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sanjay-nayakSanjay Nayak (Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Tejas Networks) is a technologist with over 27 years of industry experience in India as well as the USA. Sanjay is well regarded as a thought leader in the Indian telecom and electronics industry and is sought after for his views on innovation and entrepreneurship. Sanjay co-founded Tejas Networks Ltd in the year 2000, in Bangalore, at a time when product companies were unheard of in India. Under Sanjay’s leadership Tejas Networks not only became a leader in optical networking in India but also among the top ten global equipment vendors in the optical aggregation segment. Sanjay inculcated a culture of innovation and excellence within the company and led the team which proved that it was possible to build world class products out of India. Today, Tejas is clearly considered amongst the top R&D and IPR driven company in India, and has the distinction of over 160 patents filed and customer success in over 60 countries.

Over the last few years, Sanjay has made outstanding contributions to the development of the indigenous Electronics Industry in India. He worked with several stakeholders in the government, policy makers, industry associations and academia to create the awareness, importance as well as the opportunity that India has in the entire ESDM (Electronic System Design & Manufacturing) sector.

Sanjay serves on the Telecom Export Promotion Council, is a member of many Government committees (of DOT and DEITY), is a member of the CII National Committee on ICTE as well as Defence, a member of Karnataka ICT Group-2020 and is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Sanjay has M.S. degree in ECE from North Carolina State University and B.S (E&C Engg) from Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, where he was the Gold Medalist of his graduating class.

Mr. R. K. Pathak (Director Telecom Centre of Excellence (TCOE), India, Deputy Director General (International Cooperation) at Department of Telecommunications) , a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree and Master in Power Electronics, with more than 28 years of experience, is instrumental in promoting R&D, manufacturing and exports of telecom equipment and services.

Telecom Centers of Excellence India (TCOE India), a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, are established at 08 premier academic institutes of the country with the objective of creating an ecosystem for a sustained, high rate of growth of Telecom in the country. TCOEs created a platform for Government, Industry & Academia to come together and work in synergistic manner to position India as a global Telecom Leader in terms of Innovation, New Technologies, IPR Generation leading to global standards, Policy Advocacy and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Uri Weinheber, CEO and Partner at thetime, is leading innovative ventures for two decades,in various positions: founder, CEO, board member and investor, at: LabOne, Traffix (Acquired by F5), Scitex 
(Acquired by Creo/Kodak), VirtualSelf (Acquired by TDNet), Pitango Multimedia (a Scitex Company) and 

many others.

thetime is an investment company focusing on young innovative technology startups in the areas of Telecom, Internet, Media and Entertainment (T.I.M.E.). 

thetime shareholders include Ilan Shiloach, Nir Tarlovski, Uri Weinheber, Ofer Druker, Iris Beck, Udi Pridan, ShiraMargalit and others. We invest in a new generation of companies, developing digitall products or services that can be distributed through digital channels or over the web.

thetime partners include McCann Erickson, the world’s largest and most globally experienced advertising agency network, and AdsMarket, one of the largest International Performance-Based marketing companies, operating all over the world. 

 

Shivendra Singh is a Vice President & Head of Global Trade Development at NASSCOM. Heading the Global Trade Development Department at NASSCOM and responsible for global positioning of NASSCOM and industry and work towards increasing the Indian Industry export revenue, currently valued at nearly USD 100 bn. Primary role is to Develop, Direct, Strategize and implement all NASSCOM international efforts regarding Policy advocacy and Government relations, Market development, Communication and Outreach activities. The Policy advocacy and Government affairs part includes Research to evaluation – emerging legislative and regulatory issues that may impact the industry and making appropriate recommendations/action plan to address industry issues in key focus markets by working closely with various stakeholders.Strong focus on the US market and regularly travel to engage with various stakeholders. Closely engaged with GOI and various departments. On the Market development side, focus on identifying business opportunities in developed, emerging and strategic markets globally and implementing a plan to access business opportunities in target markets for member companies. On the outreach side, role entails maintaining relationship with Governments overseas,Think tanks, Analysts, Embassies, Indian Missions overseas, partner organisation and country specific stakeholders. Managing inward and outward delegations from companies and visiting dignitaries.

Shirish Purohit, Head of Sales, Marketing and Support : An alumni of IIT, Madras,Shirish comes with a strong sales as well as general management experience in telecom domain. Shirish was Co-founder and CEO of Midas Communication since 1994 and was instrumental in establishing Midas as a highly credible product company from India, with focus on broadband access technologies for wireless as well as wireline.

Shirish has been currently concentrating on widening Tejas’ market presence in new emerging markets like Africa, Central and South Americas. Shirish leads a team of highly motivated International Sales team.

Mr. M Soundarakumar, Director, CDOT, Bangalore-India, has been graduated from MIT Madras in 1983.  And he also did Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management from AIMA, New Delhi.  He joined Engineers India Ltd, a premier R & D in New Delhi, India in 1983 and was responsible for establishing Digital Electronic Control Systems and Instrumentation in India upto 30th June 1986.  He joined CDOT in July 1986 as Research Engineer and rose upto the highest position as Board Member in 2014.  His major contributions in CDOT are established Transfer of Technology and Production process in CDOT and established more than 40 manufacturers for productionisation of CDOT products.  He has worked in the area of design development, deployment and transfer of technology, Vendor development and also providing end-to-end solutions to various customers, specifically, Department of Telecommunication, BSNL, MTNL and Defense Networks. As Chief of Business Units, he has interfaced with various countries for the Business Development activities of CDOT products.  He also developed more than 70 indigenous manufacturers like ITI, BEL, ECIL, IL, HFCL, HTL, Indchem, and UTL. Mr.Soundar also developed more than two thousand vendors to support CDOT Technology and Mass propagation in Telecommunication arena.  More than two third of the Indian network CDOT products are manufactured, deployed and supported solely by his contributions and directions.  More than 32000 exchanges are still working without any issues and supported these exchanges in the field beyond the life time of the products.

In 2007, he had been employed by City of London Telecom, United Kingdom as Director-Technology, to establish Development centre in India by utilizing his expertise on the Telecom Technology and Transfer of Technology.  He has also groomed thousands of Telecom professionals in the area Software Developments, Hard ware Developments, System Integration and testing, Manufacturing and deployment and extending the technical support to the Customers.  After contributing in the International arena, in November 2014, he joined back CDOT as a Board Member.  Responsible for Design, Development and Deployment of cutting edge technologies to the Indian Strategic networks like security, defense and projects of Ministry of Home Affairs.  As a whole, Mr. Soundarakumar has more than 33 years of rich experience in Electronics, Telecommunications, and Network and travelled to more than 15 countries to establish Business Development activities.

Mr. Rajesh Tuli is the Managing Director of Coral Telecom which is the leading Indian communication solutions provider with significant focus on the defense and next generation communications space and is primarily engaged in designing, developing & re-engineering of IP, GSM, FMC and Digital switching solutions for enterprise requirements. Under Mr. Tuli’s leadership, CTL has developed associated embedded and application softwares to provide a unified communication platform for the modern day IP centric Organizations facilitating Screen sharing, File or Data transfer for enterprise wide collaborative work culture.

Mr. Tuli and his team has diverse experience in the fields of telecommunication, convergence technology, software, hardware, application development, project management & are an ideal provider of solutions across value chains by developing several mobile E governance applications, managed from hand held devices that are seamlessly integrated with telecom networks to offer solutions like E- Challan for traffic offences, Virtual police stations, Municipal tax collection modules, Integrated voice response systems, Billing & ERP solutions for small mid-size telecom service providers.

CTL under Mr. Tuli has many innovated products specially designed and ruggedized for the Indian & Other Defense & Para-Military Establishments; and their solutions provide seamless communication across various telecom protocols & devices with a common switching matrix. These can switch not only FXO, FXS, PRI, E1 & IP but can also seamlessly switch GSM devices.

