Speakers & Faculty

at Careers21

Debasish Biswas

Country Head, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Ex VP & Head – Education Alliances, Star TV and Vice President, Macmillan Education

Debasish Biswas is one of the most sought after Thought-Leader and Mentor in India’s education domain. With more than 23 years of experience, his professional expertise spans general management functions & leadership roles in large scale organisations at national and international level. He is adept in conceptualizing, strategizing, executing & leading key organizational functions & has worked in heterogeneous business environment across India & South East Asian countries – in MNC Banks, Telecom, Insurance, Consumer Products, Media (print & electronic) & Education. He holds first class in M.Phil. (Business Management) and MBA (Marketing), apart from specialized post-graduate qualification in Corporate Finance & International Finance. He is also a Certified Leadership Master Coach (accredited by International Coach Federation, USA), and Six Sigma Green Belt professional from ASQ-FICCI.

On an honorary basis, Debasish is involved as Mentor, Coach, Visiting Faculty, Advisor & Member – Board of Directors with reputed corporate houses, industry bodies, non-profit organisations & academic conglomerates – where he periodically contributes strategic inputs for promoting the cause of education, skills, healthcare, commerce & entrepreneurship. He has received several awards during his professional career, few of them are – Emerging Global CEO Award (presented by ABP News), Super Achiever in Innovative Strategy (presented by India’s Greatest Corporate Leaders), Leadership Excellence in Community Services Award (presented by Blue Dart CSR Global), Best Leadership Coach Award (presented by World Coaching Congress), Visionary Leader of Tomorrow Award (presented by Asia’s Thought Leadership) and many more.

At Career21, he will be the Chief Guest and would deliver the opening keynote address ‘Future world of work, key trends and what you must know’ at 10:00 am, Saturday, 23rd January, 2016.


Dr. Goutam Sengupta

Chairman, Westinghouse Saxby Farmer Ltd., Ex-Vice President and COO, KAIL Ltd. (Videocon group), ex-Director, Calcutta Business School

A Post Graduate in Business Management from XLRI and a Doctorate from the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Dr.Goutam Sengupta has a remarkable and illustrious career in engineering operations and supply chain spanning over three decades.

Post his management diploma from XLRI, one of the premier most business schools in Asia, he joined TATA group as a Management Trainee and rose to become a General Manager in operations in TELCO (now knows as Tata Motors). He then joined Philips India and became the head of operations at Philips’ plant in Kolkata. He left Philips and joined the Videocon group as one of the members of the core senior management team directly working with the Founder Chairman of Videocon group Mr. Venugopal Dhoot. He handled responsibilities of the Videocon’s operations in the entire Eastern India as the COO.

Apart from being the Chairman of Westinghouse Saxby Farmers Ltd., Dr.Goutam Sengupta is a member of the Boards of various companies as well as educational conglomerates. He also teaches regularly as a Visiting and Distinguished Faculty at a few Business Schools and speaks at different seminars and forums.

At Career21, he will be the Distinguished Faculty for the Master Class ‘How global companies deliver: Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics’ at 3:30 pm, Saturday, 23rd January, 2016 and also grace the inaugural session as a Distinguished Guest of Honour.


Dr. Sudhindra Seshadri

Senior Associate Dean (Academics) and Distinguished Professor of Marketing, MYRA School of Business

Dr.Sudhindra (Sudhi) Seshadri has a rich and varied experience in academia and research, teaching and educational administration in business and management domains for close to three decades.

Dr.Sudhi Seshadri has served as faculty at leading US and Asian Management Schools, such as the RH Smith B-School at the University of Maryland, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Indian School of Business and, most recently, Singapore Management University. He conducts research on business marketing strategies, has served on doctoral research committees and has taught marketing courses at all levels.

Among a variety of academic administration responsibilities he has led ISB’s Executive Education as Associate Dean, IIMB’s Executive Programs as Chairperson, IIMB’s Marketing Area as Chairperson, and Society for Global Business & Economic Development as Conferences Vice President.

Dr. Seshadri augments his academic career with industry consulting engagements, entrepreneurial collaborations and policy center involvements. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a PhD in Business Administration from the Smeal School at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, where he was a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Studies of Business Markets.

At Careers21, Dr.Sudhindra Seshadriwill be the Distinguished Speaker for the Seminar on ‘Global work opportunities: how you should prepare’,on 24thJanuary 2016 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am.


Dr. Ujjwal Chowdhury

Chief Academic Consultant, Amsterdam Film School and Director at Unitedworld Institute of Media & Communication (UIMC)

One of the most sought after communication expert leaders in the academic and media industry domain in India, Prof.Ujjwal Chowdhury has been involved in setting up and leading several academic initiatives in the field of media and communication in India. Apart from academic leadership roles, he was also led media organisations such as the ‘New Global Indian’ (a media platform for Indian diaspora) as the Managing Editor and Himalaya TV as the Chief Strategy Consultant.

