Speakers Profile


Dr. Aruna Shekar

VP-Asia Pacific, PDMA, USA

Dr Aruna Shekar is Innovator-in-Residence at the Ecentre. As Senior Lecturer she has taught Product Innovation at Massey for more than twenty four years, and has coordinated the final year product development projects with industry. She has led the humanitarian course in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), when her students won National and Australasian awards. Her focus is on fostering creative problem solving.
She is a Foundation Board member of the Product Development & Management Association in New Zealand (www.pdma-nz.org). Aruna is Vice President (Asia-Pacific) for PDMA-USA.
Dr Shekar believes that innovation and entrepreneurial skills are at the heart of any organisation. The exciting, fast-paced nature of new products/services, best practices, the success stories and the strong people-focus continue to keep me engaged. She believes in helping people develop skills in product innovation and shape the future by creating a platform for them to achieve great things.

M/s. Meenakshi Narayanan

Head - R&D, CavinKare Pvt. Ltd.

M/s. Meenakshi Narayanan is Vice President & Head of R&D at CavinKare Private Ltd., Chennai, Dr. Meenakshi Narayanan, heads the R&D at CavinKare Research Center. Dr. Meenakshi Narayanan has been with CavinKare since 2001. She is involved in strategizing product concepts; to develop and deliver differentiated products for the various businesses of Cavinkare. She has developed facilities & capabilities of basic research and extramural research thereby developing future platform technologies and IPRs for the company. She has filed several patents and publications to her credit.
Meenakshi holds a Doctoral degree in Microbiology from Bharathiar University; Post Graduate degree in Medical Microbiology from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, USA and a Diploma in Cosmetic Science from De Montford University & Society of Cosmetic Science, UK. She has over 27 years of work experience in diverse industries and areas – both national and international – including Reproductive Biology, Embryology, Microbiology – Medical, Pharmaceutical and Personal care industry. Prior to joining CavinKare, she has worked with Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals (Chennai); Madras Assisted Reproduction Research Center (Chennai); and with Almana General Hospital (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

Dr. Rajeshwari

Associate Professor, GLIM

Total work experience -23 years( Academics-7 years, Corporate 16 years) An Engineer, completed my post graduate management from IIM Ahmedabad; worked in top corporates like Unilever, Nippon Paint for 15 years in sales and marketing; completed my Doctoral PhD in Marketing from IIT Madras; faculty at various IIMs and XLRI.
Solo-authored two books, written numerous articles/cases in International journals; produced an academic film that was screened in Baltimore at International festival; regular columnist in a leading business daily Hindu Business Line; active researcher in the area of “Emerging markets- New Product development and Sales/distribution challenges.”
Consistent high feedback across various courses taught in Sales and Marketing, across various leading Institutes. Conducted Management development programs for many Senior Management in corporates. Awarded the title’ Subject Expert- Marketing’ by TCS.
Travelled internationally and done business with China/Singapore; also have rich experience building an Educational Institution in India, in addition to teaching/researching/student mentoring/publishing

Mr. Ravi Govindarajan

MD, Teems India

Mr. G. R. Ravi, an entrepreneur in the field of Transmission line business currently Managing Director of Teems India Towerlines Private Limited, having vast experience from 1988 and built around 2000 route kms of Extra High Voltage Transmission lines in India, Middle East and Africa.
Mr.Ravi was instrumental in the establishment of his previous Partnership firm M/s.Teems Engineering Constructions with his father and the expansion the business of the above firm during the period from 1988 to 2007. Under Mr. Ravi’s leadership, M/s.Teems Engineering Constructions moved from undertaking transmission line projects for the local State Transmission Utility (i.e. The Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board) to undertaking projects for other State’s Transmission Utilities (i.e. The Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation) and from there onto undertaking inter-state transmission projects for the Central Transmission Utility (i.e. The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, one of the largest and most respected transmission utilities in the world).

Dr. Saravana Kumar

Associate Professor, IIT Madras

Dr. Saravana Kumar received his PhD from IIT Kanpur in 2004. After a short postdoctoral training as a research associate at the same place, he joined IIT Guwahati in December 2004 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Saravana Kumar joined the faculty of Engineering Design in December 2008.
In general his research aims at development of representational and computational tools for virtual and physical prototyping applied to arrive at solutions to design problems. Some of the specific research areas include CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies: geometrical modelling schemes, X-ray tomography, photogrammetry and image-based modelling systems; Rapid prototyping: advances in rapid prototyping technologies; Bio-inspired routes: fractal geometry, soft computing tools like neural networks, genetic algorithms for various inverse design and optimization problems.
He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of functional and conceptual design, design for manufacturing and assembly, computer aided design, optimization and rapid product development.

