Advisors

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AMBIKA CHANDRASEKAR

Close to thirty years experience in market research, with added expertise in brand planning, strategy and business development has given Ambika an in-depth understanding of the Indian consumer, a keen ability to identify and define the business probl...em, and provide usable research outcomes. She has worked on a wide variety of industries and products in the Indian market, as well as liaised with global teams during her stint as Vice President Research & Planning at RKSBBDO Advertising. She is currently Head of Consumer Insights at Elastic Tree, where she mentors a young entrepreneurial team and drives research solutions.Her expertise lies in the areas of brand building, brand architecture and communication strategy as also in prescribing research designs to address specific business problems, be they market demand estimations, product concept development, barriers to trial, pricing-demand matrix, etc.

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AMIYA CHOWDHURY

Amiya Kanta Chowdhury is working as advisor to multiple organisations in the space of Business Strategy, Operations and Outsourcing, Product & Packaging Development. He worked for ITC Ltd. for 31 years in various capacities - Head of Engineering, Hea...d of Product Development in Printing and Packaging Division and thereafter, worked as the Head of Operations in Education and Stationery Business. He also worked as Engineer in the Gramophone Co (I) Ltd. in Kolkata from 1976 to 1982.

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ATUL JOSHI

Atul Joshi is a certified coach for senior management from the Coaching foundation of India (CFI ). He worked at ITC Limited for 36 years. He served on the Management Committees of Personal Care Business and Trade Marketing and Distribution. He has h...andled a wide range of responsibilities in Sales and Brand Management cutting across categories like Tobacco, Foods and Personal Care. He has also been involved in the development of training systems in Sales and Distribution. He is currently involved in Coaching and Mentoring of senior business professionals.

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CHAND DAS

Chand Das is a former CEO & Co-Founder of the Education & Stationery Products Business of ITC Limited. In his 35 year corporate career, he has led & scaled both B2B & B2C businesses. As Vice President Customer Care at ITC Packaging, he was responsibl...e for marketing, sales, exports & product development. As CEO ITC Stationery Products he was credited with making Classmate, India’s largest & fastest growing student stationery brand. Chand earned his MBA degree from IIM Bangalore and holds a B.Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT Kanpur.

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Dr. T.T. Srinath

Dr. T.T. Srinath is a personal growth trainer, organizational consultant and author. He has coached more than 120 CEOs and senior leaders. He is a qualified sensitivity trainer, qualified with the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science, the I...ndian arm of NTL, USA. He is a post-graduate in Human Resource and Organizational Behaviour from XLRI, and a Ph.D. from the Anna University, Chennai, India. He is a Certificate holder in Sociodrama & Action Methods, issued by MPV / SAM Sociodrama & Action Methods Training, accredited by the British Psychodrama Association. He is also a stage actor, working with the oldest English Theatre company in India, the ‘Madras Players’, Chennai); a student of Gestalt, trained by the Northern Rivers Institute of Gestalt, Australia; an accredited Master Coach, accredited by Dr. Suzzane Skiffington from Australia and a serious participant in the Tavistock Model of Group Facilitation.

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JOHN STEPHEN

Mr. John Stephen has about thirty eight- years of experience in the areas of Factory Operations, Human Resources management and Legal. He specializes in the areas of Industrial relations and has in-depth knowledge across various Human Resource functi...ons. He is strong in Labour and Industrial Law and versatile in factory operations. He has been on the Board of Studies for various graduate and post-graduate institutions. He has held key positions in various industry associations. He worked for companies like M/s Tan India Ltd, Chemfab Alkalis Ltd, Owens Brockway India Ltd, Wimco Ltd, and ITC Ltd.

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KRISHNAN V.K.

V K Krishnan is a seasoned professional having worked in diverse businesses both in India & internationally for over 40 years and has been an accredited project management professional having handled many complex projects. He was working in Siemens a...s the Dy. Project Director in his last assignment having been the Head of Delivery of the city’s most complex project - Chennai Metro and was responsible for providing the Signaling, Telecom & Platform Screen Doors in the project. He has been an avid project management trainer and has been in the certification board of International Project Management Association in India. Risk management and customer service are his main areas of focus.

