Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India
He has worked extensively and provided leadership at the middle and senior levels in Government of India & in the state of Rajasthan across departments e.g. National Highways, Medical & Health, Home, Information Technology, Finance, Commercial Taxes, Urban Infrastructure Development, Road Transport, Rural Development, Culture and Information & Public Relations. He led the government initiative of reviving Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in National Highways via key policy interventions like the Hybrid Annuity Model through appropriate risk allocation among the public and private partners. He also successfully led the initiative of asset recycling of public funded national highways (Toll Operate Transfer Model) that resulted in one of the largest FDI in the highways sector amounting to USD 1.5 billion, one of the first successful asset monetization in India. As Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Medical, Health & Family Welfare in Rajasthan, during the first wave of Covid-19 in the year 2020, he developed and deployed the Bhilwara Model of “ruthless containment” to successfully manage the Covid upsurge in the rural and urban hot spots across Rajasthan.
CEO, Reliance Retail
Subbu, as he is commonly known as, started his career with Tata Tea in 1988 and worked for over 7 years. After a brief stint at Apollo Hospitals in 1995, he joined RIL as Vice President Accounts where he served for over 16 years handling Finance, Compliance and Accounting function.
In 2013, Subbu join Bajaj Auto as Sr. Vice President Finance and steered the entire finance and commercial function for the company. In 2014, Subbu rejoined RIL as Deputy CFO of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) with responsibility of Finance, Accounts and Taxation Functions.
In 2016, Subbu shifted to Reliance Retail as the CFO and became Director in December 2016. Reliance Retail is India’s Largest Retail enterprise and operates Groceries, Electronics, Fashion and Lifestyle stores and Petro outlets.
In his current position, Subbu is responsible for managing day to day operations of the retail business and driving growth and profitability. Under his leadership, Reliance Retail has consolidated its leadership position and emerged as the fastest growing retailers in the world. The company has accomplished numerous milestones and is poised for exponential growth to become a retailer of global scale.
Subbu did his Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta. He is a qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant.
Chief Executive Officer, P&G Indian Subcontinent
Educational Qualifications: MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad | BE (Mech), National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
VP, India and AEMEA
Under Herjit’s leadership as Managing Director, Hershey India has deepened its presence in the fast-growing Indian chocolate market with the launch of the iconic Hershey’s Kisses in 2018. This was followed by the national rollout of the larger Hershey’s chocolate portfolio in 2020. During the same period, Herjit has successfully led Hershey India’s transition to a multi-category play company with leading share positions across chocolate syrups, chocolate spreads, milkshake, soya drink and lollipops.
Starting January 2021 Herjit has been leading the business for The Hershey Company across India and AEMEA (Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa) as two separate BUs.
Prior to joining Hershey India, Herjit has spent more than 18 years in various leadership sales, marketing and management roles at Unilever in India, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In his previous position, Herjit served on the Board of Directors with Metro Cash & Carry handling operations for North and East India.
Herjit possesses a unique proficiency in effectively leading teams, driving employee engagement, positively impacting revenue growth and turning around businesses. An accomplished industry leader, he is the co-chair for the FMCG committee at FICCI. Herjit is also a serving member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM) and The Economic Times India Leadership Council.
Herjit enjoys spending most of his time post work with his family, especially with his son Hrihaan. He is an equestrian and is a life member of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) and Army Polo & Riding Club (APRC) Delhi. His passion for the sport led to his participation in national equestrian championships around the country.
Managing Director, L’Oréal India
In a career spanning over three decades, he has led businesses across sectors like FMCG, Entertainment & Media, and Beauty. Amit was a part of the team that set up Coca-Cola India, founded the Viacom 18 JV in India, and subsequently led Viacom and MTV Asia as Managing Director & EVP.
Before joining L’Oréal India, he was the Managing Director of AkzoNobel India and then the Managing Director for AkzoNobel North & West Europe. He continues to serve as Non-Executive Director on the Board of AkzoNobel India. He currently also serves as the India Board Chair of the Modern Marketing Association (MMA) India.
He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and has completed an Advanced Management Program from the Wharton Business School.
Amit is an avid wildlife conservationist and is a strong supporter of literacy for underprivileged children.
Co-Founder and CEO, Honasa Consumer Pvt Ltd
He has been awarded with prestigious awards like Economic Times 40 Under 40 and Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow among others.
Managing Director, Hershey India
Prior to Hershey, Geetika has over 18 years of experience at Hindustan Unilever where she handled increasing responsibilities of commercial and consumer marketing within HUL. She has experience in Foods and Homecare in diverse markets including South Asia, Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa. She was previously the General Manager for Unilever’s Home & Hygiene business, where she delivered market-leading results on both the top and bottom lines and helped to position the category for long-term growth. She was also on the board of directors for Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) India Chapter. TBC is a business-led collaboration with the goal of addressing the global sanitation crisis by accelerating the sanitation economy.
Geetika is an alumnus of prestigious educational institutions such as Sriram College of Commerce, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. On the personal front, her interests include being an avid reader, traveller, marathon runner, and foodie.
CEO & Co-Founder, Epigamia
Rohan’s primary role is to lead the company’s overall business development to create a unique proposition that will outline the next big influx in the FMCG space. He is the quintessential blend of East & West. He enjoys the colour, and opportunity his native country India presents but at the same time, brings in a truly western growth outlook.
Rohan’s formative years have been spent in New York, and he carries the city’s energy everywhere he goes. Before entering the FMCG space, he enjoyed a career in finance with S&P’s Corporate Valuation Group (now a division of Duff & Phelps Investment Bank). As part of that stint, he also spent time in Tokyo working on one of the largest M&A transactions in history.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an MBA from Wharton, he leads Epigamia with a passion for food and health and a culture of collaboration and customer obsession.
Prior to joining MakeMyTrip, Vipul spent 20 years at PepsiCo working across geographies as well as functions. He concluded his stint as the Senior Vice President and CMO of Beverage Category for PepsiCo India responsible for driving revenue growth, share and brand equity. Vipul was part of global marketing team in the US for a period of three years; he spent four years in Dubai as the Head of the Foods and Beverages Innovation for Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Vipul has also been associated with Asian Paints and Sony Music.
Vipul holds a post graduate diploma in management from IIM Ahmedabad and a mechanical engineering degree from IIT Delhi. His interests include reading and travelling.
Co-Founder & MD, upGrad
Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad An education maven and accomplished entrepreneur, Mayank Kumar is one of the sharpest minds leading the edtech revolution in India. He’s the Co-founder & MD of Asia’s largest higher Edtech company upGrad which has impacted 3+ million total registered learners in over 100 countries in the last ~8yrs. Mayank has spent most of his professional career in the education sector and served as VP-Education at Bertelsmann and Senior Principal at The Parthenon Group in his previous stints. Also, worked with global clients across China, South-East Asia, Middle East India, and South America. An IIT Delhi/ISB alumnus, Mayank was named ‘40Under40 Achiever of the year’ by BusinessWorld Disrupt in 2017, ‘BW Education 40under40 Achiever’ by Business World in 2020, and recognised as Influential Leaders of New India in 2021 by Team Marksmen; currently the Chair of Indian EdTech Consortium (IEC).
President, Haier Appliances (India) Pvt. Limited
Mr. Satish N.S. is President at Haier Appliances India Pvt. Ltd. A seasoned business leader with more than 25 years of experience, Satish is heading the company’s India operations that include sales and marketing, manufacturing and all other support functions of the company. Satish is a Sloan fellow – MIT school of Management, a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA in Marketing.
An industry expert, Satish is seen as a visionary with keen understanding of the consumer durables sector in India. A true leader at heart, what sets him apart is his deep understanding of changing customer needs and a wealth of experience in delivering solutions across markets. His relentless pursuit for success with teamwork at the core has made him one of the strongest pillars at Haier. In the past, Satish has held several leadership positions with some of the leading companies like Onida, Samsung, Panasonic and Videocon.
Chief Human Resources Officer, General Electric
Senior Director and Head of HR at Global Business Services, PepsiCo
Avantika is an HR leader with over 19 years of deep expertise and proven results. She has successfully led high-impact talent agendas throughout her career in start-ups and larger business units. She has built and led teams in cross-functional, multi-cultural and multi-geography environments enabled by strong collaboration and business partnerships.
Her strengths include her ability to create a compelling talent vision and strategy and deliver sustained results across the talent value chain. She has worked extensively across the Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Services industries in her consulting and corporate roles and is currently the CHRO for PepsiCo Global Business Services in India.
She is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility, Inclusion and Enabling Women in STEM careers.
Her Twitter Handle is @AvantikaSNigam.
Manisha is the CEO & Secretary General of The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). She has been associated with ASCI since 2015 in the capacity of a Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) member. Under her leadership and her vast experience with brands, Manisha is spearheading several strategic initiatives to get ASCI ready to be future-facing in extremely challenging times. On the global circuit, representing ASCI, Manisha is one of the four vice- presidents on the executive committee of International Council of Ad Self-Regulation (ICAS). She is also a special invitee to the Empowered Group on Covid Communication, formed by the Government of India.
Over the past 25 years, Manisha has helped companies establish and nurture brands through brand building, new product development, marketing strategy development as well as media strategies. She started her career at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and Johnson & Johnson, and then went on to be a strategic consultant to companies in banking, insurance, financial broking, automotive, FMCG, healthcare, wellness, food, media, aviation, apparel and lifestyle sectors. Manisha also has rich experience in the development sector and has worked with different organizations on initiatives to create sustainable social impact.
Partner, Bain & Company
Ravi Swarup: is a partner in Bain & Company’s New Delhi office. He is a member of the firm’s Consumer Products and Retail practices. He has nearly 15 years of strategy consulting experience and has led several transformative engagements in frontline topics such as go-to-market transformation, value proposition and brand development, campaign and promotions management, marketing spend optimization and sales and distribution transformation. Additionally, Ravi has deep interest and experience in driving change management to ensure true value delivery in large and complex programs. Ravi has experience working with clients in FMCG, tobacco, alcobev, apparel, multiple retail formats and telecom industries Ravi earned an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and a graduate degree in B.E. (Computer Science) from NSIT, University of Delhi.
Ravi was featured in an interview with Rajesh Magow (Co-Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip) on Offline to Online (O2O) expansion – Opportunities and challenges for the Indian e-commerce industry, organized by The Economic Times. The session revolved around identifying the roadblocks and understanding how to best use technology for survival and growth. Ravi has also contributed on topics including the development of MSME sector critical to India’s growth aspirations. He co-authored an article published in Mint on how Indian MSMEs can retool to recover from the Covid-19 crisis. Only this month, Ravi moderated session at the FRO Summit by Franchise India, on understanding the D2C market opportunity. The panel consisted of founders and CEOs from leading companies.
CEO, The Body Shop India
With 29 years in the Indian Retail sector, she has been instrumental in creating, launching and establishing inspiring brands and retail experiences for Indian consumers.
She started her career with Benetton India in the early 90’s, and later worked with Nike, Puma and multiple International Sports brands in sport licensing, branding, retail, wholesale development and General Management.
She moved to the Beauty and Cosmetics industry, launching The Body Shop in India, 15 years ago. In the last decade, The Body Shop’s growth has been exceptionally fast paced, exhilarating and dynamic. As the brand has penetrated and expanded rapidly in India, Shriti has built and led the team in brand development, operational excellence, rapid Expansion and customer contact strategy in a fast-growing Beauty and Personal Care space.
The Body Shop is today the No. 1 International Beauty brand, with a defining voice and presence across channels, a physical retail dominance in 60 cities, a rapidly developing Brand own e-commerce business that extends Brand reach to 1000 cities and towns and to millions of beauty consumers and aspirants.
Shriti believes that team spirit along with passionate and empowered teams with an insatiable appetite for learning are the key to the success of businesses.
ABOUT THE BODY SHOP
Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand and a certified B Corp™. The Body Shop seeks to make positive change in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, body care, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. Having pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good, this ethos is still the brand’s driving force. The Body Shop operates about 3,000 retail locations in more than 70 countries. Along with Aesop, Avon and Natura, The Body Shop is part of Natura &Co, a global, multi-channel and multibrand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. The four companies that form the group are committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. The Body Shop India is managed by Quest Retail Pvt Ltd and is operational in India since 2006. The Body Shop operates 185 stores across the country.
Executive Director DLF Retail ,Business Head luxury and Shopping Malls at DLF DPSL
Always leading the charge from the front, Ms. Pushpa Bector continues to set new benchmarks for the retail industry and stands tall as a torchbearer for women in leadership roles. As the Executive Director, DLF Malls, she aspires to take Indian retail to new heights with a vision to not simply expand DLF’s footprints in retail, but by making the brand synonymous with an unparalleled holistic retail experience.
