Speaker’s Bios

A.K. Mittal

Shri A.K. Mittal is associated with TSDSI as Advisor with special focus on standardization in wireless and wireline systems and handles standards related activities of TSDSI in 3GPP and ITU-R.

He began his career in R&D at Indian Telephone Industries Ltd and later joined Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Government of India where he worked in a variety of domains like Satellite Communication, OFC, Microwave, Mobile Networks, Switching Systems, Network Management, Licensing, Regulation, Standards, Testing and Certification etc. He was Head, Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), the technology arm of DoT. He has also headed the National Telecom Institute of Policy Research, Innovation and Training, DoT. He has represented the Government of India in various bilateral and multilateral international meetings.

He did his graduation in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1976 from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He also holds a Diploma in Management. He has a career of over 47+ years in the field of Telecommunications.

Amit Manocha

Amit Manocha is an Industry Advisor with Carrier Technology (Private LTE/5G & LPWAN) expertise. He has 20+ years of experience in various domains like Medical Electronics, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Building Automation, Industrial Automation, Energy & Utility & Telecom. He is a pioneer in implementing digital transformation programs, connected solutions and services along with Data Science capability for business decision making. He has worked with multi-discipline vendors/start-ups (design houses, manufacturers, RF module providers, Certification labs, Application, Platform providers) and met people of CXO levels and translate their vision needs into tangible work packets and identify/define the business values. He is a committee member of DOT 6G Taskforce and shared his experience in the form of articles and white papers as well.

Anindya Saha

Anindya is VP at Tejas Networks, with approximately 26 Years of experience. He is an expert on Software Defined Radios, leading the Baseband and RF system design for 5G Products. In his earlier role as CTO at SaankhyaLabs, he led the design and development of the Baseband and RF subsystems for Saankhya’s products in wireless communication.

He has been instrumental in developing 5G Radio, Broadcast Radio, and SDR Platforms and holds several fundamental patents and publications in this domain.

He is currently the Chairman of the IEEE Communication Society, Bangalore Chapter, a Senior Member of IEEE, and participates in 3GPP, ORAN, and TSDSI standardization activities. He is an alumnus of IISc Bangalore and IIT BHU and previously worked for Texas Instruments and Broadcom.

Arzad Alam Kherani

Dr. Arzad Alam Kherani is currently the Chair of TSDSI SGSS Working Group 2: Applications and Service Layer Standards, AI/ML. He is the Associate Professor (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at IIT, Bhilai. He has worked on broad areas of Computer networks, Queueing systems, Wireless communications. He has also worked for industry for a decade and gained experience with product conceptualization, product design and development, industrial R&D and standardization. He did his Masters and PhD from IISc Bangalore.

Avinash Agarwal

Avinash Agarwal is an ITS Officer of the 1992 batch. He has 29 years of extensive experience in Telecommunications, Information Technology, and Broadcasting while serving in various positions in the Government of India.

Presently, he is posted as Deputy Director General (Convergence & Broadcasting) at Telecommunication Engineering Centre, India’s Standards Setting Organisation.

Previously, as Additional Director General (IT) at Prasar Bharati, he headed various digital transformation initiatives for the twin networks of Doordarshan and All India Radio and also successfully delivered their Global Digital Platform and NewsOnAir Mobile App. This involved live streaming of 230+ radio channels, live TV, text news in multiple languages, podcasts, etc.

He also served as State Head Haryana, BBNL for the roll-out of the BharatNet Project for providing Optical Fibre Cable connectivity to 6000+ Gram Panchayats in Haryana.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi obtained his B.Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1982 and 1985 respectively. After working at AT&T Bell Laboratories for a couple of years, he joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1986. He served as Director, IIT Madras during 2011-22.

Prof Bhaskar was instrumental in the setting up of India’s own Telecom SDO – TSDSI, about a decade ago. During his term as Chair, Prof. Bhaskar grew TSDSI from a “start-up” to a vibrant SDO making its mark on the global stage. He also mentored key technical contributions, especially to 5Gi, that came from IITs and CEWiT. 

His areas of specialisation are Communications and Signal Processing. His research work is in Wireless Networks, Modulation, Wireless Data, and Audio and Video Compression.  He heads the Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, located at the IIT-M Research Park, which is focused on emerging wireless standards and technologies. He is a holder of several patents related to 4G and 5G technologies and was the national coordinator for the project to build an end-to-end 5G Test Bed. He has also served as the Chairperson of TSDSI. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE, and Hon. Fellow of RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Bindoo Srivastava

Bindoo Srivastava is currently responsible for MARCOM and Partner Relations at Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). She also serves as the MARCOM Chair at oneM2M.

She has previously led Product development activities and managed large system integration programs in Smart Grids/AMI/SCADA domains. She has also contributed to the development of India appropriate standards based on indigenous research and innovations in this space.

She earned her B.E in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (now D.TU) in 1988 and Masters in Electrical Energy Systems from IIT Madras in 1990.

Chandra R. Murthy

Chandra R. Murthy is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His research interests are in sparse signal recovery, energy harvesting-based communication, performance analysis and optimization of 5G and beyond communications. He has over 90 journal papers and more than 120 conference papers to his credit. One of his papers was the recipient of the Best Paper Awards at NCC 2014 and 2023, and papers coauthored with his students received Student Best Paper Awards at the IEEE ICASSP 2018, IEEE ISIT 2021, and IEEE SPAWC 2022. He is an IEEE Fellow (Class of 2023) and a fellow of the INAE (2023).

Divya Mohan

Hey folks, I am Divya Mohan. I work as an Engineering Head @ FK Labs. We are an innovation wing for FK and work on moonshot projects in the areas of Web3, 3D and AR, GenAI.

With a background of building high scale innovative product across multiple domains, I joined FK in 2020 and was steered straight into the “Search Experience and Monetization” team. Our core objectives were to transform the user experience from that of being solely ‘transactional’ into a ‘friendly, intuitive and enhanced’ experience for users. My journey on Web3 started during May 2022 and within a few months, we made history by partnering with Nothing Phone and launching their first ever NFTs on the biggest Web2 Indian ecommerce company that was now ushering in Web3. The Metaverse is now making big strides and our team capitalized on it by introducing Indian consumers to the “Flipverse”, – a Metaverse driven shopping experience to enhance user engagement and we did achieve a 6x growth on it. We achieved this by blending a positive user experience with AR and the results were nothing short of stupendous with many people offering encouraging feedback. This year has been scaling Firedrop Web3 platform for Flipkart.

On the personal front, I am married and am the mother of 9-year-old rambunctious boy. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my kid.

Guna B Shekar

Mr Guna B Shekar is a Telecom, Storage & Networking professional with a VLSI design background. He has spent about 18 years at LSI Logic (now Broadcom) and about 5+ years at various Silicon Valley ASIC Startups at various senior management roles. He is currently consulting part time with TSDSI. He is also involved with many other startups working on solving interesting tech problems related to datacentre infrastructure and telecom hardware in general.

Jishnu Aravindakshan

Jishnu Aravindakshan is Principal Architect Technology in CTO’s office, Tejas Networks India Limited and has 19 years’ experience in the field of Telecom.

He obtained his BTech in electronics and communication from NIT, Calicut in 2001 and Masters from IISc, Bangalore in 2004. Subsequently he joined Tejas Networks and is responsible for deciding the long-term roadmap of the company. He has represented Tejas at ITU-T SG15 and has contributed towards the development of ITU-T G.8032 and MPLS-TP standards. His present interests include 5G-Adv and 6G. He is actively involved in 5G standardization through TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society, India) at ITU-R WP5D, and as Individual Member at 3GPP RAN1/SA2. He was closely involved in the design of 3G/4G backhaul architecture with major Indian and International operators. He successfully represented India and TSDSI during the IMT2020 standardization activity for inclusion of LMLC (Low Mobility Large Cell) as a 5G evaluation configuration in Rural eMBB. He was the founding Chairman of Optical Access and Transport Study Group (SG3) in TSDSI which developed CPRI Fronthaul standard. Later he continued as the Vice Chairman of Study Group – Networks (SGN) and coordinated the effort from TSDSI for including a 5G Radio Interface Technology (RIT) or 5Gi from India in ITU-R IMT 2020. Recently, he as part of Indian delegation contributed to ITU-R IMT-2030 Framework/Vision document.

He has filed 18 patents and was awarded the best paper award by IETE in 2006. He has edited the Springer’s CSI Transaction on ICT on a special issue on “Wireless in the future” as a guest editor in March 2019.

Madeleine Noland

Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019.

Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 20-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Back channel media Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics.


Mahesh Nayaka

Mr Mahesh Nayaka Mysore Annaiah is the Assistant Vice President – Global Standardization Team at Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited. He is currently serving as the Chair – Services & Solutions Study Group in TSDSI.

Mahesh has over 25+ years of experience in the Telecom/ Wireless Domain for the Standardization, System Engineering, Product Management, Product Development, Pre Sales, Architecting, designing test cases, etc,. He has 10+ patents in his name. He has developed Base stations, devices and network entities for GSM, WCDMA, Mobile WiMAX, XG-PHS, LTE, 5G, WiFi, Mobile Satellite Systems, VSATs. Currently, actively participating in driving 6G technologies and beyond.

N. Subramanian

Dr. N. Subramanian is serving as Executive Director, SETS since December, 2022. Prior to joining SETS he had served at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune as Head and Senior Director, Corporate R&D. As part of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) funded initiatives, he has lead various R&D projects in cyber security and established critical infrastructures. Contributing as member of Project Review & Steering Group of MeitY, doctoral committee, hackathon reviews, and mentored start-ups. He contributes to standards formulation activities under BIS and TSDSI and involved in guiding PhD students for research guidance.

Prakash R

Mr. Prakash R holds the designation of Scientist ‘G’ in Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT). He has been working as a researcher in the telecom industry for the past 30 years. His current interests include Software-intensive Telecom Systems, Wireless Networks (4G/5G/6G), Data Networks, Cloud Computing, Software Defined Networks, Open Source and Standardization.

Mr. Prakash completed his B.Tech at R.V.College of Engineering, Bangalore in 1993. He has been working in C-DOT since 1994 in various roles as a Research Engineer, Team Leader, Senior Program Manager, Business Unit Head/Division manager, Technical Expert and is currently holding an Executive position. He has worked on various aspects of telecommunications including Digital Switching Systems, Voice-over-IP, Internet Telephony, Fault-tolerant Systems, Software-intensive Telecom systems, Organizational Processes (CMMI), Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Organizational Change Management and creating Marketing department in C-DOT.

He is currently the coordinator for the following programs: Radio Access Network, and ERP Implementation at C-DOT. He is involved in C-DOT Academic Research Engagement (CARE) Program, R&D collaborations, member of the technology roadmap and strategic planning group in C-DOT.

He is an IEEE Senior Member, IETE Fellow and ACM Member and also serves as Chair in the Study Group Networks of TSDSI.



Prasanta Sarkar

Qualification: B.Tech (Mechanical) from IIT, Kharagpur and MS in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani. Specialization is in xEV Systems integration and vehicle build. Earlier worked in BS6-After treatment EMS embedded software architecture and implementation of ECU Control Software, DFMEA etc.

Employment: I have designed and developed Diesel Hybrid Bus (EMS- VCU interaction) for currently operating in Mumbai.

Total 30 years of experience. Tata Motors for last 18 years in xEV powertrain. Prior to this worked in Robert Bosch, Delphi Automotive Systems in Powertrain Controls, Systems simulation and testing. While in Essar Steels, worked for earth moving and heavy good carrying vehicles.

Role: Head – Applied Analytics & Intelligence, Advanced Engineering Department, Engineering Research Center. Built the first indigenous Engine Management System of the first Nano. In production phase, was responsible for Engine Management Systems. Presently deriving meaningful insight from data coming out of Electric Vehicle. Remote root cause analysis, Trouble shooting and management. Associated with PM’s Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana with IIT-Kharagpur for Open Software and Hardware based hybrid vehicle.

Data analytics for Electric cars and Electric bus to identify inefficient system/ parts. Range analysis based on terrain, driver behavior, SoC etc.

Patent: (1) Exhaust Gas after treatment of Diesel Engine Management Systems.

(2) Hybrid Powertrain Controller

SIAM: Worked with TIFAC for National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 in the R&D wing.

Interest: Yoga, Tiny ML and Digital Twin

Priyanka Dey

Ms. Priyanka Dey is a Senior Research Engineer in Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), Chennai, India. She received her M.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication from Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneshwar, India, in 2016. She has more than 7 years of experience in research and standards. She represents CEWiT in TSDSI, 3GPP RAN1, and ITU-R WP5D. She has contributed towards the development of the 5Gi standards TSDSI and represented TSDSI in ITU-R WP5D to provide technical support for 5Gi discussions. She has also contributed towards IMT 2030 discussions in ITU-R WP5D as a part of the TSDSI and Indian Delegation. She has been contributing to TSDSI since 2018 with being the rapporteur of study item on flexible duplexing and currently co-rapporteur of work item on RIS. She was one of the recipients of the “TSDSI Outstanding Technical Contributions Award 20-21”.


Radha Krishna Ganti

Radha Krishna Ganti is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He received his B. Tech. and M. Tech. in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a Masters in Applied Mathematics and a Ph.D. in EE from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the spatial analysis of interference networks using tools from stochastic geometry. He received the 2014 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, and the 2014 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize and the 2015 IEEE Communications society young author best paper award. He was also awarded the 2016-2017 Institute Research and Development Award (IRDA) by IIT Madras. In 2019, he was awarded the TSDSI fellow for technical excellence in standardisation activities and contribution to LMLC use case in ITU. He was the lead PI from IITM involved in the development of 5G base stations for the 5G testbed project funded by DOT.

Rahim Tafazolli

Rahim Tafazolli is the only Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering, a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications, the Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) and Director and founder of 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) and 6GIC at the University of Surrey. He has been active in research for over 30 years and published more than 1000 technical articles and editor of two books and Chief editor of Wiley’s 5G Ref. book.  Regius Tafazolli has been a technical and strategic advisor to many mobile companies and recently served as a member of UK Government DCMS Task Force on “Diversification of Telecom equipment providers ecosystem” and now member of DCMS Council of advisors on Diversification He is expert representative of UKSA (UK Space Agency) to ESA (European Space Agency) on 5G over Satellite. In 2014, He was technical advisor to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on “London Infrastructure investment 2050 Plan”.

He is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Fellow of IET (FIET) and Fellow of WWRF (Wireless World Research Forum).

Ritu Ranjan Mittar


Shri Ritu Ranjan Mittar is an Indian Telecommunication Services Officer of 1985 Batch. With over 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Sh. Mittar has worked on various projects related to the development and deployment of telecommunications networks, standards, and policies in Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. He has also been involved in the development of various technical standards and specifications for the telecommunications industry, including Quantum, 5G, IoT, and M2M technologies. He is actively participating in the meetings of standards development organizations, viz., ITU, ETSI, APT, WRC, etc. and also interacts with other international fora, viz., 3GPP, ETSI, IETF, One M2M, etc. He also holds the important leadership position from India as Chairman of International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) Study Group 11, which deals with the international standardization of “Signalling requirements, protocols, test specifications and combating counterfeit telecommunication/ICT devices”. Currently, he as Advisor is also heading the Telecommunication Engineering Centre, the technical and standardization arm of Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.

Ravi Prasad

Technology Leader with deep expertise (25+ years) across immersive technology, Gen AI, Integration Platform, Cloud, Cognitive Content Automation & Digital Experience Platform. Incubated new technology practices and experience centers & drove user adoption. Ravi has published several thought leadership papers and POV’s and is a speaker on immersive & integration technologies and has external publication to his credit. In his current role at Wipro, Ravi is leading the Immersive Technology Practice with the primary intent of being a trusted advisor to enterprises and accelerate the technology adoption.

Sandeep Sharma

Sandeep Sharma is VP and Global Head of portfolio 5G/RAN/ORAN at Tech Mahindra and is part of Network Services Leadership Team. His set of responsibilities includes focusing on leading and creating solutions in 5G and ORAN domain.

He is a strong experienced leader with a successful track record in leading teams in Product Management, Network Planning and Pre-sales. Sandeep possess a strong reputation for the ability to incubate new and emerging technologies in blue, red and brown ocean markets.

In 20+ years of experience, Sandeep has established his credentials both in domestic market and Global markets. It helps in positioning the key initiatives in highly competitive markets, with a focus on building long term customers and business partner relationships through consultative approach. His area of interests includes technology evolution strategy around ORAN, 6G RAN and Quantum computing.

Sandeep holds an Engineering degree, and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, India

Shwetha Kiran

Shwetha Kiran has over 12 years of experience as a DevOps Engineer and over 6 years R&D experience in wireless networks. She is currently working as a Senior Project Executive Officer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay. She has actively contributed towards ‘WLAN integration with 5GS’ as part of the Indigenous 5G Testbed Project. She supports numerous standardization initiatives on future mobile networks, in the areas of Broadcast broadband convergence, Relay based architecture, Service based architecture, in 3GPP,  ITU-T and TSDSI.  She has completed her education from University of Mysore.

Suresh Chitturi

Suresh Chitturi is currently the Senior Director, and Head of Technology Standards at Samsung Research – Bangalore, and serving as the TSDSI Vice-Chair since 2022. He has over 20 years of experience in the mobile technology industry and is responsible for research and standardization of emerging wireless and IoT technologies in global and regional standardization bodies such as 3GPP, ITU, FiRa and TSDSI.

He served as the Chair of 3GPP SA6 Working Group (2018-2022) and Vice-Chair (2015-2018), which is responsible for application enablement and critical communications applications standards for vertical markets.

He has contributed actively towards the development of technology and standards strategy in various global Standards Organizations (SDOs) such as 3GPP, W3C, JCP, OMA and GSMA.

Subhas Mondal

Subhas leads the R&D efforts for 5G product development at HFCL as a senior vice president. In this role, Subhas works with academia, standards development organizations, and technology partners. The portfolio of products include O-RAN based Macro RU, indoor small cell, medium range outdoor small cell, and Transport Products for interconnecting disaggregated RAN nodes.

Prior to joining HFCL, Subhas served as the Chief Architect of Wipro’s organization-wide 5G initiative from 2018 to 2021. He was recognized as a Wipro Fellow for his technical contributions. Subhas has served as a member at large, IEEE SA Board of Governors and is currently the chair-elect for IEEE Communication Society, Bangalore Chapter. Subhas holds an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering.

T R Ramya

T R Ramya completed her MS and Ph.D from IITM during 2002 and 2010 respectively, both in wireless communication systems. She has about 15 years of experience encompassing academia, research and industry. She has formerly worked as a research associate in HP-IITM R&D labs, Lead Engineer in Tata Elxsi. Currently she is a Principal Research Engineer in CEWiT, focusing on issues related to 5G and also studying the work scope related to 6G. Her research interests lie in integrated sensing and communications and ambient IOT devices.

Vinay Shrivastava

Mr. Vinay Shrivastava is General Manager (Telecom Standards) at Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. He holds an M.Tech. in Telecommunication Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.

Vinay is actively engaged in standardization efforts of national interest at ITU-R, 3GPP, and TSDSI, His notable contributions include leading and contributing crucial spectrum studies towards WRC23 agenda item on behalf of Indian Telecom service providers at ITU-R WP5D1. Vinay’s contributions to the standards are many, including spearheading the NAVIC A-GNSS standardization2 work at 3GPP and TSDSI 6G contribution3 to the ITU-R draft report on Future Technology trends towards IMT2030 & Beyond.

With over two decades of experience in the telecom industry, Vinay has rich experience of physical layer modeling, simulation, and implementation for multiple generations of cellular modems while working with a range of multinational corporations.

His work at Telecom Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI) includes following studies of National interest –
1. “Spectrum sharing & coexistence study for IMT in upper 6 GHz band”, TR4
2. “Study of 6G Use cases, Requirements, and Technologies”, TR5
3. “Study of 6G Waveforms”, Ongoing study item

Vinay’s current interests revolve around next-generation technologies, such as non-terrestrial networks, 6G waveform design, and spectrum sharing and coexistence studies. He is part of crucial national spectrum discussion committees.