A veteran with vital industry experience, Aurvind Lama is the Co-founder & CEO of Mantis Technologies Pvt. Ltd which owns Travelyaari. Organising the unorganised bus industry, Travelyaari, through its end to end solution has built India's largest online bus-ticket bookings platform. He spearheads the crucial responsibility of understanding the need of different stakeholders (travellers, bus service providers, agents and channel partners) and building solutions to streamline the entire industry.
Having been at the helm of his own entrepreneurial venture for almost eight years, Aurvind has gained key insights into spotting a business opportunity and then implementing a scalable marketplace business model to realise the same. . He was not only pivotal in getting the first 50 bus service providers onto the Travelyaari platform, but also scaling it to over 2000 transporters connecting more than 17,000 destinations and facilitating bus ticketing transactions on 6000 high-traffic outlets. He believes the future is mobile, artificial intelligence and collaboration.
Aurvind's in-depth professional knowledge has also led to the company's exceptional growth as a market leader. Under his able leadership, not only has Travelyaari facilitated sales worth $52.61 million in the last fiscal and is targeting sales of $90.18 million in the current fiscal, but also powers 55% of the online transactions in the intercity private bus travel, an industry which is estimated to be worth $500 million dollars at present. He is ably supported by a passionate and dedicated team which is working together as a unit to deliver superior product and services, driving Travelyaari's growth in both inventory supply and sales and building next generation smart road transport network.
Founder & Managing Director, InQube Innoventures
Kalyan is the Co-Founder & Director of InQube Innoventures, which incubates "Innovative Inclusive Initiatives". Kalyan firmly believes that innovative and effective utilization of technology can lead to Equitable, Inclusive & Sustainable growth for the society at large.
Currently, Kalyan is involved in incubating several start-ups in the areas of Technology, Education, BPM, Skill Development, Data Analytics and Agriculture.
Earlier, Kalyan Co-Founded an US based Healthcare Services company which was finally acquired by the World's largest employee benefits organization for US$ 140 Million.
His ventures have won "Great Place to Work" award in India for 3 continuous years, as well as "Exciting Emerging Companies to Work for" by NASSCOM and was the All India Finalist for "NASSCOM Innovation Awards".
Kalyan is currently the Chairman of the National Education, HR & Skill Development Expert Committee of the Indian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Executive Committee of Bengal Chamber and Innovation & IT Sub-Committee of CII. He is also the Governing Body Member of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) & Vice President of the Sector V Stakeholders' Association. He has been part of Government and Business Delegates to overseas countries promoting the "Make in India" initiative.
Technopreneur, Product Designer, Business Process Re-engineering specialist.\n\n
Currently, CEO of OSMOS Multimedia Pvt Ltd, engaged in providing ITES to organizations. Specialize in studying systems, processes and procedures, and mapping them into flows that can manage, monitor and report adherence, variance and discrepancies.\n\n
Currently, also growing ThePeopleVillage, an entity all set to explode in India with its ""Million Jobs for India"" project, where we will strive to provide a million Indians with employment by the year 2019.
Investor & MD, GoQuest Media Ventures
Vivek Lath is Angel Investor and Managing Director at GoQuest Media Ventures.
A general management profile with experience in Business Consulting, Retail, Media/Entertainment & FMCG/CPG industry. I am passionate about developing new ventures/businesses, evaluating businesses and strategy and building partnerships. Current interests are in Digital Media and Internet of things.
Running Goquest Media Ventures, a content syndication and distribution company from Mumbai, India. This is my second stint with entrepreneurship. Goquest is now the largest independent distributor of Indian content to international television channels.
Set up the distribution and syndication operations for Cinergy Pictures, a film production and distribution venture. Worked closely with content buyers and sellers from across the world. Expertise in licensing feature films across all platforms.
Went through the sweet experience of starting a venture. Took care of everything from raising capital, business development, marketing and sales . Ran a successful pilot and signed up some of the largest companies for the pilot.
Worked in a mid management role, developed new businesses and sourced content for Tata Sky, a satellite television platform in India. This engagement involved building relations and negotiations with pay channel broadcasters, movie distributors, movie producers and other content providers.
Prior to Tata Sky, I was with Cannondale Associates, a business consulting firm based in CT, USA . Here, I assisted Retail and FMCG/CPG clients with their various growth plans, marketing plans, sales programs and new to market strategies. List of clients included fortune 50 Retail and FMCG/CPG companies in US. Analytics, presentation and leadership were my key skills in this engagement.
Specialties: Marketing in Retail/FMCG, Media and Entertainment, Digital Media, Business Development, Deal structuring and Negotiations, Business Evaluation, Analytics & Modeling.
