Scott McCormick

President – CVTA

Scott has degrees in Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and Doctoral Research in Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to being the President of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Scott was the Executive Director of the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a non-profit research organization of the world’s largest automakers.  Prior to this, Scott was General Electric’s Factory with a Future Program Manager for Aircraft Engine and Transportation Business Systems Divisions.

Scott is a former Advisor to the United States National Science Foundation and the Industrial Sector Representative to the US Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer Consortium.

He is a member of Advisory Board of University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC).

In March 2012, and again in 2014, Scott was appointed by the United States Congress to advise the Secretary of Transportation on matters relating to the study, development, and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.  In this capacity he also chairs the Security Subcommittee.

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Dan Waldschmidt

Strategist To Billion Dollar Business Leaders

Popular speaker, business strategist, and ultra-runner — Dan Waldschmidt has been refusing since birth to accept business as usual.

Sure, he had a lawn mowing business, but he turned his into a money-making machine (though he opted not to tell his mom about his increased profits).

He ran track like plenty of other kids, but he pushed himself to break his high school’s mile record. He got the usual entry-level job right of college, but then he changed the sales process, earned millions of dollars for the company, and became CEO by the time he was 25.

These days, Dan is a people strategist. A conversation changer. And an ultra-athlete.

Dan and his team help people arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers.

Using his experience as a technology CEO and his fascination with neuroscience,he helps companies use extreme behavior and radical conversations to blow away the competition and dominate their industry.

The Wall Street Journal calls his blog, Edgy Conversations, one of the Top 7 blogs sales blogs anywhere on the internet and hundreds of his articles on unconventional sales tactics have been published.

If you want to catch up with Dan, you’ll probably need to lace up some running shoes and hit the road. He’s the crazy dude running against traffic — literally.

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Blake Burris

Hacktivist, Future Mobility (formerly, Vinli)

Blake is a thought leader in Connected Car and Urban Mobility; both as Chief Hacktivist and head of Developer Relations at Vinli. He is also a leading expert on evangelism and the creation of grassroots innovation communities.

As the founder of The Cleanweb Initiative, he grew a blog post into a global movement of entrepreneurs spanning 25 countries; including the US, UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, and China. The Cleanweb is about leveraging information technology (IT) for solving resource issues facing our cities in sectors spanning water, waste, energy and mobility.

Blake is a co-author of “The Smartup Manifesto,” a joint collaboration led by DEMOS Helsinki which defines a new breed of startup that is innovating around the confluence of key trends of Big Data, sensors, Cleanweb, Urban Tech and the Sharing Economy.

In 2008, he was the first recipient of Facebook’s fbFund as founder of Dynamo Labs, an early Cleanweb play for residential energy efficiency. He has also been a pioneer of several key tech waves including Facebook Platform (fbDevGarage); iPhone (iPhoneDevCamp co-founder). In the pioneer days of cloud computing, he led Developer Evangelism at Joyent and earlier was a Product Manager at Intermec for RFID software.

Blake has spoken internationally at conference and events on topics ranging from sustainability and Cleanweb to urban tech, mobility and connected car.

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Sirish Batchu

Head – Infotronics Technology & Advance Electronics Mahindra & Mahindra

Sirish Batchu is the Head of Infotronics Technology and Mobility Solutions as a part of the Technology domain, responsible for Strategy and Technology Development across the Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors. He leads the Connected Vehicle Program across the Mahindra Group of companies, looking towards the creation of a common connectivity platform. Prior to joining Mahindra, Mr Batchu was the Head of Engineering for Bosch Car Multimedia, responsible for managing the Strategy, Business Development and Engineering Operations of the Bosch Car Multimedia business unit in India and Engineering Services for the International Operations. He worked with Bosch for around 17 years in India, Europe and the USA in various capacities and leadership positions. During his tenure at Bosch, he worked in various domains, which include Automotive Infotainment and Navigation systems, Chassis and Automotive Electronics divisions, Building Security Systems & Home Automation. Batchu was instrumental in building teams from scratch and establishing sustainable delivery processes based on CMMi, towards Software and Product development. He also led various initiatives that have turned into successful new lines of businesses.

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Pramod Chaudhari

Executive Chairman Praj Industries Limited

Pramod Chaudhari did his engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT). His career spans over 40 years of professional and entrepreneurial endeavour. He established Praj in 1984. Since then he has built PRAJ into a global Company. Today, Pramod is intensifying the Company’s activities into the knowledge domain of biotech processes and systems in the global arena. The focus is on clean technologies coupled with alternate feedstocks for renewable energy sources. To strengthen his corporate expertise, he attended Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 1995. He has contributed to the National Biofuels Policy as a member of the Committee on Development of Biofuels – Planning Commission, Government of India, for introduction of renewable fuels to India. Pramod has been voted amongst ‘Globally Top 100 People’ in BioEnergy space by Biofuels Digest. He is also the recipient of various awards. He is currently Chairman of CII’s (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee on Bio-energy for 2014-15. In Sept 2009, Pramod was invited to attend and speak at UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change. He attended COP15 Conference on Climate Change at Copenhagen (Dec 2009) as one of the Business Leaders. In November 2010, he was invited at US-India Business & Entrepreneurship Summit which was addressed by Barak Obama, President, USA.


Jill Stelfox

Vice President & General Manager, Location Solutions at Zebra Technologies

Jill Stelfox joined Zebra location solutions as Vice-President and General Manager in November 2012, tasked with directing strategy to enhance, still further, the innovative solutions, market-leading applications, and exceptional value offered by the company.

Her goal is to accelerate the development of exciting new technologies and generate new applications that will bring Zebra customers’ additional benefits, in terms of efficiency, improvement in the bottom line, and rapid return on investment.

Jill has 20 years’ experience of founding, leading and building innovative companies, and has a proven ability to develop and implement dynamic strategies and systems which lead to growth, based on the increased value delivered to customers.

Jill has a nationwide reputation as a successful entrepreneur and founder of venture capital-backed companies, and has raised $50 million, and returned over a $1 billion to investors.

Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University. She is also a mother, a leader in her community, a philanthropist, and an avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist.

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Kailash Katkar

Founder & CEO – QuickHeal Technologies

Mr. Kailash Katkar is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quick Heal Technologies Private Limited.

He founded Quick Heal Technologies in 1994 along with his brother. This security solutions empire is spread over 100 countries worldwide. The company has global offices in Dubai, US, Japan and Kenya. It has a well-connected network of 15,000 plus channel partners worldwide. It employs more than 1100 people across 38 branches in the country.

Before working on his own, he served as a maintenance engineer at Data Star Electronics. He took over this virtually dying technology and transformed it into a Computer maintenance and hardware peripherals company – CAT Computer Services, in 1991

Kailash Katkar is a recipient of the coveted ‘GS Parkhe Industrial Merit Award 2009’ awarded by MCCIA . He has also been felicitated with Maxell Award for Maharashtra Corporate Excellence, 2012. He has also received Army Institute of Technology’s (AIT) ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ Award. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Brands Academy Entrepreneurship Excellence Award being recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year in IT Security”

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Ravi Puvvala

CEO – Savari

Ravi Puvvala is the CEO of Savari Inc. and has been actively involved with connected vehicle activities for the past 10 years. He has worked with several automotive research labs, universities, US DOT and various industry partners to promote the proliferation of 5.9 Ghz DSRC support in vehicular communications

Previously he served as the founder & CEO of Zazu Networks. He has worked with several multinational corporations with rich experience in engineering, management and global understanding of products in wired and wireless networks. A persistent entrepreneur, who is captivated by the power of WiFi.

He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Bangalore University (India) and an M.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University (USA).

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Roger C. Lanctot

Associate Director in Strategy Analytics

Roger is a business development executive with a 25-year history as an electronics industry market analyst. He excels at bringing in new business from existing clients and identifying and acquiring new customers for business intelligence, consulting, content and services. He also excels at written and spoken communication and statistical analysis and routinely handle media interactions, speaking engagements and consulting opportunities – although his contributions are rarely routine. He is a member of the International Motor Press Association and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Roger specializes in Consumer Electronics, Automotive, IT, Telematics.


Gaurav Bansal

Senior Researcher at Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA

Gaurav received a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia.  He currently works as a Senior Researcher at Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA , where he conducts research in areas of vehicular wireless communications and automated driving technologies. He has received numerous awards including a Best Paper Award at IEEE WiVEC 2013, Best Internal project award at Toyota InfoTechnology Center USA and an Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship by Natural Science Engineering and Research Council of Canada. He represents Toyota in various industrial and standardization meetings. He currently also serves as an Editor for IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials journal and has served on the Technical Program Committee of various international conferences.


Partha Goswami

Technology Intelligence   specialist
– General Motors

Seamless connectivity, location info, contextual data flow and easy user interface are the building blocks of a telematics and infotainment system. Many critical elements of this domain come from outside mobility industry. Linking the dots among these players in software, hardware and media/content industry is paramount.

Mr. Goswami’s professional mission is to develop strategy & solutions in infotainment & telematics that need integrated insight of technology, market trends, value chain and the complexities of automotive produce development. Hence his primary focus lies in understanding the technology trends and diversity of connectivity solutions, appropriate business models and translating them in to tangible initiatives.

To achieve this goal, Mr. Goswami examines market trends, new business models and technology roll out of value chain stakeholders like silicon developers, wireless carriers and application developers.

In addition to his professional pursuits, he enjoys writing and speaking on topics on infotainment technology and its business. He has had the privilege of speaking at multiple industry forums and conferences both as a subject matter expert or as an evangelist of the technology. They include forums like Telematics Update (TU), Society of Automotive Engineers, (SAE), Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE), Automotive World etc.

Mr. Goswami also maintains a hobby blog that discusses popular technology and its implications in our daily life.

His prior industry experiences include a broad swath of engineering and business functions. Business responsibilities include automotive Brand strategy (marketing), capital management for global test labs (finance), Offshore workload management (business process). Past technical responsibilities include building quiet cars by developing structural design solutions using computer aided engineering and conceptualizing consumer-facing technologies for electric/hybrid cars (Chevy Volt).

Specialties:Project management in R&D, Strategic planning, Competitive analysis, Technology trend assessment, Value chain analysis in infotainment, Automotive product development, Marketing strategy, Connecting stakeholders, communication (public speaking/writing).

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Tel Ganesan

CEO – Kyyba

Tel Ganesan is the president and CEO of Kyyba, a Michigan headquartered global IT, engineering services and a software product company focusing on education and manufacturing domain.

Tel is on the Advisory Committee for the National Veteran Business Development Council and also sits on several Boards as Director & Advisor. Tel is currently the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Detroit chapter for the second term. In the past he has served as VP of American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI).

Tel has appeared on several TV, Radio Digital & Print media such as FOX 2 News, Detroit Public TV, NPR, WWJ News Radio, Financial Times, Detroit News, Oakland Press, Dbusiness Magazine, Corp Magazine to name a few. Tel has received several awards of excellence & honor such as Diversity Business Leader, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist – 2014, 2013, 2012, Outstanding Young Asian American of Michigan, Special Tribute for Excellence – Michigan State Senate, Outstanding Service & Contribution Award, Leader & Innovator Award. In addition, Tel is a public speaker and has spoken at several conferences and seminars.

