Chairman, Managing Director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company, no one in India qualifies the tag of the ‘greatest business magnate’ more suitably than Mukesh Ambani. A chemical engineer by qualification, he helped build Reliance into a global conglomerate under the guidance of his father, Dhirubhai Ambani.
Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, which is among the top 10 industrial houses in India, Anand Mahindra has grown the group into a global, socially-responsible and environment-friendly conglomerate. Forbes India christened him the Federator, and he has been named among the 25 most powerful business people in Asia by Fortune.
An actor and producer whose success and popularity are rare by every standard, Shah Rukh Khan has been described as the ‘world’s biggest movie star.’ Co-chairman of Red Chillies Entertainment and co-owner of the IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Khan also runs a formidable business empire.
The only player to score 100 international centuries; the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International; a record-holder for the most number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket; and the only cricketer to complete more than 30,000 runs in international games – Sachin Tendulkar made his debut at the age of 11 and retired from international cricket, a national hero.
Taking over the family empire at 28 – after the sudden loss of his legendary father, Aditya Vikram Birla – Kumar Mangalam Birla has proven to be one of India Inc’s brightest minds. An alumnus of London Business School, he is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group and chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science.
Chairman of Wipro Limited, Azim Premji is the fourth wealthiest Indian and a committed philanthropist. Under his leadership, a family business of oil manufacturing was grown into a software firm that ushered the IT revolution into India. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, he was the first Indian to sign the Giving Pledge, led by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Chairman of the Godrej Group and head of the distinguished Godrej family, Adi Godrej oversees a brand that touches the lives of 470 million customers, and is one of India’s most iconic. A graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Godrej has played a pivotal role in both the company’s and country’s growth.
Known as one of the smartest dealmakers in India, Ajay Piramal, chairman of the Piramal Group has turned a family-run textile business into one of the most profitable and diverse enterprises in the country. He was recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Healthcare & Life Sciences category by Ernst & Young in 2006 as well as India Innovator of the Year 2008
Founder-chairman and group CEO of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Mittal is a visionary and path-breaking entrepreneur. The group’s flagship venture, Bharti Airtel, is a global player in telecommunications. Mittal is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, and is vice-chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Winner of a teenage beauty pageant, Tina Ambani was spotted on the cover of a magazine by the legendary Dev Anand who gave her the proverbial movie break. Post her marriage with the younger Ambani scion, Anil, she worked dedicatedly for the Harmony Foundation – a Reliance outfit that deals with silver citizens. But her most significant contribution perhaps was the building of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in 2009, one of the finest medical facilities in the country today.
Non-executive chairman on the board of directors of the HDFC Bank, Deepak Parekh joined the bank in 1978 and is a respected, influential leader in Indian industry. He serves on the board of companies like Castrol India, Unilever India and Mahindra & Mahindra. A Padma Bhushan recipient, he was also the first to be feted with the Corporate Award for Life-time Achievement by the Economic Times.
Cofounder and chairman emeritus of Infosys, NR Narayana Murthy has been called the father of the Indian IT sector by Time magazine; and is listed as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of all time by Fortune. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Shri, Murthy has been on the boards of CICI Bank, DBS Bank, Unilever and NDTV.
Chairman of the Essel Group, and the visionary who launched India’s first satellite television channel, Zee TV, in 1992, Subhash Chandra has built an empire across sectors. He was an important player in the creation of TALEEM (Transnational Alternate Learning for Emancipation and Empowerment through Multimedia) to provide equal access to quality education and is chairman of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India.
Chairman of RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, he has built up a business empire that includes CESC-Limited, Saregama India, Spencer’s chain of stores, Philips Carbon Black, Harrisons Malayalam and Firstsource Solutions. At 39, Sanjiv Goenka was the youngest president of CII in 2001 and has been a part of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry.
Former Union Minister, Shashi Tharoor rose to the rank of Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations. He was also named Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Managing director of Bennett, Coleman & Co, Vineet Jain’s entrepreneurial skills have helped the group expand its interests successfully into the fields of radio, television and the digital medium, aside from establishing new brands in print as well. The Bombay Management Association recognised him as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 for this achievement.
A gamechanger in the field of Indian media, Samir Jain is vice-chairman of Bennett, Coleman & Co, the largest media group in the country. His philosophy of treating the advertiser, and not the reader, as the real customer, shifting the focus from journalism to business, has made the company India’s most profitable media group.
Economist, philosopher and professor at Harvard University, Nobel laureate and Bharat Ratna recipient Amartya Sen has been called ‘the Conscience of the Profession’ and ‘the Mother Teresa of Economics’ for his work on famine, human development theory, welfare economics, the underlying mechanisms of poverty, gender inequality and political liberalism.
Synonymous with the growth and success of ICICI where KV Kamath spent his entire working life, he is credited with making it one of India’s most technology forward banks. He led ICICI in the expansion to retail services, and was instrumental in the launch of ICICI Bank. He is now non-executive chairman at ICICI Bank and Infosys, where he is also a lead independent director.
The managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar has spent her entire career at the firm, having joined it in 1984. She has been credited with being a key player in establishing the bank and growing its business and influence. Kochhar is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and was top-ranked Indian woman in Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women of Asia-Pacific.
A communications graduate from Boston University, Anuradha Mahindra is the founder and publisher of Verve magazine, one of India’s leading lifestyle and fashion glossies. She worked in advertising and journalism for over 12 years before launching both Verve and Man’s World.
One of the cofounders of Infosys, Nandan Nilekani is an author and civic-minded influencer who has also been chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force, and has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.
Founder and Managing Director of Sun Pharmaceuticals, Dilip Shanghvi led his company to the fifth slot globally in the generic drugs market. The company was founded in 1983 as a manufacturer of psychiatric drugs and is today the largest and most valuable drug company in India. In 2015, he was named India’s richest man, based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranking.
An alumnus of Indiana University; in Bloomington, USA, Ranveer Singh started his career as a copywriter with advertising agencies like O&M and JWT before acting in films. For his debut, Band Baaja Baaraat, he received the Annual Central European Bollywood Award, Lions Gold Award, Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award, the Global Indian Film and TV Honours and the TICCI Frames Excellence Honours, amongst others.
The first daughter of the blue-blooded Kapoor family of Bollywood to become an actor, Karisma Kapoor drew on her lineage – she is the legendary Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter – to forge an enviable career, full of commercial and critical success. For her sensitive performances in Fiza and Zubeidaa, she won accolades at the Filmfare awards, and at the International Indian Film Academy.
Actor and style icon, Sonam Kapoor started her journey in Bollywood as an assistant to acclaimed filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2005. Sonam has won the Hello! Hall of Fame awards’ Face of the Year, 2011, GQ Woman of the Year and Vogue Beauty awards’ Beauty of the Year 2013.
Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist, Ronnie Screwvala started off as a local cable TV operator before establishing the UTV Group in 1990. He was Managing Director of Disney-UTV India, Managing Trustee of the Swades Foundation and founder and advisor at Unilazer Ventures Ltd.
The multi-faceted Karan Johar – who is a director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and talk-show host – is one of Bollywood’s brightest minds. His directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, was a critical and commercial success, now considered a classic. He was on the list of World Economic Forum’s 250 Global Young Leaders in 2006.
Founder and former controlling shareholder and managing director of the Network18 group until the group’s takeover by Reliance, Raghav Bahl is an author and a force to reckon with in the media landscape. He founded Quintillion Media after exiting Network 18 and launched The Quint, a mobile-first news service platform.
Founder–chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc, he capitalised on the government’s disinvestment programme to incorporate Vedanta and was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. Inspired by Bill Gates and the Dalai Lama, he has pledged 75 percent of his family’s wealth to charity.
Ex-CEO and MD of software giant, Infosys, Vishal Sikka pursued a doctoral programme at Stanford University and had a brief stint at Xerox’s research labs. He is the founder of iBrain and Bodha.com. He is credited for creating the concept of ‘timeless software.’ He also served as a member of the advisory board for Coghead, among others.
International cricketer; and an all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh has played for India in ODI's since 2000 and in Test matches since 2003. He was Vice-captain of the Indian ODI team in 2007. On being diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Yuvraj fought back to make his international comeback in a T20 match against New Zealand shortly before the 2012 World T20. Yuvraj has been conferred with the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.
A flamboyant and original business tycoon, Vijay Mallya is chairman of the UB Group, whose interests range from alcohol to real estate. He co-owns the Formula One team Sahara Force India, the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore, the I-League teams Mohun Bagan AC and East Bengal FC and is a member of the World Motor Sport Council, representing India in the FIA.
Director of Reliance Retail and Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd, Akash Ambani is a graduate in Economics from Brown University. Passionate about technology and a sports enthusiast, he has been involved with the family-owned IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians.
Isha Ambani graduated from Yale with double majors in Psychology and South Asian Studies. She is currently on the boards of Reliance Retail Ltd and Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd as a director. Before joining the family-run business, she worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company’s New York office.
Son of Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej, Pirojsha Godrej is the Managing Director and CEO, Godrej Properties Limited. He has worked as additional private secretary to the Minister of State for External Affairs in 2003 and was a summer intern in the office of then-senator Hillary Clinton in 2002.
Chief strategy officer and a member of the board at Wipro Limited, Rishad Premji heads the investor relations and corporate affairs departments at the firm. He was responsible for Wipro’s foray into origination and loan servicing and is the driving force behind Wipro Ventures.
Executive director at Godrej Consumer Products, Nisaba Godrej leads the innovation strategy for the company. She also oversees the corporate strategy and human capital functions for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies, and drives the group’s ‘Good and Green’ (CSR) initiatives. Nisaba is also on the Board of Directors of Godrej Consumer Products, Godrej Agrovet and Teach for India.
Daughter of Samir Jain, Trishla Jain is a self-taught contemporary artist; whose works are of the American Pop Movement School. She is a graduate of Stanford University; where she studied Literature, Poetry and Psychology. Jain has several art shows to her credit.
Neerja Birla is a zealous philanthropist and an integral part of the Aditya Birla World Academy and founder and chairperson of the Aditya Birla Integrated School for children with special needs and abilities. She also serves on the boards of several non-profit organisations including Pratham, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Akanksha.
Tanya Dubash is executive director and president (marketing) of the Godrej Group. Dubash is chairperson of the successful Godrej Nature’s Basket chain of stores and is a director of several of the group’s companies. She is also on the board of Bhartiya Mahila Bank; AIESEC and is a trustee of Brown University.
One of Hollywood’s most beloved and successful stars, Goldie Hawn is an actor, director and producer. A trained ballet dancer, she started her acting career with sitcoms such as Rowan and Martin’s Laugh (1967). She won her first Academy Award for Cactus Flower in 1969, and she runs the Hawn Foundation, which helps youth do better academically.
CEO and President of MasterCard Inc, Ajay Banga was the only person of Indian-origin on Harvard Magazine’s annual list of the world’s best-performing CEO's in 2014. He was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2015 and he chairs the IS-India Business Council.
India’s most sought-after corporate lawyer, Cyril Shroff was the force behind India’s largest and most renowned law firm, the erstwhile Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. Following a split between the siblings, Shroff recently launched his new firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (cam). He has also been on the boards of various successful firms like Marico, ACC, Reliance Infrastructure, Grasim Industries and IDBI Capital Market Services, among others.
In her four-decade-long career, Vinita Bali has worked with industry giants such as Cadbury, Coca-Cola and Britannia Industries; where she was managing director. The force behind the Britannia Nutrition Foundation, she now focuses on developmental work; which is mostly centred on nutrition.
Mira Nair is an internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and global citizen. With films such asMonsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!, and The Namesake to her credit, her production company, Mirabai Films; is known for films that delve deep into a specific socio-cultural context, while remaining universal in appeal.
Chairperson and editorial director of Hindustan Times Media, Shobhana Bhartia is credited with pivoting the company from only publishing newspapers; to becoming a full-fledged media powerhouse with presence in radio, digital media and education. She has been a member of the Rajya Sabha, pro chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science; and a recipient of the Global Leader of Tomorrow award by the World Economic Forum.
Crowned Miss India and Miss World in 2000, Priyanka Chopra made her acting debut in a Tamil film Tamizhaan in 2002. A National Film award-winner, she is also a successful singer, producer and has made her television debut on American screens with Quantico. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights for UNICEF and is one of the highest-paid Bollywood stars in recent times.
An IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus and currently CEO and Managing Director of Axis Bank, Shikha Sharma began her career with ICICI Bank in 1980 and served as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company for over a decade. She was featured in Finance Asia’s Top 20 Women in Finance in 2011 and the Forbes List of Asia’s 50 Power Business Women in 2012.
Independent director on the board of Wipro since 1997, Padma Bhushan recipient and a giant in the world of banking, Narayanan Vaghul is one of the most respected bankers and philanthropists in the country today. He was appointed chairman of the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (now ICICI bank) in 1985 and continues today as its Non-Executive Chairman.
A graduate of journalism from Northwestern University, Anupama Chopra is one of India’s most respected film writers and critics . Her television show, The Front Row with Anupama Chopra and her online channel, Film Companion, are popular and acclaimed for the quality of content and film related analysis.
A professional tennis player since 1995, Mahesh Bhupathi was the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament, and one of eight players, internationally, to have won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. With his former partner, Leander Paes, Bhupathi won six ATP doubles titles in 1997 and three doubles titles, including the French Open and Wimbledon, in 1999.
Siddharth Roy Kapur is credited with encouraging and fostering new trends in Indian cinema as a visionary producer. As CEO of Motion Pictures for UTV, he was responsible for producing and marketing movies such as Rang De Basanti, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Jodhaa Akbar, Fashion, Aamir, Dev D, Kaminey, Udaan, Peepli (Live) and Barfi!
Javed Akhtar is one of the most respected names in the Hindi film industry today. Forming an invincible team with Salim Khan, the writer duo stormed into the 70s with their firebrand scripts and dialogue writing, and remained on top of their game right through the next decade. A Rajya Sabha member, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu.
Her work with Kareena Kapoor Khan, which led to the actor setting off the Size Zero phenomenon in India, first brought nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar into the limelight. She is now the best-selling author of two books, Don’t Lose your Mind, Lose your Weight1 and Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha.
A theatre actor who started her career with Jana Natya Manch, Nandita Das has won countless accolades and awards for her performances in films such as Fire, Earth and Bawandar. Das has been chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India and was on the main jury at Cannes Film Festival in 2005.
Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck By Chance a film which won her the Filmfare award for Best Debut Director. Success was close on her heels when her next film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, won her not just the Best Director award from Filmfare, but also from IIFA, Zee Cine Awards and Apsara. She belongs to the current crop of young filmmakers who seem to have caught the pulse of the generation impeccably.
An investment banker who is now one of Bollywood’s most popular actors, Parineeti Chopra studied business, finance and economics at Manchester Business School. She won a Filmfare award for her debut performance in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. Her work in her second movie, Ishaqzaade, earned her a Special Mention at the National Film Awards.
CEO of HSBC India, Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School. She has had a stellar career in banking, having worked with Price Waterhouse, ANZ Grindlays, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered. She was the first woman president of FICCI, and is a global advisor to Harvard Business School. She has been conferred the Padma Shri.
Vice-chairperson of Piramal Enterprises Ltd, Swati Piramal is involved in healthcare, focusing on public health and innovation. As director of the Piramal Foundation, she helps promote health in rural India with HMRI – a mobile health service. She was elected the first woman president in 90 years of ASSOCHAM and has served on the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Council.
Called the ‘Mother of the Biotech revolution in India,’ Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw founded Biocon in a garage and led it to become a multi-million dollar bio-pharma firm. She was honoured with the Othmer Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry, as well as Germany’s Keihl Institute Global Economy Prize for achievements in business.Kiran Mazumdar Shaw speaks on Sudha Murty, Yasmeen Premji, and Indra Nooyi
A successful actor and producer, Saif Ali Khan stands out as one of Bollywood’s most versatile. The son of actor Sharmila Tagore and legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, he had his first hit in 1994 with Main Khiladi tu Anari. His work in Dil Chahta Hain, 2001 won him more popular and critical acclaim. He was awarded the National Award for his performance in Hum Tum. He founded his production company, Illuminati Films, in 2009 and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010.Saif Ali Khan speaks on Kareena Kapoor Khan
Former chairman of Unilever India and a board member of Unilever Plc, Ashok Shekhar Ganguly, cbe, spent 35 years with the company. A member of the Rajya Sabha, and Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan recipient, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai.Ashok Sekhar Ganguly speaks on Anu Aga
Former managing director of Nokia India, D Shivakumar serves as PepsiCo’s chairman and ceo for the India region. An engineer from iit Chennai and an alumnus of iim-Calcutta, he has also worked with consumer electronics maker Philips and consumer goods firm Hindustan Unilever. He is credited for Nokia’s user base escalation from 80 million to about 900 million under his tenure.D Shivakumar speaks on Indra Nooyi
Celebrated for his modern interpretation of traditional crafts and textiles, Manish Malhotra is one of the country’s most successful fashion designers. He has set trends with his styling and costume design for actors like Sridevi, Urmila Matondkar, Karisma Kapoor, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. Internationally, his designs have been worn by Reese Witherspoon, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, among others.Manish Malhotra speaks on Kareena Kapoor Khan
A successful fashion designer, Tarun Tahiliani co-founded Ensemble – India’s first multi-designer boutique – in 1987. He started his professional journey by joining the family business in oilfield equipment, only to give it up and eventually establish his own design studio in 1990. He is the first Indian designer to have been invited to showcase at the Milan Fashion Week.Tarun Tahiliani speaks on Anamika Khanna
Founding member of the Fashion Design Council of India, the first global brand ambassador of Swarovski and a fine art photographer, JJ Valaya founded the luxury fashion and lifestyle hub House of Valaya in 1992. A graduate in fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, he trained under the talented Rohit Khosla before venturing out on his own.JJ Valaya speaks on Ritu Kumar
A mechanical engineer from iit Kanpur who started his career with ici in India, Ranjit Shahani is managing director and vice-chairman of Novartis India Ltd. He also served as the president of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India and for the Swiss Indian Chamber of Commerce, India.Ranjit Shahani speaks on Rajashree Birla and Swati Piramal
In a career spanning top positions at companies such as Tata Administrative Services, Unilever India and Johnson and Johnson, Hasit Joshipura is now vice-president, South Asia and managing director, India with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, and chairman of the gsk board in Sri Lanka. A graduate of iim-Ahmedabad, he earned his doctorate from the School of Management, at iit Bombay.Hasit Joshipura speaks on Swati Piramal and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
A chartered accountant, Nimesh Kampani is founder-chairman of jm Financial Group; his work spans the worlds of investment banking, trading, research, alternative asset management, etc. He has played a pivotal role in developing the Indian capital markets, and is a sought-after advisor by corporates. He is on the boards of several companies, such as Apollo Tyres, Ranbaxy, Britannia, etc and serves on committees instituted by sebi, cii, nse and ficci, among others.Nimesh Kampani speaks on Naina Lal Kidwai
In a 50-year career at Tata Group, starting in 1963, RK Krishnakumar held key positions across its companies and was a confidant of two of its most important luminaries – Darbari Seth and chairman emeritus Ratan Tata. Krishnakumar was part of the transformation of the company into a $100-billion global conglomerate. A crisis manager par excellence, he helped steer the group through the Assam crisis in 1997 and the terrorist attacks on its flagship Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai in 2008.RK Krishnakumar speaks on Indra Nooyi
Entrepreneur, business author and cofounder of the global it services company Mindtree, Subroto Bagchi started his professional life as a clerk in the Industries Department of the Government of Odisha. By the early-80s, he entered the computer industry and worked for several companies in functions of sales, marketing and operations. He went on to become the chief executive of Wipro’s Global r&d, before working with Chairman Azim Premji as corporate vp, Mission Quality. In 1999, he, along with nine others founded Mindtree.Subroto Bagchi speaks on Sudha Murty
Considered the founding father of Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest and most successful car company, RC Bhargava is the company’s former ceo and current non-executive chairman. He joined Maruti as managing director in 1981, and played a vital role in the production of the first batch of 192 Maruti 800s. An alumnus of Williams College, Massachusetts, and a former ias officer, he is on the boards of several companies.RC Bhargava speaks on Shobhana Bhartia
The connoisseur of fashion, luxury and lifestyle products (made in India), Sunil Sethi has been credited to have introduced more than 25 Indian fashion designers to the international platform.Sunil Sethi speaks on Ritu Kumar
A serial entrepreneur, developer and manager, Jaydev Mody’s business interests include gaming, hospitality, textiles, real estate and magnet manufacturing. In a career of more than 25 years, he has held roles such as chairman of Arrow Webtex and Arrow Textiles, non-executive chairman of Delta Corp, and non-executive chairman of Delta Magnets Limited, of which he is also a director.Jaydev Mody speaks on Zia Mody
A Computing Innovations Fellow at mit and a doctoral student at Harvard University, Rohan Murty was executive assistant to his father Narayana Murthy at Infosys. He is responsible for the establishment of the Murty Classical Library at Harvard, and plays an important role at Catamaran Ventures, the $127-million fund set up by his family.Rohan Murty speaks on Sudha Murty
Padma Bhushan recipient for his contribution to the field of affordable healthcare, cardiac surgeon and philanthropist, Devi Prasad Shetty is chairman and founder of Narayana Health (formerly Narayana Hrudayalaya). He is also the brain behind Yeshasvini – the world’s cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme at Rs10 per month, for the poor farmers of Karnataka.Devi Prasad Shetty speaks on Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Second-generation lawyer, Bahram Vakil worked with Little & Co. for 20 years before joining hands with Zia Mody’s czm. Known for his expertise in infrastructure and project finances and awarded the King of the Power Sector by Chambers & Partners, he went on to cofound azb with Zia Mody and is one of three founder-partners of the law firm.Bahram Vakil speaks on Zia Mody
Former attorney-general of India and one of the most seasoned voices in the legal world, Soli Sorabjee was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his defence of freedom of expression and the protection of human rights. He has been associated with Transparency International and is convenor of the Minority Rights Group, the un Human Rights Commission, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, to name only a few.Soli Sorabjee speaks on Zia Mody
One of India’s finest business historians and a prolific author, Gita Piramal is managing editor of The Smart Manager and was the Bombay correspondent for the Financial Times. She has been the associate dean of isb Interactive, publishing arm of the Indian School of Business, and is a consulting editor at World Executive’s Digest.Gita Piramal speaks on Rajashree Birla, Yasmeen Premji, Anu Aga and Zia Mody
The daughter of West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards and Indian actor Neena Gupta, Masaba Gupta held her first fashion show at 19, at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in 2010. Known for her innovative, practical yet dramatic and immensely wearable designs, Gupta was the youngest fashion director at Satya Paul at 24.Masaba Gupta speaks on Anamika Khanna and Ritu Kumar
Winning the All-England Championship in 1980 – the first Indian to do so – made Prakash Padukone a badminton player to reckon with on the global scene. The former coach of the Indian badminton team, he has been chairman of the Badminton Association of India and now runs the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore.Prakash Padukone speaks on Saina Nehwal
The fashion features director of Vogue India, Bandana Tewari was one of the first employees of the magazine. Having contributed to almost every leading fashion magazine and newspaper through her career, she made a formidable name for herself in the fraternity and was titled ‘Fashion Journalist of the Year’ at the Fashion Awards in 2006.Bandana Tiwari speaks on Anamika Khanna
Alumnus of US' Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and Managing Director of Lokmat Media Limited, Devendra Darda is primarily involved in the Group's new business development and formulation of expansion and growth strategies. He was also associated with Jareva Technologies as a Business Development Manager. Affiliated with the Young President's Organization, Indian Newspaper Society and South Asian Regional Committee and INCA-FIEJ Research Association, he was also part of former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's high-level delegation to several summits.Devendra Darda speaks on Jyotsna Darda
Stylist, choreographer, and fashion and image consultant, Prasad Bidapa has been one of the pillars of Indian fashion. His keen eye and ability to spot talent have made stars out of Deepika Padukone, Dino Morea, Lara Dutta and Anushka Sharma amongst others.Prasad Bidapa speaks on Anamika Khanna
One of India’s finest contemporary artists, Krishen Khanna is self-taught, having turned to art after a 14-year career in banking. He was the first Indian artist to be granted a Rockefeller Fellowship. His artistic vocabulary includes influences of Abstract Expressionism, Christian imagery, music and mythology. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Kala Ratna.Krishen Khanna speaks on Swati Piramal
Arun Vadehra is credited with founding the Vadehra Art Gallery in 1987, with a small group of artists and turning it into a formidable national art hub over the years. He was said to have been enticed by the world of art while working on the interiors of the Taj Group of Hotels. He worked relentlessly thereafter, to bring international exposure to Indian art and even took up private-public partnerships in the arena of cultureArun Vadehra speaks on Anjolie Ela Menon
A designer who has always walked the middle path between form and function, tradition and modernity, Kavita Bhartia started her multi-designer store, Ogaan, in 1989 and launched her label in 2001. Now, Ogaan is considered one of the finest stores for the best of Indian design, and Bhartia’s own label is celebrated commercially and editorially.Kavita Bhartia speaks on Ritu Kumar
Padma Bhushan recipient and India’s pioneer designer, scenographer and art curator, Rajeev Sethi was mentored by American designers Ray and Charles Eames before he started working at the studio of French designer, Pierre Cardin. He is credited for designing Delhi’s first discotheque, Cellar, at Connaught Place in 1960 and the Art Walk at the T2 terminal in Mumbai.Rajeev Sethi speaks on Ritu Kumar and Indu Jain
Vice-president, marketing and communications, Christian Dior Couture India, Kalyani Chawla started off as the company’s brand ambassador in the country. She is considered a style icon, and is an important part of Dior’s market positioning and pr activities.Kalyani Chawla speaks on Anamika Khanna
Sooni Taraporevala is a screenwriter, director and photographer. A Padma Shri recipient, she was also awarded the Golden Osella (Best Original Screenplay) at the Venice Film Festival, for Mississippi Masala, directed by friend and long-time collaborator, Mira Nair. Her coffee table book, Parsis: the Zoroastrians of India – A Photographic Journey, is the first-ever visual work on India’s Parsi Zoroastrian community and has received considerable acclaim.Sooni Taraporevala speaks on Mira Nair
The director, producer and scriptwriter hit the limelight with his debut movie, Chandni Bar, which won a National Film award for Best Film on Social Issues. A school dropout who worked at a video cassette library, Madhur Bhandarkar learnt the art of filmmaking on the job. He has also won National Film awards for Page 3 and Traffic Signal. He is the recipient of the prestigious British honour, the Creative Spirit and Visionary Director’s Award for 2013-14.Madhur Bhandarkar speaks on Priyanka Chopra
