Meet Our Leaders

Our roots go back to 2005, when Estuate was incorporated in Sunnyvale, CA by Prakash Balebail and Nagaraja Kini, veteran Oracle experts. We are constantly steered and guided by the most seasoned and proficient management team from around the globe.

Prakash Balebail
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Prakash brings more than two decades of software development & implementation experience, including over 16 years in several key roles in Oracle Corporation. His management principle has been to provide commitment to continuously improve how he serves all of his customers, partners, and employees by anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations through a culture of creativity & forward thinking.

Prior to founding Estuate, Prakash was the Senior Director in Oracle Applications Global Sales Solutions team, which built complex Oracle E-Business Suite application demonstrations for Sales activities. Additionally, he had leadership roles in the development of Oracle’s much-acclaimed Business Flow Accelerator (BFA) for the E-Business suite. During this time, Prakash also built the highly-regarded India operations team from the ground up. Prakash holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Karnataka University in India.

Nagaraja Kini
Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Nagaraja has more than two decades of engineering, business development, consulting, alliances and management experience in software development, integration and implementation. He has worked extensively with global teams to consistently simplify ERP implementations for businesses. Nagaraja brings with him the commitment, willingness, and capability to anticipate and act on the continually evolving needs of a business.

Prior to founding Estuate, Nagaraja served at Oracle as Director in Application and Industry Solutions group within Global Sales Support. Nagaraja holds a Master of Technology in Industrial Electronics from the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the SJ College of Engineering, Mysore, India.

Nagaraja Kini
Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Nagaraja has more than two decades of engineering, business development, consulting, alliances and management experience in software development, integration and implementation. He has worked extensively with global teams to consistently simplify ERP implementations for businesses. Nagaraja brings with him the commitment, willingness, and capability to anticipate and act on the continually evolving needs of a business.

Prior to founding Estuate, Nagaraja served at Oracle as Director in Application and Industry Solutions group within Global Sales Support. Nagaraja holds a Master of Technology in Industrial Electronics from the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the SJ College of Engineering, Mysore, India.

Marc Hebert
Chief Operating Officer

Marc joined Estuate in December, 2008 as its first Chief Operating Officer. Marc is a recognized expert on offshore outsourcing. He has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, was interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, and has been widely quoted in major media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times and Boston Globe on offshore outsourcing. He is recognized as an “IBM Champion” for his role in expanding the market for IBM’s Information Lifecycle Governance product line.

Prior to Estuate, he served in leadership roles at large global corporations, including as the CMO at Virtusa Corporation; EVP, Marketing and Alliances for Sierra Atlantic; and Vice President for eight years at Oracle Corporation. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in experimental psychology from Harvard University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Seemakiran Upadhya
Global Delivery Head and Managing Director, India

Seemakiran brings to Estuate more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She has been successful in building high-performing teams for the Delivery, Sales, and Operations departments. She was instrumental in setting up Estuate’s India center.

Prior to joining Estuate, Seemakiran worked at Satyam, where she developed, tested, and implemented software projects in Oracle Technologies across multiple domains. She is highly proficient at working with a global client base.

Seemakiran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Karnataka University.

Seemakiran Upadhya
Global Delivery Head and Managing Director, India

Seemakiran brings to Estuate more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. She has been successful in building high-performing teams for the Delivery, Sales, and Operations departments. She was instrumental in setting up Estuate’s India center.

Prior to joining Estuate, Seemakiran worked at Satyam, where she developed, tested, and implemented software projects in Oracle Technologies across multiple domains. She is highly proficient at working with a global client base.

Seemakiran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Karnataka University.

Hemanth Gandhi

Hemant Gandhi
Chief Revenue Officer

Hemant holds more than three decades of experience in sales and global applications & technology consulting delivery. At Estuate, he oversees all aspects related to driving revenue. He has a strong background in scaling revenue to tens of millions of dollars by building lasting relationships with large enterprises and ably mentoring big teams. Hemant’s business development and industry acumen translate easily into straightforward, customer-centric solutions.

Before joining Estuate, Hemant was associated with multiple IT services companies including, KPIT Inc. (as Senior VP), Fujitsu Subsidiaries, and TCS. Earlier, in the era of internet evolution, Hemant had founded Challenger Systems, a pioneering company behind futuristic e-commerce centers for consumer electronics.

Hemant holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology, Pune, India.

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