The Jury Members are the eminent people from Telecom & SMACS Domain.

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Mr. V. P. Chandan
Mr. V. P. ChandanDirector, Aegis; Director, Punjab Communications; Consultant, World Bank; Former President, Qualcomm

Mr. Chandan is one of the pioneers of telecom revolution in India. He has been a key-player in bringing CDMA technology in India and making it commercially launched. Dr. Abul Kalam and Mr. Chandan were instrumental in the privatization of Internet in India. Recognising his contribution to the field of Electrical Engineering, the award of “Outstanding engineer” for the year 2004 was conferred on Mr. Chandan by Delhi International Branch of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (U.K.). Under his patronage and able guidance Aegis School of Business and Telecom has emerged as leading telecom management schools in Asia Pasic region.

He has worked as Additional Member (Telecom), Railway Board, Director, PCL & GCEL, Vice Chairman, Indo- French Technical Association, Member, Governing Council, ERDCI, Ministry of IT, Member, SACFA. Vice Chairman PTCIF, etc. He is Master of Technology in Communications and Radar Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT) Delhi, India; Bachelor of Technology from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU);. He is CEng & FIET(UK); FIRSE (UK); Sr. MIEEE (USA); Sr.MCSI; FIRT, ; FIRSTE; FCIL & T ( India); FAIMA; FIETE; & FIE (India).

Dr. Abhijit Gangopadhyay
Dr. Abhijit GangopadhyayDean, Aegis School of Business and Telecommunication, Founding Dean, IIM Indore

Dean and Prof. Human Resource, Organizational Behaviour, Aegis; Prof. & Dean, School of Management & Labour Studies; Former Dean, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS); Founding Dean, Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM Indore); Director, Central Labour Institute; Ministry of Labour, DGFASLI, Mumbai; Prof. in Behavioural Sciences SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad; Scientist,Defence Research & Development(DRDO); Ministry of Defence, New Delhi. Worked as the national expert with International Labour Organization(ILO) and Asian Productivity Organization(APO), Tokyo; PhD (Kolkata); PG Dip (IIT, Kharagpur); MA

Mr. Rajan Mathews
Mr. Rajan MathewsDirector General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI)

Director General of the industry association body – Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) representing the GSM-based service providers in India. Mr. Mathews brings along a rich knowledge of finance and administration along with his extensive experience in the Indian telecom industry. He has been associated with various telecom firms in India as well as abroad.

Most recently Mr. Mathews was the COO of US operations and Corporate CFO and V.P. of Telargo, where he oversaw the company’s US operations and financial, accounting, treasury, tax, administrative and HR functions. He has also served as President of Telephone Systems International and V.P. and CFO of Call Sciences Inc and held various senior executive positions with AT&T wireless. Earlier, he also had a stint with the research firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a senior consultant. He earned both his Master of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees from Rutgers University (USA) and he is a CPA from the State of New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Satya Gupta
Mr. Satya GuptaNGN Guru

Mr. Gupta is well known as the Next Generation Network Guru. He served as Chief Regulatory Advisor & Director Govt. Affairs at BT Global Services, SAARC Member, Task Force for National Vocational Education Framework for Telecom at CMAI Association of India. He is a member, Committee for IPV6 Address Allocation Policy in India at Govt. of India. He was a Chairman Broadband Working Group, Communications Convergence Committee at ASSOCHAM, Co-Chairman National Leadership Development Council at ASSOCHAM. He was a member Oversight Committee to Implement National IPV6 Plan at Govt. of India. He was a member, Action Plan Committee, WSIS-2011 at Govt. of India
Joint Secretary at ITU-APT Foundation of India. Vice President at ISPAI – ISP Association of India
Founder President at Association of Competitive Telecom Operators.

Mr. Bhupesh Daheria
Mr. Bhupesh DaheriaCEO, Aegis School of Business & Telecommunication Chief Organizer, Aegis Graham Bell Awards

Over 20 years experience as serial Entrepreneur in field of Telecom and Education. His career is focused on eradicating the birth penalty through offering quality education to the masses at affordable cost. He founded Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security & Telecommunication in 2002 with the support of Bharti Airtel, India’s top telecom firm, for developing the next generation of leaders. In 2011 launched under his guidance launched first mMBA on tablet on Mobile University platform which was unveiled by Mr. Sachin Pilot, Hon’ble Minister of state for Communications & IT), Govt. of India. In 2013 designed and launched world’s first Masters in Enterprise Mobility to address the issues of Operator, System Integrator, Mobility Vendors, Enterprises and career aspirants. Under his guidance, Aegis joined hands with IBM which now known as the best program in Data Science and 2017 launched India’s first PGP program in CyberSecurity. Mr. Daheria is founder and Chief Organizer of Aegis Graham Bell Awards In 2013, He launched mUniversity – An open market place and delivery platform for the masses. His mission to launch mUniversity is to make education accessible to all by eliminating geographical and financial constraints.

