Dr. Ishwardutt Parulkar
CTO-PABU, Cisco Systems
Dr. Ishwar Parulkar is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer and the CTO for Service Provider Access Group. In this role he is responsible for technology and architecture of products spanning small cells, service provider Wi-Fi access and cell-site, access, pre-aggregation and aggregation routers. After spending several years in Silicon Valley in USA in companies such as Apple and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Parulkar relocated to India in 2010 to lead conception and development of 3G/4G advanced services routers entirely from the Bangalore site. In addition to being an innovative product in its space, these router platforms - the ASR 901 - have been a proof point for developing leading edge, global hi-tech ICT products end-to–end from India. The routers won the 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Award for New Technology Advancement and the 2012 Economic Times Award for the Most Innovative Telecom Infrastructure Product. In addition to launching new global networking products and technology, Dr. Parulkar is passionate about and deeply involved in building technical leadership and a culture of innovation in the Indian IT landscape.

Prior to Cisco, Dr. Parulkar was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems (Santa Clara, USA), where he was instrumental in architecting and developing several generations of SPARC servers, storage/networking datacenter equipment and associated high-performance microprocessors/chipsets. Before his stint at Sun, Dr. Parulkar worked at Apple (Cupertino, USA) on their first generation laptops and the radical Newton handheld PDA, which was a pre-cursor to the smart phone revolution. He has made many fundamental innovative contributions to the IT industry, several of which are captured in the 30+ technical papers he has published and the 19 patents he holds. He holds a Ph.D. in EE from University of Southern California. He is currently a member of the EE Technical Advisory Board at University of Southern California.