Kamal Bali joined the Volvo Group in India in April 2014, as Managing Director and a Board member of the company. With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, predominantly in the automotive industry, Kamal has worked for well-known Indian brands and established multinational corporations in India. He has had an insightful experience in the functional areas of sales, marketing and supply chain, before taking over P&L responsibilities in the year 2002.
An engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an alumnus of St. Joseph’s Academy Dehradun, Kamal began his professional career as a management trainee with the Eicher Group in 1981. Prior to spearheading the Volvo Group in India, Kamal was working as President & CEO of Singapore Technologies (STK) in India, establishing the brand LeeBoy. Kamal has accumulated precious cross-functional knowledge, is respected for his values’ based leadership and professionalism with strong ethos.
Kamal is a thought leader and an active speaker at various national and international forums. Currently, he also holds the following positions:-
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.
An entrepreneur, a startup leader, a strong strategist and a master at execution, Rajeev has successfully started, grown and scaled numerous companies, both within India and globally. Rajeev has been a prolific business leader and an enabler of growth for companies including Ilantus Technologies, Computer Associates (NASDAQ:CA), Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) and IT&T Enterprises (now Igate Technologies), and Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT). Today Rajeev is considered a global expert for Start-Ups, leading tech startups - building growth strategies, raising capital, and thereafter ensuring flawless execution and a successful exit.
Rajeev received his Bachelors of Engineering – Computer Science Degree from University of Pune. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters. He is a passionate ultra runner, an avid reader, and yoga enthusiast.Read More
Destined to be an entrepreneur with a difference, Mr C.K Kumaravel is the co-founder of "Naturals" , India’s No 1 salon chain. Together with his wife Ms.Veena, he has revolutionized the salon and franchising industry with over 550+ salons spread across India. Naturals has created 350 women franchise partners and trained over 8000 staff. Thanks to the 30 lakh customers of Naturals!
Shruti Saraogi Mittal describes herself as a homebody at heart and a wanderer in spirit! Shruti, though born in Calcutta, has lived her entire life in Bangalore and is a true Bangalorean. She loves the vibrancy and cultural broadmindedness of the city - which is really home. She was an academically bright student and has done her schooling at Bishop Cotton Girls School and then went on to get a degree in Business Management from Mount Carmel College.
Shruti played a very active full time role in their family garment export business for many years and now juggles work with her many other interests and roles. Her biggest strength is her family which is always top priority and finds true joy from her two teenage daugthers - She says "Being a mother is my favouritest job!"
Shruti has great communication skills and is an effective orator. Her peers describe her as a very able and empowering leader. She believes that team work is the only thing that works. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and travelling. She also tries to give back to society with teaching at government schools, helping organise fund raisers, participate actively in food and resource drives during festivals and calamities to name a few endeavours. Shruti has headed women's organisations in city in the past. She is a member of the Ehsaas women of bangalore and organises interactions with authors and eminent personalities at boutique events. She is also a trustee at Vidhitsa charitable trust which funds higher education for economically challenged children. Shruti is the Chairperson FICCI FLO,Bangalore Chapter which aims at empowerment of women at grassroot, middle and top levels.
Like all women, Shruti has many avatars which she enjoys equally, all of which shape her into a better person.She considers herself fortunate to have the resources and support to be able to contribute to society in whatever way she can and always tries to give her best!Read More
Innovation and Design award jury member - India Design Mark, Lexus Design Award, NASSCOM Design Award Juries. Innovation for India Awards, Tata Innovation awards & Forbes Global Innovation awards. Created the Storm the Norm method for Innovation and Primalise approach to ecosystem design.Ranjan has written for publications like The Economic Times, Mint, The Huffington Post, The Hindu, DNA, Business World and some others
Jay kumar Hariharan is an Executive Coach, Key Note Speaker and Author of “REWIRE - How to be the Leader of your own Life”. With clients across India, SE Asia and the US as a Leadership Coach, Jay has logged more than 2000 hours across 100 CXO coaches. He has worked across Industry spaces such as Information Technology, Automobiles, Banking and Financial services, Consulting, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals. Venture capital etc. Jay has more than 20 years of cumulative experience in Advertising Sales, media marketing, business development, strategic planning and emerging markets. He is a guest columnist for business magazines on Lead-ership and Coaching culture.
He is a CPC (Certified Professional Coach) by International Coach Academy, Sydney. He is also a PCC certified by International Coach Federation (ICF).
Jay is extremely passionate about helping leaders as he believes the future depends on great leaders who can constantly reinvent themselves. When Jay is not coaching leaders to success, you can find him tapping in to his adven-turous side, as a certified Deep Sea Advanced Open Water Diver and a P1 level Paraglider, he has also bungeed off the highest point on the planet and is a recreational skydiver.Read More
Ravi Kanniganti is Director of Innovation of Bengaluru-based Target, an extension of U.S retailer Target’s headquarter operations. In this role Ravi manages Target in India’s accelerator program. Target, a leading discount retailer with nearly $70 billion in sales, serves guests at more than 1,800 stores and on Target.com in the United States.
Ravi has more than 20 years of experience in retail and supply chain, working with product companies such as Zebra Technologies, Tyco Retail Solutions, Manhattan Associates, and Intel across the globe. With this experience, he brings a strong understanding of the use of technology and process to solve business problems especially in the retail and supply chain vertical.
He is also skilled at aligning key internal talent with the thriving eco-system by collaborating with partners, start-ups, universities, accelerators and incubators for innovation and faster development cycles. With a strong project management background, he has experience translating strategy into practical steps for execution and rallying key stakeholders around the future vision.
Ravi received two master’s degrees in Engineering from Virginia Tech and Business Administration from Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. He was also a participant at the ‘Retail Forum for Senior Leaders’ at Harvard Business School Executive Education.
Twitter: @RaviKannigantiRead More
Abhay Tandon is co-leading Innovation in India for AbInBev GCC through Innovation Brewery. He has been associated with startups for the last 7 years. He was previously managing the Target Accelerator program - India as part of the Innovation & Strategy team in Target Corporation. He is also a startup mentor and technology evangelist; and is associated as a startup mentor with multiple accelerators/ incubators etc. He is a stakeholder with 2 startups as an advisor as well.
Abhay has also worked in the past with Tracxn – Head of Evangelism & Partnerships and Scaale Group (Scaale Capital and Cross Border Angels) and is a proud alumnus of SPJIMR, Mumbai
Z MOHAMED NASSAR is the Co-Founder and Director of E2E - EXCITE Marketing and Training Services India Pvt. Ltd. providing services like Brand Activation, Event Marketing, Customized Stall Designing & Execution for trade fairs having offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and Qatar.
He is the Executive Director of BNI Coimbatore (Business Network International, USA) leading a team of 750+ Business Entrepreneurs in Coimbatore.
He heads the Excite Training & Consulting division which is into Corporate Training and Business Consulting focusing in growth strategies, building world class systems and processes to INCREASE REVENUE and profits in organizations. He is an executive coach who helps business owners and executives in discovering their true hidden potentials and bring out extraordinary results by coaching them.
He is an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) and on his credentialing journey to be a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) from ICF – International Coaching Federation.
Mohamed Nassar holds masters in Foreign trade, Masters in Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising, Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design and Certificate Programme in Management Consultancy from IIM-B.Read More
Ms.Sumathy completed her Women Entrepreneur program from ISB powered by Goldman Sachs. Featured several times in DQ channel, CRN and various IT magazines. Recently featured as TOP 10 DIGITAL DURGAS of INDIA, in the male dominated IT Hardware business.
Her passion is to serve elders and empower women. She has along with Anantharam and Managalchand started a company Manasum Buildtech LLP and started the their first project in jigani bangalore with high class living with motive of happy and pride living for the seniors. She is planning to multiply as much as projects possible throughout the world. During this process will adopt near by village and give vocational training for the women folks and provide employment opportunity in their project so that the entire village will elevate in their standard of living.
This couple has GOAL to create a Retirement home where 100 destitute people and 100 orphan children are taken care with new relationship formed between them.Read More
K Vaitheeswaran (Vaithee as he is popularly known in the industry) is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of the just launched exciting range of beverages AGAIN Drinks (www.againdrinks.com) AGAIN beverages aims to revolutionise the beverages market in India and globally with products that are truly delicious and remarkably nutritious
Vaitheeswaran is also the author of the bestselling book “Failing to Succeed - the story of India’s first e-commerce company” (bit/ly/ftsaz) and is widely hailed as the “father of e-commerce in India”
He is an internet industry veteran who pioneered the e-commerce industry in India when he co-founded India’s first pure-play online retail company Fabmart.com (later rebranded Indiaplaza.com) in 1999. He evangelised Indian ecommerce, scaled the operations, built a strong team, raised funding from leading venture capital firms, created a strong digital brand in India from scratch and ran the operations as the CEO of Indiaplaza till 2013. No Indian B2C ecommerce company has survived independently for such a long period so far.
In 2002 he co-founded Fabmall – the world’s first online to offline hyper-local, omni-channel grocery retail company. Fabmall grew to become India’s largest supermarket chain and in 2006 was acquired by the Aditya Birla Group and later re-branded as the More chain of stores. The More chain of supermarkets has been acquired by Amazon in 2018.
K Vaitheeswaran has advised global brands like Deloitte, Diageo and the Tata group in their digital initiatives. He is well known in the Indian startup scene and also advises several technology and consumer ventures. He is also a member of the review committee for the Government of India’s prestigious project GeM (Government eMarketplace).
