Board Members

Udayan Singh


SNIA India Chair

Udayan is Sr. Manager, Development, Veritas Technologies. He has 18+ yrs of experience in Product Development, Quality Assurance, Sustenance and Solution Development in the Storage industry. His key areas of focus are Solid State Storage (including NVMe), Clustering Systems, Replication technologies, Containers, Open Source Storage Technologies and Storage Solution Integration.

Previously at TCS he was head of Software Product Engineering – Storage and Platform, Manageability, HiTech where he focused on latest trends that are impacting Storage, Platform & Manageability Software Product Companies, conceptualizing and leading development of Innovative Solutions that provide value to Storage and Platform companies. He has also led Cloud Data Management Interface Testing Solution in TCS in collaboration with SNIA US. He was also leading the Innovation Management Group of the HiTech ISU, where he focused on developing and implementation of new levers on Innovation. Also, he has held technical lead roles with Customers in the Telecom domain.

Udayan has presented and published papers at the Storage Developer Conference / Storage Conferences and has filed multiple patents on various areas of Storage Technologies. He is also a member Computer Society of India.

Rahul Gupta

Managing Director, Smile Security & Surveillance Pvt Ltd

SNIA India Vice-Chair

Rahul Gupta, a 1975 Mechanical Engineering Graduate has been associated with the IT Industry for more than 35 years. Rahul Gupta started his IT career with DCM Data Products in the year 1980. He re-located to the Middle East in 1990 and worked for Acer Middle East (A subsidiary of Acer Taiwan) as General Manager before he relocated to India in 2002 to set up a company for Acer group in India.

He has now established his own company, M/s. Smile Security and Surveillance Pvt. Ltd. (SSSPL) and conceived the brands AnexGATE and AnexSECURE and promotes them to industry verticals ranging from financial, retail, education, government, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate and healthcare. AnexGATE range of products, solutions and services cater for Unified Advanced Network Security + Secure Connectivity solutions ( and AnexSECURE range of products, solutions and services cater for Electronic Security and Surveillance, Digital content distribution, cloud technology solutions (

He has been associated with several Safe City projects in Taiwan and China and is also closely associated with  Iveda USA, Megasys Taiwan, etc. for Safe City Projects in addition to being associated with APSA, MAIT, etc. He is currently the Chairman of MAIT SME Chapter and passionately promoting MAKE IN INDIA Program and other associated charter for uplifting of MSME and SME organizations in the country.

The AnexGATE Network Security and Secure Connectivity appliances brand was recently conferred with the National Productivity and Innovation Award –by the National Productivity council (NPC), Government of India for MAKE IN INDIA Zero Defect Zero Effect for manufacturing AnexGATE appliances in India and even exporting to many international markets.

Closely associated with Storage industry for almost two decades, he was majorly instrumental in establishing SNIA India chapter and has held the position of Vice Chair for over 5 years in the past. He is actively pursuing Software Defined Storage technology for use in Cloud hosted Video Surveillance these days.

Dr Anupam Bhide

Founder and CEO, Calsoft Inc.

Dr. Anupam Bhide is the founder and C.E.O of Calsoft Inc. With more than 22 years of experience in the technology industry, he is widely respected for his integrity, innovative mindset, and dynamism. His visionary leadership combined with deep industry and technology expertise have played a key role in establishing Calsoft Inc. as a leading provider of software product engineering services. Prior to incorporating Calsoft Inc., Anupam led elite development teams at HP, IBM, and Oracle. Under his direction, the teams at Oracle designed key features for Oracle 8 and improved the scalability of Oracle 7.  Before joining Oracle, he served as a Research Scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, New York where he was a founding member of the DB2/6000 Parallel Edition team. At IBM, he also conceived and built one of the first high availability products in the open systems market - the Highly Available NFS File Server.  Anupam holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley. He also has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from IIT-Mumbai.

Piyush Gupta

Program Director, IBM India Pvt Ltd 

Piyush Gupta is the Program Director with IBM India Pvt Ltd heading its flagship product IBM Flashsystems Development lab in India. He has been with IBM for over 8 years and played various roles with in IBM Storage development lab. In his current role , he lead development of various enterprise storage components like Cloud , storage protocols , security , resiliency , performance , backup and recovery etc etc . He has been in the storage and virtualization industry for over 18 years and played various technical and leadership roles at IBM and previously with  NetApp, VMware and Wipro. Piyush is an eminent technology evangelist  representing IBM storage products and technologies at various global platforms like customer/developer conferences , product launch events and client meets like “User Group Meetings”. Piyush is also frequently engaged in giving back to the society through his association with management and technical institutions as guest speaker. Piyush is an engineering graduate and management certified by IIM. 

Prof. K. Gopinath

Professor, IISc.

Prof. K. Gopinath graduated from IIT-Madras with a B.Tech. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison with an MS in Computer Science. After working at Advanced Micro Devices as a Product Planning Engineer, he joined Stanford University for a Ph.D.(completed '88). After a brief stint as a PostDoc at Stanford and then at Sun Microsystems Labs, he joined IISc in 1990 where he is now a Professor.  His research interests are primarily in the computer systems area (Operating Systems, Storage Systems, Computer Systems, Security, Software Verification).

Siddhartha Nandi

Independent Board Advisor



Sanjiv Chandane

Director of Engineering, NetApp

Sanjiv is a Director of Engineering at NetApp. He has 22 years of experience in the technology industry in driving enterprise product development teams, and he has domain experience in file systems & storage. His key focus area in his 11 years career at NetApp has been building storage efficiency products in particular, but in general on-prem as well as cloud technologies for the enterprise applications. Prior to NetApp he worked at IBM for 10 years, where he technically lead the product engineering teams working on distributed file systems, parallel file system and scale-out NAS etc. As a product advocate he participated in various customer engagements in APAC region to provide storage and file system based solutions across the verticals like high-performance computing, digital media, telecom and so on. He has also participated in India based technical conferences to present storage & file system technologies.

