Keshav Dhakad serves as the Assistant General Counsel & Regional Director of Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), Asia region, as part of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA), based out of Singapore. In his role, Dhakad supervises initiatives related to malicious cybercrime, tech-support scams and cloud crime, cybersecurity awareness, outreach and policies, cybercrime disruption through public-private partnership, cyberthreat intelligence collaboration, trusted public cloud advocacy, intellectual property law, policy and enforcement, big data analytics and intelligence, digital security risk program, law enforcement relations and related areas.
He joined Microsoft in India in 2007, where he was a director and senior attorney for its intellectual property and license compliance department, based out of New Delhi. Prior to Microsoft, he was a partner at the premier intellectual property law firm of Anand & Anand Advocates, New Delhi, handling the firm’s IT and e-commerce related litigation and advisory matters.
Besides India, Dhakad is also a licensed attorney for the State of New York in the U.S. and has extensive speaking experience on the topics of IT governance, cybercrime, cybersecurity, trusted cloud, IP crimes and related subject matters across the Asia region.