Leader’s Profile

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan

Mr. Ajay Srinivasan,Director – Financial Services Mr. Ajay Srinivasan is Chief Executive — Financial Services at the Aditya Birla Group since July 2007. In this role, Mr. Srinivasan sets the vision & provides strategic direction & leadership to the Group’s financial services covering several verticals such as life insurance, fund management, private equity, wealth management, retail Broking, capital markets based lending, corporate financing, infrastructure finance and general insurance broking. Under his leadership, the financial services business has grown rapidly with a current turnover of USD 1.3 billion, assets under management of USD 20 billion, over 5.6 million customers and a workforce of over 17,500 people.

Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Srinivasan was based in Hong Kong as Chief Executive — Fund Management, Prudential Corporation Asia. He oversaw a business that spanned 10 markets, including Japan, with total funds under management of about USD 70 billion, which made it at the time the second largest retail fund manager in Asia. Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Srinivasan was managing the India operations of Threadneedle Asset Management as the company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He has two decades of experience in the financial services industry and a proven track record for building successful businesses. Mr. Srinivasan is engaged with several bodies, including the Financial Planning Standards Board, the CII Committee on Financial Sector Mr. Srinivasan holds a BA honours in Economics from St Stephens College, Delhi, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Amit Sarda

Mr. Amit Sarda, MD, Soulflower Amit Sarda is a Member of the Regional Advisory Committee at Central Excise Department, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India. He is also the President of Young Entrepreneurs’ Society and the Director of Soulflower Co. Ltd. He took apparel venture public, set up handicraft & personal care facilities in Thailand and launched a successful brand in Asia Pacific. He specializes in brand genesis & management, product launches & placements.

Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan

Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan, CEO & Director, Adani Logistics Limited Anil started his career as Marketing Manager in International group- consumer Marketing. He worked with Maersk as a Regional Manager for 10 years. After that he worked with APL(American President Line) for more than 8years . During the tenure at APL he reached the position of Managing Director – India Region He completed his B.Sc from Maharajas College. He has done “General Management of Shipping” from IIM Ahmedabad. He has completed his International management program from Stanford University. Currently he is the CEO & Director of Adani Logistics LTD. Awarded Best performer consistently for 16 years.

Mr. Anil Sardana

Anil Sardana is the Managing Director & CEO of Adani Transmission Limited since 1st May 2018. Till 30th April 2018, he was the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power since 1st February 2011. Till 31st January 2011 (beginning August 2007), he was the Managing Director of Tata Teleservices.

Prior to telecom stint, Anil was Executive Director on the Board of Tata Power. He was also the founding CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL/NDPL) having taken over in that capacity when the company was set up in 2002. Anil is credited with having spearheaded the dramatic turnaround of Tata Power Delhi Distribution, having achieved benchmark performance standards-including world record Reduction of Aggregate Technical and Commercials Losses. Tata Power Delhi Distribution was also bestowed the prestigious ‘Silver National Award for Meritorious Performance’ for two consecutive years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 in Power Distribution by the Prime Minister.

Anil spearheaded two major M&A’s namely with NTT DOCOMO of Japan and a reverse equity swap & merger to create most valuable Infrastructure company VIOM with the highest tenancy in the industry. Anil led the transition of TTSL by launch of Tata DOCOMO, Tata Photon brands. These brands achieved stupendous success. He also launched several innovative schemes including Pay per-use & per-second billing.

Anil has more than 38 years of experience in the infrastructure space, particularly in the Energy and Telecom sector having managed complex transitions, developments & operations as well as Engineering, Procurement and Construction assignments. He had also worked at NTPC (14 years) and BSES (7 years) prior to joining Tata Power. He held the Chairman’s position at CII National Committee on Power from 2012 onwards till April 2018.

Mr. Ashish Hemrajani

Mr. Ashish Hemrajani, CEO & Founder of BookMyShow Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and Founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform, offering tickets for movies, plays, concerts, sports games and live events. Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Bigtree.

In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit/debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow as we know it today. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like Stripes Group, Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. BookMyShow has also ventured into international territories and has expanded its operations to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. While BookMyShow embodies the true spirit of entrepreneurship and is a classic example of how a simple idea can go a long way in resolving a pertinent problem, Ashish also continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it. BookMyShow also gives back to the society through BookASmile, the charity initiative of the organization. Since its inception, BookASmile through the power of Re. 1 has positively impacted millions of lives across the country and continues to generate smiles within the lesser fortunate sections of the society. Hemrajani believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed, including sailing. The BookMyShow captain cool considers the sea as a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta.

Mr. Dilip Gaur

Mr. Dilip Gaur, MD, Grasim Industries and Head – Pulp & Fibre Mr. Dilip Gaur is the Managing Director of Grasim Industries and Head – Pulp & Fibre. He is also on the Board of Directors of ABMCPL.Prior to his current role, he successfully led businesses of different scale and complexity in the Group for the past 12 years. He was the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Manufacturing Officer of UltraTech Cement Limited. He has done stints with Hindalco as Head of Copper Business; with Birla Carbon as Managing Director of the Egyptian business and as President and Country Head of Group’s Edible Oil & Oleochemicals Business in Malaysia/Philippines.

