Conference Chairs

Deepa Mani, Associate Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
Professor Deepa is a faculty in the Information Systems area, and Research Fellow at the Indian School of Business. She is also the Executive Director of the Srini Raju Center for Technology and the Networked Economy at ISB. Deepa’s research interests are at the intersection of technology, organisation, and society. She is interested in studying the organization of IT and IT-enabled business functions in firms, and assessment of the business value of a broad class of IT decisions and interventions. Deepa works closely with industry to drive innovation and strategies for the digital economy. She also works closely with the central and state governments to explore the impact of technology interventions in areas such as education, healthcare and urbanization.
Deepa serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science and Information Systems Research. Deepa completed her undergraduate education from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and her graduate education from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Anitesh Barua, Professor of Information Systems, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Professor Anitesh Barua is the Director of the Information Management Program and the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Electronic Commerce in the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He is also an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Spurgeon Bell Centennial Fellow. 
Professor Barua’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of measuring the business value of IT investments, organizational information and knowledge sharing, and electronic markets. His research has been funded by both government agencies and the private sector, including the National Science Foundation, Ernst and Young, IBM, and Lucent Technologies. He has published over 30 articles in refereed journals and conferences. He has also organized and lectured in numerous executive education seminars and workshops for Fortune 500 organizations.
Dr. Barua has received several awards for his teaching and research including the 2001 Piper Professor Award, 2000 University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 1991 William D. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award in Management and Management Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and the 1994 CBA Foundation Advisory Council Teaching Award for Assistant Professors from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Barua’s research on electronic commerce (sponsored by Cisco Systems), and e-business value assessment (sponsored by Dell Inc.) have been featured in many media publications such as BusinessWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Barua has appeared on multiple occasions as an electronic commerce expert on television and radio programs including CNN, CNBC, Jim Lehrer News Hour, Associated Press Radio, CBS Radio, Voice of America and NDTV (India). He has appeared as an expert witness before the House Ways and Means Committee and has briefed the staff of the Joint Economic Committee on issues in electronic commerce.
He is a visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business. He received his PhD in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991.

Ravi Bapna, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR EXECUTIVE EDUCATION CURTIS L. CARLSON CHAIR IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, CARLSON ANALYTICS LAB INFORMATION & Decision Sciences
Professor Ravi Bapna is the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Business Analytics and Information Systems, Associate Dean for Executive Education and the Academic Director of the Carlson Analytics Lab at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Bapna's expertise lies in helping companies leverage data-science, machine learning, AI and business analytics for competitive advantage. Bapna has served as Chief Data Scientist at Mississippi River Capital LLC, a Minneapolis based hedge fund.
He teaches graduate students, executives, CIOs and CMOs around the world (US, China, India, Austria, Italy and parts of Eastern Europe) on how to thrive in the digital revolution. His professional interests have resulted in research, consulting and executive education engagements with a variety of leading US and Indian companies. He regularly delivers keynote addresses on the leveraging big-data, analytics and social media to industry bodies and corporations. 
His research interests are in the areas of social media, big-data analytics, peer influence, monetization and design of Freemium communities, online dating and matching, economics of information systems, human capital issues in the IT services industry, online auctions, e-market design, Grid computing, and the design of the IT organization. His research has been extensively published in a wide array of journals such as Management Science, Informs Journal on Computing, Statistical Science, Information Systems Research, Journal of Retailing, MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, CACM, Naval Research Logistics, DSS, EJOR and ITM. His views have featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, LiveMint, India Knowledge @ Wharton, The Economic Times and Business Today.