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Project Management National Conference, India 2019

20 – 21 September, 2019 | Hyderabad, India

Randall T. (Randy) Black, P. Eng., PMP

Chair, 2019 PMI Board of Directors


Mr. Black is the owner and principal of Edutainer 53 Consulting Limited, an Edmonton-based consulting organization focused upon project management and operations consulting and training.

Throughout his 40-year career, he has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, IT consulting, e-learning development and consulting, project management training and consulting, and PMO management. As a project management consultant and trainer, he has led consulting work in a variety of industries and taught courses as part of executive education training offered through Alberta-based colleges and the University of Alberta.

Mr. Black has been a volunteer for most of his life. As a young man, he volunteered with the YMCA and with his local church. He has held office in such diverse organizations as his Church Servers Guild (head server), the University of Waterloo Alumni Association (vice president–events; chapter president) and with PMI and specifically the PMI Northern Alberta Chapter (vice president–education, president, past president). Within his 12 years of PMI volunteering, he has served as a Region 1 Mentor and served on the Chapter Member Advisory Group (CMAG).

A vibrant and colorful speaker, he has presented at PMI® Leadership Institute Meetings, global conferences, regional meetings, and chapter meetings as well as international technical conferences on topics such as strategy, leadership, strategic telecommunications operations, process re-engineering, people and personality, and, of course, project management.

Mr. Black earned his B.A Sc. In Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He also holds certificates in Engineering Economics from Duke University, and Insights Personal Discovery™ evaluation. Mr. Black holds a Professional Engineering (P. Eng.) designation registered in the Province of Alberta, and has held his PMP®designation since 2004.

Dr. Archana Sharma

Principal Scientist at the CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland.


Dr. Archana Sharma is a Principal scientist at the CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. She is the only Indian scientist who was involved in the path-breaking discovery of Higgs Boson particle in 2012. Her journey from Jhansi to CERN, the Mecca of Particle Physics has been remarkable and a story of inspiration for many aspiring Indian scientists.

An internationally recognized expert having worked on several CERN experiments both on R&D being involved in designing and prototyping, and on running laboratories for construction, safety, installation, commissioning and operation of large-scale gaseous detectors for radiation. Following a graduate degree in Physics from BHU Varanasi, received her Ph.D. from Delhi University in 1989 followed by a D.Sc from the University of Geneva, in 1996. Archana also earned an executive MBA degree from the International University Geneva in 2001. Her publications, review articles and book: a special volume on Instrumentation on Particle Physics edited by her are widely referred to and cited. She is an IEEE Senior serving several terms on the Transnational Committee. She is the co-owner of patent on a family of timing and high rate capable devices and has served on numerous committees and plays a vital role in advisory review boards for leading International Conferences, Publications and Symposia in the field.

An examiner for European Commission Horizon 2020 projects and for relevant national funding agencies and an Adjunct professor in several institutions she teaches regularly courses on gaseous detectors and their applications in high energy physics and in other fields like medical imaging and diagnostics, astronomy, space and PET. Actively facilitating knowledge exchange and capacity building in the science and technology sector utilizing her mandate in the International Committee and the Career Committees. Author and co-author of over 800 publications, is invited regularly for talks in international conferences and public addresses in various science and technology events. Recently nominated Distinguished Lecturer at IEEE, she has collaborated with events at the ILO Geneva and World Communication Forum Davos as spokesperson for diversity, excellence in scientific communication.

Dr. Archana has donned several hats including that of a Physicist, Teacher and a Project Manager at CERN

Dr. V. R. Lalithambika

Scientist, Director, Directorate of Human Space Programme at ISRO headquarters.


Dr. V. R. Lalithambika joined Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO in 1988 after graduation(Electrical) and post-graduation (Control Engineering) from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. She later did her PhD in Control Engineering, in 2008.

She has been associated with the autopilot design of ISRO launch vehicles PSLV, GSLV and GSLV MkIII right from inception. She later assumed responsibility for guidance and control design, mission analysis and simulation activities. Her team has played a major role in the success of the launch vehicle missions, including the Reusable Launch Vehicle technology demonstrator, and the Crew module recovery experiment.

At present she is designated as Outstanding Scientist, and Director, Directorate of Human Space Programme at ISRO headquarters. She was earlier holding the post of Deputy Director, VSSC.

For her contributions in launch vehicle technology, she has been conferred with the following awards:

  • ISRO performance excellence award in 2013.
  • ISRO merit award in 2010.
  • Astronautical Society of India Space Gold Medal in 2001, which she received from the then President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • She has also been conferred with Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Sathyabama University in 2017 and the Marie Curie Mahila Vijnana Puraskara by the Karnataka Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana in 2018.


