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Dr. Aruna Shekar
Senior Lecturer, Massey University

Dr. Aruna Shekar is a Senior Lecturer in Product Development at Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, New Zealand. Her research interests are in product development methods, consumer research and co-design practices. She has taught at Massey for more than twenty years, and has coordinated the final year product development projects with industry. She is a Foundation Board member of the Product Development & Management Association in New Zealand ( She is also PDMA-USA’s Vice President for Asia-Pacific Affiliates.

Aruna received her PhD in Product Development from Massey University, and has supervised several postgraduate students. She facilitates project-based learning and fosters critical thinking among her students. Born in India, Dr. Shekar has lived in New Zealand for 30 years, including a couple of years in Australia.

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Mr. Venkadesh Narayanan

President, PDMA-India

Mr.Venkadesh Narayanan is the Principal Consultant at Fhyzics Business Consultants Private Limited and President at Product Development and Management Association (India) - An Indian affiliate of PDMA, USA. He is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA with over 20 years of experience in Consulting, Business Analysis and Process Improvement. Mr. Narayanan is a former member of Indian Civil Services [IRAS 2000 Batch] and served at Indian Railways, Larsen & Toubro – ECC, Siemens (USA), Euro-Pro LLC (USA) and Latex International (USA) prior to joining Fhyzics. He is also functioning as an Approved WAREX Assessor for Confederation of III of Logistics.

Mr. Narayanan is also a member of several professional bodies and holds the below certifications:
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS, USA
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), IIBA®, Canada
Certified PMI - Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®), USA
New Product Development Professional (NPDP), USA
Certified Professional in Requirements Engineering (CPRE-FL), IREB®, Germany
Certified Business Process Professional (CBPP), ABPMP, USA
Certified in Production and Inventory Management (BSCM), APICS, USA
Certified in Lean from Society of Manufacturing Engineers, USA
Certified in Six Sigma from Motorola University, USA
Certificate in Hospital Management, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
HubSpot Sales Software Certified, HubSpot Academy, USA.

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Mr. Clynton Almeida
Chief Information Officer, Redington

Mr.Clynton is currently CIO of Redington (India) Ltd. a USD 5.7 Billion Dollar Company. He has around 20+ Years of Hands-On experience in Information Technology primarily involved in managing medium to large Enterprises. His Primary role is in aligning IT strategy with Organization strategy which encompasses all areas of Business Strategy, Software & Product Development, Digitalization, Operations, BCP, Business process management, Risk Management, Compliance, ERP, Security & System Audits, Infrastructure Management and Business Process Reengineering. He has multi-domain and International Exposure across various industries and geographies.

He has extensive exposure across geographies in the Middle East, Singapore, Indonesia and India in multiple industries across various domains such as Retail, Manufacturing, Financial, Pharmaceuticals, Distribution, SCM & Logistics, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) & Product Development.He is driving the Digitalization strategy for his organization through various technologies based on Cloud, Virtualization, Mobility, and Analytics. He is now making forays into applying Machine Learning, Big Data & IOT for achieving business advantage and staying relevant.

Previous Chairman IT & ITES - Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI). He received the following awards.
Best CIO Award by Pride of the Profession Awards & Indira Group of Institutes on Sep 2017.
The Most Innovative Top 100 CIOs/CTOs by World CSR Day and World Sustainability Congress on June 2016.
The Greatest Corporate Leaders of India by on Feb 2013.

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Mr. B.S Mubarak
Former Consul General of India

Mr. B.S Mubarak started his career in Indian Foreign Service in the year 2001 and he served in Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Palestine. He has core interest on Commercial Diplomacy. Presently, he is deployed as Director (South) in the Southern Division of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) handles bilateral relations among all countries of ASEAN (Except Myanmar) Australia and New Zealand and Pacific Island Countries. Mr. B.S Mubarak has handled several VVIP visits, including the visit of Prime Minster of Singapore, Prime Minster of Australia and Prime Minister of Malaysia and Thailand. He has traveled several countries and contributed in strengthening India’s bilateral relations of these countries. Mr. B.S Mubarak was the nodal point from MEA for the India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference organized in Fiji in May 2016, along with India 14 Pacific Island Countries participated in the two-day conference. He coordinated line Ministries and has involved in promoting inward Foreign Direct Investments and Technology transfers in the area of Energy, Coal and Clean Energy. Mr. B.S Mubarak has participated in round table meetings related to transfer of technology and foreign investments. He worked with Singapore in the areas of skill development, urban planning and smart cities.

During his tenure as Consul General of India in Jeddah (2014-2016) He revived the Saudi India Business Network (SIBN) which is a forum of businessmen form India and Saudi Arabia and worked for the promotion of trade and investment between India and Saudi Arabia . MR. B.S Mubarak has mounted delegation of Saudi Businessmen to visit the Gems and Jewelry fairs in India. He has arranged several B2B meetings with Saudi Business entities. He handled two Haj Operations successfully, which is the largest operation coordinated by the Government of India outside our borders. During his tenure as Head of the Diplomatic Mission in Palestine (2012-2014) he promoted the import of Indian ceramics, marbles, machinery and food items from Indian and was also involved in project development in Palestine.

During his tenure as Consul in Jeddah (Aug 2008-2012) Mr. B.S Mubarak has handled four Haj operations. During his stint in Dubai (2006-2008) He Acted as Consul General for a period of three months and during that period, he has facilitated and encouraged trade promotion between India and UAE. During his tenure as Consul in Dubai, he also handled community welfare, consular issues and administration. In Cario (2003-05) he learnt Arabic and then he was posted as Director of Maulana Azad Center for Indian Culture. During that period, he organized several programs to promote Indian culture by engaging the Egyptian youths.

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Mr. Sumant Sood
Head- Innovation, Titan Company Ltd

Mr.Sumant is a Science graduate from Delhi University in 1986. He subsequently acquired modern jewellery manufacturing techniques in Pforzheim, Germany, Problem Solving Tools and Techniques from AOTS, Japan Diploma in Sustainability Management from Swedish Institute, Sweden, a certificate course in Radical Innovation from Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, USA. Certificate Course in Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise from IIM Bangalore and A certificate course in Digital Branding and Engagement from Curtin University, Australia.

He started his career in 1986 with a German Company marketing Jewellery manufacturing equipments in India. In 1990 he joined a diamond and jewellery manufacturing concern in SEEPZ, Mumbai. In 1993, he joined Titan Company Limited, when they were setting up their jewellery venture. He has worked in various spheres of manufacturing operations and before moving onto Category Management in Marketing, Systems and Business Excellence for Jewellery Division and Corporate Communications for the Company. He led the division to win the coveted JRD-QV award in 2012 and is currently heading Innovation for the Company. Keeping his impeccable track record, he has been appointed as a Locational Ethics Counsellor for the Company since 2003.

He is a senior assessor for the Tata Business Excellence Model based on Malcolm Baldrige Quality Model having completed 14 assessments of various Tata Group Companies and has been a faculty member for training assessors for the same. He has also been an external assessor for CII-EXIM award process and has successfully assessed three companies In 2013, Sumant along with Mr. L.R. Natarajan has been declared one of nine winners for their entry submitted for the MIX Prize - Leaders Everywhere Challenge conducted by Harvard Business Review and Mckinsey. Besides mentoring various innovation projects, Sumant has also been a member of the team which won the award under “Dare to Try” category in Tata Innovista 2016.

His interests include driving, chess, swimming, cycling, cricket and table tennis.

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Dr.V.E. Annamalai
Head of Department, SSN Institutions

Dr.V.E. Annamalai is a Ph.D. from IIT Madras, specializing in the areas of Metal cutting, Abrasive Processes ,Grinding, Materials Science and Ceramics. Dr. V.E.Annamalai has around 13 years of Teaching, 3 year of Research and 16 years of Industrial experience. He has guided 10 Masters and 2 Ph.D.level research work. He has 40 Journal papers, 20 Conference papers and 8 patents to his credit. He has Teaches Engineering Materials, Metallurgy and Metrology. He has served as Chairman of the Abrasive Sectional Committee of BIS.

Mr. Sathya Narayanan Kumar
Principal Solution Architect

Mr. Sathya Narayana Kumar has close to about 15 years of experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transportation and Automotive supporting multiple teams and projects simultaneously creating clear and organised functional requirements and design specifications. He has an insightful knowledge of business process analysis and design, process optimisation, cost control and revenue maximisation. he is also proficient in end-to-end large business-critical program planning and implementation in Supply Chain Model from scope management, to activity sequencing, effort & cost estimation and quality management in adherence to guidelines and norms.

