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Human Capital SIG In Conversation with Prabir Jha

ISB SIG WebinarSep 10, 2020

Human Capital SIG In Conversation with Prabir Jha

Human Capital SIG In Conversation with Prabir Jha

Human Capital SIG is excited to invite you for a conversation with Prabir Jha, Founder & CEO - Prabir Jha People Advisory and Kaumudi Goda, PGP Co ’12, Senior Advisor Human Capital SIG and COO-MetaMind Training on ‘What is intriguing and exciting India's foremost HR Thought Leaders’.

Join us for a candid conversation on leadership, management and the future of work exclusively for ISB alumni with Prabir Jha - LinkedIn Power Profile year on year; TEDx speaker; CHRO of Fortune 500 companies; Former civil servant and the architect of significant large scale transformation at several of India's most famous brands.

Sep 10, 202001:22:11
Business Analytics SIG Webinar - The Rise of Alternative Data

Business Analytics SIG Webinar - The Rise of Alternative Data

Many times, analysis of data (including big data) limit the insights one can draw from it. This is because not all required data is available in internal/transactional systems. Bringing in data viz. Alternative Data (financial transactions, sensors, mobile/app data, public data etc.) helps one to do a deeper analysis, generate early insights and get more accurate predictions.

That’s why we bring you Pramod Singh, Chief Analytics Officer, Vice-President Data Sciences and Analytics - Yodlee and Vaibhav Fadnavis, PGP Co'06, Director - Advanced Analytics (AI & Machine Learning) - Microsoft on a session on ‘How to Deepen Your Insights - The Rise of Alternative Data’. 

Yodlee is a platform that leverages alternative data to the prediction problem space. Yodlee helps leverage de-identified transaction data to uncover insights in retail, media, credit-decisioning, and fraud reduction. Transaction data enrichment and credit risk modelling are some of the solutions that they take to the market.

Aug 21, 202001:02:41
Real Estate & Infrastructure SIG Webinar - Opportunity for PropTech companies amid COVID-19 crisis

Real Estate & Infrastructure SIG Webinar - Opportunity for PropTech companies amid COVID-19 crisis

Proptech isn’t an entirely new trend in the market. The government’s Smart Cities mission was the first major fillip for the adoption of technology, to create better and more efficient cities. However, in the current economic scenario, where almost every expert has predicted negative global GDP growth in 2020 and where housing sales and launches have dropped significantly, that Proptech has once again come under the spotlight. With customer site visits being practically non-existent, construction activity has come to a virtual standstill due to the lockdowns and issues with the availability of raw materials, especially from countries like China, it seems as if the solution lies in the adoption of smart technology.

Coworking spaces are gaining momentum at a rapid pace in India and the industry is expected to double every year in the near future. Currently, 10% of office spaces are occupied by coworking and are expected to rise to approximately 25% in the next few years. As per a report by real estate consultancy firm CBRE, in the 1st quarter of 2019, the co-working space witnessed a 277% an upsurge in leasing to nearly 3 Mn sq ft. It grew up by 70% every quarter.

Our esteemed panellists:

  • Rohit Kapoor - PGP Co'06, CEO - India & South Asia, OYO
  • Amarendra Sahu - Co-Founder & CEO, Nestaway
  • Raja Seetharaman - Co-Founder, Propstack


  • Vishal Murarka - PGP Co'06, CEO & Co-Founder, Banka BioLoo
  • Karan Primlani - PGP Co'06, Head - Corporate Development, Operations and Business Head Owner Services, Magicbricks
Aug 14, 202001:05:32
Public Policy SIG Webinar - Impact of COVID-19 Misinformation Pandemic on Public Health and Society

Public Policy SIG Webinar - Impact of COVID-19 Misinformation Pandemic on Public Health and Society

Fake news has been around since human civilization evolved probably, but it has been turbo-charged by digital technology and the transformation of the global media landscape. Nevertheless, defenders of fact and truth still have weapons to help uphold integrity in the social, political, and economic environments.

Join us as our Public Policy SIG Moderator - Manoj Grover, PGP Co'14, engages in a conversation with Dr Angus Thomson, Senior Social Scientist, Demand for Immunization, UNICEF to discuss this and understand the 'Impact of COVID-19 Misinformation Pandemic on Public Health and Society'.

Jul 28, 202001:00:51
Lessons to learn from China - A COVID analysis

Lessons to learn from China - A COVID analysis

Join us as Professor Anand Nandkumar, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Indian School of Business, engages in a conversation with Prof Peter J Li, Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Social Sciences Department, University of Houston-Downtown, on the measure’s world need to take to prevent this pandemic

Jul 24, 202001:08:26
ISB Alumni Technology SIG Webinar on Digital Transformation - From Fad to Force

ISB Alumni Technology SIG Webinar on Digital Transformation - From Fad to Force

Are you curious about how to lead your organization through digital transformation? 

Join Samip Mutha, Vice President and Group Head - Digital and Innovation, RPG Group, in conversation with Vivek Subramaniam, PGP Co '13, Tech SIG Moderator, as they discuss the digital transformation agenda at RPG and how other enterprises can adopt the same.

Jul 08, 202001:03:55
ISB Alumni Finance SIG Webinar - Private Equity Investments

ISB Alumni Finance SIG Webinar - Private Equity Investments

The corona virus crisis and its effect on the private equity industry, is an unknown situation. As an economic event, it raises many questions about how the sudden demand shock and existential dread will affect business activity and consumer behavior - especially the private equity investments. 

Join us next Friday in a webinar led by the ISB alumni Finance SIG group, where the panelists discuss how the global pandemic will impact Private Equity investments in India. 


  • Imran Jafar, Managing Partner-Gaja Capital
  • Manu Sahni, PGP Co '04 | Managing Director-CX Partners
  • Sridhar Sankararaman, PGP Co '06 | Managing Director-Multiples Alternate Asset Management
  • Krishna Vinjamuri, PGP Co '07 | Executive Director-Fosun RZ Capital
  • Moderator: Pooja Khanna, PGPPRO Co '18 | Moderator - Finance SIG
Jul 03, 202001:11:32
Chai time with Investors & Entrepreneurs

Chai time with Investors & Entrepreneurs

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges for the startup ecosystem of India and the most hit segments are early & mid-stage businesses. To tackle the crisis, many of them have started adopting the innovative & strategic approach.
To discuss more on the impact and future Entrepreneurs & Startup SIG is bringing to you ‘Chai time with Investors & Entrepreneurs’.

About the Speakers:

  • Abhishek Srivastava, PGP Co '07 and Director - Endiya Partners

Abhishek, 16+ years of experience across early stage Venture Capital (Sourcing, Investment, Scaling, Global Exits), Product Management & Marketing, Operational & Corporate Development, Sales & Strategic Business Development.
His investments / Exits (Selected):  IncNut (Exited | istyle Inc - Tokyo Stock Exchange Listed e-Commerce Co), ShieldSquare (Acquired | Radware - NASDAQ Listed Security Co), Little Eye Labs (Acquired | Facebook - NASDAQ Listed Social Media & Networking Co), MediAngels (Acquired | 1mg - Online Pharmacy Co).

  • Arjun Rao, PGP Co '07 and General Partner - Speciale Invest

Arjun is a seed stage Venture Capitalist with experience of evaluating, supporting, and growing early stage tech start-ups. He is currently Founding GP at Speciale Invest investing in SaaS, Robotics, Space Tech and other frontier tech sectors. He is an active angel investor and advisor to entrepreneurs. Previously, he was a serial entrepreneur with experience in building and scaling Internet product start-ups.

  • Priya Mohan, PGP Co '07 and Startup Sensei - Venture Highway LLP

Priya, is a Chartered accountant and the has Co-founded Vidyartha, which was acquired by a coveted and one of the fastest growing brands in the Indian education space. Prior to co-founding Vidyartha, she spent 9 years in corporate finance & investment banking and worked on large ticket deals, including a few cross-border ones. In January 2016, she was part of an amazing international delegation of educationists from 18 countries as a state guest of the United States,

  • Vijay Kumar, PGP Co '11 and Founder – myGate

Vijay is alumni of National Defense Academy (NDA). He served as a VP at Goldman Sachs for 4 years with expertise in Change Management, Regulatory Reforms and Sales Support Function for FICC Products. He was a fully operational helicopter pilot with Indian Air Force and has played a pivotal-role in managing disaster relief operations by Air, Land and Sea, Handling Security of Air Bases, VVIP Flying, Pilot Training and Military Flying Operations. He has the perfect blend of technological know how, strategic thinking and flawless execution. He is also the Founding partner at pyngcabs (2011) and kitchensfood (2014).

  • Deepesh Agarwal, PGP Co '09 and Founder – MoveInSync

Deepesh is the Co-Founder & CEO of MoveInSync and drives the overall strategy of the company. Prior to starting MoveInSync, he worked for 10 years in Intelligent Transportation Systems and wireless communications including at Motorola where he was instrumental in the design of MOTODRIVE, a futuristic vehicle to infrastructure (road network) integration for US Department of Transportation.

Moderator - Bhargavi V, PGP Co '11

Jun 20, 202001:08:21
COVID 19- The black swan moment for Indian Education

COVID 19- The black swan moment for Indian Education

“In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is not, and above all to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world” -Yuva Harari

With such widescale lockdown, elementary, and secondary schools need to adapt to online education. More interestingly, a significant % of students in countries like India are experiencing online learning for the first time, adjusting to the new normal.
If COVID-19 can turn around our education system, that helps the next generation attain the cognitive flexibility and curiosity to see the world from a range of different perspectives, it will be a black swan moment.

About the Speakers:

  • Aakash Chaudhry, PGP Co '04; CEO and Director at Aakash Educational Services Ltd. (AESL); Founder and Trustee at Plaksha University.
    With extensive experience in business management, he leads the senior management team and is responsible for the overall supervision, direction, and management of AESL. Prior to this, he worked with Infosys Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the disruptive leaders by Business World and was listed among the coveted "40 Under 40" young leaders list. Also, an alumni of Harvard Business School, Aakash is an engineer by profession with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences.
  • Tummala Naga Prasad, PGPMAX Co '12; Chairman and Co-founder at People Combine Group. Previously known as Vikas Educational Institutions, the group started Oakridge International School, Andhra Pradesh’s (AP) first IB world school in Hyderabad in 2001. The group started another chain of schools called Westberry in 2010, followed by a playschool chain called Oi, in 2011. Times of India recognized Tummala and his partner as the ‘Game Changers’ of AP and India Today awarded the partners with the title ‘Business Wizards’ of AP.
  • Mayank Kumar, PGP Co '09; Co-Founder and MD at upGrad. upGrad is an online education venture focused on targeting working professionals. He has 10 years of operations, investment, and consulting experience in the education sector across India, China, SE Asia and Latin America. He has been part of investments over USD 1 bn flowing into the education sector in emerging markets. Prior to this, he worked with Bertelsmann India Investments, Parthenon Group and Tata Strategic.

    About the Moderator:
  • Rakesh Gupta, PGP Co '09; Managing Partner- LoEstro Advisors LLP. Rakesh is seasoned education sector specialist with over 8+ years of experience in education sector and has extensively advised clients across the education spectrum on market entry and expansion strategy, business planning, fund raise and M&A. He has advised more than 25+ clients and has raised more than USD 500 mn of funds for various businesses. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology, consulting, fundraising and M&A. Prior to this he has worked with McKinsey and Company, Microsoft and People Combine.
Jun 16, 202001:08:36
Finance SIG Webinar on Renaissance - Changing paradigms of Indian financial markets Confirmation

Finance SIG Webinar on Renaissance - Changing paradigms of Indian financial markets Confirmation

When the big bulls and veterans of India take to media to express that they’re losing it, you know times are indeed turbulent!

Times have changed and continues to changing at unbelievable speeds. Who thought that a virus could bring the 21st century world to a standstill? And we can still only guess when we’ll be able to finally walk freely on the streets?

This pandemic hit world faces one of the biggest crisis of our times. And when there’s uncertainty, it becomes both essential & difficult to envision the tomorrow – the tomorrow of people, governments, businesses and of capital markets. It’s crucial to understand how the economic & market scenarios could pan out, how the investments will behave, what happens to growth and where should one invest! There are enough questions around decisions like what to do with the cash, what projects to prioritise, which sectors to get in to, what the drivers of economy & businesses will be, et cetera.

In our next webinar hosted by the Finance SIG, we aim to decode exactly this. We have Mr. Nilesh Shah – MD, Kotak AMC & Member, PM Economic Advisory Council, in conversation with Kunal Sanghavi - a Capital Market expert and Mridul Shah - Co-founder, Aamara Capital, to give us his sense on how things are shaping up and how the world in this new era could look like.

Catch Mr. Nilesh as he speaks about the major drivers of the present economy and what our business/ investment strategy should be like, in the aftermath (if at all, yet!) of these trying times. In this session, he takes us through the changing paradigms of Indian financial market - a Renaissance, a new beginning!

Renaissance: Changing paradigm of Indian financial markets

Jun 06, 202001:25:05
Family Business SIG Webinar: Family-owned Business Resilience in Times of Corona and new Opportunities

Family Business SIG Webinar: Family-owned Business Resilience in Times of Corona and new Opportunities

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a dramatic impact on all sectors of the economy. As most media outlets focus on industries that have been hit hard by the travel ban, like airlines, hotels and restaurants, the crisis has the potential to have a devastating impact on a group of businesses that are the backbone of our economy – family businesses. As seen historically family-owned business have always rise from any crisis by becoming resilient.

To Learn more, attend the Family Business SIG webinar, details below
What: Family-owned Business Resilience in times of Corona and new Opportunities
Sahil Vachani, CEO & Managing Director at Max Ventures and Industries Ltd.
Aakash Chaudhry, PGP Co' 04 | Co-Promoter & CEO at Aakash Educational Services Ltd. and Founder & Trustree at Plaksha University
Moderator - Rachna Jaiswal, PGPMAX Co '19 | CEO at Pipabox and AKJ Industries Pvt. Ltd.

If you're interested in the details:

In the next SIG Webinar series, Family Business SIG is proud to invite Sahil Vachani, CEO & Managing Director at Max Ventures and Industries Ltd. & Aakash Chaudhry, PGP Co' 04, Co-Promoter & CEO at Aakash Educational Services Ltd. and Founder & Trustree at Plaksha University to share their views on "Family-owned Business Resilience in Times of Corona and new Opportunities". This webinar will be moderated by Rachna Jaiswal, PGPMAX Co '19, CEO at Pipabox and AKJ Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Sahil Vachani is CEO & Managing Director of Max Ventures and Industries Limited, one of the three listed companies of the USD 3 billion Indian conglomerate – The Max Group. MaxVIL is the holding company for Max Estates, a Real Estate development subsidiary, Max Speciality Films, an innovation leader in the Speciality Packaging Films business and Max I., an Investment subsidiary. He also serves as a Director on the Boards of Max Financial Services Limited and its subsidiary Max Life Insurance as a representative of the Owner Sponsor Group led by Mr. Analjit Singh.

Aakash Chaudhry is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Whole-Time Director at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). With extensive experience in business management, he leads the senior management team and is responsible for the overall supervision, direction and management of the company. Before commencing his journey at AESL, he worked with top IT companies such as Infosys Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions. 

In 2018, he was recognised as one of the disruptive leaders by Business World and was listed among the coveted "40 Under 40" young leaders list. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Mr Aakash is an engineer by profession with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Jun 03, 202001:11:00
Tech SIG Webinar on Technology and the Rise of Gaming

Tech SIG Webinar on Technology and the Rise of Gaming

"The gaming industry has earned more than the movie and music industries combines, every year for the past eight years." 

Part of the India's Online Gaming Journey

  1. Indian online gaming market currently stands at USD 290 million, and is poised to grow to USD one billion by 2021 and add 190 million gamer(s).
  2. Steady rise in consumption volumes. Local development and monetisation is expected to catch up. Traditionally pure-play service providers, local companies are expanding to develop end to end games
  3. Freemium model is expected to improve monetisation for developers in online gaming

Attend the Tech SIG webinar to get the in-depth knowledge on the gaming industry.

What: A fire side chat on 'Technology and the rise of Gaming'

Moderator: Chayan Kaushal, PGP Class of 2016, Technology and Gaming enthusiast

The amazing panelists: 
>  Vikas Jawa - Co-Founder, LEH LEH Sports and Engagement Solutions
>  Poornima Seetharaman - Lead Game Designer, Zynga (Speaker & Women in Games Ambassador WIGJ)
>  Abhishek Gupta - CEO, Grey Kernel (Gamer, 35 under 35 India)
>  Gautham Krishnan - Head of Product, GamesKraft (Speaker, Investor)
>  Sudeep Godara - Chief Strategy Officer, Baazi Games

May 30, 202001:15:42
Finance SIG Webinar on Risk Management through Renewed Business Strategies

Finance SIG Webinar on Risk Management through Renewed Business Strategies

In the next SIG Webinar series, Finance SIG is proud to present Atim Kabra, Founder & Director - Frontline Strategy Funds, Gurpawan Singh, President - Iiris, Pramod Panda, Senior Director - CAFRAI - RBI to share their insights on "Management of Risks in Business through Renewed Business Strategies: Looking Beyond Covid-19". This webinar will be moderated by Prof Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance, Indian School of Business.

May 28, 202001:02:08
Webinar on The Intelligence Behind Your Swiggy Order

Webinar on The Intelligence Behind Your Swiggy Order

FoodTech startups have revolutionized the way we consume food. Customers can order whatever they want to eat, whenever they crave food, and from any place of their choice. With a valuation of $3.3 billion, 1.4 lakh restaurants covered, active 2 lakh+ delivery personnel and a presence in 500 cities, Swiggy is one of the largest homegrown startups in India that delivers food to the customers.

In the next SIG Webinar Series, Analytics SIG invites David Zakkam, Vice President - Analytics, Swiggy to share his insights on "The intelligence behind your Swiggy order". This webinar will be moderated by Chaitanya Sagar, PGP Co '05, CEO - Perceptive Analytics.

Who: David Zakkam, Vice President - Analytics, Swiggy

What: The intelligence behind your Swiggy order


David Zakkam is the Vice President of Analytics at Swiggy. He has 15+ years of experience in Analytics and Data Science. At Swiggy, David’s teams are working on improving customer experience, helping restaurants grow through insights, providing better discounts, reducing cost of delivery and evaluating new business models. Prior to Swiggy, David was at Mu Sigma where he consulted at 23 companies across 9 verticals, led analytics teams of over 450 people and managed senior client relationships in Europe and the US. He is a graduate from IIT Delhi (2001) and IIM Calcutta (2006). Outside of analytics his interests are on the creative side and include playing the drums, singing, learning new languages and sports.


Chaitanya Sagar founded Perceptive Analytics, after a career encompassing role at Infosys and Citibank. Driving Perceptive Analytics’ growth, Chaitanya’s leadership earned the company a place in Analytics India Magazine’s listing of the top 10 emerging data analytics companies to watch. Perceptive Analytics is the winner of Fidelity Investments Data Challenge and is an awardee at Netflix Hackathon. Chaitanya is an ISB Alumnus from PGP Class of 2005 and leads the ISB Alumni Analytics Special Interest Group.

May 19, 202001:09:37
Webinar on How Startups are dealing with COVID-19 situation?

Webinar on How Startups are dealing with COVID-19 situation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the global economy. As countries scurry to fight the unprecedented outbreak with complete lock downs, businesses have been stalled, global trade has been thwarted and supply chains have been disrupted. For the startups of the country, it might prove to be a bigger hit. Facing challenges and dealing with unforeseen circumstances is not new for startups. However, this situation is unprecedented and has arrived completely out of the blue.

In the next SIG Webinar Series, Entrepreneur & Startups SIG invites Manish Chowdhary: Co-Founder - WOW Skin Science, Priyanshi Choubey: Co-Founder – InstaCar, Ashish Gupta: Co-Founder – MyPetrolPump, Kartik Mishra: Head of Strategy & New Initiatives – Dunzo for an online round table discussion on “How Startups are dealing with COVID-19 situation?”.

The Webinar will cover the below questions:

  • Do they see the Light at the end of the tunnel, in a post COVID world?
  • Overall business challenges and opportunities
  • What are their customers thinking, engage, or not engage?
  • Top 5 tips on restarting businesses
  • What does a brand stand for, how does a firm scale?


Manish Chowdhary is the Co-Founder of Fit & Glow (WOW Skin Science & WOW Life Science). He is responsible for driving the business in India and manages the overall operations of the company. With a very hands-on approach in product innovation and day-to-day running of the business, he believes in the customer being the boss. That is why he is fastidious about listening to his consumers and delivering products that will make them happy.

Priyanshi Choubey is the Co-Founder of InstaCar. She was among the top 200 women entrepreneurs in India by NITI Aayog and was recently featured on entrepreneur spotlight at government website. She has specialized in Digital Commerce and has a deep understanding of technology and market dynamics.

She has been honoured with the “Women Entrepreneur of the Year” in Travel & Hospitality, SheSparks2018, “Best Startup of Madhya Pradesh - Central India”, “Gold Medalist (1st) at WEE - IIT, Delhi” and “Women Entrepreneur 2018” by YourStory.

Ashish Gupta with his strong 10 years of global experience in the petroleum industry, founded '' to provide a safe and convenient, mobile refueling service, at doorsteps for cars, generator, fleet vehicles and other equipment’s. MyPetrolPump is well recognised by Government of India and Karnataka, and has won multiple start-ups excellence awards such as Elevate100, Wharton India Startup Challenge, Echelon100 etc.

Kartik Mishra has experience in strategy, PnL management and project/program management in industry, management consulting and startups. He has worked in the US, India and South East Asia and has collaborated with teams across Latin America and China. He currently leads, New and Strategic Initiatives at Dunzo - a horizontal delivery and task management platform. Dunzo is Google's first direct investment in India.

Prior to this he was the Chief of Staff at Practo -Sequoia, India's largest healthcare platform. He was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Detroit office, focusing on operations and strategy.


Jeeten Desai is an ISB Alumnus from PGP Class of '14. He is a Partner with Angaros Group.

May 16, 202059:45
Webinar on Managing Uncertainties in Construction, Service Contracts & Infrastructure Development

Webinar on Managing Uncertainties in Construction, Service Contracts & Infrastructure Development

Dear All,

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been the most brutal and continues to have an unavoidable impact on the construction industry. In the past two months, the virus has hurt the prospects of several infrastructure players and SMEs across the construction industry.

Learn how the pandemic impacts this industry and what you can do to mitigate the financial and the execution risk in your project.

What: Managing Uncertainties in Construction, Service Contracts and Infrastructure Development

Who: K Venkatesh, Former Managing Director and CEO L&T IDPL, currently Board Member Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd. Moderator - Vivek Jha, AMPI Co2018, Co-Founder - Aveswater

Focus of the session -
1) Managing Cash Flows
2) Renegotiations - Contracts, Loan Agreements
3) Cutting Costs
4) Interpretation of Force Majeure
5) Interpreting Moratoriums
6) Assessing Customer Risks
7) What Govt can do - Limitations
8) Are there opportunities?
9) Learnings from dealing with " Black Swan " events.


K. Venkatesh retired as the MD of L&T IDPL, the infrastructure investment subsidiary of L&T. He has an experience of over 38 years in Corporate F&A, Project Bidding, Structuring, Financial Closure, and Project Management and O&M of infra projects across sectors such as roads and bridges, real estate, metros, ports, airports and water supply. He is a Chartered and Cost Accountant by profession and has a PGDBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur.


Vivek Jha is an AMPI Co2018 alum and moderator of the Real estate & infrastructure Special Interest Group. He is an advertising copywriter turned entrepreneur currently engaged in water-specific infrastructure projects and automation.

May 13, 202001:11:56
ISB Alumni Healthcare SIG Webinar on Digital and AI in Healthcare

ISB Alumni Healthcare SIG Webinar on Digital and AI in Healthcare

In near future, having an appointment with your doctor online will become as normal as making a payment on an app or booking a taxi through Uber. According to the World Health Organisation, global healthcare spending reached $7.5 trillion in 2016, representing 10% of global GDP. The ever increasing demand for quality healthcare services has put considerable strain on doctors and hospitals. AI/ ML could play a significant role in decreasing this burden, whether it is enabling early detection or reducing burden of administrative tasks. Technological advancements could potentially alleviate some of the problems affecting the healthcare industry, particularly when it comes to driving greater efficiencies across the board.

In the next SIG webinar series, Healthcare SIG is proud to present Nalinikanth Gollagunta, President & CEO - GE Healthcare - South Asia, Managing Director - Wipro GE in conversation with Ritesh Dogra, Founder - TalkDoc.AI, PGP Class of 2009, Moderator - Healthcare SIG. Mr. Nalinikanth will share his insights on " Digital and AI in Healthcare".


Mr. Nalinikanth Gollagunta is currently heading the GE Healthcare-South Asia & Wipro-GE JV as the CEO, President & Managing Director of an $800M P&L with a 4500+ member workforce spanning 6 countries.

In this role, he is responsible for GE Healthcare's Commercial Operations in India & South Asia and acts as the site leader for GEHC's India Engineering Design and R&D Centre, 3 Manufacturing sites and supply chain operations as the MD of GE's joint ventures with Wipro and Bharat Electronics.

Prior to GE Healthcare, he was with Cisco as the Country Head and Managing Director, Enterprise Sales – India and SAARC region responsible for $300M+

revenues. Before Cisco, he was an Associate Principal at McKinsey where spent almost 7 years across Silicon Valley, Singapore & India, serving major clients in Telecom, Technology & IT Services.

He is a senior Industry leader in Digital, Telecom, Healthcare, IoT and IT Services with more than 19 years of deep operational, strategy and top management experience across emerging and mature markets - India, Malaysia, China; US, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan.


After more than a decade in Healthcare Consulting, Ritesh Dogra has started TalkDoc.AI, a unique one of its kind AI enabled product positioned as virtual medical scribe for physicians. The product leverages Natural Language Processing (NLP) platform and is an exclusive Healthcare NLP platform in India. In his words, TalkDoc.AI was started with an objective to ease physician burden and at the same time significantly improve patient experience, adding value to the entire doctor patient interactions.

In his role as Managing Partner at Medium Healthcare Consulting, Ritesh has led a number of engagements in areas as diverse as market expansion strategy, go to market strategy, product development for Fortune 500 medical equipment manufacturers to business model development, performance transformation, marketing and sales and patient experience initiatives for leading hospitals and hospital chains across India.

In addition to being a contributor to different industry magazines, Ritesh is a frequent speaker at industry forums and healthcare management institutes. Ritesh has attended the Executive Education Program on ‘Leading Innovation’ at Harvard Business School and on ‘Data Analytics in Healthcare’ at IIM, Ahmedabad

May 08, 202001:21:16
ISB Alumni Technology SIG Webinar on Technology in Marketing- What's Next?

ISB Alumni Technology SIG Webinar on Technology in Marketing- What's Next?

“Most brands and marketers only utilize 15% of technologies and capabilities they are already paying for, so the focus should not be on the number of technologies that need to be adopted, but in “applying” them to solve business needs and changing consumer behaviours.”

We can witness the marketing industry evolving, and it is interesting to see how much technology has revolutionized the marketing function. We have reached a point where marketing space is continually being reshaped by new ideas, concepts, trends, strategies, and best practices. While marketing strategies must be a lot more innovative and useful, but regular technical advancements have immensely helped the marketers, particularly, the availability of big data coupled with a wide variety of digital marketing channels, offers substantial opportunity for marketing professionals.

In the next SIG Webinar Series, Technology SIG invites Raghu Seelamsetty, Managing Director India at Sizmek by Amazon to share his views on "Technology in Marketing - What's Next?". This webinar will be moderated by Vivek Subramaniam, PGP Co'13, Technology SIG Moderator, Head of Digital Products - Manufacturing at Nissan Digital.

In brief, this one hour would give cues on:

1) Technology in marketing space

2) Does technology landscape differ in B2C vs B2B space?

3) Best use cases of technology in marketing

4) Any traps one should look at when introducing technology in marketing?

5) What's next from an evolution standpoint?


Raghu Seelamsetty is a successful entrepreneur with background in sales, marketing, and product development. He has built Sizmek (Eyeblaster/MediaMind) to be India's largest digital marketing platform.
He launched the product in 2008 when the Indian digital advertising market was sub $100 million as a one man team. He built it up over the years to become India's largest digital marketing platform. He has signed on some of the biggest marketing companies in the country as customers. These include GroupM, Dentsu Aegis Network, Cheil, Starcom, Madison, Interactive Avenues, Reprise Media, etc.
He has delivered over Rs. 1000 crores worth of media last year across verticals such as e-commerce (Flipkart, Amazon India, etc.), telecom (Airtel, Vodafone, etc.), Auto (Maruti, BMW, etc.), handset makers (Samsung, Micromax, etc), FMCG (P&G, Reckitt, etc) and many more.


Vivek Subramaniam is the ISB Alumnus of PGP Class of 2013 who is currently working as Head of Digital - Manufacturing at Nissan Digital. He is a passionate, business-minded technologist, focused on enabling global organizations to deliver quick value to the business. He loves setting up and working with high-performance technology teams to solve nebulous and complex business problems.
His current area of interest is the leverage of AI in Supply Chain and manufacturing amongst other areas.

Apr 22, 202001:01:19
ISB Alumni Business Analytics SIG Webinar on Building an Analytics Product - Opportunity, Plan, and Challenges

ISB Alumni Business Analytics SIG Webinar on Building an Analytics Product - Opportunity, Plan, and Challenges

“In God we trust, all others must bring data" - W. Edwards Deming

At its core, analytics is simply the science of mining data to come to conclusions, but it’s never as simple as it sounds. Today’s market leaders are using advanced analytics as a core competitive advantage, allowing them to agilely respond to market changes and win their customers’ choice. An increasing number of companies are creating products that combine data with analytical capabilities. Creating an effective development process for these data products requires well-established steps — and adding a few new ones, too.

In the next SIG webinar series, Business Analytics SIG presents Nimesh Mehta, Founder & CEO - Rockmetric, PGP Co '09, in conversation with Amit Kumar Gupta, Sr. Data Scientist - Microsoft India, AMPBA Co '18. Nimesh will share his insights on “Building an Analytics Product - Opportunity, Plan, and Challenges".


Nimesh Mehta is the Founder & CEO of Rockmetric and an ISB Alumnus from Class of 2009. Rockmetric is a “cognitive data analyst” that automates analysis and insights with a “natural language search” interface.

Nimesh worked closely with senior business leaders as a management consultant and also as a leader of a research cell at the Indian School of Business. He had the corporate experience of 14 years before founding Rockmetric. Nimesh had a great stint heading a research cell at ISB with a research grant of $2 million to develop high-impact financial and technology innovations to kick-start the market for skill development. One of their innovations, a Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Skill Development (CGFSD), was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2012-13.


Amit Kumar Gupta is the Sr. Data Scientist with Microsoft India. He is an experienced Senior Software Engineer (and Data Scientist) with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He is skilled in the Data side, .NET Framework, Hybrid Cloud, and C#. He is Strong engineering professional with a Master's Degree, Business Analytics and Data Science focused on Machine Learning from the Indian School of Business.

He is also a guest faculty at various engineering colleges (to name a few: IIIT Hyderabad, BITS Hyd, Vasavi, KLU, SRM, PVP Siddhartha, VR Siddhartha... etc.) and guided/mentored next generation of programmers/data scientist and faculty communities by sharing the real-world applications and knowledge, DS/Algo and Data Science.

Apr 18, 202001:00:47
ISB Alumni Family Business SIG Webinar on Is your Business Protected from COVID?

ISB Alumni Family Business SIG Webinar on Is your Business Protected from COVID?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has placed how we interact in the spotlight, with phrases like ‘social distancing’ now established in our common vocabulary. The disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis has forced businesses to change how they operate; all workers are now working remotely, and physical events have become virtual. In this pandemic, what can businesses do to protect themselves?

In the next SIG webinar series, Family Business SIG presents Sanjeev Mantri, Executive Director at ICICI Lombard General Insurance, in conversation with Rahul Agarwal, Founder - Ideal Insurance, PGPMFAB Co '16. Mr. Sanjeev will share his insights on “Is your Business Protected from COVID?".

In brief, this one hour would give cues on:

1) Loss of Profit and Loss of Production which the businesses have suffered during COVID, are they covered in your present insurance and if not, then can they be covered in future

2) Factories are shut so are they still covered in your Fire Insurance

3) What about the status of Health and Life Covers. Does “Force De Majeure” apply to them?

4) Any other queries w.r.t Insurance during the present crisis


Mr. Sanjeev Mantri is Executive Director at ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, the largest private-sector General Insurance Company in India.

He spearheads the retail division of ICICI Lombard and is responsible for the distribution of products across the agency, bancassurance, direct and alternate channels. He is also in charge of strategy, products, analytics, pricing, marketing, and corporate communication verticals at ICICI Lombard.

