrepreneurial foray, Vikrant has spent over 15 years in industry, out of which 11 years has been in ERP consulting with organizations like Oracle Corporation, Satyam Computers and Patni Computer Systems. His last stint was with Satyam’s Oracle practice as General Manager with responsibility for delivery and presales for North America.

Vikrant is an Engineer and an MBA (Finance & Operations) from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. He has 4 international certifications – PMP, CPIM, OCP-DBA and OCP-Developer. He is a Chess enthusiast, an avid reader and an enthusiastic networker.

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Leena Madan,
Chief Operations Officer – geoAMPS
Leena Madan is the Chief Operations Officer of geoAMPS. As COO, Leena is actively involved in each aspect of company operations. She is responsible for day-to-day client facing; oversees Quality Control, Help Desk and Project Delivery, Administration, Marketing and Product Support teams. She joined geoAMPS after working in a variety of industries, including advertising, marketing, government and insurance. She has more than 15 years of experience and a proven track record of implementing large-scale projects geared to information centralization, process efficiencies and customer service. Leena holds a Master’s Degree in Communications. In 2013, Leena was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Ohio.

Yogesh Khandelwal
President & CEO – geoAMPS

In addition to being the President & CEO, Yogesh Khandelwal is also the founder and inspirational leader or geoAMPS. He is an engineer with a diverse background in technology across various industries. With more than 20 years of experience in database customization and implementation, his leadership helps companies implement standardized processes, bringing efficiency and optimization to land rights and infrastructure asset management. He holds Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University. Yogesh was honored with selection to Forty Under 40 in Central Ohio for 2013. Business Journal newspapers also named him to Who’s Who in Energy for 2013 and 2014. More recently, Yogesh was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.


S. Ramprasad

Xpanxion India Offshore Center
As Chief Executive Officer of Xpanxion’s India based Development Center, Ramprasad leads Xpanxion’s offshore center and its team of highly skilled IT professionals. Ramprasad focuses on insuring that Xpanxion is delivering exceptional value to its clients through the consistent on-time delivery of high quality software that exceeds client expectations. Under Ramprasad’s leadership, Xpanxion India maintains an energetic, challenging and satisfying work environment that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit and has led to consistently high employee satisfaction and retention levels.

Prior to joining Xpanxion in 2001, Ramprasad was head of IT at Bharat Forge, the world’s second largest auto components and steel forging company. His seven years at Bharat Forge gave him the essential CIO perspective while driving key organizational initiatives such as setting up large IT infrastructure, implemented large enterprise solutions including ERP, SCM, CRM, KM systems. He made valuable contributions in formation of Dot com and BPO companies during his tenure.
Ramprasad was a member of the Board of Studies in North Maharastra University and is a visiting faculty at Pune University. He provided significant contribution to design the Masters’ in Technology (IT) curriculum at Pune University. Ramprasad holds a Masters’ of Science in Mathematics from the University of Pune and a post graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Finance).


Prashant Pansare

Managing Director – Inteliment

Prashant is the founder and MD of Inteliment, aligning Business Analytics Technology as a key enabler for strategic advantage and building innovative solutions for emerging markets – Analytics, Cloud, Mobility.

Prashant Pansare, a known name in the field of BI & Analytics industry, forsake his corporate career to do something more, something innovative and started Inteliment as a bootstrap company in 2004.
Under his leadership Inteliment grew rapidly, acquiring many fortune customers, forging alliances with global technology leaders winning many awards and honours as a first generation entrepreneur and innovator. He has been recognized as ‘CEO of a Fast Growing Company’ by Deloitte Inc. A true technology visionary, Prashant’s strengths lie in identifying and investing in next-generation technologies early-on and encouraging internal entrepreneurship to ensure that Inteliment stays at the forefront of technology innovation.

A Mechanical Engineer and MBA in Marketing & Finance, Prashant is on the National Knowledge Committee of CII, he is a serving Chairman of the Indo-American Chambers of Commerce, a Charter member of TiE Pune Chapter, and a Past President of Rotary Club .



Girish Gaitonde,

CEO and Founder-Xoriant Corporation

Girish Gaitonde has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, marketing, finance and business development in the technology and services industries.
Girish founded TekEdge Corporation in the Silicon Valley in 1990 as a software services company focused on the technology companies in the Valley. TekEdge grew in size over the years and its service portfolio expanded it to incorporate business applications, additional industries and geographies. In 2000, TekEdge changed its name to Xoriant Corporation to signify its entry into projects and outsourcing business, including a development center in India. Xoriant continues to grow and expand its footprint into different technologies, industries and solutions.
Prior to founding TekEdge, Mr. Gaitonde held marketing, financial and engineering management positions at Arix Corporation, AT&T Corporation and Intel Corporation. Girish has also participated as a seed investor and board member for more than a dozen technology startups in areas encompassing applications software, telecommunication chips, internet security and internet based/social networking businesses.
Mr. Gaitonde holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The University of Chicago, an MS degree in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he has been granted a status of a Distinguished Alumnus.

Jitendra Tanna

Jitendra Tanna

President & CEO, Eternus Solutions

As President & CEO, Jitendra brings more than 20 years of global experience in Information Technology & business consulting and entrepreneurship. Proficient in strategy formalization, planning and implementations. Jitendra has demonstrated success in setting up and managing overall Consulting Service business. Prior to co-founding Eternus Solutions, Jitendra was a founder director for Rapidigm India which became Fujitsu Consulting India and worked as vice-president for 10 Years in India in multiple strategic, business development, operations and delivery roles, where he engineered multi-year engagements for various Fortune 500 companies both in the United States and other parts of the world.

During this time Jitendra continued to actively participate in the planning and execution of key client engagements often representing Fujitsu on the client executive steering committee. He has in-depth understanding of the global delivery model for clients around the globe. Jitendra has also worked in the SAP Consulting space in USA for 6 years and has helped fortune 500 organization implement SAP in various capacities. Jitendra received his Master’s degree in Computer from Sardar Patel University from Gujarat, India .


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Shreyas Merchant
Executive Vice President & COO, Eternus Solutions

As Executive Vice-President at Eternus Solutions, Shreyas brings with him over 17 years of IT experience and is managing delivery and operations at Eternus Solutions. He has a track record for customer centricity, passion for excellence and rigor in execution. Prior to joining Eternus Solutions, Shreyas spearheaded the Applications and Integration Services Practice as Associate Practice Director at Fujitsu Consulting between 2003 and 2010. Shreyas was instrumental in exponentially growing the team and has in-depth understanding of the IT Services business including hands-on experience working with global delivery models. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI. Shreyas brings with him rich delivery management exposure along with global Services Sales and pre-sales expertise. Shreyas played a key role in successful CMM Level 5 assessment for Rapidigm India which was eventually acquired by Fujitsu.

Before joining Rapidigm India, Shreyas worked with Opus Software solutions and was part of the product engineering team for various banking products such as EFT Switch, Card Management Systems, Payment Gateways, Online Stock Trading systems. Shreyas was managing the implementation of these various products across multiple clients. He started his IT career with HDFC Bank and was heading the Data Centre operations for the bank.

Jaspreet Singh

Founder and CEO – Druva

An entrepreneur at heart, Jaspreet bootstrapped the company while defining the product, sales and marketing strategies that have resulted in Druva’s early and impressive success. Prior to founding Druva, Jaspreet was a member of the storage foundation group at Veritas. He also held a number of engineering specific roles at Ensim Corporation.


Devendra Deshmukh

CEO and Founder – e-Zest

A visionary with immense passion for technology, Devendra Deshmukh (DD) has 16 years of IT experience.

He founded e-Zest Solutions Ltd. in the year 2000 with four of his friends. At a time of the Y2K year, it was particularly an effort and an uphill task for the team to piece together goals and missions consistently with immense passion and commitment. Today, the company is in its 16th year already and is going from strength to strength leaving its footprints globally.

As the CEO of the company, Devendra plays a pivotal role in deciding the strategic direction of the company and its execution, establishing key alliances, expansion plans, process initiatives and business development. His current mission is to build e-Zest into a global, multinational powerhouse organization bringing outstanding individuals from across the globe to be a part of the team.

