Our expert speakers and panelists are key industry practitioners and leading global academicians and are dynamic leaders in the space of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.


They have been instrumental in the development and implementation of AI-Based Ecosystems in various industry verticals. Their unique insights will enable delegates to get in in-depth understanding and gain perspective, knowledge and new skills.


Dr. Raghunath A. Mashelkar

Chancellor - Jio Institute

Padma Vibhushan, National Research Professor & Former Director General - CSIR, Government of India

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, has been the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of National Innovation Foundation as also the President of Indian National Science Academy, Global Research Alliance and Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK).


In recognition of his pioneering research contributions in polymer science & Engineering, he has been honoured as a Fellow of Royal Society, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Science as also Engineering, Foreign Associate of American Academy of Arts and Science & Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, has been the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of National Innovation Foundation as also the President of Indian National Science Academy, Global Research Alliance and Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK).

In recognition of his pioneering research contributions in polymer science & Engineering, he has been honoured as a Fellow of Royal Society, Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Science as also Engineering, Foreign Associate of American Academy of Arts and Science & Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors.


Dr. Dipak Jain

Vice Chancellor - Jio Institute

Former Dean - Kellogg School of Management, USA & INSEAD, France

Dr. Dipak Chand Jain is the European President and Professor of Marketing at CEIBS. Dr. Jain’s influential career spans nearly four decades as an educator, a senior business school administrator, and a consultant to corporations and governments.

Prior to being named Sasin’s Director in 2014, he served from 2011 to 2013 as Dean of INSEAD, an international business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Before joining INSEAD, Dr. Jain was Dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management from 2001 to 2009.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in statistics (1976) with Honors from Gauhati University, where he taught for four years before enrolling in the University of Texas (Dallas), where he completed his Ph.D in Marketing in 1986.

Among the many distinctions for his teaching and service, Dr. Jain received the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from the Prime Minister of India, an award that recognizes exceptional leadership contributions of overseas Indians.


Anna Roy

Senior Advisor - NITI Aayog

Government of India

Ms. Roy, is a 1992-batch officer of the Indian Economic Service and a Senior advisor at NITI Aayog, who was instrumental in bringing out the paper on National Strategy on AI. She is a post graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. 

Ms. Roy has held various positions like Deputy Director, Joint Director, Director in Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and also Ministry of Civil Aviation during the period from 1996 to 2012.  She was Officer on Special Duty to the Finance Minister from February-July 2009. Presently, she is Director, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.


Dr. Larry Birnbaum

Professor, Computer Science

Northwestern University; Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Advisor - Narrative Science, USA

Dr. Birnbaum is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Northwestern University. His research and teaching focus on applied Artificial Intelligence, natural language processing (NLP), intelligent information systems, social media data analytics, machine learning, with applications to media and journalism.  A key focus is on methods for the automatic generation of content by machine, including specifically the automatic generation of narratives from data. 

Another important area of Larry's research is intelligent information systems, including models of automatic and contextual search and information diversity. A third focus is on preference predication and recommendation using social media data. More generally, projects in Larry's lab are aimed at automating and supporting all aspects of the "content pipeline," including research, content generation, content distribution, and user interaction with content.

Dr. Birnbaum holds an undergraduate, graduate and PhD degree in Computer Science from Yale University.


Dr. Shailesh Kumar

Chief Data Scientist

Centre of Excellence in AI/ML, Reliance Jio, India

Dr. Shailesh Kumar is currently the Chief Data Scientist at the Centre of Excellence in AI/ML, Reliance Jio. He has published over 20 international papers and book chapters and holds more than 20 patents in AI/ML. He was recognized as one of the top 10 data scientists in India in 2015 by Analytics India Magazine. Dr. Shailesh Kumar was formerly the Vice President at Ola Cabs where he worked on several computer science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and optimization issues in fleet management. 

He was also the Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Third Leap – an EdTech startup that uses AI to create personalized math guides. Prior to this, Dr. Kumar  worked at Google on a variety of products at Google involving Information Retrieval, Enterprise Search, Legal E-Discovery, Natural Language Understanding (Phrase Discovery, Word Sense Disambiguation), Computer Vision, Knowledge Graph Mining, Conversation Modelling, and Deep Learning on Text and Vision. 

His experience of creating AI based solutions ranges comprises multiple domains including finance, remote sensing, retail, knowledge graph, conversational computing and computer vision. 

Dr. Kumar holds a masters and PhD degree in AI from UT-Austin and B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Varanasi.


Dr. Frank Mulhern

Associat Dean for Research

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Dr. Frank Mulhern is Professor, Associate Dean and Department Chair for Integrated Marketing Communications at Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University. He specializes in research on the economics of marketing, the impact of media technology on marketing communications and the role of employees in customer experiences. He holds the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair at the Medill School.

Dr. Mulhern conducts research on marketing communications, media technology, the link between employee engagement and marketing, and the impact of economic factors on marketing communications. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Retailing, Journal of  dvertising, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing and Journal of Business Research. He is the co-author of the textbook, “Marketing Communications: Integrated Theory, Strategy and Tactics”.

He has taught numerous courses in Medill’s IMC program including Marketing Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, Media Economics and Technology, Database Marketing, and Marketing Research.

Dr. Mulhern conducts executive education and speaks at corporations and universities in theU.S., Europe and Asia. He was previously on the faculty at the Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. P. Anandan

CEO - Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence, India

P. Anandan has been the CEO of Wadhwani Institute of Artificial Intelligence since its inception in Feb 2018.  Previous to this Anandan was VP for Research at the Adobe Research Lab India (2016-2017) and before that a Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research (1997-2014). Anandan was the founding director of Microsoft Research India which he ran from 2005-2014.


Prior to this, Anandan was researcher at Sarnoff corporation (1991-1997) and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Yale University (1987-1991).  His primary research area is Computer vision where he is well known for his fundamental and lasting contributions to the problem of visual motion analysis.

Anandan received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987, a Masters in Computer Science from University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1979 and his BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, India in 1977.  He is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Madras, and UMass, Amherst and is on the Nebraska Hall of Computing.


Dr. Karin Verspoor

Professor - Computer & Information Systems

Karin Verspoor is a Professor in the School of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, the Director of Health Technologies for Melbourne School of Engineering, and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health.


Her research focuses on biomedical text and data analysis, ranging from literature mining of biological events, analysis of social media for public health purposes, to predictive analytics and machine learning for medical applications.

University of Melbourne, Australia


Dr. Manish Gupta

Director, Google Research, India

Dr. Manish Gupta is the Director of Google Research India. He holds an additional appointment as Infosys Foundation Chair Professor at IIIT Bangalore. Previously, Manish has led VideoKen, a video technology startup, and the research centers for Xerox and IBM in India. As a Senior Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, Manish led the team developing system software for the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. IBM was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene by US President Barack Obama in 2009. 

Manish holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has co-authored about 75 papers, with more than 7,000 citations in Google Scholar (and an h-index of 46), and has been granted 19 US patents. While at IBM, Manish received two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, an Outstanding Innovation Award and the Lou Gerstner Team Award for Client Excellence. Manish is a Fellow of ACM and the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Delhi.  


Michael Keller

Vice Provost Teaching & Learning

Stanford University, USA

Michael Keller began his appointment as Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning October 15, 2018 after serving in an interim capacity beginning April 1, 2018. He is Vice Provost and Ida M. Green University Librarian, director of Academic Information Resources, publisher of Stanford University Press, as well as the founder of HighWire Press.

As university librarian for the past 25 years, Keller has been a national and internationalleader in transitioning university libraries to digital formats and an advocate for the digital sharing of information resources around the world. He has long been engaged in developing technology for teaching support, including introducing the Coursework platform in 2004. Soon after he arrived at Stanford from Yale, Keller made innovations that have served scholars and students by exploiting the potential of network effects and information technologies. Simultaneously, Keller renewed the commitment and  acquisitions programs of the University Libraries in building broadly useful general collections and special collections that afford distinctive opportunities for research at Stanford.

In 1995, he founded HighWire Press, an internet publishing service supporting scholarly societies that were self-publishing (such as Science Magazine and the Journal of Biological Chemistry), which was spun out in 2014. In 1999, Keller supported and found funding for the LOCKSS preservation and access application that is now used in hundreds of individual institutions and many national settings. LOCKSS is also the technology underlying a related company, CLOCKSS, that since 2010 — with the participation of hundreds of libraries and hundreds of publishers — has provided a “dark archive” solution for e-journals.

Beginning in 2002, Stanford Libraries collaborated with Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University to digitize ancient, medieval, and early modern manuscripts. That project led Stanford Libraries’ curators and technologists, along with numerous manuscript scholars from North America and Europe, to develop requirements for a general digital environment for streaming images of manuscripts and other objects of scholarship and for teaching.


That long interactive process resulted in the International Image Interoperability Framework and the related application known as  Mirador , a web-based image-viewing platform that offers “the ability to zoom, display, compare and annotate images from around the world”. Keller was educated at Hamilton College (biology, music) and then studied musicology at State University of New York at Buffalo (MA and ABD). He earned an MLS from SUNY/Geneseo. He has taught at Cornell University and Stanford University, was guest-professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was a Siemens Stiftung Lecturer.

