2021 SPEAKERS (PREVIOUS EDITION)

MORRIS MISELOWSKI

Trusted Advisor, Global Thinker, Agent Provocateur, Business Futurist,
Keynote Speaker & Media Commentator

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Morris Miselowski unleashes possibilities for businesses by breaking with convention. For over 30 years, he’s influenced the thinking of some of the world’s biggest organisations and brands to see what tomorrow might look like – long before they experience it. Morris has also shared his practical foresights across the global stage and international media outlets, and is recognised for his energy, depth-of-knowledge and foresight.

 

A hell-raiser to the core, Morris is known to hurl metaphorical hand-grenades into rooms to push companies to unshackle from legacy systems and stuck-in-the past thinking. He’s become a trusted authority worldwide through his devotion to industry-specific research. Morris is passionate about reaching deep inside a business and examining what lies at its core and through this lens, he’s able to make the impossible, seem possible. Among futurists he has a reputation for being the ‘real deal,’ which has earnt him a position in the Einstein 100 Genius (G100) community and a Fellowship with Griffith University.

STUART KNIGHT

Acclaimed Author, Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Expert Communicator & International Traveller

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​​Stuart Knight has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks around the world helping some of the planet’s biggest companies reach new levels of success.  As an international traveler, Stuart Knight writes a sought after blog, hosts a hit podcast and shares videos that are seen by over twelve thousand people every week.  He is the critically acclaimed author of two books, and today Stuart Knight encourages people to boycott what they thought and join a new revolution in thinking.  

He is also an award-winning entrepreneur, an expert panellist on numerous television shows, the host of a hit radio show and has a sought after podcast and over twelve thousand people from around the world tuning in each week to watch his thought provoking videos online.  As a disrupter, thought leader and maverick, Stuart Knight has inspired over one million people to reach greater success and find deeper joy.

PRAKASH MALLYA

VP & MD-Sales, Marketing & Communications Group,
Intel Solutions & Services India

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Prakash was most recently the Director for Intel Asia’s Data Center Group and managed the region’s data center strategy for cloud service providers, communications service providers, enterprise and government infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions. Prior to that, Prakash was the Managing Director of Southeast Asia at Intel where he led all of Intel’s sales, marketing, and the enablement of Intel products across Southeast Asia.
 
A 21-year veteran of the company, Prakash joined Intel in 2000 as Business Development Manager, responsible for the Financial Services segment in India. Over the years, he has held several regional roles including leading Intel’s Asia Pacific strategy to win in the Manufacturing and Oil & Gas verticals, as well as managing strategic global customer and partner relationships. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, SEA, he was Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore where he led the sales and marketing operations in both countries. 
 
Prakash holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and an MBA in Marketing Management. Travel, photography, music, and fitness are his passions.

DANIELLE DI-MASI 

International Keynote Speaker, University Lecturer, Digital Communications, Engagement,  Behaviour

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Danielle Di-Masi is a multiple award-winning international keynote speaker that specialises in digital communications and online behaviours. Her focus is how our psychology interacts with technology and how we make the best impact online. On top of being a keynote speaker around the globe, Danielle is a popular media commentator, book author and writes for The Huffington Post and is a University Lecturer at UNSW teaching business, marketing and communications. 
 
She has worked with the likes of Google, 3M, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, American Express, Uber, Mastercard, Cisco, Microsoft, Zendesk and Federal Governments and she has been featured regularly in Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, GQ, Psychology Today, Business Insider and LA Times. Danielle along with an MBA has won the International Business Award for the 2020 ‘Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year’, this is the 4th year she has won this award. 

FLAVIA TATA NARDINI

CEO & Co-founder,
Fleet Space Technologies 

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As co-founder and CEO of one of Australia’s most exciting space startups, Fleet Space Technologies, Flavia Tata Nardini and her team are preparing to launch 140 nanosatellites into space by 2027, which Fleet will use to ‘connect billions of sensors to track and change industries and ecologies across the globe'. A real-life rocket scientist, former propulsion test engineer at the European Space Agency, Project Manager at TNO and holder of two patents, Flavia has worked across a broad range of innovative space projects, from micropropulsion systems for CubeSats to space debris removal systems, experience that directly informs Fleet’s rapid progress towards their goal, having recently launched their sixth nanosatellite, and second this year.

She has recently added Mission Chair of the Seven Sisters Moon Mission to her long list of achievements, Australia’s mission of discovery for Earth, the Moon and Mars.

PRADEEP SESHADRI

Director- Sales Engineering,
Commvault India and South Asia

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Pradeep Seshadri heads sales engineering for India and South Asia. Over the last 21 years of his tenure in the IT Industry, Pradeep has held roles spanning Pre-sales, Technical Marketing and Product Management within various Global OEM companies. His area of focus throughout the career has largely been in data management, backup and recovery. 


During the course of his tenure, Pradeep has led  consultative engagements with several customers in India, South Asia and ASEAN to help them improve their data management practices.

BEERUD SHETH

Co-Founder & CEO, Gupshup

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Beerud Sheth is the co-founder and CEO of Gupshup. Gupshup enables better customer engagement through conversational messaging. Gupshup is the leading conversational messaging platform, powering over 6 billion messages per month. Across verticals, thousands of large and small businesses use Gupshup to build conversational experiences across marketing, sales and support.
 
He previously founded and led Elance (now Upwork, a publicly-listed company), the pioneer of online freelancing and the gig economy. Before that, he worked in the financial services industry—modelling, structuring, and trading fixed income securities and derivatives at Merrill Lynch and Citicorp Securities. His graduate research, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, involved developing autonomous learning software agents for personalized news filtering.
 
He earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology & B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, where he was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. 

NIRLAP VORA

Director, Customer Advisory & Customer Success, SAS India

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Nirlap is the head of Customer Advisory & Customer Success practices for the SAS India. In his 15 years with SAS, Nirlap has been championing analytics adoption in enterprises. During his tenure at SAS, he has worked across industries like Banking and Financial Services, Communications, Government amongst others helping customers understand the value of analytics and how that value can be realized. 
As organizations begin their AI & ML journeys, Nirlap continues to work alongside existing and new customers on architecting analytical solutions on Cloud and building good practices from data to decisions. He has set-up and executed plan for strategic adoption and usage of SAS Analytics in large enterprise accounts. He has developed annual Partner Strategy focused on expansion of Alliance led revenue for the organization.

VIKAS MALHOTRA

Head-Enterprise Business, LogMeIn

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Vikas is an astute & result oriented professional with over two decades of experience in helping organizations achieve substantial business outcomes by providing niche technology solutions.


As an experienced professional in the information and communication technology industry, Vikas has managed and led partnership with customers across different verticals and diverse businesses. Vikas has to his credit the success at Wipro, Dell, Symantec, Oracle, and NTT Data and now LogMeIn in India. 


Vikas has driven strategic business growth in the marketplace for the organizations and has successfully developed & leveraged relationships towards achievement of targets and high levels of customer satisfaction.

SAMEER RAJE

GM & Head of India, Zoom Video Communications, Zoom

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Sameer is responsible for Leading Strategic Initiatives, GTM, Operations, Sales, Implementation, Support and General Management functions for Zoom India.

 

Sameer is sought after and considered to be one of the trusted & go to person by industry veterans to overcome challenges around SaaS based collaboration technologies. He has been associated with companies like Cisco Webex, IBM and Microsoft where he built and lead high profile teams specializing in winning large complex transactions. He was last associated with West Unified Communications (Intercall) for close to 7 years as Director Sales - India and for SMBs across Asia Pacific. Sameer spearheaded the journey for West Corporation in country to become the second largest ASP by winning some of the largest cloud collaboration deals and by winning numerous industry rewards.

 

An Engineer from M.S. University of Baroda by education, Sameer is an avid runner, cyclist and an automobile enthusiast. He spends his free time either working on or riding motorbikes.

SHEIK DIWAN

GM, Commercial & Industry, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric

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Sheik is a senior level executive with 23 years of experience & has worked for top industrial conglomerates. He has been working in Schneider Electric last 11 years which is the leading global energy management company listed in Fortune 500. Currently, he manages  C&I Segment business for the southern region in Secure Power Business of Schneider Electric, helping many Industrial customers on providing innovative UPS solutions , Data centres and Edge solutions along with the Monitoring part as well.


Sheik, in his previous role has managed a large Enterprise Business in IT Segments (IT-ITES, C&SP) providing Data Center Infrastructure and Energy Management Solutions, Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), Precision Cooling and home & business network protection equipment. His previous company was TATA - Liebert (Emerson Network Power), now Vertiv, where he managed the business for the entire Tamilnadu region for Power & Cooling. Prior to Vertiv, he was heading the GE UPS Business in OMAN (Muscat).

 

Sheik has a B.E in Electrical engineering and was a speaker in various Frost and Sullivan forums where in they have conducted Automotive and Healthcare summit in the year 2018-19.

DR. LINDA FRIEDLAND

Dr Linda Friedland Consulting PTY LTD, Director FFD Capital New York, Chief Medical Officer TAC, Dubai, Head Business Development Firebrick Pharma, Australia

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Dr Linda Friedland is a physician with over 25 years’ experience in clinical medicine and an international advisor to many of Fortune and Forbes global companies. She consults to healthcare, biotech, corporate and financial institutions. She is a much sought-after public speaker and has delivered keynotes in more than 30 countries.  Among her roles, Dr Friedland, (based in Australia) is the head of Business Development at Firebrick Pharma Australia, senior consultant to TargImmune Therapeutics (Basel, Switzerland), cofounder and director of FFD Capital LLC USA and Medical Officer for the Anti-Inflammaging Company Dubai, UAE. 


Linda is also a non-executive director on several Healthcare boards. An author of seven health bestsellers with a long career in television and health media, she has developed public health and disease management programs in Asia, USA, Australia, Africa and the UK. She is married to Professor Peter Friedland and has 5 adult children.

CHIRAG TYAGI

DGM -  EcoStruxure, Secure Power Division,
Schneider Electric 

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Chirag is an experienced IT Sales professional currently leading the growth for EcoStruxure IT business Unit at Schneider Electric, India. He is a passionate for helping our client adopt cutting edge IoT Based Edge and Data center focused energy management solutions to drive modernization and cost optimization for DC and Edge operations. Multi-year Hybrid cloud and SaaS sales experience with engagements spanning across Industry segments during his stint with IBM. He is a change agent within Schneider to inculcate IT Solution selling mindset and fine tune the GTM and Client engagement model to grow IT Business in the coming years. 

HEATHER SWAN

World Record Setting Adventurer and Wingsuit Pilot

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Heather Swan is a trail blazing adventurer with many world firsts and two world records to her credit. Heather was awarded one World Record for the highest BASEjump - made in a wingsuit - when she and her husband Dr. Glenn Singleman climbed and BASEjumped from 6604 metres on Mt Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya of India. She remains the only woman in the world to successfully combine high altitude mountaineering and wingsuit BASEjumping.

 

Heather combined her career as a ground breaking wing-suit pilot, with that of corporate executive. She held senior positions in Marketing and Management in both private and public sector organisations including establishing the highly successful business unit ‘Olympic Communicators’ on behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), which was modelled by National Olympic Committees (NOC’s) around the world.

 

She is also the author of three successful books and has featured many times on top media programs such as 60 Minutes (three times) and Australian Story (twice) and the Best of Australian Story. Heather is a recipient of Australian Geographic’s prestigious ‘Spirit of Adventure Award’ and remains an Australian Geographic Ambassador, contributor, presenter and member of the Nancy Bird Walter Sponsorship selection panel.

MARTY ROWELL

Circular Economy Practitioner

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Marty Rowell has always been a problem solver. As a young entrepreneur, he had started and sold his first business by the age of 21. After travelling the world, he got grounded, went corporate, and began gathering extensive experience working with and within big business. Marty worked with the likes of NBN, Telstra and VERNet.


When The War on Waste (ABC) aired, Marty was inspired to find a solution for the overwhelming problem of an increasing number of disposable single-use coffee cups going to waste – he knew there had to be an easier, more convenient, and sustainable way for consumers to enjoy take-away drinks without the waste. 
 
Marty co-created The Cup Exchange (TCX), a Product-as-a-Service platform which delivers an elevated customer experience whilst minimising the need for production and ultimately avoiding waste to landfill and ongoing emissions. The TCX system challenges the status quo by replacing the need for single-use items with the supply of convenient re-usable low-cost items as a service ... with the first application being coffee cups.

ADV. PUNEET BHASIN

International Cyber Law Expert, Privacy & Data Protection & GDPR, Cyber Crimes, Tedx Speaker, Thought Leader, Author

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Advocate Puneet Bhasin is a Pioneer in Cyber Laws in India and Awarded the Best Cyber Lawyer in India. She is an advisor to the Rajya Sabha Committees on Internet laws and Recipient of 5 National Awards for contribution in Cyber laws one of them being "Best Cyber Lawyer in India" from Late Shri Ram Jethmalani. She has presented as Expert in Cyber Laws before: Amendments to IT Act & drafting of New Legislations, Recommendations to National Commission for Women on "Cyber Crimes against Women to name a few. 
Ms. Puneet launched Cyberjure Academy in 2018 to develop Industry skill sets in EU GDPR Compliance, Cyber laws, Cyber Crime Investigation and Data Protection Compliances and till date has trained over 400 CXOs and Professionals. 
 
She specialises in Technology laws, Blockchain Laws, Cyber Crime Cases, GDPR Legal Compliance, Artificial Intelligence & IoT Laws, E-commerce Laws, Fintech Laws , Smart City Laws and Digital Healthcare Laws and its application in the Indian scenario and in the International perspective

SIMON KUESTENMACHER

Co-Founder,
The Demographics Group

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Simon Kuestenmacher is a Co-Founder of The Demographics Group based in Melbourne, Australia. The group provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer, and social trends to businesses and governments. Simon has a Bachelor in geography from Humboldt University in Berlin and a Master of Urban Geography from Melbourne University; he writes a weekly column for The New Daily and a monthly column for The Australian newspaper.

 

In his spare time Simon runs what is by now the world’s largest Twitter account dedicated to maps and data. He has amassed 200,000 followers, reaches over 25 million people every month and ranks as one of the world’s Top 10 influencers in data.

DEEPAK SHARMA

President & Chief Digital Officer,
Kotak Mahindra Bank

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Deepak Sharma heads Kotak Mahindra Bank’s digital initiatives where he drives digital transformation, business model innovation and future ready initiatives of the bank. Under his leadership, Kotak has launched several innovative and global first products such as 811, Jifi, Hashtag Banking, KayMall, WhatsApp Banking & Kaypay, apart from new initiatives like API, Open & Connected Banking, Conversational Banking Bot ’Keya’, BYOD Biometric Banking, Cross-border remittances on Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Robotic Process Automation. Deepak believes in constant innovation and focuses on building business models, which are customer centric, value accretive and disruptive.

 

With over 26 years of experience, Deepak’s professional tenure spans across the banking, telecom and consumer services verticals. Prior to joining Kotak, he was part of the leadership team of Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered from 2003 to 2008. Thereafter, as National Head for Corporate Business at Standard Chartered, he was responsible for building the corporate payroll and Wealth Management business.

 

Deepak has completed an advanced programme in Strategy from IIM Calcutta as well as the Stanford LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation.

AMER WARSI

Alliances, Channels, Ecosystem and SMB, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Over the last 22 years at HPE, Warsi has held numerous leadership positions where he was responsible for overseeing sales and driving business growth. In the most recent role, Warsi was the country manager for partner ecosystem alliances providing leadership and direction for the growth of HPE’s business across the indirect routes to market. This entailed working with system integrators, advisory services, OEM entities, ISV, and cloud service providers.

Warsi carries over 27 years of experience in the IT Industry. Prior to joining HPE, he was with HCL Limited managing various roles across sales and marketing.  Warsi holds an engineering degree in electronics.

VIMAL VENKATRAM

Country Manager, Snowflake India

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An experienced executive with over 15 years in the information technology industry, Vimal Venkatram is responsible for growing Snowflake's business in India.
Vimal specialises in data management solutions across all verticals such as retail, manufacturing and financial services, and has deep regional experience especially in India and Southeast Asia. He is currently based in Singapore and will be based in Mumbai subsequently.


Before joining Snowflake in 2019, Vimal led the retail and manufacturing businesses for Mulesoft, a Salesforce company, across Southeast Asia. He also previously held senior positions with Oracle and Citrix.


Vimal has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai and an MBA from the Welingkar Institute of Management in Mumbai. He is also a professional Tabla player who has performed on the global stage, trained under legends Ustad Alla Rakha and Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar.

BILL ZENG

CTO & Director, Sales Engineering,
Asia Pacific, Poly

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Bill Zeng is responsible for leading Poly’s technology vision in the region, as well as for crafting product and solution strategy for the region. Zeng joined Poly in early 2019 with over two decades of experience in telecom and IT. He has led technical sales and operation teams across the Asia-Pacific region and his expertise in both voice and video technologies (MGCP, H323, SIP, H264 etc.) is highly notable.

 

Prior to joining Poly, Zeng worked at Cisco for 20 years where he started as Development Engineering Manager and held multiple leadership roles including General Manager for Collaboration Strategic Accounts, CTO for APAC Unified Collaboration and more recently, Cloud Collaboration Evangelist for Cisco’s Collaboration business. Before that, Zeng was a System Architect at Alcatel Europe Research Center in Belgium and a Network Planning Engineer at Telstra.

 

Zeng holds a First Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.

ANAND GANAPATHY

VP & GM, Enterprise,
Dell Technologies, India

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22 years of experience spanning general management, sales and P&L responsibility, Anand brings an ability to understand emerging customer needs and build business models to address these. With a proven capability to intertwine strong operational capability with strategic intent, he has experience in building organizational capability and best-in-class management systems.

Trust, integrity and straight-talk being the cornerstones of his professional relationships, over time many of his acquaintances have transformed into personal friendships. “Leading from the front comes naturally to me and my hands on approach to business keeps me grounded and helps me rally my team around a common objective.”

PRASENJIT MUKHERJEE

CIO, Team Computers

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Prasenjit, a creative and result driven technology leader having more than 29 years of experience in IT Application development and implementation, ERP implementation, infrastructure planning, Project management and implementation, cyber Security, IT-OT Automation, cloud and collaboration. Currently working as CIO of team computers Pvt. Ltd., He has earlier worked with Reliance Energy, Oracle India, SQL Star International, New Horizons. 
 
Prasenjit has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Post Graduation in IT. Certified on ITIL, PDPA, CISA.

CALUM  MACDOUGALL

SVP Marketing, GN Audio 

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Calum MacDougall is a Senior Vice President for GN Audio (Jabra), reporting to CEO Rene Svendsen-Tune. Calum leads all of Jabra’s communications, branding, and marketing teams globally. He joined Jabra in 2015 to head up the new global marketing and communications department, while also taking on the market share of industry leaders. 

 

Before joining GN Audio, Calum worked as a central figure in Sony Mobile Communications for more than 7 years, first as Director of Marketing Partnerships. He later gravitated to the Head of Marketing Programs which served as a foundation for his current role at Jabra.

 

A native of Britain, Calum holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bristol. 

NITIN VARMA

Managing Director - India & SAARC, Crowdstrike

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Nitin’s charter in Crowdstrike is to strengthen company’s foothold in the region & drive security transformation for customers and partners. As a veteran in the technology industry with over 20 years of experience, Nitin has held multiple senior roles in leading IT companies. Prior to joining Crowdstrike, he worked with Palo Alto Networks, Oracle, Cisco Systems & Avaya Global Connect.

 

Nitin spent more than 3.5 years as the Director-mid market & commercial business for India & SAARC where he was responsible for building up the commercial business & growing the business multi fold. He spent a decade in Cisco systems driving growth in Enterprise segment across oil & gas, utilities, manufacturing, BFSI & IT services verticals in India. Nitin had a 7 year stint at Avaya Global Connect
(erstwhile TATA TELECOM) as the Head of Account Management Team.

