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SPEAKERS & MENTORS

Pankaj

Pankaj Saran
President
EMPI Institutions

Piers Grove

Piers Grove
Co-Founder & MD
Energy Lab

Vinod Midha

Vinod Midha
CEO
AIC- EMPI

Dr Raja Venkataramani

Dr. Raja Venkataramani
Fmr. Director
Deloitte

Pawan Sachdeva

Pavan Sachdeva
Sr. GM- Group Public Affairs
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Srihari Mulgund
President
Ricardo India Pvt Ltd

Anil Kumar Varshney

Anil Kumar Varshney
Sr. Vice-President
Reliance Group

jatinder nalwaya

Jitendra Nalwaya
Vice-President
BSES Yamuna

Pankaj Jhunja
Head of Mobility Services
Tata Motors.

Saad Ashraf
AGM, Business Development and Engineering, Ricardo India

Praveen Pothumahanty
AGM, Business Development and Engineering, Ricardo India

Rajiv Jain

Rajiv Jain
Fmr., Vice-President
IESA

Prasad Mane
Vice-President – Asia
Ricardo Strategic Consulting.

Kartik Kadle
Senior Consultant
Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Philippe Le Baron
VP Sales Catia
Dassault

Gaurav Talwar
Senior Managing Consultant
IBM Business Consulting Services

Yogesh Umbarkar
Vice President – Asia
Ricardo

Anshul Punhani
Chief Marketing Officer
Monster.com

Deepangshu Dev Sarmah
Editor-in-Chief
Auto Tech Review

Shahnawaz Ahmad
Engineer
EESL

Mr. Sirish Batchu
Vice President Software & Intelligence
Ather Energy

Nitin Sethi
VP Digital
Indigo

Manish Vashist
Design Director
IBM

Anju Arora
Project Engineering Manager
BHEL

Gaurav Verma
Marketing and e-mobility
BHEL

Varun Arora
CATIA Sales Manager India
Dassault Systèmes

Sajid Mubashir
Member R&D
Ministry of Heavy Industries

Sriram Padmanabhan
Vice President Marketing
Nissan India

Rohit Kumar
Vice President
Hansa Research Group

Kovid Chugh
Director
Grant Thornton

Nemesisa Ujjain
Director
Innovation Projects

Sudhir Mor
Product Design Lead
Soroco

Neeraj Tyagi
Managing Partner
Venture Catalysts

Gagan Ghai
Managing Partner
Venture Catalysts

Saumya Bhattacharya
Assistant General Manager
JV of Delhi Govt.

Punit Banga
General Manager – Digital and Customer Experience
Nissan Motor Corp.

Nitin Nair
General Manager
Connected Cars (AMI – Africa, Middle East, India, and Turkey)
Nissan

Arun Sivasubrahmaniyan
Head- Business Excellence
Hero MotoCorp Ltd

Dr. Yashodhan Gokhale
Vice President – Business Development
Octillion Power Systems

Pankaj

Pankaj is a multi-disciplinary innovator who has a career spanning from AI & Cognitive Science to Education, Innovation and Policy Advocacy. He started his career in Artificial Intelligence & human cognition working along with leading universities internationally. Subsequently, he trained and consulted on Japanese management across Industries. Thereafter he founded with Indian legends like A.N. Haksar, Udai Pareek, Tara Sinha, D V Kapur and Gurnam Saran, EMPI - a unique Institution that combines Entrepreneurship, innovation and Management.

He has been worked along with legends like Justice Ranganath Misra, Abid Hussain, R A Mashelkar to develop India's first participative public policy platform, 'We Think for India'. The platform conceived and ran India's first Draft Manufacturing Policy competition that was  launch by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was instrumental in launching India's first Organisational  innovation movement launched at the hands of President APJ Abdul Kalam.

