Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
OSD to Principal Secretary
Industries and Commerce Department at Government of Telangana
Vatsala Mishra is OSD to Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department at Government of Telangana. She is a Registered Architect with a Bachelor’s degree from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, 2002. She recently completed a One year MBA in General Management from IIM-Ahmedabad and subsequently decided to work with the Government of Telangana
Vatsala looks after the Retail and MSME Sectors in the Industries Department. Policy formulation for supporting these sectors is an important part of her work profile. Currently, she is working towards finalization of Telangana State Retail Policy.
She believes that positive support from government goes a long way in encouraging growth and is committed towards making Telangana the hottest destination for investors.
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
President, FICCI & Chairman and MD - Cadila Healthcare Ltd.
President, FICCI & Chairman and MD – Cadila Healthcare Ltd.
Mr. Pankaj Patel spearheads Zydus Cadila, an innovation-driven, global
healthcare group. With over 30 years of experience in the Indian
pharmaceutical industry, he combines both research and techno-commercial
expertise and has published over 50 research papers.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND _____________________________________________________________
■ Masters in Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology from L. M. College
of Pharmacy (1977)
■ Management Development Programme on Product Policy and New Product
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1981)
■ Strategic Management and Perspective Building Programme, Indian Institute
of Management, Ahmedabad (1996)
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS _____________________________________________________________
■ In 2004, Mr. Pankaj Patel was declared the ‘Pharma Man of the Year’ by the
Federation of Indian Industry and Economists (FIIE) for contributing to the
growth of the Indian Pharma Industry.
■ The World Pharmaceutical Frontiers ‘ in their globed ranking of the most
influential people in the field of healthcare had featured Mr. Pankaj Patel in
their First Pharma 40 ‘ list.
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ______________________________________________________________
■ Mr. Pankaj Patel is associated with industry associations such as Indian
Pharmaceutical Alliance, Indian Drug Manufacturers Association, Basic
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Export Promotion Council
(CHEMEXCIL),Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) etc.
■ He is currently the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Chamber of
Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Gujarat Slate Council.
ABOUT ZYDUS CADILA ______________________________________________________________
■ Founded by the Late Mr. Ramanbhai B. Patel, Zydus (‘adila is a global
healthcare group, providing total healthcare solutions ranging from
formulations, APIs, animal healthcare to cosmeceuticals. Zydus Cadila is
supported by a team of over 9000 people worldwide and is headquartered at
President & CEO
Krish Iyer is President and CEO, Walmart India. A long-term retail professional with global retail experience, Krish brings significant management and leadership experience to his present role.
Krish has over three decades of rich experience in varied fields such as finance, marketing, retail & general management. In the field of retail, he has gained significant experience over the last sixteen years in various countries such as Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and USA in addition to India.
He joined Walmart International as a Senior Vice President in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director, A.S. Watson Group, a leading international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer. During his six years tenure at A.S. Watson Group, Krish handled the business in Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines as Managing Director, and as Regional Business Development Director and Regional Director of Store Design and Development for Asia and eastern Europe.
Prior to that, Krish was Managing Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail Limited. He started as Executive Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail in April 1999. During his 7.5 years tenure, Krish was also CEO of Retail Business of Piramal Enterprises comprising of Shopping Malls, Department Stores, Supermarkets and Entertainment Centres & Managing Director of Piramyd Retail. He successfully concluded an IPO in December 2005. During this period he was also a member of several industry associations, notable among them being the role of Founding Member of Retailers Association of India. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Enactus India, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. He is also the chairperson of FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee and a member of the CII committee on MNCs.
Krish has a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Krish lives in Gurgaon. During leisure, he loves to read and spend time with his family.
MD & CEO
P & G India
MD & CEO
P & G India
Tata Sons Ltd.
Harish Bhat is Brand Custodian, Tata Sons. He joined the Tata Group in 1987, as an officer in the Tata Administrative Service.
He is Chairman of Tata Coffee Ltd. He is also a Director on the Boards of several other Tata Companies, including Tata Global Beverages Ltd., Titan Company Ltd., Trent Ltd., Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd., Infiniti Retail Ltd., Tata Unistore Ltd. and Tata AIA Life Insurance Company.
During his career of 30 years with the Tata Group, Mr. Bhat has served in several senior roles. These include stints as Managing Director of Tata Global Beverages Ltd., Chief Operating Officer of the Watches and Jewellery businesses of Titan Company, and also in the telecom business of the Group. He has played a key role in several strategic moves over the past two decades, including the launch and nurturing of many iconic brands of the Tata Group, the successful turnaround of the jewellery business, as well as the acquisition of Tetley.
Mr. Bhat is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad, graduating at the top of his class in both Institutions. He won the IIM Ahmedabad Gold Medal for scholastic excellence in 1987. In 1997, he won the Chevening Scholarship for young managers, awarded by the British Government. He has strong professional interests in strategy, consumer behavior, business economics and business history. He has been a member of the Consumer Insights Panel of the Economic Development Board, Government of Singapore. He has also represented the Tata Group on the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Advertisers.
Mr. Bhat is passionate about writing, and is a prolific writer who contributes regularly to various national publications. In 2012, his first book was published by Penguin. Titled “Tata Log”, the book narrates stories from the modern history of the Tata Group, set to an overarching theme. His second book, titled “The Curious Marketer” has been published in 2017 by Penguin Random House. This book discusses why curiosity is very important to marketers, and how they can improve their curiosity quotient.
Gitanjali Exports Ltd.
CEO–Gitanjali Exports Ltd
Mr. Sanjeev Agarwal has a unique combination of experience encompassing FMCG, Banking & Finance and the Luxury Retail Sectors.
Starting his career with Unilever handling Sales, Distribution and New Product launches, Mr Agarwal moved to Cadburys to handle Marketing & Brand Management. He then moved to Deutsche Bank and worked with them for over 14 years and was instrumental in setting-up the Retail & Private Banking Business of Deutsche Bank (DB) in India. During his stint with DB he had been acknowledged for having launched a number of innovative investment products.
He then moved to World Gold Council as Managing Director – India-subcontinent – where he worked on a number of market development initiatives. The most successful being the conceptualizing & developing of an “all India gold buying day” on an a day called ‘Akshaya Tirthaya’ which used to be celebrated only in a few states in South India till 2003. Another market development initiative he developed by him was the concept of retailing of gold coins through the branches of the Banks in India.
He is presently spearheading a number of new business initiatives for Gitanjali Group both in India and the overseas market. One of the most unique ‘point of sale’ concept developed by him recently, in the area of jewellery retail, was a Jewellery ATM machine.
Mr Agarwal Is an active member of a number of Associations & Trade Body and is a Member of the FICCI – Gems & Jewellery Group. He is also the Chairman of Indo-Armenia Business Council.
Finance Director and CFO
Finance Director and CFO
Raghava has 23 years of experience as a finance professional in the FMCG and E-Commerce industry. He has held various positions across Finance & Accounting, Supply Chain, Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury & General Management. As a Computer Science engineer from IIT Bombay, he went on to do an MBA from IIM Calcutta. A career with Hindustan Unilever saw him complete assignments in seven locations and three countries before he took charge as Finance Director and CFO for Amazon India.
In his current role, he is in the center of India’s hottest industry and a senior leader in a team that is building Amazon’s customer franchise in the strongly contested e-commerce battle. He is also a guest speaker at various industry fora, management institutes and professional gatherings.
Chief Executive Officer
Trent Hypermarket Ltd.
Jamshed S. Daboo is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL). Prior to joining THL, Mr. Daboo was Head – Consumer Finance and Advisory Business at Tata Capital Limited. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of various divisions at Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. As Chief Executive Officer at Tata Quality Management Services, he spearheaded the Tata Business Excellence Model, a group-wide initiative aimed at business excellence. He has also worked at Titan Industries Limited in various functions. Jamshed S. Daboo joined the Tata Administrative Service in 1986 and has been with the Tata Group for over 25 years. Married with 2 children he enjoys tennis and reading.
Over a 30 year marketing career, spanning USA and India; Alpana has long believed that advertising no longer sells products – and strong brands are built when rooted in culture. As part of the steering team at DY Works, she espouses the use semiotics to both decode consumer and category and encode the solutions in design.
Alpana worked in the US as the CMO of a Natural Food Brand and later with Tanishq as Director Marketing & Merchandising, responsible for profitability of over 200 stores. At DY Works, she has worked to define strategic design as a business driver for the last 6 years – winning prestigious accounts such as the branding of the Shanghai based BRICS bank and defining the brand equity of L&T. A regular speaker at global Semiotics conferences and a columnist on the power of design, she has long evangelized the power of building the brand across touch-points, beyond advertising.
Alpana graduated from IIM (A) in 1985 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Consumer Online Foundation
Consumer Online Foundation
Assistant Secretary General , FICCI
Assistant Secretary General, FICCI
An accomplished professional with over 20 years’ of experience with FICCI. She is currently handling the media and Entertainment, Art & Culture, Retail, FMCG, Gems & Jewellery, Luxury, FICCI Young Leaders divisions of FICCI. She presently heads these divisions, working extensively with the Government and the industry towards making the policies industry & investor friendly. Cheer leading the potential of the industry, offering opportunities for global linkages and partnerships. Adept at creating strategic alliances with organisation leaders to effectively align with and support the key business policies for a robust growth of the sectors. Experience includes strategic communication, coalition building, legislative advocacy. She has been spearheading Asia’s largest convention on the business of entertainment thereby providing the necessary platform to Global leaders for venturing into the Indian industry.
Member, Strategic Advisory Board, L Capital Asia
Bijou has 32 years of experience in Indian Industry. A postgraduate in management from the prestigious Xavier Institute at Jamshedpur, India; Bijou earned his spurs at Hindustan Lever Limited, which he joined as a management trainee and worked in product management, sales and projects.
He then joined the team which set up Titan Industries Limited, India’s leading manufacturer, marketer and retailer of watches, jewellery and accessories.
He launched brands such as Titan, Tanishq, Fastrack, Sonata etc and also helped create India’s largest chain of exclusive brand stores. In 2006, he moved to Reliance Retail, the largest private sector company in India, to help set up one of India’s most ambitious retail forays. He is at the forefront of the Retail business at Reliance which reported a turnover of almost Rs. 11,000 crores in 2012-13, across 1465 cities.
Bijou Kurien has recently joined private equity firm L Capital Asia as a member of the strategic advisory board. L Capital is the private equity arm of French luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy and chases essentially consumer sector deals in the region including India.
Bijou is associated with various Industry bodies in India and abroad. He is the Chairman of the FICCI National Retail Committee and Executive Board, member of CII Retail Committee and the Karnataka State Council. He is also on the governing board of the Retailers Association of India (RAI) and on the Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress. Bijou has been adjudged the Asia Pacific Retail Leader of the Year in 2012 and Retail CEO of the Year by ET Now in 2013.
Managing Director and CEO
Rajesh Jain is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Lacoste India. He has been constantly nurturing the brand to its elegance since October 2009. With his persistent efforts and focused vision, he has built and propagated Lacoste in India as a complete „Lifestyle‟ brand, offering unique and original universe for 7 verticals including clothing for women, men and children, shoes, perfume, leather goods, watches etc. His strong belief in his own quote, “Top Line, Bottom Line, Growth, Customer Delight and Human Resource Development – Everything else is merely incidental” has cultivated the brand with firm establishments reaching out to every major city/ metro of the country today.
From a financial background analyzing and evaluating company strategies to details, Rajesh‟s inclination for retail industry was not a mere milestone but an opportunity to adapt to an industry which is characterized by ever changing demands and varied preferences. A persona of high esteemed spirit, Rajesh embraced the retail industry justifying his position as an ethical and process
oriented leader always open to experimentation and taking calculated risks. He possesses wide ranging knowledge and unique perspective on the retail industry having worked for leading organizations across the spectrum.
Prior to his position as CEO, Rajesh has served Lacoste India as CFO for three years wherein with his steep prophecy he has directed and motivated the company to achieve desired results. Managing responsibilities that included supervising the financial risks of the corporation, designing and implementing systems and processes across the board and empowering people to execute them, Supply Chain, IT, Sourcing and Legal functions, Rajesh has imbibed the essential values of
authenticity, performance and elegance from the brand. As a gregarious socialite, team cohesive professional, process oriented entrepreneur, he has fostered the brand with remarkably positive sales growth, strategically implemented marketing campaigns and pioneering media and financial planning.
Rajesh is a Master of Commerce from the University of Delhi and a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He obtained his Company Secretary degree from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Born and brought up in Delhi, Rajesh follows an ethical and aesthetic attitude towards life.
Senior Partner and Director
The Boston Consulting Group, India
Senior Partner and Director
The Boston Consulting Group, India
Abheek Singhi leads The Boston Consulting Group’s Retail and Consumer practice in Asia-Pacific. He was named a BCG Fellow last year; his fellowship is examining how digital and other technologies can provide leapfrog opportunities in emerging markets.
Abheek has nearly 20 years of experience with clients in emerging markets such as India, China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he has worked in BCG San Francisco with clients in the US and Canada.
He has worked with leading consumer packaged, consumer durable, and retail companies on a wide variety of projects related to strategy, operational excellence, and organizational improvement. In those assignments, he has led teams delivering significant top-line and bottom-line impact for clients.
Abheek has been a member of the National FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) Committee and the National Retail Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for several years. In that role, he has worked to monitor the industry trends and to shape industrywide responses. Abheek has also been selected by the Aspen Institute as part of the India Leadership Initiative program and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Abheek is a coauthor of the bestselling BCG book The $10 Trillion Prize (published by Harvard Business Review Press). He has also written several seminal reports on the Indian agriculture, consumer, and retail sectors, and he is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and a speaker at leading business conferences and seminars.
Chief Executive Officer
Tata Starbucks Private Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Tata Starbucks Private Ltd
Sumitro Ghosh is the chief executive officer of Tata Starbucks Private Ltd, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited. In this role, Ghosh provides overall strategic direction and leadership to the joint venture in India.
Sumitro was appointed as the ceo at Tata Starbucks in January, 2016. He worked for Starbucks for over 8 years, which helped him deliver the mission and values for the largest coffee chain in the world. In the course of his tenure, he primarily operated as a Regional Vice president where he was responsible for almost 600 stores and $800M in annual sales. In his current role as the ceo, he will be leading the brand and its vision for growth in India. He has also has held positions in general management, operations and real estate development with major companies like Yum Brands and ARAMARK.
Sumitro holds a credential in advertising from the Michigan State University and is currently based in Mumbai with his Mother, Wife, and Daughter, while his 2 sons are studying in USA currently. In his free time he enjoys sports, music and time with his family.
Managing Director & CEO
Dr. Oetker India Pvt. Ltd.
Oliver Mirza is the Managing Director & CEO of Dr. Oetker India Pvt. Ltd. – a leading purveyor of western sauces and spreads in India and has been successfully managing the company for over 8 years. An industry veteran with over 25 years of food business experience, Oliver in his current role is responsible for managing and growing the business of Dr. Oetker in the country with full P&L responsibility. He was appointed for this role to set up the India entry strategy thru the acquisition of FunFoods and to further define the vision, create culture and build the senior management team. Under his decisive leadership Dr. Oetker has strengthened the FunFoods sub-brand and is the market leader in the western sauces and spreads category in India.
A German by birth and a nutritionist by qualification, he graduated from Germany’s Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in 1993 and obtained his master’s degree in International Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia/USA,. In parallel he started his career with Kambly USA; a premium Swiss biscuit maker. Back in Europe in mid-1995, Oliver joined Tengelmann-Group, a European food retailing giant as a management trainee. In 1996, he became the Product Manager at H.J. Heinz Germany, responsible for marketing of Heinz Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Sauces. Thereafter he had a short stint at Europe’s No. 1 brand Honey brand, Langnese, before he joined the world’s No. 1 Pasta & Pasta Sauce maker, Barilla, where for nearly 8 years he held various senior positions in central Europe. . Mr. Mirza’s profound management, strategizing and marketing skills won him many accolades and recognitions. He is the winner of “The 1995 International Marketing Award” awarded by Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia/USA. He was also honored with the “ECR Best Practice Award 2004” for best Category Management in Food, awarded by GS 1 D-A-CH.”
Mr. Oliver Mirza is an aggressive performer with a dynamic personality and good interpersonal and people development skills. Although a German by birth, Mr. Mirza started speaking Hindi and Italian apart from German and English. His personal interest is food. He is a foodie by heart and loves to cook. Oliver frequently experiments with food and loves making artisanal goat cheese and making handmade chocolates. He is a travel enthusiast and likes to spend time with his family. Mr. Mirza is married and blessed with four beautiful daughters.
An entrepreneur with a keen interest in Fashion and Art, Aditi graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi. She’s been interested in how the socio–economic status of any geographical region shapes its fashion. At college, her curiosity was piqued by kids’ fashion and she went on to join Mothercare after her graduation, where working with various factories gave her insight on how Retail works.
Aditi is also concerned about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Humans tend to hoard, and end up buying clothes they rarely use. Therefore to her, the idea of buying and selling pre-owned fashion seemed like the perfect solution. Thus, Elanic was born.
The concept of pre-owned fashion or lifestyle products was still new to India when Elanic started and hence the biggest challenge was to remove the stigma. Since then, Elanic has seen tremendous growth in the past one and a half years, with a community close to 1 million buyers and sellers, and a catalog of close to 4 lakh products.
The way Aditi sees it, Elanic is not only a platform that makes buying and selling extremely easy, but also a force that encourages a responsible circular economy.
DT & G Limited
DT & G Limited
Lyn Pitt has created a world-leading company nominated for several high profile international trade awards. Indeed, her efforts have taken her to Buckingham Palace for royal approval!
DT&G Limited supplies bespoke confectionery machines to countries across the globe from leading corporate confectioners to a myriad of exciting smaller, developing companies.
As Managing Director of this highly successful Liverpool based business Lyn has been heavily involved in developing both the design and engineering of DT&G Ltd products including the world-renowned Finn Confectionery brand.
Lyn’s business ethics are built on firm foundations following a highly successful career as a banker and, later, at Liverpool University’s highly regarded and skilled equine welfare team.
She joined the family engineering business empire and made her mark in a male-dominated environment, proving her worth by getting to grips with a wealth of different and complex processes and requirements within a highly competitive market.
Just a few years later Lyn made the decision to head up the international businesses within the family portfolio.
Efficiency, plenty of hard work and long hours, confidentiality, reliability and trust have been key to her success in taking DT &G Limited to the global market.
Lyn has a strong ethical belief that a balanced and diverse company delivers optimum strategy, performance, sustainability and profitability.
