Abhijit Athavale
Abhijit Athavale is the Founder and President of Markonix LLC, and a high-technology marketing consultant. He is also the founder of PuneChips, an online forum for Semiconductor Design and Applications companies in and around Pune. He has over 16 years of high-technology industry experience, inluding 11+ years at Xilinx, Inc., a US $1.8B company, in various engineering, applications and marketing roles. In his role as a marketing consultant, he has held executive management positions at several companies. He has a masters degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from University of Pune. He is an accomplished speaker and author of several publications including a book.
Aditya Kuber
Aditya Kuber is a writer, photographer and entrepreneur. Having worked for various print and online publishers, he set-up Media Sphere Communications – a content and design studio specializing in web publishing, web design, online marketing and consulting – in 2007. The company, now a part of US-based CVP Inc, services some of the leading publishers (Yahoo!, AOL, Times Group, Khaleej Times, Femina etc) and corporate (Epson, UTV, Ad Club Bombay, Enfoway, Hungama Digital, McGraw Hill Broadcasting, etc) for content, SEO, online presence and other web requirements.
Amita Moghe
Amita has worked with public accounting firms like Ernst & Young and KPMG in the Information Risk Management department. She was also associated with educational institutes like Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) as a guest faculty. She has been a lecturer in Security Management Practices, Information Risk Management for post-graduate students. She was also involved in developing the course material and provided guidance for in-house projects of Information Asset Profiling (IAP). Amita carries experience in project management, conducting SAS70 engagements, ITGC reviews, SOX S404 review and application controls testing for clients across sectors.
Arati Desai
Arati specializes in governance, risk management and controls assurance related areas and currently heads a function of ‘Business Controls Assurance and SOX Compliance’ at Tata Motors. She has been involved in various enterprise risk management projects, controls assurance related assignments and SOX compliance engagements in India and abroad. In her career span of over 16 years, she has been associated with IT security, IS audits, GRC, business process improvements and system audits.
Bhagyashri Dixit
Bhagyashri Dixit is busy with a new Challenge at the 3 months old “SheepStop” taking the online shopping experience to the next level and enabling people to support eco-friendly organic cotton movement without making a big hole in their pockets!Bhagayshri started her journey with Atos Origin in 2003 after completion of her Bachelors degree in Information Technology. Her fantastic people skills and interest in Management, led to her way to ISB to pursue MBA. As Strategy consultant with EDS’ Corporate Strategy group Bhagyashri played important roles in M&A company profiling, valuations and integration. Executioner, Aggressive, Focussed, Meticulous, sensitive & accessible to needs is how colleagues & people describe her.
Ghanashyam Patil
Ghanashyam is currently Executive Director at NewAge Agritech Ltd. implementing its growth plans including acquisitions and new product developments. His
past experience includes conducting feasibility, financial modeling and preparing business plans for companies in Hospitality, IT, telecom, BPO sectors. Prior to which he was Sr. Manager – Acquisitions & Development at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Harshad Oak
Harshad is the founder of Rightrix Solutions & IndicThreads.com. He is the author of the books a) Oracle JDeveloper 10g: Empowering J2EE Development 2) Pro Jakarta Commons 3) J2EE 1.4 Bible, all published out of the US for an international market. He has also authored several articles for Indian and international publications. He has a master’s degree in computer management from Symbiosis, India. Before founding Rightrix Solutions, Harshad was part of i-flex Solutions and Cognizant Technology Solutions.For his writings & contributions to technology and the community, he has been honoured as an ‘Oracle ACE Director’ and a ‘Sun Java Champion’. He was the first from India to be chosen for both honours.
Jay Hira
Jay’s experience spans across varied industry sectors like Banking and Financial, IT & ITES, Telecommunication, Manufacturing, Knowledge Processing and Pharmaceuticals. His key strengths are in the areas of IT controls review, penetration testing, application security, SAS 70 and business / IT risk management.
Kaushik Gala
Kaushik Gala has over 10 years of technology and business experience. Currently with Venture Center as Business Development Manager, he was also co-founder and COO of Moneyoga, a capital market analytics and algorithmic trading venture – one of the earliest of its kind in India. At Moneyoga, Kaushik was involved in all key aspects of a technology startup, including company formation, business and financial planning, product development, fund-raising, market trials and exploring partnerships and exit opportunities with industry leaders.
Navin Kabra
Navin Kabra is a software professional with 12+ years of Industry experience in both, large companies (like Veritas/Symantec) and dotcom startups, in US as well as in India. He is a co-founder at BharatHealth.com and also runs a Pune Technology portal, PuneTech.com. He has a Ph.D. in CS from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, and a B.Tech in CS from IIT Bombay.
Sangeeta Oak
Sangeeta started off her career with Cognizant Technology Solutions. During her five years of tenure with the company, she worked on various technologies like Java, JEE, EJBs, Broadvision and Webmethods, initially in the role of developer and later as Project lead. She also worked at client sites in the US, deploying and enhancing projects. She then started her own venture IndicThreads, a software content and media firm. She developed and co-authored the Java Syllabus for Symbiosis Distance Learning Center. She was also the visiting faculty for Java at the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune for 2 years.
Shrinath Nerlekar
Shrinath began his career in Software Development and worked on languages such as C and C++ and web technologies such as .Net and PHP. He then moved into Systems and Security Administration with IT Infrastructure Management which covered Windows and Linux technologies. Currently he is into Information Security audits and compliance. He has good experience in Information Systems Audits, IT Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration testing, policies and process review and incident management.
Sudhanwa Jogalekar
Sudhanwa is the Proprietor of Comnet consultants, a firm that provides services in the field of consulting/implementation of ISO 27001 certifications, IT infrastructure management, Migration from Windows to Open source platform, Offering thin client solutions etc., web hosting and related services. Sudhanwa is also the Co-ordinator of Pune Linux Users Group for 10 years. His technical skills include O/S like Unix variants, Linux variants, Windows, Netware and OS400.

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