Our Story

Expertise driven by Real World Experience and Delivered by World Class Educators…

Experience and inspiration leads to clarity and innovation as we strive to achieve for the art of the possible or what may seem impossible. This is the story of SetCONNECT…

SetCONNECT is a “One Degree of Separation” company. One degree from an ecosystem of marquis relationships worldwide. One degree from a world class faculty, recognized professionals across diverse industries, and unique specialized leaders from around the globe.

Over the past few years, digital transformation has become a theme for every company worldwide. In 2020, the pandemic impacted virtually every person, business, and family around the globe; essentially halting much of our face to face interactions. It served as a reset to re-evaluate, reinvent, reconnect, and redesign one’s path. Then enters Virtual meetings and training, Zoom and other ways to collaborate.

However, business accelerated in this virtual working model and companies around the globe focused on talent, upgrading skills, and finding leaders and do’ers for the digital era. Demand for Data Analytics talent is at its greatest gap and our mission is create pathways to close that talent gap worldwide by working with institutions and corporations that are ready for a program designed for them.

SetCONNECT set out to close the talent gap for Data Science professionals and implement a strategy for organizations and institutions worldwide. We brought together experienced leaders with experience in all facets of industry and academia to design and deliver real world business analytics training and services to develop the needs of transformative business models and industry opportunities worldwide.

Through our partnerships we create customized industry specific programs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and business analytics training to elevate skills and improve a talent rich society worldwide.

Vision

SetCONNECT was founded with a vision to connect next generation leaders to the revolution of digital transformation through the power of data analytics, education and technology.

Vision

What We Do

Our mission is to design, create and deliver world class education for corporate teams and aspiring students to advance global competency in business analytics, data science and AI/ML.

Knowledge

Build business application skills in students of the program by delivering innovative, industry-relevant programs through partnership with leading institutions.

Deliver Business Analytics course modules with unique content, forward-looking curriculum and international faculty that help students to analyze and understand data, translate and embed results into decisions to drive business value within organizations.

Elevate partnerships between industry and academia and provide beneficial outcomes resulting from the collaborations.

Global Team of Professionals with Academic and Industry Experience

Ramesh Rajagopalan

Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan

A versatile leader with 30+ years unique blend of experience in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Big Data and Cloud solutions

C S Venkatesh

C S Venkatesh

An Engineer MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, with 30+ years of international industry experience in Sales, Marketing & Consulting.

Gurudutt Shenoy

Gurudutt Shenoy

Mr. Gurudutt Shenoy is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of industry experience in India and abroad in Business Strategy, CXM & Design Thinking.

Muralidhar Rao

Muralidhar Rao has done his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from NITK Surathkal; and Post Graduate Qualification in Management from IIMB.

Suresh Shivaram

An Engineer MBA from JBIMS, with 30+ years Industry Experience in Software Development, and Consulting, Pre Sales, Marketing MRPII, ERP & CRM solutions in India and Internationally.

Novin Ghaffari

Dr. Novin Ghaffari

Dr. Novin Ghaffari holds a PhD and a master’s in statistics with undergraduate degrees in math, finance, and supply chain management.

Bugra Alkan

Dr. Bugra Alkan

Dr. Bugra Alkan is a Lecturer at Computer Science and Informatics Division, carrying out research and teaching activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Jai Ugra

Jai Ugra

A young professional with industry experience in Supply Chain Management, Crisis Response, and Data Driven Decision Making.

Dr. Laura Moody

Dr. Laura Moody is an Associate Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management in Mercer University’s School of Engineering.

Samantha Ackers

Samantha R. Ackers, J.D. is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. For over 25 years, she has worked as a Professor of Literature and Adult Educational Studies.

Malarvizhi K. C.

Ms. Malarvizhi obtained her MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, the U.K in 2015 and is currently working towards the completion of her Ph.D. in Re-configurable Cyber-Physical Production Systems.

Advisors

Mike Masterson

Mike Masterson

Transformational executive with diverse revenue growth, complex sales, and partnership development experience at four acquired start-ups (Bowstreet, DataPower, Tivoli, Extricity) and multiple senior sales and strategic alliance leadership roles with IBM, Dell Technologies, VMware, and Nutanix.

Douglas Gray

Douglas Gray, USA

Senior executive leader specializing in integrating Data & Analytics into Corporate Strategy across the enterprise to achieve measurably impactful, sustainable strategic competitive advantage.

Annaswamy Vaideesh

Annaswamy Vaidheesh

Annaswamy Vaidheesh has a strong business leadership track record of over 35 years in health care (Pharma,Vaccines, Diagnostics&Medical devices) and FMCG industries (GSK,J&J and Pfizer) in multi countries and multi businessesfocusing on sustainable and responsiblebusiness growth.

Domingo Latorraca

Dr. Domingo Latorraca is a highly qualified analytics expert with wide-ranging international experience in industry and government.

Seeking Information
Sl. No. Details Remarks
Opening Greeting, self introduction and stating the context of call.
Obtaining permission to ask questions
Context of call: in response to their enquiry, to seek and provide information
1 Verify name, phone number (alternate also if available), email id and location Basic KYC. Capture information
2 Verify educational qualification Check whether graduate - for eligibility for SMU.
Capture discipline, institution & year.
3 Performance during graduation Check performance and aptitude. To be done with tact.
Do not press for details if the prospect is unwilling.
4 Why is (s)he interested in the course? Nudge / prompt for response. Capture the reason(s).
Allow the person to talk. Check understanding and summarize.
Job, career progression, change if career etc.
5 If working, details of current job Organization, function and number of years.
6 What is the time frame for doing the course? One of the key factors that determine hot or warm lead.
Record response.
7 What is the budget? Assess ability to fund. Very important to understand the ability to pay and the source of funding
8 What are the options being evaluated by her/ him? Obtain information about competitive offering(s).
Criteria for looking at the alternative(s).
9 Any constraints, other considerations for choosing a course? Gain insights into buying criteria of the prospect
10 What are the next steps? Summarize the call and proactively list out the next steps
(e.g. sending material, setting up the next call and its objectives)

 

Providing Information
Sl. No. Details Remarks
a About self Introduce yourself
b About SetConnect Brief introduction. Offer to send details / invite them to visit website
c About SMU Brief introduction. Offer to send details / invite them to visit website
d About MSDS Ranking, courses, specialization and duration. Offer to send details by email.
e Entry criteria Graduation. Offer to send details by email
f Process of admission State requirements and offer to send the brochure
g Deadlines June end for cohort starting on August 24th
h Fees and method of delivery USD 30000 + USD 75 for application. Online + local immersion + International immersion (To be decided)
i Matching course to needs Most important part of the call
j Responding to specific queries Be prepared with all details. If you don’t know some details don’t fabricate details. Will get back to you in 24 hrs is a good answer
k Share your email id and mobile number(s)

    Fill in the details below


    Domingo Latorraca

    Dr Latorraca is a Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Operations Research & Quantitative Sciences from Texas Tech University.

    Some of the key positions he has held include:

    • Consulting Partner, Head of Strategy & Analytics for the Deloitte Spanish Latin American region
    • Board of Directors of Deloitte LATCO
    • High Level Presidential Commission on Transparency for Panama´s International Services Platform
    • Panama´s representative at OECD´s Global Forum, and Multilateral Institutions (IMF, World Bank, IDB), during tenure as Deputy Minister of Economy
    • Chairman of the Board, Panama´s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
    • Deputy Minister of Economy, Panama

    As part of his role in Deloitte, he was the Senior Advisor Planning & Analysis, responsible for Strategy,Financial Planning,Data Analysis,Business Modeling and Project Management

    He has successfully overseen projects including:

    Planning & Analysis

    • Infrastructure—Metro, Airport, Telecommunications, Panama Canal, Construction, Energy, Auto Distribution

    Corporate Finance/M&A

    • Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Insurance, Banking

    Project Management

    • Insurance, Health, Banking, Auto Distribution

    Analytics

    • Macro economics, Auto Industry, Construction, Services, Real Estate

    He has also held several Boardlevel positions (Current and Past) including:

