About Arrka

About Arrka

Arrka was founded in 2012 by two professionals – Shivangi Nadkarni and Sameer Anja - who had the expertise and experience in the domain of Information Risk coupled with a crazy dream of building on that advantage to venture into the unknown. Seeing how the world around them was rapidly changing, how the need for this expertise was exploding, how new niche areas in this domain were emerging, how organizations were struggling – Shivangi and Sameer rolled up their sleeves and started working with their clients to carve out new ways of doing things.

Chipping away at challenges that seemed insurmountable at first glance, refusing to grab the low hanging fruits to continuing along the beaten path, the duo persisted. Slowly but surely, many new paths emerged, new models emerged, new domains hitherto unseen began opening up – in short, Arrka took a shape and form that even the two of them hadn’t imagined when they started.

Over the years, they were joined by other like-minded adventure seekers – folks who believed in doing things untried and untested, breaking new ground and building on this dream.

Today, Arrka has grown into a niche player specializing in Data Privacy and Info Security, offering solutions that approach problems – hitherto unaddressed - from a fresh perspective. With a roster of clients across multiple geographies, domains and market segments and a team spread across six cities and three continents, Arrka believes that this is just the beginning.

Come talk to us… and join in our dream….

By the way, Arrka means ‘Sunshine’ in Sanskrit.


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Core Team

Shivangi Nadkarni

Co-founder & CEO

Shivangi has over 22 years of experience in the domains of Information Security & Risk Management, E-Commerce & Networking across multiple geographies. She has earlier worked with organizations like Wipro & Sify handling a variety of roles and heading different Lines of Business.
She was also instrumental in setting up the first licensed Certifying Authority in India – in association with VeriSign. She has authored the Privacy Book of Knowledge (PBoK) for DSCI for their DCPP certification program. Shivangi is a regular speaker, writer and faculty at various forums and programs in her domain of expertise – Data Privacy.
Shivangi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani and Masters degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She is also a CISA, CIPT and DCPP

Sameer Anja

Co-founder & COO

Sameer has over 20 years of experience in the domains of Information Security, Risk and Compliance, IT Governance, IT Strategy, IT Service Management and Business Continuity Management. He has earlier worked with organizations like KPMG & Wipro and worked on a variety of engagements in the above areas. Sameer is widely known in his circle for his work and his contributions to the field of Information Risk. He is an active participant in various forums and has contributed to framing of standards & methodologies in multiple domains.
Sameer holds a B.Sc. (Statistics) from the University of Bombay and has a Diploma from NIIT. He is also a CISSP, ISO27001 Lead Auditor & Implementor and a certified ISM from VeriSign.

Sandeep Rao

Sandeep has 17 + years of Management Consulting experience in the areas of Privacy Design & Implementation, Business Transformation, Post Merger Integration, Process Reengineering, Organizational Change Management, Shared Service Design. He has worked with Startups as well as Fortune 100 organizations like GE, Philips, Wells Fargo, General Motors.
He has over a decade’s International exposure, having been based out of the US, Europe and Singapore. He has managed complex cross functional projects and multicultural teams in over 15 countries. He has also trained over 2000 employees globally on Operational Excellence. Sandeep holds a Masters Degree in Management from SP Jain, Mumbai, a Bachelors degree in Engineering from SPCE, Mumbai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Software Technology from NCST (CDAC). He is also a certified Privacy Practitioner(DCPP) and Lead Assessor (DCPLA) as well as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Trainer.
He is an avid triathlete having completed over 20 Ironman 70.3, Marathons, Ultras and Swimathons.

Devendra Gupta

Devendra Gupta is a cyber security evangelist with over 13 years of experience in the domain of Information Security. Prior to joining the journey at Arrka, Devendra has worked with organizations like KPMG, NPCI, Wipro, Aviva and InstaReM. He has worked on ‘both sides of the table’ – provided advisory services as well as managed Information Risk Management responsibilities. At InstaReM, he was the Global Head of Risk Management and CISO, responsible for all key areas of risk management, information & cyber security including governance, strategy, incident & vulnerability management and security awareness. At NPCI and Aviva, he was part of the Risk Management team.
At KPMG & Wipro, he was responsible for providing IT advisory services to varied clients in industry sectors like Banking and Financial, IT & ITES, Telecommunication, Manufacturing, BPOs / KPOs and Pharmaceuticals.
Devendra holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science & Engineering from RGPV, Bhopal and a Masters in Networking and Telecommunication from IIIT, Pune. He is also an ISO27001 Lead Auditor, ISO22301 Lead Auditor and a Certified Information Payment Systems Professional.