Speakers

Ajay Bhalla
Professor of Family Business and Innovation, CASS Business School, London

Ajay Bhalla is Professor of Family Business and Innovation at Cass Business School in London. He also sits on the board of Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation- which represents some of the largest family businesses in the UK. He has held a Visiting Scholar position at ISB from 2009-2010.

His work involves helping families, executive and organizations develop the mind-sets and capabilities to become more resilient in times of uncertainty. Over the last decade, his work on ownership and resilience has helped shape UK government’s policy on employee ownership. He has published extensively and won multiple awards for his research- the most prestigious of this being for producing impactful managerial research at the 73rd Annual Academy of Management.
Ajith Kumar Rai K
Founder and CMD,  Suprajit Group of Companies

K. Ajith Kumar Rai is the Founder & CMD of the Suprajit Group of Companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering  from the Technical University  of  Novascotia, Canada. After completing his Masters, Ajith returned to India and set-up first generation enterprise - SUPRAJIT Engineering, a small scale unit, in technical collaboration with M/s Toh Fon Machine Company Limited, Taiwan, to manufacture Automotive Control Cables. Today, Suprajit Engineering Limited is a listed company and has rapidly grown both organically (by capacity expansion) and through acquisitions of halogen bulbs maker Phoenix Lamps Limited and non-automotive cable maker Wescon Controls, a Wichita, Kansas, USA, based firm. Ajith provides strategic direction to the group’s four fully owned global subsidiaries in USA, UK, Luxembourg and Germany.
As a first generation technocrat entrepreneur, Ajith conceptualized, planned and executed the first cable plant. Over the past 30 years he has gained exhaustive and comprehensive experience and in-depth exposure in management by setting up new plants, getting new customers, developing suppliers, building the team, and working closely with all stakeholders. He also gained hands on experience in M& A and setting up International businesses. Ajith has developed the management philosophy of `De-risk and grow profitably.’ He is member of American Institute of Industrial Engineers, CII, ACMA, and is an active Rotarian. He is involved in many CSR initiatives through Suprajit Foundation.
Amala Akkineni
Director - Annapurna International School for Film and Media and Co-Founder and Chairperson, Blue Cross of Hyderabad


Amala Akkineni has had a successful career in Indian cinema (1985 – 1992) spanning 50 films as leading lady in five Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi). She completed her education in Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts at Chennai and toured extensively with the Kalakshetra dance troupe both in India and abroad during her training in classical Bharatanatyam. As a film personality she often highlights issues that need focus for social change. Her personal interests include connecting with animals and nature. Amala is the co-founder and Chairperson of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, an animal welfare organization that has helped over 430,000 animals since its inception. She is currently an ambassador for the Swachch Bharat Mission. Amala has worked for the last 25 years supporting various non-governmental and governmental organizations serving on boards and as a Trustee for social change, addressing issues in animal welfare, wildlife protection, girl child welfare, rural women’s empowerment, HIV awareness, and environment preservation. 

Amala is married to Film actor and producer Akkineni Nagarjuna. In 2012, she returned to films playing select cameo roles in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films and Tamil Television. Her background in Films and Television and her social commitment, led her to be appointed as Director, Annapurna International School for Film and Media, set up in the heart of Annapurna Studios at Hyderabad. In this Management and mentoring role, Amala seeks to fulfill the dream of Akkineni Nageshwara Rao, to guide young people on an informed path for professions in Film & Media.
Anil Sainani
Managing Partner – BAF (Business & Family) Consultants

Anil Sainani is a renowned expert on issues related to Governance in Family Businesses across South Asia, Middle East & US. He started this concept of strengthening alignment between business promoters and their families’ way back in 2004. Till now he has worked with over 100 Families across India, US, Nepal & UAE and has supported small and large Indian Business conglomerates such as Godrej, GMR group, Dalmia, to strengthen family alignment and develop their Family Constitution. With over three decades of experience and sharp business acumen, he has developed a new delivery mechanism wherein the time taken in developing a Family Business Constitution has been reduced from about 2-3 years to 4-6 months.

