The world’s most influential leaders and innovators are coming to EmTech India. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.
COO, Products and Cloud Services, VMware
Raghu Raghuram has been worrking as the Chief Operating Officer, Products and Cloud Services at Vmware. Joined VMware in 2003, he co-leads the company's Software-Defined Data Center Division.
With more than 20 years of technology experience, Raghuram is responsible for the division's strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution. He is also key to driving the overall strategic direction for VMware.
Prior to VMware, Raghuram held product management and marketing roles at AOL, Bang Networks and Netscape.
Head of Product, Google Translate and Machine Intelligence, Google Inc.
Barak Turovsky is responsible for product management and user experience for Google Translate. Barak focuses on applying advanced machine learning techniques to deliver magical experiences and to break language barriers across web, mobile applications, Search, Chrome and other products. Previously, Barak spent 2 years as a product leader within Google Wallet team. Prior to joining Google in 2011, Barak was Director of Product in Microsoft’s Mobile Advertising, Head of Mobile Commerce at PayPal and Chief Technical Officer in an Israeli start up. He lived more than 10 years in 3 different countries (Russia, Israel and the US) and fluently speaks three languages.
Senior VP, Customer Technology, Walmart Labs
Fiona Tan joined Walmart in 2014 and is currently the Senior Vice President leading the Customer Technology organization with responsibility for innovation and engineering execution on all customer facing technology across Walmart’s physical and digital footprint. Her team leverages data and machine learning to deliver a seamless Omni-channel shopping experience for Walmart’s customers. Fiona is an exemplary leader with over 23 years of international experience. Prior to Walmart, Fiona played strategic leadership roles at Ariba and TIBCO Software. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Executive VP, COO and CTO, SAS
As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Oliver Schabenberger is responsible for setting the technology direction for SAS and executing the company’s strategic objectives and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support. Before joining SAS in 2002, Schabenberger served as Assistant Professor of Statistics at Michigan State University (1996 to 1999) and Virginia Tech (1999 to 2002). He was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech in 2001. Prior to that, he received his PhD from Virginia Tech in 1995. In addition to co-writing three statistical textbooks, Schabenberger has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He holds several patents on software design and algorithms.
Chief Architect at PayPal
Edwin is the Chief Architect for PayPal. He leads the Strategic Architecture Team, tasked with defining the company’s long-term technical roadmap and enabling the technologies that will allow the company to change the future of money. Prior to PayPal he has worked at AOL, Netscape, Go Corporation, and Intuit and has been building software for almost 20 years. Holding a joint degree in Computer Science and Sociology from Harvard College, Edwin believes strongly in the ability of technology to bring people closer together and to make our lives easier. A California native, Edwin is involved with wildlife conservation and likes to spend time with big cats.
MD, Asia Pacific & Japan, Akamai Technologies Inc.
Graeme Beardsell is Managing Director for Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) at Akamai. In this role, he is responsible for leading the business across the APJ region, as well as driving sales for Akamai’s Web and Security products. Graeme joined Akamai in 2014 and prior to this he was Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific at Solace Systems for two years and Vice President, Asia Pacific at Experian from 2009 to 2012. Graeme has over 25 years of experience in senior management, sales, consulting and product management across start-ups and well-established companies, as well as over ten years of experience working in the Asia Pacific region. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management and Economics degree from the Melbourne University of Technology and has also completed Executive Management Courses at both North Western University and Harvard Business School.
VP, Sales, TomTom Maps, Asia–Pacific (APAC) region
Phil is responsible for the licensing of TomTom map and traffic data and for the development of web and mobile business solutions to Government B2B, Logistics and Enterprise. Previously Phil was the Managing Director of GeoSmart for 23 years until the company was acquired by TomTom in 2014 delivering mapping, traffic, traveller information and geospatial web solutions across New Zealand and Australia. Phil comes from a mapping and computer science background.
Senior Partner and MD, Global Leader, Technology Advantage Practice, London, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Ralf Dreischmeier is the global leader of the Technology Advantage practice and works with leading organizations globally to help them gain competitive advantage through the use of technology and data. Since joining BCG in 1998, Ralf has focused mainly on creating value from large-scale business and technology transformations and helping clients to shape and accelerate their digital transformation.
