KEY SPEAKERS

Prashant Shukla
National Technology Officer
Microsoft India

Prashant Shukla’s career over the last 24 years spans successful leadership roles in marketing, sales, product management and software development in US and India. Currently, Prashant is working as National Technology Officer for Microsoft India. Prior to this, Prashant has worked with Microsoft and Novell Inc in USA. At Microsoft, Prashant held number of important assignments that included being a part of the Windows 2000 Launch Team, driving Microsoft’s eCommerce Initiative and running Microsoft Developer Initiative. Prashant has also worked in senior leadership positions in India that includes leading CMC, A TATA Enterprise as its Chief Operating Officer and as Senior Vice President for TechMahindra/ Mahindra Satyam.

Raised in India, Prashant graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Later he pursued as MBA degree from USA. An ardent academic, Prashant co-authored a book on “Atomic Electronic Structure.”

Kanika Tekriwal
Chief Executive Officer
JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd

An entrepreneur who is a relentless pursuer of hope, positivity and drive - Ms. Kanika Tekriwal was not only chosen as one of the 100 most inspirational women in the world by BBC but also recognized by Forbes Asia as one of the 30 under 30 leading entrepreneurs in Asia, CNN’S 20 Under 40 along with being awarded The National Entrepreneurship award in E-commerce by the government of India amongst various other accolades.. Her energy is infectious and compels everyone around her strive for even greater success. A marathon runner, a painter, a traveler and more - she is redefining her life every day.

Self Belief - My Success Mantra
“I have always believed in the power of the mind - If you believe it, you can do it. The events one face in their lifetime are nothing but a reciprocation of a combination of their thoughts and actions. If you think, you believe and are determined to do something; your actions automatically work towards achieving it.”

Journey as an Entrepreneur
Ms. Kanika Tekriwal started her journey in the aviation industry at the age of 17. During her tenure, she has seen the industry grow and has grown with it. It is well and truly safe to assume that she has learnt more than a thing or two about the industry in this time.

As her career unfolded, she saw the frustration suffered by any customer in regard to chartering planes or helicopters. The industry was clouded by charter brokers and operators who were more interested in their commission than satisfying their customers. The absence of a technology in the private aviation industry led to a lack of transparency and astronomical prices for the same. The demand for “something better” was the spark that led her to create “A professional and comprehensive technology driven charter service providing a variety of aircrafts with a transparent pricing system”

JetSetGo is a direct result of the desire to solve this problem. It is a customer-centric venture aimed at revolutionizing the private aviation business in the region by re- defining the experience for private charter customers.

Challenges Faced
Obstacles build character; this cannot be more true for the life on an entrepreneur. Ms. Tekriwal, like most entrepreneurs faced a plethora of obstacles before she was able to achieve the success she has achieved today. She started the company with a 100 dollars and in a period of 3 years doing over 2 Million dollars of revenue every month. At the very beginning, after investing over six months and a considerable amount of resources, she was not able to sell a single plane. She could’ve lost faith in the lackluster economy and given up but instead she chose to ride out the storm and innovate. She looked for ways to create a business model that reduced the price of these planes and made them more feasible for any potential customers. It was this thinking that paved the path to her becoming one of the 100 most prominent and inspirational women in the world.

Kanika was also diagnosed with Cancer at the age of 21 and fought the disease over a year. The day her treatment ended she left home to explore the idea of setting up her own business and for over two years simply explored and experimented with ideas. Her tryst with cancer had convinced her that nothing is impossible and she did not give in. Uniqueness of Business Model Often referred to as the Uber of the skies, JetSetGo provides charter customers with choice, transparency and the flexibility of booking on both web and mobile platforms. JetSetGo prioritizes the needs of its customers by providing exclusive ground services, state of the art planes and helicopters and unmatched service all around. Having India’s largest private jet fleet at its disposal, JetSetGo offers the shortest wait time for an aircraft and, in the rare case of unscheduled maintenance it has the unrivaled ability to provide you with a substitute aircraft in the shortest amount of time. For single leg trips, through its online demand aggregation model it maximizes the chance for the sale of empty travel legs to other customers at attractive price points, thereby giving credit to original customer against the overall cost of the charter.

To enable all of this and leveraging technology optimally, JetSetGo provides a cloud based enterprise management tool for aircraft operators which combines scheduling, advanced trip pricing and business intelligence capabilities with an in-built global market place for services and parts that will soon also have transactional capabilities. On the ground through long term strategic alliances and investments JetSetGo has ramped up its capabilities in several Indian airports to put in motion a new JetSetGo customer service standard that will forever re-define the customer experience by providing far superior level of service than that currently exists in the country.

Nirav Khambhati
Chief Executive Officer
Tata Interactive Systems
Tata ClassEdge

Nirav is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Interactive Systems, a global eLearning leader, and Tata ClassEdge, an organization that aims to make a positive and meaningful difference to the education of 10 million students every year by 2025 in a sustainable manner.

Nirav was previously Vice President – Chairman’s Office at Tata Sons, a position he held from October 2005 to February 2014. During his tenure at Tata Sons, Nirav led a number of international projects and collaborations in the fields of telecommunications and aerospace. He has served as Director on the Boards of a number of companies within and outside India.

Prior to joining Tata Sons, Nirav led the telecom practice of TCS in the Asia Pacific region and worked as the head of control or repair center at Tata Teleservices. He was appointed an officer of the Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1997.

Nirav is an Engineer and MBA (Gold Medalist) and had stood first in state in the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination. He has attended leadership development programmes conducted by INSEAD, Michigan Business School and IIM, Ahmedabad, and was one of the twelve mid-career professionals selected by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK for the first batch of the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford.

Nirav was recognized as a Young India Leader by the British High Commission in 2013. In 2016, Jagran Lakecity University conferred upon him an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts (Management) for his contributions in the space of management, education and technology. Nirav is a member of the CII’s Council for Primary Education.

Prashant Shukla
National Technology Officer
Microsoft India
Kanika Tekriwal
Chief Executive Officer
JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd
Nirav Khambhati
Chief Executive Officer
Tata Interactive Systems
Tata ClassEdge

Diwakar Shukla
Director
School of Media and communications
Jagran Lakecity University

Diwakar Shukla has over two decades of experience in the fields of social and brand communication, and Corporate Social Responsibility across various premier organizations’ including over 14 years with Ogilvy. He brings with him a deep understanding of the behavior and mindsets of communities & consumers especially across Asian & Indian cultures and the application of the same in the field of Social & Brand management.

As a former Managing Partner of Ogilvy Public Relations, he designed & led various award winning campaigns in social marketing, cause marketing, media and CSR, for a global brand portfolio including Harvard Business School, Hindustan Unilever, USAID, Concern International, Castrol, Molson Coors, Hong Kong Disneyland, WHO, DuPont, Rolls-Royce, CFA Institute and others. Diwakar was also part of the lead team on OgilvyEarth, the sustainability practice of Ogilvy Worldwide and helped it launch in India. He is a winner of numerous accolades like WPP Crème De La Crème’ global Award 2007, BP Helios Award, Dalton Pen USA, ABME and PR Week and others.

Prior to Ogilvy, he has worked with Indo Dutch Bilateral Programme, World Bank & European Commission Projects, and Indian Express in areas of Communication for Development and Social Marketing & Communication. As a member of the Dutch program, he facilitated the development of encyclopedic study of women in North India.

He is also an Advisor with various organizations’, NGOs and projects on issues of social impact planning, Digital advocacy, CSR, brand management and research. A TEDx speaker, he has mentored as a Guest Faculty at a couple of premier Management Institutions. He also sits on the Board of couple of well-known NGOs in India.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics with specialisation in Development Economics, Public Finance and International Economics. He has been widely trained at various global forums while at Indo-Dutch & at Ogilvy.

Hari Mohan Gupta
Chairman
Jagran Social Welfare Society

Mr. Hari Mohan Gupta is a multifaceted personality – a journalist, an industrialist, an educationist, and a philanthropist. He is the Chairman, Jagran Social Welfare Society and Pro Vice Chairman, Delhi Public School at Bhopal, Indore and Kolar Road Bhopal

He has been a pioneer in bringing the concept of public schools to the education scene of Bhopal by opening the first ever public school in 2000. His vision and determination towards achieving excellence has motivated him to open three such public schools, one private university and three Shikshakendra which are laying the foundation of excellence under the aegis of Jagran Social Welfare Society and is currently teaching more than 12000 students.

Mr. Gupta, has also been associated with the profession of journalism in capacity of Director & Resident Editor Dainik Jagran News Paper, Bhopal for the last 35 years, and has extensively traveled with the leading politicians to various countries to represent the country both in the capacity of a journalist and as a businessperson of India

In the year 2013, Shri Hari Mohan Gupta was awarded “Education Evangelists of India” by Skill Tree Knowledge Consortium for being the top 25 educationist of India and was facilitated by the President of India. In the same year he was also awarded with the Karamveer Chakra, an award jointly instituted by International Confederation of NGOs and the United Nations, for his exemplary contribution for bringing the underprivileged to mainstream education through Shiksha Kendra. Shri. Gupta was recently awarded with the prestigious “World’s Greatest Leaders 2016-17 International Awards” at a felicitation ceremony held in Dubai by Asia One Awards. This award was presented to him for his outstanding contribution in the field of education which has made a positive impact in the Society.

Janak Bhatt
Creative Director
Pristine Ideas Pvt. Ltd.

Mr Janak Bhatt currently works as the Creative Director of Pristine Ideas which is the only agency in MP to have received the Oneshow Award. He holds a degree in Applied Commercial Arts and has been working in the graphic arts’ industry for the past 10 years. He is a strong visualizer and concept generator in crafting a brand’s appearance while taking proactive steps in further building the concerned brand and is a strong team player and leader. He considers himself to be a perennial student of the school called life and he lives and breathes as a graphic artist, visualizer and a filmmaker.

He takes pride in his ability to perform under pressure and to meet set deadlines. Prior to Pristine Ideas, he has served at Ogilvy & Mather and has put his inputs in the making of the mega brands like Philips, Axis Bank, Bournvita Lil’ Champs, Pfizer, J&J, Lifebuoy, Abbott and Boehringer-Ingelheim.

He was the youngest director at Mani Film festival; he has won 2 awards of excellence at RX Club Show in 2011 and 4 awards at the same show in 2010. They are the Ogilvy HERO AWARDS 2009 Direct for marketing campaign of the year, Silver Abbys at the Goa Fest in 2007 and 2008 for Axis Bank. He has also won the Adlabs Film Festival Award for short films in Mumbai, along with the best photographer award at the SOCH exhibition in Mumbai. To his credit, there are three short films directed by him which were nominated in the Goa Fest. 'Trasdi ' a movie on the Bhopal gas tragedy received immense appreciation.

In a competition open to all Ogilvy employees of all disciplines in Asia Pacific he won the best campaign award in 2007 at the Soch Exhibition by Images Digital and from the same he also got the best photography award in 2006. Among his other achievements he acquired a certificate of merit from Rachna Sansad and executed a quarterly account for ‘Sula Wines’, which is a pan Indian wine company. He was also one of the top three rankers at ‘CCDS Open Space’ in All India Ad Film Festival in Pune in 2007.

Diwakar Shukla
(Moderator)
Director
School of Media & Communication
Jagran Lakecity University

Hari Mohan Gupta
Chairman
Jagran Social Welfare Society
Janak Bhatt
Creative Director
Pristine Ideas Pvt. Ltd.
Sameer Pitalwalla
CEO and Co-founder
Culture Machine
Armstrong Pame
(Moderator)
IAS 2008 Batch
India’s Most Eminent IAS Officer Award ’2015 awardee

Farooq Adam
Co-founder
Fynd
Ravi Kaneriya
Head of Social Engagement
Asia, World Economic Forum
Dr. Noel Taego
Executive Director
Education CIMA
Sorav Sachdeva
Marketing Head
Aroma Magic

Sohara Mehroze Shachi
(Moderator)
Curator, Dhaka Hub
N S N Murthy
Partner & Lead
Smart Cities, PWC India
Vivek Aggarwal
Comissioner
Urban Development

Vinay Singhal
Co-founder & CEO
WityFeed
Abhijit Saxena
CEO
Mobilox
Vaibhav Lodha
(Moderator)
Shaper, Co Founder
Ftcash & Attended Davos 2017

Venkkat Ramanan
Regional Vice President - Asia Pacific
FCMA, CGMA

Venkkat Ramanan is the Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, Management Accounting Professional Unit of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. In this role, Venkkat is responsible for managing and driving the strategy, growth and development of the Management Accounting Professional Unit in the Asia Pacific region that covers South East Asia, Australasia, India and the MESANA countries.

Venkkat leads the market teams to drive the acquisition of students and members and ensuring their retention within the Association. This includes steering the awareness and adoption of the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. He works with policy makers, government bodies, regulators, employers and universities to lead and support management accounting advocacy and initiate projects that are of strategic significance to the Association. He also works directly with CIMA’s Vice President of Academics to support education-related programmes and the use of management accounting tools such as the Global Management Accounting Principles.

Venkkat joined the Association in 2009 as the Learning and Development Manager for Asia Pacific. In 2011, he became the Head of CIMA SE Asia, leading a team of 25 staff, to spearhead market development in South East Asia, specifically focusing on growing the student and member population in the region. During this time, he implemented several innovative programmes that saw a growth of students from 500 a year in 2011 to over 3000 a year in 2015 while member growth was maintained at a steady level. In 2017, Venkkat assumed the role of Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific.

Venkkat is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) by profession. He has been a member of CIMA since 2004, having achieved Fellow membership status in 2014. Besides his wealth of experience in the field of education, he has also worked in IT, both in business analyst and programme manager roles for blue chip clients in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia.

Venkkat Ramanan
Regional Vice President
Asia Pacific
FCMA, CGMA

Dr. Nilesh Khare
(Moderator)
Dean, Executive & Distance Learning
Jagran Lakecity University