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!

Kumar Mangalam BirlaChairman, Aditya Birla Group
Sudhanshu VatsGroup CEO, Viacom 18
Analjit SinghFounding Chairman, Max Group
Anurag BeharCEO, Azim Premji Foundation
Shaheen MistriCEO, Teach for India
Rahul KhoslaPresident, Max Group
Ajay PiramalChairman, Piramal Group
S SivakumarDivisional Chief Executive, Agri Business
Umang BediManaging Director, Facebook India
Shiv ShivakumarChairman & CEO, PepsiCo India
Uday ShankarCEO, Star India
Keki MistryVice Chairman & CEO, HDFC
Amitabh ChoudharyManaging Director & CEO, HDFC Life
Bhargav DasguptaManaging Director & CEO, ICICI Lombard
Rahul JoshiCEO News, Network 18
Anshu GuptaFounder & Director, Goonj
Shantanu PrakashChairman & Managing Director, EduComp Solutions
Punit GoenkaManaging Director & CEO, ZEE Limited
Vivek GambhirManaging Director, Godrej Consumer Products
Shailesh AyyangarManaging Director, Sanofi India
Harsh MariwalaChairman, Marico
Saugata GuptaManaging Director & CEO, Marico
Ajoy MisraManaging Director & CEO, Tata Beverages
Madhavan MenonChairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook India Group
Amar BabuManaging Director, Lenovo India
Anad KripaluManaging Director & CEO, United Spirits Limited
Sandeep GhoshCEO, Bharti AXA Life
Neeraj RoyManaging Director & CEO, Hungama Digital Media
Bharat PuriManaging Director, Pidilite Industries

Profiles of a select few, along with CEOs who participated in 2015 given below.

CEOs participating in 2016
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.

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).


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.

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.

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.

CEOs who participated in 2015
Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys Limited

In 1981, Narayana Murthy founded Infosys, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, He served as the CEO of Infosys during 1981 – 2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981 – 2011, and as the Chairman Emeritus during August 2011 – May 2013. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999.
 
Mr. Murthy articulated, designed, and implemented the Global Delivery Model, which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries. 
 
He serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Rhodes Trust and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has served as a member of the HSBC board and the Unilever board. He has served on the boards of Cornell University, Wharton School, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He has also served as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
 
Mr. Murthy is ranked among the top 10 of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology”, published in March 2015. In 2014, he was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders who have made maximum impact on society during the last 25 years. He was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by the Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He has been awarded the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, the CBE by the British government and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.
 
He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.  He is the recipient of the 2012 Hoover Medal. The Tech Museum, San Jose, awarded him the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award in 2012. He received the 2007 Ernst Weber Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (IEEE).
 
He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has also received the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize. He has appeared in the rankings of businessmen and innovators published by BusinessWeek, Time, CNN, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times and India Today.
 
He is also a Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, which governs the Infosys Prize, an annual award, to honor outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists across six categories.

Kumar Mangalam Birla
Chairman, Aditya Birla Group

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group. Mr. Birla took over as Chairman of the Group in 1995, when he was just 28 years old.  In the 20 years that he has been at the helm of the Group, he has accelerated growth, built a meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value.  From a turnover of US$ 2 billion in 1995, today the Group’s revenues are in excess of US$ 40 billion and its operations from 8 countries then, span 36 countries today.  He has made 36 acquisitions in India and globally, which is the highest by an Indian multinational.   
 
An iconic figure, Mr. Birla holds several key positions on various regulatory and professional Boards. He was the Director on the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India.  Earlier, he was Chairman of the Advisory Committee constituted by the Ministry of Company Affairs and also served on The Prime Minister of India’s Advisory Council on Trade and Industry.
 
As the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Committee on Corporate Governance, he authored the First Report on Corporate Governance titled “Report of the Kumar Mangalam Birla Committee on Corporate Governance”. Its recommendations were path breaking and became the basis of corporate governance norms.  He is also on the National Council of the CII; the Apex Advisory Council of ASSOCHAM and the Advisory Council for the Centre for Corporate Governance. 
 
