4th International Conference on Life Skills & Livelihood Skills -
Leveraging Digital India for Rural Empowerment.

16-17 November 2017, at Dr. MCR HRD Institute of Telangana, Hyderabad

International Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Beena-skills2017-Conference Beena Chintalapuri is committed to the field of Psychology which is evidenced from her research, training, teaching and Publication. Her effort was to apply Social Cognitive Psychology Strategies and models to bring about innovative practices in behaviour through research and training. Her engagement with Human resources Development involved Organizations like Indian Space research Organization, Telangana Prisons, Teachers at different levels, Counsellors of HIV/AIDS clients has lead to a meaningful life and positive outcome. She has a PhD in Psychology, has worked for 30 years in the University system. She held several prestigious positions as a Registrar, Dean, Director, and Chairperson. She was a recipient of Andhra Pradesh Best Teacher Award in the year 2008.

bharath s skiils 2017Dr Bharat S. Sontakki is currently working as Head, Extension Systems Management Division at the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad. He has over 25 years of research, teaching and outreach experience in the Agricultural Research Service of ICAR. He has a PhD in Agricultural Extension Education from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka and MBA in Human Resource Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He has undergone advance training at AQD-SEAFDEC, Tigbuaun, Iloilo, Philippines; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. His current areas of professional interest are agricultural extension management, communication skills, training management, and educational technology.

He has lent policy support by serving in high level committees like Working Group of Planning Commission, Board of Studies, as Organizing Secretary of International and National Seminars/Workshops and as Investigator/Consultant in Sponsored Research and Policy Studies. His research contributions include about 25 completed research projects (16 externally funded) and over 100 publications consisting of about 50 research articles, 40 conference papers, 10 edited books and proceedings, 15 book chapters. He has organized over 200 capacity building programmes benefitting over 5,000 professionals of National Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Systems of India and other Afro-Asian countries. Besides teaching, he has rendered academic guidance as Major Advisor/ Co-guide/Mentor to 5 PhD, 4 Masters and 10 MBA students.

He has been a recipient of Gold Medal during M. Sc. (Agri) from UAS, Dharwad; Best Presentation and Best Paper Awards from AQD-SEAFDEC, Tigbuaun, Iloilo, Philippines. He contributed significantly in winning the ‘Excellence in Training’ award for NAARM by the DoPT, Government of India.

Chandra Shekara

Professional in the field of Agriculture with 25 years of experience and expertise in the areas namely Agricultural Extension Management, Agri-Entrepreneurship Development and Public-Private-Partnership.

Director (Agricultural Extension) is mainly responsible for carrying out Training, Research, Consultancy, Documentation and Dissemination in the field of Agricultural Extension Management. Director (Agricultural Extension) is also heading three other following centers in MANAGE.

1. MANAGE Centre for Agricultural Extension Policy

2. MANAGE Centre for Agripreneurship, Youth and Public Private Partnership (PPP)

3. Program Management Unit (PMU) of USAID Funded Feed the Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT)

Founder Director of Centre for Agri-Entrepreneurship Development (CAD), MANAGE responsible for implementation of Central Sector Scheme of Agri-Clinics and Agri-Business Centres (AC&ABC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India (www.agriclinics.net). The scheme aims at transforming qualified Agricultural Professionals in to Agripreneurs who intern setup Agri-ventures in rural areas to provide value added extension services to farmers. Training and Handholding support is provided to Agripreneurs across the country through network of 77 partner institutions. Trained 49,500 Agricultural professionals and established 21,000 Agri-ventures in different parts of the country under the scheme.

Programme Director of US-India-Africa Triangular International Programme funded by USAID, India, in which 129 Agriculture Extension Professionals from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi were trained in Agricultural Extension Management during 2013-15.

Director, PMU implementing USAID funded Feed The Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT) covering 17 African and Asian Countries, around 1,400 executives through 44 In-country and Third Country programs on various aspects of Agricultural Development.

Organized more than 275 national and international level training programs on different aspects of Agricultural Extension Management.

Published more than 66 Technical papers including 15 books, made 9 films and actively associated with several professional activities.

Executive Editor of MANAGE Journal of Agricultural Extension Management and Editor of monthly MANAGE International e-Bulletin.

Recognizing the contribution, Indian Society of Extension Education presented “Young Scientist Award-2007”. Received “Magnum National Honour Award -2011” by Magnum Foundation, Nagpur, Maharashtra, “Special Appreciation Award” by International Society of Extension Education and Dr. Mishra Memorial Award of ISEE, 2015.

Served as member of Working Group on Agricultural Extension during 12th Plan Agricultural Extension Approach Paper preparation.

Dan Coholan Dan Coholan is Vice Chairman, RBC Wealth Management and is responsible for supporting families and their enterprises providing guidance, solutions and integration across business and family strategy, intergenerational wealth transition and philanthropy. Previously, Dan worked in RBC Capital Markets for 25 years where he was a Managing Director and Head of RBC’s Communications, Media and Technology Investment Banking Group advising corporations, entrepreneurs and Private Equity firms on capital markets, debt and equity financing and mergers and acquisitions. Dan has been active in the wireless/mobility communications and eCommerce areas including acting as a Joint Lead Underwriter in the Blackberry IPO. Dan is a Governor of the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall and is a member of the board of directors of American Learning Solutions. He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, a M. Ed from Harvard University and holds the ICD.D designation.

Harri NarismuluHarri Narismulu, trained as analytical Chemist; and has worked in the petrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Higher Education arenas. The last mentioned was at a technological institute in Durban, where he was involved in corporate affairs, Fundraising, marketing & communication, and alumni development.

He now runs a highly successful consultancy that researches and develops innovative responses for his clientele – mainly educational institutions and ngo’s especially with respect to Income Generation & Strategic Marketing for sustainable development, Techno-park, Incubator & cluster development; Innovative Education delivery solutions, Blended Learning Modalities, Skills Development strategies; Corporate Learning interventions; Integrating soft skills into mainstream artisan training; Economic Development and Poverty alleviation strategies; Innovation; Mentoring disadvantaged youth. He interfaces with a range of local, national, continental and international players.

Hemanth-skills2017-Conference Prof. HEMNATH RAO H. B.Sc.(Agriculture); M.B.A.(JNTU); M.B.A. (Durham, UK); Ph.D. Formerly Professor; Director, Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural Development; & Dean of Management Programmes, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and currently Director, Stratlead International. His work experience during the last three decades involved a unique exposure to organizations in the private, public and co-operative sectors, within and outside India. Actively associated with the formulation of corporate and competitive strategies for reputed corporates and with strategic restructuring of departments/ organisations of Government of India and State Governments. Designed and delivered programmes in strategic management for senior and top management of Navaratna/ Miniratna PSUs and large private sector enterprises, entrepreneurs and managers of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and senior civil servants of All India and Central Services. Prof. Hemnath has been actively involved in consulting work for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UNDP, The World Bank, EU-CDE, NORFUND and other international organisations. He has customized and delivered a series of management development programmes for entrepreneurs and CEOs of SMEs across continental Africa and the South Pacific Region. Has been lecturing at many leading management institutions in India including the NIRD, National Police Academy, XLRI, Indian Institute of Coal Management, SBI Staff College, JNIDB, nimsme, NAARM, MANAGE, MCRHRDI and other institutions of repute. While on the faculty of ASCI since 1996, served as Head, Tata Management Development Center and Head (Management Development) at Tata Steel for a year (2003-’04). Has also served on various expert committees of the Government of India in the ministries of Rural Development, Human Resources Development and the Cabinet Secretariat, besides contributing richly to academic governance of numerous national institutions. Researched and presented papers in national and international conferences and published in refereed journals. Prof. Hemnath’s recent research work has been very interdisciplinary analysing the strategic response of corporate India to the forces of globalisation reflected in his books captioned, “Tryst with Global Competition: Strategic Response of Corporate India” and “Study of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”. Areas of academic interest include Corporate and Competitive strategy, Agribusiness, Rural Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Leadership and Strategic Management of Change, addressing the convergence of best management practices across business organisations and not for profit development institutions.

Jaleel-skills2017-Conference Mr. Jalil Khan is a veteran strategist and tactician, with more than 23 years of rich and diverse leadership experience in managing the travel and tourism business lines. He holds an MBA (Marketing, Corporate Finance and Multinational Enterprises) from one of the premium universities in the United States. He has been a globetrotter since his childhood and was educated in some of the finest private schools spanning 4 continents: United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.
As a District Account Manager at United Airlines in San Francisco, he managed the top revenue territory of corporate Fortune 500 accounts in Northern California with over $290 M in Air Travel and Leisure spend. Throughout his 23 years with United Airlines, he has demonstrated a consistent track record of delivering extraordinary results in growth, revenue and sales performance.
He is a charismatic and natural salesman; his airline industry pedigree gives him a strong predilection for customer expectation, management and destination marketing. Having pioneered and spearheaded numerous initiatives on Exhibition/Convention Sales and Group Meeting Agreements, he has establishes a successful track record while being in charge; a demonstrated acumen for team motivation, and proclivity for analytical detail. He was United Airlines’ point person entrusted with autonomous authority to conduct worldwide negotiations in corporate volume agreements.
He has in-depth perception of current trends, technological developments, and competition-influencing vectors in the global travel industry and convention sales.
He was responsible for initiating and finalising numerous high-revenue deals by conducting seminars/symposiums on geo-political realities and cross-cultural sensitivities; educating U.S Tour Operators and wholesalers to promote international destinations to their customers. With United Airlines commencing Round-the-World service in 1999, he was commissioned to introduce corporate sales in India holding educational seminars to travel agencies and corporate customers throughout India and building an impressive customer oriented network.
As United’s international marketing emissary, he has hosted familiarization and global expeditions with tour operators and key end-use for first-hand familiarity with corporate goals facilitating a win-win disposition Mr. Khan’s inspiration for Destination Marketing has been influenced by a select fraternity of world leaders and institutions, more notable the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Telangana, India as well as by the vision and statesmanship of HH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the Minister for Tourism, and HH Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz (the son of the late King Faisal) of Saudi Arabia during his privileged, private audiences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in March 2010.

Jaya-skills2017-Conference Prof. Jaya Indiresan, graduated from University of Madras, in Psychology, with a first class first rank, obtaining the university Gold Medal. She obtained her Ph.D.in Organizational Behaviour, from IIT, Delhi.

Prof. Jaya Indiresan was formerly professor of Higher Education at the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Earlier she had taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has guided several Ph.D. and M.Phil. Students. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, USA, where she produced a research monograph, "Behind the Burqua" a comparetive study of Men and Women in Educational Administration.

Currently she is a free lance consultant to several national organisations like University Grants Commission, Educational Technology Management Academy and international organizations like World Bank, Ford Foundation, Swiss Development Corporation, Danida, British Council and so on..

Kushil-skills2017-Conference Kushil Gunasekera, a results-driven visionary, through pioneering initiatives effects sustainable development in rural Sri Lanka. His integrity, dependability and generosity create hope and trust in both individuals and teams alike. Financially transparent, he relies on his proven entrepreneurial instincts, is persistent, extremely organised and pays meticulous attention to detail in both planning and implementation; he is accommodating and remains flexible in complex situations, keeping the welfare of the humanitarian cause foremost.

Kushil Gunasekera established the Foundation of Goodness in 1999. As a young boy Kushil felt compassion for the people of his ancestral village in Seenigama, who lacked the facilities to realise their potential despite innate talent and ability. Having become a successful businessman, he faithfully returned to his hometown and with true altruism donated his family property in Seenigama to the establishment of the Foundation of Goodness. The Foundation is based on providing a holistic response to a community’s needs and works to uplift the lives of rural communities through learning and Empowerment. In May 2008, being the philanthropist he is, he decided to dispose of his lucrative business and dedicate his resources and time to the organisation. He currently donates his time full-time to its furtherance on a purely voluntary basis.

In 2004, the aftermath of the Tsunami provided a forum for Gunasekera's integrity and managerial expertise to be fully utilised. Kushil, who witnessed the devastating event whilst giving scholarships at a ceremony in the village, barely making it to safety himself at the time, mobilized a team to reconstruct and rejuvenate Seenigama. With the tenacity that distinguishes true leaders, he galvanized a community of villagers, volunteers and donors committed to social service. Within a short span of three years Kushil’s commitment took a village from near annihilation to vibrant regeneration. Medical, educational, vocational and recreational facilities were provided to over 25,000 inhabitants across 50 villages via 30 empowerment sectors, free of cost. The Foundation, whose seeds were sown long before the tsunami, is now expanding its widely extolled holistic model for rural empowerment to other parts of the country.

