IEEE President-Elect and an IEEE Fellow
Ms. Land is IEEE President-Elect, an IEEE Fellow. She has more than 30 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. She is the author or co-author of a number of texts, papers, webinars all supporting sound software engineering principles and practical application of software process methodologies.
Ms. Land has a long-standing history of service within IEEE. She has served three terms on the IEEE Board of Directors, as the 2018 Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities, as a member of the IEEE-USA Board of Directors (2013, 2016), a member of Region 3 Executive Committee (2016, 2017) and President of the IEEE Computer Society in 2009.
Director, IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific Region).
Deepak Mathur is Director of IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific Region). IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
He has also served in many leadership roles in IEEE at Section, Council, Region, and MGA (Member Geographic Activities). Deepak was IEEE India Council Chair in 2015-16.
Deepak, former Chief General Manager of ONGC (India’s premier public sector company engaged in exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons), has more than37-years of professional experience in fields of electronics, telecommunication, IT infrastructure and has held various engineering and managerial positions. He has successfully done planning and executions of several IT projects like SCADA, on line/real-time monitoring systems, IT Infrastructure creation, Wi-Max based broadband wireless access system, GPS/GSM based vehicle tracking system etc. and has led teams of IT professionals and multi disciplinary teams. He has also experience of managing and working on Hi-Tech (Oil) Well Logging Systems which is to analyze the properties of subsurface to explore the possibility of hydrocarbons.
Deepak has Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications from IIT (India Institute of Technology), Roorkee and an MBA. He has also completed Advance Management Program from IIM (India Institute of Management), Calcutta.
Deepak is recipient of prestigious IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award and IEEE MGA Achievement Award.
Deepak is also a member of IEEE-HKN or Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ), which is the international honor society of the IEEE."The organization promotes excellence in the profession and in education through an emphasis on scholarship, character, and attitude." Membership is a lifelong designation for individuals who have distinguished themselves as students or as professionals in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields of IEEE interest.
Professor at the University of Maryland and President of IEEE Computer Society
Leila De Floriani is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. She has previously been a professor at the University of Genova (Italy), and she has also held positions at the University of Nebraska, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Italian National Research Council. De Floriani is the 2020 President of the IEEE Computer Society. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society (CS) since 2017. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition, a Fellow of the Eurographics Association, and a Pioneer of the Solid Modeling Association. She is an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member and a member of the IEEE Honor Society IEEE-HKN. She has been the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) from 2015-2018, and served as an associate editor for IEEE TVCG from 2004-2008. De Floriani is currently an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, GeoInformatica, and Graphical Models. She has served on the program committees of over 150 leading international conferences, including several IEEE conferences, and has contributed to many conferences in a leadership capacity. De Floriani has authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications in data visualization, geospatial data representation and processing, computer graphics, geometric modeling, shape analysis and understanding, garnering several best paper awards and invitations as a keynote speaker. Her research has been funded by numerous national and international agencies, including the European Commission and the National Science Foundation.
Senior Social Development Specialist
Anne T. Kuriakose, Ph.D. is a development sociologist, with over 25 years of experience in gender and social development, focused on the social dimensions of climate change, local institutional development, and sustainable livelihoods. She is based in Washington D.C., in the World Bank’s South Asia regional department as Senior Social Development Specialist, coordinating gender programming and leading work on the social dimensions of climate change in South Asia. Since joining the Bank in 2005, Anne has led analytical work on labor markets, climate adaptation, and social protection, and worked on operations in local development, irrigation, and forestry. Anne spearheaded the inaugural Gender Program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to advance gender-transformative outcomes across the CIF’s USD 8.3 billion portfolio in climate mitigation and adaptation. She also served earlier as Gender Lead for the World Bank Climate Group. Her country experience includes work in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Romania, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Burkina Faso. Prior to joining the Bank, Anne served as an advisor and researcher at international research institutes and NGOs, including the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Land Tenure Center, Oxfam GB, and the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Anne holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. from IDS/ University of Sussex; and B.A. from McGill University.
