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The era of the cognitive enterprise

We are experiencing a unique moment of disruption in our businesses, driven by an unrelenting surge of data. Historic technological shifts — artificial intelligence, cloud, IOT, blockchain, and quantum computing — are opening new opportunities to turn data into a competitive advantage, globally. At the same time, the status quo is being challenged by new competitors with new business and economic models, and by customers with new expectations.

India is at the forefront of this disruption. A new Digital India is emerging, based on increasing smartphone and internet users, pervasive mobile access and digitization aided by the introduction of the new GST tax code, currency demonetization and increased use of the IndiaStack in our financial system.

At Think Forum Mumbai, you will hear directly from your peer business leaders, IBM Chairman, President, and CEO, Ginni Rometty, and other senior IBM leaders as they share how they are reacting to these disruptions and how they are taking advantage of new technologies to gain advantage and become the disruptors. Three engaging sessions will discuss how CEOs are addressing the challenge, the characteristics of the Cognitive Enterprise, and IBM’s Innovation Outlook, a forward-looking view from IBM Research that informs our own investments. Dinner and networking will follow.

Meet Think Forum 2018 Speakers

Learn from the brilliant minds behind everything from blockchain, AI, data, and cloud to IT infrastructure, IoT, security, and beyond.

Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President, and CEO

Ginni Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy.

Earlier she served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company that leverages the power of innovation, data and expertise to improve business and society.

Shri Rajnish Kumar
State Bank of India

Shri Rajnish Kumar has assumed the office as Chairman State Bank of India on 7th October, 2017. Previously, Shri Rajnish Kumar was the Managing Director (National Banking Group) looking after retail banking and latest initiatives in payments and digital banking since November 2015.

Prior to becoming Managing Director in SBI, Shri Rajnish Kumar was heading SBI Capital Markets Limited (the Merchant Banking arm of State Bank of India) as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Shri Rajnish Kumar has been with the State Bank of India for over three decades, having joined the Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1980. An M.Sc. in Physics, apart from CAIIB, Shri Kumar has held several key assignments across various business verticals, including two overseas assignments in Canada and U.K. He has vast experience in handling large credit, project finance, foreign exchange and retail banking. Shri Kumar has held such important positions as Regional Head, SBI (UK); Chief General Manager, North East Circle, Chief General Manager, Project Finance and Managing Director (Risk & Compliance). Shri Kumar is an avid traveller and has visited several countries. He loves sports and is a good player of badminton.

Jaspreet Bindra
Senior Vice President - Digital Transformation Group Strategy Office
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Jaspreet is the Senior Vice President - Digital Transformation of the Mahindra Group at the Group Strategy Office.

He is one of the ancient curiosities of the Internet, technology and startup world in India, having being born a few years before the Internet was. He started his career with the Tata Group, as a Tata Administrative Services Officer, and led functions and businesses in FMCG and Telecom. For some time, he was part of the startup team at (now EBAY India), as their COO. From thereon, his wanderings took him to Microsoft India - where he led the Internet, Retail, XBOX, Consumer P&Ls. Looking to something more unconventional, he became the CEO of AskMe, the yellow-pages-publisher-transformed-into-a-mobile-app-led local-search-play, which, incidentally, is now comatose.

Jaspreet is quite active across the tech start-up ecosystem, and has invested, advised, mentored and incubated a dozen tech start-ups. He leads the CDO Forum of IAMAI, writes extensively on Digital Transformation, fancies himself as a Blockchain and AgriTech expert; and has spoken at HBS, ISB, IIMA, IAMAI, CII and other academic and industry forums. A few years ago, he was surprised to see that Business Today had listed him as one of the ‘The Top 25 Young Managers in India’.

Jaspreet is a Chemical Engineer (though he only spent 4 months practicing it), and an MBA in International Business from IIFT. What he is very thrilled by, is being a three-time National champion in Brand Equity Business Quiz, having been a keen quizzer in his salad days. He is also an accredited Leadership Coach with the International Coaching Federation.

Mark Foster
Senior Vice President
Global Business Services

Mark Foster is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services, responsible for the strategy, client value and business performance of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, digital agency, business process outsourcing and application management services businesses across all industries. GBS brings clients the expertise of more than 100,000 consultants and practitioners creating value at the intersection of business insight and information technology.

Prior to joining IBM in 2016, Mark built a distinctive record of achievement as a global business leader, a consultant to businesses and governments around the world, and a creative thinker of broad knowledge and wide interests.

During his 27 years at Accenture, Mark handled a variety of leadership assignments of increasing responsibility. Prior to his retirement from the firm in 2011, Mark served as Group Chief Executive, Global Markets and Management Consulting, leading a team of 15,000 consultants.  Previously, Mark led Accenture’s industry teams in Retail, Consumer, Health, Transport and Industrial sectors.

While at Accenture, Mark chaired the World Economic Forum Global Health Initiative Against AIDS, TB and Malaria and was Vice Chair of the Mayor of Seoul's International Business Advisory Council.  From 2011 through 2015, Mark served the UK government as founding Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, which oversaw the UK’s foreign aid spending around the world.

Mark has served on multiple business Boards including Heidrick and Struggles, Fidessa, Computer Sciences Corporation, Alexander Mann Solutions and Atento. In the not-for-profit sector, Mark chaired the International Business Leaders Forum and has been a Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Mark graduated with a masters of art in classics from University College Oxford.

