Management Team

The organisation’s Executive Management Team consists of individuals with specific skills in fields of Management, Operations, Finance and Accountancy, Communications and the like. Their knowledge base, along with the guidance of the Unit Presidents, helps in the operation of the organisation in an efficient manner and ensures best usage of resources.

 

Shridhar Venkat

Chief Executive Officer

 

Shridhar has over 25 years of work experience and has been associated with leading multinationals like Philips, ABB, Webex Communications (now CISCO), etc. Prior to joining Akshaya Patra he was Vice President – Sales, Webex Communications. He joined Akshayapatra in search of existential purpose in life .He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Management . He has been selected in the panel of Distinguished Alumni Leaders by NMIMS. Shridhar is an Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School . He is a recipient of Mother Teresa Social Leadership Scholarship . In Akshaya Patra, he brings to the table strong people management and organization skills. He believes that it is important to blend missionary spirit and professionalism to deliver value .

 


Ajay Kavishwar

Director PR, Planning & Advocacy

Ajay is a seasoned professional with eighteen years of rich experience in strategic change management, resource mobilisation and communications, technology innovation and research and in development. Before joining Akshaya Patra, Ajay had a successful career with leading technology companies like Tejas Networks, American Power Conversion (now Schneider Electric) and Hical Technologies. He has led technology innovation and transition projects in telecom, automotive and electronics sectors and provided turnkey solutions to clients across the globe. At Akshaya Patra, he is currently managing and directing the organisation's strategic communications, advocacy and research wing. He offers strategic directions to innovative interventions, enhancing community engagement, vision document and advocacy roadmap for Akshaya Patra.

Ganesh R

Chief Financial Officer

Ganesh is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a Public Accountant (CPA). He has over 24 years of experience with leading businesses (Indian & MNCs). Prior to Akshaya Patra he worked with TVS (since March 2012). In the past, he had worked with Mphasis (VP – Controllership); ICICI Bank (Regional Head for Retail Assets Operations Group); S.B. Billimoria & Co., Chartered Accountants (Audit Manager); SRF Finance Ltd (Finance Manager). At Akshaya Patra he spearheads the finance function by managing end to end responsibility for the finance function. He will also strategise and execute plans for sustainability and growth of the organisation.

Sundeep Talwar

Chief Marketing Officer

Sundeep Talwar has a Post Graduate in Management from Duke and IIM-Ahmedabad, and is also a certified Black-Belt in Six Sigma. He has over 20 years of work experience in marketing and communications with leading corporates, especially from the Telecom sector. Previous to joining Akshaya Patra he was the National Business Head (Mobility Operations) with Aircel, prior to that he has worked in Senior Leadership Roles with brands like Airtel, Motorola, Escotel and Essar, across India and in Africa. He has also received international accreditation from BID Spain for developing the first anti-virus application. He has won several accolades like Excellence Award in Sales Motorola, Deployment of Airtel University with Bharti, Standardisation of customer experience (Project Bhartiyam) in Airtel, Best Circle Operations Head with Aircel and many more. At Akshaya Patra he leads the Corporate Fund Raising, Government Relations, Innovation and Volunteering teams, collaborates with the Leadership team to strategise and execute plans for sustainability and growth, strategises and executes fund raising initiatives that help in the sustainability of existing kitchens and ensures the availability of funds for upcoming kitchen projects, and strengthens the relationship with corporates who are partnering with Akshaya Patra and reaches out to other corporates to build a partnering relationship.

Vijay Kumar

Director, IT

Mr. Vijay Kumar is a post graduate in Software Programming. He has over 38 years of experience in the industry, of which 30 years were dedicated to the field of Information Technology. Prior to Akshaya Patra he was associated with The Himalaya Drug Company where he has experience of more than 25 years. There he was instrumental in setting up the entire IT infrastructure. He has also proven his proficiency in international operations by setting IT hubs and Data Centres across Dubai for Himalaya Drug. He has also rolled out SAP ERP in all the International Hubs. Adding to Vijay Kumar’s excellence, he was also instrumental in the implementation of State of the Art Data Centre, Complete Business Continuity Plan, EMC Avamar Data backup, MLPS as well as providing internet connectivity to 42 plants and 35 warehouses across the country ensuring 24 hour ERP Connectivity. He has also implemented SAP R3, SAP PLM and SAP HCM & Microsoft Dynamics across the organization. Vijay Kumar’s expertise also lies in setting up of Enterprise Scale IT Infrastructure. Previous to Himalaya Drug, he was also associated with organisations like International Instruments India and MICRO Focus UK.

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