Our world is forever changed. As we work through challenges during this unprecedented time, it is innovation, power of IT, and human resilience that continue to show us that possibilities are endless. At Cisco, we are focused on creating solutions that enable you to think about the world differently, be resilient and make a lasting impact.
Watch these on-demand session from our first ever virtual Cisco Connect! Our technology leaders, customers, partners, and your peers have shared their vision for the future. You will hear about Cisco’s latest innovations that are shaping the industry and our new world.
Let’s explore possibilities and build a more inclusive future together.
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|Welcome Address||Sameer Garde
President, Cisco India and SAARC
|Opening keynote: Possibilities||Our world is forever changed. As we work through challenges during this unprecedented time, it is innovation, power of IT, collective efforts of our partners and teams to stay resilient that show us that possibilities are endless. At Cisco, we are focused on creating solutions that enable you to think about the world differently and be resilient
President, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China Cisco
|Industry keynote: Leveraging new opportunities to accelerate industry growth||Every industry is going through phenomenal change and facing tough challenges. But, the businesses that identify opportunities in these difficult times will thrive. And technology is the differentiator that will allow companies to adapt and evolve.
|Technical keynote: Building the resilient enterprise for now and the future||The pandemic is a defining moment. Organizations that react and adapt quickly will be the winners of the next decade. Cisco helps organizations respond, retool, and re-imagine business. Our resilient enterprise capabilities, principles, policies, and operating models are being leveraged extensively and are trusted by leading public and private organizations across the region.
|Huddle up: Customer Centricity||Sameer Garde
President, Cisco India and SAARC
Founder and Chairman of Persistent Systems
|Cisco Digital Transformation Awards||
Digital transformation has always been a key strategic initiative. In the current landscape it has gained even more importance. Implementing ground breaking digital transformation projects are, therefore, increasingly becoming critical for businesses to stay in the race.
To acknowledge, highlight, and felicitate IT projects that have made a significant contribution to the acceleration of digital transformation, Cisco in association with ET is hosting the 'Digital Transformation Awards.'
Managing Director, Country Digitization (APJC) at Cisco Systems
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|IT/ITES: IT Transformation: Enabling business Agility||In order to respond to today’s ever-changing business landscape, IT organizations need to consider multiple different architectures that not only seamlessly fit-in but also deliver better and more efficient results. In this session, we will discuss how Cisco is continuously leading this change to help organisations evolve during and after the pandemic, by making way for cloud-ready and borderless infrastructure.||
|Industrial Solution: Journey towards a secure industrial network||Industrial network security can be implemented in a phased approach with reduced complexity and a simple package. Extend the IT security operation onto the industrial network with foundation security architecture. Provide critical operations context and relevance to enable IT SecOps to effectively provide security cover for the industrial space, without hampering or impeding industrial operations. Gain OT & IT mindshare with a simple and clear workflow.||Manas Mehrotra
Amitava Guha Thakurta
|BFSI: Prioritizing "Cyber Resilience" and "AI augmented Operating Model" strategiesfor Banking & Financial Services Industry||While going digital is not new to the BFSI industry, the current business landscape has significantly accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, with far-reaching implications for the future. The need of the hour is to understand the cyber landscape, emerging threats and trends in financial services. This session will focus on cyber resilience strategy and value of AI powered multi-domain infrastructure in data operations.||Mathew Varghese
Sameer Mishra, CX
Shiva Kumar Y
Shiv Kumar Bhasin
|Healthcare: The New healthcare paradigm||Patient health and well-being, and the ability to deliver secure virtual care is no longer a luxury--it's a necessity. We're at an unprecedented crossroads in healthcare in which new technologies are being adopted at a rapid pace.Optimizing the clinical experience, scaling virtual consultations and empowering healthcare staff to deliver care remotely is now critical to help save lives.
One of the most remarkable impacts of the pandemic has been the speed with which it accelerated Telehealth as a mainstream channel for clinical consultations. Learn how Telehealth is changing the way of delivering Virtual care and monitoring patients in ICU's remotely through Cisco's Secure Telehealth Technologies.
Anil Nair (Moderator)
|Public sector: Enabling Digital Transformation in Government and Public Sector||The Public Sector is facing unprecedented challenges today. While there was the existing pressure to improve infrastructure, the COVID pandemic has also added the need to plan for business continuity for all citizen services, utilities, education and healthcare in times of crisis. Governments are now exploring how to evolve and transform, while working remotely in a secured manner.
This session will provide a glimpse on how Cisco has been enabling Central and State agencies with the adoption of next-gen solutions to deliver effective, secure and connected public services at reduced costs while maximising the usage of the existing resources.
Ramesh Ramnath, CX
Daisy Chittilapilly (Moderator)
Dr. Faruk Kazi
Dr. S. Sacchidanand
|Cisco Global Service Provider: Unlocking 5G for Enterprise||Service providers are at the center of the move to 5G, working to deliver network services. The relationship between industries and service providers will change as industries rely on providers for more applications, features, and services.
5G will play a significant role in revolutionizing the industries - manufacturing, mining, healthcare and technology advancements in autonomous driving and connected cars, Industry 4.0, Smart cities, AR/VR. Service providers can commit to new business models, cost models, and service levels.
Soman Venugopal, CX
|DevNet as a differentiator||The unprecedented demands on the network today with the sheer volume of devices and apps coming online every second are good enough to challenge our current network operations. Customers are demanding to automate workloads and deliver new capabilities. Cisco DevNet helps us to achieve and accelerate this required innovation, by providing open network APIs. DevNet is bringing big shifts in technology by helping us create new solutions on top of Cisco's open and extensible platforms. Now, customers and partners can build a new generation of network-aware applications and integrate the network into business processes. India DevNet community is working on creating these innovative solutions every day, to solve our customer challenges. We would like to share with you what our community is all about, some great DevNet use cases, and also hear from our external community members on the success of DevNet.||Parul Sharma (Moderator)
|Cisco Services : Delivering an Automated, Secure & Cloud enabled Digital Enterprise||Pankaj Lulla
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|Intend Based Networking||
A match made in the cloud: SD-WAN
Reimagine and redesign your workplaces with Cisco DNA Spaces
Raghavan Kasturirangan (Moderator)
Avinash Salian (Moderator)
|AppDynamics: AIOps for the modern enterprise||
The Cisco AppDynamics Central Nervous System Platform delivers deep, cross-domain visibility with AI-powered insights and automation enabling businesses to take the right action, at exactly the right time. Join us as we take you on this AIOps discovery journey.
|Future of Work: New Webex AI Innovations for Hybrid Workplace||
Collaboration that integrates relationship intelligence and people insights, artificial intelligence, and business processes can result in better teamwork and proactive customer journeys. Join Cisco’s Collaboration experts as they talk about, and demonstrate how our technology is transforming the virtual meeting experience.
Shibani Maria Philip
Prasana Kumar Parthasarathy
|Remote datacenter today and tomorrow||Today, data exists and is connected across multiple data centers, the edge, and public and private clouds. The data center must be able to communicate across these multiple sites, both on-premises and in the cloud. Let’s talk about the modern data center and its evolution in this expert session.||
Harsh Vaishnav (Moderator)
Ravinder Pal Singh
|Simplify to secure||Learn how Cisco Security simplifies your experience, accelerates your success and secures your future with an integrated portfolio and industry-leading threat intelligence. Cover every threat vector and access point with Cisco SecureX, the broadest, most integrated security platform. Provide more secure access, protect against gaps in visibility, and reduce your attack surface with Cisco Zero Trust.
Anubhav Wahie (Moderator)
Designed for Change: How the Cloud-first Meraki Platform Enables You to Thrive
Aligning IT and business needs faster is critical as customer demands have changed. You can operate leaner, scale rapidly and serve customers better with the cloud-first Meraki Platform. It serves over 2M customer networks with 4 nines of cloud uptime. Offering proven integration across the broadest range of networks, apps and devices the Meraki solution is easily customisable to your IT needs.
