Resume

Resume

My Qualifications

Sushil Kambampati

I have 20+ years experience in information technology and management, split equally between startups and multinational media and telecom companies. My contributions include architecture of front- and back-end platforms, setting up operations, and management of cross-functional teams, vendors and stakeholders. Passionate about information security, data protection and privacy, I write in the media evangelizing best practices and proposing solutions to prevent catastrophic loss from cyber attacks.

Experience

Technology Entrepreneur, Content Distribution and Security

I built technology platforms that met local business and consumer demand in India for content distribution, civic engagement tools and data protection. 

Founder, SecureTheWeb.info Jan. 2018 – Present

Developing a web application framework that integrates data protection, security and compliance with the EU’s GDPR. Launched securetheweb.info, an automated, static analysis dashboard of the world’s most popular web sites. 

Founder, YouRTI.in, India Nov. 2015 – Mar. 2018

YouRTI.in is a secure, intelligent platform that leverages technology to empower citizens to request government information through Freedom Of Information laws. I led Product Development, IT Management (hands-on control of security and privacy aspects), and Budgeting. After proving market demand and viability, an NGO has invested in day-to-day operations I have stepped into an advisory role.

Founder, A-SK Media International, India Jul. 2014 – Jun. 2017

Consulting and technology services to media, entertainment and retail companies for digital distribution and monetization of online content.

  • Launched content distribution platforms to identify optimum revenue models, including micropayments (pay-per-article, in), and to serve unmet demand for content in local languages (FamiLife.in). Produced original and licensed content from 10 brands, including popular consumer titles, such as Car India, Ideal Home & Garden, Smart Photography.
  • Provide ongoing consulting services on digital media distribution strategies to international media companies seeking business growth opportunities in India; focused on market landscape, pricing strategies and regulatory environment; generate leads and senior management contacts. Clients have included a leading software vendor and a global music distributor.

Technology Leader and Executive, HBO Inc, New York and Sweden                             2005-2013

CEO, Parsifal Entertainment (JV owner of HBO Nordic), Sweden                            Jul. 2013 – Dec. 2013

Architected the technology platform that powers Starz Play (MENA)

  • Drove the design and architecture of next-generation OTT video technology platform
  • Recruited the technology team, including CIO of Starz Play (MENA)

EVP Technology & CTO, HBO Nordic, Sweden                                                    Dec. 2012 – Jun. 2013

Developed a strategic road-map and accelerated technology development while reducing costs

  • Achieved turnaround of the technology platform to deliver growth and greater subscriber satisfaction
  • Drove improvements in video quality, expanded app capabilities and introduced new platforms
  • Worked with all stakeholders to prioritize requirements and allocate resources
  • Evaluated and selected vendors globally and negotiated contracts

Launch Project Manager, HBO Nordic, Sweden                                                    Oct. 2012 – Dec. 2012

Took control of the HBO Nordic project and developed a new launch plan acceptable to all stakeholders.

  • Integrated a dozen vendors into one common project timeline
  • Established content traffic workflow
  • Defined processes across all technology areas

Director – Distribution Authorizations & Operations, HBO Inc, New York                   Apr. 2010-May 2011

Restructured HBO’s client support group to handle new content delivery methods. Led critical technology infrastructure projects with company-wide cost-savings impact. Reduced service response time, increased quality of outbound communications and raised commitment to excellence.

  • Managed secure distribution of HD video via the public Internet.
  • Headed a team of ten mid-level managers and customer-response agents, and a data analyst.

Manager – Technology Operations (New Media), HBO Inc, New York                   Oct. 2007 – Mar. 2010

  • Managed cross-functional project teams across IT, Operations, Engineering and Business domains.
    • Create project budgets, milestones and track progress;
    • Identify project risks and develop contingency plans
  • Maintained HBO’s position as a technology leader by collaborating with internal engineers and vendors to define strategic technology needs.
  • Ensured compliance with regulations (e.g. Closed Captioning, CALM Act) through internal communication of guidelines and establishment of checks and balances to verify compliance.

Senior Software Engineer, Project Leader, HBO Inc, New York                             Oct. 2005 – Sep. 2007

Worked with users to meet their needs; established and championed test-driven, agile methodologies.

Software Developer, Project Manager

France Telecom (Paris); Tangoe (New Haven)                                                                    2000 to 2005

Designed data architecture and developed Java middleware for projects including early-stage Internet of Things and nascent AJAX techniques. Researched business implications of emergent technologies. Led tech teams and used test-driven development and agile methods to increase efficiency and quality.

Entrepreneur, Benin, West Africa                                                                                       1999 to 2000

Created and put into operation a complete software system to run a rural savings and micro-credit lending institution, sponsored by Oxfam Quebec.

Volunteer, US Peace Corps, Benin, West Africa                                                                 1997 to 1998

Taught mathematics in French to 210 students in three levels in a high school.

SKILLS

  • Expertise in OTT video, including encryption, encoding and distribution; Python, Django, Javascript, Java, SQL; Project management, strategic planning, data analysis, decision-making, OWASP Top 10
  • Deep knowledge of application security, Internet protocols, Linux configuration, cloud (AWS/EC2/S3, Google Cloud), containers (Vagrant, Docker, Kubernetes), virtualization
  • Working knowledge of cryptography, neural networks (SciKit, TensorFlow), text recognition (Tesseract), natural language processing (NLTK)
  • Fluent in French, Hindi, Telugu; functional in Spanish, German; Some Russian.

PUBLIC WRITING

PRESENTATIONS, TRAININGS

Digital Media Asia 2011, “Maintaining the Premium Edge” (Subscription platforms and business models).

The Future is Mobile: Implications for Data Visualization, 6 Apr 2016; G D Goenka University

Taught a semester of data journalism to undergraduate/graduate students at G D Goenka University, 2016.