Never afraid to voice her opinions, Ms. Bector has always held her own in a room full of retail veterans and played a significant role in shaping the retail landscape in India. One of the few women in retail, with a seat at the table, Ms. Bector understands her responsibility to not simply follow the beaten road, but to create her own individual path to success and inspire other women to follow their passion with similar determination and grit.
Armed with keen insights and a clear vision, Ms. Bector, has reshaped Indian retail through disruptive innovations and unique experiences. Through the launch of the initial DLF Malls starting with DLF Promenade more than a decade ago, Ms. Bector was amongst the first few to introduce the evolved Indian consumer to a retail experience that is not defined by a transactional exchange of good or service but went way beyond to offer a holistic experience matching international standards that kept customers coming back for more. Through her path-breaking endeavours, the use of cutting-edge technologies and the adoption of global best practices, Ms. Bector continues to redefine retail, recreation and leisure experiences for the evolved Indian consumer.
An inspirational leader, Ms. Bector, has created a culture that recognizes individual initiatives but also encourages collaboration and teamwork, bringing out the best in every team member. Her infectious energy and passion to constantly innovate drive her team to mirror that same enthusiasm and create new benchmarks. Thus, leading to the impeccable track record of sustained growth, customer satisfaction, and innovation that defines DLF’s retail portfolio.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a litmus test of character and determination for millions of people around the world. The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world has quickly eclipsed other recent epidemics in both their size and scope. In addition to the deadly human toll and the disruption to people’s lives, the economic damage which the pandemic caused on a worldwide scale is already significant and far-reaching. For business leaders, the ongoing crisis has accelerated an unprecedented change. More than ever before, the health of businesses is urgently and visibly linked with that of the workforce, society, and the planet. Amid such a scenario, Ms. Bector not only did cope up with extraordinary demands on both the professional and personal fronts but are also played a crucial role in leading the organizations through the current Covid-19 crisis. She adapted quick and creative, unconventional ways to operate and lead both the business and its employees
A visionary, Ms. Bector, has led DLF’s retail portfolio by preempting global industry trends as well as consumer needs and desires. DLF malls do not simply address the needs of today but are well equipped to meet and exceed future expectations across all consumer touchpoints. She has been adept in marrying her extensive industry knowledge with innovative thinking and data-driven insights to create effective strategies that have allowed DLF Malls’ portfolio to continue to thrive and grow even in the challenging and tumultuous retail environment. Ms. Bector has also steered the digital adoption and introduced new-age technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) which have become an integral part of business strategy.
Pushpa started her career at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts before going on to work for Jubilant FoodWorks as Marketing Head for Domino’s Pizza. Her initial experiences in the hospitality industry provided her with the tools and knowledge she would later use at DLF, having seen firsthand how food brands successfully established their footprints in India throughout the early 1990s.
In her early years with DLF, she worked as Vice President and Mall Head of DLF Promenade. Leading the business through the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Pushpa has since transformed the space into a successful and admired fashion destination through creative marketing campaigns and the establishment of cohesive operations and processes. Prior to this, she established 6 food courts for DLF.
In her current role, Pushpa is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of DLF Retail Malls (including Premium & Luxury) across marketing, leasing, finance, and operations.
A Harvard Alumni, Pushpa is passionate about music and cinema. While she enjoys her time in the boardroom, she also cherishes quality time spent with her children and family.
A firm believer in pre-empting changes and seizing new opportunities, Ms. Bector has multiple awards to her credit, with ET Now women super achiever in the shopping malls sector, being the latest to be added to her list of achievements.
Honours and Awards Received
Ms. Pushpa Bector is currently a prominent member of CII- National Committee of Retail and PHD Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Bector has been a recipient of numerous awards and honours. The most prestigious of which was conferred to her by CMO Asia following her continuous contributions to the retail and real estate segment. She was honoured with the International Women Leadership Award for her excellence in the retail industry. This award recognised and appreciated the profound role played by Ms. Bector as an exemplary leader, decision-maker and executioner, in shaping the future of retail in India.
Pushpa is well-versed in analytics and has successfully shown the power of data to drive results. She was awarded the Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year at Asia Shopping Centre and Mall Awards 2014. Her keen interest in finance and deep understanding of key industry drivers earned her the prestigious Pathfinder award for the most enterprising CXO in the 8th annual estate awards.
