IS Leadership Track More Info

Session 1: AI and the future of the Service Industry – Panelists:

Anand Raman, Microsoft

Anand Raman is the Partner Director of Product Management for Azure AI and Bing Relevance teams at Microsoft. Anand is passionate about solving large scale problems and his team recently delivered the integration of Open AI ChatGPT in Bing, as well as the platform for hosting Bhashini models for Government of India.

A Microsoft veteran for 19 years, Anand has led the product management and the development teams at Azure AI and Data Services, Visual Studio and Windows Server User Experience teams at Microsoft. Anand holds a PhD in Computational fluid mechanics and worked for several years as a researcher before joining Microsoft. Detailed profile at Anand Raman | LinkedIn

Sath Rao, Zebra Technologies

Sath Rao, is part of Office of the CTO at Zebra Technologies USA in his current role as Head – Strategy & Solution Innovation -Manufacturing Vertical. He is responsible for enhancing industry capabilities, manufacturing strategy, synthesizing solutions, and delivering on the digital transformation agenda. Sath in his prior roles worked with Hitachi Vantara, PTC, Schneider Electric and analyst and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan among other companies in areas like decision entrepreneurism, emerging market innovation and economic development innovation. Sath is thought leader on transformative industry vision, with a track record of driving growth acceleration and innovation in areas that include SaaS, Human-to-Machine convergence, edge-to-cloud technologies, IIoT and AI. He is also the Chairman of the Intelligent Manufacturing IOT Center of Excellence. He was also a former member for the Board of Governors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, part of the National Association of Manufacturers.

He has a Bachelors in Engineering from Karnataka University, PGDM in Project Management from the Indian Institute of Science and  Chief Digital Officers program from Kellogg’s School of Management. He has delivered keynotes at international conferences such as the IoT Solutions World Congress Barcelona, Manufacturing Leadership Summit, Florida, USA and Applied AI Summit Houston, USA. He has authored several thought leadership articles and has featured on CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters TV.

Shubhashis Sengupta, Accenture

Dr. Shubhashis Sengupta is a Managing Director and  Fellow of Accenture Technology Labs and head of Technology Innovation for Growth Market. His area of specialization is around large-scale distributed systems (Cloud and Edge), Software Engineering, and AI-based (NLP and Machine Learning) systems. Prior to joining Accenture, he was with Oracle Corp and Infosys Technologies. Shubhashis has consulted extensively in multiple domains. At Accenture, his team has developed several accelerators around Conversational AI, Knowledge graphs and AI. Shubhashis collaborates extensively with leading industry think tanks and academia. He also leads the Accenture Labs Co-Research program with marquee clients. He has set up Application Engineering and Artificial Intelligence R&D charter for Accenture Labs in India.

Shubhashis has over 70 journal and peer-reviewed conference papers, 60 granted patents and 90+ patent applications to his credit. He is a Fellow from IIM Calcutta and BE from Jadavpur University. He is a Senior Member of ACM and a Senior Member of IEEE Computer Society. He is a founding member of AAAI India chapter. He has been in the program committee and review board of several conferences and journals including IEEE Spectrum and IEEE Transactions, Association of Computational Linguistics etc.

Raghavan Solium, Wipro

Raghavan Solium is Practice Head (CTO AI-Research) and a versatile IT professional with over 25 years of experience with deep understanding on Technology/ Architecture/ Delivery/ Operations. He held many leadership positions and worked with global customers. At present he is working as an AI architect/practitioner with Wipro AI Research division. He is responsible for leading teams that build innovative and forward-looking AI solutions and platforms in NLP and Computer Vision areas. He was   Head of engineering, DDP platform, an intelligent data platform of Wipro where he and his team have developed several industry solutions. Prior to that he provided independent consulting services in Big Data Analytics, worked as Director – Big Data & Analytics at Xebia IT Architects, India, Lead Architect – Big Data, OSS Cube, Indi. During this time, he led and consulted on technologies such as Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, Apache Spark, Elasticsearch, HBase, MongoDB, Kafka etc and provided solutions involving complex data pipelines. Raghavan has also  worked as Associate Director, IT at Indegene Life systems, a niche in Pharma & Life sciences domain. In addition to his rich technology experience, he has significant experience in Delivery/Program management. He has led teams of size 100+. The major business domains of his work have been Insurance, Securities and Life sciences. Raghavan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications from NIT, Warangal.

