Dr. Gururaj Deshpande – Co-founder, Chairman, Deshpande Foundation

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of the Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. He is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as founder, founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation. His support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.The Deshpande Foundation strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll (formerly known as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox) in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts, the Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, the Dunin Deshpande Queens Innovation Center at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and the Gopalakrishnan Deshpande Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. Deshpande Foundation also provided the founding grant for MassChallenge in Boston, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the UPOP program at MIT Dr. Deshpande holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. from Queens University in Canada. Deshpande co-chaired the National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy from 2010 to 2015.


Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan – Co- Founder; former Vice-Chairman and CEO, Infosys Technologies Limited

Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan served as the Vice Chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014, and as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys. Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives. He was selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. In 2009, Kris was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers. He was elected President of India’s apex industry chamber, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) during 2013 – 14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, 2014. In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor. He serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIIT Bangalore, and is also on the Board of Trustees of the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Kris holds master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.


Prof. Devang Khakhar – Director, IIT Bombay

Professor Devang Khakhar is currently Director of IIT Bombay and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Professor Khakhar did his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay in January 1987, and has been with the Institute since then. Prof. Khakhar’s research interests include mechanics of granular materials and polymer processing. He has published over 100 papers in these areas. For his research achievements, Prof. Khakhar has been accorded several prestigious awards, which include the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997) and the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998).

Prof. Khakhar is also a recipient of IIT Bombay’s “Excellence in Teaching Award” and the “Mathur Award for Research Excellence”. He has recently received the prestigious D.M. Trivedi Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Chemical Council. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India.
Prof. Khakhar served on the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (SAC-PM) and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SAC-C). He serves on several national and international Committees and Boards including the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), DRDO Science & Technology Management Council (DSTMC), International Academic Advisory Panel of the Government of Singapore, to mention a few.

Prof. Khakhar has served as Professor-in-Charge of IIT Bombay’s Continuing Education Program from 2001-02, as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2002-04, and the Dean of Faculty Affairs from 2005-08. He has been the Director of IIT Bombay since January 2009.


Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi – Director, Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi got his B.Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 1982 and 1985 respectively. After working at AT&T Bell Laboratories for a couple of years, he joined the faculty of IIT Madras, his alma mater in 1986. He took over as Director, IIT Madras in September 2011.







Mr. Arun M. Kumar- Chairman & CEO, KPMG India Pvt. Ltd.

Arun M. Kumar is an accomplished global executive with experience spanning multiple sectors from high technology to Government and many geographies from Silicon Valley to India. Most recently, Kumar served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration, where he led the organisation’s operations in 50 states of the US and across 78 countries.

Professional and Industry Experience

—Led the trade and investment promotion efforts for theU.S. Government and served as the International Trade Administration’s lead official advocating for better market access for U.S. exporters.

—Former Partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG, LLP, led the firm’s West Coast Management Consulting practice serving major global clients as well as emerging Silicon Valley ventures while creating thought leadership to advance business practices in financial management.
—Has led a number of landmark complex transformation engagements for global clients involving shared services/outsourcing, offshoring, business intelligence and analytics, core process improvements and organizational transformation.
—Founded and led KPMG’s US-India practice.
—Founding CEO and CFO of three technology ventures in Silicon Valley. Has been a mentor and advisor to a number of new ventures in Silicon Valley and India over the years.
—Former member of advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an early Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, he also served on its Board, apart from being on the Board of Directors of the U.S. India Business Council.
—Started his career in India as a member of TAS, the central management cadre of the Tata Group.
Other activities/affiliations/memberships
—Vice Chair of National Executive Board, American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM).
—Member of National Executive Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry.
—Member of CEOs Forum, International Market Assessment.
—Member of Committee on Corporate Governance, Securities and Exchange Board of India.
—Member of Committee on Fair Market Conduct, Securities and Exchange Board of India.
—Chairman, Enactus India National Advisory Council
—Member, Global Board of Enactus.
—Authored a book of poetry,Plain Truths(2010), and co-edited a book,Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows(2007).


Mr. D. Shivakumar – Group Executive President (Strategy), Aditya Birla Group

Shivakumar or Shiv as he is popularly known is currently Group Executive president at Aditya Birla group for Strategy and Business development. He joined the ABG group in January 2018. Prior to this, Shiv was Chairman and CEO for PepsiCo for four years and before that with Nokia as CEO for India and later Emerging markets for nearly a decade. Shiv has been a CEO for half his career and was one of the youngest CEOS in India in 2003. Shiv worked in HUL for a number of years, mostly in marketing. Shiv has worked with over 50 brands in his career and seen many business transformations. Shiv writes and teaches regularly on Innovation, leadership, Followership, Business Models, Digitizationetc. across the leading business schools in the world. Shiv is an avid sports watcher, a great fan of Manchester United and Barcelona football teams, John Mc Enroe and Roger Federer in tennis. Shiv is a believer in giving back to society.Shiv has been on the Board of Governors of IIM Ahmedabad between 2012 and 2017, he was on the Godrej Consumer products Board between 2009 and 2017. He was the president of the All India management association in 2012-2013. He is currently the Chairman of the mobile marketing association and Vice chairman of the Advertising standards council of India. He is currently on the board of XLRI. Shiv has been awarded many times in his career – Best CEO, Best brand builder, for leadership, for Turnaround etc.. The awards most dear to him are the two distinguished Alumnus awards he got from IIT madras and IIM Calcutta. He is one of twenty people in India to have distinguished alumnus awards from both IIT and IIM. Shiv is married to Hamsini, who runs her own brand, innovation and Semiotics consulting company.


Mr. Krish Nangegadda – Founder, President & CEO, MerWin Growth Partners

Mr. Krishna P. Nangegadda (Krish) is an accomplished business leader, successful serial entrepreneur, and an angel investor.

As a member of the Advisory Board of Northeastern University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, he helps set the direction and strategy for the NU-IDEA Venture Accelerator (www.northeastern.edu/idea), which is home for 500+ start-ups, several of which have seen significant external capital inflows including a number of successful exits.

Mr. Nangegadda started his entrepreneurial journey in 1986 in Vijayawada, India, where he introduced PCs to the region for the first time, and helped local industry and small businesses automate their business processes. He earned several awards and recognition for his pioneering role in spreading computer culture in the then Coastal Andhra Pradesh. His businesses in the United States were equally successful, and were listed in Inc. 100 list of fastest growing private companies, as well as Washington Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte’s Regional 50. He helped the United States Department of Defense transform their HR processes using web technologies. He served on the Board of Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (www.homelandcouncil.org), a DC based private advocacy group.

Most recently, he helped forge a partnership between Andhra Pradesh Govt. and Northeastern University to start the International Institute of Entrepreneurship Development, or i2E, to help stir up an entrepreneurship ecosystem in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, and to offer entrepreneurship as a career choice for students. He acts as i2E’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

As an active member of Hyderabad Angels (www.hyderabadangels.in), Mr. Nangegadda invests in early-stage ventures in India and in the US. Krish earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, and pursued an MBA from the Northeastern University.


Prof. Rakesh Basant – IIM, Ahmedabad

Dean, Alumni and External Relations (AER), Professor of Economics and JSW Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Current teaching and research interests focus on firm strategy, innovation, intellectual property rights, entrepreneurial business models, public policy & regulation. Recent research has focused on capability building processes in industrial clusters, Foreign Direct Investment in R&D, innovation-internationalization linkages, competition policy, inter-organizational linkages for technology development (especially academia-industry relationships), incubation models in higher education institutions, emerging entrepreneurial patterns and eco-system in India, strategic and policy aspects of intellectual property rights, linkages between public policy and technological change, economics of strategy, the small scale sector in India and policy issues in higher education. Sectoral focus of the research in the aforementioned areas has been on Pharmaceutical, IT, Electronics and Auto-component industries. Was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s High-Level Committee (also known as Sachar Committee) that wrote a report on the Social, Economic and Educational Conditions of Muslims in India. In continuation of this work, part of current research focuses on issues relating to Muslims, especially affirmative action in higher education. He has taught at Universities abroad and worked as a consultant to several international organizations.


Prof. Rajen Jaswa – Founder Member, TiE Silicon Valley

Raj Jaswa is an accomplished serial technology entrepreneur. Raj currently teaches Engineering Entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay, IIT Gandhinagar, VNIT Nagpur and TiE Silicon Valley. His most recent role was CEO and Chairman of Dyyno from 2009 to 2012. Dyyno’s user-friendly communication platform seamlessly transports audio, video, text, graphics and voice for live, interactive instant sharing with audiences of unlimited size across multiple devices. From 2003-2008, he volunteered full-time for TiE Silicon Valley, serving as President from 2005 to 2008 and as a Director from 2003 to 2004. TiE is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs. Raj served on TiE’s Global Board of Trustees for 5 years.

Before TiE, Raj was co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Selectica from 1996 to 2002. During Raj’s tenure, Selectica became the leading configuration software vendor with customers like General Electric, BMW, Cisco, Samsung, and Dell. Selectica went public in 2000 with a peak market value of $5 billion, and was named to the Forbes 500, Deloitte &Touche Technology Fast 500, Software 500, Inc 500, and Interactive Week 500.

Previously, Raj co-founded Opti in 1988, where he served first as EVP of Sales and Marketing and then as President until 1996. During Raj’s tenure, Opti became the world’s largest supplier of chipsets for personal computers, powering the PCs made by IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Compaq. Opti went public in 1993 with a peak market value of $350 million. Earlier in his career, Raj worked for Intel, General Electric, and Chips & Technologies. He received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay , a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto , and an MBA from Stetson University .


Prof. Sanjay Mahajani – IIT Bombay

Prof. Sanjay Mahajani received his Bachelors and Ph. D. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from UDCT (now known as ICT), Mumbai in 1989 and 1996, respectively, and the Master’s degree from IIT Bombay in 1992. After completing his Ph.D., he worked in Monash University, Australia (1996-2000) for a period of four years as post-doctoral research fellow. He joined IIT-Bombay as Assistant Professor in 2000, and is presently a full professor (2008-date) in Department of Chemical engineering. He also holds a position of Professor-in-charge of the newly formed Tata Centre of Technology and Design at IITB. Prof. Mahajani’s research interests are Applied catalysis, Process intensification, and Coal and biomass gasification. He has worked on several industry sponsored projects that include catalyst development, reactive distillation and its applications, and underground coal gasification. He has 120 international papers and has more than 50 conference presentations to his credit. His awards include – IIChE’s young scientist Amar Dye Chem award (2002), Manudhane awards for applied research (2006) and UG teaching (2007) at IITB, and IIT-Bombay’s excellence in teaching award (2008m 2017). He has guided 27 Ph. D.s and more than 40 Masters students till date.


Prof. Satyanarayanan Seshadri – IIT Madras

Prof. Satyanarayanan Seshadri (Satya) is a faculty member in Applied Mechanics at IIT Madras. He is in charge of IITM Nirmaan and a faculty advisor to CFI (Center for innovation – an IITM student led tinkering lab, which has launched over a dozen start-ups in the last 10 years). A PhD from Texas A&M and postdoctoral fellow from Rutgers University, Satya was with General Electric’s Global Research Center as a lead researcher in the aerothermal and mechanical systems group and with Forbes Marshall’s exploratory R&D center prior to joining IITM. He is the director of EnERG lab, whose research focus is on energy technologies for next generation thermal power systems, electro-chemical storage, and mechanical energy storage and on emission monitoring/control technologies. IITM Nirmaan is a pre-incubator on campus that serves to develop and nurture student led enterprises before they are ready to launch. Set up over two years ago to enable creative projects to explore business potential, Nirmaanworks, along with GDC and CFI, to help committed teams validate their ideas, approach to market leading to establishment of a start-up company through a year long mentorship program along with seed funding for realizing concept potential in the market. web.iitm.ac.in/nirmaan


Dr. R. David Koilpillai – IIT Madras

Education:

R. David Koilpillai received the B.Tech degree from IIT Madras, and the MS, PhD degrees (in Electrical Engineering) from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA.