Partner, Harmony Consultants
Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management – University of Mumbai, 1993 \n\n
Started career in HR with a responsibility to head HR for one of the leading IT companies since 1994. Key deliverables being talent retention during the turbulent times of turnaround \n\n
Followed the HR stint by an entrepreneurial / consulting sting from Nov’1997 to Oct’2000 \n\n
Worked as Head HR at Mphasis-BFL as Regional Head of HR responsible for HR function of the Software Services business. Key mandate was the post-merger integration through series of initiatives across the entire spectrum of HR operations, Compensation & benefits, HR policies and Workforce Optimization. \n\n
Joined RPG Group in 2003. Following are the key career milestones: \n\n
Joined Zensar as Global Head of HR. Key mandate was to be business partner for an exponential business growth. Employee strength grew three times during the period of three years with high employee engagement of 82% of Hewitt engagement score. Implemented series of initiatives to build a scalable HR function to serve the business. \n\n
In 2006, took a career transition to line function. Handled Profit Center Responsibility for India, Middle East &e. During this period India, Middle East as a territry grew 7 times in three years and region recorded highest contribution to global revenue. \n\n
Since beginning of 2009, moved into Corporate HR Function for parent group – RPG. Currently responsible Talent Management function for RPG Group – one of the leading business conglomerate with turnover of Rs 15,000 Cr (USD 3 Bn)
Rinku Agarwal Basu
Global Head- Productivity Services Group, Geometric Ltd.
Rinku has about 15 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles. Her experience spans across all aspects of HR, Organisation Development, Business critical initiatives, Global Operations, IT, Infrastructure, Enterprise Applications etc.. She has been instrumental in setting up the integrated Global Operations for the business. \n\n
She currently provides leadership to the Productivity Services Group, along with leading key corporate process efficiency initiatives. She is a member of the Executive Committee at Geometric providing strategic overview to corporate functions and business operations, is the Centre Head for Pune and on the Board of Directors for Geometric Asia Pacific Pte.. \n\n
Rinku has done her full time MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Pune) and is an alumnus of INSEAD, Fontainebleau too.
CTO, TATACLIQ & Leadership on Digital Initiatives, TATA Industries
One of top 6 technologists globally with over 150 implementations running across the globe, Sauvik Banerjjee is the Chief Technology Officer for TATACLIQ and Leadership on digital initiatives for all businesses of TATA Industries. He is the ex-CTA for SAP Global's Omni-channel and Digital vertical, where he spearheaded the physical architecture of the towers and retailers for JIO. A tech evangelist and entrepreneur by heart, he has built two successful start-ups and sold them in the UK. Having mentored over 600 senior management over the years, Sauvik in India is also mentoring select start-ups on building successful business models. He is on the board of advisors for several companies and start-ups alike. He has been responsible for disruptive innovation ideas in technology and omni-channel commerce that have earned him the distinction and title of being one of the only 6 people (the only person of Indian origin) in the world to have worked on all global Omni channel platforms. Sauvik also holds a robust track record in P&L roles where he has delivered over 143% growth, 122% growth across India and Europe for organisations like Infosys, Accenture and SAP.
AI, IOT, Robotics
Sauvik Banerjjee has been a recipient of multiple awards, some of his more recent awards include:
Infosys Global Star Award for the best disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2012
Accenture European Award for innovation on disruption in Omni Channel Commerce 2013 and 2014
SAP Extra Mile Most Valued Player Award 2016
SAP Leadership Award for creating and delivering the world's first phigital omnichannel market place for the Tatas
These were in addition to completing his doctorate from University of Sunderland. His published papers on "Cross Language Information Retrieval System and models with Prof. Michael Oakes" have been widely referenced. He was also part of the Information Retrieval Group, CLEC, Linguistic group of Google.
He continues to be focused on innovation in the areas:
IoT and applications across industries
Sauvik has been dedicated to the cause of innovation and is currently mentoring organisations driving innovation in the fields of:
An achievers network platform driven by algorithms
IOT - smart logistics company
A loyalty rewarding digital platform
A new age online press platform
A pure play analytics organisation
A robotics organisation
The Govt of WB and CII Innovation Club Modeling for Startup India
Despite his pressing schedule he makes time for his passions like movies (some of which have gone on to win awards at international movie fests), is part of a popular UK comic production team Speech Bubble (who are reinventing the comic space of India with Indian stories), interact with his technology fan following on twitter @sovs76 and facebook on Sauvik Banerjjee - Technologist & Evangelist.