22nd and 23rd January, 2021
22nd and 23rd January, 2021

Business Today Mind Rush 2019 SPEAKERS

  • Dr Arvind PanagariyaJagdish N Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

    Dr Panagariya has a doctorate in Economics from Princeton University and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012. He was also the first Vice-chairman of NITI Aayog.

  • Rajeev MisraCEO of SoftBank Vision Fund

    Rajeev Misra, is the CEO of SoftBank Vision Fund, created by Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO, SoftBank Group. Rajeev started his career in finance on Wall Street, first at Merrill Lynch and then Deutsche Bank where he spent the next 10 years. Between 2009 and 2013, Rajeev moved to UBS where he was responsible for rejuvenating what had become somewhat of a moribund business post-crisis. Following a short stint at Fortress Investment Group, he joined SoftBank Group in 2014 as Head of Strategic Finance.

  • Sanjiv MehtaChairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever (HUL)

    Sanjiv Mehta is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever (HUL). He has been leading Unilever’s business in India and South Asia since October 2013 as CEO and Managing Director, HUL and Executive Vice President, Unilever, South Asia. Sanjiv is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

  • Dr Soumya SwaminathanChief Scientist, World Health Organization

    Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization. She is a paediatrician and globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV. She has 30 years of experience in clinical care and research. Dr Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017.

  • Dr. Krishna Ella Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International Limited

    Dr. Krishna Ella is the Chairman & Managing Director of Bharat Biotech International Limited, which he incorporated in 1996. Dr. Ella worked as a research faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Under Dr Ella, a research scientist in Molecular Biology, Bharat Biotech has emerged a global leader in innovative vaccine.

  • Prof. K. Srinath Reddy President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

    Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is the President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and had earlier headed the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Under his leadership, PHFI established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs), to advance public health education, research, health technologies and support for strengthening health systems. He is a Padma Bhushan awardee and is an Advisor to the Governments of Odisha, Punjab, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh on Public Health.

  • Dr A Velumanipromoter, chairman and managing director of Thyrocare

    Dr A Velumani is the promoter, chairman and managing director of Thyrocare. He is a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Madras and an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bombay with a PhD in Thyroid Physiology from the University of Bombay. After 15 years of experience in Thyroid Biochemisry Research at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, he started Thyrocare in 1995.

  • Nikhil Kamathco-founder and chief investment officer of Zerodha

    Nikhil Kamath is the co-founder and chief investment officer of Zerodha, India’s largest trading brokerage. Kamath discontinued formal education at 15 to follow his passion for chess. He began trading at 17 and started Zerodha with elder brother Nithin at 23.

  • Sagar DaryaniCEO & Co-Founder of Wow! Momo Foods

    Sagar Daryani is the CEO & Co-Founder of Wow! Momo Foods. Immediately after graduating from St. Xaviers Kolkata, Daryani and college friend, Binod Homagai started Wow! Momo in 2008 with an initial Investment of Rs. 30,000. WOW! Momo is a chain of fast food restaurants specializing in different varieties of momos.

  • Vikram ChopraCo-Founder & CEO, Cars 24

    Vikram Chopra is the Co-Founder & CEO, Cars 24

  • Dr PD VaghelaChairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

    Dr PD Vaghela, is the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. A Gujarat cadre IAS officer from the 1986 batch, Dr Vaghela was secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals before he took over as TRAI chairman from Oct 1, 2020.

  • Akhil GuptaVice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises

    Akhil Gupta is the Vice-Chairman of Bharti Enterprises. He led the formation of various international partnerships for Bharti with British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Singapore Telecom and Vodafone apart from inducting financial investors like Warburg Pincus, Temasek, KKR and Sequoia among many PE funds. He was instrumental in executing the acquisition of Zain Group’s mobile operations in Africa.

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  • Prashant Singhal EY Emerging Markets TMT Sector Leader

    Prashant Singhal is the EY Emerging Markets TMT Sector Leader. With over 20 years of experience, he advises some of the largest telecom conglomerates in the world. He is a qualified chartered accountant and fellow member and rank holder from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

  • Vikram PatelPershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

    Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor and joint director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

  • Dr Sangita ReddyJoint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals

    Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals joined the group in 1983 as a management trainee. Two years later, she became Executive Assistant to her father, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals. For almost two decades since, as Executive Director Operations, Sangita led the HR portfolio. In 2014, she took over as Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise. She is a Science graduate with Honours from Women’s Christian College, Chennai.

