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Nitin Bhatnagar
Associate Director – India, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Bhatnagar, Associate Director, PCI Security Standards Council leads the Council’s efforts in increasing adoption and awareness of the PCI Security Standards in India. In this role, Mr. Bhatnagar works closely with the Council Management Team, affiliate members, payment brands, regulators, Merchants, Service Providers and key influencers/decision makers from payment card industry. His primary responsibilities include gathering feedback from industry leaders and driving education efforts and by increasing participation from India through active involvement in local and regional events, industry conferences and meetings with key stakeholders.

Laura K. Gray
Senior Director of Communications, PCI Security Standards Council

Ms. Gray develops and executes integrated communications strategies that inform, educate and help PCI Security Standards Council stakeholders take advantage of PCI SSC programs, resources, research and initiatives.

Abhishek Gupta
Senior Director, Product Management, Payments, Freecharge Payment Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Gupta has 13+ years of experience in product management primarily in payments and online buying experience domain across fintech (Freecharge), e-commerce (Amazon, Snapdeal) and mobile financial services (Mahindra Comviva) in both domestic as well as international markets.


Currently, heading the payment processing business and new payment initiatives (like UPI) at Freecharge to provide a best in the industry online payment experience across platforms.

Lance J. Johnson
Executive Director, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. Johnson is responsible for driving and implementing the Council’s strategic direction. For the past five years, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Sequent Software, Inc. where he led all corporate administration and operations. Prior to Sequent, Johnson spent more than twenty years at Visa Inc., as a senior leader directing Visa’s efforts in global risk management and security, fraud detection and control, and global payment data and device security. As an expert in payment security, Mr. Johnson holds several patents, served in the U.S. Navy, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Central Florida.

Jeremy King
International Director – Europe, PCI Security Standards Council

Mr. King leads the Council’s efforts in increasing adoption and awareness of the PCI security standards internationally. In this role, Mr. King works closely with the Council and representatives of its policy-setting executive committee from American Express, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa, Inc. His chief responsibilities include gathering feedback from the merchant and vendor community, coordinating research and analysis of PCI SSC managed standards through European markets, and driving education efforts and Council membership recruitment through active involvement in local and regional events, industry conferences, and meetings with key stakeholders. He also serves as a resource for Approved Scanning Vendors (ASVs), Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs), Internal Security Assessors (ISAs), PCI Forensic Investigators (PFIs), and related staff in supporting regional training, certification, and testing programs.

Rohini Medhe
Deputy Vice President, Information Security Group, HDFC Bank Ltd

In her current role of Deputy Vice president at HDFC Bank, Rohini Medhe heads the PCI DSS implementation and Endpoint security compliance and provides technical expertise and inputs for these domains within the Bank. In her prior role within the Bank, she has managed application security testing, information security risk assessment, compliance and user awareness within the Bank.


Prior she served as Senior manager Information Security Officer with Aegon Religare Life Insurance, where she was responsible for developing and implementing robust information security policies, identity access management, baseline compliance, and user awareness.


Previously, Rohini has worked with leading insurance companies and a big four consulting company in India. There, she was involved in various audits pertaining to third party Information security management, Business Continuity, identity and, access management and Sarbanes Oxley audits.


Rohini holds a bachelor of engineering degree in electronics from Mumbai University and Masters in Finance Management from Mumbai University.

P K Narayanan
Chief Advisor – Finance and Strategy, Crossbow Labs LLP

Mr. Narayanan goes by the call sign “Druid” and plays the role of Chief Advisor and mentor at Crossbow. He is a seasoned professional in the Financial domain with 30 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant working with some of the largest Public Sector Banks in India. Switching to Infosec domain in the early 2000s, he has done Information System Audits for more than 200 branches of various nationalised and private sector banks in India.


His training experience as a speaker spans across major international information security standards and frameworks. The number of participants trained runs more than 800 represented in over 20 countries. He is an invited speaker for various forums in India and abroad on topics related to Payment Card Security, Cyber Security, Information Security Audits and Risk Assessment.

Abhishant Pant
Founder, The Fintech Meetup

A V S Prabhakar
Head – Compliance & Audit, FSS

Mr. Prabhakar has 24+ years of proven experience at functional, strategic and leadership level in championing.


Governance, risk and compliance; quality, service delivery/management, Info-Sec, cyber/IT security, ISMS, BCM/ DR, privacy, payment card data security, PA DSS, PIN security, 3DS, IT governance in payments domain. Also experienced in SOC, cloud security and operations, network, mobile, and web application security, data centre management & compliance as per ISO Standards, PCI Standards, NIST, CIS, and best practices. Lead many audits and training, risk assessments as per above. Advising and reporting to the Board on enterprise risk, compliance, and improvements.


