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Yazad Dalal (Head of HCM Cloud Applications Asia Pacific at Oracle)

Yazad Dalal

Head of HCM Cloud Applications Asia Pacific at Oracle

Yazad Dalal is the Head of HCM Cloud Applications, Asia Pacific at Oracle Corporation, where he is responsible for strategy, operations and overall growth of Oracle’s Human Capital Management Cloud solutions across the APAC region. He is also passionate about identifying and sharing trends in all areas of Human Capital Management. Yazad and his team work with HR and business leaders to deliver technology solutions that enable them to transform their organizations and modernise their workforce tools.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2015, Yazad was EVP, Asia, of TMP Worldwide, the world’s largest independent HR communications and technology firm. He held various leadership roles at TMP in both the US and Asia, including Regional VP of TMP New York and General Manager of TMP India.

Yazad has spent nearly 20 years working in the human capital space, including senior positions at, the leading career information resource for high potential students and young professionals, and at Monster Worldwide, where he led the Global Sales Development group. As a Human Capital expert, he has lectured at INSEAD and has appeared in over 20 mainstream, business and HR publications in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Yazad is based in Singapore.

Keith Modder (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Virtusa)

Keith Modder

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Virtusa

Keith Modder has been with Virtusa since 2001. Prior to his promotion as Chief Operating Officer, he served as President of Asian Operations and EVP Global Services. Prior to joining Virtusa, he worked for the John Keells Group where he simultaneously held the Managing Director/Chief Executive positions for an IT systems integrator and office automation company and has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry.

Prof. Lalith Munasinghe (Professor of Economics at Barnard College at Columbia University)

Prof. Lalith Munasinghe

Professor of Economics at Barnard College at Columbia University

Professor of Economics at Barnard College and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City. Over 20 years exposure in academia with research focused on the theoretical and practical foundations of human capital theory and matching in labor markets.

Worked on several consulting projects in human capital strategy with Mitchell Madison Inc., William M. Mercer Inc., IntelliRisk Management Corp., and the World Bank.

Served as Head of Analytics at iQor Inc. where he constructed and implemented a suite of human capital products related to turnover, performance, compensation, recruiting, and staffing.

Founded a boutique human capital analytics firm, TalenTeck, which provides data-driven, analytic solutions to a variety of talent management challenges, including employee retention, optimal team composition, compensation alignment, recruitment, and selection.

Kathy Tingate (Director HR - APAC of Microsoft)

Kathy Tingate

Director HR - APAC of Microsoft

Kathy joined Microsoft in August 2016 as HR Director APAC. In this role, Kathy is responsible for leading HR priorities and developing HR initiatives that support the APAC Area Headquarters. She also leads Talent Management and Learning & Development for the region. Her focus includes aligning the organization’s HR strategy with business objectives, building a culturally aligned and diverse organization, sales and cultural transformation and talent development.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Kathy spent 14 years with Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Bank in various HR roles across multiple businesses in Australia and Singapore. Key roles included Senior Practice Consultant in the Corporate Leadership and Talent Team, Head of HR for the International Partnerships business and Head of HR for Foreign Exchange, Commodities and Rates.
Prior to ANZ Bank, Kathy worked at Rothschild and Sons (Australia) for 3 years and Grant Thornton for 3 years based in Australia.

Kathy has over 20 years HR experience working within Financial Institutions, Professional Services and Technology. Her HR experiences include change management, leadership and talent management, learning and development, HR strategy development, workforce planning and compensation and benefits.
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Management and Masters of Human Resources/Industrial Relations.
Kathy has a passion for sport, particularly snow skiing and running and loves to travel with her husband and 2 children.

