(Founder, Chairman & Managing Director)
Ketan Bakshi is one of the founders of Neilsoft and has over three decades of experience in the engineering & IT industry. He was instrumental in launching the first IBM-PC compatible system (Neptune) in India in 1984 and has focused on the CAD/CAM and Engineering segments since 1986. He has worked in various capacities in technical, marketing, sales, and management functions prior to founding Neilsoft.
Mr. Bakshi has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Computer Science. He was a member of India-based NASSCOM's Executive Council (2009-11) and leads several initiatives to leverage India's 'engineering services' strengths as part of the global workshare (hybrid) system.
Rupa Shah is one of the founders of Neilsoft and has over 25 years of experience in accounts, finance, audits, commercial, and regulatory matters. Her experience includes managing the accounting function for major accounts while at New India Assurance Company and stints in taxation and investment management areas prior to co-founding Neilsoft.
Mrs. Shah is a graduate from Mumbai University and a qualified Chartered Accountant.
(Founder, VP – Engineering Quality & Productivity, Delivery Excellence, and Technical Training)
Shirish Sathe is one of the founders of Neilsoft and has over 30 years of experience in engineering and CAD modeling / tooling. He has worked in various engineering capacities for companies abroad and in India in the manufacturing & construction industries.
Mr. Sathe is a Mechanical Engineer.
Rajesh is the founder of GSF, India’s leading multi-city seed accelerator for the brightest tech startups in India. He was responsible for bringing private radio (Times FM) to India in the early nineties, was at the cusp of early Internet culture in India and built Indiatimes.com, the most valuable Internet business in India in 2005. He also over saw the biggest investment deal (Dreamworks) between Hollywood and Bollywood. Currently, he is building the blocks of a nascent early stage startup ecosystem in India, and sees this as his biggest challenge.
Mr. Sawhney is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he participated in the Advance Management Program, and has a fellowship from London School of Economics. He also has a Masters of Business Studies from the University of Mumbai, India and Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunications from the Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India.
Chirag Bakshi is the founder and CEO of Zumigo, a Mobile Security company that provides Mobile Location and Identity solutions. He is a veteran of the mobile industry and Silicon Valley, and was previously Vice President & General Manager of the VeriSign Mobile Messaging business. He helped the company build a world-class scalable and robust Wireless Platform driving significant revenue for Mobile Operators and Enterprises. Chirag also served as a General Manager at EFI where he established a very successful Network Graphics Server Business Unit and a Director at Apple for their LaserWriter line of products.
He has his B-Tech degree from IIT Bombay, and M.S. degrees from Stanford and the University of Michigan. He holds several patents in software and mobile technologies. Additionally, Chirag served on the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Board and Wireless Internet Caucus (WIC) Leadership Council.
Satyen Patel is currently the President and CEO, Kanusul Capital LLC. He was the Founder & Vice Chairman of Scandent Group, a Private Equity fund and Executive Vice-Chairman, Cambridge Solutions Ltd, an IT and BPO company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange.
Satyen Patel has held senior management positions with several multinational companies in the US and Singapore. His previous directorship's include a non-executive Directorship with 3i plc Asia Pacific (PE/Venture Fund) as Director of Strategic Development for Grand Met/Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis, Director of International Business Development with Pepsi Cola International in New York and Managing Director of Nike South East Asia & South Asia to name a few.
S. Devarajan is the founder of Transmation Consulting, a strategic management firm providing high technology companies a single window platform to accelerate and transform their business strategies; optimize operational efficiency and fuel expansion & growth. His previous directorships include Managing Director of Cisco Systems in Bangalore and Managing Director of Tata Elxsi. An industry veteran with more than 33 years of experience in the IT sector, Dev managed Cisco’s largest R&D Centre established outside USA and led the India Strategy to build the organization from scratch to the 3000 employees in Cisco India. During his tenure with Tata Elxsi, he had the unique opportunity of turning around the company from a loss-making organization into one of the successful IT companies of the Tata group.
A graduate in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Mr. Devarajan is a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore, past President of the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) and Executive Council Member of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in Southern India.