Mr Sharma is a senior banking professional with banking and finance certifications, with over 35 years of qualitative experience in the spectrum of leadership, general management, branch operations and marketing in the banking industry. Kuldip has hands-on experience in incubating, nurturing and developing businesses from inception to finish with good exposure to most geographical regions of the country.
Mr Sharma is a keen planner and strategist and a master at nurturing and steering teams. His forte is in building organizational capability and developing/managing human resources. Recognized by managements for exceptional performance in recording turnarounds and impacting bottom-lines, reflected in a number of unique and special awards throughout his career.
Mr Sharma has worked with both public and private sector banks and his last assignment was as Executive Director with a large old Private Sector bank. Mr Sharms is a Post Graduate in Physics, Economics and a MBA, CAIIB
Mr. Sunand Sharma is currently also an advisor on Rail & Infrastructure to HFCL and Alstom. He was President, Alstom International, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India Ltd. 2006-2014. During his tenure, the company has transformed its presence in the India & South Asia Area and made major capital investments, whilst strengthening its position in Thermal Power, Renewable Power and Transport, and integrated the business of Grid in India and South Asia. The volume of business as well as the employee strength has grown manifold and the India and South Asia Area is one of the fastest growing in Alstom. India & South Asia now represents close to 10% of the company's global orders and employee base.
He is currently President of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IFCCI), a Member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and a National Council Member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as of various Councils and Committees of these associations. He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences.
Prior to joining Alstom, he led the Business Development effort of GE in India in the '80s and '90s that established GE's leadership in India in Aircraft Engines, Gas Turbines and Medical Systems. From the mid '90s till 2006 he provided strategic advice to various leading global companies including Nokia Telecommunications Oy of Finland, Owens Corning Fiberglas Inc. of USA, Energy Developments Limited of Australia, Vialle Alternative Fuel Systems and the Royal Cebeco Group of the Netherlands, GE Wind Energy of USA and Acciona Energia of Spain.
The French Government has appointed Mr Sunand Sharma Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction, in recognition of his outstanding achievements as Country President, India & South Asia and Chairman, Alstom India, from 2006 to 2014.
Saurabh Srivastava is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs and institution builders. He is widely acknowledged in India and globally, as one of the architects of the Indian IT Industry and as leading the creation of a vibrant entrepreneurial eco system in India. At the forefront of public service, he has been involved in nation building, contributing time and mind space to matters of national interest and is passionate about improving the lot of the underserved in India.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Innovation Council, he founded and chaired IIS Infotech which was ranked amongst the top 20 Indian software companies within 4 years of inception and was the first Indian IT company to get international quality certification. It merged into Xansa, which listed on the London stock exchange with revenues of around US $ 800 mill till it was acquired by Steria. Saurabh was on the board of Xansa plc for several years, now Chairs Steria in India. He has since founded/invested in over 50 start up ventures and serves in a non exec capacity on boards of both private and publicly listed companies in the UK, Singapore and India.
He is a cofounder and past Chairman of NASSCOM, the Indian Software Industry Association as also NASSCOM Foundation, the IT industry's community service arm. He serves/has served on the National Executive Committees of the two apex industry chambers in India, CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry).
He founded and chaired India's first and extremely successful early stage Venture Capital fund in the private sector, Infinity Ventures( which helped create India Bulls and Avendus ) and also co founded the Indian Angel Network, India's first and largest business angel group with over 250 members, comprising the who's who of successful Indian entrepreneurs and CEOs. He chaired the Indian Venture Capital Association for a decade and is ChairmanEmeritus of TIE Delhi and on the Global Board of TiE, the world's largest organisation devoted to entrepreneurship with 16,000 members in 54 chaptersacross 14 countries.
