Vaibhav Gupta is the Principal Lead for the India Market at Zinnov. Being an experienced strategy consultant, he manages client relationships across multiple industries such as internet/software, telecom and networking, consumer electronics & semiconductor, etc. He is also responsible for Innovation Management, Internal Innovation, Startup Accelerators and M&A, and Digital Transformation in India at Zinnov. He has been instrumental in the setup and program management of the flagship social startup accelerator, SIGMA. SIGMA is a partnership venture of Zinnov, in collaboration with the German Government as well as global MNCs with a presence in the Indian ecosystem.
Vaibhav holds a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from Nirma University, Ahmedabad, and a Masters in International Business from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. His expert articles and comments have been covered in The Telegraph, Money Control, and The Dollar Business. In the past, he has worked with Deloitte Consulting, advising TMT clients on corporate strategy, competitive intelligence, and strategic planning.
Ajeet Khurana wears many hats: author, angel investor, mentor, TEDx speaker, steering committee of the NASSCOM Start-Up Warehouse, ex-advisor to Kalaari Capital, and former CEO of IIT Bombay’s business incubator, among others. Recently he was also part of the team that created the TV show, “The Vault.”
Before all this, he was entrepreneurial twice in the field of education and web publishing. As a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, he taught ecommerce back in 1993, when the term “ecommerce” had not yet been coined. An undergrad in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, Ajeet is presently a leading name in the startup ecosystem.
From starting two ventures as a solopreneur, to helping a large number of startups with their go-to-market, he has never shied from getting his hands dirty. At the same time he has helped dozens of startups raise investment. He truly believes that small business owners are driving change in the world, and need to be facilitated as much as possible. Innumerable small businesses have gained from his attitude, vast professional networks, financial acumen and digital mindset.
Arvind Shetty brings with him over three decades of IT industry experience, and has held diverse set of roles at IBM. Arvind joined IBM in 2003, and his assignments have included leadership of the IBM Java Technology Center, the ISL Talent Development program, the Infosphere development and Cloud hosted offerings mission.
Arvind has also led the worldwide development responsibilities for a range of offerings and development missions, including the Information Server On-prem Customer Commits, IS on Hadoop, Optim, MDM, Data Replication, and Information Lifecycle and Governance. Across all his roles, Arvind has brought a rare empathy and exceptional focus to ensure customer success and employee empowerment.
In 2015, Arvind was also selected as an IBM Manager Champion, to be an advocate, role model, and mentor to managers and thought leaders, one among 50 such appointments worldwide. His current role is Director for IBM India Analytics Lab and also Responsibility for Engineering MDM & Replication portfolio worldwide.
Gagan Gupta (Serial Entrepreneur|Angel InvestorI Start-up advisorIMentor)
Gagan Gupta is a serial-entrepreneur whose first entrepreneurial stint started while he was in his teens. He is an angel investor who brings a unique perspective through his diverse experience across sectors ranging from IT to manufacturing. He is deeply committed to the startup ecosystem as an Expert panelist, Jury member, Speaker, Mentor and Advisor. Gagan provides his expertise to leading institutions, incubators and accelerators.
Gagan is a seasoned strategist with penchant for incubating business ideas and turning them into high-potential ventures. Gagan holds a boutique portfolio of 5 start-ups and is excited about his latest start-up (www.ezeeli.com) which aims at revolutionizing hyperlocal logistics space using emerging tech.
Gagan is an engineer (B.Tech Computer science) and holds a MBA degree from Global Top-10 IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. He is a member of Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network (RAIN) and TIE Rajasthan.
An angel investor, startup specialist, and trained physician are few avatars of Dr. Anu Gupta who brings a unique outlook through her 15+ years’ experience in global pharmaceutical industry and Indian hospitals. As a Charter member of TIE Hyderabad, Anu is deeply engaged with the start-up community and is on the Board of Mentors and Panel of Advisors for various incubators and accelerators including Tapchief, Z Nation Lab, Spark 10 and Times group’s Brandshoot Ventures.
Dr. Anu is an Investor member of Hyderabad Angels and Rajasthan Angel Innovator Network (RAIN) and has invested in a couple of early stage startups. Anu is regularly invited as a Speaker, Investor Delegate and Jury Panelist at various Pitching events, Startup fests and MedTech Hackathons organized by leading incubators, accelerators and institutions.
Dr. Anu has extensive experience of drug development at Novartis where she led global clinical trials of an innovative neuroscience drug at Company Headquarters in Switzerland. She undertook global leadership roles and set-up and led teams at the company’s Global Office in India. Prior to her corporate sojourn, she delivered patient care as a Pathologist in hospitals across India.
Dr. Anu Gupta holds MBBS MD Pathology degrees and she is an MBA alumnus of Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
Rohit worked for 12 years as a trader in investment banks in London focusing on mortgages and structured credit. He spent time with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Rohit completed his bachelor’s degree at Oxford University and his master’s degree at the London School of Economics.
