Dr. Karisiddappa, Vice Chancellor, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. He has
teaching and research experience of about 34 years in the field of Structural Engineering. He
has published 47 research papers in refereed International and National Journals, in the area
of Concrete Technology, Finite Element Analysis, Neural Networks, Structural Stability and
Soil Structure Interaction. He is a member of professional bodies like FIE, MISTE, FIA Structural
Engineers etc. He is a member of Governing Councils such as KEA, Department of IT, BT, and
ST, Bengaluru, Water Land Management Institute, Dharwad.
Mr. Akarsh Naidu
Mr. Aakarsh Naidu, an alumnus of The London School of Economics and Political Science, is
on the advisory panel of the Global Startup Awards (SAARC). He is on the advisory panel of the
Global Startup Awards, Small Enterprise Business Awards and has participated in the
unveiling of the Startup India Action Plan in Delhi. He is a regular speaker on startups and has
presented on platforms like NITI Aayog, Headstart, Nasscom, Startup Asia Berlin and Bosch to
name a few. He served as the board member of LSE Energy Society.
Mr. C Nagaraj
Mr. C Nagaraj obtained his PG in Tool Design. He has a work experience of 22 years. Techno
commercial, Product Design, Tool Design, Cost reduction, Industrial productivity
improvement and Operational cost optimisation are his fields of interest. He has a vast work
experience, working in Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian Countries. He has worked with
the technical team of fortune 500 companies like HP, Toyota, Shimano, Sony
Pranav Hebbar is a social entrepreneur, startup consultant and an adviser to not-for-profit
enterprises. Passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. He co-founded
Make Room India, an Indo-European social change ecosystem. He also designs programs,
fellowships and spearheads university relations. He mentors early stage entrepreneurs in
building a need-based product .
Dr. S Seetharamu
Dr. S Seetharamu received his PhD from Indian Institute of Science in 1982. He worked in CPRI
since 1985 and retired as Director in June 2015. Energy Technology and Materials Engineering
are his areas of interest. He has worked in the Industry and also has served as a faculty at
Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. He is a leading Scientist in Central Power Research
Institute which is contributing towards the development of Electrical Industry in India.
Dr. Sanjay C. Gadkari
Dr. Sanjay C. Gadkari, received his Masters degree in Physics in 1980 from the University of Indore (MP) securing the
First Rank. He joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1981 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Mumbai.At present, he is ‘Outstanding Scientist’ and Head of the Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
A Senior Professor and member of the ‘Board of Studies in Physical Sciences’ in the ‘Homi Bhabha National Institute’. He is a recipient of ‘K. Suryanarain Rau Memorial Award–2001’, ‘DAE Group Achievement Awards-2007 and 2013’, ‘Crystal Growth Award-2012’ and ‘MRSI-Medal-2014’, for his work in the area of thin films based gas sensors
and crystal technology.
Mr. Siddharth Rajhans
Mr. Siddharth Rajhans is a Harvard educated first generation technology entrepreneur, a
Silicon Valley Technocrat, management researcher, TEDx and motivational speaker and
Pioneer of the Outernet Technology in India and the Asia Pacific Region. He has been a
student of the prestigious Harvard University in the US since 2017 and has distinguished
himself professionally with his illustrious career spanning across Silicon Valley and Singapore
with tech giants, in varied roles across product management, innovation, developer relations
and supply chain. He is an award winning innovator having been awarded at many IIM’s, IIT’s,
NIT’s and universities across India.
Mr. Ved Prakash
Mr. Ved Prakash is Chief Knowledge Officer at Trianz, a global professional services firm
helping Fortune 1000 organizations transition to a digital enterprise by leveraging on Cloud,
Analytics, Digitalization & Security. He was earlier Head of Knowledge Management at CGI,
Prior to CGI, he was with Wipro for twenty years as Chief Knowledge Officer in the last six
years. He has been recognized with Global KM Leadership Award in 2018, Most Impactful KM
Professional in 2016, Most Influential KM Professional in 2015, and KM Leadership Award in