Anil is the founder of Attra and currently serves as chairman of the board.
Besides guiding Attra’s strategic direction, Anil focuses his attention on three areas close to his heart: technology, delivery and quality. In championing these causes, Anil enjoys working closely with the younger generation of the Attra team, mentoring upcoming leaders and passing on his knowledge and experience.
Anil founded Attra in Melbourne in 1995 with the objective of building a payments company that is passionate about its customers and about delivery. By 2003 he had grown Attra into a 120 people niche consultancy, providing business and IT expertise to the payments industry in Australia. Anil’s objective has always been to be a world citizen, and to make Attra into a global company with a diverse employee base. With this in mind, Anil expanded Attra’s leadership team to enable the creation of a development center in India and several offices around the globe in 2004. Since then, Attra’s client base has evolved with it, becoming truly international and serving the global payments market.
Anil is passionate about being in the payments industry as it the single most important technology connecting humans commercially which is evolving every single day. Outside of Attra, considerable amount of time is spent on philanthropic efforts trying to make a difference to others any which way he can.
Anil has an engineering degree in computer science from the University of Essex. He is keen on learning and regularly attends courses and seminars related to artificial intelligence, data analytics and cloud computing.
Prasad is the CEO of Attra and serves on its Board of Directors.
Prasad co-founded Attra’s Indian subsidiary in 2005 with the objective of tapping into the hugely underserved payment technology space. Prasad’s vision was to combine the niche ability and reputation Attra built in Australia with the wider economies of scale of the off-shore IT services industry.
In 2008, Prasad took over as Attra’s global CEO. Since then Attra has grown into an established payments technology service provider covering North America, EMEA and APAC, with a reputation for strong and relevant domain capabilities of scale. Key to this growth has been a rigorous focus on the payments vertical, rather than following the established model of being full services company trying to be everything to everyone.
Prasad is passionate about the disruptive nature of the payments industry and its impact on society at large. Outside Attra, Prasad is active in education sponsorship of underprivileged youths.
Prior to starting his work at Attra, Prasad had spent 18 years in the IT industry in India and Australia. He has held a variety of roles in business development, account management and operations with companies such as Birlasoft, Pentasoft and IBM.
Prasad holds a degree in Commerce and is about to embark on the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management program.
In this role, he looks after all aspects of Attra’s business in his region: managing the P&L, go to market strategy, operations, client relationships and delivery. Outside Australia and New Zealand, Rajat’s region now also includes the growing Asia business.
Rajat’s professional experience has centered around the finance and financial services industries in the region. Prior to joining Attra in 2007, he has held senior roles at IBS, GE Australia & New Zealand, Westpac Bank, St George Bank and the Coles Myer group.
Key to growth in this region has been Rajat’s focus on understanding and assisting clients in their journey of continuous improvements, finding new ways to bring innovation, quality and leadership to everyday activity. In a time of disruption, this allows us to move quickly to take full advantage of breakthroughs in technology and deliver on emerging needs.
Given his experience with both traditional banking and technology companies, Rajat has developed a passion for the payments industry: it provides an opportunity to work on innovative, time-saving solutions that change the way people live their everyday lives. Outside Attra, Rajat tries to spend as much time as possible with his young family. He is a big sports fan and loves AFL, NRL and of course cricket passionately.
Rajat recently completed his post-graduate Diploma of Business Administration from Deakin University, Melbourne. He also has a bachelor’s degree in IT from Central Queensland University and an advanced diploma in Asia Pacific Marketing, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sudeep is Vice President and deputy head of Attra’s India, Middle East & Africa region.
Prior to taking on this role, Sudeep was global Head of Sales Support, responsible for all aspects of pre-sales working with Attra’s business leaders and practices on new initiatives and solutions for customers and prospects. He was also instrumental in establishing the Inside Sales & Research function which gathers market trends and supports the practices and delivery teams through research and analysis.
Sudeep’s professional experience spans over 15 years with experience primarily in the payments industry. Since joining in 2007 Sudeep has worked in various roles including delivery head for Attra’s Middle East & Africa business.
Sudeep is passionate about payments as this industry is constantly evolving. With digitization, automation and innovation changing the payments landscape, Attra provides the opportunity to be part of this journey, working with both traditional financial institutions as well as emerging FinTech players. Outside Attra, Sudeep’s interests include reading, listening to music while dabbling with instruments and following a particularly demanding fitness regime.
Sudeep holds an Engineering degree from Mumbai University.
Aravind is Attra’s Vice President responsible for business development in the North America market.
In his role Aravind drives the go to market strategy, sales and marketing efforts, solution development and customer engagement in this region. Since joining Attra in 2006 Aravind has worked in business analysis, program management, pre-sales and sales support before moving into business development. Aravind had a business development role in Attra’s Australia business unit prior to starting Attra’s market development in the North American market.
Aravind has 15 years of experience in cards and payments working in the UK, Australia and North America. Before joining Attra, Aravind worked for TCS in programming and other technical roles.
Throughout his career Aravind has been involved in the payments industry, transitioning from technical to business roles. He is a keen follower of new developments in the market and passionate about exploring payments applications across the globe. Outside Attra, Aravind enjoys spending time with his family, exploring historical places and riding his motor bike.
