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Chief Guest - Veneet Nayar (Founder Chairman and CEO of Sampark Foundation)

Chief Guest - Veneet Nayar

Founder Chairman and CEO of Sampark Foundation

Veneet is recognised as among the world’s foremost voices on human potential management and workplace transformation, thanks to his ground-breaking Employees First, Customers Second philosophy which puts ‘humans’ at the centre of businesses. Veneet’s implementation of EFCS at HCL Technologies, of which he was CEO (2007-2013) was a noted phenomenon in the business world; Fortune described the company as the “world’s most modern management”. His book on the same subject, titled Employees First, Customers Second has sold 100,000+ copies worldwide and is a HBP bestseller. HCLT’s innovative management practices were taught as case studies at both the Harvard and London Business Schools.

Guest of Honor - S. K. Joshi (Chief Secretary at Govt of Telangana)

Guest of Honor - S. K. Joshi

Chief Secretary at Govt of Telangana

Sri Shailendra Kumar Joshi got his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from IIT, Roorkee (1981) in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Master of Technology from IIT, Delhi (1983) in Communications and Radar Engineering and PhD (2010) from TERI School of Advanced Studies on “Inter-Governmental Fiscal Transfers and the Environment – A Study of India”.

Before joining IAS in 1984, Sri Joshi worked for 8 months in the Indian Railways Service as Signals and Telecommunications Engineer. He started the Civil Services career as Assistant Collector in Nellore. Later worked as Sub-Collector of Tenali and Vikarabad, Joint Collector and Collector of Krishna District.

As Secretary/ Principal Secretary / Special Chief Secretary the present Chief Secretary has handled the Departments of Information Technology, Irrigation and Command Area Development, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Energy, Medical and Health and Revenue in the State Government.

Guest of Honor - Jayesh Ranjan (Principal Secretary to Govt of Telangana at ITE&C Department)

Guest of Honor - Jayesh Ranjan

Principal Secretary to Govt of Telangana at ITE&C Department

Mr. Jayesh Ranjan is a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1992 batch and working in the state of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He has also done short courses in the University of Birmingham (on Environmental Policy Analysis), JICA training Institute, Tokyo (on lake remediation), London School of Economics (on Globalization and Leadership), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (in Public Policy), and Swedish Institute, Stockholm (on Sustainability and CSR). He is the All-India topper of his IAS batch of 1992.

Guest of Honor - Dr. Omkar Rai (Director General of Software Technology Parks of India)

Guest of Honor - Dr. Omkar Rai

Director General of Software Technology Parks of India

Dr. Omkar Rai is the Director General of STPI, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. Under his leadership, STPI has been providing services to IT/ITES/ESDM industry for promotion of software exports and entrepreneurship from the country. He is actively involved in various policy formulations required for the growth of industry from time to time. Before STPI, he served in National Informatics Centre in various capacities. He holds a PhD in Statistics from Banaras Hindu University.

Ravi Garikapati (Ex-CTO, Flipkart and Co-Founder & CEO of Davinta Financial Services)

Ravi Garikapati

Ex-CTO, Flipkart and Co-Founder & CEO of Davinta Financial Services

Ravi is software industry veteran. He started his career in 1988. As a CTO at Flipkart, defined and executed Shared Technology & Services vision and roadmap - helping Flipkart group reach new heights through highly scalable cloud infrastructure, robust multi-tenant platforms and highly optimised application architecture. Drove the strategic landmark partnership with Microsoft that enabled large scale investment round, on the back of deep technology Azure partnership! Led Flipkart's homegrown Data Center, Cloud Platform, Application Platform, Data Platform,ML/Insights Platform, and User Personalisation, Trust & Safety, and Security verticals.

Prior to Flipkart he was President and Chief Technology Officer at [24]7 Innovation Labs, Campbell, CA/Bangalore where he led global product and technology groups to build customer acquisition & engagement platform driven by predictive modelling hosted in the cloud.

Leslie Joseph (Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester)

Leslie Joseph

Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester

Leslie serves application development and delivery professionals. His research helps AD&D pros understand how to plan and prepare for the propagation of automated intelligence, with practical insights into technology, platforms, and sourcing strategy. Leslie covers applications, frameworks, and services around AI and robotic process automation. Leslie also helps clients understand the key dynamics in the application services market, focused on Microsoft technologies.

