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Mr. Arun Prabhu


An entrepreneur focused on business strategy, innovation and transformation, based on creative use of data and people intelligence. Currently spearheading disruptive, high impact, business initiatives in predictive analytics based on a successful decade in the domain. Efficiently bridges the gap between technological applications and business needs.

Brings together an optimal mix of lateral and linear thought processes to solve for a wide variety of business problems. Has unconventional / highly effective, and contrarian, business ideas and an ability to bring them to life. A specialist in delivering superior business value to business decision makers through radically different applications of predictive analytics.

Dr. Ashutosh Misra

Director, Advanced Analytics and Big Data, Philips Lighting.

Ashutosh (Ash) is the Director of Advanced Analytics and Big Data at Philips Lighting. He is based out of Philips Lighting Bangalore office In India.


His current work revolves around machine learning algorithms/AI, intelligent BOTS, and complex algorithms to find solution to enterprise problems. He and his team are involved globally on supply chain, sales and marketing, and finance related advanced analytics.


Ash has more than 26 years of Research and IT experience. He has worked with a large IT company for 17 +years and has handled several responsibilities in the Insurance and Financial Services IT, including Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Application Development, Project and Program Management, IT Architecture Consulting, Global Delivery Management, Client Partner role and P&L Responsibilities.  In his previous role he was also an advisor to various fortune 500 customers on Data and analytics consulting projects and has successfully delivered very large programs. Ash holds a Doctorate in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur India. 

Dr. U Dinesh Kumar

Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Dr. Dinesh is a professor of Decision Sciences and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. His main research and teaching interests are Business Analytics and Systems Engineering. He was the course director of the Business Analytics and Intelligence Executive Education Programme conducted by IIM Bangalore. He has also carried out consultancy projects for organizations such as the Boston Consulting Group (India) Private Limited, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited etc.He is M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from PSG College of Technology and PHD in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Mr. Dipanjan Deb

Analytic Manager (AVP) at Wells Fargo Bank, Wells Fargo.

Analytics professional with 17 years of cumulative experience in Machine / Statistical Learning, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Project and Team Management across Health care, Maritime, Automotive, Energy, CPG and Human Resource domain. Hands on, highly proficient in developing cutting edge analytic solutions using open source and commercial packages to integrate multiple systems to provide massively parallelized and large-scale optimization. Strategize and collaborate with Industry Experts, Technical Experts and Data Scientists to build analytic solution that shortens the transition from a POC to commercial release. Well versed with overarching supervised, semi-supervised and unsupervised learning algorithm implementations in R, Python, Vowpal Wabbit, Julia and SAS. Distributed frameworks including Hadoop and H20, both in-premise and in cloud environment. Part-time kaggler and IOT / IIOT enthusiast (RaspberryPi & Arduino prototyping).

Dr. Guruprasad AS

Engineering  Architect, Bosch

Dr. Guruprasad has a excellent track record of driving end-to-end product development processes (Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitor and control, Closing) and has championed and shaped new directions for Optical Sensing issues in various Medical & Engineering domains such as Civil & Structural Engineering, Biomechanics, Geo Engineering, Hydrodynamics, Sensor Packaging and Aerospace Engineering. 
He has also delivered excellent technical leadership for several product development projects on development of Sensor Instrumentations of high importance & commercial value. He has successfully led self-conceived or assigned Technical and/or Research & Development projects. He has also presented several patents & publications at international conferences.
An enterprising leader with strong cross-cultural experience strong convincing, presentation and management skills.
Skilled in motivating teams to play major role in group development, with flair for inclusive leadership approach

Mr. Jigar Halani

Senior Manager – Solution Architech, NVIDIA.


Mr. Manoj Kumar

Head of HR Analytics – Centre for Excellence , HSBC 

Manoj is a senior management consulting professional and a thought-leader in the workforce analytics space. His contribution to HR by application of Analytics earned him the recognition of one of the top 40 HR Leaders Under 40 in India and, also recognized as one of the Workforce Analytics influencer worldwide by the industry peers. He has led global engagements in the area of people strategy, operational excellence, HR transformation & digitization, Business Intelligence, and built high-performing analytics teams for Fortune 500 companies like HSBC, Fidelity Investments & GE. He is currently heading HR Analytics for Global Businesses and Global HR Analytics Centre of Excellence at HSBC.

Dr. M.H.Bala Subrahmanya

Professor, IISc, Bengaluru.

Prof. M H Bala Subrahmanya is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has expertise in the field of Industrial Economics focusing on Start-Ups, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has won an award for one of his research papers from the Intermediate Technology Development Group, London (1998), Commonwealth Fellowship (1999/00), Japan Foundation Fellowship (2004/05), and Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship (2009/10) in his career so far. He has published research papers in refereed international journals, presented papers in International Conferences, contributed papers to edited books, and he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, UK; Amity Journal of Economics, New Delhi; Country Editor of Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy, Korea, and Section Editor for Management, Current Science Journal, Bangalore.

Mr. MohanaKrishnan P

Director, NASSCOM – BPM Council

Management executive with strong strategy orientation and experience in leadership, business development and operational roles in technology enabled industry. Mr. Mohan has expertise in driving growth, building relationships, working collaboratively with CXOs, providing thought leadership & influencing and unstructured decision making and has managed multi-million programs across geographies and lead large delivery centers. He’s currently leading industry efforts to sustain India’s position through strategic direction, capacity development, enhancing competencies, and policies and branding India by engaging the industry, government and enterprises.

An Alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A), Cost & Management Accountant (ICAI) with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Certified in Project Management and Six Sigma.

Dr. Ramasubramanian Sundararajan

Head-AI, Cartesian Consulting

Ramasubramanian (Ramsu) Sundararajan heads the AI function at Cartesian Consulting. He started his journey as a researcher at the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on theoretical and algorithmic aspects of learning with a reject option. Prior to this, he earned his undergraduate degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.

Since 2003, he has worked at GE’s Global Research division as well as at Sabre Airline Solutions’ Operations Research group, where he built statistical and machine learning models to find patterns in a variety of data sources in different domains. Examples include: patterns in the behaviour of retail banking customers that would indicate their future profitability or risk; patterns in medical image data that would provide early warning for diseases such as breast cancer and pneumoconiosis; patterns in sensor data that would help service engineers flag underperformance or impending failures in steam and gas turbines; and patterns in traveller behaviour that would help airlines determine trip purpose, ancillary purchase behaviour and so on. In his current role at Cartesian, he hopes to extend his hunt for interesting and actionable patterns to newer domains.

Mr. Ravishankar Panchanathan

AVP and Strategic Practice Head (Analytics), Infosys BPO

A completely number driven person – he pioneered and now currently head the Analytics Practice for Infosys BPO. He drives the business outcomes for BPM clients across all domains including the F&A, Supply Chain, Sourcing & Procurement and Digital domains. He consults with clients to set up and measure the right business KPIs, bring data together and derive insights using advanced analytics and visualization. Over the last three years this practice has enabled clients to achieve business outcomes which in value tend to be a a multiple of their annual operations bills paid to Infosys BPO. 

Prior to this he has headed the operations of the arguably the largest E Governance project in India, the Centralized Processing Centre for the Income Tax Department of the country which was run by Infosys. In his tenure here, he completely transformed the Income Tax Department’s return processing capabilities, cut process cycle time from 18 months to 45 days, in the process saving the government over US$80-100m annually in terms of interest on delayed refunds. The success of this project enabled the government to make electronic processing mandatory for all Income Tax payers in India, setting the foundation for a huge transformation of the entire department. 

Mr. Rupesh Khare

Head – Data Analytics, ABB India

Senior Leader, with nearly 20 years of achievements in Analytics, Big Data and Machine Learning. The experience spans in multiple domains such as Banking, Non-Life Insurance, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer Retail and ecommerce. Successfully led projects from various horizontals such as Digital Marketing Analytics, Customer Analytics, Risk and Fraud Analytics Financial Analytics and HR Analytics. The wide range of assignments included upskilling large analytics teams in Descriptive, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, analytical product development with advanced statistical modelling and financial analysis. Wide experience in formulating analytics strategy, stakeholder management, business development, and managing large P&L. Proven track record in managing relationships with globally located Fortune 500 stakeholders, project management and delivery and driving change. A unique and rare blend of education in Strategy, Leadership, Management, Finance and Engineering from the world’s one of the best schools like LBS and IIT.

Mr. Sameer Dhanrajani

CSO, Fractal Analytics

Sameer is Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics . He is responsible for driving strategic investments and inorganic growth, lead high-priority growth initiatives and help Fractal clients on AI-led transformation of their businesses. In his previous assignment, Sameer was Global Business Leader for Cognizant analytics and data sciences unit at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Sameer was responsible for leading end to end business spheres of Cognizant analytics. Prior to Cognizant, Sameer was the Country Head for Fidelity National Financial. 

Sameer is a member of NASSCOM Analytics Special Interest Group, CII knowledge roundtable, ASSOCHAM digital council. He has been highlighted four times consecutively in “Top 10 influential analytics leaders list”by Analytics India magazine. Sameer is also advisor to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh government council for setting up analytics ecosystem and policy in Hyderabad and Vizag. He is also a well-renowned key note speaker & moderator at leading conferences and has been quoted regularly across multiple business media and news publications. He is the first analytics professional in India to deliver TED talk.

An Alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Design Thinking Program- Innovation of Products and Services), London Business School (Strategic Innovation Program), Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (MBA, Business Management), Delhi University Mr(B.Com, Commerce & Economics).

Ms. Saraswathi Ramachandra

Head – Personal Banking, IT and Analytics, DanskeIT 

Ms. Saraswathi is a senior leader with 20 years experience in managing software delivery projects in various domains. Expertise in managing various teams with varied experience in different processes across the globe, she also has strong people management and strategic leadership.

She is a certified PMP, CSQA, ITIL certified professional with specialization in IT project management in an Onsite-Offshore model with strong focus on delivery and cost benefit. Operational expertise in setting up centre of excellence and running them in a efficient manner, good exposure to captive oraganizational setup activities, in the areas of HR, network and other administrative areas. She also has teaching experience in both MS and MBA for Manipal University. She has authored a textbook on Project Management.

Mr. Srinivas Pradeep

Lead Data Scientist, Daimler Trucks, North America

Srinivas has hands on experience in Deep learning, Machine learning. He is a Data Enthusiast with 14 years of experience of Stronger skills in Statistical and Modeling Techniques, Applying Machine Learning algorithms, Designing coding requirements, building assessing models, evaluation of models, Building Predictive models and recommendation models.

Designing quantity investigations, honing data intuition with creativity, developing best practices for improving efficiency, Ability to communicate complex analysis, passionate and curious about the upcoming technology innovations.

Mr. Sunil Subbramaniyam

Head – HR, Borderless Access 

A Certified Executive and Leadership Transformation Coach. A Human Resource Leader who is highly intuitive; who believes in creating & enabling cultures by empowering, engaging employees and leaders-accelerate productivity and retention. 

Mr Sunil has rich experience in setting up various HR functions like Strategic Human Resource Management, Business Partnering Performance Management, Employee Engagement Compensation & Benefits Training and Development, Organisational Development Experienced in setting up global policies and processes. He has been interface with Senior Management on establishing a company culture. He was also responsible for driving organizations HR Strategies, organization development and key chains initiatives. He has also coached and mentored senior leadership team on people practices. 

Mr. Suresh Rengarajan

Head-Business Analytics, Titan Company Limited

Mr. Suresh has worked with the Watch Plant in Projects and Engineering for a decade and in the last 15 years, he has been working with the MDs Office in multiple roles – starting from EA to MD,  then heading Business Analytics and in the recent past moving towards the Business Consulting. He is closely working with the MD and the CEOs in identifying the opportunities for value creation and picking up key strategic assignments in the last few years.  In value terms, he had been part of many assignments which is estimated to have created a value of Rs. 300 Crores to the bottom line of the organization in the last eight years.

He is a veteran in the Titan Institution having spent over a quarter of a century in the Company at various roles.

Mr. Viswanath Subramaniam

Director and Enterprise Domain Head, Happiest Minds Technologies

Mr. Vishwanath is product professional with 17 years of experience in a variety of roles across Product Engineering, Product Management, Services, and Sales.
He is a Market Analysis & a business evangelist in Higher Education systems with extensive experience in Consulting/Pre-sales, Delivery Management, Product architecture/technology, Performance/Automation testing center of excellence Project Management etc.

An Alumnus of University of Madras (Bachelors in Science, Physics), Madras Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Technology, Plastic and Rubber Techology), Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (Executive Education Programme, Operations Management).

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