Dr. Harsh Vardhan is a Cabinet Minister in the Government of India and a two-time Member of Parliament from Delhi. He is currently the Union Minister for Science and Technology and also holds important portfolios like the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In his previous term as an MP, he served as Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Dr. Harsh Vardhan is known for his exemplary work in Delhi in the field of Health. Before joining politics, he earned his Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology.
R. K. Singh is currently the Minister of Power (Independent Charge) and Minister of New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge). He is also the Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Mr. R. K. Singh is a two-time Member of Parliament from Bihar and is a 1975 batch Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service officer and former Home Secretary of India. He is known for playing an important role in improving the condition of roads in Bihar as the principal secretary in the road construction department during the Nitish Kumar government's first term (2004–2009).
Commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the 4th Gorkha Rifles on 15 Dec 1976, Lt Gen Hooda, in his initial service served in Nagaland, during the height of the Naga insurgency and as an instructor at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering. He attended the prestigious Command and Staff College at Canada, and was selected as the first Chief Logistics Officer for the newly raised United Nations Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
During the massive earthquake of Jammu and Kashmir in 2005, he led the military’s rescue and relief efforts in the Uri sector. As a major general in Manipur, he responsible for counterinsurgency operations in Manipur and South Assam. From 2012 to 2016, he was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, first as a Corps commander and then as the Army Commander of Northern Command. He was the Army Commander during the Chumar incident of 2014, and during the launch of the surgical strikes in September 2016. He retired in November 2016 after 40 years of service in the Army.
In recognition for exemplary military service, have been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal twice, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal. Lt Gen Hooda is on the Advisory Board of Cyber Peace Foundation, a NGO dealing cyber protection and training, on the Advisory Board of Cyber Security Research Centre at Punjab Engineering College and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies. Lt Gen Hooda will bring his immense experience to speak on India’s Next Battlefield Would Be Cyberspace: Are We ready
When Ershad is not writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4 console. Has worked with PCWorld, CIO and 91Mobiles, to name a few. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. That was perhaps to be expected. Not easily impressed, and knows a good photograph when he sees one.X
Deepak has been writing on technology for over 14 years, having worked at T3 and Engadget, to name a few. Known to switch his primary phone every three to four days. Some say he is looking to own 91 mobile phones so he can justify his position as editor of 91mobiles. His other responsibilities include being the voice of calm.X
Ashish Bhatia is an independent technology writer, columnist, and editorial consultant. He writes for several publications in the technology, business, luxury, travel, and online space.With 30 years in the field of technology journalism, Ashish has been the Editor of PC World, a columnist with Hindustan Times as well as Mint, to name a few. In the after hours, Ashish likes cooking goose, talking turkey, stalking tiger, and gawking through cameras.X
Nimish Dubey is a columnist, blogger, a new media journalist, an author, and an avid photographer. He has been writing for a living since 1996. He started out in corporate communications, moved on to the environment and currently writes regularly on technology,photography, cricket, music and books. He has been published in leading publications including The Hindustan Times, The Times of India and The Indian Express and been part of the visiting faculty at the International Management Institute (IMI).X
Being challenged with two magazines seems to have become a norm for Nishant in his past and current life. For more than a decade and a half, he’s been pretending to work when he’s actually just scouring for the latest music and playing with gadgets while cashing salary cheques. His charmed life has come to a screeching halt, thanks to his newer projects like TV, radio and live events for the Stuff and What Hi-Fi brands.X
