Speaker Bio's:  

Vinita Gera
Senior Manager R&D - Product Development, BMC Software
Vinita has over 15+ years of experience. She currently works as Senior Manager R&D - Product Development at BMC Software experienced in successfully managing software development projects through all the phases of software engineering life cycle, from requirements gathering, requirements analysis, architecture, design, deliverables to product release and post release maintenance. Vinita is skilled in handling project stakeholders, negotiations, issue resolution, resource planning, team building and people management in addition to other project management activities.She handles overall responsibility of organizing tech summits, automation of tasks at various levels, lab management, organizing trainings for the entire group and hiring.Vinita has been appreciated continuously for boosting individual career growth of team members. Has resulted in the lowest attrition rate in team when compared to peer groups. Vinita has won many Awards at BMC like Drive to 5 Star Award given for driving towards Customer focused needs, Spot Award by Director for notable management capabilities, Peer Award by Technical Support Director for helping the Tech Support team build Subject Matter Experts.Vinita is BE(Computer Science) with distinct from University of Pune, 1991-1995
Soumi Alphons
Head HR , SAS,R&D Centre
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market for over 35 years. Soumi Alphons is a Post Graduate in Human Resources Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. With over 16 years of exp. in Talent Strategy and Management, Soumi has directing areas of Human Resources functions for SAS in India for the last 10 years. She has been member in the SAS’ Global Leadership Council that drives initiatives globally. Soumi is also the Program Manager of the Global Career Pathing and Development initiative for SAS worldwide offices. Additionally, Soumi trains in SAS on behavioral and management areas. Soumi is a mother of 11 year kid. In her free time, she keeps herself busy with her husband and family in activities such as trekking, sports and community activities.
Renuka Krishna
Associate Vice President ,Talent Acquisition Group, KPIT Cummins
She spans a career of over 25 years across geographies in the IT sector . Renuka has experience in the areas of human resource management, recruitment, sales and marketing, corporate communications, business development etc. She has a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, completed and sponsored projects to improve utilization, productivity and processes across functions, and also trained in various behavioral profiling systems. She is a firm believer in the power of mentoring and is a speaker at multiple colleges’ and institutions across Pune and she is a Key member of the CII Finishing school initiative on Affirmative Action for the last 4 years. Renuka also mentors a number of girl students across different professional streams as part of NGO activities for enhancing their skills for employability and betterment. She has worked on business processes related across functions and involved in corporate initiatives for improving work productivity, people management,she is also a winner of multiple awards for functional excellence at KPIT and MBT (now Tech Mahindra)
Kuiljeit Uppaal
National Head - Program & Content Dev, Avalon Academy , Aptech
A Pilot with a Creative flair! Armed with a Masters in English Literature, a second Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications and yet another in Management, she has about two decades of work experience exploring a diverse career path in Aviation, Advertising, Journalism, IT and Media. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Aviation. Her core areas of function have been Creative Writing, Visualizing, Concept Generation, Research and Training, Marketing, Operations and Quality Management (ISO Standards). Adept in planning and strategizing for curriculum and academic programs, she also has to her credit the creation of a unique training and curriculum methodology, for which she has won the ‘CEO’s Award for Excellence and Quality’. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Studies and Board of Examinations of the Karnataka State Open University for Aviation Management programs. Having represented India as an Ambassador to Canada on a development programme, as also having worked in New York, she has ample international exposure to work scenarios and trends.. She was nominated for the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ Award for Social Service and Activities in 1986. She was also nominated for the ‘AWWA Excellence Award’ for bringing about self reliance in over 200 women from the state of J&K. A truly gifted professional, a loving mother, a caring wife and jack of all trades, Ms Kuiljeit Uppaal epitomizes the true “Woman of Substance” of the contemporary world.
Nimarta Kaur
Head Quality Analyst, ThoughtWorks
Nimarta is working as a Quality Analyst in ThoughtWorks for close to 3 years. She joined Thoughtworks right after finishing her Bachelors in Technology from NIT, Nagpur. At Thoughtworks, she has worked with multiple clients from India, UK and the USA playing different roles. She has spent a considerable amount of time onsite working closely with clients. Though in the nascent stage of her career, Nimarta tries to take the right steps in her career in order to deal with the increasing responsibilities and makes sure not to stumble upon the same stone twice. She will be able to share her experiences/thoughts about the challenges that she has faced in order to move up in the corporate industry and how she has handled them. She would also share her thoughts around what does she foresee as the major challenges in the future and how does she plan to swim through them.