He subsequently worked under the legendary Padma Bhushan Mr. N Vittal in creating India's first innovation City in Gujarat with the Government of Korea that was launched as India's first Smart City by the then Chief Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi. Thereafter he has co-founded the creation of India's first Aerospace & Defence Innovation cluster as a joint venture with the Andhra Pradesh Government, near Bangalore.
He is Director of the EMPI-Energy Lab Accelerator and is developing an Incubation hub that focusses on Renewables, Smart Energy & Electric Mobility

Pankaj Saran
President
EMPI Institutions

Piers Grove

Piers is an entrepreneur, fund creator, and policy activist. Piers is the co-founder and Managing Director of EnergyLab, Australia's largest platform for Energy Incubation jointly set up by the Australian Government, Origin - Australia's largest Energy company and the University of Technology, Sydney.

He sits on the investment committee of the Early Stage Clean Energy Fund of the Government.  He serves as a founding director of Climate KIC Australia and as a Governor of WWF-Australia. He has created and led large funds that have spanned across sectors. He is also Director of the EMPI-Energy Lab Accelerator.

Piers Grove
Co-Founder & MD
Energy Lab

Vinod Midha

Mr.Vinod Midha, a B.Tech from IIT, Delhi is the Fmr. Executive Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) looking after the newer Businesses of the Company like Defence, Renewables & Water Business. He has had extensive experience in Project Engineering, Automation and Control, Commissioning, Project Management, Procurement, Vigilance, Corporate functions support-Capital Investment, Technology Acquisition, HR, PR, Industry Co-ordination.

He conceived, conceptualized and built the framework for India's first and world's largest 4000 MW Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant in Rajasthan. Further, he was in charge of the pioneering EV program of BHEL, India's first large scale deployment. He has managed and run many high tech Defence programmes for Simulators, Tank control systems etc. He is currently the CEO of the EMPI-Energy Lab Accelerator.

Vinod Midha
Fmr. Executive Director
BHEL

Dr Raja Venkataramani

Dr. Raja Venkataramani is a Ph.D. on the Japanese Semi-Conductor Industry from JNU and holds a Masters in International Relations with specialization in International Management from the International University of Japan.

Dr. Raja Venkataramani has over 25 years of experience in consulting and industry. He has extensive experience in leading practice development and advisory engagements relating to Programme Management, Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP), capacity building/institution strengthening focused on urban development. He has extensive experience working with Central, State, and Local governments in assisting them in taking forward their reform agenda for strengthening urban governance and service delivery. He has also been involved in advisory services to the public and private sectors in the areas of industrial infrastructure, tourism development and SME. He has worked with several funding agencies and Development Support Institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, JICA (Japan), and DFID (UK). Dr. Raja has led over 25 consulting engagements including under major national and regional government initiatives with Deloitte and PwC.

Dr. Raja worked in Industry as a core Project team member of Maruti working directly with the Chairman & MD. He subsequently worked in the corporate headquarters of a leading NRI group having manufacturing and trading interests in Europe, USA, India. In industry, Raja has worked in supporting M&A, corporate divestments, and international market entry in agribusiness, light engineering, and Automobile sectors. He has worked with MNCs, major PSUs as well as SMEs.
He is now the Director of EMPI and a key member of EMPI's Mobility Mission.

Dr. Raja Venkataramani
Fmr. Director
Deloitte

Pawan Sachdeva

Mr. Pavan Sachdeva is the Sr. GM- Group Public Affairs – Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. He has had a distinguished career in business over the past 25 years. Pavan joined Reva in 2008 and has been a part of the Mahindra Group since the acquisition. He has helped in the successful launch of several Mahindra Reva products and has been in the forefront of engaging with the government both for formulation and implementation of EV related policies as also for the sale of products.

He is on the Management Committee of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) and was the industry representative on the National Board for Electric Mobility. He was also a member of the working groups in the National Mission for Electric Mobility. Pavan is also an active member of various committees in SIAM, Assocham and even state and central government working groups on electric mobility.

Pavan Sachdeva
Sr. GM- Group Public Affairs
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Srihari Mulgund brings 18+ years of rich experience in powertrain product development and management consulting. Currently serving as the President of Ricardo India, he heads both Ricardo Technical Consulting - India and Ricardo Strategic Consulting – Asia, leading key engineering and strategic engagements with global automotive companies, government agencies and private equity firms. Prior to joining Ricardo, he worked in USA for over a decade with Aisin and FEV, on a range of transmission development and calibration programs. Sri graduated with an MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toledo, USA.

Srihari Mulgund
President, Ricardo India Pvt Ltd

Anil Kumar Varshney

Anil Varshney is currently Senior Vice President at Reliance Group & joined Reliance Energy in June 2004. He has since been with Reliance Infrastructure Ltd & BSES Delhi DISCOM wherein he has been involved in developing the Power Distribution Network in South, SW & West Delhi.

Anil was also instrumental in developing E-Vehicle charging Infra in BSES Delhi during Commonwealth Games in 2010 and LED initiative under its DSM program.

Formerly as Senior Executive with Larsen & Toubro Ltd. during June 1983 to March 2000 he worked extensively to develop L&T’s Electronics plant. Earlier to that, he worked with Indo-Rama Synthetics (India) Ltd and led the PSF expansion project. Anil Varshney is an Alumni of St. Xavier’s, Ahmedabad, Hindu College, Delhi University & has done MBA (Business Economics) and Law from Delhi University. He is also an alumnus of Indian Law Institute & Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

Anil Kumar Varshney
Sr. Vice-President
Reliance Group

jatinder nalwaya

Jitendra Nalwaya is a Power Distribution professional having experience of more than 23 years in various organizations across India. He is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology with an added qualification of General Management from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He started his career with Project Management profile in Oil & Gas Sector where he spent almost 3 years.

Jitendra Nalvaya has gained major experience in handling Power Distribution operations/ Transformation in Government/ Private Licensee/ Franchisee operations. He is having professional experience in the field of Commercial, O&M and Project Management in Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure sector and handled P&L of a large organization having multi-city operations. He has also handled corporate level responsibilities and is well versed with handling organization strategic issues/ planning of change management including organization transformation. He is presently heading Sustainability and Clean Technology vertical in BSES Yamuna Pvt. Ltd and is playing a key role in creating the landscape for new technology like EV, Storage etc.

Jitendra Nalwaya
Vice-President
BSES Yamuna

The love of taking things apart to discover how they worked, found its way into a career in Design, which started with creating objects to creating enabling environments for design teams. Over the last 25 years I moved from designing simple consumer products to highly technical, industrial and commercial products & solutions across multiple companies.

In the Automotive domain worked across both Design and Product Planning functions from small design consulting &prototyping company to OEM’s like Renault and now Tata Motors.

In Jan 2017, was given charge of setting up a Mobility Innovation Hub for Tata Motors in the Silicon Valley in order to track consumer and technology trends and establish partnerships and collaborations with start-ups & tech companies for possible Product and Service solutions relevant to our markets.

Currently leading the Mobility Services function as part of the Corporate Strategy team, to explore Tata Motors play in the Shared Mobility space inline with evolving consumer and market trends. This involves working and collaborating with Startups and Technology companies to bring new solutions to market to expand our portfolio of offerings.

Mr. Pankaj Jhunja
Head of Mobility Services,
Tata Motors.

Saad Ashraf brings 13+ years of rich experience in Sales/ Business Development in core Automotive Technology Solutions. Currently serving as Astt. General Manager – Engineering & Business Development in Ricardo India. He has been dealing with some of India’s largest and most innovative organisations including Automotive OEMs, Tier 1 Suppliers, Start-ups and Public Agencies such as DRDO. Prior to joining Ricardo in 2010, he worked in CAD software and IT sales environment. Saad is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from Jamia Millia Islamia. His other areas of interest include emerging technologies such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Blockchain.

