2017 Plenary Speakers

K. T. Rama Rao

Minister for Information Technology, Electronics & Communications, Telangana Government

K. T. Rama Rao (known by his popular nickname KTR) is a devout public servant. His vision and passion for taking Telangana to the heights of development… READ MORE


Jayant Sinha

Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India

Jayant Sinha is the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, a Member of Indian Parliament and formerly the Minister of State for Finance. He has also been… READ MORE


Jayesh Ranjan

Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce and Information Technology Department, Telangana Government

Jayesh Ranjan is the Principal Secretary of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) Departments… READ MORE


Kate Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Kate Wilson believes that digital technology products, new technology policies and updated business model practices are required to make transformative… READ MORE


Radha Basu

Chief Executive Officer, iMerit Technology Services

Radha Ramaswami Basu has over 30 years’ experience in executive management and is widely recognized as a leading woman technology entrepreneur… READ MORE


Prashant Gupta

Principal Director, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft

Prashant has contributed to Internet innovation and leadership in the evolution of the ‘mobile-cloud’ connected paradigm empowering the planet in the last… READ MORE


Ajay Vij

Managing Director, Geographic Services, Accenture in India

Ajay Vij is the managing director for Geographic Services for India. In this role he provides strategic direction for the Geographic Unit (GU)… READ MORE


Dr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy

Executive Chairman, Cyient

Dr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy is a visionary who has placed India on the global map for leading-edge engineering research and development (ER&D) services… READ MORE


Schuyler Thorup

Executive Vice President, Overseas Operations, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

As the executive vice president for Overseas Operations, Schuyler Thorup oversees programmatic activities in more than 100 countries for… READ MORE


Dr. David Bergvinson

Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

David joined ICRISAT in January 2015 to lead its strategy development to ensure science, demand-driven innovation and strategic… READ MORE


Dr. Usha Zehr

Chief Technology Officer, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private limited

Dr. Usha Zehr is the Chief Technology Officer at the Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), one of the leading agri-biotech companies in… READ MORE


Dr. Ranjan Patnaik

Director, DuPont Knowledge Center, Technology Director SA & ASEAN, DuPont

Dr. Ranjan Patnaik is the Director of DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) at Hyderabad, India. DKC is an integrated R&D facility with… READ MORE


Frederic Pivetta

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Dalberg Data Insights

Frederic Pivetta is Managing Partner of Dalberg Data Insights, which is the Big Data entity of the Dalberg Group. Previously, he… READ MORE


Chuck Conley

Non-profit and Global Organizations Account Manager, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)

Chuck Conley is an Account Manager with Esri’s Nonprofits & Global Organizations Team. He is passionate about… READ MORE


Prukalpa Sankar

Co-Founder, SocialCops

Prukalpa Sankar is the co-founder of SocialCops, a data intelligence company that empowers organizations to make tough decisions and solve… READ MORE


Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Tyler Redford currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused… READ MORE


Dr. Leonardo Milano

Senior Data Scientist, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Dr. Leonardo Milano is passionate about how innovation can help solve humanitarian challenges. In 2016 he joined the… READ MORE


Dr. Preet K. Dhillon

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

Dr. Preet K. Dillon has a background in global cancer epidemiology and experience from several organizations in the US and India… READ MORE



Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé

Director & Co-Founder, Data Pop Alliance

Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab

Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé is the Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, a coalition on Big Data and development co-created in 2013 by the Harvard… READ MORE


Ushnisha Ghosh

Lean Data Senior Associate, Acumen

Ushnisha Ghosh joined the Lean Data Team as Senior Associate in April 2016 and leads Acumen’s Impact and Lean Data work in India… READ MORE


Rebecca Moore

Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, Google

Rebecca Moore is Director of Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach. She initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a cloud… READ MORE


Michael Tsan

Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Michael Tsan is a Partner in Dalberg’s New York office who leads Dalberg’s global ICT Practice and has recently helped launch Dalberg’s Data4Good… READ MORE


Rhiannan Price

Senior Manager, Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe

As the Senior Manager of the Seeing a Better World Program at DigitalGlobe, Rhiannan Price works with global development partners worldwide to support their… READ MORE


Syed Raza

Senior Director, Data, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)

Syed Raza works to demonstrate and promote adoption of systemic solutions and enabling environments for large scale use of data, such as mobile data… READ MORE


Jawoo Koo

Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jawoo Koo is a Senior Research Fellow for the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)… READ MORE


Karl Lowe

Chief Information Officer, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Karl Lowe joined CRS in 2016 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.  He provides leadership for CRS’ 160-person ICT… READ MORE


Dr. Subhashini Chandrasekharan

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Center for Digital Development, Global Development Lab, USAID

Dr. Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University… READ MORE


Derek Ho

Senior Managing Counsel for Privacy and Data Protection, Mastercard

Derek Ho is the senior managing counsel for privacy and data protection at Mastercard for the Asia Pacific… READ MORE


Al Lutz

Chief Information Security Officer, World Vision International

Al Lutz is responsible for the leadership of World Vision’s IT security functions including information security architecture, user… READ MORE


Aditya Agrawal

Director, Data Ecosystems Development, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)

As Director for Data Ecosystems Development, Aditya Agrawal leads the GPSDD program in developing an ecosystem approach for harnessing… READ MORE


Neal McCarthy

Senior Manager, Shared Services Applications, Oxfam

Neal McCarthy leads the ICT4D team at Oxfam America: supporting humanitarian, development and campaign teams in the adoption of technology in the service of… READ MORE


Dr. Shadrock Roberts

Director of Resilience Programs, Ushahidi

Dr. Shadrock Roberts applies the science of geography to humanitarian and development challenges. As the director for resilience programs he… READ MORE


Frank Schott

Vice President of Global Programs, NetHope

Frank Schott joined NetHope in 2005, and served as Managing Director of Global Programs for 11 years. In 2016, he took on the role of Vice President… READ MORE


Cherian Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, World Vision India

National Director and CEO of World Vision India since August 2015, Cherian Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in industry, banking, financial services and… READ MORE


Prashant Shukla

National Technology Officer, Microsoft India

Prashant Shukla’s career over the last 24 years spans successful leadership roles in marketing, sales, product management and software development… READ MORE


Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti

Director and Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti is an Indian computer scientist, a distinguished professor and currently the director of… READ MORE


Dr. Kyriacos M. Koupparis

Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Advisor, Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dr. Kyriacos M. Koupparis focuses on building and strengthening networks that promote the integration of science, technology and innovation into development… READ MORE


Dipak Basu

Chief Executive Officer, Anudip Foundation

Dipak Basu is the Founder of the Anudip Foundation, a non-profit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor and… READ MORE


Dr. Ritu Verma

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital

Dr. Ritu Verma is one of the co-founders at Ankur. She is passionate about bringing innovation from lab to the market and did that… READ MORE


Ajit Rangnekar

Director General, Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad

Ajit Rangnekar is the Director General of the Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad, a unique initiative of the Telangana Government to foster innovation… READ MORE


Avishek Gupta

Head of Business, Caspian Impact Investments

Avishek leads the Business team at CII, identifies new investment opportunities and manages investments across Caspian’s… READ MORE


Neil Sahota

IBM Master Inventor, IBM Watson Group

Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader in the IBM Watson Group. His work experience spans… READ MORE


Santhosh Ramdoss

Program Officer, Impact Investing and Grantmaking, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Santhosh Ramdoss is a Program Officer at the India offices of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where he manages… READ MORE


Lauren Woodman

Chief Executive Officer, NetHope

Lauren Woodman is the Chief Executive Officer of NetHope, where she drives the organization’s aggressive… READ MORE


Krishnan Dharmarajan

Executive Director, Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion

Krishnan Dharmarajan heads the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion (CDFI), Institute for Financial Management and Research… READ MORE


Dr. Shaun Ferris

Director, Agricultural Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Dr. Shaun Ferris has worked for the past 10 years for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current position, Shaun focuses on… READ MORE