DSCI Family

DSCI Family We are a bunch of enthusiastic people from various industry backgrounds, from various cultures, from various geographies but we all belong to the same family – the DSCI family. We as a team work closely with the Corporate Sector, Government of India, State Governments, Training Partners, Academia and other stakeholders.

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    Rama Vedashree, CEO
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  • Our Team

    Our experienced and committed
    team work closely with the Corporate
    Sector, Government of India,
    State Governments, Training Partners,
    Academia and other stakeholders.

Board Of Directors
  • Mr. G. K. Pillai

    Chairman, DSCI

  • Ms. Debjani Ghosh

    President, NASSCOM

  • Prof. N. Balakrishnan

    Former Director, IISC

  • Mr. Rishad Premji

    Chairman, NASSCOM

  • Dr. A.S. Ramasastri

    Director, IDRBT

  • Mr. Mrutyunjay Mahapatra

    Deputy Managing Director & CIO, SBI

  • Mr. Pankaj Kumar

    Additional Secretary, MeitY

Former Chairman
  • Prof. Balakrishnan

    August 2010 - March 2015

  • Shyamal Ghosh

    August 2008 - August 30, 2010

Former CEOs
  • Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj

    Founder CEO (2008-2015)

  • Mr. Nandkumar Saravade

    (2015-2016)

Team
  • Rama Vedashree

    CEO

  • Vinayak Godse

    Vice President

  • Aastha Dhamija

    Manager – Business Development

  • Aditya Bhatia

    Consultant

  • Amit K Ghosh

    Assistant Manager – Communication

  • Anand Krishnan

    Senior Analyst – Policy

  • Anshu Malhotra

    Consultant

  • Atul Kumar

    Senior Consultant

  • Jatin Rishi

    Manager, Events

  • K. Venkatesh Murthy

    Deputy Director

  • Mayank Lau

    Principal Consultant

  • Nitin Tayal

    Assistant Manager - Accounts

  • Priti Vandana

    Head-Membership & Communication

  • Satyapal Singh

    Manager – IT Operations

  • Shailendra Singh

    Manager Events

  • Shashidhar T K

    Consultant

  • Smriti Bali

    Deputy Director Finance and Company Secretary

  • Sonia Sahdev

    Senior Executive Assistant & PS to CEO

  • Tanushree Pandey

    Senior Associate HR

  • Vicky Pandita

    Senior Associate

  • Vivek Sarkale

    Consultant

Industry Development Team
  • Priya Madhavan

    Director – Industry Development

  • Amit Verma

    Deputy Director – Industry Development

  • Vagish Sharma

    Manager – Skill Development

  • Sunil Sharma

    Manager – Marketing

  • Manishree Bhattacharya

    Manager - Research

Rama Vedashree, CEO

Ms. Rama Vedashree is the CEO of Data Security Council of India since June 2016

Prior to moving to DSCI she was Vice President, NASSCOM leading all initiatives in Domestic IT, eGovernance and Smart Cities among others. At NASSCOM, she has also led the Healthcare initiative in partnership with apex Health Sector body, NATHEALTH and the NASSCOM-DSCI Cyber Security Task Force.

DSCI under her leadership is pursuing a Cyber Security Industry growth charter to make India into a global hub for cyber security and grow to $35B by 2025.

With a rich and varied experience of 30+ years in the Industry, she has had long stints at NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric. Her previous roles include that of Director in Microsoft Global Services, and Vice President, GE India. She has experience in the diverse domains of IT consulting, Strategic Accounts and Business Development, e-Governance projects, and Business Development for Infrastructure projects in Health and Water Sectors.

She is a member of many committees of Government of India, including the Data Protection Committee, Cloud Expert Group and Financial Inclusion Advisory Board.

A Gold Medallist from the University of Hyderabad, she has also completed an Executive Education program from Harvard, and a short program in High Performance Computing from Cornell University.

 

Vinayak Godse, Vice President

Vinayak has a total 24 years of experience in Information Security, IT Transformation, Telecom Switching Infrastructure, Intelligent Networking and Broadband Infrastructure.

He is working as Senior Director, Data Security Council of India, a not-for-profit company set by NASSCOM, an industry body of IT and BPM companies. He oversee DSCI’s initiatives to enhance security and privacy culture in the country, create trust in the cyber space, build cyber security industry in the country, enact conducive policy environment, build critical capabilities and skills for cyber security, develop security community and foster global partnership.

He is also engaged in DSCI outreach program at national and international platforms in establishing collaboration with different legal and regulatory bodies, data protection authorities, global clients and outsource service providers of all categories including small and medium players He is principal author of DSCI Security Framework (DSF) and DSCI Privacy Framework (DPF). He is also closely working with Department of Information Technology (DeitY) and other ministries of Government of India on cyber security initiatives, security and privacy surveys and making of rules for IT Act.

Vinayak contributes to the national and sectoral initiatives on various initiatives, which include empanelment auditors by CERT-In, RBI sub-committees on cyber security, members of various committees set up for national cyber security, developing National Information Security Policy Guidelines [NISPG] for MHA, etc.

He is engaged in cyber security industry building in the country, fostering security research and product engineering, security product and service export and building ecosystem for security product entrepreneur

Prior to joining DSCI he was working with the Global Consulting Practice of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as a Consultant, Information Risk Management.

 

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry Electronics & Information Technology

PhD, Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA.
M.S. Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, USA

B.Tech. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Job Profile:

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (Aug 2015 – continuing) (Also Chief Vigilance Officer for the Ministry)

As the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, he is responsible for coordinating the Digital India programme. This includes coordinating with concerned Ministries/State Governments/agencies in public and private sector for development of policies/frameworks and implementation of projects for three key pillars of Digital India: namely, Digital infrastructure, provision of Digital Services; and Digital empowerment of society.

Is also coordinating the promotion of Electronic Design and Manufacturing Industry in the country. Has also initiated several programmes to develop and promote innovation in Electronics and ICT sector. Is also looking after all matters relating to Internet Governance and skill development in areas of Electronics and ICT.

Dr. Kumar is also looking after Cyber Security related matters including India CERT. Is also responsible for administration of IT Act and Rules in the country.

He is also Asia Pacific representative on Number Resource Organization of ICANN for 2015 and 2016 in my personal capacity.

Publications and Awards:

Have several publications in refereed national and international journals.

  • "Electronics Leader of the Year" for the year 2012: for promotion of electronics industry in the country.
  • Graduate School Fellowship by the University of Minnesota, USA, 2004 and 2005.
  • "Silver Elephant" medallion by National Scouts and Guides by His Excellency the President of India, 1994.
  • Citation by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, 1994.
  • "Outstanding Young Person" by the Junior Chamber of Kerala, 1994.
 

Mr. G. K. Pillai, Chairman, DSCI

Shri G. K. Pillai is now the Chairman of Data Security Council of India. He joined Indian Administrative Service in year 1972 and belongs to Kerala cadre. He studied at Bishop Cotton Boys High School, Bangalore and St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore and did M. Sc at IIT, Madras.

In Kerala he started his career as Sub-Collector, Quilon in the year 1974. He worked in diverse fields of Revenue Administration, and was District Collector, Quilon. He was Deputy Secretary, Labour, Special Officer for Cashew Industry, Special Secretary, Industries. Later he became as Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, in the State during 1993-96. He later served as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala during the period 2001-04.

In the Government of India, his first central deputation was in Ministry of Defence as Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary during 1978-1982. During 1988-1993, he served as Director/Joint Secretary in the Department of Surface Transport, later served in the Ministry of Home Affairs as Joint Secretary (North East) from 1996 to 2001. In 2004, he joined Ministry Commerce and Industry as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Special Secretary, Commerce and then elevated to the rank of Secretary, Department of Commerce in the year 2006. He served as Secretary, Department of Commerce from 2006 to June 2009 and dealt with matters like WTO, RMTR & UNCTAD, SEZ and EOUs. He was also Chairman of the BOA for SEZ/EOU.

He has represented State and Central Government delegations to USA, EU, Argentina, Brazil, DRC, Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Canada, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, U.K., Thailand and Slovenia.

He was appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Home Affairs on 11 June 2009. Shri G. K. Pillai took over as Union Home Secretary on June 30, 2009. He was also concurrently Secretary of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice. He retired on June 30, 2011 as the Union Home Secretary of India. Post retirement, he is a Distinguished Fellow at IDSA, chairman of a Venture Capital Fund sponsored by the IIT Alumni Trust. He is also Chairman Tata International.

 

Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM

Chandrashekhar has been Chairman of the Telecom Commission and Secretary in the Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India from September, 2010 till his retirement from Government service at the end of March, 2013. Earlier, he was Secretary in the Department of Information Technology from June, 2009 to September, 2010 and also held concurrent charge of this assignment from February, 2011 to March, 2012 in addition to his current charge.

As Telecom Secretary, he was responsible for driving several key policies and strategies covering licensing, spectrum management, National Broadband Plan, Convergence, Manufacturing, Investment, security, R&D and the National Telecom Policy 2012. He was the principal architect behind a triad of policies covering Telecommunications, Electronics and Information Technology that was unveiled in draft form by the Government of India in October, 2011. All the three policies were approved by the Government in 2012. The thrust of these policies is to optimally leverage Information and Communication Technologies to find innovative solutions in education, health care, financial inclusion, e-governance, skill development, employment generation, etc.

As the Secretary of the Department of Information Technology, he steered the formulation of national policies for the IT sector and for promoting Electronic System Design and Manufacturing and R&D in the Electronics and IT sector. He was also responsible for overseeing implementation of a number of major national initiatives in the sector including the National e-Governance Plan, which he played a key role in designing and in formulating the Electronic Service Delivery Act. Earlier, he established the first Department of Information Technology in the country in the state of Andhra Pradesh and was Secretary of the Department from June, 1997 to December, 1999. The policies and strategies he formulated catapulted the state to the forefront of the country in the sector and became a role model for several states and countries.

Born in 1953, Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He is widely travelled and has a unique understanding of cultural diversity, both within the country and across the world. He was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08. He has been conferred several awards including Data Quest Path Breaker of the Year Award in 2005 and Distinguished Alumnus award of IIT-Mumbai in 2010.

 

BVR Mohan Reddy, Nominee Director

B.V.R. Mohan Reddy is a visionary who has placed India on the global map for leading-edge engineering research and development (ER&D) services. Having established Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises) in 1991, Mohan Reddy pioneered computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions serving international clients.

Cyient is consistently ranked among the top 15 IT services exporters from India1. Cyient is also the largest independent exporter of high value research and development (R&D) services from India2. 7 of the top 10 global aerospace companies, 5 of the top 5 global rail companies, 2 of the top 5 global semiconductor companies, 7 of the top 10 heavy equipment companies are Cyient’s customers.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) CIE division conferred the distinguished Leadership Award on Mohan Reddy in 2011. This is the industry’s most prestigious global award for engineering. Mohan Reddy was the first Indian and the seventh recipient globally. Mohan Reddy was conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. It is the highest award given by the IIT to its alumni in recognition of their achievements of exceptional merit. He also received an Honorary Doctorate (Ph.D) from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, Honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from KL University, Vaddesaram, Vijayawada. Mohan Reddy is a Fellow of The Institute of Engineers (India).

Mohan Reddy’s dedicated commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has made an indelible mark on the lives of many individuals and is an acknowledged contributor to community, state and nation. Through its “Adopt-a- School” initiative, Cyient touches the lives of over 10,000 underprivileged children. To promote digital education and inclusive growth, Cyient Foundation launched a Digital Library at the Akshara Vidyalaya School in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. Cyient continues to contribute to India’s growth story by setting up development centers in Tier-2 towns of Andhra Pradesh such as Visakhapatnam and Kakinada and has created over 1,000 technology jobs in Kakinada alone. Cyient won ICSI (Institute of Companies Secretaries of India) National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance 2014. Mohan Reddy is a Member of Board of Trustees of LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.

Mohan Reddy is currently serving as Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies), and has been a member of the Executive Council since 2003. At NASSCOM, Mohan Reddy laid the foundation of NASSCOM’s engineering services council (ER&D Forum) through a range of initiatives, including instituting industry research on ER&D services. In his previous role as Vice Chairman, NASSCOM, he was credited with establishing the Member Connect program. Mohan Reddy has also served as the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region (2008-2009). Mohan Reddy is also Director of T-Hub by Government of Telangana. Mohan Reddy has immense passion towards promoting education in India. Towards this, Mohan Reddy serves as Member on the Board of NIIT University, Neemrana; Member of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at lIlT, Hyderabad. The Honorable President of India in his capacity as the Visitor of IIT Hyderabad, has nominated Mohan Reddy as the Chairman of the Board of governors (BoG), for IIT Hyderabad in 2012.

 

Prof. N. Balakrishnan, Former Director, IISC

Prof. Balakrishnan was leading DSCI as Chairman since August 30, 2010 till 31st March,2015. Currently a Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and at the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). His areas of research include Numerical Electromagnetics, High Performance Computing and Networks, Polarimetric Radars and Aerospace Electronic Systems, Information Security, Digital Library and Speech Processing. He has more than 200 publications to his credit in international journals and international conferences and reports. Among his many awards and recognitions from India and abroad is the Padmashree, which he received from the President of India in 2002. Professor Balakrishnan is very active in many major Indian and international initiatives in IT planning and information security. He is also Visiting Professor at the Institute for Software Research International, Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S. He is a Fellow of all the major science and engineering academies in India and also a Fellow of TWAS, the third world academy of sciences. He continues to be on DSCI Board as Independent Director.

