• Product


  • Technology


  • Advisors

Kirthi Ramakrishnan

President and CEO

Based in NYC, Kirthi co-founded ALPHABETA and sets the strategic vision for the platform. With over 20 years in financial engineering and technology, he has developed the original visual taxonomy, the pedagogical methods, and the financial modeling within the platform. Previously, he led the Emerging Business Program and the buy side consulting practice at Cognizant, ran US business development and consulting at Financial Models, and developed quantitative credit risk and mortgage pricing models for BBVA Bancomer. He has a B.Engg from Anna University and an MBA from Tulane University.

Sathya Palaniappan

Head of Product Management

Based in Chennai, Sathya oversees product management, business analysis, quality assurance and data management on the ALPHABETA suite of products. He is responsible for overall growth and client satisfaction for the India and APAC markets. Previously at Cognizant, he spent 15 years in capital markets strategy and transformation consulting for UBS, Franklin Templeton, BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo, Citi, RBC, Fidelity, Northern Trust, State Street, World Bank, Capital Group, Dreyfus, ABN Amro, Standard Chartered Bank and Qatar National Bank. Prior to that, he held risk management and investment operations positions at Citicorp, HDFC Mutual Fund, and Sundaram Mutual Fund. With a consistent track record of thought leadership and publishing, Sathya is an ICAI-qualified Chartered Accountant and a GARP-certified Financial Risk Manager.

Joe Kowalski

Lead UX Designer

Working out of his Brooklyn studio, Joe is instrumental in the visual and interactive design of the ALPHABETA products. Combining his natural creativity with a practical eye to user workflow, his designs reflect a minimalist and understated flair. Over the last 15 years as a graphic designer at multiple game studios, his credits include Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Brutal Legend, and numerous titles for Double Fine. His personal work has been featured in Babycastles Gallery, Electric Literature, Boing Boing, and Rooftop Films. Joe graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2003.

Varun Mundra

Head of Business Development, India

Based in Mumbai, Varun runs business development in India across ALPHABETA products, targeting online education platforms, stock exchanges, financial services companies, and educational institutions. He has over 10 years of B2B and B2C sales, product, and digital marketing experience in the technology and construction sectors at Courses.ninja, roadtonaukri, and Rupam Marbles. He has an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management and an MIB from IESEG (France).

Namasivayam Ravi

Manager, Data Analytics and Quality Assurance

Namasivayam oversees data analytics and quality assurance for ALPHABETA. He is a seasoned professional with experience at Smart Advisors, Probe Equity research, and Scope International. He has experience with business planning, fund raising, strategy building, financial modeling, valuation, fund management, and analytics. He has received multiple degrees, including an MS in business analytics from the State University of New York, an MBA with a focus on finance from Amrita University, and a B.Tech with a focus on IT from Anna University.

Travis Menard

Business Analyst

From our New Orleans office, Travis is primarily in charge of sales support and quality assurance for the ALPHABETA suite of products. He was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch designing financial plans and investing strategies. As a US Naval Officer, he led 60-strong ship hull and electrical distribution maintenance teams. He coordinated a multi-ship live-missile exercise to successfully destroy a $400K target drone. He has a BSM from Tulane and has Series 7 and 66 certifications.

Sundara Nagarajan

Chief Operating Officer, India and APAC

Sundar oversees the India operations and is responsible for finance, administration, HR, legal, and audit functions. He also oversees our industry and academic outreach and partnership programs for the APAC region. With over 27 years of prior technology experience, he was the Head of IT Outsourcing for Lloyds Banking Group in India and multiple strategy and operational leadership positions across geographies at Cognizant. He has an MBA from the SP Jain Institute of Management.