The December 2005 Technology Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators on the links between technology and its human users, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

  • S. Gopalakrishnan , Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Infosys Technologies Ltd

  • S. Gopalakrishnan (called Kris by his colleagues) is one of the founders of Infosys Technologies Limited, a highly respected software company operating in the global software market. He has played a leading role at Infosys in demonstrating the following novel concepts such as creation of wealth by leveraging sweat equity, creating a world-class software company and using innovation in technology for gaining competitive advantage

    Kris obtained M.Sc. (Physics) in 1977 and M. Tech. (Computer Science) in 1979, both from IIT, Madras. He started his career with Patni Computer Systems (PCS), Mumbai as a Software Engineer in 1979 and quickly rose to become an Assistant Project Manager by 1981. His seminal contribution during his stint at PCS was the development of a distributed process control system for controlling the LD converters at Rourkela Steel Plant.

    In 1981, Kris, along with N.R. Narayana Murthy and five others, founded Infosys Technologies Limited. The initial years of his responsibility at Infosys included management of design, development, implementation and support of information systems for clients in the consumer products industry in the US. During 1987-1994 he headed the technical operations of KSA/Infosys (a joint venture between Infosys and KSA at Atlanta, USA) as Vice President (Technical).

    In 1994, Kris returned to India and was appointed Deputy Managing Director of the company. Starting April 2002 he has been appointed as Chief Operating officer. His responsibilities include Customer Services, Technology, Investments and Acquisitions. Kris is also the Chairperson of Infosys Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys Technologies Limited. His professional interests are in the areas of operating systems, distributed computing and distributed software development.

    He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Information Technology Education Standards Board set up by Karnataka Government. He is also on the board of directors of National Internet Exchange of India. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.

  • Genevieve Bell, Senior Researcher, Intel Research

  • Genevieve Bell is the Director of Domestic Designs & Technology Research – a small interdisciplinary research team in Intel's Digital Home Platform. This team is focused on gaining a better understanding of daily life in homes all over the world, and using that knowledge to influence platform directions, product offerings, investment decisions and strategic planning. Bell's team is pioneering new forms of multi-sited ethnographic inquiry (with core competencies in design research and ethnographic film making), and experimenting with different kinds of data and knowledge representation.

    Prior to joining the Digital Home group, Genevieve spent seven years as a contributing member of Peoples and Practices Research – an interdisciplinary team of research social scientists and designers embedded within Intel's advanced research and development labs. In that role, Bell conducted ethnographic research in a variety of consumer spaces, including malls, retail districts, and museums, as well as within a range of different American households. Bell also conducted significant research beyond the US, including a five-country, strategically situated, ethnographic study of European domestic spaces for several Intel product groups, and a study of the emerging middle classes in China and India. She is particularly interested in issues of cultural difference as they are expressed around technology adoption and use.

    Bell recently completed a three year research project focused on gaining a better understanding of the ways in which cultural practices in urban Asia are shaping people's relationships to new information and communication technologies. As part of this project, she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in 7 Asian countries, encompassing 100 households in 17 different cities. Insights gained from this project resulted in the creation of technology offerings specifically tailored to China and India – a first for Intel, and have helped to bring the notion of 'culture' as a technology determinant into Intel's mainstream thinking.

    Prior to joining Intel in 1998, Bell taught anthropology and Native American Studies at Stanford University. Bell received her BA/MA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1991. She earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1998. She is working on a book based on her fieldwork in Asia.

  • B. Ramalinga Raju, Chairman, Satyam Technologies

  • Mr. Ramalinga Raju is the Founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (NYSE:SAY). Satyam Computer Services was incorporated in 1987. The Company went public in 1992 and has since grown to become one of India's pre-eminent IT companies with a truly global presence, servicing over 144 Fortune 500 and over 390 multinational corporations.

    Raju has been described by various media and other eminent people as a Visionary, a Global Business Leader, Technology and Management Thinker. Raju's vision for the company envisages an organization that is respected for its entrepreneurial spirit, global standards of quality and delivery, and the professionalism and commitment of over 23,000 people working in 45 countries across five continents.

    Raju has an MBA from Ohio University. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. Raju has won several awards and global accolades, which include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Services in 1999, Dataquest IT Man of the Year in 2000, and CNBC’s Asian Business Leader - Corporate Citizen of the year award in 2002. He is the recipient of the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences’ Professor Y Nayudamma Memorial Gold Medal in 1999 for his outstanding contribution in the field of computer technology.

    Raju has been playing a key role in shaping policy on information technology in India and abroad. He is presently the vice-chairman of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), Chairman of IT Committee in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and a member of the International Advisory Panel of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor. He speaks at several forums in India and abroad on behalf of the industry and the country.

    Raju shares a social vision and has set up several trusts to aid greater social equity and providing opportunities for the under-privileged. He has been instrumental in setting up Byrraju Foundation and Satyam Foundation. Byrraju Foundation aims to aid a process of rural transformation through enhancing the health, education and the living standard of the people. It impacts close to a million people. Satyam Foundation works in the area of urban transformation. Raju is the driving force behind the Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI). The EMRI is instituted to provide Emergency Response Services addressing about one million calls per day across India, in line with similar services (911) in the USA.

  • Rajiv Kaul, Microsoft USA

  • Mr. Rajiv Kaul is currently Senior Director - Emerging Markets, Microsoft USA. Previously, as Managing Director of Microsoft India, Rajiv oversaw Microsoft’s operations in the Indian sub-continent, while providing strategic direction to expand Microsoft’s products and services business within the region, as well as the company’s partnerships. In addition, Rajiv played a critical role in delivering Microsoft’s .NET vision for the Indian market.

    Prior to that, as Director, Marketing and E-Commerce, he was instrumental in spearheading the company’s marketing and partner initiatives, with an increased focus on the academic and developer communities. Prior to this, Rajiv was responsible for building Microsoft’s business in the West Region. Rajiv has helped expand and deepen Microsoft’s relationships with its channel and partners.

    Rajiv joined Microsoft in 1996, prior to which he worked with ITC Ltd. & Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

    Rajiv, 35, has a Masters degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Finance from XLRI and a Bachelors degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from Birla Institute of Technology.

  • Abdelaziz Abid, UNESCO Paris

  • Abdelaziz Abid graduated from the University of Tunis in 1970 with a Bachelor Degree from the Faculty of Humanities and the Teachers College (Ecole Normale Supérieure). In 1973 he graduated from the University of Montreal, Canada, with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science.

    He served as Secretary-General of the National Library of Tunisia with teaching assignments at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). Joined UNESCO in 1976 as a UNESCO expert and later as Chief Technical Adviser for the School of Information Science (ESI) project in Rabat, Morocco. This project was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He spent 9 years in Morocco as Professor and Head of Department (Directeur des études) within the same institution.

    Abdelaziz joined UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 1985 where he was in charge of library development projects and access to scientific information in developing countries. In 1988 he organized the international architectural competition for the Library of Alexandria, Egypt which was inaugurated officially only in 2002. He is now in charge of the "Memory of the World" Programme, which is a successful preservation and access initiative, as well as projects relating to libraries and access to information, digital heritage preservation, information literacy. He has traveled extensively all over the world, visiting about 70 countries. He co-ordinates joint IFLA/UNESCO library and information projects.

    He has contributed many book chapters, conference papers and journal articles in Arabic, English, French and Spanish on library development, information literacy, library education, access to scientific information, and preservation of, and access to, documentary and digital heritage. He has also edited a number of CD-ROMs as part of the "Memory of the World" Programme, especially within the framework of the Slave Trade Archives project.