About Us

Leadership Team

Samir Patel - CEO

Samir Patel is the CEO of Sankalp Semiconductor and has played a key role in setting up Sankalp’s global operations in North America and Europe. Samir has had a successful stint spanning 16 years at Rambus where his last held position was that of Sr. VP - Engineering.
He has also held senior positions at Sun Microsystems, Catalyst and National Semiconductor.

Samir Patel holds a B.Tech degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai and an MS degree from The University of California, Santa Barbara. He is credited with executive courses from Stanford University.

Nagaraj Azhakesan - COO

Nagaraj Azhakesan is the Chief Operating Officer and responsible for designing and implementing business strategies, plans and procedures. He is instrumental at establishing policies that promote company culture and vision. Nagaraj has more than 24 years in the industry and has worked in various companies like Hughes Escorts Communications Limited, Wipro Technologies, Texas Instruments (India) Pvt Ltd, Cosmic Circuits Private Limited and held various senior positions.

He has extensively worked in the areas of Information Technology, VSAT network, Project Management, Vendor management, Human Resources, Finance & Administration. Nagaraj Azhakesan was one of the promoters & Board of Director of Cosmic Circuits Private Limited before it was successfully acquired by Cadence.

Sathish Kumar Ganesan - Vice President of Engineering

Sathish Kumar Ganesan is the Vice President of Engineering at Sankalp and is responsible for Worldwide Business & Engineering activities in the areas of Analog Mixed Signal Design Services and IP/ASIC developments for our customers that includes Analog Mixed Signal Design, Analog Layout, Digital, Memory, Standard Cell, Modelling, PDK, Board Design and Silicon Characterization/Validation. Sathish also manages the external partnerships and all fab interface.

He is a versatile technical leader with more than 17+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry with hand-on expertise in Analog Mixed Signal IP and ASIC developments covering from Spec to Product delivery. Sathish has worked with various organizations like Cadence Design Systems (USA), Cosmic Circuits, Cypress Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics (S Korea) and Vinchip/Arasan Systems.

He holds 3 patents and has published multiple international papers/journals.

Sathish holds BE degree in Electronics and Communications from Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering & Technology, Karaikudi and MS degree in VLSI CAD from Manipal University.

Madhav Rao - Vice President Engineering

Madhav Rao is Vice President, Engineering at Sankalp and is responsible for all Digital, Custom Layout and Technology Foundation Services delivery, heading a team of over 450 engineering professionals.

An industry veteran with over 22 years of experience in semiconductor space, Madhav had been associated for 21 years with Wipro – from being a Project Engineer in 1994 to having held the post of General Manager & Delivery Head of Wipro’s Semiconductor & Systems Division where he had managed several global customers and a large group of engineers.

Madhav holds BE degree from Mumbai and an M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

Abhijit Dutta - Head of Mixed Signal Solutions

Abhijit Dutta is the Head of Mixed Signal Solutions. He has more than 32 years of experience in System level, Digital and Mixed Signal design in a wide variety of product domains. Starting his career in T.I.F.R. (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), he has managed several successful teams in Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, Intel and NXP. His expertise lies in the area of design of automotive qualified IC’s. Prior to joining Sankalp, Abhijit was Head of NXP Bangalore Centre. Abhijit holds a B. Tech Degree (Radio Physics & Electronics) from Calcutta University

Prakash Easwaran - Technical Advisor

Prakash Easwaran is the Technical Advisor for Analog & Mixed Signal Group. He is a semiconductor veteran with more than 24 years of experience in various semiconductor and systems companies like Texas Instruments, Cosmic Circuits and InnoRel Systems. His expertise lies in building high performance teams executing analog mixed projects in automotive, consumer and networking domains.  

Prakash was the CTO of Cosmic Circuits before its successful acquisition by Cadence. Prakash has 5 papers and 29 patents attributed to his name.

Hisaya Keida - Japan Head

Hisaya Keida is the Japan Head at Sankalp and is responsible for executing the expansion of Sankalp presence and tasked to take the company to the next level in Asia including Japan.An industry veteran with over 36 years of experience in the semiconductor space and a pioneer of fables ASIC business in Japan. Hisaya Keida was the CTO of Kawasaki Microelectronics, and responsible for all oversea (USA, Taiwan, India) operations and engineering before it was acquired by Megachips. His expertise lies in developing libraries, IOs, memories, analog mixed signal IPs in networking domains, process and manufacturing. Hisaya Keida holds Bachelor of Engineering degree from Waseda University in Tokyo Japan.

Uday Ramachandran - Vice President Business Development (India & APAC)

Uday is the Vice President of Business Development for India and APAC at Sankalp Semiconductor. He has close to 30 years of industry experience in engineering, marketing, engineering management and business development. Uday comes with a strong background of managing business relationships and providing hi-tech solutions. He holds a B.E. in Electronics and Communications from the University of Mysore and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming.