Jury 2010
OSAMA MANZAR | DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION
Osama Manzar is the chairman of Manthan Award and mBillionth Award. He founded DEF in 2003 to overcome the information and content gap among the masses of India. He is also on the board of World Summit Award, and was member task force for IT & ITeS with Ministry of
Communication & IT for business enhancement
DR.ANANYA RAIHAN | D.NET
Dr. Ananya Raihan is currently the Executive Director of D.Net and the Member Secretary of the Executive Committee of D.Net. He also
holds the responsibility as the secretary General of Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN), which endeavours to create an information and
knowledge system for the poor and marginalized by 2011.
DR.MADANMOHAN RAO | ASIA UNPLUGGED
Dr. Madanmohan Rao is a mobile media consultant and author from Bangalore, India. He is the editor of three book series: The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook, The Knowledge Management Chronicles, and AfricaDotEdu. He is the Project Director (Research) of Mobile Monday Community, a network of mobile and wireless communication professionals, and a co-founder of the Bangalore KCommunity, a network of knowledge management professionals.
GAURAV CHOPRA | INTERNET & MOBILE ASSOCATION OF INDIA(IAMAI)
Gaurav Chopra is the Associate Vice President of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) where he has been working since 2006. Gaurav is primarily responsible for strategic planning of finance and marketing functions. His specialized areas of interest include digital marketing and digital payments.
SINNATHAMBY SHANMUGARAJAH | MICROIMAGE/MICROIMAGE MOBILE MEDIA
Shan is currently the CTO of Microimage Mobile Media, Sri Lanka, and is involved primarily with mobile & media solutions. He joined Microimage in 1998 as a senior software engineer. He became the chief technical officer of Microimage in 2000 and was responsible for leading numerous technological innovations of the company.
ZAHEER A.KIDVAI | BEYOND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
In 1984 Zaheer Kidvai set up an educational consultancy called Solutions Unlimited. He then set up Enabling Technologies, which became the first producer of multimedia works in Pakistan. In 1999 he formed BITS – an entity that did all of Enabling Technologies’ work. BITS also produced Faiz – Aaj Kay Naam, a leading CDROM for Pakistan’s famous poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
IBRAHIM AHMAD | CYBERMEDIA(INDIA) LTD
Ibrahim Ahmad is the Group Editor of the Business Magazines Group, Cyber- Media (India) Ltd, South Asia’s largest technology media company. In this capacity he heads 4 publications including DATAQUEST and Voice&Data, India’s largest selling trade magazines for IT and telecom sectors. Working as a professional journalist for the last 20 years, Ibrahim is also a successful project manager, and was the driving force behind the launch of PCQuest in Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
VIJAY SHEKHAR | SHARMA ONE97 COMMUNICATIONS
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, is founder & chairman of One97 Communications. He leads the company in all areas related to business expansion as well as product road map. He has pioneered disruptive business models and innovations that have redefined interactive customer communication in the burgeoning Indian telecom market. Vijay has more than 10 years of experience in the telecom and new media industries, having founded his first venture xS Corps while he was at college, which he sold to Lotus Interworks LLC, New Jersey in 1999. Prior to founding One97 in 2000, he played key roles in a number of organizations such as Riverrun Software Services Group Limited, Inter Solutions Private Limited, Startec Global Communications Limited, focusing on the design and development of various products and applications for the technology, media and telecom industries. Vijay holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.
KUNAL BAJAJ | ANALYSYS MASON
Kunal Bajaj heads Analysys Mason’s India operations from the New Delhi office. He started his career in New york with McKinsey & Company including assignments in New Delhi involving McKinsey’s knowledge services. Kunal currently holds the position of founding Co-Chair for the Mobile Marketing Association’s (MMA) India Local Council, and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIxI) in 2007.
SAYANTHAN | BALATHASAN HSENID MOBILE SOLUTIONS
Sayanthan Balathasan is the Solutions Architect at hSenid Mobile Solutions. He is an expert in Mobile Backend Platforms, Core Signaling and Database Management Systems. He leads the Business Solutions Team, which serves as the main interface between the development team and the customers. He has conducted more than 10 MySQL DBA public trainings in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.
SANJAYA KARUNASENA | INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AGENCY SRI LANKA
Sanjaya Karunasena is an Enterprise Architect with over 10 years of industry experience. He is the Chief Software Architect at ICTA and is involved in the design and the implementation of the nationwide SOA infrastructure.
LEKHA KUMAR | INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE
Ms Lekha Kumar belongs to the Indian Revenue Service, and has till very recently been the Director (e-Governance) in the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, India. She has handled key e-Governance projects like PAN, besides being responsible or the capacity building & change management activities of the I.T. Department. She has also been a Grand Jury Member for the Manthan Awards for the last 3 years.
SIDIN VADUKUT | HT MEDIA LTD
Author of the best-selling novel Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin Einstein Varghese published by Penguin India in January 2010, Sidin Vadukut is an accomplished writer. He has written articles for Man’s World, Men’s Health, The Economic Times, The Times of India, Businessline,mint, Desipundit.com, prempanicker. com and rediff.com. He has been working as a Managing Editor at Livemint.com with HT Media Ltd since August 2009 and before that he was a Staff Writer at mint. He has written contentas well as edited for Lounge, the weekend magazine. Sidin is also a tech blogger and podcaster. Sidin did his masters in management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and bachelors in Metallurgical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.
DILEEKA DIAS | UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA
Dileeka Dias is a Professor of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Her research interests are in the area of wireless technology and applications. Dileeka Dias has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Engineering Research and Development Centre (NERD), Sri Lanka from 2002 to 2009.
NAYANA | D.SERASINGHE DINOTA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Nayana is a co-founder and CEO of Dinota Information Technologies, a leading Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Content Management Platform provider with a strong track record in the Asia Pacific Market. He is a member of the SLASSCOM general council and heads the Mobile & Telco Centre of Excellence of SLASSCOM.