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MALAIAPPAN VISWANATHAN

Malaiappan Viswanathan has more than 35 years of experience in product engineering, innovation and marketing. All through his career, he has been instrumental in developing product and marketing strategies to capture and create new businesses that we...re the first to market, providing superior and differentiated features/service. He has introduced new technologies, scaled them up with effective use of global resources and successfully managed complex global projects. He has worked for Ford Motor Company, Borg Warner, ETA Inc, Brakes India Ltd., WABCO and Varroc Lighting Systems. He is a globetrotter, having worked across North America,India, China, Korea and Japan. 

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MANOJ VIRMANI

With over four decades of experience in the hospitality industry, working with some of the most renowned hospitality brands in India like ITC hotels and Taj Group of Hotels, Manoj has served in corporate leadership roles where he has overseen key fun...ctions like operations, quality, talent and learning services. As a seasoned hotel operations leader, his expertise includes hotel management agreements, change management, revenue optimization, business strategy, talent development and lean six sigma/quality. Amongst some of his fond memories in his professional career, Manoj had championed the early introduction of Six Sigma quality initiatives into business operations – a first of its kind in the hospitality industry in the early 2000s. Manoj has also served as the President of Skal in Chennai (3 terms) where he was the Chairman of the 64th Skal World Congress (the first congress to be hosted in India). Post-retirement, Manoj frequently provides consulting, education, auditing, and strategic advice for organizations like Deloitte India, IILM University, and Signum Hospitality to name a few. Manoj is also a proud and active alumnus of Cornell University, Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and IHM Pusa (Delhi).

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MUTHUKUMARAN K.

Mr. K. Muthukumaran has a Master's Degree in Statistics from Presidency College, Chennai and is also a post-graduate diploma holder in business management and portfolio management. He has over 3 decades of experience in corporate banking, covering la...rge, medium and small and medium enterprises (SME) units. He was the Chief General Manager & Chief Compliance Officer of EXIM Bank, Mumbai. Prior to EXIM Bank, he had served in various positions in Syndicate Bank.

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RAJAN SRIKANTH

Rajan Srikanth is a strategy, leadership development, and organizational change consultant with over 30 years of work experience in the US, Europe and Asia. Srikanth has worked extensively with CEOs and senior executives to help them address leadersh...ip, people, strategy and technology-related challenges. He is known as a clear thinker who can be relied on to call it as he sees it. Srikanth has consulted across a range of industries and in several continents with Fortune 500 companies in defense, energy, healthcare, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, retail, and a variety of technology areas. He has assisted leaders of large and small business in identifying disruptive trends, confronting the opportunities and challenges, architecting business and technology strategy, aligning leadership, and orchestrating strategic transformation for innovation, and global growth. Srikanth holds a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and a B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

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RAJASEKHARAN V.M.

V.M. Rajasekharan is a certified coach for senior management and business leaders. He is also a Mentor helping entrepreneurs @ IIT Incubation Centre, Chennai and at other institutions like TiE Chennai where he is a charter member. He worked at ITC Lt...d. for 32 years, retiring as the CEO of the Matches & Agarbatti Division in 2018. Prior to ITC, he worked with M. M. Rubber's BOPP division from 1980 to 1986 after graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1980. He was also the Managing Director of WIMCO Ltd. He has been instrumental in promoting sustainable development projects in collaboration with several State Governments with focus on sustainability for SSIs and livelihood creation.

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RAJESH SRIVASTAV

Rajesh Srivastava graduated from IIT (Kanpur) and IIM (Bangalore). He has over three decades of corporate & academic experience. At United Spirits (now Diageo India) he played a significant role in creating some of India’s most recognized, beloved ...and enduring alcohol brands, including McDowell Signature, Royal Challenge, Bagpiper and Blue Riband Duet. He went on to become the President of J.K. Helene Curtis, where he reenergized the company & the deodorant category by relaunching Park Avenue deodorant as a ‘perfume’. As a corporate trainer, he has worked with prestigious companies like Siemens India, Mercedes Benz Research Centre and Reliance Industries amongst others. His first book ‘The New Rules of Business’, has been published by Penguin.

