40 Under 40 Data Scientists In India 2020: Who Are They?

40Under40 Data scientists awards is an initiative by Analytics India Magazine to recognise the leading data scientists in India who have successfully transformed data into meaningful insights. The award, sponsored by IMS Proschool, recognizes India’s young Data Scientists and leaders who are supporting the growth of analytics in their organisation, have deep industry and analytics expertise and are addressing the insights gap for clients by addressing their most complex challenges.

The awards were part of the annual Machine Learning Developers Summit that was scheduled in January 2020 at Bangalore. Award process included a nomination followed by finalization of winners by a panel. The awards were handed out on 23rd Jan in Bangalore by Sanjay Chaudhary, founder and CEO at IMS Proschool

Here are the winners of 40 under 40 data scientists awards 2020 (in alphabetic order).

1. Abhinav Bhatnagar

Data Scientist, Lead at Truecaller

Abhinav is an AI Architect with 7+ years of experience in building data science expertise in organizations and leading data scientists. He is also proficient in architecting, designing prototypes, conduct POC and implementing large scale and enterprise-grade AI solution and aligning business strategies and AI use cases.

2. Anubhav Srivastava

Head – Data Sciences and Analytics, Digital Ventures at Viacom18 Media

Anubhav currently manages all data sciences and analytics initiatives at Voot. He and his team have been spearheading the movement on how billions of data points collected every day are collectively rewriting the technological rule-books of streaming business and shaping an ML-driven future for video content delivery.

3. Asadullah Ansari

Senior Engineering Manager at Harman International Industries

Asadullah is being recognised today for his project based on deep learning.

4. Abhishek Kumar

Senior Manager, Data Science at Publicis Sapient

Abhishek an experienced data science professional and technical team lead specializing in building and managing data products from conceptualization to the deployment phase and interested in solving challenging machine learning problems.

5. Anish Agarwal

Director – Data & Analytics at Royal Bank of Scotland

Anish comes with over 18 years of experience in multi-national organisations, with a proven ability to design and execute strategy and new technology adoption. His experience encompasses Data & Analytics, Project Management, Strategy, Financial Modelling and Artificial Intelligence, among others.

6. Aparna Kulkarni

Senior Manager, Data Science at Michelin India Private Limited

Aparna comes with more than 12 years of experience focused on Data Science and Business Analytics. Her expertise encompasses Applied Mathematics, Machine Learning, Optimization techniques, and operational research. Her focus revolves around creating business impact through the effective application of statistical research and analytics. 

7. Aashish Prakash

Managing Director at BlackRock

Aashish joined the world of analytics and data science in Amex and has worked on various domains in retail analytics – new card acquisition, underwriting, customer management, collections. He is also the owner of a patent to create risk at a subscriber level.

8. Arjun V Shenoy

Director – Solutions at BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions

Arjun’s role at Bridgei2i involves building AI/ML solutions, enabling end-user consumption, and driving change management for the adoption of AI within enterprises. He is also responsible for defining GTM, marketing and sales strategies for identified solutions.

9. Archana S       

Manager at EY   

Archana is a seasoned Data science professional with 15 years of experience in Artificial Intelligence and Advanced analytics delivering across different domains including Retail, Telecom, Finance and Technology.

10. Ankur Shah 

Cloud Analytics Architect / Manager at IBM   

Ankur is a dynamic & technically competent Senior IT Leader and data scientist with more than 15+ years of experience in Watson Analytics, Program/Project Management, Portfolio Management, BI Consulting Advisory, Pre sales Consultant, and Solution Architecting.

11. Bhavesh Bhatt

Data Scientist at Fractal Analytics

Bhavesh is a Data Scientist who has designed & deployed multiple machine learning & deep learning projects that have had a significant business impact.

12. Biddappa Muthappa

Manager – Data Science at MIQ digital India   

Muthappa is a Data Science Leader with over 9+ years of experience in Machine Learning, Predictive Modelling, Statistical Techniques, Optimisation Techniques, Data Mining, Data Warehousing and Data Visualisation.

13. Deepika Sandeep

Senior Program Manager –  AI and ML at BLP Clean Energy

Deepika Sandeep is a seasoned leader in the field of analytics, machine learning and natural language processing. She is heading AI and ML program at BLP Clean Energy.

14. Deepak Chandrakant Patil

Data Scientist at Envestnet|Yodlee       

Deepak Patil is one of the founding members of the Data Science team at Envestnet|Yodlee and is an alumnus of IIT Bombay (M.Tech. in CSE). He is also an expert in building and deploying practical data science-driven solutions at scale.


GM – Engineering Innovation at Maersk Technology Center       

“Dr. Sunil Kumar Chinnamgari works as GM- Engineering Innovation in Maersk Technology Center, and is responsible for research, open innovation and data products development spanning across Maersk.

16. Dr. Prakash PKS   

Associate Principal at ZS Associates      

Dr. Prakash (PKS Prakash) has 12+ years of designing and implementing advanced data science and AI techniques across multiple verticals including healthcare, manufacturing, life sciences, e-commerce, and fantasy sports domains. He currently leads the ZS Bangalore AI Accelerator.

17. Indrajit kar 

Manager-Tech sol plan and Enablement manager at Accenture

Indrajit has 15 years of experience in Analytics, Machine Learning and information technology. He leads the initiative to drive effort on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by creating projects to solve some of the toughest Digital-Industrial problems.

18. James Macwan    

Manager – Analytics at JSW Steel Limited      

James Macwan belongs to digitalization industry and working with JSW Group and was handling a similar role in Essar Group, with more than one decade of thorough knowledge in the area of data science and analytics, handling versatile roles.  Currently, He enabling digitization at JSW.

19. K V Vijay Girish   

Technical Lead at Belong     

Girish leads content understanding projects at Belong, where he works on making sense of unstructured data and understanding the sentiment of content which can lead to automation and improve efficiencies of workflow products.

20. Krishna Kumar Tiwari  

Architect at InMobi     

KK is an Architect aka Staff Engineer at InMobi Group, a published channel owner and blogger. He is also a strong believer in making the future bright by building intelligent platforms. He has consulted and worked with several startups as well as Fortune 500 companies like Oracle.

21. Karan Shah 

Director – Analytics at Swiggy      

Shah is an avid practitioner of Data science since its modern beginnings at the start of the 2010s. He has been instrumental in implementing analytical solutions at diverse organisations such as Marico (FMCG), Start TV (Media) and Swiggy (Food Tech.) with an eye for implementing cutting edge tech.

22. Karthik Ragunathan      

Director – Data Science at Tiger Analytics      

Karthik is a part of the Data Science leadership team at Tiger Analytics, who is responsible for data science and AI solutions with a significant focus on the Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries. He brings a strong combination of advanced data science skills and deep domain awareness.

23. Mary Eapen 

Associate Manager, Analytics at Absolutdata Research & Analytics Solutions     

Mary is an analytics manager with close to 7 years of experience with global clients across Retail, Media, Digital and Fortune 100 FMCG companies. She is responsible for managing her team, solutioning, end to end stakeholder handling and overall delivery.

24. Madhav Kaushik   

AVP, Client Solutions and Products at Analyttica Datalab

Madhav is a seasoned data science professional and hands-on leader with 12 years of global experience in analytics and data science, across different industry verticals, with domain expertise in the Banking and Financial Services industry.

25. Manish Bajpai      

Manager (Analytics and Insights) at TCS

Manish is currently serving Tata Consultancy Services as Technical Lead in Analytics and Insights division. He has graduated from a public Ivy League university in the USA from Operations Research and has total work experience of 10 years.

26. Prakash Selvakamar     

Assistant Vice President at Genpact      

A data scientist by profession, at his current job in Genpact, Prakash handles Natural Language Processing challenges and help clients to create AI road map and define data science way forward focusing on unstructured data problems.

27. Pradeepta Mishra

Lead Technical Architect- AI at L&T Infotech 

Mishra is the Head of AI-ML and Data Science at LTI, leading a group of machine learning and deep learning experts, computational linguistics and has expertise across core branches of Artificial Intelligence with special focus on Natural language processing, and has filed three patents as an inventor.

28. Prathamesh Prakash Karmalkar     

Principal Data Scientist & India Lead – NLP, Text Analytics & AI at Merck Life Sciences       

Prathamesh is an amazing professional, who brings all the skills and expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Text Analytics, Deep Learning & Machine Learning. His capability to do design thinking on applying AI & ML to complex business problems is quite impressive.


Director of Advanced Analytics at Course5 Intelligence   

Rajesh has one and a half decades of diversified work experience in Analytics, Consulting, Market Research and academics with international exposure in America. He also has experience in end to end implementation of projects for global clients in sectors like Industrial manufacturing, Consumer packaged goods, Heavy Equipment, Telecom, BFSI, Ecommerce, Education, Travel, Gems & Jewellery.

30. Ritesh Mohan Srivastava       

Associate Director – Data Sciences at Novartis USA 

Ritesh is one of the youngest professionals to hold the position of Head of Analytics in India. He has more than a decade of work experience in the area of Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning and served various domains such as Travel, Pharma, BFSI, Retail, Automobile & FMCG.

31. Ravi Kumar Yadav

Solution Architect at Quantiphi Analytics      

Ravi is a proud architect of machine solutions which has seen entire North America wide deployment and acceptance. He has built these solutions for CONA Services LLC helping Coca-Cola bottlers save/increase their revenue by millions of dollars and providing users with a superior experience & digital business innovation.

32. Suvadip Chakraborty    

Lead Assistant Vice President, Analytics at HSBC    

Suvadip comes with more than 11 years of experience in banking analytics and has joined the organization as a campus recruit and since then has moved across different analytics verticals and teams in retail banking, commercial banking, wealth and insurance management. He has been an evangelist of innovation in banking analytics and has been driving the innovation agenda for the organization.

33. Srivatsa Kanchibotla     

Senior Partner at TheMathCompany      

Srivatsa is the Principal Data Scientist and Senior Partner at TheMathCompany. He currently works on building the next generation of AutoML tools that can develop and deploy ML models at scale. With a view to addressing this distressing gap, his current focus is on building frameworks and tools that allow a Data Scientist to easily build, test, experiment and deploy ML models.

34. Sibanjan Debeeprasad Das    

Data Scientist at ServiceNow        

Sibanjan Das is a Data Scientist in Servicenow within the Data & Analytics Org. He has close to 10 years of experience, including more than six years of experience as a Data Scientist and three years of experience as a Business systems analyst for Order to Cash and Procure to Pay processes.



Shrey is currently working as Senior Manager – Data Science at OYO, building the business in INTERNATIONAL markets. He and his team analytically power OYOs expansion and growth in the US, UK, LATAM, SEA and Japan. His areas of expertise are Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence and Statistics.

36. Sai Hareesh Anamandra        

Senior Data Scientist at Global AI Accelerator at Ericsson Global India

Dr Sai Hareesh is from Hyderabad, and have done PhD in Computer vision and Computational Photography at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Andhra Pradesh. He has received the prestigious INSPIRE scholarship from Govt of India, to pursue my doctorate.

37. Samarth Bharadwaj      

Research Scientist at IBM Research India       

Samarth Bharadwaj is a research scientist at IBM Research India since 2014 and leading the natural language understanding research group to develop and deliver a breakthrough deep-learning-based speech and language technologies for IBM’s Watson AI platform with a specific focus on Indian languages.

38. Vibhuti Agrawal   

Director – Product Management at Innovaccer Analytics

Dr Agrawal has been associated with Innovaccer, a leading healthcare technology company, since 2017. She is also currently a member of the Editorial Board of Population Health Management Journal covering the interplay of health outcomes, social determinants of health, and the policies and interventions that move our systems from acute care to health care.

39. Vijay Pravin Maharajan

Data Analytics Expert at Siemens Germany    

Vijay Pravin Maharajan, who comes from Chennai, is currently living in Munich, Germany since 2013. He is currently working as a Data Analytics Expert with Siemens Germany. He also gave a TEDx talk at TEDx Deggendorf, Germany recently.

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