Rakesh Bhatia is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration from GEM, France, with research interest in M&A integration, sense making and culture in international business and M&As. Rakesh brings with him almost 2 decades of vast Executive Leadership experience with successful track record of setting up, growing, running and integrating multi-million dollars- IT/Software/BPO/BPM operations in multiple geographies. He was the SVP International Operations at RealPage Inc, One of the largest Software/SaaS companies providing solutions to the Property Management Industry; Responsible for overall operations of the company, including Engineering, BPM, HR, Finance, Legal and Compliance, IT and New Market opportunities and development in multiple countries, with over 40% of company’s total workforce. He works closely with several startups as an advisor or board member and also with several VCs, PEs and incubators. He is also an investor and mentors many budding entrepreneurs and also serves on the Board of TiE Hyderabad as the chair for the investment committee. Rakesh has been a speaker at several conferences and seminars and business schools on topics ranging from International Business, Entrepreneurship, People Management, Leadership, Project/Program Management, Information Security, Compliance and Corporate Governance. Additionally known and recognized as one of the fittest individuals of corporate Hyderabad (India), delivers talks and sessions on health and fitness motivation and awareness at various forums and organisations. He is also on the advisory board of The Entrepreneur Zone.