Information Technology Business/Project Manager at Ford Motor Company
Robert Kidd has over two decades of professional experience across various business functions and domains. He has demonstrated repeated success in guiding sizeable, cross-functional teams in the design, implementation and integration of high-performance enterprise technology, business and process improvement solutions to drive growth.
Kidd has the proven ability to understand business requirements, define needs, evaluate risks, and strategize successful execution. He is an experienced negotiator and businessperson with the ability to forge solid relationships with clients and build consensus across stakeholders. Kidd has significant experience in various verticals, including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, biomedical engineering and sciences. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is an avid runner, a sailing enthusiast and an accomplished world traveler.
Head of R&D, Swinburne University of Technology
Dr. Rajesh Vasa is an information technology expert with over 15 years of experience. He specializes in solution architecture, mobile technology, and analysis of large data sets. He also has deep knowledge and experience in technology strategy, machine learning, mobile app based businesses, and building/managing software engineering teams. He has worked in a range of roles including Software Engineer and Data Scientist, besides running an engineering team as an IT, Director at Thomson-Reuters (HR technology).
He is a trusted advisor for technology companies in Australia, Japan and India, and the CTO of LiquidLabour — a startup that is focused on building the next-generation of mobile based enterprise HR solutions. Dr. Vasa is also a tenured senior academic at Swinburne University of Technology where he researches in the areas of mobile technology and complex social systems. He writes articles on mobile and web technology for the Australian Personal Computer magazine, and is a judge at the Australian Information Industry Awards, ACS Programming Competitions, the Australian Mobile App Awards, and RHoK.
Dr. Vasa’s research into social media is reported by news media regularly. A high profile project on productivity impact of social media was reported on the front-page of the Sydney Morning Herald and attracted wide media attention. He has a strong track record of research publications in top-ranked international journals and conferences.
Dr. Vasa gained his PhD for his work on behavioral analytics. He is currently leading a research group that is working on algorithms that will predict traffic flow, model global climate change patterns, help warn people on impending heart attack, and tools that improve software engineering productivity.
Chief Innovation Officer at Xait AS
The experience and knowledge gained during a decade in the military and United Nations has lead Gian Kolbjørnsen to focus on managing continuous change and growth through strategy, leadership and innovation. For more than 20 years, he has built agile, focused and effective teams in the IT industry in Norway and elsewhere. He has a rich experience in serving in the IT industry in a variety of roles (developer, business analyst, R&D Manager, Senior Advisor, Chief Information Officer), and in several of these, he has handled the challenges in establishing and operationalizing globally distributed teams. He has the ability to lead such teams in a targeted and efficient manner without compromising on quality or security.
Kolbjørnsen is currently working as the Chief Innovation Officer in Xait AS, a software development company located in Stavanger, Norway, in addition to serving some other companies in the role of advisor. He lives in Sandnes, Norway, with his family.
Owner, D C Limited
Ramesh M Shah is President and CEO of DC Limited, an international business development and management consulting company. His specialty is in providing guidance to startup companies in restructuring and in developing offshore research & development, international trade, joint ventures, partnerships and technology transfer, within the United States and overseas.
The founder of DataChem, Inc. Dr. Shah has decades of experience in multiple industries like life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and IT. He is a Member on the Advisory Board of Nesch, LLC; Biosynergetics, Inc; Encompass Media, LLC; Safis Solutions, LLC and Medical Animatics, LLC. He has also acted as a Technical Advisor for India to several Indiana based companies for offshore research and development and marketing.
He has published over 20 scientific papers and owns nine patents. Shah was elected Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and Licentiate of the Royal Institute of Chemists, U.K. In 1988, Dr. Shah was awarded the Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Arthur Young and Venture Magazine. In 1991, he won the Indiana Small Business Exporter award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Co-founder, Director at Grey Orange Pte. Ltd.
An electrical engineer by profession, Wolfgang Hoeltgen is the founder and Managing Director of CTH Consulting Team Hoeltgen GmbH (1998), an IT Consulting Company based in Germany.To Hoeltgen’s credit is a long career in multiple international projects in Information Technology and Enterprise Solutions areas such as SAP. He was Director and management advisor to Gadhia-Solar,an Indian solar company, cooperating with BITS Pilani and German institutes and universities. He has also occupied senior management positions in IBM. Hoeltgen organizes regular science and technology shows for the youth.He believes there is tremendous scope for improvement of Indo-German business relationships; in 2007, he founded the German Indian Business Centre (GIBC) at Hannover with the support and encouragement of the local government. GIBC offers Indian companies collaboration and settlement opportunities in Germany.
Application Architect at Nicor
Girish Mulubagal has significant experience as a Senior Technology/Business Consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. His engagements span many industry verticals including public utilities, banking, transportation and logistics, and engineering. He has experience in solving complex business problems through complex system design and implementation.He has re-engineered information technology systems and processes to help reduce costs and business overheads.Mulubagal has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a focus on multi-dimensional optimization and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He lives in Chicago and is an avid long distance runner, recently completing the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in 2:07 hours.