SPEAKERS

Dr. Alok Aggarwal
Chairman & Co-founder, EValueserve

Randolph Altschuler
Co-Founder & President, OfficeTiger

K Balasubramanian
Group Executive Council member, GMR Group

P R Chandrasekar
Chief Executive (Americas & Europe), Wipro

John C. Freker
President and COO, Zenta

Prakash Gurbaxani
Founder & CEO, QVC Realty

Amish Jani
Principal (Information Technology), Pequot Ventures

Aashish Kalra
Co-Founder, Trikona Capital

K.S. (Sonny) Kalsi
Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Investing, Morgan Stanley

Leanne Lachman
President, Lachman Associates and Executive-in-Residence, Columbia Business School

John S. Laxmi
Partner, Alinda Capital Partners LLC

Murray B. Low
Professor, Columbia Business School

Tim Massad
Partner and Head of India Practice, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

C. N. Madhusudan
President of NIIT Ventures, NIIT

Prashant Mitta
Managing Director, Think Capital LLC

Dr. Deepak Narula
Managing Partner, Metacapital Management

Sameer Nayar
Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance - Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse

Nandan Nelivigi
Partner, India Practice, White & Case

Arvind Panagariya
Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University

Nitin Pandit
President, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

Ravilochan Pola
Director and CEO, Kotak Mahindra Inc.

Iqbal Quadir
Founder, GrameenPhone and Director, Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship, MIT

Rahul Raisurana
Executive Vice President (Project Equity), Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC)

Radhika Rajan
Principal , The Chatterjee Group

Usha Rao-Monari
Manager, Infrastructure Department, IFC

Euan Rellie
Partner and Managing Director, Business Development Asia LLC

Ravi Singh
Partner, Sycamore Ventures and Managing Partner, indiaSTAR Fund

Sree Sreenivasan
Technology Reporter, WNBC-TV and Journalism Professor, Columbia University

Suresh Sundaresan
Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia Business School

N. Venu Gopal
CEO, Aithent Inc.

Hitendra Wadhwa
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Marketing , Columbia Business School


Dr. Alok Aggarwal
Chairman & Co-founder, EValueserve
Panel: Entrepreneurship

Alok is a co-founder of Evalueserve (EVS). Prior to this, Alok was the Director of Emerging Business Opportunities for IBM Research Division Worldwide. In this capacity, he headed IBM's India Research Laboratory. There he was managing a team of 55 researchers involved in the research and development of major IBM products and technologies, including those in e-commerce, supply chain management, natural user interface, speech recognition, networking software, data mining and media mining products as well as systems management.

Alok received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and his PhD in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

He has published over 50 research papers and 10 patents, and has received 2 Outstanding Invention Awards.

Randolph Altschuler
Co-Founder & President, OfficeTiger
Panel: Entrepreneurship

Prior to co-founding OfficeTiger, Randy worked in private equity at The Blackstone Group and in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Randy also served as an assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank North America, focusing on both strategic and management issues. He was listed by Institutional Investor as one of the top influencers in the finance industry. He has also been named among the New York Ten Awards winners by the Executive Council of New York. Randy graduated from Princeton University with High Honors and received an MBA with Distinction from The Harvard Business School. In addition, Randy was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria.

K Balasubramanian
Group Executive Council member, GMR Group
Panel: Infrastructure

Mr. K. Balasubramanian, 64, has been on the Board of Directors of GMR since 2004. He is currently the Chairman of GMR Industries and GMR Power Corporation. He is a director on the boards of GMR Infrastructure Ltd., GMR Hyderabad International Airport, and Vemagiri Power Corporation. He also guides the activities of GMR Foundation, the CSR arm of the Group. He has close to 40 years of experience in international banking. After working in India with two large state-owned banks for about 10 years, he worked with American Express for 25 years. Through his tenure with American Express, he held senior positions in marketing, credit and general management in several Asian and European countries. He has also served as the Country Head for Korea, India and Nepal as well as the Chief Credit Officer for the Asia-Pacific region and Indian subcontinent. He was also the managing director and CEO for ING Vysya Bank.

P R Chandrasekar
Chief Executive (Americas & Europe), Wipro
Panel: Exporting India

P R Chandrasekar (Sekar) is responsible for the strategic development of the Americas and Europe. Prior to taking on the additional responsibility for the Americas, Sekar headed Europe and oversaw the rapid growth of Wipro in this market. Highlights include expanding Wipro’s market position in the System Integration, BPO, and Consulting space.

