Meet the Launchpad Team

Sriram Ayer

A serial entrepreneur, Sriram began his career in the information technology arena nearly two decades ago. He later held senior positions in companies including HCL Technologies before establishing EAP Global Limited, an IT security startup. As the company founder, he managed a large team of information security experts throughout four countries before divesting his stakes to SIFY. Sriram imparts impressive international business acumen and maintains a wide net of contacts across all sectors. As the founder of Launchpad Ventures, Sriram continues to lead the company, with an investment portfolio in India that features energy, food and technology sectors. He also has a deep understanding of India’s political climate, bureaucratic process and how Indian governments operate.

Sanjay K. Pillai

Sanjay is a professional who embraced an entrepreneurial model, and brings over two decades of experience in diverse fields from general business practices, journalism, management consulting, automobiles, human resources and industrial relations, to corporate affairs, government relations and corporate social responsibility. Starting his career as a journalist with leading journals such as Business Line and Business Standard, Sanjay has mapped out an exciting journey with companies such as Hyundai Motor India, where he took a role as their youngest Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. He has a Certificate in Management from INSEAD Business School and an M.A. in English Literature from Loyola College in Chennai, India.

Gururaj Venkatesh

Gururaj is the founder of Arithra Corporate Advisors and brings over two decades of well-rounded business advisory, corporate finance and private equity experience. Earlier, Gururaj worked for roughly five years with Everstone Capital, where he handled large investments and managed a portfolio of high stake holdings based in Mumbai and Bangalore. Prior to that, he was employed by ICICI Venture, the private equity arm of ICICI Bank, where he oversaw investment structuring and monitored various portfolios. He has corporate advisory experience as well as treasury and corporate finance at Sonata Software and taxation and business advisory skills at RSM (now part of Price Waterhouse and Coopers). Gururaj holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Mysore, India and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dr. Mayilvel Ponnusamy

Dr. Mayilvel is characterized by in-depth operations and technical expertise for over two decades in the field of energy and sustainable development. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Thermal Power Engineering from the prestigious Anna University in Chennai, India. His experience traverses the fields of energy, oil and gas exploration. For over two decades, he has successfully managed Techsun Energies, an energy operations and maintenance company in India. He continues to oversee technical support for over 200 distributors across Southern India, and has built a solid distribution network. He is the Former Vice Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for Tuticorin District in the State of Tamil Nadu and presently holds the Tuticorin District Chair of Secretary General of All India Chamber of Commerce and Industries (AICCI).