Registration & Morning Refreshments 0745 – 0840 hrs

All to be seated by 0840 hrs

Plenary Session I
Opening Session 0840 - 1000 hrs
Opening Remarks Ashok Kapur, IAS (Retd.) | Director General, Institute of Directors, India

He was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (1967 Batch). He has served the Government in various capacities, including Secretary & magistrate of various districts. During 1992- 94, was appointed leader of the Indian Delegation to the UN Conference on Biological Warfare. In September, 1991 was appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Supplies & food & science & technology, Govt. of India. Currently he is the Director General of Institute of Directors, India.

Welcome Address Dr. Yousef Al Akraf | Chairman, Dubai Quality Group & Executive Vice President – Business Support, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)

Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Chairman, Dubai Quality Group and Executive Vice President - Business Support at DEWA said: "DEWA's strategy is based on the continuous development of its operations, and the exchange of experiences and best practices with the national and international departments and organizations, and this the second session of the annual conference is a continuation of this trend which we hope to continue participation of our strategic departments and our organizations for best partnership and cooperation."

President Address Lt. Gen. J.S Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd) | President, Institute Of Directors, India

Lt Gen J. S. Ahluwalia, PVSM (retd) is President of the ‘Institute of Directors’ and of the ‘World Environment Foundation’ (WEF). A Post Graduate in Electronics Engineering and MBA, he had specialized in engineering support to weapon systems of the Army. He has undergone extensive training in various manufacturing concerns in France, UK, USSR and Japan. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College and College of Defence Management. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow Member of a large number of foreign and Indian professional engineering and management institutions. He was chairman of the ‘Institution of Engineers (INDIA)’, President of ‘Delhi Management Association’. He has also been on the Board of Governors of ‘Engineering staff College of India’, ‘Quality Council of India’ (QCI), ‘All India Management’ (AIMA).

Keynote Address H.E. Hani Rashid Al Hamli | Secretary General, Dubai Economic Council

He is the Secretary General of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) since 2006, which is the strategic partner for the Government of Dubai in economic-decision making. Mr. Al Hamli has restructured the DEC Secretariat and set up the Dubai Competitiveness Center (DCC) in 2008, and initiated the “clusters development” and “macroeconomic modeling”: the Economic Policy & Research Center (EPRC) and the Legal Affairs & Research Center (LARC) for Dubai’s economy. Mr. Al Hamli has received many awards and certificates of appreciation from around the world. Most recently, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) awarded him an Honorary Visiting Professor title at its Research Center. Mr. Al Hamli holds a Degree in business administration, and is an alumni of Higher Colleges of Technology, (UAE), LSE (UK), IMD (Switzerland), Harvard (USA), INSEAD (France) and Dubai School of Government (UAE).

Special Address H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih | Director General, Dubai Customs, UAE

With more than 21 years of proven experience in Customs work, Ahmed Mahboob has served Dubai Customs since 1994, where he gradually advanced through different managerial and leadership positions. As Executive Director of Customer Management Division, the role His Excellency assumed for several years, he successfully led the implementation of high-profile corporate projects, such as GCC customs union rules and regulations, Cargo Reconciliation and e-Inspection projects. He is also an active member in more than twenty local, regional and international task forces and committees, including the GCC Customs Union Technical Committee. Holder of a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the UAE University. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih is considered as one of the most influential young public figures in Dubai and the UAE. On March 11th 2014. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih was appointed as Director of Dubai Customs by virtue of a decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dr. R. Seetharaman | Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, Qatar

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities of the world, including a Doctorate in Global Governance by European University and Doctorate of Laws by Washington College. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificates in IT Systems and Corporate Management. He has been named “Best CEO in Middle East” and “World Leader Business Person” and is a recipient of “The Gullands Excellence Award as a Phenomenal Banker”. Recently, he also received the “Life Time Achievement Award” from the Institute of Directors' at the Global Summit 2014 in Chennai. A regular commentator on international finance in global media outfits such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, and Bloomberg, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region.

Ranjan Dhawan | MD & CEO, Bank of Baroda, India

Mr. Ranjan Dhawan has had a very vast and varied experience in banking. His experience has been in various Corporate Credit Assignments in the Banking System. He has also been the Managing Director of a Mutual Fund. Mr. Dhawan also started a Credit Card Business, and the Point of Sale business in Punjab National Bank. During his stint as General Manager (International Banking) in Punjab National Bank, he was responsible for putting up banking subsidiaries in UK, Bhutan and Kazakhistan as well as banking operations in Hong Kong and Dubai. He moved as Executive Director of Bank of Baroda in 2012, and was appointed MD & CEO in February 2015. Bank of Baroda is currently the second largest bank in India with banking operations in 24 countries including Middle East.

Chairman Address Justice (Dr.) Arijit Pasayat | Co-Chairman, Institute Of Directors & former Judge, Supreme Court of India

Justice (Dr.) Arijit Pasayat is Ex-Chairman of Authority for Advance Rulings on Income tax, Central Excise & Customs, Ex Chairman, Competition Tribunal of India, Retired Judge of Supreme Court of India and Ex-Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. He was the main architect behind introduction of Five Year Law Course in Orissa. He was Awarded Doctorate in Law by Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and Degree of LL.D. by Fakir Mohan University, Balasore. He has had a brilliant academic career, excelling in almost every academic examination. After graduation with Honours in English, obtained LL.B. from M.S. Law College, Cuttack securing First Rank, obtained B.Com. degree privately and after completing articleship, passed Intermediate Chartered Accountancy examination. Currently, he is also the National Co- Chairman of Institute of Directors.

Inaugural Address H.E. T. P. Seetharam | Ambassador of India to United Arab Emirates

H.E. Mr. T.P.Seetharam, currently Ambassador of India to UAE has previously served as Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius. He has handled India’s bilateral relations with countries in Europe as well as the European Union in New Delhi as Additional Secretary, West Europe and as Joint Secretary Central Europe. In Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, he was Minister (Disarmament) dealing with Conference on Disarmament. He has worked as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangkok (Thailand) and dealt with UNESCAP. He also served in Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). He was Press Secretary to President of India Mr. K.R. Narayanan. Ambassador Seetharam has considerable experience in Southern Africa having worked in Lusaka, Zambia and having helped open Indian offices in Windhoek, Namibia as well as in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa. A Chinese (Mandarin) speaking officer of 1980 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, he was Director General of India- Taipei Association and has also worked in Indian Embassy in Beijing and Indian Commission in Hong Kong.

Release of Souvenir by H.E Mohammed Sharaf | Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World

Mohammed Sharaf has served as Group Chief Executive Officer of the Group since 2005 and as a Director of the Company since 30 May 2007. He joined Dubai Ports Authority in 1992, and in 2001 he became Managing Director of DP World FZE. In this position, he oversaw the Group’s growth into an international business and performed central roles in developing its first international operations at the terminals of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Constanta (Romania) and Vizag (India) and in developing its national operations at Jebel Ali and Port Rashid terminals. He began his shipping career at Holland Hook terminal in The Port of New York/New Jersey and has more than 20 years’ experience in the transport and logistics business. He is also Chairman of Tejari World FZ LLC. He is Joint Vice Chairman of the US-UAE Business Council and a member of the UAE-Canada Business Council Board.

TEA / COFFEE 1005 – 1020 hrs
Plenary Session II
Inaugural Session & Golden Peacock Awards Presentation 1030 - 1130 hrs
Introduction Dr Graham Wilson | Leadership & Organization Development, OXFORD, UK

Dr Graham Wilson graduated with a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Bristol. He worked internationally as a consultant in organisation development, helping to create exceptional places to work. He was honoured with the Distinguished Fellowship of the IoD in 1992 and contributed to many of their workshops in Total Quality and Excellence. In 1999, he qualified as a psychotherapist and since then has acted as a confidant to people in positions of power helping them exceed their own high expectations largely by better understanding the nature of human behaviour around them. He is a lecturer in leadership and business at The Oxfordshire Business and Enterprise School.

Distinguished Chief Guest Address H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan | Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, UAE

H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan received his education from the British Midfield School until the high secondary level. Afterwards, he joined Majdolin faculty at Oxford University-UK. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan has been appointed as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research since February of 2006. He already served the position of Minister of Education during the period from 2004 to February of 2006. He has also served the position of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 1990 until 2004. He is the United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He is also Chancellor of two of the UAE's three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning: United Arab Emirates University, established in 1976, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, established in 1988; he is also president of Zayed University, established in 1998. Meanwhile, His Excellency was also a Chairman of several ministerial committees including the Ministerial Committee for Education and the National Committee for Workforce Planning.

Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards & IOD Felicitations
for Quality, Training, Business Excellence and Innovative Product / Service 2015

Plenary Session III
Boardroom Leadership challenges for inclusive growth
  • Enterprise Governance: Restoring Boardroom Leadership.
  • Boundary spanning leadership: Building a resilient business for uncertain times.
  • Making board an effective instrument for corporate transformation and innovation
  • Diversity in the boardroom- a business imperative to counter group think
1145 - 1245 hrs
Chair Andrew Ratcliffe | Deputy President, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), UK

Andrew is an audit engagement partner with PwC and has spent his career leading a variety of large international audit engagements. He has wide experience in a range of industries and across borders. He has also worked on management buy-outs, IPOs and other transactions, risk assessment and control effectiveness, investigations for regulators and expert witness work. In the late 1990s, he was a member of the PwC UK firm’s Board and was subsequently elected to PwC’s Global Board, which oversees the PwC international network. He was the Chairman of that Board from 2001 to 2005. He is the current Deputy President of ICAEW and a member of its Board and Council. Andrew is the chairman of the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Music and the treasurer of a local community cinema. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1976.

