Ajay Piramal
Chairman, Piramal Group & Shriram Group

 

Born on 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).


Ajoy Misra
MD and CEO, Tata Global Beverages

 

Mr Ajoy is MD and CEO of Tata Global Beverages.

Amar Babu
Vice President & COO, Asia Pacific, Lenovo

 

Mr Amar is Vice President & COO of Lenovo, Asia Pacific region.


Amit Chandra
MD, Bain Capital

 

Amit joined Bain Capital in early 2008 to set up the Mumbai office. Prior to joining the firm, he had spent most of his professional career at DSP Merrill Lynch, a leading investment bank in India. He retired from DSP in 2007 as its Board Member & senior most Managing Director, with direct oversight of its Global Markets & Investment Banking business. Amit started his professional career as an engineer at India's leading engineering & construction firm, Larsen & Toubro. Amit is a Member of the Board of Directors of Genpact, Piramal Enterprises, Tata Investment Corporation and Emcure Pharmaceuticals. He is also active in India’s not for profit space and serves as Governing Council Member / Founder of Ashoka University, and as a Trustee/Board Member of The Akanksha Foundation (providing education to less privileged children) and GiveIndia (India's leading philanthropic exchange).

Amit was named Next Generation Philanthropic Leader of the Year by Forbes in 2013.  He received his MBA from Boston College and was awarded the school's Distinguished Alumni in 2007. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay University. He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.

Amitabh Chaudhry
MD, HDFC Life

 

Amitabh Chaudhry is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at HDFC Life. He has been with the company since January 2010. HDFC Life is today recognized as the premium brand in the insurance space and is one of India’s largest private life insurers.

Before joining HDFC Life, he was the MD and CEO of Infosys BPO Ltd and was also heading the testing unit of Infosys Technologies Ltd. He played a critical role in building the BPO from its inception to an extremely profitable business with presence in eleven centers across seven countries. He started his career in 1987 with Bank of America and worked in diverse roles ranging from Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets and Chief Finance Officer of Bank of America (India). He moved to Credit Lyonnais Securities in 2001 where he headed the investment banking franchise for South East Asia and structured finance practice for Asia before joining Infosys BPO in 2003.

Mr. Chaudhry completed Engineering in 1985 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and PGDBM in 1987 from IIM, Ahmedabad. He serves on the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Limited, a market leader in corporate and college education in various emerging markets and Shriram Transport Finance Co Ltd, one of the largest non banking auto finance companies in India. He is also an Independent Director with Credila (an HDFC Ltd. Company), India’s First Dedicated Education Loan Company.

Analjit Singh
Founder & Chairman, Max Healthcare, Max Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited

 

Mr Analjit Singh is the Founder Chairman Emeritus of The Max Group a $2.5 billion multi business enterprise,  with interests in life insurance (Max Life), health care (Max Healthcare), health insurance (Max Bupa),senior living (Antara).  Max Group is renowned for service excellence and has successful joint ventures with some of the pre-eminent firms of the world including Mitsui Sumitomo of Japan, Life Healthcare of South Africa and Bupa Plc of the United Kingdom.  Earlier partners include, New York Life Insurance Company, Hutchison Whampoa, Motorola and Lockheed Martin. Amongst his private businesses, Mr Analjit Singh has significant interests in real estate in India and lifestyle related ventures in the Western Cape, South Africa, pertaining to viticulture, wine making and hospitality.  The activities are centred around the Franschhoek Valley and Riebeek-Kasteel in the Swartland region of the Western Cape, South Africa.

A self-made entrepreneur Mr Analjit Singh was awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2011. An alumnus of The Doon School and Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mr Analjit Singh holds an MBA from Graduate School of Management, Boston University.  He has been conferred with a honorary doctorate by Amity University.

Professionally, he is the non-executive Chairman of Vodafone India and a Director on the boards of Tata Global Beverages and Sofina NV/SA, Belgium. Till recently, he served as Chairman of the Doon School.

Mr. Analjit Singh is a member of the Founder Executive Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), India’s top ranked B-School, and has served as Chairman of Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee- India’s oldest and most prestigious engineering college. He has instituted a scholarship fund for meritorious management students from India at his alma mater-Graduate School of Management-Boston University. The scholarship runs under the rubric MAS (Max Analjit Singh Scholarship).

