Regional Head, Academic interface program-North TCS
Rajit Sikka has an experience of over 30 Years in IT Industry/ Education Industry spanning
major functions in Sales, Operations and Channel Development.
Rajit is a Post Graduate in Business Management and has worked with companies like HCL –
HP Ltd, Aptech Ltd and TCS. Rajit is currently head Academic Relations for India North, TCS.
Chief Manager-HR, Fortum India
An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur & KIIT – Bhubaneswar and a result-oriented professional
having experience of more than a decade in HR, IR, Administration and Wellbeing, Varinder is
currently working with Fortum India as Chief Manager – HR for India business. He has hands-on experience in Energy and Education sectors. He has a proven ability to establish and maintain strong alliances, lead and motivate teams, drive projects to successful completion and exceed customer expectations.
He has been a member of the selection committee of IIM Ranchi and offers Guest Lectures at
KIIT School of Management, IIM Ranchi, Chitkara University and many more on the topics of his interests like Institution Building, Managing Generation Y and Z, Evolution and future of HRD etc. Varinder has also worked with the Tata Group for five years. His OD and engagement initiatives, grounded in Indian ethos and culture, helped Fortum integrate new Units in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seamlessly.
Head - Product Development and Client Services - Cintana Education
Dr. Emiliano Diez has 20 years of experience collaborating and developing global partnerships in higher education to elevate the way institutions meet student and society needs. As the head of Cloud operations at Campus Management Corporation, he delivered technology solutions to 1,100+ higher ed clients and maintained over 800 university systems. Dr. Diez has previously worked at Laureate Education for 10 years, performing several operational roles in education management and technology leadership. He has an MBA from the University of Liverpool and graduated Cum Laude with a Ph.D. in Economics and Business from Universidad Europea de Madrid.
Regional Director (Operations) - PVR Cinemas
Chandresh Daftary has a career spanning Digital Cinema Technology, Real Estate Economics, Asset Management, Business Development and Cinema Exhibition for more than 20 years. He joined PVR in 2017 and leads its cinema operations for the Western Region. He manages a portfolio of 247 screens in 59 cinemas across 26 cities in India. Prior to joining PVR, he was the COO of E-City Digital Cinemas, part of E-City Ventures – Essel Group.
Chandresh is an MBA in Finance from MGM Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
Ambassador (Retd.) Deepak Vohra is an officer of the Indian Foreign Service, Government of India. He has served his country with distinction as a Diplomat in the Indian Embassies of Poland, Sudan, Armenia, France, Spain, Kuala Lumpur, Cameroon, U.S.A., Chad, Tunisia, and Papua New Guinea. His last posting was as Ambassador of India to Poland. He has also served as Deputy High Commissioner of Kuala Lumpur. Prior to joining the IFS, he was officer on special duty to the Technology Advisor to the Prime Minister. He is a graduate from St. Stephens College, Delhi; National Defence College and Sorbonne University, Paris.
Head Digital Solutions - Napino Auto & Electronics Ltd.
Vinay Solanki has extensive experience across business development, strategy, partner management, sales and technology development within domains such as Digital Transformation, loT, Wi-Fi, Fintech and Trading. He has exposure to a variety of industries such as technology (Lenovo as Head of loT, APAC), telecom (Aeris – Global Director Market Strategy); (Airtel – Business Lead loT & Wi-Fi) and Investment Banking (Goldman Sachs as VP Technology). He holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and MS in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton USA. He is the founder of the world’s 3rd largest community loT-NCR with 7800+ members, recognized as global top 20 thought leader in loT, AR/VR and Analytics and most viewed author on Quora. He is a TEDx speaker and member of NASSCOM, DoT TEC and other industry bodies.
President, Asia-Pacific - Cintana Education
Neel recently stepped down from his role as CEO of Laureate Education’s EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific) segment. In this role, Neel ran the largest higher education platform outside the Americas – spanning 10 countries, 20 + institutions, and 150,000+ university students – representing a $700MM+ revenue operation. Neel joined Laureate in Hong Kong in 2008 as one of the initial members of Laureate’s Asia Pacific organization. He then built and led Laureate’s India operation while based in New Delhi. Between 2015 and 2017, he served as Laureate’s Chief Strategy and Growth Officer based in Baltimore. Neel has managed multiple partnerships for Laureate, and represented Laureate on multiple Boards, including its interest in Coursera. Neel was formerly a Director at Merrill Lynch’s Principal Investing Group in Hong Kong, an Investment Executive at ICV Capital Partners in New York, a Consultant at McKinsey in Manila and New York, and an Investment Banker at Deutsche Bank in New York and London. Neel obtained a Master of Science degree at BITS Pilani in India and graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School.
