AYUSH JAIN
CEO
Mindbowser

With 6+ years of experience in web and mobile application development, Ayush can take care of everything mobile from inception to launch. Ayush has been a part of the mobile industry since 2008 and has played a key role in the development of more than 100+ applications launched successfully on the App Store.

Ayush has an MBA degree with a bachelors in Computer Science. He is an advisory to certain startups and has been invited to numerous conferences.

ABHISHEK KUMAR
Co-Founder
Giftxoxo.com

Abhishek is a serial entrepreneur and has created some kick ass products in Healthcare, Supply Chain and Finance domains. He has worked with multiple brands like Manhattan Associates, Magma (Now Synopsis), Nettpositive (now Equifax) in the past but soon jumped to entrepreneurship.

Abhishek is a dreamer and is pursuing his dreams through his first product based start-up Prodintel Technologies. He believes that with the application of technology and ideas, the world can always be made a better place to live in.

Abhishek is the Co-founder of Giftxoxo.com, Frogo. Giftxoxo is a marketplace for gifting of unique experiences, gift vouchers and Gift Memories. Frogo is a marketplace of activities, experiences, to meet interesting professionals and things to do at destinations, discover and book amazing experiences.

He has graduated from IIT Bombay in the year 2007. His specialties include exploring new business possibilities, creative thinking, quick learning and execution, flexible to work in any environment and keen to learn new things. Abhishek’s hobbies include free hand sketching, badminton, cricket, Long bike trips and social networking.

RAKESH PATIBANDA
Game Design Researcher
RMIT University, Australia

Having a background in the field of design, Rakesh’s research at RMIT University has enabled him to develop and learn the social science perspective of design.

Rakesh has a keen interest on the health side of gaming i.e., both physical and mental health. Having had an opportunity to work with some of the pioneers in both these fields of health has been an impetus to him in his research. Rakesh is an experienced game designer and with the knowledge that he is acquiring through his research at ExertionGamesLab he says the next generation games are going to be bodily i.e., where the human body becomes a game in itself.

PRATAP TP
Co-Founder & CMO
Qwikcilver

Pratap has over 15 years of experience in Strategic Marketing, Product Launch Initiatives, Media Campaign management and Public Relations. He has a passion for new media propositions and innovative ways of reaching out to consumers. Pratap has been a part of many startup teams across segments and categories – setting up channels of distribution, product development and growing retail networks. He was involved in the launch of leading brands and companies across sectors in India like Timex watches across India, Lighting Business of Wipro Ltd, & Polyurethanes Paints Business of ICI.

He also has experience of the Middle East markets – having handled the marketing function at Kuwait Danish Dairy for the GCC markets for over 3 years.

Pratap has a Bachelors degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

BHARGAVI UPADHYA
System Architect
Philips India Ltd.

Royal Philips is a leading HealthTech company that focuses on creating innovation that matters to people. Bhargavi is the system architect for the ‘Connected Digital Propositions’ group in Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore. She focuses on mobility aspects of a number of healthcare propositions within Philips. Along with a world-class team, she is responsible for creating Applications, helping achieve Philips’ vision of ‘Connected Care for Continuous Health’.

Bhargavi has had a long association with Philips Innovation Campus (PIC) since it started in Bangalore in 1996. She was technically responsible for starting projects for various business groups at PIC spanning from Consume Electronics products to Semiconductor chipsets. From a fresher to a System Architect, her journey with Philips and NXP has been rewarding.

Bhargavi has represented Philips in various standardization committees. She was part of global architecture/ technology groups functioning across Business Groups in Philips and NXP. She has been collaborating across geographies with various Businesses in Europe, US and Asia.

She is passionate about technology and has a number of patents to her credit. In her personal time she is studying Quantum Computing and Number Theory while chasing the proof of Twin Prime Conjecture, a 3000 year old problem in Mathematics.

AKASH SUREKA
Vice President & Practice Head Mobility
Persistent Systems Ltd.

