Our Mission

Accelerating economic development in emerging economies through high-value job creation

Board of Directors – Global

Dr. Romesh Wadhwani

Founder and Chairman

  • Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Until 1999, built three successful companies, the last of which was exited at over $9 billion
  • Founding Chairman and CEO of $3.5 billion Symphony Technology Group (1999)
  • Founder and Chairman of Wadhwani Foundation (2003)
  • Founding Chairman of PE firm Symphony AI (2018)
  • Member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge
  • President Obama appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John. F. Kennedy Center
  • Board Member of Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ajay Kela

President & CEO

Dr. Kela leads the Foundation’s initiatives globally and is driving its expansion across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

  • Expanded Foundation’s initiatives across 20 countries and enabled over $100M of Govt. investment during the past eight years
  • Scaled startup Symphony Services to $175M with eventual exit at $780M
  • Grew AutoCAD business from $170M to $850M during 10 years at Autodesk
  • PhD research on computer graphics lead to multi-million dollar products at GE and Autodesk
  • B-Tech, IIT Bombay, India and Ph.D from University of Rochester, USA

Board of Directors – India

Ganesh Krishnan

Chairman, Portea Medical

  • A serial entrepreneur with four successful green field ventures and exits
  • Currently runs GrowthStory.in, a leading venture builder platform that promotes and incubates new ventures along with great entrepreneurs. Over the last few years, GrowthStory has promoted leading companies like BigBasket, BlueStone, Portea Medical, HomeLane, FreshMenu, HungerBox, Housejoy, Verloop etc
  • His last venture, TutorVista was acquired by US and UK listed education leader Pearson for $ 213 MM
  • Was Founder-Chairman of data analytics BPO firm ‘Marketics’ until March 2007, when it was acquired by NYSE-listed WNS for $ 63 MM
  • His previous venture, CustomerAsset, was started in mid-2000 and later acquired by ICICI (NYSE listed, India’s largest bank) and is now publicly listed in India as First Source Solutions
  • In 1990, founded his first company - IT&T, one of India’s top multi-vendor IT service and support company which was acquired by iGate in 2003
  • Has also worked as the CEO of Wipro/Bharti British Telecom – a British Telecom JV in India, and held a senior management position in HCL Ltd
  • A popular speaker in entrepreneurship, startup and technology events
  • Recognized as one of the ``Iconic Entrepreneurs of India`` in a document published by National Knowledge Commission, Government of India and was nominated for Economic Times Entrepreneur of the year 2015 award
  • Ganesh is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University

Musthafa P.C

CEO & Co-founder, iD Fresh Food

Musthafa is the CEO & Co-founder of iD Fresh Food.

  • After spending initial years of his career at top MNCs in India and abroad, his love for traditional Indian food, and his penchant for technology and innovation led him to start iD Fresh Foods in 2005 as India’s first company to promote 100% natural and preservative-free Indian foods. The aim was also to provide employment opportunities to aspirants from rural India
  • iD Fresh Foods has evolved from a modest family-run business to a professionally-run organization operating in 24 cities across India and the UAE. With a small initial investment of Rs 25,000, iD Fresh Food has raised funding from Premji Invest, Azim Premji’s investment arm, and Helion Venture Partners. The company’s latest invention, iD Squeeze-and-Fry Vada Batter has been commended across the globe for its innovation and
  • Conferred with prestigious awards, such as the Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow, India Today Make in India Award, JCI National Award, Vocational Excellence Award and Entrepreneur India Award, IIMB distinguished Alumni award
  • Part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Champions of Change’ team with a vision to build a new India by 2022
  • As the brain behind India’s largest fresh food brand, he has been invited to share his success story at the Harvard Business School, MIT-Sloan and United Nations
  • Part of Indian Philanthropy Initiative, works closely with Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) for the welfare of Army Martyrs’ kin
  • Engineering in Computer Science from NIT-Calicut and MBA from IIM-Bangalore