Industry Leaders as Mentors for Executive Business Analytics Programs | RACE, Bangalore

Dr. J B Simha

Professor and Chief Mentor - AI and CTO, ABIBA Systems

Dr. Simha’s core competency is in R&D, business intelligence and analytics consulting. He has implemented several large scale systems for telecom, BFSI and manufacturing industries in business intelligence and analytics. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Prominent Data Science Academicians in India: 2019’ by Analytics India Magazine.

Ratnakar Pandey

Leading ML and Analytics for Customer Service, Amazon India

Leading a talented team of Data Scientists and Analytics professionals in Amazon to draw insights and build actionable models from mostly unstructured data such as text and speech from India and other geographies. He has won prestigious awards such as Project Excellence Award from Citigroup and Annual Leadership Award from Target. He has also been recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 Data Scientists in India: 2020’.

Pradeepta Mishra

Director of Artificial Intelligence - Fosfor, LTI - Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Pradeepta Mishra has 16 + years of experience and currently is the Head of AI Fosfor, leading a group of Data Scientists, computational linguistics experts, Machine Learning and Deep Learning experts in creating value. He has expertise across core branches of Artificial Intelligence including Image Processing, Audio Processing, NLP, NLG and NLI and design and implementation of expert systems and personal digital assistants.

Usha Rengaraju

Chief of Research, Exa Protocol | Kaggle Grandmaster and Autism Awareness Champion

Usha currently heads the data science research at Exa Protocol. She is the world’s first women triple Kaggle Grandmaster. She is ranked as the top ten Data Scientists in India 2020, ranked as top ten women data scientists 2021 by Analytics Insight magazine. She has been ranked as top 150 AI Leaders and Influencers by 3AI magazine. She organized the NeuroAI/Neurodiversity India Summit which is India’s first-ever research symposium/Conference in the field of Neuroscience and Data Science. Usha is a recipient of Top 10 women tech leader award 2022 by RACE, REVA University.

Sandeep Giri

Founder, CloudxLab

Sandeep is a seasoned and hands-on machine learning scientist with a strong experience in building world-class software products, machine learning and churning humongous data. His core expertise is in Deep Learning (TensorFlow, Scikit learn, MLLib), Distributed Computing (Spark, Hadoop, Kafka), Software Development (Web/Mobile, Python/Scala/Java/C/JS), User-Centric product development, etc.

Ravi Shukla

Consultant - Data Science, Dell Technologies

Ravi is a Data Scientist with expertise in the areas of Web Analytics, AI including Natural Language Processing & Machine Vision. He has 19 filed patents with USPTO out of which 5 have been granted.He has contributed to AI solutions across various business domains. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40 Data Scientists in India: 2019’ by Analytics India Magazine.

Dr. Angshuman Ghosh

Head of Data Science, Sony Research India

Dr. Angshuman Ghosh is a data science and strategy leader with experience in retail, media, research, and tech domains. As a Data Scientist, he led data science and analytics projects using cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, etc. He is also a member of prestigious Harvard Square Leaders Excellence and American Marketing Association.

Prahalad Karnam

CEO and Founder, PeopleCube.ai

Prahlad is a Strategist, Industry Leader, Change Expert and a Leadership Coach. He had led several engagements and business units globally by guiding companies in their business, operations, IT and Analytics strategy, and execution. His expertise is in the areas of Consumer Products, Business Development, Business Transformation Consulting, Corporate Strategy, and Leadership Mentoring & Coaching.

Dr. Gopal Pingali

Managing Director - Global Hybrid Cloud Leader, Accenture

Gopal is a leading subject-matter-expert in Cloud, AI, and Automation technologies. He has a proven track record of driving digital transformation at scale for 1K enterprises across multiple industries. Gopal is an inspiring technology leader known for building and sustaining talented teams of consultants, architects, and software developers across America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Akshay Kulkarni

Manager - Data Science & AI, Publicis Sapient

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Evangelist, an Author, a Speaker, and a Mentor who drives AI and Data Science-led strategic transformation. He had led strategy and transformation interventions through AI by working on various Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Artificial intelligence engagements by applying state-of-the-art techniques in this space.

Sayandeb Banerjee

Co-Founder and CEO, TheMathCompany

Sayandeb has worked both as part of the large enterprises by setting up the analytics capabilities as well as a service provider for various enterprises. Sayandeb has also played several intrapreneurial roles like designing training and pedagogy by establishing hiring practices, innovation, marketing, and communication.

