Women in Finance Leadership Summit
AIWMI’s inaugural Women in Finance Leadership Summit will bring together an impressive group of more than 300 women leaders from the Indian financial services sector for a day of high-level discussion and non-stop networking. This Summit will focus on the far-reaching and ongoing transformational process of the financial sector. This included the macroeconomic environment and regulatory frameworks that are changing quickly and profoundly in light of the changing gender balance dynamics. This Summit will promote effective corporate strategies for creating gender diversity at all levels of leadership. Its interactive format will offer attendees an opportunity to have a diverse and well-informed dialogue about the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector by focusing on the executive pipeline and the mid-tier level. Research shows that more diverse companies often perform better. Forward-looking businesses are working to increase career flexibility, address the leaking employee pipeline and tackle unconscious bias. As a result, change is coming to business leadership. AIWMI’s inaugural Women in Finance Summit aims to advance the debate and give new impetus to the movement, drawing on the day’s discussions to lay out ways for participants to change their organizations. Through practical examples, insight from business leaders and interactive dialogue we will address the hurdles companies face as they seek to develop their most talented leaders, regardless of gender.
A Content-Driven Conference
The highly interactive Summit features informative sessions and candid conversations.
- Keynote sessions and moderated panel discussions with prominent industry leaders
- Dedicated tracks focused on different verticals within financial services
- Topic-driven small group conversations
- Mentoring – Opportunity to get guided by industry experts.
- The Trailblazers- an annual compilation honoring pioneering women who have paved the way for their peers in financial services.
A key highlight of the Women in Finance Leadership Summit will be the Mentoring Program being launched by AIWMI. Our empowering mentoring program will match mentors with mentees, and supports them in developing a mutually beneficial partnership. Mentees will be matched to senior mentors and can seek career guidance, advice and support. The program will last about twelve months and offers benefits to both the mentees and mentors.
Aditya Gadge, CEO, AIWMI
Fireside Chat- Insights from successful women in the financial services world
Naina Lal Kidwai , Chairman, Max Financial Services
Hansi Mehrotra , Founder, Money Management India and Partner, DiligenceVault
Fireside Chat - Insights from successful women in the financial services world
Manisha Girotra, CEO, Moelis and Company India
Chhavi Moodgal , Co-Founder and Executive Director , Scient Capital
Panel Discussion- Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Chhavi Moodgal ,Co-Founder and Executive Director , Scient Capital (Moderator)
Brinda Jagirdar , Independent Director & Business Economist
Sona Blessing , Research Specialist and Author of Alternative Alternatives & Director – London Board, 100 Women in Finance
Lakshmi Iyer , CIO , Fixed Income & Head Products ,Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company
Panel Discussion - Financing Women-Oriented and Gender Diverse Startups
Rakhi Prasad , Investment Research, Alder Capital (Moderator)
Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder, Indian Angel Network
Darshana Kadakia , Partner , Valuation Services , Grant Thornton
Panel Discussion- Creating a framework for the women's talent strategy: key considerations for the financial services sector
Hansi Mehrotra, Founder, Money Management India and Partner, DiligenceVault (Moderator)
Koel Ghosh, Head, South Asia, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Vibha Padalkar , ED & CFO , HDFC Life
Revati Kasture , Senior Director, Care Ratings
Panel Discussion- Women in Financial Services: Time to address the mid-career conflict
Prerna Sinha, Founder & Owner, MaaofAllblogs (Moderator)
Shruti Shah, Past Chairperson , WIRC
Sangeeta Pandit, Member of CII Indian Women Network (IWN) Maharashtra Steering Council
Dipti Neelakantan, Group COO , JM Financial
Ashu Sawhney , VP , HR , DCB Bank
Wrap Up Session - "Image Management for Women Finance Professionals"
Suman Agarwal , Co-Founder ,Image Consulting Business Institute
End of Conference
Chairman , Max Financial Services
Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman, Max Financial Services and Advent Private Equity. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the global board of Nestle, CIPLA Ltd and Larsen and Toubro and has been Past President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry). She retired on December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India.
An MBA from Harvard Business School, makes regular appearance on listings by Fortune since 2002 and others of international women in business. She has received many awards and honours in India and was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry, from Government of India in 2007. She has edited two books “Contemporary Banking in India” and “30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories.”
