MENTORS

Lathika is a serial entrepreneur who has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies in the US and UK. Her international experience includes working at Nortel, American Management Systems (CGI) and a $300million funded start up Relera. Her first entrepreneurial company Virtual Source was merged with Talisma's Technical Support arm to form B2K Corp which grew to 600 employees, and was then sold to Allsec Technologies. She has raised capital successfully for her ventures both through equity and debt funding. She is a founding Director of JobSkills, which is a social impact company that has partnered with the National Skills Development Corporation to skill and enhance the employability of Indians. 

She also has worked closely with several technology companies and has been an advisor to companies like PowerQuest (bought out by Symanteck), StorageTek (bought out by Sun), Talisma, Causeway Technologies, Hammacher Schlemmer, GoodShop, Appthority, FullStory and LogMeIn. 

Country Head, Microsoft for Startups, South Asia & the Middle East

Sejal Gulati conceived and developed the concept of Time Inc India where responsibilities included setting up the entity both strategically and operationally. Time Inc. India is a rapidly growing global in-house center that consistently strives towards high standards of performance, delivery and excellence. She is also an ILI (Indian Leadership Initiative) fellow and moderator at The Aspen Institute which helps foster the next generation of values based leaders in India.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Business Development| Solution Sales| Strategic Marketing | Change Management | New Channel Development | Emerging Markets| Scaling Businesses| Incubating New Businesses | General Management 

General Manager Global Commercial Services at American Express, President Harvard Business School Alumni Board

Seema Kumar is a senior technology leader with a proven track record of making technology and products work for the business. Her career spans several roles including product consulting, product management, business development, strategic alliances and partner enablement. Seema is proficient at understanding ongoing market trends and drivers and has been instrumental in influencing offering roadmap and strategy to suit various local and global market demands. She has experience leading and growing technical talent across the organisation. Over the last 15 years she has had the opportunity to be associated with several key shifts in the technology space spanning enterprise integration, business process management, Enterprise Mobility, Cloud and more recently Commerce, Marketing technology and Security. 

Country Leader, Cloud Technical Sales & Architecture at IBM

Sandy Carter is a high performing executive with demonstrated expertise in General Management, Sales, Marketing , Strategy, and Ecosystem Development. Named one of the Top 10 Women in Technology, Sandy specialises in leadership, management, entrepreneurship, social media, digital marketing and strategy. Transcending disciplines, Sandy defines herself as multi-lingual in a technology driven businesses, with expertise in areas like Cloud, Internet of Things, Mobile and Social Media. Sandy is also an Adjunct Professor for Carnegie Mellon SV on marketing, innovation and leadership. She serves as an advisory board member with several organisations that strive toward diversity in the workplace and women's empowerment through entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Specialities: Leadership, Management, Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Digital, Marketing, Strategy

Technology Expertise: Cloud, Internet of Things, Mobile, Social 

Vice President at Amazon Web Services

Sameer is a seasoned global leader with over 27 years of experience. He currently spearheads sales, operations, growth initiatives and strategic alliances as President of Cisco India and SAARC. Prior to joining Cisco, his expertise in technology and understanding of marketing opportunities has enabled him to lead several top-performing organisations across India, Europe, USA and Asia. He also played an instrumental role, while serving as President and MD in consolidating and stabilising the consumer and enterprise business for Dell India. Sameer has also served as President, South Asia at Philips Healthcare and Country Head for Enterprise Business at Samsung India.

President India and SAARC at Cisco india

Sanket a leading executive in the field of Software Development with Enterprise Software with over 26+ years of experience in Informix, Oracle and CA Tech along with various E-Commerce (MakeMyTrip) companies, working in the US and India with geographically distributed teams. His areas of expertise lie in: business strategy, innovation, enterprise architecture, research & development, engineering, operations, program management, and process/governance.