His areas of expertise include Family Business Transformation, Family Constitution Creation, Mentoring and Coaching, and Succession Planning. Before venturing into family governance consulting, Anil gained critical insights of business by working in his own family business for 5 years. Then, he served Government of India as a civil servant for over 13 years. Anil is highly regarded for his expertise in solving family business matters including some of the most complex issues pertaining to family business feuds. He is often invited to talks by various industry bodies and associations. Anil regularly conducts workshops on Family Businesses for organizations like Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Young Indians, FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), All India Management Association (AIMA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He is a Certified CEO Coach and has done his Masters from IIM Bangalore.
Ann-Veruschka Jurisch
Director, Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation, Switzerland

Ann-Veruschka is a director of the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation which promotes economic literacy programmes with a focus on Switzerland. From 2010 to 2018, she served as the managing director of the foundation. Recently, she re-joined Spectrum Value Management Ltd., a Swiss-based single family office that manages the industrial and private investments of the Thomas Schmidheiny family as Head of Family Philanthropy and Foundations. Earlier positions she served include the country desk Vietnam and Myanmar at the German Ministry of Development Co-operation (BMZ), and legal officer at the Claims Resolution Tribunal for dormant accounts in Zurich. Ann-Veruschka holds a PhD in Law from the University of Konstanz and is currently pursuing the Global Master of Arts Program at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the ISB, a Responsible Leader of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and on the board of the Think Tank Thurgau foundation.
Aravind Srinivasan
Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital and Director - Projects - Aravind Eye Care System

Dr. Aravind Srinivasan is an ophthalmologist and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. After his MBA, he took over as the Administrator of Aravind Eye Care System and was instrumental in bringing changes to various facets of the organization. From 2011, he is serving the organization in the role of Director-Projects of Aravind Eye Care System. He is the Board of Govel Trust that runs the Aravind eye hospitals. From September 2017, he is leading the Aravind Eye Hospital Chennai as Chief Medical Officer. Apart from administrating the institution, he also performs surgeries and takes care of the patients. He is involved in teaching eye health management courses. He has presented the “Aravind Model” of high volume, high quality, cost effective eye care in numerous International Conferences. He is also a resource person for Indian Institute of Management and Mentor for the MBA students of Wharton School of Business and University of Michigan. Dr.Aravind’s area of specialization concentrates on overall evaluation and interpretation of performance of each Division and to track progress of performance so as to facilitate benchmarking both internally and externally to achieve patient centred care across the system. Besides administration of the hospitals and grooming managers, Dr.Aravind also evaluates new projects and ensures replication of the “ARAVIND Way” - As a Trainer and Mentor at Management courses, he contributes in extending the Aravind Model of high volume, high quality, affordable cost eye care to developing nation.
Deepak Parekh
Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Mr. Deepak Parekh is a globally renowned business leader. His astute business acumen and farsightedness has not only made HDFC the leader in mortgages, but has also transformed it into India’s leading financial services conglomerate with presence in banking, asset management, life insurance, general insurance, real estate venture fund, education loans and education. Mr Parekh is also the chairman of HDFC Asset Management, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co and HDFC Ergo General Insurance Co.

Mr. Parekh played a key role in restructuring of UTI in the 90s and in the revival of Satyam in 2009. He has been advocating standardization and transparency in the real estate sector. Mr. Parekh was a member of various high-powered economic groups, advisory committees and task forces which include infrastructure, housing, financial services and capital markets. The Government of India honoured Mr. Parekh with one of the highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan in 2006. Mr. Parekh is on the board of several leading corporations across diverse sectors. He is the non-executive chairman in India of Siemens Ltd, Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd and BAE Systems India (Services) Pvt Ltd. He is also on the boards of Indian Hotels Company Ltd and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and International boards of DP World – UAE, Vedanta Resources plc and Fairfax Financial Holdings Corporation - Canada. He is on the Indian advisory boards of Coca Cola India, Boston Consultancy Group and Accenture and international advisory boards of Standard Life Asia, Nomura Holdings Inc, Lafarge International, Warburg Pincus LLC. Mr. Parekh is associated with in an advisory capacity, include Indo US CEO Forum, City of London - Finance Committee, Indo - German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), India-UK Financial Partnership(IUKFP). The Mayor of London in 2017 named Mr. Deepak Parekh as first of a network of international ambassadors for championing London across the globe. Mr. Parekh has won several international awards including, ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany in 2014, “Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honour” by France in 2010, and the First international recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award by Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, in 2010.

Farhad Forbes
Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall Limited

Farhad is Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall. He has been at Forbes Marshall since 1982. Previously, he was a member of the R&D technical staff of Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. He is presently Chairman and Board member of Family Business Network - International (FBN-I), an association of 3500 family businesses from 65 countries with 16,000 individual members. Farhad is also the current Chairman of the CII National Committee on Affirmative Action, and is a past Chairman of CII western region and that of the CII-FBN India chapter.  Earlier, Farhad has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the MSx Program (formerly known as the Sloan Program) at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Farhad received his B.S. in 1977 and his M.S. in 1979 in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He received his M.S. in Management in 1991 from the Sloan Master's Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp
Chairman, Executive Board and Family Board, E. Merck, KG, Germany

Born in 1948 in Dorsten, Germany. Following his German University entrance qualification (Abitur) he served with the German Air Force, which he left as Lieutenant. At the University of Freiburg/Br. he studied economics and economic history. After completing his studies he worked at Commerzbank and the Investment Banks Baring Brothers and Hambros in London. In 1984 he was elected to the Board of Partners of E. Merck KG and has been the Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2014. In January 2014 he was elected Chairman of the Executive Board and the Family Board of E. Merck KG.
Gita Piramal
Senior Associate Fellow, University of Oxford

Gita Piramal’s  is Senior Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford’s Somerville College. Her primary research area is Indian business history. As a chronicler of corporate India, Gita has authored six major best-sellers: Business Maharajas, Business Legends, Managing Radical Change, World Class in India, Business Mantras and India’s Industrialists. Her most recent book is Kamalnayan Bajaj – Architect of the Bajaj Group (2015). In 2017-18 she contributed chapters in The Tata Saga, The Bombay Plan and Rakesh Mohan’s India Transformed. Gita conceptualized and created content for three best-selling, award-winning programs for CNBC-TV18. She has scripted, edited, and featured or anchored over 100 television documentaries, besides contributing over 1,500 articles for international and Indian publications.
 
As an entrepreneur and businesswoman, Gita founded The Smart Manager (2002-2012), headed ERGO (2005-2012), and was a Director of VIP Luggage (1990-2005). Gita is currently on the boards of Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Finance, Bajaj Finserv and Bajaj Holdings & Investments, besides her own companies with interests in real estate. Gita holds a PhD in Indian Business History from Bombay University.

Gopal Srinivasan
Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Capital Funds Private Limited

Gopal Srinivasan is the Chairman and Managing Director of TVS Capital Funds Ltd. A scion of the TVS family from the third generation, his entrepreneurial career spans well over three decades in which he has founded, steered and scaled up over 10 new ventures across diverse business verticals. He is the founder & Chairman of TVS Electronics Ltd and the Director on the Board of their holding company TVS & Sons.Passionate about fostering startups and mentoring young entrepreneurs and is an avid angel investor. He is a founding member of The Chennai Angels as well as TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Chennai, two of the premier angel investing networks in India. Gopal takes a keen interest in public policy matters of the VC/PE Industry, being actively involved with the regulators for the financial markets by dint of his engagements with SEBI, the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and SIDBI.


He is also actively involved in knowledge initiatives through his involvement in academic institution. He is a member of University of Michigan’s India Advisory Board, a member of the Governing Council at Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) and a former board member of Great Lakes Institute of Management and IFMR. Gopal is also the Chairman of Chennai International Centre, a think-tank that brings together a cornucopia of thought leaders from the spheres of business, the economy, policymaking, science, art, culture and entrepreneurship. He is an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Michigan, USA
Govindarajan Narayanan
Managing Director, Aurobindo Pharma Limited

Govindarajan Narayanan is the Managing Director of Aurobindo Pharma Limited. He has more than 25 years of experience across a variety of domains in the pharmaceutical industry such as, Bulk Drugs, CRAMS, Finished Dosages and Biotechnology. He joined Aurobindo Pharma as its Chief Executive Officer (API and CRAMS) in late 2010. Earlier he served as the Managing Director and CEO of Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited. Govindarajan holds a B.E (Mechanical) from Annamalai University.
Harish Lakshman
Vice Chairman, Rane Group

Harish Lakshman is the Vice Chairman of Rane Group, an automotive components manufacturer based in Chennai. The Rane Group has 24 manufacturing facilities across India and USA and serves customers in more than 30 countries. Harish joined the Rane Group, in 1998 and held different positions in the areas of Marketing, Operations and Export Business Development. He currently spearheads the Group’s initiative to achieve an accelerated profitable growth. Prior to joining Rane Group, Harish worked with TRW Automotive Inc. in the US for 2 years. Harish has been an active member of several industrial associations and government panels. He has also played a key role as the President of Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) for 2013-14. Harish was recognized by the Economic Times as one among the top 40 under 40 Indian Business Leaders in 2014. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, and Master’s degree in Business from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, USA. 
Kavil Ramachandran
Professor and Executive Director, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business

Professor Ramachandran (Ram) is the Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. He has specialized in family business, entrepreneurship and strategy and has over 30 years of experience as an academic at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business. He did his Ph.D. from the Cranfield University, UK. He has authored/edited seven books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals. His consulting experience includes areas such as family business governance, professionalization, succession planning, strategic planning, identification of new opportunities for growth, corporate entrepreneurship and turn-around strategies in family and non-family environments. He has written several management case studies, and has conducted training programmes for family businesses on governance, professionalization, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Ram has interacted with several well-known family business leaders and global experts, and has consulted on transformation of family business. Ram is a frequent speaker to communities of family businesses in India and abroad, and writes for popular media regularly. He has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank and Securities and Exchange Board of India. His latest book the “The 10 Commandments for Family Business,” published by SAGE in 2015, is widely acclaimed. He has been a pioneer academic entrepreneur, propagating the message of strengthening family business in India and outside.

Lavanya Nalli
Vice Chairperson, Nalli Group

Lavanya Nalli is a hands-on leader with 13 years of experience across retail, e-commerce, strategy and operations. She started her career with the Nalli Group – a $100M national retail chain marketing silk sarees – where she focused on new business development and growth opportunities, retail store operations, and a private-label. She later launched a sub-brand that penetrated untapped markets, and incubated a venture that empowered artisanal communities by bringing design-led products to market. During her tenure, Nalli doubled its revenues, and expanded from 14 to 21 stores.
 
Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 2011, and worked at McKinsey & Company (Chicago) advising CXOs of Fortune 500 companies on issues ranging from top-line growth and profit improvement initiatives, change management programs and multi-channel strategy. She moved to India in 2013 into the e-commerce world as VP, Revenue & Shopping Experience at Myntra (Flipkart Group) and is now leading the ecommerce, private-label and expansion efforts at Nalli Group of companies and expanded its footprint to 35 stores. 
 
The Economic Times named Lavanya as among corporate India’s fastest rising women leaders. She has also been named by Forbes as “Asia’s Women to Watch” in 2016. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is an ambassador for Government of India’s innovation efforts and “Champions of Change” program.
Mohan Reddy BVR
Executive Chairman, Cyient Limited

Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Cyient (formerly Infotech Enterprises), an information technology firm with about 15,000 engineering professionals working in 47 locations across 21 countries. Dr. Reddy has around thirty years of Engineering and Management Experience. He has served as the Chairman of NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies) in India (2015-16). He was the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region (2008-2009) and is currently the Co-Chair of its Education Council. Dr. Reddy is also the Founding Director of T-Hub, the largest start-up incubation centre in India. He is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and also serves on the Board of Coromandel International Limited. Dr. Reddy is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT-Hyderabad and is a member on the Boards of  National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI).   
 
Dr. Reddy received India’s fourth highest civilian award—the Padma Shri—in 2017 for his contribution to trade and industry. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (CIE Division) in 2011 and received corporate excellence award from Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC). He was felicitated as the “Distinguished Scientist” by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in 2010 and designated as a distinguished alumnus of IIT-Kanpur. He received “Outstanding Achievement Award” by All India Manufacturers’ Organization (2004), and received “Outstanding Entrepreneur of the year” award by Ernst & Young (1999-2000). Dr. Reddy holds postgraduate degrees from IIT-Kanpur, and the University of Michigan, USA. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from JNTU-Hyderabad, JNTU-Kakinada, Andhra University, and KL University.
Murugappan M M
Executive Chairman, Murugappa Group

 M M Murugappan is Chairman of the Corporate and Supervisory Board of the Murugappa Group.  He Chairs the Boards of Coromandel International Ltd (CIL), Tube Investments of India (TII), Carborundum Universal (CUMI), Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Ltd and Cholamandalam Mitsui Sumitomo General Insurance Company Ltd.  Murugappan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the AC College of Technology, University of Madras, India and a Master of Science Degree also in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

After a brief stint in the field of Environmental Engineering Design in the United States, Murugappan joined CUMI in 1979. In 2004, he took over as Chairman of CUMI, and played a pivotal role in transforming it into an international company driven by technology and innovation.  In 2006, Murugappan was appointed Chairman of Tube Investments of India.  At TII too he has facilitated relationships with global leaders and has encouraged research, innovation and strong customer partnerships.  Murugappan is an independent director on the boards of various companies outside the Murugappa Group such as Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Cyient Ltd. He has served on the Board of Governors of IIT Madras, for six years till November 2011 and has enabled many industry–academic partnerships.  He now serves on the board of the IIT-Madras Research Park and is a mentor to many companies incubated there. 

As Trustee of the Group’s AMM Foundation, he is actively involved in the development of various citizenship initiatives, particularly in education, health care, performing arts and sport. He is a member of the American and Indian Institutes of Chemical Engineers and the Plastics & Rubber Institute.  He was recently elected as a Fellow Member of the Indian Ceramic Society.
Navas Meeran
Chairman, Eastern Group of Companies

Mr. Navas Meeran is the Chairman of the Eastern Group of Companies, a fast developing business group based out of Kerala. Besides the group’s flagship company Eastern Condiments, the group has varied business interests in Tread Rubber, Garments, Rubberized Coir Mattress, Education, and Hospitality. Eastern Condiments has been awarded as India’s largest spice exporter by the Spices Board for the last 17 years in a row. After graduating in Commerce, Navas joined the family business. He has over 30 years of experience and has substantially contributed to the growth of the group’s business. Through his leadership, the condiments business of Eastern has gained global presence, and its growth in the international market continues to soar. The company has a strategic alignment with the US spices giant McCormick, which has further heightened the business expansion strategies to new dimensions. Despite his demanding schedules to nurture the family business, Navas has cultivated a strong commitment towards social responsibility. He is the Past Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region and Co-Chair-CII Expert Group on Doubling Farmers’ Income, Member-CII National Council. Apart from this, Navas is also the Chairman of M E Meeran Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a unique initiative established to inculcate, cultivate, promote, and diversify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in India.
 
Pramodita Sharma
Daniel Clark Sanders Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont, USA

Professor Pramodita Sharma is the Daniel Clark Sanders Chair Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont, USA. She is a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Family Enterprises, Northwestern University, USA. Pramodita holds honorary doctorates from the Jönköping University in Sweden, and the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. She is amongst the most frequently cited scholars in family business studies. Her research on family enterprises has been honoured with several international awards. From 2008-2017, Pramodita served as the editor-in-chief of Family Business Review, the pioneering and leading academic journal in the field of family business. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family business leaders around the world. She is a recipient of prestigious lifetime achievement awards such as the Barbara Hollander award of the Family Firm Institute and the Life Time Influence and Impact award of the Family Enterprise Research Conference, USA.
Prasad Kumar
Founder and Principal Consultant, Human Endeavour

Prasad Kumar is a leading Family Business Advisor.  He also specializes in Strategic Facilitation and Organisation Development. Over four and a half decades, he has worked in senior roles in corporates and with many leading companies, in their growth and transformation. Most of his engagements have been long term partnerships. His last positions were Business Chairman and member of the GMR Group Holding Board, Chairman of RAXA (Home Land Security) and Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Parampara Family Business Institute. He is a member of the Economic Times Advisory Panel on Family Business, the Governing Council of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and the Advisory Board Member of Sieflex Robot i-City Project.

A post graduate in Management and accredited in Applied Behavioural Sciences, Prasad has been a Certified Professional of the International Association of Facilitators and a Life Member of the Association.

Prasad teaches specialized modules in Organisation Development, Leadership and Family Business at IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and SP Jain Institute, Mumbai. He has also been Executive-in-Residence at the Kellogg School of Management, NW University, Chicago, USA and worked closely with Ram Charan, Marshall Goldsmith, John Ward and Peter Leach - all global experts in Management and Business.
Rajendra K Srivastava
Dean and Novartis Professor of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, Indian School of Business

Rajendra Srivastava is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Novartis Professor of Marketing strategy and Innovation. An academic and administrator for over 30 years, Rajendra is a globally renowned and highly cited scholar in the field of Marketing with work published in leading marketing journals. His research interests include Marketing Strategy, Marketing Metrics, and Brand/Customer Management. His current work focuses on Business Model Innovations in Emerging Markets, Strategic Performance Management, Marketing Accountability and Driving Growth and Shareholder Value.

He has held several tenured faculty and administrative positions during his career. He has been actively involved in setting up several academic programmes and research centres and initiatives in close collaboration with industry. He has also been involved in consulting and senior management training with global MNCs and brings a unique blend of experiences integrating academic and business perspectives from the west and the east. Before joining the ISB, Rajendra Srivastava was the Provost and Deputy President of Academic Affairs at Singapore Management University. Prior to SMU he held distinguished research chairs and senior management positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Emory University in Atlanta. 
Ramnarayan S
Professor, Indian School of Business

Professor S Ramnarayan has spent over three decades in academia as Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, the Indian School of Business, and visiting faculty at the University of Bamberg, Germany and at his Alma Mater the Case Western Reserve University. He has carried out research funded by Ford Foundation, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Department for International Development, Human Capital Leadership Institute, and German Science Foundation. He has served on the Boards of business organizations and educational and social service institutions, and has received awards from leading professional bodies for his contributions. Apart from research papers, monographs and case studies, Ram has co-authored nine books on topics of Leading Change, Altering Mindsets, Organization Development, Strategic Management of Public Enterprises and Managerial Dilemmas. An engineering graduate, MBA and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at the Case Western University at Cleveland, Ohio, he has been a manager, consultant and professor at different stages of his career.
Sougata Ray
Professor of Strategy, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

 Professor Sougata Ray is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Professor Ray’s research interests are in strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and governance of firms in high growth economies. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Enginnering, Science and Technology, Shibpur and his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Professor Ray has been extensively researhing on how policy induced changes in institutional environment influence strategic behaviour of emerging economy firms and how differences in quasi institutional environment, heterogeneity of firm characteristics and strategic intent of the top management lead to variations in strategy for growth, internationalization, innovations, entrepreneurship, base of the pyramid and corporate sustainability of firms and business groups. His research has appeared in journals such as Organization Science, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Management International Review. Professor Ray sits on the boards of several listed and unlisted companies, start ups and social enterprises. He serves as a consultant to a number of medium-sized companies and family business groups on strategic and organisational issues. He has also advised national and state governments on attracting investments, forming industry clusters and improving the competitiveness of local industry.
Suneeta Reddy
Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

