The Data Differential

    September 24 – 25, 2011, Bangalore








Shalini Urs
Prof. Shalini R Urs
Executive Director
ISIM, Mysore


Prof. Shalini Urs conceptualized and founded the autonomous ISIM institute (International School of Information Management) at the University of Mysore, with munificent grants from the Ford Foundation in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, University of Michigan in USA and Dalhousie University in Canada.

She has also spearheaded the digital library movement in India, through her globally recognised project Vidyanidhi Digital Library project.

She has been a Fulbright scholar, recipient of NDLTD–Adobe Leadership award, Emerald Research Fund Award, and Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer – 2010 from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and others. She has served as an UNESCO expert on several occassions. Travelled widely and invited to speak at many international conferences and workshops, she is internationally recognised in the world of digital libraries.

The InfoVision summit series was initiated by Shalini Urs in 2005.


Vijay Anand
Mr. Vijay Anand
Vice President and MD
Intuit India


Mr. Vijay Anand is responsible for formulating the vision and strategy for IDC to become one of Intuit’s premier development centers worldwide.

Prior to Intuit, Vijay Anand was a leader in the enterprise software industry having led successful product teams and engineering centers for Oracle and Sun Microsystems in India and the US. He is a member of several industry and technical organizations including TiE and NASSCOM and the Association of Computing Machinery in the US. Prior to his move to India, Anand was based in the US for over 14 years that included engineering leadership roles at iPlanet, and earlier as a technical leader at IBM.

Anand, a regular featured speaker at conferences has masters degrees from the University of Arizona in Computer Science and from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Mechanical Engineering.


K. R. Sanjiv
Mr. K R Sanjiv
Sr. Vice President
Analytics & Information Management Services
Wipro Technologies



Mr. K R Sanjiv is the Global Head and Senior Vice President for Analytics & Information Management business unit. He carries P&L responsibility, strategy and operations of this unit globally reporting to CEO.

Sanjiv has over 20 years of enterprise IT and security experience, including consulting, application and technology development that spans multiple industry segments and diverse technology areas.

Since joining Wipro in 1989, Sanjiv has been involved in defining enterprise architectures for organizations that included technical models, transformation program definitions and governance models. Prior to Wipro, Sanjiv worked for three years as a software engineer at DCM Data Products. Sanjiv has spoken at leading CXO summits, industry and academic conferences on varied topics related to Business Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.



Mr. Girish Venkatachaliah
Information Management & Business Analytics



Mr. Girish Venkatachaliah is the Director of Engineering at IBM(India Software Labs). He heads the India product development for the Information Management & Business Analytics portfolio of offerings which encompasses products branded Cognos, InfoSphere, SPSS, Filenet, DB2 and more.

During the decade and half career with IBM, he has served in a variety of roles including Strategy, Technical alliances, ISV management, Server release Management, and as a developer. Girish has multiple patent-pending disclosures and published works in top rated conferences like VLDB and ICDE.

Girish graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics. He also has a Masters in Engineering Management, and a Masters in Computer Science. Further, he has an MBA from the prestigious dual degree program of University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University, New York.


Mr. Zeeshan Rashid
Core Member
Risk Management Practice





Mr. Zeeshan Rashid is an experienced banker with specialization in Trading in Fixed Income, FX, Derivatives, Structured Products and Risk Management. He has rich experience in working with large banks in Risk Management and has authored papers in the area of Market Risk and Liquidity Risk. As a  core member of the Risk Management Practice at Tata Consultancy Services, he works on various thought leadership initiatives and designs  frameworks in the  emerging areas of risk management aligned to the latest trends in the market.


Mr. Jayaraman A N
Risk Management Practice




Mr. Jayaraman A N is a well experienced banker with 16 years of experience in banking and he has been with TCS for the past 10 years.  As head of TCS risk management practice he has been actively involved and directed several risk management implementations in various global banks across different geographies.  He has been instrumental in evolving state of the art risk management solution frameworks to support Basel II implementations.  


Ajay Kelker
Mr. Ajay Kelkar
Co-founder and COO of Hansa Cequity




Mr. Ajay — co founder and COO of Hansa Cequity (Customer is equity). He has over 20 years of experience in customer-driven marketing across a wide range of industries like Soft goods, Banking & Financial services & Retail. He has had exposure to a wide variety of organisations such as Procter & Gamble, Britannia, Marico, Shopper' Stop & HDFC bank. As head of marketing for HDFC Bank, he led their marketing team on a pioneering path of data-led marketing & analytics. These pioneering initiatives at HDFC bank led to the bank's nomination amongst the Global top 3 for Unica's global success awards and Financial Insights (an IDC group company) selected HDFC bank as amongst the top CRM practitioners in Asia.

Prior to Banking Ajay was Head of marketing at Shoppers Stop, India's largest Department store chain where he ran what is arguably India's finest Loyalty program the First citizen's club.

Ajay holds a Chemical engineering degree from UDCT Mumbai and an MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).


Sathya Karthik Mr. Sathya Karthik
CEO, ABIBA Systems




Mr. Sathya Karthik is the managing director and CEO of ABIBA Systems. As a management professional, he has handled a variety of leadership roles in telecom, services and technology companies. Sathya Karthik has a masters in business administration and over 15 years of experience primarily in the telecom and technology sectors.

He has managed operational and leadership roles across the telecom domain ranging from finance, revenue management, sales and customer service operations. He has consulted and delivered process and technology outsourcing propositions for Fortune 500 global telecom companies. As Head of Revenue Management with Spice Telecom, he has achieved some of the least revenue leakages and low customer churn percentages in the Indian Telecom Industry.

Sathya’s responsibilities with ABIBA Systems include Corporate Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Alliances, Telecom domain consulting, Client Engagement and Finance.


Arnab Chakraborty
Mr. Arnab Chakraborty
Director – Global Analytics
Hewlett-Packard Company



Mr. Arnab Chakraborty is the Director - Global Analytics at Hewlett-Packard and is responsible for partnering with senior executive leadership teams within HP and drives the deployment of analytics solutions across sales, marketing and supply chain domains to HP’s business groups across the Americas, EMEA and APJ regions. Arnab is responsible for developing the Analytics strategy, talent development and financial management for his organization and leads over 500+ senior analytics practitioners.

Prior to joining HP, Arnab has over 14 years of experience in Management Consulting and Business analytics. Arnab has held leadership positions at GE Capital, KPMG Consulting and Wipro Technologies. Arnab holds an MBA from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, India. Arnab is a regular speaker at various international conferences and contributes thought leadership articles on business analytics in various journals.



Ms. Susheela Venkataraman
MD - Deloitte Consulting India
Managing Director,
Internet Business Solutions, Cisco


Panel Moderator


Ms. Susheela Venkataraman is Managing Director, Internet Business Solutions, Cisco, responsible for strategy consulting for key clients of Cisco to help them improve business performance through the strategic adoption of technology.

In about 25 years of consulting experience, Susheela has worked with clients in several industries and government, in areas ranging from strategy through to implementation. Prior to Cisco, Susheela was Partner at Coopers & Lybrand / PricewaterhouseCoopers/ IBM. She led several large-scale enterprise transformation engagements with her clients.

Susheela holds a Master of Science in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. She is working on her doctoral thesis on “the global strategies of emerging Indian multinationals”.

Susheela is a Carnatic music vocalist and maintains a deep interest in photography, painting and spirituality. She is involved in several projects for community and society, is a Trustee of SGBS Trust and a Rotarian.



Mr. Chandu Makkavalli
Director at Deloitte Consulting India





Mr. Chandu Mukkavalli is a Director at Deloitte Consulting India. Chandu has more than 14 years of IT experience, with a primary focus on information management, data management, business intelligence, and data warehousing within Life Sciences. Chandu has developed and led the business intelligence / data warehousing practice at large consulting organizations.


Chirag Buch
Mr. Chirag Buch
Chief Executive Officer – India Direct & Head – Human Resources
Bharti AXA General Insurance Co. Ltd.




Mr. Chirag Buch has over 17 years of varied experience in Finance, Operations and setting up and running a business. He is responsible for setting up the direct business unit with specific focus on managing the project plan to facilitate the launch, set up of the operations and claims unit, co-ordination of customisation of the Direct Asian platform in conjunction with TCS and set up of the overall ‘Direct’ organisation structure. Very recently he has taken over as Head of the Human Resources function.

Prior to this Chirag was the Chief Executive Officer of AXA Business Services Pvt. Ltd. Chirag joined AXA BS as Director Operations and got promoted as CEO for the business in Feb 2007. Before joining AXA Chirag was Head of Operations at World Network Services (A British Airways BPO Centre).

Chirag is a Chartered Accountant and an Advanced Management Program graduate from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.



Raghupathi C. N.
Mr. Raghupathi C N
Head, India Business, Infosys




Mr. Raghupathi has close to 26 years of experience spanning various industries. Presently Raghu heads the India business for Infosys. He is responsible for strategy, client acquisition, project delivery and ultimately the P&L for India for Infosys. A part of the start-up team for the India business unit, Raghu has built up a considerable traction in Energy, Utilities & Manufacturing which he used this to head.

Prior to this Raghu spent considerable time in the US where he was a part of the leadership team that built the Enterprise Solutions practice. As head of operations of projects and manufacturing, Raghu has considerable experience in managing challenging businesses.He is a member of the standards committee of Bureau of Industrial Standards for the standards for “Smart Grids”. He is also a part of many Government committee’s on Energy & Sustainability. Raghu is a visiting faculty at a few Universities. He has a post graduate degree in engineering from IIT.


Raghavendra Rao

Mr. Raghavendra Hulgeri
Global Risk Management (GRM) function at Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd



Mr. Raghavendra Rao has 15 years of experience in Information Technology in the areas of Project and Risk management, Software Engineering and Process Management, Software, Quality management, IT Service Management, Customer relationship (VOC), Business process reengineering, Business strategy and Information System Audit. His experience includes institutionalizing standards, policies and Project Healthcheck reviews of Product implementations for global clients, auditing of various business practices (such as sales / pre-sales, Delivery, IT infrastructure, Admin, HR, Training, Financial controls, PMO, etc) of IT/ IT enables services /BPO organization. Apart from the above has 15 years of experience in the Banking and Financial industry (Retail and Corporate). Rao is heading Global Risk Management (GRM) function at Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd.

Mr. Rao has served in senior positions in various IT organizations such as Polaris, Amsoft, Netkraft and he was instrumental in the development, deployment and institutionalization of standards, processes and guidelines (Quality Systems) through implementation of proven models and frameworks such as ISO-9000, CMMI, 6 Sigma, etc.. Currently is one of the members of the Professional Standards Committee of ISACA and also India Growth Task Force- ISACA.



Radha Krishna
Mr. Radha Krishna S
Enterprise Architect and Program Manager,
Channel and Retail Supply Chain, Intel




Mr.Radha Krishna S has Twenty years of combined industry and consulting experience. He is currently with Intel as Enterprise Architect and Program Manager, Channel and Retail Supply Chain Management.

He comes with rich mix of international (U.S.) and domestic experience with MNCs, ODMs and LOEMs Fortune500 (IBM/PwC, Hitachi, HP, Cisco, Intel), His focus areas include Supply Chain Strategy, IT, Research and Enterprise Architecture. He has been previously with Bharat Electronics (Sr. Engineer), PwC (Principal Consultant), IBM as Sr. Engineer managing Total Order Management.

He is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering (OR), MBA (SCM), CSCP, CFPIM (One out of only 3 APICS Fellows in India). He is Pursuing external Fellow Program (Doctoral work) in SCM from National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) on topic ‘’ Competitive Advantages through Outsourced Logistics: Study on role of 3PL Service Providers as a critical link in SCM’’ with reference to India market.


Radha Krishna
Consulting & System Integration
Infosys (India)




Vivek is the Head of Consulting & System Integration (C&SI) for Infosys in India Market. He also heads global Management Consulting team at Infosys in India. He brings insights from two decades of experience around the world. He has conceptualised, developed and implemented successful Business-IT solutions including multiple large transformational programmes. He has been the lead author of the transformation roadmap and IT Task Force reports for Indian power distribution under Nandan Nilekani. He is passionate about synergy of strategy and technology in businesses and advocates management practices that leverage global learning.

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Abhinanda Sarkar
Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar
Principal Scientist,
Software & Analytics,
GE John F Welch Technology Center, Bangalore





Mr. Abhinanda Sarkar is currently Principal Scientist, Software Sciences and Analytics, in GE Global Research and is based in the GE John F Welch Technology Center in Bangalore. In this role, Abhinanda works with GE research and engineering teams as they design software and solutions built around data mining, modeling, and optimization.  He is also Manager of the Edison Engineering Development Program for high-potential engineering talent. Earlier in GE, Abhinanda has served a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has led and contributed to services technologies for GE Energy and GE Capital focused mostly on risk management and reliability. In a research career with GE, IBM, and MIT, Abhinanda’s publications and patents have been in applying statistical and probabilistic methods to areas such as wind energy forecasting, bond market analytics, biomedical text mining, content-based image retrieval, wireless network interference, gravitational wave detection, etc. He graduated from the Indian Statistical Institute and Stanford University.


Ramesh Loganathan
Mr. Ramesh Loganathan
VP (Products) & Center Head, Progress Software




Mr. Ramesh presently, Center Head (& Vice President- Products), Progress Software Hyderabad labs, responsible for leading product development at the Hyderabad Development center, and is responsible for providing strategic guidance to all the product teams, scale the product operations, with specific focus on cross-product considerations and Common Technology for the SOA/RPM and Data integration products.

Prior to taking the above position, was VP of Middleware Technologies at Pramati. An accomplished Technologist, has over 20 years product engineering and R&D leadership experience. Regularly speaks at tech workshops and seminars in India. Recently co-authored a book on ‘SOA approach to Integration’, published by Packt Publishers. Also Adjunct Faculty at IIIT-Hyderabad, teaching courses on middleware technologies and research/exploratory work in the area of distributed systems.

Active in industry organizations (NASSCOMM & ITsAP & TiE) driving the product forum and startup events/workshops. Part of the National program team for Nasscom Products conclave and ITsAP Hyderabad Software products showcase.



Dr. Shailesh Kumar
Member of Technical Staff at Google, Hyderabad




Dr. Shailesh Kumar is a Member of Technical Staff at Google, Hyderabad. Prior to joining Google, he has worked as a Principal Dev. Manager at Microsoft (Bing) Hyderabad, Sr. Scientist at Yahoo! Labs Bangalore, and a Principal Scientist at Fair Isaac Research in San Diego, California. Dr. Kumar has over fifteen years of experience in applying and innovating machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, and data mining algorithms to hard prediction problems in a wide variety of domains including information retrieval, web analytics, text mining, computer vision, retail data mining, risk and fraud analytics, and bioinformatics. He has published conference papers, journal papers, and book chapters and holds several patents in these areas. He has also served on the program committees and review committees of several international conferences and journals. Dr. Kumar received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He received his B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 1995.


Jayant Prabhu
Mr. Jayant Prabhu, Wipro
General Manager & Global Practice Head, Information Management, Wipro Technologies




Mr. Jayant Prabhu is Wipro Technologies’ General Manager and Global Practice Head responsible for development of competencies in the areas of big data, data appliances, MDM, enterprise information architecture, data governance, data quality, information lifecycle management, etc. Jayant spearheads solution development in the IM area and provides thought leadership to all IM initiatives. He is also responsible for developing the practice strategy and forward-looking initiatives. He has over 15 years of IT experience including Information Management consultancy, data architecture and implementation road map, BI & IM solutions around leading product suites. Jayant also is one of the founders of the Wipro MDM leadership council and has worked on such initiatives for several marquee customers.

Jayant has also spoken at leading industry forums organized by Gartner, MDM Institute, SAP, IBM and SAS on leading edge topics in the Information, Business Intelligence and Analytics area. He has also co-authored whitepapers in the Information, Business Intelligence and Analytics area.


Jayant Prabhu
Mr. R N Prasad
Head, BI and Analytics and AVP, Education and Research, Infosys




Mr. Prasad is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Bangalore University and has over 27 years of IT industry experience. Prasad has lead cross-funtional teams to deliver large projects to industry majors such as GE, Caterpillar, Bank of America, Prudential Insurance, Moody's Investor Services, Lufthansa, Daimler Chrysler, UNO and so on.

Prasad has worked extensively in business areas such as IT product development management, software brand management, IT Strategy consulting, Enterprise Applications Implementation using technologies such as Data Warehousing, EAI and Enterprise Portals.