Managing Director at Intuit

Meeta is a serial entrepreneur, who works at the intersection of branding, design and technology, and has founded 3 companies. Her career started with Infosys when they were just starting up. Meeta was one of two partners at Ray+Keshavan, a brand and design consultancy, before its acquisition by WPP-owned Brand Union in 2006, where she spent 14 years. Meeta co-founded KineticGlue, a social enterprise platform that was acquired by BMC Software in 2013. Meeta is also an active angel investor and advisor with KstartKalaari Capital’s seed stage fund. She has also created 'The Practitioner' at meetamalhotra.com, a Q&A resource for brand, design and marketing practitioners. 

Founder at The Hard Copy Previously Partner Ray+Keshavan Brand, Marketing, Design, Startups, Angel Investing

Ranked by Fortune India as the 11th most powerful woman in business in India, Debjani strongly believes that women should achieve complete substantive representation in the workforce. Debjani currently is the President of NASSCOM. Formerly the MD of Intel South Asia, she currently serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Yes Bank and is a member of Cisco's India Advisory Board. She is also a trustee of NASSCOM Foundation and Honorary Advisor, FICCI's/Innovation Committee. Her area of expertise lies in working with stakeholders to strengthen the prowess of the Indian IT-BPM industry globally and in India.

President - NASSCOM

Rajiv Raghunandhan

Rajiv is the founder of SeedX, an ecosystem for fund raising, advisory & business services for early stage ventures. He is also the Managing Partner at Arali Ventures, a deep tech, enterprise tech focused seed fund. His expertise is rooted in over 16 years of professional experience across Consulting, Operations & Technology fields. Rajiv also serves on the Board of Advisors across multiple early stage ventures. He has extensive experience in incubating & scaling new businesses, consultative selling, solution sales, large program management, business consulting and product design
 

Specialties: Angel investment, New business planning & implementation, Process Design, Product
Design, Operations Management, Large program management, Large deal pursuit management,
Talent development, Negotiation 

Managing Partner, Arali Ventures & SeedX

Archana Hingorani is the co-founder of Siana Capital Investments. As the former ED and CEO at IL&FS Investment Managers, she has spent over 20 years focused on private equity and has been involved with 14 funds and overseen 160+ investments with an aggregate capitalisation value in excess of US$ 15 billion, 109 liquidity events and 70 fully exited investments. Archana is currently serving on the board at PNB MetLife India Insurance Co. Ltd and the Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Archaana is an advisory board member with TalentNomics Inc, a Washington based group that envisions expanding global leadership 

Co-Founder, Siana Capital Investments

Harold D'Souza

Harold co-founded WalkWater Talent Advisors in June 2011. Today his firm is one of the fastest growing executive search firms in the country. Harold's expertise, rooted in over 18 years of experience in the executive search industry, is leadership talent acquisition. At WalkWater, he has worked with leading organisations like DHR International, Accord Group, Ernst & Young & PSS. His firm has also completed over 40 talent advisory projects for other established organisations and start ups.  

Director, WalkWater Talent Advisors

Aruna founded Stelae Technologies 2002 to develop and commercialise software solutions in the Document Intelligence sector. Her experience is in utilising technology as an enabler to build customer driven solutions. Aruna possesses over 10 years experience in the IT and Telco sectors in UK, France, Spain, Africa and the Middle East with companies like Cable & Wireless, BT, 9 Telecom, Libertysurf and Rosebud Technologies. Her areas of expertise include strategy, marketing, product development and business development in IT and Telco sectors.

CEO, Stelae Technologies

Dilip Kumar

Dilip possesses over 15 years of post-qualification experience in all the areas of services provided by PDKA. His qualifications provide him with expertise and qualification for information Systems (IS) Audit. He specialises in business entry strategies for foreign companies in India, business valuations, setting up internal controls & corporate governances in start-up companies and providing CFO services to foreign companies in India. Dilip has also worked closely with startups in the past, assisting them in the following areas: the structuring of a legal entity, the need for a good accounting system, the importance of compliances and management reporting systems.

Chartered Accountant, P. Dilip Kumar & Associates

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