Sankha Som, Tata Consultancy Services

Sankha is Chief Innovation Evangelist at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). His team positions TCS as a growth and transformation partner to clients globally using innovation as a key lever. Additionally, he oversees the Insights, Foresights, Marketing, Culture and Branding functions for Corporate Research and Innovation.

He has 20 years of experience in R&D, Innovation Management, Business Development and Marketing.

Sankha is an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, India and a visiting scholar at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computing Sciences.

Session 2: Leader speak: Digital transformation in India – Panelists:

Nitin Mishra, Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC)

Nitin Mishra is the Chief Technology Officer at ONDC. In his current role, he is responsible for overall technology consultation and strategy for the network. An engineering graduate and alumni of IIM Kozhikode, Nitin brings almost three decades of experience as a technology product leader with a proven track record in the areas of Strategic direction and Operational excellence, Capital planning, Organizational leadership (C-Level Exposure), Entrepreneurial experience, data analysis and visualization, Big data and associated technology components, Internet & ecommerce performant applications, etc.

Prior to his tenure with ONDC, Nitin effectively played various roles of a technology leader, product and program director in consonance with business leadership.

As a part of his entrepreneurial venture, he was also a founding member of a start-up specializing in retail analytics. With his experience in transforming business imperatives in line with technological innovations and current trends, he has successfully driven some key initiatives in his previous experiences in Banking and Finance, EDA, Systems Integration, etc. Nitin has played a key role in the successful rollout of the GST technology platform in India, the country’s largest and most complex tax reform, wherein he led the mandate of the technology vertical. During the project, he worked closely with the Central and State Governments, Banks, MSP, and GSPs while delivering some unique innovations and robust yet flexible architecture based on open-source technologies. He brings his keen business acumen with deep technology expertise to generate the maximum business value to first-of-its-kind government initiative ONDC.

Kaku Nakhate, Bank of America N.A.

Kaku Nakhate is the India country executive of Bank of America and is on the Bank’s Asia Pacific Executive Committee since 2010. Kaku is an industry veteran with three decades of experience and has deep insights and knowledge of India’s growing banking and financial services sector. She has won several awards for her contributions to the sector and recently was recognized as one of India’s Most Powerful Women in Business by prestigious Business Today magazine. She has been building the Bank’s market-leading franchise in India, responsibly growing its business in the country, and overseeing strategy and direction. In this role, Kaku leverages her international experience. She has been interacting with leading Corporates and Financial Institutions across major markets, nurturing and strengthening existing client relationships, developing new clients, and expanding business opportunities for the Bank.

Kaku started her career with Merrill Lynch in 1989 and grew through ranks to eventually head the Global Markets business. Following Bank of America’s global acquisition of Merrill Lynch, Kaku was appointed as the chief executive of the merged entity in the country. She briefly worked with JP Morgan, India as vice- chairperson in charge of Equities.

In addition to her responsibilities as the India Chief Executive, Kaku is a member of National Executive Board of the American Chambers of Commerce (AMCHAM) and is on the Board of Governors of IIM, Ahmedabad. She is also a member of the CII National Committee on Banking and CII National Committee on MNCs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and a Master’s in Management Studies (Finance) from the University of Mumbai. Kaku is a passionate advocate of adolescent girls getting access to quality education, skills development, and sanitation. She also actively participates in various skill-based volunteering programs of the bank over and above spending time mentoring numerous NGO leaders.