Cisco Capital : Making the most out of IT investments in Pandemic times
|It is typical to postpone critical IT investments when there is a disruption in the economy. The right strategy is to focus more on how to make the most out of the IT investment by integrating financial instruments in the process of procurement which would enable bring the right cost benefit mix without impairing cash flows. The session would cover the various financial instruments that could help customer adopt the latest technology without causing cash flow disruptions.||Surag Menon|
Inside Cisco IT : Redefining Skills for IT Modernization
|Are you challenged with reskilling your Infra Teams ? Business requirements are changing very fast and so is the Technology landscape. To deliver agile IT services, it is imperative to transform the Infra team as well. Most of the newer generation of solutions come with open APIs. Within Cisco IT, we are driving to Software Defined Everything (SDx). This allows IT Infra team to respond quickly to the demands of our users and fully realize the value of technology investment. This is a journey many of our peers are also going through. In this panel discussion with Cisco IT, Cisco's Customers and Partner, you will hear what was their driver, what challenges they faced and some results because of this transformation||Nagarajan R
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Experience the World of Solutions at Cisco Connect India & SAARC
The World of Solutions is a one-of-a-kind experience! It’s your chance to explore and experience our latest technologies and products in action. Plus, you can interact with Cisco tech-experts, and our partners. All in one place!
World of Solutions will be live from 12 PM – 5 PM on 26 November 2020
Miyuki Suzuki is President for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC). This group comprises six organizations operating across a diverse set of markets and countries: Australia and New Zealand, India and SAARC, Japan, ASEAN, Korea, and Greater China. In this role, she is responsible for developing Cisco’s strategy, accelerating business growth, and ensuring Cisco APJC is the most trusted and relevant IT solutions partner and provider in the industry.
Suzuki joined Cisco in 2015, as President and General Manager for Cisco Japan, and managed all operations for the Japanese market. During her tenure, she successfully accelerated the business to sustained growth, demonstrating her proven record for driving high-performing teams that achieve results.
She has a passion for talent development, and driving diversity in both teams and thought. She is an innovative, entrepreneurially minded leader, who leads with a long-term view on vision and strategy.
Prior to Cisco, Suzuki has led a variety of organizations including serving as President of KVH Co. Ltd (a Japanese telecommunications and IT services company), and the CEO of LexisNexis for Asia Pacific. She also served as Jetstar Japan’s inaugural CEO, building the airline into one of the largest and fastest growing in the country. Previous roles also include working as the Executive Vice President of Consumer Business at Japan Telecom, and as the Managing Director for Reuters South East Asia.
Suzuki has over 35 years of business experience. As well as deep expertise of the Asia Pacific market, she has also spent time working in Europe, Middle-East, and North America. Suzuki has held an external Board Director position at MetLife since September 2019 and is also an active participant in the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).
Suzuki holds an honours degree in history from Oxford University, and a certificate in financial markets from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Sameer Garde is President of Cisco’s India and SAARC theatre.
As President, Sameer is responsible for sales, operations, growth initiatives and investments in strategic alliances in the theatre.
Over a career spanning 28 years, Sameer has led several top-performing organizations with an enduring track record across multiple roles and regions. His keen understanding of technology and market opportunities enables him to drive transformation and capture critical market transitions. A proven leader, Sameer has built and managed global and regional businesses in India, Europe, USA and Asia. Sameer is a highly respected leader who maintains a commitment to professional development, and inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
He holds an engineering degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata. Sameer is a long-distance runner, amateur photographer, and drivingholiday enthusiast.
Pramod is the Chairperson of Clix Capital, as well as ICRIER, an economic research think tank. He was also the Founder and CEO of Genpact ltd, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Skills Academy.
Earlier he was the President & CEO of GE Capital in India from 1994 to 2005, and GE Capital Asia from 1998 to 2001. He was with the General Electric Corporation in UK and the USA and Asia for over 25 years.
Pramod is considered the Pioneer of the Business Process Industry in India. He founded Genpact in 1996 and led it till 2011. Genpact is a NYSE publicly listed Global business that currently spans 26+ countries and employs over 90,000 people. Under his leadership, Genpact also pioneered this industry in Easter Europe, China and Latin America. Genpact currently has a market capitalization of approximately $8 billion and revenues of over $3 billion.
Pramod is currently the Chairman of Clix Capital, a Financial Services Business in India focused on providing digital platforms and financial services to consumers and small businesses.
He founded the Skills Academy, that focuses on providing vocational skills for the under privileged. The Skills Academy operated in over 15 states, principally in smaller towns and villages to provide vocational skills training in a wide variety of skills and occupations. He served as the Chairperson of CII’s Skills Committee for many years, and was a member of CII’s National Council.
He is the co-founder of Asha Impact, an organisation focused on Social Impact Investments and Advocacy in key areas such as Education, Waste Management, Healthcare and Financial Inclusions. He is a Strategic Advisor to Kedaara, a Private Equity firm.
He sits on the Governing Board of Help Age India, Vishwas, an NGO for handicapped children He currently serves on the Board of DLF Ltd., and in the past, has served on the Board of Bank of India and NDTV and SRF Ltd. He has been the Chairman of Nasscom and was voted IT Man of the Year by DataQuest, and Manger of the Year by EY & Co. He was also the President of TIE, NCR.
Pramod is a Chartered Accountant ( England and Wales) and an alumni of Shri Ram College of commerce.
Vish Iyer leads the Architectures business in Asia-Pacific, Japan and China, which includes all the sales, solutions and engineering teams that are part of Cisco’s business units – Enterprise Networks, IoT, Multi-cloud, Data Center, Collaboration, Software, Security and Service Provider business.
He is a 27-year veteran of the fast-growing ICT sector having worked extensively in different sales and engineering leadership roles in different geographies with a proven track record to grow business and teams.
Vish has led teams that have pioneered world-leading innovations that have solved some of the most complex problems in the region, including mobile transport innovations for 4G mobile broadband services, affordable video platforms for 350 million connected homes in Asia, Pre-integrated API driven Enterprise Service stack for multi-cloud adoption, aspirational portfolio for small & medium businesses, smart city platforms for emerging market cities, and industry-leading contact center solutions with extensible ethnic language support.
He is passionate about building high-performing teams, with a relentless focus on innovation and execution-first mindset that delivers sustainable business results for Cisco as well as its customers and partners.
Vish is focused on building the next generation of leaders and collaborates with INSEAD School of Business in Singapore, where he’s a frequent speaker in the Emerging Leaders Program for South Asia and India. The joint case studies built through this program are now used extensively on how to build the right products, capabilities and business models to drive fast paced growth and value.
Prior to joining Cisco in 1998, Vish worked at HCL Comnet for 5 years as the regional lead for the system integration business in West/South of India. Vish holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. Based in Singapore, Vish is passionate about family, reading, sports and gastronomy.
Anand is the Director, Systems Engineering, for Cisco Systems India. In this role, he leads the Pre-Sales teams responsible for solution and architecture design across the country. This is his second stint in Cisco, having worked here previously for 11+ years in various capacities.
Anand’s prior experience includes leadership roles with global technology companies Microsoft and VMware.
Anand is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and likes to play squash and tennis in his spare time. He also likes rock music and reading books.
Anand has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio and a BE in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune.
Mohit is IT Leader with 26 years of experience driving Software Development/Integration, Business Process transformation and Digitization for firms like Amex, GE Capital and most recently at Genpact for last 15 years.
