Mr. S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys Ltd, along with N.R. Narayana Murthy and five others, founded Infosys in 1981. Kris served as Director (Technical) and his initial responsibilities included the management of design, development, implementation, and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the U.S.
Between 1987 and 1994, S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) served as the Vice President for Technical Operations of KSA/Infosys, a joint venture between Infosys and KSA located in Atlanta, U.S. In 1994, he returned to India and was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Infosys.
Before becoming the CEO and Managing Director in July 2007, S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) served as Infosys’ Chief Operating Officer, President and Joint Managing Director, responsible for customer services, technology, investments, and acquisitions. He took over as the Executive Co-Chairman on August 21, 2011.
Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) was recently voted the top CEO (IT Services category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top Executives and selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia. He was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers compiled by Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, in association with the IE Business School, Madrid and the London Business School's Management Innovation Lab.
In January 2011, the Government of India awarded S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor. He has also represented Infosys and the country in such international forums as: The Indo-US CEO Council; President’s Council of New York Academy of Sciences; and Member of UNESCO High-Level panel on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity. S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) is also the Chairman of The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD), a coalition of international business groups committed to sustainable development.
In April 2012, S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) was appointed as a member of the reconstituted United Nations Global Compact Board for three years. The Global Compact Board is the UN’s highest level advisory body, involving business, civil society, labor and employers organizations. He is also a member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) International Advisory Board. CEIBS is a prestigious business school in China and region.
S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) is the President designate of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council and on the Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Kerala. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.
S Gopalakrishnan (Kris) holds masters' degrees in Physics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Ms. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, born on August 19, 1950 at Shiggaon in the Haveri District of North Karnataka, Dr. Sudha Murty is a well-known social worker and a prolific writer.
After topping her state in the SSLC board examinations from the Girls’ English School, Hubli in 1966, Sudha Murty joined the BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli. Studying engineering at a time when there were hardly any women students in the stream or women engineers in the industry was a challenge in itself. Not only did she take up the challenge, but she also secured the first rank among all the universities of engineering in Karnataka in 1972, and received many awards, including a gold medal from the Institute of Engineers and a silver medal from the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Devaraj Urs.
Getting entry into an all-male industry proved to be yet another challenge. However, Sudha Murty passed this test with flying colors, and went on to work as the first woman engineer for the automobile operations of the Tatas (Telco, now Tata Motors) in Pune, Mumbai and Jamshedpur. JRD Tata himself arranged for a special interview for her after she wrote to him directly complaining of the gender bias in his company (Telco then had a men-only policy). Sudha Murty has also worked for the Walchand Group of Industries in Pune as a Senior Systems Analyst.
Even though she started her professional life as an engineer, she later took up teaching as a career, while devoting a significant chunk of her time to social work. She has been the head of the department of Computer Science at the Bangalore University College, and a Visiting Professor at the Post Graduate Center of a reputed college of Bangalore University. Her passion for social causes translated into the creation of the Infosys Foundation in 1996. Ever since its inception, Sudha Murty has headed the Infosys Foundation with her characteristic commitment and zeal.
The wide range of Sudha Murty’s social work covers the sectors of healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level. Over the years, she has designed and
anchored several programs for the construction of school buildings, public toilets, healthcare facilities and homes for orphan and destitute children. Under her guidance, the Foundation has disbursed scholarships to needy meritorious students; donated books to educational institutions and public libraries, trained teachers; conducted disaster relief operations; imparted technical education to the youth; set up self-employment centers for women; helped war widows and artistes fallen in hard times; and revived some of our most traditional yet endangered arts and crafts.
Some of the notable projects taken up by the Infosys Foundation under Sudha Murty’s active leadership are the leprosy rehabilitation camp at Gulbarga, air-conditioning of the entire burns ward at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore, relief work in the flood-hit districts of north Karnataka and drought-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh, and the building of veterinary hospitals in the rural and backward areas of Karnataka. She is building 10,000 public toilets in the rural areas of Karnataka and has already built several hundred toilets in the city of Bangalore. Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 50,000 libraries so far. Sudha Murty has facilitated the donation of over several thousand computers to rural schools in Karnataka as she firmly believes that computers are the tools for the future. Through Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood affected areas. She has handled national natural disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch - Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Sudha Murty is also a bestselling author, who writes in English and Kannada. Her published works include eight novels, five collections of short stories, four technical books, three travelogues, three children’s books and a book on self- experiences. Some of her most popular works include, “How I Taught My Grandmother to Read”, “Dollar Bahu”, “Mahashweta”, “Wise & Otherwise”, “Old Man and His God”, “Grandma’s Bag of Stories” and “Magic Drum & Other Favourite Stories”. Her most recent book has been, “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk”, which is a collation of extraordinary stories about ordinary people’s lives. Her books have been translated into 16 Indian languages. Sudha Murty’s books have sold over a million copies overall and 5,00,000 in the English language alone. Her books have been accepted by young and older audiences alike and has a huge fan following.
Sudha Murty’s philanthropy and literary achievements have won her recognition at the state, national and international levels. She has been honored with the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2006, the Rajyaprashasti award by the Karnataka government in 2000, and seven honorary doctorates from the SNDT Women’s University, Bombay and the universities of Karnataka, Gulbarga, Chennai, Tirupati, Tumkur, and Kolhapur. The University of California, Berkeley gave her the International and Area Studies Global Leaders Award, while the Book Sellers & Publishers Association of South India, Chennai, recognized her contribution to literature with the R.K. Narayan Award. The Government of Karnataka awarded her the highest literary award the ‘Attimabbe Award’ –for her literary work for the year 2011-12. She was awarded the Doctorate of Literature from Tumkur University in 2012 for her thesis on “Functional Strategies and Best Practices of Infosys Foundation”.
Ms. Kumud M Srinivasan is President of Intel India and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group, India. In this capacity, she is responsible for general management of Intel's operations in India, which includes location's overall strategy, business-enabling operations, organizational development, engineering and innovation for market development, as well as managing relationships with government, industry and academia.
Previously, Srinivasan was vice president and general manager of IT for Silicon, Software and Services where she led the delivery of IT solutions and services for Intel's hardware and software engineers. Srinivasan joined Intel in 1987 and has held several business and information systems positions within Intel's manufacturing and IT organizations.
Srinivasan is a member of the Board of Advisors of the School of Information Studies in Syracuse University.
Srinivasan received her bachelor's degree in economics from Calcutta University in 1981 and her master's degree in information and library studies from Syracuse University in 1984. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in information science at University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. I.S.N. Prasad, Indian Administrative Service (IAS)-1986 - Karnataka Cadre, BE (Civil), Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, Master in Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. Postings held: Assistant Commissioner, Kumta (Uttar Kanara District), Deputy Secretary, Finance Department, Govt. of Karnataka,Bangalore, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Dharwad, Joint Commissioner, Excise Department, Bangalore, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayath, Chikmagalur, Deputy Commissioner, Chikmagalur District, Director, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas,Govt. of India, New Delhi, Special Commissioner, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore , Chief Project Officer, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project, Bangalore.4-4-2003 to 6-7-2006, Managing Director & CEO, Mangalore SEZ Limited,Bangalore 6-7-2006 to 5-7-2009, From 10.7.2009 - Chief Project Officer, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project, Bangalore and, Additional Charge as Managing Director, Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited, Bangalore, and From 22.7.2009 - Additional Charge as Project Co-ordinator & Director, Mangalore Special Economic Zone Project, Secretary to Chief Minister of Karnataka from 6-11-2009 and Addl. Charge as Project Coordinator & Director, MSEZ Project, Promoted as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Govt. of Karnataka with effect from 1.1.2011, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology from 9.7.2012.
Prof. Pankaj Chandra, is the Director of the renowned Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and a Professor in Production and Operation Management. He holds a Bachelor of Technology (first division with Honors) from Banaras Hindu University and a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvanis, USA. Before joining IIM Bangalore, Prof Chandra was a Professor of IIM Ahmedabad. His area of specialization is Supply Chain Coordination, Manufacturing Management, Technology Networks and Building Technological Capabilities in Manufacturing.
Ms. Neelam Dhawan is the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India. She has countrywide responsibility for revenues, profitability and ensuring the greatest leverage from HP’s Services, Personal Systems and Imaging & Printing businesses.
With a portfolio that extends to offshore activities, BPO, Software Engineering, Research and IT Services, Neelam is focused on shaping the company’s overall business agenda and leading its strategy and corporate development efforts to make HP the most admired company in India.
Previously, Neelam was the Managing Director of Microsoft India, a position she held from 2005 to 2008. During her tenure, she sharpened Microsoft’s strategic focus and improved its operating efficiency and execution, as well as its financial performance and customer focus. Prior to this assignment, Neelam held a variety of successful leadership positions in leading Indian IT companies, including HCL and IBM.
Neelam holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St.Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.
Mr. Gautam Hegde is the Managing Director of Backend Bangalore Pvt Ltd is an engineer entrepreneur with a rich academic and industry background. He has nearly two decades of experience as Senior Executive in some of the largest construction companies in India. He has traveled widely in U.S.A, Europe, Southeast Asia and East Africa. He is the driving force behind Backend's software development program along with a talented team of software engineers and IT professionals.
Mr Hegde has a B Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Masters' degree from IIIT-Bangalore.
With nearly two decades of experience as Senior Executive in some of the top corporates in India, Gautam Hegde, widely travelled in U.S.A, Europe, Southeast Asia and East Africa, is the driving force behind Backend's software development programme along with a talented team of software engineers and IT professionals
Mr. Manish Khera is the CEO of FINO (Financial Information Network & Operations Ltd) & is responsible for charting out the company's growth path and sound base. Prior to joining FINO, Mr. Khera had spent 13 years of experience with ICICI Bank. Mr. Khera is an engineer with a Master's degree in Business Administration (Finance) and M.Phil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University, UK
Professor Jitendra Malik is a Professor in the Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California at Berkeley and a member of the Cognitive Science and Vision Science groups at UC Berkeley. He was the departmental Chair till June 2006.
Professor Malik's research interests are in computer vision and computational modeling of human vision. He has authored more than 90 research papers on these topics. He received a gold medal for the best graduating student in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1980, a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989, and the Rosenbaum Fellowship for the Computer Vision Program at the Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge in 1993. In 2000, he received the Diane S. McEntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Computer Science Division, University of California at Berkeley.
Professor Malik is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer Vision.
Professor Malik received the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the PhD degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mr. Som Mittal has over 32 years working experience, of which the last 18 years have been in the IT industry. He has been Managing Director of Digital/Compaq and chief executive with Wipro.
Besides being actively associated with Nasscom (he was even its chairman in 2003-04), he has been closely associated with other industry bodies like MAIT and CII. He was directly involved with the formulation and implementation of Karnataka's IT policy.
He has been on the CII National Council for several years and on the chief ministers' IT Task Force. He is also the founding member of the IIIT, Bangalore and the Board of IT Education Standards.
Mr. B.V. Naidu is the Group CEO of VANPIC and Vice Chairman, Matrix Exports, Hyberbad. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SemIndia Systems Ltd, located in Bangalore India. Prior to joining SemIndia, Mr. Naidu was the Director of Software Technology Parks of India, Bangalore. Under his leadership STPI, Bangalore has grown to become one of India's finest technology parks and the biggest. Mr. Naidu has played a key role in IT infrastructure in Bangalore in addition to facilitating the IT industry as a whole. Mr. Naidu started off as an R&D Engineer in Education and Research Network (ERNET) project of the Government of India.
Mr. Naidu is a member of the Karnataka Chief Minister's Task Force on Information Technology, Founder Member of IIIT-B, Founder Member of Karnataka IT Fund and a Charter Member of TiE, Bangalore.
Mr. Naidu obtained his BE degree from Andhra University and his ME degree from the Madras Institute of Technology.
Ms. R Rajalakshmi is the Director, STPI Bangalore & Development Commissioner - for IT/ITES SEZs in Karnataka. She is an Electronics and Telecom Engineer with added qualification in Computer Engineering and Radio Engineering. She has played a major role in promoting the Small and Medium Enterprises with participation in UNIDO-ITPO programme in building relationship between Indian and Japanese conmpanies. She has also been encouraging women professionals to enhance their share and sustainability in IT, a forum viz., (eWIT), "empowering Women in IT" was supported to encourage the women IT professionals. She has been given the additional responsibility as Development Commissioner of IT/ITES, SEZs under the Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India, w.e.f. 12.11.2007. With effect from June 2008, she has taken over the charge as Director, STPI Bangalore and Development Commissioner for IT/ITES SEZs in Karnataka.
