Sampath Herga


Sampath is a technology architect with over 20 years experience in end-to-end product development having held various technology leadership positions in Tech Mahindra, Motorola, Airvana and Netapp. He was the co-founder of a Text Analytics startup, MeshLabs which was eventually acquired by Pegasystems. He then went on to lead the Text Analytics products team at Pegasystems. He has worked extensively in Big Data and Analytics, developing algorithms for problems in Classification, Sentiment Analysis and Clustering. His current interest area is helping organizations successfully adopt Blockchain and related technologies.

He holds a B.E. in Computer Science from Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Arijit Mitra


Arijit is a technology architect with 12 years experience, having held technology leadership positions in companies such as Oracle, NetApp and Pegasystems. He was a co-founder at MeshLabs which was eventually acquired by Pegasystems. His expertise is spread across technologies like text analytics, multi-channel integrations and scalable server technologies. He has developed live productions systems in technologies such as machine learning, deep-learning based image recognition and AI based chat-bots. His current interests lie in developing block chain systems for multi-party Solidity-based contracts.

He holds a B.E. degree in computer science from PESIT Bangalore.

Dr. R. Gurusamy


Dr. Guruswamy has 25 years of experience in Information technology in diverse areas such as Set Top Boxes, Web Technologies, Embedded Systems, Blue tooth, Wireless, Cryptography and RFID. He has mentored on various projects concerning topics such as the convergence of media, information and web, and DICOM imaging for radiology. He has also mentored many IT startups and has been involved in multiple companies as a promoter in the fields of payments and mobile technologies.

He holds a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in algorithms, and has published in leading journals.

Amit Hirawat


Amit has 19 years of investment banking and private equity with Bank of America, Deutsche bank and India Value Fund. He last served as MD, Investments at India Value Fund. He has been involved in several large deals across India, Japan, Germany and South East Asia with a focus on banking. He has had full cycle Private Equity experience with investment in UEM India and sale to Toshiba, Syngene International, and ISS Hicare among others.

Amit holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St.Xavier’s College, Kolkatta and is a Chartered Accountant. He has a keen interest in global politics and economy and maintains a regular blog on these topics (

Dattatray Pandit


Dattatray has 23 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, credit rating and advisory services. He has worked with CRISIL, Reliance, Edelweiss, Essel and Motilal Oswal in various senior corporate advisory/project management roles. He was also a senior transaction advisor to IMAP, a global investment banking consortium headquartered in Spain covering mid-market investment banks all over the globe.

He holds a B.Tech in Electrical engineering from IIT - Bombay and a PGDM from IIM-Lucknow.