Keynote Speaker

Patrick Williams

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Autodesk

Patrick (Pat) Williams is Autodesk’s senior vice president for Asia Pacific, responsible for general management and sales activities. Pat has extensive experience in sales and marketing in multinational corporations, and has spent more than 20 years in the IT industry. He is based in Shanghai, China and was previously in Japan for a decade.


Nicolas Mangon

Vice President - AEC Industry, Autodesk

Nicolas Mangon is a twenty-five year leader of the global development of 3D visualization and the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.   An accomplished structural engineer educated at the world-renowned Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Public’s Institution for Civil and Structural Engineering, Nicolas infuses his industry expertise in the continued development of innovative solutions for architects, engineers and contractors to optimize the life-cycle management of their projects.


In 2016, Nicolas was appointed Vice President of AEC, Business Strategy and Marketing. Mangon is tasked with leading the company’s strategy to move the AEC industry to the cloud for greater efficiency and collaboration across stakeholders and project sites. As Nicolas often notes, cloud collaboration and building information modeling are at the heart of the future of building things.

In 2012, he assumed responsibility over civil engineering industries and natural resources with the primary objective to enhance business growth and ensure greater customer adoption of the Autodesk product portfolio. By 2009, Nicolas took over both business and strategy for the Building Industry segment.40 Joining Autodesk in 2003, Nicolas first served as a product manager for Revit Structure and quickly became a key player in Revit platform development for the BIM industry.

Prior to Autodesk, Nicolas worked at Graitec in Paris, where he led a team of product managers, software designers and developers to address the needs of the structural engineering market. He then immigrated to California to oversee the development of analysis software for pre-stressed concrete structures.

Nicolas earned his Master of Science in civil and structural engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie in Paris and a Master’s degree in Engineering specializing in Water and Fluid Dynamics from the University of Le Havre.


Pradeep Nair

Managing Director, India & SAARC, Autodesk

Pradeep Nair is the Managing Director for Autodesk India and SAARC operations. Pradeep is responsible for the overall strategy and growth of Autodesk's business across India and SAARC region, covering all of the company's industries, product segments and strategic partnerships.


Pradeep has proven experience in leading and managing sales, channels, marketing and technical teams, driving double-digit growth and ensuring consistent client satisfaction. He relishes the challenge of building organizational capability, driving sustained high-performance and simplifying complexity in India - easily amongst the world's most competitive technology markets.

Prior to joining Autodesk, Pradeep worked at IBM Software Group (SWG), where he was heading IBM's software business for India and South Asia as the Director of SWG. He also led IBM's Developer Relations and Academic Initiatives that drove mass-market adoption of IBM technology among India's significant developer and student communities.


Balaji Kesavaraj

Head Marketing, India & SAARC, Autodesk

Balaji Kesavaraj heads Marketing for India & SAARC for Autodesk and is responsible for all marketing outreach activities and pipeline generation. He is a key member of the APAC marketing & India leadership team.

Balaji has 20 years of experience in marketing and brand management. Prior to joining Autodesk he was the Director of Platform Strategy and Marketing for India. He led the sales, marketing & evangelism for driving key strategic workloads to the cloud. Balaji also holds a Guinness world record for Microsoft India by spearheading the largest app development marathon from conception to execution.


Before Microsoft, Balaji was Head of Marketing for the Collaboration Software Group of Cisco in India and managed WebEx as a brand for the region. In the past he has worked is various organizations including Ogilvy & Mather, ICG Singapore and started his career with the Government of India.

In his spare time he likes to travel, is an avid reader and currently trying his hand with golf.


Tatjana Dzambazova

Senior Product Manager, Emerging Technologies, Autodesk

Tatjana Dzambazova spent the first decade of her career working as a trained architect and in the design industry in Vienna and London. Fascinated by the impact that technology has on our lives, she decided to continue her career in the digital design technology world, and she has been working for Autodesk for the last 16 years.


An avid believer that we are all born with a sense for creativity and innovation and the need to express it, Tatjana focuses her energy on helping make and promote powerful novel digital design technologies in a way that is accessible to wide range of new audiences.

She was Autodesk’s first product manager for Revit and one of the pioneer evangelist of BIM. In the wake of the Maker movement, she was among the initial founders of the Autodesk’s consumer group and worked on the development of the 123D line of products, acting as product manager and business development in the early days of the group. Up until last year, she focused her efforts on the development of cutting edge tools in the area of Reality Solutions for Autodesk including ReCap and ReMake, and democratizing novel approaches in domains such as digital conservation and preservation of cultural heritage, arts and natural sciences. This work was extended with her leading and producing the Smithsonian 3D Explorer, (interactive web/mobile/VR experience created with Autodesk’s Project Play labs technology) and acting as technology consultant of many customer initiatives such as AfricaFossils.org.

Tatjana is a passionate technology speaker, some of her notable talks involve TEDx ‘The Future of our past’ and the short film for the FoST Future of storytelling conference

Tatjana is a passionate technology speaker, some of her notable talks involve TEDx ‘The Future of our Past’ and the short film for the Future of Storytelling (FoST) conference.

Based in San Francisco, Tatjana graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. She speaks fluent English, French, German, advanced Italian and Spanish; is a native speaker of Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian; and is currently learning Mandarin.


Mark Forth

Manager of Manufacturing Industry Strategy, Autodesk

Mark Forth has worked in the manufacturing industry for 25 years in a variety of technical and commercial positions. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mark worked for Delcam, a supplier of advanced computer-aided manufacturing software. He was responsible for the product management of Delcam’s range of advanced manufacturing solutions, including PowerMill, PowerShape and FeatureCAM.


Delcam was acquired by Autodesk in 2014 and Mark now serves as the Manager of Manufacturing Industry Strategy. As part of his current role Mark leads the manufacturing team with a focus on production technologies spanning CAM, additive, inspection, composites and robotics. His role involves defining go-to-market strategy in partnership with sales and product development, and creating a subscription model for all professional Autodesk manufacturing solutions.

Mark holds a B.A.(Hons) degree in Industrial Design and Engineering from the University of Teesside.


Pankaj Gauba

Head Advanced Manufacturing Innovation – India & Middle East, Autodesk

A successful business leader having over 2 decades of experience. Successfully grew businesses by building an ecosystem consisting of large sales teams, product management teams and partners. Strong execution skills and ability to build processes that deliver results. An objective and analytical bent of mind, which helps in solving business challenges, proactively.


A leadership style driven by articulate and convincing communication skills. With over 14 years of being associated with Autodesk, Pankaj has a comprehensive understanding of the CAD/CAM business in India & SAARC.


Sunil MK

Head, Autodesk Smart Cities Sales Development, Autodesk

By 2050, more than 70% of world population will live in urban areas, creating many challenges for the planning, development and operation of cities. These challenges call for ‘smart’ approaches to ensure that cities are optimized for economic activity, energy consumption, environmental impact and ‘the good life’. ‘Smart Cities’ shall support innovation and a low-carbon economy. As Cities grow to be almost twice in size will lead the vast majority of new infrastructure spending. Leading to this change, smart cities initiative look at instrumenting the cities- adding sensors, big data and internet of things to cities SMART. However for outcomes that cities seek should not only be SMART but rather be livable and sustainable. We should be able to use the data to make smart decisions also for generating, simulating and analyzing ideas related to design, or redesign of the city assets.


Mr. Sunil M.K. heads the Autodesk Smart Cities Sales Development for Asia pacific region. Sunil is responsible for driving Autodesk’s Smart Cities initiatives across various governments and agencies. With more than 20 years of experience in Construction and 3D Software Industries, he is an acknowledged thought leader in the industry. Sunil is a Chartered Architect with a degree in Architecture, from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and is a Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Sunil is a Chartered Architect with a degree in Architecture, from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and is a Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).


Alain Waha

Global Lead-BIM & Digital Transformation, BuroHappold Engineering

He has experience in projects throughout the AEC field including Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), design and supply chain management in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. He is co-founder of Cogital (BIM consulting), And work-sharing consulting. BIM Adoption is mainly focused on process improvement, BIM Construction, and mobileization expert of BIM Team.

Alok Medikepura Anil

Director, Next Big Innovation Labs

Alok’s stint with 3D printing started in 2008 as he was looking for custom fit rocket parts for the university’s rocket team project, which was funded by GE. He has utilised the power of 3D printing to manufacture complex aerospace and automotive prototypes for research purposes. Alok is now working towards bringing his expertise in the field of 3D Printing and Manufacturing, to help Next Big Innovation Labs (NBIL) develop India’s first commercial 3D Bioprinter. Alok is a member of World Economic Forum's 3D Printing Expert Network and Global Shapers community and is actively involved in a mission to develop healthcare products for social good.

Ankit Sahu

Founder, Objectify Technologies

He has pursued his Bachelor of Engineering, 2010 in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING from RVCE, Bangalore and his Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology Engineering, 2012 from Warwick University, UK. He founded Objectify Technologies right after returning from UK in 2013, at SIIC Incubation Centre at IIT Kanpur. He currently has around 4 years of experience in 3D printing / AM sector, during which Objectify Technologies has grown leaps and bound from an experimental desktop 3D printing startup to an established name in AM industry in India.

Anthony Luigi Santoro

Compositing supervisor, Framestore’s Montreal studio

Combining intricate technical knowledge and a creative eye, Anthony wears the hats of a designer, animator, compositor, photographer, 3D artist, and programmer.

He has recently completed an eclectic mix of work, with credits as a Compositing Lead and VFX Supervisor on a range of film, TV, and video game projects, including Brett Morgen’s documentary Chicago 10 which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, Morgan Spurlock’s Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, The Love Guru starring Mike Myers, HBO’s Emmy-award winning Bored To Death, and Gravity, which won the Oscar for Best VFX. Most recently he was Compositing Supervisor on Denis Villeneuve's critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049.

Biren Ghose

Country Head, Technicolor

Biren Ghose is the Country Head in India for Technicolor, a US $6 billion global arts and sciences leader involved in technology and production services for the media & entertainment industry. He is an acknowledged industry leader in India serving to drive policy initiatives in government policy formulation, education and across industry platforms. His vision is to make visual communication & the arts an agent of change in community development.


Biren has been at the helm in building up the India studio which is a primary hub for Technicolor’s leadership in Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming business. At present, there is a significant amount of work in progressing the digital production of VR & AR.

In Animation, the studio has been involved in the production of the most iconic properties, helping clients win 7 Emmy awards in the past 8 years. Shows include Mickey Mouse, Kung Fu Panda; Penguins of Madagascar; Alvin & the Chipmunks and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles among many others. In film visual effects (VFX) the studio’s amazing team, MPC Bangalore, have worked on several Oscar and nominated features including wins for the The Jungle Book; & Life of Pi. The others include major franchises including X-Men; Harry Potter; Pirates of the Caribbean; Fast & Furious; Skyfall & Spectre [Bond]; and dozens of other gems including Passengers; Wonder Woman; The Martian; Tarzan; Independence Day 2; The Revenant, Godzilla; Guardians of the Galaxy; Superman: Man of Steel & WonderWoman, many others. Having taken a key part in producing VFX for over 400 commercials a year for the last few years and winning the VFX Cannes Gold in 2014, 2015 and 2017 the MPC advertising team are equally sparkling. The studio employs a world leading 3100 creative professionals crafting visual experiences across many genres and screens.

The studio manages the strategic alliances with DreamWorks Animation, USA which produced animated feature films and Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto 5) in a unique business model of the dedicated unit at Technicolor. New entrants to the studio’s portfolio are The Mill; Mikros Image and Mr. X. This offers the advantage of leveraging India and Technicolor’s pedigree and expertise for world leaders to ramp up AAA productions.

Biren is a reputed marketing & business strategist having worked across a wide vista of industries.

He completed an Advanced Management Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan School), USA in Corporate Planning and Management Control.

His other passions include collecting art and music (predominantly jazz!). His hobbies include playing the guitar; tennis, Formula 1 motor sport and photography.

He is working to create thought leadership in the areas of corporate social responsibility.


Faizal E. Kottikollon

Founder and Chairman, KEF Holdings

Faizal Kottikollon is the Founder and Chairman of KEF Holdings, a diversified company with operations in the Middle East, India, and Singapore. He is a visionary industrialist and philanthropist, widely respected for his, business acumen and passion for giving back. In 2012, he successfully sold his flagship valve – manufacturing venture Emirates Techno Casting (ETC), for USD 400 mln. Today, he is at the helm of KEF Holdings leading fast- growing technology driven ventures in offsite infrastructure manufacturing through KEF Infra, healthcare development through KEF Health and strategic investments through KEF Investments.


Headquartered in Bangalore, KEF Infra, Faizal Kottikollon’s key venture is disrupting the infrastructure industry in India through end–to-end offsite manufacturing. KEF Infra has set up the world’s most integrated, technologically advanced and automated off-site manufacturing park in the world called “KEF Infra One” in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu. Spread across 42 acres the park has distinct units for: precast concrete, prefabricated bathrooms, modular pods and modular MEP, joinery and fit out and aluminum and glazing and a stone processing unit, with an ability to deliver both focused solutions and turnkey projects. Currently, the park manufactures offices, hospitals, schools, hotels, homes, malls, and commercial and residential buildings in an automated assembly line process. KEF Infra counts amongst its clientele companies such as Embassy, Infosys, Bosch, Vaishnavi, Lulu Group, Gems Education and hospitals like Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) and G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital (GKNMH). The company has also worked with the BBMP in Bangalore to set-up close to 200 Indira canteens and kitchens in record time to support the government’s vision to provide affordable and healthy meals.

KEF Health, Faizal’s emerging healthcare arm is aiming to transform the sector by introducing the concept of design and build of prefabricated hospitals. The model has been implemented on their flagship hospital project – MEITRA in Calicut, Kerala. The hospital has a built-up area of over 400,000 sq. ft. and hosts 500 beds (Phase 1, 209 completed). 70 percent of the hospital was prefabricated at KEF Infra’s state-of-the-art factory at Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu. MEITRA Hospital showcases how global healthcare can be made affordable and available for every Indian.

Faizal is also a member of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s prestigious panel of Champions of Change for Infrastructure. A humanitarian at heart he is the Co-founder and Director of the Faizal and Shabana Foundation that is giving back by creating sustainable initiatives to build a more equitable society.

Mr. Kottikollon has an MBA from the T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal, as well as a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University in the US. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.


Jay Shah

Director, Access Architects

Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York.
Current Location: Mumbai, India
Known for: designing breathtaking tall buildings, state-of-the-art steel buildings, Mumbai’s first skinny tower, designing the tallest commercial building in South Mumbai and being the first office in India to introduce virtual reality to design efficient buildings


With over 100 tall buildings designed in Mumbai, India including the tallest commercial building in South Mumbai, Jay Shah is recognized for his commitment to design excellence. He is a thought leader in technology for architecture and engineering and has pioneered the use of computing for better design and new construction materials and methodology for cost efficient and faster execution. After completing his Bachelors of Architecture at K.R.V.I.A, Mumbai and his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York, he worked in New York to understand the new age working styles, technologies and processes followed amiss in his country of origin, India.
He chose to return to his hometown Mumbai to join Access Architects, a company founded by his father Atul Shah in 1981.

Currently spearheading the firm, Jay focusses on creating innovative and sustainable environments in response to today's rapidly changing culture. He effortlessly combines the firm’s strength and experience with his knowledge and exposure to design the most technologically sound and efficiently designed buildings in the country. Recognized as one of the first offices to adopt computers to design buildings in the early 90’s, under Jay’s tutorage, Access Architects has several firsts to its credit. That includes being a pioneer in the use of BIM software, 3D scanners and printers to design better living environments. To allow for cost effective and fast construction, they were one of the first to use aluminium shuttering as well as pneumatic shuttering systems for high rise buildings in India. More recently, they are using Steel and Precast concrete technology in a proprietary blend that complements the economics of development and the contemporary Indian ethos. They are also the first in the country to adopt the use of virtual reality to design efficient buildings.

With over 1000 buildings in the country to their credit, their clients include the top developers in India, Fortune 500 Companies and numerous happy families occupying more than a million homes designed by them.

As for Jay, he is well recognized for his leadership in Sustainability and use of new technology and being able to appropriate it for the specific needs of each project and client. Jay would love to extend his knowledge, network and experience in the Indian subcontinent to CTBUH. He has given numerous Keynote addresses at conferences and was chosen as one of twelve emerging architects of India by Modern Green Structure Magazine.

Prominent projects:
1. The Ruby, the tallest commercial building in South Mumbai, the financial capital of India with 3 basements + 3 levels of parking + 36 office floors.
2. Altimo by Rohan Lifescapes, a 185 meter tall building designed on a 583 sq mt plot making it India’s first “skinny tower”. Structural consultants: Thornton Tomesetti
3. Rushabh Tower, a residential building with 7 floors of parking and 38 residential floors.
4. RL Glory, a mixed use project with a residential building with stilt + 7 floors parking + 21 residential floors and a school on a narrow plot. Structural consultants: ADG Australia
5. 583 sm plot designed for 185 tall building
6. Lodha Altamount, a residential tower completed in composite steel construction. Associated architect: Hadi Teherani.
7. KJ Somaiya College, one of the more student centric, design sensitive institutional buildings in the country
8. Naman Centre, a landmark commercial project in the heart of Mumbai at BKC
9. Sofitel Hotel, a 350 room 5-star hotel by Accor Group


Ar. Kochuthommen Mathew

Kochuthommen & Associates

His work style has been greatly influenced by premier international icons in the field of modern architecture like David Greene and Andrew Holmes, with whom he worked with earlier off in his career. He set up his own practice, Kochuthommen & Associates (KTA), an architecture and design firm in the year 2008, operating out of Bangalore and Kochi.


The practice aims at providing creative and sustainable architectural design and engineering solutions through innovative thinking. With a capable R&D team and access to world-class expertise in various branches of architecture, Ar. Kochuthommen Mathew has been able to pull off projects that boast of many ‘firsts’ in the country.
He divides his time between his offices in Bangalore and Kochi, working on unique challenging projects and nurturing new talent.

He divides his time between his offices in Bangalore and Kochi, working on unique challenging projects and nurturing new talent.


Guruprasad Rao

Director & Mentor-Leadership Team, Imaginarium India

His current focus is on building Imaginarium Academy, Technology partnerships besides Technology Mentoring at Imaginarium.

Rao is a technocrat with 30 years of experience encompassing Industry & Academia. His industrial assignments include Titan, Tanishq, Crompton Greaves and present one. He has taught at Design at IISc,NIFT, JSSATE and NTTF, all at Bangalore. He was professor & Head, Project office IICD-Jaipur.


He has bagged is a many Awards including 3 Gold medallions. As an accomplished industrial designer he holds 8 Patents and 100 plus design Registrations.

His research interests include Product Design, Product Aesthetics, Design Management, 3D printing and its applications in Medical domain.

He is a member of FICCI capital goods committee.
He is a trained Assessor for CII-EFQM Business Excellence Award Assessor
Member, Board of Studies, NIT Warangal.
Member Board of Studies, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering
Industry Member, Academic Council, Terna Enineering College, Navi Mumbai.
Industry Member, Academic Council,DJSCE,Mumbai.
Mentor, KIIT Technology Business Incubator Bhubaneswar.
Mentor, SIBD at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Industry partners with BETiC , IIT Bombay, Mumbai,
Mentor at SINE, IIT Bombay.
Review Member,NASSCOM Sector Skill Council.
He is part of Grand Jury 6th Manufacturing Excellence Awards hosted by Manufacturing Today.
He uses his network effectively to learn and share knowledge.

His hobbies include Ham Radio, Astronomy, Painting, Photography, Jewellery design, Model making and cooking.


Hari Eswaran

Senior Manager, Titan Engineering & Automation

Mr Hari is working as Senior Manager – Business Development & Sales in Titan Engineering & Automation Limited – TEAL (A wholly owned subsidiary of Titan Company Limited), Hosur which provides turnkey assembly & testing solutions to various industry segments.He heads the Business development and the Automotive Sales functions..


He is a graduate in Electrical & Electronics and Post Graduate Diploma in Management in International Business from Alliance University. He has worked in different functions across the Automation domain in Designs, Programming, Testing etc. in last 17 years of service. As a programmer he had served in South Korea for developing software for Laser Marking applications for a period of 1 year. Also served as an external assessor in TBEM (Tata Business Excellence Model), a TATA group level initiative to promote business excellence.


Himanshu Jadhav


An Engineerng graduate in Mechanical Engineering from The Pune University with a Masters in International Business from Symbiosis.

Started the carrier working with Automotive OEMs such as Tata Motors and Volkswagen India. Couple of years back , I moved to the 'other' side, and changed my role from being a customer to a supplier!


Currently I’m working with Jendamark Group as the Global Sales Manager responsible for business development in Asia Pacific region. While in India I also responsible for setting up Sales, Design and Research & Development function.

In the past 2 years we have been able to move up our revenue by 160% in this year and slowly but surely we are carving our place in the current highly competitive automation industry.

Our focus is Automation business , but we are taking significant strides in the Aerospace area as well.

We are a company who are passionate about machines and focus of our people!



Whole-time Director, HOCHTIEF India

A Post-Graduate in Management by education, Nandakumar joined HOCHTIEF group in 1983 in the Sultanate of Oman where he was selected to undergo a comprehensive management training, eventually taking over the Commercial Management of the organization. In 1992, he was deputed to a major Construction site in China as Chief Auditor for 2 years which was followed by a short stint at the Head office in Germany. In 1996, Mr. Nandakumar returned to his home country, India, as the Chief Representative of HOCHTIEF Group and assisted in the formation of HOCHTIEF India. In 2003 he became a member of the Board of Directors of HOCHTIEF India and in 2007 took over the responsibility as the Managing Director of the company.


In May 2016, on attaining retirement age, he stepped down from active service, but keep his position in the Board as Whole-time Director taking care of client relations, new business and advises on strategies.

Mr. Nandakumar is a member of several Professional Bodies and Industrial organizations.


Pradyumna Vyas

Director, National Institute of Design
Member Secretary, India Design Council
Officiating Director, NID Vijayawada and NID Kurukshetra

Pradyumna Vyas acquired a Masters in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

In June 2010, Vyas was conferred with an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom in recognition of his contributions to design education and design promotion.


Vyas has more than 33 years of professional and teaching experience in different spheres of design. Since the last 27 years, he has been associated with the National Institute of Design (NID) as a faculty in the Industrial Design discipline. In April 2009, he was appointed as the Director of the National Institute of Design.

Prior to joining NID, Vyas acquired three years overseas experience at the Kilkenny Design Centre, Republic of Ireland.

In July 2011, Vyas was given the award for his outstanding contribution to design education at Asia’s Best School Award that was held at Singapore. Vyas was invited as the jury member for the special awards screening panel at Good Design Award (G-Mark) by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, Japan consequently in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

He has been at the helm of design promotion events in India and has represented NID in various international and national events. He was elected as an ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) Executive Board Member for 2009–11.

In pursuance of the National Design Policy approved by the Cabinet in February 2007, an India Design Council was constituted in March 2009 and Mr Vyas has been nominated as its Member Secretary by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

In July 2015, World Education Congress, 2015 conferred the award for Outstanding Contribution to Education to Mr. Vyas.

In March 2016, Mr Vyas was honoured with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award – Design, 2016' at the first 'India UX Design Awards' for the contribution towards the designing community and his pioneering efforts in the field of design education and design promotion.

In May 2017, Mr Vyas received an award for his contribution towards design education during the Edutainment Awards 2017 held in Mumbai, which is a joint effort of Times of India, Businessworld and Event Capital, provides a platform to celebrate broader Indian talent canvas.

In August 2017, Mr Vyas was felicitated with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Times Education Icons 2017, for his immense contribution towards design education and design promotion.


Pratheesh Prakash

Pratheesh’s interest in robotics started in 2003 and since then he is actively involved in designing and development of customised Robots using high end fabrication techniques like 3D printing and CNC Machining. Through the years he has acquired skills ranging from algorithm designing, circuit designing, rapid prototyping and design for manufacturing, an all-rounder to say the least. With these rich skills set he is considered as the go to person for many reputed companies for technology outsourcing. He is the Founder and Managing Director at Robo Inventions Private Limited and has completed his Electronics & communication engineering from Pondicherry University. He has more than 14 years of experience in product design & development which also includes a brief stint at IIT Mumbai. He is the technical power house of the team and has been developing products ranging from drones to wearable tech.

Rahul Shah

Head of BIM Strategy, L&T Construction

He has over 20 years’ experience of which 15 years working in the UK managing Building Information Modelling (BIM) and other Digital Engineering technologies as per the UK BIM standards. He has first-hand experience developing and executing strategies to successfully manage the culture change required to apply the latest digital technologies and processes to achieve better outcomes for the businesses and clients.


In his current role at L&T Construction he is responsible for developing and implementing business wide BIM strategy that includes, but not limited to, 3D / 4D / 5D BIM technologies, AR / VR tools, developing core procedures and protocols, building an internal BIM team and leading the team to achieve the best possible outcomes for the business and clients.


