Transforming Knowledge Management for Hybrid Learning and Hybrid Workplaces
Employers around the world are straddling a bridge between yesterday, when most employees at most companies were physically present at work, and tomorrow, when a vaccine or effective treatment will open the possibility of safe return to the traditional workplace. Yet even when that happens, remote work will have earned a permanent place in the employment mix. This state of affairs presents leaders with two challenges: how to manage remote working conditions amid the uncertainty of today, and how to prepare for and optimize the hybrid working models of tomorrow, in which fully in-person and remote work will be two ends of a fluid spectrum of options. The former is a necessity; the latter, an opportunity. Hybrid work models, done right, will allow organizations to better recruit talent, achieve innovation, and create value for all stakeholders. The sessions will help in defining a future of work that is more flexible, digital, and purposeful.
Confederation of Indian Industry
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.
For 125 years, CII has been working on shaping India’s development journey and, this year, more than ever before, it will continue to proactively transform Indian industry’s engagement in national development.
CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with about 9100 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 288 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.
Day 1 : 8 April 2021
|1000 Hrs -1100 Hrs Gopi & Deepak||Inaugural Session|
|1000 Hrs-1005Hrs||Welcome Address||Mr Ramesh Ramadurai |
Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council 2020-2021 & Managing Director
3M India Ltd
|1005 Hrs-1015 Hrs||Theme Setting||Dr Gopichand Katragadda |
Chairman, CII Global Knowledge Summit & CEO Myelin Foundry Ltd.
|1015 Hrs-1045 Hrs|| |
“The new age of Knowledge Management: Think Big, Think Tech”
Mr Nandan Nilekani
Mr Deepak Padaki
|1045 Hrs-1055 Hrs||Keynote Address||Dr E V Ramana Reddy, IAS |
Additional Chief Secretary
Department of IT & BT & S&T & Higher Education
Government of Karnataka
|1055 Hrs-1105Hrs||Chief Guest||Dr C N Ashwathnarayan * |
Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister & Minister for IT& BT and S&T & Higher Education
Government of Karnataka
|1105 Hrs-1115 Hrs||Closing Remarks||Ms Jyoti Pradhan |
Vice Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council 2021-22 & CEO Kurlon India
|1130 Hrs-1245Hrs|| |
Succeeding in a Hybrid Environment:
Mr Manoj Hariharan, Knowledge Management Divisional Module Owner, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited, RBEI
Mr Rudolf D’Souza, chief Knowledge Officer, Afcons Ltd
1400 Hrs-1515 Hrs
Leveraging Technology for Corporate Learning
Session Chair – Mr Ved Prakash, Chief Knowledge Officer, Trianz
1530 Hrs-1645 Hrs
Panel Discussion on Remote Learning:
Learner engagement, Faculty effectiveness, Learning Measurements
While the pandemic has clearly accelerated the pace of adoption of remote learning solutions, whether this will become the new normal depends on facets beyond just remote delivery of knowledge. The panel will discuss on the fundamentals of how humans learn, knowledge retention vis-a-vis application, the role of interactions and more.
Moderator: Dr Saurav Mukherjee IIMB
Day 2 : 9 April 2021
1000 Hrs -1115 Hrs
Skilling for the Digital-first Work Environment
Moderator: Ms Shagufta Inamdar, Vice President L&D, Diageo
|1130 Hrs -1300 Hrs|| |
Delivering Quality & Value in Education:
It is important to understand the needs, expectations and aspirations of the learners and develop the new ways of learning accordingly. Premiumization of content, Value consciousness, redefining the EdTech platforms are some of the primary facets of hybrid learning that the EdTech players should be familiar with, and make investments to deliver and sustain the quality of education.
The distinguished panel members bring in their experiences on these aspects and help the participants understand essence of hybrid learning in the hybrid environment.
Mr Parasmoni Goswami, Knowledge Manager – Consulting, EY Knowledge, Global Delivery Services, India, EYK – Enterprise Content Management
Mr Sreeharsha, Assistant Director Knowledge Management E&Y
1400 Hrs-1515 Hrs
Design Thinking: Bringing in Customer Knowledge into Product Design
Design Thinking, as described by the IDF, is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding. Design Thinking revolves around a deep interest in developing an understanding of the people for whom we’re designing the products or services. With this as a background, the panel is being convened to help us iterate the role of Design Thinking as we look at designing solutions for the reimagined Hybrid Learning in the Hybrid Workplaces that are here to stay.
Moderator: Dr Pavan Soni
1530 Hrs-1645 Hrs
Business Communications: Storytelling
Chair: Mr Madanmohan Rao, Research Director, YourStory
CORE GROUP MEMBERS
Mr Deepak Padaki
Executive Vice President
Group Head of Strategy and Chief Risk Officer
Mr Parasmoni Goswami
KM– Consulting, EY Knowledge, Global Delivery Services, India, EYK – Enterprise Content Management
Dr E V Ramana Reddy IAS
Additional Chief Secretary Department of IT & BT & Science & Technology Government of Karnataka
Mr Ramesh Ramadurai
Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council 2020-2021 & Managing Director
3M India Ltd
Mr Nagarjuna Sadineni
Vice President – TopGear Crowd Sourcing, Business Continuity Management, Global Delivery Network Centers, Wipro Ltd.
Mr Shilohu Rao
General Manager (Capacity Building), Digital India Programme, National e-Governance Division
Mr Muhammad Zohaib
Big Data Consultant Bosch, Germany
Mr. Muhammad Zohaib is a passionate Software Developer and DevOps Engineer with 8+ years of experience in software industry. During his career, he has designed and developed various IT solutions in diverse domains such as e-commerce, automotive and security.
Currently, he is working as a Big Data Consultant at Robert Bosch Group GmbH where his team provides Big Data Cloud Platform to the internal Bosch customers hence enabling them to deploy their Big Data applications and services in the cloud based infrastructure.
He is co-founder of Smart Coffee Break initiative inside Bosch for the developers and by the developers. It is a modern concept of casual peer-to-peer learning among the colleagues especially in the current pandemic situation. Smart Coffee helps to connect like-minded colleagues who are working or interested in similar topics hence learning from each other and achieving more via close collaboration.
Mr Rahul Dutta
I’ve been a practicing designer and emergent technology entrepreneur for over the last two decades. Am an educator and a visiting faculty across a number of institutions in India, as well as a prolific corporate trainer and pedagogical designer.
I’ve been interested in and actively practicing virtual reality since 1997. Set up one of India’s first VR studios in 2007, and have co-founded many other startups in the VR/AR space since then. I’m also a cofounder of AltReal and Hyper Reality Studio and have mentored many startups into their exciting journey of creating their amazing visions.
I wear many hats- I’m an artist, designer, coder, educator, futurist and subject matter expert in creating immersive experiences and VR/AR ecosystems. I’m also a passionate educator and spend a significant amount of my time teaching, training and conducting workshops.
I’ve been studying how to teach and learn using the immense power and potential of these new technologies for the last couple of decades. As well as using them to create amazing art and experiences…I believe strongly that any medium can be used creatively to tell your story and express your visions.
As an avid learner, I’d be more interested in helping you teach yourself than trying to teach you anything! The key lies in capturing the essential basics and then practicing them until you master them. It’s a relatively easy lesson 😉
For example, I decided in early 1995 that I would make a sketch every Saturday night and have yet to miss a single one since then…cumulatively that’s a few thousand hours of sketching. I’ve also been an avid follower and practitioner of VR since the late 90s (AR since the early ’10s,) and still am to this date.
I’m immersed in my work, one could say 🙂
I have a lot of joy and passion for what I do. I hope I can translate it effectively and interestingly to you, I’ll be updating this site with examples and thoughts as I go along. If you like what I do, please get in touch and let’s do awesome things together.
Assistant Director Knowledge Management
Sreeharsha is an Assistant Director, Knowledge Management – Global Consulting Services for EY. Sreeharsha has 16 years of experience in KM, customer engagement, and has played pivotal roles in establishing KM practices from the scratch in varied industries including software, and market research.
MR PARASMONI GOSWAMI
KM– Consulting, EY Knowledge,
Global Delivery Services, India,
EYK – Enterprise Content Management
Parasmoni Goswami is the Knowledge Manager for Global Consulting Services for EY. He has worked as a Knowledge Manager for various Service Lines and Industry markets in his association in the Knowledge management field in the last 15 years. He is instrumental in setting up end to end Knowledge management infrastructure for various clients and establishing methodologies in Knowledge management process
Mr Anuroop Iyengar
Founder, Cogknit Semantics
Anuroop setup one of India’s Pioneering ML product Labs back in 2010. One of their first thought experiments was applying the notion of Recommender systems
to Learning Systems – pivoting in 2016 to Corporate space from Higher Ed/EdTech. Anuroop runs Cogknit whose 2 brands icog & AutoVox cover the 3Vs of new age Digital platforms for Learning : Voice, Video and Vernacular. iCog is a unique Competency Dictionary based Digital Learning ecosystem which includes a Learning index, a learner Engagement engine and Content Curation platform in Regional Languages. With L&T, Kirloskar, Bharat Forge as their users/participants, They are focussing on providing a Digital blended platform with a focus Manufacturing & Engineering vertical. AutoVox, while being an upcoming player in the Voice applications arena, is the industry’s first Privacy preserving Language engine behind the Video & Audio content processing in iCog. The iCog team believe that the way out is a well orchestrated mix of AI and human in the loop in a single platform is the way out for Upskilling & Re-skilling at Scale – be it K12, Higher-Ed or Corporates.
Mr Robin Banerjee
Caprihans India Ltd.
Robin Banerjee is the author of ‘Who Blunders and How: The Dumb Side of the Corporate World’. He is the MD of Caprihans India, and his 35 years of experience spans companies like Hindustan Unilever, Arcelor-Mittal, Thomas Cook, Essar Steel, and Suzlon India.
Ms Ritu Grover
Khaitan & Co.
Ritu Grover is the Director – Knowledge Management at Khaitan & co. which is one of the oldest and largest full-service law firms in India.
Prior to joining Khaitan & Co, Ritu was the Head of Collaboration & Knowledge at KPMG India for more than a decade and has worked in diverse industries with major players like EY and Bharti Airtel.
She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in knowledge management, training, smart tools adoption, enterprise collaboration, innovation, research, library operations and business excellence.
She is a recipient of ‘Knowledge Management Leadership Award’, ’50 Most Influential Knowledge Management Professionals Award’ and, ‘Best Implementation of Knowledge Management Award’, among others and specialises in designing, developing, and transforming KM practices.
Dr Molly S. Chaudhuri
Director, Manel Srinivas Nayak Institute of Management
Dr. Molly S. Chaudhuri is the Director of Manel Srinivas Nayak Institute of Management, Mangalore. She has a PhD in Knowledge Management from Mangalore University.She has a career spanning over two and a half decades in industry and academics.She has published several articles on KM in magazines and academic journals
She is also the member of kcommunity Bangalore and Knowledge Management Global Network. Her interests involve KM, Training, Learning, and Brand Management.
She is an active member of Toastmasters International and currently the Division Director of District 121
Mr Anirban Bhattacharya
Co-Founder, The Painted Sky & Founder
UBQT Design Thinking School
Anirban Bhattacharya runs India’s first and most exciting Design Thinking capability development firms. Anirban is India’s first Hasso-Plattner Institut (Germany) certified Design Thinking Coach, an ICF certified Executive Coach, and a Marketing MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Before turning entrepreneur, Anirban spent 16 years as a Sales and Marketing professional, working for large FMCG, banks, retail giants and private equity funds across the world.
Anirban is a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta). After getting his management diploma, Anirban earned his spurs in ITC, before working in various sales and marketing positions in American Express, Metro Cash & Carry, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in one of the world’s most innovative companies, the Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures, a global IP-focused PE fund.
Anirban turned entrepreneurial in 2010 after 15 years in industry, and Co-Founded The Painted Sky (www.thepaintedsky.com) where he leverages his years of industry experience and deep field learnings to conduct CXO level training programs. Anirban has been instrumental in promoting Art-Based Learning Initiatives worldwide, and has successfully facilitated programs across 10 countries, from the USA to Italy to China, and across industries and participant profiles.
More recently, Anirban has pioneered Design Thinking in India, after getting certified in Design Thinking from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. He is also India’s first Hasso- Plattner Institut (Germany) certified Design Thinking Coach.
Anirban’s passion in Design Thinking makes him push tirelessly as a driver for change and innovation to clients across the world. This involves bespoke training and mentoring offerings, designing and delivering ninety minutes to sixteen week programs to help organizations around the world internalize the philosophy, learn the principles and adopt the processes in everything they do
To take this agenda forward, Anirban founded UBQT Design Solutions, a Design Thinking consulting firm that has conducted various projects for clients across sectors and industries, discovering problems and developing solutions that matter.
This unique mix of Design Thinking practice (at UBQT Design Solutions) and training (at The Painted Sky) makes them India’s leading Design Thinking training firm and gives Anirban and his team the edge in understanding client challenges beyond the classroom and on the ground.
As the logical next step, Anirban and his team founded UBQT Design Thinking School as Asia’s first dedicated school for Human Centered Design in Bangalore. The School is a unique space for learning Design Thinking, through programs and projects, courses and workshops that push forward the motto of “Taking Design to Non–Designers”. As of 2017, UBQT Design Solutions has been merged into UBQT Design Thinking School.
He is a Visiting Faculty at IIM Lucknow and University of Cork (Ireland), and an Executive Coach from International Coach Federation (ICF), and a student of psychology, being an active practitioner of Transactional Analysis for Organization Development.
Anirban is a past mentor with the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), and at the Microsoft Accelerator program, and currently acts as a mentor and jury for the NASSCOM Design4India program. Anirban has also been engaged with the Delhi Government is formulating the Education and Entrepreneurship programs for government schools. He works with various non-government organisations working in the space of education and healthcare.
Most recently, Anirban launched LFTF: Leading From The Front, a bespoke and by-invitation CXO Webinar series in May 2020. This series has 2 global leaders sharing insights, inspirations and ideas about the world and work, to an audience of their peers. LFTF has now run for 12 weeks, hosting 24 CXOs for an audience of over 2000 business leaders.
Anirban is also a speaker at various international and national forums, on topics as like Leadership, Learning, Entrepreneurship and Design. His past speaking engagements include:
- Art for Business Forum, Milan, Italy (2012)
- World HRD Congress, Mumbai (2013)
- Entrepreneurship Summit, Bangalore (2012)
- MTHR Global Seminar, Bangalore (2013)
- Karnataka AVGC Summit, Bangalore (2013)
- Grace Hopper Conference, Bangalore (2016)
- FICCI Frames, Mumbai (2017)
- Agile India Conference, Bangalore (2018)
- NASSCOM Design4India, Bangalore (2018)
- TEDx @LAHS, Gwalior (2019)
- Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship Conclave, New Delhi (2019)
- NHRD HR Showcase, Bangalore (2019)
- IIT Madras E-Cell Entrepreneur Summit, Chennai (2020)
- IIM Lucknow (2020)
- K J Somaya Institute of Management, Mumbai (2020)
Ms Geeta Gurnani
Country Head, Modern Work &
Security business, Microsoft
Geeta leads Microsoft Modern Workplace and Security business group for India, which includes Microsoft Office, Windows, Enterprise Mobility, and Security. She assumed this role from Nov 2020 and leads strategy for the entire suite of Microsoft Modern Workplace. Before this, Geeta headed ISV business for India, which involved managing Global and local ISV partners across Industries.
Geeta has been championing women empowerment both in the workplace and in her personal life and is a founder member of three NGOs. Recently she was a keynote speaker at NASSCOM’s W2RT program to promote women in Tech and recognized as Top 21 WomeninAI for 2021 by Nasscom. Passionate about social work, she is cofounder of 3 NGOs, working in the area of less privileged kids, senior citizens and working mothers.
Ms Ronit Nehemia
Head Information Data Analysis
Program Ministry of Education
Ronit Nehemia is the since last yeat. The program is taught in high schools all across the country.
She has a master’s degree in information science from Bar Ilan University in Israel, specializing in knowledge management.
She started as a teacher for 15 years and afterwards selected to be the supervisor of the national ICT program at the Ministry of Education in Israel where she worked for 6 years.
In addition, she is responsible for exposing students to technological education in Israel prior to choosing their high school’s majors.
Ms Soha Radwan
Innovation and Knowledge Management
Specialist Dubai Municipality
Soha Radwan is the Innovation and Knowledge Management Specialist in Dubai Municipality – one of the largest governmental organizations in Dubai – responsible for setting and executing the strategy for Knowledge and Innovation Management in the organization.
She is a certified Auditor, Certified Excellence Assessor, Certified Trainer and Certified Innovation Strategist.
She is also a member of the organizational Excellence Executive Team responsible for the Innovation Criteria, and a member of the Future Team, and member of the Digital Strategy Team.
Soha has more than 20 years of experience in Research, Knowledge and Innovation Management in both governmental and private sectors. Prior joining the Dubai Government, She handled various projects in the MENA region including the UAE, KSA, Qatar and Egypt.
Soha is an MBA holder with two bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Economics.
Mr Hank Malik
Global KM Lead, Practitioner, Author, UK
Hank is an experienced Knowledge Management (KM) lead, specialist, practitioner, subject matter expert and author with proven skills in designing, delivering, and managing KM transformation programmes. Through a blend of knowledge sharing processes, collaboration and communities, learning, information management and digital tools Hank has achieved real tangible business benefits for organisations.
Hank has led multiple communities and forums in Oman linking Government, Ministries, Academia, and expertise together to help solve country challenges including R&D, innovation, renewal energies and education, in preparation for the knowledge-based economy and Digitalisation.
He has implemented KM in the Middle East, Europe, US, and Asia in multiple sectors including energy (oil, gas, and renewables), engineering, and central Govt. Hank has spoken at international conferences most recently on digital transformation and the new ISO30401 KM standard. He has contributed authorship to globally recognised KM publications, including the KM Cookbook (2019) and Knowledge Manager`s Handbook 2nd edition (2019) and recently published his first book, Knowledge Management – a primer and catalyst for Digitalisation (2020).
Hank led PDO`s successful submission for the MIKE award at both the MENA and Global levels and holds both the Master Certified Knowledge Manager (KMI) and the Chartered Knowledge Manager (CILIP) designations.
Dr J Jagatheesh Jayanand
Head, Bosch Training Center
Seasoned Learning and talent development professional having more than two decades of cross functional experience with strong application expertise in learning, talent strategy, design thinking, organization development, storytelling and competency building. Conceptualized, designed and implemented key talent development initiatives for a diverse, global, large technically competent workforce.
Ms Sandhya Gupta
Sandhya is the founder of Aavishkaar – A Center for Science, Maths, Arts and Technology. The center aims to nurture curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through science and math education. The program aims to create thinking classrooms and active learning through models, experiments, experiences and projects. Aavishkaar strives to make quality education accessible to all irrespective of social or economic background.
Sandhya is an electrical engineer, a math enthusiast and a women’s education advocate. She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Semiconductor) from Iowa State University (Iowa, USA) with several publications and patents. She has been an academic achiever, with many awards. She also has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in Semiconductor Technology Research for 20 years in US before moving to Himachal in 2009 and starting Aavishkaar.
She currently lives in a village near Palampur with husband Sarit, daughter Shamli, dog Belaa and cat Koyal. Sandhya enjoys watching birds, reading books, morning walks, cooking and dreaming about watching movies.
MR RAJIV SINHA
Head (Head, L&D) Larsen & Turbo
Rajiv Sinha is a Fellow of NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering) and has done his research work in the field of Knowledge Management. He has done his M. Tech from IIT-Kharagpur and Mechanical Engineering from NIT-Patna.
He has architected HR Excellence Model (HREM) for Larsen & Toubro and played a pivotal role in implementing in the various businesses of L&T.
In a career spanning 22+ years, he handled various responsibilities in a wide range of functions notably Industrial Engineering, Knowledge Management, IT and Learning & Development.
He is currently working as Head- Business Excellence, Learning & Development and is responsible for Digital Learning initiatives of Larsen & Toubro. CoE for improvement Initiatives is other hat he wears where he provides training & consultancy to various business units of L&T in their Business Excellence and HR Excellence journey including consultancy on implementation of Knowledge Management in their businesses.
MS LESLEY SOLOMON
Lesley Salamon is the main instructor of the Information and Data Analysis program for high school teachers in Israel.
She has a BSc in computer science and for the last 24 years has been teaching computer programming in high school mainly grades 10-12 for their matriculation examinations.
5 years ago she joined the unique team of teachers & educators who introduced a new major subject in high schools based on data and knowledge. Today she works with Mrs. Ronit Nehemia in the ministry of education in Tel-Aviv.
Lesley Likes sightseeing, art galleries, helping those who are less fortunate and spending time with her family.
MR S KARTHIK
Head E Learning Content Development
under Talent Development
Tata Consultancy Services
Heads the elearning Content Development under Talent Development in Tata Consultancy Services and has been in the IT field for over 33 years.
Currently spearheading the Talent Development Content creation team. Focussing on enhancing learners experience, measuring learning effectiveness and bringing in a new dimension to content creation and content delivery. Creating and driving large strategic training programs virtually with partner ecosystems.
Design Thinking Evangelist constantly exploring new ideas for elearning content curation, delivery and enhanced learners experience.
MR MANOJ HARIHARAN
KM DMO, Robert Bosch Engineering &
Business Solution Pvt. Ltd.
In his role as KM-DMO since 2014, Manoj presents a holistic picture of the elaborate set of KM methods and tools available at Bosch. Collaboration, Serendipitous Knowledge Discovery, Ease of Use and Continuous Improvement have been the core of his KM work.
He has over 18 years of professional experience and is an active member of the K-Community, Bangalore Chapter; Confederation of Indian Industries’ National Committee on KM; as well as a member of Team India, KM Global Network.
Manoj was conferred with Knowledge Management Leadership Award at the Global KM Congress. His paper titled “Behavioural Knowledge Management – Origin and Practices at Bosch” was published in KMSG15 conference edition of GLOBE magazine. His study titled “Why do People Seek Knowledge? Tracing Factors that Affect Knowledge Seeking Intention” in “VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems”. He has delivered lectures on KM Practices in many forums.
Manoj is passionate about Behavioural Economics and Organization Development. In addition to his KM role, he is actively involved in shaping the software culture as well as leadership culture in Bosch India with his role as Coach in several internal programs.
Mr. Nishchae Suri is President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at EdCast. Prior to EdCast, Nishchae was a Senior Partner with KPMG in India. With over two decades of experience in consulting and academia, he has worked with a wide array of clients in 25 countries across Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining KPMG, Nishchae was the Managing Director and CEO for Mercer India. He started his career with Hewitt Associates (Aon) where he held several leadership positions and achieved the feat of becoming the youngest ever Global Partner.
Nishchae has led some of the largest organization transformation engagements working with Public Sector Enterprises, Indian & Foreign Multinationals and family-led businesses. His pioneering work and thought leadership in these areas through consulting, research, published writings and addressing conferences have been widely recognised by both the business fraternity and the media. In 2005, CNBC recognised him by conferring on him with the title –‘Young Turk’, an award for young achievers who were helping shape and transform businesses.
A teacher at heart, Nishchae frequently lectures at leading business schools across the country and is also a faculty member with WorldatWork (a global association for human resource management professionals and business leaders). His passion for education and pursuit of building the next generation of leaders led Nishchae to co-found the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL). Nishchae has held several positions of responsibility with leading associations including NHRDN where he served on their Board in the capacity of their National Treasurer and as the President of Delhi and National Capital Region. To
promote development of talent across the country, as the Chairman of the Young Minds Council, he conceptualised and launched the ‘Ram Charan’ Awards for Young HR Icons, a platform for recognising and celebrating bright HR talent from top business schools and corporates.
Nishchae holds an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, where he was awarded a gold medal and several scholarships for academic excellence.
Nishchae’s Twitter handle: @nishchae
Nishchae’s LinkedIn profile: Nishchae Suri
Ms Nirmala Palaniappan
Nirmala is an MBA topper with over 21 years of international experience in the field of knowledge management, social learning, collaboration and change management. She is a Senior Business Leaders Programme certified professional from IIM-Bangalore and holds a US patent on a KM framework, methodology and toolkit (granted, 2010). She has worked with global organizations such as Oracle and Wipro and led multi-cultural teams from across the globe. She has presented and spoken at various international conferences since 2002 and was awarded Top 50 thought-leaders in KM, three times since 2016. She is currently a freelancer working on projects related to KM, communication, learning and business, with several start-ups and the Government of Assam. She loves to write and pursue meaningful goals with an inspiring purpose. She is a passionate advocate of happiness at work, self-aware & compassionate leadership and business with a purpose.
Mr ANKIT KHANDELWAL
Ankit Khandelwal pioneered world’s first personalized learning project “Zero Cost MBA”. Hailed by UNESCO as the future of higher education his work has been globally recognized with publications in Harvard & MIT. Translated into 100+ languages, his work addressed 21st-century skill development challenges and hybrid learning as one of the possible solutions. Being an early adaptor of blended/hybrid learning, he is well-suited to share his insight about challenges & opportunities in the post COVID era.
DR MICHAEL J.D. SUTTON
Innovative Researcher, Knowledge Scientist
and Learning Engineer.
Available evidence demonstrates that playing digital games contributes cognitive development. Consequently, borrowing game mechanics and elements and applying them to organizational learning processes, such as “Game-Based Learning,” provides opportunities for gamified knowledge sharing practices. A number of methods exist to match appropriate game mechanics with target specific behaviours and motivations. Often, innovations in Knowledge Management focus on the technical or structural elements of knowledge storing and codification. Less interest has focused on the range of human motivation and the behaviour of individuals to willingly share knowledge. Research has confirmed the feasibility of using gamification to increase employee motivation, especially through “game-based training.” The panelist will delve into the issues, concerns, and barriers encompassing the application of gamification to individual, team, and organizational learning.
Mr Balaji Iyer
Director, National KM
Balaji has ~17 years of experience in the Global Knowledge and Digital Content Delivery (BIG 4, large public accounting firms and third party) including Research & Analysis, Knowledge Management, Content Strategy & Deployment, New Service Incubation, and Knowledge transformation work streams.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Balaji worked with Ernst & Young (EY), and in his last role at EY was the Knowledge Operations Leader – responsible for establishment and growth of Knowledge Shared Services Operations in India. Prior to EY, Balaji worked with RocSearch India (a third-party Knowledge Services provider). Prior to that, Balaji was associated with All India Radio.
Design Thinking & Beyond (ISB)
Data Analytics (IIMB)
Six Sigma – Green Belt
Toastmasters International– Competent Leader
Toastmasters International– Competent Communicator
Balaji received a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Hons) from the University of Delhi and Post-Graduation in PR & Marketing. Executive education program in Design Thinking from Indian School of Business (ISB).
21st Century workplace Skills, Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Digital workspace, Social Collaboration, Knowledge Enrichment, Behaviorial Sciences & Learning methodologies.
Mr Devraj Chattaraj
Deputy General Manager
Tata Business Excellence Group
Devraj Chattaraj, Deputy General Manager (DGM) at Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG), leads the Best Practices & Benchmarking programmes, wherein he creates opportunities to enable learning, sharing, and benchmarking. He facilitates capturing, sharing and implementation of best practices in group companies. He has developed a best practice implementation model, coined as Excellence Practice Implementation Champion (EPIC) programmes wherein he creates the opportunities for implementation by connecting a recipient company with potential provider companies sharing their practices. He is also responsible for managing relationships with organisations, such as American Society for Quality(ASQ) and American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC), which provide the best practices and benchmarks beyond Tata Group. He also helps companies in their Operational Excellence (OpEx) journey through various improvement interventions in the areas of process management, quality management, supply chain management, project management etc.
Devraj is a certified Train the Trainer and conducts training programmes on Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean, Six Sigma, Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM), Enterprise Process Management (EPM) and Balanced Scorecard (BSC). Having started his career in Tata Motors as a post graduate trainee in 2003, he gained experience by working in the field of manufacturing of transmission parts and being involved in CFTs for new product introduction, before moving to Vendor Quality and Central Quality functions. Devraj played an important role in driving the World Class Quality (WCQ) initiative in Tata Motors plant operations. Prior to joining TBExG, he was leading the business excellence (BE) function at Tata Motors’ Pune plant. Devraj has also been actively involved in TBEM assessments over the past eleven years and is an experienced assessor & a process consultant. He is a certified Climate Change champion and has participated in Climate Change assessments of group companies.
Devraj has a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from REC/NIT Durgapur and an M. Tech. in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He has completed his post graduate diploma in Quality Management (PGDQM) from Mahindra Institute of Quality (MIQ), Nashik. Devraj is an avid Lean Six Sigma practitioner and has completed several continuous improvement projects with significant results. He is also a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) from ASQ. A life member of Indian Society for Quality (ISQ), Devraj is a Governing Council member of its Pune Chapter. He is also in the Executive Leadership of Organizational Excellence Technical Committee (OETC) under ASQ’s Quality Management Division (QMD) and member in the CII Knowledge Management (KM) committee.
Dr Pavan Soni
Founder, Inflexion Point
Dr. Pavan Soni is an Innovation Evangelist by profession and a teacher by passion. He is the founder of Inflexion Point, offering programs on Design Thinking, Strategic Acumen, and Consulting Skills. He is the author of the book, Design Your Thinking, published by Penguin Random House in 2020. Apart from being an Adjunct Faculty at ISB Hyderabad and IIM Bangalore, Pavan is a columnist at Mint, YourStory, Inc42, Entrepreneur and People Matters.
Pavan was the only Indian to be shortlisted for the prestigious ‘FT & McKinsey Bracken Bower Award for the Best Business Book of the Year 2016’. He has been invited five times to speak at the TEDx, and is featured as one of the ‘100 Digital Influencers of 2020’ by YourStory.
Pavan is a Gold Medalist from MBM Engineering College Jodhpur, and did his PGDIE from NITIE Mumbai. He finished his Doctoral Studies from IIM Bangalore in the domain of innovation management.
Mr Ramesh Ramadurai
Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council
2020-2021 & Managing Director
3M India Ltd
Ramesh Ramadurai was appointed Managing Director, 3M India Limited, effective June 1, 2019.
Prior to this he was based in Shanghai for five years (2014-2019), leading 3M’s Industrial Business across the region, as Director of Asia Pacific.
He also served as Managing Director of 3M Philippines from 2011 until 2014, based in Manila.
Ramesh joined 3M in India in 1989 as part of the early start-up team. He contributed to building 3M India’s foundational businesses, specifically in the automotive and industrial segments, over the following 14 years.
He relocated to 3M’s headquarters in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, where he held various leadership roles over five years, focused on the US industrial segments, global product management and international business development.
With his breadth of experience spanning different businesses and geographies, Ramesh contributes a uniquely global perspective, amongst other areas of business expertise. Prior to 3M, he worked for a year as Production Engineer at an Offshore Oil Production facility, and for about 3 years in a business planning and development role at an automotive parts and motorcycle manufacturer, both in India.
Ramesh holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and is a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
He has been elected as Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry Karnataka State Council, for the year 2021-22.
Mr Manish Vashist
Vashist Design Director, IBM
A design thought leader with 20 years of experience, who helps convert ideas to concepts. With a solid foundation in psychology, Manish can help build UX strategies to meet business needs. Manish is an excellent facilitators for design thinking, ideation & other co-creation workshops. He has been teaching design courses for HFI & other training orgs. for many years.
He has worked for large banks, health care providers, insurance companies, rail road companies, lighting controller & electronics, education platform & content providers, app developers, handset manufacturers, platform vendors and carriers, travel companies and more. He has been leading & growing design teams for the last 7 years & have been a part of many award wining projects. A speaker, author and a teacher, Manish live, breath & sleep design
• Enterprise Design Thinking facilitation
• Experience Design
• UX Strategy
• Research & Conceptualization
• Mentor & Trainer
• UX Thought Leadership
• Enterprise cloud, IOT, & Intranet
• Consumer & Enterprise Mobility
• Learning & Content Management
• Social & Enterprise Games
• Social Enterprise Collaboration
• Enterprise Resource Planning
• Business Intelligence
Mr Nandan M Nilekani
Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
Nandan Nilekani is the co-founder and chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner-centric, technology-based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. He was most recently the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a cabinet minister. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.
Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT Bombay. Fortune magazine conferred on him ‘Asia’s Businessman of the year’ award in 2003. In 2005, he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, and also named ‘Businessman of the Year’ by Forbes Asia. Time magazine listed him as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2006 and 2009. Foreign Policy magazine listed him as one of the ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ in 2010. He won The Economist’s Innovation Award for social and economic innovation for his leadership of India’s unique identification initiative (Aadhaar). In 2017, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from E&Y. CNBC-TV 18 conferred the India Business Leader award for outstanding contributor to the Indian Economy on him in 2017. In the same year, he also received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for economic and business innovation.
Nandan Nilekani is the author of Imagining India and the co-author
(along with Viral Shah) of Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.
Mr Sujit Sahoo
Human Capital, Trianz
Sujit is the Vice President of Human Capital Development at Trianz, a Silicon Valley Tech Consulting firm with its roots in the US, and development centers in India. He is currently based out of Bangalore.
He has played an instrumental role in building Trianz into a formidable name in the tech consulting world, helping the organization grow from a couple of hundred employees to the current head count of more than 1400 employees.
Over the past 13+ years at Trianz, he has donned the role of Practice Head, program managed 2 mergers, acted as the CIO, and then took on the mantle of heading Human Capital.
In his current role, Sujit is accountable for the entire human capital life cycle, including hiring world class talent, delivering exceptional talent experience and continuously honing a high performing organization. As part of the build-out of Trianz University, he was also responsible for incorporating Knowledge Management into the learning culture at Trianz.
Before transitioning into HR, Sujit has had extensive experience in Enterprise App Delivery, IT operations, CRM, Process optimizations, Call center operations, Portfolio Rationalization, Infra and Security, Global Delivery, Pre-sales and more !!
His past experiences makes him a one stop shop to advise on problems related to business management, technology, client management, operations and (of course) HR
Sujit holds a Computer Science degree from BITS Pilani and an MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Outside of his professional interests, Sujit is a very competitive sportsperson and excels in multiple sports, and enjoys varied genres all the way from critter-features to science fiction and philosophy.
Dr JAYAN SEN
Associate Vice President ETA –
Learning & Development
Dr. Jayan Sen has held global senior leadership roles across industries that have included consulting, publishing, education, transportation, logistics and information technology.
He is an executive coach and has coached sitting CEOs and several senior leaders into CEO and C-level roles He has also coached intact boards of Fortune 500+ organizations.
Dr. Sen has lived and worked globally, having been based in the United States for over twenty years and worked in India for almost a decade. He has led global teams for McGraw-Hill, BNSF, and Infosys in roles such as the Chief Talent Officer and Head of Organization Development and Workforce Planning as well as heading up the global learning & development functions. At Infosys, as a part of ETA, he heads up the behavioral, business, leadership and sales skills learning and development.
Dr. Sen’s work in the area of Performance Management and Leadership Development has been cited by the Corporate Executive Board – Learning and Development Roundtable, and Training Magazine as industry benchmarks. He is a mentor and speaker for The Government of Karnataka (Ministry of Education), University of Texas, Texas Women’s University, Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and Small Business Connect which helps entrepreneurs get started. He has done extensive community work with the American Medical Association and the Federal Medical Center in Texas.
Ms Shagufta Inamdar
Vice President L&D
An L&D professional passionately grounded in the training industry for 22+ years with deep specialization in Learning Design, Cross Skilling, Competency Development & Learning Technologies. She has not only lead large scale training initiatives in established organizations but also successfully contributed to all phases of an evolving learning organization i.e: setting up an L&D function to leading L&D, deploying learning technologies, setting up learning academies and moving training operations to shared services. Shagufta has rich experience of working with global companies , across IT/ITeS and CPG Industries, in established organizations such as Wipro Technologies, Hewlett Packard & Diageo.
An MTech in Educational Technologies by qualification and in learning business by passion. A PMP, PRINCE2 & Six Sigma Black Belt certified professional. She has also been the Chairperson of the advisory board for PMI India ‘s (Project Management Institute of India) national level program.
Mr S Vaidyanathan
Founder, The Ganga Foundation & CEO, Touch REHA
Vaidyanathan sustained a spinal cord injury In July 1990. Relearning independent living at Dr Mary Verghese Institute of Rehabilitation, Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore enabled graduation as IIM Bangalore’s first alumnus with disability.
After 20 years with The Hindu an Sundaram Finance Groups, he leads national outreach for The Ganga Foundation impacting 500-plus persons with spinal cord injury since 2009.
Vaidyanathan is India’s first 10 km and half marathon wheelchair runner, and the first to wheel down a hill, unassisted. Mohinder Amarnath and M.S.Subbulakshmi are passions.
Mr SOURAV MUKHERJI
IIM Bangalore Chair Professor of Excellence
Professor – Organizational Behavior
Professor Sourav Mukherji teaches postgraduate courses at IIM Bangalore on Organization Design and Inclusive Business Models. Prior to joining IIMB, he worked with IBM and Oracle in Sales and Product Management functions (1993-1998) and for the Boston Consulting Group as a Strategy Consultant (2002-2003).
As an academician, Sourav’s expertise is in organization design – structures, processes and culture that enable organizations to achieve their strategic objectives. In this domain, apart from teaching and consulting, Sourav offers a popular MOOC titled Designing Organizations for Competitive Advantage. Sourav’s research focus is on inclusive business models – businesses that address the needs of the poor in a financially sustainable manner. He has authored many case studies on social enterprises, several of which have been published online by the Harvard Business Press. Sourav has been a consultant to organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, advising them on organization design and financial sustainability. He received the UNDP Fellowship for Research in Inclusive Business Models and the Villgrow Fellowship for Research on Social Entrepreneurship.
Sourav is passionate about teaching. He receives high ratings both from young MBA students and industry practitioners attending Executive Education Programmes. He was awarded the IIMB Alumni Award for Faculty of the Year, IBM Faculty Award and IIMB Chair Professor of Excellence. He is the founder Chairperson of IIMB’s Centre for Teaching and Learning that is involved in research and training related to teaching methods and their effectiveness in the domain of management and leadership.
At IIM Bangalore, he has held several leadership positions such as Dean of Academic Programmes (2015 – 2018), Chairperson of the Post Graduate (MBA) Programme (2014-2015) and Chairperson Placements (2006-2009). He led IIMB’s successful efforts in getting accreditation from EQUIS, in 2010 and in 2016. He was a key member of IIMB’s leadership team involved in mentoring IIM Visakhapatnam and served as its Nodal Officer during 2015-2016. As the Dean of Academic programmes, Sourav was responsible for setting and maintaining quality standards of all long duration and executive programmes of IIMB and its associated activities including Admissions, Career Development, Alumni Relationships and IIMB’s initiative in Massive Online Open Courses.
Sourav sits on the governing and advisory boards of not-for-profit and educational institutions.
Sourav is an avid follower of sports, enjoys running long distances, coaches marathon runners and explores means of transferring lessons learnt from sports to management.
Mr Shilohu Rao
General Manager (Capacity Building),
Digital India Programme,
National e-Governance Division
1.General Manager(CB) and Legal Officer handling following responsibilities at National e-Governance Division(NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and I.T.
- Capacity Building: Heading Learning and Knowledge Management Systems projects under Digital India Programme Supporting Central Line Ministries and State Governments through e-learning and virtual stakeholder management.
- Chief Investigator: Heading Cyber Law, Cybercrimes and Digital Forensics Program to enhance Judicial, Police and other Law Enforcement Officers skills to probe the cybercrimes and minimise cybercrimes
- Legal Officer: At Senior Consultant Level for offering Legal Advice/Opinions, Litigation Management, Nodal Officer for Legal Information Management & Briefing System (LIMBS), and Member of Data Protection and Data Governance committees constituted by Ministry of Electronics and I.T., Govt of India.
- Central Public Information and Public Grievance Officer: Engaged in facilitating the public information and communication relating to the Digital India Program and National e-Governance Division.
- Educational qualifications as follows:
- Undergoing a Doctoral Program (PhD) School of Law and Legal Studies (USLLS), GGSIP University, New Delhi, India. (Core Research area is Non- Personal Data Data Governance and I.P.R.)
- Master of Law (LL.M- Cyber Law and Cybercrimes), School of Law and Legal Studies (USLLS), GGSIP University, New Delhi, India.
- Bachelor of Law (LL.B) Government Law College, TN Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai
- PGDM (M.B.A) Loyola Institute of Business Administration, (LIBA), Chennai, India.
