Think Summit | Mumbai

12th September, Wednesday

Meet the Speakers

Meet the Speakers

Vijay Narayanan

Senior Solution Engineer, Hortonworks

Dr. Amith Singhee

STSM and Manager, Retail and Operations
IBM Research, IBM India

Dr. Amith Singhee is a Manager and Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research, India. He leads the research agenda for Industry Solutions in the sectors of Retail, Distribution and Buildings He has extensive experience in applying artificial intelligence, IoT, enterprise architecture, Cloud and mobile to real-world business processes across multiple sectors such as energy, agriculture, buildings and retail.

Amith has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a winner of several awards, specifically the Donald O. Pederson award from IEEE/CEDA, the Outstanding Dissertation Award from EDAA, the Arthur G. Milnes Award from Carnegie Mellon University, and best paper awards at top Power and EDA conferences, such as IEEE PES General Meeting, DAC, DATE and VLSI Design. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Girish Dhanakshirur

Technical Executive and Distinguished Engineer
IBM India

Girish is the IBM Technical Executive and IBM Distinguished Engineer with WW Chief Architect with WW Chief Architect responsibility for IBM Cloud Mobile Portfolio. In addition to driving the delivery of next-generation architecture on IBM Cloud, Girish works closely with World Wide clients on large-scale Cloud deployments helping them in their Digital Transformation journey. Girish is a prolific speaker in a number of Technology and Industry conferences, an IBM Master Inventor (21 patents issued) and a member of IBM’s prestigious IBM Academy of Technology. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and an MBA, both from Florida Atlantic University, USA.

Vishal Chahal

Executive IT Specialist - Cognitive Solutions
IBM India

Vishal is the Chief Architect for Cognitive Solutions at System Integrators lab and Technical Lead for IBM Machine Learning Hub at IBM Software Labs in Bangalore. He specializes in Watson Cognitive Products, Advanced Analytics, Advanced Visualization, DataWarehous and Data Integration technologies. He has architected Cognitive and Analytics solutions for multiple customers across Telco, Banking, Insurance, Aviation and Healthcare Industries. He has a rich background of product architecture and development experience on portfolio across Watson, SPSS, Cognos, DB2 and Websphere.

Yogendra Soni

Leader, Identity Analytics Program
IBM India

Yogendra is leader for the Identity Analytics Program at IBM. He has been working with IBM for past 17 years, mostly with IAM products. He has witnessed multiple transformations of IAM programs, starting from Identity Lifecycle to Governance and now, Identity Analytics. 

Eric Margaryan

SaaS Leader
IBM Asia Pacific

Eric currently leads the IBM Trusteer business across Asia Pacific, focusing on bringing IBM Security Trusteer solution to help customers accelerate digital growth by seamlessly establishing digital identity and offering frictionless user experience while reducing fraud risk and meeting compliance.

He was most recently the regional sales director for Asia Pacific with a Swiss startup specializing in fraud detection by leveraging big data and user behavior analytics.

Shesha Raghunathan

Advisory R&D Engineer and IBM Q Ambassador
IBM India

Shesha joined IBM in 2011 as part of EDA Timing analysis development team. He has worked on various aspect of analysis including noise, timing abstraction and reporting. In the last 3 years he has been primarily focused on EDA 3.0 (analytics in EDA) and is one of the principal contributors in that initiative. He is nominated as IBM Q Ambassador for India in 2018. Shesha got his PhD in Electrical Engineering (Quantum Computing) from University of Southern California, LA in 2010.

Anand Haridass 

Senior Technical Staff
Systems Development Labs
IBM India

Anand Haridass is a Senior Technical Staff member with IBM India Systems Development Lab.  In his current role, as the Chief Engineer of the Development team for the IBM - Inspur Joint venture. He is also driving OpenPOWER adoption in ISA. Prior to this role, Anand has had different leadership roles in the Systems Strategy team & Power System Development teams in his 20+ year career with IBM.

Anand has an MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology & BE (E&C) from NIT Surathkal, India. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an IBM Master Inventor with 80+ patents & has 25+ papers in peer reviewed conferences/journals and has been awarded the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award multiple times in his career

Dr. Gargi B. Dasgupta

Senior Technical Staff Member and Senior manager at IBM Research
IBM India

In her current role, Dr. Gargi is responsible for chartering innovations in the area of AI for Automation - with an emphasis on end-to-end solutions for optimization of business processes, applications and IT infrastructure.
Her work has led to numerous patent disclosures and publications, while influencing key IBM products and services. Gargi is a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
At IBM Research India, she is passionate on promoting women in STEM.

