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Arun Nanda
Mr.Arun Nanda
Founder & Chairman, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. and Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd.

Nanda is a Law Graduate, fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He joined the Mahindra Group in 1973 and held several important positions within the Group over the 40 years he was with the company. He was inducted to the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) in August 1992 and resigned as Executive Director in March 2010 to focus on the social sector and create a favourable ecosystem for senior citizens. He is Founder Chairman of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. and Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Holiday Club Oy, Finland.

Nanda was honoured with an award of “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour) by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.

Arun Nanda is the recipient of the following awards:
  1. “CA Business Achiever Award - Corporate” at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Award 2009
  2. “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his outstanding contribution to the Hospitality Industry and the Service Sector by the Golden Star Awards 2010.
  3. “Aatithya Ratna Award” by the Business Hotels Network and Horwath HTL in 2014 for his contribution to the success of the Hospitality Industry.
“Lifetime Achievement Award” in December 2014 at the CNBC Awaaz Real Estate Awards for his relentless pursuit of excellence and dynamic leadership that steered the growth of Mahindra Lifespaces.
Harsh Mariwala
Mr.Harsh Mariwala
Chairman, Marico Ltd.

Mariwala leads Marico Limited as its Chairman. He is also Chairman & Managing Director of Kaya Limited. Over the past three decades, Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodities driven business into a leading consumer products and services company in the Beauty and Wellness space.

Mariwala's entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003.The Foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India.

Mariwala launched ASCENT - Accelerating the Scaling up of Enterprises to identify growth-stage entrepreneurs with potential and enable them in their scaling-up journey.

Mariwala was the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in 2011
Dr. R.A.Mashelkar
Dr. Mashelkar
Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, is presently also the President of Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes from Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA with over 60,000 scientists.

Dr. Mashelkar served as the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with thirty-eight laboratories and about 20,000 employees for over eleven years. He was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

Dr. Mashelkar has been on the Board of Directors of several reputed companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Thermax Ltd., Piramal Enterprises Ltd., KPIT Technologies Ltd., etc. He chairs the Boards of GeneMedix Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Vyome Biosciences Pvt. Ltd. and Invictus Oncology Pvt. Ltd.

Deeply connected with the innovation movement in India, Dr. Mashelkar is currently the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation, Reliance Innovation Council, KPIT Technologies Innovation Council, Persistent Systems Innovation Council and Marico Innovation Foundation’s Governing Council. He co-chairs the Maharashtra State Innovation Council.

Dr. Mashelkar is greatly involved in several social causes. He is the President/Chairman of International Longevity Centre – India, Swarupvardhini, Dnyan Prabodhni, Pune International Centre and also of Advisory Boards of Yuvaparivarthan, Vanarai, etc. He chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committees of Tata Motors Ltd. and Godrej Agrovet Ltd.

Dr. Mashelkar is a Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), US National Academy of Science, US National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Australian Technological Science and Engineering Academy, Australian Academy of Science and finally, US National Academy of Inventors, the first ever Indian from India to be elected.

Thirty seven universities have honored him with honorary doctorates, which include Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin, Swinburne, Monash and Delhi.

Dr. Mashelkar received the Business Week (USA) award of ‘Stars of Asia’ at the hands of George Bush (Sr.), the former President of USA. He was the first Asian Scientist to receive it.

The President of India honored Dr. Mashelkar with Padmashri (1991), with Padmabhushan (2000) and with Padma Vibhushan (2014), three of the highest civilian honours.
Zia Mody
Ms.Zia Mody
Founder and Senior Partner, AZB & Partners

Zia, one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys, passed her law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978 and was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1978. She did her LLM from Harvard Law School and was then admitted as a member of the New York State Bar by examination in 1980. Zia worked as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York, for five years before moving to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody in 1984, which then became AZB & Partners in 2004. The Firm has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune with an integrated team of approximately 300 legal professionals.

Zia’s abilities are recognized globally, as is reflected in her appointment as a non-executive director of the HSBC Asia Pacific Board, a member of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Washington D.C. (2008-2013), and a Vice President and Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (2010-2013). Zia serves on various advisory committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry including its National Council and its committees on Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Capital Markets and Legal Services. Zia was a member of the Godrej Committee on Corporate Governance constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She was nominated to be part of the “Committee on Rationalisation of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments” formed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India under the chairmanship of Shri K.M. Chandrashekar. She was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India in 2014 as a member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households which was chaired by Dr. Nachiket Mor.

Listed by Forbes India (2014) as one of ‘India's 10 most Powerful women’; also listed by Forbes Asia as one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen’ (2015), it has been said that few of Zia’s peers can match her skills or take her on when it comes to acquisitions, joint ventures, company restructuring, foreign inward investment related practice and corporate law. Among her many awards, Zia has received the “Outstanding Women Business Leader of the Year – 2013” award at India Business Leader Awards; also “Legal Icon of the Decade – 2013” and “Best M&A Lawyer of the Year – 2012” award at the Legal Era Awards and she has been voted as “Business Woman of the Year, 2010” by the Economic Times, for which she was felicitated by The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF). She has also been voted by the Economic Times as one of the country’s most powerful CEOs (2004 to 2015), and as one of the 15 most powerful Indian women leaders in 2010-2014. She has been selected as one of the 25 most powerful women in business by Business Today in 2004-2014, and named one of India’s top ten most powerful women in business by Fortune Magazine in 2014. AsiaLaw Profile hailed her as one of ‘The Leading Lawyers - India’ in the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate Practice, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets & Corporate Finance for 2013, while Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global, have identified her as a leading individual in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisition, Private Funds, Private Equity, Litigation and Infrastructure Sectors. “Zia Mody is an obvious choice for many clients involved in large international M&A transactions” states IFLR1000. Zia has been nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioners by the International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions (2008 to 2015) and Private Funds Lawyers (2008 to 2015). She has been selected as one of the world’s pre-eminent commercial arbitration specialists by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2012-2015) and one of the world’s leading lawyers by the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2012-2015).
Ipsita Dasgupta
Ms.Ipsita Dasgupta
Executive Vice President, Business Head – Asia Pacific & Russia/CIS, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Ipsita Dasgupta is Executive Vice President and Head - Asia Pacific & Russia/CIS for Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Ipsita is responsible for leading and managing the regional P&L – this includes maximizing profitable growth through sales performance and effective margin and resource management. Her responsibilities include further developing the brand and growing the talent base in the region, building sustainable demand, driving growth strategies, and creating transformational change for the business.

In her former role, Ipsita was the Chief Commercial Officer – South Asia for General Electric. In this role she was responsible for building and leading the commercial strategy and ‘Go to market’ plan for GE in South Asia. She was responsible for strategy, marketing, new product/solution initiatives and the top 10 strategic customer accounts across GE businesses. She led ‘In India for India’ growth programs, drove sales force effectiveness and owned P&L responsibilities for GE Bangladesh.

Prior to this, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer - GE India, South Asia and Greater China. In this role, Ipsita’s priorities included building new business strategies to increase GE’s footprint and define region and country-centric solutions for customers. Her mandate included developing a strong market-backed understanding of the region; driving localization strategies; designing customer solutions; and creating go-to-market plans.

Prior to joining GE, Ipsita Dasgupta was an executive in Cisco’s Globalization – East business. As Managing Director, Smart Connected Communities – Emerging Businesses, Ipsita was developing business opportunities in Emerging Markets, specifically focused on the global, emerging middle class. Her role included driving partnerships and business models with established companies that sell products and services to this market segment, entrepreneurs who need technology to scale and grow, and public sector organizations and institutions.

Ipsita joined Cisco from IBM, where she worked since 2002, and has spanned strategy, marketing, and operational roles in the U.S. and India. Some of her roles included building and driving marketing strategies and practices for IBM’s global hardware, software and services businesses; creating and leading IBM’s global senior consulting Center of Competency out of India; leading and strengthening IBM’s competitive intelligence/strategy practice for Corporate Headquarters.

Before her IBM experience, Ipsita worked with the management consulting firm, Arthur D. Little as a strategy and innovation management consultant.

Ipsita holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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Sangeeta Talwar
Ms.Sangeeta Talwar
Independent Director

In a career spanning over 30 years Talwar has worked across large businesses of European, American and Indian corporations. She helped to craft, launch and establish what became a marketing legend in its time, Maggi Noodles. She was the first Regional head of sales for Nestle, VP HR and Marketing Director. She also worked as a strategic advisor at the Nestle HQ in Switzerland.

Subsequently she served as MD & CEO of Mattel India, moved to Tata Tea as Executive Director and later as President-South Asia for Tata Global Beverages. She led the launch of the “Jaago Re” campaign, the first social marketing campaign in India, which won international acclaim and several awards.

From building brands and businesses she then moved to the social sector as Managing Director of NDDB Dairy Services and spearheaded the design and establishment of an innovative business model for creating sustainable livelihood for dairy farmers in rural India. She has served on several Tata Boards, Mother Dairy and IIM Kolkata.

A few distinctions along the way:
  • Business Today 30 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business
  • India Today Woman in the Corporate World
  • Women Super Achievers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Marketing
She now serves as an Independent Director on several large boards with businesses ranging across, FMCG, alternative energy, education, financial services & IT Infrastructure & hardware distribution. As one of the early and senior woman business professionals in India, she now leads a practice in Gender Diversity.
Anand Desai
Mr.Anand Desai
Managing Partner, DSK Legal

Having started his career in 1984 as a junior counsel in the Bombay High Court, Anand joined a firm of solicitors and advocates as a partner in 1991. In 2001 he set up DSK Legal as the Andersen Legal network firm in India. After Andersen Legal closed down (with Arthur Andersen) in 2002, Anand continued as the managing partner of DSK Legal. DSK Legal is known as one of the best law firms in India for the last several years.

Anand has extensive specialist experience in the fields of banking laws, financial services, M&A, intellectual property rights, media and entertainment, real estate, and outsourcing issues, and advises various large corporates, funds and high networth individuals on diverse issues and represents them before various courts and other fora.

Anand is listed as one of the leading lawyers in India in the Whos Who Legal (an International Bar Association publication) for Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, M&A and Regulatory Communication, and is also listed in also in Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, IFLR, and Asia-Pacific Legal 500 for diverse practice areas. He has personally won, and his firm has won several awards in India and internationally, including his being awarded “Managing Partner of the Year 2014” by LegalEra.

Anand has been a speaker at various fora including CII, ASSOCHAM, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce GOOS (1, 2 and 4), Economist Corporate Network, SILF, Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles, Wisconsin Department of Trade, University of Wisconsin etc., and is a resource at the National Judicial Academy, addressing a wide range of issues.

Anand has served as the National President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for the year 2011-2012 and has also served and continues to serve on various committees, including of the Indian Merchants Chamber, CII, the International section of the American Bar Association, and as vice-president of the Indian Society of Law Firms.

Anand is currently involved with several well-known NGOs, and is a trustee of L&T Employees Welfare Foundation and director of L&T Employees Welfare Foundation Private Limited.
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Dr.Ganesh Natarajan
Vice Chairman, Zensar Technologies

He is the Vice Chairman of Zensar Technologies, a leading firm that optimises technology and processes for Fortune 500 companies. He is also a Founder and Board Member of Global Talent Track, a pioneer in Employability Skills Training in Asia.

Ganesh's industry responsibilities include leadership of the HBS Club of India, Chairman of the National Committee on Knowledge Management and Business Transformation and the Western Region Committee on Skills for the Confederation of Indian Industry. He was Chairman of NASSCOM in 2008 and is a member of the Chairmen's Council of NASSCOM.

He is also a fellow of the Computer Society of India. Ganesh is a Director of Social Venture Partners India and Convener of SVP Pune. He has been appointed the Chairman of NASSCOM Foundation for 2014-16.

A Gold Medalist in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, Dr Ganesh Natarajan has completed his PhD in Knowledge Management at IIT Bombay; Dr Natarajan is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the Harvard Business School.
Amit Chandra
Mr.Amit Chandra
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Chandra joined Bain Capital as a Managing Director in early 2008, and is a part of the firm’s leadership team in Asia. He is an engineer by training having received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay University, post which he worked at India's leading engineering & construction firm, Larsen & Toubro. He then received his MBA from Boston College and was awarded the school's Distinguished Alumni in 2007.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr.Chandra spent most of his professional career at DSP Merrill Lynch, a leading investment bank in India. At the firm, he had direct oversight of its Global Markets & Investment Banking business, which included the firm's substantial principal investment businesses. He retired from DSP Merrill Lynch in 2007 as its Board Member & Managing Director, to move to Private Equity.

Chandra was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and was named Next Generation Philanthropic Leader of the Year by Forbes in 2013. He is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Genpact, L&T Finance, Tata Investment Corporation and Emcure Pharmaceuticals, and recently retired from the Board of Piramal Enterprises. He is also active in India’s not for profit space and serves as a Trustee of two of the Tata Trusts –Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust & Jamshetji Tata Trust, Founder & Trustee of Ashoka University, and as a Trustee/Board Member of The Akanksha Foundation (providing education to less privileged children) and GiveIndia (India's leading philanthropic exchange).
RCM Reddy
Mr.RCM Reddy
MD & CEO, IL&FS Education & Skills

RCM Reddy, Managing Director & CEO of IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd. is responsible for all social sector initiatives of IL&FS Group in the areas of education, skill development, e-governance, health and cluster development. These companies are promoted by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. (IL&FS), the leading infrastructure and financing company of India.

He has designed and implemented several path-breaking initiatives in partnership with the government and industry in the areas of SME cluster development and skill development with focus on youth below poverty line.

He is also actively engaged in several industry-government interface initiatives. He is the Chairman of FICCI Skills Forum, co-chair of FICCI MSME Committee, in addition to being the cochair of UK India Skills Forum.

Reddy is a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, and before joining IL&FS, he worked with Government of India and Government of Tripura in various capacities. He also worked briefly with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the area of cluster development.

Reddy holds a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.