Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers from our previous event

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Speakers

Aarthi Janakiraman

Aarthi Janakiraman

Research Manager, TechVision, Frost & Sullivan

With more than 10 years of industry expertise in Technology Consulting and Advisory Services, Ms. Aarthi Janakiraman is involved in developing R&D and commercialization strategies for emerging technologies, especially in the chemicals, materials and foods industry.

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Her expertise lies in technology scouting and foresighting and assessing the impact of emerging technologies and trends in various industries and how these can potentially disrupt the industries and shape the future. A combined background of MBA and Food technology, has enabled her in leading several projects with global brands to shape their R&D strategies, technology monetization and opportunity assessment.

Amol Kotwal

Amol Kotwal

Senior Director, Frost & Sullivan

Amol Kotwal, in his role as a Senior Director, drives and manages client relationship with Strategic Accounts in South Asian region. He has more than 19 years of Strategic Consulting and Business Development experience in the Energy and Industrial sector. His expertise lies in Business planning, strategic partnering, market entry & market expansion strategies, assisting clients charter their strategic growth path and help them prepare for the future. His expertise in the Energy sector covers the entire value chain including Power generation, Power Transmission & Distribution, Renewable Energy, Distributed Power Generation, Backup Power etc.

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With his extensive understanding of market dynamics, and developments within Energy sector, he has contributed his Thought Leadership through articles and quotes published in the print & electronic media, and also as a Speaker at Industry Forums. Amol has a Masters in Management (Marketing), from Sardar Patel University, and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from MS University, Gujarat, India.

Anand S

Anand S

Vice President, Frost & Sullivan

Anand is the Vice-President of the Technical Insights practice and has over a decade of consulting experience across multiple technology areas, including technology due diligence and acquisition target research. In addition to assisting leading clients leverage global market and technology opportunities and establish strategic partnerships across sectors, he has been involved in consulting projects across the Electronics, Medical Devices and Energy sectors.

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Anand has also written multiple research reports, white papers and technology articles that have been published in global research journals and prominent business magazines, and has been quoted in Forbes, The Washington Post and other key business dailies.Anahuac and Thunderbird.
Ankur Bhamu

Ankur Bhamu

Head Business Development Nutritional Solutions, Tata Chemicals Limited

Ankur Bhamu looks after sales and business development responsibilities for Nutritional Solutions division of Tata Chemicals. An alum of Cornell University and Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, Ankur joined the Tata group via the Tata Administrative Services. He has spent close to a decade with the group and worked across various sectors such as Power, Telecom, Automobiles before gravitating to nutrition science.

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Ankur has shouldered responsibilities for setting up new businesses as well as growing existing ones and worked across multiple countries in Asia and ASEAN. He is also the recipient of The Economic Times Young Leaders Award. What interests Ankur in the field of food is the plethora of opportunities for leveraging specialized high-science ingredients for shoring up the health quotient of regular F&B formats.
Apoorva Yadav

Apoorva Yadav

Senior Consultant, KaaS, Frost & Sullivan

Apoorva has rich experience in Strategy and Insight. She has successfully managed executive programmes such as Key Account Management (KAM), Campaign Management, Sales and Marketing Operations Support, RFP/Bid Management Support, Content management, Proposition Development Support for large Fortune 500 companies.

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She has experience of working with C-level executives and has led & delivered projects spanning across market-entry strategies, knowledge management, marketing strategy, planning and forecasting, competitor insight & benchmarking, customer segmentation, sector deep-dives and portfolio insight.
Aroop Zutshi

Aroop Zutshi

Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Aroop Zutshi is based in Mountain View California, and sits on the corporate board of Frost & Sullivan Inc. As the Global President & Managing Partner, with over 30 years of experience, he is responsible for the day to day operations and performance of the network of Global offices. Aroop has been involved in developing the growth strategy for the company.

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Aside from personally driving the globalization of Frost & Sullivan from five different offices in five countries, he has been responsible for Frost & Sullivan’s expansion of business across 32 countries with 43 office locations. Besides being responsible for managing Frost & Sullivan, Aroop also works with fortune 500 companies in designing their growth strategies by evaluating new opportunities for growth.
Arun Karna

Arun Karna

Managing Director & CEO, AT&T Global Network Services India Pvt. Ltd

Arun is a highly experienced business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the Telecoms and IT industry. He has been with AT&T for more than 19 years, and is currently the Managing Director & CEO of AT&T Global Network Services India Pvt. Ltd. His responsibilities include overseeing AT&T’s operations and customer engagements throughout the country. During his tenure, Arun has achieved phenomenal growth in the AT&T customer base in India which has led to a tremendous growth in revenues.

