Mr. Yash Pal Sahni, one of the pioneers of Indian IT industry, is a strategic advisor to Nihilent’s India operations. He is ex-President and COO of Tata Consultancy Services and has more than 40 years of experience in Information Technology and consulting. An integral part of TCS since its inception in 1968, Mr. Sahni was responsible for growth of TCS operations, along with their consultancy operations worldwide. Mr. Sahni has donned several roles after his stint with TCS, including as Executive Chairman of ALIT, the IT arm of Hinduja Group, Director of iSmart Global, Advisor at iPractice, strategic advisor to GTL among others. He was also on a short assignment with KK Birla group and was involved in the acquisition of a US based company as part of its growth strategy.
Mr. Sahni holds an honours degree in Maths and Masters in Applied Statistics. He is ex-President and Fellow of Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI). He has attended several senior management development programmes at business schools including Harvard Business School (ISMP).
Prof. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar is an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has held senior positions in academics at several leading universities including as Professor of Electrical Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Concordia University, Montreal , and the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prof. Vidyasagar is credited with the promotion of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), into a leading research laboratory in India, working in areas such as flight control, robotics, neural networks, and image processing. In the year 2000, he joined Tata Consultancy Services as an Executive Vice President, where he created the Advanced Technology Center, an industrial R&D laboratory of around 80 engineers, spanning areas including computational biology, quantitative finance, e-security, identity management, and open source software to support Indian languages.
Prof. Vidyasagar retired from TCS and joined the University of Texas at Dallas, as a Cecil & Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science. In March 2010 he was named as the Founding Head of the newly created Bioengineering Department, a position that held until June 2013. He is the first recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and was named as a Distinguished Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad. He now divides his time between UT Dallas and IIT Hyderabad.
Prof. Vidyasagar is Advisor to Nihilent. His current research interests are in the application of stochastic processes and stochastic modelling to problems in computational cancer biology, quantitative finance, and control systems.
He has received a number of awards including Fellowship in The Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the IEEE Control Systems (Field) Award, the Rufus Oldenburger Medal of ASME, among others. He is the author of eleven books and more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals.