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The “AIM Top 20 CEOs of Boutique Data Science Service Providers 2023” isn’t just a list—it’s a testament to the relentless drive, unwavering commitment, and transformative insights these luminaries bring to the table. These individuals not only navigate the intricate labyrinth of modern data challenges but also transform them into opportunities, constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

In an era where data is hailed as the new oil, these exceptional leaders confront unprecedented challenges, from ethical dilemmas and data privacy concerns to the rapidly evolving landscape of AI and machine learning. However, what sets them apart is their ability to rise above these challenges, crafting strategies that not only mitigate risks but also leverage these very challenges as catalysts for growth and innovation. 

Here’s the list in alphabetic Order.

Factspan
Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav, CEO & Founder of Factspan, a globe-spanning AI and data dynamo, orchestrates customer-centric solutions for Fortune 500s in domains from healthcare to finance; an alumnus of Michigan & IIT with a history of scaling innovations at Amazon, he’s a 25-year veteran transforming businesses with precision.
Gramener
Anand S
Anand S, the visionary CEO & Co-Founder of Gramener, crafts data epics with Gramex’s low-code analytics, guiding businesses through data-driven odysseys; an acclaimed top 10 Indian data scientist with roots in IIM, IIT, and a speaker’s flair from TEDx to JSfoo.
Merkle India
Anubhav Sonthalia
Anubhav Sonthalia, from founding Sokrati to steering Merkle as its CEO, shapes India’s marketing forefront, managing a substantial chunk of its digital media pulse; with a past at Amazon and a master’s in Computer Science, he’s pushing boundaries in marketing tech across the dentsu landscape.
Course5
Ashwin Ramesh Mittal
Ashwin Mittal, CEO of Course5 Intelligence, an architect of AI innovation and a herald of cutting-edge analytics, guides the firm’s transformation into a global powerhouse. An MBA holder from UCLA & London Business School, angel investor, and a luminary recognized among India’s top AI and analytics influencers, his relentless pursuit of excellence is shaping the future of applied AI technologies and nurturing a vibrant corporate culture.
Quantiphi
Asif Hasan
Award-winning co-founder with over 20 years of experience, driving AI-first digital engineering transformations across industries, and a renowned voice in forums like Forbes, Google Cloud Next, and Nvidia GTC.
Polestar Solutions
Chetan Alsisaria
Seasoned business leader and technologist, steering digital transformation across the globe for 20 years, specializing in analytics, AI, and enterprise management, fostering innovation and customer-centricity at Polestar Solutions, with prior expertise at powerhouses like PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and E&Y.
Axtria
Jaswinder Chadha
Founder, President, and CEO of Axtria, a serial entrepreneur and acclaimed data scientist, transforming the life sciences industry through AI; the mind behind marketRx, and a leading figure at Axtria, with a rich educational lineage from IIT-Delhi to Texas A&M, and a distinguished advisory role at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Tiger Analytics
Mahesh Kumar
A visionary in advanced analytics, who forged a path from faculty positions at prestigious business schools to solving complex problems in forecasting, pricing, and customer segmentation across industries; armed with a Ph.D. from MIT and a B. Tech from IIT Bombay.
Hansa Cequity
Neeraj Pratap Sangani
A Customer Experience & Marketing connoisseur with 29 years of expertise, fusing behavioral science with data for profound consumer insights, and crafting intricate strategies across verticals like BFSI and Retail; a UCLA alumnus, certified Behavioral economist, Human Rights scholar, and a multifaceted writer, director, and actor.
Fractal

Pranay Agrawal

A visionary leader steering an AI powerhouse, reaching over 100 Fortune 500 companies, celebrated for client satisfaction with a Net Promoter score above 70; his academic acumen reflects an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and credentials in Accounting and Financial Risk Management.
Impact Analytics
Prashant Agrawal

A transformative visionary turning local talent into global enterprise-level products in the AI and Data Science domain, leading his company to prestigious recognitions including a Fortune ranking alongside Tesla and Microsoft; a serial entrepreneur with an illustrious career spanning McKinsey, BCG, and academia at Columbia and Cornell; and a sought-after thought leader contributing to major publications like NYT, FT, and WSJ.

Agilisium
Raj Babu
A thought leader with a belief in the power of inspiration, and a track record of over 23 years in technology; an astute solution provider who’s sculpted innovative data-driven solutions, generative AI, and cloud native services; he has leveraged his expertise to assist more than 20 Fortune 500 companies in Data Transformation strategy, particularly in the Media & Entertainment and Life Science & Pharmaceuticals sectors, establishing a unique footprint in the tech consulting landscape.
Brillio
Raj Mamodia
With a career spanning engineering, leadership, and entrepreneurship, he’s transformed businesses with innovative digital adoption, founded a rapidly growing technology service provider, and earned recognition with prestigious awards, all while holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from renowned institutions.
LatentView Analytics
Rajan Sethuraman
With over 20 years of experience in consulting and analytics, including roles at Accenture and KPMG, he leverages data to drive strategic and operational initiatives and holds degrees from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
TheMathCompany
Sayandeb Banerjee
With a remarkable 25-year career in the analytics industry, he has been instrumental in leading transformative initiatives, including entrepreneurial ventures in building top-tier teams, fostering innovation, directing marketing & communications efforts, and founding major enterprises and centers of excellence.
Infocepts
Shashank Garg
An innovative entrepreneur and mentor, Shashank has guided Fortune 500 leaders in disruption and transformation using Data & AI, serving as CEO of a data solutions firm, promoting continuous growth, actively mentoring start-ups, and leading a fitness-focused NGO.
Ganit
Shivaprasad KT
An architect of the “Consumption Quotient” (CQ) concept, this leader has guided global Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies by translating complex data into actionable insights, transforming a startup into a data science industry leader, and melding technology with business in alignment with core values.
Tredence
Shub Bhowmick

A seasoned problem solver and entrepreneur, this CEO co-founded a data science and AI engineering company, focused on the ‘last-mile’ problem in analytics, overseeing its growth to over 2,500 employees and serving 30+ Fortune 500 clients; his background includes senior roles at renowned consultancies and a Bachelor of Technology from IIT-BHU.

SG Analytics
Sid Banerjee
Serving as the CEO of a 17+-year-old research and analytics firm, this leader has pivoted the company into a digital organization with plans for a 2025 IPO, forged strategic partnerships in the ESG sector, and earned accolades including Digital Transformation Leader of the Year 2023.
USEReady
Uday Hegde
As the co-founder & CEO of a leading firm specializing in Migration, Optimization, and Modernization, this visionary leader has guided the company’s success with data and unique solutions in various markets, while embodying values such as Customer Centricity, Community, Continuous Improvement, Integrity, and Humility, and serving as a Governing Body member at a notable institution in Bangalore.
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