Krish Iyer is President and CEO Walmart India. A long-term retail professional with global retail experience, Krish brings significant management and leadership experience to his present role.
Krish has over three decades of rich experience in varied fields such as finance, marketing, retail & general management. In the field of retail, he has gained significant experience over the last sixteen years in various countries such as Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and USA in addition to India.
He joined Walmart International as a Senior Vice President in 2012. Prior to this, he served as Managing Director, A.S. Watson Group, a leading international health, beauty and lifestyle retailer. During his six years tenure at A.S. Watson Group, Krish handled the business in Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines as Managing Director, and as Regional Business Development Director and Regional Director of Store Design and Development for Asia and eastern Europe.
Prior to that, Krish was Managing Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail Limited. He started as Executive Director and CEO of Piramyd Retail in April 1999. During his 7.5 years tenure, Krish was also CEO of Retail Business of Piramal Enterprises comprising of Shopping Malls, Department Stores, Supermarkets and Entertainment Centres & Managing Director of Piramyd Retail. He successfully concluded an IPO in December 2005. During this period he was also a member of several industry associations, notable among them being the role of Founding Member of Retailers Association of India. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Enactus India, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. He is also the chairperson of FICCI Retail & Internal Trade Committee and a member of the CII committee on MNCs.
Krish has a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Accountant and an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Krish lives in Gurgaon. During leisure, he loves to read and spend time with his family.
Mr. Arvind Varchaswi serves as Managing Director, Sri Sri Tattva, an organization committed to seeing a Healthy, Happy, Modern World, through the ancient science of Life and Well-being. Sri Sri Tattva is one of the flagship brands of Quality Ayurveda and FMCG products in India and Worldwide. Arvind is also a “Group Advisor” – International Affairs of Ayush Advisory Group constituted by Pharmaceuticals Export Council of India (PHARMEXCIL). A Body set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India with the objective of Export Promotion of Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Ayurveda & Herbal Drug Preparation / Products globally.
Baqar is a seasoned retail professional with experience in retail strategy and operations, covering sectors such as Fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Grocery and Consumer Goods. Baqar worked for over 15 years as a management consultant in India, Asia, Europe and Africa and with American and European brands and retailers.
He has worked on projects including business growth strategy, market entry strategy, reboot strategy for multiple brands & retailers in India. His clients list includes Cotton Council International, Raymond, Arvind Ltd., Mahindra Retail, Heritage Foods, Metro Cash & Carry, Britannia, Walmart, Devyani Foods, Dabur, APEDA, Godrej Group, Aditya Birla Group, Reliance Group, Sequoia Capital, ICICI Ventures, AIG, CLSA, and IKEA India to name a few.
As Sequoia’s nominated CEO, he headed a men’s value brand with 600 plus stores and 125+ Shop-in-Shops. As Co-founder and CEO he also started two e-commerce ventures, one an online portal selling high-end fashion apparel and the other an online social discovery platform.
Baqar is the author of many whitepapers including those on the food & grocery market &
Baqar is an engineer from Central Textile Institute and postgraduate from NIFT.
Ms. Madhavi Das holds a Master degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Sustainable Development. She has more than twenty five years experience in India’s Civil Service, during which time she has formulated, implemented and led flagship Government schemes in a range fields. As Executive Director of the Pension Fund Regulatory Authority she has been instrumental in developing financial sector regulation. She has also been Secretary General of the Apparel Export Promotion Council and held senior posts in the Ministries of Telecommunications, Textiles and Finance. In her current role as Joint Secretary and CMSO at the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, she is directly involved in several policy related issues including large scale training and capacity building of Food Business Operators and social behavioural change through awareness building.
Chirag Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of 4700BC Popcorn, a premium Gourmet Popcorn brand, serving cheese, caramel, chocolate and candy flavours across various verticals like QSR, Cinema, Modern Retail, institutions and Corporate Gifting. His role is to make Gourmet Popcorn known in the country by the brand name “4700BC”
Before starting 4700BC Popcorn, he has worked with Deloitte Consulting US for 5 years, providing consulting to various state government across the country. He is MS Comp. Sc. from Case Western Reserve University from Cleveland, Ohio and B.Tech from Delhi.
I am hospitality professional, I am doing which I always want to do. I have over 20 years of experience in this field. I have gained business of commerce degree from Punjab University. I gained Post graduation diploma in hotel management from Meridian hotel school Sydney Australia. Then I achieved business management diploma from Pacific college of technology Sydney as well. I have got chance of working in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa, UAE, Uganda and India. I have learnt deep F&B understanding while working for many domestic and international brands like TGIF, CHILI’S, Nando’s and Barcelos. Business development, brand strategy, Operations, start up, Supply chain and team building are my core competence. Currently I am managing Barcelos as Business head in India.
When you relish Italian or European cheese right here in India, you can thank the ‘King Of Cheese’ who has made it all possible. Jehangir Lawyer, Director of Fortune Gourmet has been on a quest to broaden food horizons since 1997, when he started the company with 6 types of Italian cheese.
Today, Fortune Gourmet draws on a large network of national and international suppliers to provide products that go beyond cheese to include high quality meats, seafood and dry goods. From large companies like Zanetti to boutique manufacturers, Fortune Gourmet handpicks the best partners to supply the freshest ingredients to luxury hotels, independent restaurants, airlines and modern retail stores.
At this time, when the Indian palate is constantly evolving and taking to every kind of cuisine, the role of ingredients is becoming more critical. But it wasn’t always like this. At a time when it was hard to switch users from processed to cultured cheese, Jehangir Lawyer would spend days trying to convince restaurants to put the ‘real stuff’ in their food, even if it meant doing the deliveries all by himself.
His determination stemmed from his innate love for food, which he first discovered in the kitchens of his boarding school in Maryland, USA. After being summoned back home to take over his family’s garment business, Lawyer soon discovered that nothing could hold interest better than the food business, which he then dived into.
Recognition for his effort came when he was asked to be on the Board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to represent food space. When the government eased import restrictions, Fortune Gourmet then added a variety of products to their portfolio including charcuterie, meats, seafood, artisanal pasta and other dry goods.
Today the finest dishes are creations that one can easily access today because of the availability of these premium ingredients. And that’s what fuels Lawyer to push the envelope every single day. He says, “ For me, to give Iberico ham to a chef is like giving Monet some good paint.” Which is perfect for the evolving Indian palate and for those who are waiting, armed with their forks and knives, to enjoy one more masterpiece that comes in from the kitchen.
Mr Vaibhav Mittal, an MBA graduate from the prestigious Babson College in Boston (USA). He has a decade of professional experience in Education Marketing, Luxury Retail, and Extended Enterprise Management. In the last few years, he has worked extensively for the e-commerce divisions of World’s finest and topmost retail companies including Steinway & Sons and Guitar Center in USA.
Aditya Save (Twitter: @adisave) is the Co-founder of Agilio – Asia’s first Digital Transformation consultancy, focusing on business growth.
Prior to Agilio, Aditya was SVP & CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at People Interactive. Earlier, he was heading Marico’s Global Centre of Excellence for Digital and Media. Aditya has close to two decades of FMCG Marketing & Brand building experience across Healthcare, Personal care & Food categories.
Aditya is passionate about the growth of Startups & SME sectors in India. He has been involved with the Indian digital ecosystem for close to a decade now. He was a member of the inaugural MMA India council & has spoken at MMA forums in Singapore, Delhi & London. He has served on several award juries in the Marketing, Media, Digital & Mobile domains.
His paper on Mobile Marketing has been published by the IDM in the UK. Aditya has also served on the Board of Advisors for DMTI & is a keen student of the use of Consumer Insights in Brand building.
Aditya is a certified psychological counselor & is also an early-stage investor. He actively mentors startups in Food & Consumer Technology space.
“The power of imagination makes us infinite” is something Nikita Poojari first heard when she was 8 years old and it has stuck with her ever since. The lively and enthusiastic spirit with big dreams, has grown up watching her father, noted restaurateur Mr N.T. Poojari, set up his empire. With a role model like that, it’s no wonder that the young entrepreneur is all set to take the hospitality world by storm with her first venture- Fish N Bait, a fine dine restaurant set in the heart of BKC.
Nikita finished her schooling from Lilavatibai Podar High School and went on to pursue Instrumentation Engineering from Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology. Although she has an engineering background, Nikita chose to immerse herself completely into setting up Fish N Bait as she believes that she can bring in a youthful energy to the restaurant. As a teenager, one of the first few tasks that she was given was to assist her father in the payroll of his restaurant staff. She believes though the task was small, it built a strong work ethic, the impact of which has stayed till date.
“The food industry has developed tremendously in the past couple of years. The younger generation has become curious to try various international cuisines. This coupled with the fact that more people are eating out, gives this industry a lot of scope in the market”, says Nikita Poojari on setting up Fish N Bait.
When she’s not busy with Fish N Bait, Nikita likes to spend her time pursuing her hobbies. One of the things she is deeply passionate about is singing. Music has been her main interest since she was a young girl and the classically trained Nikita cites Adele, Beyonce and Rihanna as her idols. Nikita also likes to indulge in adventure sports. She makes it a point to take out time every few months and experience new activities. She recently went paragliding and bungee jumping is next on her bucket list.
Although she admits to not knowing how to dish up extravagant food, she can manage cooking comfort meals such as a simple sabzi and chappati. Her passion has always been eating delicious food rather than cooking it. Nikita’s favourite cuisine is Thai and a hot, steamy bowl of Massaman curry with rice brightens up her day.
Nitin Shankar Nagrale is working with Foodlink Restaurants India Private Limited as Vice President Materials since January 2017.
He brings with him a rich experience of over 23 years during which he has been actively involved in managing procurement and supply chain procedures for key hotels like Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Taj Lands End (The Regent Mumbai), Grand Hyatt Mumbai, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Sofitel Mumbai BKC and the upcoming The Chedi Mumbai (formerly Radisson Blu Plaza Mumbai) Director Materials.
He played an instrumental role in purchase of Operating Equipment and Supplies as part of the pre opening team at the Grand Hyatt, Westin Mumbai, Sofitel Mumbai BKC and at The Chedi Mumbai. At Starwood Hotels he has represented India, Bangladesh and Nepal as a region at the Purchasing Council and at Sofitel he was involved in setting up Sofitel Bangkok and Sofitel Bali. Before this he has worked with Jet Airways, RKHS and Dawnay Day India Land Private Limited.
He also worked with M/s Quality New Zealand India as General Manager Supply Chain. A unique business model owned by some world class cricketers of New Zealand like Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming, Brandon McCullum and Daniel Vettori.
Nitin graduated from Mumbai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He has obtained Diploma in Materials Management from IIMM Bangalore and Diploma in Hotel Management in Catering Technology & applied Nutrition from IHM, Mumbai. He has also completed Masters in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
Nitin has been awarded the Best Procurement Manager at India Hospitality Awards 2017, Most Admired Procurement Person of the Year at CMO Asia 2017, National Award at India Hospitality + F&B Pro Goa 2017, Jury Award for Exemplary Contributions to the Profession at Indian Hospitality Awards 2017, Face of the Future by India Hospitality Awards 2016, Procurement Leader of the Year 2016 Award at Hotelier India Summit in June 2016 and Excellence in People Development Award from CPO Forum in July 2015. He was awarded the first “Business Manager of the year 2001-2002” and recognized as “Best Manager on Duty” at The Regent, Mumbai. He is also been awarded with “Certificate of Appreciation” for successfully opening of the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, The Westin Mumbai Garden City and Sofitel Mumbai BKC. In 2010 and in 2016 he was among the finalists the “Best Procurement Manager Year Award” from Hotelier India.
He is the first person in the world to have completed the CERTIFIED HOTEL PURCHASE MANAGER Certification Course from American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI).
He has authored many articles in various Hospitality Magazines on Materials Management and Supply Chain Management.
In 2010 Nitin founded a forum for hospitality procurement professionals named Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum. HPMF is first of its kind initiative in India which aims to provide a platform for confluence of buyers from hotels, restaurants, catering, airline industry and manufacturers and traders catering to hospitality industry. Today HPMF has over 1400 members from over 1050 organizations across India.
He also has created a professional group on LinkedIn called Materials Management which has more than 55,000 professionals as members from different parts of the world.
Parthi Muthukumarasamy is a Senior Trade Commissioner and Counsellor responsible for Agriculture and Food Sector at the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi. In his role he facilitates trade between Canada and India in the agriculture sector also works on advancing collaboration between Canadian and Indian Agriculture Universities and Research centres on technology development and knowledge transfer. Parthi has worked in both private and public sector in the Agriculture domain in both India and Canada and brings wealth of experience in animal husbandry, food processing, food safety and agriculture.
Amit Sharma is the Co-founder & CEO of SHOPX (SHOPX.in), a technology-led startup in Bangalore that aims at expanding ecommerce to “India II” by connecting brands and suppliers with small merchants and consumers on a digitally managed retail platform.
With over 16 years of experience in technology, startup building and ecommerce, Amit has designed and built one of the first Grid Computing Management Platforms in the world. He holds two international patents for the same as a lead inventor (filed by Infosys Technologies) and has also published more than 10 research papers in international IEEE/ACM Journals and Conferences.
Apart from raising multiple rounds of funding and starting two successful businesses in the past, Amit has also led the Startup Leadership Program in Bangalore. He holds an MBA from UCLA and has worked with leading consultancies in Silicon Valley before setting base to build a profitable ecommerce business in India.
Subhaprada is an accomplished senior executive with 20 years of experience in quality operations in Food Processing Industry across organizations including Coca-Cola India and Al Kabeer Exports
An alumnus of CFTRI Mysore, her experience includes a rich mix of audit and training delivery, frontline factory operations, quality assurance and compliance.
In her current role as Director, Food Adroit, she is works with food businesses in implementing strategic quality management.
Currently she is the Secretary for the AFST Mumbai chapter, she is an active member of the Association and has worked with state ad central FSSAI departments in competence development to the changed regulations.
Adam Branson arrived in Mumbai, India in August 2014 to serve as the Senior Agricultural Attaché for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Currently, he is based out of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. Previously, he served as an Ag. Attaché in Mexico City, the FAS Washington Deputy Chief of Staff, an FAS China Desk officer, and as an Ag. Specialist in Beijing. He started with USDA in 2001 and serves as part of a broader team that addresses regulatory and policy issues, conducts economic analysis, and initiates and supervises marketing efforts in support of U.S. food, beverage, and agricultural product exports.
