Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula is the Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations) at IIT Madras and Professor of Applied Mechanics. In his role as the Dean, he interfaces with over 42,000 IIT Madras alumni globally to harness the potential of this network for the Institute's growth.
Mahesh has over 25 years of experience in the US as well as in India in both teaching and in the Industry. He has published widely in the field of spray combustion and multiphase fluid dynamics. Mahesh holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering graduating from IIT Madras and Masters and PhD degrees from Purdue University.
Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy is the Dean (Global Engagement) and Marti Mannariah Gurunath Institute Chair Professor at IIT Madras. Raghu received his B.Tech from IIT Madras in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1995.
Post PhD, he as been in academia in the USA and India for the last 25 years. Raghu's research interests are in the areas of data science, energy systems, droplet microfluidics and hyper-local environmental monitoring. In his current role as Dean (Global Engagement), Raghu works on enhancing internationalization of IIT Madras through several initiatives. He is also a co-founder and director of three IIT Madras incubated start-ups: Gyan Data, GITAA and Elicius Energy.
Marti G. Subrahmanyam
Marti G. Subrahmanyam is the Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance, Economics and International Business in the Stern School of Business at New York University, and Global Network Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a postgraduate diploma in business administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Both institutions conferred on him their Distinguished Alumnus Award. He earned a doctorate in finance and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Subrahmanyam has published numerous articles and books in the areas of corporate finance, asset pricing and international finance. He has been a visiting professor at leading academic institutions around the world.
He has served as a consultant to several corporations, industrial groups, and financial institutions in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has served or continues to serve on the boards of several companies, including ICICI Bank Ltd. (NYSE: IBN), ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd. (NSE:ICICIPRULI), ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited,
Infosys Ltd. (NYSE: INFY), Nomura Asset Management USA Inc., and LIC Nomura Mutual Fund Asset Management Co. Ltd. He is the Chairman of AION India Investment Advisers Private Ltd., a strategic partnership between ICICI Ventures and Apollo Global Management, which is focused
on private equity investments in the Indian credit market. He is also the Chairman of Nomura Global Alpha, a group of macro funds managed by Nomura Asset Management. He has served as an advisor to international and government organizations and has taught extensively on executive
programs in over twenty countries around the world. He is also active on the advisory boards on several startup companies in India and the United States.
Professor Subrahmanyam has been associated with the editorial boards of several leading journals in finance. He was the Founding Editor of an academic journal specializing in derivative securities and markets entitled Review of Derivatives Research. His research interests include
corporate finance, and asset pricing with emphasis on derivative and fixed income markets. He has published over one hundred articles in many of the leading international journals in economics and finance, including Econometrica, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic
Theory, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and The Review of Financial Studies.
Professor Subrahmanyam has served on over seventy doctoral dissertation committees and has chaired over thirty five of them. He has won several teaching awards including New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Medal.
Raghu Sugavanam co-founded Interpreta in 2014, acquired by Centene in 2018, and he currently serves as Interpreta's President. Prior to founding Interpreta, Mr. Sugavanam was a founder, Chief Technology Officer and Principal Architect at Anvita, a clinical analytics company, acquired by Humana in 2011. Prior to Anvita, he was a founder and President at Mercantile Software Systems, a high-performance database marketing system company, acquired by Harte-Hanks in 1997. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.
Ramkumar is a technology professional and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience developing innovative mobile applications and software. He co-founded startups SnapTell in 2006 and Swell in 2012. SnapTell developed innovative visual search technologies and was acquired by Amazon subsidiary A9. Swell developed a podcast recommendation system and was acquired by Apple. Ramkumar is a proud alumnus of IIT Madras, holding a B.Tech in Computer Science, awarded the President of India gold medal. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Standford University.
Kannan is currently Senior Director and Distiguished Engineer at ServiceNow, where he leads the AI/Machine Learning engineering team. He was co-founder of DxContinuum, a ML/AI startup focused on operationalizing AI in enterprise applications, that got acquired by ServiceNow in 2017. Prior to DxContinuum, over a 15 year corporate career, he held a variety of technical, marketing and strategy leadership roles at Oracle and HP. Kannan serves on the industrial advisory board for the Department of Computer Science, University of Buffalo (SUNY). He is also one of the founding members of IIT Mentors, a pan-IIT organization dedicated to providing mentorship for younger IIT alums. Kannan holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, a doctorate in computer science from University of Buffalo (SUNY) and a masters in management from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Ashok is a software industry executive and entrepreneur. He has over 30 years’ experience leading technology product and service businesses. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Bristlecone, a leading supply chain systems integration firm. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations at Epiphany, a Nasdaq-listed leader in the analytics-driven CRM software industry prior to its acquisition. Earlier, he founded or co-founded three startups including Inventa Technologies, a provider of B2B e-commerce systems integration services which grew to $60 million in annualized revenues under his leadership. He began his career with Gould Inc., a Fortune 500 technology company, where he rose to head operations for one of its major divisions. He holds a B Tech ME from IIT Madras and received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Co-founder & Co-CEO of Replicon, Inc.
