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40 Under 40 Data Scientists

Recognizing Young Data Scientists in India
40Under40 is an attempt towards recognizing the leading data scientists in India who have successfully transformed data into meaningful insights. The award recognizes India’s young Data Scientists and leaders who are supporting the growth of analytics in their organisation, have deep industry and analytics expertise and are addressing the insights gap for clients by addressing their most complex challenges.


This prestigious award brings together the brightest leaders in the Data Science field in India and celebrates their achievements. These young scientists are the driving force behind the Data Science field in India and it’s their vision that is shaping the Indian Analytics Landscape. This award recognizes and distinguishes the data scientists, the real innovators and achievers of analytics industry and separates them from the rest of the crowd. Nominees are carefully reviewed and selected by our team of editors and industry veterans.

2024 nominations are OPEN. Winners will be recognized at the annual Machine Learning Developers Summit in Bangalore.

40Under40 award recognizes and celebrates dynamic data science leaders who, through their unique analytics strategies are delivering tangible business impact and have fostered a data-native culture. As data scientists, these visionaries are creating an environment that is inspiring and innovative.

These individuals — the most prominent data scientists in the industry have demonstrated considerable expertise in implementing Analytics in innovative ways to drive business insights and enable growth.

Nominations for 40Under40 can be submitted by individuals, CXOs, head of Analytics, internal or external PR representatives. After being reviewed by our editors, each application would be evaluated by a jury comprising of industry experts, academicians, business heads and CAO’s.

For the 40Under40 award, nominees should be currently serving as Data Scientist and have at least 5 years of experience. Along with significant career accomplishments, the individual inducted into the awards would have delivered substantial business impact, technology vision and inspirational leadership. S/he would have demonstrated expertise in building new business models based on data assets, significantly advance the data scientist role, create a positive influence on the analytics ecosystem in India and contributed to the growth of analytics industry in India.

2023 Winners

Aakash Kathuria, General Manager/Head – Business Growth, Lenskart
Abhilash Surendran, Assistant Vice President, Insights and Analytics – Merkle
Abhishek Mishra, Vice President – Senior Manager of Analytics, MarshMclennan
Aditya Durai, Delivery Unit Head at Math Company
Aditya Kumar Pal, Associate Director – Head of Artificial Intelligence, Lendingkart
Anurodh Kumar Gupta, Head Data Science Compliance – Societe Generale Global Solution Centre
Dr Anusuya Kirubakaran, Lead Assistant Vice President – HSBC
Arvind Jayakumar, Director of Technology, Artificial Intelligence – Springer Nature Group
Ashwini Chandrashekharaiah, Senior Manager – Walmart Global Tech India
Balaji Jagan, Associate Manager – Data Science (NLP), Allstate India
Deekshant Saxena, Global Director – Software Engineering, AI & ML, research, HERE Technologies
Deepak Singh, Principal – Analytics, Dr. Reddy’s
Deepika Kaushal, Deputy Vice President – Piramal Finance
Divyan Kavdia, Assistant Vice President – Max Life Insurance Company
Dr Santosh Karthikeyan, Associate Director, Clinical Programming – AstraZeneca
Hirdesh Khanna, Asst. Vice President and Lead Data Scientist – HDFC Bank
Hitesh Nahata, Senior Manager, Capabilities – MiQ
Jitendra Gupta, Data Science Leader – Baker Hughes
Kumar Abhishek, Senior Machine Learning Engineer – Expedia Group
Nakul Laad, Head of Analytics – Dunzo
Parimesh Panda, Senior Manager – Genpact
Pramod R, Director, Data Science – Falabella
Praveen Jesudhas, Associate Director – Data Science, Tiger Analytics
Preetam Biswas, Head Analytics – Aditya Birla Health Insurance
Preity Yadav, Manager (Strategic Information Systems) – Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Pritam Banerjee, AVP – Advanced Analytics, Chubb
Rahul Pandey, Associate Vice President – Advanced Analytics & Applied AI, Course5 Intelligence
Rai Rajani Vinodkumar, Global Director Data Science – AB InBev
Sachin Chaudhari, Manager – Charge Management Data Science, Maersk
Sateesh Gottumukkala, Head of AI Engineering Centre of Excellence (Associate Director, Data Science) – LTIMindtree
Seema Nagar, Staff Research Scientist – IBM Research, India
Shuaib Ahmed S, Technical Manager – Mercedes Benz R&D India
Siddhant Verma, Department Manager – Usha International
Sudalai Rajkumar – 4x Kaggle Grandmaster
Sunil Kumar Singh, Sr Director, Artificial Intelligence (AI Engineering) – IQVIA
Suresh Sethuramaswamy, Engineering Lead – Data and AI for FSI, Microsoft
Suvajit Mukhopadhyay, Principal Solution Architect and Data Scientist – Uno Bank
Syed Mohammad Imran Hashmi, co-founder and Chief Analytics Officer – Loyalytics Consulting
Varsha Singh, Chief Manager – Data Scientist, Reliance Securities

2022 Winners

Aditya Upadhyay – Senior Manager at Walmart
Akhil Behl – Head of Data Science, North America at
Alka Pandey – Manager Data Scientist at Schneider Electric
AMARJEET KAUR – Sr. Data Scientist at Health.JIO, RIL
Amit Gupta – Director, Consumer International, CVM and Head CoE Advanced Analytics at Etisalat
Anish Abhay Parulekar – Head of Data Science, AI and Personalization CoE at Axis Bank
Ankit Jain – Tech Lead, Machine Learning at Meta (Facebook)
Ankit Sirmorya – Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Amazon services inc
Ankur Jain – Vice President at Macquarie
Arjun Beri – Vice President, Corporate Model Risk & Advanced Analytics at Wells Fargo
Arpita Paul – Consultant at Hansa Cequity (Hansa Customer Equity Private Limited)
Ashwin Kumar S – Head of Data Science Solutioning at TheMathCompany Inc.
Aswini Nath Roy Thota – Principal Data Scientist/ Data Scientist V at Bose Corporation
Bharath Kumar Bolla – Senior Data Scientist at Salesforce
Bidisha Paul – Director, Insights and Analytics at Microsoft
BRIJRAJ SINGH – Research Scientist at Sony Research India
Darpan Jain – Vice President at EXL Services
Rajan Gupta – VP – Research & Analytics at Analyttica Datalab
Govind Rajith Cheramkalam – Senior Manager – Measurement and Analytics at AstraZeneca
Himali Bhasin – Applied data science manager at Dunnhumby India
Karan Oberoi – Advanced Lead Engineer – Fleet Management at General Electric – Aviation
Komal Sandhu – Senior Manager at Genpact
Kushal Mukherjee – Staff Data Scientist at Rakuten India Private Limited
Mamta Aggarwal Rajnayak – Managing Director at Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Indrajit Mitra – Associate Director at Deloitte
Natalia Lyarskaya – Chief Data Officer at ZestMoney
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay – Vice President at HSBC
Nitin Gupta – Manager 2 – Data Science and Analytics at Transunion
Pavan Nanjundaiah – Head of Solutions at Tredence Inc.
Praneet Dutta – Machine Learning Research Engineer at Google DeepMind
Prithvi Kolaparthy – Sr. Manager, Analytics at Ugam, a Merkle company
Rajesh Parvathini – Director – Data Science at Tiger Analytics
Rajkumar J – Senior Research analyst at Toshiba software india
Ria Nag – Data scientist III (Lead data scientist) at Oracle
Sattwati Kundu – Sr. Data Scientist and WW Data Science Manager at IBM India Software Labs
Shashank Shekhar – Head – AI Labs at Subex Inc
Shuddha Satwa Haldar – Head of Analytics at Swiggy
Suranjana Samanta – Advisory Researcher at IBM Research India
Swadeep Singh – Director Data Science at Optum
Venkat Raghavan – Associate Director – Analytics at Tesco