Mr. Gaur joined Aditya Birla Group in 2004 after spending 24 years at Hindustan Unilever Limited in Foods, HPC & Specialty Chemicals Business and was a member of the Foods Management Committee. He is a Chemical Engineer by training and has undergone several national and international programs in management and leadership development including AMP at Harvard. He also has acknowledged expertise in project management and technology adoption. In his career spanning over three decades, he has seen growth markets as well as turnaround situations, and has build strong teams consistently. He enjoys working in a multi-cultural global business environment and is a firm believer in the power of ‘Teams’

Mr. Govind Shrikhande

Mr. Govind Shrikhande is the Mentor and Adviser since July 2018 to CEO ‘s and private Equity Companies respectively EX Managing Director, Shoppers Stop Ltd. He stepped down after 17 years of successful stint in June 2018.
As the Managing Director of Shoppers Stop Ltd., Mr. Govind Shrikhande spearheaded all the formats of Shoppers Stop Ltd viz., HOME STOP, CROSSWORD, HYPERCITY.

He joined Shoppers Stop in April 2001 as Vice President of Buying and Merchandise and rose through various positions to become Managing Director in 2009. He stepped down after a successful stint of more than 17 years wef June 30 , 2018.

Since joining Shoppers Stop, Mr. Shrikhande has played a key role in the company’s tremendous growth from 7 stores in 2001 to 81 stores at present. He was also instrumental in the re-branding initiative of the brand – Shoppers Stop in the year 2008, which reinvigorated the brand, market positioning, and product and service offerings. Post this re-branding exercise, Shoppers Stop has emerged as the undisputed leader in The Bridge-To-Luxury Category of Department Stores in India.

Dr. Jaideep Devare

Dr. Jaideep Devare, MD, Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd. Dr. Jaideep Devare is the Managing Director of Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd. (MIBL), and a member of the Company’s Founding Team. MIBL has designed and developed customized insurance solutions for the under-penetrated and under-served markets across rural India, and reached insurance solutions to over 8 million customers in over 150,000 villages since inception in 2004. MIBL has been a profit-making and dividend-paying company since inception. Dr. Devare joined Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. in 1992 in Corporate Affairs. He has diverse experience across the various sectors of the Mahindra Group. His varied assignments include being a core team member of the Mahindra-Ford Project for setting up the joint venture with Ford Motor Company in India, Executive Associate – Office of the Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., and Managing Director of Mahindra Auto Specialties Ltd., one of the first automobile companies in India to pioneer the designing and marketing of custom-made cars.

Dr. Devare holds a Ph.D in management, with a doctoral thesis on Joint Ventures in the Indian Insurance private sector. He also holds a Masters degree – Master of Management Studies (M.M.S.) with specialization in Finance, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.E.) in Production Engineering. Dr. Devare is a member of the Insurance Institute of India’s (III) Committee on Research Grants. He is also on the Governing Body of the Indian Institute of Cost Management and Research (IndSearch), an autonomous institute affiliated to Pune University, India, and a member of the Governing Council at Fr. C. Rodrigues College of Engineering, Mumbai. He is also a member of the Service Excellence Academy under the Mahindra Leadership University (MLU). Dr. Devare is a recipient of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2017 (Financial Services Industry) for “Outstanding and Exemplary Achievements in Entrepreneurship”. The APEA is a regional recognition program organised by Enterprise Asia, with nominations by invitation only.

Mr. Nasser Munjee

Mr. Nasser Munjee Educated in the UK and the US, my entire career has spanned the creation of financial institutions in India and an abiding interest in the problems of development in an emerging economy. My career began with the creation of the first mortgage company in India – the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) – with which I was associated for twenty years, rising to be its Executive Director. At the request of the Chairman of HDFC, I was asked to create a new institution on the lines of HDFC but this time for infrastructure finance as mortgage finance had come to be well established and the country now needed huge investments in infrastructure. I created the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) in joint partnership with government and both domestic and international institutions. I took over as Managing Director and CEO of the company. After seven years of its creation and successful operation, I resigned in protest as the government in power at the time attempted to nationalize the institution and subsume it into the State Bank of India.

After this experience, I decided to keep out of institutional management and use my experience in a number of different activities as advisor or non-executive director. I am presently on the Board of eight public companies in India, a few internationally and am involved with several other institutions as chairman, member of the board, or as a trustee.

Mr. R. Mukundan

Mr. R. Mukundan, MD & CEO, Tata Chemicals Ltd. Mr. R. Mukundan, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Chemicals Limited, joined Tata Administrative Service in 1990, after completion of MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He is an Engineer from IIT, Roorkee and an Alumnus of Havard Business School.

During his 27 year career with Tata Group, he has held various responsibilities across the Chemical, Automotive and Hospitality sectors of the Tata Group. He serves on Executive Committees of various industry forums viz. Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Employers’ Federation of India, All India Management Association etc. .

Dr. Raman Ramachandran

Dr. Raman Ramachandran, MD, BASF India Ltd.and Head, BASF, South Asia Dr. Raman Ramachandran Ph.D is the Chairman and Managing Director of BASF India Ltd. and Head of BASF Group Companies in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka). Prior to this he was Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, Asia Pacific and was responsible for the Agriculture Solutions business (one of BASF’s 13 Operating Business Units) for the Asia Pacific Region. He has been with BASF since year 2000. Raman has over 25 years of diversified experience in research, operations, Marketing, New Business development and strategic planning, spanning Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. He has lived and worked in US, Philippines, Kenya, Singapore.

