About Us

iZen is a talent empowerment and education technology company that helps schools, businesses and governments deliver cutting-edge training in emerging technology areas. The iZen platform brings together all the technology, services and content required to offer high-quality training effectively and affordably.

The purpose-led company was founded by Silicon Valley veterans with decades of experience and a vision for a futuristic, dynamic workforce. The content in iZen courseware is created by world-class thought leaders, and delivered via the most modern tools for applied learning.

Our Purpose

To aid and accelerate the development of skilled, productive, and future-ready workforces in all corners of the world.

Our Mission

To build the technology, pedagogies, and content needed to upskill, educate and empower people around the world to contribute fully to their workplaces and communities.

Leadership Team

Gajanan Bhat

CEO, Co-Founder

Gajanan is a serial entrepreneur, having founded several successful technology companies, and invested in many more Silicon Valley startups. He has over 30 years of experience in technology innovation. 

Besides building technology products at his ventures Claridyne Inc and Aneri Arts, he has spent the last 2 decades authoring several books, advising startups and producing award-winning movies. 

Gajanan holds an MS in Physics and lives in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco.


Laxmish Bhat

President, Co-Founder

Laxmish is a seasoned high-tech product R&D and business management leader with over 25 years of experience. He is passionate about technology in education, and is devoted to building innovative and inclusive solutions that can help millions globally.

He has worked in leadership roles at top global companies like Wipro, HCL and Brocade Communications, having started his career at Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru. He is based in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

Laxmish holds a BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering (University of Mysore), MS in Computer Science (New Jersey Institute of Technology), and an MBA (IIM Ahmedabad). 

Dr. Fred Cohen

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Cohen has 40+ 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. He also leads and participates in government and privately sponsored academic research.

He was the scientist who first coined the term “computer virus” and came up with early virus defense mechanisms. He won several international awards in cybersecurity and is globally recognized as an innovative expert in information protection and cybersecurity. 

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).


Raju Pandey
Dr. Raju Pandey

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Pandey is the Founder & CEO at Thinking-Books, a Blockchain tools and infrastructure company that helps develop, deploy, execute and manage Blockchain applications across multiple public and private blockchains. 

He was a Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Davis, for 24 years. He built and exited SynapSense Corporation as an Internet of Things (IoT) company that pioneered the use of wireless and wired sensors, smart gateways, semantic middleware, real-time data analytics and distributed control systems for managing and optimizing power, space and cooling resources in data centers.

Dr. Pandey holds a B.Tech. degree in Computer Science from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kharagpur, an MS degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UT-Austin.

Dr. Thomas A. Johnson

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Johnson currently serves as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Sans Technology Institute, and also is the CEO and Managing Member of Cyberspace Strategies and Solutions, LLC. Previously he served as the Associate Vice President & Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Webster University, founding partner of the Forensic Data Center and the Center for Cybercrime and Forensic Computer Investigation, a special consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the International Law Enforcement Academy and a member of the FBI Infraguard program & the Electronic Crime Task Force, U.S. Secret Service- New York and San Francisco field offices.

United States Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Dr. Johnson a member of the Information Technology Working Group, and he served as Chair, Task Force Group on Combating High Technology Crime for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Johnson has published 7 books, 13 referred articles; holds copyright on 4 software programs.

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University and his Doctorate from the University of California – Berkeley.

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