Positive Deviance

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
  • Dr Naresh Trehan

    A graduate from King George Medical College, is a renowned Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic surgeon, trained and practiced at New York University Medical Centre Manhattan USA. He is also recognized by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr Naresh Trehan is the Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta - The Medicity, a 1500 bedded multi super speciality institute, which offers cutting edge technology and state of art treatment facilities at an affordable cost. More[+]

    The Institute is governed under the guiding principles of providing medical services to patients with care, compassion and commitment. Before living his dream, Dr. Trehan was the executive director and founder of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, the centre was conceptualized, created and managed by Dr. Trehan (from 1987 to May 2007). He has received many prestigious awards, including the Padma Shree and the Padma Bhushan Award, presented by the Government of India. He was the President of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS), Minneapolis, USA 2004-05 and has also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from three prestigious universities.Less[-]


    Amitabh Kant, a Kerala cadre (1980 batch) IAS officer is CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), the apex government think tank that aims to foster involvement and participation of State Governments in policy making and enhance cooperative federalism. More[+]

    He is the author of “Branding India – An Incredible Story” and has been a key driver of “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and “God’s Own Country” initiatives which positioned and branded India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing & tourism destinations. Kant also conceptualized and executive the “AtithiDevoBhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process. He was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.
    Till March, 2016 Amitabh Kant was posted as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) – Government of India. He was responsible for formulation and implementation of industrial policy and strategies for industrial development, monitoring the industrial growth and performance of specific industrial sectors, formulation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy and Promotion and facilitation of FDI, Policies related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in the fields of Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. He was also responsible for promotion of Productivity, Quality and Technical Cooperation.
    He was also the Chairman of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) and National Productivity Council. Less[-]

  • Jimmy Wales

    Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb”, Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is co-founder of Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004. More[+]

    The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Mr. Wales started Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which was characterized by an extensive peer-review process designed to make its articles of a quality comparable to that of professional encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed “Wikipedia.” Mr. Wales laid down the founding principles and content, establishing an Internet-based community of contributors during that year. Wikipedia was initially intended to be a wiki-based site for collaboration on early encyclopedic content for submission to Nupedia, but Wikipedia's rapid growth quickly overshadowed Nupedia's development.

    In a 2004 interview with Slashdot, Mr. Wales explained his motivations about Wikipedia, “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.”

    The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users. As Wikipedia expanded and its public profile grew, Mr. Wales took on the role of the project's spokesperson and promoter through speaking engagements and media appearances. His work with Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted TIME Magazine to name him one of its “100 Most Influential People,” in 2006 in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category.

    In 2003, Mr. Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the 5th most popular website in the world.

    In 2004, Wales co-founded, with Angela Beesley, the for-profit company Wikia, Inc. Wikia is a wiki farm — a collection of individual wikis on different subjects, all hosted on the same website. As part of his work at Wikia, Inc., Mr. Wales is developing a human-powered search engine, Search Wikia, which will be based on the same open, transparent, community-driven principles of Wikia and Wikipedia.

    The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the “Young Global Leaders” of 2007. This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders across the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society, and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

    Mr. Wales is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses and the non-profit organization Creative Commons. Mr. Wales has received an honorary doctorate from Knox College of Illinois and was presented with a Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2006.

    Mr. Wales received his bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and started with the Ph.D. finance program at the University of Alabama, where he left with a Master's. After that, he took courses offered in the Ph.D. finance program at Indiana University. He taught at both universities during his postgraduate studies, but did not write the doctoral dissertation required to earn a Ph.D.

    From 1994 to 2000, Wales was the research director at Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago.Less[-]

  • Prof Deepak Malhotra

    Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration There is no escape from the bargaining table – be it with your kids at home or your client at work. Would it not be wonderful to have a toolkit, up your sleeve, to turn every negotiation in your favour. Meet Deepak Malhotra from the Harvard Business School – the Ultimate Conflict Doctor. More[+]

    His teaching, research and advisory work is focused on negotiation, deal-making and conflict resolution. Deepak has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2011, and the Charles M. Williams Award. In 2014, Deepak was chosen by Poets & Quants to beamong their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40. His latest book is Negotiating the Impossible. Less[-]

  • Acharya Balkrishna

    Acharya Balkrishna, the MD of Patanjali Ayurved, is a popular authority on Ayurveda and a renowned medicinal plant expert. He is a companion of Swami Ramdev and a founding pillar of Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yoga Madir (Trust). More[+]

    He is the main force behind the operations of Patanjali Yogpeeth, an Institute of Medical Science and Research in Yoga and Ayurveda with location in India, Nepal, the UK, the US, Canada and Mauritius. These International Centers provides hot destination to all who are desirous of holistic healing, natural detox therapies and for the cultural exchange.

