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Dr. Sudhir Shah Padmashree Awardee, Neurologist, 
“Pursuit of Happiness”
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Prof. Pradeep Deshpande President and CEO at Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc.
“Higher Education for National Tranformation”
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Dean Dipak Jain Co-President and Global Advisor - CEIBS, Shanghai, China
“The Enduring Value of Management Education”
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Mr. Sujoy Choudhury Executive Director – Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
“Oil & Gas Scenario”
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Professor Dr. Sudhir V. Shah

Professor Dr. Sudhir V. Shah is a Consultant Neurologist of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He took his DM in neurology from the University of Bombay. Currently, Prof. Shah is the Professor & Head of Department of Neurology at the K. M. School of PG Medicine & Research at the V. S. General Hospital and the Director of Neurosciences at the Sterling Hospitals. He is also an Honorary Neurologist to the Governor of Gujarat.

Prof. Shah has specialized in various aspects of neurology including the understanding and cure of diseases like epilepsy, strokes, movement disorder, dementia and neuro muscular diseases. Prof. Shah pioneered interventional neurology in Gujarat. His work on a monk who lived only on air has received international acclaim.

Dr. Shah has authored several original research papers, book chapters and four books. Its noteworthy that his books have been extensively sold (over 60,000copies) and all the money thus earned, has been used for philanthropy. Numerous documentary films have been made on his work by European and American media agencies. He was variously interviewed by BBC, the Discovery channel, CNBC and other media channels.

Based on his contributions, Prof. Shah has been extensively honored by several national and international agencies. These include; a) the prestigious and the fourth highest civilian award of India, the Padmashri; b) the coveted Dr. B. C. Roy award, by the Medical Council of India as Eminent Medical Teacher and, c) the UN award for development of Neurology. He is an Honorary Fellow and past executive committee member of the Indian Academy of Neurology and is an active member of several international and national neurology bodies. )

Prof. Shah has a multifaceted personality - a teacher, a writer, a musician, an orator, an erudite scholar, a scientist, a Philanthropist, an occultist and an administrator. His personal library contains over 9000 books on philosophy, religion, ethics and culture and he has given selfless medical services to over 5,000 saints from different religions & sects.

Prof. Pradeep Deshpande

Pradeep B. Deshpande is Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville (1975 – 2008), Visiting Professor of Management, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, and President and CEO of Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc.

He is an author or co-author of more than 100 papers and eight books including the most recent, Six Sigma for Karma Capitalism, 2015 (amazon), and The Nature of Ultimate Reality and How It Can Transform Our World: Evidence from Modern Physics; Wisdom of YODA, 2015 (amazon). He is a recipient of several awards including Donald P. Eckman Award in Process Control Education given by International Society of Automation. He is a Fellow and life Member of ISA and is listed in Who’s Who in the World.

In what Pradeep fondly remembers as his Eureka Moment, he came to understand that the performance of human activities comes up short in the absence of an adequate level of internal excellence. This brought him front and center with the wisdom of our sages, only this time through the gambit of scientific inquiry. Over time, a measurement device that is reflective of internal excellence became available and all this has now morphed into a scientific framework for external and internal excellence toward a better and more peaceful world.

Dipak Chand Jain

Dipak Chand Jain is Co-President and Global Advisor of China Europe International Business School. He previously was the Director (Dean) of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The announcement of his appointment as Director of Sasin was made on June 7, 2014. He stepped down in 2017.

He is also INSEAD Chaired Professor of Marketing. He had served as Dean of INSEAD since his appointment from May 2011 to March 2013. He was Dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2001-2009.

Jain’s areas of research include the marketing of high-tech products; market segmentation and competitive market structure analysis; cross-cultural issues in global product diffusion; new product diffusion; and forecasting models. He has had more than 50 articles published in leading academic journals.

He also serve as an Independent Director on the Board of Indian Conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited which is also the largest refiner in the world at a single location. He has served as a consultant to Microsoft, Novartis, American Express, Sony, Nissan, Eli Lilly and Company, and Hyatt International.

Jain was born on June 9, 1957, in a small town called Tezpur, Assam, a state in north-eastern part of India. He did his schooling from Rastrabhasa Hindi School at Tezpur, Assam. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Statistics (Hons.) in 1976 from Darrang College, Tezpur (affiliated with Guwahati University) and his master's degree in Statistics in 1978 from Gauhati University in India. He taught at Gauhati University for the next five years before coming to US to pursue his PhD in Marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Mr. Sujoy Choudhury

Shri. Sujoy Choudhury is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA (Finance) from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He joined Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) in 1988 and has served around 31 years in the marketing division of the oil industry. He was posted at various places in the eastern, western and northern region of the country. He has acquired working experience in various fields of Oil Industry which includes Engineering, Retail Sales and Petro Chemical Marketing. He has held leadership position in various capacities. He has the experience of leading large teams as Divisional Retail Head, State Retail Head and In-charge of Petro Chemical unit.

He has a rich experience of working in different cultures. Reading books and listening to music during leisure times are his hobbies.

Sh. Sujoy Choudhury is presently posted as the Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. a Government of India undertaking at Chandigarh. He is in-charge of the petroleum activities in the state of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Chandigarh, leading a team of more than 700 employees. Turnover contribution of these states is approx. Rs. 25000 crore against volume approx. 5 MMT including all products.

Mr. Khurshed Batliwala (Bawa) Art of Living teacher
“Secrets of Happiness”
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Capt. Akhilesh Saxena Kargil War Veteran & Vice President – Tata Communications
“How to be a successful team player”
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Mr. Brett Lee Former Australian Cricketer and Global Hearing Ambassador.
“Brett Lee: From Campus to Community for a cause”.
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H.E. Ernest Rwamucyo High Commissioner of Rwanda to India
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Role of India and Rwanda in South - South Cooperation
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Khurshed Batliwala

Khurshed Batliwala holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the prestigious IIT Bombay. He chose the unconventional path of being an Art of Living teacher and has been with the foundation for more than 25 years.

He has created and facilitated various self-development courses in more than 30 countries around the world to tens of thousands of people. He is a prolific speaker and has been invited to speak at various national and international forums.

A snapshot of his past speaking engagements includes Barclays, American Express, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Hewlett Packard, Godrej, Tata, Bosch, ICICI Bank, Times of India, Bombay Stock Exchange, Toyota, TVS, HCL, IIM – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow and Indore, IIT – Bombay, Chennai, Delhi, Ghandhinagar, Kanpur and Guwahati, XLRI – Jamshedpur, BITS Pillani in Goa and Hyderabad, AIMS Delhi and Rishikesh among many others.

He has been invited to speak at various TEDx forums and over the years has delivered 10+ TEDx talks all over India, on topics like handling stress, leadership, environment, ancient India and learning.

Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji and drawing on his own vast knowledge and experience, his talks and workshops are a smooth blend of science, technology and ancient Indian wisdom.

He and his colleague Dinesh Ghodke have co-authored two books – the first Ready, Study, Go! - Smart ways to Learn, published by Harper Collins, India and the second Happiness Express, published by Amazon-Westland. Both have been very well received, selling more than 60,000 copies together.

He is known for his warmth, wit and wisdom.

Captain Akhilesh Saxena Kargil War Veteran & Vice President – Tata Communications
Captain Akhilesh Saxena

Captain Akhilesh Saxena is a natural Leader who has showcased the qualities of Leadership, teamwork, strategic planning and bravery on the battlefield of Kargil war. He has successfully showcased his Kargil War leadership even in the corporate sector. He is an inspiring leader, entirely focused on customer satisfaction which he has managed successfully by bringing about a change in the thought process of his co-workers.

The sheer grit of this man exhibited from the fact that he was posted at the battlefield of Kargil just weeks after he got married. Nothing could deter this brave captain, who was an artillery officer and fought with 2Rajputana Rifles in Kargil war. This Kargil war hero, successfully, along with his troops, conquered the Kargil peaks — Tololing, The Hump, and Three Pimples. During the war, he got injured by the enemy bullets and was admitted at the base hospital, Delhi Cantt for around one year. He got disabled and had to move out of the Army due to severe injuries.

To inspire every citizen of the nation to contribute his best for the nation, he with his wife Shikha Saxena continuously takes motivation sessions through Inspiring Mantras. Their motto is “Every citizen of the country is a soldier if he intends to be”. Inspiring Mantras has been established with a mission to bring transformation in the vision, thinking process and actions of our countrymen. This initiative is in the honour of our fallen and wounded soldiers and a tribute to our Indian soldiers.

He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy. In 1995 he passed out as lieutenant of Indian Army from IMA. He is a gold medallist of the 2004 batch of full-time MBA course at Delhi University’s Faculty of Management Studies (FMS). After his stint with an IT company and telecom company, he joined the TATA group in a senior leadership position. He is a global technology leader with over 22 years of experience in IT and Telecommunications. Currently, he is working as a Vice President-Global Service Delivery & Customer Ops with Tata communications.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Role of India and Rwanda in South - South Cooperation
H.E. Ernest Rwamucyo

Ernest Rwamucyo is the High Commissioner of Rwanda to the India. He is also accredited to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Prior to his appointment to India, Mr. Rwamucyo was High Commissioner of Rwanda to the United Kingdom and Non-Resident Ambassador to Ireland.

Rwamucyo has extensive experience working on development and poverty reduction policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. He worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York as Policy Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals.

Before joining UNDP, Ernest Rwamucyo worked for the Government of Rwanda as Director-General for Economic Development Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. He was also Director of Strategic planning and Poverty Reduction Monitoring in the Ministry.

Ernest worked at the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) Secretariat as head of Economic Planning before joining Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance.

Rwamucyo has been Chair and member of Board of Directors of Several Public and Private enterprises and non-governmental organizations.

He was also a researcher and Assistant Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda. Ernest Rwamucyo holds a masters degree in Development Policy and Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree in Public Administration from the National University of Rwanda.

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar National Research Professor,
Former Director General CSIR
From Incremental to Disruptive Game Changing ASSURED Innovation
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Dr. Bharat Vatwani Founder,
Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation
Raman Magsaysay Award Winner
Emotions and
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Ms. Amala Akkineni Director of Annapurna
International School of Film + Media (AISFM)
The Silver Screen -
Art, Science or Business?
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Mr. Allan Border Newland Global Group,
Australia & Former Australian Cricket Captain
Leadership inside the field and in the Dressing Room
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From Incremental to Disruptive Game Changing ASSURED Innovation
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, was the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Chairman of National Innovation Foundation, President of Indian National Science Academy as also the President of Global Research Alliance.

Dr. Mashelkar has many firsts to his credit. He was the first Indian to win the most prestigious TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize (2018), first Indian from India to be elected as Fellow of US National Academy of Investors (2017), first Asian Scientist to receive the Business Week (USA) award of ‘Stars of Asia’ at the hands of George Bush (Sr.), the former President of USA and the first and only scientist to win the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award (1998) so far.

In the post-liberalized India, Dr Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India’s Science, Technology & Innovation policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister set up by successive governments for thirty years.

42 Universities from around the world have honored him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, Swinburne, Monash and Delhi.

The President of India honoured Dr Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991), with Padmabhushan (2000) and with Padma Vibhushan (2014), three of the highest civilian honors.

Emotions and Social Work
Dr. Bharat Vatwani

Dr. Bharat Vatwani is one of the two Indians who has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in July 2018 for his work with mentally ill street people.

He along with his wife Dr. Smitha conceptualized and founded “Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation” in 1988, a charitable institution dedicated to the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation and reunification with their families, of mentally ill destitutes from the streets of Mumbai.

Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation today has its own separate psychiatric hospital at Karjat where at any given time 120 mentally ill destitutes are being treated and cared for before being reunited with their families. The entire activities are conducted on an absolutely free basis and the institution only deals with destitutes wandering helplessly on the streets. No private patient is accepted by Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation.

In the last 30 years Shraddha under his pioneering leadership has reunited more than 7500 wandering mentally ill destitutes with their families after recovery.

He has been awarded National CSR Awards for Excellence on World CSR Day in 2015 and by various prestigious organizations for his exemplary work done apart from being covered and honoured by National Television/ Print Media throughout these years.

He also runs his private practice since 30 years in Borivali, Mumbai.

The Silver Screen - Art, Science or Business?
Ms. Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni’s successful career in Indian cinema spans 50+ films as leading lady in five Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi). She continues to portray selected roles in film and television. She is an alumnus of Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts at Chennai and is a trained classical Bharatanatyam dancer. She has co-founded Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a 25-year old animal welfare organization and serves on the board of several NGOs and governmental organizations. In recognition of her invaluable contribution to social change and development of the country, she was awarded the Government of India’s Nari Shakti Award. As Society Member & Director at AISFM, she has been the executive driving force for the vision and numerous transformative initiatives at AISFM.

Leadership inside the field and in the Dressing Room
Mr. Allan Border

Allan Robert Border (born July 27, 1955) , nicknamed “A.B.”, is an Australian retired cricketer that represented Australia and had record-breaking scores for Tests and One-Day Internationals. He was the captain of the Australian team. Border was primarily a left hand batsman but then accomplished an occasional victory as a part-time left arm orthodox bowling, including one ten-wicket haul and two five-wicket hauls on the way to picking up 39 Ticket wickets combined with 73 ODI scalps.

Allan Border represented Australia in 156 Tests and 273 One-Day Internationals, accumulating a total of 11,174 runs in Tests. He was the first batsman in test cricket history to cross the 11,000-run mark. He was the first and only test cricketer to score more than 150 in both innings of a match.

He hit 27 centuries in his Test career. He retired as Australia's most capped player and leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

Border was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Allan Border was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as a "sports legend. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1982

Border wrote an autobiography entitled Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story, published in 1993. In 2000, he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and named twelfth man in Australia's "Greatest ever ODI Team”, selected from the votes of each of Australia's ODI representatives. Border left his successor Mark Taylor with a side that went on to be the best in the world.

Ms. Suzanne Ellery Hon. Minister for
Education and Training, Western Australia
Education and Training Current Scenario in Western Australia
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Prof. Jagdish Sheth Charles H. Kallstadt Professor of Marketing -
Emory University & Founder - Sheth Leadership Academy
Rise of New Middle Class -
The Room Mate Family
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Mr. John Buck CEO, Governance Alive, LLC
Co-Director, Center for Dynamic Community Governance
Working Smarter Together
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Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh Professor – Aerospace Engg. Department,
IISc Bangalore
Shock Waves and Its Widespread Applications
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Education and Training Current Scenario in Western Australia
Hon. Ms. Suzanne Ellery

Minister for Education and Training, Western Australia and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

She was first elected to the Thirty-sixth Parliament for South Metropolitan Region on 10 February 2001 and then re-elected in 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2017.

Some other significant ministerial positions held by her are Shadow Minister for Education during 26 June 2015 - 17 March 2017, Shadow Minister for Education - Children's Interests from 2013 to 2015. She was also holding position of Shadow Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Disability Services from 2008 to 2013 and Minister for Child Protection, Community Services; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering from 2007-2008.

During 2005 – 2007 she was Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General; Electoral Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health from 2003 – 2007. She has also been member of several committees.

She was born in Perth, Western Australia and completed her Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Australia. She worked as industrial officer before entering Parliament.

Rise of New Middle Class - The Room Mate Family
Prof. Jagdish Sheth

Professor Jagdish Sheth is a renowned scholar and internationally recognized thought leader who is known best for his scholarly contributions in consumer psychology, relationship marketing, competitive strategy, and geopolitical analysis.

He has founded Sheth Leadership Academy in 2016 and is associated with Emory University since 1991 effectively managing various roles since then. He has done his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Behavioral Sciences (1962 - 1966) & Master of Business Administration (MBA), Behavioral Sciences (1961 - 1962) from University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He did his Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Accounting and Business/ Management (1955 - 1960) from University of Madras (Loyola College).

He has published more than 300 research papers and more than 30 books on various disciplines and topics. His insights on global competition, strategic thinking, geopolitics, and emerging markets are considered revolutionary.

As a thought leader, Professor Sheth has made hundreds of presentations to business leaders, academic scholars, and public policy makers from around the world. He is frequently quoted and interviewed by Fortune, Financial Times, The Economic Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also a regular guest and frequent commenter for major news networks: BBC, CNBC India, and CNN.

Professor Sheth’s timely advice aids business leaders, and policymakers looking to develop long-term strategies for positioning for the future

Working Smarter Together
Mr. John Buck

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University organized a talk by Mr. John Buck, CEO, GovernanceAlive LLC as part of the distinguished lecture series on 28th November, 2018. Mr. Buck delivered an insightful talk on “Working Smarter Together” addressing present day work challenges and the need to adopt an inclusive work approach for more cohesive work culture.

Mr. Buck illustrated upon different ways like Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, Agile and BOSSA nova to bridge the existing gaps within organizations. He explained the collective arms symbol to emphasis symbiosis of unique individual personality with the collaborative spirit. He involved the audience in octopus activity to explain this. His talk gave glimpses on how an individual with other individuals can learn to govern themselves in an organization through the approach of being connected.

Mr. Buck interestingly shared his perspective on significance of facilitation as an organization’s method. He transgressed from best practices performed at various organizations to adopt novel and emerging practices to better reflect upon performance management and building of emotional intelligence. He emphasized the importance of feedback in organizations and also consent decision making.

The talk was delivered in an engaging manner allowing the audience to process and reflect upon their individual role within an organization and also exploring possibilities to perform in a more collaborative ways. The session witnessed a full house in rapt attention. The Director General of the University well appreciated the views offered by Mr. Buck and presented him with a mark of appreciation.

Working Smarter Together
Mr. John Buck

John Buck is CEO of an international consulting, training and facilitation firm Governance Alive, LLC which specialize in organizational governance. He has been a keynote speaker at many business and management conferences in the USA and Europe. He is also a co-director of a nonprofit organization, Center for Dynamic Community Governance.

An expert in governance methods and organizational design, he serves on the boards of various organizations. John has also given short speech on need for faster and agile decision making processes, in 17th session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration in April 2018. He has also given TEDx Talk on “Sociocracy: Thinking Smarter Together” in February 2018.

John Buck has co-authored a two books, 1. We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy and 2. Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption.

John mentors, trains, consults and conducts workshops in many countries including the United States, Canada, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, India, Korea, Spain, Portugal, and New Zealand. He also teaches online classes with a global audience.

Sociocracy originated in Netherlands, and so all resources were in dutch. He was the first person to translate all the available materials and made it available to all English speaking countries.

John has a Master Degree in Quantitative Sociology from the George Washington University and lives near Washington, DC, USA.

Shock Waves and Its Widespread Applications
Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh

Based on his expertise in shock waves Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh was invited by PDPU Gandhinagar to deliver his talk on “Shock Waves and Its Widespread Applications” on 12th September 2018. He started his discussion with introduction of IISC Bangalore, how it was founded, various laboratories and departments etc. He mentioned about the noble thought of Swami Vivekananda, Shri Jamshedji Tata and Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore to establish IISc with the aim of advancing the scientific capabilities of the country.

Prof. Gopalan discussed about research areas in Aerospace Engineering Department of IISC Bangalore and in particular the research activities carried out in Shock Wave Laboratory. A variety of experimental methods used in Shock Waves research and its applications were explained with some typical scientific results. Further techniques for measuring physical properties of blast waves and laser generated shock waves were discussed in brief.

The Distinguished lecture was attended by faculty members, research scholars, M. Tech and B. Tech students of mechanical engineering. At the end, queries from students and faculty members were addressed by Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh.

Shock Waves and Its Widespread Applications
Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh

Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh had his early schooling in the prestigious Sri. Ramakrishna Vidyashala, Mysore Later he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with DISTINCTION from Bangalore University in 1989, Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, in 1992 (First Rank) and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1998. He was a Visiting Lecturer in Tohoku University Japan for about 3 years before joining IISc in 2001.

Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. He is the Founder Chairman of Centre of Excellence in Hypersonics, IISc, Bangalore. He is also the Founder Director of Super-wave Technology Pvt. Ltd. a start-up company formed with equity participation from IISc to commercialize several of his discoveries related to shock waves. This start-up company has garnered a sizable funds to the tune of US $ 15 million from multinational industry partners within 3 years of existence. He is an honorary professor in the University of Glasgow, UK and an Adjunct Professor in Defense Institute for Advanced Studies, Pune, India.

His research areas include Hypersonic Aero-thermodynamics and shock wave propagation in complex fluids. He has published over 250 papers in peer reviewed International Journals, and conferences and edited 3 books. He has TWENTY PATENTS on various discoveries related to Shock Waves and hypersonic flow control.

He has been bestowed with several National and International awards in recognition of his professional achievements. Some of major recognitions includes Dr. Biren Roy Space Design Award by Aeronautical Society of India, Prof. Satish Dhawan Young Engineer award from Govt. of Karnataka, Platinum Jubilee award from Institution of Engineer, ASI Award from Astronautical society of India and GOLD MEDAL for developing shock wave assisted preservative impregnation technique by the Lockheed Martin – Dept. of Science & Technology India Innovates Growth programme.

He is the founder secretary of Society for Shock Wave Research India and an executive member of the Governing Council of International Shock Wave Institute, Japan.

He is a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society, (UK) and National Academy of Engineering (India) and Associate Fellow of American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is on the Editorial Boards of Shock Waves, Current Science and International Journal of Aerospace Innovations.

He has widely traveled all over the world and delivered several invited talks in prestigious universities/international symposiums abroad including Stanford University & NASA Ames Research Centre, USA. He has also chaired several technical sessions in many international symposiums. He actively works with voluntary organizations for popularizing science among high school/college students especially in rural India and has interacted with over 250,000 Children till date.

Energy Security for the Country
Prof. Sunil Khanna

Prof Sunil Khanna VP, NIIT, Neemrana, Rajasthan gave a scintillating talk on "Energy Security in India". The focus of his lecture was on the enormous potential of bio-technology, in general, and bio-fuels in particular in contributing towards energy security and environmental management in India. In the introduction, Prof Khanna mentioned that during the last few decades India has been rapidly transforming from an agriculture based economy to an industry - based country. As a result the energy demand has grown significantly. The large gap between demand and supply of energy and electricity has to be bridged by an optimum mix of carbon -based and carbon -free energy options, without degrading the environment, in order to improve our quality of life and transform India from a developing to a developed nation.

Energy security will also pave the way for us to achieve food and water security. Dr Khanna mentioned that carbon-based energy system, based mainly on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, will continue to dominate the energy basket in India, for generation of electricity and for running our vehicles in the transportation sector, at least for the next few decades till the time the carbon-free energy options, namely, solar, wind, nuclear, hydrogen fuel and electric vehicle (EV) attain industrial maturity. The major challenges of carbon based energy systems in India are twofold. First, the long term sustainability of fossil fuel and their ever increasing import bill. Secondly, fossil fuels are associated with CO2 and other green house gas emission responsible for global warming and related climate change.

Prof. Khanna touched upon a few innovative ways for carbon capture, utilization and storage. In his opinion, bio fuel could be a good substitute for fossil fuel in terms of long term sustainability. Bio-butanol is better than ethanol and methanol as a transportation fuel. This can be produced economically by mixing biomass and agriculture & dairy waste in bio-refineries. Both public and private investors should set up bio-refineries all over the country as part of the waste to wealth program. Prof Khanna mentioned that in coming years, food versus fuel competition is foreseen for judicious utilization of agricultural land. Prof. Khanna also covered oil spillage management by degradation with optimum use of microbes.

Prof. Sunil Khanna Vice President – NIIT Neemrana,
Energy Security
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Prof. Kamlesh Bajaj Mentor Professor - NIIT University,
Cyber Security
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Mr. David Carroll President & CEO - Gas Technology Institute,
Illinois, USA
International Energy Outlook
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Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha Founder and
Managing Director of
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Energy Security for the Country
Prof. Sunil Khanna

Prof. Sunil Khanna is currently the Vice President, Dean (Research) & Dean (Admissions) at NIIT University.

He started his career as a Graduate Research Associate in Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide, South Australia in 1983 and then moved to work as a Research Fellow with Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Division, University of Cincinnati, Ohio in January 1984. In September 1985, he joined TERI as Area Convener Fellow and worked at that position till March 1992 to be promoted as Dean, Biotechnology in April 1992 till January 1996. He moved to Tata Energy and Resources Institute, U.S.A as Vice President in Feb 1996 till June 1998. He came back to India in July 1998 and was associated with TERI as Principal Investigator for their research projects.

Prof. Sunil has held various positions with Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) from October 2000 to July 2005-Dean, Resource Generation and Planning (2003 onwards), Executive Director, Science & Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP), Coordinator, Center for Relevance and Excellence (CORE), Head and Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences. He then joined NIIT University as Dean, Planning, and Professor of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

In terms of his educational background, Prof. Sunil is a Ph.D (Biochemistry), 1983 from Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia. He did his Masters in 1978 from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He completed his graduation in Botany [Hons.] in 1976 from Delhi University.

Prof. Sunil is currently the President of the Association of Microbiologists of India (FAMI). He is a member of a number of societies in India and abroad, and has also worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Microbiology from 1993 to1996. His publications include 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals/books, 75 papers in conference proceedings/meetings, 20 technical reports, 3 reviews in books, and 2 books. Prof. Sunil is a Fellow of the Association of Microbiologists of India (FAMI). Prof Sunil has also completed 22 research projects as principal investigator funded by Bilateral (UNDP, Ford foundation, IDRC Canada, NEDO Japan) and National institutions (MNRE, DST, ONGC and DBT).

Cyber Security
Prof. Kamlesh Bajaj

With an increasing amount of people getting connected to Internet, the security threats that cause massive harm are also increasing. Cyber-crime is the greatest threat to every company in the world and the following are few alarming stats that depict what the current scenario of information security.

  • Cyber-crime to reach damage cost to hit 6 trillion dollars annually by 2021.
  • Since, 2013 there are over 400,000,000 records stolen from breaches every day.
  • Over 75% health industries are affected.
  • 1 in 131 mails are malware.
  • According to Warren Buffet, the biggest threat to mankind is cyber threat greater than the danger of nuclear threat.
  • Android is the second most attacked platform after Windows.

Cyber security comprises technologies, processes and controls that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber-attacks. Major areas covered by cyber security are Application Security, Information Security, Disaster Recovery and Network Security.

Cyber Space
Cyberspace refers to the virtual computer world, and more specifically, is an electronic medium used to form a global computer network to facilitate online communication. It is a large computer network made up of many worldwide computer networks that employ TCP/IP protocol to aid in communication and data exchange activities. Due to the ever increasing digital information on the worldwide web, the cyber space is now classified as a new domain of battle—as significant as air, land, or sea.

Cyber Attacks
Any threat to information on cyber space is known as cyber-attack. Hackers try to break computers in the cyber space, usually by gaining unauthorized access to administrative controls and perform unintended malicious activities.The cyber-attacks are generally categorized as follows:

  • Malware
  • Phishing
  • SQL injection attack
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Denial-Of-Service

Biggest Data-breaches
Data breaches have taken place almost everywhere ranging from private information, high-profile private companies to Government sector. Some of the biggest data-breaches happened in the past are summarized as follows.

  • Sony's PlayStation Network accounts hacked in 2011.
  • Uber in late 2016.
  • Equifax, one of the largest credit bureaus in the U.S. on Sept. 7, 2017.
  • Gmail users were targeted in a sophisticated phishing scam on May 3, 2017.
  • On February 28, 2018, GitHub's code hosting website.

Possible Approaches for solving security issues
Although Cyber-attacks cannot be prevented completely, we can follow certain measures to protect the data. Some of the possible preventive measures for handling cyber-attacks are listed below.

  • Never disclose personal information publicly
  • Install Reliable Antivirus Software
  • Protect with Firewall
  • Install Encryption Software
  • Website owners should watch traffic and check any irregularity on the site
  • Putting host-based intrusion detection devices on servers will serve the purpose.
  • Hype Up Your Security Consciousness
  • Govt- Cyber Swachhta Kendra (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre)

To conclude, hackers don’t use guns as their weapon, but they attack with mouse cursors and passwords. Taking appropriate precautions and educating ourselves is the right key to protect information!

Cyber Security
Prof. Kamlesh Bajaj

Prof. Kamlesh Bajaj is a Mentor Professor at NIIT University. He holds a Ph.D, Physics from McMaster University, Canada; and a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Delhi. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (FNASc), and a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics Engineers (FIETE). He is also a Distinguished Fellow, EastWest Institute, New York.

Prof. Bajaj drives the Cyber Security Programme at NU to establish a CoE, develop research programmes, work with industry and government agencies, and make NU a part of the national cyber security initiatives. Prof. Bajaj was the Founder CEO of Data Security Council of India – an industry initiative - in Cyber Security and Data Privacy. At DSCI, Prof. Bajaj guided the development of best practices Frameworks for Data Security and Privacy Protection. He has served on various Government Committees on cyber security, privacy and ICT, and contributed to the activities of global bodies like OECD and EWI.

He has published and lectured extensively on the IT Act 2000, Cyber Security and Cyber-Crimes, Privacy and Data Protection, Internet Governance, e-commerce, Digital Signatures, in national and international journals and conferences. He has authored two books, and co-authored two books. He has over 50 publications. He also writes in the national media on policy issues on Cyber Security, Data Privacy, Internet Governance, Surveillance and Related Areas.

Prof. Bajaj comes with a rich experience of nearly forty years in IT during which he has led several projects in the government that include revenue, banking, electronic data interchange and e-commerce. As the Founder Director of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) at the Ministry of Communications and IT, he directed the cyber security initiatives in the government. He served as Deputy Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC). As Deputy Controller of Certifying Authorities he set up the techno-legal infrastructure for PKI in the country. He also served as Global Head, Information Risk Management Consulting Practice, Tata Consultancy Services.

International Energy Outlook
Mr. David Carroll

Representations of top officials from ONGC- Asset, WSS; GSPC, JTI, Oilex, Selan, Essar oil (CBM), GSPC LNG, Nexus Deepwater Engineering, HIS Energy, JyotiSagar and Associates, Adani Gas, Sabarmati Gas, SIRDA, Nirma University, LD College of Engineering, Akash Exploration, etc participated.

The discussion revolved around India’s target of improving 6% gas in energy mix at present to 15% by 2022. Mr. Carroll in his talk mentioned about his meeting with Prime Minister of India and his request to him regarding collaboration with PDPU. He emphasized the need of renewable energy and new energy such as Coal Bed Methane and Shale Gas.

Distinguished lecture on International Energy Outlook covered presentation made by GTI in CERA week Houston. CERA week by IHS Markit has become the world’s premier energy event. The presentation provided insight into global energy future by addressing key issues- from markets and geopolitics to technology, project cost, finance, operational excellence, clean air quality etc.

Essential eight technologies for future are:

  • IOT
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • 3D printing
  • Drones
  • Robots

Mr. Carroll stressed that the country needs to achieve a balance between domestic production of natural gas and imports. This is needed so that it is not completely subject to the cyclical nature of gas business, and to fallout of a Fukushima like event. India has the potential, resources, technical talent, and workforce to achieve the target to triple gas consumption, but the challenge is greater because of the aggressive time table. India also needs to provide a regulatory regime that is fair to all investors.

At the end of the presentation MOU for Academic co-operation was signed. GTI would like to collaborate for capacity building for industry and students.

International Energy Outlook
Mr. David Carroll

Mr. David Carroll has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gas Technology Institute since August 2006. He holds additional role of President of the International Gas Union (IGU) for a three-year term at the closing ceremony of the World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris. Mr. Carroll oversees GTI's operations and directs its programs for developing technologies, products and services that create exceptional value for customers in the natural gas and related industries.