Achieved various compliance under his leadership like CMMI DEV1.3 L3, ISO 9001:2015, PCI DSS 3.2, PADSS3.2 for various products, ISO 27001, ISO 22301, PCI PIN 3.0, PCI 3DS 1.0 (ACS). Also carried out external assessments to some of the above certifications.


Astute General Manager and change agent with a proven track record in bringing transformation. Delivered process and security technology implementations. Created CoE for Info-Sec, quality, project management.


A regular speaker, panelist, contributor at various professional, industry and academic institutions on governance, IT, cyber risk, compliance, Info-Sec, software development, and emerging technologies. Mr. Prabhakar has an MBA (Information Systems), from the University of Madras, India and a B.E. from Andhra University. India.

Rishi Rajpal

Director, Global Security, Concentrix

Mr. Rajpal has over 20+ years of global experience and deep expertise in information security with specialization in risk management, security tools and technologies, compliance, and privacy. His experience in Information Security encompasses all aspects of the discipline, including advisory and consulting, policy, processes and standards, engineering and operational support for clients and for the internal organization.


He has won several Industry awards in the domain of Security and Privacy and contributes back by writing articles, journals and educating upcoming talent in Cyber Security.


He holds a Masters in Information Assurance from North Eastern University and continues to learn by acquiring Infosec certifications.

Satya Rane
Chief Innovation and QA Officer, ControlCase

Mr. Rane is the Chief Innovation and QA officer at ControlCase. ControlCase is an IT GRC, managed compliance software and services company which enables companies and government agencies with efficient compliance solutions that are both consistent and repeatable for unrivaled value over the life of a regulation.


Mr. Rane is responsible for leading the group that focuses on content and platform research to develop the Compliance as a Service (CaaS) and certification platform. He has over 15 years of information security experience and has worked with large multinationals, global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in the space of information security compliance. He is a recognized subject matter expert in Payment Security, Cyber Security, Data Governance, Fraud Risk and Information Security Strategy. He has been a speaker at conferences including ISACA and banking security forums.


Prior to ControlCase he held various leadership positions. He holds a post-graduate degree and has certifications such as CISSP and PCI SSC certifications like QSA, PA QSA etc.

Dharshan Shanthamurthy
Founder and CEO, SISA Information Security

Mr. Shanthamurthy is India’s leading payment data security specialist. With over two decades of cyber security experience, he brings in rich investigative and audit experience to the community. He is one of the first PCI Assessors in India and a Core Payment Forensic Investigator of the PCI Security Standards Council. Trained at the US-CERT Coordination Centre and having over 20 cyber security certifications, Mr. Shanthamurthy left his accounting profession to pursue his passion for cyber security. He has presented in over 200+ conferences/seminars in over 21 countries. He has also served as an independent Director on boards of leading banks in India.

Vivek Srivastav
SVP, Research and Innovation, Reserve Bank Information Technology Pvt Ltd (ReBIT)

Mr. Vivek Srivastav leads the Research and Innovation vertical at ReBIT. Mr. Srivastav has been closely involved in development of technical standards for AA and PCR. Mr. Srivastav has been making contributions in several cyber security committees at RBI. He is part of the FinTech Regulatory Sandbox and cyber security working group at PFRDA. His team has been leading several efforts to strengthen the cyber resiliency of the banking and financial sector.


Mr. Srivastav started his career at Citibank in 1997 and later worked at a high-tech startup company in Maryland, USA leading development of their network management software for layer-1 optical network transport solution. Subsequently he joined Cisco and worked on video control systems focusing on cloud migration and application and infrastructure security. An avid technologist he has 8 patents in the area of video systems and cloud security. He has also received the excellence award for his contributions in ATIS-IPTV Interoperability standards development forum.

Ajay Surana
VP of Technology & Engineering, Atom Technologies

As Vice President of Technology & Engineering at Atom Technologies, Mr. Surana’s role is managing security compliance, infrastructure, support, tech, delivery, and dev-operation. He has close to 20 years of experience, 13 years in the payments industry, 7+ years of experience in government MORTH (NIC & Transport Department) smartcard projects and the hospitality industry.

P. Vasudevan
Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India

Vasudevan, Chief General Manager, presently heads the payments and settlement systems department in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The function involves regulating, supervising, framing policies, facilitating innovation and playing a catalytic role encompassing many banks and non-bank payment system operators. He has headed and successfully implemented large payment system projects in RBI. He represented RBI in the CPSS Working Group on Retail Payments. He also has extensive experience in the banking and non-banking supervision space, apart from a satisfying time as a member-of-faculty training commercial bankers.


Vasudevan represents the RBI on the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He is also on the Executive committee of Regulatory Oversight Committee of Legal Entity Identifier (LEI ROC), the SAARC Payments Council and the SEACEN Payments Group representing the RBI.


A career central banker with over 25 years of experience. Vasudevan is a cost accountant with a masters in finance and certifications in information systems audit and information security management.