iZen was founded by Silicon Valley veterans with over 25 years of experience in Hi-tech industry, with a vision of accelerating "Talent Empowerment" and "Incubation of Innovation", as today's youth are tomorrow's leaders.

Our mission is to leverage advanced technologies and technology-based learning strategies to inspire educators, engage students and improve outcomes, by providing professional guidance to the upcoming talent that will be joining the new "Digital Workforce". 

Leadership Team

Gajanan Bhat

Chief Executive Officer

Gajanan is a serial entrepreneur who has founded many technology companies and managed them as CEO and other executive roles. In addition, he is an Angel investor and adviser to several venture capital firms and startups in Silicon Valley, California.

Prior to Co-founding iZen, Gajanan founded Claridyne, Inc. He was Co-founder and COO at Aneri Arts, which has a unique & comprehensive AI enabled platform for art & artist community. Apart from his business endeavors, Gajanan is also an educationist and a movie producer.

Laxmish Bhat

Chief Operating Officer

Laxmish is a Business Management and Product Development expert, with over 23 years of experience working with High Tech and Research industry.

Before co-founding iZen, he worked in product development and consulting leadership roles for top global companies like Wipro, HCL, and Brocade Communications, and is based in Silicon Valley. During the early years of his career, he worked at Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru, focused on research and education.

Laxmish Holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Fred Cohen

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Cohen has 35+ years of experience building companies and supporting risk management and strategic decision making for enterprises of all sizes and sorts. He is globally recognized as an innovative expert in management, particularly related to information technology and risk. His team approach involves an in-depth study of key issues and the development of unique strategies and solutions. Results are often leveraged behind the scenes to support research and advisory firms like Gartner and Burton, government initiatives like standards development and capacity building, University education and training programs on 5 continents, and global cooperative research and development programs. He also leads and participates in government and privately sponsored academic research teaches and supports graduate courses and advanced professional seminars, and is a Federal-court qualified expert witness and digital forensic evidence examiner.

He is globally recognized as an innovative expert in information protection and Cybersecurity. He is one of the only 25 Cybersecurity experts in the world, recognized as a fellow at Cybersecurity and IT Security Certifications and Training | (ISC)².

He is currently President of one of the largest global angel investor networks. Prior to which he was President of California Sciences Institute from 2007 to 2012. Dr. Cohen has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (University of Southern California), MS in Information Sciences (University of Pittsburgh), and a BS in Electrical Engineering (Carnegie-Mellon University).

Dr. Appu Kuttan

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Kuttan is the Founder and Chairman of National Education Foundation (NEF). He is a Global Non-profit Leader in STEM Education and STEM Grants. He is a Philanthropist described as a "Dedicated Difference Maker”.He is a leader in Education with a mission of reaching One Million students in India.

Dr. Kuttan was Adviser to many national and world leaders including the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, U.S. Congressional leaders, and Indian Prime Ministers.

He was also Mentor to many young celebrities including world tennis champions Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.

He was the recipient of many awards like CA Legislature Award (2018); World Economic Forum’s Global STEM Leadership Award (2016); University of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Award (2011); Global Digital Literacy Champion (2006). He is also an author of best seller book, “Happy Executive: A Systems Approach to Happiness – Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul”.