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.
Chief Strategy Officer & Member of the Board
Mr. Rishad Premji
Rishad Premji is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs of Wipro Limited. Since joining Wipro in 2007, he has been instrumental in shaping Wipro's strategy and aligning it with future business landscape. He championed Wipro’s entry into the Origination and Loan Servicing space as an end to end provider of Mortgage solutions. Recently, he has conceptualized Wipro Ventures - a $100M fund to invest in start-ups developing technologies and solutions that will complement Wipro’s businesses through next generation solutions and products. Rishad is on the Board of Wipro Enterprises Limited, Wipro-GE Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., and the Azim Premji Foundation.
Rishad has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University in the US. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader 2014 by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, and commitment to society.
Raman is Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro. He launched Quatrro to focus on ‘Beyond the existing’ services in the BPM industry. He is deeply involved in shaping the future of the Business Process Management Industry in India, China, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Caribbean Region.
As a tribute to his contributions to the creation of the Global Services industry, The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) inducted him into the “Hall of Fame” in 2013. BBC Knowledge Magazine in December 2013 chose Raman as one amongst the 10 Game Changers that shaped modern India.
Raman, with a guiding philosophy of enhancing the success rate of nascent businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship, is a founding member of the “Indian Angel Network”, a group of investors that has a passion to enable start-up businesses. Raman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Management Accountant with a Doctorate in Management Accountancy.
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.
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.