Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship
Arun Maheshwari '70
Founder of Rising Sun Ventures
Akash Jain
Director, International Development, India, NBA
Jamal Mazhar
CEO, Kaavo
Prof. Bruce Kogut (Moderator)
Professor & Chair, Leadership and Ethics, Management Department, Columbia Business School
 Healthcare
Hemant Shah
President, HKS & Company, Inc.
Ajay Singh
Senior Director-North America, Dr. Reddy's Labs
Sukumar Natesan
Chief Compliance Officer, Merck India
Dr. Padma Kaimal
Vice President, Technology Alliance & Business Development, Suven Life Sciences
Neal Batra
Senior Manager, Life Sciences, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Debjit Ghosh (Moderator)
Managing Director, Huron Consulting
 Capital Markets
Bunty Bohra
CEO, Goldman Sachs Services India
Vallabh Bhanshali
Chairman, Enam Securities
Gagan Singh
Chief Investment Officer, PNC Bank
Georges Ugeux
CEO, Galileo Global Advisors
Prof. Partha Mohanram  (Moderator)
Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
 Technology
L.N. Balaji
President, US Operations, ITC InfoTech
Hari Kumar
Managing Director, Deloitte U.S. Offices in India
Lalit Dhingra
President, NIIT Technologies Ltd. and Head of US Operations
Sridhar Ramasubbu
CFO, International Operations, Wipro Technologies
Paul McDougall (Moderator)
Editor-At-Large, InformationWeek
 Social Enterprise
Gil Crawford
CEO, MicroVest Capital Management
Brinda Ganguly '02
Rockefeller Foundation
Prem Ramaswami
Product Manager, Google
Doug Bauer (Moderator)
Executive Director, The Clark Foundation
 Infrastructure
David Good
Chief Representative, TATA Sons, USA
Madhu Vuppuluri '07
President, Essar North America
Howard Endelman
Co-Founder & Partner, Baseline Partners
Dianne J. McCord Maughon
New Busines Development Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions
Anil Kumar '05 (Moderator)
CEO & Managing Director, IMaCS Virtus Global Partners



Arun Maheshwari

Arun Maheshwari '70
Founder & General Partner, RisingSun Ventures

Arun K. Maheshwari is the founder and general partner of the RisingSun Ventures. Arun studied at IIT, Bombay and IIM, Calcutta in India before leaving for the US for further studies. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and graduate business degrees from Columbia University (MBA) and Wharton School of Business (PhD). While pursuing his doctorate at Wharton, Arun taught business courses at Wharton, Temple University and New York University. Arun has obtained the CPCU P&C Insurance industry certification and has completed Part 1 of LOMA FLMI Life Insurance certification. Arun returned to India in 1974 after his education in USA and joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as a senior executive responsible for marketing, software development and management consulting. He was TCS’ first head of marketing / business development. After about three years, he decided to migrate to the USA and joined McKinsey, the world-renowned consulting firm, in New York in 1977. At McKinsey, he specialized in strategy and information technology studies. Arun consulted with a number of major corporations such as IBM, Pepsi, Hartford Insurance, St. Paul Insurance, American Express and Warner Lambert. In 1981, Arun moved from McKinsey to Reliance Insurance in Philadelphia, a client of his. He worked for them for four years as AVP, Information Technology. In 1985, he joined Continental Insurance, another client from McKinsey days, as VP, Information Technology. Under Arun’s oversight, in late eighties, Continental became the largest customer / user of Indian IT resources in the world. Arun helped pioneer the concept of offshore development by setting a Continental unit within TCS in India and by installing the first lease line between USA and India. In 1996, Arun got together with Policy Management Systems Corporation (PMSC), the world leader in insurance software at that time and one of the top software companies, to set up a PMSC subsidiary in India. Arun started the company from scratch. Subsequently in December 2000, PMSC was acquired by CSC and the company in India became a wholly owned subsidiary of CSC. Arun was able to grow CSC India at an average rate of more than 70% per year, one of the fastest in the Indian IT industry. By the time Arun left CSC in October 2005 to start Fiserv Global Services Group, he had grown CSC India to more than 4,000 employees in three cities in India serving clients in more than 20 countries and had plans to grow the company to over 10,000 employees in the next few years. Arun started Fiserv Global Services Group (FGS) in 2005. It was set up with the objective of globalizing Fiserv’s markets and cost structure. FGS grew quickly in a little over two years to more than 2,000 employees, spread over multiple offices in India and Costa Rica. FGS’ initial focus was on setting up IT, BPO and infrastructure capabilities in India to serve Fiserv business units. In its third year of operation, FGS also started selling its services outside Fiserv. Arun is well known in the Indian IT industry. He worked for TCS in its early years when it had only 450 employees, was the largest customer of Indian resources in the world at one time and has founded two successful ventures in India (CSC and Fiserv). In addition to being the general partner for RisingSun Ventures, Arun is active with a number of private equity groups as an advisor and is in the process of setting up an Internet company in India.

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Akash Jain

Akash Jain
Director, International Development, India, NBA

Akash currently oversees the NBA's overall development in India, working to drive participation and increase awareness for the sport and the League. In this role, Akash is responsible for developing the League’s long-term strategy to grow basketball and the NBA’s business interests in the region. Consequently he is focused on creating business opportunities through strategic alliances and is also responsible for administrating and implementing the NBA’s marketing and grassroots programs in India. Over the past two years, Akash has successfully developed partnerships with leading brands in India such as Taj TV, HSBC, TCS and Mahindra. In his previous capacity, Akash spent 3 years with the League's Global Merchandising Group. His role encompassed managing the League's international consumer products and licensing business. He spearheaded development of the group's international retail expansion strategy, which resulted in the recent opening of the NBA's first retail stores in China this past July. Akash has a diverse professional experience spanning 12 years of which he has spent over 5 years with the NBA. After acquiring a degree from Michigan State University, BA, Marketing, Akash went on to acquire an MBA from the University of Oregon, Warsaw Sports Business Center.

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Jamal Mazhar

Jamal Mazhar
Founder & Chief Executive Offficer, Kaavo

Jamal Mazhar possesses more than 15 years of experience in technology, engineering and consulting with a range of Fortune 500 companies including General Electric Capital and ING U.S. Financial Services. Prior to starting Kaavo, he established technology infrastructure and product development operations in India for a Canadian business analytics startup. Previously, Mr. Mazhar managed integration, development and continual improvements to IT assets while working at ING. He established ING’s “Center of Excellence for B2B” which streamlined $2 billion per month in electronic money transfer operations. As Lead Architect at GE Capital e-Business team, Mr. Mazhar directed analysis and implementation efforts and improved the performance of the website generating more than $1 billion in annual lease revenues. At Trilogy Software, an innovative technology company, Mr. Mazhar provided technical and managerial expertise for several large scale e-business implementation projects for companies such as Boeing, NCR, Gartner, British Airways, Quantas Airways and Alltel. Mr. Mazhar earned his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

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Bruce Kogut

Bruce Kogut
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

Bruce Kogut is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He received his PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics. Previously, he was on the faculties of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and INSEAD, and he has been a research fellow and visiting professor at the Rand Corporation, École Polytechnique, Social Science Research Center Berlin, Stockholm School of Economics, Humboldt University, Santa Fe Institute, the Singapore Management University and Tsinghua University, among others. Professor Kogut serves on the board of 3i Infotech (Mumbai) and has served on the boards of several nonprofit and research institutes in Europe and Russia. He directed the strategy and emerging-economy research centers and was the associate vice dean for the PhD program at Wharton, was subsequently the founder of the social entrepreneurship program at INSEAD and will codirect the Ariane de Rothschild Fellows Program, which aims to develop a network of social entrepreneurs with an interest in fostering a culture of mutual respect and dialogue among Jewish and Muslim communities. Professor Kogut was the editor of the European Management Review and a member of the editorial boards of several leading academic journals. As an early research innovator on real options, knowledge and innovation, culture and direct investment, options and diversification, and knowledge and joint ventures, he has won several awards and has been published in leading sociology, management and economic journals. Sponsored by Wharton, INSEAD and the World Economic Forum, his edited book (coedited by Peter Cornelius) on governance and international capital flows was presented at Davos meetings. He has also written books on comparative management, the Internet and redesigning the business school, and a selection of his articles was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 under the title Knowledge, Options, and Institutions. He is finishing a project sponsored by a European consortium on the complexity of the evolution of venture capital, and a collective book involving more than 20 researchers on the small worlds of national and global corporate governance. Along with Columbia colleagues Patrick Bolton and Tano Santos, Professor Kogut is organizing a Bernstein Center conference on “Preventing the Next Financial Crisis” that will result in an edited book; Columbia colleague Sid Balachandran and he will contribute the chapter on “Early Warning Signals: Could Regulators and Investors Have Forecast the Crisis?” Having taught in executive programs in the United States, Europe and China, Professor Kogut has also taught business school classes on governance, ethics, development and international strategy and now teaches the core course on strategy in the MBA and EMBA programs at Columbia Business School.

