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BUSINESS 
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Sridhar Dhanapalan is a problem solver at heart

He has a passion for using technology to empower people, organisations and societies around the globe

About Srid­har

Profile photo of SridharSrid­har enjoys solv­ing com­plex prob­lems with inno­v­a­tive, mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary solu­tions, work­ing with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds and con­nect­ing the dots.

Hav­ing been a direc­tor of 6 organ­i­sa­tions and a co-founder/­found­ing-team mem­ber in 7 star­tups, he has pro­fes­sion­al­ly made a high impact in sec­tors includ­ing SMEs, star­tups, edu­ca­tion, social enter­prise, not-for-prof­its and government.

He has a pas­sion for empow­er­ing peo­ple, organ­i­sa­tions and soci­ety and has led devel­op­ment behind sev­er­al world-first solutions.

With a rep­u­ta­tion for solv­ing com­plex prob­lems with mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary teams and approach­es, he is known for his lead­er­ship and entre­pre­neur­ial flair. This has cre­at­ed new busi­ness ini­tia­tives that have tru­ly cre­at­ed an impact and made a dif­fer­ence globally.

STRATEGY & INNOVATION 

In organ­i­sa­tions such as Fos­s­mart, Native Title Ser­vices Vic­to­ria and VISITS, Srid­har has empow­ered organ­i­sa­tions to thrive in chang­ing reg­u­la­to­ry and eco­nom­ic envi­ron­ments through new prac­tice man­age­ment sys­tems and busi­ness prac­tices. He has also led organ­i­sa­tions through the devel­op­ment of new prod­ucts to enter new mar­kets as well as estab­lished prac­tices to pro­vide new man­aged services.

START-UPS

Srid­har has pro­vid­ed strate­gic direc­tion and over­sight in star­tups and not-for-prof­its such as Activ­i­ty Cen­tral, Unleash Kids and OLPC enabling them to be more agile and com­pet­i­tive. He has expe­ri­ence estab­lish­ing and lead­ing teams as well as rolling out tech­nolo­gies used by mil­lions of chil­dren world­wide and win­ning mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar gov­ern­ment grants.

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CONSULTANT & ANALYST

In organ­i­sa­tions includ­ing URSYS, Solu­tions First and BizCubed, Srid­har has designed, built and man­aged busi­ness net­works as well as cre­ate and imple­ment poli­cies and sys­tems to stream­line tech­ni­cal sup­port activ­i­ties to improve reli­a­bil­i­ty and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty both inter­nal­ly and externally.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY LEADERSHIP

Srid­har has worked at exec­u­tive and senior lead­er­ship lev­els with expe­ri­ence build­ing and lead­ing teams in organ­i­sa­tions includ­ing West­ern Syd­ney Uni­ver­si­ty, Fos­s­mart and OLPC. He worked for West­ern Syd­ney Uni­ver­si­ty’s CIO to forge exec­u­tive lev­el rela­tion­ships across the organ­i­sa­tion and was a found­ing mem­ber of the Dig­i­tal Strat­e­gy and Inno­va­tion unit. He has expe­ri­ence lead­ing teams of sub­ject mat­ter and tech­ni­cal experts from around the globe deliv­er­ing con­sis­tent and qual­i­ty prod­ucts, ser­vices and relationships.

Ven­tures and Projects

CAREERNEXUS

Co-Founder of CareerNexus, a world-first proac­tive tal­ent acqui­si­tion plat­form that makes best-in-class hir­ing prac­tices avail­able to all businesses.

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WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

Work­ing for the CIO, estab­lished the IT Rela­tion­ship Man­age­ment prac­tice. Found­ing team mem­ber of the Dig­i­tal Strat­e­gy & Inno­va­tion unit and helped shape uni­ver­si­ty strategy.

IT Management

LINUX AUSTRALIA

Leader and keynote speak­er in glob­al open source projects and con­fer­ences. Held roles such as Direc­tor of Lin­ux Aus­tralia and Pres­i­dent of the Syd­ney Lin­ux Users Group.

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ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD

Served as CTO for Aus­tralia and much of APAC. Invent­ed the first com­pre­hen­sive chil­dren’s lit­er­a­cy expe­ri­ence for a hybrid laptop/tablet device. Key fig­ure in rais­ing over $30m in investment.

Videos

CREATING AN EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Srid­har gave a talk in the main keynote room explain­ing the One Lap­top Per Child (OLPC) mis­sion and how they intend to achieve it.

 

Click here to read the blog post.

AUSTRALIA’S TOUGHEST LINUX DEPLOYMENT

 

Srid­har spoke at the Open Source Devel­op­ers Con­fer­nece on the OLPC mis­sion and how tech­nol­o­gy will enable it.

 

Click here to read the blog post.

WANT TO SEE MORE OF SRIDHAR’S TALKS?

Blog

Srid­har has been a leader in star­tups and inter­na­tion­al open source com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing as Direc­tor of Lin­ux Aus­tralia and Pres­i­dent of the Syd­ney Lin­ux Users Group, as well as CTO for One Lap­top Per Child with end-to-end tech­nol­o­gy respon­si­bil­i­ty across APAC.

Here you’ll find some of Sridhar’s fea­tured arti­cles, talks, pub­li­ca­tions and interviews.

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CareerNexus: a new way to find work

The start-up that I have co-found­ed, CareerNexus, is look­ing for job seek­ers to take part in a prod­uct test and mar­ket exper­i­ment. If you, or some­one you know, wants to know more and poten­tial­ly take part, mes­sage me. If we can help just a frac­tion of those peo­ple who…

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WANT TO READ MORE OF SRIDHAR’S ARTICLES?

Con­tact Sridhar

Not afraid to ask the thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tions, Srid­har is inquis­i­tive and expe­ri­enced in unlock­ing the poten­tial of SMEs, star­tups and not-for-profits.

Srid­har will bring his years of busi­ness, tech­ni­cal and per­son­al expe­ri­ence to deliv­er strat­e­gy, process and capa­bil­i­ty to lead and dri­ve your organ­i­sa­tion forward.

Con­tact Srid­har if you’d like to know more about him or his ventures.

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