Leadership

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Kiran Penumacha

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for the overall success of the company, share value maximisation and vision of the company.

Kiran is a seasoned entrepreneur that started and scaled multiple companies in his early career. He has built successful businesses in housing real estate, construction and solar energy. He was also an investor and mentor to early stage companies in hyperlocal delivery, human capital management, and micro finance space. He has served on the boards of several entrepreneurship initiatives. An alumni of Purdue University and Carnegie Mellon University, Kiran is a graduate in mathematics, computer science and computational biology. He founded Grene Robotics in 2008 but his tryst with autonomous solutions started while he was at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked on building autonomous systems for the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and this experience left him thinking what autonomous solutions can do for different industries. Kiran entered the enterprise workforce with his first job at Pitney Bowes and got a first hand experience of how broken and inefficient today’s enterprise and government operations were. This led to the realisation to bring robots into the workforce we will need a new breed of systems powered by autonomy.

Kiran brings years of knowledge and experience in autonomous technologies and holds patents for Automated Presence Status, Presence Status-Based Communication Filtration and Authentic-based Combination of Inputs. Kiran built the world’s highest-altitude research centre at 17,664 ft for DRDO which is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World records.

Bharat Masimukku

CTO – GreneOS™ Platform

Responsible for overall technology development and deployment of GreneOS™ Platform7

Bharat was the first employee of Grene Robotics and has contributed tremendously to Grene Robotics journey so far. Bharat has been one of the most important pillars of R&D success of the company since its inception. Bharat brings deep domain expertise in system architecture, AI/Ml algorithms and big data. As the CTO he is responsible for technology deployment & strategy, maintaining technology edginess, R&D, transforming enterprises by helping them achieve their technology transformation objectives. 

Wing Commander MVN Sai (Retd, Indian Air Force)

Executive Director – Defence

Responsible for development and deployment of DefOS™ platform and solutions

MVN is a defence visionary, thought leader and a stoic technologist with a proven track record over 3 decades. Sai has dedicated himself to building future-ready defence capabilities for India. His vision is to create a Sovereign Defence Autonomy for India using cutting-edge technologies that can be applied to civilian space as well.

After spearheading one of the largest command and control networks in the country while serving the armed forces, Sai, today is a coveted C4ISR Specialist with extensive experience in the Indian and International Defence Industry. As the CEO-Defence, he has brought in the much-needed technical know-how and capability to build Grene’s Defence Operating System.

Gopi Reddy

Chief Business & Strategy Officer

Gopi brings a wealth of knowledge and network accumulated over 13 years of serial entrepreneurship journey and gained tremendous experience in global expansion, innovation, strategic planning and cross-border networking across 4 continents. He served as the President & CEO of AITST Foundation, a large impact foundation backed by multi-billion dollar conglomerates focused to uplift farming & rural communities, youth and women across Sub-Saharan Africa through large scale agriculture, healthcare and renewable projects in G2G format. As the CEO of AITST he has successfully executed numerous projects and successfully raised funds from various government funds, projects ranged between $59M to $650M. He continues to serve as the President on the board of AITST after stepping down as the CEO.  He is also a board member of Africa Growth Platform, a World Economic Forum initiative that is helping 29 potential African startups with access to funding, global markets, mentors/advisors and partners. 

Mandar Mungee

CEO – Enterprise Business

Responsible for overall business, telecom sector business in India 

Mandar brings extensive knowledge in Sales Management, Churn Management, Revenue Retention, and Receivables Management functions at Grene Robotics. With over two decades of work experience in telecom, outsourcing, addressing enterprises, and more, Mandar has successfully delivered sales scalability, deployment agility, and cost competitiveness to enterprises. He leads the division creating business strategies and nurturing relationships through business solutions backed by technology interventions

Vamsi Vellanki

Executive Director – Strategic Partnerships & Hospitality Projects

Responsible for global partnerships and hospitality business.

Vamsi Vellanki is a business management & financial risk advisory professional from New Zealand. His prior experience across the Telco, Healthcare and Banking sectors has enabled him to garner a strong multidisciplinary industry outlook. Being the son of an Air Force Officer and veteran, Vamsi’s passion to explore and understand the latest defence technologies began at an early age. This same passion led him to become a pilot while pursuing his higher studies. As the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for Grene Robotics, he focuses on creating the right value-add partnerships, driving new acquisitions and maintaining strong client relationships. Vamsi is also currently spearheading the R&D project for the Hospitality vertical solution at Grene Robotics

Ahmed Chamanwalla

Executive Director – Forest Conservation Projects

Responsible for autonomous forest conservation business 

Ahmed is a forest conservationist, ecotourism operator in various landscapes in India and the owner and proprietor of Fringe Ford; one of India’s only wilding/ conservation landscapes. Fringe Ford is a 600 Acre Malabar Rainforest. Ahmed is also instrumental in helping the Government of India frame policy on ‘Private Land Participation in Conservation of Forests’ with a white paper submitted to the parliamentary committee on environment and science.  Ahmed decided to give something back to nature with minimally invasive technology that can protect forests autonomously.

Parameshwar Reddy

Chief Operations Officer

Business Analysis, Project Management, Service Delivery, Product Quality & Customer Success Management are his key areas of specialisation. With over 17 years of work experience from across multiple industry verticals like Telecom, Healthcare, Construction, Hospitality and Real Estate, Parameshwar holds a vital leadership role that drives results, spurs growth and increases the overall efficiency of the organisation ensuring seamless integration into the GreneOS system.

Gaurav Sharma, PhD

Chief Legal Officer

Gaurav has close to two decades of experience in various legal domains with a focus on intellectual property, privacy, data protection and corporate law. He holds a Masters in innovation, technology and the law and a PhD in intellectual property management. Additionally his interests include the ethics of artificial intelligence and policy and laws relating to cyberspace. Gaurav’s academic interests have him lecturing at various institutes and he is also a visiting faculty at one of the premier law colleges in India.

DEFENSE ADVISORS

R. N. Bagdalkar

Advisor

Mr. R.N Bagdalkar’s deep knowledge and experience of over 35 years in technology planning and system integration are helping build futuristic Electronic Warfare systems in Grene Robotics. During his tenure at Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), he created in-house technology development modules and converted BEL-Hyderabad into a self-sufficient software developer. Over the years, he has been working relentlessly on creating autonomous defence systems.

Dr. Avinash Chander

Advisor

The ‘Agni Man’ of India – a scientist, technologist, chief architect of the Agni series of ballistic missile systems brings over four decades of defence expertise from DRDO to Grene Robotics. His vision is to make India a global force with strong pioneering R&D and building indigenous capabilities for the nation’s defence systems. He has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award by the Government of India for his contribution to the field and has numerous other recognitions under his belt.