Saad Ashraf
AGM, Business Development and Engineering, Ricardo India


Praveen Pothumahanty brings 11 years of rich combined experience in powertrain development & testing, operations management and strategy consulting. Currently Praveen is leading Ricardo’s Urban Mobility initiative in India by working with various EV startups, tier1s and automotive companies. Prior to his current role Praveen has spent a decade in various engineering and operations management roles in Ricardo’s technical centers in Germany and the UK. Praveen graduated with an MS in Automotive Systems from Loughborough University, UK and has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India.

Praveen Pothumahanty
AGM, Business Development and Engineering, Ricardo India

Rajiv Jain

Rajiv has handled cross-functional assignments in Government Interface, Public Policy, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Consulting, Projects and Manufacturing in varied industry disciplines, namely, Electronics, Telecom, Power and Financial Services. Rajiv has over three decades of rich work experience, and, has held senior positions in the private and public sectors as part of his professional career.

His last employment was with India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), a premier industry association in the electronics and semiconductor industry, where Rajiv worked as Vice President, Government Affairs for about 11 years till June 2018. He headed the Government Interface and advocated several key policy initiatives for growth of the sector. These included setting up ESDM Incubation Centers, Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs), Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) and International Office of IESA in Taiwan to facilitate investment promotion. Rajiv was part of various important Government Committees and Working Groups. He was also associated with several industry committees and member of the Governing Council of the ESSCI. Rajiv also helped expand the visibility of IESA in key international geographies. Post his innings at IESA, Rajiv is advisor to the Indian storage alliance.

Rajiv Jain
Fmr., Vice-President
IESA

Prasad Mane, Vice President of Asia, Ricardo India having 18+ years of experience in management consulting, marketing, automotive business processes and the network strategy has led over 25+ projects in APAC and MENA like India 2W E-Axle Project Assessment for a Japanese Tier 1 Supplier, Total Cost of Ownership Analysis for 3Ws & <3.5T LCV in India for a Japanese Tier-1 supplier , Design , Development and Commissioning of Electric Vehicles and Solar Charging Station for Public Transport and many more.

Prior to joining Ricardo, he worked as Associate Director in Frost and Sullivan India Pvt Ltd.

He is a Gold medallist in B. E (Mechanical Engineering), Walchand Institute of Technology - Sholapur, India, and PMP PDU certified professional.

Prasad Mane
Vice-President - Asia
Ricardo Strategic Consulting

 

 

Kartik Kadle,Senior Consultant, Ricardo Strategic Consultant,Asia, having 9+ experience in the Automotive and Power Sector and the network strategy has led over several project like, CAFE compliance strategy for a Chinese PV OEM to meet its future CO2 and Fleet Average Fuel Economy targets, Conducted competitor and supplier benchmarking for electric vehicle technology trend for a leading Asian PV OEM, Conducted study on Indian Electric Vehicle market and potential opportunities for power utilities, Analysed business models to determine regulatory & commercial impact in renewable energy space.

His qualification includes MBA(Strategy)from HEC Paris, France / MBA(Exchange Program) from Johnson School of Business, Cornell University, USA / MEng(Electronic Engineering)from the University of Sheffield, UK / Certificate in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy Program from MIT Sloan & MIT CSAIL.

Kartik Kadle
Senior Consultant
Ricardo Strategic Consulting

 

 

PHILIPPE LE BARON
Philippe is the Worldwide Sales Leader for CATIA the leading Brand of DASSAULT SYTEMES. Prior to joining 3DS, Philippe held various consulting, sales and sales management positions at FRAMATOME, DASSAULT ELECTRONIQUE, SOPRA, DIGITAL, COMPAQ and EMC2. His past experience, has helped him transform businesses across various business units, languages and cultural boundaries. Philippe is the Author of “1+1+1=4 !® : the Art & Science of getting 100% of your Reps @ GOAL” and the Creator of “the Lion Tamer Sales Manager® System”. Philippe is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from Ecole Centrale-France, and holds another Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PHILIPPE LE BARON
DASSAULT SYSTEMES
VP SALES CATIA
Charlotte, North Carolina

16 years of Management Consulting experience in areas of Operations Transformation, Business Process Re-engineering, Digital Strategy, Growth Strategy and Value realization, Change Management , Industry/Market/Competitive Assessment Has worked across US, France, Ireland, Singapore for 6 years and led projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients

Holds an MBA from NITIE Mumbai and Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, India

Pursuing Ph.D in Strategic Management from IIM Lucknow in areas of platformization/strategic renewals

Gaurav Talwar
IBM Business Consulting Services, Senior Managing Consultant (Strategy & Transformation)

Mr. Yogesh Umbarkar is the Vice President - Asia, responsible for Ricardo’s Advanced Powertrain Simulations Business in Asia. Mr. Umbarkar has over 16 years of diverse experience including manufacturing, design & analysis, technical support, sales and marketing mainly in Automotive R&D. He has worked with companies like Caepro Technologies, Cummins, L&T and Owens Corning.

In his previous role as an Engineering Director at Caepro, he has led many successful power train technology consulting projects and was instrumental in developing simulation capabilities as well as creating new opportunities for the software and consulting business. While at Cummins Research and Technology India, he was leading the Power Cylinder CAE supporting the virtual validation activities for all the Cummins businesses worldwide.

Being a Harvard Executive Program alumni Mr Umbarkar also hold a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from VJTI, Mumbai and an Executive MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. He has keen interest in simulations and has good understanding of powertrain design and simulation activities happening across the global automotive industry.

He is very well known speaker and chaired international level conferences. He has also published technical papers and various articles in the leading industry magazines. He is actively contributing to bridge the gap between industry and universities by offering advanced simulation exposure to engineering students so as to take challenges of real time work head-on.

Yogesh Umbarkar
Ricardo, Vice President - Asia


Anshul Punhani is a new age Consumer and Technology space marketer with a thorough exposure in Software Services, HR Solutions, Dot Com, IT, Mobile Phones and Consumer Durables & Electronics. He holds 21 years of experience in marketing and has worked in various global organizations such as Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, JWT and UPS. Currently he is the Chief Marketing Officer (APAC & Middle East). Firmly believes in Intent, Idea, Innovation and Interaction

Anshul Punhani
Chief Marketing Officer


Deepangshu Dev Sarmah is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Auto Tech Review and Head of Professional Publishing at Springer Nature India. A journalist with 19 years of professional experience, Deepangshu joined Springer India in January 2011 to conceive and launch a new automotive magazine in India. Auto Tech Review was thus born as India’s first and by far, the only automotive technology magazine in the country. The magazine today is the country’s most comprehensive automotive B2B portfolio across print, digital and niche technology conferences. Currently, he is spearheading a project within the company to build a comprehensive driver training programme in sync with the Central Government’s mission of bringing down trafficrelated deaths by half. Prior to Springer Nature, Deepangshu was with the Network18 Group for about eight years. Deepangshu has done plays and anchored shows for All India Radio and Doordarshan in the past, and has also lent his voice to radio & TV commercials. A keen political observer, he is an avid reader, a sports fanatic and an experimental chef, and someday wishes to pursue his dream of being a nursery school teacher. He is married with an eight-year-old daughter. He tweets @deepangshu

Deepangshu Dev Sarmah
Auto Tech Review, Editor-in-Chief


Shahnawaz Ahmad is currently employed with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. as an Engineer and is managing multiple projects with Government of India (GoI) under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP). At EESL he is responsible for the end-to-end management of project deliverables and business development. Earlier he has managed projects under UJALA, one of the India’s largest LED Program, where he led projects at state level for the implementation of the program. Earlier he has worked as a Technical Analyst at Idam Infrastructure Pvt Ltd where he carried out load research analysis for several DISCOMs. He has B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Biju Patnaik University. He has a rich experience of more than 5 years in leading projects in the energy sector domain.He is well-groomed to handle issues pertaining to the power sector across the vast expanse of generation, transmission and distribution.

Shahnawaz Ahmad
EESL

Sirish Batchu is the Vice President, Digital Technology at Ather Energy. He comes with more than two decades of rich experience in the automotive and the IT Industry including global experience across various leadership roles involving strategy, business development and managing R&D.

At Ather, he leads the software and intelligence teams, overseeing vehicle development, system development and validation teams. The team is responsible for designing the overall product strategy from the interactive features on the vehicle, managing the back-end operations to creation of a digital experience for customers.

He is credited with the creation of ‘Mahindra DiGiSENSE’, a unified Connected Vehicles Platform for the entire Mobility Sector across Mahindra & Mahindra. A recipient of many prestigious awards, he was named the ‘Digital Transformational Leader’, in the manufacturing category at CeBIT-India in December 2016. He was instrumental in defining the framework for the $1Mio Mahindra Rise Prize – Driverless Car Challenge launched in India in 2014 and the jury member for the same.

Sirish is also a mentor for the AutoNebula Business Accelerator platform for Indian Startups in connected transport. He led focus groups for connected vehicles under the Auto-SIG for NASSCOM. He holds the membership of the CII national committee on transportation, connectivity and mobility and the National Workgroup for M2M regulations.

Mr. Sirish Batchu
Vice President Software & Intelligence,Ather Energy

Nitin brings deep experience in product design and digital customer experience, which he has acquired over the last 19 years across leading internet companies in India. He is currently leading IndiGo as VP Digital to help the group undergo Digital Transformation. He previously built Quikr.com, Yatra.com, Naukri.com, Indiatimes, Rediff and Bharti Airtel. He is an expert in crafting loveable experience for the consumers through simple and usable products. Nitin mentors many startups and has invested in a few of them, as well. He also likes to speak on Design Thinking on many public forums.

Nitin has won the 'Design-led Entrepreneurship Awards' 2017 at TiE 2017. Nitin has been awarded with Karnataka Brand Leadership Award 2017. He got recognised as top digital influencer and made it to Adobe Content 100 list for 2017 and made it to Adobe Digi100 list for 2018. He has been chosen as one of the Smarted Digital Marketing Leaders by World Digital Marketing Congress. Recently he got recognized as one of the top Digital influencers by DMAAsia.

Nitin Sethi
Indigo, VP Digital

Over 19 years of blended experience in UX, Product Management, Business Analysis & Strategy, hands on design, Coding & running a startup. Provide thought leadership, build long term & short term UX strategies to help clients meet business goals. With 2 masters & several certifications from universities like MIT & Georgia tech, worked for big banks, health care providers, rail road companies, lighting controller & electronics, education platform & content providers, app developers, handset manufacturers, platform vendors and carriers, Travel companies and more. Extensively traveled worldwide to meet stakeholders, conduct end user interviews, conduct usability tests, facilitate design workshops, and present UI deliverables.

Manish Vashist
IBM
Design Director

 

 

Anju Arora has 19 years of experience in designing systems of Thermal Power Plants such as System design involving sizing calculations of Power Transformers (Generator Transformer, Unit & Station Transformer etc), System fault studies (short circuit) & motor starting (BFP, PA, FD etc) studies.
She has Good Knowledge of IS/ other Codes, Exposure to 3D plant design software PDMS & IPDS, System Design & Fault studies software ETAP.
She was represented as Member from Corporate for Bhopal Plant Engineering Committee meeting; Member of task force in Technology gap studies for HT motors, involved in Company’s Technology Risk Assessment exercise

Srihari Mulgund
President, Ricardo India Pvt Ltd

Gaurav Verma, an MBA from IIT Delhi, is a marketing professional working in the e-mobility division of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited for around a year

Gaurav Verma
BHEL
Marketing and e-mobility

 

 

Varun Arora is a Design Sales Expert with deep industry experience in Product Design software. His expertise draws from over 15 years of experience as a CATIA Design-Engineering expert for Automotive Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, CG & CPG industries - with specialties in Advanced Surfacing, Class A Surface, Reverse Engineering, Rendering, and VR/AR. As an enthusiast, he remains current on cutting-edge developments in Design. His strong technical acumen, deep solution expertise, and industry process knowledge have earned him an excellent reputation among many clients across industries in India.

Varun Arora
CATIA Sales Manager India
Dassault Systèmes


Sajid Mubashir is currently working as Member R&D at National Automotive Board. He is developing the Public-Private Research Partnership (PPP-R&D) program for a nationally coordinated “Technology Platform for Electric Mobility” in PPP-R&D mode.
He has joined National Automotive Board and worked as a Scientist for more than 26 years.
He has done M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University and M.Sc from the University of Kerela.

Sajid Mubashir
Member R&D
National Automotive Board, Ministry of Heavy Industries

Sriram Padmanabhan is currently working as VP Marketing at Nissan. He is a senior executive with 20+ years of global marketing leadership in the automotive industry. Functional expertise in P&L ownership, portfolio management, new product introduction, go-to-market activities, sales enablement, customer insights, events, and cross-functional collaboration.
He has also worked in brands like sewells MSXI, Code Red Marketing, Ford Motor, Softprojex Limited, Isoft System UK and IFCI LIMITED.
He has done major in finance, commerce, and management from Master of Finance Control, Delhi University.
He has his graduation in BSc from Delhi University.

Sriram Padmanabhan
Vice President Marketing
Nissan India

Rohit Kumar is currently designated as Vice President at Hansa Research Group. He is a result driven professional and trusted advisor, with a proven ability to solve business problems. He has a work experience of over 14 years across leading research firms like IMRB, TNS and service organizations, Bharti Airtel & Max Life Insurance.

He has worked as Group Project Director and Insight Director at Kantar Group. He has also worked as Assistant Manager in Bharti Airtel.

He has done MBA in Marketing from Goa Institute of Management and he has also done a professional program in Advanced Analytics.

Rohit Kumar
Vice President
Hansa Research Group

Kovid Chugh is currently designated as a director at Grant Thornton India LLP. He has experience of more than 13 years.

Prior to this, he has worked in various organizations like KPMG, Deloitte, PwC.

He has worked as Associate Director at KPMG, and he was designated as a manager at Deloitte for more than 2 years.

He has also worked as Assistant Manager in PwC.

He has done his graduation in Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.

Kovid Chugh
Director
Grant Thornton

Nemesisa currently working as Director- Innovation Projects, with Hunch Circle (part of Hunch Ventures portfolio), and running a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for AR/VR & Gaming in partnership with Unity Technologies, and managing Corporate Innovation programs for CII member companies.

Prior to this she was heading NASSCOM Industry Partnership Program (NIPP), India’s largest corporate innovation program backed by the industry, and ran start-up engagement programs for large corporates, as well as helped set up multiple startup accelerators across industries like banking, healthcare, & logistics. She has been an entrepreneur in the wearable space, and a trained Open Innovation practitioner with 11+ years of experience in program management, strategic partnerships and, go to market planning.

Nemesisa Ujjain
Director
Innovation Projects

Sudhir Mor is currently working as Product Design Lead at Soroco. He is shaping the next generation of digital designers & spreading design education in every corner of the world.

He is the co-founder of DesignShift. He has experience of more than 12 years. Prior to Soroco, he has worked in various companies like Design Shift Academy, OLA Electric Mobility Pvt. Ltd., Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Deloitte Digital, Target, Associated Lightning Group Ltd., Sarvajal, Indi Design, IFFCO, Insta Exhibitions.

He has done PGDPD in Product Design from the National Institute of Design and graduated in Bachelor of Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University.

Sudhir Mor
Soroco
Product Design Lead

Neeraj is an angel investor & is Managing Partner, Venture Catalysts; which is India's leading angel investor network and has fundraised 80M USD in 100 plus startups, topping the early stage investments in India for consecutive years in 2017 & 18. His prominent angel investment includes Rooter, Chai Break, ClearDekho, Vidyakul, MobyCy and Home Capital. He is also leading the global alliance & partnerships for Venture Catalysts and has signed up with major global funds in UK, China, Hong Kong, Israel & UAE.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship & is a regular feature as mentor, speaker, panelist and startup competition judge; across corporate, Industry chambers like PHD, CII & premier education institutes including IITs & IIMs.

