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Abhayan Jawaharlal

Head - Group Legal

Biocon Ltd.


Abhayan Jawaharlal currently works as Head, Group Legal in Biocon Limited, India`s premier biotech-biopharmaceutical company. He manages the legal functions of Biocon group companies involving contracts management and negotiation, licensing, technology transfer, collaborations, compliance management, litigation, real estate, labour and employment.


Abhayan worked with leading IP law firms in India for over ten years and obtained specialised practice in IPR prosecution and due diligence, IP issues in technology transfer, licensing, anti-counterfeiting, character merchandising and copyrights.


Abhayan holds Bachelor`s Degrees in Cost Accounting and Law from University of Kerala. He was admitted to the Bar in the year 1996.

Adarsh Sakhuja

Independent Management Consultant & Former Head, C

Management & Internal Controls | Larsen & Toubro Limited


Mr. Adarsh Sakhuja is an independent Management Consultant in the areas of Risk Management,Business Process Improvement, Internal Controls and Internal Audit. An MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi and BE (Mechanical) from Delhi College of Engineering, Mr. Sakhuja recently retired as Head-Corporate Risk Management & Internal Controls, Larsen & Toubro after working there for 37 years.

Mr.Sakhuja, was instrumental to create a structure and processes of risk management in Larsen & Toubro and was responsible to oversee the assessment and management of risks in EPC and BOT Projects & Industrial Products, Formulate Polices & Structure for Risk Management & Internal Control and Report to the Audit Committee of the Board. He brought in many changes to make internal audit as a value adding function of L&T.He has a long experience in Sales & Marketing of various L&T Products in various locations across the country. He has contributed in many initiatives to strengthen Gov

Ajay Row

Executive Director

AimiA - India


Ajay Row is presently Executive Director of Aimia, Inc. in India and is responsible for marketing in their coalition JV with the Tata Group as well as business operations for their proprietary loyalty programmes business.

He has had 25 years of experience in database marketing, loyalty programs, marketing analytics and CRM, having launched one of the first loyalty programs in the Asia Pac Region in the 80s before then working on serving some of the worlds most demanding companies implementing literally thousands of CRM initiatives out of the US, the UK and India with programs implemented in over 65 countries globally. His last assignment was as VP of CRM for Taj Hotels where he was responsible for their award-winning loyalty programs

Ajay Thomas

Registrar, London Court of International

Arbitration (India)


As Registrar with the London Court of International Arbitration (India), Ajay heads its Delhi-based secretariat.

He holds a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from the National University of Singapore, where he read International Commercial Arbitration and Admiralty & Maritime Law. On being called to the bar, he practiced mainly at the Bombay High Court, as junior counsel at a leading maritime law chamber. Prior to joining LCIA India, Ajay was Counsel and Head of the South-Asia desk of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also served as Assistant Counsel with the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

Ajay is a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration, Singapore Corporate Counsels Association and the Asian Society of International Law.

He is also the India correspondent to the Global Sales Law Handbook, a comprehensive work on international sales law encompassing all legal systems.

Akash Sahai

Managing Director

India at Aimia Inc


Akash is the Managing Director, India, for Aimia Inc. (formerly Groupe Aeroplan). Akash has many years of experience in the loyalty industry, starting as manager of rewards for the Air Miles program in Canada and later leading US Loyalty Corp`s effort to build a coalition program in the US. In addition, Akash has extensive experience in direct marketing as CMO of Capital One Bank (Canada), EVP Business Development for Fingerhut Direct Marketing, and several management positions at United Airlines. Akash began his career as a lawyer and most recently has led several entrepreneurial ventures in Canada and Asia. Akash has a law degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD.

Amitabh Kumar

Partner

J Sagar Associates


Amitabh Kumar, Partner and a retired Indian Revenue Service Officer, has handled diverse assignments in the sphere of Regulation, Public Finance and Policy in an illustrious carrier of 31 years. He also has consulting experience with multi-lateral organisations. As the ?rst Director-General of the Competition Commission of India (2004-2009), he was involved in the Policy and Regulatory Framework.
He assisted the Government in drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2007 and nine implementing regulations, besides contributing to the authority`s Competition Advocacy initiative. Recently, he was member of a committee appointed by the government to recommend a National Competition Policy document and amendments to the Competition Act, 2002. At JSA, he has handled complex cases of abuse & cartels besides merger ? lings and organising competition compliance programmes. Over the past two-and-a-half years, he has handled the matters of a large private container train operator

Ashok Sharma

General Counsel & CGM (Law)

MMTC Limited


Ashok Sharma is Head of Legal Department of MMTC Limited ( A Govt. of India Enterprise), Indias first Golden Super Star Trading House and leading International Trading Company having turnover of over Rs. 45,000 crores and having a subsidiary Company in Singapore and a Steel Plant (Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited) in Orissa. As Head of Legal Department of MMTC Limited, dealing with over 650 commercial / maritime / international arbitrations/court cases involving over Rs. 550 crores. Has over 33 years of experience as an Advocate and as a In-house Counsel in a Commercial Bank / International Trading Company (MMTC). He is also a member of various professional bodies as below As Member of the Governing Bodies of the above noted Organisations such as ICA, ICC India, Standing Legal Committee SCOPE ( the professional apex body of Central PSUs ) and ICC Commission on Arbitration, have taken keen interest in promoting and protecting interest of PSUs and also encouraging use of arbitration as well as ADR by PSUs to resolve commercial disputes. Mr. Ashok Sharma, Chief General Manager (Law) MMTC Limited, was conferred the `National Law Day Award, 2008 for his `Outstanding Contribution to Practice of Law relating to Public Sector Undertakings by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in presence of Honble Dr. Justice K G Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of India and Dr. H R. Bhardwaj, Honble Union Minister of Law & Justice in December, 2008.

B. Sai Chandravadhan

Managing Director

Sand Legal Pvt. Ltd.


Sais career of twenty years as a legal professional includes ten years of litigation practice in the offices of Mrs. Chidambaram and Mr. P. Chidambaram. Thereafter, Sai moved to legal consultancy as Head of MyVakil.com and later on as Vice President and business Head of Chess Management Services Private Limited, a compliance management and advisory consulting company for a span of ten years.

His expertise in process oriented legal research includes compliance management, SEZ advisory, contracts management, technology protection measures, REITs and alternate energy, structuring and monitoring complex legal audits, legal due diligence for takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and property due diligence.

In his career spanning twenty years, Sai has dealt with various industries including Real Estate, Construction, Infrastructure, Automobile, Steel, Oil, Petroleum, Health Care, Tobacco, Insurance, Chemicals, Fertilizers and Pesticid

B.Gopalakrishnan

President & Head Law

Axis Bank Ltd


A dynamic and result oriented legal professional with 3 decades of experience in legal areas encompassing Banking, Corporate, Capital Market and Business Laws & procedures. Currently designated as President & Head of Law Dept and is heading the Legal department of AXIS Bank Ltd, Mumbai. A new generation Private sector bank having a total of over 1020 branches in India and abroad. In-depth understanding of matters related to Documentation, Structured finance, Mergers and Takeovers, Taxation Laws, Banking Laws, Suit Filings and Litigation, Civil and Criminal Laws, Recoveries of Debts, Documentation, of all types of loans and structured finances, IPR, Trade Marks and Copyright Laws, Corporate & Structured Finances. Proficient in drafting legal documents and assisting senior legal professionals and appearing before courts and tribunals. Practical and business focused approach to achieve organizational goals & coupled with strong inter personal skills. Adept at maintaining cordial busines

B.R.Jaju

Director & CFO

Welspun Gujarat


Engaged as Director & CFO for Welspun Gujarat, being globally accredited as integrated manufacturing company of steel pipes for oil & gas transportation with revenue approx US $ 2 Billion. Earlier worked with large Indian Corporate houses like Crompton Greaves, Reliance, Wipro, VIP Group & Zee Network in senior management position, with total career spanning over 33 years.
Got conferred the unprecedented three times most coveted and illustrious national awards as
Best Performing CFO in the year 2003, 2005 and 2006, by the most credible nationally renowned jury. Was earlier the recipient of India`s overall Wealth Maximization Award from BSE, while serving as Global CFO and President (Finance) with Zee Network.
Among several accomplishments, most notably include having significantly contributed for achieving phenomenal financial and operational turnaround of Crompton Greaves, as CFO besides several global M&A handling activities, which has led to enhancing the Sh

Chandrakant Kamdar

Secretary CIArb ( India )
Chartered Arbitrator & Fellow CIArb, ( U.K. )
Certified Fraud EExaminer ( USA )
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist ( USA)


More than 45 years of work experience in the financial services industry and related fields including arbitration, fraud examination, anti money laundering. Associated with capital market (25 years) and arbitration,(15 years). Experience in the structure and administrative of the Institute. Other specific roles include Vice President of Vadodara Stock Exchange, Chairman of Corporate Body, Board Member including Chairman of Audit Committee, Investment Committee, Remuneration Committee etc. Has been main force to revive Chartered Institute of Arbitrators India Branch (CIArb India). Structures CIArb India as a NO PROFIT Co registered under the Indian Companies Act . Currently Hon. Secretary of CIArb India branch. Is also a fully approved Tutor of CIArb.- Arbitration Course. Some of Chandrakants professional achievements are : Study & visit of major Stock Exchanges in Europe, U.S.A, Canada and Japan Regular interaction with International Arbitration bodies and associated Stock Exchanges Regular attendance in most seminars domestic as well as International on Capital Markets, Arbitration and Anti Money laundering topics. Speaker and Presenter on Arbitration and allied topics. Held workshop on Anti Money Laundering. Served as Member of SEBI Committee on: Secondary Market Advisory Committee Negotiated Deals Rolling Settlement Risk Management Group Member of OTC Exchange Working Group on Unlisted Securities Conducted study on various margins prevalent in a variety of countries. Submitted papers to the Chairman, SEBI Regularly contribute articles on capital markets and arbitration related subjects appearing in both print and electronic media. Various presentations on arbitration and dispute resolution mechanism for apex financial organizations in India Interacting with Stock Exchanges & SEBI on regular basis Member of the selection panel to select Members for the Stock Exchange. Official appointment granted by Finance Ministry of Govt. of India. Led a delegation to visit international stock exchanges in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo and Osaka. Independent Director and Chairman of Audit Committee of Corporate bodies. Hony. Secretary of Indian Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

Debhasis Sarkar

Global Head of Re-engineering

Standard Chartered Bank


Debashis Sarkar is counted among global thought leaders on Lean Management especially in the space of Lean Office and Lean Service. He has led large number of Lean transformations and his efforts have led to the pioneering contribution to service lean comprising: A) The DEB-LOREX model, B) holistic approach for service lean implementation and C) blueprint for 5S implementation in service companies. His work is encapsulated in books such as: Lean for Service Organizations and Offices: A Holistic Approach for Achieving Operational Excellence and Improvements and 5S for Service Organizations and Offices: A Lean Look at Improvements.
Debashis sits on the global advisory board of Process Excellence Network and has held leadership positions in companies such as Unilever, Coca Cola, ICICI Bank and Avery Dennison. Till recently he was the Operational Excellence Head for Asia- Pacific at Avery Dennison. He currently holds the position of Global Head of Re-engineering and prior was the Senior Vice President, Organizational Excellence, Change and Finance Transformation at Standard Chartered Bank

Deepak Kinger

Executive Vice President & Head Compliance & Contr

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co Ltd


Deepak is a Chartered Accountant and a CISA, with over 15 years of experience in the areas of Internal Audit, Risk Management, Compliance, Legal, Secretarial and Taxation.

Deepak currently heads the Compliance, Secretarial, Policy Affairs and Legal functions and mentors the Internal Audit function at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

He has been with ICICI Prudential for over 6 years. He joined the Company in 2004 as Head Internal Audit and has subsequently expanded his role to manage diverse areas such as Compliance, Risk Control strategy, Legal, Secretarial and Taxation functions for the Company.

At ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Deepak is a part of the Senior Management team and has overseen the institutionalisation of the functions he has headed over the years.

In his current role Deepak is responsible for engaging with the Regulator (IRDA), the CEO and the Board of Directors. He also liaises with the Life In

Dr. Uttam Kumar Chatterjee

CEO

Advanced TPM Solutions


Dr. Uttam Kumar Chatterjee is regarded as a veteran in the field of TPM and has more than 3 decades of experience. He was associated with Unilever for 28 years where he headed the Regional Quality function of AAC (Asia Africa Middle east and Turkey, Central & Eastern Europe). He led through a Quality Executive Board of nine cluster heads covering all businesses of unilever spread over more than 30 countries, 120+ factories. Mr. Chatterjee represented the region in all relevant Global leadership teams and retired on October, 2011.
Currently Dr. Chatterjee is CEO and Director of Advance TPM Solution. He is also a TPM Top Management Advisor, Local Consultant and currently representative to TPM Company of JMA Consultants Inc. (Formerly JIPM ). He is a ‘Adjunct professor’ in the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, ‘Senior Advisor ‘to Food and Agri Centre of Excellence of Confederation of Indian Industries and Vice President of MESC China.

Dr. Vivek V Ranade

Deputy Director and Chair, Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division

National Chemical Laboratory


Dr Vivek V Ranade is a Deputy Director of National Chemical Laboratory (www.ncl-india.org) and leads chemical engineering and process development research at NCL. He has made significant contributions to enhance our knowledge of multiphase reactors and process intensification. His work has resulted in new insights and better designs of industrial reactors. He has also developed various devices (micro-reactors, filters, vortex diodes) and products. He has published more than 100 papers and three books. He is recipient of several awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award and DST Swarna Jayanti Fellowship. He is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Sciences. He is also an entrepreneur and has co-founded a company: Tridiagonal Solutions (www.tridiagonal.com). He is currently leading a large program on process intensification entitled Indus MAGIC (www.indusmagic.org) which is aimed at developing MAGIC (modular, agile, intensified and continuous) processes and plants.

Dr..Shubhranghshu Roy

Principal Consultant

BMGI India


Dr. Shubhrangshu Barman Roy is a Qualified PhD in Operations Management (Operational Excellence-Toyota Business Practices) with a total of 17 years experience entailing last 8 years in Strategic Consulting & Deployment, Operational Excellence implementation and Toyota Business Practices Training & Implementation. His experience spans organizations both in India as well as abroad. Shubhrangshu has been responsible for Lean/Kaizen deployments in various countries like Kenya, Russia, UAE & Mauritius.
Shubhrangshu has been helping organizations to Develop, Deploy & Implement Opex Transformation Models and help them to cascade the strategy down to process and KPI level to ensure alignment of Operational Objectives with Strategic Objectives.
He is currently with Breakthrough Management Group International India, working as a Principal Consultant.

Dr.P.L.Narasimhan

TVS Motor Chair Professor

Indian Institute of Technology , Kharagpur


Dr. P.L. Narasimhan is an industry expert with 4 decades of experience in diversified portfolios. His core areas of expertise are creativity & innovation, research & development management, design engineering, manufacturing, six sigma processes and people management.

Dr. Narasimhan has several accomplishments in his career that includes more than 60 patents as a principal inventor, introduced several new engineering products that has competitive advantage and change management implementation, to name a few.

He is currently TVS Motor Chair Professor, Department of Industries and Management at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Dr.Rajeev Uberoi

General Counsel and Group Head Legal & Compliance

IDFC Ltd


Dr Uberoi is an MBA, has a law degree and a Phd in Economics with over 30 years of Banking experience in The State Bank of India, The Reserve Bank of India, The Standard Chartered Bank and The Citibank India.

He is currently the General Counsel & Group Head, Legal, Compliance and Operational Risk & Control, Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC). He has vast experience in all facets of banking with special expertise in Compliance with SEBI, RBI and Company Law and Operations and Control. His areas of expertise also include Compliance with Regulations Audit, Risk Management, KYC/ AML etc. He has been closely associated with Indian Bankers Association ( IBA ) and has been on various committees of Reserve Bank India and IBA related to Risk and Compliance. He has been a regular contributor to the Indian financial dailies on topics related to Banking and Finance. He is also on the lecture circuit of Bankers Training College, NIBM, Management Institut

Farhad Sorabjee

Partner

J Sagar Associates


Farhad Sorabjee, is an experienced trade lawyer and litigator and heads the
?rm`s competition law team in Mumbai. Farhad acted in the very ?rst cartel activity
investigation ?rm led before the Competition Commission of India, the ?rst substantive
abuse of dominant position complaint, and acts in several investigations before the
Commission. He has appeared and argued before diverse authorities including the
Competition Commission, Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.
He advises and acts variously on merger control issues and ? ling. Farhad has written variously in both Indian and international publications on several aspects of competition law, and is part of the India task force of the American Bar Association Anti-trust Section involved in the representations made by the ABA to the Competition Commission from time-to-time.

Girish Gokhale

President & Head Legal

JSW


Girish Gokhale is currently the President & Head Legal with JSW

Prior to JSW, was with Lafarge as Senior Vice President - Legal and Secretarial from May 2009.