Amaralingeswara Rao Kaka

Director of Professional Services - APJ, EnterpriseDB

Amaralingeswara is well-experienced in a wide variety of software development and professional services include Product Development, Quality Assurance, Support, and Lab Services. His core expertise is in optimising the operational, technical and delivery efficiency of teams by taking challenges. He has been awarded as “Best People manager of 2010” by IBM India.

Dr. Santosh Nair

Founder, Analytic Edge Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Santosh Nair has extensive experience in statistical modelling and advanced analytics consulting. He has extensive experience in statistical modelling and advanced analytics consulting. His areas of specialization include Marketing and Media Mix modelling, Pricing, Customer segmentation and Response Modelling in Loyalty Analytics, Testing Analytics and Forecasting.

Dr. J B Simha

Professor and Chief Mentor - AI and CTO, ABIBA Systems

Dr. Simha’s core competency is in R&D, business intelligence and analytics consulting. He has implemented several large scale systems for telecom, BFSI and manufacturing industries in business intelligence and analytics. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Prominent Data Science Academicians in India: 2019’ by Analytics India Magazine.

Ratnakar Pandey

Leading ML and Analytics for Customer Service, Amazon India

Leading a talented team of Data Scientists and Analytics professionals in Amazon to draw insights and build actionable models from mostly unstructured data such as text and speech from India and other geographies. He has won prestigious awards such as Project Excellence Award from Citigroup and Annual Leadership Award from Target. He has also been recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 Data Scientists in India: 2020’.

Pradeepta Mishra

Director of Artificial Intelligence - Fosfor, LTI - Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Pradeepta Mishra has 16 + years of experience and currently is the Head of AI Fosfor, leading a group of Data Scientists, computational linguistics experts, Machine Learning and Deep Learning experts in creating value. He has expertise across core branches of Artificial Intelligence including Image Processing, Audio Processing, NLP, NLG and NLI and design and implementation of expert systems and personal digital assistants.

Usha Rengaraju

Chief of Research, Exa Protocol | Kaggle Grandmaster and Autism Awareness Champion

Usha currently heads the data science research at Exa Protocol. She is the world’s first women triple Kaggle Grandmaster. She is ranked as the top ten Data Scientists in India 2020, ranked as top ten women data scientists 2021 by Analytics Insight magazine. She has been ranked as top 150 AI Leaders and Influencers by 3AI magazine. She organized the NeuroAI/Neurodiversity India Summit which is India’s first-ever research symposium/Conference in the field of Neuroscience and Data Science. Usha is a recipient of Top 10 women tech leader award 2022 by RACE, REVA University.

Sandeep Giri

Founder, CloudxLab

Sandeep is a seasoned and hands-on machine learning scientist with a strong experience in building world-class software products, machine learning and churning humongous data. His core expertise is in Deep Learning (TensorFlow, Scikit learn, MLLib), Distributed Computing (Spark, Hadoop, Kafka), Software Development (Web/Mobile, Python/Scala/Java/C/JS), User-Centric product development, etc.

Ravi Shukla

Consultant - Data Science, Dell Technologies

Ravi is a Data Scientist with expertise in the areas of Web Analytics, AI including Natural Language Processing & Machine Vision. He has 19 filed patents with USPTO out of which 5 have been granted.He has contributed to AI solutions across various business domains. He has been recognized as one of the ‘Top 40 under 40 Data Scientists in India: 2019’ by Analytics India Magazine.

Dr. Angshuman Ghosh

Head of Data Science, Sony Research India

Dr. Angshuman Ghosh is a data science and strategy leader with experience in retail, media, research, and tech domains. As a Data Scientist, he led data science and analytics projects using cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, etc. He is also a member of prestigious Harvard Square Leaders Excellence and American Marketing Association.

Prahalad Karnam

CEO and Founder, PeopleCube.ai

Prahlad is a Strategist, Industry Leader, Change Expert and a Leadership Coach. He had led several engagements and business units globally by guiding companies in their business, operations, IT and Analytics strategy, and execution. His expertise is in the areas of Consumer Products, Business Development, Business Transformation Consulting, Corporate Strategy, and Leadership Mentoring & Coaching.