Shobha Agarwal
Vice President - Strategy Implementation & Chief R, Nihilent Technologies
Shobha Agarwal is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. In a career spanning over 25 years, she has held various senior positions and has worked as a Business Systems and Management Consultant with an all-round exposure to consulting assignments. Her experience includes concept to implementation of business and IT solutions. Her expertise in Software Engineering include implementation of engineering principles in software lifecycle management, SEI CMM processes, Quality standards and futuristic technologies. Before joining Nihilent, Shobha was associated with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for nearly 20 years where, in addition to client engagements, she worked across organizational functions covering management and human capital development activities. During her tenure there, she developed expertise in the entire spectrum of software lifecycle engineering through varied external as well as internal assignments some of which include leadership positions at the corporate level for Quality Assurance, Software Estimation and Internal Audit.
Rohini Shankar
Senior Business Analyst, L&T Infotech
Rohini started her career journey with an Internship project with Satyam Computers in 1998. Further moved to ICAN Medicare Private limited, one of the leading Third Party Administrator to handle their Claims Cycle. Got opportunity to be one of the crucial team members to set up the Base operations for Allianz Bajaj Life Insurance Company in 2001, with the primary responsibility of setting up the medical network for the company. As part of my commitment to Wipro since 2003 have got chance to handle International clients and manage Medical and Critical Illness Underwriting. During this span got more, credentials by completing LOMA certifications her current role at L&T Infotech allows me to provide domain and consultative expertise to various prospective clients by giving Business Insight, Innovative solution to address the emerging needs of the Insurance Industry and connecting with them. My Analytical capability alongside with my ability to effectively communicate has led to add more clientele to the existing business.
Archana Jain
Director-Global Strategic Sourcing, Amdocs
Archana is a Senior Executive in IT and Business, with 18 years of experience in IT, Off shoring, Program Management and Customer Management.She has an Extensive experience in successful delivery of multi-million dollar IT projects in multiple sectors –Government, Commercial, and Non-profit.She is recognized for strong customer management skills and driving organization growth. Strength in providing innovative solutions to customer challenges with clear vision and goals. Her speacilities are Strategic Leadership, Technology Drive in Solutions implementations, Managing Organization, Onshore/Offshore, IT Roadmap Visionary with strong program management for implementation, thought leadership, Technologies, Systems Integration, diverse background in domains including Telecom, Banking, Healthcare, and Government Sector.
Padmini Sundaram
Vice President, HSBC Private Bank
Padmini Sundaram joined HSBC Private Bank in 2007, after having spend over a decade in Financial and Banking services. Prior to this she was the Regional Head at ICICI Bank. Her area of expertise are Financial Planning and Key Account Management. Padmini holds a Bachelors in Engineering and a Dual MBA in Finance & Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. She has also trained at the Wealth Management Institute Singapore. Padmini has been a Rotary Group Study Exchange member to US in 2009 and is the CII - Young Indian’s Chairperson for Pune for 2011-12. She is passionate about driving Education geared towards Employability & Financial Inclusion. She has been a key driver for the Finishing School rolled out by CII-YI at ITI Pune and is also a core team member of the CII Finishing School initiative on Affirmative Action.
Sunita chatterjee
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Preeti Kaul
HR -Business Partner, Syntel
Preeti has 13 years of varied experience as HR Generalist, primary forte being in HR Operations, HR Business Partnering, Talent Acquisition and Management, Employee Engagement and HR Strategic Initiatives for service organizations: IT, ITES, Consulting and Hospitality. She is currently working as a HR Business Partner for an IT organization – Syntel Inc, managing about 3000+ people across geographies, spread across Asia – Pacific, Europe and North America.
Dr.Radha Shelat
CEO, Nevis Networks
Dr. Radha Shelat has over 22 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and professional manager in leading hitech companies developing cutting edge enterprise software solutions.Prior to joining Nevis Networks, Dr. Radha Shelat was Vice President and founder of Librato Software in India. Librato is a technology startup, focused on solutions for high performance compute market as well as for large scale, on-demand, enterprise data centers. Prior to joining Librato, she was Chief Technology Officer for Symantec India.Radha holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and has taught and consulted at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Poonam Jaypuriya
GM-Products, Harbinger Group
As General Manager (Products) Poonam heads the program management for Harbinger’s award winning eLearning and presentation software products. She is responsible for the product roadmap and evangelism. In this capacity she works closely with both the engineering and marketing teams. As an evangelist she continuously interacts with our customers, via email, blogging and other social media platforms, to understand the way they use our products, their aspirations and wish-lists. Before taking up this responsibility, Poonam was instrumental in conception, design, implementation and marketing strategy of “TeemingPod” – a collaborative social widget product. The technology behind this product was awarded a US patent late last year. Poonam started her career in the Harbinger Group in 2004 after doing her graduation in Computers in Pune University. Her initial work involved system level programming for device drivers.