Mr Analjit Singh is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indo UK CEO council. In past he has also served on the Prime Minister’s Indo US CEO council. Mr Analjit Singh has also served as the co-chair of Prabodhan, a unique forum for facilitating closer and more effective engagement between European and Indian decision makers and opinion leaders with Mr Ratan Tata-Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group and Vittorio Colao-Group Chief Executive of Vodafone as co-patrons.

He has been felicitated by Senator Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State on behalf of Indian American Centre for Political Awareness for his outstanding achievement in presenting the international community with an understanding of a modern and vibrant India and for creating several successful joint ventures with leading American companies and promoting business ties with the USA.

He has been honoured with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Service Category) and the Golden Peacock Award for Leadership and Service Excellence. In 2014 he was awarded with Spain’s second highest civilian honour, the Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabella and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.

He also serves as the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of San Marino in India.

Anand Kripalu
MD & CEO, United Spirits

 

Anand Kripalu took over as Chief Executive Officer of United Spirits Ltd. (USL), on the 1st of May 2014. Subsequently, he was appointed as Director and Managing Director on 14 th August 2014. He is also a member of the Diageo Global Executive Committee. Anand was formerly President, India and South Asia, at Mondelez International, and Managing Director of Cadbury India Ltd. In this position, Anand played a key role in leading Mondelez in India after the Cadbury acquisition by Kraft. He presided over eight years of continuous industry leading growth and helped the business earn status as one of India's Most Admired Companies. He joined Cadbury India at the end of 2005 as Managing Director - Indian SubContinent and was subsequently appointed President - Cadbury Asia in October 2008. Prior to this, Anand worked in Unilever for 22 years. He joined Unilever in 1983 through the erstwhile Indian division of Chesebrough Ponds and went on to hold several key positions in Sales and Marketing. He set up the Dental Innovation Centre at Mumbai, was Head of Market Research, Head of Marketing for the Laundry category for India and the Central Asia Middle East Region, and General Manager - Sales & Customer Development for the Detergent business. In his last assignment as Managing Director for Unilever's East Africa operations, Anand turned around a loss making business to deliver double-digit growth. Anand is on the board of Marico Ltd since 2007. In 2009-10 he chaired the CII National FMCG Committee. He has been on the Managing Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Executive Committee of FICCI. He is currently the Chairman of the CIABC (Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies), the apex association for all alcobev companies. Anand earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He completed the Advanced Management Program from Wharton Business School in 2004. He was recently conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIM Kolkata.


Anant Maheshwari
President, Microsoft India

 

Anant Maheshwari is the President of Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. He will take over the operations of the company from Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, with effect from January 1, 2017. In his role, he will be responsible for all of Microsoft’s product, service, and support offerings across India and continuing the company’s transformation into the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. Before joining Microsoft, Anant worked at Honeywell in a number of leadership roles and in his last role led as the President of Honeywell, India. An experienced global technology leader, he was responsible for the continued growth of India operations across all strategic business groups of Honeywell. Prior to Honeywell, Anant was with McKinsey & Company where he worked with clients across multiple industries including telecom, IT and e-commerce, private equity, engineering equipment, automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals. Anant’s role in Microsoft India is pivotal as the country focuses on growth themes of Smart Cities and Digital India. The alignment of Microsoft’s mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more with India’s growth will enable a wide range of creative and innovation opportunities. Anant is committed to capitalizing this transformational point and support the growth objectives globally and in India.

