GBF 2015 Speakers
Minister of State for Finance
Jayant Sinha is the Minister of State for Finance, a Member of Indian Parliament and formerly an investment fund manager and management consultant. Mr. Sinha has over 25 years of experience as an investor and strategy consultant. He has served as a member of two important parliamentary committees – the Public Accounts Committee and the Standing Committee on Finance..
Mr. Sinha holds an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Technology degree with Distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani
Founder, Symphony Technology Group
Dr. Romesh Wadhwani founded Symphony Technology Group in 2002 for one reason: he is passionate about building companies. After a 30-year career as an entrepreneur in the enterprise software sector, Romesh launched STG to lend his expertise and passion to investing. Before starting STG, Romesh was the founder, chairman and CEO of Aspect Development, Inc. and Cimplex Teknowledge; having spent a decade in each of these companies leading to their successes with Aspect been sold for over $9 billion. Romesh received his Bachelor of Science degree from IIT Bombay and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
In addition to being passionate about entrepreneurship, Romesh is an active philanthropist, having founded The Wadhwani Foundation in 2003. The foundation’s primary mission is to leverage India’s and other emerging economies growing human potential to bring about large-scale, high-impact social change. The Wadhwani Foundation formed its first Entrepreneur Initiative in 2003. Subsequently, Romesh and his colleagues fine-tuned the theory of driving social impact change through economic acceleration. The operational leadership team at the foundation is handpicked from the best talent and cuts across all skill-sets, competencies and diverse experience. Today, the foundation has expanded into the U.S., Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and soon to be in Africa and South America with plans to combine best-in-class workforce development programs and educational technology.
Founding General Partner and CEO New Silk Route – Growth Capital
Parag Saxena is Founding General Partner and CEO of New Silk Route Partners. He also co-founded Vedanta Capital LLC, in 2006. Previously, he was CEO of INVESCO Private Capital, one of the oldest and largest venture capital firms in the U.S. During his 23-year tenure at INVESCO Private Capital, the firm made over 300 investments, including Amgen, Celgene, Costco, MetroPCS, PictureTel, Polycom, Staples, and Starbucks. These investments have helped to grow companies that have created over 500,000 jobs and enjoy a market value exceeding $500 billion. Parag is a multi-year member of Forbes’ Midas list which ranks the world’s best global investors.
Parag has served on committees advising the Prime Minister of India on foreign direct investments and venture capital for the Planning Commission of India. He has provided recommendations on small business and venture capital to representatives of the U.S. Congress. He is also a Director of the Heritage Fund of the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay as well as a Trustee of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Studies on India at the University of Pennsylvania and the Indian Advisory Council of Brown University. Parag was the President of TiE Tri-State (NY, CT,NJ) from 2003 to 2010. He also served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Committee. Parag received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He earned a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
Regional Managing Director, Amazon Web Services – Asia Pacific and Japan (Global Public Sector)
Currently the head of Global Public Sector – Asia Pacific and Japan, Peter is responsible for Strategy, Sales and Business Development for Amazon’s Web Services and Cloud Computing business across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, India, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Peter came to AWS from Microsoft, where he worked for 16 years in various executive management positions in Australia, Singapore, and Beijing. At Microsoft, Peter was General Manager for the public sector business across Greater China; before that, he established and managed the Public Sector business for Asia Pacific.
Peter was also the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Asia, a role that focused on the technology and procurement policies of governments across the region and on the role of technology in accelerating economic development. In this role, Peter represented Microsoft at international forums including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Malaysia’s International Advisory Panel, and Australia’s Software Economy Experts Group.
Governer, Reserve Bank of India
Raghuram Rajan is the current and the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Prior to this, Mr. Rajan was chief economic adviser to India’s Ministry of Finance and chief economist at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2007. He is on leave of absence as a professor of finance at the graduate business school at the University of Chicago.
He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985, after which he acquired a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1987. He won Director’s Gold Medal in IIT Delhi and was a Gold medalist at IIM Ahmedabad. He received a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1991 for his thesis titled “Essays on Banking”.