Devendra holds an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication and has a Master’s in Business Administration with Information Systems as specialization from Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research (Mumbai University). Devendra is a certified Gemba Kaizen from JMAM (Japan)

Devendra is impact partner with Fresco Capital – global early stage venture investor. He also a Charter Member of TiE Pune Chapter. He mentors upcoming entrepreneurs and is frequently invited to deliver lectures on leadership, entrepreneurship at various forums and conferences.

His passion for challenges manifests itself through his love for adventurous activities like trekking and cycling. He loves nature photography, traveling and is committed to social work.



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Dr. Sutardja

Co-founder of Marvell Technology Group Ltd

Dr. Sehat Sutardja is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern semiconductor age. His breakthrough designs and guiding vision have revolutionized numerous industry segments, from data storage to the high-performance, low-power chips now driving the growing global markets for mobile computing and telephony. His lifetime passion for electronics began early; he became a certified radio repair technician at age 13 and has been designing components and systems ever since. For his relentless innovation, he has been awarded more than 260 patents, recognized as the Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association and has been named a Fellow of IEEE. In 2012, Dr. Sutardja, was awarded the Indonesian Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award for Global Pioneering and Innovation at the first-ever Congress of Indonesian Diaspora, presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. The award recognizes Dr. Sutardja’s achievements in advancing technology through innovation in engineering, driving adoption of technology into new markets and evangelizing the use of the latest technology in developing nations that will greatly impact the future.

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) recently recognized Dr. Sutardja along with his wife Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell, with the prestigious 2013 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. Dr. Sutardja and Ms. Dai were selected because of their exceptional success in creating Marvell, their individual contributions to today’s modern semiconductor age, as well as the talents and expertise they’ve continuously leveraged to address and overcome pressing global issues like education and smart energy.

As co-founder of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Dr. Sutardja has served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception and President from inception until July 2013. Dr. Sutardja has also served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors from inception until 2003 and as Chairman of the Board since 2003. In addition, he serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Director of Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. While remaining deeply involved in the daily challenges of running a global growth company, Dr. Sutardja participates heavily in Marvell’s engineering and marketing efforts across analog, video processor, and microprocessor design while offering input across all of the company’s other product lines.

Dr. Sutardja has become an internationally-recognized proponent of new energy efficiency standards for consumer electronics. To that end, he has been working with the governments in both the US and China to establish efficiency performance standards that could produce significant cost and carbon savings.
Dr. Sutardja holds Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Sudhir Tiwari

ThoughtWorks – Managing Director

I have enjoyed a interesting career so far with two fantastic companies, i-flex and ThoughtWorks.

I started my career in i-flex solutions, one of India’s most successful product companies. I was part of the early teams at i-flex which built it’s flagship banking product Flexcube . I played key roles in the conceptualization / development of multiple products and managing the development and implementations of the same. I had an opportunity to work with clients in South East Asia , Middle East , Africa and Europe.

Prior to my current role, I was the VP of Global Operations at TW Studios and one of it’s founding members. Our team helped take the company from 0 products and 0 customers to 3 products and 400+ customers in 30 countries

I received my Bachelor of Technology degree, in the field of Chemical Engineering, from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli and am currently purusing an advance management course at IIM Bangalore.


Rajiv Gupta

Co-Founder & Director- DataMetica

Rajiv has been helping clients take informed decisions and ‘see the invisible’ using descriptive and predictive analytics, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.

In his previous thought leadership role, he was leading the Business Intelligence & Analytics (BI & Big Data) Practice at one of the largest US Retailer. He was instrumental in setting up the offshore Centre of Excellence for Information Analytics & Innovation.

In his earlier roles, he has led Business Intelligence & Analytics initiatives for very large Retailers & Telecom organizations.

Rajiv is a well known visionary in Information Management & Analytics Arena. He has chaired multiple conferences and actively participates at global events and seminars as speakers.


Swati Yelmar, Founder - President

Swati Yelmar,
Founder – President
Saicon Consultants Inc,

Swati Yelmar is founder of Saicon Consultants Inc, an award-winning IT technology company established 1998 in Overland Park, KS which provides IT services to fortune 500 Companies. Swati brings 15 years of management experience to Saicon. She has been key in establishing, building company and plays an integral role in Saicon’s strategic planning, alliances and partnerships.

