Dr. Rupinder Singh Sodhi

Managing Director, GCMMF Ltd (AMUL)

Dr. Rupinder Singh Sodhi is the Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Ltd. (AMUL), which is India’s largest food products organization with an annual turnover of more than INR 39,247 crores during 2020–21. Dr. Sodhi has 39 years of rich experience in leading and developing the cooperative sector within the Indian dairy industry, having served dairy farmers in several capacities. He has been responsible for creating the current structure of AMUL, enabling the organization to maintain and enhance its leadership status within the Indian dairy industry. Member unions of GCMMF are procuring 250 lakhs liters of milk per day from more than 18,600 Village Dairy Co-operative societies. During his tenure as Managing Director of Amul for the last 10 years, milk procurement price paid to farmers increased by 140% (INR 337 per kg fat to INR 810 per kg fat), milk procurement by 171% (90 lakhs liters per day to 250 lakhs liters per day) and turnover by 390%. He has successfully increased the income of farmers by almost 5 times in just 10 years. For more than three decades, Dr. Sodhi has worked under the direct guidance and mentorship of the Father of the White Revolution, Dr. Verghese Kurien, and has ensured that values cherished by Dr. Kurien such as integrity, dedication, courage, honesty, commitment to farmers and to consumers, remained deeply ingrained in the culture of AMUL.


Yogi, Mystic & Founder of Isha Foundation

Yogi, Mystic & Founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru’s inclusive vision for human wellbeing, spurred him to establish the Isha Foundation, a public service organization. Started 30 years ago and run by over 2 million volunteers today, Isha has grown from its grassroots origins in southern India to a global presence with centers in over 150 cities worldwide. Through life-transforming yoga programs and meticulously crafted social, health, and environmental initiatives, Sadhguru’s widespread impact earned him a place among India’s 50 Most Influential People (India Today, 2011). Sadhguru’s mastery of the yogic sciences enables him to customize methods offered in Isha Yoga programs for each individual who participates, with the aim to make life effortless and joyful. Research studies done on practitioners of Inner Engineering; Isha’s flagship yoga program, have shown significant health benefits including relief from chronic ailments like asthma, blood pressure, and diabetes. In addition, studies suggest that participants have enhanced capabilities in learning, creativity and intellectual sharpness.

Shanker Annaswamy

Former MD, IBM India; Independent Director, IndusInd Bank

Shanker Annaswamy was the Managing Director of IBM India Private Limited and the Regional General Manager of IBM in India/South Asia (2004–2012). He served as the Senior Advisor, India Enterprise (January 2013 to September 2014). Before joining IBM, Shanker was the President and CEO for GE Medical Systems, South Asia and the MD of WiproGE Medical Systems. He is currently on the board of HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited (HCG), TransUnion CIBIL Limited (Formerly Credit Information Bureau India Limited) and IndusInd Bank Limited as an Independent Director.

He has held positions of eminence in key industry forums. Shanker was conferred the “Best CEO – Multinational Company” Award as part of Forbes India Leadership Awards 2011 for Transformational Leadership.

Shanker holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Madras University and a Diploma in Business Management from AIMA, New Delhi.

Bijou Kurien

Board Member, L Catterton Asia Holdings

Bijou’s association with the development of Indian retail spans across 25 years. After earning his spurs at Hindustan Unilever Ltd., he joined the founding team at Titan Industries, where he helped build powerful brands such as Titan, Fastrack, Sonata, Tanishq, etc., and create India’s largest exclusive brand retail chains. In his stint with Reliance Retail, he was at the forefront of one of the most ambitious retail ventures in India. Currently, he is an independent consultant and member of the Strategic Advisory Board of L Catterton, Asia (sponsored by the LVMH Group), and advises several consumer products companies and, mentors a few start-ups.

He is the Chief Mentor of the FICCI National Retail Committee, Member of the Advisory Council of Retailers Association of India, Member of the Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress and an Independent Director on several listed and unlisted companies. He was recognized as Retail CEO of the Year (2013) by ET Now, Asia Pacific Retail Leader of the Year (2012) by the World Retail Congress, etc.


Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) – Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)


Founder & Chairman of Technopak Advisors

Arvind (61 years) is the Founder & Chairman of Technopak Advisors. Having started its operations in January 1992, Technopak is one of India’s leading management consulting firms focusing on 4 key sectors that include consumer products and retail, textiles and apparel, packaged food & food services, and education & skills development.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from IIT-Roorkee, India (1979) that has also recognized him as a “Distinguished Alumnus”, India and an MBA from UCLA, USA (1982).
Over the years, Arvind has been invited to speak at leading academic institutions and professional forums which include Harvard (USA), Wharton (USA), UCLA (USA), ESADE (Spain), various IIMs (India) and IITs (India), and the Vatican (Italy) to list a few. He also writes frequently for leading Indian and International publications with over 400 published pieces to date.

Arvind sits on several Boards (including some not-for-profit). He is currently on the statutory Boards of Welspun India, Greaves Cotton Ltd., Blue Star Ltd., Metro Shoes, and Premium Transmission Ltd.


Managing Director, Mecheri Smart Capital Pvt LtdRajeev Mecheri

Rajeev is an entrepreneur and investor in technology start-ups.

He along with his brother built one of India’s largest Security, Safety & Building Automation companies, which was acquired by Siemens. Subsequently, they have been focussed on building technology for Building (www.invicara.com) and Aviation (www.elenium.com) verticals.

Rajeev is an alumnus of Loyola College and University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

He was the founding President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Chennai and served as the Regional Chair of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in South Asia.

Rajeev is an Executive Committee member of The Chennai Angels, Board member & Trustee of Chennai International Centre (CIC) and Member of the Board of Management of Krea University. He also serves as the Honorary Consul of Ireland in Tamil Nadu and is an advisor to Chennai Volunteers (www.chennaivolunteers.org)


Country Head in HDFC Bank covering businesses of Private BankingABHAY AIMA

Abhay is a Country Head in HDFC Bank covering businesses of Private Banking, Retail Liabilities, Digital Banking & International Business. He has more than 30 years of experience, 22 years being in the bank and is considered to be one of the Wizards of Dalal Street.

He has a multi-disciplinary profile where he started off in the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, from where he joined the air force. After that he started off in Mumbai selling lamp shades, STD disconnectors and CCTV cameras before a break in Citibank.

Abhay, then became a member of the core promoter group of HDFC Bank. He initially focused on investments and gradually expanded into private banking business and the investment product distribution business where he played a pioneering role in the industry and built a market leadership position for HDFC Bank. He is also a director in HDFC Securities.


Former CEO, Indus League (brand division of Future Lifestyle Fashion) Rachna Aggarwal is currently advisor to Shoppers Stop, mentor at NSRCEL, IIM – BANGALORE, and founder angel investor with Angels 92.

Rachna completed her schooling and college in Kolkata, receiving a B Sc (Economics) from St. Xavier’s college and PGDM from IIMA in 1992.

During her seven-year stint with Madura Garments (a division of Coats Viyella Plc), she was Asst. Brand Manager for Van Heusen. Later, as Group Brand Manager, she introduced the concept of “Friday Dressing” to India through the successful launch of Allen Solly.

In April 1999, she left Madura Garments to join a team of professionals promoting Indus-League Clothing Limited (which later merged into Future Lifestyle Fashions) She served as CEO of Indus-League from 2008-2017, managing a diverse portfolio of brands including Indigo Nation, Jealous 21, Indigo Nation, Scullers, Manchester United, Converse, Giovani.


Co-Founder, Atomberg Technologies