Founder & Chairman
Abhi is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai and Stanford University Graduate school of Business. He specializes in startups and product management. With over 4 successful startups to his credit as founder, investments in over 9 startups, 14 international patents and an active member of leading angel groups in Bay Area, Abhi handholds startups from ideas to commercialization. Abhi is TiE Silicon Valley charter member and medical advisory board member of Frost and Sullivan.
Over the years, Abhi and the companies he has founded, received a number of awards:
- 2017: Top 50 Indian Entrepreneurs in USA by Technology Headlines
- 2016: Inclusion into Cancer Moonshot program
- 2015: Entrepreneur of the Month recognition by SiliconIndia
- 2013: Indian Leadership Award for Industrial Development
- 2012: President’s Gold Lotus National award
- 2012: Maharashtra State Entrepreneurship Award
- 2011: RED Herring Asia Business Award
- 2010: DELOITTE Fast 50 Business Award
- 2009: Maharashtra State Government's R&D (Innovation) Award
- 2008: Rajiv Gandhi IT Award
- 2007: Rotary International Vocational Excellence Award
Abhi is also passionate about films and entertainment with National Gold Lotus award to his debut film project in India.
Chief Executive Officer
Srini holds a Master’s degree from Kansas State University.
CFO & Managing Director (India)
Prasad is a qualified CPA, CS and CWA, with more than 20 years experience in the IT and Industrial space. His key areas of focus have been Operational Review and Analysis (Project Profitability, Degree of Bench, etc.), Financial Management (Accounts / Audit / Taxation), Legal (STPI, FEMA, etc.), HR, ISO and Secretarial Compliance, thereby contributing to the interests of all stakeholders. He has experience in the Software Field (ITeS), including securing VC Funding, Fiscal Monitoring and Managing Operations of the India Business Unit (Legal, HR, Infrastructure and Admin). He has initiated and successfully implemented the Accounting of Subsidiary Companies on a US-based GAAP (US and India) compliant Package for Seamless Consolidation.
Prasanna has 22 years of experience in IT working for services, product, captive and startup organizations. He has worked at customer locations in the USA, Brazil & Hong Kong. In his 22 years of IT career, Prasanna has worked at different levels with IBM Global Services, Patni Computer Systems, Misys, HSBC Global Technology to name a few. He has managed teams for both overseas as well as domestic customers.
Prior to joining Optra, he led the product implementation and support for a company in the area of language localization.
Prasanna holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Computers from University of Pune, India.
Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale