Speaker Bio's:  

Vineet Nayar
Vice Chairman & CEO, HCL Technologies
Vineet Nayar is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCLT), a $4 billion global information technology services company and author of the highly acclaimed management book “Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down” (Harvard Business Press, June 2010). He is also an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker who architected the company’s "Employees First, Customers Second" (EFCS) strategy, which transformed HCL’s business, through its inverted organizational structure which has helped create transparency and accountability within the organization and encourage a value-driven culture since its conception in 2005. Under Vineet’s leadership, HCLT has been named “Best Employer” in India and Asia by Hewitt Associates, one of “Britain‟s Top Employers” by the CRF Institute, as well as receiving a “Workforce Management Optimas Award for HR Innovation” in the U.S. In addition to these, Vineet himself has emerged as a global thought leader and has been lauded by governments, business publications and influencers worldwide for his visionary strategy, his ability to create an entrepreneurial culture, and his warm-hearted, straight-talking approach; with his book “Employees First, Customers Second” receiving rich praise from influencers like the late C.K. Prahalad, Tom Peters, Gary Hamel, Ram Charan and Victor Fung.
Naresh Gupta
Sr. VP & MD, Adobe Systems
As senior vice president of the Print and Classic Publishing Business Unit, Naresh Gupta oversees product marketing and development for Adobe’s standalone print, Web publishing and e-learning tools such as Adobe PostScript, Macromedia Contribute and Macromedia Captivate software. Gupta is also managing director of Adobe’s India research and development center. He established Adobe’s Noida campus in 1997, and he later integrated a second campus of operation in Bangalore through Adobe’s 2005 acquisition of Macromedia, Inc. Under Gupta’s leadership, the India operation has grown to be Adobe’s largest R&D center outside the United States, providing a valuable hub for product innovation and filing for numerous technology patents.
Jaswinder Ahuja
Corporate VP & MD, Cadence
Jaswinder S. Ahuja is a Corporate Vice President and the Managing Director of Cadence Design Systems in India with over 20 years of experience. He heads Cadence’s India Field Operations (including sales, marketing and technical customer support functions) and the India Operating Region. Under his leadership the India center has grown from an R&D site of around 120 to a corporate resource center of over 1000 employees across R&D, Corporate IT support, Global Customer Care and Field Operations. Jaswinder serves on the board of advisors of FirstRain, Inc. and Zafesoft, Inc. He has been an active member of the India Semiconductor Association, serving as Chairman in 2007-08 and on the Executive Council for several years.
Mohit Parasher
Executive Director & CEO, Beetel Teletech
Mohit joins Beetel Teletech with over 20 years of extensive global experience in the Consumer Electronics Industry, almost all of it with Sony in 7 assignments based out of 6 different countries in Europe, Asia and Middle East. During his tenure at Sony, he has managed and led various assignments at multiple locations. As Senior Vice President and Member of the Board, he was instrumental in turning around the consumer business in Europe most notably the retail and e-Commerce business.
Manisha Sood
Country Manager & Director, India & SAARC , SanDisk Corporation
Manisha Sood is the Country Manager and Director for SanDisk India and SAARC. At SanDisk, Manisha is responsible for establishing the sales and marketing infrastructure within India. She also oversees the sales of Memory Cards and USB products through leveraged distribution channels and a sales coverage model covering the major cities and markets across India. Manisha is also responsible for establishing SanDisk as the consumer brand for mobile and digital devices memory cards in India. Manisha has over 24 years of industry experience. Prior to SanDisk, Manisha worked with Kodak India Ltd. as General Manager, Digital Capture and Home Printing for 10 years and with Modi Olivetti as Business Manager. Manisha has received the ‘Top 10 most influential people in photography award’ four times in a row for her incessant contribution to the Indian imaging sector. Manisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bombay University and a Diploma in Computer Science from IITC Mumbai.
Jagdish Mitra
CEO, CanvasM
Jagdish is the CEO of CanvasM with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of business development and marketing in the global information services market. CanvasM is a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra that is a one-stop-shop for all Value-Added Services (VAS) and mobility solutions. Prior to CanvasM, he was actively involved in building several strategic business relationships with key accounts for Tech Mahindra worldwide. Under his leadership, CanvasM has been awarded the “Best Start-Up Company” at the Mobile Content Awards 2008 held in London from a list of over 150 entries in various categories from companies across the globe.
Ajay Shukla
VP & MD, McGraw-Hill Education
Ajay is the Vice President and Managing Director, McGraw-Hill Education, India. In his previous assignment as Managing Director for Tata McGraw-Hill Education in India, Ajay led the operation to consistent and profitable growth in the past five years. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded McGraw-Hill Companies’ highest individual honor – the Excellence in Leadership Award 2008 for achieving extraordinary growth in India. With around 20 years of experience, Ajay came to McGraw-Hill from Reader’s Digest, where he was the head of the Indian Edition business and was recognized by the Indian media and advertising industry as the Best Media Marketer of the Year 2005.
Nikhil Arora
VP & MD, Intuit
Nikhil Arora is responsible for charting the strategic course of Intuit in India as the company continues to focus on building its business in the country. He brings more than 18 years of relevant experience to his role as Managing Director of Intuit India - experience that spans corporate strategy, business development, sales and marketing, finance and operations. His global experience is linked to a solid track record of managing and scaling up operations in Russia, India and other low cost locations. Prior to Intuit,He served as the VP and Head of Operations at Laureate Education, a $2B+ education company with a network of innovative higher education institutions in 28 countries.
Subrotah Biswas
Country Manager - India & South-West Asia, Logitech
Subrotah has 17+ years experience in IT. Before joining Logitech, he was heading the IT-Voume Business in Samsung, as DGM-IT. Prior to that, he was the ‘Hi-End AV Product Head’ and led Samsung’s launch of LCD/PDP TVs and Homes Theatre Systems. He also has a start-up experience in the online solutions domain (‘Zed-Axis Technologies)’, where he designed growth strategies and within three years the business grew manifolds; and also expanded from Delhi to Mumbai and Dubai.
Dhruv Shringi
CEO & Co-Founder, Yatra Online
Dhruv, with over 16 years of experience, has lead Yatra.com to grow from a 3 member organization to a 1,400 people strong organization - thus making Yatra.com the leading travel brand in the country. In 2011, he was listed by Fortune magazine amongst the top 40 CEO’s in India and he currently also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India. His most recent role prior to Yatra.com was as Director Group Operations and Technology of the Ebookers Group in London. Prior to his stint at Ebookers, he worked with Ford Motor Company in their Business Strategy team based in London, where he was part of the European Business Turnaround team. He also has significant work experience in India having spent over 6 years with Arthur Andersen based in their office in Delhi.
Sameer Maheshwary
Sr VP, GE Capital India
Sameer is the Senior Vice President at GE Capital India with an experience of over 16 years. In the past, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific at GE Real Estate International. Prior to this, Sameer was the CFO of GE Commercial Finance, Japan. He has also spent two years with GE Corporate Financial Services in the US as the Global FP&A Manager. He has also worked with Capital Solutions in the US as the MF of the Diversified Vendor Finance business along with a four year experience on Corporate Audit Staff.
Sriram Iyer
Director- Wealth Management, Religare Macquarie Private Wealth
Sriram has over 17 years of experience in the Financial Services industry spread across NBFCs and Banks. In his immediate prior assignment, he was the Regional Consumer Banking Head for ABN AMRO Bank (now RBS) for the South and East India. He has managed large teams across various functions and carries an in-depth understanding of the Financial Services Industry across Wealth Management, Loans and Banking products.