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9th Innovative CIO Awards & Symposium 2024

CXOs New Perspectives on Tech’s “Next Big Things”

VIRTUAL: 24 JAN, 2024 (WED) | IN-PERSON: 09 FEB, 2024 (FRI)

Dynamic changes in IT landscape besides the significant transformation in IT usages, organizations are facing multiple challenges to address to incorporate the changes. CIOs are under tremendous pressure to execute projects with limited resources within stipulated time-frame to enable organizations address targeted business growth. It is indeed a mammoth task for IT leaders to meet the expectations within such a constrained environment. This is indeed unwanted, an uncalled for situation, but at the same time this is opportunity to exhibit yourself.

YES, we strongly believe that a true leader comes out with strong leadership in such a situation only. This is the time; an innovative, bold and transformative decision can change the entire ballgame. Innovation is the only way which can pave a successful story, even in such a turmoil situation. Innovation is the only answer, which can overwrite all obstacles, even in such a restricted environment.

That’s why we are here out to find out those talented and innovative IT leaders, who have turned the table to all hindrances, who have incorporated a paradigm shift enabling multi-fold business growth with the help of creative and innovative IT thoughts. We want to bring them in the limelight and to present to nations, so that next generations IT leaders become inspired and energized. If you are the person we are looking for, feel free to share your thoughts and ink it in nomination form.


Discussion Topics

Cloud Computing

Data Analytics

Generative / Weak / Super AI


Digital Transformation


Edge Computing

Remote / Hybrid Working

Enterprise Security

Digital & Zero Trust

IT Transformation

App Modernization

System / Object Storage

Digital Workflow


Mobile Technology


Eminent Speakers (Last Edition)

Abdullah Saleem

Group CIO, Omni Hospitals

Abhishek Gupta

CEO, Turbotic

Abhishek Kumar

Head - Digital Initiatives, Blue Star Limited

Aishwarya Krishna

Regional Business Manager, Freshworks (India)

Ajay Yadav

Head- IT & SAP, SBL (P) Limited

Althmash Sayyed

CISO, Future Generali India Life Insurance Co Ltd

Aman Chhikara

CISO, Hindalco Industries Limited

Amey S Lakeshri

Director - Cyber Security, Privacy, Ernst & Young

Ankit Agarwal

Head - IT & Governance, Encora

Anshul Mishra

Sr. Manager, Grand Thorton

Archie Jackson

Sr. Director (Head of Special Initiatives, IT & Security and CEO Office), ‎Incedo Inc.

Ashish Chandra

EVP, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, The Body Shop

Avinash Sabhnani

Partner - Digital Advisory, BDO India

Basil Dange

CISO, Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd

Bharat Venkat

Sr. Technical Director APAC - Customer Success, Denodo Technologies

Burgess S Cooper

Partner – Deputy Cyber Leader, Ernst & Young

Bijender Mishra

CISO, Alkem Laboratories Limited

Damanjit Singh

Uberoi Chief Technology Officer (MSS) Cyber Security, APAC, OpenText

Deepak Kumar

Executive Editor, BitStream Mediaworks

Dominic Vijay Kumar

Sr. Technical Director APAC - Customer Success, Denodo Technologies


Event Schedule (Last Edition)

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Delegate Registrations / Breakfast

09:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Welcome Address

09:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote: CIO Priorities in a Time of Crisis & Opportunity for Digital Business Acceleration

By: Sumit Srivastav

Partner & Leader - Intelligent Automation, PwC India

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Zero Trust in the Age of Hybrids: An Antidote to Stress in Cybersecurity?

Moderator: Ranjeeth Bellary, Partner, Ernst & Young


  • Aman Chhikara, CISO, Hindalco Industries Limited
  • Manoj K Shrivastava, CISO, Future Generali India Insurance Co Ltd
  • Saurabh Gugnani, Vice President – Enterprise Risk Management, Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd
  • Ram Vaidiyanathan, Cyber Security Specialist, ManageEngine
  • Pradipta Patro, Head of Cyber Security & IT Platform, RPG Group (KEC International Ltd.)
  • Rakesh Kumar Kunwar, National Sales Manager – Identity & Access Management, OpenText Cybersecurity

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

How to Spend Less and Get More with ITSM

By: Varun Taneja

Head of Solution Engineering (ITSM), Freshworks India

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

What It Takes to Put Data to Work for You?

By: Shashi Kumar

Data, AI and Automation Leader, IBM India

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM

How to Use Risk-based Cyber Security Techniques for Attack Prevention

By: Ram Vaidiyanathan

Cyber Security Specialist, ManageEngine

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Tea-Coffee Break / Technology Showcase

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Building A Successful Data and Analytics Strategy

Moderator: Shree Parthasarathy, Thought Leader & Independent Thinker, Business & Digital Strategies


  • Seema Gaur, Sr. Executive Director (IT), IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Co Ltd
  • Vikas Gupta, Chief of Digital & Innovations, Hiranandani Energy
  • Ashish Chandra, EVP, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, The Body Shop
  • Vivek Zakarde, Sr. Vice President – Head Analytics & RACC, IndusInd Bank Ltd
  • Abhishek Ashok Kumar, Head – Digital Initiatives, Blue Star Limited
  • Shashi Kumar, Data, AI and Automation Leader, IBM India

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Enabling a Data Mesh Architecture and Data Sharing Culture

By: Bharat Venkat

Sr. Technical Director APAC - Customer Success, Denodo Technologies

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Securing Digital Transformation with OpenText

By: Praveen Kulkarni

Country Manager Sales, OpenText

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lucky Draw / Networking Lunch / Technology Showcase

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

8th Innovative CIO Awards -- Top 100 | Innovative CISOs

2:30 PM – 02:50 PM

Fireside Chat: How Can Enterprises Overcome Their Data Challenges?


  • Rajesh Malhotra, Data & Analytics Leader, IBM India South Asia
  • V Ranganathan Iyer, Group CIO & Sr EVP, JBM Group
  • Dominic Vijay Kumar, Sr VP & CTO, ART Housing Finance (India) Limited

2:50 PM – 03:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Advanced Digital Transformation Strategies for a "Digital Everything" World

Moderator: Jaspreet Singh, Partner & Clients and Markets Leader – Advisory Services, Grant Thornton Bharat


  • Meheriar G Patel, Group CIO, Jeena & Company
  • Neeti Wahi, Group Chief Information & Digital Officer, Sterlite Power
  • Ramkumar Mohan, CIO, Air Works India (Engineering) Pvt Ltd.
  • Narinder Sagar, CIO, Aculife Healthcare
  • Kushal Varshney, CTO, Virescent Infrastructure
  • Kaushal Menghaney, Business Head, Freshworks (India)

03.45 PM – 04.00 PM

2022 Cyber Review – Is Your Organization Ready for 2023 ?

Niranjan Jayanand, APJ Lead, WatchTower Threat Hunting, SentinelOne

04.00 PM – 04.15 PM

Merging Conversational AI & Analytics to Create Problem Solving Bot

By: V. Ramakrishnan,

CEO, Assisto Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

04.00 PM – 04.15 PM

Fireside Chat: ITSM 2023: Lower Costs without Sacrificing Value

  • Prakash Bharath, Director, Freshworks India

04:30 PM – 05:15 PM

Panel Discussion: ChatGPT: Weiging the Benefits and Risks in Cybersecurity

Moderator: Amey S Lakeshri, Director - Cyber Security, Privacy, Ernst & Young


  • Ravinder Arora, CISO & DPO, Infogain
  • Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, SVP & CISO, InMobi Group
  • Ganesh Vishwanathan, CIO & CISO, Aithent Technologies Private Limited
  • Upkar Singh, Vice President – IT, RMSI Private Limited
  • Nagarjun Kota, Chief Architect and CISO, Data Resolve Technologies

05:45 PM – 06:15 PM

8th Innovative CIO Awards -- Most Promising Category

06:15 PM – 06:30 PM

Tea-Coffee Break / Technology Showcase

06:15 PM – 06:30 PM

Customer Experience vs Employee Experience -- A Dilemma for CIO

Kunal Dhingra, CTO & Global Head - Enterprise IT, LTIMindtree Limited

06:30 PM – 07:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Turn Your Conversational AI into Problem Solving AI and Bots

Moderator: Ganesh Vishwanathan, CIO & CISO, Aithent Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


  • Avinash Sabhnani, Partner – Digital Advisory, BDO India
  • Kunal Kaushal, Director, KPMG India
  • Rishi Rajpal, Director – Global Security, Concentrix
  • Nitin Kumar Singh, Global Head – Cognitive Business Operations, Intelligent Automation, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Nirupam Srivastava, VP Strategy, M&A & AI / Digital Transformation, Hero Enterprise
  • V. Ramakrishnan, Founder & CEO, Assisto Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

07:15 PM – 08:30 PM

Lucky Draw / Entertainment Session / Thank You Note

08.30 PM onwards

Networking Over Cocktails & Dinner / Entertainment Session



Chief Information Officers (CIOs)

Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)

Chief Digital Officers (CDOs)

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs)

Chief Risk Officers (CROs)

VP , AVP , Director – IT / Systems


CGM - IT Manager | Sr Manager - IT

Delivery Heads

Data Center Professionals

Data Scientists & Analysts

Head - IT Dept

IT & Security Consultants

Architects - Cloud, Security, & other Technology


Sponsors & Partners (Last Edition)


Register as Delegate


Get in Touch


For Delegation

Tanu Sri
+91 80769-17366

For Sponsorship / Speakership

Jitendra Srivastava

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