Key Personnel

We have a distinguished team strength of more than 150 associates across locations. Our team is a blend of professionals from business, science and policy planners. We have an eclectic mix of highly motivated and qualified teams from various fields. We complement team strengths by drawing on global network of experts.

  • Founders

    K Vijayaraghavan
    Founder Director

    K. Vijayaraghavan (Vijay), the chairman of Sathguru Management Consultants established the firm to integrate proficiencies in science and management to help create and nurture innovative enterprises, by adopting next generation technologies for product development and providing strategic ideas in reaching markets and delivery systems for different segments. He takes special interest in exploring the potential of applying technological innovations in life sciences, to address the problems of resource-constrained communities. His able guidance has helped constitute, some path breaking global consortiums in public health, agriculture, food and environment. View full profile


    Hemalatha is one of the founder directors of Sathguru Management Consultants. She is a Commerce graduate and holds a postgraduate certification Systems from NCC, UK. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of India and has experience in handling Initial Public Offers (IPO) under the erstwhile Capital Markets practice at Sathguru. She has handled numerous IPOs, Rights and Bonus offers and other Capital Market related offerings.

    She is also experienced in handling assurance audits, implementation of systems and practices and harness best practices through management control systems. She has extensive experience in global capacity building and education delivery model of Sathguru and currently heads these practices.

    She also heads the human resource division & has been responsible for introducing various innovative policies. She also presides over Sankalp and other CSR activities.

    Kannan Ragunathan
    K Ragunathan

    Kannan Ragunathan is one of the director of Sathguru Management Consultants and heads the Information Technology practice of Sathguru. Ragunathan is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Management Consultant and a systems specialist. He is an eminent expert in application of information technology solutions in the agriculture and food sector for supply chain and last mile delivery integration. His expertise spans over designing and developing solutions using mobile and hand held technologies and integrating them with server based technologies on a multi-platform delivery basis.

    He leads a team of innovative developers who design solutions for solving real-life problems of agronomy at field level and integrated them for speedy information delivery. He is a member of DFK international, a network of global business advisors providing cross country advisory support for multinational agri and food enterprises.

  • Advisory

    Pushpa is one of the director of Sathguru Management Consultants. She primarily focuses on life sciences and advises enterprises, academia, and venture capitalists on advancing innovation and leveraging opportunities in India and other countries in South Asia. She also leads relationships with global network of technology generators and large companies. Pushpa's prior experience includes leading advisory assignments at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst &Young (E&Y) and short stints with the Export Import Bank of India and University of Michigan Technology Transfer Office. She holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

    Pushpa Vijayaraghavan
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    Venu Gopal is one of the director of Sathguru Management Consultants. He is the primary US interface for Sathguru’s international clients in agribusiness and food industries. He advises Indian and global clients on strategies to enhance value and competitive advantage by exploiting new market and product/technology opportunities. He has led several engagements for young ventures and industry leaders including the creation of global expansion strategy for one of India’s largest food companies. Venu brings with him over 16 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Venu holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

    Venu Gopal Chintada

    Ms. Alka Shrikhande is life sciences professional with more than 20 years of experience in the US pharmaceutical industry. She started her career working on cardiovascular research at the Miles Institute of preclinical pharmacology which was later known as Bayer. At Bayer her work involved research in the area of osteoarthritis in the inflammation group advancing a kinase project into the clinics. She was a Senior Scientist in the neuroscience research unit at Pfizer in Groton, CT for over 12 years, contributing to numerous psychotherapeutic projects. In 2010, Alka started BioLink Consultants which offers strategic consulting and business development support to life science companies. Alka obtained her MSc specializing in Microbiology and MBA from the University of New Haven. In her current role at Sathguru, she advises global clients on innovation advancement opportunities and growth avenues in India and other emerging markets.

