40 Under 40 Data Scientists 2022 – Who are they?

The prestigious award recognises the innovators and achievers in the analytics industry.
40 under 40 data scientists

At the annual Machine Learning Developers Summit 2022, 40 dynamic data scientists were conferred with the prestigious 40 Under 40 Data Scientists award. The award recognises the innovators and achievers in the analytics industry. The winners were selected by our jury panel comprising: Prashanth Rao, head of application engineering at MathWorks; Satyamoy Chatterjee, Executive Vice President at Analyttica Datalab; Ashwin Mittal, CEO at Course5i; Padmashree Shagrithaya, Global Head, Analytics & Data Science at Capgemini; Ruble Joseph, Lead Strategist (VP) – Global Data Science and Analytics Practice, eClerx; Mathangi Sri, VP Data Science & Head of Data at Gojek; Subramanian M S, Head of Category Marketing and Analytics at BigBasket. These are the members of the AIM Leaders Council – an invitation-only forum of AI & Data Science leaders.

Here’s the list of winners: 

Aditya Upadhyay – Senior Manager at Walmart

Aditya Upadhyay is currently a senior manager at Walmart. He has over 12 years of experience in analytics and has worked with companies like Swiggy and EXL. He has been instrumental in building and managing teams of experienced data scientists for over six years. He has managed a team of 25 data scientists across four functional areas.

Akhil Behl – Head of Data Science, North America at Fractal.ai

Akhil Behl is currently the head of data science, North America at Fractal.ai. He joined Fractal’s first data science team, Fractal Sciences, in 2013 to develop the company’s additional approaches in data science. In his current role, Behl is responsible for aligning Fractal’s data science R&D to the business needs. He also trains and mentors aspiring data scientists.

Alka Pandey – Manager Data Scientist at Schneider Electric

Currently a senior data scientist at Schneider Electric, Alka Pandey has an overall experience of eight years in the domain of machine learning, AI, and analytics in the supply chain domain. She is the trainer and mentor for Great Lake’s flagship program on data science and has trained over 4,000 people globally. She has also published a book titled, ‘Grey’.

Amarjeet Kaur – Sr. Data Scientist at Health, JIO, RIL

Amarjeet Kaur is the senior data scientist in the healthcare arm of JIO, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). Kaur has a PhD in computer science and has been previously conferred with the young researcher award in 2021. In the past, Kaur has worked with organisations like Tata Memorial Hospital, Tech Mahindra, and the Department of Science and Technology.

Amit Gupta – Director, Consumer International, CVM and Head CoE Advanced Analytics at Etisalat

With a professional experience of over 16 years in the field of product management, business development, analytics and strategy, Gupta is the director, Consumer International at Etisalat, Abu Dhabi. He leads the Group CVM, Loyalty, and Analytics function, and is the head of Center of Excellence for advanced analytics. He is a regular speaker at several reputed business schools and international conferences.

Anish Abhay Parulekar – Head of Data Science, AI and Personalization CoE at Axis Bank

Anish Abhay Parulekar is a data scientist and AI practitioner with over 15 years of experience specialising in the retail and SME banking analytics space. He has expertise in managing large data science and data engineering teams. In the last ten years, Parulekar has established multiple analytics teams and practices such as retail lending analytics and marketing analytics.

Ankit Jain – Tech Lead, Machine Learning at Meta (Facebook)

An experienced AI researcher and machine learning engineer, Ankit Jain has deployed several scalable machine learning models. He is a regular contributor at popular conferences like NeurIPS, ICML, and ICRL. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and UC Berkley and has co-authored a book titled Tensorflow Machine Learning Projects. He has also mentored and trained over 500 aspiring data scientists.

Ankit Sirmorya – Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Amazon Services Inc

Ankit Sirmorya, as the machine learning lead at Amazon, has spearheaded several machine learning initiatives in the organisation to solve business problems and improve customer experience. Amazon has filed a patent for Sirmorya’s work on improving the performance of Multi-variate testing. He is an angel investor. Sirmorya also runs a YouTube channel called TechTakshila.

Ankur Jain – Vice President at Macquarie

Ankur Jain is a leader in the data and analytics space with over 15 years of experience. He has lived in the USA and Australia before moving to India to lead the offshore data and analytics practices for reputed organisations like the Boston Consulting firm. He has established data teams from ground up, scaling to 100 members including data engineers and data scientists.

Arjun Beri – Vice President, Corporate Model Risk & Advanced Analytics at Wells Fargo

Arjun Beri leads the quantitative model validation team in corporate risk at Wells Fargo. He has a proven record in analytics leadership, with expertise in areas like credit and market risk model validation and derivative pricing models. In the past, Beri has worked on research problems in maths, biology, and quant finance. He has published original research papers in reputed journals.

Arpita Paul – Consultant at Hansa Cequity (Hansa Customer Equity Private Limited)

Arpita Paul has over 11 years of professional experience in domains like FMCG, BFSI, healthcare, telecom, and automobile. Her expertise lies in market mix modelling, pricing and promotion modelling, churn analysis, fraud detection, recommender systems, and time series analysis. She is proficient in machine learning applications and adept at solving complex problems through data.

Ashwin Kumar S – Head of Data Science Solutioning at TheMathCompany Inc.

Ashwin Kumar is the horizontal data science solutioning lead at TheMathCompany. He has worked closely with Fortune 100 and 500 companies and specialises in ensuring the scalability and effectiveness of analytics solutions. He has been instrumental in driving the consumption and evangelisation of solutions from technology integration on cloud and business process integration.

Aswini Nath Roy Thota – Principal Data Scientist/ Data Scientist V at Bose Corporation

Aswini is an AI and data science leader with experience in solving critical problems in manufacturing, finance, healthcare, and government organisations. His data driven solutions have helped organisations increase diversity hiring, improve sales, solve supply chain bottlenecks and reduce gender bias.

Bharath Kumar Bolla – Senior Data Scientist at Salesforce

Bharath Kumar is a seasoned data scientist with over ten years of professional experience in various fields like telecom, marketing, edtech, and healthcare. His areas of expertise include semi-supervised learning and deep learning architectures in NLP and computer vision. At Salesforce, Bolla focuses on product analytics and user behaviour forecasting.

Bidisha Paul – Director, Insights and Analytics at Microsoft

A data scientist with 14 years of experience, Bidisha Paul has experience in multicultural, cross-functional teams. She possesses skills in consultative analytics and hands-on implementation of various analytical products and solutions. As the director of the Insights and Analytics team in Microsoft, Paul pilots crucial projects for the company. Previously, she has worked at organisations like Walmart, Envestnet Yodlee, and DXC Technology.

BRIJRAJ SINGH – Research Scientist at Sony Research India

Dr Brijraj is a research scientist at Sony Research India. He has extensive experience in deep learning model optimisation, conventional ML optimisation, brain signals and applications, NLP and text mining. Previously, he has worked with IBM Research Delhi Lab, Intel AI, Samsung R&D Bangalore, and Sony Research India Bangalore Lab. He is a regular contributor to reputed journals and conferences.

Darpan Jain – Vice President at EXL Services

Darpan Jain has 15 years of experience in business development and setting up new projects. He has worked with over 750 data scientists on credit risk analytics, marketing analytics, and regulatory analytics in the North America and Asia Pacific markets. Jain played a key role in creating the new capability solution, i.e. Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), which offers Flexible Financing Options at the Point of Sale.

Rajan Gupta – VP – Research & Analytics at Analyttica Datalab

Dr Rajan Gupta is the VP of research and analytics at Analyticca Datalab. He has contributed significantly towards enhancing Analyttica Datalab’s flagship product – ATH LEAPS. He also leads the newly established research and analytics division in the organisation. He has over ten years of experience in analytical research, consulting, training and teaching. He has one patent, four books and more than 70 research papers in the area of Public Information Systems, Data Science, Technology & Management. 

