Mr Senapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan is the Chairman of Axilor Ventures, a seed fund. Kris served as the vice chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014 and the chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys. Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. He also was selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers, in 2009. He was elected President of India’s apex industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014.
In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Mr. Gopalakrishnan the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian honor.
Mr Gopalakrishnan serves on the Board of Governors of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and is the Chairman, Board of Governors of IIIT, Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Vision Group on Information Technology of Karnataka Government and the Chairman of CII Start-up Council. Mr Gopalakrishnan invests in promoting research on Brain sciences, aging related disorders as well as investing in start-ups and start-up ecosystem.
Mr. Gopalakrishnan holds Master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Kris is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE) and an Honorary Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) of India.
S.D. Shibulal is the co-founder of Axilor Ventures. He co-founded Infosys in 1981 and led the company in different capacities since its inception. He was a member of the Board of Infosys and was its CEO & MD between 2011 and 2014. Amongst his innumerable achievements during his time at Infosys, he is especially proud of being instrumental in creating the Global Delivery Model. The model established a new standard for delivery of outsourced IT services. He serves on several global leadership forums and advisory boards.
Shibu serves on the board of several organisations promoting education. He is Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust; a Member of the Board of Trustees, Boston University and a Member of the Board of Managers of Haverford College, Philadelphia. He is also the Chairman of the High Power Digital Advisory Committee (HPDAC) of Kerala.
Srinath Batni served as a member of the Board of Directors at Infosys from 2000 to 2014. Since he joined Infosys from June of 1992, he has held various positions from project management to heading key business units. As a Board Member, he was responsible for delivery excellence across the company.
He was also a member of the Infosys Foundation trust and the Employees Welfare Trust. During his tenure at Infosys, he served as a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM helping the software industry of India. Srinath also serves as a non-executive Board Member Member in Axiscades Ltd, an engineering product development company in the aerospace industry and Global Edge Software Ltd, a software product development company in the telecom industry.
Srinath received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mysore University and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He plays a key role at his alma mater – NIE Mysore as the President of the Management Committee
Prof. Tarun Khanna
Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of Harvard University’s Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute. For over 25 years, he has studied entrepreneurship as a means of economic development and has applied his research to launch several ventures globally. His online course, Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, one of Harvard’s most popular, has been taken by more than half a million students in over 200 countries. His latest book, Trust, and his earlier Billions of Entrepreneurs, chronicle creative ventures in China, India and beyond.
Outside Harvard, he also serves on the boards of the global power company, AES Corporation, the global adtech company and India’s first unicorn, InMobi, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, PRS India, a non-profit dedicated to India’s parliamentary governance, and is a co-founder of several ventures across the developing world.
In 2007, he was nominated to be a Young Global Leader (under 40) by the World Economic Forum. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. In 2016, he was recognized by the Academy of Management as Eminent Scholar for Lifetime Achievement in the field of International Management. Recently, the Government of India appointed him to lead several national committees connected to entrepreneurship and higher education.
Ganapathy Venugopal (VG) is Co-founder & CEO of Axilor Ventures. VG spent his first fifteen years in leadership roles helping large corporates manage and mitigate risk. Prior to co-founding Axilor Ventures, VG was Head of Strategy & Planning at Infosys. At Axilor, he helps founders build successful businesses.
VG serves on the boards of several companies and advisory bodies. He is an active writer on issues relating to startups. VG holds a bachelors in engineering and a postgraduate degree in management from IIM Lucknow.
Aditya is an Investment Associate at Axilor Ventures and focuses on investments across Agri & allied verticals.
Prior to joining Axilor Ventures, he worked as an Investment Associate at a-IDEA, Technology Business Incubator of NAARM and was taking care of the early-stage investments (Seed and Grants) and investor liaising for the agritech and allied sector startups. Before joining a-IDEA, he worked as a Trainee Marketing Officer at Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited.
He is an Agribusiness and agriculture graduate with PGDM (Agriculture) from ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad and B.Sc. (Agriculture) from Banaras Hindu University. He won the Silver Medal for achieving exceptional academic results in his post-graduation. He has also been awarded Chaudhary Charan Singh Award for securing second position in his under-graduation from Banaras Hindu University in the field of Agriculture. He holds a certificate in Fundamentals of Microfinance offered by UNITAR and Intellectual Property Rights from IIM Bangalore.
