Rakesh Mathur

Rakesh Mathur

Co-Founder and CEO, Whiterabbit.ai

Rakesh Mathur is Co-founder and CEO at Whiterabbit.ai, a startup working on cancer tumor detection using AI. He is also a co-founder of Flywheel Software, Webaroo, and several other technology start up companies, as well as an early-stage investor in several other companies. He was a founder and CEO of Junglee, whose virtual database technology led to the creation of comparison shopping on the Internet. Junglee was acquired by Amazon.com in 1998. He founded Armedia, which was one of the first companies with chip designs for the video component of the DVD standard. Armedia was acquired by Broadcom in 1999. He also founded PurpleYogi, now Stratify, which provides enterprise solutions to the management of unstructured data. Rakesh is a board member of Geodesic, a BSE listed company whose Mundu Instant Messenger is used by millions of people. Rakesh was recognized as a member of the 1998 Upside 100, the 2001 India Today Global 100 and Junglee technology was given the Computerworld – Smithsonian award as one of the top five technologies of 1998. Rakesh received his MS from the University of Texas at Arlington and his B.Tech from IIT Bombay.

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Ash Lilani

Ash Lilani

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Saama Capital

Ash Lilani is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Saama Capital, an independent direct equity fund investing in India. Previously, Ash served as the President of India and China markets for Silicon Valley Bank, where he founded and headed SVB Global, SVB’s global market entry strategy, vision, network and activities including investments and banking. In this role, he set the strategy and oversaw the operation of SVB Financial Group’s international subsidiaries in London, Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Mumbai, Beijing and Shanghai. Ash serves on the Boards of the US-India Business Council and Vittana, is a charter member of TiE, a network for U.S. and Indian entrepreneurs, and was a founding member, Director and Treasurer of the U.S-India Venture Capital Association. He also works with several boards of Saama portfolio companies including Sula Wines, One97 Communications, Genesis Colors, Shaadi.com, Vistaar, Shubham Housing and Snapdeal. Ash also mentors young entrepreneurs and CEOs in Silicon Valley and India. Ash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Bangalore University and a M.B.A. from Philadelphia University.

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Vinny (Vinod) Gupta

Vinny (Vinod) Gupta

President and CEO, InNow LLC

Vinny Gupta is an executive and entrepreneur, and is President and CEO of InNow. InNow provides market-ready companies and technologies with the ability to introduce their products and gain traction in India and other Far East countries. Born in India, Vinny has lived and worked in Northeast Ohio for the past 32 years. He began his career as a product development engineer at Gould Inc and progressed to Director of Operations at their St. Louis aftermarket automotive facility. Vinny later joined Condec Corporation as general manager in Orrville, Ohio, for their captive manufacturing of industrial castings and forgings. In 1990 Vinny and his group bought the assets of Ohio Cast Products, a castings company in Canton, Ohio, and as President and CEO he grew the business from $9 million to $26 million by 2004. Vinny has received the minority entrepreneur of the year award from City of Cleveland and is President of the Asian India Alliance. On May 20, 2011, Governor John R. Kasich appointed Vinny to serve as a member of the Ohio Board of Regents for a term, from May 2011 to September 2016. Vinny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Bombay University, a Bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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Ram Reddy

Ram Reddy

Founder and Chairman, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. and President,TiE Silicon Valley

Ram is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA), a 20-year globally recognized publisher of off-the-shelf market research. GIA currently serves over 7400 companies worldwide, including over 80% of Fortune 500. Annually, GIA publishes more than 800 large Global Strategic Business Reports covering 180 key industries worldwide. Mr. Reddy has extensive experience advising on pre M&A and Business Development strategy. Many of his clients include major manufacturers and leading business service providers such as investment banks, management consultants, venture capitalists, investment research firms, and equity management firms worldwide. Mr. Reddy has extensive experience in biomedical market intelligence. He personally authored over 50 major research reports in the healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices and medical supplies areas. Mr. Reddy is a Co-founder & General Partner of RKG Ventures, LLC, a Silicon Valley private equity firm focused on funding projects in clean technologies, Internet Commerce, Biotechnology, Wireless, Software and Information Technologies. Mr. Reddy has a BS in Pharmacy from India and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Amongst other interests, Mr. Reddy also advises and mentors early stage technology start-ups. He is a philanthropist and active supporter of educational and charitable organizations.

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Shashi (Shashikant) Gupta

Shashi (Shashikant) Gupta

Co-founder and President, Gupta Family Foundation

A strong sense of social justice inspired Shashikant Gupta to establish the Gupta Family Foundation (formerly Apex Foundation), a private foundation that supports organizations helping disadvantaged people become self-reliant. Shashi is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apex CoVantage, responsible for guiding the company’s business strategy and technology direction. Shashi also serves as chief technologist, directing the development of Apex’s numerous trailblazing technologies over the years in such diverse markets as publishing; media and entertainment; and electric, gas, and water utilities. His philosophy of balancing the cognitive power of the human mind with the processing power of computers has guided all of Apex’s technological innovations, while his passion for identifying and designing next-generation technologies led Shashi to develop software products like ADEPT, ProACT, IZAAC, DataWorks, FieldWorks, and ProField. Prior to founding Apex, Shashi was a consultant to the U.S. government, developing computer models to address nuclear waste-disposal issues. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Raghu Rao

Raghu Rao

President and Founder, Kovid, Inc.

Raghu Rao is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and angel investor. Raghu has founded and scaled several high-technology companies and social enterprises including Infozen, an Analytics-Based Risk-Screening Platform for Homeland Security, as CEO. He has advised clients on the strategy and roll-out of high-profile projects, including the Federal Internet Portal USA.gov, cancer.gov and other eGovernment initiatives. Raghu is also Co-Founder of Paper Battery Co. & Wiz Nucleus. Raghu has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech University. He has also pursued MBA Finance Coursework from George Washington University.

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Sriram Viswanathan

Sriram Viswanathan

Founding Managing Partner, IndusAge Global Capital Managers

Sriram is the Managing Partner of IndusAge Partners. He spent nearly 20 years at Intel Corporation in various senior management roles. In his last role within Intel, until 2012 he was the Vice President of the Intel Architecture Group (IAG) and General Manager of Intel’s Incubation and Innovation Group.Prior to this, he was the head of Intel’s Global Wireless efforts responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of Intel’s efforts in the industry to establish Intel leadership in communication technologies such as WiFi and 4G. In this capacity he was the corporate focal point for customers and business partners Worldwide. He is also recognised in the industry as the original architect of Intel’s efforts in WiFi and 4G/WiMAX technologies as well as for being a founding team member of Intel Capital having won numerous awards during this tenure at Intel.Sriram has degrees in physics, computer science and automation from the American College and the Indian Institute of Science respectively. He received a master’s degree from UCLA Anderson School of Business in 1997.

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Sumant Sinha

Sumant Sinha

Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power

Sumant is the Founder Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies. In a matter of six years since the company was founded, ReNew Power has organically grown to own over 3,000 MW of commissioned and under-construction clean energy assets (for perspective, India’s cumulative energy capacity across all energy forms is 310,000 MW). To fund this growth, Mr. Sinha has raised over $900 million in equity and $ 2.5 billion in debt capital, making ReNew one of India’s most well capitalized companies.Sumant holds the office of Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Northern Region and has been the Chairman of CII’s Renewable Energy Committee as well as CII’s Solar Task Force. He is also on the Advisory Board of Columbia’s University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as well as on the Board of the Raj Center of Indian Economic Policy at Columbia University. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, and Columbia University, Sumant is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a National Talent Scholar.

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Naren Gupta

Naren Gupta

Co-founder, Nexus Venture Partners

Naren co-founded Integrated Systems Inc (ISI), a leading embedded software company, where he served as the President/CEO for fifteen years since founding in 1980. He took ISI public and subsequently merged it with Wind River Systems. Naren continued to serve on the board of Wind River till its acquisition by Intel. He has served on the boards of many public and privately held companies. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Red Hat, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and the Advisory Board of Asia Society Northern California. Naren has over 20 years of early and early-growth stage investment experience in US and India. Naren holds a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi; an MS from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Stanford University all in engineering. He received the Presidents’ Gold Medal for the top performance at IIT Delhi. Naren has received distinguished alumni awards from Caltech and IIT and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE. He is an active advisor to entrepreneurs worldwide.

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Harmit Singh

Harmit Singh

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.

Harmit is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. Harmit is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. This includes: financial planning and analysis; strategic planning and corporate development; accounting and controls; tax; enterprise risk management; treasury; internal audit; and investor relations.Harmit is a seasoned, financial executive with almost 30 years of experience in driving growth for global consumer brands. Throughout his career, he has worked at companies that serve consumers in the hospitality, restaurant, travel and financial industries.Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in January 2013, Harmit served as chief financial officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he successfully established a global financial structure, took the company public, built a strong balance sheet, and drove growth by supporting capital deployment for acquisitions and investments.Harmit holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He is also a proud member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network. In October 2016, Harmit was named to the board of directors of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., the owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings(R) restaurants

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Vijay Goradia

Vijay Goradia

Founder and Chairman, Vinmar International, Ltd.

Vijay Goradia is a Director at Goradia Capital. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Vinmar International, Ltd. He grew the firm to an international distribution powerhouse with over $3 billion in sales with over 29 offices worldwide. Vijay serves as the Chairman of the Board of ChemXL. He also serves on the Board of Lion Copolymer Ltd., Ascend, Excel Polymers, and other petrochemical manufacturing companies. He won Ernst & Young’s Houston “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2002. Mr. Goradia earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

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Tarun Patel

Tarun Patel

Chief Financial Officer, Pracrea Inc.

Tarun is the President of Pacific Hospitality Company a family-owned, full-service real estate services company specializing in management, development, and investments in the hospitality industry where is has been involved in over $500M in hospitality development and transactions. He is also a Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Pracrea, Inc. a Silicon Valley based software company that has a lead generation and marketing tool for commercial real estate and businesses as (www.AQQIRE.com). Tarun serves on the Board of Governors of Northcott Hospitality and is a Charter member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) Silicon Valley. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the US Travel Association and as Chairman of Board of Asian American Hotels Owners Association.

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Nishith Desai

Nishith Desai

Founder and Managing Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith is an international tax and corporate lawyer, researcher, author and lecturer. He is founder of Nishith Desai Associates. Mr. Desai has substantial experience in the Fund sector, advising perhaps the largest number of offshore investment funds. He played a seminal role in structuring several private equity funds in addition to structuring several domestic venture capital funds. He has advised the Small Industries Development Board of India and the Department of Electronics, Government of India, on their domestic venture capital fund. Nishith serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Avendus Advisors Private Ltd. He is on the Advisory Board of the New York State Bar Association’s International Law Review. He is the Chairperson of Taxation Committee of LAWASIA and a senior country correspondent for “Tax Notes International”, US. He is a member of the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Inter Pacific Bar Association, LAWASIA, International Tax Planning Association, and Supreme Court Bar Association. In November 2004, he was ranked as No. 28 in a global Top 50 “Gold List”. Mr. Desai also holds a special license from the State Bar of California to practice Indian law.

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Pari Natarajan

Pari Natarajan

CEO at Zinnov

Pari is Co-Founder of Zinnov LLC and serves as its the Chief Executive Officer. He has successfully led engagements for Fortune 1000 companies and helped them effectively globalize their R & D initiatives and expand their business footprint in India as well as other emerging markets. He continues to provide thought leadership in the areas of R&D globalization, emerging market entry and technology adoption at SMBs and consumers. He has outstanding expertise across industry verticals such as Internet and software, Semiconductor, Telecom, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare and Industrial domains. Prior to co-founding Zinnov, he held management positions at Praja and Centric Software. Pari holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Iowa State University.

