Meet our power-packed speaker line-up


  • Shri. K. J. George
    Hon’ble Minister, Large and Medium Scale Industry, Government of Karnataka

    Shri. KELACHANDRA JOSEPH GEORGE, Hon’ble Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industry, Sugar, Information Technology & Bio Technology, Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore, is an Industrialist and Planter by profession and a Social Worker. Started his political career by joining Indian National Congress during 1968, since then he is an active member of the Party.

    He had started his political career as President, Gonikoppal Town Youth Congress during 1969. During 1972-73, he was a General Secretary to Coorg District Youth Congress Committee later during 1973-75 and then he became President of Coorg District Congress Committee. He was a Treasurer of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee during 1975-78 and later became President of Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee during 1979-82.

    He was also a National General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress Committee during 1982-85. In 1985, contested from Bharathinagar Assembly Constituency and entered for the first time (1985-89) the prestigious State Legislature as its Member. He also held a high profiled position in the Party and Secretary of the Congress Legislature Party.

    During 1989, he was the Minister in the Council of Ministers headed by Late.Shri. Veerendra Patil (who termed as an Iron Man of the State) and held the Portfolio of Transport, Food & Civil Supplies (1989-90). Now, these portfolios are shared by two individual Ministers. He was the Minister in the Cabinet headed by Late Shri. S. Bangarappa and held the portfolio of Housing and Urban Development (1990-94). Now these portfolios are shared by three Ministers. He had identified himself in the government as a Champion of Minorities under the able leadership of Late Shri. Bangarappa. He was a model in the Cabinet for his simplicity and generosity mixed with sincerity and honesty.

    During 2008 general election to the assembly, for the third time and during 2013 General Election for fourth time he was elected from Sarvagnanagar Assembly Constituency from Bangalore Urban.

    During 2013 He was the Minister for Home Affairs (19.05.2013 to 30.10.2015). During 2015 he was the Minister for Bangalore Development & Town Planning (30.10.2015 to 18.07.2016). He once again become the Minister for Bangalore Development and Town planning (26.09.2016 to 17.05.2018). His winning continued during 2018 general election to the assembly, he was elected again from Sarvagnanagar Assembly Constituency for the fifth time and he was become the Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industry, Sugar, Information Technology & Bio Technology, Science and Technology. (08.06.2018 to 27.12.2018)

    He was being an MLA for five terms (during 1985-89, 1989-94, 2008-13, 2013-2018 & 2018 to till date), the Congress Party has recognized his services and awarded him suitably several highly responsible portfolios.

    He is an instrumental in initiating a move to attract the Naxal Force by mooting a package for their demands and welfare inviting them to surrender themselves voluntarily. Now he is a Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industry. (28.12.2018 till date)

  • Harish Narasappa
    Partner, Samvad Partners

    Harish Narasappa is a founding partner of Samvād: Partners. Harish is a leader in advising early stage startups in India. He has extensive experience in advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate financing, private equity, venture capital, technology, regulatory and dispute resolution matters.

    Harish has represented and advised several leading overseas corporations on their acquisitions and business operations in this country, as well as renowned Indian companies on their commercial transactions and investments worldwide.

    Harish is also a co-founder of Daksh, a Bengaluru-based independent, not-for-profit organization which uses cutting edge technology to solve various problems facing India’s judicial system. Daksh has built India's first public database on the judiciary. Harish is also closely associated with the National Election Watch.

    Harish is the author of the book titled "Rule of Law in India – A Quest for Reason" published by Oxford University Press.

  • Ajeya Motaganahalli
    Senior Director – Strategy, Business Operations and Engineering Programs Leader, NetApp Startup Accelerator

    Ajeya Motaganahalli works as the Senior Director for Engineering Programs, Strategy and Business Operations at NetApp India and heads NetApp’s first ever startup accelerator program called the NetApp Excellerator (startup.netapp.in).

    Ajeya is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley HaaS School of Business and is a well-rounded Engineering leader with 18 years of experience in software product development, strategy and operations.

    In this era of digital transformation, Ajeya aspires to provide pioneering leadership in transforming product strategy and execution by developing high quality engineering inputs into top quality outcomes. Ajeya is passionate about giving back to the ecosystem by nurturing innovation through helping and enabling start-ups and building future unicorns