Key Speakers

Mr. Kiran Karnik
Director RBI, Chairman Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi and Former Chairman of NASSCOM.

Kiran Karnik is a prominent Indian administrator chiefly known for his work in the broadcasting and outsourcing industries. Presently he is also serving as a Director in Central board of directors of Reserve Bank of India. He is also the chairman, board of directors, of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D).


Karnik joined the Indian Space Research Organisation shortly after it was set up in 1969 and spent nearly 20 years in the organisation. He was part of the team that conceptualised the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment which won wide national and international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for rural Communication. Mr. Karnik was Director of the ISRO’s Development and Educational Communicational Unit from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Karnik left the ISRO and joined the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) as its first Director in 1991. In 1995, Mr. Karnik joined Discovery Networks as its managing director in India and oversaw the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995 followed by Animal Planet in 1999.

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Awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India in 2007. Selected as ‘Face of the Year’ by Forbes magazine in 2003.

Awarded the Franck J. Malina Astronautics Medal for Space Education by the International Astronautical Federation in 1998.

Karnik has authored/edited a large number of publications, and lectures occasionally at major national institutes. He is the author of The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the IT Industry[Harper Collins, 2012]. He is a regular columnist with national newspapers, including the Economic Times.

Mr. Vikram Kasbekar
Executive Director Operations (Plants), Hero MotoCorp. Limited

Mr. Kasbekar is the Executive Director Operations (Plants) in Hero MotoCorp & is responsible for Operations function which is catering to the domestic, exports & after sales market demand.

Mr. Kasbekar brings more than 4 decades of experience in the field of Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Project Engineering. He has been with Hero for close to 14 years in two stints and has contributed significantly to the growth of the organisation. In the Auto Industry, he has worked in commercial vehicles, Auto ancillary & two wheelers sectors. A stint at Birla Copper as ‘Business Head’ gave him exposure to the copper business & during this period the Mitsubishi and auto component smelter technology was stabilised & the business was turned profitable.

He is actively associated as member of CII northern region council.

Mr. Kasbekar was born and brought-up in Indore (M.P.) and educated in Daly College (Public School), Indore which gave him an all-round exposure to academic, sports, culture and literary activities. He then graduated from IIT, Madras in Mechanical Engineering stream in the batch of 1976.

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Mr. R Sivanesan
Senior Vice President, Quality, Sourcing and Supply Chain, Ashok Leyland Limited

Mr. R Sivanesan is B Tech graduate from the Madras Institute of Technology and has been trained in Global Leadership at IIM Lucknow.

  • 34 years of experience across various industries specializing in the field of quality establishment, improvement and control, Sourcing and Supply Chain
  • Held senior leadership positions at Maruti Suzuki, FIAT India Ltd and Ashok Leyland (present) and drove quality culture which enable organization to grow faster than competition.
  • Leading the ‘Total Quality Business Management’ initiative at Ashok Leyland. Received the Deming Award for the Pantnagar Plant and Hosur-2 plant in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Notably, AL is the first Commercial Vehicle Manufacturer outside Japan to achieve this
  • During his (Mr. Sivanesan) tenure, Ashok Leyland achieved one of the lowest warranty claim rate amongst the Commercial Vehicle industry rates in the world (as per public domain data).
  • Driving cultural change for structured Problem Solving in Ashok Leyland
  • Represented NIQR as governing Board member of Quality Council of India (QCI)
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He received the ‘Quality Leadership Award’ from the World Quality Congress in 2012 and is an ex-National President of National Institution for Quality & Reliability.

He was awarded the Best Procurement Head in CV category at World Auto Forum 2017.

Awarded “The Best Quality Leader in Asia 2018” from World Business Review Corporation

He was presented with ASQ South Asia Quality Professionals Award in 2017 by American Society for Quality (ASQ) who is a Global Leader in Quality Improvement & Standards

He was presented with NIQR ( National Institution for Quality & Reliability ) “Outstanding Quality Man – 2018” Award in NIQR’s Global Convention in Chennai

Sivanesan is married to Ms Vijaya Bharathi and is blessed with two daughters, Divya and Ramya.  He has interest in travelling, music and gardening.

Professor Prem Vrat
Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence & Chief Mentor
PhD, IIT Delhi
M.Tech, B.Tech (Hons), IIT Kharagpur

An outstanding academic, Prof. Prem Vrat, is the Pro-Chancellor; Professor of Eminence and Chief Mentor at The NorthCap University, Gurugram (formerly ITM University, Gurugram). Just prior to joining ITMU as the Vice-Chancellor, in September 2011, he was Professor of Eminence at the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram. Prof. Vrat was Founder-Director, IIT Roorkee; Vice-Chancellor, U.P. Technical University, Lucknow (now known as APJAKTU, Lucknow); Professor, Head, Dean, Dy. Director and Director-in-charge at IIT Delhi; Professor and Division Chairman of Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Delhi and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at AIT, Bangkok. He is chairman, Board of Governors of WIT, Dehradun, a constituent institute of Uttarakhand Technical University.

Prof. Prem Vrat was an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering Production, University of Birmingham (U.K.) and as an International Visiting Fellow at University of Western Sydney, Australia.  He has extensive experience of more than 50 years in teaching, research, management development and consultancy.

He has guided 43 PhD theses, 118 M.Tech and 65 B.Tech major projects on Industrial Application of Systems Approach and Management Science.  He has published more than 475 research papers in reputed journals and proceedings of international and national conferences.  His research papers have received more than 6330 citations with g-index of 78 and maximum citation of a paper as 1125 (as per google scholar). He has authored/co-authored seven books and completed five sponsored projects and 34 consultancy assignments. His book, ‘Productivity Management: A System Approach’ received awards from DMA as well as ISTD. His book, ‘Materials Management: An Integrated Systems Approach’ published by Springer is available worldwide both in print and e-book version.

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Mr. Bimal Dayal
CEO, Indus Tower Limited.

Have been part of Telecom Industry for over 20 years, and have served many operators and countries. Specialties: He has two graduation degrees one in Engineering and other in Law.

Managing large teams with live wire operations brought Mr. Dayal to Indus in 2010 and since then it has been a great and a fabulous journey of transforming the company into a process driven company with highest regard for values and ethics. At Indus, he realized that for a company of scale and spread across geographies, it is important to have the highest level of alignment and purpose. This differentiates “good from the great”. He played a key role in crafting the company vision, “we transform lives by enabling communication” and values “Excite: Excellence, Customer, Integrity, Teamwork and Environment” which are not mere words but the company’s guiding compass. In his capacity as the Chief Operating Officer, his key contributions to Safety, Operations, Technology and Business Transformations have brought in multi-fold benefits to strengthen the roots of the organization on the whole.

A telecom sector veteran, with nearly three decades of experience, Dayal had previously worked for Ericsson, Qualcomm and Tata Telecom.

A BE graduate in Electronics and communications from Delhi University.

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Dr. V Kovaichelvan
Director – TVS Institute for Quality & Leadership at TVS Motor Company

He is responsible for setting up and managing TVS Institute for Quality & Leadership as hub for learning for employees in the group, suppliers and dealerships covering functional & Leadership competencies and Enterprise management system.

An expert in Total Quality Management with focus on customer, employee involvement, continual improvement and standardisation and building business excellence.

Apart from TQM, he has contributed significantly in new product development and Human resources development.

Playing the role of Mentor and Performance auditor for World Bank funded Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) of MHRD.

Member of Executive committee and General Council of NBA, the National Board of Accreditation.

Currently serving on the Governing Councils and Academic Councils of Academic Institutions

Member of Advisory Board of a US based start-up company for on-line learning Solutions

  1. Production engineering relating to metal forming, joining, plastic injection moulding, pressure die casting.
  2. Managing product development projects using rigorous stage gate process and concurrent engineering techniques and cross-functional teams.
  3. Total Quality Management with focus on customer, employee involvement, continual improvement and standardisation and building business excellence.
  4. Human resource development with focus on rigour in learning & development, Talent management, Leadership development, OD
  5. Setting up and managing TVS Institute for Quality & Leadership as hub for learning for employees in the group, suppliers and dealerships covering functional & Leadership competencies and Enterprise management system
  6. Playing the role of Mentor and Performance auditor for Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) of MHRD funded by the World Bank
  7. Member of Executive committee and General Council of NBA, the National Board of Accreditation
  8. Serving on the Governing Councils and Academic Councils of Academic Institutions
  9. Member of Advisory Board of a US based start-up company for on-line learning Solutions

Passionate about education and training and working towards bringing greater relevance to life and career. Focus on design of products and processes for right first time in the upstream and reduce problems downstream.

Design & improvement of products & processes, Total Quality Management, Business excellence, Project management, Competence management, Outcome based Education and Training design, Coaching and Mentoring

Mr. Amol Mate
Vice President Industrial Business Unit (Altizon Systems)

Amol brings over 18 years of operational and consulting experience, in the areas of Industrial Engineering and Supply Chain Management from Asia and North America region. Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Amol is passionate about improving quality and manufacturing processes using technology. He speaks at various conferences on Industrial IoT and Smart Manufacturing and contributes to industry articles. He is currently responsible for Business Development at Altizon Systems which is a globally recognized Industrial IoT platform company. Prior to Altizon, Amol has served with India’s leading Industrial Engineering consulting firm, Philips India and i2 Technologies in variety of roles contributing towards business growth and customer satisfaction. Amol has Master’s in Industrial engineering from West Virginia University, USA and Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Pune University, India.

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Mr. Santosh Gonsalves
Director at Liradolf Information Technologies & Engg Services P Ltd.
Industry 4.0, Industrial IOT, Digital Factory
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Santosh has over 21 Years of rich experience covering all aspects of the manufacturing spectrum. He started his career in NEC Bangalore, was a machine designer at Bader Sohne in Bangalore, he handled Production Engineering, Maintenance and TPS assignments at Mindarika, Gurgaon, He undertook several Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Shainin projects at Delphi, Greater Noida, set up a plant for Aegis in Himachal and then joined Caparo Engineering  Pune where he handled Engineering, Program Management, Strategic Sourcing, International Logistics, Export Business Development and Plant Operations.
He then served as a plant head and was subsequently elevated as Business head for the Pune region heading two large stamping plants.

He joined Tenneco Automotive India Pvt Ltd in 2012 and served as a Plant Head for three years and was responsible for the complete operations and profitability of the plant.

Santosh is now the co founder of Liradolf Information Technologies and Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd., which is tech start-up involved in developing Industrial IOT solutions for the Manufacturing sector.
Santosh is also a Six Sigma Black Belt, TPS practitioner,  turn-around specialist, a corporate trainer and a lean consultant.

Turnaround & Business Transformation,Operations, Lean Manufacturing, Program Management, Toyota Production System, Manufacturing Engineering, Six Sigma , Shainin Red X Methodologies, Business Process Re-engineering, Project Management.

Prof. R Jayaraman
Professor – Operations Management, SPJMIR Mumbai since 2011.

M S in Metallurgical Engineering – University of British Columbia – 1983
MBA (Production, Operation Research, Finance.  – Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad – 1979
Diploma in Production & Material Management – SIES Institute of Management, Mumbai – 1976
B Tech, Indian Institute of Technology (Physical Metallurgy, Iron & Steel manufacture), Mumbai – 1974

Professor R. Jayaraman has served the Indian industry for over 30 years in various capacities. Amongst the many positions he held were Chief of Business Excellence, Tata Steel, VP of Global Quality at Tata Communications, Sr VP (Technology Operations) and Chief Safety Officer of Tata Teleservices. During his years in industry, Prof Jayaraman has been involved in pioneering work in world class quality, business excellence, project management and operations strategy. Educated at some of the best institutions in India and abroad, he became a full time professor at SPJIMR in 2011. He currently teaches subjects like Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Lean Enterprise and Strategic Sourcing. He has published over 60 technical and management papers in academic journals, and has won several awards.

Areas of Competence and Interest

Operations Management, TQM, Business and Performance Excellence (Malcolm Baldrige and EFQM ), Project Management, Strategy , Balanced Score Cards, International Management, World Class Management

Academic Courses taught

Operations Management (PGPM, PGDM, GMP. PGEMP and PGMPW), World Class Manufacturing (planned for PGDM), Lean enterprise (PGPM), TOC (PGDM and  PGPM), Performance Leadership (PGPM ), Operations Strategy ( PGPM).