 

Nitin holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Indian
Institute of Foreign Trade and Bachelor’s in Electronics from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune.

MURAD WAGH

Director - Sales Engineering, 
Snowflake India

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Murad is currently leading a team of talented sales engineers responsible for pre-sales functions at Snowflake India. He comes with wealth of experience and skill sets around Data Center Automation, Virtualization & Cloud technologies, Infrastructure Management, Cross management-domain architectures, and Team Management.

RICKY KAPUR

Head - APAC, Zoom

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Ricky Kapur is Head of APAC for Zoom, bringing over 25 years of experience to his role. Prior to joining Zoom, Kapur was Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations at Microsoft APAC. In his role, he managed all segments, from SMB and Majors up to Enterprise and led a cross-functional team of Sales, Marketing, Partner and Customer Success and Operations professionals. Before joining Microsoft, Kapur served as Managing Director at Google where he was responsible for overseeing growth of Google Cloud Platform across APJ. Prior to that, Kapur held the position of Vice President, ASEAN Technology Sales at Oracle. He also worked at Siebel Systems, Unica Corporation, and Chordiant Software. 
 
Kapur is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India and holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne.

PETER JAYASEELAN

Managing Director (South Asia) and Head - APAC (Public Sector Business Unit), Jabra

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Peter in his current role is responsible for the profitable growth of business in South Asia and to build the Public Sector business in APAC. He has over 30 years of experience in managing P&L, strategy, people, sales, operations, turnarounds, acquisitions and building new businesses. He is passionate about understanding customer's business issues and helps find a way to solve it using technology solutions. 
 
Peter has a rich global experience having in India, Sultanate of Oman, Australia, and Singapore. He is an engineer by education and an alumnus of ISB and Kellogg School of Management. 


Peter is happily married with two kids and resides in Bangalore. He loves to read and travel during his spare time.

KAMAL KASHYAP

Director & Country Manager - Storage Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Kamal Kashyap leads HPE’s Storage business group, including primary storage, all-flash and hybrid storage, collaborative platforms, big data storage, and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions for HPE in India. HPE has the most comprehensive intelligent data platform in the industry that provides customers with performance, automation, AI-powered analytics, and simplicity. Kamal and his team are chartered with bringing together deep industry knowledge, technical expertise and the applied power of HPE’s comprehensive storage portfolio to deliver outcomes that matter for customers across the country.

 

Prior to leading storage Kamal served as the Director, Public Sector in India. Kamal and his team were responsible for HPE India engagement across the Government and Public Sector segment in the country and representing HPE’s full portfolio of enterprise products, software, services and solutions to Government leaders, customers, partners and other key stakeholders.

NILOTPAL KUMAR DUTTA 

Country Manager – GreenLake Cloud Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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A Sales Leader with proven track record. An overall experience of 25+ years, out of which 19 have been leading sales teams. Has worked extensively across Industry segments and Regions. Has wide experience in managing large Accounts, complex deals, channel and large sales teams. Has handled sales of Enterprise Products and IT Services and has been instrumental in some of the largest wins in the organizations worked for. An excellent people manager and sales strategist.


Author of  two novels, 'EVERYTHING AND NOTHING', a historical fiction published in November 2019 and 'IN RETROSPECT' based on my childhood experiences published in 2014.

SACHIN. S. RAO

MD & CEO,
Archon Consulting Systems

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An award winning technocrat with 20 years of progressive leadership experience in different dimensions of Information Technology system integration, datacenter modernization, Software & applications, Networking, Security Virtualization & cloud transformation domains. Sachin .S.Rao is well versed in successfully building & turning around businesses, enabling technology & solution sales through strong techno-commercial skills, collaborative teamwork, and strong relationships with technology partners & customers. 
 
