Speakers

  • PRAHLAD KAKAR

    Prahlad Kakar founded Genesis Film Production Pvt. Ltd. in 1977 and virtually re invented regional television advertising, after having assisted Shyam Benegal, one of India’s most renowned filmmakers. “To tell a story in 30 seconds in the most engaging way possible” remains Prahlad’s raison d’etre for remaining passionate about ad filmmaking even 30 years later. Genesis, as is common knowledge in the business, continues to train generations of talented, dedicated filmmakers. Through the last few decades , corporates like Nestlé, PepsiCo, Britannia, Uni Levers have continued to communicate their brand stories through Prahlad Kakar. Making films that capture the dreams and aspirations of his vast target audience, Prahlad has ruled the ad film making business and has won several awards for technical excellence, Innovation and creativity in advertising & marketing over the years in India.

  • VINOD KUMAR

    Country Manager & Senior Partner - India & Middle East, SDRC India Advisors LLP

    Starting his career in international collaborations and projects, in 1989, saw Vinod at the nerve centre of various successful Joint Ventures and Colllaborations in Electronics & Telecom, Media & Publishing, Industrial & Consumer Electronics, Hospitality and Finance, with Multinational corporations entering India through the FDI route. In his corporate honcho avataar, Vinod, continued to helm important and visionary new ventures and projects including the first email service in India and went on to launch Microsoft first exclusive distribution in India, followed by SUN & IBM certified IT Training with a network of over 140 centres across India, training over 1,25,000 engineers in IT in the next four years. Vinod, led a Big 4, IT Consulting organisation in India, setting up its wholly owned subsidiary in the US, after securing venture alliances with Baan, Lotus IBM, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the XML World Group and executed multi million contracts for Texaco, DST Systems and other large corporations throughout the world, before overseeing the buyout of the company by a US based corporation, in an all cash deal. Vinod went to lead the development & successful sale of an indigenously developed navigation and geographic information system, based tracking patent and business. As the Managing Partner for India and Middle East at SDRC India Advisors, he presently invests in profitable, innovative, Small and Medium Companies. Vinod leads the SDRC team in Risk Profiling, Assessing Growth Potential and deciding on Investment for Seed and Venture Financing to MSMEs in innovative and disruptive technologies, apart from day to day overseeing and leading extensive research and analysis of linkages, growth potential and market factors of SMEs involved in over 29 clusters across 11 Sectors including Food Processing, Dairy, Leather, Pharma, Engineering and Automotive in over 19 states of India. As an investor and mentor, with a passion for growing innovative and disruptive brick and mortar, Small and Medium companies with a high growth trajectory, Vinod, supervises and mentors investments of over 135 m $ apart from mentoring over a thousand Entreprenuers, across various sectors under the India SME Forum’s Mentor 4 Entrepreneur Program. Vinod’s experience in startups, seed, equity & development financing and capacity building of MSMEs has successfully lead to innovative strategies in equity & growth capital investments in SMEs apart from the development of successful strategies for a nationwide Capacity Building Framework at the India SME Forum. Vinod passionately addresses and conducts workshops, motivational seminars and leadership sessions for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and currently serves as the Honorary President at the India SME Forum, apart from advising various government agencies and institutions to strategize and deal with current issues and future challenges Vinod is member of the Board of World Union of SMEs headquartered in San Merino, nominated as a Member of India’s Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India’s Standing Advisory Committee on Flow of Institutional Credit to MSME Sector under the Financial Inclusion Development Department and is also a nominated member on the High Powered Monitoring Committee under National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub under StandUp India of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of the Government of India. Vinod has a Graduate Engineering Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication & a Masters in Business Administration.

  • Ravinder Bhan

    Business Leader and Consultant

    Internationally experienced Business Leader and Consultant having contributed to Growth and Value at businesses from India, Europe and Middle East, For over two decades, Ravinder, contributed at several companies in the region to grow and deliver real business results year after year. This included small, medium and large organization spread over 25 years, be it big giants like Crompton Greaves, Larsen & Toubro, Schneider or GE; medium sized manufacturers like Jyoti Ltd. Voltamp Switchgear, or small organizations like Delta Engineering, Uptime Engineers, High Volt Electricals & Hirect Engg. Extensively experienced in Strategic Marketing, Change Management, Human Capital, Finance, Supply Chain, Project Management and Manufacturing processes, Ravinder is an Effective Team Builder, Trainer and mentor with a passion to bring out the best out of People. A top level professional net-worker – linked personally with over a thousand top notch professionals from across the globe. Aggressive Initiative leader for making quick, visible and yet seamless transformation from ‘business as usual’ to “businesses that matter” even in a Not for Profit Organization/ Industry Association bringing enhanced value to all stake holders.

  • Hemendra Mathur

    Investor & Former MD, SEAF India

    Mr. Hemendra Mathur the Former Managing Director for SEAF India Investment Advisors, managed a sector dedicated private equity fund for food and agribusiness sector called “SEAF India Agribusiness Fund”. Hemendra has about 16 years of experience in management consulting, investment banking and private equity. Prior to working for SEAF, Hemendra has worked with Yes Bank, Rabo India Finance (a 100 percent subsidiary of Rabobank International), KSA Technopak, and ORG MARG (now part of The Nielsen Company)

  • J.P.Singh

    President & Head-SME business Axis Bank

    Dr. J.P.Singh, President & Head-SME business at Axis Bank ,earlier a career banker and who has a rich experience in Indian banking sector of approx. 30 years began his career in 1986 with State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur as a Probationary Officer and moved to Axis Bank (then UTI Bank Ltd.) in March, 1995 as Manager. From 1995 to 2010, Mr. Singh has worked in Axis Bank branches across various geographies, the last being New Delhi Main Branch as Branch Head Before moving to Central Office in 2012 as Head- Business Banking he was Circle Head of Delhi Circle from 2010 to 2012. He is a Science graduate from Kanpur University and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from FMS, Delhi University, Delhi. Currently Mr.Singh is on the Board of Indian Highway Management Co. Ltd. (IHMCL), a subsidiary of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI),Govt. of India.

  • Tilak Raj Bajalia

    Ex- Deputy Managing Director SIDBI

    Mr. Bajalia is an Economics graduate with ICWA and Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He started his career in a commercial bank in 1974 and moved to IDBI in 1983. During his 30 years stay in IDBI he handled varied portfolios viz. Corporate & Retail finance, Recovery & NPA Management, Restructuring, Human Resource Management, etc. He set up Recovery Vertical and SME Vertical in IDBI. In Corporate Banking he handled Infra projects, Paper, Textile, Engineering, Mining Industry. He headed the Branch Office at Jaipur & Largest Branch of IDBI Mumbai. He headed HRD function of IDBI during its transformation into a Commercial Bank portfolio after 2011. Prior to appointment as DMD in SIDBI, Shri Bajalia was the Executive Director of IDBI Ltd. He retired this year with an overall experience of about 40 years in banking.

  • Peter Fleming

    Chief Financial Officer, Deskera

    Peter holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at Deskera. With more than 30 years of experience in finance, he oversees Deskera’s global financial strategy and operations. He also makes sure that Deskera complies with financial and regulatory requirements, and helps to keep the organization lean and focused.,
    Before joining Deskera, Peter has served in a variety of roles across prestigious organizations such as Capgemini, Ernst & Young, General Motors and Schlumberger. Education: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.