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

Keshav Dhakad

Director & Assistant General Counsel- Corporate, External & Legal Affairs

Keshav Dhakad is Director & Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft’s Corporate, External, & Legal Affairs (CELA) department supporting all business units of Microsoft in India, leading a team of legal and corporate affairs professionals. Keshav’s role includes supporting commercial business and providing regulatory counsel to business groups on public policy issues and driving initiatives in areas such as intellectual property rights, trusted cloud, privacy, digital crimes & cybersecurity, compliance & competition laws, international trade & related areas. He started his new role in January 2018 and will be based out of the NCR region.

Prior to this, Keshav was Regional Director & Assistant General Counsel for the 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 related litigation & advisory matters.

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, IT governance, cybercrime & cybersecurity, trusted cloud services and related areas.



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