Round Table


INFOCOM CIO Connect 2019 – Raichak is the 5th Annual CIO Retreat Programme that will be held between June 21-23, 2019 at The Ffort Raichak on the Ganges.

INFOCOM CIO CONNECT program is an exclusive initiative to bring together select CIOs/CISOs of India with an objective to provide a platform that would help build a close networking forum between the CIOs/CISOs/Power IT decision makers wherein they can share industry best practices, real time experiences and engage in interactions between this close community.

50 CIOs from across various locations in India will be specially invited to attend this programme.


Raichak is more than just a location. Part of a 100-acre integrated lifestyle development on the bank of the Ganges, Raichak is the ideal luxury getaway to commune with the sun-kissed greens, cool breeze, sound of the Ganges and yourself. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Ganges, Raichak on Ganges, a 100 acre integrated lifestyle destination comprises Ganga Kutir – a boutique resort, Anaya – spa by L’occitane, The Ffort Raichak – resort hotel, Country homes, Club Rio, Specialty restaurants, Footloose – sports bar & lounge and several activity zones. It gives you the perfect opportunity to be part of a unique anthology which creates a world in itself, and makes it a perfect luxury destination.


"Winning in this VUCA World" is based on the emerging need of leading and managing well in this VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiquity) world and possessing a clear personal and organizational vision which will enable us to avoid the distraction of the urgent and make the organization more Vibrant, Unreal, Crazy and Astounding.


Day 1: Friday, June 21, 2019

17:30 hrs Arrival of CIOs from various locations at Kolkata Airport
18:00 hrs Transfer of CIOs from Kolkata Airport to Ffort Raichak
21:00 hrs Check in and Meet & Greet Dinner

Day 2: Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ ROYAL PAVILION

08:00 hrs – 09:00 hrs Breakfast at REFLECTION
09:00 hrs – 09:30 hrs Registration
09:30 hrs – 09:45 hrs Welcome Remarks and Setting the Context
by K K Mahapatra, Organising Secretary and Head – INFOCOM ABP Pvt. Ltd.
A109:45 hrs – 10:05 hrs

Opening Keynote: Winning in this VUCA World

Keynote Speaker: Ambarish Dasgupta, Senior Partner and Founder, Intueri Consulting LLP

A210:05 hrs – 10:35 hrs

Keeping Companies Competitive with Technology Innovation

Keynote Speaker: Andy Karandikar, Senior Director, Cloud Pre-Sales, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan

A310:35 hrs – 10:55 hrs

Digital Driven Innovation and IT

Keynote Speaker: Atul Jayawant, Group Executive President – Group IT and Group CIO, Aditya Birla Group

A410:55 hrs – 11:25 hrs

Enterprise Engagement to Enable Digital Business

Keynote Speaker: Seema Ambastha, Senior Executive Vice President – India & Global Sales and Solutions, NTT Com – Netmagic

A511:25 hrs – 11:45 hrs

Enabling Digital Business

Keynote Speaker: Anil Rao, CEO, vCentric Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

A611:45 hrs – 12:55 hrs

Panel: IT Service Management in 2025

Chairperson & Moderator: Avinash Velhal, Group CIO, India, Middle East and APAC and VP - IT & Process, Atos India

Seema Ambastha, Senior Executive Vice President – India & Global Sales and Solutions, NTT Com – Netmagic
Sumit Dutta Gupta, Group CIO & Head – Information Systems, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd & MCPI
Ajay Bakshi, SVP - Business Transformation & CDO, Aegis Customer Support Pvt. Ltd.
Virendra Kumar Bansal, Executive Vice President & Group CIO, SAR Group

12:55 hrs – 14:00 hrs

Networking Lunch

A7 14:00 hrs – 14:20 hrs


Hosted by: Prasenjit Roy, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, NTT Com – Netmagic

A8 14:20 hrs – 14:40 hrs

Fireside Chat: Accelerating Innovation through the Cloud

Hosted by: Aniket Chandavarkar, Business Development Manager, VMware Cloud Providers, India

In Conversation with: Samrat Banerjee, Vice President & Divisional CIO, ITC Ltd.

A9 14:40 hrs – 15:40 hrs

Panel: The Future of Work

Chairperson & Moderator: Sanjay Pai, Regional Director, Avaya India

Sanjay Prasad, CIO, RP-SG CESC Power Group
V Ranganathan Iyer, Group CIO and EVP – IT, JBM Group
Ashish Kalay, Group CIO, SREI & Kanoria Foundation Group Companies
Piyush Kumar Chowhan, VP & CIO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands
Dinesh Talniya, CIO, APL Apollo Tubes Ltd.
Adarsh Kaul, Head of Marketing, Avaya India & SAARC

15:40 hrs – 15:50 hrs

Tea & Coffee

A10 15:50 hrs – 17:30 hrs

‘ACCELERATE’- Achieving Excellence Together

Hosted by: Harrish Sai Raman, Performance and Life Coach

17:45 hrs – 19:00 hrs

River Cruise

19:30 hrs onwards

Evening Breakthrough Experience with Harrish Sai Raman
Followed by Cocktails & Dinner


Day 3: Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ ROYAL PAVILION

08:00 hrs - 09:00 hrs

Breakfast at REFLECTIONS and Checkout

A11 09:15 hrs – 09:45 hrs

Fireside Chat: The Next Big Wave

Hosted by: Seema Ambastha, Senior Executive Vice President – India & Global Sales and Solutions, NTT Com – Netmagic

In Conversation with: Bhushan Akerkar, Ex-CIO, Hindalco Industries Ltd.

09:45 hrs – 09:50 hrs

Group Photo

A12 09:50 hrs – 10:10 hrs

CIO Digital Transformational Story

Keynote Speaker: Mehmood Vaid, Head – Exchange Technology, 63 Moons Technologies

A13 10:10 hrs – 10:55 hrs

Panel: Building a Cyber Resilient Enterprise

Chairperson & Moderator: Samrat Banerjee, Vice President & Divisional CIO, ITC Ltd.

Sebastian Joseph Parayil, Assistant Executive Director (Information Management), Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd.
Nitin Gaur, Director - Information Security & Compliance, Omega Healthcare Management Services
Bala Ramanan, Senior Director – Risk & Compliance, Microland
Joydeep Dutta, Executive Director & Group CTO, CDSL
Abhishek Gupta, CIO, Dish TV India

A14 10:55 hrs – 11:40 hrs

Panel: Extreme Customer Centricity

Chairperson & Moderator: Anil Rao, CEO, vCentric Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Bala V Meshram, General Manager - IT, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
Rajeev Gupta, Group CIO, AirOne Aviation Pvt. Ltd.
Ashok Cherian, CIO, Page Industries (Jockey & Speedo Brands)

11:40 hrs – 11:45 hrs

Closing Remarks
by K K Mahapatra, Organising Secretary and Head – INFOCOM ABP Pvt. Ltd.

12:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs


13:00 hrs

Departure from Raichak to Calcutta

18:00 hrs onwards

Flights from Calcutta to various locations


Star Speakers