Akshay is co-founder of Komli Media, Asia’s leading venture-backed digital media and advertising technology company. Headquartered in India, Komli has raised over $80m in venture capital and has over 300 employees worldwide. Akshay currently serves as VP, International and Managing Director for Southeast Asia.
Since co-founding Komli over six years ago, Akshay has held a variety of roles including Business Head and GM for its India and North American operations and finally VP, International where he was tasked with the international expansion of the company. Over the last 2.5 years in that role, he has directly managed the acquisition and integration of four companies across Australia, UK, and Southeast Asia, totaling more than 200 people and contributing 50% of Komli’s revenues. At Komli, Akshay has built deep expertise in scaling a startup, and in the online media and advertising technology ecosystem.
Prior to co-founding Komli, Akshay was the founder of a boutique market research and consulting organization in China and the founder of India’s first dedicated Mandarin language training school (still active). He has also been a research economist with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and a business analyst with Deloitte Consulting in Seattle, USA.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Akshay has a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science (double major) from Whitman College and completed graduate studies in economics at The Graduate Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Akshay has also completed Mandarin language study at Yunnan University, China. Akshay is passionate about entrepreneurship and follows the startup ecosystem across Asia very closely. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, hiking, and dreams about traveling the backroads of Yunnan in southwest China.
As a member of Class 18, Akshay is serving his fellowship at Komli Media under the mentorship of Amar Goel, Founder and CEO, Komli Media, and Dr. Ashish Gupta (Class 7), Senior Managing Director, Helion Venture Partners.