In his most recent roles, Mohit is responsible for driving future Technology Strategy and best Architecture fitment for evolving needs of the organization while keeping the tech stack current and competitive
Dharmendra joined Cisco Headquarters at San Jose, CA, USA in 1998 as an IT Engineer. He has been in various IT Implementation roles and has led projects that enabled Cisco’s Product and Service Ordering Solution. For past 5 years he has been leading IT Client Experience in the region that emphases on Collaboration, End User Compute, Mobility, Video, Network, Emerging Technologies and Campus Implementation. Which serves as a first and last mile connect for all the IT Infrastructure services for 30000+ Internal clients across 200 locations in APJC Region. In his current role as Region CIO he focuses on Overall Growth, Employee Productivity and Experience.
Arjun currently has the charter of building the next generation of Customer Success at Cisco in India. Customer Success is the intersection between the promise of Cisco's technology and the business outcome the customer wants to achieve. In his career spanning 12 years in Cisco, he has held various positions in and across various business development, systems engineering and customer success functions. An industry veteran with over 21 years of experience across OEM (Cisco, Compaq, Nokia Siemens Networks) and SP driving enterprise solutions (Cyquator Technologies, Reliance Communications, Tata Communications) organizations, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.
Dr. Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems since its inception and is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy and management of the Company.
Anand holds a B. Tech. (Hons.) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
As a true technology visionary, Anand’s strengths lie in identifying and investing in next-generation technologies and encouraging internal entrepreneurship to ensure that Persistent Systems stays at the forefront of technology innovation. Anand has been the driving force in growing Persistent Systems from its inception in 1990, to the publicly-traded global Company of today. He has been recognized by his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012 and by the School of Informatics of Indiana University with the Career Achievement Award in 2007.
Prior to founding Persistent Systems, Anand began his professional career at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, where he worked as Member of Technical Staff from May 1989 to October 1990
Anand has served numerous positions at various professional and non-profit organizations viz. NASSCOM’s Executive Council, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) India, where he was the first President, SEAP (Software Exporters’ Association of Pune) and Pune Chapter of CSI (Computer Society of India), CII’s Pune Zonal Council and as a Trustee in the Computer History Museum.
Currently, he serves as a Trustee of Persistent Foundation, Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the School of Informatics of Indiana University, and Member of the Executive Committee of MCCIA.
Anand is a founding member of iSPIRT, India’s first product think tank, started with the vision of creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. Anand is also a founder member of Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Center (i4C). i4C is an independent, non-profit entity which acts as a platform to pro-actively scout, showcase and handhold technology innovations, especially aimed at the base of the pyramid. With members of his family, he has established DeAsra Foundation (http://www.deasra.in), a non-profit entity which focuses on creating self-employment at scale.
Anand is married to Sonali and they have a daughter and a son.
Prior to this he was MD/CEO at AGC Networks Ltd, Securitas India, Aegis Consulting and Avaya GlobalConnect.
Anil has been the recipient of an Award for Professional Excellence by the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineers and has won the Udyog Rattan Award.
In his current role at Cisco, he is involved with government, industry leaders and academia in accelerating national digitization strategies across India, Taiwan, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Philippines.
Daisy Chittilapilly leads the Digital Transformation Office for Cisco India and SAARC. In her current role, Daisy drives Cisco’s digital transformation agenda, aligning Cisco’s offerings and ecosystems to emerging opportunities in Digital, and leads the charge in digitally enabling organizations across sectors and industries in India.
In her previous role, Daisy led the Cisco India and SAARC partner organization to incredible success by building new ecosystems and programs that helped Cisco and partners grow profitably, resulting in Cisco India having one of the best channel partner programs in the industry.
Earlier, Daisy led the ITS business for Cisco across the India and SAARC region and was responsible for driving strategy for IT Services, a key vertical for Cisco in India.
An industry veteran with 25 years of experience in the technology industry, Daisy has been with Cisco for 16 years and has held positions across sales management in Enterprise & Commercial businesses, Strategy & Operations, and played a key role in achieving several strategic wins for Cisco India.
Prior to joining Cisco, Daisy worked with Wipro Limited, in a range of sales management roles. Daisy is a BTech (College of Engineering, Trivandrum) and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in General Management (XLRI, Jamshedpur).
Daisy has also served as a member of the NASSCOM domestic council focused on the IT sector in India (2016- 2019). Currently serves on the FICCI National Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation, and the CII Southern Region Task force on Infrastructure & Construction. Daisy is also a Governing Council member of Woxsen University, Hyderabad and an advisory board member of non-profit Dragonflies Everywhere. In 2014, Daisy featured in the Dataquest list of Top 20 women in Indian IT. More recently, Business Today called her out in their list of Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2020.
Devang presently is the Regional Leader – West and North for the ITSP Vertical for Cisco India & SAARC. This high-growth segment includes some of the largest relationships in the IT Service Provider Vertical globally. This segment has been consistently leading both in terms of transformational technology adoption and innovation standpoint thus creating unique references for the wider market to follow.
Across his last ten years in Cisco, Devang has worked in a variety of Direct Sales & Business Development roles and led global/regional sales focused on driving technology adoption. His experience ranges from managing direct accounts across key industry sectors like Banking, Stock Exchanges, Insurance to managing large, transformational accounts in the IT/ITES domain as a Client Leader.
Devang is a nature lover and driving-holiday enthusiast.
Hemant is the Manager, Systems Engineering at Cisco Systems India.
In this role, he leads the Pre-Sales team responsible for solution and architecture design for the ITS vertical. He has been with Cisco for 12 + years and successfully handled multiple roles across sales and channels.
As a Pre-Sales Engineering lead, he works across functions to provide guidance and technology direction to Cisco’s sales teams and channel partners to address the business needs of the customer . Hemant mentors and empowers his team to work towards opportunity as it presents itself advocating cutting-edge Cisco solutions that equip businesses with capabilities that are critical for their overall technology transformation journey.
He holds a Bachelor degree from Mumbai University, has been in the industry for over 19 years. Hemant’s prior experience includes various roles across Presales and Delivery functions with companies like Ramco Systems and Locuz Enterprise solutions.
Aruna Verma is the Lead Business Development for SW & Mano Architecture for Cisco India & SAARC. In this role, she is responsible for accelerating Services Business Growth and ensuring that Cisco provides the relevant Software and Automation Solution aligning with Customer’s desired Business Outcomes.
Aruna has proven track record of successful deliveries and sales while working with key telecom accounts. During her tenure at Cisco and Nortel she has worked on global and regional accounts across APJC, focused on driving technology adoption, creating efficient solutions and delivery methodologies. She is passionate about learning new technologies, defining easy adoption and delivery methodologies for the same.
Kunal has been a part of the Technology industry for close to 20 years and with Cisco for 14 years. He has worked in a variety of Direct Sales and Partner/Alliance management roles during his tenure at Cisco.
His experience ranges from managing direct accounts across key industry sectors like Banking, Retail, Manufacturing and Public Sector to managing large, transformational accounts in the IT/ITES domain as a Client Leader.
He also has APJC regional Partner/Alliance management experience, when he was supporting Global SI Partners and emerging consulting relationships, based out of Singapore.
Kunal presently is the Sales Head for the Enterprise Business for Cisco India & SAARC which includes all key industry segments like Banking, IT/ITeS (Globallly), Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Retail, etc. These are some of the largest and most consistently performing Accounts for Cisco India. This segment is also the leading segment from both a technology adoption and innovation standpoint and sets benchmarks for the larger market to follow.
Vishwas is the Global Head of Technology in the TCS Internal IT - Infrastructure Services group.
He leads multiple technology portfolios including Networks, Data Center, Cloud, Collaboration, Security, Messaging and Business Finance functions.
Vishwas has been part of TCS since 1995 and has risen through the ranks having varied experience across technologies – right from Mainframes to Cloud.
As part of the Thought Leadership team transforming IT Services to the next level, Vishwas provided direction to technical & design teams for the early adoption of several new technologies like Software Defined Networks, Hybrid Cloud Management and Hyperconverged Systems at a global scale.