Sandhya Shetty, Senior Consultant in Feedback Consulting is a Life Sciences and Bio Chemistry graduate. She started with sales and moved to market research eventually. With 22 years of experience under her belt in analytical market research, she has been associated with Feedback as a Senior Researcher and Consultant. She has worked across Industry verticals over 800+ projects over these 22 years. She is a key member of the Electronics Practice in Feedback Consulting and has undertaken several projects in the Smart IOT Home products and Smart Mobile Apps in India. She has a keen sense and understanding of the Indian industries and its stakeholders across sectors.
Mohan Raju, is the Chief Strategy Officer at Azuga Inc for its Global Business Division. In this role, Mohan is responsible for leading Azuga’s business interests in India & Emerging Markets by developing aggressive and locally impactful business strategies. Mohan has diverse experience of delivering in key business leadership roles for organizations like Bharti Airtel and HCL, where he has been instrumental in driving organisational growth in new verticals and markets. Mohan is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to bring sustainable & inclusive developments which can enrich lives and society.
Mohan is an Engineer in Electronics & Communications discipline and is an MBA in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.
Environmental Pollution Control Technologies, Bioremediation, Ecological Conservation, Biodiversity & Resource Management. 30 years at U.G. & P.G. in BHU, conducted a number of training programmes and U.G.C. refresher courses. Published 162 research papers including 9 books.in the reputed national & international journals i.e. British medical journal, Air Water and Soil Pollution, Chemosphere, AMBIO, Atmospheric Environment, of England, USA, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, The Netherlands and India. Projects: 10, Ph. D: 21.
Prosenjit Sarkar is a leading professional in IoT and digital space, presently working as a GM- IoT in Sify Technolgies, heading the line of business. He brings over 16 years of industry experience, working for leading Telecom & Information Technology companies. Prior to Sify , he was GM- APAC – strategy and Business development – Tata Communication responsible for OTT line of business. Before that he had long association with Airtel as Product Head – IP business, growing the business successfully to leadership position. Sify in India is enabling enterprises to jumpstart IoT services through an integrated end-to-end IoT solution. Beside, Prosenjit is also part of working group TEC – Smart City.
Lt Col Ashutosh Verma is commissioned officer in the Corp of EME. He has undergone Officers’ Advance Course in Electronics at Military College of
Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secuderabad and specialists course
of a Russian origin system from Artillery Technical Institute at Penza, Russia.
He is M Tech from IIT Kharagpur in Information Technology. He has deep
interest in AI. He has earlier spoken in Geospatial World Forum held at
Hyderabad in Jan 2017 on Trust and Explainability in AI and has a published
article on ‘Soviet era defence electronics systems’ in Electronics Bazaar. He
has earlier served in Army Technology Centre and Directorate of
Indigenization (Army). He is presently posted in the Eastern Sector.
Rajendra Singh is a highly respected social activist working with water and river issues in India. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, in 1985 he went to live in rural Rajasthan, to introduce modern education and medicine there but soon the villagers made clear their primary need was for water. Harnessing the villagers’ capacities and their traditional wisdom, Johads (small earthen
dams to trap water) were quickly built and the first fruits of these labours were realised in the very next rains when the nature began to flow again.
The area dramatically transformed, progressively becoming more productive, and healthier.
Rajendra and Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS), the organization he chairs to further this work, began in each village by persuading the Village Council, a traditional body comprised of representatives from each household, where decisions are taken by consensus, to contribute labor and materials towards building and maintaining the johads.
A M Devendranath, Vice President and Head of Electronics & Energy Practice in Feedback Consulting is an Electronics Engineer and has over 23 years of experience in the Indian Industry and has been associated with the aspect of studying and researching the Indian industry closely for the last 22 years. He has been part of over 1100+ engagements in Feedback spanning across Electricals & Electronics, Energy, Power, AC&R, and Engineering products and services. He has handled and overseen a wide range of B2B assignments encompassing various industry verticals in India and select global markets for the leading Indian and International corporations. He has been playing a pivotal role in Feedback’s delivery process and is a key member of the Management Council at Feedback Business Consulting.
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Prof. (Dr.) Sasmita Rani Samanta, is a young, dynamic , dedicated, hard working and astute administrator having one and half decades of rich and diverse experience in Administration of academic institution in various capacity.
Muthamizhchelvan has been part of SRM group since inception and has served various academic and administrative roles for the last 30 years. With 21 years of academic contribution and 10 years of Research guidance and Administrative contributions currently holds the position of Director of Faculty of Engineering and Technology.
Sreedhar M. Peesapati is a seasoned information technology professional with a solid 21 years of experience emanating from implementing technology solutions to playing managerial and leadership roles.
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Sudhakar Varanasi had his education at IIT, Kharagpur ( 1969 -74) and obtained a Ph D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. From academics he moved to the corporate world and joined the IT wave in India in 1991.