STKS 2023 Speaker Profiles


Prof. Deeph Chana
Managing Director,
NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) &
Professor, Imperial College London

Prof Chana has joined DIANA as its first Managing Director, bringing with him extensive experience of leading innovative science and technology research and development in academia, industry and government, focusing on global risks and next generation infrastructure security. He is joining DIANA from Imperial College London where he was Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and Co-Director of the Centre for Financial Technology within Imperial College Business School.

Prof Chana has consulted and lectured worldwide with businesses and governments on the nature and implications of disruptive and emerging technologies, and he has several decades of experience in technology entrepreneurship, covering a wide range of applications spanning quantum cascade laser detectors to materials science.

Established by the current Secretary General, Prof Chana was the founding Chair of NATO’s Advisory Group on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies and is currently a high-level science advisor to the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Prof Chana holds MSci and PhD degrees in Physics from King’s College London.


Mr. Rajan Luthra
Chairman’s Office- Head- Special Projects
Reliance Industries Limited

Mr. Luthra is the Head of Special Projects in the Chairman’s Office at Reliance Industries Ltd. He has 30+ years’ experience in driving technology, innovation, risk management, strategic investments, and public policy initiatives. He is an engineer with an executive MBA in national security and counter-terrorism. Mr. Luthra has worked on key programs across all RIL businesses for the past 25 years and was part of the founding team at Reliance Retail, India’s largest retailer. He currently leads a Digital Platform team and setting up of path-breaking Joint Operations Centres. He is a member of the Investment Committee at Labs/02 Incubator, having made 15+ investments in early-stage tech startups in Israel. 

Honorary Positions:  

– Honorary Practice Fellow, Institute of Security Science & Technology, Imperial College London
– Member Trustee at Observer Research Foundation: India’s leading think tank
– Mentor: Smart Cities Mission of India for Sustainable ICCCs
– Chair: SECURITY TODAY Knowledge Summit
– Panel Convenor, BIS Alarms & Electronic Security Committee

Lt. Gen. Ravi Sawhney
Former Dy Chief of Army Sta & DG M.I,
Centre Head – National Security & Strategic Studies,
Vivekananda International Foundation

Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He also held the position of Director General of Military Intelligence. He is a post graduate in Defence and Security Planning from the Royal College of Defence Studies, London prior to which he attended Defence Services Staff College at Wellington and Long Defence Service Management Course at the College of Defence Management, India.

During the Army service of approximately 40 years, he has held important appointments in staff and command of different combat units and field formations. Post retirement, he was deputed by the Government of India to monitor the situation in Afghanistan, a country which he has visited almost every year since 2002. He is presently a Senior Fellow & Center Head for National Security and Strategic Studies & Neighbourhood Studies and Internal Security Studies in Vivekananda International Foundation, an important ‘think tank’ in New Delhi, comprising retired senior officers of Armed Forces, diplomats, intelligence officers and civil servants.

Dr. Sameer Patil
Deputy Director,
Observer Research Foundation

Dr. Sameer Patil is Senior Fellow, Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology and Deputy Director, of Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai. His work focuses on the intersection of technology and national security, including cybersecurity. Dr Patil also serves as India Commissioner for the Global Tech Security Commission, set up by the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and the Atlantic Council. He has previously worked at the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations.

Dr Patil is the author of Securing India in the Cyber Era (Routledge, 2022) and has co-edited Moving Forward EU-India Relations: The Significance of the Security Dialogues (Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2017). He has PhD and MPhil in international politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has participated in several Track 1 and Track 1.5 dialogues. He is the recipient of the Australian Government’s prestigious Canberra Fellowship.

Mr. Arpinder Singh
Global Markets & India Leader,
EY Forensic & Integrity Services.

As the Global Markets and India Leader for EY Forensic & Integrity Services, Arpinder has led multi-jurisdiction investigations, forensic accounting and dispute advisory in India, US, UK and other regions with over 27 years of experience. He has acted as an expert forensic accountant in several disputes and arbitration cases and has been consistently recognized as one of the foremost practitioners in the “Who’s Who Legal”. He is a forensic accountant with significant knowledge of the law and one of the few experts in India who was an internal auditor, statutory auditor, financial controller and leads forensic investigations. As a trusted advisor, Arpinder has also worked closely with regulators and law enforcement officials on several high profile and global investigations across diverse sectors.

Rakesh Asthaana, IPS
Former Delhi Police Commissioner,
DG-BSF & Special Director- CBI

Mr. Rakesh Asthaana, IPS, is the former Police Commissioner of Delhi. Prior to that he headed the Central Bureau of Investigation as a Special Director. He has also served as the Director General of the Border Security Force and the Narcotics Control Bureau.

Widely experienced, Mr. Asthaana investigated the Fodder Scam, a corruption scandal that involved the embezzlement of roughly ₹9.4 billion in Bihar.

