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Monday, May 15 • 10:20 - 10:55
Panel: The Intelligent Cloud and Inclusive Transformation

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The intelligent cloud has become a transformative force within the Indian economy.  The convergence of mobile, cloud, big data and social media technologies has changed and improved the effectiveness of the way we work, enabled an agility that allows us to generate business insights and innovate at a more rapid rate and provided us new ways to connect with our clients.  Increasingly in India, government agencies, corporates, social enterprises and NGOs are coming together to harness these technologies for social good.  The panelists have broad experience in technology, consulting and social enterprises and will explore examples in education, healthcare and agriculture that illustrate how the intelligent cloud is fostering inclusive transformation:

  • iMerit’s digital data services and how they deliver to global clients in machine learning, AI and data analytics while creating livelihoods for underprivileged youth and young women;
  • Accenture’s “Skills to Succeed Program”, a partnership between Accenture and NGO’s that empowers youth, women and people with disabilities by training them in skills needed for high-demand job sectors (business process outsourcing, hospitality and facilities management, retail, construction and micro-enterprise);
  • The Cyient Foundation’s partnership with Government focused on increasing academic performance among government school children, raising the attendance of female students, and improving digital literacy which is increasingly essential to gainful employment; 
  • Microsoft’s innovation in cloud technologies, their applications for broad social impact, and their partnership with the Government of Telangana to use smart city technologies to improve the transportation, healthcare, public safety, water and energy services for its citizens;
  • The Government of India’s drive towards a cashless society and its impact on financial inclusion.

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Dr. Shaun Ferris

Director, Agricultural Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services
Dr. Shaun Ferris has worked for the past 10 years for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In his current position, Shaun focuses on supporting smallholder farmers along the pathway to prosperity, as part of CRS’ Signature Program Area for Agriculture. His work at CRS also focuses on building the agro-enterprise capacity of field staff, finding ways of generating value at the farm level through new combinations of skills acquisition, technology and market opportunity identification, and finding ways to improve information use and trading relationships. Shaun is currently working with a cross-agency team on generating agro-enterprise content for cloud based distance learning systems and creating farmer-facing business tools using ICT solutions. Previously, Dr. Shaun Ferris worked 16 years with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with several major agencies on both short and long term projects including USAID, the World Bank, USDA, FAO, UNCTAD, DFID, and IFAD. Shaun holds a... Read More →

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Prashant Gupta

Principal Director, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft
Prashant has contributed to Internet innovation and leadership in the evolution of the ‘mobile-cloud’ connected paradigm empowering the planet in last 18 years. In India, he has led introduction of inclusive development constructs in partnership with Government. Prashant is the Principal Director at... Read More →
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Dr. B V R Mohan Reddy

Executive Chairman, Cyient
Dr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy is a visionary who has placed India on the global map for leading-edge engineering research and development (ER&D) services. Having established Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises) in 1991, Dr. Reddy pioneered the development of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solutions to serve international clients. Cyient is consistently ranked among the top 15 IT services exporters from India. Cyient is also the largest independent exporter of high value research and development... Read More →
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Ajay Vij

Managing Director, Geographic Services, Accenture in India
Ajay Vij is the managing director for Geographic Services for India. In this role he provides strategic direction for the Geographic Unit (GU) operations and serves as a member of GU leadership team. In addition, he is actively engaged with shaping the Corporate Citizen agenda fo... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 10:20 - 10:55
Hall 3

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