Economic opportunity for 3 billion people
across emerging markets.
Inclusive value chains for rural citizens will drive a renaissance for more than 50% of the developing world – fulfilling the promise of health equity and economic opportunity for 3 billion people across emerging markets. However, a novel and resilient technology is needed to achieve high performing supply chains in these low-resource contexts. Logistimo’s open source software, deployment methods and insights represent a platform for achieving inclusive growth.
The best device is the one that is in your hand - and that gadget is increasingly a smartphone, even in remote and rural settings. Working off that basic premise, Logistimo’s technology uses the ubiquitous mobile phone, and cloud computing technologies, to tackle information asymmetry in the system and ensure availability of essential goods like vaccines and medicines in rural areas. From a farmer in a remote village to a town stockist everyone depends on the visibility and transparency of information in their supply chain. In this video Arun talks to Mint about our approach.
We are a tribe of diverse, compassionate and technically skilled people – working in a highly directed and collaborative environment, where experimentation, evidence–driven design, software development and in-the-field impact realization are paramount to our deoxyribose nucleic acid.
Anup Akkihalchief executive
Anup Akkihal is an action researcher and systems thinker with 16 years experience building technology and crafting strategy in military, pharmaceutical, agriculture, energy, automotive & retail industries – across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. He’s had the privilege of designing field/tactical logistics systems for the U.S. Army, managing SAP enterprise software projects, advising UNDP, WHO, USAID and UNFPA on logistics strategy, and providing inclusive web-scale technology to governments in Myanmar, South Sudan, Zambia and India. Anup co-founded an “inclusive supply chain” effort called Logistimo in 2011 to pioneer novel value networks in frontier markets. Alongside collaborators, he works to assure rural access to essential products and strengthen market linkages for village producers across emerging markets — especially in public healthcare, agriculture, energy, industrial goods, and consumer products. Born and raised in West Virginia, Anup studied at the Johns Hopkins University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Arun Ramanujapuramchief technology officer
Arun started his career at Xerox Research in technology development in the area of Digital Rights Management and moved into a role that takes technologies to business. This culminated in a joint spin off between Xerox and Microsoft. Around the same time, he joined a California-based start-up in the Enterprise Information Integration space. He has subsequently worked at Yahoo! India, first as a product manager on Communities products, and later incubating an Advanced Technology Group that built technology & products for Web Search (which eventually became Y! Labs). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
"All of us are extremely blessed to be what we are. I believe that each of us should strive to give back to society by engaging in sincere service of the needy – at every opportunity, and in whatever way we can. This, I believe, represents the true evolution of our spirit and I hope we can collectively work towards this ideal".
Amar Kalmadichief finance officer
Amar brings diverse experience across a wide range of sectors including product development, strategy, analytics and finance in IT and financial services. Starting his career with IBM, Amar gradually evolved from providing solutions for technical problems (at IBM & Oracle), then technical solutions for business problems (GE) and finally to business solutions for business problems (HSBC and beyond). In his previous corporate role at HSBC, he led the Strategy & Planning function for the global service delivery organization, providing strategic and decision support for the Global Head and his Executive Committee. A newfound entrepreneurial spirit and desire to build something from bottom-up eventually led him to Logistimo. After helping set up the field R&D office for Logistimo’s on-demand logistics service, he now leads the finance function, straddling big-picture thinking and detail orientation. Amar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Karnatak University and MBA with Strategy & Analytical Finance majors, from the Indian School of Business (ISB). He believes that it is possible to do well by doing good, with sound ethics and fairness.
Sharath ChandangoudarDirector - Operations
Sharath is co-founder of Logistimo, with 11+ years of experience in field operations, consulting, and program leadership. His experience spans banking, social enterprise, and nonprofits ranging from microfinance, healthcare, clean energy, dairy and agriculture. Sharath’s background is in finance, with experience in both mainstream and social investment banking. Early in his career at State Street Bank, he developed an interest in bridging the gap between capital markets and social impact. While at Unitus Capital, Sharath specialized in arranging capital for microfinance institutions and other social enterprises, benefiting those at the Base of the Pyramid. His strengths are most pronounced building coherent teams and leading people to deliver complex projects in challenging environments. Sharath coordinated the field research that became the foundation of Logistimo’s business and product design, and organized deployment and technical assistance for the world’s largest vaccine supply chain program. He currently leads “Customer Success” efforts, including product training & deployment, client engagement, capacity building, technical support, and occasional research pilots in places as diverse as India, Myanmar and Zambia. In 2014 he played a key role in the formation of Tusker, a Logistimo initiative addressing some of the most pressing challenges of rural transportation and access to clean energy. Sharath was born and raised in Bangalore and pursued graduate studies at Jain University, Bangalore, receiving a degree in business management.
Charan MalemarpuramDirector - Engineering
Charan is passionate about applying technologies to solve last mile problems. As Director of engineering, he oversees some of Logistimo's most distinctive work, including its flagship supply chain platform that enables nations and corporations across the globe to provide essential goods to the last mile. Prior to joining Logistimo in 2014 Charan worked at Cognizant for nearly a decade where he played various engineering roles including some key leadership roles. During his tenure, he worked in search and web technologies for Ask.com, Usage analytics platform for dictionary.com, and on enterprise tax calculation software for ADP. Born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, Charan holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from JNTU.
Amit AkkihalPrincipal - Strategy
Amit is a polymath whose logic and rhetoric bring a broad and tempered historical perspective, balancing the strengths of teams heavily weighted in engineering or management. His non-traditional career spans financial mathematics at Moody’s Investor Services in New York while a student at Columbia University, to independent consulting for Microsoft and Cambridge Networks. For Logistimo, he has guided strategic posture from the onset, executed field research in villages across south India, and has nurtured special programs. Amit brings deep knowledge of literature, history, language, geography and socio-political into practical strategic approaches. He has traveled extensively across the globe. He exhibits a sharp sense of distinction in matters of policy and social justice.
