6th-8th December 2019

Grand Hyatt, Kochi, Bolgatty

A marked growth slowdown - both at home and abroad - and rising geopolitical tensions make this a testing period for business. Equally, companies must start gearing up for the next upturn, which could come sooner than many expect. IMA’s 2019 CEO Roundtable aims to set the context for what CEOs should expect from the operating environment as a new year rolls in.

Principal Sponsor


Agenda


7:30pm

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

  • Welcome Dinner

11:30am–1:00pm

Adit Jain, Editorial Director, IMA India

  • The Economy: India in the Context of
    a Changing World
A few important trends are shaping the global economy – some of these stem from economic changes, others from geopolitical considerations and some lie in the realm of business and management. These are all the more critical in the context of full-on global trade wars, an approaching slowdown in the advanced economies, and continuing stress within the Chinese economy.

We will begin the 2019 CEO Roundtable with an assessment of global mega trends as Adit Jain explains the shifts taking place and their implications for business. He will also comment on India’s medium-term economic prospects in the context of a renewed mandate for the Modi Government. Adit is IMA’s Editorial Director and has authored over a thousand pieces on business and policy issues over the years.

1:00pm–2:00pm

Discussion Break

  • Discussion Break

2:00pm–3:30pm

Anuradha Das Mathur, Founding Dean, Vedica Scholars Programme for Women

  • Diversity and Inclusion: More
    than Buzzwords

The gender debate in India is not a gentle one. It is a nation which consistently has one of the world's lowest labour participation rates for women. Co-founded by Anuradha Das Mathur, the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women seeks to change the narrative. Vedica is an 18-month residential alternative to a traditional MBA programme solely for women whose goal is to ensure that its students are equipped intellectually and emotionally to climb the ladder of social and economic independence in the workplace. Anuradha will share a perspective beyond the conventional D&I conversation, busting popular myths about women and explaining what we need to do to evolve into a gender-egalitarian society.

0:00pm–0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

7:00pm–8:30pm

Pradeep Sangwan, Founder and Promoter, Healing Himalayas Foundation

  • Inspiring Change
(This session will be hosted over snacks and cocktails)
Pradeep Sangwan is an adventurist who trekked the Himalayas as a youngster and was appalled to see the mounds of litter left behind by careless travellers and an apathetic administration. He founded the ‘Healing Himalayas Foundation’ with a mission to restore India’s prized mountain range to its pristine glory. The idea took birth a decade ago and today, several campaigns later, his organisation has cleared almost 400,000 kg of waste from the Himalayas. Pradeep will share the challenges he faced and the successes he achieved in his difficult but fulfilling journey.

8:30pm

Dinner

  • Dinner



11:30am–1:00pm

Gautam Bambawale, former Ambassador to China, former High Commissioner to Pakistan

  • The Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy

India’s relations with China have never been easy and in recent years, the going has only got harder. China has assumed a more assertive stance while India has sought to push back under a more decisive administration. The other side of this coin is Pakistan, a near-dysfunctional state propped up by Chinese support, with whom India no longer wishes to brook purposeless dialogue. How is India’s policy vis-à-vis its two most important neighbours likely to evolve? Gautam Bambawale is an authority on both, having recently retired as India’s Ambassador to China in 2018 and previously as High Commissioner to Pakistan in 2017, and will share an insider’s perspective.

1:00pm–2:00pm

Luncheon

  • Luncheon

2:00pm–3:30pm

Jairam Ramesh, Indian National Congress

  • India’s Changing Political Dynamics

On the face of it, the Congress stands decimated and its leadership in disarray after the 2019 election. India’s entire political opposition now operates in a dramatically reduced space, edged out by the thumping victory of the Narendra Modi-led BJP. How is this equation likely to change in the coming years? Is federalist politics likely to take on a new shape given that, at least at a regional level, there still exist many significant players? Jairam Ramesh is a veteran of Indian politics having seen many parties and coalitions rise and then fade away over the years. He remains amongst the few with the acumen to analyse the past dispassionately and contemplate the future wisely.

0:00pm–0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

TBD

7:00pm–8:30pm

Mike Pandey, film maker, conservationist, wildlife photographer (This session will be hosted over snacks and cocktails)

  • Nature Matters: The Business Case for Conservation

Mike Pandey has won over 300 awards for his work to spread awareness about biodiversity and conservation of species such as whale sharks, elephants, tigers, vultures and horseshoe crabs. Many of his films have won the ‘Wildscreen Panda Award’, ‘the Green Oscar’, but have also had a real impact on society – one led to the ban on the killing of whale sharks on Indian shores, another ensured the termination of cruel and outdated techniques of elephant capture in India. Join Mike in a what promises to be a fascinating journey through the lens of a wildlife photographer.