K Vaitheeswaran is a TEDx speaker and speaks regularly on entrepreneurship, internet, e-commerce and consumer marketing related subjects at various industry forums and leading educational institutes across India including the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). He is also a visiting faculty at IIM Ahmedabad (Managing Digital Businesses) and IIM Bangalore (Corporate Failures)
He served on the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Committee for Marketing for the period 2012-13 and on the e-commerce committees of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), IAMAI (Internet & Mobile association of India) and the RAI (Retail association of India) and is currently a charter member of TiE Bangalore.
K Vaitheeswaran holds an electronics engineering degree from Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli affiliated to the Anna University. He began his career with Murugappa Electronics (1985-89), part of the Murugappa & Parry Group and then spent a decade in Wipro (1989-99) where he held various positions in sales, marketing and business planning before launching his entrepreneurial journey. He is a voracious reader, keen sports enthusiast and was a registered umpire with KSCA for a few years. His favourite pastime is to watch Test cricket, listen to Ilayaraaja songs and enjoy Liverpool football matches while sipping chilled beer. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and son and tweets @vaitheekRead More
Kedar leads Philips HealthWorks initiative within Philips Healthcare for India, South East Asia, MET , Japan ecosystems. He brings overall industry experience of 21+ years , in domains like Healthcare, Consumer Electronics. He has led teams in Research & product development. Kedar leverages this experience coupled with deep insights into the Global Healthcare ecosystem, expertise in lean startup, design thinking, business model innovation for Innovation acceleration. Kedar enjoys connecting the dots across the ecosystem and play an enabler role at global level. Kedar takes keen interest in co-creating solutions across care continuum to improve lives through meaningful innovation.
IIT Delhi, 5+ years experience in Data Sciences working with financial institutions in US and India. Silver medalist at IIT Delhi (2011). Published 3 research papers and filed a patent. Worked for Data Analytics firm in New York for 2 years deploying fraud analytics solutions at Citi Bank and Metlife. Started own company in Analytics in India in 2013, working with large private banks in detecting fraud. Now building, Signzy, a global digital trust platform that eliminates digital identity and behavioral fraud. Signzy in its short Journey has won awards from RBI, Monetary Authority of Singapore, IBM, Thomson Reuters and was also judged as Forbes 30 under 30.
Signzy has built a digital trust infrastructure which enables completely secure digital onboarding using the following two products:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted on-boarding (RealKYC)
Majority of frauds in banking are due to human complicity. Our onboarding technology uses AI to provide human-like like intelligence to documents/data, but which cannot be compromised.
Algorithmic Risk Intelligence (ARI)
Current systems lack the ability to analyse online BIG Data. Our algorithms analyze traditional + non-traditional sources - social media, news, court cases etc. creating intelligent linkages between entities thus providing detailed due-diligence algorithmically.Read More
Shyam Sekar, a catalyst leader with over 24 years of experience is the Chief Mentor and Strategist at Startup Xperts, a business growth consulting and digital marketing firm aimed at accelerating the growth of Startups and Small and Medium Businesses (SME). Featured under the ‘Emerging Company of the Year’ in 2014. He has been recognized as ‘Most Promising Business Consultants’ & Top 25 Digital Marketing Consultants in 2016, and as Distinguished Digital Leader in 2018.
Gopal has been working as a senior executive in the Asia-Pacific Region for over 15 years, and has worked in Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He has worked across numerous vertical markets with such multinational corporations as Xerox and Ricoh. He has also participated in four successful new-business start-ups in India and Australia.
Originally from a strong sales and marketing background, Gopal's experience over three decades has given him an exceptional understanding of both the ITO/ BPO and Customer Experience, their challenges and requirements.In a strategic advisory capacity, Gopal has advised a wide range of clients including global corporations, governments, trade missions, public sector companies, privately held companies and aid agencies. His advice has centred around strategic change and leveraging the potential of technology for strategic advantage.
Swapna Gupta is a Senior Investment Manager at Qualcomm Ventures India, based out of the Bangalore office. She manages investments across all sectors in the technology related ecosystem. She currently manages investments in Attune Technologies, FabHotels, Moveinsync, Ninjacart, Stellapps & Tonbo Imaging. Prior to joining Qualcomm, she was part of the Investment Banking team at EY, India where she concentrated on Private Equity and M&A of Technology/Telecom companies.
KC is a Partnerships Manager at Google and takes care of the startup ecosystem in India. Having worked at Microsoft, IBM, Thomas Reuters, Infosys - he has over 12 years of industry experience and is on a mission to help startups become successful by building world-class solutions quickly to the market. A post graduate from BITS Pilani and a trained architect, he has been active in the space of cloud computing for over nine years and had experience in architecting and designing solutions for large enterprises, startups and State Governments in India.