Anita Dongre
Founder - House of Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of Indian fashion for over 20 years, having created one of the most successful fashion houses in India. Launched in 1995, born out of the need to create and cater to the fashion choices of an Indian woman at a time where not many brands existed, today the House of Anita Dongre proudly boasts of a multi-dimensional portfolio. The fashion house has 4 brands with distinct ideologies -  AND (sophisticated formal and evening wear for women), Global Desi (India inspired young and colourful boho chic fashion for women), Anita Dongre Bridal Couture (offering luxury bespoke bridal, couture and ready-to-wear) and Grassroot (Sustainable artisanal luxury prêt).
 
 A connoisseur of craftsmanship, Anita Dongre’s designs showcase Indian aesthetics for the global woman of today, keeping comfort at it's core. Internationally her designs have been worn and appreciated by noteworthy women such as Kate Middleton, Hillary Clinton, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Sophie Trudeau to name a few. 
 
 A vegetarian and animal-lover, she lives her personal philosophy through conscious efforts as a fashion designer. She designs sustainable, cruelty-free clothing and accessories, thereby representing fashion with a conscience. She has helped revive dying crafts and provide opportunity to hundreds of artisans in the rural villages of India in the comfort of their homes. She has helped set up various units in areas with unskilled  work force and provided them with vocational training of sewing and stitching. Nestled in the quaint hills of Navi Mumbai, the House of Anita Dongre headquarters have been ergonomically designed to optimise the use of natural light, have a compost pit as well as recycle their water.
 
For Anita, the business of fashion should be conducted the way it was always meant to be—looking towards the future, practicing and building processes that are sustainable, respectful of the people involved and environmentally conscious.

Shashi Sinha
CEO, Lode Star Media

Shashi Sinha, an Indian Executive who is the current  CEO – India, IPG Mediabrands, manages the second largest Media Agency Group that includes Lodestar UM, Initiative Media, Interactive Avenues, Mediabrands, BPN, Reprise, Rapport, Cadreon, Orion, Society & Magna Global in India. The group manages approximately 20% of the overall media spend in the country and is widely recognized for it’s strategic approach to media solutions across a wide portfolio of over 100 blue chip clients such as – Samsung, Amazon, Amul, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson.
 
Shashi is also actively involved in various industry bodies such as the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), Past Chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), Past President of The Ad Club, Current Chairman of Readership Studies Council of India (RSCI) and the Technical Committee of the Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC). He is also an honorable member of the prestigious Facebook India Client Council.
 
Shashi is an alumni of IIT Kanpur & IIM Bangalore where he was recently conferred the “Most Distinguished Alumni Award”. 
 
An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, where he has built a highly awarded team of professionals and organizations that today form the country’s leading media network.

Harsh Mariwala
Founder & Chairman, Marico

Harsh Mariwala is an Indian entrepreneur, founder and Chairman of Marico, a Fortune India 500 company.He began his career in 1971 with Bombay Oil Industries which was controlled by his family. In 1990 he founded Marico, a leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturer and marketeer that now has operations across Asia and Africa. He is also the Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited which runs the largest chain of aesthetic skin care clinics across India and the Middle East. 

Mariwala was brought up in South Mumbai, educated at Sydenham College in Mumbai and joined the family enterprise in 1971. Over the past three decades, Mr. Mariwala has transformed traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer brands company in the Beauty and Wellness space. From a turnover of INR 50 Lakhs in 1971, Marico's products in hair nourishment, male grooming and healthy foods generated a turnover of about INR 6,333 Crores (USD 982 million) during 2017-18. Most of its brands such as Parachute, Saffola, Nihar, Hair & Care, Livon & Revive are either No.1 or 2 in their respective categories. The company has expanded its geographic footprint to other emerging markets of Asia & Africa. The international business comprises about 25% of Marico’s revenue. Marico’s market capitalization stood at INR 42,089 crore (USD 6.5 billion) on March 31, 2018. Further, the Skin care and solutions business under Kaya generated turnover of INR 400 crores (USD 62 million) for FY 2017-18. Under his leadership, Marico & Kaya have received more than 280 awards in the last few years.