Shivaji Basu (Head - Robotic Process Automation, Tech BU at Tata Consultancy Services)

Shivaji Basu

Head - Robotic Process Automation, Tech BU at Tata Consultancy Services

Shivaji heads the Blockchain and Robotic Automation practice in TCS for the Technology Industry segment. He has led large scale process transformation in network and semiconductor companies in their Digital Transformation initiatives.

Shivaji was earlier heading the Research in TCS’ Global Consulting Practice, and also was the Editor of the Consulting Journal – Perspectives published by TCS. He was product manager and developer of TCS Financial Software and cloud ERP solutions. He has been ERP consultant to Automotive sector in SAP led transformations. He is also a Total Quality Assessor for TBEM, the Tata Group quality framework.

Sameer Dhanarajani (Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics)

Sameer Dhanarajani

Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics

Sameer is Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics . He is responsible for driving strategic investments and inorganic growth, lead high-priority growth initiatives and help Fractal clients on AI-led transformation of their businesses . In his previous assignment , Sameer was Global Business Leader for analytics and data sciences unit at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Previously, he was country head at Fidelity National Financial. Sameer is author of best selling book " AI and Analytics : Accelerating Business Decisions " , Four times TEDx speaker , Columnist at Forbes , YourStory , Business world , Telengana Today and is a prolific blogger on AI & Analytics . Sameer is trusted advisor on AI strategy ,transformation and execution to several Fortune 500 companies , startups , VC/PE funds , academic institutions & Government bodies.

Aman Gupta (Founder & CEO of BrickView Studios)

Aman Gupta

Founder & CEO of BrickView Studios

BrickView Studios, help businesses and brands to get ready for the inevitable future dominated by AR and VR.

Arun Kumar N T (MD & Country Head (India) and Head of Innovation at Telstra)

Arun Kumar N T

MD & Country Head (India) and Head of Innovation at Telstra

In 25 years of progressive management experience, mostly in Banking/Financial services, he has worked both with global consumers of technology and service providers. He has spent the last 6 years in UBS as global leader of Outsourcing & Offshoring, building an innovative supply-chain covering diverse functions from technology, operations, finance to risk, analytics and compliance/controls across product categories and geographies. He is now focused on FinTech, AI and all aspects of Digital at the cusp of business-technology innovation for new growth models; advising Boards, Startups and strategic Government initiatives.

Harsha Kikkeri (CEO of Holosuit Pte Ltd)

Harsha Kikkeri

CEO of Holosuit Pte Ltd

Heralding the era of casual reality powered by HoloSuit. HoloSuit is the world’s first full body motion tracking suit with haptic feedback - aka Ready Player One suit.

18 years of experience and 44 patents related to building eXtended Reality motion capture suits, aerial and ground robots with expertise in drones, motion planning, localization and mapping, mobile manipulation, computer vision, sensor fusion, machine learning,.
Virtual Reality/ MR/AR: Unity, Oculus, Samsung Gear, Hololens, Htc Vive, Google Daydream, Intel Realsense, Blender

Lata Varghese (VP & Head of Blockchain Consulting at Cognizant Technology Solutions)

Lata Varghese

VP & Head of Blockchain Consulting at Cognizant Technology Solutions

Lata Varghese heads up Cognizant’s Cross-industry Blockchain Practice. In her role as practice lead, she heads the Cognizant team providing business and technology consulting and implementation services related to the suite of transformative Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies. She focuses on business consulting, go-to-market, alliances and partnerships and thought leadership creation

She has been with Cognizant since 1996 and brings wide and varied experience across multiple geographies and services, specializing in Banking & Financial Services (BFS)

Lata obtained a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Calicut and an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management

Jayavaradhan Sambedu (Co-Founder & CTO of Curl Analytics)

Jayavaradhan Sambedu

Co-Founder & CTO of Curl Analytics

Jay is a seasoned IT professional, with over 16 years of industry experience. He has predominantly worked in Banking & Capital Markets space and has played a key role in developing Enterprise IT applications in Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Union Bank of Switzerland, Citizens Bank & Societe Generale.

In his stint, prior to Curl, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at Société Générale, where he led high-performance teams, who were involved in research, development and enterprise scaling of solutions in Blockchain, Machine Learning, Internet of Things & Augmented Reality. Jay led an industry initiative that used Distributed Ledger Technologies in unlocking value chains in Oil Trading & Agri-Commodity trading, bringing in 5X improvement in efficiency, in a multi-trillion dollar industry. This work directly led to the creation of multiple Blockchain based consortiums. He has contributed to global Blockchain standards (ISO/TC 307) by providing his views, through the Bureau of India Standards (BIS / LITD 29).

