Conference Speakers

Confirmed Speakers
Shailesh Dixit

Shailesh Dixit

Senior Regional Director, HCL

Shailesh currently works as a Senior Regional Sales Director of Digital, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud & Quantum computing at HCL Europe as part of CTO organization. He is an AI evangelist and technologist. Shailesh is one of the core member of AI platform. His prime area of expertise are in, Digital technologies like artificial Intelligence & Robotics. His work spans over 18 years, with customers from various industries to define and select the right platforms and solutions. Shailesh loves writing and public speaking. His views and thoughts on AI are presented & published in multiple forums, magazines, interviews and articles.

Michael Berns

Michael Berns

Director, AI & Fintech, PwC Deutschland

Michael Berns is Director for AI & FinTech at PwC Germany. He is an AI Thought Leader and FinTech veteran with 18 years of international experience managing client projects on five continents.
He spent more than a decade leading engagements at Fortune 500 companies before taking a fresh approach to the subject from an AI perspective after completing his Executive MBA at London Business School.
Michael has a diverse background that includes blue chip names such as Morgan Stanley & Moody's as well as a number of smaller innovative AI firms.
In addition to his day-to-day work, he is also keen to understand the latest innovations by helping AI firms scale. Over the past decade, he has been a mentor and judge for organisations such as Startup Bootcamp, Virgin Money Startup, MIT IIC and the Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
A well-known expert in his field, Michael acts as a speaker at international conferences and guest lecturer at a number of business schools including London Business School, Mannheim Business School, CBS and others.
In May 2021, Michael won the TEDx Frankfurt Innovation Challenge with his talk "AI Superpowers for Sustainability". In April 2021 he was selected a Top 10 FinTech Innovator.
His PwC study "AI in Financial Services" (with 150 participating experts) was published in 2020, as was the "AI Book", to which he contributed as one of the globally selected experts as co-author. Many of Michael's articles, podcasts, webinars and posts related to AI & FinTech are available via his LinkedIn profile.

Pawan Nandrajog

Pawan Nandrajog

Partner, Strategic Accounts, Infosys

Ariful Mondal

Ariful Mondal

Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics, AI, Wipro

Ariful is the Consulting Practice Partner of Data Analytics & AI solutions at Wipro. With 18 years of global experience in implementing data driven business strategies for various industries, he specializes in end to end implementation of advanced analytics,  information management, data strategy, digital transformation and intelligent automation solutions by leveraging modern AI/ML tools and technologies. 

He has also delivered several lectures in various faculty development programmes, management studies, meetups and mentored thousands of professionals & students across the globe.
Prior to joining Wipro, Ariful was heading the Data Analytics unit of Finance House Group. In the past, he worked in the capacity of Director & Global Head of Data & Analytics at CRISIL (an S&P Global Company) and held several global leadership roles at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) such as Practice Leader - Big Data Analytics of North America, Chief Data Science Competency Development Leader. Some of his past organizations include HSBC, Morgan Stanley and MarketRx. 

Apart from his regular day jobs, Ariful has been extensively working in the data science talent development at scale in collaboration with various Indian & International academic institutes, organizations and forums.

Christian Paun

Christian Paun

Chief Digital Officer, Dupont

Christian is a change maker and an innovator with strong storytelling abilities that inspires growth mindset; a passionate Senior Executive from the Chemical/Insurance/FMCG/Banking/Telecommunications industry. He has focused on the connection between IT and successful business outcomes, both with bringing top-line growth as well as cost reduction programs. Christian served as technology thought-leader & adviser, implementing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotic process automation or IoT (internet of things) to generate high business value. As a certified business designer and international keynote speaker, he helped companies to transform business ideas into viable digital business models. Lead globally Innovation, M&A, integration and separation programs. He crafted procurement and vendor strategies that allowed to achieve multi million EUR savings.
Vineet Augustine

Vineet Augustine

Vice President - Sales and Strategy, MarketsandMarkets

Accomplished performance driven business leader with a sound technical background and proven success in handling portfolios like International Sales, Business Development, Strategy, Key Account management, Consultative/Solution selling, Project Sales, Technical Sales and Project Management. A hands-on leader, keen strategist, planner and executioner with expertise in devising strategies & delivering results aimed at enhancing overall organizational growth, sustained profitability of operations & improved business performance. Sectoral experience across Energy (Oil & Gas, Power), Automotive and ICT landscape including professional services, Enterprise products, Consultative Sales, Advisory & Researchers

Skills: Sales & Marketing , Project management , Business development, International Sales ,Strategic Planning, Marketing plan, key account management, customer care , Procurement .

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