Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists. Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, he is currently the Chairman of India's National Innovation Foundation and Marico Innovation Foundation besides being a member of I-20, the global summit of innovation leaders. He is on the Board of Directors of several industries and is a Fellow of several prestigious societies and academies. He has won several awards and received honorary doctorates from 28 universities. In 1998, he won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award. In 2005, he received the BusinessWeek (USA) award of 'Stars of Asia'. He received the Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Bhushan in 2000. On 25 January 2014, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, 2nd highest civilian honor of India by the President of India.
Dr. Anil Kakodkar served as
Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and the
Secretary to the Government of India, he was the Director of
the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay from 1996-2000. He
was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest
civilian honour, on January 26, 2009. Dr. Anil Kakodkar has
worked for the development of the atomic energy programme in
India throughout his professional life. Focus of his work has
been on self-reliant development of nuclear reactor systems to
address the Indian programme requirements. He has created a
roadmap for shaping the third stage of India's nuclear power
programme aimed at tapping vast energy potential of our thorium
resources not only as source for electricity production but
also as a primary source for other forms of energy use. A
number of new technology areas such as accelerator driven
systems, high temperature reactors, materials and recycle
technology etc. have been nucleated for this purpose. Kakodkar
continues to be actively involved in programmes related to
augmentation of Thorium utilization in our nuclear power
programme. Dr. Anil Kakodkar has been a key contributor to
India's strategic programme. He was among the chosen few
involved in the first successful Peaceful Nuclear Explosion
Experiment that India conducted on May 18, 1974 at Pokhran.
Kiran Karnik held the office of
President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT
software and services industry in India, till 2008. Earlier, he
worked in various positions at the Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO), including that of Founder-Director of
ISRO's Development and Educational Communication Unit. He has
also worked in the United Nations. He is a member of the
Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the
Central Employment Guarantee Council. Presently, he chairs the
international Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Connects
Program. In 1998, the International Astronautical Federation
awarded him the Frank Malina medal for Space Education. He has
been conferred the Padma Shri in 2007 and the 'DATAQUEST IT
Person of the Year 2005'. BusinessWeek named him as one of the
'Stars of Asia' in 2004 and he was selected as Forbes
magazine's 'Face of the Year 2003'.
Dr. Deshpande is the founder and
CEO of Persistent Systems, a 7,000 employee strong innovation
led organization. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Hons.) in
Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian
Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1984. He also received a
Doctorate in Computer Science from the Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana (USA) in 1989. He worked at
Hewlett-Packard Laboratories as a Member of the technical staff
in Palo Alto, California from 1989 to 1990.
Dr. Arun Jamkar is the Vice
Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Dr.
Arun Jamkar earned his MBBS and MS (General Surgery) from
Marathwada University, Aurangabad. He completed his Ph.D. in
Surgical Oncology from the University of Pune in 1987. Besides,
Dr. Jamkar is a Fellow of International College of Surgeons,
Fellow of Minimum Access Surgeons of India and Fellow of Indian
Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons. He has an
experience of 30 years in the field of teaching, research and
Gireendra is the founder director and CEO of Ideas to Impacts Innovations Pvt. Ltd.,
He is a Mechanical engineer from IIT Mumbai (1987) and Univ. of South Carolina, USA, (1989).
Starting his career with Tata Consultancy Services, he has been an entrepreneur for most of his 25 years in the industry. His initial business was in the CAD-CAM space, before starting his pioneering independent testing business.
Gireendra founded VeriSoft, one of India's earliest and leading independent testing companies. VeriSoft was acquired in July 2008 by SQS Software Quality Systems AG, the global leader in independent testing. Till March 2016, Gireendra headed the India operations as the MD and CEO of SQS India. He was also on the board of SQS India BFSI, listed on NSE and BSE, founder and board member of SQS USA and member of the Cabinet of the SQS Group.
Gireendra is a Director and Executive Council member at the Inter-Institutional Inclusive Innovation Centre, an independent non-profit company committed to build an ecosystem that supports and promotes disruptive technology innovation in India.
Gireendra has been a speaker at various international conferences on Software Testing, PLM and entrepreneurship. He is actively involved in various industry forums, currently as a charter member of TiE. He is the founder of Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN)-Pune, was the Chairman of Computer Society of India (CSI) - Pune chapter and Core group member of the Mahratta Chamber Gaming and Animation Group.
With 15+ years of experience in life science and healthcare, Dr. Abhay Jere is head of Persistent Labs, driving multiple cutting edge projects as Principal Investigator in fields such as systems biology and epigenetics. He brings in extensive global research experience in bioinformatics, molecular biology, genomics, cell-biology and protein purification. He completed his Ph.D. from the National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) in Pune and his post-doctoral fellowship at the U.S. National Cancer institute (NCI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). He is also a part of 19 member core committee of eminent scientists that guide Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
Disha has done a MBA in Marketing from University of Pune and brings with her over 10 years of work experience primarily in the health care domain in USA. She recently joined Persistent Systems to handle the Innovation Initiative (i4C) with Dr. Abhay Jere.
Vivek Kulkarni is currently working as Chief Architect in Persistent LABS. He has a total of 22+ years of experience in academia and software industry. He has served as a subject chairman for multiple subjects for the Board of Computer Engineering, University of Pune in the past. He has written multiple books on "Theory of Computation"; these include the recent one with the same title with Oxford University Press that was published in April 2013. This book has been recommended by Pune University as a reference book, in their newly revised 3rd year computer science syllabus. He has also worked with organizations such as BMC Software, Symantec Corporation, and Tech-Mahindra earlier. He holds an international patent, "System and Method of Universal Programming Language Conversion", in his name as an inventor.
Snehkumar Shahani, MTech, PhD (Pursuing) at Department of Technology - University of Pune, is Research Associate at Persistent LABS. Prior to joining LABS he has an experience in Services and Product industry both at Persistent Systems. Besides this he is an active member at ACM and CSI as a Student member and at ScrumAlliance® as a Certified ScrumMaster®. At i4C he volunteers as a technical coordinator and assistant to the treasurer.
Manasi Marathe holds a Bachelor's Degree in Design from Symbiosis Institue of Design. She looks after the design part of the website and the e-newsletter - India's Idea. She has worked on several brands and has several years of experience in the areas of branding and identity design, campaign design and various other areas of visual communication.
Anuja Kanhere holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Pune University and has several years of experience in content writing, branding and communications. Currently, she is part of Persistent System's Inclusive Innovations (i4C) team.