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Rajendra “Raj” Rao is chief executive officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company formed to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. He assumed the position effective Oct. 10, 2016.
Ford Smart Mobility LLC is part of Ford’s expanded business model to be both an auto and a mobility company. The company is continuing to focus on and invest in its core business – designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing cars, SUVs, trucks and electrified vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.
As CEO, Rao leads the creation and growth of Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s various businesses. This includes: the City Solutions business working with cities on expanding mobility services worldwide; Chariot, which is the cornerstone for Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s global shuttle services business, and Greenfield Labs, Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s business model incubator.
Before joining Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Rao served as the vice president of digital business model innovation at 3M. In this role, Rao led the company’s Silicon Valley digital hub and Internet-of-Things (IoT) projects based in Redwood City, California. He was in charge of developing new business models for the commercialization of customer solutions in the connectivity space with a special focus on smart cities, wearables and digital wellness. Rao also was responsible for championing ecosystem partnerships with Silicon Valley accelerators and IoT labs.
Prior to 3M, Rao served in a variety of roles worldwide, working in and leading business operations in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America for a number of companies. He led the international operations of Life Fitness as part of Brunswick Corporation and served as vice president of iGATE Capital after beginning his career as a financial analyst at Proctor & Gamble.
An accomplished innovator, Rao co-created Redberri, an open source XML-based middleware system for connecting systems not originally designed to talk to each other, and holds several patents for Vivo, a wireless fitness management product used widely in the industry.
A native of Bangalore, India, Rao has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce at Delhi University and a master’s degree in management from Boston University.
For someone born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder, and one to be bound on the wheelchair, Nipun not only achieved accolades for himself, but also made his work benefit those with the same limitations as his. Since 2015, Nipun Malhotra has been at the forefront of numerous efforts to ensure access for the disabled. The wheelchair access filters in restaurant listings on Zomato, the availability of wheelchairs at the NH7 and the Jaipur Literature Festival are direct results. Co-founder and CEO of Nipman Foundation that works in the area of health and advocacy for persons with disabilities, Nipun also played a role to get the disabled exempted from the Odd-Even car rule by lobbying with the Delhi Government.
Nipun is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper of the Global Shapers Community. He is also a visiting Research Fellow at World Enabled, a Pineda Foundation initiative. He is the brand ambassador of Umoja Travels, India’s first accessible travel company. He is on the board of Directors at Vishwas, a non-profit working on disability and development and is also the Executive Director of Nipman Fastener Industries – a leading automotive fastener manufacturing company in India.
Nipun writes regularly on disability issues. His writing has appeared on Scroll.in, the Indian Express, NDTV blog etc. He has also authored a comic titled ‘No red card for the disabled’.
Prakash Mallya is the Managing Director for Intel India’s Sales & Marketing Group, and responsible for developing new growth areas in the region. He was most recently the Director for Intel Asia’s Data Center Group, and managed the region’s data center strategy for cloud service providers, communications service providers, enterprise and government infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions.
Prior to that, Prakash was the Managing Director of Southeast Asia at Intel where he led all of Intel’s sales, marketing and the enablement of Intel products across Southeast Asia, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for computing technology. Besides achieving strong business results, under his stewardship, Southeast Asia team won the Global ECOC Award for exemplary leadership in Ethics and Compliance. A 17-year veteran of the company, Prakash joined Intel in 2000 as Business Development Manager, responsible for the Financial Services segment in India. Over the years, he has held several regional roles including leading Intel’s Asia Pacific strategy to win in the Manufacturing and Oil & Gas verticals, as well as managing strategic global customer and partner relationships.
Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, SEA, Prakash was Country Manager of Malaysia and Singapore where he led the sales and marketing operations in both countries. In this role, he was responsible for the growth of Intel’s business through channel distribution, local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and multinationals (MNCs). He also focused on driving strategic partnerships with the Government and ecosystem players to accelerate technology adoption in both countries as well as drive market expansion strategies to grow the local consumption.
Prakash holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and an MBA in Marketing Management. Travel, photography, music and fitness are his passions.
Jeffrey Jones is an Executive Director for Asia Pacific Strategy. In this role, Jones is responsible for developing strategies for smart mobility, digital services, and autonomous vehicles for Asia Pacific along with business development alliances and integration management.