Ms. Pushpa Bector has been honoured with:
DLF Malls comprises 6 premium properties and 2 luxury properties across Delhi-NCR and Chandigarh. The premium portfolio includes DLF Mall of India – India’s first & largest mall that has delectable dining options, energizing entertainment arenas and home to 400 brands and 65 kiosks, making it a delightful experience for shoppers. DLF Promenade – The Fashion-forward mall of Delhi-NCR catering to thousands of discerning shoppers with a unique mix of leading international and Indian fashion, entertainment, and dining options. DLF Avenue, Saket – the latest landmark with great shopping, fine dining & cultural happenings. DLF CyberHub – the ultimate high street that has more than 80 F&B and retail outlets and a jam-packed calendar of events around Food, Music & Entertainment throughout the year. Horizon Plaza, DLF 5 – a world for finest cuisines and unmatched ambience & DLF City Centre, Chandigarh – the culturally vibrant mall, catering to consumers from Tricity – Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali.
DLF’s Luxury Retail portfolio includes its two premier destinations, DLF Emporio – The first and finest luxury destination in the country designed as a name synonymous with luxury offering a unique shopping experience where the accent is on exclusivity, space and aesthetics, where Indian fashion designers and International Luxury Brands are showcased under one elegant roof & the award-winning “The Chanakya” – India’s most uniquely curated luxury destination providing discerning luxury-enthusiasts, options across international and home-grown brands offering fashion, lifestyle, gourmet dining and entertainment.
CEO, Digital Technology Business, Publicis Groupe India
Amaresh Godbole is the CEO, Digital Technology Business at Publicis Groupe India. In this role, Amaresh leads the Groupe’s digital experience and technology agencies Digitas India and Indigo Consulting. He is also responsible for scaling up the Publicis Commerce D2C offering. Prior to this, Godbole was Head of Creative and Capability at Google India, and he also has a history of over a decade with Publicis Groupe, where his last role was CEO, Digitas India.
Amaresh has been recognised in prominent industry accolades such as Campaign’s Asia Pacific 40U40, IMPACT magazine 40U40, and Campaign’s ‘Most Admired Agency Leaders in Asia’ amongst others. A regular speaker at key events, he has also been a contributor to industry bodies such as ASCI, helping them shape digital regulation.
Head (Logistics), Reliance Retail Ltd.
In his current role he is responsible for creating global standard supply chain to support massive growth plans of Retail Business. This includes building state-of-the-art infra, people, technology, automation and policies.
His total work experience spans over three decades across Retail, Manufacturing and 3PL, having worked across organizations like Grasim, Welspun, Future Group and DP world in Leadership Roles. Prior to joining Reliance Retail, he was the CEO for DP World and Future Supply Chains in his last two stints.
He has vast understanding of consumer supply chains spanning Grocery, Fashion & Lifestyle, Furniture, CDIT, FMCG etc., besides having worked on auto and other industrial supply chain solutions. He has significant understanding on warehouse automation and design, having built Indians first fully automated DC for retail business from scratch. He has been the recipient of many an award from the Fraternity and is also core member of CII.
Head of Sustainability - PepsiCo India
Juhi is Head of Sustainability at PepsiCo India. She drives the Winning with Purpose agenda on Sustainability focusing on Circular Economy for Plastics, Creating Positive Water Impact & leading next generation Agriculture. She leads PepsiCo’s EPR initiatives on plastic waste management in India and also the community water programs focused on water replenishment, driving water stewardship through community institutions. She has worked on diverse thematic areas of development including education, nutrition, water & sanitation, women empowerment and sustainable agricultural practices.
Juhi is an active member of various industry CSR forums, participating in the CSR development and industry best practices. She has an experience of 17+ years in various facets of Corporate Affairs, starting her career in Government Affairs and moving on to becoming a CSR practitioner. Her Sustainability efforts at PepsiCo, in the area of water replenishment & community engagement, have been recognized as the Best Community program in water sector, across various National Forums.
Juhi has been featured in the list of top 25 CSR professionals in the Country by CSR Times, one of the leading publications on CSR in India and was recently conferred with the “Most Influential Sustainability Leaders of India” at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit. She has a certification from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) for completing the programme on “Strategizing Sustainability & CSR Projects Development”. She also has a certificate of honour from Bennett University, a Times Group Initiative for completing the first CSR Practitioner Series. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, after completing her Graduation in English Literature from Delhi University.
Juhi is very committed and passionate about CSR, and strongly feels that community engagement should be viewed as a vital component of business not just as a license to operate but as an opportunity for creating real value for the underserved communities.