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VP and Chief Scientist, Global Head - Analytics & Data Sciences
[24]7 Inc.,
Topic : Big Data & Customer Experience

Dr. Ravi Vijayaraghavan is the Chief Scientist and Global Head of the Analytics and Data Sciences Organization at [24]7. He is a veteran in business with rich experience in Analytics, Text mining and Research related work. Ravi is also responsible for managing the company's IP portfolio. [24] Inc. is responsible for invention, development, implementation and optimization of all predictive analytics and machine learning driven solutions that form the core of [24]7's products and services. [24]7 products and services leverage predictive analytics to enable a more intuitive experience for consumers through online and offline channels.

Prior to [24]7, Ravi was in a variety of leadership roles at Ford Motor Company. His contributions were in the applications of computing and mathematical modeling to the design and optimization of business and engineering systems. He was the recipient of a Henry Ford Technology Award – the highest technical recognition at Ford and also Technical Achievement Award and Innovation Award - Ford Scientific Research Laboratories. Ravi was also a vice president and part of the executive leadership team of Mu Sigma Inc., a Chicago based pure-play analytical services company.

Ravi has 20+ patent filings, many refereed publications and has presented at several international conferences. Vijayaraghavan holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Sr. Director & HOD, State Data Centers, e-Governance Division,
Department of Information Technology

Govt. of India

Renu Budhiraja, is the Sr. Director & HoD State Data Centers, e-Governance Division, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India.

She started her career with Hindustan Computers Limited in their R&D division and contributed to the design and development of Networking Protocols & Data concentrator. Subsequently, shifted to Department of Electronics & Information Technology and worked on setting up the first Education & Research Network in the Country (ERNET) and was responsible for introduction of Internet in Schools in India and first to setup and successfully run the OSI based messaging, directory and file transfer services across ERNET. Subsequently, shifted to E-Governance division in the department and since then has been actively involved in various e-Governance initiatives. Some of the noteworthy include Design, development & implementation of Standards based Messaging middleware (NSDG) and National Services Directory for seamless exchange of data across e-Governance applications. As a mission leader for Open Standards ( in e-Governance, evolved the National Policy on Open Standards, and formulated various Standards on Interoperability, metadata & data, Security, Encoding, Biometrics, Localization etc

Currently, she is heading the State Data Centers in the Country, and driving the Government of India's National Cloud initiative (Meghraj), Citizen Contact Center initiative, Rapid replication of eGovernance applications, National Appstore etc.

She has done her Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Delhi College of Engineering.


Amit Das, EVP, is the Global Practice Head for Business Intelligence and Analytics at 3i Infotech Ltd. In his role, Amit spearheads the design of analytical frameworks, services and solution delivery, and thought leadership in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Advanced and Predictive Analytics, Data Mining, Executive Decision Engines and Dashboards, and Business Reporting. He has been a practitioner in the field of data driven decision making for over a decade.

Amit was also the region head for Middle East and Africa, the second largest geography for 3i Infotech prior to this.

Prior to 3i Infotech, Amit was heading the India based Information & Analytics Practice for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, USA. Over the years, he has also been the founding manager for analytics practices during the early stages of adoption and capability building at several other firms, such as Diamond Consultants, Inductis (which was later acquired by EXL Services), and Tata Consultancy Services.

In his analytics experience, Amit has worked with Fortune 500 clients across the globe, and across industries. His experience ranges from working with the leading Banking and Financial Services clients to Retail & FMCG, Healthcare, Airlines, Casinos, and Industrial Manufacturers. He has advised large healthcare chains coming to terms with the recent healthcare reforms in the USA, consumer product major building a transformational supply chain, banks designing products for its SME customer base, while managing customer engagement and experience initiatives for global payment majors.

Amit holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India and a Bachelors Degree (with Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi, India

Anil is the Founder and CEO of Ananto 'a Big Data Solutions and Services Company'. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the firm including business development, finance, IT, marketing and operations.

Anil has over 20 years of experience that includes CEO, CMO, EVP and VP positions. He has consistently driven multimillion-dollar revenue gains and double-digit sales growth. He has negotiated lucrative strategic deals and led innovation and transformation initiatives. He poses broad based experiences, is a motivational leader and has a rigorous approach to problem solving.

In his last assignment at Aegis as the Global Chief Marketing Officer, Anil led various marketing programs, focused on presence, intelligence and recognition marketing. As a part ofinnovation and strategic initiatives, he helped Aegis develop new solutions and markets, and also handled strategic deals for the company. He also ledthe Joint Venture between Aegis and STC as President and CEO and was also the Chief Architect behind winning the historic JV bid for Aegis.

Prior to Aegis, Anil served in Global Tele-Systems as a strategic member of their international business division, managing telecom and IT divisions in North America. His previous roles have been in Hughes Network Systems as Director of Networking and HCL Technologies as Regional Manager.

Anil has a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a Masters in Business Management from Johnson School, Cornell University.

For his achievements, he has been awarded the "MarComm Professional of the Year" at the Stars of the Industry's BPO Excellence Awards 2010-2011. He was also the winner of the "Global Achiever Award" at the Brand Leadership Award 2010 by the Pune-based Indira Group of Institutes. Apart from this, Anil has been an eminent Panelist and Speaker at the NASSCOM BPO Summits, International Outsourcing Summit (Philippines), IIR Customer Service Excellence Summit (Riyadh), Silicon India Marketing Forums. Most recently, he was one of the 12 to be invited globally to write in a book, "Global Marketing Leadership Strategies" by Aspatore Publications, a Thomson Reuters venture.


Kaushik has more than 17 years of experience, of which over 12 years are as an Analytics and Research professional – leading end to end delivery of analytical projects across retail banking functions. He is currently leading the analytics and campaign delivery for entire retail liabilities businesses of HDFC Bank. His expertise lies in developing business cases, formulating relevant analytical solutions, predictive modeling and direct marketing campaigns across customer life cycle. He has worked extensively in the areas of data driven strategy formulation and implementation for customer acquisition, cross-sell, up-sell, retention and value build up. He has represented HDFC Bank in India at various forums on Analytics and Big Data.
Sourav Saha is an IIM Calcutta alumnus having more than a decade experience in consulting and research, spanning across India, USA, Bangladesh and Australia. He has consulted extensively in the area of Technology Integration and Technology Innovation for several Fortune 100 companies in USA.

He is a keen follower of the latest trends in the technology world that impacts business. His doctorate thesis, partly done in collaboration with Yahoo! R&D Labs was on Distributed Recommender Systems using Cloud Computing platform. The innovative models, developed and validated on the cloud were inspired by the principle of distribution of labor in insects.

Sourav has been involved in Research to build Cloud Computing architectures for healthcare that complies with EU norms. He lectures on Analytics and Cloud Computing in undergraduate educational Institutes. He is currently a Senior Manager in Sonata Software, helping to building the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Big Data and Cloud Computing in India.

Dr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma is a Specialist Leaderand member of Deloitte US Information Management practice leadership team within the India region. Sandeep is a TOGAF certified Solution architect and specialized in Innovation and implementation of analytics and BI/DW solutions. He has very sound experience around Innovation and took these solutions to market as products, solutions or services. Recently he received the "Best Innovation solution" award under Market Innovation Drive by Informatica Inc. He architected a framework on Social data "Social Business Intelligence Framework "which got the most innovative solution worldwide. Informatica invited Sandeep to Informatica world 2012 to explain about his innovation, how innovations should align with marketplace and formula of successful commercialization.

He has led several large and complex end to end BI implementations. He has led several large and complex end-to-end BI implementations and Analytics solutions for many fortune companies i.e. British Airways, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Sabre, Aviva, Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Sandeep has involved in many innovations initiatives and architected many solutions and IPs. He has published widely in international journals and conferences onPrediction Analytics, Social BI, Big Data, Real time Analysis and Data Visualizations.

He has presented his papers in many international conferences and invited as a guest faculties in many reputed colleges like IIM, IMT etc.

One of Sandeep's responsibilities included "Innovation" and "COEs" to support the needs of Deloitte's clients impeccably. He is Ph.D. holder on "Real Time Analytics" from University of Bristol.

Dr. Vijay Srinivas Agneeswaran has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering from SVCE, Madras University (1998), an MS (By Research) from IIT Madras in 2001 and a PhD from IIT Madras (2008). He was a post-doctoral research fellow in the LSIR Labs, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) for a year. He has spent the last six years with Oracle, Cognizant and Impetus contributing significantly to Industrial R&D in the big-data area.

He is currently Director Technology/Principal Architect as head of the Big-Data R&D at Impetus. The R&D group provides thought leadership through patents, publications, invited talks at conferences and next generation product innovations. The main focus areas for his R&D include big-data governance, batch and real-time analytics, as well as paradigms for implementing machine learning algorithms for big-data. He is a professional member of the ACM and the IEEE for the last 8+ years and has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE in Dec 2012. He has filed patents with US, European and Indian patent offices (with two issued US patents).

He has published in leading journals and conferences, including IEEE transactions. He has been an invited speaker in several national and International conferences such as O'Reilly's Strata Big-data conference series. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, son and daughter and enjoys researching ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek as well as Indian history and philosophy.
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