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An Orbit Shift Catalyst will help identify areas where change is required. Functional Expert (Subject matter experts from the Industry/Academia) will also join a session. Thereby, paving the way for transformation to take place.

  • Entrepreneurs, VCs, Angels, Coaches
  • Passionate about helping others grow
  • Can spend time with the emerging companies over the next six months
  • Willing to tap into one's networ k for facilitating growth of the participating company
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Amit Ranjan
Co-founder, SlideShare

Amit Ranjan is cofounder of SlideShare, the world's largest community for sharing presentations. SlideShare has been acquired by LinkedIn and Amit heads SlideShare's Delhi office as it Director of Operations. He is a frequent speaker at tech/internet conferences. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, Amit had a marketing & sales career in the consumer goods industry having worked with PepsiCo, Asian Paints & Godrej & Boyce. He holds an MBA from FMS, Delhi Univ & a Mech Engg degree from NIT/REC Jaipur.

*Limited Face to Face Interactions

Ankur Lal
CEO & Founder, Infozech Software

Ankur Lal has over 20 years of experience in the IT and telecom industry. He specializes in conceptualizing and bringing to market game-changing solutions that lead to business transformation. He is passionate about energy management and Green initiatives and has kickstarted several initiatives at Infozech to address these areas.

Ankur’s commitment to telecom and energy issues is evident from his eagerness to pursue a diverse range of projects and step into new markets and technologies. He is an active industry evangelist for emerging companies at NASSCOM. He is a frequent speaker at global conferences on cost optimization and revenue management issues. He is also a prolific contributor to leading Indian and overseas business publications.

He is an active member of Toastmasters; public speaking club. He has founded and mentors several clubs that nurture and develop talent for public speaking for young minds. He helps young adults to nurture entrepreneurial skills.

Ankur holds a BS Degree from IIT, Delhi.

Atul Bhatia
Mentor & Angel Investor

Kamal Mansharamani
Co-Founder, workXmate Technologies & AlmaMate Info Tech

Kamal is the Co-Founder of workXmate Technologies (www.workxmate.com). workXmate is world’s first enterprise class cloud ERP designed for software SMEs to help accelerate growth. It provides Apps like CRM, HCM, Project Management, Knowledge Management and Intranet integrated to work together seamlessly on a single database with a single sign-on. Its real-time analytics helps companies run their business smarter by focusing on the critical areas.

Kamal is also the Co-Founder of AlmaMate Info Tech (www.almamate.in). AlmaMate is focused on bridging the employability gap in the skills of engineering graduates and the requirements of the IT industry. It has launched innovative models that help organizations transform their people and businesses.

Kamal was the CEO of Birlasoft prior to founding AlmaMate. Kamal led the amazing growth of Birlasoft from a 400 people organization to a 4600 people organization in a short span of seven years. He led the transformation of Birlasoft into a vibrant offshore centric global organization with mature processes and strong governance. During his leadership, Birlasoft grew to be ranked in NASSCOM’s list of top twenty Indian software companies. Kamal joined Birlasoft from DCM Technologies where he served as the Chief Operating Officer.

He has also been on NASSCOM’s panel on mentoring emerging companies. He has been mentoring emerging companies for over five years as part of this initiative. He takes active part in the initiatives on education to bring the Industry and Academia together. He is also a prominent speaker at various industry forums. Kamal holds a BTech degree from IIT Delhi and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.

Alok Mittal
Managing Director, Canaan Partners

Alok has a broad range of experience founding, funding and supporting early-stage technology companies. He leads Canaan’s investments in India, and focuses on digital media and mobile companies, as well as innovators in managed software services and other IT enabled businesses. He is a regular speaker at prominent industry events such as TiE, NASSCOM, VCCircle, Adtech and more.

Alok is a co-founder of Indian Angel Network, on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) in Delhi and an advisor to Adtech India. During the course of his association with Canaan India, he has advised Canaan Partners in their investment in BharatMatrimony (Matrimony.com), Equitas, iYogi, mCarbon, UnitedLex, CarTrade and Happiest Minds.

Prior to joining the venture industry, Alok co-founded JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment. He also brings strong Telecom experience to Canaan having worked for Hughes Software Systems prior to that. Alok earned a BE in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a MS in computer science from UC Berkeley.

Manav Garg
CEO & Founder, Eka Software Solutions

Manav Garg is the CEO & Founder of Eka Software Solutions, a leadingprovider of Commodity Managementsoftware. An entrepreneur and former commodity trader, Manav is the driving force behind Eka’s innovative product portfolio and is responsible for its global business strategy and growth.

