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Our Board

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Dhruv Dhody

President & Founding Member


Dhruv has been working in the networking domain for the last 18 years with Huawei Technologies. His current designation is Chief Architect - Standards for Data Communications Business in India. Over the years he has worked on MPLS VPNs, OSPF, NTP, ALTO, CSPF, etc for Huawei's Routing Platform. He is currently working on research & standards for various emerging technologies as PCE, Segment Routing (SR), and network slicing. He is an active IETF contributor in the area of Path Computation and Traffic Engineering with 32 RFCs as main author or contributor. He has filled 21 patents. He is also serving as the PCE WG co-chair at IETF. He is also part of the Routing Directorate and sergeant-at-arms for the IETF mailing list. He is also a founding member and secretary for Industry Network Technology Council (INTC).


Dhruv was awarded the Technical role model award by Zinnov and recognized as Technology stalwart in India.

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Tirumaleswar Reddy



Tirumaleswar Reddy is a Principal Lead Engineer at Akamai. He has expertise in network and IoT/endpoint security, architecting, and developing security products and solutions. He has a proven track record of developing security and privacy standards for the Internet. He is currently chair of the TEEP WG and member of the “security area” review team at IETF. He has co-authored 22 RFC and is an active contributor in several working groups. He has 55 patents approved and 60 patents filed in the USPTO. His recent work and interests include IoT Security, Service Function Chaining, DDoS mitigation, Network traffic analysis, and Encrypted DNS.

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Shwetha Bhandari


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Shwetha is a Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot securing the application and cloud infrastructure. 
She has been an active contributor to IETF since 2008. She currently co-authors Insitu OAM related work, Attestation related work in RATS workgroup at IETF and chairs 6lo wg.


She serves on the IETF Ops and IOT directorate.

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Kannan Jayaraman



Kannan Jayaraman has been working in the Networking Industry for the last 25 years as an engineering leader . His interests are primarily IP Routing and Switching technologies where he has spent a lot of time in his career. He keeps abreast of Industry trends and new

technologies (by reading various blogs) and also standards bodies especially IETF where he follows working groups such as SPRING , IDR and LSR.

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Praneet Kaur



An Electronics and Communication Engineer by training, a software developer by profession and a music aficionado by passion, Praneet Kaur believes that life is a journey filled with adventure and learning.

She has worked as a developer in IoT domain for the past five years. She is an active participant in Internet Governance communities like IETF(Internet Engineering Task Force), IIESoc( India Internet Engineering Society), APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre), INNOG (India Network Operators Group), ISOC (Internet Society), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

In her free time, you can find her planning her next travel, talking to people from different cultures or cajoling Alexa to play her new songs.

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Swapneel Patnekar



Swapneel Patnekar is network engineer & researcher working in networking(DNS, DNSSEC, BGP), Unix systems and security. As a technical trainer, he regularly conducts workshops on DNS, DNSSEC, Routing, Unix etc.  He is also an APNIC Community Trainer & a RIPE Atlas Ambassador. He is also the Managing Director of Shreshta IT Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a company based out of Belgaum, building & securing networks of micro, small & medium enterprises & network operators in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.

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Mohit P. Tahiliani



Mohit is a faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore, India. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of ns-3 Consortium, and is a co-mentor of TCP and traffic-control modules in ns-3. He works on TCP optimisations, Linux queue disciplines, Data plane optimizations and Wi-Fi rate adaptation.

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Vinayak Hegde

Founding Member


Vinayak Hegde currently works as CTO-in-residence at Microsoft for Startups. With over 17 years of experience, Vinayak has built multiple products across different domains such as IoT, large scale networks and large scale data systems in a variety of individual contributor and senior technical leadership roles. Previously he has worked with Akamai, Inmobi, and Zoomcar.

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Bharat Joshi

Treasurer & Founding Member


Bharat is a Co-Founder and CPO at VuNet systems. With 20+ years of experience, Bharat brings his deep understanding of building highly scalable and secure software infrastructures for networking and security devices. Previously at Infosys, Bharat has played various other roles involving lead software architect, project management and product management responsibilities. Has co-authored 6 RFCs and several Internet-Drafts in IETF, IEEE AND SANOG. Graduated in Electrical Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur.

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Nalini Elkins

Founding Advisory Member


Nalini is the CEO and Founder of Inside Products, Inc.  Nalini is a recognized leader in the field of computer performance measurement and analysis. In addition to being an experienced software product designer, developer, and planner, she is a formidable businesswoman. She has been the founder or co-founder of three start-ups in the high-tech arena.

Nalini started her career doing network design and monitoring for the Chevron network.  She specializes in network performance analysis, measurement, monitoring, tuning, and troubleshooting of large enterprise networks.  One of her specialties is training and network design for IPv6 migration for large enterprises.  Many of the Fortune 1000 level companies as well as the large US government organizations have taken her classes on various networking topics.

She has developed network monitoring and diagnostic products which were later marketed by IBM and other software companies.   She received the A.A. Michelson award from the Computer Measurement Group for her contributions to the field.   Nalini is on the President of the Industry Network Technology Council (INTC).