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Hemant Shah

Hemant Shah
President, HKS & Company, Inc.

Hemant Shah is a health care analyst and president of HKS & Company, Inc., an independent health care industry research and securities firm. Prior to founding HKS & Company, Inc., Mr. Shah was an analyst with Nomura Securities and Mabon Nugent. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Mr. Shah was employed by major Pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Pfizer, and Glaxo SmithKline in various capacity. Mr. Shah received Pharmacy education from University of Bombay (now Mumbai), and an M.B.A. in 1982 from New York University in conjunction with London Business School. Hemant is also a volunteer firefighter (interior certified Firefighter II) in State of New Jersey.

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Ajay Singh

Ajay Singh
Senior Director-North America, Dr. Reddy's Labs

Ajay Singh is Senior Director and Head of Business Development, Portfolio and Strategic Planning for North America Generics at Dr Reddy's Laboratories Inc. Most recently he was heading the North America API business for Dr Reddy's Laboratories Inc. Ajay joined Dr Reddy's in 2002 in the Branded Formulations team and was instrumental in setting up the South African subsidiary for Dr Reddy's in 2003. He then moved into the API team in North America and rose through various positions of increasing responsibility to head the North America API business and manage key global accounts. Ajay has played a key role in several P-IV litigation settlements and some key M&A deals in North America for Dr Reddy's Laboratories in the recent past. Ajay has a Bachelor of Law degree from University of Delhi and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

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Sukumar Natesan

Sukumar Natesan
Chief Compliance Officer, Merck India

Mr. Natesan, as the Chief Compliance Officer at MSD Pharamaceuticals, the merged entity of Merck and Schering Plough, is responsible for the development and implementation of compliance policies and SOPs based on applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. He also interfaces with internal and external resources state and federal legislative and regulatory developments that may impact company’s corporate compliance program. Mr. Natesan brings over 30 years of experience, and has worked in Pfizer India in various capacities. The compliance team he build in MSD India from scratch is rated as one of the top best subsidiaries among Merck globally from a compliance stand point.

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Padma Kaimal

Dr. Padma Kaimal
Vice President, Technology Alliance & Business Development, Suven Life Sciences

Dr. Kaimal is a Pharmaceutical industry veteran with 15 years of experience in technology development and business development. After his MS and Ph.D from IIT Bombay and post doctoral studies from Brown University, he joined the pharmaceutical industry and headed the technology division of Synthon Chiragenics. He was responsible for developing several technologies for chiral molecules to develop single isomer drugs for the pharmaceutical companies. For the past 8 years he is VP, for Technology Alliance and Business Development at Suven Life Sciences. He has over 40 publications and several patents in this area.

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Neal Batra

Neal Batra
Senior Manager, Life Sciences, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Neal Batra is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Sciences Strategy practice. He is part of the firm’s Corporate and Competitive Strategy practice and the Life Sciences Emerging Markets practice. Recent engagements include leading a global organizational restructuring, conducting a global corporate strategy refresh, driving new product development (pharma/biotech) and new product market entry (med device) analyses and leading a global manufacturing strategy, all of which required a significant focus in emerging markets, including India. Past healthcare clients include global leaders Amgen, Bayer Healthcare, Cardinal Health, Eli Lilly, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (J&J franchise), J&J Corporate, Pfizer, Sodexo Healthcare and Roche. At Deloitte, Neal has developed, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum, a comprehensive tool to compare healthcare innovation across emerging markets. Personally presented initial outputs and findings to the healthcare group in Davos in late-January 2009. He has supported a world-class pharmaceutical company through a transformative organizational redesign effort. Specific energy was required to assist the newly formed emerging markets business unit through the shaping of decision rights, governance, org design and internal / external interfaces. He has outlined the performance characteristics a world-class pharmaceutical company must deliver to successfully enter and win in a new therapeutic area. Primary research included dissecting multiple global markets, including India. He conducted a review of a global medical device market, seeking an opportune entry point for a newly developed product on behalf of a $1-2 B medical device manufacturer. The global analysis was driven by disruptive innovation frameworks, and included the application of nascent theories around jobs-based segmentation. Prior to Deloitte, Neal co-founded and led two venture-backed companies – the first a b-to-c retailer and the other a b-to-b virtual procurement marketplace. Neal has earned a MBA from the London Business School and a BBA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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Debjit Ghosh

Debjit Ghosh
Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

Mr. Ghosh is a Managing Director with the Life Science Advisory Practice of Huron Consulting Group based in New York City . He assists pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the U.S. and abroad on matters of risk related to sales, marketing, and commercial operations. Mr. Ghosh has more than 16 years of experience as a consultant to the industry and has held positions at Merck & Company and Pharmacia/Pfizer. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Ghosh is routinely called upon to present at industry conferences in both the U.S. and abroad and is assisting multi-national companies with matters of risks related to their operations in India . He has a Bachelor's degree in the Biological Sciences from Rutgers University in New Brunswick , NJ , a Masters in Health Sciences from New York Medical College , and a Masters in Applied Statistics from Columbia University .

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Bunty Bohra

Bunty Bohra
CEO, Goldman Sachs Services India

Bunty is chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Services in India, responsible for oversight of staffacross Operations, Technology, Finance,GIR, Investment Banking, GSAM, Legal,Compliance and Human CapitalManagement. He serves on FedCom, FirmCom and the Structured Finance Capital Committee. Bunty co-chairs the India Diversity Committee and was previously co-captain of MIT undergraduate recruiting for the firm and co-chair of the firmwide Asian Professionals Network.Prior to assuming his current role in 2009, Bunty was global head of the Structured Product Syndicate desk and oversaw warehouse financing in the Mortgage Department of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division in New York. Bunty was also co-head of the Structured Finance Group (SFG) in the Americas.

Bunty joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division, where he traded commodities for four years in New York and London. He spent a year working on the development and launch of IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), an electronic derivatives exchange and trading platform, before becoming franchise manager of the Commodities and Futures Services business units. Bunty was named managing director in 2005. Bunty is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute's India Leadership Initiative and serves on the Asia Society Corporate Diversity Council. Bunty earned dual SB degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management Science from MIT in 1996.

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Vallabh Bhanshali

Vallabh Bhanshali
Chairman, Enam Securities

Mr. Vallabh Bhanshali is the co-founder and Chairman of ENAM Securities Pvt Ltd, one of the leading home grown financial services group. Founded in 1984, ENAM has presence in institutional broking, investment banking, asset management, distribution and insurance broking. The group owes its success to its ability to understand and value businesses across categories; and research which it pioneered and remains core to ENAM's business. ENAM Securities occupies a significant position in the Indian capital market. Its belief in the philosophy of "underpromise but overperform" has enabled it to top the funds mobilization tables across categories of investors and bring new industries and companies to the market regularly. ENAM has been voted the best Domestic Equity House by AsiaMoney, and Finance Asia magazines; it has also been ranked among the top ten in the Indian M&A League Tables by Bloomberg. Has done pioneering IPOs in several sectors and been instrumental in the growth of several business houses of the country, including Infosys, Zee, Sterlite, Marico, Pantaloon, Radio Mirchi; PSUs such as NTPC, PTC, PFC, etc. Mr. Bhanshali has personally been involved in several M&A deals such as Birlas takeover of L & T cement, Spice Telecom, etc. A Chartered Accountant with a Degree in Law, Mr. Bhanshali has over 25 years of association with capital market and investment banking. His professional association spans across a large number of capital market entities. Mr. Bhanshali is a much sought after speaker and has served on several Committees of SEBI, the first index committee of BSE. .He is also a Trustee of the BSE. It is not just finance. Mr. Bhanshali is a person with diversified interests and has a deep interest and understanding in spirituality, behavioral sciences and economic development. An avid practitioner of Vipassana meditation, Mr. Bhanshali is the Chairman of Global Vipassana Trust.

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Gagan Singh

Gagan Singh
Chief Investment Officer, PNC Bank

Gagan Singh is Executive Vice President and the Chief Investment Officer of PNC Bank. He is responsible for managing the bank’s securities portfolio, balance sheet derivatives and alternative investments. In addition, Singh also oversees the bank’s MSR hedging effort. Singh is a member of PNC’s asset and liability committee (ALCO), PNC Investment Corp and also sits on PNC’s administrative committee. Prior to joining PNC in 2004, Singh was at JP Morgan where he was a Managing Director and Head of Derivatives Strategy. In this capacity, Singh led a team that advised banks and asset managers on asset liability management with a focus on managing interest rate risk. Singh was also intimately involved with JP Morgan’s proprietary relative value trading efforts. While at JP Morgan, Singh and his team were consistently ranked as one of the top Derivatives Strategy teams on Wall Street in the Institutional Investor survey and other such surveys. Singh received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland where he was awarded the prestigious Graduate School Fellowship.

