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Manu Kaushish is the current CEO of Nirvana Digital, one of the largest YoutTube Multi-Channel Networks for content from the Indian sub-continent, streaming over 1 billion minutes of video on YouTube each month. Mr. Kaushish previously served as SVP for New Media, Eros International, responsible for creating new revenue streams from global distribution over internet, cable, and on-demand channels. He is also the Founder of Divine Arts Inc., one of the first aggregators of digital distributors of audio content from South Asia. These roles allowed him to work with clients such as Comcast, Apple iTunes, RCN, Verizon FiOS, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, and more. Mr. Kaushish is a keen technology entrepreneur who has created and grown scalable Internet & Media businesses across Management, Strategy, Product, and Business Development. He has contributed to technology discussions in publications such as Dataquest, PC World, Time Magazine, Variety, Star TV, and Times of India.
James Shapiro joined Tata Sons as its Resident Director for North America in August 2014. His office represents the holding companies’ interests and assists group companies in the region in the areas of government affairs, media relations, academic partnerships, sustainability and business development. Prior to joining the Tata group, Mr. Shapiro worked at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) where his responsibilities included global business development and managing BSE’s global partnerships. Mr. Shapiro’s earlier experience includes cross-border investment banking and several senior management positions at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Mr. Shapiro earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Ishan Raina has over 34 years of experience in advertising and media and has worked on Brand and Communication Strategy with all major corporations in India and many global customers. In 1995, at age 37, he became the Founder-CEO & Joint-venture Partner of Euro RSCG Advertising Worldwide. This was the first global advertising agency start up in India with majority (60%) International share holding, a model thereafter replicated by several global advertising networks. He also founded India’s first internet media solutions company (Media Turf) now called Ignitee Digital Solutions. In 2007, he founded Out – Of – Home (OOH) India, India’s leading Digital OOH TV company.
Sree Sreenivasan is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a world-class team of 70 working on media topics around digital, social, mobile, video, data, email apps and more. He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer. In 2015, he was named to Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in Business, in part for the work he and the museum are doing on the future of culture. Prior this this he was also named the most influential CDO in the US. In 2010, Mr Sreenivasan was named one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media, also becoming one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter. He recently joined CBS Radio’s new PlayIt podcasting network with the immodestly titled “@Sree Show: Talking tech, culture, entrepreneurship”.
Ritu Banga is a Co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career initiative. Zoomdojo works with educational institutions, NGO’s, and student organizations around the world, including in the US, Canada, China and India. Ritu is a trustee of Marymount School, New York. From 2007 to 2011, she was on the Board of the Asian University for the Women Support Foundation and has played a key role in the launch of this university in Bangladesh. She has also served on the Advisory Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York 2013 initiative “Global City / Global Practice.” She started her career in product management, marketing, and sales. She was then an early entrepreneur with Point of View, her strategic consulting firm, which worked with global companies and NGO’s entering India as the country opened its economy in the early 90’s. Ritu is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Pashupathy Gopalan has been with SunEdison since 2009 and is currently the President for SunEdison, Asia Pacific region. He has built close to 900 MW of solar and wind energy plants across India, Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and China and raised closed to $1B of capital for the same. Prior to SunEdison, Pashu worked with Cypress Semiconductor as Global Vice President – Strategic Marketing and Business Development. At Cypress Semiconductor, he was responsible for functions covering global market strategy, new business creation, mergers and acquisitions, venture funding and platform marketing for its products. Before Cypress, he was the Vice President – Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Government Relations at Bloom Energy/ Ion America, a leading fuel cell energy company based out of Silicon Valley. Pashu holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, Masters of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University, and Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, India.
In his current role as the Program Leader for India, Ben brings coherence to the Economic Integration pillar of the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for India at the World Bank. He is the single-point contact for World Bank programs in India for Energy, Transport, Urban Development, Trade & Competitiveness, Finance & Markets and PPP. Ben has an established background in developing and implementing World Bank infrastructure related policies and projects across the globe. He is recognized as an expert in advancing Public Private Partnership policies and projects, with significant experience in the fields of domestic and global industry development and planning in railways, roads, aviation, maritime/shipping and urban transport. Ben has a Bachelors in Economics from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and a Masters in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Laura Ettelman is an architect and managing partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. She has led the design and planning for major architecture and infrastructure projects worldwide, including India’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 in Mumbai. At SOM, Laura’s technical and construction experience allows her to manage a range of project types including airports, hospitals, and education facilities. An expert at leading large multidisciplinary teams, she uses her broad knowledge to guide architects, engineers, and clients to achieve each project’s goal and vision. Laura earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
Saurabh N. Agarwal is a Principal at Warburg Pincus and focuses on energy, natural resources and power investments. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company in New Jersey and New Delhi, and Temasek Holdings in Mumbai. He is currently a director of Venari Resources, RS Energy Group, Velvet Energy and CASA Exploration, and was previously a director of Competitive Power Ventures and Delonex Energy. Mr. Agarwal holds a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in microelectronics from IIT Bombay, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Suresh M. Sundaresan is the Chase Manhattan Bank Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University. He is the faculty director for the India Business Initiative at Columbia Business School. He has significant policy experience, which includes Treasury Bond Markets Advisory Committee (TBAC) in the United States, which meets the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury twice a year; Financial Markets Round Table at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Resident Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund; Wim Duisenberg Research Fellow at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt during the first half of the year 2015; Technical Advisor at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel during the second half of the year 2015. He has also testified to the US Congress on transparency issues relating to corporate bond markets. He served as the Head of Research at Capula Investment Management during 2009 in London, and then as a consultant during 2009-14. He has also worked at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley in Fixed Income Research and Investment Management, respectively.
