Anand Neelakantan (born 5 December 1973) is an Indian author. He has authored three fiction books based on the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The producers of Baahubali, the blockbuster film announced that Anand Neelakantan will be writing a 3 book Series based on their film Baahubali and the series will be a prequel to the film. His books have been translated to different languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese and Indonesian Bahasa.
Annurag Batra is a serial entrepreneur, media mogul, a journalist and an eternal optimist rolled into one. He is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute MDI, one of India's leading Business School. He is a first generation entrepreneur and after acquiring the iconic business media and magazine brand BW Businessworld, a 35 year strong media brand as well as most respected business publication in the country. Since taking over BW Businessworld 13 months back Mr. Batra has expanded BW Businessworld into digital, events and BW communities and has taken into its fold www.digitalmarket.asia, a leading website on digital marketing, www.everythingexperiential.com India’s leading experiential marketing website and launch BW Hotelier in partnership with hotelier international. BW Smart Cities an editorial platform in a 360 degree format is to be launched in mid-February 2015. Mr. Batra is building the BW Businessworld business aggressively. Mr. Batra also founded the exchange4media group and he serves as the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com – India’s leading media industry website, PITCH – India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media Magazine, IMPACT – The Marketing Weekly, Franchisee Plus – Business Opportunity Magazine, Realty Plus – India’s leading monthly real estate magazine and samachar4media.com/ – leading media industry website in Hindi. Mr. Batra is also appointed by Government of India as the Chairman of an industry committee formed to come up with a vocational training framework for the media, communication and entertainment industry. He mentors many budding entrepreneurs and enjoys the process of reverse mentoring as in what he learns from these young entrepreneurs. At BW Businessworld BW Accelerate is an initiative to provide a structured platform to entrepreneurs for mentorship and growth.
Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009
Tamal Bandyopadhay is one of the most respected business journalists in India and an author. His weekly column `Banker's Trust' in Mint, India's second largest business daily, is widely read for its deep insights into the world of finance and its unerring ability to anticipate major policy moves. His three books on finance, namely `A Bank for The Buck', `Sahara: The Untold Story' and `Bandhan: The Making of a Bank' have been best sellers. His latest book, a Penguin Random House publication, `From Lehman to Demonetization: The Decade That Shaped Indian Banking' is likely to be released later this year. Incidentally, the Sahara group had slapped a Rs200 crore defamation suit against him to stop the publication of the book on the group. Linkedin, the global professional network, has nominated him as one of the top ten finance voices in the world for two successive years - 2015 and 2016. Thinkers magazine has listed him one of the top 50 influential minds that have made indeliable contributions in the field of economics and governance in India in 2017. Bandyopadhyay has kept a close watch on the financial sector for over two decades and has had a ringside view of the enormous changes in Indian finance over this period. He has been a frequent speaker at seminars across India and overseas, and has hosted a very successful weekly show (by the same name as his weekly column) on television, featuring some of India’s most respected bankers, policy makers, central bankers and regulators. He has contributed to The Oxford Companion to Economics in India, edited by Kaushik Basu and published by Oxford University Press. Bandyopadhyay is currently a consulting editor with Mint and an adviser, strategy, with Bandhan Bank Ltd
Bestselling author, financial literacy activist, and an international corporate trainer, Dr Anil Lamba is a practicing Chartered Accountant and holds degrees in Commerce, Law and a Doctorate in Taxation. Dr Lamba's training programs are held internationally, with a client list exceeding 1000 large and medium sized corporations spread across several countries including India, the USA, and in Europe, the Middle-East and the Far-East.
Rajan Pental has over 2 decades of experience in Banking & Automobile Industry. He is currently designated as Group President & Head – Retail Lending, Retail Banking Assets Group, YES Bank Ltd. Prior to Yes Bank, he was working with HDFC Bank and was designated as Business Head – Secured Loans & Rural Sales (Vehicle Loans – Retail & Wholesale). Rajan was instrumental in initiating, setting up and institutionalizing the Retail Assets Business for the HDFC Bank and for the last two decades he has been closely working with the Automobile Dealers and was instrumental in helping them build a profitable business. Rajan has also worked with Tata Finance, Gridlays & Escorts Limited.
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