Raju Reddy (’76) - Chairman Location : Fremont, CA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Raju Reddy is an alumnus of the graduating class of 1981 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sierra Atlantic (recently acquired by Hitachi Consulting). He now serves on the boards of both Hitachi Consulting U.S. and Hitachi Consulting India entities. He worked at Intel for 10 years in "software development, marketing and general management” before moving on to create "one of 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” in Sierra Atlantic. Among other things, Raju serves as a member of the BITS Pilani Board of Directors, a Charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program and more recently the India Community Center, Milpitas. Raju also hold a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech
Dr. SP Kothari (’74) - Trustee & Chairman Emeritus Location : Boston, MA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org S.P. Kothari serves as Global Head of Equity Research and is responsible for research supporting Barclays Global Investors' active equity strategies. Prior to joining BGI, S.P. was Deputy Dean and Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he was the Head of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 2005-06, he was Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Dr. Kothari received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is an editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics (1997-present) , a world-renowned academic research journal in accounting. His research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, explaining the diversity in international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives and accounting for stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation. He served on the Board of Directors of Vicarious Visions (www.vvisions.com) from 1998-2004, and he was a Senior Consultant with Charles River Associates International (www.crai.com), a business-economics and litigation support consulting firm, for eight years. He has consulted with many large corporations, including leading US and international banks, Australian television broadcast corporations, US steel companies, E&Y, KPMG, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Viggy Mokkarala (’76) - Trustee & Chair Fundraising Committee Location : Sunnyvale, CA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Viggy is currently the EVP (Client Implementations) at Envestnet Advisory Corp. He completed hi B.E. in Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani (76F06385) between 1976 and 1980. He followed it up with a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and continued to work with Applied Materials, Silicon Graphics, and Hewlett-Packard. He co-founded Oberon Financial Technology, a pioneer in asset management software, which he grew from $10 million to $1.6 billion by 2004.
Brij Bhushan (’60) - Trustee & Chair Campus Relations Committee Location : Great Falls, VA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Brij is currently retired from Reston Consulting Group, which he founded in 1986. RCG provides Systems Integration services in the field of telecommunications to the US Federal Government. Brij graduated from BITS Pilani in 1965 and subsequently taught there from 1966 to 1969 and had a return engagement during Fall of 2006. Brij holds a Masters from Auburn University (1970) and has completed course work towards Doctor of Engg in EE at Concordia University, Montreal Canada. Brij and his wife Champa (also a BITS alumn) live in the suburbs of Washington DC and have three grown up children Anju, Anita and Anup.
Chandra Bhople (’74) - Trustee Location : Santa Clara, CA, USA/Nagpur, India Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Chandra is co-founder and director of operations at OCTAVE Business School (www.octavesbm.in) which is founded by 8 BITSians. In 2008, he co-founded Nuva College of Engineering & Technology (www.nuvaedu.com). Chandra has 29+ years of global experience in entrepreneurship, management consulting, general management, marketing and sales in USA, India, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Middle East. He is also an adjunct management faculty at BITS Pilani, senior advisor for POA Educational Foundation (www.poafoundation.org) and executive advisor at Karma Candy Inc. in Canada. He holds MBA and B E in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani.
Niranjan Bose (’92) - Trustee Location : Seattle, WA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Niranjan works as a Business Analyst with the Infectious Diseases team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he was with SDG Life Sciences, a unit of IMS Health, where he was a Senior Consultant and assisted clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries with strategy development, valuations, research validation and forecasting. Niranjan holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Dartmouth College and an MS in biological sciences and BS in pharmaceutical sciences from BITS, Pilani. His doctoral thesis was on cholera pathogenesis, with a focus on developing the assembly mechanism for an attachment factor, which is currently being targeted as a vaccine target. He also received the Business Bridge Diploma from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Deepak Sharma (’91) - Trustee Location : San Jose, CA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Deepak is a Managing Consultant in the Strategy & Change Practice of IBM Global Services. He has over ten years of industry & consulting experience with focus on High Tech marketing. He has deep expertise in product marketing, business model innovation, pricing, product management, post merger integration, business process transformation, and marketing transformation. He has published several thought leadership articles on high tech product management, marketing & strategy methodologies. He performs pro-bono consulting work in the area of brand strategy for non-profit organizations in the bay area. In his spare time he enjoys "lacha" sessions, Hollywood & Bollywood movies, spending time with his wife and 2 year old daughter.
