Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades, involved either as the Founder, a Founding investor or Chairman of several companies including Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks, Sandstone Capital, and A 123 Systems. They have founded four social entrepreneurship Sandboxes in India, and four centers in North America including the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. Desh is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the 2013 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award and Forbes India's Distinguished Non-Resident Philanthropist (2014) and has also co-chaired President Obama's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Raju is the Founder of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be the best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to having over 2400 employees with operations in several countries. It has been consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China.
Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. During his time at Intel, he championed Intel's Software Partner Program for the first-generation Pentium processor, and built strong relationships with industry leaders Microsoft and IBM. Raju currently serves on the board of Hitachi Consulting. He is also active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently a member of the BITS Pilani Board of Directors, a Charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, and serves on the Board of India community center. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped underprivileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.
Raju Reddy is the founder and former CEO of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be a best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years before being acquired by Hitachi. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to over 2,400 employees worldwide, consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Mr. Reddy spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. Mr. Reddy enjoys working with young entrepreneurs and mentoring to build great global companies. He currently serves on the board of Hitachi Payment Services, Grey Orange, Belong and Seclore, and previously served on the board of RedBus (acquired by Naspers), Esspresso Logic (acquired by CA) and Cognovision (acquired by Intel).
Shravya started her career with Schlumberger and has worked in Operations and Business Development roles in Africa, North America, and Asia. Currently, she is working with Presidency School to create a paradigm shift in the way teachers, parents perceive learning and education. She is a strong believer in social emotional learning. She has a Masters in Biology and Bachelors in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering from BITS Pilani.
Vineel Nalla is the CEO of NBOS Technologies and the Founder of 50K Ventures. Vineel has an experience of over 20 years and has worked with various organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. After graduating from University of Texas ? Arlington with Masters in Computer Science, Vineel has worked as an Architect for a Fortune 500 organization where he built highly scalable middleware used for brokerage trading. Vineel is in the process of putting together a startup accelerator program, a platform where enthusiastic people come together to share ideas and build MVPs at a record pace.
Gabriel Hons Olivier is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service and presently serving as Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Hyderabad. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Gabriel was an entrepreneur and a managing director with the subsidiary of a French corporation. Gabriel received a master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, in Arizona.Gabriel Hons-Olivier will talk about Consulate’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship.
Naveen has been with Deshpande foundation since its inception in India in 2006. Naveen graduated from Brandeis University, USA, with a Masters in International Development and he is recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship. Under Naveen's leadership, the Foundation has touched thousands of lives including non-profits, students, youth, academics and universities.
Naveen has launched several initiatives within and outside of the Deshpande Foundation. Naveen is passionate about mentoring youth who are interested in social entrepreneurship. This has led to the launch of several highly successful fellowship programs which have produced hundreds of graduates now working with social enterprises all over India. Naveen has also pioneered a series of youth development programs which helped transform the attitudes of young people and solve problems locally. After successfully establishing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hubballi, Naveen is highly excited to replicate this model at different geographic locations and contribute in a socio-economic changes and motive youngsters in entrepreneurship.
Vinesh Bhimani, matriculate in technical education from Junior Technical School, Nizamabad, with Degree in Commerce and Business Management, got exposed to manufacturing operations since childhood at his family's enterprise - Sri Gajanan Industries. Destiny brought him to gulf, when the proposed Carbonless Paper Manufacturing project in India with inhouse technology was delayed, to join his uncle's Business in Oman. Got rich experience in International Business for 12 years to rise as GM. This experience gave him the confidence to start his own Enterprise. Since 1988 he started Kimoha for paper converting, manufacturing labels, baggage tags and boarding passes for Aviation Industry and Auto ID Data solution Products at JAFZA, Dubai, and has grown into Technologically the Best, Gold LEED Certified Manufacturing Establishment with a team of 300 members with products reaching more than 100 countries and products manufactured for most of the FMCG industries like Juice, Cosmetics, Edible Oil, Lubricants, Poultry, Perfumes, Metals and so on. With pursuit of innovation & excellence, Kimoha has won prestigious awards like Dubai SME Award (two times in sequence), Dubai CSR Award (4 times in sequence), Green Building Award from Green Middle East Awards for Environmental Excellence - Sharjah, several Awards from National and International Organisations for print Quality, MRM Business Excellence Award in 2015, MRM Innovation Award in 2017, ASQ Innovation Award in Sept 17, to name a few.
Mr. JayeshRanjan is a 1992 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and working for the State of Telangana. He holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Delhi University, a degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Masters in Public Management from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. JayeshRanjan is the Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department , Government of Telangana, and also the Commissioner of Industries and Managing Director of the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC). His responsibilities include identifying industrial development opportunities in the state, attracting investments, and providing the required infrastructure support to the industrial units. His previous assignments have been in the Tourism Department of Andhra Pradesh as its Secretary, and in Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) as Vice Chairman, each lasting 3 years, among various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years.
A credible thought-leader in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, an accomplished women leader, avid networker, with noteworthy business connects both globally and across the country, AP & TS in particular. Close to 2 decades experience in various roles in Partnership Management, Corporate Relations, P&L Operations, Sales and Marketing which helped in developing skills of a rare chief executive. Strong business acumen coupled with adept people skills, gave her the edge of being the most sought after go to person in the entrepreneurship ecosystem of partners - Corporate, Institutions, Mentors, Angel networks, VC /PE community, Service providers, Trade bodies, Associations Currently focused on building sustainable new businesses and igniting young minds to unleash their creative potential.
KG Mohan has 27 years of experience covering IT hardware support and BPS outsourcing. He started his career, on the shop floor of Godrej and Boyce in the EBE Division - and was an integral part of the transformation of the company from a manufacturing one to an IT products distribution juggernaut. He then moved on to Wipro ePeripherals heading their Customer Support nationally and later led their sales for Maharashtra and the 4 Southern States. In the BPS outsourcing space he was a part of the Global Outsourcing team of Microsoft. In his BPS delivery role, he led the Centre of Excellence for Technical Support at Convergys. He also has handled the delivery for telecom and media clients at Wipro. He is COPC CSP Certified and has been a Six Sigma Champion for over 17 years. "KG" is a post graduate from XLRI, Jamshedpur and graduated in Electrical Engineering from RVCE, Bangalore
Dr. N. Krishna Reddy has worked at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, and Mediciti Hospitals, Hyderabad, prior to establishing Care Hospitals. He has pioneered advanced imaging techniques and electrophysiology procedures in the state of Andhra Pradesh.He established a dedicated department of Clinical Research at Care Hospitals and was the key member of the team that developed and tested India's first indigenous coronary stent, popularly known as Kalam-Raju Stent. He has been involved in indigenous development of end-to-end technology solutions for various stent-based and catheter-based products for which he has founded Relisys Medical Devices. He has been piloting an out-reach community care delivery model in both rural and urban areas in the states of Maharastra and Andhra Pradesh.Dr Reddy co-founded the Care Hospitals in 1997. He has been a core member of the care team working towards evolving global healthcare delivery solutions.
Chandra Sekhar hails from a small town called Vikarabad in Telangana state. He graduated from BITS Pilani and worked for JP Morgan for about 4 years. With his passion to provide access to quality education to masses, he quit his lucrative job as a manager and now serves as the CEO of VidyaHelpLine project of Nirmaan Organization, an NGO started in BITS Pilani, since 4+ years. Under his leadership the project has reached a scale supporting about 1 Lakh students annually from 4 states along with winning several national and international competitions including Vodafone Mobile for Good, Tech Camp Grand Challenge organized by US Consulate etc., Chandra is one of the initial team members of Nirmaan Organization and serving as the President since Jan 2014. He is also involved in various organizations such as Born to Serve Group, YuvaVaradhi etc., at various roles. He is also the Founder of Ed-Lead Educational services, a social enterprise working on various educational related projects in Telangana. Chandra has also been awarded with BITSAA 30under30 award, instituted by BITS Pilani Alumni association, for his outstanding contribution in development sector. In the years to come he envisions starting a chain of schools providing value based education
Ajit is the Co-Founder of Presidency Kids Preschool and Academic Director for Presidency High School, he is based out of Nizamabad. Prior to this role, Ajit worked as VP Analytics at Hitachi Payments and as a Commodities Structurer at Deutsche Bank. He has a Chemical Engineering Degree from IIT Bombay and is passionate about STEM education. His aims to build an institution where students are stimulated and learn to question.
With over 34 years of managerial and administrative experience, Mr. NVS Reddy held several senior Government positions. During his varied assignments, he contributed to systemic improvements in Indian Railways and won many awards. Later, as Director (Finance) of a power distribution company of Government of Andhra Pradesh, he successfully turned around the loss making company in a short span of one year. As Additional Commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, he built a lot of public amenities through innovative ways, without spending from public exchequer. He also built four important flyovers in Hyderabad city. Presently as the Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, he is heading the mega Hyderabad Metro Rail project (72 km). Implementation of this project with an estimated cost of about Rs.20,000crore (US $ 3 billion) under public private partnership (PPP) with innovative financial engineering is his bold initiative in mass transit systems and infrastructure development. It is the world's largest Metro rail project being implemented in PPP mode. He is known for his financial acumen, engineering innovation, open minded approach and leadership qualities. He is an expert in Rail Transportation & Power sectors, Finance, Urban Transportation, Urban Rejuvenation, Project Structuring, Project Management and PPPs. He has been associated with implementation of many important projects including the mega Konkan Rail project on the west coast of India. He has varied interests and lectures on a variety of topics in prestigious engineering and management institutes/fora in India and abroad.
Sai Chandrasekhar is the Chief of operations at Agastya International Foundation which runs one of the largest hands-on science education programs for children and teachers in the world. Prior to this Sai was working with Hewlett Packard in various Senior Management roles across Asia Pacific & Japan in Sales and Marketing. He spent over 20 years in the IT industry before switching gears to the social sector. Sai is an Electrical Engineer by qualification and completed his Management Education from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Apart from his work, Sai is passionate about the Vedas and Social Service.
At 13 years old MalavathPurna was the youngest woman to scale Everest. She trained at a prestigious mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling for training and nine and went on a training expedition to Indo-China border prior to tackling Everest. Purna was born at Pakala village, Nizamabad district of Telangana state of India. She belongs to a tribal family, and her parents are farm labourers. She joined Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for her education, where her talent was spotted by the secretary of the Society Dr. R. S Praveen Kumar
Feroze Mohammed is Executive Vice President in Hitachi Consulting, and Managing Director of Hitachi Consulting, India. As head of Hitachi Consulting's Global Delivery Centers, he is responsible for the India operations and global delivery. In addition, as the head of the South East Asia and ANZ business, he is responsible for the businesses in these regions. Feroze is a passionate leader with over 20 years of experience in the IT consulting industry with unique combination of experience in IP development, global delivery of IT services, as well as sales leadership. Feroze began his career in 1993 at CMC R&D Limited, innovating workgroup products for 2 years. After building some unique and innovative office automation products he joined Sierra Atlantic, a technology startup, in 1995. As a part of the core leadership team, he played a significant role in growing it to over $100Mn revenue, best in class global enterprise, which was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in 2011. Through his career, Feroze was responsible the IP development initiatives in the company and several innovative technology products were developed under his stewardship shaping the differentiated strategy for the company. Feroze was also instrumental in building the global delivery capability for services and an effective account mining model for growing the business. He groomed an elite team of culturally diverse and geographically dispersed senior delivery leaders leading a global delivery team of 2000+ people. Feroze holds a master's degree in computer applications from University of Hyderabad and has done his executive MBA (PGPMax) from Indian School of Business.
Shradha Sharma is the CEO of India's biggest digital media company covering startups and SMEs called YourStory. Over the last nine years, she has become the "voice of Indian startups" and a tremendous force in the startup ecosystem, closely interacting with key players such as CEOs of Indian unicorns, marquee investors and influential members of the government. In 2015, she made it to the list of the top-500 LinkedIn Influencers from across the world. Along with the honourable Prime Minister NarendraModi, Shradha has been named the second most powerful influencer on LinkedIn in India. In the last nine years, she has published over 70,000 stories of entrepreneurs and on entrepreneurship in 12 languages, with a collective reach of over 50 million a month. As a result, her digital platform has become the go-to site for corporates who want to reach young, driven entrepreneurs as their target audience such as Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and many more. Shradha grew up in a conservative middle-class family in Patna, Bihar, before deciding to move to New Delhi to complete her bachelor's and master's degrees in History at St Stephen's College, where she topped both her courses. After graduating in design management from MICA, Ahmedabad, she worked as Brand Advisor with the Times of India Group. This was followed by a super-successful tenure at CNBC-TV18, where she became the media firm's youngest-ever AVP. Her strong belief in entrepreneurship, enterprise, and that everyone has the right to tell their story, inspired her to found YourStory in 2008, when the word 'startup' was not even a contender for the spotlight it enjoys today. Many dismissed her idea as a blog, and some called it a hobby. But, like so many of the people it features, YourStory proved its detractors wrong, and how! Bootstrapped (and profitable!) for the first seven years, YourStory raised its first round of funding in August 2015 and followed it up with a second round two years later. The company is backed by Ratan Tata & UC Berkeley (UC-RNT), Kalaari Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and 3one4 Capital. A restless soul always seeking to do more, Shradha recently published her first book for startups and entrepreneurs. 'Cut the Crap and Jargon' is already a best seller. She has also expanded YourStory to Germany and is exploring opportunities in the US. Shradha has won several entrepreneurship awards. In 2016 and 2017, she was featured in Fortune magazine's '40 under 40' list of powerful Indians. She has also been featured in the global list of LinkedIn's Power Profiles for two consecutive years. In 2015, she won the ET award for Promising Entrepreneurs of India. That same year she was named aL'OrealFemina Online Influencer, and one of LinkedIn's top 3 online influencers in India and among the top 500 in the world. In June 2016, Shradha won CNBC-TV18's Young Women Business Leaders Award, and was featured in the Economic Times' list of 40 under 40 in July 2017.
Mr. Mehta created the family foundation in 1998 with the objective of empowering people through philanthropic activities focused on education, and healthcare. The foundation provides educational scholarships to students, funds medical research and child welfare projects in multiple countries. Some of the major projects funded by the foundation are the creation of the School of Biosciences at the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India and an Engineering research center at the University of Houston. Prior to focusing on philanthropy, Rahul was the creator and founder of multiple software startups which were later acquired by Platinum Technology, HP, Veritas, and Brocade. Mehta, has served on the board of DePelchin Children's Center, Ronald McDonald House, Bo's Place, Krist Samaritan center and Methodist West Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Muthyala Sunil Kumar, known as Sunil Reddy, Previously he served as the President of TelanganaJagruthi, Nizamabad District. Besides, he is the Proprietor and Managing Director of Orange Group of concerns, comprising Thirumala Cabs, Orange Tours & Travels, Orange Cargo Carriers and Orange Road Lines, the organized Pioneer in Private Sector Transport Industry. At present he is in full-time association with all kinds of Public activities in the Constituency of Balkonda.
He did his B.tech Mechanical from JNTU Kakinada and he was a gold medalist in that science and he received the medal from the Governor of Andhra Pradesh at that time. Then he wrote GATE exam to pursue his M.Tech degree. He got a percentile of 99.97 in the GATE exam to become the all India topper in his stream. He got the ONLY seat in IIT Chennai to pursue computer science in M.Tech. After completing the M.Tech with flying colors, he got campus job to join a multinational IT firm in Bangalore. He worked for couple of years before he took the decision to dedicate his life for spreading Krishna's teachings as depicted in BG. He got inspired by the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhkativedanta Swami Prabhupada, he dedicated his life to Hare Krishna Movement and became his disciple in the year 1997. Now he is rendering his dedicated volunteer services to movement from past 20 years. Under his leadership, the world renowned Akshayapatra program is happening in Hyderabad for almost 1 Lac needy children in govt schools of Medak district. He also started an innovative project by name Bhojanamritha under which daily we feed a free lunch to poor patients & their attendents in hospitals like Osmania, Nilofer, Basavatarakam cancer hospital, Mahavir hospital, Mahabhub Nagar govt hospital, Nizamabadgovt hospital, Bhodangovt hospital etc. Under His leadership we supply meals for GHMC 5/- meal program. He is well versed in guiding people in the knowledge of Krishna consciousness and various activities like Folk, Sankirtana yoga, vedic science club and many programs are happening in various of Andhra Pradesh like Hyderebad, Vishakapatanam, Tirupathi etc.
Jaishree Deshpande is a trustee of the Deshpande Foundation. Along with her husband, Gururaj Deshpande, she shapes and approves the foundation strategies, reviews results and helps set the overall direction of their philanthropic efforts. Even before the Deshpande Foundation was formed, Jaishree had been actively involved in making a difference in the lives of others. She kept her commitment for ten years to cook at a neighborhood shelter the first Saturday of every month and adopted many families during the holiday season. She received the Citizens Who Care award from the Rotary Club of Andover in 2002. The Community Service program at the Chinmaya Maruti Mission in Andover, Massachusetts was launched by JaishreeDeshpande. She serves as a trustee for the Museum of Science, Boston. She is the current co-chair of the Museum's Women in Science Committee. She is also actively involved with the HESTIA Fund, a fund established to support quality after school programs for low income children in the Boston area. Jaishree worked for the National Aeronautical Laboratories and the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India until 1980 before moving to Canada. She worked for several Massachusetts high-tech companies after moving to the United States and has taught several college level courses in computer science.
Phanindra Sama is a co-founder and the CEO of redBus, India's first online bus ticket booking service. Started in 2005, today Redbus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India; it has the largest network of bus operators, 350+ and growing. Mr. Sama is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. Prior to Redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments as a Senior Design Engineer. He is one of the founding patrons of the Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad that helps locals work on solutions to pressing issues. The Government of Telangana recently appointed him as the state's Chief Innovation Officer. He will head the Telangana State Innovation Cell, which has been set up to promote innovation at the grassroot level.
Born in Vijayawada, 60 years of age, graduated from Hyderabad Public School in 1972. Went to Delhi briefly for Higher Secondary and Pre-medical studies. Graduated medical school from Osmania Medical college in 1981.Migrated to U.S.A. In 1982 to pursue higher studies including Internal Medicine Residency and subsequent Gastroenterology Fellowship from University of Chicago in 1988. Moved to Florida in 1989 and have been in Private Practice for last 30years approx. Have developed and managed a very successful multi-specialty Surgery Center for over 20 years and sold to a large Hospital chain in 2010.