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Vijay Advani

Vijay Advani

CEO, Nuveen

Vijay is responsible for Nuveen’s strategy, distribution and operations, as well as the investment affiliates that comprise Nuveen’s multi-boutique structure. Before joining the firm in 2017, Vijay was Co-President of Franklin Templeton Investments, where in a career of more than 20 years he was responsible for long-term strategic initiatives and the firm’s investment management, trading and global retail and institutional channels. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Vijay spent 11 years at the World Bank advising governments on developing their financial markets and arranging equity, quasi-equity and debt financing. He worked in several emerging economies in the former Soviet Union, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Vijay is a board member at Jumpstart and the U.S. – India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), Advisory Board Member for The Hive Incubator in Palo Alto, Advisory Council Member of DocuSign in San Francisco, Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley and past board member at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a committee member of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative, member of the India Advisory Committee and Investment Committee at the Santa Clara University (SCU) and former Board Member of Lok Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Shekar Narasimhan

Shekar Narasimhan

Managing Partner, Beekman Advisors, Inc

Shekar is the Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors. He provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors. He is chairman of Papillon Capital focused on sustainable infrastructure investing and is co-founder of the Emergent Institute in
Bangalore. Shekar is currently serving on the boards of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc., Broadtree Homes, Inc. and Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. Shekar was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Member of the Board for Housing and Community Development and for the Virginia Housing Development Authority. He also serves as a Senior Industry Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and on the Economic Advisory Council of the Center for American Progress. He has served as a Commissioner on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and has founded AAPI Victory Fund, a Super Pac to elect progressive Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Shekar holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India and an MBAfrom the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has earned the designation of Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB).

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Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

President, Hawkeye Hotels

Ravi Patel is Principal and President for Hawkeye Hotels, one of the fastest growing, privately-owned hotel companies in the country. Hawkeye Hotels currently owns and operates over 45 hotels, with ownership in an additional 30. Since joining Hawkeye Hotels, Patel has personally overseen development or acquisition of over 50 hotels with total raised capital exceeding $500 million. Since his involvement, the total portfolio of Hawkeye Hotels has seen growth from a handful of hotels to being a premier developer with Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental, with more than 6,500 rooms open or soon to be, and employs over 1,500 employees. These properties will create an estimated 20-year economic impact of over $5 billion in the state of Iowa alone. Furthermore, Patel oversees all aspects of the company from daily operations to strategic positioning. Ravi holds a business degree from University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

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Salil Pitroda

Salil Pitroda

Senior Advisor, Fransisco Partners

Salil Pitroda is an investor, entrepreneur, and senior management partner. He has built and grown more than 20 companies—working with word-class innovators, operating executives, and investors. He has been a part of two successful startups. The first, an innovative investment firm where he specialized in technology and financial services, was acquired by Citigroup. The second, a pioneering mobile transactions company where he served as a founding investor, interim executive, and board member, was acquired by MasterCard in 2014. His experience includes helping shape strategic, operational and financial priorities for companies with enterprise values ranging from $5M to $1B. He regularly partners with CEOs, CFOs, and heads of product and business development to help build and grow companies. He holds an MS in Computer Science and BS in Economics from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Vasant Prabhu

Vasant Prabhu

Chief Financial Officer, Visa INC

Vasant Prabhu has served as CFO of Visa since February 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and management. Currently, he is responsible for Visa’s financial strategies, planning and reporting, in addition to all finance operations and investor relations. Prior to Visa, Vasant was at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, overseeing the company’s financial planning and operations. He also managed the company’s operations and technical services division, which includes its technical operations, physical plant, corporate services and information technology functions. Prior to that, Vasant served as the CFO for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where he was responsible for all financial functions, information technology and a range of corporate functions. He also has served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Pepsi Cola International and as President of E-Commerce at Safeway, Inc. Mr. Prabhu holds MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL in 1983 and a BS in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.

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Deepa Prahalad

Deepa Prahalad

Advisory Board Member, Arogya World

Deepa Prahalad is an author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, she began her career researching how to improve efficiency in UN procurement and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill. Prahalad has worked with firms from start-ups to large multinationals. Prahalad collaborated with RKS to research and co-author the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business (Wharton School Publishing). She has spoken at business schools such as USC and Harvard on design strategy using the EMPOWER framework she developed and conducts workshops for executives. More recently, she worked with Harvard Business School to develop a case exercise on design and blogs on the Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review. Prahalad’s work as a management consultant includes writing the first business plan for MyOwn.MD, (now Anvita Health), a real-time clinical decision support system and Google Health partner. She has also written about the business case for design in Bloomberg Businessweek and other magazines. Prahalad has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Kausik Rajgopal

Kausik Rajgopal

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Deepak Raj is founder and managing director of the New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates with investments in real estate and public and private securities. He is also CFA and, with his wife Neera, the founder of the Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University. Deepak has extensive experience as an equity analyst and an investment banker. His leadership positions during 24
years with Merrill Lynch include senior analyst in research (and member of the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team); head of their Global Consumer Products Investment Banking practice; and senior vice president and member of the firm’s executive management committee. As director of Global Equity Research, he managed a staff of approximately 700 investment professionals located throughout the world. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Deepak graduated from IIT Kanpur with a BTech in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Northeastern University. He has served on the investment committee of Spring Mountain Capital. Deepak is executive chairman of Pratham USA. He and his wife, Neera, have two grown children and live in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Sunny Ramchandani

Sunny Ramchandani

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Aetna

Sunny Ramchandani currently serves as a Commander in the US Navy Reserves and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a board member of the Physicians Foundation and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Aetna. In this role, Dr. Ramchandani is helping to lead the launch
of AetnaCare – a comprehensive health initiative designed to optimize health, streamline product offerings and lower healthcare service needs among target populations. A highly decorated naval officer, his extensive experience in military medicine has given him a strong background in population health and primary care
transformation.Sunny has held a number of leadership positions over the course of his career. He has served as Medical Director of Healthcare Business at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Chief Medical Officer of the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP), and Integrated Chief of General Internal Medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he co-founded the US Navy’s Patient-Centered Medical Home model in 2007.A former White House Fellow, Sunny earned his MPH (Healthcare Management) from Harvard School of Public Health and his MD from Yale School of Medicine. He received his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a
Truman Scholar and graduated first in his class academically.

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Mallika Srinivasan

Mallika Srinivasan

CEO, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited

Mallika Srinivasan (born 1959) is the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, a mass manufacturer of tractors incorporated in 1960 at Chennai, India. She led the company’s growth to its present status with revenues of INR 96 billion with diverse interests in tractors, farm machinery, diesel engines, engineering plastics, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, batteries, automobile franchises and plantations. Mallika has led a variety of industry bodies such as the Tractor Manufacturers’ Association of India, The Madras Chamber of Commerce and has held various positions in industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. She is on the Board of AGCO Corporation – United States, Tata Steel Limited and Tata Global Beverages Limited.She is a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, the Governing Board (Rural Technology And Business Incubator of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and the Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy. She has been instrumental in supporting organizations such as the Sankara Nethralaya, a leading eye care organization, the Cancer Hospital in Chennai, and a number of educational, healthcare, and arts endeavors.A is a gold-medalist in Econometrics from the University of Madras and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, where she was ranked as one of its top 125 most successful alumni.

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Sashi Reddi

Sashi Reddi

Managing Partner, Sri Capital

Sashi is the founder and managing partner of SRI Capital. Previously, Sashi was the founder and CEO of AppLabs, the world’s largest independent software testing company with over 2,500 QA professionals in India, the US, and the UK. AppLabs was funded by Sequoia Capital India. CSC acquired AppLabs in September 2011. Series A investors
in AppLabs received a 10X return on their investment in 6 years. A serial entrepreneur, Sashi has started three other companies prior to AppLabs. These were EZPower Systems (web content management pioneer acquired by Doc Corp, and eventually a part of Oracle), iCoop (group purchasing dotcom), and FXLabs (leading Indian game developer acquired by Foundation 9 Entertainment). Sashi serves on the advisory board of Wharton Entrepreneurship and the board of Ben Franklin Technology Partners. He is also on the board of T-Hub, which expects to become the largest incubator in India, housing over 1,000 startups in the next 3 years. He is a charter member of TiE Philadelphia and TiE Hyderabad. Sashi received his BTech in Computer Science from the IIT Delhi, an MS in Computer Science from NYU, and later a PhD from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Raju Reddy

Raju Reddy

CEO, Sierra Atlantic

Raju Reddy is the Chief Executive Officer of Sierra Atlantic at Sceptre Database Consultants, Inc. He serves as an Industry Advisor at Inventus Capital Partners and as an Executive Vice President of Global Services, Executive Vice President of India Technology Services, and Director at Hitachi Consulting Corporation. He founded Sierra Atlantic, Inc. in 1993 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Executive Board. He was responsible for establishing trusted relationships with Fortune 1000 customers as and forming key technology partnerships with industry leaders such as Oracle and General Electric. Prior to Sierra Atlantic, he served 15 years in software development, marketing, general management and as an Entrepreneur. He co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. He served ten years at Intel, where he was instrumental in establishing interface standards for software tools and engineered data management systems in the Design Technology Group. He championed Intel's Software Partner Program for the
first-generation Pentium processor, and built strong relationships with industry leaders Microsoft, Lotus, Borland, and IBM. He served as the Chairman of the Board at Sierra Atlantic, Inc. He has been an Independent Director of Seclore Technology since August 21, 2013. Raju serves as a Director of Espresso Logic, Inc., Sierra Atlantic Software Services Ltd., Member of Advisory Board at India-West Publications, Inc. and Trustee of Puente. He is a Charter Member of TiE. Raju holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering
from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

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Nalini Saligram

Nalini Saligram

CEO, Arogya World

Nalini Saligram is the Founder & CEO of Arogya World (arogyaworld.org), a global health non-profit committed to changing the course of chronic disease. She is an Ashoka Fellow and the Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Women &NCDs. Under Nalini’s leadership, Arogya World designs and implements scalable, science-based diabetes prevention programs in Indian schools, workplaces, and the community. In addition to completing mDiabetes, the groundbreaking 1-million- person diabetes prevention mHealth program in India, Nalini and her team are working hard to get 100 companies in India to become Healthy Workplaces and help 1 million employees lead healthier
lives. As a tireless advocate for NCD prevention, Nalini leverages public-private partnerships and global platforms to improve the world we live in. Arogya World has made three Clinton Global Initiative Commitments (one in 2011, and two in 2013), is a United Nations Every Woman Every Child Commitment maker (2014), and was named as a
finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation (2014). Nalini has lived and worked in many parts of the world, including Merck in Philadelphia, Merial in Atlanta, Glaxo Wellcome in London, and Hill & Knowlton in Hong Kong.
Nalini has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She serves on the Dean’s Council at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and is a charter member of TiE Midwest. She is based in Chicago and Bangalore.

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Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah

Managing Partner, Shah Capital Partners

Ajay Shah is the Managing Partner of Shah Capital Partners. A technology executive with over 20 years of experience, he founded and managed the Technology Solutions Business of Solectron, a $2 Billion business. Ajay was the CEO of Smart Modular Technologies, a company he co-founded in 1989, led through its public offering in 1995, growth to over $1 billion in revenues, and acquired by Solectron Corp. in 1999 for over $2 billion. In 2003, Ajay formed Shah Management and in 2004 formed Shah Capital Partners. In 2007, Shah joined Silver Lake and is the cofounder of the firm’s middle market fund, Silver Lake Sumeru. Mr. Shah was elected “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Silicon Valley in 1997. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and also serves on the boards of KQED Broadcasting, San Francisco, The Indian School of Business, India and as a Trustee of the American India Foundation. Ajay Shah has a B.S. in engineering from University of Baroda in India and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.

