Board of Advisors

Official Advisory Board:

Sridar Iyengar – Co-Founder of The Sounding Board and champion of Indo-American leadership development

Mr. Sridar A. Iyengar is the co-Founder of The Sounding Board. Mr. Iyengar serves as an Advisor of Blume Venture Advisors. He has been an Independent Advisor to a number of companies, particularly those operating in the United States and India corridor. He has been the President of both the Silicon Valley and Global branches of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He was an Operating Partner and Chairman of the Advisory Group for India at Bessemer Venture Partners.  He spent 35 years involved in global business, 15 years of which were India-related. He served as the Head of Human Resources Development, Information Systems, Quality, and Productivity at Infosys Ltd. He served as Senior Partner of KPMG International. He served as the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Emerging Business Practice.  He has the unique distinction of having worked as a partner in all three of KPMG’s regions – Europe, America and Asia Pacific, as well as in all four of KPMG’s functional disciplines of assurance, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Mr. Iyengar helped set up KPMG’s operation in India. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of KPMG India Private Limited from 1997 to 2000. On his return to the United States from India, he set up and headed KPMG’s practice focused on early-stage companies. He served at KPMG from 1968 to March 2002. Mr. Iyengar has been an Independent Director at India Ltd. since September 2004. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Printo Document Services Pvt. Ltd. He serves as a Director at The Murugappa Group. He has been a Non-Executive & Independent Director of Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd. since April 30, 2008, iYogi, Inc. since September 7, 2011. He serves as a Director of AverQ, Inc. and iYogi Technical Services Pvt. Ltd. He also serves on the board of other Indian and Foreign companies. He has been an Independent Director of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. since August 22, 2011. He serves as a Director of ICICI Venture. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Digité Inc. He is also on the Advisory Board of Janaagraha. Mr. Iyengar serves as a Director of OnMobile Systems, Inc. He served as a Director of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd. since October 20, 2010 until April 18, 2013. He served as an Independent Director of ICICI Bank Ltd. since April 30, 2005 until April 3, 2013. He served as a Director of Onmobile Global Limited from August 17, 2007 to January 24, 2012. He served as a Member of the Executive Board of KPMG’s Asia Pacific practice. He served as a Member of the Audit Strategy group of KPMG LLP. Mr. He chairs the American India Foundation’s Clinton Fellowship for Service in India and is involved with the Foundation for Democratic Reforms in India. He is an independent mentor and investor in early stage start-ups and companies. He is the Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Iyengar has a B.Com. (Honors) from University of Calcutta and has attended the Executive Education course at Stanford.

Jamling Tenzing Norgay – world renowned mountaineer and champion of the Himalayan preservation movement.

Jamling was born on April 23, 1965, in Darjeeling, India, the fourth of six children. In 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the sacred summit of Mount Everest. Retracing his father’s historic footsteps. Jamling Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest in 1996, just two weeks after nine people died in the mountains most deadly storm ever recorded.  Not only did Jamling Tenzing Norgay make it to the top of the world’s most forbidding mountain – described by the Sherpa people as ” The Mother Goddess of the World” – but he also helped capture it all on film. As the star of Director David Breashears Imax film Everest, Jamling helped to portray not only the physical challenges of the Mountain, but also the mental and spiritual challenges faced by the climbers.

Described as the ” Titanic of Documentaries,” Everest has played to sold out audiences across the country, capturing for the first time on large format film the breathtaking view from Everest’s summit. Filmed during the same spring that nine people on Everest died in a sudden storm, it depicts the selflessness exhibited by Jamling and his companions in risking their own lives to save their fellow climbers. For his bravery, Jamling received His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s Award, as well as the National Citizen’s award from the President of India. Jamling is the tenth person in the Norgay family to stand at the top of the world.

Jamling released his book “Touching My Father’s Soul” in the spring of 2001 in San Francisco, and it has been released in 18 languages since then. His book has reached the 24 spot on the New York Times Best sellers list, and # 15 in Germany. It has been nominated for 3 awards in Canada, London and the U.S.

Today Jamling runs his adventure travel company “Tenzing Norgay Adventures”
And now personally guides Treks and Trekking peaks in Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal.

When he is not guiding he travels around the world doing lectures as a motivational speaker to a variety of Groups, Corporations and Universities. Sharing his personal experience about this 1996 Everest climb, his father’s historic climb of 1953 and about the Sherpa culture.  He also continues his involvement with the “Tenzing Norgay Climbing Club” that he started in 1997 to help the kids off the streets.


Other Advisors:

Ian Monroe – CEO of Oroeco

Alex Loijos – CEO of LinkCycle

Nisha Thompson – Organizer of Data Camp

Sweta Daga – CEO of Two Sense Productions

Tej Dhillon- IDEO, Chicago

Tanya Jairaj- Director, Strategy and Operations at Upaya Social Ventures