Technology Advisory Council

  • Action For India's Technology Advisory Council (TAC), is a group of highly accomplished entrepreneurs and executives from leading technology ventures in India that are interested in collaborating to scale tech­-enabled for ­profit social enterprises. The Council has been established to support AFI's efforts to bolster the social enterprise sector's ability to see new business creation; to develop and serve as a conduit for financial, technology and operational resources to flow to those social ventures most suited to scale; and scaling solutions providing impactful outcomes and livelihood development for the BoP market across the country.
    Ed Cutrell, Head, Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM), Microsoft Research
    Ed Cutrell manages the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India. He is a cognitive psychologist with a background in cognitive neuroscience and has been working in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) for more than a decade. His current research focuses on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). In this work, he seeks to understand how people in the world's poor communities interact with information technologies and explores new ways for technology to meet their needs and support their socio-economic development.
    Lalitesh Katragadda, Co-­Founder, Google India
    Lalitesh Katragadda is a co-founder of Google India. An alumnus of IIT Bombaby, Lalitesh went on to receive his Master of Science in Aerospace from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Design Division from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. Lalitesh joined Google in 2002 when it acquired his San Francisco-based start-up Sphereo. He later moved to Bangalore to set up Google's India operations and continued till 2014. His latest fascination is collaborative maps.
    Janaki Murugavel, Founder & CEO, Bharat Matrimony
    Janaki Murugavel is the Founder and CEO of Bharat Matrimony, India's pioneering online matrimonial website that has single-handedly changed the way people approach matchmaking. Today, Bharat Matrimony has 8 times more success stories than any other matrimonial service portal. It has 15 regional linguistic portals and has more than 7.5 million members worldwide. The business group also has a portfolio of other online businesses spanning real estate, human resources, and the automobile industry. He enjoys traveling, music, tennis and spending time with his family.
    Phanindra Sama, Co-Founder
    Phanindra (Phani) Sama is co-founder & the CEO of RedBus. An alumnus of BITS-Pilani, Phani's entrepreneurial drive led him to apply a technical problem-solving approach to inefficiencies in India's fragmented bus industry. His Bangalore-based company redBus offers a centralized bus ticketing system complemented by specialized customer service. Travel aggregator IbiboGroup acquired redBus in 2014.  Before starting redBus, he worked with Texas Instruments, Bangalore as a Senior Design Engineer.
    Prem Jain, Senior Vice President, Cisco
    Prem is a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems, where he works on their Server Access Visualization Business Unit. He has also worked extensively for the technology firm on a wide range of technologies such as voice, wireless telephony, WAN Edge, and VPN & Security. Prem is the recipient of two patents and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is an alumnus of BITS-Pilani, and has a graduate degree from UC-Davis. In his spare time, Prem enjoys skiing, hiking and playing Bridge.
    Anant Jhingran VP, Products at Apigee
    Anant Jhingran (PhD Berkeley) joined Apigee from IBM where he was VP and CTO for IBM's Information Management Division and Co-Chair of IBM wide Cloud Computing Architecture Board. He was responsible for the technical strategy for databases, information integration, analytics, Big Data, and helped deliver IBM's PaaS capabilities. Dr. Jhingran has had a wide impact on IBM's business in warehousing, search, e-commerce and analytics on structured and unstructured data. He has received several awards including IBM Fellow, IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumnus Award, President's Gold Medal for highest GPA at IIT Delhi, IBM Academy of Technology, and has authored over a dozen patents and over 20 technical papers, including frequent keynotes in industry and academic conferences.
    Ashish Goel Professor,Stanford University & Principal Scientist,Teapot
    Ashish Goel is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford University, and a member of Stanford's Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 1999, and was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California from 1999 to 2002. His research interests lie in the design, analysis, and applications of algorithms; current application areas of interest include social networks, participatory democracy, Internet commerce, and large scale data processing. Professor Goel is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan faculty fellowship (2004-06), a Terman faculty fellowship from Stanford, an NSF Career Award (2002-07), and a Rajeev Motwani mentorship award (2010). He was a co-author on the paper that won the best paper award at WWW 2009, and an Edelman Laureate in 2014. Professor Goel was a research fellow and technical advisor at Twitter, Inc. from July 2009 to Aug 2014.