Arvind Gupta is the CEO of MyGov, an initiative of the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to empower the citizens of India with participative governance and to digitally communicate the schemes and policies to all Indians. He has over 25 years of industry experience, having worked in diverse sectors in a variety of leadership, policy and entrepreneurial profiles in India and the Silicon Valley, USA. He has been awarded the Eisenhower Global Fellowship for Innovation for year 2014. Arvind Gupta led the Digital, Social Media and Communication Campaign for Mr. Narendra Modi, which resulted in the newly elected PM creating electoral history and achieving BJP’s Mission 272+. He was the Co-Founder of Digital India Foundation, a policy think tank working in areas of Digital Inclusion, Internet Governance, Cyber Security, Electronics Manufacturing and Indian Software Products. An active member of TiE, NASSCOM and a Founder Member of iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Roundtable), he also co-founded startups such as Botworx.ai and apnaPay, among others. A graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT-BHU, Varanasi, he holds a Master’s in Computer Science and MBA (Finance & Marketing) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Senior VP, Collaborative Operations, ABB Industrial Automation Division, Finland
Richard is heading one of the key digital transformations in ABB Group, called Collaborative Operations. His work includes building a dozen digital service delivery centers, staffing them with IT and OT experts for serving customers worldwide, and for supporting ABB’s own organization. Further, his team is making digital partnerships with ABB’s customers on plant and enterprise level, which include the deployment of new software, IT integration, data collection, cloud, analytics, and change management – in order to make industrial operations more profitable and productive. Prior to this role, Richard led the digital transformation of ABB Marine and its operating model, which is now one of the digital leaders in its field. He has 15 years of experience in Digitalization, business and change management, restructuring and post-merger integration.
Currently the President of NASSCOM, R Chandrashekhar was the Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunication (DoT) till March 2013. Previously, he has also served as the Secretary in the Department of Information Technology. In his long and illustrious career, he has held a variety of key assignments, many relating to the ICT sector, both in the Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has extensive experience of formulating and implementing policies, strategies and action plans to foster the growth of the IT industry. As Secretary, DoT, he was responsible for all aspects of policy formulation for the telecom sector and driving several key policies and strategies covering licensing, spectrum management, National Broadband Plan, Convergence, Manufacturing, Investment, security, R&D and the National Telecom Policy 2012. As Secretary of the Department of Information Technology, he steered the formulation of national policies for the IT sector, promoting Electronic System Design and Manufacturing and R&D in the Electronics and IT sector and designing the National e-Governance Plan.
Chief Architect and Fellow, Data Science and AI, Philips
Vijay is currently the Chief Architect and Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Philips, and leads the Data Science and AI platform which provides a framework to build predictive analytics and decision support algorithms, leveraging traditional and contemporary machine learning algorithms. He has been in the IT industry for over 22 years working primarily in medical and healthcare domains. His focus has been on Machine learning and Deep Learning in the medical domain, especially on medical images and text. Vijay has been spending the last few years in designing approaches for managing huge amounts of data on the cloud and mechanisms to build predictive models for a number of internal business units at Philips. He has to his credit a number of technical papers and has been a speaker in several IEEE conferences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication and a Master of Science (Mathematics and Computer Science) from Georgia Tech.
Currently a part of the Governing Council and a Co-Founder for iSPIRT (Indian Software Product Industry Round Table), Sharad actively mentors startups, and speaks frequently on industry issues. His personal mantra is to lead big and small companies through orbit change. Earlier, he was the CEO of Yahoo! India R&D and was responsible for emerging markets engineering and several key global products. His decades of experience in internet, software and wireless sectors involves a turnaround (of VERITAS India ops), a startup (now part of Cisco), and an intrapreneurial setup of AT&T/Lucent’s R&D in India. An evangelist for developing technology product businesses in India, Sharad participates in efforts to nurture the supporting ecosystem.