Her interests in Water and the environment and empowerment of women are reflected in her board positions of not-for-profit institutions like Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, International Advisory Council of the Inquiry of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Commissioner for the Global Commission on Economy & Climate, Advisory Board Wildlife Conservation Trust, Chair of FICCI’s Sustainability, Energy and Water Council and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition.
She is one of the Government of India’s representatives on the BRICs Business Council where she has chaired the financial services working group, the INDO-ASEAN Business Council and the India Malaysia CEO Forum. She is also on the Advisory Board of ICRIER, member of Rajasthan Chief Minister’s Advisory Council and investment advisory committee member of the Army Group Insurance Fund. She is on the Governing Board of Lady Shriram College and member of the Oxford University India Centre Advisory Board, Harvard Business School South Asia Advisory Board and The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. She has been a member of the Government of India’s Industry Task Force, the Prime Minister’s Trade and Industry Council, the National Manufacturing Council, the National Trade Council, and on the Working Group on Banking, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission and the National Institute of Bank Management.
Co-Founder , Indian Angel Network
Padmaja Ruparel is nationally recognized as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped co found many of the relevant institutions, besides being an active Angel investor herself. Her operating experience spans large corporates, M&A, and startups/early stage companies. She has been awarded as one of the “30 Most Powerful Women in India “by Business Today in “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Awards 2017” .
She is Co Founder & President of Indian Angel Network (IAN), India’s first and now possibly one of the world’s largest group of business angels, comprising the who’s who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs from India and overseas. She built IAN from inception, making it within 10 years a unique institution globally, with over 450 investors across 10 countries and a portfolio of 130+ companies in 7 countries, spanning 17 sectors. She has operationalised IAN’s international operations in London – making it the only angel group in the world to set up operations outside of its home country. Padmaja has been nominated as Co Chair of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN).
She also established a unique model of an incubator, in partnership with the Indian Government, which leverages 400 mentors to provide mentoring & domain expertise to around 50 young fledgling incubatee companies.
Padmaja is the Founding Partner of the IAN Fund, a uniquely differentiated Fund which along with IAN, is set to create the largest horizontal platform in India for investing in seed and early stage ventures. She is a member of the Governing Council of EM3 Services, a nation building venture seeking to create a paradigm shift in the Indian agricultural sector by improving productivity. She helped the company raise funds from an international Venture Capital fund and is actively involved in its strategy and growth. Padmaja is widely recognized for her significant contribution to the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Apart from cofounding IAN, she also set up and operationalised the Delhi chapter of The Indus
Entrepreneurs (TIE) the world’s largest organization focused on entrepreneurship with 15,000 members in 60 chapters across 14 countries. TiE Delhi has been ranked as the Number One chapter globally for the last 4 consecutive years. She played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, India’s oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms. In addition she helped the creation of Lankan Angel Network in Sri Lanka. She contributed actively in the Planning Commission’s
Committee on “Angel & Early Stage Investing in India” which resulted in a seminal report: “Creating a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Eco system in India”. She is on the Committee of Telecom Centre of Excellence, Selection Committee of MSME and is actively engaged with the various committees of Ministry of Finance, SEBI, etc.
In her corporate avatar at Xansa India, (Xansa was a US$800mn company listed on LSE before being acquired by Steria), she led several functions over a 16 year period : handled recruitment operations, built and successfully executed an innovative brand and communication strategy and led the corporate social responsibility initiative which engaged employees, clients as also the government. She was a key
Member of the corporate strategy and M&A team as the Company went public, forged joint ventures and the final acquisition of the Indian company.
Padmaja picked up entrepreneurial strings very early in her career – she revived and grew the family realestate business in Calcutta – growing if from 50,000 sq ft to over 250,000 sq ft over 2 years and turned it around to become a profitable business.
A graduate with English Honours, Padmaja then completed her MBA as well as Chartered Accountancy (Intermediate) with her internship with S.R. Batliboi (an E&Y group company).
CEO, Moelis and Company
Manisha Girotra is Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company in India. She was previously Chairperson and Country Head for UBS in India, with a career spanning 16 years with UBS in Mumbai, Delhi and London. Prior to UBS, Manisha ran Barclays de Zoete Wedd’s investment bank activities in Delhi.
