Mr. Ashok Atluri, Chairman and Managing Director, Zen Technologies. Ashok is the Chairman and Managing Director of Zen Technologies (www.zen.in) where he is spearheading the initiative to indigenise training simulation technologies for Indian Defence. Since Zen’s inception in 1993, Ashok has been responsible for driving strategy and ensuring cutting edge R&D has led to the development of state-of-the-art import substitute simulators for the Defence and Homeland forces. Ashok’s mission is self-reliance in Indian Defence. He believes that by framing policies that encourage indigenous R&D and IP creation and ensuring super-fast procurement cycle, India can become self-reliant in a short time. He actively contributes articles and has written for Huffington Post, Indian Express, Business World, etc. Besides, Ashok believes that self-reliance in defence can be achieved only through R&D and IP ownership with Indian companies. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is also an active angel investor and has invested in about 10 companies till now. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in Applied Computer Science from CMC and has done his commerce graduation from Badruka College, Osmania University, He is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes encompassing management, buddhism, probability, technology, investment, defence technologies, virtual currencies, political systems and education. He is a continuous learner and has attended various executive programs in Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, London Business School, Indian Business School.