8th India Business Conference: Incredible India. Inclusive India

by Indian Subcontinent Business Association


Fri, Mar 24, 2017 10:00 AM –

Sat, Mar 25, 2017 5:00 PM

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Robertson Auditorium

701 Tappan Avenue, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, United States

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India Business Conference (IBC) is one of the largest conferences hosted at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Each year, IBC brings together leaders from business and a variety of other fields, Michigan's world-class faculty, and its diverse student body. The 8th IBC will be held at the Ross School of Business, starting on Friday, March 24 (5 pm) and going through Saturday, March 25, 2017.

This year's event is exciting in terms of the unique combination of speakers that we have. We have leaders from large corporations and from fast growing new economy businesses. We have leaders who have expanded brands in India, and leaders from government and academia. This event presents a chance to learn lessons from them on what it takes to do business in India and with India. Speakers will also be shedding light on new and enduring challenges and opportunities

Refer to http://www.rossibc.org/ for more details
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Robertson Auditorium

701 Tappan Avenue, Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, United States


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Priyanka Komala

Technology Director

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

A Rising Star finalist for the 18th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards at age five, Priyanka gave an impromptu speech about an aeroplane which catapulted her into becoming the distinguished speaker she is today. Having been invited to speak at Women in Technology, Girls in Technology, INROADS, YuvaShakthi, DreamScholars, Women of the World festival, she enjoys sharing insights on happiness, personal growth, entrepreneurship, womenÔÇÖs issues, and the potential of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). She has been featured on InPower, Toastmasters International Magazine, Huffington Post, and HelloGiggles.
Currently, at the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she is responsible for creating and delivering the web strategy and future technological direction for a $30M division.She graduated from Anna University, India with a degree in Engineering. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from American University and an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

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Shaily Baranwal



Shaily is the founder-CEO of Edblox (formerly Elevate Learning) with brands like Elevate K-12 and Classblox. A true immigrant story, Shaily was born and raised in Mumbai and started her first venture in the first few months of first being in the US while at business school at the University of Michigan.
She started her company as an internship project with a grant from the Zell Lurie Entrepreneurial Institute while at U of M and since then has boot-strapped the company to multi-million in revenue and raised her first round of investment only when the company was set on a path of high growth. With a passion and drive to change K-12 education forever, her company has worked with over 40,000 students and currently has a network of over 600 teachers in the US with an upcoming launch in SE Asia.She is a Production Engineer with a MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Anil Gupta

Professor of Strategy, Globalization & Entrepreneurship

Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Dr. Anil K. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the worldÔÇÖs leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the worldÔÇÖs ÔÇ£most influential living management thinkers,ÔÇØ he has been named by The Economist as one of the world's "superstars" in a cover story on "Innovation in Emerging Economies."
Anil is a member of the World Economic ForumÔÇÖs Stewardship Committee for the Initiative on the Future of Consumption, the Bretton Woods Committee set up by the World Bank and IMF to advise them on solutions to global challenges, and the CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council. He is a frequent participant at the World Economic ForumÔÇÖs annual summits in Davos as well as regional summits in China, India, and the Middle East.
He received a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.

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Raghu Mendu

General Partner

VenturEast Capital

Raghu is a co-founder and general partner of Ventureast. He was part of the team that was responsible for the pioneering privatization of a venture capital fund in India. He is a technology professional by training, and his investment focus covers the broad technology and services space including IT, mobile, education, hospitality, alternative energy and water. He operates as Ventureast's partner based in the US.
Raghu has a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Along with his wife, Raghu has co-founded the "Heart of a Child Foundation", a charitable organization focused on supporting research in the area of congenital heart defects. He is an avid foodie, sport buff, and enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

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Gopal Srinivasan


TVS Capital

Mr. Gopal Srinivasan is a Founder, Managing Director, and Chairman of TVS Capital Funds Limited. He is also Director of Great Lakes Institute of Management. He also serves as a Joint Managing Director of Sundaram-Clayton Ltd. and TVS Motor Limited. He has incubated over eight businesses, and has over 25 years of operational experience in India, along with a wide network of relationships across the world. Over the course of his career, Mr. Srinivasan has founded several companies operating in diverse sectors including computer peripherals, technology, financial services, and auto components. Mr. Srinivasan also served as a key member in various panels of both Central and State Governments. Mr. Srinivasan holds an M.B.A. in Industrial and Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.Comm from Loyola College, Chennai. He is also Member of Interim Executive Committee of Indian Venture capital Association.

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Vishnu Swaminathan

Global Partnerships Lead

Ashoka Innovators for the Public

Vishnu joins Ashoka with more than 14 years of experience as entrepreneur and innovator. He started two IT based companies in Singapore in the areas of financial transactions and animation technology. Following acquisition of one of the companies, he moved to India to head a leadership school based in Pune, where he led the school's social effort. He worked on large government projects with an aim to donate the surplus for funding citizen sector organizations. Most recently he ran an assignment with National Innovation Foundation, a government sponsored organization working on grassroots Innovation in India. He started his career as a 3D and Film Special effects artist, later turning towards project management. He holds couple of patents from his ventures. He has worked on a wide range of technologies, projects, training and strategic business models. He holds a MBA from University of Southern Queensland.

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Parul Soni

Global Managing Partner and Co-Founder

TTC-Thinkthrough Consulting

Parul is a renowned thinker, speaker and author with an in-depth understanding of divergent challenges met in the cause of community empowerment. Parul has received several accolades for his invaluable support and thought leadership in CSR and social development. Prior to setting up Thinkthrough Consulting (TTC), a professional services firm that specializes in providing advisory support to sustainable development initiatives, he was a Partner and Global Co-leader of Not-for-Profit sector advisory in EY Global.
A transformational development leader with nearly two decades of diverse experience, he actively encourages, mentors and supports entrepreneurs via the Advisory board of BD Foundation earlier Biz Divas. He is also Advisor and Promoter Director in India for The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN); a Founding Board Member of Save the Children-Bal Raksha, the Indian evolution of Save the Children International network and a board Member of SafeLIFE Foundation and Handicap International.

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Raj Nair

Ford Motor Company

With accolades including the Kettering Alumni Award for Management Achievement in 2012, and Fortune Automotive Businessperson of the Year in 2014, Nair, joined Ford Motor Company in 1987, as a Body and Assembly Operations launch engineer. He quickly progressed to senior positions in Manufacturing, Product Development and Purchasing. He served as vice president of Operations, Asia Pacific, for three years before moving onto VP of Engineering for Product Development, where he oversaw all engineering for car, truck and SUV vehicles for the Ford and Lincoln brands. He also helped lead the development and implementation of the Ford brand DNA.
Since April 2012, he has been group vice president of Product Development and CTO, responsible for all global aspects of the companyÔÇÖs design, engineering, research and product development. Nair holds a bachelorÔÇÖs degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

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Ramesh Mangaleswaran

McKinsey & Co

Ramesh Mangaleswaran, works with leading companies and industry associations to realize the full potential of IndiaÔÇÖs manufacturing sector, shape strategies for global growth, make the best infrastructure choices, build operational excellence and develop outstanding leadership and talent. He is a director and a founding partner of McKinseyÔÇÖs locations in Chennai and Bangalore. He co-leads our Operations Practice in India and Asia and previously led the firmÔÇÖs Social Sector Practice in Asia.
He received his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BTech in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

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Ann Mukherjee

SC Johnson

Featured in Ad Age Women to Watch, and Forbes Top 50 Most Influential CMOs. In 2009, Ann was named Frito-Lay North America Chief Marketing Officer and led a commercial marketing team responsible for the growth agenda at Frito-Lay. In 2014, Ann was named president, Global Snacks Group and PepsiCo Global Insights, responsible for driving accelerated growth across PepsiCoÔÇÖs global snacks category. In November, 2015 Ann joined SC Johnson, as its first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer. She is responsible for driving growth across multiple categories in household and personal care, including Ziploc, Glade, Mrs. Myers, Caldrea, Raid, Off, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge, and Kiwi. Born in Kolkata, Ann has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Chicago. Her husband Dipu, works for Symphony EYC as Vice President, Product Management, CPG. Ann has 14- year- old twins and is based in Dallas, TX.

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Raja Krishnamoorthi

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi represents the 8th District of Illinois, which includes west and northwest suburbs of Chicago,and serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce. In addition, he serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, including as the ranking member, and top Democrat, on the subcommittee on health care and financial services. Krishnamoorthi served as an Illinois Special Assistant Attorney General in the public corruption unit and as Illinois Deputy Treasurer before becoming president of small businesses in the Chicago area focused on the renewable energy sector. He and his wife, Priya, a physician, live in Schaumburg with their two sons and baby daughter.


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