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Management Team

LearningMate was founded by a team of experienced eLearning practitioners at its helm.

They bring together backgrounds in education technology, software product development, and business development.

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Samudra Sen

CEO

Samudra has a history of contributions in designing products, interfaces, engaging interactivity, and effective instruction. An alumnus of the acclaimed Industrial Design Center at IIT – Mumbai, his past includes significant work in the world of design and communications, before he channeled his creative energies into addressing instructional processes that help people learn. Prior to founding LearningMate, Sam (as he is better known) helped establish and manage the custom eLearning content development operation for Aptech Limited (later known as Mentorix). Besides this, Samudra brings a wealth of knowledge in management, processes, delivery, and implementation of eLearning as well as valuable relationships across the world. Based in Mumbai, Sam is responsible for guiding the vision of the company. In addition he personally manages LearningMate’s strategy planning and investor relations.

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Mohit Bhargava

Chief Strategy Officer (North American Region)

Mohit Bhargava, LearningMate’s face in North America, has worked the western side of eastern eLearning before the term was coined. Prior to establishing LearningMate in North America, he spent seven years at Aptech Ltd., where he helped define their US eLearning services strategy and contributed to their early success. In Mumbai, he was on the visiting faculty of the S. P. Jain Institute for Management & Research where he got chalk on his hands teaching real students in real classrooms. Mohit has contributed to well-known newspapers and magazines and has a background in technology, education, consultancy, and business development. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mohit manages LearningMate’s strategy for marketing and sales in North America.

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Jolvin Rodrigues

Global HR Head

As a co-founder of LearningMate, Jolvin Rodrigues plays an active role in growing multiple areas of the organization. From setting up and leading LearningMate’s content business, to growing emerging markets in Higher Education, K12 Institutions, and Corporate Learning as the Head of the Academic and Professional Division, Jolvin is now focusing his talents on Human Resources. In his role as Global HR Head, Jolvin strives to maintain the culture and health of LearningMate across the globe, while focusing on creating a thriving work environment, building a solid organizational infrastructure, and ensuring LearningMate has the best Human Resources practices and processes in the industry. Prior to LearningMate, he worked in multimedia and online learning, while leading development teams for consulting and course development. In his personal time, Jolvin loves to sing and enjoys traveling to new places, while experiencing unique local cuisine. Having a bend toward the creative side, Jolvin appreciates anything that involves creativity, and his charismatic personality makes his role as Global HR Head a perfect fit.

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Ganesh Kumar

Chief Technology Officer

After graduating from Bharathidasan University, Ganesh began his career in education technology at Educomp Solutions. Early exposure to the potential impact of combining education and technology captivated his interest in the industry. Today, as CTO of LearningMate, he is excited to be part of an organization where he, and his team, can create solutions and services that help educate millions of users. In his role as CTO, Ganesh heads both the technology services team, who focuses on developing custom solutions for LearningMate’s clients, and the product development team, who pioneers content authoring and delivery frameworks that can be leveraged by clients to save time and money. His goal is to develop integrated, end-to-end technology and content services and offerings that help position LearningMate as a valuable partner to its clients. Ganesh is extremely creative, has a passion for technology, and loves any opportunity to create something new. During his time away from the office, Ganesh enjoys reading books, traveling, and when time allows, he likes to practice his writing skills.

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Mihir Damniwala

Financial Controller and Information Officer

Mihir manages LearningMate finances and provides for all ideas and all the resources required. He is also responsible for ensuring that LearningMate has the most efficient systems in place for data gathering, analysis and reporting; helping decisions based on analytics, data measurement and sound logic. Prior to this Mihir headed the think-tank of the company and was in charge of crafting the best-in-breed solutions for clients and managing all critical bids for LearningMate. He was also engaged in active pre-sales support and consulting engagements. Mihir is a mechanical engineer from Mumbai University and an MBA from NMIMS. Before co-founding LearningMate, Mihir earned his spurs in Aptech’s eLearning division.

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Nachiket Paratkar

Business Head & Senior Vice President of Higher Education

From his early days of heading the Project Management team, to overseeing the entire centralized project delivery and quality system as Head of Human Resources, Nachiket’s contributions have helped shape LearningMate into what it is today. While heading Delivery and Quality, Nachiket also helped LearningMate become CMMI Level 5 Certified, which is the highest level of process maturity awarded. Today, with over 17 years of experience, Nachiket leads the Higher Education business vertical as the Head and Senior Vice President of Higher Education, making him responsible for project management, vertical growth, and identifying new services to introduce and grow within the market. Nachiket is extremely passionate about customer experience, learning design, data analytics, and new technologies entering the higher education marketplace. He understands how strongly education can influence people, organizations, and society as a whole, so his desire is to personally impact the education space.  Nachiket holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Nagpur University, and an MBA from T.A. Pai Management Institute in India. He prides himself in both maintaining positive relationships at work and his ability to help others achieve success. Prior to LearningMate, Nachiket worked at Aptech, where he gained valuable experience in eLearning, computer training and education, and IT training. Outside of work, Nachiket likes to read books, cook, and when time allows, binge watch some of his favorite TV shows. He also enjoys spending time outdoors while hiking, biking, and photographing nature.

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Prasad Mohare

Senior Vice President

Prasad Mohare is one of LearningMate’s founders. His dedication to education stems from his family roots and is, in part, why he is so passionate about all areas of education technology. Prasad earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mumbai University and completed graduate studies from one of the premier institutes, D.G. Ruparel. Prior to LearningMate, Prasad worked in media, animations, and postproductions before entering the IT field at Aptech. In his free time, Prasad enjoys spending time with his family while playing household games and watching educational videos. He is an avid fan of TED Talks, which he finds a source of motivation and learning, and he enjoys watching extremely funny videos of any kind.

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Mark Masterson

Vice President, Government Solutions

As Vice President of Government Solutions, Mark develops and implements the strategy for LearningMate’s government vertical. In his role, Mark works closely with LearningMate’s technology and business intelligence teams to devise scalable and sustainable technology solutions, while also guiding the development of content and technology platforms to better support state and local education agencies.

Mark is a customer-focused, visionary business leader with extensive experience leading large-scale business and IT transformations. Prior to joining LearningMate, Mark served as an IT executive at Fortune 500 companies including American Airlines and DHL, where he managed his divisions through incredibly strenuous mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he served as the CIO at Arizona’s Department of Education (ADE). His knowledge of back-end school IT systems helped the state of Arizona revitalize its $5B school financial payment system into a cloud-based, virtual system resulting in an annual cost savings of nearly $50M across 650 districts. While at ADE, Mark deployed the nation’s first Education Intelligence (EI) system, a system-driven student intervention technology, which provided 75,000 teachers and administrators, 1.2M student and 2.5M+ parents access to real-time student information.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in IT from Columbia College and a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University.

Kedar Limaye

Kedar Limaye

Vice President, K-12 & Assessment

As Vice President of K-12 & Assessment, Kedar focuses on customer relations, business unit strategy, and business growth, while also identifying avenues to streamline project and product delivery. He manages large global teams as they deliver complex solutions such as assessment and content management frameworks, offline eBook reader capabilities, student rostering and Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions.

Prior to LearningMate, Kedar worked at industry-leading consulting firms including Accenture, Wipro, and Infosys, where his primary focus was advising clients as they developed solutions to business problems using emerging technology. Kedar brings over 20 years experience in transforming customer relationship using thought leadership, collaboration and co-innovation with customers.

Lesley McCulley

Lesley McCulley

Vice President, Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources (HR), Lesley is a senior human resources leader with over 20 years of demonstrated success establishing and managing HR departments in a variety of industries with diverse corporate, global, multi-state and virtual environments. In her role, Lesley provides leadership and strategic direction in developing and executing the human capital strategy, specifically in the areas of talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, organizational and culture change, compensation, benefits, compliance, payroll and administration.

Throughout her career, Lesley has created HR infrastructures and led project teams aimed at streamlining HR processes, while establishing best practices that positively impact the workplace and the bottom line. Prior to LearningMate, she founded Gates to HR LLC, a human resources consulting practice providing full-service on-call, interim director assignments and project-based tailored human resources solutions, in addition to holding HR management positions.
Lesley is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami, FL and a Master’s in HR Management from Lesley University, MA. Lesley is passionate about optimizing business performance through people and deeply believes in motivating and inspiring everyone to see their full potential.

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Abhijit Navale

Director of Corporate Learning

As Director and Head of Corporate Learning, Abhijit Navale brings over 15 years of experience in learning and education technology to LearningMate. While he began his professional career in software engineering after receiving his Masters in Computer Management, Visual Basic, C++ from the University of Pune, Abhijit soon transitioned to working in the education and eLearning space. After six years as the Head of North American Business at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Abhijit now focuses on expanding and developing a new line of business solutions at LearningMate. He is extremely passionate about serving the Corporate Learning niché and feels that in order to succeed, one must become a specialist. It’s this mindset that drives Abhijit to be a specialist and bring a full-service spectrum of offerings to LearningMate’s Corporate Learning division. He is intuitively creative, passionate, persistent, and he prides himself in living a principally-centered life. Outside of the office, Abhijit enjoys spending quality time with his family, above all. He also has a love of entertaining, traveling and meeting new people, photography, table tennis, and the occasional binge watching of his favorite shows.

Danielle Holmes

Danielle Holmes

Director of Marketing

Danielle is responsible for the marketing and communication strategies that strengthen LearningMate’s position as a global leader in the government, K-12 and assessment, higher education, and corporate learning communities.

She works collaboratively with LearningMate’s global teams to drive brand awareness, lead-generation and customer acquisition, strategic partnerships, media and public relations, and thought leadership. In addition, she leads the company’s research and advisory team as they surface emerging market intelligence, industry reports, and critical data that informs decision-making across the company.

Danielle joined LearningMate is 2012 to take on the newly created marketing role. Prior to LearningMate, she worked at Ingram Content Group for 7 years managing brands including VitalSource, LightingSource and CoreSource.

Danielle lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Andy, and their two sons, Asher and Abel. When she isn’t fully immersed in the teaching and learning world, she can be found running, building Legos or a fort, or enjoying a full-bodied glass of wine.