Ranojoy Mukerji is an automobilist. A prolific writer, he writes for several newspapers and magazines, including Financial Express, Hindu Business Line, The New Indian Express among others. He did India’s first radio show called ‘autograph’ on 93.5 Red FM. He is also working closely with CNBC Awaz new and Zee Business channels. Ranojoy was formerly the managing editor of Auto India, India’s largest circulated automobile magazine. He also had a short stint as a deputy director in the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) looking after automobile projects of the Indian industry there. He prides himself in keeping abreast with the latest developments in the industry both locally and internationally and also likes to keep his ear to the ground to find out about the latest news from the local auto industry, both manufacturers and component vendors, not to forget related banking and insurance companies. Life in the fast lane for Ranojoy begun in 1998, when he started writing on cars. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but a metal spanner. Ranojoy did his schooling from St. Columba’s in New Delhi and his bachelors from Delhi University. He claims his blood group to be 5W40 – Ranojoy is 44 years young and his passions include powerful automobiles, vintage & classic cars, electronic gadgets, watches, and much more.X
Mr. Jatin Ahuja, can be rightly considered as a prodigy when it comes to being an Entrepreneur. A self-made man, Mr. Jatin Ahuja is a mechanical engineer, a car enthusiast, and an entrepreneur. He is the founder of a unique brand - Big Boy Toyz Ltd. - a brand which has come to be known as Asia’s largest facility, housing almost every exotic master-pieces from the Automotive Industry. With swanky showrooms in Delhi-NCR, Mr. Jatin Ahuja, can be rightly considered to be the architect of the used Supercars market in India. Mr. Ahuja was already selling more Land Cruisers than Toyota themselves and more Panameras than Porsche themselves, even before the manufacturers started selling these cars in growing aspirational market of India. In the year 2007, Jatin established ‘Magus Cars Ltd.’ a brand which became the birth grounds for ‘Big Boy Toyz Ltd’ established in 2010. The highlighting attribute of ‘Magus Cars’ was importing CBU units to India and history was in the making as the efforts of the team so meticulously complied, imported the first BMW X6, the first Infinity to the country and many more, way before the models were launched in the country by the Brands themselves.X
A well-known name in the world of automobiles - be it racing, rallying, organizing or writing, and a National Champion in the Himalayan Rally’85, Tutu not only understands the Automobiles as in the present day ‘Modern’ cars, but also excels in restoration of old Vintage & Classic beauties. He is the Founder and ex-President of Heritage Motoring Club of India, Regional Director Federation of Motor sports Clubs of India, Chairman PCRT and Chaired Delhi Automotive Racing Association (D A R A) from 1986 to 1990. Tutu Dhawan is 69 yrs old, and since the age of 12 this passion of automobiles as a hobby initially which later became his profession, his bread-earner. A very respected name in the Automotive Industry in India, also on the board of advisors to the Government of Delhi, on subjects of Auto Motion. Today, in the world of Automobile on the domestic and International front, he is a known figure and has been a Test driver, an Advisor and a writer for some of the Top magazines and newspapers.X
An alumni of IIM-Calcutta, Arun Malhotra has managed numerous assignments and roles in leading auto companies, the last being the MD of Nissan India. Presently, he is an industry consultant, board member, corporate speaker and visiting faculty in prominent business schools. Over the past 3 decades, he has contributed to the establishment and growth of the Indian automotive industry, having worked with Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra in the past. During the last three decades, he has traveled through the length and breadth of the country and has an in-depth knowledge of the Indian market.X
Kunal has been carving his way through the automotive industry by creating content that is unmatched even at global levels. He is the founder of a creative house called "The Autofocus," working with automotive brands all over the world, specializing in creating unique imagery and videos for brand positioning, promotions, and campaigns. After switching his world from Molecular and Cell biology, Kunal went after his two passions, photography and cars. Currently, he is probably one of Indias leading automotive photographers with a wide array of clients, not just locally but internationally too. He works with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rimac Automobili, Zenvo Automotive and many more. He is the only Indian automotive photographer that is currently working on campaigns with automotive brands at an international scale. Kunal stands by Sir William Lyons quote that, "The automobile is the closest thing we will create to something that is alive," and that the effort that man puts in to create this masterpiece of engineering should be celebrated by showcasing the beautiful design in the most unique way possible. Kunal is also a Fujifilm X-Photographer ambassador and conducts workshops on automotive photography with his team to inspire photographers and educate them about this niche context of photography.X
The News18 Tech and Auto Awards is India's first Technology and Automotive Awards, which celebrates the confluence of connectivity and mobility. Over the years, technology has changed our lives and most importantly our mobility. Thus, at News18, we see Technology and Automobile as an extension of one another. After a stupendous first two editions we are back with the third edition of the awards. We aim to grow bigger and better, as we salute the best of Technology and Automotive innovations in 2019.