Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Desh Deshpande

Desh Deshpande

2012

Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande served as the first President of TiE Boston. Desh’s entrepreneurial career spans the last three decades. He was involved as the founder, a founding investor, or chairman of several companies...

Jit Saxena

Jit Saxena

2014

"When I graduated from IIT Mumbai, I was fascinated by what I was reading in magazines about America..."

Venkat Srinivasan

Venkat Srinivasan

2017

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, the Founder and Managing Director of Innospark, has worn the shoes of an entrepreneur for most of his career...

Purnanand Sarma

Purnanand Sarma

2020

Dr. Purnanand Sarma serves as President and CEO of Immunome (NASDAQ:IMNM). He has 30+ years of experience in all aspects of pharmaceutical and biotechnology business across multiple R&D platforms, ranging from venture-backed biotechnology start-ups to large cap pharmaceutical companies...

Samir Desai

Samir Desai

Samir A. Desai has been committed to fostering community in business,
philanthropy and culture throughout his career. After holding a series of management
and technology leadership positions with high tech startups and large corporations,
Samir went on to start, Systems Resources Corporation (SRC), a high-tech systems
company providing game changing support with upcoming technology such as
automatic identifications, GPS, Internet, and voice response for transportation, defense
and health industries.

Outside of his professional career, Samir was active with politics, cultural and
educational organizations. Notable projects include council participation in several
overseas missions, accompanying Senator John Kerry on his trade mission to India
1992, joining President Clinton to Gujarat, India in 2001, serving as Massachusetts
delegate to The White House Small Business Conference 1995, and membership on
the board of directors for several organizations such as Middlesex Community College,
Lasalle University, and Peabody Essex Museum.

Samir is proud to have served as TIE-Boston’s Founding Charter Member, Board
Member and President and continues to be committed to TIE’s mission and mentoring
entrepreneurs.

After SRC, Samir advises rising companies, invests in promising ventures, and
engages in self-funded programs of community enrichment and individual mentoring.
He is also the founder of Desai Foundation, empowering women and children through
community programs in health and livelihood in India and the United States.

Despite his professional accolades and accomplishments, Samir considers his
greatest life achievement to be the community impact made through the Desai
Foundation which currently reaches a population of over 3 million people in 8 States in
rural India and US, and his family.

For his successful involvement with business, community and philanthropy,
Samir went on to win several prestigious awards and accolades from the federal
government, business and community organizations such as EY Entrepreneur of the
Year, INC 500, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Sushil Tuli

Sushil Tuli

2015

Sushil K. Tuli, is chairman and chief executive officer of Leader Bank and the president, chairman and chief executive officer of its holding company, Leader Bancorp, Inc...

Amar Sawhney

Amar Sawhney

2018

Amarpreet (Amar) Sawhney got his entrepreneurial start right after graduate school as his work was licensed by two biotech startups...

Anil Singhal

Anil Singhal

2013

Anil Singhal co-founded NETSCOUT in June 1984 and has served as NETSCOUT’s Chief Executive Officer and as a director on the Company’s Board since inception...

Mukesh Chatter

Mukesh Chatter

2016

Mukesh Chatter is the Co-Founder and CEO of a Stealth mode start-up developing a new generation of energy storage to enable a zero-carbon electrified future for all...

Anant Agrawal

Anant Agrawal

2019

Anant Agarwal is the Chief Open Education Officer of 2U/edX. He was the Founder and CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT...