Pankaj Karna is an experienced banker with over 20 years’ experience having worked in important and leadership roles in Grant Thornton, Rabobank and BNP Paribas in India. He has been instrumental in over 100 M&A and structured finance transactions and was recognised as one of the 25 chosen entrepreneurs by IBEF “Ordinary Indian, Extraordinary Enterprise” feature. He established Maple Capital Advisors Private Limited in 2010 a boutique investment bank based in New Delhi, with an established track record in M&A and structured debt. He is an MBA from McGill University, Canada, a Mechanical Engineer and studied at St. Stephen’s college and at Mayo college.
The Food & Agribusiness sector is fuelling the growth of Emerging India and YES BANK has identified this as a focus knowledge banking sector, wherein it has undertaken various thought-leadership initiatives besides providing cutting-edge advisory and innovative financing solutions across segments in the agricultural value chain. FASAR focuses on advisory, policy & research initiatives across sub sectors including, food processing, horticulture, fisheries, plantations, dairy, commercial farming, agricultural markets, agri supply chain, cold chain, agri inputs & agri logistics. FASAR has worked extensively on numerous project, strategic & policy advisory assignments for clients across the multinational, corporate, government & multilaterals space, besides being active in a number of key research, policy and knowledge forums of national & international importance Nitin has a basic qualification in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Kurukshetra followed by an MBA in Agribusiness Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand and an Advanced Management Program in Agribusiness from Cornell University, Ithaca. Prior to YES BANK, he has worked in senior management positions with respected organizations in India including ITC, Aditya Birla Nuvo, MCX & Reliance Retail.
Samir Kuckreja has 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked in a variety of leading domestic and international brands and partnered with a PE fund. Samir is the Founder & CEO of Tasanaya Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. which specializes in consultancy work for the hospitality industry. Areas of work include advising start-up concepts, food technology companies, foreign chains on entry strategy, existing chains on operational optimization, growth strategies for F&B brands, executive search and organization development, hotel/restaurant companies on fund raising and PE/VC funds on acquisitions. Samir is a Trustee and was the President of National Restaurant Association of India from 2009 to 2014. The body represents leading domestic and international chains and does industry research, training programs and advocacy with the government. He was CEO & MD of Nirula’s from June 2006 till April 2012. Samir was a co-investor with Navis Capital Partners in the business. He earlier worked with Yum Restaurants and Mars Hotel & Restaurants. Samir is a founding member of the Governing Council of the National Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council. He is a network consultant with leading international networks including GLG and Alpha Sights. Samir is a regular key note speaker at leading industry conferences and also to other leading institutions including Ashoka University, IHM Pusa and the Armed Forces Senior Officers Training Institute in Goa. Samir has a BA in Economics Honours from St. Stephens College, Delhi and a BS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, USA.
Sreedhar is a partner with KPMG and leads the Consumer Markets and E-Commerce sector for the advisory business. Sreedhar has over 15 years of professional experience in Business Consulting, of which close to 14 years is with KPMG. Sreedhar is a part of a cross functional team focusing on Strategy, Operations, Turnaround and Transformation consulting requirements of clients. Sreedhar has worked on large and critical engagements with multinationals, business houses, SMEs and start-ups, including major players in Indian eCommerce space. Sreedhar leads the Start-up practice for KPMG and has been advising over 50 startups in the past 5 years in Strategy, Operating model design, Market place transformation as well as fund raise. Sreedhar works closely with the investment houses in India and abroad and was involved in many investments in this sector An avid speaker and one of the most profiled and quoted Consulting partner in the media on E-Commerce and consumer markets, Sreedhar spends considerable time in this dynamically changing sector on multi channel strategies and alliance models for customer acquisition
Partner at A.T. Kearney with primary focus on Go-To-Market strategy and end-to-end P&L Transformation. Over 14 years of experience with some of Asia's leading Retailer and Consumer Product companies.
Anand has around 16 years of experience from both an industry and consulting perspective. Anand is currently a Partner with the Strategy & Operations practice in Deloitte based out of Bangalore. He is a graduate from BITS Pilani and has completed his MBA from IIM Indore and PhD from IIM Bangalore. As a Fellow at IIMB - Anand has conducted research and taught courses on retail and supply chain management at international universities, including Helsinki School of Economics; and BINorwegian School of Management, Oslo. He has over a dozen research publications in retail, distribution and supply chain/logistics. His work has primarily been in the consumer markets domain across various sectors such as Retail and E-commerce, FMCG and Agribusiness. He has helped marquee global and domestic clients in formulation of growth strategy, India entry strategy design, enhancing operational efficiency, review and design of their operating model and business plan and implementation. He has also assisted several clients in the public sector in policy review and formulation. He has also authored several thought leaderships across retail, food and agribusiness.