Work Experience:

In June 2002, David joined IIT Madras and currently holds the Qualcomm Institute Chair Professorship in Electrical Engineering. He served as Dean (Planning) during 2011-2017, handling the portfolios of infrastructure, finance and strategic planning. The period April 2008 – December 2009, he served as the Co-Chair of the IITM special Task Force for setting up the new IIT at Hyderabad. David also served as Head, Central Electronics Centre of IITM during 20010-11. David’s technical areas of expertise include cellular and broadband wireless systems, and DSP techniques for wireless communications. He is the Faculty Coordinator of the IITMSAT Student Satellite initiative. During Jan – July 2007, David was on sabbatical from IITM and served as the Chief Scientist, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), a public-private R&D initiative of the Govt. of India, and was responsible for launching the national project – Broadband Wireless Consortium of India (BWCI). Prior to joining IITM, David was at Ericsson USA for twelve years, where he held different technical and managerial positions. In 2000, he became the Director of the Ericsson’s Advanced Technologies and Research Department at RTP, North Carolina. In this role, he was responsible for an R&D team of 75 engineers developing GPRS/EDGE handset technology. At IITM, David has established an active research and teaching program in wireless communications and Digital Signal Processing.

Honours / Awards-

– Qualcomm Institute Chair Professorship (March 2016)
– Awarded 32 US patents, 10 Canadian Patents and 19 WIPO/European patents
– Over 70 journal and conference publications
– 1999 –“Ericsson Inventor of the Year” award, the highest technical recognition within Ericsson
– Nov 2003 – Elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
– 2014 – Srimathi Marti Annapurna Gurunath Award for Excellence in Teaching (Best Teacher Award of IIT Madras)
– 2017 – IITM Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Service

Current Research @ IIT Madras-

– DoT 5G Spectrum Committee
– DSP for High Speed Coherent optical communications
– Cellular evolution – 4G and 5G
– Signaling for National High Speed Rail Project (Bullet Train)
– IITMSAT Student Satellite project


Dr. Kerry Healey – President- Babson College

Dr. Kerry Healey took office as President of Babson College in July 2013, following three decades of service in academia, government and humanitarian work in the United States and internationally. Healey is the thirteenth president of Babson College and the first woman to hold that position. Under her leadership, Babson has strengthened its reputation as the recognized global leader in entrepreneurship education, consistently ranked the No. 1 undergraduate school and No. 1 MBA program for entrepreneurship, and No. 1 for international students. Healey has worked to expand global access to entrepreneurship education on campus and around the world. She created and launched Babson’s prestigious Global Scholars program, a full-tuition, need-based scholarship for exceptional international students. During her tenure, Babson has expanded its presence in Boston, Miami and Dubai, and brought free, online entrepreneurship courses to more than 150,000 students in 200 countries and territories worldwide. Through the creation of Babson Connect: Worldwide, the College’s annual entrepreneurship summit, President Healey has coalesced Babson’s global community of 41,000 alumni and friends in 119 countries. Healey has presided over many Babson milestones: welcoming the most diverse and well-qualified students in Babson history, celebrating the historic successes of Babson Athletics, and taking unprecedented steps to enhance higher education access and affordability. Under Healey’s leadership, Babson is preparing to commemorate its Centennial in 2019. The College’s Centennial Strategy is focused on preparing entrepreneurs of all kinds to lead in a new way, creating social and economic value simultaneously, and transforming lives, businesses, and communities for the better. To help achieve this vision, Babson is building a campus for its next 100 years, with several major construction projects underway. Prior to Babson, Healey served with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. During that time, she introduced, enacted and implemented a range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey administration, highlighted by a successful bi-partisan effort to craft first-in-the-nation health care reform legislation. Healey has led numerous philanthropic initiatives in the United States and abroad. In 2008, she was appointed as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. She also spent more than a decade as a public policy consultant to the United States Department of Justice for Cambridge-based think tank Abt Associates. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. Healey is a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan and the Prince Mohamad Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum expert network. She serves on the advisory boards of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and is a member of the advisory council for Concordia. Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.


Mr. Ashank Desai – Co-Founder & Director, Mastek Ltd.