He holds an LLB degree from the University of Bombay (1983) and passed the Law Society, Londons Attorney at Law exam in 1987.

During his tenure with the solicitors Mulla and Mulla and Craigie Blunt and Caroe between 1985-94 and in 1999, he had the opportunity of working with distinguished counsels like Fali Nariman, Ashok Desai, Arun Jaitley and Goolam Vahanvati.

Following his first stint at Mulla and Mulla, Girish Gokhale worked at Tata Industries Ltd as Manager - Legal and later Senior Manager - Legal. He was with them for five years between February 1994 and February 1999.

After that, for a decade, between May 2000 and April 2009, he worked at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, first as Chief Legal Advisor and later as Chief Legal Advisor (Product Business).

Kishore Karandikar

Former - Head Electronics R&D

Tata Motors


Mr. Karandikar is an expert and veteran in Electronics Development. He has worked with Tata Motors for 36 years and has significantly contributed to the Electronics R&D. Currently he is a freelance Consultant for Manufacturing Excellence with reference with Automation/ System definitions and Product Designs.
Mr. Karandikar is B.Tech and M.Tech graduate from IIT Delhi.

Kulbhushan Gupta

SVP & Global Head, Business Excellence & Capital Governance

Jubilant Group


Kulbhushan is the Global Head of Business Excellence at Jubilant for all its Businesses, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Drug Discovery, Oil & Gas, Dominos, Retail and Health Care. Has laid the foundation of Organization Development in Jubilant Life Sciences and also played a key role in Mergers and Acquisition while lead HR for North American companies of Jubilant. He works with all the 11 CEOs of various Business Groups of Jubilant and reports directly to the Chairman of the company for spearheading this Global Initiative inside the organization.

He has a total work experience of 19 years out of which he has worked for 9 years with GE. He is a certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma from GE and Arizona University USA. He is a Malcolm Baldrige assessor and has been trained on LEAN / TPM in Japan. He is also a Certified professional for Supply Chain Reengineering, SCOR, Balanced Scorecard Deployment Champion and adept at INNOVATION methodologies like IFSS & TRIZ.

His work on Innovations in Manufacturing space has led to two award winning creations, patent pending. Under his leadership Jubilant has won numerous awards for Best Practices Implementation from CII, IQPC, Symbiosis, Frost and Sullivan and Golden Peacock consortium.

Lokesh Chaturvedi

Head of Audit

Societe Generale India


Lokesh is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and holds a number of certifications in the area of audit and compliance viz., CIA, CISA, CFE and CAMS. With an extensive work experience of about 17 years in audit and compliance at reputed organizations like Haribhakti & Co., Chartered Accountants [an associate firm of BDO], ICICI Bank, Tata AIG Life Insurance, The Royal Bank of Scotland [ex-ABN AMRO Bank], currently he heads internal audit for India hub at Societe Generale which includes business lines such as Corporate & Investment banking, International Retail Banking, Trade Finance, Consumer Finance, Equities broking, Automotive leasing & fleet management, and last but not the least, SocGen`s global hub for Business Process Outsourcing & IT services at Bangalore.

Madhusudan Rao

Chief Operating Officer

Granules India


Madhusudan Rao has over two decades of experience with global pharmaceutical companies.
Madhusudan previously served as COO of Global Generics at Orchid Pharmaceuticals
where he was responsible for a team of 625 people and had P&L responsibility. Prior
to that, Mr. Rao worked at Dr. Reddy’s where he held various positions including VP
of Global Generics Portfolio Mgmt, Head of NPD and Head of RA – India.

Nandita Pai

Director - Valuations

Intangible Asset Valuation and Purchase Price Allocation


Nandita is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant. During her 14 years professional experience with the firm, she has developed expertise in a wide variety of industries and transactions. She has developed special expertise in merger valuations and has been associated with valuations in the banking, insurance, finance, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, agrochemicals, IT and ITeS etc. industries. Nandita heads the initiative of valuation of intangibles and purchase price allocation under US GAAP and IFRS in Mumbai.
She has served clients such as Tata. NTT DoCoMo, Hitachi, Bharti Airtel, Telia Sonera, Axiom Telecom, ITC, ICICI Bank, Standard Chartered, ICICI Prudential, Wipro, Satyam, Patni, Syngenta, Philips, Siemens, Ranbaxy, ABB, Elf Lubricants, Sesa Goa, Cummins India, Ethypharma, Godrej Soaps, Care and ICRA, IDBI Principal, GIC Asset Management Company, Indian Hotels Company, Hindalco, Indo Gulf Fertilizers, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, NDDB, Palia g

Navita Srikant

Forensic & Anti-Corruption Expert


A recognized global expert in Forensic Accounting and Anti-corruption, Navita has advised Fortune 500 Corporations in dealing with economic crime and bribery and corruption, while working closely with the Board, the Audit Committee and CxOs on both preventive and investigative response. Besides corporate sector, her dedication towards public service and development sector is well evident in her stints where she has worked with and / or advised global MDBs, namely The World Bank and Asian Development Bank, as well as Government Oversight Institutions in India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. She was the first global Lead of the Forensic Services Unit with the Department of Institutional Integrity at the World Bank. Presently, in her role as an Oversight and Accountability Expert, she is strengthening capacity of various oversight institutions under Government of Nepal in dealing with bribery and corruption and economic crime with special focus on developing fraud audit and forensic examination capabilities of anti-corruption agencies and integrity risk strategies in technical examination of infrastructure projects of GoN. Navita specializes on oversight and accountability strategies in conflict and fragile states. She is a recognized expert on Anti-corruption issues in India and globally with OECD and the American Bar Association. Over 20 years of a globetrotter’s career includes leadership roles in Americas, Europe and Asia with Big 4 forensic practice and corporate stints in Switzerland and UAE.
She contributed to ADB/OECD Publication titled “Strategies for Business, Government and Civil Society to Fight Corruption in Asia and the Pacific” in 2010.
Further demonstrating her expertise, in 2010 she was invited in her personal capacity by India’s Central Vigilance Commission to provide invaluable counsel in the drafting of the country’s first “National Anti-Corruption Strategy”. In addition, in 2013 Navita co-developed a comprehensive framework of Fraud Prediction Model for Government of India in her capacity as a recognized domain expert by Serious Fraud Investigation Office, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Navita is a globally recognized faculty on white collar crime / “Wirtschaftskriminalität”, Forensic Accounting, Anti-Corruption Laws, Ethics & Integrity for nearly two decades.
She is also a Member of the Board of SOS Children’s Villages of India. She is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Neeraj Verma

Head Compliance Legal & Risk

Mahindra & Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd


Mr Neeraj Verma is a science postgraduate in Chemistry, is a Company Secretary & LLB.He is also an MBA .He has wide experience of working with leading Asset Management Companies like LIC Nomura Mutual Fund, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, Mirae Asset Mutual Fund and Peerless Mutual Fund.He has a good expertise in setting up of the Mutual Funds having handled 2 setups at Mirae & Peerless.He was also involved in a project to set up a Life Insurance Company.He is a regular Speaker at Seminars on Corporate Governance , Risk Management and Compliance in India and abroad .He is a faculty with Dun & Bradstreet for Corporate Compliance Management.He is a faculty at Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics teaching financial markets and human resources management.

Nisha Kaur Uberoi

Principal Associate

Amarchand Mangaldas


Nisha Kaur Uberoi is a Principal Associate in the Competition Law Practice at Amarchand Mangaldas. Nisha has advised extensively on India-centric M&A transactions and competition law matters, including multi-jurisdiction merger control issues. Prior to joining Amarchand Mangaldas, Nisha was a Senior Associate in the India Group at Ashurst, Singapore and a Senior Foreign Lawyer at Rajah & Tann. Nisha holds a BA.LLB from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, where she graduated from in 2002 and an LL.M. in Corporate & Financial Services Laws from the National University of Singapore.

Nitin Arora

Associate Director - Transaction Advisory Services

Corporate Catalyst India (CCI)


Nitin is an Associate Director in the Transaction Advisory Services of Corporate Catalyst India (CCI). He is a chartered accountant with over 7 years of post qualification experience and commerce graduate from Delhi University. Nitin was earlier working with Ernst & Young for 5 years, where he was an Associate Vice President in the Transaction Advisory Services. He specializes in Financial Due Diligence which was his area of core competence while at E&Y. He was also seconded to London office of E&Y where he was working in the private equity group. He started his professional career with the Assurance division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers before joining Ernst & Young. Having worked on large number of buy and sell mandates across industries, including Oil and Gas, Textile, IT & ITES, Construction, Power and Aviation, he carriers an extensive
experience of working with both PE and strategic investors on in bound and out bound transactions.

