Nagpur: Shaheer Ahmed, Founder President of Location Guru, who also founded mBlazon Solutions and Lambent Technologies; Siddhartha Chandurkar, Founder & CEO – ShepHertz which is a complete cloud system for Apps & Games, also former Head of the Technology Architecture & Solution Group and CEO at Wipro for SPG – Software Products Group; Pramod Chaudhari Founder-Chairman and MD – Praj Industries Limited; Pratik Doshi, Founder- Cheeky Chunk Umbrellas; Angelo Rajesh Athaide, Owner, St. Angelo’s Computer Ltd, Prashant Chandrasekaran, Associate Vice President – Business Consulting, Intellecap; Himanshu Rai, Dean, MISB Bocconi – Bocconi India & SDA Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy; Neelima Goel. Director at Filming India; Aditya Gandhi Co-Founder – Purple Squirrel Eduventures Pvt. Ltd.; Shruti Jasani, Proprietor – The Wooden Stage; Anil Joshi, Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures; Ashish Kulkarni, Founder Punnaryug Artvision Pvt. Ltd. Vishwash Mahajan , President, TiE Pune,Chapter and Founder of LifeLineSystech; Santosh Panda, Founder & CEO at Explara; Jagdish Ramaswamy, President – Aditya Birla Group; Raveen Sastry, Co – founder of NudgeSpot; Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Director and Co-founder at RAIN (Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network); Prof. Charan Singh, Professor of Economics & Social Sciences, IIM Bangalore; Visiting Fellow at Stanford and Harvard; Prof. Sumant Tekade, HOD & Corporate Trainer, at S.B. Jain Institute of Management; Dr. Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar, Global Head, Digital Enterprise Services at Tech Mahindra; and Nagpur’s own Aruna Upadhay ,Founder – Mothers Pet, and Chairperson, Centre Point Group of Schools are the distinguished speakers who will be adressing delegates at the TiEcon 2015 that is going to be held in Nagpur on Saturday and Sunday, i.e.October 24th and 25th at the at the Naivedhyam Eastoria, on the Chakhali-Kalamna Road, in Surya Nagar Nagpur.
This is probably the largest gathering of Founders and MDs of Blue Chip and other internationally acclaimed Business lumnaires that Nagpur has ever seen.
We hope Nagpurians, especially the budding young entrepreneurs of Nagpur, will not miss this opportunity to listen to them and narrate their experiences first hand.
Shaheer is the Founder, CEO of Location Guru and the former Founder of mBlazon Solutions. Location Guru is a leading wireless entertainment company in India while mBlazon has established itself as a leading offshore product development services provider from Central India.
Shaheer was instrumental in establishing the Wireless Business Line of Lambent and established Lambent’s US operations in San Diego where he worked with some of largest wireless entertainment and LBS companies including Autodesk, TCS, Telmap, Sony Pictures, Electronic Arts, Konami, THQ Wireless, JAMDAT, etc. prior to moving to India to start mBlazon.
He brings with him a unique combination of excellent business vision and efficient technical execution given his years of experience managing development teams earlier in his career.
AngeloRajesh Athaide (Owner, St. Angelo’s Computer Ltd)
Angelo Rajesh Athaide is the Chairman & Managing Director of St. Angelo’s Professional Education (SAPE) and all its business divisions. Athaide is a young graduate from Mumbai University with an experience of more than 23 years in the IT industry.
His inbuilt passion and desire to excel inspired him to be an entrepreneur at a very young age. He started his own business of Training & Data processing at the age of 20 and thereafter never looked back. His vision & mission has always been inspiring and motivating all those who are associated with him to give their best. His positivity, leadership skills, marketing & selling ability, hard work and dedication are a few qualities behind all his successful ventures. Having started with a single and 1 machine training unit, he has developed it into one of the best IT companies of Mumbai. Athaide primarily handles the Marketing, Sales and PRO portfolios for the company.
St. Angelo’s Computers Education (SACE) is one of the leading Computer Education organizations in India. (SACE) was established in the year 1993 & today has grown as one of the largest networks of Computer Training Center- specializes in English Speaking, Personality Development & Management Skills. St. Angelo’s Computer Education (SACE) was instrumental in bringing computer education within the reach of a common man & was responsible for adding professional skill sets to lakhs of students, making them capable to achieve higher goals in life and become successful, not only locally but also globally.
Prashant Chandrasekaran (Associate Vice President – Business Consulting, Intellecap)
Prashant has several years of experience working with large corporations, SMEs and venture capital/private equity investors on growth and business unit strategy, market evaluation and due diligence studies, business plans and partner identification engagements.
At Intellecap, Prashant has co-authored a leading study on impact investing titled ‘Invest, Catalyze. Mainstream – The Indian Impact Investing story’ in collaboration with GiZ. He has developed a unique impact evaluation framework for impact funds and CSR programs called PRISM which was recognized by the G8 Social Impact Task Force in 2014 as among the most significant emerging frameworks globally. He also works on developing inclusive growth related engagements with Fortune 500 companies focused on low income and rural markets. Prashant has an MBA from the University of Oxford – Said Business School, UK.
Siddhartha Chandurkar (Founder & CEO – ShepHertz)
ShepHertz is a complete cloud system for Apps & Games.
Before founding ShepHertz in 2010, he was heading the Technology Architecture & Solution Group and CEO at Wipro for SPG – Software Products Group. He was also responsible for SaaS and SOA Technology strategy and initiatives for the Tech vertical. In Wipro, he consulted for multiple Tier 1 & 2 global organizations. Prior to Wipro, he was with Ericsson as Lead Architect for Mobile Commerce Platform
Siddhartha is a frequent speaker and an avid blogger on Entrepreneurship and Technology. He has contributed frequently to public forums like International workgroups/communities e.g. ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 Working Group 42, open source etc
ShepHertz offers a Cloud Ecosystem for Apps and has raised couple of funding rounds since inception. Interestingly, one of the investors in ShepHertz is from Nagpur! ShepHertz’ is a classic ‘garage to global’ story. Today they have servers in 7 zones and 6 countries across the world. They are processing billions of API calls across thousands of Apps. Some of the top Apps which are trending as Top 10 on various App Stores are built using their platform.
Pramod Chaudhari (Founder-Chairman and MD – Praj Industries Limited)
Manufacturing equipments for making ethanol, Praj is a global leader in renewable energies and environmental technologies. Praj has won the Forbes 200 Best under a Billion Company in Asia, twice.
Pramod Chaudhari has been voted amongst Globally Top 100 People in bio-energy space by Biofuels Digest. He has also been awarded the distinguished alumnus award from IIT Mumbai. Thought Leaders (2002) includes his biography in 22 visionary Indian managers. He is also the recipient of various awards, viz. Bio Spectrum Leadership Award 2013 (for his remarkable work in promoting the cause of Biofuels in the past three decades); ‘Empresario Most Inspiring Entrepreneur Award 2013’ by National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai; ‘Lifetime Achievement Award 2013’ by Sugar Technologists’ Association of India; ‘Maxell (Maharashtra Corporate Excellence) Life Time Achievement Award 2013’ by Maxell Foundation, Mumbai; Jagatik Marathi Chamber of Commerce ‘National Level Entrepreneurship’ Award in 2004 and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation Award’ of Chemtech Foundation (for leading Praj into developing innovative technologies like Sweet Sorghum to Ethanol).
Today, Pramod is intensifying the Company’s activities into the knowledge domain of biotech processes and systems in the global arena.
He has contributed to the National Biofuels Policy as a member of the Committee on Development of Biofuels – Planning Commission, Government of India, for introduction of renewable fuels to India.
He has co-authored a book titled ‘As Is What Is’ a story of the journey of Praj recounting its trials, tribulations and achievements.
Pratik Doshi (Founder- Cheeky Chunk Umbrellas)
Cheeky Chunks sells designer umbrellas through various marketplaces. He is a startup and entrepreneurship enthusiast with varied interests like writing, travelling and gaming. He wants to improve everyday life by innovating and introducing different products that solve genuine problems through creativity.
Pratik started Cheeky Chunk in 2014 when he marketed a few umbrellas in a small market. Due to the great response, he decided to start a company selling unique designer umbrellas at affordable prices and opted out of a job after his post -graduation. He says, “I got this idea for two reasons –It wasn’t done by anyone before, giving me an access to a largely untapped market. Secondly, I couldn’t bear the monotony of a day job where I would have to work to make someone else rich.”
Currently Cheeky Chunk is selling through their website, Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and a few retail stores in Mumbai. They have already sold more than 7000 umbrellas, much more than the initial target 1000 set early this year. Pratik has been through the roller-coaster ride of entrepreneurship with an extra bumpy bootstrapping experience.
Aditya Gandhi (Co-Founder – Purple Squirrel Eduventures Pvt. Ltd.)
Aditya, a B.Tech and M. Tech from IIT, Powai, first stepped into the world of PR and Funding when he led a 60 member PR team in Mood Indigo, to build the biggest media campaign for the festival of INR 25 million.
After that he interned at UIDAI, with a 4 member team leading UIDAI’s Financial Inclusion Initiative. His experience also includes a year with Ernst &Young, Risk Advisory Services. He then moved to Europe, to join Optiver, Amsterdam as Trader in Derivatives and Equity Options.
His experiences in Europe enabled him to understand the hiring practices and student interaction which led him to Co – Found Purple Squirrel Eduventures, Pvt. Ltd. Purple Squirrel is works in the ITeS space offering permanent staffing, consulting and business solutions to clients in a variety of industries.
Aditya founded Purple Squirrel in 2014, with its headquarter in Vadodara, Gujarat, and it has offices throughout India. Aditya’s client experience includes various industry verticals like IT / ITES / Manufacturing / Construction / Healthcare / FMCG.
Praveen Gandhi (Founder – Seed Fund)
Pravin Gandhi has been an entrepreneur for 40 odd years. He has been involved in many pioneering efforts with starting one of the first computer companies in 1972. Cofounding one of the first early stage funds in 1999 and continuing to invest in early state through, now a 3rd fund. He has been an active member of Industry associations such as MAIT, NASSCOM.
He was President of TiE Mumbai and then a Global Trustee of TiE. Currently, while running Seedfund, he is an active impact Investor and a Board Member of various technology companies.
He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, USA.
Neelima Goel (Director at Filming India)
An insatiable thirst for travel and discovery led Neelima Goel to the world of film making.
Neelima has been involved in hundreds of hours of programming on BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, ITV, Norwegian, French, German, American, Canadian, Indian and Japanese TV channels. It has been an extraordinary journey of discovery, challenges and achievements.
Some of her work includes, Victorian Sex traveler – a widely acclaimed and awarded BBC documentary, Gulabi Gang – documenting for several months the inspiring life of Sampat Pal and gritty grassroots, uneducated, low caste women’s gang in the mean badlands of UP. Terrorism – filmed in the late 70’s and 80’s during peak terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir. Copies of these documentaries were requested for by Punjab Police, RAW, Indian Army, International Red Cross and Amnesty International.
On the sunny side, Neelima was associated with Indian Serials like Amma and Family and Zindagi Kitni Khubsoorat Hai starring the irrepressible and hugely talented Zohra Sehgal. Thoda sa Aasman with Deepti Naval, Kashmakash starring Javed Jaffrey and scripted by the Pakistani writer Hasina Moin, National Award winning film Amu with Konkana Sen, Mira Nair’s Namesake starring Tabu and Irrfan Khan, Aishwarya Rai starrer Bride and Prejudice, to name a few.
She has worked with the world’s top chefs like Gordon Ramsay in the 3 part series, Great Escape, Spice Trail; Top Gear; a series on India’s Partition, Lives of Gandhi with the BBC news presenter Mishal Hussain, Clash of Worlds; So Far from Home.
Last two years contemporary issues took centre stage and Neelima has turned the lens on the sordid underbelly world of surrogacy, of rapes in Uttar Pradesh remote areas, of the state of AIDS victims in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, of the complex layers that marked Phoolan Devi’s struggle against oppression and injustice and currently, on the workings of the Delhi Police.
Shruti Jasani (Proprietor – The Wooden Stage)
The wooden stage is the 1st Aerial Silk School in Mumbai. It focuses on building every individuals strength and flexibility in the best and safest way possible along with the weight loss exercises. Aerial Silk is an amazing apparatus. Elements and workouts performed on the silk prove way more effective than any other apparatus or form of fitness. Working on the strength and flexibility can get very interesting on the silk. It is challenging and motivating at the same time. You will start building higher goals as you get more comfortable with the silk. Ariel Silk Dance classes in Mumbai at Vile Parle East.
Anil Joshi (Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures)
Anil is Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures an early stage venture fund investing in SMAC. Prior to this he was heading operations at Mumbai Angels and Bangalore Angels, leading Angel Investment forums in India as President. Anil’s experience includes corporate management functions in medium and large organizations, investment in start-ups, project management, joint ventures and business development.
After heading a branch office at Century Rayon, B.K. Birla Group Company, he moved to Business Access India Pvt. Ltd. providing consulting services to Scandinavian companies from diverse sectors establishing their presence in the Asian markets. Then he moved to Transasia Biomedical Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of bio-medical equipment. Prior to joining Mumbai Angels, he headed new projects and investment in start-ups with Artheon Group, an Telecom, IT & Energy group.
Anil served on the Board of 5 companies and is involved with various incubation centers as mentor in India and outside India. Anil graduated in Engineering and Post-Graduation in Management (Marketing) and PGDBM in Strategic Finance and Control.
Rajeev Kher (Founder- 3S Shramik)
His passion for better sanitation led him to create India’s very first Portable Sanitation and liquid waste management company back in 1999. With his mission to provide sanitation for the un-served people of India, – this pioneering effort has become a revolutionary concept and has created a phenomenal social business model, which is present in 9 states in India.
3S Shramik has seen investments by Avishkaar- India’s premiere social impact venture capital fund, as well as Zurich based ResponAbility- which is the world’s largest impact fund.
Having served as the only Asian member on the Board of Directors of the Portable Sanitation Association International USA from 2010 to 2013, Rajeev also has been recognized for his work and also invited by President Clinton for the CGI in New York USA. Rajeev is currently working with Pune International Centre for making policies and standards for Sanitation under the guidance of Dr. R A Mashelkar.
Sara PlastPvt. Ltd has been a leader in manufacturing of eco friendly toilets and is today a renowned name in providing high quality sanitation solutions in India. Sara Plast Pvt Ltd is also a DRDO license holder for the bio-digester technology having executed prestigious rural projects in the recent past.
The company has been awarded the ISO 9001-2010 certification by TUV Sud Germany.
Ashish Kulkarni (Founder, PUNNARYUG ARTVISION PVT. LTD.)
Punnaryug Artvision Private Limited is a Private Company incorporated on 11 November 2014. It is classified as Indian Non-Government Company and is registered at Registrar of Companies, Pune. Its authorized share capital is Rs. 100,000 and its paid up capital is Rs. 100,000.It is involved in Business activities n.e.c.
Ashish was a CEO of Reliance Big Animation, Founder and CEO Anirights infomedia Pvt Ltd; COO JadooWorks Pvt Ltd
Vishawash Mahajan (President- TiE Pune Chapter, Founder- LifeLineSystech, Advisor- ARTITUDE)
Worked for 10 years in software industry internationally, last fifteen years have been as entrepreneur.
He co-founded Compulink with his friend 12 years ago and it is one of the few companies from India that is focused on products. He has led Compulink from bootstrap phase to VC investment to taking it public. Its flagship product, Whizible, clocked revenue of 100+ Crores in the ten years of its existence, one of the very few Indian software product companies to do so.
He then led merger of Compulink with another company –Glodyne and this means that his entrepreneurial journey has run one full circle. He is now a member of senior management team at Glodyne with varying responsibilities. For Glodyne he led its acquisition of $200 million US Company and has completed integration project.
His interest in leadership has led him to undertake training and research in this and he is recently certified as ‘Level 1 Global Facilitator’ for ‘9 Conversations in Leadership’ – a program in leadership development by ‘Worldsview Consulting’ – South Africa.
Active with local and global industry bodies and associations, Vishwas is the Coordinator for NASSCOM Emerge and Product forum.
He is part of LifeLineSystech and Artitude. LifeLineSystech which incubates product ideas, develops frameworks, provide product sales and support expertise and services and more. Artitude is an organization that seeks to transform, scale, standardize, accredit and proliferate the education of performing and other arts at the elementary and introductory level amongst kids.
Santosh Panda (Founder & CEO at Explara)
When you try, try harder and fight deeper — a straight talk of his Startup journey.
Explara is an event platform that takes the role of making events simple to organize and delightful to participate in.
He is currently working in Explara and Signature Technologies. He got opportunity to develop/lead mostly B2B products for FTSE 100 companies and startup in London, Helsinki, Los Angeles and Bangalore.
He launched a startup “Explara.com”. Launched in 2008 and rebranded in 2013, Explara.com has been serving 10,000+ events from 21 countries and event attendee from 64 countries.
With 3 years of bootstrapping and then securing fund from renowned angel investors, Explara.com has served customers from 21 countries in 2013 and hence built a world class ‘Event Platform : ticketing-registration, event communities and event apps in one place’.
He was also the Senior Software Engineer in eBay for a year and 2 months in London, United Kingdom and was involved in The Core Product Development Team, also Introduced PHP Enterprise technologies to the team along with Java.
Himanshu Rai (Dean, MISB Bocconi – Bocconi India & SDA Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy)
He is currently on lien from IIM Lucknow where he taught from 2006 to 2014 after completing a stint of a little over a year at XLRI Jamshedpur School of Business and Human Resources, India. As the Convener of CAT 2010, he successfully led the largest format change in world’s testing history exceeding all global standards of testing.
He obtained his doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad, making seminal contribution in the area of Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. His profile includes a stint of over 8 years at Tata Steel, India, where he played a pivotal role in developing Quality Systems for his Departments and the Communication Policy for the Company. He has taught a variety of courses to Post Graduate and Doctoral students including Negotiation, Justice, Leadership and Business Research Methods and also published papers in refereed journals and books. He has consulted with several organizations including World Bank, International Finance Corporation, UP State Road Transport Corporation, Metal handicraft Service Centre, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero Honda and SEWA.
His consultancies range from Strategic Planning to HR Interventions, Strategic HR Systems and Processes, Leadership Training to Negotiation Skills Development, and Organizational Restructuring to Organizational Development.
Best Teacher in HRM award, Dainik Bhaskar Group, 2013
Jagdish Ramaswamy (President – Aditya Birla Group)
President – Corporate Business Excellence at Aditya Birla Management Corporation,
The Corporate Business Excellence Cell helps recognize and award best-in-class business practices across the Aditya Birla Group. It is a business excellence framework which acts as a valuable tool to help an organization perform better, generate better profits and achieve success.
Jagdish, as president of CBE group, has helped operationalize the entire cell and adopt the TPM – Total Productive Maintenance methodology as a unifying approach to build excellence at all levels of the group companies.
Jagdish has had varied experience in top notch companies. As COO at The AkshayaPatra Foundation, he was instrumental in scaling up revenues for the organization from Rs 120 Cr., to Rs 250 Cr. He has also worked as Chief Quality Officer-Wipro Limited. A Master Black Belt and process Excellence leader in WIPRO, he revitalized Six Sigma across the corporation and brought in the precision of Six Sigma analytics and Business Alignment. His experience also includes Asia Sourcing Manager and Process Improvement Leader at Tyco Healthcare.
Raveen Sastry (Co – founder of NudgeSpot)
The true blue Startup Guru – Raveen is the Co – founder of NudgeSpot, a communications startup. He has had hands on experience conceptualizing and co-founding large scale start-ups like Babyoye, Hoopos, Myntra Design Pvt. Ltd,
Born in Canada, he did his MBA there and then went on to work with XoraInc, a GPS company as Project Manager. He moved to Bangalore where he plunged into the start- up arena with gusto.
Raveen saw a need and worked at the solution – all Hoopos, Myntra were not just ideas, they fulfilled a need of likeminded people. All his companies have scaled epic heights in the e-commerce space.
NudgeSpot maintains outbound communication for their clients across the dashboard of emails, SMS, apps and other channels. They provide services to SMEs, online clients like Ola, Bluestone and Zivame.
Nudgespot is a team of about 15, based in Bangalore. It is currently expanding both its technology and business teams. Its intention is to get more and more paying customers, not chase investments. Their $650k seed round of funding closed in a week, meaning they could easily look for another round, but Raveen is a bit wary and wants the business to prove itself before raising more.