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Before joining AT&T, Arun worked with some of the leading names in the IT/Telecoms industry like BT and HCL-HP. Arun is a mentor and advisor to a couple of young start-ups in the technology space. He is an active member of the North India Council of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He actively participates in several informal groups including the Unconference round tables curated by Collaborative Climate, which promotes problem-solving through collaboration. Arun is an extremely effective coach and mentor of teams and is adept at providing leadership in a global, cross-cultural environment. He holds a PGDBM specializing in Marketing and Finance from IMT Ghaziabad and BE (Electronics and Telecom) from Pune University.

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Arun Ramesh

Arun Ramesh

Research Manager - Visionary Science Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Arun Ramesh is a Research Manager with the Visionary Science Practice for Frost & Sullivan’s global business and leads the India GIC team. As Research Manager, he is responsible for team management and delivering consulting projects & reports. He has over 9 years of professional experience, in Business Research, Market Intelligence and Strategy Consulting in Agriculture & Nutrition, Personal care, Chemicals and Pharmaceutical space.

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His expertise spans growth opportunity assessments, market penetration strategy, procurement and mergers & acquisition strategy. His work with multinational companies like Ecolab, Mizkan globally in the Food & Beverages space include food ingredients, packaging, crop protection and agriculture.
Ashish Iyer

Ashish Iyer

Managing Director, Mistry Ventures

Ashish Iyer is the Managing Director of Mistry Ventures. Mistry Ventures provides seed, early stage and growth capital to startups as well as incubates new ventures. Previously Ashish was a Senior Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He worked with clients across the world helping them architect their growth journeys in the private, public and government sectors on issues related to strategy, digital, go to market and organizational effectiveness.

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Between 2015 and 2017, he was the Global Practice Area Leader of The Strategy Practice at BCG. Ashish was recognized as one of BCG’s leading global experts on strategy, leading and executing projects across a broad range of industries as well as helping to cultivate the firm’s thinking around topics such as new market entry, winning in uncertain environments and scenario planning. Prior to joining BCG, he worked with Accenture and AF Ferguson. Ashish was featured as one amongst India’s Top 40 Business Leaders under 40 by the Economic Times in 2015. He has also authored a seminal report on Indian agriculture and is a contributor to leading international and national newspapers/journals. Ashish has received a BSc (Honours) & MSc degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Azim Premji

Mr. Azim Premji

Founder Chairman of Wipro Limited

Azim Premji took over the leadership of Wipro in the late 1960’s and has been at its helm, turning what was then a small cooking fat company into close to $ 10 billion revenue group with businesses in IT, Consulting & Outsourcing, Consumer Care, Precision Engineering and Healthcare Systems, with presence in over 60 countries. Mr. Premji has established the Azim Premji Foundation with a donation of $21 billion, which is focused on improving public school education, working directly in 7 states of India which have over 350,000 schools. The Foundation also runs the not-for-profit Azim Premji University, focused on programs in education and related fields of human development. The Foundation supports impactful non-profits working in a few chosen fields, including, improving nutrition, working with the most vulnerable groups, and improving governance, through multiyear financial grants. Mr. Premji is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.

Ganesh Iyer

Ganesh Iyer

CEO India, Symphony Ventures India

Symphony Ventures is a leading Intelligent Automation company leveraging Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technologies to enable Digital Transformation. Symphony has headquarters in the U.K. and offices in the U.S., Poland, Latin America and India and is a Sykes (NASDAQ: SYKE) company. Ganesh is a veteran consulting executive and has led client engagements in various banking, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries over a 20-year career spanning India, the U.S. and Europe.

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He is a is a post-graduate from Xavier School of Management (XLRI) and a graduate from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli. He has previously worked at Firstsource, Cognizant, HCL and eVentures. In his last role at Firstsource, he was responsible for global strategy, marketing, investor relations and mergers and acquisitions. He is also an active member in various start-up networks in India.

