Ajay Khanna is the Chief- Strategic & Public Affairs of Jubilant Bhartia Group (www.jubilantbhartia.com) since 2009. The Jubilant Bhartia Group, with 36,000 employees, has a strong presence in diverse sectors like Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences, Oil and Gas (exploration and production), Agri products, Performance Polymers, Food and Consulting in Aerospace and Oilfield Services. Ajay was also with the Confederation of Indian Industry for over 27 years in several leadership positions & was the Deputy Director General (1999-2008). He is a member of several high level government delegations, committees and task forces, Global Agenda Council on India of the World Economic Forum. He is also the Co-Founder of “Public Affairs Forum of India” (www.pafi.in), which is the apex body of public affairs professionals in India.
Arvind K. Singhal
Arvind (60 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 includeConsumer Products & Retail, Textiles& Apparel, Food Services & Agriculture, 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 the 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. Arvind has also been a regular columnist for leading Indian business papers including Business Standard and Economic Times, and a frequent contributor to major Indian and international business publications that include the Wall Street Journal.Arvind has served on several committees in the leading chambers of commerce and industry in India, across different sectors including Retail, Textiles, Healthcare, and Education.Arvind sits on several Boards (including some not-for-profit). He is currently on the statutory Boards of Welspun India, Greaves Cotton Limited, Metro Shoes, Blue Star,and Premium Transmission Limited. In addition, he is also serving on the Board of Governors of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) – Delhi. In the past, he has served on the Advisory Board of LG Electronics (India), statutory board of Mahindra Retail (a Mahindra Group company), and on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Roorkee. He is also currently serving on Leadership Advisory Council of IIT-Gandhi Nagar.
Dilip Chenoy was till recently the Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The NSDC is a Public Private Partnership whose objective is to foster private sector investment and initiatives in training and skill development. While at NSDC he served as co-chair Australia – India Joint working group on Skill Development. Currently Dilip Is on the Board of Governors IILM, New Delhi,( a business school) the Board of Studies, All India Management Association (AIMA) , besides serving as the Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET) a fully government funded integrated skill development and degree institution. He also consults and advises startups including organisations in the digital, education, skills and livelihood space. Prior to NSDC, Dilip was Director General of the advocacy group for the automobile industry in India, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Before SIAM, Dilip was Deputy Director General in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Dilip was responsible for Industry Sectors and Associations Council (ASCON), international work relating to the ASEAN and spokesperson. He was a member of the CII-Harvard Business School project that worked on the competitiveness of Indian industry with Professor Michael Porter.
Gauri Kumar is a retired member of the 1979 batch of Indian Administrative Services (IAS). She retired as Secretary (Coordination and Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat in 2015 and served as Member/Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) from 2015-18 post her retirement. In the course of her distinguished career, she has been a former Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as in the Ministry of Home Affairs (Border Management). She has served as Special/Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Environment and Forests. She has also been Principal Secretary (2008-10), Industries Commissioner (2007-08) and Secretary, Education Department (2000-02) of the Government of Gujarat. She was also appointed Director General of the National Institute of Fashion and Technology, Ministry of Textiles (2002-07).
Gauri Kumar has a BSc in Physics, Mathematics and Statistics from Allahabad University. She completed her MSc in Mathematics from Lucknow University and was awarded seven gold medals in the course of her studies for exceptional academic distinction. She also has a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. As a fellow of the Edward G. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management she was also awarded the Littauer Fellowship by Harvard for commitment to excellence, academic achievement and public service.
Gopal Srinivasan is the Chairman and Managing Director of TVS Capital Funds Ltd.
A third-generation scion of the TVS group, which is renowned for its manufacturing excellence, his entrepreneurial career spans well over three decades in which he has founded, steered and scaled up over 10 new ventures across both manufacturing and services verticals. Under his leadership, flagship firm TVS Electronics has successfully pivoted from being a market-leading manufacturer of dot matrix printers, to a diversified conglomerate that is quick to capitalize on the opportunities unleashed by Digital India, whether by offering third party servicing facilities to market-leading mobile phone brands or equipping India’s retail payments ecosystem with Point of Sale machines.
Founding TVS Capital Funds in 2007, Gopal has contributed actively to the scaling up of scores of Indian ventures by being a hands-on participant in the business and strategic decisions of these firms, while also building an extensive network of domain experts for these firms to tap into. TVS Capital, with assets of nearly ₹2,000 crores across 3 Funds, is now one of the largest rupee AIFs in India.
Passionate about fostering startups and mentoring young entrepreneurs, he is an avid angel investor. He is a founding member of The Chennai Angels as well as TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Chennai, two of the premier angel investing networks in India. Gopal takes a keen interest in public policy matters of the VC/PE Industry, being actively involved with financial market regulators by dint of his engagements with SEBI, the Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and SIDBI.
He is a member of University of Michigan’s India Advisory Board and sits on the Governing Council at Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA). Gopal is also the Chairman of Chennai International Centre, a think-tank that brings together a cornucopia of thought leaders from the spheres of business, the economy, policymaking, science, art, culture and entrepreneurship.
M. V. Kotwal
Mr. M. V. Kotwal, BE(Mech), FNAE, joined L&T in 1968 and retired in August 2015 as a Whole - time Director on L&T’s Board & President Heavy Engineering after nearly 47 years of service. He played a leadership role, in manufacture of critical equipment & systems for core strategic sectors such as – Nuclear Power, Space Research & Defence, and for Refineries, Petrochemicals & Fertilisers covering both Domestic & International Markets. He was responsible for the entire business of Ship building for Naval & Commercial use. He played a vital role in setting up several unique green - field manufacturing facilities across the country for Super - heavy Fabrication & Ship building, Design & Engineering of Submarines & Ships, Special Steels & Heavy Forgings, Advanced Composites, Precision Manufacturing, Strategic Electronics & System Integration. He was also involved in setting up a Heavy Fabrication facility in Sohar, Oman. He has been a member of a Technology Advisory Group for the International Thermo Nuclear Experimental Nuclear Fusion project ITER in France, a member of the Vijay Kelkar Committee on Defence, Co - Chair of CII Defence Committee, Chairman of FICCI Defence Committee & member of the National Aeronautics Advisory Group of GOI. A past Chairman of PPMAI, he was a recipient of the “Business Leader of the Year” award in 2009. Currently, based in Pune, Mr. Kotwal is on the Governing Council of Indian National Academy of Engineering & Chairman of its Pune Chapter, a member of Pune International Centre and a Member of the Board for Research in Nuclear Sciences.
Rajesh Shah is Co-Chairman & Managing Director of Mukand Ltd., an alloy, stainless steels and heavy industrial equipment manufacturing unit. He is also Chairman, Advisory Board of India-Japan Global Partnership Summit since 2011. Mr. Shah was also on the Board of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Mr. Shah has many academic, social and environmental interests. He has been Member, Board of Governors at IIM Lucknow. He currently is Member, Chief Minister's Advisory Council, Government of Rajasthan since 2014. He has also taken an active interest in implementing a project, Thane, Maharashtra, to incentivise and enable every Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe girl child to pass her Standard Ten exams. Mr. Shah obtained his Master's Degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, UK. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, USA and has completed a Programme for Management Development from Harvard University, USA. His book Resurgent India (co-authored) is on Ideas and Priorities for the nation.