STeP-IN is India’s first and most comprehensive forum exclusively focused on Software Testing. STeP-IN Forum has played a pioneering role in shaping the evolution of Software Testing in India. The numbers reveal the true story!

STeP-IN Forum has benefited more than 50,000 test professionals, managers, architects, Vice Presidents and CXOs through a variety of conferences, tutorials, evening talks and webinars. Over the years, STeP-IN has produced a dozen software testing conferences and 9 themed events across different locations in India. The Annual STeP-IN SUMMIT has grown to be one of the largest Testing Conferences in the Asia-Pacific Region.

STeP-IN Forum

STeP-IN, the Forum for Software Testing Practitioners came into being in October 2003 at Bangalore. STeP-IN‚ registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, operates on a Non-Profit basis.

Our Core Committee Members

Steering Committee

Raj Neravati

Vipul Kocher

President-ITB, Director-Verity Software, Co-Founder-SALT

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Vipul Kocher

President-ITB, Director-Verity Software, Co-Founder-SALT

Vipul is a co-founder of SALT and Verity software and President of Indian Testing Board, the ISTQB board for India. Prior to that he co-founded and ran PureTesting, a very successful testing services company. He has over 20 years of testing experience including managing Adobe Reader testing.

He has worked for a number of reputed companies such as Adobe Systems, Aplion Networks and River Run Software Group. He has managed testing for various award-winning products such as Adobe Reader for multiple platforms, routers and network management products, mail and database access products for mobile devices and desktops amongst others.

He has won several awards including the best paper award at STAREast 2006 and the Logica CMG Triple Star Award for the most original contribution at EuroStar 2005. He has been a Keynote speaker at many testing conferences in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia-New Zealand. He has been a contributor to the ISTQB FL and AL syllabi as well.

Vipul invented Q-Patterns, a method of capturing testing knowledge and writing reusable test cases. This method is being used by various organizations across the world. He is also the inventor of extension to Noun-and-Verb technique for creation of large number of tests from minimal documentation in shortest time possible.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from IIT, Delhi.

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Raj Neravati

Vinay Baid

STeP-IN Vice Convener, Co-Founder - Verity Software

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Raj Neravati

Raj Neravati

Founder and CEO of Hug Innovations Corp

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Raj Neravati

Founder and CEO of Hug Innovations Corp

17+ years of experience in the IT industry. Having worked in diverse industries, ranging from Financial Services and Insurance to Health Care, Raj is currently building wearable devices with a vision to humanize technology and transform the way we interact in the IOT world today. Prior to launching Hug Innovations, Raj has led large IT Services organizations that specialized in Software Quality Assurance Services.

Raj Neravati

Vivek Mathur

Senior VP, Indium Software & Co-President, STeP-IN Forum

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Vivek Mathur

Senior VP, Indium Software & Co-President, STeP-IN Forum

Vivek Mathur is Sr VP, Delivery with Indium Software. Established in 1999, Indium Software is a global Independent Software Testing Services Company with multi-domain focus, fostered by IP-led innovation.

Vivek has 23 years of work experience, 18 in IT. He set up Quality Engineering & Testing organizations across product and service companies: Intelligroup, McAfee, and Altisource. He was an early member of Infosys IVS. He is passionate about building the stature of the testing community and has been active in the STeP-IN Forum for nearly 10 years.

Special Initiatives

Yogananda Jeppu

Head – Academia Collaboration Honeywell

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Yogananda Jeppu

Head – Academia Collaboration Honeywell

Dr. Yogananda Jeppu is a BE in Electronics and Communication, from Mangalore University, a Post Graduate in Missile Guidance and Controls from Pune University. He has a PhD in Reliability from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His doctoral thesis is on Certification of Safety Critical Control Systems using Model Based Techniques. He has been working in the field of Control System Design and Implementation, Simulation of Aerospace Systems, Verification and Validation for aircrafts and missiles for the past 28 years. He has several publications on Randomized Testing, Orthogonal Array Testing and Missile Guidance and Control. He has a US patent for “Software License Independent Image Generation”. He is a recipient of many awards notable are the Commendation Certificate for “Significant Contributions made to the Integrated Guided Missiles Programme”, and the “National Aerospace Laboratories Technology Shield for Outstanding Achievement in LCA Control Law Design, Certification and Successful Flight Tests”. He has a mention in the Limca book of Records for his hobby – philately.

He started his career in 1987, working on Missiles and Indian LCA programme with Defense R&D Organization. He is currently working in Honeywell Technology Solutions as Principal Systems Engineer.

Dr. Nandakumar Ramakrishnan

Program Test Director & Accessibility Evangelist, COLRUYT-IT Consultancy India Pvt Ltd

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Dr. Nandakumar Ramakrishnan

Program Test Director & Accessibility Evangelist, COLRUYT-IT Consultancy India Pvt Ltd

Dr. Nandakumar Ramakrishnan, a doctorate in Information Technology from Prescott University, UK works with COLRUYT- IT Consultancy India Private Limited as a Program Test Director and Accessibility Evangelist.

He has over 16+ years of experience in Software Quality Engineering and Information Security working for startups as well as technology giants like eBay, Yahoo & Expedia. During his career, he has led pan-global test teams and functioned as individual contributor for various types of testing methodology, playing on various areas such as Test Delivery, Security Test Architectural Solution, Tool Development, Testing Automation Framework Design and Solution, Security Assessment and PCI-DSS & BS 7799 Compliance, Accessibility based on Section 508 and Cloud computing. He is also expert in Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean & CMMi/TMMi and also introduced Security Assessment Scrum Process.

He contributes as a Head of Technical Committee at the STeP-IN Forum. He also has been core reviewer for various STeP-IN Conference CFP from 2008 to 2016 on various themes on Testing, Agile, DevOps and Security. He was also Panelist for Global Accessibility Event. He also presented on various forum such as ISQT 2008, Silicon India Java Conference, Techshare, Tech-Gig & STeP-IN Webinar Series. He has won eBay Quality Awards in H1 ,H2 2012 & H1 2013, Hackathon Spot award, as well as two Yahoo! Odyssey awards for security & innovation.

Nikhil Bhandari

Head – Community Engagement & Social Media Strategy QA Manager, Lithium Technologies

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Nikhil Bhandari

Head – Community Engagement & Social Media Strategy QA Manager, Lithium Technologies

Nikhil Bhandari has more than 15+ years of experience in Test Engineering and Tools Development area. He is currently working as QA Manager at LITHIUM Technologies where he is heading the QA organization at their newly opened center in Bangalore. Previous to Lithium, he worked with VISA, where he led tools/framework team for Digital & Mobile group. His team built unified test automation framework for the dev & test engineers to simplify automation of business flows, increase productivity and define quality gates. Prior to that, Nikhil had multiple roles at INTUIT over 9+ years leading QA teams for TurboTax, Mint and QuickBooks Online. Before Intuit, Nikhil worked at Oracle, McAfee and Satyam. Nikhil has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and currently doing his Executive Management program from IIM Bangalore.

Nikhil has presented papers in many conferences across the globe. He is associated with STeP-IN in various roles for past 6+ years and is integral part of Tech Review Panel.

Renu Rajani

Head – Women Leadership in Testing Arena VP, Capgemini

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Renu Rajani

Head – Women Leadership in Testing Arena VP, Capgemini

Renu has overall 25 years of experience in leading IT Services Delivery, IT Outsourcing Governance, Infrastructure Services, and Business/IT Consulting including Solution and Technical Sales. She has covered Shared Delivery (Factory Model), Fixed Bid, Managed Services engagements, and transitions in her service delivery experience. Renu has led department of size ~4000 headcount (Contributing services revenue of $250M pa), and has built and led large accounts with annual revenue of $50-100M. Renu has led governance and spend optimization of a $400M portfolio for Citibank. In her roles with Capgemini Renu led a large Managed Testing Services contract in an outcome based model. Renu is currently heading Testing GSL sales transformation office.

Renu has authored book “Software Testing” which was published with McGrawHill in 2003 and has seen 13 reprints so far, and this book is a text/recommended reading in many universities in India. The book has been recently revised and is under publication. Renu has been recipient of Testing thought leadership award in 2008 by PureTesting. In 2010, Renu was featured in “Women in Testing, All Stars”. Renu is Capgemini Global Testing thought leader featured on capgemini.com on “Managed Services” subject matter and Capgemini’s global Expert Connect program. Renu was recently conferred “Testing Leader of the Year 2015” award by Unicom’s India Testing League.

Renu holds an MS (Mgmt) from Purdue University USA, MBA (Finance), and B Tech degree in Computer Science. She is an IBM Sr PM Certified with DPE/SM discipline, and holds ITIL V3, CAIIB, APICS, PMP and CSTE Certifications.

Renu has served on STEP-In Steering committee for 2 years during 2010-12 and spearheaded initiative of benchmarking state of testing services in Indian IT industry – a joint initiative of STEP-IN with DQ.

Rahul Verma

Founder & CTO, Test Mile

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Rahul Verma

Founder & CTO, Test Mile

Rahul Verma is a serial testing entrepreneur from Bangalore. He is the Founder & CTO of Test Mile and Talent Reboot . He is the author of RahulVerma. Co-creator of CMAP certifications and one of the authors of ISTQB foundations. He is an advisor and researcher for SALT – School of Applied Learning in Testing. An awarded thought leader for his contributions to Indian testing community, he is known for his practical and unified view of software testing. His software testing experience includes test automation frameworks, agile testing, web security, Java & Python, design patterns and web performance testing. He has presented, published articles and educated thousands of testers in the said areas.

Nagaraju Vunnava

Practice Head – Testing and Quality Assurance, Hitachi Consulting

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Nagaraju Vunnava

Practice Head – Testing and Quality Assurance, Hitachi Consulting

Nagu has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry, primarily in Delivery Management, Competency Building, large programs management, and practice management. He is heading the testing practice at Hitachi Consulting’s India Center.

Nagu’s core strengths are in Building strong teams, capability management, practice management and delivery management. Strong Resource Management, Project Management and Coordination expertise supported by high degree of communication and leadership skills. Specific to testing domain, his skills are in Building Test Automation Tools and Methodology specific to the project / product and Cost optimization by implementing right tools & techniques and continues process improvements.

Prior to Hitachi Consulting (by acquisition of Sierra Atlantic), Nagu has worked in SQL Star international as Quality manager and Project Manager. Nagu has done his Masters in Computer Applications from India’s one of the premier colleges - Regional Engineering College – Trichy (now known as National Institute of Technology). Nagu was awarded the best people manager by Sierra Atlantic and he was the EC Chair for STeP-IN’s Hyderebad Chapter during 2013 -15. He is also associated with QAI’s STC as Regional Jury member.

Smita Kelkar

Associate Manager – System Test and Automation at Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd

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Smita Kelkar

Associate Manager – System Test and Automation at Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd

Smita works at Siemens Industry Software (I) Pvt .Ltd as an Associate Manager – System Test and Automation. Her overall experience of 19 years in IT industry expands to multiple profiles such as program management, release management, build and configuration management. She has handled various testing assignments including manual, performance and automation testing. In her past experience, she has been the Scrum-master for agile implementations. Apart from being an IT veteran, she takes keen interest in Travel, Photography and Theatre .She is a certified Ornithologist and feels her whistling skill takes her close to nature. Smita takes pride in knowledge delivery, loves to do it and is skilled to teach Software topics. An avid life lover, Smita would delve into social assignments that make her happy and keep energized!

Chapter Chairs

Kamesh Sundaram

Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Bangalore

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Kamesh Sundaram

Director, OpenText & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Bangalore

Graduated from Murugappa Polytechnic Chennai in Dec 1985. Started my career as a Field Support Engineer in the field of telecom EPABX systems in 1986 with HCL communications Ltd Chennai, Continued to work as Customer Support Engineer at Crompton Greaves Ltd till 1989. Took a break and furthered my education and pursued my Bachelors and Master’s program in Electrical Engineering. Worked in the US for about 14 years in Small, Mid-Sized and Large organizations between 1996 and 2010. Relocated to India in 2010 as a Director of Quality Assurance and Product Support at Onmobile Global. Currently, I am with OpenText GXS as Director of Software Quality (Strategic Projects). I am an active member of STeP-IN forum one of the largest Test Professional Groups in India and Asia. Additionally, I am chairman of STeP-IN Forum for the Bangalore Chapter.

Sunil Peter

Sr. Manager & Head of Process Methods & Tools (PMT) at Maveric Systems & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Chennai

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Sunil Peter

Sr. Manager & Head of Process Methods & Tools (PMT) at Maveric Systems

Sunil is an experienced Technology & Business Process Leader with multicultural background of 15 years’ experience in the areas of Business Quality Management Consulting, Process Architect for Cross functional processes & ERP automation, Coach, Trainer for change management. He is an expert in adapting global models such as SEI-CMMI, Agile, Scrum, SAFe, ISO, PSM, EFQM, TMMI & TMAP to benchmark and improve Service Delivery & Operations Excellence for internal & external clients.

Sunil has delivered various projects across various industry verticals like Defence/Aerospace, FMCG, Telecom, BSFSI, Travel & Transportation, spanning across APAC, Middle East, North Africa, US & UK. This gives him great understanding of the delivery challenges faced in multicultural settings & trouble shoots effectively.

He currently heads the corporate quality (PMT function) at Maveric & plays the additional role of Chief info sec officer.

He is a certified SAFe Agilist, CSP, CSPO, CSM, CMMI ATM, Green Belt.

He is a student of theology & philosophy. Loves traveling, meeting people & works for social causes.

Kalilur Rahman

Head - IT, QA & Testing at Novartis & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Hyderabad

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Kalilur Rahman

Head - IT, QA & Testing at Novartis

Kalilur Rahman is a Head of IT – Testing and Quality at Novartis, handling Test Delivery operations for Commercial IT unit. Before Novartis, Kalilur was a Senior Manager / Vice President – Communications, Media and Technology practice aligned to Testing Capability

Sundar Ganesh

Director - Head Testing (Barclaycard), Barclays & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Pune

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Sundar Ganesh

Director - Head Testing (Barclaycard), Barclays

Sundar is a banking and financial information technology professional leads large global teams. Sundar specialises in software quality and is focused on enhancing customer experience. Sundar joined Barclays Technology Center, India in its inception and was instrumental in setting up its testing practice from 2007. Under his stewardship, Sundar has matured a world class testing CoE which delivers quality with agility and innovation. Currently he heads the cards testing globally.

Sundar has a track record of successful delivery of testing projects for banks and financial institutions in USA, Europe, Asia Pacific and for global 500 financial organisations such as GE, Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, Wipro, CNA and State Bank of India. He is very passionate about QA and a keen contributor to the IT industry and partcipates in industry forums.

Rahul Vishwaroop

Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Noida

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Rahul Vishwaroop

Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

As the Lead Quality Manager for Adobe InDesign, he is responsible for ensuring timely and quality release for this flagship desktop and digital publishing product. The team is distributed across India, US, Japan and China. In collaboration with a team of managers, he oversee the progress of the product and have devised measures to quantitatively monitor progress and success. We have formulated processes that have helped testing become agile and optimal.

Link: www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-vishwaroop-9052b4


STeP-IN Chapters Jul 2015 - Jun 2017

Executive Committee Members

  • Bangalore Committee

    Kamesh Sundaram

    Bangalore EC Chair
    Director, OpenText & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Bangalore

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    Kamesh Sundaram

    Director, OpenText & Chapter Chair, STeP-IN-Bangalore

    Director of Software Quality Assurance, OpenText Corporation

    Graduated from Murugappa Polytechnic Chennai in Dec 1985. Started my career as a Field Support Engineer in the field of telecom EPABX systems in 1986 with HCL communications Ltd Chennai, Continued to work as Customer Support Engineer at Crompton Greaves Ltd till 1989. Took a break and furthered my education and pursued my Bachelors and Master’s program in Electrical Engineering. Worked in the US for about 14 years in Small, Mid-Sized and Large organizations between 1996 and 2010. Relocated to India in 2010 as a Director of Quality Assurance and Product Support at Onmobile Global. Currently, I am with OpenText GXS as Director of Software Quality (Strategic Projects). I am an active member of STeP-IN forum one of the largest Test Professional Groups in India and Asia. Additionally, I am chairman of STeP-IN Forum for the Bangalore Chapter.

    Padmanabhan Venkatesan

    Bangalore EC Member
    Harman Connected Services & Chapter Vice-Chair, STeP-IN Bangalore

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    Padmanabhan Venkatesan

    Harman Connected Services & Chapter Vice-Chair, STeP-IN Bangalore

    Padmanabhan V (Paddy) is a senior business leader who has built & managed several successful verticals business units globally enabling customers realize their technology & digital transformation vision. An engineer at heart Paddy has successfully applied his technology & domain expertise in building IP & solutions that has helped industries solve several of its key challenges and accelerated business growth. Paddy has worked across several verticals and industry domains such as Media , Entertainment , Hi-tech , Energy , Industrial focusing on Digital transformation , IOT , Digital marketing , Direct to consumer ecommerce platforms & Targeted recommendation engines. Paddy is currently heading the Energy , Industrial & Retail business unit at Harman connected services. In his current portfolio he is driving several smart city , smart grid & meters , connected cars , Home automation , Smart security & Industrial IOT programs that enables customers to build and launch real time data driven globally connected platforms delivering direct consumer engagement.

    Kannappan Ravi

    Bangalore EC Member
    VP, Techmahindra & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

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    Kannappan Ravi

    VP, Happiest Minds & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

    A High energy passionate-well informed professional with 29 years of IT Experience with Embedded Product Engineering, Software development, Software Products / Applications, Information Security, Quality Engineering & Test Automation. Holds Bachelor degree in EEE from Sri Jaya Chamarajendra College of Engineering ,Mysore University & executive MBA –IIMB (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore)

    Area of Expertise: a) Currently Responsible – Quality Engineering & Assurance services, globally and focused on Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, Mobility, Application Security, Information Security and Internet of Things. Development of Integrated Next Gen Automation frameworks, Innovative Open source Test Accelerators, Agile Solutions in Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Integrated Technology Transformational COEs. b) Earlier completed 25 years of Valuable experience with Wipro, had handled several leadership roles, in areas of High Availability Product Solutions Delivery Management, Test Automation, Program Management, Business Development, offering Product Engineering services for US, UK, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Apac. c) Handled multiple Accounts as Global Delivery Head, Received Customer delight levels ratings on Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience Index, and Net Promoter Score consistently across Global Clients. d) Handled Enterprise Risk Management in Information Security, Enterprise Risk and Cyber security. e) Certified Six Sigma Green Belt: executed projects, successfully delivered Multiple High Quality Products with High Availability quality Releases, Increased the Quality of Deliverables & Test Effectiveness.

    Laurels & Awards: a) Won – Bell Northern Research President & CEO Canada award in 1997and 3 times Wipro President’s awards in 1993, 1996 and 2004. b) 2006: Business Excellence Award awarded by SVP Mr. Subramanyam of the Telecom Solutions Business. c) 2004: Telecom Excellence Award ‘Front Runner ’ in Optical BU, awarded by Dr A.L. Rao, President Telecom. d) 1999: Nortel Service Excellence Award from Mr. Peter Benedek, VP R&D Nortel, and Mr. Ramesh Emani, President Telecom Solutions –Wipro Technologies. e) 1997: Nortel Certificate of Merit Award from Mr. Greg Mumford, President and CEO of Broadband, Bell- Northern Research. Globally the first non-BNR employee to win this award. f) 1997:“Ambassador of Wipro“award from Mr .Diju Raha President Nortel R&D Outsourcing. g) 1996: ‘Winning Wipro Systems’ award from Mr. V Chandrasekaran, President Wipro Systems. h) 1995 : “ Delivery Excellence – USD 1000 award for contributions to OC48 /OC12 Automation i) 1993: Excellence award for innovation in the project from Wipro R&D Head.

    Contributions to Non Profit Organizations, Thought Leadership in building Next Gen Technology Community: a) Jury and Panel member for the EMC 2014: Cybersecurity and Proactive Risk Management. b) Technical Advisory Board Member & Speaker VTU 2014: Harnessing SMAC Technology Skills for employability. c) Innovation Panel member for the Horizon 2020 Emerging Technology Initiatives from European Universities. d) Developed Tech Papers on Next Gen FAST DATA, Next Gen Digital Telecom and FAST Automation. e) Jury and Advisory Board member for QAI- STC 2015, 14 & 13 International Software Testing Conferences. f) Keynote Speaker –Unicom summit -2015 Topic: Enter the future era of FAST DATA and FAST Automation. g) Keynote Speaker: Step-Auto 2015: Topic Design thinking and Critical thinking. How to be Quality Ambassadors for Creating the Next Gen Customer Experience and Business Efficiency. h) Keynote Speaker for QAI STC 2014: New Paradigm Shift -Decoding the needs & Skills in Disruptive Technologies. i) Keynote Speaker, Business Excellence 2014. Emerging needs, trends in building the Nextgen Global Enterprises. j) Program Chair & Panel member for ISQT 2014 : Business Value and Quality Engineering k) Speaker and Panel – Step-In 2014: The Paradigm Shift -Decoding the new Imperatives for the next gen Global CXOs. l) Chief Guest and speaker on KLE University 2014: TQM applied in education effectiveness with Nextgen Technologies. m) Invited Speaker: CXO Round table by Microsoft / QSIT 2013. The Team approach – Agile & Continuous Integration.

    Mohan Babu Nellore

    Bangalore EC Member
    Director, Visa Inc & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

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    Mohan Babu Nellore

    Director, Visa Inc & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

    Mohan Nellore is a seasoned technology leader in the software industry at various capacities of quality engineering. Based in Bengaluru, currently works with Visa as Director of Test Engineering. Prior to this role, he worked at product development companies like eBay, Yahoo! and Dell in his professional career spanning over 15 years. Mohan has a strong expertise in internet, e-commerce and online payment domains while skills include a whole stack of open source technologies. He is well known for evangelizing processes that result in transformational changes across the organization.

    Holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Bangalore University. Also, Mohan has a long association with STeP-In Forum in the past through some of the flagship summit plenary talks.

    LinkedIn profile can be found at – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohanbn

    Sriraman Chakravarthy

    Bangalore EC Member
    Founder And Director, Metamorphic Networks P Ltd & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

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    Sriraman Chakravarthy

    Founder And Director, Metamorphic Networks P Ltd & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

    Sriraman Chakravarthy ex Director from Cisco , Founder & Director of a start up Metamorphic Networks P Ltd developing software solutions for Connected living with IOT / Cloud / Mobile infrastructure has over 30+ Years of experience on software development and Managing Global R&D Centres.

    He comes with Thirty plus years experience on cutting edge technologies, with proven experience in developing and commercializing technologies and products in Pay TV, STB, Cloud, Betting Games solution, CTI, Telecom, Wireless Technologies, Computer Networking & Network Management systems, DSP – Audio processing ,Device Driver and special Solutions for many Global customers.

    Sriraman is a Graduate in Physics and a Graduate in Engineering (Electronics and Communications) is also a Master in Business administration (Software Systems). He is also a Certified Board of Directors from Institute of Directors and Certified Scrum Master and Certified Product Owner from Scrum Alliance. He is also a Sahithya Sironmani in Sanskrit Language. He is also active member in IEEE and also Professor at Dayananda Sagar University mentoring budding entrepreneurs.

    He is married and has a daughter doing her MBBS (Medicine). His hobbies includes Music, Teaching and Mentoring students and budding entrepreneurs.

    Satish Taribalalu

    Bangalore EC Member
    Director QA & Development, Misys

    Kavitha Kadambi

    Bangalore EC Member
    General Manager, Wipro & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

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    Kavitha Kadambi

    General Manager, Wipro & STeP-IN EC Member – Bangalore Chapter

    Kavitha Kadambi is General Manager, Strategic Programs at the CIO Office, Wipro. In this role, Kavitha runs large programs such as to adopt current best in class technologies to transform the Wipro landscape across infrastructure and applications and thus drive Go To Market solutions.

    Prior to joining Wipro in 2015, she was with OnMobile Global, where she played various roles. Kavitha was instrumental in setting up Information Systems which was crucial in scaling the organization across geographies, customers and product lines. She also headed the Data Products Unit for emerging markets, and had overall responsibility for product evolution, delivery and operations. She joined OnMobile as Head of Program Management and was responsible for all delivery across customers.

    Kavitha was with Infosys till 2006. In her last role as Group Program Manager, she anchored critical global programs across multiple customers in the telecom domain.

    Kavitha has a Masters degree in Communications & Software Engg from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a Bachelor in Engg from BMS College, Bangalore. She is passionate about technology led scale and transformation.

    Ganesh Duraisamy

    Bangalore EC Member
    Associate Manager, SAP Labs

    Gowri S Ramani

    Bangalore EC Member
    Vice President Professional Services, MetricStream

    Bhavna Varshney

    Bangalore EC Member
    Program Director - Quality, Sharp Software Development India Pvt Ltd

    Haribabu Nandyal

    Bangalore EC Member
    Head – Quality Engineering, Practo

  • Hyderabad Committee

    Kalilur Rahman


    Hyderabad EC Chair
    Head - IT, QA & Testing
    Novartis

    Imran Ahmed Ansari


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Vice President
    Delivery & Testing Services, TenXLabs

    Amrendra Kumar Tripathi


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Director of Integration Services
    Meridium Services and Labs Pvt Ltd.

    Anuradha Amudalapalli


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Vice President
    Virtusa

    Kalyankumar Neravati


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Test Manager
    CSC

    Prasanti Madireddi


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Senior Director
    Oracle Corporation

    Prosenjit Sengupta


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Manager, Quality Engineering
    ServiceNow

    Raghavendra Bashyam


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Test Manager
    Infosys

    Ramaswamy Venkatraman


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Principal, ITSM - Project Management Office
    Invesco

    Richin Gupta


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Senior Manager - Technology
    Genpact LLC

    Umakanta Mansingh


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Vice President – Quality and IT Infrastructure
    Information Technology Infrastructure Services

    Avantika Sahay


    Hyderabad EC Member
    Director
    Kony IT Services Pvt Ltd
  • Chennai Committee

    Sunil Peter


    Chennai EC Chair
    Sr. Manager & Head of Process Methods & Tools (PMT)
    Maveric Systems

    Madhava Prasad Santhana Kumar


    Chennai EC Member
    Test Process Consultant

    Gnanasuriyan R


    Chennai EC Member
    QA Practice Head
    InfoTrellis

    Jyothsna Sravanthi


    Chennai EC Member
    Consultant
    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