Dr. Gopal Pingali

Managing Director - Global Hybrid Cloud Leader, Accenture

Gopal is a leading subject-matter-expert in Cloud, AI, and Automation technologies. He has a proven track record of driving digital transformation at scale for 1K enterprises across multiple industries. Gopal is an inspiring technology leader known for building and sustaining talented teams of consultants, architects, and software developers across America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Akshay Kulkarni

Manager - Data Science & AI, Publicis Sapient

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Evangelist, an Author, a Speaker, and a Mentor who drives AI and Data Science-led strategic transformation. He had led strategy and transformation interventions through AI by working on various Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Artificial intelligence engagements by applying state-of-the-art techniques in this space.

Sayandeb Banerjee

Co-Founder and CEO, TheMathCompany

Sayandeb has worked both as part of the large enterprises by setting up the analytics capabilities as well as a service provider for various enterprises. Sayandeb has also played several intrapreneurial roles like designing training and pedagogy by establishing hiring practices, innovation, marketing, and communication.

Amaralingeswara Rao Kaka

Director of Professional Services - APJ, EnterpriseDB

Amaralingeswara is well-experienced in a wide variety of software development and professional services include Product Development, Quality Assurance, Support, and Lab Services. His core expertise is in optimising the operational, technical and delivery efficiency of teams by taking challenges. He has been awarded as “Best People manager of 2010” by IBM India.

Dr. Santosh Nair

Founder, Analytic Edge Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Santosh Nair has extensive experience in statistical modelling and advanced analytics consulting. He has extensive experience in statistical modelling and advanced analytics consulting. His areas of specialization include Marketing and Media Mix modelling, Pricing, Customer segmentation and Response Modelling in Loyalty Analytics, Testing Analytics and Forecasting.

Sandeep Vijayaraghavan K

Chief Mentor - Cyber & Cloud Security - RACE | Executive Vice President - Terralogic Inc.

Sandeep is cybersecurity and network security specialist who has successfully delivered several projects to clients from different sectors. Sandeep has expertise in devising and implementing infrastructure security solutions, Security Operations Centre (SOC) strategies, IT Information Security, and incident management solutions for enterprise customers.

Rajiv R Chetwani

Director, ISRO Headquarters

He has adorned various other coveted positions at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru. He has received ISRO’s team excellence award for 2015. In July 2015, he became a part of Mars Orbiter Mission Testing Team. He is the recipient of Brigadier ML Anand IETE national award of 2007. He is also chairing various Inter-centre technical committees in ISRO and has participated as member in Karnataka State Government technical committees.

Sridhar Govardhan

Senior Director and Head of Information Security, Flipkart

An expert in information security focused on application vulnerabilities, who spearheads organizational initiatives for building self-defensible enterprise network. With his hands-on knowledge in cybersecurity frameworks and regulations, he is extending support to several global brands in optimizing their business processes.

Dr. Ram Kumar G

Cyber Security and Risk Leader, Global Automotive Major

Ram Kumar’s core expertise extends across Information Security, Corporate Security, Data Privacy, and Business Continuity domains. Ram has authored a book on “Cyber Crimes – A Primer on Internet Threats and Email Abuses” that has been published by Viva Books.

Dr. Paras Arora

Azure Cloud Engineering, Microsoft

Dr. Paras’ core expertise is in devising security standards such as  ISO 27001and PCI DSS and has proven skills in SoX – 404, Third-Party Vendor Risk Assessment, Business Continuity Management, VAPT, Applications Security Assessments, Application Design Reviews, Firewall and Network device Audits, Privacy, Control Assurance, etc.

Ajay Pandey

Principal Consulting Systems Engineer, Fortinet

Ajay Pandey is seasoned security, networking and IT strategy professional with entrepreneurial zeal. Ajay is specialized in networking, security and criminal law, IPR with several global certifications to his credit. He is also a speaker and panelist on network visibility and application security in several conferences.

Unnikrishnan P

Partner - CyberSecurity Services, PWC

Unnikrishnan is focused on building and delivering cybersecurity capabilities to improve the cyber risk posture of the clients across industry sectors. His core expertise is in the area of Information Security Consulting, Transaction & Enterprise Risk Management, BCM/DR, IT Risk Consulting, and Business Analytics & Financial Advisory.

Chinmay Hegde

CEO & Managing Director, Astrikos Consulting

Chinmay has worked for global security giants including McAfee, Symantec and Cisco. Chinmay possesses expertise in the area of Security Analytics, Security Compliance Enforcement, and Dynamic Insider Reputation Rating. He has been a contributor to McAfee Global Support Knowledge on various technology topics.

