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Business Leadership Summit
Emerge: Annual Entrepreneurship Summit
Kaleidoscope: The HR conclave
Khlurthma: The Management Fest
Manthan: The Finance and Consulting conclave
Nirvana: The Cultural Fest
Nurturing Minds: A CSR Event
Podium: Corporate Engagement Meet
Podium Website Update - Season 10
The Podium is the annual corporate interaction series of IIM Shillong where speakers from the corporate world are invited to share their industrial experiences with the students thus helping them to get corporate insights. The events includes speakers from diverse Managerial backgrounds and expertise.
Podium Session 1 Season 10: Dr. Annurag Batra – Chairman and Editor-in-Chief at BW Businessworld Media Group
Dr. Annurag Batra , the current Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld Media Group, addressed the audience in an enriching session on the topic “The 3C Economy and how to be successful in the post pandemic world”.
The session, conducted in a virtual capacity, discussed how the global economy changed in response to Covid-19. The 3C concept emerged to play a pivotal role in future-readiness of economies. These included the expanded implication of going ‘Contactless’, a redefined ‘Collaborative’ approach & ‘Care’ for the community in the new world economy.
Quoting Dr. Batra, “You’ve got to go and execute ideas; don’t be attached to the consequences; technology should be at the core and don’t be afraid of failure- you only learn from it”.
Podium Session 2 Season 10: Mr. Amit Thawani, Managing Director, India Coverage at Nomura Investments
Mr. Amit Thawani (CA, CFA, CS), Managing Director, Head – India Coverage at Nomura, has around 20 years of experience in the field of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. He is an integral part of the team which has pioneered the Nomura brand in India and established it to become one of the Top Global banks in this sector. He has also led numerous transactions across M&A, equity and debt products with a strong focus on financial institutions, real estate, industries and infrastructure.
He shared with the audience his personal experience in building an investment banking franchise and explained the types of projects dealt by Investment Banks.
Podium Session 3 Season 10: Mr. Praveen Jagwani – CEO, UTI International Singapore
Mr. Praveen Jagwani is the current CEO of UTI International Singapore and posseses 25 years of experience in banking and investment management. Based in Singapore, he has the mandate to build a global franchise for India centric assets. Mr. Jagwani spoke insightfully on the topic “Global asset allocation trends and how they relate to India”.
The session highlighted why India is a big and lucrative market for foreign investors and how we are becoming one of the biggest economies in the world. The session also gave the participants some valuable insights about life, how we can be better managers, and the importance of execution. Quoting Mr Jagwani, “Excellent execution of a fair strategy is far superior to a fair execution of a brilliant strategy”.
Podium Session 4 Season 10: Ms. Bhuvana Subramanyan , Chief Marketing Officer at Randstad India
Ms. Bhuvana is a leader in marketing and communications in the corporate world with over 20 years of experience under her belt. She is the current Chief Marketing Officer at Randstad India.
The session was conducted in a virtual capacity to discuss the topic “Changes in Indian Marketing scenario due to rapid digitalization.” In her address to the students, she shared her insights on the significance of data and technologies such as IoT, AI, and Virtual reality and how they could be utilized to aid customers in making smarter decisions. The discussion focused on techniques to find the perfect balance between ‘Tech & Touch’ as the future of services would be essentially hybrid. The session was concluded by emphasizing how necessary it was for all employees across the globe to constantly skill and reskill themselves to ensure readiness in today’s rapidly changing world.
Podium Session 5 Season 10: Mr. Vinay Kushwaha, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Britannia Industries Ltd
Mr. Vinay Kushwaha possesses over 2 decades of experience in the supply chain and technology industry in both Indian and international markets. In his current role as Chief Supply Chain Officer at Britannia Industries Ltd, he is responsible for manufacturing, projects, and technology.
The session was conducted in a virtual capacity to discuss the topic “Impact of Industry 4.0 on Supply Chain Management”. Mr. Vinay spoke about how the utilization of technology in business had evolved over the years by drawing a comparison between the supply chain management scene a few decades back and now by quoting relevant examples. He stressed that the need of the hour was to develop a “predictive nature” in technology and that systems and algorithms should be built such that they continue to learn, evolve and grow with time.
Podium Session 6 Season 10 - Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Chief Marketing Officer at Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance
Mr. Abhishek Gupta is a marketing maverick with over two decades of experience, spanning across several organizations in the BFSI and retail domain. He has also been recognized as one of India’s 25 most outstanding marketing professionals by the World Brand Congress and the CMO Council of Asia. Mr. Gupta shared his views on the topic, “Brand Building during Crisis.”
He stressed the importance of establishing an empathetic and honest communication channel between the company and the customers to maintain trust during times of crisis. Essential techniques of building a timeline-based road map to tackle the challenges in times of crisis were also discussed by him, along with demonstrating the real-life examples and cases of various established brands.
Podium Session 7 Season 10 - Mr. Rajesh Sahay, Sr. VP HR at Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting
Mr. Rajesh Sahay is currently the Sr. VP HR for Wipro consumer care and Lighting. His current responsibilities include global HR operations spanning 19 countries and 8500 employees.A certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Coach, he loves to teach and regularly participates in house Leadership development programs. He has also been a visiting faculty at leading B-Schools at Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
He stressed on the importance of sustainability for an organisation, the value it can add to a brand and the ways different companies are investing towards becoming sustainable has greatly added to our understanding of the current scenario and prospects of achieving sustainable development.