Making it seem easier than it looks, Avelo Roy, the Managing Director & Startup Mentor at Kolkata Ventures, has been founding and running startups in style, since the age of 19. Balancing academics at Illinois Institute of Technology with the creation of his first startup, he managed to scale it into a million dollar business within a span of three years. The list of accolades after his name go on from a tech entrepreneur to a four times TEDx speaker as well as a TV Host. He has a flair for mentoring and runs the largest startup incubator in East India called Kolkata Ventures. Under his guidance, over 400+ startups have been successfully incubated resulting in 4500 jobs across East India.
Chief Innovation officer at T-hub. Responsible for leading Innovation charter for India's best known ecosystem brand T-Hub & chawking the course for its 2.0 foray. Also, Advisor, Business & Technology Leader with 20 years of experience, which includes running Incubators, Creating Global & Strategic relationship, Advising Venture Funds, Startup's, Due-diligence, Setting up Engineering Teams, Product Management, GTM and devising Strategies. Adept in Delivery Management, Project Management, Business Development, System Engineering, System Design & Development.
Raghavendra Pranesh Hunasgi is a global Marketing and Branding expert helping Fortune 500 companies unleash the power of insight-driven marketing. A globally-renowned entrepreneur, author, speaker, and a 21st-century leader and influencer whose words and work in the field of marketing and branding are helping organizations leapfrog to the next level. Raghav has advised three presidents and two prime ministers, Forbes listed him as top social media influencer, the United Nations inducted him as a digital evangelist. He is a Harvard Business School alumnus – named Digital Transformation Guru and India’s leading media house Economic Times top 100 business thinkers of India.
Karuna Mayi comes with 15 years of expertise in Enterprise sales and has worked with various Fortune 500 Companies. She has hands-on experience in Strategic Sales, International Business, Market Development & Key Account Management across industries in multiple regions i.e. North America, South East Asia, PAN India. Promoting International Trade & Investment for StartUps, Large Enterprises, Government.
RAM KIRAN DHULIPALA
Ram Dhulipala leads the Digital Agriculture Theme at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Prior to working with ICRISAT, he worked as a software engineer in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from 2004 to 2010. In TCS, he worked primarily in the telecom domain for customers, such as Ericsson, and British Telecom; and was into technologies like VOIP, OSI stack and SIP programming. He also has rich experience in architecting solutions in Enterprise IT environments. As a manager he has worked in executive positions in the corporate sector in the areas of finance, corporate strategy, program management and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across diverse sectors. Ram is a strong believer in partnerships and has managed complex projects that bring together people/teams with diverse skills and backgrounds. His areas of expertise include Technologies such as VOIP, OSI stack and SIP programming; architecting solutions in Enterprise IT environments; finance, corporate strategy, and program management.
Mark Fritz is a Leadership Specialist on the Power of Ownership. Mark’s 25 year career was focused on leading change. He started his international development in Singapore, and then went on to lead enterprise systems change in marketing companies across countries like Egypt, Netherlands, Italy and Japan. With this change experience, Mark then lead EAMER organizations in reengineering, information systems, and customer services; and was often asked to lead these organizations through significant change. Throughout his career, Mark has successfully led virtual organizations, and built strong diverse teams that deliver. He has also taught in MBA and executive education courses in business schools throughout Europe, mentors executives from across the world, and runs leadership programs for executive teams and their leaders of the future. With the experience of leading enterprise change and virtual organizations throughout the world, Mark shares the mindsets and habits that enable your teams to OWN the results.
MR ANANTH RAVI
Mr Anath Ravi has over 3 decades experience in leading Corporates, viz., Canbank Financial. Services Limited (1986 -1992 - Advisory Services), GE Shipping (1992-1995- General Manager, Finance), HCC (1995-1997 - VP, Finance), RIL (1997- 2010-President, Corporate Finance), GTL Infra (Dec 2010 – July 2011, CEO & Whole time Director) and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (July 2011 to January 2018). He had initiated the setting up of the 4G telecom project of Reliance Jio Infocomm in the State of Karnataka and was the State Sponsor until January 2018. Mr Ravi has spearheaded mega financial closures for a wide array of businesses, ranging from Construction, Infrastructure (Shipping, Power, Ports, SEZ’s) to Petroleum Refinery, Gas Transportation to Telecom. He also acquired considerable expertise in legal aspects of Project Financing. As a recognition to his contribution for corporate sector the Government of Karnataka appointed him as a Member of “Vision Group of Industries” constituted under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.
CA S.S. NAYAK
Charted Accountant, Mangalore. Mr. S.S. NAYAK is a Chartered Accountant practicing in Mangalore for the last 3 Decades & also has Associates in Udupi & Bangalore. He has visited numerous countries on professional assignments. He has authored two books, “Words of the wise” and “More words of the wise”. He is a guest faculty for ICAI in India & Abroad & also for premier Management Institutions, various Banks & MSME Forums. He has mentored thousands of Entrepreneurs to set up Enterprises in India and Abroad.
Startup Mentor and Business Coach. Pavan Mujumdar is a startup mentor and business coach. He founded Mentorific, the world’s leading mentor marketplace. He created this platform for meaningful and diverse mentorship to become accessible across geographies. A post-graduate in management studies, he works extensively with individuals and businesses on value creation, strategy and disruptive business model generation. Pavan’s team considers him their sales and marketing wizard, with his keen understanding of how to bridge gaps between businesses and individuals. He believes connection and collaboration are the way to make visions become realities.
HAREESH SHANKARANARAYAN BELAWADI
Business Consultant. As a cross-sector business consultant, since 2008, Hareesh has worked with hundreds of diverse enterprises, across sectors and domains, in urban and rural India. Engaging with clients - to co-learn, ideate, strategize, innovate, and co-create - he nudges and handholds them in their pursuit of a blend of profit, impact, and sustainability. With a BE mech degree from MIT Manipal and PGDM from EDI Ahmedabad, he has 15+ years of work experience as an employee or partner, in roles of team-member, manager and leader - in the corporate, farming, development and consulting sectors. His areas of expertises Areas of expertise: strategy, business development, strategic marketing, product development, frugal solutions, opportunity scan, cross-sector partnering, value chains, ethnography for design, enterprise and cluster development, responsible and inclusive business, innovation for impact and sustainability, livelihoods, producer collectives, etc.