2018 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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    Raghu Raghuram

    Chief Operating Officer, 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.

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    Barak Turovsky

    Head of Product and Design, Google Translate & 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.

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    John Huffman

    CTO, Informatics, Solutions and Services of Philips Radiology Informatics


    With over 30 years of broad background experience in applied mathematics, artificial intelligence, automated logic design, image and signal processing, informatics, business plan creation, financial modeling and management, John is working as Chief Scientific Officer.As CSO, he responsible for the development, deployment and support of the data science, analytics and artificial intelligence platform and eco-system for healthcare solutions spanning the healthcare provider, ambulatory and home/consumer domains.

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    Ralf Dreischmeier

    Senior Partner & Managing Director, 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.

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    Phil Allen

    Vice-President for Sales at TomTom Maps for the 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.

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    Graeme Beardsell

    Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan Markets, Akamai Technologies


    Currently Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan Markets, Graeme leads and oversees all aspects of Sales, Business Development and Go-to-Market strategies for the entire region. With experience of over 25 years of senior management, sales, consulting and product management experience, Graeme has had an excellent track record on scaling businesses in Asia Pacific and is proven to be an effective leader, with a strong understanding of the technology landscape in Asia Pacific and beyond.

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    Oliver Schabenberger

    Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, SAS


    As Chief Technology Officer, Oliver Schabenberger leads SAS’ Research and Development division, shaping the vision for R&D employees worldwide – and providing the resources needed to produce the highest quality software in areas such as advanced analytics, business intelligence, customer intelligence, data management, fraud and security intelligence, and risk management, as well as industry-specific solutions.

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    Anish Shah

    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."

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    Kavi Arya

    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.

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    Sanjeev Sharma

    CEO & MD, ABB India Limited


    Sanjeev Sharma is the MD, ABB India Ltd wherein he is responsible for driving the next level of growth for ABB in India across across utilities, industries and infrastructure Joined ABB in 1990, he has held a number of global senior management roles & brings extensive experience in industrial automation and electrification across market segments and geographies and has led several successful change management initiatives across global operations.

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    Alok Ohrie

    President and Managing Director, Dell India


    With over 25 years' experience in the IT industry, Alok Ohrie is working as the President & MD of Dell India wherein he is responsible for driving growth for Dell’s India market, developing and delivering end-to-end solutions for global and Indian corporations, state and Governments and the consumer business, the company said in a statement. 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.

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    Karan Bajwa

    Managing Director, IBM

    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.

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    Prakash Mallya

    Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel India


    MD : Sales & Marketing Group, Prakash Mallya is responsible for all of Intel’s sales, marketing and enabling of Intel products across Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for computing products. A 16-year veteran at Intel, Mallya has held several regional roles & position of Managing Director of Southeast Asia where he led all of Intel’s sales, marketing and the enablement of Intel products across Southeast Asia.

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    Manish Singhal

    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.

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    Sauvik Banerjjee

    Vice President - 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.

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    Venkat Prasad

    Co-founder, CTO & 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.

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    Paul Meinshausen

    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.

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    V. Vaidyanathan

    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.

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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 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.

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    Rajiv Gupta

    Partner and Managing Director, 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

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    Arijit Biswas

    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

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    Shanmugh Natarajan

    Managing Director & 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.

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    Sukumar Rananathan

    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.

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    Monika Halan

    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.

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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 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).