Ravindra K Singh

Associate General Manager, Head Machine Shop & CAM, Godrej Tooling

  • Completed Mechanical Diploma
    • Technical subject in Godrej School motivated me to join Diploma
    • Completed Diploma in Mechanical Engg in 1995
  • Completed Production Diploma
    • Completed Diploma in Production Engg in 1997
    • Father Agnels College in Bandra shaped my Technical Life of Engineering


  • Completed In-Plant Training in SED Godrej
    • Six Months In-Plant training completed in Plant 17 Security Equipment division under the Guidance of Mr.Sequeira
    • Mr.Kanthak gave an opportunity to join in SED
  • Graduated in BE Production & VLFM Course From JICA & CII
    • Graduated Bachelor in Production Engg from Saboo Siddik College of Engg from Mumbai
    • Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing by JICA and CII.
  • Joined Tooling Division
    • Started my Carrier in CAM Mfg Department as a fresh from College
    • Headed CAM Department
    • Worked as a Project Manager and Introduced TOC
  • Working as Associate Deputy Manager
    • Approx. 20Years of Experience till today
    • Currently handling the Entire Mfg Shop + CAM operations.
    • Currently working on Flow Initiative of VSME along with CII.


Sachin Shrestha

Production Technology Supervisor, Prana Studios

Sachin currently heads Production Technology at Prana Studios but he started off as a Lighting artist in 2005. Over the years he has contributed to other departments within the studio ranging from scripts and shader development to simulation and pipeline development. He has led the studio's foliage environments team across Disney features like Planes 1 and 2 and has also provided technical supervision on many large format special venue ride shows. His recent contribution to the King Kong: Skull Island theme park ride also got him nominated for VES 2016 awards

Shrikant Sharma

Lead-Smart Space Team, BuroHappold Engineering

Shrikant Sharma develops tools such as automation sensors, real-time simulations, performance monitoring, and big data visualization, and integrates these new technologies into sophisticated modeling tools to analyze people's movements and behavior in the interior space or city. We suggest design options. This provides a rational basis for decision making in the early stages of the project. In addition, the Smart Space team he created is responsible for optimizing the experience of the customer who ultimately uses the space through techniques such as simulation and data visualization.

Sirish Bharagava

Head – Corporate Operations, Raychem RPG Ltd

Mechanical Engineer from IIT BHU and a certified TQM facilitator. In his career he has Worked in Various Industries starting from Escorts Tractors in 1984, from where he has moved in various industries as Escorts Construction Equipment limited, Greaves cotton, Indian Seamless and Tubes limited, TIL Calcutta, Force Motors and now in Raychem RPG from 2008.


In his career span he has been in various functions right from Design, Process, Manufacturing Engg. Plant engineering, Quality, Purchase, projects, Production and IT. He has held many challenging assignments as Business Process Re- Engineering in Escorts, turnaround projects in SAME tractors, TIL and Raychem.

He has been Instrumental to take RRL to win CII EXIM Business Excellence award and Implementing Digital programs.


Vijayaragavan E

Senior Manager, Tool Manufacturing & NEBULA Mfg, Titan Company

Vijay has an Engineering Degree in Industrial Engineering from Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering Mumbai. He is a Diploma Holder in Mechanical Engineering. He also has done his Masters in Public administration from Annamalai University.

Vijayaragavan heads the Case Tools Manufacturing & NEBULA mfg. at Titan Company Limited.


He joined Titan during 1990 from campus and worked with various roles and continuing the journey for last 27 years. He has specialized himself in Tool Manufacturing for Horology Industry. His Major accomplishments are Established the NEBULA Mfg. luxury watch brand setup at watches ISCM, Established Tool Maintenance cell at Case Plant, Established Unmanned Operations at Tool room CNC machines and eliminated Night shift, Considerable reduction in New Product Tooling development lead time. Also Heading Tool Life Improvement CFT at Watch division.

He is the 5S Lead Assessor certified by ABK – AOTS. He is the certified Train the Trainer from Dale Carnegie. He also Gold certified participant in TEMS conducted by TQMS. He is also certified by DUPONT safety workshop.

He is actively engaged with social service organisations. He is the Past President of Rotaract club of Hosur, Past President of JCI Mathigiri Township and an Active member in Junior Chamber International.


Award recipient as SEVA RATNA AWARD for The Best Social Worker by National Human Rights Council

He is based in Hosur and Married to Gandhishree and gifted with 2 Children Thayaanidi and Srivarsan.

His hobbies are playing Table Tennis and social Service.