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  • Mr. Gigi Joseph

    Mr. Gigi Joseph

    Scientific Officer & CISO

  • Mr. Gigi Joseph works as a Scientific Officer (H) and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at BARC. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Cyber Security, Networking and Telecommunication. Mr. Gigi Joseph is a recipient of the ‘Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award’ for the year 2012.

    Some of his other achievements include the design and development of Secure Network Access System (SNAS), an indigenous integrated cyber security system. Currently, he works on the Cyber security related consulting committee of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and various national level committees.

    Fields of expertise: 25 years of experience in Cyber Security, Networking, Telecommunication.

    Working on Cyber security related consulting committee of International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna and Various National level committees


    • Design & Development of Secure Network Access system (SNAS), an indigenous integrated cyber security system.
    • Received ‘Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award’ for the year 2012.

Esteemed Jury

  • Dinesh Bareja

    Dinesh Bareja

    Cyber Forensics Consultant

    Open Security Alliance
  • Mr. Dinesh O Bareja is the COO of Open Security Alliance & Pyramid Cyber Security. Mr. Bareja is an Information Security, Management and Audit professional practicing in the domain for over a decade.

    He is a cybersecurity, infrastructure, policy and strategy specialist having worked with Government and Enterprise for Security Audits, Architecture, Strategy, Policy Definition, Planning, and re-Engineering. He enthusiastically supports security awareness and career mentoring activities and firmly believes that the use of common sense may be the silver bullet for information security woes.

  • Vaishali Bhagwat

    Adv. Vaishali Bhagwat

    Cyber Lawyer

    VP Shintre & Associates
  • Advocate Vaishali Bhagwat is a practicing civil and cyber lawyer with an experience of over 20 years. She heads VP Shintre & Associates, a 50 year old law firm in Pune. Adv.

    Vaishali has represented leading companies, banks and individuals in cases of data theft, security breach, unauthorized access, IP infringement, social media or website related crimes, online defamation, et cetera. She was appointed and consulted as special counsel by Pune Police on some complex cyber crime cases. She is also an approved legal counsel by the British High Commission.


Speakers are listed in the order of their sessions.

  • Balsing Rajput

    Dr. Balsing Rajput

    Superintendent of Police

    Maharashtra Cyber
  • Balsing is a serving Police officer in Maharashtra State and also a Speaker, Researcher and Technology evangelist. He has strategic and technical expertise in the field of cyber security of critical infrastructures, Government Information Systems and Cyber defense, along with first hand experience on building cyber crime investigation labs, Cyber Police Stations in Maharashtra State.

    He is presently working on development of integrated cyber security environment for Maharashtra state through Maharashtra Cyber Security Project. He is also part of Team building Maharashtra Computer Emergency Response Team. He is also working for building the predictive policing solutions for predicting the law and order and crime mapping. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow of UK and is presently pursuing a Ph.D from Tata Institute Of Social Sciences, Mumbai in the subject Cyber Crimes in India.

  • Ritesh Bhatia

    Ritesh Bhatia

    Cybercrime Investigator

    V4WEB Cybersecurity
  • If you have watched MTVs Troll Police, then you would have seen Ritesh Bhatia playing the real life self as a cybercrime investigator. Ritesh has been instrumental in investigating extremely complex cybercrime cases for the corporates, law enforcement agencies and individuals in India and abroad. He was recently appreciated by Interpol for his investigations in child sexual abuse material.

    He is the founder director of V4WEB CYBERSECURITY, a company that specialises in providing cost effective cyber security solutions to SMEs and developing secured web and mobile applications. His key areas of interest include cybercrime investigations, data privacy & pritection and DarkNet. His views on trending cybercrimes have been published by many media houses and he has appeared not only on several national channels such as NDTV, Mirror Now, CNBC, Aaj Tak, Zee News but also on international television channels such as Canada's CBC and UK's BBC to highlight the dangers in cyber space.

  • Tushar Doshi

    Tushar Doshi


    Navi Mumbai Police
  • Presently posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police Crime branch Navi Mumbai. Selected as Direct Deputy Superintendent of Police through MPSC and joined in the year 2001. Education- B.Sc. Physics from Ferguson College Pune MBA finance from Pune University MBA.

    Also completed LLB from Dayanand College Latur during service there. Has worked in Chandrapur Latur Solapur and Pune prior to this posting. Recipient of Hardship Service Medal and Internal Security Medal for working in Naxalism affected area and Director General of Police insignia for meritorious service.

