Rajendra Srivastava
Rajendra Srivastava is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Novartis Professor of Marketing strategy and Innovation. He comes with an experience of over 30 years as an academic and administrator. He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. Before joining the ISB, he was Provost and Deputy President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University.


Anand Nandkumar
Anand Nandkumar, Associate Professor of Strategy at the ISB. He explores industry and firm level phenomena that influence innovation – the generation of new ideas and entrepreneurship – distribution and commercialization of new ideas. His research focuses on high technology industries such as pharmaceuticals, bio-technology and software, and it falls in between industrial organisation (IO), economics of technological change and strategy. Professor Nandkumar current work in the innovation stream examines the effect of stronger IPR on different aspects of innovation such as the influence of stronger patents on long run incentives for innovation or the influence of stronger patents on the functioning of Markets for Technology (MFT). In the entrepreneurship stream, his current work examines the influence of venture capitalists on entrepreneurial performance.

Milind Sohoni
Milind Sohoni is a Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, India. He also serves as the Deputy Dean, Faculty Development. His other academic appointments include visiting positions at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, IL. Professor Sohoni’s research interests span large-scale stochastic airline optimization, supply chain analytics, healthcare delivery and nonprofit operations management in resource constrained settings. His areas of expertise include large-scale computational optimization, stochastic network design, combinatorial optimization, empirical modeling, and game theoretic analysis. He has published several research articles in globally recognized, top-tier, academic journals.

Shri V.K. Saraswat
Member, NITI Aayog, Former Secretary Defence R&D
Shri Vijay Kumar Saraswat, India's most gifted scientist and an accomplished researcher with more than four decades of experience spanning over several fields and areas in both basic and applied sciences of defence research. Apart from being a scientist, he is a rare combination of an innovator, technologist and visionary. During his illustrious career, from Scientist to Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Director to Director General DRDO and Secretary to Dept of Defence R&D, Shri Saraswat has been credited with development of Liquid Propulsion Rocket Engines and missiles namely PRITHVI, DHANUSH, PRAHAAR indigenously. He is the principal architect of the Ballistic Missile Defence programme which included major technology breakthroughs. Shri Saraswat is the recipient of many national and international awards including - Padmabhushan (2013); Padmashri (1998); Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award from Indian Science Congress.

Bronwyn H. Hall
Bronwyn H. Hall is Emerita Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, and a Visiting Fellow at NIESR, London. She currently serves as an associate editor of the Economics of Innovation and New Technology, and of Industrial and Corporate Change. She is a also a member of several advisory boards (Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, European Patent Office, DIW - German Institute for Economic Research). She received a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1988.


Srividya Jandhyala
Srividya Jandhyala is an Associate Professor at ESSEC Business School. She is particularly interested in why disputes occur between firms and governments, and how such disputes can be effectively managed. My inter-disciplinary research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including Strategic Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Development. My research has also been cited by the OECD, World Bank and UNCTAD, and has won awards from the Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business. I was previously recognized as a Strategy Research Foundation Scholar.

E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy
Dr E Vishnu Vardhan Reddy joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2008. Having served at the Indian Missions in Madrid and Geneva, he has experience in both bilateral and multilateral work. At the headquarters, he worked in the Latin America and Caribbean Division and the External Publicity Division. He assumed charge as Head of Ministry of External Affairs’ Branch Secretariat, Hyderabad in December 2016 and as the Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad in February 2017.  As Under Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs he was in-charge of the Ministry’s digital diplomacy efforts and was part of the e-governance award winning team for digital diplomacy. As First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva, he covered India’s engagement with the World Health Organization, Human Rights Council, and International Labour Organization and worked extensively on a number of contemporary global health, human rights, and labour issues.

Adnan Altay Altinors
Mr. Altınörs has been in the Foreign Service for 20 years. He assumed charge as Turkey Consul General in Hyderabad on 15 January 2018. His prior positions include Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Stations, New York (2009-2013 and 2015-2018), Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the European Union, Brussels (2003- 2007). He was the Head of Environment Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara between 2014 and 2015 as well as a member of the G20 Presidency Team of Turkey. Mr. Altınörs received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He carried out academic studies in fluid dynamics in the Monash University (Australia), the von Karman Institute (Belgium) and the Columbia University (USA)

Elizabeth Cobbs
Elizabeth Cobbs received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She holds the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair at A&M and is a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She specializes in U.S. foreign relations, and also writes more broadly on world and American history. She is the author of seven books, the latest being The Hello Girls: America’ First Women Soldiers (Harvard 2017), about World War One and women’s suffrage, and The Hamilton Affair, A Novel (Arcade 2016), about the American Revolution. Her first book, The Rich Neighbor Policy: Rockefeller and Kaiser in Brazil (Yale 1992) won the Allan Nevins Prize and the Stuart L. Bernath Prize. Her first novel, Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War (Random House 2011) won the San Diego Book Award and received Director’s Mention for the David J. Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. In 2016, American Public Television broadcast her first film, American Umpire, on the history and future of U.S. grand strategy. Sponsored by WETA-Washington, it won “Best Short Documentary” at the San Diego G.I. Film Festival in 2017. Her other books include American Umpire (Harvard 2013), All You Need is Love: The Peace Corps and the 1960s (Harvard 2000), and four editions of the textbook Major Problems in American History (Cengage 2002-2015). She has written essays and articles for the New York Times, Reuters, Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, San Jose Mercury, San Diego Union, Washington Independent, Politico, and The Hill, as well as various academic journals.

Rohini Srivathsa
Rohini Srivathsa the National Technology Officer of Microsoft India, responsible for leading strategic initiatives to accelerate digital transformation across industries and the government. Over the past year, have been instrumental in steering programs that leverage AI and other emerging exponential technologies to drive innovation for inclusive socio-economic growth. Over 25 years in the industry, have held various roles in the areas of cloud, artificial intelligence, analytics and mobility, spanning across diverse sectors including financial services, telecom, consumer and technology.


Anjani Kumar
Sri Anjani Kumar while studying at the University of Delhi was selected for the IPS in the year 1990. During the Training at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy he won many awards and trophies. Has worked at various places like Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Nizamabad, Guntur and Prakasham. He also served with the United Nations at Bosnia in 1998 -99 for which he was awarded the UN Peace Medal twice. He was awarded the Prestigious Indian Police Medal by the Govt of India and the Presidents Police Medal for distinguished services. He was also awarded the Internal Security Medal by the Govt of India for serving in Naxal (Left Wing Extremism) affected areas. In the recent past he served as - Additional Director General of Police , Law and Order for Telangana State; Additional Commissioner of Police , Law and Order , Hyderabad City; IGP Warangal Region; DIG Nizamabad Range; Chief of Greyhounds. He is presently working as Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City.

Debashish Banerjee
Debashish has more than 18 years of experience in variety of advanced analytics, predictive modeling, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science projects. Currently he heads Innovation and Strategy at Novartis, providing thought leadership, enabling and executing some of the marquee, transformative and strategic initiatives of Novartis. He started his career with GE and was instrumental in establishing and leading the insurance analytics, pricing and reserving team for GE in India. Arguably one of the first of its kind in India. He was awarded the most prestigious "Summit Award" by GE. He moved to Deloitte in 2005 with the primary goal to set up the advanced analytics and data science practice in India. In his 13 years of Deloitte, he played multiple hats and in his last role, Deba was a Managing Director and the Cognitive Leader of Deloitte Consulting, and was providing leadership to the entire Deloitte Analytics practices as leader of the Ex. Co. He has extensive work experience in many geographies including, USA, South Korea, Australia, UK, Germany, Denmark and India.

Deepa Mani
Deepa Mani 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.



Jay Bhattacharya
Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. He holds courtesy appointments as Professor in Economics and in Health Research and Policy. He directs the Stanford Center on the Demography of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the economics of health care around the world with a particular emphasis on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Dr. Bhattacharya’s peer-reviewed research has been published in economics, statistics, legal, medical, public health, and health policy journals. He holds an MD and PhD in economics from Stanford University.


Shalini Bhutani
Shalini Bhutani is a legal researcher and policy analyst based in Delhi, though her work extends to the Asia region and along the India-Africa axis. She has been involved in public interest litigation in India and been part of several national and international NGOs. Her focus areas are trade rules and how hey impact both lives and livelihoods. Her expertise in intellectual property is in the agriculture sector. She got her law degree the year India became a member of the World Trade Organization, since then she has been studying the WTO's IP Agreement – TRIPS. She is also associated with the national forum that tracks India's trade negotiations on free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs). She lectures at various law and other universities in India. Apart from that she is the co-coordinator of the pan-India campaign on biodiversity conservation. She is currently also a national consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. She believes that another world sans IPRs IS possible!

