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About Wadhwani Foundation

Wadhwani Foundation is a not-for-profit with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies by driving job creation in India and other emerging economies through large-scale initiatives in entrepreneurship, small business growth, innovation, and skilling. Founded in 2003 by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dr Romesh Wadhwani, today, the Foundation is scaling impact in 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Founder and Chairman

Romesh Wadhwani

Inspires, educates, and enables startup entrepreneurs.

  • Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Until 1999, built three successful companies, the last of which was exited at over $9 billion
  • Founding Chairman and CEO of $3.5 billion Symphony Technology Group
  • Founder and Chairman of Wadhwani Foundation (2003)
  • Founding Chairman of PE firm Symphony AI (2018)
  • Member of the Gates Buffet Giving Pledge
  • Padma Shri 2020 awardee
  • President Obama appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John. F. Kennedy Center
  • Board Member of Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

Leadership Team

President and CEO
Wadhwani Foundation
Chief Operating Officer,
India/SE Asia
Executive Vice President,
Latin America
Executive Vice President,
Wadhwani Entrepreneur
Executive Vice President,
Wadhwani Venture Fastrack
EVP, Wadhwani Foundation and
Co-founder, NEN

Ajay Kela

President and CEO
Wadhwani Foundation

Dr. Kela leads the Foundation’s initiatives globally and is driving its expansion across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

  • Expanded Foundation’s initiatives across 20 countries and enabled over $100M of Govt. investment during the past eight years
  • Scaled startup Symphony Services to $175M with eventual exit at $780M
  • Grew AutoCAD business from $170M to $850M during 10 years at Autodesk
  • PhD research on computer graphics lead to multi-million dollar products at GE and Autodesk
  • B-Tech, IIT Bombay, India and Ph.D from University of Rochester, USA
Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah

Chief Operating Officer, India/SE Asia

Based out of Bangalore, Sanjay heads the India/SEA operations of the Wadhwani Foundation.

  • Over three decades of experience in founding and steering software product companies to the global market
  • Founded Zapty, Instavans Logistics, Skelta, Everest Software and Accel Computers, some of which were successfully acquired
  • Last stint was with iManage as its Managing Director for Asia responsible for business development of its solutions in Asia
  • On the board of Sasken Technologies and Instavans Logistics as an Independent Director, and on the advisory board of Avo Automation
  • Member of iSpirt (Indian Software Product Industry Round Table), Young President’s Organization, and currently on the board of the Bangalore chapter
  • M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and a B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT, Bombay

Javier Campos

Executive Vice President, Latin America

Based in Mexico City, Javier heads the Foundation’s Latin American Operations.

  • Expanded Schneider Electric CST and Stanley Security operations in Europe, Middle East, and Latin America
  • Multi-million dollar product development of Solid State and Automation Components for Schneider Electric
  • Founder & co-founder of ventures on mobility, health, and energy across markets in Latin America
  • Specialist in global expansion of multi-cultural teams with a focus on talent management across emerging markets
  • Expanded Wadhwani Initiatives to 5-countries in two years
  • Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana & Marketing Specialization from ITAM in Mexico

Rajeev Warrier

Executive Vice President, Wadhwani Entrepreneur

Rajeev is working towards enabling a vibrant Wadhwani Foundation Ecosystem Platform which will connect WF beneficiaries (across the WA, WE and WO Initiatives) to peers, mentors, experts, service providers, customers, and others.

  • A software professional with engineering, business development and management experience in India, Australia, Canada and US
  • Has varied experience in general management, entrepreneurship, information technology, software development, consulting, and planning of technology for enterprise & e-commerce companies
  • BE in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Bhopal and Post Graduate Diploma in Software Enterprise Management from IIM Bangalore
Siddharth Dhondiayal

Siddharth Dhondiyal

EVP, Wadhwani Venture Fastrack

Based in Bangalore, Siddharth heads the Venture FastTrack program of the Wadhwani Foundation.

  • An experienced private equity/venture capital and angel investor with over 15 years of experience in the investment sector
  • Last stint was as a Managing Director in Truenorth where he focused on investments in healthcare, consumer, education and IT sectors. He was responsible for developing the firm’s structured framework for engaging deeply with portfolio companies on strategic initiatives, development of systems & processes and talent acquisition through a mix of well-defined playbooks and curated service providers
  • Prior to that he was a management consultant in the strategy team at Andersen Consulting/ Accenture and advised clients across industries like healthcare, education, consumer, and IT sector
  • As a member of the Investment Committee of GrowX Ventures he has worked extensively in evaluating, investing, and mentoring early-stage companies across sectors
  • On the Board of Wellthy Therapeutics and an independent board advisor of Meditrina Hospitals, a cardiology chain focused on affordable healthcare through PPP projects
  • An MBA from INSEAD France, PGM from IIM Calcutta and B.Tech from IIT Kanpur

Sunita Singh

EVP, Wadhwani Foundation and Co-founder, NEN

Sunita drives the Foundation’s global expansion.

  • Co-founded, modeled and led the Foundation’s entrepreneurship education program covering over 500 higher education institutes for over a decade
  • Led and executed the expansion of ‘Wadhwani Entrepreneur College’ and ‘Wadhwani SkillUp’ initiatives across 20-countries and 4-continents in 5-years
  • 25-years of experience with 15-years in leading operations and new market expansions in Asia and Africa
  • Led and executed strategic and creative PR campaigns for several multinational clients including Atos Origin, Lego, Mahindra Intertrade, Baskin Robbins, Netmagic, Mastek, Onward Technologies, TiE for over 3-years at Litmus PR, Mumbai
  • M.A. from Andhra University and MPhil from Sukhadia University