Desh Deshpande

Founder, Deshpande Foundation

Gururaj Desh Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, and Chairman of A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks and HiveFire. Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Dr. Deshpande holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology � Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.Desh Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, and Chairman of A123 Systems (AONE), Sycamore Networks (SCMR), Tejas Networks and HiveFire. Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Dr. Deshpande holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology � Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. from Queens University in Canada.

Dr. Deshpande co-chairs National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship strategy. He also serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous support has made possible MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has helped establish three other centers;, Merrimack Valley Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts, Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and the Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Karnataka State, India. The Deshpande Center initiated the Hubli Sandbox approach, with not-for-profits, academics, organizations and entrepreneurs working together to launch effective and scalable models of development in India.