“I firmly believe that IITMAANA is creating a new value for the ‘IIT education’ - the power of our network. The value of our IIT education has the potential to increase significantly with networking. Today, many of us seem to network only with our fellow batchmates and maybe hostelmates. I am passionate about creating new and meaningful ways for my fellow alumni to tap into the network of 7,800+ IIT Madras alumni, and the larger 30,000 from all IITs across North America to grow personally and professionally.”
Prasanna currently heads global Product Management for PayPal Merchant Marketing. He is based in Silicon Valley, and has held product and marketing leadership roles at various startups and large companies. Prasanna holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management ‘04, MS in Computer Science from Univ of Oregon ‘00, and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Univ of Cincinnati ‘95, and B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras ‘93.
Prasanna served as the President of IITMAANA Bay Area chapter 2012-14; and as VP of IIT Bay Area 2014-15. In his terms, he organized multiple events including the inaugural national Gajendra Circle, Diwali Dhamaka, and the inaugural IIT Leadership Conference in 2015.
Prasanna currently serves on the advisory boards of the following startups: AscendSmart, SpotWays, and Lifeliqe. He has also advised non-profits in Silicon Valley such as My New Red Shoes and Hands-on-Bay-Area.