About The Event

Increasing geopolitical tensions, rising inflation, supply chain disruptions and unpredictable policy responses have only added to an already complex operating environment, making the task of a CEO all the more challenging. Excelling in this kind of a business climate requires resetting expectations, revisiting the business model, and retooling capabilities. IMA’s 2022 CEO Strategy Roundtable in Jaipur will review growth prospects and business opportunities, and the imperative of business transformation.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At the Ballroom, Hotel Leela Palace Jaipur

  • Registration and Welcome Lunch
Come together over lunch to kick-off the 2022 offsite, a weekend of shared learning or, as we prefer to call it – collective wisdom.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Adit Jain, Chairman and 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 while some lie in the realm of business and management. These are all the more critical in the context of supply chain disruptions, an approaching slowdown in the advanced economies, rising inflation and geopolitical volatility.

We will begin the 2022 CEO Strategy Roundtable with an assessment of global economic megatrends as Adit Jain explains the shifts taking place and their implications for business. He will also comment on India’s medium-term economic prospects. Adit is IMA’s Editorial Director and has authored over a thousand articles on business and policy issues over the years.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Discussion Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Lt General Deependra Singh Hooda, Retired General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command, Indian Army

  • India’s New Security Paradigm

Whilst India's superiority over Pakistan is clear, both economically and militarily, China is in another league. Some have argued that China has not fought a war in many years and its army has not been 'blooded', whereas India has been fighting in some capacity or the other quite regularly. But the fact remains, that there are many vulnerabilities in India’s national security apparatus whether in terms of equipment, supplies, technology or infrastructure. Despite this, the nation has moved towards a bolder and more assertive stance over issues of national security. How and to what extent is this backed by strategic, financial and technological support? What challenges face India, from a national security perspective, and how well is the nation equipped to deal with them?

Deependra Singh Hooda retired as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command, after forty years of service in the Indian Army. From 2012 to 2016, he was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, first as a Corps commander and then as the Northern Army Commander when he handled numerous strategic challenges along the China and Pakistan borders. He was the Army Commander during the Chumarand Demchok face-off along the India-China LAC in September 2014 and during the launch of surgical strikes against Pakistan in September 2016. He is currently accredited as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi, and serves on the Advisory Board of Cyber Peace Foundation.

5:15 pm to 7:15 pm

  • Camel Polo
Among the world’s most ancient sports, the game of polo is as ‘exclusive as elusive’, in the city of Jaipur. The very name invokes a vision of aristocracy and excellence, of style and rare athletic prowess. Polo is a game that signifies glamour, intelligence, power, adventure, elegance, graceful teamwork, class and above all – royal tradition. Immerse yourself in a friendly game of Camel Polo, a royal sport of the Maharajas of Rajasthan.

8:00 pm onwards

  • Dinner with Rajasthani Folk Band
Embrace the delight of losing yourself in traditional Rajasthani folk music in the great company of friends and peers, and some cocktails and sumptuous food.

5:15 am - 9:00 am

  • Jungle Safari

Situated right in the heart of Pink City Jaipur, Jhalana is slowly is becoming a favourite destination to spot leopards in the wild. Besides the Leopards, you will be able to spot other smaller fauna including striped hyena, spotted deer, blue bulls and wild boars. Palm, babul, bamboo and acacia trees continue to be methodically planted throughout the quartz hills and flat-lands of the Aravalli that Jhalana is set in. And thus, it is also an ideal destination for migratory birds, despite being in the heart of the city. An open gypsy safari, which takes about 2.5 hours, is the best way to explore Jhalana Forest Reserve. Don’t miss the experience!

Note: The distance from the hotel to Jhalana Forest is about 40 minutes. The safari takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. To make the most of it, we recommend leaving the hotel by 5:15 AM. We will make travel arrangements for the confirmed guests.

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Puneet Chandok, President, Amazon Web Services (AWS) India and South Asia (AISPL)

  • The Playbook for Building a Culture of Innovation

Nurturing innovation involves inherent paradoxes: tolerance for failure can easily translate into tolerance for incompetence; willingness to experiment often conflicts with the need for discipline; the desire to foster collaboration can undermine individual accountability, and so on. Managing these paradoxes is hard enough by itself; but to do so at scale is even harder. How does one overcome these challenges to build a sustainable innovation culture, and are there best practices to be learnt from others?

Puneet Chandok, President, Amazon Web Services (AWS) India and South Asia (AISPL), leads the entire portfolio of AWS business in India and South Asia. As the country MD, he oversees and manages the incubation, planning and demand for AWS Services from customers. In addition, he is responsible for building and leading customer-centric teams that help organisations innovate and transform using AWS services. Puneet will highlight practices at play within the company and share the ‘playbook’ that drives a culture of innovation at Amazon.

11:15 am – 11:45 am

  • Discussion Break

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Ashwani Lohani, Chief Executive Officer, Services Business, GMR Group; Former Chairman and MD, Air India and Former Chairman, Railway Board

  • Management Mantras from the Turnaround Man

Ashwani Lohani, who has an entry in the Limca Book of Records for having four engineering degrees, is known as the 'turnaround man' in the public sector. In his first stint as the CMD of Air India, the national airline reported operating profits for FY16 and FY17. The veteran is also credited with having turned around India Tourism Development Corporation, where he had an earlier stint, and subsequently the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation. He continued his exploits at the Indian Railways where, during his stint as Chairman of the Railway Board, Indian Railways recorded its lowest ever rate of accidents and improved its financial performance. A steam enthusiast, he was instrumental in putting up Indian rail heritage on the world map by upgrading the ‘steam shed’ at Rewari. It was because of his initiatives that the Fairy Queen, the world’s oldest steam engine, was run on Indian tracks, setting the Guinness world record in 1998.

That he has achieved everything he has within the restraints and limitations of a public sector environment only makes his accomplishments that much more commendable. Hear from the man himself, as he shares lessons and stories in leadership, management, conflict resolution, grit and determination.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Krish Shankar, Group Head, HR at Infosys; Ashok Ramchandran, Group Executive President – Human Resources at Aditya Birla Group

  • Driving A Performance Culture: The CEO-CHRO Partnership

Historically, it was believed that the CEO’s strategic role was to articulate the company’s vision while the CHRO’s was to translate it into culture and processes for the people on the ground. That version of the CEO-CHRO partnership was summarily tossed out in the wake of the pandemic as the entire executive leadership found itself thrown into unfamiliar roles and relationships. As we now limp back to normalcy what contours should the new CEO-CHRO partnership take? Driving a high performance culture, developing a future-ready leadership pipeline and ensuring organisational cohesiveness have all acquired new dimensions as management challenges. Are the two leaders equipped to take on these challenges? Where might they fall short in meeting the expectations of the other in this most crucial of executive partnerships?

Join us in a free-wheeling dialogue with two veteran CHROs – Krish Shankar, Group Head, HR at Infosys and Ashok Ramchandran, Group Executive President – Human Resources at Aditya Birla Group – as they delve into what they see as the demands on tomorrow’s organisational leadership and the enormity of the human resource challenge that confronts us. In a no-holds-barred exchange, they will, frankly and bluntly, put on the table their expectations from CEOs in this journey.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Discussion break

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Sean Duca, Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer, Asia Pacific and Japan, Palo Alto Networks

  • Cybersecurity: The New CEO Mandate

In an age where technology is driving business decisions and outcomes, data ownership and cyber-security figure high on Boardroom agendas. Certain cyber-attacks can cripple a company’s operations and even threaten its very existence. As the company’s de facto risk officers, CEOs must not only comprehend the risks around digital adoption but also take the lead in drafting a response plan. Yet, ironically, many business leaders continue to believe that cyber security is outside their purview, and belongs to Operations or IT. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sean Duca is Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer for the Asia Pacific and Japan at Palo Alto Networks. In this role, he spearheads the development of thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cybersecurity community and business executives. He will share a perspective on the emerging cyber threat landscape for corporates, the scale and magnitude of the challenge and the steps that business leaders must take to suitably protect their companies.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mohit Rao, Mentalist

  • Mind games: Inside the mysterious world of the mentalists

Mentalism, in performance, involves the demonstration of seemingly evolved mental abilities, even paranormal ones. In practice, it entails psychological illusions that blend psychology, hypnosis, suggestion, cold reading, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), misdirection, and a number of other subtle skills of observation to create the illusion of a sixth sense. In the written form, it all sounds technical and esoteric. In practice, the experience ranges from the astounding to the absolutely delightful!

Mohit Rao, a Mind Reader, Mentalist and Corporate Entertainer, has the ability to ‘read your mind, control your thoughts and even influence decisions’. Using his skills, he has predicted the exact closing of the BSE Sensex live on national television, hypnotised over 25,000 people worldwide and used telepathy to drive a car blindfolded! Experience an hour of sheer bewilderment, mystery, joy and thrill as he regales us with his inimitable skills.

8:30 pm onwards

  • Indulging in local delicacies
Enjoy the traditional delicacies of Rajasthan (laal maas, daal baati, bajre ki roti, and much more) in a sit-down dinner with friends and peers.

9:30am - 10:45am

Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul, Founders, Josh Talks

  • How’s the Josh: The Road to Building a Youth-Centric Platform

Founded in 2015 by Supriya Paul and Shobhit Banga, Josh Talks is India’s leading regional content and upskilling platform. It hosts content in 10 languages. Across all channels, there are 16 million subscribers and the content is viewed by over 1,00,000 people every day. The majority of this audience is in the 18-34 age group, with the remaining 20% split across older cohorts.

