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Dipak Basu has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide.
In 2006 Dipak set up Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of rural poor in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship.
In 2001 Dipak founded and served for three years as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world's largest aid agencies, applying innovative IT solutions to humanitarian operations in the world’s poor, disaster-affected and war-torn regions. He also setup and led NetHope’s ICT for Healthcare working group for three years.
From 1995 to 2006, Dipak held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems where his last position was Director, Global Center of Expertise. Dipak is considered a pioneer in Voice over IP and Metro Ethernet technologies.
Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India. During this time he set up INDONET, India’s first public data network, and voice/data networks for India’s steel, energy, banking and hospitality sectors.
Earlier in his career, Dipak was software development manager at GTE (now Verizon) and lead research engineer at American Telecommunications and Tata Electric Companies.
Dipak holds a BTech from IIT Kharagpur and a MSEE from the University of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer in Computer Science at IIT Delhi. He has won the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity for NetHope, and the President's Award from Save the Children. Dipak is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
Director, Technology Advisor
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Co-founder, former-CEO, and Strategic Advisor at Xentrix Studios, Jai brings a wealth of technology and marketing experience to Anudip.
Jai Natarajan built Bangalore-based Xentrix Studios, the fastest growing animation studio in Asia from day 1, building a world class team to grow operations and business to US$ 10 million in annual revenues. Its global client base spans North America, UK, Europe, and the Far East, across television, independent film, game art, and theme park ride films.
Jai has been a mentor to early stage startups including NayiDisha (media rich education technology products), Framebench (cloud based visual design collaboration), Lifetape (leanback rich media using streamed metadata instead of canned video) and Switch, a iOT Lab.
Earlier, in Mumbai, Jai was Group EVP, Business Development and Marketing, at Maya Entertainment which was acquired by Aptech, and was a co-founder and CTO at Prana Studios.
Jai built his technology base as a Senior Software Engineer at Sony Electronics in Silicon Valley, where he worked under the Connected Living Room umbrella, and as Technical Director at Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, contributing to software and visual effects on blockbuster movies like The Perfect Storm and Star Wars.
Jai holds a MS/BE from BITS Pilani and MS/Computer Science from UCLA.
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Dr. Pradeep Kakkar's illustrious career is a fascinating combination of development and business achievements. Pradeep has been a consultant for over 15 years with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, DFID, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, GTZ, The Futures Group, The Micronutrient Initiative, World Food Program and UNICEF.
Pradeep has held faculty positions at premier American business schools at the Wharton School, Cornell University and Columbia University and at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Pradeep has had senior level experience in the private sector as Executive Director at Bates Clarion and Director of Lintas and Duncans. Pradeep's tours of duty have been in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. His work has primarily been in Communication, IEC, Social Marketing and Management, Institutional Assessment, with focus on health and nutrition sectors. He has hands-on experience in setting up and working with an environmental NGO in Calcutta for 15 years. Pradeep received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and his PhD in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Director, Finance Committee
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A Chartered Accountant by profession, Abhijit has been with the House of Tata’s for 35 years, having joined the erstwhile Indian Tube Company, now a part of Tata Steel.
Prior to that he was with Lovelock & Lewes and Hindustan Copper Ltd. Earlier, he was General Manager (Finance) of Tata Korf, a Joint Venture between Tata Steel and Korf (Germany). He was VP (Finance) & CFO of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd., a subsidiary of Tata Steel, for 12 years before retiring in December, 2009.
Abhijit has the distinction of being the Chief Ethics Counselor of TSPDL and its Corporate Sustainability Head.
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Utpal Ghosh is a well-known authority and author of several books on planning, design, fabrication, erection and overall management of bridges. After a long career with Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop, he has his own practice as consulting engineer.
Director, Operations Committee
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Arup Das is a seasoned executive with a long career in financial, export and general management at Siemens in India and Germany. After retiring from Siemens in 1997, Arup co-founded and operated his own mechanical engineering manufacturing business.
Arup has acted as Joint Honorary Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President of the Welfare Society for the Blind, a Kolkata NGO, between 1991 and 2003 and introduced computer training for the blind. He was a Member and Club Secretary of the Rotary Club of Kolkata – Midcity between 1995 and 1999.Arup began his career with Kilburns Division of Macneill & Barry and joined Siemens India Ltd in 1965 as Commercial Executive in Kolkata. He later moved to Siemens' Western Regional office in Mumbai. He was transferred to Siemens' Export Division as Commercial Manager, Foreign Trade Administration, to look after the company's entire export business, during which time he traveled extensively in corporate work in the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Russia, and operated Siemens' offshore bank accounts in London, Bahrain and Singapore.
In the period 1979-85 Arup moved to Siemens' Eastern Regional office as Chief Manager, Finance & Administration and also carried out assignments at Siemens Germany. During this period he took over as General Manager & CEO of Siemens Telematik Ltd. After the merger of STL with Siemens in 1995, he returned to Siemens as General Manager, Eastern Region to look after the entire business of the region.
Advisor, Omidyar Network
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Shreya represents Omidyar Network, a strategic investor, on Anudip's Board. She joined ON in April 2011 after spending four years at The Boston Consulting Group.
For ON, Shreya Invests in organizations that create economic opportunity and improve the livelihoods of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. She Primarily supports ON investments across the Consumer Internet & Mobile, Education, and Financial Inclusion initiatives.
Shreya holds MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay.