Raman Roy

Chairman and Managing Director, Quatrro Global Services

Raman Roy is Chairman and Managing Director of Quatrro Global Services. He is widely regarded as the Pioneer and fondly referred to as the “Father of the Indian BPO Industry”. Raman is a pioneer four times over, having successfully led the BPO initiatives of American Express, GE (now Genpact) and Spectramind (now Wipro BPO) before incubating Quatrro, which commenced operations in 2007. Raman has been the Chairman of Executive Committee of NASSCOM for FY 2017-18, Former Chairman of BPO Committee of ASSOCHAM, Board Member of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and sits on the board of various committees formed by the central and state-level governments of India. Raman is also the founding member of “Indian Angel Network” — one of the largest networks of angel investors in India. Raman is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Management Accountant with a Doctorate in Management Accountancy. In his career spanning 30+ years, Raman has extensive experience in spearheading diverse markets such as North America, Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific and Australia.

Rakesh Malhotra

Founder, SAR Group, Luminous, Livpure, Livguard & Ncubate Capital

Rakesh Malhotra is the Founder of the SAR Group and Luminous Power Technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur since 1988 and an early stage investor in India, Singapore and the US. SAR Group companies are engaged in a wide range of industries including power electronics, energy storage, renewable energy, water and air purification, industrial IOT etc. Rakesh also serves as the Managing Partner of Ncubate Capital Partners, which invests in early stage companies in India from an open-ended balance sheet fund. A graduate from Jadavpur University India in Electronics & Telecom Engineering, he started his career in 1983 at NELCO (Tata Group) followed by Mitsui and Siemens. Since 1988, he has been a Founder/Co-Founder of 14 ventures and has exited 8 of these. These companies currently employ more than 9,000 people and have combined revenues of close to USD 1 billion. He actively mentors many startups in India and Singapore and keenly interacts with engineering and B school students to develop their interest in entrepreneurship. He serves on various industrial/technology committees in India and presents papers at engineering conferences. He is a family person and has an avid interest in traveling, playing cricket, music and business reading.

Nandakumar K Nair (NK)

Founder and CEO, SunTec Business Solutions

Nandakumar K Nair (NK), is the Founder and CEO of SunTec Business Solutions, leaders in revenue management and business assurance solutions. With nearly three-and-a-half decades of experience in the banking, telecom, retail and travel industry, he has shaped customer-centric software platforms and products for pricing and billing across these transaction-intensive verticals. He is credited with building the first automated billing solution for India’s national telecom provider. He has pioneered and patented the concept of real-time value-chain management in digital business ecosystems and has contributed in evolving the relationship-based pricing philosophy for banking – now acknowledged as the key to balanced pricing dynamics. A widely read writer, he has written for several technology newsletters and blogs and spoken at various technology and industry thought leadership summits. He is associated with industry forums such as CII, NASSCOM and TiE and is also a keen mentor of start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Nagesh Basavanhalli

Group CEO, Greaves Cotton Limited

Nagesh A. Basavanhalli was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company in September 2016. Since then, he has led the transformation of the company with profitable growth, unlocking higher value for the shareholders. As a Global Leader, Cleantech Enthusiast and Corporate Strategist, he is responsible for the company’s growth strategy in India and abroad. Under his leadership, Greaves Cotton Limited has signed strategic partnerships and alliances reinforcing the company’s positioning as India’s leading last-mile transportation, solutions and services company. Nagesh has core expertise in developing the strategic vision and technology roadmap, thereby leveraging brand potential, improving the top-line and bottom-line of the business. With over 20 years of experience, Nagesh is a Global Automotive Executive with the experience of leading companies to transform, grow in terms of overall market value and strengthen worldwide presence. Nagesh has been instrumental in bringing the best technology and people to create winning brands. He believes that companies can work closely with communities to drive higher economic value and develop sustainable solutions for the world. Prior to his appointment at Greaves Cotton Limited, he has been associated with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for over two decades, last serving as the Managing Director and President of Fiat Group Automobiles India. He joined Chrysler in 1994 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and product planning. He has also been associated with the ATG Group as the Group President for emerging markets. He was awarded the “Booth India Business Leader — 2009” by Chicago Booth Business School. Nagesh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master of Science from the University of Texas. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Business School.

Mythily Ramesh

Co-Founder and CEO, NextWealth; Independent Director, Karnataka Bank; Independent Director, IIM Udaipur

Mythily Ramesh has more than 30 years of experience in her career. She completed her BE Computer Science from College of Engineering, Guindy and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. In her 20-year successful stint at Wipro, she grew from a Customer Support Executive to a Senior Vice President. She has donned multiple roles including marketing, sales, quality, innovation, operations and is also a Six Sigma Black Belt. In 2006 and 2007, she was adjudged one of the 25 most powerful women in India by India Today and Dataquest. She is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of NextWealth, a social entrepreneurship firm that she along with a few ex-Wipro colleagues started focused on providing 10,000 jobs to people in small towns. She is an Independent Director on the Board of Karnataka Bank and WEP Peripherals and serves on the Board of Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur, and IIIMPACT.

Murali Sivaraman

Chairman/Board Director Independent Director, ICICI Lombard, Bharat Forge Former President, Philips Lighting (Growth Markets)

Murali Sivaraman is an accomplished business leader, who has worked in India, Singapore, China, Canada and London. He is presently a Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Director of Huhtamaki PPL Ltd., Independent Director in Bharat Forge Limited and ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Limited. In his previous role, he served as President of Philips Lighting, Growth Markets, based in Singapore. During his tenure at Philips, he has successfully completed and integrated large acquisitions in India, China and the Middle East. He also worked with Akzo Nobel (formerly ICI) for nearly 20 years in global positions. He has more than three decades of experience in building brands/channel for fast-moving electrical/decorative goods across the world. He is a Chartered Accountant, Cost and Works Accountant and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.

Shalini Kamath

Founder and CEO, SK & Associates

Shalini Kamath is a certified and practicing CEO and Leadership Coach, focusing on change and transformation journeys of individuals and organizations. She also works in the area of Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives across organizations. Shalini is an Independent Director on the Boards of Borosil Glassworks Ltd. and Graphite India. She is on the Advisory Board of TRAAIN and has served as the Past Chairperson for FICCI – Women on Corporate Boards Mentorship program. Passionate about Human Resources, having led the function at ChevronTexaco, Star, KPMG and Ambit, she also has a deep understanding of Marketing and Corporate Communications having worked in these fields with Raytheon and Ambit. Shalini began her working career in Zambia and Botswana in Southern Africa with over a decade of experience in tripartite partnership projects. An MBA graduate from Edinburgh Business School, UK, trained at Harvard Business School in Change and Transformation, a certified Zenger Folkman facilitator, a sought-after speaker, she is a firm believer in continuous renewal to remain relevant in today’s fast-changing world.

Madhukar Kamath

Chairman Emeritus, Mentor and Chairman, DDB Mudra Group, Interbrand, Multiplier Brand Solutions

Madhukar has over four decades of experience in the area of Marketing Services, and Media & Advertising. He was the Group CEO and MD of the DDB Mudra Group, India’s leading integrated marketing communications group. He also served as the Chairman of Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, in India. Madhukar has led several industry bodies. He has been the President of AAAI and Chairman of ASCI. He is currently the Chairman of ABC. He serves on the Board of Music Broadcast India (RadioCity). He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. His commitment to the cause of children and the girl child with Plan India has led to his appointment to the Global Board of Plan International recently. Madhukar was also the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Governing Council of MICA, India’s foremost business school for Strategic Marketing and Communications Management.

Kalpana Maniar

Former President and CIO, Edelweiss Financial Services Limited Former Director, Edelweiss Rural & Corporate Services Limited

A senior professional in the Financial Services industry, Kalpana brings with her over three decades experience in implementing strategic business initiatives though use of technology. She is currently Director on the Board of two Edelweiss Group Companies. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Securities Law professional, Kalpana was in her recent role, leading the Information Technology function as the President and Group CIO with Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. During her career, she has worked in a senior capacity with companies such as Bombay Stock Exchange, Iflex Solutions and as an Independent Consultant to leading investment banks and stock broking companies on strategy, technology and business expansion. She has been volunteering with Isha Foundation and other NGOs for over 15 years and devotes her time on various Isha social outreach initiatives. She is involved in the Rally for Rivers project for the revival of Waghadi River in Yavatamal through SPV with the Government of Maharashtra.

Girish Rao

Former CEO, ESSAR Steel Middle East

Girish Rao has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of consumer durables, steel, and retail. An MMS graduate from BHU, he worked with BPL where he had a successful stint, ending as Head of Sales. Then he joined LG Electronics as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he drove market expansion taking the brand to the leading position in all categories in India.

Later as CEO of ESSAR Steel Hypermart, he set up a first-of-its-kind retail business for steel, catering to the MSME sector. This model became a pioneering benchmark in the steel industry and set new standards.

As CEO for ESSAR Steel Middle East in Dubai, he increased the company’s presence in the GCC and Iraq. Currently, he is a consultant and has set up INSALESPRO, a community for the sales fraternity in the country. Girish is an avid traveler, reader and golfer.