Adventurer, Author, Global keynote speaker, National Geographic TV Host
Rob Lilwall is a person who, through taking an adventurous attitude to life, has achieved the extraordinary. In the last two decades, he has embarked on expeditions by bicycle and on foot, covering over 80,000 km of the world’s land surface, including across Siberia and the Gobi (in winter), China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Iran.
National Geographic have made two television series about his exploits, and he is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia and Walking Home From Mongolia. As a keynote speaker he has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world, with corporate clients including the likes of Nike, Microsoft, HSBC and Thomson Reuters.
In his keynote speeches, Rob tells exciting stories of adventure – such as surving at -40, getting lost in jungles, and pedalling across Afghanistan. But at the same time, he weaves in powerful reflections about the attitudes he has nurtured in order to thrive amid the fear, the uncertainty and the opportunity which he has faced. These attitudes involve embracing challenge, understanding fear, practicing self-care and having a collaborative mindset – all highly relevant for today’s fast changing and unpredictable business environment. For beyond our IQ, qualifications and experience, it is having the right attitudes – the attitudes of adventure - that can make all the difference.
CTO - Retirement Tech, HDFC LIFE
VP & Head of Enterprise Business,
Samsung India Electronics
Akash Saxenaa, VP and Head of Enterprise Business at Samsung India is a distinguished business leader who has propelled Samsung Enterprise Business to a premier market position with innovative solutions and strategic acumen.
With his commitment to making businesses of any size, future-ready, he has partnered with businesses across varied sectors, and he has been successful in empowering enterprise ecosystems with innovative tech solutions.
Head of Manufacturing & Conglomerates, Telecom & Media, Enterprise Greenfield,
AWS India & South Asia
Group CEO & MD, Lightstorm
Joint Director (IT and Cyber Security) Ministry of Defence, Govt of India
Ametabh is an Indian Army officer with extensive cross-domain experience in the field of Telecommunication, Information Technology, Cyber Security, Project Management and Public Policy with over 22 years in spearheading and motivating geographically dispersed and diverse teams in successful and timely completion of Mission Critical Tasks in a highly VUCA environment.
He is proficient at Design, Implementation and Operation of Secure Telecommunication, IT Networks and Systems ensuring Business Continuity, DR and Information Security with flair for Strategic decision making. A Technocrat at heart and a keen researcher of Public Policy and the Regulatory Framework for Data Protection.In the current assignment, he is working with National facility and involved with multiple strategic national projects of National Interest.
The journey of imbibing qualities of a good leader began early at the age at prestigious National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. He had the opportunity of training at premier institutes like College of Military Engineering (CME), Military College of Telecom Engg (MCTE), Military Intelligence School. Army War College and IIT Delhi. Ametabh represented the Indian Army in the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan for two years (2004-06) and had an instructional appointment in MCTE where was Subject Matter Expert on Emerging Technologies.
Global SVP, GTM and Strategy, Exotel
CIO, Lulu Group India
Anil is an executive with 19 plus years of experience across Information Technology , Retail , Ecommerce , Real Estate , Logistics & Hospitality organisations. Currently moved as CIO at Lulu Group India . In my pervious capacity as General Manager - IT innovation at Tata Starbucks & Head –IT, Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd. I have worked extensively on the company’s digital transformational projects, Cloud & Mobility Platforms, Retail Analytics, Enterprise systems and Security & Information management systems.
Prior to Trent Hypermarket, I have worked with Cybage Software as a Solution Architect in the retail CoE focusing on digital and e-commerce solutions. Having worked with companies such as Future Group, Wadhwan Retail and Zensar Technologies has also given me vast techno-functional experience. In my career as a technology consultant, I feel extremely passionate about using the latest in technology to provide business solutions to accelerate growth.
SVP & Business Head - Cloud & Managed Services, Sify Technologies Ltd.
Anitosh has over 18 years of diverse experience in the field of business development, client management, new product launches, and channels/partner management in leading IT companies such as Accenture, HPE, and now Sify.
At Sify, he is responsible for driving business across Data Center and Cloud portfolio of Services. He continues to help customers plan and execute their cloud and digital transformation initiatives in the most efficient manner.
Sustainability & Impact Changemaker
Transition Care Evangelist
Antra Bhargava is currently Chief Growth Officer at the SPARSH Group of Hospitals. As a professional she has had an exciting and highly successful career spanning over 20 years. She was formerly CEO of SuVitas - an award winning and pioneering healthcare start-up in Transition Care that has been acquired by HCAH, a Delhi based group promoted by the founders of the Dabur brand. Prior to that she was worked across consulting firms from KPMG to GT and in industries as varied as a billion dollar glass manufacturing group to telecommunications to sports start-ups.
An honours law graduate from Trinity College, Dublin and a qualified CA, Antra was one of India's first and youngest female black belts in Taekwondo - a Korean martial Art. She was also the first and youngest female referee for the sport in the Indian National Games in 1998. She is the Creator of P.A.C.E. - a model to help people of all genders and ages to build personal safety habits which she has taught to over 20,000 people.
Ms Bhargava is also Founder and Managing Trustee of The WoW Kitty Trust - a charity focused on women empowerment through financial independence. Author of an award winning thesis on gender diversity on Corporate Boards, Antra is also a published poet.
VP - IT, Evalueserve
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in manufacturing, BPO and Research industry for over 25 years. Skilled in Service Delivery, ITIL certified, IT Service Management, well versed and certified for Private, public and hybrid cloud designing, management architecture, VMWare, Microsoft cloud suite, Azure, AWS...…... Additionally, is also certified Information Security professional (ISO 27001 LA) with BCA and MBA in Project Management degree and also Certified Ethical Hacker. Been in Evalueserve Technology team for over 17 years now and currently Heading Information Technology function of Evalueserve.
President India Sales, Cloud4C
Dr. Avadhut Parab
CIO, Parle Agro
Avadhut Parab holds a Doctorate in Management with a strong focus on strategic management. His research interests encompass the impact of policies on customer service and satisfaction. He has extensive experience in project and program management, specifically in the end-to-end implementation of SAP systems such as ECC 6.0, BI 7, BO, EP, Vistex, SEM - BCS, BPC, Adobe Interactive, Open Text - Archival, GRC, and Productivity pack.
Avadhut has successfully delivered over 10 full-cycle SAP implementation projects across various industries including pharmaceuticals, FMCG, semiconductors, and automobiles. His expertise lies in process re-engineering, operational excellence, IT strategy development aligned with organizational goals, information and cyber security budgeting, project costing and manpower planning, vendor evaluation, mentoring, and the integration of mobile and web technologies, as well as data mining and dashboarding. Avadhut possesses in-depth knowledge of CMM, ISO, and pharmaceutical computer system validation as per GAMP, 21 CFR part 11, and Annex 11, particularly in the context of enterprise systems, manufacturing equipment, and laboratory instruments. He is also well-versed in IT documentation frameworks.
Area Vice President, India & SAARC, Commvault
Balaji leads the sales organization in Commvault for India and SAARC and is responsible for accelerating growth, driving sales execution excellence, and expanding market share across the region.
Commvault supports more than 100,000 organizations globally. A strong customer advocate, Balaji continues to collaborate and strengthen Commvault’s broad and diverse partner ecosystem in India and SAARC, to deliver Commvault’s innovations and commitments to customers in their data transformation journey.
With two and a half decades of deep tech expertise in the Indian market, Balaji has successfully built businesses across all verticals, spanning Enterprise, Government, Commercial & Channels. He is a people-first leader, who is passionate about mentoring and coaching his team to drive high performance and collective growth.
Balaji has a proven track record with key leadership roles across leading technology companies including Veritas, VMware, HPE, and Mandiant - managing cross functional teams from Pre-Sales, Operations to Channel and Professional Services, delivering intrinsic value to partners and customers alike.
Based in Mumbai, Balaji is a nature enthusiast, and can often be found behind a camera with a local guide, in pursuit of capturing the rewarding images of elusive tigers and other wildlife.
CIO, Firstsource Solutions
Bhavesh Lakhani is a forward-thinking technology leader with an impressive 24-year track record in the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) and IT Services sectors in both the United States and India. Throughout his career, Bhavesh has been instrumental in driving successful transformations by harnessing existing and emerging technologies and implementing strategic initiatives to develop cutting-edge products. His extensive experience in technology management is further strengthened by his hands-on approach.
Bhavesh boasts a solid educational background, holding a Masters in Computer Engineering from WSU, Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics (Hons) from The University of Mumbai. In addition to his academic achievements, he has acquired several industry certifications and received numerous leadership accolades, highlighting his commitment to professional growth and expertise in the field.
Head – Data & AI, AWS India & South Asia
CIO, Persistent Systems
Debashis Singh is a results-driven IT leader who excels in envisioning and spearheading technology-based growth initiatives. Throughout his fast-track management career, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to build high-performing teams and accomplish cross-functional business objectives. With experience in both startups and large corporations, Debashis brings a well-rounded perspective to his role.
His strengths lie in the unique combination of interpersonal and technical skills, team building expertise, and comprehensive experience in all phases of technology lifecycle management. With over 20 years of experience in the IT and ITES industry, Debashis has honed his skills and gained invaluable insights into the industry's intricacies.
Debashis possesses an in-depth understanding of technology, systems architecture, product and systems solutions, as well as cost and risk management. This knowledge empowers him to effectively communicate with customers, peers, and management, ensuring clear and concise information exchange.
Master Principal Cloud Architect - AI & ML, Oracle India
With a diverse 18+ years of experience, Deepika has a rich background in providing technology oriented solutions for unique and challenging business problems.
She is working as an Artificial Intelligence Lead for customer engagement projects and capability development in the area of Data Science, ML, Deep learning & Generative AI in Oracle. She has a vast experience in building advanced AI solutions on OCI and other cloud platforms as well.
Dhaval V. Pandya
Corporate CIO, Piramal Enterprises
Dhaval V. Pandya is the Corporate Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Piramal Enterprises Limited. He supports all entities of Piramal Group with Digital Strategy & Value Realization in addition to leading the Centers of Excellence (COEs). Dhaval also drives the technology vision for the group through Capability Building & strengthening the technology culture. He is also spearheading & driving the entire Digital Transformation for the Piramal Pharma business while doubling up as the CIO for Consumer Products division.
In his prior assignment, he was the CIO & CDO at JSW Paints Private Limited, Mumbai – a startup within the billion-dollar JSW business conglomerate. As a part of the Core Leadership Team, he was involved in all the strategic initiatives and discussions across the functions. Being a startup, he developed the complete digital & information technology backbone grounds up across the entire value chain – spanning across Internal Customers, Operations & Supply Chain, Channel, Field, Influencers and Consumers.
He comes from a consulting background and his vision is to deploy technology that can provide a sustainable competitive advantage in the long run & enable business of the future. He adopts a KPI driven approach for identification of technology & levers of change to drive business outcomes & increase user adoption. Some of the key considerations include leveraging Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (AI & ML), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Industry 4.0 & IoT, Blockchain, AR, VR, Chabot / Digital Assistant, Cloud, Analytics, Mobility and Social (CAMS) among others
He participates as an expert, speaker & panelist at various forums to deliver thought leadership around providing a point of view, evaluation, applicability & futuristic potential of various levers in information technology and digital.
Senior President, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company
Vice President & Head IT, Tata Realty and Infrastructure
Girish has successfully managed various functions spanning the entire value chain throughout his career. His expertise includes corporate sales, channel sales, industrial marketing, retail marketing, vendor management, production planning, product costing, and project and program management. Girish effectively combines his technological proficiency with his extensive business experience to deploy cutting-edge technology solutions that deliver substantial value to organizations. He has played a crucial role as a core team member in formulating the Mahindra Group's IT strategy, demonstrating his deep understanding of technology's role in driving business success. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Mahindra Group Technology Leadership Council and the Mahindra Group IT Academy, further emphasizing his strategic involvement in shaping technology initiatives within the organization.
Girish has gained expertise in business process management through the successful adoption of the TMW swim lane approach and the creation of process repositories. These endeavors have contributed to improved operational efficiencies and streamlined workflows.Girish's contributions to the Mahindra Real Estate Sector IT team have garnered numerous awards and accolades, underscoring the team's excellence in their work. Notable achievements include the "ICONIC IDC Insights Award," "Lakshya NITIE: On the Job Achievers Contest," "Silver EDGE Award - UB Media," "Mahindra Spring Board Innovation Award," and the "Mahindra Best Practice Award."
Sales Head, Corporate Business,
Barco Electronic Systems
Gopal Krishna is sales and Marketing professional with 24+ years of experience in handling business unit with PL responsibility, GTM strategy, Product and distribution Management, Business Development, Government Sales, Key Account and Channel Management in the IT Hardware industry. Currently associated with Barco as Sales Head – Corporate Business for Clickshare, Video wall and ProAV Projectors. Prior to this, he has worked in leadership role in Polycom Unified Communications Pvt Ltd, SMART Technologies Pvt Ltd, LG Electronics India Ltd, HCL Infosystems Ltd and IndiMART InterMEsh Ltd.
He has Experience in selling IT Hardware and AV Products including PC, laptops & servers, IT Solutions, ProAV Projector, Flat Panel Display (FPD), Video Wall, Video Conferencing, IT accessories like monitor, optical drives, Interactive White board (IWB), Room Collaboration solutions, application software & cloud computing. He has managed IT/AV distributors, large system integrators, Global System Integrator (GSI) and corporate customers across India.
Harvinder Singh Banga
CTO, C J DARCL Logistics
Harvinder Singh Banga (Also Industry people know him viz. Harry Banga) is an Intrapreneur and logistics technology specialist with around two decades of experience in Information Management for varied facets of Logistics and Value Supply Chain.
Currently being Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Motherson Logistics vertical, he leads the IT Organisation and Digital Strategy, to ensure development of Logistics Solutions for all supply chain services globally for internal as well as external business. Throughout his career he was very focused on the different type of Logistics re-engineering and application across industry.
Harvinder is honoured with multiple national level Best CIO awards for maximised adoptions strategy and innovations in logistics industry including the award CIO of the year 2016 - Transport and Logistics by CIOKlub n BSE, the Best Implementation Award 2015 for Best Innovative Tracking System for Logistics Industry and many more.
Chief Executive Officer, Noventiq
As a global senior executive with decades of international experience in US publicly traded corporations, Tessler brings a wealth of experience to his role at Noventiq in building diverse, high-performing teams across multiple geographies and functions.
Tessler is well-versed in driving results and leading initiatives on a global scale to transform international operations and company-wide functions. Tessler’s last position was Executive Vice President, President of International Operations at Xerox which he held between 2017 and 2020. In this capacity, Tessler played a key role in shaping Xerox’s strategy, while leading operational teams across more than 150 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, the Eurasian countries, and India.
During his career at Xerox, Tessler also held several other senior management roles, including Head of Operations in Central and Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey; President of Xerox’s affiliate in Brazil; COO of Latin America; President of Developing Markets Operations and President of Corporate Operations.
Senior Director and Domain Leader - Data management and Analytics COE JAPAC, Oracle India
Finance and Technology Professional with extensive leadership experience with exposure to diverse work areas
In IT industry relating to Practice Management, Pre-Sales, Business Development and Delivery management around :
o Technology Cloud solutions ( Data Management, Analytics & Data Visualization , Enterprise Performance management, SOA & Integration, Digital and Security)
o ERP Implementation Consulting.
In Manufacturing and Pharma industries relating to Corporate Finance, Financial and Management Accounting, Supply chain, International Finance.
Passionate about conceptualizing and delivering solutions from business outcome perspective to focus on customer success, leveraging my experience of business functions and technology across diverse areas.
CDIO, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Irshad is a seasoned C-level executive with over 21 years of global technology experience. He has worked with industry leaders such as Citibank Singapore, Agilent Technologies, Ranbaxy/Sunpharma, Havells, QRG Hospital, HCL, Genpact, and SAM & Co. As an expert in digital transformation and innovation, Irshad is a hands-on leader who utilizes cutting-edge tools and frameworks, including design thinking, change management, innovation playbook, and critical analytical thinking. He has a proven track record of influencing management boards and driving positive change through technology. He has managed budgets up to $100 million and led global teams of 250+ people.
Irshad's technology expertise spans across AI, ML, Industry 4.0, IoT, RPA, and various business applications, including ERP, CRM, HRMS, LMS, DMS. he also has deep expertise in cyber security, compliance, and digital infrastructure. Irshad's cognitive abilities are highly regarded, which includes his ability to understand organizational context, develop long-term strategies and roadmaps, establish governance, optimize organizational structure through outsourcing, and streamline operations through process optimization, reducing dependence on human involvement.
Jai Prakash Sharma
EVP - Technology, InfoEdge
A highly motivated, strategic, entrepreneurial, problem solver with a career hallmarked by innovation, passion for technology and transformation, driven by a deep understanding of business needs. Conceptualizes and delivers platforms and strategies that harmonize portfolio applications, business processes, and globally distributed teams around high-level objectives. Expertise in supporting Asian, US & European business offices, coaching future leaders, and building out technology to scale with growth.
Hands-On technology & business visionary in enterprise & start-up environments with a combined technical & business leadership experience in a leading organization on Enterprise IT Operations, Cost-effective IT Data Strategic Planning, IT Budgeting, Technology Road-Maps, Design/Delivery & Implementation of Hybrid Multi-Cloud Infrastructure & Architecture, Production Support, Platform Development & Web hosting, IT & Cyber Security, Consulting, Compliance Audits & Risk Management, BCP-DR Strategist, Datacenter & Network Operations Support.
Head - Cloud Engineering & Solutions,
Sify Technologies Ltd.
Head -IT & Digital Banking, Dhanlaxmi Bank
CTO, Godrej Capital
Jyothirlatha is the Chief Technology Officer of Godrej Capital. She is a digital and technology strategist with deep expertise in building and implementing technology solutions.
She has 25+ years of experience in technology in strategizing and executing large digital transformation programs predominantly in Banking and Financial Services domain. Hailing from a software development background, she has a strong track record of building and nurturing stable systems spreading across Housing Finance, Retail Core banking, Lending, Payments, Digital Channels, Mutual funds, Depository Services and Wealth & Private banking domains.
Jyothirlatha has completed Master of Engineering from Mumbai University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
Prior to joining Godrej Capital, she was the Chief Technology Officer at DHFL. In the past, she also been with brands like Tata Consultancy Services, ICICI Bank, Vodafone etc.
During her tenure in TCS, she enabled several BFSI clients such as PNB, BOB, UBI, NSE, Stock Holding Corporation of India, Unit Trust Of India, to realise and enhance value through complex IT solutions. Previously, as Technology Solutions Group Head in ICICI Bank, she enabled operational efficiency through technology enablement across the bank through multiple IT solutions. She headed internal engineering group for developing innovation initiatives, anchored organizational initiatives such as Robotics Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, NLP etc. She was responsible for complete reengineering of business process management system for core banking, trade finance, corporate banking, payments and loan management products.
In her previous organisations, as a technology head of Vodafone M-pesa and Dewan Housing, she was responsible for payments bank setup and digital transformation along with ensuring scalable infrastructure and enterprise cyber security posture. With over two decades of rich experience, has been conferred with several prestigious awards for her contributions in the field of technology and innovation.
Kalyan Chakravarthy M.
Vice President, Head IT Infra, KFINTECH
Global CIO, Dabur
Kaustubh as CIO, CTO and CDO at Dabur is building and driving Digital and Technology transformation charter for world’s largest ayurveda company and 4th largest CPG company in India - Dabur. He is leading the agenda right from strategy, platform selection, solution design, business function engagement, implementation and driving culture.
Before joining Dabur last year, he was senior director – digital transformation global at Mondelez. He has also worked with Mphasis and Siemens. He has done MBA, Systems and Finance from Institute of Management and Marketing M, Delhi.
CIO, WABTEC India
Country Head - Solution Architecture, OutSystems India
Krishna is a passionate technology leader with around two decades of industry experience around products and solutions across the business applications and infrastructure technology platforms. He has driven large transformation projects, consulting, presales and enterprise architecture and specializes in digital transformation initiatives. He has helped global customers achieve transformation through innovation on Run as well as Change side of the businesses.
He also specializes in Technology and Architecture strategy, Enterprise Workflow Automation, Interoperability, Serviceability, Large-scale distributed software, SaaS platform, PaaS Platforms, IaaS platforms, Enterprise Application monitoring and enterprise cloud migration transformation projects.
Segment Head, C&SP, Schneider Electric
Mayank Srivastav is the Country head for the C&SP Segment at Schneider Electric. He focuses on enabling Companies to build energy-efficient, Modular Infrastructure for utilities and Data Centers.
He Comes with a rich experience in Data Center offerings having held Service/Product/Program management positions for Infosys/APC/Schneider. He was involved in driving various Programs for Data Center infrastructure services offerings; in different stages of the Data Center infrastructure lifecycle (Design, Build, Assessment, and audits).
Mayank also comes with a strong background with respect to Data Center technologies with respect to Power, Cooling, and Management software having held Program Management positions in APC by Schneider Electric for Data Center Solutions and related product lines (Racks and Power distribution systems, High-Density cooling systems, etc).
Dr. Mahesh N Juttiyavar
Global CIO, Mastek
Mahesh N Juttiyavar is an IT Professionals with more than 23+ in various roles. He is currently designated as Global CIO Mastek. He has an expertise in large Digital business transformation programs to enable Digital process for originations. He has delivered many transformation programs in the area of IT applications, IT Infrastructure and Cyber Security. This has not only helped Mastek to improve internal operational efficiency, also helped to increase its revenues by acquiring new Mastek business in IT applications, IT Infrastructure, and Cyber security.
He is also instrumental in building a next generation IT Service Management with 30+% of operation is automated.
CIO, CK Birla Hospitals
Mitali comes with appx 25 years of IT experience spanning across multiple roles, technologies and industries. She currently heads the Technology and Digital Transformation of the CK Birla Hospitals as the CIO. As the CIO, Mitali is responsible for planning and executing the digital transformation across the group hospitals.
She is currently focused on implementing new age technologies in the areas of patient experience, operational efficiency and clinical excellence. She likes solving Business Problems with the help of Technology. She was awarded the CIO of the year, 2022 by IDC and rated amongst the top 100 innovative CIOs of India by Cloud Foundry Prior to joining the CK Birla Hospitals, she had a career spanning across 20 years with IBM and PwC Consulting.
Chief Digital and Data Officer, Lupin
Narendra is a well-known Business and Digital Transformation Leader and Strategist in the space of Internet of Things & Digital Technologies, Strategy, Innovation, and IoT/Industry 4.0. He brings more than 24 years of excellent mix from Products & Services organizations; P&L, Technology, Business Development and People Management. Coupled with entrepreneurial background, he brings key ingredients of a Digital Leader with experience in Smart Manufacturing/ Industry 4.0, Sales & Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. He has experience in both process and discrete industries such as Steel, Pharma, Automotive, Tier-1, Tier-2 and Connected Vehicles (PV/CV). He is an acclaimed industry speaker at international forums, startup competition jury and had held workshops for business leaders including CXOs globally on IoT & Analytics led Digital Transformation. He has been listed in the top 50 innovators in India for his social entrepreneurial product in 2011 by DST and FICCI. Narendra holds dual master’s with Master of Technology from IIT-Delhi and Master of Science in Physics from IIT-Roorkee.
He currently works in the capacity of Chief Digital and Data Officer (CDO) at Lupin and is responsible for Digital Transformation initiatives across the organization, including subsidiaries. Prior to this he had been associated with Reliance Unlimit, Tata Technologies, Sukrut Systems, Tejas Networks, Philips Semiconductor (now NXP) leading Technology & Services, Head of Product Management, R&D, Consulting and Strategy in the space of Connected Vehicle, Industry 4.0, Supply Chain, DSPs, Data Analytics & Monetization. He has looked after IT, CISO and E-2-E Services Operations. Narendra has been a social entrepreneur and worked extensively in female feticide in India and managed the IoT Technology & Services company. He has received 1st mBillionth South Asia Award 2013 for m-Governance by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in 2013, DFID Sankalp Award (2012), Red Herring Asia 100 – Tech Startup (2011) among many others. He is associated with start-up ecosystem as mentor with start-ups in different phases of their growth.
SVP - Group CISO & DPO, Tata Play
Navaneethan is a senior leader in cybersecurity and data protection, passionate about building robust solutions which add value to everyone's life. Navaneethan N comes with more than 18 years of experience in various areas of cybersecurity and risk management across organisations such as Groww, PayU, Deloitte, Capgemini, among others.
He brings expertise in CISO/CIO operations, strategic cybersecurity account management, enterprise security and risk management, cyber emerging technology, cyber threat landscape, hacking and countermeasures, business development, cybersecurity business operations, program management and people leadership. He is known for taking up challenging projects in a reputed group for Cyber security/Business continuity, Data Privacy/ GDPR, Cloud security, Threat Management, Risk Management and SOC. Navaneethan loves to meet investors, sales leaders and branding folks.
Group Chief Information & Digital Officer,
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.
CIDO, Vice President, Bosch Global Software Technologies
Philips Dayanidhi is a seasoned professional with extensive expertise in digital business growth consulting, IT delivery, business development, operations management, and supply chain in the manufacturing sector. With a strong background in business process re-engineering and strategic planning, Philips has played a vital role in driving operational excellence and achieving sustainable growth for organizations across various industries. Throughout his career, Philips has demonstrated a keen understanding of the evolving digital landscape and has successfully implemented innovative strategies to drive business transformation. His deep knowledge of technology and its integration into business operations has enabled him to deliver cutting-edge solutions and drive organizational efficiencies.
As a business excellence assessor, Philips has honed his skills in evaluating and improving organizational performance. He has facilitated business excellence assessments, identified areas for improvement, and implemented strategies to drive operational excellence and achieve business objectives. Philips' expertise in this area has been instrumental in helping organizations achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction, increased productivity, and overall business success. With his comprehensive knowledge, diverse skill set, and track record of delivering results, Philips Dayanidhi is a trusted consultant and advisor in the field of digital business growth, IT delivery, operations management, and strategic planning. His expertise and passion for driving business success make him an invaluable asset to any organization seeking to achieve sustainable growth and operational excellence in today's rapidly evolving business landscape.
CIO, Oncquest Laboratories
Visionary & Strategic technology leader with 23 years of experience, combines innovation, collaboration, and adaptability to steer organizations towards sustainable growth and positive impact. Plays a critical role in driving digital innovation, aligning technology with business objectives, and ensuring efficient and secure operations to support the organization's success. A seasoned team builder focuses on fostering a collaborative, supportive, and high-performing team culture.
As a leader overseeing IT operations, security, and initiatives at Oncquest Laboratories is crucial in enhancing operational efficiency, driving innovation, data accuracy, customer satisfaction, and enabling the organization to adapt to changing business needs.
(Adv) Dr.Prashant Mali
Cyber & Privacy Expert Lawyer, Bombay High Court
Advocate (Dr.) Prashant Mali is a renowned International Cyber & Privacy Lawyer, Policy thought leader, Researcher and a Published Author. He is well known for his out-of-the-box thought leadership and elocution. Apart from his law practice, he trains the international police, judges, bureaucrats, professors and corporate decision makers.
He is radically innovative and published thoughts like having an online gaming regulator, having vernacular languages for payment wallets & e-governance apps, having different cyber cadre for police force with cyber spies, how to make India a cyber neutral or having compulsory Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for ecommerce companies are appreciated or are on implementation stages by different governments.
His noted suggestions to The IT Act, 2000 amendments and The Data Protection Act are also implemented in the new amendments. He has fortune 500 companies, HNI's, celebrities and governmental agencies as his clients whom he advices or represents them in various courts.
SVP Business Development (interim GM), BAM Digital Realty
Praveen Nair is Senior Vice President – Business Development & Interim General Manager at BAM Digital Realty. BAM Digital Realty is a joint venture between Brookfield Asset Management and Digital Realty. The JV has a mandate to design, build and operate high – quality, scalable data centers across India. At BAM Digital Realty, Praveen currently leads the organization and is involved across all functions.
Prior to BAM Digital Realty, Praveen was the Sales Director - India & Malaysia for Bridge Data Centres, an APAC focused wholesale data center colocation provider that owns and operates data centres in India, Malaysia and China. He has been involved in the data center industry for the past 12 years and was the Country Manager – India & Middle East for Datacenter Dynamics, a UK based, data centre focused media and research firm. He has over 20 years of experience across the infrastructure, technology and media sector.
Praveen is a former Licensed Marine Engineer and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) & Head of Data and Analytics, Aavas Financiers Limited
Head of IT and Information Security,
Ramaswamy P V
EVP & Global CIO & Head of Cybersecurity, Virtusa
Digital Transformation leader & cybersecurity head with 28 years of experience in IT, GenAI, Cybersecurity, and business domain with large global footprint & Advisor to Startup echo system with a zeal for latest in technology and human life.
Ram comes with full 360 deg knowledge & experience, be it in education front possessing IT and Finance post grad, work experience in business domain, IT solutions for Global MNCs across verticals and as CIO for many large MNCs.
Lead Solution Architect, OutSystems
Raunak has over 15 years of industry experience in architecting large transformation projects. He has built and supported large SaaS platforms in his previous roles and in his current role, is working with customers, globally, to accelerate their Digital Transformation journeys .
His in-depth knowledge of Microsoft technologies has made him a go-to person for complex refactoring and re-architecting programs.
Head – Architecture, SAS India
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.
His interest and passion for electronics and the telecom sector has enabled him to engage and show significant thought leadership, commenting on recent trends and the market at large. 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 enjoing music, driving and a deep interest in philosaphy and related existential topics. He is accompanied by his wife and two daughters – one is pursuing post graduate medical degree and the second one pursuing undergarduate medical degree.
Managing Director – Collaboration Business,
Cisco Asia Pacific Japan and China (APJC)
Sandeep Mehra is the Managing Director for Cisco’s Collaboration Business across Asia Pacific, Japan & China (APJC.) In his current role, Sandeep is responsible for driving strategy, innovation & business growth for the portfolio spanning UCaaS, Video Devices. Cloud Calling and Customer Experience Solutions. He focuses on forging strong partnerships with industry to jointly develop solutions & Go-to-market (GTM) strategies that deliver growth, revenue, market share and profitability.
An industry pioneer with over 20 years leading Technology, Collaboration & SaaS organizations, Sandeep has rich global experience growing high-performance startups through to large global organizations (co-founded India’s first Conferencing company which was acquired by WebEx Inc). Sandeep has risen through regional to global leadership spanning Sales, Engineering & Go-to-market. In his previous role, Sandeep was Managing Director for Cisco ASEAN’s High Touch and Enterprise business based out of Singapore.
Prior to moving back to Singapore in 2021, Sandeep was the Global General Manager for Cisco’s Video Devices business, based in Oslo, Norway. There he launched a suite of innovative products covering ‘Work from Home’ solutions and ‘Intelligent Spaces.’ He has been a key owner of Cisco’s ‘Hybrid Workplace’ and ‘Safe Return to Office’ strategy as the company navigated the unique challenges of recent years. Sandeep holds a B.S. (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) from the University of Massachusetts and is based out of Cisco’s Regional Headquarters in Singapore.
Head – IT - Generation, CESC Ventures,
Ms. Sanghamitra Pyne is the Head of Information Technology - Generation, CESC Ventures, RPSG group with IT operations spanning West Bengal, Maharashtra and beyond . Her earlier role was Head and Chief Engineer-IT in West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (WBSETCL), the State Power Transmission Utility and Transmission Licensee of West Bengal, India. Prior to this, Ms. Pyne has been part of the Senior Information Technology Management of CESC Ltd, the distribution power utility of Kolkata/Howrah, West Bengal. She has also collaborated with Singapore Power in the process of technology transfer.
Ms. Pyne is an Electrical Engineer from Jadavpur University, a premier Indian University of international repute. She also holds an MBA degree in Finance. She has also headed consulting and advisory assignments for several Power Utilities leading to policy formulation and development/enhancement of Corporate Governance framework, and is associated with multiple Chambers of Commerce.
Global CTO, eClerx
Sanjay Kukreja is the Global Head of Technology at eClerx Services Limited, a leading process management, automation and analytics services company, headquartered in Mumbai. Mr. Kukreja heads the Software and Infrastructure practice at eClerx Services Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing. Prior to eClerx, Mr. Kukreja has done various roles with Accenture, Microsoft, BroadVision and SAP which include development and maintenance of large scale applications and partner ecosystems. Among his notable achievements, Mr. Kukreja was instrumental in the design and implementation of www.irctc.co.in, which was the first and the largest e-commerce portal in India.
At eClerx, Mr. Kukreja is responsible for Software Delivery, Infrastructure and Information Security. The Technology Team at eClerx is responsible for building domain specific applications and intelligent automations alongwith managing Infrastructure across delivery centres and global datacentres. The team is responsible for driving InfoSec compliances across client delivery systems and locations. Mr. Kukreja is an IIT, Kanpur and IIM, Kolkata alumnus and currently pursuing Doctor of Business Administration from SP Jain Global School of Management with research interest in Risk Modelling for Microfinance. He is an advisor for NASSCOM’s COE for Data Science and AI and has been awarded a patent for innovation in CPG industry.
Head- Enterprise Sales, Schneider Electric
Sanjay Sahu is leading the Enterprise business for Secure Power- Schneider Electric and has been with the company for over 15 years now. Armed with a deep understanding of the entire data center ecosystem, commercial acumen, and technical expertise, he specializes in helping clients in the IT/ITES, BFSI, and Government sectors design commercially and technically superior data center solutions.
Especially skilled in strategic planning, Sales management, and problem resolution makes him a people leader and he has a proven ability to build and lead highly efficient teams.
Vice President – Cloud Engineering,
Oracle India Private Limited
Saravanan Palanivel leads the Cloud Platform Sales Consulting Team for South & Eastern Part of India. In this Position, Saravanan provides technical leadership to Customers, Partners, CPR Sales and Sales Consulting Team.
Saravanan Palanivel joined Sun/Oracle in 2010, and in his 6+ years tenure in Oracle he has held various Technology roles. Most recently, he was leading the Sales Consulting Team for Engineered Systems, prior to it he was leading the Systems Sales Consulting Team for South & East region of India. He has also held Solution Architect positions at NetApp & Sun Microsystems prior to Oracle.
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.
Head Corporate IT & Group CISO,
Satyavrat Mishra is a seasoned technology leader renowned for his role as Head of Corporate IT and Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Godrej Industries +. With 20+ years of experience, he specializes in strategic IT transformations across diverse sectors including Fashion Retail, Manufacturing, FMCG, and Financial Services. Satyavrat drives impactful changes, enhancing organizational viability and performance. He excels in orchestrating rapid, ROI-driven advancements, serving as an authoritative figure in growth planning. His solutions facilitate robust IT-business partnerships, enforcing controls and optimizing cost efficiency.
Recognized as an IT evangelist and fiscally conscious leader, Satyavrat shapes comprehensive IT strategies, oversees operations, infrastructure, and cybersecurity, and leads digital shifts. His cross-functional expertise enables him to adeptly balance business demands with resource consolidation. Satyavrat's leadership fosters seamless technology integration into business strategies, nurturing alignment and mutual success. His legacy extends beyond technological proficiency – he inspires IT professionals to perceive technology as a core enabler of business success. Satyavrat Mishra's strategic ingenuity continues to propel corporate IT landscapes, fostering innovation, streamlined operations, and enduring growth.
Senior Director, ODP Tech Cloud,
Shabeer Mohamed is senior sales director for ODP Cloud India, with over 24 years of experience. He has been extremely instrumental in helping customers with best IT solutions, bringing in consistent success to his organization and teams.
Shabeer is currently responsible for the entire Cloud Infrastructure business for Oracle across Broad Market customers in the country (India). His team managers the Sales and Customer life-cycle management across OCI’s IAAS and PAAS offerings, helping the clients in their heavy lifting of production workloads to cloud.
Shabeer has been successful in leading & managing teams of experienced professionals in different divisions. His track record includes driving the business at a healthy and steady double-digit growth. His consistency in receiving the Best Manager/Leader awards, stands testimony to this.
Shabeer holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from Rajagiri Centre of Business Studies and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kerala India.
Regional Head of Technology – APAC, 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.
Behavioral Change & ROI Consultant,
Founder - Leaders In Lipstick®
Siji Varghese is a renowned figure in the corporate world and the founder of Leaders in Lipstick®. With an impressive career spanning 24 years in the fields of Pharma, Banking, Insurance, and L&D, Siji brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her work. She has conducted an impressive 900 workshops, reaching over 65,000 participants across the globe. Siji's areas of specialization lie in Leadership Trainings, People Management skills, and Women-centric programs, making her a prominent figure in empowering women through her platform, Leaders in Lipstick®. She is also a certified life and master coach, providing mentorship and volunteering her time to help others succeed.
Siji's accomplishments extend beyond her professional work. She has been featured in the book "Magical 40 at 40," sharing her inspiring life story. Additionally, she co-authored the book "The Corporate Women's Little Diary," further establishing herself as a thought leader in the industry. Siji has had the honor of speaking on prestigious platforms such as TEDx events, IIM Ahmedabad, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and the International Lions platform. Her contributions have earned her numerous global awards, including the Karmaveer Chakra from the United Nations, Global Women in Leadership Awards from GPIT, and the International WEE (Women Excellence Empowerment) Rising Women Award. Currently, Siji serves as a principal consultant to multiple organizations, where she plays a vital role in measuring the Return on Investment (ROI) in training and development initiatives.
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.
Senior Director – Cloud Solution Engineering, Oracle India
In his Current role as a Senior Director – Cloud Solution Engineering , Subendu heads the OCI cloud engagements for the SMB and cloud native segment for India Market.
28 years in IT - Worked in geographies like India, APAC and US doing different roles across Solution Engineering , Architecture , Core Pre-sales and technology Partner enablement.
Strong Technical Product Expertise on Cloud (Oracle Cloud OCI and Other Cloud Technologies).
Strong exposure to core Infrastructure solutions on Public and Hybrid Cloud.
Vice President & Head - IT, ReNew Power
Managing Director, Data Centre, India, CapitaLand Investment
Surajit Chatterjee is the Managing Director, Data Centre, India, CapitaLand Investment. He has successfully established the Group as a Data Centre Operator in India and has played a leadership role in streamlining the business operations from inception to execution. He is a master strategist in the field of Operations, Business Development, Enterprise Sales & Marketing and Customer support, having an eventful career of 26+ years in various industries like IT services, Telecom, and Infrastructure. His vast domain expertise in Cloud, Managed Services, and Data Center Operations, makes him an influential figure in the Industry.
In the past, he has been associated with companies like Sify Technologies, Tata Communications (ST Telemedia), Tulip Telecom, and HCL, where he has been a pioneer in developing and launching profitable business models that include complete end-to-end life cycle management of the organization.
Suresh M Khadakbhavi
CEO, Digi Yatra Foundation
A Digital Transformation and Innovation Leader. A Visionary, Thinker, Doer & Achiever. A pioneer and Leader of pan-India initiatives like #DigiYatra biometric passenger processing using W3C Standards and Self Sovereign Identity. Working with IATA One-ID Contactless Travel working group, contributing to re-defining the global air travel experience, to make it futuristic, safe and contactless, cutting across international borders.
Remaining relevant in this VUCA world by continually learning and adopting new disruptive technologies to enable a new future. He has worked with Bangalore International Airport for over 15 years before joining Digi Yatra Foundation earlier this year.
Regional Technical Sales Director - APJ, Intel
Swastik Chakraborty works for Intel in the capacity of Senior Director – Datacenter and AI Category Technology Office. Lead the Workload Optimization in the cloud by leveraging Intel platform capabilities as well as the software solutions. Engages in CxO level discussion on Business and Technology discovery and use cutting edge Intel technology and solutions to help customers solving their business problems. Working in the field of Digital Transformation, Analytics & Artificial General Intelligence, Swastik help customers build their data fabric leveraging Open Source, ISV and CSP native services powered by Intel. He also helps GSI partners with suitable automation solutions to help deploy cloud services with Intel Optimizations.
Group CIO, Kirloskar Management Services
Udit Pahwa is a Chartered Accountant by qualification with a flair for Technology; IT Business Partner, Digital Transformer and multiple Awards winner. I help organizations grow by bridging technology gaps, delivering quantified benefits to businesses, and generating customer satisfaction. He is expert in technology applications, enterprise architecture and business process solutions, I have created technology vision and strategy for organizations.
At Huhtamaki, he head Digital Transformation and Business Process Digitization. I have administered Technology-enabled transformation for 3 identified business process improvements. He specialised in Stakeholder Engagement, Global IT Support, IT Roadmap, Operations, Procurement, Vendor Management, Budgeting, and Change Management.
Head - Solutions Architect, Enterprise Greenfield, AWS India
CTO & Co-founder, Accops
Vijender has about 20 years of experience in product development and technical product marketing in the remote access and virtualization domain. He architected many IT initiatives with critical enterprises, education institutions and government organizations, enabling several millions of end-users to work (or study) from anywhere and be at their productive best. At Accops, he leads the overall product development, R&D and innovation.
Head IT – Application & Digitalization, Sonalika - International Tractors
Senior VP, India Operations, Noventiq
Swami Vivekananda stated on leadership, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This powerful quote reflects the journey of Vinod Nair, Senior VP – India Operations at Noventiq, a leading global digital transformation solutions provider. Noventiq, headquartered in London, which is at the forefront of the IT industry, well on its way to Nasdaq.
As Senior VP, Vinod spearheads the India business, and is the Dy. Chair for the Governance Board in India which includes all the group companies operating in India. It is to be noted that under Vinod’s leadership, the India business has grown to great heights to become a 700-million-dollar subsidiary of the 1.6-billion-dollar global company. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Vinod pursued a Master’s degree in Management from NMIMS and enriched his expertise further through an Advanced Strategic Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Over a remarkable and extensive career spanning more than thirty years, Vinod has held distinguished leadership positions at notable organizations, including the Tata Group, Avaya Global Connect Ltd. and AGC Networks Ltd. In August 2014, he assumed the role of Director of Sales at Softline Group and has steadily empowered the organization’s growth and footprint in India taking it from a 2M$ enterprise to a 700M$ group in India. Vinod helps Noventiq standout by representing the company in Nasscom Forum; as a member of the IMA Group for leaders; and by representing Noventiq as the technology choice for SMEs in the India SME Forum. True to form, Vinod's vision for Noventiq India is ambitious, as he aims at propelling business operations to achieve a remarkable $1 billion revenue within the mid-term. His strategic approach leans towards fostering a highly motivated, technologically adept, and customer-centric workforce through organic and inorganic growth avenues.
Managing Director, PDG India
Serial Entrepreneur & CEO, Great Place To Work® India
Yeshasvini Ramaswamy is a highly accomplished expert in Cultural Transformation and Analytics, with an extensive background in leading projects for Fortune 100 companies across the UK, US, Australia, Dubai, and China. She has been recognized as one of India's emerging women leaders and had the honor of representing the country in the prestigious Fortune Most Powerful Women partnership program hosted by the US State Department in both 2012 and 2017. Currently, Yeshasvini holds the esteemed position of Co-Chair at the ASSOCHAM National Council on Quality and Productivity.
Throughout her career, Yeshasvini has garnered numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her exceptional achievements. In 2017, she was bestowed with the Super Achiever Award at the World Women Leadership Congress Awards. Her remarkable accomplishments have been featured in prominent publications, including Biz Inked, a case study publication by IIM Bangalore, and CII's Bold & Brilliant coffee table book showcasing women achievers in 2018. In 2019, she received the Times Power Women Award for her excellence in entrepreneurship. Furthermore, Yeshasvini was commended by I-Create in 2020 for her significant contribution to creating 4,000 entrepreneurs and 12,000 jobs for disadvantaged women and army veterans. Her success as an Indian women entrepreneur is acknowledged in the book "Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies" by Rania Habiby Anderson. In 2021, she was honored with the Fellowship by the Institute of Directors.
Yeshasvini Ramaswamy's multifaceted contributions, extensive expertise, and unwavering commitment to creating a positive impact across various sectors have solidified her reputation as a prominent leader, influential speaker, and trailblazing figure in the business and social realms.
Editor - in - Chief, APAC, Foundry
Cathy O’Sullivan is Editor-in-Chief APAC for Foundry’s flagship enterprise brands, CIO and CSO. Based in Auckland, Cathy has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for almost two decades in newsrooms in New Zealand and Europe. She has held senior news leadership roles at NZ’s largest media organisations, including the New Zealand Herald, Stuff and Newshub.
Cathy is a founder of the Irish Business Network of New Zealand, a mentor for children’s Pillars New Zealand, and a board advisor for Take2, a New Zealand social venture that helps those going through the prison system create better lives by teaching them valuable web development and life skills. She is also a trustee for the St Patrick’s Festival and sits on the advisory panel for Enterprise Ireland in ANZ.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from University College Cork and a Postgraduate certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy from Tech Futures Lab.
Editor - CIO Middle East, Foundry
Editor of CIO Middle East, Andrea oversees the editorial direction of CIO in the Middle East, tasked with creating localised content and building an engaged community of technology leaders. CIO Middle East is the resource for CIOs looking for insights on the intersection of business and technology, enterprise tech platforms, customer centricity and more. CIO Middle East shares best practice examples and creates a community of CIOs who can share relevant knowledge and peer experiences.
Editorial Director - Events, Foundry India
Yogesh in earlier role was Director of Content & Communities - India at Foundry (an IDG, Inc. Company), the world’s largest technology media, research and data services conglomerate. He was the executive editor at Foundry for over seven years. Today, he spearheads the editorial and content curation for digital and events (physical, virtual) since more than 16 years for Foundry global brands – CIO and CSO.
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 over two decades experience in media industry, he kick-started his journalism career with The Times of India in 2003 as a retainer reporter. He joined IDG in 2007 as senior correspondent for ChannelWorld Magazine. He holds a Computer Engineering degree from Mumbai University.