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Prof. G V Shankar

Chief Marketing Officer IBM , India & South Asia


Ms. Shuchi Aggarwal

CSO & Design Head E2logy Software solutions (P) Ltd.


Mr.Ajay Kumar Meher

Group CIO Ampersand Group


Mr.Ganesh Rayala

Director Capacity Building T-HUB, IIIT , Hyderabad

Prof. G V Shankar

G.V. Shankar is a Master’s Degree holder in Chemical Engineer with specialization in “Post Harvest Technology” and “Industrial Molecular Biology” from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to his Master’s at the University of Saskatchewan he graduated from REC, Trichy aka NIT these days (A premier Educational Institution of India) and worked for several years in ‘Process Equipment Design & Manufacturing’ followed by ‘Operations & Maintenance (O&M)’ in ‘Chemical, Petrochemical, Fertilizer and Power Plants’ across the globe. Currently a ‘Strategy Advisor & Senior Consultant’ by the Province of Saskatchewan (Through Innovation Saskatchewan, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Oil & Gas and Inter Governmental Relations & Protocol and has been a core member of the then Premier Brad Wall’s 2 missions to India and the missions of different Ministers as well), York University, Toronto (Across multiple Faculties and York International-York U is the only Canadian University to have signed an MOU with the Defense Research Development Organization in India for which he was instrumental), the University of Saskatchewan (For the Dean of Engineering, the Director of Research and several individual Professors), University of Lethbridge (For the Dean of Management), the National Research Council of Canada (Institute of Plant Biotechnology-For the Director General), the Canadian Light Source (For its Director and the Head of Business Development), the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC’s Business Development Group which included the Petroleum Research Centre), Food Development Centre (Business Development), POS Biosciences (Business Development) etc.

Mr. Hemendra Mathur

Hemendra has over 25 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking. Hemendra in his career has invested in several early stage agritech and mid-sized companies in the agricultural supply chain. He is an investor, board member and adviser in many food and agritech start-ups. He is currently working as Venture Partner with Bharat Innovation Fund –investing in early stage deep-tech start-ups across sectors. Hemendra is the co-founder of ThinkAg – a platform for accelerating the adoption of innovations in agriculture space. He is the Chairman of FICCI Task Force on Agri Start-ups. He is also an advisor to a few Foundations, Multilaterals, Corporates and Funds with interest in investing the Indian agri startups and SMEs. He has authored many papers on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences pertaining to food and agribusiness sector as well as start-up ecosystem. He is a management graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) and Agricultural Engineer from Rajasthan Agricultural University.

Mr. Miten Mehta

Miten, a customer centric, revenue focused, results driven, compassionate business leader with strong bias for action and outcomes. He brings over 25 years of technology experience in building and growing partner ecosystem and community to drive repeatable, scalable, profitable & non-linear growth. Miten is currently Global Alliance officer at Fractal. He brings deep technology expertise in Cloud (GCP & AWS), Data Lake, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), Machine Learning (ML), Augmented Intelligence (AI), IOT, Blockchain & RPA applications in TMT, CPGR, HCLS, BFSI and Agri-tech segments. His 3P flywheel growth model of – People, Products and Partnerships, with customers in the center have been widely recognized by industry analysts as strategic to accelerate SaaS revenues. At Google, he led strategic customer & partner accounts and developer communities at Google Cloud. He established build Customer Adoption Platform (CAP) to reward & recognize real-time contributions from ecosystem communities, based on their impact on product improvisation & innovation. His CAN (CleverTap Alliance Network) globally across six regions significantly accelerated revenue growth non-linearly through Solution Partners (‘scale together’). At KloudData, as global head of Strategic Alliance, Miten created and launched CARE (Customer Acquisition Retention & Engagement) framework with ‘Co-Innovate, Co-Market & Co-Sell’ field interlock GTM model – to penetrate undressed and under addressed market segments, verticals & regions and drive new revenue, customer acquisition, user adoption and customer success.

Mr. Phani Pattamatta

He is an accomplished business leader and entrepreneur-by-choice with a passion for nurturing young entrepreneurs and next gen enterprises, focused on grooming leaders for robust growth & execution strategies. His specialty is mentoring Incubator/Accelerator CEOs, managers to build robust innovation ecosystems and coach CEOs of established enterprises on scaling and expansion thru BOT model… He is a “Super Mentor” for the Incubator CEOs through programs conducted jointly by Wadhwani Foundation, Venture Fast Track, Atal Innovation Mission and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an evaluator for start-up incentive schemes under Telangana Government Start-up Policy, worked closely with the State Start-up Council under state start-up ranking scheme. Additionally, he is also a “Mentor of Change” at Atal Innovation Mission. Volunteers as Mentor/Coach at many incubators/ecosystems including Start-up Telangana, T-Hub, TSIC, TASK, Osmania TBI, J-Hub (JNTUH), ALEAP-WeHub Hyderabad, AIC-Catalyst, Jaipur, Nudge Foundation, Bangalore, AIC-SKU, Anantapur, Surat Municipal Corpn. IIM- Sambalpur etc. & other associations viz. HYSEA, NEN-Wadhwani Foundation, MHRD IIC panel & on the BoS/Academic Councils of Higher Education institutions for over a decade guiding students on entrepreneurship as a choice of career. He is awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by CBIT, Hyderabad for his exemplary work in supporting student entrepreneurship and professional development programs for the Institution. Actively involved as a core team member, in the concept design, program execution and overseeing the “Whole of the City Initiative” by Telangana State to coach/mentor start-up founders to fight back business slowdown led by lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 – “Rejig Hyderabad Start-ups” He is keen to explore start-ups in the D2C food services, Applied AI & EduTech, HRTech, Social impact space.

Dr. Samarendu Mohanty

A resourceful, innovative, and efficient agricultural research manager with an outstanding academic background, a good publication record, and significant experience in project management, policy analysis, commodity marketing, and research funding. Possesses strong interpersonal and leadership skills and is well adept at working both independently and as part of a team. Combines analytical and professional approach while demonstrating the organizational and management skills required to meet demanding targets. Ability to motivate teams to success and communicate concisely on all levels.

Mr. Ajay Muttreja

Mr Ajay graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur and has done Post Graduation in Business Management from IIM Ahmedabad. Currently he is a Strategy Advisor & Mentor for MSME’s and Start-ups, since his retirement in 2016, as CEO & Board Member of Tecnova. He supports many Indian Government bodies, Incubators, Accelerators, Innovation Centres, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Funds, Educational Institutions, and start-ups (including social impact enterprises) as their Strategic Advisor, Mentor, Jury, Investment Expert, Think -Tank and hand-holding virtual partner. 38 years of professional experience of cross border technology & strategic collaborations, global expansion for Indian companies besides India entry strategy consulting and implementation for 1,000 foreign companies. During last 3 years, supporting 75+ Indian Government bodies & foreign organisations, Incubators, Accelerators, Innovation Centres and many startups ( including social impact enterprises) as Strategic Advisor, Mentor, Jury, Investment Expert, Board Member , Member of Think Tank besides virtual operations partner & Mentor. Former Industry Advisor to Royal Government of Bhutan (1985-87).

Mr. Saurabh Jain

• Founder: Fun2Do Labs (‘Happy Kids, Learn More!’)
• Ex-Vice President, Paytm
• Member: National Expert Advisory Committee (NEAC) on Innovation, Incubation and Technology Entrepreneurship, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
• National Executive Board Member of YLC, All India Management Association (AIMA)
• Charter Member: The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
• Author: Mobile Phone Programming (India’s first book on mobile app programming)
Fun2Do Labs Private Ltd is a pioneering EdTech startup which is inventing a new space in EdTech called ‘Transmedia Education’. Kids love transmedia worlds like Doraemon, Pokemon and Super Mario. We are creating a transmedia world which is tailored from ground up towards primary school education. We believe that the digital school of future would not be a digital classroom. It will be more like a digital amusement park. As a first step we are creating a suite of mobile games which will enable kids to discover Maths from Nursery to Class 5 while playing.

Dr. Ajay Parida

Dr. Parida’s research has focused on developing climate resilient crop varieties with abiotic stress tolerance. He have made significant contribution in identifying stress tolerant genes specifically for salt and drought stress using Mangroves (for salinity stress) and Prosopis juliflora (for dehydration stress). Significant progress has been made in the area of gene identification, characterization, understanding regulation and transformation to crop plants for developing stress tolerant genotypes. Dr. Parida have used molecular markers for understanding morphological and genetic diversity and species relationship in mangroves, wild relatives of cultivated cereals, legumes, millets and other species. He has implemented a number of developmental projects that aimed at evolving models for sustainable development in fragile coastal and dry land region through identification low water requiring genotypes, effective management of water resources and sound agriculture practice. Dr. Ajay Parida has made notable research contributions in the field of agriculture, plant molecular biology and biotechnology. His pioneering contributions in identifying stress tolerant genes specifically for salt and drought stress. His research has contributed to the basic understanding of the genetic architecture and species relationship in mangroves, cereals, legumes and other cultivated crop species. He has supervised 25 students for their Ph.D. degree, published more than 100 peer reviewed publications and travelled to more than 30 countries. Parida is involved in application of science and technology for rural development and is actively involved in working with grassroots organizations and local communities in identifying the issues affecting food and livelihood security and providing solutions based on participatory approaches. Ajay Parida is Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Agriculture Sciences (NAAS) and National Academy of Sciences of India (NASI). He is a recipient of several awards and recognition including Padma Shri in 2014 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Science and Engineering. Prior to this, he has served as Executive Director of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

Prof. Sanjaya Kumar Dash

Currently Prof. Sanjaya K Dash is Dean (Agril. Engg.) OUAT. Prof Dash worked as the Head, Dept. of Processing and Food Engineering at OUAT for 6 years. His present research interests include value chain management of perishables, innovative food packaging as well as grain processing. Prof. Dash has more than 60 research publications in national/ international journals, more than one hundred fifty popular technical articles, seven books with ISBN, three book chapters and 12 course manuals to his credit. Some of his books are included as text/ reference books in different SAUs/ technical universities. He is a member of many important committees at National and State levels including member, QRT and PRT for several institutes, Member, BoS of Dr RPCAU and BPUT. He is a member of editorial board of four research journals and referee of many national/ international journals and reviewer of project proposals of ICAR and other agencies. Prof. Dash has visited countries like Israel (under MASHAV fellowship), Germany (under DAAD fellowship), Netherlands (under NUFFIC fellowship), USA (under Indo-US AKI program and under NAIP) and Canada under different professional assignments. He has received many awards for his professional contributions, which include the Samanta Chandrasekhar Award (Govt. of Odisha) during 2018, Commendation medal from the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) during 2014, Best Teacher Award of OUAT during 2008, Distinguished Services Award from ISAE during 2006, as well as several awards for research papers/ presentations. He has been conferred with the Fellowships of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) and Institution of Engineers (I) and Professional Engineer status by the Engineering Council of India. Prof. Dash is a life member of many professional societies and has been working as the Director, Processing, Dairy and Food Engineering section of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) since 2019.

Dr Amiya Nayak

Dr. Amiya Nayak is an experienced professional, high potential intra/entre-preneurial manager, emerging leader, business advisor/management consultant/mentor (biotech, biopharma, vaccine, bioscience, lifescience sector) with a total 25 yrs of combined experience in business & science, 15 years experience in business & 10 years experience in r&d/technology in industry/academia. Generalist: Broad-based professional experience in biotech/biopharma/vaccine/lifescience industry. Advanced Degrees: PhD and MBA. Executive Education, Learning & Development Programs. Combinations of education, skillsets, experience & networks. International Experience: USA, India, Kenya, Switzerland and other global regions. Drafts/Publications: Business plans, consulting reports, business articles, research papers, book chapters/reviews, abstracts and other materials.

Dr Asoka Kumar Das

Vice Chair Person Odisha State Higher Education Council

Sri Bijay Kumar Patnaik

Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Odisha

Dr. Tapan K Panda

Professor & Director NMIMS, Hyderabad
Dr. Panda is an award-winning academician, writer, and a renowned expert on marketing and branding. He is frequently consulted by several leading Indian and international brands on marketing, branding, advertising, and other business aspects. During his sterling career spanning over 28 years, he has been a part of academic faculty at India’s top business school, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Lucknow, Kozhikode, and Indore, besides several other institutions of repute. He has also been a Dean at Jindal Global Business School; Founding Dean at the School of Management Studies, BML Munjal University and Director at Great Lakes Institute of Management. He is also a visiting professor to University of Bordeaux, University of Paris, France, University of Maryland, USA and China University of Politics and Law. Dr. Panda has taught and trained senior executives in the areas of Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Customer Relationship Management, and Life Skills. Among his specialties include Education Technology Management, Marketing Strategy, Brand Planning and Advertising, Marketing Research, Customer Relationship Management, and Platform as a Service (PASS) modelling. A prolific writer, Dr. Panda has authored 20 books with leading national and international publishers and also regularly contributes articles on diverse business management topics and on policy matters in leading newspapers, magazines, and other publications. A true wanderlust, movie buff, theatre enthusiast, and poet, Dr. Panda’s interests and hobbies are as diverse and exciting as his professional career has been. He runs Tapasya Foundation that works in various social sectors.

Dr. S. Samir Panda

Vice President, Corporate Relations
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
Passionate about improving students' learning in Higher Education and creating effective educational environments. Currently in the top-management team of KIIT, Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar (nationally top-ranked; 27,000 students; one of the largest in country). Also deeply associated with running Kalinga Institute of social sciences (KiSS), a unique initiative of Dr. Achyuta Samanta, also the founder of the University, where more than 25000 tribal children are offered free education, food and stay. It's the largest such facility in the world for tribal children. Key contributions: – Created innovative Corporate & Education engagement forums through area-specific conclaves, joint curriculum development, joint-teaching, industry-mentoring, centers of excellence and large- scale student-faculty-corporate ideation processes. – Co-founded an initiative called 'Kontempore' (www.kontempore.com), a unique platform to discuss debate and share actionable insights on the talent management challenges plaguing the various industry sectors. – Steered the several large schools of the KIIT University through programme development, strategic tie-ups, placements, infrastructure development, growth and branding.

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