Her Research interests are: Aerospace mission, navigation, guidance, control, and simulation, and space robotics
She is currently guiding three PhD students in related areas.
She is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India and Member of Astronautical Society of India, Aeronautical Society of India and Systems Society of India( former President, Trivandrum chapter).

Karuna Gopal

President, Foundation for Futuristic Cities


Ms. Karuna Gopal, is an Internationally acclaimed Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker and Advisor on Smart Cities. She is the Founder President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced Urban Transformation in India for over a decade.

Ms Gopal contributed to the design of the '100 Smart Cities Mission' of India and has been invited to speak at the launch of the Mission by the Prime Minister. Her innovation SCULPT YOUR CITY- 2009 (a crowd sourced protocol) has shaped the Mission guidelines and has been declared a National Best Practice.

Governments of Singapore, Sweden, UK, Philippines, UAE, Turkey, Israel and USA have invited her for inputs on Smart Governance. In 2018, Ms Gopal was invited by the Prime Minister of UAE to address their flagship event – World Government Summit at Dubai

In 2015, Ms Gopal served as senior advisor, Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs on behalf of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was also one of the urban experts to have carried out a mid-course evaluation of the National Mission Program ‘Clean India – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on behalf of Asian Development Bank (ADB). In the past, she served as an Urban Expert for The WORLD BANK, DFID (Department for International Development, UK), USAID (United States Agency for International Development) & ADB (Asian Development Bank).

In 2010 as a member of Chief Minister's Advisory Council of Andhra Pradesh (erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh) she was instrumental in forging a Sister State Partnership between Washington State (USA) and Andhra Pradesh

Her current initiative SURGE (Smart Urbanization Reinventing Growth with Equity) is about transformative policies for ushering a NEW INDIA.

Pradeep Panicker

Dy. Chief Executive Officer, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited


Mr. Pradeep Panicker is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL). Prior to joining GHIAL, he has held various portfolios at GMR Delhi International Airport including that of Executive Vice-President (EVP) & Chief Commercial Officer for Aeronautical Business.

He comes with a vast experience of over 25 years working in leading infrastructure and financial institutions viz. Feedback Ventures (P) Ltd., L&T Group, IDBI, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Mr. Panicker has been one of the key members of the successful team that won the bid for modernization of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi and its takeover.

As the Founder President of Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI), a not for profit association that offers a common platform to the air cargo community, his guidance has been pivotal in Process simplification, Policy formulation, Innovation, Benchmarking, etc.

Mr. Panicker is a Chartered Accountant, Cost & Works Accountant and holds Diploma in Merchant Banking and Financial Services. With his proven expertise as an Industry leader, Mr. Panicker has presented insightful papers and shared his knowledge at various conferences including those of CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Aerodrome India, Business Standard, CRISIL, Indo-US Aviation, Construction India, British Airport Group, Forum Asia-Bangkok, Dubai Future of Borders Conference, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Air Cargo Agents Association of India, Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India and so on.

He is an in-house faculty who has been instrumental in developing and delivering various training programs related not only to Aviation but also Management. His transformational coaching and mentoring skills have added to a whole new learning curve in creating leadership pipeline for the industry.

Sudhanshu Mani

Ex-General Manager - Indian Railways' Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai and Chief Architect of India’s fastest train, ‘Train 18’ (Vande Bharat Express)


Sudhanshu Mani, is ex-General Manager of Indian Railways' Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai and the Chief Architect of India’s fastest train, ‘Train 18’ also known as the Vande Bharat Express

Mr. Mani belongs to the 1979 batch of Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) and retired recently on 31 December 2018. He has over 36 years of experience in Indian Railways and has worked in areas like workshop management, railway operations, project management, planning and R&D.

Train 18, made news for being the first engine-less as well as the fastest train in India. Its production and manufacturing was completed within a record-breaking time span of 18 months and made possible under the Project leadership of Mr. Mani. During his tenure, ICF has also completely offset the emission and became the first organisation of Indian Railways to achieve Carbon Negative status; he has authored a coffee table book on the subject detailing this environmental journey.

He also spearheaded the organisation to achieve a record production of 3,262 coaches per year in the year 18-19, which was successively increase from the level of 2005 coaches in the year 15-16 before he joined as Its head, a phenomenal jump of 63% in less than three years. His work ethics and contributions to the Indian Railways, including the record-breaking Train 18 will remain one of the splendid achievements of India's progress in this space.