On the personal front, Vishwas likes to listen to old songs, he is an avid reader and completely a
A Technology driven IT Professional with 24+ Yrs. of rich experience in highly competitive and leading Organizations in areas around IT Core Infrastructure, Enterprise Architecture, Data Center Technologies, Applications & IT Service Delivery, Consulting, Cloud Platform Strategy, Mobility, SAM, Unified Communications, IT Automations, Virtualizations, SDX, Digital Work Place of Future.
Manas has a vast experience of more than 18 years in the Industry. Has worked closely with state govt to drive some of the key initiatives like Digitization and OT Security in Utilities and Oil&Gas segment. Has driven some of the critical project like setting of State Data Center, Centralized SOC at State Level.
Amitava has been in the industry for 20+ years with cross-architecture skills and deep domain expertise in Govt/Enterprise. Has been part of the Systems engineering team in Cisco for more than 10 years and Led various transformational projects across various verticals & technologies. Over past three years he has been leading Solution Architecture team within the Digital Transformation Office at Cisco India & SAARC and led various projects in the areas of Smart cities, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities.
Vikram has 18 years hands on experience in building and operating industrial networks. He was responsible for Cisco’s manufacturing industrial networks and application across 100+ plants globally. He is a cryptographer by training and has led Cisco anti-counterfeiting initiatives in manufacturing and overseeing security operations for the plants.
Fabien Maisl manages product marketing for Cisco’s IoT/OT security portfolio to help industrial organizations secure their production infrastructures. He brings over to 20 years of international experience in creating and promoting innovative products in the telecoms and IT market, such as private mobile networks for industrial applications or VoIP and IPTV/VOD service platforms for telecom operators.
A Senior Information Technology professional with very strong, broad & deep experience of over 30 years including -leadership roles as CIO, Head of Digital CoE. Experienced in leading adoption of emerging technologies such as IIoT, Advance Analytics, cyber security of manufacturing assets.
Well experienced in various areas of IT management with strong understanding of technology, processes, architecture and data
Demonstrated Contribution to the formulation of the company’s IT & digital strategy.
Demonstrated ability to advise the senior management on the emerging technologies relevant to the company’s goals
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage vendors including keeping track of start-up ecosystem, Experience in leading complex, major IT/DIGITAL initiatives, Demonstrated skills in deployment of large scale Analytics, ERP ,CRM, EPM solutions, Demonstrated skill in formulating OT(Operational technology) Cyber security strategy.
Mathew Varghese is the “Chief Technology Officer” at Cisco Systems, Asia Pacific, Japan & China supporting the Financial Services Industry vertical. He has a secondary role as “CTO for Cisco Investments and M&A, APJC”.
In his primary role, he is responsible for leading consulting engagements with Financial Services firms who are seeking advisory support to transform their business. Mathew is seen as a trusted advisor by these customer’s as he helps them develop and execute a technology blueprint, leveraging Cisco’s technology innovations mapping to their business transformation objectives.
He is an alumnus of Columbia Business School where he graduated from the “Global Banking Program” specializing in Fintech, Digital & Analytics.
He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s - Digital & Social Strategy Executive Program & the National University of Singapore’s “Fintech for Business Executive Program”.
Aside of his engineering background, Mathew has an MBA from the Rutgers Business School, USA.
Mathew is seen as a thought leader on the application of technology in financial services to deliver continuous digital value. His speaking engagements extend from industry hosted events to Cisco hosted events and Cisco customer executive briefings.
His contribution to the community extends as a guest lecturer in a few universities around Asia Pacific. He is also an industry advisor to one of the leading Business Schools in the Asia Pacific region - Rutgers Business School.
Mathew is also an active member of many industry bodies including the Business Architecture Guild, Singapore Blockchain Association, ANSI, SUERF, Global Fintech Organization to quote a few.
Mathew is also a “COPC certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt for Customer Experience” with focus on Customer Journey Mapping & Design Thinking”.
Mathew is a teacher, influencer and uses these strengths to coach and mentor fellow Cisco’ites & start-ups.
Prior to joining Cisco, Mathew has held a variety of roles in the Information Technology industry with IBM & HP across different geographies.
Sameer has 25 years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecom Sector. His expertise spans working with Service Provider Networks (Cloud, Data Centre, Unified Communication, Communication enabled business processes) and Enterprise Networks - across major verticals such as IT enabled services, Banking & Finance and Retail.
In his current role at Cisco, he leads the Customer Delivery function in CX for the Top Enterprise and Public sector accounts in India and oversees the delivery of the professional services and support services to Cisco Customers in India and SAARC. The role is responsible for the revenue, profitability, customer satisfaction scores and has a stated gross margin target.
Sameer is a veteran of the fast-paced multinational sector, with nearly 11 years at Cisco and previously a decade at Nortel, and is well known for his ability to create effective ecosystems of cross-functional teams and collaborate across matrix organizations.
He is an Engineer and MBA professional, with the Industry certifications of PMP, NNCSS. Sameer has been based in Mumbai for the last 20 years and lives with his wife and teenage daughter (who he considers his top tutor). He follows sports and reads extensively, is an active half-marathoner, squash athlete and badminton player.
Amol Pai is the Chief Technology Officer at the State Bank of India, Mumbai, since October 2019. He started his career in banking as Assistant General Manager at ICICI Bank, where he worked from 2008 - 2103. He subsequently joined the YES Bank in 2013 as Executive Vice President - Digital Banking Technology, Treasury Technology, Testing Centre of Excellence, AI - NLP and was promoted as the Group President in the same role, till October 2019.
Mr. Pai completed his BE is Biomedical/ Engineering from the University of Mumbai, in 1997. He subsequently completed a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma in Software technology, Computer software Engineering from the National Centre for Software technology and his Masters in Financial Management, Finance, in 2002, from the SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai.
Shiva heads Sales for Enterprise Major for Cisco India & SAARC that includes BFSI, Manufacturing and Conglomerates. With 21 years of Experience in the IT Industry, Shiva has been with Cisco for the last 16 years. He has done many roles in Sales across Global, Commercial, Public Sector, and Enterprise segments. He has also led Business Development for Switching for Cisco India, which is the largest Business Unit for Cisco. Shiva has played a key role in driving several strategic wins for Cisco India and ensuring greater Customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Cisco, Shiva worked with CMC Limited (acquired by TCS), in a range of sales and business development roles. Shiva is an MBA from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Shiv Kumar Bhasin is the Chief Technology and Operations Officer at National Stock Exchange which is the largest Derivatives exchange across the world handling peak volumes of 4 Billion order messages per day. Earlier, I was Chief Technology Officer at State Bank of India, driving Digital Transformation and IT Innovations agenda, Customer Experience Center for leapfrogging of SBI from 45th largest Global Bank to Top 10 Digital Bank globally. I launched India’s First Digital Bank “Yono”.
Harsha Muroor is an innovator and entrepreneur with a deep passion for technology and envisions transforming healthcare using IT, where his team uses the Internet of things, Machine Learning, collaboration, and Artificial Intelligence to build “Carenation” that aims to solve healthcare accessibility problems. Prior to starting up Teslon, He has worked for 6 years at Cisco Systems. He has a bachelor’s in Computer Science from R.V. College, Bangalore, and is also pursuing his Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris.
Dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a 20+ years of solid experience in Healthcare and Financial Services industry.
In my leadership journey have worked extensively across Indian Subcontinent, Singapore, Middle East and Turkey, crossing multiple geographies & cultures and transforming various businesses along the way.
I am energized by the challenge of creating new business models and solutions for driving mature business faster and the turning around an under-performing business.
Passionate about building high performing teams for sustainable growth. My personal motto is "Grow People - Grow Business, with values".
Kumar is the Group Chief Information Officer for Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited. He is a seasoned technology leader with proven expertise in Digital Strategy, Digital Innovation, Systems Design and Development, Planning, Budgeting, Enterprise Architecture, Information Security and Implementation. He brings in a perfect blend of technology vision, innovation and business acumen resulting in consistent development of relevant digital strategies supported by cost-effective, high-performance digital infrastructures and applications.
