Rachana Ananthakrishnan is Head of Products at the University of Chicago, and has a Joint Staff Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. She also serves on the WestGrid Board of Directors. She leads the engineering, product design and product management functions for Globus, which delivers research data management solutions to research institutions. As part of the Globus leadership team, she develops strategic plans and initiatives, and ensures growth and sustainability of the project. She is focussed on research and education mission, and has worked on security and data management solutions on various projects including Earth System Grid (ESG), Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) and Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Prior to that she worked on the Globus Toolkit engineering team and customer engagement teams, leading the efforts in core web services and security technologies. She received her MS in Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.