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K Ganesh

K Ganesh

Serial Entrepreneur, Partner – GrowthStory.in

Ganesh is a successful serial entrepreneur with four successful green field ventures and exits. His last venture, TutorVista was acquired by US and UK listed education leader Pearson for $ 213 MM. He was among the top 5 nominees for the Economic Times Entrepreneur of the year 2012 Award. His current venture, Portea Medical, provides technology-led home healthcare to the Indian consumer. He actively mentors, incubates and funds start-ups and is promoter of several Indian consumer Internet and ecommerce companies including Bigbasket.com – India’s largest eGrocery company, Bluestone.com – leading online jewelry company, Avagmah.com – India’s fastest growing online education company, Food tech company, FreshMenu and HomeLane – India’s leading end to end, vertically integrated interior design and manufacturing provider which has delivered more than 1000 projects delivered across the country. In addition, his angel investments include little eye labs (acquired by Facebook in Jan 2014), overcart.com

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delyver.com (acquired by BigBasket in 2015), onlineprasad.com, Pokkt, SilverPush, DogSpot and Oximity. Previously, Ganesh founded and was the chairman of data analytics BPO firm Marketics until March 2007, when the company was acquired by NYSE-listed WNS for $ 63 MM. His previous venture, CustomerAsset, was started in mid-2000 and later acquired by ICICI (NYSE listed, India’s largest bank) and is now publicly listed in India as First Source Solutions. In 1990, he founded his first company – IT&T, one of India’s top multi-vendor IT service and support company. The business was acquired by iGate (a listed company) in 2003. Ganesh has also worked as the CEO of Wipro/Bharti British Telecom – a British Telecom JV in India, and held a senior management position in HCL Ltd. He is also a popular speaker in entrepreneurship, start-up and technology events. He has been recognized as one of the “Iconic Entrepreneurs of India” in a document published by National Knowledge Commission, Government of India. He serves as a member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Ganesh is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of anagement, Calcutta, and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University.

CJ Iyer

CJ Iyer

Executive Director, Head of Mumbai Refinery, Bharat Petroleum

Mr. C.J. Iyer graduated in Chemical Engineering from IIT Varanasi in the year 1983. He has completed his Diploma in Systems Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has worked in various functions in Mumbai Refinery including Process / Project Technology, Process Safety, Energy & Environment, Scheduling & Blending, Quality Assurance & Plant Operations.

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He was a management representative of ISO 9000/14000 quality/Environmental Management Systems in Mumbai Refinery. He was involved in the development of new project proposal for CDU-4/ISOM as well as led the Mumbai refinery team for the participation in the Shell RPIP program. Currently holding the position of Executive Director (Incharge) Mumbai Refinery as Refinery SBU Head, overseeing the Operations, Technology, Projects, Finance & Administration of Refinery.
Kaushik Madhavan

Kaushik Madhavan

Vice President, Mobility Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Kaushik Madhavan heads the Automotive and Transportation Practice (A&T) for the MENASA region. He has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, especially in strategic consulting and market research, His expertise lies in competitive intelligence and benchmarking, new market entry and diversification strategies, new business model analysis and evaluation and end consumer analysis of automotive technologies.

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Kaushik has an in-depth understanding of the growing passenger and commercial vehicle business sectors and on the growing aftermarket opportunities for OEMs in India and the Middle East. He has worked with a cross-functional team in charting out the passenger vehicle product / technology roadmap for Nissan and Datsun in India. He is a Master of Science in Automotive Systems Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany..

Mukund Devnani

Mukund Devnani

Business Head, Visionary Science and BFS (South Asia), Frost & Sullivan

Mukund Devnani is based out of Mumbai and heads the Visionary Science and Business Financial Services practise at Frost & Sullivan South Asia. As Business head, he is responsible for business development and sales, growth initiatives, client and team management. He has over 12 years of experience across strategy, business development and growth consulting.

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He has advised several private and public sector clients across diverse sectors such as consumer, foods, nutraceuticals, agriculture, chemicals and materials. His expertise lies in formulating growth strategy, go to market plans and implementation.
Neeta Joshi

Neeta Joshi

Director - Vision Alignment and Corporate Strategy, Frost & Sullivan

Neeta is responsible for Vision Alignment & Corporate Strategy, working closely with Frost & Sullivan Global Management for strategic initiatives- Vision Alignment, Communications & Client Development Programs. Managing its flagship event series, The Growth, Innovation & Leadership (GIL) Summit globally; conceptualizing, curating, speaking and event production.

