Acharya Balkrishna is the Managing Director and primary stakeholder of Patanjali Ayurved, an Indian FMCG company. He is a close aide of yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, with whom he founded the company in 2006. In September 2016, he has been ranked as 48th richest man in India by Forbes. Hurun India Rich List 2016 ranked him at 25th position among 399 Indians present in the list. Balkrishna is also a great scholar of Ayurveda, Sanskrit & Vedas and hence often referred as Acharya Balkrishna. He is credited for rediscovering Sanjeevani Booti, a herb which, has the power to cure any malady & was believed to save the life of Lakshmana in Epic Ramayana.
Mr. Aditya Ghosh serves as the President at InterGlobe Aviation Limited (DBA IndiGo) since August 2008. Mr. Ghosh joined the board of IndiGo on May 30, 2007 and took on the role as its President in August 2008. Mr. Ghosh has the overall responsibility of IndiGo. Previously He practiced corporate law with the law firm, J. Sagar Associates and the intellectual property law firm of K&S Partners (formerly Kumaran & Sagar). He serves as Member of Executive Committee at InterGlobe Enterprises Limited. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Federation of Indian Airlines. Mr. Ghosh received GQ Businessman of the Year award in 2013. He was nominated for the CNN-IBN Indian of The Year 2013 in the business category. He was also awarded ‘CEO of the year’ award by SABRE in July 2013. In 2012, Aditya was ranked 27th globally, in Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40 list”. He received the ‘Young Business Leader 2011’ award at NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards 2011. He received the Low Cost Leadership award at the “World Airline Awards”, London 2011. He has been Whole-Time Director of InterGlobe Aviation Limited since April 01, 2014. Mr. Ghosh has also been identified as one of India’s “Hottest Young Executive” by the Business Today magazine in 2011. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B) and History from Delhi University.
Mr. Aditya Swamy is a Business Leader, a digital marketer, a deal maker, and has deep knowledge and connections in the media, marketing and entertainment ecosystem. His areas of expertise include content development, acquisition, monetization, digital marketing, traffic generation and online commerce. He thrives on commercial negotiations and creating partnerships and has built and led large teams with a high bias for action while having led businesses with profit and loss responsibility.
Prof. Dishan Kamdar, Professor, Deputy Dean, Academic Programmes, ISB, joined Indian School of Business (ISB) in 2004. He is now Deputy Dean for Academic Programmes and a senior faculty in ISB’s Organizational Behaviour department He specializes in teaching Negotiation Analysis & Decision Making. His hands-on teaching style & well-crafted course content has won him an award for the “Best Professor of the Year for 2008-2009 (PGP Programme) and 2015-2016 (Family Business Programme)” at ISB He has trained employees from organizations within & outside India. He is cited as one of India’s top researchers & has made tenure far earlier than most people in the academia. He has published several papers in top tier international journals and has presented papers at a number of major conferences. He has also co-authored a book chapter in a Handbook on Organisational Citizenship Behaviour titled ‘A review of Good Soldier Activity in Organisations
Mr. Saket Modi is a ethical hacker and the Co-Founder and CEO of Lucideus. Saket’s romance with hacking began in school, during a run up to one of his exams. He had just discovered the art of hacking into secure computer systems and his chances of clearing the chemistry paper were looking bleak, so he hacked into the school computer and stole the question paper. He eventually ended up confessing to the teacher, but the thrill of hacking lingered on. Thankfully he realized that his skills could be utilized in more constructive endeavors, and so at the age of 21, he decided to set up Lucideus - a cyber security company. Lucideus is a complete cyber security solutions provider that enables clients to secure their web-based resources. They assist clients eliminate risk of unauthorized access to key systems, files or databases by identifying vulnerabilities in web spaces. They also organise ethical hacking and web security based workshops and seminars. Saket, who also happens to be a pianist in a band, leads a team comprising of cyber analysts and security experts, all in the age group of 18-30.
Abhay Firodia is chairman of Force Motors, maker of vans, pickup trucks, SUVs and tractors,. He is the President of the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM) for the year 2017-18. He has been the President of the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM) in the 1990s, the President of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the President of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), the President of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), as also President of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) (2010-2012). He is the recipient of the “Jain Ratna” Award, at the hands of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Recipient of the award “Cross of the Order of Merit’ of the Federal Republic of Germany, for exemplary services rendered - in bringing about closer business relations - between India and the FRG. He is bestowed with the honorary degree of “Doctor of Science” by the Rajiv Gandhi Technological University, Madhya Pradesh. Recipient of the Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016, in the Business Transformation category.
Vikram Kirloskar is the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region for the year 2017-18. In addition, he also holds the following positions – Member, Board of Trustees, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA, Chairman, Global Innovation & Technology Alliance, Member, STS* Forum Council, Japan (*Science & Technology in Society) He was involved in opening the import licensing for capital equipment while serving on the Government’s Development Council for Machine Tools in the late 1980’s. He has also served as the President of The Central Manufacturing Technology Institute in Bangalore. He continues to serve on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He also serves on the Govt. of India Development Council for Automobiles and the National Council for Electric Mobility. Mr. Kirloskar is also President, Automotive Research Association of India and the Past President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
Vikram Chandra is the consulting editor of NDTV. He was the CEO of NDTV Group from 2011 to October 2016. He has been called in the popular press, one of the top journalists in India today. Chandra's reputation as a journalist was built while covering the Kashmir conflict. He is the former anchor for the Nine O'Clock News and current host of Gadget Guru and anchor of The Big Fight. Chandra received the designation "Global Leader for Tomorrow" from the World Economic Forum. He has twice won the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Award Award for Best Anchor for a Talk Show for The Big Fight in 2005 and the Teacher's Achievement Award for Communication, amongst other coveted recognitions.
Ritesh Agarwal is one of the most famous and accomplished young Indian entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, which is a high valued startup in India. OYO Rooms currently is operated in many countries and all credit for its growth goes to Ritesh Agarwal and his splendid team. He is the inspiration behind many young startup founders and he has shown with his example that no matter what age you are, you can start your own company and continue to pursue your passion. He completed his schooling in the state of Orissa itself. He went to the Sacred Heart School in Rayagada, Orissa. After he finished his schooling he then enrolled into the Indian School of Business and Finance in Delhi. Much to the surprise of his family and friends, he never went to the college.
Among the pioneers of Digital Marketing in India, Pradeep has been part of the Internet Industry since 2000. He is a Co-founder and CEO of Digital Vidya. Pradeep has personally trained & advised over 1500 professionals including CEOs across Asia in helping them meet their business objectives using Digital Marketing. Pradeep is an international speaker & an author on Digital Marketing & Entrepreneurship. He’s one of the most sought after speakers in Digital Marketing and his speaking assignments include ad-tech, Search Engine Strategies (USA, India), World Social Media Summit at Kuala Lumpur, Social Media Workshops in Singapore, Click Asia Summit, TiEcon, Global Youth Marketing Forum and NASSCOM India Leadership Forum in India. He writes on Entrepreneurship and Digital Marketing for Wall Street Journal, Inc & Entrepreneur Magazines. A graduate from IIT Delhi, Pradeep is a core member of the Global Committee at SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization), a non-profit that nurtures the growth of Digital Marketing globally. He also sits on the advisory board of Social Media Chambers Malaysia. His obsession for the digital medium has led him to believe that the Internet connectivity is more important than the water supply :).
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