 

Mr. Raman Roy, Chairman, NASSCOM

Raman is widely regarded as the Pioneer and “Guru” of the BPO industry in India. He is fondly referred to as the “Father of the Indian BPO Industry”. He has played a pivotal role over the last 16 years in promoting Indian BPOs and proving that India can be a preferred location for Remote Processing.

Raman is a pioneer four times over, having successfully led the BPO initiatives of American Express, GE (now Genpact) and Spectramind (now Wipro BPO) before starting Quatrro in mid 2006. Raman was the CEO of GECIS, the Business Leader for American Express’ BPO business and the Founder and CEO of Spectramind. Raman is now the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro. Raman conceptualized and implemented the BPO and business strategy for all four companies. Raman launched Quatrro to focus on high end BPO services with a mix of incubation and acquisition led strategies. These have been targeted at the underserved areas with a focus on the uncontested market spaces.

Quatrro has successfully built businesses in Analytics, Risk Management, Interactive Entertainment Services, Knowledge Management, Legal, Mortgage, Finance and Accounting and more. Quatrro has also launched a branded technical support service targeted at mid market and the end customer.

Raman, with a guiding philosophy of enhancing the success rate of nascent businesses, is a founding member of the “Band of Angels,” a group of investors which has a passion to enable these businesses to create, scale and add value, while also addressing the acute shortage of funds available for start-ups.

Raman is deeply involved in shaping the future of the BPO industry in India, Mauritius and other geographies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of NASSCOM, Chairman of the BPO committee of ASSOCHAM, in addition to being a member of various committees formed by the central government and state-level governments. These include committees formed by various industry associations such as NASSCOM, CII and ASSOCHAM. Raman was also appointed to the high powered Working Group formed by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office for making recommendations on improving the supply of suitable talent to the IT & BPO sectors.

Raman is a rare example of a living practitioner of the BPO industry having created many successes and overcome many challenges. As a tribute to his contribution to the creation of the BPO industry in India Raman has been awarded the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award in 2002, the 2006 CfE Management Development Institute Award for Corporate Entrepreneurship and the Trailblazer Award for individual achievement at the Shared Service + Outsourcing: 2007 Global Conclave. Raman has also been awarded the Indiatimes BPO award under the category “Most significant contributor to the industry” and felicitated by the Institute of Economic Studies with the “Udyog Rattan 2007” award. Raman has participated in directly creating 35,000+ jobs in India and indirectly enabling the employment of over 700,000+ people by his pioneering efforts that led to the creation of the BPO industry.

Raman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Management Accountant with a doctorate in Management Accountancy. In his career spanning 30+ years, he has handled roles in Finance, Consulting, Operations and General Management with equal ease. He has a very hands-on approach to business and has first-hand experience and rare insights into servicing markets as diverse as North America, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and Australia.

 

Dr. A.S. Ramasastri, Director, IDRBT

Dr. A. S. Ramasastri joined as the Director (Designate) of the Institute in March 2014 and took over as the Director of the Institute on October 24, 2014.

Dr. Ramasastri brings with him very rich experience, both in academics as well as administration. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Ramasastri was the Chief General Manager-in-charge of Department of Information Technology at Reserve Bank of India. In the RBI, he has spearheaded many important projects including the Implementation of the Next Generation RTGS, adoption of international standards like XBRL and ISO 20022, conceptualizing and guiding of banks on Automated Data, and preparation of IT Vision of RBI for 2011-17.

Dr. Ramasastri has been a member of the Institute’s Governing Council, Member of Faculty of the RBI Staff College, and has authored two books on ‘Quantitative Methods for Valuation of Assets’ and ‘Quantitative Methods for Banking and Finance’ and the former has been published in Chinese too, apart from quite a few articles on Finance, Banking and IT in eminent journals and newspapers.

He has guided the Bank of Mauritius, Bank of Malaysia and Bank of Uganda on implementation of Data Warehouse, XBRL, etc., and delivered talks on standards and technology for data reporting at the International Monetary Fund and Bank of International Settlements.

Dr. Ramasastri holds a Ph.D in Finance from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and was the top ranker in M.Sc (Statistics) from Madras University and B.Sc (Statistics) from Loyola College, Madras. He has also attended Advanced Management Programmes at the University of Oxford and Kellogg School of Management.

 

Mr. Mrutyunjay Mahapatra, Deputy Managing Director & CIO, SBI

Profile: Coming Soon

 

Mr. Pankaj Kumar, Additional Secretary, MeitY

He is a 1987 Batch IAS officer of Nagaland Cadre. He joined as Additional Secretary, MEITY in March 2018. Before joining MEITY, he was Chief Secretary of Nagaland.