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Over sixty years ago, India’s Founding Fathers asked all Indians to respect the national symbols of India, to cherish its heritage
and preserve its composite culture
(Constitution Part IV-A). To honor the importance of those ideals, a small group of Indian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area (all successful entrepreneurs) decided to create a broad-based, inclusive Community Center. It’s mission would be to preserve the culture, values and heritage of India for future generations based on the vision and ideals of the Founding Fathers of India.
The India Community Center was conceived as a place where every generation of the Indian Diaspora could find comfort in various facets of their culture, preserve and practice unique traditions and celebrate festivals and social milestones in a welcoming environment. It was also designed to be a center where people of other cultures can explore and experience Indian traditions and values.
In addition to cherishing heritage, the ICC founders also decided that promoting brotherhood and fraternity in the spirit of the constitution would be even more important in a distant land. So uniting the diverse community also becomes one of ICC’s goals. And finally, incorporating community service as an essential pillar of this center was considered vital to living up to traditional Indian values. Thus came into being our mission of UNITE. SERVE. CELEBRATE
To promote Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the Indian community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community. ICC welcomes all without regard to racial, ethnic, regional, religious, political or socio-economic background and its mission seeks:
- To make a positive difference in the community by providing social, cultural, educational, professional and recreational programs
- To foster community spirit by creating a place for family and friends to come together
- To be an essential resource for the community by providing free or heavily subsidized services in critical areas such as health, legal aid and senior support
- To promote awareness and understanding of the Indian-American subculture in the mainstream as well as provide a bridge to India
ICC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization.
India Community Center (ICC) opened its first facility in February 2003 with the efforts of the Godhwani brothers, Anil and Gautam, first generation Indian Americans and successful entrepreneurs, who created ICC as a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Indian American and Greater Bay Area community. ICC is a non-religious and non-political organization with a goal to unite, serve and celebrate Indian culture in the community.
Talat Hasan served as the first Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Anil Godhwani served as the first President of the Board of Directors and Naren Bakshi, who created the first ICC in the U.S. in Cleveland in the 1960s, was the first Adviser and guided the founders on the early direction. They were joined by several successful, passionate community members including Kanwal Rekhi, Sheena Vaidyanathan, Bala Joshi and Kailash Joshi who worked full time for several years to establish ICC.
ICC is financially supported through membership fees and community donations. It has also received corporate, foundation and government funding. Today it is the largest Indian American community center in North America. Its 38,000 sq. ft. facility in Milpitas, California, and an 10,000 sq. ft. Table Tennis Center serve the entire Bay Area with a professional staff and hundreds of volunteers providing a wide range of programs and services. ICC conducts several hundred programs annually to serve the community.
The degree and manner in which people of Indian origin will link with their country of origin will depend on their retaining their Indian identity and heritage. The Center, by creating a sense of community and its various programs, plays that role. However, most importantly it does so by strengthening a broad and inclusive Indian identity rather than the narrower ones that most other religious or regional centers do. Some examples of ICC’s programs are:
ICC has a significant focus on Community service such as free Legal, Medical, and Career clinics, and extensive Senior programs. ICC has also launched a program for Teens to organize and run community service projects.
At the same time ICC also offers a large number of programs for the community, including Bollywood Dance, Yoga, Fitness, Table Tennis, Language classes, GMAT, Karaoke, Music, Parent & Me, Kids’ Summer Camps, Carrom, and much, much more.
The ICC facility in Milpitas has multiple places for people to relax and meet others, enjoy a meal in the Café, browse through Indian papers and magazines, play billiards, cards, chess or carrom and enjoy the feeling of shared community. It also offers a modern, full-scale Fitness Center featuring over 60 Cardio and Weight machines, Personal Trainers and 35+ fitness classes each week, including Tai-Chi, Bollywood Aerobics, Yoga, Spinning, and more. In addition, our facilities include a state-of-the-art Banquet Center and Auditorium which includes the latest multimedia equipment. The Malavalli auditorium has become the preferred venue for community concerts, fundraisers, weddings, corporate meetings and conferences. It is also the place visiting Indian dignitaries and leaders come to meet the Indian community in the Bay Area. The center is open 7 days a week.
