Host Speakers

Ashish Saraf

Head, Airbus Helicopters, India

Mr. Ashish Saraf is the head of Airbus Helicopters, India and South Asia. He is driving the company’s existing ‘Make in India’ initiatives and is conceiving new ones across all its three business units in order to increase their industrial footprint in India. Prior to joining Airbus, Mr Saraf headed the Tata–Sikorsky joint venture in Hyderabad, and was also responsible for Sikorsky’s offsets, industrialisation and strategic partnership initiatives in India. Mr Saraf started his career at Dassault Systemes, followed by Deloitte Consulting. Ashish holds a post graduate diploma in business (marketing) management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, a diploma in managing for execution from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.


Naushad Akhter Ansari

Joint Managing Director, Jindal Steel & Power

Mr Ansari began his career with Tata Steel in 1974 and worked there in various capacities for 34 years. At Tata Steel, he worked largely for modernising the steel plant and developed expertise in managing large projects. He joined JSPL group as executive director at Patratu unit in 2008. At Patratu, he was instrumental in successfully commissioning two rolling mills of a combined capacity of 1.6 MTPA. Subsequently, he became executive director-in charge of JSPL Raigarh and whole-time director of JSPL-India, the group flagship that produces over 3 MTPA of steel through an integrated route. Under his leadership, the Raigarh plant not only achieved the rated capacity, but went beyond it. He was also actively involved in setting up and turning around of Shadeed Iron &Steel Co. Mr Ansari completed his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from AMU in 1974. He has also pursued management courses from Wharton School of Business, INSEAD and the ISB.


V Vaidyanathan

CEO, IDFC First Bank

He earned his spurs as a banker at ICICI & now heads IDFC First Bank after his NBFC Capital First merged with IDFC Bank. 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 major 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 1.35 trillion.