Shri Shailendra Kumar Joshi, IAS

Chief Secretary

Government of Telangana

Shri Shilendra Kumar Joshi, IAS, is currently the Chief Secretary of Government of Telangana.

Mr Joshi is an Electronics and Communications Engineering graduate from IIT, Roorkee. He also has a Masters in Communications and Radar Engineering. He started his career in Indian Railways, but after eight months, he joined the IAS in 1984. He started as an Assistant Collector in Nellore, worked as Sub Collector in Tenali and Vikarabad, Joint Collector and Collector of Krishna.

As secretary, principal secretary and special chief secretary, Mr. Joshi handled the departments of Information Technology, Irrigation and Command Area Development, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Energy, Medical and Health and Revenue.

He had a nine-year stint in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in two spells in the Central service and served a year as the Vice-Chairman of Joint Implementation Mechanism of Kyoto Protocol in Bonn, Germany. He was also associated with the UN Conference on Environment and Development and UN Summit on Sustainable Development.

Author of a book Management of Trans-boundary Water Resources, one of Mr. Joshi's big achievements was seeing flowing water in various projects, especially in the erstwhile Mahbubnagar district. His dream is to complete the Kaleshwaram Project in time.

Srini Raju

Chairman – iLabs Group

Srinivasa Raju Chintalapati founded iLabs Group in 2000. iLabs Group is one of the pioneers of the Investment Ecosystem in India. Over the years, it has grown its scope in terms of both Investment and Industry. Originally started as an Angel Investor, iLabs has expanded into Seed-Stage, Early-Stage and Growth-Stage Investments, as well as Re-Structures and Buy-Outs. Initially focused on Technology and Technology enabled Ventures, iLabs has extended into Consumer Products and Services; Health and Wellness; Education and Skills-Development; Media and Entertainment; Corporate and Industrial Parks. Today, iLabs Group is one of the front-runners of the investment landscape in India.

Srini has a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from REC (NIT), Kurukshetra.

Srini has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Venture Capital and Private Equity. Prior to iLabs Group, Mr. Raju worked at Cognizant Technology Services as General Manager, Satyam Enterprise Solutions as CEO and Satyam Computer Services as COO.

Srini has founded TV9, which was the first-of-its-kind ‘Regional News Channel’ in India. He also founded Sri City, which was the first-of-its-kind ‘Integrated Smart City’ in India. Today, TV9 is South India’s leading News Channel and Sri City is home to over 150 MNC’s from 25 Countries.

Srini is passionate about Educations and Skills Development. He is the member and sponsor of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City. He is also a member of the Governing Board of Indian School of Business

Professor Arnoud De Meyer


Singapore Management University

Arnoud De Meyer is the fourth President of Singapore Management University. Previously, he was Director of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge where he was Professor of Management Studies and Fellow of Jesus College. He was associated for 23 years with INSEAD where he held various senior academic and administrative positions, including founding Dean of INSEAD’s Asia Campus in Singapore.

Arnoud De Meyer has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, MBA and PhD in Management from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He also pursued his studies as a visiting scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His research interests are in manufacturing and technology strategy; the management of R&D; project management under conditions of high uncertainty and management and innovation in Asia. His work is published widely in academic journals and he has written several books.

Arnoud De Meyer serves on several boards including the Human Capital Leadership Institute, National Research Foundation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Symphonia Company Limited and Temasek Management Services. He is an external director of Dassault Systèmes SA (France), Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (Belgium), as well as Chair of the EQUIS Accreditation Board.

Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry

Professor of Finance

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Bhagwan Chowdhry is a Professor of Finance at UCLA Anderson where he has held an appointment since 1988.

Professor Chowdhry has also taught at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Indian School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He also has an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

His research interests, on which he has published several papers in finance and economics journals, are in International Finance, Corporate Finance, Impact Investing, and FinTech. He has been on the editorial board of a number of finance journals. He teaches Corporate Finance, Impact Creation, Analysis & Measurement, and Blockchain Applications in FinTech. He has also organized and taught Executive Education programs on Financial Derivatives, Corporate Risk Management and Valuation in Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

Professor Chowdhry has proposed Financial Access at Birth (FAB) initiative in which every child born in the world is given an initial deposit of $100 in an online bank account to guarantee that everyone in the world will have access to financial services in a few decades.

Y Harish Chandra Prasad

Founder & Chief Mentor

Malaxmi Group

Malaxmi Group is promoted by Harish Yarlagadda in 2006. Malaxmi has predominantly been a project developer. Its primary business interests are in Agribusiness, Water Management, Construction, Property Development and Infrastructure. Within a span of 10 years from its formation, Malaxmi has developed various prestigious infrastructure projects and exited at various stages having built operating platform and valuation for the projects. Further, Malaxmi has various projects in Agribusiness and property development sectors, which are currently at various stages of development.

Harish is a qualified and proven technocrat (Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from India & Masters in Software from USA), who has dealt with a number of large power plants and infrastructure projects partnering with various business houses and individuals.

Harish is an active member of Hyderabad Angels; Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE); Member, Young President Organization (YPO-Gold); Former Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – AP State; Former Member of the AP Chief Minister’s Advisory Council for Promoting the Investment in the State; Fellow, Indian Institution of Engineers (India); Member, Board of Governors of Technology Business incubator, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Hyderabad; Former Member, The Board of Governance of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University of Hyderabad (JNTUH) College of Engineering, Hyderabad; and various other prestigious business associations, chambers, and representative organizations.

Harish has been awarded many honours & awards including: - “Scroll of Honour” by Andhra Pradesh Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship Alumni Society, Hyderabad; “Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award” by Delhi Telugu Academy, New Delhi; “Scroll of Honour” by Institution of Valuers, Vijayawada; “Business Excellence Award” by World Telugu Federation (WTF) and “Scroll of Honour” by Institute of Engineers (India), Vijayawada.

Harish is passionate about Indian culture. He is the Founder Chairman of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA) established to maintain the Telugu culture, art and literature in new Andhra Pradesh. He is also Founder Trustee of Malaxmi Foundation which does services in Education and Sports & Games, etc. Harish is Interested in reading travelogues based on the life of early immigrants to various corners of the world. Also interested in Philately and Numismatics.

J A Chowdary

Special Chief Secretary & IT Advisor to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

The prime focus of J.A. Chowdary, IT Adviser to the Government of Andhra Pradesh is to mobilise investments, create IT ecosystem, and provide more jobs. Mr. Chowdary says that the IT industry in India and in the U.S. will be roped in to kick-start IT initiatives in Amaravati, the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Chowdary also serves as ex-officio Secretary to the Government in the Chief Minister’s Office. His role includes advising and assisting the government in bringing in investments, generating employment, and encouraging innovation and start-up activities. It’s the time for a foolproof strategy.

Chowdary earlier served as Chairman of the Board of Software Technologies Parks of India (STPI), Hyderabad and Chennai. He was one of the key personalities instrumental in bringing about an IT revolution in Hyderabad. He is a well-networked IT man and also one among the trusted lieutenants of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Parakala Prabhakar

Advisor (Communications)

Government of Andhra Pradesh

Parakala Prabhakar, presently is the Communications Advisor, holds a cabinet rank position in Andhra Pradesh Government. He is a well-known public personality in Andhra Pradesh, for several years he was political commentator, presented a current affairs discussion programme on television channels from Andhra Pradesh. In the early 2000s, Prabhakar was the spokesperson of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP.

Paul Robert Griffin

Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice) Director, MITB (Financial Technology & Analytics) Programme

Singapore Management University

Currently Paul is in SMU teaching postgraduate and undergraduate students in IT and FinTech as an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of Financial Technology & Analytics. He gained a PhD at Imperial College London in 1997 on Quantum Well Solar Cells and Thermophotovoltaics and is now researching disruptive technologies applications and Impact. Paul has been advising companies on smart contracts since 2014 and is now teaching courses on blockchain and smart contracts as well as presenting at events, judging hackathons and moderating panel discussions on FinTech.

Prior to SMU he was leading application development on global, regional and local projects for over 15 years in the UK and Asia in the financial industry. During this time, as well as leading internal IT development teams, he worked on outsourcing, off-shoring projects and IT support. With a Black Belt in Six Sigma he is keen on quantifying quality and ensuring efficiency in current processes and during change.

Prasad Vanga

Founder & CEO of Anthill Ventures

Prasad Vanga is the founder & CEO of Anthill Ventures, a speed scaling platform for early growth stage startups. Within two years, Anthill has built a startup portfolio of 22 companies across India, US and SE Asia that has grown by 3X in portfolio value. In his current role Prasad leads the strategy, fund management and venture building at Anthill

Prasad has over 18 years of experience in helping senior executives from large organizations like Symantec, Nike, Nestle, Novartis, Wachovia, HSBC and YES Bank to drive business transformations. His expertise is to help senior leaders discover the core competence of their organizations and design a change management framework that allows them to leverage their culture to drive large transformations.

Prasad also has the experience of an Entrepreneur who built a $25M company within 3 years and as an Investor he has backed several successful companies like Medplus, Zenoti and Tynker which provided exits of >12X

He brings a unique expertise of combining large corporate consulting, entrepreneurship and startup investments experience. This experience enables him to combine corporate scalability and startup agility in creating Scalable Companies with Speed.

He is a board advisor to ISB (Indian School of Business) SRITNE center of excellence, Charter Member (TiE), Member (Hyderabad Angels) and an active Alumni of the Stanford Business School. His achievements have been quoted in several media including Entrepreneur, Forbes Asia, Business Standard, Economic times and the Washington Post.

Rajani Kanigiri Kasu

CEO & Co-Founder


Rajani, with new dreams of becoming an entrepreneur with a social impact, returned to India in 2012. Given her perfectionist nature, she wanted to be fully equipped with the right knowledge and skills before she took the plunge and hence enrolled herself in the Executive Business Management Program in Indian School of Business (called Pgpmax) in 2014. The inspiration she derived from this experience gave her the much needed boost and self-confidence to launch something on her own and immediately after graduation.  This was an era of exponential change in the business world, driven mainly by large scale & rapid advancements in technology. With the emergence of network/shared economy , the traditional value chain and pipeline based business models were giving way to new platform based business models across the world.   It is this shift that caught Rajani’s eye. She carefully observed this phenomena and took a keen interest in the new companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Uber and a number of similar firms and was particularly intrigued by the asset-light platform based businesses and ZYPPYS was launched.

ZYPPYS vision is to provide ultimate road travel planning experience, while becoming one stop shop for every travel need. From Chauffeur driven cars,  Self drive Cars, Bikes, Hotels, Resorts, Cafes, Restaurants, Rest-areas, Restrooms to Recreation & sightseeing places.

Till date, ZYPPYS services are available in 23 Cities, served around 40,000 customers and have ~ 7,000 Chauffeur driven vehicles on its platform.

Professor Rajendra Srivastava

Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation

Indian School of Business

Rajendra Srivastava is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Novartis Professor of Marketing strategy and Innovation. He comes with an experience of over 30 years as an academic and administrator. He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. Before joining the ISB, he was Provost and Deputy President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University. His research interests include Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, and Brand/Customer Management. His current work focuses on Business Model Innovations, especially in Services, B2B, Technology and Emerging Markets. He is best known globally, for his work on measuring the impact of market-facing business processes (innovation, supply-chain and customer management), that create value for customers, and the value of market-based assets (customers, channels, brands and value networks). He is also well known for his work in competitive market structures and brand equity/strategic brand management. His latest research and teaching interests include Business Model Innovation, Strategic Performance Management, Marketing Accountability and Driving Growth and Shareholder Value.

Rajendra Srivastava is a highly cited scholar with work published in leading marketing journals. He is also the recipient of several awards and honours. He has been actively involved in setting up several new postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as research centres and initiatives in close collaboration with industry. He has also been involved in consulting and senior management training with global MNCs and brings a unique blend of experiences integrating academic and business perspectives from the west and the east. He is committed to cross-functional integration in management of business processes and has championed inter-disciplinary research and academic programmes, and has nurtured multi-disciplinary areas of excellence in financial markets, innovation and business analytics. His research, spanning marketing and finance/economics, has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science and Journal of Banking and Finance. He was a guest editor for the Journal of Marketing Research's Special Issue on Brand Management and Equity, and the Journal of Marketing Special Issue on Marketing Strategy Meets Wall Street. Additionally, he has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Journal of Marketing Research (JMR) and International Journal for Research in Marketing (IJRM).

Prior to SMU he held distinguished research chairs and senior management positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Srivastava is an MBA and PhD (Business Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and holds a BTech (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Professor Srinivas K Reddy

Professor of Marketing

Director, Centre for Marketing Excellence

Academic Director, LVMH-SMU Asia Luxury Brand Research Initiative

Area Coordinator, Marketing

Lee Kong Chian Fellow

Singapore Management University

Srinivas K. Reddy is Professor of Marketing and Director, Center for Marketing Excellence, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University.He served as the Associate Dean of General Management overseeing the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Previously, he was the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business and the Director of the Coca-Cola Center for Marketing Studies, Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He holds M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in Business Administration from Columbia University. Dr. Reddy was on the faculties of New York University’s Stern School of Business, Columbia University, University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Business School.

Dr. Reddy's expertise is in innovation, new product development, marketing and competitive strategy involving new brands and services. Dr. Reddy’s research has been published in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Statistical Science, Social Networks, Marketing Letters, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Decision Support Systems and Journal of Business Research. In 2006, he has been awarded the IBM’s prestigious SUR grant to study corporate innovativeness and innovation conversion. He has consulted and taught executive programs for major firms including IBM, Coca-Cola Company, United Parcel Service, Miller Brewing, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, MasterCard and Unilever. Dr. Reddy was the winner of Teaching Excellence in Executive Development in 2015 and was one of 3 at SMU nominated for this award in 2014 and 2015. He was the recipient of MBA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

He was nominated for Excellence in Post Graduate Teaching 2017. His award winning cases on Gillette in India (EFMD Award, ECCH Global Award in 2018) and Oreo in China have been featured in Financial Times. He edited a special issue on Digital Transformation which was published in May 2017.

Professor Tejpavan Gandhok

Clinical Assistant Professor - Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Indian School of Business

Professor Tetjpavan Gandhok is currently the Clinical Assistant Professor at ISB. He had his PhD (General Management program), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University; prior to this he did his MBA from Anderson School of Business, ULCA (Dean's list).

Qualification in Professional Writing & Editing, Holmesglen College; BE (Chemical Engineering (Honors)), University of Melbourne

Professor V Venkata Ramana

Vice Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education & Senior Professor, School of Management Studies & Coordinator

Technology Business Incubator Project, (DST, Govt.of India) University of Hyderabad

Prof.Venkata Ramana holds a M.B.A. and Doctoral degree in Management and received advanced training at IIIEE, Sweden and IC2 Institute, University of Texas. Prior to his present assignment he was a senior most Professor at School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, where he also served as Dean for 7 1/2 years and has over 30 years experience across different sectors spanning academics, industry and Board level positions at State Bank of Hyderabad, SBH (4 years) and India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL- Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India (3 years).

Prof. Venkata also served earlier at Institute of Public Enterprise, Mahindra Nissan Alwyn Ltd, Osmania University and joined University of Hyderabad in 1999.

He has extensively worked in the area of innovation, incubation and Entrepreurship and was the founder of the TBI (Technology Business Incubator) @ University of Hyderabad. His research interests include General Management, Corporate Governance & Strategy, Marketing and Strategic Management. He also served as visiting Professor at San Diego State University, University of New Orleans, USA, Mahasarakham University, Thailand and Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland and delivered many lectures in leading Universities in India and abroad.

Prof. Venkata received many Honours and prestigious Awards - Vemuri Seshayya Sastry Gold Medal for Best Thesis in Economics, Commerce and Management in the year 1986, AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers in the year 1999 and “Best Professor in Marketing” in Singapore by CMO Council, Asia, Singapore to name a few. In addition, he is on various committees of UGC/AICTE/University Court/Board of Studies.

Prof. Venkata had the distinction of being chosen to accompany the Hon’ble President of India on a official visit to China during May 24-25’ 2016 and was also been invited as “Observer” for the launch of Smart model villages at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 2’ 2016 and appointed as “National Expert” by Asian Productivity Organisation, Japan (2017-19) and also invited as Special invitee, CII – Telangana Executive Council. He has authored 10 books and published over 40 scholarly articles in National and International journals and is a popular speaker at various National and International Conferences.

In August, 2017 in recognition of his contributions to the field of Higher Education in general and Management Education in particular, he was appointed as Vice-Chairman of TSCHE by Govt. of Telangana.