  • Sonali Patankar

    Sonali Patankar

    Founder President

    Responsible Netism
  • Sonali Patankar holds a degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan – College of Social work and a diploma in school counselling from SNDT Women's University.

    She has to her credit more than 23 years of professional experience and has worked with eminent organisations such as CRY- Child Rights and You, PCGT - Public Concern for Governance and Trust, IL&FS Education and Salaam Bombay Foundation and the Mumbai Police.

    Sonali is currently the President of Ahaan Foundation a trust registered in 2012 and has conceptualised and founded Responsible Netism - the only non profit initiative of the state promoting cyber wellness and responsible online behaviour for online protection of children and adults. They work in association with the Mumbai Police and the Ministry of Education - Maharashtra to promote child online protection and ensures that every child is safe online. The team has successfully sensitised over 8.5 lakh children and adults since inception and aspire to build a cyber safe world for children.

  • Nirali Bhatia

    Nirali Bhatia

    Cyber Psychologist

  • Nirali Bhatia is a Mumbai based Counselling Psychologist, specialising in the study of “Cyber Psychology”. Cyber Psychology is the study of impact of technology on human behaviour.

    She heads V4WEB Technologies Pvt Ltd, an 18 years young Web Solutions Company which specialises in tailor made, user friendly, secure web & mobile based applications and web marketing.

    She is a co-founder of an anti-cyber bullying organisation – Cyber B.A.A.P. which is an acronym for Cyber Bullying Awareness, Action and Prevention.

    She also actively conducts workshops & training programs for students, parents, teachers and organisations on the topic of Awareness, Prevention and Combatting Cyber Bullying and various other forms of Cyber Crimes. She has counselled & helped many individuals who have been victims of cyber-crimes, online psychological damages and addictions

  • Amitha Balachandra

    Amitha Balachandra

    Anchor & Reporter

    Mirror Now
  • Amitha Balachandra is an anchor/reporter at Mirror Now with 4 years experience in the media industry. She has covered stories ranging from digital to environmental issues, including covering elections and exposing social media war rooms in Karnataka and farmers crisis in Maharashtra.

    She used to work as a producer for Bloomberg TV India before The Times Network.

  • Adv. Priyanka Pandit

    Adv. Priyanka Pandit

    Data Privacy Lawyer

    Remedium Legal
  • Ms. Priyanka Vilas Pandit, is an independent practitioner enrolled with the High Court of Judicature at Bombay. Her personal practice is focused on Data Privacy, Criminal & Family Laws.

    As an independent Litigator, she specializes in conducting trials and guides companies to keep their Privacy and related obligations in check (Audits and Privacy Policy Management).

    She is certified by the Data Security Council of India as a Privacy Lead Assessor and has obtained a White Belt Six Sigma Certification along with preliminary training in Negotiation & Mediation.

    She is also the Founder of Remedium Legal, a full-service law firm having offices in Mumbai, handling multidisciplinary mandates through it's pan-India network of Associates and Counsels.

  • Rahul Sharma

    Rahul Sharma

    International Privacy Expert

    The Perspective
  • Rahul Sharma is a professional with diverse experiences in the fields of Cyber Security, Policy Consulting, Technology Laws & Regulations and Data Privacy Advisory.

    He is the founder of The Perspective which observes, analyses, designs and presents views on evolving subjects, to address the challenges, advance the dialogue and add value as a Trusted Advisor. Mr. Sharma also works with International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as Country Leader for India. He has over 9 years of experience in Cyber Security, Cyber Policy and Data Protection space, and works with a range of stakeholder locally and globally to address the challenges in the evolving cyber ecosystem.

  • Mathan Babu

    Mathan Babu


  • Mathan Babu Kasilingam is the Chief Information Security Officer of NPCI who has over 16 years of experience in the field of Information and Cyber Security.

    He worked in HDFC Bank where he was the Head of Cyber Security Solutions and Operations for about 3 years. Manthan Babu has held various positions in the field of Information and Cyber Security across multiple leading firms and Security Players in India including Mcafee, Apara Enterprise Solutions (P) Ltd, Wipro Infotech and HCL Infosystems Limited. His core technology expertise is in Security Domain. He has been instrumental over the past 16 years in delivering Security Architecture, Exhibiting Compliance and conducting Security Audits for multiple leading organization’s in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East. Mathan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and has achieved his CISSP in the year 2006.

  • Dilip Panjwani

    Dilip Panjwani


    LnT Infotech
  • Dilip is a hardcore IT professional with 18+ years of varied experience in the IT & IS domains. A seasoned hands-on manager with expertise and proven record of developing and implementing Information Technology Systems and Information Security controls based on global best practices that improve and contribute to the organization's efficiency & data security.

    Dilip's experience encompasses various industry verticals, both in Indian corporate as well as multinationals.

    Dilip Panjwani currently is the Head - Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Chief Data Privacy Officer (CDPO) and IT Controller for Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd (LTI) and is responsible for Information Security and Privacy compliance and governance for LTI as security for all LTI clients serviced globally.

    Prior to LTI, Dilip was Director - Information Security (CISO) At FIS where he was accountable and responsible for Information Security strategy and program management for their India Markets businesses.

  • Gaurav Batra

    Gaurav Batra

    Information Security & Cloud Solutions Expert

    Mondelez International
  • Gaurav Batra is a Certified Cyber Security Professional with decade of experience in BFSI sector including banks such as JP MORGAN, ICICI and Axis Bank. He has handled and managed end to end Information Security projects for implementing digital banking and Social media payment channels.

    Currently he is part of Mondelēz International and handling their Asia wide Security Operations, Emerging Threats, Governance and Risk management portfolio. He is also an Ethical Hacker, InfoSec Speaker, Cyber Security Trainer, associated with international organisations like Inventicon, Fleming and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as a Global Faculty for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Prevention program.

  • Venkata Satish Guttula

    Venkata Satish Guttula


  • Venkata Satish Guttula has 18 years of experience in Information Technology. He has been part of core Rediff team for past 12 years and handled multiple projects. Having a flair for information security he started implementing security in the projects.

    Currently he is heading Information Security in Rediff.com playing a crucial role in implementing and practicing information security. He attended many cyber security conferences nationally and internationally and was also a speaker in many of such conferences speaking on topics of Incident Response, Ransomware, Datacenter Security etc.

    In 2018, he received CISO Platform 100 India's top IT Security influencer and community contributor award, Award in the Data Security Category in the Datacenter Summits and Awards.

  • Adv. Puneet Bhasin

    Adv. Puneet Bhasin

    Cyber Lawyer

    Cyberjure Legal
  • Advocate Puneet Bhasin is a Pioneer in Technology Laws in India. She is a Cyber Law Expert practicing in Mumbai in matters involving Cyber Crimes, E-Commerce and Intellectual Property disputes in cyberspace.

    Adv. Puneet is the Founder of Cyberjure Legal Consulting, a Mumbai based firm specializing in Technology, Media and Entertainment Laws. She is an Advisor to the Rajya Sabha Committee on formulation of Internet Laws and Technology Laws in India. A substantial part of her practice consists of advising with respect to Information Technology Law compliance and drafting the Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions of various E-Commerce Companies.

  • Apurva Jain

    Apurva Jain

    Cyber Security Manager

  • Apurva Jain is a Cyber Security Manager at Darktrace. Darktrace is the world’s leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians, the Enterprise Immune System uses machine learning and AI algorithms to detect and respond to cyber-threats across diverse digital environments, including cloud and virtualized networks, IoT and industrial control systems.

    Prior to this, she worked as an Account Manager in Sales and Delivery at Wipro Infotech and as a Network Consultant at Ericsson. She has completed her graduation from LNMIIT in Computers and Communications and a degree in PGDM, Marketing from IIM,Shillong. Passionate and spirited, she has actively participated as a coordinator at Environmentalist Foundation of India, as an organizer for State Blood Transfusion Council of Meghalaya and as a volunteer at CyberFrat.

  • Dinesh Bareja

    Dinesh Bareja

    Cyber Forensics Consultant

    Open Security Alliance
  • Mr. Dinesh O Bareja is the COO of Open Security Alliance & Pyramid Cyber Security. Mr. Bareja is an Information Security, Management and Audit professional practicing in the domain for over a decade.

    He is a cybersecurity, infrastructure, policy and strategy specialist having worked with Government and Enterprise for Security Audits, Architecture, Strategy, Policy Definition, Planning, and re-Engineering. He enthusiastically supports security awareness and career mentoring activities and firmly believes that the use of common sense may be the silver bullet for information security woes.

  • Adv. Vicky Shah

    Adv. Vicky Shah

    Cyber Lawyer

    The Eagle Eye
  • Adv. Vicky Shah is a Cyber lawyer by profession with over a decade of experience in this field. His practice is mainly focused on Cyber Law, Identity Theft Prevention, Privacy, Online Frauds, Banking Frauds and General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR).

