Board of Directors

 

Prof. D Das, India Chapter Chair (itSMF India), IIITB

Dr. Debabrata Das received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). He is presently the Professor and serving Hewlett Packard Chair at IIIT-Bangalore (IIIT-B).

 

Previous to joining IIIT-B, he had served at the G S Sanyal School of Telecommunication at IIT Kharagpur and later at Kirana Networks in New Jersey, USA. He is also currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of Department of Information Technology, a Government of India Sponsored, project on Green Broadband Wireless Network.

 

He had been a Principal Investigator of sponsored projects from Hewlett Packard, Motorola Research, Intel and Nokia on areas of IMS and Broadband Wireless MAC/QoS. His main areas of research interest are Wireless Access Network's MAC, QoS, Power saving and IP Multimedia Subsystems.

 

Dr. Das has more than 65 peer internationally reviewed papers in different journals. He and his wireless network team have contributed three vital ideas to IEEE 802.16m Broadband Wireless Standard. He is also serves as the Chair of IT-Service Management Forum India (itSMF), OCAC of Orissa Government; and an Empower and TAP member of e-Governance committee of Govt. of Karnataka. He was previously the General Chair of IEEE International Conference IMSAA-09. He is also TPC CoChair of IEEE CONECCT-2013 and IEEE VITAE of Global Wireless Summit 2013. Dr Das has been crucial TPC member of a number of international conferences and IEEE Journals reviewers. He was awarded the global IEEE MGA achievement award in 2012.

 

Suresh G P – Member Director (itSMF India), Managing Director (TaUB Solutions)

Suresh GP M-Tech, Managing Director of TaUB Solutions has more than 14 Years of Industry experience. He has wealth of experience in different facets of IT Service Management, IT Governance, DevOps, Project & Program Management and Organizational Change Management. Over the years, he has performed diversified roles that included ITSM Consultant/Solution Architect/ Program Manager/Business Consultant and Architecture & Standards Governance Manager.

 

With ideal blend of experience in Infrastructure Management domain and Managed Services, he continues to be a trusted advisor for Clients World Wide. To complement his extensive experience, he has earned wide range of certifications that include ITIL V3 Expert, CGEIT, PMP, ISO 20000 Practitioner and ISO 20000 & 27001 Lead Auditor, DevOps and Cobit Foundation. He is a regular blogger and speaker in National &International Forums like itSMF UK, itSMF Australia, itSMF USA, SITS London , PMI & ISACA.

 

Suresh is also the host of ITSM Global Podcast by AllthingsITSM and was conferred the ITSM Contributor of the year 2013 by itSMF Singapore.

 

Prof. Sadagopan, Alternate Chair & Head (Operations-itSMF India), IIITB

Professor Sadagopan is currently the Director (President) of IIIT-Bangalore (a PhD granting University). IIIT's represent a set of new generation universities started in India in late 90's with special focus on IT; IIIT-Bangalore is one of the first such Institutes and started functioning from the year 1999. As the first Director of IIIT-Bangalore he is involved in the visioning, planning and executing the growth of this Institute that is counted as one of the premier Institutes in India with a bright future in the decades ahead. Professor Sadagopan is also involved with many new generation Institutes that have been set up in India in the past fifteen years, notably the IIITs in Trivandrum, Bhubaneshwar and Delhi, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology in Bangalore and Institute of Space Science & Technology in Trivandrum, for example.

 

Prior to joining IIIT-Bangalore, Professor Sadagopan taught for more than 25 years (1979 - 1995) at IIT-Kanpur, counted as one of the best Technical Institutes in India. He also taught for 4 years (1995 - 1999) at IIM-Bangalore, counted as one of the best B Schools in India. He also taught for a year (1987-88) at IIT-Madras, another premier Institute and for a Semester at AIT, Bangkok, Thailand (1989) and RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey in USA (1997) on leave from IIT-Kanpur / IIM-Bangalore.

 

His research interests include Operations Research, Decision Theory, Multi-criteria optimization, Simulation, Enterprise computing, ERP, Supply Chain optimization, IT in education, Multimedia and e-Governance.

 

Professor Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK's IET (formerly IEE), Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.

 

Professor Sadagopan's research work has appeared in several international journals including IEEE Transactions, European J of Operational Research, J of Optimization Theory & Applications, Naval Research Logistics, Simulation and Decision Support Systems. He is a referee for several journals and serves on the editorial boards of many journals.

Professor consults extensively to some of the largest private & public sector corporations in India, in Computing, Communications, Software, Automotive, Oil and Power industries as well as social sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public sector corporations; he is also a member of the Board of Studies of several Universities.

 

Professor Sadagopan is a featured Columnist for Times of India (the world's largest English Newspaper) and several magazines.

 

Sunil Mehta, Member Director & Head (Events) Country Manager, (Quint Wellington Redwood - India)

Mr Sunil Mehta is currently the Board Member / Director of the Information Technology Service Management Forum India or itSMF India. Mr Sunil has over 24+ years of experience with the last 15 years in the area of IT Service Management . He started his career at NIIT as their Network Regional Manager. After a 8 Year stint with the institution, he moved to Microland. Post Microland he worked with Hewlett Packard for almost 5 years, as an Educational Specialist. Currently, Mr Sunil is the Country Manager at Quint Wellington Redwood India. He joined Quint in 2004.

 

His specialties include new business set ups in addition to Business management / Profit Center Management. Mr Sunil Mehta studied at Frank Anthony Public school and Delhi Public School, R.K Puram.

 

V. Ranganathan, Member Director & Head (Membership-itSMF India), IIITB

Mr V Ranganathan, is a highly respected personality in the IT sector. Considered widely as a mentor to entrepreneurs for over 35 years, he is currently the CEO and Managing Director of BNA Consulting Pvt Ltd, Bangalore. His previous stints include notable tenures as Managing Director for Livserv Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore, as well as CEO for NAS Technologies LLC, Dubai. Apart from this, he was also Senior Project Coordinator for the IIITB Innovation Centre as in the area of IT systems & Services.

 

His most notable accomplishments include over 70 commercialized innovations in e-gov services related to Public Grievance Systems, Crowd Control & Evacuation Systems and Surveillance Automation Services.

 

A true visionary, he was nominated for the Best IT Solution Award in 1999 by the Computer Society of India for an innovative Q system at TTD, not to mention being selected as one of the top ten IT start ups in 1991 by Business India. More recently one of his innovative projects in e-Gov won the 1st prize in a specified category.

 

With an impressive portfolio of 8 patents, and three published papers on innovation systems, which he has co-authored and as a research member with INGINEUS, EU FP7, he has presented numerous papers , his most recognized being the presentation on Innovation Systems, at Globelics 2010, Malaysia.

 

Mr Ranganathan holds a Post graduation from the Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore.

He currently is a Board Member / Director & Head at itSMFI (Membership services).

 

Manoj Sethu – Member Director (itSMF India), General Manager (APMG International – SAARC & N/E Africa)

Mr Manoj Sethu, a member director at itSMF India, is also the GM of APMG International (SAARC & N/E Africa). He manages the overall Business and Operations in the SAARC and N/E Africa regions for premier qualifications of APMG International, UK. With over two decades of experience, he has gained expertise in operations, market development and strategy development for education management, e-learning and IT industries. From his humble start in the heavy engineering industry, Mr Manoj Sethu entered the IT industry in 1996 during the dot com era, and was so fascinated by the power of e-learning that he has since been associated with the e-learning and education management industries.

 

His past stint include Operations & Sales Head (Asia Pacific) and then GM of 3MRT Software India, a UK headquartered e-learning company, for who he set up a subsidiary with full-fledged offshore development centre. Over 9 years that he managed the company, his team of managers, architects and developers helped launch e-learning products, which include a quizzing n gaming application and a mind-mapping software.

 

He also has been instrumental in designing, setting-up and market planning the pioneering concept of the franchisee business model for cyber cafes in 1996-98 during the infancy of dot-com era. He lead the company successfully, developed over sixty franchisees in South India, achieving major milestones for two concepts – franchising and cyber café.

 

He has expertise in setting-up subsidiaries for medium-scale overseas companies and turning them to profitable ventures with innovative management style and strategic initiatives. His expertise has spanned IT infrastructure, functional departments and effective management of operations, strategising business and market development.

 

With an undeniable penchant for e-Learning, education management and related areas, Mr Sethu has explored various means and methods to enthuse learning minds.

 

An alumni of St Joseph's Indian High School, Bangalore, Mr Sethu holds a bachelor's degree in electronics from Bangalore University. He went on to acquire qualifications in marketing from XIME and other specialist areas of foreign trade and industrial psychology. He is a Lean Management certified professional specializing in Waste reduction and Cost optimization in addition to being certified for Six Sigma Green Belt from KPMG. A Certified Learning & Development Manager, with a high GPA of 9.0 from Middle Earth Consultants and CAMI (US), he also recently completed his Master Class of Directors, a certified corporate director certification from Institute of Directors. His passion is in leading teams towards efficient functioning, a no-compromise service quality and to develop an atmosphere of confidence through positive mental attitude. He holds a strong opinion on "Business Ethics". Mr Sethu plays a multitude of roles and is considered an evangelist in his managing style, and holds belief that `Every discovery (or success story) has a simple beginning'.