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 to learn from each other and grow their enterprise. In 2014, Mr. Mariwala founded the Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI) which is run by his daughter Rajvi and is a philanthropic project focused on supporting mental health issues.

Mr. Mariwala was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011. He has been a part of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is now a part of the World Presidents Organization (WPO). 

Punit Goenka
Managing Director & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises

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 & Broadcast – Rolta Corporate Award, Businessworldinfocom, ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEE 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 173 countries, and its reach to over 1.3 billion viewers. 

Punit is also listed amongst the top 100 cEOs of India, in a study published by Business Today. He was conferred the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media’ award at the Managing India Awards hosted by AIMA. 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 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’Hononeur Award at MIPTV and has been recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards. 

 

Bhaskar Bhat
MD, Titan

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.

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.

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.

Hemant Kanoria
Chairman & MD, SREI Infrastructure Finance

Hemant Kanoria is the Chairman & MD of SREI Infrastructure Finance. He has 36 years of experience in industry, trade and financial services. He is currently serving as Board Member in the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati, Neotia University and New Delhi Institute of Management. He has held several prestigious positions like President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the FICCI National Committee on Infrastructure and served on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C) besides being a Member of the Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Government of India

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.

Rajiv Srivatsa
Co-Founder & COO, Urban Ladder

Rajiv co-founded Urban Ladder with Ashish Goel in July 2012 with the vision of making a million Indian homes beautiful. Today, Urban Ladder is India’s leading online furniture and home décor destination, and a preferred choice for shoppers looking for world class designs and exceptional customer service. After his graduation from IIT (Madras) and MBA from IIM (Bangalore), Rajiv joined Cognizant Technology Solutions where he worked in the Business Analysis and Consulting teams for over 4 years. He then went on to serve as Senior Product Manager with Yahoo Emerging Markets for over 4 years where he focused on consumer facing cutting-edge online and mobile products in the emerging markets including India, Latin America, South East Asia and Middle East.

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.

Shridhar Subramaniam
President, Sony Music

Shridhar Subramaniam joined Sony Music India since its inception in 1996 and has been instrumental in driving the Company to achieve market leader status in India. Under his leadership, Sony Music is now a major player in International Music, Hindi Soundtracks, Regional language music, has a strong roster of Pop artists and has acquired a number of catalogues. Currently, Shridhar Subramaniam is President - Sony Music India & Middle East. Shridhar enjoys being challenged and has undertaken a number of roles in his extensive career of 20 plus years.  Being a graduate from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, he moved to the USA to pursue his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He returned India to join Titan in 1988 and worked with them for 8 years where he was involved in Titan’s entry into the youth market with Fastrack, Timex’s entry into India and also a key person behind getting the brand to its leadership position in India. He went on to become General Manager Marketing - Titan International based in London and was assigned the key role of defining and managing product development and all aspects of marketing for Titans entry into the European market. He has held a variety of additional roles at Sony including being the MD of Sony Music Thailand, working with Sony Pictures in local language film production and was made President of India and the Middle East in 2010.  He is the now the Chairman of the Indian Music Industry and of Public Performance Limited; Industry bodies that comprise of over 100 record companies in India.

Anshu Gupta
Founder, Goonj

Popularly known as the Clothing Man and recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Anshu Gupta has done  Mass communications twice and has a masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded Goonj with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects to work on, for the development sector. 
 
Under his leadership Goonj has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale rural development work. By creating barter between two new currencies; labor of the beneficiaries and old material of cities, Anshu has built the genesis of a parallel economy which is not cash based but trash based. 
 
 
Anshu is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow and has been listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs. He has recently been conferred the Public Service Excellence Award for the year 2017 by AIMA.
 
Anshu brings to the table an instinctive empathy and connect with people by dignifying the act of giving. By using what the world considers a part of the problem i.e the discard of the cities, as a part of the solution it offers a doable, sustainable and viable economic model for eliminating poverty and its related issues. 
 
In the macro picture Anshu has identified some basic needs outside the radar screen of the development sector and the civil society, that too by structuring imaginative solutions using urban waste. 
 
A foody, an entrepreneur, a thinker,  a doer, avid traveler, photographer and a journalist by heart ,    Anshu often pens prose and poetry, giving vent to his feelings and opinions on the issues that bother him about the world around him. 
 
The citation of Magsaysay award, known as Noble of Asia , conferred to him in  2015 summerises it well in a few words. It says-  “The Board of Trustees  recognizes his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.”

Abhishek Humbad
Founder & Co-CEO, Goodera

Abhishek Humbad is the Founder and Co-CEO of Goodera, India's largest Employee Volunteering and CSR technology Management platform. He was a part of Forbes 30 under 30 Asia & India. Abhishek did his engineering from BITS-Pilani and MBA from IIM Bangalore. 
The team at Goodera comprises of the brightest brains from the best of universities across the world, that comes with a rich experience in both technology and development sector and is truly proud of building a company from India for the world. 

About Goodera
Founded in 2014, Goodera is a global Volunteering, CSR & Sustainability Management technology platform, co-headquartered in Menlo Park and Bangalore. Powered by innovative cloud, mobile, voice and big data platform, embedded with strong domain expertise, Goodera enables and empowers corporates to manage their Volunteering, CSR and sustainability goals in a simple, transparent, measurable, and engaging manner.
Goodera works with over 200 large enterprises (including 24 Fortune 500 Global companies) to help them manage their CSR projects and engage with employees through volunteering—300,000 employees globally volunteer using Goodera. With technology at the core of our business, we envision to create an ecosystem in collaboration with all the stakeholders—Corporates, NGOs, suppliers, and employees to power the world of good. 
Goodera enables companies to involve employees in volunteering at scale in an engaging manner while taking away the friction of sourcing volunteering opportunities, coordination and management of activities.
Goodera’s CSR Lifecycle Management Platform provides corporates automation and intelligence across monitoring and evaluation, grant making and reporting. Goodera helps solve the critical need for corporates and non-profits to have last mile visibility of progress and impact measurement. 

Falguni Nayar
Founder & CEO, Nykaa

Falguni Nayar started Nykaa.com in 2012 with the vision of making the best of beauty products easily available across India. Derived from the sanskrit word Nayaka meaning ‘one in the spotlight’ Nykaa endeavours to empower women to make the best choices for themselves through curation and education.


The former Managing Director Of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, India’s leading investment bank, Falguni has received many accolades throughout her career. Recognising her contribution to the Indian beauty industry, Falguni was awarded the ‘Women Ahead’ award at the ET Start Up Awards 2017. She was also named the ‘Beauty Game Changer’ at the Vogue India Beauty Awards 2017. Other accolades include the FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) award for the top woman achiever in the field of banking and the Business Today award recognizing her as one of the top 25 women in business.

Arjun Nohwar
Head - Enterprise vertical (APAC), Uber

Arjun Nohwar heads the Enterprise vertical for Uber (‘Uber for Business’) across Asia Pacific. 
Prior to joining Uber, he worked for a decade with the Tata group (as a TAS officer), the last three years of which were spent at Tata Sons working with the Group Chairman on International business development and Sovereign coverage.
 
He has worked across 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 and processes to implement it.
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.

G. V. Prasad
CEO, Dr Reddy's

G V Prasad is driven by a personal mission of creating high performing organizations which are sustainable through changing generations of products, people & technologies 

He has played a pivotal role in transforming Dr. Reddy’s from a mid-sized domestic operation into a worldwide pharmaceutical conglomerate. Prasad’s emphasis on innovation, transparency, business ethics and flatter corporate structures has helped shape Dr. Reddy’s into an organization widely recognized for its scientific innovation, progressive people practices and high standards of corporate governance. A believer in sustainable manufacturing practices, he spearheaded the company’s adoption of green technologies and processes. 
 


 

Suneeta Reddy
MD, Apollo Hospitals

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. 
 