Margaret Cannella is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, teaching seminars she developed. She is a board member of Advance Pierre Foods, owned by Oaktree Capital, and a trustee of the Schroder Mutual Funds. She was a board member of Avalon Aircraft Leasing (NYSE:AVOL) and an Independent Trustee of Wilshire Mutual Funds. In 2009, Margaret retired from JPMorgan after more than thirty years in financial services in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. At JPMorgan, she built the U.S. Equity and Global Credit Research businesses; both currently rank number one in the Institutional Investor Survey. In 2007, Margaret herself was named to the Fixed Income Analyst Hall of Fame in 2007 for her publications on the credit crisis. Margaret is a graduate of Princeton University with an A.B. in East Asian Studies and a graduate of the Columbia Business School with an MBA in finance.
Gautam Narayan is a Principal in the Services team with Apax Partners, based in Mumbai. He has been with the firm since 2007 and has been involved in the Apollo Hospitals, Weather Investments, iGATE, GlobalLogic, Chola, Shriram City Union Finance and Zensar Technologies deals. Prior to joining Apax Partners Gautam was a banker with Macquarie, where he specialized in advising clients in the telecom, media and technology sectors. Gautam holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is a Chartered Accountant.
Zachary Kaplan focuses on General Atlantic’s investments in the Internet & Technology sector. He joined their New York office in 2010, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Vox Media, and is closely involved with the firm’s investments in Red Ventures, Gilt Groupe, Acumen Brands and Tory Burch. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Zack was an investment banker at Greenhill & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring advisory groups. Zack earned a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prashant Agrawal is the Co-Founder of Impact Analytics, a data analytics products and service company. Prashant went to Cornell University and earned a JD/MBA at Columbia University in 1998. Post his JD/MBA he joined McKinsey and Company in NYC. In 2002, he moved to Mumbai with McKinsey and Company. Post McKinsey, he was at Courage Capital, a US hedge fund, helping lead Asian Investments. He then co-led the Private Equity and Corporate Finance practice for the Boston Consulting Group. Prashant has also been a columnist at GQ India and Mint and written extensively for the WSJ, NYT, FT and most Indian publications.
Dinyar Devitre is the Special Advisor to private equity firm General Atlantic LLC, a position he has held since June 2008. Prior to this, Mr. Devitre was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Altria Group, Inc. where he also held a number of senior management positions within the company. In addition, he holds the role of Independent Director at Markit Ltd. and SABMiller PLC. He previously held executive management roles at Kraft Foods Inc. (now known as Mondelēz International, Inc.), at Emdeon Inc., and at the Western Union Company. Mr Devitre also serves as Executive Chairman of Pratham USA and is on the Board of Trustees for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Mr. Devitre holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree from St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Raja Rajamannar is the Chief Marketing Officer for MasterCard and a member of the company’s Management Committee. Mr. Rajamannar is also the Chief Communications Officer, responsible for worldwide communications and digital marketing. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as EVP and Chief Transformation Officer at Anthem, where he oversaw the turnaround of the company’s $10 billion Medicare Advantage business. Before Anthem, Mr. Rajamannar served as the Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer for Humana. He was also with Citigroup for 15 years, holding a number of senior management roles. Mr. Rajamannar was also the Chairman and CEO for Diners Club North America. In 2015, he was recognized as one of Forbes’ 50 Most Influential CMOs. Mr. Rajamannar holds an M.B.A from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.
Inir Pinheiro is a social entrepreneur who co-founded Grassroutes, a company which aims to improve livelihood in villages by developing a low cost, scalable model in village tourism. His work and action has already won him several awards and public recognition such as the Karamveer Puraskaar for Social Justice and Citizen Action in 2008. Inir Pinheiro did his MBA in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar after graduating from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
Sanjay Jain has been with The Indian Hotels Company Limited (Taj Group of Hotels) for the past 20 years, and this illustrious career he has held several top-level positions in IHCL’s Finance Departments across India and North America. He assumed the role of the Senior Director of Finance at the Taj Group in their New York office in 2008, where he governs the financial, legal and accounting functions of the luxury hotel group. He completed his studies at Hansraj College, New Delhi in 1985.