Dr. C. V. Jawahar (Professor at IIIT - Hyderabad)

Dr. C. V. Jawahar

Professor at IIIT - Hyderabad

Professor, Dean (RnD) & Amazon Chair Professor
Ph.D (IIT, Kharagpur)
Research Areas: Computer vision, machine learning, multimedia systems

Arijit Sarkar (Vice President at Google)

Arijit Sarkar

Vice President at Google

Arijit leads the global delivery for Ad campaigns. His team partners with sales teams to provide consultative services for campaign implementation, optimisation and insights across Ad platforms of Google.

The team comprises a combination of '00s of Googlers and '000s of vendor partners across 20+ sites globally and supports multi-billion $ Ad revenue. Additionally, he is also the Hyderabad site lead for Google India.

Build for Everyone - Google Careers

Raghu Gullapalli (Executive Director of the Emerging Technologies & Business Development at LVPEI)

Raghu Gullapalli

Executive Director of the Emerging Technologies & Business Development at LVPEI

Raghu is Head of Product for the LVPEI Center for Innovation's multiple initiatives, which include Quantitative Medicine, XREALM - XR Enabled Advanced Learning and Medicine and Frugal Innovation among the most prominent.

Prior to joining LVPEI, Raghu was a Venture Capitalist & Portfolio Manager for a Multi Billion Dollar Family Office, investing in Deep Technology. Before his career in Venture Capital, Raghu worked in Product with DARPA, Apple and Adidas.

Rama Iyer (President and Chief Product Officer at ELEVEN01)

Rama Iyer

President and Chief Product Officer at ELEVEN01

Rama Iyer is a renowned global thought leader in the blockchain space. He is a Sr. Advisor for State of Assam and on the global governing board of blockchain for Commonwealth Youth City, Malaysia. He is also a established thought leader in the innovation space having spearheaded T-Hub's (India's Largest Startup Ecosystem) corporate innovation charter. With over 20 years of experience in the technology & business landscape, includes specialization in open innovation, building incubators, accelerators, community and developer ecosystem, which are highly sought-after. As a result of this, he is a prominent part of several incubator programs such as T-Hub, ICRISAT iHub Incubator, the State of Assam for Incubation and Startup Policies. He is also a pronounced speaker at several innovations and entrepreneurship panels and has been part of the jury for several prestigious hackathons and startup challenges.

Shyam Kumar Doddavula (AVP, Head of AI, Blockchain & Cyber Security Centers of Excellence, Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions at Infosys Ltd)

Shyam Kumar Doddavula

AVP, Head of AI, Blockchain & Cyber Security Centers of Excellence, Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions at Infosys Ltd

Shyam is a technologist with 22 years’ experience in incubating emerging technology solutions for business innovation and operational excellence. He has broad experience across multiple emerging technologies including Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics and IoT. Shyam is currently part of the Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions (iCETS) and heads AI, Blockchain and Cyber Security Centers of Excellence.

Shyam heads AI & Cognitive Services CoE which is developing Cognitive Automation and Cognitive Insights solutions using Machine learning algorithms. His team is exploring emerging trends in the deep learning space like Deep Reinforcement Learning, Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), Explainable AI (XAI), Bayesian Deep Learning, AutoML and so on.

Vijay Karna (Senior Director & Certified Chief Architect of Campgemini)

Vijay Karna

Senior Director & Certified Chief Architect of Campgemini

Over 24 years of experience in ERP Account, Program, Project Management, Application Design & Development, Solution Management and Practice Building; successfully set up CoE & PMO. Rich experience of large, strategic deals ($100mn +), presales for Application Outsourcing deals focused on increasing win-ratio by providing transformational value proposition and radical solutions and Expertise in Application Maintenance & Development (ADM) readiness assessment using best in class tools, methodologies & standards.

Jignesh Talisala (Co-Founder & CEO of Loop Reality)

Jignesh Talisala

Co-Founder & CEO of Loop Reality

Mastered the art of creating immersive assessments through contextual simulations & non-contextual games in VR. With a passionate team of Hackers & Psychologists, innovating the ways to effectively assess personality, behavior & cognitive abilities of a candidate to find his/her true potential & culture fit, at a modern workplace.

Being one of the pioneers in Indian VR scene, Jignesh has been advising innovation teams of MNCs and Govt. organizations, to find immediate ways for technology adoption. He has also taken a long journey of creating awareness and evangelizing the technology by building a VR/AR community through BonfireVR.