MEET THE SPEAKERS

Professionals from around the globe.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ashok Amritraj

Ashok Amritraj is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films. An internationally renowned award-winning producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood […]

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Consul General Ambassador Sanjay Panda

Ambassador Sanjay Panda is a career diplomat and a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Amb. Panda took over his new assignment as the Consul General of India in San Francisco on November 4, 2018. Earlier, he was the Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles from August 2014 till November 2016, before returning to India […]

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Dr. Pradeep Khosla

Dr. Pradeep Khosla was selected and confirmed as the eighth Chancellor of UC San Diego in May 2012. He assumed the position of Chancellor in August 2012. As Chancellor he serves as the CEO of the campus of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 20,000 faculty and staff members, and a $3.5B annual budget. From August […]

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Michelle Ranavat

Michelle, the founder of Ranavat Botanics, is not a professional formulator and has never worked in the beauty industry. But she has an undeniable passion for botanical ingredients, a background in quality as an engineer and a love for sharing ancient family traditions. The ingredients for Ranavat Botanics come from India, and the products are […]

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Nanxi Liu

CEO at Enplug, Inc. Nanxi Liu, named Forbes 30 Under 30, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Enplug. Enplug is a leading digital signage software company that enables businesses to improve employee and customer engagement through visual communication. The software is used to power screens in hotels, banks, stadiums, universities, retail stores, elevators, and corporate […]

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Navneet Chugh

Attorney, CPA. Santa Clara, LA, Edison, Atlanta, Reston, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahd, Hyd. Navneet S. Chugh is the Managing Partner of Chugh, LLP. He is an Attorney-at-Law, a Certified Public Accountant, and holds an MBA. Chugh, LLP provides corporate, tax, litigation, and immigration services. Chugh, LLP has a staff of 650 employees with 215 attorneys […]

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Nitin Rai

Managing Director Elevate Capital Entrepreneur, CEO, Executive, Angel Investor and Venture-Mentor Capitalist

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Prabodh Mathur

Mr. Mathur is Chief Product Development Officer at Axonics Modulation. He has over 25 years experience in developing Class III therapeutic medical devices. He previously led product development efforts for Boston Scientific, Vessix Vascular, Cardiac Science and Medstone Intl. He obtained an MS from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a BTech from […]

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Ram Gopal Rao

CEO – LensGen A successful entrepreneur and corporate executive 

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Seema Kumar

Vice President, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication Seema Kumar is the Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this position, Seema is responsible for positioning J&J as an innovative company with a focus on caring for the world. She is a champion of science and innovation, […]

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Shalini Govil-Pai

GM & Senior Director, Android TV (Google), Previously Senior Director, Technology Solutions at (YouTube) Shalini Govil Pai is currently GM/head of Android TV, a next gen platform for TVs. Under her leadership, AndroidTV has see double digit growth around the globe with strong partnerships across PayTV operators (DirecTV, Bouygues, Airtel etc), SmartTVs (Sony, Toshiba, TCL), […]

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Smita Bagla

CTO | CEO Alignstra | Angel Investor -TiE Angels | President, TiE SoCal | BI, AI/ML, BigData, AR/VR

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Venkat Tadanki

Investor/Advisor/Mentor/Entrepreneur, Managing Partner – Anvaya Ventures Inc

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Vijay Talwar

CEO – EMEA (Foot Locker) Vijay Talwar is an accomplished multinational business leader with 25+ years of broad industry experience in consumer products, online, sports and retail sectors encompassing both emerging and premium brands. In February 2019 Vijay was promoted to CEO, Foot Locker EMEA, becoming an executive officer of Foot Locker, Inc. In his […]

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SPEAKERS – PANELS AND WORKSHOPS

Ajay Prasad

Patient Acquisition Marketing Expert for Healthcare Professionals & Facilities. Angel Investor & Mentor of Startups. After spending his first 19 years working at senior positions with several firms, Ajay decided to become his own boss. He now owns four profitable businesses and is investor in several startups in different stages. Ajay firmly believes that increasing […]

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Amit Rajnekar

Head Of Sales: US West Region at DHL Global Forwarding Amit Rajnekar is Head of West Region Sales for DHL Global Forwarding. He has been with the organization for over 10 years. In his previous role Amit was responsible for DHL’s Asia Pacific Trade Lane Management program that involved creating and implementing growth strategies to […]