Govind Rajith Cheramkalam – Senior Manager – Measurement and Analytics at AstraZeneca

A postgraduate in Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management and an MCA from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Govind Cheramkalam is the senior manager, measurement and analytics at AstraZeneca. He has over 15 years of experience and has worked as a programmer, functional SME, data scientist, technology evangelist, etc. He has played a major role in establishing the first Data Science CoE in AstraZeneca and established the very first Data Science team in India.

Himali Bhasin – Applied data science manager at Dunnhumby India

An applied data science manager at Dunnhumby, India, Himali Bhasin has 11 years of experience in the analytics industry. She is experienced in designing high impact solutions for retail and QSR clients across pricing, promotions, customer segmentation, loyalty measurement and identifying/developing special customer categories for business growth. In her current role, she works on embedding customer and science-led recommendations in decision making for Tesco and the world’s leading QSR. 

Karan Oberoi – Advanced Lead Engineer – Fleet Management at General Electric – Aviation

Karan Oberoi is an experienced data scientist and has been working with General Electric for 11 years now. Currently, he serves as the Advanced lead engineer (fleet management) in the aviation arm. He has created algorithms, built scalable and reusable solutions for business problems.

Komal Sandhu – Senior Manager at Genpact

Komal Sandhu is the senior manager in Genpact’s data science team. He is building a solution for an insurance company where he identifies cases with higher likelihood of being under-written. He has built a Race Stint Analysis tool for formula-E racing teams and a survival model for diabetic patients for one of the largest US-based pharma companies.

Kushal Mukherjee – Staff Data Scientist at Rakuten India Private Limited

Presently working as the staff data scientist, Kushal Mukherjee is responsible for building predictive models for the company’s different verticals. He has previously worked with organisations like Tesco, Fidelity Investment, TCS, JP Morgan & Chase, Landmark Group. Working extensively with the retail and BFSI industries, Mukherjee has built numerous algorithms for automation, product development and product optimization. 

Mamta Aggarwal Rajnayak – Managing Director at Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Mamta is the Managing Director at Global AI Hub Accenture India leading and managing the Retail analytics. Mamta and her team have leveraged ML techniques to solve their clients’ business problems. She has over 15 years of work experience in the area of Customer, Marketing, Product, Supply Chain and Risk analytics across India, the US, Europe, Australia, South Africa and China. 

Indrajit Mitra – Associate Director at Deloitte

Indrajit Mitra is currently leading the CPG related advanced analytics consulting at Deloitte. He has more than 12 years of experience in data science and consulting and his areas of expertise include AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Statistical and Econometric Modelling and Forecasting.

Natalia Lyarskaya – Chief Data Officer at ZestMoney

Natalia Lyarskaya has 15 years of experience in data science and AI/machine learning. She has worked across companies and geographies, helping in designing, developing and deploying data and analytics solutions. As the chief data officer at ZestMoney, Lyarskaya leads the team in creating efficient AI operating models and risk strategy.

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay – Vice President at HSBC

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay joined HSBC in 2007 and over the years, he has risen up the ranks to become the vice president. He has worked on MCMC (Markov chain Monte Carlo) simulations, credit strategies, multiple IRB rating systems, Pillar 2 Stress Testing, etc, before shifting focus to AI/ML in 2015.  In his current role, he is working on ethics in AI/ML in banking, focusing on global and local biases in credit decisions.

Nitin Gupta – Manager 2 – Data Science and Analytics at Transunion

With over 11 years of experience in data science, analytics consulting and artificial intelligence, Nitin Gupta has imparted advisory services to senior bureaucrats and CxOs. He has strong command in data analytics across various domains including industrial, retail, e-commerce, telecom, public sector, and government.

Pavan Nanjundaiah – Head of Solutions at Tredence Inc.

With over 20 years of experience in the AI field, Pavan is an expert in data engineering, product and leadership across domains like retail, CPG, technology, and industrials. He is responsible for building the products team at Tredence. Pavan’s team is now building a data science co-innovation platform to partner with Tredence clients and fast-track the journey from requirements to deployable solutions.

Praneet Dutta – Machine Learning Research Engineer at Google DeepMind

An applied research engineer in the leading AI research lab DeepMind, Praneet Dutta’s job involves applying cutting edge AI techniques to solve real world business problems. He and his team are leveraging AI models for data center control and reducing energy consumption in large scale devices. He has worked in the field of reinforcement learning and computer vision at Google Cloud and Unity Technologies.

Prithvi Kolaparthy – Sr. Manager, Analytics at Ugam, a Merkle company

In over ten years of his professional career, Prithvi Kolaparthy has gained mastery in data science and advanced analytics in fields like retail, finance, and eCommerce. At Ugam, he has worked on structured problem solving techniques. Previously, he was employed with MuSigma where he focused on analytics and data science.

Rajesh Parvathini – Director – Data Science at Tiger Analytics

Rajesh Parvathini is part of the data science team at Tiger Analytics that provides data science solutions to various business problems like spare parts pricing, vehicle pricing, fast food menu pricing, promo optimization, measuring incrementality and cannibalization of new products in CPG, and market mix optimisation. In 12 years of his career, Parvathini has worked for clients across health care, banking, telecom, retail and CPG industries.

Rajkumar J – Senior Research analyst at Toshiba Software India

Rajkumar J is a senior research analyst in the research and development team of Toshiba Software Pvt Ltd. He has worked in deep learning, machine learning, data science, computer vision, NLP, cloud computing, and scientific computing. He has 12 patents (6 grants), four research publications, two thought leadership white papers, an excellent researcher award, and three innovation awards to his name.

Ria Nag – Data scientist III (Lead data scientist) at Oracle

As the lead data scientist at Oracle, Ria Nag is spearheading the end-to-end development and launch of Oracle Construction Intelligence Cloud Service, a new suite of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics applications. Oracle Construction Intelligence Cloud Service is designed for early identification of potential risks associated with construction projects using NLP, ML, DL and predictive analytics. Ria holds an MS degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Sattwati Kundu – Sr. Data Scientist and WW Data Science Manager at IBM India Software Labs

Sattwati Kundu has been a certified data scientist at IBM India Software Labs since 2018. She is responsible for productionisation of AI models in applications and operationalising them to be robust, scalable and sustainable. At IBM, she has been pivotal in co-creating various AI lifecycle management components and productizing them into IBM’s several product offerings, like IBM TRIRIGA Building Insights. She also leads a global team of data scientists across various AI Application offerings. 

Shashank Shekhar – Head – AI Labs at Subex Inc

Shashank is a data science leader with experience in fields like telecom, CPG, retail, hitech and e-commerce. Shashank is the creator of augmented analytics product Hypersense AI Studio, an augmented AI platform to democratise AI. He has also created an open-source Python library used by 50,000 data scientists worldwide.

Shuddha Satwa Haldar – Head of Analytics at Swiggy

Shuddha leads the analytics for non-food businesses in Swiggy and helped scale analytics for Swiggy Stores, Swiggy Genie, Instamart, Meat Delivery and Liquor Delivery. He is known for building an analytics project to help Swiggy diversify food delivery.

Suranjana Samanta – Advisory Researcher at IBM Research India

Suranjana Samanta works on various problems in AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. With over six years of experience, Samanta has worked on multiple projects at IBM. She has completed her Masters and PhD from IIT Madras and has authored more than 15 research papers (as the first author) and has five patents.

Swadeep Singh – Director Data Science at Optum

Swadeep is the youngest member of Optum India to become the director of data science, leading clinical analytics interventions. He has over eight years of experience in healthcare workstreams of clinical outcomes, behavioral health and marketing.

Venkat Raghavan – Associate Director – Analytics at Tesco

Venkat has close to 20 years of experience in analytics, predominantly focusing on retail and consumer goods. Before Tesco, Venkat has worked with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Manthan systems (Retail Analytics Product), Mu Sigma (Analytics Services), and Wipro Technologies (Tech Services). 

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Shraddha Goled
I am a technology journalist with AIM. I write stories focused on the AI landscape in India and around the world with a special interest in analysing its long term impact on individuals and societies. Reach out to me at shraddha.goled@analyticsindiamag.com.

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