Amar Panchal

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American entrepreneur and Co-founder of Akraya Inc.

Amar Panchal is an Indian-born American entrepreneur and Co-founder/ CEO of Akraya Inc., a multinational professional IT staffing and managed services firm. Amar’s career spans over 15 years of experience in executive management, international business development, technology consulting, product management and software engineering. Amar serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Service Credit Union (PSCU).


Amar holds an MBA degree in Information Systems from Symbiosis International Education, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Pune, India.

Business career

In 2001, Amar[1] and Sonu Ratra founded Akraya, a multinational professional staffing and managed services firm that has won several awards including Best Staffing Firm to Work For and Best Staffing Firm to Temp For by Staffing Industry Analysts[2] and #1 Best Company to Work For by the San Francisco Business Times. Prior to Akraya, Amar managed sales, IT consulting and project staffing services at Xoriant Corporation and led product development teams at Ashok Leyland Information Technology (India) Ltd.


Akraya, Inc. is an American multinational IT staffing and managed services firm headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Akraya specializes in contingent staffing, permanent placement, managed services and managed projects in the areas of IT, Engineering, Creative and Marketing.

Awards and recognition

In April 2013, Amar was selected as a semifinalist[3] for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award

In September 2012, Amar was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Staffing List[4] by Staffing Industry Analysts

In April 2012, Amar was selected as a semifinalist[5] for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award

In June 2009, Amar was named one of the 10 Most Intriguing People in Staffing List[6] by Staffing Industry Review Magazine

In May 2009, Amar was named to the 40 Under 40 List[7] by the Silicon Valley Business Journal