Shree Manish Sisodia,
Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi

Manish Sisodia is the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi. He is widely known for the reforms in the Education sector in Delhi like transforming the infrastructure of government schools, sending teachers and Principals to world class trainings across the world, introducing curricular reforms like Happiness curriculum which has caught global attention and Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, and not to forget curbing irrational fee hikes in private schools across Delhi. Recently, he has candidly given a detailed account of this journey as Education Ministry in his book "Shiksha ― My Experiments as an Education Minister".

Mr. Sisodia is also the Finance Minister of Delhi and a lesser know but significant fact is that during his term, the revenue of Delhi Government rose significantly, from Rs. 30,000 crores in 2015 to Rs. 60,000 crore in 2019 enabling the Delhi Govt. to invest in the basic needs of its people.


Dr. Sandhya Chintala, Executive Director, IT – ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM

Dr Sandhya Chintala is the Executive Director/CEO of IT- ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM (SSC NASSCOM), which is an integral part of NASSCOM. SSC NASSCOM addresses the ‘Education & Skills Development Initiative’ of this industry body for the country. Dr. Sandhya Chintala is also the Vice President of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), which is the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industry.

Dr Chintala has a rich background in international and national education management. Her role at NASSCOM includes providing the roadmap for IT-BPM industry’s/ NASSCOM’s education initiatives; programs with a vision to develop education strategy, capacity building, assessment & evaluation; the development of industry standards to facilitate a quality talent pool, liaising between industry, academia and government, making India the preferred global destination for all IT and BPM/ITeS requirements.

As an educationist some of her research publications and activities are related to the successful development and implementation of educational frameworks enabling change management and sustainable governance processes, technology enabled teaching- learning methods, e-content solutions and the design and development of quality assurance strategies. Dr Chintala brings to this ecosystem 37 years of experience to facilitate talent transformation and acquisition for this Industry body.

As a strategist Dr Chintala has in close collaboration with the IT-BPM industry and other relevant stakeholders contributed to the design and development of the Sector Skills Council for NASSSCOM. She has identified and executed programs to develop ready-to-deploy talent by laying standards for skill requirements in the IT-BPM industry. These requirements merit defining standards of performance articulated in the ‘Occupational Analysis’ reports published under her guidance. Her focus is to identify job roles and career paths for the benefit of students and academia, to facilitate a clear understanding of career opportunities provided by this industry and to streamline multiple approaches towards a national standard. .

To facilitate talent transformation and acquisition, her contribution aims at the development of multiple programs of occupational learning that support employer requirements in the face of shrinking labor markets and growing international competition. Dr Chintala‘s contribution toward the development of a ‘Work force Market Intelligence System’, the ‘Analysis of Talent Supply and Demand’ report, the ‘Quality Assurance Parameters for Affiliation, Accreditation and Certification’ documents and the design and development of high-end online assessments and platforms for Qualification Packs and related areas, have helped modernize and bridge the gap between education provision and vocational training for this industry.


Jaydeep Singh, Founder & CEO, Empass Learning

Empass is an AI-powered Talent Solutions platform focused on digital assessment solutions. Empass helps Enterprise and Academic institutions tackle the issues of hiring, training and employee engagement.

All solutions developed by Empass have the ‘ubiquitous’ mobile user in mind, something that differentiates it from other providers of learning & assessment solutions. Empass Learning’s flagship product is a gamified, assessment platform that makes it possible for users to assess the most ‘in-demand’ skills, ‘on-demand’ and is used by clients that range from IT, Pharmaceuticals, Technology Startups, Language Training and Academic verticals.

Jaydeep has more than 23+ years experience in Consulting & Business Development roles with large global telecom, IT and EdTech brands including Wipro, Cable & Wireless Plc., and Prometric.

At Prometric, a pioneer & worldwide leader in high-stakes assessments & certifications, Jaydeep spearheaded the Enterprise & global client services business for Prometric in India.

Since 2011, Jaydeep has worked as a consultant & advisor to global and Indian companies in the technology-based learning space. His notable clients include, Simplilearn, Xebia and ITpreneurs.

Jaydeep founded Empass Learning in 2017. The company was one of the first few selected ventures for NASSCOM’s 10,000 Startups program in the state of Haryana. Empass was also been recognized as the ‘brightest start-ups of the year in the HRtech space’ by IDG Media at their prestigious Demo event.

Jaydeep is extremely passionate about using Technology to simplify and address the limitations posed by the traditional learning and assessment methodologies. He is actively engaged with Industry-Academia collaboration initiatives that aim to skill up the workforce on emerging technologies as member of the curriculum advisory boards of leading Universities in India that includes, Amity University, Manav Rachna University.

Paul Edelblut, Vice President - Cognitive Computing, Vantage Labs

He has primary responsibility to oversee major account activity for all of Vantage’s cognitive computing technologies across 4 operating companies in the global market. Paul’s projects are active on 4 continents serving tens of millions of customers applying Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networks to improve the process and efficiency for all customers.

In his session, “Eliminating cultural, geographic, and socio economic diversity influences in reading assessment” he will address the current limitations of reading comprehension assessments and discuss how an innovative new validation process, (ACE*) leverages functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to overcome these limitations.

Attendees will learn how fNIRS technology is used in validating reading comprehension assessments; the application of biological measures to traditional assessments; and the value of the data used in ACE* validation for elimination of equity issues in global assessments

*ACE (Adolescent Comprehension Evaluation) is a new, patent-pending, web-based application and reading comprehension validation process that can be used to monitor reading comprehension with the initial focus on student reading comprehension in year 6-8. ACE has been developed through a series of entrepreneurial-oriented grants from Drexel University and the National Science Foundation (National Science Foundation, n.d.). The ACE team has identified a number of real concerns in that market addressed by ACE: the need for a quick and easy reading comprehension measure that gathers data on a regular basis, the need for actionable data that teachers can use in real time to adjust instruction, and the need for a direct reading comprehension progress monitoring measure to measure students in an equitable and fair process.

Dr. Jonathan Schmidgall, Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service

Jonathan is an applied linguist and language testing researcher with expertise in test design and validation, with a focus on oral proficiency, testing and technology, and English language use in the international workplace and in higher education.

As a Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, he coordinates research for the TOEIC program, the global leader in English language assessment for the workplace used by over 14,000 organizations across more than 160 countries.

Jonathan publishes and presents language testing research widely in academic journals and conferences, but also enjoy the opportunity to present to non-academic audiences to make fundamental concepts and interesting research more engaging and accessible. He received a Ph.D. in applied linguistics with a focus on language assessment from UCLA and a certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Educational Research from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013.

Somdev Chaudhuri, Consultant - International Business at Manipal Global Education Services

Somdev Chaudhuri has about 27 years of experience spread across IT, HR Solutions & Ed-Tech, having worked with organizations like MeritTrac (a wholly owned subsidiary of Manipal Global Education Services) and Simplilearn. In his current role with the International Business Unit at Manipal Global Education, Somdev drives the business in South Asia, besides providing solutions support to teams across regions such as USA, MENA & ASEAN. Somdev’s expertise lies in providing capability development solutions comprising assessments, trainings, certifications and technology platforms. He is passionate about psychometric assessments and their usage for purposes of talent measurement and development.

As part of Manipal Global Education Services he looks at various aspects of entry level talent pipeline building, upskilling and re-skilling of workforce for organizations and employability enhancement solutions for educational institutions. He has successfully driven mutually beneficial working relationships over the years with stakeholders in Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development across IT, ITES, Telecom, Pharma, Manufacturing, Engineering, Automobile, Retail companies.