2017 Speakers

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.

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    Shri, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao

    Minister for Information Technology, Minister For Industries & Commerce, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Telangana.


    Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as KTR, is a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Telangana, 29th State of India. He is the Member of the Legislative Assembly from Sircilla Assembly Constituency since 2009. Born in Siddipet on July 24th 1976, KTR is the son of K Chandrashekar Rao, the first Chief Minister of Telangana. He grew up in a politically active family and completed his schooling from St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad before going to Nizam College, Hyderabad. He studied M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Pune and also holds an MBA degree in Marketing and E-Commerce from City University of New York, NY. After finishing his MBA, KTR worked in USA between 2001-06. But his interest in the prevailing socioeconomic condition in the region brought him back to where his heart belongs – politics. He joined Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and worked under the leadership of his father to bring statehood to the region of Telangana. During this period, he travelled the length and breadth of the state and interacted with people to understand their problems and aspirations, which later helped in shaping his political career. KTR made his policital entry in the 2009 Assembly elections. He assumed the cabinet positions in June 2014 in the new state of Telangana. Initiatives for the State of Telangana KTR has embarked upon an aggressive plan to develop the IT and high tech industry in the new state after assuming position. His aim is to double the IT exports from Telangana in the next five years. He has already taken-up several initiatives in this regard that includes creating proactive and business friendly industrial, IT and electronic policies; facilitating electronic manufacturing ecosystem in the state; promoting entrepreneurship through creation of T Hub – India’s largest incubator for startups; generating skilled workers through Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK). The State has launched historic WaterGrid project to provide tap water to 10 million homes; this project piggybacks optic fiber in the same trench to create the most extensive broadband network in India. Taking a step ahead to deliver government services to the rural citizens over internet, he has initiated the E-Panchayat project. KTR has been recognized as ‘Most Inspirational Icon of the Year 2015’ by CNN-IBN and Ritz Magazine, and has won other awards. E-mail: min_prit@telangana.gov.in

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    Arvind Gupta

    National Technology Head, BJP


    Arvind Gupta has over 25 years of industry experience, having worked in diverse sectors in variety of leadership, policy and entrepreneurial profiles in India and Silicon Valley, USA. As the National Technology Head for world's largest political party, the BJP, he advises on the policies for data driven outreach, digital communication and modernisation. Gupta led the Digital, Social Media and Communication Campaign for the BJP and Shri Narendra Modi, which resulted in BJP creating electoral history and achieving its Mission 272+. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and MBA from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and B.Tech in Electronics from IIT-BHU, Varanasi. Gupta is an Eisenhower fellow for Innovation and an active member of Industry Forums NASSCOM, TiE and Founding Member of ISPiRT (Indian Software Products Industry Round table). He is also the Co-founder of DigitalIndiaFoundation is a leading thought provoker in areas of Smart Cities, Internet Governance, Cyber Security, Electronics Manufacturing & DigitalPayments. He was awarded the Eisenhower Global Fellowship for Innovation for year 2014.

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    Norman Pearlstine

    Vice Chairman of Time Inc.


    Norman Pearlstine is a renowned journalist and editor with a stellar track record. Currently the Vice Chairman of Time Inc., he has, over the past several decades, worked with leading media brands such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. He is the author of the book Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources. Among the multiple accolades he has won are the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Pearlstine serves on the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute and the Watson Institute for International Relations and has also served as an advisor to the Carlyle Group on media and telecom businesses.

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    John Rose

    Partner and Managing Director The Boston Consulting Group, New York


    John Rose is a Partner and Managing Director in the New York Office of the Boston Consulting Group with over 30 years of media experience. He leads the North American media practice, is a BCG Fellow focusing on Big Data, and a core member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) and Technology Advantage practice groups. John is Vice Chair of the New York Public Radio Board and prior to joining BCG in 2004, and was EVP for Strategy, Corporate Development, Digital Music, and Industry/Government Affairs at EMI.

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    Raimund Genes

    Global Chief Technology Officer, Trend Micro Inc.


    Raimund Genes brings more than 30 years of computer and network security experience to his position of Chief Technology Officer at Trend Micro. In this role, he is responsible for a team of developers and researchers around the globe who research and develop new core technology components to protect against email, Web and file-based threats under the Smart Protection Network umbrella.

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    Chetan Dube

    President & CEO, IPsoft


    Math professor-turned-entrepreneur Chetan Dube is the founder of IPsoft. He has served as the President and CEO of IPsoft since its inception in 1998. During his tenure, he has led the company to create a radical shift in the way IT is managed. Prior to joining IPsoft, Chetan served as an Assistant Professor at New York University, where his research was focused on deterministic finite-state computing engines. Chetan is a widely recognized speaker on autonomics and utility computing. By using IPsoft’s Amelia cognitive agent platform, Accenture is developing go-to-market strategies, solutions and consulting service offerings around deployments of virtual agent technology for clients. He believes the world is approaching an industrial revolution driven by artificial intelligence (AI).

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    Professor John MacIntyre

    Pro Vice Chancellor, International University of Sunderland


    As Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, John leads a large and diverse portfolio of academic activity across four academic departments: Computing, Engineering and Technology Pharmacy, Health and Well-being; Psychology; and Sport and Exercise Sciences. As Pro Vice Chancellor, his brief includes covering Research, Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Employer Engagement and Regional Economy. Since 1996 John has been the Editor-in-Chief of Neural Computing & Applications, an international scientific peer reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag.

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    Ralf Dreischmeier

    Senior Partner & Managing Director, Global Leader

    Technology Advantage Practice, London,

    The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


    Ralf Dreischmeier works with leading organisations 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.

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    Raj Talluri

    Senior VP of Product Management,

    Qualcomm Technologies


    Raj Talluri serves as senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), where he is currently responsible for managing QTI’s Internet of Everything (IoE), mobile computing and Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D finger print technology businesses. Raj has more than 20 years of experience spanning across business management, strategic marketing, and engineering management. In 2014, he was chosen as No. 5 in Fast Company's list of 100 Most Creative People in business.

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    Prof Harald Haas

    Co-founder and CSO, pureLifi


    Harald Haas, co-founder and interim chief executive officer of pureLifi, a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh, is on a mission to convince the world that a Li-Fi (light fidelity)-enabled LED light bulb can also transmit data at speeds that are much higher than Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity). Haas, who coined the term Li-Fi, is also keen on demonstrating how Li-Fi solar panels, too, can receive data, act as a broadband receiver, and help solve rural connectivity issues. Haas, who is also a world renowned expert in wireless communications and holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are in optical wireless communications, hybrid optical wireless and RF communications, spatial modulation, and interference coordination in wireless networks. He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi. LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011. Prof. Haas was an invited speaker at TED Global 2011, and his talk: "Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb" has been watched online more than 2.2 million times. He gave a second TED Global lecture in 2015 on the use of solar cells as LiFi data detectors and energy harvesters. This has been viewed online more than 1 million times. Professor Haas holds 31 patents and has more than 30 pending patent applications. He has published 300 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. He co-authors a book entitled: "Principles of LED Light Communications Towards Networked Li-Fi" published with Cambridge University Press in 2015. Prof. Haas is editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technologies.

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    Jason Pontin

    Editor in Chief & Publisher, MIT Technology Review


    As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. He has written for national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio.

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    Dr Gopichand Katragadda

    Group CTO, Tata Sons

    Dr Gopichand Katragadda is the group chief technology officer at Tata Sons. In this role, he drives technology and innovation for the Tata group, leveraging cross-company synergies. He also serves as a director on the boards of select Tata companies. Previously, as the chairman and managing director of GE India Technology Centre, he facilitated funding of cross-business innovation, championed the commissioning of new research labs, developed research teams and helped build GE’s largest R&D Centre--the John F Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC).

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    Rajan Anandan

    Vice President, India and South-East Asia, Google

    Rajan Anandan is the Vice President, South East Asia and India and is responsible for Sales and Operations in the region. Rajan is focused on expanding the Internet ecosystem in the region, increasing adoption among consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. South East Asia and India, with over two billion consumers and 500 million Internet users, is the fastest growing Internet user base in the world. Rajan joined Google in early 2011 to lead Google's business in India. His career includes leadership roles at Microsoft, Dell and McKinsey & Company.

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    Anant Maheshwari

    President, Microsoft India

    Anant Maheshwari is President, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. In his role, he is responsible for all of Microsoft’s product, service, and support offerings across India. He leads Microsoft's interactions with policy makers, customers, and business partners as the company continues its transformation into the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. Before joining Microsoft, Anant worked at Honeywell in a number of leadership roles and in his last role led as the President of Honeywell, India. An experienced global technology leader, he was responsible for the continued growth of India operations across all strategic business groups of Honeywell. Prior to Honeywell, Anant was with McKinsey & Company where he worked with clients across multiple industries including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals. Anant’s role in Microsoft India is pivotal as the country focuses on growth themes of Smart Cities and Digital India. The alignment of Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more with India’s growth will enable a wide range of creative and innovation opportunities. Anant is committed to capitalizing this transformational point and support the growth objectives globally and in India.

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    Umang Bedi

    Managing Director - India & South Asia, Facebook

    Umang leads the Global Marketing Solutions teams in India and plays a key role in building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies. Umang has close to two decades of leadership experience covering sales, marketing and partnerships where he successfully built teams and grew businesses for multinational companies like Intuit, Symantec and Sun Microsystems. Prior to joining Facebook, Umang was the Managing Director of the South Asia region at Adobe.

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    Manoj Kohli

    Executive Chairman, SoftBank Energy

    Bharti Enterprises and Foxconn


    Manoj Kohli is the Executive Chairman of SoftBank Energy, a joint venture formed by Japan's SoftBank, Bharti Enterprises and Foxconn. Before taking over this project, Manoj was the Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises Limited responsible for the growth and operations of the Bharti group of companies in retail, insurance, agri-products, real estate, mobile internet, etc. He was the Managing Director and CEO (International), Bharti Airtel, for operations across the African continent and led the business till 2013. Previously, he led Bharti Airtel's India operations to grow from 2 million subscribers to 150 million.

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    Rajesh Janey

    President and Managing director-Enterprise

    (India and SAARC) at Dell EMC


    Rajesh Janey is the President – Enterprise for Dell EMC. He is responsible for accelerating Dell EMC's growth in India and enhancing relationships with partners and alliances. He reports to David Webster, President – Enterprise Dell EMC Asia Pacific & Japan. An ICT industry veteran with over 32 years of experience, Rajesh has managed and led companies to leadership positions across diverse business segments, including IT sales and marketing, services, channels and enterprise. He has spent a total of seven years with EMC. Prior to his current position, Rajesh has held several leadership roles in EMC India, including President – EMC India and SAARC, Vice President – Enterprise Business, India and SAARC; Head of Channels; and Vice President for North, East and Bangladesh business among others Rajesh started his career with HCL and held a number of senior management positions in NetApp, HP, Compaq and Wipro. Rajesh lives in Gurgaon with his wife and two sons aged 19 and 14. He is an avid photographer and enjoys travelling. His sons ensure that he stays ‘Gadget aware’ at all times. Know more about Rajesh and his views on the technology space through his twitter handle @RajeshJaney.

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    Srinivas Prasad

    CEO, Philips Innovation Campus


    As the Head of Philips Innovation Campus in Bengaluru, Srinivas is responsible for managing and driving innovations across various businesses, which includes Healthcare, Lighting, Consumer Lifestyle, Core Research and IT. Prior to his current position, he worked with Fidelity as Vice President of IT, where he managed multiple sites for all programmes being delivered out of India for the following IT business groups - Institutional and Retail Brokerage Technology, Retirement and Insurance Technology, Infrastructure Support and HR Services Technology.

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    Munesh Makhija

    Vice President, GE India Technology Centre
    & Chief Technology Officer, GE South Asia


    Munesh Makhija leads 5300 engineers and scientists across multidisciplinary R&D labs and industry verticals including energy, aviation, transportation and healthcare. As CTO for GE South Asia, he drives innovation and products relevant to the regional market. Prior to his current role, Munesh was VP for Global Research at GE Healthcare, where he was responsible for global research collaborations with academic and government partners. Before that, he served as CTO for GE Healthcare India, focusing on sustainable healthcare products and solutions for India and emerging markets. Munesh joined GE Healthcare, Milwaukee WI in 2003 as an engineering director. Before joining GE, Munesh was in the telecommunications industry for 10 years and held several positions in technology and product leadership, software engineering, new product development, program management and product marketing. Munesh has served on the Board of Directors – Wisconsin Technology Council, USA and is on the National Leadership Council - GE Asian Pacific American Forum. He also serves on the AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce) Executive Committee - Karnataka, India and is a member of the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, Expert Group on Technology, & Karnataka State Council. He has been recognized with the Best National Healthcare Innovation Award by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), Best Mobile Technology for Improving Patient Care Award by Consumer Health World USA and the Java One Emerging Technology Award for Healthcare. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Bombay, India, a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, IN, USA, and an MBA from North Central College, IL, USA. He is GE Six Sigma Black Belt certified. Munesh is based at the John F. Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore, India.

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    Jaspreet Bindra

    SVP- Digital Transformation,Mahindra Group


    Jaspreet is currently the SVP- Digital Transformation of the Mahindra Group, where he does what a CDO does – transforming legacy companies to Digital. He is one of the ancient curiosities of the Internet, technology and startup world in India, having being born many years before the Internet was. He started his career quite conventionally in the venerable Tata Group, as a Tata Administrative Services Officer, and led functions and businesses in FMCG and Telecom. For some time, he was part of the startup team at Baazee.com (now EBAY India), as their COO. From thereon, his travels took him to Microsoft India – where he led the Internet, Retail, XBOX, Consumer P&Ls. Looking to something more unconventional, he became the CEO of AskMe, the yellow-pages-publisher-transformed-into-a-mobile-app-led local-search-play, which, incidentally, is now comatose. Jaspreet is quite active across the tech start-up ecosystem, and has invested, advised, mentored and incubated a dozen tech start-ups. He leads the CDO Forum of IAMAI, writes extensively on Digital Transformation, fancies himself as a Blockchain and AgriTech expert; and has dropped pearls of dubious wisdom at HBS, ISB, IIMA, IAMAI, CII and other academic and industry forums. Many years ago, he was surprised to see that Business Today had listed him as one of the ‘The Top 25 Young Managers in India’. Jaspreet is a Chemical Engineer (though he only spent 4 months practicing it), and an MBA in International Business. What he is most proud of is being a three-time National champion in Brand Equity Business Quiz, having been a keen quizzer in his salad days. Oh, and he is also a accredited Leadership Coach (PCC – ICF)

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    Rahul Narayan

    Founder & Fleet Commander, Team Indus


    Team Indus is the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. For demonstrating its landing technology, Team Indus has already won a $1 million milestone prize. The team is attempting to place on the moon's surface a robot that explores at least 500 meters and transmits HD videos and images back to earth.

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    Anand Chandrasekaran

    Founder, CTO, Mad Street Den


    Mad Street Den is an Artificial Intelligence start-up that delivers intelligence as a cloud-based stack for customers, obviating the need for them to develop their own algorithms. As a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University, Anand was a member of the team that built Neurogrid, a neuromorphic system that simulates a million neurons in real-time.

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    Gourav Jaswal

    Founder and Director, Prototyze


    Gourav Jaswal is the Founder and Director of Prototyze, one of the few vertically-integrated technology incubators in India. It has spawned multiple ventures in the area of financial technologies (Loan Singh), freight transportation (TempoGO), mobile fitness (Mobiefit) and corporate training (HandyTrain). He also founded a cluster of knowledge-capital companies called Private Unlimited (Synapse, Visual Juju, ScreenRoot…) each of which bootstrapped to profitability.

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    Shereen Bhan

    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 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. Under her leadership, CNBCTV18 has recently been awarded the BARC India Business News Channel of the Year 2015. Her Show the GST Classroom won the Best Business Program of 2015 at the ENBA news broadcast awards.

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    Prof. G. V. Sreekumar

    Head of IDC School of Design,

    IIT Bombay


    His areas of specializations are Typography, Publication Design, Information design, Anatomy and Figure drawing and Design Pedagogy. Prof. Sreekumar was a an Art Director, Cartoonist, Calligrapher, Illustrator and Infographics designer before joining IIT Bombay as a professor. He studied Applied Art at M.S. University, Baroda, and Visual Communication at IDC, IIT Bombay. He is a visiting faculty member at several institutes including the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University,Vadodara; National Institute of Design (NID), MIT Pune; IIIT Jabalpur and IIT Guwahati. In addition, he is a member of the Text Book Committee, NCERT, Government of India. Prof. Sreekumar has mentored many design students, including the prodigiously talented Prof. D. Udaya Kumar, PhD (IIT Guwahati) and Prof. Girish Dalvi (IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay), who he refers to as “mere do anmol rattan”. Prof. D. Udaya Kumar is the designer of the Indian rupee sign (₹) while Prof. Girish Dalvi has jointly designed the Ek Devanagari, Ek Latin, and Ek Mukta fonts. Prof. Sreekumar is considered an expert not only in the fields of Design and Design Education, but also in the new field he created at IDC, IIT bOmbay : "H-H-I"- Human Human Interaction and focuses on the human-centric aspects of design and everyday life.

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    Pranav Anam

    Co-Founder, The Gene Box


    Pranav Anam is Co – Founder, The Gene Box. Having a degree of B.Sc in Genetics, Pranav is a recipient of a scholarship at University of Newcastle and a qualified geneticist. Pranav has been in the industry for 10+ years. He has been a Director strategy with Virtus Wellness for 6 years, CEO of Emprocell for 2 years and Deputy GM with EmProcell for 1 year.

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    Asim Warsi

    Senior Vice President at Samsung India Electronics Ltd.



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    Benson Samuel

    CTO & Founder, Coinsecure.in


    Benson Samuel serves as the CTO and Co - Founder of Coinsecure, the largest Indian Bitcoin Exchange. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT and ITES sector. Benson is terribly passionate about Bitcoin with tremendous grasp and experience of the Bitcoin and Blockchain ecosystem. He is known for laying the framework for Bitcoin in India and is among the earliest Bitcoin evangelists. Benson loves to build solutions to enable easier access to Bitcoin for everyone. As a Scala developer, he has contributed to several open source projects over the years. He is well connected in the Bitcoin space, with several coverages in the press and news as well. He moderates the India Bitcoin forum. He is also a writer, a blogger, and a very ardent Bitcoin enthusiast, who has helped set up various meet ups across the country.

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    Rajiv Gupta

    Partner and Director, New Delhi office, The Boston Consulting Group


    He leads the Technology Advantage Practice of BCG in India. Rajiv has worked for over 17 years as a consultant, having assisted numerous clients in their technology-led business transformation initiatives. He has significant global experience having worked in UK, USA, Western Europe, Africa, APAC and India. Rajiv holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad where he was awarded the Industrial Scholarship for academic performance.

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    V. Vaidyanathan

    Founder & Executive Chairman, Capital First Group


    V. Vaidyanathan founded Capital First Ltd by first acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC and then securing an equity backing of Rs.810 crore in 2012 from reputed PE Warburg Pincus, resulting in the buyout of other majority shareholders. He believes that financing India’s 30 million MSMEs and India’s emerging middle class, with a differentiated model, based on new technology platforms, offers a unique opportunity in India. As part of this belief, he converted the existing NBFC, which was into wholesale financing business (90% of book) in March 2010, into a retail finance institution (85% of book), and expanded retail operations to 222 locations across India within 5 years. Vaidyanathan joined ICICI Limited in early 2000 when it was a Domestic Financial Institution (DFI) and the retail businesses he built helped the transition of ICICI from a DFI to a Universal Bank. He launched the Retail Banking Business for ICICI Limited in 2000, and grew ICICI Bank to 1400 Bank branches in 800 cities, 25 million customers, a vast CASA and retail deposit base, branch, internet and digital banking, and built a retail loan book of over Rs. 1,35,000 Crores in Mortgages, Auto loans, Commercial Vehicles, Credit Cards and Personal Loans. He also built the ICICI Bank’s SME business and managed the Rural Banking Business. These businesses helped the conversion of the institution to a universal bank renowned for retail banking. Vaidyanathan was appointed as MD and CEO of ICICI Personal Financial Services at 32, Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank at the age of 38 and became the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co at 41. He was also the Chairman of ICICI Home Finance Co. Ltd, and served on the Board of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company, CIBIL- India’s first Credit Bureau, and SMERA- SIDBI’s Credit Rating Agency. He started his career with Citibank India in 1990 and worked there till 2000 in retail banking. During his career, he and his organization have received a large number of domestic and international awards including ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur Award’ in Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2016, Greatest Corporate Leaders of India- 2014, “Best Retail bank in Asia 2001”, “Excellence in Retail Banking Award” 2002, “Best Retail Bank in India 2003, 2004, and 2005” from the Asian Banker, “Most Innovative Bank” 2007, “Leaders under 40” from Business Today in 2009, and was nominated “Retail Banker of the Year” by EFMA Europe for 2008. He is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School and is a regular contributor on Financial and Banking matters in India and international forums. He is a regular marathoner and has run 7 marathons and 15 half marathons.

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    Sandipan Chattopadhyay

    Founder & CEO, Xelpmoc


    Xelpmoc is a unique model to foster and catalyse start-ups mainly from real life business domains with special interest in the next "500 million Indians" - a solution scape for Bharat. prior to this. Sandipan was the Chief Technology Officer at Justdial [2009-2015]. Before joining Justdial, he was Founder Director at E Dot Solutions [1997-2008] (the company which created MoneyControl.com). He grew the company to a team of over 100 employees (before its merger with Geodesic). Prior to this, he was Manager - Technology at Tata Interactive Systems, where he was instrumental in setting up the company’s web division. Sandipan managed and executed large scale technology transformational assignments for various state government – speciality in procurement domain (engagement related to e-tendering etc ). Expertise mainly in current enterprise landscape assessment, defining architecture blueprint, defining technology strategy & roadmap, and large scale ICT implementation. Sandipan has helped the technology development of several startups, as well as new initiatives of large enterprises including Hyundai, Nextenders, Wipro, Tata Teleservices, Tata Motors, CRISIL MarketWire, Business Standard, IDBI Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutche Bank and Edelweiss. Sandipan has a B.Stat. from ISI, Calcutta and an MBA from IIM, Calcutta.

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    Aayushi Kishore

    Co-founder & CMO of Boltt


    Aayushi Kishore, the co-founder & CMO of Boltt, is an Economics Hons Graduate from Sri Ram College of Commerce and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. She co- founded Globalite in 2011. She has a strong experience in product development, retail/online operations and branding and sales. She feels deeply about upliftment of women in sports in the country.

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    Samay Kohli

    Co-founder & CEO of GreyOrange


    Samay Kohli is the co-founder and CEO of GreyOrange, a multinational robotics firm based out of Gurgaon. Today, the success of the company speaks volumes with GreyOrange bagging 90% market share of India warehouse automation market. Samay’s key responsibilities in the company include brand building, designing marketing strategies and business development. At GreyOrange Samay along with Akash Gupta (co-founder and CTO) is focusing on designing, manufacturing and deploying advanced robotics hardware and software products for automation. Their flagship products are a high-tech army of thousands of robots (called Butlers) and Material-handling systems (called Sorters) that are taking over the warehouses and distribution centers around the world. Samay was part of the team that created one of India’s first indigenously created humanoid robots, AcYut, in 2007. He has also represented India in robotics competitions across 13 countries; winning the gold medal at the RoboGames (formerly ROBOlympics) in San Francisco in 2009 amongst many other accolades.

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    R Chandrashekhar

    President, NASSCOM


    Mr. Chandrashekhar was the Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunication till March 2013. During his career in Government, he held a wide variety of key assignments many of them 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 covering the entire enabling eco-system including infrastructure, Human Resource Development, e-governance and establishing Public Private Partnerships. He has a deep understanding of the issues and problems related to ICT project implementation in Government. 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. Earlier, he established the first Department of Information Technology in the country in the state of Andhra Pradesh and was Secretary of the Department from June, 1997 to December, 1999. The policies and strategies he formulated catapulted the state to the forefront of the country in the sector and became a role model for several states and countries. Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08. He has been conferred several awards including Data Quest Path Breaker of the Year Award in 2005 and Distinguished Alumnus award of IITMumbai in 2010.

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    Hemanth Satyanarayana

    Founder & CEO, Imaginate Technologies, Inc.


    Hemanth Satyanarayana founded Imaginate, which is rated by Gartner as a Top 3 Cool Vendor in 2016 because of its widely popular innovative work. He has over 12 years of experience working in product management & development in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) & Mixed Reality (MR) platforms in USA and India. He is a former winner of the prestigious MIT TR35 India Innovator award. At Imaginate, Hemanth spearheads the strategy formulation and overall technology development. Imaginate's product Dressy, a plug and play virtual fitting room, won the NEXT B2B award at World Economic Forum (Global Shapers Frankfurt). Hemanth is an early researcher (in 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. Besides working for top MNC, he worked in VR startups in New York in multiple capacities, delivered successful product demonstrations to the US Department of Defense and helped raise over $500K in research grants. Hemanth is also a co-inventor of a couple of patents (in Virtual Collaborative Shopping and Virtual Locomotion Controller) filed in US and India. Hemanth holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Madras, a Masters in Research (Augmented Reality) from State University of New York at Buffalo, a PG Diploma in Patent Law from NALSAR University of Law. He is also an alumnus of Indian School of Business CEE. Hemanth is also an angel investor, speaker and mentor at several educational and entrepreneurial organizations.

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    Shalin Shah

    Founder of SPYRL Ventures


    Shalin is founder of SPYRL Ventures, a fund focused on fintech and Industrial IoT. Previously, Shalin was a VP at the Piramal Group where he last led Piramal Realty's fund raise from Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus and was a founding member of the Group's investment arm, IndUS Growth Partners in charge of deploying nearly $4 billion. Prior to this, he was at NY based DCM Partners, a small cap hedge fund run by protege of Berkshire board member David Gottesman and Bill Ackman where he also spearheaded efforts to start an India fund. Shalin also cofounded a stock picking portal and developed a non-invasive intracranial pressure monitor with two neurosurgeons both startups failed but led him to invest in Coinbase, Jugnoo and Zoomcar. Shalin grew up in NY and received his BS in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

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    Antoinette Matthews

    VP Licensing and Communities, MIT Technology Review
    Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum Global


    As the VP of Licensing and Communities at MIT Technology Review, Antoinette Matthews takes the lead on building out the international licensing and community business for MIT Technology Review and transitioning them into profitable business lines for the organization. Her responsibilities include evaluation of existing licensing business to increase profitability and quality, expand TR licenses internationally, ensure quality controls are measured and adhered to and contractual obligations and support services to licensees across all MIT Technology Review product lines are met including the MIT Enterprise Forum and Innovators Under 35 community. Her decisions include what products to launch in which regions, to whom and under what business model while simultaneously preserving MIT Technology Review brand values and reputation. Previously, she has worked as an Executive Director at MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. at MIT Technology Review.

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    Ravi Narayan

    Global Director at Microsoft Accelerator, India


    Ravi Narayan is the Global Director at Microsoft Accelerator in India, the leading startup accelerator in APAC. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi was the Managing Director at Mentor Partners, a Seed Fund based in Bangalore, which he established as a brand name in India and Southeast Asia. He is a pioneer in the Venture Catalyst space in India. He has worked for the last decade in building institutions for supporting entrepreneurship in India. He has mentored numerous startups in not only raising capital, but also guiding them towards market access for accelerated growth. A seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building high performance teams that collaborate across various functions to execute for consistent results, Ravi has taken several companies from startup through growth to exit, both in the US and in India. He is a founding chair of PAN-IIT in Washington DC, TiE Entrepreneurial Summit (TES) in Bangalore and the NASSCOM's Product Conclave in Bangalore. His mission is to help create thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world by tapping into the right market dynamics, and creating a strong infrastructure for innovation initiatives.

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    Guruprasad Rao

    Director & Mentor-Leadership Team at Imaginarium India Pvt.Ltd.


