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.

Prof. (Dr.) MB Gururaj

Chief Mentor – Global Education Services

Dr. Gururaj is a well-known expert in talent-empowerment and education, especially blended learning, e-learning and personalized learning, He specializes in implementing cost-effective world-class education system solutions in IT, business, desktop, management, soft skills and digital literacy in schools and colleges as well as public and private sector organizations.

Dr. Gururaj is currently working as president of National Education Foundation (NEF) and Chairman of People’s Skills India, Pvt. Ltd. Prior to that he has held several executive roles in both education and corporate world.

As an active member of the US India Business Council (USIBC), Rotary International and Governing Councils of various Educational Institutions in India, Prof. Gururaj has unique expertise in developing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in education and training for entities in India and US.

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 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”.