As Chief Executive Officer, Raj Narayanaswamy is responsible for executing the company's strategic goals and leading corporate initiatives. With more than 25 years of software development and senior management experience, Mr. Narayanaswamy is widely recognized for his visionary approach in developing innovative software applications that meet the needs of leading enterprise organizations. Mr. Narayanaswamy holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from IIT Madras, and is an active member of the high-tech business community in Silicon Valley.
CEO and Founder, Seabed VC
Vijay is currently investing in early stage startup companies and mentoring entrepreneurs in the energy conservation and IoT space. Most recently, as President and COO, he led Fairchild through a two year transformation that resulted in a 50% increase in enterprise value. Prior to Fairchild, Vijay was at Maxim Integrated, Inc., where he was Group President of the Consumer Group where he grew the revenue from $0.35B to $1B which resulted in an increase in enterprise value of $2.5B. In addition to the business role, Vijay also had broad leadership responsibilities in technology development, manufacturing and supply chain. Prior to Maxim, Vijay was at Intel and Saratoga Semiconductor where he developed deep domain expertise in wafer fab and process technology. Vijay is a founder of the Bay Area IIT Madras alumni association. He has been active in charitable works for women in India. He holds a B Tech Chem E degree from IIT Madras, and an M S Chem E degree from Drexel University.
Girish is a technology professional with over 20 years experience in AI, Machine Learning, software, Semiconductor, Wireless and Networking areas.He has been actively volunteering in the non-profit sector for over 15 years and has helped raise over $36M for a number of causes. He was the President of the Board of Directors of Calico Center and was a Board Member of Sankara Eye Foundation, USA. He was also part of the executive team of Wharton's non-profit board leadership program.Girish received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, M.S. and Ph.D. from Boston University and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Sai K. Mukundan
Diwakar is a technology executive with a background in Wireless, and high-speed communications systems. He is currently the VP of High-Speed Optical Communications Products at Renesas Corporation. Previously he has held engineering and business management roles at Silicon Labs, NXP and Cirrus Logic. Diwakar received his BTEE from IIT-M in 1990 and an MSEE from Oregon State University in 1993. He enjoys cycling or hiking the Santa Cruz mountains, or attempting to improve his guitar skills. He lives in San Jose with his wife and daughter.
Kartik Krishnamurthy is a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), focused on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in technology and manufacturing-based industries. Prior to BCG, Kartik was a management consultant (Deloitte, Accenture) and worked in the software industry (Oracle, i2). Kartik has a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School. Kartik has been a past Secretary of the San Francisco bay area chapter of the IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America.
VP of Marketing
Sunil (B.Tech 1994) is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience in various product management, marketing and general management roles, with a background in digital marketing, personalization and content management technologies. Sunil is currently a product marketing executive at Adobe leading product marketing and GTM strategy for a portfolio of products within Adobe's Experience Cloud business.
Prior to Adobe, Sunil held various product leadership roles at OpenText, HP Software and Interwoven. Sunil received his B.Tech from IIT-Madras in 1994, and his M.S. from Kansas State University in 1996. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, traveling and photography. He lives in Saratoga, CA with his wife and twin daughters.
Philip is currently working at Topcon Positioning Systems as their CFO, and is responsible for the Company’s accounting operations, financial forecasting & reporting, treasury management and internal controls & compliance.
He has 20 years hands on, corporate, business & operational finance in both multinational and start-up companies experience focusing on strategic financial planning process, reporting, M&A, internal audit & business analytics to optimize operations efficiency, revenue and profitability.
Philip is a CPA, holds a Master Degree in Corporate Finance from Golden Gate University and BS Degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University.
Co-founder and CEO, Inksedge
Rohini is the Co-Founder and CEO of Inksedge, a modern event communications company focused on the India market that she incubated in 2014, while at NEA.
As Partner at NEA, a leading venture capital firm, she focused on software, systems and technology investments, sat on 13 boards and nurtured several companies to successful exits.
Prior to NEA, she led a team of professionals within Cisco Corporate BD to set strategy, identify prospects and execute investment, acquisition and partnership transactions in the wireless area.
Earlier, she spent 7 plus years at Intel Capital, where she was responsible for setting strategy and making investments, and was an early sponsor for new WiFi and WiMAX businesses.
She started her career as a design engineer working on boards, chips and embedded software in the networking area.
Rohini graduated from IIT Madras with a B. Tech. in EE in 1993, followed by an MS. in EE from Case Western Reserve in 1995 and has an MBA in Financial Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1999.
Kamal Duggirala is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Omega Financial Systems, an innovative provider of post-trade technology for institutional investors. Kamal previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Barra, Inc., the leading provider of portfolio risk management analytics worldwide. Barra's client base of 1000+ leading financial institutions around the globe included the majority of the world’s largest asset managers, broker/dealers and pension funds. Kamal’s career with Barra spanned two decades, from startup to a successful public company and its eventual acquisition by Morgan Stanley in 2004.
Kamal earned a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981. He then pursued graduate studies in Applied Math and Finance and holds an M.S. in IEOR and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kamal currently serves as a Founding Board Member of the Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Board of IIT Madras Foundation in 2019 and is the chair of its Finance Committee.
Arvind serves as the Global Head of Venture Investing at Citi Ventures. He invests in companies in Financial Services, Security, and Enterprise Infrastructure. His portfolio includes Betterment, Bluevine, Chef, Cylance, Netskope, Persado, Pindrop, Plaid, Silver Tail Systems (acq by EMC), Tanium, Unbound and vArmour. In addition, Arvind helps lead partnerships between portfolio companies and Citi’s business units.Prior to Citi, Arvind spent nearly a decade as a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a top-tier VC firm on Sand Hill Road. There, he was an investor and Board member in companies such as Kazeon Systems, Cavium Networks, Solidcore, nCircle Network Security, Intelligent Results and Vhayu Technologies. Previously, Arvind was a design engineer, and a Program Manager, at Intel Corporation.Arvind obtained his BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He enjoys running, photography, and reading in his spare time. Arvind is passionate about golf, a passion, sadly, that his skill level does not match. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife, two sons and their black lab, Rocky!
Seshan Rammohan (Emeritus)
He was the Founding President of the IIT Madras Foundation and served from 2015 through 2017. He continues as a Board Member and currently supports two key 2020 Strategic Plan initiatives for IIT Madras on enhancing the Innovation & Entrepreneurship ecosystem and improving Faculty /Alumni Collaborations with US Industry.
He served as Board Member and Treasurer of IIT Alumni Association of USA and currently leads the IIT Mentors Program focused on guiding IIT alumni to success (seven years). He also served as President of IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America (two years).
His previous experiences, spanning a period of five plus years, were all in managing Nonprofit organizations. He served as the Executive Director of the India Community Center in Milpitas, CA (18 months) and as the Executive Director of TiE Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA (four years). He also served as a Board member and on the Strategy Committee of Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, CA (three years).
He holds a B.Tech ME from IIT Madras and an MSME from the University of Minnesota.
Board Member, CEO, Executive Advisor
Sundi Sundaresh is currently the President & CEO of Cinarra Systems, Inc., a private, Softbank Corp/venture-funded startup focused on enabling location-based campaigns and measurement for marketeers while monetizing data for telco carriers.
Sundi has more than 20 years of experience in managing high-growth companies in the tech industry. Before becoming a board member of GridGain, SandForce (sold to LSI) and Sureline Systems, Sundi was the president and CEO of Adaptec, Inc [Nasdaq: ADPT, sold to PMC-Sierra].
During the course of his career, Sundi has also led multiple startups as President & CEO, including Xangati, Inc. (IT Operations Analytics, sold to Virtual Instruments), Candera Inc. (the industry’s first network storage controller) and Jetstream Communications (market-leading voice over broadband solution). During a previous tenure at Adaptec, Sundi served in a number of positions, including corporate Vice-President and General Manager for the Personal I/O division and corporate Vice President of worldwide marketing. He has also held various positions at Hewlett-Packard and National Semiconductor.
Mr. Sundaresh holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Karthik currently resides in Washington DC and invests in growth stage consumer internet companies as part of the World Bank's Venture Capital arm. Karthik's career has primarily been in financial services with the exception of a two year stint where he ran operations for a primary healthcare startup in rural India. He feels extremely fortunate to have had the exposure of living (and investing) across varied cities and towns, very different from each other in size and culture: Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu, India), Beijing, Jakarta, Evanston (Illinois, US) to name a few.
Karthik has been actively involved with the IIT Madras Foundation since 2017, first as a reunion officer for his class reunion and subsequently in designing engaging video content that deepens alumni understanding around several emerging trends on campus such as student entrepreneurship, AI research, student life etc. In his new role as Regional Vice President for Mid-Atlantic, Karthik is excited to ramp up IITM Foundation's activity in the US East Coast and Mid- Atlantic region.
Karthik received a BTech in Computer Science from IIT Madras in 2007 and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 2014.