Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan served as the Vice Chairman of Infosys from 2011 to 2014, and as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2007 to 2011. Kris is one of the co-founders of Infosys.
Recognized as a global business and technology thought leader, he was voted the top CEO (IT services category) in Institutional Investor's inaugural ranking of Asia's Top Executives. He was selected as one of the winners of the 2nd Asian Corporate Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia in 2011. Kris was also selected to Thinkers 50, an elite list of global business thinkers, in 2009. He was elected President of India's apex industry chamber, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013 – 14, and served as one of the co-chairs of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014.
In January 2011, the Government of India awarded Kris the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honor.
He serves on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIIT, Bangalore, and is also on the Board of Trustees of the Chennai Mathematical Institute.
Kris holds master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Dr. Girish Sahni is currently Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology.
Dr. Sahni, having specialization in Protein Engineering, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology, has contributed significantly in the area of protein cardiovascular drugs especially ‘clot busters’ and their mode of action in the human body. The team led by him is responsible for producing technology for India’s first indigenous clot bluster drug, natural streptokinase (under brand name ‘STPase’ marketed by Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Ahmedabad), and recombinant streptokinase (produced by Shasun Drugs, Chennai) marketed as several brand names eg. ‘Klotbuster’ (Alembic) and ‘LupiFlo’ (Lupin). His team has also developed a novel life-saver thrombolytic drug (Clot-specific streptokinase), India’s first bio-therapeutic molecule which is not a Biosimilar. This life-saver drug has been patented world wide and licensed to a US Pharma company for which the commercial launch is expected in 2016. Recently, the team led by him developed fourth-generation ‘Anti-thrombotic’ clot busters - the first of its kind in the world.
Born on 2nd March 1956, Dr Sahni is a PhD from Indian institute of Science (IISc), Bangaluru. His post PhD career included a stint each in University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA: Postdoc Trainee 1984-86; Rockefeller University New York, USA: Sr. Research Associate and Adjunct Faculty 1986-88; and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York: Sr. Research Associate 1987-91, before he joined CSIR-IMTECH in 1991 and became its Director in 2005.
Dr. Sahni is internationally recognized for his research contributions. He has been the author of several papers published in high impact refereed scientific journals and has a number of national and international patents to his credit. He is Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi; Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, and NASI, Allahabad; Fellow, Association of Microbiologists of India; and Member, Guha Research Conference.
Amongst the many awards he has received for his contributions, the most important ones are: National Biotechnology Product Development Award 2002, CSIR Technology Shield 2001-2002, The Vasvik Industrial Award 2000, Ranbaxy Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2003, Vigyan Rattan Award 2014, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award 2013, and CSIR Technology Award for Business Development and Technology Marketing 2014.
Professor Devang Khakhar is currently Director of IIT Bombay and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Professor Khakhar did his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Bombay in January 1987, and has been with the Institute since then. Prof. Khakhar's research interests include mechanics of granular materials and polymer processing. He has published over 100 papers in these areas. For his research achievements, Prof. Khakhar has been accorded several prestigious awards, which include the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1997) and the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (1998). Prof. Khakhar is also a recipient of IIT Bombay's "Excellence in Teaching Award" and the "Mathur Award for Research Excellence". He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India. Prof. Khakhar served on the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (SAC-PM). He serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cabinet (SAC-C), Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). He is the Executive Editor of the journal “Advanced Powder Technology”. He is an independent Director on the Boards of Indian Oil Corporation and Antrix Corporation. Prof. Khakhar has served as Professor-in-Charge of IIT Bombay's Continuing Education Program from 2001-02, as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 2002-04, and the Dean of Faculty Affairs from 2005-08. He has been the Director of IIT Bombay since January 2009.
The Director at Delhi School of Economics, Pami Dua, has serious contributions to business cycle analysis, time series econometrics and forecasting which are core of current macroeconomics studies.
Studied at London School of Economics, Dua is one of the most respected macroeconomic professors in India. She has been head of Department of Economics at Delhi School of Economics since November 2010 and is the chairperson of Agricultural Economics Research Centre, University of Delhi.
Passing out from the University of Delhi with four degrees i.e. Graduation, Post-graduation, M. Phil & Ph.D in Zoology in hand, I had a good fortune of initiating my career path with the National Planning Commisiion, working on planning and policy for Science & Technology sector. Being first class first from DU gave tremendous confidence and zeal to enter untravelled niches. Worked on many national & International projects alongwith teaching in DU for four years before joining the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science &Technology, Governemnt of India in 1992.Have stayed in DBT for 23 years starting with a Scientist C position till becoming one of the Advisers. DBT taught intericacies of project planning, bio-medical issues, public health problems and core-management forays of the Governement of India funding mechanism.
Have been deeply involved into strategy, planning (Scientific & Financial); appraisal & implementation; and assessment of deliverables of R&D projects in the Medical Biotechnology area covering communicable and non-communicable diseases. Areas have been vast and decisions need-based; in late nineties, national health priorities revolved around controlling infections; hence the system was geared mostly towards infections; in early two thousand, as the longevity increased, life-style diseases took a major toll! Initially there was a vacuum & exhaustion in terms of good science & manpower to work on Cancers; Metabolic Disorders; Renal Biology, Neuroscience etc. but as DBT teams supported more on biomarker discovery; diagnostics; vaccine development and clinical trials of modern & traditional drugs in diseases of national relevance, infrastructure developed and critical human resource emerged. Though it was a collective DBT effort, we all bathed in the glory of success!
Being the Programme Manager responsible for development & technology transfer of prototype technologies emerging from R&D to the industry after in-house/multi-centre evaluation has been an experience in itself. Handling clinical trials of “Curcumin in Cancer”; "Immunomodulation in Tuberculosis" & Live Oral Cholera vaccine under the watchful eye of Prof. M.K Bhan was training of its own kind.
Development of infrastructure in the Bio-medical Institutions & Medical Colleges of the North-East Region for research, Training & patient’s services and starting major programmes on Cancer Immunology and Biomarker Discovery in the state of J&K have been satisfying as one watches science growing in farflung areas of the country.
I have perpetually updated myself by registering in cources on IPR; GCP clinical trials; Large Data Management and Analysis; Administrative reforms etc. On- Job Diploma in Medical Ethics from NLCUI & Diploma in Clinical Research & Courses on NCDs from London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - Research to Policy have been rewarding; these academic pursuits led to more than 50 publications with job-experience in science management.
To gratify my personal ambition, I have been working on alternate pathways in health-related “Easy-technology solutions" that led me to conceptualisation of a research-based NGO “Chandrabimb Foundation” - cbf wherein our Vision is: "From Therapeutics to Prevention"; the focus of cbf is on Tuberculosis & Cancer. Under this, we have established a cancer tissue Biobank titled “BioCollections” at Cancer Research Institute, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust at Dehradun; herein we are working on cancer biomarkers. Our group is also working on a "Chimaeric HPV vaccine for prophylactic & therapeutic efficacy" & "A booster to BCG vaccine for tuberculosis" in collaboration with academic institutions.
Before taking over as a Director at IIT Delhi, Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao was a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 400 publications in the area of Electron Devices & Nanoelectronics in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and is an inventor on 32 patents (including 13 issued US patents) and patent applications, with many of his patents licensed to industries for commercialization. He is also a co-founder of the company NanoSniff Technologies Pvt. Ltd. at IIT Bombay which is developing products in the area of Nanotechnology.
Prof. Rao's work is recognized with many awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013. Dr. Rao also received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, Techno-Mentor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association, DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator award, NASI- Reliance Platinum Jubilee award, J.C.Bose National Fellowship, Prof. C.N.R.Rao National Nanoscience award and the Excellence in Research Award from IIT Bombay. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial boards of various other international journals. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy. He is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Electron Devices Society and interacts closely with many semiconductor industries including Intel, IBM, Infineon, Applied Materials, Maxim and Texas Instruments.
Dr. Rao served as a Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter and is currently the Vice-President, Materials Research Society of India. He also served as a Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub- committee during 2007-2013 and was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.
For more information about Prof. Rao’s current research interests and a list of publications visit: http://www.ee.iitb.ac.in/~rrao/
Prof Manna obtained his B.E degree from Calcutta University (B.E. College) in 1983 and M Tech degree in 1984 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. After a brief stint at Mishra Dhatu Nigam, Hyderabad, he joined IIT, Kharagpur in 1985 as Lecturer and rose to the position of Full Professor in 2003.
Prof Manna is a metallurgical engineer, a renowned educator and a prolific researcher. His significant contributions in the studies of amorphous/nanocrystalline Al-alloys, nano-fluid and laser/plasma assisted surface engineering greatly inspired the scientific community. His early contributions in moving boundary phase transformation are still widely cited. As a teacher, Prof Manna has developed several new courses and taught subjects related to phase transformation, materials engineering, surface engineering, thermodynamics and X-ray diffraction. His research interest spans from structure-property correlation in engineering materials including synthesis/application of nano-materials, surface coating/engineering, phase transition, fuel cells, sensors, bainitic steel and mathematical modeling.
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