For his “invaluable contribution to the economy”, his “entrepreneurial excellence”, for “taking India to the world”, and as “an exemplary business leader”, Mr. Birla has won several accolades.  To mention just a few. The Benaras Hindu University, G. D. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, SRM University and Visvesvaraya Technologies University have conferred the D.Litt and honorary doctoral degrees on Mr. Birla.  
 
Among other honours accorded to Mr. Birla include - US India Business Council (USIBC) “2014 Global Leadership Award”; NASSCOM’s “Global Business Leader Award”; the JRD Tata “Leadership Award”; the CNN-IBN “Indian of the Year Award”; Economic Times “Business Leader Award” – the only person to have received this honour twice in a 10 year frame – first in 2003 and then in 2013; Forbes India Leadership Award – Flagship Award “Entrepreneur of the Year”; the Asia Pacific Global HR Excellence, “Exemplary Leader Award”; The All India Management Association’s (AIMA) “Honorary Fellowship”, The Lakshmipat Singhania IIM-Lucknow National Leadership Awards Committee “Business Leader of the Year Award”; Indore Management Association’s “National Business Icon Award”; NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards, “Most Inspiring Leader”; the CNBC TV 18 IBLA “Business Leader for Taking India Abroad”; NDTV’s “Global Indian Leader of the Year”.  He was also chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders
 
An educationist, Mr. Birla is the Chancellor of the renowned Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), with campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad and Dubai.  He is a Director of the G. D. Birla Medical Research & Education Foundation.  Mr. Birla is the Chairman of Rhodes India Scholarship Committee.  He serves on the 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 the London Business School, where he is also an Honorary Fellow and sits on the Asia Regional Advisory Board. 
 
Mr. Birla and his wife, Mrs. Neerja Birla, have three children, Ananya, Aryaman Vikram and Advaitesha.

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.

GV Prasad
Co-Chairman & CEO, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.

Prasad leads the core team that drives growth and performance at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. He is the architect of the company’s successful Global Generics and API strategies, and has spearheaded Dr. Reddy’s foray into Biosimilars and Differentiated Formulations. His efforts have helped transform the company from a mid-sized firm in India’s pharmaceutical sector into a global player. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd is now recognized widely for scientific innovation, people practices, and corporate governance. Prasad’s vision of a future based on innovation is a key part of the company’s growth strategy.
 
Prasad serves on the boards of the following organizations:o Indian School of Business

o Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences
o Acumen Fund
o Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
o World Wildlife Fund-India, Hyderabad region
 
Causes closest to his heart are sustainable development and higher education. Under his leadership, Dr. Reddy’s was one of the first Indian pharma companies to embrace green technologies and processes, and to foster their adoption in the industry. Environmental goals are built into the company’s operational approach, reducing its ecological footprint.
 
A Chemical Engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Prasad also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, USA.
He has received many awards, the most recent being India's Best CEO in the Large Company category from Business Today in 2014 and India Business Leader of the Year from CNBC Asia in 2015.

Hemant Kanoria
Chairman & Managing Director, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd.

Mr. Hemant Kanoria is the Chairman and Managing Director of Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd. Beginning as an equipment financing company in 1989, Srei has expanded into a holistic infrastructure institution offering a wide spectrum of infrastructure products and services ranging from financing of infrastructure equipment and projects, project advisory, fund management, investment banking and project development & management.
 
Srei’s shares are listed on all major stock exchanges in India and also in London. Srei’s equipment financing business is through a joint venture with BNP Paribas, one of the largest global banks. Srei’s telecom tower infrastructure business, world’s largest independent telecom tower company, is a joint venture with the reputed Tata Group of India. Sahaj e-Village, the largest rural IT infrastructure company with a mandate of setting up over 28,000 centres catering to around 300 million people, provides various B2C and G2C services including e- learning courses. With an employee-strength of about 6,500 in the group today, it has an asset base of USD 10 billion.
 
Mr. Kanoria is an Honorary Board Member of the Centre for Global Dialogue and Cooperation – CGDC, Vienna, and a Council Member of Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Kanoria has held the position of Chairman of FICCI National Committee on Infrastructure. He has been on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), was a Member of Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Government of India and has served as President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce.

