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Board of Directors

Harish Mehta

Harish S Mehta

Mr. Harish Mehta is the founder of Onward Group.

He has 30 years of cumulative experience in the Indian Computer Industry and was one of the Chief Architects for realizing the Hinditron - Digital Joint Venture in India. Mr. Mehta was First President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) - Mumbai. He has been the Co-Founder & Former Chairman of the National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM). He is Advisor to Novell (I) Ltd. subsidiary of Novell, Inc, USA. Mr. Mehta is an active member of Indian Angel Network, which has funded Sapience.

Mr. Mehta is an Electrical Engineer from College of Engineering, Pune and a Master in Computer Science from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA.


Shirish Deodhar

Shirish Deodhar


Shirish has over 30 years of software industry experience in US and India, and has incubated and led several IT companies through rapid business growth.

His two previous companies had successful exits to global majors - In-Reality Software with Symphony Services Inc. and Frontier Software with VERITAS Software (now Symantec Corp.). Subsequently, as head of their Pune subsidiaries, he was instrumental in scaling revenues and growing the team size to over 600 employees in 3.5 years each.

Shirish did his B-Tech (EE) from IIT Mumbai, followed by a Master's degree from USA. He has a US patent, has filed recently for two more, presented ten technical papers, won several excellence awards, and has written a book titled 'From Entrepreneurs to Leaders' published by McGraw-Hill.


Madhukar Bhatia

Madhukar Bhatia


Madhukar has 25+ years of software industry experience, including building two start-ups. He has deep technical and business experience creating complex software products for global companies.

As VP at Symphony Services Inc., which acquired the company that he co-founded (In-Reality Software), Madhukar scaled the Storage/Systems practice to 20 clients and 500 employees in 4 years. Previously, he was Sr. Manager at VERITAS Software (now Symantec Corp.), and prior to that he was a partner at one of India's earliest product start-ups in CAD/Graphics space.

Madhukar has a B. Tech (CS) and M. Tech (CS) from IIT Mumbai.


Avinash Sethi

Avinash Sethi

As the Board Member at Sapience, Avinash Sethi is focused on helping to grow the company into the next orbit.

An MBA from IIM, Indore and a graduate in Electrical Engineering, Avinash started his career with Tata Consultancy Services. He worked at Intel where he architected numerous high performance enterprise solutions. His penchant for exploring uncharted territory came handy in establishing the Indian operations of InfoBeans (which he co-founded), followed by the UK and Pune offices.

Over the past 19 years, Avinash has acquired a deep understanding of every function of business. He has developed a keen interest in Strategy, Marketing and Finance function. He believes in building long term partnership with customers by gaining insights into their spoken and unspoken needs, and addressing them proactively

Avinash strives for a balance among all five elements of well-being – career, social, financial, physical, community. He loves adventure acts, cycling and photography.