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Director of Engineering, New Initiatives Group PayPal Inc.
Sathish Vaidyanathan joined PayPal’s Chennai Technology center in 2013. He is currently a Director of Engineering and leads New Initiatives Group, that develops technology solutions for PayPal’s global products. As part of his role, he has run several innovation programs and nurtured intrapreneurship and ideation efforts. As part of PayPal’s outreach efforts, he helped launch the PayPal Incubator in Chennai. He comes with diverse software development experiences and has built large scale systems and platforms.
Before joining PayPal, Sathish was with eBay for over 3 years, building eBay’s seller registration and shipping platforms. Before eBay, he worked for Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics(US) and Ramco Systems, in addition to two early-stage startups in the United States. He has a Master’s degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani and an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Madras University.
Sathish is passionate about social causes and actively volunteers for PayPal’s CSR activities, as well as with other non-profits. He is also passionate about professional and personal development and writes on this topic from time to time.
Manager, L & D - SPI Cinemas
Ratheesh Krishnan is the Manager of L&D at SPI Cinemas. As a social catalyst, an executive coach (PCC) and trainer (CPLP), he believes in ‘Making a difference to make a living’. He is credited with two patents, Lattice Progression and another for Skill Hacking. Some of his formative experiences include building social entrepreneurship working with the founding teams of Teach for India, MAD, Bhumi and the recent Punnagaiyin Mugavari. He is a strategist for several startups where his work enables collective foresight and imagination for all, through consulting and experiential mentoring. Through this and other projects, he continues to provoke change in the pattern of how individuals, teams and organizations work through measurable intervention and catalysis.
*He is also an expert in doing sketch note and is currently teaching them also