Anand Deshpande is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT), a Company that he founded in 1990. He is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and management of the company. A true technology visionary, Anand’s strengths lie in identifying and investing in next-generation technologies early on and encouraging internal entrepreneurship to ensure that Persistent stays at the forefront of technology innovation. Anand has been the driving force in growing Persistent from start-up to the publically-traded global company of today.
Anand has been recognized for his technology and business leadership as well as his contributions to public welfare. His recent awards include the CSI Fellowship Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Information Technology, the Career Achievement Award from the School of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington and the IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus Award.
An alumni of IIT Kharagpur, Anand has a B. Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering (1984), a Master’s degree (1986) and a Ph.D. (1989) in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA). Anand worked as MTS at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California from 1989 to 1990.
As an active member of the database community, Anand was the host of Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) conference in Mumbai in 1996 and ICDE 2003 in Bangalore. Anand is currently co-chairing the VLDB 2016 conference. With the vision of creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in India, he is the founding member of iSPIRT, India’s first product think tank.
He has actively participated in program committees of international conferences like member of Industrial Program Committee: VLDB 2003 in Berlin, VLDB 2004 in Toronto, IEEE 2005, ICDE 2005 in Tokyo, VLDB 2007 in Vienna; Program Committee Chair for Annual Convention CSI 2009 in Pune; General Chair for COMAD 2008 in Mumbai; Industrial Program Committee Chair for DASFAA 2008 in New Delhi; Organizing Committee Chair for ISEC 2009 in Pune; launched the ACM India Council, 2009. Anand is also a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institution of Engineers (India), Computer Society of India. He is currently a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) India Council as a Past President, member of the Executive Committee of NASSCOM, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Informatics of Indiana University, is on the Executive Committee of MCCIA and is Chairman of the IT Committee of MCCIA. In the past, Anand was the President of SEAP from 2005-07 and Chairman of the Pune Chapter of CSI from 2003-05 and was the Chairman of CII, Pune Zonal council in 2009-10. In recognition of his contribution to the Information Technology sector he was awarded the Entrepreneur Award at the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal Convention held in Atlanta, USA, 2005. He is the recipient of the CSI Fellowship Award in 2007 for outstanding achievement in the field of Information Technology. He was awarded the career achievement award of the School of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009 and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Informatics of Indiana University. He was awarded the IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Business Today, a leading business publication in partnership with PwC has named Anand to its 2016 “Best CEO List”. They find Anand’s vision as “...technological innovation that has emerged not just as a saviour but also as one of the greatest levers of growth, even during a downtime.” He is also been awarded the “Maharashtrian of the Year” award by Maharashtra Times.
Ashok Korwar is a management consultant, based in Pune. His work is focused on helping companies, and people, grow to the next level. Before moving to Pune, he was strategic advisor to the Chairman of Polaris Software in Chennai. In Pune, he works with several medium and large companies, in the IT and engineering sectors. His focus is on strategy, organization design, and building organizational capability through management processes and people. Facilitating Vision workshops and design of strategic initiatives, and coaching/mentoring are some of the ways he works with senior management of clients. He recently co-founded the School of Design Thinking in Chennai.
Prior to this, he was Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad for 10 years, in the areas of strategy, finance, and international management. At IIMA, he was chairman of the PGP (MBA) program, and coordinated the Senior Management and MEP programs, among other roles. He serves on the advisory boards of several companies and is an adjunct professor at IIM Indore. His book ‘Creating Markets across the Globe’ won the DMA/Escorts prize for best management book in 1997.
He has worked in the US with EDS Corp. in finance, marketing and business development, and led the winning pricing strategy on the largest deal in IT history at the time. When he left EDS to return to India, he was Division VP in charge of business development in Asia.
He earned his Ph.D. in management from UCLA in 1982 and B.Tech. from IIT Bombay in 1977.
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Past Experience - 40 years of technology, business leadership & entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry
Ravi has over 35 year corporate and entrepreneurial career in the area of Agri & Food business. He was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tasty Bite Eatables Ltd, the #1 Indian food consumer brand in North America with a brand presence in over 60 mainstream retail chains and 20,000+ supermarket stores. Tasty Bite has been a classic turnaround story of a sick company , built up into a world leader over 2 decades. Tasty Bite was acquired by one of the world’s largest FMCG companies - Mars Inc USA in 2018.
He is an alumnus of The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and the Harvard Business School(HBS).
He is deeply committed to the cause of fostering entrepreneurship, building consumer brands and a passionate advocate of clean energy and sustainability.
Ravi is currently Chair of the ’Nurture Program,' an intense mentoring initiative at TiE Pune.
Vikas has over twelve years experience in the software industry with the majority of it as a CTO of Brainvisa which he founded along with his partners in 2000. After having exited Brainvisa he has been investing and working with various start-ups in various domains.
He co-founded SME Networks which is India's first Network dedicated to SMEs and aims to create the largest transaction platform for service providers reaching out to SMEs.
Designing products that are desirable, usable & consumable is a daunting challenge faced by most software product companies. Attracting new customers and retaining users to provide them an intuitive & performant end-to-end user experience requires significant thinking & planning by the organization in various areas of user-centric innovation & business strategies. Increasingly organizations are turning towards understanding user and customer driven mindsets to ensure competitive advantage and improved satisfaction of the product or the service.
Design thinking is a user first approach - understanding the user and what he wants to accomplish and the experience during the entire journey. There are far too many products that look good however are misfits due to lack of design thinking. It’s important to understand design thinking how it can change how you conceptualize, design & build products. Breakthrough solutions can happen when we get some real insights from the user land or the markets. It is critical that we understand the pain points of the people whose experience we are shaping. How can we apply design tools to translate these insights into creative ideas and prototype to test them in the real world.
This session aims answer these questions by covering some of the basic concepts, principles and activities of design thinking to help build long term, sustainable strategy for your product.
Shashank has 24+ years’ experience in crafting the customer experience of interactive systems, with a unique combination of business understanding, technical acumen, creative talent and strategic insight.
He has Co-Founded - Clarice Technologies - A design-led innovation company that specialized in providing User-Centered Design and cutting-edge technology development services under one umbrella to product companies. The company was acquired by Globant on 2015
Suneel Agarwal is a Brand Architect, Presentation Coach, and a Transformation Speaker.
He is the founder and Chief Energizing Officer of Parichay Brand Consultants. With more than three decades of experience behind him, Suneel has created successful service-oriented businesses and cultivated strong brands including Johnson & Johnson, Castrol, Birla Lifestyle, Mahindra, and ITC amongst others.
He has been a consultant to organizations of all sizes, across domains - FMCG, Infrastructure, Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail, etc.
He has been guiding them in areas from business strategy, branding, customer service to mentoring entrepreneurs and executives for personal development.
Suneel blogs regularly and his thoughts for the day are well received across publications and social media.
He has conducted a variety of seminars and workshops on Branding, Leadership, Team Building, Personal Development Presentation Skills, Motivation, and Transformation.
His audience covers corporates, executives, entrepreneurs and students – from young adults to top management. Suneel mentors CEOs to young executives to groom new leaders. Suneel has a reputation for bringing fresh perspectives and rare insights thereby transforming people and organizations.