Her leadership role has grown Saicon through a variety of economic and industry climates. Saicon is recognized locally and nationally as a The Kansas City Journal Ranked #1 for “Fastest-Growing Area Businesses” in 2006, Top 50 Fastest growing Woman-Led Company – Entrepreneur Magazine – 2007 and Inc 500 Company – 2006,2007,2008,2009 and 2010.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pune, India.

Ramesh S. Lokre, CEO

Ramesh S. Lokre,

CEO, Saicon Consultants Inc

Ramesh has considerable expertise in growing large organizations, and putting in place the infrastructure to scale. He brings over a 20 years of experience in consulting and managing large outsourcing deals for Fortune 500 companies. He began his professional career at iGate Global, where he was involved in design, development, implementation and management of large software projects for Fortune 500 companies. Ramesh left iGate to join Wal-Mart in their Information System Division as the core member of Cash Office automation. He was responsible for the implementation of point of sale (POS) system. Later on he has joined Capgemini as a Sr. ERP consultant and was responsible for the implementation of various ERP clients for their business needs.
Ramesh has received a Master’s Degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai and holds a MBA from university of Pune,India.

Rajeev Khanolkar
President and Chief Executive Officer

Rajeev brings over 25 years of experience in technology and IT management to his role as a President and Chief Executive officer of SecurView. His strong background in management, engineering, mathematics, and entrepreneurialism has helped launch SecurView and develop a strategic partnership with Cisco Systems.

Rajeev pioneered the Security Information Management space (SIM) in the late 90’s and co-founded netForensics, Inc., a leader in the SIM market, as a spin-off from NetCom Systems—a company he co-founded with Niten Ved in 1995.

While at netForensics, he was responsible for leading the company from inception to a global leader in Internet security information management. He was instrumental in raising $32m in venture funding for netForensics during the growth phase of the company. Under his leadership, the company won many technology and business leadership awards between 2001 and 2005. netForensics was listed as the fastest growing technology company in New Jersey by Deloitte in 2004 and again as one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in 2005. Rajeev was instrumental in the setting up of many key business relationships on a worldwide basis including Cisco (OEM), HP and Deloitte.

Rajeev served as CEO of netForensics from May 1999 to Sept 2005, after which he returned to NetCom Systems as President, where he was responsible for building the company’s India operation and driving the company’s managed security services strategy, which resulted in the spin-off of SecurView.

Prior to founding NetForensics, Rajeev helped NetCom Systems achieve strategic partnerships with global organizations like Computer Associates, Cisco Systems and IBM.

Previously Rajeev held a number of senior management positions at Xecute Information Systems, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and General Electric Corporation Turbine Generators.

He holds a Master of Science in Thermodynamics from the University of Birmingham, Great Britain and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Rajeev is also a Charter Engineer Member of Institute of Engineering, UK

Suhas Pathak
Director – TaraSpan Inc

Suhas is Director of TaraSpan Inc. With over two decades of experience in IT industry, Suhas brings with him the sector knowledge and expertise to head the TaraSpan Solutions Technology Division in Pune. In 1996, Suhas founded Telesoft, a software outsourcing firm offering software consulting services to US companies. He successfully managed the delivery of over 40 small and large projects toUS clients. TaraSpan acquired Telesoft in 2008. Before founding Telesoft, Suhas worked in several Silicon Valley companies such as IBM (Rolm), Centigram, Intel and Metra Instruments. He holds a MS – Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai.

Devashish Kumar

Managing Director – Crest

Having worked with well-known premedia companies like Macmillan India Limited, Office Tiger, Scientific Publishing Services and Infomedia India Limited, Dev brings with him subject matter expertise and vast experience in the field of premedia and prepress. He has played an instrumental role in setting up many unique outsourcing operations for the premedia industry.

Arun Nathani

Arun Nathani,

CEO and Managing Director

Arun Nathani is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Cybage Software. Cybage is a data-driven company, and this work ethic primarily originates from Arun’s thought process of giving more importance to how the analysis of data is applied to decision-making rather than the data alone. This thought process has led to the conceptualization of the Cybage ExcelShore® Model of Operational Excellence, which is a unique data-driven system used for all core decision-making in the organization.