    Alka Shrikhande
    Associate Vice President

    Vijay Paranjape is an experienced Agricultural Biotechnology professional with over 20 years of industrial and academic experience in diverse areas of Plant Biotechnology. His major experience has been working for over 16 years with Monsanto where he took progressive roles of increasing scope & responsibility. Vijay is a patent scientist and a registered Indian Patent Agent. He also has an experience in implementing and sustaining Quality Management Systems and ETS (Excellence Through Stewardship) programs. In his current role at Sathguru, he advises clients on innovation advancement opportunities, R&D Strategy, Technology Scouting & Assessment, Technology Commercialization, IP Strategy and Valuation, Policy and Regulatory Framework Development. Vijay has a Ph. D in molecular biology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and post-doctoral research experience in plant molecular
    biology from Imperial College, London, UK and Washington State University, Pullman, USA. Vijay Paranjape, Ph. D
    Lead – Innovation Advisory

    Satya leads the Food Processing and Retail Practice and focuses on research strategy, portfolio optimization, technology commercialization, technical due diligence for M&A and regulations in the food sector. He is actively involved in technology landscaping and scouting of progressive technologies from leading global research bodies and licensing them to clients. He is also involved in project management of development focused public - private partnership projects involving technology transfer. Satya has over a decade of industry experience. Prior to joining Sathguru, Satya worked with Tata Innovation Centre in the areas of industrial biotechnology and food ingredients. Satya holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Agriculture from ANGRAU and a Ph.D in Biotechnology from CFTRI/ University of Mysore and is a certified Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls For Human Food.

    Dr. Satyanarayana K V

    Anand Singh is the Manager in Life Sciences Advisory Group. He is Ph. D. in Botany with specialization in Plant Pathology. Anand has versatile experience of 14 years working in diverse functions including product management, capacity development and ICT implementation in agriculture and project management, product delivery and development in information technology.

    Anand Singh

    Vignesh V. J. (Vignesh) is a Manager with International Development group at Sathguru and is responsible for identifying and conceptualizing projects in the international development space by understanding the various funding organizations, their funding strategy & requests for project proposals, and finding potential matches with Sathguru’s strengths. He has over 7.5 years of experience across countries like - Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Papua New Guinea. Prior to joining Sathguru, Vignesh worked with Olam International Ltd in their cotton and coffee divisions. Vignesh holds an MBA from IIM Indore and a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras.

    Vignesh V. J

    Raja Rajeswari heads the corporate social responsibility department of Sathguru. She focuses on promoting sustainable social development through Sankalp and Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD). She has over 23 years of experience in social development sector and has initiated development programs especially for women, children, youth, persons with psycho-social disability, HIV infected and affected persons, high risk groups, and victims of conflict. Prior to joining Sathguru she has worked with Henry Martyn Institute, Alpha Foundation, Dr. Reddy Foundation, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, and Fracarita International. She has served the advisory board of Christian Conference of Asia – Thailand for 5 years and has mentored NGOs at Asia level on peace building strategies. Her key strengths include, program management, grant writing, capacity building and research. She holds a Master degree in
    Social Work (MSW) from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

    Raja Rajeswari
    General Manager for Development

    G.P. Das is the Country Coordinator for Sathguru's affiliate office in Bangladesh. He has over 25 years of experience in research scientist (BARI), university teaching, extension approaches, project management, etc. He also held the role of Director (BARC).His primary responsibility is to facilitate all ABSPII related activities in Bangladesh. Prior to joining ABSPII, he was involved in a number of projects aiming at developing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies against the major insect pests of tuber crops.Bio pesticides such as Bt, GV, among others, were components of these IPM.Other experiences include the full responsibility of research management in the context of a donor funded project as well as instruction at the University level. Das holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB).

    Dr. G.P. Das
    Country Coordinator- ABSPII

    Vithal Karoshi is the country coordinator for Sathguru affiliate office in Malawi. He is working on a trilateral project on agricultural innovation partnership supported by USAID. He has about 20 years of experience in India and Africa. His experience revolves around contract farming, seed production, plant improvement, varietal development, training and capacity building, green field farming-projects in Africa, bio-fuel and carbon sequestration. Vithal holds M.Sc. in Agro-forestry and Ph.D. in agricultural development.