Kushil has demonstrated selfless service for 25 years and continues to push boundaries systematically, for enriching rural communities. He and the Foundation have received many a tribute and accolade. His success comes from his commitment to the Foundation and never losing sight of its core values—compassion, integrity and goodness. A well-known figure in Sri Lanka he is modest in his claims to personal achievement and is ever grateful for the generosity and compassion shown by donors, volunteers, supporters, businesses and governments across the world. He is respected and trusted by his donors for consistently surpassing their expectations.

Together with friends, volunteers and the villagers themselves the Foundation has grown and just celebrated a decade of successful partnerships and ventures. Through a sequence of extraordinary events and Kushil’s foresight, he has expanded the Foundation’s mission beyond the boundaries of the Seenigama model. In February 2010 Kushil launched an initiative for a Learning and Empowerment Institute in the war ravaged north of Sri Lanka in a compassionate response to reconcile the differences between the prevalent ethnic groups (details of which can be ascertained at www.unconditionalcompassion.org.

Post-conflict, in the two years of 2011 and 2012 he has spearheaded the North Development Initiatives by helping 8000 beneficiaries to rebuild their lives speedily to regain normalcy through the Foundation of Goodness.

Successful entrepreneur, compassionate relief worker and ambassador for peace and reconciliation, Kushil is dedicated to the humanitarian cause. Inculcating the spirit of goodness in each person or project, he impacts our world by making it a better environment for all.

Reddy-skills2017-Conference Dr. M.N. Reddy served as Former Director (Agril. Extn. & Commn.), National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), (An organisation of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad , India. He was Professor of Agricultural Extension in Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University for two decades before joining in MANAGE. He is graduated in Agriculture from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University Hyderabad and did his Ph.D., (Agri. Extn.,) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.

He served as National Facilitator for MANAGE- COVERDALE (U.K.) Program between June 1991 and March 1995 in the areas of Agricultural Extension Management.

As Principal Coordinator (Extension Reforms) developed, tested and operationalized the reforms agenda leading to the institutionalization of the concept of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and Strategic Research and Extension Plans (SREPs). This concept was introduced in 600 Agricultural development Districts in India by involving all stakeholders in agri-value chain besides promoting research – extension – farmer- market linkage models, Commodity Interest Groups and their Federations and public-private partnership etc., Market-led Extension concept was conceived and promoted by organizing national seminars and continuous capacity building programs in various states of the country.

Served as International Consultant to Agricultural Sector Management Support Project for developing Country Level Master Trainers at Republic of Yemen and to the Farm Privatization Project, Govt. of Tajikistan.

As Principal Coordinator (DAESI) developed an innovative program for Agri-Input Dealers, first of its kind in the country called “DAESI” (Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers) in the year 2003-04 with an objective of transforming input dealers into para-professionals enabling them to serve the farmers better with appropriate technical inputs. This has helped in developing about 2500 para-professionals to supplement and compliment the efforts of public extension delivery system.

As Principal Coordinator (PGDAEM) a Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Extension Management was designed and launched through distance education mode in 2007-08 for the extension functionaries of agriculture and allied sectors in India. A total of 5000 candidates have enrolled for the program till date. As Principal Coordinator Mass Media support to Agricultural Extension trained about 266 producers of Doordarshan and FM Radio Stations.

As teacher, Researcher & Trainer offered courses to the Post Graduate students in the areas of Agricultural Extension Management Systems, Mass Media Communication, Diffusion and Adoption of Innovations, Organizational Communication, Training Management and supervised the Research Projects leading to M.Sc., and Ph. D., Trained Field Extension Functionaries and Scientists of State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) in the fields of Extension Methodology and Communication Techniques, Extension Management, Training Methodology, Strategic Planning and Market Led Extension. Published about 70 Research papers in the leading National and International Journals besides contributing few chapters in Books.

He has awarded Gold Medal in M.Sc., and National Communication Research award for the outstanding Research in the field of Communication Research in India. He also received Silver and Gold level certificates in the field of Extension and Management.

Presently working as Senior Agricultural Consultant for Water Sector Improvement Project – Telangana State funded by World Bank.

