Founder and CEO
Lalitesh Katragadda
Founder, Director

Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda is a pioneer in crowdsourcing and building products for the underserved. His creation, Google Map Maker, tripled the world's digital maps corpus - mapping 3 billion people in 187 countries.

His robotics startup (Sphereo) was Google’s first acquisition in 2002, after which he co-founded Google India and headed Google India Products until 2014. He now builds scalable companies and products for India's Billion. He architected AP’s Fiber Grid and authored India’s national Open API policy. Lalitesh has spoken at TED and The White House.

Engineering
Rachna Agarwal
Software Engineer

Experience

She previously spent over 9 years with Google as Staff Engineer and Tech Lead for Google Village and Google Map Maker, where she owned the moderation pipeline and helped build community features like badges and user pages.

Education

Rachna holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Interests

She likes to unwind by working on pencil sketches and reading thriller novels.

Anand Srinivasan
Software Engineer

Experience

He was previously a Staff Engineer at Google and was part of the original Google Map Maker team, working on everything from user interface to backend, where map data was propagated to other Google products in real-time. Prior to that, Anand dabbled in research at Bell Labs and worked on XP Embedded at Microsoft. He holds multiple patents and has publications in several IEEE journals and conferences including STOC and RTSS.

Education

Anand completed his Ph.D. in real-time multi-processor scheduling and MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Interests

To unwind at the end of a busy week, Anand likes to sing old hindi songs in the lift, solve chess puzzles and plays badminton.

Athira JJ
Frontend Engineer

Experience

She was a Frontend developer at Google for 8 years working mainly on Enterprise projects. While there, she was also responsible for the development for Google Bangalore products like Translator Toolkit. Other cool projects that she worked on include Orkut gadgets, the landing page and iGoogle gadget for the 2014 Loksabha elections.

Education

Athira received her B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kerala.

Interests

She is a badminton enthusiast who has recently taken up training again. In addition to playing sports with her family, she likes to spend time outdoors with her daughter.

Amal Tiwari
UX Designer

Experience

Before joining us, Amal was Lead UX Designer at InMobi where he led InMobi’s Commerce-Ads UX and the redesign of InMobi's publisher and advertiser reports dashboard. Amal has also worked as a Software Engineer at Accenture and interned at Google's Emerging Markets Team.

Education

He graduated with a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago, focusing on Human-Computer Interaction. He also holds a PGDPD in Information and Interface Design from National Institute of Design, Bangalore.

Interests

In his free time, Amal likes to play cricket and paint with his daughter.

M T Raghunath
Software Engineer

Experience

He was formerly Chief Architect at InMobi, leading efforts on user understanding and ad relevance. Prior to that, MTR spent 9 years with Google driving various emerging market engineering efforts that focused on pioneering interfaces for illiterate users. He also worked on multiple projects covering Google Maps, Mobile Ads and Search Quality. Before Google, MTR worked on massively parallel supercomputing systems at IBM. There, he defined the network architecture and low latency communication protocols supported by the IBM SP line of supercomputers. Subsequently, he joined the IBM TJ Watson Research center and built the world's first wristwatch computer that ran Linux and X11. MTR has over 40 patents to his name.

Education

M.T.R holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MS & PhD from UC Berkeley.

Interests

In his spare time, he likes to help his son with rescuing, relocating and rehabilitating snakes.

Sayar Banerjee
Business Analyst

Experience

He was previously part of the Indihood internship program where he focused on mathematical simulations that helped the Indihood team build a loan management system for a client.

Education

Sayar holds a Bachelor’s degree double majoring in Economics and Statistics from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Interests

He is Indihood’s in-house impressionist and loves mimicking famous actors, popular characters and those he knows personally.

Chandramouli B N
Software Engineer

Experience

He was previously a Senior Engineer at Google, responsible for large scale, high performance and security sensitive systems such as Google Frontend (GFE). Mouli was also part of the first few teams that demonstrated the first working 3G standard and one of the early members of Android team. Mouli has contributed to many Google open source projects as well as 3GPP standards and is also the creator of Guic++ project. He even holds a patent on Query enhancement.

Education

Mouli received his Masters in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Interests

He is a lifelong physics enthusiast who likes to spend his free time understanding the field’s latest developments and engaging with discussion groups.

Navin Agarwal
Software Engineer

Experience

He was previously working with Honestbee as an Engineering Lead, where he started the India team and added Deals, Loyalty and Catalog Ingestion platform. Prior to that, Navin worked with Amazon building the Purchase platform for digital products like ebooks.

