Rahul Joshi
CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Network18 (CNBC, CNN18, IBN7 & others)


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.

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.

Raj Jain
CEO, Times Group


Raj Jain is Chief Executive Officer of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited (The Times Group), the largest media company in India.

Prior to joining Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited, Raj served as President of Walmart India and also held the position of MD & CEO of Bharti Walmart Pvt. Ltd. for over six years. He spearheaded Walmart’s entry into India and successfully established Wholesale Cash & Carry, Retail businesses of Walmart in India. Prior to Walmart, Raj was Asia Pacific Region Head, Marketing & Supply Chain at Whirlpool Corporation in Shanghai. During his 10 years at Whirlpool, he also served as MD & CEO of Whirlpool of India Ltd.

Raj started his career at Unilever as a Management Trainee. His successful and distinctive career spanning over 16 years in Unilever in India and U.K. included several key managerial positions in Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain. Raj is the Ex-Chairperson of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AMCHAM) and also served on the advisory board of HOPE Foundation in India.

Raj holds an Engineering Degree from Delhi University and an Executive MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Business.

He is married and has two children.

Ranjit Shahani
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Novartis


Ranjit Shahani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Novartis.

Rashesh Shah
Chairman and CEO, Edelweiss Group


Rashesh Shah is Chairman and CEO, Edelweiss Group, one of India’s leading diversified financial conglomerates with businesses ranging across Credit Businesses (Structured Collateralised Credit, Wholesale and Retail Mortgage, Distressed Assets Credit, SME Finance, Agri and Rural Finance and other loans), Non-Credit Businesses (Wealth Management, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Agri Services and Balance Sheet Management Unit) and Life Insurance.

Rashesh co-founded Edelweiss in 1996, which has since grown into one of India’s leading diversified financial services conglomerates, providing a broad range of financial products and services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, institutions and individuals. Edelweiss today has an asset base of over Rs. 33,000 crore and a net worth of nearly Rs 4,400 crore. The Group has 259 offices in 127 cities with headquarters in Mumbai, India. Finance Asia magazine has ranked Edelweiss as India’s Best Managed mid-cap company in 2013 and 2014. Rashesh is passionate about financial services and the role it can play in translating India’s vast savings into investments; thereby powering economic growth and development. Under his leadership, Edelweiss has combined technology, innovation and growth oriented entrepreneurship with a strong focus on risk management to become one of the more successful, stable and well respected financial services companies in India. He is deeply involved in EdelGive Foundation, Edelweiss’s philanthropy arm, providing strategic oversight and advice, and is particularly passionate about charities involving sports and education. A regular commentator on macro- economic policies, development matters and financial markets in the mainline and financial media, Rashesh serves on the Boards of various companies and public institutions. He has previously been on the Executive Committee of the National Stock Exchange and also on the SEBI (Stock Exchange Board of India) committee to review Insider Trading Regulations. He is currently the Vice President of FICCI, which is India’s Apex Industry association. An MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Rashesh also holds a Diploma in International Trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. A voracious reader, a fitness enthusiast and an avid runner, Rashesh has participated in a triathlon and continues to participate in marathons across the globe.

Ravi Venkatesan
Founder Chairman, Social Venture Partners India (& Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda)


Ravi Venkatesan is the Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd and several advisory Boards. He is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review. Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. Ravi was previously the Chairman of Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune. Ravi has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, AB Volvo, Bunge and Thermax. Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50. Ravi brings a wealth of experience in corporate leadership, globalization, innovation and private sector approaches to social change in addition to a deep understanding of the political economy of India.

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.

Sandeep Ghosh
Managing Director & CEO, Bharti Axalife


Sandeep Ghosh is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Bharti AXA Life Insurance since 2011. He has over 24 years of experience in India and overseas, primarily in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life, he was with ANZ as the Managing Director, Commercial Banking Head for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong Before joining ANZ, Sandeep spearheaded Commercial Banking for Royal Bank of Scotland in Asia out of Hongkong. Prior to this, he was with Citibank for 9 years during which he held various roles, lastly as Managing Director for the Global Commercial Bank in India. From 1996 to 1999, Sandeep worked with PepsiCo in the Marketing function as the Category Marketing Director for Flavours and Alternate Beverages for the South Asia Business Unit. Sandeep began his career in 1990 with Coats Viyella PLC in the UK. Over a span of 5 years, he worked in a variety of Marketing and Business Development assignments across Europe, the Middle East & North Africa. Sandeep holds a Masters in Business Administration (PGDBM) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and has a Bachelors degree in Accountancy & Financial Management from Sydenham College, Mumbai University.

Sanjeev Aggarwal
Founding Partner and Senior MD, Helion Ventures


Sanjeev Aggarwal is a co‚Äźfounder of Helion and has served on the Boards of Amba Research (Moody's), MakeMyTrip (Nasdaq) and Unitedlex. He is currently on the Boards of IndiaHomes, Azure Power, EyeQ , ShopClues and BigBasket. Prior to Helion, Sanjeev was the Founder and CEO of Daksh, having been with the company from its inception in 2000 to its acquisition by IBM in 2004. Sanjeev ran the company as its CEO till June 2006. Daksh was a pioneer in BPO sector in year 2000 and had over 20,000 employees by June, 2006. During this period, Daksh was rated as the World's Best Managed BPO Company (Black Book of Outsourcing) and was ranked as the #1 employer in Indian BPO market by IDC. Sanjeev was chosen "Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year" in 2002. Prior to founding Daksh, he worked for 15 years with leading technology companies serving the domestic Indian market. Sanjeev led the Strategic Initiatives at Motorola India. He worked with Digital Equipment Corporation in delivering technology solutions and was recognized as the "Decathlon Winner", a recognition given to top 1% managers worldwide. He also served as the CEO of 3COM India.

Sanjeev has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

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.

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 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.

Shailesh Ayyangar
Managing Director, Sanofi Aventis India


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.

Shantanu Prakash
Chairman and MD, 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.

Shiv Shivakumar
Chairman and 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.

Shobana Kamineni
Vice Chairman, Apollo Hospitals (& President Designate CII)


Shobana Kamineni is the Vice Chairman, Apollo Hospitals and President Designate CII.

Sudhanshu Vats
Group Chief Executive Officer, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.


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.

Sumant Sinha
Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power


Mr Sumant is Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power.

Sunil Lulla
Chairman and MD, 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.

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
MD, India & South-Asia, Facebook


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.

Varun Berry
MD, 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.

Venky Mysore
CEO, MD, Red Chillies Entertainment & Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL)


Venky Mysore is the CEO of Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd as well as Kolkata Knight Riders, since 2010. He also oversees the newly acquired franchise in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Trinbago Knight Riders, (TKR). Prior to that he has had a very long and successful career spanning 25 years in financial services. He was the India Country Head of Sun Life Financial’s India operations, prior to which, Mr. Mysore was the CEO & Managing Director of MetLife India. He was responsible for the start-up of the India venture. Venky immigrated to the U.S.A. and started his career with MetLife after his MBA. Venky represented the Madras University in cricket and has been a passionate follower of the game. He is currently a member of the Young Presidents Organization – Mumbai Chapter. Venky is married to Veena and they have three children.

Vipin Sondhi
CEO and MD, JCB India Ltd.


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.

Vivek Gambhir
MD, Godrej Consumer Products


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.