Chitra Ragavan is the Chief Communications Officer at Gem, a Los Angeles-based blockchain startup focusing on healthcare, supply chain, and data rights management. Prior to Gem, Chitra served as senior strategic advisor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies, the $20 billion dollar Silicon Valley unicorn dedicated to solving the most pressing analysis problems confronting governments, commercial institutions, and non-profit organizations. Chitra brought unique qualifications to her role as a strategic advisor to Palantir: her wealth of long-term trusted relationships; the ability to wrestle complex issues to the ground; and a national reputation for integrity and excellence.

At Palantir, Chitra tackled diverse and challenging projects such as: cultivating and maintaining strategic relationships in Washington DC and globally; identifying and helping to build new revenue streams through strategic alliances and projects, including in emerging markets; spearheading commercial diplomacy initiatives by working with US Ambassadors at embassies worldwide to help raise awareness among key American allies of Palantir’s unique capabilities; and helping Palantir fulfill its corporate commitment to philanthropy by identifying and building partnerships with a remarkable array of non-profit groups that are dedicated to making the world a better place. Chitra departed Palantir Technologies in September 2015.

Prior to joining Palantir, Chitra was a nationally recognized reporter. Her credentials include: Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report, and Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR). Chitra has a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelors degree in biochemistry and biology from the University of Mumbai, India.

In her free time, Chitra is an accomplished photographer and an avid writer, and loves spending time with her family. You can see some of Chitra’s photographs at saffronimages.com, or visit facebook.com/SaffronImages, and stay tuned for more updates!

Photo Courtesy of: Sharmila Photography