Mr. Saravana Kumaran

I.R.S. (R)

Mr. S. Saravana Kumaran. I.R.S. (R) is former Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, presently practicing as Advocate & consultant on Tax & Finance matters after quitting the Income Tax Department from April 2017.
He has obtained his Bachelors in engineering from prestigious PSG College of Technology Coimbatore in Textile Engineering. He has done his Law (LLB) in Mumbai University and done MBLT (Masters in Business & Taxation Laws) from NALSAR, Hyderabad.
He has vast experience in private industries, Indian Railways and 15 years stint in Indian Revenue Service in the Income Tax Department in various capacities including Investigation Department in Metro stations like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

Mr. Ashok Bharadwaj

Sr. Vice President - JSW Steel

Mr. Ashok Bharadwaj is Experienced Director Of Sales Marketing with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive, metals and engineering industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Engineering, Strategic Planning and Implementation , Business Development, International Marketing, General management and Sales Management. Strong sales professional with a PGDM focused in Marketing and Business Plng from IIM Ahmedabad. Engineer from BITS Pilani.

Dr. N. Padmavathy

Professor, Jeppiaar Engineering College

Dr. N. Padmavathy, currently working as Professor in Department of Management Studies, in Jeppiaar Engineering College, Chennai. She completed her graduation B.B.A., from S.I.E.T College for women, Chennai. She completed her M.B.A. from University for Madras specializing in HR & Marketing. She completed her M.Phil from Alaggapa University, Karaikudi and Ph.D from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in HR. She has 15 years of experience in teaching. She is a member of Madras Management Association. She has guided around 150 MBA projects. She has published around 15 papers in International Journals and 10 papers in National Journals. She has received “Best Teacher Award” consecutively for 5 years at Jeppiaar Engineering College.

Mr. Sathya Narayanan Kumar

Principal Solution Architect - Tech Mahindra

Mr. Sathya Narayana Kumar has close to about 15 years of experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Transportation and Automotive supporting multiple teams and projects simultaneously creating clear and organised functional requirements and design specifications. He has an insightful knowledge of business process analysis and design, process optimisation, cost control and revenue maximisation. he is also proficient in end-to-end large business-critical program planning and implementation in Supply Chain Model from scope management, to activity sequencing, effort & cost estimation and quality management in adherence to guidelines and norms

Mr. Ram Jawahar

Patents & Designs, Govt. of India

Mr. Ram Jawahar is an Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, Department of industrial policy and promotion Ministry of commerce and Industry, Formal and Technical Examination -Automobile related inventions, pre grant and post grant procedures Examination of patent application, More than 8000 new inventions examined Grant patent, 3 months training course in” The patent practical and tailored training program for India” at JAPAN Patent Office, Tokyo, JAPAN.

Mr. Venkadesh Narayanan

Principal Consultant, Fhyzics

Mr. Venkadesh Narayanan is the Principal Consultant at Fhyzics Business Consultants Private Limited and President at Product Development and Management Association (India) - An Indian affiliate of PDMA, USA. He is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA with over 28 years of experience in Consulting, Business Analysis, New Product Development, Supply Chain Management and Process Improvement. Mr. Narayanan is a former member of Indian Civil Services [IRAS 2000 Batch] and served at Indian Railways, Larsen & Toubro – ECC, Siemens (USA), Euro-Pro LLC (USA) and Latex International (USA) prior to joining Fhyzics.
Mr. Venkadesh Narayanan is also teaching a 3-credit course titled “Business Analysis and Design” for the MBA students of Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM), Trichy students covering the key areas of business analysis such as Overview of Business Analysis and Role of Business Analyst, Requirements Gathering, Requirements Documentation, Testing & Deployment and Being a successful BA. He is also functioning as Honorary Director of King Makers IAS Academy, a leading institution in India preparing graduates towards Indian Civil Services Examinations.

Mr. Vinayak Abhyankar

Senior Consultant in TCS

Mr. Vinayak Abhyankar, is Senior Consultant in TATA Consultancy Services, leading Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions group. He is mechanical engineer, post graduate from IISc Bangalore with 20+ years of experience in core engineering industry as well as IT Services. The experience coves New Product Development, Business Consulting, Presales, Product Lifecycle Management, Practice Development and Application Lifecycle Management.
Vinayak has been phenomenal in working with multiple Automotive OEMs and Tier1s across the globe in implementing Product Lifecycle Management solutions. He has successfully lead multiple PLM transformation Programs from initiation & planning till Global Rollouts.
In the current role he is leads ALM solutions development, focusing on implementation of processes & tools for embedded software management.

Mr. Razack

Managing Director of Selathaar

Mr. A.J. Razack is the Managing Director of Selathaar. His entrepreneurial journey began in the year 1994 with Selathaar. and went on to transform it into Asia’s frontline tanning solutions provider. Over the next two decades invested and managed several business ventures across sectors such as real estate, construction, education, hospitality, manufacturing and retail. He has leadership-based expertise evaluating key business drivers and developing strategies to achieve sustained profitable growth for stakeholders. Razack brings significant understanding of consumer related businesses from his experience in business performance, operations, governance, people management and strategy.

Mr. Mohan Kumar Subramani

Engineering Manager, Rapid Prototyping - Wipro

Mr. Mohan Kumar Subramani is highly motivated Tech Savvy Scrum Master passionate about new ways of working in Digital and New Age technologies. He has a collaborative mind-set to accomplish a task jointly rather than individually. He believes in "There is no Failure, but only feedback". He has tremendous experience in various facets of IT practices. He currently spearheads one of the Digital Teams that plays a vital role in bringing millions of dollars of business value to his organization.

Mr. Madhu Sundararajan

Delivery Lead BA

Mr. Madhu Sundararajan is a Lead Business Analyst in National Australia Bank championing Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies. He is a complete all-rounder in the bank when it comes to strategizing and successfully implementing Artificial Intelligence solutions in NAB from day one. He has been chosen as the top 1% employees for his tremendous contribution to Emerging Technologies in 2018.
He is an expert in understanding the business problem and has 16+ years of over all experience in providing a customised solution through Emerging Technologies. A very strong acumen to design thinking helps him apply Human Centred Design principles to constantly innovate and provide great banker/customer experiences. He also leads the Data & Analytics strategy for the Emerging Technology channel. He firmly believes that prototyping & experimenting in this disruptive technological era is an absolute must to stay relevant in the business.
He holds the following Certifications:

Mr. Shashank Jain

Business Analyst, Kimberly-Clark

Mr. Shashank Jain is an IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering – FL (CPRE-FL®) with overall 11+ years of experience in IT industry and 8+ years’ experience in Business Analysis, System Analysis, Consulting and Project Management, presently performing in the capacity of Business Analyst with Kimberly-Clark, Bangalore.
He specializes in transforming the conversation between the business and IT, resulting in maximizing business value realization. He is inspired by discovering innovative ways to elevate bridging the gap between the business and IT organizations identifying business needs and solving with capabilities solutions whether technological in nature, process oriented or a combination of both.
He utilizes certified business analysis skills (IIBA CBAP®) and communication background to build rapport quickly enabling the ability to change the conversation and differentiate.
He has extensive exposure to various domains viz. Aviation, Food, Consumer Products & Goods, Travel, Healthcare, Media, Finance, Promotions, eCommerce, Real-Estate, Retail, Enterprise Solutions, Automobile and Mobility Solutions. Possess strong analytical capability to gain business understanding of complex processes, identify patterns, make recommendations, and gain alignment in complex matrix organizations internationally.

Mr. Sumant Sood

Head–Innovation, Titan

Sumant is a Science graduate from Delhi University in 1986. He subsequently acquired modern jewellery manufacturing techniques in Pforzheim, Germany, Problem Solving Tools and Techniques from AOTS, Japan Diploma in Sustainability Management from Swedish Institute, Sweden, a certificate course in Radical Innovation from Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, USA. Certificate Course in Strategy and the Sustainable Enterprise from IIM Bangalore and A certificate course in Digital Branding and Engagement from Curtin University, Australia. He started his career in 1986 with a German Company marketing Jewellery manufacturing equipments in India. In 1990 he joined a diamond and jewellery manufacturing concern in SEEPZ, Mumbai. In 1993, he joined Titan Company Limited, when they were setting up their jewellery venture.
He has worked in various spheres of manufacturing operations and before moving onto Category Management in Marketing, Systems and Business Excellence for Jewellery Division and Corporate Communications for the Company. He led the division to win the coveted JRD-QV award in 2012 and is currently heading Innovation for the Company. Keeping his impeccable track record, he has been appointed as a Locational Ethics Counsellor for the Company since 2003.
He is a senior assessor for the Tata Business Excellence Model based on Malcolm Baldrige Quality Model having completed 14 assessments of various Tata Group Companies and has been a faculty member for training assessors for the same.
He has also been an external assessor for CII-EXIM award process and has successfully assessed three companies
In 2013, Sumant along with Mr. L.R. Natarajan has been declared one of nine winners for their entry submitted for the MIX Prize - Leaders Everywhere Challenge conducted by Harvard Business Review and Mckinsey.
Besides mentoring various innovation projects, Sumant has also been a member of the team which won the award under “Dare to Try” category in Tata Innovista 2016, His interests include driving, chess, swimming, cycling, cricket and table tennis