Group President (Strategy), Mahindra Group
Dr Anish Shah currently serves as Mahindra Group's President for Strategy. His primary focus areas are strategy development and implementation; building capabilities such as digitisation, IoT and analytics; enabling synergies across Group companies; and driving international growth. He also leads the Risk Management and Performance Review across organisations. The Group Strategy Office plays a key role in developing talent for leadership roles across the Group. With over 23yrs of work ex, he has also served as President and CEO of GE Capital India, where he led the transformation of the business, including a turnaround of its SBI Card joint venture. Anish also received GE's prestigious Lewis Latimer Award for outstanding utilisation of Six Sigma in developing a "Digital Cockpit."
Professor, 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.
Managing Director, ABB R&D in India Region
GNV Subba Rao in his current capacity heads ABB’s R&D outfit in India. This is ABB’s largest R&D presence across the globe. In addition, GNV also heads the global business services centre inaugurated recently in the country. He heads a research and engineering workforce of more than 2400 people and the largest group of control engineers as well as the largest HVDC engineering centre for ABB outside Sweden. In a career spanning almost two decades with ABB, GNV has taken on multiple roles including heading the engineering centre for the Process Automation division as well the division in India. Under his leadership, ABB’s drives business in India grew ten times in so many years and tripled market share. He has also led the centre to the achievement of several milestones like IoT-driven service through remote monitoring of 5,000 robots and almost 100 cement plants across more than 30 countries around the world. An electrical and electronics graduate from the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) Bengaluru, GNV has been a key participant at various international and domestic research events and associations.
President and MD (India Commercial), Dell EMC
With over 25 years' experience in the IT industry, Alok Ohrie is working as the President and MD (India Commercial), Dell EMC wherein he is responsible for driving growth for Dell EMC's market, developing and delivering end-to-end solutions for global and Indian corporations, state and Governments and the consumer business. He also had a prior stint at IBM which spanned over 13 years in various leadership roles and at Wipro Infotech for four years. Prior to joining IBM, he was President of EMC India and SAARC region and also worked for AMD as Vice President of Business Development and Managing Director of India.
Corporate Senior VP and MD, Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore
An electronics and communications engineer with a post-graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Dipesh Shah joined Samsung in 1994 and has made a significant contribution to the growth of Samsung’s mobile business. He was deeply involved in the development of Samsung’s 3G and 4G products. Dipesh has vast experience in embedded system software and his team has contributed to solutions like LTE Protocol Stack, VoLTE solution, browser solution and several multimedia solutions over the years. Currently, he also heads a cross-functional task force known as the India Localization Task Force that has developed unique innovations for Indian consumers.
MD, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel India
Prakash Mallya is the Managing Director for Intel India’s Sales & Marketing Group, and responsible for developing new growth areas in the region. He was most recently the Director for Intel Asia’s Data Center Group, and managed the region’s data center strategy for cloud service providers, communications service providers, enterprise and government infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions. Prior to that, Prakash was the Managing Director of Southeast Asia at Intel where he led all of Intel’s sales, marketing and the enablement of Intel products across Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for computing technology. Besides achieving strong business results, under his stewardship, Southeast Asia team won the Global ECOC Award for exemplary leadership in Ethics and Compliance. A 17-year veteran of the company, Prakash joined Intel in 2000 as Business Development Manager, responsible for the Financial Services segment in India. Over the years, he has held several regional roles including leading Intel’s Asia Pacific strategy to win in the Manufacturing and Oil & Gas verticals, as well as managing strategic global customer and partner relationships. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, SEA, Prakash was Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore where he led the sales and marketing operations in both countries. In this role, he was responsible for the growth of Intel's business through channel distribution, local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and multinationals (MNCs). He also focused on driving strategic partnerships with the Government and ecosystem players to accelerate technology adoption in both countries as well as drive market expansion strategies to grow the local consumption.
Founding Partner, pi Ventures
Manish is a keen technology, people and business leader. He brings in over 24 years of experience in building hardware and software IP-oriented product companies, early-stage investing, valuations, deal structuring and strategy advisory across sectors. He is the Founding Partner of pi Ventures, a venture fund focused on Machine Learning, Artiﬁcial Intelligence and IoT based out of India. He has been active in the startup ecosystem in India for several years. He co-founded LetsVenture.com and led it to become the leading marketplace for startups & early stage investors in India. After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in diﬀerent startups and established organisations like Sling Media, Ibam Systems and Motorola. He has contributed to the standardisation of MPEGJ4 standard and holds a couple of video technology patents.
