Friday July 22, 2016

1:15 PM IST

Speaker(s) Name

Multiple Speakers


Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The 3rd Annual CEO Strategy Roundtable


in association with
22-24 JULY 2016, MUSSOORIE



Friday, July 22, 2016


Registration and Tea

3.45 pm

At the Ballroom, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort and Spa

Raise a toast to the coming weekend – and commitment to leading growth in volatility – in the company of peers and friends from across the country.

India: Growth in a Changing Global Paradigm

4.30 pm – 5.45 pm

Adit Jain, Chairman and Editorial Director, IMA India

The India growth story is punctuated by continued volatility. Patches of categorical growth, both sectorally and geographically, are brought low by depressed consumer appetite and most of all, by a hesitant private sector that will not lead growth through investment. The government’s efforts to expand investment have begun to create some impact, but many initiatives will yield only in the long run. The IMA CEO Forum’s benchmarks of acceptable growth are lower than they have ever been, and even then, the stories are so mixed that it is hard to identify a clear growth trajectory. Place this in the context of a transforming world and the way forward is even more obfuscated. A year ago, even weeks ago, who would have thought Brexit, and with it, a transforming EU, would be reality. And yet, what was unthinkable may become irreversible, bringing sweeping changes on multiple fronts. A slowing China and emerging markets may give India an upper hand by default, but the opportunities we pick, and the challenges we best will define whether, and how fast, we will take advantage of this strangest of all times. Join Adit Jain, among India’s most incisive economic commentators, in the opening session of the Roundtable as he talks through in his characteristic, prescient style, a forecast for the Indian economy, given these multiple layers of context.

Change of Hats

5.45 pm – 6.00 pm


Individual Excellence: Commitment, Focus, Capability

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Viswanathan Anand, Padma Vibhushan, Chess Grandmaster, World Chess Champion

Five-time world Chess champion, India’s first grandmaster, one of only two people to have won the Classical, Rapid and Blitz world championships, Vishy Anand has dominated the world of chess for time spans only the greats have done so far. He is then, one of the world’s greats of Chess himself. What does it take, to build global dominance in a sport that demands mental strength and intellect of a calibre most unique, one that will extract every ounce of physical and mental capability you might possess and then some?

How do you excel, repeatedly, in a most competitive arena, and remain true to your principles, to your will to win, and win right? Vishy Anand’s story is unique – his approach to Chess that anyone aspiring for excellence in any stream can learn from. Engage with this most unique individual from Chennai who has conquered the world, on what it takes to win, to lose, and then win again.

Note: This will be hosted as a joint session, with spouses invited to participate. Please note that we will head directly to dinner from the conference hall

The more you celebrate life, the more there is to celebrate

7.30 pm

Cocktails and dinner, hosted by SAP India

An evening in the mountains is always pleasant but in the monsoons, it can be magical, heralding both the power and bounty of nature. The presence of friends, good food and drink and lilting music. What more could one ask? Not much, we would say, and raise a toast to that!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cedar, Oak, Mulberry: In love with nature

6.00 am – 8.00 am

An early morning walk

Up with the lark for a walk in this little neck of Mussoorie, taking an ambling ramble up to a pretty Saraswati temple at one end, whose Goddess is protector of this region, or a more strenuous walk through beautiful forests that abound in this area. The choice is yours, but in any event, a morning well spent, far from the madding crowd, and with trained naturalists.

Note: The shorter walk to the temple will take 45 minutes for which, walkers should assemble in the lobby of the hotel at 6.30 am. The longer walk to the Pine Forest and back will take an hour and a half, for which, walkers should assemble at 6.00 am. Comfortable, weatherproof walking shoes and a rainproof windcheater will be needed. Please provide your preferences to the team beforehand.


Yoga: Aligning your Inner Self

7.00 am - 8.00 am

At Wisteria (if the day is clear) or at the Den

Yoga is among the most rejuvenating forms of healing, both the mind and the body. Whether for relaxation or for exercise, this ancient form has found reflection in a global movement towards yoga. Start the morning with a guided session of yoga overlooking an endless series of ancient hills, as the sun breaks through among monsoon clouds.

Note: Please indicate your presence to the team beforehand. The venue will be provided on confirmation.


Competitive Federalism: Accelerating Reality, Better Governance?

9.00 am – 10.15 am

Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, Founder, Lok Satta movement

India’s federal structure, with strong power vested in each State of India’s Union, was a reality envisaged by the makers of India’s Constitution. Regrettably, decades of centralised rule with increasing legal and fiscal power vested in the Centre changed that ideal paradigm. Today, the clock is turning back. Both politically and economically, the States of India’s Union are gaining in stature and in power. This is needed, given India’s sheer size of both geography and demography, but will, in the interim create political turmoil, and also require fiscal policy, in the minimum, to be redrawn. The beginnings of the latter have been made. Dr Jayaprakash Narayan is a unique individual. A former top bureaucrat in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Narayan resigned from government service to set up his own political party that justifiably lays claim to a completely non-corrupt way of functioning, with not a Rupee spent to ‘bribe’ voters. In the last two years, his state has been at the heart of political upheaval as Telengana has achieved statehood. An engaging and passionate thinker, Dr Narayan will aim to bring all of these current realities onto a common plane to paint the potential future of the Union of India, politically, economically and fiscally.