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Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Director of Operations, Bio-Pharm Inc.

Amit Shah is Director of Operations at Bio-Pharm, Inc. He is a Member of the Board of Marius Pharmaceuticals in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Boston University School of Management.

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Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

Co-founder, Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the co-founder and President of Generate Capital. He is author of Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy, 2013 Icosa Publishing. The book talks about the prominent role of business model innovation, more than new technology, in attracting mainstream capital and unlocking transformational change. In the book, the author pictures reaching our 2020 climate change goals as means to create the next economy with the equivalent of 100,000 companies worldwide, each generating $100 million in sales. Jigar serves as a board member of the Carbon War Room, a global organization he previously served as CEO. He has become an outspoken advocate to end all energy subsidies, including those for renewable energy, to ‘create a level playing field’; In 2013, Jigar served as a mentor for Unreasonable at Sea, a technology business accelerator for social entrepreneurs seeking to scale their ventures in international markets. Founded by Unreasonable Group, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Jigar writes for Unreasonable Group’s venture UNREASONABLE.is, a hub for social entrepreneurs. Jigar holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from
the University of Maryland.

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Manu Shah

Manu Shah

Founder, M S International Inc.

Manu Shah is the CEO of M S International, Inc., the leading importer and distributor of Premium Surfaces including granite, marble, porcelain and ceramic tiles, slate, travertine, limestone and other natural stone products from 35 countries. The company’s products are used in flooring, wall tiles, countertops, landscaping and many other building applications. The company has 26 distribution centers located across the United States in 22 major metropolitan areas and services a customer base that includes over 3,000 retailers, fabricators, and distributors of natural stone and tiles. Prior to beginning his own holding company, he was Senior Project Engineer at International Trucks, and a Senior Engineer at Ohio Brass – Holan Division before that. He received an Excellence in Entrepreneurship award in Orange County, California in 2013. Manu has an MSME in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bombay – VJTI.

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Jai Shekhawat

Jai Shekhawat

Founder, Fieldglass

Jai is the CEO and Co-founder of Fieldglass, which makes the world's most widely used Cloud platform for the procurement of contract labor and services. Under his leadership, the Fieldglass platform has grown globally with users in 70+ countries, multiple languages and currencies and over $20 billion in annual spend. He is Ernst &Young’s 2012 Midwest “Entrepreneur of the Year” as well as the current recipient of the Peter Yessne Staffing Innovator Award, recognized for pioneering the Vendor Management Software (VMS) space. Jai previously co-founded Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Naperville, Ill., with development and sales operations in multiple countries. Formerly, he was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago where he served clients in various industries in the areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He also worked as a senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan. Jai has held various civic and board positions including serving on the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors
(MCTA) for the City of Chicago, the Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago and the board of TiE Midwest. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Field Museum of Chicago, is a Board Member of Metrosquash and is a founding member of the Firestarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago start-ups.
Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor’s degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

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Venk Shukla

Venk Shukla

General Partner, Monta Vista Capital

Venk Shukla is a General Partner at Monta Vista Capital. With a varied background in sales, marketing and general management, Venk has a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth. He has worked as a senior marketing executive in large technology companies in Silicon Valley and has been involved with
numerous early stage companies as an executive, investor, board member, and/or advisor. As president of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), he presides over one of the most powerful networks focused on technology startups in Silicon Valley. TiE, a 21-year- old non-profit, exists to promote wealth creation through entrepreneurship, and its membership includes the entire ecosystem of entrepreneurship – VCs, successful
entrepreneurs, senior executives in public companies as well as budding entrepreneurs. Within TiE, Venk started a CIO Forum, which connects 25 CIOs from companies such as Costco, Walmart, Clorox, GE Capital, HCA Health Care and others with the most innovative B2B companies in the Valley. Venk is also the Founding Chair and active member of TiE Angels, which is one of the most active Angel investor
groups in the Valley with 140 members and 26 investments in the last three years, mostly in the B2B space. Venk holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and BSEE from NIT in India.

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K R Sridhar

K R Sridhar

CEO, Bloom Energy

K. R. Sridhar is the founder and CEO of Bloom Energy, an energy company which launched a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly fuel cell known as the Bloom Box in 2010. The energy is clean and inexpensive, but development and production of this fuel cell required a large initial investment of $100 million. Sridhar was able to obtain funding for the project from investors such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. Kleiner is represented on the Bloom Energy board of directors by John Doerr, an early investor in companies such as Amazon and Google as well. In a 2010 segment of 60 Minutes on CBS, KR predicted that a $3000 box could be in every home within the next five to ten years. Companies such as Adobe Systems, Ebay, Google, FedEx, Wal-Mart and Yahoo have already
leased larger-sized boxes. Prior to Bloom Energy, K.R. was the director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the University of Arizona where he was also professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. KR has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology at Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, an M.S. in nuclear engineering and a PhD in mechanical engineering from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Navin Thukkaram

Navin Thukkaram

Technology investor and entrepreneur,

Navin Thukkaram is a technology investor and entrepreneur. He was previously Chief Operating Officer, Board member, and seed round investor of Qwiki, a New York-based mobile technology company acquired by Yahoo! for a reported $50 million. Thukkaram is an angel investor in several technology companies. Previously, Mr. Thukkaram was Director and the #2 investment professional of Vulcan Capital Private Equity, the
private equity firm owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul G. Allen. At Vulcan, Mr. Thukkaram served on the boards of Vulcan Energy Corporation (General Partner of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE: PAA), a $15BN public company) and Vulcan Resources Florida. Mr. Thukkaram is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has represented the United States in foreign policy forums as a guest of the
governments of Sweden (2011), Canada (2010), Malaysia (2009), and Japan (2007).
Mr. Thukkaram is the benefactor of the Navin Thukkaram '03 Fellowship at Harvard Business School and the Thukkaram Room at Hampden-Sydney College. He has spoken on the topics of technology and investing at various institutions, including Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, NYU Law, and the University of Chicago. Mr. Thukkaram holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSE, cum laude, from Princeton University.

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Naveen Todi

Naveen Todi

COO, Penn Manufacturing Industries

Naveen Todi has a passion for developing and executing the strategic vision for successful businesses and organizations. He has had a successful track record in this capacity as both the COO / principal owner of the PMI Group as well as an avid investor and board advisor to talented entrepreneurs that are building highly innovative businesses in cutting edge markets. He completed his MBA at the Wharton School. He received his dual bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Economics while enrolled in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the Wharton School and the University of
Pennsylvania.

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Sheel Tyle

Sheel Tyle

Principal, New Enterprise Associates

Sheel Tyle is the Founder & CEO of Amplo, a venture capital firm focused on investing in the most impactful young entrepreneurs globally. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Andela, most recently named the #1 most innovative company in Africa by Fast Company. As an angel investor, Sheel has invested in the seed or Series A of Casper, Fiscalnote, Mark43, Robinhood, and others. Sheel graduated from Stanford University in three years, at the age of 19. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2013. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School. In 2016, upon invitation of the White House, Sheel was part of the US delegation with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba.

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Anurag Varma

Anurag Varma

Vice President, Government Affairs, Infosys Limited

Anurag Varma is Head of Global Government Government Affairs for Infosys Limited,a global technology consulting firm, where he develops and executes public policy strategies involving national and regional governments in each of the company’s key markets, including the U.S.,Canada, European Union, Australia and India. Prior to joining Infosys, Anurag served as public policy counsel before the U.S. Congress and Administration on behalf of foreign sovereign clients, Indian private sector interests and Indian American trade associations. In parallel, Anurag also worked on the lead litigation teams for national class action racial discrimination cases against the US government, resulting in $3 billion in compensation to African American and Native American farmers. He is married to Monika Kalra Varma, a human rights lawyer, and they have three children.

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Deepak Ahuja

Deepak Ahuja

CFO, Tesla Motors

Deepak Ahuja is Tesla, Inc.’s CFO as of March 2017. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Tesla Motors, Inc. since July 2008 and served as its Principal Accounting Officer. Deepak is a seasoned auto industry finance executive with 15 years experience at Ford Motor Company. He served as Controller for small cars product development program of Ford from August 1993 to July 2008. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Ford of Southern Africa from February 2003 to June 2006, where he oversaw the finance, legal and IT functions. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for Auto Alliance International from September 2000 to February 2003. He has been an Independent Director of FireEye, Inc., since September 3, 2015.
Deepak holds an M.S.I.A. (which was subsequently redesignated as an M.B.A.) from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Northwestern University and a B. Tech in Ceramic Engineering from
Banaras Hindu University in India.

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Vijay Vashee

Vijay Vashee

Board of Directors, Icertis

Mr. Vijay Vashee served as Strategic Advisor at Icertis Inc. and is currently employed at Cronus Ventures, LLC. Since 1982, he has played key roles at Microsoft in both the product and information technology groups, including as General Manager of the Information Technology Group at Microsoft Corporation. His leadership there ultimately resulted in the creation of Microsoft Project and Microsoft PowerPoint as Microsoft products. Through two decades of experience, he offers a unique perspective to enterprise software product development and their rollout in Fortune 500 companies. He is a key investor in several technology start-ups engaged in
development of enterprise software, application servers and user software development. Vijay serves as Trustee and Board Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is the Founding President and Chairman of Tie Seattle. He is a member of the Computing and Information Science Advisory Council of Cornell University Entrepreneurship Council and the University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Board. Vijay holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1977, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1975 and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T. Bombay in 1974.

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Raj Gupta

Raj Gupta

Chairman, Delphi Automotive

Raj Gupta is the former chairman, CEO, and president of Rohm and Haas, a manufacturer of speciality chemicals for end use markets such as building and construction, electronic devices, packaging, household and personal care products. In 1971 Gupta joined Rohm and Haas as a financial analyst. Working his way up in the company, Gupta was elected to the board of directors and named vice chairman in January 1999 and later became chairman and chief executive officer in October 1999. He assumed the additional title of president in early 2005. He left Rohm & Haas after its
$15.3 billion acquisition by Dow in 2009. In April 2005 the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce named Gupta as one of the top 10 most influential Asian Americans in business. Raj has also served as the chairman for the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, an M.S. degree in
Operations Research from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. Raj lives with his wife Kamal Varshney and their two children in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

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Deepak Raj

Deepak Raj

Founder, Raj Associates

Deepak Raj is founder and managing director of the New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates with investments in real estate and public and private securities. He is also CFA and, with his wife Neera, the founder of the Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University. Deepak has extensive experience as an equity analyst and an investment banker. His leadership positions during 24
years with Merrill Lynch include senior analyst in research (and member of the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team); head of their Global Consumer Products Investment Banking practice; and senior vice president and member of the firm’s executive management committee. As director of Global Equity Research, he managed a staff of approximately 700 investment professionals located throughout the world. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Deepak graduated from IIT Kanpur with a BTech in electrical engineering and earned an MBA from Northeastern University. He has served on the investment committee of Spring Mountain Capital. Deepak is executive chairman of Pratham USA. He and his wife, Neera, have two grown children and live in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Bijal Patel

Bijal Patel

Vice President of Development, Coast Redwood Hospitality

Bijal Patel, CHA, resides in Santa Cruz, California and is a third generation commercial real estate entrepreneur and current Chief Executive Officer of Coast Redwood Hospitality. His company, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a full service management, investment, and development company specializing in hospitality, commercial real estate, and investments. Bijal grew up in the business and signed his first franchise agreement at age 17. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA). He also serves as a North Pacific Ambassador and Young Professional Committee Member at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).

Ganesh Natarajan

Ganesh Natarajan

Founder and Chairman, 5F World Pvt. Ltd.

