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Anand Murthy Raj

Associate Partner at Gladwell Academy. Asia's first SAFe Fellow & SPCT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer)
Anand is a leader with a vision to bring in great difference and excellence in the organization by multiplying business/value to achieve greater heights. He has 23 years of experience in the IT industry through which he brought in strong management background and versatile experience in Agile Coaching. Software Project Management, Support, Operations management, customer management, process management, people management and vendor/partner management. Anand has been conducted SAFe Agilist certification training globally to more than 500 professionals in the last 15 months with a pass rate of 99%.
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Miranda Goossens

CEO at Gladwell Academy
Miranda has over 15 years of experience developing training programs, fulfilling a wide range of educational needs. She further specialized in consulting, setting-up and implementing internal and external educational academies. Miranda’s main focus is on the area of business and IT. Gladwell emphasizes the role of people within organizations. This, in combination with entrepreneurship and the everlasting challenge to try to stay one step ahead of new training demands, is what makes Gladwell the perfect working environment for Miranda. As CEO, Miranda links present-day topics to new training offerings for clients. Miranda is a naturally active and interested listener. She likes to set up new initiatives and has a wide range of interests. Motivating people is what Miranda does best. Besides her work, Miranda is a passionate runner.
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Michael Stump

COO and SAFe Program Consultant trainer (SPCT)
Michael is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive international experience and expertise. Demonstrated passion for leadership, (re)building high performing organizations, growth, strategic decision-making and organizations health. He is a Lean-Agile Leader and mentor to executives and board members on state-of-the-art mindset, principles and practices to support Business Agility. His leadership, consulting and management experience enables him to lead, manage, and advise companies through great organizational change journey. As an advisory board member to technology companies, his specialty is global growth strategies and transitions within highly distributed, multi-cultural enterprises. Michael is also a passionate helicopter pilot. A Zurich, Switzerland native, travels the globe and lives in New York City and Boulder,Colorado.
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Sathyanarayana H R

SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT)
Sathya is a leader with a vision to bring in great difference and excellence in the organization by delivering business/value to achieve organization growth and customer satisfaction. 15+ years of experience in the IT industry through which he brought in strong management background and versatile experience in Agile Coaching. Agile transformation, Organization transformation, change management, Agile assessment, Agile metrics definition and deployment. He is also a speaker in many Agile conferences and meetups. Sathya has been conducting SAFe certification trainings in the last 3 years to 500 + participants and trained over 4000 people on various Agile frameworks across Europe, China, India and Israel. He received the Agile coach of the year award in 2017 in an international conference organized by Unicom in India. Sathya has worked with various organizations helping them in Agile transformation and currently working as an Enterprise Agile Coach and trainer and transforming Philips Inc into SAFe and also consulting Volvo India to move to Agile/SAFe way of working. CERTIFICATIONS SPC4, CSM, PSM, ICP-ACC certified (ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching).
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DurgaPrasad B R

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
As an Improvement Professional, Durgaprasad (DP) helps organizations transform by applying Lean-Agile-DevOps principles to improve People, Products and Process. He is proficient in Coaching and Training across roles – Leaders, Engineering Managers, Architects, Product Management, Scrum Masters and Team members on Agile Way of Working and Leading in their Digital Transformation Journey. As a certified SAFe Program Cosnultant (SPC) and SAFe Release Train Engineer (RTE), he has conducted various SAFe Certification courses (Leading SAFe, SAFe for Teams, SAFe DevOps, SAFe Scrum Master and others). He has also conducted many custom trainings on frameworks (Scrum, Kanban), Role Specific Trainings (Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Architect, Testers/QA) and team /workouts. His consulting and training experience includes large technology firms, enterprises and startups across Telecom, Healthcare, Retail, Consumer Electronics and Automotive domain. Prior experience includes various engineering roles of developer, architect and leading large Engineering programs serving customers in India, USA, Europe, PRC and Japan.
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Vaibhav Patki