A respected member of the Indian theatre and film fraternity, Feroz Abbas Khan is a talented and visionary playwright, screenwriter and director. Khan is best known for Tumhari Amrita, his adaptation of AR Gurney’s Love Letters, which was performed for decades by Shabana Azmi and the late Farooq Sheikh. His debut film was Gandhi, My Father, which won the Special Jury and Best Screenplay awards at the National Film awards.Feroz Abbas Khan speaks on Shabana Azmi
Management consultant, former member of the Planning Commission of India, former chairman, India, of the Boston Consulting Group, Arun Maira spent 25 illustrious years at the Tata Administrative Services, and was also leader of global organisation practice at a subsidiary of Arthur D Little.Arun Maira speaks on Anu Aga
Editor-in-chief of the Hindustan Times, Sanjoy Narayan is a veteran writer, reporter and editor. He has been the editor of Business Today, and was responsible for the launch of Brand Equity; he was also the chief operating officer of the India Today Group, Digital.Sanjoy Narayon speaks on Shobhana Bhartia
Armed with a Master’s degree in Performance and Creative Research from the University of Roehampton, London, and an enviable lineage – he is the son of Mallika Sarabhai and grandson of Mrinalini Sarabhai, both legendary danseuses – Revanta Sarabhai is a dancer, choreographer, actor and multimedia artist, who tours with the Darpana Performing Group. He has worked as an independent dancer and choreographer in Europe, and heads arts education and training at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts.Revanta Sarabhai speaks on Mallika Sarabhai
Originally a writer in Odiya, Susmita Bagchi’s very first book – a collection of short stories – won her the state Sahitya Akademi Award. Many of her works have been translated and published in English and Hindi and other regional languages. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Utkal Samman, the Prajatantra Award and the Gangadhar Rath Foundation Award.Susmita Bagchi speaks on Yasmeen Premji
Imran Mirza started his career as a sports journalist before moving on to the printing business. He introduced his older daughter, Sania, to tennis and encouraged her to play competitively, on the international circuit in 2003.Imran Mirza speaks on Sania Mirza
ceo of Teach for India, Shaheen Mistri made history when she established Akanksha Foundation at the age of 20. The Mumbai-based organisation has been lauded for its work with underprivileged children and street-children; it now has over 3500 students in 58 centres and six schools. Mistri has been associated with Ummeed, Thermax Foundation and Latika Roy Foundation, as well. She has been an Ashoka Fellow and was recognised as a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum.Shaheen Mistri speaks on Anu Aga
Siddharth Chopra is an entrepreneur who owns two pub lounges in Pune. His plans include launching a production house focused on television shows.Siddharth Chopra speaks on Priyanka Chopra
Daughter of late Jyotsna Darda and Vijay Darda, Purva Kothari today is a successful jewellery designer. Her father is the chairman of the editorial board of Lokmat Media, while her late mother was its director and the much loved founder president of the Lokmat Sakhi Manch – an organisation based in Maharashtra and Goa working towards the empowerment of women. Purva founded Intrea jewels, a jewellery boutique with a high-profile clientele.Purva Kothari speaks on Jyotsna Darda
A psychologist with extensive experience in working with violent and emotionally disturbed children, Dinaz Stafford was born in London but grew up in Mumbai. It was while working with children that she met Mira Nair, who was then starting work on her first feature film, Salaam Bombay.Dinaz Stafford speaks on Mira Nair
Coach and director at Prakash Padukone Academy, U Vimal Kumar was an accomplished badminton champion who won the Indian National title, and served as the country’s chief national coach.U Vimal Kumar speaks on Saina Nehwal
At the 2012 London Olympics, Parupalli Kashyap made history as the first Indian male player to make it to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles badminton tournament. A student of the Gopichand Badminton Academy, he is an Arjuna Award winner. Kashyap won gold in the men’s singles at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and was the Icon Player of the Indian Badminton League team in 2013.Parupalli Kashyap speaks on Saina Nehwal
A badminton champion as a player and a coach, Pullela Gopichand is only the second Indian to have won the All England Open Championships in 2001.. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Dronacharya award and Arjuna award.Pullela Gopichand speaks on Saina Nehwal
The first-ever Indian woman to win a singles medal at the World Championships – marking India’s first singles medal since Prakash Padukone’s bronze win in 1983 – P.V. Sindhu is a national-level badminton player. She broke into the top twenty in the Badminton World Federation rankings and was third in the BWF Junior Rankings. A Padma Shri recipient, she was also the FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year in 2014.P.V. Sindhu speaks on Saina Nehwal
Lalita Gupte started her career at icici Bank where she played a pivotal role, and was a key player in the listing of its shares on New York Stock Exchange. She was named on Fortune’s list of 50 most powerful women in international business, and is a recipient of the 21st Century for Banking Finance and Banking award in 1997 from the Ladies Wing of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber.Lalita Gupte speaks on Anu Aga
One of India’s finest contemporary jewellery designers, Suhani Pittie is an alumnus of Gemological Institute of America. She was the first Indian jewellery designer to be showcased at Miami Fashion Week. Her work has been recognised by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and she was awarded the Young Women Achiever award by the ficci Ladies Organisation.Suhani Pittie speaks on Anamika Khanna
One of India’s finest dancers, choreographers and instructors, Mrinalini Sarabhai is a virtuoso performer of Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. She is the founder and director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, which offers training in dance, drama, music and puppetry. She trained at the Dalcroze School in Switzerland and at Santiniketan, under the tutelage of Rabindranath Tagore. She has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, and was the first Indian to be feted with the medal and diploma of the French Archives Internationales de la Danse.Mrinalini Sarabhai speaks on Mallika Sarabhai
Chairperson of Thermax, Meher Pudumjee holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science & Technology; she started out as a trainee in the firm, before taking over from her mother, Anu Aga. She is on the board of directors of Teach for India, and is an independent director at Crompton Greaves. She also works closely with the Akanksha Foundation, which provides underprivileged children with education.Meher Pudumjee speaks on Anu Aga
A veteran of over three decades with the hsbc Group, Aman Mehta is a banker of great repute and experience. He has also been associated with Max India, Emaar mgf Land, Tata Consultancy Services, Jet Airways (India), Godrej Consumer Products, Wockhardt Vedanta Resources Plc, Cairn India, pccw-hkt, and Indian School of Business in varied capacities.Aman Mehta speaks on Naina Lal Kidwai
In his career of two decades, Madhukar Kamath has led Mudra from being an advertising agency into becoming the DDB Mudra Group, which is a top integrated marketing communications firm. He played a key role in the acquisition of Mudra by DDB Worldwide, and in a stint as ceo of Bates India, also led to its acquisition by Clarion.Madhukar Kamath speaks on Indra Nooyi
The paternal force behind badminton champion Saina Nehwal’s success, Harvir Singh Nehwal is a scientist at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad. A badminton player and enthusiast himself, he has been key in building up and managing his daughter’s flourishing career.Harvir Singh Nehwal speaks on Saina Nehwal
Chairman of the Lotus Charitable Trust and the King George Memorial Committee, Zena Soli Sorabjee, married to India’s legal luminary Soli Sorabjee, is a social activist. Her involvement has ranged from rural education to transfer of technology to rural India. She is also associated with organisations like the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, the Guild for Service and the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India.Zena Soli Sorabjee speaks on Zia Mody
An alumnus of Delhi University, Onler Kom was president of the Kom student community, and an active student activist. As the husband of Olympian Mary Kom, he has been the force and support behind her success, and is now working with her on building a boxing academy.Onler Kom speaks on Mary Kom
Author, lecturer and reader in history, Kiran Datar has worked in the field of education for over four decades, in various roles such as officiating vice-chancellor and advisor at the University of Delhi, advisor of the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, and member of the advisory committee for the founding of Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar University. She is a recipient of the Mahila Shiromani award and Himotkarsh National Integration award for excellence in the field of education.Kiran Datar speaks on Anu Aga
With a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St Francis Xavier’s College, Hyderabad, Anam Mirza chose to become a stylist; her sister, Sania Mirza, the world No.1 women’s doubles tennis player, is her muse.Anam Mirza speaks on Sania Mirza
A landless farmer, Tonpa Kom worked hard to encourage his daughter, Mary, on her journey to becoming an Olympian boxer.Mangte Tonpa Kom speaks on Mary Kom
Internationally renowned classical dance virtuoso and choreographer Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair’s tutelage in classical dancing began at the age of eight in his hometown Kottakkal in Kerala. He came to Darpana Academy to train under Mrinalini Sarabhai and stayed on as resident artiste and faculty member, where he danced and worked with Mallika Sarabhai.Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair speaks on Mallika Sarabhai
An entrepreneur, urban planner and architect, PK Das is also the co-convenor of Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti, which works towards the protection of housing rights for slum-dwellers. His planning and architectural projects include schools, institutes, corporate offices and industrial units, residences and townships. He has been an influential force in Mumbai, especially, in the dialogues surrounding slum rehabilitation, city planning and the development of the coastline.PK Das speaks on Shabana Azmi