Program Manager, Frost & Sullivan
Abishek Narayana leads the Fleet & Leasing Team at Frost & Sullivan tracking the evolution and development of the global vehicle leasing industry. The scope includes 41 countries with a focus on analysis of company car leasing, private leasing and other similar business segments. He works in building exhaustive market intelligence database that enable companies take strategic business decisions and development of future business roadmaps. He has 9 years of experience in the automotive field that spans across various positions in the value chain of the automotive ecosystem in both passenger and commercial vehicle industries. Abishek with his team interacts with CXOs of international leasing companies and associations on regular intervals building precise market insights, predicting future movements and identifying business opportunities.
Senior Correspondent, Reuters News, Thomson Reuters
Aditi Shah is a senior journalist with Reuters in New Delhi. She writes on India’s automotive sector with a focus on business strategy stories and evolving government policies. Aditi has closely covered the Indian government’s ambitious plans for electrification of cars and motorbikes and analyzed how that will challenge business models of ride-sharing giants such as Uber, and also foreign and domestic carmakers. More recently, she has reported on the sluggish demand in the sector that has led to thousands of job losses and sparked worries of a broader slowdown in the autos space.
Aditi also covers India’s aviation sector and has written extensively on the fall of Jet Airways, the country’s largest private airline. She has in the past also covered other major corporate developments, including the boardroom battle at India’s Tata Sons, the government’s push for data localisation and major antitrust investigations. Prior to Reuters, Aditi worked in London for nearly four years writing for a real estate trade magazine called Property Week.
Principal Consultant & Mission Director, National Mission on Transformative Mobility & Battery Storage, NITI Aayog
Mr. Anil Srivastava, an IAS officer of 1985 batch of Madhya Pradesh cadre, has over three decades of working experience with Government in India. He has held various senior level positions of responsibility in Indian Administrative Service including that of Principal Adviser & Director General of Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office at NITI Aayog, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chairman & Managing Director, Pawan Hans Ltd. He has held the positions of Secretary in various departments of State Government including Finance, Revenue, New & Renewable Energy, Commerce & Industries etc. He has also served on the Boards of Optel Telecommunications, Hotline Glass, Fujitsu Optel Ltd., National Information Technologies, Air India, Airports Authority of India etc.
He represented India and led Indian Delegations to various international conferences while working in Madhya Pradesh state and at Centre. He has been recognized as a prolific thought leader on e-vehicles and mobility/transportation related issues in various national and international events and was a distinguished speaker at WRI, World Bank Group event at World Bank Headquarters on Transforming Transportation. He has been a part of several international collaborations to foster cooperation between India and other countries such as China, France and Japan on spearheading electric mobility. He was part of the NITI Aayog delegation to 3rd NITI-DRC Dialogue on World Economic Prospects & China-India Economic Cooperation in December, 2017. He led Industry delegation from India to China EV 100 Forum, in January, 2019. He has consistently driven the agenda for Indian leadership in the global mobility spectrum.
Under his leadership, the first ever National Summit on mobility was conducted successfully with large and active participation from global leadership representing industry, think tanks, practitioners and governments. The Summit was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. He has spearheaded the development of a robust policy paradigm to promote clean, shared and connected mobility in the country.
Mr. Anil Srivastava had his education at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Maxwell School of Public Policy & Citizenship, Syracuse University, USA. He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of India and his e-governance initiatives have won him awards.
Anjan Hemanth Kumar
Research Director – Powertrain and Electric Vehicles, Frost & Sullivan
Anjan Hemanth Kumar is the Research Director at Frost & Sullivan’s mobility practice. He has more than 12 years of experience in the field of research and consulting and currently leads Powertrain and Electric Vehicle research. Anjan has authored more than 40 industry through leadership reports and lead several client engagements relating to go-to-market strategy formulation, product portfolio analysis, new business model evaluation, market entry and diversification strategies, competitive intelligence and benchmarking to name a few. He has been regularly speaking at industry forums such as Paris Autoshow, IQPC, CTI symposium, battery tech and other green mobility related conferences.
Head-Strategy and Business Development, Bosch India
Aravind Raman heads the Strategy, Startup Engagement and Business Development function for Bosch in India. His area of responsibilities include startup engagement and cocreation, strategy development and inorganic growth. He has been with Bosch since 2004 and has industry experience of more than 24 years across manufacturing, IT and engineering services. He has lived and worked in Heilbronn, Germany for two years as a senior consultant helping a business unit achieve its strategic objectives.
