Judges - GITA 2008

Information Technology

Dr. Sanjay Sarma

Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Shikhar Ghosh

Founder, Open Market


Dr. William Sellers

VP & Global Head of Oncology,
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan

Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Biotechnology

Materials and Energy

Prof. Caroline Ross

Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Helmut Dosch

Former Director
Max Plank's Institute for Metal Research

Technology for Grassroot Development

Dr. Anil Gupta

Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, MIT
Director, MIT Poverty Action Lab

Dr. Raj Melville ,Principal, Ambient Engines

Raj Melville has over 20 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience at four start-ups, and several larger organizations. His current startup is focused on identifying bottom of pyramid technology solutions for developing countries. He was previously responsible for managing the overall product strategy and features for nTAG Interactive a spin off from the MIT Media Lab. nTAG pioneered face-to-face social networking solutions via wearable technology. Prior to nTAG, Raj was Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, at Vaultus managing the release and marketing of their Java-based mobile applications server. He later also managed their Client Services team and helped implement an accelerated mobile applications delivery approach, Previously, Raj was Senior Director of Product Management at Be Free Inc. (now ValueClick), where he helped define the product direction for a market leading affiliate marketing e-commerce solution that managed over 4 million affiliate relationships while keeping track of 6 billion impressions per quarter and providing 400 merchants with daily updates on click-throughs, sales and commissions. He has also managed the launch of two high-end Internet server products at Electronic Book Technologies (later acquired by Inso) and has directed consulting teams at CSC Onward and Microsoft Consulting Services. Raj spent his early career as Product Marketing and Services Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, and as an Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Raj is an active Charter Member of TIE, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to foster and support entrepreneurship that has over 800 members in the Boston area. He has chaired the Software and Services SIG for TIE and helped launch the Social Entrepreneurship SIG. He founded and chaired the TIE Annual Outsourcing Workshop, which drew over 150 attendees for the past three years. Currently as SIG co-chair, he helps coordinate among 12 plus SIGs and fosters new SIG formation. Raj has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a M.S. and D.Sc. in Engineering from MIT, and a M.S. in Management from the Sloan School at MIT.

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