He is a member of several professional bodies and holds the following certifications:
APICS Certified Production and Inventory Management Professional (CPIM), USA 2012
APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), USA in 2009
Recognised APICS Instructor (One of the instructor recognised in India to teach APICS)
CDDP (Certified Demand Driven Planner) from DDI (Demand Driven Institute), USA
ASTL Certified Professional Designation in Logistics & SCM (PLS), USA 2014
ASTL Certified Transportation Logistics Professional, USA, 2014
PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), USA in 2009
PMI Certified Agile Certified Professional (ACP) , USA
PMI Certified Business Analyst (PBA), USA
CBAP from IIBA, Canada
SCOR-P from APICS Supply Chain Council

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Ms. Meena Goel
Head New Business Development

Ms. Meena Goel is a Marketing Professional with over three decades of experience in Business development, Marketing, International Business, Strategy formulation in Steel, Auto component and Aerospace Industry. An Electrical Engineer and rank holder from REC (NIIT)and Management graduate from IIMK with Gold medal in Marketing. She has been trained in management college in UK and has also been trained at Fhyzics on business analysis.

Meena was chief of Marketing in Steel Authority of India, the largest steel producer in the country. She was also part of the change management Group. She later changed to the private sector and headed marketing in reputed companies like KCSSL (Bharat Forge group), UCAL Fuel systems, Saint Gobain Glass, Elforge, and Hinduja Foundries. She was a business consultant at Ma Foi connecting Dots and presently Heads business development at Polyhose India, a 700 Crore company with exports of almost 400 Crores globally.

Vice Chairperson at BYST (supported by CII, Tata’s and Bajaj). Helping entrepreneurs succeed by providing free mentoring, and training for both the well to do and underprivileged where 80 entrepreneurs are helped each year with 97% success rate.

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Mr. Thiagaraj Gupta D
Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs


Mr. Thiagaraj Gupta D, serves as Assistant Controller of Patents and Designs, at the Chennai Patent Office, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Govt. Of India. Mr.Gupta holds a Master’s degree in Communication Systems from Pondicherry college of Engineering and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Patents & Designs. He attended several training programs abroad related to international procedures on patent rights and design and published an article on “Business method and international Patent procedures” in the Magazine Intellectual IP Vol.3 2009. He has conducted numerous awareness programs related to Intellectual Property rights for students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, MSME and public sector organisations.

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Mr. Kumaresh TS
Senior Vice President

Mr. Kumaresh TS is a proven revenue leader and passionate sales hunter in International markets, Kumaresh has 25+ years executive leadership experience taking fast-paced technology companies to critical growth milestones. Possess sound knowledge of USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific markets and has experience in handling stakeholders from US, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, Canada, Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Previous to this role, Kumaresh was a in the capacity of Director and VP Sales in companies such a Sengen LLC, a BI product company, and was associated with companies like Verizon, HTC Global Services selling Information Technology related products and services. Academically, Kumaresh is well qualified with MS Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and MBA (Marketing Management), PMP certification besides executive program from IIM Ahmedabad.

Specialties: Building & Growing Companies, Executive Leadership, Sales & Marketing Strategy and Leadership, Business Development, New Geography expansion, and Marketing Communications.

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Dr. Saravana Kumar
Associate Professor IIT

Dr. Saravana Kumar received his PhD from IIT Kanpur in 2004. After a short postdoctoral training as a research associate at the same place, he joined IIT Guwahati in December 2004 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Saravana Kumar joined the faculty of Engineering Design in December 2008. In general his research aims at development of representational and computational tools for virtual and physical prototyping applied to arrive at solutions to design problems. Some of the specific research areas include CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies: geometrical modelling schemes, X-ray tomography, photogrammetry and image-based modelling systems; Rapid prototyping: advances in rapid prototyping technologies; Bio-inspired routes: fractal geometry, soft computing tools like neural networks, genetic algorithms for various inverse design and optimization problems.

He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of functional and conceptual design, design for manufacturing and assembly, computer aided design, optimization and rapid product development.

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Mr. Gopi Sankar
Chief Engineer - Trucks

Mr. Gopi Sankar Has over 20+ years’ experience in Automobile New Product Engineering and Development Including more than 10 years as Chief Vehicle Engineer and 5+ years in Cab / Chassis engineering. As Chief Engineer, has led multiple new product engineering including the successful AL foray in LCV segment, Dost. Experienced in European and Japanese Design cultures / processes through collaborations and Joint ventures. Has led core team in development of NPD processes and has detailed knowledge on Matrix BOM management systems.

