We have the who's who of the corporate world lined up to mentor you - the most promising future leaders in India. 
Here is the one's who've signed up so far - and we have more on the way!

Ajay PiramalChairmanPiramal Group & Shriram Group
Ajoy MisraMD and CEOTata Global Beverages
Amar Babu‎Vice President and COO, Asia PacificLenovo
Amit ChandraMDBain Capital 
Amitabh ChaudhryMDHDFC life 
Analjit Singh Founder and Chairman Max Healthcare, Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited 
Anand KripaluMD & CEOUnited Spirits
Ananth NarayananCEOMyntra
Anshu GuptaFounderGoonj
Anurag BeharCEOAzim Premji Foundation
Arjun NohwarHeadUber for Business (U4B) - APAC
Arnab GoswamiEditor-in-chief and News AnchorIndian news channel Times Now and ET Now. 
Bharat PuriMDPidilite Industries Ltd
Bhargav DasguptaMDICICI LOMBARD
Bhaskar BhatMDTitan Company Limited
Gopal VittalCEO, India and South-AsiaBharti Airtel
Harsh C MariwalaChairmanMarico Industries 
K M BirlaChairmanAditya Birla Group
Keki MistryVice Chairman and CEOHDFC
Madhavan MenonChairman and MDThomas Cook India Group
Meher PudumjeeChairpersonThermax
Neeraj Roy MD and CEOHungama Digital Media Entertainment
Nirmal JainChairmanIndia Infoline Ltd.
Punit GoenkaMD and CEOZee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Rahul JoshiCEO and Editor-in-ChiefNetwork18 (CNBC, CNN18, IBN7, etc.)
Rahul KhoslaPresidentMax Group
Raj JainCEOTimes Group
Rashesh ShahChairman and CEOEdelweiss Group
Ravi VenkatesanFounder ChairmanSocial Venture Partners India (Also, Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda)
S. SivakumarDivisional Chief ExecutiveITC Agri Business Division (Vice Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited)
Sandeep GhoshMDBharti Axalife
Sanjeev AggarwalFounding Partner and Senior MDHelion ventures
Saugata GuptaMD and CEOMarico Limited
Shaheen MistriCEOTeach for India 
Shailesh AyyangarMDSanofi Aventis India
Shantanu PrakashChairman and MDEducomp Solutions Limited
Shiv ShivakumarChairman and CEOPepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
Sudhanshu Vats Group Chief Executive OfficerViacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.
Sumant SinhaChairman and CEOReNew Power
Sunil LullaChairman and MDGrey Group India
Uday ShankarCEOStar India 
Umang BediMD, India & South-AsiaFacebook 
Varun Berry MDBritannia Industries Ltd.
Venky MysoreCEO MDRed Chillies Entertainment and Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL)
Vipin SondhiCEO and MDJCB India Ltd
Vivek GambhirMDGodrej Consumer Products

CEOs participating in 2016
Ajay G. Piramal
Chairman, Piramal Group

Born in August 3rd 1955, Ajay Piramal is one of India’s leading industrialists, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. He heads one of India’s largest business groups (Market Cap USD  7 billion; FY 2015 revenue USD 2.5 billion), with activities in healthcare, real estate, financial services, information services, and glass packaging. The businesses of the Piramal Group have operations in the UK, US, Germany, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hong Kong and India and their products and services are sold in over a 100 countries. 
 
Mr Piramal became the Chairman of the Piramal Group at the young age of 29.  Known for identifying opportunities ahead of the curve, he diversified from the century old textile family business Morarjee Mills into the healthcare sector by acquiring Nicholas Laboratories Ltd. in 1988. Since inception the revenue for Piramal Enterprises has grown at a CAGR of ~25%.  PEL generated annualised returns of ~ 30% for their shareholders. The company become one of the top three globally in critical care anaesthesia gases, contract manufacturing and research. The group has over 600 scientists and 1000 patents.  In 2010, a portion of the Group’s pharmaceutical business was sold to Abbott Labs for Rs.18000 Crores. The Piramal Group has continued on its innovative path, utilizing proceeds from the sale, the company has made several investments including the Acquisition of Decision Resources Group, a global leader in providing research, data, analytics and insights to the Global Pharma industry, the acquisition of a division of Bayer Imaging, which help to identify Beta-Amyloid Neuritic Plaques, which have been shown to correlate with Alzheimer’s’ Disease, an investment in Vodafone India, which generated an IRR of 19% on a ~$ 1.2 billion investment, investment in the India financial services company, Shriram Transport and Shriram Capital, amongst other things.
 
He is the Chairman of Piramal Glass, the fastest growing specialty glass players in Asia and Piramal Realty which aspires to be the most respected real estate developer in India.
 
In the social sector he has established the Piramal Foundation which has created break-through initiatives that have made a positive difference to millions of people in healthcare services, rural education, potable water, livelihood creation & youth empowerment, improving access to primary healthcare, leadership capacity in government schools and for generating livelihood for rural women.
 
He has made valuable contributions in public policy by serving on the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Knowledge-Based Industries and Prime Minister’s Council for Trade & Industry. He has served as a Director for the State Bank of India. Presently, he serves on the Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Indore.
 
Mr Piramal has won several global awards in recognition of his philanthropic work, including the Forbes Philanthropy Awards in the Outstanding Philanthropist category in 2013 and 2014. He was selected as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum before he was forty. He has been awarded as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award, UK (2006), ‘CEO of the Year Award’ by World Strategy Forum. Recently, Mr. Ajay Piramal, has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy (D. Phil) by the Amity University, India. In July 2015, Mr. Piramal won the “Business Leader of the Award” instituted by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
  
Mr Piramal did B. Sc (Hons.) from Bombay University (1975). He completed his M.M.S. from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (1977) and AMP from Harvard Business School (1992).


Amit Chandra
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Amit joined Bain Capital in early 2008 to set up the Mumbai office. Prior to joining the firm, he had spent most of his professional career at DSP Merrill Lynch, a leading investment bank in India.  He retired from DSP in 2007 as its Board Member & senior most Managing Director, with direct oversight of its Global Markets & Investment Banking business. Amit started his professional career as an engineer at India's leading engineering & construction firm, Larsen & Toubro.
 
Amit is a Member of the Board of Directors of Genpact, Piramal Enterprises, Tata Investment Corporation and Emcure Pharmaceuticals. He is also active in India’s not for profit space and serves as Governing Council Member / Founder of Ashoka University, and as a Trustee/Board Member of The Akanksha Foundation (providing education to less privileged children) and GiveIndia (India's leading philanthropic exchange).
 
Amit was named Next Generation Philanthropic Leader of the Year by Forbes in 2013.  He received his MBA from Boston College and was awarded the school's Distinguished Alumni in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay University. He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.

Amitabh Chaudhry
Managing Director & CEO, HDFC Life
Amitabh Chaudhry is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at HDFC Life.
 
He has been with the company since January 2010. HDFC Life is today recognized as the premium brand in the insurance space and is one of India’s largest private life insurers. Before joining HDFC Life, he was the MD and CEO of Infosys BPO Ltd and was also heading the testing unit of Infosys Technologies Ltd. He played a critical role in building the BPO from its inception to an extremely profitable business with presence in eleven centers across seven countries. He started his career in 1987 with Bank of America and worked in diverse roles ranging from Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets and Chief Finance Officer of Bank of America (India). He moved to Credit Lyonnais Securities in 2001 where he headed the investment banking franchise for South East Asia and structured finance practice for Asia before joining Infosys BPO in 2003.
 
Mr. Chaudhry completed Engineering in 1985 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and PGDBM in 1987 from IIM, Ahmedabad.
 
He serves on the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Limited, a market leader in corporate and college education in various emerging markets and Shriram Transport Finance Co Ltd, one of the largest non banking auto finance companies in India.
 
He is also an Independent Director with Credila (an HDFC Ltd. Company), India’s First Dedicated Education Loan Company.
Analjit Singh
Founder Chairman Emeritus of Max Group

Mr Analjit Singh is the Founder Chairman Emeritus of The Max Group a $2.5 billion multi business enterprise,  with interests in life insurance (Max Life), health care (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa),senior living (Antara).  Max Group is renowned for service excellence and has successful joint ventures with some of the pre-eminent firms of the world including Mitsui Sumitomo of Japan, Life Healthcare of South Africa and Bupa Plc of the United Kingdom.  Earlier partners include, New York Life Insurance Company, Hutchison Whampoa, Motorola and Lockheed Martin.  
 
Amongst his private businesses, Mr Analjit Singh has significant interests in real estate in India and lifestyle related ventures in the Western Cape, South Africa, pertaining to viticulture, wine making and hospitality.  The activities are centred around the Franschhoek Valley and Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland region of the Western Cape, South Africa.
 
A self-made entrepreneur Mr Analjit Singh was awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2011. An alumnus of The Doon School and Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mr Analjit Singh holds an MBA from Graduate School of Management, Boston University.  He has been conferred with a honorary doctorate by Amity University.
 
Professionally, he is the non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India and a Director on the boards of Tata Global Beverages and Sofina NV/SA, Belgium. Till recently, he served as Chairman of the Doon School.
 
Mr. Analjit Singh is a member of the Founder Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), India’s top ranked B-School, and has served as Chairman of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee- India’s oldest and most prestigious engineering college. He has instituted a scholarship fund for meritorious management students from India at his alma mater-Graduate School of Management-Boston University. The scholarship runs under the rubric MAS (Max Analjit Singh Scholarship).
 
Mr Analjit Singh is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indo UK CEO council. In past he has also served on the Prime Minister’s Indo US CEO council. Mr Analjit Singh has also served as the co-chair of Prabodhan, a unique forum for facilitating closer and more effective engagement between European and Indian decision makers and opinion leaders with Mr Ratan Tata-Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group and Vittorio Colao-Group Chief Executive of Vodafone as co-patrons.
 
He has been felicitated by Senator Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State on behalf of Indian American Centre for Political Awareness for his outstanding achievement in presenting the international community with an understanding of a modern and vibrant India and for creating several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the USA.
 
He has been honoured with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Service Category) and the Golden Peacock Award for Leadership and Service Excellence. In 2014 he was awarded with Spain’s second highest civilian honour, the Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabella and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.
 
He also serves as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of San Marino in India.

Anand Kripalu
Managing Director & CEO, United Spirits
Anand Kripalu took over as Chief Executive Officer of United Spirits Ltd. (USL), on the 1st of May 2014. Subsequently, he was appointed as Director and Managing Director on 14 th August 2014. He is also a member of the Diageo Global Executive Committee.

Anand was formerly President, India and South Asia, at Mondelez International, and Managing Director of Cadbury India Ltd. In this position, Anand played a key role in leading Mondelez in India after the Cadbury acquisition by Kraft. He presided over eight years of continuous industry leading growth and helped the business earn status as one of India's Most Admired Companies. He joined Cadbury India at the end of 2005 as Managing Director - Indian SubContinent and was subsequently appointed President - Cadbury Asia in October 2008.
 
Prior to this, Anand worked in Unilever for 22 years. He joined Unilever in 1983 through the erstwhile Indian division of Chesebrough Ponds and went on to hold several key positions in Sales and Marketing. He set up the Dental Innovation Centre at Mumbai, was Head of Market Research, Head of Marketing for the Laundry category for India and the Central Asia Middle East Region, and General Manager - Sales & Customer Development for the Detergent business. In his last assignment as Managing Director for Unilever's East Africa operations, Anand turned around a loss making business to deliver double-digit growth.
 
Anand is on the board of Marico Ltd since 2007. In 2009-10 he chaired the CII National FMCG Committee. He has been on the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Executive Committee of FICCI. He is currently the Chairman of the CIABC (Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies), the apex association for all alcobev companies. 
 
Anand earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He completed the Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School in 2004.
 
He was recently conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIM Kolkata.
Anurag Behar
CEO, Azim Premji Foundation

Anurag Behar, a man who wears many hats, acts as the CEO of the Azim Premji Foundation; Vice Chancellor of the Azim Premji University & Chief Sustainability Officer of the Wipro Group; as well as a part of their Group Executive Council. He is also closely involved with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, a grant-making organization supporting not-for-profit organizations working on certain specific issues in the social sector.

Anurag has been engaged with efforts to improve education in India for the past fourteen years. He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view in to both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues. He writes a fortnightly column for the newspaper Mint, on Education and Ecology.

Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.

Anurag has served on the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd and of the TERI University. He serves on various government & industry councils, such as the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council. He is on the board of the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. He has been honored by the World Economic Forum, by being elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’.

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

Bhargav Dasgupta
Managing Director, ICICI Lombard

Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta, is the Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, the largest private sector general insurance company in India.

 
Mr. Dasgupta began his career with the erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1992 and he has held key leadership positions in diverse business areas in the ICICI Group including Project Finance, Corporate Banking and Treasury; E-commerce; Strategy; International Banking and Life Insurance. 
 
Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta holds a PGDBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a B.E (Mechanical) degree from Jadhavpur University. 

Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.

Anurag has served on the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd and of the TERI University. He serves on various government & industry councils, such as the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council. He is on the board of the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. He has been honored by the World Economic Forum, by being elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’.

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

Anurag has been engaged with efforts to improve education in India for the past fourteen years. He has been a vocal advocate for the critical importance of public systems, in particular the public education system. His many years in business have given him an insider’s view in to both the possibilities and limits of markets. For the past few years he has also been engaged with environmental and ecological issues. He writes a fortnightly column for the newspaper Mint, on Education and Ecology.

Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.

Anurag has served on the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd and of the TERI University. He serves on various government & industry councils, such as the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council. He is on the board of the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. He has been honored by the World Economic Forum, by being elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’.

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

 

Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.

Anurag has served on the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Ltd and of the TERI University. He serves on various government & industry councils, such as the National Mission on Teachers and Teacher Education, the Government of India implementation committee for the Justice Verma Commission, and with the CII’s National Climate Change Council. He is on the board of the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology. He has been honored by the World Economic Forum, by being elected as a ‘Young Global Leader’.

Anurag has earlier played leadership roles in business. As the CEO of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, he led the business from being No. 20 in the world to being the No. 1 in 5 years. The business has operations in Europe, India, Brazil, and China. He led Wipro’s investments in two strategic diversifications - in the Clean Energy and Water sectors. He has been responsible for many corporate functions for Wipro including Brand, Quality and Innovation. In the early part of his career he was part of the team that built the leadership position of Wipro GE Healthcare in South Asia.

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

 

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

 

He is equipped with an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and a BE in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy. He is a long distance runner.

Bhaskar Bhat
Managing Director, Titan Company Limited

Mr. Bhaskar Bhat is currently the Managing Director of Titan Company Limited. He received his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1976 and PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1978.

Mr. Bhat started his career as a management trainee at Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. (P) Ltd. in 1978. After spending five years at Godrej, he joined the Tata Watch Project initiated by Tata Press Limited. Since 1983 he has been associated with the Tata Watch project which later became Titan Watches Limited to Titan Industries Limited and now Titan Company Limited.  Bhaskar having been at Titan since inception has engineered the creation of such endearing Indian brands as Titan, Tanishq, Sonata, Fastrack, Titan Eyeplus, Goldplus, Xylus and so on.

He pioneered the concept of franchising and retailing in these Industries. Titan Company Limited has grown to become the largest watch manufacturer in India and the fifth largest in the world. Under his leadership, the Company has enlarged its portfolio. The Company now has four main business units: watches, jewellery, eyewear and precision engineered components and in addition markets Fragrances, Bags and Ceramic ware.

Bhaskar is also associated with education institutions such as TA Pai Management Institute as a member of the Governing Council and is the Chairperson of the Board of Governors, NIT - Uttarakhand.

After he was recognised as a Distinguished Alumnus at IIT - Madras in 2008, IIM - Ahmedabad also conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award on him in 2011.


Kumar Mangalam Birla
Chairman, Aditya Birla Group

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla took over as Chairman of Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28. From a turnover of US$ 2 billion and operations in 8 countries in 1995, today under his stewardship, the Group’s revenues are in excess of US$ 41 billion with operations straddling 36 countries.  He has made 36 acquisitions globally – the highest by an Indian multinational.  
 
An iconic figure, Mr. Birla has won several accolades, to cite a few – the International Advertising Association’s (IAA) “CEO of the Year Award 2016”; US India Business Council (USIBC) 2014, “Global Leadership Award”; Economic Times “Business Leader Award” in 2003 and 2013; Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2012; NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2012, “Most Inspiring Leader”; CNBCTV18 IBLA “Business Leader for Taking India Abroad 2012”; CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award 2010”; JRD Tata “Leadership Award 2008”; NDTV’s “Global Indian Leader of the Year 2007”. 
 
An educationist, Mr. Birla is the Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS).  He is Chairman of IIT, Delhi, and Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for Oxford University.  He serves on London Business School’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.
 
A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Birla earned an MBA from London Business School.
 
Mr. Birla and his wife, Mrs. Neerja Birla, have three children, Ananya, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha.

Sudhanshu Vats
Group CEO, Viacom 18 Media Private Limited

Sudhanshu Vats is Group CEO, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. responsible for all their brands/businesses comprising Colors, Rishtey, MTV, MTV Indies, Nick, Sonic, Nick Junior, Vh1, Comedy Central, Colors Infinity in Broadcast Entertainment and Viacom18 Motion pictures in Filmed Entertainment. In the last three years he has successfully steered the group into profitable growth phase while expanding the channel network, driving content led cinema and entering experiential entertainment through live events across genres.

A Hindustan Unilever (Unilever India) veteran Sudhanshu Vats has spent about 20 years with Unilever in different assignments. A Management Graduate from Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, he joined Hindustan Unilever Limited as a Management Trainee and has since worked with them in various Sales & Marketing and General Management roles across different categories (Home & Personal Care and Foods) and in all the four geographies in the country. During his tenure he has shaped many popular Household brands, most notably Lipton, Vim, Wheel, Surf, Rin, Lifebuoy & Lux. He has also done a short-term assignment on Modern Trade (Organized Retailing) in Thailand.

In his last assignment with Unilever as Vice President – Laundry South Asia & Radiant based in Mumbai he grew South Asia Laundry business in strong double digits crossing the Euro 1 bn Turnover milestone in 2011. In his earlier assignment as Vice President - Skin Cleansing and Laundry & HHC, HUL India, he successfully led the Laundry and HHC categories doubling this large business segment in the last four years. 

Sudhanshu successfully launched three brands in India - Comfort in 2006, Lipton Ice Tea in 2002 and Domex  in 1997. In 2002 he worked closely with Pepsi (India) and PBI globally to a forge the JV for Lipton Ice tea in India. He has also done a short-term assignment on Modern Trade (Organised Retailing) in Thailand. He developed a detailed 5 year plan for HUL Modern Trade business laying the foundation for the same and developed Rural Distribution Strategy for HLL in 2001. Sudhanshu won many awards at Hindustan Unilever. Some of the notable ones being Unilever Global Award for Laundry in 2008, Asia AMET Award for Laundry in 2007 & 2008, Chairman’s Award (India) for Laundry in 2007 & 2008, Chairman’s Award (India) for Launch of confectionery in 2002 and Director’s Award (India) for Lipton in 2003.

During 2004-2005, Sudhanshu worked with BP in India for about 18 months as Vice President Marketing. During this period he successfully re-launched Castrol Master Brand in Oct 2005 within a record three month turnaround time. First country in the world to re-launch Castrol Master Brand and the new Product Brand Architecture. This re-launch had many firsts – PR, Creative development, Design adaptation. He won The Transcon Award, Helios (highest bp award) Regional Commendation.

Sudhanshu is an NTSE Scholar and All India Merit Position holder (CBSE 1983). He was the Head Boy of his school and was awarded the Governor's medal for the Best All Around Student at MNSS, Rai in 1985. A brilliant speaker who won many debating competitions, a theatre enthusiast who acted and directed plays including Shakespearean theatre and a fine cricketer (Keeper Batsman) who played at the State level, Sudhanshu went on to win the Gold Medal for the Best All Rounder at NIT Kurukshetra in 1989.

Sudhanshu leads industry thinking and brings a fresh perspective to the Media & Entertainment sector. He is committed to the development and expansion of this sector in India. He is Director on the Board of IBF (Indian Broadcasting Foundation), Director on the Board of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) and Chairman of the National Media and Entertainment Committee of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).

Sudhanshu is married. His wife, Deeksha is an Environmental Professional. He has two daughters, Akshiti and Avni. He is an avid trekker and runs full marathons regularly. He is a Sub 4 hour marathon runner. Education is his Giving Space where he actively contributes towards Primary School Education for the underprivileged.

Shaheen Mistri
CEO, Teach For India

Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India, and serves as one of its founding board members. She has earned global recognition for her devotion to educating and empowering the less privileged children of Mumbai and Pune.


Born in Mumbai, Mistri lived in thirteen different countries while growing up.  At the age of eighteen she returned to Mumbai, keen to learn more about the city and its slums, when she decided to enroll at the University of Mumbai. Mistri knew about inequalities in India’s education system. But what she saw shocked her.


Mistri soon came to realize that children living in the slums lack access to quality education and are deprived of the skills necessary to compete in India’s formal, competitive job market. She founded the first Akanksha Center in 1989, enrolling fifteen children and employing college friends as volunteers. It eventually evolved into the Akanksha Foundation, a nonprofit education project that provides after-school tutoring to disadvantaged children at more than 60 centers and formal education at six schools. The centers and schools are in Mumbai and Pune. Volunteers, mostly college students, teach children using an innovative methodology, which has won the foundation international honors.  Over the past twenty years, the Akanksha Foundation has expanded from serving fifteen children in one center to almost 4,500 children in fifty-one centers in Mumbai and Pune.

As the recognition of Akanksha’s work grew, Mistri continued to see a disparity between the magnitude of problems that plague India’s education system and the contribution her organization could make to solve them. She saw an opportunity to expand her reach and work for more transformative changes when she met Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America. The U.S. program recruits and trains outstanding recent college graduates, who commit to teach for two years in U.S. public schools.

Two decades later, Mistri has used her conviction and enthusiasm to motivate college students and young professionals to join the Teach For India movement and devote two years of their lives to end educational inequity in India. The challenge of transplanting the concept to a system as complex and diverse as India’s (eight languages are accepted for school instruction) is tremendous. Mistri and her colleagues launched Teach For India in 2008, after which the organization has recruited almost 1700 teaching Fellows till date for its two-year teaching Fellowship.

“Through Teach For India we work to eliminate inequity in education in India,” says Mistri. “Initially, on my part, it was an attempt to learn about myself by teaching children. But the work has outgrown my or anyone’s personal intentions. Our belief is that every child must have an excellent education to develop his or her potential fully. With this vision in mind, we are building a movement of leaders for educational reform.

Rahul Khosla
President, Max Group

Mr. Rahul Khosla is a seasoned business leader with deep management experience, broad leadership skills and wide business perspectives, developed over a global career spanning more than thirty years. He is currently President, Max Group and Executive President, Max Financial Services. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Boards of Max India, Max Life Insurance and Max Healthcare. He also serves on the Boards of Max Bupa Health Insurance and Antara Senior Living.

As Group President, Mr. Khosla is the Max Group’s preeminent executive. He is responsible for group strategy, overall management of group capital, performance, human capital, partnerships, governance, policies, brand, reputation and external representation, while deepening the Group’s framework of core values.

Till January 2016, Mr. Khosla was the Managing Director of the erstwhile consolidated Max India Limited. Under his leadership over the past four years, the Max Group has successfully delivered superior financial performance, significantly grown market capitalization, built organizational depth and concluded seminal corporate transactions across its businesses. He has formulated and is leading the implementation of a comprehensive strategic framework across the Group to deliver long-term value.

Before joining Max, Mr. Khosla spent 11 years in Singapore as the Group Head of Products for Visa across Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. This was preceded by hisrole as Chief Operating Officer of Visa for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Visa, he held several senior roles - Country Head for ANZ Grindlays’ consumer banking businesses in India; Head of Retail Assets, Strategy, Finance and Legal at Bank of America and CFO for the American Express TRS businesses for India and South Asia, eventually going as Business Leader to help set up a pioneering in-house global processing facility for American Express.

Mr. Rahul Khosla is President, NatHealth, India’s leading multi-stakeholder platform for healthcare organisations, and Co-Chairman of the CII National Committee on Healthcare. In addition, he serves on the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), one of Asia’s top B-Schools.

Sunil Lulla
Chairman & Managing Director, Grey Group India

Sunil Lulla is the Chairman and Managing Director of Grey Group India. With over 30 years of experience, Sunil brings skills in media, marketing, communication and management.

Sunil spent an early part of his career, which spanned over a period of nine years, in advertising with J Walter Thompson (JWT) in Mumbai, Taipei and Shanghai. There, he worked in the capacity of client services and planning on well-known brands such as Unilever, De Beers, Parke Davis, Citibank and others. His early exposure to management came in being part of the team, which turned around the music company (HMV/ EMI), now known as Saregama, where he was responsible for music acquisition and marketing.


In the first wave of the Internet, Sunil with other entrepreneurs rolled out indya.com, a leading portal, which got acquired by News Corp.
 
He brought zing and youthfulness to MTV, which via its re-launch and Indianisation, became a youth icon in India. His approach to global and differentiated content for SONY saw the mainstream TV channel’s viewership treble and its revenues double.  As Managing Director at the Times Television Network, Sunil helped build the television business for The Times Group, with a portfolio of five TV channels, all which became market leaders in their respective space. With over 16 years of TV broadcasting experiences, Sunil has been a prominent member on many industry boards and forums where he shaped policies and set industry standards and best practices.
 
He is married to Vinodini who works in the social sector. Their daughter, Ayesha, is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology. Every few years, Sunil engages in a new passion. He has taken on learning the tabla, mixology, drawing, sailing, and now mid-distance running, which started in 2013. Thus far, he has participated in four half-marathon (21 km) races with a timing of under two hours in each of them.
 
Sunil brings depth and width of experience, with a friendly attitude and color via his multihued socks
Shantanu Prakash
Chairman & Managing Director, Educomp Solutions Limited

Shantanu Prakash founded Educomp Solutions Limited in 1994, a few years after acquiring an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. His vision has been to transform the teaching-learning process through the use of technology and best practices. Educomp is the leader in education content, professional development, online learning and the first company to set up high quality schools across the country. Educomp works with over 32,000 schools and 20 million students across the globe.

The company employs over 12000 people across India, USA and Singapore. Under Shantanu‘s leadership, many awards and accolades have come Educomp’s way. Educomp was ranked number one in Education & Training in the study, “India's Best Companies to Work for-2009”. Educomp won top honours in the for-profit category, winning the NASSCOM Foundation Social Innovation Honours-2010. Educomp was also named in the 200 “Best under a Billion” for the Asia-Pacific region by Forbes magazine in 2008 and 2011. Similarly BT 500, over the years and most recently in 2012, has featured Educomp in its list of most valuable private companies in India.

Some of the recent awards/honors, conferred on Shantanu Prakash include The DataQuest Path Breaker Award 2010, Dare Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 -Jury’s Choice, The ET Now Leap of Faith award for Education in 2011, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Indian Education Awards 2011, the National Awards on Excellence in Education as well as the Wisitex Foundation Educationist of the Decade Award 2011. Shantanu’s journey has been chronicled in a book
titled ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ by Rashmi Bansal published in May 2008 which has been a best seller ever since. It is also the recipient of the “Frost & Sullivan India Technology Innovation Award 2015” for e-Learning platform.

Educomp was conferred with two awards at the “South Asia Education Summit Award 2014” (organized by ICT Post in association with UNESCO), Best in Ongoing Teacher Enhancement – where its ‘Evolve Teacher Training System’ won accolades and the Best in Academic Innovative Curriculum –2014. where its ‘E-DAC Learning System’ scored. At the India Education Awards 2015, Educomp won the award for the Most Impactful PPP program in Skill Development.

Shantanu is also the founder and Managing Trustee of the Learning Leadership Foundation (LLF), an organization dedicated to bringing best practices in education to under-resourced schools. He is on the international advisory board of Fundacao Dom Cabral, Brazil and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals with the World Economic Forum. As an investor, Shantanu has made several investments in innovative early stage and mid stage companies focusing on the internet, education, media, gaming, finance and infrastructure. Shantanu is a charter member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) an organization that connects entrepreneurs. He is a frequent speaker in education and business conferences worldwide.

Anshu Gupta
Founder, Goonj

Anshu Gupta is the Founder Director of Goonj, an award winning pan India non profit organization. Popularly called the Clothing Man Anshu is the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work on transforming the culture of giving in India.
 
Having studied mass communication and economics, Anshu started as a freelance journalist and went on to a corporate career which he eventually left to start Goonj in 1998. Goonj was founded with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects to work on in the development sector. Starting with 67 personal clothes, today Goonj channelises about 2000 tons of material every year including disaster relief and rehab. works and has 11 offices with about 300 full time people as a formal team.
 
Under Anshu’s leadership and vision Goonj has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale development work in rural India. By creating a barter between two new currencies; labor of the the person in the villages and the old material of cities, Goonj  has built the genesis of a ' parallel economy which is not cash based but trash based' . Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connect with people by dignifying the act of giving. In the macro picture he has identified some basic needs outside the radar screen of the governments, business and development sector by structuring some imaginative solutions using urban waste. 
 
At a time when cloth was not even considered an issue and thus attracted no organized funding or support Anshu decided to take the unconventional and risky approach of making the urban and rural masses his stakeholders and supporters. His work and initiatives are deeply rooted in respecting and valuing the wisdom of the people he works with. This in turn has helped evolve two of Goonj’s flagship initiatives ‘Cloth for Work and Not Just a Piece of cloth. An entrepreneur at heart who loves to support young professionals committed to tackling society’s problems through social enterprises and initiatives Anshu dedicates a lot of his time to efforts by the youths. A keen observer, avid traveler and photographer, Anshu believes in passionately following the 'keeda in our mind' irrespective of what the world says.. He believes in action more than thoughts and often says- " Enough of thinkers and talkers now you need doers, actions and initiatives !! " That’s why his message to the world is Lagey raho...
 
Anshu is known as one of the leading social entrepreneur and is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow apart from being a member of the Humanitarian Crisis Council of the World Economic Forum and has been listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs.

S. Sivakumar
Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Agri Business Division (& Vice Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited)

Mr S. Sivakumar is a Member of the Corporate Management Committee of ITC Limited, () one of India’s leading companies with a diverse portfolio of businesses. He oversees ITC’s Agri and Information Technology Businesses with annual revenues of US$ 2 Billion.


ITC is a global exemplar in sustainable business practices and is the only company in the world, of comparable dimensions to be 'carbon positive', 'water positive' and 'solid waste recycling' positive.

The pioneering farmer empowerment initiative, ITC e-Choupal, conceptualised by Sivakumar, benefits over 4 million small farmers through customised agri-extension and market linkage services, while providing a unique source of competitive advantage to ITC's packaged foods business.

ITC e-Choupal has won several awards including UNDP’s World Business Award, Wharton-Infosys Business Transformation Award, Development Gateway Award, Stockholm Challenge Award and India Innovation Award. Sivakumar himself is also honored with the World Technology Award.

Sivakumar is currently the Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, and a member on the Board of Governors of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).

Sivakumar served on the Boards of India's National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and Indo US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, the Private Sector Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and UN Global Compact's Core Advisory Group to develop Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles, among other organisations.
Sivakumar is an MBA in Rural Management, Class of 1983 from IRMA.

Sivakumar is a passionate photographer and a regular blogger (http://shivsthirdeye.blogspot.com/). He can be reached at @S_Sivakumar on Twitter.

Vipin Sondhi
Managing Director & CEO, JCB India Limited

Vipin Sondhi is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JCB India Limited, and has led the company's growth journey in India over the past 10 years. JCB India has since established market leadership in the Construction and Earthmoving Equipment Industry.

Backed by the Industry’s finest after sales service system and with five state-of-the-art factories in India conforming to JCB’s Global Quality standards, Mr. Sondhi has led the growth of JCB India’s export business spanning over 60 countries. He has also successfully managed the acquisition, retention and development of a world-class team that has been instrumental in strengthening the company’s operations and steady expansion.
 
He is an alumnus of The Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi and The Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad.
 
Mr. Sondhi has over three decades of experience in Manufacturing and Engineering based companies such as Honda, Tata Steel and Tecumseh ( An American company which was the world’s largest manufacturer of compressors for refrigerators and air conditioners in its time).
 
He is an elected member of the CII National Council and the Chairman of the Capital Goods Committee. He was awarded the Confederation of India’s Young Manager’s Trophy in the year 2000, The Udyog Rattan Award by the Institute of Economic Studies in 2011 and The CEO of the year award at CEO India Awards in 2014.
 
He lives in Delhi with his wife and daughter.

Arjun Nohwar
Head, Uber for Business (U4B) - APAC

Arjun Nohwar heads the enterprise vertical for Uber (Uber for Business) in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for nine years with the Tata group (as a TAS officer), the last three years of which were spent working with the Group Chairman on international business development and sovereign coverage.

He has worked across the automotive, telecom, real estate and financial services industries and also spent a year at the Planning Commission of India devising the country’s manufacturing strategy. Arjun is also on the Board of Advisors of AMBA, an organization that leverages Information Technology to provide sustainable livelihood to adults with moderate and severe intellectual disability. 

A keen Golfer and avid reader, he is currently based out of Mumbai.


Rahul Joshi
CEO & Editor-In-Chief, Network 18 (CNBC, CNN18, IBN7 & more)
Rahul Joshi heads the news operations of Network18 since September 2015. An alumnus of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies 1994, Rahul has worked with The Economic Times for over 20 years, ten years as its editorial director. He was also the founding editor of the newspaper's sister channel ET NOW, which was launched in 2009.

Uday Shankar
CEO, Star India
Uday Shankar is the Chairman and CEO of Star India, one of the largest Media & Entertainment companies in India reaching over 650 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries. Uday has been a leading voice in the Indian media and broadcasting sector, shaping reforms for the industry and consumers. He currently serves as the Chairman of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) M&E Committee and is the former President of the Indian Broadcasting Federation. Uday began his career in journalism, and was earlier the CEO and Editor of ‘Star News’, the first 24 hour news channel in India. He was also the Editor and News Director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of two leading Indian news channels, ‘Aaj Tak’ in 2000 and ‘Headlines Today’ in 2003. He holds an M. Phil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Umang Bedi
Managing Director, Facebook India & South-Asia
Umang leads the Global Marketing Solutions teams in India and plays a key role in building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and regional agencies.

Umang has close to two decades of leadership experience covering sales, marketing and partnerships where he successfully built teams and grew businesses for multinational companies like Intuit, Symantec and Sun Microsystems. Prior to joining Facebook, Umang was the Managing Director of the South Asia region at Adobe. He was responsible for growing their business in India and helping India grow to amongst the leading markets for Adobe in the APAC and global regions.
 
He is an engineering graduate from University of Pune, an alumni of Harvard Business School and the recipient of the prestigious ‘40 Under Forty: India's Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014’ given by The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014 and most recently GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians for 2016.
 
Umang enjoys golf, photography, travel and speaks often on Digital Marketing at industry events and at academic institutions.

Punit Goenka
CEO & Managing Director, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)
Mr. Punit Goenka, a young and dynamic professional with a strong entrepreneurial background, started his career with Essel Group, a vibrant conglomerate with diversified business interests in media & entertainment, infrastructure, and other leading sectors. Being the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Punit has been extremely successful in enhancing the company’s performance and in driving the company towards its set goals.

Under his leadership, ZEE has achieved scores of milestones and prestigious awards, elevating the brand to a global cadre. Dun & Bradstreet – Rolta Corporate Award, BusinessworldInfocom ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s tenure. His futuristic vision and sharp acumen in the new media domain, has led the company to a global stature today. Punit is also responsible for expanding the company’s international presence across 171 countries, and its reach to over 1 billion viewers.
 
Punit is also listed amongst the top 100 CEOs of India, in a study published by Business Today. He has also received the prestigious Economic Times ’40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award and has bagged the prestigious IAA Leadership Award under the category of “Media Person of the Year Award”. Punit has been awarded the esteemed Medaille d’Honneur Award at MIPTV and has been recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” during the recently held Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. For his immense contribution to the media and entertainment industry, Punit has also been felicitated as the “Impact Person of the Year”. Going forward, Punit envisions ZEE to be ranked amongst the top global media brands.
 
(Official Twitter Handle - @punitgoenka)

Dr. Shailesh Ayyangar
Managing Director, India & Vice President, South Asia - Sanofi

A graduate in Veterinary Science, Shailesh holds a post-graduate degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Shailesh has wide-ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He held senior Sales and Marketing positions in SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in India and Great Britain. As Head of the Tropical Medicine Business unit for International Markets in SmithKline Beecham, UK, he championed the research and development on drugs for tropical diseases. He was a Wholetime Director of SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals before its merger with GlaxoWellcome.

Shailesh joined Sanofi in April 2002 as Managing Director, and was later appointed as the Managing Director of the combined Company, Sanofi-Aventis, in October 2005. Starting 2010, Shailesh took on further responsibilities as Vice-President for Sanofi’s South Asia Region.

Shailesh has been listed among ‘India’s Best CEOs’ in Mid-Sized Companies category by Business India magazine in 2014, and in 2013 was recognized as ‘Most Valuable CEO’ in Mid-Sized Companies category by Business World magazine.

Shailesh is currently (2015-2016) the President of OPPI (Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India). This is his third consecutive term of being unanimously elected to lead this industry association


Shivakumar
Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

Shivakumar, or Shiv as he is popularly known, is Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd. 

Shiv has done long stints in Hindustan lever, Nokia and now PepsiCo. He has worked with over 50 brands in his career and has shaped brand and company growth through innovation, new business models and building a consumer centric culture. He places significant emphasis on building eco system partnerships and coaching people.


Shiv believes in contributing back to academia and society. Shiv writes regularly for the business press, teaches at the top international business schools and mentors young leaders.

Shiv was the President of the All India Management Association in the year 2012-2013. He is currently on the IIM Ahmedabad Board of Governors and also on the Board of Godrej consumer products. Shiv is the current Chairman of the CII FMCG Group.

Shiv’s pioneering work in Nokia and the telecom sector is part of case studies at Harvard, ISB and Ivy Business schools. He is an avid reader of management literature and loves reading biographies. He is also a keen sports watcher.

Shiv has been awarded many times for brand building, for leadership, for turning around companies. The dearest to his heart is the distinguished alumnus award. Shiv is a distinguished alumnus from both Institutes he studied in – IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta. He is one of possibly 20 people who have a distinguished alumnus from both an IIT and an IIM. He was one of 9 people to get the most distinguished alumnus award from IIM Calcutta in 2011, in their first 50 years.
Harsh C Mariwala
Chairman, Marico Industries
“Mr. Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Mr. Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. Mr. Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003.The Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India. Mr Mariwala started ASCENT in 2012, a not-for- profit expression of his passion to create a unique trust based peer-to- peer platform for high potential growth-stage entrepreneurs that leverages the “power of the collective” and enables them to share and exchange experiences, ideas, insights and create a healthy ecosystem to learn from each other and grow their enterprise. 
 
Mr. Mariwala was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011”.

Saugata Gupta
Managing Director & CEO, Marico Limited

Saugata joined Marico Limited in January 2004 as Head of Marketing.

In the year 2007 he was elevated to become the CEO of the Company's India business. In April 2013, Marico restructured its Consumer Product Business (CPB) in India and International Business Group (IBG) under Saugata's leadership as the CEO of Marico Limited, the unified FMCG business. In March 2014, Saugata was appointed as the Managing Director of the Company.

Prior to joining Marico, Saugata was Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential and was part of the start up team that was instrumental in establishing ICICI Prudential.


Vivek Gambhir
Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Vivek Gambhir is Managing Director, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL).
 
Vivek joined Godrej Industries in 2009 as Chief Strategy Officer and was responsible for enhancing the strategic capabilities within the Group companies, guiding overall Group strategy, conducting portfolio analysis, leading mergers and acquisitions and driving special projects.
 
Under Vivek's leadership, the Group's planning processes became more robust. He helped define the CREATE portfolio strategy and the 10X10 objective for the Group. Vivek led the Finance, Investor Relations, Legal and IT functions for Godrej Industries. He was also the Secretary to the Godrej Family Business Board.
 
In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Vivek was very closely involved with GCPL. He was the key architect of GCPL's 3 by 3 strategy, led mergers and acquisitions and was instrumental in driving the company's international expansion efforts. He co-led Project Neo that developed the blueprint for integrating the erstwhile Godrej Sara Lee business with GCPL. He also led the process for a private equity investment in the company.
 
Prior to joining the Godrej Group, Vivek was a partner at Bain & Company, one of the world's leading business consulting firms. He worked with Bain in Boston, Singapore and New Delhi. He was a founding member of Bain's consulting operations in India and led the firm's FMCG practice in India.
 
Vivek is the President of the Home Insect Control Association, an Executive Committee member of the Indian Beauty and Hygiene Association and serves as a Director on the Board of Philips India Limited.
 
Vivek has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS (Computer Science) and BA (Economics) from Lafayette College.
 
He is married to Roopika, who is a photographer and they have three children. Together, they enjoy traveling to offbeat locations.
 
Vivek has written numerous columns for leading business publications on a variety of issues such as organisational transformation, innovation, brand profitability and sales force effectiveness. He also writes a weekly blog on leadership called 'Monday-8AM' (
http://www.monday-8am.com).
 

Madhavan Menon
Chairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook India Group

Madhavan Menon is the Chairman & Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India) Limited, India’s leading integrated travel and travel related services company.  Madhavan joined Thomas Cook in 2000 as the Executive Director, responsible for the Foreign Exchange business and stepped up to the position of Managing Director in April 2006.  With effect from 1st January, 2016, Madhavan was appointed as the Chairman & Managing Director of the company.  
 
Madhavan is also the Chairman of its subsidiaries - SOTC Travel Services Private Limited (formerly known as Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd), Kuoni Travel (China) Ltd (Hongkong), Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) & LuxeAsia Pvt Ltd (Srilanka).  Madhavan is a member of the Board of Quess Corp. Limited (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Pvt. Ltd), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, where Thomas Cook India owns 69.55% and 100% respectively.  He is also a Trustee of PRIDE, an NGO that focuses on healthcare and education for the under privileged.
 
During his tenure as the Managing Director, Thomas Cook has acquired six companies namely SOTC Travel Services Private Limited (formerly known as Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd), Kuoni Travel (China) Ltd (Hongkong), LuxeAsia Pvt Ltd (Srilanka),  Quess Corp Limited., (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Pvt. Ltd), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited,  Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) and LKP Forex.
 
Madhavan has a varied background having commenced his career in Grindlays Bank and subsequently worked in Citibank, Emirates Bank and in the Financial Services Division of the Aditya Birla Group.  Madhavan’s areas of interest include Treasury, Corporate Lending,  Operations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic planning.
 
Madhavan completed his MBA from George Washington University, undergraduate degree from American University of Beirut and schooling at the Cathedral and John Cannon School.  He has also participated at the Executive Management Programme at Harvard University and INSEAD during his tenure with Thomas Cook.


Gopal Vittal
CEO - India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel

Gopal Vittal is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited.
 
In his role as CEO of the country’s largest privately integrated telecom operator, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations.
 
He moved into this role from Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director - Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and data expansion.
 
Prior to this, he was at Hindustan Unilever, where he was heading the US$3.5bn Home and Personal Care Division. During the various global and national responsibilities he held during his 20 years stint at Unilever, Gopal gathered a wealth of experience in assimilating the consumer mind set, managing operations efficiently, winning with the customer, building brand and innovating to secure market leadership.
 
Mr. Vittal also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08) and made significant contributions towards driving revenue growth, market leadership and building Airtel as an iconic brand.
 
Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta.


Varun Berry
Managing Director, Britannia Industries Ltd

Varun Berry, Managing Director, joined Britannia Industries Limited in 2013


Varun joined us from PepsiCo. He comes with over 27 years of work experience with premier companies like Hindustan Unilever and PepsiCo, both in India and overseas and a successful track record of leading start ups, turnarounds, joint ventures and growth businesses.
 
His most recent assignment was as MD & CEO of PepsiCo Foods for South Asia. Prior to that, Varun was the CEO of a PepsiCo JV for Dairy & Juice in the Middle East & Asia.  CEO of Beverages and Foods in the Philippines, CEO PepsiCo, Vietnam and several sales operating roles in India. Before joining PepsiCo in India in 1993, Varun worked with Hindustan Unilever in marketing and sales roles in India.