Ian Wright CBE is Director-General of The Food & Drink Federation, the voice of UK food and drink manufacturing. FDF is at the heart of the debate on Brexit, Childhood Obesity and the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Before joining FDF in March 2015, Ian was a member of the Diageo executive committee. He has worked for Boots The Chemists and for Pillsbury, Burger King and Mars Confectionery. His career also includes spells in consultancy and politics and he is currently an adviser to The Work Crowd. He was awarded the CBE for political and public service in the August 2015 Dissolution Honours.
Legal professional with 11 years of experience in IP and Food Retail
Currently working as Manager (Legal and Compliance) in Aditya Birla Retail Limited since 2010
Experience in performing and managing legal functions of the company for IP and Food retailing to
minimize the risk of litigation and non compliance
Independently Developed an In house compliance manual and check list for food retail industry to use
periodically for compliance checks and audits.
Launched compliance audit concept for retail stores to trace, capture non compliances and create
awareness and steps towards maximum compliance.
Vast experience in Conducting store audits and compliance awareness workshops to maintain the store
staff abreast with regulatory changes in food industry
Adept in handling legal and compliance issues with various courts and regulatory authorities
Monitoring approval procedure for labeling of the food products by checking requirements under
various regulations with suitable interpretation of applicable laws likes Food Safety Standards Act, Legal
Metrology Act, Drugs & Cosmetics Act, Consumer protection Act.
FSSA licensing requirement under law, with support extended by Government officials arranged
awareness programmes for organization stakeholders and successfully completed 100 % Fssai licensing
Strategic planning -Sustaining profitable operations with focus on budgeting & marketing. Develop SIS
Model in Food retail which resulted in breakeven of store.
Operations – Store opening, Benchmarking & Competitor Analysis, Team building and management,
Analysis of P&L of individual stores and work on strategies to make it profitable.
Category management – National Agreements, Range Rationalization, Brands Introduction, Planograming, OOS
Analysis, Brand Promotion, Sales and Margin tracking, , Develop New Categories.
Promotions- Best in class promotions covering all the important merchandise category & Tracking of the Promotion effectiveness and planning future strategies accordingly.
Specialties: Category Management, Operations, Designing Promotions & Strong Negotiation skills
Associate Vice President at Nature’s Basket Limited
April 2017 – Present
Heading Buying and Merchandising for Godrej Natures Basket
General Manager at Nature’s Basket Limited
November 2014 – March 2017 (2 years 5 months)
Handling Buying & Merchandising for Godrej Natures Basket
Senior Category Manager (Food Business) at Future Value Retail
June 2010 – October 2014 (4 years 5 months)
Looking after Breakfast Cereals, Noodles, Sauces & other Culinary range, Dairy & Frozen foods Portfolio
nationally. Also resonsible for International business of Future Group
• Invited by SOPEXA India for sourcing mission to France & participated in SIAL Food festival in
• Invited by SUSTA for sourcing mission to Atlanta & Newyork & participated in Summer food fancy
show which is one of the largest specialty food fair
• Invited by Philippine Trade & Investment centre for VIB Programme of International Food
Exhibition(IFEX) Manila, Philippines
• Invited by AMEC to participate in Alimentaria exhibition held in Barcelona, Spain
• Invited by CIBUS for participating in CIBUS food fair, Parma Italy
• Invited by SISAB to participate in International trade fair of food & beverages held in Lisbon
• Participated in ISM, Cologne, Germany which is one of the largest confectionary fair in the world
• Participated In Gulf Food festival(Dubai)& liaison with different companies in introducing their
products in our stores
DGM(Operations) at Indiabulls Retail Services Ltd.
December 2007 – May 2010 (2 years 6 months)
Jan 09- May 2010
• Developed SIS Model in convenience store (5000sqft) and launched the brand “HAPPY STORE” with store
achieving the breakeven.
•• Heading the business for HAPPY STORE
Dec 07 to Dec 08(Mumbai)
Worked as Category Manager for Processed Food & staples
Aligned to CEO – Indiabulls Retail Services Ltd.
Deputy Category Manager, Food Bazaar
July 2004 – November 2007 (3 years 5 months)
• Handled Processed foods category (300 Crores Approx) in Food Bazaar nationally which contributes about
35% of overall Food business.
• Processed food Portfolio includes Beverages, Snacks, Additives & Preservatives, Dairy, Frozen, Ready
to cook, Ready to Eat, Health foods & Baby foods.
National Institute of Agricultural Marketing(NIAM), Jaipur
Post Graduate Diploma in Agri Business Management, Marketing, 2002 – 2004
Haryana Agricultural University
MSc. Ag in Horticulture, Horticulture, 2000 – 2002
Mr. Varun Kapur graduated ‘magna cum laude’ from New York University, Stern School of Business with Bachelors in Science – Finance and Accounting. He worked as an Investment Banker at the Bank of America’s Leveraged Finance Group, before returning to India to join his family’s expanding business.
Varun oversees K Hospitality Corp’s key interests in travel retail, with operations across F&B, first and business class lounges, and retail. Travel Food Services, which is the group’s primary vehicle in the F&B business within the travel sector, has been the industry leader in this segment with presence across key travel hubs and a strong basket of proprietary brands as well as relationships with most of the leading national & international brands in the country.
Geetika joined TiE Delhi in 2001 during the early days of its inception in India and has played a key role over the last 16 years in bolstering the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Under her leadership, TiE Delhi-NCR Chapter has received the TiE Global Award of the Best TiE Chapter five times. TiE Delhi-NCR was also awarded for its exemplary work in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem for ‘Small Businesses in India’ during the World SME Conference 2016 and was recently felicitated by CNBC Young Turks, for being an “Enabler of the Ecosystem for Start-ups”
Geetika has been conferred the “Chairman’s Award” in 2016 and was recognized internationally for her contribution and exceptional service to the ecosystem by being awarded the “Best Executive Director Globally” in 2012 by TiE.
Under Geetika’s leadership TiE Delhi-NCR has relentlessly worked on organizing special interest groups focused events. Travel, Health, Education as well as Food and Food Services are few of the special interest groups at TiE Delhi-NCR.
The National Award winner for business excellence by IEDRA (Indian Economic Development & Research Association) Members of Gambhir family are traditionally traders and were involved in the import and trading of dry fruits & asafoetida (Hing) much before partition in 1947. Mr. Gaurav Gambhir is the 4th generation in this business. He took pioneering initiative in setting up a factory in Mumbai and get into manufacturing. He is passionate about cooking and loves to experiment with spices.
Arumugham Mahendran is an Indian entrepreneur and the Chairman and Managing Director of Global Consumer Products Private Limited, a ‘‘synthetic startup’’ in the consumer goods sector. He is the former Managing Director of Godrej Consumer Products Limited.  Mahendran holds a degree in Bachelors in Commerce from the Loyola College, Chennai, India  and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979.  He also completed Advanced Management Programs from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Manish Tiwary is responsible for Amazon’s category management in India. He assumed this responsibility
in May 2016 post a long and fruitful stint with Unilever.
Manish has close to 20 years of experience with Unilever in various sales, marketing and general
management roles. Manish was part of the Unilever (India) Board with specific responsibility for Sales for
South Asia. His last role was as the Managing Director for Unilever (Gulf) managing a cluster of 34
countries in North Africa and Middle East operating from Dubai.
Manish holds a Management degree from Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) and a Bachelor’s
degree in Computer science from BITS.
Sunit Saraswat is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1989)/ BIT,
Sunit’s career spans over two and a half decades in Sales and leadership roles across various
industries including FMCG, Office Automation, Energy and Healthcare.
He has held profit centre responsibility for and handled various popular consumer brands such as
Fryums, Kiwi, Brylcreem, Sundrop, Godrej and Pillsbury while working in the FMCG sector.
Sunit’s last few assignments have been in CXO roles. He was the CEO for Innovlite, a pioneering LED
lighting company. He has also been the COO and then the CEO for Viva Sehat Healthcare where he
managed 75 primary healthcare clinics across Hyderabad and Bangalore.
He has been the COO of ZopNow for the last three years, where he has helped scale up the
operations from six to thirty stores across ten cities.
Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan has two decades of experience in R&D and administration at the CSIR –
Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI), a prestigious Food Research Institution in
the country. He was a Principal Scientist and Coordinator for the Academy of Scientific & Innovative
Research (AcSIR) at CSIR-CFTRI, before being appointed as the Director of Indian Institute of Food
Processing Technology, Thanjavur.
Dr. Anandharamakrishnan completed his Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough
University, United Kingdom, under the Commonwealth Scholarship programme. He pursued his B.Tech
(Chemical Engineering) and M.Tech from A.C. College of Technology, Anna University, Chennai. His
areas of research include design of engineered nano and micron scale delivery systems for the controlled
and targeted release of food bioactive compounds, spray drying and spray-freeze- drying of food products
and computational modeling of food processing operations. His research endeavours are well
documented in the form of highly commendable publications in reputed international journals, 2
International patents and 7 Indian patents. He is also the author of 4 books and 17 book chapters
published by coveted publishers. He has supervised 8 PhD theses and more than 40 Bachelor’s and
Dr. Anandharamakrishnan is the elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the
Institute of Engineers (FIE). He is the Editor of Journal of Food Science and Technology, Editorial Board
member of the Journal of Food Science and Engineering and International Journal of Applied
Nanotechnology; peer reviewer for more than 15 International journals and member of the Board of
Studies in various academic institutions. He is the recipient of several awards including, Prof. Jiwan Singh
Sidhu Award 2010 from the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), Best Scientist
Award- 2012, Best Applied Research paper published – 2014 by CSIR-CFTRI and Dr B. D. Tilak
Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award 2016 from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). He
is also recipient of the prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Scientific Tamil Excellence Award 2017 and
recently Dr. M. Sabir Oration Award 2017 by Indian Society of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Under his leadership, IIFPT was recognised by the Indian Technical Congress for it’s contribution in
promoting food security and research. IIFPT was also ranked 87th in overall MHRD-NIRF 2017 rankings
and the Institute was awarded as Excellent Institute for Food Processing Technology in India during the
11th National Education Summit & Awards 2017. IIFPT also received ASSOCHAM’s award for Best
Institute for Women Skill Development 2017, FICCI’s award for Excellence in Institutional Social
Responsibility 2017 and Skoch Gold Award – 2017 for ‘Mahua Nutribar’, ‘Millet Idli and Dosa Mix
Technology’ & ‘Non-Dairy Functional Millet Ice Cream’.
An alumini of IHM Hyderabad, Chef Jerson started his career as a management trainee with the French chain-Accor group of hotels under the brand Novotel (Hyderabad) and HICC. His culinary journey boasts of applauded hotels and restaurants including Taj, Novotel, Ritz Carlton- Marriott’s ,Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and casinos and now Hotel Sea princess-one of Mumbai’s oldest 5 stars where he currently heads the culinary brigade as the Executive chef.
Jerson has established himself as a critically acclaimed chef and received numerous awards and accolades. He was awarded the youngest most talented Executive Sous Chef in the Middle East in the year 2011 and the most Creative Chef of India award in 2014 and the Youngest best Executive chef award in 2016.
He has been involved in initiating diverse food fiestas around the globe, conducts various cookery shows and competitions across the globe. He has mastered the fine-dining techniques working with many renowned chefs such as Chef Gordon Ramsey, Chef Jason Gronlund and other celebrity chefs. He is also specialized in Trans Atlantic fusion food and is a master of Portuguese and Goan cuisines along with a great flair at live cooking and flambéing. Chef Jerson brings along an illustrious twelve years of professional experience in the industry, and focuses on the highest quality ingredients, prepared with clockwork precision and abundant planning and execution. He has also won several accolades for the various restaurants he has set across the globe.
He is also a member of the Western Indian culinary Association(WICA) and a HACCP certified chef.
Kabir Gossain is currently Head – Key Customers , Modern Trade with Hindustan Unilever Limited where he has been working since 2005. He has been in leadership positions in Account Management with Modern Trade and Distributive Trade with HUL in the past as also a global role based out of Singapore where he travelled to many countries around the globe. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Lucknow and an engineering graduate from BIT Ranchi. He is an avid traveller and has travelled extensively in India and overseas. Reading is a de-stressor and he can read everything under the sun and current interest is in Vedic Mythology. These days he is a doting father to his six month daughter!
Kusum is currently taking care of entire Fresh & chill division at West coast group which consist of 3 retail stores, online portal, orders on call, SIS & pre packs in leading Modern Trades. The brand in the market is “Cambay Tiger”. As a business head, she is responsible for the entire operations, Sales & P&L of the division.
She has total experience of 7 years in insurance and retail industry and has done her masters in finance and marketing from IBS, Hyderabad.
Mohit Khattar is currently the CEO for Graviss Foods Pvt Ltd, the master license holder for Baskin Robbins In India and South Asia.
In his previous stint as CEO and MD for Godrej Natures Basket, he played a key role in shaping and establishing Natures Basket as a differentiated food retail entity and in growing the brand and the business multi-fold during his 8 years with the Godrej group.
In his career spanning over two and half decades, he has been involved with and worked on several other successful programs, initiatives and campaigns with leading brands and organisations including Titan Watches, Reckitt Benckiser, T.I Cycles of India and Subhiksha. He is also a beachhead advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for the Food & beverage industry since July 2016. He is based out of Mumbai.
Mr. Ashim Sanyal, the Chief Operating Officer of Consumer VOICE, an International NGO/VCO working in the field of consumer awareness and education.
He is associated with the Consumer VOICE since 2007.
After completing B.Com(Honors) from University of Delhi, Mr.Sanyal has done Post Graduation Diploma in Management (Specialization in Marketing) from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), New Delhi in 1980 – 1982.
In the past 25 years of service prior to this, has worked in various reputed companies in India & abroad as a senior corporate manager having risen to CIO / CEO positions .Mr. Ashim is expertise in determining organization’s mission & strategic direction as conveyed through policies & corporate objectives; with focus on top line and bottom-line performance.
