Vinaypreet Singh

Vinay Preet Singh is a leading practicing lawyer. Vinay did his education in prestigious universities both in India and U.K. He passed his Under-Graduate Degree with first class from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He also completed a Certificate Course in Mass Communication from School of Convergence, Delhi University. He did Legum Baccalaureus (LL.B) from Campus Law Center (CLC), Faculty of Law, Delhi University. Thereafter he did Legum Magister (LL.M) in International Development Law and Human Rights & International Economic Law from Warwick Law School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom (U.K.). In a rare honour, Vinay has recently been appointed by the Kotak Mahindra Bank as their Advisor to Kotak Wealth Management. He is also serving as a National Advisor of Urdu Press Club (A Federation for Media Persons) Vinay is the recipient of National Excellence Award in the field of Youth Politics in 2011. This award was conferred by All India Muslim Intellectual Forum. Vinay has also recently been chosen as one of 100 icons by the Parwaz Express Group (Media Group) in the field of Academics in 2011. Vinay also received recognition and letter of appreciation from the Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir for his pro-active role in aiding to relief operations in Quake affected areas in 2005.

Dr. Raju Narayan Swamy
[Indian Administrative Services]

Dr. Raju Narayana Swamy popularly known as Kerala’s Anti Corruption Crusader is the All India Topper of the 1991 batch of the IAS and is currently posted as Secretary to the Government of Kerala , Chairman KBPS and Special Officer, WTO ( World Trade Organization) Cell. Dr Swamy holds a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the IIT Madras and his Ph.D. thesis is titled ” Development, Ecology and Livelihood : A Case Study of the Paniya Community in Wynad District” . He also has a Post graduate Certificate in Cyber Law, a PG Diploma in Environmental Law and three PG Diplomas from the National Law University, Delhi- one in Urban Environmental Management and Law, another in Environmental Law and Policy and a third one in Tourism and Environmental Law. He also holds a Diploma in Cyber Law (from the Government Law College Mumbai and Asian School of Cyber Laws), a certification in Cyber Law (from the Indian Law Institute, Delhi) as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law and a Diploma in Entrepreneurship Administration and Business Laws – both from the West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata . Dr Swamy is the first all India service officer in the country to successfully complete all the courses on disaster management organized by the World Bank Institute. He has also successfully completed all the 21 courses conducted by the Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation in the World Trade Organisation , Geneva.

Dr Swamy has held various positions in the Government including District Collector and District Magistrate of five districts, Managing Director of the State Marketing Federation, Director of Collegiate Education and Commissioner of Civil Supplies. He was the Chairman of the Committee constituted by the State Government to draft a youth policy for the State. He has been an Observer of the Election Commission of India in 26 general and bye-elections held in 16 States across the country.

Dr. Swamy is an author of 26 books ( novels, short stories, travelogues, children’s literature, popular science etc.) and is a winner of the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and the Award instituted by Kerala State Institute of Children’s Literature ( an institute established under the Cultural Affairs Department of Government of Kerala) in the science section. He is a regular columnist in many weeklies and fortnightlies in the vernacular. He has presented papers in a number of national and international conferences and has published more than 150 papers in journals of repute. He has delivered talks in many reputed institutions across the country in topics varying from IPR law to e-governance. Dr Swamy has undergone several short term training programmes including those at IIM, Bangalore, IIFT, Delhi , Tata Management Training Centre, Pune and ENA, Paris. He is a holder of the Homi Bhabha fellowship in the area of Cyber law and Cyber Forensics and the Dr Mohan Sinha Mehta Research Fellowship of the IAEA.

Rodney D Ryder
[Partner, Scriboard, Advocates and Legal Consultants]

Rodney D. Ryder is a Partner with Scriboard, a full service commercial law firm with cutting edge specialisation in technology, new media and intellectual property laws. Mr. Ryder is Chief Mentor to Enhelion. He is presently Advisor to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India on the implementation of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Mr. Ryder has been nominated as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in intellectual property, technology, communications and media law by Asia Law, Who’sWhoLegal, Asia Legal 500, amongst other International publications.

His second book, Intellectual Property and the Internet, published by LexisNexis is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia. The text has been acknowledged to be an authoritative work by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has been quoted in the first and only judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on domain names [Satyam Infoway Ltd. v. Sifynet Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; (2004) 6 SCC 145]. He is advisor to the National Internet Exchange of India [NiXI] and a member of the panel of independent and neutral arbitrators with NiXI.

Geeta Gulati
[Partner, Universal Legal, Affiliate of The Chugh Firm]

Geeta Gulati is a Partner with Universal Legal, Affiliate of The Chugh Firm, USA. She advises clients, including Banks, corporations, Government Institutions as well as Indian and Foreign Companies. She is a registered Patent Attorney. She is a regular speaker on the Legal and Regulatory issues of doing business at Forums, Like TiE and CII. She is also involved with the socially relevant work with Yi under CII, which focuses on several projects like education for underprivileged Children, environment etc.

Ananth Padmanabhan
[Advocate, Madras High Court]

Ananth Padmanabhan practises law in the Madras High Court. In this capacity, he has acted as Counsel for various sound recording labels and the Phonographic Performance of India Ltd. (PPL) and undertaken significant advisory work including on the Copyright (Amendment) Act. His recently published book titled “Intellectual Property Rights: Infringement & Remedies (LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa 2012)” is a pioneering effort of scholarship on this field in India. Mr. Padmanabhan is an alumni of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and has many accomplishments to his credit. Some of his achievements back then include the H.M. Seervai Gold Medal, Best Essay in Constitutional Law in 2006¸Winner & Best Speaker at the Bar Council of India Moot (2004-05) and Editor, National Law School of India Review (2004 -05).

Apart from his private practice, Ananth has also taken the time out to teach courses at the National Law University, Jodhpur, and the Bharatidasan Institute of Management, Trichy. He is also invited often as a speaker to various conferences, including those organised by the MHRD IPR Chairs in different universities. Ananth is looking to transition to a career in academia, and has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to pursue his Masters at University of Pennsylvania for the academic year 2013-14.

Bijan Brahmbhatt
[Advocate, Madras High Court]

Bijan is currently working with Schlumberger, world’s largest oilfield service provider. An in-house counsel covering India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Bijan is responsible to manage variety of high-stakes issues ranging from corporate, commercial, compliance to domestic litigation and international arbitration, in addition to rendering day to day advice to senior management. Bijan was also part of Reliance Industries’ Oil & Gas E&P Legal team earlier for about three years wherein Bijan worked on legal and regulatory aspects of crude oil and natural gas exploration and production in India. Previously, in brief stint at AZB & Partners, Bijan handled several big-ticket assignments focused on private equity, banking and finance transactions. Bijan graduated from Gujarat National Law University in 2010 and is a recipient of a gold medal. Bijan has various publications to his credit and also holds a certificate in IPR issued by WIPO.

Nishant Mandawara
[Advocate, Rajasthan High Court]

Nishant advises Enhelion on all strategic related issues pertaining to course and business development. Nishant is also practicing at the Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur and various other courts. He has expertise in Corporate Legal aspects including Litigation, Contracts, Compliances, Registrations, Organisation Development etc. He has an impressive track record having advised hundreds of clients on legal issues related to Startups, Corporate Contracts (Drafting & Vetting), Land & Building Laws, Labour Laws, Corporate Laws, Taxation, Land Revenue, Consumer Disputes, Criminal & Civil Laws etc. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked at a leading insurance company, as a Legal Officer. During his stint there, his work included monitoring, compliance, and settlements of Motor Accident Claims, Consumer Tribunal cases, High Court Appeals and other legal issues, concerning the company in the state of Rajasthan.

At Enhelion he also takes regular online sessions on various law cum management programmes.

Akshat Pande
[Partner, Seth Dua Associates]

Akshat is a partner with Seth Dua & Associates. Before joining Seth Dua & Associates, Akshat founded Alpha Partners in 2012. Akshat has worked with leading corporate law firms in India and the UK and has more than 12 years of corporate and legal experience. His practice areas include corporate and exchange control laws, M&A, private equity and general corporate law and transactional advisory. He is a registered advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi, India and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has done his Masters in Law from University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.

Amit Verma

Amit Verma is a lawyer specializing in the field of Intellectual Property and handles Intellectual Property portfolios of various companies in India. He has represented multinational as well as Indian corporate houses before the Supreme Court of India, High Courts, District Courts, Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), the Trademark office, the Copyright office, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). He is proficient in handling court matters which include: Civil Injunctions/ Criminal matters/ Police and Customs recordals in infringement and Passing off actions. He has represented clients before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) pertaining to disputes arising out of cyber squatting issues. He has represented clients before the OHIM, Spain. He is proficient in monitoring and prosecution of Trademarks, Copyrights and industrial designs applications and maintains data system portfolio for various clients.

Muthu Singaram
[Chief Mentor, Muthu Singaram Consulting]

Muthu is the Chief Mentor, Head of Consulting and a corporate facilitator at Muthu Singaram Consulting, Malaysia and PQMDC, India and the Managing Trustee of Belief a foundation to promote rural education. Muthu has a MBA in Multimedia Finance and Muthu’s passion is in Entrepreneurial Development, Mentoring, Management of Emerging Technologies and Innovation. Muthu’s first-degree is in Engineering. Muthu is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Chartered Member [IET UK], a Chartered Engineer [Engineering Council, UK] and an European Engineer [European Federation of National Engineering Associations] Muthu has been a judge and mentor in many business plan competitions including IIM, IIT, Power of IDEAS, HSBC Business Plan Competition, McKinsey’s and several others in the last 10 years.

Muthu was responsible in developing the Malaysian National Uniprenuer Development Programme [NUDP] at the Multimedia Development Corporation [MDC]. Muthu was also a council member for the National Incubator Network. One of Muthu’s project’s ORDWORLD an online dispute resolution service was a provider to eBay India. Muthu has over 20 years of experience in Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Currently Muthu is working on a Virtual international Business Accelerator aka VibaZone based in several locations. Muthu is a regular speaker at many international Entrepreneurship conferences and a lead facilitator for innovation and other workshops. Currently he is the innovation driver for several companies and Universities in India and Malaysia.

Ashish Pahariya
[Manager – DSK Legal]

Ashish works as a Legal Manager at DSK Legal’s Mumbai office and has diverse experience in the areas of Energy and Infrastructure matters, Project Finance transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions transactions, etc. He has been advising many clients in infrastructure and energy space including Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Power, Rites Limited, Public Works Department (Government of Maharashtra), Indian Oil Corporation, PSA International (Singapore), Tata Realty & Infrastructure, Edelweiss Alternate Assets Advisors Limited, etc. Ashish has authored many articles on the subjects relating to Infrastructure, Energy and Project Finance published in various magazines including Indian Infrastructure, Infrastructure Today and Infraline.

Rajeev Jain
[IT and Management Consultant and Skills Trainer]

Mr. Rajeev Jain (M.Sc., MBA; Author), is a seasoned business professional with 20+ years of corporate experience. He has delivered 100s of sessions on Employability Skills and Campus2Corporate. He has hired and groomed thousands of fresher across countries with onsite visits to countries like US, China, Singapore, Hong-Kong, and Malaysia. He is a published author and has received laurels for his magnum-opus “Y2K and India” from legends like “Narayan Murthy” and “Dr. Y S Rajan”. He has been awarded by Mr. Rajendra Pawar (COO-NIIT) for his contribution towards bridging the Academia-Corporate gap. His popular employablility skills training sessions include: 1. Emerging and Hidden High-Paying Jobs for fresher; 2. Professional Tips to make Best of Summer Training (Internship); 3. Art of Negotiations; 4. C2C:Campus2Corporate (for students already selected and ready to join corporate in few months);5. Professional Resume Writing and Interview Tips; 6. Introduction to Technical Writing; 7. Employability Skills (to get the Job); 8. Employability Skills (to retain the Job)

Vikrant Pachnanda
[Advocate, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India]

Vikrant Pachnanda is an Advocate having pursued his B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU), an LLM from Cornell Law School and an LLM in Advanced Air & Space Law from the International Institute of Air & Space Law at Leiden University, Netherlands. He presently judges both the National and International Rounds of the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot, which is held annually and is the one of the only moot court competitions in the field of air law in the world. He had also participated in the said moot court competition both as a GNLU student and as a coach of the GNLU team in the past. He is also an aviation law consultant advising on several aviation related issues such policy related issues amongst others. He was one of the 8 students who were part of the first batch of students that enrolled in the inaugural course of air law at GNLU.

Bhumesh Verma
[Managing Partner – Corp Comm Legal]

Mr Bhumesh Verma is the managing partner of Corp Comm Legal [], having more than 22+ years of professional experience. He started his career at AZB and Partners, New Delhi and went on to be an equity Partner at Khaitan & Co., Paras Kuhad & Associates and Link Legal. His practice areas include advising on legal and regulatory issues concerning foreign investments in India, incorporation of companies in India, financial and technical collaborations, negotiations on clients’ behalf, formulation of strategy on legal/business issues, joint ventures and other business transactions, corporate and securities law, M&As, business agreements, due diligence and legal opinions. He also figures in the A-List of Top 100 Indian Lawyers published by India Business Law Journal [IBLJ]. Some of his recent educational initiatives include: 1) Delivering a lecture on ‘Impact Analysis of FDI in the Retail sector’ in the National Seminar on Foreign Direct Investment: Problems and Perspectives, organized by University of Pune, Department of Law; 2) Delivering a lecture on ‘Foreign Direct Investment in India’ at the NYU School of Law, Singapore. He is currently writing a book on Drafting Commercial Contracts.

Prof. Shyam Kishore
[Assistant Professor, Sandip University]

Prof. Shyam Kishore

[Assistant Professor, Sandip University]

Prof. V. Shyam Kishore is a founding faculty member of Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore.Prof. V. Shyam Kishore is a founding faculty member of Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore. Prior to entering the academic profession he practiced law as a foreign legal adviser in Singapore in two reputed law firms namely, Rajah & Tann LLP and Arfat Selvam Alliance LLC from June 2008 to May 2009. He subsequently joined KIIT School of Law, KIIT University in May 2009 and joined Alliance School of Law in August 2012 as part of its’ founding faculty.  Prof. Shyam has been primarily teaching corporate and commercial laws for many years. He specialises on the area of the law of corporate governance and has been responsible for the designing of courses on corporate governance and other areas of corporate law both at the graduate and undergraduate level in more than one university in the country. Besides he has also authored research papers that have been published in national and international journals. He has been invited as a resource person in various conferences. He has also visited other Universities as a guest faculty to deliver lectures on corporate and contract laws.He was also invited by many Universities to judge various National Moot Court Competitions.

Gunjan Ryder
[Consultant Clinical Psychologist]

Ms. Gunjan Ryder is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, practicing in the field of mental health since the last fifteen years. She is currently associated with the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Max Healthcare. She completed her Masters degree at the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi and M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore. Her work involves counselling and psychotherapy, psychometric assessments, conducting awareness programmes regarding mental health issues and training other professionals in the field. She is also involved with schools and universities, across the country, to promote overall psychosocial development of students.

She is Visiting Faculty with the Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences [Amity University]. She specializes in teaching courses on “Basic Counselling Skills”, “Psychopathology”, “Psychological Testing” and “Rehabilitation Psychology”. A core focus of her clinical practice is working with children and adolescents, parent guidance work and prevention and management of stress. She has been regularly interviewed by the Indian and International media on matters relating to mental health in India.

Deevanshu Srivastava
[Asst Professor: Jagran LakeCity University – School of Law]

Mr. Deevanshu Shrivastava is a young academician having cleared his UGC NET in Law twice and also MPSET. He completed his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Laws & Business Laws from National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2012 and since he is in the academics. Before being a part of School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal, he was associated with Department of legal Studies & Research, Barkatullah University as guest faculty and with Career College of law, Bhopal under Statute 28. He is currently pursuing hid Ph.D. from Barkatullah University, Bhopal. Apart from this he also holds, Diploma in Cyber Law, Diploma in Medical Laws, Diploma in e- Commerce Law. He has to his credentials 18 paper publications and 12 paper presentations in various reputed International and National conferences & workshops. He is member editorial board and also the lifetime member of International Journal of Legal Research and Governance and Law Mantra Journal. He is on the advisory board of various legal platforms. He has also been invited to judge the national and international moot court competitions. He has a great experience of participating and in conduction of Moot Court activities, Legal Aid Camps and various others like activities. He has won the prestigious ‘Excellence in Research Award’ twice in the academic year 2015-16 & 2016-17. He was also awarded with the Outstanding Performer for the year Award for 2015-16.

Rajneesh K Sharma
[Senior Patent Attorney]

Rajneesh Sharma is a Patent Attorney by profession and has to his credit one international publication, carved out from his master’s thesis, in the field of plasmids and other genetic elements in therapeutically important strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Trained under two prominent US based patent attorneys he has been credited with delivering opinions to Government of India, ICAR and NBRA from time to time on various issues concerning IP in general and patents in particular. He is also the Chief General Counsel for Tata Energy, Special IP Attorney for two prominent institutions in Hissar (Guru Jambeshwar University and NRCE), and EFL in the private sector. He was the Chief Negotiating Counsel for Tata Energy in the technology transfer deals of international origin for oil majors. He is also involved with 3 prominent patent product developments undertaken by NRCC (National Research Centre on Camels) Bikaner. His other thesis (Doctorate) has focus on IP (intellectual property) issues in Agricultural Biotechnology, with special emphasis on patenting in agriculture related technologies. He is also advising Rajasthan Agriculture University Bikaner on developing their Patent Portfolio. Also, discharges his duties as ex-officio OSD (Legal) to a Nobel Laureate and a biotechnologist and microbiologist by training and specialization.

[Founder, Arithme Software]

Somkiran is the founder of Arithme Software. With a background in Mathematics, he has developed an anti-spam technology called Nspam which is a proprietary, patent-pending technology. Somkiran works on IT assets focusing on domain as the most vital part of an organization and has designed patent-pending technology to care of the “Domain” as the brand.

