Thillai Kumaran is a passionate community and IT/Global Cloud Infrastructure leader who has worked in the Bay Area with companies such as IBM, Deloitte, and KPMG. He has extensive experience in leading large software and business applications implementation and support. A big believer in building communities together, Thillai has held various leadership roles both on the professional side and with local and national not-for-profit organizations – including the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.
Parthipan Paramsothy is a Co-Founder at Gossamer Engineering Inc. which provides end-to-end system architecture solutions to the biggest players in tech in the Bay Area. As the Head of Program Management, Parthi focuses on productizing cutting edge technologies – taking them from concepts to finished products. He mentors and advises several startups, helping them incubate and commercialize their ideas. Parthi also spends his time volunteering with organizations involved in socially conscious causes.
Sumi Shan is a connector, former politico, and founder of Niche Strategies, a boutique agency that provides startups with communications, public affairs and go-to-market strategies in Canada and the US. She is also the Public Relations lead for Corporate Affairs for Microsoft in Canada, a Partner with AVM Equity, and has held senior leaderships roles with various Cabinet Ministers in the Ontario Government. Sumi has managed award-winning communication and advocacy campaigns across corporate, government, and non-profit sectors over the last 13+ years. As a social doer, she volunteers and supports various community organizations to help advance causes that include diverse participation in tech & politics, entrepreneurship, and health-related initiatives.
Advisors: Jay Vijayan, Ratheesan Yoganathan, Anusha Srijeyanathan and Hari Subramaniam