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Madhavan Nambiar IAS (Retd.)
Chairman - IIITMK
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Madhavan Nambiar IAS (Retd.)
Chairman - IIITMK
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Summary

Mr. Madhavan Nambiar specialises in the policy and practice of infrastructure development, innovative emerging industries, and the design and management of government-industry partnership. His 36-year record of public service as an officer of the Indian Administrative Service has seen policy, programme, and regulatory work across key infrastructure and industrial sectors, culminating in in his appointment as Secretary to the Government of India at the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Mr. Nambiar has led major national and State infrastructure programmes. As Secretary, Civil Aviation, Mr. Nambiar directed the design and development of some of India's largest public- private partnership (PPP) projects, formulating core financial and coordination frameworks for Indian airport development. These now constitute the national policy standard, and have been used to develop India's two largest airports. As chairman and managing director of Tamil Nadu's apex industrial development agency, TIDCO, Mr. Nambiar conceptualised and commissioned the State's first public-private toll road project; the State's first information technology (IT) park, TIDEL; and its first biotechnology park, TICEL. Mr. Nambiar has also developed policy ecosystems for innovative, emerging industries. At the Department of Information Technology, he led the formulation of India's first Semiconductor Policy (and its accompanying incentive programmes), and policies for electronics hardware manufacturing; the reworking of national law and regulation to facilitate a growing IT industry; and the establishment of India's first cybersecurity and emergency response agency, CERT-IN. A Fellow at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, Mr. Nambiar has taught public policy at Oxford and Columbia Universities. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Loyola College, Madras University.

Skills

Business

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M Sivasankar IAS
Secretary IT, Government of Kerala
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M Sivasankar IAS
Secretary IT, Government of Kerala
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M Sivasankar is presently the Secretary to Government, IT Department since June, 2016.  He is also holding the charge of Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister of Kerala.

Sivasankar an Engineering Graduate and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) started his career as an officer in the Reserve Bank of India.  He was subsequently appointed as Deputy Collector to the Government.  While in service he was selected to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1995 which is the highest bureaucratic position in administrative service of India.

He has served as Secretary to Government of Kerala in various Departments such as Information Technology, Consumer Affairs, Civil Supplies, Land Revenue, Tourism, General Education, Public Works, Sports & Youth Affairs, Human Resource Development, Social Justice & Tribal Welfare and Power.  While holding the post of Secretary to Government, Power Department, he was appointed as the Chairman of Kerala State Electricity Board.

He has visited several foreign countries and has delivered lectures and speeches on various subjects relating to Information Technology, Education and Power.

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Dr Saji Gopinath
Director of IIITMK & CEO of Kerala Startup Mission
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Dr Saji Gopinath
Director of IIITMK & CEO of Kerala Startup Mission
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Summary

 

Skills

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Suresh Babu
Registrar, IIITM-K
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Suresh Babu
Registrar, IIITM-K
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P Suresh Babu has more than 30 years of managerial experience in diverse areas. He has served as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Navy in the engineering branch for 21 years in different capacities and took voluntary retirement as a Commander. After leaving Navy, he worked in the corporate for 2 years. Then he worked in the Lawrence School, Lovedale as the Head of Administration & Finance and worked as the Registrar of Centre for Development Studies before joining Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala as Registrar.

He holds a B.Sc degree from Kerala University,  B.Tech degree from Madras Institute of Technology and MBA.

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Dr Asharaf S
Professor , Faculty Member at IIITMK
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Dr Asharaf S
Professor , Faculty Member at IIITMK
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Summary

Asharaf S received his PhD and Master of Engineering degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He graduated in Computer Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology. After his PhD he has worked with America Online (AOL) and IIM Kozhikode. He is a recipient of IBM Outstanding PhD student award. His areas of interest include algorithms, business models and software systems related to data mining, data analytics, information retrieval, computational advertising, soft computing and machine learning. Some of his research publications may be accessed at https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=yKNVj6oAAAAJ&hl=en

Skills

Machine Learning, Data Mining, Web Mining, Information Retrieval, Text Analysis, Data Classification, Data Clustering, Support Vector Machines, Scalable Data Processing Techniques

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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair
CEO Maker Village
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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair
CEO Maker Village
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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair is an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Calicut University. He has got over 24 years of experience in leadership roles covering Building and Nurturing a Vibrant Start up Eco system, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Concept-to-Commissioning Project Management, Fund Facilitation& Management. He has a Track record of Entrepreneurial abilities in diverse domains, parading proven ability for Initiation and Implementation of Innovative Business Models. He has got a unique blend of Public and Private sector experience, which provides a collaborative effect in gauging Business realities, widening Business perspective and initiating newer Business models. He has got a long stint with Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited, Kolkata at various subsidiaries and units across the country with cross functional responsibilities

Currently he is heading the Maker Village, the Electronic Incubator funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and supported by the Government of Kerala, as its Chief Executive Officer. During his stint he has significantly contributed in increasing the quality and quantity of incubates to the system through innovative evangelization programmes and focused outreach efforts. Already 27 start -ups are Incubating and another 11 are Pre-incubating with a long pipe line of potential incubates. He has launched an initiative to offer the Maker Village Incubation facility to a Pan India audience resulting start-ups from Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore eco sytems started incubating from the facility. He was instrumental in developing the concept of co-incubation whereby the start- ups could avail complementary facilities and services from multiple incubators. He has piloted the creation of a host of partnerships and network of associations, both Domestic and International with Industries, Accelerators, Suppliers, Investors, Academic Institutions, Market Developers and other related agencies as part of the creation of a strong start up eco system

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Dr Suresh Nair
Chief Technology Officer, SFO Technologies Pvt Ltd
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Dr Suresh Nair
Chief Technology Officer, SFO Technologies Pvt Ltd
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Dr Suresh Nair, alumnus of Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay has spent his initial career at R&D Lab of Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India. Later he shifted to NeST, a multi national private industry as Chief Technology Officer. He has designed and developed many novel products and many are finding excellent market acceptance globally. Dr.Suresh is also the founder of Innobreeze Technologies, Biophoton Technologies, companies concentrating on development of bio-photonics based healthcare devices. He is also Advisor/consultant to many other global companies. Dr. Suresh has more than 107 publications, 17 patents, co-authored a book and more than 150 technical reports to his credit. He has been conferred with many awards, the recent one being the prestigious DST Lockheed Martin award 2014 for the top innovation as Rank No.1 in India. He was invited to Silicon Valley and his idea was identified as the one with great commercial potential. He is Chairman of many Government of India committees on R&D, member in various government Steering committees. He is member in many University boards, Fellow IETE, Fellow OSI, Senior member IEEE. He is currently Chairman of IEEE Kochi Subsection. Dr. Suresh is an active promoter of academic industry association, and his passion is to mentor youngsters as entrepreneurs.

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Dr Jayasankar Prasad
Director, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS)
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Dr Jayasankar Prasad
Director, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS)
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Jayasankar Prasad holds a doctoral degree in Management and a bachelor degree in Engineering. He is considered as a pioneer in creating a vibrant and strong start up eco system in Kerala. During his various leadership roles with Kerala State IT Mission as Vice President, Director and CEO, he is one of the chief architect in formulating the IT policy of Government of Kerala.  He has served as special officer for ICT academy, Kerala and Industrial Development Zones, Kerala. 

He has commenced his association with the Kerala Start up mission as a special officer and later on assumed the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer of the Mission. During his stint with Kerala Start up Mission, it has grown to become the nodal agency for all start up related activities in the State of Kerala. He has a pivotal role in piloting the project proposal for getting sanction from DeitY, GoI for the Maker Village project.