Rao-skills2017-Conference Dr Kasarabada obtained his B Sc From Andhra University in 1962,BE Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1965 and PhD from University of Minnesota (USA) in Digital Signal Processing in 1974. He taught at the University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont USA during 1974-75, also taught at BITS Pilani earlier.
Dr Kasarabada worked with in Indian Telephone Industry from 1977-1988. Heading R&D at Naini, developed 1st generation PCM and other Digital Transmission Projects as well as FDM equipments, later headed the Electronics Switching Systems (E10B) Project at Mankapur (UP) for the transfer of Alcatel E10B Electronics switching systems technology Transfer to India.
Dr Kasarabada headed Electronics Research and Development Center (ER&DC) under Department of Electronics, Govt of India at Trivandrum 1988-92 as the Director where he was involved with Technology development for rural applications.
He was Chairman and Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), Hyderabad from 1992-98.
From 1998-2015 he was the Group Chairman at the United Telecoms Ltd., where he was involved in technology developments for Telecom domain as well as e-Governance projects of Govt. of India. He was closely associated with the Skill development schemes of Govt. of India
Dr Kasarabada is a Senior member IEEE (USA), Fellow of IETE, and Former Council member of IETE, Editor of IETE Book Series on Power Electronics along with Prof Dube of IIT Kanpur, Dr Kasarabada has a number of publications Dr Kasarabada is also member of several prestigious committees appointed by Govt of India, most notably the technical committee appointed to review Electronics Voting Machine, (1996) CDOT review Committees in 85-88., National Hardware Task Force 1998. He was also a member of the Photonics working Group of the Dept of Information Technology of Govt India.
Dr Kasarabada’s 39years experience covers academics, R&D and Industry
Dr Kasarabada’s areas of interests includes Telecom solutions, Strategic Electronics, e-Governance, IT infrastructure and solutions, Skill development.


Pradeep Khanna CEO, Global Mindset & Sydney Chapter President, VRARA

Pradeep Khanna, is Founder CEO of consulting company Global Mindset (GM) focused on leveraging globalisation, digitisation & virtualisation for Living, Learning & Working. He has over 30 years of executive & management experience across a number of industries.

Pradeep has been a leader for IBM GBS Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) leveraging India, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt, Romania, Brazil. He has worked on assignments for IBM, Australian Trade Commission, Optus, Westpac, Qantas, ING, Crompton Greaves and many more organisations.

He is an Adjunct Professor/Visiting Faculty at number of institutions in Australia, Singapore & India. Pradeep is a speaker at many international conferences. In 2016, Pradeep has presented in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Toronto, Sydney & Singapore.

Pradeep is Sydney Chapter President of the global VR AR Association (VRARA). He is also Global Co-Chair, Education of VRARA

Pradeep is a member of Executive Panel of Global Consulting Companies and Open Colleges Industry Advisory Panel. He has studied MBA from AGSM (UNSW), M.Sc, Computer Science from UTS, & B Tech from IIT Delhi

Sadamate-skills2017-Conference V.V.Sadamate is at present Agriculture Convergence Expert in PIU of a World Bank Project. He worked in various capacities as Additional commissioner (Extension), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Advisor Agriculture in planning commission, Principal consultant with FAO. He was graduated in Agriculture in 1973 from College of Agriculture, Pune. He had Post Graduate Degree and Ph.D ( Agril. Extension) from IARI, New Delhi,. He has also Post Doctoral Degree to his credit from Michigan State University, USA. He has been instrumental in Developing 12th 5 year Plan in Agricultural sector. He has over 80 Research Publications to his credit.

Sanjeev-skills2017-Conference Dr. ​Sanjeev Nayan​ has done his Ph.D. in Agriculture Extension​ and has a vast experience of over 2 decades in Agri.Business​. He had his stint of ​career with leading players in the Agri Business sector - HLL,​ ​Emergent Genetics,Monsanto ​prior to his current position as Head:Production & QM​ at Limagrain Group(BISCO) ​and based at Hyderabad.

Satish-skills2017-Conference Satish Kumar Manocha graduated in Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1966, did his Masters from SUNY Stony Brook University in 1968, and obtained Professional Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1972.

Manocha has wide experience over 35 years in Product, Design, and Development – Telecommunications and a well known expert in Telecom Networking.

He has been Telecom Trainer for Professionals at the Advanced Level Technical Training Centre, Ghaziabad, Govt of India. Manocha has been the Chairman and Managing Director, ITI Ltd, Bangalore; Chairman Fibcom Limited; and ITI Satcom Limited.

Manocha has conducted / organized Seminars/Conferences at National & local levels: Digital Communications; Network Security; Telecom for Senior Management; and Management of Telecom R&D.

He has written many articles on Data Communication, Differential PCM, Expert Systems in International & National Journals.

Manocha is Founder Member and Executive Member of ITU-APT Foundation in India; Expert Member, ICT Core- group, Min of Science & Technology, Government .of India and has been a Professor at Amrita School of Engineering, Bangalore.

Sastry-skills2017-Conference Mr. V N Sastry Joint Secretary (Projects) at Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises, New Delhi. Sastry is a Post Graduate in Public and Personal Management and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
Key areas of his expertise includes - Public Policy for SMEs ; SME developmental projects; Research Studies; and Interface with BMOs, MSME developmental Institutes and International and Multilateral organizations. Forging linkages with national and international organizations is an important area Mr. Sastry looks after at FIMSE.
Key achievements of Mr. Sastry at FISME includes Strategies and Preparedness for trade and globalization India an initiative of DFID, Ministry of Commerce and UNCTAD; “Capable” capacity building of MSME associations supported by GIZ; Promoting export business development services in SME clusters, a joint initiative by INIDO, FISME & IIFT; Establishment of Intellectual Property Facilitation Centres in New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad with grant support from Development Commissioner, MSME, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India ; and Knowledge and News Network (KNN) supported by GIZ. Mr. Sastry had represented FISME in MSME policy set-up set up by Govt. of India and these representations in high power committees of Ministries of MSME; Commerce and Industry; Labour and Employment; Finance; Science and Technology; Parliament standing committee on Industry; and Planning Commission

Shaik-skills2017-Conference Dr Shaik N Meera is a Principal Scientist at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research and is a pioneer in digital extension movement in India. He is a Digital Optimist and is involved in creating an ecosystem for shaping ICTs; knowledge & innovation management, capacity building and large scale demonstration strategies for Indian rice sector. As a leader of the team of World Bank funded project ‘Rice Knowledge Management Portal’ (2008-14) built several partnerships that created grassroots impacts in rural communities. He led several projects that were noted for their large scale operations, development and deployment of a number of advanced practices in web and mobile technologies in rice industry.

His leadership role in Federal Frontline Demonstrations program, Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), Rice Innovation Management Program, Project on Impact Maximization with Digital Strategies, Livelihoods Projects, Rice Data Interoperability Group of RDA was well recognised nationally and internationally. He received several awards for the impact acceleration work carried out over last fourteen years (most prominent being Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2014 of ICAR, Extension Leadership Award 2013 of Agriculture Today).

He has authored several books, extension bulletins, research papers, policy briefs, blogs, manuals on digital extension and agricultural development. He was also a Visiting Researcher (2012-13) at International Rice Research Institute, Philippines and was a Visiting Fellow (2010) at Iowa State University, USA.


Shantha Sinha is India's foremost activist in the field of elimination of child labour. She has been actively involved in programmes for elimination of child labour through universalisation of elementary education in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh covering more than 6000 villages through M. V. Foundation - MVF of which she was Founder Secretary Trustee. This has resulted in over 400,000 children in 5-14 years age been withdrawn from work over the last 12 years.

MVF, under the stewardship of Shantha provided technical support to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Rajasthan and to NGOs working in Nepal, Morocco, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Honduras as well. Shantha's work has resulted in putting child labour on the national agenda for the first time in the country's history, a remarkable achievement and a lasting contribution to the nation.

Shantha Sinha was selected to head National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) as its first Chairperson in March 2007 and reappointed for second term till May 2013.

In recognition of her contribution, Shantha was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 by the Government of India and also was chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsasay Award in 2003. She has received several other awards and much recognition. "Goldene Feder Award, Albert Shankar International Award, and Rotary India Award are few of such to indicate.

Shantha holds a doctorate in Political Science from Jawaharlal University, India and did her MA in Political Science from Osmania University, India. Several of her articles on Child Labour, Girl child and education are published in leading journals. Shantha is a Faculty member Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India.

Shantha, although here career, has been closely associated with elimination of child labour and universalisation of elementary education and had served as Chairperson and member of several high powered committees and working groups on Child Labour, Education and Human rights. She is on the Board of several NGOs.

Shekar-skills2017-Conference Prof. Shekar Babu is the founding Dean of AMRITA School of Business, Bangalore. He started AMRITA School of Business, Bangalore in 2007 in collaboration with State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, USA.