He has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science and PhD from University of Adelaide, South Australia. He pursued his research interest for the next 6 years at Institutes/Universities of International Repute such IRRI, Philippines, ICIPE, Kenya, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. During his academic career he has published more than 25 research papers in International Scientific publications and has won a number of awards including Robert S McNamara Fellowships of the Economic Development Institute of World Bank in 1990.Raman is also a Newfield Certified Executive Coach and is passionate about leadership development. Married to Lata, Raman has two daughters Deepika and Amita.

Mr. Ranjit Shahani

Mr. Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman & MD, Novartis India Ltd. Mr. Ranjit Shahani is Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Novartis India Limited. He started his career with ICI in India in their businesses of Fibres &Speciality chemicals. Later, he rose to the position of General Manager with ICI / ZENECA in the U.K., overseeing their Asia Pacific and LatAmPTAoperations for their Petrochemicals and Plastics division. This was followed by a period as CEO at Roche Products Limited, after which he moved to Novartis in India in 1997, following the merger of Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy as CEO Healthcare. Mr Shahani is President, Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce. He is President Emeritus of Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI), is Past President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and was on the Council of the International Federation of Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA, Geneva).

He is a thought leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry and has been actively involved in advocating for a strong Product Patent law in the country and Data Protection and liberalization of the price control mechanism for Pharmaceuticals. He has also strongly canvassed for deterrent legislation against counterfeit drugs and liberalisation of FDI in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Mr. Ravi Kirpalani

Mr. Ravi Kirpalani is currently working as the Managing Director and CEO of thyssenkrupp India, since March 2016. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Castrol India.

Ravi brings over 34 years of experience in sales, marketing, strategy development and as a CEO of a large and successful listed company. He has worked with global and culturally diverse teams and led major transformational programmes. Ravi has a deep passion for customer relationships , building brands and developing people. He enjoys engaging and energizing people and helping build a culture based on values. Ravi has lived in the UK, Middle East and India and worked with the leadership teams in many countries. A strong advocate of diversity and inclusion, he brings a global mind-set and is completely at ease in working with different cultures and in matrixed organisations. Ravi studied Economics at St Stephen’s College Delhi and has an MBA from IIM Kolkata.

Ms. Richa Arora

Ms. Richa Arora, COO, Consumer Products Business, Tata Chemicals Richa Arora, in her current role as COO of the Consumer Products Business at Tata Chemicals Ltd, is leading the transformation of the unit to a player of significance in the wider foods industry, while continuing to strengthen the core salt business.

A result oriented leader, with a passion for making nutrition intrinsic to food, Richa has 30 years of wide ranging experience spanning Business operations, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Communications. She has worked across many industries & cultures, and also in highly competitive & challenging environments (foods, consumer durables etc.) Prior to Tata Chemicals, Richa had set up Five by Six Consulting – a boutique strategic marketing consulting firm, advising companies like McCain Foods, Britannia and Wipro (Consumer). Before Five by Six, Richa worked as Head of Marketing & Innovation at Britannia, and in leadership positions at Balsara and FCB-Ulka. Currently serving on the CII National Committee on Nutrition 2017-18 CII, Richa is also part of National Committee FMCG 2017-18 & the CII Maharashtra Forum on Agriculture & Food Processing. Besides Business, Richa is passionate about photography, which is more than a casual hobby: She has had solo & group exhibitions in India in the last 6-7 years, including the India Art Fair. Richa is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and a Chevening scholar from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia as its Executive Vice President. Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest FMCG Company and one of the most valuable companies in the country.

Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). Sanjiv was a high ranker and award winner at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s final examination.

Sanjiv has been with Unilever for nearly 26 years and for the last 17 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002-06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 -08), Chairman of Unilever – North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.

Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust, member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and Chairs Xynteo’s ‘India 2022’ coalition. He also chairs FICCI’s FMCG Committee and CII’s National Committee on MNCs.

A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Mr. Sunil Mathur

Mr. Sunil Mathur, MD & CEO, Siemens Ltd. Mr Sunil Mathur is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Ltd since 2014. In this role he is responsible for Siemens in South Asia represented mainly by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan as also Siemens Group Companies in India. He is currently a Member of the Global Leadership Team of Siemens. Prior to 2014 he was the Executive Director and Chief

Financial Officer of Siemens Ltd from 2008 responsible for the same countries. During his stint as CFO of Siemens India, he was a Member of the Global Finance Management Team. He has been with Siemens for over 30 years, holding several Senior Management positions in Germany, where he worked in the Power Generation Division as also as CFO of a Global Business Unit in the Industrial Automation Division of the Company. He has wide experience of integrating companies,creating Joint Ventures, M&A as turning around non performing businesses in an International environment and has worked in Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. Mr Mathur is on the National Councils of the CII & FICCI as also on their various Committees. He is also a Member of the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Indo- German Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. V S Parthasarthy

Mr. V S Parthasarathy (fondly known as Partha) is a man with multiple thinking hats and a global leader. In his role as Group CFO & Group CIO, he facilitates Mahindra Group in accomplishing its vision of” being amongst the Top 50 most admired brands in the world by 2021”. He is a member of the Mahindra Group’s supervisory board called “Group Executive Board”. He is a Chairman of Mahindra eMarket Ltd., and on the board of 4 listed companies and 7 other M&M Group Companies.

He is a Chairman of FICCI CFO Council & Association of Finance Profession of India (AFPI) – Governing Council. He is also the Vice President of BCCI (Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Managing Committee. He is also member of the Governing board of IES Management College.
Partha started his career with Modi Xerox as a Management Trainee. Before joining Mahindra & Mahindra in 2000, he was the Associate Director at Xerox. Partha’s journey at M&M begun with an HR stint where he brought about organizational transformation…Performance management system, policy deployment, strategic planning and journeyed through Deming Prize. Later he spearheaded functions like Finance, M&A, IT and International Operations prior to his being appointed CFO of M&M in 2013.

He has received many accolades and recognitions in the field of Finance, M&A & IT; some notable awards being:

Mr. Vivek Bhargava

Mr. Vivek Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer, iprospect India A digital marketing veteran with a two-decade experience, Vivek Bhargava is the Chief Executive Officer of DAN Performance Group, wherein he heads and is responsible for all the digital performance agencies of Dentsu Aegis Network. An early frontrunner in the digital revolution in India, Vivek believes that ‘digital’ is much more than a mere marketing medium, playing the role of a catalyst and multiplier across every aspect of business. He consults an impressive roster of clients and advises them on the most effective digital strategies for their brands. Prior to this, Vivek was the CEO at iProspect India, a part of the Dentsu Aegis Network. Vivek has donned the role of an investor in the reality television show The Vault which funds innovative start-ups by promising entrepreneurs on the merit of their business idea instantly.

He is a TEDx speaker, where he recently delivered a talk on ‘Money can buy happiness.’ He is a regular orator at global events such as ad:tech, SES, SMX, I-com and the Apex Digital conferences in India. He has been invited by educational institutes of repute, namely IIT Mumbai, IIM Bangalore and 20 others. He is the Co-Chair at SEMPO APAC and on the advisory board of industry bodies like ad:tech, DMAi and DMTI. He is on the board of Young Presidents Organization Mumbai. Vivek has been awarded for his invaluable contribution to the digital marketing fraternity on several occasions, couple of the coveted recognitions being titled ‘Marketer of the Year’ and named one of the top 50 digital icons of India. Under his able leadership, iProspect India has won over 100 industry awards globally along with bagging the ‘Agency of the Year 2015’ label at the 5th Asian Customer Engagement Forum. Vivek actualized his entrepreneurial edge back in 1997 when he founded Communicate 2. The company joined hands with iProspect from the Dentsu Aegis Network in 2012. He led iProspect Communicate 2 as the Founder and Managing Director. The company was rebranded as iProspect India at the end of 2015 and Vivek has been holding reign as Chief Executive Officer ever since. iProspect India is home to over 250 people across four offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai. It offers brands an entire spectrum of result-oriented digital marketing strategies. Vivek is a proud national level table tennis player and has won multiple laurels in the sport worldwide, one of the highlights being when Vivek bagged the bronze medal in the 39+ table tennis nationals held in 2015. He is also an avid chess player and an amateur paragliding pilot. A complete travel buff, he has travelled to more than 50 countries on various projects and tournaments.

Mr. Anil Jain

Managing Director and CEO of Jain irrigation Systems Limited (JISL). Represented Indian Agriculture and Agriculturist at various National & International Forums such as G‐8, G‐20, IFC‐World Bank, WEF, Grow Africa, FAO etc. Veteran professional with over 30 years of experience in core strategic areas such as finance and banking, domestic and international marketing, strategic planning, horizontal and vertical expansion including M&A’s, JV’s, collaborations and organic expansion, change management, international relations, and company representation. One of the youngest and most dynamic representatives of innovative Indian entrepreneurship in international space. Innovative entrepreneurship is his chosen tool for creating sustainable impact in agriculture, water management, surface and sub‐soil micro irrigation, customized community farming, global natural resource management, and related areas. Initiated and enabled global expansion by acquiring a few companies in the USA, and one each in Israel, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey, between 2007 and 2012. Initiated and implemented major agri‐business models suited to local conditions in underdeveloped and developing regions, in various sub‐Saharan African countries. Participated in the strategic panel discussion at the 2012 G8 Summit symposium, “Beyond Laquila: Advancing Food Security at the G8 Summit”. An avid votary of the marginal, subjugated farmer’s cause across the world, and works zealously for the issues of food security and water security in the underdeveloped / developing world

Mr. Ashok Barat

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes & Company Limited. Began career with Hindustan Lever Limited (as it was then called) and worked in positions of increasing responsibility, both in India and overseas with Pepsi, Electrolux, Telstra and Heinz. Chancellor’s Gold Medal Winner from Allahabad University. Rank holder and winner of the A F Ferguson Award for the best paper in Auditing in the examinations conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr. Cyril Shroff

Mr. Cyril Shroff is a Managing Partner of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. (“Amarchand Mangaldas”), India’s largest and foremost law firm with approximately 700 lawyers. Amarchand Mangaldas has offices at Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Gurgaon. With over 32 years of experience in a range of areas, including corporate laws, securities markets, banking, infrastructure and others, Mr. Shroff is regarded and has been consistently rated as India’s top corporate, banking and project finance lawyer by several international surveys, including those conducted by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), Euromoney, Chambers Global, Asia Legal 500, Asia Law and others. He has won numerous awards from Legal Publications.
Mr. Shroff has been recognized as a “legendary figure in the Indian legal community” and is consistently ranked as “star practitioner” in India by Chambers Global. Mr. Shroff is often regarded as the “M&A King of India”. He has authored several publications on legal topics. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Study of the Legal Profession established by the Harvard Law School, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) and on Board of IIM, Trichy. He is advisory member of the Finance Planning Standard Board of India (FPSB India) and Macquarie.
He is a member of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) International Advisory Board. Mr. Shroff is also part of various committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – the National Council on Corporate Governance, the National Committee on Capital Markets, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Commodities Markets, Financial Investors and Regulatory Affairs.
Mr. Shroff was admitted to the Bar in 1982 after receiving his B.A., LLB degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai. He is a Solicitor, High Court of Bombay, since 1983.