    He is the chief architect of all the organizations under Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yog Mandir (Trust). World's largest food processing unit, 'Patanjali Food and Herbal Park' is the result of his innovative vision.

    He is the inspiration and designer behind the construction of huge and highly modernized Divya Pharmacy and Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. Patanjali Bio-Research Institute (PBRI) is also the materialization of his ideology that aims for the conservation of Nature and Environment; and conduct research on the development of organic farming to keep the soil pollution-free.

    Establishment of world-class, well-organized, well-equipped Hospitals, Yog Bhavan, Laboratories and other huge infrastructures are examples of his visionary power and initiative.

    He is also the founder and patron of Patanjali University, Patanjali Ayurveda College, Acharyakulam Educational Institute and Vaidik Gurukulam. Less[-]

  • Anita Nayyar

    Anita Nayyar is a veteran of the Indian media industry. As CEO, she took on the mandate of expanding Havas Media Group’s footprint in the emerging South Asia markets in 2006. Under her leadership Havas Media Group India has grown 8 times in 10 years. Havas Media was ranked as the No.2 Media Agency by R3 New Business League 2016. Anita has been Impact’s Top 50 Women in Advertising, Media and Marketing and won the Women Leadership Award for Excellence in Advertising & Marketing at CMO Asia 2016. More[+]

    Her 30+ years in the industry have seen her manage a portfolio of brands across sectors. She went on to lead top agencies in India including Sistas, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Initiative Media, MediaCom, Mudra Communications and Starcom Worldwide. She holds a Bachelors degree in Microbiology and has done her Post Graduation in Advertising and Marketing with a Masters in Management. Less[-]

  • Bharat Shah

    Mr. Bharat Shah is a qualified rank-holding Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and MBA (Finance) from IIM, Calcutta, having topped the class in Finance. Bharat has nearly 29 yearly of experience in the Indian capital markets with deep interface in Indian corporate world. He represents comprehensive insights in Indian Capital markets (equity and fixed-income) with strong emphasis on bottom-up investment philosophy. More[+]

    He has a considerable understanding of global businesses and stock picking is a special strength. The Investment Philosophy emphasizes buying only quality businesses enjoying superior growth but at reasonable valuations. As Director/ Partner of ASK Group, he provides strategic guidance and support to the CEOs in managing their respective businesses but is intimately involved with, and supervises, the Investment management business of the Group (the other three businesses of the Group are: Real estate, Wealth Advisory and Private Equity).

    He is deeply passionate about Investing and all things that go with it. In 2013, he authored a book entitled “Of Long-Term Value & Wealth Creation from Equity Investing: Observation, Ideas & Reflections”. Bharat has written several articles on investment in top Indian business magazines and has been a speaker at several forums on India opportunity, the key recent ones being the Endowments & Foundations event in Boston, USA, in October 2009 and the Emerging Manager’s event in Chicago, USA, in May 2010. He has featured in investment series “Wizards of Dalal Street” and “Classroom”. He has also featured in a book “India’s Money Monarchs” with a 30-page chapter on him. His interests include Reading, Travel and Classical Music. In 2014, he was featured by Forbes India as a member of “20 Market Wizards”.

    Among the most recent external recognitions received include:

    For the period of 5-year ended December 31, 2015, three of the Investment strategies (Indian Entrepreneur Fund, India Select and Strategic portfolio) have featured among the top ten basket of domestic/offshore India funds.

    For the period of 5-year ended December 31, 2015, Indian Entrepreneur Fund has been ranked No 1 among Indian funds by Morning Star and has also been rated 5- star.

    For the period of 4-year ended December 2015, three of the Investment Strategies (Indian Entrepreneur Fund, India Select and Life) have featured among the top ten basket of domestic/ offshore India funds. Less[-]

  • Ridham Desai

    Ridham Desai is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley will complete 20 years at the firm in 2017. He heads Morgan Stanley’s Indian Equity Research team which is the top ranked team in the country. More[+]

    He is also one of country’s top ranked equity market strategists and has been consistently ranked among the best analysts in the country over his career spanning nearly 25 years Less[-]

  • Nilesh Shah

    Mr. Nilesh Shah is the Managing Director (MD) of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and market related investments, having managed funds across equity, fixed income securities and real estate for local and global investors. More[+]

    In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management , Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is the recipient of the inaugural Business Standard Fund Manager of the year award - Debt in 2004.

    He was part of the team that received the best fund house of the year award at Franklin Templeton as well as at ICICI Prudential. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. His hobbies include reading and educating investors on financial planning. He has co-authored book on Financial Planning called "A Direct Take" Less[-]

  • Bibek Debroy

    Dr Bibek Debroy is an economist, academician and a member of Niti Aayog, the central government’s think tank which replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission. In his 35 years of his illustrious career, Debroy has been associated with many premier institutes as well as with the central government in various capacities. More[+]

    A Padmashri awaredee, Debroy is also a sanskrit scholar and has authored a 10-volume unabridged English translation of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Less[-]


    Subhashish Gangopadhyay is Founder and Managing Trustee of India Development Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. His dissertation was on Poverty, Employment and the Choice of Techniques in a Labour Surplus Economy. More[+]

    He did his B.A. (Economics Honours) from Presidency College, Kolkata. He has taught at the Masters and PhD levels: Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Asset Pricing, Theories of Corporate Finance and Governance, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Economics of Market Failure, Development Economics. He has served as adviser to the Finance Minister, Government of India, and on the high-powered Committee on Price Stabilization Fund Trust. He has been a member of the National Taskforce on Employment and the RBI Advisory Group on Bankruptcy Law. He has also been consultant to the Ministries of Finance, Planning, Industry, Rural Development, etc Less[-]


    Prof. Arun Kumar is retired Professor of Economics at Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He holds a Ph.D. (Economics), from JNU and an M.Sc. (Physics) from Delhi University and Princeton University, USA. More[+]

    He has worked at NIPFP from 1982 to 1984, and taught at JNU since August 1984. He has written several noted books and articles on the black economy, including “India’s Black Economy: The Macroeconomic Implications. South Asia”, “Black Economy, Under Estimation of Employment and the Union Budget”, “Black Economy in India and Trans-National Organized Crime: Undermining Democracy”, and “Illegal Flows in India’s BOP Accounts: Its Components and Impact on the Economy”. Less[-]


    Venu Srinivasan is the Chairman of Sundaram-Clayton Group which includes TVS Motor Company, the 3rd largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and also companies that manufacture automotive components in India. More[+]

    Mr. Srinivasan has an engineering degree from the College of Engineering, Chennai and a Master’s Degree in Management from the Purdue University, USA. In recognition of his contribution to management, he was conferred with “Doctor of Management” by his alma-mater, Purdue University in 2014. He has held various important positions in the Indian Industry, such as:
    • Chairman of National Safety Council, Government of India
    • President, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for the year 2009-10
    • President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers for the period 1999-2001 Less[-]


    CP Gurnani (popularly known as ‘CP’ within his peer group), is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra. More[+]

    An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, start-ups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP led Tech Mahindra’s transformation journey, and one of the biggest turnarounds of Indian Corporate History - the acquisition and merger of Satyam.
    His inimitable style of leadership, combined with his sharp focus on customer experience has helped Tech Mahindra emerge as one of the leading digital IT solution providers of India.
    In a career spanning 35 years, CP has held several leading positions with HCL Hewlett Packard Limited, Perot Systems (India) Limited and HCL Corporation Ltd. An outstanding people’s manager, CP has an entrepreneurial style of management that is a blend of enthusiasm and dynamism. He tends to focus on people’s strengths to bring out the best in them. ‘Work hard and play hard’ is his motto and he applies it to all aspects of his life with complete passion.
    A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the Institute. Less[-]


    Ravi Shankar Prasad is the Union Cabinet Minister for Law and Justice & Information Technology in the Government of India, headed by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. He is an eminent Lawyer and a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He is a Member of Parliament since the year 2000 and has been the member of important Parliamentary Committees in the Parliament like Finance, Communication & IT, Petroleum & Chemicals. More[+]

    Since his appointment as the Cabinet Minister for Communications and Information Technology on 26th May, 2014, he has been spearheading the task of reviving India’s telecom sector. He is also actively leading the task of developing India into a global electronics manufacturing hub. India is sitting at the cusp of a Digital Revolution. It is a priority agenda for present government and as the Minister for Communications & IT, he is at the forefront of its implementation. The flagship program of Digital India, which aims to bring about good governance by extensive use of Information Technology, is being implemented under his leadership. He is also spearheading reforms in the Indian legal and judicial system. Less[-]