Mr. Abhay Havaldar is a Partner at Mentorcap Management Private Limited. He served as an Advisory and Managing Director of General Atlantic LLC. He established General Atlantic's India office in 2002, Singapore office in 2011 and led its South East Asia investment initiatives with a focus on financial services and enterprise solutions. He has been an investor in Indian businesses since 1996 and has held numerous executive positions. He spent 12 years in both hardware and software industries in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is engaged in numerous not-for-profit activities and is a member of ‘SINE Incubator’ at IIT Mumbai, a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs.
Researcher, Innovator, Entrepreneur. He works in the field of Robotics and Mechanical Design. Abhijeet has expertise in Robotics, Hybrid systems,Solar Physics, and Telecommunications majorly. His first startup christened as Albedo Informatics (A.I.) works in the field of education. He has presented research papers at an International level and currently a reviewer for many journals. Also, he's associated with EWB-India and IEEE Student Branch on voluntary basis.
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.
Ajit Rangnekar, is the former Dean of the Indian School of Business (currently ranked by Financial Times as 34 in its annual ranking of the world's leading business schools). He was the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) from January 2009 to December 31, 2015. Recently, he was appointed as a director of GMAC. He is the sole Indian on the GMAC team.
Mr. Arun Malhotra has been Managing Director of Nissan Motor India Private Limited since October 2014. Prior to joining Nissan, Mr. Malhotra was chief of international sales and marketing for the automotive and farm sector of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. Mr. Malhotra served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Channel Development of Automotive Sector of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., since January 2008. With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, Mr. Malhotra has a track record in sales, service, network expansion and development, brand building and customer centric initiatives in reputed automotive organizations including Escorts, Bajaj Auto Ltd, and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. He has been a Director of Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd. since October 2014. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Dr. Rajdeep Manwani, Coordinator, Department Of Commerce at Jain University, Bangalore, is an academician, trainer, motivational speaker, life coach, counselor & quiz-master. He is a triple post graduate and a PHD having completed his M.com, M.B.A and M.Phil & also a doctorate in commerce. He holds the record of being adjudged the best impromptu speaker for five years. He has been awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster the highest award in Toastmasters International. He is the recipient of the National award as role model for empowerment of persons with disability from the honorable President of India in December 2013. He is also the recipient of the special award given by the chief minister of Karnataka in 2011 & the State award for excellence given by the Government of Karnataka in 2015. He has been a featured TEDx and has hosted several training programs, given motivational speeches & management talk shows on radio. He has trained, motivated and mentored over 17,500 students and executives over a span of eighteen years and received excellent ratings from his corporate and educational clients which include Britannia, State Bank of India, Pantaloon retail, WIPRO and Kotak life, among others. He firmly believes in the motto of his life “Touching lives, making a difference”
Raghu Raman has possibly one of the most unique career profiles spanning over 25 years. He has spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces , followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid. Raghu started his career with the Indian Army. During his stint, he was in active combat in Punjab battling terrorists and in Siachen Glacier facing Pakistani troops. He has served as a UN peacekeeper, as well as been an instructor teaching leadership and strategy to officers at the prestigious School of Armoured Warfare. After leaving the Indian Army, Raghu joined the Mahindra Group in 1998 and helped set up Mahindra United World College. Over the next ten years he led various companies, including First Choice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI, a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace before being handpicked to create and head the National Intelligence Grid, Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India. After his five year stint as the founding CEO of NATGRID, Raman joined Reliance Industries as Group President, Risk, Security & New Ventures. Raghu is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a frequent guest faculty in business schools, keynote speaker and columnist on National Security Strategy and Leadership in leading publications. He is also the author of “Everyman’s War” - a book published by Random House.
Rahul Kapoor, incorporates valuable content for business and personal growth with practical implementable tools. Rahul is known as a 'live wire' in delivering highly memorable, invaluable programs to individuals, teams and organizations. His customized content, delivered to hundreds of prominent organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies, has resulted in them experiencing increased sales revenue, superior customer service and operational excellence.
A seasoned professional and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of rich experience in Business Management, Marketing, Sales & Distribution, Product Development and in leading teams across multiple geographies and functions.He has experiences in both line and functional roles, which gives him a unique mix of depth and width in most facets of marketing and sales. He has worked across multiple categories and have been able to cross- leverage learning from across categories to provide richer marketing and sales solutions for driving growth.He has enjoyed those roles where he has worked with a team to create something new and innovative.He is passionate about using consumer insights to design new products with a strong value proposition, which sets the stage for their success. He found that building a team with shared values, purpose and passion has been a critical ingredient for all successful initiatives which he has been a part of.
Dr. Mahesh Gupta is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur in and an alumni of the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun. He has been conferred upon with an Honorary Doctorate from Sri Sri University Orissa, for his contribution in providing safe and healthy drinking water in Rural and Urban areas. Dr. Gupta, a first generation entrepreneur, is known worldwide for revolutionizing the water purification industry in India. He is the Founder-Chairman of Kent RO Systems Ltd., India’s leading water Purifier Company. He started the company from a scratch and competing with the leading national and international brands, Kent RO Systems Ltd. is today the leading and most dynamic water purifier company in India, commanding a market share of about 40% in RO water purifier segment. He is the immediate former President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and also spearheads International Vaish Federation as its President.
Mr. Kurien has over 34 years of experience in building brands, building businesses and creating organisations and is highly well versed with brands and retail across premier companies in India. He was a part of the team that built Reliance retail and is a former chief executive (Lifestyle) of Reliance Retail. He is currently involved in creating value within portfolio investments of L Catterton Asia, a leading consumer and retail focused private equity investor based in Singapore. He is also the Independent Director on the Board of several listed and unlisted Companies and on the Advisory Board of leading Management Education institutions, the World Retail Congress, and Mentor to the FICCI Retail Committee.
Yuvraj Singh is an Indian international cricketer, who plays all forms of the game. An all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox, Yuvraj is the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi actor Yograj Singh. Yuvraj has been a member of the Indian cricket team in ODIs since October 2000 and played his first Test match in October 2003. He was the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team between 2007–2008. He was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and one of the top performers at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, both of which India won. In 2011, Yuvraj was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment in Boston and Indianapolis. In March 2012, he was discharged from the hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April. He made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September against New Zealand. In 2012, Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award by the Government of India. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.
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.
Balachandar NV is an HR leader with proven capability in delivering people objectives in line with the business strategy. Versatile experience in the service as well as the manufacturing industry. Handled a diverse workforce across geographies. Capable of dealing with a cross-section of people across the hierarchy. Well versed with global work practices as well as local statutory compliance. Currently, he is the Executive Director (HR) – Ashok Leyland (A global Bus & Truck maker with a significant presence in India & the Middle-east, the UK, Europe and South America with revenues in excess of US 3.5 billion). Member of the core-operating team and HR leader providing functional leadership to all manufacturing plants and key divisions across all geographies. His specialities include: A hands-on trainer and a certified t-group facilitator. A Hay certified Job-evaluator. Well versed in the Balanced Score Card model of goal-setting. Comfortable with Hewitt and Mercer compensation models and job-equivalence.
Mr. Deepak M. Satwalekar serves as a Venture Advisor at Nexus Venture Partners. Mr. Satwalekar served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co., Ltd. from November 2000 to November 14, 2008. He served as a Consultant to World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT). From 1993 to 2002, he served as the Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited. He worked at HDFC from 1979 to 2000. He serves as the Chairman of Reserve Bank of India and government expert groups. He has been Independent Non-Executive Director of ‘The Tata Power Company Limited’ since February 12, 2008. Mr. Satwalekar serves as a Director of HDFC Investments Ltd., HDFC Holdings Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited and Piramal Healthcare Ltd. (formerly, Nicolas Piramal India Limited). He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Asian Paints Limited since May 30, 2000. He serves as an Independent Director of Franklin Templeton Asset Management (India) Private Limited. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at RuralShores Business Services Pvt. Ltd. He served as Lead Independent Director of Infosys Ltd. from May 2003 to January 2010. He served as an Independent Director of Infosys Ltd., since October 1997 until November 2013. He served as a Director at GVFL Ltd. He served as Non-Executive External Director of The Murugappa Group. He served as a Director of National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. since October 9, 2009 until April 2, 2013. He has chaired and been a member of several expert groups related to industry, government and the Reserve Bank of India. He served as an Independent Director at IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited from June 30, 2009 to August 9, 2016. He served as a Director of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co., Ltd. from November 14, 2008 to November 14, 2008. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Entertainment Network (India) Ltd., from November 5, 2005 to March 30, 2011. He served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Arvind Ltd (formerly, Arvind Mills Ltd.) until May 1, 2007. He served as a Director of Tube Investments of India Limited until March 31, 2004. He served as an Independent Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. from November 14, 2008 to November 13, 2010. He served as a Director of HDFC Bank Ltd., until July 2, 2002. He serves on the Advisory Council of IIT Bombay. Mr. Satwalekar is a recipient of the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and an MBA in Finance from The American University, Washington D.C.
