Country Managing Director, G4S India
Rajeev Sharma, Country Managing Director, G4S India has had a long and successful journey with G4S. Prior to this role, he was Managing Director of G4S India’s Secure Solutions business where he demonstrated a commendable degree of professionalism and contributed significantly to the growth of the overall business. Rajeev has more than 30 years of cross-industry and offshore experience in leading teams to deliver sustainable business, innovative solutions and the launch of many firsts in the industry. He is a science honours graduate from Bhopal University.
As a stealth leader and strategist, he connects downward, upward and across business actualizing the value. Maximizing “management by walking around”, he champions, energizes and unifies all stakeholders. Prior to joining G4S, Rajeev worked as Head of Cargo Business with Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. Previously, he has worked in various roles as Vice President for D&J business with Brinks Inc., Director Guarding & International business with Tops Security Limited. The initial years of his career were with Gati and Elbee (UPS). Rajeev has tremendous exposure in the financial management of the business and is hands-on with M&A projects, has managed multiple acquisitions including a cross border acquisition in the security space.
Rajeev is extremely well networked within the corporate space and enjoys a reputation of being a straight shooter and highly versatile. He is Co-Chair on FICCI PSI Committee and Chairman ASSOCHAM Homeland Security and Disaster Management. He belongs to Mumbai and currently lives with his wife in Gurugram. Rajeev has a son who is pursuing his commercial pilot license from Florida, USA.
Former Editor, Bloomberg TV India (BTVI) TV Anchor and Policy Commentator
An award-winning journalist and Chevening Scholar, Siddharth Zarabi is a well-known writer, TV presenter and moderator. He is a management graduate who joined journalism with a sense of purpose to contribute to India's economy and its politics. Business, finance, economics and the political economy is at the core of what he has reported on in a long and distinguished career that began in 1997. Beginning with the Indian Express, Siddharth joined the Hindustan Times as one of its youngest special correspondents. He moved to television in 2008 at a leadership position at CNBC TV18 and then led Bloomberg TV India (BTVI) as the Editor and head till last year. He has now embarked on an entrepreneurial journey of discovery in the technology driven media space.
Sarbvir Singh heads Policybazaar.com, India’s leading insurtech company. He is responsible for the overall business performance of PolicyBazaar.
Prior to joining Policybazaar, he was a venture capitalist and also served in senior leadership positions with digital and media companies. He was most recently the Managing Partner of WaterBridge Ventures, a leading early-stage venture fund.
Over his career, Sarbvir has led venture investments in industry-leading companies like BookMyShow, Yatra, DoubtNut, ZipLoan and Webchutney. He served as the founding Managing Director of Capital18, Network18’s venture arm and as Regional Advisor to JP Morgan PEG for their investments in India. He also held leadership positions with Citigroup in New York and Emerson Electric in Hong Kong.
Sarbvir is a graduate of IIT Delhi and holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.
Abhijit Iyer Mitra
Author, Journalist & Defence Economist
Short form Bio: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies. A Defence Economist, He appears regularly in print and on TV, is the author of two books and doing a PhD at kings College London
Long Form Bio: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies. A Defence Economist, he is pursuing his PhD in war studies from Kings College London. He has regular columns in the Print, Economic Times, Business Standard, Mint & Money Control as well as bylines in all major national dailies and the New York Times. He also has co-authored two books, one on military reforms and another on Afghanistan, and has a third book on the Hindu Right in India. Additionally he has several academic publications to his credit dealing with defence and foreign policy.
Prior to his current post he coordinated the National Security Programme at the Observer Research Foundation. At ORF Abhijit was in the startup team curating CyFy, One of the world’s premiere conferences on international cyber governance and laws. He also accumulated a considerable body of work on the subjects of privacy and cyber surveillance & the gaping holes in Indian jurisprudence that allowed severe abuse of nebulous laws. He also curated the Raisina Dialogue, India’s window to the outside world, inaugurated by the Prime Minister and hosting several heads of state.
Concurrently he was visiting scholar at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque) & at the Stimson Centre (Washington D C). His hobbies include flying recreational aircraft and scuba diving and he is the proud parent of two dogs.
Dr. Deepa Malik PhD (h.c.)
President of Paralympic Committee of India
A lady who has continually risen above all odds, braving chest below paralysis for over 2 decades - winner of 5 President of India awards, 4 Limca world records, 3 International Awards, 68 national & state medals, 23 international medals.
Padma Shri, Khel Ratna & Arjuna Awardee Dr. Deepa Malik is India’s first paraplegic woman biker, swimmer, rallyist & India’s first ever female Paralympic medalist, also enabling other people with disabilities through her foundation Wheeling Happiness. Deepa Malik has been recognised as 'Woman of the Year' 2019 by the International Paralympic Committee and has also served as a citizen ambassador to New Zealand, appointed Sir Edmund Hillary PM's Fellow by Hon. Jacinda Ardern. This year Dr. Deepa Malik has been appointed as a member of the Government's All India Council of Sports and is currently serving as the President of the Paralympic Committee of India. She is also handling Public Relations & Grievances for Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority."
Dr. Pawan Singh
MD & CEO, PTC India Financial Services
He is MBA and PhD in Infra Finance. He started his career as Management Trainee in Tata Steel and later Bharat Petroleum and joined I.R.A.S. batch in 1986 & served in Western, South Eastern and Northern Eastern Railway in highest loading divisions of Indian Railways. He Was Chief General Manager, Power Grid Corporation India Ltd. was on deputation & initiated first PPP in Transmission sector, and later Board Member with Delhi Power Company and Transco and Genco from 2006 to 2011 played key role in power sector reforms in Delhi consequent to his contribution negligible power tariff hike in Delhi during the period. Later Director PTC India Financial Services Limited. Now he is MD & CEO of PTC India Financial Services Limited (one of the largest sustainable infra finance company in the country) he has been instrumental in decarbonisation of PTC India Financial Services balance sheet and converted Thermal Based Finance Company into a sustainable Infra Finance Company. He is a founding member of the India CEO Forum for clean energy & committed sustainability as a method for growth.
At present he is MD & CEO, PTC India Financial Services and also in the Board of Director’s in PTC Energy Limited, Board of Governors of Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon and earlier been board of IIFCL, JSW, GMR, Tata & Reliance. Visiting faculty prominent IIM, IISB, LBSSA etc. Other Premier Management Institute in India & Abroad. He also several papers / articles to his credit.
In the year 2010 President of India had conferred on him Power Excellence Award for turning around a loss making power utility to profit making dividend paying company.
Chairman & Managing Director, SRI ADHIKARI BROTHERS (SABGROUP)
1) Markand Adhikari is a Co-founder of Sri Adhikari Brothers (SABGROUP) with his late brother ShriGautam Adhikari.
2) Sri Adhikari Brothers is a pioneer in Indian Television and Media space since last 4 decades.
3) First to create program for Doordarshan in mdi 80’s.
4) First to create program for India’s first Satellite TV Channel ZEE TV.
5) First to create original program for Overseas Channel TV Asisa.
6) One of the first media Company to get listed on both the Stock Exchanges : BSE and NSE in 1995.
7) First production house to launch the TV Channel “SAB”TV, which is now world’s highest viewing Comedy Channel.
8) Altogether launched total 10 (ten) Channels including Entertainment and News in last 20 years.
9) Presently running 5 (five ) Channels including Mastiii, Dabangg, Maiboli which are genre leaders.
10) Running creditable / high influence digital site “Governance now”.
CEO, Publicis Groupe South Asia
Anupriya Acharya, CEO, Publicis Groupe South Asia is an eminent media and advertising professional with 25 years of experience across India and Singapore. She joined Publicis Groupe in 2013 as Group CEO of ZenithOptimedia and then went on to lead Publicis Media India from 2016. Prior to Publicis, she has held senior leadership positions with WPP in India and Aegis Media Singapore.
She is on the Jury of key industry awards, actively involved with AAAI and other industry bodies and also an Independent Director on the Board of DB Corp. She has been felicitated by Forbes India as ‘W-Power’ Trailblazer 2018 and featured in Fortune India’s list of Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” consecutively in 2018 and 2019. She has also featured amongst the Top 10 on Impact’s list of ’50 Most Influential Women in Advertising, Media and Marketing Industry” in 2018 and 2019.
A Post Graduate in Chemistry from IIT - Roorkee, her interests are adventure trips, photography and interior designing.
Chairman & Managing Director, Nestle India Ltd
Suresh Narayanan has over 35 years of rich and exhaustive experience in the FMCG Industry and has held Senior Management and Top Leadership roles in leading global companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Nestlé India Limited from 1st August, 2015. Mr. Narayanan was Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines prior to joining Nestlé India in 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board from October 2015.
Mr. Narayanan was Managing Director of Nestlé Singapore Pte. Ltd., from 2008 to 2010. During his time, the overall business in Singapore witnessed sustained growth amidst the economic downturn. He was awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Government of Singapore in 2010, for excellence in employee relations during this challenging period. He moved to Nestlé Egypt as Chairman and CEO and Head of NEAR, where his initiatives resulted in significant business growth and investments despite the turbulence and volatility faced by the region at this time.
Mr. Narayanan joined Nestlé in 1999 as Executive Vice President for Sales in India, where he spearheaded major structural and strategic changes in Sales and Customer Management and set up the chilled dairy business. He moved to Nestlé Indochina in 2003, as Executive Director for Sales, Marketing and Food-Services, covering the countries of Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Two years later in 2005, he returned to Nestlé India as Head of Sales for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Mr. Narayanan began his career as a Management Trainee with Hindustan Unilever, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has also worked with Colgate Palmolive in India.
Mr. Narayanan holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has a Diploma from the IMD (Lausanne) Program for Executive Development. He has participated in the Nestlé Leadership Program of the London Business School. He has been on various Industry Forums including being the Vice Chairman of ECR – Thailand, Member of the Council of Singapore Manufacturers Association (SMa), Co-Chair of the Trade & Industry Committee of American Chamber, Cairo and Member of the Advisory Board of the American University of Cairo (AUC) Business School. He is currently the Chairman of Food Processing Committee of CII.
He has delivered talks at NASSCOM forums, various Corporates, NUS School of Business-Singapore, American University–Cairo, Columbia University, Business Schools in India, Naval War College, Army War College, CII-Young India Forum and Indian Army’s Training Command in Shimla.
Suresh has been honoured at the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2017 as the Best CEO in the Multinational category.
CEO - India, Eros International Media Limited (ErosSTX)
As CEO-India for Eros International Media Limited, Mr. Pradeep Dwivedi is responsible for managing business growth and operations of the company and is also responsible for all commercial negotiations and representations in various markets, forums, customers & vendors, and regulatory authorities.
Mr. Pradeep Dwivedi, B.Sc., MBA, is a senior media industry professional. He is an accomplished industry leader with an experience of over two decades in Advertising & Media Business, Telecom & Technology Enterprises, Banking & Financial Services Institutions, and the Automotive sector, with established credentials in digital infotainment business as well as Print Publication, News Television channels and Experiential Events.
He has a demonstrated track record in revenue growth, sales & marketing, value creation, joint ventures & partnerships, corporate investments, business operations & general management. In the past, he has been CEO of Sakal Media Group, Chief Corporate Sales & Marketing Officer of Dainik Bhaskar Group, and worked in leadership positions with organizations including Tata Teleservices, American Express, GE Capital, Standard Chartered Bank & Eicher Motors in India. He is an active participant in many media industry associations, such as Director of IAA (India Chapter) and a managing committee member of The Advertising Club of India.
Managing Director, Blue Star
B Thiagarajan holds a Bachelor’sDegree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Madurai University. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program of London Business School. He has around four decades of experience, having worked for reputed companies such as Larsen & Toubro Ltd, BPL Systems Ltd and Voltas Ltd, prior to joining Blue Star in 1998.
Thiagarajan has handled various assignments in the Service Business, Corporate Communications & Marketing and Corporate Affairs & Planning before he was promoted as President - AC&R Products Group in 2009. He was elevated to the Board of Blue Star in 2013. He was appointed as Joint Managing Director in 2016 and with effect from April 1, 2019 he has taken charge as Managing Director. He currently oversees Electro-Mechanical Projects and Packaged Air Conditioning Systems Business; Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain and Service Operations pertaining to the Products Business; Manufacturing and R&D; Corporate Communications; Public Relations; as well as Corporate Marketing Services.
Thiagarajan plays an active role in various industry fora, and is the Past President of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association (RAMA) and CII Maharashtra State Council. He is a nominated member of the CII National Council and Co-chairperson of the CII National Agriculture Council.
CEO, Lodestar UM
Touted as the Most Influential Woman in the advertising and media industry by the prestigious The Economic Times for the last three years, Nandini has the distinction of launching over 400 brands and has managed communication strategy and investments for over 175 marquee businesses. She has led Lodestar UM to be the Media Agency of the Year title several times, including 2018. In 2016, 2017, 2018, she was awarded as Agency CEO of the year by different organizations. Besides, in 2018 she was recognized by World Leadership Congress, as Times Power Woman, and Gamechanger of the year. She has won many media awards within the country and at Cannes, Spikes, FOMA on more than one occasion. She is a long-serving jury member at Cannes, Spikes, Festival of Media, Effie’s, Goafest Press Club of India, and many more.
Founder & Managing Partner, Trust Legal
Mr. Sudhir Mishra is one of the leading Media, Entertainment and Environmental lawyer. He is a prominent litigation lawyer having represented clients in various Tribunals, High Courts and Supreme Court in closely contested matters. Mr. Mishra had also been selected for the most prestigious International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) sponsored by the United States of America (May 2005), which is “one of the U.S. government’s most prestigious professional exchange programs for foreign opinion makers”. Mr. Mishra is the managing partner of Trust Legal which is one of the leading law firm for music, media and broadcasting laws. Trust Legal is a leading law firm in litigation space as they are handling more than 400 broadcasting matters in TDSAT, New Delhi alone. The firm regularly represents Zee Music, Zee studios and many others before various High Court as well.