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Driving extraordinary intelligence, insights and impact with Data and AI


Friday, December 9, 4-5 PM IST | 11.30am CET


Retail Rendezvous is a series of thought leadership conversations with leaders who are reimagining retail business models and shopping experiences for customers. It is our attempt to explore the evolving retail landscape and the influence technology has in shaping this transformation.


Data and AI’s potential are common knowledge today. The technologies are reshaping every industry including the retail sector. However, the hard truth is data and AI have yet to be harnessed to their fullest – to fuel better decision making and performance across the retail value chain and customer experience. Infact, the lack of connected data across functions is cause for the failure of more than 70% of transformation initiatives undertaken by retailers.


The slow uptake for data and AI tech is leaving an immense untapped global potential that could otherwise unlock new sources of value and deliver exceptional digital products, platforms and experiences at scale.


Join us and other leaders driving data initiatives in the retail and commerce space to discuss how data can create extraordinary impact for customers, internal stakeholders and partners - within and across ecosystems.


Expect to hear points of view on:

  • Leaders’ journeys towards integrating data and analytics into various lines of business across the enterprise

  • Their approach to value articulation, justifying data investments and demonstrating ROI of platforms and data initiatives

  • The challenges retail leaders are grappling with when cultivating and nurturing a data driven culture

  • Perspectives on constructs such as data mesh, domain data as a product, continuous delivery for ML (CD4ML) for value maximization

  • Expert opinions on promising investments in the space of Data and specifically AI/ML


Abhijith Neerkaje

Head of Data Science and Analytics at Falabella India

Abhijith Neerkaje is a Data Science Leader with over 16 years of experience leading high performing teams across various sectors ranging from retail, semiconductor manufacturing and energy. In his role at Falabella India, Abhijith builds products that leverage machine learning algorithms to enhance the capabilities and efficiency Falabella’s marketplace. Prior to Falabella, Abhijith worked as a techno functional manager at Target, Walmart Ecommerce and Sandisk.

Krishnan Ramaswami

Head of Data Science at Tesco

Krishnan has over 25 years of experience as a technology leader and has played a variety of roles such as entrepreneur, researcher, consultant, advisor and teacher. He loves solving complex business problems using innovative technology solutions. He likes grooming younger talent and helping them grow in the organization. He is the author of several publications in international journals and conferences and the author of a US patent and 2 Indian patents. Krishnan is also a part time research advisor at the Indian Institute of Science.

Vanya Seth

Head of Technology at Thoughtworks

An experienced technologist with a demonstrated history of working in the IT services industry, Vanya is a strategic consultant specializing in platforms, delivery infrastructure, evolutionary architecture and cloud native applications. In her current role at Thoughtworks in India, Vanya shapes new pursuits, is a strategic advisor to clients, and formulates meaningful and resilient technology strategies. Vanya is a passionate technologist with a knack for solving complex problems, at scale. She is also deeply involved in open source communities.

Virapandy Thulasimani

Retail and Commerce Specialist at Thoughtworks (moderator)

Virapandy (Vira) is a Retail specialist who has worked with retailers and consulting organisations across the US, Latin America and Europe, crafting transformational solutions in the areas of store modernisation, merchandise management, assortment optimisation, budgeting/ forecasting, and omnichannel experiences. Vira brings with him 13+ years of experience in the IT industry working at the cusp of technology, people & process. He strongly believes that value driven agile delivery is the key to meaningful transformation. His recent interest has been on data driven initiatives to accelerate intelligence in Retail.

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