November 25, 2019

London & Sydney

SmartXchange (Australia & Europe) and Australia’s flagship AI & Deep Learning organisation, Lorgan (, are pleased to announce they have entered into a global strategic partnership to deliver transformational artificial intelligence initiatives across vertical markets, co-ordinated software services, and engineering services.

“The APAC region has always been our top priority market. Partnering with Lorgan to implement AI transformations will allow us to deliver the best business results for our customers in times to come. We look forward to maximising the predictability of outcomes our customers are targeting to achieve”, said Renato Avanzini, SmartXchange Australia’s Business director.

“Together, working as one team, we will unlock the full potential of Artificial Intelligence, and place our clients on the best path for success by implementing our Enigma – Behavioural Lake platform”, said John Raciti, Lorgan’s Business Development Director.

Both companies will work together on multiple initiatives across London, Milan, Pretoria, and Sydney, covering the geographies of Europe, Australia, & Africa.

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Giovanni John Raciti

Executive Consultant - Business Development

John is well-known in the market with over 20 years of demonstrated experience of working in the software industry. He is highly skilled in Strategic Partnerships and Relationship Management. He has worked on multiple Fortune 500 companies in the market such as RBA, PWC, IBM, various departments of Australian Govt., SAI Global, Sensis, UTS, CQU, GE Money, FPA, Rubik Financial Limited, Teachers Mutual Bank Limited, Audi, Westpac, Subaru, General Motors, TDK, JVC & Orica.

John strongly believes in technology innovation especially around next-generation scientific technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, IoT, Blockchain and Cyber Security.

Chandrasekar Umathurappan (“Uma”)

Distinguished Principal Consultant

Uma is a dynamic and efficient information technology leader manifesting a consistent track record of surpassing standards and goals at various organizations and recognized as a motivator and detailed problem solver who takes pride in meticulous work.

Uma strives continually to expand professional knowledge and responsibilities and is highly capable of rapidly learning and taking advantage of new concepts, business models, and cutting edge technologies. With an outstanding cloud, infrastructure, and security expertise, combined with his amazing leadership skills Uma onboards innovative solutions to organizations that increase the company’s revenues, expand functionalities, and drive business growth.

Uma is a well-known thought leader in creating and building key performance metrics, enable profitable growth, and push for operational excellence within the organizations he works with.

His specialties include but not limited to:

Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Highly Secured Cloud Solution implementations, Cyber Security, Automation, Infrastructure (on-premise, and any cloud), Internet of Things.

He is currently working as the President / CEO of InfraSpace Technology Corporation, and in the past, worked with companies such as Target Corporation, Coldwell Banker, and iGate Corporation to name a few.

Uma has been indirectly associated with me and Lorgan for the past couple of years and is a strong believer of Lorgan’s product capabilities and its potential in the market.

Uma is based out of St Paul, Minnesota, United States. In this role, he will work closely with Sri and the rest of the management team to take Lorgan’s products and solutions globally with a primary focus on US markets.

Shobhana Chandawarkar

Global Delivery - Advisory Board

Shobhana is very well known in the IT industry for her excellence in leadership and management, she has over 25 years of experience in the IT Industry across the globe.

In the past, Shobhana led practices with close to 2000 employees, 40+ diverse clients and also headed an entire unit of Systems Integration consisting of various practices such as Cloud, DWH, BI, Analytics, Security, Integration for various regions including US, India, Europe, Australia and NZ regions. She was instrumental for its phenomenal growth of over 250%.

Shobhana has very strong Customer & Account management skill having worked closely with customers in US, Europe and Australia. She had played a key role in establishing multiple accounts across the globe; to name a few, NAB, Telstra, Canon, AMP, Westpac, Bank Of America etc.

In addition to this, Shobhana has also headed end-to-end operations of a very large Software Development Centre based out of India with over 1200 people involving complex processes right from onboarding employees to off-boarding, in India and abroad.

Over the course of her career, she has handled global teams in high performing & result-oriented environments. She had the best employee retention score among others in the executive management team.

Shobhana is an absolutely outstanding leader and has had an excellent track record of growing new portfolios and teams as well as managing operations with entire P&L responsibility.