Anu MurthyPrincipal - Human Resources
Anu has 7 years of experience working with Human Resources. Her passion for Human Resources stems from her wanting to create a meaningful and effective relationship between an organization and an employee. She’s worked across various functions of HR with a variety of organizations ranging from NPO's to MNC’s. She's always been interested in leaving the world a better place and in her attempt to do so, she co-established a not for profit organization (Make a Difference, Bangalore) and spends a bit of time working with children each year. She’s passionate about fitness and teaching pre-natal yoga. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Raj GaneshProduct Manager
Raj has over 10 years of experience in product management and strategy and 4 years of startup experience. He’s worked extensively on all aspects of the product lifecycle. He has created, defined, developed and delivered new products and offering. Prior to Logistimo, Raj worked with several global organizations, including Escorts Limited, Tata Consultancy Services (where he managed a $5M product as one of their youngest product managers). IDEO, Real NVC, UK Trade & Investment and Seynse Technologies, and even failed at founding a couple of companies - TheLearning.org and Grocerst.com (he succeeded in learning some very important lessons). Raj survived his Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge without too much liver damage, and a Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. In his spare time, Raj is an avid photographer. He’s a sporty, outdoorsman who’s always on the lookout for the next adventure, and always up for a racquet game. also loves to travel to historical destinations, or take off on long road road trips on his motorbike. Though he doesn’t think of himself as much of a runner, he’s completed a 200Km endurance cycle race under 11hrs 55mins and a 10K in 68mins.
Trilok JainSenior Developer
Trilok was inspired by Logistimo’s use of technology in making essential commodities available in low resource and rural areas. He works on building software components that make Logistimo’s rural transportation system (Tusker) efficient. Prior to Logistimo, Trilok has worked with a few corporations - most recently, WalmartLabs as a Senior Engineer where he worked on Identity and Access management), and RangDe a small social enterprise (which he is most fond of) as VP Technology. Trilok holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from NIT Warangal and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Whilst not at work, Trilok can be found on a badminton court; or with a book; or lost somewhere in space.
Kumar GauravSenior Developer
Kumar was raised in Motihari, Bihar, the place where Mahatma Gandhi started his satyagraha movement. He joined Logistimo to have fun building microservice architecture that fits well with business-driven development and cloud application architectures, and to dive into big data challenges. He imbues everything he does with his worldview: “Honesty is the only option. Clarity is better than ambiguity.” When he’s not doing his day job, Kumar travels. He’s visited 22 of India’s 29 states. One of the craziest things he’s ever done is spend a whole night alone on an island in Chilka lake. A big foodie, he is always looking for the next big palate-tickling culinary adventure. Kumar graduated from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Sadiq AhmedTest Engineer
Sadiq is a test engineer and a startup enthusiast. He is fond of building frameworks, exploring new technologies and building great teams. Ambitious, focused and determined, he has built a GUI framework using Selenium-WebDriver. In his free time, he reads, browses through blogs or watches movies starring his favorite actors: Christian Bale, Will Smith, Adam Sandler & Leonardo DiCaprio. He has a penchant for motivational films, and can spend many a happy hour watching TV series like Shark Tank and Big Bang Theory. His love for travel has taken him to Delhi, Agra, Darjeeling, Manali, Gokarna, Coorg, Karaikal, Pondicherry, Tiruchy, Tirunelveli, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Madurai, Goa and Velankanni. He uses these opportunities to push his limits, and has bungee-jumped in Thailand and trekked in Nagalapuram hills, Sakleshpur and Wayanad. Currently, he’s training for a half-marathon.
Devdutt MishraBusiness Analyst
Dev supports project implementations in Zambia and India, including deployment, analytics, consulting and ongoing support. Dev’s entire prior career was working in the “corporate world” where he handled business transformation and sales activities for Deloitte and research & design, supplier relationship management, product lifecycle management and RFQ validations at General Motors. Dev has built formidable expertise in supply chain – demand forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, make to order and stock scenarios. He’s also worked on financial valuation of companies for checking acquisitions benefits using the discounted cash flow method. Dev graduated from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Operations and Finance from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He’s also successfully completed a course in Business Analytics, has a global certification of Tableau software for Data Visualization and cleared the CFA level 1 and FLIP certification in Trade Finance and Cash Management. Dev is disciplined about fitness and passionate about mental puzzles. He also enjoys riding around the neighborhood on his bicycle in the early hours of the morning.
Sujith NairSoftware Developer
Born in Kerala, bred in Mumbai, schooled in Varanasi, launched his career in Gurgaon and landed in Bangalore, Sujith is a software engineer with a larger than life approach to his work and life. He lives by the motto "Even if I fail, I plan to fail big." He is an ardent believer in the power of networks and the Web (the same thing, virtually). He values a deep understanding of the tools he uses to build high-performing, scalable systems and solve problems that make the world a better place. Sujith’s fascination with ancient Indic history is a long-standing one, as is his interest in financial economics.
Sujith graduated from Mumbai University with a bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering and received a masters in Systems Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.
Shekhar RaiwaniSupply Chain Analyst
Shekhar brings the right mix of theoretical knowledge and practical work experience to Logistimo. He has more than five years of experience in various domains of supply chain planning. He is passionate about developing supply chain processes in different environments and has played a pivotal role with industry leading organizations. In his last assignment with United Nations World Food Program, Shekhar successfully introduced the Supply Chain Planning function and implemented the Supply Chain Planning process for their global operations.
He has a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a masters and MBA focused on Supply Chain.