Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT), a Company that he founded in 1990. Anand has a B. Tech (1984) in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, a Masters (1986) and a Ph.D. (1989) in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA).
Anand worked as MTS at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California from 1989 to 1990. At Persistent, he is responsible for overall leadership and management of the company and drives the sales and technology efforts.
As an active member of the database community Anand was responsible for hosting VLDB 1996 in Mumbai and ICDE 2003 in Bangalore, and is the General Conference for VLDB 2016 in India.
Anand is also a member of the IEEE, IE (India), and CSI. He is the past President of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) India Council, was a member of the Executive Committee of NASSCOM, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Informatics of Indiana University and is on the Executive Committee of MCCIA. In the past, Anand was the President of SEAP from 2005-07 and Chairman of the Pune Chapter of CSI from 2003-05 and is the Chairman of CII, Pune zonal council 2008-09.
He is the recipient of the CSI Fellowship Award in 2007 for outstanding achievement in the field of Information Technology. He was awarded the career achievement award of the School of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009 and the Distinguished Alumni Award of IIT Kharagpur in 2012.
Anand is a member of ACM, IEEE, Computer Society of India (CSI) and Institute of Engineers (India). He is the past President of ACM India Council, and was on the Executive Committee of NASSCOM.