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Speakers

AU INDIA & SAARC 2016


Plenary Session
Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Senior VP, Worldwide Sales

Autodesk Inc.

Steve Blum is senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services at Autodesk. He is responsible for driving sales worldwide of Autodesk solutions into the AEC, manufacturing, and media & entertainment industries. He oversees the company’s consulting, premium support, named accounts, emerging markets, and channel programs around the world.

Pat Williams

Patrick Williams

Senior VP, Asia Pacific

Autodesk Inc.

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.

Pradeep Nair

Pradeep Nair

Managing Director - India & SAARC

Autodesk

Pradeep Nair is the Managing Director for Autodesk India and SAARC operations. Mr. Nair 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.

Mr. Nair 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, Mr. Nair 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.

Coby Unger

Coby Unger

Maker-In-Residence

Maker’s Asylum, Mumbai

Tall, lanky and fearless, Coby Unger rarely hesitates to get his hands dirty, in fact, he prefers machine grease and saw dust over the leading daily moisturizer. This self-motivated Rhode Island native is passionate about his work and has an insatiable curiosity for the world around him. Designing and making are as much a part of him as his optimistic attitude and mild obsession with homemade pumpkin pie.

Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec

Academy Award Winner and Autodesk Fellow

Autodesk Inc.

Tom Wujec is the author and editor of several books, a Fellow at Autodesk, an adjunct professor at Singularity University, a multiple TED Conference speaker and a pioneer in the emerging practice of business visualization.

Sudhanshu Vats

Sudhanshu Vats

Group CEO

Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd

Responsible for driving Competitive Profitable growth across all the Viacom18 Businesses representing leading Brands in their genre - Family Entertainment (Colors), Youth and Music Entertainment (MTV), Kids Entertainments (Nick, Sonic and Nick Junior), English Entertainment (Vh1 and Comedy Central) and Filmed Entertainment (Viacom18 Motion Pictures)

James Erskine

James Erskine

Director of "Sachin: A Billion Dreams"

To be updated

Chetan Hingu

Chetan Hingu

Country Manager

HP Workstation DSO & Attach

To be updated

Bimal Patwari

Bimal Patwari

CEO

Pinnacle Info solutions

To be updated
Architecture, Engineering and Construction - Infrastructure GIS & Civil
Vijay Gupta

Vijay Gupta

Founder & CEO

SoftTech Engineers Pvt Ltd

Vijay Gupta, Chairman, Founder & CEO- SoftTech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Vijay is an acknowledged authority on e-Governance having industry experience of 30 years. He is a first generation entrepreneur; who built a software product company of repute during last 20 years.

After completing masters from IIT Mumbai in 1986, Vijay initially worked in companies like ‘Crompton Greaves Ltd.’ and ‘Godrej & Boyce Ltd.’.

He developed a passion for software development and had a vision to bring revolutionary changes in the relatively unorganized construction industry by inventing new software products.

In 1996 Vijay established SoftTech Engineers Private Limited with a team of just six persons. Today SoftTech has more than 250 team members, mostly engineers with IT expertise.

Under Vijay’s able leadership SoftTech has grown steadily during last 20 years. Vijay conceptualized and developed new software products like “STRUDS”, “QE-PRO”, “ESRGSR”, “OPTICON”, “PWIMS” and the International Award winning “AutoDCR”. All these software are patented under Indian Copyright Act. Vijay is one of those few IT professionals who has created ‘Intellectual Property’ developing indigenous software.

A person of exceptional integrity and lofty values, Vijay strongly believes that IT has to be leveraged extensively to bring in speed, efficiency, and transparency in processes for public and private sector organizations. This in turn could be the panacea for problems like red-tape and corruption rampant in many organizations. Vijay firmly believes in raising the standard of construction management processes and wants SoftTech to contribute in India’s infrastructure growth in coming future.

Partha Sarkar

Partha Sarkar

Technical Discipline Leader- BIM

Arcadis

Partha has more than 18 years of vast experience in Design Technology, BIM, VDC, IPD, GIS and associated software workflows, application development, implementation framework, business practices, technology management, BIM implementation in some of the major projects in the World in the domain of A/E/C (Architecture Engineering Construction) Civil Infrastructure, Transportation, Utility, Natural Resources, Geospatial / GIS technology and Mapping.

Sreedhar Lingareddy

Sreedhar Lingareddy

Director

Regency InfoTech Pvt. Ltd.

Sreedhar Lingareddy is a graduate in Computer Science Engineering from Mangalore University and Masters in Management of Information Systems from University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Sreedhar is Founder and Director of Regency InfoTech Pvt. Ltd, India and has successfully expanded Regency's Operations to global clients through Regency's subsidiary companies in USA and UK.

Rishi Ahuja

Rishi Ahuja

Founder and Managing Director

Sunovatech Group

Started his Career in millennium year of 2000 as a founder of Sunovatech, with an aim to develop emerging and new age technologies that could simplify understanding of complex engineering solutions. He has an in-depth knowledge of Virtual Reality Industry, Engineering, Scientific Human Behaviors. Rishi is the Managing Director of Sunovatech Group that operates from India, Qatar and UAE with a successfully delivered over 600+ Infrastructure Visualization Projects totaling in over trillions of Dollars of global investment.

Rishi Ahuja

Rajshree Sankhla

Deputy Director DOITC

Govt. of Rajasthan

To be updated

Sanjay Bhattacharya

Sanjay Bhattacharya

Consultant DOITC

Govt. of Rajasthan

To be updated
Architecture, Engineering and Construction - Buildings
Reza Kabul

Reza Kabul

Director

ARK Reza Kabul Architects

One of the foremost talents in the realm of Indian architecture, Reza Kabul’s foray into the industry was a random experience of viewing books on architecture that proved catalyst enough for a switch from engineering to architecture. After a brief stint at a prominent architecture studio in Mumbai, he set up ARK Reza Kabul Architects Pvt. Ltd., India in 1988. ARK is a comprehensive global design studio with three decades of proven expertise in project design and delivery ranging from master plans and townships, to industrial, hospitality, commercial, institutional, educational and residential segments. Over the past three decades, the studio has established presence in Pune, India : ARK Studio Pune and California, USA : ARK Studio Inc.

Reza Kabul has envisioned and successfully executed a string of path breaking projects centered on the design philosophy of ‘liberating spaces’. He has handled projects for leading names in Indian real estate industry, and continues to enjoy the trust and appreciation with projects that set pioneering benchmarks in architectural design. A speaker for ‘Marcus Evans Tall Buildings Conference’ in Seoul, Korea (2008) and a pioneer in tall buildings, Reza Kabul has been listed in the Limca Book of Awards (2003) for Shreepati Arcade, the tallest building in India.

Ms. May Kemp

Ms. May Kemp

BIM Lead

GKK Works Inc.

"May Kemp has been professionally practicing architecture in BIM for the past 11 years in all phases of educational, commercial, military, residential, healthcare and institutional projects. She has been the BIM lead in most projects she has worked on, from the Design conception phase to construction closeout. She has successfully executed the role of BIM Manager at previous offices. May enjoys collaborating and problem-solving with project team members, consultants, and contractors. She strives to push the limits of her expertise in BIM at every given opportunity.

Although she started learning AutoCAD in high school, she only knows to live in the BIM world now. She aspires to continue growing in Architecture, using technologies like Revit, Navisworks and Dynamo to deliver better projects. "

Ankit Revo

Ankit Revo

Head- BIM and Delivery

ATKINS

Ankit Revo is a qualified Architect with more than a decade's experience Design, Project Management, Urban Re development, Technology and BIM working across different geographies in India, Middle East and UK. He currently leads the BIM initiative at the Global Design Centre, Atkins India and is leveraging BIM across different projects in Planning, Design, Construction and Asset Management.

Shrinath Tandur

Shrinath Tandur

Partner

FBA Architecture

Shrinath Tandur, B. Arch. (Bangalore University), M.Phil. (Chinese University, Hong Kong), FIIA. In 1996 he was awarded a scholarship by the US-AEP to research building energy control systems, conduct energy studies and carry out design towards LEED certification. Under the leadership of Wai-Lee Chow he networked with various trade councils within the rich business environment in Hong Kong, and formulated a two year program of interaction with several industries and institutions in the United States, the U.K. and Germany, to study and promote technologies for the building industry in Hong Kong.

Over the course of his career, he has interlaced professional practice with academic research and has published and presented papers at conferences such as ANZAScA (1996, Hong Kong), WSF (2004, Mumbai) and ISARC (2015, Oulu, Finland). He is also a published author, trainer and advisor on implementing and administering network security and encryption technologies, and has earned premier industry credentials in this field while in the United States. He was the editor of the proceedings of IIA NATCON 2008, Bengaluru, and served on his chapter's Executive Committee from 2009 to 2015.

He is today a partner at "FBA Architects". The firm administers projects, including the use of BIM-based delivery mechanisms, employs designers and visualization artists, works with a select group of consultants, and utilizes the latest in design and virtualization software to achieve its objectives. The FBA Group offers comprehensive services that include architectural and engineering design as well as project management consultancy with offices in Chennai and Bengaluru.

Mohd. Amin Nayyar

Mohd. Amin Nayyar

CEO

ANA Design Studio Pvt. Ltd.

Graduate in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Commenced practice immediately after passing out in 1995. Heads ANA Design Studio Pvt. Ltd, an A&E company in New Delhi.

Moti Lal

Moti Lal

Director Technical

Structures Online

Mr. Moti Lal has been a Director Technical in Structures Online since 2000 having total 20 years of Steel Detailing experience with Civil engineering from IE, Calcutta. Domain: His expertise lies in leading more than 200 person team and executing a wide range of Steel detailing projects largely USA based jobs ranging 500 to 4000 tons. He had also trained many fresh/experienced engineers to build steel detailing career. He had also authored book on "STEEL Detailing" based on AISC standard.

3D Software: His interest also lies in AUTOMATED DETAILING with 3D Steel detailing software Like Tekla structures, Advance Steel. He had also developed an Online Steel Detailing Document Application (STEELDOC) to access Project data and View Project schedule & bar chart. Seminar: He had presented "Steel detailing challenges with the 3D Software" topic in Autodesk University India & SAARC 2015 in Mumbai.

Awards: "Mariposa Land Port of Entry" a Steel Toll Plaza was featured in the Magazine "American Institute of Architect" in October 2014. AISC's IDEA 2015 Award for the Project "Central Arizona College, Maricopa"

Llewllyn Rozario

Llewllyn Rozario

Founder & Manager Director

UNIBiM Services Pvt. Ltd

To be updated
Media & Entertainment
Keitan Yadav

Keitan Yadav

Chief Operating Officer/VFX Producer

Redchillies.vfx

Keitan Yadav began his professional career in 1996 and spent nearly 8 years in the advertising industry working alongside stalwarts of the creative space. It was later in 2003 that he forayed into mainstream feature films as a VFX supervisor and producer with Shah Rukh Khan’s maiden venture Main Hoon Na under the Red Chillies Entertainment banner.

Rechillies.vfx officially came into being in 2006, co-founded by Shah Rukh Khan, Keitan and Harry Hingorani. Along the way he has sported many hats, from being a VFX supervisor & producer between 2006 and 2010, while looking after the studio as the chief operating officer as well.

Keitan was also honoured with the National Award in 2011 for Ra.One as it set a benchmark in the realm of visual effects in Indian cinema.

He currently helms the business development and operations at the studio. His leadership skills, youthful energy and strategic abilities have been instrumental in establishing redchillies.vfx as one of India’s top VFX companies.

Harry Hingorani

Harry Hingorani

Chief Creative Officer / VFX Supervisor

Redchillies.vfx

Harry is the creative back bone of the company. With 21 years of expertise in the industry, Harry has worked on over 200 ad films and numerous feature films.

His attention to detail, untiring passion and creative wizardry is an inspiration to all at the studio. Under his supervision, redchillies.vfx continues to venture beyond limitations, to produce mesmerizing spectacles that create fascinating experiences for filmmakers and audiences alike.

Harry was also honoured with the National Award in 2011 for Ra.One as it set a benchmark in the realm of visual effects in Indian cinema.

Vijaendra Mattam

Vijayendra Mattam

Senior Manager, Content Service Operations

RealPage India Pvt Ltd

An Operations Leader and Business Management graduate expertise in Content Services and Project Management with a keen interest in supporting clienteles who look to market their business using variegated platforms, channels and mediums. Currently leading a team of 100+ content marketing professionals spread across multiple shifts associated with RealPage, RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ: RP).

Anando Banerjee

Anando Banerjee

Head of Production

Lakshya Digital

Anando Banerjee is Lakshya’s Head of Production and is responsible for overseeing the work of Lakshya’s studios in Gurgaon and Pune. Anando has been with Lakshya from its very first day and has played a key role in helping Lakshya become one of the world’s top art studios. He has a deep understanding of various aspects of game art creation including Production, Talent Development, Project Management etc. As a member of the Nasscom Gaming Forum’s Advisory Committee, and as the Chairman of the Content Committee for the Nasscom Game Developer’s Conference, Anando is also closely involved in the development of the game development industry in India.

Arjun Thekkumadathil

Arjun Thekkumadathil

Technical Director

Toonz Animation

Worked with different major production house in India and abroad, like DreamWorks, Prana, Toonz on major features like puss in boots , Kung fu panda 3.

Yoichiro KadoGuchi

Yoichiro KadoGuchi

M&E Technical Specialist Manager

Autodesk Japan

M&E Technical Specialist Manager , Autodesk Japan
Technical support to many 3D game title since very early stage of 3D game industry.
DCC tools game related feature design. ex. Softimage|3D 4.0....
Recently he is interested in interaction real and virtual.

Vishal Anand

Deepal Dass

VFX supervisor

yFX - YashRaj Studios

Deepal , an Electronic Engineer by qualification, currently working at Yfx - YRF Studios, Mumbai, has been in the VFX industry for over 12 years having handled responsibilities of a Supervisor / Team Lead in areas of Rotoscopy, Paint and Compositing and Stereoscopy.
He also handles VFX - Shoot Supervision and has been an integral part of VFX for Domestic and International Projects encompassing Films and Television.

Amit Sharma

Amit Sharma

Head of Compositing / compositing Supervisor

MPC India

Amit Sharma is currently the Head of Compositing at MPC Bangalore. Prior to working at MPC, he worked at visual effects studios around the globe including Rhythm and Hues, Rising sun picture and ILM. His filmography includes Exodus, The Martian, Xmen, Monster Trucks and The Jungle Book. Amit Supervised the Compositing team at MPC Bangalore working with Production VFX Supervisor Rob Legato and MPC Supervisor Adam Valdez.
In Amit's words "The Jungle Book" was a truly challenging show which has raised the bar for photoreal Visual effects work. It was rewarding to see that realized on the big screen and people from all over the world enjoying the movie"
Manufacturing - Product Engineering
Narayan Teja

Narayana Teja A

Senior Engineer

BHEL Corporate R&D

Narayana Teja is a senior engineer in Heat transfer and Fluid flow lab at BHEL Corporate R&D Division. He graduated from BITS Pilani in 2010 with Honors in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Thermal analysis and CFD are his focus areas.

Over the past six years, he contributed to various projects being executed in the power plant business sector. He was involved in CFBC boiler design, Boiler support structure design and ESP design projects to name a few.

Srinath Jonnalagadda

Srinath Jonnalagadda

Director Business Development

Autodesk US


Benjamin Merton

Benjamin Merton

Founder

Unifize

Ben's 15 years of experience covers various operational and board roles in technology, manufacturing, private equity and investment banking businesses, spanning India, the Far East, the US and the UK. He is a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Ahmedabad, and writes on technology and business for various publications, when he can be bothered.

Raju Dasari

Raju Dasari

Sr.Manager

SMS Concast (I) Pvt. Ltd

Mechanical Engineer, working with SMS Concast since last 17 years, areas of expertise-Mechanical Design, CAD Tools and SAP-DMS, Managing a team of 50 engineers. Responsible to define efficient and high productive working methodology with the CAD tools.

Prakash.S.Naragund

Prakash.S.Naragund

Manager

B FOURESS (P) LIMITED

Prakash S Naragund is a Design manager at B FOURESS (P) LIMITED, manufacturers of Small Hydro Turbines. He has an experience of more than 16 yrs in the field of mechanical design with extensive experience in Deign of Hydro Turbines.

Tushar Patil

Tushar Patil

Senior Project Engineer

Atlas Copco

A Mechanical Graduate with Advance diploma in Tool & Die Design. He has 12 years of experience in design and development of Casting and Plastic products, of which 4 years of experience is in manufacturing industry. Currently he is responsible for multistage blower project & design of casting products. Also he is design reviewer for all new casting products designs.

Shakti Chavan

Shakti Chavan

Project Leader

Atlas Copco

Shakti is Project Leader at Atlas Copco India Limited. He is Mechanical Engineer with Graduation in Business Administration. He has total 12 years of experience in design and development field out of which 8 years he is been working for Atlas Copco GECIA. He is responsible for New Product Development and Engineer activities for Atlas Copco GECIA.

Venkatesan Bashyam

Venkatesan Bashyam

Associate Vice President

LeeBoy India Construction Equipment (P) Ltd

Mr. Venkatesan is the Associate Vice President at LeeBoy India Construction Equipment since 2010. He is responsible for Product development of Construction Equipment’s from concept to full development cycle.
Mr. Venkatesan has worked at various capacity throughout his career spanning over 30 years. His strong leadership skills mixed with his passion for problem solving has led to execution and implementation of various projects across geographies.
A mechanical Engineer by heart, He brings with him a rich industry experience.
Manufacturing - ID&V
Amit Inamdar

Amit Inamdar

Technical Design Manager

VISAVIS

A Product Realization Expert with an ambition to make ideas into reality. Mechanical Engineering knowledge from his first degree and extensive experience in Industrial Design, coupled with Project Management skills enables him to be in a unique position to help bridge the gap between Design and Engineering along without compromising the business expectations. Amit is currently managing the Technical Product Development at VISAVIS, a Chennai based Design Studio.

Working on various projects in Design Engineering, Product Design, Transportation Design and Medical Product Design over the period of more than 10 years, Amit has acquire in-depth knowledge of User / Market Research and Analysis, Ethnography, Data Analysis, Design Strategy, Ideation, Concept development, Innovation design, CMF, New Product development, 3D CAD design, Rapid Prototyping, Design Execution, Product Life Cycle Management and Business Development.

G. Sathiyaseelan

G. Sathiyaseelan

General Manager Design - Styling

Ashok Leyland

A continuous learner believes and lives in design. 47 year old positively charged Industrial designer graduated from IIT Delhi. Heading styling in Ashok Leyland for the past 8 years. Out of 24 years of professional life, 16 in Design and 7 in teaching. Prior to this engaged with General Motos, TATA motors, TVS motors and TATA Elixsi. Participated in more than 25 vehicle programs. Out of those, 20 vehicles (3 wheeler, cars, trucks and buses) on road in and out of India. Ambidextrous. Strong Creative and Alias skills blended with people skills resulted in a successful leadership career. Continuing a star performer and true team player ensures positive results through "ART to PART" contribution. Dreamer and speaker of art and design. A honest artist as painting and music fills every day of life. Busy with design workshop for students and speaker of subjects like Design and Tamil literature. More than self-people and product speak.
Blessed with a great wife Nagendrakanni and twin children Divya and Nanda.
Living in Chennai and native of Jayankondam in TamilNadu.

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai

Senior Vice President - Marketing & Strategy

Tata Elxsi

Nitin Pai is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Tata Elxsi. He started his career as a designer in the styling studios of Bajaj Auto, and was responsible for the implementation of computer aided industrial design, digital prototyping and rapid prototyping to help Bajaj Auto rapidly develop a new portfolio of motorcycles and scooters. He was one of the first users of Alias Studio and Auto Studio in India.

He joined Tata Elxsi in 1996 as Product Manager for Design and Visualization Solutions, helping customers across industries right from Tata Motors to Maruti, DC Design and Philips adopt Alias as the digital styling and ID tool along with other visualization and VR aids for design.

In 1999, he initiated Tata Elxsi’s service offerings for Industrial design and was responsible for growing it into India’s and one of the world’s leading design studios.
Nitin moved to head the marketing function in 2005, and presently leads marketing and strategy for the company. Nitin brings over 24 years of industry experience in new product development, R&D, operations and marketing for design services addressing automotive, consumer electronics and telecom industries. He holds a B.E (Honors) degree in mechanical engineering from BITS - Pilani, and a degree in Executive General Management from IIM, Bangalore.

Yashwant Suthar

Yashwant Suthar

Transportation Designer

Volvo Eichers

Working Experience of 7 years in Transportation Design