Meet Our Team


Founding Patron - Kakatiya Sandbox, Founder and Former CEO - Sierra Atlantic

Raju is the Founder of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be the best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to having over 2400 employees with operations in several countries. It has been consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.

Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. During his time at Intel, he championed Intel's Software Partner Program for the first-generation Pentium processor, and built strong relationships with industry leaders Microsoft and IBM.

Raju currently serves on the board of Hitachi Consulting. He is also active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently a member of the BITS Pilani Board of Directors, a Charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, and serves on the Board of India community center. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped underprivileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.

Phanindra Sama

Co-Founder, & Chief Innovation Officer, Govt. of Telangana

Phanindra Sama is a co-founder and the CEO of redBus, India's first online bus ticket booking service. Started in 2005, today Redbus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India; it has the largest network of bus operators, 350+ and growing.

Mr. Sama is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. Prior to Redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments as a Senior Design Engineer. He is one of the founding patrons of the Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad that helps locals work on solutions to pressing issues.

The Government of Telangana recently appointed him as the state's Chief Innovation Officer. He will head the Telangana State Innovation Cell, which has been set up to promote innovation at the grassroot level.