Prof. Kalpesh kumar L Gupta
[Assistant Professor, Auro University, Surat]

Kalpeshkumar L Gupta has been working as an Assistant Professor of Law in School of Law at Auro University, Surat. He did his Bachelor of Commerce and Law, Master of Law (Business Laws) from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, Master of Business Laws from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Karnataka, Company Secretaries (Executive Programme) from Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi. He has also obtained various diplomas & certificate courses like PG Diploma in Management, Tax Management, International Business Operation, Research Methodology, Export Import Management, and Certificate course in Intellectual Properties Rights, Right to Information Act etc. Presently he is pursuing Ph.D. in Law from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. His area of interest is Corporate Laws, Right to Information Act, Court Management, General Management, Public Policy and other allied subjects. He has been delivering guest lecturers at Law, Management and Commerce colleges and various organizations in Gujarat and other states. He has participated in 50+ conferences, seminars, workshops and presented 20 papers in various National, International Conferences and Seminars. He has been actively involved in activity of awareness on Right to Information Act and so far he has conducted 20+ workshops/seminars at various places. He has proposed a unique model of National Court Management Authority for Indian Judicial System to reduce the backlog of cases and proper management in the system. He has communicated this model to President of India, Supreme Court, All High Courts, Ministry of Law, Law Commission, Chief Minister of Gujarat, National Law Universities, Leading Law colleges of India, IIMs by way of preparing a booklet on this model. He has also carved out a model for online Right to Information Application for the state and Department of Personnel and Training, Govt. of India has taken cognizance of this model.  He is having more than twelve years of work experience, worked with Advocates, CAs, Tax Consultants, Export House, Textile Eng. Co. Before Joining Auro University, he worked as an Academic Associate in Business Policy Area at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he was associated with courses on Law and Management. He is a member of All India Law Teacher’s Congress, New Delhi, All India Federation of University & College Teacher’s Organization, Kolkatta, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, All India Management Association, New Delhi, South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Surat, Transparency International India, New Delhi and many others.

R.P. Singh

R P Singh is a qualified lawyer and has more than 11 years of rich experience in various fields of Law primarily focused on real estate practice which includes due diligence reports for premises acquisition on lease and/or out right basis especially covering the areas of Delhi, NCR, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Gujarat. He is an expert in providing end-to-end solutions to clients in real estate matters right from due diligence of properties, advising on commercial aspects including valuation of properties till the conferment of title including residential and/or commercial properties with the registries and various other authorities. He has a vast experience in litigation matters and has successfully represented clients before various courts. He has also appeared before the Economic Offences Wing in relation to the matters of commercial aspects and has a vast experience in handling matters pertaining to section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Praniti Agarwal
[Practicing Lawyer]

Praniti has graduated from Gujarat National Law University. She works as an inhouse counsel in a private company. Her work profile includes drafting and negotiating loan documentation and other aspects involved in it. In the past she has also worked on intellectual property matters wherein she has assisted in filing of applications for registration of marks, designs, copyright and other aspects relating to intellectual property law. She has also been involved in pro bono work.

T.C. James
[Director, National Intellectual Property Organization (NIPO)]

T.C. James, Director, NIPO, is former Director (IPRs), Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (2001-2009). Earlier, he had been Deputy Registrar, Copyright Office (1996-2001). He had been leader/member of Indian delegations on intellectual property rights to WIPO, WTO and UNO. He had also been key negotiator on IPR matters in bilateral trade negotiations with many countries.

Presently, he is on the Faculty of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) since 2010; Guest Faculty of Indian Law Institute, New Delhi; Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy, New Delhi; National Institute of Intellectual Property Management, Nagpur; Global Institute of Intellectual Property, New Delhi; SAARC University, New Delhi; and ASC, Thiruvananthapuram.

James is author of Patent Protection and Innovation; Geographical Indications: Frequently Asked Questions; Copyright: Frequently Asked Questions; and co-author of A Handbook of Copyright Law, besides chapters in several books on IPRs. He has published many papers on IPRs, education, history and religion, and poems, in journals and periodicals.

Ayush Agrawal
[Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant]

Ayush Agrawal

[Tax Expert and Chartered Accountant]

Ayush Agrawal is a qualified chartered accountant practicing in the field of company law and income tax law.  He has a vast experience in litigation matters and has successfully represented clients before various tax authorities. He is an expert in providing end-to-end solutions to foreign clients right from investment of funds in India, advising on various statutory compliances including taxation aspects till repatriation of funds back to the foreign country.