Lorgan’s CEO and rest of management team will leverage Shobhana’s expertise in an advisory role on setting up large global teams, including but not limited to Team building, Interpersonal skills, Emotional Intelligence, and Counselling ability covering various areas such as Consulting, Product & Professional services, Pre-sales, Sales, Human Resources Management & Finance.

Dr. Krishan Anand

Cloud & Security - Advisor

Krishan has over 30 years of experience and is an Enterprise ICT Adviser also heaps of work experience in Organisations such as ANZ, CBA, Optus, IBM, CSC, IGA, Vodafone, Australia, Indian and Chinese Governments and Sydney and New Delhi Universities.

Krishan’s experience spans ICT Strategy, Business Innovation, Thought Leadership in Networks, Systems, Security and Applications. His favourite quote is that no one is paid until the business works and has perfect business continuity. This has led him to guide enterprise teams in ICT Strategy, Methodology and in rigorous testing and placement of Cloud and infrastructure.

Krishan has played top roles in his career such as:
• Chief Technology Officer CBA Institutional Banking
• Chief Information Officer IGA
• Cloud and Cybersecurity Adviser UTS and Macquarie University
• Director of Technology Marketing OzEmail Australia
• eBusiness Practice Leader CSC
• Strategy and Architecture Manager Westpac
• Technology Adviser for Optus

In the last ten years, Krishan has worked on Cloud Planning, Designs Implementations for IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. These designs and implementations such as at ANZ and IGA have started with Hosted Systems transferred to a Private Cloud and then to a Hybrid Cloud made up of Public and Private Clouds. The Designs and Solution developed made him deal with ICT vendors and providers from AWS, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, IBM and HP.

Krishan works effectively in highly complex multi-system large changing environments that need planning from Policy, Principles, Standards, Design to Commissioning and implementations.

Krishan likes chairing meetings in above areas and is often considered as a right-hand man of Business Executive and Business Managers. He has extensive cyber security skills as per ISO 27001 Standard.
He is the founder of the Security Special Interest Group of the Australian Computer Society.

Krishan has widely travelled around Australia, Africa, India, Europe, USA and South America and made professional ICT presentations as a keynote speaker on a variety of ICT topics.

Krishan will support Lorgan’s executive team in offering best solutions that suit its clients.

Eddie Satterly

Chief Evangelist - Advisor

Eddie is a very Highly Motivated, Creative and Versatile Executive with Comprehensive Experience in Information Technology Organizations. He is committed to the Highest Levels of Professional Excellence including Life Long Learning and Building Productive Relationships with Colleagues and Clients. Leading large globally distributed teams of developers, product managers and architects.

Eddie is very well known as a Thought Leader in the Big Data, Cloud & Security space and known for public presentations and lectures at Universities. In addition to the technical side of his capabilities, he is also an absolute business-minded leader with a unique blend of domain knowledge, management expertise, corporate vision and the effective use of IT solutions to maximise business potential. He is strong at creating and building key performance metrics, enable profitable growth, and push for operational excellence within the organisations he works with.

His specialities include but not limited to:
“Big Data” Solutions, Vendor Negotiations and Relationships, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Social / Mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Managing large distributed teams, Financial Planning, Enterprise Architecture, Virtualization, Infrastructure Consolidation, Strategy Roadmaps, Directory Architecture, Server Architecture, Management Systems Architecture, Network Infrastructure, Process Modelling, Service Modelling and being a Trusted Advisor roles for executives across business and IT.
His career snapshot as given below:
• CTO – DataNexus
• Head of Data Pipeline & Prod Engineering – IAG
• Chief Evangelist / CTO – Splunk
• CTO Cyber, Mobile, IoT, Cloud and Bigdata & Analytics – CSC
• CTO – CMI, Inc.
• CTO – Enterprise Architects, Inc.
• Sr Director Architecture & Emerging Technologies – Expedia

Eddie will provide advisory to Lorgan’s executive team with guidance in the areas of growth, innovation embedded with thought leadership.

Dr Caroline Hong Faicd

Growth & Executive Support - Advisor

Dr Hong is currently the CEO of CH Asia Australia, a business consulting company focusing on helping Australian businesses link with Asia and seek strategic partnerships across diverse sectors including healthcare, education, innovation, tourism, Agri-business, aged care, aviation and more. She is also the Executive Director of Investment Opportunities Australia Pty Ltd.

