INVESTORS / BoD / BoA
Sateesh Andra is a Managing Partner at Ventureast, primarily overseeing the Ventureast Tenet Fund, a premier seed-stage VC Fund consisting of investments across technology (Mobility, Cloud, Internet) and technology-enabled (Education, Healthcare, Financial services, Cleantech and high-impact, invention-based social businesses) sectors. He has worked in or with venture-backed technology start-ups in U.S/India for the past fourteen years. With hands-on start-up experience and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of VC funding, he looks for highly motivated and energetic entrepreneurs as partners.
Prior to joining Ventureast, Sateesh was Venture Partner and was one of the founding members of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), India. He helped launch Hyderabad Angels, a platform to provide seed capital to start ups. As a private investor earlier, Sateesh has also invested in early stage American and Indian venture capital funds.
Prior to DFJ, Sateesh co-founded Euclid, a leader in the IT Management Software space and was instrumental in raising VC funding ($35 M+), acquiring, and managing customers and partners. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, and VLSI Technology (Philips). Sateesh holds U.S. patents in Communications and Networking and has published several articles on Business - IT Alignment.
Sateesh has a B.Tech degree from JNTU, Hyderabad, and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from SIUE. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is actively involved with the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy with the objective of popularizing sports, and promoting fitness consciousness in the corporate world. Sateesh co-founded Health Awareness Promotion Project India (HAPPI), which creates awareness about Non Communicable Diseases among IT professionals.
Sateesh was a top-ranked Table Tennis player representing A.P State in Nationals and is an ardent practitioner of meditation.
Ashwani Singla is the Chief Executive Officer, South Asia at Penn Schoen Berland. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive of Genesis Burson-Marsteller, India's most trusted public relations and public affairs consulting firm. In the two decades he has consulted companies across diverse sectors, from IT, Telecom, FMCG, Fashion & Lifestyle, Media & Entertainment, Automobiles, Power & Gas, and Financial Services amongst others. He has counseled multinationals corporations, domestic enterprises and the emerging Indian Multinational enterprises.
Ashwani is also a trustee of the Genesis Foundation, a not for profit organization that facilitates critical medical care for abandoned and underprivileged children. He is a board member of the India Chapter of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and also plays an active role in the Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI) and the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO). He has initiated and led many of the best practices prevalent in the Indian public relations industry today. He often dons the professorial hat in teaching courses and conducting training programmes in public relations across the country.
C. N. Ram
C. N. Ram is currently the Group President - Chief Information Officer at ESSAR Group. He is also one of the promoters of Rural Shores Business Services, a firm that proposes to set up BPOs in villages in partnership with rural entrepreneurs and create employment opportunities in rural India. He was, till June 2008, the Head-IT at HDFC bank where he was responsible for taking the bank through the wave of technology enablement. Before that he spent 12 years with Bank of America setting up the bank's Indian IT operations. Ram is an IIT Madras and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
Kenneth A. Wolinsky
Kenneth A. Wolinsky holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University, Athens Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea Ohio.
Ken is the Senior Managing Partner at Altius Strategic Consulting. Prior to that, he spent seven years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Avery Dennison Corporation. Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive labeling materials, retail tag, ticketing and branding systems, and office products. Based in Pasadena, Calif., Avery Dennison is a FORTUNE 500 Company with 2007 sales of $6.3 billion. As CIO, Ken was responsible for world-wide development, direction and implementation of Avery's overall information strategy. In his 22-year career at Avery, Ken also held director level positions in IT, production and inventory control, logistics as well as supply chain engineering. Ken joined Avery from The Cleveland Range Company where he served as Director of Strategic Information Systems. Prior to Cleveland Range, Ken spent ten years with The Caterpillar Tractor Corporation in various operations management positions.
Haigreve Khaitan's is a partner in Khaitan & Co., which is one of India's best legal enterprise. His work portfolio includes names like AVTEC, CEAT, Great Eastern, Benett, Coleman & Company Limited, Millipore India, and so on. He served as a Director in companies, advising them in legal matters. Presently he advises a range of large Indian and multinational clients in various business sectors including infrastructure, power, telecom, automobile, engineering, steel, cement, agriculture and agri-products, software & information technology, retail, services.
Animesh Parihar has a quarter of a century experience in technology solutions development and implementation, across various sectors. He has worked with some of the global giants of technological consultancy. He is a master in the field of technology consultancy and implementation, with years of experience in ERP implementation, business process reengineering, IT solutions development and implementation and related fields.