speakers



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.

Vikas Chadha

Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Berggruen Hotels Pvt Ltd - Keys Hotels



Mr Vikas Chadha is the Executive Director for Keys Hotels and also their Chief Financial Officer. He has been instrumental in Fund Raise in India and internationally both on the Equity as well as Debt side and also working on Turnaround and Profitability enhancement strategies for the group.
Vikas has been part of the leadership team at Berggruen and has been with them right through the growth of the company for the last seven years where he has been elevated and also serves on the India Board as their Executive Director. He has been closely involved with development initiatives on all fronts including building of the owned asset portfolio and subsequently working on the asset light strategy for management and Franchisee hotels. He has worked extensively to evaluate the various growth options and has finalized hotel expansions in line with the company strategy. His experience adds tremendously to the owner’s relationship and he is a key member who manages and addresses the owners concerns. Recently he has helped company raise a fresh round of funding of US $ 30 Million from Berggruen Holdings which would be strategically utilised to fund future growth.
Vikas is a active Angel investor and Mentor for leading start up’s. He is Industry agnostic in terms of investments and has actively leveraged his network to mentor, enhance and get Investments and business for the ventures he has been associated with. He is a active speaker a various Industry forums and has also written for various leading publications.
Professionally Vikas is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Cost Accountant from ICWAI; he has two decades of experience in finance, business planning and strategy.


Mr Vikas Chadha has been awarded as the “Best CFO of the Year in Services and Hospitality sector” at the Asia CFO Excellence awards held at Singapore and Earlier this year Mr Vikas Chadha was awarded as one of “The Most influential CFO’s of India” by the Chartered institute of Management accountants, UK. Recently he was also conferred the Brand slam award for CFO leadership by Indira Institute of Management.

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. “
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