- E (Electronics and Communication) University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Ms Nikita Tete
Leader, Core Business Services, Deloitte
Nikita is the leader of Core Business Services in Deloitte US organization in India and in this role, she has operational oversight across 7 different business units. She is also a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) council at Deloitte’s global organization.
Nikita has extensive experience of spearheading complex programs, projects and building high performing teams in multinational environments. As one of the first members of the Knowledge Management team in Deloitte US organization in India, Nikita was responsible for visualizing and building a framework for delivering effective knowledge management services for Deloitte’s network of member firms, businesses, industries and shared services organizations.
In her previous roles, Nikita led a team of professionals located in Hyderabad and Bengaluru to create a knowledge sharing environment within key businesses in the organization. She acts as a business advisor to senior management on KM strategies and trends in the industry and consulted by teams serving Deloitte’s key clients.
As a speaker, she has shared her perspective at international platforms like KM Asia and KM India. For her contributions to the field of knowledge management, she was felicitated with the Knowledge Management Leadership Award at the Global Knowledge Management Congress 2014. She was recognized in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as an influential KM leader in India. She also led the education thread for CII’s National Knowledge Management and Business Transformation Committee in 2014-15.
Mr Nagarjuna Sadineni
Vice President – TopGear Crowd Sourcing
Business Continuity Management
Global Delivery Network Centers, Wipro Ltd.
Nagarjuna, is a Wipro veteran, has adorned various functional roles and championed pioneering initiatives during his 25+ years of ongoing stint at Wipro and its affiliates.
He started his career with the manufacturing operations team at Wipro Infotech Peripherals Division, Mysore and subsequently moved into the marketing team at Bangalore, his contributions in both the roles were significant. His next role was on the “Quality” front. A first generation Black Belt to be certified by Motorola University, US, in Six Sigma methodology, he gave a good momentum to Quality movement across Wipro Corporation.
For a short period, he was assigned the responsibility of business development & M&A and he identified many acquisition opportunities and made one of the first acquisitions in Wipro Group. Took over this acquisition and turned around the business into high performance team and Profits in short span of time. Later part Nagarjuna headed Operations and Exports Sales responsible for WeP products IBU with a turnover of Rs 240 Crores. During this stint, he expanded IT Peripheral Product Sales & operations to Europe and Asian markets including China and Japan.
Nagarjuna as a founding head led Wipro’s Quantum Innovation initiative in Engineering Education “Mission10X” in year 2007. Under Nagarjuna ‘s leadership, Mission10X not for profit trust was established and within a short span it has scaled to become one of the largest global initiatives in Engineering Education and Talent Mobility also acknowledged by World Economic Forum and various other forums. Under his leadership, Mission10X has reached out to over 26,000 faculty members in innovative Mission10X Learning Approach from 1200+ engineering schools spread across 25 states in India.
During 2011-13 in his role as Global head for Near Shore centers across the world for Wipro, Nagarjuna was instrumental in creating Country Delivery Head/Near Shore Center structure for multiple countries across the globe including China, Japan, Latin America, Africa, Europe, ASEAN and USA. 2013-16 Nagarjuna headed Wipro’s Global Immigration Management Services responsible for the Immigration of Wipro group companies spanning over 80 countries.
With his in depth knowledge of multiple functions, corporate culture, networking skills with various internal and external teams, an adept at applying structured approach to processes/projects and vast experience in handling complex projects – Nagarjuna currently Heads Global Delivery Network Centers, Business Continuity Management and ToPGear – Wipro’s Crowdsourcing Initiative.
Nagarjuna has always been active member of Industry bodies in India like MAIT, CII, NASSCOM and is part of various business forums and regional boards.
Nagarjuna holds an MBA in Technology Management from Latrobe University, Melbourne in addition to Technical Qualification from GIOE, Hyderabad, India.
Dr Rajiv Narvekar
Practice Leader, Group Technology
and Innovation Office, Tata Sons
Rajiv draws on his expertise in the areas of innovation, strategy, digital transformation and leadership development to help Tata Companies drive best-in-class organizational performance. He has worked extensively in new product and service development for several years, having handled a range of projects in FMCG, Engineering and IT sectors.
Since joining the Tata Group in 2011, he has worked with several Tata companies (Tata Motors, TCS, Tata Steel, Tata Teleservices, Indian Hotels, Rallis, etc.) and government agencies on topics related to innovation culture, technology road-mapping, business strategy and leadership development.
Prior to joining the Tata Group, he led the corporate R&D strategy, planning and operations for Infosys. Through multiple innovation workshops, he engaged internal and external stakeholders, cocreating business value for Fortune 500 clients.
Rajiv is a certified Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM) assessor and recently was on the team that assessed Tata Chemicals, TCS and Tata Steel Europe. He is certified in psychometric assessment tools such as ADEPT, BELBIN etc.
Rajiv was awarded a PhD from IIT Bombay for his thesis in technology and innovation management. Rajiv graduated as an electronic engineer and has a management degree from Goa University. He has published in many peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and these publications has also won several awards. In the last three years Rajiv has also authored more than 10 case studies in the area of innovation management.
Rajiv has attended the Tata Group Strategic Leadership Seminar delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School. He has also completed the program on Digital Transformation from MIT Management Executive Education.
Rajiv is an active Rotarian and is on the Board of the Rotary Club of Pune Central and Bombay Leprosy Project, an NGO dedicated to the prevention and treatment of leprosy. He is also on the advisory committee of the CSIR – HRDC, Government of India. Rajiv works with several engineering and business schools as a part of their academic council and is a guest faculty at several IITs and IIMs.
Rajiv loves long drives and the reason he goes on long drives is to explore local cuisine.
Mr Thirumala Arohi
Vice President, Infosys
Thirumala Arohi (known as Thiru) is Vice President (VP) & Head of Education, Training and Assessment (ETA) unit @Infosys with overall experience of 24 years. Learning forms the core of Infosys, and it invests heavily in the employees’ learning.
Education, Training and Assessment (ETA) department is one of the key business enabling departments in Infosys. In his role of Head of ETA, his responsibilities include driving the learning interventions aggressively to enable our employees be future ready. The core objectives of ETA are
- Conducting technical and behavioral related training programs for campus hires, working employees and strategic customers of Infosys
- Creating and managing learning infrastructure such as courseware, library, e-learning infrastructure etc. for the entire organization.
In this journey of creating modern learning experiences, ETA has progressed well in establishing and enhancing Digital Learning platforms that enables “Anytime, Anywhere and on Any Device” learning including Bite sized micro learning and seamless course creation stitching best of internal and external content. Several partnering agreements are in place with Universities (RISD, Purdue etc.) and MOOCs like Udacity, Coursera, Pluralsight in leveraging their programs. To improve the practical application of the learning, we have now developed our “Flight Simulator Programs”.
Along with driving content digitally, the L&D arm of ETA also focuses on developing holistic skills in the areas of business, behavioral and leadership such as Design Thinking. Keeping in mind the modern learner, our programs are experiential and role based.