Akash Sureka comes with a strong mobility and Internet background with more than 15 years of varied experience in Global product companies – having worked, handled large businesses and technologies, building and delivering global products for marquee companies like NVIDIA, Bilcare, Nokia & Motorola in the areas of Mobile Operating Systems, building mobile devices with ODM manufacturers, large scale end-to-end consumer internet web solutions for millions of users, mobile applications for consumer internet and enterprise, social/ digital marketing and advertisement solutions, telecom and vas solutions, smartphones, mobility and connected devices. Before venturing out to start-up a global product company HOOPZ around auto content discovery and technology, he spent a lot of time delivering consumer and business solutions to companies like Samsung, HTC, Toshiba, Sharp, Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, SONY, Micromax, Lenovo, AT&T, Bell Labs, etc. to name a few and had steered global partnerships with Intel, Qualcomm, Yahoo, Tencent, Baidu, InMobi, and many more globally.

Akash was the Founder & CEO of Hoopz, now acquired by Persistent Systems Limited (BSE Listed company, billion dollar market cap) last year having built world class products and solutions in mobility, search & discovery, machine learning, digital advertisements and personalization. While at Hoopz, Akash won the prestigious Aegis Graham Bell Telecom Award (2012) for Innovation in Mobility. He has been nominated for Young Entrepreneur by Business World, Top 100 Asian Companies by Red Herring, and nominated as Top Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum for “Auto Search and Content Discovery” technology for mobility.

Akash has co-authored international publications like “Everything Guide To Mobile Apps” published by International publishing agency Adams Media, bringing out his perspective on global mobile app ecosystem and trends. He has several patents applied in his name under mobile, digital advertisements, IT, web applications, and consumer internet fields and is constantly sought after by startups, entrepreneurs and investment ecosystem for advise and mentorship where he serves advisory and mentorship role to them.

Akash is passionate about building global products and businesses with latest technologies, as mobile internet & application economy is his passion. In his free time he loves to mentor startups, budding entrepreneurs, learn new technologies, watch movies and work out at fitness center.

SUDHANSHU TRIPATHI
Lead - Corporate Strategy
Cyient Limited

Sudhanshu has more than a decade of global experience across strategy, marketing and consulting. He has worked across India, UK and Australia. Currently he is the Corporate Strategy lead at Cyient Limited. He was also the head of Insights Marketing and Strategic Business Development at Cyient. Prior to Cyient, Sudhanshu was the lead for International business development and strategy planning at Fino Paytech Limited, a global leader providing branch-less banking solutions. At TCS, he acted as a strategy consultant for engineering services and worked across multiple industry verticals.

He is MBA (Strategy & Marketing) from University of Western Australia, Perth and an electrical engineer from Nagpur University. Also, he has completed an executive education in B2B Marketing & Discipline of Strategy Execution from IIM, Ahmedabad and Digital & Social Media Strategy from ISB, Hyderabad.

Sudhanshu is a digital marketing expert, certified SHRM trainer and mentor for start-ups. He is also a prominent speaker at events and speaks on various aspects of marketing, strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship. He is a regular blogger and is very active in the social media space.

SIDDHESH BHOBE
CEO, eMee &
Business Head, Persistent Systems

With 18 years as a technocrat in a wide variety of domains ranging from tire manufacturing, media & entertainment, oil and gas exploration, banking and healthcare, Siddhesh is focused on delivering high value business solutions, addressing the key concerns of CEOs, CMOs and their customers. Siddhesh’s innovative mobile-enabled solution for Bridgestone Europe won the NASSCOM Innovation Award in 2008 for Market Facing Business Model and Business Process Innovation.

Using innovative tenets in social media and gamification, Siddhesh is helping companies in tackling some of the key engagement and branding issues facing the industry today – how to generate buzz, engagement, loyalty and extended customer reach. He also leads big data and social media strategies for some of the largest media and entertainment conglomerates and enterprises.

Siddhesh is a frequent speaker at various national and international forums and conferences. He is also an avid blogger, loves watching movies, and enjoys off-roading in his favorite SUV.

