Vijay Kalantri

President, All India Association of Industries

Mr. Vijay Kalantri, an eminent and versatile business leader, is a first generation entrepreneur who has made remarkable contribution to Industry & Trade Promotion, Infrastructure Development, Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Sector, Financial Services and Globalization of Indian Business. His work with the central and state governments of India to promote trade and commerce is only matched by his contributions to leading International business organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), UN International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNIDO-India Industries Council.

Mr. Kalantri is the pioneering spirit behind the Balaji Group of Industries, which owns businesses in the Textiles, Leasing Finance and Infrastructure Development sectors.

Currently, he also serves as the Chairman & Managing Director of Dighi Port Ltd, Maharashtra’s first private sector port and port-based Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Mr. Kalantri is also the President of All India Association of Industries (AIAI), the Indian Council of Foreign Trade and the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry, besides serving as the Vice Chairman of World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai and as a member of the Board of Directors of World Trade Centers’ Association (WTCA), New York. He also serves as a member on several committees of the Reserve Bank of India, such as the Standing Committee for Small Scale Industries, the Exchange Control Committee, and the All India Export Advisory Committee.

He is also a member of the Steel Consumers’ Council, the Bombay Stock Exchange Derivatives Council Board, the Advisory Board of Corporate Governance Committee of SEBI and the Central Council of Customs and Excise. He is on the national advisory board of Small Industries Development Bank of India and the Employees State Insurance Corporation. Previously, he has also served as director of many institutions such as the Maharashtra Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited, Dena Bank and Canara Bank.

As President of All India Association of Industries (AIAI), Mr. Kalantri has always represented the cause of industries to the respective central and state governments and tirelessly worked to create unique solutions. As the Vice-Chairman of WTC Mumbai, he has painstakingly worked to make the institution the premier trade promotion body in the nation. Under his leadership, WTC Mumbai and AIAI have jointly organized several unique initiatives, such as the Global Economic Summits (GES) and the ITM Expos, to name a few.

Throughout his long career, Mr. Kalantri has been at the forefront to promote social welfare and won a number of laurels from private institutions and government bodies alike.

The Government of Poland in 2005 conferred on him the ‘Commander Cross of the Order of Merit’, its highest civilian award. The Russian Federation has also commended his outstanding work by conferring on him the ‘Pushkin Award’ in 2014.

R Kannan

Head, Corporate Performance Monitoring & Research, Hinduja Group

Mr.Kannan is an expert in Finance and Strategy with more than 30 years experience .His career spans as a Management Consultant and as a Key member of Corporate Head Quarters in Various corporates including TCS / PWC as Management Consultant, Hinduja Group as VP and Head of Strategy, ICICI Infotech as EVP and Head of Strategy, ICICI Bank as EVP Strategy. Carried out assignments relating to Corporate Finance, Fund Raising, Treasury Management, Strategy Formulation/Implementation, Organisation Restructuring, Corporate Performance Management, Business Development and Mergers/Acquisitions. At present he is heading the Corporate Performance Management Function at the Group level in Hinduja Group dealing in aspects relating to Planning, Budgeting , Performance Monitoring, Business Development M&A and Global Economic and Industry Research. He is a member of Expert Committees in FICCI/CII/ Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Indian Merchant's Chamber on Committees relating to States, Industry, Economy, Banking, Transportation, Environment, etc. At present Member of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The sectors where assignments completed include Airlines, Auto, Auto Components, Banking and Financial Services/Insurance/Venture Capital/ Mutual Funds, Cable/Internet/Media, Education, Engineering, FMCG, Healthcare, IT/ITES, Management consulting, Mining, Oil and Gas, Pharma. Power, Retail, Rural/Urban/Infrastructure Development, Telecom and Textiles. The assignments were carried out for Public, Private and Social Sectors. He had attended programmes organized by World Bank, International Institute of Finance and Asian Development Bank on International Finance and spoken in Seminars on Union Budget, Indian Economy, Banking and Management, Annual CFO and Management conferences as a speaker in various forums. He was a member on the board of Studies of SIES school of Management and Presently the Member of Academic Advisory council in Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida. He is the President of 75 year old Bombay Tamil Sangam. He has delivered guest lectures including Management Development Programmes for Top level Executives/Senior Bankers from India and abroad on various aspects of management in various forums. He has a personal interest in Global and Indian Economy and shared his ideas on Economic Development and Economic Crisis with the Government Stake holders from across the world and some of the recommendations on crisis resolution and Economic Development were implemented by the Government Authorities across the world. Received several awards from the employers. He has a blog on Indian Economy, www.indiaat10.blogspot.com.

Nabomita Mazumdar

Mentor of Change NITI Ayog

Nabomita Mazumdar is  an Indian businesswoman who was named a Top 100 Women Achiever's Award winner by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2016.[1] She worked as a Partner to an online community, Cite Community,[2] serving more than 3 million management professionals worldwide.

Mazumdar is a speaker for Future of Work, HR, Startup, Women and Business, Social media and Technology. She has been invited by forums worldwide including Adobe Think Tank at San Francisco.[2]

Mazumdar has received acknowledgements and awards for her work. She was ranked second in the Top 20 HR Influencers in Social Media by SHRM India 2015.[3] She received Best 100 Young Speaker Award Cambridge English in Asia, 2011 Western Region. She was named one of the Top 25 Influential Women on Twitter by CIOL India.

Sachin Parikh

Chief Finance Officer, Nykaa

  • Sachin joined Nykaa as Chief Finance Officer in September 2015
  • He currently leads Finance, Investor Relations and Customer Service verticals at Nykaa – played an instrumental role in streamlining cost structures, building inventory model and setting up processes 
  • He has over 10 years of experience working in the US
  • Previously, Sachin was part of the Strategy and Operations practice at Deloitte US (Dec 12 – Sep 15). His key focus areas were Financial Planning / Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Post Merger M&A, Operational Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Cost Reduction using Lean Six Sigma. He had clients across various industries - consumer goods, telecommunication, automotive, renewable energy, chemicals, packaging and mining
  • He specializes in wireless communication and has worked on products that got patented when he was part of the Engineering team at Continental Automotive Systems, US (Aug 06 – Mar 12)
  • Sachin did his MBA with an emphasis on Strategy and Operations from Ross School of Business (2009-12)
  • He has a strong technical background with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Massachusetts (2004-06)

Sambasivan G, CFO

Tata Sky Ltd

“Sambasivan is a Post Graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and a Company Secretary. He has over 28 years of experience across FMCG and service sector industries, including over 15 years with Vodafone, at senior positions in Finance and Operations. He has been with Tata Sky for nearly 5 years. Prior to joining Tata Sky, he was with the Vodafone group in UK as the Regional Financial Controller for Northern Europe. In his leisure time, Sambasivan enjoys reading eclectically, and also pursues his interest in playing chess, learning piano and running the marathon. “

Sanjay Agarwal

Chief Financial Officer at Jyothy Laboratories Limited.

Sanjay Agarwal, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant. He is also an alumnus of the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School.

He has over 18 years of working experience across auditing, insurance, investment banking and lending. He started his career with Arthur Andersen and has worked with HDFC Chubb, Edelweiss Capital, Macquarie Capital and Adani Capital.

Jyothy Laboratories Limited is a Mumbai headquartered, multi-brand, multi-product, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. The Company which started off in 1983 with its flagship fabric whitener brand Ujala, today has turnover of Rs 1800 cr under various brands such as Ujala, Margo, Henko, Exo, Pril, Maxo, Mr.White, Crisp & Shine, Neem, T-shine, Maya, etc.

Deepesh Baxi

Head of Finance & Strategy, sets the strategic direction for Castrol & BP in Asia Pacific region.

Deepesh Baxi, as the Head of Finance & Strategy, sets the strategic direction for Castrol & BP in Asia Pacific region. Deepesh has over twenty-three years of global experience (including 5 years in London) in various industries including Oil and Energy, FMCG, Infrastructure & Construction, Bio technology, Consumer Electronics, Automotive and Industrial. He has also worked with Arthur Andersen, a Big 4 consulting firm.

Deepesh has played various roles such as Global Head of Restructuring and Transformation, Global Head of Performance management & Planning, India Head of Finance & Controls, Head of Internal audit & Risks for listed entities.  He has also worked with a new start-up business. 
Deepesh has led diverse & large multi‐cultural country, regional and global teams. He brings with him a strong track record of using strategic & M&A leadership to drive strong growths across industries (including Board/Audit Committee of listed entity in India and in Global Headquarters, UK).

He is an alumni of IIM Ahmedabad, a Chartered Accountant and also a Certified Internal Auditor from IIA, Florida. He has also completed certification courses on ‘Role of CFO in Strategy’ from ISB Hyderabad & Corporate Strategy & Value Creation from The Wharton School, USA.


Akhil Shahani

Managing Director of The Shahani Group

Akhil Shahani is the Managing Director of The Shahani Group, which runs a range of colleges in areas like business, media, real estate, finance and others. His colleges incorporate global industry oriented education systems that make their graduates truly employable. He is also a Venture Partner in Kaizen Private Equity, which is India’s first private equity fund focused solely on the education sector. In addition, Akhil serves as the Chairman of Global Discovery Schools, which are a franchised chain of 14 innovative schools.

Akhil’s work in the non-profit space is also extensive, he is on the advisory board of Unltd India & IDOBRO, which are two incubators supporting social entrepreneurs. He is the Director of the SAGE Foundation & Trustee of The Shahani Trust, which both have a range of charitable initiatives in education. Akhil sits on the board of 28 iconic colleges in Mumbai.

He has completed his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago & is currently pursuing his PhD from the University of Liverpool, where his thesis is in the area of Student Employability.

Akhil is the recipient of many awards for his work in education like the Jamnalal Bajaj Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, PIMR Outstanding Educationist Award, Rex Karamveer Chakra Gold Award, the Bharat Gaurav Award and the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award among others. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has been extensively profiled in the media. 

The following links have further details:

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akhilshahani/

Akhil’s Blog: https://ask.careers/aks-notes/

Contact Email: akhil@shahanigroup.com


T  Sankar is a Partner- Internal Audit, Governance & Risk since 2014 in M/s K S Aiyar & Co – a leading Chartered Accountant firm in Mumbai   
A  Graduate in Science from Calcutta University with major in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Mumbai Chapter.
Sankar  during his  career  spanning  more than 35 years  has been involved in setting up  robust  audit practices, control, systems and procedure while working  in several renowned  companies like Greaves, Orson & Nihon, Premier  Automobiles , Fiat & Blue Star & now with  M/S K .S Aiyar & Co. He was the Chief Internal Auditor in Premier Automobiles, Fiat & Blue Star for more than  two decades.
Sankar’s areas of specialization are- Manufacturing audit, Project audit, Product audit, service audit, compliance audit, Accounts & Finance audit , Enterprise Risk Management,  Internal Financial Control,  Due Diligence  & Investigation audits.
He is a Lion, A Member of Lions International and is very active both at the club level and district level and he was the District Cabinet Treasurer in 2007 – 2008 managing 105 clubs.

Rachana Bhusari

Vice President at National Stock Exchange of India Limited


Robin Banerjee

Managing Director, Caprihans India Limited

Robin Banerjee is a senior professional executive with over 35 years of experience in several large multinational corporations in more than 20 countries. He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant, Company Secretary, and has a Master’s degree in commerce.

His stints include General Manager of Exports and M&A at Hindustan Unilever, MD-CFO of Arcelor-Mittal (Germany), Executive Director of Thomas Cook, Director (Finance) of Essar Steel, Group CFO of Suzlon India, and presently, he is the Managing Director of Caprihans India Ltd.

Robin has won several awards and was nominated by Business Today as the Best CFO in India; as CFO-100 in 2010 and 2012 by the CFO-India magazine, the Corporate Leader in India by DNA; and many others.

Robin has written three books on indirect taxation, one of which, Modvat, had gone into 10 editions

Rohan Dixit

Chief Finance Officer, National Bulk Handling Corporation Private Limited

Mr. Rohan Dixit is the Chief Financial Officer of National Bulk Handling Corporation Private Limited (NBHC), wholly owned by private equity major, True North.

In his current profile at NBHC, Mr. Dixit is responsible for Business Finance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Legal & Insurance, Treasury and Taxation. Additionally, he plays a key role in bringing synergy in capital allocation decisions, investment management with prime focus at driving financial performance and profitability of the company.

Prior to joining NBHC, Rohan has held several leadership positions during his tenure of nearly 11 years with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL). At HUL, he worked across the following verticals: Supply Chain, Procurement, Sales Finance and Marketing Finance.

Mr. Dixit is a seasoned professional and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

About National Bulk Handling Corporation:

A 100% Stake Acquisition by True North, National Bulk Handling Corporation Pvt. Ltd. (NBHC), is the leading integrated service provider in the agri-ecosystem in India, offering inter alia warehousing services, collateral management services, procurement & supply chain management service and other allied services such as quality assaying and certification, pest management and audit, surveillance & control. The first warehousing company to be accredited ISO 22000:2005, it has also received accreditations under NABL ISO 17025:2005, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 9001: 2015 – ISO 22000: 2005 and a Category F membership with GAFTA- UK, the latter being requisite for the stringent quality norms associated with export bound agri-produce.

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