Arundhati Sural Associate Academic and Quality Lead
Mrigank Gupta Impact Assessment Manager
Pratibha Madnur Deputy Manager
Yaseen Savatagi Senior Manager, Operations
Raghavendra Chikkalkar Delivery Head, Technology
Radha P Hulikatti Manager, Selection & Orientation
Ayyappa Jagali Manager, Operations
Shaik Mahaboob Deputy Manager, Operations
Vijay Kulkarni Deputy Manager, Finance & Accounts
Anand Kammar Assistant Manager, Human Resource
Shashidhar D B Senior Officer, Media
Ramesh Hubballi Travel Co-Ordinator
Gururaj Desh Deshpande Advisor
Gururaj Desh Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office
and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. 'Desh' is the Founder of Deshpande Foundation, a global
philanthropic organization nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and cities
across USA, Canada and India. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman
of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas
Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata.
Desh lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made
possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Along with his wife, he has founded
several centers of innovation, at leading universities in the USA, Canada and India. Dr. Deshpande
holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E.
from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.
Jaishree Deshpande Advisor
Jaishree Deshpande is the Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, and a founder of the Deshpande Foundation.
The Deshpande Foundation fosters social entrepreneurship by supporting a variety of non-profit
organizations in India working in the areas of health, education, microcredit and agriculture. She
also serves as a Trustee for the Museum of Science and is involved with HESTIA Fund - a fund
established to support quality after school programming for low-income children.
Jaishree Deshpande worked for the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India until 1980
before moving to Canada. She has worked for several Massachusetts companies and taught courses in
computer science. She received a Master of Science in Physics in 1975 from the Indian Institute of
Technologies (IIT), Madras, India and a Master in Computer Science in 1989 from Boston University.
Raj Melville Advisor
As Executive Director at the Deshpande Foundation, Raj develops overall strategy, and channels the
Foundation's efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. Previously as Principal at
Ambient Engines, Raj Melville provided marketing and strategy consulting to emerging social
entrepreneurs. He founded the annual Forum for Social Entrepreneurs, organized and moderated
numerous panels and workshops on social entrepreneurship, and currently mentors several startups
focused on addressing key social issues.
Raj has over 25 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience including managing
overall product strategy and features as Vice President, Product Management for nTAG Interactive, a
spin off from the MIT Media Lab. Raj has a Doctor of Science in engineering from MIT focusing on
optimizing the operation of computerized manufacturing systems; a Master's from MIT's Sloan School;
and a Bachelor's from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Sushil Vachani Advisor
Sushil Vachani is the former Director of IIM Bangalore and the Professor of Strategy & Policy, School
of Management, Boston University. His prior business experience includes working as an engineer with
Phillips India, as a manager with the Tata Group and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting
Group. His areas of research interest include the impact of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on
international business, the role of governments, NGOs and multinational enterprises (MNEs) in
Sushil Vachani has wide-ranging managerial and consulting experience, having worked as a consultant
with the Boston Consulting Group, where he was involved with designing business strategies for
American, Japanese, and European multinationals. He also worked in India as a research engineer with
the Dutch electronics multinational Philips and as a member of the Tata Administrative Service, the
core executive cadre of the Tata Group, and as a finance manager with Tata Motors. In the 1990s, he
served as the Director of Boston University's International Management Program in Kobe, Japan, for
Shreekant Deshpande Founding Trustee
With over two decades of leadership experience in the IT sector, Shreekant brings to the table
expertise in project management, quality control, reviews, proposals, mentoring, recruitment and
training. Having started his career in the steel industry as a production engineer, he grew to
handle multiple roles including production planning and sales.
Shreekant has broad onsite experience, serving clients in the USA, UK and Dubai, working with IT
companies like TCS and IBM. He is currently with IBM as a pre-sales consultant for their onsite
Vivek Pawar Advisor
Vivek Pawar is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sankalp Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd , which he
founded in 2005. Sankalp has grown from 6 employees in 2005 to 100+ employees focused on niche area
of analog and mixed-signal IC design. He brings in 20+ years of industry experience in varied
functions like general management, operations, program management, customer relations, and design.
Vivek also has significant experience in mixed-signal and analog product design and system on chip
(SoC) development, including firmware development. Prior to Sankalp Semiconductor, Vivek served as
Program Manager at Texas Instruments Inc. (Houston, USA) from 2003-2005 and General Manager for
Broadband Silicon Technology Center in Texas Instruments India, Bangalore from 2000-2003. Vivek has
3 patents approved and multiple publications to his credit.
Aravind Chinchure Advisor
Aravind Chinchure is the chair Professor at Symbiosis International University (SIU). He is a
renowned academician, administrator and a sought-after resource person for academic and research
institutions in India and overseas. He has worked with the finest institutions and played key and
varied roles in designing curriculum's, leading innovation, patented works, and collaborating on
some path-breaking research areas.
Serge Bhachu Trustee
Serge Bhachu is the Managing Director of Sparta Group LLC, a private investment office. In this role
he is responsible for overseeing investment and all other functions for the office. Serge also
serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Deshpande Foundation. He is on the board of Virtudent,
Entrepreneurship For All, and the Deshpande Foundation Trust, and board observer for Augmenix,
Axtria, and Instylla. Serge has held senior executive positions in both large organizations and
start-up companies, spanning investment, legal, operations and financial management roles. Serge
received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Clark University and a Juris Doctor from the Boston
University School of Law.