Rajiv Dabhadkar is the Founder of The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals (NOSTOPS), a body that dedicates itself to knowledge-worker advocacy. Since 2004, he has been actively vocal about the issues of foreign guest-workers and the need to reform the policies governing India's outward migration to host nations dependent on Indian labor. He has authored 5 books on cross-border people movement and advises IT companies on their workforce mobility related issues. As an India - US migration policy researcher, his work has been cited by the US Department of Homeland Security as well as the UK Border Agency. He works closely with the Indian ministries and Indian missions abroad to repatriate stranded victims of employer abuse overseas. He also works with Campus Incubators to mentor their startup ecosystems and in the capacity of an advisor to the Entrepreneurship Development Cells of multiple colleges. He works with early-stage startups and mid-sized enterprises in shaping their “go to market” strategies, and their cross-cultural and cross-border communications (including PR), to bridge the knowledge gap caused by disparate issues faced by Indian startups. His Op-Ed columns can frequently be found in the Economic Times, Times of India, and Money Control. Rajiv oversees the Vision and Mission mandated of NOSTOPS and pursues strategic initiatives for media campaigns, partnerships, collaboration, and technology transfer initiatives with overseas campus incubators
Ashish Kumar is the Founder-Director of OptiValue Tek Consulting, a premier technology consulting company providing architecture, design, and implementation consultancy globally to IT product and service companies alike. With 15+ years of IT experience in roles covering Technical Advisory, Product Management, Strategy, and Global delivery, Ashish is an ambitious business leader with a strong base which allows him to generate and deliver high-value outputs across the board. Highly motivated and trustworthy, he boasts of proven track record in myriad multi-million-dollar projects involving product development, business development, solutions design, technical architecture, and delivery leadership for global corporate customers. Ashish Kumar leads a team of system-architects, designers & developers that power the NOSTOPS platform.
Amit has over 13 years of comprehensive experience in the areas of Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, Partnership Development, Public Policy, Government Affairs, Government Relations, and Corporate Affairs. He joined General Central Civil Services (Group ‘A’) in a technical wing under the Prime Minister's Office and has taken premature retirement after 13 years of service with the Govt. of India with the rank of “Joint Deputy Director”. He has proven leadership skills with the ability to work collaboratively with various Government stakeholders, and possesses deep understanding of the Government structure, role of political leadership and bureaucracy in India. He has honed his relationship-building skills through a series of collaborative working relationships. A strategic advisor for multiple startups, Amit’s passion for new ventures drives him to build synergies by fostering entrepreneurial mindsets at University campuses and in the startup ecosystem in general.