Sarath Kolla (’93) - Trustee & Chair, technology adoption committee Location : Middletown, CT, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Sarath is an independent Software Consultant providing technology services to Insurance and Finance companies. He served as a Product Development Architect at Netkey (Kiosk and Digital Signage Solutions provider), SupplyInsight (RFID Solutions provider) and Metaserver (Business Process Workflow Middleware Provider). His expertise includes providing Vision and outlining Technology Roadmap for complex products and applications. He graduated from BITS, Pilani in 1998 with a B.E. in Computer Science and M.Sc in Biological Sciences. Sarath holds a Masters degree in Computer Science at University of Denver, Colorado, USA in 2000. He lives in CT, USA with his wife (Meghna) and son (Yug Sai). His passions include playing VolleyBall, Cricket, Tennis and Table Tennis
Pradeep Sethi (’72) - Trustee Location : New Delhi, India Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Worked in the tyre industry with the largest Indian player J K Tyres for over 2 years and with Goodyear for over 8 years in key management positions. Started an HR consulting firm in 1987 & now consulting in HR domain for over 2 decades! He founded a boutique HR Consulting firm, Corporate Insight in 1992 and is continuing as CEO & Managing Director of the Company. Corporate Insight provides Total HR Solutions to the global & national companies including 30 of the Fortune Five Hundred companies in Search & Selection, Training & Development, Waste Minimisation, H R Audits, etc. He is an Accredited Trainer & International Expert in Waste-Minimisation for UNIDO & UNEP since 1994. He has the distinction of training over 10,000 professionals across the globe. He has also been associated with BITSAA Delhi since 1988 and was Honorary Secretary from 1994 to 1995 & from 1996 till 1998 and then from 2002 to 2004. He is also an active member of CII.
Ramaswamy Nagarajan (’61) - Trustee & Chair, New Scholarships and Endowment Committee Location : Sydney, Australia Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Nagi is currently pursuing PhD in Sydney University on Modeling Community Perceptions of Large Capital Projects Using Soft Computing Techniques. He has been involved in a professional capacity in Information Technology, Market Research, Operations Research and Consulting work in Europe, India and Australia for over 35 years. He has managed diverse projects and studies, authored many reports and published a few papers. He did his BE Telecom in BITS Pilani (1961-66), Diploma in Computer Techniques in PII Eindhoven Netherlands (1966-68) and MSc (Management Studies) in Imperial College Business School London (1970-71).Back in BITS, he was the Secretary of Students Union (1963-64) and Founder Editor of BITS BEAT, Campus Newsletter (1964-65). He was also the Co-founder/Advisor of Bitsunami and Co-ordinator of Practice School in Bitsunami (2005-07).He is interested in sustainable development and renewable energy.
Aditi Pany (’00) - Trustee Location : Location : Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Aditi Pany (’00-’05) passed out of BITS Pilani in 2005 with an Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics and an MSc in Economics. But before that, she rewrote BITSian history by becoming the first elected President of the Students’ Union. As President, Aditi launched several new initiatives, including the start of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) at BITS. Her pioneering work in founding CEL at BITS,Pilani, forging long-lasting partnerships through NEN and the Wadhwani Foundation has become stuff of legend. It led to CEL, BITS Pilani being recognized as the leading center of its kind in India within 6 months of set-up. After a year’s internship at National Council of Applied Economic Research, she started her career at TARAhaat, a social enterprise developing IT enabled services for rural communities. At Asoka: Innovators for the Public, she works to facilitate partnerships to provide housing and healthcare to low-income communities. Through the years she has continued to mentor students involved with CEL at BITS, and formed a Women’s Council to enable networking among the alumni. She was presented with the "30 under 30” award, presented to achievers under the age of 30, for all-round leadership in her community building endeavors. In the case of Alumnus Seema Sood (who applied for mercy-killing), she was one of the first responders who met with Seema's family and orchestrated the drive that led to the quickest alumni fundraising for Seema's recovery (yet) in BITSAA's history. With the Board's focus in the current term on "creating an eco-system of partners to promote entrepreneurship at BITS-Pilani,” she will be a fitting addition, with her wealth of practical experience in this area.