    He completed his graduation from Government Law College, Mumbai. Since October 2004, he has been a Trainer to Police Officers in India for Cyber Crime Investigation. He also works with cross-functional teams across organizations and industry on data protection, privacy, policy and regulatory issues. He also gives training to Law Enforcement Agency, Corporates and Students. He has been professor at NMIMS, worked as a Legal Consultant at Group and as a Legal Expert at Controller of Certifying Authorities, Government of India.

  • Venkatesan Subramaniam

    Venkatesan Subramaniam


    Lab Systems India Pvt Ltd
  • Venkatesan Subramaniam is the Managing Director of the Lab Systems India. Lab Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd. is a team of engineering professionals committed to providing digital forensic solutions to clients across a broad spectrum of industries.

    It is a pioneering company that is one of the top distributors of worldclass computer forensic software tools like Encase, myFRT, Fast Bloc, Drac, MiniDrac, Magnet Software & many more. Mr. Venkatesan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Maths and Physics. He has previously worked as a Sales Executive at Systronics. He has been active and committed to detecting, investigating and preventing fraudulent practices in the corporate and government sectors.

  • Shilpa Karkerraa

    Shilpa Karkerraa


    Myraa Technologies
  • Shilpa Karkera is the CEO & Founder of Myraa Technologies - An Artificial Intelligence Solutions Company. From being an independent entrepreneur to a power housed hands-on developer, she has been an innovator over cutting edge technologies.

    Solving global industrial challenges in India, UK, Singapore, she has created a high learning curve research ecosystem.

    Prior to Myraa, she has had a blend of experiences from being a Team Lead - Data Engineering Group of a Bay Area Startup to a Top Corporates Financial Services Firm in India to being an Architect at a Singaporean B2C company. The pure joy of creating things is what drives her passion. Be it any part of her business, from design, innovation and technology to sales, marketing and operations to electronics, IoT, Block-chains, Neural networks.

  • Dr. Dhananjay Kalbande

    Dr. Dhananjay Kalbande


  • Dr. Dhananjay Kalbande is a Professor & Head, Computer Engineering and Dean (Industry Relations) at S.P.I.T Mumbai, India. He is the Founder and CEO of Skinzy Software Solutions Pvt Ltd.

    He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Priyadarshini College of Engineering, Nagpur, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from VESIT, Chembur and a PhD in Philosophy. He also holds Postdoctoral Fellowship and Senior research fellowship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has over 19 years experience in teaching and research. His research interests include Soft computing (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic), Computer Network, Human Machine Interaction Decision making and business Intelligence, Mobile application development for social cause and ICT for semi rural development.

  • Tarun Kaura

    Tarun Kaura


  • Mr. Tarun Kaura is currently a Partner-Cyber Risk Services, Risk Advisory at Deloitte. He has worked for Symantec as a Director APAC- SE Specialist & APJ Enterprise Product Management, as a Director-Product Management, Asia Pacific and Japan and as a Director in Technology Sales-India and SAARC.

    He represented the Symantec security product business unit as a trusted adviser to key customers and evangelizes the Symantec security vision and solutions. He has worked extensively with enterprises to formulate vision and transform their Information Security and Information Management strategy. He completed his B.E. in Electronics from RAIT, Mumbai. Other than that he worked in IIBM , at EMC as a Sr.Account Manager and as a Brand Sales Representative at Wipro Infotech Ltd.

  • Dr. Deven Shah

    Dr. Deven Shah

    Professor & Mentor

    Thakur Engineering College
  • Dr. Deven Shah is the Vice Principal of the IT department at TCET. He has a teaching experience of 23 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in EXTC with Honours, Master’s degree in IT and Ph.D in Computer Engineering.

    Dr. Shah has written several books in field of computer networks and Security.

    He has worked with industries and Govt. bodies i.e. Hackathons. He has published several papers in International and National Journals. He has received the following awards:

    • IBM Great Mind Challenge 2006- Project Selected in top 20 among 21000+ students and 700 institutes.
    • Best Faculty award –from IBM US.
    • IBM Drona award 2009.
    • Silver Edge award winner (for best CIO) from Information week magazine 2010.
  • Dr. BB Meshram

    Dr. BB Meshram


  • Dr. BB Meshram is a professor of Computer Engineering at VJTI. He has completed his PhD in computer Engineering. He specializes in Advanced Databases, Advanced Computer Network, Object Oriented Software Engineering, Intelligent Systems Domain and Computer Security.

    He has over 20 years of teaching experience and 10 years of industry and research experience. Dr. Meshram also has over 200 publications which includes 7 patents, 1 national journal, 113 international journals, 47 national conferences, 154 international conferences and 152 citations.