After beginning her career in project financing at the Société Générale Investment Bank in New York in 2002, Florence Verzelen worked at the European Commission from 2004 to 2007. She then joined the office of the Secretary of State for European Affairs, as an Advisor, in charge of industrial and commercial matters.
In 2008 she joined the Engie group (GDF SUEZ), where she was Director of Group Acquisition activities, and then became Manager of the subsidiary GDF Suez Qatar BV. She also held the position of President of the Purchase Performance Plan. Since 2015, she has been Deputy Director of Engie Europe, in charge of Operations, Business Development and Innovation and Managing Director of Engie Russia. Florence Verzelen is currently an independent director on the Board of Directors of Air France.
Deepak NG was appointed as Managing Director for Dassault Systèmes India in February 2020. He joined Dassault Systèmes in 2011 and carries more than 21 years of experience across different industries. He has driven key transformational projects in various industries including Automotive, Aerospace and Defense, High-tech and Government. In his previous role at Dassault Systèmes, as Director of Global Affairs and Innovative Business Development, he was instrumental to establish new partnerships by engaging in smart city projects and by developing industry-based programs for the workforce of the future.
Dr. E.V. Ramana REDDY is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of 1988 batch. He is one of the senior most bureaucrats in Karnataka and has been instrumental in establishing the leading position of Karnataka as an economic and technology hub of India. He has 30 years of experience across diverse portfolios such as Agriculture, Revenue Administration, Commerce & Industries, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Education, Health & Family Welfare, Information Technology & Biotechnology, Space applications, Personnel & General Administration, and Housing. He has also served as ACS to Hon’ble Chief Minister of
He was first Director of Department of IT & BT, he spearheaded Asia’s biggest tradeshows Bangaloreit.Com and BangaloreBio, for three consecutive years, from 2000 to 2003.
Abhay PASHILKAR is presently working as Program Director (Civil Aircraft Projects) at CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories. He holds a post-doctoral in neural network control from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a Ph.D in Aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISC)
Renee Pasman is Director of Integrated Systems for Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as the Skunk Works®, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. In this capacity, she leads strategy development, portfolio management and oversees a tri-site team focused on the execution of a variety of classified programs, reporting to Jeff Babione. She was named to this position in August 2017.
Previously, Ms. Pasman was the Director of Mission Systems Roadmaps, responsible for the capture strategy and execution for multiple inter-related projects in Open System Architecture, Cyber, Data Links, Air-Space Integration, and Electronic Warfare. She was also tasked with driving Mission Systems collaboration across Lockheed Martin and the customer community.
Prior to that, she served as the Software Systems Senior Manager and Open Systems Architecture Roadmap Lead for ADP. In this role, she was responsible for several large programs while also serving as the functional manager for nine managers and more than 275 engineers. An important component of this assignment was serving as the primary interface to the customer on all ADP Open System Architecture and Software Systems projects.
Throughout her career, Ms. Pasman has supported a variety of stretch and special assignments to grow her skill set and leadership ability. She supported the Skunk Works Conceptual Design team on a variety of classified and unclassified projects and program capture efforts. Additionally, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Skunk Works. In this capacity, she expanded her expertise in the management of new business funds, employee engagement, strategy development, and shaping outcomes on behalf of the ADP organization.
Ms. Pasman graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Ms. Pasman is active in the community supporting STEM and veterans/military causes.
Mr. Abhishek BURMAN, Founder Director & CEO, has more than one and half decades of experience in the field of Aircraft Design and Systems Engineering. He has played key role in Design & Development of India’s Combat Aircraft Programs and spearheaded Aerodynamics & Configuration Design towards concept study of Regional Transport Aircraft. His experience also includes Flow Physics investigations using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Stealth Design, Flight Mechanics, Flight Data Analysis, Testing & Certification of Fighter Aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design, Multi Disciplinary Analysis & Optimization and Program Management.
Before joining MHRD, Dr. JERE was Chief Scientist- Life Sciences and R&D Head for Persistent Systems Ltd. As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. JERE is responsible for promoting all innovation related initiatives in higher education institutions. He is also the brain and driving force behind MHRD’s Smart India Hackathon initiative which is now recognized as the world's biggest open innovation model with participation from thousands of education institutions, lakhs of students and hundreds of industries. Dr. JERE is instrumental in conceptualizing the first of its kind Atal Innovation Ranking framework (ARIIA) for ranking all education institutions on innovation achievements. Through MHRD, Dr. JERE has now established Institution's Innovation Councils (IIC) across 1000 institutions to facilitate creation of local innovation ecosystems in these institutions. Under the guidance of Dr. JERE, MHRD is conceptualizing Student’s Startup policy, which will now allow students to start their own start-ups while studying.
Dr. Rabi Narayan SAHOO is a Principal Scientist working in the Division of Agricultural Physics, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. Dr. SAHOO works on applications of remote sensing and GIS in agriculture mainly hyperspectral remote sensing (ground, aerial and satellite platform) of soil and crop health for Precision Agriculture, high throughput sensor based Plant Phenomics, radiative transfer modelling and land use cover change. Dr. SAHOO is leading a National Network program on Imaging Spectroscopy and Applications. Dr. SAHOO has authored more than 230 publications having 115 peer reviewed journal papers.
Dr. Ashok DAS, presently the Founder& CEO at SunMoksha, Bengaluru India,started his academic career from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. Das has completed his Btech and Mtech in mechanical engineering at IIT Kanpur and further completed his PhD from University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. DAS Worked for Applied Materials, Santa Clara, California, for ten years developing semiconductor processing equipment before moving to India to head the India Operations of a start-up Aquest Systems in semiconductor fab automation. Prior to Applied Materials, worked at MTCI on technologies to convert waste to clean energy.
Dr. Ashok DAS founded the Company SunMoksha in 2008 aiming at providing products and consultancy services and implementation of sustainability and clean technology solutions to corporate, industries, institutions, and villages. It develops and implements novel solutions for energy access to village communities including the flagship product Smart Nanogrid. It has also developed and implements energy & water management solution, conducts data analytics and implements energy/water efficiency and renewable energy solutions to reduce bills and achieve sustainability. It helps the clients become a ‘zero energy, water, waste’ organization. Its service sectors include solar PV & thermal, bio-energy, bio-fuel, waste-to-energy, energy efficiency, smart microgrid, and green building domains.
They have Worked with int’l development agencies such as the World Bank, UK-DFID, KfW, ADB, Ashden India, Climate Parliament, SIDBI and many more.
Prof. D.N. RAO started his academic career at Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1983, and further completed his Masters in business in IIM, Kolkata. His staunch devotion to perfection as a young professional in a draught affected district in odisha shaped him to become the Addl. Director (Projects), DRDA, Kalahandi within few months of his tenure. Since then he has worked in length and breadth of Orissa with the government, NGOs like Gram Vikas and institutions like XIM Bhubaneswar. He worked as a Faculty & coordinator at Xavier Institute of Management from 1996 to 2005.Later he left XIMB in 2005, to co-found the Centurion Group of Institutes, which have their base in the naxal infested South Orissa. In his present position, he is the Vice President and Co-founder of Centurion University, Odisha and Gram Tarang group of companies. He was one of the Project Directors of Privatization project in rural power distribution which was implemented in 4500 villages in Orissa (in some of the most under developed areas of the State) and 4500 panchayats of Karnataka. He has attended numerous training programs on building enterprise, business indicators, project planning, monitoring & evaluation in different parts of the world. Being the Vice President of the University, Prof. Rao has the focus in revitalizing the academic core in terms of the faculty and the student body by guarding standards and freedom; and serving as an advocate for academic integrity and excellence.
Arun RAO is a versatile, results-oriented business & technology leader with demonstrated success in enterprise account management, business transformation solutions, enterprise applications and software development. He has expertise in overseeing technology improvement initiatives, aligning information services with business goals, increasing reliability, maximizing productivity, and introducing system efficiency.
Arun is an engineering graduate with over 20+ years of experience in IT industry having worked in Solution Sales, Software Development, Business Development, Pre-sales activities and Technical Consultancy Projects
His specialties include Enterprise Account Management, PLM, Digital Manufacturing, Robotics, Factory Automation & Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
Anand KRISHNAMURTHY is presently working as Senior Manager, Industry Process Consultant, BIOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. He has more than 23 years of work experience in the Life Sciences Industry. Anand holds a P.hD in Biophysics from University of Madras.
Koodli SUBRAMANYA has been the Director for Special Projects @ DASSAULT SYSTEMES India for the last 10 months. As the director for Special Projects, he is responsible for ensuring the success of Special projects including the sustainability.
Koodli has overall 27 years of professional experience out of which 22 years in association with DASSAULT SYSTEMES in various capacities. His expertise includes Business Development, Strategic initiatives, Business Alliances, Collaborative Product Design & Development, Smart City, Business Value Assessment and Center of Excellence.
Koodli started his career as manufacturing engineer working in the shop floor for more than 3 years before starting his CAD/CAM journey. Prior to joining DASSAULT SYSTEMES, he was with IBM for 13 years where in he worked very closely with most of the large Automotive and Aerospace organizations like Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Force Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency to name few. His accomplishments include establishing the Design and Manufacturing processes at the customer’s site leveraging the DASSAULT SYSTEMES technologies.
In his current role @ DASSAULT SYSTEMES, he is actively involved in contributing towards building the skilled workforce of the future on sustainable basis. Some of the initiatives where he is involved include Center of Excellence for the Aerospace & Defense in Bengaluru and Center of Excellence for the Automotive, Tooling and Mining in the remote areas of Karnataka in the Hyderabad Karnataka region. With his vast experience working closely with the Indian Automotive and Aerospace industry, he is working towards Industry and Academia collaboration for the success of this initiative. His belief is “One of the best way to give back to the society is build the skilled and competent workforce on sustainable basis.”
Koodli is graduate in Industrial & Production engineering from SJCE, University of Mysore. He believes in working on the strengths of the individuals for better team work and the best way to contribute to the society is building the better citizens of tomorrow through education and skilling
His hobbies / interests: Sports (Running, Shuttle badminton and Cricket), care for nature and other individuals.
Shree HARSHA brings nearly two decades of international Business consulting experience and is currently responsible for Marketing, Industry Solutions, and Communication. Harsha is also responsible for developing Dassault Systèmes India marketing strategy in line with the market opportunities and the company’s mission to partner in the digital transformation and growth agenda of most innovative companies. Additionally, he has a strong technology background to make an immediate impact to the top and bottom line as well as helping companies create the springboard for the next generation of growth through disruptive business models.
Prior to this role, he was Business Consulting Director for Asia leading the value Engagement team in driving Digital Transformation at several strategic customers and ensure their success; whose influence and ideas drive the future of Dassault Systèmes’ solutions and our 3DEXPEREINCE strategy. He has worked in partnership with customers across multiple geographies including Japan, China and Germany. Harsha is Mechanical Engineering graduate, and is an alumni of Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad with focus on Manufacturing & Operations.