Ganesh Natarajan is Chairman of Social Venture Partners International and Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Skills, Start-ups and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Chairman of Global Talent Track, a pioneer in Employability Skills Training in Asia. Ganesh’s industry responsibilities include Chairman of NASSCOM Foundation, Pune City Connect and Social Venture Partners Pune. He led the HBS Club of India for four years and is a member of the National Council of the CII.

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Vinay Nair

Vinay Nair

Co-Chairman, 55 Capital Partners

Vinay Nair, Ph.D, is the Chairman at 55 Institutional Partners, LLC. Dr. Nair was the Founding Principal of Ada Investment Management LP where he helped form an investment platform and team to design portfolio solutions using financial research and quantitative methods. Prior to founding Ada, Dr. Nair was research director at Old Lane, a hedge fund firm founded by senior executives at Morgan Stanley. Dr. Nair is a visiting professor at the Wharton School and at The Sloan School at MIT, having previously been a full-time faculty member at The Wharton School, and has also been a visiting professor at the University of Pmpeu-Fabra (Barcelona), University of Amsterdam, and many others. He has a PhD in Financial Economics from the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business with an award for the best thesis. Dr. Nair received a B. Tech from IIT, Madras.

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Shyam Lal

Shyam Lal

Senior Partner Emeritus, Mckinsey & Company

Shyam Lal is an independent advisor and board member to privately held (family- owned, private equity and venture-backed) businesses. He is also Senior Partner Emeritus with McKinsey & Company, where he worked for almost thirty years with leading companies in the industrial, travel and logistics and consumer sectors. At McKinsey, Shyam led a number of global practices including those in operations, business technology and travel & logistics. Shyam has been a board member at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the MMM Program at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Communities Thriving and is Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Bay School of San Francisco. Shyam holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS from Penn State and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the IIT in Delhi. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Rami, and daughter, Annika.

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Suresh Kattar

Suresh Kattar

Board of Directors, Saama Technologies

Suresh Katta founded Saama Technologies, Inc. with a vision to turn raw data into actionable insights that enable enterprise leaders to make timely and reliable decisions for critical business discovery. Suresh applied his lifelong love of mathematics to solve complex data analysis well before the term “big data” became ubiquitous. Today, Saama is made up of intelligent, helpful people with a passion for math, data, and analytics. Since the company’s launch, Suresh and his team have built an extensive history of providing data scientist led solutions and services in the big data and business analytics market for top enterprise companies, and public sector agencies. Suresh has successfully launched two startups, including co-founding GVI, which developed groupware applications and was sold to Netscape in 1995.

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Lata Krishnan

Lata Krishnan

CFO, Shah Capital Partners

Lata Krishnan is CFO for Shah Capital Partners. She was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of SMART Modular Technologies, a publicly held company recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Fastest Growing Public Companies. Lata has also held corporate accounting and finance positions at Montgomery Securities, Arthur Andersen & Company LLP, and Hill Vellacott & Company in London, England. Lata is a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group. She is also the Chair of the American India Foundation (AIF) (www.aif.org) since being involved in its founding in 2001. AIF is a premier foundation with a long-term commitment to accelerating social and economic development in India and strengthening the bonds between the US and India. AIF is chaired by President Clinton, includes luminaries from the community on the Board, and has offices in Silicon Valley, New York and India. Her community activities also include serving as a Board Member for the Commonwealth Club and as a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She received a B.S. with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Ajay Mago

Ajay Mago

Partner, Culhane Meadows Haughian & Walsh PLLC

Ajay Mago is a partner in Culhane Meadows’ Corporate and Technology practices and is based out of the firm’s Chicago and Dallas offices. Ajay is a nationally recognized lawyer, trusted boardroom advisor, and passionate advocate for individual, corporate and institutional clients across numerous industries. His legal work has been recognized in The Washington Post, India Business Law Journal, Law360, Inside Counsel, Legal 500 U.S.– Leading Lawyers for M&A: Middle-Market, among other publications. Ajay is committed to the community and engages in significant pro bono work. He has handled pro bono matters involving international and domestic microfinance, civil rights issues, immigration rights and countless other issues.

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Ranjan Manoranjan

Ranjan Manoranjan

Principal, PRIME AE Group

Ranjan Manoranjan, Principal of PRIME AE Group, leads business development in the Midwest region. Prior to that, he was the CEO of 3SG Corporation. Ranjan was appointed to the Ohio Casino Control Commission in 2011 as the CPA representative and reappointed in 2014. He also currently serves on the World of Children Board of Governors, an organization comprised of 16 international business executives who contribute their executive skills to improving the lives of children worldwide. Ranjan currently serves on the Ohio Society of CPAs’ Political Action Committee and has served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority and Governmental Affairs Advisory Board. A CPA by profession, he serves on the boards of several state and philanthropic organizations.

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Shefali Mehta

Shefali Mehta

Founder and Consultant, Open Rivers Consulting Associates

Shefali Mehta is an agricultural and environmental economist who has spent 10+ years helping organizations to develop and implement strategies tailored to address their complex problems holistically. She founded and currently runs Open Rivers Consulting Associates where she supports clients in tackling some of their toughest problems by finding economic- and science-based solutions. Throughout her career, Dr. Mehta has focused on collaborating across disciplines, industries and sectors to identify innovative and pragmatic solutions to complex issues. She worked in roles across private, public and non-profit sectors and continues to do so. She also serves on several non-profit boards.

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Raghu Mendu

Raghu Mendu

Co-founder, Ventureast

Raghu Mendu is a Co-founder and General Partner of Ventureast. He was part of the team that was responsible for the pioneering privatization of a venture capital fund in India. He is a technology professional by training, and his investment focus covers the broad technology and services space including IT, mobile, education, hospitality, alternative energy and water. He operates as Ventureast’s partner based in the US.  Prior to co-founding Ventureast, Raghu had extensive corporate, entrepreneurial, and investment experience in the IT and banking industries in the US. He started a new subsidiary for Union Bank in Los Angeles called Union Bancsystems in the mid 1980s, and helped it grow to over $10Million in two years. Prior to this he was with Nixdorf Computer, first responsible for product development, and then for establishing the overall strategy and sales infrastructure for Nixdorf’s Financial Industries Group. As an entrepreneur, Raghu has built and sold three companies including one of the early technology product companies in India. He has also been involved in the acquisition of over eight companies as part of a US publicly listed rollup. Raghu holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Madras.

