Board of Mentors

Ajay Phatak
Ajay Phatak
Vice President & Pune Centre Head at Harman International
Ajay Phatak
Ajay Phatak
Vice President & Pune Centre Head at Harman International
Location: Pune, India

Ajay Phatak is the Vice President & Pune Centre Head at Harman International. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Jopasana group of companies, a software products development group located in Pune. Jopasana was acquired by CoreObjects, which was subsequently bought out by Symphony Services.

With 17 years as a CEO and 3 years as the Business Unit Head, his experience lies in developing and executing business for product companies as well as product development services companies dealing with high technology and Industry OEM customers. Some of the focus industries include - Process & Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, Automotive. Ajay has worked with customers ranging from high tech start ups to multi billion $ global corporations. His strengths lie in product management and business development. Substantial work in the area of architecting real time software products and solutions. Excellent cross disciplinary background in both engineering and computer science.

He is involved in two not-for-profit organizations working in the area of ecology and environment as a Trustee. He is a trustee & faculty at the ecological society and teaches ecological economics, Business in society and sustainability.

He is an invited speaker at several events on topics ranging from Technology, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Ecological Economics. In December 2009, he was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award by Indian Institute of technology, Bombay. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in Computer Sciences and Masters in Computer Sciences from University of Pune.

Ananda Sen Gupta
Ananda Sen Gupta
Independent Strategy Consultant
Ananda Sen Gupta
Ananda Sen Gupta
Independent Strategy Consultant
Location: Gurgaon, India

Ananda is an Independent Consultant, who provides consulting services in Business Strategy, Marketing and Telecommunications Software & Technology space. Ananda comes with fifteen years of hands-on experience, most of it with Agilent Technologies in the US and Asia, covering product management, marketing, business development, sales and delivery of a range of Telecommunications related software and hardware products. Ananda has also held leadership roles in an international Telecommunications industry forum - MPLS Forum - and has delivered papers and chaired sessions at several international conferences. Ananda has experience of managing Indian operations of a U.S. company, Objective Systems Integrators, including running Asia sales and business development, technology direction setting and running day to day operations, as well as overseeing running customer projects. Ananda is also founder of Shruti Healthcare, a provider of IT consulting services in the Healthcare sector.

Ananda holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Anil Apte
Anil Apte
Senior Vice President
Extentia Information Technology
Anil Apte
Anil Apte
Senior Vice President
Extentia Information Technology
Location: Pune, India

Anil Apte is a seasoned IT professional with 28 years of hands-on experience in Software Product Development, Project/Program management and Architecture Management. He is currently the Senior Vice President at Extentia Information Technology in Pune, where he is responsible for Engineering, Delivery, Innovation & Relationship Management in IT projects and providing Project/Program/Portfolio governance in a Lean/Agile environment.

Anil is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1980) and is based in Pune, India.

Anu Acharya
Anu Acharya
CEO, Mapmygenome
Anu Acharya
Anu Acharya
CEO, Mapmygenome
Location: Hyderabad, India

Anu Acharya is currently the CEO at Mapmygenome, a molecular diagnostics company to make people proactive about their health. She is also the Founder & Former CEO of OcimumBiosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics. Since founding the company in 2000, she has led the company through three strategic international acquisitions, two capital raises for equity investments and launch of several innovative products, solutions and services through its proprietary platform called RaaS (Research as a Service). She was recently named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum for its class of 2011. She was selected by Red Herring Magazine to the list of "25 Tech Titans under 35" in 2006, has been named Biospectrum "Entrepreneur of the Year" for 2008 and has been awarded the Astia Life Science Innovators Award in the same year. She currently serves as a governing board member at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), the premier R&D Organization in India and also a governing board member at the NIBMG (National Institute for Biomedical Genomics).

Anu holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from IIT Kharagpur and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

Anwer Khan
Anwer Khan
Director at Deloitte
Touche Tohmatsu
Anwer Khan
Anwer Khan
Director at Deloitte
Touche Tohmatsu

A Healthcare Strategy and Technology Executive with extensive experience in designing and implementing IT strategies and IT architectures, as well as comprehensive Project Management Offices and Change Management programs for numerous Healthcare and Life Science organizations. Anwer has led and performed on teams that have developed and deployed solutions that were integral for process re-engineering, infrastructure assessment, work flow redesign, supply chain management, metadata management, knowledge management, e-business and e-commerce, standards alignment, and clinical software development. Furthermore, he has published and presented papers regarding utilization management and metadata management within the healthcare industry. He also holds several patents relevant to healthcare data management and is often interviewed by leading industry analysts on healthcare informatics topics.

He is currently a Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Prior to that, he was a Partner and Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice Director at West Monroe Partners. He has held various management roles at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, IBM Global Business Services, and Synergy Healthcare etc.

Babu Sivadasan
Babu Sivadasan
Group President,
Envestnet Retirement
Solutions
Babu Sivadasan
Babu Sivadasan
Group President,
Envestnet Retirement
Solutions

Mr. Sivadasan is currently the Group President of Envestnet Retirement Solutions (NYSE:ENV) and has been with Envestnet since its inception.Mr. Sivadasan is a serial entrepreneur and has a distinguished record working with other entrepreneurs, turning ideas intoinnovative companies, and delivering solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience in global software and service delivery models and co-ordination of engineering andoperational activities across geographically distributed groups. He also is experienced in leading architecture, design, anddevelopment for large projects. For the past fifteen years, his focushas been on cloud, e-commerce and mobile applications. He has acted as a lead architect and programmer for Hewlett-Packard, where he worked on building a Java Virtual machine and anembedded application delivery platform. He was also the founding Chief Technology Officer for few start-up companies, includingStamps.com (STMP). Sivadasan has also worked as a technologyconsultant for application infrastructure companies like Quest Software and financial services companies like Discover.

Mr.Sivadasan is an active angel investor and enjoys guiding andmentoring entrepreneurs. In addition, Mr. Sivadasan serves as a venture advisor to few Venture Capital firms.Sivadasan holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Kerala University, India.

Dr. B.V. Phani
Dr. B.V. Phani
Dean of Resources
& Alumni, IIT Kanpur
Dr. B.V. Phani
Dr. B.V. Phani
Dean of Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur
Location: Kanpur, India

Dr. B.V. Phani is currently the Dean Of Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur. He is also the visiting faculty at the National Entrepreneurship Network and is a recipient of the London Business School A.V. Birla award for doctoral research and the National Stock Exchange Research Initiative award for Research. Dr. Phani is also involved in intellectual property management and spearheads the patenting and technology transfer activity at IIT Kanpur.

Key assignments handled by Dr. Phani are
1. Professor, Finance and Entrepreneurship:Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME)
2. Associate Dean Innovation & Incubation (ADII): Office of Research and Development (R&D)
3. Coordinator: SIDBI Innovation Incubation Center (SIIC)
4. Coordinator: Syndicate Bank Entrepreneurship Research and Training Center (SBERTC)
5. Chairman: Investment Committee

Prof. Phani holds a PhD from IIM Calcutta in Finance and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Deep Kalra
Deep Kalra
Chairman, CEO &
Founder, MakeMyTrip
Deep Kalra
Deep Kalra
Chairman, CEO & Founder, MakeMyTrip

Mr. Kalra is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Makemytrip.com Inc. He founded MakeMyTrip Limited in April 2000 and serves as its Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kalra has over 18 years of experience in e-commerce, sales, corporate finance and financial analysis. He has established and built up India's most successful online travel company. He has been associated with One97 Communications Limited since January 2010. Prior to MakeMyTrip, he worked with leading multinational companies in India in senior capacities. He served with General Electric Company's subsidiary, GE Capital as Vice President, Business Development. After starting his career with ABN AMRO Bank in the corporate banking division, he established and managed AMF Bowling Inc.'s South Asian operations. He serves as a Director of Travogue Electronic Travel Private Limited, International Web Travel Private Limited and MakeMyTrip (India) Pvt.Ltd. He has been an Independent Director at One97 Communications Limited since January 15, 2010. He serves as a Director of IndiaMARTInterMESH Limited. He serves as Chairman of Internet working group of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India. He serves on the Board of TiE, Delhi. He is a Member of the executive council of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

Mr. Kalra has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

Harsh Chitale
Harsh Chitale
CEO - Philips Lighting Solutions,
Member of Board of Directors at
HCL Healthcare Ltd.
Harsh Chitale
Harsh Chitale
CEO - Philips Lighting Solutions,
Member of Board of Directors, HCL Healthcare Ltd.
Location: New Delhi, India

Mr. Harshavardhan M. Chitale is currently the CEO of Philips Lighting Solutions - South Asia and the Member of the Board of Directors at HCL Healthcare Ltd. Previously, he was MD and CEO of HCL Infosystems Limited. He moved to HCL after a successful stint at Honeywell Process Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc. where he led the business for the North and South America region. Prior to that, he was responsible for Strategy and Global Marketing for Honeywell Process Solutions. Harsh has a wealth of experience as a senior business leader with rich business management experience in both Indian and global companies. He has handled various large System Integration and Lifecycle services businesses. Passionate about technology solutions, Harsh believes that people are the most important part of the transformation process and key to growth and success of any company.

Harsh is a recipient of the Director's Gold Medal at IIT Delhi, from where he completed his Electrical Engineering and thereafter started his career with TATAs in TATA Administration services (TAS).

Krishnan Neelakantan
Krishnan Neelakantan
Senior Director,
Ankur Capital Fund
Krishnan Neelakantan
Krishnan Neelakantan
Senior Director, Ankur Capital Fund
Location: Mumbai, India

Krishnan Neelakantan has been the Senior Director at Ankur Capital Fund since joining them in August, 2015. He was previously the Managing Director at Samhita Social Ventures, having made the move to the social development sector after 17 years in the financial markets. His career in equity markets started at ICICI Securities in 1995, but the bulk of his experience was with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, the top-rated house for foreign institutional investors (FIIs) investing in India. During this period, he built up extensive expertise on all key sectors as he evolved from being an investment analyst for the metals, engineering and power sectors to becoming equity market strategist and then Head of India Research for almost five years from 2007. His team was rated #1 in both the Asiamoney and Institutional Investor polls in 2009 and 2011 and he too was regularly ranked in the top two positions for Equity Strategy, including being voted #2 analyst in India in the 2010 AsiaMoney Poll. His started his working life as a shop floor engineer at Indian Aluminium, Calcutta.

Krishnan has a B.Tech degree from IIT, Bombay and did his Post-graduation in Business Management from the XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur.

Lalit Yagnik
Lalit Yagnik
IT Veteran
Lalit Yagnik
Lalit Yagnik
IT Veteran

Lalit Yagnik is an ICT expert with over 25+ years experience working globally. In various roles as a technologist, technology & solutions evangelist, architect, incubator, entrepreneur and mentor, Lalit has managed to generate acceptance of newer solutions in the market and create skills and technical leadership required to successfully assimilate and execute these technologies for the customers.

Lalit joined IBM in Australia. He was posted as the Technology Director at SingaLab (an IBM Joint Venture with Singapore government) to transform an R&D company incubated in National University of Singapore to a leading-edge client solutions company. He was also tasked to create an innovation center for e-business solutions for India and global market. In both these roles, he developed first-of-a-kind solutions while creating and leading a team of young technologists. More recently, Lalit worked on Big Data and IBM’s Smarter Planet Solutions that included CAMS (Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social). He was part of the ninety people global leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology.

After leaving IBM in early 2014, Lalit has been mentoring technology growth companies in their entrepreneal drive with innovative solutions.

Lalit holds a Computer Science degree from BITS Pilani, Master of Business from RMIT Australia and Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Makarand Phadke
Makarand Phadke
Sr. Vice President, Innovations
Reliance Industries Ltd
Makarand Phadke
Makarand Phadke
Senior Vice President, Innovations
Reliance Industries Ltd
Location: Pune, India

Makarand Phadke started his industrial career with Rohm & Haas Company in Philadelphia in their Research Department (1984-1994). He is the author two US Patents and several publications. He worked with Thermax Ltd. in Pune, India from 1994 through 2003. Starting as Manager Marketing, he was involved a variety of roles eventually heading the Chemical business. He was also a member of the Executive council of Thermax Ltd. He was with Aquapharm Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Pune as CEO (2003-2005). Currently, Makarand is with Reliance Industries, Ltd., where he leads the Innovation Leadership Centre (RIL-C) in Pune, India. Dr.Phadke industrial experience has covered research and development, marketing, sales, and business leadership.

MakarandPhadke received a Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 1980 and MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.

Pankaj Agrawal
Pankaj Agrawal
Director, Apextend
Advisors Pvt Ltd
Pankaj Agrawal
Pankaj Agrawal
Director, Apextend
Advisors Pvt Ltd

Pankaj Agrawal is the founder of Apextend Advisors Pvt. Ltd, which provides niche advisory services in the areas of Strategy and Optimization of Enterprise IT, Information Security, Risk Management, Enterprise Mobility and e-Governance. Clients include top global MNCs, large Indian business conglomerates and CEOs of mid-size Indian companies.

Pankaj also advises the Technology and Security Advisory practice of Grant Thornton India LLP, a leading global consulting firm.

Pankaj has 27 years of industry experience as CIO, CISO and ICT Business Head in global organizations in India, UK, USA and Middle East. He last served at Aircel Ltd (2008-2013) as CISO and National Head of IT Governance. He was responsible for governance of Strategic IT outsourcing partner of INR 400 Cr. Annual budget, Aircel IT strategy, setting up an Industry-first Balanced Scorecard of complete IT and revitalizing the IT effectiveness across Aircel. As CISO, in the highly regulated Indian Telecom Industry he was responsible for Aircel-wide Information Security, Privacy, Risk Management and was the Single Point of Contact for Govt, Regulatory Authorities (TRAI) and Industry Body COAI for all Security matters. Pankaj led Aircel to win the prestigious Nasscom-DSCI Excellence Award for security-2012.

Pankaj has earlier served at Ernst & Young (2004-2008) for IT Advisory, and was the 'outsourced' CIO of India's largest e-Governance Program – Income Tax transformation, Ministry of Finance, monitored by the Prime Minister's office. He also designed the IT outsourcing strategy and processes for a top global oil company in ME, and e-Governance roadmaps for the Chief Ministers of Delhi, MP and Maharashtra.

Prior to E&Y, Pankaj served Siemens Information Systems Ltd, now ATOS (1999-2004), where he Program Managed Europe's largest technology transformation program in the Financial Services domain in UK, with global teams. He led the award-winning workflow and imaging project of HDFC Standard Life and also led the UP Forestry World Bank project with consortium partner UN-FAO. Pankaj has led several e-Gov programs at CMC Ltd, now TCS (1987-99), including the Urban Land Development Authorities, which was later show-cased as 'e-Governance whitepaper' by TCS.

Pankaj has been honoured with several national and international awards. He is frequently invited as speaker by CIO, CISO, ISACA and HR forums.

Pramod Maheshwari
Pramod Maheshwari
Founder, Career Point
Pramod Maheshwari
Pramod Maheshwari
Founder, Career Point
Location: Kota, Rajasthan, India

Mr. Pramod Maheshwari founded Career Point Limited in 1993 and serves as its Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He founded Career Point to impart quality education for engineering & medical aspirants. He served as a Director of Academic at Career Point Infosystems Ltd. For 15 years. His passion & excellence for guiding students to achieve the epitome of success in various competitive examinations has given coaching a new dimension in India. He has been a Director of Career Point Limited since March 2000. He pioneered the Kota Coaching System and introduced the concept of group coaching in India. He is the mentor of thousands of IITians, IITians, Doctors and Scholars. He is nationally renowned for developing and implementing the effective teaching and learning methodologies to get the maximum output in competitive examinations. As a career author and counsellor, he writes for various publications, leading news dailies and conducts seminars & workshops.

He received his B.Tech degree from IIT Delhi in 1993.

Pramod Saxena
Pramod Saxena
Founder, MD, Oxigen
Services India
Pramod Saxena
Pramod Saxena
Founder, MD, Oxigen Services India
Location: New Delhi, India

Pramod Saxena is the Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Oxigen Services (India) Pvt. Limited. Oxigen - A company that has fast grown into India's First and Largest single point Payment Solution provider for a large bouquet of services. Using an IT enabled platform, Oxigen connects to over 100,000 customer touch points(retail outlets and chains), aggregating services from 40+ brands, Oxigen has 30 million + transactions per month. This is apart from its strong online & on mobile prescence in the merchant payments space.

A Chemical Engineer from IIT Roorkee, Pramod worked in various capacities spanning over 33 years and largely associated with DCM Group, Essar Group and Motorola. His rich and varied experience spans Telecom, BPO, Steel, Petro Chemicals & Fertilizer industries where he had held responsibilities for acquisitions and mergers, setting up green field projects, joint ventures and managing business operations.As part of Senior Management team of Essar group for over 10 years, Pramod has been responsible for many business ventures viz.,

  • Setting- up of a 4.0 Mil Ton Iron Ore Pelletization project at Vizag;
  • M & A for a textile mill in Mauritius and 33% equity stake in Italian Steel Major ILVA;
  • Setting-up of the Cellular Mobile business;
  • Acquisition and management of BPL cellular business and its transition to Hutch Essar JV;
  • Management of Aegis BPO business in USA/India during its initial years of operation. Pramod was President (Continental India) for Motorola Inc. from 1998 - 2004 and as the Executive Director, Asia Pacific Global Telecom Solutions Sector, Motorola India, he led Motorola to be the leading cellular (GSM & CDMA) infrastructure provider in the region with 40% share of the market and many fold growth in the revenues. Having been associated with the Indian Telecom for nearly 18 years, Pramod has also played a key role in the industry having co-chaired FICCI's Telecom Committee for many years.

Raman Bindlish
Raman Bindlish
Product Marketing,
Broadcom Limited
Raman Bindlish
Raman Bindlish
Product Marketing, Broadcom Limited
Location: Bay Area, California, US

Raman Bindlish is currently working with Broadcom Limited, where is responsible for the connectivity combo product (WLAN / BT) product management and marketing for key OEMs including Apple and Samsung. Previously, he was working in semiconductor industry for more than 11 years specializing in mobile devices design and software solutions. He has been instrumental in bringing more than a dozen smartphones, tablets and consumer devices to the market. For past few years he has been involved in working with top tier OEMs and various mobile ecosystem and software partners in designing next generation mobile solutions including platforms, apps and services.

Raman is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Raman Venkatesh
Raman Venkatesh
Senior Vice President
& SBU CEO, Eureka Forbes
Raman Venkatesh
Raman Venkatesh
Senior Vice President & SBU CEO
Eureka Forbes
Location: Bangalore, India

Dr. Raman Venkatesh serves as the SBU CEO and the Senior Vice President of Technology & Corporate Development, and is a member of the Core Leadership Team of Eureka Forbes Limited. He has been serving in this role since December 2008 and comes from a distinguished background in global water treatment industry, spanning both large and small companies in U.S., Europe and India. In 2010, he was given additional charge as CEO of a strategic business unit that now generates $100 million/year in revenues. He is on the Board of Directors of three companies in India. Dr.Venkatesh is the recipient of the prestigious American Hero of Chemistry award for an innovative drinking water treatment technology implemented across the USA.

He earned a B.E. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani (India) followed by M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh (USA), where he won the Outstanding Graduate Student award. He also earned an Executive MBA degree from the Katz School of Business at University of Pittsburgh, where he won the Dean’s special recognition for his achievements. He has attended advanced management programs on M&A and Strategic Alliances in Harvard Business School and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He has authored 10 international and Indian patents and has more than 30 citations in peer reviewed journals, international conferences and reputed magazines. He has given several invited lectures at leading universities and organizations in U.S. and India.

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan
Ramakrishnan
Vaidyanathan
Modelling and
Optimization Engineer,
Shell Global
Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan
Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan
Modelling and Optimization Engineer, Shell Global

Professional Summary:

  • 6+ years of oil and gas industry experience providing model-based solutions to improve operation, reliability, safety, and performance of downstream and upstream assets
  • Expertise in process control, optimization and reliability
  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of refining, chemicals and gas processing technology and business drivers
  • Previously, President of Anand Charity, a non-profit organisation based in the USA and raising funds locally to execute education and healthcare related projects in India

Education:

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2007
  • Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, India, 2003

Ravi Dhariwal
Ravi Dhariwal
Co-Founder, Sagacito
Technologies Pvt Ltd
Ex CEO and ED, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd.
Ravi Dhariwal
Ravi Dhariwal
Co-Founder at Sagacito Technologies Private Limited
Senior Advisor at TPG Growth
Former CEO and Executive Director, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd.

Mr. Ravindra Dhariwal is the Co-Founder at Sagacito Technologies Private Limited and also serves as the Senior Advisor at TPG Growth. He is also the Former Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited. He also served as the Executive Director for Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited.

Mr. Dhariwal served as a Vice President of Franchise for SE Asia at PepsiCo International. He has held various positions at companies like Hindustan Lever Limited, RexonaProp. Limited, Sydney, Pepsi Foods Industries. He has been a Non- Executive Director of Entertainment Network (India) Ltd. since December 31, 2002. He serves as a Director of Times Infotainment Media Ltd. and Times Journal India Pvt. Ltd. He served as a Director of Sandesh Ltd. since July 30, 2007 until March 14, 2013.

Mr. Dhariwal studied B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Rishi Srivastava
Rishi Srivastava
Director, Shelf Drilling
Rishi Srivastava
Rishi Srivastava
Director, Shelf Drilling
Location: Dubai, UAE

Rishi Srivastava is the Director of Maintenance, Engineering & Technical Services at Shelf Drilling. He joined Transocean in 2004 and has since then spent the last 9 years in the Offshore Drilling Industry across the globe in various roles in Operations, HR & Asset Management. In 2012, Transocean divested its Shallow Water Rigs to a PE Group Consortium and Rishi joined the new company to take on the next challenge of setting up maintenance processes, systems and field support teams for the newly formed 38 rig jack up company.

Rishi holds a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and is pursuing his General Management Program from Harvard Business School (HBS)

Rohit Toshniwal
Rohit Toshniwal
Co-founder, Arkin Net
Rohit Toshniwal
Rohit Toshniwal
Co-founder, Arkin Net

Rohit is the Co-founder and Vice President, Engineering at Arkin Net where he is building products to bring Google-search like simplicity to the Software-Defined Datacenter. His specialities include datacenters, enterprise architectures, cloud computing, network solutions, operating systems, network architecture, software security. He previously worked as the Engineering Director at VMware in San Francisco and later in Pune. He has also worked with Blue Lane Technologies, Corona Networks and Cisco Systems.

He completed his Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1999.

Sanjeev Shriya
Sanjeev Shriya
Founder Owner - Smart
Chip Limited
Sanjeev Shriya
Sanjeev Shriya
Founder Owner - Smart
Chip Limited

Sanjeev Shriya is the Founder of Smart Chip - a biometrics, smart card and digital securities company that is among the top 10 companies in the space. Sanjeev has spearheaded the smart cards & biometric movement in India and has helped create policies, processes and solutions that have impacted millions across the globe.He is the Managing Director of Smart Chip and Syscom – India's leading manufacturer and market leader in the business of Smart Cards and SIM cards.

Sanjeev is the President of The Smart Card Forum of India (SCAFI) - a non-profit, multi-industry organization, promoting the wide spread acceptance of multiple-application smart card technology in India and overseas. He has been actively involved in the establishment of National Standards for Interoperability of Smart Cards in India for Driving Licenses, National ID's and other similar national initiatives. He has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications, Wireless and Technology space, and was the Charter President of the TiE Uttar Pradesh Chapter. Colleagues at Smart Chip and Syscom see him as a ' visionary and great motivator.'

He completed his FCA and Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Sushil Dharmarha
Sushil Dharmarha
Director, Polarities
Co. Ltd.
Sushil Dharmarha
Sushil Dharmarha
Director, Polarities
Co. Ltd.

A driven professional with wide ranging experience in Back-office Outsourcing; Business Process Design; Information Planning; and Application Design & Development.

Sushil's domain & technology skills are sourced as much from diverse consulting engagements as from his experiences in managing a consulting & outsourcing firm in Japan for the last 17 years. Sushil has always maintained a business focus while servicing clients. His holistic, cross-functional perspective has been the key to his success in delivering quality business solutions with a high ROI.

Sushil graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and spent the early years of his career at IBM Australia followed by HP India. He came to Japan in 1993 and established Polarities in 1996 with the objective of bringing the advantage of information technology to small & medium sized international businesses in Japan. He has directed IT initiatives across a wide variety of functional domains & technologies.

Since 2007 Sushil has been working towards a vision of Japan that is open and welcoming to foreigners wishing to come here to work. Towards this vision, Polarities provides operational outsourcing services to overseas service companies enabling them to execute assignments in Japan without the hassles of establishing & operating a local entity.

Uday Bhaskarwar
Uday Bhaskarwar
Founder, CEO,
Thinking Hut
Uday Bhaskarwar
Uday Bhaskarwar
Founder, CEO, Thinking Hut
Location: Pune, India

Uday Bhaskarwar is a seasoned IT professional with over 21 years of global experience. He has a deep understanding of the ever changing Business and IT landscape. Uday is the founder and CEO of Thinking Hut, a consulting, product and services company with focus on healthcare and logistics sectors. He is on the board of OCHFL(http://www.ochfl.com), a housing finance company under license from NHB. His responsibilities include business planning, strategy, processes and IT. Earlier, he was Vice President and Head of Sales with India Business of Infosys. Before that, he led the DHL & Deutsche Post relationship for Infosys for close to 10 years. He built DP/DHL as one of the largest clients of Infosys and was a significant contributor to Infosys's growth in 2000s. During his tenure at Infosys, Uday worked across the continents, led very large accounts, built large teams and helped penetrate new geographies.

He is a B. Tech. in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering from IIT-BHU. His strengths lie in strategy development, business planning, building teams and setting up operations.

Ujjwal Sinha
Ujjwal Sinha
Vice President,
Enterprise Business
Intelligence, Target India
Ujjwal Sinha
Ujjwal Sinha
Vice President, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Target India
Location: Bangalore, India

Ujjwal Sinha is the Vice President of Enterprise Business Intelligence for Target India. In his current role, he is responsible for all analytical functions, predictive analytics, optimization, big data, data quality, business intelligence and reporting across all business functions. Ujjwal is a strategist, marketer and technologist with 20 years of experience in the software industry. His expertise spans consumer, enterprise, analytics, cloud-based applications and business intelligence. His experience in the software industry spans product development, product management, product marketing, sales, business strategy, P&L management, and metrics based operational excellence. He has also advised several corporations and venture capitalist firms on various deals and investment decisions. Prior to joining Target, he held various leadership roles in global organizations like Salesforce.com, Microsoft, Digitas, McKinsey & Company to name a few.

Ujjwal holds a PhD and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Yogesh Andlay
Yogesh Andlay
Managing Director,
Nucleus Software
Engineers
Yogesh Andlay
Yogesh Andlay
Managing Director,
Nucleus Software
Engineers

Yogesh Andlay is a serial entrepreneur and is the Founder, MD of Nucleus Software. He is also on the Board of the School for Inspired Leadership. He holds a B Tech from IIT Delhi.

Prashant Nedungadi
Prashant Nedungadi
Founder & CEO,
nimblecommerce.com
Prashant Nedungadi
Prashant Nedungadi
Founder & CEO, nimblecommerce.com
Location: Santa Clara, CA

Prashant is NimbleCommerce's founding CEO and has been instrumental in guiding the direction of the company's e-commerce platform and network strategy. He brings more than 18 years of industry experience to the table; 12 years of that in the e-commerce and online shopping sector. Prior to founding NimbleCommerce, he founded IMShopping and was co-founder and CTO of Andale, the largest 3rd party e-commerce service provider for small businesses. Under Prashant's leadership, Andale grew to have more than 1.5 million online sellers and generated millions of dollars in annual revenues. Prashant's background uniquely qualifies him to understand both market demands and the customer perspective.