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Amit Rao

Amit Rao is a Principal iOS engineer at Comcast. He is one of the technical leaders for Digital Home mobile apps. Prior to Comcast, Amit was one of the lead iOS engineers on the Mint/Quicken personal finance iOS apps and Yahoo! Messenger. He was also part of the Windows7 engineering team and was part of […]

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Anil Advani

Anil is a startup lawyer, angel investor, and mentor to early-stage startup founders in Silicon Valley and across the world. Anil advises early-stage start-up companies from 2-3 “guys in the garage” to global multinational corporations from inception through the life-cycle of the venture, negotiating angel and venture financings, customer and licensing transactions, and mergers and […]

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Anil Ramineni

An Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & CEO @ CQ InfoTech (a Technology Solutions Company). Resourceful technical leader and solutions-driven strategist with a passion for leveraging emerging technologies to achieve key business objectives. Experienced in leading technically complex Solution Delivery and Operations Management initiatives for multiple companies. More than 20-year success in client-centric, service-driven environments at various […]

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Ankit H. Brahmkshatri

National Program Manager, The Walt Disney Company Ankit has worked, volunteered, and been educated on three continents, shaping him to be an exceptionally versatile global leader. Ankit is fluent in harnessing a cross-functional team and leads with integrity. He collaborates to identify opportunities, assess risks, and initiate change within a complex global organization. He is […]

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Anshay Saboo

Student at University High School Passionate iOS Developer and Entrepreneur Developer of the Grades App Anshay Saboo is a high school senior at the University High School, Irvine. He is keenly interested in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. He is the founder and president of Launch X club at his school. Launch X helps high school […]

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Anshuman Sinha

TiE SoCal Executive Director 19, President Elect for 2020 CEO at Optizm Global I am an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Thought Leader & CEO @ Optizm Global, the Right Fit Recruitment & Placement Agency. I am also Executive Director of TiE SoCal, a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in […]

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Anurag Bist

Founder and CEO, Monet Networks Inc. Technology Entrepreneur and Innovator with experience in successfully starting multiple companies over last 15 years. Involved in several start-ups in Orange County, Silicon Valley and abroad in various principal, technical, or advisory roles. Holds over 20 patents. 

 Over 20 years of experience in innovation and design of products […]

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Ash Patel

Ash Patel serves as President and CEO of CBC. With over 20 years of experience serving in the banking industry, Ash has evolved from a banker with an entrepreneurial drive to a seasoned CEO focused on inspiring his team and clients to achieve their dreams. Ash leads by example and invests in building relationships and […]

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Ashish Saboo

Founder and CEO, Tech-Synergy, Founder YouJustRun, TiEcon Southwest 2019 Chair, Angel Investor and Business Consultant Founder and CEO of Tech-Synergy, a leading provider of audio transcription, translation, billing & accounting and other back office support services to customers around the world. Staffed with over 500 people and operating round the clock, we help clients be […]

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Azad Virk

Corporate Attorney at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

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Basker Krishnan

Founder & CEO, ImageScan ImageScan was founded in 1991 with a primary focus on providing document imaging conversion services to Fortune 500 Companies. It has since evolved into a software company offering CogniVision®, an Enterprise Productivity Platform, with a revolutionary Cognitive Viewer® that speeds up enterprise content search by 10x. Prior to founding ImageScan, Basker […]

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Bentley Au

Cyber Security Expert, [CISCO, AEG]

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Bhanu Panda

Co-Founder & COO, GhangorCloud Bhanu brings over two decades of leadership and success in the Silicon Valley, in areas of Networking, Security & Storage. He has held leadership positions, and was an early member, at several successful startup companies such as Array Networks, AlteonWebsystems and Auspex Systems. Bhanu has extensive experience in driving an organization’s […]

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Bill Waldo

President, Vantages Business Consulting Senior Consultant, SBDC@UCI Applied Innovation Board Member, Membership Chairman Tech Coast Angels

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Brian Frankel

Ignite Consulting + Mentor Matchmaker Brian Frankel is a multinational organizational development consultant. CEO’s solicit his services to generate revenue, fundraise, tackle process challenges, realize their vision, and train their teams. Utilizing his extensive network, Frankel advises American, Emirati and Indian businesses on expanding into international markets. His global client roster includes Coca Cola, MySpace, […]

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Cheryl Brown

Since June of 2007, Cheryl Brown has been a business advisor with the North San Diego SBDC hosted by MiraCosta College as a Subject Matter Expert in Government Procurement; offering support services in the areas of human resources and business development. She has counseled over 2,500 small businesses resulting in over $600,000,000 awarded contracts with […]

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Damos Tech

VP of Sales, GhangorCloud GhangorCloud offers the most powerful “Best of the Breed” industry recognized Information Security & Compliance solution that enables and enforces Information Security & Data Leak Prevention capabilities far and beyond any traditional DLP solution. The GhangorCloud Compliance Enforcer family of turnkey appliances leverages GhangorCloud’s powerful algorithms for advanced accuracy, automated security […]

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David Subar

David started his career doing research and development at a military owned think-tank in Washington DC working on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He moved to Internet and game companies where he served as CTO and Chief Product Officer. For the last five years he has been consulting with technology companies helping product management and […]

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David Warhol

David Warhol is the founder of Realtime Associates, Inc., one of the longest-established independent game production studios in operation today. Founded in 1988, Realtime Associates has released over 100 consumer products on game platforms ranging from the original Nintendo Entertainment System to current generation game consoles, PCs, web-deployed gaming, mobile and tablet devices. Realtime specializes […]

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Deepa Prahalad

Deepa Prahalad is an author and innovation consultant. She has worked with start-ups and large multinationals, and co-authored the book, Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business, which was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Best Design Books of the Year”. She writes regularly for the Harvard Business […]

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Dr. Paul Puri

Dr. Paul Puri is a board certified psychiatrist, in private practice in Los Angeles. He practices multiple forms of psychotherapy, including hypnosis, in addition to managing medications. He attended medical school at University of Rochester, and specialty training in psychiatry at UC San Diego. He is currently a clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA, and the […]

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Dr. Sanjay Shrivastava

Dr. Sanjay Shrivastava has been involved in developing, commercializing, evaluating, and acquiring medical devices for more than 19 years. His career reflects a blend of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship as he held leadership positions in global marketing, business development, and R&D with Medtronic, Abbott Vascular and Edwards Lifesciences and also cofounded medical device companies BlackSwan Vascular, […]

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Erik Huberman

Founder and CEO at Hawke Media – Forbes 30 under 30 Erik Huberman is the founder and CEO of Hawke Media, the fastest growing marketing consultancy in the United States. Launched in 2014, Hawke Media has been valued at $75 million and has grown from seven to over 150 employees. The company has serviced over […]

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Gary Ahwah

SVP Information Technology at City of Hope Gary Ahwah joined City of Hope (COH) in 2016 as the senior vice president, enterprise systems and applications. Gary provides strategic direction to ensure that all enterprise solutions meet COH’s immediate and long-term needs for growth. Gary has over 26 years of leadership expertise in information technology within […]

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Gunjan Bagla

India Business Consultant, India Market Research, Global R&D Advisor

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Hershel Mehta

Hershel Mehta is a Venture Capitalist in charge of U.S. investments through his Family Office’s proprietary fund called Mehta Ventures. He has gone through the entrepreneurship journey himself, having published a mobile application in the Apple App Store in 2015, and Hershel uses that experience to help guide entrepreneurs through their own journeys. He finished […]

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Jacob O’Mara

VP, Information Security PIMCO Establish strategic direction and oversee day to day execution of operational information security initiatives. Articulate priorities and taking a phased, efficient, and intentional approach to maturing the information security program to a level appropriate for the organization. Manage Information Security engineering, architecture, and operations team. Relationship lead for multiple security managed […]

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Jacqueline Ashley, DSW, LCSW

Jacqueline Ashley, DSW, LCSW is the co-founder of WorkLifeHealth.design where she provides executive coaching and consulting services in leadership and social impact. She is a well-being advocate working to help people thrive in work and life, with a vision to normalize the pursuit of mental wellness by creating a global social culture of well-being among […]

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James Lee

Director of Security Strategy and Operations at AEG AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. For more than 20 years, AEG has played a pivotal role in transforming the live entertainment industry. Through our global network of venues, powerful sports franchises, music brands, integrated entertainment districts, ticketing platforms and global sponsorship activations, […]