Arun started his career as a software design engineer in the USA and has been contributing to software development and quality management ever since. He returned to India in the early ’90s and founded Cybage with the intention of creating one of the most efficient IT service companies in the world that provides a high value chain in the product engineering and IT services space. He believes that the right balance must be struck between being ‘customer-centric’ and ‘employee-centric’ in order to benefit from and provide benefits to both entities. He is a strong believer in the empowerment of the society through education and has been instrumental in establishing and promoting two Corporate Social Responsibility wings of Cybage: CybageAsha and CybageKhushboo.

Arun was awarded the ‘CEO of the Year Award’ by the National Awards in IT Excellence. He has also been conferred the ‘CEO with HR orientation Award’ during the Talent & HR Leadership conference organized by World HRD Congress and ET Now. He was honored with the ‘Global HR Excellence’ award at the Asia Pacific HRM Congress.

Arun is dedicated towards staying healthy and is very disciplined about it. He encourages all Cybagians to maintain a healthy physical and mental state in order to attain optimal productivity and a balanced personal and professional life. He is a conscious writer, drawing out management lessons from real-life situations and sharing them on his blog, which is regularly read by all Cybagians and a large populace outside of Cybage.


Deepak Nathani,

COO and Executive Director

Deepak is the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director at Cybage. He, as his designation spells out, heads all organizational operations including HRD, Recruitment, Training, Finance, Legal, Administration, and Infrastructure. Deepak believes that managing operations of an organization is a combination of logical analysis and people management that together lead to making the right decision in terms of meeting the overall requirements of the operations. Relationship building and management is his strong forte and he connects with both the employee and the client at a deep level. He personally looks into all levels of recruitment activities in the company due to his intuitive understanding of human resources.

According to Deepak, the IT services industry is both resource-intensive and space-intensive. It is vital to consistently hire the right resources in co-ordination with the constant upgrading and upscaling of the infrastructure at the most cost-effective options. Cybage has grown very rapidly, in terms of resources and infrastructure, and Deepak has productively managed its consistency and taken this challenge head on.

Deepak was honored with the ‘IT Excellence Award 2011’ by the Indira Group of Institutes for his dedication and outstanding contribution towards the growth of IT space in India. He has also received the ‘HR Leadership Award’ during the 3rd Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2012 ceremony held in Singapore.

Rahul Shah

CEO, Founder – Katalyst Technologies

Prior to founding Katalyst, Rahul was an independent consultant at Allstate Insurance and Comdisco Inc. While there he established QA teams and converted the testing/QA groups from manual to automated test environments. Rahul grew the team at Allstate from two resources to 50 employees and helped establish an off-shore testing center. Rahul has provided consulting services to various startups and helped facilitate their off-shore development projects as well. He is an investor in and an advisor for a Bioinformatics firm based out of India.


Michael Mascarenhas
Vice President, India Operations- Adaptive

Michael is responsible for managing all operational aspects of Adaptive’s Indian subsidiary, Adaptive Softech Pvt. Ltd., based in Pune, India.

Michael has over 11 years’ experience in various aspects of Information Management, specifically in the areas of providing enterprise wide metadata management solutions for clients. Prior to joining Adaptive, Michael worked with Capgemini, India and eBay, India. Specifically he was responsible for delivery of metadata catalogues, assuring end-to-end data lineage and business glossaries.

Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Pune University, India and Diploma in Computing from NIIT Pune.

Anil Singhal

Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board


Anil Singhal co-founded NetScout in June 1984 and has served as NetScout’s Chief Executive Officer and as a director on the Company’s Board since inception. In January 2007, Mr. Singhal was appointed Chairman of the Board, and has been serving as NetScout’s President, CEO and Chairman since that time. In his current role, Mr. Singhal is focused on providing strategic leadership and vision, as well as setting operational priorities for the Company’s management team. Mr. Singhal’s vision of “traffic-based instrumentation” has guided NetScout’s product direction and focus for the past three decades, helping to shape the evolution for the industry in the process.

Under Mr. Singhal’s leadership, NetScout has grown substantially during the past three decades, completing its initial public offering in 1999 and reaching nearly $400 million in revenue in fiscal year 2014. He is credited with numerous innovations in the field of network traffic monitoring and analysis that have helped us gain several industry accolades. During the past decade, Mr. Singhal has also been an instrumental part of a number of strategic acquisitions that have fortified and enhanced our technology, customer base, and go-to-market capabilities. Mr. Singhal has earned notable recognition for his entrepreneurial success, including the TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) Boston Lifetime Achievement in 2013, Enterprise Bank’s 2013 George L. Duncan Award of Excellence, and Ernst & Young’s New England Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.

Mr. Singhal holds a BSEE from BITS, Pilani, India and an Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Paramesh Gopi

President and CEO – Applied Micro

Dr. Paramesh Gopi joined us as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 2008 and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2009. On April 29, 2009, Dr. Gopi became a member of our Board of Directors. From September 2002 to June 2008, he was with Marvell Semiconductor, a provider of mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits to broadband digital data networking markets, where he most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded and Emerging Business Unit. At Marvell, Dr. Gopi held several executive-level positions including Chief Technology Officer of Embedded and Emerging Business Unit and Director of Technology Strategy. From June 2001 to August 2002, Dr. Gopi was Executive Director of Strategic Marketing and Applications at Conexant Systems, Inc., a mixed-signal processing company. He joined Conexant Systems, Inc. as part of its acquisition of Entridia Corporation in 2001. Dr. Gopi founded Entridia, a provider of Network Processing ASICs for Optical Networks, in 1999. Prior to Entridia, Dr. Gopi held principal engineering positions at Western Digital and Texas Instruments where he was responsible for the development of key mixed signal networking products. Dr. Gopi holds a PhD in Electrical and Computing Engineering and a Masters and Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Vijay K. Thadani

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, NIIT Limited,
Co-Founder, NIIT University

Vijay K. Thadani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of NIIT Ltd, a leading global skills and Talent Development Corporation. As the co-founder of the NIIT Group, he has built an organization that is recognised for its visionary role in bringing the benefits of Information Technology, both as a professional skill and as a learning tool, to the masses.

Vijay has led the Group’s globalization efforts since 1991, taking the NIIT flag to over 40 countries and has been actively engaged with many Industry Associations. He served as President of the Indian IT industry association, MAIT and as the Chairman of CII Northern Region for 2011- 2012. He also served as the Chairman of the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), under the aegis of the Quality Council of India and as the Chairman of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad.

Vijay is the co-founder of the not-for-profit, NIIT University established in 2009 with a vision of being the leading center of innovation and learning in emerging areas of the Knowledge Society. He is a Founder Director on the Board of NIIT Technologies Limited, a leading SEI-CMMi Level 5 assessed IT Solutions organization, servicing customers in the USA, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and India. He chairs the Board of Governors of MN National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He also chairs CII’s National Committee on Higher Education and serves on the Governing Council of All India Management Association (AIMA).

A ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ of the premier Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Vijay was honored with the position of ‘Economic Consultant’ to Chongqing, world’s largest city in the People’s Republic of China.


Narendra Barhate
CEO & MD ,

SEED Infotech.
Narendra Barhate is the co-founder of SEED Infotech. He is the Managing Director and CEO of the company. He spearheads business development and expansion initiatives of SEED Infotech. A complete techie, he has been instrumental in the keen selection of technologies to be added to the company’s portfolio. Moving towards his pursuit to build the ‘Nalanda’ of modern IT training, he has endeavored to add BFSI, Engineering Services and Healthcare Management practices at SEED Infotech.

In his career spanning over 25 years in the IT industry, he has conducted more than 15,000 hours of high-end technology training for students and corporate clients. Developing his team into a world-class team of technical and non-technical team is his passion, and over the years he has pursued it by conducting several mentoring sessions for the employees on Management, Team Building and Leadership.

An avid reader with spiritual bend, he exudes superior people management and analytical skills. His natural charisma and the honesty in his approach have today made him a noted figure in the IT circles of Pune and Maharashtra. He has won several awards instituted by several social and industrial bodies, for his entrepreneurial ventures.

He is an alumnus of two of the most renowned educations institutions of India namely – College of Engineering Pune (COEP), and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. Prior to establishing SEED Infotech, he has worked as a researcher at the DRDO.

His obsession for uncompromised customer satisfaction and quality of services has today made his company the partner of first choice.


Shrikant Rasane
Co-Founder & Director,

SEED Infotech.
Shrikant Rasane is the co-founder and Executive Director of SEED Infotech. He has a strong passion for technology and has played a key role in developing the technical strength of SEED Infotech in terms of latest software, hardware, network infrastructure and instructional system design techniques for improved training effectiveness. He is the strategic brain behind the company’s technology, business and people ventures.

