Now is the time for digitalization. With scarce resources in our hands, rapid changes in customers and producers' behavior, a comfort-loving generation; E-Commerce is the best option socially, politically, and economically. E-Commerce is booming, even faster than Zomato's posts on their social media handles. And this growth is very promising.
The International Industry Summit aims at discussing the trends that are bringing this change and changing the consumer’s perspective to this new way of shopping. The summit will provide you with a complete outlook on the growth and potential of D2C, B2C, brand marketing, etc.
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Chirag Mavani is the CFO of The Souled Store, India's largest online brand for officially licensed merchandise, and specializes in creating designs and products that make you look and feel best.
Chirag Mavani is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA - ICAI) and Company Secretary (CS - ICSI) with over 12 years of experience in the domain of Finance and Accounts. A seasoned professional with experience ranging across varied industries, viz. Tech Infra, ITeS, e-commerce, and logistics. Gradually transformed into an E-commerce specialist. Specialized in laying down systems and processes for strong financial discipline within the organization.
Before The Souled Store, Chirag Mavani was the Head of Finance at Repro Books Pvt. Ltd. and before that, he was the Finance Manager at Ananta Tech.
Tarun Appachu is the marketing & business strategy lead at Bosch Chassis
Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
Tarun has 12 years of experience in the auto industry across organizations such
as Eaton, Honeywell and Bosch with key roles in manufacturing engineering,
aftermarket sales, business development, key account management and now
marketing & business strategy.
He has diverse experience & knowledge of engine components, drivetrain
systems and safety systems and has managed key customer accounts like Tata
Motors, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, John Deere, Honda to name a few…
Tarun has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Anna University, Chennai
along with a Post-Graduation in Business Management from XLRI,
Tarun has been an automobile enthusiast from his early childhood and is an
active member of various automobile forums. As a true believer in the benefits
of technology, Tarun now acts as a safety ambassador to spread the message
on road safety and the role technology can play in saving lives.
Mahesh Vandi Chalil is Senior Vice President - Technology at BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination, offering not just tickets for movies and beyond but also experiences both virtual and physical across theatricals, music concerts, live events and sports.
With over two decades of extensive global experience, Mahesh started his professional journey in 1996, after completing his B Tech (specialising in Electronics) from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. An alumnus of the prestigious Harvard University (Extension School), Mahesh joined BookMyShow in 2020 to helm technology at the firm and scale the company’s technological prowess and strategic approach to development and delivery. In his role at BookMyShow, he spearheads technological governance, advancements, solutions and recommendations for enterprise architecture within the platform to support the building of scalable products and services for a seamless user experience. Supported by an able bodied team, Mahesh has been instrumental in building the robust back-end technology for BookMyShow Stream, the company’s movie streaming service, and helping launch the product within record time in early 2021.
Before joining BookMyShow, Mahesh spent over 20 years in technology all over the world, with companies across the spectrum including Apple, Bank of America, Deloitte, Hotstar and most recently Near. His experience spans roles that included heading development centres, defining enterprise applications architecture, leading technology governance, consultative & technical solution crafting and proposals & solution contracts negotiations.
Mahesh is passionate about building scalable products that delight customers while keeping innovation as the top goal motivating his team to constantly aspire for these. Mahesh continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it.
A proud husband and father of 2 daughters, Mahesh believes in balance and takes to cricket during his leisure time – an activity that apart from being his true love also helps him stay focussed. Mahesh takes lessons from the pitch right to the office be it teamwork or leadership, even as he lives his craze for the sport, leaving no possible opportunity to play a quick game.
Prasun Kumar is a seasoned marketing professional, brand expert, blogger, technology enthusiast and entrepreneurial at heart with over 20 years of experience across Internet, Real Estate, Retail, Telecom & Advertising industries. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Justdial, India’s No.1 local search engine. His last assignment was as the Head – Marketing, Revenue Verticals, Content & PR at Magicbricks, India’s No.1 property site (part of BCCL, India’s largest media conglomerate).
With excellent record of launching and managing businesses & brands, delivering strong growth in dynamic & complex Indian market, conceptualizing & driving consumer acquisition strategies and managing cross-functional teams, Prasun has in-depth understanding of consumers, communications & consumer-brand interaction.
Prior to this, he has worked with Reliance Communications as Sr. VP – Marketing in charge of Brand, Communications & Consumer Insights. He had a stint at SONY India as Head – Marketing where he played the leading role in launching the Xperia range of Sony Smartphones and turning the ailing brand around to profitability. Before that as the Director - Brand and Marketing, he launched MTS (Russia’s largest telecom operator & a new entrant in India) brand in India and successfully scaled it up across the entire country. He has also held important positions at Levi Strauss & Co and McCann-Ericson in his career.
Prasun is a dynamic, methodical and disciplined executive poised to tackle the complex challenges of the rapidly changing business environment. He has won industry recognitions, profiled in The Economic Times, blogs at important forums, a speaker and panelist at prestigious events and regularly guest lectures at premium business schools including MDI, IMT, Delhi School of Economics, XIMB, IIM-Shillong, IIMC to name a few.
Sripad Vaidya is the Co-founder & COO of ConfirmTKT. Confirmtkt.com is one of the best IRCTC train booking sites online. Before starting ConfirmTKT, he worked in a company called Photon, a global leader in digital transformation services and IT consulting, as a Senior Business Analyst. He also worked as Business Analyst-Telecommunication in companies like Excelacom Technologies and IBM. He pursued Bachelor in Technology(B.Tech) from the college Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy.
With more than a decade of experience as a Business Analyst, Sripad Vaidya is someone who understands the business and E-commerce arena very well. Learn from him in the International Industry Summit organized by Techfest!
Harsh probably best embodies The Souled Store’s philosophy of following one’s soul, as can be seen from the multiple hats he’s worn. He took up science in junior college, graduated in law, did internships and job stints in journalism and advertising, took 6 months off to learn tattooing, and eventually founded The Souled Store with his friends.
At The Souled Store, he handles Licensing, Retail, and Marketplaces – combining his love for numbers and pop culture.
His interests outside work include kickboxing, tennis, researching on what TV show to watch next, and a new found love of podcasts. Feel free to ask him for recommendations!
Partha Anbil is a Business Area Leader and Chief AI Officer, Health & Life Sciences practice at I.B.M. He is a member of the I.B.M. Industry Academy – a very selective group of professionals inducted into the academy by invitation only, the highest honor at I.B.M. He is a healthcare expert member of the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.). He is also a distinguished Data Science though leader certified by both I.B.M.
and the Open Group, an industry consortium.
Mr. Anbil has over 28 years of management consulting experience, primarily in Healthcare & Life Sciences industry. He held senior leadership roles at Booz & Company (now Strategy&), Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions (now Symphony), IMSHealth Management Consulting (now IQVIA), KPMG Consulting, & PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) L.L.P. Mr. Anbil has consulted & counseled Health & Life Sciences clients in structuring solutions for strategic, operational & organizational challenges and issues. Mr. Anbil advised clients on different R&D and Commercial Effectiveness based on Market, Product, and Company Characteristics and Regulatory Environment -- counseled Life Sciences clients on maximizing Commercial Performance and R&D Productivity of their products from clinical development to initial launch through product maturity.