Ananth Narayanan
CEO, Myntra

 

Ananth Narayanan is the Chief Executive Officer at Myntra, the country’s largest online platform for fashion and lifestyle products. He leads the team with a dedicated mission to disrupt and transform the way fashion is sold and consumed in the country. His aim is to make Myntra the first profitable ecommerce company in India. Under his leadership, Myntra has made two strategic acquisitions – Cubeit, a Bangalore based start-up that facilitates content aggregation on mobile devices and Jabong from Global Fashion Group; making it India’s biggest fashion shopping destination. Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and product development. He started his career with Mckinsey & Company where he worked for 15 years across four offices (Chicago, Shanghai, Taipei and Chennai). In his most recent role as Director in the company, he was responsible for leading the Product Development practice in Asia and worked with several companies on strategy, operations and organizational models. Ananth leverages his vast experience and knowledge from years in consultancy and managing operations to mentor start-ups. With his financial acumen and marketing insights, he has helped start ups create systems and processes, build stakeholder communities, effectively reach out to markets and scale up their business. A person with a strong commitment to building an entrepreneurial environment in the country, Ananth has helped shape many a new enterprise from seed stage to commercial success. He is also a speaker at various summits organized by premier institutes such as The Economist, Harvard Business School, University of Michigan among others. Away from work, Ananth dedicates time to working with various NGOs on helping nurture and educate the girl child. His association with Banyan enables him to find a meaningful outlet to his philanthropic and social development instincts. He is strongly committed to building a base for girl child education and is happy to devote his time to contribute to the effort. In addition, Ananth is deeply interested in the study and performance of the fine arts. His association with Kalashetra enables him to indulge in his interest in cultural expressions and artistic education. Ananth has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of Madras and a Masters from the University of Michigan, in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.  He is on the Industry Advisory Board of University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute.

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.

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.

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

 

Arjun Nohwar heads the enterprise vertical for Uber (Uber for Business) in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for nine years with the Tata group (as a TAS officer), the last three years of which were spent working with the Group Chairman on international business development and sovereign coverage. He has worked across the automotive, telecom, real estate and financial services industries and also spent a year at the Planning Commission of India devising the country’s manufacturing strategy. Arjun is also on the Board of Advisors of AMBA, an organization that leverages Information Technology to provide sustainable livelihood to adults with moderate and severe intellectual disability. 

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

Arnab Goswami
Editor-in-chief & News Anchor, Times Now & ET Now

 

Arnab Goswami has led TIMES NOW to leadership in less than a year of launching the channel in 2006. Since 2007, he has maintained and increased the dominance of TIMES NOW in the Number 1 slot for 8 consecutive years. His 9 pm “The Newshour” is the last word in appointment viewing on Indian television, commanding over 70% share of the audience and unmatched viewer loyalty for the last 8 years. The interview based “Frankly Speaking with Arnab” is, both in terms of viewership and impact, today the most followed interview on television, making headlines every week.

As Editor in Chief of TIMES NOW, Arnab has revolutionised news coverage, anchoring for 100 hours during the 26/11 attack, spearheading the greatest exposes against corruption starting with the CWG scam, and including the 2G scam, the Kargil for Profit scam and others in 2010-11, the coverage of the Anna agitation, and path breaking interviews with Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi in 2014 that set the news agenda in the National Election. In State Elections since 2010, and the General Election of 2014, Arnab introduced a new form of statistical analysis on elections, with brand new psephological tools combined with a new level of graphical representation, completely transforming election coverage; wielding maximum viewers in every election for the last five years. Arnab’s annual Union Budget telecast, with a focus on macro economic and macro political trends and impact, has been the leader in the combined business + news channels pack for the last 5 years. A great believer in Digital Media, Arnab has launched collaborations with Twitter and Facebook, with TIMES NOW chosen to be among the 5 partners worldwide for the launch of Twitter video this year, with the channel overtaking in less than a year the social media presence of any other Indian channel operating on social media.

Arnab is a post graduate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, and has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s Department of International Relations. He has been invited to speak on Indian media at Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College London and most recently the House of Lords. In 2001, his book “Combating terrorism” was quoted in debates in parliament on the drafting of an anti terror law. He has been published in several international journals, on geo political trends in India and the region.

Bharat Puri
MD, Pidilite Industries Ltd

 

Bharat Puri is the Managing Director of Pidilite Industries Ltd.

In 2008 he joined the Board of Pidilite Industries Ltd as an Independent Director.

Bharat Puri graduated in Commerce from Punjab University and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He started his career with Asian Paints in 1982.  In 1998 he moved to Cadbury as Director of Sales and Marketing for Cadbury India. This was a period of progress and growth. In 2002 he was appointed as Managing Director South Asia Cadbury. Since then he has held senior leadership positions in Marketing, General Management and Category Management at the country, regional and global level.

