Gurmukh Singh Thakral
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THAKRAL GROUP OF COMPANIES (PARENT COMPANY)
Mr Gurmukh Singh Thakral has been with the Thakral Group of companies since 1969, and is the eldest son of Chairman Mr Kartar Singh Thakral, and Managing Director of Thakral Brothers. Mr Gurmukh led the group’s forays into Asian and Eastern European emerging markets, and currently heads the group’s distribution, retail, logistics, technology and selected real estate businesses.
He provides strategic guidance to Thakral One, and was responsible for the group’s investments into technology and IT services in the 90s.
Bikram Singh Thakral
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BOARD MEMBER OF THE THAKRAL GROUP OF COMPANIES
Bikram Singh Thakral has been Chief Executive Officer of Thakral One since 2003. He has led Thakral One’s expansion into Technology consulting, Applications, Banking Solutions and Data Analytics. He currently holds director-level positions in various Thakral Group companies and is heavily involved in the group’s global corporate strategy and M&A.
Prior to Thakral One, Bikram was a Strategy Consultant with the Boston-based Monitor Group, with a core focus on marketing strategy and public-sector industry growth.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & HEAD, FINANCIAL SERVICES
Santie Heydenrych joined Thakral One in 2010 to establish the Financial Services Practice, based out of Singapore. She has successfully grown this practice in and around Asia, through partnerships with leading global solution providers and in collaboration with Tier 1 banks. Santie has led the expansion of Thakral One’s consulting practice and now heads a team of approximately 100 banking consultants/experts.
Prior to joining Thakral One, Santie held several senior positions in core banking world leader Temenos Group AG, where she drove large and complex programmes in Global Tier 1 Banks. She has over 20 years’ experience in IT with 15 of them focused on financial services across Africa, Europe and Asia.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & GM SOUTH EAST ASIA
Satbir Katyal has been Chief Operating Officer of Thakral One since 2003, and heads the Thakral Group’s technology distribution business in South Asian Markets. Satbir also holds CFO positions in selected Thakral Group entities and investments, and has been with Thakral since 1998.
In addition to heading operations and finance, Satbir actively manages relationships with various IT OEM vendors globally, drawing on over 30 years’ experience in merchant banking, finance and banking.
Satbir has a Master’s degree in Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Certified Association of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).
Joseph P J
GENERAL MANAGER (FINANCE), ASEAN, COUNTRY HEAD, VIETNAM
Joseph oversees the Group’s operations in Indo-China, based out of Vietnam. He has extensive knowledge and experience in operations, treasury, banking and finance.
Under his leadership, Thakral One has been able to shorten the lead time on all new projects and investments, showing a steady growth in profit particularly in Indo China.
Joseph has a Masters Degree in Science and holds professional qualifications in Banking, Finance, Accounting and Law.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & HEAD OF APPLICATIONS & CLOUD, ASIA EMERGING MARKETS (AND COUNTRY HEAD, PHILIPPINES & MYANMAR)
Millet is currently leading the group’s forays into cloud solutions and new applications through strategic alliances. She also leads the group’s regional Microsoft Practice, and has been steadily building a formidable Microsoft consulting and services team in key markets, around key MS technologies.
Prior to joining the Thakral family, she was a Member of the Board of Directors of Indra, providing oversight on business units in Solution Integration, Consulting, and Alliances. Recent accomplishments include the setting up and growing of Centres of Competence in ERP, Business Analytics, CRM, Cloud, and Mobility.
Millet has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the Ateneo De Manila University, and did her MBA in De la Salle University’s Graduate School of Business.
Pavan Kumar Kanagala
VICE PRESIDENT, REGIONAL OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Pavan Kumar Kanagala comes with a unique blend of experience in finance, business operations and Information Technology. Since joining Thakral One in 2010, he has, at various times, led our Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Singapore teams. In his career spanning 15 years, he has been involved in multiple roles including presales, project management, product development and internal operations. He has hands-on experience in implementing ERP solutions and is himself a functional consultant with expertise in process re-engineering.
Pavan has a Master’s Degree in Financial Management and is a PMP (Project Management Professional) from PMI, USA and a CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) from ISACA, USA. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Grace De Ocampo
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CONSULTING HEAD, BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Grace Ronquillo-De Ocampo heads business development and consulting regionally. Under her leadership, the Thakral One Analytics team is the first SAS partner in Asia to be accredited by SAS with the Customer Intelligence Specialization Badge. She has been instrumental in building Thakral One’s Data Science Academy, incubating upcoming analytics professionals. She leads the set-up of Thakral One’s Analytics Competency Centre in emerging markets, and is building capabilities in customer intelligence, advanced analytics and risk management.
Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) from The Philippine Women’s University, and a MBA from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BANKING & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
Jeremy Hebblethwaite drives Thakral One’s regional banking technology business and strategic partnerships, most notably the Temenos alliance.
He has over 16 years of experience in banking and 4 years in e-business. Prior to his current role, he was Head of Architecture and IT Security in Asia at both Bank Julius Baer and Credit Suisse, where he successfully implemented change through strong architectural vision, innovation and project management for projects ranging from $30k to $100 million. Jeremy has been invited to speak at major local and international banking/technology conferences.
Jeremy has a Master of Engineering degree from Edinburgh University (UK) and a Graduate Diploma in Business and Finance from the Management Development Institute of Singapore.
COUNTRY HEAD, BANGLADESH
Basab Bagchi has immense experience working in emerging markets. His track record of creating and growing organisations spans across India, UK, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Bangladesh and Bhutan. In the last 9 years, Basab has grown Thakral Bangladesh by leaps and bounds, and continues to lead business development by example.
Prior to joining Thakral Information Systems, Basab was the COO for the Medicare Group, Third Party Administrators (Health Insurance Provider) in charge of the Indian, Sri Lankan & African Operations.
He graduated as a Chartered Accountant 24 years ago.
COUNTRY HEAD, NEPAL
Krishna Giri joined Thakral One’s then newly established Nepal Operations in 2003. Since then, he has successfully grown the Enterprise IT business, and created long-term partnerships with clients across industries, including BFSI, Telco and Government. Giri and his team have assisted numerous CIOs in building and execution of IT road maps and strategies.
He started his career as an IT engineer and has held roles as an IBM Professional Server Specialist, Application Support Lead, Novell Certified Network Engineer, Lucent Certified Engineer, Network Support Executive and Technical Head in leading IT companies in Nepal.
Krishna has a Master of Business Administration Degree and over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry.
COUNTRY HEAD, CAMBODIA
Ashish Fitkariwala represents the Thakral Group on the Board of the ICT Federation of Cambodia, working closely with the releavant ministries and associations across the region to facilitate Cambodia’s Digital Economic growth.
He has more than 12 years of experience in leadership, strategic technology partnerships and relationship management with major OEMs and Global SIs.
Ashish has a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a Masters degree in Biochemistry from Bangalore University.
K S Bawa
COUNTRY HEAD, INDIA
Kanwal Jeet Bawa has been Director of Thakral One India since 1998, and is the CFO/Director of a number of Thakral Group companies in India. In addition to heading Thakral One’s business, Bawa actively oversees Thakral’s electronic surveillance and system integration business across 6 cities in India. He is an integral part of the Group’s strategic planning team.
Kawal has degrees in Chartered and Cost accounting and is qualified as a Company Secretary and Chartered Secretary (UK).
VICE PRESIDENT, SRI LANKA
Mahesh Dissanayake leads Thakral One’s IT Infrastructure, Applications, Infrastructure and Professional Services, based in Colombo.
Mahesh started his career with Systems Integration, and moved to selling technology solutions. He pioneered the sales and marketing functions for the first Frame Relay Service provider in Sri Lanka. He was also involved in the establishment of Huawei Enterprise solutions in Sri Lanka.
Mahesh has a CIMA qualification and a higher diploma in computer-based information systems. He is a member of the British Computer Society.
T24 DEVOPS CONSULTANT
Balaji has over 9 years of strong working experience in Temenos T24 Implementation, Development, Support and Upgrades. Worked on projects with many major banks in Asia Pacific region (Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan and India). Good knowledge of T24 functional modules in the areas of SC, LD, FT, MM & FX. He has worked in all phases of SDLC and is a great team member with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Asiri Cooray is a Technical Professional who has more than 12 years’ experience in developing and implementation of MS Dynamics NAV ERP system. Heading the ERP in Government and Private sector in Sri Lanka.
PRINCIPLE FUNCTIONAL CONSULTANT
Janie is an experienced Business Analyst in various sectors of private Banking products, with her focus being Core Banking products. She leads Private Banking Projects in Singapore with her extensive knowledge in the areas of Collateral, Limits, Loans and Deposits, Foreign Exchange, Money Market, Securities and Funds Transfer.
Dang Tran Kim Chi
PRESALES AND EDUCATION MANAGER, VIETNAM
Chi is an experienced business analyst and project leader in Business Intelligence and Data Science projects in various sectors of Banking, Financial Services & Insurance. Chi leads the Thakral One Decision Science Academy for Vietnam and Cambodia, supporting Thakral One’s Regional Consulting learning and enablement, operations and partner management.
