GenAI startup Ema appoints Phaneesh Gururaj as Head of Engineering for India

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Bangalore, India – 11 July 2024 – Ema, a developer of next-generation AI solutions for enterprises is delighted to announce the appointment of Phaneesh Gururaj as the Head of Engineering for its operations in India. Phaneesh brings an extensive background in technology and innovation, having previously led the development and scaling of successful technology products at renowned companies like redBus, Koo, and Intouch Solutions.


 In his new role at Ema, Phaneesh will spearhead the engineering initiatives in India, lead development of Ema’s Generative AI solutions and drive customer and strategic partner engagements. His efforts will advance the company’s mission to revolutionise the future of work through Universal AI Employees. His wealth of experience and visionary approach will be instrumental in enhancing productivity and transforming businesses globally.

Phaneesh’s journey in the technology sector spans over two decades, during which he has made significant contributions to India’s start-up ecosystem. He has successfully built and scaled two world-class products from India – redBus and Koo. His technical expertise covers distributed systems, databases, and more recently, Large Language Models (LLMs).

Souvik Sen, Co-Founder & Head of Engineering of Ema, said, “At Ema, we are committed to fostering talent within India and contributing to the region’s burgeoning Generative AI expertise. Phaneesh’s leadership, marked by collaboration, and relentless drive, aligns perfectly with our values. His experience in leading high-performing teams across India and the US will be a tremendous asset. We are excited to scale our products and customer impact with Phaneesh. ”

Phaneesh expressed his excitement about joining Ema, stating, “Ema is uniquely positioned to leverage the technology shifts that are happening around us in Generative AI. The innovation in Agentic AI is poised to transform how we work, and Ema is at the pinnacle of this revolution. The impact is seen with our Universal AI employees – a horizontal platform that is dramatically increasing productivity across all roles in enterprises worldwide. I am excited to work with a truly 10X team that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

Academically, Phaneesh holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an undergraduate degree from R. V. College of Engineering.