Telecommunications Engineer / Chair of IEEE R8 WIE
Dr. MARIA-ALEXANDRA PAUN is currently a Telecommunications Engineer at the Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM), working in access to market and conformity of radio equipment, as well as being project leader and expert in the field of drones. Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun received with honours her BSc and MSc delivering the Engineer Diploma in 2008 from Politehnica University of Bucharest, FILS, Romania, with a major in Computer Science, graduating top of her class. The Master Project was carried out in 2008 at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland). During 2008-2009, she was awarded a postgraduate Marie Curie research fellowship at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, where she worked in the field of OCT. Between 2009 and 2013, she was Assistant - Ph.D. student at EPFL. She received her PhD degree in June 2013 on the subject of Hall Effect sensors. During 2013-2015, Maria-Alexandra was a Visiting Researcher at University of Cambridge, UK, with two postdoctoral fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Between 2016 and 2019, she was a Scientific Researcher at EPFL Switzerland, where she was focused on the development of electronics for medical devices (MedTech). She has worked on various CTI (currently Innosuisse Switzerland) funded research projects with industrial partners, in the fields of magnetic sensors and insulin injection pens, as well as being awarded by Hasler Foundation two own grants to work on cochlear implants. She has published more than 60 scientific papers in reputed international journals and her Hirsch index (h-index) is currently 11. She is committed to volunteering work within IEEE, as she is currently Chair of IEEE R8 WIE Subcommittee and Chair of IEEE WIE Affinity Group in Switzerland. She was previously Chair of IEEE Switzerland Section for 4 years in the period 2017-2021. She has been an IEEE Senior Member since 2017.
General Partner, REDDS Capital
Joanne is General Partner of REDDS Capital, a Californian-based VC firm investing in global early-stage & seed-level IT startups. She has worked with IBM, HP, SAP, and Cisco in multiple technical, market development, and strategic investments positions. She is a mentor/advisor for multiple startups.
Joanne is Co-Founder/CEO of a health startup, SciosHub, providing a unified data and project management platform for life science researchers. She was Executive Director of a healthcare charity startup, The SuperComputer for Cancer Research, providing free green access to high-performance computational resources for cancer researchers. She has had startups in 3D simulations for learning.
Joanne will be the 2022 Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship. She is Member at Large (2021) and was Vice Chair, Industry & Investor Activities (2020) of IEEE Entrepreneurship. She was Secretary, IEEE TEMS Executive Committee and Board of Governors (2019 to 2021).
United States Intellectual Property Counselor for South Asia, Delhi
John Cabeca is the U.S. Intellectual Property (IP) Counselor for South Asia serving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Working through the U.S. embassy in Delhi, India, Mr. Cabeca is the principal officer within the U.S. embassies and consulates throughout South Asia on matters related to the protection and enforcement of IP rights. His duties include assisting U.S. companies doing business in the region; advocating for effective IP policies; advising ambassadors and other U.S. government officials on foreign governments’ IP practices; educating foreign government officials, students, entrepreneurs, startups and business representatives on the IP landscape; and conducting public awareness programs to support a strong and vibrant IP system globally.
Director IGEN Edu Solutions (Young Indian Startup)
I come with more than two decades of glorious and versatile experience in the spheres of Research, Education, and Administration at Higher Education Institutes, Women entrepreneurs in the field of the Education sector. Presently working as Adjunct Professor, GNDEC, Ludhiana(Autonomous College with NAAC-A, 12(B) & 2(f) Status). My Recent role was Director Engineering and Offg Dean Academic Affairs at Desh Bhagat University, India. My prime areas of interest being Smart Grid, Optical Fiber communication, Renewable Energy Sources, Electric Vehicles, Electrical Machinery and Engineering Education Research. I have significant contributions through various approaches such as directly supervising Ph.D. students, having acquired a grand total of 50 patents, 32 of which have been published and 4 are granted, teaching courses in depths of my forte’ Optical Fiber Communication, Reliability Engineering, Research Methodology, Energy Efficient Buildings, Electrical Machinery, Circuit Theory, Digital Electronics, Non-Conventional Energy Sources, as well as publishing over 65 International Journals (Scopus Indexed). Also on board as a member for National and International bodies, Senior Member IEEE, National Secretary IEEE Prakash Bharati(Consortium IEEE Photonics Society Chapters India), Member-EXECOM- IEEE PES-IAS, Delhi Chapter, International Advisory Panel for Malaysia Technical Scientist Association, Member-Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association(IEEMA) and Academic Nominee-IEEMA Chandigarh Chapter , Life Member of the International Association of Engineers, The Optical Society of India and many more. I am the reviewer and attendee of more than 100 International conferences mainly IEEE and Springer and 40 national conferences. Deeply integrated into the Education and Administrative sector over a long a time span of serving positions of Director Engineering and Offg Dean Academic Affairs, Vice Principal, Head Examination Cell, Officiating Principal, Head of Department and other such titles. Areas that I’m inclined to in this sector are Engineering Education and teachinglearning Pedagogy. With some long years of rich experience in Education, I was appreciated by internationally recognized entities through awards of appreciation on the lines of Great Indian Women Award 2021 in the Category of The Great Indian Women Leader In Innovation, IEEE Appreciation letter, from Associate Vice President of Chapter Relations, IEEE Photonics Society, USA, India’s Top 20 Women Leaders in Education 2020, Certificate of Appreciation 2019-IEEE Indonesia Section, Mother Teresa Sadhbawna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, Golden Educationist of India Award, National Mahilla Rattan Gold Medal award and Consecutive Best Teacher Awards by ISTE, and Chandigarh University for three years. Along my journey as an educationist teaching Human Resource Management and Total Quality Management and developing strategies in order to organize several FDP’s, workshops and seminars in turn delivering a far greater, richer learning experience to my students, I continue to derive my inspiration to play my role as best as possible by joining and remaining active with establishments such as the Global Dean Council, presenting papers for publishing on Engineering, attending conferences around the globe and consistently reviewing large numbers of educational journals. The aftermath of indulging in these activities results in writing books with the accumulated knowledge. I have authored the books “Basic Electrical Technology- A review”, “Performance Modeling of Hybrid Fiber Amplifiers for DWDM Systems”, proceedings of “National Conference on Structuring Innovation through Quality SITQ- 2013”, “Optical Communications Systems” with the chapter “Hybrid Fiber Amplifier” and more in contribution to the related existing study. The most recent venture I have adopted under my leadership is to create a supremely innovative smart campus at Chandigarh University. The endeavor has begun to incorporate the use of solar energy, manage and audit all energy sources and build eco-friendly mobility systems utilizing my models of E Bikes and E-Cars. The contemporary world is in need of more leaders, peacemakers and innovative thinkers than it is for commercially ‘successful’ people. With that said, the knowledge and experience I have earned along my journey and the multifarious work profile I now hold would make its ultimate impact when it breaks through real-time global barriers and is shared with young and passionate students.
Finance CoE - India
Vishwanathan Gopalan (Vishy) is been with BNY Mellon for 5 years, leading Finance CoE - India. He joined BNY Mellon, Chennai as Sr Group Manager and handles Controllers and FMA businesses from India and oversight to India Treasury Finance & GSCM Quality Assurance team.
Finance CoE - India has a total HC of close to 400 located both in Chennai and Pune. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession & has an overall experience of about 20+ years.
IEEE Region 10 Women in Engineering Committee Chair 2019-2022
Emi Yano graduated from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. She specialized in Kansei Engineering (Affective Engineering); human friendly information processing technologies for suiting diversity of user’s cognitive and behavioral responses.
Before assuming her current position, she worked in an information integration company as a Web Usability Engineer and has accumulated several years' experience in web consulting using the Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking process.
In 2009, she moved to Ricoh IT Solutions. Currently, she is focusing on personal training for engineers and improving communication between people in the workplace through effective leadership and organizational development in the HR department.
She also has been a very active volunteer leader in IEEE since 2008. She was the Chair 2016-2017 of IEEE Japan Council Women in Engineering and she is currently the Chair of Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) Women in Engineering Committee. Through IEEE WIE activities, she connects people and bring them a big smile!
Co-founder and CEO | Numocity Technologies
Ravikiran Annaswamy is the Co-founder and CEO of Numocity Technologies. He is very passionate about clean mobility and works towards accelerating Electric Mobility in India and world market. He champions new business models like Energy as a service, enabled with IOT, Analytics and Deep Learning.
He has over 26 years of experience; as an Entrepreneur and as a business leader at Nokia Siemens Networks and Siemens AG. He was instrumental in launching and scaling, frugal and innovative solutions like Mobile Prepaid, Data Charging, and various VAS solutions in India and global markets. He championed Intrapreneurship as the Innovation head for Bangalore site of Nokia Siemens Networks.
He is a serial entrepreneur and passionate to incubate new Start-ups. He was the Co-founder of Deccan Institute of Innovation and Design, Co-Director at Founder Institute (Fi.com) Bangalore, mentor at NUMA Bangalore and coach for many early stage start-ups. He is also a Charter member of TiE Bangalore.
He is currently a global board member and Vice President of Membership and Marketing for IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.
He has done his MBA from Indian institute of Management Bangalore and has graduated from UVCE Bangalore (University of Visveswaraya College of Engineering).
Head Emerging Technology and Innovation at Yamaha Motor Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.
Currently focused on driving Digital Transformation (DT) and CoE AI/ML in Yamaha Motors Solutions India. Major focus is to visualize and develop a new digital strategy for YMSLI. Using technologies around AI/ML, IoT, Mobility, Connected Vehicle, AR/VR, Industry 4.0 in collaboration with Technology Partners and Startups.
Innovation Director & Head of CampX
I am an engineering graduate, with management education and a
PhD in Innovation. My 28 years of experience is in Innovation and
Technology Management in India, Singapore and The Netherlands in
various roles including new product and services development,
project management, hardware, software and systems, Intellectual
property, people and customer management with more than 20
patents in various stages. I have worked at Philips Netherlands,
Europe, Philips India, HCL and TTK. As a part of my consulting firm
PRASU, I have consulted for top companies, many in automotive
technology to help develop a culture of Innovation, build Innovation
skills, and generate business relevant Innovations and intellectual
property. I have been very actively engaged in the start-up sphere,
by mentoring and supporting multiple start-ups, innovation centres,
accelerators, and incubators in multiple domains. I have also
worked closely with academia and innovation, being a part of
academic councils forging stronger industry academia collaboration.
My PhD by research is titled “An integrated framework for
Innovation talent management” focusing on Innovation &
Intrapreneurship, specifically in scaling and managing business
relevant Innovation. Also have developed a unique innovation talent
assessment and management method.
I am also a TEDx and an International speaker, speak regularly at
multiple forums, universities, and conferences, won several awards
and recognitions. I am a long-standing volunteer at IEEE,
PMI and Women in Big Data. I am also a cartoonist and actor.
▪ PhD, Innovation and Innovation Talent Management,
Visvesvaraya Technological University
▪ MBA, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Management,
Management – Marketing, ICFAI
▪ Post-Graduation in Strategy Management, Indian Institute of
▪ Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics & Communication, PESCE
University of Mysore
▪ Business Management and Communication, Management Centre
Head Start-up Cell | JC Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad
Ajay Sharma - Nodal Head – Startup, Innovation and Business Incubation Cell, J C Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad.
A Business Coach & Entrepreneur with over 22 years of professional experience in Marketing, Strategizing, Planning, Business Development, Finance, and Start-Up Ventures. Extensive experience of a wide-range of sectors including Banking, Information Technology, Education, Real Estate, Consulting, and Government Projects.
Masters in Business Management (Finance & Marketing) and Masters in Computers Science enabled deep understanding of Technology and Management, along with training in Commerce and Finance have helped creating a 360 degree understanding of Business. Worked with organizations like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, DLF Ltd., Jindal Group, FCS Software before starting own startup ventures. Conducted
Motivation Lectures & Workshops on ‘Start-Ups Challenges & Opportunities’ to budding Entrepreneurs in over 30 Management and Technology Institutes.
