Meet Our Speakers and Jury Members
Meet professionals from multiple fields sharing their expert views
Expert Speakers / HEIDELBERG
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)
Dr. Gunjan Bharadwaj
CEO, Innoplex AG
Completed education in IIT Bombay, FH Pforzeim, MIT Sloan and EBS Oestrich – Winkel. He worked for BCG and EY before founding Innoplex in 2011 and has been the CEO since. An author of 12 patent applications and several publications in HBR, MIT Sloan Review and International Journal of Innovation Management.
The Future of Indo-German collaboration : 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM (EST)
Advisory Board Member, Chair of Industry 4.0
Amit Shah is a builder, leader and advisor with more than 15 years of experience in the field of sensors, communications, IoT, M2M, Industrial IoT, Industrie 4.0 and Smart Solutions. In his Career spannding 25 years, 4 start-ups and corporates, he has been driving Innovation, continuously redefining markets, Engineering new products and Solutions to cater to customer needs. An Electronics Engineer from Bombay University, India with Masters in Software Technology; he is on is on board of several companies and TiE Germany. He is sought after speaker in his field and is adjunct professor at HTWG Konstanz.
Machine Learning Entrepreneur
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
Dr. Nana Bit-Avragim
CSO | Chairwoman, Advisory Board at XPOMET©
Dr. Nana Bit-Avragim is a medical sciences expert and digital health strategist. Nana is passionate about new life sciences technologies and believes that innovation means adapting to the future.
Business Creation Manager / Accelerator and Education Services at German EIT Health GmbH
In his role as Business Creation Manager, Matteo provides business creation services to EIT Health Germany members and German/Swiss start-ups in the field of biotech, medtech and digital health.
Before joining EIT Health Germany, Matteo grew professional experience in the European startup ecosystem from different perspectives. In 2013 he founded the startup Noc, that was awarded with the European Youth Award 2015 for the category Connecting Cultures. Later, he worked as business development manager in an international startup company in scale-up phase. Since December 2015 he was working as program manager of the Venture Academy – the acceleration program for startups offered by Centre for Innovation Leiden University. Thanks to these experiences he had the chance to visit and get in touch with the startup and investor ecosystem in Europe and abroad.
Matteo holds a BSc in Political Science at Università degli Studi di Milano and an MSc in Public Administration with a focus on market regulation and innovation policy. In 2016 he started in Milan the first Italian chapter of the Awesome Foundation.
Expert Speakers / MUMBAI
Founder of Outline India
Prerna’s research start-up has changed the way data is collected and utilized for social schemes and programmes by academics, policymakers, private stakeholders and the Indian government.
Marshall Goldsmith award winning Coach, TEDx Speaker, Mentor-Startups, IIT Entrepreneurship Cell, Harvard
Raja Jamalamadaka, a mentor and a coach, is a venture partner at startup accelerators and jury member at startup boot-camps evaluating business-ready and funding-worthy startups. He is featured as a top blogger by LinkedIn and is a keynote speaker at various conferences and TEDx events.
From Idea to Market – An Indian Perspective
CEO UNLIMIT (powered by Reliance)
Juergen Hase has an experience of more than 25 years to develop, implement and execute new businesses in different global markets. He was Director-IoT/M2M with Ooredoo at the Group level, based in Qatar, responsible for implementing the IoT business in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, in multiple vertical segments such as Automotive, Telematics, Smart Cities, Healthcare, Insurance, and Energy. He was also the Vice President of the M2M Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom (DT) for over a decade. As one of the founders, he helped DT develop this unit as one of the leading global players in the field of IoT.
Challenges of Entrepreneurship In India from a foreign perspective
Discussion Panelists / HEIDELBERG
Project Lead – GINSEP
Dr. Vishnu Ramdeo
Founder-Director / Cultural Bridge e.V
Vishnu is the founder and Director of the Ramdeo College of Management and Science. Founder of the Cultural Bridge e.V. organisations promoting students exchange. Co-founder of Indo German Young leader’s Forum. He is the recipient of prestigious German Chancellor’s Fellowship and worked extensively on improving higher educational systems by fostering collaborations between institutions of India and the EU.
Vishnu has a Doctorate in Economics and Masters in Business Management, specializing in Finance and Insurance. He also acquired a degree in Law and Associate Diploma in Insurance.
