Former Vice Chairman of HUL
and Former Executive Director of Tata Sons
Mr. Gopalakrishnan has been a corporate leader for 50 years. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non-executive chairman of Castrol India and as an independent director of Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka. Mr Gopalakrishnan has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored nine books. He is actively engaged in instructional & inspirational speaking. Mr Gopalakrishnan serves as a Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur and as Executive-in-residence at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.
Mr. Banerjee Chandrajeet
Director-General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), since 2008
Mr. Chandrajeet Banerjee holds/has held Trusteeship and Board Member posts in many institutions. The list includes the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG); Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA); Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST); Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM); World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Agenda Council of India; Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC); Indian Institute of Management (IIM), etc. Mr Banerjee is also a Member of the Managing Committee of SPORTSCOM and Governing Council Member of Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC). CII Foundation and India@75 Foundation, which are promoted and supported by CII, are also two institutions where he is a Board level member. Mr Banerjee is also a Director of the Singapore India Partnership Foundation (SIPF). He is a Director on the Board at the "Invest India," set up by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Government of India. He is also Secretary for many bilateral CEOs Forums constituted by The Government of India like Australia, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, etc. Mr Banerjee has been honoured with the Chinese Premier's China-India Friendship Award to contribute to the development of bilateral ties between India and China. He was conferred with the decoration of "Knight Commander" by His Majesty, The King of Spain, to recognize his meritorious achievements and exceptional contributions towards promoting relations between India and Spain
Prof. Chaudhuri Shekhar
Former Director of IIM Calcutta, Former Dean of VGSOM, IIT Kharagpur, Director of the Business School, SNU
Prof. Shekhar Chaudhuri taught at IIMA from March 1981 till November 2002. From May 2000 till December 2001, he was the Dean of the Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur. He was the Director of IIM Calcutta for two consecutive terms from November 2002 till April 2013. From May 2013 till April 2015 period, he worked to set up the School of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida in the founding director's capacity. During his tenure at IIMC, he played the role of a change agent. He was instrumental in bringing about a significant transformation of the Institute involving envisioning a new vision and mission, launching innovative post-graduate academic programs, doubling the number of students in the MBA program, and a 50 percent increase in the faculty strength. During his tenure, efforts were initiated to get IIMC accredited by the world's top international accreditation agencies, which ultimately led to the Institute getting the coveted AACSB accreditation and later accreditation by AMBA and EQUIS also. Currently, IIM Calcutta is the only Institute in the country to have all the three top accreditations. In 2009 he received MIT, Pune-MAEER'S Bharat Asmita Acharya Shreshtha Award (Best Teacher in Management) from the then Vice-President of India, and in 2012 he received the Ravi J Mathai National Fellowship Award from the Association of Indian Management Schools.
Dr. Joshipura Hasit B
Member of Executive Committee, Senior Vice President and Head of Electrical & Automation, Larsen & Toubro Limited
Dr. Hasit B Joshipura is a well-known veteran with three decades of rich Pharma industry experience, and is a Member of the Executive Committee, Senior Vice President & Head of Electrical & Automation at Larsen & Toubro Limited. He has earlier served as an Independent Director of L&T Technology Services Limited and as a Senior Vice President - South Asia & Managing Director – India of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from 2007 to 2015. Before this, Dr. Joshipura was Chairman, GSK – Bangladesh from 2007 to 2010, a locally listed entity, and Chairman, GSK - Sri Lanka 2007 to 2015. Dr. Joshipura has served on the Board of IIM – Ahmedabad from 2009 to 2013 and again 2016 onwards. He also serves on the Board of IIM – Ranchi and has been a visiting faculty at the School of Management in IIT – Mumbai and Indian School of Business – Hyderabad.
Mr. Karnik Kiran
Chairperson of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi and HelpAge India. Chair at Reserve Bank IT Pvt. Ltd
Kiran Karnik has interest and involvement in a range of public issues. In the course of a career of over four decades, he has had the unique experience of straddling the diverse spheres of government, business and civil society with equal comfort and accomplishment. Currently, he is Chairman of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (a university set up by the Delhi government), and Chair of HelpAge India. He is also on the Board of other educational institutions, and NGOs in the fields of public service broadcasting, population, and development.
He was Chairman of the government-appointed Board that took charge of Satyam Computer Services in 2009 (after the biggest corporate fraud in India), and oversaw its successful rehabilitation and sale. He has been on many key government committees, including the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council. He was a Director on the Board of Reserve Bank of India (2011-15), and currently chairs its IT subsidiary (ReBIT). He is also an independent Director on a few company Boards.
Mr. Karnik’s was as President of NASSCOM(2001-2008). During his six year tenure at NASSCOM, industry exports grew almost 8 times, and NASSCOM itself became a globally-known and respected brand. This won him wide recognition as the guiding force for the Indian IT industry.
Mr. Karnik was the Managing Director at Discovery Networks in India where he spearheaded the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995, and Animal Planet in 1999. He was Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication during 1991 to 1995, which was responsible for the Countrywide Classroom broadcasts and other ICT initiatives of India’s University Grants Commission.
Earlier, Mr. Karnik worked for over 20 years at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), where he held various positions including that of Founder-Director of ISRO’s Development and Educational Communication Unit.
Mr. Karnik has worked in the United Nations in New York and Vienna as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of UNISPACE 82.
Mr. Karnik has been conferred many awards and accolades including the Padma Shri in 2007.
Mr. Karnik has regularly written for various major national publications, and occasionally lectures at important national institutes and international conferences. His books ‘The Coalition of Competitors’, Harper Collins, 2012 and ‘Crooked Minds – Creating an Innovative Society’, Rupa Publications, 2017 were very well received.
He is a MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, a B Sc with Honours degree in Physics from Bombay University.
Mr. Mukundan R
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tata Chemicals
Mr. R. Mukundan, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Chemicals Limited, joined Tata Administrative Service in 1990 after completing an MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He is an Engineer from IIT, Roorkee and an Alumnus of Harvard Business School. During his 29-year career with Tata Group, he has held various responsibilities across the Chemical, Automotive, and Hospitality sectors of the Tata Group. He serves on Executive Committees of various industry forums viz. Confederation of Indian Industry, Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Employers’ Federation of India, All India Management Association, etc.
Mr. Nair Raj
Chairman: Avlon Consulting, Avalon Global Research and Germinait Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Raj Nair is a strategy consultant. He is the Chairman of Avalon Consulting, Germinait Solutions and AGR Knowledge Services. He also co-founded a marketing analytics company, Ugam Solutions, which he sold last year. He is the past President of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His previous professional experience before becoming an entrepreneur, include Merchant Banking and Consumer Durables marketing. He had correctly called out the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 in 2007. He also predicted the oil price crash from $140 in 2008 when Goldman Sachs had predicted that it would rise to $200 per barrel. He publishes an annual paper around New Year about what to expect in the course of the year on socio-political and polemic front and their impact on the economies of different countries. This year’s annual note was titled, ‘The Tipping Point’ in anticipation of huge changes that the world was expected to go through in 2020. He has done significant work on the impact of Covid19 on different business sectors in India. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to strategy, use of technology in management, analytics, and global economics. He has been the keynote speaker, chief guest, guest of honour, panellist, etc. at various events in India, USA, UK, Singapore, etc. He is a Trustee of IMC’s Economic Research & Training Foundation and Vice Chairman of PanIIT Alumni Association India.
Dr. Nene Shriram Madhav
Entrepreneur, Managing Director RnM Moving Pictures
Current or last position held: Entrepreneur, Managing Director- RnM Moving Pictures
Past positions/ organization: Chief medical officer & seed investor on GoQii; Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon Rocky Mountain Cardiovascular Surgeons, PC
Brief Profile: Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene is a healthcare innovator who created Pathfinder Health Sciences, and has also created an edutech called Dance with Madhuri, and a successful film venture. His goal is to improve life expectancy and lifestyles by using media, technology, and a smart services platform to deliver precision, personalized healthcare using evidence based international healthcare standards.
He has done his M.D. & A.B. in Biology from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri(1993). He is trained in General Surgery and did a Vascular Surgical Research Fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles. He completed his training with a fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Then he practiced in Denver as a board-certified Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon. In 2011, He came to India to use his original computer talents and my knowledge of healthcare to scale the reach of medical care to 7 billion people on the planet. Then, along with his better half, Madhuri Dixit, an accomplished actress, and dancer in India, created RnM Moving Pictures, a platform-agnostic, digital media and content creation company.
Prof. Rajagopalan Nandini
Vice Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs, Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration, Marshall School of Business.
Current Position: Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration, and Professor of Management and Organization at Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Vice Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs,(till June 30, 2020)
Past positions: Capt. Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Director of Research, Greif centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
Brief Profile: Nandini Rajagopalan is the Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization. Her research examines platform-based markets, diversification and strategic alliances, CEO succession, and corporate governance. She has published in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Management, and Business Horizons among others. She is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching, and recipient of USC’s Provost’s Mentoring Award. She is past Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.
Prof. Raju Jagmohan S
Professor and Director of the Wharton-Indian School of Business Program, Vice Dean of the Wharton Executive Education program
Professor Jagmohan S. Raju is the Joseph J. Aresty Professor and Director of the Wharton-Indian School of Business Program. He serves as the Vice Dean of the Wharton Executive Education program. Professor Raju is internationally known for his research on pricing strategies, coupon programs, managing private labels, and sales force compensation. He consults extensively with companies worldwide, including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic, Warner Home Video, and Johnson and Johnson, to design pricing strategies and develop launch plans for new products.
Prof. Rose Elizabeth
Chair in International Business at the University of Leeds
Elizabeth L. Rose is a Professor of International Business at the University of Leeds. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Policy and Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (India), with her previous academic appointments taking her to New Zealand, Finland, and the USA. Beth's work has appeared in various top-tier journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of World Business. Beth has held leadership roles in several academic and professional organizations and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB). She has also served as Vice President for Administration for the AIB, and was honored with the 2019 WAIB (Women of the AIB) Woman of the Year award.
Mr. Shenai Pushkaraj
CEO of Lakmé Lever
Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO - Lakmé Lever, is responsible for the professional beauty team of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Propelled by the purpose to Beautify the Future of 5 million consumers, experts and partners, the team has grown the network to 490+ Lakmé Salons, 120+ Lakmé Academies
and scaled up prestige brands TIGI and Dermalogica. Pushkaraj is passionate about building “branded” cultures, execution plans and strategic alliances to enhance customer and enterprise value. He is an architect from Sir JJ College of Architecture and a PGP from IIM Ahmedabad.
Mr. Shukla SP
Member of the Group Executive Board of Mahindra Group
Mr. SP Shukla has 39 years of rich, varied experience in managing large projects and operations. He is considered to be a top professional in the fields of Defence & Aerospace, Automotive Tyres and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sectors in India. Prior to his current role, he served as President of Group Strategy and Chief Brand officer of the Mahindra Group. He also served as Chairman of Group Brand Council & Member of the Investment Committee of Mahindra Partners. He has served as director on the Boards of Group companies such as Bristlecone, USA & Mahindra First Choice Services, India. Additionally, he is a director on the board of CIE, Spain and Chairman of Mahindra CIE, India. He is also affiliated with several renowned industry forums. He is a member of the India-Spain CEOs Forum, Indo-French CEOs Forum, India-Israel CEOs Forum, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is the Chairman of FICCI Committee on Defence & Aerospace and Vice President at the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers. He has also served as a member of the Technology Development Board, Department of Science & Technology - India.