About Us

GENESIS

Akara Research & Technologies P Ltd incorporated in May 2013, by professionals with two decades of experience each in the information for governance sector.

Sethuraman and Rohit Sabharwal had spent a major part of their career of 20 years each at the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), where they worked closely with various stakeholders - particularly the government and the regulatory sectors including banks - to assimilate data, putting in place the systems and human resources to collect, collate and disseminate information for a variety of users.

At the same time, Somasundaram, for over two decades, was a consumer of variety of data for different needs - economic research, understanding of district level economy, building governance solutions, and policy research. He built systems and solutions that could use the information for driving research and consulting.

A major part of interactions between Sethuraman, Rohit and Somasundaram were about data, data gaps, differences in data definitions and lack of systems to visualise data, lack of consistency in data, lack of integration of disparate data-sets, tech. support to comprehend the data and many more.

An intriguing point was, if we were baffling with such questions, what about decision-makers in polity, industry and researchers in academia? Our interactions with our network in these circles indicated that it was indeed the case. they had the same pain-points. And Akara was formed to solve the pain-points for decision-making.

Akara is data-science driven, Geo-visual (map) analytics firm, driven by its mission to solve information asymmetry problems for informed decision-making & improved Governance. It delivers innovative and dependable products & solutions across the spectrum of data needs, from sourcing of data to dissemination of processed information to different stakeholders.

Our Management

R Sethuraman

Founder

R Sethuraman has over 20 years of experience in Business Development, Strategy & Operations. Prior to setting up Akara, Sethuraman headed Business Development & Operations at Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) for the Southern Region, India. In the last two years, he has been working with technology & research teams to build

He has a post graduation in Econometrics and MBA in Finance. He had earlier served in the roles of Executive Director of center for Development Finance, IFMR and Economic Analyst at Reliance Industries Ltd in its Business Intelligence Unit.

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L Somasundaram

Director & Co-founder

L Somasundaram is an economic analyst with 20 years of experience in managing and executing economic research projects of diverse nature, and delivering map-based analytics for informed decision-making. His expertise is in conceiving, designing and implementing ICT tools for development and governance.

He has a post graduation in Econometrics and MBA in Finance. He had earlier served in the roles of Executive Director of center for Development Finance, IFMR and Economic Analyst at Reliance Industries Ltd in its Business Intelligence Unit.

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Rohit Sabherwal

Director

Rohit Sabherwal is a business leader with two decades of professional experience in Business Development & Strategy at Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy P Ltd (CMIE). Worked at the highest level in the corporate sector, academia and government institutions. He is a post graduate from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.