He serves / has served on several government committees / task forces / boards such as the Indo EU Round Table, PM’s National Innovation Council, Software Technology Parks of India, Planning Commission’s Committee on “Creating a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in India”, IT Ministry’s Committee on software exports, Planning Commission and SEBI Committees on Venture Capital, National and State VC Funds, Media Lab Asia, Railway Expert Committee, CSIR Tech Ltd(set up by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to commercialise its technologies), Government’s Multimodal Transport Task Force and Task Forces for two of India's largest states, UP and Bihar.
He is very active in community causes. He founded and chaired NASSCOM Foundation, which is focused on leveraging the benefits of IT for the underprivileged, he is on the board of America India Foundation, co chaired by President Bill Clinton, which raises money in America for funding social causes in India like education and health, and he has a personal charity which focusses on educating the girl child in Delhi’s slums. He is now engaged in creating a Rs 5000 Cr Impact Fund, the India Inclusive Innovation Fund, which will invest in scalable ventures that serve the bottom of the pyramid.
He serves/has served on the Advisory Boards of Imperial College Business School, London and Uttarakhand and Himachal Universities in India and on the Entrepreneurship / Incubation boards of IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur. He has a Masters from Harvard University and a B Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. Awards include “Distinguished Alumnus” from IITK, Honorary Doctorate in Technology from the University of Wolverhampton, UK and Lifetime Achievement award from the IT Industry in India.
Mr. Partho P kar is the Managing Director of Brookes Enterprises an investment and strategy Consulting Company. Mr. Kar advises large Indian corporates in the area of Strategy, Business Plan and Execution. Mr.Kar has held leadership roles with the Aditya Birla Group,Arvind mafatlal group and the House Of Pearl . He was one of pioneers who got a third party social audit done by OXFAM in 1995 and got outstanding ratings for which BBC made a global coverage of the organization as a socially conscious organization. The Indian Parliament Sub-committee recognized this effort in its report on excellent manufacturing in 1998.
Partho has contributed substantially to national Textile Policymaking and has been recognized for it by the Textile Secretary and the Cabinet secretary Of the Government of India. A remarkably talented and respected civic leader, Partho Kar sits on the boards of several prestigious educational institutions and trusts.Mr Partho Kar is a trustee of Sarvodaya Ashram Etah. This Ashram was founded by late shri Vinoba Bhabe and people like late shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and Late shri Acharya Kriplani were its Trustees. It is one of the oldest Khadi Organizations in India. He is currently working on new marketing strategy for Khadi products and help weaver in the distt of Etah in UP. As a part of this initiative the Ashram has a launched, a new fashion retail brand called “Ekmatra”.
Partho is a Board Member of The Indian Institute Of management (Lucknow) since 1997. Partho has helped Pearl academy of Fashions over the years to become a good institute and increase footprint nationally and internationally. Partho is a Board member of the JK Business School, JaipuriaEducation Society comprising of School, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies.He was awarded The British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship in 1997 and The Distinguished Alumnus Award of the International Management institute, Delhi in 2006, as recognition of his contribution to business and society.
He is educated at the London School of Economics & Political Science, International Management Institute , XLRI-Jamshedpur and The St Xavier’s College Kolkata .
Dr. Chris Stout's career includes business, government, and non-profits, as well as the UN and academia. He's travelled the world, published over 35 books, won a wide range of accolades, including four additional doctorates, and invitations to TEDs, Davos. Now he works to help others in need.
He's is a licensed clinical psychologist and Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives a Top Healthcare Nonprofit. His entrepreneurial experience is demonstrated in multiple start-ups and executive coaching (with a top-tier client list). He is on faculty in the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He served at the UN and was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Baldrige Board of Examiners. He was appointed to the WEF's Global Leaders of Tomorrow and an Invited Faculty at Davos. He is the founder of GordianKnot, LLC, and runs the Department of Research and Data Analytics for ATI.
Dr. Stout is a Fellow in the APA, past-President of the IPA, and is member in the National Academies of Practice. He is an Amazon Best Seller, published 35 books and been translated into 8 languages. He has been awarded with 4 Humanitarian Awards and is in 3 Halls of Fame.