    • Panama's Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
    • Consulting Executive Directorate—Deloitte Spanish Latam
    • Panama's Sovereign Fund
    • United Way Panama
    • The Rotary (Panama Sur)
    • Independent Board Member—Grupo Hopsa
    • Editorial Board—Capital Financiero
    • Independent Board Member—TalleresIndustriales

    Muralidhar Rao

    He joined NIIT (which was an education start-up) in the Eighties and was a member of the core management team that scaled up the organization to an organization running more than a thousand education centres across the World in a decade. He later moved over to another start-up in the area of sales training and leadership development (NIS Sparta) – which primarily operated in B2B space. As the COO, he scaled up delivery and engagement operations catering to over 300 corporate customers with a team of over 600 trainers/ consultants – all within a span of eight years. NIS Sparta is acknowledged as a pioneer and a benchmark organization for sales training in India. He was the Founder CEO of Future Human Development Limited where he successfully launched Management Education, Corporate Training and Skill Development businesses. Later, as Business Head for Bridge School of Management, he handled sales and operations of both B2C and B2B channels for Business Analytics and Digital Marketing. He is an Executive coach / mentor for CXOs and also teaches the subject of Business Acumen for students and executives.

    Douglas Gray

    He has experience across a variety of industries, including most notably Airline, Travel & Hospitality, Health Care, and Financial Services and has held several leadership positions in organizations including SouthWest Airlines and Walmart

    Mr. Gray has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and an MS in OR from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics in SMU.

    Malarvizhi K. C.

    She has worked on a number of EPSRC and Innovates UK funded research projects with global industrial partners, mainly from automotive and aerospace sectors.

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    Jai Ugra

    Working for a leading Fortune 500 retail corporation, he has managed supply chain and logistics for a USD $850M portfolio. Alumni of the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin with experience in data analytics and visualization.

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    Samantha Ackers

    Professor Ackers joined Austin Community College (ACC) in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor of English and Student Development. For the last 5 years, Samantha has been teaching college and career readiness/success courses at ACC which includes college students and dual-credit high school students using Raymond Gerson’s, “Achieve Career Success: Discover and Get the Job You Want” and “Achieve College Success: Learn How in 20 Hours or Less.”

    As an Adjunct Professor, she serves the community through outreach and education training sessions with Raymond Gerson geared toward preparing Educators to teach the Student Success Courses. Also, working as an ACC Ascender Mentor and ACC Digital Faculty Scholar keep Samantha engaged in researching innovative methods to help Students enjoy Life while Working towards reaching their Goals.

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    Dr. Laura Moody

    She has taught Ergonomics and Human Factors, Probability and Statistics, Engineering Economy, Innovation, and other courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for a combined total of 30 years. During this time, Dr. Moody also served as an advisor on numerous senior design projects and master’s theses, providing guidance on engineering design and statistical analysis. Dr. Moody earned her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 and has also worked as a member of the engineer staff, a manager, and a consultant for companies in the consumer products, aerospace, defense, and healthcare industries.

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    Dr. Bugra Alkan

    His research focuses on developing methodologies that enable the creation of robust, self-adaptive and self-optimised cyber-physical systems (CPS). In recent years, he has led the development of several engineering tools to support lifecycle engineering of CPSs. These include tools for runtime data collection & monitoring, virtual commissioning, and digital twins for CPSs. Dr Alkan has worked on many EPSRC, Innovate UK and ARTEMIS funded research projects, e.g., Knowledge Driven Configurable Manufacturing (KDCM), Automated Module to pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation (AMPLiFII), Virtual Manufacturing (V-MAN) and Thales-Bristol Partnership in Hybrid Autonomous Systems Engineering (TB-PHASE) in collaboration with automotive manufacturers, machine builders and control vendors. Prior to joining LSBU, he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings.

    Dr. Novin Ghaffari

    Dr. Novin Ghaffari interest in quantitative methods and data science began in his business courses, which he further pursued in graduate school. The topic of his master’s thesis was the application of heavy-tailed distributions in time series; his PhD thesis focused on optimal transportation problems and applications to statistical algorithms. He has had over 7 years’ experience in teaching and TAing math and statistics courses, and he has had several years’ experience conducting research for academic, corporate, and national laboratory end users. His research interests include mathematical statistics, probability theory, machine learning, optimization, and predictive analytics and his preferred coding languages are R and Python.

