Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree.
Desh is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office.
Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career and built several companies including
Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks.
Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation. Deshpande
Foundation setup MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, Deshpande Center for
Social Entrepreneurship in India, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts
and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. They were founding
funders of UPOP at MIT, I-Corp at NSF and MassChallenge.
Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras,
an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande
co-chaired a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.