Debashis Chatterjee
President, Global Delivery - Cognizant

Debashis Chatterjee, or DC as he is known, is President, Global Delivery and Digital Systems & Technology at Cognizant. In this role, DC is responsible for the delivery of all of IT services across industry groups and service lines. In addition, he is responsible for driving technology excellence, within Cognizant as well as in client organizations. 

DC is a key member of Cognizant’s Executive Leadership Group and charts the strategic direction of the company while enabling clients to navigate the shift to the digital economy. With true digital transformation needing a comprehensive front-to-back approach, DC plays a key role in supporting our clients to build a modern, agile and secure technology and systems backbone. 
Joining Cognizant in 1996, DC has held many key roles at Cognizant—being a key architect of Cognizant’s industry leadership in the Banking and Financial Services practice, pioneering domain and technology consulting as well as shared services, driving operational efficiencies and helping differentiate Cognizant in the marketplace. He ably led several global deal pursuits for BFS with customer engagements scaling up to more than $100M and ensured the flawless delivery of services to these clients. 

DC also played a significant role in establishing Cognizant’s Kolkata and Mumbai operations. As head of the Pune delivery and operations center, he grew it to become the second largest Cognizant delivery centre globally. 
Prior to joining Cognizant, he worked at Tata Consultancy Services and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M). 
DC was a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM, the premier industry association for the IT-BPM sector in India. 
 

Sumit Mitra
CEO, Tesco

Sumit is a highly motivated, results-oriented senior executive with expertise in strategising and building global business services for multinationals. He is experienced in leading organisations to achieve business objectives, strategise and execute business turnaround and drive cost transformation. Sumit has a unique ability to join the dots in a very complex organisation and lead a diverse global workforce.
In his assignment at British Telecom (BT), Sumit conceptualised the Contract Delivery Shared Service (CDSS) and led the global implementation - benchmarked as a world class capability, a differentiator in the Telecoms market. He later strategised and executed BT’s global business services model with direct responsibility for 7000 plus employees across 9 countries. Sumit led BT in India to one of the top 25 best employers within 2 years of its existence.

Sumit is passionate about employer branding, people and helping teams succeed by leading and creating a culture that inspires people to strive for excellence. He believes in taking people along and creating an environment that delivers successful results, operational excellence and further to customer experience.

Sumit studied in Scotland and has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. He has completed the Global Strategic Management programme from Harvard Business School.
Sumit loves sports. He holds a cricket coaching diploma from the England & Wales Cricket Board and is an expert in martial arts. He is a passionate Manchester United supporter and loves spending time with his two daughters.


 

Abhishek Lodha
MD, Lodha Group

Mr. Abhishek Lodha has been associated with the Lodha Group since 2003, and currently serves as Managing Director of the company. Prior to this, he worked on advising Fortune 500 Companies to Business Strategy as a consultant with McKinsey & Company (in Atlanta, USA).
 
Abhishek Lodha has been instrumental in establishing a company that exceeds the expectations of the customer and builds a better life for them. He has a focus on creating a process-oriented organization to enable top professionals to be at the helm of decision-making within the group. Abhishek has been at the helm of this growth and has been Managing Director of the group since 2010. Under his leadership, the company has been India’s largest real estate developer by sales for 5 consecutive years since FY 12-13 and has clocked a record sales of Rs. 8,200 crore in FY 16-17. 
 
In 2003, Abhishek joined the family business. In just one decade, Lodha Group grew from a middle-rung developer in Mumbai to India’s largest developer with sales growth from Rs. 50 crore to Rs. 7500 crore in FY 12-13. This represents a sustained annual CAGR of 75% over the first decade of the 2nd generation leadership being involved in the business, which would be one of the highest rates of sustained growth for any company of comparable size. In late 2016, the company’s assets were valued by Knight Frank at > USD 12 billion. 
 
Apart from his academic achievements, he has held important posts while at the University, which include being President, India Club of Georgia Tech from 1999 – 2000 and Board Member, Child Relief and You - Georgia Tech chapter from 1998 – 2000. Since 2017, he serves on the Board of Governors of Anant National University - Gandhinagar. 
 
His hobbies and interests include Architecture, Travel, Politics, Cricket and Tennis.