Jayanta Banerjee

Group CIO
Tata Steel 

Jayanta Banerjee is the CIO at Tata Steel limited, focusing on IT, Digital and Automation. 
He has been a business leader in TCS focused on the products and platforms business strategy and governance. 
He worked for TCS for more than 24 years and has lead businesses, sales, delivery and operations globally. 
He has played key leadership roles in industry initiatives specific to Life Sciences, CPG and Natural Resources. 
He has Spearheaded strategic entries into these verticals and also lead major transformational programs. He has been instrumental in nurturing many strategic partnerships for TCS

Karan Bajwa

Managing Director
IBM India

Karan Bajwa is a business leader with rich experience and expertise in driving transformation across the IT and Telecom sector in India as well as in the Asia Pacific region. Karan is currently the Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India South Asia. He 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, including research and innovation labs. Karan took up this role in 2017 with a mandate to make IBM the number one Cloud and Cognitive solutions company in India/South Asia.

Prior to joining IBM, Karan 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 success both internally and externally, including being recognized as the best performing subsidiary. Karan has an excellent understanding of enterprises as well as insights into the Indian Public Sector, having led the teams for these businesses for Microsoft for 6 years, prior to being appointed as the MD.

Before joining Microsoft, Karan had a successful stint as Head – Public Sector Business for Cisco India. In other roles he handled various responsibilities traversing the organization, including services and business development in the APAC region.

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.

Karan is on the Executive Council of NASSCOM, which plays a strategic role through focused initiatives and programs of enabling the Indian IT sector. Karan is also on FICCI’s National Council and AMCHAM’s Executive Board, working closely with industry peers and PSEs on national and regional issues.

Karan is a “People” focused business leader and believes that best lessons are learned from real people, as he has from his mentors.

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

Karan is actively engaged in the startup ecosystem, to learn the new economy, and is also an angel investor with early positions in FindYahan (now Zimmber), NewBytes and TheManCompany.

Dr. Mae Jemison

American Engineer
Physician and NASA Astronaut

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space.  She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.  Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education, STEM, and motivation.

Mangesh Patankar

Developer Advocate, IBM Cloud
Digital Business Group
IBM India

Mangesh Patankar is working with IBM Digital Business Group as Developer Advocate – IBM Cloud Bluemix
He has around 17 years of IT experience. Currently work directly with ISV’s, Partners, Startups Developer Community enabling them to adopt IBM Bluemix and Cloud technologies to change the way their current businesses and applications integrate and interact with the world. Host Meetups, Workshops with Startup Communities. Connected to Student Developer Communities as well, who are the future developers. This will enable IBM Cloud PaaS, IaaS sale in India West Region. Representing IBM in various forums/events as speaker on Watson and Bluemix. Conducting Bluemix, Watson hands - on workshops for Enterprises/startups developers. Prior to IBM , has worked with organizations like Oracle, Patni, Syntel, Reliance Consultancy Services - right from Development, Designing, Architect to Pre-Sales role. Also been onsite on various project assignments

Mofe Salami

Developer Advocate
London City Team

Mofe is a Developer Advocate in the London City team. As a Software Engineer he has a background with Java and experience working in an agile development team practicing Dev Ops and building cloud native micro-services on Kubernetes and IBM Cloud private. Mofe is passionate about game development and mobile application development.

Dr. Prashant Pradhan

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
IBM Asia Pacific

Dr. Prashant as the CTO and Chief Developer Advocate will lead a team of Deep Technology experts to drive IBM’s Platform conversations around Cloud and Cognitive with Enterprises, ISV's, Developers, and Startups.

In his earlier role, he was leading IBM’s Watson Business for India and South Asia. Prior to this he was leading IBM’s Smarter Cities business for India and South Asia, with a portfolio covering Smarter Cities, Analytics, and Smarter Commerce.

Prashant is a senior executive at IBM with experience spanning IBM Global Services and IBM Research, across multiple geographies. Prashant joined IBM in 2001 as a Research Scientist at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, after completing his PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York, Stony Brook. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT Delhi in 1996. Prashant moved to India in 2007 on an IBM international assignment, eventually moving to the India South Asia Business Unit in 2008.

During his tenure in India, Prashant was responsible for IBM India’s maiden deals in key industry verticals including Telecom Passive Infrastructure, Renewable Energy and Financial Inclusion. Prashant is a recipient of numerous corporate and academic awards and honors. He has served as chairman, panelist and speaker in numerous international conferences and prominent industry forums.

Rajesh Gudikoti

Software Architect
IBM India

Rajesh has 16 years plus experience in IT working as Technical Architect or Solution Architect mainly in Java/J2EE/BPM technologies. He has worked different domains and products and has played role of primary contact both on functional and technical deliverables.
Currently working for IBM Digital Business Group mainly focussing on Watson APIs. He is helping ISV/Start-ups to understand the capabilities of Watson API and tools and help them in solution development using these APIs and tool. His major activities are evolving around Watson Knowledge Studio and IBM graph. He enjoys adopting new technologies and evangelize.

Riya Mary Roy

Developer Advocate
IBM India

Riya Mary Roy, is a Developer Advocate with focus on IBM Cognitive and Cloud technology platforms and is a strong evangelist of the technology in multiple forums. She is an active technical blogger and has created multiple assets that has helped to create quick adoption among developer community. Riya holds a M.Tech in Information Systems and Management.