Under the Leadership of Sachin.S.Rao, Archon has bagged many awards over the years from Technology Partners in various streams including innovative IT Consumption Models. The industry has also recognized him and the company with International Data Group-Premier 100 Award ( 9 Years in a row), CRN best Datacenter partner award & Best regional System Integrator recognition/Server-Storage, IDG -Best performing partner in the country for Storage, Datacenter Hall of Fame-twice , Security , HCI , Cloud Data Management  in successive years &  CORE-Media CIO Choice award-2019 , 2020 & 2021  in the Infrastructure Transformation Services space.

SHRIRANG DESHPANDE

Country Manager - Strategic Accounts,
Vertiv India

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Shrirang is responsible for Vertiv’s Data Center Business handling designing & building turn-key Data Centers, Smart Solutions & Integrated Modular Solution with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Adaptive Architecture. An advocate of energy efficiency, Shrirang is currently overseeing the development of integrated business solutions and promoting Data Center infrastructure management systems for India’s rapidly increasing high density Data Center environment. 
 
Shrirang has over 20 years of experience spanning in the Power Electronics and Infrastructure gamut. Before joining Emerson Network Power (now Vertiv) in 2005, he served as Business Entity Manager for Systems Integration and Services at Glodyne Tech Services for 5 years. Shrirang is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, and holds a Master’s Program in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Education, Pune. He has also completed a Management Development Program from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 

YOGESH GUPTA

Executive Editor, IDG India  

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​With over 14 years of experience in enterprise technology, Yogesh spearheads IDG’s editorial for digital, websites, and events (physical and virtual) across popular brands like CIO, CSO, ComputerWorld and ChannelWorld - in India. A keynote speaker and a social media influencer, he is a knowledge navigator of business blueprint, management roles and leadership tactics of OEMs, CXOs, CIOs, and Channels of the technology ecosystem in India and globally.

Yogesh was recognised as the most influential or star B2B editor in 2019 from an elite list of 26 editors across IDG’s presence across 50 plus countries. He kick-started his journalism career with The Times of India in 2003 and later joined IDG India team as senior correspondent in 2007. Yogesh is a Computer Engineering graduate from Mumbai University.

HARISH KUMAR

Sr. Director - Enterprise & Government, Check Point Software Technologies

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A Btech from NIT Calicut, Harish started his journey as a Sales Engineer with ITW Signode India Limited. He lead the Mission Critical Systems business of HP comprising of HP Unix Servers, Non Stop Enterprise Division, Converged Infrastructure for HANA & Mission Critical x 86 Server as the Country Manager - Mission Critical Systems for Hewlett Packard Enterprise for a little less than 5 years and was the Country Manager - BFSI for for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Harish now leads the Enterprise & Govt and is the Senior Director Enterprise & Govt for Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.

HARUNOBU OKI

Global Manager - Branded Solutions, Recording Media Products Division, Fujifilm Corporation

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Harunobu Oki is the Global Manager of Branded Solutions at the Recording Media Products Division, Fujifilm Corporation. He is responsible for international sales and marketing of Fujifilm's data storage tape products and software solutions. With over 20 years of experience in this field, he has also focused on commercialization and business development of data management solutions based on tape technology over the last 10 years, 7 of which were based in the United States. 

PARESH SHETTY

President – Sales, CtrlS

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Paresh is a dynamic, dedicated Transformational leader who possesses experience of more than 25 years in Operations and Strategic Management across IT, Digital and Telecom industries.

 

He leads CtrlS and Cloud4C Sales, Inside Sales and Retail Colo business with major focus on enhancing market share through technology partnership, alliances and collaboration. His expertise in managing large transformational change management projects and in-depth knowledge of IoT and digital transformation has immensely contributed to the growth of CLoud4C and CtrlS. Paresh aims to grow CLoud4C to a billion-dollar company by 2023. His Previous Role has been with Vodafone Idea as President Enterprise sales- 6 years, 14 years with HP, managing Mutilple Biz both In India and Asia Pacific Region.

 

For his impeccable contributions, Paresh has been awarded with Asia Pacific Region Best Practice Award, Asia Pacific Most Valuable Player Award, Asia Pacific Oscar Award, Asia Pacific High Achievers Award and Honorary President’s award amongst many more.