Meet Our Speakers and Jury Members

Meet professionals from multiple fields sharing their expert views

Expert Speakers

Sugandh Rajaram

Consul General of India, Munich

Mr. Sugandh Rajaram obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering in 1994 and had a brief stint as an engineer with a leading steel company in India. After initial training at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi, he began his diplomatic career at the Indian Mission in Moscow. Later, he served in the Embassy of India in Jakarta and the Consulate General of India in New York. Prior to his current assignment he served at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi as Director in the Divisions of Establishment, Pakistan and External Publicity & Public Diplomacy.

The Future of Indo-German collaboration : 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM (EST)

Rudradeb Mitra

Machine Learning Expert

Worked in various European research labs and Universities and published 10 research paper on various topics of AI, like NLP, Semantic web, Declarative Languages. After finishing his graduation from Univ. of Cambridge in 2009, he went on to build 6 startups – one of them was in Machine Learning trying to make roads safer. Since 2016 he has been invited to speak at over 30 events from 9 countries. His current focus area is the on successful adoption of Machine Learning in different industries.

Building Machine Learning Systems: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM (EST)

Ashutosh Kumar

Managing Director EMEA of Intrigo Systems Inc and Chairman of the Advisory board of TiE Germany.

Mr. Ashutosh Kumar has worked in various leading companies in the market namely Schindler, Siemens and Tata Steel in India, Switzerland and Germany. His 21 years of SAP experience includes 16 years at SAP’s headquarters in Germany. He has been an INSEAD alumnus (Financial times scholar) and his core expertise includes blending technology with business, bringing new technology/services to market, developing new markets, transformation, and internationalization. He is currently the Managing director (EMEA) of Intrigo Systems Inc. and the chairman of the advisory board of TiE Germany.

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Panelists – Starting up Operations in India as a German Company

Suhas Patel

President at TiE Deutschland

Mr. Suhas Patel has helped starting several ventures including Hi-Tech Pneumatics, Luftpower Pvt. Ltd, Giriraj Speciality Pvt. Ltd, Giriraj Metals, Tuetepack India Pvt. Ltd., Saurashtra Agro Briquettes, Tvarit Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Stonesketch solutions Pvt. Ltd. where he is investor as well. He holds Masters degree in Mobile and Telecommunications from Paris and Bachelors in Computer Science from India. He has been speaker at entrepreneurial and Sustainable energy conferences.

Markus Wiencke

CEO Bluebilities

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Jury Members / Moderators 

Jubin Shah (Moderator)

Researcher | Community Manager – HISA | DAAD YIA Ambassador

Jubin is a doctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg. He is fond of innovation. He is an experienced community manager of Heidelberg Indian Students Association. He also represents DAAD Young India Ambassador. He has worked with TedxUniHeidelberg Team on the theme of Absurdity. He has served as the elected member of Heidelberg University’s Doctoral student’s convention team in 2015-16. He believes in working closely with the community and bringing out best out of them.

Sumanta Pal

Sumanta in charge of investment management in a German VC and technology at two German Crowdfunding Platforms Funder Nation and SpaceStarters. He is a Space techie turned Venture Capitalist. He loves learning about new technologies and its commercial potential. Socially, keen on learning about diverse cultures. He holds a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.