Conference Board Committee

Akash Dubey, Director of Technical Publications and Localization, iManage

Akash Dubey works with iManage LLC as Director of Technical Publications and Localization. He has nearly 18 years’ experience in the field of technical communication and has worked with multinationals such as Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, Cisco Systems, and EMC Corporation. Akash heads India's largest and oldest community of technical communicators and language professionals, Technical Writers of India (TWIN). He has made several presentations on API Documentation and Content Management Systems at regional and national conferences/learning sessions. He has been invited to many national and international panel discussions on leadership, outsourcing, and project management challenges in emerging economies. He was instrumental in starting India's most affordable and high-quality technical writing training program, which is supported by Institution of Engineers (India). In addition, he has been working with various TWIN volunteers on several pan-India initiatives pertaining to technical writing.

Dr. Michael Fritz, CEO tekom / tekom Europe / tcworld, Germany

Dr. Michael Fritz holds a PhD in media sciences and a degree in business administration and specializes in marketing. He worked for several associations, e.g. as head of an institute for lifelong learning. Since 1996 he is Chief Executive Officer of Gesellschaft für Technische  Kommunikation – tekom Deutschland e.V.. Since 2001 he is also Chief Executive Officer of tcworld GmbH, a company providing services for tekom.

Ritu Gupta, Technical Writer, Cisco Systems

Ritu Gupta works at Cisco Systems, and has been a technical communicator for over 14 years. With the ever changing landscape in the technical communication field, she believes she still has a lot to learn. Ritu is passionate about writing, managing documentation programs, and building strong relationships with stakeholders and vendors. With a rich work experience in companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Dell, and now Cisco, she enjoys mentoring new writers and believes that is her way to give back to the technical writing community.

Pawan Nayar, Director - Content and Community, Adobe India

Pawan Nayar is Director, Content and Community at Adobe India. Pawan has over 20 years of experience in creating high-impact technical, instructional, and marketing content serving millions of users. An alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management, Pawan is passionate about creating magic at the intersection of technology, content, and experience in a cloud-first world.

Sarah O´Keefe, Founder and President, Scriptorium Publishing, USA

Sarah O'Keefe is a content strategy consultant whose focus is using technical content to solve business problems, especially how new technologies can streamline publishing workflows to achieve strategic goals. Her latest book is Content Strategy 101: Transform Technical Content into a Business Asset.

Sandhya Prasad, Section Manager, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Sandhya Prasad is Section Manager, Technical Publications, at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. She has thirty years of global experience in technical communications, training, production, visual communications, internal communications, and knowledge management. She has been an active contributor to the Indian technical communications industry in India since its inception. She has presented papers, conducted workshops, written articles, been a judge and a moderator, and was STC India President in 2009. She has had long stints in companies such as Intel, Oracle, Cisco, and SapientNitro.

Vineet Upendra, Staff Writer, VMware
Vineet Upendra works with VMware as a Staff Writer. With an experience that spans over 14 years across diverse domains such as manufacturing, quality systems, and advertising, he finally homed in on technical communication as the place that would help him use his learnings from earlier stints and also expand his horizons. Vineet has documented for a wide range of software products and applications including those that run high-availability servers and systems management software. He has worked as a writer, lead, and line of business lead in companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Dell, and SunGard.

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