Mukesh Eswaran
Mukesh Eswaran is a Professor Emertius in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I am Senior Fellow of the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). His research interests are in the application of economic theory to understand economic phenomena. Primary areas of my interest are economic development and the economics of gender. Other areas of interest are evolutionary economics and, more recently, the economics of religion.


Hasit Seth
Hasit Seth is a counsel in the Bombay High Court and an arbitration practitioner. He has degrees in computer science and law from Indian and US universities. He has deep expertise in intellectual property having worked with leading companies in patents and other IP. He was Asia Pacific counsel for EATON, a large US MNC. He has taught law courses intermittently at different universities in India.


Ashwini Chhatre
Ashwini Chhatre is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Academic Director for Digitial Identity and Research Initiative and BIPP at the ISB.  As the Academic Director of the Bharti Institute, Professor Chhatre is responsible for identifying research priorities and setting the overall direction of the institute. His research interests broadly centre on the interactions between democratization, economic development, and environmental governance.

Francesco Lissoni
Francesco Lissoni is a Professor of Economics at GREThA - University of Bordeaux (France) and a long-standing affiliate of ICRIOS, Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). I sit in the scientific committees of EPIP, Research Policy, Industrial & Corporate Change, and the Revue d'Économie Industrielle.  His main research interests relate to knowledge creation and diffusion. More or less recent past activities concern innovation adoption, the geography of knowledge flows, as well as the role on Intellectual Property in academic science and the economics of academic science itself.

Ajay Batra
Experienced technology manager with extensive hands-on large scale engineering/architecture experience comfortable operating at all stages; from pre-funding to complex turnaround situations.
Continuously seeking out the hardest problems in software & hardware engineering, algorithm, cyber security, cloud, mobility and challenges in Aerospace and Process engineering Industry. Strong success record across multiple industry segments, able to operate independently and/or manage large groups with direct fiscal/ROI responsibilities. Successful track record of execution of multiple $100MN aerospace engineering programs with multiple global aerospace OEMs. Led Technology Evaluation for MMRCA for IAF and ran my own startup for Aerospace Technology Transfers, IPR Policing, Protection and Enforcement. Over 15 years experience as a Program Manager, SAFe Agilist & Scrum Master. Highly experienced in short release cycles, the full software lifecycle. Comfortable working with minimal specifications. Experience of professional software engineering best practices including coding standards, code reviews, SCM, CI, build processes, testing and operations

Kandaswamy Bharathan
An alumnus of Loyola College, Madras and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA – PGP ’78), Kandaswamy Bharathan spent 12 years in the Chemical and Automotive sectors before joining Kavithalayaa, a well-known Film & Television production house based in Chennai, India serving the company in various leadership roles for the past 27 years. Kavithalayaa was founded by the (Late) Mr. K. Balachander, Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee and iconic Film director. Currently the Joint Managing Director of Kavithalayaa, he was Executive Producer of various Award-winning films such as Roja, Annamalai, Muthu and many more under the Kavithalayaa banner. His early training in management coupled with a deep passion and understanding of the creative industries made him a rare combination that enabled him to introduce several ‘Best Practices’ in the industry. He was also responsible for designing India’s first software for the movie industry.  Currently an Adjunct Faculty in Indian School of Business, he has played a pioneering role in designing and delivering India’s first of its kind management course on the entertainment industry.

Sidharth Kedia
Sidharth is the Head - Strategy and Data Sciences at Viacom18. An Economics graduate from Delhi University and a Chartered Accountant, Sid as he is known, is also an alumnus of TRIUM - a global Executive MBA program run jointly by the London School of Economics, Stern - New York University and HEC - Paris. Sid started his career in Information Systems Advisory with Ernst & Young in 1998. He joined General Electric's prestigious Finance Management Program (run by Crotonville, US) in 1999 and post successful completion of the program, moved to a Black Belt (6 Sigma) role in GE Consumer Finance in Mumbai in 2002.

S Arunachalam
My current research focuses on the interface between the firm’s marketing capabilities and innovation outcomes. My research explores questions like: What is the role of marketing in how firms profit from innovation? How do top management’s actions and behaviour affect marketing and innovation capabilities of the firm? In order to investigate these research questions, I integrate perceptual data from CEOs and CMOs (Chief Marketing Officers) on firm capabilities and strategies with objective innovation and performance indicators. I use a variety of quantitative methodologies including structural equation modeling, partial least squares, and econometric modeling. Prior to the PhD, I worked in industry in different capacities as COO, EA to the MD and software engineer.

Hiroshi Shimizu
He is a Professor of Waseda University. He obtained Ph.D from London School of Economics in 2008. He taught at Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research until 2019. His current research focuses on R&D competition, spin-offs, and technological trajectories. He has published in Research Policy, Business History Review, Business History, and Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

J. Gowrishankar
Jayaraman Gowrishankar is an Indian medical microbiologist. Gowrishankar received his M.B.B.S. degree from the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He holds Doctor of philosophy in bacterial genetics from the University of Melbourne. He was a Scientist and Group Leader at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. In 2000, He is positioned as director for Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics. He was awarded in 1991, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, in the Biological sciences category. He was awarded in 2013, the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, for his contribution towards the field of science.

Raghuram Rao Akkinepally
Dr. Raghuram Rao Akkinepally is affiliated to Pharmaceutical Analysis, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), where he is currently working as Professor. He has authored and co-authored several national and international publications and also working as a reviewer for reputed professional journals. He is having an active association with different societies and academies around the world. He made his mark in the scientific community with the contributions and widely recognition from honourable subject experts around the world. He has received several awards for the contributions to the scientific community. His major research interest involves Computer Aided Drug Design- Aromatase examination. • Synthesized several NCEs for testing against asthma. • Worked on Aza flavones for targeting breast cancer. • Currently working on: Anti tubercular and antineoplastic agents.

Ramesh Loganathan
After 25 years in the product R&D space, on Dec 2015, moved full-time into academics. As Professor Co-Innovation, heading the Research/Innovation outreach at IIIT Hyderabad, helping start and grow the Technology Transfer Office, Co-Innovation (corp) labs, Entrepreneur on Residence program and the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Have been adjunct faculty (middle ware systems) at IIIT-H since 2002, visiting faculty at IIT Hyderabad (Innovation), member of governing board of incubators at IIIT-H, IIT and BITS. Until recently, Center Head (& Vice President- Products), Progress Software's Hyderabad labs, responsible for leading the product development at the Hyderabad Development center. As Center Head, Built a formidable product engineering group that now owns half of engineering in the company. And is widely seen as a very Innovation centered engineering group (won national awards). Prior to taking the above position, was VP of Middleware Technologies at Pramati, heading Product Engineering. An accomplished Technologist, with over 20 years product engineering and R&D leadership experience. Regularly speak at tech workshops and seminars in India. Recently co-authored a book on ‘SOA approach to Integration’, published by Packt Publishers. Member of several Standards Expert groups including J2EE 1.3. Active in Product/Startup circles

Girish Kapur
Girish Kapur is currently the Vice President, India Site Operations &Site Head, USP India and a member
of USP’s Global Leadership Team. He has wealth of knowledge and industry expertise. He has held leadership roles at Novartis, Pfizer & Ranbaxy. He started his professional career in the year 1998 as a Research Associate in Ranbaxy Research labs. Gurgaon where in his last assignment he was leading a team working on Para-IV First to File products.  He held positions of increasing responsibility over the next 10 years at Pfizer and Novartis.  He played an active role in strengthening collaboration across functions and sites locally and globally. He also established strong networks with academic institutes and government regulatory authorities.  He has an overall experience of 20+ years with strong formulation basics coupled with analytical knowledge. His core expertise lies in handling all challenges related to Finished Dosage Forms. He is a proven leader with strong leadership acumen and team management skills.

Girish Sahni
Dr Sahni is the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology. Dr. Sahni is internationally recognized for his research contributions. He has been the author of several papers published in high impact refereed scientific journals and has a number of national and international patents to his credit.


