Bhushan Akerkar

Chief Information Officer | Hindalco Industries

Mr.  Bhushan Akerkar currently holds the position of the Chief Information Officer  of Hindalco Industries – the flagship company of the Aditya Birla group.  Hindalco Industries is in the production of  aluminium and copper and is $ 18 billion in revenue.

Mr. Akerkar has received his Bachelors degree in engineering from IIT BHU and a Masters degree from Clemson University USA. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Mr. Akerkar  has been working for the last 25 years  in various roles. He has donned the hat of a CIO in companies such as AC Nielsen, Hindalco and L&T, as well has that of a systems integrator with Tata Consultancy Services, and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), which merged into Hewlett Packard (HP) more than a decade ago.

Being on both sides of the hedge, as a supply side person, and as a CIO he is very familiar with both the demand and supply side issues of  IT.

His vast spectrum of  experience includes software development in the field of Computer Aided Design, computer graphics,  IT infrastructure such as networking, VSATS,  Data Centre Build and Operations, design and operations of  Network Operations Centre, and implementation of  ERP in 4 companies.  He has navigated from the core computer industry , to IT in  service industry, construction and manufacturing.

In his role as a service provider he has managed 12500 servers, 40000 PCs, 800 data bases, 800 storage devices, 2000 networking circuits, ERP, Analytics software and about 1300 associates in ONE SINGLE ACCOUNT.

As early as 2005 much before the smart phone revolution he pioneered the usage of  PDAs or hand held devices for data acquisition of  consumer trends, readership data across 400 cities and 6000 villages. This project won him the PC Quest award and Express Computer Award for innovative use of technology.

His last employment was with Hindalco, which underwent a massive transformation and expansion, entailing an investment of Rs. 30,000+ crores in new Aluminium plants in MP and Odisha, wherein the output of aluminium tribbled. He has contributed to this transformation by deploying the state of the art Infrastructure, ERP systems, and other IT systems; many a times prior to commissioning of the new plants. This mammoth task has fetched Hindalco IT, 9 (nine) awards from various forums of industry forums.

Currently he has his own start up which specialises in the use of artificial intelligence in the field of technical analysis of stocks.

Mr. Akerkar has contributed articles in Data Quests and other leading computer magazines.

He  enjoys reading historical novels, texts and listening to Indian Classical music.

Shankar Jadhav

Managing Director | BSE Investments

Managing Director – BSE Investments (holding arm of BSE)
Head Strategy – BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange)
Also lead – Infra like Data Centres & IT Procurement Marketing Corp Comm Legal Commercial & CSR at BSE

Also a Director in –
BFSI Sector Skill Council
BSE CSR Integrated Foundation
Marketplace Ebix Technology Services
Marketplace Technologies and
Marketplace Tech infra services
Earlier Director on Board of Bank of India Shareholding Ltd.

Awarded as being in top 100 most influential persons in BFSI, recognized for contribution in IT sector as well as in Marketing

Experience in Capital Markets | IT & Telecom | Health | Infrastructure & Energy | Retail & Consumer Goods

Having completed over two decades of successfully setting up & managing business operations as CEO, Advisor, Mentor and Board member in diversified businesses. Have been on the expert panels, jury member and keynote speaker

Have strong execution, techno-commercial, negotiation skills and worked on strategic alliances, JVs, M&As and IPOs

Am on the Board of Studies for IT at NMIMS Mumbai and taught full courses to more than 2000 students at Engineering as well as MBA levels

The BSE data centre infra at Mumbai, Hyderabad and Gandhinagar are critical resources along with the power and environment management to ensure the continuous operations and is a part of the regular tasks along with the it procurement team.

A part of the team setting up the largest telecom network throughout India was an experience that helped learn the nuances of the IT infrastructure and networking such as data centres, networks and connectivity, software and hardware in telecom.

As a part of SISL, was a part of teams that implemented SAP and other software in various industries such as the energy and financial services.

Help develop small scale erp for small companies on rdbms at very low costs.

Sayed Peerzade

Group Chief Information Officer |  Reliance Big Entertainment

Sayed Peerzade is the Group CIO of Entertainment arm of the major conglomerate of India, Reliance. 

His group carries broad entertainment portfolio, including films, television, New Media & Internet.

Sayed is one of the top CIO of the country and very well known as innovative CIO is ICT Industry, a passion for developing path breaking architecture to his business. He contributed immensely to his business and ICT industry by bringing in new technologies which are getting widely used across now. He is pioneer of cloud technology deals in India and known as cloud expert across domains in CIO circles.
Sayed has over 19 years of experience, across domains like, ISP, Retail, Banking, Internet, Media and Entertainment in his career. He studied his engineering in REC Hulkoti, and being IIM Bangalore alumnus, his earlier stints before Reliance includes were, Hathway, ICICI Bank and UTV.

Sayed is held in high esteem for his extremely high ethical standards and scrupulously honest & path breaking Technology business dealings. He is also known as one of most humble & reachable CIO’s for any guidance, He extends the same sense of honesty and fair play to his staff, who knows that good work, dedication, and team-spirit is all that is required from them. 

Stuart Crowley

Editor | W.Media

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