Ninad Deshpande graduated in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering from University of Pune and is having varied experience in the automation industry. He has worked in different areas of automation industry such as application development, testing, R&D, technology marketing and marketing. He completed his Executive MBA from SIBM, Pune and currently is working with B&R Industrial Automation as Head – Marketing and Open Technologies specialist. He is also a member of the Smart Infrastructure committee at the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and is a member of the speaker bureau at the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
Session : Open & secure communication architectures for Industrial IoT
Prabhat K Tiwari
Head - System Integration
Prabhat K Tiwari
Prabhat leads System Integration Group of Automation Division Tata Steel developing innovative product and solution by fusion of multitude of technologies and system integration.
Prabhat is an Electrical engineer and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and has more than 25 years of experience in field industrial automation, He Joined Tata Steel in year of 1996 in the midst of third industrial revolution when computers and other digital technologies were changing the way machines were controlled. Prabhat was earlier associated with RINL (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited a public sector company).
Session : Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Director & Chief Executive Officer
Ali has 11 years of experience in the Information Technology, Wireless, Mobile, and Software Development Industries. He has vast experience in product development, management, sales, and running several successful businesses during his professional career. Experienced Chief Executive Officer and expert in product development, management, and sales. A contributing member of the LoRa Alliance since August 2016 and an IoT enthusiast.
Session : Smart connectivity in Manufacturing
OEM-Technical Manager - India operations
Srinivas Kesari – Engg Graduate from JNTU Hyderabad, has experience in Industrial automation over 25 plus Year from various Industry verticals. He started his career with HMT Machine tool division for Metal Cutting Automation, subsequently moved to Metal Forming Automation Lines at ITW Signode.
Over past 15 plus years associated with Rockwell Automation with various roles includes India Operations as Motion Product Manager, Asia Pacific regional operations as BDM for OEM Business, Global operations as Product Manager for Specific range of Controllers and currently working as OEM-Technical Manager / India operations. Also known as SME for high speed flexible Packaging Line, while driving various Industry standards in to Automation solution.
Session : Smart, Connected Machines and Markets
Vice President and Group Head - Digital and Innovation
Samip is a Business Leader, Speaker on Digital Transformation and Innovation, Entrepreneur, Visiting Faculty and a Proud father of 2 lovely daughters. He has 15 Years of experience in Management Consulting, Digital Transformation and Corporate Innovation across geographies and industries. He is currently working as Vice President and Group Head – Digital and Innovation with RPG Enterprises.
One of the early Digital leader who crafted a vision of “Reimainge.RPG” and established a robust, dedicated, budgeted team @ RPG driving business benefits thru Digital Interventions.Samip is a regular speaker at many industry forums and events on Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 and Corporate Innovation. He has been visiting faculty to leading B-schools and also an Advisor to Digital Start ups and Investment Ventures.
Session : Building a Digital Enterprise
Director & CEO
Vineet Saxena is the Director & CEO of Dalisoft Technologies Private Limited. Dalisoft Technologies provides consulting, design and implementation services for Smart Manufacturing with complete IT and OT integration. Vineet is an Engineering Graduate from Birla Institute of Technology with more than 25 years of experience in providing Automation and Software Solutions in Manufacturing Industry, He started his career from ITW Signode where he was responsible for end to end mechatronics application for Metal, Pharma and Food and Beverage Industries.
Vineet then worked with General Electric in various capacity for 15 years. He started from Automation and then moved on to lead GE software business in the country. He has successfully implemented many small and large MES/MOM solutions in the country and abroad with customers like General Motors, Nissan North America and Mitsubishi Motors. Before starting Dalisoft Technologies, he led the Software Business for Rockwell Automation for 7 years as General Manager, Information Solutions where he was responsible for Manufacturing IT Business across different industries. He was also responsible for complete business in Auto and Tire Industry. Vineet brings rich experience in automation, software and manufacturing processes across different industries and platforms. He has been associated with many Industry bodies and forums with his views on Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. With his venture Dalisoft Technologies, he is helping customers in achieving their vision for Smart Manufacturing in a structured and phased manner.
