An entrepreneur, a startup leader, a strong strategist and a master at execution, Rajeev has successfully started, grown and scaled numerous companies, both within India and globally. Rajeev has been a prolific business leader and an enabler of growth for companies including Ilantus Technologies, Computer Associates (NASDAQ:CA), Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and IT&T Enterprises (now Igate Technologies), and Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT). Today Rajeev is considered a global expert for Start-Ups, leading tech startups - building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensuring flawless execution and a successful exit.
Rajeev received his Bachelors of Engineering – Computer Science Degree from University of Pune. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters. He is a passionate ultra runner, an avid reader, and yoga enthusiast.
Jay kumar Hariharan is an Executive Coach, Key Note Speaker and Author of “REWIRE - How to be the Leader of your own Life”. With clients across India, SE Asia and the US as a Leadership Coach, Jay has logged more than 2000 hours across 100 CXO coaches. He has worked across Industry spaces such as Information Technology, Automobiles, Banking and Financial services, Consulting, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals. Venture capital etc. Jay has more than 20 years of cumulative experience in Advertising Sales, media marketing, business development, strategic planning and emerging markets. He is a guest columnist for business magazines on Lead-ership and Coaching culture.
He is a CPC (Certified Professional Coach) by International Coach Academy, Sydney. He is also a PCC certified by International Coach Federation (ICF).
Jay is extremely passionate about helping leaders as he believes the future depends on great leaders who can constantly reinvent themselves. When Jay is not coaching leaders to success, you can find him tapping in to his adven-turous side, as a certified Deep Sea Advanced Open Water Diver and a P1 level Paraglider, he has also bungeed off the highest point on the planet and is a recreational skydiver.
Rajesh Nair has done his Production Engg from Regional Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (now NIT) and joined Tata Motors as a Graduate Engineering Trainee. During his stint in Tata Motors, Rajesh also got the ‘BEST GRADUATE ENGG TRAINEE’ Award from Ratan Tata in 1996.
During his last 20 plus years in the management consulting domain, His area of expertise is Organization structuring, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisition.
Rajesh currently is raising a fund for a foundation on cancer research and invests in early stage lifesciences companies. He is currently on a sabbatical from EY.
Rajesh has also served on the State Planing board of Kerala’s committee on Entrepreneurship from 2014-16. Rajesh also served on the Kerala Chief Minister’s High Powered Committee of the Kerala State Government focusing on promotion of IT industry and investments in Kerala.
He is the Immediate Past President of the TiE Kerala Chapter. He reads and writes in his spare time, including two business columns and devotes pro-bono time for helping start up organizations, MSMEs, and startup entrepreneurs.
With more than 30 years of experience in Healthcare, John Punnoose is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Muthoot Healthcare India, flagship Healthcare Division of the $3 Billion Muthoot Group and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Royale Hayat Hospital, Kuwait and Chief Executive Officer (Operations & Management) Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd, India.
An Honours Graduate of Delhi University, he is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India. He is also the 2007 Fellow, Centre for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA.
John has extensively travelled across 40 countries and has experience of working in a wide spectrum of healthcare delivery and services models in the public, for profit and non-profit healthcare sectors. For the last few years, his passion has been developing the health care sector in his home state of Kerala and supporting initiatives for strengthening the medical emergency response system in the country.
Some of his notable International and National projects include:
Dr. Geetha Manjunath is the Founder, CEO and CTO of NIRAMAI. She has over 25 years of experience in IT research and has led many innovative projects in Healthcare and Transportation, especially catering to Emerging Market needs. Until end of 2016, she was a Lab Director heading Data Analytics Research in Xerox India. Prior to that, she was a Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories for 17 years, and a member of the C-DAC team which built the first commercial supercomputer from India.
She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science and management education from Kellogg’s School of Management Chicago. Geetha has won many international and national recognition for her innovations and entrapreneural work. She was awarded the Computer Society of India Gold Medal in 1991 and TR Shamanna State Award from Karnataka in 1989. She was named as one of the top 50 NASCCOM IT Innovators in 2009. Among several accolades from Hewlett Packard, her outstanding innovation called SiteOnMobile was tagged as a “HP Legend”. She was also the winner of 2010 MIT Tech Review Grand Challenges for Technologists in Healthcare category. She has co-authored a book on Cloud Technologies called “Moving to the Cloud” which was published by Elsevier Syngress Publications. She is a Senior member of IEEE and past Chair of IEEE Computer Society, Bangalore Chapter. She is the inventor of 15 US patents with more pending grant. She was awarded BIRAC WinER Award 2018 for her Entrepreneurial Research.
Anilkumar G is a Business Coach and HRD Specialist with over 22 years of corporate HR experience with Indian and Multinational Companies and 7 years of Business experience by owning and operating two Pvt Ltd companies. He is instrumental in starting BNI in Kerala and is the Executive Director of BNI in Cochin and rest of Ernakulam Dist. In the last six years Anil built one of the greatest performing BNI regions in India and Cochin region ranks in the Top 5 regions of BNI worldwide. There are currently 13 chapters in Cochin with 800+ successful entrepreneurs as its members. Anil supports a few other regions in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu as their District Director. He is part of the BNI National team and also holds an international role as a member of the Founder’s Circle of BNI. In his Business Coaching and Consulting Business, Anil works with Entrepreneurs in India, Middle East and the US.
Thomson heads Strategy and Sales for rapidor. They are currently focusing on the Order-to-Payments workflow and are processing over 35 Crores in orders and invoices each month for SMEs in India. Thomson having completed both his B.Tech and M.Tech from IIT-Delhi, He moved on to work with International Investment Banks like Morgan Stanley in Financial Modelling, and Risk Analytics. With relevant experience to back him, and supported by strong co-founders with complementary skills, he has set up his current venture - Rapidor. Thomson looks forward to profitably scale business operations and to have rapidor systematically cater to more than 1 million SMEs on their platform by 2023.
MSc. International Finance - Leeds University Business School
MBA Finance & Marketing - Bangalore University
Varun is currently Trade Commissioner for Canada in India. Focused on Foreign Direct Investment, Infrastructure and Clean Technologies, and part of a wider network of Canadian trade commissioners located in more than 160 cities worldwide.
Varun has over ten years of experience working in India and the UK, in the education, consulting and advisory sectors. Varun was previously CEO for leading Investment Group, responsible for activities in India and overseas markets focused on luxury real-estate, oil and gas, and fixed asset investments.
Varun values the honest approach, bringing out the best in people, and contributing to a better future for the underprivileged children in India.
Over 20 years of experience in Information Technology industry as a successful Enterprenure, Board/Consulting advisor, BU Head, Strategic solution Advisor to Fortune 500 Companies. Worked with ITC, Cognizant NA, McKinsey, Fujitsu Consulting & Serial enterprenure with successful exit of first company and currently activly running 2 companies (www.arrowheadft.com, www.tophyre.com). As a passion, Currently helping 4 companies 2 india (Fortune 1000 ) and 2 in middle east as a board advisor. Startup mentor for 3 companies (2 in Bangalore, India and 1 in Canada) .
Recently moved to Calgary, Canada as a part of SUV program and setup an office in Calgary and aquired 3 clients for our product. Been part of BDC calgary, Edmonton and active member of University of Calgary Startup innovation cell.
Anmol Garg is the founder of Sales5X, a sales training and consulting organization. His vision is to help SMEs grow into large corporations by helping them solve the 'sales problem'. He's currently consulting 4 companies on sales and has helped 1200+ sales professionals and entrepreneurs crack the sales game! He's a professional speaker having hosted 700+ corporate events.
Ramesh is the co-founder of zSpaze Technologies - a spacetech startup which is designing and developing a cluster of remote sensing nanosatellites along with an AI driven platform to derive insights from geospatial raw data. He has over 14 years of progressive experience both as a technology entrepreneur and a corporate employee. He has actively built 3 startups - 2 of them in India and 1 in Singapore - with a cumulative revenue of more than half a million dollars. He has also worked with and consulted Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Dell and iGate Global Solutions.
Prior to starting up zSpaze Technologies, Ramesh was working as a Technology Research Consultant with Space Kidz India - the only organisation in India to have been able to launch 10 high altitude balloons (HABs), 2 sub orbital and 1 orbital satellite launches to low earth orbit. He was mentoring team CrescentSAT on hyper spectral imagery and NDVI analysis. The team has successfully tested the nano satellite prototype using a high altitude balloon.
An avid problem solver, he had been entrusted by his clients for corporate solutions around product innovation, product management, live-streaming, reporting and analytics. Having a hustler mindset, he is capable of wearing multiple hats on a need basis including strategy, technical research and feasibility analysis, planning, budgeting, valuations, fund raising, hiring, people management, technology execution, marketing and sales. As a technology advocate, he has guided and managed teams training multiple AI applications built on machine learning models related to ASR, computational linguistics, computer vision and image recognition with IBM Watson.
An electrical engineer by profession, he holds an MBA from Manipal University. He is a fellow of Start-up Leadership program (Bangalore chapter) and is also affiliated with a number of organisations including International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Barcamp Bangalore, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), The Planetary Society and International Association for Human Values (IAHV).
ZappyHire brings disruption to the conventional enterprise hiring process through our sophisticated cloud platform which is powered by ingenious AI and data science algorithms.
Prior to co-founding ZappyHire - an AI-driven hiring engine,Jyothis had worked with CogniCor (AI Chatbot company - Spain) as COO. Under his leadership, CogniCor grew from one member team to the 70+ Team with multiple international/national clients. He also worked in MNC such as Cognizant, Infosys, where he led turnkey project delivery in Information Technology for global Insurance and Finance players. A born team leader, Jyothis has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Engineering and several Management training and over 15 years of experience in the multinational IT industry under his belt.
The First Indian Woman to win a Special Recognition at the Prestigious Empretec Women in Business Award, instituted by UNCTAD for the year 2018 for Social Entrepreneurship in empowering and enabling skills of women and girls. Award received on Oct 25th , 2018 at the UN General Assembly Hall, Pales des Nations , Geneva. One of the 25 Woman Change-makers from India , selected by US Govt to participate in TechCamp South Asia 2018, Dubai. Awarded as HiEERA ( High Impact Entrepreneur from Emerging Regions for Action) by Empretec India for 2018. Received the award from the Union Minister for Trade and Commerce, Sri. Suresh Prabhu on November 18, 2018 at New Delhi.One of the 8 women entrepreneurs from India on a three weeks fellowship as part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) , fully funded by the US State Dept ,May 2019.
She is a dreamer and do-er, multifaceted entrepreneur who likes to work on initiatives which creates sustainable future for the world. She is a double Post graduate in Management and Psychology and is now at the verge of receiving her PhD in Social Science( Open Defense pending at Cochin University of Science & Technology). Her Phd topic is “Assessment Of Critical Soft skills Of Management Graduates: Development And Standardisation Of A Psychometric Tool. She has several academic publications in International and National journals in the field of HR , training, soft skills and employability. With over 15 years of professional experience in HR & Training, she has also conceptualized and implemented various innovative initiatives in the field of education and training, especially in employability and career services. She is trained and certified in Entrepreneurial competencies by UNCTAD Empretec in 2016. She is a Master Trainer for Indian Career Education and Development Council (ICEDC) and has also undergone a Graduate Certificate Course in Career Education from Career Education Association of Victoria (Australia) . She is also one of the Mentors at Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (KDISC). She regularly speaks at various institutions and works as guest faculty at B-schools. Her Social Initiative Prayaana Labs is Kerala's first Employability, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab exclusively for women. Prayaana helps girls and women who want to kick start their career after break or want to set up a startup by providing mentoring, co-working space and other support . Prayaana hubs are being set up in various campuses throughout the state and helps young girls as well as women after career break to set up their career. Prayaana is now a community partner of Kerala Startup Mission and is also supported by various organisations as a hiring and training partner for their diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a feminist and works on initiatives leading to women empowerment. She has also launched www.shespeakers.com- A speaker listing website for women; www.Pracol.com – An E-commerce platform for selling women entrepreneurs products and services; TechShakthi – India’s first Mobile app for employability and entrepreneurship learning for women and The Smile Café – A Youtube show for highlighting women leaders’ success stories. Her goal is to empower one million lives by Dec 2030, through several of her training, skilling and entrepreneurship development initiatives. She is also a voice artist, radio host and a blogger during her free time. She is a well-known dubbing artist in Malayalam Film Industry. She has also been selected as one of the finalists at Grihalekshmi Mrs. Kerala 2018
Anubha Sinha is a programmer who started professional coding at the age of 13. Eventually wrote software for 2d to 3D conversion of movies. Her company is the only Indian company ever to LUMIERE technology awards. The award is by the highest hollywood society called Advanced Imagaing Society. Its headed by Disney Chairman and includes Paramount, Dreamworks, Sony Image works etc as the members. The other recipient of the award were Apple, Google, Barco, Cisco, and IBM. It was a proud moment for Indian technology to be a part of that league.
Her other achievements in Kerala inlude the following. 1. To train and give job to 2000 people from home via Akshaya Kendras and Keltron. KERALA CM awarded us for for contributing to self-employment of the state. 2. GUINESS Record for Pulimurugan in 2017 - beating the record of Hollywood movie Men In black. 3. Indias first live action 6D movie in Nucleus Mall. 4. Kerala Tourism Dept declared Nucleus as a tourist spot due to the 6D experience. 5. CM Pinrayi Vijayan Hologram for Calicut event to welcome Google MD Asia Pacific, Rajan Anand. 6. Autism Project to train Autistic children - for Kerala Govt and hospitals. This project was highly appreciated as it solved basic training issues for the teachers. 7. Several Transformative VR projects be it in Drug rehabilitation or for stimulating Paralysed people through CBT. Worked with orthopaedics to make an effective VR system to be able to effectively replace presence of physiotherapists. 8. Did AR VR projects for companies like Popular Motors, Federal bank. The company has started training students free of cost with one year residential program , where they learn Unity, and AR VR app developments. The boarding, food and all basic needs are taken care by the company. Its a certificate course by AIS Hollywood.