Previously, he was the Lincoln Segment Chief for Asia Pacific, responsible for the development and launch of Lincoln products to support the significant growth in China since the brand’s re- introduction in 2014. Jones has also spent time working in Research, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Product Launch, Labor Strategy, Marketing Communications, User Experiences, & Product Planning, and has worked on the development of the Fiesta for North America, the Taurus for China, and global Fusion/Mondeo, Edge, MKZ, MKX, Continental and Navigator programs. Jones originally joined Ford in 1996 as a research engineer and also spent time as a design and release engineer working on infotainment solutions that led to the development of Ford’s SYNC program. He left the company in 2005 to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School and cofounded Local Motors, an automotive start-up, with a classmate the following year. In 2008, he returned to Ford in Product Development.
Jones graduated from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2001 with bachelor’s degrees in computer and electrical engineering. He also holds a master of science degree in engineering management from the University of Michigan and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School with distinction.
Sharanya Manivannan is a poet and the author of the award-winning book of stories, The High Priestess Never Marries.
Gingger Shankar is a producer, composer, activist and the only female in the world that has mastered the Double Violin. Her accomplishments include working with Mel Gibson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Katy Perry, Trent Reznor, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard.
Gingger composed music for Sundance Award Winner ‘Circumstance’, and was an artist and co-composer on Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “Passion of the Christ”. She scored and wrote songs for ‘Heartbeats’ with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, and Michelle Obama’s ‘We Will Rise’ which was the highest rated film ever to air on CNN. She debuted ‘Nari’ at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is the untold story of Lakshmi and Viji Shankar as they brought Indian music to the West with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. She is currently producing 'Akicita' a documentary about Standing Rock directed by Cody Lucich with their production company Firestarter FIlms, which focuses on social justice films.
He is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. He co-authored three books, "XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design," "Super Cells: Building with Biology," and "Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned". He earned: PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, March Columbia University.
Meagan Fallone is an entrepreneur, a designer and a passionate mountaineer. Bringing these diverse talents together as the CEO of Barefoot College International, she exemplifies exceptional vision and commitment to social leadership while advocating for strong professional practices within a Social Innovation context. Her commitment to empowering illiterate and semi literate rural women across the developing world through mastery of technology, unlocking rural girls creativity and confidence while leveraging the human potential embodied in poor rural communities; is an inspiring journey of risk taking and respect for the knowledge and skills innately existent within poor communities.
Senior primetime news anchor, financial correspondent, producer, and Chief Editor-Auto – Siddharth has worn many hats during his many years at NDTV. He has conceived all the automobile based content for the NDTV network – including the annual Car and Bike Awards, and now heads the Auto Prime band of programming launched in 2014. He is one of the key drivers behind NDTV's digital auto venture – carandbike.com – already the country's 3rd largest auto portal. Siddharth also created India’s biggest auto quiz, which he hosts every year – the Mahindra AQ. Besides all this, Siddharth is the first Asian journalist to be appointed as a Director on the Steering Committee for the prestigious World Car Awards, and has served on that jury since 2010.
Shereen Bhan is one of the most renowned journalists in the Indian television news industry today. Shereen has, over the course of her distinguished career spanning over fifteen years covered extensively, corporate news, policy making and events that have left an indelible imprint on the business landscape of India.
Beginning her career with Infotainment Television, she joined UTV's News and Current Affairs division and produced shows like ‘We the People’ for Star TV and ‘Line of Fire’ for SAB TV. She has been responsible for breaking a host of stories that have played a significant role in shaping the Indian economic landscape in recent times and has interviewed some of the biggest names in business and politics, both domestic and global.
Shereen is currently the Anchor & Editor of Young Turks, one of India's longest running shows on entrepreneurs – a trend-setting offering that has over the last 13 years not only inspired similar shows but has also built a niche category in business news programming. She hosts Overdrive, which won the News Television Award for the 'Best Auto Show' for three consecutive years. She heads the channel's special feature programming that carries several shows such as Ministers of Change and What Women Want. She also anchors and steers CNBC-TV18's ground events like the Managing India brainstorm and the CNBC Industry Vectors.
Raman is widely regarded as “the Pioneer” and “Father of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry” in India. Since 1992 he has played a pivotal role in promoting India as a preferred destination for Remote Processing to mainly North American and European companies. He has directly created over 35,000 new jobs in India and has indirectly enabled the employment of over 700,000 people through his pioneering efforts that led to the creation of the BPO industry. Raman is a pioneer four times over, having successfully led the BPO initiatives of American Express, General Electric and Spectramind (now Wipro BPO) before starting Quatrro in 2005. Under Raman’s leadership Quatrro has grown to over 2,800 associates serving over 190 clients around the globe.
Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India-An Incredible Story. Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research. Kant also conceptualized and executive the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process. Amitabh Kant was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.
In his capacity as Secretary (Industries) Govt. of India, he drove the Ease of Doing Business initiative and ranking of States on outcome parameters. He is the Chairman of the Committee to implement Digital Payment in India.
He has been the recipient of Economic Time Policy Change Agent of the Year Award, the Bloomberg TV Personality of the year Award, the NDTV Administrator of the year Award and the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of One Globe Award-2016 for leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century. He is a Member of the Steering Board of “Shaping the Future of Production Systems” of World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship awarded by the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also the recipient of Golden Peacock Award for leadership in Economic Transformation-2017.
Amitabh Kant has worked as CMD – ITDC, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed. During his tenure in Kerala he structured the Calicut Airport as a private sector project based on User’s Free and developed the BSES Power Project and Mattanchery Bridge under Private Public Partnership. He was also responsible for introducing new technology (fiberglass crafts and outboard motor) in the fisheries sector and launching beach level auctions which substantially enhanced returns to traditional fishermen.
Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.
Rajendra “Raj” Rao is chief executive officer of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company formed to accelerate the company’s plans to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. As CEO, Rao leads the creation and growth of Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s various businesses. This includes: the City Solutions business working with cities on expanding mobility services worldwide; Chariot, which is the cornerstone for Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s global shuttle services business, and Greenfield Labs, Ford Smart Mobility LLC’s business model incubator.
Sheryl Connelly has served as Ford Motor Company’s futurist for more than a decade. She is responsible for identifying global trends, exploring potential implications and cascading these insights on futuring to organizations throughout the company, including design, product development and corporate strategy. She is a member of the Global Advisory Council on transportation for the World Economic Forum. Fast Company magazine named her one of the Most Creative People in Business in 2013 and 2015. Connelly has been a featured speaker at TED Global, appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, CNBC’s Fast Money and NPR’s All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. Before working for Ford, she practiced law. In addition to a juris doctorate, Connelly holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. When her schedule permits, she teaches design research at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.
At 21 they became the first female twins to scale Mt. Everest, and by 23 they scaled not only the highest peaks on all seven continents but also skied the North & South Poles becoming the first South Asians, as well as the world’s youngest persons to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. Now, they are on mission to empower youth, especially girls through the outdoors.
As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, Wanis Kabbaj finds ways for organizations to transport their temperature-sensitive medicines and biotechnologies safely around the world. For more than 16 years, Kabbaj’s professional engagements have always revolved around transportation and innovation. Some of his ventures involved helping EADS Astrium use its satellite space transportation expertise in unexpected markets or participating in the global launch of a revolutionary low-cost vehicle that helped harness a surprising growth in emerging markets.
Santosh has the ability to explain the most complex concepts through the simplest, everyday references. Connecting culture and marketing, Santosh is the very definition of ‘brand guru’. A lively speaker, he enjoys connecting and sharing ideas with a variety of audiences across a multitude of platforms.An IIM-Ahmedabad graduate, Santosh served as the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India’s premier advertising agencies. Having spent 21 years in advertising, he is a veteran in the domain and has been involved in strategically building many key brands for numerous local and multinational organizations. He has served as a guest lecturer at various national and international universities and has addressed global management boards of global companies including Microsoft, Philips, Hershey’s, Unilever, Coca-Cola and Reckitt Benckiser. He is a keen observer and writes regularly about contemporary Indian society, and on subjects related to marketing. Santosh has recently published his book-Mother Pious Lady.
As Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist at RMI, Clay oversees research, communications, and diverse engagements both within and outside RMI. Clay also serves as Project Manager for Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050. The project’s aim is to develop a transparent, adjustable, and enduring model to inform China’s energy future. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than a dozen countries. Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains. Wanis Kabbaj Transportation Geek As the director of global strategy for healthcare logistics at UPS, Wanis Kabbaj finds ways for organizations to transport their temperature-sensitive medicines and biotechnologies safely around the world. For more than 16 years, Kabbaj's professional engagements have always revolved around transportation and innovation. Some of his ventures involved helping EADS Astrium use its satellite pace transportation expertise in unexpected markets or participating in the global launch of a revolutionary low-cost vehicle that helped harness a surprising growth in emerging markets.
