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Founder, Genpact |Chairman, CLIX Capital Services |Chairman, The Skills Academy |(Chair of Jury)

Pramod’s career spans an entrepreneurial and professional career across the globe in the US, UK and Asia. He has built global businesses in Financial Services, Business process Management and Skills Training. Pramod is the founder of Genpact starting in 1997 and considered the pioneer of the Business Process Management industry in India today, which employs over a million people in India. Under his leadership, Genpact has also been the pioneer of this industry in China, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Genpact is acknowledged today as the leader in its industry with over 65,000 employees across 17 countries and over $2b in revenues, and is a public company listed on NYSE. Pramod built the company from inception till 2011 when he stepped down as CEO.

Prior to Genpact, Pramod’s career with GE spanned 25 years across Europe, US and Asia. He started GE Capital’s initial operations in India as the CEO in 1994 and was also the President of GE Capital Asia from 1999. During this time, he was the architect of GE Capital’s businesses in Commercial and Consumer Finance and joint ventures with SBI in credit cards and HDFC in Consumer Finance. Prior to that he worked with GE Capital in Corporate Finance in New York and Stamford, CT., as well as with GE in London and New York.

Currently Pramod is focused on building “The Skills Academy” a scalable, high quality skills training business focused on enhancing employability for our youth at the grassroots level. The Skills Academy focuses on lower income youth and operates multiple training centres across Odisha, Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra and other States, and has trained nearly 50,000 youth until now. He is also engaged in Social Impact Investing and Advocacy through Asha Impact, a “ virtual” fund in partnership with Vikram Gandhi, formerly of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. Pramod is also currently promoting a number of different companies in Analytics, Financial Services, and Housing Finance, as well as Healthcare and Education.
Pramod serves on the boards of NDTV, ICRIER, DLF Ltd and SRF Ltd, and is on the Governing Boards of IIM Lucknow, Shri Ram School, Help Age India and IFMR Rural Channels. He is also on the advisory Board of CISCO in India, and is also a Strategic Advisor to Private Equity firms, Kedaara in India and CVC in Asia. He also works with a number of NGOs focused on Eco-tourism and schooling for handicapped children.

Pramod has been the Chairman of NASSCOM and was voted IT Man of the Year. He is currently the President of TIE-NCR. Pramod is a UK Chartered Accountant and has a Bcom degree from Delhi University.
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Global CIO & Head of Digital, Bharti Airtel

Harmeen Mehta is the Global Chief Information Officer and Head of Digital of Bharti Airtel Limited and as such is responsible for all of IT and Engineering across India, South Asia and 17 countries in Africa. Harmeen also leads the digitization agenda across Bharti Airtel.

Harmeen has over 20 years of experience in Technology with companies such as Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and HSBC. She also worked as a consultant to British Airways and Qantas. Harmeen has lived in 11 countries and worked across over 30 countries in all continents.

She has held various leadership positions such as Global Head of Corporate, Investment and Private Banking IT at HSBC Global Technology Centres, MD at Merrill Lynch India Technology Services across India, Singapore, Ireland and Canada, and as Asia CIO for Global Markets and Research technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At BBVA, Harmeen was the CIO for Global Markets and Risk and Operations for Corporate and Investment Banking and led large-scale business and IT transformation programs across Europe, US and Latin America.

Harmeen is currently a member of the Cyber Security Taskforce at NASSCOM, India’s leading industry association for IT sector. She has been recognized by Economic Times as top 10 women in the telecom and tech industry across the globe. Under her leadership Airtel recently won the prestigious Global TM Forum digital award for Outstanding Contribution to Improved Business Agility Award.
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CIO, Mahindra & Mahindra

Bishwanath joined Mahindra & Mahindra in 2008 as Vice President IT & Knowledge Management of Automotive Sector and then took charge as Vice President IT & KM of Auto & Farm Equipment Sectors in 2010, before moving to the present role of CIO-Corporate (Senior Vice President) in 2013.