Bharat has outstanding local and global experience and a great track record.

Bhargav Dasgupta
MD, ICICI LOMBARD

 

>Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta, is the Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, the largest private sector general insurance company in India. Mr. Dasgupta began his career with the erstwhile ICICI Limited in 1992 and he has held key leadership positions in diverse business areas in the ICICI Group including Project Finance, Corporate Banking and Treasury; E-commerce; Strategy; International Banking and Life Insurance.

Mr. Bhargav Dasgupta holds a PGDBA from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a B.E (Mechanical) degree from Jadhavpur University.

Bhaskar Bhat
MD, 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.

Gopal Vittal
CEO, India & South-Asia, Bharti Airtel

 

Gopal Vittal is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) of Bharti Airtel Limited. In his role as CEO of the country’s largest privately integrated telecom operator, he is responsible for defining and delivering the business strategy and providing overall leadership for Airtel’s India & South Asia operations.

He moved into this role from Bharti Enterprises where he was the Group Director - Special Projects (April 2012 - Feb 2013). In this capacity, he worked towards formulating and supporting Airtel’s International strategy and data expansion.

Prior to this, he was at Hindustan Unilever, where he was heading the US$3.5bn Home and Personal Care Division. During the various global and national responsibilities he held during his 20 years stint at Unilever, Gopal gathered a wealth of experience in assimilating the consumer mind set, managing operations efficiently, winning with the customer, building brand and innovating to secure market leadership.

Mr. Vittal also held the post of Director, Marketing at Bharti Airtel (2006-08) and made significant contributions towards driving revenue growth, market leadership and building Airtel as an iconic brand.

Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of Madras Christian College and has completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Harsh C Mariwala
Chairman, Marico Industries

 

Mr. Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited.

Over the past three decades, Mr. Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space. Mr. Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003.The Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India.

Mr Mariwala started ASCENT in 2012, a not-for- profit expression of his passion to create a unique trust based peer-to- peer platform for high potential growth-stage entrepreneurs that leverages the “power of the collective” and enables them to share and exchange experiences, ideas, insights and create a healthy ecosystem to learn from each other and grow their enterprise.

Mr. Mariwala was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011.

Jaydev Galla
Managing Director, Amara Raja Group (& Member of Parliament, Guntur Loksabha, Andhra Pradesh)

Current positions as Public representative:

 
- Member : Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce
- Member : Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
- Member : Committee on Private Members’ Bills and Resolutions
- Member : Telecom Advisory Committee, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

- Member : Tobacco Board, Govt. of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
- Co-Chairman : District Vigilance & Monitoring Committees, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

- Member : Telecom Advisory Committee - Guntur, Ministry of Communications, Govt of India
- Member : Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee - Guntur, Ministry of Finance, Govt of India
- Member : South Central Railways Users Consultative Committee, Ministry of Railways, Govt of India

 

Positions in Profession:
 
- Vice Chairman & Managing Director : Amara Raja Batteries Limited, Amara Raja Electronics Limited
- Vice Chairman : Amara Raja Power Systems Limited, Mangal Industries Limited
- Director : Amara Raja Infra Limited, Amara Raja Industrial Services Private Limited, RNGalla Family Holdings Private Limited, Amaron Batteries Private Limited, Tattva Subsea Pte Limited, Singapore
K M 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.

Keki Mistry
Vice Chairman & CEO, HDFC

 

Keki M Mistry obtained a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the Bombay University. Mr Mistry is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr Mistry started his career with The Indian Hotels Company Limited, one of the largest chain of hotels in India.

In the year 1981, Mr Mistry joined Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).  He was inducted on to the Board of Directors of HDFC as an Executive Director in the year 1993 and was elevated to the post of Managing Director with effect from November 2000. In October 2007, Mr Mistry was appointed as  Vice Chairman & Managing Director of HDFC and became the Vice Chairman & CEO in January 2010.

Mr Mistry is also a Director on the Board of several Indian Companies.