Saurabh Kochhar is the CEO of foodpanda India. Saurabh is at the helm of the strategic growth of the company, which has established itself as the largest online food ordering platform over the last few years.
Saurabh embarked upon his entrepreneurial journey with printvenue.com in the year 2012. Prior to co-founding Printvenue.com, Saurabh worked with top global organisations such as McKinsey & Co and Oracle India. It is in these companies that he garnered the sound professional grounding and business acumen that he applied to his own enterprise and foodpanda thereafter.
A recipient of many prestigious accolades, Saurabh has been named as “The Most Talented Retail professional of India” by Asia Retail Congress and “Entrepreneur of the year in Manufacturing Business – Printing 2014”. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from IIT-Roorkee and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from IIM-Calcutta, where he was the sole recipient of the Shri Ratan Tata Scholarship for the year 2009.
Saurabh enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends. His interests include reading and watching movies and playing cricket.
Abhishek Ganguly, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, is a Business leader with a proven track record of more than twelve years in the Sports, Lifestyle and Retail industry.
Currently Abhishek is the Managing Director of Puma India. The brand is one the leading Sports brands in India and has been some huge success since it started up in the country in 2005.
Before Puma, Abhishek has had a successful stint of 3 years in Reebok during its early phase in India. There he started with Supply Chain and Planning and then got into Sales & Retail. Those days being early days for organized Retail in India, and meant lot of challenges in every aspect of the business. Having worked on various parts of the value chain, Abhishek considers this stint as baptism by fire for him into the Indian business environment. At the time he moved out of Reebok in 2005, Abhishek was heading the Southern Region for the company.
Post that Abhishek joined Puma’s start up team in India as the Director- Sales & Marketing. He was responsible for setting up the Sales, Marketing, Retail, Product, Souring and planning functions in the company. Building teams, offices, manufacturing set up, Stores, franchisee network at a fast scale, Puma soon became a leading brand in the country. Puma connected to its target consumers through its strong Retail presence, innovative product offering and quirky marketing campaigns. This resulted in a huge growth in revenues and with strong profitability. Currently the brand has 340 exclusive stores in 110 cities and 1800 Multi brand stores in South Asia.
Establishing Puma from scratch to success is Abhishek’s biggest achievement. Currently he heads the company as its Managing Director. He also got involved in setting up Puma’s cricket business. Right now, Abhishek is also the Global Cricket Head for Puma, an additional role given to him in 2012. Puma has been able to establish a clear positioning in cricket in all the relevant nations with an exciting range of products, players association, team sponsorships and marketing campaigns.
Abhishek has a penchant for start-up situations and businesses. His acumen to understand business dynamics coupled with a strong commercial sense gives him the strategic purpose in business scenarios. And with a background of hands on experience in various facets, he has the “Operator’s Insight”. Abhishek has exposure to multiple consumer products and experience in managing various sales channels- Direct Retail, various wholesale networks and online commerce.
Over and above Sport and Retail, Abhishek is keenly interested in New Age Media & Technology and innovative Marketing concepts.
An accomplished Business Leader with 20 years of experience in FMCG Direct Selling, Manufacturing and Financial Services companies, Anshu Budhraja is the CEO of Amway India, the country’s largest direct selling FMCG Company. Anshu is passionate about driving entrepreneurship at the grass root level in the country leveraging the direct selling model of Amway.
Having led diversified teams in both Indian and US based multi-national organizations, he specializes in setting up and expanding Business Operations, Strategic Business Planning, Corporate Finance and Operations, Manufacturing Start Up, P & L Management and Business Excellence. Apart from this, he has hands on approach in driving GTM strategy, Geography and Cluster management, development of infrastructure (stores / e com), sales operations and promotions, IT, Development and Cross Functional Talent Building.
Anshu Budhraja has completed Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona – USA). He also holds a post-graduate degree in accounting from Delhi University.
Over the past 20 years, Anshu’s sheer diligence and managerial qualities have helped him to climb the corporate ladder handling different profiles including Regional Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Godrej Nature’s Basket
Avani Davda is the Managing Director of Godrej Nature’s Basket, India’s foremost retail destination for fine foods from across the world. She is a results driven, self motivated and resourceful leader. Her strengths lie in developing business strategy and ability to execute with a sharp focus on business sustainability – focusing on growth and profitability.
Avani was nominated as a Young Global Leader in 2014 by the World Economic
Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. Also featured in Fortune US’s annual global list of “40 under 40 leaders” in 2013 and Fortune and Food & Wine’s list of “25 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” in 2014 – the only Indian woman on the list.
Prior to her current role, she worked as Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks Private Ltd., the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Limited (TGBL). In a span of 3 years she has successfully led aggressive expansion of over 80 Starbucks stores across six key metros of India.
Before Tata Starbucks Private Ltd., she worked as Vice president in the office of Director, Tata Sons who oversaw consumer companies of the Tata Group: Tata
Global Beverages, Taj Hotels, Infiniti Retail, Tata Housing and Tata Infrastructure and Realty. She worked closely on the strategic initiatives for TGBL and Infiniti Retail. She also played a pivotal role in the development of two joint ventures namely TGBL and PepsiCo India and also between Starbucks and TGBL in preparation for entry into the India market.
She started her career with Tata Group as a recruit into the Group’s flagship
leadership program ‘TAS’ (Tata Administrative Services). Following her training
period in 2003 she joined The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (Taj Hotels), as Manager in the Business Development team. In 2006, she moved to Sales and Marketing, with the key responsibility of Taj Luxury Hotels in India and was promoted to General Manager-Marketing in 2007.
Avani holds a Masters degree in Management Studies from NMIMS and a Bachelors
degree in Commerce with Honors (Advertising & Media) from H.R. College, University of Mumbai.
Avani is based in Mumbai, India, and is married to Vishal Davda. They are proud
parents of their nine year old son, Param. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and theatre.
Women Who Code London
Women Who Code London
Gen is the Director of Women Who Code London and is a very active leader in the Tech community in London. Aside from her involvement with Women Who Code she is a Lead for Google Women Techmakers, NASA Space Apps Challenge and Twitter Developer Community London. She is also part of the leadership committee for Ada’s List (a network for women in technology). She is co-organiser of COED:CODE, OpenTechSchool London and London Game Developers. She was the Head of Developer Outreach at Skills Matter and a former VP / Business Development Manager / Project Manager at Citigroup. In 2016 Gen helped lead Anita Borg Institute London and was actively instrumental in delivering the very first 1-Day Grace Hopper Conference in Europe which was held in London.
Founder & CEO
Anvita Mehra is a young entrepreneur and an industry specialist in the pre-owned luxury market. At a young age of 25, she is the founder & CEO of Confidential Couture, India’s first online portal for buying and selling pre-owned luxury products. Although they ventured into an unexplored market segment, Confidential Couture has already captured nearly two million views on the website in less than two years. Possible
Prior to Confidential Couture, Anvita was handling a small division of her family business; Fine jewellery.
After completing her business degree from the University of Nottingham, she got certified by the Gemological Institute of America as a Diamond grader.
Born into a business family, Anvita has always had an insight into the business world. Her surrounding environment, along with her passion for finer things, is what led her into starting a venture of her own in the luxury e-tail space.
Laura Anne Edwards is an award winning strategist, open data advocate and speaker. She is a NASA Datanaut working on a Mapping the NASA Dataverse, and serves on the US State Department’s Innovation and Technology Subcommittee for Public/Private Partnerships. Laura consistently works at the intersection of media-technology-marketing with big brands (Amazon, Dilbert, Universal Studios, General Motors), Budweiser,) as well as many startups. Her project Data Oasis (an index of the world’s open data and a resource hub for best practices in open data,) was shortlisted for The Aaron Swartz Fellowship and she was selected for the inaugural TED Residency at TED HQ in New York City.
Laura is an Advisor/Mentor to VR firm Future Lighthouse, Storytek in Estonia, Crowdfunder.com, LA CleanTech Incubator and Google Launchpad. Laura has degrees in Environmental Studies and Business Economics from University of California at Santa Barbara and lives in Santa Monica, CA.
CEO & Co-founder
Sanjay Sethi is the Co-founder and CEO at ShopClues.com. He is highly regarded in the industry as a product visionary and a marketplace expert with proficiency in building multifaceted environments in the field of e-commerce. As the Co-Founder of the company, Sanjay aims to deliver a pleasurable shopping experience for consumers through the advanced and user-friendly online platform.
Sanjay is an alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, with a strong foundation in Engineering. He further went on to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) to study and work with Software Technology. He has enjoyed a fruitful career of over 20 years in the internet product space, including e-commerce marketplaces, online payments, operations and trade logistics.
Since his appointment as the CEO of ShopClues, along with Radhika Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CBO, Shopclues, Sanjay has led ShopClues to become a Unicorn company and a marketplace that has over 20 million listed products and 5,00,000+ merchants; aiming to provide the best online shopping experience for Bharat – Where the real India shops.
Sanjay has been felicitated with a number of awards and honours for his entrepreneurial achievements such as the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ at the IIT-BHU Alumni Excellence Awards Ceremony. He has also held the CEO of the Year award with Radhika Aggarwal at CEO Awards 2016.
Sanjay also believes in building an organization at ShopClues, with a more collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to business and workplace, as opposed to a company. This is reflected in everything from the core values, HR Policies, workplace culture and even merchant collaboration at the true organization, which is ShopClues.
Sanjay’s role involves providing necessary tools and processes essential to produce and operate an efficient online marketplace. Before co-founding India’s first and now largest managed marketplace, Sanjay served as the Global Product Head for Shipping & Logistics, Payments & Billing at eBay Inc. in Silicon Valley. He has also worked with other reputed companies including IIS Infotech, HCL Perot Systems, Tradebeam and Steel Authority of India Limited.
Partner, A.T. Kearney
Head, Consumer and Retail, India
F&B leader, Asia
Summary of experience
• Debashish is Partner with A.T. Kearney and has extensive experience assisting leading global and Indian companies evaluate strategic decisions as well as supporting them in their operations improvement initiatives. He is focused on the Consumer Goods & Retail industries and leads the practice for India. His areas of specialization are in growth strategy, customer insight, category
management and organization structure. He brings strong consumer insights in a variety of consumer categories and retail formats. His transformation experience in the consumer as well as retail industry has transformed companies on their topline and bottomline. Many of his clients over the last year have been top performing companies on the stock exchange as well ! He serves clients across multiple countries in Asia and Middle East. Debashish has authored several thought pieces in the area of consumer behavior, winning customer propositions, organized retail sustainability in India and Omni channel; he is widely quoted in local media.
• He has recently been voted as one of the hottest 40 executives under the age of 40 by Economic Times – Spencer Stuart
• He serves on the CII National Committee for FMCG and Retail
• He also serves on the jury of prestigious Retail conferences and Business Magazines
• Debashish has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and is a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Hemendra is working as Venture Partner with Bharat Innovations Fund. Bharat Innovations Fund is a unique public-private-academia venture platform to catalyze transformational solutions through deep technologies for emerging sectors such as agriculture, cleantech and health care.
Hemendra has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, management consulting and investment banking. Hemendra has investing experience across sectors in the agricultural supply chain such as farm mechanization, enterprise-tech for agriculture, food ingredients, animal feed, fertilisers, seeds, organic foods, spices, wheat milling, restaurants and catering. He also holds board / advisory board positions in many early-stage companies in the food and agri sector. He is also mentoring many start-ups in the agri domain in sectors such as big data, farm automation, aggregation.
Hemendra has been championing the cause for adoption of innovations to bring in efficiency in the food supply chain. He is closely working with many entrepreneurs who are working on innovations for reducing food wastage, improving supply chain efficiency and increasing small famer holder incomes. He has authored many papers on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences pertaining to agricultural innovations.
Prior to his PE/VC stint, he has worked as management consultant to many Indian and multinational companies, government and multilateral organizations in the sectors pertaining to food processing, agribusiness, consumer goods and retail. He has extensive experience of working in India, South Asia, Europe and USA.
Hemendra in his career has worked with SEAF, Yes Bank, Rabobank, KSA Technopak, and ORG MARG (Nielsen). He is a management graduate from IIM (Ahmedabad) and Agricultural Engineer from Rajasthan Agricultural University.
Mukesh Kumar is a graduate from a premier Hotel Management School and holds a degree in Arts with major in Economics and English. He is also a Certified General Manager by Ramada International University, Geneva. He has been in the Service industry for almost three decades.
Mukesh started his career with a start up company as Management Trainee and moved up the ladder in a very short span of time. He was covered by a trade magazine for being the youngest Resort Manager at the age of just 25 years. He worked at various locations within the country in Operations, Sales & Marketing and Projects at Unit as well as Corporate level during a stint of 11 years with the company.
His exposure with American Embassy as General Manager for their Recreation, F&B and Commissary division exposed him to the international community. His last assignment with the hospitality industry was as Vice President of Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, Mumbai. He worked as General Manager for the unit for 6 years and later was promoted as Vice President.
He moved to retail division of the company formally in 2011. However, he started working with the division for Project Co-ordination, Pre-opening, Leasing, Fitout co-ordination, etc. from mid 2010. As Head of the division, he is responsible for handling the entire Operation, Leasing and Marketing of both Malls of K Raheja Constructions. The company owns and operates two Malls in Mumbai suburb one at Andheri (Infiniti Mall, Andheri) with built up area of 250,000 sq ft and second one at Malad (Infiniti Mall, Malad) having built up area of 1.20 million sq ft.
Chief Data and Digital Officer
Sriram’s 28 years experience in financial services comprises 20 years in Citibank, 5 years in Bharti Airtel and a year in IDFC bank. The Citi experience was rich in exposure to credit cards, running a JV company, and managing treasury. He ran the digital businesses for Citi, from 2000 in India and from 2005 in Japan.
Sriram returned from Japan to launch and scale Airtel money as a early mover in payments in 2010. In 2015, IDFC, the newest universal bank, provided an opportunity to build strategic alliances with telcos, transport cos etc while developing a digital payments & lending stack.
Sriram heads the Payments Team for Amazon since Jan 2016. His team seeks to create the best payment experience for customers and merchants in India by 2020. He is qualified as an engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Executive Vice President-Head of Research and Analytics & Head of Marketing
WNS Global Services
Akhilesh Ayer is the Executive Vice President-Head of the Research and Analytics (R&A) unit and the Head of Marketing at WNS. He is responsible for running WNS’ R&A business which today has over 2000 analytics consultants and a portfolio of proprietary cutting-edge analytics products. Akhilesh has been instrumental in driving the analytics practice which is 20% of WNS’ revenues and also been instrumental in re-orienting its focus by creating specialized partnerships with the likes of knowledge@Wharton and creating its own 2 year MBA program with NIIT.
Akhilesh previously has contributed towards growing the Research/ Analytics practice at GE’s Analytics Center of Excellence.
He has also held the position of the Chief Operating Officer for India of McGladrey Capital Markets, a leading mid-market M&A investment bank and a consultant with CRISIL Advisory (now Standard & Poor’s).
Akhilesh is an Engineer who also holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Colorbar Cosmetics Private Ltd.
Colorbar Cosmetics Private Ltd.
Mr. Samir Modi is Executive Director, K. K. Modi Group; Executive Director, Godfrey Phillips India Limited; Director, Indofil Industries Limited, President, Twenty Four Seven Convenience Stores, Managing Director, Colorbar Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd., Managing Director, Modicare Private Limited and Vice Chairman of Modicare Foundation.
After finishing college in India, he started his career working with Philip Morris U.S.A first as a trainee in the Tobacco fields of North Carolina and then its plants in Richmond, Virginia. He then joined the international division of Philip Morris and later he became the brand manager of Marlboro cigarettes.
Mr. Modi came back to India in 1994, and his first task was to revive K. K. Modi Group’s consumer goods business. In a short span of time, he was able to turn around the group company, Modern Home Care Products Pvt. Ltd., and also gained substantial share of cleaning products market in India.
With a dream of creating enormous wealth and financial freedom in India, Mr. Modi started the first Indian Direct Selling Company, Modicare, in 1996, marketing consumer products.
Mr. Modi felt the need to create a world-class cosmetic company, so Colorbar Cosmetics was born in 2004. The key focus of the company is to provide extensive makeover knowledge, fashion tips and what they should use to its consumer. Colorbar has one of the largest selection of colors for the various categories it has.
Mr. Modi is also the brain behind India’s first of its kind 24-hour convenience store – Twenty Four Seven Retail Stores launched in 2005. As the name suggests all stores are 24 hours operational for all 365 days a year. The outlets have more than 3,000 retail products to choose from including a wide range of international food & beverages.
Regarding social responsibility, Mr. Modi established the Modicare Foundation in 1996, aiming to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in India. The Foundation won the President’s Award for their exceptional work in gender related issues in India. The Foundation is also working with children to educate them on life skills.
Mr. Modi is a graduate from the Hindu College, Delhi University and an alumnus of Harvard Business School, U.S.A.
‘ttogether’ and BlessdBuy.com
‘ttogether’ and BlessdBuy.com
Akshai wears many hats – creative & social entrepreneur, brand ambassador, public speaker and musician. Currently, he is focusing on his role as the founder of ‘ttogether’ and BlessdBuy.com.
He setup ‘ttogether’ (Unalome Consulting Pvt Ltd), post a 3-year stint as the first ‘National Culture Manager’ for energy drink Red Bull. Winning the hearts of Indian millenials via clutter-breaking platforms and a revolutionary Opinion Leader program, Akshai was awarded a marketing global best practice for his work there.
Akshai’s organisation ‘ttogether’ operates as a cutting edge creative & disruptive marketing agency for the corporate world. However, its dual purpose is to bring people ‘ttogether’ – catalyse sustainable business via social-corporate-government collaboration. With a plethora of clients ranging from W Hotels, to Mother Dairy, to Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority – rapid progress is being made in this space.
BlessdBuy.com is a community & marketplace for conscious consumers. The one stop shopping channel to support and purchase high quality products from non-profits, social enterprises and CSR initiatives. It also works with non profits to develop capabilities and product innovation, to increase product relevance to today’s consumer.
Akshai’s ambassador/endorsement duties have included W Hotels Worldwide, JBL Audio, Tata Motors (Tata Nano), Bottletop, International Music Summit, to name a few.
He is also on the Advisory Board for Green Cross International (Brazil chapter). An NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev, it is well known for its global collaboration for clean water with Giorgio Armani, ‘Acqua For Life’.
Akshai is overseeing the work of British sustainable luxury brand Bottletop in South Asia. Celebrity supporters include Jessica Alba, Sir Bob Geldof, Donna Karan, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and many more. The Bottletop Foundation tackles sensitive issues including the prevention of HIV/AIDS, unplanned teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, gender inequality, low self-esteem and vocational skills deficits.
In 2016, Akshai received the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Global Exhibition on Services ‘Award of Recognition’ for ‘Developing and Growing the Market for Indian Content through Music, Global Collaborations and Disruptive Marketing (Top Under the Age of 35).’
Akshai has been awarded a scholarship to the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, and will be completing the program in 2018.
Head – Strategy and Business Development
Reliance Retail Limited
Gaurav Jain is the Head of Strategy and Business Development at Reliance Retail, India’s largest retailer with revenues of $5.2 billion and presence of over 3600 stores.
A long-term retail professional, Gaurav brings significant management and leadership experience to his present role.
Gaurav has over 18 years of rich experience in varied fields such as strategy and planning, sales and business development, retail & general management.
Gaurav brings in a deep understanding of corporate planning and change management. He is also recognized as a ‘startup specialist’ and is seen as a key member in setting up of the Reliance group’s retail business.
At Reliance Retail, Gaurav is accredited with forming new businesses through collaborations with revered International retailers. Under his leadership, Reliance Retail has partnered with many international retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Grand Vision, Payless Shoesource, Cherokee, Flormar, Office Depot, Asics, Hamleys and more.
Gaurav serves as a Board Member on Boards of a number of partner brands of Reliance Retail where he drives vision, business planning and provides strategic guidance to maximize shareholder value.
Prior to working with Reliance Retail, Gaurav worked with Reliance Infocomm in Chairman’s Office as part of the strategy team supporting the launch of telecom business.
In early part of his career, Gaurav worked with Piramal group and Zensar Technologies in corporate sales.
Gaurav is a key member of the advocacy council at Retailers Association of India (RAI).
Gaurav has a Master’s in Science degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA. He also holds a post-graduate degree in management from Symbiosis Center for Management & HRD.
Rajeev Singh heads BenQ’s operations in India as Managing Director. He has been associated with the BenQ for over 6 years now. With over 22 years work experience, Rajeev has worked earlier with Motorola as Head of their high end phones business for India & South West Asia, Samsung as head of their IT Volume business for India, Canon as Head of their Printing business for India and Philips. Currently based at Gurgaon, Rajeev has worked out of Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore in some of his earlier stints. Rajeev holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Narsi Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai and is an Electrical Engineer from Maulana Azad Institute of Technology, Bhopal. Rajeev loves to travel and has a penchant for electronic gadgets and automobiles. Rajeev is married to Anjali (whom he has known since they were 10 years old) and they have 2 sons, Rohan and Aryan.
Bajaj Corp Ltd.
Sandeep Verma has an experience of 17 years in the FMCG world and is currently the President of Bajaj Corp Ltd, a $1.5 Bn mkt cap Indian FMCG company and a market leader in value added hair oils and skincare.
Prior to this he had worked for India’s largest FMCG company, Hindustan Unilever Limited for 15 years. His last role being that of a Global Director in the Homecare Category of Unilever. Before that , he was the Regional Category Director – Household Care at HUL, from 2010 till 2014. Here, he led the regional category team, accountable for growing the business, market share and delivering the Unilever household care business.
Before this stint, Sandeep was the global marketing manager for India’s largest personal wash brand Lifebuoy. Here he has responsible for handling its entire P&L across the globe and also for extending it into 24 countries during his stint. Prior to that, Sandeep was the senior brand manager of the shampoo brand Sunsilk. Here he was also instrumental in the creation, setting up and running of the web community “Gang of Girls” for India and later on for all of Asia. It was Asia’s biggest social community of women on the net before Facebook.
Before coming to brand management , Sandeep was in the sales and customer development function at HUL and was handling the biggest Indian state of UP where piloted out HUL’ new rural distribution system into UP which was later adopted and rolled out all over India.
Shantanu Rastogi joined General Atlantic in 2013. He also worked as an Associate for General Atlantic from 2005 to 2007.
Shantanu works from the firm’s Mumbai office where he focuses on investments in the Financial Services, Healthcare and Retail & Consumer sectors in India & Asia-Pacific. He has played an active role in General Atlantic’s investments in National Stock Exchange, Sharekhan, House of Anita Dongre, IIFL Wealth Management Limited and PNB Housing Finance Limited. He serves on the board of directors of House of Anita Dongre and IIFL Wealth & Asset Management.
Prior to joining General Atlantic, Shantanu was a Principal at Apax Partners where he focused on investments in the Healthcare and Retail sectors. Previously Shantanu was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Shantanu earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology.
Heritage Foods Ltd.
Mrs Brahmani Nara is the Executive Director of Heritage Foods Ltd, one of the largest and fastest growing dairy companies in India which. Heritage was founded by Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu in 1992. The core fundamentals of the company are to remunerate dairy farmers with fair prices and to provide fresh and healthy dairy products to the consumer.
Prior to joining Heritage Foods, Brahmani worked at Vertex Venture Management, a Venture Capital subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, as the youngest member of the investment team. She focused on growth equity investments. She also pursued a marketing internship program at Danone, Paris and Danone Baby Nutrition, Schipol while pursuing her MBA.
Brahmani holds an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. While at Stanford, Brahmani was on the leadership teams of the Marketing and FARM clubs. She graduated Summa cum Laude from SCU in 2009, was on the Dean’s List, was a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and received the Academic Achievement Award for securing the highest GPA.
At Heritage Foods, Brahmani is focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, business development and marketing initiatives. She is a key architect in developing the vision and 5 year mission of the company – To be a nationally recognized brand for healthy and fresh products with a revenue INR 6,000 cr by 2022. She strongly believes that milk plays a vital role in bringing nutrition to the nation. Brahmani also serves as a Trustee of NTR Memorial Trust, a non-profit organization that is at the forefront of bringing socio-economic change through its work in Healthcare, Education, Youth Empowerment and Disaster Response & Relief.
Brahmani was a speaker/panelist at FICCI FLO Hyderabad; National Women’s Congress 2016; Food Fortification & Malnutrition in India discussion conducted by Economic Times, Dupont and A.T.Kearney India in 2016; Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2016 (Singapore) – Zero Hunger Challenge; Powering Economic Growth Through Cost and Management Accounting conference in Feb 2015 etc. She is also a member of the YPO Hyderabad chapter.
An avid traveler and fuelled by her personal fervor for food and nutrition, Mrs. Nara Brahmani loves to explore various cuisines and places with her 2 year old son!
Unnat Varma is Managing Director – Pizza Hut for the Indian Sub-continent. Pizza Hut is owned by Yum Brands, world’s largest restaurant company which also owns KFC and Taco Bell worldwide.
Unnat has 21 years of experience of which he has spent 10 years working with Yum! Brands. He joined Yum! In 2006 as Director Marketing – KFC for the Indian Subcontinent. He spent 5 years in that role and built a strong foundation for KFC’s success and growth story in India. In Jan 2011, he took over the role of General Manager – Taco Bell and was responsible for launching the brand as the next growth engine for Yum! In India. After successfully establishing the consumer and business proposition for Taco Bell and appointing a new franchise partner, Unnat moved in as the General Manager – Pizza Hut Indian Sub-continent in Jan 2015. Pizza Hut is one of the most established brand and it has topped the chart at the Brand Equity “Most Trusted Food Service Brand” in India 11th year in a row.
Prior to joining Yum! Brands, Unnat worked with Gillette in India for 12 yrs across Sales and Marketing functions.
Unnat has a degree in Engineering and Management from University of Poona. He did his MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune.
He is married and has two children.
Mr. Sahil Malik, Managing Director of Da Milano, has elevated the brand from a family business perspective, to an international podium. Connoisseur of fashion luxury and travelling, he has complimented the balance between heritage collection and multiple launches within quarter season collections. While his education at NIFT has taught him the excellence of craftsmanship and its management, his distinct experience has enhanced the choice of launch at the stores. As in case, while pampering the affluent customers, who are in the realm of competitive international tastes, Da Milano has now become an aspiring brand.
The entry in retail was initiated by Mr. Malik via the high streets of India—the Connaught Place and South Extension in Delhi. These are not only the flagship stores of the brand, but also are the tangible manifestations of his branding strategies, which Da Milano deserves. His aim was not only to cater to the affluent, but also to create a sense of brands among the growing bourgeoisie then, and the elite now! His vision, as seen with the growth of the brand pan India to about fifty stores now, encapsulates the growth of retail structure; with presence in every distinguished mall of the country now, his is the grassroot contribution to the evolving concept of branding in India.
Living his dreams in reality, Mr. Sahil Malik has elevated the experience of the customer expectations. With designs from Italian state-of-art studio, he has enacted the blend of intensive traditional methods with latest technology.
COO and Co-Founder
Berry Singh is the COO and Cofounder of Ace Turtle. Berry an alumnus of NIFT, was the Business Head of Timberland, Paul&Shark, GAS, Dune and Retail Head for Diesel. As a founding member of Reliance Brands, he was responsible for Operations, Sales, Marketing and building teams to run these businesses. His earlier role in VF Corp as Assistant Business Head- Lee was to spearhead the retail operations & merchandising.
As COO of Ace Turtle, Berry drives day to day operation of the organization and spearheads the client acquisition strategy for the company. As a brand expert, Berry plays a major role in providing his insights and value addition during the brand on boarding and also driving the company’s strategic policies to increase scalability and drive profitability.
About Ace Turtle:
Ace Turtle is a leading Omni-channel commerce technology platform. Founded in 2013 by Nitin Chhabra and Berry Singh, Ace Turtle, with its proprietary platform, integrates online and offline retail channels automating and optimising omnichannel fulfilment. The platform provides brands with a single view of inventory and a single view of customer. It helps reduce the costs and complexity of omnichannel transformation for enterprise retail clients by using their existing framework and systems. Ace Turtle is enabling omni-channel solutions for some of the leading national and international brands such as Puma, Ray-Ban, Max, Arrow, Flying Machine, Ed Hardy, US Polo, Fossil and more. Ace Turtle has recently raised $ 5 million in their Series A with Singapore based Vertex Ventures and C31 Ventures (the venture capital arm of Capita Land) last month. After the current round of funding, the company is bulking up its infrastructure and all set to expand their footprint to overseas market starting with Singapore and Malaysia. For more information please click on www.aceturtle.com.
Founder and CEO
Vinu has over 25 years of experience in executive management, operations &
technology in the Telecommunications and Enterprise software industry. Hailed as a visionary entrepreneur, he has successfully merged innovative technology to existing trends in order to bring about exponential valuation for all his
Prior to vMobo, Vinu had established an IT Data center software company and was
the chief architect of the “Collation” software that was acquired famously by IBM. Before that, he was Vice President of Software Engineering at Covad Communications and Program Director for Development at TCSI. He also held senior positions at Ascom Nexion, Timeplex and NJIT.
Throughout his tenure with senior roles or in the role of a founder, Vinu has led the development of the company’s businesses, mentored world-class software engineering teams and brought about innovations that have shaped the industry. Vinu has been quoted several times in international press, as a thought-leader and has written many articles on management systems, on which he holds over 10
His latest innovation Vclusive (earlier known as Vcloud), is introduced with an aim to revolutionise the luxury retail industry, bridging the gap between retailer and consumer by providing a technology platform on a cloud-based model to drive interactive engagement, experiences and conversion across a multi-channel network. While providing best-in-class marketing programs and support to retailers in the luxury segment, the technology provides an easy way for consumers to access products and brands from any device of their choice and get access to a world of privileges.
Vinu lives in Bangalore, India and Fremont, CA, with his wife and two children and is an amateur golfer and private pilot in his spare time.
With nearly 30 years in multiple organisations such as Gillette, Dabur and Henkel, Aseem has held senior leadership positions in various FMCG companies over the past 12 years, steering small to large-sized businesses. Working across functions, he has led teams across sales, marketing and commercial domains. A post-graduate from IRMA (Anand), Aseem spent nearly three years on an international assignment with Reckitt Benckiser East Africa, driving its business across the East African markets between 2005 & 2007. Aseem is currently the CEO of Modern Foods, the 50-yr old Modern Bread business, where he moved after a 4-year stint with Cargill as Director of its consumer pack vertical. One of the first businesses to be divested by the Govt of India in the year 1998, Modern Foods was acquired by the PE Fund Everstone Capital in early 2016. Aseem is eager to leverage the huge potential that such an iconic brand possesses!
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc.
Biography: With over 20 years of experience in various senior management positions, Rajat has worked extensively in the areas of agriculture, retail, and consumer goods. He has driven several engagements with leading clients across sectors. Rajat has helped develop and support the implementation of Route to Market (RTM) and distribution strategy for leading Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands in Africa, South-East Asia, Europe and India, while also training teams of the companies on key account management and negotiation skills. Further, he has conducted detailed RTM benchmarking exercises across prominent brands in India, with a focus on channel coverage and leading practices. He has exhibited his proficiency in category management, joint business planning and Point of Purchase (POP) activation in leading CPG companies.
Specifically, Rajat has managed the EMEA business of a global cosmetics company, through its affiliates and distributors across 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Central and Eastern European countries (CEE), Scandinavia and Israel. He has also set up a top-line sales and distribution organisation in India to launch a leading cosmetics brand through department stores and modern retail formats, while also managing the international business in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Further, he has aided another global cosmetics company across Russia and Eastern Europe.
Areas of expertise: Corporate and business unit strategy, RTM and market entry strategy, channel segmentation and strategy, joint business planning with modern trade, sales and trade marketing capability development, and sales force automation, distributor assessment and management, shopper insights and category management, and supply chain efficiency and effectiveness through range harmonisation and assortment management.
Education and qualifications:
Archana Garodia Gupta is the Past President of FLO the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. She led the organisation as the President in the year 2015-16.
Archana has been working in the sphere of women’s development since the last two decades. As the premier women’s business organization in the country, FLO has influenced National and State level policy regarding Women in Business. FLO has 13 Chapters nationwide. FLO also directly helps women through training and development.
In addition to her role at FICCI, she has been a key board member of a local women’s organization, the Noida Women Entrepreneurs Association for the last 17 years to create equal opportunity for women, and helped promote women’s industrial parks and other women friendly policies.
Archana qualified with an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in the top 5% of her class with a merit scholarship.
She is one of the world’s leading quizzers. In 2001, she was the declared “Champion of Champions”, by BBC Mastermind in India and in 2014 was on the “Triguni” expert panel of Kaun Banega Crorepati ( Who wants to be a Millionnaire) for many episodes.
In her business sphere, Archana Garodia Gupta owns and runs an exceptionally successful gems and jewellery business, which is a pioneer of Indian costume jewellery that caters to the growing middle class in India. Touchstone has a Pan Indian retail presence, and also exports, primarily to USA and Europe.
Archana is widely travelled, both in her business capacity, and as a speaker in International conferences. She writes on history, women’s empowerment, retail, and culture for magazines and newspapers. She speaks many languages.
Deep is a Managing Director in the private equity team of Everstone Capital, an India and South East Asia focused Private Equity and Real Estate investment firm. Everstone has over 140 employees across 6 offices with funds under management of approximately US$4 billion.
Deep Mishra joined Everstone in 2009 and is responsible for leading deal teams within the consumer, education and pharmaceutical sectors. Deep has 21 years’ experience in private and public investments and investment banking, working with Och Ziff Capital Management and Ernst & Young, and has been a fintech entrepreneur in early 2000’s.
Deep holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Partner & Director
Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt. Ld.
Partner & Director
Rabo Equity Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Rahul is an alumni of the Harvard Business School, Boston and a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has seventeen years of experience in the financial services sector, including nine years in managing private equity investments in the food and agribusiness sector.
He is presently a Partner and Director, Investments at Rabo Equity Advisors Private Limited. Rabo Equity Advisors manages two funds with USD 270 million under management, and is focussed on the Food and Agribusiness space in India.
His responsibilities include sourcing investment opportunities and mentoring companies to meet their full potential. He has been involved through the entire life cycle of the fund from conceptualisation, fund-raising, investing, portfolio management and exiting investments.
Prior to Rabo Equity Advisors he has worked with Rabo India Finance in its Renewable Energy & Carbon Credits vertical and at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd. in its strategic risk team.
He can be reached at email@example.com
CEO & Co-Founder
Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Bobby co-founded Ezetap, which was started in 2011 to help business leapfrog India’s cash economy by using mobile solution built on next generation web technology. The Ezetap platform allows merchants to accept any type of electronic payment or banking transaction – regardless of what digital instrument is being used by the consumer – through a mobile device. Ezetap was the 3rd most disruptive private company in the world by CNBC-USA in 2016, just behind Uber and AirBnB.
Bobby is a mechanical engineer from Cornell University, NY, with an MBA from Harvard University, Massachusetts. He has over twenty year of international experience building products and scaling businesses as an executive with Siebel, Oracle, Intuit and NG Pay.
Head of Good and Green
Dr. Vikas Goswami is the Head of Good and Green at Godrej Industries. She has a unique blend of academic, policy and implementation experience in CSR space. Specifically, she has 15+ years of advising and influencing business on the practical and strategic choices of CSR. She is strategic and pragmatic, adept at networking and building relationships across teams, departments, countries, regions and organizations. She has been actively involved in training and team building to build a conceptual understanding of CSR. She has 20 years + experience in program management, design and execution and has been successful in engendering innovation and collaboration within team to ensure landing lab to land projects. She has been an active spokesperson on CSR and sustainability issues for various organizations. She has worked across different industries and sectors and has built a strong network within this space.
Worked Pro – Bono for ANSA-SAR to provide strategic transformation advisory.
Selected to be part of, 12 member, executive committee mandated to Draft A Framework on Sustainable Business for Indian Business – instituted by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, of Government of India– 2009-2010. National Voluntary Guidelines on Social Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business released by Minister of Corporate Affairs on 8th July 2011 and available at http://iica.in/images/MCA_NVG_BOOKLET.pdf
Selected to be part of a team invited by Ministry of Corporate Affairs to draft Reporting Format Draft for Business Responsibility Reporting which was adopted by SEBI as BRR.
Member of Government of India instituted Disclosure Framework committee to design an e-Form under MCA 21 by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to take the agenda of Inclusive and Sustainable Growth forward in India.
Was member of Task Force, instituted by Planning Commission of India, on Business Responsibility in June 2011.
Head Good and Green
Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies
February 2015 – Present (1 year 10 months) Mumbai Area, India
Group head – Community Relations
Vedanta Resources Plc
August 2013 – February 2015 (1 year 7 months) New Delhi Area, India
Indus Towers Limited
October 2011 – July 2013 (1 year 10 months) Gurgaon
Director – CSR
February 2006 – October 2011 (5 years 9 months)
November 2004 – February 2006 (1 year 4 months)
Global Alliance for Workers and Communities
August 2003 – November 2004 (1 year 4 months) New Delhi
The Business and Community Foundation
April 2001 – August 2003 (2 years 5 months) New Delhi
BCF and IBLF
2001 – 2003 (2 years)
February 1999 – March 2001 (2 years 2 months) New Delhi
March 1997 – February 1999 (2 years)New Delhi
August 1995 – February 1997 (1 year 7 months) New Delhi
April 1994 – July 1995 (1 year 4 months) New Delhi
July 1988 – April 1994 (5 years 10 months) New Delhi
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Vipin Bhandari has joined Spencer’s in Aug, 2015, as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
He comes with over 20 years of Retail Specific Experience. .
He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur, following which he obtained his Chartered Accountancy qualification from ICAI. Thereafter, Mr. Bhandari worked with Tata Consultancy Services. His Retail career began with the Landmark Group, Dubai, where he worked with Shoe Mart Baby Shop & Fun city Oasis.
For the next 10 Years, Mr. Bhandari worked with Max Hypermarket India Pvt. Ltd. in his capacity as President & Chief Operating Office, he was responsible for setting up its entry strategy into India & set up & ran 15 such Hypermarkets. He has worked in Sourcing, Expansion & Operations. In his last assignment, Mr. Bhandari was Chief Executive Officer at Hyper City India Pvt. Ltd.
Janssen India, Pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson
Sanjiv Navangul was appointed the Managing Director of Janssen India in August 1, 2013. In addition to his current responsibilities, he also handles the South Asian markets of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Prior to joining Janssen India, he was the Managing Director of MSD, Philippines
He has over 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical industry which spans various geographies across Europe, Asia and India with experience in varied business functions such as Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Finance, Strategy and General Management.
Sanjiv is active in Healthcare Policy in India and is Vice President – Organisation of Pharmaceuticals Producers of India (OPPI – representative body of the MNCs in the pharmaceutical sector) and is also the Chairman of the Medical & Regulatory Work Group –OPPI. He is currently the Chairman- American Chambers of Commerce (AMCHAM) – Pharmaceutical Committee.
He was adjudged the winner of OPPI Marketing Excellence Award for 3 years in a row for New Product Launches in India and is also credited with spearheading the well-known Industry first initiatives and innovative Disease Management Programs.
Sanjiv holds a Degree in Pharmacy and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He has been a part of one year Executive Management Program with Harvard. He is a sought-after speaker in the Industry Forum. He is based in Mumbai with his wife and two children. Sanjiv enjoys reading and teaching in his spare time.
CFO & Head Commercial, Legal & Secretarial
Hemant Gupta, a Chartered Accountant and a thorough professional in finance, he brings forth a rich experience of seventeen years in Finance and Commercial, Business Operations including E commerce Set up, IT systems implementation, mergers & acquisitions, internal controls and statutory & legal Compliances.
Having been a part of the top management of companies across various industries namely Retail, Telecommunication, manufacturing and consulting, Hemant comes with a diversified profile and is currently serving as the CFO and Head of Commercial, Legal and Secretarial at BlackBerrys. Hemant is also instrumental in setting up the E commerce business for BlackBerrys.
Prior to Blackberrys, Hemant served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director-Finance at Carrefour India – The second largest retail chain in the world, and was instrumental in setting up their the retail business in India, streamlining financial & business processes and formulating the liquidation and exit strategy for the company at the time of business closure.
Hemant was also instrumental in setting up the business processes from scratch, having joined Nortel Networks in its nascent stage in 2005 as a client of PWC and then with the company directly at the later stages. His contribution in Business strategy planning, implementation of SAP, management reporting, budget and forecast planning and business operations & reporting has been invaluable and later on formulating the liquidation and exit strategy for the company at the time of business closure.
Hemant was also instrumental in setting up the shared service centre for UK & Europe operations of LPC UK Ltd in India and also instrumental in doing acquisitions of manufacturing plants for the company in Europe including the raising of funds from Banks & financial institutions.
Having worked in three startups and establishing them from scratch Hemant brings forth a sharp business acumen and a strong commercial and business sense which is a requisite in today’s dynamic and VUCA economic scenario.
Co-Founder and CEO
With over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, and a trans-national career, across India and the Silicon Valley of America, Anusha is the co-founder and CEO of Autumn Worldwide, a hyper-specialized Digital & Social Media Marketing company. In her current role, she is responsible for Organizational Growth, Innovations, Planning and Operations. She is on the board of the Mobile Marketing Association of India and a recent winner of the Corporate Excellence Award for Women at Work Leadership, Economic Times Women Ahead award and Pluralsight Digi100 List.
Prior to co-founding Autumn Worldwide in 2005, Anusha has held a number of progressive assignments in advertising & marketing and has served for brands like Intel, Titan, Unilever, Honeywell et-cetera and in globally reputed agencies, Lowe and Euro RSCG.
Ex Founder-MD Lacoste India, Founder - Barista
Ex Founder-MD Lacoste India, Founder – Barista
One of the pioneers of organised retail in India, Jayant attributes his receded hairline and his substantial collection of ulcers to having spent over two decades in the retail business. It also gave him his unconventional outlook on life and irreverent sense of humor, for how else, as he says, could anyone have survived this experience?
Educated at some of India’s leading institutions including Mayo College, Elphinstone College and Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Jayant started his career with a long stint with automobile major MAHINDRA.
He was part of an outstanding and passionate team that successfully launched the first premium brand in India – the French lifestyle label LACOSTE – and nurtured the profitable development of the brand for over a decade.
Jayant again worked with a wonderful group of young, dynamic believers who created not just an iconic brand, but an entirely new category when he conceptualized and started the pioneering chain of Espresso Bars – BARISTA, and then a chain of Health / Juice bars.
He went on to start India’s leading specialist retail consultancy with the predictably unusual name Go Fish. Their clients range from some of India’s and the world’s leading brands, to budding local entrepreneurs, and he also mentors some very exciting new retail “start-ups”.
He has also led the Images Group – a retail knowledge & media house that publishes B2B magazines and organises retail conferences like the India Retail Forum.
With his unique and rich exposure across key verticals of consumer facing businesses, Jayant is a sought after consultant, mentor, writer and speaker, and is one of the best-connected and most experienced people in Indian retail.
groupM Agency Motivator
Marketing mind taking on new challenges
That’s perhaps the only face saving thing you can say about a homo sapien who invested time and his parents money in studying engineering, then pursued a management degree in premier institutes, but always wished to tread the unconventional path.
The opportunity arose through my work in marketing in the consumer goods and Fashion space. It was here that I scoured the interiors of India to connect with cultures. Lived and loved the people I met. Connected brands with people through the changing world of technology. The learning continues and the fires burns larger.
Country Head & General Manager
Amal Kelshikar is the Country Head & General Manager of Abbott Nutrition, India.
He has close to 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry leading Abbott Nutrition business since 2012. The company has a dedicated nutrition R&D centre in Bangalore and an established state-of-the-art facility for nutrition products at Jhagadia, Gujarat. The business has scaled 3X in six years under his leadership.
Over the years, Amal has worn many hats holding leadership positions across Marketing, Sales, Strategic Planning, Business Development & Licensing and Country Operations. His previous assignment has been with AstraZeneca, Philippines as Country President. He has also been associated with Novartis in India and subsequently in Asia Pacific Markets for eleven years.
Amal has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) degree from UDCT Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
Abbott Nutrition in India:
Abbott offers a variety of nutritional products for infants, children, active adults and people with special dietary needs.
Brands currently available in the country include PediaSure® (complete, balanced nutrition for children), Similac® and Similac Advance (infant milk formula for infants and children), Isomil ® (soy formula for lactose intolerant babies), Ensure® (adult nutritionals), Glucerna® (nutrition for people with diabetes) and SimMom TM (nutritional supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers), Prosure ®(nutrition for people with cancer) and Nepro ® (nutrition for people with kidney diseases)
In 2016 and 2017 ASSOCHAM honoured Abbott Nutrition with “Fastest Growing Nutrition Company of the Year” and “Nutraceutical Company of the Year” Award respectively. ASSOCHAM also awarded Abbott Nutrition for being the “Company of the Year for creating Social Impact of Nutrition” in July 2017. Apart from this, Abbott has been ranked No. 1 Pharma & Healthcare Company in the Business Today ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey in 2016.
India Taxes for Amazon, India
Krupa is the Director for India Taxes for Amazon in India and has been there from September 2015. She started her career with the Government of India in the Customs and Central Excise Department, where she spent 10 years, before moving to Deloitte in 2001. She was the first member of the Deloitte Indirect Tax team in India, having resigned from the Government to start a new practice. At the time of leaving Deloitte, she was a Senior Director, having responsibility of the Bangalore and Chennai practices.
In her vast professional experience, Krupa has dealt with various Indian and Multi-national clients and has been involved in contract/transaction structuring, planning reviews, compliance reviews, etc. She has advised clients in various sectors, ranging from manufacturing, automotive, services sector, back offices, banks, insurance companies, e-commerce companies. She is a regular speaker at seminars organized by Trade Bodies in Bangalore, and also used to be frequently quoted in the press as a Deloitte India Indirect tax spokesperson. She was recognized by the ITR as being a leading Indirect Tax professional in 2013 and 2014.