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C Balagopal
Director, Federal Bank Ltd. As Independent Director
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C Balagopal
Director, Federal Bank Ltd. As Independent Director
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Summary

C Balagopal recently retired from Terumo Penpol Ltd., the company he founded 28 years ago, post his 6 years successful stint as Indian Administrative Service officer in states like Manipur and Kerala. Today, Terumo Penpol operates the largest blood bag manufacturing facility in the world. In 2013, he sold his shareholding to Terumo Corp., Japan after a successful partnership with them spanning 14 years. TPL is today respected for the quality of its life saving products which are sold in more than 50 countries across the globe, and dominates the market in India. Balagopal now divides his time between mentoring and investing in startup ventures, especially those engaged in healthcare, community development activities, and writing. Currently he is the Charter Member and first President of TiE Kerala. He also serves on the ethics committee of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology. C Balagopal is also mentor to Medical Technology Business Incubator, SCTIMST.

Skills

Business Strategy, Business Development, Team Management, Strategic Planning

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Dr. A.P. James
Professor, IIITMK Professor-in-Charge, Maker Village

Project Management

Dr. A.P. James
Professor, IIITMK Professor-in-Charge, Maker Village

Alex James received the Ph.D. degree in 2 years from the Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. He works on brain-inspired circuits as well as algorithms and systems. He is actively engaged in research commercialization and startups. He has several years experience of managing industry projects and academic projects in board design and pattern recognition circuits, and data and business analytics consulting for IT and semiconductor industry. He is a mentor to several tech startups and co-founded companies in machine learning and computer vision. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer to international journals and conferences such as IEEE ISCAS, IEEE ICECS, TCAS, TVLSI, TCAD, TCyb, TEC, and TIP. Dr. James has been the founding chair for IEEE Kerala Section Circuits and Systems Society and Executive Member of IET Vision and Imaging Network. He is a member of IEEE CASS Technical committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems. He was an editorial member of Information Fusion, Elsevier, and is an Associate Editor for HCIS, Springer, IEEE ACCESS, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence (2017-18) (Guest associate editor), and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems 1 (2018-present). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Life Member of ACM, and Senior Fellow of HEA.

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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair
CEO Maker Village
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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair
CEO Maker Village
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Prasad Balakrishnan Nair is an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Calicut University. He has got over 24 years of experience in leadership roles covering Building and Nurturing a Vibrant Start up Eco system, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Concept-to-Commissioning Project Management, Fund Facilitation& Management. He has a Track record of Entrepreneurial abilities in diverse domains, parading proven ability for Initiation and Implementation of Innovative Business Models. He has got a unique blend of Public and Private sector experience, which provides a collaborative effect in gauging Business realities, widening Business perspective and initiating newer Business models. He has got a long stint with Hindustan Paper Corporation Limited, Kolkata at various subsidiaries and units across the country with cross functional responsibilities

Currently he is heading Maker Village, the Electronic Incubator funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and supported by Government of Kerala, as its Chief Executive Officer. During his stint he has significantly contributed in increasing the quality and quantity of Incubates to the system through innovative Evangelization programmes and focused outreach efforts. Already 27 start -ups are Incubating and another 11 are Pre-incubating with a long pipe line of potential incubates. He has launched an initiative to offer the Maker Village Incubation facility to a Pan India audience resulting start-ups from Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore eco sytems started incubating from the facility. He was instrumental in developing the concept of co-incubation whereby the start- ups could avail complementary facilities and services from multiple incubators. He has piloted the creation of a host of partnerships and network of associations, both Domestic and International with Industries, Accelerators, Suppliers, Investors, Academic Institutions, Market Developers and other related agencies as part of the creation of a strong start up eco system

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Rohan Kalani
COO - Maker Village
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Rohan Kalani
COO - Maker Village
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Summary

Rohan Kalani was formerly heading operations at Startup village and has been part of the startup ecosystem in Kerala. He is a B.Tech graduate from NIT Calicut and did his PGDM from IIM Kozhikode

Skills

Management

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V R Narayanan
Head - SMT Assembly Line & Operations, Maker Village
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V R Narayanan
Head - SMT Assembly Line & Operations, Maker Village
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Summary

V R Narayanan is an Electrical Engineering Graduate has started his carrier in 1977 as a planning Engineer in Instrumentation Limited. He has also got additional qualifications like Graduate in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Operations. Subsequently he moved to Keltron Controls and worked in different fields like production planning, production and know-how transfer of products such as different types of analytical instruments from Kent, UK. Then he moved to SFO Technologies a Nest Company for knowhow transfer and production of Fiber optic transceivers for AMP, USA. Subsequently he has worked in Nest in different areas like head of Power Electronics manufacturing, head of electronic manufacturing department, head of engineering department and unit head. For the past three years he was working in Kaynes Technology India Pvt Ltd as Engineering and manufacturing head.

