Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Commissioner - GST Policy Wing, CBIC
The introduction of GST has been the biggest indirect tax reform in India that has reshaped the contours of its economic landscape. As Commissioner, GST Policy Wing, which is the policy-making Wing of CBIC in relation to GST, he has spearheaded the entire process of law making (which included drafting the GST laws, rules, procedures and processes) as well as smooth implementation of GST.
Awards and Recognitions
Commissioner of State Tax, Gujarat, India
After completing his primary and secondary education in his home town, he had graduated in
Commerce in the year 1982. He was topper in National Merit Scholarship Examination in Ahmedabad
district in 1973. He did his M.B.A (Master of Business Administration) with specialization in Financial
Management in 1984 and also obtained M.A in Development Studies (Public Policy & Management) from
the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague in the Netherlands in the year 2005. He was decorated with a
Doctorate in the year 2013 in Public Management and Policy.
After completing academics, he joined Indian Administrative Service [IAS] in 1986. He has held
various assignments starting from District level to State level, during which he had won a number of
awards for excellence, viz. Best District Development Officer (DDO), an award from Government of
Gujarat for the work as DDO of the Dangs, a tribal district; Best Collector, an award for the work in
Banaskantha District as Collector & District Magistrate and four National Awards from Ministry of Tourism,
Government of India for (i) Best Tourism Film: Glimpses of Glory (year 2006), (ii) Best Publication
(Collaterals) (year 2007), (iii)Best Tourism Film: Dholavira: A futuristic metropolis of the past. (year
2008) and (iv) Best Publication (English) Architectural Treasures of Gujarat (year 2009), when he worked
as Commissioner, Tourism, Government of Gujarat. In his prestigious assignment as Chairman, Kandla
Port, the port was awarded as the best port for five years of his tenure.
Over and above his designated role of taking care of smooth implementation of State GST and its
enforcement throughout Gujarat, he has from the very beginning played a major role in drafting GST law,
its rules and fixing GST rates of goods and services as Convener of national level GST Law and GST
Fitment Committees. Also he is closely involved in the GST implementation at national level as a key
member of GST Implementation Committee.
He has been recently (May 2018) honoured by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for excellence in
Public Administration while appreciating his contribution in implementation of GST in India.
Secretary General, FICCI
His last full-time assignment was when he served as Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). NSDC is a public-private partnership whose objective is to foster private sector investment and initiatives in training and skill development. While at NSDC he served as co-chair of the Australia-India Joint working group on Skill Development.
Currently, Mr Chenoy is a member of the Board of Governors, IILM, New Delhi (a leading business school); of the Board of studies, All India Management Association (AIMA), He is also Director General of ICC India, and of Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA). He advises start-ups including organisations in the digital, education, skills and livelihood space. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) and is a Director of Invest India. He has served as the Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET) a fully government funded integrated skill development and degree-awarding institution.
He was awarded the Indian Achievers Award in 2018; The Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.
Prior to NSDC, Mr Chenoy was Director General of the advocacy group for the automobile industry in India, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). He also served as the Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He was a member of the Harvard Business School project that worked on the competitiveness of Indian industry with Professor Michael Porter.
He is a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (WAPS).
Dy. Secretary General, FICCI
In his previous roles, he has managed and advised key corporate clients on communications and public affairs campaigns, as well as provided strategic advice on reputational issues around business.
He has counselled leadership of large companies on policy issues and supported them in building sustainable advocacy plans.
Rahul, an alumni of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, has a keen interest in international relations and foreign policy issues with special focus on developments in China and the Middle East.
He is also a founding member and past president of the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI), a professional body that brings together the country’s public affairs and advocacy professionals.
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.
Chair FICCI FMCG Committee & Chairman & Managing Director,
Hindustan Unilever Limited
Sanjiv Mehta is the CEO and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia, which has a turnover of over $ 7 billion, as its Executive Vice President. Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest FMCG Company and one of the most valuable companies in the country.
Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). Sanjiv was a high ranker and award winner at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s final examination.
Sanjiv has been with Unilever for nearly 26 years and for the last 16 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002-06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 -08), Chairman of Unilever – North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.
During his reign as the CEO and MD of Hindustan Unilever, the market capitalization of the Company has more than doubled from $20 billion to $49 billion, it has won the prestigious Economic Times ‘Company of the Year’ award, rated as the most innovative company in India and the 7th most innovative in the world by Forbes and bestowed with the ‘Global Compass Award’ by Unilever for being the best performing business.
Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust, member of the India Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School, member of the Business Advisory Council of United Nations Development Programme and Xynteo’s ‘India 2022’ coalition. He also chairs FICCI’s FMCG Committee and CII’s National Committee on MNCs.
A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who are graduates from MIT and Cornell Universities respectively.
Chair, FICCI Retail & Internal Trade committee & President and 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.
Co–Chair, FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee & Sector Head – Retail,
RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
Spencer’s is a pioneer in modern retail in India with over a 125 stores in more than 35 cities across India. It is a modern trade retail player with a focus on hypermarkets. In the Power Sector, CESC, which has been generating power since 1899 in Calcutta, is in the midst of rapid growth, with a major investment program aimed at raising generating capacity and developing the power distribution business. Saregama India has the largest repertoire of recorded music in India, while Harrisons Malayalam is a significant grower of natural rubber and tea in South India.
Mr. Shashwat Goenka is also a Director in Firstsource Solutions Limited, an innovative provider of customer-centric business process services to over 100 global clients with a network of delivery centers spread across India and the globe. He is also a Director Phillips Carbon Black Limited, the largest producer of Carbon Black in India and 7th largest in World. He is also the Founder of FMCG brand TooYumm! and leads the group’s Consumer & FMCG vertical.
Currently, Mr. Shashwat Goenka is an Executive Member in National Executive Council, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Co-Chair, FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee and Chair, CII National Retail Committee. He is also immediate Past President of Indian Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta.
Mr. Shashwat Goenka has received numerous awards and amongst them are:
After completing his schooling at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta, Mr. Shashwat Goenka obtained his degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President Finance & India CFO, 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.
Chair - FICCI E-Pharmacy Committee & CEO and Founder - 1mg tech Pvt. Ltd
Prior to 1mg, Prashant was the co-founder and managing director of HealthKart, which he started in 2011 and took it to the position of India’s #1 Nutrition eCommerce company. Till 2009, before he returned to India, Prashant worked at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco where he focused primarily on healthcare. He started his career with the Business Leadership program at Hindustan Unilever India, where he worked in roles pan Asia for Innovation development and operations.
Prashant is an MBA form Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduate from Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi
MD & CEO, P&G India Sub-Continent
Madhusudan started his career with P&G in India 1999 as a new hire in the Sales function from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and worked in various locations across India including being part of P&G’s first Modern Retail team in India. His first international assignment was to P&G’s headquarters in the United States, where he worked with the P&G-Walmart business team. He returned to India as the Head – Market, Strategy & Planning and oversaw the rapid growth of P&G’s business that grew 10 times in the space of a decade. He then moved to Indonesia as Head of Sales where he learnt to speak the local language, Bahasa Indonesia. Madhusudan later assumed the position of ASEAN Commercial Leader based in Bangkok, where he oversaw the commercial category teams across all P&G ASEAN countries and helped set up P&G’s e-commerce business teams in the region. Post this assignment, he returned to Indonesia as the Head of the P&G business before taking over as India CEO.
President and CEO, PepsiCo India
Ahmed ELsheikh began his career as a sales executive for Cadbury in Egypt, where he rose to the position of Unit Sales Manager within six years. He then held various sales and marketing leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson’s Saudi Arabia business for the next decade.
Ahmed joined PepsiCo in 2001 as Franchise Manager for all Arab states of the Gulf region (GCC), and has since held leadership roles in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, North East Africa, Gulf and Saudi Arabia regions for the Company. In the past 17 years with PepsiCo, he has steered the company to success during critical business environment changes, geopolitical challenges and currency devaluation.
Ahmed also serves on the board of Injaz Egypt, an NGO that empowers the youth for a brighter economic future, and sits on the Board of Beyti Juice as well as a Dairy Joint Venture in Egypt.
Deputy Country Manager, IKEA India
Patrik Antoni is Deputy Country Manager at IKEA India. His mandate is to lead Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Property & Expansion, Customer Experience, Human Resources and IKEA Food. He joined IKEA India back in 2013 as Communications and Sustainability Head, soon after IKEA got approval as the first single brand retailer to enter India.
Patrik has close to 15 years of experience working in IKEA. Prior to India, he worked in various capacities such as Expansion, Customer Relations, Marketing and Store Management in many IKEA countries. Patrik built up and ran an IKEA store in Russia, established a new marketing team in Portugal and led the planning and execution of IKEA’s first activity based office space in India.
Patrik is a former officer in the Swedish army with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Stockholm. He is passionate about sports, is an avid scuba diver, loves food and lives with his family in Gurgaon.
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.
The Lacoste brand, a symbol of relaxed elegance, was created in 1933 by the famous tennis champion René Lacoste. The Crocodile logo embodies the style and spirit of this champion. Celebrating more than 80 years of its existence globally, Lacoste is a ‘lifestyle’ brand today, offering unique and original universe of clothing for women, men and children, shoes, perfume, leather goods, eyeglasses, belts, watches, home textiles and costume jewelry. Both in daily life and on sports fields, Lacoste bases its success on the essential values of authenticity, performance and elegance.
Lacoste India, 408, 4th Floor, Signature Tower- B, South City-1, NH-8, Gurgaon-122001, Haryana, India
Tel: 0124-4082535 / Fax: 0124-4082536 / www.lacoste.com
COO - UNIKEN
He has 30 years of international experience, with the last 20 years focused on cyber security technology. Robert also has buy, sell, & investor career experience including senior management roles in financial services technology, private equity investment banking (EIR), software products and an IT services consulting. His international experience includes starting and operating domestic and international firms inclusive of USA, UK, India & Australia.
Robert brings a 24×7 work ethic, high energy and has a deep well of experience in the sub-cyber security field. He has extensive knowledge of Identity & Access management (Authentication, Authorization, Access & Governance) sub field. He brings a broad knowledge of the overall market place that provides critical insight for making effective strategy, sales and business development decisions along with execution. Having built firms from the ground up, Robert is fully aware of the challenges and brings a conclusive, relentless and realistic approach to his work.
Robert was previously the President of AurionproSolutions and prior to that was President & CEO of SENA Systems. Robert was the founder, interim CEO and VP of Business Development of Transindigo, a security product firm sold to RSA (now EMC) having spun this technology out of his Deutsche Bank department along with the Series A capital raise. He was a Managing Director in Technology & Operations at Bankers Trust Company where he led Architecture and Strategy for $300M of technology spend. He was also a Managing Director in Early Stage Technology Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank. Robert served on the board of IQ Financial, a global financial services software supplier that was later sold to Misys.
Robert is an active golfer and gardener and holds an active EMT-B certification. Prior to relocating to San Diego was the Lieutenant in the NJ Fanwood Rescue Squad.
Co - Founder and Director
President & COO
Managing Director & Partner
Happy Thinking People Asia-Pacific India
Her professional experience includes a wide range of multinational studies with strong focus on developing and emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
With her educational background in marketing, communication and economics, Sabrina spearheads the strategic consulting for brand- and research strategy along with complex research designs for innovation and design thinking.
In her last 10 years in India, Sabrina has helped leading companies in FMCG, fashion, pharmaceutical and technology to grow in the Indian market through inspiring consumer insights and novel ways of thinking.
Sabrina believes that India is one of the most challenging and fascinating markets that holds more than what meets the eye.
Managing Director - Kroll
Prior to joining Kroll, Tarun was Senior Director at CRISIL, a subsidiary of Standard & Poor’s, where he played a critical role in the transformation of the company from a domestic rating agency to a global analytical company. At CRISIL, he had a demonstrated track record of incubating and scaling profitable businesses both in India and international markets. Previously, Tarun worked in SBI Capital Markets, a leading investment bank, as part of their Financial Engineering Group responsible for structuring and selling complex financial instruments.
Tarun has published a number of articles on the Indian banking industry and capital markets which have been featured in Indian and international journals. He is a member of the FICCI Capital Markets Committee, India’s largest and oldest apex business organization.
Business Intelligence & Due Diligence
Tarun has significant experience in assessing business, operational, financial, and management risks across sectors. He works closely with investors and promoters, providing them critical business intelligence, and has led multiple due diligence assignments for banks and private equity, advising them on prospective investments.
Non-Performing Asset Investigations
Tarun has particular expertise in counseling Indian banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), and asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) on risk management and successful recovery from non-performing assets (NPAs).
Structuring and Fund Raising
Tarun has advised over 100 clients and helped them raise funds (more than USD 10 billion) by structuring financial solutions. As an investment banker, he has structured transactions across asset classes, including collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), guarantee backed structures, future receivable securitization, and subordinate debt.
Outsourcing and Data Analytics
Tarun has deep knowledge of the outsourcing and data analytics industry. At CRISIL, he led their entry into global markets and was based in New York, spearheading a 150-member offshore team catering to clients across the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific. He has closely worked with data vendors and IT companies in developing products, tools, and databases to support processing of complex data and financial reports.
