Kamal Gupta
MD, Asian Video & Communication Limited

Kamal Gupta is the managing director of Asian Video & Communication Limited, New Delhi. He has a rich experience of Manufacturing, R&D, Testing, Marketing & Sales, Projects and After-sales in Security & Surveillance Domain, Nuclear Domain, Military & Aerospace and Under-water Systems. He is a specialist in Electro-Optics Systems for Army, Air force and Navy, Avionics, Thermal Cameras for Defence and Industrial Applications, Evaluation of Foreign Technology and Foreign Vendors, Technology Transfer under Foreign Collaborations, Military Qualification Testing, Radiation Tolerant Electronic Systems for Nuclear & Space domain, Large scale City wide Surveillance (CCTV) and Security Systems, and Biometrics. He is a post graduate from Syracuse University, NY, USA. He also holds an engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.

Ex. Director BEL

Mr. I.V. Sarma has experience of over 38 years in the Electronics industry in India. His experience covers a number of functions including R&D, Manufacturing, Domestic and International business development, Project Management, Offsets Management, Strategic Planning, Setting up of factories, and formation of JVs.  He has worked in diverse fields of Electronics business covering Radars, Communication systems, C4I projects, Electronic Warfare,   Naval Systems, Optoelectronics, Electronic components, Telecommunications, Solar power and e-governance. Mr. Sarma was Director (R&D) in Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), a Navratna PSU, in the business of Defence Electronics, for over four years. He headed three units of BEL before becoming Director on its Board. He was also on the Board of BEL Optronics devices Ltd. As Director R&D at BEL, Mr. Sarma played a vital role in leading a team of 1800 engineers on path of self reliance in the field of Defence Electronics. Mr. Sarma was credited with many achievements in Development of technology, Product Development, Productivity improvements, and development of technical manpower. Under his leadership in R&D and technology development, BEL received several prestigious awards including the Raksha Mantri (Indian Defence Minister)’s awards for Innovation, Technology development and Import substitution, SCOPE awards for R&D and SODET awards. For his achievements, he received AOC’s award for Best contributor in the field of Electronic warfare in PSUs. Mr. Sarma was Chair of IRSI (International Radar Symposium of India) and Co-chair of EWCI. He continues to be on the advisory committees of IRSI and EWCI. He is also a member of the advisory committee of Project Management Institute.  Mr. Sarma has long association with the Defense Research and Development Organization, Other Research Labs in India and a number of  academic Institutions. He is a Fellow of IETE.

Anurag Garg
Director, Strategy, PwC

Anurag Garg is a Director with Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting group, and is based in Delhi NCR. He currently leads the Aerospace, Defence and Security practice, advising Indian and international companies looking to enter or expand in the defence sector.Prior to joining PwC, he worked with Diamond Consultants and ITC Ltd. His focus has been on market entry, growth, go-to-market strategies, and strategy execution in the defence, industrial products, retail and consumer, and technology spaces. He has led engagements in India, the U.S., and Europe. Anurag earned his MBA from the Indian School of Business and his B.Tech from IIT-Delhi.

Amit Cowshish
Fellow, IDSA

Amit Cowshish belongs to the Indian Defence Accounts Service (1977). He is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence. He has been associated with defence planning, budget, revenue and capital procurements, and other matters concerning financial management in defence. He retired in 2012 as Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts.He holds M.A. and M. Phil. Degrees in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a degree in law from Delhi University and a diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Indian Law Institute.He attended the Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in 1996 and the National Security and Strategic Studies programme at the National Defence College in 2000.He is presently a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi and a Partner with Dua Associates, Advocates and Solicitors. He has written about 150 articles for various defence journals and websites on issues concerning financial management in defence, planning and budgeting, procurement policies and procedures, and civil-military relations.

Gourav Ray
VP Cyient Systems & Solutions

Gourav is a Vice President of Cyient Systems & Solutions. He is an Aerospace and Defence manufacturing professional with over 20 years of managerial and leadership experience in. His previous experience includes key positions at MTAR Technologies and Uniparts India, playing a key role in CRM, business development, operations management, supply chain management, commercial affairs & business finance. Earlier in his career, Gourav was a Senior Operations Officer with Indian Army’s Aviation Corps.

Sreeram MM
Executive Director, Samuha Engineering Industries Ltd.

Sreeram is a serial entrepreneur with a strong background in Mechanical Engineering. Presently, he is leading four Aerospace and Defence focused ventures i.e. Scarlet Industries, Samuha Aerospace Engineering Industries, SEC Industries and AEROC Space Technologies. He serves as a member of a number of industry bodies such as Aerospace Industries Association (ASIA), FICCI, Indian Institute of Economics etc. Sreeram has also authored “Socioeconomic development plan" for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana immediately after state bifurcation, in addition to many other documents and draft policies on industry & economy. He also regularly participates in televised debates on industry and economy issues.

Col. Rajiv Chib
Associate Director, PwC, India

Rajiv is an Associate Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, India. He has served with the Ministry of Defence in India where his charter included capital acquisitions and defence offsets. He has been associated with India’s defence offset policy since its inception, as head of the DOFA (Defence Offset Facilitation Agency) Secretariat, in the Ministry of Defence and has considerable experience in the field of defence production and evaluation of offset proposals. He has been addressing a large number of defence and aerospace related forums in various states of the country as well as in the international arena, on varied subjects including regulatory and policy issues, defence industrial strategy, capital acquisitions and offsets. He was commissioned into the Indian Cavalry and has done his post-graduation in Defence Studies. His experience in the army includes conduct of counter insurgency operations in Northern and North Eastern India besides command of an Armored Regiment. He is an alumnus of Staff College, Wellington.