Ms. Zia Mody

Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners and one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. Corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York, for five years before moving to India. Set up AZB & Partners in 2004. 250 legal professionals engaged across India. Enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa and admitted as a member of the New York State Bar by examination. Leading Lawyers – the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate Practice, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets & Corporate Finance for 2013, while Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global, have identified her as a leading individual in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisition, Private Funds, Private Equity, Litigation and Infrastructure Sectors

Ms. Ameera Shah

Ms. Ameera Shah is the Managing Director and CEO of Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., a highly respected and multinational chain of diagnostic centers.
Ms. Shah has evolved Metropolis from its single pathology laboratory status to a fully integrated multinational chain of 130 diagnostic centers and 1000 collection centers across the globe. Metropolis delivers over 30 million tests a year, catering to more than 10,000 Laboratories, Hospitals, Nursing homes and 2,00,000 Consultants. With 34 years of experience in delivering accurate reports, Metropolis has earned the reputation of being India’s leading and only multinational chain of diagnostic centers with presence in UAE, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius and Ghana.
She has revolutionized the pathology industry from being a doctor led practice to a professional corporate group in an extremely unregulated, competitive and fragmented market. Under her leadership, Metropolis has been the first to create a sustainable business model for pathology, the first to traverse in to emerging markets & the first to implement global standards of quality in all its processes & systems.
Ms. Shah received a degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and has also completed the prestigious Owner-President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Ms. Devita Saraf

Devita Saraf is the CEO of Vu Technologies, India and USA.After studying Management of Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, she completed her Business degree from the University of Southern California followed by another course at London School of Economics.Devita joined her family business at the age of 21, becoming Director of Marketing at Zenith Computers. At age 24, she started Vu Technologies – the premier brand of luxury televisions and at age 29, co-founded the Pittsburgh-based Vu Telepresence Inc. One of the most successful young entrepreneurs in India, Devita has often been featured on ‘Most Powerful Women’ lists by major media outlets.Devita has always broken stereotypes and strived to be a role model to young men and women looking at entrepreneurship. She writes an Op-Ed online column for the Wall Street Journal, on topics from recession to innovation to the Indian education system and more

Ms. Indu Shahani

Indu Shahani, Principal of H.R. College, was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai on Jan 5, 2008. She is the principal of H R College of Commerce and Economics in South Mumbai since 2000.Dr. Indu Shahani who is the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of the Governors of the International Baccalaureate and has over a decade of experience with the IB. Recognised as an international academician Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani was Advisor – India, for IBO. The IBO has over 3000 schools in 140 countries and provides education across the world. In India there are over 70 schools run by IBO.
Dr. Shahani holds a PhD in Commerce from University of Mumbai on enhancing Academia-Industry linkages. At the University level, Dr. Shahani holds key positions at the Academic Council, Faculty of Commerce and Board of Studies in Business Management.
Dr. Shahani is a Visiting Faculty Member at the University of California, Berkeley; New York University Stern School of Business, USA and she is a Lead Speaker at various conferences in India and abroad. She has also developed many linkages for student and faculty exchanges with leading universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Shahani has received many awards, prominent among them are ‘Citizen of Mumbai Award’ by Rotary Club of Bombay; ‘Sindhu Gaurav Award’ by International Sindhu Chamber of Commerce; ‘Women’s Achievers’ Award’ by Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, ‘Woman of the Year Award’ by Junior Chamber International, ‘Excellence in Education Award’ at the FLO Great Women Achiever Awards; ‘The Giants International Education Award,’ and ‘Achiever of Excellence – Women Achievers 2012’ by Bombay Management Association recognising her contribution to society at large.

Ms. Malini Agarwal

Malini Agarwal a.k.a. MissMalini, is widely regarded as India’s first and most famous celebrity blogger. Formerly a popular DJ on Mumbai’s Radio One (India) and Head of Digital Content for Channel V India, she founded her blog MissMalini.com in 2008 covering the latest gossip and news from the worlds of Bollywood, Fashion and Lifestyle. As described by The Huffington Post, “Agarwal and her team cover everything that’s hot.”Aside from radio and her blog, she has also guest anchored various television shows, including CNN-IBN’s Tech Toyzand UTV Bindass’ Style Police.

