Advisory Board

Dr. Mustaque Ahamad
Dr. Mustaque Ahamad is a professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a global professor of engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi. He served as director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) from 2004-2012. As director of GTISC, Dr. Ahamad helped develop several major research thrusts in areas that include security of emerging convergedcommunication networks and applications, identity and access management andsecurity of healthcare information technology. He also worked extensively with local and national industry leaders to develop effective relationships to address thechallenges associated with cyber security. Dr. Ahamad also co-founded Pindrop Security which provides solutions to secure telephony-based transactions.

Ms. Anuradha Das Mathur
Anuradha Das Mathur is a Founder and Director of 9.9 Media (Nine Dot Nine Media) - one of India’s fastest growing niche media companies that offers high-quality, timely knowledge and insights to targeted consumers, business and professional communities through magazines, websites, events, and peer groups. Over the past 5.5 years, she has launched new businesses, turned-around older ones, and focused on either doing different things – or doing things differently; a characteristic that is now identified with her Company.

Mr. Felix Mohan
Mohan has over 25 years experience in information security and is an acknowledged expert and thought leader in the domain. He was the Snr VP and Global CISO at Bharti Airtel, where he also held charge as the company’s Chief Architect for information technology and CIO for its Bangladesh and Sri Lankan operations. Prior to his stint in Bharti, he was an advisor at a Big-4 consultancy, CEO of a security company he helped start, and the Director of the Indian Navy’s Information Technology practice, where he was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) by the President of India for innovative work in information security. He has also been a member of several national and international government committees on security, including the National Task Force on information security, IBM Security Board of Advisors, RSA Security for Business Innovation Council, and has been chairperson of the CII National Committee on data security among others. For his contributions he has also been awarded the DSCI Security Leader Award, CSO Forum Security Visionary Award, and the RSA Security Strategist Award.

Prof. Rajat Moona
Prof. Rajat Moona is the Director General of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). He received his BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985 and a PhD degree in Computer Science and Automation from IISc Bangalore in 1990. He joined as a faculty member of IIT Kanpur in 1991 where he is a full professor in the department of CSE. He along with his students and National Informatics Centre has defined the Key Management System and Layout of the data on the Driving License, National Id Card and Electronic Passports. He has also been instrumental in defining the strategy for smart card certification mechanisms for the Government of India. He is involved in defining the RFID applications in areas such as electronic toll collection.

Dr. Sundeep Oberoi
Dr. Sundeep Oberoi is the Global Head for Niche Technology Delivery Group in TCS. The role of the group is to provide delivery in specialized technology like IT Security, RFID sensors and NFC, Web 2.0 technologies, User experience, Collaboration and Unified Communication, Cloud Computing and Next Generation Networks. He also heads the TCS Certifying Authority, which is India’s largest issuer of legally valid Digital Certificates. Dr Sundeep Oberoi has authored a book “E-Security and You” explaining the IT Act, 2000 and several other books, conference and journal publications. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, an MTech in Computer Science from IIT Delhi and a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur.

Dr. Gulshan Rai
Dr. Gulshan Rai has over 25 years of experience in different areas of Information Technology which include Cyber Security, e-Governance, Legal Framework and the Information Technology Act for e-commerce, and several related fields. At present, he is Director General, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) and Group Coordinator of E-Security and Cyber Law Division in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Prior to this he was Executive Director, ERNET India for over 7 years and he was instrumental in setting up of the first large scale education and research network in close collaboration with the leading educational and research institutions in the country.
Mr. Nandkumar Saravade
Mr. Nandkumar Saravade is an independent security professional and cyber crime expert, currently advising Ernst & Young and Citibank. Till recently, he worked as Director, Citibank India, heading Security, Investigation and Vigilance. During 2008-2011, he worked as General Manager, Financial Crime Prevention Group, ICICI Bank, where he looked after fraud risk management, including prevention, detection and investigation and regulatory reporting and compliance.

Mr. B. Ganapathi Subramaniam
Ganapathi Subramaniam is currently serving as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft India. As CSO, his key responsibilities include interacting with Govt. of India & the Governments of various states on Cyber Security initiatives. His previous employers include Accenture, PwC and Ernst & Young. An international conference speaker and a columnist, he has spoken at various events around the world and has been writing regular columns since 2003. He has done various certifications such as CISA, CISM and also holds Master’s degree in Computer Applications from Pondicherry University.
Dr. Niranjan Thirumale
Dr. Niranjan Thirumale is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the EMC India Center of Excellence (COE). He has over twenty years of experience in the Data Storage industry, with numerous published papers and patents. Niranjan drives innovations across the product, solutions and services portfolio at the India COE. He incubates advanced research and technology development projects and raises the technical capabilities of the organization by working closely with EMC's leadership. He offers technology leadership to emerging markets initiatives and spearheads university research collaborations. Niranjan works with the EMC Corporate CTO on global technology initiatives. Niranjan has a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Madras, and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI) at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is an elected Fellow of IEEE, the AAAS, the British Computer Society, and the SPDS (Society for Design and Process Science). She received several prestigious award including IEEE Computer Society's 1997 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management”, and the 2010 ACM SIGSAC (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control) Outstanding Contributions Award for “seminal research contributions and leadership in data and applications security for over 25 years”. She has unique experience working in commercial industry, research laboratory, US government and academia and her 30+ year career includes research and development, technology transfer, product development, program management, and consulting for the federal government. Her work has resulted in 100+ journal articles, 200+ conference papers, 100+ keynote and invited talks, five US patents (two pending) and twelve books.

Mr. Sunil Varkey
Sunil Varkey is CISO and Global Head of Information Risk & Policy Compliance for Wipro. He has over 18 Years of IT / Information Assurance Leadership experience with Banking, Telecom, ITES and Manufacturing business in US, Middle East & India. He holds BE (Electronics) and MBA (Investments) and GSNA, CISSP, CIPP/US, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA, ABCP, ITIL- V2 (Red Badge) and Six Sigma GB certifications.