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Inaugural Speaker


 
 
 
Nick Gill
Chairman of Global Automotive Sector
Capgemini
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Speakers


 
 
 
A. Srinivas
Senior Vice President & Head - Product Development
Mahindra & Mahindra
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Mr. A. Srinivas is currently Senior Vice President & Head of Product Development, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra. In his present capacity he oversees product development for automotive division, which comprises of program management, design engineering, vehicle integration, build, validation & testing functions. He is having additional responsibility as Chief Executive of M/s. MGRD (Mahindra Graphic Research & Design) based out of Italy.
He obtained his M.S in Automotive Electronics degree from Coventry University, U.K. He has 30 years of diverse experience in various facets of product development which includes deployment of innovative features & technologies across M&M product range, technology incubation & commercialization, and frugal engineering approaches.
He led the end-to-end development of products such as TUV300, KUV100 & Jeeto. He has been widely appreciated for the massive upgradation of entire range of Mahindra products with state-of-the-art customer delight features, keeping pace with rapid proliferation of electronics. He pioneered hybrid initiatives in India, Mahindra being the first OEM to productionise Scorpio and Bolero Micro-Hybrids through his frugal engineering approach. He is instrumental in bringing out several state-of-the-art technologies for XUV 500, Scorpio and other products which were instrumental in transforming Mahindra’s brand image from “Rural & Rugged to Global & Aspirational”.
He held various key roles at both national and international forums. As a Co Chairman, Mr.Srinivas was leading the Hybrid and Electrical Vehicle initiatives of SIAM. He was an advisor to NATRIP and a member of TIFAC/ CAR board on automotive electronics and infotronics.
He owns/co-owns 15 patents and 9 publications in international/national conferences to his credit. Technologies developed by Mr.Srinivas has won several accolades such as Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award 2010, Innovation of the year 2009 by AutoCAR-UTVi, Leadership award in Automotive Electronics and Leadership award in best automotive embedded system design.

 
Dr. Wilfried G. Aulbur
Managing Partner India
ChairmanMiddle-East & Africa
Head Automotive Asia
Roland Berger
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Dr. Wilfried Aulbur is the Managing Partner of Roland Berger in India and heads Roland Berger's Asia Automotive Practice. He is the Chairman of Roland Berger Middle East and Africa and a member of Roland Berger's Supervisory Board. His industry focus is Automotive, Industrials, Aerospace & Defense, as well as Engineering and IT service companies. However, he has worked in other areas such as Metals & Mining, Consumer Goods & Retail and Energy, Chemical & Utilities as well. His work centers around operational performance improvement, growth and innovation.
Wilfried is the Chairman of the National Automotive Council of Assocham and the Chairman of the Indian Council on Competitiveness, a sister organization of the US Council on Competitiveness. He has held various roles in SIAM as well as the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. Besides being a member of the jury for various initiatives such as the Porter Prize, AutoCar Professional, AutoTech Review, and Manufacturing Technology, he regularly publishes in leading dailies and industry-focused publications and is a regular speaker at key industry events. He is a lecturer at Harvard Business Publishing and a mentor for the International Innovation Corps of the University of Chicago.
Prior to his work with Roland Berger, Wilfried was the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India where he was responsible for passenger cars, trucks and busses. Before that, he held various positions with Daimler in Europe, the US and India. He holds a PhD in Physics with a focus on Computational Material Science.