8:30pm

Dinner

  • Dinner

9:00am-10:30am

Captain Raghu Raman, Author, Columnist and Visiting Faculty

  • Leadership Lessons from
    the Armed Forces
The military offer lessons in leadership like no other form of human organisation. Virtually any situation that individuals or organisations might face have already been encountered and resolved within the armed forces. The Army grooms its leaders to take men into battle without pay hikes, ESOPs or material incentives. They are expected to deliver each and every time and the price of failure is high. Former Army officer Captain Raghu Raman will share lessons in leadership forged in the unforgiving climes of the Siachen glacier, considered by many as the hardest military posting in the world.

10:30am-11:00am

Discussion Break

  • Discussion Break

11:00am-12:30pm

Rahul Bhasin, Managing Partner, Barings Private Equity Partners

  • Living Fully and Longer
Healthy living and a balanced lifestyle is about a lot more than complicated diets, rigorous exercise routines, ‘balancing work and life’, and so on. It begins with a first-principles-based understanding of how the human body functions – why it weakens and how it can be strengthened. Disillusioned with the conflicting and often ineffective advise thrown about by self-styled experts and even medical doctors, Rahul Bhasin has invested considerable time and energy researching this subject. He will share insights from his work that can help us all live better and longer.

12:30pm

Brunch & Close

  • Brunch and Close



Children are welcome to join the Partners Programme in the daytime activities (except formal conclave sessions). As indicated at the time of registration, dinner functions are however ‘adults only’ and we would request you to ensure that alternate arrangements have been made– please contact the hotel for baby-sitting facilities if required. The programme mentioned above is intended to provide a holistic set of activities that are both entertaining and interactive. This is however completely optional – partner participants are welcome to plan independent of this programme if desired. Please inform the IMA team of the same if so. All speakers, sessions and timings are tentative and subject to ongoing confirmation. Dress Code : Informal/smart casual, also for the evenings.


SPEAKERS

DAYS

SESSIONS

PARTICIPANTS



Speakers


Adit Jain

Chairman and Editorial Director,IMA India, Economic analyst, conservationist, wildlife photographer



Anuradha Das Mathur

Founding Dean, Vedica Scholars Programme for Women



Pradeep Sangwan

Founder and Promoter, Healing Himalayas Foundation





Gautam Bambawale

former Ambassador to China, former High Commissioner to Pakistan



Jairam Ramesh

Indian National Congress



Mike Pandey

film maker, conservationist, wildlife photographer



Captain Raghu Raman

Author, Columnist and Visiting Faculty



Rahul Bhasin

Managing Partner, Barings Private Equity Partners







Partners' Programme


7:30pm

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

  • Welcome Dinner
TBD

0:00am-0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD
TBD

0:00pm-0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

0:00pm-0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD
TBD

0:00pm-0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

TBD

0:00pm-0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

TBD

0:00pm

TBD

  • Cocktails and Dinner

0:00am-0:00am

TBD

  • TBD

0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

0:00am–0:00am

TBD

  • TBD
TBD
TBD

TBD

0:00am–0:00am

TBD

  • TBd

0:00am–0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD

TBD

0:00pm

TBD

  • TBD



Children are welcome to join the Partners Programme in the daytime activities (except formal conclave sessions). As indicated at the time of registration, dinner functions are however ‘adults only’ and we would request you to ensure that alternate arrangements have been made– please contact the hotel for baby-sitting facilities if required. The programme mentioned above is intended to provide a holistic set of activities that are both entertaining and interactive. This is however completely optional – partner participants are welcome to plan independent of this programme if desired. Please inform the IMA team of the same if so. All speakers, sessions and timings are tentative and subject to ongoing confirmation. Dress Code : Informal/smart casual, also for the evenings.

IMA Conferences

IMA’s Roundtables are an unrivalled hub of high-quality insight and invaluable networking. Our speakers, a mix of visionaries and industry stalwarts, ensure that these platforms are among India’s leading meeting grounds for industry Every summer for the last five – and every winter for the last twenty two years - we have taken a close group of a 100 of our members to an offsite location to brainstorm the near to medium term outlook for our operating environment.

Agenda

The Roundtable will think through prospects for India, the economy, and for its businesses. It will consider the global environment and the most crucial issue of big economic shifts as the world’s financial and fiscal environment changes, and as geo-politics remains in flux. India is in the year before the country’s next general elections already and the Forum will think through how India’s political environment, on the basis of which policy direction will be set, might pan out in our states, and at the Centre. At a secular, no less important level, digitalisation is changing organisational structures; and talent pool expectations. It will ask of new – and renewed - promises from leaders as shifts in how organisations will be formed and built transform the nature of leadership. Everything changes. Nothing changes. That is the operating paradigm and knowing what to sustain, and what to change, is the key.

About the Host City

Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.

Kochi has a typical tropical climate. Temperatures range between 30°C and 35°C during daytime and around 24°C during night. Kochi is one of the first places to experience the heavy Monsoon showers starting by mid of May. Kochi experiences heavy rainfall between mid of May to first week of September. Day time temperatures during the monsoon fall to between 25°C and 30°C during these months.

Get in Touch

    We would love to hear from you.