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Samiran Ghosh

Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co | Startup Mentor | Author at Independent

Mumbai, India


In a career spanning 25 years, Samiran has held key roles at Microsoft, Dun & Bradstreet, IBM and TCS. Some of the senior leadership positions he has held recently are Chief Digital Advisor at Microsoft India and APAC Head of Technology for Dun & Bradstreet. Prior to that, during his 14 years at IBM, he did multiple roles across Consulting, Sales, Global Delivery, Solutioning, Research and Product Development. He took a one year sabbatical from IBM to work at the National Institute for Smart Government on several e-governance projects including the Aadhaar project.

Some of his most recent work in the digital arena include:
1. Helped design India’s first indigenously built sports car right from prototyping using the HoloLens through data monetization modelling up to the car launch in the Geneva Auto Show and in the Forza Horizon 3 X-Box game where it had than 3 million downloads – all of this using Microsoft’s own Connected Vehicle Platform along with 3rd party solutions
2. Helped conceptualise and develop functionality like connected farms, AI-based advisory, precision farming and traceability for Microsoft’s Digital Agriculture Platform that is now being socialized with key customers before commercial release. Currently he is also helping a client build their own agri-marketplace to improve farm yields and farmer realisations
3. Used Microsoft’s Smart Spaces / Smart Cities offering on the Azure Platform to deliver a working POC for the Microsoft campus expansion project at Redmond which is 145 structures across 500 acres, with 15MN sq. ft. providing office and lab space for nearly 59,000 people. In its first year alone, the POC saved $2MN with a clear visibility to save much more in the years ahead.

He has written for leading technology journals, is a guest lecturer at premier Indian and international universities, is an acknowledged AI Influencer and a TEDx Speaker. Apart from being a Senior Advisor at a leading management consulting firm, he also advises a few startups and is co-authoring a book on Blockchain and one on Artificial Intelligence to be published by Wiley in 2020.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Mumbai, India
Speaking Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation, Blockchain

Speaking Fee $5,000

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Is eternal life a reality? Some would say Yes.
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Company Type: Individual
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 7 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 32.69
Analytics 42.55
Autonomous Vehicles
Blockchain 60.66
Cloud 30.55
Digital Disruption 37.16
Digital Transformation 33.91
Emerging Technology 43.72
Innovation 30.58
Startups 30.24
Open Innovation 31.89
AR/VR 31.09
Retail 30.25
Culture 30.44
Management 32.43
Risk Management 47.04
Edtech 30.88
Govtech 30.60
Sustainability 30.86
Predictive Analytics 53.60
Supply Chain 34.83
Design Thinking 45.91
Change Management 31.60
Fintech 45.25
Mobility 30.64
Future of Work 31.21
Big Data 32.49
Leadership 30.04
Cryptocurrency 100
Cybersecurity 30.33
Diversity and Inclusion 36.14

Industry Experience

Agriculture & Mining
Financial Services & Banking
Professional Services


2 Advisory Board Memberships
Senior Advisor at Rubix Data Sciences
Senior Advisor
April 01, 2019

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Tags: Predictive Analytics, Risk Management, Supply Chain

IAMAI Blockchain Commitee
Economic Times
October 15, 2018
Member of the Internet and Mobile Association of India Blockchain Committee

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Tags: Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

6 Article/Blogs
The Evolving Nature of Cryptocurrency Regulations
July 06, 2019
This is an abstract submitted and accepted for a chapter in a book about payment technologies to be jointly published by Fintech Circle and Wiley. The complete chapter will be featured in the book to be published sometime in 2020

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Vacancies, Vacancies Everywhere: Why The Government Can't Attract The Right Talent
Huffington Post
March 04, 2016
Article in the Huffington Post India

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Tags: Culture, Digital Transformation, Govtech

mLearning: The Chance To Enhance Education In Developing Nations
January 30, 2016
Article in eLearning Magazine

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Edtech, Startups

Distance Learning: Still A Distant Possibility?
January 17, 2016
The model of the future seems to be a hybrid of what we have been used in terms of the
classical approach to teaching on the one side and then a bouquet of learning options
across various media and devices that be a woven together to create a composite whole.

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Tags: Edtech, Sustainability

Beyond the Great (Fire) Wall of China
CIO Review
December 15, 2015
The Golden Shield Project, or the GFW (Greater China Firewall) was put in place to regulate internet traffic and it blocks upwards of 90 percent, which translates into more than 2500 sites including the likes of Facebook and Twitter. Loading a non-China hosted web site takes 10-15 seconds more than if it would have been hosted in-country. It is very common for end-users in China to see a 30-second Web page load time for a page that loads in 3 seconds in the UK or Paris. This renders the website or web application unusable. Methods employed by GFW to manage content include DNS blocking, Connection phasing, URL keyword blocking and page content scanning.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Retail

Only "Selfish CSR" is sustainable
July 09, 2015
If the "C"in CSR stands for Corporate, then why should we not follow all corporate practices in the process of executing on social responsibility. Should CSR be unrelated to corporate activity? Why can it not be with selfish interest and with a motive of maximizing gain (albeit not always monetary gain) like all good capitalist logic dictates.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Sustainability

1 Book
The Paytech Book
February 01, 2019
The Paytech Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Fintech Visionaries

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

2 Entrepreneur in Residences
Ambassador for Uniris
July 12, 2019
Advocacy for a fairly unique blockchain solution from Uniris

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

Curator and Ideator
May 01, 2019

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Tags: Design Thinking, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

2 Influencer Awards
Top 25 #AI #Influencers to follow on @Twitter by 2019
AI Time Journal
December 04, 2019
With Artificial Intelligence playing a central role in the era of digital transformation, sharing information and knowledge about the advancements and the opportunities brought by AI is becoming crucial.
The influencers presented in this list are actively sharing information and knowledge about AI and disruptive technologies. They are the co-founders of AI ventures, machine learning professors, data scientists, and tech and digital transformation leaders.

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Predictive Analytics

AI Influencer
Rise Global
June 13, 2019
In the Top 50 AI Influencers list from Rise Global

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Tags: Analytics, AI, Big Data

3 Keynotes
Digital Platform Roadmap: Setting a course for Transformation
December 07, 2017
Keynote at GE Tech Talks event on #Digital Platform Roadmap: Setting a course for Transformation

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Fiinancial Inclusion 2.0 aided by Mobility
Dun & Bradstreet
November 27, 2017

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Mobility, Fintech, Diversity and Inclusion

Automation as a productivity lever for enterprises
Dun & Bradstreet
October 23, 2017

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Innovation

2 Media Interviews
Managing In-House Teams in APAC
APAC CIO Outlook
June 14, 2016
Interview carried in the APAC CIO Outlook magazine

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Tags: Culture, Emerging Technology, Management

CIO Wall
CIO Section for Economic Times
September 23, 2014
Interview in ETCIO Online Magazine

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Tags: Cloud, Management, Risk Management

2 Panels
Digital Transformation Best Practices
S P Jain IT Conclave
February 03, 2017

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Tags: Change Management, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Data Science Panel Discussion
IIT Delhi
August 14, 2015
At a panel discussion at IIT-Delhi #analytics #bigdata #datascience

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Tags: AI, Analytics, Big Data

1 Speaking Engagement
Is eternal life a reality? Some would say Yes.
August 20, 2018
Samiran Ghosh talks about how technology is taking us towards eternal life. And how things that we see in theory might turn to reality , as it has been becoming lately. He also emphasis on the way people take their lives into finding the meaning and definition of it.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Open Innovation

4 Visiting Lecturers
Digital Transformation Case Studies
September 18, 2018
Lecture to a class at INSEAD Singapore

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Tags: AR/VR, Digital Disruption, Emerging Technology

Managing IT across APAC
November 01, 2015
Addressed ISACA chapter @IIML on interesting facets of #apac it management

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Tags: Change Management, Digital Transformation, Management

Prevalence of Shadow IT
IIM Indore
September 09, 2015
Spoke @iimi on #ShadowIT as an #trend with 50% of #itspend coming from non-IT depts.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Management, Risk Management

Business Data Quality and Analytics
IIT Mumbai
September 07, 2015
Session with @SJMSoM students on .@DnBUS business, data quality and #analytics

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Tags: Analytics, Digital Disruption

3 Whitepapers
December 09, 2019
What if technology could finally simplify your daily life without jeopardizing your security? What if you were told that you already have this technology? Uniris promise is to provide access to all technologies with a simple touch of your finger while protecting your identity. The Uniris team has developed an ultra-secure and tamper-proof technology that is as secure as a chip of a Bank card. It allows you to replace any password, key or other authentication device by simply reading inside your fingers.

To operate on a global human scale without control or intervention of any person, company or state, this "open source" technology is based on a new generation network called "Blockchain". To achieve the scale and adoption we improved the blockchain technology so that it can replace any application or service: open your car or home door, identify yourself or pay online without risk to your data or goods, always have your medical record accessible yet protected ... This technology just works from the very first use regardless of where you are.

To function and reward people who host a network server (miner), a Blockchain is built around a cryptocurrency (UCO in the case of Uniris). This currency is created at the start of the project to finance all developments thus making each investor, a real participant in the construction of this New World from the very first moment of inception.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

A Truly Decentralized and Limitless Network
September 09, 2019
Cryptocurrency economy introduced a disruptive way to invest & protect assets, irrespective of government or regulatory instability. Yet it remains a promise to be delivered. Uniris aims to deliver that promise of secure, scalable, decentralized World. After 4 years of research, Uniris introduces ARCH consensus that provides 10-9 risk of fraud even at 90% malicious network activity unlike dBFT, dPoS or DAG. Similarly, even after a decade of mathematically proven trust of blockchains, mass adoption remains a pipe dream. Uniris brings mass adoption by providing the missing link of Human/Computer interaction by using a tamper-proof biometric authentication inside a new blockchain ecosystem - truly decentralized and designed to survive for centuries.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Emerging Technology

A Truly Decentralized and Limitless Network
August 12, 2019
In the following document and through four successive publications, we present the Uniris solution and how its blockchain provides a counterpoint to every single weakness of current blockchains – provides a decentralized and interoperable identity for every use-case – supports millions of transactions per second avoiding known security breaches – provides a governance integrating the community as a whole and, finally, offers the prospect of a tamper-proof, universal and risk-free human-machine interaction system.

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity



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Digital Strategy and Implementation

Location: Mumbai, India. Available for t    Date Available: July 15th, 2019    Fees: Negotiable

Submission Date: July 03rd, 2019    Service Type: Service Offered

Have worked in the CIO Office at IBM and as the CIO for APAC for Dun & Bradstreet where I successfully led large transformation programs

In my roles as a truster advisor at IBM, Microsoft and McKinsey, have partnered with CXOs to transform their customer engagement, employee experience, business model and operations by
- Reimagining and envisioning their digital transformation journeys
- Enabling them to rapidly experiment with new use cases / technologies like Mixed Reality, Connected Vehicles, Blockchain, BOTs, IOT and AI

Have the added advantage of having served on the buy and sell side of the technology landscape.

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