CCO & Co-Founder at Innoses.
Simay Akar is an entrepreneur with reputable corporate industrial background and experience in the energy industry. She specialized in photovoltaic manufacturing, battery storage for electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies, and the clean energy market development.
Akar is currently the Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at Innoses.
Her past roles include Sales & Marketing Director of EkoRE – Eko Renewable Energy and Marketing & Business Development Director of GoodWe Turkey, Head of Overseas Marketing at Talesun Solar
Akar has worked in China and Turkey and mostly focused on international commercial activities and has been employed by CSUN Eurasia, Schneider Electric, Arcelik (BEKO), and Lucida Solar.
Santoshi has over 23 years of insight in strategy through execution experience. She has advised global brands on market strategy, product strategy, pricing, digital transformation and enterprise cloud application implementation.
A serial entrepreneur, she has deep experience of start-ups and is passionate about new ideas, innovation, lean operations and high performing teams. She is a credentialed change leader.
Santoshi has lived and worked across the world including in Sydney, Singapore and London. Her personal style is reflective of a passion for new ideas, ability to take risks and finish what she started.
Associate Vice President, Senior Principal Technology Architect
Gnanapriya (Priya) is Associate Vice President, Global Head of Technology & Architecture Practice - Communications, Media & Entertainment, Energy, Utilities & Services Business Unit (ECS).
Priya has 28 years of experience in Telecom & IT. She contributes to unit strategy, drives technology adoption for business solutions across varied programs globally.
She has been driving Digital Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, IT roadmap, Micro Services, Cloud migration, Open Source Adoption, 5G / Edge, 5G Use Cases & Industry solutions, emerging technologies like Blockchain solutions, Data Modernization, Legacy & Technology Modernization, Innovation, guiding varied transformation & modernization programs for ECS global clients.
She got ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award under Disruptor category of “Global Women in Telco & Tech” Awards for 2020
Under her guidance & drive, Infosys has won 11 Outstanding Catalyst Team Awards in TM Forum, she received Individual Recognition Award @ Industry TM Forum, serving as TMF Collaboration Sub-committee member. She is a speaker in multiple Industry and Technology Forums. She is a Senior IEEE member, IEEE ComSoc member, Execom member of Bangalore Chapter. She has co-authored book on Digital Signal Processing I, II editions published by McGraw Hill, International edition and translated to Mandarin.
Senior IT Professional
Retired from an active corporate career as IT professional. Established and developed engineering organizations that have built and introduced several new technology products for HPE, VeriFone and C-DAC in a corporate career of almost 30 years. Computer Science & Engineering graduate from IIT-Madras.
Director | VMware Learning, India
Supriya Menon heads Learning Services for VMware in India. In her role, she is responsible for driving and growing VMware’s education business directly, as well as through the partner ecosystem. She is responsible for managing, developing and growing the Education footprint of VMware in India .
Supriya joined VMware in March 2010 from Oracle India, where she was responsible for driving the Partner Training Business across India. She was also responsible for Channel Development and Partner Management at Oracle. Prior to Oracle she worked with NIIT for over 7 years across various roles in Both Chennai and Bangalore.
Supriya has over 25 years of experience in the training industry, managing the training requirements of individuals as well as corporates.
Manager HR, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd
Vandana comes with 15+ years of HR experience with a proven track record in driving and delivering strategic programs with measurable results. Experienced in the space of talent management, employee engagement, employee relations, change management and Diversity & Inclusion. A problem solver at heart who is passionate about building / scaling organizations of future. She has been with Qualcomm for last 6+ years playing the role of Chennai site HR lead.
Vandana is proud team member of Qualcomm India D&I team and Program Manager of Quantum Leap - Second Career program for Women for Qualcomm India. She believes a safe and empowering workplace helps people bring their best self forward. She is also a member of Anita Borg chapter that brings women in tech space together for learning and networking opportunities across Chennai city. On personal front, Vandana loves travelling and enjoys good music.
Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd.
A semiconductor professional with more than 13 years of experience in QUALCOMM memory IP team. I have individually contributed as an engineer on various aspects of memory design flow starting from layout design to verification ,performance characterization, and final Gds2 release for top level chip integration . Extensively worked on the detailed verification of the memory designs .Responsibly lead and mentored the characterization team/CAD team to continuously improve on the productivity, quality and predictability of execution. Currently responsible for all the deliveries of the IP memory team at Qualcomm. Interaction and interface with cross functional teams for efficient handshake. Understanding and identifying quality issues and bringing holistic approach to put measures in place to achieve robust QA processes.
Sr. Program Manager Women in Tech
Seetha Lakshmi is an accomplished Program/Project Management & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional with over 17 years of rich experience in leading education and community programs and working with multiple functional teams. She currently leads the VMinclusion Taara – a Unique return to work program for Women on a career break with VMware India Pvt Ltd. This includes helping women find their way back into the workforce by upskilling them on the latest technologies in Cloud Computing and Virtualization. Along with all these she’s an avid traveler and chases her Himalayan dreams believing that travelling shouldn’t just be a tour, but a tale.
Senior Director Engineering, Qualcomm India Pvt Ltd
Viji Ranganna – Senior Director, Engineering heads RF and Analog Teams at Qualcomm-Bangalore. Viji has a Bachelor’s in ECE from UVCE Bangalore and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from SDSU, USA. She has overall 26+ Years Industry Experience. She has previously worked at Synopsys(Avant), Intel and Broadcom(LSI). She has been with Qualcomm for 13+ Years. Viji has been involved with 40+ Tapeouts at Qualcomm. She has also led IP and Physical Design Teams at Qualcomm. She is a well-respected technical leader at Qualcomm. Viji is very passionate about Technology. She has also been part of several Industry Panels, Tech Talks, Conferences etc.
Viji started Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering Chapter for BDC. She now leads Qwomen BDC Chapter that is working with Global D&I charter. Viji has been very instrumental in scaling the efforts, mentoring future women leaders, working closely with women forums and many more institution to her leadership role in the organization. Viji has accomplished, driving inclusion efforts for QWomen, building and sustaining community, especially during the rise of COVID-19. Viji has made significant programming contributions leading initiatives to recognize women engineers, coordinate community talks on health and personal excellence, and providing opportunities for community engagement through yoga, wellness sessions, and networking.
On Personal front, Viji is Married with a Daughter in Medical College. Her Hobbies are – Travel, Running/Walking, Zumba, Cooking. She has Travel visited 25+ countries and counting. She has run several 10Ks and participated in Oxfam 100km and 50Km walks.
Senior Group Manager, Global Philanthropy
Experience blend of Technology Learning & Development, CSR & Philanthropy, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and IT Leadership:
Founder & CEO, Aspire For Her
Madhura DasGupta is the Founder & CEO of Aspire For Her, a unique start-up to motivate young women to enter and stay in the workforce. Madhura has been a banker for the last 25 years – holding leadership positions in IDFC, Standard Chartered and ANZ Grindlays Bank, after an MBA from XLRI and Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University. She has several ‘firsts’ to her credit including launching and leading Priority and Preferred Banking in Standard Chartered and pioneering the concept of Employee Experience in IDFC. Madhura was one of the 12 women across India to be awarded the British Chevening Scholarship in 2003.
Since its birth on Women’s Day, 2020, the rapidly-growing community at Aspire For Her has become a movement for young women, in India and across the world, getting together members, supporters and mentors to unleash the trillion dollar potential in the Indian economy.
Founder of LIGHTHOUSE
Sinjini Sengupta is an alumnus of Indian Statistical Institute and a qualified Actuary turned award-winning author, speaker & columnist. She is the founder of Lighthouse where she serves the mission to bring hearts to work.
She's spoken on TEDx multiple times. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest education degree from Toastmasters International. She's also the National President of Mentoring & Soft Skills at WICCI, and volunteers as Mentor/ Coach/ Influencer on a no. of platforms such as Toastmasters International, Sheroes, Jobs for Her, etc.
At Lighthouse she works with leaders, founders, LnD professionals and social changemakers. Her work integrates interdisciplinary tools of Creative Writing, Storytelling, Conscious Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and socio-psychological insights.
In short we have a Founder, Author, TEDx Speaker, Distinguished Toastmaster, Columnist, Actuary and also National President - Mentoring and Soft Skills, WICCI and a Mentor of Change volunteer NITI Aayog in her.
Faiza has diversified expertise in Human Resources Management, Recruiting, Training and Development, Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Strategy. She has experience in development of innovative HR initiatives to streamline processes and capitalize on organizational growth opportunities.
General Manager HR | Energy Efficiency Services Limited
A dedicated HR professional with over two decades of experience in driving Corporate level people strategy with a rich experience of managing end to end dimensions of HR both at Strategic and operational levels for a cross cultural, diversified and multi location organizations. I am also committed towards Community development through
implementation of sustainable CSR projects with special focus on women empowerment. As
General Manager (HR) in Energy Efficiency Services Limited , I am instrumental in driving a lot of women centric initiatives as part of formulating HR policies and promoting STEM education in Government run girls schools as part of EESL CSR initiatives.
Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC), Bhutan
Mr. Sangay Tenzin currently heads the Human Resources & Corporate Services of Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC). Over the last 17 years, he has served BPC in various capacities as Chief Internal Auditors of BPC, Sr. Manager in Planning & Rural Electrification Division, Executive Engineer in the Operation & Maintenance Division and as a Project Manager in Urban Electrification Division. Besides his regular job responsibilities, he was involved as a project manager and team leader for the various external funded projects, including ADB’s “Improving Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean & Renewable Energy” Project.
Mr. Tenzin holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Thammasat University, Thailand and a Master of Business Administration from The Australian National University, Australia.
University of Kansas
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan is a Professor of Mathematics, a Courtesy Professor of both EECS and AE, and an ITTC Investigator at the University of Kansas. Her research interests are primarily in stochastic systems and stochastic adaptive control, system identification and estimation, and control education as a field that spans science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Dr. Pasik-Duncan is actively involved with IEEE CSS and currently serves as Deputy Chair of the IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Control Education. She has been the CSS Vice-President of Member Activities, the IEEE CSS Liaison to IEEE WIE, an Associate Editor and Associate Editor at Large of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Chair of the Standing Committees on Assistance of Engineers at Risk and International Affairs, and Founder and First Chair of the WiC Group. Dr. Pasik-Duncan is also associated with the IFAC as Chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Control Education and currently serves on the IFAC Technical Board and IFAC Awards Committee. She is the Program Director of the SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory and was formerly involved with SIAM in several other capacities.
Dr. Pasik-Duncan is an IFAC Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Member of the CSS, and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. She has received many awards, including the Kemper Award, H.O.P.E Award, L. Hay Award, Steeples Service to Kansas Award and is a member of the KU Women's Hall of Fame. She served on the Friends of the Lied Center Board and currently serves on the SMA Academic Program Advisory Board. She is Founder and Faculty Advisor to the AWM Student Chapter at KU, Founder and Coordinator of the MAM / Outreach Program, and faculty advisor for the NSF GK-12 Program at KU.
Senior member and head of Patent Department of Y. J. Trivedi & Co
Ms. Gopi Trivedi is an engineer who is also a Registered Patent Agent and LLB, alongside being a senior member and head of Patent Department of Y. J. Trivedi & Co. Adding to this, she is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA).
Recently, she has been recognized as an IP Expert by Asia’s leading IP lawyers and has also been recognized as one of the Powerful Women in IP in India, 2021 by World IP Forum (WIPF).
Group Leader IPR, Marketing & Knowledge Management group, C-DOT
Dr. Y V S Lakshmi holds the position of a Group Leader IPR, Marketing & Knowledge Management group (Bangalore) at Centre for Development of Telematics, (C-DOT) which is a premier Telecom R&D Organization of Govt. Of India, Bangalore.
