Dr. Praveen Patil

CEO of 5Forty3 Datalabs,
India’s foremost psephologist and demographic scientist


Dr. Praveen Patil is the founder & CEO of 5Forty3 Datalabs. He is India’s foremost psephologist and demographic scientist who has pioneered various statistical models and technologies around Indian mass markets. His vast experience in leveraging data to disrupt socio-political processes has built brand 5Forty3 which has acquired international repute.

He is also a story teller who weaves tales through numbers and a student of the transformational decade of 90's.


Sandeep Balakrishna

Columnist. Author. Former News Media Editor.
Independent Scholar. Public Intellectual.


Sandeep Balakrishna is a former Information Technology professional with a long and successful career at corporations such as Honeywell and Cisco. He quit corporate life to pursue his passion in writing and study of Indian philosophy, history and culture. He is the author of the bestselling history book, Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore published in 2013 to rave reviews. His other work of history, The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History was published in 2016, to popular acclaim.

He has also translated the legendary Kannada novelist Dr. S L Bhyrappa’s critically-acclaimed work, Aavarana into English as Aavarana: The Veil published by Rupa. It is currently in its sixth reprint.

Sandeep is a regular columnist at several mainstream outlets like Firstpost, DailyO, The American Thinker, and Kannada dailies like Kannada Prabha and Vishwavani. He is an invited speaker at various premier institutions like Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science, and is a Fellow of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research.


Sampath Iyengar

Innovation & Finance Mentor
global business leader, entrepreneur and strategy specialist with over 25 years of leadership experience


Sampath (Sam) Iyengar is a global business leader, entrepreneur and strategy specialist with over 25 years of leadership experience in management consulting, high tech and financial services. In his 25 years of leadership experience in Information Technology, Financial services and Consulting, Mr. Iyengar has led transformations, turnarounds and rapid growth situations across closely held and public companies. He has driven business strategy, M&A and global integration, built world class teams and worked closely with top notch board members.

Currently he is a Partner in Forum Synergies PE Fund managers, a firm set up by a group of former CEOs investing in select growth sectors of India. Sam is also an Advisor on Innovation (government and private) and a personal investor / mentor in `impact’ initiatives in the areas of tech, media, governance and social change.

Sam’s earlier stints include Global Partner & India CEO of Ada Investments (now 55 Capital), Global CEO of PSI Data Systems Ltd/Aditya Birla group and Cofounder/Global CEO of Foundation Technologies group. In his early days, Sam has played technical and financial analysis roles.

Sam is mentoring 5Forty3 Datalabs.