After starting an EMBA-MS program in 2007 he expanded AMRITA School of Business by adding MBA-MS program in 2009. He is also the founding chairman of AMRITA Center for International Programs Office, Bangalore campus since 2006. Prof. Shekar is also an Adjunct Faculty at School of Management, University at Buffalo, NY, USA.

Prof. Shekar received B.E. (Electronics and Communications) degree from Bangalore University, India in 1990 and an M.S. (Computers & Electrical) from University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

Prior to AMRITA, Prof. Shekar has 16 years of experience in industry. He worked as Director of Hewlett Packard’s (HPs) Software Division, at Cupertino, California, USA for 11 years and 5 years as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse (PWC) at Los Angeles, California, USA.

With a strong work experience and entrepreneurship skills, Prof. Shekar Babu was on board for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley, CA, USA and India.

Along with Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor of AMRITA University, Prof. Shekar Babu is the Principal Investigator (PI) in forging the University collaboration with University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY). The collaboration led to the culmination of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Chancellor of AMRITA University receiving an Honorary Doctorate from SUNY, Buffalo in May 2010.

Prof. Shekar Babu areas of research include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Governance and Business Ethics.

sridhar-skills2017-Conference Mr. Sridhar has pursued his engineering from MIT, India and heads South India’s largest heavy equipment transportation fleet. Sridhar had traveled extensively many countries as a member of various business delegations. Sridhar is an active do-gooder. Through DVR Foundation, a personal trust established by Sridhar, he supports several activities – water, health, education, calamity relief etc to the underprivileged among rural communities.

Srinivas-skills2017-Conference B. Tech., in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University (1968) Managing Director-APITCO from 1993-2010, successfully led the organisation on a consistent growth path. APITCO is one of the leading Technical Consultancy Organizations in India. Over 39 years of experience in project formulation, project implementation and technical consultancy.

A UNIDO – Consultant – Project Development & Appraisals with UNIDO Regional Office (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives & Afghanistan) Has specialized skills in Technology Alliances/International Partnerships, Cluster Development and Rural Development.

Undertaken pioneering work in Technology Transfers among the SMEs across the South-East Asian Region. Recipient of “Enterprise Excellence Award” of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Singapore and “Udyog Ratna Award” by Indian Economic Society Responsible for APITCO to enter into overseas businesses. Successfully Organized 15 overseas business delegations from India to countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana, UAE, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia etc. This facilitated 26 business tie-ups between India and these countries. APITCO directly secured business and implemented successfully in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. The clients include the respective Governments, Export Promotional Agencies and Private Clients. Created a dedicated cell for taking up overseas businesses.


He has the unique distinction of conceptualizing and establishing TASK for enhancing the employability quotient of the youth in Telangana under the Department of ITE&C, Government of Telangana.

He is also the Co-Convener for CII Telangana Higher Education and Skill Development Panel & Member of the Advisory Board of ICT Academy at NIT Warangal for South India.

Overall Mr Sujiv has global experience in managing and enabling human capital initiatives with both Indian and Multinational organizations in the field of Science & Technology, Information Technology, IT Enabled Services, Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing across the American, European and Asian continents.

Suresh-skills2017-Conference Mr. Suresh Kumar had graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the year 1966 and later joined Indian Administrative Service in the year 1968. He served well in various capacities in the Government of Maharashtra in areas like Agriculture, Rural Development, Local Administration, Social Development, and Social Justice. He was the first and foremost Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) and concurrently served as Deputy Director of National Institute of Rural Development for 5 years duration. He served in various government departments after his retirement, like Additional Chief Secretary (HOME) Government of Maharashtra in 2004, UPA Lokayuktha (Deputy Ombudsman) of Maharashtra from 2004 to 2009 too. He chaired the 12th Plan working Group on agricultural extension of the then Planning Commission -Government of India and chaired the cadre review committee of MANAGE too. He also worked as One Member Working Group for strengthening the Tribal Development Department of Government of Maharashtra. There are a number of other ways in which he served the prestigious departments in the government. His experience in Rural Development is vast and his expertise is definitely a great addition for the Skills 2015 conference.


S. Venku Reddy is an Agricultural Extension Specialist with over three decades of experience in teaching, research and extension work connected with rural development. He worked in various positions as Professor, Advisor and Consultant to different national and international organizations including the Work Bank.