 

Chris Gali

Chris Gali

Co-founder, Enterprise Cloudworks

Chris Gali is the CEO and the lead for technical design and management at Graphite GTC, a Philadelphia-based software firm. Chris has well over 20 years of experience in the insurance and software development industries. Prior to Graphite GTC, Chris served as the co-founder, architect, and CIO of AdminServer, where his expertise and vision guided revolutionary development of policy administration systems until the company was acquired by Oracle in 2008. Chris holds a MS in Computer Science from Temple University and a MS in Computer Science from St. Joseph’s College (Trichy, India). He serves on the Board of Directors of The Franklin Institute of Science and Technology, and of the Philadelphia Police Foundation. Chris also is a contributing member of The Barnes Foundation.

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Dinny Devitre

Dinny Devitre

Business Executive and Philanthropist

Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre is an international business executive who has held leadership positions over a 40 year period in the consumer products industry and financial services in Asia, Australia, Japan, Europe, and the U.S. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Altria Group, Inc., where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee and IHS Markit Ltd. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he is on the Executive Committee. He is former Chairman of Pratham USA. Dinny has held a number of senior operating positions with Philip Morris and then with Altria where he had a 35 year career.

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VR Ferose

VR Ferose

Senior Vice President, SAP

VR Ferose is Senior Vice President and Head of Globalization Services at SAP. Based in Palo Alto, Ferose is responsible for the adoption of SAP products worldwide through the delivery of solutions targeted at individual local markets. Ferose is a Trustee at Autism Research Trust, which supports research at the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University. He is a Director on the Board of Specialist People Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation a nonprofit, aiming to bring the topic of inclusion at the forefront in India. Ferose has co-authored a best-seller book on people with disabilities, GIFTED. He writes a monthly column on books, hobbies and culture for India’s leading daily Swarajyamag.com. Ferose was honored as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in March 2012 by the World Economic Forum. In a study published by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart, Ferose was selected as one of the leaders in ‘India’s Top 40 under 40’ – 2014. He was inducted into the ‘Happiness Hall of Fame’ at Stanford in 2016. In March 2017, he was given the AUCD award by Senator Tom Harkin for his groundbreaking initiative at SAP – ‘Autism

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Navneet Chugh

Navneet Chugh

Managing Partner, Chugh Firms

Navneet Chugh is the Managing Partner of a full service Law Firm and a CPA Firm with 500 employees in 15 offices in USA, India, & South America. Graduate of USC & Harvard. He is on the board of HAB Bank, Pratham. Previously, he was as on the board of AIF, ICC, NASABA, & TiE Global.

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Anand Deshpande

Anand Deshpande

Founder, Persistent Systems

Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT), a Company that he founded in 1990. He is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and management of the company. A true technology visionary, Anand’s strengths lie in identifying and investing in next-generation technologies early on and encouraging internal entrepreneurship to ensure that Persistent stays at the forefront of technology innovation. Anand has been the driving force in growing Persistent from start-up to the publically-traded global company of today. Anand has been recognized for his technology and business leadership as well as his contributions to public welfare. His awards include the CSI Fellowship Award for outstanding achievement in the field of IT, the Career Achievement Award from the School of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington and the IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Jay Challa

Jay Challa

Chairman and CEO, Ace Info Solutions Inc.

Jay Challa is Chairman and CEO of Ace Info Solutions (AceInfo). He founded AceInfo in 2000. Under his leadership and outstanding management capabilities, AceInfo has grown from a two-person, $50,000 revenue company in 2001 to a mid- sized leader serving the Federal Government market space. The company has won many awards from Federal Government agencies, including the SDB Contractor of the Year from the US Department of Agriculture and the National Directors Award from the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Mr. Challa received Fifty Influential Minorities in Business award from Minority Business Enterprise Network in 2006 and was on the cover of the Minority Enterprise Advocate magazine in 2009. Mr. Challa lives in Herndon with his wife Kavita, his daughter and son.

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Pat Basu

Pat Basu

Senior Vice President, Optum & Executive leader, UnitedHealth Group

Pat Basu is a business leader who has served as a senior executive in the corporate, government, private equity and clinical sectors. A former Stanford Physician and White House Advisor, Pat currently serves as Senior Vice President and member of the Executive Leader Team of United Health Group a Fortune 10 company that provides health services and health insurance.

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Suchit Bachalli

Suchit Bachalli

CEO, Unilog Content Solutions

Suchit Bachalli is the CEO of Unilog, a global technology company which specializes in e-commerce solutions and enriched product data for the B2B marketplace. He brings nearly 15 years of technology sales and management experience with a particular focus on wholesale distribution, retail and online commerce. As Unilog’s business grew into North America, in 2014, he relocated to Philadelphia to establish its U.S. headquarters in Wayne, Pa as Unilog’s President of North America. The company is now a multi- million dollar business with 800 global employees and hundreds of customers across diverse industries. In 2017, the Unilog Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Suchit Bachalli as the new Chief Executive Officer of Unilog Content Solutions and all its global subsidiaries

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Dilip Barot

Dilip Barot

Founder, Creative Choice Group

Dilip Barot is the founder of Creative Choice Group, a conglomerate of companies having interests in real estate development, investment, construction, asset management, and IT/ITeS. Creative Choice Group’s core business activity is private real estate investment, development, and management. Dilip also serves as President and CEO of several companies under the umbrella of Creative Choice Group (CCG), which span across the realms of development for multifamily residential, mixed-use, and commercial properties, investment management, and technology.

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