Since its founding in 2003, ICC has grown significantly in just about every area: space, programs, budget, donations, usage etc. Here are some examples of our growth:
· Space from 10K sq.ft. to 48K sq.ft. plus Cupertino Senior Center
· Annual Budget from $500K to $3.0M in 2010
· Camps: From less than 50 kids to 1400 kids in 2010
· Seniors: From 2 days a week, to 5 days in Milpitas and 3 days in Cupertino
· Auditorium events: from 30 in 2007 to over 100 in 2010
· Weekly Newsletter Readership: from less than 500 to over 15,000 in 2010
· Staff: from 10 to 20 in 2010
· Volunteers: from 20 to over 100 in 2010 are available on request.
From the very beginning ICC has operated with complete transparency and adopted governance standards that are in accordance with established procedures and laws for non-profit organizations.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the ICC. Trustees volunteer their time & no salary is received. They serve as guardians of the ICC’s mission & have ultimate veto power over the affairs of the organization. The Board of Trustees is made up of individuals who are major donors to the organization and/or esteemed community leaders who embody the mission of the ICC. Trustees meet three times per year & are elected for 3 or 10 year terms.
Trustees: Chairman Kumar Malavalli, Talat Hasan, Anil Godhwani, Gautam Godhwani, Kanwal Rekhi, Steve Westly, Noosheen Hashemi, B.V. Jagdeesh, Vibhu Mittal
The Board of Directors help the organization achieve its vision and mission by employing the Executive Director and guiding the operations of the organization. Directors volunteer their time & no salary is received. Each Director makes a financial pledge & commitment to participate actively in the ICC’s work, sharing professional and personal expertise & wisdom. Directors meet four to six times per year & are elected for three year terms.
Current Board Presidents: Raju Reddy & AGK Karunakaran
Executive Director: Pragati Grover
Past Board Presidents: Kailash Joshi, Naren Bakshi, Bala Joshi
Past Trustee: Sheena Vaidyanathan
Anil was the co-founder and Vice President of Marketing for AtWeb, which was acquired by Netscape in 1998. He also co-founded and served as the VP of People at SimplyHired. Anil has a B.A. in Economics from the UC Santa Barbara. He is an angel investor and mentor to several Silicon Valley startups.
Gautam was the co-founder and CEO of AtWeb, which was acquired by Netscape in 1998. Gautam served as a director at Netscape and AOL for two years after the acquisition and then co-founded ICC. He co-founded and is currently the CEO of SimplyHired and has a B.E. from UC Berkeley.
Vibhu Mittal is the founder of Root-1, Inc, an educational software company focused on practice based learning. Prior to founding Root-1, he held positions at Google, Xerox PARC, Stanford/CSLI, CMU/LTI, University of Pittsburgh/LRDC and TIFR, Bombay. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Southern California.
Talat has been a technologist and entrepreneur for over two decades. She is married to Kamil Hasan and they have two daughters. She founded Sensys Instruments in 1996 to market products for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The company was acquired by ThermaWave in 2002. Talat holds a B.A./M.A. in Physics from Oxford University and a B. Sc. in Physics from Aligarh Muslim University (India). She currently serves on several start-up company boards and IBPW (Indian Business and Professional Women). She is a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a trustee of AIF (American India Foundation) and on the advisory board of Maitri, a support group for victims of domestic violence. She is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She is also active - with her husband - in investing in start-up companies through Hitek Venture Partners.
B.V. Jagadeesh is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Exodus Communications. Exodus pioneered the Internet Data Centre market, and was ranked 11th in Business Week's "Hottest of the Hot" information technology industries of 1999. B.V. has funded about 16 start-ups in the US and continues to maintain his links to India in the same way. He is a member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and is committed to his community, his alma maters and to encouraging global development of opportunities. He is extremely proud and connected to his alma maters - a village school in Bagalur, Sheshadripuram High School, University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore, and VJTI, Mumbai and very passionate about creating positive opportunities for our youth.
Kanwal was the founder of Excelan, which was sold to Novell in 1989. He is currently a venture capitalist and an angel investor and sits on the boards of numerous companies. Kanwal recently gifted $2 million to IIT, Bombay to help set up a new IT school. He was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1987 by Arthur Young/Venture Magazine.
"AGK" is currently the President and CEO of MulticoreWare, Inc
., a heterogeneous multicore hardware and software solutions provider for Defense and Aerospace, Life Sciences, Scientific computing, Financial modeling, and Oil & Gas applications.
