Dipak Basu has spent much of his life employing technology in humanitarian missions worldwide. In 2006 Dipak set up Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of rural poor in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. In 2001 Dipak founded and served for three years as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies, applying innovative IT solutions to humanitarian operations in the world’s poor, disaster-affected and war-torn regions. He also setup and led NetHope’s ICT for Healthcare working group for three years.
From 1995 to 2006, Dipak held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems where his last position was Director, Global Center of Expertise. Dipak is considered a pioneer in Voice over IP and Metro Ethernet technologies. Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India. Dipak holds a BTech from IIT Kharagpur and a MSEE from the University of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer in Computer Science at IIT Delhi. He has won the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity for NetHope, and the President’s Award from Save the Children. Dipak is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. Dipak is now the CEO and founder of Vispala Technology.
Co-founder, former-ceo, and strategic advisor at xentrix studios, jai brings a wealth of technology and marketing experience to Anudip. Jai Natarajan built bangalore-based xentrix studios, the fastest growing animation studio in asia from day 1, building a world class team to grow operations and business to US$ 10 million in annual revenues. Earlier, in Mumbai, jai was group evp, business development and marketing, at Maya Entertainment which was acquired by Aptech, and was a co-founder and CTO at prana studios.
Jai built his technology base as a senior software engineer at Sony Electronics in silicon valley, where he worked under the connected living room umbrella, and as technical director at Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, contributing to software and visual effects on blockbuster movies like the perfect storm and star wars. Jai holds a ms/be from BITS pilani and ms/computer science from UCLA. Jai is now the is the vp strategic marketing & business development at iMerit.
Monisha holds a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and is an alumna of the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. She has spent over two decades in the area of education management donning various hats of academics, quality, product, business development while being a true academician at heart.
Her first involvement with the development sector was with LabourNet, one of the leading social enterprises where she established the Consulting, Quality and CSR Solutions teams. Prior to LabourNet, she led The Princeton Review (South Asia region), a prominent player in the overseas education test preparation and advisory services space for 12 years, shaping a startup to emerge as a market leader. Monisha is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Education Growth and Research (CEGR), and has co-authored a book on Employability Skills on behalf of CEGR.
Mounita holds Masters in Media Science and Diploma in Branding, Advertisement, Corporate Communication and Public Relations and a bachelor in English Literature from University of Calcutta. She has more than 9 years of experience in the field of corporate communication, branding, advertisement and PR. Mounita has received the best PR student of the year award from Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) in 2013. She has done her internships in Tata Steel, Disha Communications and Akshaya Patra in Brand Management and Communications. Mounita started her career with Bello Vista as a communication executive.