NEERAJ GUPTA

Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP based in India and USA. Applying his business and technical background, he assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning.

He is a Co-founder and Director at Excubator which provides guidance and support needed to entrepreneurs for building a successful entrepreneurial practice. Additionally, he is Founder and Managing Director at Lawcubator which is a technology firm in the legal domain.

Neeraj is CEO at IIT Roorkee’s startup incubator called TIDES. He is Co-founder of PanIIT Mentors which is a Nation Building Initiative under PanIIT.

Neeraj is Executive Council member and Treasurer for IIT Alumni Centre Bangalore. He is founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South). He is one of the experts at Swissnex India (www.swissnexindia.org ) and advises Swiss startups.

Neeraj is the author of the book Creating & safeguarding a strong Intellectual Property Portfolio which was written in collaboration with SIDBI, Adelphi and KFW Bank Germany.

He holds a Bachelors of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Metallurgical and Material Sciences. He completed his M.S. in Mathematics from KTH in the year 2004 and has completed PGPX in General Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Neeraj is Chairman for KTH Alumni India Chapter. He is senior mentor and visiting faculty in several engineering and MBA colleges and also serves on the board of advisors of several organizations.

Sawant Atreya Prabhakar

Atrey P Sawant is the Business Head at Mandovi Drydocks. He has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gogte Institute of Technology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS).

Mandovi Drydocks is based out of Goa and the company is into shipbuilding of aluminium and steel vessels. The company has started building support vessels for the navy and is now working on unmanned surface vessels.

Currently, Atrey is the Vice-Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Goa Chapter and also Honorary Secretary of the Shipyard Association of Goa. Atrey is also on the Institute Management Committee of the Industrial Training Institute, which focuses on skill development.

Christopher Michael Higgins

Chris Higgins is a Business Head at Ideate Labs, one of India’s most established digital marketing agencies. He oversees digital strategy and advertising for companies across India and the Middle East from the real estate, education, fashion, and retail industries.

Previously, Chris was the President of Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM), a filmmaking, animation and liberal arts college in Hyderabad, India. He was a member of the founding team for the school, and helped to develop some of India’s first university qualifications in film production. He was also a member of the founding team at Whistling Woods International, a Mumbai film school where he headed admissions and international affiliations. Chris was also the Indian National Head of Business Development for UK media sales agency SpaceandPeople.

Chris has a Bachelors of Business from UTS and is completing a Masters in Advertising from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) in Hyderabad, India.

Raheel Khursheed

Leading @TwitterIndia partnerships with News, Politics & Govt. verticals in India. Lead strategies that scale up Twitter’s reach and impact with news, government, political users of Twitter. Manage, track and expand Twitter’s relationships with journalists/editors and government officials or politicians; increase the active usage of Twitter significantly among them. Develop best practices and new story formats, and drive adoption by news, government, political users. Provide front-line technical support to news, government, political users of Twitter. Previously worked as the Director of Communications, India at Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform. Was in charge of formulation and execution of communication strategy around India-based, India relevant global campaigns on Change.org and the overall buildup of the Change.org brand in India.

I have also worked as a Strategic Communications Consultant advising brands like TATA and the UNDP. I have over six years of experience as a cross platform journalist & story teller, working in & writing for outlets like CNN-IBN, BBC-PRI, The Atlantic Monthly, ProPublica and a host of publications across the world. As a Development Practitioner, l have worked with Mercy Corps International, executing a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir that included Kashmir’s first ever Youth Leadership Summit – One Young Kashmir. In my long association with WISCOMP, I have conducted several trainings for it’s beneficiaries in Delhi and Srinagar.

I have trained participants in the use of technology & social media for affecting social change. I have spoken about the issue passionately across the subcontinent, including at the July 2012 2nd Indo Pak Social Media Summit in Karachi and at the Feb 2013 US State Department Mumbai Tech Camp. I am passionate about the intersection of technology & social change. I am a regular commentator on issues relevant to new media on National and International Media outlets like BBC, Time, NDTV, AFP & others.

Lairenjam Niranjan Singh

With an MBA from ENPC, Paris and PGDM in Retail Management from the University of Surrey, UK, a graduate from the University of Kolkata and a gold medalist in ‘Principles in Retail Management’ from City & Guilds, London, Niranjan Singh has more than 15 years of fashion retail experience in the markets of the UK, Middle-East and India with prestigious international brands like House of Fraser, Paper Chase, Marks & Spencer, Calvin Klein Jeans and French Connection. He possesses expertise in scientific mall management and consultancy with some of the well known malls in the world. He was involved in teaching Retail management in well-known institutes and conducted retail training for retail companies in India. Currently he serves as the Director of JCRE Skill Solutions, an initiative by Big Concepts Foundation Pvt. Ltd., driving job-linked skill development training in the North-East India. He is also the founder of Imphal Business Incubation centre (IBIC) in Imphal, Manipur.

