Dr. A. S. Ramasastri is the Director of IDRBT. Prior to joining IDRBT, Dr. Ramasastri was the Chief General Manager-in-charge of Department of Information Technology at Reserve Bank of India. At RBI, he spearheaded many important projects including the implementation of the Next Generation RTGS, adoption of international standards like XBRL and ISO 20022, conceptualizing and guiding of banks on Automated Data and preparation of IT Vision of RBI for 2011-17.
Dr. A. S. Ramasastri
M. S. Raghavan
M. S. Raghavan is a well-known banking industry leader, who retired as Chairman and Managing Director of IDBI Bank. Prior to that he was an Executive Director with Bank of India and was, earlier, General Manager, Information Technology, at Indian Overseas Bank (IOB). In a career spanning 36 years with IOB, Raghavan held important positions in the areas of Credit, Operations and Information Technology. Raghavan's professional expertise encompasses the areas of Human Resources Management, Risk Management, Corporate Credit, Information Technology and Compliance. In fact, it was during his long and distinguished stint as General Manager, IT in Indian Overseas Bank, the Bank implemented Core Banking Solution across all its Branches. Raghavan is a science graduate and a Post-Graduate Management Diploma holder.
M. S. Raghavan
S. Ganesh Kumar
S. Ganesh Kumar is currently serving as Chief General Manager, Department of Information Technology, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai. Ganesh Kumar a post graduate in Management having experience in varied fields such as marketing, market research, banking, finance, and Information Technology. He has been with the Reserve Bank of India for more than two decades. With the advent of technology in banking, he has been focusing on computerised operations of the various functions of the Central Bank. Ganesh Kumar was associated with the introduction of technology in the Banking sector - from the introduction of the MICR based cheque processing more than two decades ago, as well as the introduction of new payment and settlement systems for the benefit of the customer at large - all based on technology. The areas include the introduction of computerised and network based banking functions, pioneering work in the introduction of electronic movement of funds and the introduction of Real Time Gross Settlement in India, introduction of cheque truncation and other electronic data interchange initiatives for the Banking sector. He has played a key role in framing the policy for IT implementation in the Reserve Bank and the Banking sector, apart from providing policy perspectives relating to IS Security, Audit and compliance. He has also been associated with the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology - the IT institute for the Banking sector, facilitating in training and new service offerings stemming out of Research activities of the Institute. He is currently looking after holistic IT implementation in the RBI, including the implementation of the Core Banking System for the country’s central bank as a seamless system and to integrate with the financial inclusion initiatives of the Government as well.
S. Ganesh Kumar
Cdr. L. R. Prakash
Cdr. L. R. Prakash has been in Indian Navy since 1991. He has been in leadership roles in maintenance, production floors and service delivery for over 15 years. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1991 as an Electrical Engineer. His areas of work have included maintenance of weapon systems, shipboard machinery and in the Naval Dockyard. He was selected as an instructor at the Electrical Training of the Navy. He has been certified in Project Management, Networking and Information Security. For the past decade, he has been involved with IT infrastructure setup and operations, enterprise software frameworks, and Identity Management and Access Control in the Armed Forces. He has extensive experience with steering large scale technical projects. He also has been associated with projects in signal processing, instrumentation and electronic design in the Navy. He has a wide range of IT-based qualifications in networking and security. He also has steered the project SCOSTA based ID Card system for the Armed Forces with CDAC NOIDA. He has represented the Navy in national-level committees involved with cyber security. He has undergone training in Project Management, Quality Assurance and ISO 9001 as well as ISO 27001.
He has done M.Tech in Microwave Signals & Systems from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Naval College of Engineering, Lonavla.
Cdr. L. R. Prakash
Pamela Kumar has been working as the Founding Chair and Vice President of CLOUD COMPUTING INNOVATION COUNCIL of India, a not for profit society, since October 2012.
CCICI is an open forum bringing together technology experts across industry, academia and government to collaborate and innovate around Cloud Computing Technologies, with the twin objectives of:
enabling rapid deployment of cloud computing in India
as well as accelerating the emergence of the Indian ecosystem as a global leader
CCICI is currently involved in consultations on Digital Locker, Cloud Strategy and IoT for SMART CITIES with DeitY.
Pamela Kumar also holds the positions of:
Governing Board member for IFTAS (Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services)
Governing Board member PEC University of Technology
Bharti Chair for IT Research & Member Research Council, UIET, Panjab University
Start-ups Mentor – Stride.AI, System on Silicon
Pamela Kumar did a short stint at HP Enterprise Group R&D Lab in 2014/15 as Senior Director of the Advanced Systems Engineering Lab involved in development of next generation data center infrastructure.
From 2007 to 2013, Pamela Kumar held various executive positions in the IBM India Systems and Technology (STG) Lab. As Director of the Technology & Semiconductor Lab and later the Storage and Networking lab, she helped establish globally integrated labs working on cutting edge technology and product development in the areas of nanotechnology, processor & ASIC technologies as well as mid-range & high-end scale-out NAS storage and FCoE networking solutions.
From 1999 – 2007, she held various positions at Texas Instruments (TI) India. As Director of Cellular Systems SW, she was a key leader in creation of a $2.5 B business around single chip cell phone solution for emerging markets. As General Manager Broadband, she led the PacketCable (voice over cable) solution development to create a $100 Million business. She holds 4 patents and 3 publications at USPTO associated with Networking Accelerators.
Pamela Kumar was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011/12. She also held the position of Chair for IEEE Computer Society and in the executive committee of IEEE Bangalore Section. She is currently driving Industry Relations for IEEE Region10, co-chair for IEEE ANTS Conference and is a member of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Award Review Board.
Pamela Kumar brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry. She spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Pamela Kumar completed her Bachelor of Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in Electronics & Electrical Communication and her Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, USA. She has also completed her Executive Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.
Deepak Kumar is an accomplished technology leader and practitioner in banking space. He has been working with Reserve Bank of India since 1990; and is currently serving as Chief General Manager, Department of Information Technology, Reserve Bank of India. Earlier, he has worked in various areas of RBI including currency distribution, HR, payment system, commercial bank supervision, foreign exchange regulation and supervision, information technology, etc. Mr. Kumar has done Post Graduation in Economics, and Ph. D on the subject of ‘Impact of Computerisation on Banking Industry during the Nineties’. He has also done PG Diploma in International Marketing from Delhi School of Economics. He takes keen interest in technology and has kept himself abreast with latest technology trends such as Big Data, Hadoop and Business Analytics.
Nandakumar R. Palani
Nandakumar R. Palani has over 25 years of widespread experience in Technology, across Banking, Telecom, Logistics and other industries. Prior to taking over the reins at IFTAS, Nandakumar held senior technology leadership positions at HDFC Bank, Cognizant, HSBC and CSC. He has successfully completed numerous technology initiatives and implementations for clients Maersk, AT&T, Eli Lilly and Southern California Edison.
Nandakumar is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.