Dr. Sudhakar Varanasi
Sudhakar Varanasi had his education at IIT, Kharagpur (1969-74) and obtained a Ph D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. After 17 years at IISc, he moved to the corporate world and joined the IT wave in India in 1991.
He was a founding director of Tiger Software, and then moved to Satyam Computer Services as a part of senior management. He started EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute) in 2005 which pioneered large scale deployment of emergency services for the first time in India under a public-private-partnership model.
He then moved to the CEO position at CoOptions Technologies to set up a state wide ICT platform across Andhra Pradesh to reach 3 million farmers in villages to bring about financial inclusion. In the social sector, he was Chief Mentor at Emergent Institute and CEO at Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
He currently mentors many individuals and organisations and challenges them to take on large social causes using innovation, technology and spirit of entrepreneurship. His fields of interest are: education, healthcare and financial inclusion.
At ElderAid, Dr. Varanasi plays the role of Mentor, Evangelist and Strategy Advisor.