At UBS, Manisha oversaw the multiple businesses of the firm in India, including investment banking, equities trading, a propriety equity/equity linked investment book of US$ 1bn, wealth management and a US$ 1bn onshore lending book. Manisha has led successful executions of several landmark transactions including the US$ 5bn merger of Grasim and Ultratech’s cement business, Reliance Industries’ joint venture with Pioneer Natural Resouces and Newpek, Reliance Power’s US$ 2.6bn IPO, Zain’s US$ 10.7bn sale to Bharti Airtel, Vodafone’s US$ 13bn acquisition of HTIL’s interest in Hutch Essar, Warburg Pincus US$ 500mn divestiture of stake in Bharti Airtel, Unitech’s US$ 1.2bn sale of 67.25% stake in its telecom business to Telenor, US$ 600mn sale of Spice Telecom to Idea, Birla Group’s US$ 6b acquisition of Novelis, Essar Steel’s US$ 1.6bn acquisition of Algoma Steel, UB Group’s US$ 1.2bn acquisition of Whyte and Mackay amongst others.
At Moelis, she has led the execution of ASK Financial’s stake sale to Advent, US$290mn acquisition of select cement assets from Jaypee Group by Orient Cement, US$ 1.9bn sale of Strides injectables division (Agila) to Mylan Inc, US$ 800mn sale of Bharti’s African towers to Eaton and Capital International, £ 603mn acquisition of UK & Ireland Generic Business of Teva by Intas Pharma, US$ 500mn restructuring of Essar’s US coal assets, US$ 380mn investment of Etihad into Jet Airways,US$ 300mn investment in GMR Energy by Tenaga Nasional, US$ 255mn sale of Advent’s stake in Care Hospitals to Abraaj, US$ 200mn CIPEF’s stake acquisition in Mankind Pharma and US$ 150mn sale of Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
Manisha graduated in Economics from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and was awarded the Dr. Manmohan Singh Gold Medal for academic excellence for her Masters degree from the Delhi School of Economics.
Board Member of 3 Indian companies ‐ Ashok Leyland, Mindtree Ltd and Jio Payments Bank
Trustee of the Neurology Foundation & Trust, chaired by Dr BS Singhal, which initiates programs and helps patients suffering from neurological conditions in western India
Strong advocate of contribution of Women in Indian Society
Initiated the community affairs program for UBS in India
Represented the banking industry view point on several panels of SEBI, CII and other industry associations
Nominated in the Top 50 Women in Business by Forbes
Appeared in Fortune’s ‘Top 50 in Business in India’
Nominated to Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business Club’
Nominated as a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2010 by the World Economic Forum
Named as one of the ‘15 Women to Watch in Asia’ by Forbes
Amongst the ’50 Women to Watch’ by the Wall Street Journal
Named ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in India’ by Business Today for 5 consecutive years
Independent Director & Business Economist
Brinda Jagirdar is an independent consulting economist and an Independent Director on corporate boards. She is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Mumbai and Visiting Faculty, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune. She is on the Governing Council of Treasury Elite, a knowledge sharing platform for finance and treasury professionals, Advisory Board of Bodhi Tree Corporate Advisors, a boutique investment bank specialising in credit rating evaluation and advisory and management consulting, and member of the Managing Committee of the All India Bank Depositors Association of the Forum of Free Enterprise. She retired as General Manager and Chief Economist, State Bank of India, based at its Corporate Office in Mumbai.
As part of the Bank’s Senior Management team, Dr Jagirdar’s work at SBI involved tracking developments in the Indian and global economy and analysing implications for policy, participating in the Bank’s Asset Liability Committee and Central Management Committee meetings, and conducting research studies on relevant issues.
Dr Brinda Jagirdar was associated with the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms in India, was a member of the Planning Commission’s Sub Group on Household Sector Savings for the 12 th Five Year Plan and member of the Ministry of Finance Group on Deepening India’s Household Financial Savings.
She was member Banking, Finance & Economics Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce, member of the Monetary Policy Group of Indian Banks’ Association and editorial committee member of the journal of the Indian Banks’ Association.
She has a brilliant academic record, with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, MS in Economics from the University of California at Davis, USA, MA in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune and BA in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. She has attended an Executive Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and a leadership programme at IIM Lucknow.