Quaisar Anwar

General Manager - Operational Excellence

Granules India


Quaisar Anwar is a Chemical Engineering professional with 18 years of qualitative experience in chemical and Bulk Drug & Formulation Industries. He has an extensive track record of building winning teams.

Mr. Anwar is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a trained TOC & TPM professional and is a keen strategist and planner with skills in conceptualizing and effecting process initiatives to enhance plant effectiveness. He currently works as General Manager Operational Excellence with Granules India.


Rajeev Pandia

Former Vice Chairman & Managing Director

SI Group


Rajeev Pandia is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India and holds the Master`s degree in the same field from Stanford University, California. During his career spanning 39 years, he has been associated with strategic planning, project evaluation and management, technology transfer, international marketing, Government policies and general management.
During 2000-2002, he was the President of Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association (now Indian Chemical Council). Mr Pandia headed Herdillia Chemicals Limited (later Schenectady Herdillia Limited and SI Group India Limited) from 1992 and was its Vice Chairman and Managing Director until December 2008.
He has been invited to make presentations on a wide range of subjects at about 110 international conferences in the USA, Europe and Asia and has written extensively for several reputed journals and financial newspapers.
As a Board member and Consultant, Mr Pandia now advises several Indian and international companies in the areas of Strategy, Project execution and Operational Excellence.

Rajinder Sharma

Director Corporate Affairs & General Counsel--Sout

E.I. DuPont India Pvt Ltd


More than 25 years of corporate experience in top notch companies of the country with primary experiences in M&A, Legal, Tax, Regulatory, Ethics and Compliance etc. Have been involved for last 15 years in General Management & strategy role in companies like Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, Escorts, Lucent Technologies, Bharti, Coca-Cola, JSW Group. Set up and formed Legal Departments of RIL, Bharti and JSW Group.

An active participant and contributors in various Government committees like -- IMA- DDA study on JJ Clusters, BIS committee on setting standards (a legislative process), Ministerial Committee on Tax, Central Excise Grievance committee, Parliamentary Committee on Food Safety, Legal reforms committee of Indo American chambers etc.

As well been credited to have independently handled and closed the fastest M&A in the country (52 hours for an ongoing business), and in year 2010 have completed acquisition of around 2 Bn USD in the field of coal mines,

Ravi Kumar

Chief Internal Auditor

DCB Bank.


In his current role, Ravi has strengthened the Audit function at DCB and transformed from traditional model to risk assurance model. He played major role in carefully managing the change and raising risk awareness across the bank.

In a career of over 15 years spanning national and international roles, Ravi has held senior positions in Audit and Finance. Prior to his current role, Ravi served as Chief Financial Officer of Samba Qatar. Earlier to which, he was Program Director in Audit, wherein he managed several audits across various functions of banking domain. He played key role in certain strategic initiative of the bank including due diligence reviews for large M&A deals. Before joining Samba, Ravi was in assurance services team of Ernst & Young in West Asia auditing large banks, mutual funds and multinational companies.

Ravi is a Fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

S. Bhaskar

Chief Internal Auditor

Tata Capital Limited


S Bhaskar heads the Internal Audit function for the Tata Capital Group comprising of Corporate Finance, Consumer Finance, Private Equity, Investment Banking, Broking, Wealth Management, Forex, and Travels & International Business.

He has over 25 years of post qualification experience and he has been with the Tata Group since 2008 preceded by stints with several reputed companies like Hindustan Lever Ltd for 15 years, Sical Logistics Ltd. Shaw Wallace, Marico, New India Assurance and M/s Mahajan & Engineer. He is widely experienced in the field of Auditing, Business Excellence, and Finance & Supply Chain.

Mr. S. Bhaskar is an Associate member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India apart from holding a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay.

