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Ravi Sekhar Cherukuri (’97) - Chief Executive Officer & Trustee
Location : USA
Email : ravi[dot]cherukuri[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Ravi a 97 batch BITSian with Mathematics and EEE degrees from the Pilani campus. He was involved in various activities at BITS - a member of backstage department, President of Mathematics association during his third year and co-instructor for two Practice School (PS) 1 stations. After graduating from BITS, he did MS in Electrical Engineering in the US (Iowa State University.) He has been working for an Intellectual Property firm in Santa Barbara, California for over ten years where he currently works as Director of Engineering.
Vishrut Shukla (’05) – COO & Trustee
Location : Hyderabad, India
Email : vishrut[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Vishrut is working as a Program Manager with Microsoft on Microsoft Office line of products that enable people and businesses to be more and do more. His association with BITSAA dates back to his campus days where he formally brought the alumni association and Project Embryo into existence as BITSAA Secretary. Vishrut continued to fuel his passion for BITS Pilani even while working for Cisco in Bangalore. As a volunteer in BITSAA, he served for several years in the Technology team as Director and moved on to spearhead Chapter Relations when suddenly IIMB came calling! After two years of being in a rigorous "back-to-school" mode, he is back in BITSAA to help run operations.
Deekshith Vanamala (’09) – CFO
Location : Ohio, USA
Email : deekshith[dot]vanamala[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Deekshith Vanamala holds a B.Pharm (A5) degree with thesis from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad and is from the graduating class of 2013. He is currently a Master's student in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ohio. Deekshith is a Senior Associate in Marketing and Operations at Startup Leadership Program, which runs in 21 cities in 12 countries. He co-authored 5 research papers till date published in International journals. He worked as a content writer for several startups.
Kaushik Balasubramanian (’08) – CMO
Location : Chennai, India
Email : bkaushik[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Kaushik is currently working with a BITSian startup, He graduated from BITS Pilani Goa in 2012 with a bachelors degree in EEE. At BITS, he was involved with several extra-curricular activities. He was the Head of Information Management at waves 2010 and the Event Manager for Carrom at Spree 2011, for which he invited the Arjuna Award winner Mr. Maria Irudhayam and world champions Mr. Yogesh Pardeshi and Mrs. I. Ilavazhaki to grace the occasion. He started as a team leader of the communications team in BITSAA. He likes reading, listening to music, cycling and trekking among other things.
Rajesh Chelapurath (’88) – CIO
Location : Texas, USA
Email : rc[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Rajesh is Founder, President & Managing Member at Ceera Investments, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm that manages investment portfolios for individuals, trusts, pensions, and corporations. Prior to founding Ceera Investments, LLC in 2005, Rajesh began his career in investment management and research when he joined the Burnham Financial Group's Houston office in 1998. Rajesh has also held several marketing positions at the Medical Equipment Division of Larsen & Toubro Ltd in Mumbai, India. Rajesh currently serves as a Trustee, BITSAA Intl, and the Chief Investment Officer of BITSAA Investment Committee that oversees the investment fund of BITSAA. At BITS, he was actively involved in Oasis '91 (as STUCCAN, Art n Dee), Oasis '92 (as Ex-Officio STUCCAN), and in Apogee. He is a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Houston Chapter and a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute. Rajesh graduated from BITS, Pilani in 1993 with a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics and an M.Sc. (Hons) in Physics. In 1998, he completed an MBA (Finance) from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans. Rajesh is based out of Houston, TX.
Kalyan Krishnamani (’97) - Chief PR Officer
Location : California, USA / Bangalore, India
Email : kalyan[at]bitsaa[dot]org
Kalyan is a post-doctoral researcher in Computer Science at INRIA, Paris and a passionate entrepreneur since founding a startup for promoting artists in 2009. At his startup, he is responsible for the continuous development and implementation of overall strategies, ensuring flexibility in an increasingly dynamic market place. At his research place, he works on software verification, trying to ensure reliability of C-programs that fly passenger and military aircrafts. Besides his academic qualifications and research experience, he has extensive leadership experience in community service and civic infrastructure. He is an engineer and a physicist by education; since earning a PhD in Computer Science, he is a research scientist by profession, and an entrepreneur by passion. His other interests include technologies for health-care and energy, coffee, running, photography, current affairs and celebrity gossip
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