Speakers H.E. Mirza Al-Sayegh | Chairman, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, and Chairman-Audit Committee Board Member, ENOC, UAE

In 1971, Mirza obtained a Business Administration Degree, and joined the UAE overseas diplomatic corporation. In 1974 he became Head of UAE Consular Mission in Bombay, India, as a Counsellor. In 1976, Mirza was appointed as Counsellor and Minister in UAE Embassy, London. In 1979 he represented the UAE on the Political Committee of the United National General Assembly session. In 1980, he spent two years studying for a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California (UK Programme) London. In 1983, Mirza took charge of investment affairs of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Government of Dubai. He has been appointed to the Board, as Chairman or Deputy Chairman, of numerous companies, both in UAE and overseas.

Dr. R. Seetharaman | Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank, Qatar

Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities of the world, including a Doctorate in Global Governance by European University and Doctorate of Laws by Washington College. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificates in IT Systems and Corporate Management. He has been named “Best CEO in Middle East” and “World Leader Business Person” and is a recipient of “The Gullands Excellence Award as a Phenomenal Banker”. Recently, he also received the “Life Time Achievement Award” from the Institute of Directors' at the Global Summit 2014 in Chennai. A regular commentator on international finance in global media outfits such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, and Bloomberg, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region.

Ashwini Mehra | Dy. Managing Director & CDO, State Bank of India

Ashwini Mehra is Dy. Managing Director & Corporate Development Officer in State Bank of India, since November 2014. Shri Mehra was earlier Chief General Manager of the Bank’s Bengaluru Local Head Office looking after the state of Karnataka. He is a career banker with more than 3 decades of experience with the State Bank of India. He is Masters in Economics from Delhi University, Executive Development Programme at the IIM, Lucknow and some specialized programmes at Kellogg School, USA, Queen’s University, NY, and the World Bank Institute. He has considerable experience in the area of loans and advances. He has also worked in the mid-1990s at the Bank’s New York office as Asst. Vice President (Credit). He has also worked at the International Banking Division of State Bank of India, and till recently was on deputation to SBI Capital Markets Limited as EVP and Head of New Delhi Regional Office.

Osman Sultan | Chief Executive Officer, du Telecom, UAE

He is a veteran of the telecom sector, and one of its most well-recognised and influential leaders. He is credited with leading du as its CEO- one of the region’s most vibrant success stories, with his vision of creating a telecommunications company that would transform the UAE’s telecom sector, while adhering to its values and delivering on its promise. Under his dynamic leadership, du has grown exponentially to become the Middle East’s fastest growing telecom company, with a market share of nearly 50% in mobile subscribers in less than five years, and reaching profitability in just two years of its operations.

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Plenary Session IV
Business Excellence: Creating world class organization
  • Leadership for Business Excellence and Sustainability
  • Design of Business Excellence framework and initiatives
  • Success and mapping Business Excellence through Good governance, and Assurance & Assessment Process
  • Driving Business Excellence through co-creation strategies with customers
1245 - 1345 hrs
Chair Rajiv Yadav, IAS | Special Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India

Shri Rajiv Yadav presently Special Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has had his schooling in Civil Engineering from IIT, Roorkee and then Masters in Civil Engineering from IIT, Delhi. He did his MBA from University of Hull (U.K). He has worked in India’s North-East, as Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari District (Assam) and Head of the Rural Development Department in Assam. He has also been Chairman & M.D of Assam Power Distribution Company Limited, Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited and Assam Electricity Grid Company Ltd. looking after entire Power Sector in Assam. He has been Additional Chief Secretary, Planning & Development Deptt., Govt. of Assam. He is a regular guest faculty with LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.

Speakers Dr. Robin Mann | Head, Centre for Organizational Excellence Research Massey University, New Zealand

He is Head of the Centre for Organisational Excellence Research, New Zealand, Chairman of the Global Benchmarking Network, Co-Founder of Ltd., Founder of the International Best Practice Competition, and Founder of the TRADE Best Practice Benchmarking Methodology. Robin’s experience includes managing the UK’s Food and Drinks Industry Benchmarking and Self-assessment Initiative (1995-1998), New Zealand Benchmarking Club (2000-2004), Sheikh SAQR Government Excellence Program, UAE (2005-2007), researching national strategies to business excellence and productivity for Australia and the GEM Council (2006), Asia. Robin undertakes consultancy on business excellence and benchmarking all over the world. Robin was awarded the Harrington/Ishikawa Medal in 2011 for contributions to the advancement of quality in the Asia Pacific region.

T. Suvarna Raju | Chairman & MD, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

He is the CMD, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Mr Raju a mechanical engineer is an alumnus of India’s National Defence College. Mr. Raju joined HAL in 1980, and grew up the ladder, obtaining varied experience of manufacturing and overhaul of the several fleets including that of Jaguar, Mirage and Hawk. He rose on the portals of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited as General Manager (Aircraft Division) and then to the post of Director (Design & Development). Mr. Raju was appointed as Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on the 1st of February, 2015 and has now been re-designated as Chairman & Managing Director w.e.f. 01 April 2015. Mr. Raju is a recipient of Dr. Biren Roy Trust Award the Aeronautical Society of India, for his unstinted efforts in planning and establishment of new technologies at HAL.

C. P. Gurnani | CEO & Managing Director, Tech Mahindra, India

He is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra. An accomplished business leader with extensive experience in international business development, startups and turnarounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, CP in many ways led Tech Mahindra's transformation journey, where he contributed significantly to the company's strategy and philosophy. A chemical engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, he is a distinguished and active alumnus of the Institute. CP has been chosen as the Ernst and Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year [Manager]’, CNBC Asia’s ‘India Business Leader of the Year’, Dataquest ‘IT person of the Year’ - for the year 2013 and ‘CEO of the year 2014’by Business Standard.

Deep Sen | Head, International Business & MD,IL&FS Transportation Networks

He is Head - International Business Development, IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. He joined IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd in September, 2010, as VP Finance & Controller. Prior to joining IL&FS Group, he spent 13 years in a variety of management positions with Praxair Inc, a Fortune 200 Company in Industrial gases, head quartered in Danbury. Deep was Asia Pacific Director - Financial Services & Information Technology based in Shanghai, prior to which he was Finance Director - Praxair India based in Bangalore. Deep received a bachelor of economics degree from St. Xaviers College, Calcutta University and a post graduate degree in business management from Indian Institute Of Social Welfare & Business Management, Calcutta. Deep is a Chartered Accountant from India & a Certified Public Accountant from the USA.

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LUNCH 1345 – 1445 hrs
Plenary Session V
Installing a Governance, Risk and Compliance framework for
business sustainability
  • Meeting the boards entrepreneur conformance roles
  • Corporate governance as a game changer for business sustainability
  • Principle-based corporate governance- emerging dimensions
  • Embedding Sustainability into business strategy, for covering value chain
1445 - 1545 hrs
Chair Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas | Chairman, Audit and Risk Committee, United Learning, UK

Prof. Colin Coulson-Thomas of the University of Greenwich and Director-General, IOD India, UK and Europe Operations, holds board, public and academic appointments, and leads the International Governance Initiative of the Order of St Lazarus. He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council, chair of the council's Education and Registration Standards Committee and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of United Learning. He has helped directors in over 40 countries to improve board and corporate performance. Author of over 60 books and reports, he has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, India and China. Colin was educated at the LSE, London Business School, UNISA and the Universities of Aston, Chicago and Southern California, and is a fellow of seven chartered bodies. He obtained first place prizes in the final examinations of three professions.

Speakers Atul H Mehta | President, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

He is President of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Mr Mehta is B.Com, BGL and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. CS Mehta started his practice as founder of Mehta and Mehta in the 1996. Initially, he has served the industry for 6 years as Company Secretary, in various industries. Along with Secretarial Department, he also headed various departments like, Legal, Compliance, HR. Thereafter, he laid his pioneering step in the area of consultancy and practice and set up the firm Mehta & Mehta. He is regular faculty member for Seminars, study circle and several training programs of ICSI. He is also speaker at seminars organized by other institutions like IMC, SME Chambers etc.

Dinesh Deo | CEO, BNY Mellon International Operations (India) Pvt. Ltd

He is the CEO of BNY Mellon India since May 2011 and oversees growth in India, in addition to ensuring all operational and control links with other BNY Mellon locations including headquarters in New York. Dinesh serves on BNY Mellon's Operating Committee, in addition to the Asia Pacific Operating Committee. Dinesh also serves on the Board of Directors for BNY Mellon India’s legal entity. He joined the company’s Pune operations in November 2004 and has played a key role in the location’s evolution and success. Dinesh is a qualified chartered accountant and cost accountant. He is a certified Green Belt in Six Sigma Quality and obtained his bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Pune.

Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din | CEO, Hawkamah The Institute for Corporate Governance

He is the CEO of Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance. Prior to joining Hawkamah, Dr. Ashraf was the Executive Chairman of Egypt Post, the largest financial institution in Egypt. Before that, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute, at the Central Bank of Egypt. He was the Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors, the Institute of Corporate Governance in Egypt. Dr Ashraf served as a board member and head of Audit Committee in a number of listed, non-listed, State Owned and family owned companies. Dr. Ashraf is an Associate Professor of Management, Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University and holds a PhD degree from Manchester University, UK a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada, and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Cairo University with highest honors.

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TEA / COFFEE 1545 – 1615 hrs
Plenary Session VI
Leading Corporate transformation through fostering Innovation
and Ideas Management
  • Fostering creativity & innovation - A strategic imperative
  • Development of sustainable infrastructure, led by cost and constraints driven innovation strategy
  • Stakeholder paradigm: stakeholder activeness, issues and opportunities
  • Turning breakthrough discoveries and valuable ideas, into commercial reality
1615 - 1715 hrs
Chair H.E. Juma Al Kait | Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Trade, UAE

He Joined the Ministry of Economy in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed the Director of trade agreements in World Trade Organization department. In 2009 he was appointed as the Executive Director of Foreign Trade Affairs, at Ministry of Foreign Trade. He participated in a number of ministerial and international trade conferences, as well as in a number of specialized courses and workshops in the field of trade negotiations. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology, and holds an executive diploma in trade policies from the WTO "Geneva". He graduated from the UAE Government Leaders Program "Executive Leadership Category" 2010-2011. He supervised the preparation and completion of the first and second report of the Trade Policy Review of the United Arab Emirates, which was conducted by the WTO in 2006 and 2012. He is the Vice-Chairman of the UAE trade negotiating team of free trade agreements, the head of the Gulf cooperation Council (GCC) team on negotiations of free trade agreements in areas of trade in services and investment.

Speakers Hon. Angad Paul | Group Chief Executive Officer, Caparo Group Plc. UK

The Hon. Angad Paul joined Caparo in 1992. In 1993 he launched Caparo in India, and in 1999 chaired the company’s engineering division. He became Chief Executive of Caparo in 2002. Under his tenure, Caparo has grown from $450m sales to $1.5bn, moving from the manufacture of steel and engineering products to value added components, energy and financial services. He has also expanded the group into the Middle East and Poland, adding to the UK, North America and India. He graduated from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Boston, USA where he received a BSc in Economics.

Rajeev Jain | CEO, GVK Mumbai International Airport, India

He is Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd., which has developed CSI Airport, Mumbai and also is operating this airport since May, 2006. Mr. Jain is included in this project since the beginning and having very senior level experience in Infrastructure sector spanning steel, telecom, aluminum and airport for more than 32 years. Mr. Jain is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also fellow member of various other professional institutes in India and abroad.

Ajay Poddar | Chairman & MD, Syenergy Environics Ltd.

He is the Managing Director, Synergy Environics, India. He is a pioneer in inventing anti radiation devices in a built environment. He is also a Director Suvidha Parklift, a company which manufactures Automatic Multilevel Car Parking systems in India. As Chairman, Society for Integrated Development of the Himalayas (Sid), he has addressed national and international audiences in more than 20 countries worldwide on management practices, Health and Environics. His pioneering book 'Empower Yourself – New Life Solutions for Health and Well Being' is a bestseller.

Varun Sood | Director & Head – Strategy & Innovation, BoardMaps, India

Varun brings with him a strong track record in delivering high impact projects for Startups, SMEs and Corporations. He has worked closely with the top leadership at Fortune 100 companies and innovative startups in strategy development, process optimization, capacity building, risk mitigation, and financial forecasts. He completed an MBA from Oxford University with a specialization in Finance & Strategy and has professional experiences in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe across a broad spectrum of industries i.e telecom, technology, tourism, non-profit management, etc. Varun is passionate about continuous learning and the intersection of technology, business, and social innovation. He is currently developing BoardMaps India - Strategy and Innovation team.

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Plenary Session VII
Social Innovation - A driver of Economic Growth.
  • Strategy formulation, performance monitoring and risk management
  • Vision, objectives and strategy – Bedrocks for managing innovation and
  • Critical issues to address: globalization, technologies, innovation, diversity and ethics.
  • Winning through innovation and managing contradictions.
1715 - 1815 hrs
Chair H.E. Khaled Al Kamda | Director General, Community Development Authority, Government of Dubai

Khaled Mohammed Al Kamda is one of the leading lights of the UAE, having contributed significantly to major advancements that have helped in the development of Dubai. His extensive experience in strategically planning growth in vital public and private sector organisations has seen him in senior positions with major companies and institutions in a career that has extended over almost three decades. As Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA), Al Kamda’s current role involves him taking responsibility for regulating and overseeing the framework of community development in Dubai.

