Mr Sherif Kottapurath has more than 35 years of experience mostly in the IT industry, both in India and abroad including US.
Mr Kottapurath is currently the CEO of POSibolt where he has been instrumental in building a team that provides software for medium sized companies which are in growth stage. The software is used by companies in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is also the founder of iCalibrator, India’s only company that offers mentored skill upgradation programs. He is also the founding director of Rehbar Financial Consultants Pvt Ltd (RFC), a financial advisory and business consultancy company and has been actively involved in its activities at the strategic level for more than 4 years now. As part of his responsibilities at RFC, Mr Kottapurath oversaw various activities including Fundraising, Investors Relationship Management, Deal Sourcing, Deal Evaluation including due diligence, Deal Closure, Deal Monitoring including Value Creation, Risk Management and the Exits.
Earlier, he served as the Chief Technical Officer at Sun Microsystems, India. During his stint at the company, Mr Kottapurath worked with all the major IITs and with IISc, Bangalore on evaluation of and funding the collaborative research projects between Sun Microsystems and these institutions. He was also instrumental in setting up Wipro R&D team's US service business and headed the team for a year, before returning to India.
For several years, he has been deeply involved in mentoring and skills development for fresh college graduates as well as senior IT professionals. His services are keenly sought after by several big companies, such as MindTree Consulting, Wipro and Infosys. Mr Kottapurath is one of the founding members of Lifeline Foundation Trust, a micro-credit organization that helps poor women entrepreneurs in Bangalore.
Mr Kottapurath is a 1982 graduate of BITS, Pilani. He has several patents in his name as well.