About Us

Our Team

Meet Our People

Making all the magic happen is our well-rounded team. Together, we have launched five different ventures, have represented some of the most prestigious organizations, including NASA, Bloomberg, and Google, and our expertise covers all major business areas. Our advisor, Dr. Peter McAlindon, is an investor, executive, and professor of entrepreneurship at Rollins College, Florida.

Abhaya Pawar

Co-Founder & CEO

Our founder and CEO, Abhaya is an electronics engineer by profession with a passion for academia. Abhaya has been an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University. Abhaya's passion for education is behind Ilika’s mission of environmental and social sustainability.

Chirag Bhandari

Co-Founder & COO

Our co-founder and COO, has 14+ years of experience in consulting and leading operations teams globally for Fortune 10 companies like General Motors and Google. Chirag specializes in risk management, compliance and accounting. Chirag leads our global operations and is responsible for execution of the company strategy.

Suchet Pawar

Co-Founder & CTO

Our co-founder and CTO, has 16+ years of experience in financial industry, building cutting-edge technological solutions. He holds several degrees in Management and Engineering, has been part of the team at Rollins that brought NASA’s technology to the markets. Pankaj is responsible for setting our technological vision.

Peter McAlindon, PhD

Member of the Board

Dr. Peter McAlindon, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. He also serves as a faculty advisor to Rollins students through the Entrepreneurial Scholar of Distinction (ESD) program, mentoring teams of students as they find commercial applications and develop paths to market for technologies developed by NASA.

Brantley Muscato

Chief Commercial Officer

Our CCO has 10 years of experience in the payments space (FinTech) in various leadership roles and has also helped launch a few start-ups in the healthcare and health / beauty space. Brantley spent the last few years helping his wife with her hair tie/hair accessory business that she started out of our garage over five years ago.

Utkrant Deshmukh

Head, ilika India

Utkrant Deshmukh leads ilika India. Utkrant has 16+ years of experience running multiple businesses, raising money and crossing bureaucratic hurdles.

Manasi Gadgil

Branding and marketing

Manasi is a design graduate specializing in visual communication. She has worked for leading IT service companies for over 3+ years as Visual designer. Manasi has expertise in creating visually appealing web content, layout and illustrations for a wide range of media, including print, digital and multimedia platforms.