    Jyothi Rangaiah


    Chennai EC Member
    Test Manager
    AstraZeneca

    Babu VL

    Chennai EC Member
    Head – Testing and DevOPS, Excelacom Technologies & STeP-IN EC Member – Chennai Chapter

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    Babu VL

    Head – Testing and DevOPS, Excelacom Technologies & STeP-IN EC Member – Chennai Chapter

    A seasoned and passionate Testing professional having two decade plus experience in Telecom Testing – SW & HW, Manufacturing, R&D, Product and Services segments. Expert in Process implementation and transformation, business assurance, Corporate training & Mentoring. Has certified multiple hardware / software products & managed L2/L3 service delivery for Tier1 organizations across the globe. Currently Heading TCoE and DevOPS at Excelacom Technologies, Siruseri, Chennai. Prior to this had taken multiple roles at Logica( CGI), Impiger Technologies, Midas communications, Pentafour and Indchem.

  • Pune Committee

    Sundar Ganesh

    Pune EC Chair
    Director - Head of Compliance Technology India, Barclays Read More

    Sundar Ganesh

    Director - Head of Compliance Technology India, Barclays

    Sundar is a banking and financial information technology professional leads large global teams. Sundar specialises in software quality and is focused on enhancing customer experience. Sundar joined Barclays Technology Center, India in its inception and was instrumental in setting up its testing practice from 2007. Under his stewardship, Sundar has matured a world class testing CoE which delivers quality with agility and innovation. Currently he heads the cards testing globally.

    Sundar has a track record of successful delivery of testing projects for banks and financial institutions in USA, Europe, Asia Pacific and for global 500 financial organisations such as GE, Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, Wipro, CNA and State Bank of India. He is very passionate about QA and a keen contributor to the IT industry and partcipates in industry forums.

    Amit Vaidya


    Pune EC Member
    ITT SAP Test Manager
    Schlumberger India Technology Center

    Vasanthapriya Mohankumar


    Pune EC Member
    Head - IGNIO for Assurance
    Tata Consultancy Services

    Varun Rathore


    Pune EC Member
    Delivery Manager
    Infosys

    Suneel Jagdale


    Pune EC Member
    Head Comos India System test and R & D
    Siemens Industry Software (India) Private Limited

    Ravichandran Durairajan


    Pune EC Member
    Head-Test Center of Excellence
    Schlumberger India Technology Center

    Ranjan Banerjee


    Pune EC Member
    Associate Director
    Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Shailendra Jha


    Pune EC Member
    Vice President
    Capgemini

    Poonam Jain

    Pune EC Member
    Manager,
    Tieto Software Technologies Limited
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    Poonam Jain

    Manager, Tieto Software Technologies Limited

    Poonam Jain, Manager, Tieto Software Technologies Limited is leading the Testing Process CoE where her responsibilities involve consulting, defining, optimizing, implementing efficient and effective testing processes, software measurement and process improvement programs within Tieto and Client organisations.

    Prior to joining Tieto, she has held a variety of roles at Capgemini India latest being Testing Transformation Leader where her consulting engagements focused on helping international clients implement and improve quality, productivity and measurement processes using DevOps, Agile and Lean principles.

    She has over 15 years of professional experience in Programme, Project Management and Consulting Client organizations in software measurement, benchmarking software productivity, development methodologies and process improvement using Lean /Agile Principles. She is also an international consultant and instructor in the areas of estimation, lean ,agile.

    She has received her Commerce degree in Marketing from Pune University, a Computer Engineer degree from NIIT Pune and Diploma in Business Management from All India Institute of Management Studies.

    She is Associate Certified Coach from International Coach Federation, SAFe Agilist , Agile Coach ,Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Internal Auditor ISO 9001:2008 by DNV and Cosmic Function Points Entry Level Certificate Holder.

    She is associated closely with Cosmicon and involved in the review of estimation guidelines. She is also an active member of TMMi Foundation and part of the Review and Author Panel for TMMi & Agile.

    Ajit Pendse


    Pune EC Member
    Practice Leader – Testing
    Clarion Technologies
  • Noida Committee

    Rahul Vishwaroop

    Noida EC Chair
    Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

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    Rahul Vishwaroop

    Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

    Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

    As the Lead Quality Manager for Adobe InDesign, he is responsible for ensuring timely and quality release for this flagship desktop and digital publishing product. The team is distributed across India, US, Japan and China. In collaboration with a team of managers, he oversee the progress of the product and have devised measures to quantitatively monitor progress and success. We have formulated processes that have helped testing become agile and optimal.

    Link: www.linkedin.com/in/rahul-vishwaroop-9052b4

    Aashu Chandra

    Noida EC Member
    Director and Head - Testing Services at Infogain

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    Aashu Chandra

    Director and Head - Testing Services at Infogain

    Experience of setting up Testing COE - Vast experience of managing delivery of dual shore testing projects (both manual and automated) testing - Laying down the framework of Testing COE so as to help in the following: a) Streamlining the testing process b) Evaluating and building automation frameworks on latest testing tools and technologies c) Mentor and provide training to the testing professionals Specialities: - Building test automation frameworks for reducing automation cost/effort - Implementing best practices of testing with respect to tools, technologies and processes in testing domain. - Mentoring and career development of testing resources

    Link: https://in.linkedin.com/in/aashuchandra

    Yogita Sahoo

    Noida EC Member
    Vice President, Testing at Mindfire Solutions

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    Yogita Sahoo

    Vice President, Testing at Mindfire Solutions

    Yogita currently leads the Testing business unit at Mindfire Solutions, India. In this role she focuses at business growth as well as managing some of their largest and strategic client accounts. She has more than 15 years of professional experience primarily in software testing and she constantly guides her testing team to acquire new skills and technically challenging projects. Her passion for testing has made her contribute to the international QA community through various articles and presentations. She actively participates in initiatives that aim to bring about changes in the Indian testing scenario.

