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IACS Dallas Chapter was established in 2019 to connect professionals in the DFW area. 

  • Sep 18,2020

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Advisors - Dallas Chapter

  • Bidisha Rudra

    Bidisha Rudra

    Advisor

    Bidisha Rudra is the Senior Managing Director for Essilor Transitions and has been with Essilor for 13 years. She has enjoyed variety of roles including Market Research and Analytics, Managed Care Sales, Business Development, and Corporate Strategy, with the latter two stints out of the Asia Pacific headquarter in Singapore. She also serves as the President of Essilor Womens’ Network since the beginning of 2018. She firmly believes that achieving gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not something that can be done by just a handful of employees it is a collective effort. Bidisha earned a Ph. D in Applied Economics from University of Georgia, Athens. She was born and brought up in New Delhi, the capital city of India, and through her journey in life in different cities, she made a permanent stop (hopefully!) in Big D, Texas. When she is not busy working on achieving sales targets, Bidisha spends her time running around after her eleven-year-old twin young boys, Niseem and Nirvan, which is no less challenging! 

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  • Shashi Vangala

    Shashi Vangala

    Advisor

    Shashi Vangala is presently working as Transformational Healthcare BI/Analytics Executive with across the continuum experience spanning payers, providers and pharmaceuticals/life sciences industries. Proven experience includes:

    • developing and implementing innovative strategies involving data assets to derive positive business impact.
    • organizing, motivating and leading large cross-functional teams in driving complex initiatives to fruition.
    • solving healthcare challenges through effective and efficient use of technology
    • speaker at National conferences on various topics in the area of Healthcare Data and Analytics.
    • believes in giving back through sharing experiences with other healthcare organizations so as to influence strategy and positively impact project outcomes where and when needed.
    • regular presence at local universities playing the bridge role between industry and academia with interest in shaping talent for the industry and research studies/outcomes. 

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Executive Team

  • Ramesh Garapaty

    Ramesh Garapaty

    President

    Ramesh currently works as a Principal Product Development Engineering at AT&T. In his current role, he is responsibile for Design, Development and Delivery of 5G products for Enterprise Customers. In his previous role Ramesh was responsible for Information technology Strategy, Planning and Financial Engineering for Voice and Collaboration Product Suite within Enterprise Business Solutions market. He has also led various initiatives for Emerging Business Markets in the API Realization & Platform transformation domain. Ramesh brings in over 20 years of experience in Information technology area.

    Ramesh held previous roles at AT&T as a Principal - Architecture, Senior Technical Director and Technical Lead. He has led several teams in development, infrastructure, architecture and business process improvements within AT&T Consumer markets, Business & Network Solutions.

    Ramesh holds a B.Tech from Kakatiya University, India, M.S from Lamar University, Texas and an M.B.A with distinction from Depaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.

    Ramesh actively volunteers and held leadership positions at several community organizations. Ramesh lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Sirisha and two kids.

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  • Balu Kadiyala

    Balu Kadiyala

    Vice President

    Balu Kadiyala is an entrepreneur, a veteran information technology professional and a father of two girls living in Chicago area for 15 years. Balu is the founder of SchoolRush, and co-founded BrainAttack App and ShareMyCare.com. Before venturing on his own, he served in executive positions at Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Freddie Mac and Sears. Balu helps IACS organize  professional networking and career development events.

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  • Rajesh Attaluri

    Rajesh Attaluri

    Chair Web & Communications

    Rajesh Attaluri has 30 years of experience in education sector and currently works as Math Faculty in Samuell Early College in Dallas, Texas. Rajesh holds an Education Specialist degree in Education from Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi along with Master’s in Education & Bachelor of Science Degrees. He lives with his wife Padma Priya and 2 daughters Jyotsna & Sneha in Forney, Texas.

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  • Ramadorai Swaminathan

    Ramadorai Swaminathan

    Chair Member Experience

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  • Sivarama Panguluri

    Sivarama Panguluri

    Co-Chair Member Experience

    An IT leader with over 18 years of experience across many organizations in various domains, technologies and designations. Currently working as a Telematics R&D team member at State Farm.

    A passionate leader and would love to mentor and help others. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Textile Engineering from Kuvempu University, Karnataka. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, watching movies and spending time with family.pangulurisiva@yahoo.com

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    Co-Chair Member Experience

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  • Fayez Mohammed

    Fayez Mohammed

    Chair Cybersecurity

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  • Vivek Sharma

    Vivek Sharma

    Chair IACS TED Talk

    Vivek Sharma has been part of telecom industry for the past 24 years and currently works for AT & T in Business Product delivery organization. He finished MS in computer science from Boston University and settled in Allen, TX with his wife and sons.

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    Chair IACS TED Talk

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  • Anjali Bedi

    Anjali Bedi

    Chair Women's Conference

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    Chair Women's Conference

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  • Bhumi Patel

    Bhumi Patel

    Co-Chair Women's Conference

    Bhumi Patel was born and brought up in Gujarat, India. She has completed Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and moved to USA after her marriage back in 2006. She has been in software development since 2009 and currently working with veterans United Home Loans as senior software developer. Her past work experience includes consumer services (Carfax) and healthcare (PDX) domains.

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    Co-Chair Women's Conference

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  • Shrikant Patel

    Shrikant Patel

    Chair Entrepreneurship & Franchise Ownership

    Shrikant works at PDX Inc. as Principal Architect. PDX Inc provides software products for retail pharmacy industry. In this role, he oversees the architecture of PDX's central services suite of products. He is heavily involved in providing strategic technology guidance to business team with existing as well as new product areas. He has privilege to lead a team of dedicated architects and developers solving challenging problems in healthcare domain.

    Shrikant holds bachelor’s degree from Mumbai University in India.

    He lives in Irving, Texas with his Bhumi and 2 kids. In spare time he volunteers with Vibha organization.

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  • Anya Thakkar

    Anya Thakkar

    Co-Chair Women's Conference

    Self-motivated and successful commerce practitioner and consultant with 14+ years of experience in top Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Mortgage companies. Highly competitive and respectful yet relentless hunter, and resourceful creative thinker that is multi-disciplined in business, creative problem solving, and technology, committed to exceptional customer service. Expert in cultivating selling and translating technical solutions into compelling business opportunities while building strong relationships and cultivating client success.

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  • Bidisha Rudra

    Senior Managing Director

    Bidisha Rudra

    Senior Managing Director

    Bidisha Rudra is the Senior Managing Director for Essilor Transitions and has been with Essilor for 13 years. She has enjoyed variety of roles including Market Research and Analytics, Managed Care Sales, Business Development, and Corporate Strategy, with the latter two stints out of the Asia Pacific headquarter in Singapore. She also serves as the President of Essilor Womens’ Network since the beginning of 2018. She firmly believes that achieving gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not something that can be done by just a handful of employees it is a collective effort. Bidisha earned a Ph.D in Applied Economics from University of Georgia, Athens. She was born and brought up in New Delhi, the capital city of India, and through her journey in life in different cities, she made a permanent stop (hopefully!) in Big D, Texas. When she is not busy working on achieving sales targets, Bidisha spends her time running around after her eleven year old twin young boys, Niseem and Nirvan, which is no less challenging!

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    Essilor Transitions
  • Billie Jo Waara

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Billie Jo Waara

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Billie Jo Waara joined Cicis as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017. She is responsible for overall brand evolution, marketing, creative and culinary development for the Original, Unlimited Pizza Buffet restaurant chain. Since joining the team, Billie Jo has launched several strategic initiatives including re-evaluation and refinement of brand positioning, pricing standards and technology-enabled Guest occasions such as online ordering. She has led innovative marketing initiatives for several industries including hospitality, quick service restaurants, travel, tourism and retail for the past 20 years.

    Prior to joining Cicis, Billie Jo was Chief Marketing Officer for Taco John’s International. Billie Jo’s previous experience includes advertising agency leadership, she was the Director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism and served as a locally elected official as the Minnehaha County Treasurer. Waara graduated from Augustana College with a double major in Business Administration and International Government, and received her MBA from the University of South Dakota.

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    CiCi's Pizza
  • Ashotosh Dekhne

    Partner

    Ashotosh Dekhne

    Partner

    A core leader of McKinsey’s Operations Practice, Ashutosh advises clients on operations issues, with a specific focus on end-to-end supply-chain design, logistics, procurement, manufacturing transformation, supply-chain function, omnichannel operation, procurement transformation, and strategy. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, retail, automotive, industrial, pharmaceutical, and high tech.

    Ashutosh is a leader of the firm’s manufacturing and supply-chain work within the Operations Practice and coleads McKinsey’s logistics work globally.

    Examples of his recent client experience include the following:

    • leading a supply-chain strategy and network-optimization study at a high-tech company, with subsequent value capture and implementation to improve overall supply-chain costs by 17 percent annually
    • developing a holistic operations transformation for a consumer-packaged-goods company to reduce manufacturing costs by 17 percent and logistics costs by 14 percent while improving customer-service levels to 98 percent, from 87 percent
    • spearheading an end-to-end supply-chain-planning transformation to improve service levels by 30 percent and reduce inventory days on hand by 25 percent
    • supporting an indirect procurement-spend transformation at the online and network retailer of a consumer company, with work that included global procurement capability building and transformation, to deliver approximately 13 percent yearly savings
    • leading a supply-chain planning and order-to-cash transformation, resulting in warehousing savings of 13 percent, transportation savings of more than 10 percent, and inventory reduction by 20 percent
    • deploying lean warehousing to improve efficiency by 40 percent while reducing cost by 30 percent on a spend of $21 million for an industrial heavy-duty-parts manufacturer and distributor

    Ashutosh has worked as the head of a beverage company’s global logistics group, with responsibility for logistics procurement and management, automation, digital logistics, and productivity across all business units. He also spent ten years at a global transport and logistics company based in Switzerland, leading projects in network optimization, transportation modeling, warehouse design, warehouse start-ups, and warehouse- and transportation-management-system implementation. He ultimately headed the company’s solutions engineering and operations group in North America across the high-tech, retail, automotive, and industrial sectors.

    He has spoken at several conferences, including the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Supply Chain World, and SummerCon.

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    Mckinsey & Company
  • Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer

    Bala Subramanian

    Chief Digital Officer

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    AT&T
  • Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

    Syed ("Ali") Raza

    Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

    Syed (“Ali”) Raza serves as Apergy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer. Ali most-recently served as President of Dover Energy Automation, part of Dover Energy, a position he held since 2016. Prior to joining Dover Energy, Ali was with Honeywell Process Solutions as Vice President and General Manager—Advanced Solutions, General Manager Advanced Solutions—Europe, Middle East & Africa, General Manager—Americas, and Director, Global Business Development. Ali received a B.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and a MSc in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.

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    Apergy
  • Reddy Gottipolu

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

    Reddy Gottipolu

    Chief Supply Chain Officer

     

    Reddy Gottipolu, MS, MBA, PhD, FASQ

    Chief Supply Chain Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System

    Dr. Reddy Gottipolu is a Chief Supply Chain Officer at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, TX. He currently oversees Supply Chain Management, Sterile Processing, Clinical Engineering and Asset Management functions. Prior to this, he was a Vice President of Supply Chain at Adeptus Health in Lewisville, TX where he played a key role in building supply chain team, and systems to support rapidly expanding business into multiple markets. Prior to joining Adeptus he was a Vice President of Supply Chain Services at MedAssets, a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) located in Plano, TX. There he provided supply chain leadership services that include assessment of supply chain operations, develop strategic road maps, and deploy new technology solutions.  He also served as a Senior Director & Interim Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN. Prior to moving to healthcare, he gained several years of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management experience at General Motors and General Electric. He has a proven track record of transforming operations and improving margins of the organizations in which he served. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, he taught Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership course in collaboration with BelMont University in Nashville, TN.

    Dr. Gottipolu received a PhD in Industrial Engineering, an MBA, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is certified in Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management, and FEMA Incidence Command System.

    He is currently serving as a member of Amazon Healthcare Supply Chain Advisory Board. He was a board member of twin cities health systems co-op. He was also a member of Editorial Board of Computers in Industry Journal.

    He has published several articles in the areas of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Assembly Process Planning, Lean Manufacturing, and Error Proofing in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. He also spoke on Lean Concepts in Healthcare Supply Chain and Role of Supply Chain in Greening Healthcare at national and international forums.

    He is a Fellow of American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and a member of Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM).

     

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    Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Director Center for Machine Learning and Associate Professor

    Dr. Sriraam Natarajan

    Director Center for Machine Learning and Associate Professor

    Associate Professor

    Director Center for Machine Learning
    Department of CS 
    Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science,
    The University of Texas at Dallas,

    Dr. Sriraam Natarajan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas Dallas. He was previously an Associate Professor and earlier an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, and at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a post-doctoral research associate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and had graduated with his PhD from Oregon State University. His research interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with emphasis on Machine Learning, Statistical Relational Learning and AI, Reinforcement Learning, Graphical Models and Biomedical Applications. He has received the Young Investigator award from US Army Research Office, Amazon Faculty Research Award, Intel Faculty Award, XEROX Faculty Award and the IU trustees Teaching Award from Indiana University. He is an editorial board member of MLJ, JAIR and DAMI journals and is the electronics publishing editor of JAIR. He is the organizer of the key workshops in the field of Statistical Relational AI, co-authored the book on this topic and has offered tutorials on the topic. He was also the co-chair of the AAAI student abstract and posters at AAAI 2014 and AAAI 2015 and the chair of the AAAI students outreach at AAAI 2016 and 2017.

    http://utdallas.edu/~sriraam.natarajan/

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    UT Dallas
  • Neel Gonuguntla

    President

    Neel Gonuguntla

    President

    Mrs. Neel Gonuguntla serves as the President of the US India Chamber of Commerce Dallas Fort Worth (USICOC). The USICOC is a 501(c)(6) organization made up of nearly 3000 individual and corporate members and is dedicated to supporting professional, business and economic development throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area. The USICOC also facilitates trade between India and the North Texas area by connecting member companies with resources to aid in their successful expansions.

    As President, Mrs. Gonuguntla oversees strategic planning activities for the Chamber in addition to providing oversight of daily operations including, but not limited to, member services, event management and fundraising for the organization. Under her leadership, the Chamber has grown its member participation by 34% and event-based activity by 40%.

    Prior to joining the Chamber, Mrs. Gonuguntla served as President of ReadyToWork®, an education and workforce development consulting company where she oversaw the streamlining of operations and the creation of new revenue streams. She managed teams of remote employees, supervised all business development and operations, and provided legal and regulatory oversight.

    Mrs. Gonuguntla received her education from Boston University and Baylor University where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science and her J.D./M.B.A, respectively. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association as well as the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

    Mrs. Gonuguntla is also an active community volunteer dedicating her time to causes including women’s empowerment, inner-city education, and foreign aid.

    Currently, she serves on the boards of the following organizations:

    • CHETNA which supports victims of domestic violence in North Texas
    • COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE DALLAS REGION which supports the education and well-being of over 10,000 at-risk youth attending Dallas area public schools
    • OPPORTUNITY PLUS which supports women entrepreneurs and community development in North Texas and India
    • US GLOBAL LEADERSHIP COALITION which provides support for the United States’ diplomatic and development efforts among both politicians and the public

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    US India Chamber of Commerce
  • Monique Wedderburn

    Director Asia Center

    Monique Wedderburn

    Director Asia Center

    Monique Wedderburn is the Director of the University of Texas Dallas Asia Center. She provides overall leadership for the Center’s programs, ensuring intellectual and cultural education about Asia’s foreign policy, business and public policy.

    Ms. Wedderburn has over 20 years’ experience working with professionals and students around the world. She is skilled in bridging gaps by coordinating a wide range of international educational programs, advanced economic development projects, and community outreach activities.

    Ms. Wedderburn came to the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011 from her prior work as Senior Program Officer at the East West Center (EWC; Honolulu, Hawaii). At the EWC, she coordinated short-term professional development and led visits to Vietnam, China, Thailand, Japan, Bangkok, Cambodia, and Washington, D.C. that addressed topics such as intercultural leadership, politics of globalization, and economic development. In her work with the Pacific Business Center and U.S. Department of Interior she completed economic development work for communities in Hawaii, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Palau.

    Ms. Wedderburn spent her formative years in Mexico, Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo), Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. She earned her MBA (with Honors — Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i and her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. Ms. Wedderburn is an alumna of the Board of Directors for the Texas Lyceum, graduate of Leadership Women, and her volunteer efforts have included serving on community boards.

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    University of Texas Dallas
  • Namratha Sharma

    Head Semiconductor Market Segment

    Namratha Sharma

    Head Semiconductor Market Segment

    Namrata Sharma currently heads the SemiChip business segment for the Engineering and R&D Business Unit of HCL Technologies where she is responsible for building collaborativerelationships at CxO level to strategically align goals and capabilities. She is driving HCL’s expansion in these segments by working closely with global engineering teams to define innovative solutions and implement services in this space. Namrata has extensive experience in the Telecom and Semiconductor domains having worked for Motorola and Dell Services as well as consulting for Tier-1 Telecom Service Providers. In her previous role at HCL Technologies, she successfully led the charge to bring new service lines to the market in 5G, SDN/NFV and DevOps. Nam as she is known, is a multidimensional leader who believes in building long term trusted relationships with her co-workers, customers and friends.

    oming from a family of strong female role models, she is a big advocate of gender parity and is actively engaged in creating awareness to promote gender diversity at the workspace and beyond. Nam leads the diversity initiatives at her business unit in HCL and the following quote by the Canadian – Indian poet Rupi Kaur reflects Nam’s thoughts

    about her goal :

    “our work should equip the next generation of women to outdo us in every field this is the legacy we’ll leave”. – Rupi Kaur

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    HCL Technologies
  • Dr. Amanpreet Randazzo

    Psychologist, PsyD

    Dr. Amanpreet Randazzo

    Psychologist, PsyD
    Achieving health and wellness requires the alignment of mind and body. Dr.Randazzo focuses on building a healthy outlook through introspection, understanding how our thoughts drive feelings and actions, and learning how to harness thoughts to feel better and act with more purpose. She emmpowers individuals, couples, and families to embrace challenges as opportunities and build strong connections with self and the world around you. She helps set goals for personal & emotional development to achieve the balance that is required.
    Her practice focuses on adult psychopathology, eating disorders, and geriatrics. She has worked extensively with couples and families.
    Dr.Randazzo has active practice in Southlake and Keller focuses on helping individuals deal with depression, anxiety, and emotions related to various life-changing events.