Speakers from various cities

City:  Hyderabad

Dr. Akila Jaikumar
Senior V.P & Director, Bodhtree Consulting Ltd
Akila has over 15 years of experience, first as a Scientist in a CSIR Lab and then in the IT industry. She has experience in architecting, designing, and developing software solutions in diverse areas such as real-time data processing, simulation projects for the defense sector, investment banks, e-business, telecommunications, healthcare and storage solutions. Akila has played various roles in Project Management, Delivery Management and Competency Excellence at leading IT companies like DE Shaw and Virtusa.
Dr. Pendyala Kiranmai Dutt
Associate Director, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change, ISB
Dr. Kiranmai Dutt is currently Associate Director, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC), ISB. Prior to that, she was the Vice President, Learning, at Knoah Solutions Inc. She has successfully straddled diverse roles in teaching, training, human resource development, consulting, quality, and technical writing. She is an accomplished author with multiple of her books prescribed as curriculum by various universities across the country. She is also an international examiner for the University of Cambridge, U.K., IDP, Australia, and an education consultant for British Council, India, community colleges of Sinclair, USA, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Sridevi Potu
President, LGS Global
Apart from being an industry expert with more than 16 years of experience in IT industry, Sridevi has renowned global experience for having managed various technical and management roles in leading companies of US and India. Her domain knowledge extends in the areas of Embedded Systems, Banking, Databases, Healthcare, e governance, Product, Project and Program management. She is an engineering degree holder in Electronics and Communications and a founding member 3K Technologies Limited before the acquisition of LGS.
Geeta Goti
Associate Director – HR/Country Head – Talent Acquisition,
Virtusa India
Geeta Goti is a well known name in the HR circles in India. Having nearly two decades of HR experience she has worked in business enterprises, consulting and social service organization. The breadth of experience she has gained includes segments like Medical research centre, Hospital, Manufacturing, Banking, Social Service Organizations, HR consulting firms and IT services. UNICEF, Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences, VST industries Ltd, SQL Star International Ltd, Yaga Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Global Trust Bank and Sasken are the organizations where she has rendered her services. She is associated with Confederation on Women Entrepreneurship and is a core committee member of Nasscom initiative on Women in Leadership.
Pramila Thomas
Head, Gaming Vertical, Sierra Atlantic Software Services
Pramila Thomas has 15 years of industry experience in IT and currently with Sierra Atlantic heading the Gaming practice. She started on a low key initially playing a variety of different roles. With a family to care for and projects to deliver, both equally challenging and demanding arenas of life, she still keeps going strong.
Kanneganti Ramadevi
President, Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP)
Kanneganti Rama Devi is founder Member of ALEAP. She has won many awards like Leading women entrepreneur, Best promotional award, Best NGO, Best Women of the Year, Special Honor award.
Planning commission has nominated her as member on their steering committee Member. Panel Member of SSI for CII. Recent achievement has been that she has been appointed as one of the Task force members in Prime Minister’s Office.
Annie Mathew
Head of Alliances, India, Research in Motion
Annie works with Research In Motion and heads Alliances for BlackBerry in India. Annie holds an MBA degree from the Indian School of Business and is an Electrical Engineer from Kerala. She is a Certified Business Continuity Professional from the Disaster Recovery Institute, USA, Certified eSCM Service Provider from Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA and a Certified Quality Analyst from QAI, USA.
Her industry experience of over 20 years includes working in corporations like Fenner India Ltd. and Tata Infotech Ltd. and Mahindra Satyam. She has worked in functions spanning Alliances, Corporate Strategy, Quality and Business excellence framework.
She has presented in numerous national and international forums like GSVC (supported by Goldman Sachs foundation) in New York, 14th World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, FICCI- NIDM (Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India) conference and the World Total Quality Congress. She has a passion for designing organizational systems and institutionalizing them.
Mamtha Banerjee
CEO, Investmentyogi
Mamtha Banerjee is the CEO of InvestmentYogi. Mamtha has over 15 years of industry experience in technology strategy, leadership and management roles in the US. InvestmentYogi is an entrepreneurial venture co-founded by Mamtha along with a partner. She was previously the Director of Technology at travelocity.com, where she was responsible for architecture and development of high volume, high performance internet e-commerce applications. Mamtha has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and graduated from The Management Program at the University of Washington. She was the co-founder of the Asha for Education chapter in Dallas (Asha is a non-profit organization that focuses on education for the under-privileged children in India).
Hema Venkataraman
Director – QA, Progress Software
Hema Venkataraman, Director of Engineering, Progress Software India, has over 22 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. She owned a Software Training and Development centre for 14 years with focus on corporate, imparting training on almost all latest technologies. Later on in 2002, she joined the IT industry as a Principal Engineer in Pramati Technologies, Hyderabad. She led the design and development of an enterprise scale visualization product for around 2 years and then headed the Server QA at Pramati. At Progress, she is heading the “Quality Assurance- Center of Expertise at Progress Software India, spearheading the automation infrastructure, Tools testing and cross products testing of QA groups of Sonic, OpenEdge, Actional, Apama, DataExtend SI. And DSP.
Anuradha Acharya
Founder & CEO of Ocimum Biosolutions
Ms. Acharya is the founder & CEO of Ocimum Biosolutions, a Global Genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics. The company was founded in the year 2000 and has completed 3 international acquisitions, Gene Logic Genomics from Maryland, USA in the year 2007, Isogen Life Sciences from The Netherlands in 2006 and the GD business of MWG Biotech of Germany in 2005. Ocimum today has 2000 customers worldwide and operates under 3 main business units of BioIT, BioMolecules and Bioresearch. Ocimum recently raised capital from Kubera Cross Border Fund (KUBC) for an equity investment of up to US$17 million (including the pro rata investment by affiliates of Kubera Partners, LLC, the Investment Manager of KUBC).

Prior to founding Ocimum Biosolutions, Ms. Acharya has had rich experience in the Telecom, IT and entrepreneurship arenas. She worked for a startup in the telecommunications space called Mantiss Information and a consulting firm called SEI Information where she helped create a social networking site for entrepreneurs. Her experience is backed by education at premier institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India (IIT) and University of Illinois where she has two Post Graduate degrees in Physics and MIS.

She is a regular in technology forums and round tables and one of the well known first generation entrepreneurs in the Indian life-sciences space. She was named by Red Herring Magazine to the list of "25 Tech Titans under 35" in 2006. Ocimum has received several awards including "Fastest Growing Life Sciences Company in India", Red Herring Asia 100, "IT Innovation Award" by NASSCOM and has been named to the Deloitte list of Fastest Growing companies in Asia, three years in a row.

Uma Gurkha
President, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE)
Uma Gurkha is also the Director of Thermosystems. Her past experience includes being Director of the State Bank of Hyderabad. She is a member of the Indian Red Cross. She was honoured internationally as one of the 50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the world and won the Best Women Entrepreneur of the Year – 1984 from Giani Zail Singh.
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