SPC & Trainer at Gladwell Academy India
Vaibhav is a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and an Enterprise Agile Coach. He brings a wealth of experience in coaching and training multiple corporates in diverse domains of Cloud Native Data Protection, Banking, Finance, and Healthcare in their Lean Agile transformation journeys. He has shepherded entire teams of multiple Product lines of a SaaS start-up in their Agile transformation journey to be a successful Cloud Data Protection and Management Unicorn. He feels blessed to witness empowering of a complete Service Line of one of the biggest Global Banks he coached to thrive with a Lean Agile mindset. Vaibhav is a Qualified Flight Test Engineer (Avionics) from Air Force Test Pilot School. He holds an M.S in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, a Nuclear Science qualification from BARC, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified ScrumMaster, and SAFe RTE. His quest for continuous learning is exemplified through Design Thinking and Cloud (Azure and GCP) certifications. An Air Force Veteran with three decades in Program Management, his zeal and passion has driven several Aerospace and Cyber-physical System Programs to success by continual delivery of great business value. He has flown fighters, transport and helicopters of Western and Russian origin to test the systems designed and developed iteratively and incrementally. Having coached budding Test Pilots and Flight test Engineers, he harnesses those very unique skills from the trenches for coaching teams, change agents and leaders in corporates to adopt a Lean Agile mindset and inherit a learning culture. Consulting as an Enterprise Coach and Trainer is his forte. He is ever enthusiastic about learning and learns from every Agilist he trains through engagement and fun. Back home, he enjoys long-distance running in the pleasant weather of Bangalore. He believes in Yoga for mindfulness every day, and embracing agility holistically.
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Anoop Upadhyaya

Training & Development Advisor
"Do your job and the results will follow" being his motto, Anoop Upadhyaya is a level-headed sales professional with over 13+ years of experience in Sales and Marketing. He has worked for several training organisations, coordinating trainings/workshops across the globe. He is skilled and tactic in understanding the training objectives of the customers, and motivates and mentors them their way forward in Agile. He has got himself certified in CSM, ITIL, ICP-ACC, SAFe for teams which helps him better understand the industrial training trends and requirements. He is a detail-oriented team leader caring for the success of his team in line with the organisation's goals. He is a passionate traveller and that is his favourite hobby.
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Payal Trivedi

Key Account Manager
Payal Trivedi started her career with teaching in a primary school. She then took client servicing and Business Development roles for training companies. Her knowledge and quest come from being a training program manager and providing custom made courses for various clients across the globe. She is currently the Business Development manager with Gladwell Academy. She comes with 15 plus years of rich experience in consulting through trainings and engaging with various clients across the globe to fulfill their training requirements. Payal, has worked closely with clients from various sectors in Banking, Oil and Gas, Mining, Infrastructure, Pharma and Telecom Companies. She enjoys . She loves to read books and acquire new information related to technology and business during her free time.
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Sumit Jaiswal

Sales & Development Advisor
Sumit has started his career in banking then moved to Edu-Tech. Overall he has 9 years of industry experience and he comes with strong Sales experience and has an impeccable track record. He is well-organised, systematic and passionate to contribute to business growth. Besides work, Sumit also loves travelling and watching movies and he is also a fitness junkie
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Supreetha Padubidri

Operations Manager
Supreetha started her career in the IT industry as web developer, continued to grow in software development and to contribute in the industry for 18 years. She worked as Scrum Master and an Agile Coach at her last assignment. When Gladwell Academy started in India, she took the role of Back Office Management who organizes and coordinates all the trainings within India and Asia along with financial accounting responsibilities. Besides her work as back office manager, Supreetha likes to spend time with her family, cooking and reading books.
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Ramya Parthasarathi

Training Coordinator
Ramya started her career as a Back-end Operations & Support and Training Coordinator at Gladwell Academy India. She is responsible for the coordination of all Open-enrollment and In-company training sessions at Gladwell Academy in the India region. In addition, she assists with Backend operations and she also supports Sales and Marketing. She has completed her Bachelor’s in Computer Applications in 2020. She believes in “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston S. Churchill”. Apart from working as a Training Coordinator, she loves to explore new places and new foods. In her free time, she likes to play badminton and read story books.
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Maarten Dannenberg

Marketing Director at Gladwell Academy
Maarten has a background in Marketing Communications, International Relations and Business Development, with extensive working experience as freelance consultant in international teams. An engaged team-leader with demonstrated strong suits in the areas of branding, marketing and communications strategies, Maarten is passionate about unlocking growth potential and the organizational structures to support durable growth. Maarten calls Amsterdam and Madrid his homes, has a strong affinity with sports and film as a creative outlet and considers himself to be a business creative. He is thrilled to be a part of the Gladwell team and to apply his knowledge to the continued and structured growth of Gladwell Academy.
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Aparna Chadha

Marketing Specialist
She started her career in the social sector but on that path, through some turns & experiments, she realized her true potential lies in marketing. At Gladwell Academy India, she is responsible for all marketing activities that lead to the organization’s growth & brand awareness. She likes to bring out the brand story, foundation & emotional connection with the customers. She also believes in creating a positive environment & promoting mental health. “Life is like pizza & your mental health is the crust. Sure, the sauces, dips, vegetables are important but without a good crust, the pizza might as well be tasteless.” Her hobbies include watching football, listening to music & creating content.
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