In Wipro he has also been head of Business Development, responsible for M&A, Channel Development and .Net Business. He was instrumental in the multiple acquisitions that Wipro undertook in the past few years, including NerveWire, AMS and Ericsson’s R&D, which have bolstered Wipro’s position as a leading IT services and BPO provider.

Sekar joined Wipro in May 2000 from GE where he was Director, Business Development for GE India. He has an MBA from the University of Bombay and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM).

John C. Freker
President and COO, Zenta
Panel: Exporting India

John C. (Jack) Freker is President and Chief Operating Officer for Zenta. He is responsible for worldwide operations and business development. Zenta, is a leading provider of knowledge and business process outsourcing and related services.

John brings more than 25 years of business leadership experience in a variety of industries. A Princeton graduate, he spent the first portion of his career in the consumer goods industry, working with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Welch's, and Bristol Myers Squibb. In 1992, Freker joined Convergys, a major provider of administrative outsourcing, consulting, and software solutions, where he served as president of the Customer Management Group, the firm's largest operating unit, with more than $1.6 billion in revenue. After driving record global expansion, including significant growth in India and the Philippines, Freker left Convergys in 2005 to become CEO of Boston-based Oblicore, Inc., a global enterprise software company, where he increased global bookings more than 60% and generated a four-fold improvement in U.S. revenues.

Freker is a member of the Sundance Advisory Board and the Young Presidents Organization. He is also chairman of the Princeton University Annual Giving campaign, a member of the Princeton University School Committee and a board candidate for the Cincinnati Ballet.

He and his wife, Phyllis Ann, both reside in Boston, and are the parents of three children.

Prakash Gurbaxani
Founder & CEO , QVC Realty
Panel: Real Estate

Prakash Gurbaxani is the founder and CEO of QVC Realty, the India’s first venture-funded Real Estate Company. Prakash has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of industries including real estate, construction, BPO and technology.

QVC Realty is involved in developing world-class real estate properties across various destinations in India. Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS), India's leading infrastructure development and finance company is the lead investor in the company. Initially the company will operate in about 12 markets including tier I cities like Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. The development projects will cover a range of residential, commercial office, commercial retail, hospitality, mixed-use and integrated townships.

From June 2005 to Jan 2007, Prakash was the CEO of TSI Ventures (www.tsiventures.com), a joint venture between Tishman Speyer, USA and India’s ICICI Venture. TSI Ventures is a fully integrated real estate investment management and operating company with a mandate to identify invest in and develop properties with a cumulative asset value in excess of USD 2 billion over the next 5 years. As CEO, Prakash’s responsibilities included directing all aspects of the business such as strategy, business development, design and construction, acquisition, sales and marketing, investor relations, finance and property management.

Prior to joining TSI Ventures, Prakash was CEO of TransWorks Information Services Pvt. Ltd (www.transworks.com), one of India’s leading BPO companies with almost 4,000 employees. As CEO of TransWorks, Prakash had the distinction of being the first Indian representative on the COPC Global Standards Committee, global experts in contact center certification, training and consulting, the COPC Global Standards Committee and a Policy Board comprise of representatives from leading companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, L.L. Bean, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Convergys and ClientLogic.

One of the finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 awards sponsored by Ernst & Young India, Prakash has a series of key accomplishments to his credit. He successfully launched India’s First Internet Media Company, Micromedia, in December 1997. In April 2000 he co-founded 24/7customer.com a leading outsourced CRM services company based in Bangalore, India, and was CEO until December 2001. Prior to returning to India, between 1983 and 1997, Prakash worked in various senior management positions in the construction industry in the United States.

Prakash holds a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, and a B.S. (major in Civil Engineering) from Regional Engineering College (REC), Nagpur, India.

Amish Jani
Principal (Information Technology), Pequot Ventures


Panel: Private Equity

Amish Jani joined Pequot Ventures in 2000, where he focuses on software and systems investments in the enterprise, communications and digital media sectors. Previously, Amish specialized in mergers and acquisitions in the information technology and telecommunications sectors with J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse First Boston. Amish has been a featured speaker at leading conferences such as Linux World, Silicon India VC Summit, Asian Venture Capital Journal, and the Wharton School of Business on technology and venture trends in the US and India. Mr. Jani is also a charter member in the Boston chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), a global organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship.