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Georges Ugeux

Georges Ugeux
CEO, Galileo Global Advisors

On October 1, 2003, Georges Ugeux founded Galileo Global Advisors LLC to offer CEOs, Boards of Directors and Governments independent advice on international business development, restructuring, compliance and capital market issues. Prior to founding Galileo, Georges Ugeux joined the New York Stock Exchange in September 1996, as Group Executive Vice President, International & Research. He built and managed the Exchange's International Group and, during his tenure, spearheaded the listing of 308 companies from 43 countries, out of the 470 non-US companies listed on the NYSE with an aggregate value of $2.7 trillion. During that same period, the NYSE's international trading moved from 40 to 140 million shares a day. He was also in charge of the NYSE's relationships with foreign Stock Exchanges, Regulators and Governments. Georges Ugeux, a 65-year old Belgian national, began his career in 1970 at Societe Generale de Banque (now Fortis Bank), the leading Belgian commercial bank, where he became General Manager of the investment banking and trust division. His career led him to London in 1985, as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley's Mergers and Acquisitions department. In 1988, he was appointed Group Finance Director at Societe Generale de Belgique, the leading Belgian diversified industrial and financial conglomerate. In 1992, he became president of Kidder, Peabody Europe as well as Managing Director while serving as a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody, Inc. He was put in charge of the firm's global origination efforts. In addition, he was also a member of the European Corporate Executive Council of General Electric Inc. From 1995 until joining the NYSE, Georges Ugeux served as President of the European Investment Fund, a Euro 2 billion public-private partnership created by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union at the Edinburgh Summit. He also chaired the Kingdom of Belgium's Privatization Commission, at the time of the Belgacom privatization. Georges Ugeux holds a Doctorate in Law and is Licentiate in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain. He has lectured at that University, as well as at the College of Europe in Bruges. He also served as a Special Advisor of the Program on International Financial Systems of Harvard Law School. Georges is a US FINRA Registered Representative with Series 24 and Series 62 licenses. Georges Ugeux is Chairman of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce and of the Catholic University of Louvain Foundation. Georges Ugeux is also a director of Amoeba Capital, British American Business, Inc., and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the International Advisory Board of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and Oxford Analytica.

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Partha Mohanram

Partha Mohanram
Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Professor Mohanram's research has been published in the leading academic journals including the Accounting Review , Journal of Accounting Research , Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Review of Accounting Studies . His research focuses on the valuation of stocks, corporate disclosure and earnings management. His research has examined the valuation of Internet stocks, the calculation of cost of capital, the use of fundamental information in the valuation of growth stocks and the manipulation of earnings to maximize executive compensation. He has also studied the impact of Regulation Fair Disclosure (FD) on the functioning of financial analysts. His research has been cited often in the business press and he has appeared on CNBC to discuss his research on growth stocks. He serves on the editorial board of the Accounting Review . Mohanram teaches financial statement analysis to MBAs and executive MBAs, with an emphasis on exposing students to the potential manipulations of financial statements. He also teaches in Columbia's executive education programs. He is currently the coordinator of doctoral program for the accounting group, and has served on the dissertation committees of several students.

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L.N. Balaji

L.N. Balaji
President, US Operations, ITC Infotech

L N Balaji is President - US operations, ITC Infotech.
He has been with ITC since 1985 and has carried out diverse responsibilities across different businesses of the company. His assignments include managing indirect taxation, coordinating and consolidating an integrated plan for ITC, managing investor relations and serving in the office of the Chairman, ITC. Balaji was previously responsible for strategizing and implementing growth through mergers and acquisitions.
A Bachelor of Commerce form the Madras University, Balaji is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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Hari Kumar

Hari Kumar
Managing Director, Deloitte U.S. Offices in India

Hari Kumar is the Managing Director of Deloitte U.S. offices in India, and a partner in Deloitte LLP. As Managing Director, Hari is responsible for overseeing the operations of the four businesses: Consulting, Tax, Financial Advisory Services, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services and Enabling Areas. Besides managing the Mumbai and Hyderabad offices with over 7500 professionals, Hari also leads one of the largest client engagements at a Fortune 50 Telecom client in the U.S.

