Chief Innovation Officers Roundtable

Objective: Each quarterly roundtable features a distinguished guest speaker to share, exchange, and discuss current challenges and latest concepts in innovation related to Business Models. The table topic is led by the chief guest, an expert in the field, and chaired by Solomon Darwin, Executive Director of Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation. This private meeting is by invitation only and is limited to a select group of guests.

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Expanding Markets through the Smart Village Movement

Date: December 16, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location:Meghalaya House, 9, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi

Table Chair: Arvind Gupta, CEO of Digital India Foundation and Former CEO of

Moderator: Solomon Darwin, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


1. Salesforce: Charlie Isaacs, CTO, Customer Connection “Creating Value for Rural People”
2. Ericsson: Sandeep Hingorani, CTO “5G Potential Value Proposition for Villages”
3. Hero Cycles: Shaveta Wadhera, Chief Digital Officer “Empowering Rural Transportation”
4. HELLA: Ramashankar Pandey, CEO, Hella India Lighting “Successful Skill Development Programs in Andhra”
5. NVIDIA: Jigar Halani, Director-Solution Architect & Engg.“AI-Empowering Rural Farming, Education & Health”
6. Reliance: Dr. Shailesh Kumar, Chief Data Scientist, CoE AI/ML “Access to Global Communication”
7. Maruti Suzuki: Rajesh Uppal, Director of IT “Training Unemployed Rural Youth as Car Repairs Mechanics”
8. Wipro: KR Sanjiv, CTO; Parminder Kakria, Head Corp. Affairs “AR/VR Tools for Rural Entrepreneurship”
9. TechMahindra: Jagdish Mitra, CSO and Head of Growth “AI Platforms for Rural Supply Chains”
10. ZTE: Mei Bowen, CMO “Rural Ready 5G technology – Sustainable Business Models”
11. Airtel: Sandeep Gupta, CSO “Enhancing Rural Penetration through network architecture – Plans underway”
12. Microsoft: Saumya Chandra, Program Manager for Skilling Initiatives “Educational Programs for Rural Communities”


13. Nordic Hub India (Norway): Trond Skundberg, CEO “Scaling Vast Opportunities in India with Angel Investors”
14. Basic Internet (Norway): Sudhir Dixit, Co-Founder “Scalable & Sustainable Free Internet for Villages”
15. Apollo Hospitals: Vinod Shankar, CPO “Healthcare Delivery Challenges & Innovation in Rural Areas”
16. IBM Watson Media & Weather: Himanshu Goal “Democratization of Real-time/On-demand Weather Data”
17. Neuvola (Finland): Tuomas Nyman, CEO “Delivering High Value/Low Cost Maternity Health for Villages”
18. Zipline (Silicon Valley): Asaad Joubran, Bus. Dev. Lead “Instant Access to Urgent Medicine via Drone Tech.”
19. Alibaba Group: Office of CMO India: Mavis Fu, Aron Mang, Erica Shang –Participants to Exploring Opportunities
20. Huawei: Yogesh Kaul, General Manager, Davinder Singh, Director of Sales –Participants to Exploring Opportunities
21. Smart Villages Initiative (Los Angeles): Dr. Anil V. Shah, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Chairman, Smart Villages Initiatives
22. Central Government: a) NIRDPR represented by Narasimha Raju, OSD to DG; b) Office of the Principal Scientific
Adviser to the Government of India represented by Rahul Nayar, CEO, AGNIi at Invest India Program
23. State Govt. Secretaries: Sampath Kumar (Meghalaya) B. Rajsekhar (Andhra); A. Ameya (Arunachal)
24. Faculty Intl. Universities: Berkeley, Cambridge, Stockholm School of Economics & India