Mr. Jani graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amish currently serves on the board of directors for LinkExperts and IMI Mobile, and as a board observer for Navic Networks, RSoft Design Group, COPAN Systems, Syndesis and Tectura.

Aashish Kalra
Co-Founder, Trikona Capital


Panel: Real Estate

Aashish is a co-founder of the Manager and Trikona Capital. Previously, he was involved in various IT companies. Mr.Kalra was a Managing Director and co-founder of Spydre Technologies a venture incubator. At Spydre he built a portfolio of over a dozen companies.

Aashish was also a partner at the venture capital firm, Cambridge Technology Enterprises, Boston (CTE). While at CTE, Aashish was associated with various companies in the technology sector, some of which, like C-bridge, went public.

Aashish was a co-founder of a venture fund, Cambridge Samsung Partners, Boston,with Samsung of Korea. Additionally, he supported new companies with their financing, recruiting, strategic planning and partnerships, and served on their board of directors. He was also one of the founders of Cambridge Samsung Resources Worldwide (CSR), an IT services and solutions company sold to Pretzel Logic.

Aashish has a master’s degree in International Finance from Brandeis University, Waltham, USA. And a BA Honours in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi, after graduating from The Doon School, India.

K.S. (Sonny) Kalsi
Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Investing, Morgan Stanley
Panel: Real Estate

K.S. (Sonny) Kalsi is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business, which comprises approximately US$40 billion of assets under management. Sonny has been with Morgan Stanley since 1991.

For over eight years until mid 2006, he was based in Tokyo and responsible for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Asia, including over 250 real estate professionals in Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India and Australia.

Sonny was the Vice Chair and a Council member of the Urban Land Institute in Japan. He is also an active participant in Morgan Stanley Inspire, the Firm’s philanthropic organization. Sonny received a degree in Finance from Georgetown University’s School of Business Administration.

Leanne Lachman
President, Lachman Associates and Executive-in-Residence, Columbia Business School


Panel: Real Estate

M. Leanne Lachman is president of Lachman Associates, an independent real estate consulting company. Previously, Ms. Lachman spent 13 years as a partner at Schroder Real Estate Associates, a boutique real estate manager that was acquired by Lend Lease, a global institutional investment manager, where she spent four years. Her early career was with Real Estate Research Corporation, where she served as chief executive officer. A highly sought after speaker and widely published author of books and articles on the real estate industry, Ms. Lachman is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and a governor of the Urban Land Foundation, a director of Lincoln National Corporation and a trustee of Liberty Property Trust. She received her BA from the University of Southern California and her MA from Claremont Graduate University. Areas of interest: real estate, gender and diversity issues, corporate governance and offshoring.

John S. Laxmi
Partner, Alinda Capital Partners LLC


Panel: Private Equity

Mr. Laxmi is a founding partner of Alinda Capital Partners LLC, the manager and sponsor of Alinda Infrastructure Fund I. Mr. Laxmi has over 20 years of investment and corporate banking experience and 4 years of public sector experience. Prior to joining Alinda, from 2000 to 2005 Mr. Laxmi taught a finance course as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and was a private investor.

From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Laxmi was a Managing Director at Citigroup in New York, where he was Head of Project Finance Capital Markets. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Laxmi was a Principal at Morgan Stanley in New York (1984 to 1996). Mr. Laxmi previously served as the Deputy Director, Finance & Administration, of the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, and as the Director of Budget Planning for the State of West Virginia. He is a Chartered Accountant from India with experience in accounting and consulting with Ernst & Young in the United Arab Emirates and A.F. Fergusons in Bombay, India.

Mr. Laxmi obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Madras University, India, and an M.B.A. degree from West Virginia University.

Murray B. Low
Professor, Columbia Business School
Panel: Private Equity

Professor Low is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading authority on entrepreneurship in independent, corporate and not-for-profit settings. Starting businesses in several industries led him to study how the entrepreneurial process differs by context. His current research examines the dynamics of entrepreneurial careers. As the founder of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Program, he has worked to make entrepreneurship a viable career option for MBA graduates. Low consults to both small and large companies, family businesses and not-for-profits. He teaches executive seminars in the areas of entrepreneurship and strategic management and makes frequent presentations to academic and industry groups. He has published widely in academic and practitioner journals and is a regular commentator in the media.

