Poonacha Machaiah
Partner, North America

A global leader among a new breed of social entrepreneurs

Poonacha Machaiah is a global leader among a new breed of social entrepreneurs, having chosen to apply his corporate expertise from 25 years as a business executive in multiple Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial initiatives to addressing societal and wellbeing challenges.

Poonacha is the CEO of The Chopra Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace. He is the co-founder of the Never Alone Movement for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health along with both world-renowned mind-body medicine pioneer and New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra, M.D, actress and humanitarian Gabriella Wright.

Poonacha has launched the Warrior MonkTM brand targeted at creating a positive societal shift through the compassionate transformation of humankind (www.thewarriormonk.com). Poonacha is the founder of Wellbeing Tech, a leading technology innovation company that has deployed transformative wellbeing solutions such as the hyper-local neighborhood app i.e. GABL (www.gabl.global) and Remote Assistance Management platform for providing assisted reality with Glass Enterprise edition (www.wellbeingtech.com/ramp)

As a serial entrepreneur, he has co-founded startups such as Jiyo, Deepak Chopra InnerSpace, and Qyuki. He has also held senior management positions at Nortel, Iridium, Motorola and Sasken.

He holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering.