"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
- John Kennedy
At CACTUS, we are on an eternal quest for learning. About the life transforming discoveries and innovations, the people who make them, the ecosystem that nurtures them, and the world they impact. Our leadership team is the torchbearer of this quest that propels us to excel, so that the world of research does too.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman
Anurag Goel is the co-founder and Chairman of Cactus Communications. He has been the driving force in shaping the organization from a start-up to a global company with offices in Japan, US, UK, China, South Korea, Singapore, and India. Today, CACTUS is recognized for its benchmark people practices and was recognized by Great Places to Work Institute as India’s Best Mid-sized Workplace in 2017. In the early days, Anurag adopted a hands-on role by supervising delivery teams, defining quality standards, and directly managing top performers. Now, he focuses on strategy, business development, and grooming leaders to take CACTUS to the next level.
Before establishing CACTUS, Anurag worked for McKinsey & Co. from 1998 to 2001 (Amsterdam and India) where he handled projects in corporate finance and strategy for companies in diverse industries: logistics, metals and mining, steel, telecommunications, and financial services. Anurag holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a BAS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania as a graduate of the prestigious Jerome Fisher Dual Degree Program in Management and Technology.
Co-founder & CEO
Abhishek Goel co-founded CACTUS and continues to build, develop, and scale the organization in his role as the Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of the University of Mumbai, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His academic background is bolstered by his deep sense of curiosity, understanding of customer experience, commitment to innovation, entrepreneurial vision, and dedication to serving his customer base. As a student, Abhishek was actively involved with the Mumbai and Japan chapters of the international non-profit organization AIESEC in various leadership roles. During his travels through Asia, he recognized the need for a professional platform to edit English research papers for non-native speakers of English and that led to the genesis of the company. Abhishek’s exposure to Japanese business and culture for three years helped him build a base for one of CACTUS’ largest markets. He was recognized for his skills and acumen through the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Ascent Foundation. Under his guidance and inclusive leadership, CACTUS has won several awards that include those from the Great Place To Work Institute, Flexjobs, as well as NASSCOM.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer of CACTUS, Dinesh brings rich and hands-on experience of over 19 years across various domains that include corporate finance, planning and budgeting, strategy, operations management, fundraising, M&A, statutory compliance and IT, to the table. He has worked across multiple industries both in India and the US, including Eros International Media, WNS, Prana Studios, and Modiguard, aside from Bearing Point and McDean (USA). Having engaged with a range of different business houses, he has helped streamline finance and operations processes, thus enhancing efficiency and bottom-line across the board. A qualified Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (USA), Dinesh has the best of education and wholesome skills that combine a strong business acumen with an entrepreneurial approach and leadership skills. Enthusiastic about life, Dinesh enjoys the process of meeting and discussing with and mentoring people who have ideas and strategies to share, and career aspirations to enhance.
Chief Technology Officer and Head of Cactus Labs
Nishchay Shah is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Cactus Labs. Engaged in overseeing technology and innovation across products and brands globally, he has experience handling tech-budgeting, outsourcing, cloud and global tech recruitment. He manages a large department with over 100 experts across software development, infrastructure, quality assurance, and web and graphics. He focuses on creating, translating, and mobilizing big picture visions downstream. Nishchay has over 15 years of experience, and strives to stay on the bleeding edge of innovation. He has worked in the US for a decade, and has handled diverse teams in Belarus, Bulgaria, India, the UK, and the US. Having successfully led Software development, QA, Product Management and Design teams in the past, Nishchay has a thorough understanding of end-to-end product and technology life cycles. He has a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, specializing in Computer Networks and Database Systems.
President, Global Medical Communications
Elvira D’Souza is the President of the Global Medical Communications division at CACTUS. Leading a global team that works with pharma, biotech, and device companies, she plays a key role in helping these organizations communicate their research with various stakeholders. Elvira started out in CACTUS as a managing editor on the medicine and life sciences team, before becoming the manager of the medical communications team. With over twelve years of experience, Elvira helped develop the Medical Writer Competency Model developed along with other core team members of the Drug Information Association Medical Writing Special Interest Area Community. Elvira holds a bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in business administration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India. She also has an ELS certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and is a certified medical publication professional (CMPP).
Country Director, Japan & Head, Branding
Makoto heads the Japan Office and Branding division of CACTUS. Armed with a law degree from Nihon University, Japan, his work has taken a complete detour from the law into the world of marketing and sales. A significant player in the marketing and promotions of CACTUS’ editorial service offerings to researchers in Japan, Makoto has been a key player in handling business development for publication support, education, transcription, translation, and design services at CACTUS. Since 2013, he has served as the Vice President of the executive committee of ScienceTalks, CACTUS’ initiative to build an interactive platform to enable authors and researchers to connect and exchange ideas in real-time. Makoto has a deep understanding of cross-cultural business differences after having lived in Japan, India, and UK, and uses this understanding to engage with and expand CACTUS’ work and imprint.
Chief Growth Officer
Shriram Poonja is the Chief Growth Officer at CACTUS. He began his journey with CACTUS as a designer and in the fifteen years that followed, took charge of expanding business in APAC, ME and EMEA. Over the years, Shriram has led diverse teams ranging from the creative to the technical, ensuring success of complex and innovative projects. His deep-rooted curiosity and passion to pursue next-gen innovations help him create effective B2C experiences. Shriram has keen understanding of geographical and cultural nuances that equips him to forge strong B2B alliances. His rich experience helps him garner ‘scale’ that directly translates into profitability in all his endeavours.
Today, besides overseeing marketing strategy, Shriram also drives new product innovations, business development, and overall operations that propel the growth of brand CACTUS, globally. Prior to joining CACTUS, Shriram has worked in CMM level 5 organizations where he designed, developed, and implemented multi-channel programs that have created measurable impact on revenues.
Chief Operating Officer, Editage
Vikas Narang is the Chief Operating Officer at Editage, CACTUS. A global leader with over seventeen years’ experience, Vikas oversees the global operations of Editage, and spearheads a team of over 700 employees and 2000 freelancers, the world over. He has a proven track record of exceeding goals while leading teams in highly ambiguous, chaotic, and fast-paced environments involving multiple stakeholders across locations. Engaged in driving multiple functions at Editage that include the brand’s day-to-day operations, quality, customer care, technology, and business intelligence, Vikas creates routes for transformational growth in all aspects of CACTUS’ business. He has hands-on experience as a leader in some of the world’s leading companies viz; Google, Amazon, Texas Instruments, across verticals that include scientific research, e-commerce, and innovation. Vikas has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, a master's in science from IIT Madras and a master's in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Yashmi Pujara is the Chief Human Resources Officer at CACTUS. She entered the field of human resources after spending the first half of her career in marketing. Having learned hands-on, Yashmi has led initiatives spanning organizational culture, values, talent, performance, rewards, and leadership development in her 14+ years at CACTUS. Her passion for spirituality and its applicability to work has made her contributions more meaningful.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
Sourav Dutta is the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development. Prior to joining CACTUS, Saurav worked with Tata Global Beverages (TGB), a $1.2 billion FMCG company within the Tata Group, where he led the strategy for one of the regional business units and delivered on projects related to Growth, M&A, Partnerships, Divestitures, New Product Development, Cost Rationalisation, and Operating/Organisation models across businesses at TGB.
Prior to his stint at TGB, he was a Management Consultant with the Strategy unit of PwC. He worked on projects across over 10 sectors, and took a keen interest in the Consumer and Technology sectors. He worked across areas like Growth and Entry Strategy, GTM Strategy, Corporate Performance Management, Supply Chain and Logistics, EBIT/ ROCE Improvement, and Organization Design. Prior to his MBA, he worked in the Technology sector for about 3 years.
He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer from the Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, and has an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
Managing Director, Greater China
Frank Xu is the Managing Director of Cactus Communications, Greater China. He brings over 17 years of rich experience in the publishing industry with a special focus on academic and educational publishing. Formerly the Director of Open Research under the Springer Nature group in Greater China, Frank was responsible for the entire operation of its open access business in the region including marketing, institutional partnership, and the OA journal partnership for Nature Research, BMC, and Springer. Before Macmillan Science and Education merged with Springer, from 2014 to 2016, Frank served as the Director of Institutional Sales of Macmillan Science and Education in the region, taking full responsibility for the institutional business of Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan in Greater China.
Frank has been a pivotal part of Macmillan’s growth in China. As its first employee, he helped set up Macmillan’s China office in Beijing in 2004 later performing as its Chief Representative. He then went on to drive Macmillan’s higher education business in Asia and also served as its General Manager China from 2007 to 2014.
Frank holds a master's degree in business administration from IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School.
President, Editage Korea
Basil D’Souza is the President of Editage, Korea where he works with universities and academia to address various challenges faced by Korean authors in their publication journey. Basil has worked with Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Hanyang University, KAIST, and UNIST among others, to train researchers to cope with multiple challenges. He is currently the Chair of the External Affairs Committee of the Council of Asian Science Editors (CASE) and a special member of Korea Council of Science Editors (KCSE). Previously, as the Managing Editor for the Physical Sciences and Engineering editorial divisions of Editage, Basil managed a team of over 30 scientific editors and has edited and reviewed over 1600 manuscripts across different subjects. He has a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics.
He has also authored two published articles on science communication and dissemination and has been interviewed by Science Editor on English language editorial services for researchers.
Senior Vice President - Global Academic & Publisher Relations
Nikesh Gosalia is the Senior Vice President of Global Academic and Publisher Relations at CACTUS. He heads all strategic alliances for Europe and the UK. Graduating with an engineering degree helped him hone his analytical skills. He has managed large teams and has worked in the highly result-oriented financial industry. Nikesh is dedicated to bridging the gap between the East and the West when it comes to research, and is passionate about open science and the quick and effective dissemination of science to all stakeholders. Driven by the desire to facilitate the easy consumption of complex science in favorable formats, Nikesh understands the logistics of scholarly publication and author support services. When not at work, Nikesh enjoys socializing with people, and has deep interest in sports and politics.