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Prof. Pulak Ghosh

IIM – Bangalore

Dr. Pulak Ghosh is a permanent Professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Prior to Joining  IIMB, he was a Professor  at the Georgia State University and Emory University, Atlanta, USA. He has a PhD and masters in Statistics.

He has more than 10 years of rich experience in academics and industry. Pulak has published over 50 research articles in internationally reputed journals. He is currently serving in the editorial board of the Journal of Royal Statistical Society and served in the editorial board of Journal of the American Statistical Association from 2009-2013. The International Indian Statistical Association awarded him with the “Young Scientist Award” in 2011.

Prof. Ghosh serves in the Advisory group of Big data at the United Nations (UN) Global Pulse, a big data initiative by UN. He is also an academic fellow at the Center for Advanced Financial Research and Learning promoted by Reserve Bank of India and an advisor to the knowledge commission of NSECO-MGIEP. He is advising several companies on analytics.

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Mr. Rajiv Vij

MD & CEO – Carzonrent

Mr. Rajiv Vij has over 33 years of experience in the automobile and travel industry and a vast knowledge of market dynamics in India, having successfully managed multi-dimensional functions like Marketing, Distribution and Operations, with significant achievements over the years, he can be credited with contributing to the growth and expanded reach of global car rental concepts across India and consolidate the industry to attract global players and marquee investors in this space. His experience of partnering with global players in automobile and ground transportation industry and setting up and achieving market leadership in mobility solutions business in a short period of time against tough competition from established Indian and international players speaks volumes about his strengths and abilities as a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Rajiv Vij is Founder and CEO, Carzonrent (I) Pvt. Ltd. a company incorporated in India in the year 2000 which is now the market leader in Personal Ground Transportation Industry. He is also the President of “CARS” – Confederation of All India Car Rental Service Providers an Industry body set up to help improve service standards and support industry issues with Government and other industry bodies. Mr. Rajiv Vij, can be credited for redefining the meaning of taxi service industry in India. He has over two decades of experience in travel industry and vast knowledge of market dynamics having managed Automobile and Travel & Tourism businesses for over 25 years.

Rajiv Vij is an alumnus of Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and has handled a diversified portfolio in terms of work experience. Rajiv Vij considers all his drivers as his partners and has implemented innovative programs making them entrepreneurs and owners of cars that they drive. As part of his commitment towards the Drivers who form the most critical component of the industry in India, he has also set up “COR Welfare Trust” to support Drivers and their families in improving their living conditions.

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Anupam Malahotra

Mr. Anupam Malhotra

G.M – Connected Vehicle & Services

Audi of America

Anupam Malhotra (Pom) is a geek at heart and only wants tech toys for presents. Pom is manager for the connected vehicle for Audi of America, responsible for all the operations of the Audi Connect infotainment system and the formulation and execution of the company’s connected-vehicle strategy with Audi AG. Pom joined Audi in mid-2010 on a contract basis as a subject-matter expert, but soon it became apparent that connectivity would become a crucial part of the technology proposition for the entire brand, and his position was formalized. He joined Audi initially from his role as head of enterprise quality for location-based services for General Motors’ pioneering OnStar brand. New Delhi-born Pom grew up in Malaysia. He returned to India for high school and his initial college years, earning a mechanical-engineering degree with a focus on automotive technology. He later attended the University of Maryland and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S. focusing on strategies for managing technology as a global competitive advantage. GM had begun scaling up OnStar with just such an idea in mind, and in 2000, Pom landed at the upstart “telematics” and infotainment brand, eventually moving into global business development and program management in a 10-year stint with the company. Among other things, Pom spearheaded a global team at the Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration, a consortium that standardized interfaces so that consumer-electronics devices could communicate with and within vehicles; led the development of a globalization strategy for OnStar, including the brand’s expansion into China; and championed initiatives to enhance the customer experience for the brand’s location-based services portfolio. Pom left OnStar to launch Audi connect in the U.S. market and put in place the foundation for a long-term connected services strategy for the company.

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