Karan Bajwa is Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related in India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. 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 where he led the India business for the company. He has spent almost 28 years in the ICT industry, working for organizations like Microsoft, Cisco, and IBM. An electronics engineer by training, Karan has a high amount of personal energy and drive and believes in leading from the front.
Manish Choksi is the President, Home Improvement, International & IT at Asian Paints. He joined the company in 1992 and has held various positions across Sales, Engineering, Marketing in Asian Paints. Till recently, he was the Chief – Corporate Strategy & CIO and was responsible for corporate planning and information technology. As Chief Information Officer, he has spearheaded the move to leverage new IT solutions across the extended enterprise for growth and achieving improved business performance. He is a member of the Executive Council of Asian Paints group. He has been a catalyst for the company’s foray into services such as painting / décor / home improvement solutions as well as new initiatives.
Vishant has over two decades of experience in Mobile Telecom. As Director, Technology, he plays a strategic role in the technology and network infrastructure for the company in India. He joined Vodafone, Romania in 2000, to move to India in 2010 to assume his new role. His prior work assignments have taken him all over the world, including USA, Europe and Asia. He graduated in Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Lawrence Technology University in Michigan, USA.
Amit Sethi is the President and Chief Information Officer at Axis Bank and is responsible for driving growth with business solutions and IT capabilities delivering efficiency, reliability and operational excellence. With more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Sethi has been driving the re-architecture of the enterprise system to build an agile and lean IT organization at Axis Bank. Before joining Axis Bank, he served as the Senior President & CIO at Yes Bank and was responsible for providing a technology vision, leadership and driving the analysis & re-engineering of existing business processes. Previously, Mr. Sethi worked as the Business Technology Head with ICICI Bank and was responsible for overseeing the technology operations across the banking business. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Faculty of Management Studies and a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Hilal Khan is the Vice President and Operating Head of Honda Cars India Ltd. With 25 years industry experience and 16 years in Honda, Mr. Khan has all round experience and abreast with trends and best practices in automobile and IT consulting domain. He has strong IT strategy and planning experience at leadership positions, responsible for defining and managing complex business challenges, ensuring effective utilization of IT for business gains. He has been responsible for IT setup expertise in green field projects and demonstrated capability to lead the IT organization during growth phase. Prior to joining Honda, Hilal Khan worked in DCM Toyota, Daewoo Motors and Global IT Options. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
Arun Kumar Parameswaran
Arun is the Managing Director for VMware India and is responsible for growing the sales and marketing operations in the country. He also oversees VMware’s strategic partnerships and alliances with channel partners in the country.
With over 22 years of hi-tech experience across Asia Pacific and the US, Parameswaran was previously GM in charge of Red Hat’s business throughout the Indian sub-continent before joining VMware in April 2014.
Before that, he was Senior Director, Global Business Development, responsible for building and managing Red Hat’s eco-system of partners across Asia Pacific and Japan. Other roles in the company included OEM Global Alliance Manager and MD of Global Professional Services, as well as leadership of the company’s services business in Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Parameswaran held leadership positions at PTI/Mastech before the company was acquired by Red Hat. He started his career with Wipro Infotech in India, holding various sales and product management positions.
Parameswaran attended the Thiagarajar College of Engineering at Madurai Kamaraj University and holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering.
Atul Sareen is the Vice President and Head of Cloud Sales at SAP India and is responsible for driving SAP cloud business across all lines of business. Having spent more than two decades in the industry, Atul has an in-depth understanding of enterprise application and technology business across diverse sectors such as BFSI, Manufacturing and Retail. Prior to rejoining SAP, Atul was the Managing Director with Infor, where he established the India business and led the expansion of the company into new industry segments. His career also includes tenures with technology brands such as Apple and IBM Global Services. Atul holds an Engineering Degree in Electrical and Telecommunications from the University of Pune.
