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Speakers 2024

Chakravarthi AVPS

Global Ambassador World Packaging
Organisation

Harish Joshi

Head of Strategy and Portfolio Propix Technologies

Mallikarjun Patil

Director- Quality Assurance Azurity Pharmaceuticals

Nitin Sharma

Marketing Head BD Medical –
Pharmaceutical Systems,
South Asia

Dr. Venugopal Narne

Technical Services Leader BD Medical –
Pharmaceutical Systems,
South Asia

Ajay Bapat

Consultant Pharma Packaging

Praveen Kumar Nalanka

Senior General Manager
Packaging Development
Aurobindo Pharma

Sandeep Raktate

President - India & Ireland
Operations
Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Deepak Khurana

Vice President-Procurement
& SCM
Suven Pharmaceuticals

Bangarayya. M

Head Packaging Development Lyrus Life Sciences

Dileep Raju Seera

Senior Specialist – Data Science,
Digital Data & Analytics
MSD

Anurag Chahuan

Senior Manager Cipla

Mahesh Murthy

General Manager - Medical Device
& Packing Operations
Biocon Biologics

Sekhar babu Puli

Head - Packaging Development MSN Laboratories

Harish Jain

Director Embiotic Laboratories

Dr. Srikanth Reddy

Head & Deputy General Manager Jodas Expoim Pvt. Ltd.

Rahul Saikia

Head of Mergers and Acquisitions,
Chief Strategy Officer
Rising Pharmaceuticals

Shantanu Shome

Former General Manager
Procurement
Pfizer Healthcare

Shriniwas Singh

Head Of Department -
Packaging Development
Themis Medicare Ltd.

Prabhaharan Sankaran

Sr. Technical Account Specialist West

Chandi Prasad, Head – Packaging Development, Aurobindo Pharma

R. Chandi Prasad is currently heading Packaging Development, Commercial Team at Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Hyderabad. Aurobindo Pharma Limited is a generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing organization and features among the top 2 companies in India in terms of consolidated revenues with exports to over 150 countries across the globe.

He is having result driven, growth oriented career of multi-faceted experience over three decades in packaging development, quality control and quality assurance in reputed pharmaceutical organizations manufacturing formulations.

As a Packaging Technologist with ability to define vision, focus on short-term and long-term goals of organization, accepting pivotal assignments, sets high expectations and produced results.

Had worked with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Actavis Pharmaceutical Mfg. Limited and Natco Pharma Limited.

In the long professional career, accomplished projects of selection of packages for product stability, quality, safety, compliance to regulatory and statutory requirements, technology transfer of packaging, packaging automation projects, vendor development and audit, driving and implementation of cost saving projects in packaging materials and productivity resulting in huge savings.

Established modern quality systems for 100% compliance in packaging development and artwork management system in driving the team and achieving intended results in the organizations he is associated with. He believes in sharing knowledge is gaining knowledge and spoken in reputed seminars and conclaves on packaging technology.

Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in pharmaceutical packaging by Express Pharma.

Harish Joshi, Head of Strategy and Portfolio, Propix Technologies

Mr. Harish is Head of Strategy and Portfolio at Propix Technologies, Mr. Harish comes with a diversified industry experience with special focus on Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, business strategy. Mr. Harish has worked with global MNCs like IBM, Tech Mahindra. His alma mater includes Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Indian School of Business Hyderabad.

Chakravarthi AVPS

A die hard lover and an evangelist of pharma and packaging, recognised and awarded as most influential leader in the segment, Mr. Chakravarthi AVPS is Global Ambassador of World Packaging Organisation.

With a strong penchant and deep knowledge in Pharmaceutical manufacturing & Packaging, he is awarded PHARMA RATNA for his outstanding contribution to Brand India Pharma promotion globally. Recently appointed as Chairman, Federation of Pharma Entrepreneurs Telangana & AndhraPradesh.

He is President of INBA Hyderabad, an Indo Netherlands business association for Telangana & Andhra Pradesh . He is also member on board and Co Chair of Confederation of Indian industry

Telangana pharma & life sciences. He is also Chairman of International trade and business relations at Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Telangana province. He is honorary advisor for the apex body Pharmaceutical Exports Promotion Council, Government of India.

Winner of various National, International awards that include Ameristars and Worldstars, he is now acting as Jury for various international competitions and award programmes.

Delivered keynote addresses, chaired and mentored various conclaves and programmes in packaging, food & pharma landscapes in more than 25 countries.

Chakravarthi is fond of connecting dots across the globe.

Few awards & accolades :

  • UBM recognition award for contribution to Indian Pharma industry.
  • PHARMEXCIL Honour &recognition
  • Padma Mohana award for Industry leaders.
  • Packaging Leadership Award from World Quality Congress
  • TV 5 business leaders finalist.
  • Chief jury/ jury for various National & International awards.
  • Mentor for CPhI Innopack Pharma Worldwide
  • Chairman TS Packon international conference
  • Member on board in host of National & International industrial and business associations

Pushpa Vijayaraghavan, Director – Healthcare & Lifesciences advisory, Sathguru Management Consultants

Pushpa Vijayaraghavan leads the healthcare advisory practice at Sathguru Management Consultants. Pushpa advises Governments on policy as well as leading companies on strategy and innovation access. Pushpa has been involved in shaping marque projects globally such as the National Biopharma Mission in India and vaccine manufacturing capacity development in Sub Saharan Africa.

Pushpa serves on the Governance Board of the Medicines Patent Pool, a UN founded body to enable access to medicines in LMIC. Pushpa has been an active member of the CII National Committee on Biotech and Pharmaceuticals, is on the BioNest funding committee of BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, and was recognized as one of the twenty ‘Women Leaders in Healthcare’ in India in 2018 by Medgate Today.

Pushpa is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), an MBA from the University of Michigan (including a certificate in innovation policy), an undergraduate degree from Osmania University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Vikrant Chadawar, Sr. technical account specialist- TCS, West India

Industrial experience having more than 15 years in pharmaceutical industries. Currently working as Sr. technical account specialist- TCS and responsible for providing technical assistance to west products, process, service portfolio and support multiple accounts and business teams.

Education: Received Gold Medal for securing highest marks in B. Pharm Final Year, Master of Pharmacy, MBA

KV Sreenivasa Babu, VP-Operations, Natco Pharma

A Post graduate in Pharmaceutical sciences having around 30 yrs experience in various fields of pharmaceutical industry, i.e. R&D, completion of green field projects , manufacturing, quality and operations . Associated with various national and multinational organizations like FDC, Core health care, Sanofi-Aventis, Aurobindo and Amneal pharmaceuticals. At present associated with Natco Pharma, Visakhapatnam as Vice-president, Operations. Having expertise in people development, Training, Projects completion, manufacturing ,Packaging, efficiency improvements, new product launches and processes automation.

Ashis Bhattacharya, CEO, Sergusa Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Business Leader with over 3 decades of Experience across diverse industry segments with various companies.

Currently working as CEO- Sergusa Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company engaged in Primary Packaging for Pharmaceutical drugs viz Capsules, Tablets , Injectables. Just forayed into Direct Pharma manufacturing of Tablets, capsules and Syrups in Nutraceuticals.

A graduate electrical engineer from Jadavpur University , Kolkata , started his career with Larsen& Toubro in Mumbai and subsequently worked with CESC Ltd( RPG Group), ABP Pvt Ltd, Goss International USA, The Times of India Group( EVP- Operations) , Ess Dee Aluminum and India Foils Ltd( as Managing Director).

He possesses a Certification in Business management from ISB , Hyderabad.

He was also Governing Body member of Indian Institute of Packaging under Ministry of Commerce from 2014 to 2022.

He has a patent for PACKMARK, Encrypted Digital Invisible Watermarking Solution in medicine packs as a Anti-counterfeit Solution to prevent rampant counterfeiting of drugs as part of Project funded by CEFIPRA ( joint technical body of GOI and Government of France under DST, Government of India).

He is actively engaged in joint research projects on Sustainable Packaging with University of Chemnitz , Germany and University of Saint Etienne in France.

He is also In advisory committee of COSI , an OSLO based research body for standardizing Packaging syllabi for UG/ PG Degrees in Asia and Europe and working closely with University of Joensu in Finland in areas of Computer applications and AI in Packaging Development.

Pankaj Mishra, Sales Director for Asia-Pacific, Optel Group

Pankaj Mishra possesses an impressive 18-year career in the Capital Goods Industry, specializing in Vision Inspection Systems and Track & Trace. Since 2010, he has been actively involved in the Asia-Pacific region, dedicating his expertise to track & trace and supply chain traceability. Currently, Pankaj serves as the Sales Director for Asia-Pacific at Optel Group, where he lends his expertise to clients for their traceability projects.

With a strong passion for technology, Pankaj has acquired extensive knowledge of end-to-end product traceability technology and its functionalities. He has been a prominent speaker at various forums in India, Indonesia, China, Japan, Bangladesh and many more countries, shedding light on disruptive technology and digitization.

Pankaj holds an academic background in Mining Engineering and has earned a master's degree in International Business Management.

Prabhaharan Sankaran, Technical Account Specialist, West Pharma

Prabhaharan has more than 14 years of experience in the medical/pharmaceutical industry. In his role as the Technical Account Specialist, he provides technical support to pharmaceutical companies in India, providing product recommendations, technical trainings and advices to ensure smooth and easy uptake of West’s wide product portfolio as required for customer’s drug product application. He has rich experience in the areas of Technical customer support and medical device verification and development.

Vineet Nair, Leader - Commercial Development, BD India

Vineet Nair leads commercial development for Advanced Drug Delivery Solutions for BD (Becton Dickinson) South Asia. In a career spanning 15+ years he has worked in both Pharma as well as Medical Devices companies such as GSK, Medtronic, Biocon and BD. He has a diverse experience across domains ranging from Engineering, project and CAPEX management to Strategy and Sales/ Business development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and MBA in marketing and Operations from ISB Hyderabad.

His current specialization is in business development and managing consultative projects for Self-injection devices/Advanced drug delivery solutions catered to the needs of generic Pharma and Biotech companies.

Vice President – Digital & Transformation (Enterprise Systems, Infrastructure) at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

Pat Makena, Vice President of Digital & Transformation at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., is a global leader with a remarkable 24-year career, driving innovative digital strategies across multiple global life science & health care organizations.

Pat's leadership extends beyond borders, as he has effectively managed teams across different geographies to develop and execute crucial digital enterprise initiatives and automation programs. During his approximately 5-year tenure at West, Pat played a pivotal role in shaping the company's digital strategy and establishing the Digital Technology Center in Bangalore, India.

With dual Master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Brandeis University in the USA, Pat brings a strong educational foundation to his role. His experience working with renowned global companies in the healthcare, life science, industrial automation, and IT sectors, including Merck KGaA, Sigma-Aldrich, Invensys Systems Inc., and IBM, further demonstrates his expertise in navigating diverse cultural landscapes and overcoming technological challenges.

Madan Mohan Rao,Vice President - Quality & Compliance, Slayback Pharma

Madan is the global head and Vice President of Quality & Compliance at Slayback Pharma. He joined Slayback in year 2019. Slayback is a New Jersey-based company focused on development and commercialization of complex generics and specialty pharmaceutical products.

Madan has over 28 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry having worked in the areas of quality and technical services. Prior to joining Slayback, he worked with Biological E. Limited as Head of Quality. In his earlier roles, he worked for Mylan, Alkem, Wyeth Singapore & India and Core helathcare.

Madan holds Master’s degree in Pharmacy from L.M.College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad and did his graduation from Kakatiya University, Warangal.

Rajesh Mishra, Director - Packaging Development, Abbott Healthcare

Rajesh Mishra is currently working as Director–Packaging Development, I&D, Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. based out of Mumbai. He has over 24 years of industrial experience and had worked in various Pharmaceutical companies across India such as Sun Pharmaceuticals, Strides Arcolab, Panacea Biotec, Piramal Healthcare, and continuing with Abbott Healthcare since 10th January 2007.

He has done Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai.

His area of expertise are‘Pharma Packaging Innovations’, ‘Pharma Packaging Development’, ‘Packaging Optimisation’ and ‘Packaging Material Studies & Controls’.

His current responsibilities include Packaging Material/Design Innovations & Packaging Development of new products for Abbott India and Global.

In his current role in Abbott, he has more than 12 Packaging International Patents, 20 Design Registrations, several Indian and International packaging awards to his credit.

Mallikarjun Patil

An executive with over 20 plus years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry- Skilled in QA Operations, Quality Planning, Training, Regulatory Compliance and audits, External manufacturing operation management, and CMC-QA. Significant international experience in multicultural and multi-national assignments.

Shantanu Shome

Extensive (total 33 years) experience in Supply chain, Vendor Development, Packaging Development & manufacturing operations.

Last assignment (till 30th June 2022) was with m/s Pfizer Healthcare India Private Limited as General Manager, Direct material procurement - Vishakhapatnam plant.

Worked in Pfizer Healthcare, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Alembic Ltd, Orchid group, Infar India , & Roche Products Limited.

An effective communicator with excellent interpersonal & negotiation skills.

Strong analytical, problem solving & team management abilities.

Expertise in team building,coaching ,motivating team members to align & achieve organisational objectives.

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Technology from Jadavpur University, PG Diploma holder in Packaging Technology from IIP Mumbai, PG Diploma holder in materials management from IIMM, & CPSM certified professional (till 2019) of ISM, USA.

Shriniwas Singh

A seasoned Packaging Technologist with 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical companies (Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging).

Having work experience for over a decade in both R&D Packaging & Commercial Packaging in top MNC companies like Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Aurobindo Pharma, Wockhardt & Zydus Cadila.

Throughout my career, deeply involved in enhancing packaging operations efficiency, implementing cost-saving projects, and driving system and process improvements through digitalization and automation.

My tenure has also been marked by successful vendor development initiatives for primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging materials, ensuring quality and reliability. Actively contributed to sustainability efforts, benchmarking, standardization, and harmonization projects, aligning packaging strategies with global standards. With a passion for innovation, dedicated to delivering packaging solutions that meet the highest standards of quality, safety, and compliance.

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Technology from Jadavpur University, PG Diploma holder in Packaging Technology from IIP Mumbai, PG Diploma holder in materials management from IIMM, & CPSM certified professional (till 2019) of ISM, USA.