Kaushal Sarda (CEO – Kuliza)
Kaushal like to start, run, invest and catalyze the growth of web/mobile based products that are driven by data and solving some real problems
Specialties: Product management, product positioning, product marketing, user-interface design, web applications, mobile applications
Helping founder’s Start, build, and run product companies; recruiting, building, running startup teams; conceptualizing, designing, launching large-scale web and mobile products.
Kuliza brings together the design agency, custom software development, and cloud infrastructure services into one firm. This combination allows Kuliza to partner with both established companies and high-growth startups to launch new web, and mobile products that drive growth and accelerate their mission. To fully align partners and employees, Kuliza structures shared-outcome in every partnership and then passes through 20% of that upside to the employees that contribute to the success.
Kuliza maintains 1 US based CTO and a 150 plus design and technology development team in Bangalore. Kaushal is a Founding Member
His role is to share & understanding and views about advances in social technologies with clients, partners, and peers. I am also responsible for the overall brand, communications, culture, research initiatives, and partner relations.
Mahavir Pratap Sharma (Director and Co-founder at RAIN (Rajasthan Angel Innovators Network), Serial entrepreneur)
Mahavir Sharma is part of umpteen businesses and social organizations, and exudes passion in angel investing, leadership and mentoring, after schooling at Xavier and college in Jaipur; he went to the US and worked in the international trading market for 6 years. He has since successfully founded or co-founded many start ups:-Oscar Expo Design LLP- Manufacturing and exports of Carpets and Silver Jewelry for the last 23 years. Swishin Events LLP- An Event Management, Marketing and PR firm. Jaipur Kaleen park Ltd (JKPL)- A group of carpet manufactures, developing an Industrial park, which is a first ever Eco-friendly and non-polluting carpet and textile park near Jaipur. Hari Om Decor- or S. Raja started with 2 fellow exporters, a chain of retail floor coverings store across India.
With fellow charter members in Rajasthan he has become an integral part of an angel investor network of Rajasthan, RAIN, and he is a mentor and director on investments.
Mata Media & Mktg LLP- bulk mobile telecom provider, Market research and online Marketing company, which is about to launch a fortnightly youth magazine- Changing Tomorrow- ChaT. Director at Art Summit India P Ltd., by being the founder member of TiE Rajasthan and the past president, he has promoted the values of TiE and Entrepreneurship in Rajasthan. He has been Global Trustee for 4 years and has not only represented Rajasthan, but India on world’s biggest Entrepreneurship body.
Aditi Shrivastava (Advisor, Intellecap Impact Investment Network)
Aditi set up the Intellecap Impact Investment Network, which is India’s first angel network looking to invest in for-profit businesses dedicated to creating a positive social or environmental impact. Aditi engages with HNIs, family offices and funds to bring them the most scalable and impactful young enterprises for mentoring and investment. She works closely with entrepreneurs, advising them on their business models and investment approaches.
Prior to joining Intellecap in 2011, Aditi spent over 5 years at Goldman Sachs in New York, specializing in quantitative equity research, trading and portfolio management. She also served as a board member on the American India Foundation Young Professional’s board where she discovered a passion for the development space.
Aditi graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University majoring in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science. She is a CFA (USA) charter holder, a Shaper in the World Economic Forum Global Shaper Mumbai Hub, and a TiE Mumbai Charter Member. She serves on the advisory boards of Jibu, an affordable clean drinking water enterprise in East Africa, and Impact Business Leaders, an organization dedicated to grooming more talent for the impact space.
Aditi is passionate about development, problem solving, dance, and travel. She calls Kuwait (where she grew up) and Mumbai (where she currently resides) home.
Prof. Charan Singh (Professor of Economics & Social Sciences, IIM Bangalore; Visiting Fellow at Stanford and Harvard; Chair Professor; Reserve Bank of India)
He has published extensive research in the field of Monetary, Fiscal, Debt Management, Financial Reserves, International Reserves, Banking and Infrastructure. He has published in eminent journals like the Economic and Political Weekly, Prajnan, RBI Occasional Papers, Indian Journal of Economics and Business, Yojana, etc.
Prof. Singh is also a prolific writer on Indian economy and the current business scenario. His topical writing has featured in popular dailies like, The Tribune, Business Standard, Business Line, Deccan Herald, Financial Express, Money Control and Economic Times to name a few.