 
 
Markus Pfefferer
Managing Director - Asia Pacific
Ducker Worldwide
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Chandrika Shetty
Director Solution Delivery and Operations APAC
Volvo Group Telematics
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Ankit Jain
Senior Director, Ola Play
Ola Cabs
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Ankit Jain is a Senior Director and Head of Ola’s connected car platform - Ola Play. Ankit is responsible for leading the development and expansion of Ola Play across categories and different parts of the country. This includes product innovation, platform development, strategic alliances, supply chain management and monetisation among other elements that form an integral part of Ola Play.
Ankit started his career at Opera Solutions, a big data firm, where he helped Fortune 500 clients on areas including sales, marketing, and procurement. After completing his post graduation, Ankit joined McKinsey in Palo Alto. At McKinsey, Ankit served high tech companies in the US, Germany, UK, and India. Ankit has deep expertise in product development, go-to-market, demand marketing, and competitive strategy.
An IIT Bombay alumni, Ankit has completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Consumer Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management. He has published numerous reports, including one for the Planning Commission of India on ‘Improving the Productivity & Competitiveness of Industrial Clusters’ that focused on how India should increase the performance and productivity of its manufacturing clusters.

 
 
Randeep Singh Khokar
Head of Electrical & Electronics Engineering,
Passenger Vehicles
Tata Motors
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Vivek Tyagi
Director-Business Development of Commercial Sales
SanDisk India
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His focus is building a strong customer base for OEM, Embedded iNAND products & Enterprise Storage within India with a key thrust on application acceleration.
Vivek has over 2 decades of industry experience.
Prior to SanDisk, Vivek has been pivotal to Sales and Business Development initiatives within India for Freescale, Motorola and Philips.

 
 

Panelists


 
 
Vikram Batta
Head - Service IT
Honda Cars
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Sudhir G
CEO
GoodsMover Technologies
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Started career at own software business and developed own product for transport organizations in 1998. After selling the same for three years, started trials and R&D to launch a Vehicle tracking service based on GPS with technical help from Bharat Electronics. Supported and conducted extensive trials in 2000-2004 with BEL for GPS services with collaboration with a lot of top logistics companies at that time. The tie-up with BEL failed to take off but eventually the company named GoodsMover Technologies was launched in 2007. Vast experienced gained during trials and working on various business models helped in creating a company which focused from the very beginning on Service and usage of Telematics technology for betterment of Fleet Management in the Logistics industry.
The company today is among the leading providers of Telematics Solutions in India and provides services to more than 50 leading logistics companies of the country. The company today employs more than 25 people across the country with its main office in Bangalore. The company is expanding rapidly to more cities and expects to become a key player in the Telematics Services industry.
GoodsMover has pioneered the concept of working along with its clients and supporting them as partners in Fleet Management rather than vendors. GoodsMover has one of the most experienced teams and worked with Logistics companies across spectrum of verticals such as automotive logistics, Cold Chain logistics, express Cargo Logistics and Project Cargo (ODC) logistics.

 
 
Sirish Batchu
Head - Infotronics Technology & Advance Electronics
Mahindra & Mahindra
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Mr. Sirish Batchu has ~24years of experience in the industry and is currently the Head of Infotronics Technology and Advance Electronics at Mahindra Research Valley, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. for the Automotive and Farm Sectors since July 2013. He is responsible for the development & exploration of relevant technologies in advance of vehicle programs which helps in reducing time to market and launch reliable products for M&M. He is involved in formulation of the Technology Strategy the Automotive and Farm Sectors, and acts as a Technology evangelist across group divisions.
Sirish has been responsible for the creation of “DiGiSENSE” - the Connected Vehicles Platform at Mahindra & Mahindra which is a common solution for the entire Mobility Sector across the Group companies (Automotive, Farm & Commercial Vehicles). This was launched in market in Aug-2016 and will be available across various vehicle platforms in the Mahindra portfolio.
He is also responsible for the Advanced Electronics solutions that include standardizing the Vehicle E/E Architectures, ADAS, various emerging Technology Projects and Green Energy Solutions. He actively engages with the startups & academia in the exploration of possible new ideas/concepts that can be brought to the automotive domain.

 
Asit Kumar Padhi
General Manager - Connected Vehicle
Ford Motor Company
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Vishwa Kiran
CEO
CarbookPlus
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CEO of CarbookPlus( A telematics and Automobile CRM Platform) and CEO Widas.in (Big Data consulting).

