FOUNDER & SENIOR PARTNER, AZB & PARTNERS
Zia Mody, founder and senior partner of AZB & Partners, is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LLM from Harvard, and is a member of the New York State Bar. She began her career at Baker & McKenzie, New York, before moving to India to establish the Chambers of Zia Mody, which became AZB & Partners in 2004. Fortune India 2015 ranks her amongst the Top5 Most Powerful Business Women in India.
SECRETARY GENERAL, PHDCC
Saurabh Sanyal is a professional with over 33 years of experience in Armed forces and corporate. He is an engineer and a post graduate from IIT Madras. He has done his Masters in Disaster Mitigation and is also an MBA. Mr Sanyal hung his boots prematurely as a Colonel from Army Headquarters, New Delhi. He has participated in active service in Counter Insurgency Op Rakshak in J&K, Op Parakram, Op Bajrang and Op Rhino in the Northeast and was commended by the Chief of the Army Staff twice in 1994 and 2005 for distinguished service. He has been planning and implementing projects in infrastructure at national and international levels in Construction, Power /Energy sectors in Africa, SAARC countries and across India. He presently works with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He served as ED since May 2013 and is now the Secretary General of PHDCCI. He has been a member of the Indian Building Congress, Indian Road Congress, and the Institution of Engineers. He is a keen sportsman and an avid golfer.
CHAIRMAN, RP-SANJIV GOENKA GROUP
sanjiv Goenka is the chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group which has an asset base of over INR 32,000 crore (over US$ 4.8 billion). The Group has over 50,000 employees and over a hundred thousand shareholders with annual revenues of up to INR 16,000 crore (US$ 2.5 billion). Alongside being the chairman of CESC Limited, he also has under his wing, companies like Firstsource Solutions Limited, Philips Carbon Black Limited, Spencer’s Retail and Entertainment major Saregama Limited. Besides, he is also the co-owner of ISL football club, Atlético de Kolkata. The IPL team of Pune cricket franchise is also owned by Sanjiv Goenka’s New Rising. On 20 May 2015, Mr Sanjiv Goenka was honoured with the highest civilian honour from the West Bengal, ‘Banga Bibhusan 2015’ by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of the State, Mamata Banerjee and the Governor of West Bengal, K. N. Tripathi.
Mr. Goenka has been the youngest-ever President of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). A past Chairman of the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, he is also a former President of All-India Management Association (AIMA). Currently he is Chairman of International Management Institute (IMI) which has campuses in Delhi, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar. Mr Goenka is presently a Member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance set up by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. He was also a Member of the CII National Council on Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs for the year 2013-14.
RENUKA JAGTIANI STRATEGIC LEADER AND VC, LANDMARK GROU
Renuka is responsible for spearheading the growth of the Landmark Group, one of the largest retail and hospitality conglomerates across the Middle East and India. Her many achievements include creating and establishing the high street fashion brand, Splash, launching the Landmark International franchise division and leading the Group’s entry into India with Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd. Since the Group’s foray into the country in 1999, she has played a pivotal role in its strategic expansion and growth by introducing new brands and building key partnerships.
Over the last 5 years, Renuka has also guided the Landmark Group’s corporate strategy, reinforced the fashion and hospitality business, led expansion into new countries, and initiated the venture into e-commerce with Landmarkshops.
A strong believer in giving back to the society, she also passionately drives the Group’s CSR initiatives.
RAVI P. SINGH
SECRETARY GENERAL, QCI
Dr. Ravi P. Singh is the 4th Secretary General of Quality Council of India an independent organization under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India. He heads the organization which has the mandate to improve the quality of products, processes and services in sectors like education, healthcare, skills training, manufacturing etc.
Prior to being appointed as Secretary General by the Government of India, Dr. Singh served IGNOU as the Director of Regional Services Division and then as the Senior Regional Director in Delhi.
Dr. Singh was formerly the founder Vice Chancellor of Sharda University at Greater Noida. He joined this position on leave from Punjab Technical University where he continued as Dean from 2003-2009.
Dr. Singh started his career as an Assistant Director in All India Council for Technical Education in 1996 and continued as Deputy Director till 2003. He held various important positions like Regional Officer of the Northern Regional Office at Kanpur during 1996-1999 and later as the regional Officer of Eastern Regional Office at Kolkata during 2000-2001. He has been an academic administrator since 1996 and has made exceptional contributions in policy planning, accreditation, use of ICT in classroom learning, flexible credit based system implementation, research and development.
Ever since joining QCI, Dr. Singh has initiated various innovative schemes and projects for quality intervention at grassroots level. Under his leadership, QCI is presently involved in Zero Defect, Zero Effect Maturity Model implementation in manufacturing as well as Competence Certification of Yoga Professionals around the world. Dr. Singh is known for his frank ideas and writes regularly in magazines and journals. He sits on various Boards and Committees in Government as well as Industry and travels extensively in India and abroad.
Born in Varanasi, Dr. Singh completed his Bachelors and Masters in Physics from Banaras Hindu University. He was the Gold Medal winner at Masters level in Physics and pursued his Ph.D and Post-doctoral work in Condensed Matter from University of Western Ontario, Canada during 1989-1995.
EXPERT-MARKETING STRATEGY & CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
Rama Bijapurkar is one of India’s most respected thought leaders on market strategy and India’s consumer economy. She is also a keen commentator on social and cultural change in post-liberalization India. She has her own strategy consulting practice and works with an impressive list of Indian and global companies, and serves as an independent director on the boards of several of India’s blue chip companies.Rama writes extensively in the media and is a dominant voice on issues relating to India’s business, consumers and polity. Her book We Are Like That Only: Understanding the Logic of Consumer India (Penguin Portfolio) has been widely acclaimed. The international edition Winning in the Indian Market: Understanding the Transformation of Consumer India (Wiley) has been translated into Hindi and Mandarin. She is also the author of Customer in the Boardroom? Crafting Customer-based Business Strategy (Sage).
FORMER BUSINESS DIRECTOR (RETAIL & APPAREL), ADIYA BIRLA GROUP
After taking charge of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle about five years ago, Mr. Pranab Barua transformed the Company, bringing it back into profit, and earning for himself a reputation as a turnaround specialist.
Mr. Barua has close to 40 years of rich and diverse experience in top management roles across companies and industries. He has been the Sales and Marketing Director at Brooke Bond India Ltd; Foods Director on the Hindustan Unilever Board; Chairman and Managing Director of Reckitt Benckiser and Regional Director for Reckitt Benckiser – South Asia.
He has also worked closely with private equity groups such as IL&FS, Actis and India Value Fund for their investor companies Godrej Tea and Trinethra Super Retail.
Mr. Barua did his schooling in Assam passing out from St Edmund’s School and then graduating with English honours from St Stephens College, New Delhi. He has also attended many advanced Management programs in India and abroad.
GROUP PRESIDENT, K RAHEJA CORP
Neel Raheja, Group President, K Raheja Corp
Neel Chandru Raheja serves as Group President of K. Raheja Corp Private Limited (formerly K Raheja Corp.). In addition to this he also serves as Managing Director at Chalet Hotels Limited. He has over nine years of experience in the real estate development and hospitality industry and in retail industry. He has visualized and developed the “Inorbit” shopping mall at Malad, Mumbai. He is involved in the “Crossword” retail business and takes interest in development of the Shoppers’ Stop business. He has been a Director of K. Raheja Corp Private Limited since May 16, 2004. He has been Director of Ishaan Real Estate Plc since October 31, 2006 and serves as a Non-Executive Director of Chalet Hotels and Shoppers Stop Limited.
He holds a Master’s in Commerce and LLB from Mumbai University. He has done post-graduation in Commerce. He has also completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
PRESIDENT AND MD, TARGET INDIA
Navneet Kapoor is the President, Managing Director, and Chairman of the Board, for Target India, a fully owned subsidiary of Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). Target is a Minneapolis-based discount retailer with more than $70 billion in annual revenue, which serves guests at more than 1,804 stores in the United States.
Navneet was named to his current position in 2012, after being with Target in a variety of leadership roles since 2006. In his current role, Navneet has responsibility for all aspects – strategic and operational – of Target India, and leads an organization of over 2,800 talented team members focused on all key functional areas associated with retail: technology, e-commerce, analytics and reporting, merchandising, marketing, finance, among others. He is deeply engaged with Target’s digital transformation and has been championing Target’s partnership with the startup ecosystem in India through the Target Accelerator Program.
Prior to joining Target, Navneet spent about 10 years with GE in New York – USA, Bangkok – Thailand, Tokyo – Japan and Gurgaon – India, in a variety of roles spanning research & development, operations & quality, and marketing. Most recently before Target, he served as Vice President – Marketing for GE’s Commercial Finance business in Asia.
Navneet is actively engaged with NASSCOM and other advisory bodies to accelerate the maturation of Global In-House Centers (GICs). He is currently the co-chair of NASSCOM GIC National Council. He is also passionate about strengthening the product ecosystem in India and finding new ways to further the industry’s engagement with startups. A regular at conferences and industry forums, Navneet often shares his learnings on topics ranging from digital disruption and global leadership to innovation and diversity.
He received his Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) and M.S. (Electrical Engineering) degrees from the University of Minnesota, USA, an MBA from the University of Chicago, USA and a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India. He has several patents to his name and has published numerous research articles in various refereed journals like IEEE.
Navneet is married and lives in Bangalore with his wife and two sons. When not at work, he enjoys sports, movies, theatre and traveling.
FOUNDER & GROUP CEO, FUTURE GROUP
Widely credited as the pioneer of modern retail industry in India, Kishore Biyani is a mentor and role model for many Indian entrepreneurs and a thought leader in Indian business. Over the past two decades he has created and leads some of India’s most popular retail chains like Big Bazaar, Food Bazaar, Pantaloons, Central, Home Town and eZone. A believer in the group’s corporate credo, ‘Rewrite Rules, Retain Values,’ Kishore Biyani considers Indianness as the core value driving the group. His autobiography, ‘It Happened in India,’ has been translated into a number of languages.