Hari brings over 14 years of consulting and leadership experience. He started his career at KPMG, and later founded eWaken, a specialized management consulting firm. In 2002, he sold eWaken and joined Deloitte Consulting in the U.S. as the Oracle practice lead for the Midwest region.

Over the past seven years, Hari has been the Lead Consulting partner on many significant engagements for Fortune 100 clients focusing on Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), and Consumer and Industrial Products (C&IP)

Under Hari's leadership, eWaken was named Oracle Corporation's 'Partner of the Year' in 2002. He was also named as one of the top 50 Indian entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Silicon India magazine. He serves on the founding board of United Way of India and Junior Achievement.

Hari lives in Hyderabad with his wife and daughter. He is an avid runner and golfer.

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Lalit Dhingra

Lalit Dhingra
President, NIIT Technologies Inc.

Lalit is the President of NIIT Technologies Inc. NIIT Technologies is a publicly listed global IT services provider and the outsourcing arm of the $500 Mn NIIT Enterprise. NIIT Enterprise employs over 10000 employees and operates in 44 countries across 4 continents. Lalit has been with NIIT since 1991 and responsible for building the North American operations for NIIT Technologies. Lalit in his role heads up the North American Balance Sheet; Lalit’s penchant to build innovative business models in the technology outsourcing space has ensured NIIT Technologies consistent double digit growth in the last 5 years. Nominated as a finalist in TechAmerica’s Outstanding Leadership for 2009 and featured as an Industry leading professional in leading publications like Fortune, Forbes, Silicon Valley, USA Today, DNA (Zee Media) etc. Lalit has also served the board of Southeastern Software Association, a TAG (Technology Association of Georgia) affiliation. He is a regular speaker for Software Quality and Productivity in various international conferences. Lalit in the recent past (March 2008) has represented India’s chair as a speaker at the United Nations ICT and Entrepreneurs meet, United Nations HQ, NYC. A post graduate alumnus of the prestigious IIT Delhi, Lalit also holds a Masters in Operations Research from Delhi University and EMP from Michigan School of Business. Lalit is an avid golfer and lawn tennis player; he resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

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Sridhar Ramasubbu

Sridhar Ramasubbu
CFO, International Operations Wipro Tehcnologies

Sridhar is CFO, International Operations for Wipro Technologies. Wipro Technologies is a leading global IT services company with a market cap of $30 B billion, providing software and hardware solutions to fortune 1000 clients worldwide. The company has over 98,000 employees and have offices in 54 locations across the globe. Sridhar joined Wipro in 1989 in their “Systems Engineering Division” and later on moved to “International Operations” in 1991 as founder member of the R&D business. He was instrumental in pioneering the concept of “Global Development Centers” for Wipro in India and as CFO of the technology business drove the business for strong growth and profitability. He played a critical role in establishing the US Operations for Wipro during 1992-95 and relocated to California in1996. As CFO- Americas and member of the “Americas Leadership Team”, played a critical role in strategic planning, M&A initiatives and building “C” level relationships. Post Wipro’s listing in the NYSE bourses (WIT), Sridhar took additional charge of the Investor Relations function for the Americas. He has recently taken an expanded role to cover all International Operations of Wipro (CFO – International Operations). Sridhar has represented the company and the industry in various forums. He has spoken at various conferences and participated in panel discussions of leading investment bankers, Gartner, Silicon Valley Technology & Leadership forum, ITAA, CII, US Chapter, Key note speech at Darden Business School, Asia Business Conference etc. Prior to joining Wipro, Sridhar was with the DCM group in their refrigeration & Compressor business unit as CFO of their manufacturing & R&D units, driving factory productivity, Component outsourcing, Strategic Technology up gradation and Cost Management. Sridhar completed his Engineering and Management education from B.I.T.S Pilani in 1982 and has over 28 years of rich industry experience.

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Paul McDougall

Paul McDougall
Editor-At-Large, InformationWeek

Senior Editor Paul McDougall covers major tech companies such as Microsoft and IBM for InformationWeek and InformationWeek.com, and also keeps a close eye on the outsourcing and IT services markets. His journalistic interests include the impact of technology on emerging markets and the economies of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. McDougall holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he studied political science and economics, and an M.A. in Journalism from New York University. He works and lives in Manhattan.