Mr. P R Ramesh

Chairman, Deloitte India. PR Ramesh has over 34 years’ experience in the profession. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a member of the Accounting Standards Board of India. Actively involved in the implementation of IFRS across the country, PR Ramesh is an advisor to the India Capital Markets Regulator on implementation of IFRS as well as an advisory member of the Reserve Bank of India’s IFRS implementation committee for financial institutions. Other respons
Chairman, Deloitte India. PR Ramesh has over 34 years’ experience in the profession. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a member of the Accounting Standards Board of India. Actively involved in the implementation of IFRS across the country, PR Ramesh is an advisor to the India Capital Markets Regulator on implementation of IFRS as well as an advisory member of the Reserve Bank of India’s IFRS implementation committee for financial institutions. Other responsibilities include membership of the Accounting Standards Committee and the National Council on Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs of the Confederation of Indian Industries. Active in education and academia, PR Ramesh is a member of the board of studies and the faculty of commerce of Osmania University, one of the oldest universities in South India.

Mr. Riyaaz Amlani

Riyaaz is the CEO & Managing Director of IMPRESARIO Entertianment & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. and also amongst one of the most recognized restaurateurs in the country today. Starting out as a young and passionate entrepreneur, he is now the driving force behind the success and evolution of Impresario. The journey which started with a single restaurant has now transformed into a multi-brand empire. Over the last decade, he has created many new concepts across the nation and earned the admiration and respect of the Indian hospitality industry. A pioneer in his field, Riyaaz is famous for his uncanny ability to provide one-of-its-kind experiences to the customers, through innovation. In 2011, he was deemed as the ‘Best Restaurateur’ in India at the Time Out Food Awards. Riyaaz is the youngest Indian to have won the title. Very recently, he has been appointed as the President of National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) – a coveted post for which he was unanimously selected by his peers. Internationally, his restaurants have been nominated for UK’s Restaurant & Bar Design Award as well as shortlisted for Miele’s Top 50 Restaurants in Asia.

Mr. Sandeep Singhal

Sandeep Singhal co-founded Nexus Venture Partners (www.nexusvp.com), in 2006 along with other successful entrepreneurs with prior investing experience. Nexus Venture Partners has over $600 million under management and is the leading early stage investor in India.Prior to Nexus, Sandeep has been an entrepreneur and was co-founder & CEO of Medusind Solutions, one of the leading healthcare outsourcing companies in India where he is currently a Board member. He was also Co-founder & Managing Director of eVentures India, started in 1999 to focus on incubating and investing in early stage Indian start ups.Sandeep has an MBA (with Distinction) from The Wharton School with a dual Major in Finance and Marketing, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is on the Board of TiE Mumbai, and is actively involved with the Entrepreneurs Organization and the Wharton and Stanford India Alumni Associations.

Mr. Saugata Gupta

Saugata Gupta has been the Chief Executive Officer of Marico Limited since April 2013 and also has been its Managing Director since March 31, 2014. Mr. Gupta served as the Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Products at Marico Limited. He served as Chief of Marketing of Marico Ltd. He joined Marico Limited in January 2004 as head of Marketing and served as Chief Executive Officer of India business since 2007. He served as the Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the start up team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Pru as the largest private sector Insurance firm in the country. He started his career with Cadbury’s where he spent 9 years in various roles in Sales and Marketing. His last role was Marketing Manager – Chocolates. Mr. Gupta has 20 years of experience primarily in FMCG sector. He has been a Director of Marico Limited since April 1, 2014. He serves as Director at Marico Bangladesh Limited. Mr. Gupta has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and a Management degree from IIM Bangalore.

Ms. Shaili Chopra

Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV. As one of India’s top television editor-presenters, she has been at the forefront of achievers in journalism and has authored three books. In 2012 she took the entrepreneurial road to experiment with new formats in the digital world.
She is the author of three books and now a digital entrepreneur. Big Connect- Politics in the Age of Social Media, Birdies and Business and an upcoming book with Random House. She has a prolific journalism career so far. She has been theIn her earlier avatar, Shaili was earlier the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, the Economic Times Business News Channel and earlier before that with NDTV. In 2012, Shaili received India’s biggest journalism honour The Ramnath Goenka Award for best in business journalism. She also won the Media Foundation Best Business Anchor Award for 2010 and in the same year the Federation of Indian Industry gave her the Young Women’s Achiever Award for contribution to media. She also won the News Television Award for the Best Reporter in India in 2007 and later in 2008, her business-golf show Business on Course, won the Best Show Award.

Mr. Sunil Lulla

Sunil brings depth and width of experience spanning over 30 years across multiple industries to GREY group India as its Chairman & Managing Director. Starting his career in advertising with JWT in Mumbai, and in subsequent years with JWT in Taipei and Shanghai, he has spent almost a decade in advertising before returning to it. At a young age he joined the management team that turned around music company HMV/EMI (now known as Saregama). When the first wave of the Internet hit India, Sunil, along with other entrepreneurs, was ready at the helm, rolling out the hugely successful portal indya.com. Sunil has spent over 16 years in television broadcasting, bringing zing to MTV India; doubling the revenues and trebling the viewership business of SONY’s mainstream TV channel; as well as helping to build the television business as Managing Director of The Times Television Network. Sunil has been a prominent member on many boards and forums of the broadcasting industry where he shaped policies and set industry standards and best practices

Mr. Anil Singh

Mr. Anil Singh, Senior Vice President & MD Captain Anil Singh has been in the maritime industry for 35years having spent his earlier years at sea. He joined us from Thailand, where he spent 7 years as Group CEO of container terminals B1 and A0, a joint venture between APM Terminals, PSA and Marubeni. He was involved with acquisitions, expansion while developing industry best practices leading to a throughput of 1 Million TEU in 2007. Prior to 2001, Anil was with P&O Australia in senior management roles for 13years of which 8 years as Managing Director of Century Group of Companies in Papua New Guinea. Century Group was involved with Ports, Ship-owning, Ship-agency, Mining and Petroleum logistics for BHP RIO Tinto, and Chevron. His other assignments included CEO of Nhava Sheva Container Terminal, Mumbai, and as Project Manager for Asia/South America region based in Sydney. Before moving to the Subcontinent, Capt. Singh headed DP World’s Africa area.

Ms. Sharmila A Karve

Ms. Sharmila A Karve, Global Diversity Leader Having started as an articled student in 1985, Sharmila is a Partner in Price Waterhouse and has over 30 years of experience of leading audits of several large Indian listed companies and Indian subsidiaries of multinational companies. She was the first woman to be the Assurance Leader and the Risk and Quality Leader in India among the Big 4 Firms. Sharmila is currently the Global Diversity Leader and is on the Global Leadership Team, a position which is also the first for a woman from India.
Sharmila has extensive experience on Indian GAAP, IFRS and US GAAP assignments spanning various sectors i.e. Telecommunications, Consumer and Industrial Products, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, etc. Sharmila has wide experience in managing the audits of several premier multinational and local clients including both listed and private companies as well as providing assurance services for clients going through IPOs.

Mr. Surojit Shome

Mr. Surojit Shome, CEO & Country Head – India, DBS Bank Surojit has close to 27 years of experience since graduating from XLRI in1986. Surojit has been a banker for most of his career and has had significant exposure to commercial banking, capital markets and investment banking. He has worked with Citibank, Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities prior to taking over as CEO of Rabo India in 2009. Surojit started his career with Asian Paints and had the opportunity to work across several locations within India over a short period.
Surojit has been a banker for most of his career and has had significant exposure to commercial banking, capital markets and investment banking. He has worked with Citibank, Lehman Brothers and Nomura Securities prior to taking over as CEO of Rabo India in 2009. Surojit started his career with Asian Paints and had the opportunity to work across several locations within India over a short period. In his nineteen year stint with Citigroup, he held various business management, origination and risk management roles with assignments in India and overseas. Before he moved to Lehman Brothers, in late 2006, he was Managing Director & Head of Corporate Banking for the Indian sub-continent, overseeing corporate and financial institution coverage teams for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. In his role as Managing Director & Head of the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers in India, he was responsible for building the investment banking platform for Lehman Brothers with capabilities across capital markets, M&A advisory and private equity origination. Post the acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ Asian & European businesses by Nomura Holdings in October 2008, he spent six months in helping in the integration of the legacy Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking business into the existing Nomura India businesses. Surojit holds a postgraduate management degree in Marketing & Finance from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (major), Mathematics & Statistics from Presidency College, Kolkata. He attended the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School in 2004.

Mr. Yezdi Nagporewalla

Mr. Yezdi Nagporewalla, Partner – KPMG in India Global Lead Partner – Tata Group Chartered Accountant Yezdi is the global lead partner for the Tata Group. He has engagement responsibilities on a number of audit and other engagements. His key areas of experience include manufacturing, infrastructure & construction. His key clients include Daimler, BASF, Total, Tata Realty, Siemens, Dubai Ports and Shapoorji Pallonji.
Yezdi has over 20 years of experience in audit. He has been a member of the National Committee of Logistics at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Yezdi has extensive experience in the Automotive industry and has been a member of the Global Automotive Steering Committee with KPMG. Yezdi leads various engagements within the Tata group and is a steering committee member on all large projects with the group

Mr. Kunal Shah

Kunal is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer at FreeCharge. He started FreeCharge along with Sandeep Tandon in August 2010 with the aim to build a business that turned Recharges in to Rewarding Experiences for its consumers.
In April 2015, FreeCharge was acquired by Snapdeal (India’s largest online marketplace). As a result of this, together the entity is India’s largest Mobile Commerce company with over a Million Transactions per day and a 40 Million strong user base. This also is the largest acquisition ever done in Indian Startup ecosystem; post acquisition FreeCharge continues to be an independent entity under Kunal’s leadership
FreeCharge emerged as a leader in mobile commerce in 2014, witnessing over 1000% growth and crossing over 10 million app downloads, making it the fastest growing app in the shopping category in India.
Kunal also led the acquisitions of Wishberg and Preburn, two emerging technology startups, in 2014. In its journey, FreeCharge raised over $115MM of venture capital from a host of marquee investors – Sequoia Capital, Ru-Net, Sofina, Tybourne, and Valiant Capital Partners. FreeCharge is also widely known as a business concept that was specifically developed for India (not a copycat business from the West).
Kunal, an avid believer in the power of free, was struck with the idea of taking the most common transaction in the country, the mobile recharge, and making it virtually free via premium coupons and vouchers from some of the country’s most desirable brands.
In his spare time, Kunal is a voracious student of behavioral economics and science. He is an avid Texas Hold ‘Em poker player, and a proud college dropout from the NMIMS MBA program in Mumbai.
Kunal’s current mission: to get every single Indian to experience a single transaction via FreeCharge

Mr. Uday Kulkarni

Accomplished Visionary having Passion for Growth with Business Development Leadership Skills, offering over 38 years of experience driving revenue through building and maintaining customer relationship. Creative and dynamic marketer with proven expertise in consistently penetrating new markets to ensure sustainable revenue growth. Leverages exemplary communication and in-person meetings to establish presence ad build a positive brand while fostering continuous customer engagement. Adept at working effectively to achieve goals both as a cross- functional team member and individual contributor.

