Industry Keynote Speaker
R. Chandrashekhar, President - NASSCOM
Mr. Chandrashekhar is President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPO Industry in India.

He has had an illustrious career with rich experience in Government. He has been Chairman of the Telecom Commission and Secretary in the Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India from September, 2010 till his retirement from Government service at the end of March, 2013. Earlier, he was Secretary in the Department of Information Technology from June, 2009 to September, 2010 and also held concurrent charge of this assignment from February, 2011 to March, 2012 in addition to his current charge. 
Academic Keynote Speaker
Anitesh Barua, University of Texas at Austin
Anitesh Barua is the William F. Wright Centennial Professor of Information Technology, Stevens Piper Foundation Professor of 2001, University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, Bureau of Business Research Fellow, and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr.Barua’s research has been sponsored by both government and private organizations including the National Science Foundation, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, Ernst & Young, IBM Research, Intel Corporation and Sprint. Over 50 of his research articles have appeared in refereed journals, conference proceedings and edited book chapters. He is an Associate Editor of Management Science, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Information Systems Research, Electronic Commerce Research, MIS Quarterly, and the Journal of Organizational Computing.
Moderators and Speakers
Anandhi Bharadwaj, Emory Univesity
Anandhi Bharadwaj joined the Goizueta Business School in 1995 from Texas A&M University where she received her Ph.D. degree in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. She also holds an M.B.A and a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Anandhi worked as an information systems consultant at NIIT, a world-wide IT consulting firm and was responsible for IT systems development and executive training for clients world-wide.

Anandhi currently serves as a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research and as an Associate Editor for Management Science. She has also served as an Associate Editor of MIS Quarterly (2002-2004) and the Journal of AIS. Her research has been published in journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and EEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
Anjani Rathor, Bharti Airtel
Anjani Rathor is a Senior Vice President with Airtel where he heads the Technology Governance & Transformation function. Earlier, Anjani was associated with Airtel Money (2011 - 2013), the mobile money service of Airtel, first as the Head of Products and later as the Head of Market Operations. He also served as the Senior Vice President in the Office of the Chairman, Bharti Enterprises (2007 - 2011) where he was responsible for the governance and engagement with Bharti Group businesses. Prior to joining Bharti, Anjani worked as the Director, Business Development for Boeing International Corporation (2004 – 2007) where he assisted the organization in shaping its entry into India as an Aerospace & Defense Company.
Arijit Sarkar, Google
As Director of India Operations at Google, Arijit is responsible for managing Google’s operations for Global markets from India. Arijit joined Google in 2006 and has managed various functions across Sales and Operations and helped in expanding the footprint of Global operations in India.

