Dr. Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems since its inception. As a true technology visionary, Anand’s strengths lie in identifying and investing in next-generation technologies and encouraging internal entrepreneurship to ensure that Persistent Systems stays at the forefront of technology innovation.
Anand holds a B. Tech. (Hons.) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He has been recognized by his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012 and by the School of Informatics of Indiana University with the Career Achievement Award in 2007.
Before founding Persistent Systems, Anand began his professional career at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, where he worked as a member of the technical staff from May 1989 to October 1990.
Anand has served in numerous positions at various professional and non-profit organizations viz. NASSCOM’s Executive Council, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) India, where he was the first President, SEAP (Software Exporters’ Association of Pune), Pune Chapter of CSI (Computer Society of India), CII’s Pune Zonal Council, Trustee in the Computer History Museum, Dean’s Advisory Council in the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering of Indiana University, iSPIRT where he is a founding member.
Currently, he is a Trustee of Persistent Foundation, part-time member of the UID Authority of India (Aadhaar), Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Patna, Member of the Board of Governors of the College of Engineering, Pune, Vice President of the MCCIA, Trustee of the VLDB Endowment, Trustee of BAIF and Director of the ICGA Foundation and Ekagrid Foundation. With members of his family, he has established DeAsra Foundation, a Section 8 Company which focuses on creating self-employment at scale.