Nara Lokesh
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Minister of Information Technology

Mr. Nara Lokesh is the Cabinet Minister for Information Technology of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has been at the centre of the state’s ongoing efforts to transform Andhra Pradesh into a sunrise state and a global fintech innovation hub. Under his leadership the AP Govt. released a state cybersecurity policy in March 2017, amongst various other steps to help build a robust cyber resilience ecosystem.

J. A. Chowdary
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Current IT Advisory and Special Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister

Mr. J. A. Chowdary is the current IT Advisor and Special Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He is the founding director of Software Technologies Parks of India (STPIs) in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. JA, as he is popularly known, is one of the key personalities instrumental in bringing about an IT revolution in Andhra Pradesh. His role includes advising and assisting the government in bringing in investments, generating employment, and encouraging innovation and start-up activities. He has previously worked at ISRO and was the co-founder of PortalPlayer, a pioneering fabless semiconductor firm.

Sri K. Vijayanand
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Principal Secretary, ITE&C Dept.

Sri. K Vijayanand, IAS currently serves as the Principal Secretary of the ITE&C Dept. Government of Andhra Pradesh. In addition to the above, he is also the Chairman and MD of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd.(AP-TRANSCO) and MD of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (AP-GENCO)

He has been instrumental in enabling the State to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies for effective and efficient governance. He has enabled the rollout of key policies and initiatives to promote investments in IT and Electronics in Andhra Pradesh.

Sri. K. Vijayanand has also been responsible for implementing large scale central government programs at the State level such as India BPO Scheme and Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. In addition, he has ably led the rollout of e-Pragati enterprise architecture across State departments.

He has actively contributed in grounding of marquee companies in the state, such as Foxconn, HCL, Conduent, and Franklin Templeton, among others.

He is passionate about technology and believes mobile technology and Internet of Things are the key drivers of governance and development in India.

In his dual role, Sri. K. Vijayanand has been responsible for reforming the power sector in Andhra Pradesh and making Andhra Pradesh a power surplus State.

He has been responsible for reforming the power sector in Andhra Pradesh in his role as MD APGENCO. During his term, he has received numerous accolades including ´The India Power Award - Overall Utility Performance Generation award” for 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Deepak Raj Rao G.
National Institute of Criminology and Computer Science, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India
Assistant Professor (Computer Forensics)

Mr. Deepak Raj Rao G. is an Assistant Professor (Computer Forensics) & CISO at National Institute of Criminology and Computer Science. He is also the senior mentor at Inurture education solutions.

Dr. Jon Brickey
Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Evangelist

In this role, Jon leads the development of cybersecurity strategy, identification of emerging capabilities, and fostering of partnerships. Jon supports corporate security’s mission of delivering safety and security at the speed of business.

Before joining Mastercard, Dr. Brickey worked in the defense industry, holding a variety of leadership and technical roles in information systems management and cyberspace operations.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Brickey earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Information Systems from the University of Colorado Denver.

Sanjay Bahl
Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In)
Director General

As the Director General of CERT-In, Mr. Bahl leads India’s nodal cyber incident response team. Mr. Bahl has extensive private and public sector experience in information security, governance, risk management, forensics, fraud management and privacy frameworks. Prior to CERT-In he has served as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at both Microsoft India and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Damodar Gautam Sawang
Commissioner of Police, Vijayawada

Mr. Sawang is the Commissioner of Police, Vijayawada City, Andhra Pradesh since 2015. He is a 1986 batch officer of the Indian Police Service. He is the recipient of the prestigious ‘President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service’.

Ashish Aggarwal
National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)
Policy Consultant

Mr. Aggarwal has been a policy consultant with NIPFP since 2015 and has over 15 years of experience working in the financial sector. He has provided research support to the Government of India on matters related to digital payments. As a member of the Watal Committee Secretariat, Mr. Aggarwal helped steer the development of the Committee’s Report on the promotion of digital payments, a seminal policy document guiding India’s digital payments development.

Rajrishi Singhal
Koan Advisory Group

Mr. Singhal is an Advisor to Koan Advisory Group, a Delhi-based Public Policy research firm. He has been a senior journalist, banker, and public policy analyst in previous roles. He was Executive Editor of The Economic Times, Head (Policy, Research & Strategy) at a private sector bank, and Senior Geo-economics Fellow at Gateway House, a Mumbai-based think tank. Mr. Singhal has served on two government committees appointed to re-examine policies pertaining to the financial services sector.

Saikat Datta
Centre for Internet and Society
Policy Director

Mr. Datta is Policy Director at the Centre for Internet & Society, India. He is also a Consulting Editor at www.scroll.in and a Consultant on cybersecurity at IIM, Bangalore. He has also been a Lead Researcher & Senior Fellow with the Internet Democracy Project and remains a Visiting Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation’s National Security Program. He is an award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience as an editor and investigative reporter. He has also worked for two years in the corporate sector as Vice President and Head of De-risking Strategies for Reliance Industries, working on cybersecurity and counter terrorism projects.

Rama Vedashree
Data Security Council of India (DSCI)

Ms. Vedashree is the CEO of Nasscom’s data protection wing – the Data Security Council of India. She was previously Vice President of Nasscom, where she led all the initiatives regarding domestic IT, eGovernance and Smart Cities, among others. Ms. Vedashree has extensive experience of over 25 years, having previously worked at NIIT Technologies, Microsoft and General Electric (GE) India.

Dr. Leon Perlman
DFS Observatory, Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York City

Dr. Perlman is a specialist consultant on Digital Financial Services (DFS), emerging payments, mHealth, mAgriculture, Big Data, and crypto-currencies, concentrating on commercial, technical and regulatory aspects of these ecosystems. He is currently Head of the DFS Laboratory at Columbia Business School, and an affiliate research fellow at Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University; exploring the regulatory, disruptive and commercial aspects of DFS, emerging payments, big data, and the crypto-economy. A former scientist and successful entrepreneur, he has been in the telecommunications and micro-payments industry since the mid 1990’s. He has a wide experience working in developed and developing markets, and is currently the legal and regulatory functional expert for the IFC on the Tanzanian MFS interoperability project.

Babu Munagala

Mr. Babu Munagala is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zeb. Zebi has recently launched its flagship product Zebi Chain, paving the way for an innovative blockchain-based security solution for India’s big data needs. The state government of Andhra Pradesh has also been using Zebi’s services to digitize and secure land records. Mr. Munagala was Director of software development at Oracle before launching Zebi.

Harjinder S Takher
Solution Design Lead, IBM Security Services

Mr. Takher is a CISSP certified Information Security Consultant at IBM. He has been in the industry for over 13 years and has played a key role in developing multi-competency complex security solutions and their integration and operations. Mr. Takher has led technical development teams for products in the areas of key management, multifactor authentication, electronic signatures, etc.

Raj Chilakapati
Amazon Web Services (AISPL)
Solutions Architect

M. Chilakapati is the Solutions Architect, East and Rest of India at Amazon Internet Services Private Ltd. Over the past eighteen years he has developed ‘completely owned integration’ solutions for Boston University with systems like Salesforce, MDM and integration platforms like ESB and Informatica.

N. Balasubramanyam
E-Pragati Authority, Government of Andhra Pradesh

Mr. N. Balasubramanyam is the CEO, e-pragati Authority, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. He belongs to the 1994 batch officer of the Indian Police Service, and has been overseeing the implementation of e-Pragati, a flagship e-governance program of the state government.

Valeti Premchand
Andhra Pradesh Technology Services
Managing Director

Mr. Premchand is the Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Technology Services (APTS ) and an alumnus of BITS Pilani. He has been instrumental in the implementation of various IT-related services in the state.