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RAMESH SANKARAN

Ramesh is an experienced entrepreneur with vast experience in setting up new ventures and in industrial marketing and strategy. He has served as the chairman of Consul Consolidated Pvt Ltd for 32 years. He established 2 factories to manufacture power... control equipment like industrial UPS, SCVS etc with German technology. The company has 450 employees with a turnover of 125Cr and pan india network of branches and service centers. He sold the company to a private equity company in 2012. He has worked with NELCO(Tata), DCM Data products and established a complete southern marketing network for DCM computers. He works as an advisor to Milltech Technologies and Elmech Electronics.

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RAMKUMAR R

Ramkumar R. is a leadership coach, musician and educator. He helps individuals and organizations discover their true purpose and realize their potential. He does CXO coaching, leadership development and business strategy workshops for large corporati...ons like Adobe, Cisco, Thyssenkrupp, Barclays, Vodafone, HP, Alstom, Disney, TCS and TVS, small and medium businesses like 91mobiles.com and prestigious educational institutions like Indian School of Business (ISB). He is also very passionate about integral development of human beings and has been working with children, parents and teachers through programs such as 'parenting with depth', 'integral education' and 'beyond schooling' and through the music and rhythm sessions/workshops he facilitates. He is a certified Executive Coach from Coaching Foundation of India (CFI), an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and a gold medalist in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He is also an award winning professional musician and educator who has performed in more than 500 concerts.

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SRIDHAR

Prof Sridhar is currently the Adjunct Professor, Director - Corporate Career Services, and Strategic Assistant to Chairman of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. He started his career with Eli Lilly Ranbaxy and got diversified experience in... Sales Management at HUL, CASTROL and Banking industry at ICICI, HDFC, KOTAK and ING Vysya. His passion is coaching and mentoring students in the sales domain. He is part of the team that designs and delivers the certification course on HR and CSR at MCCI.

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SUBIR MAJUMDAR

Subir Majumdar is a versatile Supply Chain professional with strategic thinking and realistic focus. He has 38 years of pan India and international experience in several industries like tyres, tobacco, personal care products, polymers, merchandising ...items and IT services. He graduated from IIT Kharagpur and worked in leading companies like ITC, TCS and Cavinkare and in erstwhile Dunlop and NOCIL. He has held top management positions in various assignments due to his strong leadership qualities and excellent networking / communication skills.

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SUBRAMANIAN K

Dr. K. Subramanian obtained his PhD from Cornell University in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Micro ElectroMechanical Systems or MEMS. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras. He is currently Execu...tive Director, R&D at Powergear Ltd., MEPZ, Chennai where he works on implementing several novel technologies in Energy, Aviation, Materials, Chemicals, Mechanical, Sensors and other sectors. He previously worked at GE’s Global Research Center in New York. Subramanian has filed more than 50 patent applications in his field. He managed a large program on MEMS at GE and received two prestigious awards for his research. Subramanian is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has made significant contributions to multiple unique projects and has authored numerous publications and technical reports.

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VAITHEESWARAN K

K Vaitheeswaran is considered a specialist in tax and legal matters with in depth knowledge of the business and tax laws. He has about 30 years of experience in advisory capacity as well as through appearance before Appellate Authorities, Tribunals a...nd Courts in matters arising under Domestic and International Tax Laws, Excise & Customs, Service Tax, VAT, CST, GST, FEMA, RERA, Company Law and IBC. He has addressed hundreds of seminars and conferences on law and taxation across the country and abroad and is the most sought-after legal professional in GST and business restructuring matters. He is an expert in real estate contracts and has recently forayed into Technology Law and Artificial Intelligence. He is the Chairman of the Expert Committee on GST, Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also a member of the General Committee of Madras Chamber. He is the Member of the Finance and Taxation Committee - CII, Southern Region and Vice President of the Revenue Bar Association. He is also a member of the SIC, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He is the recipient of the Vocational Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Madras South West. He is actively involved in various social causes through music and also forays into humour writing.

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VARINDRA SEWAK

Varindra is an expert in the areas of FMCG (Specially foods, Pet Care, Water, Chocolate and Confectionery, Beverages, Culinary etc.), Outsourcing (Manpower & Services), Banking business correspondent, Launching & nurturing brands in South Asia region... while developing multiple entry strategy, sales & marketing models by channel & by category. He was the Managing Director and Chairman of Board of one of the Nestle group companies and served Nestle in various capacities in Sales, Marketing & Purchasing prior to that.

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