Prashant holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master's in electrical engineering from Stanford University. When not leading a rowdy bunch of Nimblers, Prashant can be found golfing.

Ajay Muttreja
Ajay Muttreja
Member of Board at
Tecnova India Pvt. Ltd &
Somero India
AjayMuttreja
Ajay Muttreja
Member of Board at
Tecnova India Pvt. Ltd &
Somero India

Ajay has 30 years of management experience in India-entry strategy consulting, cross-border public and private sector partnership development, business transformation and complex technology transfers. His strong understanding of global business practices combined with deep knowledge of the Indian regulatory landscape has enabled him to help more than 1,000 multi-national companies achieve transformational growth and long-term success in India. He has vast experience in every major sector and functional area, with a specialization in technology, healthcare, consumer goods, energy and. manufacturing.

In 29 years at Tecnova India, Ajay transformed the company from one that sold French technologies in India to one of the leading India-entry strategy consulting companies. He was part of 2,500+ global client engagements, providing end-to-end solutions, spanning consulting, advisory, incubation, partnership and implementation. He managed relationships with over 1,000 global companies and 2,000+ CXOs from US, Europe and Japan. Ajay also established and led the executive search firm Boyden's franchise operations in Delhi, launched a startup incubator in association with Wharton Business School and State of Pennsylvania, and pioneered Tecnova's expansion into the North America and Europe. In the span of one year as CEO, Ajay turned the company around, brought it back to profitability and established a culture of talent excellence and leadership development.

Ajay currently sits on the advisory and board of Indian operations of several global companies, including American companies like Pfingsten Partners and Somero Enterprises and the Swiss company, Biodenta.

Prior to Tecnova, Ajay was the Industrial Advisor to the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan for over 2 years. During that time, he worked closely with the Minster of Trade, Industry and Mines to draft Bhutan's first Industrial Policy. He also led negotiations to secure more than US$ 250 Million funds from UNIDO, World Bank and CDC for new Industrial & Mining projects in addition to serving as the Alternate Director to the Chairman on 17 joint-sector projects. Ajay also spent over 4 years as the Executive of Packaging Machinery at Metal Box, where he was responsible for launching high-value global turnkey contracts in India and USSR.

Ajay holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Farooq Oomerbhoy
Farooq Oomerbhoy
FAO Ventures
Farooq Oomerbhoy
Farooq Oomerbhoy
FAO Ventures
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Farooq Oomerbhoy is an experienced businessman and one of the most well-known, active early stage investors. He is credited with being one of the first few Investors to invest in the Venture space in India, which enabled him to be a Co-Founder of Orios Venture Partners, India's largest domestically raised Venture Capital fund with a corpus of US$50M. Orios has been an Investor in companies such as Zostel, Ziffi, Sapience, Zapstitch, MyWash, Yumist, CashCare, Epoise, IntelligenceNode & ors.

Before Orios, Farooq was a founder of the Indian Angel Network, Mumbai Chapter (Asia's largest Angel Investor Network). He has personally invested in over 16 Indian early stage companies, which have received further funding from funds such as Sequoia, Tenaya, Nexus Ventures, NEA, Matrix, Qualcomm and PCCW. Some of his successful Investments include Druva, Jigsee, PrettySecrets, BirdsEye, Zeel, PescaFresh, FabAlley, CareOnGo and many more. As a founding member of Indian Angel Network Farooq evaluated over 300 businesses plans & mentored over 50 companies.

He is very active in the Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem and a mentor to many small scale businesses in India. Farooq has looked out for strong startups which look to identify an opportunities which meet the growing consumer demand. Farooq also has a strong background of business management, strategy and branding as a part of his family portfolio of branded Edible Oil products.

Post graduation, Farooq was chosen to be part of the prestigious Lord Mountbatten Scholarship Programme, at UBS Investment Bank. Farooq was a Dean Scholar and attained his Bachelor of Science from Bryant University majoring in Finance & Economics and is a Graduate of the Executive Program in General Management with MIT Sloan.