Achyuta Ghosh (Head of Research at NASSCOM)

Achyuta Ghosh

Head of Research at NASSCOM

Achyuta heads research and mobility at NASSCOM. In his current role, he actively works on developing the roadmap in upcoming technology areas such as artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain, robotics and virtual reality for the Indian IT-BPM industry. Additionally, Achyuta focuses on building the mobility ecosystem in India, through partnerships with stakeholders such as Governments, startups, and technology enterprises.

Prior to NASSCOM, Achyuta led the smart cities business for Ford Smart Mobility in India, where he actively collaborated with Indian smart cities to understand their unique transportation challenges, and designed innovative solutions that helped improve mobility.
He has also worked in technology organizations such as Frost & Sullivan, Genpact, and WNS in various leadership consulting roles.

An avid reader, traveler and movie buff, Achyuta believes that the future is already here, it is just not evenly distributed.

Jeanette Cheah (Co-Founder & CEO of The Hacker Exchange)

Jeanette Cheah

Co-Founder & CEO of The Hacker Exchange

Jeanette Cheah is the co-founder and CEO of The Hacker Exchange, a global, tertiary-accredited company. Through immersive programs to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond, The Hacker Exchange helps students, founders and curious professionals to develop global citizenship, entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and to embrace lifelong learning.

A regular keynote speaker and startup mentor, Jeanette has represented Australia at the G20 Young Entre¬preneurs Alliance in Argentina and SXSW in Austin, Texas. She also champions startup community building and diversity in business, having been listed as a woman of influence in Smart Company’s 2018 International Women’s Day Showcase and named a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, 2019 ‘Public Sector & Academia’.

Prior to co-founding The Hacker Exchange, Jeanette’s career involved 15 years building digital products, innovation, and marketing strategies at corporates in the financial services and energy industries, such as ANZ, AXA and Origin Energy.

Jeanette holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and French) from Monash Univer¬sity, a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from Queensland University of Technology, and User Experience Design qualifications from General Assembly.

Eli Itin (Founder and Senior Innovation Consultant of Northern Star Innovation)

Eli Itin

Founder and Senior Innovation Consultant of Northern Star Innovation

Eli is the Founder and Senior Innovation Consultant at Northern Star Innovation, a boutique consultancy specializing in the creation and management of organizational innovation. Previously he was the Global Innovation Business Lead at Amdocs, and have over 20 years’ international experience in marketing and in¬novation roles in large corporate organizations. Predominantly, advising enterprise organizations on creat¬ing and advancing an innovation culture, helping to define and solve organizational challenges, and creating winning innovation strategies.

He holds an MBA (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) from the IDC, Herzliya, as well as degrees in Law and Business Management from UNSW, Sydney, Australia.

He is a sought after presenter, lecturing on innovation through courses such as “MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking”, Columbia University’s “Product Development Using SIT”, and Dartmouth’s “Strategy is Innovation” , and is passionate about the power of systematic innovation to clarify challenges, crystallize solutions, and create real value.

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva (Chairman at ICT Agency of Sri Lanka)

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

Chairman at ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

Rohan Samarajiva was appointed as Chair of the ICT Agency, the apex body for information and communication technology within the Government of Sri Lanka, in April 2018. He was one of its founding directors in 2003-05 and participated in the design of the e-Sri Lanka initiative.

He is founding Chair of LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging Asia. He served as Director General of Telecommunications and implemented infrastructure reforms in Sri Lanka. He has taught at universities in the United States, the Netherlands, and in Sri Lanka.