Rajeeva Ratna Shah
Member Secretary, Planning Commission
Mr. Rajeeva Ratna Shah, born in 1945 and joined Indian Administrative Service in 1967. He has 38 years of experience in various capacities in Government of India and the Government of the State of U.P. At present, he is working as Member-Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India in the rank of Union Minister of State.
Prior to this, he has functioned as Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat, Departments of Information Technology, Commerce & Industry & Planning Commission. He is reckoned as an expert on “Convergent digital technologies” since he uniquely combines the experience and insights into the Information and Communication Technologies sector and the Broadcasting Technology sector.
As Secretary, Information Technology, he was associated with the restructuring of the Department of Electronics into Department of IT and is known for very successful societal applications of IT viz. IT for education (Vidya Vahini programme), IT for masses (CIC programme), IT for Health etc. He is also known for major initiatives in the realm of Information Security/ Network & Cyber Security.
In Broadcasting sector he functioned as the CEO of the Prasar Bharati or Public Broadcasting Corporation of India – running over 20 TV channels and 200 radio stations. He brought about digitization of TV channels and is known for providing the framework and securing approvals for introducing FM radio broadcasting in India. He also introduced into Doordarshan’s bouquet two new channels viz. DD-News and DD-Sports. He was unanimously elected by all the broadcasters in India as the President of IBF or Indian Broadcasting Foundation and also functioned as Vice-President of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).
In Government of India his other postings have been as India’s Trade Commissioner to both North & South Americas, with Headquarters at New York (1984-87), Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat and as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs.
In State Government, he has served in several key positions as Principal Secretary, Home; Principal Secretary, Power; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister etc.
Shri. R. Chandrashekhar
Additional Secretary (e-Governance), Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Govt. of India
R. Chandrashekhar joined the Government of India in 1975 as a member of the Indian Administrative Service, the country’s premier civil service. Ever since, he has held a wide variety of key assignments, both in the Government of India and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh.
He established the first Department of Information Technology in the country in the state of Andhra Pradesh and was Secretary of the department during 1997 to 1999. From 1996 as the Chairman and MD of the State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and from 1997 as CMD, APIIC and concurrently Secretary, Department of Information Technology and Communications, he masterminded the conceptualization, planning and implementation of various key initiatives in the state in the field of Information Technology. The comprehensive program drawn up covered, inter alia, creation of requisite infrastructure (HITEC City, etc.), strategic human resources development initiatives (Indian Institute of Information Technology, etc.) and evolving a comprehensive policy framework for adoption of IT in governance. The framework that was evolved was widely regarded as path breaking and catapulted the State to the forefront of IT development in the country. It became a role model for other states, attracted global attention and was widely covered in the national and international media.
He has been associated with a wide variety of organizations like UNESCAP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, WB, WBI, UN Global Alliance on ICT for Development as also events relating to all aspects of IT as a key resource person, speaker and consultant. He was with the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India in 1992-96 during the early phase of the opening up of the Indian economy. He has rich, first hand experience in pivotal positions of the processes of liberalization, privatization and globalization both at the state and central (federal) levels. He has wide and varied experience in international business negotiations.
Since 2002, Mr. Chandrashekhar has been Joint Secretary and later Additional Secretary in the Department of Information Technology in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. He is principally responsible for drawing up national policy, strategy and action plans for adoption of e-governance and for co-ordination of national plans and programs for Electronic Governance. He has played a major role in the formulation and approval of an unprecedented and ambitious National e-Governance Plan for the country that has since been formally adopted and is now being implemented all across the country. He is also responsible for coordinating implementation of a range of ICT initiatives in the country including particularly, a variety of ICT for Development initiatives.
Mr. Chandrashekhar received a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Shri. Y.S. Malik
Additional Secretary, Ministry Of Company Affairs
Mr. Y.S Malik, an officer from the 1983 batch of Indian Administrative Service (Haryana Cadre) joined the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on December 28, 2004. In addition to the overall administration of the Ministry, Mr. Malik is responsible for the work relating to Corporate Governance and Investor Education in the Ministry. He is the Project leader for implementation of one of the most successful and comprehensive e-Governance programmes of the Government of India.
Titled “MCA21”, this program is the single most important vehicle in completely transforming the landscape of service delivery for the Corporate Sector in India. Having been recognized as a Path-breaking IT initiative for the year 2006; all registry related services have been brought on-line with the implementation of this project. The ministry has digitized 45 million sheets of legacy records which are getting enriched on an ongoing basis with all documents being filed on-line since September 16, 2006. Company documents can be viewed on-line by the citizens from the comfort of their offices or homes, anytime anywhere. Compliance rate has improved by over 50% and the business processes are conducted with speed, certainty and transparency. It has added a significant value to the cause of Corporate Governance for various stakeholders in the country.
Mr. Malik has worked in different capacities in his civil service career spanning over 24 years, the notable among which are his stints in the Finance Department of the State Government in various capacities for about 7 years, the power sector where he led the World Bank sponsored restructuring and reform programme, and as Managing Director of the State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation where he conceptualized and developed one of the best known industrial townships of India, the Industrial Model Township at Manesar.
Mrs.Radha Chauhan, an Indian Administrative Service officer of the Government of India started her bureaucratic career in 1988.A Law graduate from Faculty of law, Delhi University she has the experience of administering and implementing a wide spectrum of government policies and reaching varied services to citizens at large, for over a continuous period of 17 years.
She is presently on a contractual assignment with the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) as a Principal Consultant to the Programme management Unit of National eGovernance Plan, (NeGP) Department of IT , Government of India.
She is coordinating two national Mission Mode Projects under the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP)- the ‘e-district’ Project and the Unique ID project, both of which attempts to address key aspects and concern areas of- delivery of government services to citizens, on an electronic mode.
Steering the national Communication and Awareness strategy for the overall NeGP initiative is an interesting part of her present job profile. Her association with the post implementation assessment of eGovernance initiatives across the country gives her tremendous opportunity to attempt completing her ‘learning loop’ on the subject of -eGovernance.
Former CIO and Strategic Consultant, e-Governance (Canada)
Scott Campbell is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Trillium Health Center which has two hospital sites serving over one million people in western Toronto and Mississauga. He has been on the Board of Directors of Trillium Health Center for the past 6 years. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of CIO Governments’
Review. Scott Campbell was the first Corporate CIO for the Ontario Government a position he held until he retired from the Ontario Public Service(OPS) in 2001 after almost 30 years of service. He currently runs his own consulting company providing strategic advice on the management of information and information technology. In the past six years he has held a number of positions including the CIO of British Columbia and Ontario’s first Chief e-Health Strategist. He is currently the Interim CIO for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Mr. Campbell is a recognized expert on the strategic management of information and information technology in the public sector and is a frequent speaker at conferences on this topic. He has a BA and a MPA and is a graduate of the National Defense College of Canada. Scott Campbell recently completed the requirements for the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Scott Campbell is married to Lindsay Campbell and they live in Etobicoke Ontario."
Datuk Azizan bin Ayob
CEO of Commerce Dot Com, Malaysia
Datuk Azizan bin Ayob, age 61, holds a Masters of Public Administration, from the University of Southern California, USA and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from the University of Malaya.
Upon completion of his studies, Datuk Azizan served in various government departments namely the National Registration Department of Malaysia, the Ministry of Housing & Local Government, the Public Services Department, the Ministry of Land & Agriculture and the National Unity Department before retiring from the civil service in July 2003.
Datuk Azizan last served the Government as the Director General of the National Registration Department of Malaysia. Under his leadership, the National Registration Department of Malaysia was transformed into a technology-driven body; the general multi-purpose card also known as MyKad was mooted in year 1999 and is now used by all eligible Malaysians.
The MyKad is a multi-purpose digital card for Malaysian citizens over the age of 12 which consolidates the driving license and identification cards for bill payment, tolls, parking / public transport, ATM banking and health services.
Given his vast knowledge and the successful implementation of the MyKad, Datuk Azizan was appointed the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Dot Com Sdn Bhd (CDC). CDC was appointed by Government to build and operate ePerolehan, the Federal Government’s electronic procurement system.
The development of the ePerolehan system began in 1999 as one of the seven (7) flagship applications for the Malaysian e-government initiative. Since the launch of its first procurement module in 2000, ePerolehan usage has since grown from strength to strength.
Datuk Azizan also holds Directorships in Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas), a public company listed on the Main Board of Malaysia Securities Exchange Berhad as well as several other private limited companies.
Director, e Governance, Department of Information Technology, Government of India
Mr. Syedain Abbasi, an officer from the 1990 batch of of Indian Administrative Service (Assam Meghalaya Cadre) joined the Department of Information Technology in February 2004. Currently handling the preparation and monitoring implementation of the National E-Governance Plan for the country which seeks to create the right governance and institutional mechanisms, set up the core infrastructure and policies and implement 27 Mission Mode Projects at the center, state and integrated service levels to create a citizen-centric and business-centric environment for governance. Also responsible for interfacing with the Cabinet Secretariat for purposes of programme monitoring of the NeGP.
Nodal officer responsible for the following Mission Mode projects at the DIT:
Common Service Centres: The Project seeks to establish 100,000 broadband Internet enabled Kiosks called Common Service Centres through a Public Private Partnership.
Unique ID for Residents: The Project seeks to create a central database for residents across the country primarily for effective reach of social sector services.
e-District: The objectives of the MMP includes backend computerization of certain activities which have a high interface with the citizens at the District level.
e-Bharat: The DIT is currently anchoring a dialogue with the World Bank for availing of financial and programme management support for the National e Governance Plan.
November `02 – February `04 - Project Director ARIASP
Project Director for a World Bank Aided Integrated Agriculture Services Project (ARIASP) in Assam covering the PWD, Agriculture, Fisheries & Veterinary Department.
July 01 – November `02 -MD, Assam Cooperative Apex Bank
Worked in the district administration from 1991-2001
Mr. J. Satyanarayana
National Institute for Smart Government
Mr. J. Satyanarayana, a Senior Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1977 batch, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), Hyderabad. He is responsible for shaping the Institute as a Centre of Excellence in e-Governance, especially in the areas of Strategic Planning and Project Development and Capacity Building for e-governance.
Earlier, he was Special Secretary to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in the Finance Department, Commissioner of Registration and Stamps, and Principal Secretary to the AP Government in the Information Technology and Communication Technology Department. He pioneered the implementation of popular projects like eSeva, CARD, e-procurement, and APOnline.
As Chief Executive Officer of NISG, Mr. Satyanarayana has been associated with developing e-Government projects like MCA21, BangaloreOne, e-Procurement for the States of Karnataka and Chattisgarh, Goa Broadband Network, GoaOnline Portal, and Integrated Land Information System in Andhra Pradesh. He is also closely associated with the Strategic Planning for e-Governance at the national and state levels.
Mr. Satyanarayana, has also authored a book titled, “e-Governance, the science of the possible”, published by Prentice-Hall of India, New Delhi, India.
Global Vice President
Head of eGovernment
Internet Business Solutions Group,
Simon Willis came to Cisco after 15 years of work in government and e-business. He has held various senior management and policy positions in the UK government including private secretary to Minister of State, head of operational reform at the Department of Social Security, head of pensions equalization and Chief Executive of a national disability agency. He ran the Financial Crime Branch at the UK Treasury and also headed numerous UK delegations to the EU, UN and OECD. After leaving government he worked for a large systems integrator where he worked mainly on transformational ebusiness projects in the financial services area.
Simon’s focus is on coordinating a global team that can work as trusted advisors to senior levels of large public sector organizations where transformation is imminent or there is the potential for ground breaking projects likely to be emulated by others. The Internet Business Solutions Group does not charge its customers. The group’s current engagements include Governments of US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, India, Australia, China, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, UK, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary. Simon has published a number of books and articles on eCities, identity, financial crime and the relationship between democracy and distributed information systems.
Simon is an Australian who has a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Balliol College Oxford. He is married and has four children.
President and Country Manager
India & SAARC, Cisco
Naresh Wadhwa, is the President & Country Manager for Cisco – India & SAARC. Prior to taking up this role, Naresh was heading the Marketing organization for Asia Pacific based out of Hong Kong.
An industry veteran for 18 years, Naresh joined Cisco India in January 1998 as a Sales Manager, and was responsible for driving Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and IT services Business. Naresh successfully managed and grew the business four fold and laid strong foundation for Cisco’s success in the Indian market. Subsequently, Naresh was chartered to grow the Telecom Business in India where he architected some of the largest wins for Cisco Globally and grew the business substantially.
Prior to his Marketing role in APAC, Naresh was responsible for Channels, Commercial, Sales Operations & Advanced Technologies across North Asia based out of Hong Kong. During his tenure, Naresh was instrumental in driving the strategy for Cisco’s foray into new markets for products and technologies across this region.
Earlier to joining Cisco, Naresh has worked with 3Com Asia Ltd and Wipro Infotech in India.
Naresh has completed his Engineering in Electronics from Mumbai University.
Director, Public Sector (Asia-Pacific)
Internet Business Solutions Group,
Martin Stewart-Weeks has over 20 years’ experience in organisational management and consulting in the corporate and public sectors and with a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.
Born in Sarawak, East Malaysia and educated in Sarawak, the UK and Australia, Martin has lived in Australia since 1978 after completing his school and undergraduate education in England.
A consistent theme of his professional experience has been public policy and management. He has held senior policy, management and advisory positions for Ministers and government agencies at the federal and state government level in Australia. In the early 1980s, he held the position of Senior Private Secretary to a Federal Minister and in the early 90s, was a consultant in the Office of Strategic Planning in The Cabinet Office in New South Wales.
In his consulting work over the past 18 years, Martin has specialised in strategy, policy analysis, facilitation and market and social research. In his work with the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco, Martin’s focus is primarily on the public sector. He works at the senior executive and political level to help shape Internet business solutions and online strategies at both an agency and whole-of-government level. He has been a key member of the global team developing a new e-government framework, the ‘connected republic, for Cisco’s public sector work.
In January 2007, Martin took up a position as Director for IBSG’s public sector practice in Asia-Pacific.
Martin holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of York, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics from Canberra University (formerly the College of Advanced Education) and a Masters in Social Science and Policy from the University of New South Wales.
Public Sector, Asia Region
Dominic Scott is in charge of Cisco Systems’ Public Sector business for the Asia region. His area of specialization is communication solutions for government and business. Dominic Scott has advised governments on communications, productivity and E-learning in China, India, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the Philippines and other countries around the region. He has also provided consulting on how to implement communication and productivity solutions for leading corporate customers in industries such as banking, IT, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications.
On E-Government, Dominic Scott has been the designer and moderator of four Asia-Pacific summits in China and two South-Asia summits in India that have brought together several hundred senior-level government officials from more than 30 countries around the world. He appears regularly on CNN, CNBC and in other print and broadcast media around the region.
Dominic Scott has over 17 years of Asia-Pacific government and business experience including 8 years with the Canadian Foreign Service. His diplomatic postings included Hong Kong, Taipei and term assignments in Beijing and Shanghai. Outside of Asia-Pacific, Dominic has lived and worked in North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Dominic Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours, in Asian Studies from McGill University in Canada and has completed further studies at Nanjing Normal University in China and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.