Leadership Team

Leading the way with  Innovative Learning Solutions

The Upside Learning team is a mix of talented individuals from various domains with a shared passion for 'All things learning'.

Amit Garg
AMIT GARG Founder & Director – Learning Solutions

Amit is a mobile learning aficionado. An avid learner of mobile and technology himself, he helps organisations understand and implement mLearning. He also helps them in taking wiser decisions in eLearning by leveraging his 16+ years experience in the learning solutions domain.

At Upside Learning, Amit is the 'ideas man'. He guides the Custom Learning Solutions and Sales teams for Europe, the UK and Asia Pacific markets, and is a prime idea generator for the Marketing team.

He shares his thoughts, knowledge and insights on technology and learning on Upside Learning's blog and has co–authored an eBook on mLearning.

Learning Movers and Shakers

He was listed amongst the top ten eLearning movers and shakers for 2013 and 2014 in the World list, was on top of the Australia-Pacific list for 2013 and 2014, and continues to be ranked amongst the top ten in 2015 and 2016.

Amit holds an Engineering degree (IIT – Kharagpur) and Management degree (XLRI – Jamshedpur), and has earlier worked in Process and Automotive industries.

Amit Gautam
AMIT GAUTAM Founder & Director – Technology Solutions

Amit has played a key role in bringing an innovative approach to the traditional Learning Management System (LMS) and has been instrumental in putting UpsideLMS on the global map.

Acting as a consultant for his clients, he leverages his 16+ years of experience in the eLearning domain and helps them in implementing LMS successfully. At Upside Learning, he leads the Technology Solutions team and orchestrates the Sales operations in the US, the Middle East and India.

Amit is an active contributor to the company's blog and many eLearning forums. Amit has spoken at various L&D events in the US, has co-hosted webinars alongside leading industry experts and has authored eBooks on Learning Management Systems. He has served as a judge for the Brandon Hall awards in 2002 and 2004.

Amit holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (REC–Kurukshetra) and a master's in Business Administration (IIM – Lucknow), and has earlier worked in the IT sector.

Sonal Sheth
SONAL SHETH VP - Custom Learning Design

With over 13 years of experience in the eLearning industry, Sonal heads the content services team of 100+ eLearning specialists at Upside and is responsible for successful execution of all projects and solutions delivered by the team.

Sonal builds on her earlier experience of working in different domains including Graphic Design, Instructional Design and Project Management to innovate and create better learning. She has been instrumental in augmenting Upside's portfolio by introducing innovative solutions and services.

Sonal holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Symbiosis (her most recent achievement), a Post Graduate diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication from Symbiosis, a Dual Diploma in Web Engineering from Arena Multimedia, and a Bachelor's degree in Physics specialising in Photography & Mass Communication from Fergusson College in Pune, India.

Regy Pillai
REGY PILLAI VP - Business Development -Custom Learning Solutions

Regy can be summarised by the following quote; "I have never let my schooling interfere with my Education!....................Mark Twain" Regy is driven by his passion for client success and team growth.

For over a decade, he has been empowering people and organisations with training and education solutions. The journey saw him servicing all types of markets i.e. Academic, Government, Retail and Corporate, across geographies and industries like Banking, Pharma, Manufacturing, Logistics, Retail, Automobile, etc.

He was fortunate to add-value to the above landscape in multiple capacities i.e., Direct and Channel Sales, Product Management, Delivery and Account Management.

He has worked closely with large centralised and decentralised learning teams to devise strategies, provide tools and systems and deliver services around learning & development and performance support.

A new entrant to the Upside Learning family, Regy is entrusted to drive the business growth through the 3 pronged strategy of Quality, Innovation and Relationship!

Regy likes to read a lot during his free time and considers himself a Work in Progress! He is a movie and cricket buff and occasionally enjoys writing poems in Hindi. He is also passionate about training/coaching. He loves travelling and meeting new people.

Rupali Dhawale
RUPALI DHAWALE AVP - Custom Learning Solutions

Rupali started her career with Upside Learning and has been looking into the overall client account management for 8+ years now.

Over the years, Rupali has executed over 70 projects for clients located in the USA, the UK, Australia, Singapore, the Middle East and India from the education, banking, finance, healthcare, training, manufacturing, soft skills, and aviation industries. The projects included product training, process training, application training, compliance training, game-based learning, and mobile solutions.

As a Delivery Manager, Rupali looks into the overall account management and ensures that the right levels of service and quality are delivered to the clients. She also guides a team of project managers, is responsible for the profitability for her unit, and engages with prospects to work out solutions/proposals for new projects from time to time.

Rupali holds a Master's in Business Administration in Systems from Pune University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from MIT, Pune.

Shivaji Babar
SHIVAJI BABAR Senior Manager - Technical

With over 10 years of experience in eLearning and mobile learning development, Shivaji has worked on 70+ HTML- and Flash-based projects, as well as projects based on other technologies like EPUB, Objective-C, Augmented Reality, and Adobe AIR for iOS and Android.

Shivaji has architected and developed HTML-based course frameworks for multi-device and responsive development. He also has vast experience in making courseware compliant with eLearning standards like SCORM, AICC, and xAPI, Web standards like WCAG, Section 508, and WAI-ARIA, and integrating them into different Learning Management Systems.

Shivaji plays a key role in exploring and implementing new technologies and tools, defining efficient technical solutions, and setting and improving internal standards and processes.

Shivaji holds an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Wireless in Mobile Computing from C-DAC.

Priyabrata Maharana
PRIYABRATA MAHARANA IT Head

Ensuring a robust and high performing IT infrastructure is Priyabrata who leverages his 11+ years of experience in core IT system administration to manage server migrations, information and data security, cloud-based services migration, process compliance implementations and disaster recovery. He has been instrumental in developing the entire IT team, setting up metrics and processes, and inculcating a culture of visibility, accountability and transparency in operations. He manages vendors for hardware and software services, ensures 100% adherence on software licenses and high user satisfaction for internal stakeholders.

A Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), Priyabrata can be found hiking, swimming or gardening during his free time.

Kiran Aradhye
KIRAN ARADHYE Senior Manager - Finance

Kiran has been responsible for the day-to-day control and administration of the Upside's fiscal operations and statutory compliances since 2009. He has also been supporting the management in budget development and handling the long term financial planning ever since.

With over 20 years of finance and accounts experience, Kiran began his career in 1998 working for a Public Accounting firm that specialized in local government auditing, accounting and consulting services, where he worked for seven and a half years. He has also worked for various MNCs and handled the finance and audits for them..

Kiran holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Taxation and enjoys travelling and reading in his free time.

Mahesh Shinde
MAHESH SHINDE Manager - Visual Design

With over 9 years of graphic design experience, Mahesh Shinde currently leads Upside Learning's Graphic Design team.

Mahesh is responsible for the graphic design function. He is responsible for delivering and maintaining the high standard of graphic and visual design across all projects executed by Upside Learning. He is also responsible for training his team and keeping them abreast of the latest technologies and trends.

Bachelor's degree holder in Applied Art, Mahesh enjoys travelling and watching movies in his free time.

Dhawalshri Golekar
DHAWALSHRI GOLEKAR Manager - HR

An HR manager with over 6 years experience, Dhawalshri manages and administrates the organisation's HR function. She plays a crucial role in end to end HR activities such as developing & implementing policies & procedures; taking care of employee welfare, compensations & benefits, statutory compliances, employment laws, and overseeing recruitments. She has extensive hands-on experience in delivering effective employee relations services to employees of all levels and in bridging a healthy relation between management and employees.

Dhawalshri holds a MBA in HR from MIT, Pune. An avid fan of Indian Classical dance forms, she is a trained Kathak dancer.

Mustafa Husain
MUSTAFA HUSAIN Manager - Marketing

While doing his Graduation in Mechanical engineering and crunching engineering formulas, Mustafa found solace in writing poetry and short stories. He realised that he had a flair for words over numbers. It was this inclination for storytelling and writing which made him switch from engineering to advertising and marketing communications.

Starting of as a design engineer where he understood the concept of design thinking, aesthetics, simplicity and usability of any design. Mustafa did his PGD in Marketing and Diploma in Film Making. He then migrated full time towards marketing and communications to help brands create engaging campaigns for their products and services. While working for two start-up advertising agencies Mustafa helped them successfully acquire and service top notch national and international brands across various Industry verticals like Education, Health Care, FMCG, Real Estate, Travel & Hospitality, Manufacturing and others.

Mustafa now has over 12 years of work experience in marketing and corporate communications, brand management, strategic planning, copy writing, film and animation production, conceptualizing and implementing marketing & advertising campaigns across various channels

Vivek Iyer
VIVEK IYER AVP - Business Development - Custom Learning Solutions

Vivek has 14 years of experience working with enterprise accounts and start-ups in business development, account management and delivery. Vivek focuses on business development and account management for Upside Learning in Europe.