Digital: Because the World Will Never be the Same Again

10.30 am - 11.30 am

Neeraj Arora, Partner and National Leader Digital, EY India

Transformative change is underway in India’s businesses, and in its consumers. At one level, emerging eCommerce channels are driving change in how traditional businesses manage cost, efficiency and bottomlines, and how India purchases – the first step to a technology-enabled consumption phase. At another, a totally networked consumer base driven on social media is changing the rules of the game for brands and employers, creating new markets and destroying others. Till recently, the ‘Internet of Things’ too was just fashionable, futuristic jargon. Not any more. As the world moves further into a phase of machine-to-machine communication, it will change the manner in which business is conducted in both manufacturing and services. Intuitive algorithms will change the paradigm of functioning; indeed, they already are, as cities, businesses and homes begin to take advantage of this opportunity. The West has led the way, but India will adapt, quicker than we believe, and so, there isn’t a choice to be made. How well we change with the times will define the sustainability of our value propositions and our products. Engage on needed strategies with Neeraj Arora, head of EY’s Digital practice. Neeraj works with India’s most forward thinking companies to design both structures and strategies that will minimise risk and maximise the huge upside of a digital world.


11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Brands and the New Age: Are we Ready?

12.15 pm - 1.15 pm

Kiran Khalap, co-founder and Managing Director, chlorophyll

The most powerful asset of an organisation is intangible, and its ecosystem is in a phase of transformation. Brands are the reflection of organisational culture, quality of products and services, and serve as the medium for customer engagement. And today, that customer engagement stands in a realm where C2C communication, as opposed to B2C or B2C, will define its quality, where power rests truly in the hands of a consumer/customer eco-system. The power of a networked consumer community, one where information flows are at the speed of light, and where nothing, quite literally, can remain hidden, is unprecedented. How is brand strategy crafted in these times? How does the Chief Executive, the true steward of both brand and corporate reputation, sustain and accelerate brand value and find opportunities in this brave new world? Process, outreach and most of all, mindsets will need to change in order to ensure that the perennial strength of brands is protected, and the needed ‘new’ is incorporated.

Kiran Khalap is among India’s most creative minds. Author teacher, Indian advertising’s youngest ever creative Director, and co-founder of India’s first end-to-end brand consultancy, Kiran’s work has supported the definition and differentiation of over 200 brands through the alignment of brand behaviour to brand values. He is a believer in the power of the digital world, but so clever in his adaptation of brand values to the behaviours and approaches needed in this new arena. Join Kiran as he outlines the imperatives of brand creation in the digital century.

India’s Energy Security

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Video conference with the Union Minister of Power, Renewable Energy, Mines, Piyush Goyal


2.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Value Creation: The Entrepreneur’s Dream

2.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Snehdeep Aggarwal, Founder and Chairman, Bhartiya Group

First-generation entrepreneurs have many dreams – growth, expansion, brand salience. The finest dream of them all, however, one that underpins each of the former three, is the desire to create value, and to deliver that value beyond standard paradigms. Not everyone will get there. Success can still be achieved, but the satisfaction that comes from a business differently created, is all its own. Snehdeep Aggarwal’s commodity-driven leather business, whilst in the top three in the country, achieved global salience by transforming years ago into a leather design studio that responds today to the needs of the global fashion industry, feeding both product and ideas into that massively creative and competitive phase.

His foray into real estate through Bhartiya Urban follows the same paradigm, of design thinking, and value creation through the creation of a future-ready, ‘smart’ city within a city, with both aesthetics and the needs of urban Indians on the count of infrastructure and conservation balanced. Neither of his chosen arenas is easy, and yet, the calm surrounding Snehdeep is palpable. Enjoy a chat with Snehdeep as he talks through creating a sustainable, profitable business through value creation – and the peace that comes with it.


Financial Markets: Changing Paradigms

6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Professor Jayanth Varma, Professor of Finance, IIM Ahmedabad, Former Member, SEBI

At IMA’s CEO Roundtables, Professor Jayanth Varma has, in the past, been our most effective seer on global financial markets and their ability to impact the Indian economy from the standpoint of liquidity, currency and investment. Today, as we review a changing world on account of both Brexit and the resultant dynamics of EU, a slowing China and its ability to drive investment flows – its own as well as others, and a US that has signaled adherence to a loose monetary policy but which will have a new President a few months on, the need to assess the direction of financial markets has never been higher. Whilst India’s growth impulses must, in the near term, be driven by domestic demand and policy reform, the inter-linkages with global finance, and with global currencies, are now too strong and risks arising therefrom must be assessed. This is even more imperative in a time when Indian industry will continue to globalise and access global markets both for markets and finance. Forecast the near and medium term scenarios with Professor Varma for a world that is shifting shape like never before.