A member of the founding family, Suneeta Reddy joined the Apollo Hospitals Group in 1989. Suneeta Reddy is the Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spearheading the finance function, her financial acumen has been the key factor in the group's dramatic growth and profitability. Suneeta now steers the corporate strategy, corporate finance, funding and investments and will be leveraging M&As to achieve objectives of an accelerated pace of growth and in optimizing profitability. She is a Director on the Board of Apollo Munich-Re Health Insurance Company Ltd and serves on the Board of several Apollo Hospitals' Group companies. She is a member of the Harvard Business School Medical Advisory Board & India Advisory Board (IAB). She is the Chairperson of the CII’s Public Health Committee FY 18-19 & the Chairperson of the 15th Annual India Health Summit 2018. She is also a Director on the Board of Chennai International Centre (CIC), a platform for free thought and expression on a diverse set of topics. Suneeta Reddy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, Economics and Marketing from Stella Maris College in Chennai. She holds a Diploma in Financial Management from the Institute of Financial Management and Research, Chennai and has completed the Owner / President Management Program at Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston, USA.
Thomas Schmidheiny
Chairman and Founder, Spectrum Value Management Limited, Switzerland

Thomas Schmidheiny is Chairman and Founder of his family office Spectrum Value Management Ltd. Spectrum manages the investments of the Schmidheiny family. After studying mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Dr. h.c. Schmidheiny began his career as a Technical Director with Cementos Apasco (1970-1971). In 1973 he joined “Holderbank” Financière Glaris
Ltd (which became Holcim), where he served as Managing Director and Chairman (1978-2001) and Chairman of the Board (1984-2003). He has been a member of the Holcim Board of Directors until 2018. In recognition of his many years of service to LafargeHolcim, the Board of Directors has decided to name Thomas Schmidheiny Honorary Chairman of the Group. He is a principal stockholder of LafargeHolcim.
Dr. h.c. Schmidheiny is also a board member and major shareholder of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. He received an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Tufts University (USA) and holds an MBA from IMD. His particular interest is philanthropy: he engages in large donations and sponsoring to business schools, arts, education and start-ups through his foundations.
Unnikrishnan MS
Managing Director and CEO, Thermax Group

M. S. Unnikrishnan is the Managing Director & CEO of Thermax Group, the energy and environment solutions major. Mr. Unnikrishnan has over 35 years of experience in engineering and business management and leadership roles. He began his career with Thermax as a trainee engineer after graduating from VNIT, Nagpur in 1982. Later, he established the marketing set up for the Energy division of Thermax in the Western Region. Thereafter he worked and led various initiatives at EID Parry and Terrazzo Inc, U.A.E. In 1997, Mr. Unnikrishnan rejoined Thermax as General Manager. During this tenure, he brought a turnaround in the Waste Management and Absorption Cooling business of the company.  In 2000, he was inducted as a member of the Executive Council Group of Thermax.  He managed Corporate Sourcing, HR and all the project businesses of the company. In 2007, Mr. Unnikrishnan was elevated to the Managing Director & CEO of Thermax Limited. 
He is a graduate in Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School, USA. He Chairs the CII National Committee of Industrial Relations. He has chaired the Capital Goods Skill Council Committee under the National Skill Development Corporation. He also chaired the Skills Working Group of BRICS Business Council in 2016.  He is Member of the Development Council constituted by the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, to create strategies for the industrial development of the country.  Mr. Unnikrishnan is a member of the AICTE Jury Committee for annual ranking of technical and management institutes of the country. He also co-chairs the Apex Council to implement the ‘Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research.’ Mr. Unnikrishnan has been honoured with the ‘Asia Innovator Award’ at the 11th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards, in 2012. He was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumni’ of VNIT, Nagpur, in 2010
Vivek Bhandari
Chairman, Jio Payments Bank

Vivek Bhandari is the Chairman of Jio Payments Bank. He has earlier served as the Director and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Vivek serves on the boards of many professional and academic institutions, as well as committees convened by the Indian government on matters pertaining to rural development. He has worked with the World Economic Forum and has held academic positions at numerous academic institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hampshire College, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Vivek’s writings have appeared in the Journal of Asian StudiesComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, in edited volumes, and reference works such as the International Encyclopedia for the Social Sciences, and the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. When he was IRMA’s director, Vivek was included in Business Today magazine's list of India's Top Twenty-Five 'Young Executives Under the Age of 40'. Vivek holds M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Earlier, he completed B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.