He has served as C/E/O/I/Officer. He has traveled to over 85 countries and founded a kindergarten in Tanzania. He is listed in in TED Founder Richard Saul Wurman's "Who's Really Who, 1000: The Most Creative Individuals in America." Purdue named a scholarship in his honor.
Dr. Stout was educated at Purdue, University of Chicago, and Forest Institute, gaining over 24 awards and 4 scholarships and was Valedictorian of his doctoral class. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He has received four additional doctorates (honoris causa). He has been awarded over 40 other postdoctoral awards. He has been interviewed on CNBC, CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, Oprah, Time, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and others.
Mr Virmani is an ardent and successful investor in the Rural and Real Estate verticals. Besides being an investor in SeedKapital, Mr. Virmani is a practising lawyer with an experience of about 32 years in the field of corporate, litigation, taxation, consumer, property related matters, disputes resolution, land acquisition etc. He has been practising in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India. He has been retained by corporates like Bharti Airtel Limited and its group companies, Emaar MGF Lands Pvt. Ltd., Techpark India Pvt. Ltd, Duraline India and many others. Mr. Virmani has also been ratained by many group housing societies for their legal work.
Mr. Virmani was Secretary of Delhi Tax Bar Association for two years and also served the Bar as its Vice President. He has authored several books and is also associated with various journals at Delhi High Court and Supreme Court.
Mr. Virmani got a law degree from Kurukshetra University in 1979 and graduated from Dyal Singh College in the year 1976.
Sunil Sapra is the Country Manager- India/ SAARC with Astaro AG. Astro is the most popular European brand for internet security solutions. Sunil is an engineer from BITS, Pilani and over last 16 years, has developed expertise as start up specialist for regional operations of IT product multinationals in the field of ERP, Data Storage and Data Security. He started VERITAS Software’s North India operations back in 2002, built Hitachi Data Systems’ North India operations in 2005 and most recently turned around WatchGuard Technologies’ India business.
Sunil is a passionate entrepreneur and co-founded RISAN management consulting. RISAN provides India entry solutions to niche IT product multinationals as the India JV partner and also provides professional & success coaching to organizations and individuals.
He has also co-founded Asia Entry Pte Ltd. - A Singapore based investment and consulting company providing Asia business development expertise, joint ventures and investments to multinational and Indian IT product companies.
Perry Venugopal is Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy & Business Development group at Forest Laboratories, a $4B pharmaceutical company in the US. Perry started his career in consulting, with Ernst & Young and IBM Global Services, developing solutions for customers across the US and Europe in the healthcare and telecom sectors. He then transitioned into the pharma space – initially working for Sanofi-Aventis in the Enterprise Architecture group and then moving on to Forest Laboratories in their R&D organization. As an IT Director at Forest Lab, he was instrumental in implementing a plethora of R&D systems which transformed the organization to a multi-therapeutic area research organization, resulting in one of the industry’s most robust and diverse drug pipelines.
Perry has always had an interest in social causes ever since he was a teenager - leading blood donor and cataract screening camps in communities in and around Chennai as the President of his school’s Leo Club. This trend continued during his time in the US where he participated in several Habitat for Humanity projects – including a 2-week stint building homes as part of Hurricane Katrina Relief. This burning need to transform the society prompted him to take a 2-year break from work and pursue the Sloan Fellowship Program at London Business School – where he focused on Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship. During his time at LBS, he authored a case study on Scalability of Social Entrepreneurships which featured HarVa and also had the opportunity to teach a class based on that case study. Perry looks forward to working with HarVa in expanding its operations and maximizing its reach and impact.
Perry is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School, UK, and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from University of Toledo, US and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS, Pilani.
Abhijit is currently working as Vice President , Engineering and Delivery, for Fiberlink Communications, a software product company in the Mobile device management and security space. He has 15+ years experience in the software industry and has primarily worked in the areas of software product development, Quality Management & Operations. He holds/has filed multiple patents in the areas of product design and Product quality.
As a area of interest, started 'Quality Quotient' which is a independent venture that provides differentiated software product quality training and development programs to organizations and individuals focussing on the Why, How and What of software testing and quality. He has created and Implemented a training and employment model for qualified individuals who have communication issues, are physically challenged and/or under privileged so that they can become good software testers and thus be gainfully employed.
Abhijit has been working in the social sector for 10+ years. He has been volunteering his time for multiple NGO's and has done projects with them around creating a scalable models for career counseling for the under privileged, Using cloud based free software platforms for NGO's to manage their day to day operations and thus gain efficiencies, among others. He teaches at a Children's home for the underprivileged, on weekends. He has completed a 6 months program with CSIM, Bangalore, on social entrepreneurship and now volunteers as a mentor and advisor for students of CSIM. Abhijit has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune university and Masters in IE/Manufacturing systems from North Carolina State University , US.
Amit Saxena is CEO & Founder at KARVY Finance, a NBFC supported by Private Equity Partners & KARVY Group, one of India’s largest Financial Services Intermediaries in Stocks & Commodities Broking, Registry Services, Wealth Management & other capital markets activities. KARVY Finance is focused on Capital Markets Finance, Corporate Finance, Mortgages & Retail Finance products with a target of $100 million loan portfolio by FY’11 and a $ 1 billion loan portfolio by FY’14.
Amit did his schooling at Doon School Dehradun, obtained a B.E. (Chemical Engg.) degree from B.I.T.S Pilani, worked in I.T. sales for a year and went on to do a MBA from IIM, Lucknow with a ‘Summer Associate’ stint at Citibank.
Amit started his career in 1998 and joined the ‘Start up Core Team’ at AVCO Financial Services (later Associates First Capital Corporation), a multinational financial services organization setting up base in India. Amit was involved in setting up the national distribution for Auto Finance, Sales Finance, Mortgages & Personal Loan products for the organization.
Post merger of Associates First Capital Corporation with Citigroup worldwide in 2001, Amit continued to hold various leadership positions including Division Business Head, National Product Head and Project Leader for country start ups in Asia Pacific region. In his last role at Citi, Amit was part of the Management Committee and served as the Vice President and Division Head for the largest and most profitable West India division of the country comprising over 100 branches with 500 direct and over 3000 outsourced employees.
Amit likes to play chess & golf and enjoys reading. Amit believes that one has to shape one’s own destiny regardless of the environment and contribute towards common good to the best of one’s abilities. In this struggle lies the source of indestructible happiness and goal of life.
Kapil is a globally sought-after thought leader, speaker and consultant on social media and customer engagement. He is the Founder & CEO of OMLogic Consulting, one of India’s leading online & social media agencies. Kapil has been an avid speaker on Social Media, Entrepreneurship & Leadership, both in India & internationally.
His previous speaking assignments include speaking at SMX Singapore, Social India Conference, OSI Days, Engage2012, OMCAR 2008, 2009 & 2012 and various Business Schools such as MDI, BITS Pilani, NSIT, EMPI Institute of Management, BULMIM, UPES, TIT&S Bhiwani, BCIPS, LBSIM, to name a few.
He is also the co-founder of OM Careers, a non-profit and world’s first online marketing careers community, and was one of key persons behind OMCAR, world’s first online marketing careers conference & expo. OMCAR 2012 was
From philanthropic causes to cricket to politics to Bollywood, he is the brain behind numerous social communities and loves using social media as a transformation catalyst. Kapil lives, breathes and eats social media. He loves spending his spare time with his daughters and mentor young professionals.
Kapil began his career in IBM, where he held numerous leadership positions in the IBM supply chain organization as well as IBM corporate. Kapil has a Masters in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and Bachelors in Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology (now NSIT).