Back to the Future: High Tea at the Den

5.00 pm

They say the older we grow, the younger we become, drawing pleasure once again, from the simple things in life. A walk down a misty road, a piping hot cup of tea, a game of bowling or snooker well played, or video games that take us back to our childhood when, at least in India, visits to video game parlours were the most special! Join us for high tea at the den and if you wish, go back to being the children we used to be! A relaxing snooze or a quiet walk with friends/family is equally in order – chai in carry cups happily available.

Business, Success, Happiness: Life’s Sutras

6.45 pm – 8.15 pm

Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, Author, Speaker, Illustrator, Mythologist

The Indian approach to life has always been distinctive, so has our approach to management. Much of this relates to what modern-day analysts would call ‘social context’. In reality, it is much deeper than that, relating to a cultural context, to generations of living by a code of conduct that our ancient texts, both Hindu, Prakrit and Sufi Islamic, illustrated so beautifully in tomes of mythology, passed down over generations. Sometimes, however, we must be reminded of those stories, of those codes of ‘being’. Sometimes, we must go back to our roots to move forward in our respective journeys, as business leaders, as families. No one in modern day Indian exemplifies better this ability to distil that wisdom and apply it to modern day approaches to business, to life than Devdutt Pattanaik. Author of over 30 books, many of them bestsellers and a true expert in Hindu mythology, conversations with Devdutt are always enlightening, always renewed, as he builds, again through India’s ancient art of storytelling that we all experience in our families, on the many intersections between modern day life, modern day management, and mythology. Engage with Devdutt as he creates, through illustration and conversation, a familiar, yet so new, framework for decisions in your business, and in your life.

Note: The session will be hosted over cocktails and dinner, partners are invited to join, please be seated by 6.30 pm

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Entrepreneurial Spirit: A Hidden Tailwind?

9.30 am – 10.45 am

Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Vice Chairman, InfoEdge (, Angel Investor, Co-Founder, Ashoka University

Many believe that a surge of growth in the next decade will be driven by a massive new tribe of Indian entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs will change the rules of the game as they build brands and businesses in environments where they are actually able to keep pace with time, whilst many other, more established, may only try to play catch up. India saw a surge like this a few decades ago – perhaps, a second coming is also somewhere in the future. Massive expected consolidation and the current bloodbath in eCommerce valuations notwithstanding, the Indian entrepreneurial spirit is undeniable.

What are the norms that the more sustainable among these live by? How do they approach teams, consumers, and markets? Where is innovation in their pecking order, and how soon will they become tangible forces to reckon with? Sanjeev Bikhchandani is among India’s most successful new generation entrepreneurs, building his business in the 90s and early 2000s with a razor sharp focus on both expansion and profitability. Today, his investments in multiple businesses such as Zomato are recognition of his canny ability to sight winners. He believes in this new age and advises a bunch of budding entrepreneurs to ‘follow their dreams’. Enjoy a fireside chat with Sanjeev as he talks through with you, what he sees, what is possible, and where this exciting new story will now go.


10.45 am – 11.15 am

The Triad of Government: Making the Elephant Dance

11.15 am – 12.30 pm

Dr S Narayan, former Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

India’s governance paradigm requires the three arms of government to work in tandem – independent of each other, yet aligned. Most of all, it demands each to recognise its role – one to legislate, the other to execute and the third to ensure pre-eminence of the rule of law. This is as true at the level of the states as it is at the level of the Centre, but most of all, at the Centre. Going forward, India’s Legislature, its Executive and its Judiciary, will be vested even more, with the responsibility to engage with each other meaningfully, and yet, ensure that paths do not overlap, as they have sometimes in recent memory.

Dr S Narayan completed a distinguished, four-decade long career in public service in both State and Central Governments, including as Economic Advisor to the PM, and as Secretary, Finance and Economic Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas. A PhD from IIT with an M.Phil in Development Economics from Cambridge, Dr Narayan has watched first hand, the evolution of this paradigm in the country. His perspective today, as he views the government from the outside, in both informed and candid, and deeply thought through. He believes governments, even big governments can work, and the proof is evident in vast segments of our country. How this paradigm will become the norm is the question that this closing conversation of the Roundtable will seek to answer.

(Both sessions will be hosted as joint sessions of delegates and partners)

Valedictory Luncheon

12.30 pm

IMA India reserves the right to alter the programme as necessary.


As you are aware, IMA adheres strictly to session timings as a mark of courtesy to both speakers and delegates. We would request your attention to this!

Delegates are requested to clear check out formalities late evening 23rd/early morning of Sunday the 24th in order to avoid any last minute rush and spend the concluding day of the Roundtable together, and at relative leisure. It would be advisable to confirm expected billing with the hotel a day prior.

Both evenings are ‘adults only’. Delegates travelling with children are requested to plan needed arrangements.


Smart casual, also for the evenings. Warm clothing is recommended as also, comfortable footwear at all times. Temperature in Mussoorie ranges between 15-28 degrees centigrade and if it rains, it can get colder dropping to under 12 degrees in the evening.

Delegates are strongly encouraged to carry rainproof jackets and walking shoes.

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