Mr. Madhusudan Gopalan is Managing Director & CEO of India Sub Continent at Procter & Gamble where he is responsible for developing P&G’s business, organization and corporate reputation. He has more than 18 years of experience working for the company across business units and diverse geographies like India, US and ASEAN countries. Prior to his India role, Madhusudan was leading the P&G business in Indonesia where he has led strong sales growth, share turn around, strong value creation and cash productivity. As a passionate advocate of diversity, he spearheaded the development of local talent in Indonesia and under his leadership, the company recently achieved the milestone of having more than 50% women managers in the workforce. Madhusudan also served as the Chairman of Indonesia Chapter of US ASEAN Business Council and advised the Indonesian government on policy matters.
Madhusudan started his career with P&G in India 1999 as a new hire in the Sales function from Indian Institute of Management,
Calcutta and worked in various locations across India including being part of P&G’s first Modern Retail team in India. His first
international assignment was to P&G's headquarters in the United States, where he worked with the P&G-Walmart business team.
He returned to India as the Head - Market, Strategy & Planning and oversaw the rapid growth of P&G’s business that grew 10 times in the space of a
decade. He then moved to Indonesia as Head of Sales where he learnt to speak the local language, Bahasa Indonesia. Madhusudan later assumed the position of
ASEAN Commercial Leader based in Bangkok, where he oversaw the commercial category teams across all P&G ASEAN countries and helped set up P&G’s e-commerce
business teams in the region. Post this assignment, he returned to Indonesia as the Head of the P&G business before taking over as India CEO
Vice President & Region Head, Asia Pacific (APAC) & India
Ajey Mehta - Vice President & Region Head, Asia Pacific (APAC) & India - HMD Global (The Home for Nokia Phones)
Ajey Mehta is the Vice President and Region Head for APAC & India for HMD Global, the Home for Nokia Phones. In this role, Ajey is responsible for driving Strategy, Operations and Business for HMD Global and for re-establishing Nokia as a strong consumer brand in APAC & India by scripting the next chapter of Nokia phones in the region.
An industry veteran, Ajey has spent over a decade working with Nokia and Microsoft. He has held various senior leadership positions in business, sales and retail. Prior to his current role, as Country Head, India with HMD Global, Ajey relaunched Nokia devices on Android, and built the business in India, ground up.
In his former roles, he has spearheaded businesses as Head of Microsoft Mobile Devices, India, Head of Sales Operations, India, Middle East & Africa, Nokia and Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, Nokia. He was instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing Nokia devices’ retail strategy globally, as a leader in the global retail sales development team in Nokia.
Ajey is a Member of the National Management Council at the All India Management Association (AIMA) and sits on the board of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in India (FINCHAM)
Ajey is a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras with an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.
A truly global professional, Ajey has worked across 4 continents and lived in the USA, UK, Singapore, UAE and India. Prior to Nokia, Ajey was the General Manager for Commercial Beverages in Coca Cola, and at the start of his career, he held various strategic and operational roles within ITC Ltd.
Anupriya Acharya - CEO - Publicis Media
Co-Founder & Director
Ashwini Deshpande - Co-Founder & Director - Elephant Design
A 1989 graduate of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Ashwini is the co-
founder of Elephant*, India's largest independent integrated design consultancy
with offices in India & Singapore.
She has done award-winning work for global brands in diverse segments. Some
of the awards include Global ReBrand 100 (USA), Worldstar (Germany), &
Asiastar (Singapore) for Packaging Excellence, A’Design Awards (Italy) and Best
of the Best at CII Design Excellence.
Ashwini was invited by Rockefeller Foundation to participate in Global Social
Impact workshop and by Danish Design Association to form the Copenhagen Co-
creation Manifesto. She has lectured across more than 20 countries including
ICOGRADA Design Week, Business of Design Week and International Design
She has been jury at Cannes Lions (France), Global ReBrand 100 (USA), The One
Club – Young Guns 16 (USA), Spikes Asia (Singapore), Design for Asia (HK), Kyiv
IAF (Ukrain), International A’Design Awards (Italy), Design for Change (India) &
Kyoorius Design Awards (India). Ashwini was Jury President at the recently
concluded D&AD Awards 2019 in London.
As a key member of The Design Alliance Asia consortium, Ashwini has edited
Colours of Asia book published in Hong Kong that was awarded Design for Asia
Special Culture Award by the Hong Kong government. She has written over 50
articles on design that were published through a column in regional publication
that reaches over 1 cr readers.
Ashwini is co-founder of The Collective, an initiative by women creative leaders
to create safe work-places for women. She has been speaking on gender &
inclusivity at various platforms; most recent being “Leading from Behind” &
“Women in Data Science” conferences in early 2019. Impact magazine has
recognized Ashwini among 50 Most Influential Women in Media for five
consecutive years. She is also on Campaign India’s A-List.
Ashwini mentors start-ups through “Nurture” initiative of TiE and from the
advisory board of Indian Institute of Management CIIE programme. She is also
mentor to the Vedica Scholars Programme. She is on the Advisory Board of
School of Design, Pearl Academy.
* The Economic Times Brand Equity Agency Reckoner has ranked Elephant as No 1
Design Agency multiple times including their 2018-19 listing.
At the first India edition of Lexus Design Awards, Elephant was declared as Design House
Of The Year in February 2018.
At the first edition of Indian Agency Awards by Social Samosa, Elephant was awarded
Specialist Agency of The Year in April 2019.
Abanti Sankaranarayanan leads the Strategy and Corporate Affairs functions at Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd), and is a member of its Executive Committee. Her responsibilities include Alcohol Policy, Regulatory& Trade matters, Market Access, Corporate Communications &Reputation and programs to address alcohol misuse, champion responsible consumption and deliver Social Impact. As head of Strategy, Abanti leads strategy development & execution for Diageo’s business in India.
Abanti has an outstanding track record of over 20 years in the consumer industry. Prior to her current role, Abanti was Managing Director, Diageo India Pvt Ltd, leadingDiageo’s ambitious business mandate for international spirits in India. Under her leadership, Diageo’s brand portfolio in India delivered strong double digit growth, high market share gains and robust brand equity enhancement.
Abanti joined Diageo in June 2010 as the Marketing and Innovation Director responsible forbuilding Diageo’s iconic global brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, VAT 69 and Cîroc.
Prior to Diageo, Abanti served as a member of the Tata Administrative Service (TAS) cadre since 1992, in an illustrious career where she held key roles managing some of the best-known consumer brands of the Tata Group in India, United Kingdom and the United States. In her 17-year career with the Tata group, Abanti worked across various companies such as Tata Global Beverages, London, the Taj Group of Hotels- Mumbai & New York, Tata Housing&Tata Financein Mumbai.
Abanti is on CII’s National FMCG Committee. She is the Chairman of Four Seasons Wines Ltd. and is on the Boards of UK India Business Council in India (UKIBC India) and the International Spirits & Wines Association of India (ISWAI).
Her contribution to the business have been recognized byFortune India (The Most Powerful Women in Business; 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016), IMPACT (50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising; 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), India Today (India’s 25 Most Influential Women, 2013) and Fast Company, New York (100 Most Creative People in Business, 2012).