He intends to do work which has a positive impact on the society. In his leisure, he loves watching sports, studying maps, reading facts and understanding spirituality.

Kailas Karthikeyan

Kailas is an Attorney at Microsoft India and has had a focus on Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law and Public Policy. He has been closely involved in ensuring favorable legal outcomes for Microsoft before the Competition Appellate Tribunal and the Delhi Courts in the Online Intermediary cases.

He graduated from National Law School of India, Bangalore in 2003. He started his career with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, working for 4 years on a unique and first of its kind multi-stakeholder Project, “Strategies and Preparedness for Trade and Globalization in India”. He then completed his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2008, majoring in Strategy and Finance. Prior to his joining Microsoft in 2011, he worked with DLF, India’s largest real estate development company for 3 years in multiple projects. Kailas is married to Vaishnavi and they have a 3 year old son, Yogesh and stays in New Delhi. He has very fond memories of Australia, where he spent 4 of his childhood years and where he still has close friends and family. A fun fact (not so fun for him) is that Kailas had police guards for most of his schooling and college years.

Sam Freeman

Sam graduated Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Marketing. Sam has a strong Business Development background, gained through his experience working in IT, Education and Fitness, in addition to his work consulting to those industries. Currently, Sam is working in India building sustainable business models for skill development at an international standard.

Sam has been an active participant in the Indian Skill Development Industry since 2012, and moved to Hyderabad India full time in January 2014. He was chosen as one of 5 Training Partner representatives on the ILO/NSDC Industry Advisory Group for the creation of 5 National Occupational Standards Qualification Packs for Trainers and Assessors in India.

Michael Koss

Michael is the Founder and CEO of Global Patient Portal, a free web based electronic health record system that has been designed to optimise preventative care in developing countries. His focus has been India for the past 2 years where he spends extensive periods working with healthcare providers, NGOs, technology companies and government agencies. He frequently speaks at technology and healthcare conferences in India.

He is passionate about seizing the opportunity to empower vulnerable populations through technology and has done extensive research with the help of world-class educational institutions to better craft ethical solutions and utilize big data.
Prior to founding Global Patient Portal, Michael worked as a Commercial Lawyer in Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts / Laws and a Master of Laws from Monash University. He has also worked as a mediator in commercial disputes. He has worked at companies including BHP Billion, Telstra and Boeing running process improvement projects and providing advice on developing operation efficiency.

Alistair Baxter

Al played Rugby Union for the Wallabies and Waratahs from 1999 to 2011 and at the time of his retirement was Australia’s most capped test prop after having played in two World Cups (Australia 2003 and France 2007) and two Super Rugby grand finals in 2005 and 2008. Before beginning his career as a rugby player, Al completed degrees in both Architecture and Science at the University of Sydney and while playing rugby worked part-time with the national architecture firm Cox Architecture. During this time Al also sat on the board of the Rugby Union Players Association and was a Principal of the sustainability engagement firm Sustainable Forward.

Since retiring from rugby at the end of 2011, Al has continued his work as an architect in Sydney focusing on sustainability, long span and sports projects and has taken on roles as a Director on the board of Waratahs Rugby, as a Trustee on the Sydney Living Museums Trust and Director on the Historic Houses Trust Foundation Board. Al recently accepted a position at the international sports architecture firm Populous and lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 young boys where, when not working as an architect, attempts to coach his 3 sons’ junior rugby teams!

Avi Naidu

Avi is a Founder and Managing Director of the Taronga Group of companies.

Prior to founding Taronga, Avi Founded and was Managing Director of Aura Funds Management – a wholesale fund manager specialising in funds for high net worth and institutional investors in real estate, venture capital and private equity.

Prior to Aura Funds Management, Avi was an investment banker with a leading independent corporate advisory firm, where he worked across sectors including industrials, telecommunications, media & technology, resources, and financial services, advising both public and private companies on a range of M&A transactions and general corporate advisory work.

Prior to this Avi was a solicitor at leading regional law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) based in the Sydney office. At Mallesons, Avi practiced in the Corporate Group specialising in M&A, funds management, equity capital markets, public takeovers, private treaty acquisitions / disposals, and general corporate advisory work. Avi also practiced in the Real Estate and Projects Group where he focused on real estate development projects and financing.

Avi is currently a Non-Executive director of an ASX listed technology company, where he sits on both the remuneration and audit committees. Avi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.