    Dr. Vithal Karoshi
    Project Coordinator – AIP - Malawi
  • Information Technology

    With over 19 years of IT experience, Hanumantha Rao plays a vital role in Sathguru as a Solutions Architect for Vertical based Solutions Development and its successful implementation. Over the years, he has developed expertise in Oracle database, Developer 2000, OBIEE and mastered development of Qlikview dashboards. With in-depth knowledge on Micro-Finance, Textile, Financial, Share Accounting Management and Retail domains he has developed Business Solutions for Microfinance called “Delphix” and was actively involved in the development of Textiles product called “Yarena” as well as Sathguru’s flagshipERP/software product “Retail ViVA”. Hanumantha is a Post Graduate in Commerce from Andhra University and has also completed his PGDCA from Academy of Computer Sciences.

    Hanumantha Rao
    Senior Project Leader

    Suresh Penugonda has over 14 years of experience in the field of IT. He worked extensively in the areas of system analysis, design, development and implementation of a variety of IT solutions for retail, sugar, textile and microfinance sectors using Oracle technologies. He was responsible for building Retail Viva, an ERP product for retail industry, developed by Sathguru team. He plays an important role in enhancing the products for future releases. Suresh is a graduate in Industrial engineering.

    Suresh Penugonda
    Project Manager

    Bharat Singh has vast experience in presales, implementation, support and consulting industry. Before moving to Sathguru, he was a Consultant with Microsoft Corporation where his core responsibilities included assisting Fortune 500 companies on presales, deploying, advising and consulting on business solutions and best practices. In Sathguru, he plays a critical role in successful implementation of Sathguru’s suite of products based on client’s needs.

    Bharat Singh
    Manager –ERP Implementation

    Renuka Bandala has over 14 years of experience in software life cycle assortment from software design, coding, change management, training and implementation. She is responsible for multi-platform development and delivery; the developments are chiefly involved on Microsoft, Java and mobile platforms. As a key member in IT team at Sathguru, Renuka heads a team of dynamic software professionals in these platforms and has varied international project experience of solution implementation. Renuka holds an MSc degree in chemistry and honors diploma in software engineering. Renuka is also an accredited project management trained professional.

    Renuka Bandala
    Senior Project Leader

    Nagendra Raju has eight years of experience in Software development and Services. He started his career with Sathguru as a Software Programmer and is currently leading the Dedicated Software Customer Support Team which supports all the International and Domestic Software Clients 24/7. Nagendra Raju with his team keeps up the Excellent Service Level with all the customers and leads to getting new projects through references from satisfied customers. Nagendra Raju holds a Masters Degree in Computer Applications from Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu. He is also an Oracle Certified Associate.

    Nagendra Raju
    Project Lead – Systems & Software Division
  • Human Asset Management

    Murali Mohan is the Dy.General Manager-Human Resource at Sathguru. He plays a key role by sourcing right talent for the organization. He has expertise in handling recruitment activities for various sectors viz. Consulting, Healthcare, Automotive, Engineering, Power, Infrastructure and Manufacturing etc. Murali has more than ten years of experience in Human Resources& Talent Acquisition function. He has mastered in handling Campus Recruitments, Leadership hiring, volume hirings and niche recruitments along with other HR activities like Performance Management, Compensation & Benefits, employee relations etc. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Plastics Technology, MBA (Marketing and Human Resources) and a Certification on Personal Profile Analysis from Thomas International.

    Murali Mohan K N
    Dy.General Manager-Human Resource

    Corporate Communications

    Aditya K.V. heads the branding and communications department at Sathguru. He has over 6 years of experience in brand consulting. Prior to joining Sathguru Aditya had worked with Ketchum, Genesis Burson and Marstellar, T.I.M.E. He has worked across the sectors like Information Technology, Microfinance, Telecommunication and Education. He specializes in consumer behavioral analysis, public relations, brand management and market research. Aditya is a graduate from Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies and holds a Bachelors in Commerce from Osmania University

    Aditya K.V
    Manager - Branding & Corporate Communications