The Speaker Sessions are amongst the premier events of Abhiyantriki. Witnessing great stalwarts from varied domains every year, this event serves an inspiration to the young generation and provides a platform for the audience to get inspired from the stories of eminent personalities and imbibe their ideas to walk on their own path of glory.

Dr. R. Chidambaram

Dr. R. Chidambaram is one of the most renowned scientists of India and has received his Ph.D.degree from the famous Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was instrumental in the nuclear explosion programme at Pokhran in 1974. Dr Chidambaram has served as the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and was also the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India. He has been conferred with many accolades, most notable being the prestigious awards of Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan, India's fourth and second highest civilian awards, respectively. He has published more than 200 research papers and has made a plethora of noteworthy contributions in the field of science.

Dr. Abhas K. Mitra

Dr. Abhas Kumar Mitra is a world-renowned Astrophysicist and the former Head of Theoretical Physics section at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai. He is currently an (Hon.) Adjunct Professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai. He is a distinguished alumnus of Mumbai University and his idea about black holes was subject to a press release from the prestigious Harvard University. Dr. Mitra has a 90-year old cosmological puzzle named after him which is known as the “Mitra Paradox”. He has been invited as guest speaker at prestigious institutes such as IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, VJTI, and other institutes, and has delivered 4 TEDx talks on Theoretical Physics till date. Dr. Mitra has been bestowed with various awards for his ground-breaking researches in theoretical physics, especially on black holes.

Panel Session: Cashless Society

Vishal Gupta

Mr. Vishal Gupta is the Co-founder and CEO of Searchtrade.com, a disruptive search platform which allows its users to ‘own’ keywords and earn in Bitcoins while they search on the internet. Vishal aims to bring about a paradigm shift in the way people search on the internet. He sees great potential in Bitcoins or Cryptocurrencies as an alternative transaction system and believes in the opportunities that it can bring to the internet economy. He also holds a patent in Computer Implemented Methods and System for Trading Keyword(s) in a Search Network. Prior to SearchTrade, Vishal co-founded Bitcoin Alliance India in 2014 - a non-profit organization, encouraging the Indian market towards bitcoins and related services. Today BAI engages with various law firms and government departments to help them understand Bitcoin or Cryptocurrencies in order to help them come up or frame laws to legitimize use of bitcoins in India.

Murad Nathani

With an MBA from Duke University, U.S.A., Murad began his career as a Consultant with Bain & Company in New York. Most recently, he was a Principal based out of the Mumbai office of Bain and was also a senior member of the firm’s Asia-Pacific Financial Services practice. Murad, who always fostered a dream of becoming a self-made entrepreneur, realized the opportunity of Slonkit through his learning as a consultant coupled with personal experiences as a parent. Slonkit was launched after a year of extensive research where he realized the topic of money management for children was hardly addressed. Slonkit is the first of its kind money management tool that aims to become a guide for today’s tech savvy children, in terms of understanding and managing money.

Sameer Sing Jaini

Mr. Sameer Singh Jaini is a digital strategist focusing on removing friction across Banks, NBFCs, FinTechs, and Software providers. He is working with Financial Institutions for establishing their digital strategy in alignment with business strategy. Before starting his entrepreneurial journey, he was the Chief Technology Officer at DCB Bank. He was responsible for driving innovation and technology transformation across the Digital Business, Core platform and Infrastructure. With more than 20 years of experience, Sameer has delivered high impact initiatives in DCB Bank like new lending and origination platforms, multiple mobility platforms, Aadhaar Based ATM, payments platforms, data centre migration, Infrastructure upgrade, etc.

Mani Mamallan

Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Electronic Payment and Services (P) Ltd., Mr. Mani Mamallan is well respected for his deep knowledge, innovation and ingenuity in the retail technology banking space, including the microfinance domain. He is known as ‘The Architect behind Indian ATM Systems’ and was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award by Silicon India in December 2015. He is renowned for his business acumen, strategy and vision among peers and professionals in the banking community across India. Before founding EPS, Mani Mamallan was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at C-Edge Technologies Limited, a joint venture between Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) and State Bank of India, where he was responsible for conceptualizing the implementation of a revolutionary transaction based ‘ATM Outsourcing Model’ which led to the Ministry of Finance initiated Brown Label ATMs in India.