Thiru is well-known for his leadership skills, and the very effective way in which he drove the Agile/DevOps and Legacy Modernization initiatives within Infosys. His direct involvement in the Zero Distance drive at several of our clients was key to Infosys being recognized as a “Strategic Partner”. In his tenure at Infosys, which spans 20+ years, Thiru has managed many vital client relationships such as Fidelity, Ameriprise, Citi, DTCC and Financial Services Europe based accounts before taking on the current role of Head of ETA.
Dr E V RAMANA REDDY IAS
Additional Chief Secretary Department of IT & BT & Science & Technology Government of Karnataka
Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy is an Indian Administrative Service Officer, batch of 1988. He is one of the senior most bureaucrats in Karnataka and has 30 years of experience across diverse portfolios such as Agriculture, Revenue Administration, Commerce & Industries, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Education, Health & Family Welfare, Information Technology & Biotechnology, Space applications, Personnel & General Administration, and Housing.
As the first Director of the then Department of IT & BT, he spearheaded Asia’s biggest trade shows Bangaloreit.Com and BangaloreBio, for three consecutive years, from 2002 to 2005. During his tenure with the Agriculture Department, he was responsible for formulating the Karnataka State Organic Farming Policy, the first such policy in the country.
His primary objective in his position as the Additional Chief Secretary for IT, BT and S&T, has been to promote innovation and research in the State by mobilizing startups, academia, and corporates. He is driving strategic initiatives such as Elevate, to provide seed funding to technology start-ups, and “Global Innovation Alli ances” for curated technology partnerships with innovation hubs across the world. He also spearheads the flagship event of the State, the Bengaluru Tech Summit. It is an annual technology and innovation summit which has reach global recognition under his leadership.
He has previously held the role of Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Development Department, which broadly relates to municipal governance and urban infrastructure including water and sewerage facilities, sanitation, roads, street lighting, residential layouts, lakes and tanks, citizen service centres, etc.
Dr Reddy has undertaken additional charge as the Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka during May 2020.
Dr Reddy holds a B.Sc. degree, an M.Sc. degree in Agriculture and a PhD in Agronomy from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University Hyderabad.
Dr Madanmohan Rao
Research Director, YourStory
Dr Madanmohan Rao is Research Director at YourStory Media and Charter Member at TiE Bangalore. His areas of interest are creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and digital media. Madan is a graduate of IIT Bombay and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has given talks and lectures in over 90 countries around the world, and has authored 15 books.
Based in Bangalore, his hobbies include travel, world music, jazz, and craft beer appreciation. He can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao and on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madanmohanrao/
Dr Gopichand Katragadda
Chairman, CII Global KM Summit &
CEO, Myelin Foundry
Dr. Gopichand Katragadda is the Founder and CEO of Myelin Foundry, an AI company with a vision to transform human experiences and outcomes in wellness and media & entertainment. He is an Independent Director of Bosch India Limited. He is also the Vice President of the IET, Board of Trustees UK, and a member of the NASSCOM governing council for the Centre of Excellence for Data Science & AI.
Till January 2019, Gopi was the Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Head of Tata Sons. At Tata Sons, he facilitated the development of pioneering products and services, strategic technology collaboration, and innovation across the $100 Billion Tata Group. Previously, as the Chairman and Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre, he helped grow GE’s largest R&D Centre – the John F. Welch Technology Centre, to be amongst the world’s leaders in intellectual property generation.
Gopi is the past Chairman of the CII National Technology Committee and the CII Western Region Innovation Taskforce. He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Gopi helped establish the Advanced Materials CoE at IIT-Madras and the Advanced Manufacturing CoE at IIT-Kharagpur. He has framed the CII-Tata Communications Digital Transformation CoE. Gopi also set up and managed the ongoing Tata research collaborations with Harvard and Yale.
Gopi has authored a book on innovation titled “SMASH,” currently in its second edition. He has over 30 journal publications, five patents, several invited presentations and citations of his research work. Gopi holds a BE degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University and MS, PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Iowa State University.
Mr Rudolf D’Souza
Chief Knowledge Officer, AFCONS Infrastructure
Rudolf is the Chief Knowledge Officer at Afcons Infrastructure. Under his leadership Afcons has made giant strides in Knowledge Management & Innovation. It is evidenced in the fact that they are recipients of the Pinnacle Awards in the KM & Innovation field- the GLOBAL Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprise (MIKE) Award- for the last 5 years.
Rudolf was till recently the Chair of the KM Global Network- an association of KM Societies from 12 nations.
He believes that the success of KM lies in delivering Business Impact. He is acknowledged as the pioneer who introduced Gamification to the discipline of Knowledge Management; he has been recognized ‘Among the 50 Most Admired Global KM Professionals’.
Mr Ved Prakash
Chief Knowledge Officer, Trianz
Ved Prakash is a well-recognized senior industry professional with a global experience of 29 years in a variety of leadership roles with strategic, business and operational responsibilities in the IT and Management Consulting sectors. He is passionate about Knowledge Management and Collaboration as a key pillar for business excellence and building a sustainable digital workplace. As a Chief Knowledge Officer at Trianz (current), CGI Group and Wipro, he has set up globally recognized KM programs, both internally and for clients. He is also an independent consultant to other organizations, guiding them on their digital and people-centric knowledge transformation journeys.
Amongst his other roles, Ved has led a large organization-wide transformation program at CGI and was a member of the Global Application Management Council. At Wipro, he spearheaded Healthcare & Life Sciences delivery with P&L responsibilities and incubated the Energy & Utilities vertical and helped it grow into a significant business. He has mentored startups at NSRCEL, the entrepreneurship cell of IIM Bangalore.
Ved is a member of CII National KM Committee, core member of KM Global Network, and is on the KM Advisory Board of National e-Governance Division. He has been recognized with Most Impactful KM Professional, Most Influential KM Professional, and Global KM Leadership Awards in the recent past. Under his leadership, Wipro was the proud recipient of Global, Asian and Indian MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise) Awards. He has been an invited speaker in many national and international forums.
Ved holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and is a B.Tech in Computer Engineering where he was a Gold Medalist.
Mr Deepak Padaki
Executive Vice President
Group Head of Strategy and Chief Risk Officer
Deepak is Executive Vice President, Group Head of Strategy & Chief Risk Officer at Infosys Limited. His responsibilities include longer-term strategic planning for the organization and the management of cross functional strategic initiatives. As the Chief Risk Officer, he is responsible for defining the company’s risk management framework, identifying and monitoring the risks to the successful execution of the company’s strategies and operations. He oversees the Infosys Innovation Fund that invests in the start-up ecosystem globally. He is a member of the board of Infosys’ software subsidiaries across the world. Deepak has played various roles at Infosys, in a career spanning 29 years – including software engineering, project management, business development, client relationship management, M&A, strategy and risk management. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Mysore, India. He is currently based at the Infosys headquarters in Bangalore, India.
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