Mr. Carroll joined Gas Technology Institute in 2001 as Vice President of Business Development. From 1996 to 2001, he served at Praxair, Inc. At Praxair, Mr. Carroll served as Director of Business Development from 1999 to 2001 and served as General Manager of a strategic business unit from 1977 to 1999, directing a 70-person staff in sales, marketing, engineering, financial and technical service functions. Mr. Carroll held positions of increasing responsibility with Liquid Carbonic Industries, a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge & Iron from 1994 to 1996, where he directed energy supply efforts and with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. from 1980 to 1994. Mr. Carroll serves as Director of Gas Technology Institute. Mr. Carroll has been Director of Changing World Technologies, Inc. since November 2006. He has been an Independent Director at National Fuel Gas Company since June 7, 2012. He served as a Director of CrystaTech Inc. He is a member of the Society of Gas Lighting and serves as Director of Versa Power Systems, a developer, manufacturer and distributor of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems. He served as Director of WestStart/CALSTART.

Mr. Carroll earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in business administration from Lehigh University and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Pramath Raj Sinha

Pramath Raj Sinha is a Senior Advisor of the Albright Stonebridge Group, India and the Founder and Managing Director of 9.9 Mediaworx Private Limited. Prior to founding 9.9 Media, he was a Partner at McKinsey and led the Anand Bazaar Patrika Group, one of India’s leading and most diversified media conglomerates. He helped set up and served as the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB). He continues to be a member of its Board of Governors. Also, he is one of the co-founders of Ashoka University, a private state University with pioneering courses like the Young India Fellowship Program, under and post graduate degrees in liberal studies and other subjects. He is one of the founders of an innovative initiative for developing women leaders- Vedica Scholars. Pramath is a Director on the Boards of PRADAN, India’s leading development institution focused on improving livelihoods in the country’s poorest district and of the Central Square Foundation, a philanthropic fund focused on improving the educational outcomes for low‐income children in India. He holds a B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur and an MSE and PhD from University of Pennsylvania.

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Mr. Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy is the CEO of Apollo Fusion, Inc. Mike Cassidy is also a Vice President at Google. He was the Project Leader of GoogleX’s Project Loon (balloon-powered Internet for everyone). Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Ruba helped travellers share their favourite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million. Stylus Innovation’s flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice. Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M. Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School. He studied jazz piano at Berkley College of Music. He has been an advisor to, StartX, Tim Berners-Lee’s Web Foundation, From the Top, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, and over 200 start-up companies. He was selected for the DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated for a Webby award, and named a Forbes E-gang Trendsetter. His start-up products have won PC Magazine’s Top 100 Websites, Computer Telephony Product of the Year, CNET Editor’s Choice, PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice, and many other awards.

Connecting Communities & Corporations: Can We Learn from Grassroots Innovators?
Prof. Anil Gupta

Dr. Anil K Gupta is a profess¬¬or at the Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network. Member, Governing Board, IIMA. Ph.D. (Management), Kurukshetra University India, MSc. Biochemical Genetics 1974 Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Fellow, the World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001.

Mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots and college level, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative people; creating knowledge networks for augmenting innovations and Unfolding creative potential of individuals, institutions and societies through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic innovations;

He is Exec. Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation (; President, SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions) 2003-present; Editor, Honey Bee, a quarterly newsletter on grassroots green innovations, 1990 – present; Secretary,, 1997-present; Professor, Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1981 - present; Member, advisory board, Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF, New York(2015-2016); Member, Board of Directors in EdCIL (India) Limited 2013 - present ; Member, National Innovation Council, Chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister (2010-2013); Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship, IIMA (2003-2008); Chairperson, Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, Indian Institute of Management, 1993-1994; Chairperson, Research and Publications, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1990-92.

Teaching: Courses taught at IIMA include Globalizing and Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation (GRIT) with late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India (2008-10) as co-faculty, Shodhyatra (learning walk in Himalayan region), Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Network and Entrepreneurship (CINE), Doctoral level courses viz., Institution Building (IB), Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights (SMIPR), Technology Management, MTSA etc.

Honours: He received Best Researcher at IIMA, 2015, Humanistic Management Lifetime Achievement Award by the Humanistic Management Network, at the 73rd Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, USA, August 2013; Ph.D Honoris Causa, San Martin de Porres University, October, Peru; Doctor of Letters from Central University of Orissa, July, 2012; Hermes Award (May 2012), European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation, Paris; Padam Shri, 2004, civil award by The President of India; Adjudged as one of the fifty most influential people in the field of intellectual property rights around the world in 2003, Managing Intellectual Property (July-August 2003, Issue 131), Adjudged as one of the Star Personalities of Asia, Business Week, July 2, 2001, apart from several other national and international honours. Member of many governmental and corporate bodies, Prof. Gupta is a widely published author.

His New book 2016, Grassroots Innovation: Mind on the margin are not marginal minds, New Delhi, Penguin Randomhouse;