Dato’ Praba Thiagarajah
Founder and Group CEO
“I have always had a dream to re-engineer IT”.
What has long been known as Basis Bay started in enterprise hardware trading, high-end IT refurbishment and disaster recovery for large enterprise businesses. It has since transformed into a leading provider of sustainable cloud and premium IT infrastructure services.
Marked by stints as an engineer at both NEC Corporation and IBM at the start of his career, Dato’ Praba then went on to found Basis Bay in 1996.
The technopreneur sits in an advisory capacity on the boards of several universities. He is Adjunct Professor at Taylor’s University where he is on the Industry Advisory Panel. Adjunct Professor at Binary University as well, Dato’ Praba is regularly invited to present at business and technology conferences, locally and internationally.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Malaya and has several post-graduate qualifications such as a Diploma in Computing & Information Technology from the University of Oxford (UK), Master level business certificates from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) and a Business Continuity certification from the Disaster Recovery Institute International (USA).
As Group CEO, Dato’ Praba oversees the strategic direction of the Basis Bay group of companies, assisted by a high-calibre executive leadership team.
Dato’ Praba has received numerous awards and accolades including the Key Industry Leader award by the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) in 2005; the Young Indian Entrepreneur Award in 2006 from the Social Entrepreneur Network (SENET); the GOPIO Excellence Award 2008 and the Global Impact Award 2008 from ASCD (Association of Services & Computer Dealers) (USA).
Thyaga Rajan Serniwassan
Executive Board Member
Rajan brings over 25 years of experience in consultancy for mechanical, electrical and facilities management of data centres. The current chair of the Malaysian Data Centre Alliance (MDCA), he is responsible for Basis Bay’s data centre building and construction division.
As the lead project director in the construction of Asia’s first green data centre, Rajan brings a wealth of experience in planning sustainable purpose-built data centres.
Rajan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He also holds an MBA from Cardiff University, UK.
Rajan is a certified CDCP (Certified Data Centre Professional), CDRP (Certified Data Centre Risk Professional) and CDCS (Certified Data Centre Specialist) professional as well as a member of the Malaysian Board of Engineers.
Director of Cloud Solutions
Thomas has served in a variety of positions and held numerous portfolios in IT over the last 20 years. His experience, capabilities and passion come together to support organisations in designing and implementing strategies and processes that are sustainable, rewarding and increase customer loyalty.
As Director of Cloud Solutions, he oversees a team to architect solutions that ensure high profitability and quality. He advises on best practices within IT operations to bring about an optimised environment. In particular, he provides planning, design and consultancy on green IT infrastructure and initiatives.
Thomas is a certified Data Centre expert, certified Data Centre professional and certified Data Centre Risk professional. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of East London.