As the heading the organization he manages the consumer awareness and education working in the fields of Comparative Testing , Sustainability Projects, advocacy with full membership of Consumers International and Consumer Research Testing, besides managing relations with ISO, COPOLCO, WHO, CODEX, UNIDO, Climate Works Foundation, Eco Asia, CLASP, REEP, Winrock etc. .Apart he involved in the representation and managing work with Ministries like Consumer Affairs, Food, Agriculture, Health, Food Processing, Corporate affairs, Telecommunication , HRD etc. Representing VOICE in standardization bodies like BIS, BEE, QCI, STQC,FSSAI etc.
Mr.Sanyal is a member of various forums as FICCI, ASSOCHAM and PHD Chamber of Commerce .On food and health issues as consumer interest at international level such as Consumers International. And also represents consumer interest in committees of FSSAI. ,member of “Surakshit Khadya Abhiyaan”-A Nation Mission on Safe Food by Confederation of Indian Industry –Food and Agriculture Center of Excellence.
He has also developed a food desk in the organization headed by an expert.
He is responsible for overall profitability of operations and accountable for strategic utilization and deployment of available resources to achieve organizational objectives. Consumer VOICE is working in the fields of Comparative Testing, Sustainability Projects, Advocacy with full membership of Consumers International and International Consumers Research Testing, and Mr. Ashim plays an important role in execution, proactive planner. His experience shows that he has a comprehensive understanding of the emerging market trends and flair to keep abreast of the same. He traveled across Europe, Middle East, Africa and U.S.A.
A highly Result-oriented & hands on Sales and Marketing Professional with Leadership experience of 15 + years across diverse channels & markets in India & Ex India geographies.
As Sales Director at Abbott Nutrition, Vikas is part of India’s Senior Leadership team and responsible for driving Pan India Sales and Profitability across General Trade, Modern Trade & E- commerce channels.
Vikas has been with Abbott Nutrition India for 8 years and responsible for driving unprecedented sales growth for brands like Pediasure, Ensure and Similac across Trade channels.
1) Overall, 15 years of work experience as a trained chef, chocolatier, food stylist, author and an ex top ranking executive at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, India.
2) Has served Barack Obama, Nicholas Sarkozy, Vladimir Putin, Richard Branson in the West; Ambanis, Tendulkars, Khans, Bachchans and Kapoors in India along with Queen Rania of Jordan, The Royal family of Al Sabah, Al Khalifa and Al Saud in the Arabian Gulf, amongst many others. Has been gifted a rosary by the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis for my contribution to Indian culture through a culinary book by Bloomsbury USA.
3) Known as ‘The Prince of Chocolates’ and ‘The Bombay Chef’ by fans and followers worldover and has a reach of over 20 million + through his digital shows by Rajshri Productions – the premier film-making family in the Indian Film Industry
4) Cocoa Brand Ambassador appointed by Government of Ecuador since 2014
5) The ONLY Indian representative to Vietnam Cocoa Revolution
6) As an author, documented the best-seller ‘Celebrate Life, Food and Wine’ And as a food stylist for Bloomsbury USA, UK and India.
7) Has recently styled the most expensive cookbook in the world – Utsav; priced at 3 million.
8) Credited to have created India’s first-of-its-kind 6 feet tall Chocolate Mannequin and Chocolate Ganesha Idol on television.
9) Part of ‘Make in India’ campaign by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, as a chef promoting healthy food for PepsiCo.
10) Curated Charity Gala Dinner for Smile Foundation and Cricket maestro Virat Kohli’s charity Foundation
11) Featured as Guest Chef and Master Indian Chocolatier on MasterChef India Season 5 on Star Plus.
12) Represented PepsiCo, Rich’s Cream, Mondelez International, Danone, USA Pears, Calpro, Pacari, Femina, Livogen and Sri Sri Products for food demonstrations and product launches in the recent past.
13) The only chef in the world to be featured in an in-flight magazine by Brussels Airways as a noteworthy step towards launching direct flights between Belgium and Mumbai.
14) On the Advisory Panel of India’s first magazine specializing in kitchens- Better Kitchen.
15) Chef Varun’s food demonstration of ‘The Bombay Chocolate Roll ups’ was one of the top 6 attractions at HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 and amongst one the highest in terms of turn out too.
16) His travel show ‘Varun’s Getaway’ videos on Facebook created a record of 5 million + views in less than 12 hours.
17) The ONLY chef in India known as a specialist in cuisines, patisserie as well as chocolaterie.
18) Today , chef Varun Inamdar is regarded as one of the TOP 10 celebrity chefs in India.
20) According to a popular American website, 3 of chef Varun Inamdar’s recipes as ‘The Bombay Chef’ rank amongst the ‘Top 10’ in the world alongside Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay.
21) Recipient of the National Award for The Best Chocolatier of the year at the hands of Mr. Nilesh Gabral, Chairman of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation in Goa
22) Just back from hosting week long Annapurna; first of its kind Indian food festival in Guatemala, Central America powered by the Indian Embassy, Raymonds, Parle-G, Girnar tea to name a few.
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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
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.
Sagar Anand N. Kurade is the Chairman & Managing Director of Suman Project Consultants Private Limited. He has played a key role on several Industry platforms including as President of the All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA), President of the Association of Food Scientists & Technologists (I), Delhi and as Executive Member – Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI), The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Mr. Kurade has over 17 years of pedigreed work experience in providing management & industrial consulting services to leading Indian Food & Agri Business Companies as well as several Fortune 100 companies operating in the food processing sector. He has extensive understanding of the Global Food & Agribusiness industry sector and has a widespread network of meaningful relationships with the leadership teams of most large food & agribusiness companies operating in India.
He has extensive hands-on consulting experience in the agri-infrastructure & food processing industry sectors and has considerable & widespread expertise & track record in project planning, project implementation, regulatory advisory, effecting meaningful market tie-ups as well as mergers & acquisitions / transaction advisory
Sagar Anand N. Kurade is the recipient of several marquee awards and commemorations including the “President Medal” from the All India Food Processors Association, Udyog Ratan Award from Institute of Economic Studies and “NCCI Awards of Excellence in Food Processing” from the NCR Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. is an active speaker at events & conferences organized by the Ministry of Food Processing, Government of India as well as leading Industry associations such as AIFPA, CIFTI and FICCI.
Mr. S. Swaminathan, Head – Industry Engagement, GS1 India, has been engaged in driving adoption of global standards and best practices in India, which facilitate universal identification, track & trace, recalls management, and information exchange between trading partners across Industry sectors.
Mr. Swaminathan has over 25 years of experience across Automatic Data Capture Industry, software products and services sector in varied responsibilities which include channel development, supply chain management, sales/marketing and project management for domestic and international markets.
Prior to joining GS1 India in 2010, Mr. Swaminathan was the Country Manager, Japan and South East Asia with Newgen Software Technologies Ltd and Country Manager, South Asia with PSC Inc., USA.
Mr. Swaminathan is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and an alumnus of Indian Institute of Foreign trade.
I am Chaitanya kumar Lingamallu, Co-founder & CMD of the chocolate room (India) Pvt. Ltd. I have more than 10 years of experience in this F&B Industry, we are running more than 200+ chocolate cafes across pan India. I studied Bachelor of engineering in the field of electronics and communications engineering, I completed my master of information technology in Australia.