 
Sharmila H. Amin
Managing Director -South Asia India
Bertling Logistics
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Before joining Bertling as the Managing Director of South Asia India

Sharmila was the Head of Panprojects in South Asia – India Panalpina Group

Sharmila holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai as well as Degree in Shipping Management from Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. She is also a Customs Rule 9 License Holder,

Presently also Independent Director with Hindustan Oil Exploration Co.(Listed Co on Stock Exchange)

General Secretary for WISTA India ( Women International Shipping & Trading Association.

With over 25 years of experience Sharmila has executed multiple projects in the power generation, petrochemical, fertilizer, automobile, oil & gas and other core industry sectors.

She is not only one of the most successful top executive business lady in the Indian logistics industry but also the only woman in the Projects Logistics business

 
Gaurav Bansal
Senior Researcher - Cooperative Automated Driving
Toyota ITC
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Gaurav is a Senior Researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center in Mountain View, CA, where he leads several research initiatives on the design of communication systems for Automated Driving. Gaurav is an expert in Vehicular Communications, pioneering contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. His current research interests also include millimeter wave & full-duplex wireless communications. Gaurav represents Toyota in the Automakers’ Vehicle Safety Communication Consortium and in the SAE, ETSI standardization bodies. Gaurav's paper on DSRC Congestion Control received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE WiVEC Symposium. He also holds several patents in the field. Gaurav serves in the editorial board of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials Journal and IEEE Connected Vehicles Initiative. Gaurav holds Electrical Engineering degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and The University of British Columbia.

 
Vijay Kumar
Principal Officer
Oben General Insurance
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Krishnaswamy Jambunathan
Chief Engineer – Infotainment
Delphi Automotive Systems
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Jatinder Singh
AVP - Under Writing
Kotak Mahindra General Insurance
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Puneet Sahni
AVP- Product Development
SBI General Insurance
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Having diverse experience of more than 20 years in Non life insurance having managed Operations, Retail Underwriting, Product Development, Claims and Profit Centre Management.
Started career with India’s leading PSU insurer New India Assurance Co Ltd in 1995 and have handled Underwriting and Claims for all lines of business.
Specialized in Auto Insurance working through channel management, business process, underwriting, pricing and product development for 8 years.
Have led innovative pilot project on Telematics in India and have been exposed at various levels on the usability of the concept in the developed markets.
Have been exposed to the strategic function of product development and have worked extensively for Health Insurance product- development and marketing for retail and corporate customers.

 
Mandeepsingh Khangura
Director
Pointer Telocation
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Kiran A.R
Technical Director
iTriangle Infotech
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Mr Kiran A R is the Promoter and the Technical Director of iTriangle Infotech Pvt Ltd., a Bangalore based Company, working in the domain of Telematics. With a special focus on GPS/GSM/RFID based products and solutions, iTriangle has end to end capabilities in hardware and firmware designing and related application software development for different industry sectors. iTriangle today is the largest Indian manufacturer of Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring systems.
Before iTriangle, Mr Kiran, who is an electronics engineer and has a PG Diploma in Embedded System Development from CDAC, has worked in Siemens and CDAC. He is the principal product architect of the Company and works with a dedicated and a motivated team whose principal focus is to put iTriangle Infotech in the pole position in the Telematics domain with innovative, stable and affordable products and services.

 
Olumide Solarin (FCCA)
CEO
Best School of Motoring Ltd
(Nigeria)
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Is a consummate chartered accountant with considerable years of experience in finance and accounting. He has worked with several world class organisations in Nigeria, London and Ireland, including Accenture (Ireland) where he was a Finance Specialist in charge of seven Accenture entities and a team of 25 senior accountants and consultants. He was also briefly the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at Gateway Holdings Ltd (the investment company of Ogun State Govt)
Mr. Olumide holds a postgraduate diploma from Greenwich School of Management, London, an MBA from Dublin City.
His forte includes corporate governance, also a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is a passionate believer in good driving behavior and car security and fleet telematics. Olumide is currently the CEO of Best School of Motoring.