Debashish has been selected as one of the hottest 40 young business leaders in India ("40 under 40") by Economic Times - Spencer Stuart, 2015. He has extensive experience in evaluating strategic decisions by companies as well as assisting Clients in their operations transformations. He is focused on the Consumer Goods & Retail industries and leads the Food Industry vertical for Asia-Pacific. He has worked across multiple countries in Asia and Middle East. Debashish has authored key thought pieces in the area of consumer behavior, Winning in Food in Emerging markets and is widely quoted in local media.In addition, Debashish provides oversight to Marketing activities in India. He has also served on the global Brand Council. He currently serves on the CII National Committee for FMCG and Retail.
Ajay Kaul joined Everstone Group in August, 2017, as a Senior Director to support growth in the quick service restaurant (QSR) business of its food platform, F&B Asia. Ajay is a food and beverage (F&B) industry veteran and the former chief executive officer of Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (the parent company of Domino’s Pizza India and Dunkin’ Donuts India). He has spent more than a decade in the F&B industry, during which he took Domino’s in India to become the largest market for Domino’s outside of the US. Ajay’s overall work experience spans almost 28 years, including at American Express and TNT India and Indonesia where he had business leadership roles. Kaul is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi(IIT D) and XLRI Jamshedpur.
Abheek Singhi leads BCG’s Consumer and Retail practice in Asia Pacific and in India. Having worked with clients in emerging markets like India, China, South East Asia and Middle East in addition to US and Canada for more than 17 years, Abheek has experience with clients in the private, public and government sectors on issues related to strategy, operational excellence and organizational improvement. Abheek has been a member of the National FMCG Committee and the National Retail Committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry for several years. In that role, he has worked to monitor the industry trends and also shape industry wide response. He has also been selected by the Aspen Institute to be a India Leadership Initiative Fellow and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.Abheek has co-authored the bestselling book "The $10 Trillion Prize" (published by Harvard Business Review Press). He has also authored several seminal reports on the Indian consumer and retail sectors – including " The Tiger Roars" , " Building a New India" and " Agribusiness: Cultivating New Opportunities". Abheek is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and a speaker at leading conferences and seminars.
Lara completed her Masters in Marketing from England and joined Madison in 2004 as a Management Trainee, followed by a Client Servicing role in The Advertising Unit and then took charge of diversification. Today, Madison World is a Diversified Communication group, with a Billing of Rs. 30 billion; having 26 Units across 11 specialized functional areas in Advertising, Media, Business Analytics, Out-of-Home, PR, Retail, Entertainment, Mobile, and Sports; employing about 800 Communication professionals across cities in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Lara also plays a role at an organisation level helping various Madison units in new business development, HR and Legal. She is a regular speaker at several conferences and has been raked in Impact’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media in India since the inception of the Report.
Professor Dhar has been involved in pioneering work in understanding the different factors that influence how consumers think and decide. He has also served as a consultant to dozens of Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of industries, including CPG, health care, high tech, financial services and luxury goods on developing best practices for generating and using customer insights. Ravi has published more than 60 articles and serves on the editorial boards of several of the leading marketing journals. The American Marketing Association recently ranked Professor Dhar as the second most productive scholar publishing in premier marketing journals from 2009 through 2016. His research and teaching has been honored with various awards including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, and the Yale School of Management Alumni Association Teaching Award. His work has been frequently mentioned in Business Week, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, USA Today, and other popular media.
Harminder Sahni is founder and MD of Wazir Advisors – a consulting firm focused on consumer products and services including Fashion, Food, Home,Consumer Durables, Automobiles, Entertainment and Wellness. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience and has been involved in corporate strategy,business creation, diversification and performance enhancement assignments across sectors for Indian as well as international clients. He has been instrumental in developing India entry strategies for many leading international companies and has also assisted them in finding suitable partners in India.
