Mr. Rupesh Gaikwad

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Innovation and World

Mr. Rupesh Gaikawad   is the Senior Process Owner of Automation and AI at OP Financial Group, Finland. He is an accomplished technocrat and the ‘Next CIO Award Winner’ with profound 17 years of experience in IT industry. He has been leading automation and artificial intelligence initiatives at an enterprise level in various well-known international IT organizations.

He has played various roles so far in his career starting from being a Software Developer to IT Line Manager, Senior Product Manager, Senior Business Development Manager, Global Technologies Manager.

Rupesh worked with BMC Software, Tieto, Amdocs and now with OP Financial Group (Finland) during his IT professional career. His expertise is in IT Service Management, Business Development, Machine Learning, AI usage in IT and business processes, Robotic Process Automation. His coordination skills shine while leading innovation and deliveries across complex IT environments, multi-vendor partner eco-systems transformation and large-scale digitalization programs.

While doing his regular job activities, he had also worked with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) students on building state of the art IT automation discovery methodology and framework. He also mentored Capstone project for Swedish MBA students.

Rupesh’s education background is Computer Science Engineering followed by MBA. Rupesh is a TOGAF certified enterprise architect, certified machine learning, robotic process automation professional with many other relevant certificates to gain excellence in his own work. He had completed MIT’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship boot camp in the recent past.

Rupesh had participated many innovation/hackathon challenges and conducted innovation workshops in automation and AI area since 2012 while hackathon concepts were taking initial shape and sizes. Juction2020 (Finland), Innovthon, Innovation Week, Sociothon etc. are some of the key innovation programs to enlist into his profile.

Innovation and new technology exploration is one of key aspect that his considers in his day to day life. Promoting continuous learning is the ‘mantra’ for next generations (Gen Y, Z) as technology is rapidly changing, professionals shall keep up to the pace with changing environments too.  There are many different innovation frameworks now a days available for making right decisions and achieve desired outcomes.

On social responsibility side, Rupesh was leading Sociothon for economically challenged engineering girl students back in Pune, India for one of the NGOs where he along with his team taught Engineering Girl students on how to prepare for the jobs, what all different possibilities that one shall explore, learn and prepare for tomorrow.

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