Employing his in-depth knowledge of commodity markets and insights into the shortfalls of the technology that prevailed, Manav founded Eka in the year 2004. Since incorporation, Manav has worked towards his vision of creating a world-class Indian Software Product Company which provides an end-to-end solution for global physical commodity markets.  

Navyug Mohnot

Navyug Mohnot is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. After his B.Tech from IIT, he went to the US on a fellowship, to do a Masters from the University of Rochester. He returned to India and set up QAI India to evangelize the concepts of Process and Quality. Over the years, QAI has pioneered the deployment of best practices across industries and geographies, in the area of Operational Excellence.

Under Navyug's stewardship, QAI has grown from a single location entity to a trans global organization with offices all over the world including USA, UK, India and China It has also gone on to become a thought leader in this space and a very respected brand.

Navyug has been awarded the IIT Alumni Award for “Outstanding Contribution to National Development”. In a survey by Dataquest, the leading IT trade press publication, he was recognized as one of the 50 leaders who have shaped and are shaping the Indian IT industry.

Navyug has spoken at various conferences around the world and he is a TiE Charter Member, a mentor on the NASSCOM Emerge Forum and on the editorial advisory board of India for India's first journal on consulting titled “Consulting Ahead.” He has been a judge on IBM’s “Great Minds Challenge” and holds the distinction of being appointed as a visiting professor to College of Computing and Communication Engineering (CCCE) of The Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS).   

Sanjeev Aggarwal
Co-Founder & Sr MD, Helion Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

Sanjeev A ggarwal is a co ‐founder of H elion and has served on th e Boards of MakeMyTrip and Unitedlex. H e is currently on the Boards of IndiaHom es, Azure Power, Amba Research, Eye‐Q and ShopClues. Prior to Helion, Sanjeev was the Found r and CEO of Daksh, havin g been with t he company from its incept ion in 2000 t o its acquisition by IBM in 20 04. Sanjeev ra n the company as its CEO till June 2006. Da ksh was a pio neer in BPO sector in year 20 00 and had over 20,000 em ployees by June, 2006. Durin g this period, Daksh was ra ted as the World's Best Man ged BPO com pany (Black B ook of Outsourcing) and was ranked as the #1 employer in Indian BPO market by IDC. Sanjeev as chosen "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year" in 2002.

Prior to founding Daksh, he worked for 15 years wit h leading tech nology companies serving th e domestic Indian market. Sa njeev led the Strategic Initia tives at Motorola India. He worked with D igital Equipm ent Corporatio n in delivering technology so lutions and was recognized as the "Deca thlon Winner" , a recognition given to top 1% managers worldwide. He also served as the CEO of 3 COM India.

Sanjeev ha s a Bachelor's degree in Elec trical Enginee ring and an M BA.

Vinod Sood
Managing Director, Hughes Systique Corporation (HSC)

Vinod Sood is currently Managing Director at Hughes Systique Corporation (HSC); a Telecom R&D services company. Prior to his current role, he was Head of Global Engineering and R&D at Hughes Software Systems (HSS) and served on its Board as well. Before HSS, Vinod worked with C-DOT where he was part of the core team which designed India 1st Digital Switch. Vinod is veteran of Telecom software industry, during his career span of 28 years he has build high performance teams at premier Telecom R&D organizations in India: C-DOT, HSS & HSC. Vinod has an exceptional track record of building profitable and sustainable institutions from conceptualization to maturity.

He is on the CII National Committee on IT, ITeS & e-Commerce and member of NASSCOM and AMCHAM’s Northern Regional Council. He also was on the NASSCOM Mentor Panel for Emerging Companies. He is a member of Advisory Committee of the Institute of Informatics and Communications, University of Delhi. Vinod also is the Chairman of RMC-CORE in Network Engineering (setup by TIFAC, Department of Science and Technology Government of India) a Government, Academia and Industry partnership initiative. Vinod is involved in guiding and mentoring young entrepreneurs and startups and is a TiE Charter member.

Vinod is alumnus of PEC Chandigarh from where he graduated with a Gold Medal.

Maninder Grewal
MD, HealthFore Technologies Ltd.

Maninder has over 25 years of experience in the information technology sector and has been closely involved in growth of the industry.

Maninder joined Religare/Fortis Group in 2006. He is currently the MD of HealthFore Technologies Ltd., focused on Healthcare IT and Chairman of Dion Global Solutions Ltd focused on technology for financial markets. His responsibilities include advising the promoter group on Technology and IT strategy and in making IT a key enabler in their growth.

In his previous roles, Maninder worked with Wipro. He led multiple implementations of ERPs in manufacturing and many other large projects in the Army, Banking etc. He has immense experience in Healthcare IT and has been involved in the IT/ITES industry since 1989 .