Pramath Raj Sinha
Managing Director, 9.9 Media

Pramath Raj Sinha is Managing Director of 9.9 Media (9dot9.in), a niche media company he founded.  He spent 13 years with McKinsey and Company, where he was a Partner.  Before founding 9.9 Media, he was the MD & CEO of the ABP Group, one of India’s leading and most diversified media conglomerates.

Pramath is the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB), an initiative led by a group of leading Indian business leaders, which rapidly became a top 20 B-school in the world.  He is also the Founder & Trustee of an acclaimed new liberal arts university, Ashoka University (ashoka.edu.in), which launched the popular Young India Fellowship (youngindiafellowship.com) five years ago.

Pramath received M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech. in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Sanjay Nayar
CEO, KKR India

Sanjay Nayar (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009 and is a Member and CEO of KKR India.  He is also a member of the Asia Portfolio Management Committee.  He is on the board of KKR portfolio companies Alliance Tire Group, Bharti Infratel, Magma Financial Services, Dalmia Bharat Cement, and Coffee Day Holdings, and has had significant involvement with KKR’s investment in Apollo Hospitals and Avantha.  He also supports expanding the range of KKR’s credit and capital markets offerings across the region.

Prior to joining KKR, he served as CEO of Citigroup’s Indian and South Asian operations and as a member of Citigroup’s Management Committee and Asia Executive Operating Committee. Mr. Nayar was the Deputy Chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), a Member of the Board of US-India Business Council (USIBC), and Co-Chairman of the Banking Committee for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).  He also serves on the Committee of the Reserve Bank of India tasked with building a Centre for Advanced Financial Learning (CAFL).

Currently, he is on the board  of Habitat for Humanity, Pratham and Grameen Capital, and is a founding member of the Brookings Foundation, India.  He was recently appointed to the Board of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), and serves as the Chairman of the Indian Private Venture Capital Association.  In addition, he is also on the Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB).

Amit Chandra

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.

Ashish Dhawan
Founder & CEO, Central Square Foundation

Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation (CSF). He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. Ashish previously worked in the Risk Arbitrage Group at Goldman Sachs in New York. Prior to that, he worked for a private equity fund in Brazil, GP Investments, and a mid-market US buyout fund, MDC Partners. In 2004, Ashish received the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award (Startup Category). He later received the Young Super performer Award from Business Today in 2005.
 
In June 2012, he left his full time role at Chrys Capital to start CSF to pursue his goal of creating social impact via philanthropic investments in the K-12 education space. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor's (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honors from Yale University.
 
He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and a member of Yale's Development Council and Janaagraha. He is also on the board of Tata Industries Limited and Chrys Capital.
 
Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Bharti Foundation and NCAER
 
As Founder and CEO of CSF, Ashish hopes to bring a fresh impact-based approach to philanthropy in India. He was recently recognized as the NextGen Leader in Philanthropy by Forbes India.

S. Sivakumar
Member of the Corporate Management Committee, ITC 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.

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.

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.

Ajay G. Piramal
Chairman, Piramal Group

Born in August 3rd 1955, Mr 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:

o Acquisition of Decision Resources Group, a global leader in providing research, data, analytics and insights to the Global Pharma industry.
o 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.
o Investment in Vodafone India, which generated an IRR of 19% on a ~$ 1.2 billion investment.
o The Group has identified financial services as the key growth driver for inclusive growth for the people of India.  Piramal Capital and The Structured Investment Group participate in real estate and infrastructure.
o He is a major investor in the India financial services company, Shriram Transport and Shriram Capital.
 
He is the Chairman of Piramal Glass, the fastest growing speciality 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.
 
Academics:
 
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).

Subhanu Saxena
Managing Director & Global CEO, Cipla

Mr. Subhanu Saxena has  joined Cipla as the Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on February 1, 2013 and currently designated  Managing Director & Global CEO. He  has a Global Mindset, with “India connect” and is based in our head office at Mumbai, India.  He brings to Cipla a proven track record on the key requirements that the MD & CEO’s role demands.
 