Having worked in both management consulting and industry roles, Kapil provides holistic perspectives on the key strategies to be adopted and best ways to implement those strategies on the ground, particularly in the domains of technology, e-commerce, and supply chain.
The Luxury League
Empowered being the protégé of the French embroidery maestro, Francois Lesage, she value added to that prowess she acquired, with her personal propriety and patent of intellectual and creative capital that she bought to the board- room.
It culminated in Time magazine declaring her “The First lady of fashion in her country”, Beri being the First Asian to head a French fashion house, Jean Louis Scherrer; and adding to her string of “ﬁrsts”, BBC credited her business skills with a resounding headline: “Indian fashion takes a hold in the form of Ritu Beri.”
When you attire and deﬁne sartorial trends for the likes of Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Prince Charles and Ivana Trump, you’ve inadvertently entered the International Privy League of Power dressers.
Her creations were objectively evaluated by fashion connoisseurs across the world. Rating,
qualifying and quantifying her acumen, Lesage lauded her in his generous accreditation: “Ritu’s contemporary expression has given to an Indian tradition of clothes, a mood of the Yves Saint Laurent collection of the eighties.” Retro as well as eclectic, signiﬁed her versatility as a marquee designer, futuristic, and who had leap— frogged ahead of her localized peers.
To acknowledge her path breaking contribution to fashion and design, she was awarded the
prestigious French honour, Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des Lettres, one of the rarest of rare halo’s.
Her visage is amongst the most recognizable faces of India in her sphere, being listed amongst the 50 most important people of the country, and counted amongst the galaxy of the Top 15 Women of India. A nominee for the Economic Times Business Woman of the year Award in India, she is noted to be amongst the 20 Best Dressed Celebrity Icons of the country, being voted ’Delhi’s Most Stylish’ in a nationwide poll conducted by Hindustan Times. Tag Heuer endorsed her as their ’Link Lady of India’.
The ex-Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and Father of Indian liberalization in the 80’s, virtually acknowledged her as the progeny of that era, recognizing her as a paradigm of change: “Ritu Beri represents a truly resurgent India.” It in a way exalted her to the Hall of Fame of a re— imaged India, of a nation that was proud of showcasing its calibre to the global business community, conferring on her as one that could be compared against ﬁnest international bench marks of excellence.
Sobriety and being static are alien to Ritu Beri as she creates the tectonic shifts in revolutionizing India’s interface with global fashion.
Co-Founder - Excedo Luxuria
Born in Kent, England, Rahul is the son of an entrepreneurial father and mother. At an early age Rahul felt the urge to spend a lot of his time traveling and exploring different cultures but kept coming back to the luxury and haute couture market. He set up his first business at the age of 16 with a mere £700 saved up from birthday money over the years. He has now built companies in more than ten countries including India, UK, America, Russia and Switzerland.
In 2006 Rahul received an Entrepreneur of the Year award for his IT Security business, from the (then) Young Entrepreneurs Association. Following this, in 2009 Rahul went on to win Britain’s Business Elite Award received from WHO’S WHO. Both these awards are deemed as a significant honor in the world of entrepreneurship and emphasis the credentials which make Rahul and his businesses such a success.
With the luxury market his great passion, Rahul has combined the selling of a range of top products with informed business knowledge and strong entrepreneurial drive. Rahul’s main business focus is with RRS Enterprise Investments, founded by his brother, sister and him; they focus mostly on the emerging economy markets. The company has been investing in and aiding the growth of exclusive and avant-garde luxury brands which offer bespoke jewellery, custom creations, haute horlogerie, artisan accessories, shoes, bespoke jeans and more.
Since Excedo Luxuria’s inception in 2006 Rahul and his company have been a tangible investor, but in 2010 Excedo Luxuria joined the RRS Enterprise Investments portfolio through a 100% acquisition. Excedo Luxuria is one of the world’s only dedicated Haute Luxury specialists. The firm represents a strong portfolio of brands including Cecil Purnell and Laurent Ferrier Haute Horlogerie, Swiss luxury watch brands creating only limited edition pieces, Hayari Couture and Perfume, the French artisan couture dress and fragrance specialist, JC Gorreri- handcrafted Italian leather handbags and El Chaussure- Made to order luxury footwear brand among others.
Shying away from media attention or spotlight; Rahul is known for his strong opinions, straight talking attitude and simple business practises. He has contributed to a number of international publications and talks including;
Delivered lectures as a Guest Lecturer at:
Business in the ultra-lux sector and emerging economies is beginning to catch the eye of the fresh and Rahul & Excedo Luxuria are taking its brands from strength to strength. Despite a slow down, many people in this wealth sector are untouchable when it comes to wanting to invest in true luxury goods; as Rahul says “Luxury With Innate Desire.”
