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 ITU-T Workshop on "Conformance and Interoperability of IPTV"
 Pune, India, 17 December 2010 Contact: interop@itu.int 
Biographies
R.M. Agarwal, DDG(SA), TEC

Shri R.M.Agarwal, DDG(SA) is an Indian Telecommunication Services officer of the 1986 batch and is presently working as Deputy Director General (Service Application) in the Telecommunication Engineering Centre. He is responsible for IPV4 to IPV6 migration in the country and IPTV standards. They have brought out a policy document “National IPv6 Deployment Roadmap” for India. He has also been designated as the Central Coordinating Officer from the Department of Telecommunications to coordinate with Government and Industry for IPV6 migration in the country.

He was also appointed as Editor in one of the recommendations related to IPTV in ITU-Study Group 12.
Balaji TS, AVP, Tech Mahindra

Being part of Tech Mahindra’s Centre of Excellence for NGN Solutions & Services, Balaji TS, currently heads IP initiatives of the Centre such as, IMS, IPTV, Cloud Computing (PaaS) etc. As part of research team focused on Network Services, he is involved in evolving consultancy frameworks for transformation. In last 8 years, he has been involved in advisory services in VoIP, SS7 signaling and network planning to a number of customers world-wide.

In the past, he has been responsible for traffic modelling, equipment dimensioning, performance management & first-line maintenance of GSM network; the role included interconnect management, Roaming, regulatory approvals & VAS. He was a member of the Technical Experts Group of the Ericsson User Group (India).

In the past he was also involved in production engineering & customisation of PSTN telephone exchange software for new feature requirements from customers.
Harini Calamur, Director, Cogito TV

Harini Calamur has 16 years of professional experience in the areas of education, media education, training, media and new media. She has headed brands, strategy, programming and production, and businesses.

She is one of the three promoters of Cogito Media Pvt. Ltd – an independent Production House that produces TV Programmes, Feature Films & Documentaries. She is one of the producers of the award winning Marathi feature film – Jhing Chik Jhing – that looks at the issues of agrarian debt through the eyes of a 10 year old boy, with a zest for life.

As entrepreneur, she and her company produced a number of infomercials, Shobhaa De’s first TV chat show - Powerr Trip with Shobhaa De – that interviewed the who’s who of business & politics in India, and Dial One aur Jeeto – India’s first live quiz show on a Hindi entertainment Channel. Currently the company is producing a children’s series for a leading international television network. Cogito Media has consulted to a number of parties including the Government of India (the science channel) in the setting up of channels.

Prior to Cogito, Harini was instrumental in setting up the music (Music Asia) and educational (Zed TV) channels for Zee TV. During the course of her tenure with the company - she developed, produced and directed a number of programs and projects. These include the landmark “A To Z” of computers program – that spawned a whole franchise network; “The Zed Bajaj Auto Clinic” that brought contemporary training techniques to roadside mechanics; “The Grand Tour of the Internet” that worked with corporate giant Intel to spread Internet awareness. She was also instrumental in initiating and closing a landmark project between the Bombay Stock Exchange and Zee Education to spread investor awareness.

While with Zee Telefilms, she also headed brand for the 4 alpha channels (Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali & Gujarati) – now renamed as Zee channels - and also headed special projects including the set up of India’s first reality adventure show – RAAAH She has produced several documentaries for the purposes of training & information sharing, including “Development with Dignity” – a film on how women’s Self Help Groups are transforming life in rural Maharashtra; “Lessons that Matter” – on the Post Tsunami recovery process in South & South East Asia ; and “ To save a million” – how communities across South & South East Asia are learning to cope with natural hazards . She provided strategic consulting services to Sahara TV in the phase in which it became Sahara One, and was instrumental in helping their GRP’s move from 37 to approximately 78 in a 4 month period.

Her special areas of interest are media and society and their correlation. She is currently working on a project to see how media can be used to deliver education & training in remote areas.

Harini also teaches various media courses as part of the Bachelor’s in Mass Media programme run by the University of Mumbai. She is a University Chairperson and an examiner/moderator.

She is an avid blogger, photographer & loves travelling.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics & Management Studies, University of London (1989) MA Communication Policy Studies, City University, London (1992)
Knox Carey, Director of Technology Initiatives, Intertrust

Knox Carey is Director of Technology Initiatives at Intertrust. In this capacity, he is active in standardization, architecture, and evangelism world-wide and plays a key role in connecting technology partnership activities with research and development. Dr. Carey led the architecture group in developing a comprehensive DRM interoperability specification at the Coral Consortium, and has been a key contributor in other international standards including Marlin and MPEG. Most recently he has focused on projects in the Asia-Pacific region, and is currently developing initiatives in the healthcare space. Prior to joining Intertrust he was a research scientist at Sony Corporation, where his work focused on advanced audio and video data compression. He was also VP of Engineering at Axiomatic Corporation, a startup in interactive TV middleware. Knox earned his Ph.D.
in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and is the holder of ten US patents.
A.G. Dixit, Head, Development, Reliance Communications

Mr Dixit has more than three decades of Research and Development (R&D) experience in Indian Telecom Sector.

Currently, from 2008, he is setting up a new Centre of Excellence for Development of Service Delivery Platform (SDP) that would enable creation aggregation, transcoding and delivery of content over Mobiles, IPTV and fixed terminals (PCs & PDAs) in addition to developing a host of other applications that would work on this platform.

Prior to this new assignment, he was Heading “Products and Services Development Division” of Reliance Technology Innovation Centre (RTIC), Reliance Communications at DAKC. He was responsible for Management and Delivery of a large number of Innovative and Cost-effective Products and Services.

Before joining the Private sector, Mr Dixit was General Manager “Switching and Value Added Services” in Centre for Development of Telematics, (C-DoT), New Delhi, the Technology arm of Department of Telecommunications. During this tenure of over 15 years, he was responsible for the delivery of Indigenous Switching Systems, Intelligent Network Services, ATM and GSM projects.

Mr Dixit joined the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in 1980 through Indian Engineering Services and was working in Telecommunications Research Centre (TRC) and served as Director before absorption in to C-DoT.

Mr. Dixit, after his post graduation in Communications Systems from IIT, Roorkee, started his career in Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Hyderabad, as Technical Officer in 1978.
Masahito Kawamori, Coordinator of ITU-T IPTV Global Standards Initiative

Masahito Kawamori is coordinating the standardization activities on IPTV at ITU-T. In addition to developing several systems in the convergent areas of mobile, fixed, broadcasting, and telecommunications, he has been involved in the standardization activities at such bodies as TV-Anytime Forum, JIS, DVB Forum, ARIB, OASIS, OMA, on various areas including broadcasting, IPTV, rights management and mobile services.
 

 

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