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Meet Our Team

  • Surendra Yajamanam


  • Nishanth Nalachandrasekaran

    Vice President

  • Ashish Charles


  • Jagannatha.P S


  • Pooja Gopal Shinde

    Events Committee Chair

  • Venkat

    Admin Committee Chair

  • Surendra Yajamanam is currently Head, Programming in the Department of Biostatistics (India) in GSK. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, India. Surendra is associated with clinical programming for 19+ years with a broad range of experience across various therapeutic areas and has expertise in software development. He is associated with IASCT over a decade and is currently serving IASCT as Secretary. Surendra is highly passionate about clinical research growth in India and actively involved in various professional activities as chair of conferences and presented at various platforms.

  • Nishanth Nalachandrasekaran have been in the industry since 2006. In his current role as a Director of Clinical Data Services, he is leading a group of biostatisticians, data analysts and programmers at Agati Clinical. He started his career at Quartesian as Statistical Programmer after which played various roles in different organizations and gained exposure to many global clients with a good understanding of cultural differences across different countries. He have a Masters in Computer Applications and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Development. Besides leading the Clinical Data Services business unit at Agati Clinical in India, he is an active volunteer in IASCT conferences or workshops and played various roles since 2011. Currently, he is the treasurer and an Executive committee member in IASCT. He is also passionate in building high performing teams, scaling delivery capabilities, talent development and management, and have trained over 500+ programmers in the industry.

  • Ashish Charles is currently working as Associate Director - Statistical Programming at Novartis Hyderabad. He has around 15 years' experience in the clinical industry, leading and managing analysis and reporting of clinical trials across various therapeutic areas including extensive experience in Oncology. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications from Bangalore University. Ashish has been associated with IASCT since a decade in various roles and in his current role of Head, Events Committee, has been instrumental in organizing various events across different locations within India. He is very passionate about IASCT and likes to interact with colleagues across the industry and finds ways to bring all their experiences and knowledge to others via the IASCT platform.

  • Jagannatha.P S, Statistics General Manager, GSK India Bangalore has more than 25+ years’ experience as a Statistician with Technical Knowledge. Prior to joining GSK in 2003, he was with National Tuberculosis Institute, Min. of H&FW, Govt of India for a period of 18.6 years. He is also member of Board of Studies in different college in Bangalore. He has coauthored several publications in reputed journals during his career. Jagannatha is a founder member IASCT and has been actively involved with all IASCT activities for over 10 years. He started off as the event committee chair for 2 years, and for the last 6 years has held position of Treasurer. He is also a member of the IASCT Governing Council.

  • Pooja Gopal Shinde, Senior Project Manager Biostatistics and Statistical Programming has overall work experience of 14+ years and industry relevant experience of 8+ years. Until then was practicing as a Neuro rehab. specialist. Prior to joining Parexel she worked with Cytel, where she used to closely work with Teams like Sales, Marketing, Technical and Senior Management on the Sales support, Marketing and Branding Initiative, Operational, Legal and Financial aspects of the projects. She completed PGDBM from NMIMS, MSc in Clinical Research from SMU and holds a Graduate certificate in Neurorehabilitation from Brunel Uni. She has been an active participant at many industrial events like PhUSE SDE, SCDM, IASCT Workshop, and ConSPIC in India. She is a member of Indian Association Of Physiotherapist and likes travelling and sports.

  • Venkat is Associate Director of Statistics and Data Analytics with Eli Lilly. Holds an Engineering degree and PG in AI&ML, has overall 21 years of experience, including 15 years in Clinical industry. Has spent the past 9 years in Management role involving project management, people & resourcing strategy and designing effective statistical programming solutions. Started the career as a Software Engineer and then moved to Pharma/Clinical Industry around 2005 and has worked for Pharma companies and CROs, over the past 15 years. Also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt professional and associated with IASCT for many years now.