A marked slowdown in India’s economic growth in the context of shifting geo-political equations, trade wars and continuing stress within the Chinese economy, calls for a re-examination of business strategies. IMA India’s 24th Annual CFO Roundtable in February 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka aims to set the context for what CFOs should expect from 2020, a year that promises uncertainty but also the possibility of an upturn.
- Day 1Thursday, February 13th 2020
- Day 2Friday, February 14th 2020
- Day 3Saturday, February 15th 2020
- Day 4Sunday, February 16th 2020
- Welcome Dinner
- Change, Personal Excellence
R Gopalakrishnan is one of India's best known and most experienced business leaders with a career spanning almost 50 years in companies like Unilever and the Tata Group. Subsequently, he became a prolific writer, churning out books on management and history, and in his third innings as the CEO of Mindworks, he mentors leaders. Engage with Gopal as he shares experiences and lessons drawn from a long and illustrious career on how to be an effective manager and leader.
- Decoding India’s Politics
As a senior journalist from one of India’s most respected media houses, Suhasini Haider brings an astute perspective to the table. She will decode India’s political fabric and attempt to make sense of this complex web of contrasting phenomena.
- Living Fully and Longer
Healthy living and a balanced lifestyle are about a lot more than complicated diets, rigorous exercise routines, ‘balancing work and life’, and so on. It begins with a firstprinciples-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..
- A visit to the Buddhist Temple
- Inspiring Change
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 by the official apathy he encountered. 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.
- The Economy: India in the Context
of a Changing World
Adit Jain will provide an analysis of India’s economic trajectory and an opinion on how things are likely to shape up in the coming months. He will also offer a perspective on how CFOs can adapt to maintain growth and protect margins in this environment. Adit is IMA’s Editorial Director and has authored over a thousand pieces on business and policy issues over the years
- Digital Transformation: Rewriting
Suman Srivastava, Founder and Innovation Artist at Marketing Unplugged, will provide a perspective on some of these principles and what they mean for brand building. Prior to founding Marketing Unplugged in 2011, Suman was the CEO of Euro RSCG India and the Chief Strategy Officer for Euro RSCG Asia Pacific. In 2016, he authored a book, Marketing Unplugged: Spotting the Elephants in the Room.
- Discussion Break
- The Liquidity Challenge:
Hard Choices for CFOs
The discussion will be led by an expert from C2FO who will outline how liquidity is coming to the forefront as a key factor for determining business success; how the liquidity scenario will change in the next five years; and how businesses are navigating this environment.
- The Miracle Man
- Leisurely Visit to Mount Lavinia
- Evolving role of the CFO
VS Parthasarathy (Partha to all), in his role as Group CFO & Group CIO, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M), facilitates Mahindra Group in accomplishing its vision of being amongst the top 50 most admired brands in the world. Starting his career at Modi Xerox as a Management Trainee, he rose to become Associate Director at Xerox leaving in his wake many achievement. He joined Mahindra & Mahindra in 2000 and completed eventful stints in HR, Finance, M&A, IT and International Operations before being selected to the prestigious post of CFO of M&M. Partha will talk about how the shape and responsibilities of the CFO role will evolve in the future and what do CFOs need to do to take advantage of the opportunities.
- Luncheon 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.