Board & Advisors
Raju previously was 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 and was consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies. Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, he spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management.
Raju is actively engaged in the community and serves in leadership roles in various non-profits and enjoys working with young entrepreneurs in a mentorship role. He currently serves on the Board of India Community center in Milpitas, California and is the Chairman of BITSAA Intl, the alumni body of India’s #1 private University, BITS Pilani. Prior to this, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helps under privileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987 and was instrumental in starting the TiE Chapter in Hyderabad, India.
Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.
He has invested in more than 30 early-to-mid-stage companies such as Mindtree, Ikanos(IKAN), e4e Inc and Techspan (Headstrong). Prior to Walden, he worked in the Capital Markets Group at Lazard India, and in the Primary Market Department at the Securities Exchange Board of India.
Rahul has an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani in 1993.
Kirill is well versed in emerging markets in direct investments, M&A and management consulting and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and Economics from Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Raghu has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Along with his wife, Raghu has co-founded the “Heart of a Child Foundation”, a charitable organization focused on supporting research in the area of congenital heart defects.
Shivani has helped shape strategy at various companies at both the startup stage and growth stage through board level involvement and been instrumental in generating superior returns for her investors. Shivani is an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts) and is a frequent speaker at multiple domestic and international conferences on private equity including the Indian Venture Capital Association, AVCJ, and SuperReturn in Europe.
Prior to DFJ, Sateesh co-founded Euclid (Synnex), a leader in the IT Management Software space and was instrumental in raising VC funding ($35 M+), acquiring and managing marquee 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 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. 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 in the corporate world.
Sateesh is a professional table tennis player and is an advocate for Health Awareness Promotion Project India (HAPPI), which creates awareness about Non-Communicable Diseases among IT professionals.
Vishal is also an active participant in physics activities with the IAPT (Indian Association of Physics Teachers) and NSEP (National Standard Examination in Physics), he is amongst the top 1% in the country in physics.
Vishal is an active sports person, a keen blogger on information security solutions and an intrepid speaker at various information security forum.
In his 15-year experience, of which 8 have been as Head of Technology and Product Management, Abhijit has managed large turnkey projects, design & development and quality assurance, besides driving technology and innovations. In earlier positions, at Patni Computer Systems, Abhijit managed some of the largest projects and was involved in all aspects of delivery. He has also worked at Larsen & Toubro handling large turnkey projects.
Abhijit is an inventor of a technology product – IntelliPush – which is a rule-based engine which collects data from various sources, analyses it and performs actions as previously defined by the user.
Abhijit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur.
Product Management, Product Architecture, building product teams and trekking are his passions.