Founder and Group CEO Strides Arcolab Ltd
Arun is the Founder and Promoter Director of Strides Arcolab Ltd. and has been on its Board as Managing Director since its inception in 1990. His in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and astute business acumen has seen Strides make path-breaking forays in the industry.
Mr. Arun was earlier the General Manager of British Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Founder & CEO
Saurabh is the Founder and CEO of Spire Technologies Inc. based at San Francisco. Saurabh has extensive experience in executing strategic products and innovations in leading global technology companies including Yahoo!, SAP, Oracle, Worldspan and Galileo at their North America, Europe and India offices.
Saurabh is passionate about driving large scale transformation by creating fundamental and scalable technologies that enable unprecedented efficiency across businesses and their functions. He is associated with several premier institutions including the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore where he frequently interacts with faculty and students for expert discussions on market innovation, discovery driven planning and technology based enterprise management.
Saurabh holds an advanced Master’s degree in Global Enterprise Management from GDW Consortium – a joint initiative of IIM, Bangalore; SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan; University of Hong Kong and UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore, India.
Viraj is the Managing Director of Nettpositive, An Equifax Company. Viraj has over twenty years of international experience in general management, marketing, sales, strategy, e-commerce and market research in the financial services industry. He has more than 8 years of international experience in senior positions with American Express Europe and Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBoS). He has managed large P&Ls in both UK and India. Viraj’s last assignment was as Business Head, Credit Cards for Standard Chartered Bank in India.
Viraj has rich experience in developing and deploying analytics based strategies and embedding fact-based decision making in various organizations.
Viraj holds an an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IM), Bangalore and Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) from the Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India.
Chief Executive, MTL
Abhay is the Chief Executive Officer of Manipal Technologies Ltd. (MTL) which is India’s largest integrated print solutions provider in the private sector. A post graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, Abhay has a rich experience of 29 years in banking, financial services and information technology companies. In his most recent stint, Abhay served as the Managing Director and Partner of Logica, Global Operations & India. His experience includes working with many global organizations such as Mphasis India (before and after acquisition by EDS), GE Capital Services India and American Express Bank Ltd. He is recognized for building ground operations to drive change and in implementing operations improvement plans.
Abhay excels in guiding teams at various levels of organization to provide solutions that deliver business value. He has led multi-cultural teams across many geographies.
Abhay is a guest speaker at various engineering and management institutes, associations and public forums, etc. He was formerly the Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce, Chennai.
Professor, Corporate Strategy and Policy
Dr. S. Raghunath is a Professor of Corporate Strategy and Policy. He is currently the Dean (Admin) at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore. He has donned several roles in premium management institutions as the Chairperson of the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning; Chairperson of the IIMB International Student Exchange at different times over the past two decades at IIM, Bangalore.
Dr. Raghunath’s current portfolio includes teaching strategy, strategic alliances, e-business strategies and models in the post graduate programs and the readings course on strategic networks in the doctoral programme. He has coached many top senior managers of Indian as well as multinational companies. Since 24 years, he has been offering professional services to companies such as General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Essar, HP, Metro Cash & Carry, Satyam, Wipro, SAIL, Tata Steel, Volvo and Ashok Leyland. He is a registered consultant with the Office of Projects Services, UNDP and New York.
Dr. Raghunath was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University from 1990 to 1991 where he researched ‘strategy making’ in high-tech companies which included Cypress Semiconductors Inc., Harris Semiconductors Inc. Intel, Motorola, MIPS and National Semiconductor Corp. He serves as an independent director on the boards of many corporations and academic institutions.
Business and HR professional
Bikramjit is a business and HR professional with experiences in mainstream IT business spanning around 23 years. He started his independent consultant and coaching practice in 2007. His focus is to assist small and medium size organizations to create business-aligned people practices and help them develop healthy and robust leadership pipeline.
Bikramjit started his career with Infosys in 1999, focusing until 2003 on outsourcing delivery responsibilities for the Midwestern US market and built strategic relationships for Infosys that partly fueled its phenomenal business growth. Subsequently, as the head of Infosys’ Development Center at Bhubaneswar, India he was involved in scaling up the Center into a reputed Infosys Campus in the Eastern region. In 2005, he served as the Global Head, HR and provided strategic leadership to the HR team at Infosys.
Prior to Infosys, Bikramjit was the Delivery Head at RS Software, an outsourcing company. During his leadership at RS Software the company clocked a growth over 100% in a short span of two and a half years. Between 1980 and 1996 Bikram worked at CMC Limited in various roles.
Bikramjit holds a B. Sc. (Honors) in Physics from Presidency College, Kolkata and is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from University College of Technology, Kolkata. He has participated in various executive programs at XLRI, IIMA and Michigan Business School.
Bikramjit regularly speaks at various prestigious business forums. He has conducted and facilitated various leadership as well as executive training programs in India and abroad. He is qualified and accredited to administer the MBTI and FIRO-B instruments; and run assessment centers. He is also a certified executive coach, trainer and facilitator.
Co-founder and Non-Executive Director
Shweta is the Co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Spire Technologies Inc, and has been associated with Spire since its inception.
Shweta had a foundational role in bootstrapping the company and has led the Process Analytics group ensuring delivery of high quality output and solutions to Spire’s customers.
In addition to setting up the Enterprise Service Process System, she has also been involved in creating a robust Quality Assurance Framework, designing Spire’s internal Talent Management Program and putting in place an effective people engagement strategy.
Shweta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.