Skills

Electronic Manufacturing Engineering, Assembly Activities Etc.

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Sarath SM
Manager - Technical , Maker Village
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Sarath SM
Manager - Technical , Maker Village
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Summary

Sarath.SM is an Electronics Engineer by profession and he holds his masters degree in Applied Electronics . He has 10+ years of Industrial and research experience. He currently serves as the Manager -Technical of Maker Village. He also runs the Cisco thingQbator in the IIIT Campus, Technopark. Before Joining Maker Village Sarath worked on various Research  and Product development activites of IIITMK. He was instrumental in the development of IBM Swatchpaani project, Customized Drip Irrigation Solution for the Govt of Kerala’s Irrigation Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is deployed in the Trivandrum corporation area.  Before joining IIIT, he worked as Technical Development Engineer for TDM Company India Pvt Ltd. He was leading the hardware Integration team and developed custom embedded products and tailor made solutions for various industrial applications.  He is also a Fab Academy graduate in Digital Fabrication and serves as the Associate for the Fab activities of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala.His areas of interest include custom embedded product development and the Internet of things.

Skills

Custom Embedded Product Design, IoT , Fablabber

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Prakash Bare
Director, Sinergia Media Labs LLP
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Prakash Bare
Director, Sinergia Media Labs LLP
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Prakash Bare has held various technology and business positions in electronics design industry in the US and India. He was a co-founder of GDA Technologies Inc, one of the pioneering Electronic Design Services(EDS) companies. GDA, listed as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in US by Inc Magazine its annual INC500 list in 2002, was subsequently acquired by Rambus Inc and L&T Technology Services in March 2007. He is currently involved with multiple technology start-ups in India.

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Prahlad Vadakkepat
Associate professor, National University of Singapore
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Prahlad Vadakkepat
Associate professor, National University of Singapore
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Prahlad Vadakkepat is a researcher in the field of robotics and is the founder and general secretary of the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA) and in 2013 is its general secretary. He is an associate professor at the National University of Singapore. His research is in the areas of Humanoids, Neuro-Fuzzy Controllers, Distributed robotic systems, Biomorphic Robots, Intelligent Control techniques and Frugal Innovation.

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Muralee Thummarakudy
Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction, UNEP
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Muralee Thummarakudy
Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction, UNEP
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Muralee Thummarukudy is the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction in the UN Environment Programme. As an internationally renowned expert on disaster response, Muralee has been involved in post-disaster management such as relief and rehabilitation.

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Amberdkar Dukkipathi
Asso Professor in Computer Science and automation, IISc Bangalore

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Amberdkar Dukkipathi
Asso Professor in Computer Science and automation, IISc Bangalore

Ambedkar Dukkipati received B.Tech from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras in 1999, Masters and PhD from Computer Science and Automation from IISc in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He was a post doctoral researcher at EURANDOM (European Institute for Probability and Statistics) at Eindhoven before joining as a faculty in the department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science in 2009. His research interests are in statistical machine learning, spectral graph methods, deep learning and computational algebra. He is the covener of Statistics and Machine Learning group in IISc. 

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Rajeev Sreenivasan
Adj Faculty, Innovation, IIM-B
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Rajeev Sreenivasan
Adj Faculty, Innovation, IIM-B
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ABCD

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Prof Rajasree MS
Vice Chancellor, Abdul Kalam Technical University
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Prof Rajasree MS
Vice Chancellor, Abdul Kalam Technical University
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Summary

Prof. Rajasree M.S. Professor & Head, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering assumed charge as Director of IIITMK, GoK. Prof. Rajasree has more than 23 years of service in government in several capacities including 10 years as Professor, 3 years as Head of Institution, Asst. Professor, Lecturer and Computer Engineer. Dr. Rajasree was the senior most Professor in Computer Science and Engineering under the Directorate of Technical Education and serves as a member in several committees constituted by the government as a technical expert. In addition a subject expert in selection committees of the Kerala Public Service Commission, and selection committees in several other institutes. Dr. Rajasree has been associated with several National and International conferences and workshops as member of programme committee, session chair, reviewer etc. and delivered expert talks in other engineering colleges on new and emerging topics.

Skills

Software Engineering, Pattern Recognition, Object Oriented Patterns

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Dr SAM THOMAS
Asst Professor, CUSAT

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Dr SAM THOMAS
Asst Professor, CUSAT

Sam Thomas is a Professor at School of Management Studies of Cochin University of Science and Technology since 2009. He has more than15 years of academic experience and more than 8 years of Industrial experience. He has worked with C-DAC, NeST Sofware and Ramco Systems. He also served as a Faculty Member at Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies. He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and holds a BTech Degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut.

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Rema Devi M
Scientist G, NPOL

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Rema Devi M
Scientist G, NPOL

Rema Devi has 20 years of experience in DRDO. She holds a M.E In Telecommunications from IISc Bangalore. And she holds a BTech Degree in Electronics Engineering from NIT Calicut. She is now a Scientist G at Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) Kochi under DRDO. She was the leader of the team which has delivered many surveillance systems for Indian Navy. She has several years of experience in design and development of sonar systems & real time embedded systems. Rema Devi is currently Project Director for submarine sonar on INS Arihant, India's first indigenous nuclear submarine. She has expertise knowledge in Signal Processing. She was also awarded Suman Sharma award (DRDO award for outstanding contributions in submarine sonar programme) by National Design Research Forum.

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SREEKUMAR V M
Asst. General Manager , SFO

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SREEKUMAR V M
Asst. General Manager , SFO

Sreekumar VM is Currently working as Assistant General Manager at SFO Technologies heading Test engineering team. Has more than 19 years of experience in multiple domains like Test Engineering, Product development, Systems and networking, Information security, engineering and project management Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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Narender Singh Negi
VP & Head of R&D, NPOL

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Narender Singh Negi
VP & Head of R&D, NPOL

Narender Singh Negi has a Total Work Experience of over 22 Years, of which 20 Years of Functional Experience in R&D Management, Product Innovation, Product Design & Development, System Engineering, Embedded Software and Hardware development etc. He is currently working as the Head and V.P (R&D) of Electronics & Power Products at V-GUARD Industries Ltd., Kochi, INDIA. He worked with Luminous Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  as  V P (Research & Development) for about 7 Years and with Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd., Gurgaon as AVP - R&D  for about 8 Years. He is an expert in Design & Development of Online UPS, Inverters, Solar products, Motor Control Solutions - Embedded Control Systems. He has applied for 7 Patents in the field of Power Backup Solutions in India and one in U.S. Also an expert in programming DSP Assembly language, QBasic, Visual Basic, Delphi, C and C++. He was involved in Design & Development of CONTROL & DISPLAY UNIT of BOFORS gun (155mm Field Howitzer Gun) for Ministry of Defence, Government of INDIA. He was also involved in Design & Development of Washing Machine Control for Sole (Italy) and Merloni (Italy) and Refrigerator Control for Electrolux.

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Sudheer Chandran
General Manager Operations, OEN India

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Sudheer Chandran
General Manager Operations, OEN India

Sudheer Chandran has more than 25 years of industrial experience. He is currently the head of manufacturing at OEN India Ltd since 2011. He Responsible for Manufacturing operations of Cochin and Bangalore plants. He holds a Btech degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut . He also holds a MBA from Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) and a EPGP, Business Administration and Management, General from IIM.

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B ANILKUMAR
Company Secretary, KMRL

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B ANILKUMAR
Company Secretary, KMRL

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