All posts by Martin Kelly

Rakesh Hegde, Head of Travel, Sonata Software

Rakesh Hegde, Rezopia and Sonata SoftwareRakesh Hegde, currently heads the Travel Vertical for Sonata Software which recently acquired Rezopia – a cloud based travel ERP system founded by Rakesh.

Rakesh has been the driving force behind Rezopia and XYKA Travel Platforms.

He has been responsible for the product vision, design and architecture of the cloud based Rezopia Travel Platform and growing successful companies focused at innovation for the travel industry.

He has more than 16 years of experience in the Travel Technology Industry where he has worked with brands like STA Travel, Virgin Atlantic, OAG, Disney, STA Travel, Papillion, Virtuoso, Mark Travel Corporation.

In his two decades of working career he has worked with iXL, Saba, HSD and Sonata Software in different roles as Software Architect, development manager, database engineer and product specialist.

He has a computer science engineering degree from India.

Apart from being a technology geek, he is an avid runner and has more a dozen marathons under his belt and is a RRCA certified running coach.

He is also the president of School-Force a Silicon Valley non profit Education Foundation.

He lives in Redwood shores, California with his wife and 2 boys.

Rod Bishop, CEO and co-Founder, Jayride

Rod Bishop, JayrideRod Bishop is CEO and co-founder of Jayride.com, a world leading e-commerce platform for passenger trips and the number one source of bookable transport information in 7 countries.

Expert in passenger transport and marketing, Rod is an award-winning presenter including "Best Pitch Sydney" (SSW 2014) and others. Rod is based at Jayride HQ in Sydney.