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    Conference Speakers

    Schneider Electric Automation Conference
    20th - 21st October 2016 at Hotel Leela, Mumbai

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    David holds a Master of Science degree in Electrotechnical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Automation, and an MBA from INSEAD.
    After spending 11 years with Siemens in a variety of roles including engineering, project management, sales and business development, David joined Schneider Electric in 2007.
    After holding a number of roles in China & Singapore, David was appointed Senior Vice President of the Automation Line of Business in 2012.
    In 2014, David relocated back to Singapore to lead the newly created Process Automation organization for Asia Pacific. Process Automation is set up to deliver to the industrial customers the synergistic business value of the combined portfolios from Schneider and ex-Invensys, covering the breadth and depth of the process automation market – from discrete, to hybrid to continuous process applications.

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    He has worked in industrial automation for almost 40 years in a variety of positions.

    Accomplishments include:
    - ISA Fellow 
    - ISA Life Achievement Award 
    - Process Automation Hall of Fame 
    - Fortune, Hero of U.S. Manufacturing 
    - Intech, Fifty Most Influential Innovators in Control 
    - Author of 5 Books, Dozens of Articles and Papers 
    - Multiple Patents 
    - BA, MS – Mathematics, MA – Administration & Management 
    - PhD – Industrial Engineering 
    - MBS , PhD Biblical Studies
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    Steve Elliott is the Senior marketing director for Schneider Electric Process Automation control and safety offerings.

    He is a TÜV-certified functional safety engineer with more than 20 years experience in the process control and automation industry, and has extensive experience in safety systems and the safety lifecycle, PLC, DCS and SCADA systems.

    He began his career in the automobile industry, serving as a control and instrument engineer involved in the research and development of engine control systems at Ricardo Consulting Engineers. He has held subsequent positions at Field Electronics, involved in the design and manufacture of data acquisition systems, and Silvertech International, a system integrator, where he gained experience designing and working with various programmable logic controllers and distributed control systems.

    He joined Invensys in 2003, where he has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including the role of Triconex sales director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and then global product director for Triconex safety and critical control systems and offerings, responsible primarily for future direction and go-to-market strategy.

    In 2013 he joined ABB Enterprise Software (Ventyx) responsible for the introduction of a new process safety management software solution to the EMEA region before joining Schneider Electric in 2015.

    He resides on a number of steering committees and has the pleasure of working with many end users to improve the safety of our industry. He is a recognized presenter at industry forums and events, has published a number of articles and white papers, and is a patent holder.

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    Areas of specialization:
    - Industrial control systems cyber security engineering
    - Advanced network / systems security consulting
    - Enterprise-class information technology architecture and design
    - Compliance and risk analysis, solutions design / implementation

    Major projects :
    - Secure Industrial Automation Systems – Oil, Gas, Petrochemical, Utility, F&B
    - Risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, control system hardening
    - Security infrastructure for US-based corporations consisting of 5,000 – 330,000 endpoints
    - US Security Consulting Computer Incident Response Team Leader
    - Architectural design and implementation services for Fortune 100 corporations worldwide

    - Schneider Electric Dubai: Director EMEA & APAC Cyber Security Services (2010 – Present)
    - CBI Inc. USA: Senior Symantec Security Consultant (2008 – 2010)
    - Inergex USA: Network Systems & Security Manager (2006 – 2008)
    - FedEx Trade Networks USA: Manager of Information Technology 1999 – 2006)

    Education & professional certifications:
    - BS – Applied Science & Technology
    - CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    - CISM – Certified Information Security Manager
    - CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor
    - ISO27001 Lead Auditor
    - ISA99 / IEC62443 Cyber Security Certified Specialist
    - Juniper JNCIS / JNCIA | Extreme Networks ECS-S / ECS-P
    - Microsoft & Symantec Certified Professional

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    Bernard Kwek is a Senior Principal Technical Sales Consultant for Safety at Schneider Electric, responsible for pre-sales technical activities across East Asia and Japan. Prior to this role, Bernard spent 13+ years as the Triconex Regional Service Manager and Asia Pacific Technical Center Manager.

    Bernard started his career in a DCS vendor as Systems Engineer, Lead Engineer and Regional Technical Center Manager over a period of 10 years before joining Triconex Singapore in 1995.

    Bernard holds a B. Engineering (Chemical) from National University of Singapore and is a TÜV certified Functional Safety Engineer.

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    David Lam is responsible for FD APAC Sales and has been involved in the field of Control and Instrumentation, span from custody/transactional Oil & Gas metering transfer, Tank gauging system to Plant process control requirements in the APAC region for the past 23 years.

    A certified Profibus and Fieldbus Engineer, he graduated with Dipl in Mechanical Engineering, BSC BM and Master in Applied Finance.

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    Hector Buchelly is highly experienced in the specification, application, control, startup, and management and troubleshooting of turbomachinery controls (TMC).

    As the Global Director of TMC, Hector supports engineering, sales, and marketing worldwide. Focusing on project execution and organization of consulting services, product upgrades, project implementation, marketing and TMC documentation for Schneider Electric. Hector has oral and written fluency in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is the go-to leader for any TMC-related project or concern within Schneider Electric.

    As a turbomachinery consultant, Hector successfully implemented control solutions and startups in Olefins plants, refinery applications, gas pumping stations, gas treatment and separation processes, power generation plants, paper plants, and ammonia plants. Through jobs well done, Hector established rapport with customers worldwide, including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron Phillips, Valero, Braskem, Pemex, Aramco, Petronas, Pertamina, and Suncor

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    Manoj Chandrasekharan is a Mechanical Engineer with MBA from University of Strathclyde, UK. He has vast experience in all aspects of business including strategic marketing, product management, business and sales management, consulting and services.

    During his career spanning 22 years, he has been in several assignments
    - Schneider - Asset Management Offer Director (2 years)
    - GE Oil and Gas – Strategic Marketing leader (2 years)
    - Invensys - APAC Business Leader for services, channels, M&I (10 years)
    - Emerson - Asset Management ASEAN Business Leader (6 years)
    - ABB – Consultant Asset Management (2 years)
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    Mark Turner, Safety Product Manager for Triconex by Schneider Electric, has responsibility for such product-related duties as strategy definition, defining market requirements, planning product development with Engineering/R&D, product marketing, lifecycle management, product pricing, and coordination with product manufacturing. Mark is in his twenty-fifth year of being a part of the Triconex brand. Prior to this role, Mark was a Technical Sales Consultant, Triconex Service Account Manager, Triconex Technical Support Manager, and Tech Support/Field Service Engineer. His extensive experience with Triconex Products and various Sales roles has enabled Mark to be a automation solution expert and earned him great respect with Schneider Electric customers.

    Mark was formerly with Allen-Bradley as a Product Test Engineer and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He attended college in Southern California and now lives with his wife, Debbie, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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    Alfred Law is Technical Sales Consulting Director responsible for the Process Automation within Industry Business for East Asia and Japan.

    Alfred started his profession career with Foxboro since 1993 serving customers from Chemical, Oil & Gas and Power Industries in providing Integrated Automation Solutions offering.

    During the 23 years, he held different roles System Engineer, Application Engineer, Technical Leader, Project Manager, Engineering Manager and currently the Technical Sales Consultant Leader leading a team of Technical Sales Consultants and SAE in the EAJ regions.

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    Kevin F.Fitzgerald is a Global Solutions Architect for MMM and Water/Wastewater applications in the Process Automation Group of Schneider Electric’s Industry Business.

    Mr.Fitzgerald has been with Schneider for over 29 years and has had numerous technical management, engineering development and service delivery positions. He has considerable experience in the a variety of industries including metals and mining, energy, and food processing segments. Application expertise includes automation systems, advanced control and modeling tools, workflow and as well as MES and Manufacturing Intelligence.

    Mr. Fitzgerald serves in both pre-sales consulting as well as post-delivery application support to insure effective use and positioning of Invensys advanced technology offerings. . He is also very conversant with the particulars of the ISA-95 Manufacturing Operations Management standard, often using this approach to facilitate client collaboration and requirements elicitation.

    Mr. Fitzgerald holds a BA degree in Physics from Holy Cross College and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is a recognized Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has received Advanced Lean training through Purdue University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (Chemical) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional.

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    Ramki Sethuraman is an expert in the areas of Operator Training Simulators (OTS), Dynamic Simulation, Process Modeling and Design, in industries including oil & gas and power with over 20 years’ experience.

    Ramki, a detail-oriented leader, has dedicated his career to excellence; he believes in R&D in new technologies to improve clients’ operations. His commitment to clients’ success is reflected in his philosophy that “human capital is the key to competitive advantage”.

    Ramki began his professional journey as a process engineer designing process equipment. Due to strong business and people skills and a thorough understanding of simulation, he was promoted to consulting. His analyses of client processes led to the development of successful dynamic and simulator models reaping various benefits for clients.

    Ramki delivered OTS application to clients in the USA and helped build OTS execution capability in Schneider Electric India for a multi-million dollar ExxonMobil OTS program. This OTS team has grown to cater to clients around the world.

    Ramki’s commitment to customer satisfaction continues in his current role of Technical Sales Consulting Director, where he works with his team in Asia Pacific to provide customized simulation technologies of superior quality standards for clients.

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    Rogerio Martins is an Electronic Engineer, with over 25 years experience in the Automation Business, mainly in Minerals, Mining & Metals vertical.

    Rogerio spent the first 15 years of his career in automation projects in SI companies and Modicon distributor in Brazil.

    He joined Schneider Electric in 2003 playing different roles related to automation in Marketing and Sales within the Brazilian organization.

    Since 2013 Rogerio is the MMM Vertical Director.

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    Serigne Diop graduated from electrical engineering department of National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse, France.

    In 1986, he joined CGEE Alsthom (which became Alstom Power Conversion, then Converteam and now GE Power Conversion) where he occupied several positions in R&D, engineering, tendering and project management. He managed major R&D and international projects involving large power drives in Oil & gas, power generation and marine industries and led the engineering department in Belfort and Massy.

    In 2007, he joined Schneider Electric, Motion & Drives Domain in Pacy sur Eure, France where he is in charge of developing the MV drives business.

    From 2012 to 2015, he has been relocated in Beijing, China where he was in charge of worldwide MV drives activity.

    Since September 2015, he is VP Sales Support for Drive Systems, based in Pacy, France.

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    Pramod Rastogi is an Associate Director at Schneider Electric. Mr. Rastogi is based in India and is currently responsible for business development in Asia Pacific for the company’s software business.

    Rastogi earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering from the Moti Lal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad in the year 1980. He has more than 34 years of rich experience in Power plant Controls & Instrumentation, Controls design, commissioning and boiler/turbine tuning. Mr. Rastogi has received training in Automatic Controls in Japan through JICA for 5 months in the year 1996 and Advanced Process Controls tuning from Control Soft Inc, Ohio USA.

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    Mr Sharma is an Engineering graduate with post graduate diploma in Finance and Marketing management. HE is also a Certified Functional Safety Engineer (TUV-FSE) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
    Mr Sharma has 27 years of experience in design, engineering, erection, commissioning and plant lifecycle management from maintenance to upgrade.
    Mr Sharma is currently working as Chief Design Engineer at Reliance, Mumbai office with special interest in ESD system and Functional Safety Management.

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    Mr. Praveen Chorghade is the Chief, Core Technology & Diagnostics, Corporate Engineering, Tata Power and is responsible for operational excellence and technology solutions for critical issues of the Operating Stations in Tata Power. He has more than 34 years experience in the Power Industry, and has great knowledge and expertise in most aspects of the power business and its associated technologies.

    Mr Chorghade started his career in Korba, doing testing, commissioning and O&M, before moving on to PMI handling training & management consulting and NTPC working in various O&M departments for more than 24 years.

    Mr. Chorghade, then spent more than 6 years in Tata Delhi Distribution Ltd as Head-Commercial, & Head-Operations and had been instrumental in a performance turnaround in these functions. He has been a driver of change, technology adoption and automation in the power generation & distribution utility functions and practices.

    Prior to his current position, Mr Chorghade was the CEO of Maithon Power Ltd for over 3 yrs. when the project was commissioned and brought into commercial operation.

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    Amit Thakare has been active in automation and software industry solutions for over 3 decades. He has demonstrated success by implementing business plans and marketing strategies to accelerate the business growth. He started career as a Management Trainee in Instrumentation and Control Engineering. Thereafter he has been in various Management positions in Projects, Maintenance, Marketing and New Business Development. He applied Automation and Software Industry Solutions in an integrated manner to various industrial vertical segments.

    During professional career, Amit Thakare has gained expertise in management & technology and its application for smart software for industry solutions. Further, he developed a business for the water industry’s smart solutions for entire water cycle not only for sustainability but also as a tool to serve society in a safe and secure manner.

    He has attended various water conferences as a thought leader and speaker on Smart Water-Software Solutions to optimize operations, energies, chemicals, water loss and managing entire water cycle for achieving business goals.

    In addition to experience at large global companies, Amit Thakare’s academic credentials include- Fellowship of Institution of Engineers, Corporate Management Training, Founding Member of Industrial Computing Society, Sr. Member of International Society of Automation and University degrees in Engineering, Science & Research.

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    He started his professional career as an Automation Engineer in 2001. During the 14 years working with SI companies, he has acquired rich experience in Reverse Osmosis Plants, Waste Water Treatment plants, Single Stage & Multi Stage Pumping Applications and Irrigation Networks Controls & instrumentation, Control Design, Project Management and commissioning, having executed projects like Al Wasia RO, Al Hassa Irrigation Network, Purandar Lift Irrigation, Omkareshwar Lift Irrigation and many more.

    Balamurali Krishna has has a Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (1997-2001) from Madras University. He has also achieved certifications in:
    - Wonderware ArchestrA system platform 3.1 (Certified)
    - Wonderware Intouch 9.5,10 (Certified)
    - Wonderware Active Factory 9.2 (Certified)

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    Gokul Kumar is the Cybersecurity Services Manager at Schneider Electric, responsible for Asia Pacific Region. He has over 20 years experience in Cyber Security, and is exposed to wide range of industries ( Telecom, FSI, BPO/ITES, Manufacturing, Power, MMM, Oil & Gas, Insurance etc..)

    Prior to this role, Gokul Kumar spent 5+ years in CSC Technology Pte Ltd Singapore as Cybersecurity Manager covering APAC.

    Gokul holds various Professional Cybersecurity Certifications, including
    - C|CISO - Certified Chief Information Security Officer
    - CISM - Certified Information Security Manager
    - CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
    - ISO27001 Certified Lead Auditor
    - CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker

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    David Gaertner is VP of Global Petrochemical Business, Process Automation with 35 years process automation experience and has been with Schneider Electric for 19 years.  

    Through his career he designed control and safety systems for numerous plants including ethylene, polyethylene and LNG plants including refineries. His specialties include compressor controls, safety systems, alarm management and control system modernization. His current focus is leading clients to Operational Excellence in the petrochemical market. 

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    Bhavesh Mehta leads the Business Development of PES (Process Expert System) for Asia Pacific and China.

    Bhavesh has over 20 years of professional experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development of Process Control & Automation Systems including DCS, PLC and Safety systems. He is associated with Schneider since 2013 and is instrumental in the success of PES in Asia Pacific region

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    Rahul is responsible for business development and strategic marketing for the Power Industry Asia Pacific, with special focus on South Asian developing economies like India and Indonesia. He is leading the regional team to develop new solutions and enter the new renewable market segments, keeping pace with the current market trends.

    Rahul graduated from India in 1994, and have worked in different organizations, ranging from engineering, project management, site commissioning and sales and marketing for Power Projects in the Asia Pacific region. He has 22 years of experience in the Utilities Industries across Asia Pacific with special exposure to China, South Korea and Indian power markets. He spent two years in China from 2006 to 2008, based out of Nanjing working solely with large China Power Automation industry, gaining tremendous exposure and experience with the industry

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    Vembu is a Electronics and Instrumentation Engineer. and Certified as “Systems Architect” by French National Repertory for Professional Certification(RNCP)

    He Started from his Career as Application Engineer at FLSmidth implementing Process Automation and Process Optimization using Advanced Process Control (APC).

    In 2009, Vembu Joined Schneider Electric in R&D division as Architect for Process Automation Libraries for MMM Segment. He has Built a miniature Cement manufacturing prototype.

    In Last 5 Years, He has held roles as Product Manager of Process Automation Libraries for MMM Segment, Offer Manager for Cement Segment Solutions .

    Today, with 10+ Years of experience in Cement Segment , He plays role of a Solution Architect and supports Cement Projects across the globe on topics like Process Automation, Process optimization and Energy Management.

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    Aziz joined Schneider Electric in 2006 and was part of the PEC organization for Oil & Gas project execution. In 2008 he join the Power BU as their Solution Platform Team Leader.

    In 2013 he took up the iPMCC position, leading the synergies between Partner low voltage & Invensys systems. In 2011, he moved to the Process System Offer Management group.

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    Manish Tapase is the Country Leader for Foxboro Eckardt Field Devices and has worked in various positions in industrial automation for more than 15 years. He is closely associated with Foxboro Eckardt Field Instruments for the last 5+years.

    Manish is a reputable professional with high many achievements in the area of field instrumentation sales leadership, product marketing, business development, channel management and key account management etc.

    Manish has experience in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Specialty Chemical, Cement, Pharma, Pulp & Paper verticals particularly for SMART Field instrumentation.

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    Prabhat Kumar Saxena is a Electrical Engineer with a B.E.(Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani, a M.Tech. in Power Electronics from IIT Kanpur and an MBA in Marketing from FMS Delhi University

    During his career spanning 39 years, he has been in several assignments
    - R&D Engineer in Jyoti Electrical at Vodadara from 1977-78
    - Project Manager at Debikay Electronics Kolkata from 1978-88
    - Manager Projects at Allen Bradley India Ltd. Sahibabad from 1988-98
    - Industry Business Manager at Rockwell Automation India Pvt. Ltd. Sahibabad from 1998-2003
    - Country Manager, India at ProSoft Technology from 2004-till date

    Prabhat leads the Industrial Communication business for ProSoft Technology in Southwest Asia, covering all industry segments.

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    Thad Frost has more than 24 years of experience with The Foxboro Co./Invensys Systems Inc.,/Schneider-Electric. Currently Thad is the Technology Manager, for Control and I/O products across Process Automation. He has a wide variety of experiences including product development, product marketing, project management, engineering management, and field application engineering. Thad joined The Foxboro Company in 1992.

    Thad received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maine, 1992 and a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management in 2003. Thad is also a certified TUV functional safety engineer (10256).

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    Subhash Ray is a Regional Services Business Leader in Process Automation under the Industry Business Unit of Schneider Electric. He holds a Bachelor Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, and is a recognized Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified professional.

    Subhash has been with Schneider Electric for more than 6 years and is responsible for the Asia Pacific Services business, responsible for conceptualizing the consulting selling framework for Modernization, Competitive Migration, and Turbo Machinery Control in brownfield & retrofit markets for Oil & Gas, Power and Chemicals. He is also driving and constructing the community of practices for Safety Services, Cybersecurity, Operator Performance and Digital Services under the Regional Growth initiative. Subhash’s customer centric approach has resulted in pivoting sales relationships to robust partnerships, creating value and synergy for both parties.

    Subhash has over 27+ years experience in the Process Automation Industry with hands on expertise in Lifecycle Management. Subhash has worked in many locations around the world, including the Americas, India and SE Asia. He has worked for various establishments in the Process Automation Industry, including
    - Schneider Electric, Singapore, from 2010 – Present
    - Honeywell Process Solution, India, Canada, Malaysia from1990 – 2010
    - ABB (Taylor India ), India, from 1989 – 1990