Subhanu holds an MBA from INSEAD - France, Fontainebleau, and a BA (Hons) in Engineering Science from Oxford University, both with distinction. A citizen of the United Kingdom, and an India OCI cardholder, he is fluent in English, Hindi and Sanskrit, and has a good working knowledge of French, German and Russian. Outside of his professional life, Subhanu is a lecturer / teacher of Sanskrit and ancient Indian literature, and has a love of Urdu poetry.
  
Subhanu comes from Novartis Pharma AG, where amongst a number of roles, he was CEO and President of Novartis UK. He in his last role led the Global Commercial and Product Strategy function for Novartis Pharma. This role was a part of the Global Pharma Executive Committee ($30bn sales), where he had responsibility for Marketing, Sales, Global Medical Affairs and Health Economics.
 
Subhanu has work experience in diverse industries—non-pharma as well as pharma - in diverse geographies, in successfully managing large and complex profit & loss accounts and being part of a great success story at his previous organization.
 
He has also worked with companies like Citigroup, Boston Consulting Group and Pepsi Co Inc.
Building on his consulting / strategy experience with the Boston Consulting Group, Subhanu’s early industry experience includes developing entry/growth strategies for Pepsi

Subhanu is a highly accomplished global executive. His experience over the last 25+ years has spanned markets in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, and is divided equally between experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and a mix of FMCG, Consulting and Banking in prior years. 

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.


Dr. Mukund Rajan
Brand Custodian, Tata Sons

Dr Mukund Rajan is the Tata Brand Custodian and Group Spokesperson. Additionally, he serves as Chief Ethics Officer of the group and oversees group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities as Chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Tata SIA Airlines and Lakshmi Machine Works, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Tata Opportunities Fund.

Mukund serves as the Co-Chair of the CII National Committee on CSR, and is a member of the National Committee on India@75, a CII initiative.  He is also a member of the National Advisory Boards of two youth networks, AIESEC India and ENACTUS.
Mukund graduated from the Bachelor of Technology program at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where he completed a Masters and Doctorate in International Relations. His doctoral dissertation titled “Global Environmental Politics – India and the North-South Politics of Global Environmental Issues” was published by the Oxford University Press in 1996.
In 2007, the World Economic Forum honored Mukund as a Young Global Leader.  He was also part of the inaugural class of the CII-Aspen Institute India Leadership Initiative.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she is recognized as a global thought leader for Biotechnology. Under her stewardship, Biocon has evolved since its inception in 1978 from an industrial enzymes company to a fully-integrated, innovation-led, emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.As a global influencer, she is ranked among, ‘World's 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’, by Fierce Biotech, TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific.’ The U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. The US based, Foreign Policy magazine has named her among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.’ More recently, she has featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries, by US-based Scientific American magazine and has been ranked Second among the 100 Most Influential People in the field of medicine in the ‘Global Medicine Maker Power List 2015’ published by a top UK-based medical publication.

A first generation entrepreneur with more than 39 years’ of experience, she is recognized for leading the biotech revolution in India. Her contribution to the biotechnology in India has been recognized with the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005), two of India’s very prestigious civilian honors.
She pioneered the setting up of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises, which has been instrumental in bringing government, industry and academia together to charter a clear and progressive growth path for biotechnology in India. She also serves as a member of the Governing Body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission. As founder member of Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology, she currently chairs this forum. Ms Mazumdar-Shaw is also a part of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Board of Trustees and is also a Member of the USP Biologics Advisory Group.

She is an Independent Member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She also serves as Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw is also on the honorary board of advisors of The National Society of High School Scholars, US. She is a founder member of the Society for the formation of "Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine". Moreover, she serves on the Global Advisory Committee for “Women and the Green Economy Campaign” (WAGE)™ initiative.

She has won several national and global awards, including Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur: Healthcare & Life Sciences Award (2002), The Economic Times Business Woman of the Year Award (2004) and Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth (2009).