Maninder is also the Chairman for the Nasscom Regional Council for NOIDA. He travels widely and is an avid bridge player. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur.

Shekhar Dasgupta
Founder, GreenField Software Pvt. Ltd.

GreenField Software is a venture pioneering Data Center and Cloud Computing solutions for cost savings, risk mitigation and energy optimization.

Shekhar began his working career with the Confederation of Indian Industry. He then spent 25 years in the IT Industry in India & US. Prior to starting GreenField Software, he was President of a Silicon Valley start-up in area of Information Lifecycle Management.

Earlier, Shekhar worked for over 12 years at Oracle India, and was its Managing Director from 1998 to 2005. During his time as MD, Oracle India revenues grew4x. He set up the Oracle-HP Centre for E-Governance at the Oracle India Corporate Office in Gurgaon and led a strategic corporate initiative, codenamed Emerald India.

Shekhar graduated with Economics Honors from Presidency College, Kolkata and completed MBA from IIM Bangalore, specializing in Energy Management. Shekhar was a Charter Member of TiESilicon Valley Chapter from 2006 to 2011 and is now a Charter member of TiE Delhi & NCR Chapter. He was earlier a Governing Council member of the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. He had also been a member of two Special Interest Groups constituted by TERI & NASSCOM on Green IT and Environment Sustainability.

Vipul Prakash
Co-founder, HUM

Vipul is the Co-Founder at HUM. Prior to hum Vipul founded Elixir Consulting, which grew to become amongst the larger recruiting companies in India. In 2011, he was awarded one of the top 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of India by Cyber Media. Vipul also co-founded the Indian Staffing federation. Having managed several other ventures including the Websity franchise which was into IT Education, Regarde in New York which was in High Fashion Clothing and Pristine a Trading company in Dubai with offices all over middle east and Africa, Vipul brings an exceptional understanding of business to HUM. He is a University rank holder and a winner of the “distinguished alumni” of Delhi University with interests that range from theater, debating, writing and trekking.    

Ajay P Lavakare
Sr. Vice President, Risk Management Solutions

Ajay Lavakare is a Senior Vice President with Risk Management Solutions (RMS) and Managing Director of its India office. After returning from California in 2009, Ajay established the RMS India Data Center of Excellence in Noida. Prior to that, Ajay developed a new business initiative for RMS in the US, focused on creating a range of data services, products and solutions to help insurance and reinsurance companies improve the quality of their exposure data used in catastrophe risk modeling.

Ajay is also the founder of RMSI Pvt. Ltd, one of India’s leading geospatial information services and solutions companies. He established RMSI in 1992 as a joint venture with RMS. RMSI was sold to the Daily Mail, one the UK’s leading media enterprise, in 2002.

Prior to founding RMSI, Ajay worked in Tokyo with Kumagai Gumi Ltd., a leading Japanese architecture/engineering/construction company. Ajay has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (New Delhi, India) and a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University (California, USA).

Ajay is an active member of the Indian Angel Network (IAN) and a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Delhi chapter. His investment interests include information businesses that use data and analytics. He lives in New Delhi, and enjoys tennis, jazz and good wine and coffee.

*Limited face to face Interaction  

Pradeep Dutt
Leadership & Executive Coach

Pradeep is a Leadership & Executive Coach (Marshall Goldsmith certified) focused on helping CXO level leaders reach their full potential, make lasting positive behaviour change, and to get unstuck from their dilemmas.

He has coached senior clients from sectors such as: IT, Telecom, Automobile, Instrumentation, Insurance, Banking, Manufacturing, Consulting, and BPO. His coaching specialties are: Behavioral Coaching; Performance Coaching (using principles of neuroscience); Coaching for Executive Presence; and Coaching for Creativity.

In coaching engagements, Pradeep is process focused to help leaders deliver bottom line results, and achieve talent engagement. He brings passion, enthusiasm, and energy to his coaching interactions. The core values that he brings into coaching engagements are: Courage, Humility and Discipline.

His coaching focuses on three core areas: strategic, team and personal leadership to help clients achieve substantial and lasting improvements. He believes in leading from the inside out - starting from strengths to allow for truly authentic and effective leadership. He leverages his significant corporate experience to act as both strategic thought partner and personal champion – moving clients forward quickly and thoughtfully. The coaching process includes: assessment instruments, 360 feedback from interviews, construction of a development plan and regular sessions with accountability and progress reviews and adjustment of actions as appropriate.

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Naval College of Engineering, and National Defense Academy, Pradeep offers a deep understanding of doing business in diverse industries, having worked 25+ years in senior positions in IT industry, Indian Navy, Public sector, Non-profit sector, and as an entrepreneur. He is a certified yoga teacher & an ‘uncertified’ dog trainer.

Pradeep has been a member of Toastmasters International winning many awards in speech contests. He has coached, and mentored 10 Toastmasters clubs in Delhi, NCR region, and Chandigarh. He has coached over 200 senior executives to build their executive presence and to enhance their public speaking, and presentation skills.  

Ajay Trehan
Founder & CEO, AuthBridge Research Services

Ajay Trehan is a pioneer in modern background screening process outsourcing. He founded AuthBridge in 2005 and has built the company into a leading authority on background check management in India. Today, AuthBridge is a quality-driven, best practice company, delivering proven business impact risk advisory solutions to top draw clients, including Fortune 500 organizations.

Ajay’s perspective on the importance of risk assessment and mitigation drives AuthBridge’s culture of innovation and commitment to excellence. His passion for best standards in service and customer engagement has seen the company measure up to global quality benchmark, including ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications.

A visionary leader, Ajay has been critical to AuthBridge’s success and growth. While he is actively involved in formulating strategy and execution across the entire screening process lifecycle, Ajay also participates in guiding AuthBridge’s clients on Total Security Management – a risk advisory initiative of AuthBridge. Under his leadership, AuthBridge is steadily growing into a leading risk advisory organization in India.

Ajay has deep interest and expertise in creating automated technical solutions for easing Human Resource Management and has ample experience in the space of Talent Solutions. His ability to recognize new business opportunities when markets and technologies are in transition also prompted him to co author CORE BPO, a business process outsourcing company that specialized in providing Business Process Outsourcing to the UK Real Estate Industry. Before turning an entrepreneur, Ajay had a distinguished career with ICI India where he held leadership positions in operations and sales. Beyond the confines of AuthBridge, Ajay is actively involved in advocating the need for responsible hiring practices in today’s high-stake business environment. As an authoritative voice, he addresses various thought leadership forums to make sure the importance of risk management over damage control is clearly understood. Ajay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He is also a certified ISO 9000 auditor.  

Sanjiva Dubey
IT Strategist, Entrepreneur

Mr. Dubey is a well known expert on IT Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has worked in Indian IT Industry in leadership roles such as CEO, President and Director, Head of Management Consulting and mega Project Executive for nearly 30 years.

He specializes in helping firms in articulating and grounding their vision and mission. He helps them to carve suitable Business Model, optimize business processes and build organization structure. This leads to right choice of customer and market segments, products portfolio and setting up mechanism for flawless execution. His advice is usually holistic and comprehensive with long term impact on business performance.

He is credited to have turned around two mid size IT ventures in the past. In addition, several entrepreneurs and professionals have found benefit from his friendly guidance, mentoring sessions from time to time.

He has obtained his PGDBM from XLRI Jamshedpur, B E from NIT Jamshedpur, PGDSPO from SNTI Jamshedpur. He is also a certified Management consultant, Certified Project Executive and holds certification on Six Sigma and ITIL. He is sought after seminar leader and has conducted over 100 workshops for Industry leaders.

He has been a visiting faculty to leading B Schools such IIM Lucknow, Indore, Rohtak, MDI, IMT, BIMTECH and XLRI during his two decades of leadership career. He has authored six books that include IT Strategy, Innovation with IT and Winning in the Global Economy. His book Innovation with IT was awarded the first prize as best management book of 2009 by ISTD.  

Shyam Malhotra
Chief Coach, CoachPlus.in

After thirty plus years experience as an organisation builder Shyam is now an executive & business coach, mentor and self development guide. He also advises and comments on the media, telecom and infotech industries in India.

Shyam's coaching blends 30 plus years of corporate experience at the Board level, a passion for working with people & a process driven approach. He works with organisation builders to support their career & life goals. He assists them in managing conflicts, on the go transition, execution excellence and other contemporary challenges by aligning their individuality with their organizational context. This leaves them with immediate performance success & insights that put them in a life long development mode.

Shyam has over 750 hours of coaching experience with senior / middle level executives & entrepreneurs since 2007. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org) the world’s foremost coach credentialing agency. He has undergone programs like Intensive Coach Training & Executive Coaching from Results Coaching Systems (resultscoaches.com). He is also a Certified Life Coach (coachforlife.com) & an accredited administrator for the MBTI suite of instruments. He conducts programs like "The Coaching Manager", “Harnessing Peer Power”, "Delegation that Works", "Communication that Works", and "Feedback for Change".