Leadership Team


Gajanan Sakhare (CEO, Co-founder)

Gajanan is the CEO, co-founder of SmartCloud Infotech. Gajanan started SmartCloud in 2011 with focus on SmartPhones and Cloud technology. Previously Gajanan has worked with Electronic Arts (EA Sports), GlobalLogic and Selectica. As Development Director at EA Mobile, Gajanan was part of the core leadership team in Hyderabad. Gajanan is a MBA from IMT Ghaziabad and holds a Bachelor Of Engineering degree in Computer Science from COEP.

Prashant Rajput (Head Sales Corporate Solutions)

Has 20+ years of Sales experience in the telecommunication industry. Prior to Smartcloud he was heading the GPS services for TATA DoCoMo in the Maharashtra region.

Ajit Patil (Co-founder)

Ajit is the co-founder of SmartCloud Infotech. Previously Ajit was the CEO, co-founder of Vertex Software which scaled to become one of the key Indian IT players in the highly entry barrier Japanese market. Vertex had a strategic equity alliance with Mitsui & Co. Ltd - a large Japanese global conglomerate and later exited to NTTDATA Co. Ltd. - which is amongst Japan's largest IT services company. Ajit is a graduate of Industrial Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and bachelors of mechanical engineering from College of Engineering Pune.

Board Of Advisors


Peter Relan

A serial entrepreneur from Bay Area has his incubator program call Studio9+ Peter started working with founders in 2007 in his first incubator venture YouWeb. Before founding YouWeb, Peter was founder and CEO of Business Signatures, a fraud detection company acquired by Entrust (ENTU on Nasdaq) and CTO of Webvan in addition to a host of roles at Hewlett Packard and Oracle spanning a 30 year career.

Mariko Yoshihara

Is the CEO of JAC Recruitment - Indonesia and a major share holder of its parent company which is a global recruitment firm. She has extensive entrepreneurial experience and is on the board of several Japanese / Indonesian firms. Also, she is actively involved in various social organizations in the capacity of Chairperson.

Lila Poonawalla

Recipient of "Padmashree" one of the most prestigious awards given by India President; Lila is India's first women CEO, and had an exceptionally successful tenure as the Managing Director of Alfa Laval from 1987 - 1996. Currently she is deeply involved with the Lila Poonawalla foundation, which contributes to empowerment of Indian women.

Sandeep Datar

An IIT Mumbai alumnus, has 18 years of rich experience in the field of Design, Research and Innovation, both as an individual contributor and a seasoned leader. His experience ranges from product design, product ideation, conceptualization and strategy, across diverse sectors like consumer Internet applications, digital media, search and display advertising, e-commerce, enterprise data center applications, industrial design of consumer durables and automobiles.