Session : Digitizing MSME for success
Vice President, Process & IT - Information Technology Function
VE Commercial Vehicles
VE Commercial Vehicles Limited is a 50:50 joint venture between the Volvo Group (Volvo) and Eicher Motors Limited (EML). Working with VE Commercial Vehicles since its inception in 2008, Ajay has been with the Eicher group since 2005. Ajay has been associated with infrastructure and multiple applications design and deployment for the industry, for the past few years spent primarily on the design and deployment of Shop Floor execution systems at various manufacturing facilities of VECV with focus on adding value by reduction of costs and improvement in quality.
Ajay is currently working on IOT based solutions in the areas of manufacturing and supply chain, next age quality management systems, converged communications, manufacturing analytics, solutions for next age IT Infrastructure, Cloud Computing and Information Security for VECV. Ajay is an Electronics Engineer by education, having 24+ years of experience in Information Technology, associated with implementing multiple IT solutions for manufacturing industry.
Session : Digitizing Manufacturing for better Flexibility, Quality and Productivity
Regional Director - IoT
Sunil David has close to 25 years of experience in the IT and Telecom industry. Sunil is currently the Regional Director (IOT) for AT&T India based in Chennai. He is responsible for building and executing the IOT strategy for the India and the ASEAN regions , working on building a partner ecosystem for AT&T in the area of IOT devices, platforms and applications and on working on a number of Marketing initiatives to help build the AT&T brand in the IOT space.
Sunil was recognized by the World Marketing Congress in Nov 2017 as one of the 50 Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders . In Sep 2018 , Sunil was awarded as the “ Eminent Jury Member “ at the Asian Business and Social Forum -2018 : India’s Greatest Brand and Leaders 2017-18- Celebrating 71,Pride of India series organized by Asia One Magazine part of UWG holdings, an event that was graced by Union Minister , Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Managing Director of Times Group, Mr Vineet Jain.Sunil has spoken at a number of Industry forums ( CII, IAMAI , Cyber Media, NASSCOM , ASSOCHAM ,Geospatial ,IET organized ) and Educational institutions including IIT Delhi and IIT Madras in the past year and a half on topics related to IOT , AI , Cyber Security , Digital Skills and Digital Transformation.
Session : Digitalization and Transformation of the Indian Manufacturing (Theme Takeaway - Chairperson)
Management Consultant & Adviser
Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association
Gautam Doshi is a consultant in the area of Productivity and Quality Improvement since 1993. His consultancy assignments include Bosch Chassis System, Bharat Forge, Godrej aerospace, Neosym, PARI, UNIDO, Deloitte Touche, to name a few. He is an advisor to the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association and closely associated with their technical training programs and events such as National Productivity Summit. He started his career with Tata Motors and subsequently was Technical Director of PMT Machine Tool Automatics. He is an author and contributes to technical magazines and has published books; Fundamentals of CNC, TPM friendly machines and Acceptance of CNC machines with Process Capability. He was a member of the Governing council of Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Bangalore.
He is B. Tech (Mech) IIT, Mumbai by qualification and resides in Pune.
He enjoys travelling, trekking, music and reading.
Session : Enabling and Empowering Indian Manufacturing (Theme Takeaway - Chairperson)
VP - Strategy & Business Dev, Asia Pacific
Amit Rao is the VP, Strategy & Business Development (Asia Pacific) for Trusted Objects, a France headquartered organization in the IoT domain which provides integrated security solutions and security services across the entire ecosystem, from the design phase to the product life management.Amit is a tech evangelist with diversified experience in semiconductor & hi-tech domains across business roles. Amit has worked with world’s leading semiconductor & technology organizations – ST Microelectronics & Texas Instruments, leading their business expansion in India and South Asia.Amit has been a technology enthusiast and believes that data security is the need of the hour. He has been evangelizing the cause for semiconductor & software stack-based security for emerging applications in IoT, Blockchain, connected vehicles.
