NICCT Online Debate – 18 June 2020

The next NICCT Online Debate will take place on the 18th of June from 17.00-18.15 hrs. The theme is “Leveraging Research & Development and Innovation capacity to combat COVID-19″. Speakers will be from companies with operations in India/NL who have applied their existing R&D departments and Innovation skills to battling or helping governments battle Covid-19; and how they view the post-pandemic future.

Please click on this link for the program and speaker overview. 

Our program for NICCT Online – Debate “Leveraging Research & Development and Innovation capacity to combat COVID-19” on 18 June 2020 from 17.00-18.15hrs:

17.00-17.05 hrs: Welcome & Introduction by Vidhya Sampath (moderator, VP board member NICCT)

17.00-17.50 hrs: NICCT Online Debate “Leveraging Research & Development and Innovation capacity to combat COVID-19″ 

Speakers are: 

Mr. Ravi Ramaswamy – Senior Director & Head Health Systems – Philips Innovation Campus Bengaluru

Mr. Sankha Som – Chief Innovation Evangelist – Tata Consultancy Services

Mr. Ashvanni Srivastava – GM & Head of AMEA – iMedrix Inc.

17.50-17.55 hrs: Closing Remarks by Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT


17.55-18.15 hrs: Online Networking

The speakers in the program NICCT Online – Debate “Leveraging Research & Development and Innovation capacity to combat COVID-19” on 18 June 2020 are:

Mrs. Edith Nordmann – Chairman NICCT & Managing Partner at ACG International – Closing Remarks

Edith Nordmann is next to being the Chairman of NICCT also Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam.
Edith has an expert qualification in employment law, and is experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters. Her practice also covers cross-border transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, she is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.
Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. This puts her in a unique position to resolve cross-border issues.

Edith successfully combines her professional career with numerous charitable and social organizations, where she uses her expertise, not only to help others but also to empower them in their endeavors. Among many other commitments, she is also Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Housing Corporation Rochdale.


Mr. Ravi Ramaswamy – Senior Director & Head Health Systems – Philips Innovation Campus Bengaluru – Speaker


Mrs. Vidhya Sampath – Vice President NICCT Programs & Director External Affairs & Public Policy Europe at TCS – Moderator

Vidhya Sampath serves as the head of Corporate and European Affairs for Tata Consultancy Services across TCS’ European operations. Prior to this she served as the Director External Relations for Europe and as the Marketing Head for TCS Benelux, a period that saw exceptionally fast growth for TCS.

Vidhya has served as the Director of the Europe India Institute at Nyenrode Business University and initiated the Netherlands India Institute.

As a private consultant she advised several major corporates and public institutions in Europe on business collaboration with India and has orchestrated several high-level missions to India. 

Vidhya serves presently as a Vice President on the board of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade and is on the advisory Board to the Europe India Chamber of Commerce.

Vidhya holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture (cum laude), a Masters degree in Urban development and Housing Studies and a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.Vidhya is a fully certified yoga teacher and enjoys teaching and practicing yoga on a daily basis.


Mr. Sankha Som – Chief Innovation Evangelist – Tata Consultancy Services Hyderabad – Speaker

Sankha is Chief Innovation Evangelist for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He leads a team of Innovation Evangelists who evangelize TCS Research and Innovation to clients globally. He also oversees the Insights, Foresights and Marketing functions for Corporate Research and Innovation.

He has more than 18 years of experience in R&D and Innovation in the Information Technology sector. He has fulfilled several roles in research, product development, project and program management, business development and sales, innovation management in a customer organization and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of R&D organizations.

Sankha is an MBA in Analytical Finance and Strategic Marketing from the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, India. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Computing Sciences.


Mr. Ashvanni Srivastava, GM & Head of AMEA, iMedrix Inc. – Speaker

Mr. Ashvanni Srivastava is senior business leader with established credentials for strategy, innovation and scale in business with application of platforms, products and tech enabled services. 30 Years of high performance track record and global P&L in large corporate and entrepreneurial assignments across India, SE Asia, US and UK. Mr. Srivastava has 15 years of pioneering innovation and globally recognized work in Hospitals, Digital health, HCIT & AI, Patient engagement and Telehealth across corporate strategy, business development, business transformation, international projects and entrepreneurship. He was previously President of Strategic Initiatives and Board Director across multiple business units at Apollo Hospitals Group, a US$ 1.2Bn. healthcare enterprise. He is Founder & CEO of HealthHiway, Asia’s first Health Information network with an integrated ecosystem of 1200+ Hospitals, 15,000 Doctor Practices and Insurance. He was invited for nomination to E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 in the Healthcare innovation category in India. Advisory & Organizing committee member for HIMSS Asia Pacific (2007 to 2010). He was an iHIND team member (2007-2012), industry committee for planning and recommendation of National health information network and electronic health records in India. 

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