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Jatin Chaurasia

Jatin is the Co-Founder & the Managing Partner of Sumeru Ventures – a venture fund built to invest in disruptive ideas and bold entrepreneurs who are using technology to advance the human race and create a lasting impact on society. A futurist & philanthropic visionary driven by compassion, Jatin possesses the mind of a technocrat […]

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Kalika Gupta

VP IT, Head of Corporate, Risk & Operations Technology at Cetera Financial Group Kalika Gupta is a strategic business and commercially focused IT executive with a track record of delivering technology and business solutions that drive financial results, enhance competitive market advantage and ensure compliance with financial regulations. She is a proven team builder that […]

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Krishnan Unnikrishnan

Founder, Envisioner; CEO at Radiant IRIS Krishnan collects oral storytelling traditions and techniques that communicate the ineffable truth of human existence. In an age of relativism, there is a holistic method of cultivating universal meaning and values in technology. Krishnan’s focus is to fuse the techniques of meaning and myth making with modern technology to […]

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Mangesh Mahajan

Partner at Watermark Venture Capital

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Mark Masten

I am a global business leader with 20+ years’ experience and a passion for developing healthy food and beverage brands in the US and around the world. With a proven track record of successfully leading turnarounds and building globally recognized brands, I’ve developed creative strategies that capitalized on opportunities, creating top line growth and improving […]

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Michael Riverra

Executive Director, Founder Central at University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business Operations Management ✦ Executive Business & Cross-Functional Leadership ✦ Communications & Marketing ✦ Policy Formation ✦ Strategic Planning ✦ Scalable Business Solutions ✦ Financial Management

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Moe Rock

Moe Rock is a producer, speaker, thought leader, and author. Driven by his passion to transform, Rock works in partnership with individuals, businesses, and organizations that are ready to tap and fully express their inner potential. As President and Founder of the World Philanthropy Group, a global NGO, Rock works to support the Sustainable Development […]

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Neil Sahota

Neil Sahota is an IBM Master Inventor, United Nations (UN) Artificial Intelligence (AI) subject matter expert, Faculty at UC Irvine, and author of Own the A.I. Revolution. With 20+ years of business experience, he works with clients and business partners to create next generation products/solutions powered by emerging technology. His work experience spans multiple industries […]

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Nitin Chawla

Vice President – Business Operations, Digital Media Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) Nitin leads business operations for Disney’s branded portfolio of apps and websites across the company. This includes Disney, ABC, ABC News, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic. In this role he is responsible for driving scale and efficiency for Disney’s digital media business. Prior […]

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Pankaj Raval

Helping startups, businesses, and investors mitigate risk and make deals – Counsel for deal makers and risk takers. – I advise clients in the areas of business, trademarks, real estate, employment, and finance. My overarching goals are to unite creative people and companies to assist them in making sound legal and business decisions. I have […]

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Parag Havaldar

Software R&D Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, Oscar Recepient 2017 – Vfx Effects Dr. Parag Havaldar is an Academy Award winning computer scientist, a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, and is experienced in software technologies for a variety of digital entertainment initiatives that involve 3D computer graphics, computer vision and imaging, machine learning, media compression, streaming […]

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Pat Cassidy

Commercial Officer, San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center Pat is a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, with the mission to help American companies succeed in overseas markets. This work includes providing strategic advice and practical assistance to American businesses seeking to enter or expand in their business abroad and […]

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Pramod Kunju

Pramod Kunju, nick named “Data Guru” is the founder of Nakunj Inc, a boutique consulting firm focused on Data Analytics and AI. Nakunj’s clients include several fortune 500 companies in Southern California. Pramod is a sought-after speaker, and author of “The Only Customer”, a game-changing approach to Customer-retention based on AI. Pramod Kunju holds an […]

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Raj Nihalani

HealthTech Entrepreneur, Innovation Catalyst and Founder of Gastric Vest System Dr. Raj Nihalani is Physician entrepreneur, expert in innovations in cardiovascular, obesity, metabolic disorders, spine fusion innovations, ophthalmology, m-heatlh, Ai, Big data platform, business development, M&A, regulatory strategy, Clinical Trials, Medical Technology Analysis /assessment, and clinical marketing. Dr, Nihalani is one of the few medical […]