She holds several company director roles of diverse and innovative Australian companies, serves on several NFPs, and is a long standing member of the NSW St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout Ambassador/Advisory Committee, for homeless services. Dr Hong is also a Board Trustee of the St Vincents Clinic Foundation, which gives out grants each year to support medical and healthcare research. Her Director roles include Sports Aviation Flight College Australia, Aquaculture Industries Australia, Slasherteck, Drone Innovations, Food Recycle, China HR, Earn & Learn, and various advisory consulting roles on business investments and Asian Sensibility. She is also Adviser to the Australia China Economics, Trade and Culture Association and to the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association.

Dr Hong has held numerous leadership roles throughout her career. She was former CEO of the SME Association of Australia, Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (Australia & New Zealand) and the first woman CEO of the biggest dental association in Australia, the Australian Dental Association NSW & ACT).

She has held several past Board Director roles, including Board Director of the North Sydney Community Service, Councillor of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (NSW) and Board Director of the Australian Association of Association Executives.

Dr Hong graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Adelaide in 1983, Graduate Diploma of Health Administration, University of South Australia in 1997, Masters of Health Administration, University of NSW in 2001. Dr Hong is also graduate and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2003. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry Internationale, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives and Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

She enjoys travel, outdoor activities, music, dance, food and wine. She is passionate about being the difference to make a difference.

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Dr Caroline Hong will provide advisory services to Lorgan’s executive team providing guidance in the areas of growth and mentorship.

Hon. Andrew Stoner Am

Growth & Executive Support - Advisor

The Honourable Andrew Stoner MBA, B.Bus. has extensive high-level experience in both business and government. He currently holds a number of senior business roles, including as director and adviser to a number of listed, public and private companies, including ASX-listed Global Fortune Investment Ltd, investment bank Moelis & Co. (Australia) Ltd, property/agribusiness company Yuhu Group (Australia) and cross-border consulting business Investment Opportunities Australia Pty Ltd.

He is also Managing Director of his own consulting company, Andrew Stoner & Associates, through which he undertakes a variety of consultancy and public speaking projects.

Prior to this, he served as Member of the NSW Parliament (16 years), Leader of The National Party (12 years), NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment (4 years).

During his time as Deputy Leader of the NSW Government, his achievements included:

  • Leading the NSW government’s international engagement strategy, including trade missions and establishment of trade offices in priority markets;
  • Developing key Industry Action Plans for NSW, including for the Digital Economy;
  • Substantially delivering the $4 billion redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention Entertainment & Exhibition Precinct at Darling Harbour;
  • Co-leading the government’s asset recycling strategy, via private sector ownership/ operation of key economic assets including ports and electricity infrastructure;
  • Overseeing more than $13 billion of infrastructure investment in regional NSW, particularly road, rail and water infrastructure aimed at enhancing the productivity of regional industries.

Hon. Andrew Stoner will provide advisory services to Lorgan’s executive team providing guidance in the areas of growth and mentorship.

Evan Bartholomeusz

Enigma Platform Support & Operations Lead

As the Product Support, Operations & Testing Lead for Lorgan, Evan works closely with the Engineering team, providing end to end operational support. With a smart Lorgan team spread across globally, a key aspect of the role has been to partner with various leaders in ensuring smooth operations of the product support, identifying solutions to business challenges, assisting the organisation to adapt & embrace change, and pro-actively identifying areas for competitive advantage from people and organisation perspective.

Evan is renowned for his results-oriented approach and focusing on the Operations side needs of the business. Evan’s combination of business acumen, judgment, compassion, and positive energy has been integral to his strong leadership and sustained business outcomes. He has a natural flair for building rapport and communicating across diverse and global audiences. He is well known in Lorgan for his abilities in bringing consensus among multiple team members during a crisis and where there may be conflicts. He has been there with Lorgan’s founding team right from the inception stage of the company.

Evan has over 30 years of working in IT. He has worked in many domains including Banking & Finance (NAB), Utilities, Telecommunications (Telstra), Insurance (AXA), and Manufacturing.

Dr. Abhishek Singh

Head Of Presales & Customer Value Management

Dr. Abhishek is an innovative and results-driven executive with over 15 years successfully delivering complex customer value management initiatives in the telecommunications industry. He is very well known for his exceptional talent, driving teams to achieve strong sustainable revenue & profit gains, while keeping costs low and maintaining the highest levels of quality. He has a flair for identifying and implementing complex solutions using a hands-on approach in a simplified manner to organisations, fostering teamwork and a dedication to excellence.

Dr. Abhishek Singh has exceptional experience driving through ambiguities in complex business initiatives, enabling a sense of achievement across cross-functional teams to support major business and system changes, delivering on outcomes of the highest standards and expectations, with great customer, and front-line team experience. His past experience includes working with companies such as Vodafone – India, Vodacom – South Africa, Claro – America Movil LATAM, Airtel – Africa, Bitel – Peru, to name a few.

In his role at Lorgan, as Head of Presales & Customer Value Management, Dr. Abhishek Singh will work closely with the CEO and the executive management team to take Lorgan’s platform to the market.

Sadiq M

Head Of Technology / Principal Engineer

Sadiq is Lorgan’s Head of Technology. He leads Lorgan’s Enigma platform roadmap, providing a special focus on big data, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence algorithms delivery on a Petabyte scale. He works closely with Srikanth Markonda, CEO of Lorgan, in Research & Design functions of an innovative Nextgen technology platform named Enigma, managing its associated Intellectual Property. His 16 years experience spans the development and delivery of various complex ‘Bigdata’ Data Warehouse platforms, GIS applications, and Advanced Analytics related applications. 
He is well known to Lorgan’s team for his soft nature and intellectual thought process, and loves researching and learning new technologies; a real reason for his love towards Lorgan. His current areas of interest are, petabyte size Point Cloud processing on GCP & AWS, the introduction of NLP into Lorgan’s Enigma platform, and application of complex algorithms delivered in a simple manner to business applications, blending NLP with data-oriented machine learning, and implementing IoT in organisations securely and easily.
Previously he held multiple leadership positions working with Fortune 500 clients in Telecom, Oil, Energy, Utilities, and IoT domains.

Srikanth Markonda


Srikanth Markonda (Sri) is the Chief Executive Officer & founder of Lorgan with close to a couple of decades of experience. Sri combines deep technical & management knowledge with an expert-eye in strategic relationship building and negotiating win-win outcomes. Sri loves driving organisational changes and strongly believes the core strength of a company lies within its team. Sri has astute, versatile experience in simplifying the core business processes & gives utmost importance to customer centric delivery.

In the past, Sri led several initiatives in various positions such as Global CTO, COO, Regional Group Manager across Products, Services and Consulting units of the world’s most revered firms such as Emagine, Infosys, Verizon, Wipro and TCS.

Sri is highly recognised in the market especially in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Marketing Analytics, Advanced Analytics, Information Management, Digital & Non-digital Marketing using Big Data, Fast data, Real-Time Behavioural Analytics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Robotics. Sri played key role in starting up multiple offshore development centres in the past and managed with utmost benefits in terms of coverage and profitability.

Sri has a “Master of Technology” from “Indian Institute of Technology“, Chennai and has been certified from world’s premier institute “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” in “Artificial Intelligence“.

A few notable awards and recognitions:

• Interviewed by Forrester, VoltDB and various other research firms on topics around Digital Marketing and Real-time Interactions with subscribers using scientific intelligence.
• Selected and invited by PMI – USA to participate in their global PMP examination development programs.
• Face to face discussions with Bill Inmon on Next Gen Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence
• Certified Business Intelligence Professional CBIP
• Certified Data Management Professional CDMP


Global Experience

Worked in UK, US, India and Australia. Visited on business trips to Middle East and Africa. Handled clients across the globe.

Clients and companies worked with

Telco icons: Verizon – US, Telstra – Aus, Optus – Aus, VHA – Aus, Vodacom – Africa, Etisalat – Africa, Du – ME
FSI icons: NAB, MLC, Westpac, AMP, Rabobank
E&U icons: National Grid – UK, True Energy – Aus, Integral Energy – Aus
MFG icons: Canon

Quality Systems & InfoSec implementations: ISO 14001, 27001, CMMi, Lean & ITIL