Indian-origin Alok Kulkarni has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Engineering.
Mr. Kulkarni completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering with Honours from Monash in 1994.
Monash presents awards to alumni in recognition of those who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, inspirational leadership, and exceptional human qualities.
A passionate entrepreneur, Mr. Kulkarni said via LinkedIn:
“It was truly an honour to receive this recognition from Monash. I didn’t feel like I belonged in the company of such amazing accomplished recipients. Thank you again! Ancora Imparo.
Proud to be part of the Monash community, the vision and ideals Monash stands for. The Clayton campus is a sight to behold with incredible buildings but it’s the Monash team that makes it truly special.”
He is the Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of software company Cyara.
Cyara’s Customer Experience (CX) Assurance platform is used by more than 300 global brands.
He founded this company in 2006 in Melbourne with Luan Tran and Bonny Malik.
The key vision behind Cyara is to create an easy-to-use CX Assurance platform that could help enterprises be confident that they were delivering great customer experiences each and every time.
The company’s headquarters are now in Silicon Valley, and it received Series A funding in 2016.
Prior to Cyara, Mr. Kulkarni was the Director of Solutions Engineering at Genesys and has also held roles at National Australia Bank, NEC, and others.
Mr. Kulkarni speaks regularly at industry and partner conferences, and he is also a director at TiE, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to giving back by helping entrepreneurs.
As part of TiE, Mr. Kulkarni mentors Australian entrepreneurs and is responsible for corporate memberships within the TiE Melbourne chapter.