He has a multidisciplinary educational background and cross-functional experience. Mr. Anbil received an M.B.A. in Corporate Strategy and Business Development from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an M.S. in Corporate Finance and an M.A. in Econometrics from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. He also has a M.I.B (Master’s in International Business) from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Anbil also serves on the board of C.M.R. Institute (CMRInstitte.org), a non-profit training institute for life sciences industry professionals. He has been an advisory council member of the Harvard Business Review (H.B.R.) as well as an Advisor at the Harvard University Innovation Lab (i-Lab) and Rutgers University big data initiative
Mr. Anbil until recently an Adjunct Professor (Concurrent with the Industry Role) of Global Strategy at the Fox School of Business & Management, Temple University, PA (since 2001—2014), teaching their Executive M.B.A. program and The Hult International Business School (2010-2014) teaching Globalization of Emerging Markets for their M.B.A. program. He has a certification in the Arts & Crafts of discussion leadership (Case method teaching) by the Harvard Business School. He was associated with the Mack Center (Industry-Academic Forum) at the Wharton School. He had also accompanied students on overseas trips to central European and Latin American countries as part of the EMBA overseas study program. He had conducted prestigious Hult Master Classes on the topic of “Future of Global Corporation: Quest for the Best” in various countries such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, & India for prospective & current Hult students. Besides, he participated as an internship adviser to Hult students. He also participated as a Judge in Business Plan Competition, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Temple University, PA. He is also a board member of the M.I.T. Alumni Association of Greater Delaware Valley Club
He has been quoted many times by life sciences industry publications and speaks at various industry related conferences. Thus far, he has presented at over 50 industry conferences. He had published over 35 articles in healthcare & life sciences trade publications in the thought leadership arena. and contributed internal white papers for the consulting firms he had worked. He was on the editorial advisory boards of PM360 magazine and Managed Care magazine – Premier trade publications for pharma marketers and managed care professionals, respectively.
Abhishek Gupta is the Group Chief Financial Officer at OYO Hotels & Homes. He has been part
of OYOs executive leadership team since 2015 driving the overall strategy, financial oversight
and long term planning and execution of OYO Group across multiple geographies and business
Abhishek has more than 17 years’ of professional experience in key, senior finance roles at
leading organisations such as Philips India, and in other business verticals including Energy,
Capital and Healthcare, both in India and abroad. Abhishek has also worked across Board
Management, capital raising, investor relations, JV relationship management and M&A
execution, cost control, margin improvement and capital allocation.
Abhishek is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from the Indian School of Business (class of
2010), he was also part of the Executive Management Program at Harvard University.
Sandeep has been with Flipkart for close to 10 years and has been instrumental in building some of the biggest businesses for India's largest eCommerce player. He started his career with building Smartphones business which is a multi-billion $ category for Flipkart and subsequently built the Televisions & Appliances Business for Flipkart (again a multi Bn $ category). In last two years he incubated two new businesses, Flipkart Quick and Flipkart Wholesale - by defining the strategy and leading the business and product functions. Most recently he has taken charge of Flipkart's Fashion Business. Prior to Flipkart, Sandeep has worked for Essar Group and Atos-Syntel. He is an Electronics Engineering graduate and has a MBA in Marketing with an overall 15+ years of professional experience.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the Founder of Info Edge India Ltd. - the company that owns
Naukri.com, India’s leading job site. It also owns 99acres.com, Jeevansathi.com and
Shiksha.com. In addition it has invested in over forty companies including Zomato,
Policybazaar, Shopkirana, Ustraa, Gramophone, Bijnis, Shipsy and Dotpe.
Sanjeev schooled at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi. He graduated in Economics from St.
Stephen’s College, Delhi University and began his career working in advertising with Lintas.
After working for three years he did his post-graduation from IIM Ahmedabad in 1989 and
joined the consumer marketing firm HMM Ltd.(now called Glaxo SmithKline Consumer
Healthcare Ltd.). He quit his job for entrepreneurship eighteen months later and co-founded
For the first seven years as an entrepreneur, Sanjeev drifted and did a number of small
businesses – from salary surveys to databases, to feasibility studies, to training. For a brief
period, he was the Consulting Editor of Avenues – the careers supplement of ‘The Pioneer’
In 1997, Info Edge launched Naukri.com and transformed itself into an Internet company.
Starting off from a servant quarter above a garage and with seed capital of two thousand
rupees, the company grew and attracted investment from leading venture capitalists. It was
the first Internet company to list on Indian stock exchanges. Today Info Edge employs over
4500 people and has a market capitalization of over USD 11 billion.
Sanjeev is active in various industry forums and is a contributor to the entrepreneurship
ecosystem. He has served as the President of the Delhi chapter of TiE (The Indus
Entrepreneurs). He has also served as a member of the Global Board of Trustees of TiE.
He serves as a Member of the Council of Management of All India Management Association.
He has been Chair of the Internet Council of NASSCOM. He has also served on the Venture
Capital Investment Committee for the SIDBI Fund of Funds for startups. Sanjeev is a member
of the Board of the CIIE Initiatives at IIM Ahmedabad. He is also a member of the National
Startup Advisory Council.
Apart from this, Sanjeev is also engaged in philanthropy. He is a founding trustee of Ashoka
University. He is a member of the Board of Chintan - a not for profit organization that works
with waste pickers in Delhi. He supports 1947PartitionArchive – a not for profit that is building
an oral history archive consisting of video interviews of people who experienced partition. He
also supports several other non-profit organisations.
Sanjeev has received several awards and honours.
He received the “Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2008 for Business
Transformation. Sanjeev also won the Dataquest Pathbreaker Award & the Teacher’s
Achievement Award for Business in the same year. In 2011, he was conferred the
Distinguished Alumnus award by IIM Ahmedabad and in 2012 he was honoured with the CF
Andrews Distinguished Alumnus award by St. Stephen’s College. He is the recipient of the
Lakshmipat Singhania – IIM Lucknow National Leadership Award, as Young Leader in the
Business Category for the year 2012. In April 2017, Outlook Magazine selected him as one of
India’s fifty greatest CEOs ever. Recently in 2019, he was honoured with the Lifetime
Achievement Award in IT given by the Financial Express.
Sanjeev was conferred with the Padma Shri Award 2020.
Soumya has more than a decade of experience in leadership and organization development, he has worked with founders in his capacity to develop leadership pipelines for organizations across the manufacturing and startup industries. He is a graduate of Tata Institute of Social Sciences and in his free time likes to volunteer for teaching and career counseling kids from a less privileged background.
He has worked in organizations like Swiggy, Mahindra Finance, Welspun Corp Ltd, Axis Bank Ltd.
Shri V Kalyana Rama is the youngest to become Chairman & Managing Director of Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR), a Navratna PSU under Ministry of Railways. He is a Mechanical Engineer with ICWAI. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer of 1987 batch. He had worked in BHPV & BHEL before joining Indian Railways. Prior to joining Board of Directors of CONCOR as Director (Projects & Services), he held various assignments such as Executive Director, Chief General Manager in CONCOR.
As Chairman & Managing Director of CONCOR, he has piloted several new initiatives touching every aspect of CONCOR's working. CONCOR's structural reorganization was carried out to replace hierarchical organization with a flat two tier structure. E-office was successfully implemented to ensure a paperless ecosystem which was also faster, flexible and efficient. He introduced several new business initiatives such as container warehousing concept, First Mile - Last Mile services, bulk movement of commodities, incentivising empty container movement for export, extended gate facility etc. He was also instrumental in introduction of container train operations to Bangladesh. With an eye on the future, he introduced high carrying capacity (34 T) ISO Containers and ensured first ever acquisition of 25 T axle load, high speed BLCS wagons (container flats). CONCOR has embarked on system enhancing IT initiatives such as Automatic Bill Payments, integration of ORACLE financials with commercial applications, implementation of e-billing and Mobile Apps for customers and employee grievance redressal.
Tamara was most recently Vice President of Media and Entertainment Solutions, North America and Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, North America at IBM, where she was responsible for strategic planning, business development, customer acquisition, and delivering revenue growth through digital channels. She has more than twenty-five years of experience leading digital businesses and defining strategies for large multinational organizations, including Scripps, Time Warner, and Motorola.
She received her BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Tamara has two children, and currently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.
Asha Vellaikal is Managing Director & Global Head of Marsh Labs, part of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Marsh Labs is an incubator and think-tank focusing on emerging technologies and trends with the mandate of influencing the next generation of insurance and risk management products. Since founding in 2017, Marsh Labs has pioneered multiple initiatives including the Risk Exchange blockchain for trade credit partnering with global clients and carriers, enterprise-grade conversational AI platforms as well as IoT pilots with Insurtech companies. Previously, Asha was Director of Strategy & Innovation at Orange where she built and led a cross-functional team focusing on developing novel B2C and B2B2C products across mobile, web, smart-home, and big-data analytics space. She has also held research and engineering positions at various startups and multinationals. Asha holds a B.Tech from IIT Bombay and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Naveen Munjal is the Managing Director of HERO Eco Group and Hero Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. The group has global business interests in Electric Vehicles, Bicycles, Healthcare & Rehabilitation Products, Real Estate and Fitness & Sports Equipment.
Naveen is an MBA scholar in International Marketing from Huron University-London & has an experience of working in various sectors – Automotive, Bicycles, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), International Markets and Electric Vehicles. In a career spanning over 20 years, he completed three successful stints within the HERO Group as Deputy Chief Executive – HERO Cycles Ltd., Deputy Chief Executive – HERO Corporate Services Ltd. and Chief Executive – Hero Exports, before leading the Group’s venture into Electric Vehicles, under the brand – Hero Electric, a wholly owned subsidiary of the HERO Eco Group.
As an entrepreneur, Naveen is widely recognized for his role in shaping the Indian Electric Two-Wheeler Industry as well as his contributions to various forums in the Electric Vehicle Sphere both in India and globally. He was responsible in building the Hero Electric brand from scratch into a leading manufacturer and a marketer of Lithium Ion Battery powered hi-speed 2 Wheelers, the concept of Mobile Electric Bike Assistance, and charging stations for EV’s. His vision has led to introduction of other electric vehicles like Delivery vehicles, E-Karts, Electric Cycles, E-Tippers, etc. for commercial operations in the E-commerce, food delivery, Smart City projects, and the fast-growing segment of E-bike rental and sharing business.
Naveen also led the Electric Bicycle A2B brand to greater heights. A2B with its own bespoke internal motor system, distinct identity, and created an entire range of Ebikes that ride as beautifully as they look.
In 2008, he was instrumental in founding the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), the only representative body of the Indian Electric Vehicle Industry globally. He chairs SMEV as its President. Consistent efforts of SMEV resulted in the Indian Government launching the “National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020”-(NEMMP) and “Fast Adoption & Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles”-(FAME) for the promotion and usage of Electric Vehicles in India. In the past, he has also chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-New Delhi State Council as its Chairman from 2013 to 2014.
HERO Eco Group, with its headquarters in New Delhi, Ludhiana (Punjab) and London, has offices in 7 countries, along with distribution network in more than 27 countries for its Electric Vehicles and over 80 countries for Bicycles.
Naveen Munjal points to the guitar in the background as a short-lived lockdown pursuit. He had decided, like many others, to add a new skill during last year’s forced isolation by learning an instrument. But a short (online) stint with the school of music at the University of California, Berkeley, US, turned out to be too theoretical—Munjal was keen on more practical lessons.
Born in Ludhiana into the Munjal family that owns the Hero brand, he went to The Lawrence School, Sanawar, when he was nine. Boarding school, he says, “pushes you to the boundary”. Once in college, in Ludhiana, he would go to the factory for half a day to understand their various businesses, absorbing everything about bicycles, casting, chain-making, aluminium and forging. An MBA in international marketing from Huron University in the UK followed.
John Crichton is the Chief Information Officer of Guy Carpenter, and is responsible for leading Guy Carpenter’s global technology organization. John is a member of the Executive Committee. Since joining Guy Carpenter, John has been instrumental in reorganizing and enhancing the technology function. John has also been responsible for the development of a target architecture and application roadmaps to support the delivery of world-class client and colleague experiences, analytics & advisory and distribution. John’s successes include the production deployments of CSSD in the UK and North America and GC Edge – the next-generation client portal. There has also been significant progress along a variety of dimensions in the Analytics Modernization program, including major steps taken to introduce the first data lake in Guy Carpenter, from which data driven insights and innovation are generated. Prior to Guy Carpenter, John held a leadership role at Willis Re for over 15 years. John holds a BA in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada
As a Technology Leader at Microsoft India, Sandeep Alur heads
‘Microsoft Technology Center’, an Experience Center focusing on
helping Customers accelerate their digital transformation journey.
He has donned various technology leadership roles in his 23 years
of industry experience providing technology and architectural
guidance. His experience ranges from dotcom days to the
distributed/cloud computing to the next generation intelligent
computing era. He has architected solutions across
technology/platform landscapes and is a stern believer of his own
philosophy, which says “Enterprise architecture is an evolution, and
it grows with innovation”.
From an innovation standpoint, he believes that the next big leap is in ‘Data Science’, and ‘AI’
will elevate Customer Experience to greater heights.
Sandeep holds a Bachelor’s degree in ‘Mechanical Engineering’ from RV College of
Engineering, Bengaluru and a Post Graduate degree in ‘Data Science and AI’ from Indian
School of Business, Hyderabad.
Girikumar Kumaresh is Senior Program Manager working on Accident Research India
& ASEAN topics at Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited
India. He has nearly 15 years of experience in Advance Vehicle safety Engineering and
Research, he serves as technical advisor for all the automotive safety related topics
within Bosch. Published nearly 40+ research papers & journals in leading journals like
IEEE, SAE and owns many patents. He is key representative in Central Motor Vehicle
Rule Committee (CMVR) in India, he represents Bosch in various technical standing
committee in Ministry of Road Transport for policy, legislation regulation formations. He is
currently leading the data work stream in World Economic Forum (WEF) – Road safety
India program, he also an active contributor and serving as Board of Advisor for Indian
Road Safety Campaign – IIT Delhi and Ministry of Road Transport Government of
India. He played a pivotal role in commissioning and leading In-depth accident
investigation project, as of today it is the only scientific road accident database in India
called Road accident sampling System of India (RASSI). He also contributed as trainer
in forensic investigation on accidents to National Police Academy, Hanoi - Socialist
republic of Vietnam.
Prior to Accident research, he contributed in the domain of Passive Safety Application
Engineer for Airbags & was responsible for Air bag calibration of crash algorithm. Lead
Engineer for finite element crash analysis research topics. he head the University –Industry
Linkage programs & Marketing events. He mentored more than 50 students in the field
vehicle safety for their masters and bachelors final year thesis work.
Girikumar holds engineering degree in Mechanical and Masters of Technology in Machine
Design from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) India. His qualifications are
varied from an engineer, a mentors, an advisor a forensic accident investigator and data
Since assuming the role as chief technical advisor for all the automotive safety related
topics within Bosch India, Mr.Girikumar has spoken in numerous conference and high
profile events, recently he delivered speech at the International Conference on Safer
Mobility organized by Indian Road Safety Campaign, IIT Delhi in collaboration with Ministry
of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and United Nations Institute for Training and
Research (UNITAR) 2019, He presented his research in SIAT - Symposium on Indian
Automotive Technology 2019 and won the best technical paper award, as a Key note
speaker at ACMA-SIAM-VDA Conference on Safer & Sustainable Road Transportation
2018, Global NCAP Stop-The-Crash event, International Round table Vehicle Safety World
Congress 2018 and Mercedes Benz safe roads International Conference 2018