Session : Essentials of Advanced Manufacturing (Theme Takeaway - Chairperson)
Nimish leads a part of the India Go-to-Market for Digital Operations. He comes with a mix of technology and consulting experience. He has 17+ years of diverse experience in multiple roles across Consulting, Client Engagement and Business Development.
In the past, Nimish has worked for over 7 years with technology companies like IBM and Cisco handling key sectors like Manufacturing, Oil & Gas. He has been part of BMGI in the field of Operations Consulting (Lean, Six Sigma transformations) and has a sound understanding of operations and the challenges faced. Before joining Hitachi Consulting, he was co-lead of the IoT Practice at KPMG. Nimish had also been associated with start-ups in the e-commerce and enterprise mobility space. He has been a session chair and a speaker at multiple forums including CII, Digital India, IDC, etc.
Lead - Manufacturing Excellence, India Management Consulting
Anindya leads the Manufacturing Excellence vertical at Hitachi Consulting India. He has ~12 years of rich and diverse experience which spans from World Class Manufacturing (WCM), Integrated-Reliability Centered Maintenance, Digital Lean and Business Process Re-engineering. Prior to joining Hitachi Consulting, Anindya worked with Ernst &Young (EY), PwC, and TATA STEEL Europe – where he assumed a number of roles and held a range of operational positions.Anindya specializes in institutionalization of change management, Operations debottlenecking and capacity enhancement engagements (end-to-end). Anindya is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds post graduate certificate in Operations Management.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Strategy and Operations.
Session : Before, During & After : Road to Digital Transformation
Dev K Ramchandani
Senior Director - Management Consulting, Smart Manufacturing
Dev K Ramchandani
Dev is a Sr. Director and Head of India Management Consulting at Hitachi Consulting. He has ~14 years of rich and diverse experience which spans from manufacturing operations, project planning to operations consulting. Prior to joining Hitachi Consulting, Dev worked with McKinsey & Company and Tata Motors – where he assumed a number of roles and held a range of leadership positions.Dev specializes in inception and delivery of large scale transformation programs in-line with the organizational vision and strategy. He is passionate about sustainable continuous improvement, linkage between Industry 4.0 drivers & business objectives and pragmatic change management.Dev has done his graduation in Production Engineering & Management from NIT Jamshedpur and is a post graduate in Operations Management from S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai
Session : Before, During & After : Road to Digital Transformation
Vice President - Hitachi Global Convergence, Japan & India
Sanjay is helping drive digital transformation and social innovation; collaborating, partnering and co-creating solutions to engineer the new reality for customers - using a consulting led approach to Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 / IIoT, Smart Spaces and Real Time Governance solutions.
He looks after Global account management - Offshore IT Services & Product Development. He is working with Hitachi in Japan and Japanese multi-nationals for over last 7 years. Sanjay is an innovator, team builder & a mentor, looks after Global/India marketing & business development.
Session : Engineering the New Reality
Vice President | Director
Automation Industry Association | Foundation for Smart Manufacturing
Ravi is currently functioning as the Managing Director for Pepperl+Fuchs FA in India and looking after business in Middle East and India. He is heading the organization for its foray and business in the field of sensing, machine vision and automation solutions for the manufacturing environment.
He is the Director of “FSM” – Foundation for Smart Manufacturing under the “Samarth Udyog” program of the DHI, Government of India. FSM is a joint entity between AIA and IIT Delhi established specifically for implementation of smart manufacturing and concepts of industry 4.0 in India. It aims to promote better understanding of the concepts, technology and extend the relevant skilling and help to the Indian manufacturing sector for their better adoption of I4.0 concepts and for increasing their participation in the global market.
Ravi is leading initiatives on education and skills for Automation and proliferation of automation in the Indian manufacturing ecosystem.