Sameer Devlekar

Project Management Specialist, IBM

Experienced Project Management Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the Security Engineering & Operational Services.
He is skilled in IBM Security Services, QRadar, IBM Resilient, Vulnerability Management, Servers, Management, System Deployment, and Risk Management. Strong program and project Delivery.

Ashok Sharma

CTO & Co-Founder, Purple Synapz

Ashok is a cybersecurity expert who has competency in shaping most of the dynamic security solutions and products. His experience is mainly in leading R & D teams in Check Point, Wipro, and Nokia, and advocates cybersecurity platforms with open-source tools and global security intelligence.

Mahesh Paradkar

Program Director, IBM Security

Mahesh heads the IBM Security Labs in Pune and has the functional responsibility of Encryption and Key Management IBM Security products. He plays an instrumental role in establishing relationships with academic institutions, particularly in the western region by driving several initiatives.

Nishanth Kumar Pathi

Global Advisory Board Member, EC-Council

Nishanth is competent in Advisory, Consulting, Managed Services and Training in DevSecOps, Cloud Security, Cybersecurity and Information Security domains for various sectors, enabling companies to implement and maintain 3600 security posture of Personal and Business Information. He has great exposure to technologies such as Windows/Linux Administration, Auditing Security & Best Practices, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Hyperledger, Ethereum, Quorum, AWS Cloud, Azure Cloud, etc.

Sushanth Samudrala

Chief Mentor, Startup Legal Connect

A cyber law expert and techno-legal consultant. He is a law graduate who has completed a master’s in cyber law and cybersecurity from the National Law University, Jodhpur. Sushanth is one of the 45 Cyber Law Compliance Auditors in India. Sushanth IT Law Associates provides advises on social and legal consulting related to IT, such as technology transfer and licensing, software piracy and privacy, e-commerce, data protection & outsourcing, cyber law, and the IT act. He is also a visiting faculty for cyber law in various colleges such as the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, RSU University, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, etc.

Anju Bhatia

Co-Founder, TrainerZone TeamWorks Academy

Anju is a leadership development and talent management professional with experience in establishing and leading L & D functions for organizations in IT, ITeS, Banking & Financial Services, and Hospitality sectors. She focuses on the training and development of leaders at all levels and also conducts experiential team-building events.

Saritha Digumarti

Co-Founder, Jigsaw Academy

Saritha has extensive analytics and consulting experience across diverse domains including retail, health-care and financial services. She has been helping clients to tackle complex business problems by applying analytical techniques. Received Global Achiever’s Award for Education Leadership 2013 in recognition of her achievements in the field of analytics education and training.

Nazarius Manoharan

Brand & Creative Consultant, Nazarius & Co

Created the Kingfisher ‘Ooo…la…la… la…la…’ TV commercial and has won several international and national awards in Advertising, Press, Radio, etc.  A corporate Trainer with competency in leadership, communication, and creative skills training. He adorns various roles such as Life and Executive Coach, Advanced Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Voice Over Artist, and Psychodrama Therapist.

Madhukar Rajendra

SITPM Consultant, Schneider Electric

A management professional who has also worked with IT companies in the US for over a decade. He brings out his practical experiences on leadership, attitude, team building, and motivation in his programs. He has been conducting programs and mentoring professionals in India, Middle East, United States, Canada, and the UK.

Pavan Sriram

Co-Founder and CEO, Learngage

Pavan Sriram is a management professional with experience in HR consulting, and Learning and Development in India and abroad. Pavan is an active speaker at many forums specifically on topics pertaining on leadership development. He is a regular columnist and has authored several articles that have been published in leading publications.

Ramesh Soundararajan

Consulting and Training in Analytics, Culstran Consulting LLP

Ramesh has pioneered an analytical approach in reviewing information and integrating insights across different HR functions to bring the best foot forward. The approach encompasses all HR domains such as performance management, learning and development, and talent acquisition and retention.

Sanjay Shelvankar

Head – Strategic Initiatives, GuardOn

Sanjay has been instrumental in developing dozens of best practices in the realm of talent acquisition, transformation and retention in the companies he has worked for. He has experience in leading large development team for technical delivery, domain consulting, talent retention, talent transformation and talent acquisition.

Manoj Kumar

Founder and CEO, Workplaceif

Manoj is a thought leader, HR 40Under40 award winner, influencer, blogger, and speaker who has experience in various leadership roles. His core competency includes salesforce effectiveness, people risk monitoring, talent acquisition strategy, operational excellence, and digital transformation.

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