He has also developed a new genre of art & railways in visual arts, brought about through a movement called Safar (Support and Appreciation for Art & Railways) initiated by him in 2011 and continued till 2018. He has chronicled his experiences in four coffee table books written between 2012 and 2019.

Heena Raval

Director of Internal Tooling and Intelligent Automation, Google


Heena joined Google this year as a Director in CorpEng. She leads the internal tools team within Googler Technology & Engineering group that builds applications and intelligent automation to drive productivity for Googlers.

She has two decades of rich experience in Technology and Product Engineering, wherein she has led multiple product and service vision, design, development and GTM efforts. Over the last few years, she has set up Machine Learning / AI COEs grounds up and successfully taken innovation from lab to production in the area of Sales & Marketing Intelligence and Operational Intelligence. She has successfully led globally distributed teams to achieve top organisational initiatives from idea to execution, delivered multi-generation roadmap while consciously developing a culture of high energy and customer empathy in her teams.

Before joining Google, she led the ML/AI COE at CA Technologies to harness existing data assets into their latest product - CA Operational Intelligence. Prior to that, she was with Microsoft for over 11 years delivering many enterprise scale solutions for both internal and fortune 500 customers. Some of the projects that she delivered for MS corp were amongst top CIO initiatives, such as Customer 360 Master Data Management services, Honouring Customer Permissions services, Enterprise Integration platform. During her time with Microsoft Consulting, she led teams to deliver marquee projects for Ford Smart Car, UK Guide Dogs, Norway Healthcare, Dubai PMO, Singapore CPF. She led ‘AI for the enterprise’ vision of Microsoft's Sales transformation and delivered an advanced analytics platform that drives smart experiences and intelligent decision making for MS Sellers. She has coached several enterprise customers on strategizing the roadmap for driving digital maturity. She is a well known speaker on the topic of ML/AI for enterprises. Prior to Microsoft, she has worked with GE Product Engineering, ABB Corporate Research, Larsen & Toubro R&D, where she developed Product life cycle management software and deployed them across the globe.

She believes that her career is built on change, constant learning, obsession with creating value for customers, moving to new challenges and conquering new frontiers. She is extremely passionate about entrepreneurial growth and so in her spare time, she helps local startups and students. She is on the board of Thermaissance, a patient care startup and contributes to Literacy Projects. She enjoys the ‘learn it all’ attitude, is a big advocate of sustainable lifestyle, spends time on wellness, loves trekking and reading. She is married to Hari and has two boys - Alay and Aran.

Sridhar Pinnapureddy

Chairman and Managing Director of CtrlS Datacenters Ltd


Mr. Sridhar Pinnapureddy is a First Generation Entrepreneur and Founder of $250 Million Pioneer Group comprising of CtrlS Datacenters Ltd, Pioneer Online, Cloud4C among others.

He is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of CtrlS Datacenters Ltd, Asia Pacific’s largest Tier 4 Datacenter service provider serving over 3,500 customers including 20 of the Global Fortune 100 and 35 of the top ET 500 Indian companies. Promoted by the Pioneer Group, as well as the $39 bn OCH ZIFF capital group OZM (NYSE), CtrlS is APAC's largest Tier 4 Data center and managed services provider. Seamlessly managing the mission critical data of Indian and leading organizations worldwide, CtrlS is trusted by industry leaders across an impressive spectrum of business verticals including BFSI, Telecom, IT/ITeS etc

The company operates approximately 1 million square feet of datacenter space spread across state-of-the-art facilities in Hyderabad, Chennai, Noida, Bangalore and Mumbai and has a global presence in 25 countries and 40 plus locations across the globe spread across Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region, where it offers Cloud Managed Services and related offerings. The Company has 1,800 employees and is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. CtrlS is a recipient of awards and recognition such as CIO Choice Award, Best Datacenter by SME Channels, Aegis Graham Bell Award Innovation in Cloud Service, CII National Award for the most Innovative and Energy Efficiency Unit.

Mr. Pinnapureddy is regarded as the thought leader in the datacenter industry and has steered over 200 innovations. He is credited with launching first Tier 4 datacenter in India and has been instrumental in changing the Datacenter Market landscape in India by building a datacenter which can guarantee the highest availability and least energy consumption. His strong belief in the philosophy of “total ownership for consistent value addition to clients” is strongly imbibed in CtrlS as its brand core.

Sridhar has been recognized for his good work in business as well as social initiatives and is a recipient of several awards including:

  • Business Transformer of the Year Award by CEO Clubs India - 2018
  • E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year (Finalist) Award - 2015
  • TV5 Business Leader Award - 2015
  • SI Entrepreneur of the Year Award -2014
  • Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani by Global Economic Council (GEC)
  • Best Entrepreneur of the Year by ATA
  • The Outstanding Entrepreneur of the year-2010 for Asia Pacific Region by APEA
  • CEO of the year award by World Quality Congress – 2012.
  • ICONGO - Khemka Foundation Karamveer Puraskar

Satyarup Siddhanta

Techie, Motivational Speaker and an Environmentalist.


Satyarup Siddhanta is a Bangalore-based Indian mountaineer who holds the world record for Youngest person to climb the 7 summits and 7 volcanic summits. He is also the President and founder of ABETO – "A better tomorrow" foundation.

He made a world record and became the Youngest in the world to climb both the 7 summits (highest mountain of each of the continents) and 7 volcanic summits (highest volcano of each of the continents).

As a child, Satyarup Siddhanta was an asthmatic kid who couldn’t even run a 100m without using an inhaler. His next epic expedition – North Pole last Degree Ski

Dr. Venkat Srinivas

Principal Chief Engineer and Head - Product Development, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Ltd.


Dr. Venkat Srinivas is Principal Chief Engineer and Head - Product Development, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Ltd. He is a member of the Senior Management Team at Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, managing engineering and product development functions for M&M’s Commercial Vehicle range of Trucks and Buses. He has twenty eight years of R&D and management experience in Aerospace and Automotive engineering disciplines.

Prior to joining M&M in 2014, Dr. Srinivas was Special Director – Product Development at Ashok Leyland Ltd, and a member of the Ashok Leyland Senior Management Team, managing several engineering departments and a team of over 300 engineers and managers. Dr. Srinivas earlier had a 14-year career in Product Development at Ford Motor Company, Detroit, USA.

Dr. Srinivas holds a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, USA, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA.

Srikanth Mopidevi

Executive Director and Head of consumer Banking & BigData Analytics, DBS Asia Hub



Srikanth Mopidevi has over 20 years of experience in IT industry. He has deep engineering background, having worked at companies like Microsoft as product unit head for enterprise products. Srikanth is also an entrepreneur and co-founded technology startups. In his recent role, he is Executive Director and head of consumer banking & BigData analytics at DBS Asia Hub

Prof. Mamta Gautam

Senior Associate Faculty, Designpreneur and Academician, National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra


Title: Design thinking and innovation in disruptive era Relevance of the presentation

“The last eighteen years has seen a seismic shift in global brand rankings. It is almost impossible to believe that less than two decades ago brands such as Apple, Google and Amazon were barely a glint in the world’s eye”. source Truly Deeply.

As Yuval Noha Harari, author of 21 lessons for 21 st century, frames it, ‘Technology is forcing humankind to ask difficult questions, philosophy has never been this central to decision making’.

The new challenges of this era of disruptive technology and innovation have no history. Some of the recent economic failures and increasing rate of complexities at systems level have battered businesses and led to collapse of traditional organisational management processes.

These disruptions demand a shift in how the world views the classic job profiles with fixed boundaries. While on one hand technological disruption has helped merge boundaries, innovate faster, it is demanding every individual to adopt and reinvent oneself on daily basis in order to stay relevant.

More and more companies in the recent times find themselves in a crisis, not knowing how to respond to change and there are no quick fixes and magic wands for that.

The question being, how do individuals, organisations and brands reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant? Amongst all the approaches, what does design thinking offer? How can design thinking help in staying relevant in times to come?

Objective of the presentation:
Unlike the traditional critical thinking of breaking down, design thinking is a paradigm shift, entails building up approach to future possibilities, opportunities and scenarios!

The presentation is aimed at sensitising the audience on role of design thinking as a tool to understand, analyse and map the problem at hand. ‘Design’ often mistaken as the discipline which is concerned with how something looks, the presentation shall address and inform the audience on key features of design and design thinking. And about its efficacy in helping organisations, managers, decision makers to weave functionality and intangibles, like customer’s aspiration in building innovative solutions. Incremental increase in product or service value through iterative process and effective communication design can help organisations, decision makers helps to create a win-win for all the stakeholders. Balancing between the interface of risk management and innovation, design thinking can help address internal and external problems in nuanced ways.

‘How we frame the problem, changes how we perceive, address, respond and solve the problem’, is the underlying principle for design thinking.

The presentation while discusses design thinking approach, also brings awareness on what is not design thinking. The presentation creates a case for design thinking companies versus hiring design thinkers, asking management to not only participate but also facilitate a culture of design thinking for innovation culture within the organisations.