Amit Patni is a promoter shareholder of Patni Computers and former Director of PCS Technology Ltd. The Patni group was a pioneer in Indian ITES. The promoter family stake in Patni Computers was divested in May 2011 in a sale to iGate Corporation at value of $1.5 billion. Amit has an MBA from Babson College, Boston, USA and 22 years of extensive experience in technology, software and projects. He has extensive experience in the computer hardware and components market in India and overseas. In his various roles, Amit has independently ensured implementation of Greenfield projects and launched new business operations.
Currently Amit Patni is Founder & Director of RAAY Global Investments (Family Office), Co-founder & Chairman at Nirvana Venture Advisors (40 Million USD Digital & Internet Venture Fund), Co-founder and Partner in Elysium Investment Advisors (A Hedge Fund) and Co-Founder and Partner in The Hive-India (A Big Data incubator), and Director at Waterfield Advisors ( A Boutique Family Business Advisory Services Firm) Amit established Raay Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Amit Patni Group) in order to structure and formalise his family philanthropy and adopt causes close to his and his wife, Ruchi.
Throughout her life, Ruchi Patni has always had an affinity for, and been attracted towards doing something for the plight of children. She has spent time exploring and interacting with many organisations including Preet Mandir Orphanage in Pune and Jai Vakeel School in Lonavala.
As a mother of two, she has been drawn to the cause of education and actively contributes to religious groups and organizations that support children's scholarships. During the planning of Raay Foundation, Ruchi outlined her desire to help children with learning and other disabilities. She has now become a proactive member of Raay Foundation. Ruchi is an interested and enthusiastic participant in all planning and other activities related to the Foundation.
Benaifer Malandkar is the Chief Investment Officer of RAAY Global Investments - the family office of the Amit Patni Group, of Patni Computers. Benaifer is responsible for investment management of the group including identification, evaluation, deal execution and monitoring every investment across a gamut of diverse asset classes. A Commerce Graduate from Jai Hind College, she received her Masters in Business Administration from JDBIMS, Mumbai. Prior to joining RAAY, she has worked with firms like Citibank, ICICI Prudential AMC ,RBS and SMIFS securities in various roles gathering more than 15 years of experience in the banking, debt markets, asset management and private banking. She also held a significant position in the core strategy team at ICICI Prudential AMC and worked in varied teams across her tenure there.
Benaifer is on the board of Nirvana Venture Advisors (A Digital & Internet Venture Fund) and other companies of the Amit Patni group. Additionally Benaifer is handling the role of an Advisor by providing inputs related to general management of Raay Foundation.
Mr. Dharmendra Desai has more than 17 years of experience of handling Family Office accounts and taxation requirements. As an expert in finance, he has held authoritative positions across Corporate Finance, Accounts and Tax Divisions in organizations like Sanghvi Group, Ichibaan Automobiles, Morarjee Textiles and Piramal Enterprises.
Dharmendra is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He is responsible for managing the accounts and incorporation related matters of Raay Foundation.
Preeti Iyer, holds a Masters in Home Science Extension Education and has over 13 years of diverse experience across sectors of Health, Education and Human Trafficking in various roles including NGO Operations Management, Project Management, Research, Documentation, Training and Development.
She has worked in different states across India with various NGOs and has in-depth experience in understanding and analysis of various cultures and their impact on human behavior. She has led several research projects that have looked at issues such as newborn survival, birth registration, Right to Education Act, HIV/AIDS and its impact, sale of children in the red light areas to name a few. Apart from writing research reports and publications she has co-written a soon-to-be-published book on the best practices related to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, children and adolescents living in the red light areas. Preeti is an advisor at RAAY Foundation.
Vandana moved to Mumbai for perusing her Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences after a degree in Economics. She holds an experience of over 5 years in working with Communities, especially with women and Children. She has worked with various communities across India and has in-depth experience in understanding and analysis of their living patterns and cultures. She also holds experience in working as a development consultant with different Non Profit Organizations for their capacity and strategy building.
She has led research projects to understand the economic status of women in Indian coal mines. She has done in-depth studies to analyse various forms of violence against women and their causes.. She is also interested in Photo and video documentation which gives a different lens to understand the community and its gaps and needs to be addressed. She works as an Assistant Manager at RAAY Foundation.