Core Team

Our executives are the experts in building your business in Africa and the Middle East. We understand the value of strong leadership and work together to transform your business.

Anupam Awasthi


Anupam Awasthi

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Anupam Awasthi is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Business Partners and Catalyst Business Solutions. Prior to founding Catalyst in 2002, Anupam was Director of the Professional Services Team for Qwest Cyber Solutions (QCS)—a joint venture between KPMG Consulting and Qwest Communications, and the largest Application Service Provider in the United States. Over the last 12 years, he has expanded the footprint of Catalyst with subsidiaries in nine countries in Africa and Middle East, creating a niche Technology Consulting Company with clients in over 35 countries.


Anupam sits on the board of Atlas One Financial, a private wealth management firm. He has an MBA from National University in California and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Menlo College in California.

Amol Awasthi

Amol Awasthi

Co-Founder

 

Amol Awasthi is the Co-Founder for Catalyst. Amol oversees and manages general operations including Global Support, Managed Services, and Delivery. Amol sits on the Board of Be Globe Middle East LLC, a Technology Solutions company for the Telco industry. Before joining Catalyst, Amol managed Customer Relations for American Reprographics Company where he was responsible for IT infrastructure, vendor relations, and customer support. Amol has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

Jean-Baptiste Blanc

Jean-Baptiste Blanc

Executive Vice President - Africa, Europe

 

Jean-Baptiste Blanc joined Catalyst in 2003 and launched Catalyst’s first subsidiary in Africa. He helped grow Catalyst's business around Oracle Applications/ Middleware/ Database/ Hardware, Data Center and Machine-to-Machine/ Internet of Things, contributing to Catalyst's success in delivering Audit, Implementation, Education, Upgrade, Support, SaaS/ Cloud projects in MEA. In addition, he is also one of the Directors for Catalyst Business Integrators, Nigeria.

 

Prior to Catalyst, Jean-Baptiste held consulting positions at Ernst & Young, Headstrong, and Oraplus. He has worked in engineering and sales for retail and manufacturing firms BHV and Vallourec. Jean-Baptiste has extensive experience in Management, Sales and Marketing, Finance, PMO & Consulting in N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.

 

Jean-Baptiste attended the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts et Métiers in France.

Ehab Badr

Ehab Badr

Vice President - Middle East

 

Ehab Badr as Vice President for Catalyst in the Middle East, Egypt, Libya & LEVANT region, comes with more than 13 years of professional management in IT Consultancy and an excess of 5 years in the Retail Industry. He holds a Professional Diploma in Supply Chain Management and a Diploma in Project Management. Ehab is responsible for strategic and day-to-day operations for all the critical functions of the MEEL region including: Sales, Presales, Delivery, PMO, HR, Finance and Legal.

  Jay Kalra

Jay Kalra

Executive Vice President - Technology

 

Jay Kalra is the Executive Vice President, Technology at Catalyst. He has been in the IT industry for over 25 years and is responsible for managing the digital transformation via technology, including Internet of Things, IT Infrastructure, Global Procurement, Internal Applications, Custom Application development and other technology projects including Cloud & NetSuite. Prior to joining Catalyst, he was responsible for managing the IT organization for Systech Integrators which was acquired by Xerox.