AGK has 25 years experience in General Management, Engineering and Marketing for the computing, semi-conductor and embedded markets. Prior to MulticoreWare, AGK was the founding President and CEO of GDA Technologies Inc.,
a leading Intellectual Property licensing and electronics design services Company. GDA was purchased by L&T Infotech, India in March 2007 AGK also has played extensive engineering and marketing management roles at semiconductor companies like Trident Microsystems, Opti and IT companies like HCL America, HCL India, Wipro and Pragathi Computers.
AGK is a TIE-Silicon Valley
Charter member and is the co-chair for the TIE CEO Forum since 2005. His is also part of the TIE-SV global support network for TIE Chennai chapter. He is part of the advisory team for Society for Rural Improvement
, a growing Micro Finance Institution(MFI) in Kollengode, Kerala.
Shaista Ali is founder and CEO of "We are one," A non-profit organization which provides support for interfaith initiatives in India.
We are one promotes communal harmony across the world at a grassroots level, empowering individuals and communities through a variety of financial and social initiatives, building peace and harmony as one human race.
she also served as a trustee on the board of ING an interfaith organization and currently is working as a co-producer at Venus films.
Irfan Khan, President & CEO, Bristlecone
Irfan Khan is a senior executive with 20+ years of experience heading the profitable growth, competitiveness, and market leadership of emerging and mature businesses on a global scale, with an emphasis in B2B solution delivery.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of supply chain management solution provider Bristlecone, Irfan provides end-to-end strategy, oversight, and direction for a 1,400-person company, with a focus on revolutionizing supply chain and analytics as a leader and change agent in the market. Equally focused on creating customer value and driving bottom-line results, Irfan has combined a unique background in business leadership, strategic planning, field execution, people leadership, and customer-facing operations to repeatedly transform, grow, and optimize organizations—whether driving turnaround, building new lines of business, or creating foothold in new markets.
Prior to Bristlecone, Irfan served as a General Manager from 2001 to 2003 for Sutherland Global Services, a global provider of business process and technology management services. Holding full P&L responsibility, Irfan established the company's West Coast region as the fastest growing region with 55% Y0Y growth.
As Regional Director for Microsoft's Small & Medium Enterprise business in the Asia Pacific region from 2000 to 2002, he built the business from scratch, igniting a 50% YoY growth that positioned the region as an emerging strategic market for the company. Earlier roles include Director of Asia Pacific Operations for Hughes Network Systems and Account Manager for CMC LTD's Federal Business in Asia.
Irfan holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business and a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He also attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Irfan serves on the Advisory Board of several enterprise software and service organizations.
Farrokh Billimoria is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Green Leaf Real Estate Capital. He is responsible for investment evaluation and real estate sourcing, screening, valuation analysis, negotiation and execution. Prior to Green Leaf, Farrokh founded Mynt Capital, an investment fund focused on residential real estate. He developed the investment strategy for the Mynt and was responsible for identifying distressed investment opportunities. Additionally, he coordinated and managed the team responsible for the remodeling process, as necessary.
Prior to Mynt Capital he was at Artiman Ventures, a $270m (resized to $165m), a fund he co-founded. The fund was raised from corporate, institution and individual investors, and was focused on US-India cross-border deals, which leverage India not just for development centers but also address the markets in India. He built and deployed the investment evaluation and selection process for prospective investments including deal sourcing, screening, and performing due diligence, valuation analysis, negotiation, and execution. He has sat on the board of multiple private and public companies.
Before Artiman, he was a General Partner at the Sprout Group (CSFB Venture affiliate) since 1999. Prior to that he was at Hambrecht & Quist (now JP Morgan/H&Q) where he was a Wall Street Analyst. He was actively involved in the corporate finance and venture capital initiatives at Hambrecht & Quist. The Wall Street Journal ranked him as an All-Star Analyst for a number of years. Previously, Farrokh was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust (acquired by Deutsche Bank) for 8 years where he was the executive responsible for the global infrastructure. He has held senior managerial roles in development engineering with various networking equipment companies and service providers.
He is currently on Stanford University’s Fulbright Screening Committee for the Fulbright Scholars Program and on the advisory council of the Clinton Initiative / AIF Fellowship program. He is on the board of trustees of the College of Engineering Pune India. He helped create and drove the implementation of Stanford’s Zoroastrian Studies Program and is on their advisory council.
Devendra (Dev) Shukla -- Dev is the founder, President and CEO of Innovative Technical Solutions, Inc. (ITSI), a Global Environmental and Civil Infrastructure business headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA, with a staff of approximately 400 and revenues of over $250M per year. ITSI was recently acquired by Gilbane, one of the nation’s leading multi-billion dollar CM firms. Prior to forming ITSI, he had founded the Northern division of Environment Solutions, Inc. which was acquired by a public firm TRC.
IIT Kanpur recognized his contributions and accomplishments by bestowing him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA) in 2009. He graduated from IIT Kanpur with a B. Tech degree in Civil Engineering. He subsequently obtained Masters and Ph. D. degrees in engineering mechanics and systems/probabilistic applications to Civil Engineering. He has worked on a broad range of technical challenges including: risk based permitting/design, nuclear power plants, coal/uranium mining, nuclear waste disposal, rock mechanics, radiological migration, off shore oil spills, hazardous site closures, waste management, shore erosion, tunnel designs, etc.
His interests have included Indian and western music, bridge, tennis, and occasional social dancing. He is keenly interested in supporting educational programs and mentoring the development of future businesses. He has been married to Kshama for 36 years. They have three children – Tanuja (MBA), Sameer (JD) and Anjuli (JD).
Mihir is a Managing Director in the Santa Clara office and the Group Head of the US Technology practice. As a leader in Corporate Finance, Mihir serves and expands relationships with clients in the Technology sector with a focus on M&A advisory services and private capital raises.
Mihir has over 15 years of experience in executing mergers and acquisitions, private placements, divestitures, recapitalizations, IPOs, follow-on offerings, and delivering fairness opinions.
Prior to joining KPMG CF, Mihir served as Managing Director of investment banking at Morgan Keegan Technology Group. In this role, he provided support for technology, financial, and M&A transactions for venture capitalists, private equity firms, and high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley market. Prior to joining Morgan Keegan Technology Group, Mihir was a Managing Director and Head of Software Investment Banking at ThinkEquity. Prior to joining ThinkEquity Partners, he was a Senior Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking group at Raymond James.
Mihir holds a M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, a M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Houston, and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. He also holds General Securities Representative (Series 7), General Securities Principal (Series 24), and Securities Agent (Series 63).
Rajiv Khemani is Co-Founder and General Partner at Moment Ventures a early-stage technology venture capital firm. Prior to this he was COO at Cavium Networks, where was part of the executive team that led Cavium from an early startup stage, through achieving profitability and an initial public offering, to a leading high growth semiconductor company.
Prior to joining Cavium, he worked at Intel Corporation for 5 years, where he was most recently general manager of Intel’s network processor business, and led the organization to achieve #1 market share. He also worked at NetApp and Sun Microsystems across storage and server product lines in engineering, marketing and management roles. He received a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, an MS in Computer Science from New York University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Girish is CEO and Founder of Xoriant. He 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.
Sanjeev Rao serves as a trusted advisor for a select group of high net worth entrepreneurs, and private investors. He leads a four person team at Goldman Sachs that offers comprehensive financial planning, risk management, tax advice and investment advice to entrepreneurs, their family offices and foundations.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Sanjeev worked in the accounting industry for Ernst & Young in San Francisco and KPMG in India. He received his Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Mumbai and his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Tanuja Bahal is currently consulting with various non profit organizations in the Bay Area. Till recently she was the Executive Director of the India Community Center. A results oriented and innovative professional she has over 20 years of experience in non-profit strategy, program management, marketing strategy, marketing communications, international marketing and event management in corporate and non profit environments. In 2013 she was awarded the ‘Milpitas Hero Award’ by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. She is passionate about community building, place-making and believes that the arts enrich our lives in multifaceted ways.
Mrs. Gopi Godhwani is the Chair for the Senior Program at ICC and simply put, she is the soul and inspiration of this program. The entire Senior community at ICC adore and love her. The Senior program has grown by leaps and bounds under the leadership of Mrs Godhwani.
Mr. Thangaraj has been a Managing Director of Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in the healthcare industry, since 1997. Prior to joining Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, he helped establish a telecommunication services company, for which he served as its CEO. Mr. Thangaraj is a veteran in operations and venture capitol. His career was sparked by ARCH Venture Partners (“AVP”), a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion Mr. Thangaraj holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.Mr. Thangaraj also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for MAP International, is an Advisory Board member for the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, is an Advisory Board member of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC) at the Cleveland Clinic and is an Advisory Board member for the Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke University Divinity School.
Karpagam founded Paloras in 2011, when she recognized the need for a services company that can take ownership of highly specialized projects. Currently, she drives the growth of her company by creating a culture of innovation in reusable assets.
Karpagam believes in the system of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and strives to create a community aware of its benefits. She has been a leader, mentor and volunteer in the Northern California Girl Scouts for the last 14 years, raising awareness of STEM, specially among girls through the ‘Girls Go Tech’ council programs.
She started advanced Math clubs at elementary schools and was later involved in the FIRST robotics programs for elementary, middle and high schools in the area. She mentored the only GS team (sponsored by NASA) in the Nation (Space Cookies). In addition to the mentorship, Karpagam has also volunteered as a Senior Judge for NASA FLL tournament, science fairs, and Western Regional Robotics Forum.
Karapagam endeavors to support and help women continuously. With friends on the board of the Global fund for women, she has helped host fundraising events for the organization at her home in Northern California.
Apart from being involved in Science-based programs, she also volunteers at the Trinity School of Music, where she has been spearheading the School’s 20-year celebration.
Navneet Chugh is a lawyer based in LA with extensive reach and interests all over California. His practice areas are corporate law, taxation, mergers & acquisitions, and trusts & estates. His educational background is Western State University, J.D., 1992, Nagpur University, India, B.S., Business, 1980; University of Southern California, M.B.A., 1985. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1992.
Navneet is also the member of a number of associations, such as the Los Angeles County, Orange County and International Bar Associations; State Bar of California; American Immigration Lawyers Association; South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (Founder President).
More details: Navneet is the Recipient, President's Scholarship, Western State University. Certified Public Accountant, California, 1990. Certified Financial Planner, 1994. Founder President, Indian Professionals Toastmasters Club. Founding Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Los Angeles. He is also heavily involved in AIF. The Chugh firm has also been a sponsor at previous ICC Banquets.
Ravikrishna Cherukuri is currently working for Cisco as the VP of Common Hardware Group, a group that is responsible for all the hardware and silicon development at Cisco. In the past, he has served as a Vice President, Engineering MIPS Technologies, Inc. since March 10, 2010. He has more than 20 years of senior-level management and engineering experience in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Cherukuri has a deep background in microprocessors and software solutions with companies including AMD, Nexgen Microsystem, Siara Systems and Sonoa Systems. Prior to joining MIPS Technologies, Mr. Cherukuri was co-founder and vice president of engineering of Sonoa Systems. He was on the founding team and managed ASIC and hardware development for Siara Systems. Mr. Cherukuri holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Roorkee and a TRIUM Global EMBA jointly offered by NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC, Paris. He holds 19 approved U.S. patents in the fields of computer architecture and networking.
Mr. Mehra serves as managing director of Headstrong. He is responsible for North America Operations including, East, West, South and Central regions.
Mr. Mehra was a co-founder of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President for a consulting company that he helped grow from $18 million to $52 million in annual revenues during his tenure.
Mr. Mehra has over 25 years of IT industry experience. He also spent 15 years with the HCL Group, where he helped start and grow HCL-Deluxe Inc., a joint venture with Deluxe Corporation focusing on the financial services market.
Mr. Mehra is a Harvard Business School AMP graduate and holds a business degree from University of Delhi
A serial entrepreneur with a track record of success, Purna has over 30 years of experience in the technology and financial services industries. During his career as an entrepreneur, he has launched 3 startups in Silicon Valley and in Boston, successfully raised angel and venture capital and built these businesses to a revenue/profitability level that resulted in acquisitions by public companies. Currently, Purna is in the middle of another startup FiPort, Inc., that intends to offer a revolutionary cloud based internet service to help families organize and manage their financial lives.
Radhika Malpani is currently the Head of the Google Image Search division at Google Inc. . She is a National Science Foundation Fellowship recipient and holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in Bombay, India. Her research interests include continuous media applications for the Internet.Her previous work experience has been with reputed companies like HP, Perspecta and Seimens.