Rachna Sampayo (Senior HR Director of Oracle)

Rachna Sampayo

Senior HR Director of Oracle

Rachna Sampayo is the Senior Director of Human Resources at Oracle Corp. An established HR Leader, Rachna’s forte is in enabling businesses achieve real outcomes through innovative human capital strategies. Rachna has over 20 years of experience across industries and geographies ranging from Middle East & Africa to Australia, Japan and Asia-Pacific. A thought leader, Rachna has led transformation initiatives for businesses including leadership transformation, redefining recruiting and talent retention strategies as well as creating diversity & inclusion frameworks.

Dr. Rainer Deutschmann (Chief Operating Officer at Dialog Axiata PLC)

Dr. Rainer Deutschmann

Chief Operating Officer at Dialog Axiata PLC

Rainer is Dialog's Group Chief Operating Officer and overlooks the Group's Business Units, Corporate Planning and Corporate Strategy. He has over 20 years of in-depth experience in Telecommunications, Online, Cloud and IT Services, Media and Entertainment, e-Commerce, Digital Marketing and Corporate Strategy in mature and emerging markets, across start-ups and multi-nationals.

Prior to joining Dialog Axiata, he served as the Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Reliance Jio, India, and was directly responsible for setting up Jio's business units and leading the launch program. Preceding Reliance Jio, he was the Senior Vice President Core Telco Products at Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany, building and leading Deutsche Telekom's core product portfolio across 14 European markets. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Deutsche Telekom UK Ltd, as Senior Vice President Mobile Products, Deutsche Telekom AG, as Senior Vice President Mobile Internet, T-Mobile International AG, and as Vice President Strategy Development, Deutsche Telekom AG. During his 5 years at McKinsey & Company, he served high-tech and telco clients across Europe.

Rainer holds a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Technology Munich, and worked as a computation and neuroscience researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) / USA.

Prasenjit Bhattacharya (CEO of Great Place to Work India)

Prasenjit Bhattacharya

CEO of Great Place to Work India

Prasenjit Bhattacharya is CEO- The Great Place to Work® Institute, India. Prasenjit has over two decades of experience in Indian and multinational corporations like HSBC, Grow Talent, Eicher Consultancy Services (ECS Ltd.), Siemens, and Crompton Greaves. Prasenjit has worked closely as an internal HR consultant and as an external consultant with senior leadership teams at various organisations in the area of change management.

Prasenjit heads the Great Place to Work Institute, India. GPTW® Institute is the world’s leading Institute doing research in creating great workplaces.

In his previous stint in consulting Prasenjit has worked widely in various areas in HR, and in Service Quality and TQM in industries ranging from telecom, cement, heavy engineering, automotive components, dairy products, software, hospitals and hotels.

SV Nathan (Partner and Chief Talent Officer at Deloitte India)

SV Nathan

Partner and Chief Talent Officer at Deloitte India

Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India
Nathan is a Partner and Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte India. He
serves on the Executive Leadership of the Firm and is a member of
Deloitte’s Global Talent Council.
Nathan has over 30 years of experience in HR management, across
diverse industries including Manufacturing, Services, Telecom, and
Information Technology. He is an industry leader, mentor and an
advocate of ethical leadership and developing future leaders through
coaching. He has vast experience in building and leading high-
performance teams in both multinational and Indian organizations,
developing leaders across levels, and serving as a trusted business
advisor focused on transforming Talent as a strategic growth enabler.
A respected voice of the HR profession in India, Nathan speaks regularly at several national and
global forums on contemporary HR matters. He is a Behavioral Specialist in Sensitivity Training.
He was acknowledged as a ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by XLRI a top business school in
India. He was recognized as one of the top three HR Power Profiles of LinkedIn for 2017. He
has been conferred several awards and honors throughout his illustrious career.
Nathan served on the Board of the National HR Development Network (NHRDN) as its National
Secretary. He also serves as the Chairman of Sumedhas, a not-for- profit education and
research body devoted to organization development.
Nathan is an avid reader and writer, Nathan also loves cooking for family and friends. He is a
regular blogger and has an active presence on social media.

