Sandip Das

Chairman & Senior Partner - Maitreyi Capital Advisors

Sandip Das is a Mechanical Engineer from NIIT, Rourkela, MBA from FMS, Delhi and an AMP, from Harvard Business School.

He started his career in the DCM Shriram group as a Management trainee and thereafter after spending 10 years with the Group in Usha International, worked with Toyota Motor Corporation in Dubai for 6 years.

He was one of the founding members of mobile telephony in India and started Hutchison Max Telecom ( now called Vodafone) in 1994. When he left in 2006 he held the position of CEO, Deputy Managing Director and Director on the board of the Company having launched the Orange and Hutch brands.

He then took over as Group CEO of the Maxis group of companies in Kuala Lumpur overseeing Maxis Malaysia, Aircel India, Axis Indonesia and Sri Lanka Telecom as a Director on all the boards. He was voted Best CEO in Malaysia in 2012.

In 2013 he was appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Reliance Jio Infocomm to oversee the country"s largest 4G rollout, besides being on the board. He left Reliance early this year.

During his career he has appeared for four consecutive years on the global list of The 100 Most Powerful people in World Telecom by the Global Telecom Magazine.

Currently he is Chairman & Senior Partner of Maitreyi Capital Advisors a Private Equity and Venture Capital firm he has launched with his partners starting with a Digital Fund. He is also a Senior Advisor and Mentor for India and South East Asia with Analysys Mason a leading global Telecom consultancy. He is on the Board of a few organisations and an Angel investor/mentor for start up companies.

Manoj Kohli

Executive Chairman - SB Cleantech

Manoj Kohli is presently the Executive Chairman of the SB Cleantech, a joint venture formed by Japan's telecom and Internet major SoftBank, Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan- based Foxconn Technology Group

Before taking over this project, Manoj was the Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises Limited and responsible for the growth and operations of the Bharti group of companies - retail, insurance, agri-products, real estate, mobile internet etc.

He was the Managing Director and CEO (International), Bharti Airtel, for operation across African continent spanning over 20 countries and led the business till 2013.

Manoj joined Bharti Airtel in 2002 as President of Mobile Services business and became CEO and Managing Director. He led Bharti Airtel’s India operations to grow from 2 million to 150 million. He was on the board of Bharti Airtel .

Manoj was also Founding member of Escotel, which he led for over 5 years as Executive Director and CEO, before coming on board at Bharti Airtel.

Manoj started his career in 1979 with the DCM Shriram Group and held leadership positions in the Foods, Chemicals and Fertilizer businesses and assignments in Engineering projects, including Shriram Honda.

Manoj led as the Chairman, Public Policy Committee of GSM Association (GSMA), was also Board Member of GSMA in 2008 and reappointed to the GSMA Board in 2012. Manoj is currently Chairman, CII Task Force on Ease of Doing Business working with PMO directly to transform the investment climate in India. Prior to this he has held the post of Chairman – Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Telecom & Broadband.

He was adjudged “Telecom Man of the Year” in 2000 and “Telecom Person of the Year” in 2004 by Media Transasia and Voice & Data respectively.

Manoj holds degrees in Commerce, Law and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. Manoj also attended the “Executive Business Program” at the Michigan Business School and the “Advanced Management Program” at the Wharton Business School.

Prof Abhay Karandikar

Institute Chair Professor
Dept. of Electrical engineering - IIT Bombay

Prof Karandikar is currently Institute Chair Professor in the Dept. of Electrical engineering at IIT Bombay. 

He was the Head of the Department from 2012 to 2015. He is currently heading IIT Bombay Research Park & is the coordinator of Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center for Excellence in Telecom and National Center of Excellence in Technology for Internal Security.

Dr Karandikar has several patents issued and pending, contributions to IEEE standards, contributed chapters in books and large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit. He has supervised 10 PhD, more than 100 Masters and large number of BTech research projects