Tim Massad
Partner and Head of India Practice, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Panel: Capital Markets

Timothy G. Massad is a partner in the Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Corporate Department. Tim has a diverse corporate practice, with an emphasis on securities offerings (as counsel to underwriters and issuers) and bank financings. Tim’s practice is heavily international. He oversees the Firm's practice in India and has handled a variety of matters there for several years. Cravath has been the international counsel on several of the largest equity offerings by Indian companies in recent years, including offerings by Fortis Healthcare (pending), HDFC Bank, Indian Petrochemical Corporation Limited, Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Punjab National Bank, Sun TV and Tata Consultancy Services. Tim also handles investments by corporations and private equity firms into India.

Tim handles all types of securities transactions, including initial public offerings, high yield offerings, investment grade offerings and sovereign offerings. He also handles private equity transactions and general advice to the Firm's corporate clients.

Tim was a resident partner in the Firm’s Hong Kong office from 1998 through 2002. He also worked in the Firm’s London office and previously covered Latin America.

Tim has an active pro bono practice. He represents UNICEF and Covenant House, the child shelter agency, among others. He also serves as Vice President of the Norwalk (Connecticut) Community College Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.

Tim was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1978, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1984. Tim joined Cravath in 1984 and was elected partner in 1991.

C. N. Madhusudan
President of NIIT Ventures, NIIT
Panel: Exporting India

C.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan is an accomplished executive with over 22 years experience in setting up and managing software, training and knowledge based businesses. His expertise areas include launching new businesses, turnaround management, outsourcing, strategic investments, and acquisitions.

As one of the early members of the team that built NIIT in India, he held key roles including setting up NIIT’s Chennai (Madras) and Bangalore operations, turning around NIIT’s Mumbai (Bombay) operations and establishing NIIT’s HR, IS and Corporate Planning functions.

In 1991, he relocated to the United States to build NIIT’s first overseas presence for its outsourcing businesses. Starting out as an entrepreneurial one-man branch operation out of a business center, he launched three businesses of NIIT – software services, technology based training products and technology based training services. He established NIIT’s US subsidiary in 1994 and managed its growth as President and Chief Operating Officer until 1999. Under his leadership, NIIT USA became NIIT’s largest overseas operation and was nominated twice for the Atlanta International Business Award for outstanding leadership and role in the growth of Atlanta as an international business center.

As President, NIIT Ventures, Madhu leads new venture investment initiatives aimed at accelerating NIIT’s outsourcing business growth through strategic investments and acquisitions. He led NIIT’s acquisition of Osprey, Data Executives International, AD Solutions AG (Germany), Cognitive Arts, ROOM Solutions Ltd. (UK) and the solutions division of Click2Learn.

He is a TIE mentor and the past Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC). He is also a member of the Board of NIIT entities including NIIT (USA) Inc., NIIT Technologies Inc., ROOM Solutions Ltd., and NIIT Technologies AG.

As a speaker, he has addressed audiences on technology, technology education and outsourcing issues at events of the World Bank, IFC, IMF, Institute for International Research, World Education Market, Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and UNESCO. As a philatelist specializing in the Second World War, he has won several awards in national and international exhibitions and was recognized by the Government of India for his services to Indian Philately.

He studied at the St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Harvard Business School. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

Prashant R. Mitta
Managing Director, Think Capital LLC
Panel: Private Equity

Prashant Mitta is currently a Managing Director for the Energy Group at Think Capital, LLC a New Jersey based private fund. Mr. Mitta leads all of Think’s energy initiatives and manages its energy portfolio which includes three energy assets totaling 443 MWs in the United States and two assets in South Asia which include a 208 MW power plant and coal processing business. Additionally Think is in the process of acquiring further assets in thermal as well as renewable energy which are expected to close in 2007. Prior to taking over the energy group, he helped develop ConnectCapital - a joint venture between Think Capital, Insight Capital Partners, Microsoft Corp (MSFT), i2 Technologies (ITWO) and MSD Capital, to invest in services companies which focused on industry verticals such as Energy. Prior to joining Think, Mr. Mitta was a Director at Enron International in Houston, TX. While at Enron he worked in the Corporate Development Group evaluating various investment and M&A opportunities that complemented Enron’s energy and communication strategies. Prior to this role, Mr. Prashant worked in Enron’s Global Finance Group where he participated in several project financings, including Dabhol Power Company (2,100 MW) and Greenfield Shipping Company (LNG Ship), which won several international financing awards. Prashant joined Enron as an Associate in 1996 and holds a BS in Biology from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (1989) and a MBA from Columbia Business School (1997).

Dr. Deepak Narula
Managing Partner, Metacapital Management
Panel: Capital Markets

Deepak Narula is the Managing Partner of Metacapital Management, which he founded in 2001. Metacapital, a New York based fixed income hedge fund, specializes in investing in mortgage and asset-backed securities.

Prior to founding Metacapital, Dr. Narula worked in the Fixed Income Department at Lehman Brothers, New York from 1989 to 2000. At Lehman, he was a Managing Director and head of two mortgage-backed securities trading desks (mortgage pass-throughs and mortgage derivatives). Dr. Narula joined Lehman in 1989 and worked in mortgage research and strategy until 1995, when he became head of the strategy group. From 1993 to 1995, he was ranked on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team for mortgage-backed securities. In 1995, Dr. Narula moved to trading mortgage-backed securities and continued in that role till 2000 at Lehman.

Dr. Narula has extensive trading and research experience in the area of US fixed income securities. He also has excellent relationships with most large US fixed income institutional investors.

Dr. Narula holds a Ph.D. in Management Science from Columbia University, New York (1989) and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur (1985). Dr. Narula resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

Sameer Nayar
Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance - Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse
Panel: Real Estate

Mr. Nayar is responsible for Credit Suisse’s real estate equity and debt platform in India. In addition he is the product manager of large real estate financings for Credit Suisse in the United States. His primary responsibility is the structuring, pricing and execution of all large real estate related transactions. He is also responsible for the distribution of all hi-yield b-notes, mezzanine, preferred equity and other non-rated structured securities. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Nayar was Senior Vice President at Moody’s Investors Service responsible for CMBS ratings. In this role he was responsible for ratings on all CMBS transactions from 1998 to 2001. He was also responsible for developing CMBS rating methodologies and was a member of the Global Ratings consistency committee at Moody’s.

Mr. Nayar holds an MS in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Building Engineering from the School of Planning and Architecture, India and is a graduate of the Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Nandan Nelivigi
Partner, India Practice, White & Case
Panel: Private Equity

Nandan Nelivigi specializes in cross-border transactions involving India.

Nandan has advised lenders and developers in various complex financing transactions around the world as well as many clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments in India.

Nandan's work relating to India involves advising foreign investors and lenders in connection with their investments in India and loans to companies in India. Nandan also advises Indian companies in connection with their investments and capital raising activities outside India.

Most recently, Nandan has represented a number of multinational corporations, private equity funds and other investment funds in connection with their transactions in India, including investments in the technology, media and real estate sectors. Nandan has also recently represented major Indian companies in their acquisitions outside India involving steel companies and oil and gas assets.

Prior to that, Nandan represented the group of Indian and international secured lenders in the financing and multiple restructurings of the Dabhol Project in India, an approximately 2200 MW natural gas-fired power project and LNG regasification plant.

Nandan has also represented a number of banks, export credit agencies and underwriters in the financing of a number of other conventional and renewable energy power plants, petrochemical facilities and other infrastructure projects in the Middle East, other countries in Asia and Latin America.

Arvind Panagariya
Professor of Economics and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, Columbia University
Panel: Infrastructure

Arvind Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy & Professor of Economics at Columbia University. In the past, he has been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and Professor of Economics and Co-director, Center for International Economics, University of Maryland at College Park. He has also worked with the World Bank, IMF, WTO, and UNCTAD in various capacities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

Panagariya has written or edited ten books and is currently writing India: An Emerging Giant to be published in 2007 by the Oxford University Press, New York. His past books include The Economics of Preferential Trade Agreements, 1996, AEI Press (with Jagdish Bhagwati), The Global Trading System and Developing Asia, 1997, Oxford University Press (with M.G. Quibria and N. Rao), and Lectures on International Trade, 1998, MIT Press (with J. Bhagwati and T.N. Srinivasan).

