Kris Gopalakrishnan Chairman itihaasa Research and Digital Kris is widely recognized as a global business and technology thought leader for his role in growing the IT services industry globally. He started his career at Patni Computer Systems, after which he co-founded Infosys where he retired as the Vice Chairman. He is an active contributor to industry, having been the President of CII and co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He continues to play a role in shaping the technology ecosystem through a myriad of roles in educational institutes – by serving on the boards of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore.

While in Patni Computer Systems, Kris developed a real time control system for the furnaces at the Rourkela steel plant.

Professional Career: Chairman itihaasa Research and Digital, Chairman Axilor Ventures, Co-founder & Ex-Vice Chairman, CEO & MD of Infosys

Education: MTech IIT Madras, MSc IIT Madras

Awards/Recognition: Padma Bhushan, Top CEO by Institutional Investor

Ashank Desai Ashank is an industry veteran well known for his focus on education and entrepreneurship. He founded Mastek and led it to be among the top software companies in India. He is a founding member and past chairman of NASSCOM. He was also the President of Asian Oceanian Computer Industry Organization (AOCIO) founded for the development of IT in over 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a member on the governing boards of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Jodhpur. He also serves on the advisory boards of SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay. He is the Vice-Chairman of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) and charter member of TiE.

The first program that Ashank Desai wrote in Mastek was a FORTRAN program to invert a large 200X500 matrix on a memory constrained, 64kb computer to solve a structural design civil engineering problem.

Professional Career: Founder & Ex-Chairman of Mastek

Education: MBA IIM Ahmedabad, MTech IIT Bombay

Awards/Recognition: Fellow of Computer Society of India, Distinguished Alumnus by IIT Bombay

S Mahalingam Mahalingam is a TCS veteran. He has held a diverse portfolio of roles including Project and Delivery Centre Management, Marketing, Human Resources, and Learning & Development, before becoming the CFO in 2003. He played a key role in carving out TCS Division from Tata Sons and then managing the preparation, road shows and complete transition to being a publicly listed company He is credited with successfully managing TCS’s hedging strategy through some of the most turbulent currency fluctuation periods. At TCS, he is credited with developing the software factory and assembly line tool based model to solve the Y2K problem.

Mahalingam - the first non-engineer non-science graduate employee of TCS- joined in 1970 and retired from TCS in 2013 after a 42 year career.

Professional Career: Ex-CFO of TCS

Education: CA

Awards/Recognition: CFO of the Year by International Market Assessment (IMA), Best Performing CFO by CNBC-TV 18

Prof. S. Sadagopan Prof S. Sadagopan is the Founding Director of IIIT Bangalore, a premier new generation university set up in the 1990’s with a focus on IT, where he leads visioning, planning and executing growth. His research of over 25 years spans Computer Science, Operations Research, MIS and Enterprise Computing. He consults extensively with some of the largest private and public enterprises in these domains. He has also authored five books in the areas of MIS, ERP & IT trends.

Prof. Sadagopan started his career in the Systems Engineering Group in Engineers India Ltd. where he was writing programs on a Russian ES EVM Ryad 1030 computer, a clone of the IBM 360 mainframe.

Professional Career: Founding Director of IIIT Bangalore, Professor at IIM Bangalore & IIT Kanpur

Education: PhD and MS from Purdue University, BE (Hons) College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras

Awards/Recognition: Fulbright Scholar, Fellow – IEEE (UK), Computer Society of India (CSI), Institution of Engineers (India)

Saurabh Srivastava Saurabh Srivastava is an IT industry veteran with over four decades of experience being an entrepreneur and investor. He founded and chaired IIS Infotech, which got listed post-merger, as Xansa on London Stock Exchange. He has served on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI. He has served on Indo-EU Round Table, Prime Minister’s National Innovation Council and IT Ministry’s Committee on software exports. He is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and has co-founded the Indian Angel Network and is Chairman Emeritus of TiE Delhi. He has also invested in over 50 startups and serves on the boards of several Indian and global organizations.

Saurabh was part of the Software India Seminar - a roadshow showcasing India's expertise in software services in the USA during 1987 - where the idea of NASSCOM was first conceived.

Professional Career: Co-founder & Former Chairman of NASSCOM, NASSCOM Foundation, IVCA; Chairman Emeritus TiE Delhi, Co founder Indian Angel Network

Education: Masters Harvard University, BTech IIT Kanpur

Awards/Recognition: Padma Shri, Honorary Doctorate in Technology from University of Wolverhampton, UK, Lifetime Achievement Award from DataQuest, Distinguished Alumnus from IIT Kanpur