Mr. Ashith N. Kampani

Mr. Ashith N. Kampani: Currently the Chairman of CosmicMandala15 Group., Mr. Ashith Kampani has rich experience of 35 years in capital markets. In the last 35 years, he had opportunity to work closely with the Morgan Stanly JV (JM Morgan Stanley) and later at JM Financial where he served as Managing Director, during this period he played different roles and gained experience in various spheres of capital markets like Broking, Investment Banking, Private Wealth, M&A and Private Equity. Mr. Kampani is a member of the managing Committee of Bombay Chamber of commerce & Industries (BCCI) one of the oldest chamber of commerce in the country. Mr. Kampani is Chairman at Young Bombay Forum (YBF) the young initiative of Bombay Chamber. Mr. Kampani is a fellow at the Gateway House Indian Council on Global Relations the ‘Think Tank’

Mr. C P Gurnani

Mr. C P Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra.

An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History – the acquisition and merger of Satyam.His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.In a career spanning 35 years, CP has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. An outstanding people’s manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He tends to focus on people’s strengths to bring out the best in them. ‘Work hard and play hard’ is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the Institute.

Mr. Damodar Mall

Mr. Damodar Mall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Grocery Retail Business at the Reliance Retail Ltd.

An IIT-Bombay and IIM-Bangalore alumnus, Damodar worked in Sales and brand roles at Unilever prior to founding a retail venture that went on to become the D’Mart Supermarket Chain. He was then with Future Group in various leadership roles and was part of Kishore Biyani’s core team.Damodar writes an invitation blog for Forbes India.

His first book SupermarketWala – Secrets to winning Consumer India, provides business insights for shaping consumer business and modern retail, in India. His recently published book “Be a SupermarketWala” is a business primer for supermarket entrepreneurs. Apart from English, this book is being published in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu & Gujarati.

He has received the Golden Spoon Award for the most admired Food & Grocery professional of the year, at the India Retail Forum.

Mr. Satish Pai

Mr. Satish Pai is the Managing Director of Hindalco Industries. He took over as the CEO of Hindalco’s Aluminium Business in August 2013; his main focus being the ramp-up of the three mega Greenfield projects that took alumina capacity to 2.7 MT and aluminium capacity to 1.3 MT.

In February 2014, he was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of the company and was entrusted with Hindalco’s copper business. Mr. Pai became the Managing Director of Hindalco (including the Novelis business) in August 2016.
Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Pai worked with Schlumberger based out of Paris. Over the course of his illustrious career of 28 years with Schlumberger, he held various important positions and was responsible for all aspects of operations for Schlumberger globally.

Mr. Pai serves as Director on the boards of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and ABB, Zurich. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Metals and is a part of CII’s Task Force on China. He holds the position of Vice President and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Aluminium Association of India and is the Chairman of FICCI’s Non-Ferrous Metals Committee.

Mr. Srinivas Phatak

Mr. Srinivas Phatak is currently the Executive Director, Finance and IT and Chief Financial Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) where he handles the financial aspects of Rs.35000+ Cr. business that serves the needs of around 20% world population and helps them to look good, feel good and get our out of live. His passion is to help Unilever make sustainable living a common place and thereby deliver long term sustainable growth.

Srinivas Phatak joined HUL in 1999 as commercial manager after a brief stint in an external organization. He has held various roles in the business and his experience covers all aspects of finance. His previous role was VP Business and Finance Services based out of London where he led the finance agenda for Unilever in shared services. Earlier to that he spent 2.5 years in Switzerland handling financial aspects of Euro 18bln supply chain for Amercias. His other experiences in HUL include handling business finance, treasury and investor relations.

Srinivas is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Cost accountant.

Mr. Tarun Chugh

Mr. Tarun Chugh is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance.

Tarun Chugh joined Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance as the MD & CEO in April 2017. A seasoned industry veteran, he has over 23 years’ experience in financial services space, including over thirteen years’ experience in the Indian Life insurance sector.

Tarun is a familiar figure in the Indian life insurance sector, having headed general management and strategic roles as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PNB Metlife India Life Insurance Company in February 2014. He has served as the Chief Distribution Officer in addition to overseeing branch operations and marketing in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

Tarun has also worked as an Investment Banker for 12 years prior to joining the Insurance sector. In his multiple leadership roles, Tarun has a proven track record of building relationships and trust with various stakeholders. Tarun passed out as an engineer from IIT Delhi and completed his Post graduation in management from IIM, Lucknow in 1994.

Mr. Uday Kulkarni

Mr. Uday Kulkarni is the President India & South Asia, Schindler India Pvt Ltd.

Accomplished Visionary having Passion for Growth with Business Development Leadership Skills, offering over 38 years of experience driving revenue through building and maintaining customer relationship. Creative and dynamic marketer with proven expertise in consistently penetrating new markets to ensure sustainable revenue growth. Leverages exemplary communication and in-person meetings to establish presence ad build a positive brand while fostering continuous customer engagement. Adept at working effectively to achieve goals both as a cross- functional team member and individual contributor.