Arunas Chesonis - MIT Alum, Chairman of the Board & CEO - Sweetwater Energy, Term Member - MIT Corporation
Mr. Chesonis is currently Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy, a biochemical and biofuels technology firm based in Rochester, New York.
Mr. Chesonis also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) for $2.3 billion. Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC in 1998. He previously served as President of ACC Corp. until it was purchased by AT&T in 1998.
Mr. Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Van Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Chesonis has a long history in renewable energy. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, supports many environmental and renewable energy research projects, and has also given almost $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support breakthrough technology research to address climate change and sustainability.
R. Chidambaram - Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India & Chairman
Dr. R. Chidambaram is one of India’s distinguished experimental physicists and he has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1962 and joined the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1962 and became its Director in 1990. He was Chairman, Indian Atomic Energy Commission from 1993-2000. He was Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during 1994-95. He was a member and later Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography during 1990-99. He has more than 200 research publications in refereed journals and all his research work has been in India.
John Chisholm - President of MIT Alumni Association
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as entrepreneur and executive. In 1997, he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat (acquired by MarketTools), a leading provider of enterprise feedback management systems. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, the Plug and Play Tech Center EIR program, and the Thiel Foundation 20under20 program, he mentors young entrepreneurs to start new high-tech businesses.
Adi Godrej - MIT Alum & Chairman of Godrej Group
Adi Godrej is Chairman of The Godrej Group. The Godrej Group is a mainly privately held, over a 100 year-old family conglomerate, with operations in India and several other countries.
Mr. Godrej is Chairman of the Board of the Indian School of Business, and Past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management and a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board.
Mr. Godrej is a recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002, The American India Foundation (AIF) Leadership in Philanthropy Award, 2010, The Entrepreneur of the Year for the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010, AIMA-JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award 2010, Bombay Management Association-Management Man of the Year Award 2010-2011, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2012, the Padma Bhushan 2012, The Asian Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and the All India Management Association-Business Leader of the Year 2015.
Wojciech Kalka, CTO - Sky::NET Services Ltd
Wojciech Kalka, CTO of Sky::NET Services Ltd. studied Computer Science and Philosophy at the University RWTH Aachen in Germany. His major interests are network security and ethics. An ethical hacker since the early Linux days, (Kernel 0.99p14 ;) he always was fascinated by data mining and big data systems. He is always on the leading edge of technology and modern development. Wojciech is working for many companies all over the world as network and data security adviser and troubleshooter, taking over when everyone else thinks all hope is gone. So far he always succeed. He is also an avid photographer, one of this photos got printed in over 140 countries, PADI Divemaster, classical guitar teacher and Taekwondo trainer. In his spare time he is backpacking the world, learning other musical instruments and enjoying fast motorcycles.
Gurumurthy Kalyanaram - President of MIT South Asia Alumni Association
Dr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram (www.gkalyan.com) is an academic who has served as Dean and Professor globally including in The University of Texas, International University of Japan, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Additionally, he has lectured, taught and given presentations at many universities and conferences all over the world, including Boston University, Jiang Xi University of Finance, London School of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, St. Petersburgh State University, and Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Kalyanaram has been a distinguished scholar at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the East-European and Russian Research Center. He got his doctoral degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has been recognized by MIT with the Harold Lobdell Award.
Rajiv B. Lall - Managing Director & CEO, IDFC Bank
Dr. Rajiv B. Lall was the Executive Chairman of IDFC Limited until September 2015. He has about three decades of experience with leading global investment banks, multilateral agencies and in academia. His areas of expertise include project finance, private equity/venture capital, international capital markets, trade, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy issues with a focus on emerging markets including India and China in particular.
Dr. Lall straddles the policy making and finance worlds. He currently chairs the National Committee on Infrastructure Financing of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) a leading business chamber in the country. He is a member of the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM; the CII National Council on Financial Sector Development and the CII National Committee on Banking. Internationally, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centers, South Asia, set up by the Columbia University, New York. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lall was India's representative to the G20 Workgroup on Infrastructure and was also a member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Urban Development Management. Dr. Lall has served on several other Government Committees including those focused on Urban Infrastructure, Bond Market Development and Financial Sector Reform.
Matthew Marx - MIT Professor of Entrepreneurship
Drawing on his experience working in both Silicon Valley and Boston startups, Marx is a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT and studies the systematic and institutional barriers to the growth of new ventures. Marx holds seven patents, and was previously an inventor and an executive at multiple startup companies in the speech recognition industry.
Marx holds a BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University, an SM in media arts and sciences from MIT, and an MBA and a DBA in business administration from Harvard University.
Narayan Murthy, Founder - Infosys Limited
In 1981, Narayana Murthy founded Infosys, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore. He served as the CEO of Infosys during 1981 – 2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981 – 2011, and as the Chairman Emeritus during August 2011 – May 2013. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999.
Mr. Murthy articulated, designed, and implemented the Global Delivery Model, which has become the foundation for the huge success of the IT services outsourcing industry in India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.
He serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Rhodes Trust and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served as a member of the HSBC board and the Unilever board. He has served on the boards of Cornell University, Wharton School, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He has also served as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Ramesh Raskar - Professor at MIT Media Lab
Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, which recognizes top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Darpa Young Faculty award. Other awards include Marr Prize honorable mention 2009, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept and NIKE, 2010, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place), 2011. He holds over 50 US patents and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on Computational Photography
Amandeep Singh - Additional Commissioner for Directorate General of Taxpayer Services, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Finance
After graduating in Medicine with distinction from the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, Dr. Amandeep Singh was inducted into the Indian Revenue Service in 1997, through the Civil Services Examination. He is currently working asan Additional Commissioner for Directorate General of Taxpayer Services, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Finance. In Indian central government he has worked as the chief of staff (Officer on Special Duty and Private Secretary) to the Union Minister for Corporate Affairs,Union Minister of State for Communications & IT and Union Minister of State for Finance. During his role in central government he has contributed to implementation of cyber-forensic laboratory and fraud prediction model by Serious Fraud Investigation Office,formulation of subordinate legislation on CSR mandatory spending by corporates, helped formulate the cyber-security policy of the Government, engaged with multiple stakeholders for guidelines on lawful interception of electronic communications, monitoring the performance of Public Sector Banks, and participated in policy debates on fake Indian currency notes and policy measures on financial inclusion and bank fraud. He actively advised ministers in various departments and helped in public policy formation.
Renu Swarup - Sr. Advisor, Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Dr Renu Swarup is presently Sr.Adviser for Department of Biotechnology (DBT). She also holds position of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start‐ups and SMEs.
A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI, in 1989.
At DBT She heads the National Bioresource Development Board and is involved in developing, funding and monitoring programmes in the area of Energy Biosciences, Bioresource Development and Utilization and Plant Biotechnology - Bioprospecting, Tissue Culture and other Biomass associated programmes. As a Science Manager issues related to policy planning and implementation are also a part of her assignment. She was actively engaged in formulation of the Biotechnology Vision in 2001 and National Biotechnology Development Strategy in 2007 as the Member Secretary of the Expert Committee.