SRIKANTH NADHAMUNI - CHAIRMAN, NOVOPAY
Srikanth Nadhamuni is a technologist and entrepreneur who spent a decade and a half in California’s Silicon Valley designing CPUs, developing software products and creating internet startups. He moved to India in 2002 to work on governance and other transformational projects.
Srikanth has a BE from the University of Mysore and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He worked at Sun Microsystems on the UltraSparc CPU. At Intel he worked on the Pentium projects. This was followed by a stint at Silicon Graphics creating an interactive TV platform. In 1996 he joined the initial team of Healtheon | WebMD. After moving to India in 2002 he co-founded the eGovernments Foundation which created a suite of Municipal eGovernance products that has been deployed in 275+ Indian cities. In 2009 he was made the Head of Technology by the UID Authority of India where he created the technology that powers India’s national ID project.
He is the Chairman of Novopay, where he helped conceptualize, develop and deploy the solution. Srikanth is also the CEO and co-founder of Khosla Labs which he and Vinod Khosla setup in October 2012
Sridhar is an accomplished business leader and strategic thinker with over thirty years of quality experience across a blend of industries and markets across India, Indonesia and Western Europe.
Sridhar joined Vodafone India in 2004. As a CEO of a startup in mobile telephony in one of India’s most populous and rural states, he led the Kolkata & West Bengal business into a strong market leadership position. Vodafone was eventually voted as the most trusted brand across all product categories in that market, as recognized by the Economic Times’ Brand Equity in 2011. He then moved to Vodafone India Headquarters in Mumbai to become the first CEO of Vodafone M-Pesa, India. He worked at the foundation stage to conduct market trials, design the final market offering and set up the infrastructure necessary to launch the mobile money services in India.
Later, he moved to Bangalore, his home town, and joined hands with Khosla Labs to incubate Novopay. As CEO and Co-founder of Novopay Solutions, Sridhar brings his entrepreneurial zeal, market understanding and leadership skills to launch the new innovation in the Indian market.
Gautam has over 19 years of global banking and technology experience, always pondering upon and looking for opportunities to increase client relevance through technology and innovation-led business transformations.
He started his career as a banker, handling different functions ranging from retail banking to corporate relationship management. From banks, he shifted to IT and joined Infosys, where he played several roles from product management, consulting, global deliveries to Head of Innovation. In early 2009, an interaction with Mr. Nandan Nilekani - entrepreneur and co-founder of Infosys, changed his perspectives. He started Finacle Innovation Hub and added two new products – Finacle Inclusion Solution and Finacle Digital Commerce (FDC). One of many successes is Airtel Money – the first & largest mobile operator wallet of India - which uses FDC as the core platform. In 2013, he joined Khosla Labs as an EIR to build businesses around his passion, leveraging his experience and team-building skills.
As the COO and Co-founder of Novopay, Gautam handles Business Operations, Product Management & QA, Partner Strategy and Device Strategy functions. In his own words – “It is so fulfilling to be part of & leading a team who are the change-agents for pioneering new ways of electronic transactions.”
Shankar is a seasoned management professional bringing 25 years of experience in business management first, creating and managing sales and distribution channels in the early years, and in the last 14 years, managing senior level assignments in the telecom industry.
Shankar started his career with the HCL group in sales of Office Automation products. He moved into the telecom industry in the early stages of the industry in 1996. Shankar became COO for Vodafone for the company’s Haryana circle and later for the largest circle, UP East.Later he moved to Srilanka as COO for Hutch, Srilanka. His last assignment was as COO and Business Head for the Karnataka circle of MTS India.
As a seasoned telecom professional, Shankar brings to Novopay his ability to manage large scale operations, mass distribution, rural marketing and a comfort with technology products.