Madhavan Menon
Chairman & MD, Thomas Cook India Group

 

Madhavan Menon is the Chairman & Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India) Limited, India’s leading integrated travel and travel related services company.  Madhavan joined Thomas Cook in 2000 as the Executive Director, responsible for the Foreign Exchange business and stepped up to the position of Managing Director in April 2006.  With effect from 1st January, 2016, Madhavan was appointed as the Chairman & Managing Director of the company. Madhavan is also the Chairman of its subsidiaries - SOTC Travel Services Private Limited (formerly known as Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd), Kuoni Travel (China) Ltd (Hongkong), Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) & LuxeAsia Pvt Ltd (Srilanka).  Madhavan is a member of the Board of Quess Corp. Limited (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Pvt. Ltd), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, where Thomas Cook India owns 69.55% and 100% respectively.  He is also a Trustee of PRIDE, an NGO that focuses on healthcare and education for the under privileged.

During his tenure as the Managing Director, Thomas Cook has acquired six companies namely SOTC Travel Services Private Limited (formerly known as Kuoni Travel India Pvt Ltd), Kuoni Travel (China) Ltd (Hongkong), LuxeAsia Pvt Ltd (Srilanka),  Quess Corp Limited., (formerly IKYA Human Capital Solutions Pvt. Ltd), Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited,  Travel Corporation (India) Ltd (TCI) and LKP Forex.
 
Madhavan has a varied background having commenced his career in Grindlays Bank and subsequently worked in Citibank, Emirates Bank and in the Financial Services Division of the Aditya Birla Group.  Madhavan’s areas of interest include Treasury, Corporate Lending,  Operations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic planning.

Madhavan completed his MBA from George Washington University, undergraduate degree from American University of Beirut and schooling at the Cathedral and John Cannon School.  He has also participated at the Executive Management Programme at Harvard University and INSEAD during his tenure with Thomas Cook.


Meher Pudumjee
Chairperson, Thermax

 

Meher Pudumjee is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, a company focused on providing energy and environment solutions.

A postgraduate in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, Meher joined Thermax as a trainee engineer in August 1990.  A year later, along with her husband Pheroz Pudumjee, they took over the responsibility of turning around a Thermax subsidiary company in the UK.
 
After her return to India in September 1996, she was appointed on the Board of Directors. With her interest in Finance, she worked closely with the treasury and working capital management functions of Thermax. She was involved with overseeing a Joint Venture Company in the area of drinking water as well as the Air Pollution Control businesses of the company. In January 2001 she became a non-executive director and was appointed Vice Chairperson in 2002. During this period she played an active role in the turnaround of Thermax. 

Meher took over as Chairperson of Thermax on October 5, 2004, after the retirement of Mrs. Anu Aga.
 
Meher represented India at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka in 2006. The World Economic Forum in 2008 selected her as a Young Global Leader for her professional accomplishment, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. She was selected CEO of the Year, 2009 by Business Standard.
 
Meher served as the Chairperson of Pune Zonal Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).  When a member of CII's Young Indians, she chaired the National Employability initiative. She is also on the Board of Imperial College India Foundation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Pune City Connect Development Foundation.
 
Committed to the cause of educating the underprivileged, she works closely with NGOs operating in this space. She is on the Board of Akanksha Foundation and is a Trustee of Teach to Lead, Mumbai.

Meher has a keen interest in music, especially western classical and is a member of a Pune based choir. She lives in Pune with her husband and their two children.

Neeraj Roy
MD & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment

 