Xerxus S. Mullan is a Senior Vice-President at the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch in New York. He leads a 6 member team that is focused on providing Family Office Investment Management services to a select group of ultra-high net worth clients -including Serial Entrepreneurs, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Private Equity/Venture Capital Principals, Corporate Reserve Funds & Non-Profits/Endowments and Private Foundations. The team established one of the first and only partnerships with a leading Family Office in India.
Xerxes has a MBA in Finance & Strategy from Yale University; and a M.Com in Macroeconomics and a B.Com in Accounting & Economics from the University of Bombay. He is a local Board Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), an advisor to the Bridging Nations Foundation, and most recently, served as an alumni coordinator for the Yale Business School in Washington, DC. Xerxes is also a FAA certified multi-engine commercial pilot and lives in New York with his wife, Shilpa, son Aadi and daughter Ananya.
Raju is the Founder and CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to over 2400 employees with operations in several countries and was consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.
Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. Raju enjoys working with young entrepreneurs and mentoring to build great companies. He currently serves on the board of GharPay, Seclore and Hitachi Consulting; and previously served on the board of RedBus (acquired by Naspers) and Cognovision (acquired by Intel).
Raju is active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently Chairman of BITSAA Intl, the alumni body of BITS Pilani, India’s #1 private university. He enjoys working with young entrepreneurs in mentorship role and was instrumental in starting the TiE Chapter in Hyderabad. Raju also serves on the Board of India community center in Milpitas, CA. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped under privileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987.
Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.
Ram K. Reddy is a successful **Silicon Valley** entrepreneur with extensive experience in business research and strategy consulting. Mr. Reddy's business operations currently employ over 900 professionals worldwide. Mr. Reddy is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), a 25-year globally recognized publisher of off-the-shelf market
research. Mr. Reddy has extensive experience advising on business strategy. His clients include major manufacturers and leading business service providers such as large diversified global conglomerates through start-ups, investment banks, management consultants, venture capitalists, investment research firms, and equity management firms worldwide. Mr. Reddy has extensive experience in biomedical market intelligence. He actively develops new research methodologies, techniques and algorithms.
As the Co-founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Avendus a leading financial provider, Ranu Vohra leads Avendus and is responsible for its overall growth. He has spent the last fifteen years in the Indian financial services industry, concluding several marquee transactions in Investment Banking and Private Equity. He is based out of Mumbai and is a member of the Capital Markets Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Vishal Gauri is the President at Nagarro, a Silicon Valley based software company focused on providing technology solutions to complex business problems. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a B. Tech from IIT Delhi.
At Nagarro, he has been instrumental in defining the vision and strategy of the company, developing new markets and expanding operations in the US and Mexico. In August 2011, Nagarro was acquired by a German company Allgeier AG.
As a co-founder of IvyCaps, Vishal created India’s first eco-system focused VC fund. The fund leverages a network of alumni, educational institutions and entrepreneurs to drive value creation for investors. Vishal has been the architect behind IvyCap’s ‘Give Back’ program that is focused on fostering entrepreneurship in high quality Indian educational institutions such as IITs.
He is also the co-founder of 100percentile - one of the first online test prep providers in India. Currently 100percentile provides online test prep for IITs, AIEEE, AIPMT and others.
Vishal is well published and is an inventor on 15 patents in the lighting and semiconductor industries. He has been recognized by the American Institute of Chemists and Sigma Xi for his research contributions. He lives in Los Altos, CA with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Y.C. (Buno) Pati, is a serial entrepreneur and early-stage technology investor. He has founded and served on the boards of companies in a range of markets, from semiconductors to video compression and multimedia services. He founded and served as CEO of Numerical Technologies, which he led for eight years through it's IPO and eventual acquisition. He also founded and served as CEO of Sezmi Corporation, which was acquired in 2011.
Dr. Pati previously served as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard University. Dr. Pati also serves on several boards for the University of Maryland including; the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors for the College of Engineering, and is a co-chair of the Scholarship Endowment Fund campaign. Dr. Pati holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
His wife, Sushma, holds a Ph.D, in biochemistry from the University of Maryland. She was the Chief Scientific Officer of Pangene Corporation, a genomics-based biotechnology company. She has served on the Youth Committee of the India Community Center and is currently on the board of Maitri.