    Link: https://in.linkedin.com/pub/yogita-sahoo/40/515/6b8

    N.K. Garg

    Noida EC Member
    VP & Head Quality at R Systems

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    N.K. Garg

    VP & Head Quality at R Systems

    Have a proven track record & rich experience of over 25 years in IT Industry including successful role-playing for more than 13 years, at Senior Management positions, handling clients globally. Have been instrumental in getting world class quality certifications for R Systems like ISO 9001:2008, ISO 27001, CMMI Level 5 & PCCM Level 5. Process maturity have helped organization in customer retention & getting repeat business.

    Shubhra Dabral

    Noida EC Member
    Associate Vice President

    Sopra India

    Akash Sood

    Noida EC Member
    Group Testing Services Business Development and Industrialisation Support Manager at Steria

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    Akash Sood

    Group Testing Services Business Development and Industrialisation Support Manager at Steria

    Akash has an overall industry experience of 17+ years where he has worked in development / maintenance and testing assignments. He has worked in varied domains across Manufacturing (Steel), Cost Accounting, Banking, Healthcare (HIPAA), Insurance, Mortgages & Reverse Mortgages, Retail & Logistics and Hospitality. He has versatile global delivery experience and customer management acumen in QA / Testing including experience in areas of business analysis, consulting, software development, Quality Assurance, and Testing.

    Link: https://in.linkedin.com/in/akash-sood-1704426

    Avneesh Kumar Agarwal

    Noida EC Member
    SIT(System Integration Test) Senior Manager at Aristocrat

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    Avneesh Kumar Agarwal

    SIT(System Integration Test) Senior Manager at Aristocrat

    A seasoned IT Professional, having over 17+ years of rich and successful track record, involved in Management/Leadership of Projects for QA/Testing/Professional services for multiple verticals and domains, product automation, building test strategies, testing in Agile model

    Link: https://in.linkedin.com/in/avneesh-kumar-agarwal-a2008857

    Avinash Kumar Gupta

    Noida EC Member
    Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

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    Avinash Kumar Gupta

    Senior Quality Engineering Manager at Adobe

    Manager [DevOps / Site Reliability Engineering ] a) Building a team of bright devops / site reliability engineers and directly managing it b) This team is taking care of all digital marketing solutions like Analytics, AEM, Target, Social, Connect. c) Objective is to ensure reliable, performant services with minimal possible downtime. d) Currently hiring. Looking for engineers with experience of handling large hosted services solutions. For details, see above in the Summary section. Also, in the second level managerial role, have been handling the quality engineering for multiple products and customer support team for an enterprise product. Manager Quality Engineering [Connect, Campaign] e) As a second level manager, managing the quality engineering for Adobe Connect. It provides the meeting, webinar and learning capabilities to its customers. f) As a second level manager, managing quality for Adobe Campaign - an industry leader in cross-channel campaign management

    Link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avinash-gupta-836532

    Satish Pradhan

    Noida EC Member
    Head-Software Quality Assurance @ HomeShop18

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    Satish Pradhan

    Head-Software Quality Assurance @ HomeShop18

    Satish is a Test Engineering Manager, Agile Evangelist, Design Thinker, and Cloud Transformation Consultant with 15 years of diverse experience in brining products to market. He is passionate about solving market and business problems by conceptualizing and building user-centric products that delight customers while helping PEOPLE (individuals, teams and organizations) to realize their true potential. He has excellent professional track record and niche skill set ranging from Product Innovation & Systems Thinking, User Experience Design & New Product Development, Lean Start-ups & Agile Organizations. Published couple of technical papers in international conferences & events. At Present working as Head of Software Quality with Homeshop18(E-commerce). In past worked with companies like Kronos, Pitney Bowes, Wipro, SIEMENS, British Telecom-UK and Lumenare Networks-USA. He holds master’s degree in computers from NIT, Allahabad (formally REC). Satish enjoys playing Golf & Squash.

    Link: https://in.linkedin.com/in/satishpradhan

    Yatender Sharma


    Chennai EC Chair
    Practice Lead Testing
    ESPIRE Infolabs
  • Gurgaon Committee

    Abhishek Kumbhat


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Head of Technology & Innovation
    Skilrock Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    Manoj Jain


    Gurgaon EC Member
    QA Head | Director - Technology Development
    MakeMyTrip.com

    Abhilasha Vyas


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Director
    Sapient Global Markets

    Nitin Mukhija


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Vice President - Testing
    PayUBiz

    Mili Mitra


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Associate Director United Health Group
    United Health Group

    Ankur Batra


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Co-Founder
    Startup

    Gaurav Khera


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Associate Director- QA
    Firstrain Software

    Meetu Arora


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Naukri

    Ashish Maheshwari


    Gurgaon EC Member
    Sr Associate QA L2
    Sapient

Past Steering Committee

  • Core Committee

    Sudhir Patnaik


    President
    Director of Software Quality Assurance, OpenText Corporation
    Intuit India Product Development Center

