#PAUC18 Speakers

Mr. Anand Bagmar

Anand is a hands-on and result-oriented Software Quality Evangelist with 20+ years in the software field. He is passionate about shipping a quality product, and specializes in building automated testing tools, infrastructure and frameworks. Anand writes testing related blogs and has built open-source tools related to Software Testing – WAAT (Web Analytics Automation Testing Framework), TaaS (for automating the integration testing in disparate systems) and TTA (Test Trend Analyzer).

Mr. Anand Murthy Raj

Mr. Anand Murthy Raj is the partner with Gladwell Academy. He is also Founder and Director of Agile Spirit Pvt Ltd. He is the first professional in Asia to have completed the SPCT program and certified by Scaled Agile. Currently, he is working as an Enterprise Agile Coach and transforming Philips Inc into SAFe. He has delivered SAFe training to close to 1800 participants globally across Europe, South America and Asia-pacific region.

Ms. Archana Joshi

Archana Joshi is an IT professional with 18 years of industry experience across progressive roles in Software Engineering, Project & Program Management and IT Consulting. Past 10 years she has worked with teams and senior management in IT products and services industry on bringing in New Ways of working using Agile & DevOps with primary focus on Strategy and Organizational Transformation. Currently she is driving Digital transformations using Cloud, Low Code, Micro-services within the Digital Engineering group of Cognizant. She holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Pune University and a Diploma in Management from Symbiosis University.

Mr. Ashwinee Singh

Ashwinee is a hands-on Agile Transformation Leader having 19 years of IT experience with last 10 years into working with Agile engagements for various Fortune500 clients across the Globe (USA, UK, Australia, Germany and France). Ashwinee has lately been working as Enterprise Agile Coach for few of the customers and currently involved in driving Enterprise Agile & DevOps Transformation for Continental Europe customers within Cognizant's Digital Engineering group.

Mr. Christian Hujer

Christian Hujer has 20+ years of experience in professional software consulting, development, and training. He's a German who moved to Pune, India, 2012 as an expat for Giesecke & Devrient. He founded Nelkinda Software Craft Pvt Ltd in 2015. The mission of Nelkinda is to shape the software development process to advance further, exploring the bleeding edge of Software Craftspersonship, pushing limits, and make the world a better place. He is a strong advocate of Extreme Programming and Clean Code practices on his teams and clients. During his career, he trained teams from companies like BNP Paribas, Elsevier, e-Zest, Giesecke & Devrient, KKH, KPTronix, Nokia Austria, NorCom, Red Panda, Siemens, and Volkswagen and others in Austria, Germany, India, Kenya, Spain, and UK in topics like Architecture, BDD, C#, Clean Code, Design Patterns, DevOps, Extreme Programming, Java, JavaScript, J2EE, LAMP, Scrum, Security, SOLID Principles, TDD, TPP, UML, XHTML, XML, and XSLT. He blogs, tweets, and speaks on meetups and conferences.

Mr. Dharmesh Shah

Helping companies to transform to culture based on Lean and Agile principles to bring about happiness to one and all. Dharmesh is an Enterprise Agile Coach since 6+ years and practitioner since 12+ years and has worked with various large organizations has successfully transitioned various groups (up to 800 people) resulting in improved customer satisfaction, employee motivation and reducing the time-to-market. Apart from the this he is interested in “Building Values Driven Organizations” and “Value Based Education”. He is also follower of Pranahuti Aided Meditation since more than a decade, which is about transforming individual consciousness to be in tune with the universal consciousness.

Mr. Nitin Bhide

Mr. Nitin Bhide is a man of strong roots who believes in getting fundamentals right over memorising formulae. He is a thinking craftsman, a passionate programmer and a Generalist by choice. He is a hands-on developer who codes regularly.
Mr. Nitin Bhide graduated from the Government College Engineering, Pune and is an alumnus of the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
He has extensive experience in performance and computational geometry, algorithm intensive projects and has worked on multiple platforms, technologies and geometry kernels.

Mr. Parag Walimbe

Mr. Parag Walimbe is a technology leader with an extensive experience of 15 years as a Program Manager for global operations in the healthcare/MedTech industry. His exceptional work ethic and proficiency has taken him to more than 70 cities in 16 countries and attending 25 global conferences. He has lead the agile transformation for organisations and numerous partners in over 3 continents and has an experience as a Program Manager and Agile Coach as 10 and 8 years, respectively. Mr. Parag did his Masters from the University of Applied Science at Hamburg in Germany. He has developed a proprietary software stack for production of mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows operating system. Currently, Mr. Walimbe is working as a Program Manager/Agile Coach at Borm Bruckmeier InfoTech India Pvt Ltd.

Mr. Rakesh Singh

Rakesh Singh is an avid blogger, voracious reader who is passionate about learning, sharing and applying ideas that help create and sustain positive change. He has been part of successful agile transformations and has been an agile enthusiast for more than a decade. A strong proponent of agile and growth mind set, he strongly believes in the unlimited potential of individuals and teams and collaborates with them to help unleash their true potential.

Mr. Santosh Kotnis

Santosh has close to two decades of IT and business management experience that involves offshore outsourcing, strategic planning, operations & financial management, project management with complete P/L responsibility for the business units or organizations. He has experience in developing strategy and business plan for the organization/BU with short and long term business goals; which involves team building, financial planning, and technical & operational plan setup. In his current role as CEO of Managed Infrastructure and Digital Solutions Business in Futurism Technologies, Santosh is responsible for the overall growth, strategic direction for customer acquisition, global partnerships, new market development and driving innovation to transform customer businesses.

Ms. Sharmila Patwardhan

Agile and Lean Coach, worked closely with customers in their Agile transformation journey with 18+ years of experience. She has excellent knowledge and experience in implementing different software development lifecycle and different Agile methodologies (Scrum, XP, Lean, Spotify, Kanban) She is an experienced coach with exposure to Global Delivery Model and distributed Agile. Her training and coaching work with the team has always gained an applaud from customers in various projects. Her work in diversified domains likes finance, gaming, fleet management, healthcare brings in lot of experience with her to ease the transitions for agile teams from any domain. She has gained expertise not only in Agile but lot of ALM tools like Jira, VSTS , RedMine, etc

Mr. Stuart Turner

Thriving workplaces are Stuart's passion. He helps Boards of Directors and Executives turn work into a pleasure.
In today’s highly complex world, Stuart helps organisations of all sizes make skilful interventions for disproportionately impressive benefits you would never dare to put in a plan.
Taking a holistic view of people, spaces, purpose, communication and change, he helps leaders develop a workplace where intelligent people are enabled to live highly productive, innovative and fulfilled lives.

Mr. Vishal Prasad

Vishal's expertise span across Agile Consulting and Gamification of your serious business that gets the job done. He believes that innovation is a habit that must be cultivated and helps catalyse software products from concept to production by providing visible results much sooner than when organisations work alone. He helps enterprise leaders understand the Agile & Lean philosophies and provides the necessary assistance with their (and their team's) transformation needs. He loves experimenting with new tools & techniques and attempts to be as cross-functional as possible.

Mr. Vyom Bharadwaj

Mr. Vyom Bhardwaj is an expert in QA Methodologies, Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC), Defect Management Life Cycle (DMLC), Testing Methodologies and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodologies. He has boundless knowledge of IT business management and services. Mr. Vyom graduated from the Uttarakhand Pradesh Technical University. He is also on the cutting edge of what's new in the IT operations, Service Delivery and Management. He has a huge appetite for knowledge and passion for learning which is evident from his number of certifications. Currently, Mr. Bhardwaj is working as a Project Leader at KPIT.