SANDEEP LADDA
Partner & National Leader
Technology and eCommerce Sector Practice PwC India

Sandeep Ladda is a Partner and National Leader of the Technology and eCommerce Sector Practice at PwC India across all lines of services. He is also part of PwC Global's Technology, InfoComm and E&M (TICE) Leadership Team.

Sandeep has been with PwC for over 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience in assisting various multi-national companies across sectors in setting up their Indian Operations while advising them on Tax and Regulatory implications including foreign direct investment structuring, funding mechanism, business and financial restructuring, strategic advice in litigation matters, structuring joint venture arrangements, resolving major disputes with the tax authorities, etc. Sandeep's clients have included technology companies with global operations ranging from start-ups to multibillion-dollar multinationals in IT/ITeS, eCommerce, internet, semiconductor, computing and networking sectors.

He has created thought leadership reports for PwC India in Technology, eCommerce and other sectors. Sandeep consistently figures among the Top 10 spokespersons in the TICE sectors in India and was recently ranked in the Top 10 Global Spokespersons within the entire PwC Network for TICE sectors.

PUNEET SHARMA
Founder & CEO
Bugclipper

Puneet is the founder of Bugclipper, an in-app feedback tool for mobile developers. He has over a decade of work experience in solving real business problems with technology. A programmer since the age of 16 he has worked on various technologies in his career. Bitten by the startup bug, he started his entrepreneurial journey five years back. With Bugclipper he works side by side with developers and companies building apps and games for mobile, helping them build better apps.

Puneet is a computer science engineer from VTU. Prior to his starting journey, he worked with TCS for five years, where he developed solutions for banks, mutual funds and logistic companies. He is an active member in the startup eco-system and ever ready to help fellow entrepreneurs. When not found spinning his office chair, he sets off for a motorcycle ride.

SNEHA JOHARI
Associate Editor
MediaNama

After being a print and television journalist, Sneha Johari decided to settle down with digital journalism at MediaNama.

She has previously worked with ET NOW and Yahoo! and is an alumnus of the Asian College of Journalism. At MediaNama, Sneha enjoys writing about online services and loves speaking to people in both the online and offline ecosystem.

JOHNY JOSE
CEO
Playlyfe

Johny is the founder of Playlyfe, an online gamification platform. He started Playlyfe as a result of trying to solve employee engagement problems in organizations by using game mechanics during his final year at college.

A relentless learner, he has been programming since age 10 and has had the opportunity to work on the ALICE Experiment at CERN during his college days. Johny holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from LNMIIT, Jaipur.

PRASHANT DIXIT
VP & Head of Business
VMAX™, Vserv

Prashant has over 16 years of experience in Media Sales, Revenue Management & Strategic Alliances. Prior to VMAX™, he headed alliances for Reliance Digital & Nielsen Online and was in key sales roles at Microsoft and Naukri.com.

Connect with him on LinkedIn.

RITURAJ PATEL
Architect – Enterprise Mobility Solutions
Fujitsu Consulting India

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Ruturaj is a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology with more than 12 years of experience. His current role at Fujitsu is of Technology Architect. He has a wide experience in designing and developing embedded devices, mobile applications, IOT and Hyperconnected World. He has been associated with Fujitsu for the last 3 years and has been contributing in Human Centric Innovation.

CHETAN SHAH
Chairman – Board of Directors
Gamiana

Chetan Shah is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gamiana, lead investor and Indian Angel Network representative. Gamiana’s latest title – Sunny Leone Teen Patti – is India’s First Celebrity Branded premium mobile-game from Bollywood. He has a strong passion for coaching and mentoring and serves on the Boards of several start-up companies worldwide. He is the founding member of the Pune Chapter of the IAN and actively involved in many other industry associations – TiE Pune (Charter Member), Ex-President, Software Exporters Association of Pune, Ex-Chair, YPO Pune.

He sits on the board of several companies across various industries including internet, mobile, food-tech, retail, enterprise software, and financial services. He has helped start-up companies to scale and large enterprises to execute on globalization strategy. His clients include Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Dow Jones, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, JP Morgan Chase, etc.