Ashwini is a Brand & Innovation Marketing expert and chapter President of Confederation of Women
Entrepreneurs of India. She has 14 years of deep FMCG marketing experience across categories of
Processed Food, Personal Care and in the Lifestyle categories of Hospitality and Fashion.
Ashwini’s expertise is rooted in the fields of Concept Design and Brand Strategy. Over a period of
years, she has honed her core strengths in identifying consumer need gaps and insights, crafting
relevant product or brand strategies, and bringing business ideas to life in the market.
She has anchored 7 successful brand launches and created about 25 business building campaigns
across ATL and BTL.
Her specialty lies in having worked on brands across the Retail Pyramid, from very Rural Mass brands
to Very Premium Personal Care and Lifestyle brands in India. She has a very nuanced understanding of
the consumer insights, expectations and communication across the value chain in the Indian Market.
A start up expert, Ashwini has vast experience in identifying disruptive market opportunities, working
on new product launches, developing business models, communication and go to market strategies.
An Innovator passionately focused on the intersection of creativity, brand and business strategy. Experience
in driving innovation practice and outcomes as a leader within an entrepreneurial company. Proven ability
to collaborate with all levels of an organization and inspire vision, direction and action around new business
initiatives. Highly skilled in marketing, brand strategy, innovation process and methodology, creative problem
solving, and team consensus building.
Richa Arora, in her current role as COO of the Consumer Products Business at Tata Chemicals Ltd, is
leading the transformation of the unit to a player of significance in the wider foods industry, while continuing
to strengthen the core salt business.
A result oriented leader, with a passion for making nutrition intrinsic to food, Richa has 30 years of wide
ranging experience spanning Business operations, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Communications.
She has worked across many industries & cultures, and also in highly competitive & challenging
environments (foods, consumer durables etc.)
Prior to Tata Chemicals, Richa had set up Five by Six Consulting – a boutique strategic marketing
consulting firm, advising companies like McCain Foods, Britannia and Wipro (Consumer). Before Five by
Six, Richa worked as Head of Marketing & Innovation at Britannia, and in leadership positions at Balsara
Currently serving on the CII National Committee on Nutrition 2017-18 CII, Richa is also part of National
Committee FMCG 2017-18 & the CII Maharashtra Forum on Agriculture & Food Processing.
Besides Business, Richa is passionate about photography, which is more than a casual hobby: She has
had solo & group exhibitions in India in the last 6-7 years, including the India Art Fair.
Richa is an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and a Chevening scholar from the London School of Economics.
18 years of industry experience in FMCG & Consumer Industry, across Trade Functions, in various Customer Development & Export functions with specialization in Modern Trade & Account Management with organizations like Hindustan Unilever, Pidilite Industries & currently with Abbott Nutrition International, India as Head of Modern Trade, Institution & E Commerce.
Anirudh has done MBA in Entrepreneurship from Amity Business School, Noida with specialization in Marketing and Operations. He has an experience with Chai Break for 6+ years.
Entrepreneurs always dream so did he with a will to succeed and an intent to Create the biggest F&B brand of India he started Chai Break. Its important for any start – up to be PAT positive as early as possible to sustain in the long run.
An IIM K alumnus with the background of Mechanical Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Materials Management, with more than two decades of experience in F.M.C.G, Pulp and Fibre, Spices, Fruits and Vegetables .Prior to the kick-off of Eten Craft Holdings Pvt Ltd, He was working as a Division Head of Synthite Industries –World’s largest Spices and oleoresin Manufacturer.
Vallabh is a FMCG & Retail veteran with over 24 years experience working with reputed organisations like Wipro consumers, Dabur India, Revlon, Godrej agrovet, Aditya Birla Retail & Reliance
Vallabh has done his post-graduation in Marketing from Welingkar Institute of Management.
His core competence is buying & merchandising, shopper insights, Sales,
Branch management & supply chain.
He worked as Merchandise Director-FMCG with Aditya Birla Retail in his last assignment. He is heading the FMCG business of Reliance Retail.
Varun Tuli completed his Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, but food is the greatest passion for the young restaurateur who is also a budding chef.
As a continuously innovating entrepreneur, Varun is always looking for new ways and ideas to bring to life individual passions. In 2008, Varun decided to follow his passion and setup Yum Yum Tree, India’s first restaurant with conveyer belt sushi. YYC expanded to DLF Cyber Hub in 2016 and Khan Market in 2017 and has many other outlets in the pipeline.
Varun also set up Food Inc in 2012, one of India’s premiere full outdoor-catering services which specialize in Asian, Pan-Indian, Continental and Fusion foods for their events held in India and overseas.
He started Noshi-Yum Asian Delivery in 2016. Varun’s drive to innovate never dies and he hopes to expand these ventures to even greater heights in the coming years.
With nearly 30 years in multiple organisations such as Gillette, Dabur and Henkel, Aseem Soni has held senior leadership position in various FMCG companies over the past 12 years, steering small to large-sized business.
Working across functions, he has led team across sales, marketing and commercial domains.
A post-graduate from IRMA (Anand), Soni spent nearly three years on an international assignments with Reckitt Benckiser East Africa, driving its business across the East African market between 2005 and 2007.
He is currently the CEO of Modern Foods, the 50-yr old Modern Bread business. Where he moved after a 4-year stint with Cargill as Director of its consumer pack vertical. One of the first businesses to be divested by the Govt of India in the year 1998, Modern Foods was acquired by the PE Fund Everstone Capital in early 2016. Soni is eager to leverage the huge potential that such an iconic brand possesses!
Variety is synonymous to Tushar Malkani. His extensive list of achievements is the result of years of experience in various domains of the food industry. From Food Preparation to Menu creation, from event planning to Club F&B operations, from Sanitation to Preparation of Reports – Tushar Malkani has honed his skills as Executive and Personal Chef, Consultant, Food Stylist and Photographer.
He has associated with several top hotels in Mumbai and other Indian cities. Tushar is also an Executive Chef for Khar Gymkhana and has guided several brands help improve their reach, create innovative menus and enhance food safety in their premises.
He is also presently shooting for YouTube shows at Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khana Khazana. Along with this, he has a sharp eye for different activities that happen behind the cooking platform. He is a member of several National and International Food Associations, like Israel MasterChef Association, Indian Federation and Association of Chef Societies, Brand Ambassador of Chef’s Institute – Kolhapur and many others.
Bhavik Rathod heads UberEATs in India. He was formerly GM, South & West, Uber Rides Business and has been with Uber since the start of Uber India operations in Bangalore in August 2013. After successfully setting up the rides business, Bhavik will now focus on growing UberEATS business in India.
Prior to Uber, Bhavik founded a startup called EmployeeSocial, a company that delivered web based solutions to run social recognitions and manage employee rewards. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young as a manager in the Performance Improvement practice and was responsible for founding a part of the practice in India.
Bhavik holds an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and a BE in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Mahesh Kanchan is the Vice President – Marketing at Carlsberg India Pvt. Ltd. Under the leadership of
Mahesh, CIPL has become the fastest growing alcobev company in India. Tuborg has moved to a # 2
position and is the # 1 International beer brand in India. The company has moved to a 18% share in 2017
& has outpaced industry growth..
