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Advisory Board

 Rajan S. Mathews
Director General of the industry association body - Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) representing the GSM-based service providers in India. He has been associated with various telecom firms in India as well as abroad. of Telargo, where he oversaw the company's US operations and financial, accounting, treasury, tax, administrative and HR functions. He has also served as President of Telephone Systems International and V.P. and CFO of Call Sciences Inc and held various senior executive positions with AT&T wireless. Earlier, he also had a stint with the research firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a senior consultant


 Dr. Abhijeet Gangopadhyay
Dean and Prof. Human Resource, Organizational Behaviour, Aegis PhD (Kolkata), PG Dip (IIT, Kharagpur), MA Former founding Dean, Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM Indore) Former Dean, School of Management & Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS). Director, Central Labour Institute, Ministry of Labour, DGFASLI, Mumbai Prof. in Behavioural Sciences, SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad Scientist, Defence Research & Development(DRDO), Ministry of Defence, New Delhi Worked as the national expert with International Labour Organization(ILO) and Asian Productivity Organization(APO), Tokyo.

Dr. Manish Gupta
Vice President, Director of the Xerox Research Centre in India. Former Managing Director, Technology Division at Goldman Sachs He was the Director of IBM Research - India and Chief Technologist for IBM India/South Asia. He lead a team developing breakthrough technologies underlying innovation in Services, Software and Systems, and was co-leading the IBM Research activities across the world in the Mobile Web area. Dr. Manish received a B. Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Delhi in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He has co-authored over 70 papers, with over 3000 citations in Google Scholar, in the areas of high performance compilers, parallel computing, and Java Virtual Machine optimizations, and has filed eighteen patents.

Anshoo Gaur
President & Head, Amdocs Development Centre India Anshoo Gaur is the President and Head of Amdocs, India and a member of Global Amdocs Management since 2007. Anshoo is an Executive Officer of Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX), and the winner of several excellence awards including the Bloomberg-UTV IT CXO Award 2010 as Business Head of the Year in APAC. Anshoo has over 22 years of cross cultural leadership experience in a wide variety of leadership roles and has been responsible for driving Amdocs' India delivery and business growth since 2007. Prior to joining Amdocs, at EDS/MphasiS, Anshoo was on the Executive team as President of IT infrastructure management. He returned to India in 2006 to head EDS in India, prior to which he held a variety of leadership roles in the US with EDS Inc. and Sabre Inc. Anshoo holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Surathkal. 

Prem Behl
Chairman & Managing Director of the Exhibitions India Group, which was founded in 1987, and is a pioneer in organizing international exhibitions and conferences in India. He started the Convergence India the largest ICT trade fair is south east Asia. A visionary with a unique leadership style, Prem Behl remains a highly regarded figure in the international and domestic exhibition and conference organizing industry. In his pursuit to professional membership with a large number of international and domestic trade associations, chambers of commerce, and business councils. He is currently managing director of the Ohio India Office, which assists companies from the region access channel partners and increase their exports to India. He is also the managing director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) India Office, which assists the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Wisconsin companies to access the Indian market.

Dr. B.C. Chhaparwal
MD (Paed.), DCH, FICP (USA), FACN (USA), FIAP, MAMS, FIAMS, Emeuitus Prof. Of Pediatrics, MGM Medical College Former Vice Chancellor (1996-2004) Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore Acting President - May-June 2001 Medical Council of India, Vice President- (1995-2001) Medical Council of India. Member- (1989-2006) Medical Council of India. National President - (1994-1995) Indian Medical Association.

V. P. Chandan
Director, Aegis Consultant, World Bank Former President, Qualcomm India Additional member (Telecom), Railway Board Director, PCL & GCEL Vice Chairman, Indo- French Technical Association Member, Governing Council, ERDCI, Ministry of IT Member, SACFA, Minister of Communications Bachelor of Technology Banaras Hindu University Varanasi (BHU) India Masters of Technology Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ( IIT) India S. Eng & EIEE (UK), FIRSE (UK), Sr. MIEEE (USA), FIRT, FIRSTE, FCIL & T ( India), FAIMA, FIETE & FIE ( India)

S. P. Shukla
President - Group Strategy and Chief Brand Officer Mr. Shukla is a Member of the Group Executive Board at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and as President is responsible for Group Strategy.He is also the Chief Brand Officer for the Mahindra Group. A B.Tech from IIT BHU & MBA from IIM Ahemdabaad, he has over 31 years of rich & varied experience in managing large projects & operations. Mr. S.P. Shukla has been a pioneer in the Indian Mobile Industry with many 'firsts' to his credit. This includes launch of first SMS, first Prepaid and first mobile internet modems (data cards) in India. As probably the longest serving top executive in the cellular industry since its beginning in1995, Mr. S.P. Shukla has been in the founding teams of Essar Cellphone (now Vodafone Essar), Reliance Telecom GSM, Reliance Infocomm CDMA & Reliance Communications GSM.