Chetan's leadership philosophy centers on the 3Ps - People, Productivity, and Profits. He strongly believes that people are the most important asset for any company. He encourages investing in people and talent management to drive productivity resulting in superior financial performance.

Chetan has a Masters in Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA (1993), MBA in Finance, University of Scranton, PA, USA (1992) and a Bachelors in Accounting, Sydenham College, Mumbai, India (1990).

SIDHARTH IYER
Lead Digital Strategist
redchillies.vfx

Sidharth has covered the video game industry for over 2 years and has worked closely with NASSCOM Gaming Forum, as well as, leading game publishers/ producers like Nazara, Reliance Games, Ubisoft, etc. to evangelize the gaming ecosystem in the country and played a catalyst in bringing the best of Western practices and introduce them to developers here, to help create a more condusive environment.

STEPHEN ANDREWS
Strategic Planning and Partnerships
ADATHA

With 3 years of Sales Management and Business Development experience, Stephen Andrews is an exciting addition to the intelligent and hard-working team already in place at Dot Com Infoway Ltd, one of the premier IT companies in India.

Stephen is responsible for driving growth and success to the organization, as well as developing strategic alliances for DCI. He is responsible for expanding revenue opportunities to benefit both advertising agencies and brand marketers, and oversees global sales efforts. In addition, he is also responsible for driving aggressive revenue targets for the company.

Stephen’s entrepreneurial mindset and cross-functional leadership roles in diverse international technology business sectors consistently results in mergers and acquisitions and hyper-growth business. He actively contributes to startups and global initiatives.

Achieving real results is Stephen’s main ambition, and with his high level of integrity, excellent communication, shared vision creation and effective team building, his leadership capabilities are evident.

During his free time, Stephen loves to travel, party and join hands with friends to play cricket and basketball.

Stephen is a graduate of Anna University.

VIKAS SHARMA
Chief Revenue Officer
Indus OS

Vikas Sharma possesses over 18 years of work experience in Telecom, Media and IT organizations; encompassing P&L management, business operations, strategic planning, product management and solutions sles responsibilities for global service providers and large enterprises.

Presently, he is working at Indus Labs as a CRO, managing device and app monetization.

He has worked for Telecom Operators like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Tata and IT companies like Microsoft, Aricent; across Europe and Asia, majority of which are in India.

Over the years, Vikas has carved a niche of his own in Telecom and especially in the Value-Added Services domain; implementing world-class products and services across variety of screens. As an evangelist of the Mobile Entertainment and commerce world, Vikas often features as a speaker and panelist in several mobile industry events worldwide.

Vikas holds a MBA, a BE (Computer Science) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Architect.

IMTIAZ AHMED
Founder & Global Head of Partnerships
CLINKAD.com

Imtiaz has over 20 years of experience in general management, marketing and strategy, business development, operations and brand building. He has worked with numerous industries in various nations, and is equally savvy as an entrepreneur, having launched startup firms covering R&D, technical support and architecture for the past couple of years.

He currently serves as Founder & Global Head of Partnerships with CLINKAD where he develops relationships with Developers, Advertisers & Publishers, Affiliates and Operators to enhance CLINKAD.com platform growth. Previously, he launched a brand for mobiles & tablets under the brand name GlobyTalky, as well as an app GlobyTalky. He has also worked with telcos (GPRS & SMS) in India in 2002 with Usha Martin Telekom Ltd, Airtel and also Kolkata Traffic Police. Imtiaz has focused on building and bringing to market software, applications and digital services in the mobile industry and digital media spaces across the globe.

Additionally, Ahmed is using his extensive professional experience to educate the next generation regarding digital media, games apps and technology professionals. He has recently served as a lecturer in a few Chinese firms in Shenzhen, Shanghai where specialties include ODM, OEM, Brands, Digital Ecosystems, Digital Marketing, Technology & Digital Advertising, Mobile & Messaging, Online Video, Display Marketing, Remarketing, and Programmatic Advertising.

Imtiaz is originally from India but moved to China over 13 years ago and is currently based in Shanghai. He spends his free time practicing squash and watching SciFi TV series at home.

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