The Helium Core

Management Team

Young and Dynamic Leadership

Indranath, our Founder CEO has close to 20 years of experience and drives the vision, ethos and strategy of Helium Consulting while leading the operational leadership team of Sales, Consulting services, Software Development and Human Resources. Since inception, he has defined and built Helium's offerings and relationships closely with his team, customers and partners. He founded Helium Consulting to create a mix of manufacturing techniques and software technology for the process industry that would enable Design and Operating companies to get unprecedented value from both these. He has since created an ecosystem- of partners, customers, a full time team- that are defining new frontiers in this mission through a combined offering of industry, domain and software knowledge.

Prior to founding helium, Indranath worked at Aspen Technology, Inc., managing their business operations for Manufacturing and Supply Chain in the Asia Pacific region. He earlier held several sales/pre-sales roles in AspenTech's Asia Pacific Region. Prior to AspenTech, he worked at i2 technologies, a leading supply chain software company across various Asian and ANZ region with some of the most marquee customers of i2. Prior to i2, he has worked in IPCL plant operations (now a part of Reliance Industries' Petrochemicals)- in India's first Gas-cracker complex, Onward technologies in their software simulation group and Infosys's supply chain practice. He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Bangalore and has worked in several countries across the continents of United States, Asia, ANZ, and Europe.

Christopher is one of the earliest members of the Helium team and is currently responsible for Sales and Business Development. He leads the sales and business development team and has defined a unique selling process to ensure that customers understands the technical value very early in the entire process such that the value of Helium Engagement is clear to the customer. At Helium today he handles the portfolio of business across both services and products as well as playing a key role in the operational management team.

He started his career at Tamil Nadu Petro Products (TPL) in Chennai growing from a trainee to one of the most respected shift-in-charges and technically sound engineers in the plant very early in his career. He was also one of the early stage implementors of both Historian and APC systems in the Petrochemicals industry. During this time he was also responsible for value benefit calculations as well as introducing these systems to newer team members. After TPL, Chris worked with Praxair- a leading global air separation company as a plant in-charge. Chris has traveled extensively at Helium working with its customer base and prospects in USA, Middle east and European regions. He has been earlier involved in some of the most Marquee projects of Helium as a project manager, project engineer and solution architect. He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the CIT, Coimbatore and a MBA from Anna University.

Jijnasa has been one of the earliest members of Helium and has been at the forefront of developing the services team and technology practices at Helium and strengthening our delivery capability. Before taking a leadership role, she has played a key role in executing some of the toughest projects - breaking new grounds in technology as well as project management, while ensuring that the quality of the project reflects our core value- excellence. Her experience has included implementation of Advanced Control and Simulation/Process Engineering projects as well as a Project Manager in MES and Supply Chain projects. Now at Helium she leads the the entire services team consisting of all Project Leads, Solution Architects, Engineers and Consultants. She has been one of the key figures in strategizing and developing our partner relationships.

She started her career in Aditya Birla's metals business in their projects division. She worked in several parts of the Project life cycle including vendor evaluation, technical evaluation, bid processing, negotiations and finalization and roll-out- dealing with some of the biggest suppliers and Engineering contractors in the industry. As an young engineer in this sector, she picked up valuable skills for delivering large and complex projects in the Continuous Industries. At Helium, she has contributed to team building, training, building our knowledge bank, contributing to our IP development, writing whitepapers, managing our proposals process, contributing to books and driving her team towards excellence in engineering and management. She has also architected with other senior members of the team our new R@PID methodology for project execution. She holds a B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from IGIT, BPUT.

Advisory Team

Vision and Direction

Dr V Premnath advises Helium Consulting on Strategic technology and business direction as an Honorary Advisory board director for several years now. Dr Premnath is currently the Head, NCL Innovations – the group within National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) charged with the responsibility of championing the cause of technology innovation within NCL. Dr Premnath provides leadership for the Intellectual Property Group at NCL – one of India’s leading IP management groups based out of research institutions. Dr Premnath is the Founding Director of the Venture Center – a technology business incubator on NCL campus and he is also the Founding Director of CSIR-Tech Pvt Ltd – a technology commercialization company. Dr Premnath is a Scientist, Polymer Science & Engineering Division at NCL with an interest in technology development for biomedical products. Dr. Premnath holds a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - IIT-Bombay and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He has also been a Chevening Technology Enterprise Fellow with the Centre for Scientific Enterprises, London Business School and Cambridge University, UK.

David advises Helium on supply chain technology and best practices. David currently works with various companies to optimize their supply chains using mathematical techniques like Linear Programming, Statistics, and Simulation as well as Best Practices. He has spent his entire career involved in the use or design of operation research tools to optimize the supply chains of manufacturing companies. At ExxonMobil, he started by designing models to optimize the configuration of new or expanding oil refineries. During his nearly 20 year caerer he scheduled oil refineries, shipping fleets, and participated in the design of the computer system that became the basis for all of Exxon's refinery planning models world-wide. He was also the manager of the corporate division that developed operations research applications for affiliates world-wide. In 1985, David left ExxonMobil to join Chesapeake Decision Sciences. As one of the initial employees, he worked to design the suite of products now known as Aspen SCM. He managed the in-house team that was responsible using this new system to build applications for their customers. When Chesapeake was purchased by AspenTech, he continued to manage the customer application development. David became the VP of the supply chain division before leaving AspenTech. David holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and is based in New York City.

Kaushik is a partner in the London-based law firm Trinity International LLP and advises Helium on various business matters, particularly in relation to its foreign partnerships, joint ventures and potential future transactions. Kaushik trained and qualified as a solicitor at the multinational law firm Allen & Overy LLP, working in its energy and infrastructure teams in London and Paris before moving to Trinity in 2009. Kaushik has experience in all forms of foreign direct investment and advises private companies, financial institutions and governments on project, corporate and property finance transactions across a range of sectors, including transport, ports, telecoms, commodities, oil and gas, power, financial institutions, film, leisure and industrials. Kaushik has transactional experience in the major economic centres of Africa, South and South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as in Western Europe, the US and Central America. Kaushik is a regular speaker at conferences and events (including the World Bank and the European Commission). Kaushik received his LLB (Hons) from the University of London (King’s College) with a Diploma in European Legal Studies from the University of Strasbourg. Kaushik qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 2007 as well. He speaks English, French and Italian.