2021 Winners

Abhishek Sanwaliya – Practice Lead – Data Science at Maersk
Aditya Agarwal – Advanced Analytics – Practice Lead at Abzooba
Aman Garg – Head of Analytics at Vodafone Shared Services
Amit Sachan – Assistant Vice President at Jio Platforms Limited
Arul Francis – Engagement Manager at Shell
Ashish Kumar – Senior director -AI research at Reliance Jio digital services (Jio Haptik)
Ashish Ranjan Singh – Vice President – Customer Engineering at Innovaccer Analytics Private Limited
Bala Gangadhar Thilak Adiboina – Senior Member- Data Science at Verizon
Deepanshu Malhotra – Director at Swiggy
Dipanjan Sarkar – Data Science Lead at Applied Materials
Dr. Indrajit Mandal – Head of Data Science at Tata Consultancy Services
Harsha Gurulingappa – Text Analytics Lead Scientist at Merck KGaA
Hemant Palivela – Head of AI and machine learning at eClerx Services
James Macwan – Manager – Analytics at JSW Steel Limited
Kamal Kumar – Head of Analytics and Data Engineering at Tata Cliq
Kartik Patel – Head – Insurance Analytics & Products at TransUnion CIBIL
Kiran Rokkam – Director – Data Science at Tiger Analytics
Lavi Nigam – Data Scientist at Gartner
Manikandan Jeeva – Asst Vice President at Genpact India
Mihir Punjabi – Solutions Director Architect – Edge Intelligence at Capgemini
Muthumari S – Associate Director, Analytics at Brillio Technologies
Mythili Krishnan – Vice President (Analytics advisory senior manager) at Accenture
Nitin Aggarwal – Technical PM, Cloud AI at Google
Nitish Palaparti – Business Analytics Specialist at Microsoft
Parikshit Nag – Country Manager, Data Science at Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Piyush Gupta – Head of Intelligence at PayU Finance India Pvt Ltd
Pooja Aggarwal – Advisory Research Scientist at IBM Research India
Sandeep Earayil – Vice President – Head of Machine Learning and Quantitative Analytics at Credit Suisse
Sanjay Shukla – Director – Data Science, Media and Customer Engagement at Dunnhumby
Satyen Abrol – Principal Research Scientist at Rakuten India
Sayanti Bhattacharya – Senior Manager at Ugam, a Merkle company
Sharmistha Chatterjee – Senior Manager, Data Sciences at Publicis Sapient
Shrutendra Harsola – Sr Machine Learning Scientist at Intuit India
Suguna Jayaraj – Senior Manager- Predictive Modelling at AIG Analytics & Services Private Limited
Sumit Bhatia – Senior Research Scientist at IBM Research India
Swapnil Srivastava – Vice President & Global Head of Analytics at Evalueserve
Swapnil Tambi – Director AI & ML (HEAD) at BNY Mellon
Vartul Mittal – Technology & Innovation Specialist
Vibhu Srivastava – Assistant Vice President, AI Works at Max Life Insurance
Vikram Khurana – Head of Data at Times Internet Gaana

2020 Winners

Mary Eapen – Associate Manager, Analytics at Absolutdata Research & Analytics Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Indrajit kar – Manager-Tech sol plan and Enablement manager at Accenture
Madhav Kaushik – AVP, Client Solutions and Products at Analyttica Datalab K V
Vijay Girish – Technical Lead at Belong
AASHISH PRAKASH – Managing Director at BlackRock
Deepika sandeep – Senior Program Manager – AI and ML at BLP Clean Energy
Arjun V Shenoy – Director – Solutions at BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions
RAJESH DEVASIA – Director Advanced Analytics at Course5 Intelligence
Deepak Chandrakant Patil – Data Scientist at Envestnet|Yodlee
Sai Hareesh Anamandra – Senior Data Scientist at Global AI Accelerator at Ericsson Global India Pvt Ltd
Archana S – Manager at EY
Bhavesh Bhatt – Data Scientist at Fractal Analytics
Prakash Selvakamar – Assistant Vice President at Genpact
Ankur Shah – Cloud Analytics Architect / Manager at IBM
Samarth Bharadwaj – Research Scientist at IBM Research India
Krishna Kumar Tiwari – Architect at InMobi
Vibhuti Agrawal – Director – Product Management at Innovaccer Analytics Pvt. Ltd.
James Macwan – Manager – Analytics at JSW Steel Limited
Pradeepta Mishra – Lead Technical Architect- AI at L&T Infotech
Dr. SUNIL KUMAR CHINNAMGARI – GM – Engineering Innovation at Maersk Technology Center
Prathamesh Prakash Karmalkar – Principal Data Scientist & India Lead – NLP, Text Analytics & AI at Merck Life Sciences
Aparna Kulkarni – Senior Manager, Data Science at Michelin India Private Limited
Biddappa Muthappa – Manager – Data Science at MIQ digital India
Ritesh Mohan Srivastava – Associate Director – Data Sciences at Novartis USA
Abhishek Kumar – Senior Manager, Data Science at Publicis Sapient
Anish Agarwal – Director – Data & Analytics at Royal Bank of Scotland
Sibanjan Debeeprasad Das – Data Scientist at ServiceNow
Vijay Pravin Maharajan – Data Analytics Expert at Siemens Germany
Karan Shah – Director – Analytics at Swiggy
Srivatsa Kanchibotla – Senior Partner at TheMathCompany
Karthik Ragunathan – Director – Data Science at Tiger Analytics
Shashikiran PB – Principal, Supply Chain at Tredence Inc
Abhinav Bhatnagar – Data Scientist, Lead at Truecaller
Anubhav Srivastava – Head – Data Sciences and Analytics, Digital Ventures at Viacom18 Media
Dr. Prakash PKS – Associate Principal at ZS Associates
Suvadip Chakraborty – Lead Assistant Vice President, Analytics at HSBC
Manish Bajpai – Manager (Analytics and Insights) at TCS