In the past, Mr. Mantri has held key leadership positions with BNP Paribas and ICICI Bank over a career spanning more than 20 years. In terms of qualification, Mr. Mantri is a Cost and Chartered Accountant.


Rahul Agarwal is the ISB Alumnus from the PGPMFAB class of 2016. He's a serial entrepreneur with many startups to his name in Insurance, Real Estate, and Travel. His first and most prominent startup, Ideal Insurance, is an industry leader in its segment and has raised multiple rounds of funding. He's also the founder of BNI Kolkata. Rahul is an active angel investor and is a Managing Partner in Venture Catalysts. He's invested in more than 10 startups and actively mentors many young entrepreneurs.

Apr 14, 202001:00:24
ISB Alumni Human Capital SIG Webinar on Parenting with Depth

ISB Alumni Human Capital SIG Webinar on Parenting with Depth

This forced pause due to the pandemic has given each one of us that space to go to great depths within ourselves. For some it may have opened creativity, calmness, clarity and overall, well-being, while for others the intensity of fear, helplessness and insecurity would have made home. We believe that we are made up of positive as well as shadow aspects, which have always been there; the only difference is that many of us are becoming more aware. And therefore, being conscious of what this context is demanding from us will lead to future benefits.

One such critical aspect is parenting, especially when you and your children are working from the same work-home spaces, boundaries are blurring, and challenges are increasing. But so are the opportunities. Ram and Shraddha are happy to bring in their experiences with how a child & parent can co-create their evolutionary journey in the next Human Capital SIG webinar in the SIG webinar series.

In brief, this one hour would give cues on

  • how parents can get initiated into discovering the core essence of their children
  • aspects of holistic development of child's mind, life energy, physical and deeper self
  • how parents can enable the environment for their children to manifest their being 


Ramkumar R is a leadership coach, musician, and educator. He helps individuals and organizations discover their true purpose and realize their potential. He is 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. 

Ram does CXO coaching, leadership development and business strategy workshops for clients like Adobe, Barclays, Cisco, Thyssenkrupp, HP, Alstom, Disney, TCS, and TVS. He is an alumnus of ISB (PGP Class of 2006), a certified Executive Coach from Coaching Foundation of India (CFI), and a gold medalist in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He is also an award-winning professional musician and educator who has performed more than 500 concerts. 

Shraddha Patel is an HR Leader with rich experience across HR verticals & Industry sectors. Her ability to look at the big picture, appreciating process linkages, detail orientation and passion of taking people along gives her a strong edge for aligning strategic HR initiatives. She has a self-reflecting & creative mindset and is constantly looking out for understanding the essence and elements of the transformation journey of individuals and organizations. 

Her passion for exploring the world of parenting with depth was inspired by her experiences with organization leaders who she worked with. These encounters drew her awareness to critical aspects of childhood and how each one of us has a core being that needs to be nourished. Her aspirations to hold the space for individuals to nourish themselves, connect to their purpose and express their inner being in the world led her to exploring a whole new world of resonating people, philosophies and practices. She primarily is inspired by Nichren Daioshonin's Buddhism and Arul Dev's work on the depth of the being, apart from all other great leaders in this space.

Apr 11, 202001:14:48
ISB Alumni Finance SIG Webinar on Managing Personal Finances through Career Lifecycle

ISB Alumni Finance SIG Webinar on Managing Personal Finances through Career Lifecycle

"The more your money works for you, the less you have to work for money"

Managing personal finances well is extremely important part of overall well being.  It might come naturally to a few of us, but for a vast majority it is still a complicated topic. By following a few simple rules with discipline and knowledge, one can master the art of financial management. High quality financial management will ensure optimised savings and a sustainable lifestyle for you and family members.

In the next SIG webinar series, Finance SIG presents Nitin Vyakaranam, Founder & CEO of ArthaYantra, PGP Co'06, in conversation with Mukti Hariharan, Director- Treasury & M&A at Hindustan Unilever Limited, PGP Co '06. Nitin will share his insights on “Managing Personal Finances through Career Lifecycle".


Nitin Vyakaranam is the Founder & CEO of ArthaYantra. He has worked for over 17 years in sectors such as Banking, Private Equity, IT product development and Multilateral Financial Institutions in multiple functions. His experience has helped him add the versatility of thought and functioning to the organization. He holds multiple patents and has been at the forefront of the success story of ArthaYantra, making it India’s largest online personal finance advisory company. He is an avid reader and also contributes to multiple main-line and business media in India. He is also a founding trustee of the ISB Endowment Fund.


Mukti Hariharan is working as Director- Treasury, Mergers & Acquisitions – South Asia at Hindustan Unilever Limited. She has a depth and width of investing and investment banking experience across geographies and has worked previously with companies like Credit Suisse, Springboard Ventures, JM Morgan Stanley and KPMG. She is the ISB Alumnus from PGP Class of 2006 and a Chartered Accountant.

Apr 09, 202001:14:31
Webinar on Staying inwardly calm in moments of crisis

Webinar on Staying inwardly calm in moments of crisis

"this, too, shall pass"

"The most fortunate of us all in our journey through life frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which greatly afflict us. To fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes should be one of the principal studies and endeavors of our lives." Thomas Jefferson

In the next SIG webinar series, Human Capital SIG is proud to present Arul Dev, ‘Coaching with Depth’ Key Facilitator and Founder - People First Consultants Pvt. Ltd. in conversation with Ramkumar R., Coaching with Depth and Integral Development, PGP Co '06. Arul will share his insights and advice on “Staying inwardly calm in moments of crisis”.


Arul Dev aspires to be a ‘fire that lights’ the depths of human beings and collective organizations. His aim is to live with his ‘natural breath’ and do his conscious practices at work, home and society. He has been sharing his ‘inner work’ through his book ‘Into Great Depth of Your Being’ to leaders, teachers, students, parents and others – to support their inner evolution and outer creative manifestation. He holds an MCLC (Master Certified Leadership Coach) certification from Coach for Life.

Arul is the Founder CEO of People First Consultants and has been guiding the organization for the last 25 years to be value-centered providers of L&OD and Talent Hiring services. He is a guest faculty at IIT Madras for the ‘Self Awareness’ and ‘Self Awareness and Higher Goals in Education’ courses since 2011.

He periodically offers experiential workshops, namely, ‘Coaching with Depth’, ‘Integral Education’, ‘Beyond Schooling’, ‘Conscious Parenting’ ‘Youth Inner Power’, ‘Connecting to Deeper Self’ and ‘Sadhana’ (Conscious Inner Practices). He is one of the key faculty for the certification course on Coaching with Depth, co-certified by IITM and People First. He also coaches resonant few, to be Radiant Universal leaders, coaches, educators and healers.


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 clients like Adobe, Barclays, Cisco, Thyssenkrupp, HP, Alstom, Disney, TCS and TVS. He also facilitates integral education, beyond schooling and integral parenting workshops.

Ram is an alumnus of ISB (PGP Class of 2006), a certified Executive Coach from Coaching Foundation of India (CFI), and a gold medalist in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He is also an award-winning professional musician and educator who has performed more than 500 concerts.

Apr 02, 202001:10:37
ISB For Good SIG Webinar - Compassion and Mindfulness at Work and in life

ISB For Good SIG Webinar - Compassion and Mindfulness at Work and in life

In the next SIG webinar series, ISB For Good SIG invites Nitesh Batra, Founder - The Mindful Initiative, PGP Co’11 to speak on “Compassion and Mindfulness at Work”


Nitesh Batra is an ISB Alumnus of PGP Class of 2011 and the founder of The Mindful Initiative. His journey into the world of contemplative practices started when Nitesh attended his first Yoga class. It was that class that marked the beginning of his quest to discover the depths of Indian culture and history. He has practiced Yoga and Meditation under the KPJAYI lineage and has been authorized to teach by his Guru Sh. Sharath Jois. He runs the Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna Program in Bangalore. His passion led him to become a Media Professional and produce two award-winning feature films on India. Nitesh is a serial entrepreneur and investor in firms in India. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Nitesh worked for financial firms like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, where he ran a successful health care business working with the federal government in the United States.
Nitesh graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Engineering. He also holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is a graduate of the Compassion Cultivation Teacher Training program from Stanford Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is an avid photographer and traveler. You can follow his photography on his photography website -


Swati Desai holds a dual career of a doctoral degree from Anderson School of Management UCLA and a mental wellness practitioner who passionately combines her heritage with Eastern wisdom and her training in Western research-based analytical methods. She had her private practice at Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Los Angeles for 12 years, where she used her intense training in Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation practice to help people deal with difficult emotions, where she conducted meditation workshops, held meditation groups, and used mindfulness philosophy in individual sessions to allow people to experience the power of mindfulness to reach their potential. She developed an App named 2Meditate, for creating a global group of mindfulness meditators who can meditate together anytime they want. She has been involved in teaching Mindfulness at UCSD Center for Mindfulness and being an expert at TONE networks for offering bite-sized video coaching to busy working women using Mindfulness philosophy.
Swati had blogged extensively for Huffington Post and Positively Positive, and wrote several columns for the Times of India. She has appeared on a TV show in India called “Good Life.” After her long term association with ISB, she is currently working in ISB Executive Education as a Faculty and Alumni Engagement person and teaching Mindfulness and Leadership workshops in ISB, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

Mar 28, 202001:28:03
Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on the Manufacturing Eco-system

Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on the Manufacturing Eco-system

In the next SIG Webinar Series, Manufacturing & Operations SIG in collaboration with Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing invites Professor Chandan Chowdhury, Senior Associate Dean and Practice Professor (Operations Management and Information Systems) to speak on “Impact of COVID-19 on the Manufacturing Eco-system”. The session was moderated by Col. Rajiv Bhargava, Associate Director, Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing, Indian School of Business.


Professor Chandan Chowdhury is a Senior Associate Dean and a Practice Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He is also an Independent Director on the Board of Uno Minda, an Indian automotive multinational and IIM (Sambalpur).

Before joining ISB, he served three top multinationals as Managing Director and Country Manager (IFS, IBM and Dassault Systemes). Professor Chandan has also been a member of the Board of Directors in Dassault Systemes (India) and other subsidiaries of Dassault Systems.

Professor Chandan has an excellent blend of academia and industry. During his last academic stint, Dr. Chandan was a Professor, Dean (Academy), Chairman (Board of Research), and Member (Board of Governors) at NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, established as a joint initiative between United Nations and Government of India in 1963).

Professor Chandan has been the recipient of numerous awards, and his special areas of interest are innovation and ‘Technology-Enabled Business Transformation”.

He is also an expert panel member at NITI Aayog, developing the Manufacturing India@2035 roadmap.

He is passionate about leveraging technology to make the world a better place to live in.


Colonel Rajiv Bhargava did his Post Graduate Program in Management from ISB in Strategy and Finance in 2011 and had a Masters in Defence Studies from Madras University. He did his graduation at the prestigious National Defence Academy. Currently, he is an Associate Director at the Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing and the Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure at ISB, the two institutes set-up with MIT as an Associate Partner. Colonel Rajiv Bhargava is a prolific writer and has authored a book on defence offsets. His op-eds have been published in Economic Times, Mint and other newspapers. Colonel Rajiv Bhargava has interests in areas of innovation management and skilling and is passionate about studying the determinants that impact valuation of start-ups and MSMEs.

Mar 27, 202001:04:34
Webinar on Leading People in the Times of Corona: What can we learn from this crisis"

Webinar on Leading People in the Times of Corona: What can we learn from this crisis"

Continuing the highly acclaimed SIG webinar series, Human Capital SIG is proud to present Prof. Chandrasekhar Sripada, Clinical  Professor - OB and Strategic Human Capital, Indian School of Business in conversation with Kaumudi Goda, COO - MetaMind Training, PGP Class of 2012, Senior Advisor - Human Capital SIG. Dr. Chandra will share his insights and advice on "Leading People in the Times of Corona: What can we learn from this crisis".


Dr. Chandrasekhar Sripada is  a Clinical Professor - OB and Strategic Human Capital at the Indian School of Business. He is a seasoned Top Management  Professional with extensive cross-border experience in Strategic Human Capital Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, and Board level governance. Brings a rare combination of deep interest in research, writing, teaching, and executive education  with vast hands-on experience of management practice across Public, Private and Multi-National companies for close to four decades. As the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and member of the top leadership teams- Chandra has directed and steered people strategies in well-known mid and large size companies (5000 to 150,000 employees)-across old and new economy industries-over a career spanning 40 years


Kaumudi Goda is  an experienced professional who has helped transform Fortune 500 companies in Asia, Europe, and North America as a talent strategist, culture builder, and program manager. KG has delivered industry-leading results in learning and development, talent retention  and management, and diversity and inclusion. She is a trusted business advisor and has extensive global experience in client leadership, business development, and P&L responsibilities. A Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management  with over 14 years of client and project management experience, KG moved into human capital management after getting an MBA from the Indian School of Business in 2012. Prior to that, she was an attorney for seven years in the U.S. with an LLM from the University  of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in India and U.S. KG is an award-winning public speaker and a published author who enjoys conducting workshops, mentoring, and coaching.