Karan Bajwa is Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India/South Asia (ISA). Appointed to this leadership position in January 2017, Karan is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. With over 28 years of experience in the IT and telecom industry, working for organizations like Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM, handled various roles spanning the organization including Services, Business Development, Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement etc.
Head, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee of India (BACC)
With previous stints as CEO of the business incubator SINE at IIT-Bombay, advisor to Kalaari Capital and ii5 Ventures, among others, Khurana is a familiar face in technology ventures and innovation. Khurana became a prominent voice in the Bitcoin space in 2017 when the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee of India (BACC) got formed under the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Most of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges are members of the BACC. It is an advocate of digital financial innovation and works with different stakeholders in the Government and industry bodies. BACC is organizing itself as a Self Regulated Organization (SRO) and promotes best practices in transparency, customer education and protection.
VP, Digital Initiatives, Advisory to Group Co's & CTO of TATACLIQ at Tata Industries Ltd
One of top 6 technologists globally with over 150 implementations running across the globe, Sauvik Banerjjee is a technologist and Vice President Digital Initiatives, Advisory to Group Co's & CTO of TATACLIQ at Tata Industries Limited by profession. He is a tech evangelist and entrepreneur by heart, has built two successful start-ups & sold them in the UK and has been ranked right at the top of global CTOs online by OnlineEducation.com. Having mentored over 600 senior management over the years, Sauvik in India is also mentoring select start-ups on building successful business models. He is on the board of advisors for several companies and start -ups alike. He has been responsible for disruptive innovation ideas in technology and omni -channel commerce that have earned him the distinction and title of being one of the only 6 people (the only person of Indian origin) in the world to have worked on all global Omni channel platforms. Sauvik also holds a robust track record in P&L roles where he has delivered over 143% growth, 122% growth across India and Europe for organisations like Infosys, Accenture and SAP. At SAP he was the Chief of Technology for SAP Global’s Omni-channel and Digital vertical.Sauvik Banerjjee has been a recipient of multiple awards.
President, Dailyhunt, Verse Innovation Pvt. Ltd
Bedi was Facebook India and South Asia managing director till October 2017. Bedi has close to two decades of leadership experience covering sales, marketing and partnerships with multinational companies. Prior to joining Facebook, he was the managing director, South Asia, at Adobe Inc. He was responsible for making India one of Adobe’s leading markets. He has also held senior executive positions in companies such as Intuit, and Symantec in India and South Asia. An engineering graduate from the University of Pune, Bedi is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School and the recipient of the prestigious ‘40 Under Forty: India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014’ given by The Economic Times and Chicago-based global executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart in 2014.
CEO and CTO, NIRAMAI Health Analytix
Dr Geetha Manjunath is the CEO and CTO of NIRAMAI Health Analytix, a Bangalore-based deep-tech start-up addressing critical healthcare problems through automated solutions. She has over 25 years of experience in IT research and has led many innovative projects in Healthcare and Transportation, especially catering to Emerging Markets. Until the end of 2016, she was a Lab Director heading Data Analytics Research in Xerox India. Prior to that, she was a Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories for 17 years. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science and an Executive MBA in Innovation Leadership from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Chicago. She was awarded the Computer Society of India Gold Medal in 1991 and TR Shamanna State Award from Karnataka in 1989, besides being named as one of the top 50 NASSCOM IT Innovators in 2009. She was also the winner of 2010 MIT Tech Review Grand Challenges for Technologists in the Healthcare category.
Co-founder, CTO and COO, Culture Machine Media
Venkat Prasad is an accomplished entrepreneur and technology executive of Indian origin based out of San Francisco bay-area. Having spent most of his career in various leadership positions at Fortune 500 global enterprises as well as media and consumer tech companies such as Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Intuit, Venkat has a penchant for building scalable products, building global teams and creating value for all his stakeholders. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, and an engineering degree in computer science from a top-notch university of Chennai. In 2013, Venkat left his comfortable role and promising career at Google/YouTube to team up with his co-founder Sameer to build Culture Machine from the ground up into one of the largest and fastest growing digital video networks out of South Asia.