David Kenny
Senior Vice President
IBM Watson and Cloud Platform

David Kenny is senior vice president, IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, spearheading the Watson technology platform development, as well as optimizing IBM’s public cloud for data and cognitive workloads.

David was most recently General Manager, IBM Watson, responsible for the Watson platform, its global ecosystem of business partners and developers, and emerging solutions. Prior to joining IBM he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Weather Company (Weather), where he oversaw the company’s portfolio of consumer and business-to-business weather brands and businesses including The Weather Channel,, and WSI. David was previously president of Akamai, the leading cloud platform designed to help enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences to mobile and fixed Internet users.

Previously, he served as managing partner of VivaKi, the combined worldwide media and digital arm of Publicis Groupe, and he was co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Digitas Inc., a top global integrated brand agency.

David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Best Buy. He is also a director of Teach for America, a nonprofit that enlists recent graduates to teach and to effect change in under-resourced and low-income communities. David received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from the GM Institute (now Kettering University).

Karan Bajwa
Managing Director
IBM India Private Limited

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 2017, Karan is responsible for all of IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In addition, Karan also plays a key role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, research and innovation labs. IBM will also rely on his leadership to engage and further strengthen the Government and Regulatory affairs initiatives and evangelize IBM's brand in the ecosystem.

He brings in over three decades of rich experience and deep expertise in the IT and telecom industry. Karan joined IBM in 2016 as Executive for Strategy and Transformation in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he was the Managing Director, Microsoft India where, besides leading the India business for the company, he also the led the Cloud Transition and the Ecosystem engagement. Under his leadership, Microsoft India achieved several milestones and recognition, both internally and externally. Karan brings with him an excellent understanding of enterprises as well as insight into the Indian public sector, having led the teams for these businesses for Microsoft for 6 years prior to being appointed MD.Prior to that at Cisco, he handled various roles spanning the organization including services, business development in the APAC region; and also had a successful stint as the head of the Public Sector Business for Cisco India. At IBM Singapore from 2001-2006 as the head for the Networking Business for ASEAN region, Karan was responsible for transforming the Networking business across the seven countries in the region.

Karan has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Anup Purohit
Senior President & Chief Information Officer

Anup Purohit is the Senior President and Chief Information Officer at YES Bank. With more than 22 years of rich experience in the BFSI sector, he is responsible for spearheading the technology re-platforming and digital innovation at YES Bank.

In his current role, Anup’s primary focus is to bring future technology into YES BANK’s current technology stack, along with developing an IT strategy that helps the bank have a leading edge in the market. He comes with a diverse experience across various domains such as Leadership, Innovation in Digital Banking, Financials, Service Delivery, Portfolio & Program Management, Risk & Controls, Vendor Management and Waste Cutting to name a few.

Prior to YES Bank, Anup worked with RBL Bank as the Head of Information Technology and with Barcley’s Bank where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure solutions for emerging markets across 14 countries.

Anup holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Mumbai University

Munish Mittal
Chief Information Officer

Munish Mittal is the Chief Information Officer of HDFC Bank. In his current role, he is responsible for the IT Strategy of the two subsidiaries of the Bank – HDFC Securities and HDB Financial Services.

As a well-recognized figure in the CIO community with over 30 years of experience, Munish has been credited with envisioning and executing many innovative initiatives. His vision has gone a long way in defining the bank’s long and short-term IT strategy, and technology architecture to build scale for the bank. The bank's robust IT strategy ensures that they deliver a world-class IT enabled digital solutions to both the customers and internal stakeholders.

A seasoned professional, Munish has been conferred with many accolades such as the CIO Leader and Strategist of the year recognition by Oracle, by CSI (Computer Society of India), IDG CORE Media, IDC Financial Insights, Information Week Magazine, Business World in the past few years.

Munish joined HDFC Bank in 1996 from Bank of Punjab and he holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration

Martin Schroeter
Senior Vice President
IBM Global Markets

Martin Schroeter is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, responsible for IBM's revenue generation, profit and client satisfaction worldwide. He also leads IBM's Global Financing business, the world's largest captive IT financier.

He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he held since January 2014. Prior to that, he served as General Manager of IBM Global Financing, where he managed a total asset base in excess of $37 billion.

Mr. Schroeter also served as IBM Treasurer, responsible for the company's balance sheet, cash flow, capital structure, interest rate and currency risk management and treasury operations. He has also held the role of Assistant Treasurer, Capital Markets, Investments and Foreign Exchange Operations.

He served in a variety of business line and finance executive positions, including Vice President of Global Technology Services, Asia Pacific; General Manager of IBM Global Financing, Asia Pacific; and CFO and Finance Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Schroeter received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree from Temple University.

Director - Technology
Vodafone India Ltd

Vishant Vora is the Director - Technology at Vodafone India Limited, one of India’s leading telecommunications services providers.

Vishant is a Dynamic and Innovative Technology Executive with over 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry spanning three continents – USA, Europe and Asia. Since 2000 he has worked with Vodafone, previously at Romania before he moved to India in his new role. He was member of Vodafone Global Technology board, responsible for the technological direction and strategy for the Vodafone group.

As a member of the senior leadership team in India; he plays a critical role in the technology and network infrastructure for the company. He is a Strong Strategic Thinker and a Team Builder with a deeply embedded Entrepreneurial Spirit. He, with result driven management style, has played a key role in ushering in convergence across Network & IT domains and guided the organisation on the digital journey.

He is an alumni of Harvard Business School, and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Lawrence Technology University, Michigan, USA.