He has been a member of the boards of Hamilton College, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, Long Now Foundation, Japan’s National Institute for Informatics, and the National Library of China. He was a Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources and has been appointed by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to be a member of the Board on Research Data Integrity, the Study Group on an Agenda for Research on Copyright, and the Committee on the Responsible Conduct of Science.

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2008, Keller was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. In 2014, he was named a Sarum Canon by the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury (UK) Cathedral. Stanford awarded its highest honor, the Cuthbertson Award, to Keller in June of 2015 and in January 2016 the Republic of Estonia gave Keller the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana for his service as a foreigner in support of Estonia and its cultural institutions.

He is a frequent speaker at professional, high-technology, and scholarly gatherings around the world on topics ranging from librarianship, academic publishing and information topography to national and global information policy.

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Dr. Uday Desai

Professor Emeritus & Founding Director, IIT Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Desai completed B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 197, M.S. from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering. Since June 2009, he is the Director of IIT Hyderabad. He is the Mentor Director for IIT Bhilai and IIT Chittoor. He has held faculty positions at different universities, Assistant and then Associate Professor at Washington State University and Professor at IIT Bombay. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. 

He was a visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne. He been the Director of HP-IITM R and D Lab. at IIT-Madras. His research interest is in Cyber physical systems, Internet of Things, Digital fabrication, wireless communication, cognitive radio, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He has been a co-author of 9 research monographs and author of nearly 300 peered reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.

Dr. Desai is a fellow of Indian National Science Academy & Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of JC Bose Fellowship . He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT Bombay. In 2015, he received the Outstanding Alumni award from University of Buffalo and in 2016, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur.


Dr. Rajesh Gupta

Professor - Department of Computer Science & Engineering

UC San Diego,  USA

Dr. Gupta is a professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, California. His research interests span topics that have recently come to be characterized under embedded, cyber-physical systems and more recently under Internet-of-Things.


Dr. Gupta is a recipient of the Chancellor's Fellow at UC Irvine, UCI Chancellor's Award for excellence in undergraduate research, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, two Departmental Achievement Awards and a Components Research Team Award at Intel. Gupta and his students have received a best demonstration paper award at ACM BuildSys'16 , best paper award at IEEE/ACM DCOSS’08 and a best demonstration award at IEEE/ACM IPSN/SPOTS’05.He served as an advisor to Tallwood Venture Capital, RealIntent, Calypto and Packet Digital Corporation.

He also served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Design & Test of Computers, founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. Dr. Gupta is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM. Gupta serves as associate director of the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD. He holds QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Microelectronic Embedded Systems.


Rachel Mersey

Professor & Associate Dean of Research

Moody College of Communication, University of Texas Austin, USA

Dr. Mersey was formerly the Associate Dean of Research and a Professor of Journalism in Northwestern University, USA. Her work examines the influence of digital media on community-building, identity salience and media use, and audiences and their information needs. She is currently working on a number of different industry-relevant studies including the role of 360-degree video, augmented reality, and virtual reality in audience engagement.

Dr. Mersey's research has been published in journals across a variety of disciplines and presented at academic and industry conferences including those for the Paley Center for
Media in New York and the American Society of News Editors. Research she presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference was awarded “top paper” by the International Newsmedia Marketing Association (INMA). In addition, she has done work for the Newspaper Association of America on young adults and newspapers, and the Chicago Community Trust on local information needs. Mersey also served as an advisory member to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, jointly organized by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute.

Her book, Can Journalism Be Saved? Rediscovering America’s Appetite for News, was published by Praeger in 2010. Her second book, with co-authors John Pavlik, Everette
Dennis, and Justin Gengler, was published by Routledge in May of 2018. Mobile Disruptions, a book in the series Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism, examines the state of and opportunity for mobile media innovations in the Gulf states. That research is derived from a large-scale, three-year research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund to study mobile media innovation in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, on which Mersey serves as a principal investigator.

A former features writer at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Mersey helped to launch the paper’s weekly tabloid targeting women 18 to 34 years old, which won Gannett’s 2003 Innovator Drive for Excellence Award. During this time, she also worked across platforms with azcentral.com and the local NBC affiliate. Before joining the Medill faculty in 2008, she
was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. 

In addition to her role as a professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, she is also executive director of the Media
Management Center and a faculty member for NUvention, the flagship interdisciplinary course in the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.​​


Dr. Scott Klemmer

Professor - Cognitive Science Computer Science & Engineering

UC San Diego, USA

Scott is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, where he co-founded the Design Lab. He previously served as Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, where he co-directed the HCI Group, held the Bredt Faculty Scholar chair, and was a founding participant in the d.school. He has a PhD in CS from Berkeley and a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown (with Graphic Design work at RISD).

He has been awarded the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. Eleven of his papers were awarded best paper or honorable mention at top HCI venues. He is program co-chair of Learning@Scale '18, and was program co-chair for UIST, the CHI systems area, and HCIC. He advises university design programs globally.


Dr. Jon Kleinberg

Professor - Computer Science 

Cornell University, USA

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on the interaction of algorithms and networks, the roles they play in large-scale social and information systems, and their broader societal implications. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and the recipient of MacArthur, Packard, Simons, Sloan, and Vannevar Bush research fellowships, as well awards including the Harvey Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize, and the ACM Prize in Computing.


Aakrit Vaish

Co-founder & CEO - Haptik, India

Aakrit Vaish is the Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik, one of the world’s largest conversational AI companies. Aakrit started the company in 2013 and lead it to a successful strategic investment with Reliance Industries in 2019 in a $100 million transaction. Haptik today processes close to 100 million users annually, has presence across 7 global locations, and counts Oyo Rooms, KFC, Samsung, Coca Cola amongst its marquee clients. Aakrit invests in startups in the areas of Consumer Internet, SaaS and Direct to Consumer brands. He has been a part of the Entrepreneur 35 Under 35 and Business World 40 Under 40 Lists. 


Aakrit started his career in San Francisco as the 12th employee at a mobile analytics startup Flurry (exited to Yahoo! in a $280 million deal), after having finished his B.S. in Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.


Aditi Avasthi

Founder & CEO - Embibe, India

Aditi Avasthi is an Indian entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Embibe, an educational technology company, based in Bangalore. Economic Times Prime recognized her as the "Accenture Vaahini Innovator of The Year and was awarded for it in Economic Times Prime Women Leadership Awards 2019 (ETPWLA'19). The Education Congress chose her as the "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2019, and she was chosen the 'Woman Of The Year’ by Vogue in 2018.She was also ranked among BBC's top 100 Women in 2017.

Avasthi received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in 2003, and received her MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2010.


Sean Byrnes

CEO & Co-founder - Outlier, USA

Sean Byrnes is CEO and co-founder of Outlier . He is the leading authority on automated business analysis platforms and outlier data identification. Outlier was named a 2018 Cool Vendor in Analytics by Gartner and was the 2017 Strata Audience Choice Award Winner at Strata. Before creating Outlier, Sean founded Flurry , a highly successful mobile-analytics and advertising platform acquired by Yahoo in 2014.

In his free time, Sean advises some early stage technology companies and invests in many others.


Sean holds a B.A. in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an M.Eng. in Computer Science from Cornell University.


Anirudh Suri

 Co-founder & Managing Partner - India Internet Fund, India 

Anirudh Suri is Founding Partner of India Internet Fund, a US and India based early stage seed fund. He has also founded two startups: EkSMS.Com, India's first web- and mobile-based recommendation engine; and Findable, a hyperlocal commerce platform focused on making shopping from physical stores easier. Anirudh previously served as a policy advisor to the Minister of State for Communications and Technology in the Government of India. 

Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs, serving clients in the consumer, retail, healthcare, energy and the public sectors. Named the Most Promising Young Indian Professional by India Empire and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Anirudh pursued a joint MBA-MPA degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College with a BA in Economics and Political Science.


Jai Das

President & MD - Sapphire Ventures, USA

Jai is a managing director, president and co-founder at Sapphire Ventures. He invests in startups which he believes are developing ground-breaking products and services, and have embarked on their journey to become a company of consequence. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders. Eleven of Jai’s investments have become publicly traded companies and 9 have been acquired.

Jai is currently a member of the board (director or observer) at AllyO, Catchpoint, CircleCI, Clari, DataRobot, JFrog, Narrative Science, OpsRamp, Portworx, PubNub, Punchh, Splashtop, Sumo Logic, ThoughtSpot, UJET and Uptycs.

Jai’s previous investments at Sapphire include: Alteryx (NYSE: AYX), Apigee (acquired by Google Cloud), Box (NYSE: BOX), Connectiva Systems (acquired by Mara Ison), Cloudhealth Technologies (acquired by VMware), Control4 (Acq. By Hellman & Friedman), Cyphort (acquired by Juniper Networks), ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce), Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN), GroundWork (acquired by Parallax), Ignite Technologies (acquired by Versata), Iron.IO (acquired by Xenon Technologies), Jaspersoft (acquired by TIBCO Software), JustDial (NYSE: JUSTDIAL), MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce), Newgen Software (NSE: NEWGEN), Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), Paytm, Socrata (acquired by Tyler Technologies), Square (NYSE: SQ), and Tealeaf (acquired by IBM).

Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Jai worked at Oracle, Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures, and MVC Capital. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.