In his earlier roles, Dr. Ujjwal Chowdhury was the Dean of Amity University (Faculty of Arts, Communication, Social Sciences), Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, Symbiosis International University, Dean, School of Communication of Whistling Woods International, Dean of Management and Director, Media & Design Studies of King’s College, Kathmandu, Chief Consultant of New Business Age Pvt. Ltd., and Chief Consultant of Acore Group.
Dr. Chowdhury won multiple awards in the field of communication such as the ‘Hall of Fame in PR and PR Education (by the Public Relations Council of India, ‘Golden Triangle Award (by the Global Forum of Public Relations), and ‘Hall of Fame Award’ (by the Public Relations Council of India).

At Career21, he will be the Distinguished Faculty for the Master Class ‘For the creative minds – Marketing Communication’ at 11:10 am, Saturday, 23rd January, 2016 and also grace the inaugural session as a Distinguished Guest of Honour.


Dr. Jayanta Nath Mukhopadhyay

Director, Department of Management, JD Birla Institute, Visiting Faculty, IIM Calcutta, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, ex-Senior VP, SREI

Dr.Jayanta Nath Mukhopadhyaya (JNM) is a Mechanical engineer from IIT-BHU, Varanasi, MBA from IIM Calcutta and PhD in Economics from Jadavpur University. Dr JNM was founding faculty, Professor of Finance and Dean of a leading business school at Kolkata. Before coming to academics, he had 17 years of professional experience in industry with leading companies like BOC India, IBP – Balmer Lawrie, Alghanim – one of the largest companies in Kuwait, SREI etc. He was Senior Vice President and National Head of SREI Capital Markets (A registered Merchant Banker with SEBI).

He has 12 years, experience in full time teaching and also has been a visiting faculty at IIM Calcutta, IIM Rohtak and IIM Ranchi for several years. His research papers have been presented at International conferences and many of his papers have been published in refereed journals.

He has been a speaker at various seminars organized by various Chambers of Commerce, CII, Institute of Company Secretaries etc. Dr.Mukhopadhyaya has conducted workshops for Tata Motors, M Junction, Lafarge, McNally Bharat, IBM, Cognizant Technologies, Peerless Securities and Titan Industries etc.

Dr JNM is presently Director of the Department of Management at J.D.BirlaInsttitute, (JDBI). JDBI. In 2010, J.D. Birla Institute was awarded the highest possible grading of ‘A’ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The Institute is affiliated to Jadavpur University.

At Careers21, Dr.Jayanta Nath Mukhopadhyaywill be the Distinguished Faculty for the Master Class:‘New Age Banking and Financial Services’,on 24th January 2016 at 3:30pm – 6:05pm


Joy Mustafi

Senior Data Scientist, IBM
One of the top 10 Data Scientists in India

With fourteen years of experience in industrial, research and academic world, Joy Mustafi is considered to be among the top 10 Data Scientists in India. He had been engaged with IBM-India Software Lab and IBM Watson Business Group to conduct research and development in Data Mining / Machine Learning / Natural Language Processing. He has moved to Global Technology Services – IT Operations Analytics of IBM as a Senior Data Scientist in 2014. Joy has also contributed as SME in IBM Watson Analytics, IBM SPSS Statistics, IBM SPSS Modeler and IBM Content Analytics etc.
Joy has several patents and research publications on Cognitive Informatics. He has recently founded the MUST Research Club!He has been involved as a visiting faculty member in different academic organizations.

Joy was a Research Fellow in the area of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata before joining IBM. He did his graduation from the prestigious Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur and his Post Graduation in Computer Applications from the Regional Computer Center, Kolkata.

At Career21, he will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class ‘Emerging areas in Data Science and Analytics: Fundamentals’ at 11:10 am, Sunday, 24thJanuary, 2016.


Shrinivas Ayyar

Director, Religiate Interactive Brand Consulting Pvt Ltd
Awarded as one of the top 50 Digital Marketing Experts in India

With more than 25 years of experience in 360 degree brand communication, Shrinivas Ayyar has been awarded as one of the top 50 Digital Marketing Experts in India. He has a multi-industry brand building expertise with an experience of handling more than 300 big, medium and small brands across various industry domains. He has set and managed an accredited advertising agency and a digital marketing company. He has led his teams to win various Advertising Creative Excellence Awards.

In his professional career, Shrinivas Ayyar’s has worked in a multitude of specialist roles such as Brand consultant, Digital marketing specialist, Digital Marketing Strategist, 360 degreeDigital Marketing Consulting, Brand Strategist, Marketing Consulting, Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing Analyst, and Corporate Communications Specialist.

Before his present role in Religiate, he worked as a Director-Branding of Organo (Organic Farming Community), Brand Strategy Consultant (Pan America) of Royalex Fashions India Pvt.Ltd., Brand Strategist and Brand Governance Expert of RBC Worldwide, Director: Audible Brand Strategist, Brand Governance expert, Digital Marketing Consulting of Radio Ga Ga.

At Career21, he will be the Distinguished Faculty for the Master Class ‘Fundamentals of Digital Marketing and the future technologies’ at 3:30 pm, Saturday, 23rd January, 2016 and also grace the inaugural session as a Distinguished Guest of Honour.


Krishna Tammireddy

Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, JunoTele Solutions Pvt. Ltd., ex-Head, App World & Content Marketing, APAC, Middle East & Africa, Blackberry

A Graduate of the University of Otago and a Post Graduate in Marketing from Melbourne Business School, Krishna Tammireddy has an illustrious career in the business of mobile telecommunication and content management. He is an expert in Mobile VAS Ecosystem management and mobile apps.

Krishna has co-founded JunoTele Solutions Pvt. Ltd., which has been ranked as the 4th coolest start-up in India by Business Today in June 2015. JunoTele is a mobile payments technology company, headquartered in Singapore and operating out of Bangalore. The company has innovated to deliver World’s fastest direct carrier billing.
Before co-founding JunoTele, Krishna led BlackBerry’s Sales & Marketing of App Store business in the Asia- Pacific, Africa & Middle East Regions. Earlier Krishna worked with Cellmania, a leading App Platform, as India Head, and Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) as Head of Sales & Marketing -India. He also worked with leading telecom companies such as Telstra & Gametel in Australia and was responsible for Content Business Development, strategy and operations.

At Careers21, Krishna Tammireddy will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class on ‘Mobile Technologies and Entrepreneurship: How to start’ on Saturday, 23rd January, 2016 at 3:30 pm.


Rizwan Shaikh

India’s renowned Ethical Hacker, Information Security Researcher, Cyber Law Consultant

Rizwan Shaikh is considered to be one of India’s top 15 Ethical Hackers. He is a well recognized name in the Cyber World and with extensive and in-depth experience. He has been conducting Ethical Hacking training and providing Information Security services across the globe. He is a widely sought after Speaker on Cyber Security and Cyber Law and has been invited by many corporates and leading institutions of India including IIT’s and NIT’s for conducting workshops, seminars, bootcamps and trainings on Ethical Hacking and Information Security. He has trained more than 20000 individuals in Colleges, Corporates and Government Departments.

He has trained employees of some of the most prestigious clients like Accenture, Wipro, Capgemini, Trend Micro, TCS, HCL and many others. His area of expertise includes Vulnerability Assessment, Information Security Audits, Penetration Testing, Source Code Reviews, Computer Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Cyber Law, etc.

At Present, Rizwan Shaikh is the Founder of Pristine InfoSolutions, a Cyber Security company headquartered in Mumbai, India specializing in providing training and services for Cyber Crime Investigations, Cyber Law Consulting, Ethical Hacking and Information Security.

At Careers21, Rizwan Shaikh will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class on ‘Ethical Hacking and Information Security Management: The basics’ on Sunday, 24thJanuary, 2016 at 3:30 pm.


Shiladitya Bhattacharya

Managing Partner at Positive Strokes, ex VP-HR, Dunlop India Limited, GM-HR, Ballarpur Industries Limited

Shiladitya Bhattacharya has been one of the most reputed corporate trainers in India. Some of his clients include TCS, Hindalco, Indian Oil, ACC Limited, NHPC, BOC Limited, Exide Industries Limited, VST Industries, Hyderabad, Wimco (ITC Group), Mumbai, Reliance Life Insurance Kolkata, Swissotel, Heinz India, CMC Ltd., Titan, CESC Limited, etc.

A Post Graduate in PM&IR from XISS, Shiladitya Bhattacharya has undergone a Management Development Program at IMD, Lausanne (Switzerland). He had spent more than two decades in Corporate in leading HR functions in organizations like Dunlop, ICI India, Pepsi, Bilt and Teva Pharmaceuticals before getting into HR training and consulting.

He is one of the Co-Founders of Positive Strokes which is a HR & OD Consulting Company engaged in Learning & Development, Psychometric Instruments and Strategic HR. Apart from Shiladitya Bhattacharya, leadership in the consultancy is provided by Abhisek Moulik, BE(Electrical), MBA(UCLA,USA), ex-Merryl Lynch, Supriyo Chaudhuri, PGDM (IIM Cal), ex-Director, ITC and TMTC, and Suresh Srinivasan,MA(IR&PM), ex-Corporate HR, Britannia.
He is a globally accredited Thomas Profiling assessor and also teaches as a visiting faculty in B schools.