Mr. Bhatnagar with 39+ years Telecom experience including 11 years with two Telecom Regulators as Advisor on Techno-Regulatory issues (6 years with Indian Telecom Regulator TRAI [2000-2006] and 5 years with TRA, Sultanate of Oman [2007-2012]) is one of the best Telecom Regulatory expert at International level. More than 7 years were spent by him as International expert outside his home country. At present, Mr. Bhatnagar is functioning as Director General, Telecom Equipment & Service Export Promotion Council (TEPC) in India and is leading the TEPC event in Kenya. ITU has identified him as e-Health Expert to liaise with the ITU‐D Study Groups on the e‐health study Question 2/2 in honorary capacity.

In this capacity, 5 Case Studies/ country experiences as below have been finalized and sent for ITU-D meeting in September 2015. These include e-Health Case Study from India : Pan-African e-Network for Tele-education & Tele-medicine, SAARC TELE-MEDICINE PROJECT : e-Health Case Study from India, Long Duration of Mobile Phone Usage and Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, Summary Analysis of WHO 2012 Survey on Risk Management Policies regarding EMF and M2M Enablement in Remote Health Management : Technical Report from TEC, India. He is Member of TSDSI Working Groups on 5G Technologies and M2M- Internet of Things. He is Chairman, ITU-T SG of ITU-APT Foundation of India in honorary capacity.

His proposals on Telecom Regulatory Training are with ITU for Asia & Africa Regions and Pacific Telecom Council covering modules on Telecom Regulatory overview, Competition and Price, Authorization of Services, Universal Access and Service, Radio Spectrum Management, Legal and Institutional Framework and New Technologies and Impacts on Regulation. His proposals with some of the Regulators were on setting up of IXPs, Type Approval Procedures, National Numbering Plans, Spectrum pricing. EMF Radiation, Rural Telecom and Focus Group on Smart Water Management/ Smart cities, Technical Issues of LTE, Radio Interfaces for IMT Advanced and Spectrum Policy and Regulatory Issues for 4G and beyond are some of the issues addressed by Mr. Bhatnagar at International level through his papers in last 2 years. As Advisor (Technology), DoT, India he addressed issues relating Network & New Technology, Development of new unified Licensing regime based on shared active/ passive network elements and spectrum sharing), Universal Service Studies, Cyber and Network Security Issues, Broadband Studies, National Telecom Standards, Type Approval, Interface Approval & Service Approval, Training, R&D (CDOT, Telecom Centre of Excellence), Policy (National Telecom Policy 2012 implementation), IPV6 & M2M implementation, Spectrum Pricing (Auction, Administrative Allocation), Spectrum Planning, EMF Case Studies at ITU, EMF Radiation compliance, Rural Telecom and Green Telecom Networks (USO Project), Policy on Indigenous Manufacturing, Green Telecom, and EMF Precautionary Approach Study at WHO. As ITU Telecom Expert, he worked in China (2 times), Mongolia (2 times), Vietnam (2 times), Cambodia, Ghana and Bangladesh.

On a World Bank Project, he developed the National Numbering Plan of FIJI. He was Chairman of ITU Project Group on Interconnection and provided honorary support to ITU for Regulatory Tool Kit. He has made many active contributions for ITU-T, ITU-D and ITU-R activities. He is empaneled with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in their Roster of International Telecom Regulatory Experts with Expert ID No 01438 covering Telecom Regulatory fields of Broadband, Competition Policy, Convergence, Enforcement/ Dispute resolution, Interconnection, International Gateway Liberalization, Licensing/ Authorization, Market Dominance, Mergers, Unfair Competition, Naming, Numbering and Addressing, Quality of Service, Tariffs, Unbundling, Universal Access/ Service. Network Planning Software developed by him two decades back on Computer Aided Network Planning for RAS/86/165 Inter-country Project as ITU Expert at Beijing University of Posts and Telecom was distributed in 23 countries of Asia & Pacific Region after successful field trial on Master Plan formulation for Mongolia and Vietnam. Same Software was subsequently used for Master Plan formulation on ITU missions to Ghana and Cambodia. His original concept of ‘Interconnect Exchange’ at APT & ITU level has led to establishment of more than 450 IXPs across the world in 150+ countries.

Avin Agarwal (Experience 10+ years) and medical electronics have shared a strong bond since the time he graduated in engineering from VTU, Bangalore. Over the years his passion for the subject has only grown stronger and he brings that hands-on knowledge and understanding to his role of co-founder and COO of uber Diagnostics. He has worked in the Netherlands but the call of making a mark in his chosen field was too strong for him. He returned to India and dived straight into the excitement of the medical electronics world.

Avin has received a grant from the prestigious Gates Foundation for diagnostic research and holds a patent. He is a strong believer in preventive healthcare and in the immense benefits that it offers.

 

Swati Rangachari, Chief Of Corporate Affairs joined Sterlite Technologies Limited in March, 2016. Prior to joining Sterlite, Swati was Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Visa India & South Asia, and Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ericsson India. She also worked extensively for The Boeing International India Private Limited.

Rangachari has a deep understanding of public policy and industry relations that will drive synergies with the Government’s vision of a developed nation, and support sustained growth of the Broadband Infrastructure Industry. Based in Delhi NCR, Swati is a member of Sterlite’s Executive Council, and will lead government affairs related to public policy, industry strategy and engagement.

She comes with over 20 years of experience in government and industry relations, communications and brand visibility in high-intensity growth markets. She has held leadership positions in Telecom, Financial Services, Aerospace and IT sectors. On the academic front, she holds a Masters in International Management from Fore School of Management and an executive programme from Boston University. She believes that Policy around high-speed broadband connectivity is poised to create historic value in the lives and lifestyles of citizens. She also vouches forSterlite’s commitment, that it wouldrealise Government’s programmes,which will in turn have a multiplier effect on the industries and an over-all social growth.

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Charles Murito is Google’s Country Manager, Kenya & Telco Strategic Partnerships Lead, Africa .

He joined Google from his role as Acting MD & Chief Commercial Officer, Programming at Wananchi Group (Zuku) and previously held positions as Director, Business Development & Strategy, Middle East & Africa for Turner Broadcasting Ltd; based in London, he was responsible for developing and articulating the business development strategy of the company in Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to Turner Broadcasting, Charles also spent time working for Warner Bros. in the US & UK as well as MTV Networks Africa.

He holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London, UK Avin has received a grant from the prestigious Gates Foundation for diagnostic research and holds a patent. He is a strong believer in preventive healthcare and in the immense benefits that it offers.

 

Ashvanni Srivastava is Founder and CEO of Synergie Group, a management consulting and business solutions company partnering SME and larger enterprises, not-for-profit and public agencies in Indian sub-continent, Sri Lanka, SE Asia, UAE and UK.

Ashvanni is an enterprising leader with a passion for innovation and customer centricity, with over 28 years of high performance track record across large corporate and entrepreneurial assignments across India, US, UK and SE Asia.

Previously the President of Strategic Initiatives and Board Director across multiple business units for strategy and execution at Apollo Hospitals Group, US$ 800 million Healthcare Enterprise, he has over a decade of pioneering innovation and globally recognized work in healthcare across Healthcare IT, Digital health, strategy, healthcare networks, business transformation and international expansion.

Ashvanni was invited for nomination to E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 in the Healthcare innovation category in India for Health Hiway, the first ‘Health Information Network’ in India connecting hospitals, doctor practices, multiple TPAs and insurance companies.

He is also an independent Board Director in technology and digital healthcare start-ups and associated with Government and public health agencies, healthcare providers and private equity across South and SE Asia, India and UAE.

Ashvanni is an acknowledged thought Leader and active speaker in international events in Healthcare IT, e-Health and Digital Healthcare and Patient Centricity. He is a passionate Healthcare IT proponent and works with the industry, government, public agencies and business leaders in India, APAC & MEA region for promoting the adoption of ICT in healthcare.

Ashvanni has Executive Management Certification from The Wharton School of Business and PG in International Management from IMI (in collaboration with IMD, Lausanne).