To call Sumit multi-faceted would be a cliché—but it would also be the truth. Often, people pick one thing and specialise in it, while pursuing other interests as hobbies. For Sumit, however, every interest, every aspect of his life is a journey towards excellence. When he runs a business, it is, as he calls it, as a ‘brand ambassador for ideas’, leading to their successful delivery. As an artist, he has had international exhibitions of his paintings, as a musician performed on various platforms, as an endurance sportsman, run virtually every marathon or long-distance cyclathons. Recently, he has published his first book, Rules of the Game, a career management guide targeting professionals who want to fast-track their careers. Sumit is currently setting up Gaia Smart Cities – The next generation M2M Telecom Service Provider. Across a career spanning management, technology and telecom roles, Sumit has held various leadership positions, managing industry professionals in large, hyper-growth companies in developed and emerging markets. These include, besides the Reliance Group, BearingPoint, where he was the Managing Director, KPMG Consulting and Philips India. He has lived and worked in India, the US, Australia and worked on assignments in many other countries across the world. Sumit has been an intrapreneur and has constantly innovated new ways to do things, for which he has been awarded at various platforms, making him one of the top CIOs on India, Top 10 CIO Asia-Pacific, and being named among the Global -50 CIOs from US InformationWeek.
Antoni Vives, CEO of the City Transformation Agency. Former Deputy Mayor of Barcelona (2011- 2015), political advisor, analyst and international consultant for Urban Innovation, Smart Cities and Urban Anatomy. He is currently engaged in several projects in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. During his tenure in Barcelona he led its urban transformation and was in charge of the internalization of the city. Previously, he held several positions in the Catalan Government, founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, and was a management member of Nissan Motor Company in Spain. He graduated in Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and also in the Leadership and Public Management Program at IESE Madrid. He is senior advisor of the London School of Economics, a recognized author and contributes regularly to the national press.
Greg has dedicated his entire career to sustainable development across the globe. Over the past six years, Greg worked in various financial, operational, and strategic roles within the international energy and infrastructure sectors. During this time, Greg was involved with projects on six continents, totalling over $12 billion. His primary focal areas within the sector included solar power, wind power, and energy storage. Greg previously held positions in investment banking, private equity, corporate business development, and energy policy formulation with Fieldstone Private Capital Group, Cerberus Capital, International Power, and the City of New York respectively.
Prior to co-founding Zoomcar with David, Greg studied at USC’s Marshall School of Business, where he was the Founder and President of the USC Energy Club, Southern California’s largest such club. Greg is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds a degree in International Relations.
While he’s not busy Zooming, Greg enjoys playing piano and hitting the golf links. He is alsodeeply passionate about competitive eating and he remains hopeful that someone will take himup on a dosa eating competition sometime soon.
When we talk about battling all odds and emerging a winner, Deepa Malik stands as a living testament. She proved that no matter how strong the opposition, sheer courage and will power can make one a true winner. And with that attitude, she recently scripted history by winning the silver medal in the women’s shotput F53 event at the Rio Paralympics, with a personal best throw of 4.61m! This win at the Rio makes her India’s first woman and oldest athlete to ever win a medal at the Paralympics. Deepa is also the President’s role model and NITI Aayog award for women transforming India. Having been diagnosed with a spinal tumour, she was left paralysed from chest down during a procedure to remove the same. Instead of letting it come in her way for making a mark for herself, the unfortunate event only contributed to spurring her on to do something that beats the prejudices the society holds for women or the specially-abled. She took to sports at the age of 36, a point where most accomplished athletes seek retirement from their respective disciplines and went on to set the benchmark across various sports in the paraplegic arena. She was awarded the Arjuna award, the highest honour for a sportsperson in the country in 2012 for her achievements. From braving three surgeries over the past 15 years to being the first paraplegic Indian woman biker, swimmer, rally driver, entrepreneur and a motivational speaker; this all-rounder has proved her to be a winner in every right.
Seema Bansal leads The Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact practice in India and is a member of the firm’s People & Organization and Public Sector practices. Since joining BCG in 2000, Seema has worked extensively in financial services and telecommunications, focusing primarily on strategy, operational excellence, culture, and organization design. Over the last decade, Seema has been instrumental in setting up BCG’s Social Impact practice in India.In the social-impact and public-sector fields, Seema has done extensive work in early, primary, and secondary education; food security and nutrition; skill building; and governance within government agencies.