    Mr.Guruprasad Rao is the Director & Mentor-Leadership Team at Imaginarium India Pvt.Ltd. Asia’s largest 3D printing Company. His current focus is on building Imaginarium Academy, Technology partnerships besides Technology Mentoring at Imaginarium. Rao holds double masters with 30 years of experience encompassing Industry & Academia. His industrial assignments include Titan, Tanishq, Crompton Greaves and present one. He has taught at Design at NIFT-Bangalore, IICD-Jaipur, IISc, JSSATE and NTTF, all at Bangalore. He is a recipient of many Awards including 3 Gold medallions. As an accomplished industrial designer he holds 8 Patents and 100 plus design Registrations. His research interests include Product Design, Product Aesthetics, Design Management, 3D printing and its applications in Medical domain. He is a research scholar at IIT Bombay. He is a member of FICCI capital goods committee. Member, Academic curriculum committee at DJSCE, Mumbai. Member, Board of Studies, NIT Warangal. Member Board of Studies, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, Mentor, KIIT Technology Business Incubator Bhubaneswar. Mentor, SIBD at AIIMS, NewDelhi. Industry partners with BETiC , IIT Bombay, Mumbai, Mentor at SINE, IIT Bombay. Mentor and collaborator at Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. Member,NASSCOM Sector Skill Council and has been contributing in their Product Engineer certifcation rollout. He uses his network effectively to learn and share knowledge. He passionate about sharing his rich experience and has delivered many talks and keynote addresses. Has been a Jury member at BETiC / IIT Bomaby / Autodesk Hackathon Sessions and Design Challenges. His hobbies include Electronics, Ham Radio, Astronomy, Painting, Photography, Jewellery design, Model making and cooking.

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    Rahul Tongia

    Fellow at Brookings India, Brookings Institution


    Rahul Tongia is a scholar and researcher in areas of technology and policy, especially for sustainable development, and a Fellow at Brookings India / the Brookings Institution. He was the founding Advisor to the Smart Grid Task Force, Govt. of India, and the India Smart Grid Forum, bodies he was instrumental in setting up. He is also an Adj. Professor, Carnegie Mellon University. He was on the faculty at CMU for many years, with appointments in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and School of Computer Science. He was previously co-founder and Principal Research Scientist/Program Director at the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP), a Bangalore-based not-for-profit. His areas of research are broad and interdisciplinary, spanning technology and policy, with domain expertise in energy/power and IT/telecom. His energy work has spanned seminal studies on India's nuclear power program, importing natural gas, power pricing, and political economy. A current area of focus is on Smart Grids, harnessing ICT to improve the power grid, as well as sustainable energy (with a major volume on Making Renewables Sustainable in India, January 2015). Tongia was also on the Technology Advisory Board for Southern California Edison's Smart Grid project ("SmartConnect")--a billion dollar project that was recognized by peers as the best in North America, and was Vice-Chair of the UN ICT Task Force Working Group on Enabling Environment (formerly Low-cost Connectivity Access). Rahul was previously the Vice-Chair of the UN ICT Task Force on Enabling Environment/Low-cost connectivity access. Tongia has a Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998 and a Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

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    Kartik Maheshwari

    Head of Nishith Desai Associates


    Kartik Maheshwari heads the Start-Up practice group at the multi-skilled, research based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com). He is a senior member of the Telecom – Media – Technology laws teams at NDA. Kartik is a leading attorney in various legal, tax and regulatory issues and works across cutting edge complex disruptive technologies / business models including M2M Communication, Internet of Things, smart cities, blockchain technology, privatization of space amongst others. He also has substantial experience in public policy matters and regularly works with the Department of Telecom, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. He was also an integral member of the team that helped the Government of Mauritius on preparing its ‘National Innovation Framework’ and was invited by them to share his experience on using law and policy as a tool to unlock innovation at the Africa Partnership Conference, 2016. Kartik also continues to author articles and research papers on diverse legal issues which have been published by various publications.

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    Professor Sadagopan

    Director (President) IIT-Bangalore


    As the first Director of IIT-Bangalore, he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute. Professor Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.

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    Tamal Bandyopadhyay

    Consulting Editor, Mint


    Tamal Bandyopadhyay, a Consulting Editor in Mint, India's second-largest financial daily, is known for his weekly column on banking and finance, Banker's Trust. He has not only seen the evolution of banking--right from branches to ATMs to online and mobile banking to the current digital payments ecosystems--but has also authored three best sellers on finance--A Bank for the Buck, Sahara: The Untold Story and Bandhan: The Banking of a Bank.

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    Editor, Mint


    As a part of the founding team of Mint, he joined HT Media in October 2006 and is a part of the group’s leadership team. He earlier led positions of strategic and operational leadership for India’s leading business magazines like Business Today and The Hindu Business Line.

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    Leslie D'Monte

    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 Ltd. (Mint), 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 Ltd, and also part of Mint’s Leadership team. Leslie is an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow (2010-11).