Before joining Bosch, he was associated with IBM, Infosys and Hindustan Unilever Limited. He started his journey in process engineering, operational excellence, and quality management. Early in his career he moved to the product development and strategy domains.
Aravind Raman holds a bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras and has a post graduate diploma in business administration from Pondicherry University. He is a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He has also completed an executive management program at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan
An avid sports enthusiast, a globetrotter, a big foodie, a Visionary whose passion is to train, develop and nurture the next generation of leaders more passionate than him who’ll scale Frost & Sullivan to the highest peak and make an indelible footprint – that’s Aroop Zutshi for you in a nutshell!. Adopting new business models and his thirst to discover new disruptive technologies that will change the business and industries of the future have led Aroop successfully establish Frost & Sullivan offices across 45 countries brimming with expert industry. Having traveled to 78 countries worldwide, Aroop hopes to Hit the 100 country milestone and with every new country he visits, one can see F&S succeed across geographies, industries and markets. With Aroop at the helm, success comes naturally.
Auto Industry Expert & Former MD, Nissan India
PGDM from IIM-Calcutta in 1983 and since then has managed numerous assignments and roles in leading auto companies the last being MD of Nissan India. Presently he is an industry consultant, board member, corporate speaker and visiting faculty in prominent business schools. He Became a part of the automotive industry when it was at a very nascent stage in India. Over the past 3 decades contributed to the establishment and growth of the Indian automotive industry. He has worked with Bajaj Auto, Maruti Suzuki, and Mahindra & Mahindra in the past.
During the last three decades, he traveled through the length and breadth of the country and has an in-depth knowledge of the Indian market. He has been deeply involved in areas such as sales & after sales, brand building, strategic marketing, retail network expansion and development, rural marketing as well as formulating strategies for growth. He was a member of the Executive Committee of SIAM (Society of Automobile Manufacturers) the apex body of the auto industry. Chairman of Auto Expo 2018 held in Greater Noida in Feb 18. Prominent speaker in industry forums like CII, SIAM, FADA, World Auto Forum and National HRD Council. Guest speaker/Visiting faculty in prominent business institutions in the country including IIM Kolkatta, MDI Gurgaon, IMI Delhi and IIM Bangalore.
Has been a regular participant in panel discussion in prominent Business /General channels (ETV, CNBC, Aja Tak and ZeeTV). He is an independent director in the board of a reputed auto ancillary company Lumax Auto Technologies Limited.
Aswin Kumar P
Associate Director, South Asia and Middle East - Automotive and Transportation, Frost & Sullivan
Aswin Kumar leads the Passenger Vehicles and Two Wheelers team at Frost & Sullivan, brings with him over 12 years of automotive consulting expertise, with particular expertise covering – Electric Mobility, Connected Vehicles, Competitive intelligence and bench marking. Aswin is a recognized thought leader on urban mobility, smart mobility and worked with leading OEMs, tier 1 suppliers and other key stakeholders to identify and quantify the growth potential in these segments.
Chief Operating Officer-Leasing, Avis India
Avinash Gupte is Chief Operating Officer – Lease for AVIS India, responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies specially in the mobility solutions space in these disruptive times. In 2017, APAC CIO Outlook recognised Avis Lease as 10 most promising Fleet Management Solutions providers.
Customer service coupled with his passion for cars are the building blocks in his career. Initial days at Maruti Suzuki gave insights from manufacturing to after sales service and contributed significantly to up the delivery standards of its dealer network specially on customer satisfaction levels and simultaneously enhanced revenue for the dealers. Thereafter, opportunity in the Car Leasing and Fleet Management area took him to build Lease Plan in Mumbai which then led to build ALD Automotive practically from ground up.
His areas of professional interests are to constantly innovate, conceptualize and implement new products and initiatives for long term sustainable growth in the ever changing disruptive environment. A Mechanical Engineer from IIT Bombay, followed by MBA in Marketing from Fore School of Management, Delhi. His passion for cars saw him don the role of Scrutineer in the Himalayan Rally 1990, an accomplished basket ball & Table Tennis player, loves music, theater, traveling and adventure sports.
Co-founder and Vice Chairman, SUN Mobility
Chetan Maini, entrepreneur and technologist, is passionate about renewable energy and clean mobility. He is currently the co-founder and vice-chairman of SUN Mobility, an organization that aims to be the leading provider of universal energy infrastructure and services to accelerate mass electric vehicle usage. He founded Reva Electric Car Company (now Mahindra Reva) in 1995, and has been globally acknowledged as a pioneer in the domain of electric vehicles. Under his leadership, the company sold thousands of vehicles in 24 countries, and was ranked as one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world by Fast company magazine.
Chetan has over 20 years’ experience in electric, hybrid and solar vehicles and has applied for/been granted over 30 global patents. Chetan played an instrumental role in advising the Government of India on EV policy. This comprises his work with India’s National Board of Electric Mobility, Technology Advisory Group (TAG) on Electric Mobility, and the committee of Jt. Secretaries. He has received several accolades including BBC Top Gear ‘Man of the Year’ award, ‘Innovation award’ in Energy and Environment by The Economist in London, ‘Top 50 most influential Indians’ to bring about change by BusinessWeek magazine, Young Global Leader (WEF), and was the Chairman of Personal Mobility Council. Chetan holds a BSME from the University of Michigan and MSME from Stanford University. He is currently a director at Maini Group and co-founder of Virya Mobility 5.0. He is also an investor and on the board of several clean-tech start-ups.
Deepangshu Dev Sarmah
Editor-in-Chief, Auto, Tech Review
Deepangshu Dev Sarmah is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Auto Tech Review and Head of Professional Publishing at Springer Nature India.
A journalist with 18 years of professional experience, Deepangshu joined Springer India in January 2011 to conceive and launch a new automotive magazine in India. Auto Tech Review was thus born as India’s first and by far, the only automotive technology magazine in the country. The magazine today is the country’s most comprehensive automotive B2B portfolio across print, digital and niche technology conferences.
Currently, he is spearheading a project within the company to build a comprehensive driver training programme in sync with the Central Government’s mission of bringing down traffic-related deaths by half. Deepangshu has done plays and anchored shows for All India Radio and Doordarshan in the past, and has also lent his voice to radio & TV commercials. A keen political observer, he is an avid reader, a sports fanatic and an experimental chef, and someday wishes to pursue his dream of being a nursery school teacher. He is married with a seven-year-old daughter.
Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Ridecell
Diptii Tiiku is the Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at Ridecell, the leading platform for shared and autonomous mobility operators. She is responsible for all aspects of Corporate Marketing, including marketing communications, account based marketing, demand generation and PR. Diptii has a stellar 15+ year track record of turning marketing into a powerful revenue-driving force for enterprise and startups. Prior to Ridecell, she served as the Head of Marketing Services at Standard Chartered Bank where she was responsible for marketing the consumer business of the bank. In addition, Diptii has served in sales, marketing, and market research roles roles at HDFC Bank and with the WPP Group. Diptii holds a Masters in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai.
Gautam Hari Singhania
Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond
Gautam Hari Singhania is the Chairman & Managing Director of Raymond Limited, a billion dollar group. With over 17 years at the helm of Raymond group, he has successfully steered the iconic Raymond Group to newer levels of success. With a focus of transforming Raymond into an international business group Singhania has embarked on a journey to create a new age organization that is geared to outpace competitors to ensure enhanced value creation for all concerned stakeholders.
Gautam Singhania has been instrumental for the group’s aggressive foray into the ready to wear apparel segment, to provide complete wardrobe solutions for the discerning Indian male today and now into real estate. A harbinger of change, Mr. Singhania has been pivotal for the launch of KamaSutra condoms way back in 1991 that is still amongst the leading players in the Sexual Wellness space. The astute leadership of Mr Singhania also saw the rise of Raymond’s B2B Businesses such as Denim and Garmenting that has some of the most eminent brand names globally as its customers.
He has been conferred with the Maha Udyog Shri award by the Government of Maharashtra for Industrial Excellence.
Apart from business, Gautam Hari Singhania deftly shifts gears in racing super cars. A pioneering enthusiast in Indian motorsport, he was recently elected as India’s representative of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) and will represent the FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) as its Titular.
Gautam Hari Singhania is India’s only drifting champion in the country.
