Dr. Dakshinamurthy V Kolluru is an accomplished visionary, pioneer, transformational leader and change agent. His revolutionary concepts in leading edge technologies guiding the strategic direction of INSOFE along with his highly skilled team, steered it into being a reputed School of Applied Engineering it today is.
He has worked extensively in Data Science with majority of his work pertaining to mathematical algorithms and pattern extraction. He has helped set-up several Data Science COEs in leading organizations worldwide.
Before founding INSOFE, Dr. Dakshinamurthy worked with Defense Metallurgical Research Laboratories (DMRL) on some very prestigious projects, one of which was under the guidance of India’s most respected and loved President, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, which found much recognition and won him the Binani Gold Medal.
Dr. Dakshinamurthy graduated from National Institute of Technology, Trichy and subsequently went on to complete his MS and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Sridhar Pappu is instrumental in academic administration and ensuring high standards of learning with strategic academic planning and well thought-out roadmap.
Prior to co-founding INSOFE, he worked on multi-million-dollar semiconductor fab automation projects for various customers in USA, Europe and Asia that included IBM, Seagate, TDK Group, LSI Logic and National Semiconductor. And at a later point, Dr. Sridhar worked on computer simulation programs aimed at improving tank armor for current and future threats for the very prestigious Indian Defence labs.
Dr. Sridhar Pappu has earned Ph.D. and MS in Material Science and Engineering from The University of Texas, El Paso and pursued B.E in Metallurgical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli.
Kumar is a Business Entrepreneur, Technologist and Social Entrepreneur, with over 13+ years of experience in multiple sectors. In addition to co-founding INSOFE in the Higher Education domain, Kumar has founded and co-founded various companies in the sectors of Education, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Hospitality, Manufacturing and IT.
Having worked in a variety of technical, managerial and leadership roles in various IT companies globally, and aided by his strong entrepreneurial background, Kumar brings technology and business management skills as well as passion to INSOFE’s journey.
Sandeep founded Kaizen in 2009 as India’s first Education focused fund, and has been instrumental in building the firm's knowledge and client networks across US, Europe and Asia. Prior to Kaizen, his experience in venture capital in Silicon Valley at Outlook Ventures and WingSpring included working with several early stage technology companies from sourcing to exit. He combines this with experience in start-up operations leadership, and management consulting in the US.
Sandeep drives overall fund strategy, investor relationships, and works closely with promoters to build a path towards successful growth and value creation. He has an MBA from Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Mr. Nirav Khambati is a Partner at Kaizen Private Equity since April, 2019. Prior to joining Kaizen, Nirav was the Chief Executive Officer of Tata ClassEdge since February 2014 and Tata Interactive Systems since August 2015. Prior to joining Tata ClassEdge, he was Vice President – Chairman’s Office at Tata Sons, a position he held from October 2005 to February 2014. During his tenure at Tata Sons, Nirav led a number of international projects and collaborations in the fields of telecommunications and aerospace. He has served as Director on the Boards of companies within and outside India.
Prior to joining Tata Sons, he led the telecom practice of TCS in the Asia Pacific region and worked as the head of control or repair center at Tata Teleservices. He was appointed as an officer of the Tata Administrative Service in 1997.
Mr. Khambhati was recognized as a Young India Leader by the British High Commission in 2013.