Vivek has worked for global accounts in North America, Europe and New Zealand, developing long term relationships with clients and partners.

Vivek is passionate about understanding client’s business, customers and developing learning solutions that create a positive business impact.

Suyog Shaha
SUYOG SHAHA Associate Manager - Technical

Suyog is an Associate Technical Manager at Upside Learning and has over 10+ years of experience in eLearning development and an year’s experience in Web development.

In eLearning development, he is highly proficient in eLearning and Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, TypeScript, Angular-JS, Flash, Flex, and Adobe AIR. He has worked on more than 100+ projects using these technologies.

He has developed frameworks for HTML courses for Desktops, Mobiles, and Tablets, and SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, AICC, and Tin Can API.

He has responsible for contributing to the company knowledge base and process improvements; conducting project risk identification and mitigation action planning with the project manager; using best practices and coding standards; conducting reviews and providing feedback; focusing the team to ensure an on-time delivery of the agreed products; monitoring progress on a day-to-day basis for all team activities; and ensuring deliverables are prepared to satisfy the project requirements, cost, and schedule.

Suyog holds a Master's degree in Computer Application and he likes to unwind with trekking, photography, and music.

Sandip Tawar
SANDIP TAWAR Manager - Quality

Sandip has over 10 years of experience in eLearning and software testing domain. He has worked on more than 70 projects with different technologies and tools, such as HTML, Flash, Articulate Storyline, Captivate, Lectora, etc. for multi-device platforms. His work experience includes web & mobile app testing, eLearning courseware compliance, and accessibility testing (SCORM, AICC, and xAPI) on different Learning Management Systems.

Sandip is well-versed with all phases of software development & testing life cycle, and has hands-on experience in various testing methodologies like Functional Testing, GUI Testing, Database Testing, and Regression Testing.

Sandip heads the team of Quality Executives at Upside Learning and is responsible for maintaining quality on all projects, and reviews all quality and audit reports to ensure that quality standards and consistency are maintained. He plays a key role in setting and improving internal standards and processes.

Sandip holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Nanded, India.

Piyush Jethwa
PIYUSH JETHWA Manager - Delivery

Work is what we spend the majority of our lives doing so, “Do what you love and work doesn’t feel like work” and even so “work harder” are few mottos followed by, Piyush.

Piyush has 7+ years of working experience and is driven by giving his excellence in every measure. Executing and completing over 100+ projects successfully for clients across USA, the UK, Europe, Singapore, Middle East and India with his working approach, analytical and problem solving techniques. Team building skills, leadership qualities, and customer engagement are key driving force for him.

The projects involved mobile apps, application training, product training, compliance training, game-based training, 3D games and apps.

In his current role, Piyush looks into account and project management, customer engagement, and team management to ensure best level of process and people driven service and quality deliverables to clients. Passionate about project management, Piyush ensures projects meets their objectives, and makes sure they are profitable and successful.

Besides core project management activity, Piyush also assists presales team by engaging with them for workable solutions and proposals for new prospects. Piyush completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from MIT, Pune.

Parag Kulkarni
PARAG KULKARNI VP - Custom Learning Solutions

Change is constant, and so is learning… is a motto that Parag lives by. He believes, that if you stop learning, you stop living.

Parag has over 15 years of rich and diverse experience in eLearning. He has worked on more than 200 projects of varied sizes, technologies and tools. His work experience includes, eLearning courseware development of different levels, Web and SharePoint based development along with Mobile Apps. Parag is well-versed with all phases of learning development life cycle, and has hands-on experience in visual design strategies.

Over the years, Parag has worked with companies and clients based out in Americas, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India.

Kedar Patankar
KEDAR PATANKAR AVP - Custom Learning Solutions

Kedar comes with 15 years of experience in Client Management & Project execution. Kedar completed his Computer Engineering Degree from Melbourne, Australia and got interested in the Gaming industry during his graduation days.

On his return to India he realized that a supply gap existed between the graphics industry in India and the gaming industry internationally. With this in mind, Kedar set up a full-fledged computer art studio that catered exclusively to the international gaming industry requirements.

This was the start of Kedar’s journey in the world of team building, project execution and ultimately Client Management. Ever since the time he was able to sell his gaming studio to an MNC, Kedar has been passionate about process management and ensuring that companies which he is a part of has teams that understand the mindset of their clients and hence are able to deliver better results.

He has worked with a number of large and small organizations in improving their processes and implementing new standardizations to increase productivity and client satisfaction across industries like Telecom, Software development, Gaming and eLearning.