Neeraj Roy is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hungama Digital Media. Under his leadership, Hungama today is the largest Digital Media Company in South Asia. Neeraj was recently voted amongst the ‘Top Ten mobiThinkers’ and ‘50 Most influential People in Mobile Entertainment’ globally. Neeraj was also awarded the Sun Microsystems- Economic Times Young Leader award in 2001 and voted as 25 young leaders in the new millennium by Business India. He is an active speaker at various international forums as Mobile World Congress, CTIA, World Handset Forum etc and on several domestic and international committees advising on the global Mobile & Digital Entertainment economy. Neeraj has served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum - Asia (MEF) and is currently President of IAA – India Chapter. Known as an innovator, and sought for his vision in the digital and mobile media and entertainment industry, Neeraj leads a team of highly motivated professionals at Hungama. A serial entrepreneur, Neeraj has incubated several businesses such as Hungama.com, which is South Asia’s largest Digital Entertainment service with over 67 million active consumers, offering an integrated Movie and Music Service. Hungama also has a partnership with WPP’s JWT offering Digital Marketing Services to clients worldwide. Over the years Hungama has forayed into various aspects of Digital Media and Content such as Gaming, via its subsidiary Hungama Gameshastra Ltd. Neeraj is excited about the prospects of the Indian digital economy as it prepares to transition to 600 million consumers over the next few years and is gearing up to cater to the needs of the world’s youngest nation as it embraces the mobile internet.

Nirmal Jain
Chairman, India Infoline Ltd.

 

Mr. Nirmal Jain, Founder and Chairman of India Infoline Ltd (IIFL) is a first generation entrepreneur, who is credited with building one of the largest financial services companies in India in just about a decade. A PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Ahmedabad, a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant, Mr. Jain began his career in 1989 with Hindustan Lever Limited (HUL), the Indian arm of Unilever. After his stint with HUL, in 1994 Mr. Jain joined hands with two brokers to set up their equity research unit 'Inquire', which received overwhelming response from institutional investors. In 1995, he founded his own independent research company, Probity Research and Services Pvt Ltd, which is today known as India Infoline and recently branded as IIFL. The company’s pioneering work in equity research set new standards.The company's client list read the who's who of corporates, banks and institutional investors. Over the years, Nirmal steered the company to ever greater heights, through financial turmoil, regulatory upheaval and survived brutal competition from deep-pocketed institutional and MNC players. Under his leadership, the IIFL group has grown to become one of the leading players in the Indian financial services space. IIFL offers advisory and execution platforms to more than one million clients. Its offerings cover the entire gamut of financial services, ranging from Retail Broking, Institutional Equities, and Investment Banking, to Insurance distribution, Wealth Management and Financing. IIFL has an impressive geographical footprint, covering over 3,000 business locations spread across 500 cities and towns across India. The group has also expanded globally and has subsidiaries and offices in Colombo, Dubai, New York and Singapore. Nirmal was ranked the ‘2 nd most valuable CEO in India’ by Business World and was awarded the ‘Pride of India Gold Medal’ by the NRI Institute in 2009 for his outstanding achievements in the financial services space. He was the finalist in the ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ in 2000 and 2007. Nirmal also received the ‘Udyog Rattan Award 2007’ from Institute of Economic Studies and won the ‘CA Business Leader – Corporate award’ in the same year. Mr. Jain lives in Mumbai with his wife and three children. He is a voracious reader who also loves travelling. He is also passionate about contributing to society, especially in the fields of education and healthcare for the under privileged, for which he has setup the IIFL foundation.

Punit Goenka
MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL)

 

Mr. Punit Goenka, a young and dynamic professional with a strong entrepreneurial background, started his career with Essel Group, a vibrant conglomerate with diversified business interests in media & entertainment, infrastructure, and other leading sectors. Being the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Punit has been extremely successful in enhancing the company’s performance and in driving the company towards its set goals.
Under his leadership, ZEE has achieved scores of milestones and prestigious awards, elevating the brand to a global cadre. Dun & Bradstreet – Rolta Corporate Award, BusinessworldInfocom ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s tenure. His futuristic vision and sharp acumen in the new media domain, has led the company to a global stature today. Punit is also responsible for expanding the company’s international presence across 171 countries, and its reach to over 1 billion viewers. Punit is also listed amongst the top 100 CEOs of India, in a study published by Business Today. He has also received the prestigious Economic Times ’40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award and has bagged the prestigious IAA Leadership Award under the category of “Media Person of the Year Award”. Punit has been awarded the esteemed Medaille d’Honneur Award at MIPTV and has been recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” during the recently held Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. For his immense contribution to the media and entertainment industry, Punit has also been felicitated as the “Impact Person of the Year”. Going forward, Punit envisions ZEE to be ranked amongst the top global media brands.