She is a Member of the Indirect Taxes Committee, Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce as well as the Federation of Karanataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI). She is a guest faculty for indirect taxes in the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Managing Director & CEO
Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd.
Mr. Sudhakar Ramasubramanian, Managing Director & CEO, Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Limited (ABIPBL), has been setting up the Payments Bank since May 2016.
Prior to this, he was CEO – Wealth & Online Business and MD – Aditya Birla Money Ltd. He joined Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (ABFSG) from the Aditya Birla Group (ABG) in March 2009 as Executive Director of Aditya Birla Money Ltd. (ABML), primarily to manage its overall operations and drive post-merger integration of ABML into the ABFSG fold. Since February 2011, he held the position of Managing Director in ABML, which, under his leadership, has seen major turnaround in its operations and reached greater heights in terms of growth, process excellence, product innovation, risk management and profitability.
He conceptualized, launched and grew ABG’s first digital business, Aditya Birla Money MyUniverse (www.myuniverse.co.in), in 2012, and scaled it up to become India’s largest Personal Finance Management platform and the 7th largest MF SIP Distributer. Under his able leadership, MyUniverse (MU) has been successful in reaching out to more than 2.6 million registered users with more than Rs. 19,500 crores of their money being managed on this platform.
Sudhakar also managed the financial distribution business of ABFSG under Aditya Birla Money Mart and has driven the growth of Assets Under Advisory.
Prior to this role, he was appointed as CEO of Aditya Birla Finance Ltd. (ABFL) in 2010 (the NBFC arm of ABFSG), where he scaled up its lending book threefold in one year’s time.
Prior to ABFSG, Sudhakar held the position of President & Head – Corporate Strategy & Business Development at ABG. In this role, he worked with Group Businesses on several international and domestic business building initiatives. He had the experience of working on multiple businesses and on strategic partnership initiatives in several geographies across the world including Europe, USA, Mexico, Middle East and South East Asia. Among other achievements, he and his team were instrumental in creating the blueprint for the Financial Services business.
Sudhakar has been honored with the prestigious Aditya Birla Group Fellowship.
He has been appointed by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to Co-Chair their FINTECH Committee.
He holds a Management Degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and is also a Cost Accountant. He possesses more than 25 years of work experience in several corporate and line roles in large organizations.
The globetrotting, multi-faceted Jacqueline Kapur dons many hats with practiced ease. An edgy business woman, designer, merchandiser, equestrian sportsperson, was born in Germany and moved to Pondicherry in 1989. Jacqueline opened Casablanca, one of India’s first multi brand department stores.
Jacqueline loves shopping and looking for interesting things in every corner of the world from the Ginza in Japan, Via Della Spiga in Milan to the by lanes of Sarojini Nagar in Delhi. It was Jacqueline’s entrepreneurial spirit that found inspiration in her own daughter’s hip style and led her to create a Fashion Mecca for young girls all over. She heads ayesha accessories and enjoys working with Ayesha Kapur and her team towards building India’s largest fashion accessories brand, bead by bead, store by store.
Director, Regulatory Affairs
India and APAC Feminine Care – Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Prasanna Bangale joined Johnson & Johnson in August 2015 and currently designated as Director Regulatory Affairs, India and APAC Feminine Care. In this role Prasanna lead the Regulatory Affairs team and work closely with India and APAC Feminine Care business leaders, business partners and other technical functions to provide innovative and strategic regulatory solutions to drive business growth. Prasanna is a member of the India Country Management Team and Asia Pacific Regulatory Affairs Leadership Team. From an external perspective, Prasanna represents Johnson & Johnson India at the local Industry Associations and lead the interaction with Healthcare Agencies in India.
Prasanna joined Johnson & Johnson from Mundipharma Pte Limited, where he was working as Director, Regulatory Affairs Consumer Healthcare. In this role he was responsible for Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America region. Prior to this, Prasanna was working with Bayer Health Care Consumer Care as Head, Regulatory Affairs – APAC and with MSD Consumer Care as Regional Regulatory Director- APAC. In his career of more than 30 years in the industry, he has also worked for organizations such as Alkem Laboratories Limited, Aventis Pharma, Nicholas Piramal India Limited and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. During his tenure with various esteemed companies Prasanna successfully worked on products from distinct categories such as Consumer/OTC, Rx to OTC switches, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Ayurvedic preparations, Prescription Drugs (NCE/Generic), FDCs, Vaccines, Feminine Care products, etc. Prasanna has proven track record in adding significant value by keeping focus on business objectives.
Prasanna graduated in Microbiology followed by a Masters in Administrative Management and Ph.D. in Management Studies from University of Mumbai. In addition, he also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Foreign Trade from World Trade Institute, Mumbai. He is based in Mumbai with his wife and two sons. Prasanna enjoys reading, listening music and travelling in his free time.
Head Solutions Architecture
Head Solutions Architecture
Dhruv Singhal is Head Solution Architecture at Amazon, India
Dhruv has been in the IT Industry for over 29 years. He has worked extensively on varied projects in India, UK & USA across multiple industries including Telecommunications, BFSI, Government and Transportation. Some of the projects handled by him include office automation, benefit administration, web trading, self service portals, freight operations information systems and many more. AT&T, Aircel, Uninor, BSNL, BSE, ICICI, HDFC, NSE, SBI Life Insurance and Indian Railways are some of the organisations he has catered to.
Dhruv is an expert on technology and has written extensively on various technology concepts including self-service provisioning, Enterprise Application Integration and Service Oriented Architecture. Dhruv is currently responsible for Solutions Architecture at Amazon Internet Services, India.
Dhruv is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and also holds an MBA degree from IIM Calcutta.
V-Mart Retail Ltd.
Mr. Lalit Agarwal, CMD of V-Mart Retail Ltd. (Market Capitalization of over Rs. 2600 Cr) is a retail baron having proven track record of building businesses (both as a professional CEO & as an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience). Currently V-Mart owns & operates 151 stores in 127 cities across 14 States & Union Territories across a retail area of 12.79 lac Sq.ft. with a team of 16,000 people directly / indirectly working with the organization & 1200+ MSME vendors across India dependent on V-Mart for their business & growing with the organization. V-Mart stores attract more than 25,000,000 customers every year.
Having brought the concept of organized value retailing in Tier II & III cities of Bharat where V-Mart has a strong penetration enabling rural & semi-Urban India to shop for their lifestyle needs, Mr. Lalit Agarwal transformed V-Mart into a leading retail player having most profitable balance sheet amongst all retailers; V-Mart’s PAT grew at a CAGR of 50% in last 10 yrs with PAT being Rs. 395.27 million in FY 2017.
The share price of V-Mart Retail Ltd. on initial public listing in February 2013 was Rs. 210 which grew at a CAGR of 47% in 4.5 yrs.
Being one of the privileged members of CII & RAI, under Mr. Lalit Agarwal’s dynamic leadership, V-Mart has won many prestigious awards: “Indian Power Brand 2012-2013 by Planman Media”, “Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Discount Retail by Images Retail Award 2011″, “Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Concept Store by India Retail Forum 2011″, “India’s No. 1 Brand Awards 2016: India’s Best Retail Fashion Store Chain Category by International Brand Consulting Corporation, USA” amongst others.
Ajay Shrivastava, CTO Knowlarity, Ex-CTO, OYO Rooms.
Has rugged industry experienced and a thought leader in the space.
Owing to diverse experience, a very deep understanding of what strategy applies at what stage of the company. And how to change strategy seamlessly and fast enough to lead/adapt to changing scenarios of a growing company.”
Please have a look at some of his previous works and talks..
Videos and coverage of Talks –
LinkedIn profile – https://in.linkedin.com/in/ajayshrivastava1
Associate Vice President
Subhashis Nath is an Associate Vice President at Infosys Limited heading the Retail and Consumer Goods vertical in their Analytics practice.
With a BE from BIT, Mesra and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, Subhashis has been in the marketing and CRM space for almost two decades.
He has been a consultant in the retail and consumer goods space working across Europe, America and Asia with leading retailers and consumer goods firms. He has provided consulting services to the largest loyalty program in Europe, to a pharmacy retailer for the third largest loyalty program in the UK, to grocery retailers in the US to develop customer centric pricing and merchandising, other than multiple other engagements on forecasting, space planning and optimization, supply chain and other areas.
His teams today provide advanced analytics to retail and CPG clients across the globe. Doing remarkable engagements such as real-time product recommendations on retailer apps, analytics to avoid last click campaign attribution, image analytics to automate product label auditing, forecasting sales and optimizing inventory for ecommerce players and other retailers, causality analysis to automatically identify impact of various drivers on sales for a CPG firm, social analytics that helped turn around sales for a sports product, etc.
Subhashis has a patent filed in the area of space optimization and planogramming. He is a thought leader published by the European Retail Digest by Oxford University, Rotman Magazine by the University of Toronto, Consumer Goods and Retail report by Montgomery Research, ICFAI, India Shop, Business Insider, and others.
Deloitte’s Financial Advisory team
Anmol Bhandari is a Partner with the Deloitte’s Financial Advisory team in Mumbai. He brings in 16+ years of experience in assurance and transactions in India.
He has worked on more than 200 domestic and cross border transactions and has served large corporate clients as well as financial investors.
Anmol has worked with clients across a range of sectors including private equity, consumer and industrial. Within the consumer sector, he brings deep insights on retail, food services, dairy, packaged snacks distribution led consumer businesses.
Anmol earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and accounting from MDS University and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.