About the Event

Technology is an indistinguishable and differentiating tool! The amalgamation of innovation and technology can bring in high-end results. To use this judiciously requires careful understanding of the leading edge trends. The explosion of these accelerated trends has far reaching implications on day-to-day development in business. To achieve the maximum benefits, we are organizing an event to create awareness about new Technology and Industry trends amongst the business community.



  • Explore the new technological concepts through the lens of our esteemed panelists
  • Discussions on emerging industry trends with a focus on transformative technology
  • The latest about Analytics from IBM
  • Excellent time to hear from proficient industry administrators
  • Focused sessions on Automotive & Manufacturing and Healthcare

Topics of Discussion

  • Cloud
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Management and Analytics
  • The latest about Analytics from IBM
  • Cognitive Computing/ Artificial Intelligence
  • loT (Internet of Things)
  • Connected Cars
  • Mobility – TeleHealth

Technical Panel

  • Sajid Ahmed, CIIO, MLK Community Hospital, California, USA
  • Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran, USA
  • George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services, USA
  • Jeff Bell, CISO, HTC Global Services/ CareTech, USA
  • Vamshi K Vattem, Analytics Client Architect, IBM, India


Time Topic Speakers
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Inauguration – John Fleming, Principal Commercial Officer, US Consulate General, Chennai
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. HTC Global Services/ CareTech Overview
3.45 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. Session 1 – Understanding Disruptive Change Sajid Ahmed, CIIO, MLK Community Hospital, California, USA
4.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. Session 2 – Connected Vehicles Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran, USA
4.45 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Break  Break
5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Session 3 – IBM Watson Analytics  Vamshi K Vattem, Analytics Client Architect, IBM, India
5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q & A Sajid Ahmed, CIIO, MLK Community Hospital,California, USA
Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran,USA
George Surdu, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services, USA
Jeff Bell, CISO, HTC Global Services/ CareTech, USA
Vamshi K Vattem, Analytics Client Architect, IBM, India
6.30 p.m. onwards Cocktail & Dinner


Madhava Reddy

President & CEO, HTC Global Services
Chairman, CareTech Solutions

Madhava Reddy is the founder, President, and CEO of HTC Global Services. Over the past 26 years, he has grown HTC to a global provider of Information Technology solutions, recording significant growth in revenue and market share with thousands of employees around the globe. He ascribes his phenomenal growth to consistent adherence to the core values of Simplicity, Honesty, and Humility based on the principle of Truth. He is a 2010 Corp! Magazine award recipient and was also named the CII-ICICI Venture Connect 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Prior to starting HTC, Madhava served in senior business and management capacities with various firms in the fields of Information Technology and Accounting. He is an active member and serves on the boards of several educational and non-profit organizations. He is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Walsh College and has also been featured in the Detroiter Magazine.


Chief Technology Officer,
HTC Global Services & CareTech Solutions

A veteran in the Information Technology industry with more than 33 years of experience, Chary Mudumby has been with HTC since August 1994. As Chief Technology Officer, Chary leads the company’s efforts to keep pace with market and technology trends and support business units to open new avenues of growth. Earlier, as head of HTC’s offshore operations, Chary led multiple complex managed services engagements ranging from application development to business process outsourcing. He also spearheads HTC’s product development initiatives.

Chary joined the Company as Director – Technical and also served as HTC’s Executive Vice President overseeing Technology Management and Global Development Centers.

Vikas Bhutada

Executive Vice President,
HTC Global Services

Vikas Bhutada serves as an Executive Vice President of HTC Global Services, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in creating value for clients leveraging IT and Business/Knowledge Process Outsourcing. His experience spans across multiple geographies, including the US, Middle East, and India.
He has deep experience in working with HTC’s global client relationships across multiple industry verticals and building HTC’s strategic client & partner alliances. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Indus Insights and Analytical Services Pvt. Ltd.


Daron Gifford

Management Consulting Partner,
Plante Moran

Daron is a senior business leader with over 40 years of experience solving problems in complex environments across a wide range of industries, especially focused in the automotive and manufacturing segments. Daron’s views and expertise have been sought after around the world, as a “trusted business advisor” in guiding strategic direction for businesses, assessing commercial and technology strategies, designing operational business plans and supporting strategies related to merger and acquisition opportunities.
His rich experience spans across global roles with Plante Moran, Deloitte, A.T.Kearney, KPMG, Covisint, Gould Electronics, Volkswagen and General Motors.

George Surdu

Chief Strategy Officer,
HTC Global Services

George Surdu, with more than 40 years of IT leadership, spanning both the automotive and banking industries, is the Chief Strategy Officer at HTC Global Services. He leads the coordination and development of an integrated decision-making strategy for the business as well as the setting of technology-related products and service directions that will be the focus of HTC through 2020. George also provides insight for Marketing and Sales, Technology Research and Innovation Services, Technology Partnership Programs, and Industry Analyst Relationship Management.

Previously, as EVP and CTO of Comerica Bank, George led all IT activities including software development and production support, infrastructure operations, IS security services, advanced technology research, technology engineering, IS business relationship management, and IT risk assurance. At Ford Motor Company, George held several executive positions across eight divisions, most notably as Director, global infrastructure services.

Jeff Bell

Chief Information Security Officer,
CareTech Solutions

Jeff Bell, more than 30 years of experience in healthcare IT and cybersecurity, is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for CareTech Solutions. He has held IT management and leadership positions at numerous organizations. At the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Jeff was the manager of System Integration and Client Services. At the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan (VNA), Jeff was the IT Director/CIO and security officer. His most recent stint was at PwC in the cybersecurity and privacy practice.

Jeff has the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC) and Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) certifications. He was the chairperson of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Privacy and Security Committee and the Risk Assessment Workgroup of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee and a member of the CPOE Workgroup of the HIMSS Enterprise Information Systems Committee. Jeff is a member of the SANS Advisory Board, InfraGard and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Sajid Ahmed

Chief Information and Innovation Officer,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

Sajid Ahmed leads the infrastructure for the new MLK Community Hospital’s $70 million Health IT initiatives. He is also at the helm of launching an innovation hub on the MLK Medical Campus. Prior to MLK, Sajid was the Executive Director of Health IT and Innovation for L.A. Care Health Plan. While at L.A. Care Health Plan, he created the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centre and helped over 4,000 physicians adopt EHR systems for Los Angeles County. He also leads in Telehealth adoption, having launched eConsult and Telehealth in Los Angeles County and continues to support the secure sharing of data.