Leadership @ SME – Challenges in scaling-up - 6th Feb 2016, Le Meridien, Coimbatore

Dr. A. Velumani - Creator and Chief Executive Officer, Thyrocare


A visionary and an able business administrator, Dr.Velumani proves clearly to industry that, “focus gives success”. Born in a small village near Coimbatore, South India, to a landless farmer, today he owns and operates Thyrocare. The chain of diagnostic centres and pathology labs is worth over Rs.2000 crores. Dr.Velumani began as a mathematician and acquired his PhD in Thyroid Biochemistry from BARC/Mumbai University.

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As a research scientist and teacher, he worked for 14 years in BARC and later ventured into business. An infecting motivator, he has succeeded in converting educated as employable, graduates as professionals, individuals as entrepreneurs, vendors as partners, family members as wealth creators and of course by his unique way of transforming intimidating problems into opportunities for prosperity.

PC Musthafa - Founder & CEO, ID Fresh


From a school drop out to an IIM graduate, and later to a successful entrepreneur, PC Musthafa’s journey is a testimony of sheer hard work and passion. A computer science engineer with an MBA from IIM – B, Musthafa gave up his globe-trotting career, to pursue something on his own. His friend’s idea of home-made batter was just the spark he needed to embark on his ambitious entrepreneurial journey. Today, ID Fresh has grown from a dosa batter manufacturer to a household brand in the ready-to-eat food staple.

Rajeev Banduni - Co-founder and CEO, GrowthEnabler


Rajeev is a visionary, entrepreneur, start-up leader and a strategist. He has been instrumental in successfully growing and scaling numerous companies, both within India and globally. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and having seen companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes; Rajeev has been instrumental in building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensured flawless execution and successful exits for leading tech Start-ups.

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transforming an infrastructure company to a complete IT Solutions and Services provider, which was later acquired by IGate Technologies. Rajeev has been a growth enabler for companies such as Ilantus Technologies, Computer Associates, Symantec and Gartner Inc, among others.

Seema Nayak Head - SME, National Stock Exchange


Seema Nayak heads the SME team at the National Stock Exchange. In her 15 years stint at the NSE, she has handled wide spectrum of functions including membership, surveillance and business excellence. She has in-depth knowledge of securities market. Seema started her career with the OTC Exchange of India before joining the NSE.

Hemalatha Annamalai - Founder & CEO, Ampere Vehicles


Hemalatha Annamalai is the Founder and CEO of Ampere Vehicles, a company spearheading India's E-bike revolution. Ampere products range from E-cycles to E-scooters, E-trolleys, and special purpose vehicles for the differently abled. In a short span of 3 years, Ampere has carved a niche for itself as an innovative technology creator in the nascent Indian Electric Vehicle Industry, contributing to environmental sustainability.

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Ampere’s focus on rural markets has brought about far-reaching social transformation by empowering the individuals to commute at a very low cost. Hema believes personal mobility is a basic need on par with food, clothing and shelter that defines the dignity of an individual. A serial entrepreneur, she has spent the last 15 years creating and driving entrepreneurial ventures. Her ventures have been in varied industries, spanning professional services, electronics, travel and automobiles.

Sivarajah Ramanathan - Founder & President, Nativelead Foundation


Sivarajah Ramanathan is the Founder & President of Nativelead Foundation and its investing arm Native Angels Network (NAN). Nativelead is a platform to bring in powerful resources like mentors, investors and other relevant entities to help young entrepreneurs establish meaningful ventures in small towns. This movement is built based on co-creation principles by engaging native people to promote their native regions by sharing mutual strengths.

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Started in Madurai in the year 2012, the Nativelead model is now  looked upon by many cities and towns all over the country for replication. Nativelead is currently operating in Madurai, Coimbatore,Trichy and planning to start chapters in Erode, Salem, Vellore, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin in the year 2016.

Aftab Malhotra - Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer at GrowthEnabler & Chairman, WOW Talks Global


Aftab is an inspiring leader, energizing communicator and an emerging thought leader in the world of Start-ups and Business Growth. With over a decade of experience as an investor and advisor, Aftab holds a diverse portfolio of investments, skills and related expertise, in growing and scaling global businesses. Aftab is a regular public speaker on key topics including; Global Entrepreneurship Trends, The Startup Economy in Emerging Markets, Leadership Decision Making, Cross-Cultural Communication and Investor Pitching Strategies.

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Through his business career – Aftab has held senior business leadership, sales and product management roles with large corporates including, Fujitsu and Gartner (NYSE: IT). He was instrumental in building and implementing ‘disruptive business models’, high growth ‘go-to market strategies’ and innovative product marketing strategies that have achieved double-digit growth and sizeable profits. Aftab is also Co-founder and Chairman of WOW Talks Global, and holds board and advisory roles with not for profit groups in the technology and economic development industry; such as MEF Global Forum, and Gledcon. He is actively involved in social causes and is a long-standing supporter and business mentor to the Prince’s Trust in the UK, and also a former School Governor.

Mohammad Nassar, Co-founder & Director, E2E Excite Marketing & Training Services


Z Mohamed Nassar is the Co-founder and Director of E2E – Excite Marketing and Training Services that provides business consultancy on growth strategies and building world class systems. His clients have ranged from small entrepreneurial organizations to international corporations. Nassar has assisted over 150 clients globally in diverse sectors. Many of his strategies are focused on helping companies to communicate effectively to its stake holders using time tested and proven methods.

Ananda Kumar - DGM, Bank of Baroda


Ananda Kumar is a qualified chartered accountant with a graduate in Law. After serving in various companies in accounts & finance divisions for more than 6 years, he started banking career with BOB Ananda Kumar has worked in various capacities at the bank in India and overseas. He is successful corporate banking having headed biggest Corporate Finance Service Branches of BOB over a period of 6 years.

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Currently he is the DGM of Coimbatore region comprising the districts of Coimbatore, Nilgiries,.Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. Ananda Kumar has keen interest in area of credit with the focus on Retail, Agriculture, MSME, Micro Financing activities and Large Corporates by improving quality of Credit/Advances.

P Dhinakaran - Deputy General Manager, Business Development – Voice Services, Tata Docomo Business Services


Dhinakaran has over 15 years of experience in telecom with domestic and international markets. His work exposure includes addressing SME, Medium & Large enterprise markets on consultative selling. He has been awarded by the client for setting up the largest telecom infrastructure to address their adverting needs.

Devika Ramesh - Executive Director of RMP Group of Companies.


Devika Ramesh is the executive director of RMP Group of Companies. She was instrumental in setting of RMP Compressors when her husband Ramesh founded the company. After the demise of her husband, Devika took over the mantle of the company and today is spearheading the Group’s business growth. RMP is one of the oldest and leading manufacturers of air compressors in India, highly recognized for its product quality and innovation.

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In the year 2000, it expanded into garage market designing and manufacturing electro-mechanical lifts, hydraulic lifts, two wheeler lifts, car washers and grease pumps. The high quality and cost-effectiveness of RMP products have triggered a strong demand in the overseas markets as well. RMP products are exported countries like Srilanka, Middle East and Venezuela. RMP Group has also interest in real estate and dairy.

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