Ajay Macaden is an Executive Director with Nielsen India and leads the company’s Retailer Vertical and Industry Practice Groups for Telecom, Auto, Infrastructure and BFSI sectors. He is also the South Head of Nielsen and holds additional responsibility for the Sri Lanka business. Prior to this role, Ajay used to lead India’s Retail Measurement Services for West region. With nearly two decades of experience across research, media and advertising, of which, the last decade has been with Nielsen, Ajay played a leadership role in several core Nielsen businesses across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore, where he is currently based. Before joining Nielsen, he used to work with IMRB. Given the diversity of his experience, Ajay has been part of several panels and has presented at multiple industry forums and oft quoted in the media. A keen observer of consumer behaviour and industry trends, Ajay is passionate about technology, education and talent advancement.
Ankur's experience spans across Consumer Goods industry in markets including Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, US & Latin America. He has worked with and advised both domestic and Fortune 500 companies in more than 50 countries and has led training programs for more than 1000 hours. With a strong background of over 20 years with companies including Asbicon, Kantar Retail, Accenture, Procter & Gamble and ICI, his main areas of expertise include Sales Strategy and Route to Market, Sales Planning and Execution, Trade Promotions & Trade Investment Management, Distributor Selection and Management and Integrated Business Planning. Ankur has been recognized amongst the Top 100 Talented Retail Professionals of India in 2015 by Asia Retail Congress. He has been a part of various speaking sessions at leading retail events/ forums and academic institutions. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of London
B. S. Nagesh, is one of the pioneers of modern retail and has more than 32 years of experience in retail. He is a firm believer of the philosophy of 25 years of learning, 25 years of earning and 25 years of giving back. TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) is his way of giving back to the industry that gave him so much over the course of a rewarding career. Nagesh was the guiding force from the first Shoppers Stop store set-up in Andheri, Mumbai, where the store has now reached a national presence in 36 cities spread across India. During a rich and illustrious career in retail, he was conferred with numerous honours and awards. He was selected as one of the top 50 managers in India in a survey of Managers who can influence Indian business in the 21st century, received the 'Top CEO Award 2001' instituted by Institute of Marketing Management, was inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame at the World Retail Congress in 2008, was Chairman of the CII Retail Committee and Retailers Association of India, received the title of 'India's Greatest Brand Builder' from Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Awards, 2005, and also multiple awards at the IMAGES Retail Awards and IMAGES Fashion Awards for both Shoppers Stop and his own professional achievements.
Sunil Kumar Alagh is the Founder and Chairman of SKA Advisors – a business advisory and consultancy service with an emphasis on Marketing and Brand management strategies. He is a recognised thought provocateur who enables teams to realise their full potential and partners them to build a sustainable profitable business model. His wide range of clients include Godfrey Phillips India Ltd., La Opala RG Ltd., Setco Automotive Ltd., Mrs. Bector's Food Specialities Ltd., Elite Food Specialities Pvt. Ltd., Louis Dreyfus Commodities India Pvt. Ltd., Amira Pure Foods Pvt. Ltd., LT Foods Ltd, KS Oils Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer HealthCare Ltd., Warburg Pincus, Emami Ltd., VIP Luggage Ltd., Sapat Tea Ltd, Biocon India Ltd., and Mahindra Group. Sunil Alagh has 40 years of hands on experience and has developed and incubated several successful brands like Britannia Tiger. He also spearheaded Britannia's successful foray into Dairy through branded cheese and milk. He has a wealth of rich experience in marketing and brand building strategies. Sunil’s rich experience in multiple stakeholder management helps him mentor the top most executives plough through business objectives amidst conflicting personal objectives, fractured governance and challenging needs for succession planning.
Amitabh Taneja, Chairman & Managing Director and editor-in-chief, Images Group, has been working for over two decades now to modernize and expand the Indian retail market and build informed consumerism in India. He is also the founding director of the Shopping Centres Association of India and the Fashion Alliance India. He is the chief convenor of The India Retail Forum, India Fashion Forum, Food & Grocery, and Food Service Forum India. He is also on the board of several business & trade promotion organizations and had been instrumental in setting up operations for the International Council of Shopping Centres in India as its India Director in 2004. Headquartered in New Delhi, with offices across Indian metro’s and the Middle East, the Images Group is recognised by the international retail community and trusted as a lead catalyst for profitable growth of modern retail through knowledge platform leadership.