Ashank is the Founder and Former Chairman of Mastek Ltd. Now Mastek and the sister company Majesco together are $ 250 -million, publicly-held IT players with global operations providing Enterprise Solutions to Government, Health, Retail,, Banking and Software Products for Life and Non-life Insurance organizations in North America, Europe, UK, Canada, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable “Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving”.

Mr. Desai is widely recognized as an industry veteran and  is one of the founder members & Past Chairman of   NASSCOM. He was  a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation(ASOCIO), an Association of 20 countries in this region. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJM School of Management,and  as Vice-Chairman, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at his alma mater IIT Bombay. 

Mr.  Desai is actively involved in the field of education, and is a   Member of  Governing Board of IIM Ahmedabad,  a Member of Governing Board of Goa Institute of Management (GIM) for the last 9 / 10 year, now President of GIM Society.   Vice Chairman of RashtriyaUchchatarShikshaAbhiyan(RUSA) for Goa Government. He is also the Vice Chairman, Governing Board of Bombay First, an NGO working on the mission to make Mumbai a world class city.

Mr. Desai is involved in CII as Committee Member  at the Regional as well as National Level.  His other public contributions include serving as Member of the Maharashtra State Security Council.  Founded and funded an NGO – Avanti Foundation which has trained forthe  last 8 years 15 Thousand school girls, from low income groups, to become leaders.Founder member & Co-Chairman at PanIIT Alumni Reach for India (PARFI).  An 8-year-old Not-for-Profit organization providing Vocational Training for enhancing the income levels of poor high-school dropouts. He was earlier Member, International Team on Economic Reforms for the President of Zambia.

Recently he has been felicitated by the Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi for his contribution to NASSCOM & IT Industry for the last 25 years. He has been conferred with the “Distinguished Alumnus”Award from IIT Bombay and “Fellow of the Society” by Computer Society of India (CSI) in recognition of his services to the Indian IT Industry as an entrepreneur and for his contribution to the growth of education. He has also been presented with the Honourable Contributors Award by ASOCIO – the only Indian to receive this recognition twice.  He was conferred with the much coveted Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010 India. Mr. Desai is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).”


Mr. Tarun Mehta – CEO & Co-Founder, Ather Energy

As CEO at Ather, Tarun drives the strategic thinking of the company while being closely involved in reviewing every aspect of the vehicle development. Tarun Mehta, a graduate of Engineering Design (Dual Degree 2012) from IIT Madras, along with his fellow student Swapnil Jain conceptualised and started ‘Ather Energy’ in April 2013. Ather is developing India’s first smart electric scooter that aims to revolutionize the concept of two wheeler driving in India. While at IIT, Tarun was associated with various product development teams and was actively involved with the entrepreneurship eco system (C-TIDES).

He worked upon more than a dozen prototypes over a wide range of topics and has six co-patents (pending), under his name. Driven by his core interest towards electric drive, Tarun quit his job at Ashok Leyland in the year 2012 to start work on battery packs which is one of the biggest existing shortcomings in electric vehicles today.

Eventually, realizing that the problem isn’t just the battery pack, the team was drawn to the idea of designing and building a completely new electric vehicle. As CEO at Ather, Tarun drives the strategic thinking for the company while being closely involved with the close-knit Ather team in reviewing every aspect of the vehicle development. He also represented Ather in the ‘Technical Advisory Group for Electric Mobility’ to the Government of India. And also lead the Electric Vehicle group in the Champions of Change program organised by Niti Aayog.


Mr. Ajay Bhagwat – CEO Renu Electronics


Ajay is the founder and Managing Director of Renu Electronics, headquartered in Pune with offices in the US, Germany and Singapore.  It is set up as a 100% Export Oriented Company doing business in the field of Factory Automation, Healthcare, Home Automation and in the IoT domains.  Renu Electronics has been judged to be the best company in Electronics in the state of Maharashtra.

He did his B Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay followed by an MS from University of Iowa.  After returning back to India, he has been involved in various companies.  He is one of the promoters of KPIT Technologies Ltd.  He has served on the board of several companies including KPIT, Spectrum Automation, LR Med, Galenus Scientific Inc. and various others. He has invested in various start-up companies as well.