Ashok Pamidi (Senior Director & Lead Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives of NASSCOM)

Ashok Pamidi

Senior Director & Lead Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives of NASSCOM

Ashok Pamidi has over 29 years of experience in Sales and Marketing of IT products and services. As a Senior Director at NASSCOM (the trade association of Indian IT BPM industry), he is responsible for Member relationships, Government and University relationships and eco system for the country. He is also responsible for Membership development across the nation and defines the expansion strategy across the regions and verticals. He leads the Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the country. He is well-versed with the industry ecosystem having worked in companies like Compaq, HP, IBM among others in the past. He is in the Board of the ICT skills academy government of Karnataka and is in the High Power IT committee, Government of Kerala, and in the advisory committee of the Milton Keynes University, UK. He holds a PG Diploma in Business Administration and has done his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.

Carmen Neithammer (Program Manager, Women in Work at International Finance Corporation)

Carmen Neithammer

Program Manager, Women in Work at International Finance Corporation

Carmen Niethammer is the Program Manager of the Women in Work Program in Sri Lanka, IFC's largest country-based gender program, working with private sector companies to close gender gaps while improving business performance.

Previously Carmen was the global Employment Lead at IFC's Gender Secretariat in Washington, DC. As such, she directed IFC’s efforts to enable companies from numerous sectors to address gender gaps in employment and thereby drive gains in productivity, competitiveness, and innovation. Carmen also managed IFC's Tackling Childcare Initiative as well as the World Bank Group's “SheWorks” private sector partnership, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action (which improved job opportunities for more than 300,000 women).

Before, Carmen was seconded as Gender Advisor to a Brazilian multinational corporation with diversified businesses in construction, petrochemicals, bioenergy, and real estate. As Acting Head and Strategy Officer of IFC’s Women in Business Program she helped create opportunities for women as leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees in developing countries. She also served as Gender Program Manager in the Middle East and North Africa region. Carmen is a graduate of Johns Hopkins, SAIS.

Partnered effectively with: Aeromexico, ACG Fruit/Afrifresh, Anglo American, Banco Pichincha, Biosev, Braskem, Bright Horizons,, CGI, CIB Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Dialog Axiata, EDGE Strategy, EY, GAP Inc., Global Reporting Initiative, ILO, Intel, Kuwait Energy, MAS Holdings, Mercer, Mindtree, Nalt Enterprise, NASSCOM, SAP, Odebrecht Group, Ooredoo, PepsiCo, Rio Tinto, Safaricom, Sumitomo Chemical, UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, Zulekha Hospitals, etc.

Country Experience: Africa (South Africa); Latin America (Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico); Middle East & North Africa (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Djibouti, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen); South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Peter D' Almeida (CEO of N*Able Pvt Ltd)

Peter D' Almeida

CEO of N*Able Pvt Ltd

Peter D’Almeida is the Managing Director and Chief Executive of N*Able a technology services company he founded in 2008, which today employs over 180 people. Peter’s career spans over 25 years in the IT industry, both in Sri Lanka and abroad, during which he was part of several pioneering efforts in the industry.

His ability to connect with people — regardless of their age, career-path or background — coupled with his own unique personal experiences, allow him to engage with audiences at a very deep level, creating a sense of urgency and call to action.

Peter is an alumni of INSEAD

Ruwindhu Peiris (Chairman SLASSCOM & Managing Director of Stax)

Ruwindhu Peiris

Chairman SLASSCOM & Managing Director of Stax

Ruwindhu is the Managing Director and head of the Colombo office of Stax, a global strategy consulting firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ruwindhu’s passion is to help Asia based companies grow into global brands while attracting global investors to participate in the tremendous potential in the region. He serves as the Chairman of SLASSCOM (The Sri Lankan Knowledge and Innovation chamber) that acts as a catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and Knowledge Services industry. Ruwindhu is also a founding board member of the Lankan Angel Network, Sri Lanka’s first alliance of Angel investors. He earned an MBA from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Queen’s University (Canada).