He has completed his Executive Education in General Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Post-Graduation (M.Phil.) in Hospital and Health Systems Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS). In addition to this, he is a Certified Healthcare CIO, ISO 27001:2013 Lead Information Security auditor, DSCI Certified Data Privacy Lead Assessor and a TOGAF certified practitioner.
As part of Digital Transformation office group, Vijay drives the Digital Transformation (DT) Solutions agenda for Cisco and help customers define their digital journey and chart out the Transformation Roadmap in Healthcare and Smart Cities/Campus/Buildings Verticals. Cisco is well positioned to lead the charge in digitally enabling organizations across sectors and industries.
Prior to this role, Vijay was the lead consultant/Architect for Internet of Things Services group within Cisco covering the AMERICAS and EMEAR region. Vijay worked closely with Customers and an eco-system of partners across multiple regions to come up with a compelling value proposition.
Previously, Vijay was the Systems & Technology Manager for SIEMENS LTD responsible for managing and deploying the systems required for SSBR group in Cisco Asia Pac region. His role involved driving new technology initiatives for managing the SSBR group’s Projects and systems across APJ and maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Vijay has over 17 years of experience in multifarious roles spanning IT Hardware & Software Solutions, Sales, Channel Management, Product Management, Product Support, Pre-sales, Competency Development and Customer Service in Organizations such as SIEMENS, ICD & Cisco.
Vijay is an Electronics & Communication Engineer and holds multiple certifications in the technologies he worked so far.
Ashish Wattal leads the Public Sector business for Cisco in India, which includes the Central and State Governments and Defense. His role includes leading Cisco into key Government initiatives and transforming the company by selling solutions and architectures. Ashish is an experienced Business Head with a demonstrated history of working in the IT industry with skills around building teams and business management. Skilled in Sales, Product and Brand Management & Data Centre consulting. Ashish is a strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE Computer Science) and MBA (Marketing and Systems) from University of Pune.
Ravi Koulagi is currently CTO of Cisco's Global Public Sector Segment. He has more than 25 years of software and telecommunication industry experience. He is currently responsible for technology strategy for global public sector customers. With his expertise he defines, creates, and validates Mutli-Domain Network, Cloud, IoT, Cyber security architectures for various public sector customers across local, state and federal government for verticals like Public Safety, Education, Healthcare, Government, Smart Cities, Transportation, Water and so on. He has developed Digital Government strategy and 5G strategy for Cisco’s Public Sector Business.
He has also authored a Cisco Press book on Unified Communications portfolio and holds three United States Patents: #US 7,912,184 B2, US 7,912,189 B2 and 8,559,604.
Ramesh Ramnath leads Customer Delivery for India and SAARC, where he is responsible for helping customers transform their businesses through Cisco's broad portfolio of software, subscription and services. Under his leadership, Cisco is delivering greater business outcomes for customers in the region as they digitally transform.
Ramesh brings with him close to three decades of industry experience, where he has held a number of leadership roles spanning Systems Engineering, Services, Marketing, and Strategy, in India, Singapore and in Asia Pacific. Prior to assuming his current role, Ramesh was the Director for Consulting and Professional Services in India, Singapore and was later Director Transformation, Managed Services for NTT in Asia Pacific & Japan.
Before this, Ramesh was the Systems Engineering head for Service Provider segment in India. Here he led a strong team focused on designing and delivering innovative technology solutions for Cisco’s largest customers in the region. His first foray into Asia Pacific was leading the Solution and Segment Marketing for Service Provider launching and leading several initiatives for the Service Provider Segment.
Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication and holds a Masters in Management from Mumbai University. Outside of work, Ramesh has a passion for reading, team sports and most of all, spending time with his family.
Navpreet Singh has been born and brought up at IIT Kanpur. After completing his schooling at Central School, IIT Kanpur, he cleared JEE with an All India Rank of 80 and joined B.Tech in Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kanpur. Passed out in 1990 with a CPI of 9.7 and joined Larsen and Toubro as Trainee. Very soon got bored with Mumbai life style and shifted to Chandigarh to join Punjab Wireless. Worked there for 2 years in the area of Mobile Communication. He got his experience in both design and production departments.
Then he decided that he will go for further studies, so he came back to IIT Kanpur in 1992 and joined as Research Engineer in Department of Electrical Engineering and joined M.Tech in Telecom Networks as a part time candidate. He also completed his M.Tech in the fall of 1995 while specializing in the area of ATM.
Dr Faruk Kazi received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, in 2009. He is currently working as Professor & Head of Electrical Engineering Department and Dean of Research & Development at VJTI, Mumbai. He is a senior member of IEEE.
He has extensively worked in the cascade failures and cyber security of smart grids. He has published more than 100 research papers in IEEE Journals & Conferences in the domain of smart grid, cyberphysical systems and critical energy infrastructure. He is working as Chair of WG-3 (Digital Architecture and Cyber Security) of India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), PPP initiative of Ministry of Power, Government of India. Currently, he is Education Chair for Cybersecurity & ISA/IEC 62443 of ISA District 14 (Asia-Pacific Region). He also works as a consultant with Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) for Smart Grid & WAMs projects.
He was invited as a visiting research scholar at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Switzerland and Tufts University, Boston, USA. He has delivered invited talks and presented his research work at MIT USA, SUPELEC, CNRS, Paris (France), Budapest (Hungary), Florence (Italy) and Japan.
He has received project funding of more than Rs 7 Crores from ISRO, BARC, DRDO and DST for his various research projects. He has also secured project funding and in-kind support from industries like Siemens, Emerson, L &T (Electrical & Automation), L & T Infotech and CISCO for the smart grid test-bed.
Dr.S.Sacchidanand is a Professor & former HOD Department of Dermatology ,Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute. He is also the Former Registrar (Evaluation) (2007 – 2010)Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka. Dr. Sachhidanand has about 26 years of experience and he has also authored around 7 books related to his field.
Bob Everson is the Senior Director - 5G Architecture for Cisco Systems; leading strategy, architecture, technology, and systems development. In this role he is responsible for defining and developing cutting edge 5G systems across both the service provider and enterprise domains.
Bob was an early pioneer in software-defined mobile networks and virtualized radio-access networks. He leads the Open vRAN ecosystem which was formed with key partners and customers to accelerate the viability and adoption of these new capabilities.
Throughout his career, Bob has remained keenly focused on finding the optimal intersection between innovative technologies and business drivers. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and loves getting outside perspectives to broaden his thinking.
Soman is director of Service Provider Practice for APJC Customer Experience at Cisco. He has been with Cisco since 2015 and during this time has led sales for a large service provider in India.
He focuses on bringing value to customer through disruptive technologies and new business models. His team delivers innovation for Service Providers across architecture, business, operations and organization with focus on the complete lifecycle.
During his 20 years in the Telecom Industry he has led teams across functions from technology development, product management, services delivery, sales and customer experience.
When Soman isn’t working, he spends time reading and spends time with his wife and their two children.
Rohit Kaw is Director, Systems Engineering for Cisco Systems where he heads the Sales Engineering functions for Telecom & Media Sector Business in India & SAARC Region. He is responsible for all Strategy, Solutions, and technical engagements for helping our Service Provider customers through transformation in the 5G era. His primary focus is 5G network transformation leveraging solutions like Mobile Transport SDN, xHaul, xRAN, Mobile NFV, Telco DC Fabrics, Distributed Telco Cloud with Network Life Cycle Automation, Analytics & Assurance.
Rohit has been with Cisco for 10 years doing leadership roles in System Engineering & Architecture Sales. Most recently he was the SP Architecture Head for Cisco India across all industry segments. Prior to Cisco, Rohit spent 7 years in Nortel Networks doing APJC and India roles handling Public Sector, Enterprise & Service Provider Segments.
