09.00 a.m. Registration and Networking Tea by Typhoo
10 a.m. 10.15 a.m. Opening
Welcome by BBLF Chair Dr. V. Raghunathan, Director, Schulich School of Business, India Campus, Hyderabad, and CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation; Formerly, Professor of Finance at IIM Ahmedabad and President of ING Vysya Bank. He is also an Author and a Columnist. His books, mostly non-fiction, include Games Indians Play, with Return to Jammu being the latest and his only novel.
10.15 a.m. 10.45 a.m. The Future of Work: Unasked Questions, Likely Answers
Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Faculty, IIM Bangalore, brings insights from books on the subject. Her research interests include multi-generations in the workplace, women in management and boards, and ethics teaching at business schools.
10.45 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Human + Machine - Will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Take Away Jobs or Add New Ones?
Dr. Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder, Indihood, a crowd-sourcing platform for social good; founder of Google India and co-founder of Google Map Maker; and Advisor on AI & Machine Vision, Andhra Pradesh government.
11.15 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Networking Break
11.30 a.m. to 12.10 p.m. BBLF CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award
Subroto Bagchi, the Award Winning Author, in Conversation with Benedict Paramanand, Author & CEO of BBLF
12.10 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. Climate Change and Green Jobs. How Big is the Potential? How can India Tap It?
Kolluru Krishan, Chairman, Skills Council of Green Jobs, incorporated by Govt of India and CII. Mridula Ramesh, Author of The Climate Action; Entrepreneur; Angel Investor. Aroon Raman, Author of Skyfire, Managing Director at Telos Investments & Technologies Anchor - Meena Raghunathan, Author of Understanding Environment, Director, Community Services at GMR Varalakshmi Foundation
1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. Networking Lunch
1.45 p.m. to 2.15 p.m. Business Quiz Sandeep Das, Asst. Director, PwC Bangalore, Author of Satan's Angels and Yours Sarcastically
Play by Dramatics Club of IIM, Bangalore
2.15 p.m. to 2.25 p.m. Business Management Education - Challenges of FUTURE Work Place
Sudhakar Rao, Director - Branding, ICFAI Group
2.25 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Emerging Innovations in Business-Work Models
Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Author of 8 Steps to Innovation, Director, IIM Indore Debashish Sengupta, Author of The Life of Y: Engaging Millennials as Employees and Consumers, Director, Alliance School of Business Alliance University Aarti Wig, Co-founder, Yunus Social Business India, inspired by Nobel laureate Prof. Mohammad Yunus. Rajiv Jayaraman, Author of Clearing the Digital Blur (to be published). Founder and CEO of Knolskape. Sangeeth Varghese, Author of Open Source Leader: The Future of Organizations. Anchor - Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Founder Multiversal Advisory
4.00 p.m. to 4.15 p.m. Networking Break
4.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Emerging Entrepreneurship Models Relevant to India
Dr. Ashwin Naik, Founder, Vaatsalya Healthcare; Ashoka Fellow; Author in the making. Ankit Nagori, Co-Founder, Curefit, Eatfit, Mindfit; Angel Investor. Nikhil Kumar, Fellow at iSpirit Foundation, a professional with leadership experience in Startups, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, Platforms and Developer Ecosystems. Anchor - S Parthasarathy, Author of Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship: Why Entrepreneurs Do What They Do
The Bangalore Biz LitFest is organized by a team of distinguished authors and editors. They are:
V. Raghunathan - CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, Author of bestsellers like Games Indians Play, Locks Mahabharata & Mathematics, Ganesha.
Benedict Paramanand, Author of C K Prahalad The Mind of the Futurist and Editor of SustainabilityNext
Shankar P - Editor at Knowledge @ Wharton Former resident editor, The Economic Times, Mumbai & Bangalore.
Shinie Antony - Columnist with The Economic Times, co-founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival and author of The Orphanage for Words.
Sangeeth Varghese - Sangeeth Varghese is a management thinker and author of bestsellers 'Open Source Leader' and 'Decide to Lead'.
The team has so far organized three editions (2015, 2016, 2017) of Bangalore Biz Litfest. The three editions hosted more than 50 authors and nearly 1,000 readers.
Prominent Speakers of the past BBLF were
Gurcharan Das - Author of India Unbound, India Grows at Night
Rashmi Bansal Author of Say Hungary, Stay Foolish
Devdutt Pattanaik Author of Business Sutras: A Very Indian Approach to Management
Prof. Anil Gupta Author of Grassroots Innovation: Minds on the Margin are not Marginal Minds
Alan Rosling Author of Boom Country: A New Wave of Indian Enterprise
Ajay Nanavati Former MD at 3M India
Captain Gopinath Founder Air Deccan, Author of Simply Fly
R Raghuram - IIMB Director
Vinita Bali former MD Britannia
Manish Sabharwal Founder TeamLease
Mukesh Bansal - Co-founder Myntra
Sahil Barua Founder Delhivery
Naga Prakasam Mentor NSRCEL - IIMB
K Jairaj Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka
Vitheeswaran K Author of Failing to Succeed The Story of Indias First E-commerce Company
Rakesh Godhwani Faculty IIM Bangalore and author of What to Say and When to Shut Up
Ramya Ranganathan Faculty at IIM Bangalore
Tamal Bandyopadhyay Financial Journalist
Walter Viera Author of The Impatient Manager
Gautam Mahajan - Customer Value Investment, Total Customer Value Management, and Value Creation
Vivek Mehra MD of Sage Publishing India
Harish Bijoor Branding Guru
Aakar Patel Popular Columnist
Workshops of 60 minutes each (register separately)
How to Write and publish a Good Business Book
By Ganesh Vancheeswaran, Author of The Underage CEOs
How to Seamlessly Transition to a Second Career By Unfold Second Innings www.unfoldsecondinnings.com
How to Become an Intrapreneur and Add Zing to Your Career By Ranganath Iyengar.
Aarti Wig Co-founder, Yunus Social Business India
Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives was co-founded by Prof Muhammad Yunus to create social businesses globally. YSB runs as social business itself by setting up incubator funds and providing advisory services to companies, governments, foundations and NGOs. Yunus Social Business India, previously Grameen Creative Lab India is the Indian arm of YSB Global.
Ankit graduated from IIT Guwahati and founded couple of startups in Advertising and Social Media Marketing space. Ankit joined Flipkart in early 2010 and played a leading role in launching and scaling key businesses such as Fashion & Marketplace. In his last role at Flipkart, Ankit managed the entire P&L as the Chief Business Officer. Ankit is very active in the startup community as an angel investor and advisor to some of the early stage startups. Ankit is currently Co-Founder of Curefit, Eatfit, Mindfit, a Healthcare Startup which has also entered the market with a fitness chain called Cult.Fit and also launched a healthy food subscription offering under the brand name Eat.Fit.
Aroon Raman Author, Managing Director at Telos Investments & Technologies
an entrepreneur who ran his family transformer insulation materials company - Raman Boards - for a number of years and built it into one of the global leaders in its field before divesting it to ABB Switzerland in 2007. In 2008, I set up Raman FibreScience, a research & innovation company specializing in composite materials. Over the next 6 years, our main focus was the design and development of a novel, high-performance battery separator for enhanced lead-acid batteries in hybrid electric cars and other industrial and automotive applications. The material was the first of its kind in the world, and, with commercial and market success of this product, my company was by acquired in 2014 by Hollingsworth & Vose, USA, a world leader in battery separator and filtration media.
I now advise and mentor NGOs and non-profits to enhance their operational outcomes and also work with select companies on business strategy, market development, and technology.
Specialties: Technical - Management of technology & innovation, and development of global markets. Specific expertise in wet-laid non-woven composites and technical papers for varied end-applications.
Management - General Management, Operations, Strategy & Entrepreneurship are my areas of interest and expertise. I serve as an Independent Director on the Boards of companies such as Sundaram Finance, Wheels India, TVS Automotive Solutions, Carborundum Universal, Brigade Enterprises and Edutech NTTF.
Writing - I have also written two thrillers: The Shadow Throne and The Treasure of Kafur - both published by Pan Macmillan, both of which are national bestsellers. The third will be published in April 2016.
Dr. Ashwin Naik Founder, Vaatsalya Healthcare, Ashoka Fellow
Ashwin Naik is an entrepreneur/advisor with interests in healthcare delivery, social enterprise and tech enabled health startups. Ashwin is the Founder of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise, which was the first network of hospitals focused exclusively on Tier II and Tier III towns in India. Vaatsalya has been recognised globally as winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value based healthcare, the Most Innovative Healthcare Company by VCCircle in 2014 and Indias top 10 innovative companies by Fast Company in 2013 among many other recognitions.
He is passionate about healthcare access and is now deeply engaged in building a right to primary health movement around the world. He is also a Resident Fellow and part of the Leadership Group at Ashoka, a pioneering network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. In addition he co-founded & chairs the National Association of Social Enterprises, India. To support health startups, he also leads DisruptHealth a health focussed ecosystem enabler based in Bangalore and is actively involved in the sector as an advisor and angel investor.
Ashwin is a trained physician and has written and spoken about leadership, entrepreneurship, rural health and social entrepreneurship at various forums around the world, including World Health Congress, NHS Alliance, Ashoka Future Forum, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Africa Health summit (KPMG). Ashwin has been recognized as a Economic Times Leaders under 40, Young Global Leader (YGL) 2012 By World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society Asia21 in 2011, Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2010, Finalist for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 by Schwab Foundation, Ted India fellow for 2009. Dare Magazine India in its April 2011 edition profiled Ashwin as 50 inspiring Entrepreneurs of India. Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas.
Debashish SenguptaDirector, Alliance School of Business Alliance
Debashish Sengupta is a dual PhD in management from Central University of Nicaragua (UCN) and Azteca University, Mexico (accredited by ASIC, UK) and holds certificates in Social Psychology and Leadership Development from Wesleyan University, USA and Japan Management Association, respectively.
Dr Sengupta is the co-author of the Crossword Bestseller and KPMG-cited book, Employee Engagement and has authored five other acclaimed books. His research papers have been published in leading international journals. He is a featured Judge at Engage International, a UK-based global engagement consulting firm, for the Blue Lotus Awardgiven every year to companies with the best engagement practices. He was featured globally as the author of the week by PM World Journal, USA, to honour his research contributions. He occasionally writes for reputed business media publications. He guides leaders of large and small organizations worldwide through his teaching, writing, strategic and practical insights, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments.
Dr Sengupta is a much sought-after trainer and has done management development programmes for business leaders and managers. His clientele includes CEOs, CXOs and senior managers from Indian and foreign companies. He is a frequent speaker at various business forums. He is currently Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Strategy and Director (MBA ProgramAscent), Alliance School of Business, Alliance University, Bangalore, India. He has also taught in various international exchange programmes. His diverse interactions with students from India, USA, Europe and Far East find reflection in his work on millennials. His blogs on people and millennial engagement are extremely popular and attract large number of readers from all over the world.
Kolluru KrishanCEO, Skills Council for Green Jobs
30 years experience in the Energy & Infrastructure sectors, in capacities of Founder Managing Director of Ansaldo Energias Indian JVC (1994-2002) & previously Vice President of Dodsal, General Manager of Voltas. Founded multiple Clean Tech companies, including Malavalli Power Plant (which commissioned in 2001 the worlds 1st low density crop residues fired power plant, which also delivered the worlds 1st Gold Standard CERs) . Current focus on Advanced Bio-Technologies, as Chairman of CVC India Infrastructure, CVC Biorefineries , Pallava Water & Power, Shree Krishna Captive Energy.
Involved in Policy formulation related to Renewable Energy, Climate Change & Green Businesses, in capacity of;
Chairman of Skills Council for Green Jobs, Govt of India & Industry initiative, covering entire spectrum of Green Businesses.
Chair of FICCI Committee on Climate Change & was Speaker/ Panelist during COP21 & COP22.
Member of BRICS Business Council Working Group on Energy & Green Economy.
Member of B20 Task Force on Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency. (e) Member of Executive Committee of Karnataka State Bioenergy Development Board.
Dr. Lalitesh KatragaddaGoogle Map Maker, Advisor on AI & Machine Vision.
Lalitesh founded a startup in 1997 with 8 PhDs in the areas of AI and Machine Vision. This startup was Googles first acquisition in 2002. In 2004, Lalitesh co-founded Googles first international engineering center in India. He retired as Head of India Products in 2014 after leading, inventing several products including Google Finance, Google Transliteration, Crowdsourced YouTube Subtitles, Crowdsourced Translation, Handwriting recognition for Indic languages. He advised the CEO on India and emerging markets strategy. He was noted as one of the 7 most influential Indians at Google by Economic Times and Silicon India. Lalitesh Katragadda is a pioneer in crowdsourcing. His creation, Google Map Maker, tripled the world's digital maps corpus, mapping 3 billion people. Every map seen today on Google maps in 187 emerging countries was created by users overseen by machine learning and geometric algorithms he invented and built. The UN and aid agencies have used these user generated maps to assist and rescue millions.
He now focuses on India's Billion. As advisor to the AP Chief Minister, Lalitesh architected the AP Fiber Grid along with a revolutionary open business model to deliver 15 Mbps to each of its 13 Million households for less than $3/month. He authored Indias Open API policy, co-authored Indias software products policy and serves as an advisor to the secretary of IT (MEITY), Government of India.
Lalitesh advises Indias largest NGO, Tata Trusts, on technology driven transformation. He funds, mentors deep-tech startups in areas like smart grids, automated micro sewage processors and crowdsourcing platforms. He is currently driving the Avanti platform, a finance startup by Mr Ratan Tata and Mr Nandan Nilekani to deliver credit to millions. Lalitesh has spoken at TED, Brookings and The White House. He received a PhD and MS from CMU in Robotics and Computer Science, where he led the CMU Lunar Rover Initiative. Lalitesh has a MS from Design Division, Stanford, MS in Aerospace, Iowa State and B-Tech from IIT-Bombay.
Meena RaghunathanDirector, Community Services at GMR Varalakshmi Foundation
19 years in environmental education, innovative education. 10 years leading CSR and skill development operations of a large corporate Group. I serve on the Boards of large companies as well as NGOs; on Advisory Comm of Andhra Pradesh State Skill Dev Corp; and head the Committee Against Sexual Harrassment of my Group. Editing and documentation are areas of interest.
Member of the Institute of Directors.
I am interested in visioning and planning CSR; in designing community development projects and vocational and skill training; educational initiatives; and teaching and training in these areas.
I write for children and teachers, and develop awareness and educational materials. Have over 40 publications including children's books, school and college textbooks, etc. (see Publications List) I particularly love to edit fiction and non-fiction and have done a lot of freelance work in this area. I have authored and been involved in the development of several reports and in documentation at national and international level.
I have a deep interest in research in CSR and am currently working on my Ph.D in this field.
Joint Managing Director with expertise in Logistics and Textiles. Author of forthcoming book on climate Change and India. Investor in early stage startups in waste, water, Agritech and transport. Columnist - Climate Conversations, Firstpost; Founder, Sundaram Climate Institute - focussed on last-mile solutions in waste and water.
Nikhil KumarFellow at iSpirt Foundation
A seasoned professional with leadership experience in Startups, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, Platforms & Developer Ecosystems.
S ParthasarathyAuthor of Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship: Why Entrepreneurs Do What They Do
Head - Alumni Relations at IIM Bangalore ; Author - Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship, published by Rupa Publishers
An impactful businessperson and CXO search consultant, Priya Chetty-Rajagopal is well known in business and industry circles. She recently co-founded Multiversal Advisory, representing a paradigm shift in Executive Search. In the People Consulting space from 2004, her previous assignment was as Board Member & Executive Director- Leadership & Board Practice, RGF Executive Search. She joined Stanton Chase India brand in 2004 (which was acquired by RGF, the global search brand of the Japanese $ 15 billion Recruit Holding Co. Ltd.) In her initial years in Stanton Chase/RGF, her agenda as Vice President and Head of Corporate Practice was to apply a non-IT search focus in a completely IT-oriented city. Priya was active in the Global Marketing and Business Excellence Groups in Stanton Chase, playing a seminal role in establishing & heading its Global Diversity Practice. She was on the Asia Pacific Board of AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) till Oct 2017. She has successfully led Chief Executive Officer level search assignments for a varied selection of companies in India. She is known for the intensity, passion and commitment she brings in to understanding and delivering a variety of eclectic CXO search mandates, and has been responsible for a significant number of Diversity hires.
Prior to Executive Search, Priya worked for over 19 years in financial services, covering credit cards with pioneers Diners Club, as well as the services industry with Diners Business Services (DBS). With dual responsibilities as General Manager, DBS Corporate Services, and Regional Manager - Asia for Alliance Business Centers Network, USA, she interacted with hundreds of the top corporates and multinational companies setting-up in India at the time . Priya, a seasoned industry specialist, was responsible for the concept, set up, operations, marketing and profitability of the largest and most well known business centers in India. She has also provided thought leadership, high brand recall, and strategic impetus to the group.
A National Merit Scholar, Priya holds a Bachelor of Arts, as well as postgraduate degrees in Marketing Management and in Public Relations. Priya was nominated Femina Woman of the Year 2017, conferred the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in 1997, recognized by the Guild of Women Achievers in 2000, and was selected by the British Government for the Chevening Scholarship in 2004. Active in various business groups, Priya was Chairperson of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Karnataka, and from 2007, elected to the National Executive Council of the IACC, the first woman to hold either of these positions. In addition to being the Founder-Chair of the IACCs Womens Business Council, Convener of the CII Womens Business Leadership Forum for over 4 years till 2011, and a TiE Charter Member, Priya serves on the Advisory Council of Common Purpose, India, Asia Pacific Council of the AESC as well as the Academic Council of her Alma Mater, Mount Carmel College.
As active civic evangelist & a committed, visible champion of womens leadership and gender diversity, she is highly regarded for her views in the space and is a sought after speaker in both industry fora and academic circles. A transformational leader & seasoned campaigner, she may be lauded as co-founder of CfB, which architected the famed Steel Flyover Beda movement in Bangalore, one of the strongest & most memorable of citizen campaigns , but she is equally committed to heritage as the founder of #HeritageBeku & the less visible cause of Animal Welfare . A columnist in her spare time, she remains passionate about Executive Search, Bangalore, Womens Causes, Urban Spaces and Animal Rescue, not necessarily in that order. In her rare time off, Priya wonders about being a Google Doodle, is happiest working on animal advocacy issues, spending time with her family, curled up with her iPad or a book in hand.
V RaghunathanAuthor, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation
Raghu is an academic, corporate executive, author, columnist and a hobbyist. He taught at IIM, Ahmedabad for two decades until 2001, after which he turned a banker for four years, serving as the President of ING Vysya Bank, Bangalore. Since January 2005, he has been the CEO of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, which he has steered towards several prestigious awards. He is also the Director of India campus of Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto) in Hyderabad. Raghu is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bocconi, Milan, Italy, and Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada.
He has written nearly 500 academic papers and popular articles as a columnist, 12 books and dozens of monographs and published cases in the field of capital markets and corporate finance. His forthcoming book is The Good Indians Guide to Queue Jumping. His other books include, Beyond the Call of Duty, Duryodhana, Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics, and Don't Sprint the Marathon from Harper Collins; and Ganesha on the Dashboard, The Corruption Conundrum and Other Paradoxes and Dilemmas, and Games Indians Play from Penguin.
He is or has been on many boards, including corporates, banks, stock exchanges, hospitals and educational bodies and has been a member of several national level committees of the, Ministry of Finance, SEBI, BSE, NSE, ICAI et al. He was also the MBA Program and Finance Area Chair at IIM, Ahmedabad in the past, and served on several doctoral dissertations and examinations. He lectures extensively in India and abroad. Raghu has perhaps the largest private collections of old and ancient Indian locks. He has also held a weekly cartoon column in the Financial Express, played chess at national level, and sketched competitively in his earlier years. He features among the top 50 Global Indian Management Thinkers of the Indian Council of Competitiveness & Thinkers Magazine (London) in 2013,14 & 15.
Rajiv JayaramanAuthor of Clearing the Digital Blur to be published by Wiley, Founder and CEO of Knolskape
As the Founder / CEO of KNOLSKAPE, I have built a global team that pioneers a world class learning and assessment platform that is used in 300+ leading companies across 25 countries.
I am deeply interested in technology, design and learning.
Delivered TEDx talk on "Transforming boardrooms and classrooms" @ TEDxGachibowli, Hyderabad.
Delivered TEDx talk on "Pursuit Of Happiness" @ TEDxBITSPilani
Delivered TEDx talk on "Disrupting learning methodologies" @TEDxXLRI
Featured in Economic Times, Outlook Business, ET Now, Digital Learning magazine, Entrepreneur magazine and Yourstory.in.
Speaker at international Management Conclaves
Delivered guest lectures on technology strategy and entrepreneurship at INSEAD, IIM-B, IIT-Madras, IIFT-Delhi, NMIMS, MICA.
Specialties: Innovation, New product development, leadership, general management, project management, creative concept development.
Prof. Rishikesha T. KrishnanDirector and Professor of Strategic Management, IIM
From 1996 to 2013, Professor Krishnan was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India. Professor Krishnan was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10. Professor Krishnan's main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was listed among the Thinkers50 India most influential thinkers in management from India (2013) and jointly received the special Thinkers50 India Innovation award (2013). Earlier, he received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management in 2010. Professor Krishnan has served on a number of committees set up by the Government of India, Nasscom and CII related to innovation in India. He is on the board of Sundaram Asset Management Company Ltd., and is a trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India Trust an organization committed to helping economically underprivileged and academically talented students complete their higher education through one of Indias largest scholarship programmes.
Professor Krishnan writes extensively, and has more than 140 publications spanning outlets that include refereed journals, the popular press, case studies, book chapters, and books. Professor Krishnans book From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India, published in February 2010 identified the challenges faced by India in enhancing industrial innovation and proposed an agenda to enhance innovation output . In his comments on the book jacket, MindTree Chairman Subroto Bagchi wrote: Rishikesha Krishnan is doubtlessly among Indias foremost chroniclers of the innovation journey. His book is a great account of the history of innovation in the post-industrial era. He has his pulse on issues that hold Indians from going to the next level. Professor Krishnans recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organizations to build innovation capabilities.
Professor Krishnan holds an M.Sc. in Physics (5-year Integrated Programme) from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; and an M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems (now Management Science & Engineering) from Stanford University. He obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he won the outstanding thesis proposal award instituted by the Industrial Finance Corporation of India.
Sangeeth Varghese Author of Open Source Leader: The Future of Organizations.
Founder and CEO: Leadburg. Board member: LeadCap Ventures. Founding curator: Global Shapers. Author, two global best sellers. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Sudhakar Rao Director - Branding, ICFAI Group
Sudhakar Rao studied Mechanical Engg at graduate level and went to IIM, Bangalore for Post Graduate Program in Management.
Sudhakar Rao started his career as Brand Manager and moved up as SBU Head and Director. In a career spanning over 20 yrs, Sudhakar Rao played multiple roles of Branding, Marketing, P & L responsibilities, Corporate Relations, International Operations etc
In the last 2 decades of fast track work life, Sudhakar Rao dealt with sectors like Textiles, Food and Education where he not only launched many brands but also nurtured them towards their rightful position in the market place.
At ICFAI, Sudhakar Rao is the Head of Branding for the entire Group that includes 11 ICFAI Universities, 9 ICFAI Business Schools, 7 Tech Schools, 5 Law Schools and a huge Distance Learning Program.
He is also the official spokesperson for the ICFAI Group.
Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan Faculty, IIM Bangalore
Teaches Organizational Behavior at IIM Bangalore. Leads several initiatives including women leadership, organizational design, inclusive workplace. Much sought after speaker at business, IT and HR forums for her ability to articulate fresh and deep insights with flair.