He is from the 1984 batch of Gujarat cadre Indian Police Service and has served as the Police Commissioner of the Diamond City of Surat, which has the distinction of being the first city to have the widest video surveillance system in the country, where he set up the first hi-tech police control room in 2014.

Currently he is the Group Head Corporate Affairs and Business Advisor at Religare.

Dr. Pavan Duggal
Advocate Supreme Court & CyberLaw,
Cyber Tech Expert

Pavan Duggal is an advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India, specialising in the field of Cyberlaw, Cybercrime Law, Cybersecurity Law, and Artificial Intelligence Law. He is a member of NomCom Committee on Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC)

Google’s ‘Bard’ lists Dr. Pavan Duggal as the topmost cyber lawyer in the world. Dr.  Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top 4 Cyber Lawyers around the world. WDD [World Domain Day] recognizes him as one of the top 10 Cyber Lawyers around the world. Duggal is the Chairman of the International Commission on Cyber Security Law.

He is the President of Cyberlaws.Net  He has worked in mobile law, convergence law and darknet law. He is also the president of Cyberlaw Asia. He is the Founder-cum-Honorary Chancellor of Cyberlaw University.

He has spoken at over 3000 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops in the last two decades, and has lectured extensively in select Law Colleges. As a Writer, he has made his mark with 194 Books on various aspects of the law in the last 20 years. Dr. Pavan Duggal’s books have been conferred various awards by Book Authority in various categories over a couple of years.

NSN Murty
Partner & Leader,
Government & Public Services |
Marketing, Brand & Communications Leader, at Deloitte Consulting

NSN Murty has over two decades of continuous learning experience from grass-roots to board-rooms. His passion for Government Transformation, GovTech & Cities has taken him to every nook & corner of this beautiful country India and to various smart cities across the globe.

Known as a Thought Leader and Public Speaker in the Smart Cities, GovTech and Government Transformation. In the last 9 years, he has worked on several First-of-Its-Kind projects/ programs and gained rich experience in Smart Mobility, InfraTech, Public Safety & Security, Integrated Command & Control Centers, Smart Utilities, Smart Governance and Smart Financing.

His Specialties Include: Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, GovTech, Innovation, Startup’s Mentoring, Public Policy, Government Affairs, PPP, eGovernance, Mega Deals, P&L Management, Practice Building, Program & Project Management, Change Management, Public Sector Solutions Play, and Safety & Security

Dr. Firoze Zia Hussain, CPP, PSP, PCI
Chief Security Officer

Dr. Firoze is a forward thinking and energetic Industry leader currently engaged in E commerce logistics with a diverse experience of 30+ years in change management ,quality leadership, double digit growth strategies, social media architect for change.

He is the former Superintendent of Police from Pondicherry with expertise in trafficking investigation, drug enforcement, electronic surveillance, fraud and risk analytics, financial frauds. He is a participant of the IVLP International Visitors Leadership Program of the US State Department and SVPNPA on cyber security.

Kavitha Srinivasulu
Global Head- Cyber Risk & Data Privacy (BFSI R&C)
Tata Consultancy Services

Kavitha Srinivasulu has around 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, data privacy & business resilience across BFSI, financial services, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, IT services and telecom domains. She has demonstrated her core expertise in risk advisory, business consulting and delivery assurance with diverse experience across corporate and strategic partners. She is a natural leader with versatility to negotiate and influence at all levels.

Swati Anuj Arya
Leader- CISO Office- Global Role

Swati Anuj Arya has more than 12 years of experience in cloud security, financial & regulatory compliance, IT audit, payment security, HIPAA, information security, PCI DSS, data protection, privacy and risk management. She has handled many PCI and RBI Information system audits. She has led Compliance Programs at leading payment gateways, Banks, Third Party Processors, IT companies, and BPOs in different geographical locations including India, US, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Morocco, Singapore, Philippines and UK.

Sudhir Singh Sisodiya
Australia & India at BT Group (formerly British Telecom)

Sudhir Singh Sisodiya is a Cyber-Physical Security Specialist with around 18 years of progressive experience across various security domains including Cybersecurity, Information Security, Application Security, Operational Security, Corporate Security, Behavioral Security and Physical/Electronic Security

He has experience of working at various management layers of Security GRC for Security Governance, Enterprise Security Risk management and Security Assurance for internal and external stakeholders.

He has gathered skills in several Security domains and earned various professional certifications.  His specialties include: Conceptualizing, Designing and Specifying solutions for Information Security & Data Protection, Cyber Security, Regulatory Security and Electronic Security Solutions.  He has been bestowed with CISA Geographic Excellence Award – For Highest Score in the ISACA Asia region. He has also been a CISM Top 5 Scorer Globally

Col. Shakti Sharma
National Head – Security & Loss Prevention,
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

Col Shakti Sharma is a Military professional of 27 years. He specialised in military logistics, supply chain and went on to gain further specialisation in explosives and missile systems and logistics. Served as a UN Military Observer in Liberia civil war in 1993-94

He joined Reliance Retail in May 2007, in its very initial stages as the country was experiencing organised Retail. He stayed with Retail for about 8 years to develop the security and loss prevention functions to include processes, analytics and approach to investigations. This programme was first of its kind in India, and required management of a nationwide team of on-roll and off-roll team members.

In 2015 he side stepped to Reliance Jio to set up the technology driven and data enabled programme of security for the most sensitive telecom and digital infrastructure of Reliance Jio, till date

Sanjeev Sehgal
Founder and MD at Sparsh CCTV

Sanjeev Sehgal is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated Degree in Electronics with over three decades of experience in Electronics Manufacturing and Security Solutions.

He is a pioneering force behind Sparsh, a leading Video Surveillance Systems Manufacturer, and began his entrepreneurial journey manufacturing Push Button Telephones. He is  known as the ‘Made in India Man.’

With teamwork and passion, Sanjeev leverages his business acumen and industry insights to drive SPARSH’s innovation in Security and Surveillance products. He serves as the founding Chairman of the Security Promotion Group of India, Convener of the Video Surveillance Committee at BIS, and Chairman of NoS Committee for Security Surveillance in ESSCI.

Siddharth Dahiya
CEO, Peregrine Guarding

 Siddharth Dahiya is the Chief Executive Officer of Peregrine Guarding and has been associated with the organization since 1999. Possessing the commendable experience of more than 27 years, predominantly in the security industry, he joined Peregrine as an Assistant Manager when the employee strength was only 200. Today, he heads the business for 20 states which is approximately 55% of the total revenue with a client base of over 1500 clients. His contribution to positioning Peregrine among the top and fastest-growing security companies in India remains invaluable to the organization.

Rishi Rajpal
Director of Global Security, Concentrix.

Rishi Rajpal is Director of Global Security at Concentrix. He has more than 20 years of global experience and deep expertise in information security with specialization in risk management, security tools and technologies, compliance and privacy. He handles crisis management and business continuity planning.

CISO Platform 100 recognized Rishi as being among the foremost internet security professionals. An independent jury reviewed top security influencers and contributors and selected Rishi as among the top one hundred experts. This is the fourth time Rishi has been recognized with this honor.

Rishi holds a bunch of professional certifications such as, MSIA, CISA, CISM, CISSP, CCSK, CHP, HCISPP,CRISC,CIPM, CIPP/E, FIP (Privacy) and CIPT to his credit

Col. Arun Hariharan
Vice President & National Head- Nodal Affairs, Security and EHS,
Bharti Airtel

Colonel Arun Hariharan, is the National Head- Nodal Affairs, Security & Loss Prevention and EHS at Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Arun is a qualified and experienced leader and has been at the forefront of initiatives that have positioned organisations to support significant growth & profitability. He has time and again showcased impressive success by providing effective support to the business for implementation of security and EHS strategies in-line with business requirements and managing a full range of services to support the overall business strategy of the company. He served with distinction in the Indian Army, Corps of Engineers for 22 ½ years and sought premature retirement to join the private security industry.

He has various professional qualifications to his credit. He is a Certified Lead Auditor in ISMS ISO 27001:2022, BCMS ISO 22301:2019 & OH&S MS ISO 45001:2018.

He is also a published author and poet.

Mr. Ankush Maria
Director- Global Enterprise Risk and Business Continuity Leader

Ankush is a seasoned Risk Management leader and has led global teams and programs for Fortune 500 companies. Ankush has over 19 years of leadership experience, working with executives across the globe in developing operational risk/resilience, business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management and risk management solutions that protect people and sustain business during disasters. Ankush holds a MBA and is member of India 2020- Think Tank team and associated with various industry risk related organisations like OSAC, ISACA, BCI, DRI etc.

Ankush has been a strategic advisor to various management teams across the globe on building and enhancing robust, agile and nimble security and continuity solutions. He has led organization crisis response efforts for numerous regional/global crisis events such as Japan Earthquake, Thailand Flooding, Mumbai (India) Attacks, Paris terror attacks and Chennai (India) Flooding etc.

GB Singh

GB Singh is the Editor in Chief of SECURITY TODAY & SECURITY UPDATE; India’s No.1 Security Industry magazines since 2004. He is a Security Evangelist who has been advancing the professionalism of the Private Security Industry for over three decades.

He is a popular speaker at security industry events and takes keen interest in them. He has authored some of the leading research based articles that have been published in leading journals.

His volunteering roles with major industry associations and institutions include ASIS International, APSA, IISSM, FSAI, CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI, OSAC, ISRM, and

the Bureau of Indian Standards, where he is the Convenor of the Alarms Panel.

GB has received significant recognition and accolades for his contributions to the Public Sector Industry (PSI), notably being honored by the Hon’ble Home Minister of India in 2015.

In 2020 he was Ranked #4 amongst the Top 20 Influencers in the World in the “Association Figures, Academics and Thought Leaders” Category by IFSEC Global (U.K.)