Speakers Atul Temurnikar | Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Global Schools Foundation, Singapore

Atul Temurnikar co-founded the Singapore-based Global Schools Foundation (GSF) in September 2002, with the vision of providing quality education to expatriate community. He serves as a founding Trustee and Executive Chairman of the Foundation, overseeing its worldwide operations. The Foundation has expanded to 20 schools across 7 countries, under his Visionary Leadership. He has presented several papers on Education at various forums globally. In addition to several personal recognitions received for selfless contribution to the field of education, Mr. Atul Temurnikar is recipient of Walter L.Hurd Executive Medal from Walter L. Hurd Foundation, USA and the Asia Pacific Quality Organization in recognition for his contribution to the advancement of the Quality Movement and as a role model for other business leaders to follow. He is Distinguished Fellow of Institute Of Directors, India.

Dr. Anil Sharma | President & CEO, GMS Leadership

He is the Founder, President and CEO of GMS. Dr Sharma earned his MBA & DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration). He spent 10 years in academia as an Associate Professor and chaired the Business Administration Department prior to establishing GMS in Cumberland, USA. In 1992, Dr. Sharma started GMS after acquiring naval vessels for scrap from the US Maritime Administration in Washington DC and the company has since grown into becoming the world’s largest Cash Buyer of ships for recycling. Dr. Sharma is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide, has published several articles on ship recycling and been interviewed extensively by both shipping and mainstream media. He has championed the case for responsible ship recycling in the Indian Subcontinent. Today, more than 50% of the ships sold for "green" ship recycling are concluded by GMS. Due to his efforts, Lloyd’s List has consistently ranked him as one the 100 Most Influential People in Shipping for the last four years in a row.

Aziz Mohamed | Director – Corporate Affairs, Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA), The Hewlett Packard Company

He was appointed as Director for Corporate Affairs in January 2013. Prior to that role, Aziz was the Chief of Staff for the Vice President and Managing Director of HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa. Mohamed has over 20 years of in-depth experience in business and marketing for the IT and Telecommunications industries including strategy planning, Go To Market strategies, corporate and media relations, advertising, direct marketing, government relations and social innovation. His prior role was the Manager of Global Health Initiatives within HP’s Sustainability and Social Innovation, where he was responsible for driving social innovation Healthcare programs that are aligned with HP’s business strategy.

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Coach will depart at 06:15hrs from The Meydan Hotel
for Bur Dubai Creek - Dhow Dinner Cruise

1815 hrs
Plenary Session VIII
Dhow Dinner Cruise 1945 - 2130 hrs

Arrival at Bur Dubai Creek, Opp. U.S. Consulate

DINNER 1945 hrs


(in Partnership with Consulate General of India, Dubai)
Morning Refreshments 0800 hrs
Plenary Session IX
Indo - UAE Business Meet 0900 - 1030 hrs
Opening Remarks Pradeep Chaturvedi | Vice President, Institute of Directors, India

He is an Internationally known Energy and Environment Expert having worked on projects in over 20 countries under UN Agencies. He is Graduate in Science and Graduate in Automobile Engineering. He has been regularly conducting training courses for senior levels, mainly the Directors, in the areas of Energy Policy, Energy Technologies, Technologies Transfer, Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Welcome Address Kulwant Singh | President, Indian Business & Professional Council, Dubai

He is CEO and Managing Director of Lama Group, a leading private “Total Holiday Solution” unit of 500 professionals worth Dhs 365 million in the Hospitality. Sector, based in Dubai. Besides holiday packages, it also Organizes Conventions and Mice events. He is member of ‘Abu Dubai Tourism Authority Industry Development Committee (IDC)’. He has helped promote strong economic and cultural links between Dubai and India, and received the ‘National Tourism Award’ from the President of India, as the ‘Best Overseas Tour Operator for India’. He was in The Forbes 2013 list of ‘Top 100 Indian Leaders in the UAE’, and was adjudged as the ‘Top SME in Dubai 2013’. He has recently been elected as the President of ‘Indian Business and Professional Council’ (IBPC), Dubai.

Guest of Honour H.E. Anurag Bhushan | The Consul General of India, Dubai

Anurag Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. As a career diplomat, his overseas assignments have included Political, Information and Cultural work in Tokyo; Economic, Commercial, Visa and Administration responsibilities in Dhaka and as Head of the Political and Administration wings in the Indian Embassy in Berlin. He was also responsible for training of foreign diplomats as well, as Indian Foreign service officers during his assignment at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi. Most recently, he was Head of the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi. He is an alumnus of IIT, Kanpur and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Umashankar Gupta | Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Technical Education and Skill Development, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh

An M. Com, Mr Gupta’s main profession is business. He has special interest in reading and touring. Mr Gupta began his public life as Acharya of Saraswati Shishi Mandir. Mr Gupta became Chairman of M.P. Civil Supplies Corporation in 1991. He was Bhopal Mayor from 1995 to 1999. He contributed significantly in Bhopal’s development. He ensured cleanliness constantly in every ward and near religious places, made adequate arrangements for drinking water and simplified functioning of Municipal Corporation. He was elected to Vidhan Sabha for the first time from Bhopal South constituency in 2003 and inducted as Cabinet Minister in Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Council of Ministers on October 28, 2009, as Minister for Home Department. Now he is Minister for Higher Education, Technical Education and Skill Development in Madhya Pradesh Govt.

Special Address H. E. Arun Panchariya | Consul General, Republic of Liberia to Dubai, UAE

H E Mr. Arun Panchariya is a diplomat as Consul General for the Republic of Liberia to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, heading the Mission. He is the Chairperson of Supervisory Board member of GIDC Ltd., an entity set up by associate company of GFCL jointly with Government of Serbia for development of Infrastructure Projects in the Republic of Serbia. Mr. Arun Panchariya is a Corporate Financial Advisor with over 20 years of entrepreneurial, industrial and trading experience, in numerous global locations and on a variety of deal sizes.

Nadimatla Sridhar, IAS | Chairman & Managing Director, The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd.

Mr. N Sridhar, IAS Took over charge as Chairman & Managing Director of Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd, on 1st Jan, 2015. He is an IAS officer of 1997 (Andhra Pradesh) batch. He has held varied prestigious appointments in the Andhra Pradesh State Government, such as Project Officer of Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Adilabad District, Director of Ports, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. He was Collector & District Magistrate in Ananthapur, Krishna Warangal & Ranga Reddy Districts, and worked as Special Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh for over 3 years.

TEA / COFFEE 1030 - 1100 hrs
Plenary Session X
Opportunities in Trade, Manufacturing and Technology Transfer
  • Innovative Financing Approaches to attract FDI
  • Ease of Doing Business
  • Technology options for manufacturing and services through partnership or Direct servicing
1100 - 1215 hrs
Special Address Nour Bouhassoun | Chairman & President, Michelin India Tyres Pvt. Ltd.

He joined the Michelin Group in 1985, and has held several management assignments in Sales and Marketing in Central America, the Caribbean’s, Argentina, Spain and China. He spent 8 years in Brazil from 2002 to 2010, as VP of Marketing & Sales for the Truck and Bus division covering all South America. From June 2010 to March 2013, he was VP of Commercial Business for Michelin in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico). In 2013, he became Chairman & President of Michelin AIM Zone (Africa, India and Middle East). During his career, Nour also followed specific trainings in Finance at the London Business School, in Marketing at the Northwestern University (Kellogs) USA, and in Strategy at Harvard University, USA.

Surender Singh Kandhari | Chairman, Al Dobowi Group, UAE

In 1976, Mr. Kandhari came to Dubai and formed the Al Dobowi Group. The group is the leading management service provider in the UAE, and has a significant presence in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Ghana, Europe and Canada. Mr. Kandhari is a vivid golfer and a founder member of the Emirates Golf Club where he has been the Club Captain. He is Vice President of the Auto Parts Merchants Group. He is also the Chairman of the Guru Nanak Darbar, Sikh Temple, Dubai - the First Sikh Gurudwara in the UAE. An outstanding individual who has most excellently demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision when helping others by building the first official Gurudwara in the Middle East.

Pravin Malhotra | Chairman & MD, Nipman Fastener Industries Pvt Ltd., India

He is CMD of Nipman Fastener Industries Pvt. Ltd. Nipman manufactures fasteners and cold forged components for the automotive industry. Nipman is a major supply chain partner to leading two and four wheeler manufacturers like Renault, Nissan, Hero MotoCorp, Yamaha etc. Nipman has manufacturing locations in Ghaziabad, Manesar, Haridwar and Bawal. At ACMA, he has been a mentor to various industry cluster programs, to develop industry in the Auto Component sector. He has represented Indian industry interests through various business delegations to various countries.

Sudipto Ghosh | Executive Director - Services, Lenovo India Private Limited

Sudipto Ghosh works as Executive Director, Service (India and South Asia) Lenovo India. He has successfully transformed services from IBM services to Lenovo Service platform. He has 33 years of work experience in the areas of developing the strategy and executing against plan for the overall service operation in India. Prior to joining Lenovo he was working at Chief Customer Support Office at Acer India. His experience in other organizations includes HP (Erstwhile Compaq India), Pertech Computers and Tata Steel. Sudipto holds Executive Belt Certification of Lenovo’s Lean Six Sigma.Sudipto is B. Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from BIT, Ranchi and MBA in Technology Management from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Sudipto is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of The Service Council, Boston, USA, a global community of service executives.

Ajit Singh | Managing Director, Busch Vacuum India Pvt. Ltd.

He is B. Tech. (Mechanical) from REC, Warangal and MBA (Marketing) from IGNOU. He worked with M/s. Ingersoll Rand India Limited, a fortune 500 US multinational in heavy engineering industry segment, dealing in industrial air compressors for 14 years from 1989 to 2003. Thereafter worked with Raychem RPG Limited from 2003 to 2007 as divisional head for Corrosion Protection Group, dealing in corrosion protection of buried pipelines in oil & gas industry. Currently working as Managing Director for Busch Vacuum India Pvt Ltd since 2007. In addition also working as Managing Director of Busch Shared Services Pvt. Ltd. and Chief Trustee of Busch Family Foundation – a social initiative for providing quality education to under privileged children.

Plenary Session XI
Smart Cities and Infrastructure
  • Smart City Development including Planning, Urban Infrastructure
  • Energy Security and Climate Change (Carbon Foot)
  • Transport- Airlines, Rail & Ports
1215 - 1330 hrs
Special Address I. Prabhakara Rao | CEO, Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd.

Mr. Rao, Chief Executive Officer is an experienced professional with 30 years of experience in various businesses. He holds first class Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Andhra University. He joined GMR Group in 1995 and was instrumental in setting-up the worlds largest 200 MW Diesel engine power plant at Chennai from conceptual stage to its successful operations. He also took-up the challenge of developing and commissioning 399.5 MW combined cycle power project for GMR Group at Vemagiri, Andhra Pradesh. In the year 2006, he entered the world of aviation-modernization of IGI Airport into a world class airport. Not only did he build Asia’s longest runway, compatible for landing wide bodied aircrafts, but also took up the challenge to construct Terminal 3 in 37 months, which was made operational in July 2010. Presently, he is heading the IGI Airport, New Delhi as Chief Executive Officer.

Sreeram Ananthasayanam | IBM Global Business Services, Middle East & Africa

Sreeram leads Smarter Cities for IBM Global Business Services for Middle East and Africa. He has over 17 years of experience in Strategy, Consulting, Business Development, Operations and Program Management. He specializes on Smarter Cities, Local Government & Social Business. He is the author of IBM methodologies on ‘Smarter Cities Business Architecture and Citizen Sentiment Analysis’

Sunil Bahri | CEO, Kaizensox Consulting FZE , Dubai , UAE

Sunil Bahri is a Global Management Consulting Advisor at Kaizensox Business Excellence DWC-LLC Dubai, UAE and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Fellow Company Secretary (FCS) – India, Member of Institute of Directors – India, Certified Corporate Director (World Council of Corporate Governance, UK), Member of Sox Institute, USA. Sunil is actively involved in global business communities – Board Member & Secretary General of Dubai Quality Group, President Middle East – GOPIO International Mauritius, Director General – MEA of Institute of Directors (India), Board Member & Treasurer of Indian Business & Professional Council (IBPC), Dubai, as well as Chairman of Dubai Chapter of Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Vandana Gandhi | CEO and Founder, British Orchard Nurseries

Ms. Vandana Gandhi, is the CEO and Founder of British Orchard Nurseries – the largest ISO certified Nursery chain in the Middle East. The chain of 14 branches includes prestigious Government contracts that provide nursery care facilities in DEWA, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Women’s College and ADCO in Abu-Dhabi. Ms. Gandhi’s contribution has been recognized through the prestigious Emirates Women Award & GR8 Woman Award. Her passion for education has led to a life-long journey of learning and she has earned a Mathematics honours degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business, distinction in Masters in Education from the UK. Ms. Gandhi’s appreciation for quality and excellence continue to drive her research for best practice in early childhood education, to further share it with Government bodies and other establishments

LUNCH 1300 - 1415 hrs onwards

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MASDAR CITY in Abu Dhabi: A Carbon – Neutral Eco City 1200-1300 hrs
Masdar is a project in Abu Dhabi, in the UAE. Its core is a planned city, beside Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city relies entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology.
0730 hrs Assemble at the Entrance of Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai to depart for Study Tour of Model Energy Masdar City
0930 – 1130 hrs Presentation and Visit of MASDAR (Smart City Project) – Planned and designed with technology bases strategies, as one of the most innovative, environmentally sustainable renewable energy based clean technology cluster of green buildings with quality health care for all.
1130 hrs Departure for Dubai
1300 hrs Arrival back at Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai

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