Commodore Dr. J Jena
Commodore Dr. J JenaDeputy Director General in Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI

Deputy Director General in Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). He had been the main architect for creation of 08 Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE) in Public Private Partnership mode for Industry led research in IITs and IIM with the support of Telecom Operators and Department of Telecom; and had managed these centres as Director of TCOE India for over eight years. He was also the promoter and founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telecom Sector Skill Council that works towards adequate availability of skilled manpower to boost growth of telecom sector. He has substantial contribution in development of the Indian telecom ecosystem and has to his credit formation of 17 Start-Ups.

Dr. Jena holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engg, Three Master degrees – one each in Telecommunications (IIT Kgp), International Business (Symbiosis) and Defence Strategy (Madras University) – and a PhD from IIT Delhi on Smartphone Manufacturing Ecosystem.

He had three decades of rich experience in Indian Defence in the field of R&D, Policy Making, Project Management and Indigenous Development of Electronics, Communication &; Weapon Systems before stepping into the Telecom sector.

Mr. P.K. Garg
Mr. P.K. GargFormer Board Member, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Chairman (Elect) for 2013, Radio Regulations Board, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva

Worked with Indian Government up to the Head of the national RF spectrum management, and included planning of various radiocommunication services.  During his tenure, Indian mobile network grew exponentially & Indian telecom network achieved the second position globally. Internationally elected Member of the Radio Regulations Board, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva (UN body for global ICT matters). Re-elected in 2010 for another term.

The trend of modern telecommunication services is towards greater mobility with ever increasing data speeds. This has put greater demands/ pressures on the already limited and scarce RF spectrum resource. With 40 years of experience, working as an international expert in improving the optimal use of the scarce resource of RF spectrum.

Tilak Raj Dua
Tilak Raj DuaDirector General, TAIPA and Chairman ITU-APT

Mr. Tilak Raj Dua is the Director General, TAIPA and Chairman ITU-APT. The total experience of Mr. Dua accounts to more than 35 years in the telecom sector. His experience includes all facets of telecom be it Product Development, Business Development, Telecom Licensing, Regulatory issues with respect to interconnection / roaming / unified licensing and infrastructure sharing / Mobile Number Portability, Spectrum Management, Spectrum Related Issues Like Spectrum Pricing, Efficient Utilization and Spectrum reframing, finalization of joint ventures, Technical collaboration, Introduction of new product, Launch of cellular services in India and finalization of license agreements / interconnect agreements etc.

Over the years in the industry, Mr. Dua have held prestigious positions as Director in leading telecom companies like Bharti Airtel Ltd., Shyam Telecom Ltd., Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Vice Chairman and Global ICT Standardization Forum for India. Mr. Dua is an engineering graduate with diploma in Business Management and export Marketing.

Vimal Wakhlu
Vimal WakhluFormer Chairman and MD, TCIL

Mr Vimal Wakhlu has 40 years of experience in the field of Telecom and IT, including e-Networks, Mobile, Satellite, Microwave, Troposcatter, Co-axial, Optical, Maritime Communications, International Telephony, Data and Multimedia Transmission.
Starting his career with NHPC in 1977, followed by Overseas Communications Services till 1983, DOT from 1983 to 2000 and BSNL from 2000 to 2006, including Director Satellite Maintenance, Western Telecom Region, and General Manager Mobile Services in Maharashtra and the North East Circles. TCIL in various capacities From Dec 2006 till Jan 2016, TCIL scaled new heights during this phase, besides bagging some large value global and domestic projects. Has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the prestigious GoI’s Pan African e-Network Project, a project envisioned by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the Former President of India, providing a platform to 48 nations in Africa to India for Education and Health Services. Has served as Director on the Boards of TTL and TBL International, TCIL Saudi Ltd., Bharati Hexacom Ltd. He has been a Visiting faculty on Business of Telecom Management in Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), and Advanced Mobile Communications, Satellite and Optical Fiber Communication in Universities of Mumbai, Pune and ALTTC.

Rakesh Upadhyay
Rakesh UpadhyayDirector, Plintron, Former Chairman & MD BSNL

Mr Rakesh Upadhyay founded “BKRSV Consulting Services” ( BKRSV CS) in July 2015 for providing Consultancy in the fields of Telecommunications (all facets), Power sector,  Financial Services and Business Development. Mr R K Upadhyay is Managing Consultant of BKRSV CS which has experts of different domains on its panel. Served as CMD of two leading Indian Telecom PSUs viz BSNL & TCIL. Has close to 40 years of Experience in the Telecommunications Sector with key emphasis on emerging technologies. An Indian Telecommunications Service (ITS) officer of 1975 batch, he has degrees in Engineering and Management. He is also a graduate of prestigious Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.

Sudhir Gupta
Sudhir GuptaFormer Secretary TRAI

Sudhir Gupta has a long and illustrious career in the telecommunication industry. He has worked in different capacities in planning, switching, transmission and external plant in the Department of Telecommunications from 1982 to 2003. Subsequently, he worked in Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for 14 years, initially as a senior advisor and in the last 3 years as Secretary, TRAI. Having worked for over three and half decades as the operator, policy maker and the regulator, he has had exposure in all aspects of Telecom functioning in the country. During his tenure in TRAI, he was responsible for all regulatory matters related to telecommunications network development, spectrum management, licensing, competition issues and consumer issues.

Dr Sanjay Sinvhal
Dr Sanjay SinvhalVP Consulting & Alliances, Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security and Telecom

Dr Sanjay Sinvhal has 30+ years of experience (including 11 Yrs in India Air Force in Microwave Comm as SSC officer) in Wireless technologies like M2M / IoT, WiFi, WiMAX, CDMA, GSM, Microwave, UHF/VHF, Infrastructure security, safety as in Smart cities, Broadband NW Planning etc. in different roles such as Practice Head, BU Head, Delivery Head etc.

Dr Sanjay has worked with various companies like TCS, Wipro, Tata Teleservices, Tata Infotech, Comverse NWs, Nelco, Hinduja Group apart from his Air Force service. Currently he is working with Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security & Telecom as VP- Consulting and Alliances.

He has done his PhD from Mumbai Univ in Management (Thesis on Study of Customer Experience in mobile telecom networks and its impact on Operator’s financials). He has done his BE & ME in Electronics & Power engg from VNIT Nagpur. He has also done ICWA (I), MDBA (Finance) and Full time Six months On Campus Certificate Course in General Management at IIM, Ahmedabad. Dr Sanjay has acquired PG Diploma in Big Data and Business Analytics from Aegis School of Business, Data Science, Cyber Security & Telecom in 2017.

Kallol Kanungo
Kallol KanungoCEO, Convergent Communications

Entrepreneurial and results-driven IT professional offering 20+ years of cross-platform experience in strategic planning, consulting, P&L management and revenue generation across diverse industry verticals including Telecom, Banking, BPO and MNC. Currently working as Director with Trust 2 Serv Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, and Maharashtra, India, developing market plans, architecting solutions and establishing markets for various products for India, Middle East and Africa.

Well versed in Business Transformation Services, Solution Sales, Managed Services, Enterprise Applications, System Integration, Information Security, Software Development, IoT, Remote Infrastructure Management, SoC, ITO and LTO. Extensive working exposure across the globe including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Nepal, China, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, KSA, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Kenya, RSA, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, UK, Ireland, Germany & France.

Dr Neelesh Kumbhojkar
Dr Neelesh KumbhojkarDirector, Symbiosis International University, Former Competamcy Head Cloud, Tech Mahindra

Dr. Neelesh recently moved to Academia as Director, Symbiosis Centre for Alumni Engagement (SCAE), established across the Symbiosis International University to focus on creating a connected world of alumni for new possibilities.

Before, in a career spanning over 22 years, he has gained an extensive global experience in creating IP, wining and managing large international business in various engagement models, domains and technologies. Dr. Neelesh has created and managed competencies such as Cloud, Application Performance Management and Modelling and Simulation, and contributed to make them super-sized. He was leading a team of strategic consultants. He had set up 3 Customer experience and technology centers and made them profitable. As a member of Specialist Cadre – he was responsible to enable multi-fold growth for the organization in disruptive technologies.

Dr. Amitabha De
Dr. Amitabha DeFormer Director, IIM Shillong

Dr Amitabha De, who taught at National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) for about 30 years prior to his recent appointment, has taken over charge as Director, Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong with effect from June 2013. A Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) & Master of Science (M. Sc.) from Calcutta University in 1974 and 1977 respectively, Dr Amitabha De also did his Ph D in Physiology and Ergonomics from the same University in the year 1989. His special areas of academic interest include Ergonomics and human factors engineering, work and exercise physiology, work study, work systems design, organization & methods, and industrial safety management systems.

Dr. Parag Chaudhuri
Dr. Parag ChaudhuriProfessor, IIT Bombay

Dr. Parag Chaudhuri is currently an Associate Professor in the
Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. He holds a
Ph.D. from  IIT Delhi, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIRALab, University of Geneva. He loves teaching computer graphics to enthusiastic students. His research interests broadly cover the areas of computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality and computer vision. His current work centers around the animation of characters and natural phenomena to
populate virtual worlds, and the study of methods to create, interact with and understand visual data.

Dr Samsuddin Ladha
Dr Samsuddin LadhaProfessor, Aegis School of Data Science

Dr Samsuddin Ladha is an applied computer science researcher and offer consulting services to architect, develop and deploy solutions in diverse areas of Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision (Image and Video Processing), Natural Language Processing, Remote Sensing, Cognitive Computing, Cloud Computing. He has built several successful and widely deployed software products (drone based warehouse solutions, automated invoice processing, personalized marketing on ATM, ATM management platform, interactive patient charts, biometric solutions,). He is also engage with academia to design curriculum for and deliver courses in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision.

Dr Vinay Kulkarni
Dr Vinay KulkarniAdjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Director, Faculty and Mentor, Aegis School of Business and Telecommunications

Dr Vinay Kulkarni has completed his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Ph.D. in Computer-aided Manufacturing from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is currently the Director of Aegis School of Data Science, Faculty for Statistics and Probability, Apache Hadoop at Aegis School of Data Science and also an Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
In the past he has worked as a Vice President – Innovation and Incubation, Geometric Ltd, Strategic Advisor for Mindmap IT Solutions.