Mr. Bhaskar is a Senior Business Lead Assessor for the TBEM assessment of the Tata Group of Companies. Mr. S Bhaskar is a member of the Board of Governors of The Institute

Sanjay Shah

Director, Process Engineering & Technical Services

Dr Reddy's Laboratories


Sanjay has over 16 years of professional experience and currently works as director of process engineering and technical services at Dr. Reddys Labs. Prior to joining DRLin India, Sanjay worked with ImClone Systems (subsidiary of Eli Lilly) as Associate Director of Process Engineering in New Jersey where he supported large scale biopharmaprocess operations. Sanjay has also worked at senior levels in other large biopharma organizations and full service design engineering companies including Amgen and Aker Kvaerner in the US. Sanjay`s strong background at global operating companies and in engineering consulting environment provides him with unique perspective on India`s emerging biotech operations. Sanjay holds bachelors and masters degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Seshagiri Pingali

Chief Internal Auditor

Tata Motor Finance


A Commerce Graduate from Andhra University and a professional Chartered Accountant with 10 years of corporate and professional experience in the areas of Internal audits, Risk management, statutory audits and fraud detections & investigations. Started off the career by setting up own firm M/s Pingali & Associates and later joined as a partner with M/s Y.Narayana Murthy & Co., Chartered Accountants.

Moved into industry in the Banking & Financial Services space and worked for HSBC HDPI to migrate the critical audit process to India. Prior to joining SKS worked with Big4 in Hyderabad in their Audit & Assurance division. Joined SKS Microfinance Limited in 2007 as the head of internal audit and currently working as Vice President, Audit & Risk. Instrumental in developing and training the Internal team in SKS and currently providing leadership for 460 plus auditors across India.

Securing ISO certification for Internal audit department, setting up of the ri

Shrikant Kamat

CEO & Managing Partner

Chambers for World Trade Laws


Shrikant has completed his Ph.D research in Customs and WTO law and recently submitted his thesis for the Doctorate at the Mumbai University. Shrikant also holds a LL.M Degree in Business Law from the Mumbai University and a MBA Degree in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai University). Before his present stint as the CEO & Managing Partner at Chamber for World Trade Laws, he worked as an Associate Director during his 4 year stint at a member firm of Ernst & Young, the global consulting giant. Shrikant has also worked with large Indian Accounting firms, RSM & Co. (now merged with Pricewaterhouse) and Haribhakti & Co. (now part of the global Advisory Group, BDO). Shrikant has a rich experience of 17 years in Indian Trade Taxes and Commercial Laws. He has advised a large number of MNCs and Indian companies in the Manufacturing, Trading, Retail, Infrastructure, Power, etc. sectors on Trade Taxes and Commercial Law during his tenure in Consulting practice

Vikas Choudhury

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor

COO & CFO, India at AIMIA Inc.


Vikas is COO & CFO, India, for Aimia Inc. (formerly Groupe Aeroplan), launching a broad, national coalition loyalty program in a JV with the Tata Group. He is an active angel investor and a Director on the Boards of several investee companies in media, mobile, retail and e-commerce. He is Co-Founding Investor of Mumbai Angels Ventures (Indias leading angel network) and on the Board of Trustees of TiE in Mumbai. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of Aurovision, a Red Herring Top 200 IT Company in Enterprise Performance Management. Prior to that, at The Sun Group, he founded Pacific Security Solutions, Indias leading security equipment company. He started his career with IT Management Consulting with Covansys (a CSC Co.) and Arthur Andersen in USA. Vikas is an alumni of Harvard Business School

Vishnu Rayapeddi

Consultant - Operational Excellence

RA Chem Pharma Ltd


Vishnu is an experienced Operational Excellence coach specialising in implementing process improvements using Lean, TOC and Six Sigma and other best-class methodologies such as, DMAIC, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving Skills, 5S, Quick Changeovers, Quality and Reliability, TPM, Visual Management, Standard Work, Pull, JIT and Kanban. He complements this with key change management skills, including business process & gap analysis, identifying improvements, bench marking and ways to implement change; Facilitating changes to systems, processes and procedures; Forming teams to lead them in the right direction, coaching and mentoring them to achieve the desired results.
Vishnu has worked in Manufacturing and Supply Chain environments for over 21 years with some of the most reputed organisations in New Zealand and India. Vishnu held management positions in New Zealand at Mainland Products (part of Fonterra), Navman (part of Brunswick New Technologies), Tegel Food (was part of Heinz), Weston Milling (part of George Weston /AB Foods), Nutra-Life Health & Fitness, and PSM Holdings.
Vishnu currently works as OpEx consultant with RA Chem Pharma Ltd. Vishnu is tertiary qualified with an MBA in Operations Management, and a Certified Lean and Six Sigma practitioner.