Founder - The Global Luxury Group
We are looking to create a bridge between international luxury brands looking to enter India and Indian luxury brands looking to go global.
Also The Indian Luxury Expo, a spectacular venture that showcases the most exquisite brands representing the global luxury goods & services market
in Luxury Cars & Bikes, Perfume & Cosmetics, Jewellery & Watches, Clothing,Accessories, Hotels, Wines & Spirits, Food, Private jets, Furniture, Travel, Yachts and Cruises.
The expo is one of the most evolved property in the luxury industry with a compound network of 600 plus luxury brands and 30,000 HNIs across india covering Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai,kochi, Coimbatore, Vizag,Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Pune.
With an expertise in advertising and strategy, i started my career at the age of17, later going on to own Jukebox Entertainment, a boutique standalone PRAgency which helped me gain immense amount of experience and build my network since 2007. In between my software engineering and varied small time jobs including being the associate editor for Water Today (A water based magazine from chennai ) ,i published a national luxury magazine Avant Garde Life with a young team with the likes of having some of the most prominent bollywoodstars as the cover of the magazine covering ( Salman khan, Sonakshi sinha, Vani kapoor, Shahid kapoor, Minisha lamba, R. Madhavan, Ayesha Takia, Ishq Koppikar, Vidya Balan, Amrita rao, Deepti gujral and others .. )
Some of my later accomplishments include the current The Indian Luxury Expo & an augmented reality application named “Wowsome”. I also simultaneously try working with charitable organizations like Teach For India, PETA and Youwecan, and have earlier donated to Indo American Cancer Hospitals, United Way and Global Vision Cancer Care and has represented the Human Rights Association as Vice Chairman in hyderabad.
My aggressive plans encompass the creation of a luxury portal ( Since1700 ), which is planned in the first half of 2018; where global luxury products and services will be available online. Armed with ambition with an invigorating passion for growth, i am currently serving my expertise to various other established and growing companies as a part of my passion towards entrepreneurship.
It is understood that, India is set to become the world’s fastest wealth creator in the next few years. Currently India has over 150,000 millionaires. Over a million and a half Indians have more than 100,000 USD in liquid wealth. The Indian customer is spending more on luxury items, whose market is pegged at a whopping Rs 650 billion (US$14.6 billion) and growing at about 14 per cent a year.
We are currently the only such group company which has the tools, skills and vision to provide a great platform for international brands to associate with India.
Our channel provides affluent brands to connect directly with specific super rich segments which are not in traditional metro markets alone..
Targeting prime prospects of luxury, The Global Luxury Group seizes the fragmented and diversified customer base of HNI’s across India.
Having already captivated Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Vizag, Pune, Chandigarh & Delhi since 2012, the luxury expo is now scheduled for a 13 city tour in 2018-19, making it the most evolved property in the global luxury industry.
As an organisation, we work to bridge the gap between luxury products and consumers of the trade, through exclusive events, ecommerce and direct sales that provide the atmosphere that luxury calls for. Our personalised services cater products and services to High Net worth Individuals across India. We are user-centred and work towards providing our customer and client the utmost quality and satisfaction that they deserve.
Social Beat & Influencer
Founded in 2012, Social Beat is a Premier Google Partner, recommended Facebook agency and a trusted online expert with 100+ team members across Bangalore, Chennai & Mumbai. In 2017, Social Beat bagged two awards at the Social Samosa “Best Social Media Brands” and was the only agency recognised by Google India for innovation in search and display marketing.
Vikas is a member of the Facebook India SME Council and was recognized as the Top 100 Digital Marketers in India by Paul Writer & Pluralsight in 2017 and as one of the Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders by CMO Asia in 2016.
He comes with 15 years of experience in diverse functions ranging from marketing, sales and HR across Taj Hotels and Murugappa Group. Vikas Chawla holds a Masters degree in Management from London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Loyola College.
Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/vikaschawla
Co-Founder, Confidential Couture
Head – eCommerce India - Mondelēz International
Prior to joining Mondelēz International, he spent 15+ years in Brand Management, Commercial & Digital roles, across Alcobev, Tobacco and FMCG sectors, in MENA, SEA and India.
Abhishek’s mantra in life – “Take chances and don’t play safe, keep bar always high”
Director - Bagrry's group
Since joining the group in 2011, he has been instrumental in launching new product introductions, brand building, expanding the retail footprint and launching a new QSR vertical for the group. He currently manages the FMCG business of breakfast cereals and health foods for the group.
Aditya actively represents Bagrry’s at various Industry forums such as CII, FICCI and AIFPA. He has often been featured as a young leader in various platforms such as ‘CNBC Young Turks’, Economic Times, etc. and was also a part of the ‘Champions of Change’ initiative by NITI Aayog in 2017.
Prior to joining Bagrry’s he was associated with international organization AIESEC and has also worked with Goldman Sachs in the UK.
He holds a bachelors degree in Statistics from Hindu College, Delhi University and a Masters in Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).
CEO - TCI Supply Chain Solutions
Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Media Franchise India Media
In her tyrst with Business Journalism over the last 16 years, Ritu is regarded as an authority on Startups and Entrepreneurship, Retail and Consumer Businesses. In her role as the Group Editor she meets and interacts with Leading Indian and Global Entrepreneurs and thought leaders while tracking Startup and Entrepreneurial and
consumer business landscape in India.
She is a regular speaker at India’s leading Business Summits including Business forums organized by CII, FICCI, Phd Chambers amongst others. She also regularly speaks at leading B-schools and has addressed academic sessions at the TERI University for IAS officers, ISB Hyderabad, Vodafone Business Summit, E-360 organized by NEN, India Beauty Expo, World’s largest Franchise Expos in Paris and recently at RISE 2018 at
Hong Kong to name a few.
She also directs leading consumer and business forums across education, beauty & wellness, e-retail, home, food & beverages, among others. She has led more than 300 such conferences across metros, tier1 and tier 2 cities at Franchise India Events.
Academically she is masters in Business economics from Punjab University; she started her career as Faculty for Post –Graduation Economics under the same university. In 2003 she moved to Delhi and started working with Franchise India Holdings Limited where she has successfully spearheaded and grown the editorial and content at
Founder - ttogether and BlessdBuy.com
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, ‘AcquaFor 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.
Managing Director & Head of South Asia - Oriflame
Specialties: People & Culture Development, Negotiations, Public Speaking, Pricing and Brand Positioning, Strategic Business Development, International Leadership.
Chief Executive Officer, MTR Foods Pvt Ltd
After a career spanning only eight years, Sanjay joined Dabur Foods Ltd. as the Head of Marketing where he helped Real – the packaged Juices vertical of the company – grow from being a business of 6 crores to 240 crores. Sanjay left the organization as Business Head of the Foods Division in 2008.
That same year, Sanjay joined IFFCO as the Director of Beverages, Culinary and Strategic Marketing and a year later he took up his current position as the Chief Executive Officer at MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd.
In the last 7 years as CEO of MTR Foods, Sanjay has guided the company into being a nearly 700 crore organization in 2015.
Mr. Sharma is currently based in Bangalore. He completed his graduation from St. Xavier’s– Mumbai and went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pune. Sanjay is the Chairman of the Food Processing Committee at FICCI.
Partner & Head , Consulting-Consumer Business
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP
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:
Regional Director – Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development,
Asia Pacific – Cargill
In her 11 year’s stint at Cargill, prior to taking on her current role in the year 2016, she was leading corporate responsibility for Cargill in India for 5 years and has played a key role in advancing Cargill’s Nourishing India program from the time of inception. These initiatives have created scalable and replicable models for addressing the complex issues of food and nutrition security, education and livelihoods and sustainability in India. She has also worked in brand marketing and project management roles in Cargill prior to taking on the corporate responsibility role.
She is an active member of CSR committees of industry bodies like American Chambers of Commerce, FICCI & CII. She is also a member of the Social Responsibility Sectional Committee of Bureau of India Standards and HULT Prize – the Clinton Initiative. A regular speaker at national and international conferences and education institutions, she is passionate about the causes of education and women empowerment.
Founder & CEO of THE BEER CAFE
Married to a fashion designer with a 17-year-old son, Rahul is a gizmo freak, single malt collector, marathon runner, an avid biker and certified scuba diver.
Founder & Managing Director,
EAZY ERP Technologies Pvt Ltd
One of the pioneers of organised retail in India, Jayant wasan authentic “start-up” specialist long before the term became fashionable. After a long stint with automobilemajorMahindra’s, he launched the iconic French leisurewear brand Lacoste in India. He went on tocreate not just a unique brand,but an entirelynew category when he conceptualised and createdthe café chain Barista. He has also led the Images Group –a retailmedia company that publishes B2B magazines and organises retail conferences like the India Retail Forum. Jayant now heads India’s leading retail consulting practice -GO FISH. He also mentors some leading Retail CEO’s, and some very exciting newretail and e-tailing concepts, and is conceptualising and curating an innovative retail strategy conference –unBox Retail
Director Regulatory Affairs,
India and APAC Feminine Care (Consumer Division of Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd)
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.
General Regulatory Affairs Manager,
Johnson & Johnson Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Sonal is passionately involved in various industry forums working mainly for shaping cosmetics regulations in India. She is a member of various committees and working groups in Indian and International Industry Associations like IBHA, FICCI, ISCC, IPA, AFSTI, Cosmetics Europe-India Task Force, PCPC-India Task Force and supports work of NGO-Inner Wheel of Mumbai Parleshawar when time permits. Currently she is Co-Chair of Cosmetics Workgroup of FICCI. She also represents J&J on Cosmetics Sectional Committee, PCD 19 of Bureau of Indian Standards.
Sonal holds degree in Pharmacy and master’s degree in Clinical Research & Regulatory Affairs AND Post Graduate Diploma in Administrative Management. Recently she has completed Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence related topic. She has written few articles related to cosmetics and OTC regulations in India and abroad.
Sonal is based in Mumbai and stays in joint family with her husband who is an entrepreneur, an architect son and other family members. She also has interest in dramatics, music and love to spend good time with her family.
Managing Director of C P Wholesale India Private Limited AND
Director of C P Avant Pvt.Ltd.
Mr. Chearavanont’s profile in LOTS Wholesale Solutions encompasses responsibility for leading the
overall business operations in India. In this regard he continues to work with a team of top professionals
from the industry to develop and implement strategies targeted at achieving the mission of delivering
superior value to LOTS Wholesale’s customers, shareholders, employees and society at large, while
striving to achieve the business goals that aim to build the brand into a market leader in India, thus
developing the organisation to its full potential.
Tanit brings with him a strong background and multifaceted experience in investment banking and retail.
In his previous role, Tanit worked as the Director of Operations and Business Development of LOTS
Wholesale Solutions. He also worked with UBS AG in Hong Kong as an investment banker in their M&A
and Corporate Finance, and Consumer & Retail teams. This experience in banking industry will be an
added advantage to the organisation for setting up operations in India.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Harvard University, in Massachusetts, U.S.
Executive Vice President & Head - DLF Shopping Malls
Prior to DLF, she was the CEO of Funky Orbits and other retail projects under Apollo International Ltd. She has also worked with the Oberoi group of hotels and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd.
Ms. Pushpa Bector is currently a member of CII- National Committee of Retail and PHD Chamber of Commerce- Chairperson of Retail.
Following her continuous contributions to the retail and real estate segment, she has been honoured with the International Women Leadership Award for the Excellence in the Retail Industry organized by CMO Asia in 2013, Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year at Asia Shopping Centre and Mall Awards 2014 and Pathfinder award for the most enterprising CXO in the 8th annual estate awards.
General Manager, Henkel Beauty Care(P) – India
Kartik holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and is a post graduate in Business Administration from the K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management studies and Research, Mumbai.
With an FMCG career spanning well over 20 years, Kartik, an avid runner, and a freelance writer, has worked with leading organizations like Gillette, Dabur, and Disney in various specialist roles in the areas of sales, marketing and channel management.
Managing Director, Da Milano
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.
Partner, Bain & Company
He has more than 20 years of consulting experience. His expertise includes strategy development and execution, as well as organization transformation with a focus on the consumer products sector.
Joydeep’s experience includes defining business unit strategy, brand plans, sales and distribution, and organization transformations for leading MNC and Indian players in food & beverages, personal care, grocery retail, ecommerce, apparel and durables. He has worked on multi-year transformation programs helping clients enter new categories and geographies, develop new brands and enhance organization capabilities.
Joydeep earned an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and also holds a graduate degree in BA (Hons.) Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.
Founder & CEO, Chai Point
He is passionate about building brands. He strongly believes that businesses by design should also be making a positive impact in the societies in which they operate. Technology, product design, and incentive structures have a critical role to play towards this. He believes that his loved ones are the pillars of support in his life.
Partner & Leader Retail and Consumer, PwC
Anurag is a Partner with Strategy& management consulting practice based in New Delhi. He has a wide gamut of consulting experience working in business transformation, growth strategy, operating model & supply chain management across the domains of consumer goods, retail and e-commerce. Anurag has led large scale transformation projects with several Global and Indian companies to develop and implement solutions for growth. He also brings experience in new age areas of analytics & digital marketing and is passionate about digital business disruption in traditional industries and the transformation in businesses through data driven insight.