Ms Mazumdar-Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in science (Zoology Hons.) from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in malting and brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University. She has been awarded with several honorary degrees from Ballarat (2004), University of Abertay (2007), University of Glasgow (2008), Heriot-Watt University (2008), National University of Ireland (2012) and Trinity College, Dublin (2012) for her pre-eminent contributions to field of biotechnology.Recently, Federation University Australia (FedUni) honoured her by dedicating a road at the University's Mt Helen Campus to her as 'Mazumdar Drive'. She has also been appointed as an Ambassador of the University for a three-year term.Ms Mazumdar-Shaw’s commitment to affordable healthcare extends beyond business. Her philanthropic initiatives are directed at making a difference to the lives of the marginalized communities. Through Biocon Foundation’s primary healthcare centres, telemedicine initiatives, health awareness programs, public health and sanitation initiatives and preventive screenings for oral and cervical cancer, she is making an enduring impact on society.

She has also established the 1,400-bed Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center in Bangalore to deliver affordable world-class cancer care services to patients irrespective of socio-economic status. More recently she has also established the Mazumdar Shaw Center for Translational Research, a non-profit research institute dedicated to developing scientific breakthroughs for treating a wide range of human diseases. Her philanthropic efforts have got her featured in the Forbes’ List of ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’.She is also the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Bangalore.

Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is married to John Shaw, a Scotsman and Indophile, who headed a leading textiles MNC Madura Coats from 1991-1998 as Chairman and Managing Director. John Shaw is currently the Vice-Chairman of Biocon.


Sudhanshu Vats
Group CEO, Viacom 18 Media Private Limted

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.

Siddharth Roy Kapur
Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company India

After a B.Com from Sydenham College and a Masters in Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Siddharth began his career with the Procter & Gamble Company in Mumbai in the brand management team.
 
From P&G, Siddharth moved to STAR TV in the strategic planning division, focusing on Star Plus and the National Geographic Channel. After a brief stint in Hong Kong as part of the Newscorp Executive Development Program, he moved back to Mumbai to work on the marketing of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. In recognition for the success of the ground-breaking marketing efforts behind the show, he was nominated for the Team Newscorp Global Excellence Awards. Siddharth then moved to the STAR TV Middle East operations, based in Dubai, where he was Regional Marketing Manager for the network, responsible for Ad Sales, Marketing, PR and Corporate Communications for the region. In this role, he led the marketing drive to support the migration of STAR channels across satellite platforms and was instrumental in retaining the majority of subscribers through the change-over process.
 
In 2002, Siddharth moved back to the STAR headquarters in Hong Kong, as Director (Marketing) and was promoted to Vice President in 2003. At STAR Hong Kong, he led the central Marketing & Creative Services team, which developed and rolled out marketing campaigns for STAR channels in India, Mainland China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the U.K. and the U.S.
 
Siddharth was with UTV since 2005. In his first role with the company, he was heading the Marketing & Communications division across Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Television, Animation and Corporate. In this role, he led the marketing efforts responsible for taking Hungama TV to a leadership position in the competitive kids broadcasting space. He led the marketing efforts behind multiple films including the cult classic Rang De Basanti, which started a new trend in the way movies are marketed. In his next role, he took over the Revenues function at UTV Motion Pictures and was responsible for Distribution & Syndication worldwide, in addition to his Marketing responsibilities.
 
In January 2008 he took over as CEO of UTV Motion Pictures and subsequent to the takeover by Walt Disney International he held the role of Managing Director – Studio. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of Development, Production, Marketing, Distribution and Syndication and he has led the studio to great heights. Under his leadership the studio has produced / released some of the best films of the decade such as Jodhaa Akbar, Race, Fashion, Aamir, A Wednesday!, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Taare Zameen Par, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dev D, Kaminey, Wake up Sid, Raajneeti, Udaan, Peepli [Live], No One Killed Jessica, Delhi Belly, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Paan Singh Tomar, Rowdy Rathore, Barfi!, Heroine, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, ABCD, Kai Po Che, Ghanchakkar, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and more.
 
In his role as Managing Director – Disney India, Siddharth is driving the strategy and growth for Walt Disney Company in one of its most important global growth markets. The business in India for the company spans across broadcasting, movies, consumer products and licensing, interactive, digital and games through multiple brands namely Disney, UTV, bindass, Marvel, Indiagames, Lucas, Pixar and ABC.

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.