Board of Directors

Founders


B Malla Reddy
Founder

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B. Malla Reddy is among Astra Microwave's core founders. Mr. Malla Reddy worked for over two decades in the Systems Division of Indian Space Research Organisation, Bangalore, and with Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, before taking charge of software development and R&D at OMC Computers Ltd, Hyderabad.

Mr. Malla Reddy holds a Master's in Engineering (Automation) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

PA Chitrakar
Founder

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P.A. Chitrakar had been with the Defence Electronics Laboratory, Hyderabad, as a scientist for over 20 years before co-founding Astra Microwave.

An MSc (Physics) from Mysore University and an MTech (Advanced Electronics) from JNTU, Hyderabad, Mr. Chitrakar is an expert in, among others, the design of microwave components.

C Prameelamma
Founder

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C. Prameelamma has had a distinguished career with the Electronics Research and Development Establishment, Bangalore, and the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad before co-founding Astra Microwave.

An expert in the manufacture and testing of microwave components and computer-aided design, Ms. Prameelamma is a Master in Engineering (Instrumentation & Control Systems) from SV University, Tirupati.

Board of Directors


Dr. Avinash Chander
Chairman & Independent Director

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Dr. Avinash Chander is the former Secretary, Defence R&D and Director General, DRDO. An eminent scientist in the field of missiles, he has been a pioneer in Strapdown Inertial navigation & Guidance.

In addition, he has contributed in the development of several critical technologies in the field of radars, simulation, propulsion, control and System engineering.

S. Gurunatha Reddy
Managing Director

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A graduate in Science and Mathematics and Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Worked in private sector industry and gained over 33 years of experience in accounting, finance, taxation, secretarial etc.

Maram Venkateshwar Reddy
Joint Managing Director

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A Graduate in Engineering (Electronics) and a Post Graduate in Business Administration, Mr. M.V. Reddy has 28 years of experience in handling Marketing and Business operations in the domain of Defense, Space and Telecom segment in India and Overseas Market.

As most of his experience has been working for the Indian Private industry meeting the needs of the Strategic Electronics sector in India and abroad, he has a good understanding of the requirements and knows the challenges and opportunities for the private companies in this business segment.

Vadlamani Venkata Rama Sastry
Independent Director

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Mr. V. Venkata Rama Sastry (Mr. V.V.R. Sastry) is a double graduate in Science and Electronics & Communication Engineering with 45 years’ experience in Development & Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Management, Project Management, Technology Management and Marketing. Has rich experience in various fields of professional electronics like Military- Communication, Electronic- Warfare, Telecommunications, Homeland Security and Strategic Components.

Mr. V.V.R. Sastry, was the Chairman cum Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Ltd., responsible for Company’s healthy growth in 2007-09.

He won Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scholarship to work at Mullard Application Laboratories, UK, in 1976 and ELCINA-DUN & BRADSTREET ‘Electronics Man of the Year’ Award for 2007-08.

Buddharaju Lakshmi Narayana Raju
Independent Director

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Mr. Buddharaju Lakshmi Narayana Raju is a Post Graduate in Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Bachelor of Engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam with over 30 years’ experience in Digital Library Technologies, Information Management, Information Technology and Web Technology adoption areas specifically focusing on return on investment.

Mr. Sunil Kumar Sharma
Independent Director

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Mr. Sunil Kumar Sharma served as Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Electronics Limited country’s largest enterprise in professional and defence electronics, where he was responsible for redefining the company vision for aggressive growth, achieving all time high sales turnover, profitability and a robust order-book. He was instrumental in enhancing R & D capability and established several strategic partnerships with global OEMs for technology acquisitions, resulting in large orders and business growth.

He is currently an independent director on the board of a large central public sector company.

Born in the year 1956, he is a gold medalist from University College of Engineering, Bangalore and MBA.

Mr. Atim Kabra
Non-Executive Director

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Mr.Atim Kabra is the Founding Partner of Frontline Strategy Limited, the investment manager/advisor for two Mauritius based India centric Private Equity funds namely –India Industrial Growth Fund Limited and Strategic Ventures Fund (Mauritius) Limited.

Atim Kabra is also the founder and Managing Director of Frontline Strategy Funds Pte. Ltd., a Singapore registered & licenced VCFM, which acts as the investment manager / advisor to Singapore based Venture Capital Funds – Prestellar Ventures Fund I Pte Ltd and Strategic Ventures Fund

He has over 25 years of well rounded "equities exposure" including Portfolio Management, Equity Sales and Equity Research with global institutions like ABN AMRO Bank, ANZ Grindlays Bank. After a stint in the equity research section at H G Asia, India, Atim moved to New York City with ABN Amro Inc. where he set up the sub continent equity sales desk. He thereafter set up Frontline Strategy Limited and Strategic Ventures Fund (Mauritius) Limited. Atim has lived and worked in India, USA (New York region for 10 years) and Singapore, where he is currently based since the last 13 years.

Atim Kabra has majored in Economics (Honors) from Delhi University and has a Masters inManagement Studies from NMIMS (Bombay University).

Ms. Kiran Dhingra
Independent Director

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I have 38 years of experience in governance and have held senior positions in decision making capacities in practically all sectors - the developmental, agricultural, social, industrial, infrastructural, transportation, economic and regulatory. I joined Government in 1975, after standing first in the combined merit list for IFS/IAS, and opting to serve in the IAS.

I have worked with distinction in areas as diverse in their geography and the nature of their problems as the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Goa, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Arunachal Pradesh. About half my career has been in Government of India, in the Ministries of Human Resource Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Textiles and Shipping, where I have been instrumental in shaping policy for elementary education and growth of textiles in a globally competitive market; preparing programmes for slum housing; crafting regulation for cleaner air in Delhi by the introduction of CNG buses and four stroke autorickshaws; and designing stimulation packages for the housing construction and textile industries in the two-humped economic downturn since 2008. My longest stints have been in Education and Textiles; I have left a mark also in the shipping sector and the Delhi transport department. I retired in the rank of Secretary to Government of India, in 2013, after being one of the lon gest serving secretaries to government with almost five years of service in that rank. Post retirement, I was appointed as Chairperson, Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), a deemed university set up under an Act of Parliament, for a three year tenure, from 1-04-2013 to 3103-2016.

I have had several years of corporate experience during my career, having served as Government Director or Chairman on the Board of several CPSUs, or supervised their functioning. These included the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation,the Delhi Metro, the National Housing Bank, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation, the Cotton Corporation of India, the Central Cottage Industries Corporation, etc.

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