Prior to his current stint at Strategy&, Anurag has worked with Accenture and Nestle in India.
Industry and Projects Managed (other than PwC)
Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP
Advisory, Compliance, Tax Dispute Resolution Services (Appellate proceedings), Health Check Review, Due Diligence-Indirect taxes
Saloni is a Senior Director with Deloitte and based out of New Delhi, specializing in indirect taxes. She has over 24 years experience in tax and regulatory matters. Saloni has assisted various clients across industries on GST implementation projects. She has also advised the clients on matters pertaining to GST advisory and erstwhile indirect taxes such as VAT, service tax, central excise and matters related to customs / foreign trade policy.
She also frequently contributes articles and thought papers to financial dailies and tax journals.
She has been recognized in the list of leading tax advisors by International Tax Review World Tax in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Executive Director (Finance), Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Heading functions of Indirect Taxes and Direct Taxes(in addition to normal accounting and some special projects.)
Joined Maruti in 1984 and worked in various capacity, handled many projects like IPO in 2003, Oracle ERP implementation, SPIL merger, Accounts and Taxation aspects of Gujarat Project, etc.
He has led team for smooth implementation of GST at Maruti which involved extensive interactions with senior officer of Finance Ministry of GOI as well as State Finance Ministries.
Membership etc. of Industry Association:
Marketing Director, Da Milano
Reckoned as a fast-moving bridge-to-luxury brand, Da Milano today has over 80 stores and eyes for augmenting its customer reach by marking global footprints at important locales and capitals internationally. A trendsetter in many ways, Da Milano’s innovative and discreet fashion aesthetics has won many fans over the years.
With an educational career dotted in the international cityscapes, Ms. Malik having won many laurels, is an Economics honors graduate from the prestigious University of Delhi and further procured a specialization in Economics and Finance from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.
A go to woman for all things luxe, Shivani’s passion and flair in marketing and communication constantly spurs her to come up with fresh perspectives and new ideas to keep up with current trends and appease the discerning clientele with guaranteed access to the best collections, every fashion season. Her creativity and conviction contribute in creating Da Milano as a distinguished brand and reinventing the very notion of affordable luxury in India. Her continuous dedication and hard work has bestowed her many awards in a span of six months including ‘Indian Women Achievers Samaan 2017’ which was held in Bahrain. She was also a speaker at Global entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad for which Ivanka Trump was also present and many more.
Staying abreast with time, Shivani is responsible for brand’s global acclaim in the Gulf and with a compelling vision of making Da Milano a global brand, she believes Da Milano will give competing brands a run for their money.
Intrinsically a Delhiite, Shivani is a proud mother of two and loves to travel and take some time off with her family and friends. When not at work, she devotes all her time to her kids – Samridh, 7 years and Samaira, 2 years old.
Director, Regulatory Affairs (South Asia), Unilever
Rajendra has been working with Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) for last 15 years in various R&D functions like Discover Science, Clinicals and Regulatory Affairs. Before joining Unilever, Rajendra worked with Dabur Research Foundation for 10 years.
He is passionately involved in regulations and policy related aspects of personal care, foods and biodiversity in India. He is member in various committees and working groups in Govt. and Industry chambers. He chairs the technical committees of Indian Home & Personal Care Industry Association (IHPCIA).
He has published 24 research and review papers in various journals and has written more than 100 feature articles on Naturals in various periodicals. He has been contributing columns like “Plant Power”, “What’s the Alternative” in various daily newspapers and magazines published from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Rajendra has co-authored 2 books and has contributed chapters in books on Ayurveda, Naturals, Medicinal Plants and Conservation.
Partner, Deloitte India
As a leader of the Consumer Industry within the Risk Advisory practice, he brings with him diverse experience and insights from advising companies in the area of business process transformation, performance management, corporate governance, business and financial controls.
In his 20+ years of career, he has led over 100+ mandates, both in India and international markets advising multinational, domestic and middle market companies across sectors such as retail & wholesale, FMCG, apparel, consumer electronics and Manufacturing.
Technology enabled processes & risk management has been his focus, while spearheading initiatives to deploy tech-solutions such as predictive risk analysis using Risk Sensing, Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM) and advance analytics for performance improvement and risk management for companies.
Sanjesh’s insights are valued by leading business publications, industry associations, business forums, such as Retail Association of India (RAI), ACIIA, and Deloitte CFO Forum.
Sanjesh is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and is an alumnus of the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).