Session : Smart Manufacturing in India and FSM
Co-founder & VP- Business Development
SenseGiz Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Rahul has done his Bachelors of Engineering in Industrial Production from VTU & has 8 years of work experience. Prior to joining SenseGiz, he had the opportunity to work with one of the leading Indian automobile manufacturing company.
At SenseGiz he is responsible for charting the go-to-market factors, planning the market/business strategies, training & motivating the team members, overcoming any kind of roadblocks faced by the company leading the business development.
Somashekar M N
Product Head- Manufacturing Intelligence
Micromatic Machine Tools Pvt.Ltd.
Somashekar M N
Somashekar's role is to provide techno sales product management leadership for IIoT solutions, synergize teams of different expertise in company and at principals. He is nationally responsible for business development and product management of Industry 4.0 products and to provide manufacturing productivity solutions (IIoT Solutions).
His other responsibilities include Transforming strategic planning to tactical activities, drive solution through market requirements, product positioning and Implement a company-wide go-to-market plan for IIoT activities.
Somashekar has an overall experience of 25+ years of application support, building sales & technical teams, key account management, product management. He also has many years of doing business with central / state government, public sectors and large multinational institutions. He is a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial & Production) from Bangalore University.
Session : Transforming Legacy Machines for Industry 4.0
Sharad brings a 22 year of strategy, consulting & operations experience with world’s leading organizations e.g. General Motors, General Electric, Petronas, Denso, Cummins, Lupin, Agilent & Johnson Controls across US, Europe, and APAC. He is having special interest & expertise in Industry 4.0, production facility planning & set up, manufacturing excellence, product innovation, business excellence and quality management.
Sharad has been a core member driving the evolution of Accenture’s Digital Factory Framework and currently leading the development of Industry X.O offering for Products industries. His other contributions towards thought capital include “Strategy at the intersection of Business and Technology”, strategic guidebook on Quality and Regulatory Compliance published at MESA, white papers on Digital Factory : Cracking the code to success at Accenture; PoV on “One Enterprise Quality: Digitize Your QMS”, and “Supply Chain Intelligence: Moving from DSS to DES” at TCS. He was a key member of the Industry Council for research study on “Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance” by MESA,US.
Sharad is an enthusiastic speaker and coach. A certified instructor from APICS for CSCP, he has trained over 550 professionals from diverse organizations on Digitization, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, & Quality and has presented his work in various industry forums across the globe.
Session : Operations Analytics in Action
Channel Technical Manager
Tushar has 20 plus years in the CAD , PLM and Engineering domain. Before joining PTC, he has worked in diversified field related to Construction, Steel Industry & Automotive Comp.
He has been at PTC for over 14 years now. Within PTC, Tushar was involved as Technical Consultant to different Industries in India and overseas on Enterprise Skill Enhancement Programs, Design Automation, Digital Product Definition & Optimizing Product Development Process to meet business challenges.
Tushar is now working as Technical Manager for North & East, responsible for Enterprise solutions offered by PTC.
Session : Leveraging Digital Tools for Smart Factory Journey
Automation Industry Association
Anup Wadhwa is an Alumnus of IIT Delhi from where he completed his Bachelor degree in Technology in Electrical and Electronics in 1975. His passion for Digital Electronics started in college and later took him to an exciting career in the field of Industrial Automation. Mr Wadhwa has served in BHEL, a premier public sector company, Rockwell Automation, a leading technology MNC and SAMTEL. He is currently responsible for creating the Samarth Udyog Ecosystem, bringing in Automation Industry, Machine Builders, IT Cos, Integrators and Academia.
Praveen Bhadada, Partner & Global Head for Digital at Zinnov, has been driving the digital transformation vision for global enterprises, including vertical businesses, technology platforms, and service providers. He has spearheaded various technology market expansion and advisory projects for Fortune 500 companies across the world. His focus areas include Internet of Things, Cognitive Computing, Automation, Cloud Computing, and Analytics. Praveen has deep expertise in in market entry strategy, go-to-market strategy, partnership strategy, globalization strategy, business model analysis, peer group benchmarking, and location analysis-related engagements.