Speaker Bio:  

Rahul Shandilya
CIO, Asia Motor Works
Rahul Shandilya works with AMW as CIO and has been in the IT & Professional Services Industry with 18 years of overall global experience. He previously worked with Tata Technologies as Head Global Services Asia Pacific. He has over 18 years of experience in planning, developing and implementation of IT Solutions, Services Delivery and Process Consulting across Engineering and Manufacturing Industries. Has worked on enterprise architecture and strategy road maps and associated technology programs / projects. Graduated from IIT Roorkee in 1993 and began his career as GTE in Tata Motors has exposure of being on both sides of the table – as outsourced IT services provider to business, as end user buyer while being a business role owner and as a facilitator being a CIO.
Suneel Aradhye
CIO, Essar Steel & Minerals
Aradhye is a Commerce Graduate and carries professional qualifications and certifications - CA, CISA and CISM. He has multifaceted 25+ years’ experience starting his career in the domain of accounting, taxation and finance in manufacturing environment and thereafter moving into functional roles of SAP Consulting. He was involved in several SAP implementation projects in and out of India. He has been working in IT management roles for over 11 years and has worked earlier for Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Lupin Ltd. HE has been associated with Essar Steel since 2007. He has led his organization through various highly complex multi-systems SAP and i2 solutions implementations including mergers and integration of acquisitions.
Manoj Nigam
Vice President IT , Vodafone
Manoj believe in blending customer and business focus with the strategic IT needs to ensure that the IT stays ahead of the rapidly transforming Telecom curve. After completing the M.Tech degree in Computer Science and Technology from IIT Roorkee, Manoj has served various global Telecom companies in 15 years of his IT career. While serving to organizations like o2 GMBH, Telfort, Telephonica Spain, MobileRom, Reliance communications and now Vodafone Essar VEL, he always bestowed the business or technology shift and that’s what defines his experience. In the current role of Vice president, IT in Vodafone Essar (VEL) he is custodian of all customer facing applications such as CRM, all self service channels, voice, Internet facing applications, mCommerce etc. He summarizes his around last 3 years in VEL as staying focus in strategic transformations without compromising on the stable operations. Few main achievements in his stint in VEL are; Voice technology transformation to WVR, establishing CRM as the center stage customer master in the complex disparate IT environment, developing USSD as the most cost effective and user penetrable self service channel, consolidating all outbound dialing platforms etc. His leisure time is marked as playful with his 6 year old daughter, squash and jogging. His favorite book is “fingerprints of the Gods” by Graham Hancock.
Dhiren Savla
CIO, Kuoni Travel Group India
Dhiren has done his engineering from Mumbai and has over 20 years of industry experience. In the past, he has led IT function for leading companies like G.E. Shipping, DSP Merrill Lynch, Sharekhan.com and IL&FS Investsmart. In his first stint with Kuoni, he joined VFS in Jan 2004 as CTO.In 2005, he took up the responsibility as CIO for Kuoni Travel Group, India which he managed effectively till he left the company in January 2010. He joined as Director IT for India’s premier financial services company CRISIL. As the CIO of Kuoni India, Dhiren is responsible for the IT function which includes defining and implementing the IT strategy. Dhiren is well recognized as an IT leader in the industry and has won several awards including CIO 100 Award from IDG group in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; CIO security award 2009, 2010; Edge Award from Network Computing in 2009; Information Security Strategist Award 2008 from Indian Express Group, Part of power-list from Cybermedia & SAP ACE award 2006 amongst other accolades.
Kalyan Prasath
Head - IT, ICICI Prudential AMC
Kalyan joined ICICI Prudential AMC in June 2001. Kalyan holds a Diploma in Business Management from ICFAI and Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Management from NIIT. He has 23 years of experience across industries like IT, manufacturing and banking & financial services. At ICICI Prudential AMC, his responsibilities include overseeing the overall technology function i.e. business application, information security and IT infrastructure & projects thereby contributing to business excellence. Kalyan has a strong interest and flair for astrology.
Abhay Karhade
CIO, Bombay Dyeing
Global IT Head – specialist in Global IT deployments (IT Infrastructure, Applications, Security solutions, Communications setup, Unified communications) & Global SAP projects Implementations, rollouts, Group IT Management. Having 18 years of IT and 10 years of ERP implementation experience played instrumental role in evolving IT as business function not only covering IT Services Desk management and SLA , Cappability management , Capacity Management , Change mananegement , vendor management, Security Management ,but also creating a flatform for business innovations thru collaborative communication setup and process transformations for making it more cost effective and more efficient on various aspects of product offerings , services,internal and external customer communications . Prior to Bombay Dyeing, he has also worked with SVKM Group, Welspun Group, Mahyco Seeds, Jai Corp, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds, Aftek Business Machines.
Lalit Jain
Business Head - South, Spencer's Retail
Rajiv Sharaf
VP-IT, Reliance Infrastructure
Rajiv is a BE in Electronics and Telecom from M. S. University of Baroda and a PGDBM from ICFAI. He has more than 20 years of experience in Telecom, Brodacast, BPO and IT Infrastructure management. Prior to joining Reliance, Rajiv has also worked for ISRO, GCEL, and NATELCO. He&rsquot;s initiated many technology driven programs at various capacities in his career, and his current stint with Reliance requires him to do automation, business process re-enginnering, IT Infrastructure management and strategic IT policy.
Aviraj Ajgekar
Technology Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Aviraj is a Computer Engineer from Mumbai and currently working with Microsoft Corporation India as a Technology Evangelist. In his present role he&rsquot;s working with IT Professionals across India evangelizing Microsoft Technologies. A real blogger, he is very compulsive on adding his thoughts to online blogs, forums, community and media. He a regular speaker at various Microsoft Events such Microsoft TechEd, MS TechDays, Virtual TechDays, Microsoft India Webcasts and many more technology events. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, hang around with friends & listening to the rock music. He’s also passionate about Photography & Long Drives.
Ashish Pachory
CIO, Tata Teleservices
Ashish is the Chief Information Officer at Tata Teleservices, where he joined recently after a rich experience on the “other” side of the value chain, working with leading products and services organizations in business, operations and delivery management functions. Before coming to TTSL as CIO, Ashish with Amdocs India was responsible for overall Amdocs business, delivery and operations in BSS/OSS for telco accounts in India. Prior to Amdocs he was the Country Head (Systems Integration) at Nokia Networks and then with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as Global SI Delivery Head, focusing on global partnerships and outsourcing management for BSS, OSS and Telecom Applications. Ashish pioneered this function at Nokia, which has grown to be a key source of revenue and customer relationships for NSN. His earlier organizations include Hughes Software, Lucent R&D Centre, Bharti Telesoft and Wipro. Ashish is an engineer in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering with more than 25 years of experience to his credit. At TTSL, Ashish spearheads the corporate IT function working closely with the business sponsors and partners, and leads a strong organization of technical and project associates, to drive sustained alignment between business and IT.
Ritu Madbhavi
Sr. Vice President - IT, Draft FCB Ulka Adverting
As a Senior Vice President with the Draftfcb Ulka group (Which is among the top five agency groups in India), Ritu manages the complex task of bringing order in an industry that loves disorder. Precision, logic and order define Ritu. Not surprising when you learn that she studied statistics and graduated at the top of her class from Delhi University. Ritu took her passion for mathematics further and did her master’s in applied mathematics from Carlton University – Canada. Over the past twenty years Ritu has applied this precision and mathematicians logic in all the assignments that she has handled. Starting from her first stint at TCS, followed by teaching and analytics engagements at NIIT and then at Datamatics. At DraftFcbUlka she bought alive the term frugal computing by making IT solutions possible at costs that were unheard off. Not by negotiating harder but by planning smarter. Not content with just managing IT Ritu believed that you cannot create solutions unless you understand the business and actually run it. This resulted in an ongoing engagement to build the digital advertising capabilities for Interface Communications (a group company).Ritu possibly is among a handful of CIO’s who go beyond IT and have delved into the business of the company that they work in. For Ritu this meant building agency capabilities from scratch for websites and digital campaigns to softer solutions like e-crm and social media.
Alexander Zarovsky
Chief of International Business Development, InfoWatch
Alexander Zarovsky graduated from Moscow State Technical University in 1999, specializing in Cybernetics. Alexander holds an MBA degree from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Alexander started his career in 1997 as a programmer. Then he took various positions as technical consultant and business development manager. His previous experience includes initiating and managing Moscow branches of several companies, such as Vested Development Inc. (USA), CMA Small Systems AB (Sweden) and UralSibBank - Finacle Implementation Project (Infosys, India). Since 2010 Alexander has been developing international business for InfoWatch. Under his management the company has significantly expanded its regional partner network and achieved first success on the global market.
Pramod Rao
Head - Microsoft Solution, Dimension Data India
Pramod has over 16 years of extensive sales experience in the Information Technology industry, having worked on both hardware and software technologies and solutions. His expertise covers from the desktops & Server Infrastructure to Cloud solutions encompassing all the components needed for a heterogeneous computing environment. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional. Prior to Dimension Data, ha has spent 9 years with Sonata Software, where he was responsible for driving Microsoft business for EPG segment pan India.