Key People

AmarAmar Panchal, Co-Founder and CEO 

Amar Panchal is the Co-Founder and CEO. He founded Akraya with Sonu Ratra in 2001. Amar possesses over a decade of management, international business development, technology consulting, product management and software engineering experience.

As a Co-Founder of a high-growth services company, Amar leads by example. Clients consistently appreciate his dedication to deliver outside-the-box custom solutions to meet the challenges at hand. Amar’s eye for talent and his deep-seated faith in empowerment and accountability has helped grow Akraya into an employee-driven organization where each member relishes the power and respects the responsibility.

As a fervent advocate of fighting climate change in the corporate office, Amar invests time and resources to ensure that Akraya’s carbon footprint is minimal. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Service Credit Union (PSCU), one of the largest Credit Unions in the US with over $1 billion in assets. Amar holds an MBA Degree in Information Systems from Symbiosis International Education as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pune, India.

DhawalDhawal Wadaskar, Director of Technology

Dhawal Wadaskar brings over 20 years of IT industry experience, successfully managing large teams across continents and delivering leading-edge solutions to marquee clients.
He is extremely client focused and has a robust network of CXO level client executives. Dhawal came from Ness Technologies where he was VP of Delivery for the Western United States. Prior to that he was General Manager at Mindtree where he worked for more than 10 years. He has worked in multiple countries and also possesses a rich cross-cultural expertise.

Dhawal is in charge of building Akraya’s technology practice and is responsible for developing and maintaining the SOW sales and delivery process.

He loves to travel and also loves good food. He and his family have lived in the Bay Area since 2010.

 

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Srishti Agarwal, Director of Account Management 

Srishti has 10 years of experience in the Professional Services Industry. She joined Akraya in 2005 and has successfully supported building the Akraya brand over the years – from running full desk hands-on, set-up business development micro-teams to establishing Global Account teams. Within her role, Srishti supports Akraya’s Enterprise clients in Healthcare, Financial, Pharmaceutical, Telecom and Internet domains.

Srishti leads The California Staffing Professionals Association – Silicon Valley Chapter as President, striving to highlight the latest Staffing Industry trends in education, networking & legislative advocacy. She was awarded as the Staffing Professional of the Year for 2013-2014. Srishti is also on the Health Committee Board of Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) is a non-profit member organization that engages senior managers in cooperative efforts with local, state, and federal officials to address major public policy issues that affect the economic health and quality life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Srishti is actively involved in supporting local community schools, other women owned businesses and through organizations such as Red Cross, Girls for a change, TGIF.