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TK AnandT.K. Anand

Senior Vice President, Analytics
Oracle Corporation

T.K. Anand is Senior Vice President, Product Development at Oracle Corporation, reporting to Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. He is responsible for the Data & Business Analytics product strategy and portfolio which includes the Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle Analytics Server, Fusion Analytics, NetSuite Analytics and operational reporting for Oracle Cloud Applications such as ERP, SCM, HCM and CX.

Prior to joining Oracle in 2018, T.K. spent over 20 years at Microsoft Corporation working on a number of products and services including SQL Server, Power BI, Azure and Excel. Most recently, he was General Manager and Partner Director of Engineering in the Cloud & AI Division at Microsoft where was responsible for Business Intelligence products including Power BI and SQL Server Analysis & Reporting Services.

T.K. has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada where his research focused on database systems.


Harshul AsaniHarshul Asnani

SVP & Business Head-Technology Business and West Coast
Tech Mahindra

Harshul Asnani is a global technology business leader with over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing, business development, building new markets in IT, Engineering/R&D and BPO outsourcing with primary focus on Communications and Hitech industries. He has worked in a wide range of leadership roles including P&L ownership, leading complex large IT/Engineering outsourcing deals, Alliances and strategic partnerships at a global level spanning North America, Latin America, Europe and India.

In his current role as Senior Vice President and SBU Head at Tech Mahindra, he carries P&L responsiblity for the technology business. Additionally, he also provides leadership to enterprise business on the West Coast and drives global 360 degree strategic partnerships including start-up ecosystem in the Silicon Valley.

Harshul is also a board member of the Bay Area Council and is a TiE Silicon Valley Charter member as well.


Vikram Chalana

Co-founder & CEO
Pictory Corp.

Vikram is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, and a start-up advisor, based in Bothell.  He is currently building an innovative software company, Pictory, that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to allow the creation of videos from text in a matter of minutes.  Prior to this, he was the co-founder of Winshuttle, an enterprise software company focused on SAP data management, a company he helped grow to 300 employees globally.  Vikram holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and PhD in Engineering from University of Washington, Seattle.


Ketan Dewan

Co-Founder & CEO 

An MBA from City University, Cass Business School, London; a serial entrepreneur in the HR domain for over 15 years, with one exit. Represents - Talocity: TOUCHLESS HiRing & Assessments. Has lead Talocity implementation across 25 countries globally, enabled with deep deployment of Augmented Intelligence. Ketan passion is infectious and he has not only created a deep methodology of hiring leaders at Talocity but also supports his clients & friends to hire & groom Level 5 leaders. He is also writing a book titled: Empty your thoughts. He believes that the journey of a leader is about 4 aspects:

  1. Knowledge of SELF and one’s circus of the mind
  2. To remember that others also have a circus
  3. Walk the talk, irrespective of what one talks; just walk it
  4. Operate as a Servant Leader, irrespective of the challenges


Tarek Elabbady, Ph.D., MBA

CTO of Digital Transformation Partnership

Tarek Elabbady is the CTO of Digital Transformation Partnership (DTP) organization at Microsoft. The CTO function engages on co-innovation projects with Microsoft strategic customers. Recent projects covered subjects of Open Data platforms for FSI, Operations anomalies prediction for Oil and Gas /Mining, and reinforcement learning for digital marketing.

During his first 10 years career with Microsoft engineering groups, Elabbady helped ship technologies for video streaming over wireless networks, and machine learning applications for search engines.

Later, and as part of Microsoft AI and Research, Dr. Elabbady led four of Microsoft Research’s Advanced Technology Labs (ATLs)  in Germany, Egypt, Israel and Brazil. He also founded a collaboration research program that engaged MSR researchers with strategic Microsoft customers on co-innovation projects that included machine learning/AI projects for autonomous vehicles applications, video analysis for degenerative diseases diagnosis, hand tracking technologies for industrial robots and conversational bots for humanoid robots.

Tarek received his Ph.D. in computer Engineering and signal processing from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Washington.


Lisa Hufford, Founder & CEO, Simplicity Consulting, Inc. Lisa Hufford

Founder & CEO
Simplicity Consulting, Inc.

Lisa Hufford is Founder and CEO of Seattle-based Simplicity Consulting, the Enterprise Marketing Services Consultancy that helps companies thrive in the new world of work. Simplicity has been an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company in America for five consecutive years and most recently recognized by PSBJ as the tenth largest woman owned business in WA state. Lisa has been named an Inc. Top 10 Female Entrepreneur and selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman. She is the author of Navigating the Talent Shift: How to Build On-Demand Teams That Drive Innovation, Control Costs, and Get Results. Read more on Lisa Hufford's website...


Saket Modi HeadshotSaket Modi

Co-founder & CEO

Saket Modi is the Co-founder and CEO of Lucideus, an enterprise Cyber Risk Quantification (CRQ) platform company. A computer science engineer by education, he founded Lucideus in 2012 while in his final year of engineering. Incubated from IIT Bombay, headquartered in Palo Alto and backed by Cisco's former Chairman and CEO John Chambers, Lucideus today protects the digital infrastructure of multiple Fortune 500 companies around the world with its cyber risk measurement and mitigation platform called SAFE. Saket is a part of Fortune Magazine's 40under40, Entrepreneur Magazine's 35under35,
Forbes Magazine's 30under30 lists among others. The Government of India awarded him with the title
of "Champion of CHange" in 2017.

Under his leadership, Lucideus has recieved multiple awards including 'Emerging Vendor of the Year' by Frost & Sullivan , 'Leading Pure-Play VAPT Vedor' by Gartner's Market Guide in 2019 and "Morgan Stanley CTO Innovation Award 2019" amongst others.


Saket Modi HeadshotNagesh Pabbisetty

CEO & Co-founder

Nagesh Pabbisetty is the CEO and co-founder of Numtra, an integrated self-service AI Platform that enables business users, business scientists and citizen data scientists to harness the power of AI and Machine Learning to solve their business problems, irrespective of their level of ML expertise. He is also the co-founder of BigLynx, a cloud and AI-based last-mile fulfillment platform for Retailers to serve their customers with the most flexible shipping options – store pick-up, scheduled, same-day, 1-day, 2-day, store pick-up, drop-ship, etc., -- all optimized for lowest cost an highest customer satisfaction.

Earlier, Nagesh held general management positions at Microsoft and RealNetworks. At Microsoft, as Director of Machine Learning Services, he led product teams across various Microsoft data and compute platforms including Azure and SQL Server. As GM in Microsoft DynamicsCRM, he led the conceptualization and delivery of Customer Service Automation service including Social Care. As GM in Microsoft Lync (predecessor to Microsoft Teams), he led communication and collaboration offerings across all mobile platforms, desk-phones, and webapps. At RealNetworks, he led Enterprise Products and Streaming Media Services divisions.

Nagesh has been a Charter Member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs for more than 15 years. He has invested in and is advisor to several companies across Cloud, AI platform, Healthcare and Retail industries. Nagesh has a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and MBA in Finance & Marketing from University of Rochester.


Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Gavriella Schuster

Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner

Gavriella Schuster is a C-level Microsoft leader who has grown a P&L to $6.5B and currently leads their global portfolio of channel partners that reached $1 trillion in ecosystem revenues. With 20+ years of leadership expertise in digital and cloud transformation roles, her strategy and execution expertise spans all aspects of business model and product development, launch, marketing, sales and partner development. She leads the global recruitment, enablement and engagement of Microsoft’s fast-growing partner ecosystem. Additional areas of her specialization include licensing models, digital marketing and global routes to market. Gavriella specializes in starting up and turning around businesses by inspiring a vision for future customer relevance and engaging the team in developing the roadmap.

Gavriella’s experience makes her immediately qualified to assist a board in developing their vision to transform the organization through new technologies including cloud and artificial intelligence (AI).

Gavriella grew a $6.5B P&L for Microsoft’s U.S. Cloud and Datacenter business to a growth of over 35% CAGR in three years. The product mix included managing the sales and marketing growth strategies across the U.S. for the datacenter businesses of SQL Server, Windows Server, Azure and System Center Management technologies.

As the Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner “Channel Chief,” Gavriella currently leads the global teams building an ecosystem of over 700K engaged partners, adding 30% more partners YOY and over 7K net new partners to Microsoft monthly. She leads global partner management of top software and cloud distributors, systems integrators, large account resellers and managed services providers who deliver over 95% of Microsoft commercial revenues. Gavriella heads the investment strategy and portfolio of channel incentives, defining where to invest $2B annually to achieve a 10-20X return.

Gavriella has five years of experience leading the product go-to-market strategies for Windows Client, including the inception and development of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Windows Intune, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. She was the P&L and commercial leader for this business. Gavriella has led the development of 15+ product releases and was instrumental in four company acquisitions resulting in consistent 35% YOY growth and propelling product adoption to over 50M licenses sold and deployed.

Gavriella transformed and delivered Microsoft’s licensing strategies from 2000-05 when the company moved from a consumer-packaged goods licensing strategy to an annuity licensing approach, redefining the core business model for the enterprise. She devised strategies to lead the transition from software annuity licensing into cloud subscription licensing. As part of these transitions, Gavriella was instrumental in defining the Microsoft seller compensation plans to support the sales approach and the partner incentive strategy to support the sales approach and transition.

Gavriella is well known for her communications approach to partners and teams on the benefits and business case for a transition. Her industry reputation as a mentor and role-model technology leader was featured in a 2018 podcast on amazing transformation leadership secrets. She was awarded the 2018 Channel Influencer of the Year. Gavriella is sought-after speaker, quoted regularly in tech publications. She was a keynote speaker at 2018 Channel Conference & Expo with 6K registrants, Inspire 2018 featuring 40K attendees. Gavriella earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.


Rob Stone

VP & GM, Operations

Rob Stone is an experienced general manager with over 20 years' experience providing financial and decision support analysis in settings ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. His experience spans across multiple industries including private equity, wireless, entertainment, managed IT, video games, travel & tourism, and professional services.

Currently serving as Vice President & General Manager, Operations, Rob oversees day-to-day operations, driving to support growth strategies, and building for scale and sustainable bottom-line profitability. His areas of responsibility include the Client Success organization responsible for providing daily support to large accounts as well as business analysis and reporting across PPM, Marketing, Supply Chain and Technology Solution Centers. Stone’s areas of focus include strategic planning and goal setting, as well as aligning company functions to support of those goals.

Before joining Zones, Stone was Director of Operations at Q-Biz Solutions, LLC. Prior to that he has served in a variety of decision support analysis positions at T-Mobile, Technicolor and The Walt Disney Company. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the Executive Certificate in Digital Transformation and Business Analytics.