    Suresh Shivaram

    Currently engaged in the field of Education having set up an organisation eTUL to develop a package SpeakToSchool for educational institutes to enhance communications within the school community – Parents, Teachers, Students and Administration.

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    Gurudutt Shenoy

    He has a wide range of experience in various industries and International brands – Toyota, Ford, Kia, Wipro, and Widia Kennametal. As CX and Education Mentor, he teaches Marketing for MBA and is driving several initiatives towards strengthening Education- Industry interface. He conducts Training Programmes and Webinars in CX regularly.

    He is an Engineer from NIT, Karnataka and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta.

    C S Venkatesh

    Currently engaged in providing comprehensive skill-building in the area of Analytics, Supply Chain & Operations Management through Education and Consulting.

    Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan

    He has over two decades of Industry experience driving business value of USD 200M annually through advanced analytics at global companies including Dell Technologies, IBM and Deloitte Consulting. Directed a global MSBA program in McCombs School of Business, University of Texas (Austin) to successfully elevating it to a top program in the US. Ramesh holds a PhD, MSIE, an Executive MBA and a BTech.

    Dr. Ramesh Rajagopalan

    He has over two decades of Industry experience driving business value of USD 200M annually through advanced analytics at global companies including Dell Technologies, IBM and Deloitte Consulting. Directed a global MSBA program in McCombs School of Business, University of Texas (Austin) to successfully elevating it to a top program in the US. Ramesh holds a PhD, MSIE, an Executive MBA and a BTech.

    C S Venkatesh

    Currently engaged in providing comprehensive skill-building in the area of Analytics, Supply Chain & Operations Management through Education and Consulting.

    Gurudutt Shenoy

    He has a wide range of experience in various industries and International brands – Toyota, Ford, Kia, Wipro, and Widia Kennametal. As CX and Education Mentor, he teaches Marketing for MBA and is driving several initiatives towards strengthening Education- Industry interface. He conducts Training Programmes and Webinars in CX regularly.

    He is an Engineer from NIT, Karnataka and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta.

    Muralidhar Rao

    He joined NIIT (which was an education start-up) in the Eighties and was a member of the core management team that scaled up the organization to an organization running more than a thousand education centres across the World in a decade. He later moved over to another start-up in the area of sales training and leadership development (NIS Sparta) – which primarily operated in B2B space. As the COO, he scaled up delivery and engagement operations catering to over 300 corporate customers with a team of over 600 trainers/ consultants – all within a span of eight years. NIS Sparta is acknowledged as a pioneer and a benchmark organization for sales training in India. He was the Founder CEO of Future Human Development Limited where he successfully launched Management Education, Corporate Training and Skill Development businesses. Later, as Business Head for Bridge School of Management, he handled sales and operations of both B2C and B2B channels for Business Analytics and Digital Marketing. He is an Executive coach / mentor for CXOs and also teaches the subject of Business Acumen for students and executives.

    Suresh Shivaram

    Currently engaged in the field of Education having set up an organisation eTUL to develop a package SpeakToSchool for educational institutes to enhance communications within the school community – Parents, Teachers, Students and Administration.

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    Dr. Novin Ghaffari

    Dr. Novin Ghaffari interest in quantitative methods and data science began in his business courses, which he further pursued in graduate school. The topic of his master’s thesis was the application of heavy-tailed distributions in time series; his PhD thesis focused on optimal transportation problems and applications to statistical algorithms. He has had over 7 years’ experience in teaching and TAing math and statistics courses, and he has had several years’ experience conducting research for academic, corporate, and national laboratory end users. His research interests include mathematical statistics, probability theory, machine learning, optimization, and predictive analytics and his preferred coding languages are R and Python.

