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About Wadhwani Foundation

Wadhwani Foundation’s primary mission is to accelerate economic development in emerging economies and drive high-value job creation through entrepreneurship, innovation and skills development. Founded in 2000 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, today the Foundation is scaling impact in 25 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America through the following Initiatives.

Founder and Chairman

Romesh Wadhwani

  • 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 (2000)
  • Founding Chairman of PE firm Symphony AI (2018)
  • Member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge
  • Padma Shri 2020 awardee
  • 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.

President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation

Ajay Kela

  • 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 (2000)
  • Founding Chairman of PE firm Symphony AI (2018)
  • Member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge
  • Padma Shri 2020 awardee
  • 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.

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Wadhwani Advantage Leadership Team

EVP, Wadhwani Advantage

Samir Sathe

Samir leads the Wadhwani Advantage program in India, focused on accelerating small business revenue and job growth. 

  • Advised and executed 200+ engagements for domestic and multinational, small and large businesses, in a diverse set of manufacturing and service industries
  • 25-years of experience in India, Asia, Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, and US
  • Master’s degree in consulting and coaching for change from INSEAD, France
  • Attended ‘Leading Professional Service Firms’ at Harvard Business School and ‘Challenges of Global Poverty’ at MIT
Rahul-savoor

Rahul Savoor

Regional Head - South

Worked in multiple geographies in roles ranging from Sales and Business Development, Finance and Strategy, and Management Consulting with 23 years of experience ​

barsha-chatterjee

Barsha Chatterjee

North & NE India Advantage Head​

Experience of 20+ years in Training and Development, ​ BD for delivering Training /Skilling Services​

Rashmi-khurana

Rashmi Khurana

West India Advantage Head​

Successful, passionate team-oriented business leader with excellent track record 20+ years of experience​

Ajay-Kela
Ajay Kela
President and CEO
samir
Samir Sathe
Executive Vice President

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Wadhwani Advantage Team

Rahul-savoor
Rahul Savoor
Regional Head - South
barsha-chatterjee
Barsha Chatterjee
North Head SME Partnerships and Government Relations
Rashmi-khurana
Rashmi Khurana
Anchor Mentor, Director Partnership
Rahul-savoor
Rahul Savoor
Regional Head - South
barsha-chatterjee
Barsha Chatterjee
North Head SME Partnerships and Government Relations
Rashmi-khurana
Rashmi Khurana
Anchor Mentor, Director Partnership

Wadhwani Advisory Board

Bijou Kurien
Bijou Kurien
Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta
Nitin Potdar
Nitin Potdar
Suresh gurumani
Suresh Gurumani
Ramankumar sharma
Raman Kumar Sharma