He is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, moved to the field of Information Technology after spending initial few years in setting up manufacturing facilities for one of the largest Automobile manufacturer in India. He has significantly contributed to the organizations he has worked for, by applying Innovative & State-of-the-art Technology solutions for making the business processes efficient by several notches and delivering values that made significant strategic advantage for the organization. Some of the key contributions were in the areas of Manufacturing Execution systems, Centralized Dealer Management solution, Leveraging Internet for business.

He is particularly interested in creating solutions by coupling IT into Business models, weaving technology into business processes and leveraging networking technologies and Internet, creating business applications to enable strategic differentiation for the organization. Motivation lies in creating Customer facing systems for superior experience and delighting customers with technological intervention.

He received the ‘Best IT Driven Innovation in Automotive Business’ award by NASSCOM in Feb 2013 for 8 innovative projects for Auto & Farm Equipment Sectors of Mahindra.

He is interested in Reading, Music, Sports and long drives.
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Deputy Managing Director, HDFC Bank

Mr. Paresh Sukthankar is the Deputy Managing Director of HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private bank. He has previously served as Executive Director in the bank, and was appointed as Deputy Managing Director by the Board of Directors at its meeting held in December 2013, subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.

Mr. Sukthankar has been with HDFC Bank since its inception in 1994 and has played an integral role in shaping HDFC Bank into one of India’s leading financial institutions. He currently has direct or supervisory responsibilities for the Bank’s Credit and Risk Management, Finance and Human Resources functions and for various strategic initiatives of the Bank.

Prior to joining HDFC Bank, Mr. Sukthankar worked in Citibank for around 9 years, in various departments including corporate banking, risk management, financial control and credit administration.

Mr. Sukthankar has been a member of various Committees formed by Reserve Bank of India and Indian Banks’ Association.
He has done his Masters in Management Studies (MMS) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute (Mumbai) and the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School.
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CEO, REBIT

Mr. Nandkumar Saravade is currently working as CEO, Reserve Bank Information Technology Pvt Ltd (ReBIT). ReBIT has been set up as a fully owned subsidiary of RBI for technology management and cyber security for RBI’s systems and the Indian banking sector.

Till recently, he worked as CEO, Data Security Council of India, a think-tank specialising in cyber security policy research and advocacy. During 2013-15, he was an independent security professional and cybercrime expert, advising Ernst & Young and ICICI Bank. Earlier, he worked as Director, Citibank India, heading Security, Investigation and Vigilance. During 2008-2011, he worked as General Manager, Financial Crime Prevention Group, ICICI Bank, where he looked after fraud risk assessment and controls reviews, application screening and vendor due diligence, transaction monitoring, investigations and regulatory reporting and compliance.

Till 2008, Mr. Saravade served with the Indian Police Service (IPS). His last assignment in the IPS was Director, Cyber Security and Compliance, NASSCOM, which involved policy formulation on cyber security and privacy, capacity building for law enforcement, advising NASSCOM members on incident response management and organising mass awareness campaigns on cyber security.

Mr Saravade served in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for seven years, looking after enforcement of the Prevention of Corruption Act, investigation of bank frauds and economic offences. Mr Saravade was the topper of the 1987 batch of the IPS and was presented the Prime Minister’s Baton and Revolver. He was awarded the Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2003.

He has served on several technical advisory bodies of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Cyber Security Project of Government of Maharashtra and Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) of Government of India. He is a regular speaker at apex training institutes, technical conferences and industry forums.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad as well as a Masters’ degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
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CEO, GSTN

Prakash Kumar is the first CEO of Goods and Services Tax Network. He worked as an officer of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) from 1985 to 2008, where he handled varied portfolios including information technology, human resource management, public finance, corporate entities and industrial development amongst others. He has assumed various significant positions in the Government such as Secretary to State Government, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Additional Commissioner of Sales Tax etc. For a year (2013-14) he worked as the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. Prior to joining Microsoft, he headed Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the strategic consulting arm of Cisco for five years (2008-13).

Prakash holds a Master degree in Public Finance under the World Bank Scholarship from National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, Japan and a Bachelor degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He is a strong advocate of right to information, a topic on which he has authored three books. He wrote a fortnightly column for a leading publication on IT and RTI for a year.

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