Overview / about BFSI Tech Maestros Awards

Recognizing Excellence in BFSI for Top Technology Implementations, Innovations, & Leadership

The ever changing BFSI technology landscape has transformed the way banking, financial services is done today. The growing complexities in technology management, technology implementation and technology proliferation has thrown major challenges to the CIOs/CTOs/CISO/CROs/CDOs of BFSI industry. Advancement of technology and demand of sophisticated business applications have forced technology professionals to review their strategy and business process. Responding to the requirements, today’s BFSI industry is looking for, talented & innovative IT professionals in this industry showcasing their out of the box though leadership and helping organizations to stay way ahead of competition.

‘BFSI Tech Maestro Awards’ is a platform for those innovative and talented IT professionals in BFSI industry, to showcase their innovative and most effective projects, which can give them not only national recognition but also produces significant amount of positive momentum among the fraternity. Recognition never comes an easy way, years of experience and in-depth knowledge generate the momentum and creates the deserving reputation. So why to wait more? If you have zeal to fly, we give you the wings. If you have the fire, we air it to spread.

We invite you to submit your nomination at the earliest an last date of submission is November 15, 2017.

Judging Criteria / key characteristics of ``BFSI Tech Maestros`` include:

  • Innovative Communicator – Focuses communications on value and innovation, not technology. Helps all IT staff to understand the business and speak the language of business leaders.
  • Innovative Management Capability – Should be providing the right services at the right price and the right level of quality. Recognized among peers as an effective leader of the IT unit.
  • IT Innovations to drive Business Growth – Ensures clear focus on potential and realized value in all IT initiatives. Incorporates IT into business decision-making by participating in key strategic conversations, suggesting innovative uses of IT, and managing risk.
  • Innovations to Transform – In-depth researches that suggest innovative uses of IT to transform the business and successful execution to incorporate the changes.

Event FAQS / find your answers

  • Nominees must hold the title of Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Head of IT or equivalent. They must be the highest-level IT leader in the organization.
  • Applicants are welcome from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, with all assessed on a common set of criteria.
  • Applicants must present accomplishments related to the applicant's current position.
  • All nominees must be from any BFSI organisations (Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, NBFC)
  • Finalists will be expected to attend the Award Event in person.

The judging process will be conducted in three phases.

A panel of 5 eminent judges (1 ex-CIO, 1 most senior IT analyst, 1 senior academician from a most reputed IT institute in India, 1 ex DDG of NIC and 1 ex-CEO) will write final verdict. Names will be announced very soon.

Phase 1: Initial Screening

Each application will be read by the judges and ranked based on quality, depth and completeness of the responses. The semi-finalists will be selected for the next phase.

Phase 2: Detailed Analysis

The panel of judges, will read each semi-finalist application and rank order based on detailed evaluation criteria. Judges will pick up the finalists.

Phase 3: Interviews

If judges feel that there is a need to cross-check or if they have any doubt in the nomination form, then they will interview the finalists and then decide to pick the winner. Finalists will be notified in advance so that they can prepare for interviews, if required.

You can complete the application online, over several sessions, saving your draft content. Once you are satisfied with your application, we ask you to submit your final application. You can choose

Click here to submit your nomination Online

Alternatively, you can download PDF or DOC version of Nomination Form for sending your nomination. Send back the thoroughly filled-up Nomination Form to bfsi@cioaxis.com.

Nomination closes on Nov 15, 2017.

All information shared in nomination form, including the identity of applicants, will be held in strict confidence and used only by the award judges in the judging process.
  • Winners will be announced on the award website in December 15, 2017. The Finalists also will be announced on the award website and also will be invited to attend the conference on the award event day.
  • There will be a special photo opportunity session on the award event day for winners.
  • Press interviews of the winners will be published post event on http://www.cioaxis.com and http://www.infosecuritylive.com websites along with BitStream Mediaworks network websites.
  • We will also arrange press interviews on the event day for the winners for others print and online magazines.
Jitendra Srivastava: Mobile: +91-9818305558, 8076364595. Email: jeetu@cioaxis.com

Nomination / submit your nomination today!

Nominations for “BFSI Tech Maestro Awards 2017” are open nationwide to all CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, CROs, CDOs, IT Heads and Technology Leaders from private or public companies in BFSI domain. The deadline for submitting an application for the “BFSI Tech Maestros Awards 2017” is November 15, 2017.

Last Year Speakers / led by peers & industry experts

Anil Bhandari

Mentor & Thought Leader, Arcon

Atul Kumar

Sr General Manager - IT, Syndicate Bank

Balaji Venketeshwar

Cyber Security Researcher

Bren Verghese

Regional Sales Manager – India, Darktrace

Desmond D’Silva

Sr Sales Engineer, Dell Technologies

Burgess Cooper

Partner - Information & Cyber Security, Ernst & Young

Joydeep Dutta

Executive Director & Group CTO, CDSL

Karthik Shindhe

Partner - BFSI Services, Ernst & Young

Kiran Belsekar

Associate Director-IT, PNB Metlife

Lalit Popli

Head - Information Technology, ICICI Prudential AMC Ltd

M A Khan

CEO & MD, IDBI Intech Limited

Dr. N Rajendran

CTO, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

Pradeep Ghosh

National Manager for India Business, Stellar Data Recovery

Rajesh Thapar

CISO , Yes Bank Limited

Rahul Kumar

Country Manager - India , WinMagic

Sameer Ratolikar

Sr Vice President & CISO, HDFC Bank Ltd

Sameer Singh Jaini

Chief Technology Officer, DCB Bank Limited

Sharad Sadadekar

CISO & Vice President, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co Ltd

Shashi K Ravulapaty

SVP & CTO, Reliance Commercial Finance Ltd

Sundar Krishnan

CRO, Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Co Ltd

Trishneet Arora

‎Founder & CEO, TAC Security

Venkat Nippani

Partner, IT Advisory, Grant Thornton

Last Year Program Agenda / a perfect bled for BFSI Tech Maestros

BFSI Tech Maestros Awards & Conclave Agenda is a perfect blend of talent recognition, thought leadership, technology showcase, interactive sessions, peer-to-peer exchange, and entertainment activities — makes it one of the best IT Leadership events of India.

November 12, 2016

Time Day Session
09.30 AM – 10.00 AM Breakfast & Delegate Registrations
10.00 AM – 10.30 AM Welcome Address and Opening Remarks
By: B D Roy, Group Editor, Bitstream Mediaworks
10.30 AM – 11.15 AM Keynote: Threat Intelligence – Future Security Strategy for BFSI Industry
By: Balaji Venketeshwar, Cyber Security Researcher
11.15 AM – 11.45 AM Protecting Endpoints and reputation with ML and AI. Is Remediation Better than Prevention?
By: (a) Bhabani Prasad Mahapatra, OSS-Product Specialist (India), Dell Technologies
(b) Desmond D’Silva, Sr Sales Engineer (Data Protection), Dell Technologies
11.45 AM – 12.30 PM Panel Discussion: BFSI 2020: Where is BFSI Industry Heading in the Technology Adoption Landscape?
Venkat Nippani, Partner, IT Advisory, Grant Thornton
(a) Shashi Ravalputay, CTO, Reliance Commercial Finance
(b) Ravikiran Mankikar, COO, Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd
(c) Atul Kumar, Sr. GM, Syndicate Bank
(d) Sachin Jadhav, Head-IT, Reliance Nippon Life Insurance
12.30 PM – 01.00 PM Protection Against Advanced Insider Threats — Next Generation Firewall
By: Harshil Doshi, Strategic Security Consulting, Forcepoint
01.00 PM – 02.00 PM Networking Lunch / Technology Showcase
02.00 PM – 02.20 PM BFSI Tech Maestros Recognition – Part 1
02.20 PM – 02.40 PM Best Practices for Maintaining Data Confidentiality & Privacy
By: Pradeep Ghosh, National Manager – India Business, Stellar Data Recovery
02.40 PM – 03.00 PM The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation Cyber Defense
By: Bren Verghese, Regional Sales Manager – India, Darktrace
03.00 PM – 03.20 PM Is your Data Security Strategy Fool-proof?
By: Rahul Kumar, Country Manager – India, WinMagic
03.20 PM – 03.40 PM Tea-Coffee Break / Technology Showcase
03.40 PM – 04.00 PM Shrinkman, Corporate Digital Superhero
Mohan Chandrasekaran, Founder & CEO, adStringO Software
04.00 PM – 04.45 PM Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Addressing The Growing Challenges of Security Threats in Financial Services

Karthik Shinde, BFSI Partner, Ernst & Young
(a) Trishneet Arora, CEO & Founder, TAC Solutions
(b) Kiran Belsekar, Associate Director, PNB Metlife(c) Puneet Kaur Kohli, Group EVP IT & CTO, Bajaj Capital Ltd
(d) Pradeep Ghosh, National Manager – India Business, Stellar Data Recovery
04.45 PM – 05.30 PM Tea-Coffee Break / Technology Showcase
Time Evening Session
05.30 PM – 06.30 PM Delegates Re-assembling
06.30 PM – 06.40 PM Welcome Address
06.40 PM – 07.30 PM Panel Discussion: Partner to Trusted Ally – Role of CIOs to Define The Engagement
Joydeep Dutta, Executive Director & Group CTO, CDSL
(a) Sameer Jaini, CIO, DCB Bank(b) Dr. N. Rajendran, CTO, NPCI
(c) Atul Kumar, Sr. General Manager, Syndicate Bank(d) Narayan Samant, Executive Director – IT, DBS Bank Ltd
07.30 PM – 08.15 PM BFSI Tech Maestros Recognition – Part 2
08.15 PM – 08.30 PM Vote of Thanks / Closing Remarks
09.15 PM onwards Networking Cocktails & Dinner
Please Note: Agenda & Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Last Year Event Partners / who supported this initiative

Event Location

Hotel Sahara Star
Opp. Domestic Airport,
Vile Parle East,
Mumbai 400099 (India)


Get in touch / we are just a phone call away

For more details, please contact: Jitendra Srivastava / +91-9818305558, 8076364595 / jeetu@cioaxis.com