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- Subramanian Chandrasekhar
Group Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy - Microsoft India
Chandrasekhar has a unique combination of his wide and varied experience in both Information Technology and Government. Of his total experience of 24 plus years, he has spent 15 years in the Government of India as a bureaucrat, which also included a stint in Singapore as a diplomat. After resigning from the Government he worked for IT bigwigs like TCS, IBM and HCL. He was also the Principal Consultant to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, responsible for the rollout of Government of India’s Rs 1000 crores Mission Mode Passport Seva Project.
He has had a 360 degree view of IT in Government as well as exposure to the entire sales and project life cycles. He has dealt with IT as a procurer in Govt. of India, as an OEM (IBM), as a System Integrator (TCS) and as a Vertical Delivery Head (HCL). Currently he is Group Director Government Affairs with Microsoft India and his role involves interfacing with external and internal stakeholders driving Government policy and technology related initiatives for Microsoft.
A man of varied talents, Sekhar speaks over 7 languages, has an Engineering Degree from Birla Institute of Technology, a PG Diploma in Cyber Law, a PG Diploma in Operations Management and an interpreter degree in Chinese. He has travelled widely to over 50 countries. His interests include reading non-fiction, wildlife, ethnology, cyber security and strategic affairs.