Sandeep Gupta is working with Airtel’s Network service group as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Architecture. Over last seven years of engagement, he has given strategic direction for transformation of Airtel’s wireless network by driving spectrum strategy, device and network ecosystem, and conceptualizing new initiatives for customer experience.
Sandeep has also delivered Airtel’s global engineering & customer experience lab, which is being used for seeding of new technologies and validation of commercial solutions before their mass rollout in the network.
Sandeep has been associated with Telecom Industry for more than 28 years and has wide experience in technical marketing, business development, product management, designing of solutions & services. Prior to Airtel, he has served various organizations in senior management positions such as Director for Solution sales in Huawei, Head of product marketing at Motorola, while starting his career with C-DoT, India’s premier telecom R&D design center.
Sandeep is also holding key position and engagements with various industry associations such as Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), ORAN, TIP, Seamless Alliance and COAI, driving standardization, harmonization & innovation.
Sandeep holds Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics & Communication from IIT Roorkee and MBA in Finance & Marketing from Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon.
Brian is an experienced aviation IT/IS Data Centre and Operations Director with 20 years experience in major programme strategy and direction of Government, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Financial, Private Equity, FMCG & Aviation service sectors across the globe.
He is Programme Advisor on Global IS Infrastructure Strategy, planning, data mining and global infrastructure migration, network merging and consolidation – particularly around aligning IT infrastructure change with Tier 3+ data centre build implementation and delivery.
Good stakeholder management, excellent communication skills combined with a business accumen; a business change and consultative approach to programmes, projects and solution provision in excess of $50M using standard approaches and methodologies.
Directed the technology implementation of 9 Largest Data centres in the world – Global Switch for 5 years. Managed large IT Operations & Budget control, management reporting of over $60M and cost savings in excess of $30M
His earlier assignments, Head IT- Hamad International Airport, Qatar | Head of IT Performance- KPMG, New Zealand | Global Capacity Planning Advisor- Unilever, UK
Parul is a Partner Systems Engineer at Cisco , managing Tier one partners in India. She is also the part of APJC DevNet council team and leading DeVnet initiatives in India. Specialising in Enterprise Networking, she supports Cisco SDA and Cisco SDWAN engagements with partners. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about DevNet and is driving new application creation with partners by leveraging API capabilities of Cisco platforms, to meet customer requirements. She firmly believes DevNet is the catalysed to bring the necessary innovation.
Steven is a Technical Solutions Specialist in the Global Virtual Engineering(GVE) team. Specializing in Cisco Collaboration technologies, he supports both internal Cisco pre-sales teams and partners. With a background in software development, he is extremely passionate about programmability and enjoys using code to automate, customize or solve problems his customers face. He strongly believes that programmability plays a vital role at Cisco and works with various teams to enable both customers and partners with this skillset.
Jeff leads Cisco’s programmability initiatives within the Cisco System Engineering community of the APJC region. He has worked across the region, working with customers and partners alike, on how to leverage programmability and Cisco DevNet to derive more value from their Cisco investment.
He is based in Melbourne, Australia. During downtimes, and when not in COVID19 lockdown, he enjoys cycling and running with fellow aspiring amateur triathletes.
Part of Wipro's top Technical talent, responsible for building thought leadership through research, knowledge contribution and brand building. Heads Technical services group in the domain of Networking, Cyber Security and Collaboration for India Geo
Horizontal Mentor in NASSCOM DeepTech Club
Holding 4 Granted Patents in the area of Networking, Cyber Security, Cloud & AI and 1 Filed patent
Plethora of vendor certifications in the domain of Networking, Cyber Security and Cloud
16 plus years of IT Industry Experience and Bachelor in Engineering with major in Electronics & Communication as well as Corporate PGDBA with specialization in Marketing from Symbiosis
Jay Shivaram is a 20+ year Cisco veteran with varied roles in engineering, product management and business development across Enterprise Switching, Collaboration and Network Management domains. Jay currently leads the CX Cloud, Automation and Managed Services platform engineering efforts at Cisco.
Raghavan is an IT professional with 19 years of experience. He is currently the Principal Solutions Architect with Cisco focused on Software Defined Networking. He is credited with design and deployment of some of the large Enterprise networks for companies across ITES, FSI, Transportation and Manufacturing verticals in India. He is a regular presenter on Software defined Technologies in Cisco GBC, Customer and Partner events.
He is a CCIE in Routing and Switching and has achieved Emeritus Status as well. His passion includes mentoring freshers and partners on networking.
Shubhash Mishra is a technology leader who has won several technology accolades and awards including Global CISO 2020, CSO100 2018 -19, NEXT 100 (CIO) 2016, InfoSec Maestro Award 2016 -Most Promising CISO’s. He has 15+ years of expertise in building Multi-Cloud Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Infrastructure Solutions, Cross-Functional business systems, Robust Cybersecurity platform, Integrated 24 x7 Security Operation Centre platform & Network Operation Centre. He has successfully delivered more than 100+ IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity projects. Co-created several IT from scratch and implemented successful change from legacy data center's to world-class multi cloud infrastructure in various domains using multiple technologies.
Pragya is a Systems Engineer at Cisco managing Transformational Accounts in the Enterprise segment. Specialising in Cisco Enterprise Networking & Security Solutions, she is very passionate about driving customer engagements. She firmly believes that ensuring best interests of the customer requires coming together of multiple teams with a single goal.
She holds Bachelor’s in Engineering from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University.
Avinash Salian is working as a Product Sales Specialist for Mobility Solutions in Cisco Systems India. Being an astute professional he is responsible for growing the Mobility business for Cisco in India and APJC region.
Trained as a Mechanical Engineer he has an unique 16+ year background in Wireless networking & Security domain. He has previously worked in organizations like Aruba Networks, F5 Networks and Wipro Limited to drive their wireless and security business respectively.
Avinash has a rich and diverse experience across various technology solutions like Wireless networking, Application Load Balancing, Endpoint and Application security focusing on future-proofing business operations across various segments.
Mohan Krishnan is currently the Service Delivery Manager of Chennai Internal IT operations in TCS Chennai. He is also the Head of Global TCS Wireless Operations worldwide. Before this role, he was the head of security and data center operations for TCS Chennai.
With 19 years of industry experience, Mohana has been iinstrumental in the design of IT infrastructure of over 6 TCS Delivery Centers in Chennai including TCS Siruseri - Asia's largest IT park.He has eengineered the design and deployment of TCS Chennai wireless infrastructure and is the Infra architect of over 100 client specific offshore delivery centers. He has also oorchestrated several automation engines and is the brain behind infrastructure for Ignio – TCS’s cognitive automation product.
His pprofessional ccertifications include Certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
He held the Honorary post of Secretary of ISC2, Chennai chapter from 2014 to 2016.
Abhilash has more than two decades of diversified experience in the software industry. Before joining Cisco AppDynamics, he was serving as Vice President for DevOps business across Asia, Pacific & Japan at CA Technologies. He has a wide range of industry experience across a multitude of technology and business functions with a consistent track record of anticipating customer/market needs across varied industry vertical markets, creating customer and partner advocacy as well as a strong command of the IT technology spectrum including Enterprise Software, Network/DC Infrastructure, Application Lifecycle, Agile, DevSecOps, Automation, APIs & Microservices, Cloud/SaaS models, Enterprise/Telecom Networking, Outsourcing and Managed services.
He holds multiple patents from US PTO and a business degree from National University of Singapore.
Neeraj leads Pre-Sales and Solutions Engineering for India & SAARC for Cisco AppDynamics.
He has 16 years of experience in Solutions Architecture, Consulting, Development and Implementation in area of AIOPs, APM, Monitoring and Automation
He has worked for the last 16 years in system integrators, banks and enterprise software companies.
He holds a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) from University of Delhi.
Rudresh Bhatt is Assistant Vice President (Head - Application Management) at HDFC Life. He is accomplished professions with 20 Years of experience across BFSI Domain.
In his current role at HDFC Life, Rudresh is responsible for optimising legacy IT systems and supporting and stabilizing production applications used across HDFC Life, whether it is operations, medical under writers or end customers.
Prior to joining HDFC Life , Rudresh was DSM with Shinsei Bank , Japan and was responsible for upgrading the core banking software , Flex cube from version 2 to version 12, reporting to Mr Michiyuki Okano(Chief Officer, Group Organizational Strategy and Group IT, Senior Officer, Group Business Strategy).
Rudresh has worked on both sides of coins, as a service provider working for Polaris/Siemens/Oracle and as service consumer as Shinsei & HDFC Life.
Rudresh is an alumnus from JBIMS.
Pankaj heads the Collaboration Business at Cisco for India & SAARC. He works with organizations in this region helping them transform their workplaces and achieve their vision of aligning with the Future of Work.
Pankaj is an MBA from IIM Calcutta and has over 22 years of prior experience with leading technology companies like Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems.
Vaibhav Pant manages the Systems Engineering team for Collaboration technology at Cisco . An engineering graduate and MBA in IT Mgmt, Vaibhav has been associated with Collaboration industry for the past 20 years working with companies like TANDBERG and BPL Telecom.
Shibani is a Customer Experience & Insights strategist who has spent the last 8 years helping organizations across APJC become more customer-centric. She is responsible for designing and managing Customer Experience programs that drive business outcomes through research-led insights.
Suchithra has over 30 years of business experience, Sagar is an expert in Telecom Billing, Distribution, Expense Management, Infrastructure and Planning. He is quick to spot gaps in business requirements and structures software solutions that address and enable businesses become sharper. He has structured multiple long standing partnerships with various pioneering companies resulting in an impressive bouquet of products for the company.
Suchithra Sagar is an experienced commercial lawyer with extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial law. He has served on the Boards of many companies and was a Standing Counsel for various Government Departments and companies during his years as a lawyer.
Prasana is responsible for architecting enterprise solutions design and leads the business in India, Middle East and other regions for CommSouth.
Prasana has more than 15+ years of experience in delivering technology solutions in the areas of Unified Communication, Collaboration and Contact Center solutions which includes, Advanced Call Recording, Call Accounting, Contact Center, Hospitality, Advanced IVRS and Unified Business Applications across multiple industry verticals.
Prasana holds an MBA in International Business and he is a Technology Evangelist, Technical Expert in UC, Contact Center including Product & Project Management and he is a Seasoned player in establishing Business Partnerships and International Business Relations.
Harsh Vaishnav leads the Data Centre and Cloud practice for the commercial vertical for India and SAARC. Harsh has 18+ years of experience in Infrastructure solutions, Storage, Virtualization, Unix and automation technologies. He is a business professional in managing business development functions encompassing sales, client relationship management, Business Partner management, ISV and ecosystem management and team leadership. He and his team are involved in helping customer across various industries progress on their digital journey by helping them transition their datacenter and cloud environments. While he is an engineer by vocation, passionate sales leader by profession.
With over 19+ years of global diversified experience, Mahanthesh KA has been instrumental in building and scaling many of Teleindia’s businesses successfully. He has a track record for customer centricity, passion for excellence and rigor in execution. He has proven to be a transformational leader and has been instrumental in turning around the various Telecom and IT businesses.
In his role, Mahanthesh Built telecom vertical as a ‘Service Provider’ business unit with proven expertise, quality standards and efficient delivery processes, making it a reliable partner for a new digital age, reshaping the future of people and businesses in the area like Domain Optical, IP, Network Integration, Operation & Maintenance, Consulting and OEM equipment reselling. Not only did it foray into newer domains, but also expanded the business by establishing offices in UAE – serving the needs of the Middle East & Africa, in Singapore – serving the needs in APJC regions. The Quality of Services, Innovation, Agility, Cost Effectiveness & Customer Centricity offerings, quickly stepped-up Teleindia’s name in the industry, as well as providing a consistent revenue growth year on year along with increase of the skilled resources.
A new campus established closer to the Bangalore’s International airport, additionally integrating within this campus, with newer dimensions – ODC & Testing Lab facility, Training Center, Mentoring for the new Start-ups, GNOC, Data Center (datasamudra) - One stop solution!!
Ravinder Pal Singh, Ex-Cisco executive, is a Senior Technology Business Leader, Consultant and Evangelist in Digital Transformation, IoT, AI/ML and Smart Connected economies. Ravinder has more than 24 years’ experience in the business & technology consulting, Enterprise Architecture and solutions mainly in the areas of Industry vertical solutions (IoT, Smart Cities, Real Estate, Healthcare, Education, Media, Manufacturing, etc.), Data center, Collaboration and network technology Solutions. Ravinder has managed several roles mainly in Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architecture & design, Project & Program management, Service delivery and services Management.
A Certified project manager (PMP), IT Services Management (ITIL) & Enterprise Architect (TOGAF), he has extensive experience in Technology infrastructure for effective Workplace, IT service management based on ITIL framework, Information security processes (ISO27001/BS7799), quality process compliance (ISO9000), LEED certification and quality processes improvement areas based on six Sigma and DMAIC foundations.
Ravinder is a recognized expert in IoT and AI/ML based solutions especially in the areas of IoT Platforms, Gateway, EDGE Analytics, IoT Lifecycle and IoT based Vertical solutions. He has consulted and managed projects with diverse streams of segments like govt, manufacturing, R&D, Media, IT & ITES, Telcos and Retail customers. He has been part of empaneled consultants for India Smart City Mission and Delhi Mumbai Infrastructure Corridor (DMIC) projects, he has consulted on Smart City projects in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Korea and Singapore. He has 2 patent applications submitted in the areas of IoT for Data center and Security.
Ravinder is a well known thought leader on Smart Cities, IoT and Digital Transformation, he is a regular speaker in national and international forums around Internet of Everything and Smart Communities. Some of his articles have been published in leading publications. He has been recognized as “Global 50 Impactful Smart City leaders” in 2016 & 17. Also awarded as “Digital Thought Leader of the year 2017” & “Digital Infra leader of the decade 2017”.
Priyanka is our Sales and GTM Lead driving Cisco Data Center switching and Hybrid Cloud solution Sales and Strategy for multiple market segments across India and SAARC countries. She is responsible for driving the sales strategy, plan, develop, and manage the landscape for the Cisco DC and Hybrid Cloud portfolio, while executing Cisco's strategy and meeting Cisco's financial targets. She works very closely with Engineering, Product Development, Sales, Marketing & Channel teams in her current role.
She has 11+ Years of experience across various functions like Sales , Business Development and Solution Consulting. She also holds her Masters in Telecommunication from University of Maryland – College Park and BE from University of Mumbai .
Rohit is the Sales Lead for DC Software,hyper-convergence, server & storage business in India & SAARC. Hyper-convergence is the fastest growing business for Cisco DC worldwide. He works very closely with Engineering, Product Development, Sales, Marketing & Channel teams in his current role.
He has over 14 years of experience in Unix systems/ x86 servers, SAN & NAS storage. Previously he has worked in companies like HPE, EMC & Oracle. He has also worked in various customer segments like BFSI/ITES/Manufacturing/Govt. & covered various geographies in India & SAARC
He holds - MBA degree from FMS & Physics Honors degree from Calcutta University.
Sudhakar has over 25+ years of diverse experience in Information Technology field in Product Management, Services Sales, Sales Management and Partner Handling. Sudhakar has successfully handled various technology from Servers, Storage, DR software, APM software, Cloud software and Networking Products.
At Cisco Sudhakar handles Cisco Multicloud solution across APJC
He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Security Services space with stints in product management, sales, marketing and business development.
Prior to joining Cisco, He was the Sr. Regional Director – India & SAARC at FireEye .Vishak was also the Global Head of Content Delivery Network (CDN) & Managed Security Services (MSS) business at Tata communications for 3 years. Prior to joining Tata Communications, Vishak was the Sr. Regional Director for Fortinet (India/SAARC region) and is credited with having built Fortinet’s Unified Threat Management success story in India/SAARC. He was also instrumental in setting up the first-of-its-kind Global Technical Assistance Center at Bangalore for providing support to Fortinet’s customers worldwide. Prior to Fortinet, Vishak has worked at WatchGuard, Sify and HCL Technologies.
Vishak holds an engineering degree in Computer Science and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business management (PGDBM) from IIM Ahmedabad
Ashraf is a Solutions Engineering Leader responsible for driving Cyber Security Business in the India & SAARC region for Cisco. Before Cisco, he had worked in engineering leadership roles for Service Providers and MSSPs in the region which includes Tata Communications and Sify technologies.
Ashraf is Industry veteran in the field of IT and Cyber Security for almost 2 decades, which includes over 10+ years (and counting) of specialization in Cyber Security.
He started his career as a Engineer and has taken up various technical management and lead roles in service operations, engineering, strategic planning and design in the service provider industry across Telecom, Cloud and Managed Security business domains.
Anubhav brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Business Development & Customer Advocacy roles across Enterprise & Service Providers.
In his decade long tenure at Cisco, he has held positions in the Customer Experience function, Solutions Consultancy and Business Development.
He is a Certified Practitioner for “The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) for Enterprise Architectures”.
In his current role, he leads the Cybersecurity Specialists team supporting clients in South & West India. He has been instrumental in conceptualizing Integrated Security Solution architectures across Endpoint, Network and Cloud.
Earlier at Cisco, he has incubated and led the High Touch Technical Support teams (supporting Cisco’s premium clients).
Anubhav holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Telecom, along with an MBA from SP Jain Institute for Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai.
Outside of work, he pursues his passion for aviation as a student pilot.
Jasen is a Cisco veteran of twenty years across a variety of sales roles and regions including Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan and Greater China. Meraki has been one of the fastest growing portfolios since its acquisition by Cisco in 2012. For the last 3 years, Jasen has been leading the Cisco Meraki APAC Sales teams to accelerate customer adoption of the Meraki platform.
As a Technical architect, Madhan is always focused on solving business problems and providing customers class leading solutions with Cisco Meraki. Having more than 13 years of experience in designing networks and consulting, he is currently handling all technical engagements across North and South regions in India as well as helping customers to achieve their cloud journey with Cisco Meraki.
Surag handles the Cisco Capital business for the South India region.
He brings with him over 23 years of sales and business development experience with a blend of 14 years in Financial Services and 9 years in IT/Telecom products. Over the last 8 years at Cisco, he has focused on developing unique financial models for IT asset acquisition, enabling customers to maximize return on investment. His expertise ranges from structuring financial solutions and managing relationships across key industry sectors like IT/ITES, Banking and Public Sector. In addition to this, he has been working closely with IT/Network System Integrators, helping develop cash flow models enabling them deliver cost efficient solutions to their customers.
Prior to joining Cisco, He was the Sales Leader-Project Financing, India/South Asia at IBM. Surag has had stints with GE Capital and Bharti Airtel Ltd.
Surag has done his Post Graduation in Management from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai and Bachelors in Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
Nagarajan is based in Bangalore, India. As an Architect within "Cisco on Cisco" team in IT, He works closely with Cisco IT Datacenter & Enterprise Network teams and share the Cisco IT experience with customers in APJC region.
Kiran is a leader in Cisco’s IT “Global Infrastructure Services” team and is responsible for Cisco IT’s Next Gen Cloud Service platform across multiple DC regions. These cloud regions are fully automated through Agile DevOps methodology and API driven for client consumption. This new platform will be the cloud provider of choice within Cisco.
Prior to joining Cisco, Kiran worked as Senior Consultant Networking @ Wipro Technologies where he spent couple of years in UK designing and implementing DC networking for local customers.
Hemant is responsible to deliver transformational technology solutions & leads Pan India Presales team across Data Center, Networks, Security, Collaboration & IOT.
Hemant has more than 32 years of experience into delivering technology solutions, has extensive experience with system architecture, design & development, systems which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries.
Hemant is a 1983 graduate in Electronics & Communications from Z.H College of Engineering & Technology, AMU.
Ishan is Cisco IT's Global Data Center Network Service Lead. He has strong experience in Data Center Network Architecture, Design, Implementation and Operation with extensive understanding of Cisco product hardware, software and services.
As Data Center Network Service Lead, he & his team is working on transformation towards Software defined everything in data center Network. Also, he has been deeply involved in Data Center Network for Cisco IT Private cloud deployment with Application Centric Infrastructure(ACI) adoption, Metro Virtual Data Center (MVDC) Network with Active/Active Data Center architecture, Local & gloabal Server load balancer design, and many DC technologies which provide technology infrastructure services for Cisco's global workforce. Also shares Cisco on Cisco experiences with Customers in Executive Briefing Engagements.
Paul is Solutions Architect in TCS Internal IT. He is part of New Initiative Group in IT. His responsibilities include New evaluations, adoptions, design and implement of Enterprise Hybrid Data centres, Software defined Campus Networks and Wan.
He has over 15 years of Total experience, and he is with TCS for 10 years.
Pankaj’s responsibilities include managing the Cisco Partner community to help build & deliver business & digitization outcomes to our customers using Cisco technologies. He is also responsible for the Cisco Services Sales segment. Services Sales helps customers with professional services & lifecycle support services.
Pankaj has over 24 years of work experience, 16 years of these have been with Cisco. He has worked in sales roles across diverse Industries like Consumer durables, Automobile & Auto Ancillary and then moved over to the technology industry. He started working with Cisco in the year 2004 managing direct accounts in the Enterprise segment and since then has held various sales management roles across the Enterprise segment, before taking on the Services leadership role a few years ago.
Pankaj holds an Engineering degree from Annamalai university and also a MBA from Bombay University.
Bhushan has spent over 13 years specialising in Enterprise IT sales, helping customers across various verticals on their Digital Transformation journey. In his latest avatar with Cisco Meraki, Bhushan continues to passionately engage with customers across India and SAARC region on adopting their Cloud-First mandate.
Renin Williams is part of the Security team of Dream11, India’s largest fantasy sports platform. As the AVP - Security, Renin’s focus is to successfully implement and modernize the new and existing security technologies as well as design the security posture for Dream11. His role primarily entails building a strong and reliable security architecture, design and also planning and implementation to production sign-off. Lately, he has also been actively involved with planning and building automation and alerting mechanisms to improve the overall security posture of Dream11 systems.
Renin has over 12 years of rich experience across all areas of Cloud Security, Payment Security, Information Security, Enterprise Risk Management,Technology Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance.
Anurag leads the Cisco India Support Services function, responsible for simplifying our customers' digital transformation through unmatched technical expertise, relevant insights, and relentless automation on a global scale. The team spans critical technology groups, including Data Center, Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, Security, and Service Providers.
Anurag joined Cisco in 2019. In the one year, he has played a pivotal role in strengthening the Business Continuity Process (BCP) for Support Services and driving business resiliency, especially during the initial phase of COVID-19.
Anurag brings more than two decades of experience and leadership expertise that spans a diverse range of industries and functions. Before joining Cisco, Anurag built and rapidly scaled an award-winning global services business for multiple technology organizations, including Citrix, Avaya, and Oracle. In his most recent role with Citrix, Anurag served as the Support Services Leader to build and scale its Worldwide Services organization out of India, China, and Japan. Anurag has held site leadership roles and sponsored multiple organization-wide initiatives related to leadership development, customer advocacy, and cross-functional collaboration.
Anurag's comprehensive certifications include Strategic Thinking and Leadership for Growth from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University's Advanced Project Management, and Business Acumen from INSEAD, Singapore. In his spare time, Anurag enjoys reading and traveling.