Guna Bala Shekar

Guna is a senior semiconductor professional with a strong domain experience in the Storage, Networking and the Data Analytics markets. He used to work for LSI in the Bay Area before moving to Bangalore to work for LSI India (now Broadcom). Besides LSI, he has also worked at successful semiconductor startups in the Bay Area as well as in Bangalore. During his 20+ years at all these companies, he had taken up several challenging senior management roles spanning Engineering, Marketing and Sales.

Guna is now a co-founder for a stealth mode startup that plans to radically change the way telecom service providers monetize the cellular market. The solution innovatively combines the benefit of utilizing unlicensed shared spectrum along with virtualization increasing the quality of experience for the end user at reduced costs.


Karnendu Pattanaik

Senior Technical Manager,  Mindteck India Ltd 

SNIA India Secretary

Karnendu has been in the Storage arena for the past eighteen years, with experience in development, testing and maintenance projects, including strategic planning of Storage products. He worked with Wipro and Axes technologies for around thirteen years in Storage, Embedded and VOIP domains before joining Mindteck. At Mindteck, Karnendu has been spearheading the areas of Storage Networking and platforms. His strong Project and Program Management expertise has been much appreciated by his clients. 

Karnendu has consistently been contributing to innovations and promoting innovations in his teams.  He has contributed in the areas of Private Cloud, Test management tools and optimizing test methodologies for storage. He has been a presenter in the SNIA India SDC and presented technical white papers for the past two years.

Karnendu has done his degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Gulbarga University, Karnataka.  He has done various certifications in the areas of technology and management. 

Pradip Kumar Das

Senior Vice President, Engineering and Head of Cloud & AI R&D, Huawei Technologies India

Pradip has 23+ years of experience in Product Engineering, Research, Innovation, and End to End R&D Engineering in different domain such as Storage, Data Platform, Cloud Computing and Telecom. Currently his Key areas covers Storage Distributed NAS File System, Storage unstructured Data platform, Storage NAS Ecosystem and Solutions, Storage Replication Technologies, Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing - Cloud Full-Stack BigData Solution, Cloud – Data and DB Services, AI especially focusing on Deep Learning Models and Computer Vision Algorithms Evaluation Platform, Huawei initiative open source technologies Data Management - SODA and Data Virtualization- OpenLooKeng

Previously at Huawei, he has held lead roles in various Products and Platforms in Networking, Telecom and Application domain.

Kunal Ruvala

Senior Vice President, Data Protection & Data Management Software, Dell Technologies

Kunal Ruvala is the Senior Vice President of Data Protection and Data Management Software Egineering team, within the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies. In his current role, he is responsible for building cutting-edge Data Protection and Management Solutions for Dell’s customers and hence enable their digital transformation journey. He leads the innovation of next-generation Data Protection solutions and modernization of current generation products. He was also in charge of transforming this ~1000-member team to a ‘modern software development’ team by implementing Scrum and moving the organization to the agile way of working. 

Kunal has experience in multiple domains when it comes to DATA! Over the last 19 years, he has played various roles in various geographies, leading and establishing high performing, large, global engineering organizations in Primary Storage, Data Protection, Enterprise Management Software, and Security domains. Just before this role, he led the Data Security Suite at RSA. He was responsible for leading product management and engineering for RSA SecurID (a mechanism developed by RSA for performing two-factor authentication for a user to a network resource), and RSA’s encryption & authentication products. Additionally, he led post-acquisition integration of one of the companies acquired by RSA. While in the Storage Management space, Kunal was responsible for a product line servicing 1000s of customers enabling their data center management needs. 

Kunal is passionate about giving back to the organization. He is the executive sponsor for one of Dell’s key Management Development programs called ‘EDGE’. He is currently a mentor to over a dozen team members and is also an executive sponsor for the ‘Women in Action’ Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Dell. 

Kunal holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from Northeastern University. Outside of work, Kunal loves to travel with his family. He also enjoys watching and playing several sports especially cricket.

Sanjay Agrawal

Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Vantara

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), at Hitachi Vantara, Sanjay is leading Digital Transformation Solution initiatives for our Enterprise Customers that include solutions around Big Data, Cloud, and Data Center Modernization. As presales head, heading a team of Solution Architects in India and SAARC. This team is responsible for consulting and design of IT solutions related to Data Center Modernizations that includes Server & Storage Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud, Intelligent Data Governance and Data Driven Insights. Specific Digital initiatives led are- DataOps, Data Lake optimization, Insights into Dark Data, On-demand blending of structured and unstructured data for new business insights, Hybrid Cloud adoption including Application Modernization for shifting workloads to Public cloud, Hybrid IT under DC modernization with optimized Infrastructure around Converged / Hyper Converged systems and Object storage as a part of enterprise data strategy and Data Compliance. Also playing lead role in conducting Digital Transformation workshops for Enterprise customers. These workshops include assessment of current state and recommendations to arrive at desired Digital maturity state with certain initiatives around Data Driven decision making, Cloud acceleration, IT Modernization etc. to accelerate their Digital Transformation journey and shift focus from Operations to Innovation.

Gajanan Kamble

Global Head, Software Product Engineering HiTech ISU, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

As Global Head Software product engineering services for HiTech vertical. Gajanan drives the vision, strategy, and operations for software product engineering services business for world’s leading technology companies.  Gajanan brings 24 years of product management, engineering and services expertise to his role leading innovation and accelerated software product engineering services. He worked on many TCS and customer product development initiatives. Prior to this role, Gajanan worked with TCS research (TRDDC) for 4 years in the artificial intelligence areas.