It’s time to unveil our winners for the first edition of the InfyMaker Awards India. Watch the winning videos here
We invited people to ‘create’ the change they want to see. After receiving a tremendous response, our judges shortlisted 20 winners. Each of the winners will be awarded INR 5 lakhs for their innovations!
As the Chief Operating Officer, Pravin Rao is responsible for driving growth and differentiation across portfolios at Infosys. Additionally, he oversees global delivery, quality and productivity, the supply chain and business enabler functions. He is also the Chairperson of Infosys BPO.
Pravin has over 28 years of experience. Since joining Infosys in 1986, he has held a number of senior leadership roles such as Head of Infrastructure Management Services, Delivery Head for Europe, and Head of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Logistics and Life Sciences. Pravin holds a degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading biopharmaceuticals enterprise. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she is recognized as a global thought leader for Biotechnology. She has recently been featured in US-based Scientific American magazine’s ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries and ranked No. 2 on 'The Medicine Maker Power List' 2015, an index of the 100 most influential people across the globe in the field of medicine. She is also the recipient of India’s coveted national awards Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Ms. Bijapurkar is a recognised thought leader on market strategy and India’s consumer economy, and is a keen commentator on social and cultural trends in fast-changing India. She has an independent management consulting practice and works with a range of global and domestic organisations, across sectors, helping them bring market and customer focus to business strategy.
She has served as an independent director on the boards of several of India's blue chip companies. These include Axis Bank, Crisil, Infosys, Bharat Petroleum, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited, Janalakshmi Financial Services, National Payments Corporation of India etc. She is also chairperson and co-founder of People Research on India's Consumer Economy a newly set up not- for - profit think tank and fact tank, dedicated to providing ‘household and people-level’ data and insights for business strategy and public policy.
She is a member of the governing council of the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India, the Insurance Information Board, and is a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India. She has been a regular visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), her alma mater, and has till recently served on its board of governors. She is a senior fellow of the Fletcher School Centre for Emerging Markets, Tufts University and of the MasterCard Institute for Inclusive Growth.
T.V. Mohandas Pai
Mohan is the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited. He has co-founded AARIN Capital with the intention of funding operational support in Technology, Ecommerce, Health Care and Life Science. In addition Aarin has helped start 10 VC funds in various asset classes over the last 3 years. He is based out of Bangalore, India.
Mohan actively interfaces with key leadership at Indian regulators to improve the business ecosystem. His areas of focus are Education, Information Technology (“IT”) and Human Resource Development aimed at improving the quality of education and availability of skilled human capital in the Country.
He was a Member of the Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”). Mohan was a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) Foundation, the body that oversees the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”), for nearly six years now. Mohan was a Member of the Dr. Anil Kakodkar Committee on Autonomy for the IITs and the Karnataka Knowledge Commission. He was a Member on the Boards of IIT – Bhubaneswar and IIT, Hyderabad. Mohan was a Member of the Kelkar Committee, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to reform direct tax regulations. He was also a Member of the Non-Resident Taxation Committee, the High Powered Committee on e-Commerce and Taxation, and the Empowered Committee for setting up the Country’s Tax Information Network.
Until mid-2011, Mohan was a Member of the Board at Infosys Limited, Bangalore. Mohan joined Infosys in 1994 and was elevated to a Member of the Board in 2000. He was Infosys’s CFO from 1994 to 2006. In 2006, he voluntarily relinquished the role to lead Human Resources and Education & Research. In June 2011, Mohan stepped out of Infosys to pursue his other long-standing passion - higher education for human development. At Infosys, Mohan led the first listing of an India-registered company on the NASDAQ and the first sponsored secondary offering of American Depositary Shares by an Indian company. Mohan was an early adopter of US Sarbanes Oxley regulations, considered the world’s most demanding requirements on corporate governance. Infosys was among the first corporations outside of the United States of America to comply with this regulation.
Mohan has a keen interest in human development through education such as illiteracy eradication through the promotion of primary education. In 2000, he along with certain other philanthropists set up the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore - a mid-day meal program for school going children. Today, the mid-day meal program feeds over 1.5 million children each day in 11,000 government schools across 10 Indian states. This program aims to feed 5 million children each day by 2020. Mohan continues to make substantial personal contributions to the program. This initiative has become the largest mid-day meal program in the world.
Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore, and a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Bangalore University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Solutions to Real World Problems
Innovative Uses of Technology
Originality of Ideas
Quality of Presentations
The Infy Maker Awards, in India, is inspired by one of the largest Maker Awards programs, announced by Infosys Foundation USA, to support Makers in the United States. The Infy Maker Awards are testimony to Infosys’ commitment to encourage the concept of ‘Making’ in India, acknowledging those individuals who have interesting or innovative solutions for real-world issues with a knack towards leveraging technology to make things easier.