Minister of Road Transport & Highways, and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India
One of the senior most members of the Narendra Modi government, Nitin Gadkari is a visionary thinker and social reformer. As a minister for the MSME sector, he is helping bring alive the Prime Minister's dream to make India a super economic power by increasing the sector's contribution to the economy.
He is among the strongest proponents of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and passionate about working towards supporting, as well as, encouraging Make in India. The MSME Ministry under his guidance has implemented various schemes and programmes in a bid to boost the capabilities of MSMEs and small businesses.
President, Cisco India and SAARC
Sameer Garde is President of Cisco's India and SAARC theatre
As President, Sameer is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives and investments in strategic alliances in the theatre.
Over a career spanning 28 years, Sameer has led several top-performing organizations with an enduring track record across multiple roles and regions. His keen understanding of technology and market opportunities enables him to drive transformation and capture critical market transitions. A proven leader, Sameer has built and managed global and regional businesses in India, Europe, USA and Asia. Sameer is a highly respected leader who maintains a commitment to professional development, and inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
He holds an engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata. Sameer is a long-distance runner, amateur photographer, and drivingholiday enthusiast.
Head of Emerging Business, Airtel Business
Divya has more than 22 years of experience in the telecom industry spanning across Product, Product Sales, Business Operations, Marketing, Strategy, Digital functions across Direct, SMB and Government verticals.
He has also worked in Data, Mobility, Fixed Line, Security, MOVAS and M2M products. Before joining Airtel, he was previously working with Tata Telecom, Hughes and Polycom.
Managing Director for Teleindia Networks Pvt. Ltd
Mahanthesh KA has been instrumental in building and scaling many of Teleindia's businesses successfully.
With over 19+ years of diversified and global experience, he has showcased his passion for customer centricity, executional excellence with rigor, and also as a transformational leader in the Telecom and IT businesses.
He was instrumental to grow the business for Teleindia Network as a telecom 'Service Provider' business unit with proven expertise, quality standards and efficient delivery processes, making it a reliable partner for a new digital age in areas of Optical, IP, Network Integration, Consulting and OEM equipment reselling.
He was most effective in expanded the business by establishing international offices in UAE – for Middle East & Africa regions & in Singapore – for APJC regions.
His improvisations in procedures & processes – Quality of Services, Innovation, Agility, Cost Effectiveness & Customer Centricity offerings, quickly stepped - up Teleindia's name in the industry.
He is now leading the team to build a new campus, closer to the Bangalore's International airport, additionally integrating within this campus, facilities & newer features – ODC & Testing Lab facility, Training Center, Mentoring for the new Start-ups, GNOC, Data Center (Datasamudra) - One stop solution!!
Director, Systems Engineering Sales – Cisco India
Anand is the Director, Systems Engineering, for Cisco Systems India. In this role, he leads the Pre-Sales teams responsible for solution and architecture design across the country. This is his second stint in Cisco, having worked here previously for 11+ years in various capacities.
Anand's prior experience includes leadership roles with global technology companies Microsoft and VMware.
Anand is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and likes to play squash and tennis in his spare time. He also likes rock music and reading books.
Lead – Architect, Solutions Engineering, Cyber Security Cisco, India
Ashraf is a Solutions Engineering Leader responsible for driving Cyber Security Business in the India & SAARC region for Cisco. Before Cisco, he had worked in engineering leadership roles for Service Providers and MSSPs in the region which includes Tata Communications and Sify technologies.
Ashraf is Industry veteran in the field of IT and Cyber Security for almost 2 decades, which includes over 10+ years (and counting) of specialization in Cyber Security.
He started his career as a Engineer and has taken up various technical management and lead roles in service operations, engineering, strategic planning and design in the service provider industry across Telecom, Cloud and Managed Security business domains.
Managing Director - Velocis Systems Pvt. Ltd.
As the co-founder and Managing Director of Velocis Systems, Atul Bansal leads the effort to scale Velocis into the Top IT Solutions and Services provider in India. Under his leadership, Velocis is transitioning into a business solution provider from being a technology solution provider. With an experience of more than 27 years in IT Services sector, Atul strongly believes in consistently enhancing customer and employee satisfaction goals at Velocis.
Atul graduated in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), India and completed his Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi.
With CAGR in excess of 30% in the last 7 years, Velocis has emerged as a key IT player in India. The 'mantra' is to help customers derive more value out of their IT investments and enhance their Digital Transformation journey. With holistic offerings in SDx, Applications, Cloud, and Managed services, Velocis is positioned very well to address the rapidly growing demand for innovative IT solutions and services in the new software defined, multi-platform, multi-cloud world.
General Manager – IT Operations Lumina Datamatics Ltd.
Seasoned IT Infrastructure and Information Security Professional with around 28 years of extensive experience.
Instrumental in the design, conceptualization, procurement, implementation and management of complex and large scale IT Infra Projects across diverse verticals on a global scale.
Rich managerial and technocrat experience in the areas of IT Infrastructure Management, Business applications, Governance-Risk Compliance, Information Security, Project Management, Technical Operations Support, IS/Security Audits, Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Planning.
Director, Collaboration, India & SAARC
Pankaj heads the Collaboration Business at Cisco for India & SAARC. He works with organizations in this region helping them transform their workplaces and achieve their vision of aligning with the Future of Work.
