A Transformative Force To Showcase The Power of Effective Leadership

Published: August 30, 2022
Updated: August 30, 2022
Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda

Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda
Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda

It isn’t every day that you come across exceptional leaders who show you exactly how to break through the challenges and emerge victorious in all spheres of life. Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda is one such force who has revolutionized the way businesses in Global Capability Centre were perceived.

Being a corporate genius, Dr. Durga Prakash used his sharp analytical skills and wisdom to overcome obstacles and achieve the impossible. He has laid the groundwork for many companies that have gone to become industry behemoths.

He had been convinced since childhood that nothing could stop him from making his ideas a reality. This was one of the reasons Dr. Durga has been dedicated to achieving his never-ending goals and making ways for newer innovations to step in.

Background & Work Ethics

Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda had begun my journey in a small village in southern Andhra Pradesh. He attended government schools and received his M.I.T. from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

His major career opportunity began in 1996 when he was hired as the Managing Principal Consultant at Capgemini Invent. In the year 2000, he even joined Oracle as a Senior Consultant, where he played one of the most important roles, including everything from executing the business plan to growing the team to 300 people with a revenue of more than $350 million USD.

Further, he also worked for a number of multinational corporations. He was also a Vice President at Accenture. After three years, he got associated with Tech Mahindra, a global leader in artificial intelligence, analytics, and cyber security, in 2013. He also worked as the Chief Executive Officer of Karvy Analytics, India’s largest financial services firm. After much hard work and determination, he is now currently employed by Legato Health Technologies as a Staff Vice President- Technology. He also serves on the board of the Global Cyber Security Forum.

In terms of academic credentials, Dr. Durga Prakash holds a Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Information Technology. He has over 25 years of experience in software and global delivery operations, including both software development and support businesses. He is primarily inclined toward Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Dr. Durga also led large India-based offshore delivery teams for global software, data, and support functional business units.

Dr. Durga’s ideas on teamwork are very insightful. Working closely with teams, he believes, is critical to success. Different team members have different skills; for example, some may be good at problem-solving while others excel in technical and functional departments. However, simply having talents may not be sufficient to propel the team forward. There is also a strong emphasis on accountability, as he shares.

Dr. Durga has had an exciting journey, but it has also been difficult. Throughout their tenure, he came across many new professionals. With India becoming a Digital Natives country and having over 500 million mobile phones, 1.35 billion Aadhar Digital Identity Cards, and GenZ young stars, Dr. DP finds it a perfect fit to enable companies with strong technical assistance. 

India emerging as a global leader in digital adoption indicates that it has all the ingredients to become a global superpower in the digital space, and that is exactly where Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda plans to help the nation grow.

Social Recognition

Dr. Durga Prakash has since risen to prominence in the business world. Dr. Durga’s journey has been an inspiring one, beginning as a Managing Principal Consultant at “Capgemini Invent” and continuing with Accenture, Oracle, and Tech Mahindra.

Many recognitions and awards have been bestowed upon Dr. Durga Prakash, like feathers on his golden crown. For his contributions to the global healthcare industry, he received the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi International Leadership Award from both houses of Parliament. He is a recognized international expert in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, semantics and ontology, computer vision, and natural language processing.

He was also involved in the development of patent-pending frameworks in “Autonomous Health Systems and Personal Health Assistants.” He has been a frequent speaker and contributor at global A.I. conferences such as A.I. World and Open A.I. He also completed an executive education program at Harvard Business School on “Managing and Transforming Professional

He was recently featured in Forbes India Tycoons of Tomorrow as a Visionary for establishing and scaling India-based Global Capability centers for Fortune 100 companies. He was also named one of India’s Global Achievers of 2021, as recognized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Culture, and the Government of India.

Aside from that, Dr. Durga was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2018 for organizing the world’s largest digital event, in which 100,000 people gathered on the video conferencing app “Zoom” to pray.

“Be very clear from the start, build confidence, invest in yourself, and build the culture of learning so that your earnings are already taken care of,” Dr. Durga advises the youth of today.

He also recommended some books to us: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Mindset by Carol Dweck, and Beyond the Last Blue Mountain – J.R.D. Tata’s Authorized Biography. Dr. Durga Prakash received accolades from Bill Gates in 1998 for becoming the youngest Indian to complete all possible Microsoft certifications. It appears that he was always destined to treasure success in his life.

A Roaring Leader

Dr. Durga has also previously contributed to several leadership development programs within large corporations such as Gemini, Oracle, and Accenture. For the past two decades, he has been an active participant in various C.S.R. initiatives in the corporate world.

Is Digital India going to be a massive game-changer? Dr. Durga Prakash assured us that this was true. He believes that Digital India is a significant step toward reducing corruption and increasing transparency in the country. If Dr. Durga Prakash says so, we’ll take his word for it.

On being asked about working with big M.N.C.s, Dr. DP shares, “All M.N.C.s have a meritocracy culture that encourages people to take risks, learn, and grow faster. Through Accenture, I attended Harvard Business School in Boston and completed my Advanced Management Program. While working in an M.N.C. culture, we have the opportunity to understand the big picture of industries and how technology can help them excel and perform better in the market.”

Experience results in success. What is important is to see every experience as an opportunity for growth and self-mastery. Dr. Durga Prakash is from a small town in Andhra Pradesh’s southern region. From his childhood, he knew that no obstacles could prevent him from making his dreams a reality. He threw himself wholeheartedly into pursuing his endless dreams.

Current Workforce

Dr. Durga currently leads a team of 4000 people at a Fortune 23 Global Healthcare company. His team is built of experts in the fields of Digital Transformation, A.I., and Cloud. He is the Head and Senior Vice President, as well as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

His company is a Global Capability Centre of Technology, addressing the health of 110 million people worldwide. Dr. DP has spent the last 25 years contributing to India’s I.T. & ITES industry, creating over 20,000 jobs in collaboration with several M.N.C.s and NASSCOM/ HYSEA.

Dr. Durga Prakash is now regarded as a business dignitary. Dr. Durga’s journey has been fascinating, beginning as a Managing Principal Consultant in Capgemini Invent and continuing with Accenture, Oracle, and Tech Mahindra.

Talking about his work with Legato Health Technologies, Dr. Durga Prakash shares, “Legato Health Technologies is a global in-house center for Anthem Inc (a Fortune 23 company), a USD 130 billion U.S. healthcare payer. Legato is dedicated to the transformation of healthcare. The company brings innovative capabilities and a breadth of experience to health insurers across all functional areas. I collaborate closely with the Chief Digital Officer and the Chief Technology Officer.”

He is an expert in Digital Leadership, A.I., Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data, and Healthcare. He is currently a member of Legato Health Technologies’ Senior Leadership Team and Staff Vice President – Technology.

Future Plans

New technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain are assisting in the automation and acceleration of economic cycles. India is widely renowned for standing at the intersection of state-of-the-art technology and the vulnerability of the affordability crisis.

Dr. Durga Prakash Devarakonda willingly takes it as his supreme mission to set all these transformative technologies and change the landscape of Indian healthcare providers with effective innovations.

Establishing his top-notch G.C.C. is proof of his effective leadership and highly creative and out-of-the-box problem-solving skills. It is leaders like Dr. Durga who stand tall to be the torchbearers of the coming future!

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