Founder, Digital Matters
Jaspreet is the Founder of Digital Matters, an advisory firm in the areas of Digital Transformation, Blockchain and the Future of Work. Until recently, Jaspreet was the Senior Vice President- Digital Transformation, of the $20bn Mahindra Group of Companies. He is a Digital Advisor to Mahindra Group, Adjunct Advisor to IDC, and the Emerging Technologies Advisor to Internet and Mobile Association of India. He sits on the Advisory Board of AI firm Findability Sciences and a few other companies in the technology space.
His digital transformation experience spans across Agritech, Real Estate, Next-gen Social Networks, Hospitality, Auto and Financial Services. Jaspreet is also a thought-leader in the Blockchain space in India, and he has built Proof of Concepts and products based on this technology. He is on the Advisory Board of Blockchained India, India’s largest Blockchain community, has invested in few Blockchain start-ups, and mentors the Blockchain Group for IAMAI. He has also delivered a platform-leading talk on Block Chain at TEDx.
Head - Smart Sustainable Mobility Solutions, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
Kannan completed his MBA from Ross Business School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, and MS from The University of Iowa. He has over 30 years of automotive experience across OEMs and tier 1 vendors such as Delphi – US, Ford – US, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra. After graduating from PSG College of technology, he was amongst the first batch of engineers to build Titan watches from scratch. With Ford Motors, as an attribute leader, he led Mustang, Thunderbird platforms.
Kannan has been working with Mahindra for the last 9 years in multiple roles. As head of auto strategy, he was instrumental in Conceptualising ‘Crusade’ – business transformation initiative to deliver ‘First time Right & Every Time Right’ products and ‘Delightful Customer Experience’. He led project ‘Geleentheid’ – creating a Unicorn business opportunity in Africa. As Senior Vice President, he heads eMobility vertical of Mahindra. ‘GLYD’, India’s first premium shared office commute service through electric vehicles was launched in Mumbai in March 2019. ‘Glyd’ has won several awards including Nasscom Design4India 2019.
Karan is the Co-Founder of Revv, India’s fastest growing car sharing and subscriptions platform. Given the ever increasing mobility requirements, and the fact that only 2% of Indian’s own cars, Revv aims to provide convenient and affordable mobility solutions, through innovative product offerings. Revv started in July 2015, and is currently operational in 19 cities across India, with a fleet of ~3,500 cars. Prior to starting Revv, Karan worked at McKinsey & Company for about 8 years, in the Delhi and Sydney offices. In his free time, Karan loves reading and traveling.
Vice President - Mobility, South Asia, Frost & Sullivan
Kaushik Madhavan heads the Automotive and Transportation Practice (A&T) for the MENASA region. He has over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, especially in strategic consulting and market research, His expertise lies in competitive intelligence and benchmarking, new market entry and diversification strategies, new business model analysis and evaluation and end consumer analysis of automotive technologies. Kaushik has an in-depth understanding of the growing passenger and commercial vehicle business sectors and on the growing aftermarket opportunities for OEMs in India and the Middle East. He has worked with a cross-functional team in charting out the passenger vehicle product / technology roadmap for Nissan and Datsun in India. He is a Master of Science in Automotive Systems Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany.
Convener, Centre for Auto Policy & Research
Mr. KK Gandhi is currently the Convener at Centre for Auto Policy & Research. He is also an Executive Advisor at TVS Motors and a Director at Lumax Automotive Systems, Avan Motors and Strategic CSR Alliance. He is an automotive and fuel expert with over 5 decades of experience. Previously, he was working with SIAM as Executive Director (Technical) wherein his responsibilities included, liaising with Government, testing agencies and Member Companies on all technical issues related to Emissions, Safety, Alternative fuel vehicles standards and regulations. He represented the Indian Auto Industry both in National and International forums, like CMVR-TSC, SCOE, AISC, BIS, UN WP 29, OICA, IMMA, JASIC, etc.
He was also the Scientist in Directors scale and Area Leader, Alternate fuels & Emissions and Industrial & Domestic Combustion at the Indian Institute of Petroleum. He is also a much sought after speaker and thought leader having chaired, presented papers and participated in panel discussions in more than 100 National & International Conferences & Seminars.
Managing Partner, advantEdge Founders
Kunal leads the investment initiatives as well as operations at advantEdge Founders- India’s leading seed stage technology fund focusing on consumers and mobility. Kunal has been actively mentoring and investing in startups in his individual capacity as well. He is passionate about partnering with companies across the digital spectrum including mobile commerce, digital media and other technology fields. Kunal is a Director on the Boards of Rapido and Smartivity and an Observer on the Boards of Scoopwoop and Chalo. Kunal is a Charter Member of TiE.
Kunal is a serial entrepreneur and an investor with over 24 years of global experience in varied corporate and entrepreneurial roles. He co-founded Carnation Auto – India’s first and largest independent Multi-Brand Auto Solutions company resulting in an exit to the Mahindra Group.
Kunal has global experience of working in companies such as Aptuit, InfoPro Solutions, Vodafone and Razorfish. He previously cofounded SimplyLook.com in Silicon Valley and also led the investment for a US based PE firm into Laurus Labs which is a BSE listed entity.
Kunal has a Bachelors degree in Economics (Honors) from Delhi University, an MBA from FSM, New Delhi and an MS from Kellogg and Medill School, Northwestern University.
CEO, Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG
Markus, the 2nd of the three Kreisel brothers, was always inspired by the idea of making road mobility more efficient and environmentally friendly. Creating regional value and reducing the carbon footprint to protect the environment has always been of paramount importance to him. His daily journey through an untouched natural landscape soon led to ambitions to keep the emissions as low as possible, without sacrificing driving pleasure. Markus Kreisel is CEO of Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG since 2014 with his brothers Johann and Philipp. He is responsible for sales, finance, marketing and public relations at Kreisel.
As a solution provider Kreisel offers comprehensive solutions for the energy revolution. Kreisel is known for their development of the most-efficient battery storage packs for e-mobility as well as stationary storage systems. Frost & Sullivan awarded the company the world’s best battery technology in July 2017. Kreisel Electric has been awarded among others with the first Austrian World Summit Innovation Award and Klimaschutzpreis.
Nabeel A Khan
Editor, ET Auto
Nabeel A Khan is an ace journalist and industry expert with an excellent understanding of business and economy. He is an avid student of automobile product strategy, future global trends in the automobile space. In his more than decade-long career as a journalist, he has covered Indian politics, RTI, IT, and other issues of human interest. He dedicates his last eight years of career in the automotive industry covering various aspects and stakeholders.
As an auto industry journalist, he has frequently traveled to most of the global automotive hubs and also interviewed the top global leaders in the sector. His in-depth articles and analysis have mirrored the future market trends and also unearthed various missed out important factors of the industry. Nabeel is also regularly invited to speak at business and technology forums. In the past, Nabeel has worked with top rung media houses like Network 18, IANS. In 2013, he joined Times Group and launched ETAuto.
MD & CEO, Greaves Cotton Limited
Mr. Nagesh A. Basavanhalli is a global automotive executive with more than 20 years of experience focused on building global businesses across several geographies (US, Europe, Africa, S America). Broad experience in setting up commercial & Industrial operations, building brands, global technical centres, product strategy, new partner development and strategic sourcing experience across geographies. Proven ability to open new international markets with involvement from strategy formulation to implementation. Experience building relationships with partners and leveraging functional synergies.
Mr. Basavanhalli is currently MD & CEO of Greaves Cotton Limited since September, 2016. Prior to this he was the MD & President for Fiat Chrysler Group running India operations for the global auto major. He was also part of ATG Group (KKR Portfolio Company) running businesses for Asia, M East, Africa & S. America regions. His expertise is to create products, business vision for the company, executing the business plan. His past experiences include building new business in the engineering services area. He was responsible for setting up emerging market offices across India, China and E. Europe.
His experience includes working with multiple OEMs (Fiat Chrysler, Daimler Chrysler, Chrysler, Hindujas) & has more than 6 years of experience as a member of Board of Directors with both start-ups as well as large organizations. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University and Master of Science from the University of Texas. He completed his MBA from the University of Chicago Business School where he was awarded the “Booth India Business Leader – 2009” by Chicago Booth Business School.
Head, Business Development, Uber India and South Asia
Nandini Maheshwari is the Head of business development for Uber India and South Asia. She has built key strategic partnerships, spanning both private and public sector to unlock growth in a market of global strategic important for Uber. Her mandate covers our rides business, new mobility initiatives, payments-related partnerships, capturing new green spaces and other strategic relationships.
Prior to Uber, she was an investment banker at JPMorgan in New York advising clients on M&A and IPO – executed multi-billion transactions for Verizon, Visa and Blackberry, amongst others. With over a decade of experience across US, Europe and India, she has been a key advisor to clients in technology, media and telecom sector.
