Problem solving at internet scale

It is critical to build a strong engineering capability that can mine big data in real-time, operationalize the solution and implement it at scale. This session will focus on how to build and deliver the essential capabilities (both technical and otherwise) to enable AI and scale algorithms to power decisioning in the enterprise.

Srikanth Velamakanni

Srikanth Velamakanni is the Co-founder, Group Chief Executive, and Executive Vice Chairman of Fractal, one of the leading players in artificial intelligence and digital transformation. Fractal’s mission is to power every human decision in the enterprise and to use the power of AI to help the world’s most admired Fortune 100 companies. Since Srikanth co-founded Fractal in 2000, the company has raised more than $300 million USD from private equity investors and has empowered more than 100 Fortune 500 companies with its AI, data, and analytics-driven business strategies. Under his leadership, Fractal has developed several product lines within the company, including Cuddle.ai, Eugenie.ai, and Qure.ai. Srikanth serves on the board of Qure.ai – which has recently received 16MM USD in funding less than three years after incubation.

Srikanth is also a Co-founder and Trustee of Plaksha University, which focuses on core engineering, AIML, and mathematics, and promotes interdisciplinary learning by bringing together science and liberal arts. In addition, Srikanth is a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council, where he serves as a subject matter expert on data and AI. Prior to co-founding Fractal, he was an investment banker, working on structured debt and CDOs.

Srikanth’s passion for AI and analytics has made him a thought leader in the space and an admired public speaker. He considers himself a lifelong student of mathematics, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and consumer behavior. In his free time, Srikanth reads an average of 40 non-fiction books a year on these subjects, as well as memoirs, biographies, and books on leadership. He also actively follows US politics and American late-night talk shows, such as Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Hassan Minhaj, and Jimmy Kimmel.

Srikanth completed his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and holds an MBA in Management, Finance and Marketing degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Pranay Agrawal

Pranay has led Fractal in powering every human decision in the enterprise through data and analytics. Pranay has led Fractal to be one of the most respected analytics companies in the world. Fractal is working with over 50 Fortune 500 companies helping them drive better business outcomes by embedding analytics in their decisions and processes.

Fractal is well recognized for its client-centricity with a Net Promoter Score of over 70%. Forbes recently ranked Fractal as the 7th best-funded analytics company in the world, the Great Place to Work Institute rated them as the “Best Company to work” for in the analytics industry, Fractal was also called out as a “Cool vendor in analytics” by Gartner, Forrester rated them as a “Top provider for Text analytics” for their product dCrypt.

He has an MBA from the India Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Bachelors in Accounting from Bangalore University, and a Certified Financial Risk Manager from GARP.

Rohini Singh

Rohini is the Chief People Officer at Fractal with over 16 years of multi-functional experience. She has worked across a range of industries such as Consulting Services, Aviation, Manufacturing & Retail. Key skills include leading cultural transformation, change management, talent acquisition, and talent management.

Rohini joined Fractal to set up the Global Talent Acquisition Capability and lead Special Initiatives. She also incubated the Wellbeing function at Fractal and gave shape to the firm’s charter on diversity and inclusion.

Rohini has previously worked at Jet Airways, Essar Group, and Amrop International. She has a keen interest in using AIML and analytics to drive people decisions that impact employees through their career journey within the organization. Rohini has a bachelor’s and Master’s in Psychology (Organizational Behavior) from Delhi University.

Satish Raman

Satish serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Fractal, where he drives group-wide formulation, development and execution of Fractal’s corporate strategy, including leading the company’s efforts in corporate development and long term capital planning, origination, execution and deployment.

With over 20 years of experience, Satish has deep expertise in strategy, corporate development, corporate financings and investing. Over the course of his career, he has worked at start-ups, an investment bank, a Big 4 firm and in Fortune 500 environments to create, build, and drive strategies for revenue growth, global expansion, enhanced shareholder value, and market leadership. He also has tremendous multi-cultural experience, having worked across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Since joining Fractal in mid 2017, he has led the $200 million investment from Apax Partners, the acquisitions of 4i and Final Mile, as well as a minority investment in a HealthTech startup. He joins Fractal from Sutherland Global where he was the Global Head of Corporate Development, leading and executing over 20 transactions. Prior to Sutherland, Satish was an investment banker at Spark Capital. He commenced his career with KPMG in their Capital Markets & Transactions group.

Based in New York City, he has a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from The University of Madras.

Rajeswari Aradhyula

Raj leads M&A integration. Her passion is people, culture, and building an inclusive workplace. In her career span of over two decades, Raj’s focus has been on building engaged teams and driving a culture of data-driven decision-making.

Raj has a Master’s in Mathematics, and in her most recent role, she was the Chief People Officer at Fractal. Previously, she has also played consulting leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies in the hospitality, insurance, and CPG industries.

Ashwath Bhat

Ashwath is a member of the executive leadership team and CFO at Fractal, driving growth with efficient capital allocation. He comes with over twenty-one years of corporate finance experience, FP&A, commercial finance, controllership, finance operations, treasury, supply chain management, pricing, M&A, and tax.

Ashwath is a finance leader with global and multi-market experience with a demonstrated history of business partnership to accelerate growth and improve business performance. Before Fractal, he worked with GE, IBM, and Nielsen.

Ashwath completed his Finance Management Program from GE and is a Chartered Accountant from India (ICAI).

Ajoy Singh

Ajoy leads engagement delivery and heads capabilities development for Customer & Loyalty Analytics, Integrated Marketing Effectiveness, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data & Visualization.

Prior to Fractal, Ajoy was the Country Credit Risk Head for the consumer portfolio of Barclays India. He was in Leadership role in Consumer Credit Risk Management in Standard Chartered (Prime Financial), CitiFinancial and GE Money. He is experienced in Credit Risk Policy & Portfolio Management, Collections Strategy, Underwriting & Fraud Control.

Ajoy received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Calcutta and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

The giving tree
Foundation of excellence

As an entrepreneur in the 80s, I chose to start my own business because of the sheer determination to follow my passion for baking. At a time when it was virtually unheard of for women to start their own venture, I decided it was now or never and took a leap of faith in myself.
 
My advice for budding entrepreneurs would be to face your fears, believe in yourself because although the challenges may seem large and many, you will find innovative ways to overcome all obstacles.
 
My experience with Fractal has been positively wonderful. I am so grateful to be able to partner with such a supportive and inclusive company and work with a highly focused team.

For the last few years we have been producing thousands of notebooks made out of paper collected from schools and offices of Auroville. On the cover there is a design describing step by step the process of how the notebook was made. So the children of Auroville and our clients are aware how we re-used this paper in a sustainable way. Keeping this in mind, we conduct 2-day paper making workshops during which participants learn the art of paper making and how to re-use their waste.
 
Auroville Paper is a place that gives its employees a clean environment, promotes their economic and social progress, and encourages their sense of responsibility and creative capacities. 73% of these employees are women coming from the surrounding villages.
 
We feel honored to be associated with Fractal CSR, an enterprise with an understanding of today’s world and who gives back to the community its innovative tools, for a world that is constantly changing.

Arpan Dasgupta

Arpan is the chief practice officer for Financial Services, Telecom and Digital.

He comes with 17 years of experience spanning consulting and business management roles, enabling large organizations to improve business performance through a concerted application of AI, digital technologies, data, and operating model transformations.

Arpan specializes in re-imagining front-office functions – customer experience, sales, marketing, digital and care. He focuses on the development of new AI products and scalable solutions. He has previously worked with Booz & Co and American Express.

He has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He comes with a keen interest in driving organizations closer towards cognitive technologies in day-to-day operations and unlocking large capacity for growth using the power of AI, Engineering, and Design.

Amitabh Bose (Ambo)

Ambo has helped drive Fractal’s growth and stature to become the No.1 global provider of analytics solutions to the CPG and Retail Industry. Additional charge of incubating the Hospitality practice.

Seasoned analytics professional and business leader; 20+ years split equally in the CPG industry with P&G and PepsiCo and in the analytics industry. Incubated analytics start-ups as well as led global analytics practices for publicly listed technology and operations companies building business globally – the Americas, Europe, Pacific Asia and Japan.

He has an MBA in Marketing, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics & Computer Architecture, NIT, Allahabad.

Sankar Narayanan (SN)

Sankar is a member of the executive leadership team at Fractal and global practice leader for Banking, Insurance, Healthcare & Technology.