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Mr. Suresh Paul Antony
Faculty - IIM Trichy

Mr. Suresh Paul Antony previously held in total for over 10 years, academic and administrative appointments at XLRI School of Business & Human Resources [Jamshedpur], the Indian Institute of Management [Kozhikode] and Thiagarajar School of Management [Madurai]; in addition to visiting academic appointments at the Asian Institute of Management [Manila] and the Indian Institute of Management [Lucknow]. He teaches Marketing Management, Product Management and Services Marketing. For working executives, he offers short-term learning programmes in Product and Brand Management. Besides, he has about 14 years of hands-on customer contact experience in the automotive, financial services, direct selling, and music retailing industries, and across business and consumer markets. His doctoral thesis argues that since age-related differences in the antecedents of behavior are fairly well-established, differences in behavioural outcomes would also be evident. His areas of interest include vulnerability, business markets, product policy, and marketing demographics.

Prof. Paul previously held academic and administrative appointments in total for over 10 years, at XLRI School of Business & Human Resources [Jamshedpur], the Indian Institute of Management [Kozhikode] and Thiagarajar School of Management [Madurai]; in addition to visiting academic appointments at the Asian Institute of Management [Manila] and the Indian Institute of Management [Lucknow]. He teaches Marketing Management, Product Management and Services Marketing. For working executives, he offers short-term learning programmes in Product and Brand Management. Besides, he has about 14 years of hands-on customer contact experience in the automotive, financial services, direct selling, and music retailing industries, and across business and consumer markets. His doctoral thesis argues that since age-related differences in the antecedents of behavior are fairly well-established, differences in behavioural outcomes would also be evident. His areas of interest include vulnerability, business markets, product policy, and marketing demographics.

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Shri.RR. Clement IRS
Additional Commissioner of Income Tax

He has worked as Joint Commissioner at Vijayawada taking care of Khammam & Guntur Districts, Later has worked as Joint Commissioner at Tirupathi Taking care of Three districts Chittor, Kaddappa & Annathapur. On promotion as Additional Commissioner of Income tax , had worked at Hyderabad. Currently working as Additional Commissioner at Chennai for the last two years. on promotion as Additional Commissioner of Income tax , had worked at Hyderbad. Currently working as Addtional Commissioner at Chennai for the last two years. He has cleared UPSC in his first attempt I 2000.. and Joined GOVERNMENT of India as Assistant Commissioner of Income tax.. in 2001. Since then, he has worked in various capacities as Assistant, Deputy, Joint Commissioner at Chennai and various other places. He got campus placed with Ashok Leyland and famous automobile comapny. In this company he worked for nearly three years, as Head of Marketing, for entire state of Gujarat, promotinge the sale of Heavy Vehicles, Industrial Engines & Marine engines.Later because of the patriotic aspiration, that has been inculcated in the mind during school days, had resigned the very lucrative job with Ashok Leyland and started preparing for UPSC.


Dr. SenthilVelan has honed his skills in knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery at Royal Bournemouth Hospital working with big names in these fields. He also has been trained in Total Joint Replacements at Derwent Unit ,Royal Bournemouth Hospital, a centre that performs most number of replacement surgeries in whole of UK. In order to widen his exposure in the chosen field, Dr. Velan has also spent time with some of the principal shoulder and knee surgeons in in Germany and France. Dr.Senthil Velan has had a brilliant academic career. He finished his MBBS from Kilpauk Medical College and went on to finish Orthopaedic Post graduation in JIPMER (which is one of the premier institutes in India). During this period he received a number of academic distinctions including best Outgoing student in JIPMER 2004 and EBOT exam 2011. A pioneer and super specialist in Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist Surgery including sports Injuries of Knee and Ankle. He had undergone extensive training in the field of Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist surgery and has had enormous experience in treating all kinds of sports injuries. He also undertakes Shoulder, Elbow, replacements for joints affected by arthritis. Patients including sportsmen who had to travel abroad before now can avail his expertise right here in Chennai. He also undertakes Knee, Hip replacement surgeries but only for selected complex cases. .He has worked in UK‘s Largest replacement Unit and has done innumerable Knee and Hip replacements.