our core team
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 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.
Executive Vice President - Africa, Europe
Jean-Baptiste Blanc joined Catalyst in 2003 and launched Catalyst’s first subsidiary in Africa. He then helped Catalyst grew its local presence in Africa and become a Leader in delivering end to end services for Business Applications, IoT and Data Center.
Prior to Catalyst, Jean-Baptiste held consulting positions at Ernst & Young, Headstrong, Oraplus and Vallourec. Jean-Baptiste has extensive experience in Management, Sales and Marketing, Finance, PMO & Consulting in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and India.
Jean-Baptiste graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts et Métiers in France.
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.