Shishir Kapoor is part of thefounding team of Opera Solutions, one of the leading Big Data Analytics firms in the world.
With more than a dozen years of experience, 9 of them with Opera, Shishir currently heads Opera's New Delhioffice, one of Opera's fastest-growing and most dynamic offices. In this role, he has been instrumental in growing the office from 70 resources to a high-talent group of 250 individuals. This includes the establishment of teams in Data Science, Software and Data Management, all of whom are now integral to Opera’s global capability development and delivery platforms.
Before joining Opera in 2003,Shishir worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in New York and for Inductis in its New York and New Delhi offices.
Shishir holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Economics from BITS Pilani, as well as an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Mr. Anurag Batra is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before pursuing his post-graduation from the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. He is an entrepreneur, journalist, internet evangelist and media expert and the Chairman and Managing Director of the exchange4media group, which includes exchange4media.com, India's leading media industry website, PITCH- India's only Advertising, Marketing and Media magazine, Impact the marketing weekly, Franchise Plus - India's Business Opportunity Magazine and Realty Plus - India's leading monthly real estate magazine. Batra has a multi-industry experience, having worked with India's largest advertising and media services firm HTA (now JWT and Mindshare), and in the Real Estate industry.
Mr. Anurag Batra is a member of the Sales & Marketing committee of the Delhi Management Association and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM). Mr. Batra has been regularly called upon to speak at various international forums including the prestigious NAB(National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas and The American Business Media Forum in New York and Florida, and he contributes extensively to various national and international publications. In 2006, the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI) and Mr. Batra's Alma matter awarded him the "Most Distinguished Alumni of the Decade Award".
Mr. Batra also writes an extremely monthly column "Enterprisingly Yours" for the entrepreneurship Magazine DARE.
Prof.Mahesh C.Chaturvedi, is a globally recognized leader in water resources management as brought out by his US Alma Mater, the University of Iowa Iowa City, who have identified him as their Distinguished Alumni.He was the Founding Had, Department of IIT Kanpur and Department of Applied Mechanics later, to which he moved over, and with he continues to be associated..He has been working in collaboration with the Harvard University for long, where he continues to work during the summers.
Starting with Water management, to which he has contributed significantly, his interest shifted to Development and he is actively engaged in the Development of India, In his judgement, Development of India means bringing it in the mainstream of human development.Development of people and, particularly it's dominant component, the rural people is the heart of the challenge, This has to be achieved by the transformation off the villages. In his judgement, this is not only a desirable activity but is the central activity in view of the population explosion, the need to find profitable work for this exploding component, and to ensure sustaibality.
He and his (late) wife, Prof Vipula Chaturvedi have established a Vipula Mahesh Chaturvedi Foundation to this cause, donating whatever they have to it. A Professorial Chair is established every year, at an IIT, in this context.
Deepankar Sengupta is a part of the global leadership team within the Financial Services Practice at IBM. He brings to bear over 15 years of diverse experience having worked in companies like IBM, Accenture and Citibank. Deepankar's experience has a unique blend of global consulting and sales leadership roles with Fortune 100 firms, combined with some solid hands on grassroots level entrepreneural background in the IT enabled services and social enterprise space. While in India, he was involved with some of the pioneering e-governance and mission mode projects across the country like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Panchayati Raj and various state government initiatives in the municipal and city governance areas. Deepankar was one of the first entrepreneurs in the country to create from scratch a world class IT enabled services company in the healthcare data processing space.
Deepankar's consulting experience includes leadership roles around developing and nurturing C-level client relationships, business development, creating from scratch cross-cultural, multi-country teams and profitable services business units across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. His domain expertise spans across various industries like Banking, Financial services, Travel and Transportaion, Chemicals, Petroleum and Natural Resources.
His interests beyond work include Philosophy, Humanism and participating in community based activities around peace, culture and education. An IIT Delhi alumnus, Deepankar currently lives in Singapore with his wife and daughter.
