Our Team

Leadership

Amit Gupta

Partner

Amit has extensive technology and finance leadership experience in start-ups as well as midsized entities. His forte lies in selling, designing, developing and delivering multi- industry technology solutions. Depending on the need of the hour, can don the hat of anyone from a developer to a CXO.

 

Amit has a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a Masters in Error Resilient Computing Systems from U.B.C.

Ash Sharma

Partner

Ash has worked with Silicon Valley based technology companies in consulting, product management and business development roles. He has established and operated offshore delivery centres working in multiple time
zones and a headcount exceeding 150+ as part of his previous entrepreneurial venture.

 

He has a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford.

Manu Rana

Partner

Manu is an ecommerce+digital Leader with 20 years of product & technology experience across the globe, most of it in start-up environments. He has a proven track record across both consumer and enterprise focused organizations. Delivering innovative and engaging user experiences with a focus on agility and time-to-market. Prior to Drona Labs, Manu was instrumental in creating, pivoting and scaling Baxi. His other stints include leading product management at IgniteWorld, BookMyShow, and at Match.com.

Manu has a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a Masters from University of Toledo.

Advisors

Vibhu Pratap

Technical Advisor

Based in the bay area and working on the cutting edge of cloud technology, Vibhu is a senior technology advisor to Drona Labs.

 

His areas of expertise include (amongst others): cloud architecture, optimized cloud deployments, distributed systems, machine learning, enterprise networks, security posturing, DevSecOps, data-intensive applications, multi-cloud data management platforms, and cutting-edge distributed/big-data stack (Graph DB, Cassandra, Elastic, Kafka, Kubernetes).

 

Vibhu has worked with Juniper Networks, Veritas, Google, and Cisco.

Akash Rukhaiyar

Legal Advisor

As Drona Labs legal advisor, Akash guides Drona Labs on all issues related to legal affairs, strategy, and risk.


Akash has over 30 years of corporate experience in the areas of Corporate & Investment
Banking, Strategy Consulting, Technology and Business Process Outsourcing, Infrastructure,
Real Estate, General Management, Regulatory & Public Affairs. Organisations he has worked
with include ANZ Grindlays Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Reliance Capital, Ernst & Young
Consulting, and Accenture.

 

In addition to management and regulatory affairs consultancy for various entities, Akash has provided regulatory advisory services to
Google, BP, AMD, Barry Callebaut, IIa Technologies, BMW, Dell, and McAfee.

Subir Mehra

Advisor and Mentor

Subir is a senior advisor and mentor to Drona Labs.


Subir has a rare combination of leading large front-line revenue generating businesses as well as managing significant Ops & Technology based Global enterprises where the focus is cost take-out and customer experience. He has successfully built businesses across geographies by addressing cultural, business practices, regulatory regimes under especially challenging situations.

 

In 2004 Subir established HSBC India’s commercial banking business, and then held the positions of COO for HSBC Global and Global CEO of HSBC’s captive BPO.

Praveen Gupta

Advisor

As an advisor to Drona Labs, Praveen brings over 25 years of operating and transactional
experience for technology companies. Accomplishments include executive management and
board representation at various businesses including technology (SaaS, perpetual, hardware,
services), retail, medical, retirement homes and agricultural technology. Praveen has grown businesses, lead successful
turnarounds, scaling both up and rightsizing, three M&A's, raised over $100 million in financing,
negotiated several large partnerships, multi million customer agreements, and executed offshore
strategies including setting up offshore offices. 

Mohit Palhan

Quality & Testing

Mohit has over two decades of experience in building modern CI/CD pipelines-
DevOps infrastructure, along with successfully implementing Quality Management
Frameworks, that support Software Test Automation for large complex projects
within the Software industry. He has experience leading and guiding teams to
leverage cutting-edge technologies in order to create software solutions that helps
the business achieve its goals. 


Mohit has led quality and testing teams at Pfizer, Paypal, and Microsoft.

Param Mohariya

Operations

Parmanand (Param) is a seasoned IT Leader having held senior positions in consulting and services in Accenture and Wipro in managerial and technical roles. He has a strong expertise in managing complex business transformation/SI jobs as well as large outsourcing/off shoring contracts. He has successfully managed delivery and business operations in multi-locations, multi-vendor environments for a large number of global clients from diverse industries including Telecom, Healthcare and Capital Markets. He has successfully formulated and supported business strategies for his clients; set up offshore development centers (ODC)/Captives for large telecom/OEM clients in India as well as built
technology practices in several areas by successfully launching center of excellences.

Dushyant Verma

Media, Travel and Hospitality Practice

Dushyant has demonstrated success in scaling profitable segments by transforming marketing
strategies. His diverse experience brings together marketing, technology and user experience
across domains such as online travel, hospitality, media and services. At Expedia, he was the
architect of the largest partner program in the region (comprising of over 5,000 partners).  He has worked for diverse customers across
geographies in SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.

Dhiresh Rastogi

Banking & Insurance

Dhiresh brings significant experience in IT Transformation at large global banks and insurance
companies. He brings deep expertise in Application Modernization, IT Strategy and Operations,
Multi-Speed Delivery Models, and Contemporary Systems Architectures (Cloud, APIs and
Microservices) in Consumer Banking, Lending, Credit Cards, Securities, Investments, Wealth
Management, and Life Insurance.

Ajay Gupta

Business Development

A successful, high impact business implementation, client engagement and delivery expert with over 23 years in ITES/KPO/BPO, Financial Services and IT Consulting having worked in US and India. Customer focused, result oriented and success-driven with excellent inter-personal and relationship building skills at all levels of management, Ajay has established, led, and grown the big data analytics, business intelligence and software application development functions at financial services KPOs. 

Leadership

Amit Gupta

Partner

Amit has extensive technology and finance leadership experience in start-ups as well as midsized entities. His forte lies in selling, designing, developing and delivering multi- industry technology solutions. Depending on the need of the hour, can don the hat of anyone from a developer to a CXO.

 

Amit has a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a Masters in Error Resilient Computing Systems from U.B.C.

Ash Sharma

Partner

Ash has worked with Silicon Valley based technology companies in consulting, product management and business development roles. He has established and operated offshore delivery centres working in multiple time
zones and a headcount exceeding 150+ as part of his previous entrepreneurial venture.

 

He has a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford.

Manu Rana

Manu Rana

Consulting Architect

Manu is an ecommerce+digital Leader with 20 years of product & technology experience across the globe, most of it in start-up environments. He has a proven track record across both consumer and enterprise focused organizations. Delivering innovative and engaging user experiences with a focus on agility and time-to-market. Prior to Drona Labs, Manu was instrumental in creating, pivoting and scaling Baxi. His other stints include leading product management at IgniteWorld, BookMyShow, and at Match.com.

Manu has a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; and a Masters from University of Toledo.

Advisors

Vibhu Pratap

Technical Advisor

Based in the bay area and working on the cutting edge of cloud technology, Vibhu is a senior technology advisor to Drona Labs.

His areas of expertise include (amongst others): cloud architecture, optimized cloud deployments, distributed systems, machine learning, enterprise networks, security posturing, DevSecOps, data-intensive applications, multi-cloud data management platforms, and cutting-edge distributed/big-data stack (Graph DB, Cassandra, Elastic, Spark, Kafka, Kubernetes).

Vibhu has worked with Juniper Networks, Veritas, Google, and Cisco.

Vibhu is also a co-founder of  mlacademy.io; providing machine learning consultancy and training.