Founder and Executive Chairman, Capital First Ltd.
V. Vaidyanathan is founder and Executive Chairman of Capital First Ltd. In 2012, venturing down the entrepreneurial road, he acquired a stake in an existing NBFC, then secured an equity backing of Rs. 8.10 billion from Warburg Pincus and thus founded Capital First Limited. Vaidyanathan believed that there is a unique opportunity in financing India's 30 million MSMEs and India's emerging middle class, with a differentiated model based on new technology platforms. As part of this belief he exited four legacy businesses- Forex, Broking, Wealth management and Investment management and instead started retail financing in the company which includes MSME and Consumer lending businesses.
Advocate, Supreme Court and Bombay High Court
A pioneer in the field cyber laws, N.S. Nappinai, with over 26 years of professional experience, appears before the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court extensively in Constitutional, Criminal, Commercial, Cyber and IPR cases. An alumna of both the International Leadership program of USA and the Chevening Fellowship for Cyber Security, UK, she is a recipient of the Client Choice award, UK, for her expertise in IT and Internet laws. Her recent book, Technology Laws Decoded, has received tremendous acclaim. She has also authored a booklet on Software Piracy, which is used for Judicial Training. A prolific writer, she has published several papers and articles in international and Indian publications on topics ranging from constitutional interpretation to cyber laws. She has addressed and trained Government Departments, Armed Forces, Intelligence Agencies, Police, public prosecutors and also Industry verticals and in-house corporate counsel.
MD, Qualcomm India
Larry Paulson is the MD of Qualcomm India and is based in Gurgaon. His key responsibilities are to provide leadership and drive business growth for Qualcomm in the region. Paulson has more than 30 years of experience in the wireless industry in strategy, R&D, customer development, product marketing and technology creation. He joined Qualcomm in 2013 as vice president of product management for Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD), a product of the semiconductor business, QCT. Prior to Qualcomm, he was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at BrightPoint and, before that, held numerous positions at Nokia during his 20-year-plus stint with the company.
Data Scientist in Residence, Montane Ventures
Paul is a globally experienced data, product, and software executive. He is Data Scientist in Residence at Montane Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital fund based in India and the US. He co-founded and was Chief Data Officer at PaySense, a mobile fintech startup in Mumbai backed by Nexus Ventures and Naspers/PayU. Earlier, Paul was Vice President of Data Science at Housing.com and was a Principal Data Scientist at Teradata. Paul was a Data Science for Social Good Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2013, and conducted research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.
Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18
Shereen is Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18, India's most respected business news channel. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of Television Broadcast. Shereen is also the Anchor and Editor of Young Turks, India's longest running show on entrepreneurs, a show that over the last 14 years has successfully built a niche category in business news programming. She is also the Author of Young Turks, a book recently published by Random House India. Shereen has interviewed some of the biggest names in Business from Legendary investor Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Indra Nooyi to name just a few. Over the course of her 15 year tryst with business journalism, Shereen has been the recipient of the Best Business Talk Show award at the News Television awards for two years consecutively. She also won the FICCI Woman of the Year award for her contribution to the Media in 2005, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She won the Best Business Anchor Award at the News Television Awards in 2013.
Partner and MD, New Delhi, The Boston Consulting Group
Joined BCG in 2014, Rajiv Gupta is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Technology Advantage practice. Rajiv has significant expertise in IT strategy and roadmapping, target operating models involving IT shared services and outsourcing, and program management of large IT enablement programs, such as application deployments. Prior to this, Rajiv has also worked with KPMG, Accenture & GE Capital. Rajiv holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Managament, Ahmedabad and BTechEEE from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Country Manager and Head of Product, LinkedIn India
Akshay is the Country Manager and Head of Product at LinkedIn India, which is the professional network’s second largest market worldwide. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Akshay was the Founder and CEO of Pulse, an award-winning personalized news application that drew accolades from Steve Jobs and other thought leaders and was acquired by LinkedIn for $90 million. He spearheaded the launch of three distinct products at LinkedIn for India in September 2016 – Lite, Placements.com and Starter Pack. Akshay completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from Purdue University, where he currently serves as a member of the advisory board.