Previously Arijit was a General Manager at and before that was an Area Sales Manager at Blowpast India Pvt Ltd. He received an MBA from NarseeMonjee Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Engineering from Jadavpur University in India.
Deepa Mani, Indian School of Business
Dr. Deepa Mani is an assistant professor in the Information Systems group and Research Fellow at the Indian School of Business. She is the faculty coordinator for the IBM Research Collaboratory in service science at ISB. Professor Mani’s research interests are at the intersection of technology, organisation, and society. She is interested in studying the impact of technology on organisation of economic activity, including firm boundary decisions, and the impact of such organisation on firm value and economic productivity. Her research articles have been published in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Sloan Management Review and MIS Quarterly Executive. They have also been featured in refereed conference proceedings, edited book chapters, and popular media outlets such as Forbes, CIO Magazine, Economic Times, LiveMint, Yahoo Finance and The Street.
Girish Keshav Palshikar, Tata Consultancy Services Limited
Girish Keshav Palshikar is a Principal Scientist in the Systems Research Lab., Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Pune, India, and leads the Machine Learning R&D Group. He was recently honoured with the title of TCS Distinguished Scientist. He has about 80 publications in international journals and conferences. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Computer Science Department of University of Pune. His areas of research include machine learning, data and text mining and artificial intelligence. 
Harishankaran K, Hackerrank
Hari Joined IBM after placements and worked there for 1 year, then build Interviewstreet. First 1.5 years was hard, and made actually 15 K in the whole period. But after 18 months, built, which helped companies hire faster and better. Flipkart was the first customer and now Facebook, Microsoft, NASA are some of the special customers. 
Indranil Bardhan, University of Texas at Dallas
Indranil Bardhan is the Professor of Management Information Systems in the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He have previously served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. At UT Dallas, he teach courses in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, MS programs in MIS and Healthcare Management, as well as a PhD course for MIS doctoral students. His research and teaching interests focus on the measurement of information technology-driven productivity improvements in the healthcare sector. Specifically, his research seeks to evaluate the impact of health IT initiatives on the cost and quality of healthcare delivery. He collaborated with researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council on several research studies related to development of predictive models for readmissions of congestive heart failure patients.
Manish Desai, SAS
Manish has over 15+ years’ experience in Business Analytics ranging from product management & development, consulting, and business development in verticals like Banking and Finance, Telecom, Manufacturing and Retail. Manish primarily focuses on driving the success of SAS Business Analytics across SAARC countries. This involves working with sales teams, engaging with customers to understand their needs and providing solutions, speaking and promoting SAS’ capabilities at various local and international SAS Conferences and providing inputs towards the future direction of SAS Business Analytics.
Nishtha Langer, Indian School of Business
Professor Nishtha Langer’s research looks at the economics of Human Capital and the business value of Information Technology (IT). She is interested in empirically analysing how firms can use their IT assets most effectively. She has applied econometric modeling and simulation techniques to evaluate the challenges and value of e-Commerce. She has partnered with leading Indian IT service providers to research on optimum allocation of project managers to outsourcing projects. Her research hasbeen published in top tier journals, including Information Systems Research and Interfaces, and widely presented and acclaimed by both academic and industry audience. Prior to joining the ISB, Professor Langer worked as a Systems Analyst at Arbella Insurance, Boston, MA and as a Systems Engineer at Tata Infotech Ltd., India.
Prashant Gupta, Microsoft India R&D
Prashant Gupta leads strategy group at Microsoft India R&D responsible for looking at strategic investment spaces involving nextgen Cloud, Application Lifecycle & Bigdata technologies and driving inorganic growth opportunities from the region. Most recently, he co-founded Microsoft Accelerator in India for startups – first of its kind by a tech company in this part of the world and is now a mentor for Microsoft Ventures. His career contributions span internet-led transformations in cellphone, publishing and computing incl. introduction of Motorola’s VIAMOTO – one of the first voice navigation on cellphone and RAZR Maxx V6 - first 3.5G device (now part of Google offering), then led cross-border setup for Ingram’s mPublishing apps startup in '07 & since contributed to introduction of Microsoft’s WINDOWS AZURE IaaS as part of hybrid IT in enterprise.
Priyansh Dixit, IBM India Software Group
Priyansh Dixit is the Smarter Cities Program Director @ IBM India Software Group. He has been with IBM for more than 12 years and currently leads IBM's Software Smarter City initiatives in India. In this IBM Software Group role, he is responsible for the cross brand and cross divisional execution for Smarter City solutions.   Working with the IBM Industry sector teams, he leads Smarter Cities and Industry Frameworks India Engineering teams to create value add applications for client required capability and functionality covering Smarter Transportation, Water Management, Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Smarter Airports. He has extensive experience in working with Governments (in and outside India) around Transportation, Water Management, Public Safety and Law Enforcement.  Priyansh has won several accolades and awards in IBM for his excellence in New Solution Definition, Development and Go To Market.
Rajat Malhotra, ZipDial
Rajat is entrepreneur and product champion with strong leadership and technical management skills. Rajat has over 7 years of web based commercial and SaaS product management and overall more than 15 years of SDLC experience. Demonstrated expertise in bootstrapping, business operations, strategic planning, requirements management, client handling and project management. He has strong offshore development and delivery experience. 
Reema Gupta, Indian School of Business
Reema Gupta is the Associate Director of the Srini Raju Centre for Information Technology and the Networked Economy (SRITNE) at the Indian School of Business. Gupta is very active in organising outreach programmes and conferences for the Centre as well as building a strong network of industry collaborators. Besides helping faculty in their research initiatives, she is actively working on building a strong portfolio of case studies from the Indian IT and ITeS industry.

