Company: FM Logistic India
Position: Managing Director
Alexandre Amine, who is an alumnus of prestigious Ecole Business school, worked with many corporates including Renault and Veolia before joining FM Logistic Corporate in France in 2012. He was involved in Indian operations since 2016 and initially worked as Financial Controlling Director to oversee smooth takeover of Spear by FM Logistic. Later he moved in to position of “Key Account Director” and now he is heading the India operations.
Position: CEO & Co-Founder
Aloke Bajpai is ixigo.com’s Co-Founder and CEO. Aloke graduated from IIT Kanpur in 2001 and started his career at Amadeus in Europe where he held key product and technology roles, building and managing large scale web-based products and networks for the first four years of his career. He then went to INSEAD for his MBA, and returned to India to launch ixigo.com in 2007. Under Aloke’s leadership over the last 7 years, ixigo has gone from a bootstrapped startup to India’s leading travel search and planning business, with over 2.5 million active users every month across mobile and web. Aloke is a TiE charter member and a mentor and advisor with several startups and accelerators.
As the CEO of Zivame, Amisha Jain has always been extremely passionate about building ‘innovation-led’ consumer centric brands. She is now leading the fastest growing women’s organization for intimate wear and is all set to catapult the business to greater heights.
She is a firm believer of “One Team, One Voice”. And this has been her foundation to build teams that are all individually strong and collectively effective at delivering business results.
An alumna of INSEAD and Mckinsey, she has had over 16 years of experience in technology, consumer and retail sectors. Prior to joining Zivame, Amisha was heading the Arvind Sports Lifestyle business and the Digital Centre of Excellence for the Arvind Group. Through the course of her career, she has been leading the growth and transformation initiatives for various multinational consumer goods, and apparel brands.
During her stint as the Head of Sales at Nike, she was also chosen for the prestigious ‘40 under 40: India’s Hottest Business Leaders 2015’ and ‘India Inc’s rising women business leaders 2015’ award by the Economic Times & Spencer Stuart, respectively.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading and camping with her husband and her three-year-old son.
Company: Forrester India
Position: Senior Analyst (CX)
Amit is a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research.
His coverage includes the various facets of customer experience (CX) – including strategy, design, measurement, and organizational maturity. He is also keenly interested in usability and design thinking. His latest research includes uncovering what emotion means in a digital world, as well as how firms can leverage employee experience (EX) to improve CX.
Amit frequently holds workshops and advises executives in India and APAC on both CX and EX, and is often quoted in the media. He is a frequent keynote speaker, having spoken at forums in APAC, Middle East, and the US.
He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pune.
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
Company: Shoppers Stop
An economics graduate from Behrampur University, Anil started his career in 1994 as Senior Officer – Systems with Sterling Holiday Resorts, where he worked for over five years. A big change in his career came when he joined Shoppers Stop in May 1999 and in the 19 years that he has been associated with the retail major, he managed various leadership roles and worked extensively on design, implementation and support of large IT projects. In his current role, he heads the team responsible for setting up and managing technology infrastructure for the Shoppers Stop retail group of companies.
Company: UiPath India
Position: Sr Sales Director
Sales leader, with a very rich techno-commercial experience in the field of IT infrastructure, Enterprise Software and System Integration with a high exposure in the BFSI Domain.
In my 20 + years in IT, I have been in Sales, customer support, Project management, large IT solution designing etc.. My current role exposes me to software robotics, Artificial intelligence and Machine learning based solutions.
Currently, as a sales leader, I am leading a sales team at UiPath, focussed on selling software robotic solutions into the India domestic market. I am responsible for revenue generation from organizations which are Head quartered in India, Bangladesh and Srilanka.
Previously held two important sales leadership positions at EMC India including running their financial services sales across India.
I believe in constant learning and adapting to new work loads and challenging environments.
Position: Chief Revenue Officer
Anuj Gupta is an entrepreneur and corporate leader, with ~10 years of experience. He is passionate about solving consumer problems through technology, and building scalable, long-term businesses in the process. His core competencies lie in performance marketing, consumer analytics, product management, business transformations and pricing & merchandising intelligence. With leadership experiences in diverse businesses – e-commerce, offline retail, political consulting etc.; he is currently working to transform Zivame into the best women’s wear brand of the world
Position: Partner | Leader Consumer Goods & Retail
Anurag is a Partner in PwC Strategy&.
He has a wide gamut of consulting experience working in business transformation, growth strategy, operating model & supply chain management across the domains of consumer goods, retail and e-commerce. Anurag has led large scale transformation projects with several Global and Indian companies to develop and implement solutions for growth.
He also brings experience in new age areas of analytics & digital marketing and is passionate about digital business disruption in traditional industries and the transformation in businesses through data driven insight.
Prior to his current stint at PwC, Anurag has worked with Accenture and Nestle in India.
Company: Blume Venture
At Blume, Arpit is responsible for scouting science-led and hardware startups. In addition he manages a portfolio of emerging winners such as Cashify, RailYatri, MilkBasket, MechMocha, Tricog and Spinny. His current investment theses revolve around hardware, commercial electric vehicles and biotechnology.
Arpit has been actively engaged with promotion of startups in India for more than a decade. In 2007, he joined hands with a few friends to start Headstart Network which is now India’s largest startup network, with over 20 city chapters, impacting more than 50,000 entrepreneurs annually.Arpit holds an MBA from IIT Bombay and a BTech from NIT Trichy. He is based in Delhi.
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.
Company: Urban Ladder
Position: Co-founder & CEO
Shortly after graduating from IIT- Mumbai and MBA from IIM- Bangalore, Ashish joined McKinsey & Company as Engagement Manager and led project teams across banking, healthcare and real estate clients for over 4 years. After he identified an untapped market and saw a perennial customer need not being fulfilled properly, Ashish Co-founded Urban Ladder with Rajiv Srivatsa.
He has a love for design, books and he has an amazing ability to identify challenges and problem solve. Today, Urban Ladder is a preferred choice for shoppers looking for reliable furniture with great aesthetics
Company: Embassy Group
Position: Group CTO
A mechanical engineer from Dibrugarh University and armed with an MBA from IBS Hyderabad, Chirag Boonlia started his career as a Software Engineer with Infosys in 2003, before shifting to Oracle as a Senior Consultant. In 2008, he joined JSoft Solutions Ltd as Senior Project Manager for Business Applications and after three years, he joined Aditya Birla Retail Ltd as Assistant GM-IT. He was later promoted to Deputy GM–IT, where he led the service delivery and infrastructure Management, along with supply chain management roll outs with Oracle and Infor WMS’ products.
In 2013, he joined Virtuous Retail as Assistant VP–IT, where he headed the IT, ERP, CRM and B2B integration across platforms and technologies for footfall implementation, infrastructure and storage management and disaster recovery management. Three years later, he was promoted to VP–IT where he initiated and innovated IT requirements for assigned business functions and their delivery in accordance with project goals, time scales and costs.
Chirag joined Embassy Group as Group CTO in February 2019.
Company: Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific
Position: Regional Sales Director, India
As the Regional Sales Director for Zebra Technologies in India, Deep Agarwal is responsible for growing Zebra’s business in India and leading the sales team for the region. He is involved in developing and executing strategies in alignment with Zebra’s goals, and managing sales activities for the market in order to achieve Zebra’s overall business objectives.
Deep came to Zebra Technologies from Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Business, where he was responsible for managing the growth and profitability of Motorola’s Enterprise-class solutions, leading the sales team in achieving the business’ goals for the market, and formulating plans for managing the company’s channel partners.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Deep brings with him his expertise in managing complex businesses and enterprise-level products and talent for business development. He was also instrumental in turning around Psion Inc.’s business in Middle East and South Asia, as well as directing and growing the business 100 percent year on year at ESRI India.
Company: Aditya Birla Group
Position: Chief-Data & Analytics
Deep Thomas is a Global business leader and management professional with over two decades of experience in delivering sustained increasing profitability through business transformation leveraging Global processes, Information capabilities, Digital, and Advanced analytics solutions. At Aditya Birla Group, Deep is responsible to create a group-wide customer database supporting the diversified conglomerate’s products and sales strategy.
Deep led Citigroup’s Global Decision Management Centre of Excellence where his team drove high performance insights and impactful analytic solutions across 36 countries. He has also held various leadership positions with HSBC and American Express in India and US to steer global agenda and business transformation leveraging information management and advanced analytic solutions.
Deep is Computer Science graduate with an MS in Information Systems and an MBA in Marketing from Arizona State and holds numerous patents in Decision Science and Information Management.
Position: Director (Business Head, South India)
Dileshwar Deshmukh is the Business Head (South) at Bizongo, which is India’s first B2B marketplace catering to the massive $50 Bn Packaging and Material Handling verticals.
Leading Strategy and complete P&L account for Bizongo’s South India Business, his leadership skills come from his prior expertise by working with Aditya Birla Group for 10+ years. With extensive knowledge of planning & business operations across e-commerce fashion & apparels, he is an esteemed business player
Company: Myntra Jabong
Position: Head – Anaytics & Business Intelligence
Dipayan has 17 years of experience in solving critical business problems using advanced ML and Statistical techniques. He currently leads the Analytics & BI team @ Myntra, and has led analytics teams in Flipkart, HSBC and Marketics Technologies in the past. He had also co-founded an Analytics startup : TEG Analytics, which scaled 6X during his tenure. Dipayan has worked across e-Comm, BFSI, CPG, Traditional Retail and High Tech domains, across India, US, Canada & S.E. Asia. His current passion is large scale deployment of analytics solutions on Engineering systems for real time data based decision making.
Company: IKEA India
Position: Deputy CFO
Divya is currently Deputy CFO at IKEA India and will be shortly joining IKEA Global as Group Digital CFO. She has been part of IKEA through the exciting journey of setting up the first store and launch of ecommerce in India. Prior to IKEA, her last role was with Capgemini as Vice President, Analytics & Research, where she led teams that built technology enabled analytics products & services for clients in multiple industries across geographies. Divya is a certified board director and has over 21 years’ experience in Strategy, Finance and Analytics roles in India and US across industries such as Supply Chain, Technology Products and Retail.
Company: Mondelez International
Position: ECommerce Lead
Garima leads the eCommerce business for Mondelēz India and have close to 13 years commercial experience across stints in consumer marketing, shopper marketing and organized retail. I have built strong capability in P&L delivery, digital and ecommerce, brand strategy, integrated marketing execution, innovation, competitive response planning and business operations.
Her responsibility includes mandate of driving explosive growth in the online business of Mondelēz and embedding end to end capability on performance management, fulfillment models and Direct to Consumer. In my previous roles, I have led iconic brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk, Oreo, 5 Star and Celebrations. Having worked on market leading as well as challenger brands, I have deep experience in driving category growth, building new sub-segments, improving profitability and playing for share. In the rapidly evolving ecommerce ecosystem, Mondelēz is deploying innovative solutions in supply chain, personalization at scale on media and a strong DTC presence to lead the future of online snacking.
Position: Co-founder and COO
With a keen insight of the SMB market and an ex-SMB himself, Gautam Kapoor is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Shiprocket, a leading tech-driven logistics aggregation platform with global reach. At Shiprocket, Gautam is at the helm of running logistics execution, operations and end to end strategy. As the Co-founder of the company he helps define the culture and vision on the company.
Post his BS in Business from Western International University (USA), Gautam was part of his family business in industrial products import and distribution and worked with several renowned German engineering brands such as Bosch and Sick. He was instrumental to scaling the business and played key roles in several functions such as business development, logistics and enterprise sales.
His entrepreneurial journey began by Co-founding KartRocket and becoming its COO. At KartRocket, Gautam delivered superior results by developing and leading the business development, marketing, and sales. He also played a pivotal role building the vendor management team and conceptualized the company’s strategic alliance and partner development program. Kartrocket has now been merged with Shiprocket as its e-commerce and omnichannel retail solutions arm, with Gautam transitioning into the role as COO for the combined entity Shiprocket.
Apart from work, Gautam can be seen spending time traveling or exploring his more creative side with interior designing.
Position: CEO and Founder
A serial entrepreneur and visionary, Geetansh Bamania – the Founder and CEO of RentoMojo aims to democratize the face of fintech – consumer leasing industry in the country.
A Forbes 30 Under 30 winner, Bamania has also been listed among the top 10 hottest entrepreneurs by Business World along with being featured on the cover page of the same.
Having completed his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras), Bamania also forayed into the community learning start-up called Click2Skill and a philanthropic crowdfunding start-up named, HopeMonkey.
His experience also reflects, having worked in organizations like Flipkart, KPMG and Pepperfry.
A product techie who is a musician at heart, Bamania firmly believes in the thought process of ‘simplifying things, all the way.’ He envisions in creating a world where simplification is a way of life’, and that’s where his idea of RentoMojo came into existence.
In his spare time, Bamania loves to experiment with a variety of cuisines, play table tennis and mentor budding tech enthusiasts.
Company: Mentor, Advisor & Retail Professional
With a career spanning over 34 years, Govind has worked with Marquee companies like Mafatlal, Johnson & Johnson, Arvind, Bombay Dyeing and Shoppers Stop. He has worked in the entire chain of fabrics to apparel to multi format retailing, including department stores, hypermarket, airport retail, books and music, etc. A passionate retailer, who believes that retail is a combination of art, science and math, Govind has been advising a number of Private Equity Companies including Kalari Capital, Multiples and 9 River and Start-up CEO’s as a mentor and advisor since 2018. He is also an independent Director on the Board of V Mart Retail. & IR& H Pvt. Ltd.
Aiming to bring back romance to retail, Govind is a retail professional with a degree in Textile Technology (B.Text) from VJTI Mumbai and Masters in Marketing ( MBA) from Symbiosis Institute Of Management, Pune.
Jacob runs technology for Grofers, 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. Prior to his position at Grofers, he served as country head of Acquia, the Drupal company and held numerous roles across the US and India Originally a native of the US, he has lived for several years in New Delhi.
Company: Burger King India Pvt. Ltd.
Position: Sr Vice President - IT
I am a Senior IT Professional with 16+ years of experience in the Retail Business, Information Technology & Project Management, Customer Experience, eCommerce & Vendor Management. I have strong functional knowledge of customer experience innovations, retailing solutions, loyalty programs, replenishment tools, delivery management, vendor management, outsourcing and ERP implementations projects.
My extensive experience in working with large, cross-functional and multicultural international teams in the delivery of multiple concurrent projects has shown me that my professional value lies in being an effective communicator with strong people management skills as well as sharp business and commercial acumen. This is crucial in engaging stakeholders in using technology to develop transformative processes that bring about sustainable business growth and achieve organizational KPIs.
Position: Head-IT, Lifestyle Business
Kunal started his career 19 years ago as a Senior Programmer with Baz Software where he carried out business analysis, database and systems design, client engagement, software development, UAT and training on multiple technologies for over two years. In 2003, he joined Nilkamal Ltd and later became the IT Head for its @Home retail stores. In also did a short stint with Johnson & Johnson where he mapped the business processes of its pharmaceutical division to the existing systems and develop customized applications. In May 2005, he joined Reliance Retail where he was part of the core team for systems design and rollout of Storeline systems (Retalix) software for various formats of Reliance Retail stores. He also managed IT operations, governance, rollout and support of 30 Reliance Fresh stores, helping it migrate from the legacy systems of Sahakari Bhandar. In October 2007, he joined Unisource, the global procurement hub for Steve & Barry’s retail chain. As a SAP Project Manager and Business Analyst, he led a team of business systems analysts to implement SAP and develop supporting systems for various functions for India and US operations.
In September 2008, he joined Trent Hypermarket Ltd as Head – IT. During his seven years in the company, Kunal drove a digital transformation initiative to integrate all IT systems and processes under a uniform infrastructure. Currently, as GM-IT, Lifestyle Business for Raymond Ltd, Kunal is responsible for creating the company’s IT strategy and framework for the enterprise as well as digital and omni-channel business.
Position: Vice Chairman
Lavanya Nalli is a leader with 13 years of experience in retail. She started her career with the 700 crore Nalli Group, focusing on new growth ventures, store expansion and operations. She also incubated a venture that worked directly with rural artisanal communities to bring design-led products to market. During her tenure, Nalli doubled its revenues and expanded from 14 to 21 stores.
Lavanya graduated from Harvard Business School (MBA) in 2011, and worked at McKinsey & Company (Chicago) in their retail & consumer practice. She moved to India as VP at Myntra (Flipkart Group) and now leads ecommerce, private-label and expansion efforts at Nalli.
The Economic Times named Lavanya among corporate India’s fastest rising women leaders. She was named by Forbes as “Asia’s Women to Watch” in 2016, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. She is an ambassador for (NITI Aayog) Government of India’s innovation efforts and is an Aspen Fellow, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
- Harvard Business School graduate (MBA 2011)
- Forbes ‘Asia’s Women to Watch’ in 2016
- Government of India’s ‘Champions of Change’ in 2017
- Outlook Businessweek’s ‘Women of Worth’ in 2019
- Aspen Global Leadership Fellow
- Mentor for NITI Aayog’s ‘Atal Innovation Mission’
- The Economic Times named her among India’s fastest rising women leaders
- Frequent speaker at various industry events in retail, textiles and handloom
Position: CEO & Co-Founder
Lizzie Chapman is the CEO of ZestMoney, which is the largest and the fastest growing consumer lending fintech company in India. ZestMoney is the first completely automated consumer digital lending platform in the country and Lizzie’s contribution in achieving this milestone has been invaluable.
Before co-founding ZestMoney, Lizzie worked with Goldman Sachs in London for 5 years, then became an Investment Manager with the Wellcome Trust for 3+ years where she invested in India and financial services companies. In 2011, she moved from the United Kingdom to India in order to set-up and spearhead the India operations for Wonga, which was one of the biggest fintech companies in the world at that point. In 2013, she joined Development Bank of Singapore and lead the launch of ‘Digibank’, which at that time was India’s first mobile-app only bank.
Lizzie Chapman is a leading figure in the fintech landscape of India. She has been instrumental in driving the adoption of digital finance and the concept of ‘EMI without credit card’ in the country. Lizzie’s vision is to make life affordable to more than 300 million households, who are ignored by traditional providers.
Lizzie is an eloquent speaker, who regularly presents in key industry events and participates in panel discussions. She is a founding member and serves on the Executive Committee of the Digital Lending Association of India. Lizzie was honoured with the ‘Female Fintech Leader’ award, ‘Women in Fintech’ award and is recognized as ‘India’s top 100 Women in Finance’.
Company: ESADE Business School Founder of m+f=!
Position: Associate Professor
Lluis Martinez-Ribes applies brain-pleasing marketing in order to change the game. In other words, he uses neurosciencebased methods to foster innovation.
He practices this in two fields: in the academia, as a part time associate professor at ESADE, and in supporting change makers through his human-sized agency: m+f=! MF marketing catalysts. During the 43 years of professional experience he has been fortunate to practice his specialty in 30 countries.
He works with companies in different sectors, devising brain-pleasing marketing projects in a very customized way. He has served managers in companies such as IKEA, Coca Cola, Zara, Nestle, Asics, Orange, Unilever, Tata, Roche, Bayer, Olympic Committee, Lafarge Holcim, Migros, ABB, Danone, Desigual, Camper, among many others.
Position: Head - Oracle Marketing Cloud Solutions Engineering
Madhukar Uniyal heads the Oracle Marketing Cloud Solutions Engineering (OMC – SE) team at Oracle. His team consists of experts in the field of digital marketing and advertising who work as a trusted technology advisor and evangelist for leading customers in varied industry segments across India and Asia pacific regions. Madhukar has more than fifteen years of technology experience spanning digital marketing, cross channel campaign management, data management platforms, web personalization, content management tools, rules policy engine and web/app analytics.
Position: Head of Analytics
Mani currently heads the Analytics function at bigbasket.com – India’s largest online supermarket. The focus of the Analytics team at bigbasket is to deliver definitive actionable insights to enhance customer experience. Mani has 20+ years of experience in consulting and analytics and has worked with Dell, McKinsey and Infosys.
Mani received his B.E degree in Computer Science from the University of Madras, MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad and M. Eng from MIT.
Mani is a frequent speaker in industry forums such as Amazon AI Conclave, AIMinds – The Hub For AI Intellectuals, CII Institute of Logistics, Cypher, LetsIgnite, Machine Learning Developers Summit, Supply Chain Practitioners Council and academic forums such as Great Learning, IIM-B’s Retail Master Class and UpGrad. He has also been a part-time faculty member delivering graduate level Analytics courses at SIBM, Bangalore and NMIMS, Bangalore.
Position: Head of Analytics
As the Head of Analytics and Customer Development, Mayank is focused on driving data driven decision making across the company and supporting company’s growth and innovation through insights and solutions.
Before his start at Milkbasket, Mayank was Head, Pricing in OYO, which is the world’s third largest chain of hotels, homes and managed living spaces. Prior to that, Mayank was a Manager at Accenture’s Analytics Consulting practice, working in the Communications and Telecom vertical. Prior to that he has worked at EXL’s decision analytics division, marketRx and AbsolutData which brings his total experience to 12 years.
Mayank has done PGP from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2010 and Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in 2006.
Company: Infiniti Malls
Position: Vice President
Mukesh Kumar started his career with a startup company as management trainee and moved up the ladder in a very short span of time. He was covered by a trade magazine for being the youngest Resort Manager at the age of just 25 years. He worked at various locations within the country in Operation, Sales and Marketing and Project at Units as well as corporate level during a stint of 11 years with company.
His exposure with American Embassy as General Manager for their recreation, F&B and commissary division exposed him to the international community. His last assignments with the hospitality industry was as Vice President of Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, Mumbai. He worked as General Manager for the unit for 6 years and later was promoted as Vice President.
Company: PwC India
Position: Partner and Innovation Leader
Murali leads the innovation practice at PwC India. He has over 22 years of experience in the innovation, technology, cyber, new media and community creation space.
He also leads PwC India’s start up practice where he plays a key role in identifying start ups, structuring and refining their business models. Under his able leadership, PwC has built a strong community of startups, incubators, accelerators, seed funds, angel networks, VCs etc. Murali was instrumental in setting up the innovation hub at T-Hub in Hyderabad. Aligned with PwC’s innovation program “InnWoke,” it aims to support and mentor PwC’s intrapreneurs as well.
Murali is passionate about the start up community and takes an active interest in interacting with the young entrepreneurial minds, mentoring and encouraging them in their journey.
Murali Talasila has been quite instrumental in supporting the elements of the ecosystem in major destinations in India like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai etc. across sectors and also stakeholders including State governments, Academia, Makerspaces, co-working spaces, Smart Cities teams, investor network and next generation family business clubs.
While these are only a few of the engagements, Murali can be spotted at the events and workshops as a mentor or judge or just playing the role of an encouraging supporter.
Company: Huawei Cloud Asia Pacific Region
Position: Chief Marketing Officer
- Over 29 years of experience in the ICT industries, with primary focus on Cloud Computing, Smart Nation/City Solutions, 5G, Data Centre and IT Outsourcing in Asia Pacific.
- Recent projects include support for Singapore Smart Nation 2025 initiatives, Working with IMDA on Strategic Partners Program (SPP), Talent Development in the areas of 5G, AI and Cloud, as well as led the Marketing Execution Team for Huawei Cloud Services in Huawei South Pacific region, and 5G Development in the Region.
- Currently focus on developing the Huawei Cloud branding and support Cloud business grow in Asia Pacific.
- End-to-end Cloud (IaaS and SaaS Marketplace solution design and consultancy.
- Smart Nation, Smart City, Safe City Solutions Consultancy
- IoT solution design and consultancy.
- Data Centre Solution design and Operations Management
- IT Outsourcing and Managed Services solutions design and implementation
Company: Arvind Brands
Piyush Kumar Chowhan is an experienced professional working in areas of retail strategy, business analytics, customer loyalty and CRM, retail business consulting and supply chain management. As CIO for Arvind Brands, he is responsible for IT strategy and execution of technology for all its brands business.He has an experience in setting up new strategic groups, BU’s in areas of business, finance operations and analytics to achieve strong business benefits. He possesses a strong domain knowledge in retail, e-commerce and supply chain management while working for global retailers like Walmart, Target, Circuit City, Tesco, Best Buy etc.
Company: IBM, Global Business Services
Position: Partner / Executive Director Retail Sector
Prashobh is known for helping retail clients to transform their business models and consumer-facing activities. He has 20+ years of experience in the consulting industry.
Frequent speaker at various industry forums on AI & Digital Transformation themes.
Academics include PGCSM from IIM Kozhikode. Attended “Leading Transformative change” program at Harvard Business School in 2018.
Company: Walmart Labs
Position: Sr. Director
Priya is a Sr. Director at Walmart Labs where she leads Product Management and Data Analytics for Walmart eCommerce. Prior to Walmart, Priya was responsible for building global Seller Services products at Amazon and launched products for US, EU and APAC markets. She has rich experience working in the US and India in a variety of domains like enterprise solutions, SaaS, advertising technology and eCommerce. Her current focus is to build online and omnichannel customer experiences for Walmart. She is passionate about building products that address customer needs and business opportunities and about product management and technology in general.
Company: SPAR India
Position: Managing Director and CEO
Rajeev has over 3 decades of Global retail and consumer experiences, in the US and India. His journey with Target, Wal-Mart, McKinsey & SPAR, have helped him develop well rounded Global Consumer knowledge and retail domain expertise. Recently, he has been recognized as one of India’s Most Trusted CEOs of 2018 by the World Consulting & Research Corporation (WCRC) Asia. He was awarded for showing exceptional leadership, enabling the business to achieve growth and success through his passion, commitment and trust in his employees.
As a Senior Expert/Advisor for McKinsey’s retail and consumer practices, he helped drive and develop these areas through both strategy and execution for clients across consumer functional areas and retail formats. Rajeev was the Executive Vice President and Business Head of Retail Operations for India at Bharti Retail, which was part of the Bharti Wal-Mart join venture, where he was responsible for heading the retail operations of over 130 stores across multiple formats and had full profit and loss responsibility.
Company: Inorbit Malls India Pvt. Ltd.
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rajneesh Mahajan currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer, Inorbit Malls India Pvt. Ltd. Rajneesh was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer on 1st April 2015 with the key responsibility for overlooking and spearheading the overall management, operations and performance of Inorbit Malls. He also plays an integral role in handling Corporate Affairs and business expansion of the mall. Apart from these responsibilities Mr. Mahajan drives the mall business and contributes towards upholding the repute and position of the mall amidst competitors. With an all-round experience in the retail industry he has largely contributed to fulfil the organizations objectives and priorities of the board making the experience of shopping memorable at Inorbit.
Rajneesh had previously held the realm of Inorbit Malls as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and his contribution towards the progress of the mall has always been extremely satisfying and praiseworthy. In the last six years of his commendable service at Inorbit mall, Rajneesh has guided and mentored his people and has been instrumental in the overall performance and growth of Inorbit malls in the dynamic Retail and real estate industry. He brings with him an all-round experience in the retail industry and has earlier worked with Cushman and Wakefield, Barista Coffee and Turner Morrison Land Ltd.
Mr. Rajneesh Mahajan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab University and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing & Finance from the ICFAI Business School. His distinguished personality and optimistic approach has provoked young minds to think differently. Rajneesh has won various awards in his career including the most recent “IMAGES Most Admired Shopping Centre Professional of the Year – West” and is also a speaker at some of the prestigious national and international retail forums.
Position: Co Founder & Product Head
Co Founder & Product head at Lenskart, currently taking care of Online revenue and software running across all our touch points: Stores & Online Apps.
Prior to this – graduated from Georgia Tech with MS in Industrial Engineering and worked at Michelin North America for 2+ years.
Position: CIO & Head of Supply Chain
Ranjan Sharma began his career in 1996 as a Product Manager with Futurecom, where he handled sales of IT infrastructure to leading corporates and developed a sales and maintenance team. In 2001, Ranjan joined Vishal Retail as Store Manager and within four months was promoted to Assistant Store Manager and later SCM and Logistics Manager. He was transferred to Delhi headquarters as Head–IT, where he successfully managed the IT deployment, which ran on Ginretail.
In 2007, he took the position of Head–SAP for Future Knowledge, where he built a low-cost IS-Retail practice to make the group completely self-dependent. After two years, he became the Head of Solutioning and Packaged Applications, and successfully steered a cost-effective application development and maintenance team. A year later, he was promoted to Head-IT, where he implemented Infor WMS, TMS and BI solutions.
Ranjan joined Bestseller in 2012 as Head of IT and Supply Chain Management, and is currently the CIO and Head of Supply Chain. In his current role, he is responsible for orchestrating the company’s IT roadmap, business process design, system and process implementation, solution roll-out, review, maintenance, etc.
Company: Infiniti Retail (CROMA)
Position: Chief Marketing & Insights
Ritesh is a student of human behaviour and its reflection in marketplace choices and the implications for products, propositions, brands and their communication.
Over the last two decades, he has built a track record of creating new brands (Tata Docomo, Minute Maid), re-inventing legacy brands (Photon, Thumps Up, Maaza) and adapting global brands to Indian realities (Coke, Fanta, Sprite.
As CMO at Croma, he is responsible for all aspects of demand generation – brand, communication, media, insights, customer lifecycle management. He also manages private label, institutional business and property for Croma.
An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, Ritesh started his career in advertising and market research agencies before moving onto a marketing assignment at Reckitt Benckiser.
Ever restless and seeking the thrill of a new challenge he has worked in 10 organizations across FMCG, Telecom and Retail. His two longest stints and most remarkable stints have been at Coca Cola India and Tata Docomo.
Position: VP - Engineering
Rithesh brings over 13 years of overall experience in travel E-commerce and Ad-Tech domains. Has been with Goibibo.com for close to 4 years, taking charge of it’s Hotels/Accommodation portfolio. Is an advocate of cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform within the organization. Prior to Goibibo.com, Rithish was overseeing engineering development at TravelYaari.com. Rithish dabbled with Ad-Tech during his stint with Ibibo, serving hundreds of publishers and advertisers. Rithish started his career with Tally Solutions, where he built solutions for their business support systems
An alumnus of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore with significant experience in building internet businesses.
@Wholesalebox – Building an Amazing business in the unbranded fashion space to change the way India shops fashion!
Execution is my expertise – built CarDekho’s dealer business and OEM business from scratch till Series A/ 250 people team
Looking to build a stellar leadership team based in Bangalore. Current profiles are credit head (fintech), growth and data science.
Company: Fractal Analytics
Position: Chief Strategy Officer
Sameer Dhanrajani is a distinguished and widely recognized AI and Analytics business leader and visionary known for his deep knowledge, innovation & topical approaches in the AI and Analytics space. Sameer has consulted with several Fortune 500 and global enterprises in driving AI and Analytcs led strategic transfromation. He has a rich experience of building and scaling AI and Analytics businesses and creating significant client impact. Sameer is Chief Strategy Officer at Fractal Analytics . He is responsible for curating strategic roadmaps , driving strategic investments ; inorganic growth thru M&A , partnehips and alliances , open innovation; lead high-priority growth initiatives and help Fractal clients on AI-led transformation of their businesses . In his previous assignment , Sameer was Global Business Leader for Cognizant analytics and data sciences at Cognizant Technology Solutions.He pioneered the Customer, Risk & Operations Analytics framework (CRO) at cognizant analytics and data sciences to help clients realize transformative value from data detonation encircling enterprises and enable accelerated businesse impact through accentuated customer experience, robust risk management strategies and optimized business operations. Under his leadership, Cognizant Analytics became a leading market player in the analytics market space with 3400 analytics professionals an an exemplary broad-based structure with exhaustive repertoire of services framework, consulting methodologies, solutions and platforms spanning the advanced analytics & data science spectrum serving 180 clients across geogrpahies . As an accomplished professional, Sameer provided the pivotal strategic direction and execution led insights to galvanize Cognizant Analytics run better & run different.A fast tracker & a well-rounded professional with 20 + years of industry experience, Sameer has donned various leadership roles to help deliver innovative analytics and AI solutions and consulted with several CXO’s for faster, better decision making. Prior to Cognizant, Sameer was the Country Head at Fidelity National Financial and pioneered India’s first Global Competency Center(GCC) to be based on non-linear growth model with platform-based value propositions and developed Fidelity India into a hub of customer delight, delivery innovation, and operational dexterity.Before Fidelity, he worked as Vice President – Analytics for Genpact.
Sameer is a distinguished member of the NASSCOM Analytics Special Interest Group, CII knowledge roundtable, ASSOCHAM digital council and has been instrumental in leading the effort for positioning India as the next best destination of choice for AI & Analytics. He has been recipient of “Outstanding Leadership Award” at India Human Capital Summit and “Exemplary Leader Award” during the Asia Pacific HRM Congress. He has been highlighted four times consecutively – 2014-17 in “Top 10 influential analytics leaders in India” published by Analytics India magazine. Sameer is also advisor to Telangana and AP government council for setting up data analytics park and policy in Hyderabad & Vizag and is a steering committee member for drafting AI policy in India. Sameer is also a well-renowned speaker and has been a keynote speaker & moderator on various business, leadership and topical AI and analytics themes at leading global conferences. He has been quoted regularly across multiple business media and news publications. Sameer is a prolific blogger and his blog post “Demystifying digital, data analytics and decision science” ( https://sameerdhanrajani.wordpress.com/) is a trendsetter; he is a well-known contributor in the academia space. He has delivered numerous industry guest lectures and mentored several fresh & experienced graduates on making a successful career in Analytics. He is a trusted industry advisor and council member to leading Business & Technology schools. He is the first analytics professional leader in India to deliver TED talk and has delivered four Tedx talk sessions. His recent book “AI and Analytics: Accelerating Business Decisions “published by Wiley is a best seller and have been featured amongst top books in AI and Analytics space. He has also edited “Wiley black book on exponential technologies “ by knitting thought leadership led future outlook from top 17 industry leaders.
Position: CTO & CPO
A 20+ year technology and product veteran, Sanjay brings in diverse experience – building database engine at Oracle Corp, payment web services at Amazon Web Services and e-commerce platforms ground up at Tradus.com (Naspers owned) and 99Acres. Sanjay is an entrepreneur at heart and is passionate about leading high impact teams and creating Internet scale technology products. His startup clearsenses was acquihired by Naspers
He earned a MS in Computer Science from University of California Santa Barbara, MS in Computer Science from University of Pune and Bachelors in Mathematics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi.
He is also an ultra-runner and triathlete.
Position: Chief Marketing Officer & Chairperson, Diversity & Inclusion – India
Sarika is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chairperson for Diversity & Inclusion at Capgemini Technology Services, India. She bears nearly two decades of rich and diverse industry experience, with a rare combination of global marketing, sales & corporate functions.
At Capgemini, she is responsible for enhancing the Brand amongst customers, employees and industry at large. She has been also playing an active role in shaping the organization’s diversity practices and governance and is committed towards building a more inclusive workplace at Capgemini in India. Sarika is also a Capgemini Expert in Corporate Functions, Front Line Sales, and Global Marketing.
Prior to joining Capgemini, Sarika was the Global Head of Marketing for Infrastructure and Cloud Computing business and Customer Experience Head for Dell Services, India. While leading the marketing function, she has pioneered initiatives to enhance organization’s brand presence through integrated marketing programs and was part of Dell India Employee Welfare board.
Prior to Dell, she was with Wipro for over 15 years having worn many hats in roles spanning sales, process excellence, customer advocacy and marketing for Global Infrastructure Services and Wipro InfoTech. As CMO for Wipro India business & Head – Marketing for Global Infrastructure Services, she led Wipro’s brand enhancement globally through integrated marketing programs, sales enablement and client pursuit strategies, influencer relations – Analyst, Advisors and Media, demand generation and lead nurturing, Digital Marketing and Account Based Marketing and large scale Joint Partner Programs.
Sarika was also the Ombudsperson & Head of PSHC (Prevention of Sexual Harassment Committee) based on the credibility & high integrity demonstrated over the years at Wipro.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Sarika is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in DMAIC, LEAN and TQSS Methodologies.
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.
Position: Founder & CEO
Sudhakar Reddy Chirra always wanted to combine his passion for technology with his entrepreneurial streak. The result of which was AbhiBus, that he founded in 2008, today the company has grown to become a market leader not only as a technology service provider to the bus industry, but also as the fastest growing online aggregator of bus tickets inventory across India. In an industry where technopreneurs are booming, what makes Sudhakar Reddy stand apart from the crowd is his adeptness at technology coupled with a sharp marketing acumen, and a strong will to build value proposition for all stakeholders right from investors, customers to employees in the company. Sudhakar likes to take the road less travelled, he is always looking for opportunities and has an appetite to take risks to make his dreams come true. He brings with him rich experience in the corporate services industry. Prior to founding AbhiBus.com, he was heading GE technology and money initiatives for 4 countries. Sudhakar has a deep passion to build new age companies that are driven by standard corporate initiatives and governance.
Sudhakar’s vision is to reinvent bus travel in India through abhibus.com and in the process make the online portal the preferred choice for booking bus tickets where everyone admires the company for its performance, people and partnerships.
Company: Spar India
After completing his Masters in IT from University of Pune, Sunil Nair started his career in 1994 as a Computer Programmer for Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. After a year, he shifted base to Saudi Arabia and joined Landmark Group as Head IT. After a decade in this position, he transferred to the company’s Dubai office as a Business Analyst.
In 2007, Sunil joined Wipro as Retail Domain Specialist-Australia, where he oversaw program and delivery management for large retail projects, pre-sales consulting, client advisory and alliance management. A year later, he joined Madura Fashion & Lifestyle as Head–IT Retail, where he rolled out retail merchandise system, merchandise financial planning, assortment planning and POS solutions for the company.
After three and half years with the apparel brand, he returned to Landmark Group’s, to join the Auchan Hypermarket division. This company was a franchisee agreement between Landmark’s Max Hypermarkets and Groupe Auchan. As VP–Technology Solutions of Auchan Hypermarkets, India, Sunil completed an end-to-end Oracle Retail ERP implementation.
In 2014, he moved vertically to join the Spar India team, which is a Landmark Group and Spar Netherlands venture. In his current role as Sr VP–Technology and Business Solutions, he set up traditional IT infrastructure, including help desk, data centers and business systems as well as the tech landscape for omnichannel business. He also developed a digital strategy for the business, working with partners in IoT, virtual reality and proximity marketing, etc.
Company: Vinculum Group
Position: Founder & CEO
Venkat Nott is experienced in creating startups & building them into successful global companies. He is passionate about creating high power teams & disruptive SaaS products. Through Vinculum, Venkat aims to help 10000 brands to sell online globally across 30+ countries in the next 3 years.
Venkat was recently bestowed with the Retail Leadership Award by Asia Africa GCC Retail Congress.
A sports buff, Venkat has lived in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore besides India. He communicates in English and 6 Indian languages, holds a degree in Engineering from NIT Calicut (formerly REC Calicut) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Position: Technology Director
Vidya is an execution-driven senior management professional with more than 18 years’ experience, spanning both the US and India. Time at companies such as Thoughtworks and SunGard have allowed her to demonstrate her combination of entrepreneurial and commercial acumen in both products and services.
Since joining the team at Tesco in 2014, Vidya has taken on a breadth of functional responsibilities with hands on experience in strategic/go-to-market planning, business unit and team development, financial planning, project and product management, and engineering strategies. She has built and runs high performing, cross-functional, culturally diverse teams spread over 3 continents, playing a key role in ensuring that Tesco’s technology solutions remain ahead of the curve.
Vidya is also passionate about diversity and inclusivity and is/has been a core committee member for industry bodies including NASSCOM, CII & Grace Hopper (Anita Borg Institute). She is also very active within the startup community, playing the role of a mentor/coach.She is part of the technology leadership team and also on the board of Tesco Bengaluru.
Company: IBM Research
Position: Senior Researcher, STSM and Manager, Retail and Distribution, Industries Research
I lead the Retail and Distribution team in the Industries Research group at IBM Research, India.
My background is in machine learning and deep learning with a focus on crafting architectures for novel text and image understanding tasks.
I have good domain expertise in fashion and retail and am able to understand the business requirements from various stake holders and translate it to AI modules and research problems.
In the academic community I am well known for my research work on crowdsourcing and learning with imperfect supervision.
From my earlier work I also have a good understanding of health care business with a focus on medical imaging.
Technical lead for the IBM Research AI for Fashion – The IBM Research AI for Fashion project has built a portfolio of APIs, assets, and use cases for the fashion and retail industry primarily leveraging deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing. The use cases are targeted towards end consumers, online retailers, buyers, merchandisers and designers and spans sell (front end customer experience), buy (back end merchandising and procurement) and creative design (fashion designers).
2015-2016 Technical lead for the LingVist: The Far Reaching Research project LingVist: A picture is worth a thousand words aims to build a cognitive system that given an image can automatically and concisely summarize the salient content in the image in a few descriptive sentences.
2012-2015 Technical lead from India for Project Debater -Project Debater is the first AI system that can debate humans on complex topics. It digests massive texts, constructs a well-structured speech on a given topic, delivers it with clarity and purpose, and rebuts its opponent. Eventually, it will help people reason by providing compelling, evidence-based arguments and limiting the influence of emotion, bias, or ambiguity.
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: Orios Venture Partners
Position: Vice President
Vinit is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and is our Vice President based out of Bengaluru.
Vinit founded CopperSpiral in 2007, and then Buildkar in 2014. Prior to CopperSpiral, he was a Partner at New Jersey and Florida based Adeena. Buildkar was acquired in 2018 and Adeena in 2007.
An alumnus of New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Vinit spends weekends building Lego spaceships with his kids, walking his dog in Cubbon Park and is our Chief Environmentalist.