Geo Leader: India
Pankaj joined Cisco Investments in 2018 and leads investment and acquisition activities in India. He was formerly at Infosys Corporate Development, where he helped enable early stage investments for Infosys’ $500M innovation fund, and also worked on M&A deals. His areas of interest range from enterprise SaaS and AI applications, to digitalization and cloud infrastructure. Previously, Pankaj was at VMware, where he helped launch VMware’s first cloud services. Prior to VMware, Pankaj was a management consultant in Deloitte’s strategy team. Pankaj started his career in an EDA startup in India (Delsoft, acq. by Mentor Graphics) and fondly remembers his days as an engineer and product manager.
Pankaj has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BTech EE from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Originally from Delhi, Pankaj has lived in the Bay Area for more than a decade and is now based out of Bangalore. Outside of work, Pankaj loves to play with his two kids, is a soccer fan, and dabbles in western and Hindustani classical music.