Hon'ble Chief Justice (Retd.) - High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh
Hon’ble Ms. Justice Gita Mittal is the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and the first woman judge to serve in that capacity. She has also served as Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Delhi.
Justice Mittal studied law at the Campus Law Center in Delhi, graduating with an LL.B. She has served on the governing boards of several educational institutions. She also serves on the editorial advisory board of the National Law University Delhi’s Journal of Legal Studies. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Lady Shriram College, the Justice P.N. Bhagwati Award, Arline Pacht global vision Award and also the Nari Shakti Puraskar, a civilian honour presented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India.
Co-founder and Director - Takshashila Institution
Nitin Pai is Co-founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. His current research includes information warfare and high tech geopolitics. He teaches international relations, ethical reasoning and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes. His regular columns appear in Mint and ThePrint. He has worked in various capacities in the telecommunications industry, including in satellite design and undersea cable projects. Before founding Takshashila, he spent more than a decade at the Singapore government as a policymaker in the technology sector. He is a gold medalist from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, and an alum of National College, Bangalore.
Journalist - Editor & Political Commentator
Shoma was managing editor and one of the founders of Tehelka. She also co-founded THINK, and Algebra, the Arts S. Ideas Club, a platform for live conversations with prominent Indians. Chaudhury is the founder of Lucid Lines Productions, an intellectual properties company, and recently started her news show on YouTube called ‘Enquiry With Shoma Chaudhury. She has reported extensively on issues of justice, social equity, human rights, environment, the media, law, and the fight over resources. She built a reputation for in-depth ground reportage and incisive commentary across disciplines. In 2011, Newsweek (USA) picked Shoma Chaudhury as one of .150 power women who shake the world… She has also been awarded the Sabbiadoro Ernest Hemingway Award for Political Journalism (2013), the Mumbai Press Club award for political journalism (2012). the Ramnath Goenka award and the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson (2009) forgoing where angels fear to tread… She studied at La Martiniere School in Kolkata, and in Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. She topped Delhi University twice, in both BA and MA English.
Jayaseelan Ganesan is an engineer with a post graduate qualification from IIT Kanpur and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta. As Head of Entrepreneurship Development Services, he advises large corporations in the areas of Business Incubation, Lean Processes, Occupational Health and Environment. He is a Certified International Practitioner on Whole Brain Thinking tools for self and organizational development, Appreciative Inquiry, Shadow Gifts and Six Hats of Thinking. He is much sought after by corporations and universities in developing and mentoring Entrepreneurs.
Ph.D. Artificial Intelligence Chief Mentor - Life Design Lab
Dr. Anbu Pathinavel is co-founder of School of Design Thinking. He has also served as Head of Training for Government e-Marketplace which was a pathbreaking initiative of Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following his M.S. in Manufacturing from Ohio University, he completed his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence also from Ohio University, USA. With LIFE ARCHITECTING as his mission, he works on the Design Mind, Engaging Learning Culture, Mindfulness, and Leadership Development. He uses Design Thinking as a transformational Problem-Solving Technique for achieving delivery excellence.
Principal Consultant - Creation of Future
In ’99, he listened to his inner calling and shifted from electrical engineering to human engineering. For more than 21 years now, he is a facilitator with passion for purposeful transformation and growth of human beings. He helps organisations deal with the human side of change. His training, facilitation and executive coaching services have contributed to the growth of more than 100 organisations. He is a student of Vedantic Philosophy and Bhagavad Gita and integrates the latest western management concepts with the age-old wisdom of eastern ethos.
