Panel on Analytics
Shirish Deodhar, MD, Sapience.
Shirish has over 30 years of software industry experience in US and India, and has incubated and led several IT companies through rapid business growth.
His two previous companies had successful exits to global majors - In-Reality Software with Symphony Services Inc. and Frontier Software with VERITAS Software (now Symantec Corp.). Subsequently, as head of their Pune subsidiaries, he was instrumental in scaling revenues and growing the team size to over 600 employees in 3.5 years each.
Shirish did his B-Tech (EE) from IIT Mumbai, followed by a Master's degree from USA. He has a US patent, has filed recently for two more, presented ten technical papers, won several excellence awards, and has written a book titled 'From Entrepreneurs to Leaders' published by McGraw-Hill.
Arnab Chakraborty, Managing Director, Accenture Consulting
Arnab is the Global Lead for the analytics practice across Communication, Media and Hi-Tech (CMT) industry verticals at Accenture Analytics and is also responsible for driving the Big Data Analytics practice. He has over 15+ years of rich experience in Consulting and Business Analytics across diverse industry sectors. Arnab has significant leadership experience in strategy formulation, business solutioning, client management, business development, service delivery & operations management. Arnab’s experience in analytics spans across big data, marketing, digital/ e-commerce, sales, and supply chain.
Arnab has played a pivotal role in scaling up enterprise wide analytics capabilities globally for the past ten years across Hewlett Packard (HP) and GE Capital (Genpact). Arnab has also held leadership positions at KPMG Consulting, Wipro Technologies, and Larsen & Toubro. He has worked across Hi-Tech and Electronics, Financial Services, Consumer Goods and Manufacturing industries.
Arnab is recognized as an Edelman Laureate by the prestigious Franz Edelman Committee/INFORMS for his contributions in the field of e-commerce/ online analytics and has also been voted by SSON in 2012 as one of the top 6 Global Sourcing Think-tank (G6) in Asia. He is also one of the key industry leaders driving the NASSCOM Analytics Special Interest Group.
Arnab holds an MBA (Gold Medalist) from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, India. He is also Certified in Production and Inventory Management from APICS, USA.
Alok Kumar , SwissRe
Alok Kumar is Managing Director at Swiss Reinsurance Company, currently leading company's captive centre in Bangalore comprising of nearly 500 employees working across reinsurance value chain from claims and accounting on one side to natural catastrophe modelling, risk & actuarial analytics on the other side.
Alok joined Swiss Re in 2001 as a property pricing specialist in Calabasas in the USA with focus on the underwriting and accumulation controlling of natural catastrophe exposure for the unit. He subsequently spent several years in company's operations in Switzerland and South Korea in research & development and later in underwriting roles.Alok moved to Swiss Re Bangalore in 2009 where he set-up and expanded on risk and analytics teams before being appointed as Managing Director and Head of the entity in 2012.
Alok is a Civil Engineer by education having completed his Bachelors from IIT Roorkee (formerly University of Roorkee) and Masters from Texas Tech University, USA.
Nitesh Jain, GM, Advanced Analytics, Wipro Technologies
Nitesh Jain is the General Manager and global head of Advanced Analytics business at Wipro Technologies (www.wipro.com). He is responsible for the P&L, providing vision, business direction and strategy to the practice. He is a proven Business Analytics & IT professional with expertise in leadership roles in advanced analytics & performance management practice, BI & data warehousing projects and program management. The responsibility in current role includes owning and meeting revenue targets, managing customer relationships and escalations, leading consultative selling, supporting sales team, conceptualizing and developing Industry solutions in the competency lab, managing delivery parameters along with delivery managers, projecting and managing the staff strength. He is globally responsible for solutions, services, thought leadership and growth in analytics and performance management across Industry verticals, the recently acquired business of Wipro Promax Analytics Solutions and Wipro-Opera strategic relationship
He has more than 16 years of Industry experience ranging from managing Advanced Analytics practice, leading Data warehousing and analytics projects for Retail, CPG, Manufacturing & Banking sectors, building and managing Foreign exchange dealing room software, architecture design and development of various operational and analytical solutions for Retail, Medical devices and Banking/Financial Services domain.
Nitesh has worked on Analytics initiatives for marquee companies like Citibank, Bestbuy, Sears Holding, Target, Unilever, ConAgra Foods, Havi Foods, and GE Medical among others. Under his leadership, Analytics team has delivered multi-million dollar business benefits to various clients and has built and deployed analytics solutions on cloud as well as in-premise.
He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Pune University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
Panel on Enterprise Mobility
Samir Kumar, Inventus
Samir became an early-stage institutional venture investor in India in 2001 following a 15 year operating career with high growth Indian companies.
Industry Executive - For ten years from 1988 to 1999, Samir was part of the early team at Wipro (NYSE: WIT), one of India’s largest and most highly valued IT companies. Samir was a founding member of Wipro’s joint venture with Acer Computer in Taiwan to design, build and sell computers for the Indian market.
Venture Investor - Samir became a venture capitalist in India when he joined Acer Technology Ventures in 2001- a $260 million institutional venture fund investing in technology and services companies in India, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region. Samir led the firm's early-stage India venture practice in Banglaore, financing a number of Indian and U.S.-India companies. Samir was active on the Boards of the ATV India portfolio companies, resulting in several profitable exits to date including RelQ and Indecomm Global Services. At Inventus, Samir is a Board Director at Cbazaar, Telibrahma, InstaHealth, Sokrati & Savaari.
India Entrepreneurial leader - Samir is well established in India's entrepreneurial and venture communities with a broad network of business contacts throughout India and the Asia Pacific region. Samir is on the Governing Body of TiE Bangalore, and is an active Charter Member mentoring entrepreneurs. Samir is also active in his IIT & IIM Alumni networks, and is an active speaker at various entrepreneurial events in India.
He holds a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
Vijay Kumar Ivaturi
Vijaya Kumar (known as IVK) is an active member of Indian Angel Network, a syndicate for early stage capital to invest in the start-up companies, in emerging areas of technology.
He consults in the areas of business strategy and transformation through new age technologies covering the areas of embedded systems, Cloud services, Big Data analytics and Mobility. One of his primary engagements is Crayon Data, a Singapore based Big Data Analytics Company, where he serves as their Chief technology advisor. Also, he is one of the co-founders of India Innovation Labs, a start-up in the field of augmented reality and Robotics, which focuses on the Digital media and tourism segment.
In the recent past, he was CTO of Wipro’s IT businesses and his responsibilities included Technology Strategy Planning; Governance of Center of Excellence, Innovation Process & external innovation, Technical Stream Management and Technology alliances with industry and educational institutions.
He has been with ICT industry for the last 25 plus years and is one of the leading experts in innovation management and advanced technologies incubation in India.
Srinivas , i7 Networks
Srinivas has been associated with Computer Networking and Network Security industry for more than a decade. He has worked extensively in the area of Intrusion Detection Systems. He has also worked on Hewlett-Packard's networking solutions and BlueCoat's network security & optimization solutions. He published several papers in peer reviewed IEEE international conferences and has a couple of patents pending with US patents office.
In his current role, he is helping i7 Networks build an Agent-less BYOD discovery and control solution.
Srinivas holds a Master's degree from IIT Bombay.