Speaker Bio's:  

Rashmi Verma
Co-Founder--Strategy Advisor, MapmyIndia.com
Rashmi, alumni of IIT Roorkee, India obtained a Bachelors of Engineering in 1977 and an MS from Eastern Washington University, USA in 1979. Starting her career as a Programmer Analyst in Citicorp, she then moved to IBM, USA as Systems Engineer and rapidly grew to Database Specialist with focus on IBM’s DB2-mainframe databases and was one of the first employees of IBM Global Business Services. Very early on, IBM recognized her capability as a technology expert and sent her all across USA to train upcoming Systems Engineers in IT Services area of DB2 and CICS, IBM’s flagship software technologies at the time. But this career trajectory was not enough for Rashmi. In 1990, she relinquished her settled career and lifestyle in the US to pursue her dream of bringing innovative solutions to India. It was at the 1994 Comdex, the largest software industry trade show in the US that she, along with her husband came across a stall showcasing digital maps. They caught a flight the next day to Albany, the capital of New York State, to strike a deal with MapInfo, the company that built the software, to create digital map data base for India.
Veenu Jaichand
COO, Centum WorkSkills,, A Bharti Associate & NSDC
Veenu is training industry’s thought leader in Content & Learning Solution Architecture since 1993 & has created pathbreaking learning processes, like “On The Job Coaching Architecture”, Task Execution Manuals; Role Based Learning Architecture, Learning Process Outsourcing Model for many Government, PSU, MNC & large corporates in India. Veenu has tremendous exposure to international market. She has created and implemented many effective learning solutions for various organizations in the South East Asian region, including Singapore Tourism Board, The Law Society of SIngapore, Ministry of Education - Singapore, Trade Promotion Board, Panama & Saudi Arabia as Director, Crimson Logic Pte Ltd (A Govt of Singapore company). Currently she is working in the field of ‘Creating Employability through Skill Development for the rural and underprivileged of the country’. With the young population advantage of the country and favourable conditions for the industrial / sectoral growth, it is Workskill’s endeavour to provide skills to people who do not have resources or access to them and facilitate their mainstreaming into industry. She is a winner of Brandon Hall Excellence in E-learning Awards in Custom Content Category for her innovative learning and content design against ‘Drug Abuse’, for the youth. She has also been a member on the Jury at Brandon Hall Excellence in E-learning Awards.
Shahnaz Husain
CMD, ShahnazHusain Grp of Co's
She is one of the most prominent personalities of the corporate world. She is making a constant effort to beautify the skin of people with her beauty products. She has been continuously striving hard to slow down the aging process and nourish the skin of people and thus make them look younger than their age. Well, we are talking about none other than the ruler of the beauty world, Shahnaz Hussain. She comes from a royal Muslim family and her father was a very powerful man. She did her schooling from the Irish convent. Since a very young age, she had an interest in poetry and English literature. She grew up in a traditional family, but was privileged to receive modern education. She got married, when she was only fifteen years old. The next year after her marriage, she became a mother.
Shireen Alam
Director , Sapient
Shireen Alam is a Director of Program Management in the Global markets division of Sapient’s New Delhi office and has been working with Sapient for the past 12 years. During this time Shireen has managed multiple projects from the sales cycles through to final delivery of the solutions ensuring that the projects remain on-time and on-budget. She has extensive project experience providing leadership to project teams, comprised of on- and off-shore internal developers, contractors, client experts and third party vendors. She lives in Gurgaon with her husband.
AVP, GlobalLogic
Nandini holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Delhi University and a B Sc (H) in Mathematics from Delhi University. Nandini has over 19 years of experience in the IT industry. Her experience includes managing multiple software development, testing, support and implementation projects that utilizes a global delivery model. Her experience has been in custom software development, EAI, development of web based solutions for Fortune 1000 companies as well as product development companies. In her current role as AVP Services and Delivery Head, Consumer and Enterprise Business Unit at GlobalLogic, Nandini leverages her expertise to manage client relationships, provide guidance for delivery excellence of enterprise products with a team of over 400 software professionals, business acquisition, unit financials. Nandini is responsible for top line of 20 Million. Nandini and her team are responsible for delivering software products for clients in the consumer and enterprise segment.
Dr. Neeta Awasthy
Director, Raj Kumar Goel Institute
Dr. Neeta is a menber of Executive Council Member of IEEE, U.P.Section- 80138209, Fellow of Institution of Electronics & Telecomm. Engineers -2136, Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education-44031, Life Member of Computer Society of India – 0011366, Reviewer of International Journal of computational Intelligence & Bioinformatics
Sukhmani Bedi
Head-Products,, Tulip Telecom
Sukhmani Bedi has been associated with Tulip Telecom (Tulip) for over eight years now and is the Products-Head at the company. She leads a team that focuses on taking Tulip’s varied product offerings to the market across the country. She has been instrumental in the company’s milestone projects; Tulip Connect and Rural Connect – erstwhile brands introduced by Tulip for it’s VPN business in the year 2001. Being a young and energetic executive, Sukhmani has been successful in winning key strategic accounts for the company. Sukhmani joined Tulip in the year 2001 as a Business Development Executive. Prior to joining Tulip, Sukhmani was associated with CHINTAN, a Non-profit Environmental Research & Action Group as a Project Officer.In her professional stint, Sukhmani has worked with Avaya as a part of the leadership program in USA. Apart from being an Economics graduate, Sukhmani is a MBA from Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management and has done her internship with Medtronic Emergency Response Systems. Besides work, Sukhmani is an ardent dancer and has been Awarded ‘Natraj’ Award by Delhi University in the year 2000.She won a silver medal in National Karate championship 1993. Sukhmani loves to serve the community and has organized many blood donation campaigns & charity events to raise funds for children.
Alka Goel
Senior Engineering Manager, Cadence
Alka has about 18+ years of industry experience in delivery management, software development and release engineering. She is currently working at Cadence Design Systems for about 6 years as Senior Engineering Manager and heading the release engineering teams. Cadence is a product organization wherein we offer platform solutions to customers in various domains in Electronic Design Automation. Prior to Cadence she was working with Motorola as a Manager handling teams like CAD team, SOC Stingray development team and SOC applications team
Rashi Goel
VP Innovation & Biz Dev , Frito Lay India
12+ years experience in leading Global Brands with marketing leaders like Unilever, Coca Cola and Oreal. Extensive experience in India, Asia and Brazil across Skincare, Oralcare, Haircare, Personal Wash and Beverage categories. Passionate about building new age businesses around innovative concepts rooted in consumer insights. Recently completed a study sabbatical at the Stanford GSB as a Sloan Fellow, where i focussed on design thinking and general management.
Poonam Barua
Founder Chairman, WILL Forum
Ms. Barua is also Founder-Convener of the distinguished “Forum for Women in Leadership” WILL Forum in India -- that brings together senior women executives from leading companies in India and multinationals for leveraging the vast talent-pool of women executives,Ms. Barua has been awarded a Visiting Scholarship at The Wharton School for her work on women in leadership, and Ford Fellowship at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, for her work on conflict resolution in South Asia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center (Washington D.C.) and the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. Ms. Barua has also served as Special Consultant for distinguished international institutions – including the Eisenhower Fellowships, London Business School, Financial Markets International Inc., and East-West Center.Ms. Barua is a trained economist with a Master’s Degree from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, and has served as Chief Program Specialist for over a decade at the United States Information Service in New Delhi. She has also been a Lecturer in Economics at Delhi University and Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Public Administration.