Nitin Pandit
President, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)
Panel: Infrastructure

Dr. Pandit is the President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), a non-profit based in the Washington, DC, area and working through its offices in India, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, and Brazil to implement novel sustainable energy programs in developing countries. Specifically, his focus is to conceptualize and cultivate multi-disciplined approaches to scale-up energy efficiency practices through innovative technical and financial mechanisms.

In the past few years, Dr. Pandit has guided IIEC in the implementation of several trend-setting programs in demand side management with utilities, and in mainstreaming financial mechanisms for constructing energy efficient Eco-Housing in India. Dr. Pandit is currently working on a framework for conservation funds that could have a strategic impact on infrastructure and sub-national fiscal issues, such as subsidies, deficits, and non-performing debt.

Dr. Pandit is a professional engineer and holds a doctorate in public policy. Since he came to the US in the seventies, he has worked with several reputed organizations in-country and internationally. He lives with his family and enjoys tennis in Virginia, and his favorite travel plans to his home town of Ratnagiri in India tend to coincide with the Alphonso mango season.

Ravilochan Pola
Director & CEO, Kotak Mahindra Inc
Panel: Capital Markets

Ravilochan Pola is the director and chief executive of Kotak Mahindra Inc, a New York subsidiary of the Kotak group in India and an NASD-regulated broker-dealer.

Mr. Pola, who has more than 17 years of experience in Indian financial markets, has been with the Kotak Mahindra group since 1994. He focuses on developing Kotak's US business, which includes both institutional investors and high-net-worth clients. In addition to equity sales and research on Indian markets, KM Inc provides access products into Indian capital markets and also offers a portfolio of Kotak's offshore funds managing investments into Indian equity markets.

Before taking up his current assignment in 2001, he served as a senior relationship manager in the investment banking group of Kotak Mahindra Capital Co, the Goldman Sachs JV. Before that, he worked in various positions as the head of syndications group until 1997 and head of corporate finance business until April 1999. Mr. Pola is a chartered accountant and law graduate.

Iqbal Quadir
Founder, GrameenPhone and Director, Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship, MIT
Panel: Entrepreneurship

Iqbal Quadir is Founder Director of the Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship at MIT. During 2001-2005, Quadir has been a fellow and lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, teaching graduate classes on how technologies can effect change in developing countries. Quadir develops economically sustainable ways for common people to adopt technologies so that they can produce, distribute and consume the benefits of such technologies. Such technological empowerment scales up organically, and contributes to strengthening democratic forces and making economies more equitable and progressive. Quadir is currently involved in projects of this nature with regard to electricity, potable water, and market information.

During 1993-1999, Quadir conceived, designed and organized GrameenPhone which has provided virtually universal access to telephony in his native Bangladesh and self-employment opportunities for its rural poor. After developing a vision for universal access to mobile phones in Bangladesh while working in Wall Street, Quadir persuaded Grameen Bank and the Norwegian telephone company, Telenor, to create GrameenPhone and remained actively involved in the board and management of the company through 1999. Today, GrameenPhone is a profitable venture with more than twelve million subscribers, the largest telephone company in Bangladesh. At the same time, it has created self-employment opportunities to more than 300,000 Grameen Bank borrowers, giving telephone access to more than 100 million people.

Quadir’s work has been recognized as a successful development model by leaders and organizations around the world. He appeared on CNN and PBS and was profiled in feature articles in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, and The New York Times, and in several books. The World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, selected him as a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1999. He received an MBA (1987) and an MA (1983) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with Honors (1981) from Swarthmore College.

Rahul Raisurana
Executive Vice President (Project Equity), Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC)
Panel: Infrastructure

Rahul Raisurana has over 15 years of experience with leading global financial institutions in Asia and USA. His extensive experience in senior management roles includes corporate and investment banking, risk, investment management and private equity. He is currently leading an initiative to set up and manage a US$1 billion India Infrastructure Fund being jointly sponsored by IDFC, Citigroup and Blackstone. Previously, he was a senior member of Deutsche Bank India’s Executive & Management Committee in his capacity as Head of Institutional & Corporate Credits. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Rahul was based in New York with Moody’s Investors Service as Vice President, Corporate Finance Specialist. He holds a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird, USA, a Masters in Business Administration from Clark University, USA and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from University of Calcutta, India.