Professor in the area of IT & Entrepreneurship at GDGWI-Lancaster University, UK.Dr. Suneel Sharma has obtained Integrated Master's degree in Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and Ph.D. in the area of Computational Finance. He has also completed Entrepreneurship Educator Course jointly from Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore and Stanford University.
He has taught advanced courses in IT & Entrepreneurship. His research interest includes Financial Methods and Computational Models. His intellectual contributions have been published as refereed articles and papers at national and international journals. He has four edited books to his credit. He has guided research projects at University of Nottingham, University of Wales, UK. He is Reviewer of many articles for the Journal of Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery, Norwell, USA.
Other than teaching, he is actively involved in doing Social work in developing education at rural places of Rajasthan & Haryana. He has been nominated as Resource Person by The Resource Alliance UK.
Arpita is the Director of the Oscar Group, a leading manufacturer and marketer, since over two decades, of consumer electronics in India. For the last 9 years, Arpita has been involved in the business development and launch of a host of new technology products, under the "Oscar" brand specifically focusing on the rural and semi urban sector, making Oscar a leader in the vale-for-money segment.
Before this, Arpita was the Vice President, E-Commerce of a 100% women owned health care start up, based out of Chicago, USA. She was instrumental in garnering venture funding and forging strategic partnerships for the market development for an innovative, first-of-its-kind, concept in health care kits.
Arpita is an MBA in finance and marketing from University of Chicago, USA and a Graduate in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University
Sheetal Thakur is Founder and CEO of Freedom2Be, “Women on the move” a company that is into corporate leadership outdoor trainings especially for women. Sheetal is a born adventurer endowed with passionate love for nature and the animal world. Product of Sacred Hearts Dalhosie and Army Public Schools and a graduate in History (Hons) from Indra Prastha College Delhi. Played for J&K in National Junior Women Cricket, NCC ‘C’ certificate holder with ‘A’ grade, Best Young Lion for 2 consecutive yrs, a sharp shooter with 2cm grouping and has done Basic and Advanced Mountaineering course at NIM Uttarkashi.
Ms Savita Raj Hiremath has a vast experience of launching various brands in the field of advertising and marketing. An expert in the field of Media analysis & Strategy. She has been involved in the creative process including print and film advertising and has a good eye for talent and creative creation. She has won more than 50 national awards for advertising campaigns especially her work on social advertising such as AIDS, Girl child ADOPTION have been really appreciated.
She also has the knack of turning an idea into successful venture by understanding the pulse of the common man through research, analysation and strong instincts on the various topics that can entertain a common man.
She has already won more than 10 prestigious national & international awards for her path breaking film “Khosla Ka Ghosla” the journey for creating meaningful cinema has just begin and is on her way to more laurels.
She is an avid social worker and extremely passionate about giving back to the society.
Currently the CIO – Hero BPO and Hero Mindmine, Dhananjay is an accomplished, seasoned and thought provoking IT professional with around 25 years of global exposure in devising IT strategy and Innovation. Responsible for IT enabled organizations across multiple geographies driving business partnership and generating blue print for enterprise architect from emerging technologies. Transformational and strategic outsourcing, solutions consulting, green-field setup, program management, communication strategy and customer support, and manage a highly engaged team has been the key driver to his success. Dhananjay has always been a part of start-ups / young organizations and been an active player in rapidly growing organizations to the global giants by way of participating in three global M & A’s that were transformed into global fortune 500 companies.
Been a catalyst and skilled in developing organization to an investor friendly environment with a futuristic vision and successfully leading large teams in multicultural environment with global participation. With utmost focus on ‘Digital strategy and deployment of various digital solutions’ automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning he has been sharing his thoughts on IoT as well. IT integration design during business acquisitions and Infrastructure Operations (Network, Datacentre, Security & Compliance, BCP) has led him to be a thought leader.