About Us

About Us

Board Of Directors

Chairman and Managing Director

CFO, Whole Time Director

Whole Time Director

Non-Executive Independent Director

Non-Executive Independent Director

Non-Executive Independent Director

Mohammed Aslam Khan

Sajid Iqbal Abdul Hameed

Mohammed Siraj Gunwan

Krishnan Narayanan

Dr.Sarika Lidoria

Dr.Shariq Nisar


Mohammed Aslam Khan Chairman and Managing Director

Aslam Khan is the Chairman and Managing Director of Octaware. He is an experienced technologist, venturesome entrepreneur and result-oriented business leader with a proven track record of leading strategy development and execution to deliver rapid growth and scalable sustained profitability. As CEO of Octaware, he is responsible for setting corporate strategy, driving revenue, and helping to maintain the company's key relationships with customers, vendors and shareholders.

Aslam is driven by his passion for entrepreneurship and his belief in economic and social development through entrepreneurship. Aslam has carried this belief into his vision for Octaware – "To serve, add value and create growth for individuals, businesses and social entities"

Before starting Octaware in 2005, he was the Director of AskMe Corporation – Seattle, where he established the AskMe’s wholly owned subsidiary in India, which was later acquired by RealCom Software Inc, Japan. Prior to joining AskMe, He worked at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA as a lead developer on the Windows2000 family of products. Earlier on he worked at Citibank N.A, Japan, developing software for financial trading platform.

He is a self-taught serial entrepreneur and socially responsible investor establishing numerous healthcare businesses including multi-specialty hospital and rehabilitation center in India. His philanthropic contributions are channeled through RIDA Foundation, a Charitable Trust he has created along with a group of academic, medical and corporate professionals to improve the quality of life of the needy through meaningful education and medical assistance.

Aslam has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai, he has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has secured executive education at Harvard Business School, MIT's Sloan School of Management and Said Business School of Oxford University.

He sits on the advisory boards of several organizations that operate in the space of information technology and healthcare. He also serves as member of the Steering Committee of NASSCOM Foundation's Business Responsibility Forum.
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Sajid Iqbal Abdul Hameed CFO, Whole Time Director

Sajid distinguishes himself in building and sustaining strong customer loyalties and has helped expand Octaware presence in various geographies of Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and UAE. He has an excellent track record of aggressively building, developing and executing strategic vision for business growth. His core strength lies in creating and managing globally distributed engineering & marketing teams and develop best practices across line of business.

Sajid uses his diversified range of technology engineering, marketing, sales and management experience to oversee Octaware global business operations. He has to his credit, growing the Microsoft based business quickly to INR 300 Million account working with fortune 500 companies. During his nearly 20+ year distinguished career, Sajid has worked extensively with established companies, high-growth organizations and Fortune 500 accounts around the globe, successfully building strategic sales and product divisions, and leading international expansions.

Sajid is a managed risk taker, who believes in going to the fullest and finest level of details to grow the Octaware globally. 'The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure' and Sajid believes in this to the core. He is never afraid of failure and this is the reason that he has always been able to achieve success in whatever endeavour he has undertaken. With a strong presence and a towering personality he has always been Octaware's pillar of strength.

As he likes to put it, "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart". Sajid is a voracious reader and likes to keep himself abreast of the latest happenings in the field of technology.

Sajid holds BS from the Mumbai University and Post-Graduation in Business Management from SMU. He is also a graduate of the Customer Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
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Mohammed Siraj Gunwan Whole Time Director

Siraj leads and manages engineering divisions at Octaware. He has extensive experience in solution design, product development and enterprise delivery across multiple verticals. He is a technology specialist with over 20 years' of experience in information technology industry working for leading financial and government organizations such as Commercial bank, GIS Centre of excellence in Qatar and Department of Science & Technology, India.

He was instrumental in expanding Octaware operations in Middle East and making inroads into various government and private sector conglomerates in the region. With his vast expertise and experience in diverse technologies, Siraj has been able to expand Octaware service offerings across multiple domains. He leads the research and innovation center at Octaware and has initiated the mobility and GIS service practices which augment Octaware overall strength in enterprise delivery.

Prior to joining Octaware, Siraj founded CodeNTest Technologies, a leading IT consulting, training and software development company in Pune. He leads and manages the Global development facilities in India using his extensive experience in solution design, product development and IT services industries.

Siraj is an avid reader and passionate on technology innovations and has delivered keynote addresses on various topics. He firmly believes that hard work is the key to success and that there is no substitute for hard work. As he likes to put it, "If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it." Siraj holds BS from the Karnataka University, India.
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Krishnan Narayanan Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Krishnan Narayanan is the Non-Executive Independent Director of Octaware. He is Proven technology Leader with 25+ years of financial technology experience across Asia Pacific, leading and delivering complex IT systems and technology outsourcing for multi-nationals. Krish has worked as Managing Director of UBS, Director in Prudential Corporation Asia, and as a Vice President at Citibank.

Krish has extensive qualifications in all aspects of the Information Technology life cycle with exposure to business domains of retail and commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, asset and wealth management.

In his most recent corporate role at UBS, Krishnan Narayanan was the Head of IT (CIO), Singapore and APAC emerging markets covering WM and Equities Production, with oversight of 100+ resources regionally ($12m+ budget) and 2000 resources in the Singapore global Hub. Krish also held the Global vendor management responsibility for all of IT services ($900m+ p.a.), initially for IB and then for all of the group IT functions, during this 7 years tenure. Krish executed multi-million dollar projects to horizontalise level-1 production support ($50m over 3yrs) across the divisions, did a portfolio outsourcing of all legacy applications to 2 large vendors ($300m over 5yrs), created and managed outsourced delivery centers across Singapore, China, India and E. Europe and managed the regulatory relationship with MAS in Singapore.


He has obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Annamalai University in the year 1988 and a Post-Graduation Diploma in Business Administration from the Annamalai University in the year 1989 and currently pursuing a Ph. D from the Singapore Management University.

He sits as Trust member in Ram Educational Charitable Trust which is running a Polytechnic College in South India.
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Dr. Sarika Lidoria Non-Executive Independent Director

Dr. Sarika Lidoria is the HFI (Human Factors International) Certified Usability Analyst with over 14+ years of experience credited with expertise in the technology industry to strategize, define, and design business of digital products, applications and eLearning Solutions. She is deft in coordinating multiple large-scale projects from inception to completion working with cross-cultural teams ensuring optimal utilization of resources leading to overall profitability.

Dr.Sarika is the 'Certified Corporate Director' acknowledged by "The Institute of Directors" and currently she is the member of Board of Studies, Global Access School for Continuing Education, SVKM's NMIMS University, Mumbai.

She holds Ph.D in Fine Arts from Barkatullah University, Bhopal (MP) and Executive MBA from ITM Executive Education Center [Southern New Hampshire University,USA], Navi Mumbai. She has fabulous academic record with the topper in Mumbai University in MCOM.
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Dr. Shariq Nisar, Non-Executive Independent Director

Dr. Shariq Nisar is among the prominent advocates of the Alternative Finance in India with nearly 15 years of experience in the finance industry. He has been involved in several high profile ventures including the launch of India's first Shariah index at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE TASIS Shariah 50). He propounded shariah screening of equities listed at the Indian stock exchanges. He has also been part of structuring and marketing India's first shariah compliant mutual fund and venture capital fund schemes approved by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

On academic side Dr. Shariq is credited with the start of India's first PG Diploma on Islamic Banking and Finance at the Aligarh Muslim University and online Islamic Finance Certification Program at the BSE Institute, Mumbai. He joined Harvard Law School as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) for academic year 2013-2014. He is currently Visiting Professor at various universities and colleges in the country. Dr Shariq also works as Adjunct Professor at ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai with the responsibility of Establishing India's first Centre for Alternative Finance.

As academician Dr Shariq has been invited at more than 5 dozen national and international conferences and seminars. He has spoken at Harvard Law School, Fletcher School, London School of Economics and Qatar Foundation. In addition he has conducted workshop for Vienna School of Economics. He was invited to share his views on the New Insurance Bill introduced by the Indian Parliament in 2015. He is Academic Steering Committee Member of International Cooperative Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) and Member Academic Council, Asean Institute of Insurance and Risk Management, India. He has authored 3 books and 60 research papers and articles in reputed national and international journals.

Dr. Shariq holds a Ph.D in Economics from the Aligarh Muslim University and a Certificate in Capital Market from the University of Mumbai and the BSE Institute. Go top