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Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Neeta has 18 years experience in business research, managed complex business research engagements, authored reports for opportunity assessment, competitive intelligence, new market entry strategy studies. Her forte lies in client relationship nurturing, worked with client teams for and created/ authored marketing collateral. With a keen interest in training, she has designed and delivered training programs. She is visiting faculty at management institutes teaching market research to MBA incumbents. Neeta holds a Masters in Statistics from Mumbai University and a post graduate in HR from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.
Radhika Rao

Radhika Rao

Senior Vice President, Economics & Strategy Research, DBS Bank, Singapore

Radhika Rao is an Economist with the Economics & Strategy Research Department at DBS Bank, Singapore (“DBS”). She joined DBS in February 2013, with over thirteen years of experience in the field of macroeconomics and financial markets research. She maintains keen interest in Asia/ global, economic and market developments, to provide a more holistic point of view to internal and external clients. Her other work experience has been with UBS AG, Forecast Pte Ltd and IDEAglobal, in Singapore.

With DBS, she engages with the bank’s management in Singapore as well as the regional offices to discuss and update on economic developments and opportunities. She actively engages with corporate clients, policymakers, country trade missions and has been invited to share views in external/ internal events. She is a regular contributor of Opinion pieces in leading newspapers and appears actively on TV and print media (India and global).

Raghuram Velega

Raghuram Velega

VP & Chief Architect - Analytics CoE (Big Data), Jio

He is focused on building a state of art big data platform for analytics and machine learning using cutting edge open source and flexible closed source technologies for Jio. His focus is also to build a high powered team which has deep expertise on big data technologies and can deliver products with agility and quality. He is committed to enable business at Jio to make intelligent data driven decisions.

Satvik Jaitly

Satvik Jaitly

Consultant, Visionary Science Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Satvik is based out of Bangalore and looks after consulting projects in the Foods Industry with special focus on Growth Strategies, Innovation, and Market Intelligence. He has been consulting Global and Regional leaders for Market Entry, Diversification, Product Development and Market Penetration strategies. A Published Innovator and Technologist with over half a Decade of experience in Foods Technology and allied sector, Satvik has 14 patents and 6 trademarks under his belt in areas of Sensory Sciences, Sleep, Mental Health and Cognition, Probiotics etc.

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His specialization is in the field of Innovation Operationalization with 10+ food innovations successfully translated from Lab to Market across various Functional Foods verticals including ITC Hotel’s SLEEEP programme, Aashirwad Svasti Ghee, Sunfeast Farmlite, KwikNik and GumOn Chewing Gums, Candyman toffees etc.
Sarwant Singh

Sarwant Singh

Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Sarwant Singh is Managing Partner and Regional Leader for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region at Frost & Sullivan. In addition to these roles, he is also the company’s Global Head of the Mobility, Aerospace, Defence & Security Practice. He is also the leader and founder of a think tank group within the organisation that works on future Mega Trends.

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Sarwant consults to clients like Ford, Philips, BMW, Fiat group, Nissan, Toyota, UNIDO, Fincantieri and many other high profile organisations leveraging his Mega Trends and Future of Mobility work. He is author of a book titled, “New Mega Trends” launched in Oct 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan has since been sold in over 30 countries and recently been translated into Chinese for a local China market release. Sarwant is a member of the World Economic Forum Transportation group and writes for Forbes. He sits on advisory boards of Nissan, ATI, Leeds University Business School and a few start ups.
Sameer Garde

Sameer Garde

President, Cisco India and SAARC

Sameer Garde is President of Cisco’s India and SAARC theater. As President, Sameer is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives and investments in strategic alliances in the theater. Sameer spearheads Cisco’s objective to be a transformational partner to the government across states and cities and provide customers with the right foundation for their digital businesses. Over a career spanning 28 years, Sameer has led several top-performing organizations with an enduring track record across multiple roles and regions. His keen understanding of technology and market opportunities enables him to drive transformation and capture critical market transitions. A proven leader, Sameer has built and managed global and regional businesses in India, Europe, USA and Asia.