Abanti is an Economics Graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
Lulu Raghavan - MD - Landor Associates
Manish Maheshwari - MD, Twitter India
President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit
Mayank Pareek - President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit - Tata Motors Ltd
Pushkaraj Shenai - CEO - Lakme Cosmetics
Prasanth Kumar - CEO - CEO-South Asia
Ram Raghavan - MD - Colgate
Mr. Ram Raghavan : Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, the market leader in Oral Care, has appointed Ram Raghavan as Managing Director effective August 01, 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Raghavan served as Vice-President Marketing of Asia Pacific Division of Colgate-Palmolive. Mr. Raghavan joined Colgate India in 1997 and progressed through a series of leadership roles across various divisions and subsidiaries of Colgate-Palmolive. In 2003, he moved to Hong Kong to join the Asia-Pacific Division. In 2004, he moved to Colgate China and sequentially managed the Toothbrush and Toothpaste businesses. In 2008, he became Marketing Director of Colgate Canada. In 2009, he returned to China as Marketing Director. In 2013, he became the General Manager for the Latin America CIC, where he was instrumental in developing the platform-based innovation model supporting Latin America organic growth.
Mr.Raghavan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, both located in Mumbai, India.
MD & CEO
Rakesh Khanna - MD & CEO - Orient Electric
Having held several leadership positions to date, Rakesh Khanna currently serves as Managing
Director & Chief Executive Officer at Orient Electric Limited and leads the company's strategic
initiatives. He has a rich professional experience spanning over 33 years, working in India and
abroad with companies of national and international repute in consumer electronics, electrical,
lighting and consumer durables.
Rakesh has grown with and managed leading brands in their respective categories like Sony,
Jumbo, Hitachi, Wipro and Eureka Forbes. Prior to joining Orient Electric, he headed the
Distribution business of Sony & IT Products for Jumbo Electronics in UAE. Since joining Orient
Electric in early 2015, Rakesh has directed his efforts in leading transformation across all
functions and elevating the brand image. His focus has been on creating a strong brand
positioning and driving sustainable competitiveness through product and process innovation.
Rakesh Khanna is an engineer from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology and a
management graduate from the University of Mumbai.
President & MD
Rohit Suri - President & MD, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd
Mr. Rohit Suri is President& Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India. Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC is a British multinational automotive company and is a subsidiary of the Indian carmaker Tata Motors since 2008, when the latter acquired it from Ford.
Mr Suri is a BE in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. A pioneer, thinker and developer in automotive sector, he is heading the JLR Indian business from the past 10 years.
As President at JLR – India, he has been crucial in developing the business in India and has also been instrumentalin getting locally manufactured models to the Indian customer. Under his guidance, JLR has built a strong brand positioning and established a healthy market share in India in the relevant luxury segment.
Mr. Suri is an auto industry veteran with over 28 years of experience. He has spent almost 11 years in international markets of Oman, UAE and USA, managing brands such as Cadillac, Hummer, Chevrolet, ISUZU, Hyundai and Eicher Mitsubishi for retail and OEM companies.
Sadashiv Nayak - CEO - Big Bazaar
Sangeeta Pendurkar - CEO - Pantaloons at Aditya Birla Group
Sundar Raman - CEO-Sports, Reliance Industries
Sundar Raman is a Sports Administrator and Management professional with over two decades of formidable professional and leadership experience across Sports, Advertising, Sponsorship and Media Management. He was with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and was the Chief Operating Officer of the highly-successful Indian Premier League (IPL) from its inception in 2008 to 2015. He was also the Chief Executive of Champions League T20 (CLT20).
He joined Reliance Industries (RIL) to head the group's sports ambitions as its Chief Executive Officer in November 2015. He also serves as Director of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) aimed at building a sustained grassroot sports eco system in India.
RIL is involved in multiple sports, including cricket, football, basketball, tennis and golf - directly or through joint ventures. Sundar Raman is responsible for consolidation and integration of RIL's sports portfolio, including its Foundation activities in sports. In addition to the existing sports properties of RIL, he will be driving newer avenues of growth in sports.
A graduate in applied sciences and a Post graduate in Advertising and Communications Management, Sundar Raman began his professional career in media and eventually took over as the Managing Director of Mindshare India, part of WPP Plc. He has more than a decade of work experience in strategic media thinking business working for brands such as Unilever, PepsiCo, GSK, Samsung and Amex.
During his stint heading up IPL, he was instrumental in growing the sport to a multi billion dollar property and created a new genre of content - Cricketainment - as it is called and has helped bring in new audience to the game of cricket. Media reports estimate the new audience to the game has grown-up by over 60%. He was also leading the Champions League T20 cricket, launched on the back of IPL success, involving the top domestic T20 teams from across the world. He was also a key member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) integrity work group and was involved in restructuring of ICC.
An enthusiastic golfer, A cricket buff, avid traveler and a fan of biographies, he also finds time to share thoughts with the next generation as a guest lecturer at graduation and management schools. He loves his time spent watching Television.
In his online avatar, Sundar is active on @ramansundar and in his non-corporate role, we like to believe that he has spiritual aspirations - his Twitter and Facebook photos have him smiling radiantly alongside the Dalai Lama.
Suhail Sameer - CEO-FMCG, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
With over 15 years of experience, Suhail has spearheaded great projects throughout his career. In 2018, Suhail joined the RP Sanjiv Goenka group with the responsibility of leading the FMCG business. His journey in the group commenced as President of Business Development & Growth in 2016 and was instrumental in the launch of the brand Too Yumm!
Suhail led the launch of the Group’s first FMCG brand TooYumm!, which focusses on offering healthy snacking options for the mass premium segment in India. He successfully led marketing initiatives directly making the brand the success that it is today.
His current role at Guiltfree Industries (RPSG) is focused on overall business development and growth for the company. Since its launch, Too Yumm! has successfully turned it into the fastest growing FMCG brand in India with one of the largest distribution networks across the country.
In the past, Suhail also led the acquisition of a mass snacking company Apricot Foods in early 2017. Additionally, he played an integral role in building brands in the breakfast cereals, nutraceuticals, beverages and the dairy segments.
Before joining the RP-SG Group, Suhail was an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company, world’s premier consulting firm. He led McKinsey’s Cleantech practice in South Asia, and the Power practice in India. Suhail was also a core leader of McKinsey’s consumer and investing practices. He has authored many reports, newspaper articles, including the highly revered ‘India – Bird of Gold’ and ‘Re-Powering India’.
His deep experience in investing, having previously co-led McKinsey’s Institutional investing practice in India enabled the RP-SG group to set-up their first consumer oriented early stage venture fund, RP-SG Ventures.
An Alumnus of IIM Lucknow and Delhi College of Engineering, Suhail has extensive experience working across consumer, energy, cleantech, and institutional investing spaces.
GRAND jury 2018
Head - Digitization
HERJIT S BHALLA
Managing Director - India
Sr. VP- South Asia
DR MAHESH GUPTA
Founder - Chairman
CEO - South Asia
AMIT JAIN-Managing Director
ASHOK BHASIN - Head - Digitization
A Global Business Leader with diverse experiences, Ashok Bhasin, joined Hero MotoCorpin early 2015 to head Hero's Sales, Marketing & Customer Care and to consolidate Hero's dominant market position. Recently, Ashok took over as Head – Digitization to lead Hero’s Enterprise-wide Digital Transformation. As part of the senior leadership team at Hero MotoCorp, Ashok also significantly contributes on broad strategic directionfor the company.
In his last International role, Ashok was with RB (Reckitt Benckiser), heading RB Operations in all countries across Central Africa as General Manager & as Managing Director, RB Nigeria. Prior to that he worked with Whirlpool Corporation in several leadership roles starting as Director, Marketing – India leading onto Vice President – Marketing, South Asia and thereafter as Global Director, Whirlpool Corporation, USA. Ashok spent his initial years with TATA Group.
Ashok, a SRCC (Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi) alumnus, is also an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi.
Ashok has extensive global experience in building and turning around business performance on growth, profitability and market share across geographies, categories and business cycles.
Ashok is passionate about Consumers, Brands and Talent - he has consistently developed best-in-class teams across the globe and has worked in
leadership roles on many great Brands including Whirlpool, Dettol, Harpic and Lizol.
B THIAGARAJAN - Joint MD
ERIC BRAGANZA - Head - Digitization
Mr. Eric Braganza is currently the President of Haier India. He brings
along an inspiring professional experience of more than 33 years and has been
spearheading the organization since September 2009. In his current capacity, he is responsible for heading the India operations that include sales and marketing,
manufacturing and all support functions of Haier India. Mr. Braganza’s wealth of knowledge and experience has continued to lead the company to witness a remarkable
growth in the past 6 years in the Indian market.
In November 2017, Mr. Eric Braganza was conferred with the title of ‘Man of Appliances’ by Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA). An Alumni of Sri Ram College of Commerce, before joining Haier, Braganza has held senior management positions in the field of consumer durables, working as chief operating officer at Electrolux Hyundai Division and as director, exports, sales and marketing at Videocon Industries. Besides Videocon Industries, Mr. Braganza has worked in several major companies like Novino Batteries, Sylvania Laxman and NEB Electronics.
HERJIT S BHALLA - Managing Director - India
Mr. Herjit S. Bhalla is the Managing Director of Hershey India. Herjit brings extensive
experience in building consumer, food and retail brands and is an accomplished industry leader.
Herjit has spent more than 18 years in various sales and marketing, management roles at Unilever in India, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In his last position, Herjit served on the Board of Directors with Metro Cash & Carry handling operations for North and East India. Mr. Bhalla has repeatedly demonstrated his unique proficiency in effectively leading teams, turning around and building businesses, driving employee engagement, and positively impacting revenue growth..
HETAL KOTAK- CEO
Mr. Hetal Kotak is the CEO of Lee Cooper and aLL Plus Size Store at Future Lifestyle Fashions Limited. He is a Textile Engineer with certifications in “Strategic Leadership Program” from the Michigan Ross School of Business, “Finance for Decision Making” from IIM-Bangalore & “Brand Management” from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Having started his career with “Arvind Mills Ltd” in 1997, Hetal has traversed through & experienced varied aspects of the business. The early years of his career gave him an opportunity to extensively travel across the globe.
“Retail Icon of India” in 2012
"50 Most Talented Retail Professionals of India" in 2014
"100 Most Talented Retail Professionals of India" in Feb, 2015
DR MAHESH GUPTA - Founder - Chairman
Dr. Mahesh Gupta is a first generation entrepreneur and is known worldwide for revolutionizing the water purification industry in India. He is the Founder-Chairman of Kent RO Systems Ltd., India’s leading RO Water Purifier Company. Dr. Gupta then launched India’s first domestic RO water purifier and started the company from a scratch. Competing with the leading national & international brands, Kent RO Systems Ltd. is today the leading and most dynamic water purifier company in India, commanding a market share of about 40% in RO water purifier segment.
PRADEEP DWIVEDI - CEO
PRATIK POTA - CEO
RAJ NAYAK - COO
SAM SINGH - CEO - South Asia
Sameer (Sam) Singh is the Chief Executive Officer of GroupM South Asia, managing India, Sri Lanka,
Pakistan and Bangladesh. Under his leadership, GroupM is the leading media investment conglomerate in the region.
Prior to joining GroupM, Sam was the Director of Agency Business at Google India. He has recently relocated from Mountain View. In prior roles at Google, he has focused on measurements for Americas, as well as on global accounts - product delivery, measurement & insights and the BrandLabs team at Google. Sam is a veteran of the Consumer Products industry having worked at GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble and Gillette. And in roles spanning Brand Management, Media Management, Sales, Consumer Insights and Procurement. He has extensive experience across a variety of markets, having lived and worked in USA, United Kingdom, China, Middle East and India. Prior to joining Google, Sam was the Global Head of Media at GlaxoSmithKline. When away from work, Sam is a keen motorcycling enthusiast.