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Ajit Chakravarti
Ajit Chakravarti
Ajit Chakravarti is a B.Tech from IIT/K (1972) and holds an MBA from IIMC (1974). He has held senior management positions, served as CEO & EVP; President & CEO of large IT Companies and VP-Global HR in KK Birla Group overseeing the Group's HR. He was the past chairman of Indo American Chamber of Commerce(IACC), Karnataka chapter and also served as Senior Vice President, South India Council of IACC and Member of its The National Executive Committee. He was an Adjunct Professor at T.A.Pai Management Institute, was the Convenor of Tapmi Centre of Collaborative Learning(TCCL) and an Adjunt faculty at Presidency College. He was as an independent management consultant and behavioral trainer and since 2006, he has been rendering training, consulting and advisory help to corporates and individual entrepreneurs.

Ajit is engaged as a Mentor to the founder CEOs of two start-up Indian companies and a US based company.


Anand Talwai
Anand Talwai
Anand Talwai is Co-Founder & Executive Director of NextWealth. His rich experience in ICT industry encompasses both corporate sector and starts ups. A common thread through his career is passion for creating green field profit making companies, business divisions and leading them.

Anand was with Wipro since its initial days heading its customer satisfaction and quality functions and leading its communications division. He created and was CEO of Wipro BT Ltd (JV with BT ) and Wipro Net Ltd (JV with KPN), both high valuation businesses. As founding team member of e4e Inc he helped creation and growth of portfolio companies. He began his career with ISRO.

Anand has mentored entrepreneurs in e4e Labs, IISc Entrepreneurship Cell and Stanford Ignite Bangalore program. He is on the Board of two starts ups. He is a visiting Professor in IIM Bangalore.

Anand is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore.


Anantha Narayana PSV
Ananth Narayan PSV
Having earned his MSc in 1975 from IIT Bombay, PSV Anantha Narayana began his career as an entrepreneur pursuing his interest in foundry practices manufacturing import substitute High Alumina Monolithics for Non-Ferrous Melting Practices in Defence Production.

In 2000 he founded Maruthi-IT.com Ltd, Bangalore, a product software company specializing in ERP and e-Governance applications for Government.

Anantha Narayana has served as a Director on the IIT Bombay Alumni Association Board, Executive Committee Member of PANIIT, India and First President of IITB Alumni Association, Bangalore Chapter, Member, Bangalore International Centre and Hon. Secretary - Advisory Committee of an Orphanage - Seva Sadan, Bangalore.

He was presented with Distinguished Service Award in 2004 by IIT Bombay.

He is currently Vice President, IIT Alumni Centre, Bengalure.


Ashok Kamath
Ashok Kamath
An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, he was formerly the Managing Director of the Indian operations of Analog Devices. He opted to leave behind a successful career in the corporate sector and involve himself in the development sector.

Ashok Kamath has been the Managing Trustee since 2003 and Chairman of Akshara Foundation since July 1, 2008. He has been actively involved in the strategic planning, analysis and expansion of programmes at Akshara Foundation since 2003. Ashok is also a founder trustee of Pratham Books which aims to have A Book in Every Child's Hand.

His alma mater, IIT-Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education and Distinguished Service Award in 2011 towards his contribution to the Institute and Alumni.


Ashok Misra
Ashok Misra
Prof. Ashok Misra is the former Director of IIT Bombay (2000-08). Prior to this he was at IIT Delhi (1977-2000). He obtained his B.Tech. at IIT Kanpur, M.S. at Tufts University and Ph.D. at University of Massachusetts. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Roorkee; Chairman, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Apex Board; Board of Governors of IIT Delhi; and a member Board of Directors of Reliance Industries Ltd; Board of Directors of Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd; Board of Advisors, Aditya Birla Private Equity.

He has received several awards includingDistinguished Alumnus Awards from all his Alma Maters and Distinguished Service Award from IIT Delhi. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences India and was its President from 2006-08 and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is currently the Chairman-India of Intellectual Ventures located in Bangalore.


Balaram P
Balaram P
P. Balaram did his BSc at Fergusson College, Pune and MSc in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur (1967-1969). After a PhD at Carnegie-Mellon and a post-doctoral year at Harvard he joined the faculty of the Molecular Biophysics Unit at the Indian Institute of Science in December 1973 as a Lecturer. He retired over 40 years later as Director IISc, a position he held between 2005 and 2014.

He has primarily been involved in academic research and teaching, with the usual advisory roles in Government committees and scientific journals. Lecturing and writing have been his main activities over the years, in addition to the inevitable, and sometimes complex, demands of academic administration.


Dhananjay Collur
Dhananjay Collur
B.Tech. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he worked for 8 years last as Branch Manager Computer Point before founding Computer Factory (I) Pvt Ltd. in 1989.

CF is an IT Infra company providing and managing end to end IT solutions to Small and Medium Businesses with about seventy people and ISO certified since 1997.

He served as Treasurer for first PAN IIT Conclave India and President Association for Information Technology, Bangalore. He is Founder Member of IIT Kharagpur Foundation India and Trustee at Collur Charitable Trust.

With IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association Bangalore Chapter, he has been anchoring Light For Education - a CSR initiative to distribute solar lamps to tribal and rural children at schools and hostels since 2010. He has been serving as Chairman Computerization at The Koramangala Club since 2010.

He is the Founder Secretary of IIT Alumni Center Bangalore.


Himesh Misra
Himesh Misra
Himesh Misra is responsible for the IBM STG Technical University Initiative at the IBM Growth Markets Unit.

In this role, Himesh works closely with leading Universities in Growth Markets including India / South Asia to design, propose, and deliver innovative Learning services in the higher education segment, using IBM solutions, thought leadership and technology.

Prior to this role, Himesh has held various Management, Leadership and Team positions in IBM, in business units such as Global SI, ISV/Developer Relations, Academic Initiative, Open Standards, and Systems Integration. Himesh also worked for IBM Asia Pacific for over 4 years, and was a member of IBM AP Marketing Board.

Himesh has completed 20 years of dedicated service to IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Himesh led various positions in IT division with the Tata group for over 13 years.

Himesh is a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT/Kanpur.


Kota Harinarayana
Kota Harinarayana
Kota Harinarayana got his doctoral degree in Aeronautical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He got his BSc (Engg) from Benaras Hindu university and M.E (Aeronautics) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is currently Dr D S Kothari DRDO Chair professor at ADA. He was President of Aeronautical Society of India in 2002 and Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad during 2002-2005. He was Rajaramanna Fellow at National Aerospace Labs during 2005-2010. He was distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay during 2008-2012. and Pratt & Whitney chair professor at University of Hyderabad.

He was distinguished Scientist of DRDO, Program Director and Chief Designer of India's Light Combat Aircraft program. Has experience in the area of Systems Engineering, Aircraft Design, Technology Management, Program Management, Safety ' Airworthiness Management and Academic Administration.

He received number of awards including National Aeronautics Prize, Distinguished Aluminus Award from IIT,Bombay and Indian Institute of Science; Life time achievement Award from DRDO and National Academy of Engineering; Padmashree from Government of India.


Kumar Nadig
Kumar Nadig
Kumar earned M.Des graduate degree in 1981 from IIT Bombay, after B.Arch degree from Bangalore University. He went on to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA, and earned MFA degree in Product Design.

Worked with Philips Holland and Philips India as head of Design before starting his entrepreneurial venture, Leubin Design in Bangalore. Designed many products for GE International, Philips, TVS and many leading companies. He also founded Leubin Constructions, promoted and built many iconic buildings in Banagalore.

Kumar left for Canada in 1999, earned his MBA from Rotman School of Business, Toronto University in 2001, while working full time establishing project management online solutions for the construction industry.

Kumar returned to Bangalore in 2003 and set up Sycon group, specializing in construction and development of buildings using precast concrete technology.

He is currently on the board of Sycon Group, Pre-flight Aviation and Redrooster Racing. He is an avid aviator and biker.


Neeraj Gupta
Neeraj Gupta
Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP (www.formulateip.com) based in India and USA. Applying his business and technical background, Neeraj assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning.

Neeraj is co-founder at Excubator (www.excubator.org) which provides guidance and support needed to entrepreneurs for building a successful entrepreneurial practice.

Neeraj is co-founder of PanIIT Mentors which is a Nation Building Initiative under PanIIT. Neeraj is founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South). Neeraj heads Alumni activities in India for KTH, Sweden. He is also part of Task Force at IIT Roorkee.

Neeraj holds Bachelors of Technology degree from IIT Roorkee in Metallurgical and Material Sciences and M.S. from KTH, Sweden in Mathematics.

Neeraj is senior mentor and visiting faculty in several engineering and MBA colleges. Neeraj also serves on the board of advisors of several organizations.


Nikhil Narayan
Nikhil Narayan
Nikhil is Director and Chief Technology Officer of Digital Horizons Worldwide, a multinational technology company building advanced cloud, mobile and internet products. Nikhil himself is a specialist in technology and software architecture for cloud and mobile and an expert in digital marketing and has led teams for the creation of several products and internet ventures.

Besides his professional career, Nikhil has been actively working with governments and social organizations helping create and implement technology based solutions to improve processes and deliver services to citizens.

An alumnus of IIT Madras - 1987, he lives in Bengaluru. He began his career with a stint in Bajaj Auto in Manufacturing where he was part of a transformational initiative for manufacturing strategy, automation and computer integrated manufacturing.


Pradeep Jaipuria
Pradeep Jaipuria
Pradeep Jaipuria received his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Bombay in 1971.

He is the Managing Director of PJ Margo Pvt. Ltd, a company founded by him in 1991 to set up the world's first commercial plant for manufacturing Azadirachtin, a natural insecticide from neem seeds. PJ Margo's product range includes bio pesticides of botanical and microbial origin, organic fertilizers and natural food colours derived from renewable agri products.

He is also the Managing Director of Agro Extracts Ltd, a company he promoted in 1973. Agro Extracts product range includes industrial vegetable oils, esters and perfumery chemicals.

He is a past Chairman of the Karnataka Chapter of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce and a member of Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


Pradeep Prasad
Veteran Cdr Pradeep Prasad
IIT Delhi

21 years with Indian Navy and currently with IBM since nine years. Expertise in the areas of strategic planning, large scale project management, program management, compliance posture management, SDLC management, BCP/DR & crisis management, IT/ITES operations, supply chain and asset management, infrastructure administration, and leadership in bringing any major chaotic situation in order. IIT Kharagpur Alumnus.

SM Rajeshwar
SM Rajeshwar
IIT Delhi

Veteran with 20 years of Commissioned service in the Indian Navy; In various Techno-commercial roles - designed & built ships, repaired ships, outfitted them and set up a Greenfield shipyard.

3 years at Eureka Forbes; as Head New Product Development, set up greenfield Pleated Cartridge manufacturing plant and initiated product development into 'Green' technologies.

Working at B Fouress Ltd since 2011; in varying capacity and roles from Operations to Business strategy to New Business Venture. Successfully setup 09 power projects and commissioned 05 in 04 different countries in 03 years' time.

XLRI and IIT Delhi Alumnus.


Ramesh Vangal
Ramesh Vangal
25+ years of international experience building products in US, Europe and India, I have diverse work experience that includes technical and managerial roles in large corporations, small companies and startups. My experience spans the entire product life cycle: Product, Program mgmt, Engineering R&D and Operations.

Areas of interest include Cloud, UI/UX, mobile apps and devices, wireless technologies, digital signal, image processing, embedded software, machine learning, robotics, healthcare.

IIT Madras and Tulane University Alumnus.


Rohit Koshy
Rohit Koshy
Rohit Koshy is a B.Tech, Textile Technology, from IIT Delhi, 1999 batch, and started his career by marketing Specialty Chemicals at Resil Chemicals, Bangalore. He then worked in recruitment at companies like Browse Consulting (earlier avatar of eLitmus.com), ABC Consultants, Aricent and Virtusa, before joining IIM Kozhikode for the PGDM. After graduating in 2008, he joined the finance team of L&T IDPL (PPP arm of L&T), working on tollroad, port, airport, metro rail and real estate projects. For the last 3 years, he has been running a Serious Gaming company that develops business simulations MBA colleges and corporate trainings. He was an elected member of the IITDAA Exec Committe between 2010 and 2013.


Sanjeev Sikka
Sanjeev Sikka
Graduate in Chemical Engineering From IIT Bombay and MS from Rutgers University. He is a Chartered Engineer. He was a founder Director of Sika Interplant Systems Ltd and presently Managing Director of Micronel Global Engineers Pvt Ltd. For over 35 years he has been involved in design, development and realization of critical electro-mechanical equipment for various sectors core industry such as Aviation, Space, Auto, Power. He is member of various professional societies and is instrumental for growth and performance of organizations in the field of Product Development.

Currently involved in Advanced Analytics for BigData Solutions.

Also has interests in F+B outlets with onsite brewery.


Shankar Moni
Shankar Moni
Dr. Shankar Moni leads Xyo in taking the concept of &Technology in Education& to a whole new level, combining 20 years of semiconductor technology leadership experience with a passion for excellence in education.

He has held senior management and engineering positions in several companies, including Nvidia, Microsoft, Cadence, and National Semiconductor. He founded the India Development Center of Nvidia's Mobile Semiconductor Division. He has guided numerous strategic decisions and successfully lead several multi-million dollar projects. His focus on execution and quality have resulted in cutting edge technology products being brought to market.

With 24 US patents and numerous IEEE journal publications in his name, he has lead teams doing pioneering research and developing innovative solutions to challenging industry problems. He holds a BTech (EE) degree from IIT Bombay, and a PhD (EE) from Purdue University.