Amitabh Kumar
Centre for Social Research
Division Head

Mr. Kumar is a Division Head at the New Delhi-based Centre for Social Research (CSR). The Centre work with people at the grass roots to build human capacity whilst striving to bridge India’s gender divide. Mr. Kumar has worked extensively in promoting online safety/ICT capacity with companies like Facebook and Twitter.

Vidur Gupta
EYís Advisory Practice

Vidur is a Partner with EYís Advisory practice and focuses on cyber security and IT risk assurance domains in Government and Public Sector.

Vidur has around 15 years of work experience in Big4 audit firms with extensive experience including Cyber Security & Threat Management Design and Monitoring, Cyber Security Architecture & Implementation, Data Privacy, Business Continuity and Resilience, Information Security Audits, etc..

Vidur has experience of working across countries serving national and multinational clients representing diverse industry segments.

Vidur has done CRISC, CISM, CISA, CBCI, DCPLA as his certifications and MCA as his professional education.

Rahul Tyagi
Lucideus Technologies
Co-Founder & Vice President - Training

Rahul Tyagi is the Co-Founder & Vice President - Training at Lucideus Technologies. He is an expert in cybersecurity training and has held multiple sessions for the top management of Fortune 500 companies, IT Managers, Developers as well as budding students. He has also authored two books Hacking Crux 1 and 2.

Rahul is an avid speaker who speaks regularly at prestigious platforms like Exhibition India Group, IPPAI, DCD convergence, Security Watch India, Micro Finance in Asia. He is a renowned figure in the Indian News, contributing as an expert advisor for Cyber Security. He has also been featured in various news tech print media and TV channels like Zee News, CNBC Awaaz, India News, NDTV, NDTV Prime, NDTV 24x7, The Guardian UK, The Times of India, Economic Times, Dainik Jagran, Gizmodo, Digit Magazine and so on.

With over a decades' experience in cyber training, he has helped various cyber crime cells and intelligence agencies across the country in critical cases. 

With over 37000+ Twitter followers, Mr Tyagi is one of the most followed information security public figures in India, followed by a huge number of young minds who wish to have cybersecurity as a career.

Ajay Goel
Managing Director

Ajay is an experienced and accomplished business leader and technology savvy professional. Ajay has built and managed large technology, solutions and services business for leading global corporations. He has lead large transformation initiatives, business operations, system engineering and Cyber Security solutions.

He is the Managing Director of ColorTokens, responsible for ColorTokensí Operations in India and APAC. In his leadership role, Ajay driving ColorTokens to enable enterprise customers to adopt a new paradigm shift in approach towards Cyber Security, thru next generation Software Defined Security Platform, focusing on cutting edge Cloaking and Micro-segmentation technologies.

Ajay also lead a group of brilliant mathematicians and cryptographers working in STEALTH mode on advance Cryptosystems based on higher orders of discrete mathematical one-way equations and advance transformational functions. Such systems provided a higher level of security, speed, very small infrastructure footprints for Symmetric and Asymmetric Cryptography.

Ajay was the managing director at Symantec Corporation for India and SAARC countries. Prior to Symantec, as the Senior Vice President, he led the industry business, strategy and operations for Cisco Systems, India and SAARC, and had a long stint with Sun Microsystems as the Country Director ñIndia Business Operations. Ajay started his career with Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), and has extensive experience working in Europe, USA and in Asia

Ajay is an active Rotarian, Paul Harris fellow, Louise Marchese fellow, Member of American Chambers of Commerce, and ex. member of the CII National Committee on IT & ITeS. He sits on various boards of innovative technology start- ups globally. Ajay is the mentor at Founders Institute and Stanford Ignite program and is the past chairman of Bangalore Round Table. As advisor and strategist to angel investors, Ajay helped to find exceptional startups, make smart investment decisions, and support enthusiastic entrepreneurs

He is an engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Electronics & Telecommunication engineering, and Stanford Business School alumnus.

Chandra Sekara Reddy
Co-Founder, CTO

Research & Development of Cyber Security and product development of RADAR360 Sensor makes Windows and Unix systems completely Un-Hackable and 100% proactive protection!!

Virsec Systems Inc, Lead – Cyber Security
Lead team on advanced cyber technologies in the area of Application and Binary Protection.

Along with Simulation of attacks in Binary ( Windows, Unix ) and Application vulnerabilities.

Involved in creating the Gold Shield protection framework to detect various attacks.

Cyber Security Consultant
Worked with few top IT and other industries in creating intelligence for custom cyber threats.

Done lot of R&D on ongoing threats and participated in Gov and Cyber security R&D forums.

Wipro, COE-ISS Head
Build strategic partnership with vendors , other departments in ESS Group. Responsible for Competency is taken care for 1400+ Security professionals in ISS team. Conduct Class room, Webex sessions for SIEM, FW,IDS,AV , VA , PT and other Security Technologies. Doing R&D and building labs in Malware analysis and Forensics.

Infosys Technologies Ltd, Security Analyst
Worked in various Network Security Projects which involved: Penetration testing, Vulnerability Management, Application Security, System Audits, Firewall , IDS Testing.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS , Pilani)

Asha Poluru
McAfee India Centre
Head of Human Resources

Asha Poluru is the Head of Human Resources for McAfee India Centre.  Asha has over 20 yearsí extensive experience in across functions in Human Resources in establishing and implementing progressive and innovative talent acquisition practices, employee experience and engagement programs, compensation and benefits practices across geographies, learning and coaching practices, mergers and acquisitions, incubating shared services, succession planning, diversity and inclusiveness programs and assessment centers.  Prior to joining Altimetrik, Asha has been with IBM and UnitedHealth Group, where she held similar responsibilities.  On the personal front, Asha is student of Iyengar Yoga. She is also pursuing Kathak, an Indian classical dance form.

Trusted Security Solutions Group
Regional Strategic Business Manager – Asia

More than 18 years of corporate experience in various domains like telecom, IT technology, Test & Measurements & Cyber Security and have worked in different roles like sales, business development, solution consultant & account management etc.. More than 7 years of experience in Cyber Security consulting, product & solution selling and services.

Worked with some highly reputed companies like Hughes Software, Bharti Airtel, Comverse, Nokia-Siemens, Ixia, Sypris Electronics & Analog Devices.

Western International University
MBA – International Business

Sandesh Anand
Software Integrity Group, Synopsys
Managing Consultant

Sandesh Anand is a Managing Consultant in the Software Integrity Group, Synopsys. He has a decadeís experience working in the cyber security area, with a focus on software security. In his current role, he helps Synopsys customers across CII industries (including Banking, Insurance and Technology) build their application security program. In addition, Sandesh is interested in understanding and participating in regulation and policy discussions related to cyber security (data protection, net neutrality etc.). Sandesh is the author of ìr00t accessî, a cyber security column on factordaily.com.

Vishal Dixit
Head of Security Research team

With more than twenty-one years of experience in embedded systems, network security and systems architecture. Prior to Virsec, Vishal worked at Mcafee in cloud security and in Research Labs. He also Headed Endpoint group for Data leakage protection at RSA. He has extensive leadership skills working in companies like Mcafee, RSA(Security Divison of EMC) and Cisco at various levels. His expertise includes Cyber security, hooking, hacking and big data.

Abhishek Shah
Technology Evangelist, Curious, Inquisitive & Experimental Entrepreneur

An Internet Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor and CXO level - Business, Operations and Sales focussed executive. Have held founding, investments and senior leadership roles at various digitally focused startups and large organizations (such as Edelweiss, HSBC, ABN Amro & ICICI Bank) with cross-functional experience in Private Wealth, Commercial Banking & Retail Banking across both Assets & Liabilities.

Dr. Sundar Balakrishna
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Director, Electronic Services Delivery

Dr. Sundar Balakrishna holds a Bachelors in Engineering (Computer science), a Masters in Science (Forestry), a Masters in Business Administration (Post-graduate Diploma in Management) with finance concentration (from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore), and a PhD (Fellow Program in Management) in the Economics area (from Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad).

He is serving in the Indian Forest Service as Chief Conservator of Forests and is currently Director, Electronic Services Delivery, Government of Andhra Pradesh and holding additional positions of CEO, Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy in the Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Rahul Aggarwal
Managing Consultant

Experienced management consulting professional with 17 + consulting experience in IT Strategy, Cyber Security, information security, Third party reviews, Change management, BPR, IT outsourcing and Risk Management.

  • Worked with clients across various sectors such as Telecom, IT/ITeS and Government sector.
  • Worked with clients across Middle East ( Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman), UK, USA and India. Some of the key assignment includes
  • Manage and lead the Attack and Penetration testing practice
  • Define and roll-out ISMS framework and ISO 27001 certification covering 300 locations, one of the largest implementation across the Globe.
  • Telecom Network Security for Indian Telecom sector to comply with DoT guidelines
  • Define and roll-out of core insurance application for 1000+ offices for Insurance PSU in India
  • Program Management for country national backbone with a project outlay of 900 million USD for setting up 7000 PoPs providing connectivity to more than 100,000 government offices.
  • Program Management and roll-out assistance for IT consolidation program for Central Government department (600+ locations)
  • Authentication roadmap and implementation strategy for one of the Middle east country
Vivek Law
The MoneyMile
Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief

Vivek Law is Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The MoneyMile, a digital video platform to demystify money.

An award-winning journalist who has, in his career of more than 23 years, worked across the biggest print and television brands, in his latest avatar, the senior business journalist drives the video-first digital content platform for Indians seeking insight and financial advice on personal wealth.

In his print career spanning a decade, he has worked with The Economic Times, Business Standard, The Financial Express and India Today.

He has also served as Consumer Affairs Editor at CNBC TV18 and CNBC Awaaz, and Editor, Bloomberg TV India for 4 years, before moving to the India Today Group as Editor-Business Television. Shows he has anchored across these TV brands, in English and Hindi, include Uncovered, Pardafash, Pehredar, Smart Money, Money's Best Friend, Market Guru, Big Story, Courtroom, Fightback for Your Rights and Dhan Daulat.

Vivek has served on the boards of FPSB and NBSA. He is also author of The Money Book (Rupa, 2016).

Rajiv Singh
Tech Mahindra
Senior Vice President & Global Head – Enterprise Security & Risk Management

Rajiv is currently the SVP & Global Head – Enterprise Security & Risk Management at Tech Mahindra.

He has successfully steered businesses  of over 25 years from start-up to high growth and spearheading assignments in Financial Electronic Payments /  Identity & Authentication Security Services / Digital Transformation Services. He has been the Founder CEO of ACCPAC (global financial accounting software from Canada )  and  created a profitable entity to deliver US GAAP accounting on SaaS. As the Managing Director-Asia, Computer Associates Inc. (Long Island, US), he delivered the turnaround of CA in Asia to a cash positive entity. As the Managing Director- Asia, Diebold Inc (Ohio State, US) he created the entity to deliver Banking services to banks. While as the Founder President & Principal Officer, Tata Communications Payment Services Ltd. He created an Independent entity , white label Digital Payment company founded the brand “INDICASH” for the $65Bn TATA group.

Rajiv is SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) compliance trained by Diebold Inc and CA Inc. US and is Six Sigma Green Belt trained by Motorola Inc. US. Besides his business roles he has been a Business mentor for executives of the TAS (Tata Administrative Services) leadership talent of the TATA group  and is member of the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on cybersecurity.

Rajiv is a an alumni of the Scindia Public School and was awarded  “School Blue” for excellence. He is a Graduate Engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and holds an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, North Western Univ. Chicago, US.

Besides Leadership Management Program from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana Univ. US. He is a recipient of the Gold medal – of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh award, UK.