Neeraj Roy
MD & CEO, Hungama

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 the Immediate Past 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.

Sudhanshu Vats
Group CEO, Viacom18

Sudhanshu Vats is Group CEO and Managing Director Designate, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., and responsible for all its lines of business – COLORS, Rishtey, Rishtey Cineplex, MTV, MTV Beats, Nickelodeon, Sonic, Nick Jr, Vh1, Comedy Central, COLORS Infinity, COLORS Kannada, COLORS Marathi, COLORS, Bangla, COLORS Oriya, COLORS Gujarati, COLORS Super, COLORS Tamil, COLORS Kannada Cinema in Broadcast Entertainment; Viacom18 Motion Pictures in Filmed Entertainment; LIVE Viacom18 and BE Viacom18 in Experiential Entertainment; VOOT in Digital Entertainment and Viacom18 Consumer Products. In the last five years, he has successfully steered the group into a profitable growth phase while expanding the channel network, driving content-led cinema, entering experiential entertainment through Live events across genres, opening up the Consumer Products business line and making the company future ready with Viacom18 Digital Ventures’ OTT platform VOOT. Under Sudhanshu’s leadership the group has grown from 6 to over 44 channels and opened up 3 more lines of business leading to a stupendous 40 X growth in topline. 
 
A Hindustan Unilever (Unilever India) veteran, Sudhanshu Vats has spent about 20 years at the organization in different assignments. A Management Graduate from the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad, he joined Hindustan Unilever Limited as a Management Trainee and worked with them in various Sales & Marketing and General Management roles across categories (Home & Personal Care, and Foods) and in all four regions in the country. During his tenure he has shaped many popular household brands, most notably Lipton, Vim, Wheel, Surf, Rin, Lifebuoy and 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, he grew the 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, and HHC, HUL India, he successfully led the Laundry and HHC categories doubling this large business segment in just four years. 

Harsh Goenka
Chairman, RPG

Mr Harsh Goenka is Chairman of RPG Enterprises, one of India’s largest business groups. The group is active in core industrial sectors such as tyres, infrastructure, information technology and other diversified segments having an annual turnover of around US $ 3.5 billion. Besides the Indian subcontinent, the group has a global presence, more specifically in USA, UK, Middle East and South Africa.
Mr Goenka is the Chairman of the Board of KEC International Ltd, CEAT Ltd,  RPG Lifesciences Ltd,  Zensar Technologies Ltd, and Raychem RPG Ltd. He is a Director of Bajaj Electricals Ltd and Spencer International Hotels Ltd

Born in December 1957, Mr. Goenka graduated in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and thereafter MBA from the International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr Goenka is a member of the Board of IMD, Lausanne and the Chairman of the Alumni Club India of IMD. 
Mr. Goenka, a past President of the Indian Merchants' Chamber (IMC), is also a member of the Executive Committee of FICCI (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) 

Mr Goenka has served as a member of the National Art Advisory Committee for the National Gallery of Modern Art and as a member of the Council of the National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture.

Shivansh Tyagi
CEO & CTO, Navigus

Shivansh is an angel investor in Accel partner funded technology startup MobStacand through the experience raised ~ million dollarsat seed stage forNavigus, which intends to dominate a  market segment where the size of sub niche of a niche segment is 4 million users and growing at 15% per annum(engineering undergrad applicants in India two years ago). With even baseline pricing of individual counsellors it is a multi billion dollar market with potential impact of trillions of dollars.

We have a ingenious and zealous team working on concrete business models, well defined sales & marketing channels, matched by a great engineering team possessing hands on chops for bleeding edge technologies, this presents an opportunity for a real sustainable business (not just valuations)which has clear growth mandate for the next two decades.
 

Anisha Singh
Founder & CEO

Anisha Singh is the Founding Partner for She Capital and was the Founder and former CEO of mydala.com. She has been ranked amongst the Top 7 women CEOs located outside the US by Crunchbase in 2018. Her latest venture, She Capital launched in early 2018 is a gender-focused fund with a goal to enable high growth women-focused businesses to achieve their maximum potential. Her previous venture mydala.com started under her leadership in 2009 and since then Mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. Prior to Mydala Anisha founded and ran a digital tech content company called Kinis Software Solutions. Anisha started her career working with the Clinton Administration on an initiative called Springboard which helped women entrepreneurs raise funds.
Anisha won The Most Enterprising Brands & Leaders of Asia Award in 2018 and has also been recognized under the Business category in Women in Asia – 50 Most Influential 2018.

