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Speakers and Panelists at TCS Innovation Forum 2015 - London



K Ananth Krishnan

K Ananth Krishnan heads R&D and Innovation at TCS as well as chairs the TCS Corporate Technology Board. A member of the TCS Corporate Think-Tank since 1999, he has led several strategic initiatives in TCS. He has been a Principal Architect and Lead Consultant in TCS’ Architecture and Technology Consulting Practice. He was named Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, and Infoworld’s Top 25 CTOs.



David Wong

David Wong is Technology and Innovation Manager at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK’s automotive industry trade body. His role includes driving, promoting and supporting automotive innovation in areas such as connected and autonomous vehicles, electric and hydrogen vehicles, and design engineering. He sits on the Automotive Council Technology Group.


 Charlie Curson

Charlie is a Founding Partner of Creative Sensemaking Ltd and of the Growth Agenda Network, and Lead Facilitator for Future Agenda 2025. Previously with The Foundation, Charlie is an experienced strategist, marketer and innovator with particular focus on developing radical new customer experiences.




 Hamish Taylor

Hamish Taylor is an award winning former CEO and now an inspirational speaker/broadcaster. Following an outstanding fast track career and 10 years assisting some of the world’s leading organisations, Hamish is now in demand all over the world as a leading expert in Innovation/Change, Customer Focus/Brand Management and Leadership/Performance. He is known as the “master thief” based on his record of innovation by transferring ideas between sectors. 


Shashi Bhushan

As the Chief Innovation Evangelist, Shashi’s job is to help align Corporate R&D & Innovation with TCS’ priorities with respect to business, brand, and societal outcomes. While proliferating and enabling commercialisation of Innovation, Shashi is tasked to "listen" to customers, businesses, partners, industry bodies (and the world at large!), and provide inputs and insights to TCS’ researchers and solution enablers. His team builds the Innovation brand for TCS and proliferates messaging across the organisation. It also promotes a culture of co-innovation within the organisation by leveraging the TCS Co-Innovation Network (COIN™).

Ashok Krish

Krish Ashok heads the Social Media & Workplace Reimagination Practice for TCS, and is helping clients shape the future of their workplaces by leveraging Digital forces such as social, mobile, big data, cloud and AI. He specializes in the “Human Cloud”, which describes the architecture of social technologies and their interplay between people and technology. He is also advising customers in other areas that include crowdsourcing, gamification and task-based social workplaces.


 Sumit Kumar Ray

Sumit heads Strategy & Innovation, Utilities Industry Solution Unit.  He has over 18 years of experience in projects involving IT, instrumentation, and automation. He is the architect of TCS’ framework for smart metering. Sumit presently drives all of TCS’ smart metering initiatives and also the program support for TCS’ smart metering projects in the UK, US, and Australia. He has hands-on experience with leading metering systems, meter data management, and home automation products.  


 Sankaranarayanan “Shanky” Viswanathan

Shanky Viswanathan is the Global Head of the Telecommunications Practice focusing on Strategy, Business Transformation and Industry Advisory Services. He is a veteran in the IT industry having spent more than 20 years in TCS.  Shanky strongly believes that “hyperconnectivity” will be the fabric of the digital economy and as a result, it is important to look at problem statements in the context of the larger economy rather than as point issues. In his role, he works closely with CXOs and other senior executives in the Telecom and Media industries to help them reimagine themselves in this hyperconnected Digital world.


Santhanam “Santhu” Rajan

Santhu is the Head of the Business Simplification within the Telecommunications sector at TCS and has over 17 years’ experience in delivering cost effective business and technology transformational strategies. He has helped clients improve their customer experience; redefine their operating model, reduce costs and enhance revenues. He has delivered operational excellence through outcome based models and has also been involved in Greenfield implementations for startup service providers. He has assisted organizations improve their customer experience to a position of leadership through focused business transformational initiatives.

Deepak Mittal

Deepak’s core strength is complex IT solutions; building comprehensive value propositions focusing on ultimately achieving business goals. As a consulting partner in the telecommunications practice, his focus is on architecting and delivering value propositions around Customer Experience Management, taking a comprehensive view of business & technology drivers as well as underlying IT and network enablers. Deepak has worked for over 20 years’ in the telecommunications   service provider domain handling sales & business development roles with large global companies.