  • Ashish ShahCOO and Co-Founder, Pepperfry

    Ashish Shah, COO and Co-Founder, Pepperfry started operations in 2012. Prior to that he spent eight years in eBay Motors and had a stint in

  • RajnarayanCHRO, The Titan Company is a graduate in Economics from Madras Christian College

    Rajnarayan, CHRO, The Titan Company is a graduate in Economics from Madras Christian College, Chennai and a post graduate in Personnel Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has 29 years of experience in Human Resources Management, Training, Leadership Development and Talent Management. He has worked with HCL, TNT, SHV Gas and Metro Cash and Carry before joining Titan Company.

  • Mahalakshmi RHR Head India, Mondelez International


  • Rajesh UppalSr Executive Director, (HR &IT) Maruti Suzuki India


  • Rajkamal VempatiCHRO, Axis Bank


  • Anuradha RazdanED, HR, Hindustan Unilever

    Anuradha Razdan, ED, HR, Hindustan Unilever is a business focused HR leader who has had an international career with rich experiences in HUL and global leadership roles. She spent the first 14 years of her career in HUL. She worked at Unilever’s headquarters in London for six years, first as Executive Assistant to Unilever’s former CHRO followed by being Vice President HR, for the Home Care division globally. Anuradha is a graduate in Economics and completed her MBA in Human Resources from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

  • Daisy ChittilapillyMD, Digital Transformation Office

    Daisy Chittilapilly, MD, Digital Transformation Office, Cisco drives the digital transformation agenda aligning Cisco’s offerings to emerging opportunities in digital and leads the charge in digitally enabling organizations across India. She has over 22 years of experience in the technology industry and has been with Cisco for more than 14 years. Daisy is a BTech (College of Engineering, Trivandrum) and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in General Management (XLRI, Jamshedpur). She is currently serving as a member of the NASSCOM domestic council focused on the IT sector in India.

  • Subram NatarajanCTO leads the technology mandate for IBM India/South Asia

    Subram Natarajan, as CTO leads the technology mandate for IBM India/South Asia. Along with a team of Deep Technology experts he drives IBM’s Platform conversations around Cloud and Cognitive with Enterprises, ISV's, Developers, and Startups. Subram has been with IBM for the past 20+ years serving various roles. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from McGill University, Canada.

  • Dr. Rohini SrivathsaNational Technology Officer at Microsoft India

    Dr. Rohini Srivathsa is the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. She is responsible for driving innovation and growth through ‘tech-intensity’ – across customers and partners, in industry and the government. She began her career in R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and has 25+ technical publications in ACM/IEEE and other journals. She holds an MBA from Wharton and earned her PhD in Computer Engineering from UT Austin.

  • Nirmal JainFounder and Chairman, IIFL Group

    Nirmal Jain, Founder and Chairman, IIFL Group is a first generation entrepreneur, credited with building one of the largest financial services groups in India in about two decades. He is a PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from IIM, Ahmedabad, a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant. Under his direction, IIFL is among the largest financial services firms in India with three distinct listed businesses – IIFL Finance, IIFL Wealth, IIFL Securities.

  • Suresh NarayananBoard of Directors of Nestlé India

    Suresh Narayanan, joined the Board of Directors of Nestlé India as Managing Director from 1 August, 2015. He was designated Chairman and Managing Director from 29 October, 2015. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has a Diploma from the IMD Program for Executive Development and has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to the current role.

  • Ravinder TakkarManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Idea

    Ravinder Takkar is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Idea since 19 August 2019. Prior to this, he was the Chairman, Vodafone Group Services & Regional Business Development (Africa, Middle East & Asia Pacific), based out of New Delhi. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

  • Patu KeswaniCMD, Lemon Tree Hotels

    Patu Keswani, CMD, Lemon Tree Hotels is a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and holds a Post Graduate Diploma Degree in Management from IIM Kolkata. He worked for 17 years in the Tata Administrative Services and with A.T. Kearney Limited, as its Associated Consultant and Director in their India Office. He is currently the Chairman of the Skill Council for Persons with Disability and a founding member of the Sector Skill Council for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism industry.

Pandemics are likely to be a recurring threat Dr Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India

This is certainly not the last pandemic we will see Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO

Behavioural changes are here to stay and every sector will be impacted Rajeev Misra, CEO SoftBank Vision Fund

Future of education is a hybrid of offline and online learning Rajeev Misra, CEO SoftBank Vision Fund

The faster we get the vaccine, the faster the economy will recover Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics, Columbia University