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Murali Bukkapatnam - Chairperson
Murali was the founder of The Capitol Projects Private Limited, a company focusing in real estate in Tier II markets, and the founder CEO of Mandava Spas & Hotels Pvt. Limited until December 2011. He is the Managing Director of BSP Systems, IT consulting and Services Company based in Fairfax, VA USA. He brings extensive experience in operations, strategy and finance. Mr. Bukkapatnam is very active in TiE, currently the President of Hyderabad Chapter & helps and invests in startups. A founding member of Hyderabad Angel Network.

Santosh Yellajosula - Program director
A Final year dualite at Bits Pilani-Hyderabad, Santosh's professional interests are driven by need and in line with initiating and scaling up of problem -solving ventures. He worked with companies ranging in depth and variety; from startups to multinationals like Nextgen PMS, Numbers Only hospitality, Cipy Polyurethanes and Grasim Industries. An active member in entrepreneur groups like TIE and NEN, Santosh enjoys gaming, music, travelling and road trips, while balancing his personal and professional interests. He is a 2012 Global Fellow at Kairos society.

Abhiram MVSP - Director, Operations
With honors in skills as diverse as photography, poker and science , Abhiram envisions to pioneer a disruptive innovation in industrial technology and processes. He currently heads the corporate partnerships at Mauka, apart from which, has keen interest in business strategy, innovation and finance. A graduate of BITS-Pilani Hyderabad, with a dual degree/masters in Chemical Engineering and Bio-Sciences, he has earlier worked with Cipy Polyuretheres Pvt.Ltd. as research intern in High performance industrial coatings. A gadget freak and an idolizer of Steve Jobs, Abhiram firmly believes in social responsibilty and actively participates in community volunteering.

Chirag arya - Director, Exchange
Chirag Arya is the Founder and Managing Director of AP Guru, which is an education based program provider in India striving to provide innovative educational programs with a focus to promote and execute the delivery of affordable international educational based programs in India. Chirag has also worked as a consultant on a variety of projects ranging from business process assessment, technology strategy and architecture evaluation, supply chain analysis, business expansion planning etc. He has helped various clients go from Concept to Production of new and innovative business ideas. Chirag graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a major in Computer Engineering and is the recipient of the 2009 Georgia Tech Leader of the Year Award for displaying outstanding leadership qualities during his senior year at Georgia Tech. Chirag is also a highly socially conscious individual, is actively involved in various roles in educational non-profits.

Alisha seth - Manager, Exchange
Alisha Sheth has recently joined the team at AP Guru and is the program manager for the Columbia Business School programs in India: Venture for India and In-V-Ent-Ed. She aspires to help the programs grow and guide young students to train, hone, and develop them to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. She has completed her Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from University of California, Davis and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinico-Regulatory and Patents from Ruia College. Alisha is a motivated colleague and waiting to take education in India to the next level.

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