    Dr. Bugra Alkan

    His research focuses on developing methodologies that enable the creation of robust, self-adaptive and self-optimised cyber-physical systems (CPS). In recent years, he has led the development of several engineering tools to support lifecycle engineering of CPSs. These include tools for runtime data collection & monitoring, virtual commissioning, and digital twins for CPSs. Dr Alkan has worked on many EPSRC, Innovate UK and ARTEMIS funded research projects, e.g., Knowledge Driven Configurable Manufacturing (KDCM), Automated Module to pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation (AMPLiFII), Virtual Manufacturing (V-MAN) and Thales-Bristol Partnership in Hybrid Autonomous Systems Engineering (TB-PHASE) in collaboration with automotive manufacturers, machine builders and control vendors. Prior to joining LSBU, he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings.

    Jai Ugra

    Working for a leading Fortune 500 retail corporation, he has managed supply chain and logistics for a USD $850M portfolio. Alumni of the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin with experience in data analytics and visualization.

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    Dr. Laura Moody

    She has taught Ergonomics and Human Factors, Probability and Statistics, Engineering Economy, Innovation, and other courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for a combined total of 30 years. During this time, Dr. Moody also served as an advisor on numerous senior design projects and master’s theses, providing guidance on engineering design and statistical analysis. Dr. Moody earned her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 and has also worked as a member of the engineer staff, a manager, and a consultant for companies in the consumer products, aerospace, defense, and healthcare industries.

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    Samantha Ackers

    Professor Ackers joined Austin Community College (ACC) in 2015 as an Adjunct Professor of English and Student Development. For the last 5 years, Samantha has been teaching college and career readiness/success courses at ACC which includes college students and dual-credit high school students using Raymond Gerson’s, “Achieve Career Success: Discover and Get the Job You Want” and “Achieve College Success: Learn How in 20 Hours or Less.”

    As an Adjunct Professor, she serves the community through outreach and education training sessions with Raymond Gerson geared toward preparing Educators to teach the Student Success Courses. Also, working as an ACC Ascender Mentor and ACC Digital Faculty Scholar keep Samantha engaged in researching innovative methods to help Students enjoy Life while Working towards reaching their Goals.

    .

    .

    Malarvizhi K. C.

    She has worked on a number of EPSRC and Innovates UK funded research projects with global industrial partners, mainly from automotive and aerospace sectors.

    .

    .

    Douglas Gray

    He has experience across a variety of industries, including most notably Airline, Travel & Hospitality, Health Care, and Financial Services and has held several leadership positions in organizations including SouthWest Airlines and Walmart

    Mr. Gray has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and an MS in OR from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics in SMU.

    Domingo Latorraca

    Dr Latorraca is a Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Operations Research & Quantitative Sciences from Texas Tech University.

    Some of the key positions he has held include:

    • Consulting Partner, Head of Strategy & Analytics for the Deloitte Spanish Latin American region
    • Board of Directors of Deloitte LATCO
    • High Level Presidential Commission on Transparency for Panama´s International Services Platform
    • Panama´s representative at OECD´s Global Forum, and Multilateral Institutions (IMF, World Bank, IDB), during tenure as Deputy Minister of Economy
    • Chairman of the Board, Panama´s Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
    • Deputy Minister of Economy, Panama

    As part of his role in Deloitte, he was the Senior Advisor Planning & Analysis, responsible for Strategy,Financial Planning,Data Analysis,Business Modeling and Project Management

    He has successfully overseen projects including:

    Planning & Analysis

    • Infrastructure—Metro, Airport, Telecommunications, Panama Canal, Construction, Energy, Auto Distribution

    Corporate Finance/M&A

    • Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Insurance, Banking

    Project Management

    • Insurance, Health, Banking, Auto Distribution

    Analytics

    • Macro economics, Auto Industry, Construction, Services, Real Estate

    He has also held several Boardlevel positions (Current and Past) including:

    • Panama's Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
    • Consulting Executive Directorate—Deloitte Spanish Latam
    • Panama's Sovereign Fund
    • United Way Panama
    • The Rotary (Panama Sur)
    • Independent Board Member—Grupo Hopsa
    • Editorial Board—Capital Financiero
    • Independent Board Member—TalleresIndustriales