President at TiE Deutschland
Dr. Markus Wiencke
Discussion Panelists / MUMBAI
Chief Executive Officer at Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE) – IIT Bombay
Cofounder & Chief Strategy Officer, meetingsandoffices.com | Serial Entrepreneur | Mentor | Facilitator | Evangelist
The co-founder of Antreprise Network
Mr. Robert Lobo is a Business Oriented Textile Industry Domain expert with over 25 years of industry experience. Having the right mix of skills, competence, experience, he has selected, and led many business teams from start-up to growth. He has mentored over 1000 people of varying business portfolios and led them to success.
He has worked with top textile industries such as Raymond Limited, Arvind Limited. As the the CEO of MBL Primal Enterprises and the Division Head of Asia Pacific Sale of Coats plc, he has gained much experience in the textile industry.
Jury Members and Moderators / HEIDELBERG
Renewable Energy Consultant
Nitin is a renewable energy consultant & corporate finance adviser with broad experience across the Solar technology sector. Prior to joining AEG, he worked at Frankfurt Energy Holding and ZN Shine Solar. At FEH he primarily focused on project acquisition, project management & project financing. Besides working at ZN Shine, Nitin’s consulting and advisory experience includes a role at the in-house corporate development and consultancy unit of AEG industrial solar which is one of the largest industrial conglomerate in Sweden. Nitin is an Entreprenuer, a founding member of TiE Deutschland e.V.
Triangle Venture Capital Group
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.
Dr. Prateek Mahalwar
Manager Ernest & Young
Currently, Prateek Mahalwar is working as Manager Strategy – Life Sciences at Ernest & Young in Frankfurt. He is also serving as an elected board member of the Max Planck Alumni Association of the Max Planck Society. His work at EY includes advising biotechnology, pharma R&D and MedTech companies on areas like – Strategy , Commercialization, Advance Analytics, R&D consulting. Before joining EY, he was an Independent consultant for EU projects and Croatian government. He has been an entrepreneur as well and co-founded startups – a digital health start-up “EOG Smartpatch” (medical device and digital healthcare data) and a platform based startup – Paperity (publishing industry). He holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Max Planck Institute under the supervision of Nobel laureate Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. His research was published in high impact journals like Science, Nature communication and eLife. Beside his PhD research, he was involved in several initiatives with Max Planck Society (MPG) as the spokesperson.
Dr. Czuee Morey
Innovation Consultant in Digital Health, wega Informatik
With a background in life sciences & healthcare research, Czuee has worked in market analysis, patent analysis and entrepreneurship. Her recent roles have focused on market & venture evaluation of digital health applications in pharma/healthcare. She also founded a social startup on building a product for disabled people and has worked as a data analyst for an Indian healthcare app tracking maternal and child health in low resource settings. She has a PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and Masters from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
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 the Heidelberg Indian Students Association. He therefore 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 the best out of them.
Sina Landorff (Moderator)
Madhuri Cherukumilli (Co-Moderator)
Madhuri is one of the organizers of the event involved in documentation, project coordination and fund raising. She is a start-up enthusiast and is interested in innovation in health care, personalized medicine and wearable devices. She is a research scientist by profession and worked at University Heidelberg and EMBL. She has done her doctoral studies in Molecular pathology from International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy.
Jury Members and Moderators / MUMBAI
Founder & CEO, Lead Angels Network, TIE Charter Member
He has diverse experience and worked across various local & global firms in boutique investment banking advisory practice, equity funds, equity research, conglomerates and consulting companies. Sushanto’s core strength is to bring together indispensable entrepreneurial experience for venture capital investments across domains. He has assisted market entry strategies, successful ipo and exits across diverse sectors. He has worked with multi-national clients & deal teams at CXO levels for companies across locations.
Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma
Angel Investor, Cofounder & President at Venture Catalysts and Charter Member at TiE
Partner – Artha Venture Fund, Co-Founder, Peachtree Mgmt Advisors, Fintech SIG, TiE Mumbai. Company Builder & Investor
Co-founder – Z Nation Lab
Mentor / Board Member / Finance and Real Estate
Neha Jain (Moderator MUMBAI)
Cofounder & Director