Wadhwani Foundation’s efforts on large-scale job creation through innovation, entrepreneurship and skill development are supported by a passionate leadership team committed to creating exponential change. The Foundation’s leadership is handpicked from the best talent cutting across skill-sets, competencies and diverse experience, and epitomizes distinguished career profiles.
Ajay’s passion for the underserved eventually led him to commit full time to the Wadhwani Foundation in 2009. He has been instrumental in devising sustainable strategy for national scale through market forces and partnerships with Government. Ajay is now driving the Foundation’s globalization footprints across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Ajay scaled startups and mid-stage companies to several billion dollar organizations during his tenure of 30 years in managing global software business, including at Autodesk, Symphony Teleca and other Silicon Valley start-ups. His areas of expertise include Strategy, M&A, Business Development, and Global launches.
Apart from authoring technical papers in journals and conferences, Ajay has authored articles on divergent topics like Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, VCs & Start-ups and Offshore Centers, in leading publications. Ajay has a B.Tech (IIT Bombay) and Ph.D in Engineering from the University of Rochester, U.S.A.
Suman is responsible for all content creation and deployment across Wadhwani Foundation initiatives, including entrepreneurship and skills networks, in India and South-East Asia.
With a successful career in the IT services industry spanning almost 3 decades, Suman has a unique track record of working across multiple roles and geographies. From heading delivery, quality or PnL responsibility for Africa or Europe, he has a 360-degree view of the industry. He worked previously with Infosys as Global Head of Delivery for Healthcare, Insurance and Life Sciences and Head of the Infosys Development Centre at Bangalore.
He is active on academic forums and has conducted classes in some of the leading universities globally. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and is a Post Graduate in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Based in Mexico City, Javier Campos heads the Foundation’s Latin America Operations.
With over 20 years of successful career across markets and industries in Europe and Latin America, Javier’s entrepreneurial spirit, business development strategic thinking and global deployment experience led to germination and expansion of several start-ups and new divisions of global organizations. Prior to joining Wadhwani Foundation, Javier was the VP of the International Division of USS, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the international growth for the company. As Managing Director of Stanley Security Mexico, he helped launch the company in the region and establish it as a strong player in the market. Javier started his career at Schneider Electric, where he took various management roles in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East to create growth strategies focused on Industrial, Aerospace and Defence markets.
Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Communications Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in México.
Based in Kenya, Varsy is building and leading operations, and managing business partnerships with Government, Academia and Industry. He is also responsible for building a strong bonded community of beneficiaries (startups, SMEs and skilled personnel) and partners (mentors, investors, associations, corporates, academic institutions, government officials).
Varsy has over 15 years of experience in customer service and administration. He last assignment was with Rapidol Pty Ltd, South Africa as Country Manager. He has also worked with organizations like Ceva Sante Animale France, Nestle’ Kenya Ltd., HACO Industries BIC France Alberto Culver USA; East and Central Africa and Procter & Gamble East Africa. Varsy was also a lecturer with Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
Varsy is an M.B.A in Leadership and Administration from University of Regina, Bachelor of Commerce: Marketing from Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Post Graduate Diploma: Management University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is also a certified P&G Business Trainer and Harvard Business School certified.
Sunita drives the Foundation’s global expansion, including setting strategy, building teams, fund raising, and forging high-potential partnerships. Over the past few years, Sunita has led NEN’s unique capacity-development initiative, where she pioneered the development of India’s entrepreneurship educational capacity and network across 500 academic institutions, creating first-time access to knowledge and skills for aspiring and new entrepreneurs. She also contributes to NEN’s thought leadership by driving research, collaboration and representation at strategic forums in India and abroad.
She is on the advisory and steering committees of several non-profit and government organizations, including AANDE India, SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre at IIT Kanpur. Prior to joining WF’s entrepreneurship network, Sunita helped set up the Mumbai brand of Litmus, a national PR agency. She went on to head Litmus Mumbai, engaging in business development and creative campaign execution for large multinational companies.
Sunita holds a post-graduate degree and an M.Phil.
Austin works for the Office of the CEO as EVP of Impact Measurement.
He was previously a management consultant and has worked with the World Bank, The Gates Foundation and the Botswana Govt. Austin was a Vice-President with Dallas based i2, an SCM application software firm, heading both Solutions and Services business units in the U.S and India. He was the leader of i2’s move for offshoring development to its India center in 2002.
Austin is a MBA from University of Chicago, M.S. in IE & OR from Purdue University & B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay.
Atul spearheads marketing activities of Wadhwani Foundation and its Initiatives, globally.
He has over two decades of cross-industrial experience in strategic marketing, branding, product management and marketing communications across some of India’s leading organizations including Bharti Airtel, Tata Teleservices, Shaw Wallace, Videocon, Bennett & Coleman, Biocon and Daewoo Motors. Before he committed full time to the non-profit space, Atul had been instrumental in launching and managing leading FMCG brands like Airtel, Royal Challenge, Daewoo Matiz, Tata Indicom and Kenwood. His marketing career has been replete with success stories on corporate branding and product marketing.
An MBA, Atul has honed his marketing & branding skills at Marcus Evans, London, Indian School of Business (ISB), Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC). He is an avid writer with his views and articles featured in leading publications regularly. A member of US headquartered International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), he has been extensively awarded for marketing initiatives.
Sashi leads Wadhwani Foundation’s technology and platform strategy.
He is a serial entrepreneur and co-founded Covansys, Indigo Technologies, PayPod and Qwiky’s Coffee among several others. As an angel investor and mentor, Sashi has advised and mentored several startups in the Silicon Valley and in India. Over the past 34 years, Sashi has served in a variety of management roles in companies across U.S. and India.
As an entrepreneur, Sashi has been featured in several national and international publications as well as on CNBC and BBC. He also delivers guest lectures at Monterey Institute of International Studies to international students aspiring to be entrepreneurs. He is a post-graduate from N.I.T.I.E in Industrial Engineering and a B. Tech graduate from J.N. University in Andhra Pradesh.
Swati is the Financial Controller at Wadhwani Foundation.
Her prior stints were with United Rentals Inc. Corporate Finance, a listed U.S company and a startup, Rate Integration. She commenced her career with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, International Taxation.
Swati holds a B.Com and LLB from Gujarat University and is a Chartered Accountant & Certified Public Accountant, from Colorado State.