STeP-IN Automotive Tech Conference


Panel Discussions: Role of Software in Mobility

This session delves into the transformative impact of software in the Automotive and Mobility sectors. As vehicles evolve into smart, connected entities, software becomes the foundation for innovation, safety, and efficiency. We examine how software powers autonomous driving, enhances user experience, and facilitates seamless integration with emerging technologies like ADAS/AD & EVs. Through industry insights from the expert panel, we explore the evolving landscape of Software-Driven Mobility solutions or the and the challenges and opportunities they present for manufacturers, service providers, and consumers alike, with some deep dive into the methodologies for the development and testing of the Software Defined Vehicles and related areas.

Speaker Profiles

Mr. Sirish Batchu is currently President – Product Engineering Services at Embitel Technologies, a CARIAD company, part of the Volkswagen group.

Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Danlaw Technologies India Ltd. and responsible for the managing the group companies in India & Vice President – Digital Technology at Ather Energy Private Ltd, responsible for the Software and Intelligence solutions for the Electric Scooters.

He has vast experience with R&D in the Automotive, Electronics and Software domains – leading pioneering efforts in the ACE (Autnonomous, Connected & Electric) domains. He has worked with organizations like Mahindra & Mahindra, Bosch and Indian Space Research Organization in the past and has been instrumental in establishing several R&D initiatives from conceptualization to market scaling.

He is recognized as a Thought Leader in the industry and Distinguished speaker in various national and international forums and was conferred the ‘Digital Transformational Leader’ Award by CeBIT India in 2016. He has been a mentor through the AutoNebula Business Accelerator platform for several Indian Startups in Connected Transport.

He has to his credit, the creation of “Mahindra DiGiSENSE”, a first of its kind Connected Vehicles Platform for the entire Mobility Sector across Mahindra & Mahindra and had major contribution in the development of the first Driverless Tractor in India at M&M.

Sirish Batchu

President – Product Engineering Services, Embitel Technologies

Anish Cheriyan

Vice President, Project Test Domains, Intelligent Cockpit- HARMAN Automotive, Harman

Anish has over two decades of experience with core expertise on product and platform software development. Currently he is a Vice President for test domain at HARMAN Automotive where he has wide experience in handling products for large scale ICT and automotive teams as a Quality, Cyber Security Expert, Agile/DevOps coach and an Engineering Leader. He has worked with large-scale organizations and the community towards quality improvement with focus towards agility and deployment of modern software engineering practices.

Anish is an IEEE senior member where he has contributed towards creating awareness and sharing knowledge in the areas of Industry 4.0 like IOT, Big Data, Cloud, AI/ML/VR etc.

Anish holds a Doctorate degree in Computer Science for his research on NEW model for Quality Assurance in Continuous Delivery and DevOps. He also holds a patent in the field of product Quality.

Anish has authored a book on Running “Every Step Matters” ( which delves into the intricacies of maintaining consistency in running, transcending the barriers imposed by personal and professional commitments.

Satish Sundaresan heads Elektrobit’s Indian subsidiary based in Bengaluru, and this centre is responsible for R&D activities and serves as a sales site for India.  Satish also heads Elektrobit’s Global Strategy Management, trend scouting, intellectual property rights, and innovation management. He has played a significant role in establishing the legal entity and building a strong management team to drive the site vision and achieve the desired results for the company.

Satish is part of the NASSCOM regional council Karnataka to help create the pull factor for our state and ensure further contribution to the IT-BPM industry. Some of his notable achievements include being listed as one of the Top 100 Great People Managers by the Great Manager Institute in Forbes India in April 2019. He was also awarded as a “Great Manager” in the “Senior Leaders” category for the 2017 People Business in partnership with the Times of India and Economic Times with ET NOW. He was also recognised by Marksmen Daily as one of the “Influential leaders in India” for 2023.

Before Elektrobit, Satish managed large global programs, leading India-based R&D centres across automotive electronics and IT operations. Satish has also worked several years in international locations and has exposure to being part of various multi-location/ cultural/ complex automotive electronics projects execution & product development.  For more details on Elekrobit visit:

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Satish Sundaresan

Managing Director, Elektrobit India Pvt Ltd

Karan Kamal

Co-Founder, FutureFactor360

In his role at FutureFactor360, Karan has served as strategic advisor to global automotive companies such as Stellantis, Ford, ZF, Yamaha amongst others. Karan has been instrumental in design, setup, operationalisation, growth and transformation of ZF, Stellantis, Yamaha and many others. Karan has also played a key role in helping automotive organisations reimagine their products, plants, process in the context of digital disruption.

Karan is an MBA from University of Oxford , Said Business School and Bachelors of Engineering from RV College of Engineering

Sreeraj Arole has more than 13+ years of Automotive industry experience.  At present, he is part of Wipro Limited as a Technology Architect focused on EV and MBD. His Previous Publication/Conference includes IEEE, SAE & Automotive Testing Expo Stuttgart. Present areas of interest are Electric Vehicle Architecture, EV Charging System & Software-Defined Vehicle.He holds M.Tech in Automotive Electronics and B.Tech in Electronics and Communication.

Sreeraj Arole

Technology Architect (EV/MBD), Wipro Limited

Vipul Kocher

President ISTQB India, Co-Founder & CEO, Verity Software, CEO, AiEnsured

Vipul Kocher is an ex-Adobe engineer and IIT alumnus with a 25-year experience in Software Development and Testing industry. Besides being the creator of Cloud United syllabus, AiU – the world’s first AI testing certification, DoU – DevOps united and others, Vipul is also President of the Indian Testing – ISTQB Board, Convener of STeP-IN forum and National Convener of Indic Academy, to name a few.

He is the founder of TestAIng – world’s first AI focused testing services company and Verity
software – a training company. Vipul co-founded and ran PureTesting, a hugely successful and recognized testing services company from 2004 to 2012 and sold it to start SALT (School of
Applied Learning in Testing) – a skill assessment and upskilling company.

Vipul’s testing experience involves all phases of testing, performing manual as well as
automated tests, writing unit and integration testing harnesses, writing performance testing
tools as well as performance test execution.

He was one of the first accredited TMMi Assessor. He has led and participated in many test
process consulting assignments both, formal (TMMi) and informal.

He has won several awards including the best paper award at STAREast 2006 and the Logica
CMG Triple Star Award for the most original contribution at EuroStar 2005. He has been a
Keynote speaker at many testing conferences worldwide.

Vipul invented Q-Patterns, a method of capturing testing knowledge and writing reusable test
cases. This method is being used by various organizations across the world. He is also the inventor of Linguistic Analysis technique for identification of large number of tests
from minimal documentation in shortest time possible.

Vipul loves conducting trainings. He has deep experience of training methods, technology and
the human factors. His knowledge of standards like ISO 29119, ASPICE, ISO 26262 has enabled
him to deliver advance testing trainings for various industries such as pharma, gaming
(gambling), automotive, finance and others.