Pankaj is an MBA from IIM Calcutta and has over 22 years of prior experience with leading technology companies like Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems.
Lead – Security, Small Business, India Cisco
Raghu is the Sales Leader responsible for driving Small Business Security in the India region for Cisco Security. Before Cisco, he had donned various Leadership roles for leading organizations which includes Micro Focus, HPE Security, Oracle, Symantec, IBM and Mcafee
Raghu is Industry veteran in the field of IT Sales for the past 2 decades, which includes over 18+ years (and counting) of specialization in Information Security.
He has accumulated a variety of functional experiences through diversified roles including managing Business Units, Larger Regions, Enterprise Accounts, Channels, Alliances and Business Development.
Director, Strategy & Planning, Cisco India & SAARC
Udit is responsible strategy, Planning and Sales Operations for Cisco India and SAARC. In his current role, Udit is responsible for developing strategy for Cisco India and managing sales operations across different segments.
A senior business professional, with more than 19 years of experience, he has built and managed high-growth businesses for large multinationals, as well as startups, primarily across the Healthcare, Telecom, and IT sectors.
Udit spent the initial decade of his career in technology, primarily working on VoIP technologies, IP-PBX, and wireless soft switches with companies such as 3Com and Huawei. Udit also holds a US patent related to feature-based services in SIP IP-PBX services.
Director, Security Business, Cisco India & SAARC
He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Security Services space with stints in product management, sales, marketing and business development.
Prior to joining Cisco , He was the Sr. Regional Director – India & SAARC at FireEye .Vishak was also the Global Head of Content Delivery Network (CDN) & Managed Security Services (MSS) business at Tata communications for 3 years. Prior to joining Tata Communications, Vishak was the Sr. Regional Director for Fortinet (India/SAARC region) and is credited with having built Fortinet's Unified Threat Management success story in India/SAARC. He was also instrumental in setting up the first-of-its-kind Global Technical Assistance Center at Bangalore for providing support to Fortinet's customers worldwide. Prior to Fortinet, Vishak has worked at WatchGuard, Sify and HCL Technologies.
Vishak holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business management (PGDBM) from IIM Ahmedabad
Regional Manager – Collaboration Sales – Commercial and SB. Cisco India & SAARC
Vishal leads Cisco's Collaboration Business for Commercial and SB.
He believes that Collaboration is at the center piece of any Organizations business strategy and customers are using it as a differentiator to deliver new services and innovate faster.
In his role, Vishal helps Cisco's customers innovate in this globalized world and get diverse people from different backgrounds to collaborate effectively and solve complex business problems.
In his Professional Career spanning 19 years in IT/ITES & Service Provider organizations he has held various positions and managed some Large Programs and Key Accounts across companies like Cisco, France Telecom and SITEL.
He holds a Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and an Exec MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Managing Director - Small Business
Panish heads the Small Business segment for Cisco India & SAARC.
Over the last 20+ years Panish has worked with Bosch, Dell, Asian Paints and HSBC in the areas of Sales, Operations and Strategy. In his last assignment at Bosch, he was the Regional Business Director in the Consumer Goods vertical (Power Tools) for India and SAARC overseeing the entire business operations across multiple GTM routes (Channel, Direct and E-Com) and Customer verticals (Retail & Key Accounts).
At Dell, Panish held roles in Operations & Strategy, and Sales. He was the Sales Director in the Mid-Market, Small Business and Consumer verticals with regional and national responsibilities across India.
Panish has an Engineering Degree from Bangalore University and a Management Diploma from IIM Calcutta. He is a music lover, an avid reader, and plays cricket and chess in his spare time.
Systems Engineering Manager, Sales, Collaboration, Cisco India
Vaibhav Pant manages the Systems Engineering team for Collaboration technology at Cisco . An engineering graduate and MBA in IT Mgmt, Vaibhav has been associated with Collaboration industry for the past 20 years working with companies like TANDBERG and BPL Telecom.
Vice President, Seller Services, Amazon India
Gopal Pillai is the Vice President of Seller Services at Amazon India. He has been an Amazonian for over a decade and is a driven leader who works backwards from the needs of consumers and sellers to deliver results and drive impact at scale.
Gopal leads the India seller services team and is committed to transforming the way the country buys and sells; empowering local sellers to grow their businesses by listing their products online and even exporting their products globally through the Amazon platform. Under Gopal's leadership, the seller services business in India has enabled 600,000+ sellers to use the Amazon India marketplace to reach out to their customers all across India. Gopal's team has launched flagship programs like "Amazon Karigar" and "Amazon Saheli", which have enabled more than 1M artisans, weavers and women entrepreneurs to benefit from the global digital economy. In addition, today over 60,000+ Indian exporters are offering over 140 million made-in-India products to Amazon's 15 global marketplaces.
During his time with Amazon, Gopal has worked across verticals and divisions serving as the Head of Amazon Wireless; GM, Mobile Electronics and CE Trade-In Business; Director and General Manager, Consumer Electronics, and Director and General Manager, Seller Services at Amazon India. An alumnus of Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management and University of Madras, Gopal started his career at Tata Consultancy Services, and has worked with several reputed organisations in the past decade.