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Avi Liran

Global Delightful Experience & Organisational Culture Consultant, TEDx & CSP Keynote Speaker, Author, Trainer, Coach, and Mentor

Inspirer, writer, humourist and TEDx/IDEASx speaker, Avi Liran (CSP) believes that everyone is a Chief Delighting Officer. An incurable optimist, he’s always been fascinated by the power of positivity, as well as the ability of words and tones to transform people’s lives and experiences. 
 
Avi is renown as one of the most inspiring, passionate and entertaining speaker, known for living his mission to spread delight and touch hearts with wit and humor. He combines relatable real life experiences, years of scientific research and industry-specific case studies to deliver fun interactions with his audience and actionable takeaways to create memorable moments that inspire transformation.

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Aashish Chandra

Chief Technology & Digital Officer,
The Body Shop

After nearly 2 decades in the US, Chandra relocated from Silicon Valley, California to New Delhi, India just prior to the start of COVID19 pandemic. He is a digital and transformation leader with demonstrated success in driving digital operating model transformations, and delivering highly scalable digital platforms for significant shareholder value. 

 
He serves as a member of Executive leadership team as an Executive VP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at The Body Shop - South Asia. Previously, he was Global Technology Officer / Global Head of Technology for Retail, CPG & Travel, Transport, Hospitality industry verticals at TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) Santa Clara, California location.  During his 7 years at TCS, the company grew 2.5x in MCap and over 90% in brand value.

 

Prior to TCS, Aashish served as Vice President at Sears Holdings Corporation in the US where he was driving Digital Transformation for the iconic retail company. Chandra has been in founding CXO team of 2 tech startups in Silicon Valley; and has 11 patents filed in international jurisdictions including UK, US, Europe and India. 

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Abhijit Chatterjee

CIO, TCG Lifesciences  

Abhijit comes with 27 years of industry background. Having spent his formative years in Canada, he returned to India and started his own company in 1998. After running it successfully for 4 yrs he looked towards the user industry and since then have worked with companies like Exide, ABP, a Caterpillar dealership in India, Vikram Solar and now engaged with a diversified Indian business conglomerate. Abhijit has rolled out 4 large scale local and global SAP projects, lead multiple digital transformation engagements and is passionate about Information Security. 

Abhijit believes that the key to driving IT transformation sits very much within a collaborative ethos, which puts team development, mentoring and growth as important as the delivery and processes. A few of his specialities areas are program management, customer insight, CRM, BI, Change management, DevOps, Agile, Scrum, Serverless, Multi-Channel environments, web platforms including mobile Microservices, IT Architecture, Infrastructure and innovative Cloud solutions, etc.

He is an innovative and customer centric CIO / CDO / CTO / Ex Board Member with a track record of directing successful digital business transformation within organisations. He has experience in industries like Manufacturing, Construction & Mining, Online/Digital, B2B/B2C/Omni-Channel, Renewable Energy, Media Publishing, Financial Services, Aquaculture.
 

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Ashok Cherian

CIO, Page Industries

A digital busines transformation enthusiast with over 27 years of rich cross-cultural IT Leadership experience, including 15 years as CIO of leading corporates with responsibilities across geographies, Ashok is currently associated with Page Industries Ltd as CIO. A business focused IT Leader, Ashok has excelled in diverse domains including core FMCG, Consumer Goods, Building Materials, Manufacturing, Trading and Retail. 
 
He has delivered business value and differentiation from Digital investments through Enterprise wide transformational projects including BPR, ERP, CRM, Shared Services, Customer Loyalty, E-Commerce, SFA, Retail, Digital Supply Chain, Manufacturing Automation, HRMS, AI/ML Capabilities, RPA, Analytics, Infrastructure Transformation and IT Strategy. Ashok, a true learner is passionate about learning, unlearning, relearning and sharing his knowledge which keeps him going.

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Biswabrata Chakraborty 

CIO, IndusInd Bank

Biswabrata Chakraborty enhances more than two decades in technology strategy, execution and transformation roles across leading Banks and Insurance organizations such as IndusInd Bank, Barclays Bank, Bank Of America, ICICI Prudential, Cigna TTK and Reliance Life Insurance. In his current role he is responsible for roadmap, planning and delivery of strategic capabilities for IndusInd Bank, aligning with the firms broader strategy, and is also accountable for governance and for security engineering.

Apart from this, he has strong program skills - some examples being complex programs for the payments setup for Barclays in North America-he played multiple roles in this program to in source the entire banking stack reusing components and migrate the clearing processes from JPMC. He has deep knowledge of insurance in his roles as CTO for Reliance Life Insurance and CIO for Cigna TTK Health Insurance. 
 

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Charu Bhargava

Vice President, Sheela Foam (Sleepwell)

Charu Bhargava is a Path-Breaking and Passionate IT Executive with 20+ remarkable years driving Digitalization of Business Processes. The journey of using technology for outcome-led difference begun with Sheela Foam (Sleepwell) in 2001. Packs a deep domain understanding straddling all functions such as Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, HR, Distribution & Dealer environment.

She is experienced in compelling dedication, and business-strategy panache, in leveraging IT and bold ideas.
 

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Gyan Pandey

Chief Digital Officer, Voltas - A Tata Enterprise 

25+ years of rich experience in IT Leadership and Digital Strategy, Global Delivery Management, ERP implementation, PMO and Competency Management. Have successfully managed/delivered multiple large-scale business transformations and complex Projects which lead to improvement of top line/ bottom-line of the business. 

A techno commercial leader blending appropriate technology investment with fulfilment of the business requirement. A Seasoned technology leader with proven track record of driving and enabling business growth through digital transformation.
 

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Janesh M

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Elastic

Elastic's finance and operations activities are as diverse as our company. Driving integrated cross-functional execution, providing visibility on our business outlook, solving problems creatively with IT solutions, or ensuring our customers and employees can easily engage with us — it’s all in a day’s work for us. 
 
As CFO and COO, Janesh has the privilege of leading this team. Before Elastic, he has worked at Cisco, VMware, and Infoblox in roles covering both finance and sales.

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Kirti Patil

Joint President & Chief Technology Officer,
Kotak Life Insurance 

Kirti Patil spearheads its technology and digital function. She is a member of Kotak Life’s executive management council that charters company’s growth. She is passionate about building excellence through technology. Over the years, she has been instrumental in giving Kotak Life’s tech strategy a cutting edge by implementing several transformational initiatives in the areas of Digital Sales, Digital Enablement of Primary channels, Customer Experience and Engagement, Underwriting and Operations, Finance, Investments  & Risk and Compliance. Driven to build excellence through technology, Kirti has been an early adopter of several technologies. 
 
With over three decades of experience spanning manufacturing and BFSI sector, Kirti has won several industry accolades for her initiatives. She has forged a well-established partner network with strategic alliances with large as well as small partners and with start-ups. She is often invited as a Speaker at Industry forums and is on Customer Advisory Boards of technology companies. 
 
She started her career with Bayer India and moved on to International Rectifier where she was responsible for implementation technology solutions in the APAC region. Later she re-joined Bayer and handled their technology integration and standardisation across 12 group companies in India. Kirti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from VJTI and an MBA from Mumbai University.

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Mathew Philip

Senior Director & Country Manager – Sales, GoTo

Mathew Philip is a business Leader with more than 25+ years of experience across Business development, Strategic Alliances and Leadership. He has a successful track record in building and leading large sales teams, creating strategic partnerships, and developing go-to market strategies.


In his current role ,Mathew heads the GoTo Business for India where he has the charter of enabling businesses to accelerate their Flexible work journey.  He is also responsible for building strategic partnerships with Global system integrators and exploring synergies with complementing technology players.

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Mohammad Irshad Saifi

Director IT and Digitization, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

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Irshad Saifi is a C-level executive with over 21 years of global enterprise technology experience, managed $100+million global budget, lead global teams spread out in all three continents of fortune 10/100/500 companies in the multiple industries such as Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, BFSI, Healthcare, IT/ITES, and Professional Consulting Firm. He is a strong IT leader with functional, transformation & business strategist acumen, he helped fortune 500 companies to solve their complex business problems using technology.

He is having extensive experience in identifying business opportunities and using innovative technologies to deliver business outcomes such as Industry 4.0, AI/ML, RPA, IoT, BI, digitization, Internal COE setup. He has successfully managed global budgets, global teams, global compliance, and execution of multi-million-dollar, multi-geographies, and multi-location projects.

Prior to joining professional consulting firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. as a CIDO, he has successfully led global leadership roles in large enterprises such as Sunpharma and Ranbaxy (Group Level Global Role), Citibank-Singapore (Global Role), Agilent Technologies (Group level - Global Role), Genpact (APAC), Havells (Group Level), HCL Technologies (India, US & UK).

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Namrita Mahindro

Chief Digital Officer, Aditya Birla Chemicals, Filaments and Insulators (CFI)

Namrita is a persuasive & influential C-level professional with 20+ years of experience fueling exponential growth and innovation in multi-industry environments enabling organisations to stay competitive in the digital era. She is a digital transformation thought leader and practioner credited with transforming businesses through conceptualizing new business models, re- imagining customer experiences, re-engineering operations, building capabilities, changing organization culture and establishing best practices.

Namrita is well known as a technology evangelist with solid understanding of new & emerging technologies & digital ecosystems including AI / ML, Metaverse (AR/VR, NFTs), Web3 (Blockchain), Industry 4.0 technologies (IoT / IIoT, Robotics, Drones), Data & Analytics and Cloud. Conceptualized, designed and built digital platforms, products and solutions leveraging these technologies, improving performance, quality, reliability, agility & transparency. Built digital operating models leveraging DevOps and agile.

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Neeti Wahi

Group Chief Information & Digital Officer, Sterlite Power

Neeti is a C-Suite Technology professional, having over 22 yrs experience in the Information Technology domain with a keen passion towards business partnering. She carries global experience in IT strategy, innovation, enterprise architecture and large platform implementations, driving operational excellence across B2B and B2C companies. 
 
Neeti’s career spans across companies like GE Capital for 17 Years, followed by 3 years at Clix Capital (a fintech) as part of the founding team focussed on developing technology for digital lending. She then moved on to the Energy sector with Sterlite Power, a strong player in the power transmission domain. Here she is focussed on bringing the power of digital to an infrastructure company and reducing time and cost variations in asset construction and maintenance.

 

Driven by her passion towards delivering business outcomes, she is also a promoter of the diversity agenda at the workplace and is working with associations like FICCI to promote women in the STEM domain.

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Nidhi Garg

Head – Global IT, Aristocrat

Nidhi is a senior IT Leader with over 22 years of experience in providing leadership to achieve corporate strategies, build coalition to support business growth, implement and manage change to drive organizational performance. She has extensive experience in developing IT strategy, roadmaps, implementation plans and their supporting budgets. Deft in creating a highly dynamic work environment that facilitates innovation, continuous improvement and bring out the best in people with shared sense of purpose.

 

Nidhi is a strong advocate of having fair, equitable and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. She is also an executive sponsor of EIG SHAKTI that focuses on women in Aristocrat India.

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Nilesh Sangoi

CIO, Fincare Small Finance Bank

Nilesh Sangoi is Chief Information Officer at Fincare Small Finance Bank and leads all digital and technology initiatives at the bank. He has over 30 years of experience in building consumer centric technology platforms across multiple industries.

 

Prior to Fincare, he worked with Meru Mobility as the founding CTO and then CEO, where he helped built a pioneering tech platform and then turn it into a profitable venture. Prior to this, he was associated with Star TV as Head of Technology and helped build technology backbone for media and entertainment business.

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Nilotpal Kumar Dutta

Director, India - GreenLake Cloud Services, HPE

Nilotpal Kumar Dutta serves as Director, GreenLake Cloud Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise India. In this role, Nilotpal executes HPE’s strategy to deliver a seamless cloud experience everywhere and accelerate HPE’s transformation to an edge to cloud Everything-as-a-Service company with consumption-based workload and platform optimized solutions.

 

Nilotpal joined Hewlett Packard in 2002 and has since served in various roles in Enterprise Sales. Prior to his current role, he was Director for Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Vertical, Country Manager for Global Accounts, and Zonal Head for Southern Region. 
 
Before joining HPE, Nilotpal worked with Wipro and HCL Hewlett-Packard. Nilotpal has extensive business experience and as a business leader has always been focused on increasing customer and partner satisfaction while delivering market share growth. Nilotpal holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and PGCBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Nilotpal is a published author of two successful novels.

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Pankaj Gupta

Chief Digital & Marketing Officer,
Karnataka Bank 

Pankaj has 27 enriching years of experience with an exciting career re-boot in 2019 as CD&MO catalysing the digital transformation journey of Karnataka Bank. He accelerated Cloud@core to shape Sify 3.0 for 4yrs. Prior to it, Pankaj completed 16 glorious years at Wipro, learning contributing making friends in various business leadership roles across IT Products & Services, and 5 foundational years at Godrej Pacific & Acer into Channels and Distribution. He managed revenues of 500mn USD and team sizes up to 1800 people.
 
As CD & MO at KBL, Pankaj ensures process innovation, industry best practices adoption at speed and being a key catalyst towards emerging as the Digital Bank of Future. He brings focus on CARE outcome metric (Cost, Adoption, Risk, Experience) ensured surpassing the industry metrics on key digital parameters. 
 
His specialities cover Digital Transformation, Analytics Solutions, Banking domain, Cloud, IT services. Managing P&L, Strategy, Large deals, Enterprise Sales. Incubating new business & Accelerating existing ones, Scaling customer relationships, Grooming large teams, Business Operations, Alliances & channels.
 

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Paresh Shetty

President – Sales, CtrlS

Paresh is a sales evangelist transforming global business in BFSI, IT and Telecommunication industries for over 25 years. He is a leader on a quest to blend sales and science to create value in business relations.   
 
He defines his time at CtrlS Datacenters exciting as they chart their path to a sustainable and energy-efficient future with edge datacenters. As the sales leader, he drives strategy for multifold growth while keeping customers, operations and people (COP) at the center of everything. As an action-oriented professional, he has built high-performing sales teams and managed complex transformational deals. Innate positivity and playing on the front foot are part of his nature. He harnesses insights from experience and shares them to help one another.   
 
He is passionate about, technology, sustainability and growth. He sees Automation, IoT, AI, 5G Cloud and other cutting-edge technologies as growth enablers powering enterprises to be their best. 

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Peter Jayaseelan

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

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. Peter 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. Peter 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

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Rakesh Godhwani

Founder & CEO, School of Meaningful Experiences 

Dr. Rakesh Godhwani is the founder of School of Meaningful Experiences, an online ed-tech startup in Bangalore. He has also taught as an Adjunct Faculty of Communication at IIM Bangalore and IIM Udaipur. Dr. Godhwani coaches promising startups and senior managers in the industry, gives seminars and talks in corporate events and colleges, reads a story to his kids every night before they sleep, bicycles, does yoga, writes, earns a fraction of what he used to, but lives a million times better.

 

Rakesh’s research and teaching interests focus on how a charismatic leader builds a persuasive message to impact audiences. His fourth book titled “Public Speaking Kaleidoscope” was released by Business Expert Press USA in May 2017. His earlier book “What to Say and when to Shut Up!” was published by Penguin Random House in November 2014 and translated in Marathi in 2017. Rakesh recently launched his online course on EdX and IIMBx called “Effective Business Communication” designed for learners around the world. Besides this, Dr. Godhwani also has his own podcast called “Plunnge” which is available on Spotify, Google, Apple Podcast apps or on his website.


Prior to his plunnge into academia, teaching and writing, Dr. Godhwani worked with companies like Wipro, Intel and Qualcomm in various capacities ranging from engineering to business development. He also volunteers with Vishwas Society for Mental Health, an organization that offers free and confidential counselling.

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Ravinder Pal Singh

Partner, Kalaari Capital; Harvard Alumni, Award Winning Technologist, Professor of Innovation, Rescue Pilot

Ravinder Pal Singh (Ravi) is Harvard Alumni, Award Winning Technologist, Professor of Innovation, Rescue Pilot, DeepTech Investor and Global speaker with several hundred global recognition and 28 patents. His body of work, mostly 1st in the world is making difference within acute constraints of culture and cash via commodity technology. He has been acknowledged as Person of Year, world's top 10 Robotics Designer, #1 Artificial Intelligence Leader in Asia and world's top 25 CIO. Ravi is active in India, USA, Singapore, Scotland, Mexico and Africa thru advisory, co-creation, hackathons and innovation funding to create mass-entrepreneurship at grassroots across rural, towns and cities.

 

Over a decade as investor he has mentored and managed successes and failure with a net portfolio gain of over 22X ROI. Ravi continues to serve various international agencies by flying several hundred hours as emergency response expeditions ranging from covid to floods to earthquakes. 

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Sajan Paul

Managing Director & Country Manager, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks 

Sajan Paul is the Managing Director for India & SAARC at Juniper Networks. His responsibilities include driving the company’s long-term strategy and vision in the region, managing P&L operations, sales execution, as well as building world-class teams with an emphasis on diversity. In this role, Sajan taps on over 25 years of experience as an integral part of the telecom and networking industry in the region. 
 
During his time at Juniper, he led both the Systems Engineering as well as the Enterprise Sales teams for India & SAARC, allowing him to offer a unique blend of deep technical expertise alongside astute sales and business leadership. Prior to joining Juniper, Sajan worked with Cisco Systems as Vice President - Systems Engineering - IT/ITeS for over a year. He has also worked with Nortel, Avaya etc. during various stages in his career. 
 
Sajan holds an engineering degree in electronics and communications from the Vellore Institute of Technology apart from several other job specific trainings. His hobbies include enjoying music, driving and a deep interest in philosophy and related existential topics.

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Sachin Kotian

Head - Architecture, SAS India

Sachin leads the architecture practice at SAS India and is responsible for providing data, AI and ML solutions to solve diverse customer problems. His career spans over two decades with experience in Data Strategy, Data Management and Data Science. He is a seasoned practitioner and has helped several organizations in implementing solutions in the field of Customer Intelligence, Fraud Intelligence, Process Automation and Optimization. 


Sachin is passionate about technology and strongly believes that the amalgamation of Cloud & AI will continue to be the bedrock for creating path-breaking solutions of tomorrow.

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Sameer Raje

General Manager and Head, India & SAARC Region, Zoom

Sameer Raje is General Manager and Head for India & SAARC Region for Zoom. He joined Zoom in April 2019 to kick start and grow its operations in the country and is responsible for leading Strategic Initiatives, Operations, Pre-sales, Sales, Customer Success, Support and General Management functions.

 

Prior to Zoom, Sameer was at West Unified Communications (Intercall) for about seven years as Director Sales, India & Director, Inside Sales Small Medium Businesses APAC. He charted the journey of increasing West Corporations’ market share across APAC countries. Sameer has previously held senior leadership positions in technology MNCs including Cisco WebEx, IBM and Microsoft during his career where he built and led high profile teams across Pre-Sales, Sales and Support.

 

Sameer has an Engineering degree from M. S. University of Baroda.

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Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh

CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach, 
Bestselling Author, Professional Speaker 

Sangeeta is a CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach contributing by enabling high performance and enhancing financial growth. Sangeeta is on a mission to enable, empower and elevate businesses with a purpose to serve Corporate leaders and teams to shine and succeed. She brings along rich corporate experience of twenty-five years with multinationals and her latest position was as the Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of Dun & Bradstreet Technologies. 


Sangeeta is a Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant & completed executive education from Harvard Business School. She's a High Performance Business Coach from the International Coaching Federation (PCC), TEDx Speaker & Bestselling Author. Sangeeta is a Professional Speaker at many national and international events, forums & Corporates on Finance, High Performance, Diversity and Leadership. She believes in value creation for her clients. She is an Independent Director in IFB Industries Limited.


She received many accolades like Nightingale Award by The Society of Auditors, Leading Woman Chief Financial Officer, Innovator in Finance, Awarded “100 inspiring authors of India” and Outstanding Professional award by FICCI. 

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Sanjiv Verma

Vice President, Ruckus Networks - Asia Pacific

Sanjiv is VP for Ruckus Networks, CommScope, leading sales across Asia Pacific. Based out of Singapore, he is responsible for driving profitable growth in the region. Sanjiv has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech sector. Before joining CommScope, he spent nearly two years working with two startups; managing Wi-Fi and IoT platform enabled business in embedUR Systems and security and network intelligence firm Plixer.

 

Sanjiv brings with him a wealth of management experience having worked at several IT multinational corporations. Before his venture into startups, he spent 15 years at Juniper Networks and was managing the Cloud Software business for APAC. Prior to that, he managed the Enterprise business, Commercial business & Juniper’s Partners ecosystem, which includes distributors, system integrators, resellers and Strategic Alliances. He was Regional Sales Director for NetScreen before the company was integrated into the Juniper Networks organization.

 

Before that, Sanjiv held several roles with 3Com and Hewlett-Packard including GM for 3Com in South Asia where he spent 12 years in the company.

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Sarbani Bhatia

SVP – IT, Jagran Prakashan 

Sarbani has a rich experience of nearly three decades in the industry, and she heads the IT function of the Jagran group. In Jagaran, she is responsible for laying down the information infrastructure for all the various Verticals of the organization as well as evolving robust, seamlessly integrated systems and processes for all the functional areas. Sarbani is focused on driving the enterprise digital transformation, thereby bringing about strategic organizational changes through innovation and operational excellence. I interact with the Senior Management to evolve the strategic vision and drive change within the Enterprise through IT.

She is skilled with team-building expertise across various platforms, Agile execution & implementation of IT Projects, Timely and successful delivery of IT Projects through the years, Great Leadership & Communication skills, Expert knowledge in conceptualization, design and development of ERP systems and well-aligned and many more.

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Savitha Nayak

HR Head, Asia Pacific & Japan, Elastic

Savitha is an innovative and impactful Senior HR professional with a successful track record of over 20 years in building and developing top performing teams across the regions in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the USA. 
 
Currently Savitha leads the HR for APJ and until recently for both APJ and EMEA in Elastic. Prior to working with Elastic, she has worked in Red Hat, KPMG, Oracle, Singtel etc and has also run her own HR & OD consulting firm for over 5 years with clients like Accenture, Bosch, CapGemini, HSBC, Symantec, T-Systems, etc. Savitha is known for turning visions into reality, identifying opportunities in people and business, influencing, and driving change in fast growing environments. She has designed strategic HR solutions for organizations to get ahead of the competition for talent, with a highly engaged workforce and with exceptional growth and performance. 
 
Savitha has deep expertise in identifying how Asia based organisations can develop global employee value propositions & develop global talent & capabilities at organisational & individual leadership levels to improve talent attraction, development & retention, as well as productivity, creativity & innovation.

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Shajy Thomas

Regional Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, Technicolor

Shajy has been leading from front the strategic technology initiatives and innovation for the Asia-Pacific division of Technicolor. His career spans over two decades and he has worked with leading organizations including CMS, Star News, Crest Animation Studios, Tata CRL & TCS. His valuable contributions across organisations have led to many accolades viz World CIO 2021,Dataquest leadership award, CIO Innovation Heroes 2020 and 2021, Defender CISO 2020, Top 100 CIOs 2018 Award.

A stellar leader to the top IT professionals in the VFX and Animation industry, Shajy is a key enabler in the growth and development of technology within the transforming media & entertainment industry in India. An electronics engineer and having earned a Masters in Business Administration, Shajy is passionate about knowledge sharing and consultations that lead to the growth of the industry.

He participates at various forums including seminars, conferences and panel discussions across the globe and his thought leadership has cemented through the articles that he authors on the trends and the various verticals of the industry. In his free time, Shajy loves to ride a bike or play Poker.

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A Shiju Rawther

Head – IT, SBI Mutual Fund

Shiju is a technology leader with strong business acumen with two decades of vast experience in major operating tenets of driving digital transformation through thought leadership, innovation, analytics & delivering value to stakeholders. Shiju is currently spearheading IT function, technology strategies, enterprise-wide IT transformation and Analytics for SBI Mutual Fund.


Shiju comes with a successful and steady career growth in reputed organizations viz., CARE Ratings, Poonawalla Finance, IIFL Finance Limited, TransUnion CIBIL, Fullerton India Credit Company, PCS Technology, Gateway Terminals India, Wipro InfoTech and Primus Telecommunications India. Some of his key achievements in previous stints include setting up of the complete Technology landscape comprising IT Applications, IT Infrastructure, Building Information Security operations and process automations from the scratch for two start-up MNC business units in India. 


He is a prominent speaker at many industry conferences. Shiju has been recognized as one of the Most Innovative CIO’s of India, Top 100 CISO’s consistently over last years by various media groups & forums. He is also associated with Cyberdome, Public Private Partnership initiative started by Kerala Police to combat Cyber Threats. Shiju was recognised as “Security Leader of the Year - Financial Services” in December 2016 by DSCI, NASSCOM. 

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Shiv Kumar Bhasin

Group Chief Technology & Operations Officer, NSE

Shiv Kumar Bhasin is a Senior IT executive with more than 26 years of experience working across Fortune 500 financial services companies, as a catalyst for the digital transformation, Customer Experience, migration to Public (AWS, Google Compute and Azure) & Private Cloud infrastructure and services, IoT (Google Home/Alexa integration with Enquiry Services), Machine Learning, Robotics, Blockchain (Remittences, Real-time Reconciliation of POS Txns), Voice Mobile Banking, Applications and Infrastructure Re-Engineering, Large Applications Transformations, Infrastructure Modernisation. 
 
Currently, he is Chief Technology and Operations Officer at National Stock Exchange which is the largest stock exchange across the world handling peak volumes of 12.5 Billion trades per day. I was Chief Technology Officer at State Bank of India, driving Digital Transformation and IT Innovations agenda, Applications & Infrastructure transformation & rationalization using latest technologies, Design Thinking, Keeping User Experience at the Center of every design decision with stability & robustness of applications & infrastructure. 
 
He loves hiking & adventure sports – white water rafting, skiing, golf etc. 

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Shobhana Lele

CIO, The Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing

Shobhana is an IT professional with 20+ Years of experience in various industry domains viz Chemical, FMCG, Manufacturing, Pharma, Retail with stints in BASF, Heinz India and Sanofi. She has a keen interest and belief in making IT a major driver for transforming business operations. She is also always eager to learn, adopt and share best practices.

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Sreeji Gopinathan

Global CIO, Lupin

Sreeji brings over 20 years of significant domain expertise and global experience. Before Lupin, Sreeji was with Reckitt Benckiser. Prior to that, he was associated with Philips, Procter & Gamble, ISRO and Asea Brown Boveri. 
 
Driving business using tech solutions and services is his passion and what he does on a daily basis. Leveraging the implemented systems and data to maximize revenue, optimize costs and improve the ways of working is the focus of his responsibilities. Sreeji holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Sridhar Durairajan

Head, Technology Workflow, ServiceNow India

Sridhar Durairajan is a goal-oriented professional with two decades of rich experience in both direct and indirect sales working for leading information technology companies, handling business solution software products, IT Software products, technology products and services.

His specialties include large account management for product’s, solution’s & services sales, managing ‘C’ Level relationship, business development, channel management, managing the large partnerships (system integrator’s & distribution), partner development/enablement and customer/partner satisfaction.

 

His strength’s include good business and technology acumen coupled with inter personal, presentation, negotiation and relationship building skills; understanding markets, drawing up key strategies, field level execution and ensuring continuity of business.
 

 

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Shreyasi Singh

Founder & CEO, Harappa

Shreyasi is the Founder & CEO of Harappa, a learner-centered institution of the future that is committed to delivering programs that drive transformative career success using Thrive Skills—an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable individuals to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

 

She has also written two books on entrepreneurship, including a children’s book called The Girl Who Thinks In Numbers, and was part of the founding team of a women’s only management program. She often joking refers to herself as the 2%, to nod to the dismal number of women CEOs in India.

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Suhail Ghai

Chief Digital & Information Officer,
Max Life Insurance

Suhail leads the Digital & Technology agenda at Max Life Insurance. He is responsible for driving both digital and technology strategy, and execution for the organization. With 22 years of work experience across manufacturing & financial services, Suhail worked at Pepsico & Loreal in various leadership roles for India and also for global operations.

 

He has led digital transformation for GTM, supply chain in CPG and also financial services like New age underwriting, Omni channel Customer service platforms. In his leisure time, he loves to read and is an avid fan of Formula one.

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Vamsi Krishna Ithamraju

Chief Technology Officer, Axis Asset Management 

Vamsi is currently CTO, Axis Mutual Fund. He is a seasoned Fintech leader with global experience at the intersection of technology, business and leadership.

 

Vamsi enjoys building digital product and engineering capabilities for start-ups and scale-ups”

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Vijay Kumar

Assistant Director – Enterprise Sales, Business Imaging Solutions Division,
Canon India

Vijay is a Dynamic Sales and Marketing Leader with a Demonstrated Experience in Delivering Results in Different Business Environments.
 
Working with Canon India for 17+ years. Currently working as an Enabler that can help Transform and Accelerate the Digital transformation Journey of Organisations

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Vineet Jaiswal

Group Digital & Technology Officer, Vedanta 

Vineet Jaiswal has Group wide responsibility for Digital, IT and Innovation CoE functions to help organization benefits from embarked transformation journey and bring in positive business impact across the value chain resulting in improvement of top-line/bottom-line as well as ESG benefits.

Additionally, leading the setup of Vedanta’s Corporate Ventures (CVC) to enable structured investments in Start-ups. Also, as a stretch helped setup of Centre of Excellence (CoE) across the Group for Asset Optimisation(AO), Quality & R&D to strategically align the company’s vision to reach excellence.  

Prior to Vedanta, Vineet led Digital Transformation at JSW as Group CDO.  Before that during his 17 Years association with General Electric (GE), Vineet Jaiswal had multiple leadership roles such as Strategies & Shared Services Leader at GE Digital’s Data & Analyst Organization, Energy Connection India CIO, Power Conversion Data & Analytics Global CIO, Intelligent Platforms Regional & India CIO. Prior to that he had worked for originations such as Elind and CONCIO to name few.

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Vinod Bhat

CIO, Vistara Airlines (Tata SIA Airlines Ltd.)

Vinod Bhat is a business leader with 29 years of extensive experience in Driving Business Transformations leveraging Digital technologies, Managing Relationships at CXO level, P&L ownership for Global business, Driving Business Strategy & Planning, Sales, and Delivery, Operations with deep understanding of the Industry and Global team dynamics.

He specialises in Results Oriented – Experienced leader, Global Exposure, Leadership, Relationship Management, Team Management, Operational Excellence Rigor. Prior to Vistara, he has also worked in TCS.

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Andrea Benito

Editor of CIO Middle East

As Middle East editor based in Dubai, Andrea Benito complements the global CIO.com brand and audience by proving localised content and insights. Andrea profiles CIOs and business technology leaders across Middle East, offering insights into business strategy, innovation and leadership.

 

Prior to CIO, Andrea spent three years at IDG Spain, as Editor of Computerworld.

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Varun Aggarwal

APAC News Editor, Foundry 

Varun Aggarwal is the Asia Pacific News Editor at Foundry and has been tracking technology related stories for close to two decades. He is also the author of a recently published book Customer First: A mindset that spells success in today’s world. 

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Yogesh Gupta

Director - Content & Communities,
Foundry

Yogesh is the Director of Content & Communities - India at Foundry, the world’s largest technology media, research and data services conglomerate. Recently he was the executive editor at Foundry for over seven years. Today, he spearheads the editorial and content curation for digital & events (physical, virtual) since more than 14 years for Foundry global brands -- CIO, ComputerWorld & CSO – in India.

A keynote speaker, an events host and knowledge navigator, he influences the technologists’ readers (CIOs, CSOs, CDOs, ITDMs, Channels) across the enterprise technology ecosystem in India and globally. He is a social media influencer with the CIO, Channels and OEM community. In 2019, Yogesh was recognized as ‘Star Editor’ or ‘B2B Influential Editor’ from an elite list of 26 tech editors across Foundry globally.

With 18+ years experience in media industry, he kick-started his journalism career with The Times of India in 2003 as a retainer reporter. He holds a Computer Engineering degree from Mumbai University.

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Jem Kaleb

Content Operations Specialist,
Foundry India

Jem Kaleb has a demonstrated track record of working in the publishing
(B2B business and technology), event management and education industry in India and the Middle East. With over 10 years of professional experience,
she is skilled in editorial areas, including content management, editing and training, etc. 
 
Prior to Foundry, she worked as content manager at SPI events, Dubai, and
US-based business and technology magazines like CIO Review, Silicon India, Technology Innovators, etc. Currently, she manages events and content at Foundry India. She is a strong media and communication professional with Journalism, Computer Science, and Psychology educational background.
She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Sampurna Montfort College, Bangalore.

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