MEET THE TEAM
DR. RAMESH RASKAR
MIT Media Lab
Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and directs the Camera Culture research group. His focus is on Machine Learning and Imaging for health and sustainability. They span research in physical (e.g., sensors, health-tech), digital (e.g., automated and privacy-aware machine learning) and global (e.g., geomaps, autonomous mobility) domains.
At MIT, his co-inventions include camera to see around corners, femto-photography, automated machine learning (auto-ML), private ML (split-learning), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra, EyeSelfie), a novel CAT-Scan machine, motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
Over the course of his career, Gunjan has spent over 20 years in various entrepreneurial, board, and executive positions building innovative businesses. As an Internet pioneer, he was the Co-Founder and President of WhoWhere? Inc., a leading Internet directory services company that was acquired by Lycos in 1998, as well as eGain, an online customer service company which he built from inception to post NASDAQ IPO. Gunjan currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Silicon Valley companies, and in 2010, he was appointed to the Board of the US-India Science and Technology Research Endowment Fund by the US State Department to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. He also serves as the Chairman of CFHI.org which brings transformative healthcare education to under-served communities around the world. He is currently the Executive Chairman of MetricStream and is responsible for leading the firm's overall strategy and execution.
Gunjan obtained his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and UC Santa Cruz, respectively. He also holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. Gunjan has been featured as one of the 50 most successful immigrant entrepreneurs in the US by Silicon India.
Director of Consumer Policy,
Jade is the Director, Consumer Policy at the GSMA, an industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Throughout her career, Jade has spent over 14 years advising governments and industry on consumer and telecom policy. Previously, she managed clients at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where she advised clients on compliance with privacy and data protection laws and regulations.
As an internet advocate working on information and communication technology, she held several positions within the U.S. government between 2006 and 2014. She was a Senior Advisor for Internet Policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Commerce Department. She also served as Director, Internet Public Policy at the State Department.
During the Obama Administration, Jade co-chaired a White House National Science and Technology Council working group that was responsible for the U.S. Policy on commercial cross-border privacy issues, including U.S. views on GDPR. She was part of the Commerce Department in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Consultation team. She served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy in 2010, and represented the U.S. government at various other meetings of the OECD and International Telecommunications Union.
Jade holds CIPP/G, CIPP/E, and CIPM certifications, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). In addition to Internet public policy and global privacy frameworks, she specializes in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and ethics, international negotiations, cybersecurity, Internet intermediary liability issues, and Internet governance. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board and the MIT Technology Review Global Panel, a community of business professionals.
Chief Data Scientist,
Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya is the chief data scientist at Bharti Airtel, an Indian global telecommunications services company based in Delhi, India. His principal area of responsibility is leveraging data science capabilities and deep analytics to understand unique customer demands and needs, and driving transformation for “Airtel 3.0”.
Santanu is an MIT Sloan, MIT Media Lab alum, BTech from IIT (Bombay), and a Ph.D. from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a seasoned executive with expertise in digital transformation leading Multi-Billion Dollar data-driven businesses on a global scale.
Santanu brings with him nearly 18 years of rich experience across esteemed organizations like NASA, Facebook, AOL, and Delhivery. He has played a crucial role in leading Facebook’s emerging market products with 350 million users, generating 2 Billion Dollar revenue. He has also headed America Online’s (AOL) global data analytics and products with a 1 Billion Dollar topline and has played a significant part in the journey of startup Delhiveri’s Unicorn status. He has successfully founded two startups - Salorix and Origin.
He is also a notable speaker and writer. His work has been covered in the Mashable, TechCrunch, Forbes, Le Monde, Economic Times, and several others. He is also accredited as a “Global Public Figure” with a blue-tick verified account on Facebook.
SAI SRI SATHYA
Sai Sri Sathya is the CEO and co-founder of S20.AI, a secure and privacy-enabled collaboration platform around data and AI. He was previously at Facebook's Connectivity Lab working on advanced proximity and mesh networking based technologies. He has a patent on trust and a patent on video communication in low-bandwidth networks and has 4 pending-patents on messaging, networking, content recommendation and private search from his work at Facebook and S20.AI. Prior to Facebook, Sathya was conducting research with the MIT Media Lab where he built and deployed numerous healthcare diagnostic and smart city solutions impacting over 10 million people. As a core member of REDX initiative founded by Prof. Ramesh Raskar from MIT, he has helped launch several AI clubs and innovation labs in India and abroad. Sathya is passionate about building high impact societal platforms. His team was as a runner-up of the MIT Solve and ID4D Mission for Billions challenge held during the World Bank Spring Meetings in 2019; a finalist at the MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge in 2014; and in 2016, during the Zika outbreak, received a 25k CAD grant from Grand Challenges Canada to build and deploy a larvae tracking solution in Panama.
Sathya is a National Cyber Olympiad Gold medalist, a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Richard Merwin Scholarship and the Chancellor's Special Achiever Award for co-founding an internationally acclaimed innovation lab at VIT University.
Alka Asthana (CEO, DeZaView.ai) works at the intersection of AI Strategy and AI Privacy. Her focus is on an AI that can deliver, perform, sustain and endure the written and unwritten social contracts with all stakeholders.
Alka has published papers on AI + Health. As Director Product Strategy (HCM) at Oracle (Redwood Shores) her focus was on building the new Fusion product and she was responsible for its primary rollout.
Prior to Oracle, she worked on Tata’s state-of-the-art Flat product system & HR Applications.
Supporting communities is a theme close to Alka’s heart. She co-founded a skills-based company DeZaView Skill Smart in Mumbai that provides training & placement to the unemployed youth in India. Alka takes her optimism with her everywhere she goes.
Chief Innovation Officer,
Vidya Phalke is technologist at heart with over 25 years of experience in Enterprise Software, Cloud and Distributed Computing, Security and Risk Technologies. As the Chief Innovation and Cloud Officer of Metricstream, he currently leads MetricStream's GRC Lab which is shaping next generation innovation in Governance, Risk, and Compliance for Enterprises and Global organizations. He received Silicon Valley's Bay Area CIO of the year award in 2017. He holds a Doctorate from Rutgers and Management degree from MIT.
PROF. RAJENDRA PRATAP GUPTA
Policy Maker & Author
Prof. Rajendra Pratap Gupta is a leading public policy expert who has been involved in major global initiatives on digital health. He is amongst the top global experts in digital health and a member of the guidelines development group ( Digital Health) at the World Health Organization (WHO), on the global roster of experts in Digital Health at the WHO, a board member of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth and a Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. He has played a key role in drafting the national health policy and giving a push for digital health, globally. He is on the global steering committee of the Global Digital Health Index. He is a co-author of the global eHealth Diffusion report by the World Health Organization. For his global contribution to digital health, Prof. Rajendra was nominated by the World Economic Forum on the global agenda council for digital health for 2012-2014. In 2018, he was recognised amongst the top leaders by PCHA (HIMSS) and conferred the Global Impact Award in Boston at the Connected Health Summit. His contributions and career have been chronicled as a case study in global health by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Health for its Grow Global Initiative. Currently, he is chairing the committee to draft the National Digital Health Standards.
Rajendra has served as an advisor to the Union Health Minister, Government of India and has authored four books and has been invited by the United Nations, UNESCO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, ITU, United States of America, Govt. of Japan, Finland & Bangladesh, and also by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Labour and Employment & The Planning Commission - Government of India, for his expertise / views on diverse range of topics.
Widely travelled, he has delivered lectures across the globe.
STEVEN M. FERGUSON
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
Steven M. Ferguson currently serves as Special Advisor at the NIH Office of Technology Transfer where he has worked since 1990. The biomedical technology transfer program at NIH is one of the world’s largest with a portfolio that includes about 1700 active licenses with aggregate sales greater than $6B per year that is based upon research that has also generated 34 FDA-approved drugs & vaccines.
A former chemist at the National Cancer Institute and biotech industry product manager, Mr. Ferguson holds Master's Degrees in Business Administration (George Washington University) and Chemistry (University of Cincinnati) as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Case Western Reserve University).
A registered Patent Agent and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), Mr. Ferguson is faculty and Technology Transfer Department Chair at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH and the Biotechnology Industry Organization “BIO Boot Camp”. He also serves as a business reviewer or advisory board member for the US-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, Maryland Innovation Initiative, Virginia Bio-Life Science Gap Fund, the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and the DOD Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program.
He has published extensively in the field of technology transfer and has also received the AUTM President’s Award (AUTM Band), the NIH Director’s Award, the FAES Instruction Award, four “Deal of Distinction” awards from the Licensing Executive Society, six Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards, and fifteen NIH Merit Awards in recognition of his service and activities in technology transfer.
Senior Data Scientist,
Mathur is a Senior Data Scientist at Bharti Airtel, an Indian global telecommunications services company headquartered in Delhi, India. He works to leverage rich and extensive data to build data science models for user behavior, affinities, and experience that drives customer acquisition, retention, and growth. Over the 9 years of experience, Alok has worked on a variety of problems related to machine learning, natural language processing, big data, and scalability. He was previously at Akamai Technologies, working on distributed computing and advanced analytics for network experience suites of product. Prior to Akamai, he worked at Oracle, playing a significant role in building next-gen ETL and big data products for fusion middleware suites. He has published a paper in the field of cluster load balancing. Alok is passionate about building AI solutions for real-world problems.