Tim Jones

Tim has several roles across innovation, growth and futures arenas that provide multiple platforms for helping companies grow. He is a recognised expert in these areas and is the author of 8 related books as well as a regular speaker on innovation leadership, growth platforms and future trends. Tim is Programme Director of the Future Agenda project - the world's first global open foresight programme - which has shared unique views of the next decade around the world and is used by many different companies as stimulus for challenge and new thinking.


Mark Selby

Mark Selby is Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, home of the 5G Innovation Centre (Europe’s largest academic communications research centre). He is a Duke CE faculty member, a London School of Economics’ Network Economy Forum member and is a BBC Worldwide Labs mentor.  He lectures globally, consults and serves on boards.  His current work includes 5G, the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Connected Cars, Retail and Market Disruption.


Indranil Banerjee

Indranil is the Lead Solution Architect in the Smart Centre of Excellence in TCS, presently engaged with one of the largest utilities in the UK for their Smart Metering program. With a total 14 years of experience in the IT industry working for Utility customers, Indranil has seen the utility industry evolving driven by market forces, de-regulation and more recently the Smart technologies. As an IT Solution Architect, he has led large transformation programs in major geographies in the areas of customer service, work and asset management and smart.

Peter Bingham

Peter is a Chartered Engineer with an Electrical Engineering degree from Imperial College and an MBA from Warwick. He started out as a design engineer for National Grid and has since held a wide range of positions across the company. He was the Distribution Regulation Manager when the company first merged with Transco, Head of Operations for the West Midlands Gas Distribution network and Operations Performance Director for National Grid’s US Electricity Distribution networks. He also led the development of the regulatory and commercial framework that enabled the sale of four gas distribution networks in 2005.


Dr.Krishna V.Prasad

Krishna’s passion is to harness to the Power Sector, the tremendous potential of IT Services and Solutions. He is an electrical engineer who has worked with SCADA + EMS systems during a major part of his career. He is with TCS  as Advisor -Power Initiatives.



Sunil Sapra

Sunil Sapra is Business Head Transportation & Logistics, Europe. He has been associated with Travel & Transportation customers for TCS for over 15 Years now and has worked extensively in the UK and USA. He has managed and nurtured relationships with leading brands in the Industry. The experience over the years has provided a good understanding of Transportation business domain, its business challenges, industry trends, systems & processes. He has experience in establishing and managing large accounts and has been engaged with the customers in their Transformation journey across the business functions.


David Phillips

David is a Director of Major Markets for Tata Consultancy Services.  His experience encompasses all aspects of logistics from mail and parcels through to heavy freight and distribution systems in North America, Europe Middle East and Africa.



Prateep Misra

Prateep Misra is head of Technology and Engineering, TCS IoT Group.  He is also the Chief Architect of TCS Connected Universe Platform (TCUP) – an award winning IoT platform developed by TCS. He has over 23 years’ experience in the IT Industry in areas such a software development, research, technology consulting and software quality assurance. As a thought leader in TCS' R&D organization, Prateep has been responsible for setting up Center-of-Excellence (CoEs) in areas such as Stream Processing, Open Storage, RFID and Digital Signal Processing. His areas of expertise include Embedded Systems, RFID, IT Infrastructure, Real-Time Analytics and cloud computing.

Gary Donnelly

Gary has been with Avis almost 3 years, joining in 2012 from Gazproms Marketing & Energy Trading division.  He has held a number of senior IT positions mainly in Energy/Utility companies. In December 2014 Gary took over the role of B2C Delivery in IT.  In this role he is responsible for the development and maintenance of web technology and  other applications.  Previously he was the Programme director and most recently the Director of Application Delivery.


Ian Poland

Ian is the CTO & Head of Development at BT’s Unified Trading group in their Financial Technology Services unit. He is responsible for the design, development, testing and delivery of hardware and software for BT’s voice trading systems for their Global Banking and Financial Market clients.  He has been in BT for almost 7 years during which time he has led major transformation and development programmes. Prior to joining BT he spent more than 10 years in business and IT consultancy with KPMG and Atos where he gained experience working with clients in a number of industry sectors including retail, healthcare, biotechnology, telecommunications, public sector and fast moving consumer goods.