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Ravi Sharma

Founder (OOTify) | TiE CM | Investor | Mentor Passion for mental health and disruptive technologies. Tireless work ethic and personable attitude. Experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare, clean tech, investment management, and real estate. YC Startup School ’18 and Nex Cubed Cohort ’19. His venture OOTify is democratizing mental healthcare […]

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Sangam Pant

Sangam Pant has over 30 years of Operating and Investing experience in Healthcare, Technology, Media, and Business Services. He recently retired as Managing Director from CARD Inc., a behavioral healthcare company providing Autism treatment services and products. Over his 5 year tenure CARD organically grew from 20 to 250+ clinics before being sold to Blackstone […]

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Sanjay B Dalal

Sanjay B Dalal is founder & CEO of oGoing, the leading B2B community that connects over 75K local, small and growing businesses. A community volunteer, digital marketing consultant and quintessential entrepreneur, Sanjay lives with his family in beautiful Irvine, California.

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Saranathan Govindarajan

Vice President, GT at Mattel, Inc. Chief Architect and Head of Connected Play Engineering at Mattel, Saranathan Govindarajan is an accomplished transformation leader in media, communications as well as consumer products world. Sara has led multiple transformation initiatives and contributed well to the technology landscape across many Fortune 100 companies including ATT, DIRECTV, Mattel and […]

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Shankar Ram

Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor at SAKRA L.P. Shankar is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and an angel investor. He has started multiple companies and has had 4 successful exits in the past 20 years. He has invested in over 25 start-ups and is active in angel investment groups. He is on the Board of TiE Southern California, […]

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Sharon Peykar, ACSW

As an associate psychotherapist & life coach, Sharon’s approach is transparent and collaborative. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and USC School of Social Work. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Mental Health. She has worked in different levels of care, including schools, hospitals and inpatient treatment […]

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Shreedhar Kothari

Vice President at Gumbiner Savett Shreedhar (Shree) has been a certified public accountant for almost 20 years, practicing in New York City and Los Angeles. He is also a cost and chartered accountant in India. Shree specializes in middle market private companies and is well versed with the global business environment. Shree has worked with […]

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Shuja Paul

Global media and business development leader focused on innovation and creativity by developing business and entertainment projects across the globe. Lead profitable worldwide organizational growth and expansion for power and entertainment organizations. Strong organizational and project management skills represented fortune one hundred organizations and communicated their message from the grassroots to the international level. Led […]

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Smita Siddhanti

President at EnDyna, Inc. Dr. Smita Siddhanti, President of TiE-DC and founder of EnDyna Inc. EnDyna (www.endyna.com) is an environmental and management consulting firm, working with several US federal agencies. a consulting firm, specializing in the improvement of health, safety, and the environment. With her 25 years of experience in government contracting, Dr. Siddhanti brings […]

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Sonia Bhalla

DGA DIRECTOR / WRITER Sonia is an American born, Philadelphia raised, South Asian director in the Directors Guild of America. A leader with vision, Sonia is a winner of the ABC/DISNEY Television Directing fellowship and recently directed episode 213 of COOP & CAMI ASK THE WORLD for the Disney Channel, while her feature film directorial […]

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Sunil Hadap

Principal Applied Scientist at Amazon CG, CV, AI – Researcher, Practitioner

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Vandana Gupta

Vandana Gupta is the Founder, President and CEO of Ingenious Information Technology Inc., an IT company providing Consulting Services for over 23 years to Government and Private clients. IIT has had master contracts with many Government agencies including Federal Government (GSA), State of CA (MSA and CMAS), County of Los Angeles (ITTSMA), City of Los […]

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Vijay Ganti

Vijay heads the Product Management and ML/AI research team for Security Products at VMware. Prior to this role, Vijay has held leadership positions across engineering, strategy and product management at companies like Bell Labs and EMC. Vijay’s technology experience includes building Machine Learning applications in video and image processing domain, in addition to cybersecurity. He’s […]

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Vish Nath

Vish Nath is a business transformation leader with over two decades of business, IT and leadership experience in various corporations including many fortune 500 companies like Honeywell, McKesson, and Molina Healthcare. Vish has been COO of a Software Solution company and in the recent past CEO of a Medical Device company. In his current role […]

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