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Erik Azulay

Executive Director

Erik Azulay is a technology commercialization expert and serial entrepreneur specializing in small business startups and international market strategies. He has managed commercialization and incubation projects in 12 countries around the world, and launched and sold two logistics companies based in the United States and Russia.

Mr. Azulay's experience includes overseeing the creation and running of the National Technology Commercialization Center in Kazakhstan. Under his leadership the Center incubated Kazakh start-ups to bring their innovations to market and created a multi-million dollar small business commercialization grant program which continues to this day.

As President of the Alliance for Commercialization and Innovation Research, he currently runs the Nexus Innovation Hub and Incubator. The Nexus Incubator is funded by the U.S. State Department and showcases best practices in incubation and entrepreneurship from India and the U.S. In just over two years of operation, Nexus startups have raised over $5.6 million in outside funding.

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Vikas Sood

Director, Nexus Startup Hub and Incubator

Vikas is an industry professional with over 25 years of experience across various organisations like Alcatel, Tata Communications, Nokia and Spice Mobile. He has also been an entrepreneur for over four years and has managed two startup ventures – Future Minds Consulting and Awethentica Fashions. After exiting his ventures he joined Amity Technology Incubator as “Entrepreneur In Residence” and worked for over three years at Amity mainly helping startups to grow to the next level. Vikas holds an engineering degree in electronics and an MBA in marketing from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research Mumbai.

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Visalakshmi Ray

Program Manager

Visalakshmi has a Masters in Liberal Arts and Management Practices. She has more than 2 years of work experience and has worked in the field of policy and development finance in policy and product design, fundraise, and strategic partnerships. Before joining Nexus, she worked at a fintech organization where she helped raise USD 20 M (debt and equity). She is passionate about emerging tech and investing.

In her spare time, she loves to explore new cuisines.

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Malika Taneja

Administrative Program Manager

Malika is a Chartered Accountant by profession. She worked with one of the leading global consultancy groups for six years in the field of auditing and assurance services and has experience in the energy, manufacturing, pharma and services industries.

She is the co-founder of the Labhya Foundation, a non-profit organisation working with children from low socio-economic backgrounds to provide them with social and emotional skills, so as to improve their decision-making ability and future quality of life.

The Labhya Foundation proposed, designed & is ensuring the effective implementation of the world’s largest social and emotional learning interventions, namely the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ and ‘Anandam Pathyacharya’ with the Governments of Delhi and Uttarakhand respectively. In her free time Malika likes to doodle and volunteer for different projects.

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