Opening Keynote Speaker
Paul Raddon is the Head of Operations, Global Service Centres, based in Hyderabad, India.
Operations colleagues provide processing, oversight and delivery of services for customers of HSBC’s global businesses, and a majority of them work in a network of GSCs across India, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Poland, which is led by Paul.
Since joining the HSBC Group in 1986, Paul has worked in various Operations and IT roles across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America.
Describing himself as 'change focused and customer obsessed’, Paul has managed several transformation programmes including standardising the operating model and systems across a number of regions, and leading HSBC Group’s divestiture programme as Head of the Regional Transaction Office. Previous to his current role, Paul was the Head of Operations for MENAT, based in Dubai.
Pullela Gopichand is a former Indian badminton player who is currently the Chief National Coach of the Indian Badminton team. Gopichand won the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001 and became the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. He started the Gopichand Badminton Academy and is a recipient of the Arjuna Award (1999), the Dronacharya Award (2009) and the Padma Bhushan – India's third highest civilian award – in 2014.
Some of the top badminton players coached by him include Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Srikanth Kidambi, Arundhati Pantawane, Gurusai Datt and Arun Vishnu.
Working as a bureaucrat in Adilabad, one of the most backward districts in Telangana, has always been a challenging task. But, it has its own perks if you love the region and its people. As District Collector Divya Devarajan has not just left her mark with her administrative acumen but also became a popular bureaucrat among all sections of the society. Ethnic tribes, in particular, opened up to her and gradually she became one of their family members over a period of time. Divya Devarajan today serves as Secretary and Commissioner for Women, Child, Disabled and Senior Citizens department.
IFS officer Priyanka Varghese, working in the office of the principal chief conservator of forests, was appointed as officer-on-special duty in the chief minister’s office in 2014 to monitor the Telangana Harita Haram programme. She oversees meetings/inspections with all implementing agencies from time to time and brief the chief minister to ensure that the programme achieves its set goals.
Venkatesh Murthy is the founder and Chief Mentor of Youth for Seva (YFS), a volunteering organisation that works with youth on projects for social change. YFS is present in over 25 cities across India with projects in sectors like literacy for underprivileged kids, healthcare awareness, environment and aiding differently abled.
Vinay Leads HR Business Partner function for the IT business of Tech Mahindra globally. He also lead the region HR for all geographies other than North America and Europe. Prior to the current HR role, led the delivery excellence (Six Sigma, CMMI, and other models) for a decade.
Mr. Krishna Deevi is the Head - Corporate Social Responsibility, Cyient Ltd., (formerly Infotech Enterprises Ltd.,) an organization providing leading-edge engineering research and development (ER&D) services. In the present role, responsible for Cyient Global CSR initiatives and maintain all government and industry relationships.
Vikas is a Human Resources professional with more than two decades of experience across diverse industries in driving people strategy.
In his current role, he helps catalyze growth by leading change and creating avenues to position brand Deloitte internally and in the marketplace. He also act as a mentor and advisor to talent, enabling, and business teams across geographies on matters related to people strategy, people analytics, organization transformation, and employer branding.
Strategic Global Delivery Executive, capable of managing complex and diversified technology and infrastructure services. Ability to manage very large teams and multi million dollars portfolio (Predominantly Financial Services). As Country Head of IT, I have dual responsibility of building strategic technology capabilities for Application, Infrastructure and Information Security functions, and as India CTO responsible for ensuring resilient technology services for the GIC (Global In-house Center) and joint ventures in India.
Seasoned entrepreneur and Founder and President at Sparity, a global innovation and development partner specialised in providing AI and Digital Transformation services to wide range of enterprises, unicorn startups and social institutions.
Nitu Narula is the Chief of Staff for Experiences & Devices division (erstwhile Windows, Office, and more) at Microsoft IDC. She leads the CSR for Microsoft IDC and also plays an active role in the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives there.
Nitu is a veteran at Microsoft with more than 14 years of experience across Microsoft headquarters in Redmond and IDC. She has worked across different business units at Microsoft (Windows, Office, EDU) in many different roles (Software Engineer, Product Manager, Chief of Staff). She is passionate about enabling the bottom of pyramid and has been active with different social causes on personal front. She started the Hyderabad chapter of Goonj, a NGO focused on re-use and recycling of urban discard as a tool for empowering rural communities.
Mr. P S Gunaranjan is the founder of UC. He is a full-time volunteer with UC. Prior to UC, Gunaranjan worked for 7 years with BASIX (www.basixindia.com), a well-known development finance institution. At BASIX, he led the company's micro-insurance vertical and also headed its operations for the North-Eastern states. Gunaranjan completed his MSc(Physics) and then an MBA in the year 2002 from the Sri Sathya Sai University at Puttaparthi.
Kalpana Ramesh is an architect and a designer based in Hyderabad. Her commitment to exemplary practice demonstrates a unique ability to link her profession and passion towards water and environmental conservation. Kalpana, turned a water conservation champion, and is driving the ‘Live the Lakes’ initiative in Hyderabad. The program is to create awareness about the importance of lakes, increase civic responsibility and return the lakes to its former glory.
Manisha Saboo is an Associate Vice President and Delivery Head at Infosys, responsible for delivery of software testing projects (portfolio of ~300 MUSD) for Financial Services clients of Infosys across Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Manisha is also Head of Infosys campus in Pocharam, Hyderabad. It is one of the largest IT campuses in world, set up in ~450 acres where ~28,000 associates work. Her role involves managing all aspects for growing business in the campus. This includes enhancing client experience, employee right skilling, employee engagement, CSR, improving operational efficiency, managing relationship with industry, academia and government, etc. Infosys Hyderabad has been the largest IT exporter in state for last 9 years. The center has also won prestigious "Infosys Award of Excellence" 9 times in last 10 years.
Dr. Rajeev Vijaykumar Menon is a consultant cardiologist at AIG hospital, Hyderabad.
He has expertise in Primary Angioplasty, Coronary & Peripheral Angiogram and complex heart procedures. Dr. Rajeev completed his MBBS from Osmania Medical College, MD-General Medicine from Gandhi Medical College and DNB cardiology from National Board of Examination.