Global and Government Affairs - TAC Security
Lieutenant General lqbal Singh Singha retired from the Indian Army as DG Operational Logistics & Strategic Movement and was also the Colonel of the Pajputana Rifles. Earlier, he served on the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Ethiopia & Eritrea in UNMEE as the Chief Logistics Officer. He was the Head of the Mission & Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force at Golan Heights between Syria and Israel, (UNDOF). He has nearly four decades of experience in conflict resolution and conflict management. His mediation expertise saw the successful release of 180 peacekeepers taken as prisoners. He has addressed the Security Council, Group of 77 and C-34 on several occasions on the prevailing security situation in the Middle East.General Singha is presently the Director Global and Government Affairs at TAC Security, a leading global cyber security company which is working in partnership with USI of India, National Cyber Coordination Centre and several State Govts of USA and India. He teaches M Phil students at Panjab University and has been a panelist at the Military Literature Festival, Chandigarh. The General has participated in several social awareness campaigns launched by Punjab Govt on drug abuse and precautions against COVID-19. The General has M Phil Degrees from Higher Command Course and National Defence College.
AVSM - Commanding 17 Poona Horse Motivational & Leadership Speaker, Army General
Major General Vikram Dev Dogra, AVSM was commissioned in1981. He is the recipient of the Sword of Honour for being the best all round passing out cadet and Gold Medallist for passing out first in the order of merit. He commanded The Poona Horse, 180 Armoured Brigade on the Western front and an infantry division part of a strike corps. He gained combat experience in Jammu & Kashmir and part of United Nations peace keeping forces in Angola, Africa. The General is a committed sportsman and an adventure enthusiast. He participated in a number of cycling events and cycled from Leh to Chandigarh over 5 of the highest mountain passes ranging from 13400 to 17600 ft. He is a motivational and TEDx speaker. In 2018 he did Ironman Austria at the age of 58 in 14 hours and 21 minutes to become the first Serving Indian Army Officer and the only General in the world to do so. In July 2019 he once again took on the ironman competition at Germany and bettered his own time by 41 mins completing the grueling race in 13 hours and 40 mins. He has been conferred with an honorary doctorate to recognise his contribution to humanity. He is currently the Goodwill Ambassador and Star Icon of KHO KHO Federation of India He was awarded Ati Vashisht Seva Medal by the President of India to recognize “distinguished service of an exceptional order”.
Chief Academic Officer - Cintana Education
Dr. Agueda Benito was the Chief Academic Officer for Laureate Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. In her role, she provided guidance and support to the academic leaders of the regional institutions located in six countries. Her primary focus was on the quality of the students learning experience and their employability, faculty development, innovation, accreditation, and the enhancement of the institutional reputation. Her academic merits are extensive and include numerous publications, research projects, the direction of Ph.D. theses, and evaluation of institutions and programs.
Co-founder - Info Edge
Padma Shri awardee Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the Founder of the immensely successful Info Edge, which owns Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com, 99acres.com, and Shiksha.com. A serial entrepreneur, he is a pioneer in the consumer internet space. He completed his BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha
Dr. Subramanian Swamy is an economist, statistician, politician, and Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Before joining politics, he was Professor of Mathematical Economics at IIT Delhi. His previous roles include being a member of the Planning Commission of India, a Union Cabinet Minister in the Chandra Shekhar government, Chairman of the Commission on Labour Standards and International Trade. He is a prolific commentator and author of several books on foreign affairs of India dealing largely with China, Pakistan and Israel. Dr. Swamy earned his Doctorate in Economics from Harvard University and Master’s in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
President - Cintana Education
Dr. Shangraw had a thriving career scaling organizations and improving the quality of organizational outcomes. He spent over 15 years as a senior executive at Arizona State University (ASU), the most innovative university in the country, as per U.S. News and World Reports. Previously, under his leadership as Senior Vice President for research and innovation at ASU, nearly 5,000 distinct research projects were awarded over $1.2 billion in funding. Dr. Shangraw holds a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Brand Strategist and Founder - Brand-Building.com
Ambi M G Parameswaran’s impressive career spans over 35 years, where he handled notable brands and assignments in marketing, sales, and advertising with prominent agencies. He contributes articles to business publications and conducts branding workshops for Indian/ MNCs and other industry bodies. He spoke at TEDx and the Kellogg India Summit at North-Western University and Cornell University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at SPJIMR and a guest faculty at IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, MICA, and Indian School of Business (ISB). He is a Ph.D. from Mumbai University and an MBA from IIM, Calcutta. He has completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.