In past he has setup several content & digital media ventures, including Emotion Digital which is a pioneer digital agency having 150 professionals across 3 city offices & has handled media production and design projects for big brands including Microsoft, Google, Network 18, Educomp, ZEE TV to name a few.

Professionally he is a skilled management graduate with executive education from MIT Sloan School of Management & is well versed with media technologies across all media platforms including TV, Advertising & Web.

Neeraj Tyagi
Managing Partner
Venture Catalysts

From last 20 years, he is involved in analysing, scaling & building sustainable businesses operating
in constantly evolving ecosystem. He has assumed very diverse roles, from being corporate treasurer,
managing funds for family offices to serving CXO roles for growing corporates recently. He is on the
advisory boards for various businesses across sector- Fmcg, healthcare, logistics, fintech, IOT, etc to
steer their growth portfolios with strong control on execution frameworks.
He is professionally qualified Chartered & Management Accountant, presently acting as active business
mentor, handholding & nurturing startups ecosystem support for- IIT Kharagpur, 91 Springboard, Jarvis accelerator, Startup bootcamp NY, Ivy Cap Ventures, Wadhwani Foundation(NEN), Brandroots (Times group), PHD Chamber Innovation cell & many more.
Part of (director) Crest Capital Advisors, a growth consulting firm comprising of passionate team from
ITC, Nestle, Booz allen, Reliance, BCG etc.
Managing Partner- Venture Catalysts (Seed & Innovation platform) for North India & involved in making
startups ready for next level growth and funding (60 startups with 70mn USD funding & 30% portfolio
exits).

Gagan Ghai
Managing Partner
Venture Catalysts

Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Government Consulting, Urban Transportation and ITS industry. Skilled in Project Management, Business Process Mapping, Analytical Skills, Account Management.

Saumya Bhattacharya
Assistant General Manager
JV of Delhi Govt.

Senior Executive at Nissan Motor Corporation with 18+ years of experience currently associated with Nissan Motor Corporation as General Manager - Digital and Customer Experience.

Prior to that, he has worked with various organizations - Apollo Tyres Ltd., Capgemini Consulting, Headstrong, Tata Motors.
He is an Alumni of IIM Indore.

Punit Banga
General Manager - Digital and Customer Experience
Nissan Motor Corp.

Nitin Nair is currently the General Manager of Connected Cars Division for AMI - Africa, Middle east, India and Turkey region.

Previously he worked with Uber as General Manager and with E&Y as Senior Manager - Advisory Services.

He has done EPGPM - Management from IIM Kozhikode

Nitin Nair
General Manager - Connected Cars (AMI - Africa, Middle East, India, and Turkey)
Nissan


Mr. Arun Sivasubramaniyam is currently designated as Head - Business Excellence at Hero Motocorp Ltd with 23+ years of experience with various organizations like Hero Honda Motors Ltd., Hyundai Motor India Ltd. , Ashok Leyland in the area of Automotive Regulations, Homologation, Testing, Regulation Making and Research & Development.
 
 
 
 

Arun Sivasubrahmaniyan
Head- Business Excellence
Hero MotoCorp Ltd


Chemical engineering graduate with 7+ years of research experience, both academic and
professional, in Germany and India, in the areas of Energy, Nanomaterials and Lithium ion
batteries.

Specialties

He couples chemistry, Materials, Engineering, Manufacturing and electrochemistry to develop new lithium ion, Li-oxygen and Silicon batteries. He also collaborate internationally to investigate new materials for their applications in Automobile, Pigments, Solar cell industries.

Interdisciplinary skills - Project Management, Innovation Management, People Management, Strategic Planning, Client focused work

Awards: Brian Scarlet Award, PhD

Dr. Yashodhan Gokhale
Vice President - Business Development
Octillion Power Systems