Srikanth Krishnamurthy (’88) - Trustee Location : Chennai, India Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Srikanth Krishnamurthy heads a rubber component manufacturing company called ALFA Rubber & Spring (P) Ltd. – an ISO/TS certified OEM supply organisation catering to mainly auto-component sector. He was an Executive Committee member of Tamil Nadu Small And Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA) and was Vice-Chairman of the AIEMA Technology Centre a wing of the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturer’s Association. He is also an adjunct faculty for BITS Pilani at Chennai teaching Management courses. He is a Lion (Past President of Lions Club of Madras Sembium) and also a Freemason. He coordinates the BITS Pilani alumni network at Chennai. Srikanth holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and also an M Phil degree in Management from BITS Pilani. Srikanth resides at Chennai with his wife Renuka and son LakshmiNarasimhan. He is a member of All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) – Vice Chairman (2008-09) for Southern Region, TANSTIA-FNF Service Center – Trustee (2009-2011), Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) – Coordinator – UNIDO Auto Cluster, Past Board Member, Indian Rubber Institute (IRI), Madras Management Association (MMA), AIEMA Technology Centre – (Vice Chairman – 2004-05), Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA – state apex body for Small Industry) - Board Member – 2 Terms.
Shashikant Khandelwal (’97) - Trustee Location : San Jose, CA, USA Email : fd97093[at]bitsaa[dot]org Shashikant(Khandoo) co-founded BITSEmbryo along with his 1997 batch BITSian classmates, and led the team from idea inception to building an Embryo Club on campus to run this project. In 2 years, Embryo has conducted 80 lectures via video-conferencing, some of them simultaneously across Pilani, Goa and Dubai campuses with an attendance of over 500 students. Shashikant is also a Founding Member and Chief Architect at TheFind Inc, a startup in shopping search with more than 10 million visitors per month. At TheFind, Shashikant has been involved in venture funding, product innovation (5 patents pending), and building a scalable search engine. Shashikant has been involved in BITSAA-SVC since 2003 in various roles. He is from the 1997 BE(Hons) CS batch at BITS and 2004 MSCS batch at Stanford. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife Shilpa, also a BITSian and a member of Embryo founding team.
Abhinav Khushraj (’95) - Trustee Location : India Email : akhushraj[at]bitsaa[dot]org Abhinav is a strategy and business development manager at Nokia. He has worked at General Catalyst Partners conducting due diligence of Internet startups. Previously he has worked at Booz & Co. doing strategy consulting. He actively pursues business ideas and advises wireless and Internet startups. He is involved with BITSAA CEL initiatives and has been a BITS Embryo speaker. While doing his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, he led the MIT VC Conference and introduced the MIT Entrepreneurship Showcase drawing entrepreneurs from across the world. Previously, he worked at Citrix Systems leading product development for a new business line. He holds an MS in Computer Science and graduated from BITS, Pilani in 1999 with an MSc Tech in Information Systems.
Sandhya Prakash(’87) - Trustee Location : Dubai , United Arab Emirates Email : sandhya.p[at]bitsaa[dot]org With 20 years of experience across India and Middle East, Sandhya is currently heading her company Beacon empowering companies to save on energy. She has successfully helped start up five companies in the middle east to start up, establish and grow in the fields of textiles, industrial products, education and IT. She has conceived, and worked on many grassroots social, environmental and health based projects is a council member on the Intl Veg Union and Founder of Meveg encouraging people to live a vegetarian lifestyle. One of her recent forays into exploring energy at individual level has resulted in art and can be viewed on www.taralight.net.
Rajesh Chelapurath (’88) - Chief Investment Officer & Trustee Location : Houston, TX, USA Email : rc[at]bitsaa[dot]org Rajesh is President & Managing Member at Ceera Investments, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm that manages investment portfolios for individuals, trusts, pensions, and corporations. Prior to founding CeeraInvestments, LLC in 2005, Rajesh began his career in investment management and research when he joined the Burnham Financial Group's Houston office in 1998. At Burnham, as Investment Analyst, and later as Associate Managing Director, Rajesh helped manage assets for high net worth clients. Rajesh has also held several marketing positions at the Medical Equipment Division of Larsen & Toubro Ltd in Mumbai, India. Rajesh currently serves as a Trustee, BITSAA Intl, and the Chief Investment Officer of BITSAA Investment Committee that oversees the investment fund of BITSAA. At BITS, he was actively involved in Oasis'91 (as STUCCAN, Art n Dee), Oasis'92 (as Ex-Officio STUCCAN), and in Apogee. He is a Charter Member of TiE Houston and a Member of the Board of The Marthannie Music Conservatory College Preparatory School, Houston. He is also a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts, the CFA Institute, the World Affairs Council (Houston), and the Houston Entrepreneurs Forum. Rajesh graduated from BITS, Pilani in 1993 with a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics and an M.Sc. (Hons) in Physics. In 1998, he obtained an MBA (Finance) from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans. Rajesh is based out of Houston with his wife (Deepa Poduval, a BITS ('94) alum) and daughter, Aashna.
C S Goel (’74) - Vice Chair, BITSAA Chapters Council & Trustee (ex-officio) Location : New Delhi, India Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org CSG is a successful entrepreneur and runs Goel Engineers (India) (www.goelka.com) which is a "Perforation specialist" at New Delhi. He graduated from BITS Pilani in 1979 with a Masters in Management Sciences Degree. He has been actively participating in community building activities since his BITS, Pilani days. He was the Treasurer of BITSAA Delhi Chapter for the last 25 years & currently he is now Secretary. He has now been given responsibility as CEO of the first BITS Pilani Alumni Global Meet in 2011 at New Delhi as he is regarded as excellent organizer with several "Golden Jubilee Meets" under his belt. He has wide network of friends in industry, professionals, bureaucracy and politics. CSG has been President of Agrawal Sabha of Green Park, General Secretary of Green Park Association in New Delhi. Currently, he is National Vice President, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) - a national body of small & medium industries. (www.fisme.org.in). CS comes from a distinguished family of Hodel, Haryana. His grandfather has been a famous Freedom Fighter- Shri Murli Dhar Goel, who was regarded as an engineering genius having gained expertise in producing ammunition for Indian freedom fighters.
Sudeep Jain (’86) - Vice Chair, BITSAA Chapters Council & Trustee (ex-officio) Location : New Delhi, India Email : sudeep.ias[at]bitsaa[dot]org As an IAS Officer Sudeep Jain's expertise lies in providing strategic leadership in varied fields. He turned around the City Corporation of Tirunelveli in 1999-2000, designed and managed mega free rice and free lunch distribution projects in the drought hit Nagapattinam District in 2002, led a team to create a Guinness World Record in tree plantation at Nagapattinam in Dec 2002, increased profits of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu as its Managing Director by 24 times in 2003-2004 while simultaneously working with real estate developers to create additional IT Office Space of 25 m sqft in Chennai and improving the ranking of Chennai as IT Destination from 6th to 2nd by 2005. As MD of Elcot he also won a National e-governance Award in making Elcot Paperless. In Jan 2005 he co-founded BITSunami - a Tsunami Rehabilitation Trust of BITS Pilani Alumni Association - which adopted two villages in Nagapattinam for a $1m Integrated Development Project. Bitsunami along with District Administration re-wrote the previous Guinness World Record in tree plantation (surpassing it by 3 times) in memory of the worldwide Tsunami victims. As District Collector of Dharmapuri in 2005 Sudeep was chosen to make a presentation on Good Governance to Prime Minister of India. In 2007 Sudeep led a team winning the $25k first prize in the prestigious UW's Business Plan Competition. In 2008 Sudeep turned around Tamil Nadu Industrial Explosives Ltd surpassing its highest ever productivity achieved 12 years back by 52%. In 2009 as head of Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu he challenged the budgetary planning process and increased the participation of students in Summer Sports Coaching Camps from 4500 to 93,000 without taking any extra funding from Government. In 2010 Sudeep is busy challenging the way entrepreneurship is taught through government programmes and is currently rolling out a new program in TN which could Government of India is evaluating to be a model for the country.
Dr. AP Mathur (’70) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : West Lafayette, IN, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Aditya is the Computer Science Department Head at Purdue University. Dr. Mathur holds a PhD in Computer Science, MS and BS in Electrical Engineering all from BITS Pilani.