Education

Navin holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi.

Interests

In his free time, Navin likes to go on bike trips outside the city and keep himself close to nature with activities like hiking and trekking.

Sujith Thotlapalepu
Frontend Engineer

Experience

He formerly worked with Intello Labs for 3 years, developing mobile applications that provided quality assessments to agricultural commodities. Alongside this, he created lighter image recognition and object detection models for effective defects identification and integrated them into mobile applications.

Education

In 2016, Sujith graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar.

Interests

To unwind, he likes going on solo travels and bike trips, meeting new people and exploring places. In fact, Sujith has already finished a ~1400km ride from Bangalore-Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram and a 9-day solo bike trip to Spiti Valley.

Sai Charan Bandikatla
Software Engineer

Experience

He has worked on automating bidding process on various traffic sources based on a time series prediction model. He also developed a tool to research on a given keyword and show potential advertisers and their profile.

Education

Sai Charan did his B.Tech in Computer Science from NIT Warangal.

Interests

In his free time, he does binge watching and plays table tennis.

Abhijeet Kale
Software Engineer

Experience

He was part of the network division team at Samsung and was involved in developing robust solutions, to meet client requirements for functionality, scalability and performance.

Education

Abhijeet did his B.Tech in Computer Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune.

Interests

He loves to go on trips around the city and likes to stay close to nature.

Satish Shende
Frontend Engineer

Experience

He was the Lead Android Engineer at Bounce working on the consumer app. He was part of the team that was migrating the app from Java to Flutter. At Oyo, he was responsible for transitioning the Android app from MVP to VIPER architecture.

Education

Satish received his MTech in Computer Science from IIT, Kharagpur.

Interests

In his free time, he loves to play basketball, read novels and is a movie buff.

Abhishek Chakraborty
Software Engineer

Experience

He was previously working as a Software Associate with Goldman Sachs.

Education

Abhishek holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT BHU.

Interests

In his free time, he loves to play chess. The craziest thing he has ever done is SkyDive from 10000 ft.

Operations
Leya Sathyan
Program Manager

Experience

She previously worked as a consultant for Google where she built and led a QA team for Google Map Maker, setup the QA process, anchored various emerging market initiatives and worked towards getting increasing user engagement across Google’s India product line by helping get 5 million users online.

Education

Leya obtained her MTech in Environmental Management from Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University, Hyderabad.

Interests

She is passionate about gardening, baking and growing up again with her little ones.

Hema Gandhi
Program Manager

Experience

She has worked as a Business Analyst with Cognizant Technology Solutions where she focused on the digital learning space, consulting and building solutions for clients from various pharmaceuticals, manufacturing & retail industries. She also worked with Tata Consultancy Services as a Systems Engineer on telecom solutions, with Alcatel Lucent as the client.

Education

Hema holds an MBA in Finance and Operations from Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore.

Interests

She loves pop culture and likes to spend her free time keeping up with popular TV series and movies.

Sahana Sathyanarayan
Program Manager

Experience

She worked with Indecomm Global Services, contracted to Google before joining Indihood. There, she was involved in carrying out different evaluations related to various Google products like YouTube, Navigation, Google Chrome, Google Maps, G+ and Google Input tool. Sahana also has hands-on experience in SQL, Analytics, Reporting and Manual testing.

Education

Sahana holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Geology from Kuvempu University

Interests

In her free time, Sahana likes to watch comedy movies and enjoys playing dumb charades with her daughter.

Zareer K’Maneck
Program Manager

Experience

He worked with Apple and also spent 10 years with Google leading multi-disciplinary projects that built and maintained Maps data. While at Google, Zareer set up and managed in-house/outsourced project execution teams with associated processes, worked with various engineering and product-management teams and contributed to global company-wide planning processes.

Education

Zareer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mumbai University.

Interests

In his personal time, Zareer loves being his son's best friend, cycling and gardening.

Ashwin Konaje
Program Manager

Experience

He previously worked as a developer for over three years at Tech Mahindra, for the client British Telecom. During this time, he was part of the launch team as well as led an off-shore team for British Telecom's most anticipated product, BT Mobile SIM and phones.

Education

Ashwin holds a (B.E) in Mechanical Engineering from Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology.

Interests

When free, Ashwin likes to cook different cuisines. He is a big fan of inspirational quotes and loves to dig deep into the history and meaning behind popular phrases.

Menaka Khare
Program Manager

Experience

Before Indihood, she worked across sectors like Defence, Corporate and Social Impact. Menaka served in the Army in the Corps of Military Intelligence for five years. In the Corporate sector, she took up roles in business consulting, project and people management. In the social sector, Menaka spent time working on an open-source data platform in the education space.

Education

She has a Master’s in Engineering (Industrial Electronics) from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara and has also completed a Business Management Programme from IIM, Indore.

Interests

In her free time, Menaka loves gardening and reading stories to her daughter.

Ashwin Bhat Suri
Program Manager

Experience

He comes with 5 years of experience in IT and previously worked as a Technology Analyst at Infosys for client Mercedes Benz. There, Ashwin was part of the database team and was not only involved in design but also in the maintenance and administration of all kinds of databases for the client.

Education

Ashwin holds a B.E in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PES University, Bangalore.

Interests

He loves to follow cricket, see thriller TV shows and solve Rubik’s cubes.

Srinithy Srinivasan
Program Manager

Experience

Before Indihood, she worked on analysis and database structures at Tech Mahindra for a client from the education domain. There, Srinithy helped them implement strong business logics on their core products' enhancements.

Education

She has a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sona College of Technology, Salem.

Interests

Srinithy is not only undertaking freestyle dance training but is also into thriller, mystery novels and shows.

Arka Mukherjee
Program Manager

Experience

Prior to Indihood, he worked with Rising Infotech, as a Hadoop developer to write transformation logic and queries. This was followed by his stint at PRM Fincon where he worked as a Software Developer. There he worked with the architecture team and fixed the architecture of the product. Apart from writing services he has also worked on deployment and integration.

Education

He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Technology from WBUT.

Interests

Arka is a fan of Sherlock Holmes and loves taking on new challenges and learning new technologies.

Aashik Jayaraj
Program Manager

Experience

In his previous role with Siemens Healthcare, he was responsible for developing and maintaining security features for a medical imaging and editing platform.

Education

Aashik is a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from VIT, Chennai Campus.

Interests

When free, he enjoys reading novels of a wide variety of genres including Sci-fi, self help and thriller and he also loves to watch anime and movies.

Admin
Subhashish Bhattacharya
HR Lead

Experience

He had spent more than 7 years with CitiusTech, setting up onshore and offshore recruitment process along with increasing employee strength from 50-1500.

Education

In 2013, Subhashish completed a program on Interpersonal Effectiveness and Team Building from IIM, Ahmedabad. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Bombay University and a Master's diploma in Sales and Marketing from Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.

Interests

A sports and music lover from childhood, Subhashish has developed an admiration for the Kathak dance form after his wife and daughter started training.

Sanila Gulati
Office Manager

Experience

She started her career in the education field, working as a teacher for 15+ years before starting her own event-management company and a clothing boutique. Sanila then moved onto a full-time job with Micronutrient Initiative where she organized conferences with partners like UNICEF, World Bank, GAIN, and WFP. Following this, she completed stints as an Office Manager with a venture capitalist and a holistic centre in Bangalore.

Education

Sanila holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bangalore University.

Interests

She is an avid auto enthusiast who likes to participate in car rallies and goes on long drives in her spare time.

Madhusudan G
Accounts Lead

Experience

He has worked with IIIT, Bangalore as Manager - Accounts and Finance. Prior to that, Madhu worked with Alpha Design Technologies, where he was completely responsible for Alpha Design’s accounting and financial reporting. While there, he created an automated template that facilitated the generation of multiple query based reports for analysing sales.

Education

Madhu holds a Master's Degree in Commerce from Karnataka State Open University, Mysore.

Interests

He likes to spend his free time listening to music.

Genevieve Pinto
Executive Assistant

Experience

She was previously with Google Bangalore as Office Manager Cum Administration for 13 years. During this time, she streamlined various administrative processes, managed corporate events, drove facilities expansion efforts and helped maintain high quality standards. She even once managed an Annual off-site in China for 100+ Google engineers from Bangalore.

Education

Genevieve holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Bangalore University.

Interests

In her spare time, Genny loves to sing, dance and watch horror movies.

Kanderp Goel
HR Recruiter

Experience

He started his career with Yahoo! moving to Google, Twitter and Matrix Partners, where he handled a variety of roles from coordinating interviews to revamping the entire hiring process and operations.

Education

Kanderp completed his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital before moving to Christ College, Bangalore to complete his BBA and recently finished a diploma course from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune.

Interests

In his free time, Kanderp loves to go on wildlife/ camping trips to the forest both of which he has been doing since he was 10 years old. He also does short distance biking tours and is an active member of Bangalore Bullet Club.