Speaker Profile

Aruna Rao
Ms. Aruna Rao

Strategic Technology Consultant

With over 30 years’ experience in leading and building capability in the Information Technology industry, Ms. Aruna Rao assists the organisation to define Technology Strategy, to identify potential game changing technology for its businesses and to develop a roadmap for its implementation. She has been engaged in the creation of use cases to leverage AI/Ml, data-analytics and big data solutions for various banking verticals including consumer durable lending, fraud detection and anti-money laundering systems. She has also been engaged with leveraging cloud infrastructure and in providing direction on cybersecurity related capability.

Ms. Rao was Chief Technology Officer for Kotak Mahindra Bank and group companies for over a decade. She has also worked with Citigroup Software in a variety of Business Leadership roles.

She has been an Independent Director on the Board of a global technology organization and serves on the Technology Advisory Committee of a national technology platform in the commodities area. She is also on the Advisory Board for a fintech start-up for banking. She has contributed to the Computer Society of India, Mumbai Chapter, annual conference and serves as jury for initiatives such as the Next 100 CIOs, and Polestar Journalism award.

Ms. Rao has received several awards by Indian and Asian business and technology forums and is a recent recipient of the “Change Agent in the Leadership” Category. A proponent of Women in Business and Technology, she is a mentor with WiT-ACE, a Women in Technology forum.

Ms. Rao holds a BSc degree and an MBA degree. She also holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, USA.