2019 Winners

Saurabh Khanna – Vice President at Bank Of America
Senthil – Senior data scientist at Cholamandalam investment and finance ltd
Jacob Joseph – Lead Data Scientist at Clevertap
Zabi Ulla S – Sr. Director ‚Äì Advance Analytics & Data science at Course5 Intelligence
Satya Gautam Vadlamudi – Head of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at CreditVidya
Navneet Kumar – Manager at CVENT
Ravi Shukla – Senior Advisor, Data Science, GBS Performance Analytics Group at Dell EMC
Ruble Joseph – Associate Vice President – Lead, Advanced Analytics Center of Excellence at eClerx
Shibsankar Das – Senior Lead Data Scientist at Envestnet | Yodlee
Chirag Jain – Assistant Vice President at Genpact
Asadullah Ansari – at Harman International Industries, Inc
Sunil D Patil – Senior Data Scientist at IBM INDIA
Avi Patchava – Vice President – Data Sciences and Machine Learning at InMobi Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Deepika Goel – Director at JLT Group
Shantanu Bhattacharyya – Data Scientist at Locus
Pradeepta Mishra – Chief Data Scientist at Lymbyc Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Sonny Laskar – Associate Director – Automation & Analytics at Microland
Rahul Gupta – Associate Vice President & Head- Pricing & Data Science at OYO
Dr. Sunil Kumar Vuppala – PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST at PHILIPS Research India
Akshay Kulkarni – Senior Data Scientist at Sapient
Sanjeev Sharma – Founder, Director and CEO at Swaayatt Robots
Dr. Indrajit Mandal – Head, Cognitive Centre of Excellence, Cognitive Business Operations, TCS at Tata Consultancy Services
Shrey Srivastava – Manager – Marketing Analytics at UBER (India)
Jayanta Pal – Staff Data Scientist at Zendrive Technologies
Rajat Narang – Director, Absolutdata Labs at Absolutdata Research and Analytics Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Pawan Gupta – Co founder and CEO at
Dipyaman Sanyal – Founder-CEO at dono consulting
Viswanath Reddy (Vishy) – Head of Innovation at Tibil Solutions
Aswani Yeraguntla – Director – Analytics Solutions & Platforms at Tiger Analytics
Ranajoy Bose – Solution Engineering Manager at Oracle
D.BINU – Managing Director at RESBEE INFO. TECHNOLOGIES Pvt. Ltd
Sanjay Thawakar – Vice President at Max Life Insurance
Manish Khandelwal – Engineering Manager – Data Science at MiQ Digital Ltd
Raj Koganti – Head-Data, Analytics & Pricing at Acko General Insurance Ltd
Krupal Modi – Machine Learning Head at Haptik
Ashwini Agrawal – Director at BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions
Raman Shrivastava – CEO and AI Lead at Marax AI Inc