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Dr. Amitabh Rajan, IAS

Chairman at Reserve Bank of India Services Board
36 year experience in Indian Administrative Service.

Read MoreExperience in leading large organisations, foreign trade, banking and finance, regulation, and internal security.
PhD from JNU in Sociological Jurisprudence.
Reserve Bank of India Services Board
Oct 2018 – Present

Committee Member, Stressed Assets
State Bank of India 2019 – Present

Additional Chief Secretary (Home)
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) - Government of India
Mar 2012 – Dec 2014
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) - Government of India
Additional Secretary (Revenue), Ministry of Finance
2011 – 2012

Chief Vigilance Officer (Ministry of Finance)
2011 – 2012

Director, Enforcement Directorate
2011 – 2012
Additional Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Ministry of Personnel 2010 – 2011
Principal Secretary and Investment Commissioner to the Government of Maharashtra
2006 – 2010

Chairman and Managing Director
National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation
2001 – 2006

Secretary, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) - Government of India
1999 – 2001

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) - Government of India
Director of Finance (Ministry of Social Justice)
1992 – 1997

Deputy Secretary (Home: Special)
1989 – 1992

District Magistrate and Collector (Revenue)
1987 – 1989

District Magistrate and Collector (Revenue)
1984 – 1987

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Dr. Anita Shantaram

Dr. Anita Shantaram is the first woman to be certified as Grid Instructor in India after successfully completing the course in USA in 1994.

Read MoreShe has 2 decades of experience in training, teaching and socially responsible work.
She has completed her PhD from BITS Pilani in the field of Business Ethics in 2015. 'Ethical Business Practices and Corporate Financial Performance': An Empirical Analysis, is the title of her thesis.
She holds a post-graduation degree in Industrial Psychology from Bombay University.
She is also certified as Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance by ECI.
She has published and presented 7 research papers at National conferences. Does it pay to be Ethical, Can Ethics be taught, Ethical Practices, Understanding Business Ethics. She has also co-drafted the Teachers code of conduct for HEF (Higher Education Forum).
She received the award for Outstanding teacher in the area of Business ethics by HEF in 2013.

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Arun Thukral

MD & CEO Axis Securities Ltd | Author of 'Yogi on Dalal Street'

Read MoreAn accomplished and seasoned BFSI professional with over 30 year’s experience in the areas of retail banking, corporate banking, treasury, wealth management and stock broking. 10 years overall experience in spearheading Axis Securities at the helm. 4.5 years as Joint MD and 5.5 years as MD and CEO.
Led a strong team of 30000 + employees in Assets division and ran a lean structure based on cost and product innovation in broking division.
Achieved many notable milestones such as ‘Top Equity Broker of the year’ 2019,2018and 2017 by BSE Outlook and ‘Best Growing Broking House’ in India for the years FY 13, FY 14 and FY 15 by Dun and Bradstreet.
Awarded with ‘CEO with HR orientation’ by Zee Business and World HRD congress.
Authored the best seller ‘Yogi on Dalal Street’. In addition, have authored close to 100 articles on Thought Leadership and Personal Finance in leading business newspapers.
A regular panel member with leading shows such as Investment Mitra and Pehla Kadam with the foremost business channel CNBC Awaaz. Additionally a regular invitee across business channels during market hours for sharing views on Indian and Global Economy and Stock Markets.
Served on the board of Financial Planning Standards Board of India (FPSB) for the year 2017-2018.

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Prof. Ashok K. Pundir

Prof Ashok K Pundir is working as Professor (Operations Management) and Dean (Student Affairs & Placement) at NITIE

Read MoreProf Pundir has more than 31 years of Industrial and Academic experience. He has worked for more than 16 years at The Premier Automobiles Ltd, Mumbai, out of which for 13 years in Industrial Engineering Department and was Head of the same. He was actively involved in the restructuring of manufacturing operations. He also worked as Asst General Manager - Projects at The Premier Automobiles Ltd for more than 3 years for setting up of facilities for FIAT Cars and was instrumental for successful implementation of the same.
For last more than 15 years, Prof. Pundir is working as Faculty Member at NITIE in the area of Industrial Engineering, Project Management, Work System Design, Business Process Reengineering, Manufacturing Systems, Service Operations and Supply Chain Management and is involved in conducting management development programmes for various industrial and research organizations and Post Graduate Programmes in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management. He is a Member of Board of Governors at NITIE during the year 2014.
For his contribution to the profession of Industrial Engineering, Prof Pundir was awarded “Lillian Gilbreth Award” for the year 2008-09 by Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering. Also for his significant contribution in application of Industrial Engineering techniques in Industry, IIIE had conferred upon him "H K Firodia Award" for the year 1999-2000. Prof.. Pundir has received Honour as “Director's citation for Exemplary service” at NITIE on 26th January, 2003, Republic Day. He has also received award as “Best Professor in Operations Management” by DNA Innovative B-School Award organized by B-School Affaire, Mumbai on 17th February, 2013.

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Dr. Utkarsh Dipak Shah

Director at Deloitte

Read MoreA Doctor with a post gradate degree in Health Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), with almost 12 years of experience in the domain of health care. Lead projects on strategy, business plan, hospital operations improvement and audits, hospital infrastructure planning, public health program design and implementation, ppps, health policy review and impact assessments.
Specialties: Hospital Consulting, Hospital design and planning, Public Health Consulting, Health Research and Evaluation and Health Programme Implementation

Deloitte India
Aug 2019 – Present

Associate Director - Healthcare
KPMG India
Apr 2013 – Present

Consultant - Health and Public Services
Accenture- GTIN
Jan 2012 – Mar 2013

Associate Consultant
Pinnacle Healthcare Consultants
Sep 2010 – Jan 2012

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Dr. Prasad Ravi

Director / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - School of Business, Nipissing University, Canada.

Read MoreHis five major areas of expertise include Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Supply Chain and Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Dr. Ravi is a great believer in using cases in classroom and has participated in case method training conducted by Harvard Business School. Dr. Ravi’s research interest covers all five areas mentioned above. Dr. Ravi has published extensively, nearly 120 publications including Journals, book chapters, academic conference proceedings, case studies and articles in reputed business magazines. He also authored three books, two in the area of Cyber Crime and one in the area of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). He had presented papers in more than 30 International conferences in different parts of the world
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Mahavir Kaswa, CFA

Vice President - Research (Passive Funds) at Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Ltd

Read MoreCreative and business minded professional with more than 10 years’ experience in capital market industry and with broad range of functions and industry segments. Proven record in combining vision, strong business decision making qualities to support product innovation, improvement and launches.
Area of expertise includes:
# Product Management # Strategic Business Planning # Business minded # Cross-Functional working # Competition Analysis # Problem Solving # Product Positioning
Vice President - Research (Passive Funds)
Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Ltd Dec 2019 – Present S&P Dow Jones Indices
Associate Director - Product Management Apr 2018 – Dec 2019 BSE Ltd. (Formerly Bombay Stock Exchange Limited)
Manager - Index Business Apr 2011 – Dec 2013
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Kayur Desai

CIO – Essar Ports & Shipping Ltd (ESSAR Group)

Read MoreWith more than 18+ years of experience in Information Technology enablement in Global Conglomerate Manufacturing Sector, Presently - associated as Chief Information Officer- Essar Ports & Shipping business, responsible for aligning the Digitisation journey with the business strategic roadmap and as Vice President, Spearheading Network, Unified Communications and Information Security domains for the ESSAR Group, a USD 15 Billion conglomerate in Diversified Business like Steel, Power, Energy, Shipping, Telecommunications, BPO, Retail and EPC. With Operations in more than 25 countries across five continents, the group employs 8000 people.
One of the key members of the Essar Group CIO Office Senior leadership team, Essar Group Global Information Technology Committee (GITC) and member of Mobility Technical Advisory Board of a reputed Multinational Organisation and Jury member for reputed Award Events.
Responsible for managing a team of 15 member’s staff to Plan, Evaluate, Implement and Maintain respective IT domains for various ESSAR verticals in liaison with respective vertical Business Heads. Key deliverables are Strategy Management, Project Delivery, New Technology Evaluations, IT Infrastructure Integration during M&A, IT Security and Governance across various Essar verticals.
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Dr. Justin Paul

Professor & Distinguished Scholar- University of PR, USA; IIMK & Rollins; Former Faculty member, University of Washington.

Read MoreA senior professor and researcher, Dr. Paul has many accolades to his credit. He is managing Guest Editor- Special Review Issue- Journal of Strategic Marketing J of Bus Research Associate/Senior/Guest Editor- , Inter Bus Review, European Management Journal, Services Industries J, JSM, European Bus Review, J of Promo Mgmt, Int J of Emerging Markets Author:: International Marketing, Business Environment, Export-Import Management,. 4 Ivey-Harvard cases (LV in Japan, Ferro: Exporting Challenges).
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