His recent consulting assignments include some at International Monetary Fund, Washington DC; where current projects are: Fiscal Policy, Debt Management, International Reserves and Sovereign Wealth Funds.
His impeccable work record includes Service as Senior Economist, IMF, 2009-2012, Director (Departments: Research; Debt Management), RBI, 1997-2009; Assistant Adviser (Departments: Research; Debt Management), RBI, 1990-1997; Research Officer (Research Department), RBI, 1984-1990.
Piyush Somani (Founder & CEO at ESDS Software Solution Pvt. Ltd.)
Piyush Somani, a first generation entrepreneur, personifies ESDS’s commitment to customer satisfaction and high quality of deliverables. Through his experience in a variety of roles across ESDS, he has built a reputation in the IT industry for his exceptional ability to build and grow business and nurture long-term relationships.
ESDS Datacenters are in Chicago(USA); Montreal(Canada); Leeds, Reading, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes in UK; Nashik, Mumbai (Operational from July 2015) and Bengaluru in India; offer certified Tier-III fault tolerant infrastructure, cloud, data & managed services support for mission critical IT systems & businesses. SAP & Microsoft have certified ESDS Datacenters for cloud & hosting out of India.
Today they serve more than 33,000 customers hosting more than 2 Million websites with them. They have filed product patents -eNlight Cloud, eMagic Data Center Management Suit and MTvScan. Economic Times awarded ESDS for “Innovation in Cloud Technology” in 2014. Global Business & Service Excellence Award in 2013, best IT enabled Services Award in 2011 and Green IT Infrastructure Award in 2010. He also works as Director- eUKhost Ltd., Leeds, United Kingdom; Director-WebHosting UK Com Ltd.
Prof. Sumant Tekade (MBA- HOD & Corporate Trainer, at S.B. Jain Institute of Management)
He worked as a HR Manager with IT Giant WIPRO Technologies, Bangalore. He has an enriched Experience of Recruitment & Selection and has interviewed close to 1000 IT Professionals in his tenure at WIPRO.
Out of his passion towards society, he resigned from WIPRO Technologies and has worked full time social worker for a NGO. From 2009 he is associated with S.B. Jain Institute of Management, Nagpur as an Assistant Professor and currently he is heading the MBA Department. He is a faculty member at YCMOU & IGNOU Nagpur unit.
He conducts various training programs and workshops on Personality Development Motivation, Effective Leadership, Interviews, Body Language, Communication Skills and Stress Management.
His specialty lies in a Motivational Talk on “Chhatrapati Shivaji & His Management Skills”, which correlates modern day Management Techniques with Case studies from the life of Great Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This will surely help students and professionals to chase Excellence in their life.
Aruna Upadhay (Founder – Mothers Pet, Chairperson – Centre Point Group of Schools)
Aruna is a great admirer of Indian women & actually believes the women definitely are the stronger sex! As it’s the woman who gives BIRTH, nurtures & shapes generation, takes care of homes, in-laws, husband, kids and goes out to work- so she is certainly the stronger of the two!!
Aruna is a pioneered of CBSE schools in Nagpur.
Today she’s a proud owner of 5 campuses in Nagpur – 3 of Centre Point & 20 Mother’s Pet .Having tremendous satisfaction of shaping thousands of young minds & achievers,
Dr. Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar (Global Head – Digital Enterprise Services at Tech Mahindra)
Dr. Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar is the End-to-End P&L owner for Digital Enterprise Services. He is also spearheading the Internet of things ( IoT ) initiatives for the company and Smart City for the Mahindra Group.
Rishi exhibits strong interpersonal skills and has a grounded approach towards work, approachability, and eye for talent. His clear focus & vision are the major factors contributing to his graceful journey in Tech Mahindra.
Specialties: Rich experience of working for:
• Fortune 500, Telecom, BFSI, Healthcare and Public sector Customers
• Managing large scale outsourcing projects in multi-vendor and multi-lingual environment
• Managing stakeholders at CXO level
Proficient in managing Geographically & Culturally Diverse Teams
• 10+ years in Europe, 5+ years in Americas , 3 years in APAC , 6 years in India with sometime spent in Africa. Currently ( 2013 onwards ) , heading the Digital Services Offerings globally for Tech Mahindra.