Founder & CEO
Arunachalam Kandasamy is the Founder & CEO of Indian Ocean Xchange and a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors. He was previously the Head of Operations for SEACOM, a Submarine Cable System Company connecting South East Africa to the rest of the World. Arunachalam has been involved in building SEACOM, FALCON, i2i Cable Systems as well as operating and maintaining the diverse technologies on these Submarine Cable Systems. His Strength is in project management as well as running cost effective operations of Telecommunication networks as well as developing Industry relationships growing the sector as a whole.
Arunachalam holds Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and is also an allumni of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Chief Technology Officer
With over 23 years within the Submarine Telecom Industry, Dave has held senior Engineering and Management roles within major global telecommunication companies. With significant technical and engineering experience on the construction and operations of Submarine and Terrestrial Systems, including responsibilities on global Networks spanning US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Dave has an extensive and proven track record of System implementation and delivery. Having a wide range of knowledge and expertise in submarine and terrestrial systems, in his role Dave will overlook and be responsible for the technical and operational aspects of IOX’s network including construction, marine, engineering and network planning in order to ensure the successful bringing of IOX into service.
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Anup has seasoned and versatile experience of more 17 years in the Global Telecom spanning across Asia, Africa Middle East and Europe. He has a proven record of building the Data and Voice business between carriers and other partners globally. He has helped businesses penetrate into new geographies and markets and enhance revenues across verticals. To his credit he has significant achievements in creating innovative go to market strategies, driving transformation and synergies. He was earlier the VP and Business Head for Africa and Europe, for Airtel where he was responsible for developing and executing a strategy to maximize business profitability and enhance customer satisfaction for Airtel’s Global portfolio of Voice, Data and Submarine Cable.
Anup holds a Bachelors Degree in Science and is a Post Graduate in Business Management.
Chief Commercial Officer
Soheila Askari joined IOX in 2016 as Chief Commercial Officer. She is responsible for commercial strategy and the development of the organization and ensuring the integrated commercial success of the organization She also supports sales and procurement with contract negotiations, finalization and contract management.
Soheila has 25 years of global experience in Civil Engineering, Submarine Cable and other Telecommunications Services, working for companies including CRC, Telcordia, AT&T, Tyco Telecom, TyCom, Dave Ross Group, SEACOM and TATA Communications. She worked in various management positions within the areas of civil engineering, project management, contract management, submarine and telecom contracts, commercial sales support, procurement of equipment, backhaul, capacity, maintenance services, across the globe (including Africa, Europe, US, Singapore.
Soheila received her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia and MS in Telecommunications Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.
Anil V. Anthony
Chief Legal Officer
Anil Anthony joined IOX in 2016 and serves as IOX’s Chief Legal Officer. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance to the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions. Mr. Anthony has over 22 years of international telecommunications experience representing large multinational corporations and has extensive international experience working throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia business regions. Prior to his current role, Mr. Anthony worked as the Assoc. Vice President and Head of Commercial Legal and Litigation for the Americas and the Assoc. Vice President of Global Legal Operations at Tata Communications, as Senior Legal Counsel for Teleglobe and Corporate Counsel at ITXC Corp.
Mr. Anthony received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his Juris-Doctorate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
Head of Network Engineering
PSK Gupta joined IOX as Head-Network Engineering. He is having 20 Years of rich experience in TeleCommunications in various fields like DWDM R&D, Integration/Testing for Terrestrial and Satellite Communication Networks. He is well known as PSK in Submarine Cable Industry with his 15+ years of involvement in various cable systems like i2i, SMW4, IMEWE, EIG, AAG, UNITY & EASSy from implementation stage till the recent upgrades for Bharti Airtel Ltd. He was in key roles for many of the Cable Systems as a Technical Lead, Inspection Authority for Quality, Testing and Implementation. Not limiting to Technical he made his foot print in various Cable System's Sub Committees including Cable Landing Station Infrastructure, Operational and Maintenance, Process Implementation, Commercial & Tax, Regulatory, Etc. surrounded for the Submarine Cable System Implementation and Maintenance in India.
PSK Gupta holds Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Gulbarga University, India and Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration (Operations Management) from Symbiosis University, India.
Head of Facilities
Christophe is a citizen of Mauritius with over 20 years’ experience in the planning, development and construction management for large scale, privately developed, primary infrastructure projects across the African continent. He has contributed and has been directly responsible for the successful delivery of several important projects across the continent that are now under successful operation. Deriving from wide ranging experience from the sectors of Telecommunications, the Oil & Gas, Energy, Public Infrastructure, Mining and Engineering consultancy, Chris provides the IOX team with successful and proven experience as a specialist of startups and infrastructure project delivery.
He qualified as an Engineer in the UK and holds a Masters of Engineering degree in the field of Civil Engineering.
Head of Projects
Bhaskar is telecom professional with more than 32 years of track record in Telecom Projects and Contract Management of high profile Projects (Wireline, Wireless, Terrestrial and Submarine networks), including setting up of Cable Landing Stations and Colocation centers. He was active in Procurement Groups of six Submarine Cable projects namely SMW4, IMEWE, EIG, AAG, SJC, and Unity. He completed the National fibre backbone network build-up for Airtel in two southern provinces of India in record time in a highly competitive environment. Constructed a 1300km Digital UHF network for OIL India Limited, India in 1989. Experienced in handling all aspects of complex and challenging projects at high pressure environments with strict deadlines and multiple deliverables.