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Atul Nishar, Founder & Chairman of Hexaware Technologies, is a well-known IT leader in India who has contributed in promoting Indian software capabilities across the globe. He has also successfully promoted and managed IT companies that have become global enterprises. He is the driving force behind Hexaware’s strategic direction and marketing focus. Under his leadership, Hexaware Technologies has grown into a multi-million dollar, global software and BPO services corporation, listed on the Indian Stock Exchanges.
An entrepreneur by nature, Nishar founded Aptech Limited, a computer training company, in 1985.. Nishar grew Aptech into a leading global IT training outfit with over 2400 centers across 52 countries. He served as the chairman of Aptech till early 2003, when the promoters divested their stake in the company. The highly successful China joint venture was set up by Aptech under his headship.
He is strongly associated with several government and trade bodies that play an instrumental role in the development of India’s IT Sector. An active and known figure of the Indian IT industry, he was the Chairman of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) in 2000 and he continues to be on the executive council of NASSCOM. He is also a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a member of the managing committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber and was the regional president, Western India Council, of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2009.
In addition to chairing the Information Technology Committee (2001-2002), Nishar also served as the member of the national executive committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2000 and as a member of the steering committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
He has published several articles on information technology in leading Indian publications and has been a prominent speaker at conferences organized by Harvard Business School, NASSCOM, TiE, World Congress on Information Technology, the US Consulate, FICCI, and CII.
Mr Nishar is an FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and has received his bachelor’s degree in commerce and law from University of Bombay.
P.R. Chandrasekar has a successful track record of driving revenue growth for companies, and is experienced in mergers & acquisitions, business development, channel development, and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Hexaware, he was President (Americas and Europe) at Wipro and was responsible for the strategic development of the company's business in those regions. Chandrasekar joined Wipro in May 2000 from GE India, where he served as Director, business development. He holds a degree in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University.
R Srikrishna (Sri, aka Keech) is the CEO of Hexaware Technologies.
His role is to transform Hexaware to deliver world-class services to customers, and to ensure employee satisfaction, thereby creating and sustaining long term profitable growth.
He brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, technology expertise, operational experience, technical breadth, and passion for customer service. His past successes have been fortified by his ability to build highly passionate leadership and organizational teams that work together to create long term success. He has also consistently spotted key market trends ahead of competition thereby creating differentiated new services. As a recognition of his leadership skills, he was named in 2010 as Young Global Leader of the Year by the World Economic Forum.
Prior to joining Hexaware in 2014, Sri spent over 20 years at HCL Technologies, in various strategic leadership positions. He served as the President of two business units-- the life sciences & healthcare business unit and the infrastructure services business unit. He was instrumental in growing these units into thriving multi-billion dollar businesses.
Srikrishna holds a degree in electrical engineering from IIT and an MBA from IIM, Calcutta. Sri lives in Flemington, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Kosmo Kalliarekos is a Managing Director at Baring Private Equity Asia and a member of the Portfolio Management Committee. He has advised Baring Private Equity since 2004 and fully joined the private equity fund in 2008. Kalliarekos was Founding Member and Senior Partner of The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm with offices in Boston, London, San Francisco and Mumbai. Kalliarekos headed the firm's education industry center of excellence. For over 20 years he has advised clients on issues related to operational excellence, strategy development, and growth.. Prior to this, Kosmo was consultant with Bain and Company. Kalliarekos holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Baker Scholar MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mahtani is a Managing Director with Baring Private Equity Asia and is primarily responsible for Baring Private Equity's investments in India and South East Asia. He has been with Baring since 2006 and has led investments in infrastructure, education, financial services, and consumer goods companies. Previously, Mahtani served as Vice-President at General Atlantic Partners, in Mumbai, and helped establish their practice in India. During his tenure at GAP, he was responsible for India investments with a focus on the technology and financial services sectors. Previously, he has worked for Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. in New York and Merrill Lynch in Washington D.C.
Mahtani graduated with honours from Georgetown University, where he received a BSc in Business Administration with a triple major in finance, international business, and marketing.
Dileep C. Choksi is a chartered accountant with over 35 years of experience. He began his career with C.C. Chokshi & Co. His areas of specialization include tax planning and structuring for domestic and international clients, including expatriates; finalizing collaborations and joint ventures; executive advisory and decision support; corporate restructuring with a focus on start-up, turnaround and change management strategies; and analyzing the tax impact of various instruments. He advises some of India's largest business houses on various strategic matters as well as on family succession, wills, trusts and cross-border structuring.
Dileep is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies. He has been on the advisory boards of foreign banks and was also the Chairman of Banque Nationale De Paris, Bombay. He is presently a non-executive Director of one subsidiary company of ICICI Bank - ICICI Home Finance Company Limited.
He was the former joint managing partner of Deloitte in India before establishing C.C. Chokshi Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Dileep is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as well as a member of the Institute of the Cost and Works Accountants of India. He also holds a Bachelor of Law degree.
Bharat D. Shah is the Chairman of HDFC Securities Limited. Bharat joined the Hexaware board on July 29, 2008. He is one of the founders of HDFC bank and he joined the bank in December, 1994 as an Executive Director on its board. He has held the position of Head - Custody and Depository, Retail, HR, Private Banking, Infrastructure and Merchant services at HDFC Bank from December, 1994. He serves on the board of various companies including 3M INDIA LIMITED, EXIDE INDUSTRIES LIMITED and MAHINDRA LIFESPACE DEVELOPERS LIMITED.
Bharat is also an advisor for the Vanita Vishram Trust and the RBK International Academy.
Bharat received his BSc degree from the University of Mumbai. He also holds a degree in applied chemistry with a special focus on metal finishing from Borough Polytechnic, London.
He started his career as a R&D chemist in Pyrene Company Ltd. He was the marketing head of travellers checks and the rupees travellers check operations of Thomas Cook. He was also the payments product division head and then real estate division head of Citibank. Shah was an investment advisor for Union Bank of Switzerland, Singapore, for a Year.
Basab Pradhan has had a successful career spanning IT services, technology, and consumer marketing. His longest tenure has been with Infosys Ltd., where he spent 13 years over two stints. For five of those 13 years at Infosys, Basab was Head of Global Sales and Marketing for the company. From 2002 to 2005 he led the company's sales organization as it grew from $400 million to $2 billion in revenues with industry leading margins. Basab now advises technology startups.
Pradhan holds a bachelor of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Christian entered professional business in 1986 by developing software and related consulting services. In 1993, he joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Germany, where he started his career in global IT and IT outsourcing business. Later he became member of the German management team of EDS. In 1998, Christian joined Siemens AG - Siemens Business Services, where he at first took over the responsibility for IT Outsourcing in Germany. Since 2001 he became a member of the management board and was responsible for a € 2.4 billion global outsourcing business (Infrastructure and applications). Christian's key focus was to profitably grow and industrialize this business. He signed industry leading contracts and developed a global operations network with factories in Turkey, Philippines, India, Eastern Europe, Russia, and many other locations in the West, serving industry-leading customers across the world.
In 2009, Christian was named the CEO and chairman of Siemens IT Solutions and Services (SIS) and he became a member of the board of Siemens AG. In the following two years, he restructured the global €4.5 billion business, harmonized it, increased sales, and successfully handed over the business to Atos in 2011.
Christian serves several companies as a board member, independent director, or advisor. Parallel to his business activities, he co-founded the cloud /outsourcing group at BitKom in 2001, and served as its president for many years. Christian has published several books on application and infrastructure outsourcing among others.
He is from Dortmund in Germany, and he holds a degree in engineering from the University of Dortmund.
His main interests are listening to and performing music.
Meera Shankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. From the early stages in her career, she has held critical responsibilities. She joined the Prime Minister's Office in 1985 and served there till 1991, dealing with foreign policy and security issues. In addition, she handled work related to other ministries including HRD, environment & forests, tourism, and women & child development at different periods. She led the commercial wing in the Indian embassy in Washington as Minister (Commerce) till 1995, where she supported the economic transformation in India, and laid the foundation for the remarkable growth in trade & investment ties between India and the United States. She was closely associated with the negotiations for a new textile agreement with the US which led to a substantial increase in India's quotas amounting to about $500 million in additional Indian exports to the US.
She was India's Ambassador to Germany, from 2005 to 2009, a period of intense engagement and strengthening of Indo-German ties. Meera’s last assignment before retirement was as India's ambassador to the US, during which Indo-US ties became much closer with the relationship being seen as one of the most defining partnerships of the twenty first century.
Meera has been a very successful diplomat, having managed many sensitive issues in her ambassador roles. She has held key responsibilities covering the full range of diplomacy. She was the Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Co-ordinator for counter terrorism. She has managed bilateral issues with India’s neighbours - Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka - and promoted regional cooperation through the SAARC forum. She was also the additional secretary responsible for the UN and international security.
She holds a Master’s degree in arts and English literature.