Karan Bajwa
Managing Director
IBM India/South Asia

Karan Bajwa is a business leader with rich experience and expertise in driving transformation across the IT and Telecom sector in India as well as in the Asia Pacific region. Karan is currently the Managing Director of IBM India Pvt. Ltd and the Regional General Manager for India South Asia. He is responsible for all of IBM's sales, marketing, services and delivery operations in the India/South Asia region, including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In addition, Karan also plays a key role in enabling capabilities across IBM’s global missions in India, including research and innovation labs. Karan took up this role in 2017 with a mandate to make IBM the number one Cloud and Cognitive solutions company in India/South Asia.

Karan Bajwa

Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
IBM

Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Ginni has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform. Today, IBM is the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business, underpinned with trust and security.

Throughout IBM’s reinvention, Ginni has worked to ensure that new technologies are developed and deployed in a way that is ethical and enduring. IBM was the first, for example, to publish long-held principles of trust for AI, data responsibility and data transparency.

IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion also has advanced under Ginni’s leadership. This includes extending parental leave and making it easier for women to return to the workforce through a “returnships” program with hands-on work experience in emerging technologies. This pioneering work was recognized in 2018 by the prestigious Catalyst Award for advancing diversity and women’s initiatives. IBM is the only tech company to have earned this recognition in the last 20 years and the only company ever to be honored four times.

 

Ginni Rometty

Amitabh Kant
CEO, NITI Aayog
Govt of India

Amitabh Kant is presently CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). NITI is a Government of India institution for catalyzing the development process, nurturing an overall enabling environment by working in partnership with States, by being a Knowledge hub and a Think Tank by facilitating implementation. He steered Indian ease of doing business ranking improvement project, initiated the Startup India program before he was hand-picked by the Government of India to head the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). Since then he has set up the Institution, having introduced the Young Professional scheme to bring in fresh and youthful thought into policy planning and implementation.

In his current role, he effectively steers all Government of India flagship development initiatives, and the gamut of activities undertaken by NITI Aayog include drafting a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, implementing the Atal Innovation Mission, Atal Tinkering Labs, developing roadmaps for long term  sustainable development and growth.

He received the Economic Time Policy Change Agent of the Year Award, the Bloomberg TV Personality of the year Award, the NDTV Administrator of the year Award and the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of One Globe Award-2016 for leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century. He is a Member of the Steering Board of “Shaping the Future of Production Systems” of the WEF. Amitabh Kant is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch).

 

Amitabh Kant

Shaili Chopra 
Founder, She The People

Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s no.1 digital media platform for women, dedicated to passionately championing and promoting their stories, to Empower, Engage and Elevate their efforts. It has reached over 15 million women through its online and offline network.

Shaili received the Vital Voices Fellowship for 2017. Beyond Diversity Foundation also felicitated her with the Woman of Influence Award 2017 for her work with SheThePeople. In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine.
 
A familiar television face, she has been one of India’s top television editor presenters. Her prolific career in journalism, which has now furthered her into entrepreneurship. In her last role, she was the Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, the Economic Times Business News Channel and earlier with India’s largest TV network NDTV where she was part of the core team that set up their business channel NDTV Profit.

Shaili Chopra

Arvind Krishna
Senior Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software
IBM

As senior vice president, Cloud and Cognitive Software, Arvind Krishna leads a business unit that provides the cloud and data platforms on which IBM and its clients build the future, including artificial intelligence and hybrid cloud. His responsibilities include IBM Research, Hybrid Cloud, Security and Cognitive Applications, as well as the impending acquisition of Red Hat.

In this role, Arvind leads the unit’s strategy, product design, offering development, marketing, sales and service. He also guides IBM’s overall strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, blockchain, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions, and nanotechnology.

Previously, he was general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s development and manufacturing organization, responsible for developing and engineering advanced semiconductor materials through microprocessors, servers, and storage systems.

Prior to that, Arvind he was general manager of IBM Information Management, which included database, information integration and big data software solutions. Prior to that he was vice president of strategy for IBM Software. He has held several key technical roles in IBM Software and IBM Research, where he pioneered IBM’s security software business.

Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of a distinguished alumni award from the University of Illinois, is the co-author of 15 patents, has been the editor of IEEE and ACM journals, and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals.

Arvind Krishna

Diane Gherson
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
IBM

Diane was named an officer of IBM and CHRO in 2013. Diane is responsible for the people strategy, leadership, skills, careers, engagement, employee services, labor cost, diversity and inclusion of the 360,000 person workforce covering 72 countries.

During her tenure as CHRO, as IBM has dramatically shifted its business portfolio, Diane has redesigned all aspects of the company’s people agenda and management systems to shape a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. At the same time, she has digitally transformed the HR function, incorporating AI and automation across all offerings, resulting in more than $100 million in net benefits in 2017. Diane has championed the company’s global adoption of design thinking and agile methods at scale, as an example, driving a company-wide, co-created overhaul of performance management.

Diane has been an external advocate for social issues affecting employees, such as DACA, transgender inclusion, and addressing bias in AI. Under Diane’s leadership in stewarding diversity and inclusion, IBM received the prestigious 2018 Catalyst Award for advancing women in business. The company was also named a Forbes’ Top 10 World’s Best Employer in 2017.  

With a U.S. patent in the field of predictive analytics, Diane is a leading voice on the topic of reinventing the profession of HR to create consumer-grade experiences for employees, predictive advice for business leaders, and improved productivity for the business. Diane was recently interviewed on Fox Business News and CNN on automation and future of work and her leadership to transform IBM and HR has been profiled in Forbes, Fortune and Harvard Business Review.

Diane Gherson

Aruna Sundararajan
Telecom Secretary
Government of India

Ms. Aruna Sundararajan is a 1982 batch Kerala Cadre officer of the premier Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of India. She is currently Chairman of the Telecom Commission, the highest decision making body for telecommunications in India and the Secretary (Telecom), Govt. of India.

Prior to this, she served as the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), where she was driving the Digital India initiatives particularly during the post-demonetization phase.  Her major focus areas included promoting e-Governance for empowering citizens, promoting the inclusive and sustainable growth of the Electronics, IT & ITeS industries, enhancing India’s role in Internet Governance, adopting a multipronged approach that includes development of human resources, promoting R&D and innovation, enhancing efficiency through digital services and ensuring a secure cyber space.

She has over 30 years of experience in the government administration and also has headed large infrastructural projects, including Public Private Partnership initiatives. She was instrumental in establishing the Kerala government’s IT Department in the year 1998, which was amongst the first states to have a dedicated IT unit.

She has always been a strong proponent of Women empowerment, particularly the marginalized section of the society and continue to support furtherance of women's rights. Kudumbashree (www.kudumbashree.org ), which is a women empowerment & poverty eradication program and Akshaya mass e-literacy project (www.akshaya.kerala.gov.in ) are some of the programs which she initiated and implemented in the State of Kerala.

Some of the honours bestowed in the past include the Top Professional Women Achievers by India Today in 2009, Top Professional Women Achievers by Forbes Business Magazine in Aug 2012, The USIBC Transformative Leadership Award 2017 and Business Todays as one of the Most Powerful Women for 2018. On the 15th of November 2018, Intel felicitated her with the Technology Visionary Award.  On January She recently was bestowed the Digital Women of the Year by IAMAI, at the 9th India Digital Awards.

Aruna Sundararajan

Harriet Green
CEO & Chairman
IBM Asia Pacific

Harriet Green is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing and implementing strategies for profitable growth and increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel and consumer sectors. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010. Harriet is currently driving all of IBM businesses in Asia Pac, where she has been appointed with a mandate to drive consistent sustainable profitable growth for IBM in the region. Harriet was previously General Manager of Watson Customer Engagement, Watson Internet of Things and Education at IBM where she drove growth in IBM’s high priority and key growth initiatives.

Harriet Green

Shobana Kamineni
Exec Vice Chairperson,
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd

Shobana Kamineni is the Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited and a member of its founding family. Championing Special Initiatives for over seven years, Shobana had steered the organization's emergence as a proponent of integrated healthcare in India. She is a founder and chairperson on the Board of Apollo Munich Health Insurance, acknowledged as India's best specialized Health Insurance company for 6 years, consecutively.

As lead Director in Apollo's research and innovation activities, and cognizant of the convergence between healthcare, pharmaceutical & biotech industries and the academia, Shobana championed the creation and Incubation of a Biobank - a catalogued library of Ethically consented, anonymised bio-samples. The Biobank was recognized as one of the top 10 ideas in Life Sciences by the Time Magazine for the decade.

An active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Shobana's appointment as its president in 2017- 18 created history as she was the first ever woman to hold the position since its inception in 1895. Dedicated to ensuring that more women enter the workforce, she has launched the Power of Parity Initiative. In 2018, she was invited by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs to be member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NGFC) Trust.

She is an Independent Director on the Boards of Blue Star Limited and Hero MotoCorp. In addition, Shobana is Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business, that she founded with her husband.

Shobana has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The Women Economic Forum conferred upon her the award of 'Businesswomen of the Decade' in recognition of her work in healthcare and empowerment of women. She was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science by the prestigious Bryant University, USA, in recognition of her life's work in healthcare & pharmaceuticals and her leadership role in business expansion in India.

 

Shobana Kamineni