He is the recipient of the prestigious “Distinguished Services Award” from IIT Bombay and worked closely with SINE, IIT Bombay in helping start-up companies there.  He has also been one of the founding Charter Members of the TiE Pune chapter.  He is the chairman of the MCCIA Electronics Cluster foundation and has served as the chairman of the Electronics Committee of the MCCIA.  He was judged “Entrepreneur of the year” by various organizations.

He is an avid Bridge player and is the co-founder of the Y Point Orchestra wherein he plays the Piano Accordion.  He lives in Pune with his wife and 2 children.


Mr. Salil Donde – CEO, Alpha Point

Salil Donde, is the Chief Executive Officer at AlphaPoint. Prior to joining AlphaPoint, Mr. Donde was Executive Vice President, Global Information Services at Nasdaq. In this role, Mr. Donde was responsible for leading the strategic direction and overseeing all aspects of the company’s Index and Data products businesses which provide solutions, intelligence and insight to the global capital markets. Mr. Donde was instrumental in launching several Machine Learning based products, data products, indexes and sponsored ETFs. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mr. Donde served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Lewtan Technologies, Inc. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, and as President of Fiserv Life and Financial Software and Solutions, among the other leadership roles he has held in the broader financial services industry.

Mr. Donde received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; an M.S. degree from Clemson University; and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Donde is currently an Adjunct Professor at IIT Bombay.


Mr. Rizwan Koita – CEO CitiusTech

As the Chief Executive Officer, Rizwan Koita drives CitiusTech’s worldwide business strategy, including healthcare technology innovation and healthcare domain expertise development. Under his leadership, CitiusTech (a General Atlantic company since 2014) has become one of the fastest growing healthcare technology solutions providers, with 3,500+ employees, serving more than 110 leading healthcare organizations worldwide. In 2018, CitiusTech made a strategic investment in FluidEdge Consulting (FEC), a specialized healthcare management consulting company based in Philadelphia (USA). Before CitiusTech, Mr. Koita co-founded TransWorks (now Concentrix) in mid-1999 and led the company as its CEO. Today, Minacs (recently acquired by Concentrix) has over 21,000 employees with over 35 operation centers across the globe. Earlier, he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he consulted transnational clients on exploiting remote service opportunities. Mr. Koita is a winner of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is also a recipient of the Indo-American Society’s ‘Young Achievers Award in Business.’ He has a Master’s Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).


Mr. K R S Jamwal – Executive Director, Tata Industries

KRS Jamwal, as executive director of Tata Industries, is responsible for the incubation of new ventures as well as investments made by Tata Industries in new businesses. Mr Jamwal is also on the board of Tata companies such as Tata Advanced Materials, a leader in aerospace composite manufacturing; Tata UniStore, which owns Tata CLiQ, a one-of-a-kind, leading omni-channel marketplace; Tata SmartFoodz, a food innovations company engaged in the manufacture and marketing of delicious ready foods (where he serves as director and chairman of the board); and Inzpera Healthsciences, a health sciences company that markets palatable and efficacious therapeutic products (where he serves as director and chairman of the board). He is also a member on the board of the overseas subsidiary of Tata Industries — Qubit Investments PTE (Singapore). He represents Qubit on the boards of: Flisom AG, which manufactures flexible, lightweight solar modules at market-comparable efficiency and costs; i3 Equity Partners, a Tel Aviv based technology incubator in IoT (Internet of Things) and industrial IoT; and SDX Partners LLC, USA, which provides seed funding to student-initiated business ideas at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.

Prior to joining Tata Industries, he served as vice president, strategy, group corporate centre, Tata Sons, assisting the then Group Chairman, Ratan Tata, on strategy-related matters concerning Tata companies and supporting him on special assignments such as the Investment Commission (2005-2009) and the US-India and UK-India CEO Forums.

Mr Jamwal started his career with TAS (formerly known as Tata Administrative Services) in 1989. His initial assignments included project management for setting up new hotels and flight catering units, with subsequent responsibilities relating to strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions for the Taj Group of hotels. He has a bachelor’s degree in technology in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, and was awarded the scholastic gold medal and the best student shield. His post-graduation is in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was awarded the scholastic gold medal and the KV Srinivas Award for the best all-rounder.