He has been instrumental in initiating participatory rural development initiatives in a number of African Countries with success. Prof. Reddy is founder President & Executive Director of Participatory Rural Development Initiatives Society, a non-governmental organization working in the areas of Rural and Agriculture development.

Reddy has been awarded with honorary doctorate in extension by Viswa Vinyana Sansad (World Development Parliament) as an intellectual recognition in 1988.


Vijay A Chartered Accountant by Profession, Vijay Sastry Kotamarti is Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Associate Member of Certified General Accountants of Canada and Ontario, and Fellow Member Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Kenya and is currently practicing as a Certified General Accountant in Toronto – Canada for the past 10 years.

He has over 25 years experience in the field of Accountancy and has practiced as a Chartered Accountant in three Continents – Asia, Africa and North America.

He was the Director of Education and Training Board – Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and was instrumental in developing the profession of Accountancy in Kenya while in that position. He writes for many journals and newspapers and a number of his articles on taxation, accounting, management have been published in “Statements” the monthly journal of Certified General Accountants of Ontario and “India Observor” a local newspaper in Toronto.

He served as Chairman – Board of Trustees of Telugu Cultural Association of Toronto, and is receipient of "BHARAT GOURAV" award 2008.

He is producer of radio and television programmes in Toronto – Canada for the past nine years, and is also Director of a number of corporations.

Vikram-skills2017-Conference Mamidipudi Ravindra Vikram has done his graduation in Science and Law. Vikram is a senior partner of M.Anandam & Co.,Chartered Accountants, Secunderabad and a leading Financial and management consultant.

Mr. Vikram is a Trustee and Secretary, Governing Council of M.V Foundation, a leading voluntary organization known nationally and internationally doing pioneering work in literacy and in eradicating child labour in India. MVF has addressed at the United Nations and European Parliament on this issue.

Vikram is also involved with Sahakara Mitra Samstha an NGO working with cooperatives farming; Manthan, a discussion group in the twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on issues of national importance; and Project 511 - an initiative of MVF and Hyderabad Round Table No. 8 supporting more than 250 schools on infrastructure and teaching aids in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

He serves as an Advisor, Auditor and Director of many companies which include Banks.

A regular speaker and paper writer on topics of finance and management.

Vinod-skills2017-Conference Vinod Gaddam has multifaceted interests ranging from business, education, sports and politics. His business interests spans across manufacturing of Cigarettes, Power, ITES and Non-banking financial services.

Vinod is an ardent sports enthusiast and was a good cricket player in his student days. He is President of Hyderabad Cricket Association for the fourth term and represented BCCI in varied capacities.

He is very active in politics and has been a Cabinet Minister for Labour and Employment during 2004-09 in the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has contributed substantially towards welfare of labor and providing employment through convergence of various employment schemes as a minister. He represented Indian delegation to ILO as Minister.

Vinod is closely associated as a Trustee with Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Collage, Hyderabad imparting donation free education to 3000+ socially and economically disadvantaged students every year. Nearly 100,000 students have been educated in this institution so far till its inception in 1977.


Dr.You has an extensive career in high technology, international cooperation, and education. He has been closely associated with the high technology industry, especially in Silicon Valley.

Dr. You has worked with David Packard and translated his influential book into Korean. He has studied Intel's management philosophy and translated President Andrew Grove's book, "Only the Paranoid Survive"​.

Dr. You founded a high tech start-up (Venture Business), Korean American Software Corporation (KASCO Technology). He has made significant technical contributions that includes working on the research team that developed inkjet printers at HP Laboratory. He has, among others served as chairman of International Venture Network and as an advisor to the International Law and Economy Institute in San Francisco. He has served as chair, advisor and consultant to a number of Korean institutions. In particular, he has served on the board of the Korea Research Council for Science and Technology (KOCI) for many years. The Korea Research Council sets the strategic direction of Korea's seven largest National Research Centers. Dr. You has recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology (KICOS), an organization founded by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In this capacity he established a number of research collaborations between Korean and foreign institutions. The Battelle Memorial Institute's establishment of a Northeast Asian R&D center in Korea is an outstanding instance.

Dr. You is an outstanding educationist. He has his academic credentials earned from world renowned universities. They include Korea University and University of California, Berkeley. His interests span from graduate programs to those at the school level, skill development and international student exchange. Among others he founded and managed a non-profit "Korean Language and Cultural School" in California.

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