Fund & Foundries Team


Ram Jambunathan

Managing Director

Dr. Ram Jambunathan is SVP and Managing Director of SAP.iO, SAP’s organization that invests in and incubates startup innovation to strategically expand SAP’s ecosystem around SAP data sets, technologies, and APIs. Ram is responsible for both the SAP.iO Fund, which makes direct investments into early stage startups in areas strategic to SAP, and the SAP.iO Foundries, a global network of top-tier, primarily zero-equity ask startup programs that provide startups access to curated mentorship, exposure to SAP technologies, and opportunities to collaborate with SAP customers.

Ram was a VP in SAP Corporate Strategy, leading various strategic initiatives including Cloud and Platform Strategy, Partner Strategy, and Industry and Regional Go To Market Strategy. Before joining SAP, Ram was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., primarily focused on helping companies in the tech & telco spaces with growth strategies. Prior to McKinsey, Ram co-founded T-Networks (now part of Broadcom), a VC-backed fiber-optics company whose lead investors included Sequoia, Greylock, and US Venture Partners. Before T-Networks, Ram was a Member of Technical Research & Development at Lucent Technologies - Bell Laboratories. Ram has more than 5 patents and more than 10 peer-reviewed publications, and received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor.

Ram is based in San Francisco.

Deepak Krishnamurthy

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, SAP

As the Chief Strategy Officer at SAP, Deepak Krishnamurthy leads SAP’s global corporate and innovation strategy and oversees its Customer and Market Insights function. Deepak also leads SAP’s Corporate Innovation Group which focuses on an ecosystem led innovation approach to drive strategic growth in Fintech and Healthcare tech. The Corporate Innovation Group includes SAP.iO Fund & Foundry which is focused on venture investments and the acceleration of early stage startups through a network of accelerators, SAP Ariba Payables & Financing which is the fintech business unit focused on payments and trade finance, and SAP Health which is focused on healthcare technologies. Deepak also leads SAP’s inclusive entrepreneurship initiative – SAP.iO No Boundaries – aimed at empowering underrepresented entrepreneurs to scale faster in the B2B software space.

Deepak is a member of the Board of Digital Europe for the World Economic Forum (WEF) to help foster startup innovation and job creation in Europe. He also serves on the WEF’s Global Future Council for Digital Economy and Society for driving social impact. Deepak is part of the leadership council for Tech:NYC, a non-profit focused on fostering a dynamic technology ecosystem in NYC, and was recently a David Rockefeller fellow for the Partnership for New York City, a non-profit focused on public-private partnerships to promote economic growth and innovation in New York City.

Prior to SAP, Deepak was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and has held multiple leadership roles at Cognizant Technology Solutions, including business development in North America for the Business Analytics practice. Deepak holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.

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