She holds a Bachelors in Technology from IIT Bombay and an MBA with Honors from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She co-heads Women of Uber employee group across APAC. She enjoys reading, travel, painting and theater. She lives with her husband and daughter in Gurgaon
Chairman, Automotive Skills Development Council
Mr. Nikunj Sanghi is an industry veteran and has been vocal on the issues related to the automobile industry. He is a strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). He is an experienced owner with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry and is among the top 10 dealers of Mahindra & Mahindra with 5-3S showrooms and one 3S facility of Hero Moto Corp in Rajasthan. He was also the past president of Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA). Mr. Sanghi is an eminent individual and is trustee of the Jaipur Calagary Eye Hospital and Rajasthan Swasthya Yoga Parishad and the Vice President of SML Blood Bank Charitable Trust. In addition, he is also a part of various organizations. He is a patron of Alwar Tractor and Automobile Dealers Association and Authorised Motor Vehicle Dealers Association Rajasthan as well as a member of Industrial Advisory Committee Govt. of Rajasthan, Bhartiya Skill Development University Jaipur and a council member of Alwar Chapter, Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
He has been bestowed with several awards like Rajasthan Govt. Citation for Contribution to Beautification of Alwar City, Best Service Dealer for Honda Parts Products Ltd., Role of Honour for Best Human Resources Policies amongst Mahindra Dealership and a few more. Mr. Sanghi is an Honours Graduate in Business Management from University of Rajasthan and has also done L.L.B. from University of Delhi. He has studied Corporate Law and holds a degree of ACS from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Head of Mobility Services, Tata Motors
The love of taking things apart to discover how they worked, found its way into a career in Design, which started with creating objects to creating enabling environments for design teams. Over the last 25 years I moved from designing simple consumer products to highly technical, industrial and commercial products & solutions across multiple companies.
In the Automotive domain worked across both Design and Product Planning functions from small design consulting & prototyping company to OEM’s like Renault and now Tata Motors. In Jan 2017 was charged with setting up a Mobility Innovation Hub for Tata Motors in the Silicon Valley in order to track consumer and technology trends and establish partnerships and collaborations with start-ups & tech companies for possible Product and Service solutions relevant to our markets.
Currently leading the Mobility Services function as part of the Corporate Strategy team, to explore Tata Motors play in the Shared Mobility, EV and Connected vehicle space inline with evolving consumer and market trends. This involves working and collaborating with Startups and Technology companies to bring new solutions to market to expand our portfolio of offerings.
Raghu C Nayak
Managing Director, Porsche Center Bengaluru
Raghu Chaitanya Nayak is a post-graduate in “Tourism and Logistics Management” (New Zealand) which he pursued after his initial education in Mysore. On Completion of his Post Graduation Degree, he took over the family business and was appointed as Managing Director for the Friendly Group. After taking charge he expanded the business and helped it grow organically from its modest beginnings to a national identity conglomerate.
Today, the group operates in many verticals; ranging from logistics, automotives, 2-wheelers, luxury cars to real estate, hospitality and Life sciences, and has seen unparalleled growth under his directive. Mr Raghu Chaitanya Nayak, is an optimistic, diligent, pragmatic, well travelled, meticulous and grounded leader. He is constantly working with his team on creating a “World Class Brand” by developing and establishing high standards of quality, communication, public relation, superlative hospitality and networking within the organisation.
Managing Director, HELLA India Lighting Ltd.
One of the Youngest Professional CEO, A Social Entrepreneur, Ramashankar Pandey is the Managing Director of Hella India Lighting Ltd. Since year 2010, a Great Place to Work Certified Company and the most Innovative enterprise as awarded by CII in 2017 in Mid-Size Manufacturing Category.
Winner of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award for 2016 in the Promising Category, he is an alumnus of NIT Calicut, ICFAI Hyderabad and IIM Bangalore. He also completed AIMA’s flagship Global Advance Management Program at University of California, Berkeley at Silicon Valley. He is the chairman of Aftermarket committee at ACMA. He is GC member at TIE Chandigarh & EG member at ASDC Road Transport Committee. He is Jury member of AIMA’s (All India Management Association) National Competition for Young Managers-2016.
He is very passionate and actively engaged to fight the menace of alarming Road Deaths on Indian Roads by steering various road safety awareness campaigns as president-CWC of “Drive Smart, Drive Safe” organisation. In this capacity he is known more as a social activist, a Road Safety Warrior than a Professional CEO. His contribution towards Skill India initiative, as co-founder of “Prayaas Bangalore” since his BOSCH days in 1998, has benefited 100’s of underprivileged youths get jobs and livelihood they deserve, currently 3 Skill centres are run by Prayaas in association with Smart Village Project in Andhra.
Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan
Sarwant Singh is Managing Partner and Regional Leader for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region at Frost & Sullivan. In addition to these roles, he is also the company’s Global Head of the Mobility, Aerospace, Defence & Security Practice. He is also the leader and founder of a think tank group within the organisation that works on future Mega Trends. Sarwant consults to clients like Ford, Philips, BMW, Fiat group, Nissan, Toyota, UNIDO, Fincantieri and many other high profile organisations leveraging his Mega Trends and Future of Mobility work. He is author of a book titled, “New Mega Trends” launched in Oct 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan has since been sold in over 30 countries and recently been translated into Chinese for a local China market release. Sarwant is a member of the World Economic Forum Transportation group and writes for Forbes. He sits on advisory boards of Nissan, ATI, Leeds University Business School and a few start ups.
Program Manager, Mobility, Frost & Sullivan
Satendra Kumar leads the Commercial Vehicles team at Frost & Sullivan, brings with him over 10 years of automotive consulting expertise, with particular expertise covering – Total Cost of Ownership, Vehicle Telematics, Benchmarking Analysis of OEM Practices, Dealership Profitability Assessment, among others. He has extensive expertise in evaluating end-user requirements and custom designing solutions through effective planning and achieving the required results with strong analytical/reporting skills and a detailed understanding of automotive market.
Shri Pravin L. Agrawal
Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Govt of India
Shri Pravin L.Agrawal, aged 51 years, is Joint Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India. An Indian Forest Service Officer (1994 Batch), Shri Pravin L. Agrawal is a commonwealth scholar & holds post graduate degree in sustainable development, public policy and management from different global universities. Shri Agrawal is also a part time Board of Director on the Boards of few CPSEs like HMT group, HEC, etc. He has varied experience in the field of Public policy and Governance issues. He has been nominated by U.S. Department of State for its prestigious fellowship “International Visitors Leadership programme” on Border Trade issues during 1995. Shri Agrawal is working on the policy environment of Automobile sector since his joining in Department of Heavy Industry from March, 2015. He is the main architect of FAME India Policy. He is responsible for implementation of recently launched scheme on Electric Mobility/ FAME-II Scheme.
CEO-Global Business, HERO ECO
Sohinder Gill is the CEO Global Business for HERO ELECTRIC and DIRECTOR GENERAL of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV ) both for the last 10 years.
A Mechanical Engineer with MBA, he started his career with Larsen & Toubro in the Aerospace division in the Satellite launching project of ISRO. He later worked in all the major functions in leading automotive organisatio ns like HE RO HONDA, ESCORTS, YAMAHA, KINETIC HONDA AND JK GROUP in manufacturing, Engineering, Marketing, International Bus iness and Strategy management.
He started SMEV in 2008 and enrolled 20 EV players to create a collective vision for electric mobility in India. SMEV has been playing pivotal role in supporting the EV industry and assisting the government and the institutions to create an optimum eco system to promote EVs. Today SMEV is a strong, independent 65 member’s organization representing the entire spectrum of EVs like Tata, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra, Hero, Ather, Indian Oil , BPCL, Bosch, Exicom and many others. The views and opinions of SMEV are respected and trusted across the stakeholders.
Sohinder Gill regularly interacts with policy makers, academia, technology institutions, certification agencies and foreign partners to help create the right eco system for EVs in India. He looks forward to mentoring startups who may be struggling to get a foothold into this Industry.
Sumantra Bibhuti Barooah
Executive Editor, Autocar Professional
Sumantra Bibhuti Barooah is a journalist with experience of over 18 years in the media industry. In his current role of Executive Editor, Sumantra is responsible for the content of Autocar Professional as well as growing brand Autocar Professional through new initiatives. Before joining Autocar Professional, he had a nearly 10-year stint at CNBC-TV 18 – India’s leading business news television channel. His last role in CNBC-TV 18 was Chief Correspondent – Automobiles. As a business journalist tracking the automotive industry, Sumantra has been tracking and reporting almost all significant developments in the Indian and global automobile and auto ancillary industries. Sumantra holds a Masters’ Programme Certificate in Mass Communication from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune.