Prior to joining ISB, Reema worked for EMC Corporation in Massachusetts as Senior Director and led many companywide strategic initiatives.  She has over 13 years of experience working in the IT related field and was recognised as the “Top 10 women to watch” in Massachusetts, for her work in Science and Technology.
Sarang Deo, Indian School of Business
Sarang Deo is Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. His primary area of interest is health care operations with special emphasis on investigating the impact of operations decisions on population level health outcomes. He has studied the influenza vaccine supply chain and the phenomenon of ambulance diversion (in the US), the adult HIV treatment supply chains and the infant HIV diagnosis networks in sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently the TB diagnosis pathway in rural India. He frequently collaborates with international agencies such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.
Shailesh Kekre, McKinsey & Company
Shailesh Kekre is a Partner with McKinsey & Company in India and a core leader of the Firm’s global Outsourcing and Offshoring (O&O) practice. Since joining the Firm in June 1999, he has served clients across a range of topics on strategy development, business building, organisation redesign and operations improvement.  His most recent client engagements include leading cost, quality and productivity enhancements for leading captive BPO centres.  Shailesh leads the Firm’s Process 360 service line and has written several articles on the topic.  Prior to joining the Firm, Shailesh worked as an R&D engineer with Cadence Design Systems.  Shailesh holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.   
Sridhar Bollam, Capillary Technologies
Sridhar Bollam handles the analytics clients from India, APAC, Middle East and South African Markets for Capillary Technologies. He is the founding member of Analytics team at Capillary, and has been instrumental in Capillary's super fast growth spread across multiple verticals and geographies. He has worked extensively on CRM and loyalty analytics, statistical modeling and new solution development at Capillary for more than 100 clients. Prior to working with Capillary, he had a stint at Adventity and Cequity handling customer analytics for retailers across multiple verticals and geographies. He has been with Capillary for more than 4 years now, and has a total of 7 years experience in the analytics industry.
Srinivas Kollipara, IIIT Hyderabad
Srinivas is the Chief Operating Officer of the IIIT-H Foundation, which runs the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. CIE is one of the largest incubation centres in the country with 29,000 sq. ft. of space and around 60 startups on site. He is an active startup consultant and mentor, and advises startups on building viable, fundable and profitable companies by refining business models and strategies in order to build sustainable competitive advantages.
Sulakshan Kumar, MySmartPrice
Sulakshan Kumar is co-founder of, one of the largest comparison shopping site in India with over 13M visitors per month. He started in Oct 2010 along with other co-founder, Sitakanta Ray.  Sulakshan started his career with Oracle Corporation in 2002 in enterprise software product development. He also worked in Infosys in consulting role in 2008.  Apart from MySmartPrice, he loves travelling and driving.
SV Nathan, Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd.
S. V. Nathan is the Talent Director for the India region of the Deloitte U.S. Firms. He has 30 years of experience in Human Resources management, across diverse industries  including Manufacturing, Services, Telecom, and Information Technology, with an  exceptional track record in building and leading high performance teams, as well as serving as a trusted advisor to the business. He has been serving Deloitte for nearly 10  years and has played a leading role in transforming the firm in India. Nathan speaks regularly at  several national and global forums on contemporary HR  matters, and is referred as one of the leading HR leaders in India. He has been conferred several awards for his work in the field of human resources. Nathan serves on the Board of the National Human Resources Development Network (NHRDN) and serves as its National Secretary. He is currently the Chairman of the Global In-House Center,  Hyderabad chapter of NASSCOM. He is also the Chairman of Indian Society of Training and Development.
Udayan Banerjee, NIIT Technologies Ltd.
Udayan Banerjee is an IT industry veteran with more than 35 years. He is responsible for exploring emerging technologies, assessing the impact and giving shape to the technology roadmap for the organisation and also managing the innovation initiatives across the organization. His area of interest includes Mobile Computing, Agile Methodologies, Cloud Computing, Hyper-connectivity, Code Comprehension & Transformation and Model Driven Software Engineering.

He also maintains a blog where he expresses his view on the impact of emerging technologies on enterprises from an Indian perspective and what strategy should enterprises use to adapt themselves to the emerging environment.