Leadership Team

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 –
Custom Learning Solutions

Amit is a mobile learning aficionado. An avid learner of mobile and technology himself, he helps organizations 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.

Geera Bellare

VP -
Learning Design

Leading the Instructional Designing team at Upside Learning, Geera boasts of over 13 years of professional experience. As an instructional designer, she has worked on 50+ projects of varying types, covering business and technical simulations, story–based learning, and CBT to WBT conversions. She is proficient in analysing client requirements and content, defining instructional approaches and course structures, creating storyboards, and reviewing outputs. Besides, her prior experience as a Consultant has exposed her to a range of industries like IT and ITES, education, GIS, manufacturing, and food processing.

An MBA from Pune University, India, Geera holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and German from Lawrence University, USA.

She has served as a judge for the prestigious Brandon Hall awards in 2007 and 2008.

Regy Pillai

Regy Pillai

VP - Business Development -
Custom Learning Solutions

Regy can be summarized 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 organizations 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 centralized and decentralized 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.

Abhijit Kadle

Abhijit Kadle

AVP -
Learning Design

The 'Google' of Upside Learning, as he is fondly called, Abhijit plays a key role in guiding the Instructional Designers and is a chief member of the Innovation team.

With over 15 years of professional experience in multimedia design and development, he has been active in the field of digital learning design for the past 12 years, and has worked on design driven projects for multimedia kiosk software, interactive CD–ROMs, multimedia instructional simulations, game-based learning environments, computer–based training, web–based training, and learning management systems and standards. He has managed multiple technical instructional design and development projects for various Fortune 500 companies at another eLearning company and also has presented learning sessions at various L&D events like mLearnCon, co-hosted webinars alongside leading industry experts, co-authored an eBook on Mobile Learning, and authored whitepapers on Mobile Learning and Game–based Learning.

A Mechanical Engineer from the University of Pune, Abhijit is interested in multifarious subjects ranging from genetics, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, engineering, technology, computing to electronic games, media, communication, and the design of user experience and interaction.

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.

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.

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.

Anushka Khairajani

Anushka Khairajani


Manager - Quality

Anushka is the Associate Manager- Quality at Upside Learning Solutions. With 9 years of experience in the testing field, she is actively involved in conducting testing activities for new projects and internal projects, and is a core member of the research and development team.

Anushka heads a team of quality testers, supports the QA team on process-related tasks, is responsible for maintaining quality on all projects and reviews all quality and audit reports to ensure that quality standards and consistency are maintained. She has worked on more than 70 projects with different technologies and tools, such as Flash, HTML, Articulate Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora, for multi-device platforms.

Anushka holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Applications from Bhopal and Diploma in Software Testing from SEED Infotech, Pune.

Shivaji Babar

Shivaji Babar


Manager - Technical

With over 8 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.

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

HR Manager

An HR manager with over 6 years experience, Dhawalshri manages and administrates the organization'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.