Rajashree Rao

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Rajashree (Shree) is a globally acclaimed industry thought leader, visionary, advisor, principal consultant, and mentor in next-gen technologies – Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Robotics, Industry 5.0, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, AR/VR, Blockchain, and Smart Cities across industry verticals. After working for 20+ years in the corporate world across the regions (India, US, and APAC), she is back to her roots to venture onto the next biggest growth market in the world. Shree brings diverse industry experience of working with IBM, Intel, and SAP, leading and influencing the technology adoption within the Singapore Government and Public Sector for building the Smart City and Smart Nation Initiatives in the APAC region. Shree has led some of the key transformational and light-house projects for the Singapore Government’s Smart Nation within the Transportation, Energy, Public Security, Healthcare and public sector verticals such as ERP II and Smart Street Lighting for Land Transport Authority of Singapore, Condition Monitoring for SMRT, Common Security Platform for Ministry of Home Affairs, Safe City DSS for Mindef/DSTA, Vital Signs Monitoring for Ministry of Healthcare and many others. Shree champions the ‘Open Innovation’ and has developed two futuristic strategies called the ‘Partnership Innovation Model’ for Rolls Royce and the ‘Hybrid Model’ of Innovation Hub or the Centre of Excellence concept.

Shree brings rich expertise in Marcomm, Sales, Business Development, Large Enterprise Account Management for Industry Verticals, Channel Partner/Program Management, Product/Solutions management and ISV & start-up ecosystem development, driving Influencer Sales in emerging technologies. Shree is a passionate technologist who challenges industry and technology providers to innovate and think out of the box since she believes that Technology’s principal goal is to enable an individual, organization, city, or a nation to retrofit their existing system/business model/solutions/infrastructure, which will empower and transform the way people live, and work in the era of digital transformation. Shree has developed an innovation strategy for restructuring and reconstructing existing business models. Shree also holds various awards for having built trusted Business Partner relationships. She is an enthusiastic and fervent Speaker and avid Writer in Next-Gen Technologies, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Life-lessons, Motivation, and Self. Shree is a radical known for breaking the glass ceiling in her professional and personal life to evolve into who she truly aspires to be.

In her recent role Shree was the head of AI Innovation Hub and Partnerships and Ecosystem (APAC) for R2 Data Labs at Rolls-Royce (RR), Shree has established strong partnerships across industry players – academia, corporates, governments, industry bodies, incubators, accelerators, VCs – for identifying the crème-de-la-crème ecosystem partners to solve business pain-points which are scalable for various industry segments. Her focus is to optimize/vitalise and augment our existing cutting-edge technology capabilities to innovate with diverse ecosystem initiatives of co-creation/co-innovation and co-funding engagement models for efficiently addressing the problems instead of reinventing the wheel. Shree is the catalyst within the businesses to understand and translate real-time challenges and align the ecosystem to the business goals for shaping the future through data-led innovation. This has helped the ecosystem accelerate the goal of faster turn-around time to deliver value and impact to the business/customers. As a Digital Transformation and Innovation leader, Shree has played an integral role in helping RR in its Digital First Culture journey.

Shree is a Graduate (Hons.) from Bangalore University in Business Management and has a Computer Science diploma – eCommerce. She enjoys international travel, and cooking and is in the constant pursuit of spirituality. She is also passionate about women’s empowerment and spends her free time working with women and women’s organizations.

Industry Recognitions:  Shree has been recognized by Thinker’s 360 as one of the Top 50 Global Thought leaders and Influencers in Emerging Technologies, AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Ecosystem, 5G, AR/VR, and IoT. Shree is featured in the 3AI list of AI & Analytics leaders to watch out for in 2021. Thinkers260 has also recognized Shree as one of the Top 100 Women B2B Global Thought Leaders to follow in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and was recognized by SheThePeople.TV 40 Over 40 Awards – A celebration of achievement and courage, grit and determination of Shree’s career journey in the corporate world. Shree is recognized as one of the Top 100 ‘Global Women in Leadership’ achievers by the Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade (GCPIT) 2021. As a Change Maker, Shree holds the prestigious role of Global Director-General of Sustainable Development Goals as part of the GCPIT. Shree will be working with the world bodies to define strategies and advise the executive leadership team to successfully execute the identified projects within the respective regions. Shree is also featured as one of the 150 + Global Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders of 2021 by Whizlabs.  Shree is on the Advisory Board of Atal Incubation Centre – BIMTECH, IIT – Ropar, and GUS Global Service.

Spotlight Areas:

She is an enthusiastic and fervent speaker and avid writer in:

• Next-Gen Technologies
• Leadership
• Entrepreneurship
• Life-lessons
• Motivation
• Self

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60-90 minutes

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Keynote Speech

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15 – 500

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