Speakers 2019

Malavath Purna

Youngest Woman to Scale Everest

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At 13 years old Malavath Purna was the youngest woman to scale Everest. She trained at a prestigious mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling for training and nine and went on a training expedition to Indo-China border prior to tackling Everest.

Purna was born at Pakala village, Nizamabad district of Telangana state of India. She belongs to a tribal family, and her parents are farm labourers. She joined Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for her education, where her talent was spotted by the secretary of the Society Dr. R. S Praveen Kumar.

Neha Aggarwal

Head of Partnerships & Communication at OGQ

Kakatiya sandbox development dalouge speaker 2019 Neha Aggarwal

Only female Table Tennis player to represent India at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 4-time National Champion in Juniors, Gold medalist at 2015 National Games in Kerala, Gold medalist at 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, 3 bronze medals in Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (2009 and 2013), Did MS in Sports Management from Columbia University, New York in 2016.Previously worked at the United States Olympic Committee, International Table Tennis Federation and Women’s Sports Foundation started by tennis legend Billie Jean King.Awarded Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award by Delhi State in 2009.

Sudhir Rao

Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation - India

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Sudhir Rao is Managing Director, India, Bombardier Transportation with manufacturing and engineering operations in Vadodara, Hyderabad and Delhi NCR serving various Indian Railways and Metro organisations. Bombardier is one of the leading global manufacturers of rail systems, encompassing the entire range of products from trains to sub-systems and signalling to complete turnkey transport systems, e-mobility technology and data-driven maintenance services.

He has worked for over 3 decades in the global automotive industry and started his career with General Motors Corporation, where he held various leadership positions across North America, Europe and Asia in Product Development, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Strategy. He led the creation and implementation of Renault’s renewed strategy in India a decade ago and most recently was Chairman and Managing Director of Skoda Auto India.

Mr. Rao is a graduate of BITS, Pilani and has an MBA from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has a deep interest in social developmental causes and environmental issues.

Feroze Mohammed

Executive Vice president, Hitachi Consulting

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Feroze Mohammed is Executive Vice President in Hitachi Consulting, and Managing Director of Hitachi Consulting, India. As head of Hitachi Consulting's Global Delivery Centers, he is responsible for the India operations and global delivery. In addition, as the head of the South East Asia and ANZ business, he is responsible for the businesses in these regions. Feroze is a passionate leader with over 20 years of experience in the IT consulting industry with unique combination of experience in IP development, global delivery of IT services, as well as sales leadership.

Feroze began his career in 1993 at CMC R&D Limited, innovating workgroup products for 2 years. After building some unique and innovative office automation products he joined Sierra Atlantic, a technology startup, in 1995. As a part of the core leadership team, he played a significant role in growing it to over $100Mn revenue, best in class global enterprise, which was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in 2011. Through his career, Feroze was responsible the IP development initiatives in the company and several innovative technology products were developed under his stewardship shaping the differentiated strategy for the company. Feroze was also instrumental in building the global delivery capability for services and an effective account mining model for growing the business. He groomed an elite team of culturally diverse and geographically dispersed senior delivery leaders leading a global delivery team of 2000+ people.

Feroze holds a master's degree in computer applications from University of Hyderabad and has done his executive MBA (PGPMax) from Indian School of Business.

Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy

Executive Chairman, Cyient

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Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy is an Indian entrepreneur who has firmly placed India on the global map for leading-edge engineering, and research and development (ER&D) services by establishing Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises) in 1991. His efforts have led Cyient to contribute more than $3 billion in cumulative exports from India to Fortune 100 companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Phillips, and Caterpillar, and have created direct employment for about 15,000 engineering professionals in 47 locations across 21 countries.

Dr. Reddy has served as the Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies) in India during 2015-16. He has served as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region (2008-2009), and is currently the Co-Chair of its Education Council. Dr. Reddy is also the Founding Director of T-Hub, the largest start-up incubation center in India. Dr. Reddy acts as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and also serves on the Board of Coromandel International Limited.

Dr. Reddy has taken up several leadership positions to promote higher education in India. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT-Hyderabad, a member on the Board of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and member of Court of Governors of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI).

Dr. Reddy received India’s fourth highest civilian award—the Padma Shri—in 2017 for his contribution to trade and industry in the country. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (CIE Division) in 2011. He is a distinguished alumnus of IIT-Kanpur.

Dr. Reddy holds postgraduate degrees from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur, and the University of Michigan, USA. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from JNTU-Hyderabad, JNTU-Kakinada, Andhra University, and KL University.

Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande

President & Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, Chairman of Tejas Networks, Deshpande Foundation

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Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades, involved either as the Founder, a Founding investor or Chairman of several companies including Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks, Sandstone Capital, and A 123 Systems. They have founded four social entrepreneurship Sandboxes in India, and four centers in North America including the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
Desh is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the 2013 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award and Forbes India's Distinguished Non-Resident Philanthropist (2014) and has also co-chaired President Obama's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Sudheer Mareddi

Co-founder & MD of Ebutor

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Sudheer Mareddi is the co-owner and managing director of Sunera group of companies that includes companies such as SuneraTech, Ebutor, eSeal, Stravis and others. He currently provides leadership to Ebutor – a leading B2B eCommerce Company, and eSeal – the digital supply chain enabler for manufacturers.

Before embarking upon entrepreneurship journey, his 29-year career span includes 20 years of association with corporates such as TCS, Satyam and Maytas in various leadership positions.

During his career Sudheer has worked on several initiatives involving industry-institute partnerships for employment creation.Sudheer is an engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani.

Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy

Founder & CEO, Sattva

Kakatiya sandbox development dalouge speaker 2019 Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy

Krishna is the Founder and CEO at Sattva and is responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth and impact of the organization. Over the last decade, Krishna has been working with the leadership of Global Foundations, Social Organizations and Corporates to design and scale their social impact initiatives, across India, SE Asia, Africa and Europe. Krishna leads many collective impact initiatives across different themes like water, education, livelihoods and is an active member of the CII National Committee on Sports.

Krishna started his career as an early member of Dell R&D in India and was the Founding Partner of Longhouse Consulting, a boutique executive search firm focused on technology and emerging sectors in India. Krishna is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and INSEAD and serves on the Advisory Board of multiple social impact and technology start-ups.


Chief Strategy Officer - Srinivasa Farms and Co-founder - IIIT Seed Fund

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Viiveck has 30+ years of work experience in well-known corporate houses, with a proven track record for excellence and dynamic leadership. He has successfully executed key positions of diverse nature and capacities during his career before turning into a thriving entrepreneur. He has effectively handled operational and strategic responsibilities. He is a result oriented individual and has seen immense success at managing profit center operations, corporate planning and business development.

Viiveck is known for high levels of integrity, professional loyalty, and maturity. His leadership skills, strong commitment to ethical and professional standards whilst maintaining flexibility in changing socioeconomic conditions were duly recognized by being awarded for “Best Ethics in Business”. He was recognized by the “Travel Industry” as a thought leader as well.

Viiveck’s portfolio includes amongst other things: Co Founder – DiSRUPPt Thinking LLP, Co Founder – IIIT Seed Fund, Director - Hyderabad Angels, Curator and Licensee– TEDxHyderabad and Past President - Rotary Club of Miyapur. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for Srinivasa Farms (a Leading Poultry Company).

Academically astute, Viiveck is armed with a PGDBA (Marketing) from the Institute of Management Development and Research in Pune and is an LLB in Labor Laws and Taxation from Pune University. He is a university topper in his graduation studies in Geology. The Neuroleadership Group certified Viiveck as a professional “Coach”. He has also been a Zenger Miller Frontline Leadership Certified Trainer.

Besides Coaching and Investing Viiveck decided to focus on Social causes among other things and runs a society called SAHE (Society for Advancement of Human Endeavour), which focuses on social impact actions. He brings to the table understanding of the corporate world, network he built over years to be able to connect the players in social space and create social impact.

His interests are Business Networking, Travel, Music Reading and Philanthropy.

Hemasundar Dhavili

COO Our Food Pvt. Ltd.

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Hemasundar believes in servant leadership and is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Our Food, a young B2B agribusiness startup, based out of Hyderabad, determined to decentralize the food processing industry. At a time when agrarian distress is threatening rural economic activity, Our Food is promoting rural entrepreneurship by providing end-to-end solutions to unemployed youth by helping them set up low-cost, micro food processing units, process the raw material at farm gate and sell the processed material at better rates.

Prior to Our Food, Hemasundar had served in leadership roles in two startups where he thinks he learnt the most about building teams and business from the ground up. He had enriching stints at XSEED where he delivered services that impacted how thousands of K-8 children learnt everyday; and OYO where he helped build tech enabled quality accommodation spaces.

Hemasundar graduated from BITS Pilani in 2007 and he has had 8 years of global experience at Schlumberger, a leading global oilfield technology provider, before he took the startup plunge in 2015.

Ramji Raghavan

Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation

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In 1998, Ramji left a commercial career in banking and finance in London to create Agastya International Foundation, an innovative education initiative in India. Operating with a fleet of 31 mobile Labs, 14 rural science centers and a 170-acre Creativity Lab in Kuppam, near Bangalore, Agastya has given hands-on science education opportunities to nearly 3 million disadvantaged children and 1,00,000 teachers in rural India.

Ramji is also a member of the Prime Minister's National Knowledge Commission (Working Group on Attracting Children to Science and Mathematics) and writes articles on education for Indian and foreign journals.

Raju Reddy

Founding Patron - Kakatiya Sandbox, Founder and Former CEO - Sierra Atlantic

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Raju is the Founder of Sierra Atlantic, a company that grew to be the best-in-class global services company over a period of 17 years. Under his leadership, Sierra Atlantic grew from a startup to having over 2400 employees with operations in several countries. It has been consistently ranked amongst the best managed companies including the top 75 most admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China. Sierra Atlantic was acquired by Hitachi Consulting in December 2010 and it is the largest ever acquisition by Hitachi Consulting to date. Prior to founding Sierra Atlantic in 1993, Raju spent 10 years at Intel in software development, marketing, and general management. During his time at Intel, he championed Intel's Software Partner Program for the first-generation Pentium processor, and built strong relationships with industry leaders Microsoft and IBM. Raju currently serves on the board of Hitachi Consulting. He is also active in not-for-profit initiatives and is currently a member of the BITS Pilani Board of Directors, a Charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, and serves on the Board of India community center. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program which helped underprivileged communities worldwide gain access to technology. He also co-founded SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) in 1987. Raju holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and electronics engineering from BITS Pilani and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech.

Phanindra Sama

Co-Founder, redBus.in & Chief Innovation Officer, Govt. of Telangana

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Phanindra Sama is a co-founder and the CEO of redBus, India's first online bus ticket booking service. Started in 2005, today Redbus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India; it has the largest network of bus operators, 350+ and growing. Mr. Sama is ranked #3 amongst India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Business World. Prior to Redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments as a Senior Design Engineer. He is one of the founding patrons of the Kakatiya Sandbox in Nizamabad that helps locals work on solutions to pressing issues. The Government of Telangana recently appointed him as the state's Chief Innovation Officer. He will head the Telangana State Innovation Cell, which has been set up to promote innovation at the grassroot level.