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Keshav Dhakad, Group Head & Assistant General Counsel – Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft India

Keshav Dhakad

Group Head and Assistant General Counsel- Corporate, External and Legal Affairs

Keshav Dhakad is the General Counsel for Microsoft India and the Group Head of its Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) department, comprising a diverse team of commercial & product development legal, government & industry affairs, compliance governance & investigations, accessibility and CSR professionals. In his leadership role Keshav acts as a trusted advisor and enabler to Microsoft India senior leaders and their diverse business establishments. Keshav drives initiatives in the areas of technology policy and regulatory, trusted cloud & responsible AI, data privacy & cybersecurity, ethical culture & compliance governance, IPR, CSR and related areas. He started his current senior leadership role in January 2018 and is based out of Gurgaon, Haryana, India.

Prior to this, Keshav was the Regional Director & Assistant General Counsel for the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Asia team from 2012 to 2017, based out of Singapore. Keshav joined Microsoft in 2007 and served as the Director & Senior Attorney for Microsoft India’s intellectual property and license compliance department, based out of New Delhi. Before joining Microsoft, Keshav was a Partner at the premier IPR law firm of Anand & Anand Advocates, New Delhi, heading the firm’s IT & E-Commerce litigation & advisory department.

A law graduate of Campus Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Keshav also holds a Master of Laws  (LLM) in IPR from Franklin Pierce School of Law, Concord, USA. Besides India, Keshav is also a licensed attorney for the State of New York, USA since 2003. He is a regular public speaker on the topics of digital transformation & trusted cloud services, responsible AI, ethics and compliance, IT governance, cybercrime & cybersecurity, and related areas.


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