Meet the Jury
Mr R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM
Mr R Chandrashekhar is currently the president of NASSCOM. He was the Chairman, Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecommunication till March 2013. During his career in government, he held a wide variety of key assignments, many of them relating to the ICT sector across the centre and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has extensive experience of formulating and implementing policies, strategies and action plans to foster the growth of the IT industry, covering the entire eco-system including Infrastructure, Human Resource Development, E-Governance and establishing Public Private Partnerships.
Dr. Natarajan is Vice Chairman and CEO of Zensar Technologies, a leading firm that optimises technology and processes for Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and board member of ‘Global Talent Track’, a pioneer in employability skills training in Asia. Dr Natarajan’s industry responsibilities include leadership of the HBS Club of India; Chairman of the National Committee on Knowledge Management and Business Transformation; and the Western Region Committee on Skills for the Confederation of Indian Industry.
A Gold Medalist in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, Dr. Natarajan has completed his PhD in Knowledge Management at IIT Bombay. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Doctorate in IT Computer Science, is currently Global Head of Digital Enterprise Services division at Tech Mahindra , which includes Internet of Things and Smart City initiatives. Rishi’s career has taken him through more than 15 years of Sales, Delivery, Research, Merger & Acquisitions and Administrative responsibilities. During his PhD, he had developed for the first time “Relationship Maturity Model for IT services Industry” which helps corporates to Identify effective relationship management processes & best practices for managing customer supplier relationship. He has co-authored the first book on IoT – Titled “Enterprise IoT” and also the Chairperson of Institution of Engineering and Technology IoT panel for India.
Mr Mehta joined the company in early 2011 to set up IDC’s wholly owned subsidiary operations in India, and subsequently in South Asia. He is a thought leader, advisor to CEOs and an international conference speaker. Aside from India, he has presented to business and technology leaders in Europe, Asia, USA and Japan. From macro-economic trends to technology disruptions, market and industry analysis, he has blogged, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has been awarded the “Leadership Award for Contribution to Market Research” by the World Marketing Congress in 2014. Under his leadership, IDC India was conferred the CIO Choice Award for “IT Advisor of the Year”, 2014.
Rajiv Makhni is India’s Tech Guru and hosts multiple TV shows on Technology, Quizzing and Lifestyle. He is Managing Editor for Technology, NDTV Group and Head of Alternate Media for NDTV Ltd. He hosts multiple TV shows on Technology (Gadget Guru, Cellguru, Newsnet 3.0, Walk the Tech Talk) and Lifestyle (Men can’t dance, and The Next Big thing).
Rajiv is a multiple award-winning columnist. He writes for major publications like Hindustan Times, HT Brunch, GQ, Outlook and many others.