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Prior to joining Cisco, Sameer worked with and mentored a few emerging technology and B2C/distribution-related start-ups and as an executive coach and business consultant. Earlier, as the President and MD for Dell India, he consolidated and stabilized the consumer and enterprise business for the company. During his nine-year stint in Dell in various sales and management leadership roles, he was instrumental in making Dell the number one hardware vendor in the country.

Sameer has served as President, South Asia at Philips Healthcare and Country Head for Enterprise Business at Samsung India. Sameer is a highly respected leader who maintains a commitment to professional development and inclusion and diversity in the workplace. He holds an engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata. Sameer dabbles in amateur long-distance running and photography, and is a driving-holiday enthusiast.

Dr. Sheetal Gupta

Dr. Sheetal Gupta

Deputy Director, FSSAI

Working with FSSAI since July 2016, as Central Licensing Authority Maharastra and Madhya Pradesh. Authorized Officer for import clearance for Mumbai Air Cargo and Mumbai Seaport. Previously, she was working with CFTRI, Mysore as a Scientist and has a vast research experience of more than 10 years. She has published more than 20 research papers in various national and international journals. She has won the Young Scientist Award for Experimental Nutrition  at the Annual Conference of Nutrition Society of India in the year 2007.

Shrinivas Tukdeo

Shrinivas Tukdeo

Program Manager, Frost & Sullivan, Pune

With 11 years of industry expertise in Consulting and advisory services, and research recommendations Mr. Shrinivas Rao, Program manager at Frost & Sullivan has been developing entry strategy and risk analysis for companies in renewable energy industry – Special focus on renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Biomass), energy storage, waste management, energy consumption pattern investigation and subsequent recommendations for sustainability, energy conservation, efficiency improvements & cost reduction measures.

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He has an extensive expertise in renewable energy, climate change advisory and in several leading firms: AcotelNet, Mumbai, EWASF Capital, Mumbai and Ecolutions, Mumbai to name a few. He has done his Masters in Environmental and Resource Management from Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany.

Sudhir Mishra

Sudhir Mishra

Founder & Managing Partner - Trust Legal

Sudhir Mishra is a climate change lawyer who has started a crusade against the menace of Air pollution in the capital city of New Delhi by filing series of application and petitions, in Delhi High Court for protecting the weaker section of society as well as women and infants from menace of polluted air. His continuing petition is titled as “Sudhir Mishra versus Union of India” case number 2115/2015 is a large Public Interest Litigation which is still under progress in Delhi High Court to promote remarkable action in fight for clean air which is a fundamental human right for every citizen in India.

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In May 2005, he was appointed as Member, by Government of India, in two separate National Level Consultative Group on forest and wild life headed by Secretary, MOEF, Government of India. Both the groups are high-powered consultative forum for negotiations on international forest and wild life issues. He had also been selected for the most prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme(IVLP) sponsored by the United States of America (May 2005)for his contribution to the field of Environment, Forest and Wildlife. He has addressed in more than 200 conferences across the world on issues of climate change and environmental degradation which are crippling human life on the planet. He also speaks regular lyon entrepreneurship, disruptions and environmental lawyering in India

Umang Golechha

Umang Golechha

Founder, Argos Greens LLP

Umang Golechha is a third generation entrepreneur as part of the Kalpataru Group. Graduating from Babson College with speciality in Entrepreneurship and Economics, Umang currently runs two companies, Argos Arkaya – Lighting Solutions company which eventually lead to launch of the second company into precision agriculture called Argos Greens. Argos Greens is about growing the cleanest and freshest produce while conserving natural resources, and delivering direct to our customers.

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Umang inherently understands that the customer is the single most valuable asset in the ecosystem, and is driven by unrelenting focus on delivering quality produce, customer satisfaction, best response times and sustainable growth.

Viroop Narla

Viroop Narla

Industry Analyst – Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan

Viroop Narla leads the Automotive Business Strategy Team at Frost & Sullivan, that is responsible for research and consulting on business strategy and innovative technologies in the automotive industry. He has almost 10 years of core experience that spans vehicle development, servicing, industry research & consulting, both in technical and commercial roles.

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These engagements have taken him across five regions including Africa, North America, Middle East and South Asia. Viroop is able to provide vast and deep rooted industry insights that companies are able to action with, especially with regards to light-weighting and global trade dynamics.

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