Winny Patro
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Additional CEO, APITA

Winny Patro is currently CEO (Addl.) at Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy (APITA) Govt of AP, His vision is in promoting various Government initiatives related to Various Training Activities & Job creations for the under graduating students and other activities leading to upliftment of the state. Prior to joining the Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Winny Patro held position as co-founder at marketEnomics (A Google Partner Company) and IIMnet Ventures. He was also a consultant for internet businesses. As a consultant, he was involved in setting up 6 internet companies which include medium-large size retailers in fashion and sport goods.

Winny Patro is a passionate coach. He mentors many students in technology and management related careers. He is also Guest faculty on E-commerce & Modern Online Branding/Marketing at Institutes like IIM-Indore (Mumbai Campus), IIIT Gwalior, GSIB, etc

He post graduated from IIM Calcutta with 2 year full time MBA along with the certificate of appreciation for providing free consultancy services to NGOs at Kolkata. After IIM-Calcutta, he joined as Vice President at a market research consulting firm where he signed important MOUs with International chambers of various countries.

Dr. Bulusu Krishna Murthy
Government of India
Senior Director (Scientist ‘G’), Ministry of Electronics & IT

Senior Director at Ministry of Communications and IT, Govt. of India and Senior Director at Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY) Ministry of Communications and IT, Govt. of India

NT Arun Kumar
FinTech Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Special Representative, IT & Innovation

Mr NT Arun Kumar has over 25 years of progressive management experience, mostly in Banking/Financial services, and spent around 6 years in UBS as global leader of Outsourcing & Offshoring, building an innovative supply-chain covering diverse functions from technology, operations, finance to risk, analytics and compliance/controls across product categories and geographies. He has now shifted his focus to FinTech, AI and all aspects of Digital economies at the cusp of business-technology innovation for new growth models; advising Boards, Startups and strategic Government initiatives. In May 2017, he assumed the role as Special Representative (IT & Innovation) to help the Andhra Pradesh grow Fintech Valley.

Latha Ayyar
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Special Representative, IT & Innovation

Until being appointed Andhra Pradesh’s special representative for IT and innovation, Latha  Ayyar remained the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti AXA Life. She possess rich experience in the banking and insurance sectors and digital technology and innovation. For about 25 years, Ayyar has amassed a wealth of experience working with Citibank where her last role was Managing Director, e-Business, & Global Digital transformation Head of EMEA.

Utsav Mittal
Xiarch Solutions
Principal Consultant

Mr. Mittal is a Principal Consultant at Xiarch Solutions. He has also been a research assistant at Purdue University, working on Network Vulnerability Assessments, Enterprise Security Assessments, Penetration Testing, Security Technology Implementation and Secure Network Design and Implementation, Identity Management, Compliance Management and more.

M. P. Dubey
Joint Director, STPI and Head &
Officer-in-Charge of the Centre and Nodal Officer (A.P.) - IBPS

M P DUBEY is joint Director in STPI and now looks after the growth of IT industry in Visakahapatnam, AP. During 2004, Dubey helped set up .in registry service in india at STPI NOIDA and the root server at Noida. He took part in setting up the .in service in India and root servers. He holds a bachelors of science in mathematics on Computer science and operation research.

Shreyansh Lunia
HP India
Market Development, Solutions & Services

Mr Lunia, is an E-Governance & Public Sector Consulting expert at the HP India. His core focus areas include requirements analysis, technology mapping, Bid Management, working on large and strategic opportunities from initiation to decision making, Solution, Consulting assignments, Pricing, Partner Alliance Management, Partner combined Go-To-Market Initiatives. He has previously worked with major firms including Samsung Electronics, Capgemini and Wipro.

Mr. Anil
ESF Labs Ltd.
Founder and Chairman

As the founder and chairman of one of India's leading cybersecurity firms enabling businesses to formulate their security readiness plan and minimize security risks by providing customized security solutions as per their requirements, eSF Labs Ltd is dedicated to advancing in the field of Digital Forensics, Cyber Intelligence, Incident Response and e-Discovery.

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