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Prof. Ashutosh Sharma

Laureate- Engineering and Computer Science, Infosys Prize 2010, Institute Chair Professor, J. C. Bose Fellow and Coordinator of the Nanosciences Center at IITK

Prof. Ashutosh Sharma

Professor Ashutosh Sharma is an engineering scientist whose work lies at the intersections of chemical and materials sciences and engineering, physics, and nanotechnology. Ashutosh is a recipient of numerous awards including the TWAS Prize (2008), Bessel Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation (2006), Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Kanpur (2007), Homi Bhabha Award (2007), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (2002), Kapitsa Medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2010) and Lifetime Achievement Award of The Indian Science Congress Association (2010). The first two named awards have come to India in Engineering for the first time. He is an elected Fellow of TWAS-the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences since 1999; the Indian National Science Academy; the National Academy of Sciences, India; and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has been a member of editorial boards of Chemical Engineering Science, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Indian Chemical Engineer and Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.

N. R. Narayana Murthy

Trustee- Infosys Science Foundation and Founder- Infosys Limited

N. R. Narayana Murthy

In 1981, Narayana Murthy founded Infosys, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore. He served as the CEO of Infosys during 1981 – 2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981 – 2011, and as the Chairman Emeritus during August 2011 – May 2013. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999.

Mr. Murthy articulated, designed, and implemented the Global Delivery Model, which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is also an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

He serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, Rhodes Trust, and the UN Foundation. He has served on the boards of HSBC, Unilever, Cornell University, Wharton School, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He has also served as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

In 2014, Mr. Murthy was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders who have made maximum impact on society during the last 25 years. He was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time,’ by Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He has been awarded the Légion d’honneur by the Government of France, the CBE by the British government, and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.

He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of the 2012 Hoover Medal. The Tech Museum, San Jose, awarded him the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award in 2012. He received the 2007 Ernst Weber Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA. He has received 25 honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad.

He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also received the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize. He has appeared in the rankings of businessmen and innovators published by BusinessWeek, Time, CNN, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, and India Today.

He is the President of the Infosys Science Foundation, which governs the Infosys Prize, an annual award to honor outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists across six categories.

Fatima Alam

Senior Public Policy Analyst, Google India

Fatima Alam

Fatima Alam is a Senior Public Policy Analyst at Google India, with a background in politics and international affairs. She currently works on the economic and social value of Internet technology in emerging markets. Her interests primarily lie in studying how policy decisions in the areas of science and technology are taken in a democracy, and various roles played by elected representatives, bureaucrats, subject-matter experts, civil society, and industry.

Previously, Fatima worked in the political risk analysis domain. After completing her bachelors from St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, she studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University, UK, and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, US.

Jayant Haritsa

Professor – Supercomputer Education & Research Centre, Chair of Department of Computer Science & Automation – Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

Jayant Haritsa

Professor Jayant Haritsa is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Madras, and has received an MS and PhD in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He founded Database Systems Lab at IISc in 1995 that has churned out over 90 postgraduate students.

His work has been recognized with Best Paper Awards at the International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB) in 1998; and Best Software Demonstration Award at VLDB in 2010 and 2014. He received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize and Distinguished Scientist of ACM award in 2009; and the ACCS CDAC Foundation Award in 2013.

Haritsa works at the intersection of database systems and data mining with a focus on query processing across a range of database systems.

Pallavi Roy

Lecturer – International Economics, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London

Pallavi Roy

Pallavi is a former principal correspondent with one of India’s largest business weeklies. Her PhD thesis is entitled – Limits to learning in the context of competitive clientelism: Case studies from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Pakistan.

Prior to this, she was an associate with The Risk Advisory Group, London, where she advised corporate clients on investment decisions based on business, political, and economic perceptions of risk, focusing on the Indian sub- continent.

Throughout her professional experience, Pallavi has essayed several roles – trainee fellow, graduate teaching assistant at SOAS, London; researcher in a multi-disciplinary research project funded by Agence Française du Dèveloppement (AFD); and member of a World Bank financed researched project.

She holds a Master of Science in globalization and development (SOAS); a Post Graduate Diploma in social communications media (Sophia Polytechnic, India); and a bachelor’s degree (honors) in English (Kolkata, India).

Pallavi is an ardent blogger and will provide valuable insights in her blog posts.

Rajaram Nityananda

Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India

Rajaram Nityananda

Professor Nityananda is a physicist who has worked in areas of optics and condensed matter, and image processing Gravitational lensing, and galaxy dynamics. He worked at the Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru from 1975-2000. This was followed by a stint at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, first as Centre Director of the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics of from 2000-2010, and then as Centre Director at the TIFR Centre for interdisciplinary science, Hyderabad (2011-2012). He has been elected a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1986), Indian National Science Academy (1998), and the National Academy of Sciences (2000). He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and the IISERs at Pune and Mohali. In 2004, Prof. Nityananda received “the Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan Memorial Lecture Award, from INSA in 2004. Currently, he serves as Chief Editor of "Resonance", the Journal of Science Education of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Samuel Peat

Participant, Instep International Student Internship, Infosys

Samuel Peat

Samuel Peat is a second year undergraduate student of B.Sc. in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He joined the Infosys Science Foundation as a summer intern, where his project includes helping benchmark the Infosys Prize with other prizes – with a view to assess how far it has come in its five years.

Samuel has worked with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on a project that looked at youth homelessness. He is also a Research Assistant at the London School of Economics. He has a keen interest in Central America and has been working there as well for the last three years.

Shamnad Basheer

Founder and Managing Trustee, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access, and Founder, SpicyIP, India

Shamnad BasheerProf. Shamnad Basheer is the founder of SpicyIP, India's premier blog on intellectual property and innovation law and policy. He is also the founder and managing trustee of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), a non-profit body that aims to empower underprivileged communities through legal education.

Basheer was the first Ministry of Human Resource Development Chaired Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, and the Frank H. Marks Visiting Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. He has been a research fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo, an International Bar Association scholar and an Inter-Pacific Bar Association scholar. Basheer did his postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

He has also been research Fellow at the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), Tokyo, an International Bar Association (IBA) scholar and an Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) scholar.

Shubha Tole

Professor – Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India

Shubha ToleA neuroscientist, Shubha also works as a Professor in the department of biological sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Her current research uses genetic ‘knockout’ mice, RNA interference (RNAi), embryonic stem cells, tissue culture, and molecular biology approaches to address questions of development and evolution of the brain.

She is a recipient of several awards such as the Infosys Prize in Life Sciences (2014); Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2010); the Research Award for Innovation in Neurosciences (RAIN award) from the Society for Neuroscience USA (2008); National Woman Bioscientist award from the Department of Biotechnology, Government?of India (2008); Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (2005); and the Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellowship (1999).

Srinath Batni

Member of the Board, Head of Delivery Excellence, Infosys

Srinath BatniSrinath Batni is Head of Delivery Excellence. He was inducted into the Board of Directors of Infosys in May 2000.

Mr. Batni is a Director on the Board of Infosys Australia, Infosys China Ltd., and Infosys (Shanghai) Ltd. He is a member of the Executive Council, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) since 2005.

Prior to joining Infosys, Mr. Batni was a Senior Manager for marketing and technical support at a French subsidiary in India. He was also responsible for implementing the production and materials management system at a leading public sector heavy engineering and manufacturing unit in the 1970s.

Mr. Batni is a member of Infosys Foundation trust and Infosys Employees Welfare Trust.

Mr. Batni has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Mysore University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.