Gopi Chelliah

Gopi is Chief Operating Officer, Premium Credit Limited.  He has almost 20 years experience in senior roles within the banking industry, with a background in IT and operations strategy and delivery. Before joining Premium Credit, Gopi was at Russell Investments where he was the global head of IT and operations. He also held the role of interim CEO at Russell Investments London as well as being a part of the executive committee.


S. Varadarajan

S. Varadarajan (Varada) is Global Head for Banking & Financial Services Practice at TCS. Varada has about 24 years of experience and has held various Management positions in IT, Operations and Products. His rich BFS experience spans across multiple areas of Banks & Financial Institutions like Retail, Transaction Banking, Private Banking, Capital Markets. He has successfully led multiple transformation engagements focusing on improving the readiness of Banks & FIs for future growth, business process simplification and margin improvements. Varada has played a leading role in acquisitions and integration for CGSL and TKS. He also consolidated, led and grew the Investment Banking & Capital market operations.

Peter Noordzij

Peter is currently Manager ING Financial Markets, Trade and Lending Services IT, based in Amsterdam. In this role, his current challenges include the transition towards an Agile IT organisation that spans multiple locations and involves several third parties for services and of the shelf packages. Management of IT Support, IT development, IT architecture and business process management are other areas that he has handled.  He is an experienced manager of professionals with an interest for complex issues and change management.


Neville Brody

A renowned typographer, art director and brand strategist, Neville Brody is a hands-on practitioner working with a diverse roster of clients from global Corporations to local businesses. Alongside his studio work as CEO and Founding Associate of his practice, Brody Associates, he is also a passionate voice in the design community, an educator (Dean of the School of  Communication at the Royal College of Art) and a spokesman for counter culture in the creative industries. As President of D&AD in 2013 (Design and Art Directors Association) he launched the D&AD Foundation to help support young people into creative education.  Brody came to prominence very early in his career, particularly for his visually arresting work on magazines such as The Face and Arena. Working across sectors from technology to luxury; media to sportswear; and the arts to advertising, Brody has numerous seminal projects to his name.  

Ollie Holden

Ollie Holden is Chief Delivery Officer for TalkTalk Group, the UK’s leading value quad-play provider with over 4m customers, where he is responsible for all software delivery across the group. Ollie has spent much of his career transforming change and technology capabilities for companies as diverse as the London Stock Exchange, LV= Insurance and UBS Investment Bank.  Most recently he has specialised in transforming company-wide change delivery to exploit advances in organisational thinking, technologies and methods, and is a strong believer in a mix of pragmatism, discipline and hard work!  He has spent 15 years enabling multi-site multi-cultural teams to work effectively.

Mike Croucher

Mike joined Travelport in June 2014 in the vital leadership role of Chief Architect, with accountability for leading the architectural function. Mike joins the technology leadership team and will be a part of the global senior leadership, reflecting the importance of the architecture function to the company and commitment to the continuing realisation of Travelport’s strategy.   As part of the recent re-organisation Mike has added the Quality Assurance and Project Management Office Centres of Excellence to his responsibilities for Enterprise Architecture. An established technology thought leader, Mike brings with him extensive experience and has a particularly strong track record in successfully implementing IT systems across large, global organisations.

Tristan Hugo-Webb
Tristan Hugo-Webb is Associate Director of Mercator Advisory Group’s Global Payments Advisory  Service. Since joining Mercator, Tristan has researched or consulted on topics ranging from analysis of emerging payments markets to market entry strategies as well as best practices and disruptive changes (regulations, industry consolidation and restructuring, competition from nontraditional players) in the global banking and payments markets.

Anantha P Sekar
Anantha leads TCS’ business transformation advisory services in Europe, within the TCS Global Consulting Practice. Anantha specializes in understanding the business vision and strategy of customers, planning out the strategy execution by bringing together TCS capabilities in customer experience, business & IT operating models, enterprise architecture, digital enterprise, innovation, IT strategy, organisational change, programme management and outsourcing. He has over 25 years of TCS experience across sales, delivery, alliance and advisory roles, working with large enterprises across industry sectors in Europe, USA and India.