About The Conference

Outlook Business Leading Edge 2018 is a half a day event conceived for business leaders. Apart from a perspective on the economic environment prevailing in the country today, one can expect to gain from the insights on leadership challenges by some very accomplished global management thinkers and CEOs of some India’s leading companies.


Ajay Piramal

Chairman, Piramal Group & Shriram Group

He is one of India’s leading industrialists, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and also the chairman of business conglomerate, Piramal Group & Shriram Group, with activities in healthcare, financial services, real estate, information services, glass packaging etc. Apart from India, the group has set-ups in the US, UK, European Union, Japan, Pacific and South Asia. Mr. Piramal has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in philosophy education, a B.Sc (Hons) from Bombay University and a master in management studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management.

Deep Kalra

Chairman and CEO, MakeMyTrip

He is the founder of India’s leading online travel company. Launched in India in 2005, MakeMyTrip offered the convenience of online transactions coupled with great value prices, thus revolutionising the way Indians research and purchase travel services. Under his stewardship, MakeMyTrip is today one of the largest e-commerce businesses in the country and the largest travel company in India that listed on NASDAQ in August 2010. Prior to his entrepreneurial venture, Mr. Kalra has had corporate stints with GE Capital, AMF Bowling Inc and ABN AMRO Bank. He holds an MBA (PGDM) degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

D Shivakumar

Group vice-president, (corporate strategy and business development), Aditya Birla Group

Also known as Shiv, he was the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings, a subsidiary of Pepsico Inc, prior to his appointment at the Aditya Birla Group. Mr. Shivakumar also served as the head of business across the Middle-East, African region and India at Nokia Corporation from July 2012 to March 2013 and as its regional senior vice-president for India, Middle East & Africa from April 2012. He served as the MD of Nokia India, vice-president and head of emerging markets - India, Middle East and Africa at Nokia Corporation and served as its head of the India-Middle East-Africa region from October 2011. Mr. Shivakumar is an engineer from IIT-Madras and holds an MBA from IIM-Calcutta.

Harsh Mariwala

Chairman, Marico

Over the past three decades, Mr. Mariwala has transformed a traditional commodity-driven business into a leading consumer products and services company. Marico markets leading brands such as Parachute Advansed, Saffola, Mediker, Revive, Setwet, Livon among others. From a turnover of Rs.50 lakh in 1971, Marico today clocks a turnover of about Rs.5,936 crore (FY17). Today, one out of three Indians is a Marico consumer. It has also established strong consumer franchises in its overseas market. Mr. Mariwala started his career with Bombay Oil Industries in 1971 and in 1975, developed the branding division for this family-run business. The brand name Marico was established in 1990. Mr. Mariwala’s entrepreneurial drive and passion for innovation, enthused him to establish the Marico Innovation Foundation in 2003. Under the stewardship of an eminent board, the foundation acts as a catalyst to fuel innovation in India. In addition to this, he also mentors a group of young and upcoming entrepreneurs, in association with TiE.

Kishore Biyani

CEO, Future Group

Having started his entrepreneurial journey in the 1980s in the fashion and garments sector, in 2001, Mr. Biyani led the creation of Big Bazaar, a uniquely Indian hypermarket network that connects thousands of small and large manufacturers to millions of customers. Big Bazaar today is counted among the most trusted brands in the services sector in India. Since then, a number of retail chains have become part of Future Group. Some of these include, Central, Brand Factory, EasyDay, Nilgiris, Heritage, HyperCity, Aadhaar and HomeTown. These chains connect thousands of small, medium and large manufacturers and entrepreneurs with over a million customers every day in almost every state. Through this period, he has also led the creation of a number of consumer goods brands in the fashion, food and FMCG sectors, that now capture a significant share of sales across the group’s retail chains. The group has invested extensively in manufacturing, sourcing of agricultural produce, logistics networks, food processing facilities and in a large number of supply partners and entrepreneurs.

Rupinder Singh Sodhi

MD, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul)

Amul is India’s largest food products organisation. Mr. Sodhi has obtained his BE (Ag) degree from CTAE, Udaipur, India followed by a stint at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). After his post-graduation from IRMA in 1982, he joined Amul. For more than two decades. He spearheaded Amul’s highly innovative and widely acclaimed marketing campaigns. In 2009, he took over as the MD and since has ensured that Amul’s milk procurement operations extended beyond the state of Gujarat thanks to his initiative to procure milk from farmers of eight other states of India, following the cooperative model.

Subhash Chandra

Chairman, Essel Group and ZEE

He is among the leading lights of the global media and entertainment industry. He is also a Rajya Sabha MP. His leading businesses include television networks and filmed entertainment, cable systems, satellite communications, theme parks, flexible packaging, family entertainment centres and online gaming. He founded Essel Group in 1976 and served as its chief architect. With his pioneering vision and entrepreneurial mindset to achieve growth, he revolutionised the television industry by launching the country's first satellite television channel, Zee TV, in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. Dr. Chandra made his mark as an influential philanthropist in India. He has set up TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) to provide access to quality education through distance and open learning. He is also the chairman of Ekal Global — a movement to eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India.

Sanjay Lalbhai

Chairman and MD, Arvind

He’s the man at the helm of Arvind, one of the largest manufacturers of woven textiles in India, and one of the largest denim fabric manufacturers in the world. He was also responsible for acquiring India’s first denim brand — Flying Machine — in 1981 and for guiding the process of building Arvind’s current impressive apparel portfolio. He serves on the boards of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone and several premier educational and research institutes. He is the president of Ahmedabad Education Society and Ahmedabad University. He is the chairman of Council of Administration of Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association and a member of the Council of Management of the Physical Research Laboratory. Mr. Lalbhai believes that addressing societal concerns and creating a long-lasting benefit to society is integral to the business strategy and the duty of every business leader.

Suresh Narayanan

Chairman and MD, Nestle India

He’s been at the helm of the Indian subsidiary of Nestle SA since 2015. Mr. Narayanan served as the chairman and CEO of Nestlé Philippines since April 2015. Prior to that he served as the head of sales at Nestle India, then chairman and CEO of Nestle Egypt and head of Nestle business for the north-east African region in 2010. Mr. Narayanan holds a master's degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a diploma from the IMD program for executive development and has also participated in the Nestle leadership program at the London Business School.

Sumi Ghosh

CEO, Tata Starbucks

He’s been at the helm of Tata Starbucks since January 1, 2016. Mr. Ghosh is an eight-year Starbucks partner and has 30 years of consumer retail experience. Tata Starbucks is a 50:50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee company and Tata Global Beverages. A Starbucks veteran, he also served as the vice-president of Starbucks Midwestern US region.

V Vaidyanathan

Executive chairman, Capital First

He founded Capital First by acquiring an equity stake in an existing NBFC, changing the business model, and then executing a management buyout by securing an equity backing in 2012 from PE Warburg Pincus. He started his career with Citibank India in 1990 and worked there till 2000 in consumer banking. And then he joined ICICI Limited in early 2000 when it was a domestic financial institution (DFI) and the retail businesses he built helped the transition of ICICI from a DFI to a universal bank. He built the retail banking business for ICICI Limited since its inception, and grew ICICI Bank to 1,400 branches in 800 cities, 25 million customers, a vast CASA and retail deposit base and built a retail loan book of over Rs.1.35 trillion ($20 billion) in mortgages, auto loans, commercial vehicles, credit cards and personal loans.

He also built the SME business and managed the Rural Banking Business. He was earlier the MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co (2009) and an executive director on the board of ICICI Bank (2006). He was also the chairman of ICICI Home Finance Co (2006), and served on the board of CIBIL- India's first credit bureau (2005), and SMERA- SIDBI's Credit Rating Agency (2005).


1.30 pm to 2.00 pm

Registration and lunch

2.00 pm to 2.15 pm

Welcome address

2.15 pm to 3.00 pm

Panel discussion: Growth In An Election Year

3.00 pm to 3.45 pm

CEO panel: Dealing With Disruption

3.45 pm to 4.00 pm

Coffee break

4.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Q&A with Marshall Goldsmith

4.30 pm to 5.15 pm

CEO panel: Navigating Dilemmas

5.15 pm to 5.30 pm

Coffee break

5.30 pm to 6.15 pm

Entrepreneur panel: Against All Odds

6.15 pm to 6.45 pm

Corporate Karma

7.00 pm to 9.30 pm

Charity Walk, cocktails and dinner