Radhika Rajan
Principal, The Chatterjee Group
Panel: Capital Markets

Radhika Rajan is the President & COO of TCG IndiaStar Fund & other Indian public equity investments of The Chatterjee Group (TCG) in New York. She joined TCG in 2003 to structure, launch and manage the Indian Equity initiatives of the Group. Ms. Rajan is a results oriented financial markets professional with over 20 years of profit-responsible experience, mostly in New York. Ms. Rajan has focused on India as an investment destination since 1999, when she became the New York based Executive Vice-President of Mphasis, an Indo-US IT services startup, which is now a leading IT services company. Prior to joining the Fund in 2003, she advised TCG and several other private equity groups on various companies and proposed investments in the US-India corridor. Prior to 1999, Ms. Rajan worked as a global macro proprietary trader at leading financial institutions including JP Morgan (formerly Chemical Bank), Itochu, UBS, Bank of America and Bank of Montreal. As a global macro trader, she traded and took proprietary positions in a range of currencies, cash and options and in interest rate and commodity futures and derivatives. She has considerable experience in Emerging/illiquid markets, having designed, created and managed several profitable trading structures for the banks mentioned.

Ms. Rajan graduated with an MSc (Physics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and also holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Ms. Rajan is an invited author of “The Global Internet Economy,” a book published by MIT Press in 2003. She is an Executive Board Member of TIE Tristate, which is part of TIE, a global association of entrepreneurs active in accelerating the globalization of Indian business. (www.tie.org and www.tietristate.org )

Usha Rao-Monari
Manager, Infrastructure Department, IFC
Panel: Infrastructure

Usha Rao-Monari is currently a Manager in the Infrastructure Department of IFC, covering the global Utilities and Public Private Partnerships practice group.

Ms. Rao-Monari joined the IFC through the Young Professionals Program in 1990, and has since gained substantial experience in the Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Petrochemicals sectors in several countries and regions of the world. In 1998, she assumed the position of Regional Manager for Manufacturing and Services for South Asia and Country Head for India, based in IFC’s New Delhi regional office. Ms. Rao-Monari assumed her current responsibility in 2001, when she returned to Washington DC.

Ms. Rao-Monari holds a Masters degree from the Bajaj School of Management in Bombay, and a Masters in International Economics and Finance from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to joining IFC, she was a Vice President at Prudential-Bache Capital Funding, working both in New York and London.

Euan Rellie
Partner and Managing Director, Business Development Asia LLC
Panel: Exporting India

Euan Rellie is joint founder and Managing Director of Business Development Asia LLC and is based in New York. Since founding BDA in 1996, Mr. Rellie has been based in Singapore, New York and London and has worked across China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, India and the Middle East. From 1990 to 1996 he worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Schroders, the leading UK investment bank now part of Citibank, and was based in New York, London and Singapore. For most of this period, Mr. Rellie worked on behalf of Western multinationals, assisting them in their international development. In 1995 and 1996, he was Head of SE Asia Execution for Schroders' Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Group. Mr. Rellie’s clients in Asia have included BUPA, ICI, Intel, Kraft Foods, Lubrizol, Nalco, Parker Hannifin, Philip Morris, Reuters, Rohm and Haas, Sara Lee and Tenneco. He was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University (BA Hons, History) and is a Corporate Finance Specialist Registered Representative. He lives in New York with his wife Lucy and their son Heathcliff. Mr. Rellie is also Chairman of Lucy Sykes New York (a childrens' clothing company he founded with his wife) and a committee member of Soho House.

Ravi Singh
Partner, Sycamore Ventures and Managing Partner, indiaSTAR Fund
Panel: Private Equity

Ravi P. Singh is a Partner with Sycamore Ventures and the Managing Partner of the indiaSTAR Fund, a private equity fund focused on mid-market investments in India.

Over the course of his 25-year career, he has structured and led numerous public and private financings, mergers & acquisitions and global investments. In addition, Ravi has held senior management roles at both public and private companies.

His work experience has included the positions of General Partner and Managing Director at SG Cowen, NY; Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking at Punk, Ziegel & Company, NY; and as a Managing Director of Forbes & Walker, NY. Earlier in his career, Mr. Singh has also worked with Coopers & Lybrand in their New York practice, and with Komatsu Limited in Tokyo.

Ravi has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delhi and an MBA from Columbia University.

Sree Sreenivasan
Technology Reporter, WNBC-TV and Journalism Professor, Columbia University
Panel: Exporting India

Sree Sreenivasan is a leading technology expert and WNBC-TV's tech reporter. He is also Dean of Students at Columbia University's journalism school, where he runs the new media program. His tech reports can be seen on Thursday mornings at 6:40 am and Monday evenings at 5:40 pm on Channel 4 (he previously spent six years as WABC's Tech Guru). His work explaining technology has appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone and Popular Science. He is co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists across the US and Canada. In March 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the 20 most influential South Asians in the nation. More on his work at http://www.sree.net.

Suresh Sundaresan
Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions, Columbia Business School
Panel: Capital Markets

Suresh M. Sundaresan is the Chase Manhattan Bank Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University. He is currently the Chairman of the Finance subdivision. He has published in the areas of Treasury auctions, bidding, default risk, habit formation, term structure of interest rates, asset pricing, pension asset allocation, swaps, options, forwards, futures, fixed-income securities markets and risk management. His research papers have appeared in major journals such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, European Economic Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Political Economy, etc. He has also contributed articles in Financial Times, and World Bank Conferences. He is an associate editor of Journal of Finance and Review of Derivatives Research. His current research focus is on default risk and how its affects asset pricing and sovereign debt securities. He has consulted for Morgan Stanley Asset Management and Ernst and Young. His consulting work focuses on term structure models, swap pricing models, credit risk models, valuation, and risk management. He has conducted training programs for leading investment banks including, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, CSFB and Lehman Brothers. He is the author of the text “Fixed-Income Markets and Their Derivatives.” He has served on the Treasury Bond Markets Advisory Committee.

N. Venu Gopal
CEO, Aithent Inc.
Panel: Entrepreneurship

Venu is co-founder and CEO of Aithent Inc., a highly respected international information technology firm specializing in sophisticated IT solutions for several industries including government, insurance, financial services and health care. With a strong focus on developing next generation solutions, Aithent developed solutions today lead the market in insurance regulation, fraud case management, mutual fund analytics, clinical research and more. In addition to Aithent, he has launched several successful companies.

Prior to Aithent Inc., Venu was a leading research scientist with Fuji Xerox and worked at Stanford Research Institute International. At Fuji Xerox, he specialized in research around programming paradigms and worked on multiple Smalltalk-80 and Lisp initiatives. At SRI, he worked on strategic consulting initiatives with large organizations globally. Venu is currently a non-executive director of TransitCenter Inc., a non-profit organization with a focus on reducing global warming through the promotion of mass-transit.

Venu holds B.E. and M.E degrees in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he was a distinguished Mombusho scholar. He also holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa
Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Marketing, Columbia Business School
Panel: Entrepreneurship

Professor Wadhwa has 12 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, quantitative marketing and technology entrepreneurship.

At Columbia Business School, he teaches elective MBA courses on strategy/marketing consulting skills and pricing strategies and the core MBA course Managing Marketing Programs. He has also taught courses in channel management and customer relationship marketing.

Wadhwa consults to corporations on strategy and marketing issues and teaches executive seminars in the areas of marketing strategy; pricing strategies; marketing channel; building and managing customer relationships; and strategic business problem-solving and communication skills.

He has been a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he counseled senior executives at large retail, consumer products and financial services companies on a range of marketing issues, including growth, pricing, CRM, product launch, market segmentation and channel management. He has also been a consultant with ADA, a quantitative marketing consulting firm, where he developed systems for pricing, product portfolio design and customer segmentation for Fortune 500 clients that include GM, HP, Apple and IBM.

Between 1999 and 2002, Wadhwa founded and led Paramark, a technology company backed by $10 million in venture capital that developed the first real-time optimization platform for online marketing. Paramark’s clients included leading financial institutions, such as Capital One, J. P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Ameritrade, and it was recognized by VentureWire/Technologic Partners as a top 100 Internet technology company in 2001 and 2002. Wadhwa speaks frequently at digital marketing industry events such as Ad:Tech, Jupiter’s Online Advertising Forum and IQPC’s Pay-for-Performance Marketing Conference.

His doctoral dissertation introduced new techniques for dynamically pricing retail merchandize such as fashion items that have short life cycles.

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