Team

Management

Hexanika’s management team brings a unique combination of skills on the table and is well rounded to serve its clients. The key aspects of delivering Big Data solutions are understanding of business requirements, knowledge of industry technology, compliance and security. We have expertise in data governance and big data technology.

  • 300 + years combined experience
  • Right mix of core banking and technology
  • Multimillion $ product development. Experienced in execution of regulatory applications
  • Global delivery capabilities
Yogesh Pandit - Founder & CEO
Makarand Gadre - CTO
Arun Iyer - EVP Product
Yogesh Pandit - Founder & CEO

Yogesh has 20+ years of experience in data technologies and financial services focused on business transformation. Yogesh as an entrepreneur started HEXANIKA with a focus on leveraging innovative technologies for business transformation to make processes effective and efficient. At HEXANIKA, the vision is to use innovative data driven technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Cloud focused on building Simple Smart & Efficient products. He has filed two patents.

Prior to HEXANIKA, Yogesh was a Senior Vice President at Citibank responsible for finance transformation strategy and change management. He also worked with Ernst & Young (EY) in New York in the Financial Services Strategy and Risk Advisory practices. His expertise includes working on large projects as a result of mergers, acquisitions, financial, regulatory and accounting reforms such as Basel, Dodd Frank, CCAR, IFRS, Bank Holding Company etc. He has provided solutions to many top-tier banks and Fortune 500 firms and led or supported audit and advisory engagements that included assessment of technology, business processes and controls.
Yogesh has completed Big Data Certification from MIT, MBA from NY and is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor).​ In addition, Yogesh is also currently pursuing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence (AI) focused on the automation of banking processes such as data management, GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance), and empowering financial systems using AI.

Fun Fact: Yogesh is a Blockchain / Bitcoin detractor and believes Blockchain adoption with no defined strategy and outcomes can be damaging to an institution.

Makarand Gadre - CTO

Makarand is a dedicated and enthusiastic professional who has a deep understanding of the latest technology software trends and continues to have a hands-on technical presence in company projects. As CTO at HEXANIKA, he is architecting and conceptualizing HEXANIKA’s product development. His focus has been to enable advanced technologies like Big Data (Hadoop) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help clients to be efficient and effective. With a futuristic view, Mak’s product vision and use of innovative technology makes the HEXANIKA product flexible, scalable and easy to use and deploy (platform and architecture agnostic).

His experience as a Software Architect spans 30+ years, during which time he has gained expertise in Project Management, Project co-ordination, large systems design, database design, application development and systems integration. He has in-depth expertise in software product envisioning, planning, development and deployment. In his distinguished career in the corporate sector, he has worked in different strategic roles with several reputed organizations such as Microsoft, AmComp, and Persistent Systems. He was responsible for the architecture, design and implementation of complex software systems and multiple product features and releases.

Mak has several patents in his name around language agnostic coding, data driven customizations with Microsoft USA while with HEXANIKA he has filed two patents.

Fun Fact: Mak is a connoisseur of Indian Classical Music and was part of the core team that developed Microsoft Excel.

Arun Iyer - EVP Product

Arun is a Business and IT leader with 22+ years of experience in the Banking and Financial Services industry in areas such as product management, operating model design, business architecture, process optimization and information management. Arun has a keen interest in building innovative solutions and at HEXANIKA he is responsible for Product Strategy and Roadmap while also enabling the Business and Sales functions.

In his previous role as Global Head of Financial Services at Tech Mahindra he was responsible for incubating platform-based solutions and driving digital initiatives in areas such as RPA, machine learning and business intelligence. Before that he was Director – Business Consulting at Cognizant Technology Solutions responsible for areas such as strategy and planning, consulting, solution conceptualization, pre-sales, product alliances, and operations. He has domain expertise in Capital Markets, Asset and Wealth Management and Regulatory Compliance.

He is a Master in Management Studies and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering.

Fun Fact: Arun recently got his debut children’s mystery/adventure novel published and loves to dabble in painting, poetry and photography.

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors possesses substantial expertise in the fields covering a large spectrum of Hexanika’s activities and provides valuable direction and insights on large strategic initiatives. Their knowledge and strong expertise in their field guide us to provide solutions that are a perfect blend of banking and technology.
Robert Untracht - Private Investor/Former E&Y Global Leader- Retail Industry
Don Parker, Private Investor, Technology Advisor / Former CIO & CRO BOK Financial
Prakash Jalihal, Senior Advisor to GTDI / Former SVP International Division, Systematics (now FIS)
Shailesh Karia - Ex CIO & MD Deutsche Bank Continental Europe/ Transformation
TT Bhat - Director, The TBCC Group/ Former COO, HSBC Global Asset Management, USA
TK Chopra - Senior Financial Executive/ Former Global Controller Bunge/ CFO Citi Latam
Dr. Deepak Shikarpur - Senior IT professional in India/ Pune- Resourcing, Branding, PR
Robert Untracht - Private Investor/Former E&Y Global Leader- Retail Industry

Robert (Bob) is a private investor and formerly served as Associate Professor of Accounting at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. Earlier in his career, he taught accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles. As advisor to HEXANIKA, Bob helps the firm with Governance, Legal & Compliance topics.

Bob held positions with Ernst & Young LLP from 1981 through 1998 ranging from Manager to Audit Partner and National Director of Retail and Consumer Product Industry Services. From 1974 to 1981, while at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he was responsible for conducting audits of aerospace, defense and manufacturing industry clients.

Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from the New York Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the State University of New York, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. He has been a CPA and is admitted to the State Bar of California. ​

Don Parker, Private Investor, Technology Advisor / Former CIO & CRO BOK Financial

Don Parker has 40+ years of experience in technology and financial industry, with his longest stint being as Client Executive in IBM and Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer in Bank of Oklahoma. At HEXANIKA, Don provides inputs to help understand banking pain-points and provides guidance on sales, positioning and operational tasks.  

In his role at Bank of Oklahoma (BOK), Don had the responsibility for all bank operations, technology and corporate real estate related activities of BOK Financial and its subsidiary banks. Don also worked in Comerica Bank as director of information services and was also associated with National City Corporation. He has 18+ years of distinguished experience at IBM where he served in a variety of leadership positions in sales and technology development. 

Currently an advisor to a couple of Fintech start-up companies, Don is also Director at an education services non-profit, and studying Social Science and Government through the Harvard Extension School.  

Prakash Jalihal, Senior Advisor to GTDI / Former SVP International Division, Systematics (now FIS)

Prakash Jalihal began his career in Systematics in 1972 and has 40+ years of experience working in various key roles in Systematics (Alltech), FIS, Party Land, and recently as Senior Advisor to Global Technology Deployment Initiative (GTDI). He is also an advisor to key Arkansas groups that accelerate and innovate for financial services while also playing an influential role in HEXANIKA’s strategy and processes especially catered to FIS and product enhancement activities.   

He has held multiple positions from 1976 to 1985 and played a key role as the overall manager of development of the company’s family of financial systems. Under his leadership, the company developed the most complete set of retail banking software in the industry at that time. He was a founding member of the International Division that now has clients in over 100 countries. Systematics is now Fidelity Information Services (FIS). In his final capacity as the senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, he was responsible for the direct management of sales and operations for the company’s business in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

With 40+ years of experience, Prakash has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bombay and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas. 

Shailesh Karia - Ex CIO & MD Deutsche Bank Continental Europe/ Transformation

Shailesh Karia was a Group CIO, Continental Europe at Deutsch Bank and has been a transformation Leader with 30+ years of experience working with global Investment Banks and Consultancy. He has led multi-million-dollar programs and has a thorough banking industry/products background with deep technology knowledge, including Big Data. As an advisor to HEXANIKA, he provides inputs on product roadmap and strategy, positioning and GTM, and sales planning.

Shailesh has a proven track record for delivering multiple transformation programs, regulatory driven initiatives, and acquisitions programs in well-connected European market. He possesses skills like outstanding stakeholder management, effective team building, change management and strong leadership capabilities demonstrated in multiple management roles with board level exposure. ​ ​

TT Bhat - Director, The TBCC Group/ Former COO, HSBC Global Asset Management, USA

TT Bhat is a seasoned Finance industry professional having 30+ years of experience with HSBC. He currently serves as an honorary Chief Strategy Officer at a nano-technology firm – Nanocrystals Technology Inc., New York, on the Advisory Board of ASCEND Connecticut chapter, USA, Posiview Capital Advisors, Pune, India. At HEXANIKA, he helps out with advice on Business Development & Strategy.

He has rich and extensive experience in Global Markets business, Treasurer/Balance Sheet management, Risk Management, Risk Strategy and Risk based Capital, Broker Dealer & Asset Management businesses across 5 countries and 3 continents, both in emerging & developed markets with HSBC.

His former role at HSBC New York was that of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Global Asset Management business in the USA, responsible for Risk, Operations, IT, Change Management and regulatory interactions. He worked in different capacities and senior roles at HSBC in the US, UK, Hong Kong & the Middle East, having started his banking career in India. He served as an independent Director/Advisor on the boards of two privately held companies in India (2005-2010).

TK Chopra - Senior Financial Executive/ Former Global Controller Bunge/ CFO Citi Latam

T. K. Chopra served as a Director of Financial Compliance of Bunge Ltd. since June 1, 2007 and also served as its Principal Accounting Officer and Controller. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at Citigroup in London, New York and Sao Paulo in a variety of financial management roles.  As an advisor to HEXANIKA, he brings this expertise and helps in GTM, strategic vision and planning.

At his various roles, TK was known for his success in enhancing the effectiveness of financial function for organizations internally by accelerating reporting deadlines and cutting costs which enhances credibility with regulatory authorities and analysts.

Dr. Deepak Shikarpur - Senior IT professional in India/ Pune- Resourcing, Branding, PR

Dr. Deepak Shikarpur is a renowned name in the IT industry in India and is an independent Director with many successful IT ventures like Autoline Design, Seed Infotech and others. He worked at Tata Group for 16 years on various consulting assignments globally. At HEXANIKA, he is a mentor to the team and provides guidance on strategic planning, resource management and cultural aspects.

He is a Hon Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Science, Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers, Former Chairman of Computer Society of India, and serving co Chairman of the IT sub-committee of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), a premier corporate conglomerate.

On May 1, 2010, he was given the prestigious Late Shantanurao Kirloskar Achievement Award during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Sanyukta Maharashtra State Formation Day at the hands of the Hon Dy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

His career spans 29+ years of working in technology industry and he currently serves as a mentor to IT enthusiasts. He is a frequent contributor of articles in leading newspapers, periodicals and has authored more than 23 books on topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, and the innovative use of Technology in various industries. He has also written numerous research papers, some of which were presented at various seminars and conferences in India and abroad. Through his writings, he has inspired people to get acquainted with computers and technology. He has won several national awards for his contribution to IT industry and literature.

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