Mr. Ravi Chawla has been the Managing Director of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited since June 6, 2014. Mr. Chawla has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Lubricants Division (known as Gulf Oil Lubricants India) at GULF OIL Corporation Limited since July 2, 2007. Mr. Chawla has over 24 years of professional experience and has worked with Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, Wipro Consumer Products Limited, Aristocrat Marketing Limited, CEAT Limited, Polaroid India Private Limited and Pennzoil-Quaker State India Limited (part of Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies). He has rich experience and knowledge in brand & product management, new product development, communications, trade communications, pricing, franchisee operations, distribution and market research. He has extensive experience of over 15 years in the lubricants space with Pennzoil (1998 to 2006) & in Gulf Oil (since 2007). He has been a Director of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited since May 25, 2013. Mr. Chawla holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai University. He holds a Master in Management Studies degree (specializing in Marketing) from Chetana's Ramprasad Khandelwal Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.
Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO - an online career destination for women. The SHEROES Community has access to high growth career resources, mentorship and support. SHEROES engages with businesses to help them connect with female talent in form of employees, partners, customers and business owners. Sairee is India’s foremost women at work evangelist and earlier co-founded Fleximoms. She is also the Convener, The SHEROES Summit and has been instrumental in bringing businesses and women professionals on a common platform. Nominated for the Editor’s choice for L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, she is also a Cartier Women’s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2012 and has been featured on shows like Young Turks, Pioneering Spirit and What Women Want. Sairee has been nominated and accepted as an Aspen Fellow – a global leadership fellowship. A believer in work-life redesign, serial entrepreneur, mentor, an occasional writer and mother of an 9-year-old. Sairee started her career as a journalist with Advertising & Marketing magazine and quickly moved on to set-up world’s first daily for mariners. Sairee has worked in start-up mode as well as in large set-ups in research and consulting capacities. This includes setting up Russia and CIS practice for Heidrick & Struggles HSII www.heidrick.com and Confederation of Indian Industry www.cii.in. Sairee went to Jawaharlal Nehru University for an M.Phil in International Relations and to IMT, Ghaziabad for a PG in business management.
Mr. Sandeep Tandon co-founded Accelyst Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in 2010 and has been its Chief Business Officer since September 1, 2015. Mr. Tandon serves as Managing Director at Tandon Technology Ventures (Tandon Group). He serves as Managing Director and Chairman of the Board at Infinx Services Private Limited. Mr. Tandon serves as the Chairman and Managing Director at Infinx Healthcare. He oversees the strategy and operations of all group companies. He has been involved in the technology industry for over 20 years. During this time he has contributed significantly to the growth of Information Technology exports from India. He was co-founder and a former director of IQBackOffice - a leading Accounts Payable Processing company. He was also a co-founder and Director at Freecharge.com - among India’s fastest growing internet commerce ventures. He is active in the Angel Investor community and serves as a mentor to various technology start-ups. He served as Chairman of the Electronics Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) and is a member of Young President Organization (Mumbai Chapter). Mr. Tandon completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Surya Prakash Madrecha, Chairman and Managing Director of Trimax IT Infrastructure & Services Limited, spearheads the operations and growth of the company engaged in the deployment of IT Services and Solutions. Mr. Madrecha co- founder of Trimax IT Infrastructure and Services Ltd. and has been an architect in defining the company’s strategy, business development and client relationship. Trimax started out with a 3 member team as a system integrator in 1995 in a small office in South Mumbai to grow into a 2300 strong team today. With Mr. Madrecha’s vision and grit, the business slowly grew to include full-fledged IT Infrastructure Management Services, thus steering the company on the growth path. The company has partnered with BSNL to roll our 20,000 wi-fi hotspots across seven states in India under “Digital India” programme of Central Government. Mr. Madrecha, hails from the cultural city of Udaipur. With a humble start of his career as a marketing executive, Mr. Madrecha has come a long way. A passion to Innovate and rise to an excellence has become his motto.His vision is to now transform Trimax to become one of the Global Brand connecting dreams of the society and empowering them through innovation.
D. Shivakumar, or Shiv as he is popularly known, is a Bangalore born leader and a management thinker. He is currently the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group. Previously, Shiv was the Chairperson & Chief Executive Officer at PepsiCo Holdings Private Limited, India. Shiv was born and raised in Bangalore, India. He graduated from IIT, Madras in 1982 and from IIM, Calcutta in 1984. In 2005, he went on to study at The Wharton School. Shiv started his career at Hindustan Unilever Limited and spent 19 years in sales, marketing and general management positions. He moved to Philips, India as Chief Executive Officer of the consumer electronics division in 2003, and later to Nokia as the Managing Director, India. He was appointed as the Chairperson and CEO of Pepsico Holding Private Limited in 2013.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Startup Development, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, and Business Development. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a B.Sc focused in Mathematics from Fergusson College.
I love to build useful stuff from scratch. Built and grew TheBetterIndia.com - India's largest media platform dedicated to showcasing positive news. Led product management and built the entire e-commerce offering from scratch at hoopos.com - an ecommerce venture. Prior to that I also built the early versions of ngpay's mobile commerce app, designed and built ibibo's social networking platform, led a software team at Honeywell, published a book of short stories, trained as a theater artist. Love most things internet and mobile. Rated as one of the top Product Mentors for startups in India.
Nagini Chandramouli is a VP - Senior Agile Coach at Bank of America Continuum. She is an inspiration to many & passionate about helping fellow women agilists in their career. Change leader and coach with a growth mindset helping organizations and teams attain and sustain transformation in their agile journey by using gamification to make complex learning easier. Passionate about helping fellow women agilists in their careers by guiding and mentoring them. Also volunteer and speak at various national and international forums, constant learner, and share my experiences with others in whichever way possible. Served Pearl City Chapter, the local chapter of PMI USA for ten years and recently stepped down from the VP position. Worked on several social initiatives for students using project management and trained a few volunteers towards these student initiatives.
Venu Nair is the MD & CEO of ShoppersStop and is the senior management professional at Trent Ltd, which houses the Westside, Landmark, and Zudio brands. His role focuses on delivering the latest fashion to its customers across the country. He is experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. He is skilled in managing businesses including Joint Ventures, independent P&L management, Business Development, Planning, Operations Management, and Textile Industry. He is a strong senior management professional with an MBA (Marketing) focused in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (Bombay University). Before taking up this role, he was the senior management professional for the Joint Venture of Marks and Spencer Reliance. In the 5 years of that role, he tripled the sales and doubled the profits. Prior to that, he was the Head of Region for South Asia of the Sourcing of Global Business. In his career spanning over 24 years, he has worked in London and various parts of South Asia, including stints with Madura Garments and Arvind Mills. The expert is a Mechanical Engineer from NIT, Calicut, and has done his MBA in Marketing from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
Ms. Gupta is the Chief Investment Officer at DBR Ventures. She also holds office as a senior management professional at Jagran Group, a business house with interests spanning across media & communications, education, real estate, and hosiery exports. She has been managing and executing the investment strategy for the group which is aligned with the promoter’s values. Ms. Gupta has been involved in diversifying the family’s portfolio through angel investments and is currently working with two investment firms as a limited partner. The expert has been a keynote speaker on various investment topics. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from IIT, Kanpur, a postgraduate diploma in business studies from Harvard University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from Northeastern University.
Ashish is a senior finance professional with 16+ yrs in Finance, Strategy, Business Performance with a passion for driving people & teams. Ashish is a pillar to Airtel's financial strategies in FMCG & Telecom across procurement, strategy & general management.
Alex holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Life Coaching from Singapore University of Social Sciences, a Masters in Business Administration from Quantic University, a Bachelors of Business (1st Class Honours) from Nanyang Technological University, is a recognised IHRP professional and practising professional life coach for the past 2 years. Outside of professional coaching, he has been actively employed in the Human Resources and Marketing realms for the past decade, where he utilises coaching and change management techniques to galvanise changes in self and others. At present, he heads up an e-commerce martech company as Chief People Officer, overseeing the regional portfolio in Southeast Asia.
Dinesh is the Founder and CEO of Trident Strategy, a strategic consultancy based in Singapore. Trident Strategy focuses on two key verticals – strategic partnerships and sports. He has advised several clients ranging from government entities to multi-national corporations and high-net worth individuals. Dinesh has a degree in Law and has worked for Allen & Gledhill and Temasek prior to setting up his own consultancy. Dinesh has a keen interest in foreign policy & international politics as seen from his representation as an observer at the Youth 20 pre-forum events (in conjunction with the G20 Summit in Indonesia), part of the Singapore delegation at the Singapore-Indonesia Youth Leaders Exchange Programme & the ASEAN Youth Interfaith Camp. He is also part of the United Nations Young Leaders Training Programme. Dinesh is an Ambassador of the Youth, Peace and Security Fund, which seeks to transform the global aid landscape by putting financial power in the hands of young leaders to create prosperous and inclusive societies. Dinesh serves his community in several roles – to name a few, he sits on the Management Committee in a Hindu temple administered by the Hindu Endowments Board, the Legal Committee in the Football Association of Singapore and is a Member of the ASEAN Football Federation's Disciplinary & Ethics Committee (2022-2026). He lives by his motto: Serve. Lead. Inspire.
Dr Timothy Low was awarded the “50 Most Talented Healthcare Leaders of Asia” in 2016. He was subsequently awarded “Best CEO of the Year” at the Asia Healthcare Excellence Award in 2017. Over 30 years medical experience, displaying the vision and values necessary to lead transformation which maximise people, asset value and long-term growth, delivering exceptional results across service leadership to customers and healthcare professionals. With a demonstrated history of achieving success through new operational start-ups and operational turnarounds, earned a reputation as someone who is a high end achiever and innovative leader in Asia- pacific.
Victor Mills is Chief Executive, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) which he has led for over 8 years. He has lived and worked in Singapore for over 37 years. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mr. Mills had a 30-year career in financial services, 29 of them in Asia-Pacific serving customers in a variety of senior regional business roles. He was a commercial banker for 10 years and an institutional banker for 20 years. In the latter role he covered the southeast Asian, south Asian and south and east African markets. Mr. Mills is a director of ESSEC Asia Pacific. He is a Member, Total Defence Awards Evaluation Board. He chairs the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore’s (IRAS’s) Taxpayer Feedback Panel and is a member of the Data Protection Appeal Panel. He is a member of Curtin University'fs MBA and Executive Education Advisory Panel. He is also a member of both the Singapore Institute of Directors and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Area Studies (Eastern Europe and Russia) from the University of London, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the New University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Gowrishankar Sundarajan is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Value Innovation Group, a management consulting firm. He is a Blue Ocean Strategy and shift expert with over 22 years of global experience in leading multicultural organizations, providing strategy consulting and creating innovative solutions, and a strong track record of offering innovative solutions to public and private organizations. He was one of the Founding Member and Senior Director at Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - a think tank providing strategic advisory to the Government of Malaysia. He has consulted on over 100 strategic projects in Malaysian public sector. He has been working closely with the founder of Blue Ocean Strategy and Shift, Prof. W. Chan Kim for over a decade. Prior to this, Gowrishankar has worked with Infosys for over a decade performing varied managerial roles. He is formally acknowledged for contributions to Blue Ocean Shift, a global bestselling book authored by Prof. W. Chan Kim and Prof. Ren Mauborgne. He has offered keynote speeches on Blue Ocean and innovation-related topics at universities and conferences. He is an MBA from INSEAD.
Kharlyn Caye Santillan, known as KC Santillan, is a full-time millennial entrepreneur in the Philippines who aspires to make a difference and inspire change and courage. She started venturing into her entrepreneurial career at the age of 20 while being employed for a few years. This woman is a former student leader and a former full scholar of a real estate company in the Philippines. Her scholarship allowed her to acquire years of corporate work experience. After finishing her scholarship bond, she decided to do full-time entrepreneurship and take a leap of faith that brought her to where she is now- a Business Mentor and a Social Media Influencer. She pursues her entrepreneurial career in the direct marketing journey with USANA Health Sciences, Inc., a billion-dollar cellular nutrition company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Gaining her years of experience in the industry opened new doors for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to be catalysts of change, aiming to make a difference in the world. She continuously grows her life and business skills while helping people build a sustainable income in her chosen career based on hard work, persistence, and income growth based on their short-term and long-term goals. Starting entrepreneurship at a young age led her to several speaking engagements and invitations aiming to share inspirational stories, motivation, leadership, growth, and empowerment. The change maker believes in inspiring people, especially the younger generation, and was invited as a Guest Speaker of the Artlets Economics Society of the University of Santo Tomas and graduating Marketing students of Adamson University— two well-known Universities in the Philippines. She believes in leaving people better after she has found them, leaving a mark on everyone she meets, and making this world a better place to live in!
Kevin Kan is a multi-award-winning Professional Coach, mentor, mediator & business leader. With an international career spanning over 30 years in corporate and multinational organizations, Kevin has held management consulting and senior executive management positions in organizations such as AIMIA, American Express, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, PwC Consulting, KPMG Consulting and Solution 6. He now coaches & mentors C-level & executive clients to help them gain clarity, confidence & focus to maximize their potential & performance. His client come from organizations such as ByteDance, Dairy Farm Group , Gilead Sciences, Google, Hays, Intel, National University of Singapore School of Medicine, Razer, Salesforce, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Ministry of Health & Woven Planet As a regular moderator, panelist and speaker at conferences, Kevin has also been featured in CCTV, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MarketWatch, Forbes, Marketing Magazine, Human Resources Magazine and is an Advisory Council Member for Harvard Business Review. As a keynote speaker, moderator & panelist at conferences, Kevin has spoken on topics ranging from Career Management, Communications / PR, Customer & Employee Experience, Leadership, Loyalty and Professional Coaching. He now coaches & mentors C-level & executive clients to help them gain clarity, confidence & focus to maximize their potential & performance. Kevin is a diversity & inclusion ally & you will find him regularly featured in media including Forbes, Marketing Magazine & Human Resources Magazine. He is currently an Advisory Council Member for Harvard Business Review Kevin is currently serving as an elected member of the 2021 – 2024 International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Coaches Global Board of Directors and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Board. Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in economics (majoring in Accounting & Information Systems) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Chicago, USA. He is a Chartered Accountant, a member of CPA Australia & Singapore Human Resources Institute and is a Mentor Coach & Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed with ICF. He has also attained the Senior Practitioner accreditation from EMCC Global. Kevin is a graduate of the Ultimate Coach Professional and the Executive Coach International Professional Coach programs. He is a Certified Executive Coach and Certified TEAM Coach with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, Team Coaching Certified Coach with the Global Team Coaching Institute, a Gallup CliftonStrengths Certified Coach, a PrinciplesYou Certified Coach and an accredited Extended DISC consultant.
Rangam Bir is a visionary business leader, who has led several international financial services firms in a career spanning over 26 years across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. As a CEO, he has successfully led the transformation of four different businesses, and is committed to deliver the promise of inclusive financial services to impact customers’ lives with better outcomes. Rangam is highly passionate about Culture, Communication, Collaboration and Community to drive innovation and change. He has established a successful track record of building winning businesses in fast growing emerging markets by leading large teams in multicultural and international business environments. He also believes in giving back to society by sharing his experiences through coaching, mentoring, advising and speaking.
Founder and Marketing MsChief of Fyreflyz, Lovelynne has been working with young individuals in the last 14 years. Through design thinking, she successfully implemented problem solving techniques and creative content using design thinking. Our team went on to work on out of the box projects such as Super Japan Fest 2018 which garnered 51,000 people in 2 days and STB’s #kamponggelamunited video with 4 million impressions over 7 days on all social media channels. Lovelynne also consulted for the National Gallery Singapore, Ministry of Health and is also an adjunct lecturer at Temasek Poly for Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship.
Vipul is a Business Leader in IT in Asia. He has over thirty years of experience in IT Industry in Asia around strategy, execution and building and mentoring teams in the areas of - Building Lines of Business, Sales, Business Operations and Channel Management. His background includes pioneering and leadership roles in Microsoft, Tech Data (TD-Synnex) and VMware over a span of 15 years in India and 15 years in Asia. Currently based in Singapore, Vipul is a member of Senior Leadership Teams at Tech Data (TD-Synnex) Asia Region, Microsoft India Region and VMware Global Licensing. He has a deep understanding of Emerging Markets having mentored peers in BRIC markets. Nurtured or turned-around business in Emerging markets in Asia, specifically India, China and Indonesia. Vipul believes in People-centricity with coaching style, data and analytics driven, motivated by audacious goals and by building business that endure. He posses Key Skills from Leading multi-geo teams in Strategic Direction & Execution, Strategizing and Building new, pioneering business lines across geographies, Managing P&L, Influencing senior business leaders, on Strategy and Direction, across countries and cultures, Leadership and Mentoring, Managing scale and complexity, Building Partner Ecosystem, Customer Relationships, Expertise in Emerging Markets, Coaching teams for Performance and Growth and ERP/CRM/Cloud Software, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.
Jonathan Yabut is the proud Filipino winner of the hit Asian reality TV show, The Apprentice Asia. Born and raised in Manila, Jonathan is a multi-awarded marketer and HR professional with over 15 years of experience in Southeast Asia. Dubbed as “Asia’s Millennial Guru”, he is Asia’s leading motivational speaker on topics involving leadership, talent development of millennial workers, and office productivity. Jonathan is the author of three best-selling motivational books, “From Grit to Great” (2015), “Fast Forward” (2017), and “Single, Taken, Or Building My Empire” (2019), which offers career tips and advice for aspiring corporate millennials. In 2022, he launched his 4th book, “Everything Will Be Alright” which centers on work-life balance and mental well-being. By record, he is the only Filipino author today able to penetrate the Southeast Asian markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia as a certified best-selling author. Jonathan today is the founder and managing director of his marketing consultancy firm, The JY Consultancy & Ventures, which offers marketing and talent optimization services to start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in Asia.
YuJin Wong is an award-winning motivational speaker that specialises in the arena of mental toughness. YuJin was a former lawyer turned investment banker, who burned out from the fast-paced rat-race. He went on to fail in business and lost his entire savings. YuJin’s wife left him at the peak of his depression, having borrowed and lost hundreds of thousands. But a failed suicide attempt changed his perspectives and was what got YuJin Wong started in fitness and as an advocate for mental wellness. He runs a regular segment called, ‘Mental Toughness for Business’ on MONEY FM 89.3, Singapore’s premier business radio station. With his experiences, YuJin provides unique leadership insights and shares strategies that deal with mental blockages, low productivity and other performance issues faced by corporations around the world. As a triple degree holder in psychology, mindset and coaching – YuJin Wong is certified by the International Sports Science Association and the Mental Toughness Research Institute (USA), two of the top performance organisations in the world. He has trained and coached thousands of individuals including c-suite executives with stellar results. YuJin Wong is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and is the first person in Singapore to be conferred this highest form of designation for professionalism and consistent quality by Asia Professional Speakers Singapore. Less than 5% of professional speakers in the world have this accreditation. His highly inspiring work has earned YuJin international awards including the Asia’s Innovation Leadership Award 2022, Asia’s Best Brands Award 2018, Global Brands Awards 2017, McMillan Woods Global Awards 2016, A-List Award 2016, Junior Chamber International Award 2015, and Prestige Top 40 Under 40 Award 2014. His book, the “Mental Rockstar” named after YuJin’s better-known stage identity, is built on his trademarked R.O.C.K™️ formula that helps individuals achieve peak performance by unlocking fears and overcoming challenges. YuJin Wong is available for keynote speeches, town halls, stress management workshops and leadership development programmers.
Michael is a dynamic professional who navigates the ever-changing business landscape by equipping leaders with invaluable tools and strategies, enabling them to embrace and thrive in transformational times.With an impressive tenure as the Head of Innovation Design + Validation at Walmart Canada, Michael successfully led a multidisciplinary team of researchers, creators, strategists, and developers, consistently challenging conventional norms and fostering an environment of innovation. Distinguished as the youngest store manager in Canada for the world's largest retailer, Michael spearheaded projects focused on enhancing customer experience, resulting in a remarkable $250 million in business value generated within a three-year span. Michael's notable contributions to the industry have garnered recognition, including being honored as part of The Peaks' esteemed Emerging Leaders Class of 2022, a distinguished group selected by peers and accomplished co-chairs. At the helm of Walmart Canada's pioneering innovation incubator, Blue Labs, Michael played a pivotal role in identifying, assimilating, and creating cutting-edge solutions for the intricate challenges faced by both customers and leaders in today's uncertain landscape. In his spare time, you can find him either in the Philippines or the UK, reading a lot of fiction and looking after his two french bulldogs with his wife.
Mark is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and executive coach, specialising in Leadership and Innovation, based in Singapore. Mark is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – one of only 15% of speakers globally with this qualification - the speaking profession's highest earned designation, based on revenue, bookings and performance. Mark is one of a handful of speakers/trainers in Singapore with this qualification. Mark is Co-Founder of Anagram Group, a corporate training company which won the British Chamber of Commerce's ""Future of Work"" award for its work in helping organisations transform through Innovation, Design Thinking and Ideathons. Mark works with over 550+ government and corporate clients in Singapore, Asia and the UK through his training company, through Innovation keynote speeches, Innovation workshops, Ideathons in a wide range of industries ranging from finance, to tech, to education. Mark also designs and delivers Innovation, Soft-skills, leadership, management workshops for corporates and government agencies in Singapore, Asia and around the world. He is also a leadership and executive coach for C-level executives in Asia. Prior to Anagram, Mark has had over 15 years of international management and investment banking experience in the UK, Australia and Asia for Morgan Stanley, Schroders, Goldman Sachs, Abbey National and Salomon Brothers. Mark has led large award-winning international teams across 3 continents where he was a Global and Regional department director, and managed teams from Singapore, China, India and Japan.? Mark graduated from the University of Surrey with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Computing. Mark also serves as a Group Representative of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore, Entrepreneur & Small Business Committee.
Dr. Tanvi Gautam, a regular visitor to the C-suite, is a multi-award winning keynote speaker, best selling author and consultant on transformational leadership in the age of disruption. Noted internationally as a top 10 HR influencer on social media, she was named by the Workforce magazine (USA) to the ‘Game Changer’ awards list. Dr. Tanvi is also on the board of the Asian Region Training and development organization. She often serves as a jury on prestigious HR awards such as the Linkedin Conscious Business Leader Awards; Britcham Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Her insights on the Future of Work have been quoted and published in forums such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal Mint, the Business Times and Economic Times. She is also a Corporate Storytelling and Narrative coach, helping leaders use the power of Narrative for Digital Transformation, Employer Branding, Culture Change and Sales. Her case studies on HR transformation are used internationally by Business Schools for teaching MBA students. She was a faculty at University of Richmond in the Master of HRM (for executives) in the area of Technology and HR, as well as taught in the PhD program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before starting her own consulting practice, she worked with Arthur Andersen and Tata Consultancy Services. She is the founder director of the highly-transformational Global Women and Leadership program at Singapore Management University. Her clients have included senior leaders from Merck, Microsoft, Medtronic, National Healthcare Group (Singapore), Mastercard, KPMG, Schneider and NCR amongst others. Dr. Tanvi earned her PhD from the Business School at the University of Pittsburgh in the area of Organizational behaviour, Human resources and information systems.
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