Shikha Maheshwari

Lead Developer, Cognitive Solutions
IBM India

Shikha is passionate about technology and is always looking forward to learn new technologies. She has total of 12 years experience working in the IT Industry. Her experience includes developing cloud applications, blockchain applications, products porting and development. She has published the code patterns related to IoT, Cognitive and Blockchain technology. Her areas of expertise spans IBM Cloud, Blockchain, NodeJS, Javascript, Shell Script, and Unix.She has conducted multiple deep dive sessions with hands-on workshop on Blockchain. She has authored developerworks articles and also has spoken in multiple conferences including AI Dev Days, WIT and ISTC.

Sriram Raghavan

Vice President
IBM Research - India & Singapore
CTO IBM India 

Sriram Raghavan is a Vice President at IBM Research where he has overall responsibility for the Research Lab in India and the Research Center in Singapore. He also serves as the global leader for blockchain research, working closely with the business units to drive innovations into IBM's blockchain platform and solution offerings. Finally, as CTO for IBM in India/South Asia, Sriram is responsible for communicating IBM's overall vision and strategy around emerging innovations and technologies with key stakeholders in the region - from developers and startups to clients, analysts, media, and industry experts.

Subramaniam Meenakshisundaram 

Executive HPC & Power AI
Systems Services Team
IBM India

Subramaniam Meenakshisundaram (Subbu), is an Executive HPC & Power AI with IBM System Services Lab. With over 18+ years’ experience in Power Systems, IBM Storage, and Systems Technologies, Subbu brings a strong Infrastructure View across the IBM Solutions Portfolio. In his current role, Subbu is driving AI and Cloud Strategy for WW Systems Lab Services. For the past 9 years, Subbu is leading the customer-focused technology delivery in Systems Lab Services focusing on Private Cloud and AI. In addition to his primary job role, Subbu is a member of IBM Academy Leadership Team.

Sudharshan Govindan

Developer Advocate
Cloud and Watson Developer
IBM India

Sudharshan Govindan has around 15 years of experience in Information Technology with technical skill set and expertise in Requirements Analysis, Software Design, Development, Implementation, Testing and Production Support of Java / J2EE based enterprise wide applications. Has worked on various domains like Manufacturing, Banking, Retail, Transportation, Social Enterprise Management etc. He holds a Graduate degree (Bachelor of Engineering) in Instrumentation & Control. His current focus is in specializing DevOps and Mobile Development in Bluemix.

He represents IBM in various forums as Speaker / Panelist / Mentor. He attends various Hackathons, Developer meetups, Tech Events in advocating Developers / Startups to adopt Bluemix and Watson services.Has worked with IBM Partners on Proof of Concepts and Projects on Watson based applications like Email Conversation Bot.

In addition to engaging with Startups and Developers, he attends community events like Bangalore Continuous Delivery meetup, Cloud Computing & DevOps Meetup, Devopedia, HealthTech from IAMAI etc

Key Skills:
APIs - Watson Cognitive services like Alchemy Language, NLC, Retrieve & Rank, Speech to Text etc
DevOps - Maven, Gradle, Ant, Jenkins, Travis, RTC, Git, Github, Jazz SCM
Java / J2EE - Servlets, JSP, EJB, JMS, Swing, JNDI, JPOS, AWT, JDBC, RMI, Java Mail, JTA, JAXP, JAXM, JAX-RS etc
Web - XML, HTML, Javascript, AJAX, CSS, DOJO, Web Services, REST, SOAP, XSL, DOM, JDOM etc

Vinayaka Pandit

Senior Technical Staff
Systems Development Labs
IBM Research

Vinayaka Pandit is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) of IBM Research and is currently the Senior Manager of Blockchain Research at IBM India Research Labs. In this role, he directs the Blockchain research agenda in the department that includes (a) systems aspects of Blockchain platforms, (b) cryptographic techniques and incentive schemes for sharing and collaborating on blockchain networks, (c) tokens and asset exchange frameworks to enable solutions, and (d) innovative Blockchain applications with a special focus on supply chain collaboration. The technological innovations from the department have been delivered to the open source Hyperledger Fabric project and to product offerings by IBM Blockchain and Supply Chain Business Units. He is an expert in working and partnering with clients in their Blockchain journey right from introducing Blockchain to identifying high-value use-cases and all the way into delivering production systems. He speaks frequently in Industry forums on the Blockchain technology and its applications in supply chain collaboration. He has been with IBM Research since 1999. He has published numerous papers in top conferences and journals and has also been a prolific inventor.

Karpagam Venkataraman

Distinguished Engineer, IBM Resiliency Services
IBM India

Karpagam heads the Product Management for IBM Resiliency Orchestration software from IBM Resiliency Services. Karpagam has over 20 years of industry experience, having worked in the engineering team at Sequent in the US and as the lead engineering architecture at Yahoo India.

She has expertise in the areas of database systems, replication, data consistency management for relational and non-relational data management. In her previous role, she focused on research & development of highly scalable, complex, and big data distributed systems with special data handling and manipulation.