Mar 24, 202001:22:43
Webinar on ExpertSpeak on the Pandemic

Webinar on ExpertSpeak on the Pandemic

In the next SIG webinar series, we invite Prof Peter J LiAssociate Professor of East Asian PoliticsUniversity of Houston - Downtown to give an ExpertSpeak on what is ailing the world today the Corona Virus Pandemic, the root cause, and its global impact.


Dr. Peter J. Li, Associate Professor of Political Science, brings with him knowledge and expertise of East Asia to the classrooms at the University of Houston-Downtown and the Houston community at large. Dr. Li specializes in the politics, foreign relations, and environmental governance of China.  Born in mainland China, Dr. Li completed his college education there and earned bachelor’s degrees in English and foreign service. His life in the U.S. began in the mid-1980s when he was admitted to the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University to study international relations. In 2000, Dr. Li was awarded a doctoral degree in Comparative Politics from North Arizona University. He has been teaching at the University of Houston-Downtown since 2002.

As one of the international relations scholars who also study global environmental politics, Dr. Li has written extensively on the politics of modernization and its impact on animal protection policy-making. He wrote in popular media and academic journals, for example, on China’s misguided wildlife conservation policy, wildlife use regulatory failure and a global public health crisis, urbanization, development, and diversification of social interests and conflicts, and on the need for China to legislate against animal cruelty.


Dr. Anand Nandkumar is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Indian School of Business. Anand explores industry and firm-level phenomena that influence innovation - the generation and distribution of new "ideas" and, entrepreneurship - the process by which, new ideas are commercialized and brought to the market. His research focuses on high technology industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and software industries, and his research falls in between industrial organization (IO), the economics of technological change and strategy.

Anand's current work examines the effect of patent reforms on R&D productivity of Indian firms and foreign captives in India, the influence of incentives on the generation of innovation, the influence of technology markets on firm performance and the role of opportunity costs on entrepreneurial performance. Anand graduated with a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University University in 2008. Prior to his Ph.D., Anand worked for about 3 years with a startup in the silicon valley and prior to that in New York City with one of the world's largest financial services firm.

Mar 18, 202001:18:07
Finance SIG - Role of Finance and Leadership in Business Turnaround

Finance SIG - Role of Finance and Leadership in Business Turnaround

Finance SIG brings seasoned leader Deepak  Raj, Managing Director, Keller ASEAN Business Unit to talk  about how  he explains used data for business turnaround and how making finance as a centre stage ensures appropriate decision making for the organisation and shapes strategy which enhances shareholder returns in the long run. This webinar is a must attend for all leaders  who aspire to effectively drive decision making using data as a differentiator.


Deepak Raj is  Managing Director at KELLER’s ASEAN business unit, based out at Singapore and has been instrumental in turning around the Asean business with a turn over of about 100 Mn dollars from loss-making to profit-making in less than a year after moving from India  wherein he was heading India business. Keller, the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor with a presence in 40 countries with annual revenue of 2.2 Bn Pounds and is listed in FTSE London. One of the key changes he has undertaken is in finance to do the business turn around and this has impacted the overall strategy and completely changed the business decisions that were undertaken at Keller ASEAN business unit. He is here to share his journey, learnings, and insights through a webinar for finance SIG.


Kunal Sanghavi is  an alumnus of PGPMAX Co ‘17 and works with the Metropolitan stock exchange of India Ltd. as CFO and is a part of organizational leadership & strategy along with managing treasury and finance vertical. He has recently played a Crucial Role in organisational  turnaround and is a specialist in financial services and capital markets. Kunal is also a moderator of the ISB Alumni Finance Special Interest group.

Mar 11, 202001:30:44
Tech SIG - The Art of Technology Roadmapping

Tech SIG - The Art of Technology Roadmapping

In our next webinar in the Technology SIG webinar series, our guest Vinay Dabholkar, President, Catalign Innovation Consulting, explains the principles behind  technology road mapping, and explores key questions on the art of technology road mapping, and its relevance to strategy and business: In a world where technology changes at a rapid pace, is there a place for technology road mapping? What are the essential  elements of a technology roadmap? How can we build an effective road map? How can technology road mapping serve as a tool for strategy execution?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8:30 p.m. IST / 8 a.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. GMT


Vinay Dabholkar is an innovation coach, author and teacher, and the founder and president of Catalign Innovation Consulting. Vinay builds on his past experience  in the high-tech industry and his teaching experiences to act as a catalyst for strategic innovation, helping organisations improve their innovation maturity.

Vinay is a visiting faculty at IIM Bangalore, IIT Bombay and TISS Mumbai, and has taught the course on 'Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation'  at IIMB. Vinay is the co-author of 'Eight Steps to Innovation: From Jugaad to Excellence', and is the author of 'Mindfulness: Tearing the Veil of Innovation'.


Praveen Gonabal is an alumnus of PGP Co ’06 and works with Infosys in London. He helps clients make sense of and respond to opportunities for digital transformation  by leveraging disruptive and mainstream technologies. Since joining Infosys in 2006, Praveen has led the shaping of large and transformational engagements for companies across industries and geographies. He has been a core member of Infosys Consulting's IT  Strategy practice and currently focuses on serving clients in the energy sector. Praveen is a moderator of the Technology Special Interest Group.

Feb 12, 202001:02:18
Analytics SIG - Data Analytics in GeoSpatial Domain - Lessons from a Global Indian Startup

Analytics SIG - Data Analytics in GeoSpatial Domain - Lessons from a Global Indian Startup

Office of Alumni Engagement at ISB in collaboration with Business Analytics Special Interest Group invites you to join for a webinar on "Data Analytics in GeoSpatial Domain - Lessons from a Global Indian Startup". The speaker for the session is Dhruva Rajan, CEO - GeoSpoc and it is moderated by Himanshu Warudkar,  Analytics SIG Moderator, an ISB Alumnus from PGPMAX Class of 2015. 

Brief introduction of the Speaker:

Dhruva is a Geo-Evangelist and CEO at GeoSpoc. He has several years’ experience in Geospatial Technologies and experience of working in diverse markets. Dhruva is a visionary, innovative and transformational leader with a keen ability to help position companies for innovation and profitable growth. He does this through a deeper understanding of business insights by leveraging Geospatial Technologies. He has demonstrated a strong track record of success across several industry verticals spanning Technology, Retail, Banking & Insurance, Utilities, Image processing using Satellites and Drones. He has extensive expertise in developing and leading international and domestic projects and strategic alliances. He is an expert in creating and leading an innovation-driven culture and new product development.

Dhruva has won several awards, including Top 10 Geospatial entrepreneurs in India in 2016. He has recently been leading several projects in the drone analytics space across agriculture, infrastructure, and natural resources. In his spare time, Dhruva mentor students pursuing Geospatial studies in several parts of India. He is also a busy Dad outside of work and likes to spend weekends away from the bustle of the City.

Oct 23, 201901:17:19