She has participated and presented papers at several seminars and conferences in India and abroad. She is regularly invited to make presentations and speak on topics relating to economy and banking. She is frequently invited to be a panellist on TV business channels and has contributed columns in business newspapers and
CIO, Fixed Income & Head Products, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company
Lakshmi Iyer heads fixed income and products team at KMAMC. She has been with the organisation since 1999.
Lakshmi joined KMAMC as a fund manager, and was responsible for credit research as well as deal execution, managing fund performance across all debt funds and assisting sales in client interaction. She has also been a portfolio specialist, and managed product related initiatives, product pricing and coordination with the funds management and sales team in that role.
Prior to Kotak, Lakshmi worked with Credence Analytics Pvt Ltd, as a research analyst where she was tracking corporate bond markets in India and generating research reports. She was also instrumental for conceiving various financial software tools in collaboration with software and technical teams.
Independent Director , Zee Group , Binani Group
1. HOD Finance at SIMSREE
2. Independent Director in companies of Zee group, Binani group and Indian Card Clothing Ltd.
3. Active committee member of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) Brokers Forum; BCAS-Bombay Chartered Accountants Society; ICAI-Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and CII – Confederation of Indian Industries-IWN
4. Retainership at P. D. Kunte & Co. Chartered Accountants
5. Patient counseling at Tata Memorial Hospital & Prince Aly Khan Hospital
6. Teaching at Susheela Gandhi Free School, basic English
7. Corporate Training assignments in Finance and Strategy
8. Associated with B Schools of repute like JBIMS, SRBS, XIMR etc
9. Visiting faculty at US University of Wisconsin
10. Mumbai University-Examiner, Paper Setter and students Project evaluator
1. Practicing Chartered Accountant associated with P.D. Kunte & Co. Chartered Accountants, from 1984.
2. Areas of expertise include consultancy, audit and representative practice, statutory and internal audits, opinions on accountancy, taxation, finance and strategy.
3. Represented clients at the income tax office and as counsel before the Commissioner of Income Tax and Income Tax Tribunal.
4. Editor of Bombay Chartered Accountants Society Referencer , a 400 pages reckoner used by more than 7000 chartered accountants
5. Authored 2 books-published by Bombay Chartered Accountants Society (a) Taxation and Accounting for Medical professionals (b) Taxation of Shares & Securities Transactions.
6. Articles published in Tax Journals and Money Outlook
7. Interned when young at SEMCON in SEEPZ, Union Bank of India, Saraswat Bank and Central Bank
Published articles in Newspapers on Social issues, Financial Literacy, Health issues and Corporate governance. Also Poems and features in magazines.
Chosen Cancer support and Financial Literacy as two areas of Social Responsibility. Counseling cancer patients, accredited counselor of Tata Cancer Hospital and of Prince Aly Khan Hospital. Part of Confederation of Indian Industry Group working for empowerment of NGOs. Advisor to free girl’s school of Susheela Gandhi Trust and part of initiative of teaching street children at our college campus.
Academic Consultancy to Management Institutes like Unitedworld School of Business, BSE Training Institute and on advisory board of B Schools..Visiting faculty in various management institutes of repute like JBIMS, XIMR etc and conducted various Management Development Programs and Faculty Development Programs in Finance, Accounting and Banking.
Publications and Paper presentations
(a) Demonetization in India (2017)- MEDC Economic Digest- Vol.XVI Is 03 pp 20-22
(b) Corporate Social Responsibility (2017) BCAS 50 year RRC commemorative issue pp 97-99
(c) Demonetization of November, 2016 (207) -Best paper award in 4 th APC- pp 11-19
(d) Are Entrepreneurial Skills Inborn or developed? (2016) ICAI Women conference- pp107-109
(e) Valuation in Merger Process (2016) JJTE Vol.5, Is 1, pp 361-370
(f) Analysis of Financial Statements (2015) APIC ISBN 978 81 928925 0 4
(g) Health Care Management in Cancer Care (2013) DMIETR -Outlook- ISSN 2449-9253
(h)Risk Management in Banks (2013) SMR-The International Research Journal Vol.3, Iss.1,pp 5-9
(i) Impact of Employee behaviour on Goal Congruence(2014)-IJMD- Vol.1 pp 134-143
(j) Impact of Culture on Financial Performance (2014) IJDR- Vol.7 pp 24-35
(k) Innovative ways to tackle Cancer problems of India (2014)Conference of IIM Lucknow
(l)Innovative Practises in Cancer Care (2013) APIC- Vol.1, Iss.1
(m) Study of Health Care Sector (2014) SMR-The International Research Journal-Vol.3, Iss.1 pp 32-48
(n) Innovative Practices in Cancer Care (2013) APIC- Vol 1, Is 1
(o) Curriculum & Pedagogies- in MBA course- National JJTU conference on Education
(p) Innovations in Management- National JJTU conference on Business and Economics
(q) Managerial Remuneration under Companies Act- Journal of CTC
(r) Analysis of Budget- Outlook Money
Personal details & Educational Qualifications
Married. Age 59 years (birth date-29/10/1958). Graduated with honors in Commerce from Mumbai University in 1980. Passed the chartered accountancy exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1984 and became fellow member in 1990 (membership no: 36066). Obtained PhD in Management.
Research Specialist and Author of Alternative Alternatives & Director – London Board, 100 Women in Finance
Sona Blessing is an independent research specialist and the author of “Alternative Alternatives: Risk, Returns and Investment Strategy”
“Alternative Alternatives: Risk, Returns and Investment Strategy”-Wiley Finance, Feb. 2011. She is also a contributing author, in German, on real assets for "Alternative Investments: Analyse
und Due Diligence” – NZZ Libro Dec. 2013; and has been a previewer of CAIA text book chapters on real assets. Prior to, Sona has been a moderator of Opalesque Podcasts her on start-up venture.
She also served as the platform’s Director of Research, and is accredited with solely conceiving, launching and authoring A SQUARE (Alternative Alternatives) as the research portal.
Sona has served as a a guest lecturer on ‘Alternative Alternatives’ at the Zurich School of Management and Law, and also gained experience at Swiss banks in the roles of a hedge fund
research strategist and a global market strategist. She has extensive experience in business journalism in India, Indonesia, U.K, Taiwan and Switzerland.
She currently also serves as a Director on the London Board, 100 Women in Finance.
Founder, Money Management India and Partner, DiligenceVault
Founder, Money Management India and Partner, DiligenceVault
Hansi is the founder and editor of Money Management India, a new portal for the Indian financial services industry. She’s been blogging for CFA Enterprising Investor and on LinkedIn where she got named in LinkedIn inaugural global 10 TopVoices for Money & Finance list. More recently, she was included in the LinkedIn PowerProfile for Finance in India – the only woman on the list. Her LinkedIn profile has more than 255k followers. She is also the Asia Pacific partner for DiligenceVault, a US-based fintech startup for investment research and communication, run by another Indian woman.
Hansi has over 20 years of financial services industry experience, mostly in online delivery of investment research and consulting for the wealth management industry across Asia Pacific. She set up and led Asia Pacific wealth management business for Mercer’s Investment Consulting division, based in Australia and Singapore. She led a number of projects in India including design of the investment options for the New Pension System.
She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst charter from CFA Institute, and a private wealth certificate from Wharton.
Senior Director , Care Ratings
Revati Kasture is the Senior Director at CARE Ratings and has a total work experience of 17 years, of which she has been associated with CARE Ratings Ltd for over 15 years. She is a part of the core management team and is entrusted with furthering the strategic initiatives of CARE Ratings Ltd.
She presently handles the Large Corporate Ratings portfolio for CARE Ratings. Prior to this she was head of the research and grading division. As head of the product development team, she has conceptualized and launched four new products for CARE viz. Valuation of Market Linked Debentures, CARE Equigrade, CARE Real Estate Star Ratings and CARE Industry Risk Metrics. Her intrinsic strengths of project conceptualization and execution helped CARE Ratings in setting up the entire back-office ratings database for CARE known as Care Knowledge Centre at Ahmedabad. Prior to joining CARE Ratings, she was working with Credit Lyonnais in the corporate banking department. Teaching is her passion and she has been associated as guest faculty to management colleges besides being a trainer for conducting corporate trainings organized by CARE Ratings in India and abroad.
Revati is an all India merit rank holder Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant and has been honored with Professional Achiever- Woman award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in December 2011. She has also been a part of the working committee set up by National Housing Bank under the aegis of Department of Financial Services, GOI for setting up a rating mechanism for real estate projects. She is presently a member on the Advisory Board of Symbiosis Institute of Banking and Finance, Pune.
Investment Manager , Alder Capital
Rakhi Prasad is an investment manager at Alder Capital, a long only consumption themed public equity fund. She joined Alder Capital after solid stints at leading institutions in India and US. As Director Operations at Matrix Partners India, she managed investor relations and fund portfolio reporting. Prior to that she worked at Enam Securities leading the financial sponsors team. She started her career at Goldman Sachs, NY developing trading models for the structured products team.
She has co-founded the Women Investment Network, a network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers through peer engagement and learning initiatives.
She has completed her Masters in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, NY and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Economics from Lady Shri Ram College.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Chhavi Moodgal has 13 years of experience in the Indian financial services industry advising corporates on capital structuring, fund raising, financial advisory as well as mergers and acquisitions. She has helped market fund raising transactions to institutional as well as HNI investors. She has worked with global investment banks such as UBS and Kotak Investment Banking. Prior to Scient Capital, Chhavi was Director, Equity Capital Markets at Standard Chartered Bank. She has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.
Senior Director, Head of Business Development, South Asia S&P Dow Jones Indices
Koel Ghosh is the head of business development for S&P Dow Jones Indices in South Asia. Koel is responsible for business development, sales and ongoing client relationship management across South Asia. She explores new markets and works with market participants to offer suitable solutions.
Prior to joining S&P Indices in 2009, Koel gained wide experience in the asset management and financial industry. She previously served at IL&FS Mutual Fund and UTI Asset Management Company where she gained insights on the asset management industry through her marketing and sales roles. She extended her experience further in the investment management industry in her role at Thomson Reuters.
Recently, Koel has the additional responsibility as Head of Business Development at Asia Index Pvt. Ltd. (BSE & S&P DJI Venture). Koel is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Co-Founder , Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI)
Suman Agarwal is the co-founder of ICBI holds a Masters award in Image Consulting – she is a Master Image Consultant – MFIPI from Federation of Image Professionals International (FIPI) – UK. This makes her the Senior-most Image Consultant in the Indian Sub-continent. Suman carries a strong service, image and quality ethic, bringing meticulousness and great dedication to the profession of image consulting. Having begun her career in 1996, Suman brings years of experience in the services industry to her role as co-founder, guide, trainer and consultant at ICBI.
Suman carries high expertise in designing and implementing policies related to Grooming and Customer Service Standards for leading Corporate in addition to coaching professionals.
Suman’s experience include senior, national level roles at a leading training company where she provided tremendous value by establishing quality guidelines to service roles for the first time, ensuring quality adherence through training, monitoring and strong implementation measures.
Prior to that, Suman was associated with Jet Airways for eight years, rising through the ranks at the beginning of her career as a flight attendant to in-flight supervisor and then to the challenging role of looking after Grooming for the In-Flight Department and recruitment of Cabin Crew.
With great insight into the requirements of the airline industry, Suman created and executed the highest standards in grooming, appearance and customer service. She took the lead in setting the direction, implementing, and guiding, training and monitoring in-flight attendant’s image. She infused her role with a substantive element through regular counselling for the attendants based on health and fitness in coordination with the medical department.
Her contribution in creating a strong service and image ethic was recognized by Jet Airways which selected Suman as the Face of the Airline, featuring her on the website and promotions in 2003.
Suman is also the co-author of the book “First Impressions, Lasting Impressions“, projecting a powerful image in the first few seconds can change your entire life, published by Times Group Books.
Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, HDFC Life
Vibha Padalkar is Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at HDFC Life.
She holds the Directorship for the following companies:-
- HDFC Pension Management Company Ltd – Non Executive Director
- HDFC Investment Private Ltd – Independent Director
- Tata Power Ltd – Independent Director
Ms. Padalkar joined HDFC Life in August 2008 after a seven year stint as Executive Vice President-Finance at WNS Global Services; a NYSE listed leading global business process outsourcing company. Vibha’s key achievement during her tenure at WNS was to lead a team that successfully completed the Group’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in a short span of six months. Prior to WNS, Vibha was with Colgate Palmolive India, including a short posting to the group’s New York headquarters.
Ms. Padalkar became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1992, after having completed her college education in London. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India.
Apart from leading the Finance team, she also leads Internal Audit, Compliance, Risk Management, Legal and Secretarial teams.
Founder, Editor & Owner , Maa of All Blogs
Prerna Sinha is the founder, editor and the owner of one of the Top Parenting Blogs in India, Maa Of All Blogs. Her blog has been rated top blogs over various sites like Social samosa, India Top Blog, Influencer, Blogmint and she has also been awarded as one of the Top digital power users in India in 2016. She speaks on various blogging and parenting forums as an expert.
Her Inspiration to start a blog and to share her experiences on the blog came when she had to quit her career midway to dwell on the role of motherhood. That’s why she is so passionate about the cause of women in the workforce and senior leadership. Through the blog, she works on various social causes for women and kids like sex education, women empowerment etc and also believes in training newbie bloggers the nuances of blogging through various workshops.
Prerna, herself is in her second career move. She juggles her job as a full-time blogger with her role as a full-time mother while remaining a student of many “self-improvement” courses ranging from Yoga, kickboxing, running etc. Before motherhood nudged her into this transition, she spent a decade in the garment industry. Today as a full time professional blogger she has worked with the top brands in India like Pampers, Nestle, Cleartrip, Unilever, Philips, Whisper, Asus, Hamleys, etc covering more than fifty brands in various sectors.
Adventure in any form has a magnetic allure for her whether it is climbing Everest base-camp, running the half marathons, walking the arduous 100 kms Oxfam walk or agreeing to moderating a session of very successful career-women.
Past Chairperson , WIRC
Shruti Shah was past Chairperson – 2016-17 , Wirc Of Icai , Secretary – 2014-15 and Wicasa Chairperson – 2012-13
Member Of Audit Advisory Board Of C&Ag(Mumbai)
Senior Partner Of Firm- Shruti Shah & Co.Since 1997
Director- Spark Expert Services Ltd. Providing It Services, Iso Certification & Training, Management Services
Social Inclinations :
Treasurer Of “Liberate India’ ,Working For Electoral Reforms
Associated With “ Narmada Kidney Foundation Trust’ ,Working For Spreading
Awareness About Kidney Diseases
Partner- Valuation Advisory Services , Grant Thornton India
Darshana Kadakia leads the Valuation Advisory services at Grant Thornton India LLP
Darshana brings with her over 24 years of extensive experience in the Corporate Finance
advisory services. She has led and carried out several valuation engagements both in India &
other global geographies for various purposes including some of the large valuations for Merger & Acquisition in India.
Besides Valuations, she has also performed and led a number of large transaction advisory
projects as well as provided other corporate finance advisory services to clients in different
industries.Her clientele range from large multinational companies to domestic public and private
companies across sectors.
She has worked across different sectors. Some of the key sectors include, Pharmaceuticals, IT,
Media & Entertainment, Retail, FMCG, Education, Infrastructure, Metals & Mining,
Logistics, Banking & Financial Services, Textiles, Auto Components and Chemicals.
She represents the firm in the Grant Thornton International’s Steering Committee for
Valuation Services.Professional qualifications and memberships Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Bombay Chartered Accountants Society Community involvement Member of the Chinmaya Mission, a spiritual organization imparting value based teachings for life management Presentations and publications.
She has been a frequent speaker at corporate finance workshops and seminars organized by
VC Circle, have made presentations in various institutes including at the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India, MICA, IVCA and other management institutes. She has also delivered
special lectures on valuation for corporates. She is a faculty member at MICA
She has authored a chapter in the “Handbook On Valuation” published by The Chamber of
Tax Consultants as well as co-authored some of the publications of the firm on valuation related
Date: November 22, 2017
Venue: The St. Regis, Mumbai
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In addition to industry leading conferences and summits, AIWMI builds Strategic Solutions, working with clients to create events from conception to execution based on specific themes, audiences and geographies. We offer a full spectrum of event formats that cater for our client’s engagement and positioning requirements.
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Foram Sheth | E: firstname.lastname@example.org I +91-9769454001
Till October 15- Rs. 3540
From October 16- November 10- Rs. 4720
From November 11- November 22- Rs. 5900