Stuart Graham
Dr. Stuart Graham, JD, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Strategy & Innovation management group at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA). He teaches and conducts research on business strategy and competition, the economics and policy of patent systems, intellectual property strategy, and technology entrepreneurship. His scholarship has been published in outlets such as the journal Science, the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and Management Science. During 2010-2013, Dr. Graham served as the (first) Chief Economist at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where he created and managed a team of professional economists to study the US innovation system and helped steer economic policy.

Subramani Ramachandrappa
Subramani Ramachandrappa is an Entrepreneur and Chairman & MD – Richcore Lifesciences Pvt Ltd. Subramani leads the innovation efforts at Richcore, developing novel recombinant proteins and enzymes that are targeted to conserve food, water, energy and health. He has filed more than 16 patents in these areas. He is an engineer and MBA from ISB (Indian School of Business: a Kellogg, Wharton & LBS program), and he actively contributes towards entrepreneurship development and innovation as a speaker and panellist in forums across several countries. He is an Executive Council member of ABLE and a member of the CII national committee on Biotechnology.

Amit Varma
Amit Jaganath Varma is the Executive Director - Middle Office Technology (MOT) & Transformation (Innovation, Data) at DBS Asia Hub2. Over a career spanning 22+ years, Amit has positively influenced the financial services industry as a technology pioneer, business leader, organization builder, innovator and digital transformation catalyst leading technology functions across US, Europe and India. In his last role as a Global Head of Technology within Citibank Europe, Amit successfully led the strategy formulation, digital transformation, talent development and organizational growth. He was instrumental in driving innovation-led business growth based on SAFE Agile, Design Thinking and Predictive Data Analytics. He led the development of Citi's industry leading Al-driven risk management data analytics application, pioneered a Blockchain-based pre-IPO trading solution and led the creation of a real-time payment solution. Prior to Citi, for 15+ years, Amit served in technology and organizational leadership roles for firms such as Fidelity Investments, AIB Bank, Deutsche Bank, American Express, IBM, Verizon and European Commission. He started his career as a full-stack developer creating BFSI solutions for firms in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Amit Pathak
Amit is the General Manager and Site Leader for Pratt & Whitney’s Customer Training operations in the region covering South Asia and middle-east. He is also the Industry co-chair for the US-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), Skills development sub-committee. In his present role Amit is responsible for ensuring smooth entry in service for new P&W customers, as well as ensuring adequate training support for existing P&W customers in the region. Amit also drives the “Aviation Skill Development Initiatives” at P&W, aimed at creating a skilled pool of industry ready talent to support the growth of the aviation industry in India. He has led partnership initiatives with a number of leading Indian colleges and universities and has successfully delivered several specialized aviation skills development programs for the benefit of the students and faculty through their world class Customer training center at Hyderabad.

Manish Ranjan
Manish Ranjan is the co-founder and CEO of NanoHealth, an organization that is dedicated to providing a proactive and continuous care solution for managing chronic conditions. Manish believes in a patient engagement model that has the right blend of human touch and technology. He aspires to make NanoHealth a medium through which healthcare advancements and best practices for managing chronic conditions can be extended to a maximum number of people. In 2014, NanoHealth won the prestigious Hult Prize. Manish founded NanoHealth while he was pursuing his MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), where he was awarded the Torch Bearer title for outstanding leadership. Prior to his MBA, he worked as a consultant with a leading supply chain firm, i2 Technologies (JDA), where he designed business processes aimed at driving efficiency and profitability for large multinational firms. Manish intends to use the same expertise in designing healthcare systems that can reduce the socioeconomic burden of chronic diseases. Manish is an engineering graduate from IIT Bombay (Mumbai)

Bhagwan Chowdhry
Professor of Finance, Bhagwan Chowdhry began his teaching career at UCLA Anderson in 1988. Here he found “an opportunity to work with and learn from outstanding faculty colleagues and an ability to work with students on projects that will make a difference in the world.” During his tenure he has also been a visiting professor and lecturer at a variety of institutions, including the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Indian School of Business. He is a current visiting scholar at the Stellar Development Foundation. His research interests are in international finance and corporate finance and strategy, topics on which he has published several papers in economic and finance journals. Microfinance, financial technology and impact investing are his recent teaching, research and applied interests. He has supervised several MBA student projects in microfinance and FinTech in the last several years and has taught undergraduate seminar classes and an MBA elective on the subjects.

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