Aravind is an engineering graduate in Electronics & Communication from S.J. College of Engineering, Mysore.
Samantha is Attra’s Vice President responsible for running its European business.
In this role Samantha has overall responsibility for the European business unit including business development, sales, partnerships and delivery. She sets the strategic direction for the region as well as go to market strategies and sales plans to drive growth within the business unit.
Samantha is a certified change management expert with over 15 years’ experience in leading large-scale programs and building diverse teams to enhance business results. She has the ability to translate business and technology needs into strategic business plans, across multiple sectors on a global and European level.
Prior to joining Attra, Samantha spent almost 10 years within General Electric where she held various Strategic Change Management roles. In this role Samantha was also a client of Attra and she now uses this experience in managing Attra’s European business.
Samantha is passionate about being in the payments industry as it is a changing sector driven by digitization, disruption, innovation and technological advancements and she is keen to aid our clients in embracing these changes.Outside Attra, Samantha shares her insights and knowledge as a mentor to others within the financial services industry as well as being a member of the European Women Payment Network (EWPN).
Samantha holds a MSc in Global Management from The University of Salford, and holds various change certifications including PMP & PRINCE2.
Venki is Vice President leading Attra’s India, Middle East & Africa region.
Since joining Attra, Venki has grown Attra’s business in the region dramatically: Attra’s customer base has increased five-fold, while at the same time diversifying the technology stack and geography spread. Big wins have been achieved outside the CMS platforms that were traditionally being supported by Attra.
Venki started his career as a programmer and has since built over 25 years of experience in information technology sales and business development He worked in India, USA and Middle East on various technical and sales assignments. His experience spreads to various vertical services including managing P&L divisions, and developing managed services and outsourcing businesses.
Venki is passionate about payments because it poses a diverse set of opportunities: Accelerating customers on their speed to market, keeping the payment processing lights on and providing a partnership engagement model.
Venki holds a degree in Computer Applications from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India.
Paul is Attra’s Senior Vice President of Global Delivery.
In this role, Paul is responsible for developing and managing Attra’s delivery function globally. He has a passion for building a culture of exceptional quality delivery and client value creation. Key to this is driving long term client partnerships and collaboration, by continuously putting the client at the center of project delivery.
Paul’s passion for the payments industry has been evident throughout his career: He spent over 25 years working within both the retail and finance segments in IT service delivery and program management roles.
Prior to joining Attra, Paul was with General Electric where he held various roles in new product introductions, enterprise architecture, data center consolidations and business transformations and divestures. He also drove the creation of a global testing center of excellence for GE’s cards and payments related systems and processes.
Paul is a graduate of the Myer Management Program, and he completed his internal business MBA with GE US in 2011. He is certified in ITIL, Six Sigma, DSDM and is a certified scrum master.
Matt is Attra’s global IT lead.
In this role Matt is responsible for the current and future direction of Attra’s IT infrastructure and processes, taking his global team on a journey of change. Matt is also leading the Enterprise Applications team who manage and support Attra’s internal applications.
Matt has been working with Attra since 2002 both as an infrastructure manager and security consultant in Australia and India. Over the years, he has also managed large infrastructure projects for Attra’s clients, such as GE, Australian Air express, Toyota and Latitude Financial. As a result of the variety of roles he held, such as infrastructure tester, test lead and finally project manager, Matt is familiar with both the IT and business sides of the industry.
Matt is excited to be working in the payments as it is an industry of technology-driven innovation. Outside work, Matt is a keen motorbike enthusiast and all weather rider.
Matt attended secondary collage in Melbourne, Australia and from there on developed himself as self-taught IT professional.
Ranjith is Attra’s global Information Security and Quality lead.
In this role, Ranjith has established robust Quality Management and Information Security Management Systems within Attra, complying with international standards. His main focus is on evolving Attra’s information security strategy, while at the same to looking at continuous improvement of all operational processes.
Ranjith has a long experience in Quality Assurance. He is a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne and is engaged in advance research at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology. He is also a trained lead auditor in ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 27001 Information Security and ISO 14001 Environmental Management.
Ranjith started his career in a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Leeds, before taking on a role as research engineer at Ransome Hoffman & Pollard UK. From there, he joined the United Nations Development Programme as a national consultant in mechanical engineering.
Ranjith is passionate about being in the payments industry as it is on the forefront of information security developments: The industry is undergoing profound disruption and at the same time it needs to find new ways to deal with large-scale data security threats.
Ranjith graduated from The Loughborough University of Technology and holds a PhD in engineering from The University of Leeds.
RK is Senior Vice President of HR and Operations at Attra.
In this role, RK manages a range of functions such as human resources, talent acquisition and shared services.
Since joining Attra in 2007, RK has been instrumental in facilitating the expansion of Attra’s India operations with its talent pool growing to around 2,000 members and the opening of development centers in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.
RK is passionate about payments as it is talented people who determine success in this industry. Heading up the HR function at Attra, RK can make a real difference in this area.
Prior to joining Attra, RK had a variety of sales and operational roles in companies such as Changepond, Ramco Systems, Fujitsu-ICIM and DCM. He holds a post graduate degree in Mathematics from Loyola College, Chennai.