Leadership Team

Get to know the Grene Robotics team

Kiran Penumacha
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kiran started Grene Robotics in 2008 with the vision of making the world a smarter and safer place using AI.

The autonomy bug first bit Kiran when he was doing his Masters in Bioinformatics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. While working on a project on autonomous vehicles for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he realized that existing autonomous systems weren’t enough for operations or decision-making. Later, his experience as an associate at Pitney Bowes and as managing director of his own real estate firm in India confirmed his belief that existing enterprise software wasn’t really helping companies make efficient decisions.

Kiran believes that better data and better AI can enable truly autonomous enterprises, defenses and cities. He implements autonomy at Grene Robotics too – he strongly encourages employees to take ownership over their work and make their own decisions.
An alumnus of the Computer Science department at Purdue University, Kiran has also co-founded a solar energy company as well as mentored several startups in hyperlocal delivery, human capital management, and micro finance space.

Kiran brings years of knowledge and experience in autonomous technologies and holds patents for Automated Presence Status, Presence Status-Based Communication Filtration and Authentic-based Combination of Inputs. Kiran built the world’s highest-altitude research centre at 17,664 ft for DRDO which is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World records.

In his free time, he plays basketball and badminton, and rides his motorcycle through the mountains.

Wing Commander MVN Sai (Retd, Indian Air Force)
Co-founder & Director (Emerging Technologies)

MVN is responsible for the development and deployment of our defence platform and solutions.

MVN brings with him a deep domain knowledge and understanding of technology that comes with having spent more than three decades building defence systems for India. He spent 24 years in the Indian Air Force (IAF), where he led several initiatives to modernize air defence infrastructure. MVN played a key role in the IAF adopting network-based operations and was also involved in orchestrating a multi-billion dollar import substitution for the forces.

He retired from the IAF as wing commander in 2013. He spent the next seven years running a company that developed software that unifies military intelligence and led initiatives for transformation of operations for disaster management, air space control, anti-UAV systems and missile control, among others.

MVN is passionate about making India’s Armed Forces self-reliant and believes Grene Robotics can help the country achieve this.

He holds an executive MBA from IIM Lucknow. He is an avid golfer and cricketer, and has a deep interest in music.

Vamsi Vellanki
Executive Director (Investor Relations & Finance)

Vamsi manages investor relations and investments, as well as oversees the finance department at Grene Robotics. Working closely with the finance team, Vamsi develops and executes strategic financial plans aligned with Grene Robotics’ growth objectives. His extensive experience in risk advisory allows him to assess investment opportunities, analyze financial data, and provide valuable insights for decision-making.

Vamsi’s diverse background as an investor, a serial entrepreneur, management consultant, and partner at a risk advisory firm strengthens his ability to build strong relationships and connect with people. With a business degree from the University of Hertfordshire and an aviation degree, he combines expertise in business management and technology.

Vamsi has had over 20 years of work experience in esteemed companies like ASB Bank (a subsidiary of The Commonwealth Bank), Sprim Pharma and Vodafone New Zealand.

He is a certified commercial pilot and enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and skydiving.

Bharat Masimukku
CTO (greneOS)

Bharat is a Grene Robotics veteran – he was our first employee when we started in 2008. Bharat handles everything tech for greneOS – infrastructure, customer requests, enhancements, requirements, customer requests and uptime. He also contributes to pre-sales, patents and innovations.

Bharat brings deep domain expertise in system architecture, AI/ML algorithms and big data. An expert in database and messaging systems, Bharat has been one of the pillars of our R&D success and has contributed tremendously to the Grene Robotics journey so far. He enjoys his work at Grene Robotics because of its people and open culture, and because he gets to solve complex problems at scale.

Previously, he developed technology for the health and banking sectors at Satyam Software Services. While at Satyam, Bharat co-authored a technical paper on building a speaker identification system that would help identify hoax callers on emergency numbers. The paper was selected for the 2006 InterSpeech conference at Carnegie Mellon University.

When he’s free, Bharat likes to travel and spend time with his two turtles. A huge reptile fan, he hopes to someday be a licensed crocodile owner.

Parameshwar Reddy
Chief Operations Officer

Parameshwar handles end-to-end operations for us. He wears multiple hats, which include business analysis, solution design, service delivery, customer success, quality assurance, and profit center management.

A seasoned professional with 18 years of experience, Parameshwar worked as an electrical engineer and assistant project manager at various prominent real estate firms such as Synergy Property Development Services and Maytas Properties. He joined Grene Robotics in 2010 as a project manager and rose through the ranks as general manager, VP and Senior VP to become COO. He’s passionate about customer satisfaction and strongly believes in these two mantras: ‘Customer is the boss’ and ‘Change is the only constant’. He’s also known as one of the best managers in our company, with close-to-zero attrition in his team ever since he joined. His plan is to build international teams to support Grene Robotics customers across the globe.

Parameshwar is an IIM Lucknow-certified COO and a certified Business Analyst from IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis).

A social guy, he likes to play badminton and spend time with family and friends outside of work.

Gaurav Sharma, PhD
Chief Legal Officer

Gaurav oversees agreements and documentation from not only a legal, but a more holistic risk perspective. He’s the one who ensures the company meets all regulatory requirements.

He has 20 odd years of experience covering intellectual property, cyber crime, corporate transactions, privacy and data protection. He has assisted the Pune Police in cyber crime investigations, helped companies implement GDPR and trained police and government officials on cyber crime. He’s also the founder of Sentilius, a legal consultancy firm.

He holds a Master of Law degree in Artificial intelligence and Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh and also holds a PhD in intellectual property management. At Grene Robotics, he’s also responsible for handling the legal aspects of our IP portfolio. He enjoys the opportunity of being able to have a big impact in a fast-growing company.

When he’s not working, he likes exploring different cities and tracking wildlife on foot.

Sri Myneni
Strategic Advisor

With three decades of entrepreneurial experience, Sri is a seasoned leader who successfully founded, developed, and exited two globally recognized B2B tech companies. As the founder and CEO of KnoahSoft and Knoah Solutions, both acknowledged by Gartner, Everest, and IAOP, Sri played a pivotal role in the $200 billion customer experience outsourcing industry, overseeing millions of monthly customer transactions for clients ranging from startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises.

Following the merger of Knoah Solutions with IntouchCX, Sri joined the global board, contributing to the expansion of clients, solutions, and delivery centers across APAC, EMEA, and the Americas. His expertise in building and selling SaaS products for B2B enterprises led to KnoahSoft acquiring over 250 clients globally and its eventual sale to Avaya.

Before his entrepreneurial journey, Sri was a key member of eGain’s executive team during its 2000 IPO, driving growth across multiple software products. His diverse skill set was honed through roles as a product manager at Motorola’s security division, as well as positions with Teknow and Bull information systems in the early 1990s. Sri holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and an MSCS from Arizona State University.

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