    Raj Neravati


    Technology Evangelist,
    COO,
    Cigniti Inc., Hyderabad

    Lakshmi Srinivas


    Chair - Special Initiatives (Academia),
    Senior Test Manager,
    IBM, Bangalore

    Venu Subramanyam


    Chair - Special Initiatives (Industry Survey,
    Director Testing,
    Prysm Displays India

    P.S. Ravindranath Palehalli (PSR)


    EC Chair Bangalore chapter,
    Director, QA,
    VMWare, Bangalore

    Srikanth Krishnan


    EC Chair Bangalore chapter,
    Senior Director,
    Oracle, Hyderabad

    Amiruddin Syed Mohamed


    EC Chair Chennai chapter,
    Vice President,
    Encore Software Services, Chennai

    Dr. Pradeep Waychal


    EC Chair Pune chapter,
    Head – Innovation Centre,
    College of Engineering PUNE
  • Steering Committee 2010 - 2012

    Ananda Rao Ladi


    President,
    Vice President and Head-Testing BU,
    MindTree Ltd.

    Sudhir Patnaik


    Vice President and Head - Tech Review,
    Director, QA & Engineering Services,
    Intuit India Development Centre, Bangalore

    Anuradha Biswas


    Steering Committee Member for Local Chapter Alignment,
    Founder-Partner,
    Prakat Solutions

    Renu Rajani


    Steering Committee Member for Evening Talks and Webinars,
    General Manager,
    IBM India

    Sriramadesikan Santhanam


    Member,
    VP – IV & V,
    IBS Software Services

    Ravindranath Shankar Rao Palahalli


    Member,
    Director,
    VMWare India

    Manoj Shikarkhane


    Member,
    Head - Testing Business Unit,
    L & T Infotech Limited

    Muralidhar Koteshwar


    Member,
    Founder and Principal consultant,
    Usability Consulting India

    Jyoti Sahai


    Member,
    Group Corporate Advisor,
    Integra Micro Systems

    Pawan Kumar


    Member,
    Chairman,
    QSIT

    Madhu Murty Ronanki


    Member,
    Co-Founder and Director,
    TalentSprint

    Venkatesh Chillara


    Member,
    Senior Vice President,
    Polaris
  • Steering Committee - Jan 2008 - Dec 2009

    T Ashok


    President
    Founder and CEO
    Stag Software

    Sumukha Rao


    Vice President
    Head of Testing and ALM – India
    Micro Focus

    Sudhir Patnaik


    Secretary
    Quality Leader, Small Business Group
    Intuit India

    Sriramadesikan Santhanam


    Head - Tech Review
    AVP & QA Practice Head
    Symphony Services

    Ananda Rao Ladi


    Member
    Vice President and Co-Head – Testing BU
    MindTree Ltd.

    Anuradha Biswas


    Member
    Associate Vice President
    Infosys Technologies

    Jyoti Sahai


    Member
    Group Corporate Advisor
    Integra Micro Systems

    Madhu Murty Ronanki


    Member
    CEO
    Primora Software Testing

    Muralidhar Koteshwar


    Member
    Founder and Principal consultant
    Usability Consulting India

    Ravindranath Shankar Rao Palahalli


    Member
    Senior Director, Quality Engineering
    Yahoo! Software Development - India

    Pawan Kumar


    Member
    Chairman
    QSIT

    R D Kulkarni


    Member
    Corporate Manager
    Quality, Tata Elxsi

    Rajesh Bharathan


    Member
    Head – Testing, Insurance BU
    L & T Infotech

    Srinivasan Chandrasekar


    Member
    Ex Vice President & COO
    Aztecsoft (a MindTree Company)

    Sanghamitra Ray


    Member
    Head – Centre of Excellence – Testing
    Valtech India

    Venkatesh Chillara


    Member
    Senior Vice President
    Polaris
  • Steering Committee - Jan 2006 - Dec 2007

    Arun Ramu


    President
    Vice President & Head – Independent Validation Solutions Group
    Infosys Technologies

    Ramesh Gopalaswamy


    Vice President
    Consultant and Adjunct Professor
    Consultant and Adjunct Professor

    Jyoti Sahai


    Secretary
    Group Corporate Advisor
    Integra Micro Systems Pvt. Ltd

    T. Ashok


    Head Technical Committee
    Founder-Director
    Stag Software

    Makarand Hiralikar


    Member
    Deputy Head - Technology Solutions
    L & T Infotech Ltd

    Muralidhar Koteshwar


    Member
    Head of Tools and Competency Development
    Celstream Technologies

    M. Thangarajan


    Member
    Head-Operations and Quality
    Tata Elxsi

    Pawan Kumar


    Member
    Chairman
    QSIT

    Srinivasan Chandrasekar


    Member
    Sr. Vice President - India
    Aztecsoft-itest

    Sumukha Rao


    Member
    Business Development Manager
    Compuware Corporation

    Ananda Rao Ladi


    Member
    General Manager and Head of Testing
    MindTree Consulting

    Ganesh Arunachala


    Member
    Head of Quality – Horizontals
    Wipro Technologies

    Madhu Murty Ronanki


    Member
    Senior Executive – IDC Testing
    Accenture India

    R D Kulkarni


    Member
    Corporate Manager, Quality
    Tata Elxsi

    Sriramadesikan Santhanam


    Member
    Senior Director
    Symphony Services

    Sanghamitra Ray


    Member
    Sr. Test Manager
    Valtech

    Venkatesh Chillara


    Member
    VP
    Satyam
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