Sajal Kumar Dasis
Sajal Kumar Dasis is a seasoned IT professional in the Microsoft Licensing business and services domain, experienced in Multinational & Local ICT companies for Business Development in the field of Software Licensing & Solutions, ICT Infrastructure solutions, Wireless Data com/ISP Services business.
He joined Thakral as Business Manager (Microsoft Division) in 2009 and currently handles our LSP business in Bangladesh. Prior to joining Thakral, Sajal worked for more than four years in X-Net Ltd. where he gained significant exposure in handling Infrastructure& Data Communication Services, followed by some time with Information Solutions Limited the most prominent distributor of DELL in Bangladesh.
MICROSOFT TEAM LEAD AND SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT
Prashant Dhewaju is a Microsoft Team Lead and Solution Architect, working at Thakral One Nepal Pvt. Ltd. He has been awarded with Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for ‘Office Server and Services’. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with certified expertise on Microsoft Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions.
COUNTRY BUSINESS MANAGER
IT support services. Maintenance Services, IT Security, Networking, IT infrastructure management, Managing global customers from the Top Global Service Providers, Organizing customer/partnership and business development activities. Direct customers about IT services and technical delivery, including maintenance contracts / agreements and SLAs. Maintaining the existing maintenance and services while supporting additional contract agreement, sales and other income generating services.
Rishi Singh Kumar
MICROSOFT DYNAMICS ERP PRACTICE HEAD
Rishi heads the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Practice based in Sri Lanka with 14+ year experience in Delivery & Consulting of ERP Implementations. He is a PMP Certified seasoned professional, skilled at leading teams to higher levels of project delivery including Governance, Methodologies, Training, Mentoring, Assessments, and Quality Reviews. He has extensive exposure to global ERP Industry while working with versatile teams in India, UAE, Qatar, UK, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka.
Nick has extensive experience in the Finance and Banking sector. His experience covers IAS 39/32 expertise, MiFID analysis and compliances, systems architecture, migration, conversion, data analysis, change management and interfaces to/from legacy systems for banks and financial institutions. He is a Subject Matter Expert in Accounting system, trading platforms and complex derivatives.
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY EXPERT
Md Shaifullah Mozide Palash’s core focus areas are Identity Management, Exchange Server, Lync, Skype for Business, Office 365 and System Center Products. He advises both internal and external (local & International) stakeholders/customers on strategic technology selection and adoption along with delivery of solutions across a range of business units. Palash has been nominated for Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for his contribution for Office Servers and Services. He is a Certified System Administrator, System Engineer, Technology Specialist, IT Professional, Solution Associate and Solution Expert from Microsoft.
REGIONAL CUSTOMER INTELLIGENCE HEAD
Kris leads solutions design, project implementations and consulting services for Marketing Automation and Marketing Analytics requirements. She has in depth understanding of marketing data framework, campaign management, real-time marketing, digital marketing, pre-campaign and post-campaign analysis, with industry experience in Gaming, Banking, Retail and Telecommunications across the region. She has instrumentally contributed to Thakral One’s achievement of the SAS Customer Intelligence Specialization Badge (the first SAS partner in Asia to be accredited).
IT/ SECURITY EXPERT
Sanjeewa is a highly qualified and experienced IT/Security professional. He leads the Security solutions vertical in Thakral One - Sri Lanka mainly focusing on the BFSI, Telecommunications and Government sectors. Sanjeewa’s main focus and areas of expertise is the Layered Security on BFSI Digitalization, Comprehensive Datacenter security solutions (Design and Implementation) and Enterprise wide IT resource monitoring solutions.
Mary Anne Tabas Silverio
Mary-Anne is a T24 Senior Technical Consultant with 16 years of solid experience in project implementations. Proven Expertise in overall local developments and project support with key focus on quality and timely delivery. Well-travelled in APAC Region to support clients and have the ability to provide clear and concise technical documentations. Capable to manage a team to deliver client’s requirements as per scope.
REGIONAL ADVANCED ANALYTICS HEAD
Sara is an advanced analytics expert, and highly experienced in setting up analytics competency practice in various sectors of Telecommunications, Banking, Insurance and Government Tax Agency. Her area of specialization includes CRM, Risk Management, Predictive Modeling, Forecasting, Social Network Analysis (SNA), Data Management, Text Mining and Social Media Analytics. Sara is also regarded as telco domain given her extensive experience in this industry.
Aniket has over 6 years of diverse technical and functional expertise specific to T24, J2EE and EdgeConnect tool. He has strong leadership and coaching skills and can guide a team to execution of a project even under pressure and over various technologies and platforms. He is experience in work flow development and rule based business applications with solid knowledge of Java, Servlet, JSP, Oracle as well as AGILE and Waterfall Project Management methodologies.