Shanmugam
Shanmugam
Shanmugam has an M.Tech degree from IIT Madras with specialization in Electronics and Communication.

He worked in Bharath Electronics Ltd, Bangalore for over 20 years in its semiconductor division and was responsible for development, innovation and import substitution of various semiconductor devices used in Commercial and Defence Applications.

One of the devices developed by his team was also chosen for innovation and import substitution award given by Ministry of Defence Production.

He left Bharath Electronics Ltd in 1993 to start his own company FABTEQ which represents some of the BEST material suppliers from Japan, USA and Germany for Semiconductor and Solar industry. He also works with solar cell manufacturers to improve cell efficiency.

He is founder member of IMAP, a microelectronics international forum and Indian semiconductor association.

He is also founder member of Koramangala Club, Bangalore.


Sridhar Ramu
Sridhar Ramu
Graduated from IIT Madras in 1987 (B.Tech) in Chem Engg, Level III candidate in the CFA program and holder of Derivative Certificate from NSE (National stock exchange).

Worked at Infosys during 1988-1996; at Prints Plus (California, USA) during 1996-2003 and was Investor in Equities and Derivatives on the NSE during 2003-2009. Also managed own fund with few HNIs.

2010-2011 - Start up related to Invention capitalism. Provided ideas to Intellectual Ventures.

Since 2012, Consultant to Educational Initiatives - Finalizer for the ASSET tests administrated in 3000 schools.

Has been Treasurer for the IIT Madras Bangalore Chapter, Involved with the NGO Udyam in the scholarship program to provide scholarship to economically weak students.


Srinivasan Sekar
Srinivasan Sekar
Srinivasan Sekar has a B.Tech (Hons) in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur(1984), and an MS in Computer Science from University of Maryland(1987).

He joined National Semiconductor Corp, US in 1987 and returned to India to join CDAC Bangalore in 1990. In 1994, he established R&D lab for Hewlett-Packard India Software Operations. After 17 years with HP in India, Japan and US, he quit to found a "Green Living Solutions" company in 2013.

He has several innovations both in IT and in Green Living - patent filed in HP for storage virtualization; designing and commissioning India's first sewage-to-potability plant to provide self-sufficiency in water for homes; designing and commissioning solar power, rainwater harvesting, waste water and sewage processing plants for homes.

Sekar, an active water expert and is currently CEO, TerraCura Solutions, providing Green Living solutions in Solar, Wind, Water and Waste Water Management to communities, individuals and industry.


Srinivasan Suryanarayan
Srinivasan Suryanarayan
Professor at IIT Bombay with specialisation in Structural Mechanics, Aeroelasticity, Nonlinear Dynamics.


Sujit Kumar
Sujit Kumar
Sujit has more than 19 years of broad and diverse background in IT industry in Higher Education space. Started his career in 1994 with Infosys and founded CL Infotech Pvt. Ltd in 1998. Since then he has lead the company, catering to the higher education segment in India and abroad. Under his leadership, the company has developed Industry Aligned B. Tech. program in partnership with IT Leaders to bridge the gap between Academia and Industry.

To bring in quality education, he has formed alliance with Industry, Government bodies and Educational Institutes to implement these Programs for thousands of students. Presently he is part of Joint Course Committee and on the Advisory board of various Universities.

Sujit did his B. Tech in 1992 from IIT Kanpur and is active at various Alumni platforms. Presently he is Vice-President of IIT Kanpur Alumni Association Bangalore Chapter and Founder Joint Secretary of IIT Alumni Center Bangalore.


Susheela Venkataraman
Susheela Venkataraman
Principal Director, Office of Information Systems and Technology at Asian Development Bank. Past assignments include Cisco, IBM, PwC, Coopers & Lybrand.

IIT Delhi, BITS Pilani and FMS Delhi Alumnus.


Thiyagarajan M
Thiyagarajan M
Thiyagarajan M is an Electronics Engineering Graduate from RECT Trichy and M.Tech from IIT Madras. He worked with Hewlett-Packard in various positions from Systems to Sales in many locations in India.

Started own business Alpha-Imager Pvt Limited in 1987 to develop Electronics for Defence and Public Sector and still continue to provide advanced navigational and communication systems and solutions for aircraft and other demanding applications.

Started Visionics India Pvt Limited in 1995 to develop Electronics Design software EDWIN as JV with Norlinvest of Sweden and today EDWin is a world wide recognised software for circuit simulation and development.

Nuline Technologies established in 1997, addresses manufacturing needs of test systems for automotive applications. These systems are exported worldwide for customers like Bosch. Nuline delivers LCD display modules for millions of 2/4 wheelers produced by all leading auto makers in India.
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