Before this, Mahesh had a 4 year stint with Hershey India as the Vice President Sales & Marketing. Under
Mahesh’s leadership brands like Nutrine, Hersheys Syrup, Sofit Soyamilk, Jumpin Juices registered
strong growths. Mahesh was instrumental in developing & executing up the new ‘Route to Market’
strategy and launching brands like Jolly Rancher & Ice Breakers in India.
Mahesh also had a decade long stint with Unilever in India (Hindustan Unilever Ltd.) handling various
assignments across Sales and Marketing. Mahesh handled iconic brands like Knorr, Kissan, Huggies,
Blue Band, Astra, Flora and the list continues. He has been a part of the Spreads & Dressings Category
Leadership Team for Unilever – Asia AMET and has been instrument in the development of the HUL
India Foods Strategy.
Mahesh completed his MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in 1997
Rachel is the head of Asbicon Learning globally responsible for developing and
delivering capability development for Consumer Goods and Retail professionals.
Rachel has over 20 years of experience across FMCG and Online Retail industries.
In her previous experience, for more than 9 years Rachel worked with Procter & Gamble, Europe,
responsible for their Healthcare and Pet Food Divisions as UK Sales Manager, Field Sales Manager
and National Account Manager. In her role, she also designed and delivered the Sales and
Commercial Training Programme for Sales graduates across UK and Ireland.
She is also the Founder & Joint Managing Director of Mutley & Mog, an online pet warehouse
supplying pet food and accessories across the UK.
Her main areas of expertise include Formulating Strategic Account Plans for National Accounts,
Contract Negotiations, Change Management within Sales Teams and Sales and Trade Marketing.
Rachel holds a Law Degree and Diploma in Legal Practice from University of Aberdeen.
Disrupting supply chain for HoReCa at Adurcup. His focus is on developing innovative solutions to supply chain problems in this industry. Kushang is a product developer by instinct as implementing solutions in real life helps him realize the difficulty of the problem. He lives by the mantra of “Try hard enough ,so that you succeed”.
Chef Sanjay Agrawal is the person behind the success of the Salad chef, nation’s first fresh-
tossed salad concept, established in 1993. Chef Sanjay Agrawal is the Founder, Partner &
Executive Chef at Salad chef.
His venture Salad chef has been extensively covered by print media since it’s opening in
1993, e.g. TIMES OF INDIA, HINDUSTAN TIMES, OUTLOOK, THE PIONEER, BBC GOODFOOD, NAVBHARAT
After his successful venture Salad chef, He Launch & successfully running the WORLD
CUISINE (catering Company), a catering Company Specialized in World Cuisine providing
Specialized foreign Food Counter to the Most Big Commercial catering company & Hotel
&Resorts in Delhi . As Founder Director & Chef, established in 1999
Chef Sanjay Agrawal started his career in the hospitality industry with with Taj Palace New Delhi
(1986) after completion his culinary Studies from IHM Jaipur. At Taj Palace he worked for
various designations & Kitchens after leaving Taj He Founded salad chef (1993) and also
worked at sunset house, George Town Grand Cayman (Caribbean) as chef the Party (1996-
1997) during work at sunset house, George Town Grand Cayman came across Caribbean
Cuisine and American classic cuisine and Introduced Few dishes at Salad chef.
Chef Sanjay has spent lot of time in training and cooking & able to build his European cooking
skills Chef Sanjay expertise lies in planning & setting up of process & procedures for new
openings of salad chef & other restaurants as consultants as we as in standardization of recipes
for the bulk and fast food chain supply. During worked at salad chef learnt and developed may
skill like accountancy, proficiency in food cost control, purchase, Innovation of products/recipes
Chef Sanjay and salad chef has been associated with Indian Culinary Forum, North India
since 2000, sponsored few workshops (2000) and always participated as food partner in
Chef Award Dinner. Presently handling responsibility of a Joint Secretary in Indian
Culinary Forum, North India
I am hospitality professional, I am doing which I always want to do. I have over 20 years of
experience in this field. I have gained business of commerce degree from Punjab University. I gained
Post graduation diploma in hotel management from Meridian hotel school Sydney Australia. Then I
achieved business management diploma from Pacific college of technology Sydney as well. I have
got chance of working in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa, UAE,
Uganda and India. I have learnt deep F&B understanding while working for many domestic and
international brands like TGIF, CHILI’S, Nando’s and Barcelos. Business development, brand
strategy, Operations, start up, Supply chain and team building are my core competence. Currently I
am managing Barcelos as Business head in India.
Under the brand name of SOULFULL, he has brought back traditional grains like millets to the modern Indian consumer in a form that is relevant for the 21’st century. The company was formed in 2011.
Post his Mechanical Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Prashant successfully setup distribution and retail business units in India under the Kottaram Group umbrella. He is armed with an MBA from Babson College and experience with international firms like Limited brands and Information Resources Inc. ; where he was a Director supporting the Marketing Strategies team at Safeway Supermarkets out of their California headquarters till 2009.
Big Basket team was earlier set up India’s first e-commerce site FabMart.com in 1999, and then established the Fabmall-Trinethra chain of more than 200 grocery supermarket stores in southern India. They founded BigBasket in December 2011 as an India’s largest online supermarket with a presence in over 25 cities in India. Let’s read the story of the company and the man behind it – Hari Menon! Hari Menon was the Cofounder, CEO and Head of Merchandising at Bigbasket.com.
Childhood and Education
Hari was born in 1963. Hari was born into a middle-class family that lived in Bandra, Mumbai, and was always taught to lead a live that gave him a settled live, a stable job, etc… It was the urge to experiment that pushed him to try out something new.
Hari is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and is married to ‘Shanti Menon’ – principal of ‘The Deen’s
Academy’ (Bangalore). She is also the daughter of ‘E Shreedharan’, the man behind the
Delhi Metro. Personally, he considers himself to be a Music enthusiast, and also wishes to
play in a band someday. He is also an avid cricket fan and a member of the ‘Karnataka
Cricket Association’ as well.
Hari Menon, co founder and CEO of Big Basket started his career with ORG Systems and worked with TVS Electronics, Wipro InfoTech and Integrated Data Systems. His wide exposure in these companies and subsequently in the education & training space in Manipal over the last few years has placed Hari in a unique position to guide India Skills in making an impactful contribution to the skills development sector in India. Before his entry into the education sector, Hari co-founded Fabmall – a pioneer in internet and grocery retail, wherein he handled a gamut of responsibilities including strategic business planning, raising venture capital, building organizational capabilities and creating a strong IT platform for the retail business. Prior to Fabmall, Hari headed Programme Management at Planetasia.com wherein he oversaw large scale project deliveries involving a wide team of software developers, business analysts, web designers& web writers. Then he co founded Bigbasket in December 2011 in Bangalore by a team of five – V S Sudhakar, Hari Menon, Vipul Parekh, V S Ramesh and Abhinay Choudhari.
What Is Big Basket?
Bigbasket is founded and operated by ‘Supermarket Grocery Supplies Pvt. Ltd.’ It has more than 14000 products and over 1000 brands listed on their catalogue – BigBasket is known as the India’s largest online food and grocery store. It offers a wide range of options in every category to provide you with the best quality products at the lowest prices which include – fresh Rice and Dal, Fruits and Vegetables, Spices and Seasonings, Packaged products, Beverages, Personal care products, Meats, and many more items.
While, BigBasket is an online based company and does not have any brick and mortar stores. It is very simple to order as you need to visit bigbasket.com and choose the products you wish to purchase then add the items to your Shopping Basket and the Big Basket team offer 4 slots per day. Finally chose a convenient payment option (Cash, Sodexo, Credit Card) then products would be delivered to your house.
Currently they are widespread across the locations like Mumbai, Delhi, Mysore, Bangalore,
Hyderabad, Vijayawada-Guntur, Pune, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, etc…
It all began in 1999. Hari Menon along with five of his friends – VS Sudhakar, Vipul Parekh ,Abhinay Choudhari and V S Ramesh launched their online retail website called ‘Fabmart’.
Even though they did manage to get some traction but since their idea was way ahead of its time, they could not shake the masses. And to worsen the whole deal, the dotcom bubble burst happened.
That is when they decided to put the online business on the backseat and focused all the energies on ‘Fabmall’, their physical retail chain of grocery stores. They also merged this chain with another grocery retail chain called – ‘Trinethra’.
Anyway, in a matter of seven years, they expanded their business to 200 stores across Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Around the same time, they also decided to sell-off the business to Aditya Birla Group.
That is when they thought of getting back to their original idea online grocery store. As their discussion deepened with serial entrepreneur Krishnan Ganesh, they concluded to go ahead with it. The idea was collectively seeded by serial entrepreneurs and angel investors Krishnan and Meena Ganesh. And finally in December 2011, they launched BigBasket.com!
Soon after the launch, they also received their first funding of $10 Mn from ChrysCapital co- founder Raj Kondur and Ascent Capital. He had earlier invested $4 Mn in Fabmart as well.
According to Hari, the first six to nine months were the most challenging ones. Since they had already faced the heat once with Fabmart, the pressure was even more. The biggest challenge for them was to create and maintain a building capacity to meet customer demand.
This was even more commendable, since they were barely advertising about the brand and mainly relied on word of mouth. As per their stats, more than 45 % of their customers came through references.
By the next one year, they had already expanded to Hyderabad and Mumbai, and were alsoplanning to further increase their services in Delhi, Chennai Pune, Ahmedabad and Kolkata
BigBasket also roped in Bollywood actor – ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ as their brand ambassador, foran undisclosed sum; following which, they also launched a high volume television, digital and
print media campaign as well.
BigBasket team along with Hari menon has effectively managed to attain and maintain their
success by using various strategies which mainly surround three important factors:
Unmatchable Customer Service (in all aspects)
A large variety of products
An constant innovation using technology
Now the grocery business in India is mainly divided into two types i.e. Planned Purchase and Top-up Purchase. When BigBasket started their operations, it adopted the ‘just-in- time model’ – wherein not only perishable good but every item was brought against an order. In other words, they were purchased-to- order. In this model, the delivery boy directly picks up the item from the vendor, and directly delivers it to the customer. They still use this model for quite-a- few items like Bakery items, Pet food, Small household appliances, etc. which are not feasible to store.
Over the period of time, as their business grew, they moved on to an ‘inventory model’ (for most of its products), and BigBasket now buys products directly from suppliers like – HUL, P&G, farmers, mills, etc and then stocks these in warehouses. BigBasket then adds a margin to the purchased price of the product before selling them.
They have a completely automated process of initial inventory stocking and post its completion, re-ordering! The company uses analytics to predict their weekly demand, with the help of which they optimize their logistics and supply volumes to drive better margins.
This ‘Single-point stocking’ greatly helps the company to strictly manage the shrinkage and rejection of products, and also helps them to invest the saved money in advertising as well.
More recently, BigBasket has been seen adopting a hyper local strategy, wherein, it has partnered with more than 1,800 neighborhood grocery stores across India to deliver goods in under an hour.
Icon Award for Entrepreneurship
Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award
AWS Mobility Awards 2017
Retail and eCommerce app of the year
He has close to 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been leading Abbott Nutrition business in India since 2012. The company has a dedicated nutrition R&D centre and an established state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Jhagadia, Gujarat. Under his able leadership, Abbott Nutrition strengthened its Toddler, Infant, Specialised and Healthy Ageing product portfolio, thereby, scaling the business to 3X in six years. His commitment to drive the science behind the products and make them relevant in the market to meet the evolving needs of the consumers is one of the key growth driver for the organisation. Over the years, Amal has worn many hats holding leadership positions across Marketing, Sales, Strategic Planning, Business Development & Licensing and Country Operations. His previous assignment has been with AstraZeneca, Philippines as Country President. He has also been associated with Novartis in India and subsequently in Asia Pacific Markets for eleven years. Amal has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) degree from UDCT Mumbai and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
Uday drives Trade & Profitability for the company while managing Grocery Buying , Space Range Display
He has a rich experience of more than two decades in the FMCG & modern retail industry, playing an
active role in the evolution of category management at STAR. He has worked with JL Morison, Fabmart
& Big Bazar, prior to joining Tata Group in 2004.
Uday holds a Masters in Management Studies from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management (Mumbai).
Jamshed S. Daboo is currently the Managing Director at Trent Hypermarket Pvt Ltd. Prior to joining Trent Hypermarket, Daboo was Head – Consumer Finance and Advisory Business at Tata Capital Limited.
He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of various divisions at Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. As Chief Executive Officer at Tata Quality Management Services, he spearheaded the Tata Business Excellence Model, a group-wide initiative aimed at business
He has also worked at Titan Industries Limited in various functions. Daboo joined the Tata Administrative Service in 1986 and has been with the Tata Group for over 25 years.
Ankur is a consumer goods industry professional having dedicated more than 20 years of his professional life to the sector. Ankur’s experience spans across Consumer Goods industry in Multiple Sales Channels including Organised Retail, Cash & Carry, Delivered Wholesale, B2B, Distributors and High Frequency Stores (convenience) in markets including Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, US & Latin America. He has worked with and advised both domestic and Fortune 500 companies in more than 50 countries and has led capability development programs for more than 1000 hours.
With a strong background of over 20 years with companies such as Kantar Retail, Accenture, Procter & Gamble and ICI, his main areas of expertise include Sales Strategy and Route to Market, Sales Planning and Execution, Consumer & Shopper, Trade Promotions & Trade Investment Management, Distributor Selection and Management and Integrated Business Planning.
He has been recognized amongst the Top influencers in the industry across geographies, the latest one being mentioned as amongst the 100 Talented Retail Professionals in 2015 by Asia Retail Congress. Ankur is a part of leading retail events/ forums and academic institutions as a speaker and visiting faculty. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of London.
Ankur holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Leicester Business School, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Delhi, India.
Ankur is mainly based out of Berkshire, UK and often splits his time between UK and India.
Saugata joined Marico Ltd in January 2004 as head of Marketing. In 2007 he was elevated to become the CEO of the company&s India business. Prior to joining Marico, Saugata was Chief of Marketing and Group Sales at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company. Saugata started his career with Cadbury& where he spent 9 years in various roles in Sales and Marketing in India and the United Kingdom. . Saugata has 20 years of experience primarily in the FMCG sector. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and is an alumnus from IIM Bangalore.