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Vasavi Varanasi

Executive Director

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Vasavi is a veteran SAP consultant in retail, telecom and other sectors. She has over 10+ years experience in functional and business areas. Additionally, she is a small business owner as well as an investor in India's agricultural sector. She holds a Masters in computer science from Indiana State University, Indiana.


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Murali Kuracha

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Associate Director

Murali Kuracha is a Molecular and Cell biology scientist with academic and industrial research experience in disease curing models in Invitro as well as Invivo systems. His research focus is to elucidate the molecular mechanism of disease-causing factors identification, targeting immune biological molecules to translate clinical and translational research. I investigate the fundamental mechanisms of cancer cell-mediated inflammation, metastasis, and identifying novel biomarkers for prognostic and diagnostic applications, as well as therapeutic targets limiting antigenic and inflammatory properties of recipient cells. His research Interests span across Molecular and Cell Biology, Immunology, Bioinformatics, and Clinical &Translational.He holds a Phd from Osmania University.


ZhenZhen Ren

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ZhenZhen has a master’s degree in Data Analytics from Northeastern University concentrating on Statistical Modeling. She has worked on various machine learning and deep learning projects. She is skilled with Python, SQL, R and Tableau. Specialized in data processing, predictive modeling, and data mining algorithms.


Mengke Han

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Mengke Han is a dedicated data professional currently pursuing a Master's degree in Data Analysis at Northeastern University. With a strong foundation in statistics and programming, Mengke is passionate about uncovering insights and solving complex problems through data-driven approaches. She has a keen eye for detail and possess advanced skills in data visualization, machine learning, and predictive modeling. Mengke's enthusiasm for data extends beyond the academic realm, as she actively seeks opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. Outside of data analysis, Mengke enjoys exploring new cuisines, watching NBA basketball games and appreciating the strategic and athletic aspects of the sport.


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Venkat is an active researcher, advisor and an executive at several Fortune 100 companies and start-ups in North America. He is also an adjunct faculty at a Top University teaching data analytics and machine learning. He is results oriented data science, business, web & marketing analytics leader with over 10 years’ experience in Data science, Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Digital Media Analytics and Web Marketing optimization with leading internationally recognized corporations, additional 10 years software engineering experience and a top business school MBA. His research interests span across Healthcare, Marketing and Public Policy. He has delivered research initiatives at PathosAI, JeevaHealth and He has experience in management of onshore and offshore teams as well as leadership experience ranging from Director to Manager at Fortune 100 companies including marketing agencies. He holds a Master’s in Computer science from University of Massachusetts – Amherst and an MBA from University of California- Davis. He is a doctoral candidate at Purdue University in the Department of Leadership and Innovation. He has been selected as the "Top Data science leader of 2021" by digital magazine. He has 9+ submitted patents and 6+ conference papers in IEEE, ACM and Springer.


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Rob Iskander

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A serial entrepreneur and a corporate leader with many years of experience in Information Technology, strategic planning and innovation, Robert is a global business transformation leader passionate about leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for all, with a special focus on K-12 education. Nominated as one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers in 2017 by EdTech Magazine. Currently Robert is Founder, Chairman and CEO of GG4L (Global Grid for Learning, PBC) a social impact company focusing on K-12 education.Mr. Iskander's leadership experience includes M&A, strategic business planning, operations, technology infrastructure, product roadmaps, B2B business development, ecosystems, acquisitions, synergy modeling, rollups, due-diligence, global markets, investments and cultural transformation.Prior to GG4L, Robert was Executive Vice President & General Manager at West Corporation (2014-2017) acquired by Apollo Global. He helped West execute an aggressive roll-up strategy by acquiring 3 companies, within 3 years, under SchoolMessenger, creating one of the largest and most profitable K-12 EdTech companies in North America, serving over 63,000 schools and 100 million end-users (parents, students and teachers combined).



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Gpalli is a technical leader in the software industry with more than two decades of experience in building enterprise applications. She is fluent in Russian and finished her Bachelors in Ukraine. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Masters in CS. As a Group Manager of Platform Development at Oracle, she leads the engineers that manage and maintain critical platform components of the Oracle CX Marketing Cloud. Starting as a software developer and making her way into the leadership position, her focus has always been development of software systems that provide scalability, robustness, high availability, fault tolerance, and most importantly, performance. She is passionate about inspiring others to explore and facilitate innovation. Having had the opportunity to play a key role in establishing and expanding R&D centers in India, she has witnessed firsthand how fostering innovation and advancement can dramatically enhance a team's output. This holistic approach to team management, coupled with a commitment to nurturing talent, has been instrumental in her ability to attract and retain top-tier technical talent. Her aspiration is to continue her journey to innovate, contribute to industry advancements, and mentor the next generation of technical leaders.



Abhinandan Dhingra

Software Developer

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Abhi is a qualified Python developer with a track record of accomplishments in the higher education sector. He is highly skilled with Python, Django, Flask, scraping, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB expertise.


Sourabh Khot

Data Scientist intern

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Sourabh is a budding Data Scientist having 3.5 years of BI and consulting experience in Cloud Strategy Office of a global IT services company. He holds an MBA from IIM (S) and Bachelors in Electronics Engineering degree, and is currently pursuing Masters in Data Analytics from Northeastern University.  Sourabh has a knack for using data for surfacing insights and problem solving and is skilled in tools like Python, SQL, PowerBI.



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Business development intern

Priyanka is a graduate at Northeastern University pursuing a degree in Business Analytics and Information Management. 


Dan X

Software intern

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Dan is a warm and outgoing individual, who aspires to become a Data Scientist following her experience as a Project  Analyst and has iinterest in working with data, Dan proactively engaged in projects and workshops related to data modeling, machine learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Dan graduated with Masters student at Northeastern Univ. She loves dogs.

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Timan Goshit

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Data Science Advisory

Timan is a problem solver, investor & world explorer. She leads defining data science curriculumn in ComTIA. She is ex-Oracle &  has had several data engineering roles. She graduated with a BS in ECS from MIT. 


Aishwarya Pillai

Product manager

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Aishwarya is an adept Product Manager with 2.5 years of experience in leading technology solution implementations. Proficient at communicating technical solutions to non-technical stakeholders, while liaising with C-level executives. Experienced in leading teams to maximize opportunities, increasing productivity & reducing costs while at the helm of large global projects. She recently completed her Masters in Project Management from Northeastern univ. 



Software Intern

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Atharva is a Masters student in Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. With a background in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University, he brings a solid foundation to his work. His interests include the domains of Machine Learning and AI with demonstrated experience in the field. Atharva loves brainstorming ML solutions for real-world problems and empowering existing solutions with AI. Beyond academia, he enjoys traveling, playing the guitar, and going on treks.


Sayli Bahekar

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Data Engineer

Sayli has around 4.8 years of experience in Data Analyst/Data Engineer roles, where she worked on data migration, data quality management, and analytical reporting projects. She recently completed my master's in Data Analytics from Northeastern University. She got good exposure to machine learning/AI, and predictive analysis, while doing my master's. She loves working with data to produce insightful outcomes. Besides this, she loves to go for a hike, paint or play music in her free time.


Munir Farhan

Senior Software Engineer

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Farhan is a thorough professional with over a decade of experience in: Software Architecture, DevOps, Technical Leadership, Project Management and Data Sciences. He is a life long learner who takes an immense pleasure in learning about new technologies and methodologies. He is a graduate from DePaul University in Chicago in the field of Computer Science. Besides professional life, he loves to spend time with his family and explore new countries.


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