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Gil Crawford

Gil Crawford
CEO, MicroVest Capital Management

Mr. Crawford is Chief Executive Officer of MicroVest Capital Management, responsible for leading the company's investment operations and strategy. As MicroVest's CEO, he led the launch of MicroVest I, LP, the first commercial private equity vehicle focused on microfinance in North America. He has over 20 years experience with microfinance institutions and capital markets, and has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa, as well as in Asia. Before helping to found MicroVest Capital Management, Mr. Crawford worked for the Latin American Financial Markets Division at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and focused on investments in microfinance institutions. Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Crawford created and ran Seed Capital Development Fund, a US based non-profit firm, involved in creating financial instruments and attracting funds to capitalize microfinance institutions, primarily in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Mr. Crawford has also been a Member of ProFund's Investment Committee and alternate member to the Board of Directors for many years.

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Brinda Ganguly

Brinda Ganguly '02
Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Brinda Ganguly is an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation. There, she manages the Foundation’s Program Related Investments (PRI) portfolio and works on the Initiative to Harness Impact Investing, which seeks to catalyze an efficient industry that can deploy investment capital to complement philanthropy in solving social challenges at scale. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Ms. Ganguly was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Corporate Bank, where she addressed corporate finance issues for healthcare clients. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ganguly worked at the Soros Foundation, originating and executing PRIs on behalf of the Soros Economic Development Fund, and at Charles River Associates as an economic consultant. Ms. Ganguly serves on the board of Neighbors Together, an anti-poverty, anti-hunger organization based in Brooklyn, New York, as well as on the President’s Advisory Council for Bryn Mawr College. She holds a BA, in Economics and Spanish, from Bryn Mawr and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Prem Ramaswami

Prem Ramaswami
Product Manager, Google

Prem Ramaswami has been a Product Manager at Google since, 2006. Currently, Prem focuses on Google's Dotorg efforts around Disaster relief and NGO outreach. He has worked on projects such as Google Checkout, Google's ecommerce shopping solution, and the Internet Bus Project aimed at increasing Internet penetration in India. Additionally, Prem was instrumental in launching Google Checkout for Non-Profits. Prem was also part of Google's Network Infrastructure team as part of the Make the Web Faster Initiative launching Google Public DNS. Prem graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Biomedical and Computer Engineering and worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on an airborne 3D laser radar wide area mapping system before joining Google. He also is a diehard Jets fan, loves college basketball, and is addicted to TV.

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Doug Bauer

Doug Bauer
Executive Director, Clark Foundation

Doug Bauer manages the Clark Foundation, which focuses on helping individuals lead independent and productive lives, supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY, and is also executive director of the Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations. Prior to Clark, Mr. Bauer was Senior Vice President with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors from 2002 to 2009 and led the organization’s Strategic Initiatives Team. Prior to joining RPA, he was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs and Co. and President of the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, the firm’s charitable gift fund. From 1997 to 2000, he was Director of Community Partnership at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Executive Director of the SmithKline Beecham Foundation, where he focused on community-based health care around the world.
Mr. Bauer’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Contribute, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR and CNBC. He co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Mr. Bauer also chairs the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and serves on boards or committees for Children’s Health Fund, The Melalucca Foundation and Philanthropy New York (formerly NYRAG).

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David Good

David Good
CEO, TATA Sons

David Good joined the Tata Group on February 1, 2005, as their corporate representative in North America after completing a 34-year career with the U.S. Department of State. His last position with the State Department was Director of the Office of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives Affairs, following a three-year stint as American Consul General in Mumbai (Bombay), India from 1999-2002. During his career in the Foreign Service, he also served as Public Affairs Officer at the American Embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel; in Amman, Jordan; in Kuwait City, Kuwait; and at the American Consulate General in Jerusalem.
From 1997-1999, Mr. Good was Director of the Office of North African, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, and responsible for U.S. Government education, exchange and information programs across the Middle East and South Asia. From 1989-1991, he was Spokesman and Director of Public Affairs at the Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Bureau of the State Department. He served in previous assignments in Calcutta and New Delhi, India and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Madhu Vuppuluri

Madhu Vuppuluri '07
President, Essar America, President & CEO, Essar Steel Minnesota

