Adv. Vaishali Bhagwat

Adv. Vaishali Bhagwat is the first technology lawyer in the country with prior qualifications and working experience in the field of IT. Vaishali is a practicing lawyer with an experience over 22 years and is heading a all service law firm in Pune. Her practiseincludes litigation and non-litigation in Civil, Criminal and Cyber Law with a special emphasis on Information Technology and violence against women and children.

VaishaliBhagwat has conducted the first hacking case in the country and has also handled several high value data theft cases, cases of sexual abuse in cyberspace and cases of financial frauds.Vaishali has also represented the Pune Police in a human rights violation case arising out of postings on social media.

She has won many awards and scholarships such as - chosen among 20 top professionals from UK and India on a UK- India partnership program called ‘Dishaa’ on Innovative Leadership and was awarded a certificate by Prime Minister David Cameron in year 2013 ;Chevening Scholarship and was chosen to attend first 12 week residential program on “Cyber Security and Information Assurance “ at Cranfield University, Ministry of Defense, UK. The scholarship was fully funded by TCS. She was selected in a team of 6 members from all over India and was the only woman in the team ; Special Jury Award from DSCI NASSCOM for “Cyber Security Awareness” Vaishali worked with the National Crime Agency, UK to spread awareness in India on “Safeguarding children from online sexual exploitation” and was also invited to speak at the Rotary International Conference at Seoul on “Keeping children safe online"

Vaishali is a popular speaker and is invited by various Industry Forums and Academic Institutions such as CII , MCCIA , Police Training Academy , Judges Training Academy etc to speak on matters related to Cyber Law. She is also a regular speaker at All India Chief Information Security Officers Summit held annually in New Delhi

DSCI - All India Security Summit ( AISS) and also the Ground Zero Summit which is the Largest Infosec Conference in Asia. Vaishali is an Independent Director at Renishaw India, on the Board of Trustees at Lila Poonawala Foundation and Member of Sexual harassment committee in several companies such as Cummins India, Sandvik Asia, Emerson, SKF India, Jagran Publications ( Radio City , Midday , etc) , APM Terminals ( Maersk), etc. and has conducted training programs for Thermax, Praj Industries , CII , E&Y, Etc on Gender Sensitisation , Women Empowerment and Protection of Women from Sexual harassment .