Prof Sadagopan is the founder Director of the Institute from September 1999. He has taught at two premier educational Institutes in India, namely, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IITK) during 1980 - 1995 and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, (IIMB) during 1995-1999. He obtained his undergraduate engineering degree from Madras University and his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Purdue University, USA. He is a Fellow of the IEE, UK, Computer Society of India and the Institution of Engineers (India).
Mr. K Subrahmaniam is an IT Industry veteran , currently advising many companies for their growth strategy and is also setting up new ventures in IT and non IT sectors. Mr Subrahmaniam was the President and Managing director of Computer Sciences Corporation in India (CSC) till April 2010, managing over 20,000 IT professionals across the globe. In 2007 CSC acquired Covansys and Mr Subrahmaniam was the President and CEO of Covansys India managing international business. He was promoted in 2003 to head Covansys India after more than nine years of successful service to the Company as the chief operating officer. Mr. Subrahmaniam led Covansys India to attain Level 5 SEI CMM certification in process maturity, and Level 5 of the PCMM. Under his leadership the company was ranked in the Best companies to work for Survey by Mercer Business-Today for three years in a row in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as well as in the top 15 Best Employers in India by the Hewitt survey of 2007.
Prior to Covansys, Mr. Subrahmaniam worked in the R&D division of one of India's premier telecommunications companies and was responsible for projects in areas of SCADA, embedded systems, network management systems, and telecom switching & transmission systems. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the acclaimed College of Engineering, Guindy (Madras University) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Adminstration from Annamalai University.
He has won many awards and recognitions like the IT People CEO of the year award in 2007, Import Substitution award from Elcina in early 90s.
Mr. M N Vidyashankar, IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology.
Mr. Vidyashankar holds a M.A. Degree in Economics and M.Phil. from the Delhi School of Economics and a MBA from Harvard University, USA. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and served in different departments in the state government including Rural Development, Revenue, Animal Husbandry, Panchayat Raj, Agriculture and Energy. He also served in the Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, Government of India. He was Chairman BWSSB, Commissioner BDA and Secretary to Government, Health and Family Welfare Department.
Mr. Vidyashankar's areas of interest include downsizing, re-engineering, e-governance, business process outsourcing, customer relations and enterprise resource planning. Currently Mr. Vidyashankar is Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology.
Dr. Praveen Vishakantaiah, is a is the President - Intel India, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd. Before taking over his current position he was the Director of the Digital Enterprise Group in India. He was responsible for functional management of the server microprocessor design, server chipset design and processor system validation groups in India, as well as overall operations and leadership development.
His responsibilities also include site management of other DEG India groups, and he has been actively involved in development of the broader Intel India site. Before relocating to India in 2003, Vishakantaiah was part of the microprocessor design His responsibilities also include site management of other DEG India groups, and he has been actively involved in development of the broader Intel India site. Before relocating to India in 2003, Vishakantaiah was part of the microprocessor design team contributing to the development of Pentium II, Pentium III and Pentium 4 microprocessors. In 1995, he was one of the winners of the first Intel Innovators award.
Mr. J Parthasarathy, Director, STPI-Chennai. Holding a Master’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Joined as “Research Associate” in BPL and he was instrumental for various products of BPL.
His career spans more than two decade in serving Government of India, Department of Electronics (Research Wing of ET & T).
Executed many major projects.
He has joined Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), which is an autonomous society under Government of India, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Department of Information Technology and served in various jurisdictions like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Noida and presently in Chennai covering the state of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
He held the additional responsibility as Development Commissioner of Special Economic Zones for IT/ITES, under the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India to promote IT Export from SEZs.
He was also attached with yet another additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of MSITS (a JV company of MTNL & STPI) to make domain “India.in” popular and also set up Green Data Centers across the country.
Serving as a Member on the Board of Directors’ of TIDEL Park Coimbatore Ltd.,
Member in the unique Think Tank forum supported by IT Department on Policy Matters for IT sector in Tamil Nadu.