Board of Directors

	Mr. Shailendra Patel Mr. Shailendra Patel, is Chairman of BASIX Consulting and Technology Services Limited (BCTS). He is a philanthropist and the CEO & Founder of the Sophia and Akash Foundation. Through the innovative Project Sophia mission, growing number of sustainable business models and delivery capabilities have been successfully established since 2010 to help facilitate a sustainable and affordable path out of poverty for the World’s Poor and Unserved, especially within rural, marginalised communities and whenever possible through the women members of their households.With the benefit of a 30 year professional career spanning the successful establishment of technology, financial services and investment banking business models, including the build-out and development of Saxo Bank, the World’s foremost global online investment trading bank from a start-up, Shailendra has elected to invest his available time, resources and energy into the incubation, establishment, development and transformation of innovative institutionalized efforts that can deliver important financial and livelihood products and services to the World’s Poor and Unserved. With successful development and deployment of economically viable recipes for delivering affordable financial services, education, healthcare, clean energy, sustainable farming, skills development, water sanitation and irrigation, sustainable housing and other important “circle-of-life” interventions to both rural and urban communities, Shailendra has sought to facilitate scalable, replicable business solutions across Asia and Africa that afford a sustained path out of poverty for the beneficiary households and their communities as well as deliver double and/or triple bottom-line results for the Project Sophia front-line partners and implementation organisations.
BLP Dr. K.V. Gouri is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BASIX Consulting and Technology Services Limited (BCTS). She is a Post-Graduate in Zoology, and also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). She has done her PhD in Management from Golden State University of USA. She has about 30 years of industry experience in the varied sectors of Public sector units, media and education. She has served for 14 years with Andhra Pradesh State Cooperative Oil Seeds Growers Federation (AP Oil fed) where she was involved in Project planning, Training, Marketing, Finance, Personnel and Administration. She was also involved in promoting and training primary cooperatives of oilseeds growers in AP. She moved on to the Internet Department of Vaartha, the popular daily newspaper where she headed a team of web designers and content developers and was responsible for timely publication of internet edition of the newspaper. Following this she had joined the ICFAI, where she rose to the position of an Associate Dean, and had some very interesting experiences in promoting ICFAI Universities in several states. She brings in a unique understanding of academic administration in addition to her rich experience of working at the grassroots.
Mr Devarakonda Sattaiah Mr Devarakonda Sattaiah has over 24 years of experience including a tenure of 20 years with BASIX Group dealing with Microcredit and Micro Insurance Operations with nearly 2 million credit customers, USD 450 million in loans outstanding and over 3.8 million insurance covers. He has got track record of starting and expanding businesses. Managed the Human Resource function for the same company with over 8,000 people in hundreds of locations. Exposed to some of the best management education in the world at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and to all round leadership exposure that is unique to the BASIX Group. He comes with strong hold on operations process, mechanism, planning, tools and monitoring and mentoring practice. He served as Head of Human Resources (HR), Insurance Vertical, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director Strategic Products in Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited. He comes with strong familiarity with the rural realities, dynamics and customer knowledge. He is a post graduate in Management with a bachelor degree in Maths, Physics and Chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad
Mr. I.D. Prasad Mr. I.D. Prasad is an independent director. He has received his Post-Graduate degree in Economics from one of the most reputed Indian Universities and Diplomas in Management and Marketing Management. Mr. Prasad has 40+ years post-qualification experience in the areas of entrepreneurship development, cluster development, technology facilitation of small and medium enterprises, project appraisal, marketing research, export marketing and industry analysis with leading public sector consulting organizations and export development agencies in India. He has 25 years of proven track record in diagnosing key developmental issues, evolving and implementing market driven strategies for development of microenterprises, MSE clusters. Mr. Prasad worked with Andhra Pradesh Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization Limited (APITCO) as Chief Consultant and Advisor for 17 years. He is currently engaged with Seamless Consultancy Services (Private) Limited as Director.
Mr. Ashok Kumar Singha Mr. Ashok Kumar Singha is the Managing Director of C-TRAN Consulting. He is a graduate in agriculture and a Post Graduate in Management from XIMB, Bhubaneswar. He has more than 23 years of experience in managing and executing development programs in various capacities for Government, International Development organizations and Private Sector. His expertise in this field include Climate change policy, implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, sustainable development in relation to energy and climate change, capacity building in JI and CDM. He was a special invitee to the Green India Program. Ashok is the co-author of a book The Forgotten Sector (Oxford IBH) with Mr. Thomas Fisher and Mr. Vijay Mahajan, Founder and CEO , BASIX Social Enterprise Group.
Dr. Ved Prakash Gulati Dr. Ved Prakash Gulati is an independent director. He has done his Post-Graduate studies in Mathematics (1974) and has done his Post Graduate Diploma in Numerical Analysis and Automated Computing (1975) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1982. He has a career spanning over three decades in Intensive Academics, Research, Institution Building and Administrative Activities, resulting in quality professional output in Technology, Management, Administration and Consulting, especially in leveraging IT for excellence in the domains of Corporate Management, Public Sector Management and Banking & Financial Services. He is currently working with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Hyderabad as Vice President and Head of TCS Business Domain Academy. He was the director for RBI established Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). He was a Professor at National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune, and at Institute of Rural Management (IRMA)
Dr. Runa Sarkar Dr. Runa Sarkar is an Independent Director. She received her BE (Hons) from BITS Pilani; M.Sc. (Environmental Engineering) from University of North Carolina, USA. She has done her Fellow Program in Management from IIM Calcutta. Her area of specialization is Environment Economics, Environment Financing, Economic Instruments for pollution control, and cost-benefit analysis. She has extensive experience spanning about two decades in economic analysis of environmental and social impacts of major projects and has conducted numerous training courses on specific topics in environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis. She regularly works to support the environmental economics activities of bilateral (including CIDA, DANIDA, the European Union, and USAID), and multilateral institutions (including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank).