• Agenda

    Faculty Talks followed by audience Q&A

     

    Welcome & State of Penn Engineering​

    Dean Vijay Kumar

    Penn alumni from around the country and our special guests will be welcomed by Dean Vijay Kumar. Dean Kumar will provide us a State of the School update on Penn Engineering. 

    Towards Efficient Brain Reading

    Prof. Konrad Kording

    Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) are enabled by neurotechnology, that allows getting data out of brains. Progress in neurotechnology has been exponential for decades and now, with increased involvement of industry participants, it is growing even faster. My research aims to facilitate such progress and, above all, to build algorithms that make sense of the coming deluge of data. I will highlight how modern decoding techniques can be used to decode brain activities and how such approaches are starting to be a central driver in the study of brains.

    The Ethical Algorithm

    Prof. Michael Kearns

    Many recent mainstream media articles and popular books have raised alarms over anti-social algorithmic behavior, especially regarding machine learning and artificial intelligence. The concerns include leaks of sensitive personal data by predictive models, algorithmic discrimination as a side-effect of machine learning, and inscrutable decisions made by complex models. While standard and legitimate responses to these phenomena include calls for stronger and better laws and regulations, researchers in machine learning, statistics, and related areas are also working on designing better-behaved algorithms. An explosion of recent research in areas such as differential privacy, algorithmic fairness, and algorithmic game theory is forging a new science of socially aware algorithm design. I will survey these developments and attempt to place them in a broader societal context. This talk is based on the book The Ethical Algorithm, co-authored with Aaron Roth (Oxford University Press).

    Information Extraction In Low Resource Languages

    Prof. Dan Roth

    Natural Language Processing has been flourishing in the last few years due, to a large extent, to the success of deep neural networks models. However, most of this success has pushed the boundaries of well-defined classification tasks, where we have a lot of annotated data to train large models. And, most of it is in English. We would like to broaden the scope of our current natural language understanding programs to better deal with more complex, realistic tasks, and to expand it to other languages. I will describe some of our efforts in the direction of improving natural language processing and, specifically, some key information extraction tasks, in low-resource languages.

    Collaborative Data Science

    Prof. Zack Ives

    Data science is transforming all aspects of our society, from how we conduct healthcare and develop treatments, to how we make new discoveries, to how we formulate policies or understand history. Contrary to the popular view, data science consists of more than applying algorithms to data: it must also incorporate existing human expertise, supply any missing context, and provide insights while respecting data's privacy and integrity. I will discuss recent research at Penn focused on effective data reuse and data sharing within collaborative data science -- and the broader goal of developing an AI for facilitating data science and discovery.

    The NSF Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag)

    Prof. Cherie R. Kagan

    By 2050, the US population is estimated to grow to 400 million and the world population to 9.7 billion. Current agricultural practices account for 70% of global water use, energy use is one of the largest costs on a farm, and inefficient use of agrochemicals is altering Earth’s ecosystems. With finite arable land, water, and energy resources, ensuring food, energy, and water security will require new technologies to improve the efficiency of food production, create sustainable approaches to supply energy, and prevent water scarcity.

     

    The National Science Foundation granted the University of Pennsylvania and its partners, Purdue University, the University of California at Merced, and the University of Florida an award to establish the Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) in September 2020. IoT4Ag’s mission is to create and translate to practice Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for precision agriculture and to train and educate a diverse workforce that will address the societal grand challenge of food, energy, and water security for decades to come. IoT4Ag will develop novel, integrated systems that capture the microclimate and spatially, temporally, and compositionally map heterogeneous stresses for early detection and intervention to better outcomes in agricultural crop production.

     

    The Center will create internet of things (IoT) technologies to optimize practices for every plant; from sensors, robotics, and energy and communication devices to data-driven models constrained by plant physiology, soil, weather, management practices, and socio-economics. Diverse participant groups will be well-prepared through IoT4Ag educational and inclusion programs to have a strong science and engineering knowledge and to establish a workforce able to discover, innovate, translate, and practice precision agriculture solutions. The Center will form an innovation ecosystem and network with academic, industry, investment, and government partners to collaboratively build the future of precision agriculture.

    Penn Engineering’s COVID-19 Response

    Prof. Dave Meaney

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged each of us to change our social behavior and practices, while maintaining a sense of social cohesion and public health. Time and again over the course of the pandemic, technology has emerged to enable solutions to achieve normalcy during a uniquely abnormal time. Whether it was to improve the clinical course of COVID-19, to provide accessible technologies for public health, to provide enriched classroom learning experiences, or to invent entirely new technical platforms for testing, treating, and altering the course of the pandemic, faculty in Penn Engineering quickly engaged to contribute solutions in fighting the pandemic. At the same time, our school expanded our use of technology to achieve an engaged remote learning experience for Penn students throughout the world.

     

    This talk will highlight some of the activities occurring in Penn Engineering over the past several months, a period of time where we witnessed dozens of inventions by necessity. Beginning with clinical technologies that filled phasic inventory challenges in medical supplies, we will also discuss inventions that will inevitably contribute biomedical solutions beyond the current pandemic and shape the course of educational practice well into the next decade.

    A Case for Carbon Removal From Air

    Prof. Jennifer Wilcox

    As the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) continues to rise, it is imperative that we develop technologies that not only mitigate CO2 emissions but also remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere. There are a variety of approaches that are being developed to do just this, and many approaches will be required to achieve a meaningful scale to mitigate climate change. In our work, we have been developing a novel, land-based magnesium oxide looping process to capture CO2 from the air.

    Diagnosing disease on a microchip: Finding nanoscale needles in a nanoscale haystack

    Prof. Dave Issadore

    The transformative growth in microelectronics in the latter half of the 20th century was fueled fundamentally by the ability to miniaturize complex circuits onto chips. The impact of this has been profound– computing is pervasive and portable and communication is instant and global. My research aims to harness these same engineering approaches to solve high impact problems in medical diagnostics.

     

    To accomplish this goal my lab develops hybrid microchips, where microfluidics are built directly on top of semiconductor chips. In this talk, I will focus on recent work at Penn on 'digital assays.' Digital assays — in which ultra-sensitive molecular measurements are made by performing millions of parallel experiments in picoliter droplets — have generated enormous enthusiasm due to their single-molecule resolution. These assays have incredible untapped potential for disease diagnostics but are currently confined to laboratory settings due to the instrumentation necessary to generate, control, and measure tens of millions of droplets.

     

    To overcome this challenge, we are developing a hybrid microelectronic / microfluidic chip to ‘unlock’ droplet-based assays for mobile use. Our microDroplet Fluorescence Detector (µDFD) takes inspiration from cellular networks, in which phones are identified by their carrier frequency and not their particular location. In collaboration with physicians at The Abramson Cancer Center, we are demonstrating the power of this approach by developing a multiplexed exosome-based diagnostic for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

  • Speakers

    Penn Engineering Leadership, Corporate Leaders,

    Technologists, Policy Influencers, Entrepreneurs and Alumni

    (listed below are the speakers from 2019 & 2020)

    Dean Vijay Kumar

    Professor and Nemirovsky Family

    Dean School of Engineering and Applied Science

     

    Studies collective behaviors in biological and robotic systems to design novel architectures, create abstractions for systems of interacting individuals, and develop new algorithms for cooperating robots.

    Prof. Sampath K. Kannan

    Henry Salvatori Professor
    Department of Computer and Information Science.

     

    Exploring what can and cannot be computed, program checking to ensure the correctness of a program by observing its behavior at run-time, and algorithmic problems in computational biology.

    Prof. Jennifer Wilcox

    Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy

     

    Discovering innovative ways to avoid new CO2 emissions from entering the air as well as the removal of old emissions in order to mitigate the accumulating effects of fossil fuels on our planet.

    Prof. Dan Roth

    Eduardo D. Glandt Distinguished Professor
    Department of Computer and Information Science

     

    Computational foundations of intelligent behavior to develop theories and systems pertaining to intelligent behavior using a unified methodology -- at the heart of which is the idea that learning has a central role in intelligence.

    Prof. Michael Kearns

    National Center Professor Department of Computer and Information Science

     

    Machine learning, algorithmic game theory and microeconomics, computational social science, and quantitative finance and algorithmic trading using methods and models from theoretical computer science and related disciplines.

    Prof. David F. Meaney

    Solomon R. Pollack Professor
    Department of Bioengineering
    Senior Associate Dean

     

    Studying concussions (aka mild traumatic brain injury) with a variety of methods and tools to develop and test novel strategies to prevent and mitigate concussion.

    Prof. Zachary G. Ives

    Adani President's Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
    Department of Computer and Information Science

     

    Computational foundations of intelligent behavior to develop theories and systems pertaining to intelligent behavior using a unified methodology -- at the heart of which is the idea that learning has a central role in intelligence.

    Prof. Cherie R. Kagan

    Stephen J. Angello Professor
    Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

     

     

    Chemical and physical properties of nanostructured and organic materials and in integrating these materials in electronic, optoelectronic, optical, thermoelectric and bioelectronic devices.

    Prof. Konrad Kording

    PIK University Professor
    Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine

     

    Data that matters and on discovering ways in which new data sources, as well as emerging data analysis, can enable awesome possibilities and the Causality in Data science applications - how do we know how things work if we can not randomize?

    Prof. David Issadore

    Associate Professor
    Department of Bioengineering

     

    Engineering devices to better understand the brain’s communication networks when there is a misfiring, as in cases of epilepsy, or a lost connection, as with paralysis. Leverage this knowledge to improve medical management, develop brain-computer interfaces and other technological tools that can restore neural networks and improve function.

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    January 21, 2021

    6 pm - 9 pm IST (India)

    (7.30am - 10.30am EST)

  • Hosts

    Penn India Technology Forum Co-Chairs, Supporters and Partners.

    Mr. Arihant Patni

    Co-Chair

    Penn India Forum
    MD, Patni Financial Advisors

    Arihant Patni is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with extensive experience in diverse areas such as IT services, business development, marketing and wealth management. Arihant received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. from Babson College and M.S. Statistics from Columbia University.

    Mr. Ravi Gururaj

    Co-Chair

    Penn India Forum
    Founder & CEO

    QikPod

    Ravi is founder of six technology ventures, two of which were acquired by public NASDAQ companies, an angel investor, a mentor, and ecosystem evangelist.

    Ravi earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and is an M&T graduate with a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering and B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Sandeep Murthy

    Partner

    Lightbox

     

     

    Sandeep is the glue at Lightbox. Having pulled together the team over the past 3 years, he’s the one responsible for keeping the machine moving as one. Sandeep earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School and is an M&T graduate with dual degrees in B.Sc. in Systems Engineering and B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Atul Ruia

    Chairman & Managing Director
    The Phoenix Mills

     

    Atul occupies the position of Chairman & Managing Director at The Phoenix Mills Ltd. and is also on the board of 19 other companies.

    Atul received an B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. S D Shibulal

    Co-Founder, Infosys & Co-Founder

    Axilor Ventures

     

    S.D. Shibulal is one of the Infosys cofounders, oversees his family office, Innovations Investment Management, co-founded business incubator Axilor Ventures together with former Infosys colleague Senapathy Gopalakrishnan and also chairs The Tamara, a boutique resort chain that his daughter Shruti founded and runs. His son Shreyas and daughter-in-law Bhairavi are alumni of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Previous Year Talks

    Tutorials, Panel Discussion, Expert Talks, Debates, Keynotes and Networking.

    (listed below are the sessions conducted in 2019 & 2020)

    Autonomous medical systems: the future of personalized health

    Prof. James Weimer

    Aided by advances in machine learning, the internet-of-medical-things is disrupting healthcare and medicine worldwide. But learning has yet to penetrate closed-loop systems such as the artificial pancreas, pacemakers, and ventilators. Jim's talk overviews his vision and ongoing research in learning-enabled medical systems, also known as "autonomous medical systems", and identifies promising directions towards their future adoption in clinical care.

    The Impact of Economic and Behavioral Drivers on Gig Economy Workers

    Prof. Gad Allon

    Gig economy firms benefit from labor flexibility by hiring independent self-scheduling workers. This flexibility poses a great challenge to such firms in terms of planning and committing to a service capacity. Understanding the motivations that drive gig economy workers, therefore, is of great importance. In collaboration with a ride-hailing platform, we study how on-demand workers make labor decisions: specifically, when to work and for how long. We are interested not only in improving the prediction of the number of active workers but also in understanding how to design better incentives for them. Data-driven econometric analysis of historical work decisions and responses to incentives accounting for sample selection and endogeneity has revealed behavioral insights that can inform better incentive design.

    How do we build the Department of Autonomous Systems?

    Prof. Rahul Mangharam

    In this talk, we explore Penn research in building (1) Safe Autonomous Vehicles: What is a driver’s license test for driverless vehicles? (2) Safe Medical Devices: How can we use computer models to speed up clinical trials with a reduced cost? and (3) Grid-responsive Energy Systems: How do we build AI for Smart Buildings?

    Quantum Supremacy: What is it and did Google actually get there?

    Prof. Deep Jariwala

    For the first time since the early 1940s, humankind is at the cusp of a fundamentally new type of computing technology using the quantum mechanical properties of matter and energy. What this technology can enable, has the promise to take our civilization to a new level of advancement. The questions really are how do we get there and how far are we from real applications with commercial value? In this talk, Deep will provide a detailed introduction to current status and future prospects of quantum computing and related technologies.

    Online Education: Is There a Free Lunch?

    Prof. Sampath Kannan

    Is education, like music, photos, and videos, infinitely and cheaply replicable? Do students actually learn online? Does online advanced education attract a diverse, non-traditional, student population? Sampath will answer these questions based on Penn Engineering’s experience in its forays into online education.

    Automation, Wages, and Price

    Prof. Rakesh Vohra

    In 1987 Robert Solow quipped that "You can see the computer age
    everywhere but in the productivity statistics".² Twenty years on, the quip
    is still true. How does one reconcile this with the intuition that AI and
    automation has changed and will change our lives in a profound way?

     

    The Future of Work

    Dean Vijay Kumar

    When will we have robots that will be able to drive cars, do our chores, and build other robots? When will AI exceed human intelligence? Will your job be automated? This talk will explore the answers to these existential questions and start a discussion on the future of our society.

    Privacy and Fairness

    Prof. Sampath Kannan and Prof. Rakesh Vohra

    What does it mean for machine learning to be privacy-preserving or fair, and how can we build algorithms that incorporate these basic social norms? We will explore how to innovate while respecting privacy concerns and without reflecting biases in algorithmic decision making, promoting transparency and trust.

    Block Chains & Security

    Associate Prof. Brett Hemmenway and Associate Prof. Mayur Naik

    Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize the way transactions are handled across many industries by allowing distributed, but synchronized, ledger system and the promise of secure transactions without a central point of failure. On the other hand, there are many important unresolved questions around protocols, security, and concurrency, particularly with the emergence of distributed embedded systems. We will discuss both the potential benefits and the challenges with these technologies.

    Autonomy and Robotics

    Dean Vijay Kumar and Prof. Rajeev Alur

    The near-term impact of artificial intelligence has been exaggerated with claims that these technologies will automate half of all paid jobs in the world. However, the difficulties in integrating artificial intelligence into physical machines and having them interact with humans have been greatly underestimated. We will address the challenges in developing autonomous machines, particularly in creating software that is verifiably safe and trustworthy.

    Penn-India Youth Forum

    High school students who aspire to become engineers and computer scientists have an opportunity to engage with Penn faculty in discussions on the future of technology. This Penn-India Youth Forum will feature moderated interactive panels on the future of technology and its impact on society; and the Penn approach to engineering education and opportunities for students.

    Alumni KeyNote

    Mr. Hital Meswani (M&T '90)

    Executive Director, Reliance Industries

    Disrupting higher education (in India): the need, the challenge, some possible solutions

    Dr. Pramath Sinha (SEAS M.S.E. & Ph.D. '91)

    Tracking his journey from IITK, Penn and the GRASP Lab to the world of business and building on his learnings from building the Indian School of Business (ISB), the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women and the Naropa Fellowship, Pramath will share a vision for the future of higher education in India and beyond.

    Investing in AI

    Mr. Sandeep Murthy (M&T '98, WG '05)

    This session will explore the investment opportunities AI opens up across India.

    The India Growth Story

    Mr. Dev Khare (M&T '94)

    With new unicorns springing up constantly thanks to large investment rounds, the latest one being the 1 billion dollar investment in Swiggy, is India ready for the big game? Where do we see things going in the next 5-10 years.

    Scaling Up India Businesses

    Ms. Vinati Saraf Mutreja (C '05, WH '05)
    Ms. Farah Nathani-Menzies (C '01)
    Ms. Neha Bagaria (WH '03)
    Ms. Aryata Agarwal (WG '08)
    Moderator: Ms. Vasundhara (Goenka) Patni (C '06)

    Penn alumni who graduated in the new millennium had an entirely different India to come back to. The digital revolution began in full swing, with devices, connectivity, and commerce all growing at once. This led to traditional business models being questioned and opportunities for new-age entrepreneurship by the younger generation. The panel will discuss the journey of these young and vibrant women after they returned to India, and how they coped with the changing scenario.

    The India Entrepreneurial Opportunity

    Ms. Radhika Chinai Vora (C '99)
    Mr. Pritam Doshi (SEAS '95)

    Mr. Devang Shah (SEAS '04, WH '04)

    Mr. Sashi Reddi (WG Ph.D. '93)

    Moderator: Mr. Vaibhav Arya (C '99)

    Building technology businesses in India: India supports an academic and institutional environment that has produced world famous technology professionals in top management positions all over the world. This panel will talk about the opportunities and challenges of building technology businesses in India, and addresses areas such as market opportunity, global vs Indian target markets, talent acquisition and most importantly, creating and supporting a truly global innovation culture.

     

    India FinTech Revolution

    Ms. Aditi Kothari (WH '98)
    Ms. Hena Mehta (SEAS '08, WG '18)
    Mr. Madhur Deora (WH '99)
    Moderator: Mr. Kunal Bajaj (M&T '99, SEAS M.S.E. '00)

    Today’s digital landscape is forcing traditional businesses to pivot in order to stay relevant and integrate into the everyday habits of both individuals and businesses. This is particularly evident in banking, where we are seeing a shift in the way we save, borrow, and invest, and even in the way we interact with currency. Consequently, more and more fintech startups are emerging to fill consumer needs, which is changing the financial industry and encouraging traditional banks to innovate. The panelists will discuss the rise of fintech, the integration of new and innovative technologies within financial services, and the future of digital finance.

    Software Algorithms Rule The World

    SEAS Faculty

    Deep research into algorithms, complexity, and machine learning is underway at Penn. Advances in these areas promise to impact AI and Data Science technologies globally impacting every industry. This session will help us understand the opportunities and challenges of the new algorithm-centric world that increasingly envelopes us.

    Entrepreneur Panel - Building technology businesses in India

    Mr. Gaurav Saraf (SEAS '00)

    Mr. Shreyas Shibulal (SEAS M.S. '16)

    Ms. Hena Mehta (SEAS '08, WG '18)

    Mr. Vaibhav Arya (C '99)
    Moderator: Ms. Neha Bagaria (WH '03)

    Building technology businesses in India: India supports an academic and institutional environment that has produced world famous technology professionals in top management positions all over the world. This panel will talk about the opportunities and challenges of building technology businesses in India, and addresses areas such as market opportunity, global vs Indian target markets, talent acquisition and most importantly, creating and supporting a truly global innovation culture.

    Investor Panel - Near-term tech innovation in India

    Mr. Sandeep Singhal (WG '94)

    Mr. Karthik Reddy (WG '01)

    Mr. Sandeep Murthy (M&T '98, WG '05)

    Mr. Ganapathy Venugopal

    Mr. Arihant Patni (SEAS '98)

    We have spent the greater part of the day talking about trending technology topics such as blockchain, robotics, automation, drones, and AI. However, India could still have some way to go before adopting some of the leading innovations. This panel will discuss the adoption of futuristic technology in India, and what do they see coming up in the medium term that would be interesting from an investment perspective.

  • Previous Year Faculty & Alumni Speakers

    (listed below are the speakers from 2019 & 2020)

    Dean Vijay Kumar

    Professor and Nemirovsky Family

    Dean School of Engineering and Applied Science

     

    Research focus is on creating autonomous ground and aerial robots, designing bio-inspired algorithms for collective behaviors, and on robot swarms.

    Dean Vijay Kumar has held many administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    Prof. Sampath Kannan

    Henry Salvatori Professor
    Department Computer and Information Science.

     

    Research spans work on massive data set algorithms to explore what can and cannot be computed, program checking to ensure the correctness of a program by observing its behavior at run-time, and algorithmic problems in computational biology.

    Prof. Rakesh Vohra

    George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor

    Dept. of Economics & Electrical and Systems Engineering

    Research in mechanism design focuses on best ways to allocate scarce resources when the information required to make the allocation is dispersed and privately held. His work has been critical to the development of game, auction and pricing theory.

    Prof. Rahul Mangharam

    Associate Professor
    Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

    Research interests are in cyber-physical systems which involves the tight coupling of communication, computation and control with physical systems. His current focus is on applications at the intersection of formal methods, machine learning and controls within medical devices, energy efficient buildings, automotive systems and industrial wireless control networks.

    Prof. Deep Jariwala

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

    Research lies at the intersection of solid-state opto-electronics and emerging low-dimensional materials. Specifically, he combines new techniques to assemble, grow and integrate nanostructured materials, including molecular materials with state-of-the-art nano-fabrication methods to create novel electronic and photonic devices.

    Prof. Gad Allon

    Director

    Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology

    Research interests include operations management in general, and service operations and operations strategy in particular. He has been studying models of information sharing among firms and customers both in service and retail settings, as well as competition models in the service industry. He is the Operations Management Department Editor of Management Science and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

    Prof. James Weimer

    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Computer and Information Science

    Research focus on developing foundations and tools for safety guarantees and predictable performance of learning-enabled cyber-physical systems (CPS) - primarily targeting the internet-of-medical-things (IoMT) and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Specifically, my research aims to develop tools and techniques to address challenges arising from "thin data", which can be caused by unmodeled variability, dataset shifts, anomalies, and sensing constraints.

    Dr. Amy E. Gadsden

    Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

    Amy works to increase Penn’s global engagement both on campus and overseas. She oversees Penn Global’s reporting offices, including International Student and Scholar Services, Penn Abroad, Global Support Services, Global Initiatives, and Perry World House. She oversees the China Research and Engagement Fund, the India Research and Engagement Fund, and the Global Engagement Fund.
    Amy holds a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. in Chinese legal history from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Prof. Rajeev Alur

    Zisman Family Professor

    Department of Computer and Information Science

    Research spans formal methods, cyber-physical systems, programming languages, automata theory, and logic in computer science.

    Prof. Brett Hemenway Falk

    Associate Professor
    Department of Computer and Information Science

    Research seeks to use tools from math and computer science to address large-scale societal goals including privacy and security in digital environments and facilitating transparency and trust.

    Dr. Sangeeta Vohra

    Director of Integration Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology

    Sangeeta is the Director of Integration for the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Dr. Vohra co-teaches the M&T Freshman seminar and serves as an advisor to the M&T juniors and seniors.
    She received her MS in microbiology from the Punjab Agricultural University in India and her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.

    Prof. Mayur Naik

    Associate Professor
    Department of Computer and Information Science

    Research aims to improve software quality and programmer productivity, with a current emphasis on AI-based programming systems.

    Mr. Atul Ruia

    Chairman & Managing Director
    The Phoenix Mills Ltd

    Atul occupies the position of Chairman & Managing Director at The Phoenix Mills Ltd. and is also on the board of 19 other companies.

    Atul received an B.Sc. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Hital R. Meswani

    Executive Director
    Reliance Industries

    Hital joined Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) in 1990 and his overall responsibility spans the Petroleum Refining and Marketing Business, Petrochemicals Manufacturing and several corporate functions of the company.

    Hital is an M&T graduate with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Aditi Kothari

    Director
    DSP Mutual Fund

     

    Aditi is the head of Marketing at DSP BlackRock Investment Manager.
    Aditi earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.Sc. Finance from The Wharton School.

    Mr. Sandeep Murthy

    Partner

    Lightbox

    Sandeep is the glue at Lightbox. Having pulled together the team over the past 3 years, he’s the one responsible for keeping the machine moving as one. Sandeep earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School and is an M&T graduate with dual degrees in B.Sc. in Systems Engineering and B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Vinati Saraf Mutreja

    CEO and Managing Director
    Vinati Organic

     

    Vinati heads Vinati Organics which has a 55 percent share of the global market for ATBS. She joined the company her father had named after her in 2006 to get the quality of a key products right.
    Vinati has a B.Sc. in finance from The Wharton School and B.Sc. Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the O.M.P. program at Harvard Business School.

    Dr. Pramath Sinha

    Founding Dean

    of Indian School of Business

     

    Pramath was the Founding Dean of ISB and his rich experience over the years – across academia, consulting, education and business – has given him a rare insight on running organisations and different operating environments. He spent 12 years with McKinsey as a partner.
    He received M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

    Mr. Devang Shah

    Co-Founder & Director

    Bulk MRO Industrial Supply

    Devang co-founded a VC funded the B2B industrial products supply platform Bulk MRO which seeks to accelerate the digital transformation of the supply chain space.

    Devang has a B.Sc. in Computer and Telecommunications from the School of Engineering and B.Sc. Economics from The Wharton School.

    Ms. Hena Mehta

    Founder & CEO
    Basis

    Hena has spent over eight years in FinTech both in the US and in India. She leads Basis and is excited to empower the emerging Indian investor. Hena has a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School. When she’s not building Basis, she runs Lean In Bangalore, a network for women professionals that she founded in 2015, and does yoga. She enjoys the art of turning passion into actionable agenda. Prior to Basis, Hena worked at Goldman Sachs, Ezetap and Square.

    Mr. Pritam Doshi

    Founder
    Quark Solar

    Pritam has launched Quark Solar an installation and services solar company focused on commercial and industrial segment. Quark has done solar telecom towers, industrial and commercial installations ranging from 10kWp to over 1000kWp.
    Pritam earned his B.S.E. in Bioengineering from University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from the Booth School at the University of Chicago.

    Ms. Aryata Agarwal

    Managing Partner
    Affinity Global

    Aryata is a young business leader and social entrepreneur with a standout record of achievement across various sectors ranging from heavy manufacturing, consumer technology, medical devices, financial services, to industrial packaging & recycling.
    Aryata earned her B.Sc. in Economics from St. Xavier's College and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Vaibhav Arya

    CEO
    Media.net

    Vaibhav is the CEO of Media.net, one of the largest ad-tech companies globally. Previously the founding CTO, he was responsible for leading the creation of its core NLP based contextual advertising technology.

    Vaibhav pursued computer engineering coursework at and earned his B. A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Farah Nathani-Menzies

    Co-Founder
    The Mumum Company

    Farah is creating the category for healthy food for children in India at The Mumum Company.

    Farah earned her B.Sc. & B.A. from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

    Mr. Kunal Bajaj

    CEO

    CloudExtel

    Kunal is CEO of CloudExtel, a company venturing to transform telecom & ISP networks. He is a four time entrepreneur, worked at McKinsey, and is an investor & ex-board member of Paytm and Healthifyme. Kunal earned his M.S.E. in Telecommunications & Networking, and is an M&T graduate with a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering and a B.Sc. in Management & Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Radhika Chinai

    VP Business Development
    Prime Focus Technologies

    Radhika is an expert in content localisation and media services and is currently Vice-President of Business Development at Prime Focus Technologies P Ltd (PFT).
    Radhika earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a specialisation in International Political Development from Oxford University.

    Mr. Madhur Deora

    President
    Paytm

    Deora has over 17 years of experience in investment banking and most recently served in Citi's investment banking business as managing director. He is known for helping JustDial with its IPO in 2013 and also led the fundraising discussions for Paytm with Alibaba in 2015.
    Madhur earned his B.Sc. Economics from The Wharton School.

    Mr. Karthik Reddy

    Managing Partner
    Blume Ventures

    Karthik is the architect of the Blume business model and investment hypothesis framework. He’s passionate about entrepreneurs who refuse to give up despite the odds and those who chase ideas that create fundamental positive shifts.

    Karthik is an alumni of IIT (Roorkee), IIM (Bangalore) and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Vasundhara (Goenka) Patni

    Director
    Currae Personal Care

    Vasundhara is Director of Currae Personal Care products.
    She earned her B.Sc. from the University of Pennsylvania.
     

    Dr. Sashi Reddi

    Managing Partner
    SRI Capital

    First investor in 40+ tech companies in the US and in India. Helping visionary entrepreneurs realise their dreams of building great companies. Founded 4 start-ups over the last 20 years.
    Sashi earned his Ph.D. from The Wharton School, M.S. from New York University and B.Tech from IIT Delhi.

    Mr. Dev Khare

    Partner

    Lightspeed India

    Dev’ has adopted a hands-on approach to venture capital which has it's roots in his own experience as a founder.

    Dev earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Finance & B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.

    Ms. Neha Bagaria

    Founder & CEO

    JobsForHer

    Neha is an entrepreneur who restarted her career by founding JobsForHer, an online connecting portal to enables women to restart their careers. She previously founded Paragon, an educational centre based in Bombay, and worked with Kemwell, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturing company.

    Neha earned her B.Sc. in Finance, HR and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Sandeep Singhal

    Partner & Co-Founder

    Nexus Venture Partners

    Sandeep has been an entrepreneur and a pioneer of Venture Capital in India.

    Sandeep has an MBA (with Distinction) from The Wharton School with a dual Major in Finance and Marketing, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

    Mr. Shreyas Shibulal

    Founder & Director

    Micelio

    Shreyas is driving long-term, sustainable change in the clean mobility space and innovative EV startups as an early stage investor at MicelioFund and proudly wears the hat of Chief Motorhead at MicelioStudio.

    Shreyas earned his M.S. in Embedded Systems from University of Pennsylvania and a B.Sc. Computer Science from Haverford College.
    Neha earned her B.Sc. in Finance, HR and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Alok Bardiya

    Vice President - IoT
    Tata Communications

    Alok is an investor, startup mentor and a senior business executive with tech industry experience in India, Asia Pacific and the US. He has also been an entrepreneur early in his career and is a venture advisor to SRI Capital, a US-India VC fund.

    Alok earned his bachelors degree in EE from IIT Delhi and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Ganapathy Venugopal

    Co-founder & CEO
    Axilor Ventures

    VG is helping build Axilor Ventures, an accelerator and seed-fund, into a platform for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Axilor runs the largest accelerator program in India and is among the most active seed stage investors.

    VG earned his bachelors in engineering and a post graduate degree in management from IIM Lucknow.

    Mr. Gaurav Saraf

    Chief Business Officer

    Mihup

    Gaurav is a member of the executive team at Mihup, an innovative startup which seeks to power intelligent voice interfaces for any device or application. Gaurav earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Finance from City, University of London.