In his leadership the company has garnered the partner status of few of the high rung technology principals like Microsoft, Oracle, and Redhat etc. He holds mastery over the art of rapport building and has extraordinary articulation skills, which are evident in the long term relationships that SEED Infotech enjoys with a number of national and international IT companies.

He specializes in IT Infrastructure, Database & Web Technologies, has conducted more than 12,000 hours of training for students, professionals and corporates in the topics based on Oracle, Microsoft, Internet and Data-warehousing technologies and tools. Shrikant has more than 22 years of extensive experience that span across areas like technology training, business planing and management, strategic business planning and investments, IT infrastructure management and software development.

A regular in the IT circles of Pune, he believes in developing individuals by giving freedom of thought, opportunity to work independently and in suitably appreciating the results thus accrued.

He has done his graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the Univeristy of Pune, and has masters of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. He worked with DRDO as a researcher before co-founding SEED Infotech with his DRDO colleague.

A critical thinker, he has the rare ability to very quickly assimilate and present both sides of a coin, with extreme finesse.

Ashutosh Roy
Chairman & CEO- eGain

Ashutosh Roy, eGain’s co-founder, has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of eGain since 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Chairman of WhoWhere? Inc, an Internet-service company he co-founded, which is now part of Lycos, Inc.

From 1993 to 1995, Ashu co-founded Parsec Technologies, an international call center software company based out of India. From 1988 through 1992, he worked in various software engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corp.

Ashu holds a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, a Masters degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Steve Sanghi
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Microchip Technology Inc.

Mr. Sanghi was named the President of Microchip in August 1990, Chief Executive Officer in October 1991 and the Chairman of the Board of Directors in October 1993. Before joining the Company, Mr. Sanghi was Vice President of Operations at Waferscale Integration, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Sanghi was employed by Intel Corporation from 1978 to 1988, where he held various positions in management and engineering, the most recent serving as General Manager of Programmable Memory Operations. Mr. Sanghi holds a Masters of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communication from Punjab University, India.


Kiran Deshpande
Founder and President, Sales and Business Development for India

Mojo Networks
Kiran Deshpande brings 24 years of management and technology experience in the software industry. At Mojo Networks he oversees sales and business development for India. Kiran was formerly the Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra British Telecom (MBT). Kiran grew the company from $7 million to achieve over 60% CAGR on revenue and 110% CAGR on net profit in five years. The company became one of the top software services companies from India. Prior to MBT, Kiran was Senior Vice President of Software Services at IMR (later acquired by CGI). At IMR, Kiran conceptualized and successfully implemented software engineering research programs resulting in substantial growth for the company that eventually lead to its IPO on NASDAQ. Kiran spent 14 years at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in various executive, sales and engineering positions. Kiran has a BSEE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and MSEE from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Nitin Patel

Nitin Patel, Ph.D. – Cytel
Dr. Nitin Patel, Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at Cytel, is a widely respected expert in developing fast and accurate computer algorithms to implement computationally intensive statistical methods.

Dr. Patel is primarily engaged in researching and developing new clinical trial simulation and modeling tools for better decision-making at pharmaceuticals and device companies. His Bayesian statistic dose-finding and computation methodology breakthroughs resulted in an FDA CRADA award to develop much needed software for adaptive trials. He also uses simulations to plan drug supply of complex trials, in randomization schemes, and predicting a program’s Net Present Value and its ramifications on clinical strategy decision-making.

Dr. Patel has published over 70 refereed papers in statistics, operations research and computing, and co-authored a book on data mining for end-users. Along with co-authors Dr. Cyrus Mehta and Dr. Karim Hirji, he received the 1987 George W. Snedecor Award from the American Statistical Association. Dr. Patel is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Patel has been with Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a visiting professor since 1995. Previously, he was a CMC chair professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and held positions at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Montreal, and the University of Pittsburgh. He won India’s Vikram Sarabhai Medal for systems analysis research in 1985, served as President of the Operations Research Society, Vice President of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, and is a Fellow of the India Computer Society. Dr. Nitin Patel holds an Operations Research Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.