Our Speakers

T.M. Vijay Bhaskar

Chief Secertary

Government of Karnataka

Shri. T. M. Bhaskar was the Additional Chief Secretary responsible for coordination and overseeing various departments of the State government. During his 34 years of service, he worked for more than eight years in various capacities in education administration and nine years in rural development at the national and state levels.

Anjum Parwez

Secretary to Government(Municipalities & UDA), Urban Development Department

Government of Karnataka

Shri. Anjum Parwez, presently working as Secretary, Urban Development Department (M & UDAs) and Managing Director, KBJNL. In about 22 years of working as IAS officer, he has held various positions. As Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat in Belgaum district, he has handled rural development and panchayat raj institutions. He was associated with World Bank assisted water supply schemes in rural Karnataka.

A. B. Ibrahim

Managing Director

Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC)

Ajay Seth IAS

Managing Director

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited

Kunal Kumar

Joint Secretary (Smart Cities Mission Director), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

Government of India

Shri Kunal Kumar is an alumni of IIT, Roorkee, National University of Singapore, Singapore and Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA. He is an officer of the 1999 Batch of the IAS and has recently taken charge as the Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation. Prior to working of Pune, Mr. Kumar has worked as District Collector in the three district of Bhandara, Jalgaon and Aurangabad and has also worked as Municipal Commissioner in Kolhpur Municipal Corporation. Besides travelling, he has an avid interest in reading and follows sports across the world.

Manjunath Prasad, IAS


Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

Adam Beck

Executive Director

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Adam has spent more than 20 years influencing infrastructure and urban regeneration projects across the world. In this time, he has worked for global consulting firms, as well as transformational non-profit organisations. For the past seven years he has supported the building of movements and marketplaces for sustainable cities.

Dr. Sunil Dubey

Institutional Advisor, Urban Innovation & Smart Cities

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Australia

Sridhar Pabbisetty

Public Policy and Urban Governance


Dardan Isufi

Chief Optimization Officer & Co-founder


Madhav Ragam

Vice President Government & Healthcare

IBM Asia Pacific

Madhav Ragam wants us all to live in safe, secure, well planned, healthy and thriving cities and nations. And in his role as Vice President - Government & Healthcare Industry Solutions, he works to find ways for Governments around Asia Pacific to better understand their citizens, businesses and work to deliver innovation and efficiency to the systems that support life on this planet, from social programs, defense, tax, customs & borders, transportation to healthcare.To help Governments deal with the challenges of today's global society, Madhav leverages his more than twenty years of experience working with Governments. Since joining IBM in 1993 – Madhav has held a variety of solutions and sales management positions with a good exposure and successful track record of working with Government and Healthcare clients – starting with Singapore, ASEAN, Asia Pacific, Growth Market countries and most recently Global Government clients.

Before joining IBM in 1993, Madhav worked for a number of IT firms targeting public sector clients. His achievements included developing a Geographical Information System for the Indian Government and several other IT systems for the Governments in Singapore and Asia. Madhav is a frequent speaker and works with clients on transformation opportunities in Government industry. One of his special interest areas is Economic Vitality for a Smarter Planet - helping Government organizations connect their physical infrastructure, the IT infrastructure, the social infrastructure, and the business infrastructure to create new models for economic agility, scaling the potential for both organic economic growth and a community’s ability to attract new and expanding businesses.In 2011 – Madhav was selected to become a pioneer member of IBM’s prestigious Industry Academy - whose goal is to foster the growth of IBM’s collective industry eminence and shape the future of our client industries and organizations.

Mahendra Jain

Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Urban Development Department

Government of Karnataka

Alkesh Kumar Sharma


Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited

Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma is presently working as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited.Before joining this, Mr Sharma was working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India for three years, and was also Chairman of the Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. Mr. Sharma worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as National Project Director, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation and served there for three years.

In the State of Kerala, Mr. Sharma worked as the Managing Director of Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation and many other state government bodies. He also worked as Director, Kerala Tourism and as Secretary, Industries and Investment Promotion in Government of Kerala. He was Director in the Board of BPCL, Apollo Tyres, Nitta Gelatin India Ltd and Geojit BNP Paribas Ltd.Mr. Sharma was actively associated with branding and promoting Kerala Tourism as ‘God’s Own Country’ during his two tenures spanning over seven years. During his tenure, Kerala won the Best Tourism State Awards from Government of India as well as various Awards from PATA and other International Agencies.Mr. Sharma received the best CEO Awards from the Government of Kerala, the President’s Medal for the Best District Census Officer and the Best Performance Award from the Government of Kerala.

Julian Tait


Open Data Manchester

Julian is co-founder and CEO of Open Data Manchester CIC, an organisation that seeks to help cities, organisations and communities understand the power of data. He is passionate advocate for digital technologies that can help build more resilient communities, develop new forms of economic activity and give people a stake in the process of governance and decision making. He has been involved in developing projects and advocating for open and accessible data infrastructure, through engaging and building communities of practice within cities since 2009.

He developed the Open Data Cities programme in Manchester, UK, DataGM - The Greater Manchester Datastore, and has had involvement with many other local, national and European open data initiatives. He has also been involved in the writing of the Open Data Handbook, The Open Book and other papers. Current organisational focus is around open data standards in procurement, waste and recycling, and the application of IoT technologies within cities.

Prakash Gaur


Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Limited

Mr. Prakash Gaur is working with IL&FS group over last one decade and has a rich educational background in planning, economics, and transport from India and Europe. In the profession spanning across two decades, Prakash has worked with various institutions like School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi (SPA) Delhi, CEPT Ahmedabad, International Consulting Organizations, International Finance Corporation (The World Bank group) in the past. He has worked on Urban Development, Tourism, Transport, Port and Infrastructure projects on Public Private Partnership.

He has presented/published various scientific research papers in national and international conference. He is a member of various professional bodies. He is a visiting faculty for infrastructure and urban development in various international repute institutes. He is involved in conceptualization of GIFT City the first smart city of India since its inception including planning design, implementation and operations of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) with next class urban infrastructure developing as International Finance Center. He has been specially roped in by Government of Andhra Pradesh as Director Strategy to assist in development of new capital of Andhra Pradesh “Amaravati” as a city of 21stcentury since January 2015. He is Chief Executive Officer of Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Limited a JV of Government of Andhra Pradesh and IL&FS an asset Management Company for setting up of Urban Development Fund.

Rajendra Jagtap


Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited

Rajendra Jagtap who is an Indian Defence Estate Service officer (IDES) presently holding the post of Chief Executive Officer at Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. Earlier Mr Jagtap has worked as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, Chief Executive Officer in various Cantonment Boards in the country. Pune Municipal Corporation is an urban local governing body for the Pune city which is rapidly developing as metropolitan city in the Maharashtra State with a population of 4 million. Few proposed major infrastructural development projects of the Pune Municipal Corporation for next 5 years (2016-20) are Pune Metro Project, Pune BRTS, HCMTR, Slum Housing, Water Supply 24X7, River Conservation, River Front Development & Solid Waste Management, etc.

Special achievements

  • Computerisation of Land Records at Southern Command
  • Special financial management at Devlali Cantonment Board.
  • Total station survey of defence lands at Dehradun and Chakrata Forest.
  • Developed GIS survey for PMC Property.
  • Completed various construction projects in the city like Sports Museum, Sport ground, cultural halls.
  • Town vending committee formed and GPS based survey of more than 24,000 street venders done for the city of Pune.
  • As per Tree Act GIS/GPS based Tree Census Survey is been carried out in Pune city.
  • E-governance Software Developed for 39 Departments and its implementation.

Ramnath Sonawane


Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited

Dr. Ramnath Sonawane holds a Doctorate in English Literature besides a Degree in Law. He has over 30+ years of experience in Urban Management. He has worked as Municipal Commissioner in various Urban Local Bodies of Maharashtra and successfully planned and implemented Infrastructure Projects.  As Officer on Special Duty in Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Mumbai, he has successfully implemented Resettlement and Rehabilitation Project under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP1) which was sponsored by The World Bank. At present, as the Chief Executive Officer, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL), Nagpur, he has been implementing Smart City projects.

He has delivered lecture as a guest speaker in Annual Transport Forum March 2007 organized by The World Bank. He has participated in Experts Group Meeting on Urban Nexus and Implementation of Urban and Resources related SDGs in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016. He has participated in International Urban Cooperation Program 1st City to City Event held in Brussels and in COP 23 held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017. He is also a renowned poet and a writer. He writes in Marathi, Hindi and English languages.

Raj Cherubal


Chennai Smart City Limited

Sanjay Sahay, IPS

Assistant Director General of Police


He belongs to the 1989 batch of the IPS, borne on Karnataka cadre. Accomplished high degree of professionalism in wide and varied professional assignments and finally got groomed and refined into an officer who has 360 degrees experience of all policing tasks, simultaneously maintaining keen interest in all staff functions and a passion for usage of appropriate technology in policing at all levels and in all fields. Important assignments providing immense value addition to his professional persona includes,

  • Chiefs of Police of three districts Raichur, Mandya and Chamrajnagar
  • SP and DIG in the State CID
  • DIG in charge of Finance
  • UN Peacekeeping in Kosovo and Sudan
  • Additional Commissioner in Bangalore City
  • Head of Police Computerization
  • Communications and State Crime Records Bureau