Being a trained singer in Hindustani Classical Music he likes to sing and holds a keen interest in music. He also plays badminton in his free time.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Ananth is an Investment Analyst at Axilor and focuses on Fintech, Supply Chain, and Enterprise SaaS investments.
Prior to joining Axilor, Ananth was with Inflexor Ventures, a deeptech VC fund where he worked on areas like Quantum Computing and Embedded Fintech. Prior to this, he was also actively tracking early stage investment activity during his stint at Venture Intelligence.
Ananth completed his Bachelors from Vivekananda College, Chennai. He is also pursuing the CFA charter, having cleared Level I of the CFA program.
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Nandan leads B2B Tech investing at Axilor and focuses on investments across Enterprise Tech, SaaS (Global & Domestic), B2B Marketplaces, Supply Chain & Logistics.
Prior to joining Axilor, Nandan was with the Investment Banking team at Mosaic Capital, an India & Europe based Investment Banking firm where he focused on the Technology, Industrial & Healthcare sectors. Prior to this, he was with the Corporate & Investment Banking (Treasury & Securities Services) team at JP Morgan.
He holds an Advanced Diploma in Finance from the University of Cambridge and has a Business Management degree from Bangalore University. He also holds Investment Certifications from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments – London.
Nidhi Mathur focusses on incubating innovative ideas under the Axilor Labs initiative. She is a serial entre/intra-preneur with vast experience bringing innovations to market, figuring out viable business models for technological innovations, building market acceptance for new-to-the-world technologies, and scaling-up businesses, both in startups and large enterprises.
In her previous avatar, she co-founded Niramai, an AI startup building a non-invasive, non-touch, non-radiation approach to breast cancer screening. While working with corporate research labs and incubation offices, she has worked on business models and products aimed at bridging the affordability and accessibility divide in emerging markets.
She is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore where she specialized in Marketing and Strategy. Apart from work, she enjoys trekking, bird-watching and helping out young entrepreneurs.
Prachi Sinha heads Healthcare, Agritech and Climate-tech Investments at Axilor. Prachi is most passionate about working with entrepreneurs on business model viability, go to market strategies, corporate partnerships, and clean regulatory pathways.
Prachi has a decade of public policy and consulting experience in organizations including Janaagraha and McKinsey. She is an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB) and an economics graduate from Fergusson college, Pune.
Sanjana is an Investment Associate at Axilor, focusing on climate-tech investments.
Prior to joining Axilor, Sanjana worked with January Capital, a VC based in Singapore focusing on B2B Commerce and Enterprise SaaS deals. She was also a part of Wavemaker Impact’s climate-tech venture build in Singapore.
Sanjana’s experience spreads across organizations such as PwC, Deloitte and Vymo wherein she worked in finance and strategy roles within Audit, M&A and the CEO’s Office.
Sanjana completed her Bachelors from Christ University. She is also a Chartered Accountant and she holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore.
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Maggi heads Administration, HR & Facilities at Axilor. She is the “go to person” for tasks related to administration, facilities and employee and day-to-day operations at Axilor. She actively helps startups set up their initial infrastructure and put the foundational systems and processes in place.
Maggi also oversees the facilities including Transit, the shared workspace.
Maggi has a combined experience of +18 years. Prior to joining Axilor, Maggi handled various roles in administration.
Shubham is the Manager of Legal and Compliance at Axilor. With practical experiences from working on transactions of all scales, he has gained a vast knowledge base to provide support to Axilor and its portfolio companies.
Before joining Axilor, Shubham worked as a Senior Associate at Sarvaank Associates, where he practiced in core areas of Commercial Law and Private Equity and spearheaded customized
assistance to clients in drafting and negotiating Shareholder’s Agreement, Founders Agreement, Service Agreement, and other transactional as well as general corporate documents.
Shubham has B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Jindal Global Law School. He firmly believes in integrity in the workplace and aspires to innovate our portfolio companies investment and compliance process to ensure greater efficiency and effectiveness.