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Speakers at ThoughtWorks Live India 2017

Dan McClure TWLive India 2017

Dan McClure

Innovation Design Lead at ThoughtWorks



Dan McClure has been leading enterprise innovation in the face of disruptive market change for over thirty years. As the Innovation Design Lead at ThoughtWorks, he shapes and tests new approaches that drive complex change, in a hyper-creative global marketplace.


Dan believes that the most impactful innovation is rooted in complex and messy change. Which is why, he draws on a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes technology, business, and strategy.

Deepa Malik TWLive India 2017

Deepa Malik

Athlete and Paralympic Champion



Deepa, recently scripted history by winning the silver medal at the Rio Paralympics, in the women’s shotput F53 event. This win makes her India’s first woman and oldest athlete to ever win a medal at the Paralympics.


Deepa has also been conferred with the President’s Role Model award, and the NITI Aayog award for Women Transforming India. Deepa has taken it upon herself to beat the prejudices that society places on women or the specially-abled.

Hari Marar TWLive India 2017

Hari Marar

President of Bengaluru International Airport Ltd.


Hari is responsible for the airport's safe and efficient operations and all related facilities. He handles the engineering and maintenance activities at the airport, and is the key driver of all commercial activities at BIAL.


Prior to taking the responsibility of President, Airport Operations in 2011, Hari held the position of Director of Operations and was head of the complete airport operations.

Kalyani Sekar TWLive India 2017

Kalyani Sekar

VP & MD at Verizon Data Services India


Kalyani is responsible for Verizon India's IT and operations, with specific emphasis on transformation and emerging technologies. She heads the India center, that sports a workforce of 6,500 employees.


Kalyani leads the business transformation and system consolidation initiatives. In her earlier role, she was a senior delivery head, responsible for a range of business and operations support systems for Verizon Wireless and FiOS in the US.

Kamal Sagar TWLive India 2017

Kamal Sagar

Founder and Chairman of Total Environment Building Systems


Kamal Sagar is an architect, designer, real estate developer, restaurateur, and music enthusiast - with a huge focus on building homes that are close to nature.


Kamal, during his journey of integrating digital and brick and mortar, developed a software platform that allows home-buyers to customize every detail of their house. In recognition of his work, Kamal has won several Architectural Design Awards, at both the National and International levels.

Kiran Reddy TWLive India 2017

Kiran Reddy

CEO of SPI Group


Kiran Reddy is the CEO of SPI Cinemas, a multiplex chain from Chennai. Known for its unique movie going experiences, SPI Cinemas currently operates 47 screens across India.


Kiran is passionate about ideas that solve problems, which led him to create the SPI Incubator - an organisation that aims to create impact through enterprise.


He is an ardent learner and constantly seeks new experiences through travel.

Manu Saale TWLive India 2017

Manu Saale

CEO & MD at Mercedes-Benz R&D


While Manu was the Head of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at MBRDI, he was being groomed for his current assignment, MD and CEO of MBRDI.


Manu is a global player, and at the head of MBRDI, is instrumental in transferring important, specific know-how and expertise within Daimler R&D. This further solidifies MBRDI's position as a strong player in Daimler's global RD-network. Manu's role underlines India's importance as a growth market, for Daimler.

RTK TWLive India 2017

Rishikesha Krishnan

Director & Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Indore


Rishikesha is an author, columnist and professor of management who focuses on strategy, innovation, and education. Thinkers50 India, lists him as one of the most influential management thinkers.


Prof. Krishnan’s book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence, won the Best Book Award from the Indian Society for Training & Development. In an earlier role, he was a faculty member at IIM Bangalore, where he also held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Sagar Paul TWLive India 2017

Sagar Paul

Director of Client Services and Strategy at ThoughtWorks India


Sagar Paul has more than two decades of experience in helping clients find the best use of technology for their businesses. His experience spans traditional 'brick and mortar' companies, to the ones, 'born in the cloud'. Sagar is extremely passionate about design, data and client servicing.


He is currently leading the client services and strategy, based in India and his primary focus in helping ThoughtWorks' clients transform themselves into successful digital businesses to stay ahead.

Sudhir Tiwari TWLive India 2017

Sudhir Tiwari

Managing Director at ThoughtWorks India


Designing innovative, disruptive products, charting transformation roadmaps and growing winning partnerships with ambitious customers is a short summing up of Sudhir’s passions as a technology leader.


As the Managing Director of ThoughtWorks India, Sudhir is responsible for the company’s operations in the region, business strategy, software delivery excellence, new capability development, customer relationships, balancing sustainable growth and building high-performance teams.