Ramesh Loganathan, MD, (and VP-Products), Progress Software India
Starting his career way back in 1990 Loganathan has worked with WTI, Informex, Pramati, and also as a multi TR consultant in the U.S. Prior to Progress, he was responsible for driving the entire product development lifecycle at Pramati. There, he also accomplished the setting up of the technology consulting division from scratch. At Progress, he will steer the complete product development work from the company's development center.
Outside work, his time is spent in teaching and mentoring students. Loganathan is an adjunct faculty at the IIT, Hyderabad, and actively works with BarCamps and Hysea where he promotes student entrepreneurship. Post his IT career he sees himself working as a full time faculty at a University. As an avid reader, he cherishes fictions from his favorite authors Lee Child, Arthur Hailey, and Dan Brown.
Umberto Milletti, CEO and Cofounder
Umberto Milletti is the cofounder and CEO of InsideView, the pioneering business search & intelligence service. Umberto has been a thought leader in the convergence of technology and content for the last 10 years. In the mid-90s he helped create a new way of learning, now called e-learning, where relevant instructions is delivered to students over the Internet. Beginning in 1996, as an executive and co-founder of DigitalThink, he also designed and built one of the first multi-tenant Software-As-A-Service platforms to deliver and track learning for millions of adult students each year. Umberto helped lead DigitalThink to a successful IPO, growing annual revenues to $60 million, and ultimately to its sale to Convergys in 2004.
Even when he's not busy changing the world, you are likely to find Umberto moving quickly, either on a race track where he competes in auto racing, or on a bicycle racing up a hill, or playing sports with his two boys. Umberto holds a B.S., summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley.
Sateesh Andra,Venture Partner,DFJ India.
Sateesh Andra is a Venture Partner with DFJ India. He is currently on the board of directors at MetroMela, mGinger and Pressmart, and is a board observer for Cleartrip. With hands-on start-up experience and in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of VC funding, he has effectively leveraged India to create technology products for global markets.
Sateesh started his Silicon Valley career in the early nineties and has extensive background in general management, marketing, product strategy, and technology development. Prior to DFJ, Sateesh was the founder and CEO of Euclid Software, a leader in the IT Governance space. He has also served in product marketing and engineering leadership roles at Tsqware (Conexant), LSI Logic, VLSI Technology (Philips), and Wipro.
Sateesh holds U.S. patents in Communications and Networking and has published several articles on Business - IT Alignment. He is actively involved with TiE-ISB Connect, an annual networking event for entrepreneurs and investors. Sateesh holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Akhil Agarwal, Vice President & Global Head (BFSI),Virtusa Corporation
Akhil is the global head of Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) delivery unit at Virtusa. He has over 20 years of rich and varied IT industry experience spanning product development, technology consulting and offshore delivery.
Prior to joining Virtusa, Akhil was Vice President at Capgemini where he managed Banking & Insurance Business units for a large account. Akhil relocated to India after spending 16 years in USA. Prior to moving to India, Akhil had worked with US Interactive, Technology Solutions Company, and Information Gateways Corporation in Washington DC area. Akhil has travelled across the globe delivering solutions to large financial services and telecom companies. Having managed clients across US, Europe, Latin America, Central America, and Asia, he brings with him a unique mix of extensive industry knowledge, in-depth technology expertise and cross cultural experience. Akhil has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology, with a gold medal, and Masters of Science from Western Michigan University, USA.
Arun Rao,Vice President, Global Human Resources, AppLabs
Arun Rao is the Vice President, Global Human Resources of AppLabs, the world's largest independent testing, quality management and certification solutions company. In his current role, Arun oversees the HR operations and people development initiatives globally.
Prior to taking up his current position at AppLabs, Arun was the head of the HR function at Intelligroup Asia, an IT Services Firm based out of Hyderabad, where he was responsible for post-recruitment HR operations as well as the Learning & Development functions. He also worked with Satyam Computers in leadership positions in HR and at Mascon Global, where he worked in their offices in India and the US, to manage their Business HR functions. Arun started his career with Steel Authority of India Ltd as a Management Trainee in 1989, where he worked with them in various capacities in their Personnel and HR teams till 1999, post which he opted for Voluntary Separation.
Arun has a post graduate diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from the XLRI, Jamshedpur, (Class of 1995), and a Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Delhi (Class of 1987).
Anand Arvind, Vice President, Engineering , SumTotal Systems, Inc
Anand Arvind has been the vice president of Engineering for SumTotal Systems in India since October 2007. In this role, he leads a team in charge of architecture, technology, infrastructure and quality assurance for SumTotal's award-winning talent development software suite. Anand has spent 9 years at SumTotal in various roles including leading global program management and helping build the learning product suite into the leading system in the market. Prior to joining SumTotal, Anand was a key employee of Intelliprep, a startup that developed personalized learning solutions that was acquired by SumTotal. He joined Intelliprep after a stint at Microsoft where he worked in the Windows group working on Supportability and Manageability of Windows. Anand previous career also includes positions as Principal Research Scientist at Scientific Forming Technologies, the leading provider of high end simulation software for manufacturing processes. He has received a Masters in Science from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors in Engineering from The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.
Sanjay Jesrani, VP, Finance & Operations, IDC
Sanjay has over 15 years experience spanning the entire gamut of financial management activities including corporate finance, public issue process management, internal audit and budgetary control, managing investor relations, international financial transactions, setting up of subsidiary operations, implementing transfer pricing arrangements and the design and implementation of ESOPs. He holds a bachelors degree in Commerce and is a fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
Vikram Bector, Vice President, Satyam Computer Services
Vikram currently is the Vice President and head of the Satyam School of Leadership , School of Management and School of Family Learning at Satyam. He has two decades of diverse experience in business functions and geographies. He had led the human resources function, led a corporate university, has been in frontline sales & sales management & is also an executive coach. Prior to joining Satyam, he was with the Aditya Birla Group for over 5 years. He is a recipient of the Aditya Birla Group Chairman's award for Exceptional Contribution. He is a member of the 2008 & 2009 ICE Planning Advisory Committee of the American Society of Training and Development. He is the President of the Hyderabad Professional Coach Association (HPCA), a chapter of the International Coach Federation. His interests include reading autobiographies, trekking and yoga.
Arjun Rao, Founder CEO, Valuelabs
Arjun Rao is the founder and CEO of ValueLabs. He started ValueLabs in 1997 with a vision to create a unique company; one with a different approach to business. He has created an entity that is focused on building true partnerships with clients and employees, growing with purpose, ethical in approach and fully aware of its social responsibilities.
Arjun is actively involved in the IT industry and is one of two members from the private sector on the Governing Council of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization, an organization focused on creating Better Leaders through Education and Idea Exchange. Arjun Rao is a Director in InsightMethods, a start-up in the market research space. Until recently, he was a Director on the board of Multimedia Technologies, Malaysia, a technology company of the multi-billion dollar Usaha Tegas Group of Malaysia.
Arjun Rao earned an MS from Cornell University, USA, where he held the A.D. White Fellowship. He has a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Krishna Setlur, Director - Human Resources, Invensys India
Human resources professional with an MBA from XLRI, Setlur has a diverse HR experience of over 17 years in many large and transnational corporations. Currently he serves as Director & Head - HR at Invensys. Some of his prior stints include blue chip companies like Samsung Software, Ericcson India, IBM and Hughes Software. As the HR Head in most of these organizations, he has been responsible for providing HR functional leadership and direction for multi location and multi business operations. HR, functional leadership, OD and C&B are some special areas of his interests.
Santanu Paul, Entrepreneur, StealthMode
A well-known leader in the industry, Santanu Paul is currently an entrepreneur in stealth mode. He has over 13 years of experience in the industry and was until recently the SVP at Virtusa.
He joined Virtusa in 2003 and served in a variety of senior management and operational roles such as General Manager, Hyderabad Advanced Technology Center; Asia Head, High Tech and BFSI Business Units; and SVP, Global Delivery Operations. He was a key member of the senior leadership committee that drove Virtusa's five-fold growth culminating in its public listing in 2007, and a 4000+ strong global organization.
Prior to Virtusa, Santanu was Chief Technology Officer at Openpages, a Boston-based player in corporate risk management solutions. He was also CTO and co-founder at Viveca, a B2B technology startup that Openpages acquired in 2001. He began his career as a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where his team designed Rainmaker, a pioneering workflow system. For his work on workflow and content management, he has been awarded United States patents.
Santanu has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Rackham pre-doctoral fellowship and the IBM Canada fellowship. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has published many articles in international journals and has spoken at conferences such as Java One, Comdex, and AIIM. His interviews and articles have appeared in several leading media publications.
Joga Ryali, Vice President, CA
Joga Ryali is the vice president and site manager for CA India Technology Center (ITC) in Hyderabad, manages all product development, maintenance, testing, technical publications and support activities at the center. He is also responsible for managing the operations of the center, which hosts 1000+ software and support engineers. Joga's mission is to build CA-ITC to be the best product-engineering center in the industry and deliver high quality and innovative products at a rapid pace. Joga has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and masters degree in computer sciences from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Flt Lt Bipin Chandra, Chief Operating Officer, Knoah
Flt Lt Bipin Chandra played a key role in growing Knoah from a nascent stage to the current stage over the past 7 years. Under his leadership, Knoah got recognition as a Global Top 100 Outsourcer by IAOP in 2006, and ranked 3rd in Employee Satisfaction in IDC DataQuest Survey 2008. Customers stickiness and positive relationships with Knoah is a reflection of his commitment to service excellence and customer orientation.
Prior to joining Knoah, Flt Lt Bipin Chandra was General Manager & Board Member at PortalPlayer Inc. (now part of nVidia Graphics) and played a key role in building India operations. Earlier, he held senior management and engineering positions with SoftSol Inc., Mahindra-British Telecom, Datapro Infoworld and Malhotra Industries. Prior to the corporate career, Bipin was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Air Force and worked on Surface to Air Missiles, Surveillance Radars and Electronic Warfare.
Flt Lt Bipin Chandra is a highly respected thought leader in the local IT services and BPO industry. He is actively involved with the industry and entrepreneurial activities as National Board Member of AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce), Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and Member of HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Exporters Association).