She has spoken at iconic international conferences like the Mobile World Congress, Wired, Tedx, the Boao Forum, SeedStars Summit and Start-up India. She is on the jury of the Cartier Women Initiative Awards and Station F, a business incubator for start-ups. She is also a judge on the Shark Tank equivalent startup reality show on MTV called Dropout Pvt. Ltd. Anisha has an MA and MBA from American University in Washington DC.

Shradha Sharma
Founder & CEO

Shradha started YourStory in 2008, with the purpose of giving a voice to unsung entrepreneurs and small businesses. This was a time when the word ‘startup’ was not even a contender for the spotlight it enjoys today. Over the last decade, Shradha has not just scaled YourStory into a successful and influential business, but also become the de facto voice of entrepreneurs in India. Shradha is now widely recognized as a champion and builder of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India. Her own circle of influence encompasses all key players, including founders, investors, accelerators, industry bodies and Governments. Her social media following is close to 1 million. Shradha has also been named
the third most powerful influencer on LinkedIn in India, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and film star, Priyanka Chopra.
 
Among the many accolades bestowed on Shradha are:
• Fortune’s Best 40 under 40 entrepreneurs in India, three years in a row (2015 to 2018)
• Forbes Power Trailblazers (2018)
• FICCI Flo Young Women Achiever Awards (2018)
• Economic Times List of 40 under 40 business leaders (2017)
• CNBC Young Women Business Leader Awards (2016)

Sunil Lulla
Group CEO

Sunil Lulla is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Balaji Telefilms Ltd (http://www.balajitelefilms.com). Over the last 35 years, Sunil has contributing to building brands and business ensuring they achieve. His experience spans media & digital via HMV (now SaReGaMa), MTV, SONY, Times Television Network, indya.com and now Balaji Telefilms.
 
In addition, he has partnered any a successful brand story at Diageo, JWT and at GREY. Sunil brings strong marketing acumen and business skills in new launches, turnaround stories and diversifying mature businesses.
 
Sunil is an active voice of the industry and has served on many industry associations in Media, Industry, and Regulatory. Sunil leads an active lifestyle, be it Marathons, Sailing, Traveling or just mixing intriguing cocktails. An MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research.

Sanjiv Mehta
Chairman & MD

Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited. He also heads Unilever’s business in South Asia as its Executive Vice President. Hindustan Unilever is India’s largest FMCG Company and one of the most valuable companies in the country.
Sanjiv has done his Bachelors in Commerce (India), Chartered Accountancy (India) and has also completed his Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School). Sanjiv was a high ranker and award winner at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s final examination.

Sanjiv has been with Unilever for nearly 26 years and for the last 16 years he has led businesses in different parts of the world. He has been Chairman and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Limited (2002-06), Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines Inc. (2007 -08), Chairman of Unilever - North Africa and Middle East (2008 – 2013) and from October 2013 he assumed his responsibilities of heading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia.

Sanjiv is a Director on the Board of Indian School of Business, a member of the Breach Candy Hospital Trust, member of the India Advisory Boards of Harvard Business School and Xynteo’s ‘India 2022’ coalition.  He also chairs FICCI’s FMCG Committee and CII’s National Committee on MNCs.

A firm believer that ‘doing well’ and ‘doing good’ are two sides of the same coin he propagates the cause of compassionate capitalism. Sanjiv is married to Mona who too is a Chartered Accountant by training. They have twin daughters Naina and Roshni who have studied at MIT, Cornell and Harvard Universities.
 

Ajay Piramal
Chairman, Piramal Group & Shriram Group

Born on August 3, 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 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 annualized returns of ~ 30% for their shareholders.

The company became one of the top three globally in critical care anesthesia 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.