She has more than twenty years of experience in the Telecom Industry in Quality, Reliability, Failure Analysis, Corporate Functions, IPR, Training & Teaching, and technology marketing.
Indian Patent Agent
Aditya Patil is Indian Patent Agent with substantial experience in Patent Drafting and Prosecution.
He is well versed with patent practices and procedures of India, US, and Europe and specializes in Patentability, Prior art and Infringement Analysis.
In addition to this he is experienced in Freedom to operate and Technology Landscaping.
Indian Patent Agent
Ashutosh has been working in the field of Intellectual property for over 7 years. He has been closely associated with startups, SMEs and individual innovators for protecting their intellectual property and providing cost effective IP strategy. His expertise lies in drafting and prosecution of Patent and design applications and has been instrumental in creating awareness about IP and has been an avid speaker on the topics revolving around IP creation and protection. Currently, he is working as a Consultant for Intellectual Property Protection.
Prior to that Ashutosh held position as Asst Manager-IP and Tech Transfer with Venture Center, India's Largest Science and Business Incubator. Ashutosh is a Registered Indian Patent Agent and has completed the Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP) Course organized by Society for Technology Management (STEM) and has been accredited with 59 credit points. He has pursued PG Diploma in Patents Law, NALSAR University, prior to that he pursued PGDM Biotechnology Management and has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Pune University. He has worked on inventions relating to Biotechnology, Biopharmaceuticals, Medical devices, Material Sciences and E&TC domain. His interest lies in Technology Transfer, IP Commercialization and Tech and IP Valuation.
Patent Associate at CSIR-URDIP, Pune
D. Biotechnology (UGC-National fellow) (CSIR-NET, ARS-NET)
Indian Patent Agent
Patent Associate at CSIR-URDIP, Pune.
Previously worked as a Women Scientist (C) at IP group CSIR-NCL.
Awardee of Best Doctoral Thesis in the field of Plant Biotechnology at the International Conference held at Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Selected for the prestigious Advanced International Certificate Course (AICC 2020) training on IP Asset Management for Business Success organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) at Seoul, S. Korea.
Accomplished WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, July 2021.
Ass. Professor, IP law and Management, IIT Kharagpur
Professor, IP law and Management, IIT Kharagpur
As an IP information scientist of fortune 500 organisation, she has handled various projects such as competitive intelligence, technology landscapes, FTOs, patentability search reports. She worked closely with MSMEs to manage IP.
Over the last 23 years, Prof. Gargate has led and executed numerous innovative projects in academics as well as industry as an IP teacher, researcher, consultant, information scientist, and patent attorney. At present the research group under her is focused on research topics like IP evaluation, patent pooling, policy, technology transfer.
Patent Agent, Senior Patent Research Associate Verispire Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nainsi Rastogi is a qualified patent agent registered with the Indian Patent Office and she has 8 plus years of experience in Patents. She has worked for reputed IP firms and has been trained as a Woman Scientist Trainee at Patent Facilitating Centre, TIFAC, Delhi under the WOS-C Scheme of the Department of Science & Technology.
Her primary areas of IP expertise include Patent filings and prosecution, prior art searches and analysis including novelty and patentability searches, patent validation/invalidation searches, claim chart mapping, and patent infringement analysis, etc.
I am an Electronics and Telecommunication engineer with an experience of more than 10 years in the IP service sector and corporate R&D IP. I am also a registered Indian patent agent. I work with Indian and overseas clients on the projects like knockout searches, innovation searches, invalidity searches, infringement searches, claim chart mapping, and product risk searches.
IPR Attorney, Uflex Limited, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Sandeep Gupta helps Uflex Limited, India’s largest flexible packaging material manufacturer, on managing its Intellectual Property portfolio in India and overseas. Prior to Uflex limited, he worked in Sujata Chaudhary IP Attorneys, managing their Trademark and Patent portfolios, and in Trademark Registry Mumbai, as an Examiner of Trademark examined more than 17000 trademark applications.