Abhinav is a seasoned retail industry profession with a demonstrated history of working across function in the retail industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Retail, Store Management, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy. Abhinav has graduated from University of the Arts London.
Company: Nykaa Fashion
Adwaita Nayar is part of the founding team of Nykaa..
After completing her B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, Adwaita worked with financial services in Bain Consultancy in New York. With the launch of Nykaa in 2012, she returned to Mumbai to help with the setup of the business, playing an instrumental role in developing strategy across technology, product and marketing.
Finishing her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2017, Adwaita took on the reins to launch Nykaa into an omnichannel model as Head-Retail, taking over nykaa’s store count from 5 to 35 in 16 months
Since 2019, she heads the fashion vertical as CEO – Nykaa Fashion.
Company: Parfait India
Position: Managing Director
Akhil Srivastava is the managing Director of Parfait India, a leading size inclusive lingerie and swimwear brand. He manages a team spread across Brand & Operations, Manufacturing, Product Strategy and Brand Building across the business lines and formats.
Akhil vast experience spanning over a decade, enables him to understand the varied demographics and complex consumer behaviour. Known for his skills in the areas of retail consulting, new store planning, visual merchandising, brand promotion, SCM and Logistics and others, Akhil has assisted plethora of brands across verticals both in India and abroad.
Prior to joining Parfait India, Akhil exhibited his extraordinary excellence at major consumer brand companies including Walmart, Landmark, Times of India and others to name a few.
He recently got accredited by Indian Railways for his achievements.
Akhil holds MBA in Marketing Masters in Fashion Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology Fashion Retail experience and a degree from NIFT Delhi, India’s Leading Fashion Institute. He is always interested to learn new age ways to enhance consumer experience and lead generation, while crafting brand solutions that add value to the business. An inspiring leader, he believes in mentoring and growing the team for sustained business growth.
Company: Tata Starbucks
Position: GM - IT Innovation
I am an IT professional with 16 plus years of experience across Information Technology and Retail organizations. Currently moved as General Manager – IT innovation at Tata Starbucks. In my previous capacity as Head –IT, Trent Hypermarket Pvt. Ltd. I have worked extensively on the company’s transformational projects, Cloud & Mobility Platforms, Retail Analytics, Enterprise systems and Security & Information management systems.
Prior to Trent Hypermarket, I have worked with Cybage Software as a Solution Architect in the retail CoE focusing on digital and e-commerce solutions. Having worked with companies such as Future Group, Wadhwan Retail and Zensar Technologies has also given me vast techno-functional experience. In my career as a technology consultant, I feel extremely passionate about using the latest in technology to provide business solutions to accelerate growth.
The areas that challenge my interests are Artificial Intelligence, ML, Blockchain and robotics and I am always keen to enhance processes to up the customer experience in my organizations
Position: Head Ecommerce
Arun has over 2 decades of experience in varied sectors like Customer service, Corporate sales and Ecommerce with hands on expertise on growing business startups on B2B and B2C fronts. He has been on the internet and tech space since the start of his career & is hooked on to this medium that provides a potential change that it can bring in peoples’ lives.
Currently Heading E-commerce at Fabindia, he was responsible for setting up the Omni-Channel ecosystem which includes Logistics, Category, Store Integration, Customer Service & Technology,
He also spearheads Digital Marketing and drives the Omni-Channel P & L. Prior to this, he was the Business Head for e-tail in Landmark and has been associated with Sify & e-Office Planet in the past.
Position: General Partner at Modulor Capital and Mentor 100Watts
Bhavish is the General Partner at Modulor Capital, a cross border fund that invests in HealthTech, and Enterprise Software sectors with a focus on IoT, Digital and AI/ML.
Prior to this, Bhavish spent more than 10 years as a Research Director with Gartner’s (NYSE: IT) with it software markets advisory service where he advised tech providers as well as large technology companies around the transformational impact of digital, analytics and data.Bhavish is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and Welcomschool, Manipal.
Jacob Singh is the CTO of Grofers – the largest online grocery retailer in India – where he heads the product & engineering team. His goal is to push innovation to the edges of the organization, where every member feels fully empowered to not just do, but think, dream, test and refine their own vision.
Some highlights of his work so far:
1. In 2 years, Scaled the tech organization from 80 to 220 people, $60MM to $500MM in GMV
2. Led agile transformation which moved the team from 2 months to 2-week releases and now into continuous deployment.
Previous to Grofers, he served as the country head of Acquia – the Drupal company – and held numerous roles across the US and India. Some of his accomplishments include:
1. Extend team of 70 members building enterprise CMS for clients such as Fox, Warner Bros, Novartis, and Pfizer.
2. Partnerships with major SIs including Wipro, Mindtree, TechM, TCS, Cognizant, Sapient Nitro
3. Keynoted all major Drupal conferences, regular speaker at eTailing and Open Source events.
Position: Head - Corporate Dev, Operations and Business Head Owner Services
Karan has around two decades of years of work experience across a diverse range of roles and profiles. He is also an alum of the graduating MBA cohort of 2006 at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He has worked with leading brands like Deloitte, Knight Frank, Maytas, etc. in areas linked to sales, marketing, operations and strategy. Within Magicbricks he is handling a diverse portfolio of departments including Owner vertical where he is handling a large team across the online, telecalling & FOS to onboard & monetise owner properties to the platform, BFSI where he is handling a national team of managers who are offering services to banks in the E-Auction category and fulfilment of Home Loans, Operations which includes both Tele-Calling and On-Ground verification of properties, Alliances where he has teams connecting with brands with whom we share similar synergies & can create products to be offered to consumers across various stages of their journey and finally Corporate where he works closely with the CEO on the strategic outlook of the organisation & interdepartmental alignment to the overall vision of the company.
Position: Country Director
KT Prasad is the Country Director for Zendesk, India. In his current role, he is responsible for Business growth with a focus on helping organisations transform their customer service with beautifully simple solutions.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the Karnatak University and over 22 years of management experience in some of the top companies from the software and services industry.
Position: Senior Growth Marketer & Product Evangelist
Pradyut is a mobile growth expert, marketing strategist, and author having worked in leading startups and MNCs across the SaaS, Consulting, and Banking industries. He currently spearheads Product Marketing at Netcore Smartech, enabling brands to deliver data-driven differentiated customer experiences powered by analytics, automation, and AI. He spends his free time reading, traveling, and being a Micro-Influencer on Instagram and YouTube.
Company: Sentient Scripts
Position: Consultant, Co-Founder
Priya George is an entrepreneur, who with Manjith S, co-founded, a company in building platforms leveraging AI and Algorithms.
She has 19 years in the Technology Industry wearing different hats. Her restlessness to be an entrepreneur led to her leave her corporate role as, Head of Offshore Delivery, New Business for an MNC servicing Fortune 500, Global 1000 companies.
Knowing that AI, and Algorithm based systems could completely change the way enterprises/businesses work, Manjith & Priya co-founded Sentient Scripts, in late 2017. Sentient Scripts is a start-up servicing several Fortune 100 companies in the area of algorithms. In this short span, Sentient has also worked on providing AI platforms to state governments to help Treasury Management.
Priya is passionate about product strategy, analytics, data science, algorithms and psychology. She is married to a Doctor (Radiologist) and has two boys in school. She enjoys music and reading.
Company: Infiniti Retail Ltd. (Croma)
Over 24 years of work experience handling Technology and Systems across industries such as Retail, E-commerce, Banking, Media, IT consulting and Logistics. Currently helping my company leverage Digital towards Transformation of Customer Experience.
Tech Stack: SAP Hybris 6.7, Sterling Order Management System (OMS), RPA (UIPath)
Saloni is the President of Technopak. She has over 15 year’s experience in consumer insights, strategy and operations consulting with domain expertise in retail, consumer products, and fashion, and on-the-ground experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. Saloni is an MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and has a Bachelor’s in Science from Lucknow University, India.
Position: SR FORECAST ANALYST, TL
Satish is a senior forecast analyst and team leader on the ForecastView team in the New Delhi office, which is responsible for producing all of Forrester’s consumer market forecasts. He focuses on consumer technology adoption, online retail, digital-influenced retail, mobile payments, and smart home devices.
Satish often appears on TV and comments in the press on the online retail and consumer internet industry. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, Bloomberg, Quartz, CNBC, and Forbes.
Previous Work Experience
Prior to joining Forrester, Satish worked with investment banking support teams and as an analyst for a global market research firm. He was responsible for the analysis and forecasting of mobile telephony and broadband markets in the MEA region.
Satish received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay, India.
Position: Founding Member
Soumya Kant, Founding Member- Clovia. Leading multiple business verticals including setting up the complete B2B sales channel, both domestic and internationally and in-depth market research and gap assessment, chalking out product strategy with design and production teams, Soumya has been instrumental in the development and growth of Clovia over the years. A qualified Chartered Accountant by profession, Soumya has rich experience in financial consulting. Prior to Clovia, Soumya worked as Risk Analyst with AmEx and as a Business Risk Consultant with PwC. Having deep-seated financial knowledge has helped her apply data and analytics to fashion at Clovia. Soumya has been pivotal in setting up warehousing & fulfillment centers, and has driven relationships with key players such as Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong and Amazon for Clovia.
Her responsibilities at Clovia include actively directing the production team for planning the ensuing season range based on inputs from market research, customer feedback, partner channel feedback and design specialists. She recently launched Clovia in Nepal both online and offline and on multiple marketplaces internationally including US, Australia, UK, Europe & Middle East, Canada. Soumya is an active blogger, and works for the ‘Fun with Clovia” section on the Clovia website in her spare time.
Subhajit has 13+ years of experience in consulting industry, encompassing client relationships, delivery and leadership. He works across strategy, design, process and takes ideas to execution. Currently he’s a Director with the Customer & Operations practice within Management Consulting, KPMG India, focused on Retail & Consumer Products industry. He has 6+ years of prior experience at this focus intersection (Strategy & Operations; Retail & Consumer Products) across Infosys Consulting and EY.
He’s a Certified CX trainer (KPMG Global Customer CoE) and an empaneled Associate Trainer for APICS, USA (http://www.apics.org/careers-education-professional-development/courses/recognized-instructors).
He has co-designed a credit course on Consulting (elective course) for IIM Kashipur, full-time PGP course and is a Learning Advisor for ‘C2 – The Core of Consulting’ immersion course for B-school graduates hired for Management Consulting practice, KPMG in India.
He has co-authored thought leadership publications within firms that he has worked for as well as National / International conferences. He has been an invited speaker at premier B-school campuses and Industry forums. He sits on the e-commerce committee of CII National for FY20 with focus on shaping policy.
Company: Reliance Retail
Position: Sr. Vice President / Head-IT
Vikram Idnani joins the retail company from Trent, where he served an 11-year stint as the Head-IT. At Trent, he also the Chief Ethics Counsellor.Aside from being a retail CIO, Idnani has worked as a consultant for TCS, Syntel, and Hi-Tech Consultants. Idnani has 23 years of global experience, spanning 9 years in the US and the rest of India. Prior to joining Trent in 2006, he consulted for International Retail and Consumer Goods firms including Borders, Home Depot, K-Mart, PepsiCo and interned at JD Williams (UK). He has also worked with Airlines, Finance, Home Building and Healthcare industries.
Company: Marks and Spencer Reliance India Ltd.
Vishal is currently part of M&S India Senior Leadership Team with mandate to drive the Enterprise and consumer centric IT strategy (applications & Infra) in India market, Manage IT costs/investments inline with M&S strategy. A Senior technology professional working for the positive impact of Digital & Tech transformation on business and consumer ecosystem. Vishal has in-depth experience in IT leadership, Digital Products & Enterprise tech delivery, Business transformation initiatives & Solution Architecture.