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Meet Our Esteemed Speakers of NTC 2019

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Amb Anil Trigunayat

IFS Retd
Former Ambassador to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Libya and Malta

Ambassador Anil Trigunayat is a member of the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in the Indian Missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Mongolia, USA, Russia, Sweden and Nigeria, Libya, Malta and Jordan. In the Ministry of External Affairs he worked in the Economic, West Asia and North Africa, Gulf and Consular Divisions.

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Bhushan Patwardhan

Professor and Former Director, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, INDIA

Dr. Patwardhan is a biomedical scientist who is Fellow of National Academy Sciences (India) and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). He was Director, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, at Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has been member of important national committees of the University Grants Commission,

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B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering), Ph.D.
Chancellor - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES)
Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Dr. Chopra has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delhi Polytechnic (Delhi College of Engineering) in 1962 and a Doctorate in 1970 from IIT Delhi. He subsequently joined Engineers India Limited, New Delhi. Rose to the Board Level position as Director (Technical) in January 1997. Was Chairman & Managing Director of Engineers India Limited from January 2000 to January 2001, Superannuated from Engineers India Limited in April 2001.  


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Dr Mohammed Firoz

Chairperson, Department of Media & Communications

Dr. Mohammed Firoz started his career in media education from New Delhi-based Indian Institute of Mass Communication as a visiting professor. As Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Media & Communications at Manipal University – Dubai Campus, he was instrumental in designing and implementing the curriculum for undergraduate programs in Media & Communications


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Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe

Chairman- AICTE 

Prof. Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati joined All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as Chairman on 17th July 2015. Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe graduated from BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka in Mechanical Engineering with First Rank and Gold medal in 1980. Subsequently, he obtained Master's and Doctoral (with UGC Fellowship) degrees from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 1982 and 1989 respectively. 


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Prof. Dr. Bala V. Balachandran

Founder and Dean, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India

J. L. Kellogg Distinguished Professor (Emeritus in service) of Accounting and Information Management, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA | Executive Professor and Strategy Advisor to the Dean, Bauer College, University of Houston, Texas, USA


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Dr. Diwakar Balachandran

Dist. Prof. Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine Division, TheUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

Dr. Diwakar D. Balachandran is a critical care medicine, sleep medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonology doctor with offices in Houston, Texas. His specialties include Pulmonary Medicine. He is a Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He holds the following degrees-
 MD Medicine form Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, USA.
 BA Economics from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.


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Dr. N C Chawla

Director - Interdisciplinary Centre for Network Science and Applications (iCENSA)

Nitesh Chawla, PhD is the Frank Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering,
Director of Data Inference Analysis and Learning Lab (DIAL), and Director of the  Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA). He started his tenuretrack position at Notre Dame in 2007, and was promoted and tenured in 2011, and chaired full professor in 2015. His research is focused on machine learning, data science, and network science. He is at the frontier of interdisciplinary applications with innovative work in healthcare analytics, social and information networks, business analytics, national security, and climate/environmental sciences.



Dr. Felicita Wanjiru Njuguna

Director at International Centre for Capacity Development at Kenyatta University

DR. FELICITA NJUGUNA is a Senior Lecturer in Education Management and Policy studies in the department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies in Kenyatta University. She is also the director of Kenyatta University Regional Centre for Capacity Development. She worked in the Ministry of Education Headquarters for 10 years before joining the University.


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Dr. Salil K Sen

NIDA Business School at the National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok.

Dr. Salil K Sen is with the NIDA Business School at the National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok. Salil’s inspiration is the Practice of Sustainability developed with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York in partnership with institutions in India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and Ecuador. A passionate researcher, sustainability consultant and faculty, Salil’s endeavor is to research the equivalence between W.W.E_Own = “We_Own”, where, W.W.E_Own is Water Waste Energy Ownership for sustainability.


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Dr. Sankar Sivarajah

Associate Professor in Technology Management and Circular Economy at the School of Management, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Dr. Sivarajah is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Technology Management and Circular Economy at the School of Management, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is also the current Head of Logistics, Supply Chain and Technology Research Centre. Prior to this role, he was a Lecturer in Operations and Information Systems Management and a Senior Research Fellow at the Business School in Brunel University London.


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Dr. Shinde Devanand Baburao

Professor of Chemical Technology
Visiting Scholar, University of Oxford

· Vice-Chancellor, Shivaji University, Kolhapur (Since 18th June, 2015).
· Vice-Chancellor (Acting) University of Mumbai
· Former Vice-Chancellor (Acting) Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
He is an acamedician and researcher with a wide range of experience in teaching and research in higher education.


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Dr. Tausif Malik

Publisher at Journal of Blockchain, Fintech, ICO & Cryptocurrencies (JoBFIC)

Dr Tausif Malik is Indian American Social Entrepreneur based out of Chicago, USA & Pune, India. He is the creator of World's 1st & Largest Bitcoin Mining Training Program in association with Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI).


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Swati Mohapatra

Publisher at Journal of Blockchain, Fintech, ICO & Cryptocurrencies (JoBFIC)

Swati Mohapatra is an experienced Communication professional with a demonstrated history of working for more than 20 years in the field of media, communication and Social and Behaviour Change Communication. Skilled in Non-profit Organizations, Strategic Planning, Advocacy and Partnerships, Media Planning, Social & Behaviour Change Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, academics and Research Design. Working with UNICEF for more than nine years. Strong media and communication professional with a degree in Journalism from Indian Institute of Mass Communication New Delhi.


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Dr. Gajanan Sabnis

Ph. D., P.E., F. ASCE

Gajanan M. Sabnis, Ph. D., P.E., F. ASCE is a native of India, who has lived most of his professional career in the United States. On the other hand, with his professional involvement in concrete and concrete-related topics, he has traveled all over the world and has proven to be very useful link between US, India and other countries. He is well-known for his seminars and presentations as frequently invited speaker at many international conferences.


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Dr Sunil Rai

Vice Chancellor, MIT Arts Design & Technology University, Loni Kalbhor, Pune

Dr. Sunil Rai is the Vice Chancellor of The MIT Arts Design & Technology University, Loni Kalbhor, Pune and Director on Board of Maharastra IT Corportation, Got of Maharastra, Mumbai. He is member of the Board of Advisors, Outreach Programs of Virginia Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, USA and the cofounder of Cambridge Global Partners, Edinburgh UK, which provides strategic consulting to several industrial and academic organizations. 


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Debjyoti Banerjee

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering , UCLA

Dr. Debjyoti (“Deb”) Banerjee received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA (with minor in MEMS). He received 3 M.S. degrees and was invited to 4 national honor societies. He attended the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur for his Bachelor of Technology (Honors). Prior to TAMU, Dr. Banerjee worked as a Manager of Advanced Research & Technology (ART) group at Applied Biosystems Inc. (ABI), CA, (currently merged into Life Technologies).


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Makarand Hastak

Professor and Head
Professor in Charge, SPARC Lab
Research Director, Purdue Housing Research Center

•    Paper "Disaster impact analysis based on inter-relationship of critical infrastructure and associated industries: A winter flood disaster event" International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, UK. Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010.
•    Paper "Impact of Flood Damaged Critical Infrastructure on Communities and Industries" Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, UK. Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011.


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 Gaurav N. Sant, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Gaurav Sant, an Associate Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials (LC2). His research is aimed towards increasing the sustainability and resilience of infrastructure by advancing knowledge of  construction materials from a chemical and microstructural basis. Dr. Sant’s research group is optimizing material compositions and processing techniques (i.e., fabrication and carbonation of hydrated lime) to realize the most efficient fabrication of CO2NCRETE™


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Parag Diwan

Subject Matter Expert in Education and Energy Education 4.0 and Industry 4.0 Enthusiast
Vice-Chancellor, Great Lakes International University
President & CEO, Greats Lakes College
Founder and Former Vice Chancellor, UPES

Dr. Parag Diwan graduated in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, went to Clemson University USA and acquired his Masters in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently received his Masters and Doctorate in Business Administration from Punjab University.


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Sujata Shanbhag

Deputy Adviser at NAAC INDIA

Dr. Sujata P. Shanbhag, Deputy Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore, India, holds postgraduate degree in Education from Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, with specialization in educational Technology and Special Education. Her Ph D work was focused on child development for which she has chosen to work with socially disadvantaged children (SC and ST population). She has a doctoral degree in education from Karnatak University Dharwad, Karnataka.


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Ravi Vatrapu

Professor, Ph.D

Ravi Vatrapu is the director of the Centre for Business Data Analytics (, professor of computational social science at the Department of Digitalization of the Copenhagen Business School, and professor of applied computing at the Westerdals Oslo School of Arts Communication and Technology.


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Professor Jayant Sabnis

Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, 1975, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1977, Syracuse University; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 1980, Syracuse University.



Minocher Patel

Founder Director - Ecole Solitaire

Mr. Minocher Patel is Founder Director - Ecole Solitaire, India’s First Residential Finishing School and International Corporate Training Consultancy. He is India’s leading motivational speaker and corporate trainer of international repute. He has conducted training programs for the corporate sector and student community all over India and abroad in countries like USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Switzerland. He is also the visiting faculty for some of the top-notch management institutes of the country. 


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Prof Dr Kishore Marathe

Ph.D., University of Rochester - 1971 (Mathematics, General)

Kishore Marathe was a faculty member of Pune University from 1963 to 1967 and then joined the Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester as a Sybron-India Foundation Fellow. Marathe worked at St. John Fisher College, Rochester and SUNY Buffalo before joining Brooklyn College in 1973. He has held visiting positions in Germany, Italy, India and Japan.



Prof. Dr. Abraham Ajith

Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), Auburn, WA, United States · Scientific Network for Innovation and Research Excellence

Mr. Ajith's research and development experience includes over 25 years in the Academia and Industry. He works in a multi-disciplinary environment involving machine (network) intelligence, cyber security, sensor networks, Web intelligence, scheduling, data mining and applied to various real world problems. He is an author/co-author of 900+ publications and some of the works have also won best paper awards at International conferences and also received several citations. He has 1483 Research items, 111,611 Reads and 22,827 Citations to his credit.



Prof. Devang V. Khakhar

Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts Amherst

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. Dr. Anu Gokhale

Professor & Co-ordinator-Computer Systems Technology Program
Illinois State University & Recipient of Outstanding Researcher Award (2011)

Dr. Anu A. Gokhale has completed twenty-five years of university teaching and is currently a professor and coordinator of the computer systems technology program at Illinois State University. She is named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in STEM at the University of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2016-17; was a Faculty Fellow in Israel and Fulbright Specialist in cybersecurity at Gujarat Technological University, India in summer 2017; and a Visiting Professor in College of Business at Shandong University in Jinan, China during spring 2017.


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Prof. Dr. Sanjay Kumar

VC- ITM University –Raipur

Dr Sanjay Kumar is an Engineering graduate of BITS, Ranchi University. He is M. Tech and Ph. D both from IIT Delhi. He also holds MBA degree along with two Postgraduate Diploma in Management. He has distinction of having done second Ph D in Management HR.


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Prof. Gitiara Nasreen

Department of Mass Communication- University of Dhaka

Dr. Gitiara Nasreen, a Dhaka University professor of mass communication and journalism department. Gitiara Nasreen a Ph.D. (University of Hawaii) holder is a Professor and former Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka.


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Prof. Sanjay G Dhande

Engineer and Educationist

Padma Shri Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, engineer and educationist by qualification. He is former director of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Professor Dhande is the Chairman, Board of Governors of National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, since 2016 and National Institute of Technology Delhi since, 2017.


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Prof. Sarrion Miguel

Human Resources Managment

Educational Qualifications
 PhD (Strahclyde Business School. Glasgow)
 MBA (IE Business School. Madrid, Spain)
 Master in International Studies (Diplomatic School, Madrid, Spain)
 BA (Hons) in Philosophy (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain)


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Prof. Scott Herriott

Maharishi University of Management

Professor Herriott received his PhD from Stanford in management science and engineering. He is the author of scholarly papers in the areas of economics, organization theory, and business strategy. His most recent books are Feasibility Analysis for Sustainable Technologies (2015) and Metrics for Sustainable Business (2016). He completed his PhD from Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering, MA from Stanford University in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis and Mathematics summa cum laude from AB Dartmouth College.


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Roshan Lal Raina

Fulbrighter & SIS Fellow Vice Chancellor,
JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur

Dr. Roshan Lal Raina is Professor in the Communication Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML), where he has also successfully initiated and handled activities in areas like ‘Corporate Communication’, Media Relations’ Student Affairs’, and ‘Alumni Affairs’. Through his initiatives in Media Management and Corporate Communication, branding and image building exercise of IIML received a big boost and it started being ranked at number 1, 2 or 3 from relatively very lower ranks.


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Prof. Yogesh Singh

Vice Chancellor of Delhi Technological University, Director of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Prof. Yogesh Singh received MTech in electronics and communication engineering and PhD (computer engineering) degrees from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Haryana. He is listed as the third best amongst the most productive Indian authors for participating in Software Engineering Research reported in “Indian Computer Science Research Output during 1999-2008. Qualitative Analysis” Journal of Library and Information Technology, November 2010.


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Rama K


Dr.Rama Kondapalli holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environment and a Masters in Life Sciences from Viswa Bharati University, Shantiniketan India. In addition she also holds a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) and pursued a Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law from the NLSIU.



Sachidanand Joshi

Member Secretary of Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA).

Dr. Sachidanand Joshi is the Member Secretary of Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA). 



Dr. Bhumika Gupta

Professor and Program Director, Department Management, Marketing and Strategy,
Telecom Ecole de Management, France

Bhumika Gupta is a Doctor of Philosophy and holds a PhD in the area of Human Resource Management from the University of Pau, France. She holds a position as Associate Professor in the area of Human Resource Management and post as Program Director of Master of Science in International Management.


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