Speakers at ThoughtWorks Live India 2018

Dr. Shailesh Kumar TWLive India 2018


Chief Data Scientist, Reliance Jio

Dr. Shailesh Kumar is the Chief Data Scientist at Reliance Jio. He also serves as a visiting faculty of Machine Learning at Indian School of Business. Prior to this he was a Distinguished Scientist at Ola, Co-Founder at ThirdLeap - an EdTech AI company, Researcher in the Google Brain team, Senior Scientist at Yahoo! Labs, and Principal Scientist at Fair Isaac Research. He was recognized as one of the Top 10 data scientists in India in 2015 and top 50 Analytics Leaders in India in 2018 by the Analytic Science Magazine.

Dr. Kumar has over eighteen years of experience in natural language understanding, speech understanding, computer vision, fleet management, retail data mining, ed-tech, IoT, finance, insurance, and healthcare. He has published over 20 conference papers, journal papers, and book chapters and holds about 20 patents in these areas.

Crystal Widjaja TWLive India 2018


Senior VP - Business Intelligence, Go-Jek

Crystal Widjaja is the Senior Vice President for Business Intelligence of GO-JEK, the leading on-demand services platform in Indonesia that is committed to empower informal sectors and SMEs in Indonesia through technology. GO-JEK has various services ranging from transportation, food delivery, groceries, massage, house cleaning to logistic, as well as a mobile payment and a loyalty program. Crystal is well known as a data nerd, self-taught quasi-programmer, and avid non-fiction reader.

She was the first data hire at GO-JEK. joining over two years ago. Crystal first-hand experience of the many challenges involved with scaling and building data-driven teams at Indonesia's first unicorn startup. She currently leads the Business Intelligence and Growth teams - their aim is to drive actionable insights and iterative experimentation for crazy growth!


Former Indian cricketer, ICC match referee

Arguably the nation's fastest-ever bowler, Javagal Srinath heralded a period of awakening for Indian pace bowling, after Kapil Dev's swing had fired popular imagination. And when he retired from international cricket of 11 years in 2003, Srinath was second only to Kapil in number of Test wickets by an Indian paceman.

Srinath has been one of the proponents of introducing technology into sports. He was instrumental in convincing the Indian cricket team in embracing technology. The first ever video based match analysis tool was developed in 2000 and the same core is still used in the current Cricket team. Srinath is actively involved in promoting technology in the game and is presently on the Elite panel of Match Referees of ICC.


Independent Consultant and Senior Digital Advisor to ThoughtWorks, Mahindra Group, IDC, IAMAI

Jaspreet is currently building a company in the Digital Transformation and Blockchain space. He is also the Digital Advisor to Mahindra Group, Adjunct Advisor to IDC and the Emerging Technologies Advisor to IAMAI. Until recently, he was the Senior Vice President- Digital Transformation, (equivalent to the Chief Digital Officer), of the $18bn Mahindra Group of Companies.


Managing Director, 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.

Smitha Hemmigae TWLive India 2018


Head of Marketing, ThoughtWorks India

Smitha Hemmigae is the Head of Marketing for ThoughtWorks India. She is a multi-award winner, social entrepreneur, and marketing executive with a global outlook. Her key responsibilities are aligned to support the ThoughtWorks vision to be a leader in custom application software services.

In her career spanning over 13 years, she has consistently succeeded in conducting domestic and international market research and developing comprehensive strategies to position services, IPs, and marketing to achieve targeted sales growth, while maintaining corporate and brand integrity.


Market Partner, ThoughtWorks India

Jayesh heads the domestic business portfolio in India, and strategizes towards delivering value to disruptive and innovative companies in India. What he brings to the table is his sixteen years of industry experience in everything from business management and delivery management to strategic planning to consulting and business development across multiple geographies, in an offshore-onsite and multicultural environment. 

His current interests include frugal innovation, digital strategy and business agility.

Gunjan Shukla


Global Operations Lead, ThoughtWorks

Gunjan leverages her fifteen years of technology industry experience, at ThoughtWorks, as part of the global core operating group. She works directly with the company's COO, providing operations cover for emerging countries within the ThoughtWorks portfolio.

Gunjan strongly believes in the importance of fundamentals when preparing for big, futuristic leaps, and she exercises this ideology in her role as the Engineering for Research practice's Lead, for India.

Deepak Sharma TWI Live 2018


Chief Digital Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Deepak Sharma heads Kotak Mahindra Bank’s digital initiatives where he drives digital transformation, business model innovation and future ready initiatives of the bank. He is responsible for efficiency, productivity, customer experience and growth of the business through digital intervention across digital channels, lending, payments, investments, insurance, trade & forex, for the Consumer, SME, Private Wealth and Institutional Banking segments. 

Deepak also leads the Innovation Lab, Design Studio, Fintech partnerships and the Start-up ecosystem participation for the bank. Under his leadership, Kotak has launched several innovative and global first products such as 811, Jifi, Hashtag Banking, Bharat Banking, M-Store, Whatsapp Banking & Kaypay, apart from new initiatives like API & Open Banking, Conversational Banking Bot ’Keya’, BYOD Biometric Banking, Cross-border remittances on Blockchain and Robotic Process Automation. Deepak believes in constant innovation and focuses on building business models which are customer centric, value accretive and disruptive.