Atul drives the technology and strategic investments initiatives at Tech Mahindra, enabling customers to transform their business models by leveraging new technologies. His focus includes making technology bets and leading several hi-growth businesses, such as Cyber-Security, Enterprise Business Solutions and solutions for Healthcare/Pharma. In a career spanning 30 years, Atul has held several management positions - in Technology, BPO and Private Equity sectors. Prior to joining Tech Mahindra, Atul’s assignments have included raising a small cap PE fund (Managing Partner Ambit Pragma, 6 investments), turn-around of Mahindra Satyam (as President, Global Business), scaling up Aditya Birla BPO (Minacs) into an industry leader and leading global businesses at eFunds, Syntel, and HCL. As CEO of Mantra Online and credited with ending the Indian Government’s Internet access monopoly in 2000. Atul has a degree in electrical engineering (DCE 1984) and is an alumni of FMS (Delhi University MBA 1986).
Rajesh Rege is the Managing Director, Red Hat and is responsible for the India operations including working closely with all business units to advance the company wide open source portfolio to meet customer needs and guide the partner eco-system in providing scalable enterprise solutions. Prior to this, he was the Director and Country Head, Data Center & Cloud Business for India & SAARC at CISCO Systems. Rajesh has three decades of industry rich experience working for organizations like Sun Systems, CISCO and Red Hat. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, and is an avid traveller, Motorcycle enthusiast, and passionate environmentalist, avid reader and a collector of books on biographies and management.
As the Cloud Business Leader for IBM India and South Asia, Vikas is responsible for all Cloud business and capability in the region, including sales, delivery and support teams aligned to Cloud Software and Services. He has held leadership position in various technology companies including Dell EMC and Microsoft and is an IT Services veteran and cloud enthusiast. Prior to joining IBM, he was the General Manager Dell EMC for Asia Pacific and Japan and was responsible for all global services operations and P/L. He has a Degree in Engineering - Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology.
Mr. Shankar Kalyana is an IBM Fellow and the CTO for IBM Global Business Services’ Cloud portfolio. Over his 32+ year career he has worked with clients in several industries like Retail, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. He created the Cloud Business Solutions Technical Model, the framework for integrated business solutions-as-a-service and was the co-creator of the IBM On Demand Operating Environment Architecture, the foundational framework for IBM Software SOA products. Mr. Kalyana is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and is the recipient of three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards (OTAA). He is also the Global Executive Leader for the IBM Architect Profession. He holds a Master of Science in Information Science from The Pennsylvania State University
Kitman is the chief technology officer for the IBM Analytics business unit in Asia Pacific. He leads a team of engineers for one of the largest software portfolio in the business. One of the most challenging and fulfilling parts of the role for him is to provide leadership on latest big data and analytics technologies for a talented team - figuring out how the latest advancement in areas like in-memory database, hadoop, spark and cognitive computing transforms businesses is a welcomed break from the administrative activities needed to manage a large technical team.
Dr. Sriram Raghavan
Sriram Raghavan is the Director for IBM Research and is responsible for establishing and executing the technical agenda of IBM's India Research Lab (IRL), working closely with worldwide research labs and business units. Until 2015, Sriram was the senior manager of the Information & Analytics Department at IRL, where he established and drove new research directions at the intersection of large scale data management, text analytics, and distributed systems. Sriram has been with IBM since 2004 when he first joined the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, as a Research Staff Member. He graduated with a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engg. from IIT Madras and Masters and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mithun Uliyar is the co-founder and business development lead at LightMetrics with over 13 years of technical experience in the field of computational imaging, image processing and computer vision algorithms. Apart from driving the technical agenda at LightMetrics, he is involved in sales and business development activities. He completed his MBA at IIM Bangalore and has hands-on experience in designing and prototyping new camera system along with the development of algorithms. He has a strong innovation record with five granted patents, 26 patent application filings and 12 paper publications in reputed conferences.
Anand Mahurkar is founder and CEO of Findability Sciences, a global big data and cognitive solutions company. An erstwhile member of IBM Big Data and IBM Watson Partner Advisory board, Anand sits on the board of Soft10 Inc, the developer of first automated statistician, Dr.Mo. He is a well-respected big data and cognitive computing professional who has invented many concepts around the use of big data for various industry verticals. These concepts include Findability Index, Digital Body Language, Brand Karma for meaningful use of big data. Earlier in his 25-year career, Anand has led large IT companies in data and process management areas profitably for several years.
Jaidev is the Head of Technology for the IBM Alliance at Persistent Systems, focused on innovation in IoT, Cognitive and Automation solutions. In his role as Technology Head, he is responsible for improving automation and optimizing operational efficiency across multiple customer engagements. At Persistent, he has a strong technical background for Security and Cloud Computing with IBM Products and Solutions for over 15 years.