Mr. Madhu Vuppuluri has been a member of the Essar Group’s senior management team since 1994. At present, he heads Essar’s business interests in the Americas. Over last several years, Mr. Vuppuluri has been instrumental in building Essar’s presence in the Americas’ BPO, steel, mining & minerals, and energy sectors with a total investment outlay of over $ 4 Billion. His most recent addition to Essar’s presence in the American energy sector is Trinity Coal Corporation, an acquisition valued at $600 million in March 2010. Other notable acquisitions to Mr. Vuppuluri’s credit are Aegis Communications Inc, a BPO company with over 4,000 employees in USA, Algoma Steel Inc, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed Steel Corporation for an acquisition value of $ 1.6 Billion in June 2007, followed by the acquisition of Minnesota Steel Inc., a 1.4 billion ton iron ore resource in September 2007. Currently, he is leading the business development initiative to establish a 2 million ton per annum capacity hot rolled coil steel plant in Point Lisas, Trinidad. Mr. Vuppuluri has over two decades of leadership experience in finance, strategy and planning functions in manufacturing and service industries. He holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School in New York, a Masters in Financial Management from Mumbai’s Bajaj Institute of Management and a degree in Law from Hyderabad, India He serves on the boards of Essar Steel Algoma Inc, Essar Steel Minnesota LLC, Essar Steel Caribbean Ltd and Aegis Communications Group Inc. and is based out of the Essar New York office.

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Howard Endelman

Howard Endelman
Co-Founder & Partner, Baseline Partners

Howard Endelman is a Partner and Co-Founder of Baseline Partners, an India-focused private equity firm based in Hyderabad, India. Baseline invests in all sectors of the fast-growing Indian economy, with a focus on the following sectors: energy and power, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure-enabling assets. Launched in 2007, Baseline has committed $100 million of equity capital. Prior to forming Baseline Partners, Mr. Endelman was involved in several successful entrepreneurial ventures including InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, where he worked to build a senior tennis tour in the United States. He also co-founded an alliance partner with publicly-traded Newtek Business Services, Inc., developing efficient electronic payment processing solutions for the entertainment industry. Mr. Endelman previously was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch in New York. Prior to his investment banking tenure, Mr. Endelman was a corporate attorney at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells law firm. He has broad transactional experience including IPOs and add-on equity, debt and convertible financings, as well as M&A experience. Prior to his Wall Street career, Mr. Endelman was a professional tennis player on the ATP Tour, reaching a high world doubles ranking of #183 and participating in the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Mr. Endelman is a graduate of Columbia University and Boston College Law School.

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Dianne J. McCord Maughon

Dianne J. McCord Maughon
New Business Development Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Dianne, New Business Development Director for Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), has key responsibilities for long term growth strategy development, leadership of the global new business development group, opportunity pipeline development, as well as M&A and licensing strategy and execution. She also serves on the Business Management Team for DW&PS. Prior to her role in DW&PS, she was a Senior Finance Manager in Dow's Venture Capital Group where her focus was on equity investments in startup companies in the life sciences area as well as in opportunities aligned with Dow's strategic and sustainability objectives. During her early years in The Dow Chemical Company, she held positions in Dow's Styrenics Plastics Business and in Dow's Corporate Research & Development department.

Dianne earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Rice University, and completed two post-doctoral fellowships (one at the University of California, Irvine and the other at the California Institute of Technology) before joining Dow Chemical.

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Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar '05
CEO & Managing Director, IMaCS Virtus Global Partners

Anil Kumar is the CEO & Managing Director of IMaCS Virtus Global Partners. Mr. Kumar brings over 14 years of experience advising mid to large size companies with their growth and investment strategy. He specializes in cross border mergers and acquisition advisory, investment banking and management consulting.

At IMaCS Virtus Global Partners, Mr. Kumar led significant US-India cross border transactions across various industry sectors such as retail, technology, manufacturing and private equity. Prior to this, he was a Director with Alvarez & Marsal, a turnaround and restructuring firm where he implemented restructuring services for energy and retail clients. Before Alvarez and Marsal, Mr. Kumar was a Senior Manager with KPMG where he led merger integration engagements for media and finance companies.

Mr. Kumar is a frequent speaker on the topic of India's position in the global economy. He is a member of the US India Business Council in Washington and a charter member at TiE, New York. Mr. Kumar holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from BIT Mesra, India.

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Friday, April 2nd 2010
Alfred Lerner Hall,
Columbia University
2960 Broadway,
New York, NY 10027


          

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