With more than 25 years of professional experience in Management of Govt. of India programs on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Startups, and Incubation coupled with research and academic experience at premier Technical institutes. Ms. Gupta is currently Associate Head ( Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Ms. Gupta has played a significant role in horizontal and vertical growth of innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups in the country. Have been a lead catalyst in establishing over 150 technology business incubators at Institutions of excellence including IITs, IIMs, NITs, and leading private universities and institutions. Deeply involved in transforming the Indian innovation landscape by engaging new models of Public Private Partnerships with leading MNCs i.e Intel, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Tatas and Bennett Coleman and Co, etc.
Vani Kola is the Founder and Managing Director of Kalaari Capital, one of India’s leading early-stage venture capital firms. She is a proponent for India’s digital opportunity to create next-gen large scale companies, which will scale globally.
Having been a 2x entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Vani’s investment philosophy is derived from her successful entrepreneurial experiences. This includes recognizing young, first-time entrepreneurs with passion and perseverance. Vani values integrity in interactions as the key to building deep relationships. She enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and guiding them into becoming seasoned business leaders.
Vani has successfully led more than 30 investments at Kalaari in e-commerce, gaming, digital content, healthcare and more. Some of her successes include: Dream11, Myntra, Cure.fit, and Snapdeal. Vani currently serves on the board of several companies that are redefining the landscape of Indian business.
Prof Saumya Sindhwani, is a faculty in the strategy and leadership group at the Indian School of business, where she also co-leads the women excellence initiative. Her research interests are at the intersection of strategy, leadership and society. She has published three books, titled: Nurturing Business Leaders, Creative Management and Game Changers, and numerous cases. She has worked in various countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. She regularly publishes in applied journals and presents at various academic conferences and corporate events. She is also a poet, her poems have been published in various anthologies.
As the Head of Public Policy, Shweta works with government stakeholders to craft policies that help accelerate the growth momentum of the start-up ecosystem in India & South East Asia. She advises portfolio companies on managing regulatory risks and unlocking new levers of growth and helps create partnerships that align the vision of founders and governments. Prior to joining Sequoia, Shweta led government outreach and advocacy efforts for Salesforce across India & South Asia. As a key member of the South Asia Leadership Team, she worked closely with business leaders to support the next chapter of growth. Previously, she led a team of policyprofessionals at Uber across South Asia, engaging with government stakeholders on ridesharing regulations and digital payments.Before joining the world of policy, Shweta spent two decades as a business journalist and TV news anchor. As the Group Business Editor of India’s leading broadcaster NDTV, she covered global economic events including G20 meetings, World Bank-IMF meetings, OPEC meetings, WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos, and also travelled as part of the Prime Minister’s Media delegation. She has interviewed global leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Indra Nooyi, Richard Branson, Jeffrey Immelt, Sheryl Sandberg, Michael Dell, Nikesh Arora and Raghuram Rajan.
Jayesh Ranjan is the Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments of the Telangana government. His assignment involves developing policy frameworks, attracting new investments, identifying opportunities of utilizing IT in various government processes, and promoting digital empowerment of the citizens. His last few assignments have been in the Industrial Promotion sector as Commissioner and MD of the Industries Department, Secretary in the Tourism Promotion Department, and Vice-Chairman of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA), all for 2-3 years each, and various rural assignments in different parts of the state for over 12 years, working in diverse sectors like Tribal Development, Natural Resources Management, Poverty Alleviation and other related Social Development Sectors.
Dr. Sujiv Nair is the Global Chief HR Officer and CTO for Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited. He has 27 years of global experience across sectors that include manufacturing, information technology, research, and development with multinational, entrepreneurial, and Government Organizations. He served as the founding CEO for Telangana Academy for Skills and knowledge in his last role.
Deepthi Ravula is an Electronics Engineer by profession and passion. She has 15 years of experience working in USA with Palm, Nokia, Qualcomm among others in RF Communication roles. She joined the Government of Telangana as a Joint Director for Electronics in 2016, and has been appointed as CEO of WE Hub since inception in 2017. She envisions to create a work environment that is gender blind, and construct economic independence as a tool for empowerment. She is a strong proponent of Girls in STE(A)M and Women in decision making spaces.
Dr. Sangita Reddy is a Global Healthcare Leader, Indian Entrepreneur and Humanitarian. She is the Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited – Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group. Dr. Sangita Reddy is also the President of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).Passionately committed to transforming healthcare system through technological advancements, she is accelerating positive transformation for effective healthcare service delivery. She has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Macquarie University Australia, in recognition of her untiring efforts and resolute commitment to bringing transformative changes in healthcare, development of Health IT and championing manifold initiatives both in India and abroad. She is the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Hyderabad, appointed by the Govt. of India and also an erstwhile member of the World Economic Forum.
Anuradha Acharya is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Ocimum Bio Solutions and Mapmygenome. She was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. She also serves as a member of the governing body of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research,on the board for the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics based in Kalyani, West Bengal, on the Global Agenda Council on Genetics 2011 in the capacity of Vice Chair.