Sanjoe is the CEO and Co-founder of Talview, a leading assessment technology solution provider which uses Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Video Analytics to help organizations build 3X better teams, 4X faster. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and worked with organizations like National Instruments and Larsen & Toubro before founding Talview. He enjoys to travel and is a movie buff.
With vision, passion and change as the cornerstones of belief, Anmol Vij is the co-founder of ShopUP, mentor and a public speaker. A firm believer of student empowerment, he is an advisory board member of a CBSE School, MBA Institute and Govt. funded incubator. He is an active leader in various forums like StartUp Leadership Program, Global Shapers, Toastmasters International, Young Indians (Yi), Business Network International (BNI), and Rotaract Organisation. He is a mentor for a few businesses, including Talk Factory, BeyondSkool and PurelySpecial. He has been awarded “Social Oscar Award”, “Youth Icon of Coimbatore” and many more recognitions.
Abhinav Aggarwal & Raghav Aggarwal
Abhinav Aggarwal and Raghav Aggarwal are the founders of Fluid AI. Raghav dropped out of IIM Ahmedabad and Abhinav dropped out of ISB Hyderabad and founded the company. They were selected by Forbes to be in their 2017, 30 Under 30, Asia list. Revolutionizing the Artificial Intelligence space, Fluid AI has been listed by Frost and Sullivan Artificial Intelligence Product of the year. Fluid AI was selected as the best deep technology start-up by IBM at the IBM Deep Technology Smart Camp Challenge.
Arpit Ratan is the co-founder of Signzy, a startup with focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and cryptographic technologies to help financial institutions digitise their current regulatory processes. A graduate of ILS Law School, Arpit has expertise in financial regulations including legal aspects of M-wallets and Payment Gateways. He is one of the rare lawyers who understands technology and is listed in Forbes 30 under 30. In his previous stints, Arpit has been a part of a corporate law firm working on several private equity transactions. He started OJAS Legal, a Corporate and Litigation Advisory firm, in 2012.
Deepak Nihalani is a Co-founder and CTO of SnapWork which is credited with some of the largest implementations in mobility and digital solutions. Deepak has deep understanding and hands-on experience in the Indian digital journey and a catalyst in implementing new technologies. He is a trusted advisor to digital teams for large banks and financial institutions, an avid technologist and evangelist for the cognitive era. He works actively with NGOs and is on the Board of a School for Special Children.
Snehal is Co-Founder and CEO of Superfan Ai, a fan management studio for celebrities that connects celebrities and production houses with their audience through the fan management platform powered by artificial intelligence. He has worked on several strategic innovative technology implementations for the last 12 years in US with Fortune 500 companies like Credit Suisse, RBS, KPMG, Mercedes Benz, Goldman Sachs & has tech expertise in Machine Learning, Big Data, A.I. He has done his Masters in Engineering Management, Syracuse University, NY, USA and Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Mumbai University
Sagar Babar, CEO and Co-Founder of Comsense Consulting is an experienced sales, marketing and project management professional with 15 years of experience in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia who has extensively worked in areas like technology, customer service, business-to-business sales, and marketing. Today he engages with marketers and technologists to demonstrate return on marketing investments by leveraging cognitive technology through effective engagement with prospects and customers. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Pune University and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from The University of Steinbeis, Berlin, Germany.
Biju Nambiar is the Co-founder of Comsense - a marketing automation technology company and an IBM Business Partner, where he is responsible for branding, strategy, business growth, training and client engagement. Prior to this, he was working with the cloud marketing team at IBM, where he spent six years in various marketing roles. He has more than 17 years of experience spanning over IT, manufacturing and advertising industry. He was instrumental in setting up the digital marketing function at Tech Mahindra in the year 2009.
S G Chandru
S G Chandru is the Chairman and Mentor of Pace Automation Limited and has his focus on envisioning new solutions and strategising to enter new verticals and new markets. Before founding Pace, he worked in numerous industries with broad mandates and accomplishments such as building model airplane engines, setting up the high speed Zinc Carbon battery manufacturing line, establishing an electronic toy manufacturing company. He is an avid aero modeller and holds a Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical, from Anna University.