The senior leadership team at Innovis bring to the organisation a depth of skills and experience in the Telecom industry. Our core focus is on rock solid commitments backed by flawless execution. We are forever committed to communication, engagement and excellence while we continue to push the barriers in the telecom infrastructure industry.

Leadership team

Olli Oittinen

Chairman

Olli Oittinen, one of the stalwarts of the global telecom industry, had been involved in the Indian Telecom revolution during the mid 90s as the first General Manager for Nokia Networks India.

An M.Sc in Engineering, Olli has been associated with Nokia Networks and subsequently Nokia Siemens networks in various leadership roles for more than 16 years (till May 2009). Olli has professional experience in global sales management, business management, and developing both processes and organizational capabilities. He is also experienced in growing businesses organically and in making acquisitions, as well as restructuring. Olli held an instrumental role in the successful merger of Nokia Networks and Siemens Comms.

Apart from his role in the post merger integration, Olli set up and led the global solutions sales organisation of NSN. Before that Olli held various leadership roles with Nokia Networks (Senior VP – Western Europe, Senior VP – Broadband Systems, VP – Core Marketing & Sales, VP – Radio Access Systems Marketing & Sales, General Manager – Nokia Cellular Systems). He is passionate about leading people.

Olli is based in Helsinki.

S.K. Acharya

Board Member (Co-founder)

S.K. Acharya is a well respected name in Indian telecom Industry. An engineer in Electronics Communications from UCE – Sambalpur, SK brings a tremendous amount of execution experience in diverse markets like India, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

Before taking the entrepreneurial plunge, SK handled a variety of business leadership roles with Nokia Networks / NSN, Qualcomm and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL). His last role with NSN was as the Head of Country Services organisation where he handled an annual business of USD 600m, an organisation of more than 6000 people, annual roll-out of more than 40,000 BTS sites and managed services for an installed base close to 100,000 sites.

Apart from his execution skills, SK has in-depth technical knowledge of telecom products due to his long R&D experience in BEL.

SK, based in Gurgaon, led the operations of Innovis till October 2020 and currently remains involved with Innovis’ strategy as an active board member.

Kapil sharma

Managing Director (Co-founder)

Kapil Sharma, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) and an engineer from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Patiala), has been associated with Indian Telecom Industry since the early days of privatization of telecom sector in mid 90s.

Most of Kapil’s career has been in managing the services business of Nokia Networks and NSN in various geographies like India, China, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America. In his last role with NSN, Kapil was responsible for handling Bharti Business, one of the largest single accounts globally. He is proud of having successfully negotiated one of the largest ever telecom contracts worth approx. USD 1bn and the largest ever (at that time) NGN deal. He brings with him valuable experience of running complex Managed Services Business.

Kapil is the Managing Director of Innovis and is based in Dubai.

Sandeep Achantani

CEO – Middle East and Africa Region

An MBA from IIM Calcutta and also a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi, Sandeep brings to Innovis a keen understanding of business strategy and marketing, combining strong capabilities in analysis with extensive practical business development experience.

Prior to joining Innovis, Sandeep has been a consultant for international business strategy and international marketing to large multinationals as well as SMEs in India. He started his career with the Unilever group and then went on to build large distribution networks for FMCG and new technology ventures as part of his entrepreneurial experience.

Currently based in Dubai, Sandeep is building the Innovis business in various parts of Africa and Middle East.

Vinay Dhawan

Group Chief Financial Officer

Vinay is a Chartered Accountant with more than 18 years of experience in Indian and International environment. He has been associated with a variety of critical projects in his assignments with top MNCs, including start-ups, Indian and International organizations and has an in-depth knowledge and experience in financial planning and analysis with International Financial Reporting System (IFRS), budgeting, forecasting and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, tax, treasury and legal & statutory compliance . He has managed substantial cost control and cost savings projects and has extensive experience in developing & tracking key business drivers to assist business growth and profit improvement measures.

Vinay has also been instrumental in driving and implementing automation of processes in various organizations and also at Innovis. With an astute perspective of looking forward, he has been delivering the financial plans, in line with the company strategy, including regular updates to reflect current trends and changing circumstances.

Board Members

Claus karthe

Board Member

Claus Karthe is an MBA from IMD Switzerland and has a career spanning nearly 30 years in telecommunications with proven business management achievements in multinational companies both on the supplier and operator side.

Claus is energized by building up new businesses and solving complex problems where his solid engineering and business administration degrees as well as his consulting and coaching skills come handy.

As an entrepreneur, Claus possesses proven business startup skills which brought him his wide industrial (Mobile Content, Telecommunication Networks, Maritime Communications) and geographical (USA, Central Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia and Japan) experience.

Claus is a founding shareholder of several IT/telecom companies in the mobile content, content management, IT & telecom services field and BPO operations. He was a member of the business board of Nokia Asia Pacific until the year 2002. Lately, Claus gained strong operational experience as CTO/COO of a wireless carrier in the maritime GSM sector.

Claus is based in Singapore.

Bo Ilsoe

Board Member

Bo Ilsoe brings more than two decades of experience from venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development.

Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore he always comes with a global view to business. Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world, negotiated numerous GSM supply contracts in Europe and SouthEast Asia and also ran a global product business unit. In 2002 he joined Vertex Management, a global technology venture investment firm, in London, where he managed several investments with successful M&A transactions generating in excess of $300 million. Bo has also started 2 companies and raised money for an investment fund focused on Eastern Europe. Bo graduated with honors as Masters in Electronics Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark.

Bo is a partner with Nokia Growth Partners and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Apart from being on the boards of countless pathbreaking companies, Bo continues to inspire new generations of entrepreneurs through his weekly blog.