He created an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, the Police IT, for Karnataka State Police and headed the CCTNS project since its inception in 2008 till nearly the end of Bid Process for the selection of System Integrator (SI) in Sept 2011 besides single handedly creating all professional documentation pertaining to the project. He has gained immense expertise in a broad band of technologies like TETRA, Geospatial Technology, ERP, Interception etc and is regularly invited to deliver lectures at national and international forums on these topics. His presentation was read out at the TETRA World Congress, Dubai, 2012. He has been writing articles for a large number of magazines, mostly professional ones. As IGP, Eastern Range, located at Davangere, from Sept 2011- June 2013, handled a lot of critical issues in Bellary and situation in Shimoga also needed regular and meticulous professional attention. The Public Order in the whole range, covering Davangere, Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary, is completely within control now through wide a wide range of very effective initiatives – policing, disciplinary, technology, innovative etc. From July 2013 – Dec 2013 as IGP , Internal Security Division, Karnataka – handled a counter terrorism assignment with basic critical of counter intelligence, coastal security, training/deployment of commandos, coastal security and anti-naxalite operations. From January 2014 -December 2014 as a ADGP, Police Computer Wing working with assignment deals with a comprehensive computerization of the Karnataka State Police, stabilization of functioning of Police ERP software and its enhancement, running the MHA sponsored CCTNS project, up gradation and maintenance of statewide broadband networking KSPWAN and Data Center, creation of a Disaster Recovery Center and increasing the usage of Police IT functionalities to the last task and last user.Presently from Jan -2015 working as a ADGP in Grievances and Human Rights Wing This Profile is slightly unconventional, to suit the broad based Website visitors and is broadly divided into Important Assignments, Core Competencies, Core Technology Areas, Major Documents Created, Recent Lectures Delivered, Training, Recognition and Papers both published and unpublished.

Dr Rashmi Singh, IAS

Secretary & Director

NDMC & NDMC Smart City Ltd

Dr. Rashmi Singh, a civil servant belonging to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS),is serving as Secretary of New Delhi Municipal Council. She is also a Director in the NDMC Smart City Limited. Her career spans through more than two decades of distinguished services with the Government of Delhi, Government of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Union Government She has conceived and implemented several innovative strategies towards poverty alleviation and citizen centric governance reforms. She was the founder Director of Mission Convergence programme laying the foundations, structures and processes which define this unique programme that received notable international acclaims (Such as Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management Innovation Award conferred at Sydney, Australia in the year 2006) , UN Public Service Award) for civic engagement and public service delivery.

Dr. Singh received ‘Stree - Shakti’ award instituted by the Ministry of WCD, Govt of India in recognition of her services in the area of Women’s Empowerment in 2010 and the Leadership Award for Public Services from the University of Minnesota in the year 2011. She has done Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. She also did her Post graduate Diploma on ‘Policies on Poverty Reduction and Local Economic Development’ at I.H.S, Erasmus University,Netherlands. She completed her Post Graduation in History at University of Delhi, New Delhi. Her Doctorate is in Public Administration on the subject – “Women Centric Convergence: An approach to Good Governance” in the year 2018.

Sophie Walker

COO & Co-Founder


Sophie is the enthusiastic COO and Co-Founder of Dsposal, a clean-tech start-up working
towards a world where all waste is treated as a resource. Dsposal builds easy-to-use tech to
connect UK waste producers to licensed waste services and simplify compliance. We believe in
making the relevant data accessible and convenient to use, driving behaviour change and
creating value by maximising the utility of waste.

As part of a recent GovTech Catalyst Smart Waste Tracking research project Dsposal worked
with Open Data Manchester to develop a prototype Open Data Standard for waste as well as
propose a holistic suite of solutions to digitally transform the whole waste pathway and
revolutionise the industry.

Sophie is passionate about sustainability and draws on her varied background and experiences.
Born in Tamil Nadu, India, she spent her early years on rural development projects before
moving to North Devon, UK. Sophie spent many years traveling before studying Conflict
Resolution at the University of Bradford. After graduation she gained extensive experience in
logistics and supply chain roles before embarking on an 8700-mile cycle tour of North America
with her fiancé Tom in 2015. Since co-founding Dsposal in 2016 Sophie has used her drive to
turn a brilliant idea into reality and build a company culture of innovation and inclusion.

Mr. Saurabh Kumar

Managing Director

Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Mr. Saurabh Kumar is Managing Director at Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which is under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, Government of India. Under Mr. Kumar’s leadership, EESL has implemented the globally-lauded Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme and Street Light National Programme (SLNP). Mr. Kumar and his team has also been successfully implementing several Demand Side Measures including agriculture, public buildings, and transformative initiatives like e-mobility, smart meters, trigeneration and decentralised solar power plants. He is an internationally recognised authority on the design and implementation of scalable, replicable and impactful business models for promoting energy efficiency across sectors.

An Indian Revenue Service officer of 1992 batch, Mr Kumar worked in various capacities in the Income Tax Department, the Ministry of Power, and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) prior to leading EESL.

Between 1992 and 2002, Mr. Kumar worked as Deputy Commissioner in various sensitive intelligence assignments. In the year 1996-97, he was appointed as first officer of the tax department in India to levy tax on national political parties. He also worked in the enforcement wing of the Revenue Department and conducted search and seizure operations against tax evaders.

In 2002, Mr Kumar joined the Union Ministry of Power, Government of India as Deputy-Secretary in charge of the Budget and Finance wing, and was tasked with evaluating large power projects for government investments.

Between 2007 and 2010, Mr Kumar was appointed Secretary of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the nodal central body for promoting energy efficiency in India as well as the core agency for implementing the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power.  At BEE, he was instrumental in implementing one of the world’s largest CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects on efficient lighting.

Following his tenure with BEE, Mr Saurabh Kumar led several bilateral projects on energy efficiency with Japan, Germany & France during a 2-year deputation to Bangkok with United Nations Environment Programme.

Mr Kumar has a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Japan.



Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, New Delhi

Past Speakers

R Roshan Baig

Hon’ble Minister for Minister for Infrastructure, Urban Development, Information and Haj

Government of Karnataka

Jayesh Ranjan

Secretary, Department of IT & EC

Government of Telangana


Managing Director

Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation

Nalini Atul

Joint Managing Director

Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation

Mahendra Jain

Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department

Government of Karnataka

Sudhir Krishna

Chairman, Committee on Standards for Smart Cities

Bureau of Indian Standards

Alkesh Kumar Sharma


Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited

B Janardhan Reddy

Municipal Commissioner

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation

T Krishna Prasad

DGP- Railways and Road Safety

Telangana State

Ashish Mathur

Managing Director


Prakash Gaur


Andhra Pradesh Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Ltd

D V Rama Krishna Kumar


Telangana State Renewable Energy Development

Jagdish Salgaonkar

Senior Vice President Program Director

AECOM Dholera Industrial City

Jamie Whyte


Open Data Manchester, UK

Shine Nagpal


Get My Parking

Raman Roy



Gowra Srinivas


Federation of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Rajarshi Rakesh Sahai

Director Public Policy, Government Relations and Communications


Rajesh C. Mathur


Esri India

Tony Rajan Mathew

Director Geospatial Services

Paradigm Technologies

Randeep Bora

Head- Govt. Business

CleanMax Solar

Harish Nair

Regional Vice President – IMEA

Mindteck (India) Ltd.

Adnan Altay Altinors

Consul General

Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey

Russell Gilchrist

Principal | Global Tall Building Leader


Jayant Kohale

Business Head

RPG Smart Infra

Vineeta Shetty


The Smart Citizen

Venkat Goli

Vice President – Smart Cities

Fluentgrid Limited

P Vinay Kumar



Vijay Agrawal

Executive Director

Equirus Capital

Anil Kaushik


NTPC Limited

Dr Pradeep Yemula

Vice Chair

India Smart Grid Forum

Swaroop Bolar

Vice President- Lighting Division

Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals

Suresh Chukkapalli


Phoenix Group & Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea

Siddharth Bafna

Business Head, IC & IC West

Mahindra Lifespace Developers

Sandeep Srivastava

Executive Director

Association of Geospatial Industries

Satyajit Dwivedi

Director, Global Practice, Process Sensor and IOT


Dr Hanuman Prasad Chodagam

Deputy General Manager - Smart City Solutions

Cyient Limited

Ashish Sable

Sr Vice President & Group Head-Debt Capital Market

SBI Capital Markets Limited

Puneet Randeo

Business Head – Smart Cities

UL South Asia

T Ravinder Reddy


Grant Thornton India

Anand Muthukrishnan

Principal Counsellor

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

Mehali Patel

Associate Director- Urban Development

CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Limited

S K Jain

General Manager

Lucknow Smart City

Ranjan Panda


Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) & Combat Climate Change Network

Jennifer James

Global Director

Smart Cities Council, USA

Nitin Agarwal

IT Infrastructure, Digital Transformation, IoT, SmartCities


Pashim Tewari

Technical Director


Jayesh Mandlik

Head – Water & Environment


Anindya Mallick



Dr. Vaijayanti Padiyar


Hiranyagarbha Corporate Advisors

Ase Elvebakk

Senior Business Development Manager- Traffic and Travel Information Product Unit


Nirup Jayanth

Managing Director

Jurong Consultants (India) Pvt. Ltd & Surbana Jurong Group, Singapore