Global Partner & Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild
Vikas Sehgal is a global partner and the Executive Vice Chairman, South & South East Asia and Global Head of the Automotive sector. Mr. Sehgal leads a team of more than 40 managing directors and directors across the Americas, Asia and Europe and has advised on more than 70 transactions, ranging from $100m to $25bn. Under Mr. Sehgal’s leadership, the bank has catapulted from 12th position to 1st in the global league table for the automotive sector. Mr. Sehgal is a non-executive board member of Cyient, an engineering services company based in India. In addition, Mr. Sehgal is a member of the board of Houghton International, a US based petrochemicals company. Mr. Sehgal was also a former member of the advisory board to PSA with focus on South Asia.
Mr. Sehgal is also the former chairman of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) for automotive and member of the Global Future Council (GFC) for mobility of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Mr. Sehgal has been associated with WEF since 2012 and has worked with the WEF on a range of issues pertaining to manufacturing, automotive and mobility over past 7 years. Since January 2016, Mr Sehgal has been an advisor to the Government of India, working closely with the Ministry of Trade & Commerce (Invest India) and the Ministry of heavy industry (2017-2018).
Mr. Sehgal joined Rothschild & Co in 2011, having previously been a partner of the Automotive business of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). Prior to BAH, Mr. Sehgal worked as an engineer at the Ford Motor Company and Daewoo Motors. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS Engineering), University of Chicago (MBA), University of Florida (ME – Industrial) and the University of Delhi (BE-Mechanical), Mr. Sehgal has nearly 25 years of experience across industry, management consulting, and banking.
Mr. Sehgal has been the youngest ever recipient of the Yuva Ratan Award, a national award in recognition of exemplary contributions to society through Academics and Community Service. Mr. Sehgal was also awarded International Outstanding Student Officer Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Most Outstanding Student Award, University of Delhi-India, National Science Foundation Scholarship and Ford Fellowship to MIT. Over the course of last two decades, Mr. Sehgal has published a book, “Higher Education in Third World Countries: Revamping Technical Education Policy” Uppal Publishing and more than 20 papers and articles in leading global journals. He is frequently quoted in print and electronic media.
Consulting Director - Automotive, CounterPoint
Vinay is Consulting Director – Automotive, with Counterpoint Research, having over 30 years of operational experience at senior leadership levels in India, Asia Pacific, Middle East. He has been associated with Ford Motor Company for over 18 years in Ford India, Philippines, Asia Pacific and Ford’s Global Business Centre (GBS) – planning, developing and launching several new products in these emerging markets.
Based in Gurgaon, Vinay keenly monitors trends in the global automotive and mobility landscape. A marketing leader, with technical and finance experience, he has a mechanical engineering degree from IIT-Delhi and an MBA from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.
Head - External Relations, Lithium Urban Technology
Mr. Vikash Mishra currently leads the External Relations for the Lithium Urban Technology. His responsibility includes policy advocacy, business development, grow the brand, build strategic partnership and represent company in external forums. Lithium is the largest electric fleet operator in the world outside China in 4W category. It currently operates in eight cities in India, serving 25+ corporate clients for their employee transport needs. Till date, Lithium has completed 80 million kms using its 1000+ electric fleets. In his previous role, he led the Electric Mobility Initiative to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility in India. Prior to that, he worked as Country Head- External Relations at Shell India, Consultant at McKinsey & Company and Operations Engineer in Indian Oil Refinery. He has completed his B. Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 2000 and later in 2008; he completed MBA from NUS Business School in Singapore.
Industry Analyst – Automotive & Transportation, Frost & SullivanView Bio
Viroop Narla leads the Automotive Business Strategy Team at Frost & Sullivan, that is responsible for research and consulting on business strategy and innovative technologies in the automotive industry. He has almost 10 years of core experience that spans vehicle development, servicing, industry research & consulting, both in technical and commercial roles. These engagements have taken him across five regions including Africa, North America, Middle East and South Asia. Viroop is able to provide vast and deep rooted industry insights that companies are able to action with, especially with regards to light-weighting and global trade dynamics.
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