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Winter 2010

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Desh Deshpande
Chairman, Sycamore Networks
Dr. Deshpande is the chairman of Sycamore Networks, which he founded in 1998. Prior to that, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications. Before Cascade, Dr. Deshpande co-founded Coral Network Corporation in 1988 and was with the company until 1990. Dr. Deshpande has also worked in various management positions for Codex Corporation, a subsidiary of Motorola. Before Codex, he taught at Queens University in Kingston, Canada.

Dr. Deshpande serves on the Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he created the MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The Center serves as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting research and collaboration among entrepreneurs, young companies, and MIT students, alumni, and faculty.

Gita Iyer
IT Specialist, Accenture
Ms. Iyer is an Information Technology specialist with over 17 years experience in Information Technology consulting. As a senior manager with Accenture, she has consulted with many companies, both in the public and private sectors. Her clients include Polaroid Corporation, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Boston Scientific. Ms. Iyer has managed several projects across a variety of technologies from large mainframe systems to distributed architectures. Prior to coming to the United States, she worked with Rediffusion Advertising as an Account Executive. Her experience in marketing combined with her knowledge of technology allows Ms. Iyer to understand a business requirement and translate it into an appropriate solution that incorporates the right technology.

Seeme Moreira
RE Specialist, Coldwell Banker
Ms. Moreira has been a real estate specialist with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for the past eight years. Prior to that, she worked at Boston Gas Company (now KeySpan Energy) where she headed the financial accounting department. While at Boston Gas, Ms. Moreira also lead a demand-side management conservation study which quantified the effectiveness of various energy efficiency improvements undertaken by the company. Ms. Moreira's work experience in Pakistan includes working for the economic unit of the World Bank's Resident Mission in Pakistan, Grindley's Bank (now the Standard Chartered Bank) and Rural Development Foundation (an NGO working for the economic development of Pakistan's rural areas).


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