VISIONARIES


Ramesh Awtaney

Founder & Chairman – ISON

Ramesh, a dynamic entrepreneur, an Indo-African business magnate, investor and philanthropist has deep business interests across Africa and Middle East. He carries more than 28 years of rich experience in global technology, market development and business process outsourcing across Telecom Providers and other Verticals.

Under his leadership, iSON has become one of the leading centers of IT and ITes excellence and has acquired a pan-African footprint with presence in over 25 African countries. Staffed with over 12,500 employees across Africa and Middle East in 29 countries, iSON has secured various people awards including the Great Place To Work (GPTW) organization’s award, under the Bright Spot category for ‘Best Practices’ and exceptional ‘CSR’.

In addition, Ramesh was conferred with the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Champion in Biz Awards during 2016 ASSOCHAM India Africa Trade and Investment Forum. Ramesh was bestowed with “Technology Company CEO of the Year” during 2016 Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA).

Awtaney is very passionate about partnering with initiatives like Girl Effect (GE) who work to bring adolescent girls out of isolation; along with iSON has been launched in Nigeria using technology and online mentors.

Awtaney is the best-known entrepreneurs of the “Digital Africa” revolution and has invested in African start up Oliza in Kenya and is anchoring Mondo Ride’s expansion plan in East Africa. An entrepreneurial advocationist to the budding start ups in Mobile apps and Internet of Things (IoT) areas such as Athenta, u2opia and mVentus.

A sports enthusiast, Awtaney has strong passion towards sports and has been an avid cricketer. Through GolfLAN; Awtaney is determined to bridge the gap for Golf enthusiasts in Africa, digitally. Ramesh had previously served global technology majors such as IBM, Ericsson, and ABB in ASEAN and APAC regions, where he initiated several high-value business models.

 

Jagdish Thakkar

Chairman, Group

A fourth generation Ugandan and Chairman of the Group, Jagdish focuses on consolidating and strengthening the various companies that fall under the Group, and making responsible investments in Africa. His interests are in Manufacturing, Real Estate, Hospitality, Telecoms, Infrastructure, Financial Services & Renewable Energy sectors.

 

Jagdish is a keen sportsman and has been running his own cricket team and is the captain of the team. Apart from cricket, his other sports interests are towards volleyball and football.

Vivek Gupta

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR - ISON

Vivek is a telecommunications veteran with over two decades of experience in the industry. He is the Founder and Director of ISON Group. ISON Group includes ISON BPO - the largest independent ITeS services company in Africa and ISON Technologies – a leading IT services company in Africa.

 

As a seasoned MNC executive, Vivek served exemplary stints at IBM, Ericsson and other multinationals. As Director - Communications at IBM, he implemented a path breaking idea of ‘IT outsourcing deals’ at Bharti, Idea and Vodafone, which have hence been benchmarked by government service providers like BSNL and MTNL as well as India’s Department of Telecom (DOT). Vivek was commended by the then Advisor to the Prime Minister of India for communication sector, Mr. Sam Pitroda, for his efforts. During his tenure with Ericsson, Vivek created history in sales by contracting business worth $5 billion in five years.

 

Vivek became one of the most popular names in Indian Telecom industry when he was recognized by Fortune as the ‘World’s Best Salesman’ at IBM. He was also listed among the Top 100 Ericsson employees and identified as IBM’s ‘Top Talent’.