Anand Kumar Kadali is an experienced professional in the software industry, having worked in global companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HCL and Dimension Data. He currently serves as an Enterprise Sales Manager at a global software development firm. In July 2012, he identified a needy village about 20 km from his home in Bangalore, and started serving breakfast to about 50 school‐going children in the village. He did this every day before going to office, with support from his family and other like-minded individuals. Encouraged by the response from the beneficiary children, villagers and volunteers, he began to add more and more schools for serving breakfast, and the Annapoorna Trust was formed to govern the operations as it grew in scale and complexity. Professionally, Anand has a proven track record of providing tailored IT infrastructure, channel management, and security related solutions for companies, keeping in mind applications and technologies that will rightly position them for future. He has emerged as a trusted consultant, working with decision makers at CXO level leaders of organizations of various sizes, where he has been invited as SME speaker. Anand has also worked closely with government officials up to the level of ministers, CMs and MPs, while promoting Annapoorna’s cause of alleviating child hunger at government schools. Anand has also shown the ability to inspire large number of volunteers to plunge into action in community service. Today, Annapoorna serves 1,10,000 children in over 1500 schools across 12 states, with the help of 500+ volunteers and support from several thousands of school staff. For his social service work, Anand derivesinspiration from the life, times and messages of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who preached and practiced the principle of selfless service to humanity. Anand is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He holds an Engineering degree from Andhra University and MBA from ICFAI University, Hyderabad. He continues to live in Bangalore with his wife and his two young school‐going children.
"Anand is a business manager who's spent 10 years at Google working on operations strategy, ad sales and people development, preceded by 4.5 years across government & private organizations in software development, publishing & ecommerce operations. At Google, Anand's been actively involved in a part-time capacity with several of Google's social outreach initiatives, mostly directly lending or organizing pro-bono consulting support, having (1) been a Google.org ambassador, (2) participated in an international leadership program on social engagement, (3) supported solutions for non-profits with technologies ranging from AdWords to Google Earth, and (4) initiated volunteering & training structures at Google. Outside work, Anand partners a small effort to facilitate sports opportunities for some disadvantaged girls from remote tribal areas. He's lived in 10 places so far, and is presently settled in Hyderabad with two little daughters, his wife Bijita who's incidentally a sociologist (and naturally a huge influence), and his parents."
"Lakshmi Pratury is an entrepreneur, curator, speaker, and self-described "people collector". She is the founder and CEO of INK, India's foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. INK is known for events such as the annual INK Conference, INK Asia, and INK Salons, as well as for programs that transform imagination to impact, such as INK Fellows and INK Makers. Video releases from on inktalks.com have garnered more than 22 million views.
Lakshmi speaks widely on the topic of storytelling that is, the vital role that stories play in our families, businesses, and institutions. Her other pursuits including serving as director and co-host of the SingularityU India Summit in association with INK and as host of "Talk at 12 with Lakshmi Pratury" on Radio One, 94.3 FM in Bangalore. In 2009, she co-hosted the TED Conference in Mysore, India. Prior to this, Lakshmi spent two decades in the US in leading roles in technology, venture capital, and non-profit organizations including the American India Foundation, Global Catalyst Partners, and Intel."
"Tech. Innovator Founder, Centre for Clean technologies/Chakragreen solutions Pvt Ltd. Green business policy advisor at World academy of arts & Sciences. 14 years in Clean technologies and Sustainability with expertise in integrated waste management. Earlier as Head Sustainability at Maleki Gmbh, Germany, Worked at Steinbeis centre for technology transfer and EnerSearch GmbH.
Instrumental in world's first its kind Sugarcane waste to BioCNG & Biofertilizer project and Solar Building heating system.
Environmentalist of the Year, Prakriti Environment Society of Lady Sriram Collage, New Delhi 2013
DAAD international fellowship supported by Federal ministry of economic cooperation, Germany 2012"
"Prof.Venkata Ramana holds a M.B.A. and Doctoral degree in Management and received advanced training at IIIEE, Sweden and IC2 Institute, University of Texas. He is the senior most Professor at School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad with over 30 years experience across different sectors spanning academics, industry and board level positions at State Bank of Hyderabad, SBH (4 years) and India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL- Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India (3 years).
He served earlier at Institute of Public Enterprise, Mahindra Nissan Alwyn Ltd, Osmania University and joined University of Hyderabad in 1999 where he served as Dean for more than seven years and held many senior level academic and administrative positions.
He has extensively worked in the area of innovation, incubation and Entrepreurship and was the founder of the TBI (Technology Business Incubator) @ University of Hyderabad. His research interests include General Management, Corporate Governance & Strategy, Marketing and Strategic Management.
He also served as visiting Professor at San Diego State University, University of New Orleans, USA, Mahasarakham University, Thailand and delivered many lectures in National University of Singapore and leading Universities in India and abroad.
Received many Honours and prestigious Awards and nominated to various Committees of National bodies like UGC/AICTE/University Court/Boards of Studies. Adjudged as "Best Professor in Marketing" in Singapore 2012 by CMO Asia. He was also Member, Academic Court and Finance Committee, Central University of Rajasthan and Sikkim Central University in addition to being Member of Boards of Studies of several Universities in India.
Prof. Venkata Ramana had the distinction of being chosen to accompany the Hon’ble President of India on a official visit to China during May 24-25’ 2016 and was also been invited as "Observer" for the launch of Smart model village at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 2nd 2016.
In August, 2017 he was appointed as Vice-Chairman of TSCHE by Govt. of Telangana.
Appointed as "National Expert" by Asian Productivity Organisation, Japan (2017-19) and also invited as Special invitee, CII – Telangana Executive Council.
He has authored 10 books and published over 40 scholarly articles in National and International journals and is a popular speaker at various National and International Conferences."
"Gopalakrishna Kuppuswamy is Vice President, Solutions Development at Hitachi Consulting’s Global Delivery Center in India. Currently he spearheads the eGovernance solutions being built by Hitachi. He is also responsible for the Hitachi Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence solution development and delivery. In addition, he also leads all global development and delivery for the Solutions business at Hitachi Consulting. Prior to this, he was given the task of developing the Outsourced Product Development business unit which he has built as an efficient delivery engine producing outstanding quality work for ISV customers. He leads the Consulting Core (New College Graduates) program in India – nurturing the growth and career development of university graduates. In addition, Gopal has been responsible for the development of many internal tools for Hitachi Consulting including the employee portal and an executive dashboard. Gopal has over 25 years of experience in the software industry. Prior to joining Hitachi Consulting he worked with CMC and Silicon Graphics. Gopal has a Master’s degree in Computer Applications from the University of Hyderabad."
"Mr. Ravish Bhimani completed his graduation from Nishitha Degree College, Nizamabad in the year 2004. Further he completed his Post Graduation in EMBA Finance from S P Jain Centre of Management, Dubai. While pursuing his MBA he worked in a Jebel Ali based company with a Job profile of Analyst, which covered Cost, System, Production, Administrative and Marketing analysis. He joined his family business in the year 2006.Today he is heading Administration and Finance department of Gajanan Group, Nizamabad with a Group Turnover of more than INR 1500 million with more than 125 people. He played a major role in implementation of Financial and Administrational Systems in accord to International Standards."
Development Dialogue is an international social entrepreneurship ecosystem conference hosted at Nizamabad, Telangana by Kakatiya Sandbox. Development Dialogue brings together numerous social entrepreneurs as well as those who believe in and are involved in creating ecosystems to nurture social innovation and entrepreneurship. The conference is attended by participants from for-profits, not-for-profits, global visionaries, impact investors as well as local communities to share proven models, innovations, and transforming perspectives.
Development Dialogue (DD) is a conference that brings together people who believe in, and are involved in, creating Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems.The DD 2017 witnessed 200+ delegates with 30 National and International Speakers, 500+ farmers, 100 Micro entrepreneurs and 300+ youth.
The theme for this year's dialogue is "Collaborating for Big Bets". We will explore how we can leverage the benefits of collaborating with each other to achieve exponential growth in social impact on the ground.
The conference is expected to bring together different stakeholders such as, innovators, government officials, impact investors, philanthropists, academicians and executives responsible for corporate social responsibility to facilitate collaborations for long-term impact.