At Career21, he will be the Distinguished Faculty for the Master Class ‘Innovations in HR Management: Employer Branding and other emerging areas’ at 11:10 am, Saturday, 23rdJanuary, 2016.


Sourav Chatterjee

Director Sales – Customer Analytics, Marketing Automation, CRM & Digital Content Solutions, Plumb5.com

In his current role Sourav Chatterjee is leading the Sales and Strategy function of Plumb5.com, a pioneering integrated Marketing Automation & Customer Analytics platform which combines marketing, sales and support functions on to a single data driven sales and marketing platform.

In career spanning more than 18 years, Sourav Chatterjee has been a Business Development and Sales leader delivering growth stories for startup IT businesses. He handled several senior management responsibilities which include achieving key P&L metrics and operations including business planning, revenue generation from international markets &large enterprise accounts, developing pre-sales teams andcross functional teams.

In his earlier roles, he served as a Director of Contentra Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Business Head-Marketing Research & Consulting, Planman Consulting, and Product Sales Manager of Xerox Corporation, USA.

Sourav Chatterjee has domain expertise in Digital Marketing,Conversion Rate Optimisation, Behavioral and Intent Scoring and Content Solutions,IT Enabled services in Mass Content Digitisation,Content Conversion, XML, Content Development, Mobile Content Solutions, and several other areas.

At Careers21, he will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class ‘Real Time Marketing – tools and technologies’ at 11:10 am, Sunday, 24thJanuary, 2016.


Himanshu Arora

Co-Founder, Social Panga, Google Regional Trainer

A Post Graduate of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Himanshu has achieve a lot in his career over the past few years. He is one of few chosen Google Product and Sales Trainers for Google Adwords and has worked closely with 50+ companies, including both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, which has given him a unique understanding and expertise in the area of online marketing and branding. He has conducted over 35+ digital marketing trainings for leading corporates like HUL, TOI, HPCL, TCS, ICICI, Pidilite, Kotak, Nokia, Wipro, and several premier education institutions.

Himanshu has co-founded Social Panga, a remarkable end-to-end digital marketing and design services agency in Bangalore. Social Panga uses unique approaches in digital marketing and has on its roles a few of the leading companies, start-ups and brands in India as its clients – companies such as Unilever, Titan, Decathlon, Digital Vidya, autowale.in, mywash.in, Caryaire group, and Goodwyn.

At Careers21, Himanshu Arora will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class on ‘Social Media Marketing: Future Trends’ on Saturday, 24thJanuary, 2016 at 3:30 pm.


Ram Ritwik Sen

Professor of Finance, Delhi School of Business

PGDM, IIM Ahmedabad, B.A. (Hons.) Economics, Jadavpur University

Post his PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1990, Ram had worked for over 22 years with Amex, Stanchart, Citi and other funds and trading companies in financial centres around the globe – in the areas of research, trading and risk management of cash and derivative markets in currencies, rates, equities and commodities.

In 2013, he joined academia full-time and taught Finance, Economics and Law for 2 years at ApeejayStya University, before joining DSB.

His research/teaching interests include Financial Risk Management; Investment Management (Analytics, Capital Budgeting, Dynamic Risk Management & Performance Evaluation); Technical Analysis (Pattern Recognition & the Design & Testing of Trading Systems); Jurisprudence, Commercial Laws and International Commercial Arbitration.

At Careers21, Ram Ritwik Sen will be the Principal Faculty for the Master Class:‘Driven by Algorithm-Financial Engineering’, on 23rd January 2016 at 11:10am – 1:50pm


Dr. Chitrakalpa Sen

Assistant Professor in the School of Management, BML Munjal University, former member of the faculty, G D Goenka World Institute, Lancaster University, Gurgaon

An economist by training, Dr. Sen holds an undergraduate degree in economics (Hons.) and a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Calcutta. He did his PhD from the School of Management, West Bengal University of Technology. During his doctoral years, Dr. Sen served as a Project Fellow for a major UGC funded project, “Functional Instability and Paradigm Shift: A Study of Indian Stock Market in Recent Years” under the School of Management, West Bengal University of Technology. His papers were published in a number of national and international peer-reviewed journals, such as Finance India and Journal of Asset Management.

Dr. Sen has also authored/co-authored a number of books including “Indian Foreign Exchange Market: A Study into Volatility and Regime Switch” and “Momentum Trading on the Indian Stock Market” (co-authored with Dr.GagariChakrabarti, Presidency University, Kolkata).

Dr. Sen teaches courses related to economics, statistics and quantitative methods. His current research interest is financial econometrics, in particular, the nonlinear behaviour of high frequency complex financial markets. Apart from teaching and research, Sen is a mountain enthusiast and an avid photographer.

At Careers21, Dr. Chitrakalpa Sen Will be the Speaker for the seminar: “Artificial Intelligence may change the World we know”, on 23rd January 2016 at 2.15pm