Meet Shobhit and Supriya who have been running the company for the last seven years. Their journey to building a budding youth-oriented company from scratch is filled with lots of business lessons, management mantras, and the much-needed inspiration, grit, and determination.

10:45 am – 11:15 am

  • Discussion break

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Bhaichung Bhutia, India’s Former Football Captain

  • Excellence: Finding Success And Joy

Former India Captain, and the face of Indian football for the better part of two decades, Bhaichung Bhutia had a fantastic 16-year international career. He captained India for over 10 years and scored 43 international goals, more than any other Indian footballer. He is also the only Indian and one among few international players to have played more than 100 matches for his country. Under him, India won the South Asian Football Federation Championships thrice, two Nehru Cup titles (in 2007 and 2009) and the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup, which gave India the right to play in the 2011 Asian Cup for the first time since 1984. He has been decorated with the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.

Engage with the man himself in a free-wheeling discussion as he shares lessons from his life story, one built around grit, determination and inspiration against all odds.

12:30 pm

  • Brunch and close


Adit Jain

Editorial Director, IMA India

Deependra Singh Hooda

Former General Officer, Commanding-in-Chief, Indian Army

Krish Shankar

Group Head- Human Resources, Infosys

Ashok Ramchandran

Group Executive President Human Resources, Aditya Birla Group

Puneet Chandok

President, AWS India & South Asia

Ashwani Lohani

Chief Executive Officer, Services Business, GMR Group; Former Chairman and MD, Air India and the Former Chairman, Railway Board

Mohit Rao

Mind Reader

Bhaichung Bhutia

Former Indian National Footballer

Sean Duca

Vice President and Regional Chief Security Officer, Asia Pacific & Japan, Palo Alto Networks

Supriya Paul

Co-Founder & CEO, Josh Talks

Shobhit Banga

Co-Founder, Josh Talks

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Partners' Programme

2:00pm - 3:30 pm

  • Welcome Lunch

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Meet and Greet

5:15pm – 7:15pm

  • Camel Polo | Rajasthan ki Haat

8:00 pm onwards

  • Dinner with Rajasthani folk band

5:30am - 9:00am

  • Morning Safari

11:00am - 12:30pm

  • To be advised


  • Lunch

2:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Guided tour of the World Heritage City

7:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Mind games: Inside the mysterious world of the mentalists
Mohit Rao, Mentalist

8:30 pm onwards

  • Indulging in local delicacies

11:15am to 12:30pm

  • Excellence: Finding Success and Joy
Bhaichung Bhutia, India’s Former Football Captain

 12:30 pm

  • Brunch and close


Dr Pawan Agrawal, Author and Educationist

  • Excellence in Efficiency: The Dabbawala Story
Dr Pawan Agrawal, Author and Educationist
(This will be hosted as a joint session with delegates)

Dressed in white outfits and traditional Gandhi caps, an army of 5,000 dabbawalas fulfil the hunger of almost 200,000 Mumbaikars with home-cooked food, daily, on time with an accuracy rate of 99.99% with 100% customer satisfaction. Amazingly, the dabbawalas – with semiliterate workers – have achieved this level of performance at very low cost, in an eco-friendly way and without the use of any IT system or even cell phones. Six Sigma, ISO and many other certifications awarded to this organisation by external organisations only confirm its excellent supply chain and logistics management capabilities.

Dr Pawan Agarwal, who earned his doctorate studying how the dabbawalas operate, will share the lessons that make the 118-year old organisation successful and elaborate on the ideals of passion, teamwork, dedication and hard work.



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Anuj Dhar, Indian author and former journalist

  • India's Biggest Cover-up
Anuj Dhar, Indian author and former journalist
(This will be hosted as a joint session with delegates)

As the Second World War came to an end in Southeast Asia in August 1945, Subhas Chandra Bose boarded a plane to shift the base of India's liberation struggle to a new territory controlled by the Soviet Union. Officially, the story goes that he died on August 18, 1945 as the plane crashed in the small island of Formosa (now Taiwan), but multiple investigations later there is no certainty about his fate.

Anuj Dhar, a former investigative journalist, has devoted nearly two decades to uncover the mystery behind Bose's disappearance and has documented how India's political establishment kept swinging between its belief in Bose's death and apprehension that he might return: all in strict secrecy. The story spanning seven decades is perhaps even more engaging than that of a James Bond or a Jason Bourne. Dhar will delve into this rollercoaster of a political thriller to share his findings. Apart from his 2012 bestseller India's Biggest Cover-up, Dhar has authored several other books on topics such as the CIA's activities in South Asia and the mystery of Lal Bahadur Shastri's death in far away Tashkent.


Luncheon and Close

  • Luncheon and Close

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