Digital Business: New Frontiers in Management | February 4-6, 2016

Our Associations





Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma





Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, an alumnus of MNNIT, Allahabad and BIT, Ranchi has over 31 years of experience in the field of Electronic and Information Technology. Dr. Sharma has worked in many national and International organizations of repute such as ISRO, BARC, Toshiba Corporation Tokyo, RICCO. After his stint as the Managing Director of RajCOMP, a Rajasthan State Government Society, he, at present, is spearheading the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a body of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India as its Chief Executive Officer and Director General.

Widely travelled across India and abroad, Dr. Sharma is one of India’s leading exponents of e-Governance practices in the Government sector, with significant contributions in e-Governance Projects such as SWAN, SDC, CSC, e-Zila, SSDG etc. Dr. Sharma also holds a Doctorate Degree in the field of e-Governance.

As the CEO and DG of NIELIT, which is a mega body of DeitY, Government of India, Dr. Sharma leads a team of more than 2700 employees comprising of highly skilled manpower across 31 locations in the country. Beside the wide presence of NIELIT in terms of its geographical spread of own Centres, the organization is also well represented in the country through a network of about 900 Accredited Training Partners and about 7000 Facilitation Centres engaged in the proliferation of Digital Literacy in the Country through the immensely popular NIELIT CCC Course.

In a short span of time, Dr. Sharma has placed NIELIT in a high growth trajectory with thrust on Capacity Building in the areas of Information Technology, ESDM, GIS, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, e-Governance, etc. Under his dynamic leadership, during the last almost 3.5 years, NIELIT has grown from Rs.108 cr. turnover organization to Rs.260 cr. turnover organization. The surplus of the organization has also increased from Rs. 8 cr. to Rs. 48 cr. Similarly, the manpower strength of NIELIT has also increased from 2200 employees to approximately 3000 employees.





Dr. Vishnu Nanduri





Data Science & Analytics Leader| IoT | Machine Learning | Reinforcement Learning | Watson Analytics

He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF). He subsequently worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA for four years in their Industrial Engineering Department, where he won the Excellence in Teaching Award and multiple research grants. For the last few years he has been working in Big Data Analytics industry as a Senior Data Scientist and is currently Heads the Data Science and Engineering Practice in IT Operations Analytics at IBM.

He has more than a 12 years of experience in unsupervised machine learning, statistics, and stochastic optimization. He has applied machine learning and advanced text analytics methods in energy, healthcare, telecommunications, and IT industries. He has given over 28 talks at international conferences and has published over 15 technical journal and conference articles. He is also a Professor of Practice at the University of South Florida and he teaches their online analytics courses.





Professor Sadagopan





Professor Sadagopan is currently the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a PhD granting University). IIIT's represent a set of new generation universities started in India in late 90's with special focus on IT; IIIT-Bangalore is one of the first such Institutes and started functioning from the year 1999.

As the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute that is counted as one of the premier Institutes in India with a bright future in the decades ahead.

He obtained his PhD Degree from Purdue University, USA in 1979

His research interests include Operations Research, Decision Theory, Multi-criteria optimization, Simulation, Enterprise computing, ERP, Supply Chain optimization, IT in education, Multimedia and e-Governance.

Professor Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.

Professor Sadagopan's research work has appeared in several international journals including IEEE Transactions, European J of Operational Research, J of Optimization Theory & Applications, Naval Research Logistics, Simulation and Decision Support Systems. He is a referee for several journals and serves on the editorial boards of many journals.

Professor consults extensively to some of the largest private & public sector corporations in India, in Computing, Communications, Software, Automotive, Oil and Power industries as well as social sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public sector corporations; he is also a member of the Board of Studies of several Universities.

Professor Sadagopan is a featured Columnist for Times of India (the world's largest English Newspaper) and several magazines.





Sriram Jayasimha





Sriram Jayasimha founded Signion (, that designs products for the signal-processing market, in 1987. From May 1981 to June 1987, he was a member of technical staff at GTE Government Systems Corp. (now General Dynamics), Needham, MA. He has authored 40 peer-reviewed publications, and has obtained over 20 US and European patents, in signal processing and telecommunications applications. He received his electrical engineering education from IIT, Madras, India, RPI, Troy, NY and MIT, Cambridge, MA and is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.





Dr. Pritam Singh





Padmashree Dr. Pritam Singh – an inspiring role model, has spent his life tirelessly doing what he does best: awakening students, academia, corporate heads, and policymakers to raise their excellence to the next level. As the Chairman and Member of several policymaking committees and bodies of Government of India, he has stamped his perspective on policy issues that surround both management education and corporate management in India. He sits on the boards of more than 20 reputed private- and public sector organizations, helping them initiate change processes and charter winning, corporate strategies. As a consultant, Dr Singh has worked with more than 200 CEOs in India and abroad and conducted more than 100 retreats for the top management of both private and public-sector organizations as well as multinational corporations.

He was the Director General of International Management Institute, India. Previously, he has been the Director of Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, India (1994–1998 and 2003–2006), and Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML), India (1998–2003). Dr Singh turned around the fortunes of both MDI and and IIML, and, quite fittingly, earned the repute of being the “Midas Touch” Director.

He was DG at IMI, New Delhi from 2011 to 2014 as well.





Mr. Aluri Srinivasa Rao




Mr. Aluri Srinivasa Rao has been Managing Director of India at Morgan Stanley Private Equity since May 1, 2008. Mr. Rao heads the operations of the Indian private equity unit. He also serves as the Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia Limited since April 2008. He served as Chairman of the Board at Avantor Performance Materials India Limited. He has made several investments in the healthcare sector. He served as a Director of Investments at ICICI Venture. He served as Director of Investments at Avesthagen Limited. Mr. Rao also served as a Director of Private Equity at ICICI Venture. He spearheads the life sciences and chemicals practice business at ICICI Venture, focused on the emerging biotech, restructuring pharma, evolving healthcare, and the enabling technology sectors. Mr. Rao joined ICICI Venture in 2002. He has over 20 years of organizational building and corporate experience in India, United Kingdom, and United States. Mr. Rao serves as a member of the Board on several of these portfolio companies. His private equity experience has spanned from turning around startups, identifying innovative investment opportunities, investing in growth opportunities, and executing successful exits. Mr. Rao’s prior experience includes hands on experience at very senior levels in business development, mergers & acquisitions, P&L responsibility, and Corporate Strategy in the pharmaceutical sector with large Indian companies like Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. and Natco Pharma Limited. His geographical experience includes India, United Kingdom, United States and many other International markets. He served as Director of Avesthagen Limited. Mr. Rao served as a Director of Onconova Therapeutics Inc. He served as Director of Arch Pharmalabs Limited until April 8, 2008. He is a Sloan fellow and has completed the one year time program in General Management from London Business School and is a graduate of BITS, Pilani.





Dr. Fan Xiucheng




Dr. Fan Xiucheng is a Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Service Marketing and Management at Fudan University. Dr. Xiucheng received a Ph.D and Masters in Business Administration from Nankai University, Master, Business Administration from Nankai University and Bachelors in Optics from Shandong University.

His research interests include service marketing, relationship marketing, and branding. Dr. Xiucheng has published 16 books and over 80 papers in academic journals.





Prof. Kishore
Gopalakrishna Pillai




Professor Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai

University of Bradford School of Management

BA (Kerala, India); MBA (IIM Kolkota); Ph.D. (Florida state University); PGCPP (Aston) Professor of Marketing.

Kishore joined University of Bradford School of Management in 2014. Previously he served as a Reader in marketing at the Aston business school and as a senior lecturer/lecturer at the Leeds University business school. His publications have appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management and the British Journal of Management. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, and the Journal of Consumer Marketing. In addition, he is an ad hoc reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, and the Journal of Management Studies. Prior to his Ph.D., Kishore held the positions of Market Analyst (at the rank of National Manager)at Arvind Brands Limited, and senior project manager at TNS India. He was awarded the Brand Leadership Award at the Asia Brand Congress in 2008 in recognition of contributions to the marketing profession. His academic accomplishments include several prestigious scholarships and University and state-level ranks.





Mr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram




Dr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram, is a professor, a management consultant and a corporate advisor.

Professor Gurumurthy Kalyanaram has served as the Director of the Master’s Programs, Director of Research and as the Senior Faculty Liaison for External Development. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a fellow at the Center for Russian and East European Studies. Dr. Kalyanaram's areas of expertise are marketing, innovation and management science, and international business and strategy. His research and teaching have been eclectic and inter-disciplinary.




Dr. Thomas Zoega Ramsøy




Dr. Thomas Zoega Ramsøy is the Founder and CEO of Neurons Inc which is headquartered and located in Copenhagen, Denmark with an office in Silicon Valley, California, represented in USA, South America, Europe, and the Middle East through various partners and representatives. A neuropsychologist and world renowned leader in applied neuroscience. Dr. Ramsøy is one of the most cited scientists on neuromarketing, consumer neuroscience, neuroeconomics and related disciplines, with almost 1000 citations on 60 publications. He has also written the first textbook on this topic(Introduction to Neuromarketing & Consumer Neuroscience) which has become an immediate bestseller, used at universities around the world, and recently taught at an online course for almost 50,000 registered students.






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