MD and VP (Products), Adobe Systems, India
As the MD, Shanmugh is responsible for providing strategic leadership to our R&D efforts across Creative Cloud, Marketing Cloud & Document Cloud and operations teams covering Product Development, Customer Care, User Experience, IT, Consulting & Sales. Natarajan joined Adobe in 2008 and has been instrumental in leading product development of award-winning products like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and Lightroom. His leadership has contributed to the development of many mobile and web products for Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe operations in India have seen significant growth during his stretch as executive director. Natarajan graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy with a bachelor’s in electronics and communication and holds a master’s in computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Founder and Team Leader, Hyperloop India
Sibesh Kar, at the age of 21, is the founder and team leader of India's largest multi-disciplinary multi-campus student-driven team, Hyperloop India, spread across all three Indian BITS campuses as well as Indian School of Business and IIM-A, focusing on both the engineering and business aspects of leapfrogging India's ailing transport infrastructure. His team built India's first vehicle with magnetic levitation which was raced in the SpaceX Hyperloop tube, and India's first Hyperloop transport case study. After his first year in college, Sibesh was selected on a global basis to do physics research under Dr. Stephen Wolfram, and after his second year to expand on his work on the physics of cellular automata at CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sibesh believes that his stints with physics have given him the first-principles thinking framework required to quickly adapt to the challenges of working on the Hyperloop, a fifth mode of transport first proposed by SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Following his pursuits with public transit, Sibesh recently founded and is building Project Uni, a unified boarding pass that works across all modes of urban transit from doorstep-to-doorstep, and will hopefully integrate intra-city transit modes like the Hyperloop in the future.
General Manager, Universal Robots - South Asia
Pradeep David is the General Manager at Universal Robots, South Asia. Based out of Bangalore, he is one of the strong pillars of the company responsible for setting up and running the operations of Denmark-based Universal Robots in South Asia. A qualified expert in robotics and industrial automation, Pradeep holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA and has also completed his MBA in International Business from Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA. Pradeep joined Universal Robots India in October 2015 and ever since has been persistent with his effort and sure vision of the ambitious growth strategy for the company. Universal Robots is a leading manufacturer of advanced user-friendly and light industrial robotic arms and only recently expanded its presence in the Indian market. Prior to joining Universal Robots, Pradeep was with Rockwell Automation Inc. for over 25 years.
Director and Co-Founder, Technorbital Advanced Materials
Dr. Sunil Dhole is currently the Director and Co-Founder of Technorbital Advanced Materials Pvt. Ltd. And Director - Technical of Espin NanoTech Pvt. Ltd. He started his entrepreneurial journey with the formation of Technorbital in 2011, with the objective of converting potential lab-scale research into commercial products. The vision of the company is to commercialize new-generation technologies and at present, Technorbital is involved in specialty polymers and new-generation water filtration membranes and waste water treatment technologies. Previously, he worked with Reliance Technology Group, a part of Reliance Industries, as a Senior Research Scientist (2008 to 2011). Dr Dhole holds a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Amravati University, Maharashtra, and an M.Tech. and Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. He did his post-doctoral research fellowship at non-Newtonian Rheology group at UCL, Belgium.