Jagdish Mitra
Chief Executive Officer
, CanvasM ( a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Mahindra)
Jagdish leads CanvasM to become the leading VAS enabler for the global communications industry. Jagdish holds extensive experience in the areas of business development, IT project management and marketing in the global information services market.
Prior to moving into this role, Jagdish was the head of the Global Managed Services function in Tech Mahindra where he helped build strategic relationships and business with key telecom accounts worldwide for the company. Jagdish holds a masters degree in Computer Applications from Birla Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of London.

Dr. Sougata Mukherjea
Sougata Mukherjea leads the Telecom & Mobile Research department in IBM India Research Lab. His research interests include Middleware technologies and its applications to Telecom, Analytics and Visualization. He has several patents as well as multiple publications in reputed Computer Science conferences and journals in these research areas. His group has developed many innovative  technologies in the Telecom and Mobile domain some of which have been integrated into IBM products or licensed to customers. 
Sougata received his  Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA in Computer Science. Prior to joining IBM Sougata worked in Research & Development for several companies in the Silicon Valley (California) including NEC Research, Inktomi and BEA Systems. 

Sandip Biswas
Director, Deloitte
Former Head Managed Services, Reliance Communications
He is founder member of Alcatel-Lucent Managed Solutions [ALUMS – 500+ M$ company], a JV between Reliance & Alcatel-Lucent - is a pioneering effort and first of its kind in the global telecom business domain.
He Won the prestigious Global Telecoms Business [GTB] Award for Best Business Innovation - presented in London – Sep 2008.


Dr. Arun K Pande
Head, TCS Innovation Labs - Mumbai
Tata Consultancy Services

Vijay K. Aggarwal
Former Wholetime Director & CEO Reliance Infratel
Vijay is a Business Leader with over 36 years of diverse experience in Telecom and Electrical Industry and has successfully led profit centre responsibilities with leading Indian Transnationals Reliance, Bharti and L&T. Vijay has been instrumental in establishing Green Field Technology Projects viz India’s 1st CDMA Network and Basic Service Operations in MP for Bharti and NLD Network & ILD Voice Network for Reliance Communications. Reliance achieved #1 position in ILD voice and NLD under his leadership.
He was actively involved in TEMA in its formative years and served in various capacities - Executive Member, Treasurer & Secretary General. Vijay presented a number of strategic papers on Telecom industry, Telecom Regulatory Environment and opportunities for growth in India & abroad. Vijay is an Electronics & Telecommunication Engineer from Delhi College of Engg., Delhi University and holds MBA (Marketing) from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University.

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Vivekanand V. Kulkarni
LLB, PGDM (MBA) IIM Ahmedabad
B.Tech (Hons.) IIT Kharagpur
Prof., Corporate Finance, Accounting and Law
Former Head Corporate Banking, Deutsche Bank (AG), Mumbai
Former CEO, Abhinav Co-op Bank, Mumbai
Management Consultant to Govt. of Gujrat, Gandhinagar
Former Head of Profit Centre (Export Oriented Units) at SBI Mumbai


Dr. Major General V. S. Karnik (Retd.)
PhD in Management
MBA, M Phil, MSc
Former Chief Instructor, Indian Military Academy (IMA)
Rich military experience with blend of academic and corporate training

Dr. Rajan Saxena
Dr. Saxena is the former Director and a Professor of Marketing, Indian Institute of Management, Indore, the sixth and youngest IIM set up by the Government of India, Ministry of HRD in 1997.
Under the leadership of Dr. Saxena, initiatives have been taken to position IIM Indore as the country's premier management school. A Ph.D. in Marketing from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Dr. Saxena has been actively involved in teaching marketing and management, consultancy, research, and training since 1972.
Recent publication: Marketing Management is one of the most insightful books into the changing market and thought leadership for future developments in India.

Dr. Ramesh Sharda
Dr. Ramesh Sharda is Director of the Institute for Research in Information Systems (IRIS) , ConocoPhillips Chair of Management of Technology, and a Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the College of Business Administration at Oklahoma State University. He received his B. Eng. degree from University of Udaipur, M.S. from The Ohio State University and an MBA and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has been published in major journals in management science and information systems including Management Science, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Interfaces, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Computers and Operations Research, and many others

Dr Sonia el Kahal Maclean
MBA Director, School of Management, University of Surrey
BA, DMS, MA (Sussex); Dphil (Sussex), ECM (San Jose USA).
Teaching areas: MBA Programmes: Strategy in a Global Context ; Research Methods ; Action Case consultancies and MBA Projects.
General Research Interests: International Organisations (UN), Globalisation of Business ; Political Risk ; Business in Asia Pacific ; E-Commerce Management
Administrative Responsibilities: Responsible for the academic and curriculum development of Surrey MBA Programmes, including overall management and quality assurance.