Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Bombay
Kavi Arya is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay). He did his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computing Science from Imperial College of Science & Technology (UK) in 1983 and M.Sc. (Hons.)/D.Phil. in Computation from the Programming Research Group, University of Oxford in 1984. In 1988 he worked at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Labs (Yorktown Heights, New York) with the Animation Workstations Group before returning to India. In India, he worked as a Research Scientist with Tata Research Design and Development Centre (Pune) from 1992-94 and in various positions in industry before coming to IIT Bombay in 2000.
Vice President (Industry Initiatives), NASSCOM
In a career spanning 36 years, KS Viswanathan (KSV) has led several transformational initiatives for organizations such as Wipro, Dell, Azim Premji Foundation and NASSCOM. As a Vice President at NASSCOM (a not-for-profit industry association for IT and BPM), KSV is currently influencing the industry to sustain India’s pole position in newer technology areas in the digital disruption paradigm. The role includes identifying the growth drivers in the business segments of Business Process Management (BPM), Analytics, Engineering and Design (E&D), Global In-house Centers (GIC) and build capacity to reach the potential for the segment, creation of Ecosystem and influencing stake holders in Government, Academia, Innovators, Industry members, technology players, etc. KSV is also overseeing the Startup Initiatives and new age companies at NASSCOM. He is also in the select committees of Government to build capacities in the emerging areas of Cyber Physical Systems, IoT, AI, etc. KSV is also the chair person for National Skills Registry initiative of NASSCOM that was created in 2008 to streamline the hiring process industry by reducing the employment risk. Prior to NASSCOM, he was the Chief Executive for India geography at Wipro Infotech (2003-2008) and as the first country manager for Dell in India in 2000, he was instrumental in establishing Dell’s direct business model in the country.
Managing Director and CEO, Siemens Ltd
Sunil Mathur is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab University and is a Chartered Accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India). With Siemens for over 26 years, he has held several senior management positions in Germany and the UK in the Energy and Industry sectors. Starting his career in the Internal Audit team in Delhi in 1987, he moved on to join the Business Administration Group in the Energy Sector. He was Cluster CFO for South Asia in July 2008 and was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Siemens Ltd. from December 2008 till December 2013.
General Manager, Intel India
Vice President, Data Center Group
Nivruti Rai is vice president in the Data Center Group (DCG) and general manager of Intel India at Intel Corporation. Based in Bangalore, she provides overall engineering and business unit leadership and leads operations for the site, driving innovation, cross-group efficiencies and execution for engineering teams delivering global products and roadmaps. She also leads engagements with national and local governments and policymakers, as well as collaboration with ecosystem players to enable innovation and entrepreneurship. Rai is also responsible for DCG India site engineering and execution, with a focus on delivering platforms aligned with the Bangalore team’s charter. In addition, she supports DCG and the Intel Sales and Marketing Group in strengthening customer, ecosystem, academic and research lab relationships in India. Rai joined Intel in 1995 and subsequently worked in the CPU development organization in Oregon. She led the effort to conserve chip power in microprocessors by selectively using high- performance devices and pioneered the use of error-correcting codes to reduce operating voltages and memories, becoming a principal engineer in 2003. Rai moved to India in 2005 to manage R&D of mobile platform technologies used for handheld and laptop computers. In 2013, her team was awarded an Intel Achievement Award for contributing to the development of the Minute Intel® architecture core. In her most recent role as vice president in Intel’s Platform Engineering Group, Rai led teams across the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Malaysia and India charged with developing innovative analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) blocks and IP subsystems for Intel’s system-on-chip products. She also managed the emerging technologies group in India developing machine learning and computer vision soft IP.
Chief Technology Officer Samsung R&D Institute, India
Dr. Aloknath De is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Samsung R&D Institute India Bangalore (SRI B). A veteran in the field, he has over thirty years of industrial and research experience that includes BEL, Nortel (Montreal), Hughes and ST-Ericsson where he served as the R&D Director and Country Manager. Dr. De is a B. Tech from IIT, Kharagpur; M.E. from IISc, Bangalore and Ph.D from McGill University, Montreal. A Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of IE, IETE and Indian National Academy of Engg (INAE), he had also served as a visiting/adjunct professor with IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Delhi from 2005-2011. Dr. De is a proud recipient of ‘Alexander Graham Bell Prize’ in Canada and ‘IETE Memorial Awards’ for distinguished contributions in Electronics and Communications. He is also cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World (2016) and has been honored with several accolades like IDC Insights Award for Innovation in Telecom (2015) and Zinnov ‘Intrapreneurship of the Year’ award (2016).
CEO, Philips Innovation Centre
Srinivas Prasad has over three decades of experience with various Technology companies. Prior to his current assignment, Srinivas was Vice President- IT and FMR India, a leading US Multinational in Bangalore, General Manager for the Software Architecture Division of Sony in India, Alcatel Business Systems in France and Indian Telephone Industries in various capacities. He has led teams in developing telecom products for the Indian and Global markets. Having a unique distinction of being a Hindu Hitachi Scholar, he has published papers at the Telecom IEEE conferences. Srinivas has worked in Japan and France earlier in his career. He is part of several national committees in India including the CII taskforce to drive Broadband adoption in India, and NASSCOM Regional Council.
President - SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP SE & Managing Director, SAP Labs India
Dilipkumar Khandelwal holds dual responsibility at SAP. In his role as the President of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC), he is responsible for SAP’s HEC Business globally. Additionally, he heads the Cloud Delivery, Globalization Services and the Support functions. He has teams across the globe and is a member of the Global Executive Team at SAP reporting into the Executive Board.
He is also the Managing Director for SAP Labs in India where he is responsible for SAP’s development facilities in Bangalore, Pune and Gurgaon.
CTO & Director of Watson IoT & Watson Education, IBM Software Labs
As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Shalini drives development of new IoT solutions for global clients and leads engineering teams for Watson Education. With over 20 years of experience, She has immense experience in client-facing technical roles and complex solution definition and development across industries. She is known for incubating and innovating next gen solutions and works with major clients worldwide to take these solutions to market. Shalini is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. She received the Emerging Women Achiever's award from CII in 2011, Zinnov Technical Role Model award for 2012, and the Woman in Technology award from eMERG, India, 2015. She holds 11 patents and has written several papers for IEEE conferences. She is very passionate about taking Science and Technology to children and is Founder of an NGO, Ankurit Foundation.
Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO, Greyhound Research
Sanchit is the Chief Analyst, Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group, a Global, Award-Winning, Strategy & Transformation Research, Advisory & Consulting firm. Under Sanchit's leade, ship the Group has achieved four-digit growth year-on-year and won more than a dozen accolades since the company's inception in April 2013. In his other avatar, Sanchit is an Advisor To The Board (for Digital Transformation decisions) of a US$100 Million+ organisation in the Metal Industry. His work is also often referenced by companies like Bank of Montreal (Ref 1, Ref 2) among others global majors for their technology and innovation strategy. Sanchit is also frequently invited to give guest lectures at various universities and colleges.
CIO & Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, Hero MotoCorp Ltd
Vijay Sethi heads Information Technology and Corporate Social Responsibility functions at Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer. Prior to joining Hero MotoCorp, he worked with Ranbaxy and Tata Consultancy Services. He is Chairman of IT committee of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, Co-Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Core Group on Cyber Security, a member of CII's National Committee on IT/ITeS and Board member of SAP India User Group (INDUS), among others. He holds a Master's degree in industrial engineering from National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, an MBA in materials management from Indian Institute of Materials Management Bangalore and a Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.
Co-founder & CEO, PathShodh Healthcare
Vinay is an Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore alumnus with a Ph.D. in Nano Science and Engineering. He has a rich experience in inventing and developing novel technologies for biosensor applications. A juvenile diabetic himself, Vinay's motto has been to ease the burden of people suffering from chronic diseases and serve the society. He appreciates the critical need for early diagnosis and management of diabetes and its complications. His focus has been to invent out-of-the-box solutions based on deep scientific exploration, and translating scientific innovations to products and serve the population at large. His research has resulted in multiple patents and novel technologies for diagnosis of various disease markers.
Regional Product Strategy Leader, General Electric
Anusha's current role involves developing product strategies catering to the regional market needs for the oil and gas (O&G) industry. With over nine years of R&D experience in data analysis and signal processing methods for inspection and process monitoring applications for different industries (O&G, energy, aviation, healthcare), she has led projects for diverse multi-cultural teams of researchers, interfacing with global engineering and business teams. Anusha has published several papers and patents in the areas of algorithms, data analytics and signal/image processing and holds a B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics and Instrumentation from BITS-Pilani (Rajasthan, India) and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University (Tempe, USA).
Editor-in-chief, Hindustan Times
R. Sukumar is the Editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times. Sukumar, who has post graduate degrees in Mathematics and Business Administration and has a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, has been Editor of Mint, of which he was a co-founder, since late 2008. In his time as editor, Mint has become the most respected and awarded newsroom in the country, winning seven Society of Publishers of Asia awards, and 10 Ramnath Goenka awards. He joined HT Media in 2006 as part of the founding team of Mint. He has previously worked at the India Today Group and The Hindu Business Line.
Editor, MIT Technology Review
David Rotman is the editor of MIT Technology Review. A science and business journalist, he has written extensively on biotechnology, materials science, climate change, and policy issues. Joining MIT Technology Review in January 1998 as a senior editor covering nanotechnology, he became editor in 2005. Most recently, he has written a series of articles on how advances in artificial intelligence and other digital technologies are affecting jobs and the economy. He has a BS degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.