Aalap Tripathy (’04) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : College Station, TX, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Aalap is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Embedded Systems Co-design Group at Texas A&M University, College Station. He graduated from BITS Pilani Goa Campus in 2008 with a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE). At BITS, Aalap has held a host of leadership positions - co-founded and led the Center for Software Development as Student Cordinator, EEE Student's Association as President, Team BITSAA (Executive Committee for Goa Campus) as Founder Secretary and BITS Embryo as the first Campus Manager. He was also the Co-Editor for "Sizzling Sands - 2007", the annual Goa Campus magazine and an Advisor to the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). He has also been a founding member of "Abhigyaan" - the on-campus literacy program, NSS which conducted the largest Blood Donation Drive in Goa (2005), and BITS 360 (http://www.bits360.com). At BITSAA International, Aalap has worked as a Volunteer, Manager and Director of BITSAA's Technology Team.
Ashish Garg (’97) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Ashish is a Strategic Marketing Manager at Cypress Semiconductor. Ashish has worked with BITSAA for four years at different positions including Chief Editor, BITSAA Sandpaper 2.0 (Alumni Magazine), Secretary of the BITSAA Silicon Valley Chapter as well as a volunteer for Project BITSConnect. Ashish created on-campus BITSAA teams at the Pilani and Goa campuses as well as the first Cypress PSoC lab in India at the BITS Pilani Goa campus. Ashish is an Instruite from the almost-famous 1997 batch of BITS Pilani. At BITS, Ashish was member Election Commission, member Department of Controls, Instru APOGEE co-ord and President, Sangam. Incidentally, he also holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Anupendra Sharma (’87) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : boston, MA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Anupendra grew up in Delhi, and attended BITS Pilani from 1987 to 1992, graduating with a Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Instrumentation Engineering. BITS, was a life-changing personal experience for Anupendra, and he got involved with many team and leadership-based based initiatives, in most cases lacking in talent but never in enthusiasm. He took part in the Hindi and English Drama Club, Music club, and was part of winning choreography and fashion parade competitions during Oasis. Anupendra ventured to bring Blitzkreig, a Delhi-based heavy band to play on campus through a Rock Club he co-founded.
Arun Aravind (’97) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : richmond, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Arun is an Energy Market Analyst at Dominion Resources. He currently supports Dominions lobbying efforts with analysis to determine the financial impact of climate change legistlation on electric utilities, his past included working in commodities trading desks, and working with a stock broker in India. In BITS, he was the Secretary of Dance Club, co-ord for Dance Workshop. Arun graduated from BITS, Pilani in 2001 with a M.Sc(Tech) in General Studies. He obtained an MS in Quantitative Financial Economics from Oklahoma State University. Arun is based out of Richmond, VA with his wife (Deepa Devadas, a BITS Dubai ('01) alum). In his spare time, you can find him trekking/biking along the James river in Richmond.
Krishna Hegde (’96) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : New Jersey, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Krishna works in the credit strategy team at Barclays Capital, New York. Before joining Barclays, Krishna handled a similar role at Lehman Brothers. He earned his MBA (with distinction) from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2006 and was an Edward Tuck scholar. From BITS, he joined Hindustan Unilever as a Business Leadership Trainee and subsequently worked as an IT manager handling business intelligence systems for sales and supply chain. At Pilani, he did his BE (Hons) in Computer Science and his ID number was 96A7PS034. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Priya. Krishna co-founded BITS2Bschool and coordinated the public-relations efforts within India for BITSConnect.
Venu Palaparthi (’87) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : New York, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Financial Markets expert with 17 years in marketing strategy, product development, regulatory and operational review.
Kaushik Subramanian (’01) - Board of Advisors, BITSAA International Location : California, USA Email : kaushik[at]bitsaa[dot]org Kaushik is currently working at Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, California as Product Applications Engineer, focusing on new product definition, applications development and technical marketing. He graduated from BITS Pilani in 2006 with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Physics. While at BITS, he was a member of the Corroboration & Review Committee and actively involved in the activities of the Students' Union. He was among the first few students to participate in the Practice School Program in the Silicon Valley and has been working for the BITSAA Silicon Valley Chapter (BITSAA SVC) ever since. Currently, he is also the CTO of BITSAA Silicon Valley Chapter.
The CEO, COO and CFO are the ex-officio officers of the BITSAA International Board of Trustees as well
Punita Pandey (’84) - Trustee Location : San Jose, CA, USA Email : bitsaa-board[at]bitsaa[dot]org Punita is the founder and CEO of netCustomer, Inc. netCustomer provides advanced enterprise applications support leveraging a 24x7 global delivery model. Punita holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Punita splits time between Noida, India and San Jose, California.