Mr. Chandrashekhar was the Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunication till March 2013. During his career in Government, he held a wide variety of key assignments many of them relating to the ICT sector, both in the Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has extensive experience of formulating and implementing policies, strategies and action plans to foster the growth of the IT industry covering the entire enabling eco-system including infrastructure, Human Resource Development, e-governance and establishing Public Private Partnerships. He has a deep understanding of the issues and problems related to ICT project implementation in Government. As Secretary, DOT, he was responsible for all aspects of policy formulation for the telecom sector and driving several key policies and strategies covering licensing, spectrum management, National Broadband Plan, Convergence, Manufacturing, Investment, security, R&D and the National Telecom Policy 2012. As Secretary of the Department of Information Technology, he steered the formulation of national policies for the IT sector, promoting Electronic System Design and Manufacturing and R&D in the Electronics and IT sector and designing the National e-Governance Plan.
Earlier, he established the first Department of Information Technology in the country in the state of Andhra Pradesh and was Secretary of the Department from June, 1997 to December, 1999. The policies and strategies he formulated catapulted the state to the forefront of the country in the sector and became a role model for several states and countries. Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08. He has been conferred several awards including Data Quest Path Breaker of the Year Award in 2005 and Distinguished Alumnus award of IIT-Mumbai in 2010.
CP played a pivotal role in the three-year transformational journey of Mahindra Satyam and spearheaded the company’s eventual merger with Tech Mahindra. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, JVs, M&As,
CP led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, contributing significantly to the company's strategy and philosophy.
His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience, helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading providers in its respective competencies.
In the last 32 years, he has held several leading positions with Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. CP was chosen as the Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year [Manager]’, CNBC Asia’s ‘India Business Leader of the Year’, Dataquest ‘IT person of the Year’ - 2013 and Business standard ‘CEO of the year’ 2014.
As a first-generation entrepreneur, Mr. Reddy sensed the opportunity and established Infotech Enterprises with a vision to provide engineering services to global markets. Mr. Reddy successfully nurtured Infotech into a world-class, sustainable organization. He built Infotech on a strong foundation of Values FIRST (Fairness, Integrity, Respect, Sincerity and Transparency) and transformed the four stakeholders (customers, employees, investors and society) into pillars of strength.
He is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its Adopt-a-School initiative, Infotech touches the lives of over 10,000 underprivileged children. He also undertook several initiatives of inclusiveness viz., to support women empowerment and development centers in Tier II towns.
Mr. Reddy is a proud recipient of an honorary doctorate from JNTU Hyderabad; Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) CIE Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in advancing the use of computers in information engineering. Mr. Reddy is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council since 2003. He also served as the Chairman of CII Southern Region. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIT Hyderabad.
Sangeeta Gupta holds the position of Senior Vice President – Events, Research & Communication at NASSCOM. She is responsible for organizing and facilitating NASSCOM events in India and overseas.
Sangeeta started her career with NASSCOM and has since then worked towards strengthening the association and interaction of NASSCOM members, government and media towards NASSCOM’s objective of being a catalyst for the growth of the Indian software and services industry.
Sangeeta has a degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
Rama Vedashree is Vice President, NASSCOM leading all initiatives in Domestic IT, IT Services. She has a rich and varied 25 Years of Customer facing experience in the Industry with long stints in NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric. Some of her previous roles were as Regional Technical Head, NIIT, eGov Solutions Lead, Branch Head in Microsoft India, Director Sales Excellence in Microsoft Global Services, and Vice President- Enterprise/Government Sales, GE Corporate. She has to her credit roles in software consulting, training, sales, e-Governance projects and Business Development for Infrastructure projects.
She is a Gold Medallist from University of Hyderabad and has also done an Executive Education programme at Harvard, and a short programme in High Performance Computing at Cornell University.
She is very passionate about eGovernance domain and Citizen Services ICT Projects. She represents NASSCOM in several committees of Government and also the Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee of Reserve Bank of India.
In her spare time she loves to participate in Long Walks, including Half Marathon.
Vice President, NASSCOM and Executive Director IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council
Vice President, NASSCOM and Executive Director IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council
Dr. Sandhya Chintala has a rich background in international and national education
management. She brings to NASSCOM over 27 years of professional experience in
positions of management and consultancy for Governments, Universities and
teaching, both in India and internationally. Her role at NASSCOM includes providing
the roadmap for NASSCOM’s education initiatives and programmes with a vision to
development of education strategy, capacity building & assessment evaluation & the
development of industry standards, liaising between industry academia and
government and thus making India the preferred global destination for all IT and
Developing and administering innovative content, teaching and testing
methodologies for both international and national curricula and multimedia
courseware are her forte. She also excels in the design, development and
deployment of face-to-face and e-learning solutions with reference to the products,
processes and people required for them.
Her research, publications, and activities are related to the successful development
and implementation of communication skills integrated with formal and non-formal
methods of teaching, her publications and activities are also related to the successful
development and implementation of ‘Quality Assurance’ performance indicators.
Sandhya’s professional methods help identify knowledge gaps, reflect diverse
learning styles, focusing on multi-level and multi-grade teaching in the urban or rural
ambience, thereby encouraging an interest in, and love for, the subject concerned,
hence aiming to reduce the urban-rural educational divide.
Prior to joining NASSCOM she was holding the office of the Director of various
industry & academic organisations.
Mr. K Purushothaman has over 20 years of corporate experience in the area of
Communication, Public Relations, Media, Government Affairs and Business
Consulting. Most of the industry representatives know him as “Puru” has worked a
Journalist with various publications before joining with Hyundai for more than 6
years managing Communications. Puru was the Head – Corporate Communications
with Aircell Cellular during the time of its Merger with the Malaysian Telecom Giant
“Maxis”. He played a significant role in the Integration process of Maxis & Aircell
Merger. He was also heading Communications for Polaris in India for a while before
associating with NASSCOM.
Puru is now heading NASSCOM as the Regional Director for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and
Pondicherry. He is passionate in developing Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry as
the most preferred IT destination and work with NASSCOM members in helping them
for their betterment.
KS Viswanathan has around 30 years of general management and leadership experience in the Indian business context building key executive relationship and a strong customer capital in diverse business environment. His work experience has largely been in the IT industry and social sector comprising of developing and executing operational strategies, managing customer engagement programs, driving sales process, acceleration of business, maintaining the key relationship management with senior executives of internal and external stake holders and establishing models for customer acquisition and retention.
He has held strategic & leadership positions at Wipro, Dell, Azim Premji Foundation and Hilleman Laboratories. As the Chief Executive for India geography at Wipro Infotech (2003-2008), he is credited with the positive transformation of the sales and business landscape for Wipro in India.
He was the first country manager for Dell in India in 2000 and was instrumental in establishing Dell’s direct business model in India and positioning Dell as a preferred product of choice in identified business segments.
In the last three years, he has been associated with the establishment of Azim Premji University and MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories.