| Kumar Mangalam Birla (Jury Chair) |
Aditya Birla Group
| Adi Godrej |
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
| Keki Mistry |
Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Housing Development Finance Corporation
| Sandeep Naik |
| R. Seshasayee |
Executive Vice Chairman
| Shikha Sharma |
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
| Shardul Shroff |
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
| Ravi Venkatesan |
Founder & Board Chair
Social Venture Partners
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Godrej Group
Adi Godrej is the Chairman of the Godrej Group and several entities that are part of one of India’s leading conglomerates. These include Indian companies like Godrej Industries, Godrej Consumer Products, Godrej Properties as well as international companies such as Keyline Brands U.K and Rapidol South Africa. He is also the Chairman of The Board of Trustees of the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Prize Fund.
As a Director of numerous firms, including Godrej & Boyce, Godrej Agrovet, Godrej International and Godrej Global MidEast FZE he is responsible for shaping the long term strategy for these organizations and driving a focus on value creation.
Over the last five decades Adi has played an important role in the development of a variety of industries by leading key organizations of trade and commerce as the former Chairman and President of the Indian Soap & Toiletries Makers’ Association, the Central Organisation for Oil Industry and Trade, the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India, the Compound Livestock Feeds Manufacturers’ Association, the Indo-American Society and as member of the Governing Board of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
Adi has also participated actively in the field of management education as a former Chairman of the Governing Council of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, as a former member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton Asian Executive Board. Adi is a member of Tau Beta Pi (The Engineering Honor Society) and also serves as a member of the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business.
For his contribution to Indian industry Adi has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002.
Adi received his undergraduate and Master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Mumbai, India. Adi is married, and has three children and two grandchildren.
Ms. Shikha Sharma is the Managing Director & CEO of Axis Bank since 2009.
Ms. Sharma began her career with the ICICI group where she has worked across various verticals like Project Finance, Retail Banking and Investment Banking. Her last assignment was as Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, a leading private sector life insurance company in the country.
Ms. Sharma has received wide recognition for her achievements. She is a recipient of many business awards notably; ‘Transformational Business Leader of the Year’ at AIMA’s Managing India Awards – 2012 and ‘Woman Leader of the year’ at Blooomberg - UTV Financial Leadership Awards – 2012 and Businesworld’s Banker of the Year Award - 2012. She has also been listed in prominent publications, such as Forbes List of Asia’s 50 Power Business Women - 2012, Indian Express Most Powerful Indians – 2012 and India Today Power List of 25 Most Influential Women - 2012.
Sandeep Naik joined General Atlantic in 2012 as head of our India team, based in Mumbai. Sandeep manages and oversees all of GA’s investments in the region, which include Fourcee, IndusInd and National Stock Exchange.
Before joining GA, Sandeep served as a partner and co-head of the India office for Apax, leading their investments in healthcare, financial & business services and retail & consumer sectors. Prior to joining Apax, he was a Global Marketing Manager at Medtronic Inc, a scientist at Mayo Clinic and a Consultant with McKinsey. He is also the co-founder of a medical device start-up firm, InfraScan Inc., which is focused on detecting bleeding inside the brain using a handheld device.
Mr. Naik is an avid community worker. Among other philanthropic endeavors, he co-founded ToolBox India, an organization that brings professionals and non-profits together to improve productivity and efficiency within the social sector.
Mr. Naik holds a BTech in Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Mumbai, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Medical College of Virginia and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Naik was also selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council of ‘New Order of Economic Thinking.
Mr. R. Seshasayee is the Executive Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland after having been its Managing Director of Ashok Leyland for 13 years till 2011. He has led the Company’s transformation into a globally competitive technology leader seeking growth through globalisation and diversification, via global acquisitions and joint ventures with Nissan Motor Company, John Deere, Continental AG and the Alteams Group, to name a few.
He is also the Chairman of Indusind Bank Limited.
Mr. Seshasayee was the Chairman of Southern Region Council of CII, in 1994. He served as the President of CII during 2006-07. He was the President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the apex body representing the Indian automobile industry during 2001-03.
As a member of Government of India delegations, Seshasayee was a participant at the Doha Ministerial Round of WTO in 2001 and the Hong Kong Ministerial at Hong Kong in 2005. Seshasayee was also the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum - Middle East during 2007.
Mr. Seshasayee is the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Cancer Institute, Chennai; President of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and Vice President of the Music Academy.
Mr. Keki Mistry has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University. Mr. Mistry is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Mr. Mistry started his career with The Indian Hotels Company Limited, one of the largest chain of hotels in India.
In the year 1981, Mr. Mistry joined Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC). Mr. Mistry was inducted on to the Board of Directors of HDFC as an Executive Director in the year 1993 and was elevated to the post of Managing Director in November 2000. In October 2007, Mr. Mistry was appointed as Vice Chairman & Managing Director of HDFC and became the Vice Chairman & CEO in January 2010. Mr. Mistry is a Director on the Board of Directors of HDFC, HDFC Asset Management Company Limited, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited, GRUH Finance Limited,Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, Greatship (India) Limited, Next Gen Publishing Limited, Shrenuj & Company Limited,Torrent Power Limited, HCL Technologies Limited and BSE Limited. Mr. Mistry is also member on the India Advisory Board at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Director of Griha Investments, Mauritius, India Value Fund Advisors Private Limited and the H T Parekh Foundation. Mr. Mistry is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited, Greatship (India) Limited, and Torrent Power Limited. Mr. Mistry is a member of the Audit Committee of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited, HDFC Asset Management Company Limited, GRUH Finance Limited, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited and Shrenuj & Company Limited.
Mr. Mistry is a member of the Compensation Committee of GRUH Finance Limited, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited and Greatship (India) Limited. Mr. Mistry is the Chairman of the Nomination Committee of Greatship (India) Limited and a member of the Nomination Committee of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited and Torrent Power Limited.
Ravi Venkatesan is a cofounder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a network of engaged philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy. He is also a Venture Partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a director on the boards of AB Volvo and Infosys Ltd. Ravi is the author of a newly released and critically acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere"
As Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world as well as one of its fastest growing markets. Microsoft India was consistently rated one of the country’s most respected companies, amongst the most admired brands, and one of India’s best employers. Ravi was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 35 million school children in India. In 2011, Ravi was voted India’s Most Influential Multinational Company CEO in the annual survey conducted by The Economic Times, India’s leading business newspaper.
Prior to joining Microsoft, as the Chairman of the publicly listed Cummins India, Ravi led its transformation into the country's leading provider of power solutions and automotive engines. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune.
Ravi has a BS in engineering from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was recently voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50.
Kumar Mangalam Birla (Jury Chair)
Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla (46) is the Chairman of the US $40 billion multinational Aditya Birla Group. The Birla Group operates in 36 countries across six continents with over 50 per cent of its revenues flowing from its operations outside India.
The Group's businesses are spread across industries. These include aluminium, copper, cement, textiles (pulp, fibre, yarn, fabric and branded apparel), carbon black, insulators, natural resources, power, agribusiness, telecommunications, financial services, IT/ITeS, retail and trading.
Mr. Birla took over as Chairman of the Group in 1995, at the age of 28, after the untimely demise of his father. As Chairman, Mr. Birla has taken the Aditya Birla Group to an altogether higher growth trajectory. In the 17 years that he has been at the helm of the Group, he has accelerated growth, built a meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value.
In the process he has raised the Group's turnover from US $2 billion in 1995, to US $40 billion today. Mr. Birla has restructured the businesses to emerge as a global/national leader in the sectors in which the Group operates. He has made 26 acquisitions in 17 years in India and globally, the highest by an Indian multinational in India.
The acquisition of Novelis, a global metals major, in 2007, the second largest acquisition ever by an Indian company, led to a new-found respect for Indian companies and stoked a higher level of interest in the country as well. Recently, the acquisition of Columbian Chemicals, a US-based company and the world's third largest carbon black manufacturer positioned the Group as the No. 1 player in this sector, given its own sizeable carbon black operations. Likewise, the acquisition of Domsjö Fabriker, a leading Swedish speciality pulp manufacturer enables the Group's Pulp and Fibre business to further consolidate its global position.
Under his stewardship, the Aditya Birla Group enjoys a position of leadership in all the major sectors in which it operates. Over the years, Mr. Birla has built a highly successful meritocratic organisation, anchored by an extraordinary force of 136,000 employees belonging to 42 different nationalities.
A commerce graduate from the Mumbai University, Mr. Birla is a chartered accountant and an MBA from the London Business School.
Mr Shardul S Shroff is the managing partner of Amarchand Mangaldas. In practice since 1980, Mr Shroff has over 30 years of legal advisory experience. He is a leading authority on banking and finance, and a senior attorney and advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India.
Mr Shroff's practice in banking and finance is broad based, with extensive experience in acquisitions and takeovers, corporate, project and structured financing. He is regularly called upon by foreign and domestic corporations and financial institutions to advise them on complex corporate and finance matters and transactions. He is also an expert on legal matters related to special and mutual funds, general banking, security creation, private equity and special situations, bankruptcy and special recovery procedures. In his career, Mr Shroff has been involved in many complex and high-profile transactions.
Besides doing all forms of bank borrowing and lending transactions for clients like IDFC, IFCI, ICICI, IDBI, RaboBank, Standard Chartered Bank, and Barclays Bank, Mr Shroff has extensively advised on matters relating to bank loan recovery actions, debt reconstruction proceedings before the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR), and asset reconstruction and securitisation under the SARFAESI Act. He has advised International Finance Corporation (W), ADB and other multi-lateral lenders before the BIFR in special situations in the leading cases of Bihar Sponge and Modi Rubber cases.
He is a director on the board of several publicly listed companies, namely, the Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited, Apollo Tyres Limited, Hindustan Media Ventures Limited, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, Jindal Steel Power Limited, Visa Power Limited, and Ashok Leyland Limited. He is presently a member of the CII national council, the CII economic policy council, the CII manufacturing council, the CII national committee on IT, ITES, and e-commerce, the CII national council on corporate governance and regulatory affairs, the CII committee on integrity and transparency in governance, and the CII national committee on dispute resolution. Mr Shroff is chair of the CII national committee on legal services, and associate president of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).
Mr Shroff leads the knowledge partnership effort every year for the largest media and entertainment conference - FICCI Frames. He has recently been awarded the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Law' by Chambers & Partners 2012.
On account of his expertise, Mr Shroff has been consistently rated as a leading lawyer by several international fora and publications, including Who's Who Legal, Asia Law, Chambers Global, Euromoney, and International Financial Law Review (IFLR) etc. He has also received the National Law Day Award from the president of India in November 2009 for his unique contribution to the field of corporate law.