Speaker Bio:  

Dr. Subir Saha
CTO, IonIdea
Dr. Subir Saha, before joining IonIdea as CTO,was heading the Research group of Nokia Siemens Network at Bangalore driving a team of 14 researchers to deliver innovations for NSN services business. Before joining NSN, Dr. Saha had spent around 5 years in Motoroal Lab at Bangalore doing research and research management in the domain of Next Generation Network with a focus in Security, Privacy and Identity Management, In between, Dr. Saha successfully incubated 2 companies to explore IPR generation specific to Indian Market. Dr. Saha is VoIP/IMS guru and has few standard contributions in 3GPP, TISPAN, IETF. Before joining Motorola, Dr. Saha was Chief Architect of VoIP group in Hughes Software System (Aricent) in Bangalore and the same with a start-up, LongBoard Inc in Santa Clara. Dr. Saha has to his credit more than 20 filed and 3 issued patents along with more than a dozen publication in telecom domain in many International Conferences. He is well known speaker in many International Conferences and an Innovation Activist who preaches younger Indians in innovation through lectures. Dr.Saha is active IEEE member and IEEE COMSOC vice-chair. Dr. Saha has a Ph.D. in Physics from BITS, Pilani and is a Post-doctoral fellow from TIFR, Mumbai. He did research in Experimental Solid State Physics and Materials Science. He is an innovation activist and inspires young students into innovation.
Avinash Birnale
VP - Technology & Head - Mobility Development, Endeavour Software Technologies
For more than a decade working on various mobile technologies, Avinash brings in the vast knowledge and expertise in Mobile Computing to Endeavour. In his current role as Vice President Technology in India and Head of Mobility in USA, Avinash shuttles between Bengaluru and Austin. Avinash, AB as everyone knows him, has worked on almost every mobile operating system in existence today. He first laid his hands on black and white Palm PDAs when connectivity was rare! He has successfully developed applications for many of our fortune 500 customers. He has been constantly delivering the results for almost every screen, size, color and platform! He is involved in high value and strategically important projects at Endeavour.He is PMI certified active PMP, managing multiple projects and technology development in Endeavour. He plays various roles in various projects ranging from project management to technical architect. Active on Twitter with his technical views, news and knowledge sharing activities, Avinash loves to drive around city as well as take long drives. He likes to take photographs when he is not glued to his smartphone or tablet or not busy in his tech world! He currently works from Bengaluru, India office primarily and intermittently from Austin, TX USA.
Gururaj Narayanan
Senior Project Manager, Teleca India
Gururaj is Project Manager at Teleca India, At Teleca, he is leading the Mobile Applications Group which develops cool applications on iOS, Android, Blackberry, WebOS, HTML5 for large customers in the area of entertainment, news, travel, data analytics. He has about 13+ years of experience in Mobile SW development and specializes in Multimedia Frameworks. He holds Post graduate degree from IIT Kharagpur and is very passionate about programming.
Gururaj Krishnarao Parvati
Technical Director and Product Manager, Mindtree
Gururaj is working as a Product Manager and Technical director in MindTree. He has over 15 years of Industry experience. His earlier experience has been on Embedded systems including but not limited to Windows CE/Windows Mobile, Android and Linux. Before taking up the product management and technical architecture roles Gururaj used to handle a team of Windows Embedded and Embedded Linux developers for various flavors. He loves spending time reading technology updates and likes to keep himself hands on. He is passionate about mobile application space that drives him to learn Android as well.
Preetham D Naik
Portfolio Manager, SLAD Group Technology Venture Capital
Preetham is currently, the portfolio Manager at SLAD Group Technology Venture Capital, with investments in Telecom, Automotive & Aerospace. SLAD Group provides Seed Capital & Growth Capital for starts-ups in the space. Prior to working with the VC Firm, he started out on his own venture in the telecom infrastructure space & working closely with Alcatel-Lucent for network simulation of GSM & CDMA network cards. He also worked with Sasken communication Technologies Ltd for 5 years in the Handset Division & eventually moving into Sales for Sasken Mobile Products (Application Framework, Multimedia Subsystem & Modem) in the EU markets.
Samartha Raghava Nagabhushanam
CEO, Smart sky Electronics & Research
Samartha is a Visionary and Professional Entrepreneur with a close association to Telecom Industry for the past 18 years. He established and headed MindTree Wireless Pvt. Ltd. as a fully owned subsidiary of MindTree Ltd. He operated as its Managing Director, President & CEO. At MindTree Wireless, he was instrumental in creating its Smart-Phone and 4G Base-Station business with a vision to give "non-linear revenue boost" to MindTree Ltd. He established MindTree Wireless, and grew it to a team of 800+ and made revenues of USD 15mn in its inception year.Prior to MindTree Wireless, Samartha was Founder Director and Managing Director of Kyocera Wireless India (KWI), Bangalore, established in the year 2003 as a subsidiary and part of Kyocera Group Companies headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. At Kyocera, with his vision to do "more products and more technologies for the globe from India", he established KWI as a profit center and lead the growth from zero to 750+ people and reached an annual turnover of USD 30mn in six years. He also enabled sales of 2.5+ million Kyocera phones in India between 2004 and 2006 and established a country-wide services network for customer care.He has rich experience in organization building, technology and product development, market and business development across geographies. In the past he was associated with Sasken Communication Technologies, Hughes Software Systems, BPL Telecom Ltd and Datalogic India. Samartha is currently Vice Chairman of World Organization for Students and Youth, India. He was a special invitee for "Karnataka Vision Group" organized by the Government of Karnataka on the Industrial Sector in 2009. He also served on the Executive Council of Indo-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka from 2007 to 2009. A Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communications), from Mysore University, he has done Global Advanced Management Program from ISB, Hyderabad and Kellogg School of Management, Chicago. He also has Masters in Philosophy and Religion from MKU, Madurai.Currently he is pursuing his research in Philosophy.
Naga Chokkanathan
Director, CRMIT
Naga Chokkanathan is the co-founder and Director (R & D) of CRMIT Solutions Private Limited, a fast growing market specialist in delivering OnDemand CRM solutions using Software as a Service (SaaS) business model and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) framework. Naga heads the mobile development division of CRMIT focusing on bringing Customer relationship data to the users finger tips.Prior to joining CRMIT, Naga worked with Development and Consulting positions at Baan Info Systems and BroadVision India. He is an alumini of Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, India and Symbiosis University, Pune, India. Naga is an avid reader and a part time writer and has authored many books in English and Tamil.
Rakesh Verma
Director, Nav Innovations
Rakesh is a veteran with over 26 years of techno-managerial experience in Product Development, R&D activities, IDC Operations and Software Development in Embedded Systems, Mobile, Telecom and Consumer Electronics domains. Rakesh started his career with the team involved in the development of checkout systems for India &rsquot;s indigenous satellite launch vehicle PSLV. After the R&D stint, Rakesh moved to services industry and he was instrumental in moving the Siemens network management project to Bangalore . Rakesh has been part of the start-up team when Wipro started Embedded Systems group in 1999 and was sub-vertical head of Mobile Development and Applications (MDA) group at Wipro Technologies in its consumer electronics vertical. As Director, Engg in Kyocera Wireless , India , headed the Software business unit and later handled hardware, mechanical, industrial engineering, systems engineering and human factor engineering verticals for development of low, mid and high tier CDMA handsets.He is co-founder of Nav Innovations which has its focus on training and consultancy. Carrying on the mobile legacy, his present focus is Android as the base platform for mobile and embedded systems. His current consultancy involvements also focuses on Android apart from other Mobile OS’s. Rakesh did his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad in 1983. He did a condensed MBA program at Wipro organized with the esteemed Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Ranjeet Shetye
Sr. Manager – Engineering, Marvell
Ranjeet Shetye has been working in the fields of Wireless & Cellular communications, Data networking and Security for over 16 years. A veteran of successful startups like Airespace, Internet Devices, and PicoMobile, he enjoys shaping high-tech research into successful products and satisfied customers.