Dr. Prem Chand is an Ex- Navy officer with an outstanding profile. He was responsiblefor Information Infrastructure, IT Security, Information Warfare Program, developmentof Real Time Decision Support and Combat Systems for the Navy.
After his tenure with the Indian Navy, Dr. Prem Chand was CIO and CISO in Tech Mahindra. He was heading different business lines of Tech Mahindra such as Security Consulting, Security Technology Group, ERP (SAP & MS Practices) and Telecom Business Consulting. He also served as the CEO of iPolicy Networks. Additionally, Dr. Prem Chand has served on the Board of several Government and Non-Government Organizations such as -
Prime Minister’s National Task Force on IT & Software Development
New Generation Operations Software & Systems Architecture Board at TMF
Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA)
NASSCOM National Advisory Board on Security & Assurance
Regional Security Institute
Asia Pacific Telecommunication Council
Design & Development Working Group on IT
Dr. Prem Chand was also instrumental in heading the World Tele Management Forum’s (TMF) Security Committee as the Chairman. Having seen the evolution of the IT industry not only in India but across the world, Dr. Prem Chand has also authored several research papers and whitepapers. Dr. Prem Chand has been awarded several times for his stellar achievements.
Dr Rishi Mohan Bhatnagar
President - Aeris India
Dr. Bhatnagar brings a wealth of telecom experience to Aeris, including heading digital services for 10 years in Europe, 5 years in the Americas, and 6 years in India. Prior to joining Aeris, he was Global Head for Digital Enterprise Services at Tech Mahindra, where Dr. Bhatnagar spearheaded the Internet of Things initiatives for the company and smart city projects for the Mahindra Group. Along with a team from Bosch, he co-authored the book Enterprise IoT, which covers IoT project management frameworks, and the methodology proposed in this book has been accepted by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). Dr. Bhatnagar is the chairperson of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), recognized in India as a meeting place for sector leaders to interact and support standards, policies, and innovation. He is also a member of the Nasscom Regional Council and the Core Group by the Confederation of Indian Industry, and he received the ‘Digitalist Thought-Leader’ Award in the Internet of Things category at the Digital Transformation Forum 2015 by SAP India. Dr. Bhatnagar holds a PhD in IT and Computer Science from Singhania University, Rajasthan, India.
Co-founder & COO NeoStencil
A chemical engineer, an astute business analyst, and an ardent fan of Arnab Goswami, Mr. Beejal is the Director of NeoStencil. He graduated from IITB and IIMC, the prestigious institutions of academic excellence. He is a team player and a natural leader. He has held key positions and has undertaken business building projects in several reputed companies such as GATX, NCDEX & JayPee Capital. He seeks to use technology to beat geographical and financial constraints. He envisions NeoStencil as an enabling ecosystem for teachers and students, where location and affordability will not curb aspirations. Mr. Beejal is a sportsman. He had lifted weights and won laurels for IITB. Now he endeavors to help lighten the burden of test preparation.
He is a master of many tricks. Co-founding an NGO during his college developed his oration and public relation skills while working for IIT Bombay as a research scholar taught him strategic planning. He has worked on product development, legal, public relations and finance, he is now involved in growth hacking, communications and business development.
Desi S Valli
Founder & CEO, Netree
Desi S Valli is the Founder and CEO of Netree, India's leading Retail Engagement Platform for retailers to
connect with their business associates and customers. He has more than 21 years of experience in internet
industry in technology and business development domains.
With a solid understanding on expandable service delivery and internet architectures, Desi has hands-on
experience in creating large scale technology platforms that fits in the Indianised environment of
business models. His expertise includes identifying a problem, conceptualizing a solution, designing,
executing the solutions, going to the market and maintaining the life cycle of the product.
A first generation entrepreneur, Desi started Netree in 2012 with a mission to encourage Indian retailers
to be more tech-driven in facilitating their work and business. Prior to that, he was associated with Net4
India Limited as the Chief Operating Officer. He headed the business development and product
development portfolio to make it the number one web services company in India.
He has also worked as a member of Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), a government
committee that helps SME entrepreneurs in payments & transactions and have been a member of many
committees of Ministry of IT, APNIC, ICANN and few other International organizations and Internet
management bodies. He was the founding member of NIXI, a public private Government of India
organization and was the policy maker for Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN).
Currently, he sits in the government committee which sanctions grants for educational institutional R&D
in institutes like IIT, IIM, and IIIT etc.
Desi holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communications from Madurai Kamaraj University and
an MBA in Marketing Management from Anna University. He also plays several musical instruments and
is very fond of painting, movies and books.
Dr. Rajesh Sanghi
Managing Director, Data Resolve Technologies
Dr.Rajesh Sanghi has been instrumental in setting up & mentoring several telecom technology start-ups. He has more than 35 years of experience in telecom and IT spanning across Defence, ISVs & Large Telecom MNCs. His notable career has been with IBM where he received the most coveted Gerstner award as well as globally highest technical award, the Corporate award. Apart from these he received numerous other recognitions in IBM. He received B. E( Hons) from BITS Pilani and M.Tech & Ph.D. from IIT Madras.
MentorX - Director
MentorX has some of the most successful entrepreneurs and investors as mentors who engage in real-time to work closely with founders. This makes MentorX the only customised, milestone-based programme for start-ups who want to stand-out in front of customers and investors. Most importantly it helps disruptive start-ups raise funds
Mr. Vishal Gandhi
Founder and CEO of Biorx Venture Advisors Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Vishal Gandhi is the Founder and CEO of BIORx Venture Advisors Pvt. Ltd (BVA) and leads an accomplished team of MBAs, Chartered Accountants and Life -Sciences Domain Experts. The focus of BVA has been on providing Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) /J.V advisory services, Technology Transfer, Commercial and Technical due diligence and helping clients raise capital. He has provided opinions and reports on over 100 valuations in his career. Prior to starting his own company, Vishal had a 7 year stint with YES Bank, where he significantly developed the Life Sciences and Healthcare Vertical bringing in business from over 35 significant transactions in the area of M&A/Private Equity /Debt Space. He was extensively involved in financial, technical and commercial due diligence for Bank In -house clients and had worked with various Govt. agencies in conceptualization and implementation of the funding schemes. Vishal's knowledge ranges from Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices to Finance to Management.
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