He has 18 years of multi-market experience supporting more than 100+ organizations achieve measurable top line/bottom line impact through AI, Data Engineering & Design. Keen interest & expertise in customer analytics, marketing & sales effectiveness, cost optimization, and functional transformation through advanced analytics. Previously with IBM, SunGard and Sallie Mae Corp. in business analysis & product development.

He has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Bachelor of Engineering, Control Systems from Madras University, and Big Data Opportunities, Challenges & Applications certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Biju Dominic

Biju is the Chief Evangelist of Fractal and Chairman of FinalMile Consulting.

At Fractal, he is playing the new game that is emerging at the intersection of human and machine intelligence. He is driven by the belief that the more we understand the inscrutable algorithm in our brains, the better will be the technology we develop for our machines.

In the first 18 years of his career, while working with various advertising agencies, he had a traditional approach to dealing with human behavior. His dissatisfaction with this traditional paradigm led him to co-found FinalMile Consulting in 2007. Combining learning from Neuroscience, Behavioral Economics, and Design pioneered the practice of Behavior Architecture.

He is a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, and an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources Development from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar.

Anurag Vaish

Anurag leads the intersection of AI, engineering, behavioral sciences and design at Fractal. He co-founded FinalMile Consulting, the world’s first Behavioral Sciences based design and strategy firm. He comes with an extensive experience in driving behavior change in complex contexts like digital learning, safety, HIV, financial decisions and health choices across US, Africa, Europe and India. He has developed the proprietary Design process – Behavior Architecture – that takes into account the predominantly nonconscious nature of human decision making.

Anurag has a keen interest in the intersection of AI, Engineering, Behavioral Sciences and Design to solve the most complex decision problems at scale. He has previously worked at DeBeers, Wipro, Bharti Telecom and IMRB. He has done his Masters in Business Economics from Delhi University and completed his study on Continuous Learning: Model Thinking, Gamification and Cognitive Sciences.

Ram Prasad

Ram is a member of the executive leadership team at Fractal and leads FinalMile Consulting to do pioneering work in the development sector. He has co-founded FinalMile and has built a world-class team of behavioral scientists and designers.

He has built the development sector practice at FinalMile and led multiple successful endeavors in global health and development across continents, involving health areas like HIV, Reproductive and Maternal Health, Financial Inclusion, Road Safety, Nutrition.

Ram has several published papers in academic journals and is a regular speaker at conferences. He has worked previously with Unilever and Wipro. He has done a Masters in Finance and Marketing from The Chartered Financial Analysts of India and a Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore University. His interests lie in integrating AI, Data Science, Behavioral Science, and Design to address complex health and social challenges.

Param

Param leads the design capability for Fractal across all its services and product businesses.

Before Fractal, he has worked for IDEO, Dr. Reddy’s, Kantar, GE Healthcare, and Sapient Corporation. He comes with over 22 years of experience with roles that span across design-led innovation, design thinking, design ethnography, and interaction design.

Param specializes in helping organizations use design thinking to drive innovation, customer-centricity, and delight. It further includes – identifying people’s unmet & un-articulated needs and creating new products & services. He also focuses on re-imagining the future of organizations, designing delightful product & service experiences for customers, exploring disruptive business models that might threaten one’s industry, and re-designing employee performance management systems & culture.

Param completed his Senior Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from Loyola College, Chennai.

Anurag Vaish

Role
Leading the intersection of AI, Engineering, Behavioral Sciences and Design

Experience

  • Co-founded Finalmile Consulting, the world’s first Behavioral Sciences based design and strategy firm
  • Extensive experience in driving behavior change in complex contexts like Digital Learning, Safety, HIV, Financial Decisions and Health Choices across US, Africa, Europe and India.
  • Developed the proprietary Design process – Behavior Architecture – that takes into account the predominantly nonconscious nature of human decision making.
  • Previously worked at DeBeers, Wipro, Bharti Telecom and IMRB

Education

  • Masters in Business Economics; Delhi University
  • Continuous Learning: Model Thinking, Gamification and Cognitive Sciences

Analytics Interests
Intersection of AI, Engineering, Behavioral Sciences and Design to solve the most complex decision problems at scale.