ISB Leadership Summit 2017

ISB Leadership Summit 2017 
The 15th edition of the ISB Leadership Summit (ILS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB) concluded on a high note with more than 50 eminent leaders and around 1,500 delegates from different domains of business, public policy, academia, sports and entertainment participating in the flagship event at the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses. The theme for the year’s summit was “Transforming Tomorrow: The Future Unravelled”.
ISB, Mohali Campus Update:
Day 1
The event started with an inaugural speech by Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India. Also present were V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT Chandigarh; Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation; and Brahm Mohindra, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Research & Medical Education, Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Punjab.  In his speech, the Vice President stated that aspiring business leaders should seek to build a culture of inclusiveness and shape their actions to have a positive impact on the lives of those who need support.
This was followed by a panel on “The Future of Money in a Digitised Economy” led by Aruna Rao, CTO of Kotak Mahindra Bank; and Sanchita Mukherji, Co-founder and Wealth Manager of Blue Edge. They explored the complex interrelationship between new forms of currency and technological, economic and social change.

Up next was a wide-ranging conversation with Mustafa Ghouse, CEO JSW Sport and COO of Bengaluru FC on the prospect of India at the Olympics, the role of the private sector in nurturing future talent and even the prospect of India winning the FIFA World Cup.
In his keynote address, Jayant Sinha's message to students focused on frugal development and the need for the uptake of mass services as the pathway for India’s development.
Post-lunch, Kshitij Bhotika, Head of Products at Practo; Dr. Aparna Hegde, Founder ARMMAN; and Dr. Sharmila Anand, Founding & Managing Director – SEHPL helmed a panel discussion on healthcare. They discussed the concrete steps that need to be taken to achieve universal healthcare in India, the role of technology in addressing the shortage of doctors in the rural space and the role of the private sector in the expansion of healthcare services across the country.
This was followed by a keynote speech by Deepak Garg, CEO of Rivigo, on the future of urban transportation and logistics in India. A fireside chat with Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor of India, was next on the agenda. The discussion revolved around what India and the East can teach the world about respecting and recognising the value of identity and ‘the dignity of difference’.

The closing keynote speaker on Day 1 was Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India.  Dr. Singh focused on his journey over the last 25 years and the lessons it offered to transform tomorrow. He also took questions from the audience on topics ranging from demonetisation to healthcare and received a standing ovation.

The last panel discussion of the day was titled “Blurring Boundaries: The Future of the Workplace”. The key questions discussed were the challenges to the advancement of women at the workplace and the role technology can play in mitigating this problem. The panellists were Goutami Dutt, Head of Learning & Development, OLX; Arun Anand, Director of the Centre of Information & Development Communication; and Anahita Narayan, Associate Director, TiE Delhi.

Day 2:
Day 2 of the Summit saw several stalwarts of the country on campus, including Dr. Kiran Bedi, Lt. Governor of Puducherry, and General V. P. Malik, Former Chief of Army Staff, among others. 
Dr. Bedi spoke about the prevention of crime against women and children and how it should begin at home and at schools. She shared a five-point formula to inculcate good leadership qualities. "One should challenge the status quo, ride the waves, and be agile and action-oriented to become a good leader," she said.  
General Malik spoke about the leadership traits required for the 21st century and shared lessons from the military that can be applied to the corporate world. In a speech peppered with memorable quotes, he observed, "The man behind the gun is always the most important. Remember this in your company as well". He also advised students to "visit the grounds, where your presence is required. Don't forget the people who generate revenues for your company when you have your big office in Bombay, Delhi, etc. The sales team fights your wars. In the army we say that a visit to the ground is equal to one thousand on the map."


ISB, Hyderabad Campus Update :
Day 1:
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony, where Dishan Kamdar, Deputy Dean, ISBShreyas Sharma, GSB President; and Nikita Dawda, ILS Lead Coordinator, laid out the raison d’etre of the Summit.
In his opening address, keynote speaker Pramod Bhasin, founder and former CEO of Genpact, focused on the challenges and trials of leading in an ever-changing, disruptive world. He emphasised the importance of innovation and having a rebellious spirit that knows how to respect norms while challenging obsolete conventions.
The keynote panel titled "Technology Tomorrow", featured luminaries from the field of technology: Vani Kola, MD, Kalaari Capital; Pankaj Gupta, Director of Engineering, Google Next Billion Users; Sriraman Jagannathan, VP of Payments, Amazon India; and Dr. Jai Ganesh, VP & Head, Mphasis NEXT Labs. The panel discussed how the world is now moving from a knowledge economy to an innovation economy and also the potential of artificial intelligence and technology to transform every aspect of human life.
In his talk on "Governance Tomorrow", Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described how politics in India today focuses on performance and competitive leadership. He gave examples of how the current government of Maharashtra handled various challenges by installing systems and procedures that allowed for swifter decision making.
Kulmeet Bawa, MD, Adobe Systems South Asia, and Parmeswaran Venkataraman of Dr. Reddy’s Labs also addressed the gathering to share their life experiences with the audience. Later in the evening, the Summit hosted film producer and director, Karan Johar, who delighted a packed auditorium with his witty observations on the ‘Business of Imagination’. 
Day 2:

On Day 2, the Summit hosted a panel discussion, aptly titled "ISB Pathfinders",  with some of the School’s accomplished alumni, namely, Mihir Modi, CBOZee Entertainment; Ankur Warikoo, CEO, NearbuyViren Rasquinha, CEO, Olympic Gold Quest; Piyush Shah, CPOInmobi; and Ankit Sobti, CTO, Postman, with Peter Paul of Unilever serving as the moderator. The panellists shared their views on leadership and entrepreneurship, even as they took some time to fondly recall their time at ISB.
Earlier in the day, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman, ISRO, gave an inspiring address on the success of Mangalyaan and the collective efforts of the ISRO team, which were built on lessons learnt from earlier failures.
Actor, producer and sports entrepreneur Abhishek Bachchan spoke about his experiences of being a team owner in the Pro Kabaddi League. He reiterated that India's demographic structure provides a significant advantage in popularising team sports such as football and kabaddi and transforming India's sporting potential in the global arena.

Speakers on Day 2 included Dr. Ajay Bakshi, Manipal Health; Bhavin Turakhia, Directi; Captain Raghu Raman, Reliance; Rahul Singh, The Beer CaféSujayath Ali, VoonikVijay MahajanBASIXAkshay Saxena, Avanti Fellows; Vivek PrabhakarChumbak; and Samir Sood, Venture Highway, among others.

Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highway, captivated the audience with a generous dose of humour throughout his closing address on the theme of “Propelling India Forward”. Gadkari shared experiences and life lessons from his school days to his tenure as Public Works Department Minister, Maharashtra. He left students to ponder on this humourous and inspiring remark: “Where there is a will, there is a way. But when there is no will, there are only surveys, committees, discourses and discussions.”
A key highlight of the year’s Summit was the EY Emerging Leaders’ Forum, which brought 14 teams from premier B- Schools in the country on one platform to debate topics ranging from the start-up ecosystem and corporate governance to the evolving needs of human capital and gender in business. Globally reputed faculty and CXOs formed the judging panel.   

About the Author:
This article was written by Nibu Pullamvilavil and Nikita Dawda, PGP Co 2018

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