People

Board of Directors

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Kannan Lakshminarayan – Kannan is a “parallel” entrepreneur and award winning innovator. He is also the Founder & CTO of Vortex and Managing Trustee of Fractal Foundation. Kannan has a track-record of successful development and commercialisation of customized solutions in the domain of electro-mechanical engineering, particularly for contexts that are price-sensitive and demand high reliability. He engages widely with grass-root level organizations and NGOs working with rural poor on sustainable solutions that improve quality of life, from whom he draws inspiration for pioneering new solutions that hold the promise of scalable impact.

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Sabarinath Nair -Sabarinath is a computer scientist with interest in simulation integrated training methodologies. He has wide experience in building intuitive and effective products and solutions for the developing world. He has taken the entrepreneurial leap with a vision of using technology as an aid to bridge the vocational skill gap and deliver a significant social impact. Prior to founding Skillveri, he was handling marketing of Vortex ATMs.

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C Sivakumar – C Siva Kumar is currently involved in the manufacturing industry as Managing Partner of Prabha Associates, which is Focused on Asset Light Manufacturing, Consulting and turning around SME organizations, this is the Flagship organization of the group engaged in multiple projects in India and the Middle East. Additionally, he has been instrumental in creating a vibrant and innovative retail presence through his group’s franchisee initiatives with Titan Industries Limited and TVS Motor Company Limited.

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Rema Subramanian – Rema co-founded Ankur Capital with a vision to use her multi decade CXO and entrepreneurial experience to bring the tools to young startups to become game changers. She has worked across education and IT/ITES taking young companies from scratch to midsize ventures. She is a cost accountant from ICFAI and when she has spare time she likes to travel and try her hand at growing plants.

Management Team

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Sabarinath C – Founder & CEO

Sabarinath handles Marketing, New Product Development and Partnerships. He is an Engineering and Management professional with wide experience in development and marketing of technology solutions for Indian/Rural needs, passionate about education & skill development.

Sabari is a winner of National Innovations for Skills Challenge 2014, organized by National Skill Development Corporation, and India Innovation Initiative 2012, jointly organized by Department of Science & Technology (Govt of India) and Confederation of Indian Industry.

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Biji K. Kurien – COO

Biji K. Kurien, a Gold Medalist in the Post Graduate Program in Business Administration from IIM Ahmedabad, graduated with honours in Electrical Engineering from Sir M. Visveswariah College of Engineering Bangalore, and is a veritable storehouse of experience in industry, business and management. His interests include Public Speaking and Management Teaching. He has worked with the Mysore State Electricity Board, Esso Standard Eastern Inc., Asian Paints Limited, Berger Paints India Limited, CPSColor India Private Limited in an executive capacity for over 30 years.

He has also worked as a Business and Strategy Consultant for over 20 years, in a wide variety of industries; such as Education, Agriculture and Floriculture, Tobacco, Machinery and Chemical Processing, Retail, and Franchising as well as a number of Paint companies in India and abroad. He worked with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on behalf of the Indian Paint Association (IPA) to set up the Paint & Coatings Skill Council, and continues in an advisory role. Biji K. Kurien’s wealth of experience, gained over 50 years, in sales, marketing and business strategy has been utilized, to set up companies in India and abroad as well as to support and advise shareholders in the acquisition of companies. He has negotiated and finalised a number of technology transfer agreements for companies in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has been an active member of various trade bodies and associations; was the President of the Indian Paint Association (IPA) and remains a member of their Governing Body. In January 2011 he was honoured by the Indian Paint Association, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the Paint Industry, over a period of 40 years.

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Nithya Rajendrababu – Vice President – Technology

Nithya handles the Engineering (Hardware & Software) and Manufacturing team at Skillveri.

He has several years of experience in Product Management, Software development, and in handling diverse teams across different geographies, delivering products and solutions to industries ranging across Instrumentation & Automation, Communication & Mobile devices, and Banking.

Nithya is an Engineer, with a Masters from the University of Wollongong in Australia. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional, a Prince 2 Practitioner and certified SCRUM Master.

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Thiruvenkatagiri. P – Head – Sales (India)

Thiruvenkatagiri is Head of Sales for Skillveri in India. He is a business management graduate with about 23 years of solid experience in Sales & Distribution across various sectors like FMCG, Telecom, Banking and Financial Services, and has also had an entrepreneurial stint for over 3 years. He has worked and built distribution across sectors and demographies by leading large teams.  Giri is also a certified NLP practitioner with a flair for life sciences and multiple intelligence study.

Advisory Board

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Y. Ramesh Reddy

Ramesh Reddy is the Group CFO heading the finance operations of Cambridge Energy Group of Companies. Prior to joining Cambridge Energy group, he was the CFO of Cambridge Technology Enterprises (CTE). During his tenure with CTE he helped the company to successfully complete its IPO and listing on BSE & NSE, headed the company’s M&A transactions to help consummate 6 transactions in a period of three years, and helped raise multiple rounds of debt and growth equity. He is an alumnus of IIT-Madras, and XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has over 25 years of experience.

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Stuthi Vijayaraghavan

Stuthi Vijayaraghavan heads AgileStrat consulting that works with clients in the Real Estate and Infrastructure sectors on strategic, organizational and financial challenges and opportunities. In addition she recently founded RedEarth Properties, that develops low cost housing by adapting technologies from across the world. Stuthi is an alumnus of IIM, Bangalore and Carnegie Mellon University. She is actively involved in social entrepreneurship as a mentor at Villgro, venture advisor at Unitus Seed and a Partner at Social Venture Parters She has traveled in 50+ countries and enjoys hiking and contemporary dance.

Investors

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Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Founded in 1999, the central mission of the US-based Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty through better education, family economic stability and health. Since 2006, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has invested more than INR 983 crores in non-profits and social enterprises in India. For more information visit www.msdf.org.

Ankur Capital

Ankur Capital is a SEBI registered early stage venture capital fund and supports companies that are solving important problems for India, supporting the growth and development of the country and improving the quality of lives across income segments. Ankur Capital has invested in 7 companies across education, agriculture, and healthcare, at the intersection of technology and business model innovation. For more details visit www.ankurcapital.com