Founder & CEO, Imaginate
Hemanth Satyanarayana is the Founder and CEO of Imaginate, which is rated by Gartner and IDC as a Top Innovator in APAC for 2016 & 2017, because of its innovative work in virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR). Hemanth has over 13 years of experience working in extended reality platforms in USA and India. He won the prestigious MIT TR35 India Innovator award and was a TEDx speaker twice in 2017. At Imaginate, Hemanth spearheads the strategy and provides vision to NuSpace, Imaginate's Enterprise telepresence solution in VR/AR. Imaginate's second product Dressy, a plug and play virtual fitting room, won the NEXT B2B award at World Economic Forum (Global Shapers Frankfurt). An early researcher (2005) in AR who pioneered the development of Image guided Liver Surgery apparatus using a Google Glass-like device for a renowned Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, USA, Hemanth has worked for IBM Labs, in addition to VR startups in New York in multiple capacities. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Madras, a Master’s in Research (Augmented Reality) from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PG Diploma in Patent Law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Jiten Saini is the Chief Technology Officer at Shapecrunch, a company that has reinvented the process of making custom foot orthotics with 3D printing and smartphones for foot problems such as Flat Feet, Plantar Fasciitis and Diabetic Foot. Doctors can use its app to click a patient's foot pictures and record physical data, and its proprietary Computer Vision and Deep learning algorithm converts images and data into a 3D model of orthotic which is then 3D printed and shipped to the clinic. Jiten is an alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani, and has worked with a few start-ups prior to his current stint at Shapecrunch.
VP, Licensing & Communities, MIT Technology Review Inc.
Antoinette is responsible for building and expanding MIT Technology Review’s global footprint, through long-term strategic partnerships who help bring TR’s journalism to audiences all across the world, in different languages and on different platforms. As the head of the licensing and communities, Antoinette acts as ambassador for MIT and MIT Technology Review’s thought leadership, championing initiatives that further grow TR’s Innovators under 35 community. Prior to coming to the U.S.A. in 2001, Antoinette was the Relationship Marketing Manager for JD Group Pty Ltd in South Africa, at that time the largest group of national retail chains in the Southern hemisphere, and the Marketing Manager for the first IT chain South Africa. Ms. Matthews has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Financial Management from the University of Pretoria. She is a current Executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Machine Learning Scientist, Amazon India
One of the winners of Emtech India Innovators Under 35, Arijit Biswas is currently working as Machine Learning Scientist at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, Biswas was working as Research scientist at Xerox Research Centre India wherein his work has led to 14 patents and four research publications in international peer-reviewed conferences. Biswas studied electronics and telecommunication engineering at Jadavpur University and went on to do a PhD in computer vision and machine learning from the University of Maryland
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.
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.
Consulting Editor, Mint
Monika Halan’s goal is a fair marketplace for all participants in India’s retail financial sector. She is Consulting Editor with Mint, India's second largest business daily. A Certified Financial Planner, she has a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a second Masters in Journalism Studies from College of Cardiff, University of Wales, UK. She has worked earlier across media organisations in India including Editing Outlook Money. She has run four successful TV series around personal finance advice in NDTV, Zee and Bloomberg India and is a regular speaker on financial literacy, regulation, inclusion and consumer issues in retail finance. She plugs back the learning from her public facing work into policy. She has public policy experience working with the Government of India as an advisor to the Swarup Committee in 2009. She has served as a member on the Ministry of Finance Committee on Incentives (Bose Committee), 2015 and is a member on the Sebi (India’s capital market regulator) Mutual Fund Committee. She was a member of the Task Force set up by the Government of India to put in place the Financial Redressal Agency. She was an expert invitee to a Ministry of Commerce Committee on the Service Price Index. She is a director on the board of FPSB and FPSF India. She is the author of a published academic paper (http://bit.ly/2towQ53) in Journal of Economic Policy Reform that estimates the loss to investors on mis-sold insurance policies. She has a forthcoming paper (http://bit.ly/2uBtw5Y) in the Journal for Comparative Economics that maps mis-selling by banks. She is an author of a book: Seven Steps to Financial Freedom published by Macmillan in 2005 and is working on a second book to be published by Harper Collins. She is based in New Delhi and was chosen as a Yale World Fellow in 2011.
National Technology Editor, Mint
Leslie D'Monte is a journalist with over two decades of experience, specializing in technology and science writing. He has worked with leading media groups like HT Media Limited, Business Standard, The Times of India, The Indian Express, Jasubhai Media Group and ZDNet India (now part of the CBS Media Group) both as a reporter and editor. He is currently the National Technology Editor of Mint, the business publication of HT Media Limited, and also part of Mint’s leadership team. Leslie is an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow (2010-11).